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Borobudur Sunrise & Prambanan Full Day Private Tour

1. Borobudur Sunrise & Prambanan Full Day Private 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

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.

Borobudur Temple Half Day Private Tour

4. Borobudur Temple Half Day Private Tour

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. Gaze upon green fields, distant hills, and volcanoes. Complete your journey by visiting the nearby Mendut and Pawon Temples (optional). These are positioned along a straight line with Barabudur for an unknown ritual process. Explore the wonder of the ancient world today!

From Yogyakarta: Cetho, Sukuh Erotic Temple and Solo City

5. 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. 

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 8 reviews

What an excellent day!Widi my guide was an absolute gem,he picked me up early in the morning as we discussed.I was lucky enough to be the only person to guide so have me a huge amount of information about the places I was planning to visit. Borobudur was amazing although I wasn’t be able to climb up atop due to covid restrictions. Nevertheless,the whole trip was amazing and all I can say if you are planning to do any of these packages,tray and request Widi!

We can definitely recommend this tour. Widi is a great guide. He made our trip to Borobudur and Prambanan very informative and fun. It was also great that we were able to make a spontaneous stop to drink a Kopi Luwak coffee. Unfortunately, the Indonesian government has currently closed the upper levels of Borobudur as a Covid measure. Of course, the guide can't help it here.

I had a great tour with Yuni. I was picked up from the hotel and taken to Borobudur Temple - on the way we drove along the country road so that you could see the rice fields and beautiful nature. Conclusion: Punctual, helpful, friendly and all my questions were answered. I really enjoyed it and would recommend this tour to my friends!

Amazing sunrise, never seen anything like this before, with volcanoes in the back and the temple within the mist of the jungle. Very nice guide also, had lots of fun. Would recommend this tour to everybody who spends time in the Yogyakarta region.

The guide Yuni was extremely nice, helpful and informative! Views were fascinating! However, when you to Borobudur, find out in advance if the temple is open to climb to the top