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Borobudur Sunrise, Merapi Volcano & Prambanan Full Day Tour

1. Borobudur Sunrise, Merapi Volcano & Prambanan Full Day Tour

Discover the wonders of Yogyakarta, Borobudur, and Mount Merapi on this private tour with your own personal driver. Venture to the Merapi volcano by jeep and visit the Prambanan Temple, entry tickets included. Add an optional visit to the Borobudur Temple to your trip. Be picked up from your hotel and head to Setumbu Hill to witness the breathtaking Borobudur sunrise. When the air is fresh and as the mist begins to lift, the sun will surround the volcanoes and terraced fields. After sunrise, you have the option to explore the UNESCO-listed Borobudur Temple, the single largest Buddhist structure on earth. Be the first of the day to enter the gates as they open. This is one of the world's greatest ancient monuments. Continue your tour on board a jeep to the Merapi volcano, one of the most popular volcanoes in the country. Snap your own momentous memories over the picturesque spots of the volcano. Finish the tour with a visit to one of the most beautiful Hindu temples, Prambanan. Built in the tenth century, this is the largest temple compound dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia.  See the three temples decorated with reliefs illustrating the epic of the Ramayana, dedicated to the three great Hindu divinities (Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma) and the animals who serve them.

From Yogyakarta: Borobudur Sunrise on Setumbu Hill

2. From Yogyakarta: Borobudur Sunrise on Setumbu Hill

Be collected at your accommodation by your friendly driver and travel to Setumbu Hill for 5:00 AM. Witness the breathtaking Borobudur sunrise views. When the air is fresh and as the mist begins to lift the sun will surround the volcanoes and terraced fields. You will leave at dawn.  Choose the additional option to explore the UNESCO listed Borobudur Temple, just 4 kilometers from Setumbu Hill. Be the first of the day to enter the gates as they open. Borobudur is one of the world's truly great ancient monuments and is the single largest Buddhist structure anywhere on earth. You can continue your journey and visit the nearby Mendut and Pawon Temples, which are positioned in a straight line with Barabudur for an unknown ritual process. 

Yogyakarta: Borobudur Temple Entry Ticket

3. Yogyakarta: Borobudur Temple Entry Ticket

Pre-book your entry ticket to the magnificent Borobudur Temple, the world's biggest Buddhist monument. Marvel at the architecture and stonework of this unique temple that sits majestically on a hilltop overlooking lush green fields and distant hills. Discover a monument that is a marvel of design, covering a total surface area of around 2,500 square meters, decorated with 2,672 relief panels and originally featuring 504 Buddha statues. See the stone carvings attached to the temple that display legends and stories with great philosophical significance. Choose to walk through Green Park from the entrance. As you walk through the area, spot vendors who will offer you souvenirs and other knick-knacks (there are regulations to prevent them from disturbing visitors). Built between AD 780 and 840 during the reign of the Sailendra dynasty, the temple's design in Gupta architecture reflects India's influence on the region. However, there are enough indigenous scenes and elements incorporated to make Borobudur uniquely Indonesian. The temple has remained strong even through ten centuries of neglect. In the 1970s, the Indonesian Government and UNESCO worked together to restore Borobudur to its former majesty. The restoration took eight years to complete, making Borobudur one of Indonesia’s most valuable treasures.

Bandung: Private Car or Minivan Charter with Driver

4. Bandung: Private Car or Minivan Charter with Driver

Open up a world of possibilities for your holiday with a private car or minibus charter with an English-speaking driver. Explore Bandung at your own pace during your own 10-hour itinerary. Tick things off your bucket list as you go, and feel safe in the hands of your experienced driver throughout the journey. Check out the white crater of Kawah Putih, discover the active volcano of Tangkuban Perahu, and eat and drink at all of the city's latest hot spots. Your driver will take you anywhere you want to go and will wait for you at every stop. If you love having freedom of choice and having fun at your own pace, this is the best way to discover Bandung.

Yogyakarta: Prambanan Temple Afternoon Tour

5. Yogyakarta: Prambanan Temple Afternoon Tour

On this private half-day tour, visit Prambanan Temple (Loro Jonggrang), part of the Prambanan Temple compounds, and witness the magical afternoon view. You will have the opportunity to explore the largest Hindu temple complex in the country and learn about its history and folklore. The Prambanan Temple Complex was build in the 9th century and is located in Central Java around 17 kilometers from Yogyakarta. It was dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva) and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia and one of the largest ones in Southeast Asia. You will have around 3 hours to fully explore the temple and enjoy the afternoon view before going back to your hotel. 

Jakarta: Old Batavia Guided Coach Tour

6. Jakarta: Old Batavia Guided Coach Tour

Drive through the streets of Jakarta’s historic district and pass by the Dutch-style structures dating back to the 17th-century. Learn about the history of the city with visits to the National Museum, Kota Intan, and Jakarta’s Chinatown as you travel in an air-conditioned minivan. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Jakarta. Visit the National Museum and see its collection of artifacts from Jakarta’s different ethnic groups. Admire the museum’s costumes, musical instruments, model houses, and fine bronzes from the Hindu-Javanese period. The museum also houses stone pieces from the temples Central Java and a superb display of Chinese ceramics. Explore Glodok, Jakarta’s Chinatown and a vibrant banking, trading, and entertainment hub. Stop at the Petak Sembilan Chinese Temple dedicated to the Buddhist goddess of Mercy Kuan Yin. Learn about the history of the Batavian Chinese from your guide. Make your way to the Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Museum). The museum is housed in the old town hall of Batavia, reminding onlookers of Indonesia’s time as a Dutch colony. Continue to the Wayang Museum and see its collection of Javanese puppets. Afterwards, drive over the Kota Intan Drawbridge, the last drawbridge in Jakarta. Visit Sunda Kelapa Harbor, once the heart of Jakarta's maritime trade. During the colonial era, the harbor was known as the “Roads of Batavia” and was the only entrance to Batavia. After visiting the harbor you will be brought back to your hotel.

Borobudur: Sunrise on Setumbu Hill and Dieng Plateau

7. Borobudur: Sunrise on Setumbu Hill and Dieng Plateau

Get picked up from your hotel in the early morning and head to Setumbu Hill to witness breathtaking sunrise views. When the air is fresh and as the mist begins to lift the sun will surround the volcanoes and terraced fields. Choose the additional option to explore the UNESCO listed Borobudur Temple, just 4 kilometers from Setumbu Hill. Be the first of the day to enter the gates as they open. After the sunrise at Setumbu Hill or Borobudur Temple, then travel to Dieng Plateau. Enjoy views along the way of rows of rice fields and picture-perfect villages clinging to terraced hillsides. Head to Telaga Warna Lake via Batu Pandang Hill. Telaga Warna Lake, or "Colorful Lake", contains water that changes color. At times it can be green, purple, yellow, or even all the colors of the rainbow. This phenomenon occurs when the sun hits the water due to its high sulfuric content. From Telaga Warna Lake, visit Sikidang Crater, an open sulfur crater with angry bubbling mud and bellowing steam. It’s set among a bumpy and dusty landscape that will make you feel as if you've arrived on another planet. Not far from the crater, you can also visit the Arjuna Temple Complex which houses 8 small Hindu temples that date back to the 7th century. Sit back and relax as your friendly driver escorts you back to your hotel.

From Yogyakarta: Cetho, Sukuh Erotic Temple and Solo City

8. From Yogyakarta: Cetho, Sukuh Erotic Temple and Solo City

Be collected at your accommodation in Yogyakarta then travel for three hours to Cetho and Sukuh Temples. Pass by the slope of Mount Lawu, the surrounding area provides an impressive view of the expansive tea plantations and rice fields against the backdrop of hills and towering mountains.  From these neighboring temples, head to Mangkunegaran Palace. After an hour and a half, arrive in the heart of Solo City, which is well-known as the sister city of Yogyakarta. Explore this Javanese legacy at your own pace or hire a local guide to learn about the history of this city. Enjoy lunch in a typical restaurant in Solo.  Last but not least, explore the ancient Batik Museum in Solo City. Find collections of artefacts from times before the colonization and about five years after the Indonesian independence in 1950. Sit back and relax as your driver escorts you back to you accommodation for 6:00 PM. 

Yogyakarta: 3-Hour Guided Rickshaw Tour

9. Yogyakarta: 3-Hour Guided Rickshaw Tour

Experience the constant hustle and bustle of Javanese life as you tour the city of Yogyakarta in a becak, which is the local name for a rickshaw. With three tires and one seat at the front, the becak is manually pedaled by the driver. Yogyakarta is widely renowned as Java's educational center. Discover the main attractions and most prominent landmarks. Begin by walking for a few minutes through the most happening area in Yogyakarta. Continue on and to explore the exquisite ancient royal baths at Taman Sari Water Castle and learn the history from your experience guide. See the ancient park where there are two big sacral Ficus trees. Then proceed to the famous local industry of Batik. See, enjoy, and learn more about the processing for a difference experience. Complete your journey by having lunch at a family restaurant that serves many kind of local dishes as a buffet.

From Bali: Private Yogyakarta Day-Trip with Flight Option

10. From Bali: Private Yogyakarta Day-Trip with Flight Option

Get picked up from your hotel, head to the airport and hop on a plane for a full-day adventure in Yogyakarta on Java Island. Once landed, you will meet your professional guide and head to Indonesia's largest and most beautiful Hindu temple, Prambanan. Learn about the history and folklore of the ninth-century temple before going to the Sultan Palace Kraton. Built in 1790, the Sultan Palace Keraton remains a center of the walled city with shops, markets, schools, mosques and the city’s batik dyeing and silver industries. Your next destination is the world's largest Buddhist Temple and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Borobudur Temple. An example of Indonesia’s classic art and architecture, the temple consists of three monuments, which together represent the phases in the attainment of nirvana. Upon arrival back in Bali, you will be picked up and brought back to your hotel. This is a perfect tour if you have only one day for exploring the Yogyakarta area and want to see its most famous sites.

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Our driver Steven tailored the tour to our liking (destination south of Bandung). We had enough time for our desired sightseeing and also enough breaks for eating and drinking. We particularly liked the fact that our driver really took the entire 10 hours for us and even did a small city tour through the center of Bandung at the great end. Thanks again Steven for the nice day.

It was a nice trip with my driver praja. He was very punctual and drives really safe. As well he gaves me some important information about the tour and the destinations. All in all I had fun and see a lot, it’s a beautiful temple tour. Thanks praja

We spent an extraordinary day with our great driver Chawqui who gave very good advice for the organization of the day. What a good surprise for us who had made the reservation very late the night before!

My guide, Widi was very available, attentive and very knowledgeable about the history of his country.

Our driver was great and we had a great day with him! Many thanks.