Discover the volcanoes, ancient temples, shrines and plantations of Central Java; with stunning resort stays, horse rides and trips to local villages.


8 Days 7 Nights     From US$2390 per Person

Discover the volcanoes, ancient temples, shrines and plantations of Central Java, with stunning resort stays, horse rides and trips to local villages. Uncover Java’s craft and history in Jogjakarta, the centre of old Javanese culture.

Arrive in Solo and head out to the 9th century Hindu temples of Prambanan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive to the magnificent Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in the world. See village life with a ride in a local horse cart, or ’dokar’. Stop to see everyday village activities including vanilla and chilli harvesting, making cassava crackers and playing instruments. Afterwards, enjoy lunch in a restaurant set amid green rice fields. Leave early in the morning for the drive to the ’home of the gods’; the volcanic Dieng Plateau. Stay in a hilltop resort set in tea and coffee plantations. Take a walking tour of the plantations and learn about the growing, roasting and grinding of Java coffee. Stay in Jogjakarta, the centre of old Javanese culture, touring the city in a ’becak’, a local form of transport. In the evening, dine at a local restaurant and enjoy a performance of traditional Ramayana Dance.

Each of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and our destination based teams will start planning a unique and personalized trip.

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See everyday village life in a horse cart in Borobudur.
Tour a coffee plantation and learn about the growing, roasting and grinding of Java coffee.
Dine at a local restaurant and see a performance of traditional Ramayana Dance.
Take a ’becak’, a local form of transport through the streets of Jogjakarta.

Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

  • Start
  • Day 1: Prambanan

    Arrive in Solo, the town formerly known as Surakarta (Recommended flights: from Singapore to Solo SQ5212 (MI 212) at 0915 or to Jogja MH 857 at 1055). Your guide and private car will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Jogjakarta.

    This afternoon will be spent exploring the ancient Hindu temples at Prambanan, located 17 kilometres from Jogjakarta. Built in the 9th century, this collection of sharp, jagged temples features three main inner shrines dedicated to the Hindu trinity: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. UNESCO named Prambanan a Heritage Site in 1991. Your guide will explain the history and symbolism of the temples as you walk around.Note: The May 2006 Jogjakarta earthquake caused significant damage to some parts of Prambanan. The site is open again, but some temples are cordoned off and as of mid-2009 entry into most temples is not allowed.Prambanan visit can be done before check in at hotel if arrival in Solo.

    Following your visit to Prambanan, continue with a drive to your hotel located near the famous Borobudur temple (1h20mn from Prambanan).

  • Day 2: Borobudur and Surroundings

    Depart this morning to visit Borobudur, 42 kilometers west of Jogjakarta. With your guide, explore this massive Buddhist Temple- the largest in the world- and discover the incredible history behind its construction. Comprised of thousands of volcanic and river stone blocks, the temple was assembled entirely by human labor and took more than 75 years to complete. These days, the UNESCO Heritage site is still visible in its full glory- with magnificent carvings and an unusual, yet surprisingly beautiful bulk structure. Continue with a visit to nearby Mendut temple. Older than Borobudur, this pyramid-shaped temple houses three impressively carved stone statues; You’ll also visit Pawon temple, a simple yet beautiful monument known for its precise symmetry. Following the temple touring, stop for lunch at a restaurant set amid the rice fields.

    Next, you’ll get a taste for local life with a horse cart ride through Candirejo village. Known as a dokar, the local horse cart will take you through this peaceful, charming village. You’ll travel along small lanes lined with traditional houses and stop to see village activities such as making cassava crackers, playing the gamelan and harvesting and drying of vanilla and chili.

    The remainder of this afternoon is at leisure.

  • Day 3: Borobudur

    Depart early this morning for the drive to Wonosobo (around 2.5- 3 hr drive). Wonosobo is located 2000 meters above sea level and is the gateway to the volcanic Dieng Plateau, the "home of the gods". You’ll observe the volcanic activity of the Dieng Crater and explore the oldest Hindu temples in Java. There are 8 shrines dating from the 7th and 8th centuries which line the crater floor amid sulfurous fumes and rugged natural surroundings.

    Following your exploration of the volcanic crater, return to Wonosobo town for a late lunch at a local restaurant.

    Then continue by road to Ambarawa, a two hour drive. You’ll check in at magnificent Losari Plantation Resort. Featuring a blend of colonial buildings and traditional Javanese cottages, the hilltop resort is surrounded by coffee and tea plantations.

    The remainder of this afternoon and evening are at leisure to walk around the resort, enjoy a steam bath at the spa or relax on your cottage’s balcony. Note: for first class category accommodation will be at the Tlogo Agro Coffee Plantation - Standard category in cottage room - located in Salatiga nearby Ambarawa.

  • Day 4: Losari Plantation

    Take a walking tour of the Losari plantation this morning with a guide. Your guide will tell you about the growing of coffee at the plantation as you walk around the fields. Organic vegetables and tropical fruits are also grown here. Visit the coffee shed to see and learn about the roasting and grinding of coffee beans. Take a tasting session now, accompanied with Javanese herbal drinks, known as ‘Jamu’.

    After your coffee tour, go to the 8th century Hindu temple complex of Gedong Songo, which has some of the oldest temples in Java. Ride on horseback to the top of the mountain and get fantastic views of the area.

    Enjoy lunch back at the resort. After lunch, drive to Jogjakarta and check in to your hotel.

  • Day 5: Yogyakarta

    Take a city tour today with your expert guide. Jogjakarta or ‘Jogja’ as it is sometimes written; is the centre of old Javanese culture and is the most popular spot for visitors to the island.

    We will start at ‘Kraton’, the Sultan’s Palace. Built in the 18th century, its grand chambers and rooms are excellent examples of Javanese sultanate architecture. Next door is the water palace and garden of ‘Taman Sari’, built by the first Sultan, with lots of bathing pools for his harem.

    You will then be met by a ‘becak’, a local form of transport which will take you through the streets of the city. Visit Sonobudoyo Museum. Many artifacts of Javanese culture are on display here including masks, instruments, hand-crafted weapons and wooden puppets.

    Next, get to see the process of batik at a batik workshop. After this we’ll head to the 16th century village of Kotagede to see the production of some of the most famous silver handicrafts in the country.

    Drive back to the hotel to freshen up. This evening, you’ll dine at a local restaurant and be treated to a performance of traditional Ramayana Dance.

  • Day 6: Yogyakarta

    Transfer to Jogjakarta airport this morning in time for your onward flight.

All of our Tours can be Tailored, Just Ask!

Tour Details

All of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and we’ll start planning your unique personalized trip!

Tour prices are a guideline only, and are based on two persons travelling together, sharing a double or twin room in luxury accommodation. Each tour price and can be adjusted depending on budget, activities included and standard of accommodation desired.

Tour and airfare prices include all applicable taxes and are subject to change without prior notice until services are booked.

You, your holiday and booking direct: Backyard Travel are on the ground year-round in Asia, which means you are booking direct with a local travel company, allowing you to save on the cost of your holiday. Our tailor-made tours are designed by local Travel Specialists who investigate every aspect of the trip themselves, giving you a unique view of each destination.

 Included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

 Not included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Domestic and international flights
Departure taxes if applicable
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees (contact us for further information)

Why Backyard Travel?

Our experienced travel specialists possess years of local insider knowledge, because they live here.
We have offices in all of our destinations in asia, fully staffed and open all year-round.
With backyard travel you are booking direct, allowing you to save and benefit local residents.

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