The Sultanate Yogyakarta & the Temple Borobudur & Prambanan - Central Java - 3 Days/2 Nights Tour
Arrival in Yogyakarta - Yogyakarta City Sightseeing Tour
On the airport in Yogyakarta your Guide will be waiting and bring you to Hotel The Phoenix Yogyakarta for check-in. You have some time to relax and enjoy this beautiful hotel with pool and can have lunch in the restaurant. In the afternoon your guide will take you to city sightseeing tour in Yogyakarta.
Yogyakarta in the Centre of the Indonesian Island of Java is together with the neighboring city of Surakarta (Solo) the centre of the traditional Javanese culture. With several universities, particularly with the prestigious Gaja Madah University, Yogyakarta is also the Indonesia's Education Center. Traditional Javanese culture and arts are here firmly rooted and Yogyakarta is home to several art, music and dance schools.
During the city tour, you will have opportunity to visit in the old town (Kota Gede) the Sultans Palace (Kraton) witch is with 14,000 square meters a kind city within a city. The Kraton was built around 1750. Parts of the Palace are open for tourists visit. The Museum shows mainly traditional court scenes and the appropriate clothing are admired.
After that we visit Taman Sare. The water Castle (built 1758 until 1765) served as a pleasure palace of the Sultan where the harem live. The castle was surrounded by a lake and only reachable on the waterway. The Lake no longer exists and the Castle is actual a ruin. Preserved are the bathing pools Taman Sare, which can be visited. If the time allows you can stroll through the traditional Beringharjo market on Jalan Malioboro and in case you are interested a batik factory or silversmiths can be visited. Yogyakarta is known for its fine silver and batik work all around Asia.
If you arrived in the afternoon in Yogyakarta and no time to do the Yogyakarta city tour on that day, so the tour can be done also on the day of departure, before an accordantly late return flight
The temple complexes Borobudur & Prambanan
After an early breakfast we drive to Borobudur Temple which is located 40km away from Yogyakarta. . It's a Buddhist sanctuary and one of the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia. The impressive Borobudur Temple is situated on a hill and is designed as a step pyramid. On a square Foundation of 123m length there are nine storey's. Each higher level represents a further development of the people. On the terraces there are many alcoves and Budda statues and a total 5 km-long reliefs that tell about the live of Buddha. Six terraces are square and the upper three circular. There are 72 stupas each housing a Budda statue on the upper terraces, which are devoted to the enlightenment. From the top, you have a fantastic view over the countryside and over the mountains
In the afternoon we visit the huge Prambanan temple complex, which was built to honor the Hindu gods Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu. Loro Jonggrang Temple was build in the 10th century and is the largest Hindu temple complex in Indonesia .. The temple consists of a main building in the middle surrounded by eight smaller various deities consecrated temples and countless much smaller. All of the temples exhibit a high top design. In 2006 the temple was heavily damaged by a strong earthquake and not all areas are accessible to visitors.
After that drive back to the 17km far away ogyakarta. Accommodation again in the first-class boutique hotel The Phoenix Yogyakarta
Departure from Yogjakarta
After breakfast you can make Yogyakarta city tour, if this was not possible on the arrival day and transfer to airport in Yogyakarta for flight back to Bali or continuing your Indonesia travel with Bromo Tour or with one of our Flores & Komodo Tours