Embark on a discovery of history, culture and sweeping landscapes in Central Java. Take in memorable sunrises at UNESCO-heritage Borobodur Temple and Mt Sikunir volcano. Sip coffee at a highland plantation and see traditional ways of life in rural villages, showcasing the true charm of Central Java. 

Trip Highlights

Highlights of Central Java

Explore UNESCO-heritage temples

Wake up for a sunrise over Borobodur, a massive Buddhist temple, and wander through the 9th-century Prambanan Hindu temple.

Discover local village life

Take a horse cart to Candirejo village, dining in a local family’s house and seeing scenes of daily Javanese life. 

See Yogyakarta’s highlights

See the Sultan’s Palace, Taman Sari water palace and more for a taste of the city’s rich history and culture. 



Semarang Arrival – Salatiga

Semarang Airport – Lawang Sewu – Pesta Keboen Resto (6 km): 10 minutes Semarang city center – Salatiga (40 km): 1 hour 30 minutes

Arrive at Achmad Yani International Airport in Semarang, meet with the guide and driver and transfer to the hotel in Salatiga.

Recommended flight (Airfares are not included and quoted separately. Schedules are subject to change without prior notice): Singapore to Semarang by Silk Air MI102 departing at 09:05 and arriving at 10:10 on Monday and Friday, or departing at 14:15 and arriving at 15:30 on Wednesday.

Located on the north coast of the island of Java, Semarang is the capital of Central Java. An Important port on the Java Sea since the Dutch colonial era, Semarang, with its 1.5 million inhabitants, is now the 7th most populous city in the country.

Visit Lawang Sewu, the city’s most famous landmark and a masterpiece of Dutch colonial architecture. The building was built between 1904 and 1907 as former headquarter of the national railway of the Dutch East Indies. Its name in Javanese means ‘Thousands Doors’.

Lunch in a local restaurant in Semarang.

Following lunch, continue to Salatiga.

Upon arrival, check into the hotel and dinner at leisure.

Overnight in Salatiga.


Salatiga – Gedong Songo – Banaran – Wonosobo

Salatiga – Gedong Songo (30 km): 1 hour Gedong Songo – Banaran coffee plantation (20 km): 40 minutes Banaran coffee plantation – Wonosobo (88 km): 3 hours

In the morning, after breakfast, drive to Banaran Coffee Plantation at Tuntang for a short tour with a buggy car around the plantation. The guide will explain everything there is to know about the high-quality organic Robusta coffee grown on the property while touring hrough the fields.

Next stop is Bandungan, gateway to the Gedong Songo Temples Complex located 1,200m up on the slopes of the Ungaran Mountain. This group of small, 8th-century Hindu temples are among the oldest in Java. The best way to reach the complex is on horseback slowly going up to reach the mountain top for spectacular views and a chance to roam among these ancient monuments. 

Continue to Banaran Coffee Plantation at Gemawang for a set menu lunch with views over the coffee fields .

In the mid-afternoon, take a 3-hour drive to Wonosobo a small town located 790 meters above sea level and the gateway to the volcanic Dieng Plateau, the “Abode of the Gods”.

Dinner at leisure and overnight in Wonosobo.


Wonosobo – Sunrise Dieng – Tambi Tea Plantation – Borobudur

Wonosobo – Dieng (26 km): 1 hour Dieng – Tambi tea plantation (16 km): 30 minutes Tambi Tea Plantation – Wonosobo (15 km): 30 minutes Wonosobo – Borobudur (54 km): 2 hours

Wake up and have breakfast early before leaving Wonosobo at 04:00 to the volcanic Dieng Plateau, which is located at an altitude of 2,000m.

Upon arrival at Sembungan Village in Dieng, hike for around 40 minutes (depending fitness levels) up to Mt Sikunir for an unforgettable sunrise experience as light crests over the distant volcanoes.

Then, observe the volcanic activity of the Dieng Crater and Kawah Sikidang and explore the oldest Hindu temples in Java. There are 8 shrines dating from the 7th and 8th centuries which line the crater floor amid sulphurous fumes and rugged natural surroundings.

Note: Temperatures during the day ranged between 15-20oC and can go as low as 0oC in July and August. Warm clothes are strongly recommended to visit the plateau

The mist generally rolls in around 11:00, so it is time to take a 1-hour tour of the Tambi Tea Plantation established in 1885, located at the foot of Mt Sindoro. It spans 830 hectares, with 1,100 workers who gather around 7kg of leaves in a mere 20 minutes. Learn about the process of picking and processing the tea.

Enjoy a cup of freshly brewed tea on the terrace of the plantation before returning to Wonosobo for a late lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon leave Wonosobo and proceed to Borobudur via Mungkid through a small road on the southern slopes of Mt Sumbing, an active volcano with an altitude of 3,371m (70km – 2 hours 30 minutes).

Note: Starting 10 pax drive from Wonosobo to Borobudur via Magelang (85km – 3 hour 15 minutes)

Check in at the hotel in Borobudur.

Dinner at leisure and overnight in Borobudur.


Sunrise Borobudur – Candirejo – Yogyakarta

Borobudur Temple – Mendut Temple – Pawon Temple (5 km): 15 minutes Borobudur – Yogyakarta (42 km): 1 hour 30 minutes

Depart around 04:30 from the hotel for sunrise at the UNESCO site of Borobudur -one of the most incredible experiences to be had in Asia. Following the lead of the guide, explore 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 labour and took more than 75 years to complete. As the sun begins to cast its first rays upon the temple, be sure to take some photos.

Afterwards, return to the hotel for breakfast and spend the rest of the morning at leisure.

Around 12:00, check out from the hotel and proceed to Candirejo Village to get a taste for local life with a horse cart ride. Known as a dokar, the local horse cart leads quietly through this peaceful, charming village.

After enjoying a traditional Javanese lunch in the 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 of vanilla and chili.

Continue with a visit to nearby Mendut Temple. Older than Borobudur, this pyramid-shaped temple houses three impressively carved stone statues. Also visit Pawon Temple, a simple yet beautiful monument known for its precise symmetry

Proceed to Yogyakarta for check-in at the hotel there.

Despite the official spelling of ‘Yogyakarta’ this town is usually pronounced as and often written ‘Jogjakarta’ or simply ‘Jogja’. It is the most popular tourist destination in Java, largely thanks to its proximity to the temples of Borobudur and Prambanan. Jogja is also a centre of art and education, though, and is also considered to be the cradle of traditional Javanese culture. Additionally, locals of Jogja are renowned for their friendly nature.

Dinner this evening is at leisure.

Overnight in Yogyakarta.


Yogyakarta – Prambanan Temple

Yogyakarta city center – Prambanan Temple (18 km): 40 mins

Today, have a chance to learn more about Yogyakarta’s historic and cultural traditions with a full-day city tour.

Start with a visit to the Sultan’s Palace, also known as Kraton. Built between 1756 – 1790, is a fine example of traditional Javanese sultanate architecture. While walking through various rooms and chambers, learn more about Javanese heritage and culture.

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.

Continue this morning’s tour with a visit to Sonobudoyo Museum by becak. Focusing on Javanese culture, the museum features exhibits of artefacts such as hand-crafted weapons, wooden wayang puppets, masks and old Javanese gamelan instruments.

Lunch at a local restaurant before visiting Prambanan Temple.

Following lunch, spend the afternoon exploring the ancient Hindu temples at Prambanan, located 17 kilometres from Yogyakarta. 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. UNESCO named Prambanan a Heritage Site in 1991. The guide will explain the history and symbolism of the temples while walking around.

Return to Yogyakarta for a chance to relax and freshen up.

In the evening, be treated to a performance of traditional Ramayana Dance while dining at a local restaurant.

Overnight in Yogyakarta.


Yogyakarta – Departure

Transfer to Yogyakarta Airport in the morning in time for the onward flight, or choose an optional extension in East Java.

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.

Customize this tour

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Fusce rutrum tincidunt lacus. Phasellus eget est elit. Nullam placerat et lacus quis malesuada. Vestibulum ipsum tortor

Similar Tours

Not quite right or still need some more inspiration? Take a look at the journeys below and discover what other people who liked this tour also looked at!

3 Days / 2 Nights

Back to Nature – Ulu Muda Escape

  • Discover untouched rainforests of Ulu Muda
  • Up close & personal with wildlife
  • Explore newly discovered limestone caves & saltlicks
  • Cruise down Lake Muda
  • Earth Lodge stay in the middle of dense rainforests
  • 9 Days / 8 Nights
    Koh Samui & The lower gulf

    East Coast Boutique Island Hopping

  • Relax on Thailand’s best islands
  • Stay in charming seaside hotels
  • Cruise the Gulf of Thailand
  • Seek out quieter beaches
  • Swim in tropical seas
  • 11 Days / 10 Nights

    Family Fun in Malaysia

    • Explore Malacca and Penang on trishaw
    • Leisurely train travel from KL to Ipoh
    • Hands-on activities to keep old traditions alive
    • Fun-filled scavenger hunt at Tropical Spice Garden
    • Traditional Gondola cruise in Putrajaya
    3 Days / 2 Nights
    Central Malaysia

    Taman Negara Rainforest Explorer

  • Traditional wooden longboat ride
  • Scenic countryside and riverside views
  • Taman Negara rainforest in night & day
  • Stay in riverside lodge
  • Spot wildlife & native flora & fauna
  • 5 Days / 4 Nights

    Glamping in the Mergui Islands

  • Glamping under the stars
  • Beautiful island Nyaung Oo Phee
  • White sand beach and crystal clear waters
  • Snorkel to neighbouring islands
  • Enjoy dinner on a private beach
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
    Chiang Mai

    The North Loop

  • Cruise along the Golden Triangle
  • Learn to cook Akha cuisine
  • Explore Tham Lod Caves
  • Summit Thailand’s highest peak
  • See Chiang Rai by rickshaw
  • @ 2000-20 EXO TRAVEL ALL RIGHTS RESERVED | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy

    Please login to access the full Agent Hub.

    Contact Us

    We’re experts who take pride in tailor-made itineraries that suit any need. Please fill in the form below and a member of our team will be in touch shortly.

    Please fill in the appropriate information below regarding any travel plans or enquiries. Our team of travel experts will get back to you shortly.

    Contact Us

    We’re experts who take pride in tailor-made itineraries that suit any need. Please fill in the form below and a member of our team will be in touch shortly.

    Please fill in the appropriate information below regarding any travel plans or enquiries. Our team of travel experts will get back to you shortly.

    Contact Us

    We’re experts who take pride in tailor-made itineraries that suit any need. Please fill in the form below and a member of our team will be in touch shortly.

    Please fill in the appropriate information below regarding any travel plans or enquiries. Our team of travel experts will get back to you shortly.

    Copy link