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Essence of Yogyakarta - 2 Days

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$185 USD / person

Private car

2 Days - 9-12 hours / day

Entrance tickets included

trip to Yogyakarta!

Getting to the Essence of Yogyakarta

For those who like to get to the point, this 2 day tour is for you! You can fit in all the major sites of Yogyakarta in less than 48 hours. You will still see the 2 most famous temples, Borobudur at sunrise and Prambanan, as well as take an exciting jeep ride around Mount Merapi and watch the Ramayana Ballet, an amazing dance performance, or see sunset at the Stork King’s Palace

All the Best Sites

Experience ALL of Yogyakarta's must-see sites in just 2 days! Essence also means efficient!

Hassle-Free Trip

All entrance tickets, parking fees, and petrol included. Door-to-door service from your hotel and back. No waiting in line, hidden fees, or struggling with language barriers at the ticket box.

Lunch

Enjoy a delicious, traditional Indonesian lunch. Lunch price is not included, so you can choose and pay only for what you want. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

Day 1

  • Borobudur Sunrise
  • Mount Merapi by 1 h jeep ride

Day 2

  • Sultan’s Palace (also called Keraton or Kraton)
  • Water Castle (also called Taman Sari)
  • Malioboro Street 
  • Stop for Lunch (optional)
  • Prambanan Temple
  • Stop for Dinner  (optional)
  • Ramayana Ballet OR Ratu Boko (also called the Stork King’s Palace)

See all the essential sites of Yogyakarta in just 2 fantastic days.

Day 1. Watch a beautiful sunrise at Borobudur Temple, the world’s largest Buddhist temple, then take a 1 hour ride a jeep around the base of Mount Merapi. The jeep ride is quite bumpy but very fun! Here you will visit a museum with artifacts from past explosions, an alien rock, a viewpoint of the mountain, and a supposedly haunted bunker. Learn about Merapi’s past, the community, and the environment. 

Day 2 – Start Day 2 with a Yogyakarta city tour- visiting the Sultan’s Palace (Kraton or Keraton), the famous Malioboro Street for souvenir shopping, and the Water Castle (Taman Sari) of Yogyakarta. Then continue on to Prambanan Temple, a Hindu Temple dedicated to three Hindu deities- Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Lastly, choose between a watching a fantastic Ramayana dance performance OR visiting Ratu Boko, the mysterious and beautiful Stork King’s palace for sunset (2-3 hours).

How to decide?

Ramayana Ballet tells the love story of Rama and Sita, mixed with intense drama and action. Beautifully performed, it is a show worth seeing. Depending on the date, there is an outdoor (sometimes w/ fireworks!) or indoor performance. It does require 2 hours of sitting and attention and there is no spoken English (though information in English is provided on paper or projected throughout performance).

-OR-

Ratu Boko (the Stork King’s Palace), a large and mysterious archaeological complex has grassy gardens, stone ruins, a cave, as well as a nice view of the city. You are free to explore and walk around, staying till just after sunset when it gets dark.

Optional stops for lunch and dinner can be made at delicious, traditional Indonesian restaurants (meal prices not included). Vegan and vegetarian options available. 

Day 1

  • 03:30 AM – Pick-up from your hotel lobby

      Our driver will be waiting for you in your hotel lobby. Very early morning start!

  • 03:30 – 04:30 AM – Drive to Borobudur

      1 hour drive from hotel to Borobudur

  • 04:30 – 07:00 AM -Borobudur Sunrise

      Enter Borobudur through the exclusive Manohara Hotel entrance. Climb the stairs of Borobudur and watch the sun rise. Return back to Manohara Hotel (do not exit via public gate).

  • 07:00 – 07:30 AM – Free Coffee/Tea Break

      Enjoy a free coffee/tea break with Indonesian cakes, sitting in the pretty garden at the Manohara Hotel.

  • 07:30 – 09:00 AM – Drive to Mount Merapi area

      1.5 h drive

  • 09:00 – 10:30 AM – Mt. Merapi Jeep Ride

      Prepare and ride jeep for 1 hour to see alien rock, museum, viewpoint and bunker. Hold on!

  • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Driven back to Yogyakarta hotel

      1.5 h drive from Mt. Merapi back to hotel

  • 12:00 PM – Returned to your hotel

      Free time / rest

 

Day 2 – If you choose Ramayana Dance Performance

  • 09:00 AM – Pick-up from your hotel lobby

      Our driver will be waiting for you in your hotel lobby to start your 2nd day.

  • 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Yogyakarta City Tour

      Visit Yogyakarta’s Sultan’s Palace, the famous Malioboro Street, and the Water Castle.

  • 12:00 – 01:30 PM – Lunch (optional)

      Enjoy a leisurely lunch at a classy, traditional Indonesian restaurant with delicious food and air-conditioning (Sekar Kedathon Restaurant). Meal price is NOT included so you can choose to eat and pay for only what you like.

  • 01:30 – 02:30 PM – Drive to Prambanan area

      1 hr drive from Yogyakarta to Prambanan area

  • 02:30 – 05:30 PM – Prambanan Temple

      Visit the amazing Prambanan Temple and surrounding grounds. Walk or take the tram to Sewu Temple from inside the Prambanan Complex.

  • 05:30 – 07:30 PM – Dinner (optional)

      Enjoy dinner at Kaliopak Restaurant, an open-air restaurant above a river, serving delicious traditional Indonesian fare. Grilled fish or ‘gurame’ is one of their specialties. Beer available. Vegetarian and vegan options also available.

  • 07:30 – 09:30 PM – Ramayana Dance Performance

      Watch the lovely Ramayana Ballet. The Ramayana Dance / Ballet performance tells the love story of Rama and Sita, mixed with intense drama and action. Beautifully performed with an Indonesian twist, it is a show worth seeing. Depending on the date, there is an outdoor (sometimes w/ fireworks!) or indoor performance.

  • 09:30 – 10:30 PM – Driven back to Yogyakarta

      Our driver will be waiting for you outside the Ramayana Ballet and will take you back to Yogyakarta. <1 hr. drive from Ramayana back to Yogyakarta

  • 10:30 PM – Returned to hotel

      Rest

 

Day 2 – If you choose Ratu Boko (The Stork King’s Palace)

  • 09:00 AM – Pick-up from your hotel lobby

      Our driver will be waiting for you in your hotel lobby to start your 2nd day.

  • 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Yogyakarta City Tour

      Visit Yogyakarta’s Sultan’s Palace, the famous Malioboro Street, and the Water Castle.

  • 12:00 – 01:00 PM – Drive to Prambanan area

      1 hr drive from Yogyakarta to Prambanan area

  • 01:00 – 02:00 PM – Lunch (optional)

      Enjoy lunch at Kaliopak Restaurant, an open-air restaurant above a river, serving delicious traditional Indonesian fare. Grilled fish or ‘gurame’ is one of their specialties. Beer available. Vegetarian and vegan options also available.

  • 02:00 – 04:30 PM – Prambanan Temple

      Visit the amazing Prambanan Temple and surrounding grounds. Walk or take the tram to Sewu Temple while inside the Prambanan Complex.

  • 04:30 – 06:00 PM – Ratu Boko (Stork King’s Palace)

      Explore Ratu Boko, the Stork King’s Palace, along with its mysterious stone complexes, grassy lawn, cave and pits, and wide view over the city. Watch the sun set.

  • 06:00 – 07:00 PM – Drive back to Yogyakarta

      Our driver will be waiting for you at the Ratu Boko exit and will take you back to Yogyakarta. <1 hr. drive from Ratu Boko back to Yogyakarta

  • 07:00 – 08:00 PM – Dinner (optional)

      Enjoy a traditional Indonesian dinner at a classy, delicious restaurant (Sekar Kedathon Restaurant). Meal price is NOT included so you can choose and pay for only what you like.

  • 08:00 – 08:30 PM – Driven back to your hotel

      20 – 30 min. drive back to your hotel

  • 08:30 PM – Returned to hotel

      Free time / rest

  • A private car with driver, petrol, and parking fees paid
  • Door-to-door service from your Yogyakarta hotel lobby
  • Entrance tickets to all sites for the tour. Specifically :
    • Borobudur Sunrise
    • Mount Merapi sites by Jeep (1 hr. ride) – an alien-shaped rock, a museum with artifacts from past explosions, a viewpoint, and a supposedly haunted bunker (free disposable mask provided)
    • Yogyakarta’s City sites – Malioboro Street, Sultan’s Palace, and Water Castle
    • Prambanan Temple
    • Ratu Boko Palace at Sunset OR Ramayana Dance Performance (indoor vs. outdoor theatre  depends on the date)
  • With each ticket to Borobudur Sunrise, you will also receive :
    • Exclusive, resort hotel entrance to Borobudur
    • Complimentary map
    • Use of flashlight / torch
    • Free coffee / tea break with Indonesian cakes
    • Free beautiful souvenir
  • On Day 2, free, optional stops for lunch and dinner. Meal prices are *not included.* You choose and pay for meals yourself.
  • Hotel 
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals (but driver can stop at recommended restaurants along the way and you pay yourself)
  • Tour guide within the temples / sites [but a guide may be able to be pre-arranged for an extra fee w/ advanced notification. Multiple languages available. Please contact us.]

To consider bringing

  • light jacket for chilly morning
  • good walking shoes
  • hat
  • sunblock
  • water, snacks
  • cash for consummables
  • umbrella or rain gear w/ waterproof shoes during rainy season. Rainy season, October – February.

Be sure to return to the Manohara Hotel immediately after Borobudur for your coffee/tea break. Some tourists have gotten confused and followed others to the public gate which is the wrong exit. Because of this, it is advisable not to remove the Borobudur Sunrise sticker you will receive from your shirt because this identifies you to Borobudur security as a sunrise guest.

The Mount Merapi jeep ride can be quite bumpy so it is not suitable for very small children (<10 years old), the elderly or those with musculoskeletal problems. Ride at your own risk.

Your bag will be searched at Borobudur and Prambanan.

Please note weapons, spray paint, and drones are prohibited inside the sites.

Artha Tours is not responsible for the weather, unforeseeable and/or unpredictable events.

No refunds. Any changes to schedule will try to be accomodated but cannot be guaranteed.

Please see full Terms and Conditions here.

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