Yogyakarta in Java is a unique place for the appreciation of contrasts.

Finding its own harmonious blend of tradition and modernity, where the old way of life and bygone times and customs are appreciated alongside its youthful charm, the city/town is considered Indonesia’s artistic and intellectual heart.

Yogyakarta is best known for its two historic temples: Borobudur Temple, a 9th century Buddhist monument and UNESCO World Heritage site, and Prambanan Temple, dedicated to the divine Hindu Trimurti (trinity).

Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Buddhist Temples
  • Urban Living

 Places to stay

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Hotel Santika

Hotel Style: Heritage

Hotel Santika Premiere Jogja is set in the downtown area of Yogyakarta, just a few minutes from the airport and a busy shopping district.   See Hotel

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The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta MGallery by Sofitel

Hotel Style: Heritage

The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta MGallery by Sofitel is set within a historic, colonial building dating back to the early 20th century. Enjoy proximity to the Royal Palace and the entertainment area of Jalan Malioboro.   See Hotel

 Things to do

Borobodur Temple Sunset Visit with Ramayana Ballet Performance (Half Day)

Enjoy a one hour drive to the famous Borobudur Temple, which many say rivals Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. This famous 9th century temple is the largest Buddhist temple in the world. This giant pyramid structure was based on an ancient text and took about one hundred years to be completed. Old documents suggest that it was inaugurated in 824 AD. Rising up from the green plains in a similar shape to its neighbouring volcanoes, it is a most marvellous setting to watch the sunset, although there is quite a climb up its six tiers to reach the top. Reaching the top is well worth it though as you will find 72 small latticework stupas that each house a Buddha. Once you have witnessed the beautiful, tranquil views, enjoy an early dinner at a nearby restaurant that serves regional cuisine, where a special local dessert is awaiting you. Afterward you can witness a traditional performance of the Ramayana ballet, against the backdrop of the illuminated Prambanan Temple. (Half Day; Private activity & transfer; Time of the day: Evening; Travel time to activity: 1 hr; Duration: 5 hrs; Fitness level: Easy; please note that in rainy weather, the performance is held indoors.)

Temple Tour of Yogyakarta

Awake early to take the one hour drive to the famous Borobudur Temple, which many say rivals Cambodia’s Angkor Wat! This famous 9th century temple is the largest Buddhist temple in the world. This giant pyramid structure was based on an ancient text and took about one hundred years to be completed and old documents suggest it was inaugurated in 824 AD. Rising up from the green plains in a similar shape to its neighbouring volcanoes, it is a most marvellous setting to watch the sun rise, although there is quite a climb up its six tiers to reach the top. However, reaching the top is well worth it as you will find 72 small latticework stupas that each house a Buddha. Once you have witnessed the beautiful, tranquil views, head back to your hotel for breakfast. (Full Day; Private activity & transfer; Travel time to activity: 2 hrs drive; Duration: 8 hrs; Fitness level: Moderate as you will reach the temple after climbing 100 steps that are not steep. Please note that driving between temples will take up time.)

Highlights of Yogyakarta (Half Day)

Your tour of Yogyakarta is brimming with historical charm! Venture to the Sultan’s Palace, or Kraton, as it is known locally. The palace lies between Mount Merapi and Parangtritis beach region, and is considered a central force within Javanese cosmology. Built in the 18th century, it is a fine example of traditional Javanese sultanate architecture. The Sultan still resides in the palace, making it somewhat of a living museum, as it showcases Javanese relics and hosts occasional cultural activities, including puppetry and classical poetry performances. Head onwards to Taman Sari Water Castle, which literally translates as fragrance garden and was a former royal garden. This tranquil spot with its meditation areas and pavillions magically combines both Javanese and Portuguese architectural design influences. (Half Day; Private activity & transfers; Duration: 3 hrs; Fitness level: Easy; If you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time.)

Borobodur Temple Sunrise Visit (Half Day)

Awake early to take the one hour drive to the famous Borobudur Temple, which many say rivals Cambodia’s Angkor Wat! This famous 9th century temple is the largest Buddhist temple in the world. This giant pyramid structure was based on an ancient text and took about one hundred years to be completed and old documents suggest it was inaugurated in 824 AD. Rising up from the green plains in a similar shape to its neighbouring volcanoes, it is a most marvellous setting to watch the sunrise, although there is quite a climb up its six tiers to reach the top. However, reaching the top is well worth it as you will find 72 small latticework stupas that each house a Buddha. Once you have witnessed the beautiful, tranquil views, head back to your hotel for breakfast. (Half Day; Private activity & transfers; Time of the Day: Morning (sunrise); Travel time to activity: 30 mins; Duration: 3 hrs; Fitness level: Easy to moderate, as you will have to climb up 100 gentle steps to the temple; Please note that views can be obstructed during cloudy or rainy weather.)

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