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Best of Yogyakarta: Private Customized Full-Day Tour

1. Best of Yogyakarta: Private Customized Full-Day Tour

There’s much to see in Yogyakarta and the surrounding area. Book this private customized day tour and experience all the city has to offer including its local markets, food, Javanese culture, and the most important sights around Yogyakarta. Your guide will pick you up from your accommodation in a modern, air-conditioned SUV vehicle (Xenia or Avanza). Benefit from an itinerary that can be altered and adjusted according to your interests and go to wherever you’d like on this 10-hour program. If you love having the freedom to choose and have fun at your own pace, then this is the best way to discover Yogyakarta and the surrounding area.

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. 

Borobudur Sunrise, Merapi Volcano & Prambanan Full Day Tour

3. 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.

Selogriyo Temple Tour and Trek Through Java's Rice Terraces

4. Selogriyo Temple Tour and Trek Through Java's Rice Terraces

Visit the beautiful and remote Selogriyo Temple and trek through the surrounding rice terraces. Choose from a range of interesting sites to visit afterwards. Travel with your friendly driver from your accommodation in Yogyakarta or Borobudur to the peaceful Selogriyo Temple. Your journey will take about two hours from Yogyakarta, and one hour from Borobudur. Admire the fairytale scenery as you approach the secluded hilltop temple by foot. Hike through the iconic rice terraces, which grow paddy, beans, corn, and more. Enjoy the majestic landscape and the quiet of the countryside. Admire the Hindu temple's distinctive structure and explore the lush gardens surrounding it. Gaze out upon the verdant greenery of the volcanic hillside. Meet the kind and friendly local people, discover their stories and learn from their wisdom.  For those who wish to visit other iconic sites in the area, there are several options you can choose from: you can visit Selogriyo Temple and Borobudur Temple during the daytime or at sunrise. You can visit Selogriyo Temple and Prambanan Temple during the daytime or at sunset. You can visit Selogriyo Temple, Borobudur and Prambanan Temple in the daytime. After your trip, sit back and relax while your driver escorts you back to your accommodation.

Yogyakarta: Palace, Water Castle & The Great UNESCO Temple

5. Yogyakarta: Palace, Water Castle & The Great UNESCO Temple

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 1.5 - 2 hours 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. You will have about 2-3 hours to explore the temple before heading back to Yogyakarta.

Borobudur Sunrise & Prambanan Full Day Private Tour

6. 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. This is one of the world's greatest ancient monuments. 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 (Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma) and three temples dedicated to the animals who serve them. After finish exploring Prambanan, you will head back to your hotel, you have the option to stop for lunch on the journey back.

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: Prambanan Temple Entrance Ticket

9. 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: Jurang Tembelan, Pine Forest, and Timang Beach

10. Yogyakarta: Jurang Tembelan, Pine Forest, and Timang Beach

Be collected from your accommodation at 6:00 AM and journey to Southern Yogyakarta for about one hour. Start the day by visiting Jurang Tembelan where you can take pictures of yourself sailing above the clouds. On a good day, see beautiful mists, formed like cotton, obstruct the whole panorama. From Jurang Tembelan, head to the famous Pine Forest to enjoy the fresh air among the relaxing pine trees and take in the aroma as you enter the forest. This forest is also covered by other trees including asmahogany, acacia, walnut, and eucalyptus.  Last but not least, end your day trip by visiting the most breathtaking beach in Yogyakarta, Timang Beach. Well known for the crystal blue waters, huge waves, tall cliffs, and the infamous hand-drawn gondola. Choose to take the manual gondola ride or a rope bridge to the island nearby. Do not miss the experience to have a typical fresh lobster lunch, the local fishermen catch directly from Timang Beach. 

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4.6 / 5

based on 30 reviews

This activity was excellent!! Ivan was my driver, and he is such a nice person who was very knowledgeable about the region and was just great to talk with. He was able to help set me up with tour guides at Borobudur and Prambanan as well as a driver who spoke English for the Jeep excursion. After we finished at Prambanan, he offered to take me to Kota Gede, the area where silver is made, since it was on the way back to my hotel. He was very accommodating and I would highly recommend anyone request him if you are doing this activity. The only issue I had was that although I was told I would receive an email or call the day before the activity, I received neither. Thankfully Ivan was there on time, but I would have appreciated receiving some type of confirmation from the company as had been stated on the initial booking email I received.

It was a great adventure!!! What we saw was amazing, but even more impressive was the logistics behind our travel. Our trip was flawless. Our local guide, Widi, was on time and extremely friendly. He was wonderfully knowledgeable, and he made our trip special. We highly recommend this tour to everyone!!!

The place is beautiful, it is very worth it ... in the middle of the mountain to observe the rural life and the small temple of Selogriyo ... our guide a boy's charm that even helped us with other activities

Very nice excursion, the walk in the rice fields is magnificent, and our Yuni guide was very friendly! The temple is quite small and plain, but the hike is worth it!

Widi was an amazing guide, we learned a lot from him and shared many laughs along the way! Highly recommend him as a tour guide!!