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  • Take a break is actually a holiday, a real holiday in which everything is as you want it to be. You want a day of laziness? No problem. You want a day full of excitement? No problem. Your guide is the key to the perfectly free holiday. Come along with your friends or just with your partner...
    One of Java's and Bali's best qualities, besides its fertile land, is the hospitality of the people. Sincere, friendly and lighthearted are only some of their best merits. This certainly will add to your feeling of having a break of almost everything.

    Take a break - leave for holidays in Java and Bali


    Long & short itinerary - 12 days: Take a break

    This most relaxing experience will guide you via Yogyakarta, Malang, the active volcanoes Bromo and Ijen, to the turtle beach Sukamade and Bali's most beautiful snorkeling spot.
    You can read the itinerary below. If you click on a day, you can read the full description. You can choose in which class of hotel you prefer to stay: budget, standard and luxurious.

    Arrive in Yogyakarta Symbol day 1 - Take a Break in East Java and Bali

    Symbol day 1 - Take a Break in East Java and BaliArrive in Yogyakarta

    After your travels to Yogyakarta, what would be better than having the feeling of being in Indonesia? That will certainly be possible in Yogyakarta as the cultural heart of Java. Malioboro is a fine street to start your adventures. Along this street you will also meet other destinations that might attract your attention.

    We pick you up at the airport or train station and bring you to your hotel.

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    Dewi Home Stay/EDU Hostel

    The garden of Dewi Home Stay in Yogyakarta, JavaIn a small corridor, just a 3 minutes walk to the Malioboro boulevard; traditional hostel Dewi Home Stay with a lush garden. Or stay in the more modern and relatively new EDU Hostel with a roof top terrace and a cozy swimming pool.

    Ibis Malioboro

    Ibis Hotel at Jl. Malioboro in YogyakartaStart your stay in Indonesia well. You are close to the famous Malioboro boulevard to do some first exploration, or if you wish some relaxation in your hotel after your journey to get to Yogyakarta, there is a spa and an outdoor swimming pool.

    Hotel Santika

    Swimming pool of the Hotel Santika in Yogyakarta - Central JavaSantika Jogja is tastefully accentuated with classic Javanese artistry which shows the city’s rich cultural heritage. This property is steeped in old world charm, yet offers all the necessary facilities and conveniences that every modern traveler desires.

    Yogyakarta holiday Day 2 of your tour to Mt. Bromo and Batu in East Java

    Day 2 of your tour to Mt. Bromo and Batu in East JavaYogyakarta holiday

    As it is your break, decide if you would like to do something. If the answer is yes, we will assist you with one of the tours mentioned under the heading Optional Tours. You can discuss with your guide, if you would like to do something that isn't on the list.

    Calender symbol for day 3 - Take a Break tour in Java and BaliHoliday still going strong!

    Calender symbol for day 3 - Take a Break tour in Java and Bali

    Holiday still going strong!

    Another day in Yogyakarta with many choices to make - if you wish. You can also just relax and do as you wish.....

    Symbol day 4 of a calender - Tour: Take a Break; East Java, IndonesiaBy Executive Train to Malang

    Symbol day 4 of a calender - Tour: Take a Break; East Java, Indonesia

    By Executive Train to Malang

    A train ride is quite something else compared to transport over the road. As the views from the road are blocked by ribbon development, the views from the train can be marvelous as you pass villages and almost ever green sparkling rice fields. The train departs at 8 o'clock in the morning and you will arrive around 4 o'clock in Malang. You will be picked up at the train station and brought to your hotel.

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    Kampong Tourist

    Hostel Kampong Tourist in MalangYour private bamboo gazebo on top of another hotel is waiting for you! A warm shower with a panorama. Spectacular city and mountain views, complete with a freshly served drink and WiFi, you couldn't feel more relaxed. The bar is open from 07.00 till 22.00.

    Ibis Styles Malang

    Hotel Ibis Styles Malang - East JavaIbis Styles Malang is situated on the main road between Malang and Surabaya which makes access to the city center both easy and adventurous. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning and WiFi. A swimming pool is also available.

    The Shalimar - Boutique Hotel

    Hotel Shalimar - boutique hotel in MalangThe Shalimar Boutique Hotel is a glorious example of colonial architecture of the 1930s.
    The hotel consists of 44 rooms and offers its guests the comfort of the new millennium in the grandeur of the '30s, bringing together European modern flair and Indonesian culture.

    Malang, the refreshing city in the hills Calender day 5 - tour Java and Bali

    Calender day 5 - tour Java and Bali

    Malang, the refreshing city in the hills

    An outspoken European atmosphere, situated at an altitude of 444 meters sandwiched by mountains and volcanoes. That is Malang. The city was beloved by the Dutch in the colonial era, as it is today by tourists, both local and foreign. In modern Malang you still find a lot of Javanese, Dutch, and Chinese architecture. Malang is still one of a kind, with a wonderful personality and identity, turning the city into an attractive place to explore.

    Symbol calender day 6Optional tours: Tea plantation Wonosari, Sempu island, cooking class or a temple tour

    Symbol calender day 6Optional tours: Tea plantation Wonosari, Sempu island, cooking class or a temple tour

    Malang and its surroundings have a lot to offer, that makes it more than just a transit to Mt. Bromo. South of Malang you will find unexplored white sandy beaches, while Batu offers modern outings such as the zoo, many kinds of museum and swimming pools. You can also dig further in Java's ancient history and visit temples. Or, a local cook will teach you the inside outs of traditional Javanese dishes in her house in the kampong... Please note that today is a free day in your program. You can choose one of the optional tours if you wish.

    Symbol for day 7 during a tourBotanical Garden Purwodadi - Madakaripura Waterfalls - Cemara Lawang village

    Symbol for day 7 during a tourBotanical Garden Purwodadi - Madakaripura Waterfalls - Cemara Lawang village

    Walking through the ornamental entrance gates of the Botanical Garden a long avenue stretches away from you as far as the eye can see with Mt. Baung just visible in the far distance. Enormously tall Jacaranda and Golden Shower trees line the central path that divides the gardens into two halves. Just to mention some items: an area of palms, the amazing giant arum; one of the largest flowers in the world, two meters in height and 40 centimeters across, and five pretty ponds, a series of glasshouses features 525 species of orchids.
    The enchanting Madakaripura Waterfalls are of importance to the local Hindus, who are the ancestors of some famous kings of the kingdoms once reigning in Java. You will find these waterfalls at the end of a dazzling green valley.
    Then, when you are in time, one can see a beautiful sunset just from the ancient crater edge.... Situated at an altitude of 2300 m it can get cold in the evening. Average day temperatures are about 20 ºC.

    But, if you would like to do none of the above, or would like do an optional tour, we can drive you directly to Cemara Lawang village at any time that suits you.

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    Home Stay

    Home Stay Bromo area - East JavaAs Mt. Bromo is a tourist destination, basic home stays are available but at a certain price. Don't expect to much of the price-quality balance, as it is certainly out of proportion. Depending on the availability, we will make arrangements.

    Cafe Lava Hotel

    Hotel Cafe Lava - Cemara Lawang village, East JavaCafe Lava sits right at the edge of the ancient caldera and therefore guarantees some beautiful views just nearby. The hotel has a WiFi spot in case you need connection.

    Jiwa Jawa Bromo

    Hotel Jiwa Jawa - luxurious hotel near Mt. BromoThe warmly decorated rooms have flat-screens, and tea and coffeemakers, and some have a balcony with mountain views. There’s no air-conditioning as it is not necessary. Room service is offered.

    Sunrise Mt. Bromo - next destination is  Mt. Ijen Day 8 - tour Take a Break in Java and Bali

    Day 8 - tour Take a Break in Java and BaliSunrise Mt. Bromo - next destination is  Mt. Ijen

    Early morning today... you have something on your program!? An exciting sunrise over an outer space landscape that is incomparable with other stunning parts of the world. You can either see the sunrise from the famous viewpoint at Mt. Pananjakan or from any other spot, such as King Kong Hill or Mt. Seruni. The choice depends on the mode of transport you prefer; either walking or by Jeep.
    After the sun has risen and you feel warm again, you will descend to the black Sea of Sand which you will have to cross to reach the crater rim of the active volcano Bromo. Walking up the carter, you already get an impression of the tremendous lunar-like surroundings in which you are standing.
    Once back at the Jeep, you will be heading back to your hotel to have breakfast as you might feel hungry. After you have packed your bags, your journey continuous in the direction of Mt. Ijen.

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    Catimor Homestay

    Catimor Home Stay at the Ijen Plateau - Sempol village Catimor Home Stay is near Ijen crater lake and situated at the Ijen Plateau next doors a coffee factory. A swimming pool will refresh your mind after a long day.

    Ijen View Bondowoso

    ijen view hotel bondowosoLocated in the not-that-alive-city named Bondowoso, the hotel offers a swimming pool, a spa and a children play ground. This relatively small hotel has only 55 rooms. Bondowoso isn't a booming city, but a good pass through on your way to the Ijen crater lake.

    Jiwa Jawa Ijen

    Jiwa Jawa Ijen in Banyuwangi city - East Java"Where the beauty of nature and the charm of culture come harmoniously together", according to the Jawa Resort Ijen. Proper waste management, no tree cutting policy and carbon footprints minimalisation are their commitment to preserve the environment.

    Ijen Blue Fire, Ijen carter lake and the famous miners Day 9 of the Take a Break Tour in East Java and Bali

    Day 9 of the Take a Break Tour in East Java and BaliIjen Blue Fire, Ijen carter lake and the famous miners

    Ijen Blue Fire is the largest blue flame area in the world. This blue glow which is unusual for a volcano isn't lava, as often thought. The glow is the light from the combustion of sulphuric gases. The gases emerge from cracks in the volcano at high pressure and temperature. When they come in contact with the air, they ignite, sending flames up to 5 meters high. Interested? Then you will have to wake up early. Please note that this tour only suits those in a healthy and good condition.
    If you don't feel like waking up early, it will be less early before you depart but not that late as the advice is to descend before noon. Besides you still have to travel to Sukamade as well. The Ijen crater lake in its colorful glory is something words can't describe. It contrasts beautifully with its surroundings. Take your time to memorize your views before descending to Paltuding. Meet the sulphur miners, make some small talk, offer them a cigarette, buy some souvenirs and feel at home.
    Once back at the parking area, you can visit the sulphur weighing station where the miners get paid. You will find it just behind the parking area.
    After a small coffee break with a local snack, you will continue to Sukamade. In Jajag you will change cars to a four wheel drive Trooper or Jeep. You will pass extensive plantations, drive along the coast and Merah and Hijau islands before arriving in Sukamade turtle beach in Meru Betiri National Park. As there is only one option to spend the night, namely the Ranger's Lodge, you won't have a choice. Around 7 in the evening a ranger will pick you up and guide you to the beach to meet with egg-laying turtles. The possibility that you will meet the turtles is not 100%, but something close. Watching these giant creatures emerge from the surf and struggle-up the beach to lay their eggs on a moonlit night is an incomparable experience.

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    Sukamade Ranger's Lodge

    sukamade lodgeThe Sukamade Ranger's Lodge is only place to stay at Sukamade itself. A big wide terrace, and the 12 rooms are clean with cold water and Indonesian-style bathrooms. Electricity runs from 18:00 until 22:00 after which it is kerosene lamps only.

    Release baby turtles and get to the beach in Bali Symbol calender day 10

    Symbol calender day 10Release baby turtles and get to the beach in Bali

    Sukamade beach is a natural, quiet, beautiful place and part of the 50,000 hectare Meru Betiri National Park. The eggs are taken by the rangers to protect them from predators, both human and other animals. These are incubated in the safety of the park hatchery and the youngsters are released to the ocean on the very beach from where the eggs were laid. The stability of the turtle population has been helped by a careful system of tagging and monitoring, as well as the use of the special hatcheries. You will release the baby turtles early morning.
    After you are set and done, you will be driven to Ketapang harbour to take the ferry to Bali. In Gilimanuk you will be picked up and head strait to Pemuteran in the province of West Bali.

    Snorkeling in one of the most beautiful spots of Bali Day 11 of tour Take a Break by Smartine Indonesia Travel

    Day 11 of tour Take a Break by Smartine Indonesia TravelSnorkeling in one of the most beautiful spots of Bali

    Just off the northwest coast of Bali lies the little island Menjangan surrounded by hectares of marvelous coral reef. The island is situated in West Bali National Park. The diverse eco biology is its main attraction. Many visitors rate snorkeling in this area as the best snorkeling spot in Bali. Awesome to get a day out in this marine park.


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    Molas Homestay

    A room in Molas Home Stay in Pemuteran - West BaliThis tiny homestay with just 3 rooms is run by a family. The rooms feature a seating area for your convenience. Each room is fitted with a private bathroom.

    Kubuku Ecolodge & Resto

    Kubuku Ecolodge & Resto in Pemuteran - West Bali provinceKubuku means 'little home', complete with spa, meditation and yoga.... welcome. Kubuku Ecolodge & Resto is a small hotel with only 14 rooms. They all are situated among the mango, banana, lemon, papaya, and guava trees with either mountain and garden views.

    Kinaara Resort & Spa

    Kinaara Resort & Spa in Pemuteran, West BaliThe 20 rooms have a unique wooden construction, with a seating area, safe, fan, electric cattle, hairdryer, and an en suite bathroom with hot and cold shower. On outdoor pool and free WiFi in the public areas are also for your convenience.

    Day 12 - Take a break tourTime to say goodbye

    Day 12 - Take a break tourTime to say goodbye

    Your trip has come to an end... after check out time we will drop you off anywhere on Bali.