Add dates

Java, IndonesiaCulture & history

Our most recommended Java, Indonesia Culture & history

Yogyakarta: Borobudur Climb to the Top and Prambanan Tour

1. Yogyakarta: Borobudur Climb to the Top and Prambanan Tour

Discover the most popular temples in Java on a trip from Yogyakarta. Tour the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Borobudur and Prambanan Temple, and climb to the top of Borobudur. Visit the Pawon Temple and Mendut Buddhist Monastery with included entry tickets. After pickup, head to the Magelang District to visit the Buddhist temple of Borobudur. Step into a masterpiece of Javanese ancestors from the 9th century. Follow your tour guide through the interior to get to know more about this iconic symbol of the Buddhist dynasty. Climb 100 steps up the temple and learn the sight's history and philosophy. Discover the story carved on the relief carving of the temple and admire the stupa at the top of Borobudur. You can see a sitting Buddha statue in human-scale size inside each of the 72 stupas. After Borobudur, continue to the other two smaller temples near Borobudur named Pawon and Mendut Temple. Seen from above, they are built in one straight line. Inside Mendut temple, discover a 3-meter-tall ancient Buddha statue. Continue your trip past rice fields and a salak fruit plantation to the Hindu temple of Prambanan (1.5-hour drive). Go back in time to the Hindu dynasty on a guided walk through the temple. Explore the rooms of Prambanan, where statues of Hindu gods such as Brahma, Shiva, and Wisnu sit. After your tour, sit back and relax while your driver drives you back to your hotel.

Borobudur and Prambanan Temple Tour with Climb-up Access

2. Borobudur and Prambanan Temple Tour with Climb-up Access

Experience the full wonder of Borobudur and Prambanan with our exclusive skip-the-line ticket and Borobudur temple admission package. Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of ancient architecture and rich history, all while enjoying the utmost comfort during your journey. Our tour begins with a convenient and comfortable transportation service. Sit back and relax as we pick you up from your designated location in a well-maintained vehicle equipped with modern amenities. Along the way to Borobudur, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of lush green paddy fields and majestic mountains, creating a serene atmosphere that sets the tone for your adventure. Upon arrival at Borobudur Temple, you'll receive a special admission ticket that grants you exclusive access to explore the temple's magnificent structure and witness the intricate reliefs up close. Ascend the temple, step foot on its ancient steps, and be awestruck by the panoramic views from the top. Our knowledgeable local guide will provide fascinating insights into the history, culture, and profound philosophical meanings behind the intricate reliefs and statues found throughout Borobudur Temple. After immersing yourself in the wonders of Borobudur, we'll continue our journey to Prambanan Temple. With our skip-the-line ticket, you'll bypass the long queues and gain direct access to this awe-inspiring Hindu temple complex. Marvel at the grandeur of Prambanan's towering structures, adorned with intricate carvings and reliefs that depict legendary tales. Our expert guide will narrate the captivating stories and symbolism behind the intricate reliefs, including the renowned Ramayana epic. Throughout the tour, you'll be treated to intriguing anecdotes about the origins, uniqueness, and fascinating facts surrounding both temples. Discover how these architectural marvels have endured through time and learn about their significance in Indonesian culture and history. Featuring skip-the-line tickets, exclusive temple admission, and comfortable transportation, promises an unforgettable and immersive experience. Embark on this journey to witness the cultural wonders of Indonesia, ascend the monumental structures of the temples, and delve into the intricate world of ancient reliefs.

Yogyakarta: Prambanan Temple Entrance Ticket

3. Yogyakarta: Prambanan Temple Entrance Ticket

Visit Prambanan Temple with this entrance ticket. Walk through the biggest and most beautiful Hindu temple in Indonesia. Snap photos of the temple complex learn more about the history and religions of the region. See the temple that is locally known as the Roro Jonggrang Temple, or the Temple of the Slender Virgin. View the eight shrines, of which the three main ones are dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. Marvel at the main temple of Shiva which rises to a height of 130 feet and houses the magnificent statue of Shiva's consort, Durga. Admire the 224 temples in the complex. Learn about how the temple was rediscovered, revitalized and made a heritage site in 1991 by Unesco. Journey to what is widely regarded as the most beautiful and graceful Hindu temple in Indonesia.

Yogyakarta: Borobudur Sunrise & Prambanan Temple Guided Tour

4. Yogyakarta: Borobudur Sunrise & Prambanan Temple Guided Tour

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, 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. After visiting Borobudur, you will travel for 1.5 - 2 hours to Prambanan Temple. Spend 2 hours exploring Prambanan. This temple was 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 of Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma. You will also see three temples dedicated to the animals who serve them. After finishing exploring Prambanan, you can opt to choose to head back directly to the hotel, or stop for lunch on the journey back.

Yogyakarta: Borobudur Temple Entry Ticket

5. 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.

Jakarta: Full-Day Highlights Tour

6. Jakarta: Full-Day Highlights Tour

Enjoy an immersive journey through the vibrant cultural tapestry of Indonesia's capital city. Get ready to explore iconic landmarks, delve into history, witness architectural marvels, and experience with locals. Begin your adventure with the awe-inspiring National Monument (Monas). Towering proudly at the heart of Jakarta City, this structure is a symbol of Indonesia's independence. Ascend to the observation deck and be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the city skyline. This tour then takes you to the majestic Istiqlal Mosque, the largest mosque in Southeast Asia. Its stunning architecture and serene atmosphere create a sense of tranquility and spirituality. Arrive at Cathedral Jakarta, an architectural masterpiece that represents the religious diversity of the city. The cathedral's grandeur and intricate design are a testament to Jakarta's rich history and multicultural fabric. Venture into Glodok China Town, a vibrant enclave that showcases the fusion of Chinese and Indonesian cultures. And visit the Jin De Yuan Temple, a symbol of Glodok's rich heritage. Embark on an immersive journey through Jakarta's Old Batavia, where history and culture intertwine. Begin at Fatahillah Square, the heart of Old Batavia, and transport yourself back in time amidst the historical ambiance. Continue to the Wayang Museum, a treasure trove of Indonesian puppetry, and meet puppet masters, learn about puppet making from Indonesia, learn how to play, and see wayang collections from various regions in Indonesia. Cross the iconic Kota Intan Bridge, offering panoramic views of the old harbor area and a glimpse into Jakarta's maritime heritage. Conclude the tour at Sunda Kelapa Harbor, an ancient port that bears witness to Jakarta's seafaring past. Marvel at the traditional wooden schooners, known as "pinisi," and immerse yourself in the bustling activity of the dockworkers.

Yogyakarta: Borobudur & Prambanan Guided Tour With Transfers

7. Yogyakarta: Borobudur & Prambanan Guided Tour With Transfers

Be picked up from your accommodation in Yogyakarta and choose to start with a visit to Prambanan Temple first or Borobudur Temple. As you have your own private driver and vehicle for the pick up, you are allowed to choose which one to be visited first according to your need. Visit the world's largest Buddhist legacy of Borobudur Temple. Encounter 504 life-sized Buddha statues, each carved from a single stone. Discover seated Buddha statues beneath each bell-shaped spire. Admire its grandeur, beauty and uniqueness. Complete your journey by visiting the nearby Mendut and Pawon Temples (optional). These are positioned along a straight line with Borobudur for an unknown ritual process. Explore the wonder of the ancient world today! Set out for Prambanan Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built between the 8th and 10th centuries, this mighty temple complex celebrates both Hindu and Buddhist beliefs, and the scale is so impressive. It was dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu), and the Destroyer (Shiva). The largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia and one of the largest ones in Southeast Asia. Once you have finished your trip, sit back and relax while your private driver will escort you back to your accommodation in Yogyakarta.

Yogyakarta: Borobudur Climb and Prambanan Trip with Tickets

8. Yogyakarta: Borobudur Climb and Prambanan Trip with Tickets

See the largest stupa in the world and limb to the top of Borobudur before visiting Prambanan on a private temple trip from Yogyakarta. Visit the traditional village of Candirejo to experience local life. Join in on daily activities or explore the village by horse-drawn carriage. Following hotel pickup, start the journey to Borobudur Temple, the world's largest Buddhist monument and recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Admire one of the temple's most unique features: walls filled with 2,672 sculpture reliefs reaching a total length of 6 km. Later, head to the Candirejo Village to get a taste of the old customs of the Javanese community. Explore village life by taking part in locals’ everyday activities, such as making cassava chips, learning to play gamelan, and strolling around their vegetable garden. You can choose to explore the village by horse carriage before heading to Prambanan Temple. After exploring Prambanan on your own, enjoy a final private transfer back to your pickup location. village tour is an additional activity if you want to see the activities and culture of the people in Java

Yogyakarta: Tailor-Made Private Day Tour with Pickup

9. Yogyakarta: Tailor-Made Private Day Tour with Pickup

Discover Yogyakarta with a hassle-free, private tour complete with hotel pickup and drop-off. Tour the area with a local guide and enjoy the flexibility of a customizable experience as you select 3 to 4 attractions to explore. Choose your preferred combination of attractions, sticking to a single region to explore more individual sights. You can also choose to combine different regions, but time constraints will mean you'll see fewer attractions. Visit the North and see Borobudur Temple, Setumbu hill (Sunrise), Chicken Church, Pawon temple, Mendut Temple, 4x4 Merapi Lava Tour, Ullen Sentalu Museum, and more. Head to the West to discover Mudal Waterfall, Kembang Soka Waterfall, Kedung Pedut Waterfall, Pulepayung hill, Kalibiru View Point, Sermo Lake, or the Pronosutan Rice Field Views. In the East, attractions include the Prambanan Temple Complex, Kalasan Temple, Sambisari Temple, Ratu Boko Temple, Ijo Temple, Breccia Cliff, Bukit Bintang, Riyadi Spot, and others. Explore the city center with your guide and see Malioboro street, the Bringharjo Market, the Sultan Palace, the Vredeburg Fortress, Senobudoyo Museum, and Taman Sari Water Palace. Journey to the South to visit the Paragliding hills, Sari Mangunan Pine Forest, or the Songgo Langit Stone. Or make your way to Gunung Kidul (East-South) to see Jomblang Cave, Pindul Cave, Segoro Peak, Seruni beach, Pengilon hill, Watunene beach, and more. Feel free to combine any destinations you choose, even between regions. Good combination options include: 1. North+East. 2. North+West 3. West+South 4. East+Gunung Kidul 5. City+South 6. City+North 7. City+East.

From Yogyakarta: Borobudur Sunrise Half Day Tour with Pickup

10. From Yogyakarta: Borobudur Sunrise Half Day Tour with Pickup

Be picked up from your hotel in Yogyakarta in the early morning and head to Setumbu Hill. Witness the breathtaking sunrise views overlooking Borobudur Temple. 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. After the sunrise on Setumbu Hill, you will enter the Borobudur Temple and explore the UNESCO-listed Borobudur Temple, the single largest Buddhist structure on earth with a knowledgeable local guide. Be the first of the day to enter the gates as they open. This is one of the world's greatest ancient monuments. Once you have finished exploring Borobudur Temple, ask your driver and do not miss the chance to stop for an optional visit to the nearby Mendut and Pawon Temples, which are positioned in a straight line with Borobudur for an unknown ritual process, before your friendly driver take you back to your hotel in Yogyakarta.

86 activities found
Sort by:
Page 1 of 6

Frequently asked questions about Java, Indonesia Culture & history

What are other things to do than Culture & history that are worth visiting in Java, Indonesia?

The other unmissable things to do in Java, Indonesia are:

Other Sightseeing Options in Java, Indonesia

Want to discover all there is to do in Java, Indonesia? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Java, Indonesia

The trip is quite demanding in terms of travel. Lots of long distance travel. Especially taxing considering we have 3 early rises. The hotel is Jakarta is definitely a bit small considering it is for 2 days. The rest of the hotel arrangements are fine. Prambanan should definitely be included in this tour. Tipping information should have been included for clarity and benefits to the travellers.

We had a great time Our guide Anang Nasir wijaya was fabulous Picked us up from the airport at 7 am took us to the temples and dropped us off at our Airbnb The next day was a 3.30 am pick to get to the sunrise hike followed by the jam long caves That trip was easily the best trip we had ever had! Highly recommend Anang for his courteousness , energy and charming personality

I had an amazing morning with Yuni and Boim. Yuni is so funny and fun to hang out with, and I learned a lot about Merapi and Yogyakarta. Boim was a great guide around the volcano, I learned a lot about the 2010 eruption, and riding in the jeep was so much fun. Perfect way to start 2023

We had a great time. Yuni (driver from Jogja) and Nur (jeep driver) explained us a lot about Mount Merapi, culture, tradition and spiritual connection between people and mountain. It was our pleasure to meet them. We highly recommend booking this tour :)

Great visit with Yuni our knowledgeable guide who made it interesting.