Jakarta’s Old Batavia Trail

Jakarta’s Old
Batavia Trail

The name Batavia is unmistakably connected with the Dutch East India Trading Company and
Indonesia. Monuments and landmarks from an era where spice trading and naval export
thrived – it is all seamlessly captured during this full-day tour through Jakarta.


For generations, the name Jakarta is synonymously connected with trade and commerce. Formerly known as Batavia, the 13th-century colonial influences from the Dutch still resonate throughout in the Indonesian capital, meandering through the modern façade of today’s progressively thinking Jakarta.

It is those colonial eras that will be highlighted during this full-day exploration, following in the footsteps of the Dutch East India Trading Company, still abbreviated to VOC. Spices and wayang dolls, authentic vessels and captivating museums, a well-designed tour captures the historical look and feel of what remain tangible reminders of days gone by.


Jakarta’s Old Batavia Trail

09:00 - 17:00

An English-speaking guide will warmly welcome you at your booked hotel in Jakarta’s Central Business District before driving off towards the older quarters of dazzling Jakarta. Shedding light on the ample examples of former Batavia has shaped the Jakarta of today.

Our day of exploration starts with a visit to the last remaining Dutch drawbridge in in the city, known as the Chicken Market Bridge. Following this stop, you head out to Fatahillah Square where a walk through the historical Kali Besar Barat is on the programme. This region of Jakarta is home to numerous Dutch architectural monuments, reminiscent to the Batavia trading times.

A highlight of the day is the Wayang Museum where a collection of Wayang Kulit (shadow puppets) are preserved and on display. A cultural treasure of immense value continues to play a part in Indonesia’s culture to date. The museum offers ample opportunities to admire the stunning shadow puppets from up close. Via the Toko Mehar, the home of the former Dutch Governor General, a stop at the Sudan Kelapa Harbour is seen as a permanent monument connected to the strong naval history of the Dutch using Batavia as an important port of call. The harbour is home to a few Buganese Phinisi Schooners that still bear unloaded goods from across the archipelago.

A stroll through the intriguing flea market of Jalan Surabaya – a favourite for many locals and visitors alike, this place forms the perfect grounds in putting your haggling skills to the test. Lined on both sides with curios and goods ranging from Chinese porcelain to colonial Dutch trinkets, spending some time here is marks the end of a great Batavia day.

On your way back to the hotel we will also be able to stop for nearby photos at the Presidential Palace and the National Monument.




  • A full-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.


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