Yogyakarta’s Essentials in Half a Day

Yogyakarta’s Essentials
in Half a Day

Constantly exceeding expectations, Yogyakarta packs a bunch of sights that make this city
such a bright pearl of culture and history. From markets and palaces that still breathe
the atmosphere of a bygone era, this half a day is a perfect Yogyakarta intro.


If you are looking for the most culturally-enthralling cities in Indonesia, Yogyakarta will certainly make it to the top three. Astonishing temples, delicious food that brings out the flavours of Indonesia and a maze of markets, streets and quarters that live and breathe the true vibe of the south-Javanese capital, it is hard to imagine not seeing the essence of Yogya.

With a plethora of places to see, meet and be invigorated by the amazing and always-moving atmosphere, it is not easy finding your way in the search for the city’s landmarks. We have created the perfect half-day with a focus on what’s inside the hustle and bustle of Yogyakarta, as an introduction to see more with one of our other tours.


Yogyakarta’s Essentials in Half a Day

08:30 - 13:30

The morning starts with the Sultans palace, also known as the Kraton. Situated in the centre of the city and was founded in 1755 and has kept as much as possible in its former glory when Sri Sultan Hamengkubowono I put his final touches to it in the 1970s and constructed along the same lines as Javanese architecture. Look out for the ornate reception halls as well as the large open-air pendulous, specifically built so that the Sultan could listen to gamelan performances. Up until today, Kraton still serves as the Sultan Palace. Over 25,000 people live within the greater Kraton compound; officially called Taman Sari, consist of its market, shops, batik and silver cottage industries, schools and mosques, Kraton is a small, self-sustaining community within the greater Yogyakarta.

From there, your guide will take you for a short walk to and inside the Water Castle, situated just 250 metres away from Sultans palace, and was built in 1758 by the prince, with the sole purpose of being used as a ‘place of pleasure’ by the prince and his harem.

We end the morning at the Kota Gede, where you can visit batik factories, silversmiths and other shopping.  The area has some interesting architecture, narrow alleyways, and some great bargains for those looking for high-quality goods. This older part of Yogyakarta, now a suburb was initially the first capital of the Mataram Kingdom, found by Panembahan Senopati in 1582 but now a paradise for shopaholics.

A packed half-day around Yogyakarta comes to an end as soon as we reach the entrance of your hotel, where you will thank your guide and driver for a great day out in their hometown.




  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • The Sultan’s Palace is open daily from 8 am to 2 pm, except Friday when it closes at 1 pm. This site is closed on National and public holidays as well as on Keraton-recognized holidays. This is the main reason we only operate the tour in the morning.


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