Yogyakarta
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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.

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Selogriyo Temple Tour and Trek Through Java's Rice Terraces

2. 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.

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Borobudur Temple: 1.5-Hour Guided Tour With Admission Ticket

3. Borobudur Temple: 1.5-Hour Guided Tour With Admission Ticket

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. Climb steep steps and be rewarded with a panoramic view. Marvel at the majestic sight of central Java and Mount Merapi. Explore the largest Buddhist temple in the world with your local guide who will explain more about the site. Alternatively, visit this impressive monument at sunrise and admire the incredible carvings in the first morning light. Pick the Sunrise Tour option upon check-out. Also, choose an optional shared transfer service from Yogyakarta.

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From Bali: Private Yogyakarta Day-Trip with Flight Option

4. 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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From Yogyakarta: Borobudur Sunrise on Setumbu Hill

5. 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. 

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Prambanan Temple: 1-Hour Guided Tour With Admission Ticket

6. Prambanan Temple: 1-Hour Guided Tour With Admission Ticket

Before you set out for Prambanan, a UNESCO World Heritage site, ensure peace of mind by having your tickets in hand. Built between the 8th and 10th centuries, this mighty temple complex celebrates both Hindu and Buddhist beliefs, and the scale is so impressive there’s a small train to help you get around. The Prambanan Temple complex was build in the 9th century and is located in Central Java, about 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). It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia and one of the largest ones in Southeast Asia. Explore the largest Hindu's temple in the world with your local guide who will teach you more about the site.

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Yogyakarta: Prambanan Temple Entrance Ticket

7. 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.

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Yogyakarta: Jurang Tembelan, Pine Forest, and Timang Beach

8. 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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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.

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What people are saying about Yogyakarta

Overall rating

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!!!

Great Guide ! Wedi was a true professional ! Very articulate and clear in his explanations of history Of the area, he was helpful in all ways ! Consequently The tour was made complete , the sunrise was incredible , the timing was perfect , there was only 18 other people so it was majestic !

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!