5D Borobudur & Yogyakarta Tour
Yogyakarta is a special administrative region in Indonesia. It's the only province in Indonesia that is still headed by a monarchy. Located in the central of Java, the city of Yogyakarta (Kingdom of Jogjakarta) is center of classical Javanese fine art and culture such as batik, drama, music, poetry and puppet shows. It is also known as being a student city. There are many temples in and around Yogyakarta. Two of the most important temples, Borobudur and Prambanan, are listed on 50 tours of a lifetimeby National Geographic magazine.
Medical Facilities in and around Yogyakarta
Day 1 ● Prambanan Temple (L)
Arrive early in the morning, the guide will greet you at Adi Sucipto International Airport and take you to Prambanan temple. Located 17 km from center of Yogyakarta, Prambanan temple is an inheritance of the Hindus in 9"1 century. Prambanan is one of the grandest Hindu temples in Southeast Asia. It consists of three main temples surrounded by small temples called Perwara. The tour around Prambanan temple will take about 1 to 1.5 hour.
After Prambanan tour, you will have lunch at famous 'Ayam Groeng Suharti' restaurant to try Javanese fried chicken. After lunch, you'll be transferred to Manohara hotel for check in and a brief resting.
In the early evening you'll take a unique andong ride through countryside where you'll discover the daily life of rice farmers and villagers. Andong is a traditional transportation used in the old days. It has an open air carriage with a horse in the front to pull it. The tour will take approximately 1 hour and you'll enjoy the fresh mountain air and encounter the friendly local people.
Overnight at Manohara Hotel
Day 2 ● Sunrise at Borobudur temple (B/L)
Borobudur temple is the largest Buddhist temple in the world and UNESCO world heritage site. Built between the year of 750-850, Borobudur is a world heritage archeological site which has 7 levels and 1460 carved stone. The illustration carved on the stones depicting the Buddhist story and reflecting the life in the world before reaching heaven.
Today you will have one of the most unique experiences in your life. Witness the sunrise and experience the silent and lonely dawn at Borobudur. The tour will start around 04.30 am. You will have privileged access to Borobudur temple and enjoy the sun rising up from the horizon before the temple opens to the public. Take pictures and explore the temple at your leisure pace before returning to the hotel for morning tea and breakfast.
After breakfast, you'll be transferred back to Yogyakarata and visit Sultan (King) Palace. Sultan Palace were built in 1756-1790 by Sultan Hamengkubuwono I. Its architecture is the example of Javanese cosmos style and reflects Javanese culture. The Palace is still used as the residence of King or Sultan and also as Javanese art and cultural center. Taking a glimpse of the guards and abdi dalem (people who voluntarily subjugate their service to the Sultan (King) and his extended family) with their traditional uniforms, is one of the highlights.
Next is visiting Taman Sari, one of the most intriguing tourism object. Taman Sari means 'fragrant garden'. It was a secret place as a pleasure park in the old times. Its shape is a garden with waterways and hundreds of flowering trees. Closed to the exit gate, there is a small shop run by abdi dalem, here you can see the process of carving Wayang Kulit, a leather puppet used for shadow puppet performance. Originated from Yogyakarta shadow puppet performance is the most famous and probably one of the oldest continuous traditions of storytelling in the world. In 2003, UNESCO designated Wayang Kulit as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Located in north of Taman Sari is Ngasem traditional market. It's a place where all kinds of birds and animals such as rabbits, monkeys, etc. are sold. This will be your next place to visit before you check in to your hotel.
Overnight at Hyatt Hotel
Day 3 ● Solo (B/L/D)
3 hour drive to the east of Yogyakarta is city of Solo or also called Surakarta. Together with Yogyakarta, Solo is well known as the cultural heartland of Java. As the center of surviving Javanese court, Solo is famous for its refined, highly polished aesthetic, and sophisticated Javanese art. The batik of Solo is known as among the oldest batik tradition in Java. Batik fabric is a cloth that is traditionally processed using a manual wax-resist dyeing technique which developed centuries ago in Central Java. The design is very unique, and the application technique is regarded as one of the country's most highly developed form of art. Indonesian batik is made in several regions, but the center of the art is Central Java, in cities like Yogyakrata, Solo, Cirebon, Pekalongan and Indramayu.
In the morning, you will visit Danar Hadi antique batik museum. At the museum, you'll find a complete collection of batik from centuries ago. You can also watch the dyeing process of hand-made batik and printed batik.
After lunch, you'll continue the tour to Solo Palace where the current Sultan of Surakarta (Pakubuwono XIII) lives. Like Yogyakarta, at one point, Solo was awarded the status of special administrative region within Republic of Indonesia. However due to the political agitation, in 1946, Indonesian Republic aborted the special region status; both Surakarta's and Mangkunegara's status were reduced as merely a residence, later merged into Central Java province. Today the Surakarta holds no actual political power and authority on governing their realms. Its power were limited in royal prestige and its special position as the patron, preserver and the protector of Javanese culture.
Return to Yogyakarta.
Overnight at Hyatt Hotel
Day 4 ● Kotagede (B/L/D)
First trip of the day is visiting Kotagede which is known as silver handicraft town. Located 5 km from the center city of Yogyakarta, this small and historical old city is famous as silver town. Silver handicraft started to rise when Sultan Agung reigned because there had been much demand for silver and gold items at Sultan's palace. Many people live in Kotagede earn their living as silversmith. You can buy silver art for souvenir or private collections.
Your next trip will be visiting Pawon temple before shopping at Malioboro street, a major shopping street in Yogyakarta. The street is the center of Yogyakarta's largest tourist district surrounded with many hotels and restaurants nearby. Sidewalks on both sides of the street are crowded with small stalls selling a variety of goods.
Your last trip will be visiting Prambanan temple at night to watch an interesting love story dance, Ramayana, and unique gamelan music performance at Prambanan temple. The performance at Prambanan temple open theater is especially popular during the full moon night.
Overnight at Phoenix Hotel
Day 5 ● Departure (B)
Free time and relax. We will transfer you to the airport for your departure at your convenience time.
End of service.