4 Days Exquisite Experiences at Yogyakarta

4 Days Exquisite
Experiences at Yogyakarta

The gastronomical delights of Yogyakarta’s food culture spices up a discerned stay on Java

WHY THIS TOUR?

As night falls, Yogyakarta becomes a haven for cheap and satisfying street food as hawkers set up stalls and customers emerge in search of time-honoured recipes. The centre of action is Jalan Malioboro, a major hub for local dining experiences. Seasoned chefs such as Mr. Armin cook up his renowned Tongseng Jamur (fried rice with mushroom soup). Fresh ingredients are the order of the day and healthy competition between the abundance of food traders ensures standards are consistently high. This is an area that provides diners with abundant dishes, served under the stars and set against a backdrop of activity.

 Culturally-enthralling from sunrise until sunset, Yogyakarta truly has it all. Our balanced and well-designed 4 days exploration of, particularly, the culinary senses of our guests intertwine in synch with an impeccable stay at Aman’s pride of Java – the Amanjiwo. Meticulously constructed in line with the nearby Borobudur, the surrounding Menoreh Hills, and the natural beauty of Central Java’s lush vegetation, your taste palette will be pleasingly surprised during these coming days.

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4 Days Exquisite Experiences at Yogyakarta

DAY 1

Guests will be warmly welcomed upon their arrival at Yogyakarta’s International Airport our own Asian Trails’ representative before guided to their air-conditioned vehicle. Assuring that your transfer to your awaiting, cooled down vehicle will be swift, we arrange express immigration (when needed) all the way to the luggage carrousel. The comfortable drive from the airport to Magelang, the home of the Amanjiwo, takes approximately 1, 5 hours.

Surrounded by abundant tropical rainforest and rice terraces, Amanjiwo overlooks the iconic UNESCO-listed heritage site of Borobudur Temple – from which it draws its inspiration. The suites feature four-poster king-sized beds on raised terrazzo platforms, spacious garden terraces, private pools, lounging pavilions and open-air bathrooms. Views include lush, terraced farmland, the Menoreh Hills and the 9th-century Buddhist sanctuary of Borobudur – the world’s largest Buddhist monument. An elegant restaurant features a bar set in a stone rotunda. Other amenities include a gym, a 40-metre outdoor pool and tennis courts. Guests can also partake in arts and craft classes, yoga and spa treatments.

Aside for its well-known and renowned service standards, the award-winning Amanjiwo is an oasis for those seeking a cool, calm and chilled-out place to unwind and appreciate the finer side of life. The team behind this Javanese hideaway embraces the Javanese hospitality and the eye for details throughout its operation, from its on-sight spa and treatment facilities to introduce you to the art of Indonesian cuisine.

Today, a moment for acclimatisation, get into the Amanjiwo spirit of worriless relaxation as the day comes to an end. The restaurant options may be limited, the quality of its cuisine, its respect for traditions and authenticity in preparing your starter, main course and dessert with its flair of elegance, are bound to lure you into a well-rested first night at one of the sanctuary’s suites.

Overnight is booked at one of Amanjiwo’s well-appointed suites.

DAY 2

With the arrival of the first sun rays, rising in the East, so do the contours of the Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple, and all this is served with our compliments with your breakfast. It is the quietness, aside from the sounds of soothing gamelan music that will elevate your morning experience to new heights. Rice paddy fields, the Menoreh Mountains with its characteristic volcanoes and the verdant green Javanese inlands spice up your morning even further.

Once entering one of Indonesia’s largest cities, it comes as no surprise why Yogyakarta is dubbed as the cultural hub for Indonesia. With the astounding temple complexes of the Borobudur and the Prambanan within a short distance from the beating heart of Java, the attractiveness for avid explorers is found around almost every corner. Besides its priceless architecture monuments, the atmosphere of Yogyakarta is partly due to the fact that the Sultan of Yogyakarta empowers its inhabitants, being supportive and attracting Indonesians from all over the archipelago, to experience the artistic and bustling life of the city. A Javanese lifestyle will captivate you right away, whether you wander around the compound of the Sultan’s Palace or navigate through the hustle and bustle of the Taman Sari.

Unearthed after being covered in ashes for years, the mighty Borobudur signals something on the Amanjiwo horizon that demands to be explored, whether it be very early in the morning or during the day. Looming out of a patchwork of bottle-green paddies and swaying palm tops, this colossal Buddhist relic is one of the continent’s marvels. After the decline of Buddhism and the shift of power to East Java, the monument was abandoned soon after its completion. For centuries the complex laid forgotten, buried under layers of volcanic ash. Climb up to the top and enjoy a wonderful view on the Menoreh Mountains.

Today would be a perfect time to discover what lies beyond the crescent walls of the Amanjiwo, wander around its massive stone base and perhaps sample a local-prepared delicacy, together with your guide.

It will be again pure bliss from early morning until the very last rays of the sun warm up the rice paddies, the surrounding jungle, wrapped around the Amanjiwo like an envelope while dining at the sight that tomorrow will yet be another day among the hospitable Javanese.

The resort’s Garden Suites with its ample amenities, serene location and designed in such a way that it brings out the best of both worlds (Indonesian and western) assures a worriless night sleep.

Overnight is booked at one of Amanjiwo’s well-appointed suites.

DAY 3

Waking up and smelling the fresh air, complemented by the similarities in design of the Borobudur a mere stone’s throw away, your daily breakfast will once again set the tone for another day in Javanese paradise. From the serving team to the back office kitchen cooking experts, breakfast amidst the green scenery of Magelang is a wondrous treat.

The experiences at Amanjiwo do not stop with its delectable choices for breakfast and possibly lunch for the day. The basking, almost tangible serenity has captivated the rich, famous and discerned from all across the globe. From its spa and wellness therapists to its activity centre with ideas and tips to enrich your morning and early afternoon, ample moments of an extraordinary level fill the day in no time.

As another day comes to an end, your evening filled with authenticity and local delicacies just started. Warmly welcomed by your guide for the evening, a leisurely drive brings you deep in the heart of Yogyakarta, and in particular, the cradle of food – Tugu. It may not fit exactly in the definition of a 100% market concept but it definitely does not lack in local shopping, local food and great times. As soon as night falls, the street turns into a place of pure magnificence where street side vendors set up shop selling local delicacies as they wiggle their carts between local handicraft vendors and local malls. It is really at night that this Jalan (street) comes to life and visitors often find that an evening here complements a full day of fabulous sightseeing perfectly. Picking only the local favourites, the dining pleasures, served just like the locals, slowly fill your stomach with an explosion of local flavours.

Digging in to exquisite specialities and time-honoured favourites such as nasi campur to Bakmie are complemented with stories, explanations and smiles and fulfilled moments before heading back in all comfort to the comfort of your garden suite for the final night.

Overnight is booked at one of Amanjiwo’s well-appointed suites.

DAY 4

Matching breakfast with your scheduled departure time from Amanjiwo to our next destination will be something worth considering on the final day of this culinary package. Following the resort’s check-out times and conditions, the deluxe vehicle, accompanied by an Asian Trails representative, will be waiting for you at the resort to bring you in comfort back to Yogyakarta’s International Airport.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • Tours and transfers with licenced English-speaking guiding services / assistance. Other languages are on request and are subject to availability
  • Accommodation in sharing twin/double at mentioned accommodation as outlined in the itinerary
  • Transportation for tour and transfers by air-conditioned vehicle, unless otherwise stated
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the program
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • All meals as indicated in the program (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as other meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours/ visits, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement
  • Any domestic / international airline tickets, airport taxes, visa fees, specific camera / video fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general pick-up / drop-off regions (such as airports, out-of-town resorts, ports, harbours and accommodation in surrounding towns)
  • Any accommodation expenses of a personal nature. This includes (compulsory festive) meals and drinks, mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • International travel and medical insurance coverage for customers

GOOD TO KNOW

  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this tour; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • This food-themed tour along local restaurants and food stalls may not be suitable for customers who are vegetarians or have specific food allergies.
  • Guests traveling over and during local holidays may experience longer waiting times than normal, may see certain sites being closed down, and this program may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the tour in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • Tours and excursions often include obstacles of various kinds that may not make this excursion suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility.
  • The protection of the country’s flora, fauna and its historical and cultural treasures is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us. Even when it is cloudy, the sun still has an immense power.
  • Guests traveling over and during local holidays may experience longer waiting times than normal, may see certain sites being closed down, and this program may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • All mentioned times, durations and stops are based on approximations and may change due to unforeseen circumstances, weather and traffic conditions beyond our control.

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