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  • Yogyakarta: Private Guided Bike Tour

    1. Yogyakarta: Private Guided Bike Tour

    Start your adventure from your accomodation in Yogyakarta or Borobudur where your friendly, private driver will meet you. Sit back & relax while whilst enjoying a scenic drive to your location: Borobudur Village or Yogyakarta Countryside. Drive times for each option are: 1.5-hour drive from Yogyakarta to the Borobudur Village, and 1-hour to the Yogyakarta Countryside. Borobudur Village Option: Take a riding journey through the village and visit the Borobudur Temple area. Witness traditional village life by joining the locals in their everyday activities, such as making cassava chips (Manihot Esculenta), learning to play the local music instrument of Gamelan, and strolling through local vegetable gardens. You can choose to experience the tour by a Horse-Cart or by bike. At the end of your tour you can finish your day wit a bite to eat and some delicious tea.  Yogyakarta Countryside Opti...

  • Borobudur Sunrise, Merapi Volcano & Prambanan Full Day Tour

    2. Borobudur Sunrise, Merapi Volcano & Prambanan Full Day Tour

    Be picked up from your hotel and head to Borobudur temple to witness the breathtaking sunrise. Here you have the option to hire a local guide and learn about the history of the area. This is one of world's truly great ancient monuments, the single largest Buddhist structure anywhere on earth. Set as it is in the heart of the verdant Kedu Plain, the backdrop of mighty active volcanoes only enhances the sense of awe. Continue your tour with a visit to Merapi Volcano by a jeep. It is one of the world's most active and dangerous volcanoes.  Finish the tour with a visit to most beautiful Hindu temple 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 three temples dedicated t...

    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.

  • Yogyakarta: 3-Hour Guided Rickshaw Tour

    3. 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.

  • Borobudur, Mount Bromo, and Ijen: 4-Day Tour from Yogyakarta

    4. Borobudur, Mount Bromo, and Ijen: 4-Day Tour from Yogyakarta

    You will begin your adventure with pickup from your accommodation in Yogyakarta in the early morning to marvel at the stunning sunrise over Borobudur Temple, one of the world’s most ancient monuments. Following sunrise, you will explore the temple and admire the symbolic Buddhist statues around. Once you’ve seen the temple, you can choose to head back to your accommodation, or visit more of the landmarks surrounding Yogyakarta City, such as the Merapi Volcano, the Prambanan Temple, or Tamansari Watercastle. On the second day, you will travel to Mount Bromo and enjoy the beautiful landscapes along the way while your friendly driver negotiates the notorious traffic. Upon arriving at Mount Bromo, be sure to visit Madakaripura Waterfall to marvel at this spectacular show of nature. Once you’ve settled into your accommodation there, you can enjoy some free-time to explore the area and prepar...

    I had an excellent tour! Everything was very well organized by the tour company and the very reliable and knowledgeable driver and guide. All the sites we visited were fabulous, starting from the Buddhist and Hindu temples around Yogjakarta to the impressive volcanoes in East Java. Yogjakarta has a lot to offer and I feel I could have spent a day or two more there. Consider arriving a few days before starting the tour to explore the city. The way from Yogjakarta to the volcanoes is quite long, but it gives you a chance to sit back in the car, observe local life and learn about the country and its culture from the local guide.

  • Semarang & Yogyakarta: One Way Private Transfer

    5. Semarang & Yogyakarta: One Way Private Transfer

    Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sights on a three and a half hour journey as your driver negotiates the traffic. Take the chance to stop for pictures or coffee on your private transfer. This service is limited to three guests per group. For pick up from the airport, your professional driver will be waiting to greet you at the arrival gates. They will be holding a sign with your name for ease of contact.

  • From Yogyakarta: Dieng Plateau Golden Sunrise Trip

    6. From Yogyakarta: Dieng Plateau Golden Sunrise Trip

    Following pick-up from your hotel in Yogyakarta at midnight, the journey to Dieng Plateau will take about 3 hours by car. The hike to the Dieng Plateau sunrise viewpoint at the top of Sikunir Hill takes 20-30 minutes from the foot of the path that leads you to the top. On a clear day, you can see up to 8 volcanoes from the top of this hill.  From the top of Sikunir Hill, you will head to Telaga Warna Lake via Batu Pandang Hill after the Dieng Plateau sunrise. Telaga Warna Lake, or ‘Colourful Lake’, contains water that can change in fluctuating colors. At times it can be green, purple, yellow or even taking the colors of the rainbow! This phenomenon occurs when the sun hits the water due to its high sulfur content. From Telaga Warna Lake, you will next visit Sikidang Crater, which is an open sulfur crater with angry bubbling mud and bellowing steam. It’s set among a bumpy and dusty land...

    I think the trip is amazing, but only with good weather. Otherwise you can’t see much and it gets really cold up there. With good weather the stops are just amazing. I had bad luck and it was really foggy, rainy and cloudy, so I only got to see the temple and the hot springs. But my guide and the driver did their very best to make me enjoy it, they even drove me to a cute cafe where I tasted the famous Luwak coffee and they explained how the coffee is produced. That was really cool! The Guide’s English was perfect and he was a really nice and funny guy. These two made my trip amazing, even though the weather was bad!!! It was just a little bi

  • Borobudur Sunrise or Sunset Half Day Private Tour

    7. Borobudur Sunrise or Sunset Half Day Private Tour

    Be picked up from your hotel and head to the Borobudur temple which is the largest single Buddhist monument in the Southern Hemisphere. The journey will take about 1.5 hours and you can choose  to go at either sunrise or sunset for a truly enlightening experience.  For the sunrise tour, leave at dawn when the air is fresh and as the mist begins to lift, the sun will surround the volcanoes and terraced fields, highlighting the stone reliefs and the many faces of Buddha. For the sunset tour, you will leave in the afternoon. Entering the temple after closing time means that you will have the temple mostly to yourself as you will enter the temple. During this time you will feel how the atmosphere becomes serene, peaceful and quiet while witnessing the sunset from this magical temple. After this trip, your friendly driver will take you back to your hotel in Yogyakarta.

    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 !

  • From Yogyakarta: Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater 3-Day Tour

    8. From Yogyakarta: Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater 3-Day Tour

    Day 1 Start your adventure with pickup from your accommodation in Yogyakarta in the morning and travel to Mount Bromo. Enjoy beautiful landscapes along the way while your friendly driver negotiates the notorious Indonesian traffic. Upon arriving at Mount Bromo, be sure to visit Madakaripura Waterfall to marvel at this spectacular show of nature. Once you’ve settled into your accommodation there, enjoy some free time to explore the area and prepare for the sunrise tomorrow. Day 2 Rise early to get ready for a truly unforgettable experience as you witness the magical sunrise views of Mount Bromo, the most popular volcano in Indonesia. After exploring Mount Bromo, head back to the hotel to enjoy a delicious breakfast before traveling to Banyuwangi City, where your accommodation for the Ijen Crater tour is located. Day 3 Today, your tour ...

  • Borobudur Sunrise & Prambanan Full Day Private Tour

    9. Borobudur Sunrise & Prambanan Full Day Private Tour

    Be picked up from your hotel and travel to Borobudur temple to witness the breathtaking sunrise views. Here you have the option to hire a local guide and learn about the history of the area. You will arrive in Borobudur around 5:00 AM, take the chance to explore Borobudur temple for three hours. Borobudur is one of world's truly great ancient monuments, the single largest Buddhist structure anywhere on earth. After visiting Borobudur, you will travel  for 1.5 - 2 hours to Prambanan. 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 he...

    The trip was amazing everything went smoothly. The food at the temple for breakfast was also great.

  • Yogyakarta: Palace, Water Castle & The Great UNESCO Temple

    10. 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 h...

    Wonderful experience. Felt like back to the era. A huge volcano can be seen from the temple site too.

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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.

I had an excellent tour! Everything was very well organized by the tour company and the very reliable and knowledgeable driver and guide. All the sites we visited were fabulous, starting from the Buddhist and Hindu temples around Yogjakarta to the impressive volcanoes in East Java. Yogjakarta has a lot to offer and I feel I could have spent a day or two more there. Consider arriving a few days before starting the tour to explore the city. The way from Yogjakarta to the volcanoes is quite long, but it gives you a chance to sit back in the car, observe local life and learn about the country and its culture from the local guide.

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