Jakarta’s National Museum & Old Harbour

Jakarta’s National
Museum & Old Harbour

Fast-moving, often slightly overwhelming for first-time visitors but holding on to centuries of
trade history. Two important landmarks are essential sights to get to know the capital
before moving on. Our introduction to Jakarta makes it all worthwhile.


The impressions when arriving for the first time in Jakarta may be somewhat overwhelming; a city that moves and shakes from early morning until the wee hours at night where cars and motorcycles form the background of what will leave an everlasting, positive impression.

Navigating through Indonesia’s capital may be a challenge when you aim to see what makes Jakarta such a historically important city. The former Batavia times and its vast collection and artefacts are merely a few of the sights and sounds, one must see when spending a couple of nights here. This half-day introduction to Jakarta is just what you need to get a taste of what this city is all about and has to offer.


Jakarta’s National Museum & Old Harbour

09:00 - 16:00

Your driver, accompanied by a professional, licensed guide will welcome you in your hotel lobby in the heart of Jakarta to show you the must-sees during this half-day exploration. We start the tour at the National Museum (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays), Indonesia’s pride for preserving its past; a collection of historical, prehistoric, archaeological and ethnographic aspects of Indonesia is on display here, spread around various rooms and exhibitions. Outside its ever-expanding collection of cultural instruments, household utensils and a selection of objects d’art, it has one of the more complete collections in the country of bronzes and ceramics dating back to the Han, Tang, and Ming Dynasties, referring to the Chinese influences in the country.

Jakarta would never become an economic powerhouse, had it not been constructed so near the sea. The more than 500-year-old Sunda Kelapa Harbour was the essential link to bridge the gap from trade ships entering Indonesia for import and export purpose of all kinds of goods. Construction of the harbour began during the Pajajarn Kingdom era in the early 15th century and still is a highly important maritime docking point for modern Indonesia. Although modern times have entered the harbour, traditional wooden Makassar schooners, called ‘Phinisi’, are still used as preferred means of transportation between the other Indonesian islands. Snapping some pictures here to remind you of traditions kept alive in a fast-growing and modern Jakarta is of the essence!

It is time to head back to your centrally-located Jakarta hotel (other regions can be included, but surcharges may apply), ending with a short introduction of what makes Jakarta such an fascinating city.




  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges


  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)


  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in downtown Jakarta. Transfers outside these areas Transfers outside these areas, including the Tangeran, Bekasi, and Depok regions, the capital’s harbour and International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pick-up and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is 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.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • Jakarta’s National Museum is closed every Mondays and public holidays – alternative sightseeing on this day will be proposed (National Monument).
  • This tour is operated only in the morning.


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