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- Borobudur temple, the largest Buddhist monument in the world
- Visit the sumptuous Hinduist complex of Prambanan
- Visit of Yogyakarta, the cultural soul of Java
- The visit of a traditional village in a horse-drawn carriage
Yogyakarta is the cultural hub of Indonesia. Home to astonishing temples as Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia, also listed as UNESCO heritage site, and Prambanan, a complex of Hindus temples, with its carvings onto its walls, telling the Ramayana story.
Besides its priceless architecture monuments, the atmosphere of Yogyakarta is partly due to the fact that the Sultan of Yogyakarta empowers its inhabitants, being supportive and attracting Indonesians from all over the archipelago, to experience the artistic and bustling life of the city.
We take you to the Keraton, the Sultan’s Palace; afterward we will have a closer look to its surrounding, still very active named Taman Sari, to enjoy the traditional handcrafts and Javanese daily life.
Day 1: Arrival Yogyakarta– Prambanan temple
Arrival at Yogyakarta International Airport (expected morning arrival), meet and greet by our local guide who will then lead you the car for your transfer to Yogyakarta.
On the way, you will visit Prambanan Temple. The Hindu temple of the “slender virgin”, also known as a complex of Lorojongrang, was erected in the 9th century while Java was ruled by the Hindu Sanjayas of Old Mataram.
It consists of 3 major temples/shrines in the main area dedicated to respected Hindu’s God Trinity such as Candi Shiva Mahadeva, Candi Brahma & Candi Vishnu.
Enough time is given to walk around and observe the beautiful carvings and the neighborhood shrines such as the Candi Plaosan and The Candi Sewu. The Ramayana story is carved into the walls of the temples.
Afterward proceed to your hotel for check in and enjoy the rest of the day free at your own leisure.
Day 2: Borobudur sunrise – Candirejo
You will leave early morning (about 03:30 to 04:00 am) from Yogyakarta to reach Borobudur.
Starting from the Manohara Hotel Borobudur Archaeological Park, you will experience the silent and quiet visit to Borobudur; the biggest Buddhist temple in the world, while witnessing the sunrise over Mount Merapi (if weather permits).
The fresh morning air, paired with a smoked blacked coffee or tasty tea complete this once in a life time watching “Borobudur during Sunrise”.
Afterwards, we continue to visit the nearby located temples such as Pawon Temple and Mendut Temple.
Then proceed to Candi Rejo Village – which located about 2 km from Borobudur Temple. It is a Traditional Javanese village that has been an example of village tourism.
Upon arrival in the village we join an exploratory village tour by “Andong” (horse drawn carriage) and gain insight and knowledge of local customs and traditions, art and handicrafts, traditional health drinks and the agricultural system of intercropping.
Afterward return to the hotel in Yogyakarta then enjoy the rest of the afternoon free at your own leisure.
Day 3: Yogyakarta city tour
You will start your day for a cultural tour through the city.
Our guide will bring you to the Sultan Palace Or ‘Kraton”, built in the grand and elegant Javanese architectural style, lies in the center of the municipality (Kraton is open from 08.00 a.m. to 02.00 p.m. except Friday closes at 01.00 p.m. and closed on national and Kraton holidays).
It was built in 1756 by Sri Sultan Hamengkubowono I, and is a model of traditional Javanese palace architecture. Up to now, the Kraton still serves as the Sultan Palace.
By walking distance we will visit one of the most intriguing parts on the tour of the Kraton; Tamansari, literally it means "Fragrant garden". Over 25,000 people live within this greater Kraton compound, which contains its own market, shops, batik and silver cottage industries, schools and mosques.
In the afternoon we proceed to Kota Gede with traditional transportation Becak or by bicycle.
The tour will go through Bumen Village, Kembang Waru bread production and then continue to traditional market Pasar Gede or Pasar Legi.
Along the way we also visit one of the oldest mosque in Kota Gede (built in 1575), and visit the Royal Cemetery (closed on Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday)where the remains the first king of Mataram and his family lay.
We then continue to discover the Joglo, the traditional Javanese house and have a look on the combination of Javanese and colonial architecture.
Return to your hotel then enjoy the rest of the day free at your own leisure.
Day 4: Yogyakarta – Departure
The morning is free at leisure until the check-out time at the hotel normally at 12:00 hours.
At the appropriate time, we will pick you up and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight to your next destination
- Transportation in air-conditioned car / minibus / coach
- Transportation from/to your accommodation
- All entrance fees to visits
- Double room with air conditioning in selected or similar rooms
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Personal expenses
- Please contact us by email via the contact form if you wish to get more information about this tour