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From Malang or Surabaya: Bromo Sunrise & Tumpak Sewu Tour

1. From Malang or Surabaya: Bromo Sunrise & Tumpak Sewu Tour

Begin with a pickup from your hotel in Malang or Surabaya City at midnight and travel to Mount Bromo for about 3 hours. Upon your arrival at Mount Bromo, climb aboard a 4WD vehicle to start the adventure. Drive along a bumpy road to the sunrise viewpoint. Witness the magical Bromo sunrise view. Take in the views of the crater, temple, caldera, and surrounding mountains, including Mount Semeru, the highest peak in Java. After you have finished exploring Mount Bromo, enjoy a breakfast at a local restaurant. Once your breakfast at Bromo is finished, continue on the adventure to Lumajang Regency, where the Tumpak Sewu Waterfall is located. From the entrance gate of Tumpak Sewu, hike down through a path intricately decorated with lush green moss. Enjoy amazing views from the bottom of the towering cliffs. After your trip to Tumpak Sewu, trek back to the starting point and return to your hotel in Malang or Surabaya City.

From Surabaya: Mt. Bromo Sunrise Private Trip

2. From Surabaya: Mt. Bromo Sunrise Private Trip

Following pick up from your hotel/accommodation in Surabaya at 00.15 AM, travel to Mt Bromo for about 3 hours. Upon your arrival at Cemoro Lawang - the meeting point for the sunrise attraction - climb aboard a 4WD vehicle to start the adventure. Drive along a bumpy road to the sunrise viewpoint called Penanjakan. Walk for about 10 minutes from the parking area to the sunrise viewpoint and witness the magical Bromo sunrise view. After the sunrise is over, return to the parking area and travel to the sea of sand. Hike for 30 minutes to the peak of Mt Bromo. Take in the views of the crater, a temple, caldera and surrounding mountains including Mount Semeru, the highest peak in Java. After you have finished exploring Mt Bromo, enjoy a breakfast at a local restaurant. Choose the optional drie to Madakaripura waterfall, before journeying back to Surabaya city.

From Malang or Surabaya: Private Tumpak Sewu Waterfall Tour

3. From Malang or Surabaya: Private Tumpak Sewu Waterfall Tour

Begin with a pick-up from your hotel in Malang or Surabaya City and travel to Lumajang Regency where the Tumpak Sewu Waterfall is located. Make a stop on the first viewpoint and witness a curtain of dewy white waters cascading down the rock face. Continue your adventure to the lower valley viewpoint of Tumpak Sewu waterfall. Hike down through path that intricately decorated with peppering’s of lush green moss. Enjoy amazing views from the bottom of the towering cliffs stand at impressive heights and just water coming out of everywhere. After Tumpak Sewu, be sure to visit another collection of smaller streams that fall off a cavernous section of rocks called Tetes Cave. Spend some time and enjoy a refreshing dip under this Tetes Waterfall. Then trek back to the starting point and return to your hotel in Malang or Surabaya City.

Mount Bromo, Ijen, and Blue Flames: 3-Day Tour from Surabaya

4. Mount Bromo, Ijen, and Blue Flames: 3-Day Tour from Surabaya

Join an unforgettable 3-day trip to see the natural highlights of east Java. Visit Mount Bromo, the Madakaripura waterfall, and the Ijen crater. Day 1 Head straight to Bromo, where you’ll stay overnight in a Tosari village hotel. After a safety briefing and kit check, enjoy free time in the evening. Day 2 In the morning, travel by 4x4 vehicle to Mount Pananjakan to watch the sunrise from the viewpoint on the rim of the Tengger Caldera. Continue to the active Mount Bromo volcano to see the crater before heading back to the hotel for breakfast. Stop for lunch on the way to Banyuwangi, where you’ll check in at your hotel. Day 3 Start out early to see Ijen’s blue-flame panorama at its best. There is a tough descent down into the caldera to see the blue flames and to reach the turquoise lake. Head back up to the crater rim to take in the spectacular sunrise, before the descent back to the car.

Surabaya Port: City Highlight Private Guided Shore Excursion

5. Surabaya Port: City Highlight Private Guided Shore Excursion

There’s much to see in Surabaya and the surrounding area. Book this private customized shore excursion and experience all the city has to offer including its local markets, Sampoerna Tobacco Museum, the historical Heroes Monument, and the most important sights around Surabaya. You will begin your Surabaya shore excursion as you exit from your cruise ship. At the ship's Pier, you will be greeted by your friendly and professional driver/guide. They will be holding a sign with your name on it for ease of contact. Once you hop in your comfortable, air-conditioned minivan you will set off on your adventure. Benefit from an itinerary that can be altered and adjusted according to your interests and go to wherever you’d like on this shore excursion. If you love having the freedom to choose and have fun at your own pace, then this is the best way to discover Surabaya and the surrounding area. Ensuring a relaxing end to an exciting day.

From Surabaya: Mt. Bromo, Ijen, and Tumpak Sewu 3-Day Tour

6. From Surabaya: Mt. Bromo, Ijen, and Tumpak Sewu 3-Day Tour

Discover highlights like the Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, Mount Bromo, and the Ijen Crater on this 3-day trip from Surabaya. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay in Bromo and Bondowoso. Choose from tour options with drop-off at your accommodation in Banyuwangi, Bali, or Surabaya.  Day 1:  After early morning pickup in Surabaya, travel in a climate-controlled car to Tumpak Sewu Waterfall. Explore this tiered waterfall surrounded by lush jungle and go around the corner to visit the Tetes Cave.  Take in beautiful landscapes on the drive to your accommodation in Mount Bromo. Settle in to your accommodation in the late afternoon and have some free time to rest or explore the local area.  Day 2:  Rise early to get ready for a truly unforgettable experience: watching the magical sunrise over Mount Bromo, the most popular volcano in Indonesia. Take the time to see the highlights of Mount Bromo before heading back to the hotel for breakfast.  Kick back and take in the scenery on your way to check-in to your accommodation in Bondowoso. Enjoy free time to rest and relax before your the last day of your trip.  Day 3:  Start your tour to the Ijen Crater in the middle of the night. Hike up to the top of the Ijen Crater to witness the blue flames rise up from inside the crater. After exploring the crater, you can opt to be dropped off in Banyuwangi, Bali, or Surabaya. 

Surabaya: Private 1-Way Transfer to/from SUB Airport

7. Surabaya: Private 1-Way Transfer to/from SUB Airport

Take the stress out of airport commutes by pre-booking your private airport transfer to or from Juanda International Airport. Relax knowing that you will be dropped off anywhere in Surabaya conveniently, safely, and in comfort. To ensure a relaxed transfer experience, you will receive a text message shortly before your scheduled pickup with your booking reference, a customer service number, and your driver's name and contact details. Be greeted by your driver who will be holding a sign displaying your name. Your driver will assist you with your luggage, then you can board the comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride as you are taken to your destination.

From Bali: Bromo, Ijen & Tumpak Sewu Waterfall 3-Day Tour

8. From Bali: Bromo, Ijen & Tumpak Sewu Waterfall 3-Day Tour

Discover the highlights of Java Island like; Mount Bromo, Ijen Crater, and Tumpak Sewu Waterfall on this 3-day trip from Bali. Itinerary: Begin with pick up from your accommodation anywhere in Bali at night, then travel in air-conditioned car to Ketapang Port in Banyuwangi, Java. Day 1 Once you have arrived at Ketapang Port in Banyuwangi, Java, then your first day of your adventure is begin. From Ketapang Port, travel to Ijen Volcano, then hike up to the top of the Ijen Volcano and witness the magical views from there. After exploring the Ijen, continue your adventure with travel to Mount Bromo. Settle in to your accommodation there, and have some free time to rest or explore the local area. Day 2: Rise early on this second day to get ready for a truly unforgettable experience, watching the magical sunrise over Mount Bromo, the most popular volcano in Indonesia. After exploring Mount Bromo, travel to Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, settle in to your accommodation and have some rest. Day 3: On this final day, start your trip after you have your breakfast at your accommodation. Explore this stunning waterfall of Tumpak Sewu, marvel at this tiered waterfall surrounded by lush jungle and go around the corner to visit the Tetes Cave. Once your tour at Tumpak Sewu Waterfall is finished, you can opt to be dropped off back in Bali, or Surabaya.

From Yogyakarta: 3-Day Bromo & Ijen Volcano Trip w/ Lodging

9. From Yogyakarta: 3-Day Bromo & Ijen Volcano Trip w/ Lodging

Explore the island of Java by visiting the famous volcanoes on the island of Java, Bromo and Ijen. Depart from Yogyakarta by private mini van/van, accompanied by an experienced English-speaking tour manager. And explore Mount Bromo using a 4x4 vehicle to see the sunrise, and climb the crater rim. Then head to Ijen to see the famous blue fire. And watch the sunrise from the crater rim with a charming turquoise lake. The tour will end at Ketapang Ferry Terminal, Banyuwangi, and you can continue your journey to Bali. Day 1 You will be picked up and heading directly to your accommodation in Bromo. Day 2 Picked up by a 4x4 vehicle and head to the sunrise point, enjoy the sunrise and head to sand area for a photo session with the background of the Widodaren hill, then hiking to bromo begins towards the crater rim. Then return back to accommodation for breakfast and continue the journey to Ijen. Day 3 Hiking to ijen starts at 2 am, and hiking for 2 hours to the blue fire point. Then back to the crater rim to see the sunrise. then back to starting point and continue driving to get to the ferry terminal. You will be at Ferry terminal at 9am apprx.

Mount Bromo 2-Day Sunrise Trekking Tour from Surabaya

10. Mount Bromo 2-Day Sunrise Trekking Tour from Surabaya

Mount Bromo is the most iconic and hiked mountain in Indonesia. It is still one of the most active volcanoes in the world and there are many sections that are blocked off from tourists. On the first day you'll head straight to Bromo and stay in the surrounding Tosari village where you will get a safety briefing and kit check ahead of the trek, then the rest of the evening is free to do as you please.  On the second day, you will start early as your guide leads you to trek Mount Penanjakan, where you can stand at the highest viewpoint and witness the spectacular sunrise. Standing at this peak allows you to see the beautiful scenery of Mount Bromo and Mount Semeru all at once. The mountainside trekking takes 20-minutes on foot to reach Bromo volcano, so make sure that you have appropriate shoes and a good level of fitness. You will then be taken back by 4×4 jeep to your hotel for some breakfast, a shower and to pack. If you have enough time, you will stop by the Madakaripura waterfall on the way back to Surabaya from Bromo. Following this, you will be taken back to your destination in Surabaya. 

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4.6 / 5

based on 24 reviews

We had a great driver with the best music playlist. He was always very obliging. Every day we had to get up very early to get to the attractions. We spent a lot of time in the car, but as our driver Indra was such a good guide we could sleep very well in the car. You need to be physically fit to climb up all of the three spots and you will need some clothes for changing after visiting the waterfall. You are definitely going to be wet. It's worth doing the tour. All of the spots are very cool.

The tour was excellent organized and the driver was very kind and friendly and made sure that although the weather was not so pleasant that it was a remarkable experience. I got a chance to see mount bromo and the driver was speaking perfectly English which made me feel very comfortable and safe during the whole trip. I kind highly recommend this tour. It was really a beautiful and remarkable experience.

We were allocated an excellent guide ANTON from http://www.volcanotoursbanyuwangi.com Anton went out of his way to accommodate to our different needs. He definitely knew the area and could partial routes away from the masses of tourists. (It was also extremely enjoyable to be amongst the lovely lively good-humoured Indonesian tourists at 4am in the morning!) Seeing Bromo was magical. Thank you ANTON

The experience was amazing! Worth the early start. Colder than we thought before sunrise, around 8 deg C so bring hat and layers. Our driver Bagus was great, good local knowledge, told us the best spot to stand for sunrise, comfortable journey and he made it such an amazing day out. Also to mention he takes amazing photos!

It was a once in a lifetime experience watching natural beauty and nature in harmony amidst luscious surroundings. Our guide was very attentive and flexible. He was also a great photographer. Would highly recommend.