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Borobudur Sunrise, Merapi Volcano & Prambanan Full Day Tour

1. Borobudur Sunrise, Merapi Volcano & Prambanan Full Day Tour

Discover the wonders of Yogyakarta, Borobudur, and Mount Merapi on this private tour with your own personal driver. Venture to the Merapi volcano by jeep and visit the Prambanan Temple, entry tickets included. Add an optional visit to the Borobudur Temple to your trip. Be picked up from your hotel and head to Setumbu Hill to witness the breathtaking Borobudur sunrise. When the air is fresh and as the mist begins to lift, the sun will surround the volcanoes and terraced fields. After sunrise, you have the option to explore the UNESCO-listed Borobudur Temple, the single largest Buddhist structure on earth. Be the first of the day to enter the gates as they open. This is one of the world's greatest ancient monuments. Continue your tour on board a jeep to the Merapi volcano, one of the most popular volcanoes in the country. Snap your own momentous memories over the picturesque spots of the volcano. Finish the tour with a visit to one of the most beautiful Hindu temples, Prambanan. Built in the tenth century, this is the largest temple compound dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia.  See the three temples decorated with reliefs illustrating the epic of the Ramayana, dedicated to the three great Hindu divinities (Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma) and the animals who serve them.

From Yogyakarta: Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater 3-Day Tour

2. From Yogyakarta: Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater 3-Day Tour

Day 1 Start your adventure with pickup from your accommodation in Yogyakarta in the morning and travel to Mount Bromo. Enjoy beautiful landscapes along the way while your friendly driver negotiates the notorious Indonesian traffic. Once you’ve settled into your accommodation in Bromo, enjoy some free time to explore the area and prepare for the sunrise tomorrow. Day 2 Rise early to get ready for a truly unforgettable experience as you witness the magical sunrise views of Mount Bromo, the most popular volcano in Indonesia. After exploring Mount Bromo, head back to the hotel to enjoy the breakfast before traveling to Bondowoso City, where your accommodation for the Ijen Crater tour is located. Day 3 Today, your tour starts in the middle of the night as you head to the Ijen Crater. Hike up to the top of the Ijen Crater on a 90 to 120-minute hike, where you can witness the fascinating blue flames rise up from inside the crater. After exploring the crater, you will be dropped off at Ketapang Harbor and you are pleased to continue your journey to Bali.

Borobudur Sunrise & Prambanan Full Day Private Tour

3. Borobudur Sunrise & Prambanan Full Day Private Tour

Be picked up from your hotel and head to Setumbu Hill to witness the breathtaking Borobudur sunrise. When the air is fresh and as the mist begins to lift, the sun will surround the volcanoes and terraced fields. After sunrise, explore the UNESCO-listed Borobudur Temple, the single largest Buddhist structure on earth. Be the first of the day to enter the gates as they open. After visiting Borobudur, you will travel for 1.5 - 2 hours to Prambanan Temple. Spend 2 hours exploring Prambanan. This temple was built in the tenth century, this is the largest temple compound dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia. See the three temples decorated with reliefs illustrating the epic of the Ramayana, dedicated to the three great Hindu divinities of Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma. You will also see three temples dedicated to the animals who serve them. After finishing exploring Prambanan, you can opt to choose to head back directly to the hotel, or stop for lunch on the journey back.

Yogyakarta: Private Car Charter with Guide

4. Yogyakarta: Private Car Charter with Guide

There’s much to see in Yogyakarta – a large city with limited public transportation options for visitors. Hire a private vehicle and experience all the city has to offer. The driver-as-guide will pick you up at your accommodation and take you wherever you’d like to go on this 10-hour program. Check out the ancient Hindu temples of Prambanan that look like hand-drizzled sand castles or explore the Sultan's palace which is reminiscent of a gilded music box filled with jewels. The city is also well known for its arts and handicrafts, a nerve center for traditional and modern puppetry. Your driver-as-guide will take you to your favorite spots, explain everything you need to know about the attractions, and will wait for you. If you love having freedom of choice and having fun at your own pace, this is the best way to discover Yogyakarta.

Selogriyo Temple Tour and Trek Through Java's Rice Terraces

5. Selogriyo Temple Tour and Trek Through Java's Rice Terraces

Visit the beautiful and remote Selogriyo Temple and trek through the surrounding rice terraces. Choose from a range of interesting sites to visit afterwards. Travel with your friendly driver from your accommodation in Yogyakarta or Borobudur to the peaceful Selogriyo Temple. Your journey will take about two hours from Yogyakarta, and one hour from Borobudur. Admire the fairytale scenery as you approach the secluded hilltop temple by foot. Hike through the iconic rice terraces, which grow paddy, beans, corn, and more. Enjoy the majestic landscape and the quiet of the countryside. Admire the Hindu temple's distinctive structure and explore the lush gardens surrounding it. Gaze out upon the verdant greenery of the volcanic hillside. Meet the kind and friendly local people, discover their stories and learn from their wisdom.  For those who wish to visit other iconic sites in the area, there are several options you can choose from: you can visit Selogriyo Temple and Borobudur Temple during the daytime or at sunrise. You can visit Selogriyo Temple and Prambanan Temple during the daytime or at sunset. You can visit Selogriyo Temple, Borobudur and Prambanan Temple in the daytime. After your trip, sit back and relax while your driver escorts you back to your accommodation.

From Yogyakarta: Borobudur Sunrise on Setumbu Hill

6. From Yogyakarta: Borobudur Sunrise on Setumbu Hill

Be collected at your accommodation by your friendly driver and travel to Setumbu Hill for 5:00 AM. Witness the breathtaking Borobudur sunrise views. When the air is fresh and as the mist begins to lift the sun will surround the volcanoes and terraced fields. You will leave at dawn.  Choose the additional option to explore the UNESCO listed Borobudur Temple, just 4 kilometers from Setumbu Hill. Be the first of the day to enter the gates as they open. Borobudur is one of the world's truly great ancient monuments and is the single largest Buddhist structure anywhere on earth. You can continue your journey and visit the nearby Mendut and Pawon Temples, which are positioned in a straight line with Barabudur for an unknown ritual process. 

From Bali: Bromo, Ijen, Borobudur and Yogyakarta 4-Day Tour

7. From Bali: Bromo, Ijen, Borobudur and Yogyakarta 4-Day Tour

Day 1 Begin your adventure with pickup from your accommodation in Bali in the evening. Then travel to Gilimanuk Port to take a ferry to Ketapang Port in Banyuwangi. From there, wait for about an hour before continuing to the Ijen Volcano on the next day which will begin on just few minutes. Day 2 On this second day, your tour starts from Ketapang Port and travel to the starting point of Ijen Volcano. Hike up to the Ijen Crater, and witness the fascinating blue flames rise up. After exploring the crater, you will travel to Mount Bromo and enjoy the beautiful landscapes along the way while your driver negotiates the notorious traffic. Once you’ve settled into your accommodation in Bromo, you can enjoy some free time to explore the area and prepare for the sunrise on the next day. Day 3 On day three, wake up early to get ready for a truly unforgettable experience. Witness the magical sunrise views of Mount Bromo as you explore the most popular volcano in Indonesia. After exploring Mount Bromo, head back to the hotel to enjoy your breakfast before traveling to Yogyakarta City, where your accommodation for the Borobudur Temple is located. Once you have arrived into your accommodation in Yogyakarta City, enjoy some free time to explore or rest at your hotel, and prepare for the Borobudur tour on the next day. Day 4 On the final day, begin your tour with pickup from your accommodation in Yogyakarta in the early morning and head to Setumbu Hill to witness the breathtaking Borobudur sunrise. Following sunrise, you will explore the Borobudur temple and admire the Buddhist statues. After exploring Borobudur Temple, continue to the Hindu Prambanan Temple. After visiting Prambanan, you can choose to; head back to your accommodation, visit more of the landmarks surrounding Yogyakarta, be dropped off at Yogyakarta Airport if you already have your flight scheduled, or even extend your stay in Yogyakarta.

Yogyakarta: Borobudur Temple Entry Ticket

8. Yogyakarta: Borobudur Temple Entry Ticket

Pre-book your entry ticket to the magnificent Borobudur Temple, the world's biggest Buddhist monument. Marvel at the architecture and stonework of this unique temple that sits majestically on a hilltop overlooking lush green fields and distant hills. Discover a monument that is a marvel of design, covering a total surface area of around 2,500 square meters, decorated with 2,672 relief panels and originally featuring 504 Buddha statues. See the stone carvings attached to the temple that display legends and stories with great philosophical significance. Choose to walk through Green Park from the entrance. As you walk through the area, spot vendors who will offer you souvenirs and other knick-knacks (there are regulations to prevent them from disturbing visitors). Built between AD 780 and 840 during the reign of the Sailendra dynasty, the temple's design in Gupta architecture reflects India's influence on the region. However, there are enough indigenous scenes and elements incorporated to make Borobudur uniquely Indonesian. The temple has remained strong even through ten centuries of neglect. In the 1970s, the Indonesian Government and UNESCO worked together to restore Borobudur to its former majesty. The restoration took eight years to complete, making Borobudur one of Indonesia’s most valuable treasures.

Borobudur Temple Half Day Private Tour

9. Borobudur Temple Half Day Private Tour

As the world's largest Buddhist temple, Borobudur is listed as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. Encounter 504 life-sized Buddha statues, each carved from a single stone. Discover seated Buddha statues beneath each bell-shaped spire. Admire its grandeur, beauty and uniqueness. See 2,672 relief panels and learn about Buddha’s teachings. Gaze upon green fields, distant hills, and volcanoes. Complete your journey by visiting the nearby Mendut and Pawon Temples (optional). These are positioned along a straight line with Barabudur for an unknown ritual process. Explore the wonder of the ancient world today!

From Yogyakarta: Borobudur, Mount Bromo, and Ijen 4-Day Tour

10. From Yogyakarta: Borobudur, Mount Bromo, and Ijen 4-Day Tour

Join this 4-day trip from Yogyakarta and discover Java Island. Visit important temples, explore beautiful landscapes, hike to waterfalls, and taste delicious local cuisine. Day 1 Begin your adventure with pickup from your accommodation in Yogyakarta and head to Setumbu Hill to witness the breathtaking Borobudur sunrise. When the air is fresh and as the mist begins to lift, the sun will surround the volcanoes and terraced fields. After sunrise, explore the UNESCO-listed Borobudur Temple, the single largest Buddhist structure on earth. Be the first of the day to enter the gates as they open. This is one of the world's greatest ancient monuments. Once you’ve seen the temple, you can choose to head back to your accommodation in Yogyakarta, or visit more of the landmarks surrounding Yogyakarta City, such as the Merapi Volcano, the Prambanan Temple, or Tamansari Water castle. Day 2 On the second day, travel from your accommodation in Yogyakrta to Mount Bromo, and enjoy the beautiful landscapes along the way while your friendly driver negotiates the notorious traffic. Once you’ve settled into your accommodation in Bromo, you can enjoy some free time to explore the area and prepare for the sunrise on the next day. Day 3 Wake up early on day 3 to get ready for a truly unforgettable experience. You will be able to witness the magical sunrise views of Mount Bromo as you explore the most popular volcano in Indonesia. After exploring Mount Bromo, you will head back to the hotel to enjoy a delicious breakfast before traveling to Bondowoso City, where your accommodation for the Ijen Crater tour is located. Day 4 On the final day, your tour starts in the middle of the night as you head to the Ijen Crater, which takes around 2 hours. Hike up to the Ijen Crater for about 90 to 120 minutes, where you can witness the fascinating blue flames rise up. After exploring the crater, you can opt to be dropped off in Bali, Ketapang Port in Banyuwangi, or Surabaya.

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What people are saying about Yogyakarta

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 627 reviews

Our guide, Indra, was top notch. If one can ask for a particular guide with this organization, we strongly recommend requesting him if possible. He has good English, which made communication easy. Being a resident of Jogja, he made our 'sunrise' tour to Borobudur extra special by following country lanes on our return to the city, allowing us to stop for photos along the way, and patiently answering a host of questions. A perfect way to see the countryside, & learn about the country. He was 'on the ball' with the Bromo experience, making sure we got the most out of that, altho' that meant a rather early wake-up in the morning. The Ijen trek was disappointing, in that we made the ascent in cloud & drizzle, hence the views from the top were non-existent - one can hardly blame the guide or company for poor weather; but note possibility. Accommodations were good too. At end, he ensured we were on the ferry to Bali & had a driver ready to meet us on arrival. Highly recommended

One word : amazing ! Our guide Praja was so friendly and tought us more during this visit than we read for one month preparing our trip. The sunrise on Setumbu hill is breathtaking, and the visit of Selogriyo village, paddy fields and temple was a magical moment full of new understandings of javanese culture. Thank you very much ! We now want to come back to Yogya !

It was a nice trip with my driver praja. He was very punctual and drives really safe. As well he gaves me some important information about the tour and the destinations. All in all I had fun and see a lot, it’s a beautiful temple tour. Thanks praja

Very nice trip if you want to visit both Bromo and Ijen in a short time without having to take public transport! Everything is arranged for you, Indra is a very nice guide/driver and all you have to do is enjoy yourself.

Amazing experience with a lovely driver who was always helpful and available to answer all our questions and even take us to many places not included in the tour. Tiring, but the perfect way to discover Java!