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Borobudur Sunrise, Merapi Volcano & Prambanan Full Day Tour

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

After being 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. Once your tour is finished, sit back and relax while your driver escorts you back to your accommodation.

Yogyakarta: Borobudur Sunrise & Prambanan Temple Guided Tour

2. 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.

From Yogyakarta: Borobudur Sunrise on Setumbu Hill

3. 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. 

Borobudur Sunrise Half Day Guided Tour With Transfer

4. Borobudur Sunrise Half Day Guided Tour With Transfer

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.

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.

Yogyakarta: Palace, Water Castle & UNESCO Temple Guided Tour

6. Yogyakarta: Palace, Water Castle & UNESCO Temple Guided Tour

Explore Yogyakarta, widely renowned as Java's educational center, and see some of the city's most prominent landmarks. Visit the Sultan's Palace, which dates back to the 17th century and is home to the current sultan. You will have 1 hour to spend at the palace before you head to Taman Sari Water Castle. Continue on foot to the neighboring Water Castle and its gardens which was built in the mid-18th century as a resting, workshop, and meditation area for the royal family. After exploring the baths and pools of the complex, leave the city behind and travel to the grandeur Borobodur or Prambanan temple. There will be a stop for lunch before heading to the temple (not included). You will have the option to visit Borobudur which is the world's largest Buddhist temple or to explore and admire the beauty of Prambanan temple. Once you've finished your trip, your friendly tour guide will escorts you heading back to your accommodation in Yogyakarta.

From Yogyakarta: Borobudur, Mount Bromo, and Ijen 4-Day Tour

7. From Yogyakarta: Borobudur, Mount Bromo, and Ijen 4-Day Tour

Join this 4-day trip from Yogyakarta and discover Java Island. Visit important temples, explore beautiful landscapes, hike to waterfalls, and taste delicious local cuisine. Day 1 Begin your adventure with pickup from your accommodation in Yogyakarta 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. This is one of the world's greatest ancient monuments. Once you’ve seen the temple, you can choose to head back to your accommodation in Yogyakarta, or visit more of the landmarks surrounding Yogyakarta City, such as the Merapi Volcano, the Prambanan Temple, or Tamansari Water castle. Day 2 On the second day, travel from your accommodation in Yogyakrta to Mount Bromo, and enjoy the beautiful landscapes along the way while your friendly driver negotiates the notorious traffic. Once you’ve settled into your accommodation in Bromo, you can enjoy some free time to explore the area and prepare for the sunrise on the next day. Day 3 Wake up early on day 3 to get ready for a truly unforgettable experience. You will be able to witness the magical sunrise views of Mount Bromo as you explore the most popular volcano in Indonesia. After exploring Mount Bromo, you will head back to the hotel to enjoy a delicious breakfast before traveling to Bondowoso City, where your accommodation for the Ijen Crater tour is located. Day 4 On the final day, your tour starts in the middle of the night as you head to the Ijen Crater, which takes around 2 hours. Hike up to the Ijen Crater for about 90 to 120 minutes, where you can witness the fascinating blue flames rise up. After exploring the crater, you can opt to be dropped off in Bali, Ketapang Port in Banyuwangi, or Surabaya.

Borobudur Temple: Half Day Guided Tour From Yogyakarta

8. Borobudur Temple: Half Day Guided Tour From Yogyakarta

Be picked up from your hotel in Yogyakarta and head to Borobudur Temple. Explore the single largest Buddhist structure on earth. This is one of the world's greatest ancient monuments. As the world's largest Buddhist temple, Borobudur is listed as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. 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. See 2,672 relief panels and learn about Buddha’s teachings. 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! Once you have finished your trip, sit back and relax while your driver escort you back to your accommodation in Yogyakarta.

From Jakarta: Yogyakarta, Borobudur, Bromo, Ijen & Bali Tour

9. From Jakarta: Yogyakarta, Borobudur, Bromo, Ijen & Bali Tour

Discover the full beauty and variety of Java Island on this guided multi-day trip from Jakarta. Visit important temples, explore beautiful landscapes, hike to volcanoes and taste delicious local cuisine. Over 7 days, travel to highlights such as; Yogyakarta, Borobudur, Bromo and Ijen alongside lesser-known gems. Day 1 Your adventure starts at Jakarta Airport, where you will be greeted by your tour guide. Board a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, sit back, and enjoy the ride to your accommodation in Jakarta. Once you've arrived at the hotel, you’ll have time to rest and prepare for the tour on the next day. Day 2 Explore the many highlights that Jakarta has to offer. Visit museums, traditional markets and neighborhoods such as Chinatown. Once you've finished your trip, you will be returned to the hotel. Day 3 Travel by train from Jakarta to Yogyakarta, a city regarded as an important center for Javanese arts and culture. Enjoy the beautiful sights and scenery while you are in the train. Once you've arrived in Yogyakarta, head to your accommodation to get settled in. Day 4 Start your day early, heading to Setumbu Hill to witness the breathtaking Borobudur sunrise. After, explore the UNESCO-listed Borobudur Temple, the largest Buddhist structure on earth. After this, you can choose to head back to the hotel and relax, or visit more Yogyakarta's landmarks. Day 5 Travel from Yogyakarta to Mount Bromo by car. Once you’ve settled into your accommodation there, you can enjoy some free time to explore the area and get some rest in preparation for another stunning sunrise the next day. Day 6 Wake up early and get ready for truly magical sunrise views of Mount Bromo as you explore the most popular volcano in Indonesia. After, head back to the hotel to enjoy a breakfast before traveling to Bondowoso City, where your accommodation for the Ijen Crater tour is located. Day 7 Your final day starts with a midnight hike to the Ijen Crater. It will take around 90 to 120 minutes to reach the top, where you'll witness blue flames streaming up from the crater. After this, you'll be dropped off at your accommodation in Bali where the tour will come to an end.

Best of Yogyakarta: Private Customisable Guided Tour

10. Best of Yogyakarta: Private Customisable Guided Tour

Discover Yogyakarta alongside a local and see the best of the city on a private customizable full-day tour. Get insider tips from your knowledgeable tour guide on visiting the most important attractions of the city. Benefit from an itinerary that can be altered and adjusted according to your interests. Take in some cultural museums and art galleries. Explore historic landmarks such as the Sultan's Palace, Water Castle, and The Great UNESCO sites of Borobudur and Prambanan Temple. Browse the oldest vibrant market of Beringharjo in one of Yogyakarta’s fascinating neighborhoods. If hunger strikes, let your tour guide provide top tips on a local eatery for an authentic taste of Yogyakarta’s cuisine. If you love having the opportunity to choose from a wide range of times to start, sites to visit, and create a personalized one, two, or three-day tour with the help of your tour guide at your own pace, then this is the best way to discover Yogyakarta and the surrounding areas.

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What people are saying about Borobudur

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4.8 / 5

based on 442 reviews

Thanks to our driver and guide whose name is Atok our experience could not be better! All of the scenery and the temples were breathtaking, guides on the sites were excellent and very kind, but the long ride with Atok was just as amazing, fun and informative! We learned so much about life in Java, the history, religion, about the people of Java and their way of life, we had great conversations and laughs! Thank you all for the great experience that we will never forget. Thank you, Atok, for your kindness, great company, you've been a great help and a great friend!Yogyakarta temples, nature and the city itself were just amazing! Local people are the nicest and the kindest people ever!

I had a wonderful day. Indrah is an amazing tour guide, he’s so smart and knows so much about the history and nature of Jogja. I learned so much about Yogyakarta and Java. We stopped at one point to smell eucalyptus. The guides at Borobudur and Prambanan were wonderful too. I learned so much about the history and architecture of the area. Definitely book this tour if you’re in the Jogja area

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

An active trip that was well organized and efficiently supported by the knowledgable and friendly drivers and guides

Thank tO our tour guide pak Yoyokk very informative and friendly