Yogyakarta is the kind of city you dream of when traveling to Java. The city has over one million inhabitants but manages to retain a calm, blissful atmosphere with a fierce devotion to its ancient customs, making it a favorite among visitors to Indonesia.
The prodigious complex of the Sultan’s Kraton Palace is still at the heart of the city’s cultural life. The elegant pavilions and royal walls make for gorgeous afternoon strolls, but the real treat is witnessing the colorful spectacle of traditional Javanese dances and chiming gamelan orchestras presented almost daily in the palace grounds. By night, Yogyakarta offers candle-lit shadow puppet or beautiful Ramayana ballet shows. A tailormade Yogyakarta tour through this artistic city will introduce you to the beating heart of Java’s ancient, living history and passionate, soulful present.