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Overview

Discover the temples, museums and artisan villages that make Yogyakarta so fascinating. See the main sites, including Prambanan and Borobodur temples, then get away from the tourist trail to discover authentic Javanese culture. Bike through rural villages, meet with traditional craftsmen and admire incredible artefacts on this insightful guided tour.

Trip Highlights

Best of Yogyakarta

Understand Java’s heritage

Visit the Sultan’s Palace and Ullen Sentalu Museum, seeing historical artefacts and learning about the island’s intriguing past.

Visit remarkable temples

Explore UNESCO-heritage Prambanan and Borobodur monuments and the older, pyramid-shaped Mendut and Pawon temples.

Take a scenic bike ride

Head to the hills near of Yogyakarta for an easy, scenic ride past Mount Merapi and through the countryside.

Itinerary

1

Yogyakarta Arrival

Yogyakarta Airport – Yogyakarta City Center (6 km): 20 minutesYogyakarta – Prambanan (22 km): 40 minutes

Arrive at Yogyakarta International Airport and be met by the guide and driver for transfer to the selected hotel in Yogyakarta  

Recommended flights (not included in the quotation): Silk Air from Singapore to Yogyakarta MI152, departing at 08:30 and arriving at 09:50 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday or MI154, departing at 13:55  and arriving at 15:25 on Sunday. Schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

After enjoying lunch at the hotel restaurant, check in and take some time to relax or freshen up at the hotel.

Note: Check in time is 14:00.

Then, meet with the guide again and proceed to the UNESCO-recognized Prambanan Temple, a series of iconic and ancient Hindu temples built in the 9th century. This collection of sharp, jagged temples features three main inner shrines dedicated to the Hindu trinity: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Hear all about the history and symbolism of the temples from the guide while walking around this incredible complex.

Afterwards, return to the hotel in Yogyakarta.

Overnight in Yogyakarta.

2

Yogyakarta – Kaliurang – Kaliadem Cycling – Ramayana Dance

Yogyakarta city center – Kaliurang (22 km): 1 hourKaliurang – Kaliadem (6 km): 15 minsKaliadem – Plaosan Temple (18 km): 2 hours (by bike)Prambanan Resto and open stage – Yogyakarta (18 km): 40 mins

Start with a visit to the Sultan’s Palace, also known as Kraton. Built between 1756 – 1790, it’s an excellent example of traditional Javanese Sultanate architecture. While walking through the various rooms and chambers, learn a great deal about Javanese cultural heritage.

Also, visit the adjacent Taman Sari, water palace and garden. This addition to the royal complex was built over 200 years ago by the first Sultan, with bathing pools for his harem. Then, visit a home batik factory and attend a short demonstration of Wayang Kulit, a famous Javanese leather puppet performance.

Then drive to Kaliurang - around a one-hour drive from Yogyakarta. Take lunch at Beukenhof Restaurant, located in the complex of Ullen Sentalu Museum. Following lunch, take a tour in Ullen Sentalu Museum which displays ancient batiks, manuscripts and historical photographs of the Sultan’s palace as well as other interesting images of people and events during the colonial era. There are various artefacts, and many oil paintings, including painted portraits of Yogyakarta Sultans and their families.

After visiting the museum, be transferred to the nearby village of Kaliadem (15 minutes) for a two-hour biking trip. Pedal through the village and enjoy its stunning view of Mt Merapi until reaching the finish point in Candi Plaosan (cycling level: Easy to Moderate, mostly downhill).

Sit back and relax after cycling in a local restaurant near Prambanan Temple for dinner. Following dinner, enjoy an amazing Ramayana Dance at Prambanan’s open stage with the temples in the background.

Note: Ramayana dances at Prambanan are seasonal (between May and October) and only performed on certain days of the week. When there’s no show at Prambanan, it will be replaced by a similar performance at Pura Wisata Theatre in Yogyakarta.

Return to the hotel and overnight in Yogyakarta.

3

Yogyakarta – Kotagede – Candirejo – Borobudur

Yogyakarta city center – Kotagede (5 km): 15 minsKotagede – Sasanti Restaurant (17 km): 40 minsSasanti Restaurant – Borobudur (33 km): 1 hour

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and drive to Kotagede for a leisurely tour by becak -a javanese tricycle. This charming village retains some of Central Java’s best examples of traditional Javanese architecture; and is known as the ‘Silver Village’ due to its high concentration of silver artisans. On arrival to the village, visit a master baker’s house to sample Kembang Waru – a type of cookie only sold in Kotagede. Continue by becak to the central traditional market and take a tour of this bustling location. Resume the tour, arriving at the oldest mosque in Yogyakarta and don a traditional Javanese outfit -a sign of respect for the former kings- and then visit the Royal Cemetery of the First King of the Mataram Kingdom.

Take a tour of the linking laneways to discover the Kalang-style architecture, which is indigenous to Kotagede – a combination of Javanese and Colonial styles.

Leave Kotagede for lunch at the Ndalem Natan Restaurant, which is also popular for its gallery.

Then proceed to Borobudur after lunch. Upon arrival, get a taste for local life with a horse cart ride through Candirejo Village. Travel along small lanes lined with traditional houses and stop to see village activities such as making cassava crackers, playing the gamelan and harvesting and drying vanilla and chili.

Continue with a visit to Mendut and Pawon Temples, near Borobudur. Older than Borobudur, these pyramid-shaped temples house three impressively carved stone statues

Dinner at leisure and overnight in Borobudur.

4

Borobudur – Yogyakarta – Departure

Borobudur – Yogyakarta (42 km): 1 hours 30 minutes

Wake up early this morning to reach Borobudur for the sunrise. This is the most mystical time to see the temple- the sun raises over the structure in the tranquil morning air with very few other tourists at the temple.

Before the crowds arrive, explore with your guide, this massive Buddhist Temple- the largest in the world- and discover the incredible history behind its construction. Comprised of thousands of volcanic and river stone blocks, the temple was assembled entirely by human labor and took more than 75 years to complete. These days, the UNESCO Heritage site is still visible in its full glory- with magnificent carvings and an unusual, yet surprisingly beautiful bulk structure.

Return to your hotel for breakfast,

Time at leisure before your transfer to Yogyakarta airport for your onward flight to your next destination or continue with an extension package.

Important Information

Our Services Include:

  • Hotel accommodation in half-twin/double room with daily breakfast.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles with cold water and towel provided.
  • Service of English/French/German/Dutch/Spanish speaking local guide.
  • All entrance fees and tours as indicated in itinerary.

Our Services Do Not Include:

  • Visa arrangements
  • International and domestic flights.
  • International and domestic departure tax.
  • Meals other than mentioned above.
  • Camera/video entrance fees.
  • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc).
  • Travel insurance
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.

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