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This tour is designed for those who are interested in learning about the culture and history of Yogya. During the Yogyakarta tour, you will see the main sites, including the famous temples of Prambanan, Borobodur and the less well known temples around Yogyakarta, bike through rural villages, meet with traditional craftsmen and watch a performance of the Ramayana Ballet. You also have chances to discover authentic Javanese culture on this charming city which is considered to be centre of Indonesia regarding arts, culture, music and dance.
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DAY 01: YOGYAKARTA ARRIVAL
Upon arrival at Adisucipto International Airport, you will be welcomed by our Asia Senses travel guide and driver. They will provide you with a transfer to your hotel in Yogyakarta for check in.
After taking some time to relax and freshen up at the hotel, you will be picked up by the guide again, and proceed to the UNESCO-recognized Prambanan Temple, the largest Hindu temple complex in Indonesia. Built on the ninth century, this complex consists of many temples with three main temples, dedicated to the three great Hindu divinities (Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma) and three temples dedicated to the animals who serve them. While walking around this incredible complex, your guide will tell you about the history and symbolism of the temples. After the visit, head back to your hotel.
Overnight in Yogyakarta.
DAY 02: YOGYAKARTA
Start our today’s sightseeing tour with a visit to Kraton (the Sultan’s Palace), the main living area of Sultan of Yogyakarta and his family. Built from 1756 to 1790, it is not only home to the king and his family, but also becomes the flame guard of Javanese culture. You can learn and see directly on how the Javanese culture continues to live and be preserved while walking through the various rooms and chambers.
Our next destination is Taman Sari, also known as Taman Sari Water Castle. Built in the mid-18th century, it was known as the garden for the Sultan of Yogyakarta and had multiple functions, such as a resting area, a workshop, a meditation area, a defense area, and a hiding place. We also attend a short performance of Wayang Kulit (Indonesian traditional performing arts of puppet-shadow) and visit a batik workshop where you can learn how to make batik.
Then drive to KALIURANG, a hill resort town on the slopes of Mount Merapi Volcano. It is about 25 kilometres (16 mi) north of the city of Yogyakarta and takes around one-hour to drive to this peaceful town. Upon arrival, enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, take a visit to Ullen Sentalu Museum, a private museum which displays a lot of old photographs, paintings, fabrics, old letters and statues that show Javanese culture – expressions, historical knowledge, representations, practices and skills.
Afterwards, drive to Kaliadem village for a two-hour biking trip. Along the journey admire the stunning sites and natural landscapes ranging from active volcanoes and picturesque villages to rice paddy fields and centuries-old temples.
Following the biking trip, have dinner in a local restaurant near Prambanan Temple. After finishing your dinner, move to Prambanan’s open stage to enjoy amazing Ramayana Ballet with the temples in the background.
NOTE: Ramayana Ballet at Prambanan is only performed on certain days of the week from May to October. A similar performance at Pura Wisata Theatre will be replaced, if there is no show at Prambanan.
Overnight in Yogyakarta.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 03: YOGYAKARTA – BOROBUDUR
This morning, check out your hotel before embarking on a short transfer to the charming Kotagede Village, well-known for its traditional Javanese architecture and silver products made by the skilled silversmiths.
Upon arrival at the village, take a leisurely tour by Becak (Javanese tricycle). During this trip, visit a master baker’s house to see Kembang Waru (traditional cake) making process and a silver workshop where you can see silver artisans work quickly and carefully to make silver products. The Becak then takes you to a traditional market where you can find a variety of goods, including batik, clothing, souvenirs, vegetables, fast food, traditional snacks (jajanan pasar), basic ingredients, household items, jamu (traditional herbal medicine), and antiques.
After that, pay a visit to Kotagede Mosque, the oldest mosque in Yogyakarta and Kotagede Royal Cemetery of the founder of Mataram Kingdom, who was then called Panembahan Senopati. If you want to go inside the cemetery, you have to wear traditional clothes, a sign of respect for the former kings. Continue on the Becak around the Kotagede’s streets, you will have chances to discover the Kalang-style architecture, a combination of Javanese and Colonial styles. Have your lunch at a local restaurant.
Following the lunch, proceed to Candirejo Village. Upon arrival at this peaceful village, jump on a horse cart ride through the village to see where locals farm crops and dry produce such as vanilla and chili. It is a unique glimpse of Javanese village life. Then visit Mendut and Pawon Temples, two of the famous places listed on Yogyakarta places of interest and popular Buddhist temples.
Check in hotel in Borobudur and free to have dinner at a local restaurant at your own cost.
Overnight in Borobudur.
DAY 04: BOROBUDUR DEPARTURE
Wake up early in this morning and be transferred to Borobudur Temple before the sun rises. Enjoy this mystical moment when the sun raises over this magnificent temple in the tranquil morning air. Following the sunrise, explore this massive Buddhist Temple with your guide and discover the incredible history behind its construction.
Built in the 8th and 9th centuries AD during the reign of the Syailendra Dynasty, the Borobudur Temple Compounds is one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world. It was built in the style of Mandala which symbolizes the universe in Buddhist teaching. The walls and balustrades are decorated with fine low reliefs, covering a total surface area of 2,520 m2. Around the circular platforms are 72 openwork stupas, each containing a statue of the Buddha.
Afterward, return to the hotel for breakfast. Free at leisure until your driver transfers you back to Yogyakarta Airport for your onward flight or to your next destination.
Private Tour (for 02 pax, cheaper if more)
Tour Price Includes
03 night accommodation
Meals as mentioned
Local English speaking guide
Private transportation during the tour
Rental bicycle at Kaliadem Village
Tricycle transport at Kotagede Village
Horse cart ride at Candirejo Village
Ramayana Ballet at Prambanan Temple
All sightseeing as specified and entrance fees included
Bottled drinking water per touring days
Tour Price Excludes
International and domestic flights (quoted separately)
Travel and medical insurances
Meals other than mentioned above
Tips for guide and driver
Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone)
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