The Treasures of Yogyakarta

The Treasures of
Yogyakarta

A very early wake-up call on your holiday may not be what you want mind but knowing that
you may see the sunrise from the Borobudur, you may change your mind. This Treasures
of Yogyakarta tour is not complete without a Prambanan bike ride and its scenery.

WHY THIS TOUR?

The magic of the Borobudur cannot be described – it has to be felt and experienced. When the sun rises from the east and welcomes yet another day in Indonesia, it is then when you get the best a true sense of the splendour of its location and the importance in Yogyakarta’s history.

When size matters on your trip across Java, the Borobudur is what you’re after – inscribed in the books as the world’s largest Buddhist temple, an early morning wake-up call, a light snack in the morning, surrounded by fresh air adds only more to the total experience. With this Treasures of Yogyakarta, we slight deviate off the tourist trails and include the magnificence of the Prambanan as seen from the saddle of a bicycle.

TRAIL ITINERARY

The Treasures of Yogyakarta

03:30 - 14:30

When admiring the sunrise from the Borobudur is on your bucket list, be prepared to leave with our guide and driver at around 3.30 am from Yogyakarta. Just before the first light of a brand new day brighten up the horizon, we arrive at the main entrance of the Borobudur Archaeological Park, before heading to the viewpoint and seeing the contours of Mount Merapi slowly appearing against a, hopefully, clear sky (weather permitting). Your guide for the day will explain the intricate story behind the construction of the Borobudur as well during the time this temple was completely abandoned and buried under a thick layer of mud and dust. As we serve you a cup of fresh Java coffee/tea and a light snack, it is time for us to move towards Prambanan.

Farmers will head out in the field, tending to their crop and for us to cycle around the fields and get an up and close look how they still use traditional means to cultivate their land with the use of buffalos and honest, manual labour. We avoid the busy roads but cycle over asphalted narrow roads in the direction of the Boko Temple, situated on a hill. The cycling tour is approximately 2.5 hours, and we make use of well-maintained bikes that can handle the terrain we’re taking.

Our morning paddle ends at the Prambanan Temple. Contrary to the Borobudur, the Prambanan is constructed as a sanctuary for Hindus. Also known as the ‘Temple of the Slender Virgin”, the Prambanan consists of three major temples dedicated to the Hindu Gods trinity. There will be ample time to stroll and observe the beautiful carvings and the neighbouring shrines such as the Candi Plaosan and the Candi Sewu. After enjoying a local lunch, it is time to head back to Yogyakarta, where you will arrive safe and sound at your hotel around 2.30 pm.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • 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.
  • Use of bicycle at the Prambanan village and temple
  • Light morning snack en route
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant (food only) in Yogyakarta

EXCLUSIONS

  • 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)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • 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 Yogyakarta. Transfers outside these areas, including the Borobudur and Prambanan regions, and Yogyakarta’s International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • 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 24hours may be on request.
  • We recommend wearing light, comfortable cotton clothing and comfortable shoes

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