Historical Tour Of Central Java, Indonesia

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  • Visit Lawang Sewu, Java’s most iconic landmark and a masterpiece of Dutch colonial architecture.
  • Discover the Gedong Songo temple complex located at 1200 meters on the slope of the Ungaran Mountain, a group of small Hindu temples amongst the oldest in Java.
  • Explore Tambi Tea Plantation and learn about the process of picking and processing tea.
  • Experience Borobudur, a massive Buddhist Temple that is a UNESCO Heritage Site.

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  • Itinerary Summary

    Day 01 : Arrival in Semarang

    Arrive at Achmad Yani International Airport in Semarang.

    Your guide and private car will meet you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel in Salatiga.

    Located on the north coast of the island of Java, Semarang is the capital of the province of Central Java. An important port on the Java Sea since the Dutch colonial era, Semarang, with its 1.5 million inhabitants is now the 7th most populous city in the country.

    Visit Lawang Sewu, the city’s most iconic landmark and a masterpiece of Dutch colonial architecture. The building was built between 1904 and 1907 as former headquarter of the national railway of the Dutch East Indies. Its name in Javanese means Thousands Doors.

    Lunch in a local restaurant in Semarang.

    Following your lunch, continue to Salatiga.

    Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and have dinner at leisure.

    Accommodation: Kayu Arum

    Meals: lunch

    Day 02 : Salatiga to Wonosobo

    This morning, drive to Banaran Coffee Plantation at Tuntang for a short tour in a buggy around the plantation. Your guide will explain everything you need to know about the quality organic Robusta coffee grown on the property as you tour through the fields.

    Your next stop is Bandungan, gateway to the Gedong Songo temple complex located at 1200 meters on the slope of the Ungaran Mountain. This group of small, 8th-century Hindu temples are amongst the oldest in Java. The best way to reach the complex is on horseback, slowly going up to reach the mountain top for spectacular views and a chance to roam among these ancient monuments. 

    Continue to Banaran Coffee Plantation at Gemawang for a set menu lunch with views over the coffee fields.

    In the mid-afternoon, a 3-hour drive takes you to Wonosobo a small town located 790 meters above sea level and the gateway to the volcanic Dieng Plateau, the “home of the gods”.

    Dinner at leisure and overnight in Wonosobo.

    Accommodation: Kresna Gallery

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Day 03 : Wonosobo to Borobudur

    Wake up and have an early breakfast before leaving Wonosobo for the volcanic Dieng Plateau, the “home of the gods” which is located at an altitude of 2000 meters.

    Upon arrival at Sembungan village in Dieng, you will hike for around 40 minutes to Mt Sikunir to watch the sunrise.

    Then observe the volcanic activity of the Dieng Crater and Kawah Sikidang; and explore the oldest Hindu temples in Java. There are 8 shrines dating from the 7th and 8th centuries which line the crater floor amid sulfurous fumes and rugged natural surroundings.

    The mist generally rolls in around 11:00 so it is time to visit take a 1-hour tour of the Tambi Tea Plantation established in 1885 and located at the foot of Mt Sindoro. It spans 830 hectares with 1,100 workers on the plantation who gather around 7 kilograms of leaves in a mere 20 minutes. Learn about the process of picking and processing the tea.

    Enjoy a cup of freshly brewed tea on the terrace of the plantation before returning to Wonosobo for a late lunch at a local restaurant.

    In the afternoon leave Wonosobo and proceed to Borobudur via Mungkid through small road on the southern slopes of Mt Sumbing, an active volcano with an altitude of 3,371 meters. (70km – 2 hours 30 minutes).

    Check in at your hotel in Borobudur.

    Accommodation: Plataran Borobudur

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Day 04 : Borobudur to Yogyakarta

    Depart early from your hotel this morning to visit Borobudur to watch the sunrise. With your guide, explore this massive Buddhist Temple- the largest in the world- and discover the incredible history behind its construction. Comprised of thousands of volcanic and river stone blocks, the temple was assembled entirely by human labor and took more than 75 years to complete. These days, the UNESCO Heritage Site is still visible in its full glory- with magnificent carvings and an unusual, yet surprisingly beautiful bulk structure.

    Return to your hotel for breakfast and spend the rest of the morning at leisure.

    Around 12:00, check out from your hotel and proceed to Candirejo village to get a taste for local life with a horse cart ride. Known as a dokar, the local horse cart will take you through this peaceful, charming village.

    After enjoying a traditional Javanese lunch in the village, you will travel along small lanes lined with traditional houses and stop to see village activities such as making cassava crackers, playing the gamelan, and harvesting and drying of vanilla and chili.

    Continue with a visit to nearby Mendut Temple. Older than Borobudur, this pyramid-shaped temple houses three impressively carved stone statues. You will also visit Pawon temple, a simple yet beautiful monument known for its precise symmetry.

    Proceed to Yogyakarta for check-in at your hotel.

    Despite the official spelling of ‘Yogyakarta’ this town is usually pronounced and often written Jogjakarta or simply Jogja. It is the most popular tourist destination on Java, largely thanks to its proximity to the temples of Borobudur and Prambanan. Jogja is a centre of art and education and the cradle of traditional Javanese culture.

    Accommodation: The Phoenix

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Day 05 : Yogyakarta to Prambanan Temple

    Today you will have the chance to learn more about Yogyakarta’s historic and cultural traditions with a full-day city tour.

    Start with a visit to the Sultan’s Palace, also known as Kraton. Built between 1756 and 1790, it is a fine example of traditional Javanese sultanate architecture. As you walk through the various rooms and chambers, you will learn more about this aspect of Javanese heritage and culture.

    You will also visit the adjacent Taman Sari, water palace and garden. This addition to the royal complex was built over 200 years ago by the first Sultan with bathing pools for his harem.

    Continue this morning’s tour with a visit to Sonobudoyo Museum. Focusing on Javanese culture, the museum features exhibits of artefacts such as hand-crafted weapons, wooden wayang puppets, masks and old Javanese gamelan instruments.

    Lunch at a local restaurant before visiting Prambanan Temple.

    Following lunch, spend your afternoon exploring the ancient Hindu temples at Prambanan, located 17 kilometers from Yogyakarta. Built in the 9th century, this collection of sharp, jagged temples features three main inner shrines dedicated to the Hindu trinity: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. UNESCO named Prambanan a Heritage Site in 1991. Your guide will explain the history and symbolism of the temples as you walk around.

    Return to Yogyakarta for a chance to relax and freshen-up.

    This evening, you will be treated to a performance of traditional Ramayana Dance while dining at a local restaurant.

    Accommodation: The Phoenix

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 06 : Departure from Yogyakarta

    Transfer to Yogyakarta Airport this morning in time for your onward flight.

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Duration
    6 days
    Difficulty
    Easy
    Primary Activities
    Culture and History
    No. of travellers
    Min. 2
    Other Activities
    None
    Children Allowed
    Yes
  • Comfort
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  • Price Details (per person)

    High Season Jan to Dec $ 1,132 $ 189 per day

    * All Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Some savings may be available for larger groups.

Cost Includes
  • Hotel accommodation in half-twin/double room with daily breakfast.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles with cold water and towel provided.
  • Service of English/French/German/Dutch/Spanish speaking local guide.
  • All entrance fees and tours as indicated in itinerary.

 

Cost Excludes
  • Visa arrangements.
  • International and domestic flights.
  • International and domestic departure tax.
  • Meals other than mentioned above.
  • Camera/video entrance fees.
  • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc).
  • Travel insurance. 
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.
Day 01 : Arrival in Semarang

Arrive at Achmad Yani International Airport in Semarang.

Your guide and private car will meet you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel in Salatiga.

Located on the north coast of the island of Java, Semarang is the capital of the province of Central Java. An important port on the Java Sea since the Dutch colonial era, Semarang, with its 1.5 million inhabitants is now the 7th most populous city in the country.

Visit Lawang Sewu, the city’s most iconic landmark and a masterpiece of Dutch colonial architecture. The building was built between 1904 and 1907 as former headquarter of the national railway of the Dutch East Indies. Its name in Javanese means Thousands Doors.

Lunch in a local restaurant in Semarang.

Following your lunch, continue to Salatiga.

Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and have dinner at leisure.

Accommodation: Kayu Arum

Meals included: Lunch

Day 02 : Salatiga to Wonosobo

This morning, drive to Banaran Coffee Plantation at Tuntang for a short tour in a buggy around the plantation. Your guide will explain everything you need to know about the quality organic Robusta coffee grown on the property as you tour through the fields.

Your next stop is Bandungan, gateway to the Gedong Songo temple complex located at 1200 meters on the slope of the Ungaran Mountain. This group of small, 8th-century Hindu temples are amongst the oldest in Java. The best way to reach the complex is on horseback, slowly going up to reach the mountain top for spectacular views and a chance to roam among these ancient monuments. 

Continue to Banaran Coffee Plantation at Gemawang for a set menu lunch with views over the coffee fields.

In the mid-afternoon, a 3-hour drive takes you to Wonosobo a small town located 790 meters above sea level and the gateway to the volcanic Dieng Plateau, the “home of the gods”.

Dinner at leisure and overnight in Wonosobo.

Accommodation: Kresna Gallery

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 03 : Wonosobo to Borobudur

Wake up and have an early breakfast before leaving Wonosobo for the volcanic Dieng Plateau, the “home of the gods” which is located at an altitude of 2000 meters.

Upon arrival at Sembungan village in Dieng, you will hike for around 40 minutes to Mt Sikunir to watch the sunrise.

Then observe the volcanic activity of the Dieng Crater and Kawah Sikidang; and explore the oldest Hindu temples in Java. There are 8 shrines dating from the 7th and 8th centuries which line the crater floor amid sulfurous fumes and rugged natural surroundings.

The mist generally rolls in around 11:00 so it is time to visit take a 1-hour tour of the Tambi Tea Plantation established in 1885 and located at the foot of Mt Sindoro. It spans 830 hectares with 1,100 workers on the plantation who gather around 7 kilograms of leaves in a mere 20 minutes. Learn about the process of picking and processing the tea.

Enjoy a cup of freshly brewed tea on the terrace of the plantation before returning to Wonosobo for a late lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon leave Wonosobo and proceed to Borobudur via Mungkid through small road on the southern slopes of Mt Sumbing, an active volcano with an altitude of 3,371 meters. (70km – 2 hours 30 minutes).

Check in at your hotel in Borobudur.

Accommodation: Plataran Borobudur

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 04 : Borobudur to Yogyakarta

Depart early from your hotel this morning to visit Borobudur to watch the sunrise. With your guide, explore this massive Buddhist Temple- the largest in the world- and discover the incredible history behind its construction. Comprised of thousands of volcanic and river stone blocks, the temple was assembled entirely by human labor and took more than 75 years to complete. These days, the UNESCO Heritage Site is still visible in its full glory- with magnificent carvings and an unusual, yet surprisingly beautiful bulk structure.

Return to your hotel for breakfast and spend the rest of the morning at leisure.

Around 12:00, check out from your hotel and proceed to Candirejo village to get a taste for local life with a horse cart ride. Known as a dokar, the local horse cart will take you through this peaceful, charming village.

After enjoying a traditional Javanese lunch in the village, you will travel along small lanes lined with traditional houses and stop to see village activities such as making cassava crackers, playing the gamelan, and harvesting and drying of vanilla and chili.

Continue with a visit to nearby Mendut Temple. Older than Borobudur, this pyramid-shaped temple houses three impressively carved stone statues. You will also visit Pawon temple, a simple yet beautiful monument known for its precise symmetry.

Proceed to Yogyakarta for check-in at your hotel.

Despite the official spelling of ‘Yogyakarta’ this town is usually pronounced and often written Jogjakarta or simply Jogja. It is the most popular tourist destination on Java, largely thanks to its proximity to the temples of Borobudur and Prambanan. Jogja is a centre of art and education and the cradle of traditional Javanese culture.

Accommodation: The Phoenix

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 05 : Yogyakarta to Prambanan Temple

Today you will have the chance to learn more about Yogyakarta’s historic and cultural traditions with a full-day city tour.

Start with a visit to the Sultan’s Palace, also known as Kraton. Built between 1756 and 1790, it is a fine example of traditional Javanese sultanate architecture. As you walk through the various rooms and chambers, you will learn more about this aspect of Javanese heritage and culture.

You will also visit the adjacent Taman Sari, water palace and garden. This addition to the royal complex was built over 200 years ago by the first Sultan with bathing pools for his harem.

Continue this morning’s tour with a visit to Sonobudoyo Museum. Focusing on Javanese culture, the museum features exhibits of artefacts such as hand-crafted weapons, wooden wayang puppets, masks and old Javanese gamelan instruments.

Lunch at a local restaurant before visiting Prambanan Temple.

Following lunch, spend your afternoon exploring the ancient Hindu temples at Prambanan, located 17 kilometers from Yogyakarta. Built in the 9th century, this collection of sharp, jagged temples features three main inner shrines dedicated to the Hindu trinity: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. UNESCO named Prambanan a Heritage Site in 1991. Your guide will explain the history and symbolism of the temples as you walk around.

Return to Yogyakarta for a chance to relax and freshen-up.

This evening, you will be treated to a performance of traditional Ramayana Dance while dining at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: The Phoenix

Meal sincluded: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06 : Departure from Yogyakarta

Transfer to Yogyakarta Airport this morning in time for your onward flight.

Meals included: Breakfast

Cost of the entire itinerary

High Season Jan to Dec $ 1,132 $ 189 per day
Cost Includes
  • Hotel accommodation in half-twin/double room with daily breakfast.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles with cold water and towel provided.
  • Service of English/French/German/Dutch/Spanish speaking local guide.
  • All entrance fees and tours as indicated in itinerary.

 

Cost Excludes
  • Visa arrangements.
  • International and domestic flights.
  • International and domestic departure tax.
  • Meals other than mentioned above.
  • Camera/video entrance fees.
  • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc).
  • Travel insurance. 
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.
Climate

Considering the fact that Indonesia is located near the equator, the whole country experiences a tropical climate throughout the year. One can expect the climate to be hot and humid throughout. The average temperature is 28 °C.The wet season usually runs from around November to March. Heavy rainfall is expected throughout the country however with varying intensity in various places depending on the winds and location. The dry season is normally from late May through to October.

There are animals such as elephants, rhinoceros, tigers, monkeys, apes, lizards, flying foxes, wallabies, bandicoots and birds in Indonesia. One can also expect many sea and water creatures such as giant sea turtles, crocodiles, sea horses and dolphins.

Majority of Indonesia is covered in rainforests and the country is rich in flora. These comprise of around 40,000 different species of plants. 

 

Visas, Travel Documents and Special Permits

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Further, most countries require travelers to have a passport that is valid from at least 6 months from the day of entry into the country, so please confirm that you satisfy your destination country or countries passport, visa and medical (if any) requirements well in advance of your trip.

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