The historic and cultural heartland of Indonesia's most populous island, Central Java is an enchanting region home to fertile highland plains, ancient archeological wonders and friendly people with age-old traditions. Traversing Jogjakarta, Borobudur and Dieng Plateau, this Highlights of Central Java Indonesia tour package blends the immense cultural riches and unsurpassed natural scenery of Central Java into a dazzling five-day journey.
Beginning with Jogjakarta, often referred to as Jogja, this Indonesian tour highlights Javanese culture and arts at its finest and brightest. Discover local textile dyeing techniques at a batik workshop, watch captivating scenes from the Ramayana Hindu epic and visit the Sultan's Kraton and Taman Sari to view traditional royal architecture. A becak- local pedicab- ride to the exotic Birds Market immerses you in Jogja's laidback rhythms, while a horse cart ride through Candirejo unveils a quaint village dominated by smiling locals and smells of local cassava snacks.
Not far from Jogja lies Indonesia's most enviable collection of majestic archeological remains. Mendut and Pawon are outstanding ninth century Buddhist temples with detailed carvings. Nearby, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Borobudur is an amazingly well-preserved monument richly adorned with impressive reliefs and Buddha statues. Awake early to catch the sun rising over this historic gem - a magnificent experience sure to be one of the most memorable highlights of this Indonesia tour.
At the lofty Dieng Plateau, a walk around its crater center reveals centuries-old Hindu shrines and turquoise mineral lakes set amid a foggy valley. Further afield in Ambarawa, spend an afternoon exploring highland coffee plantations to view the harvesting process as well as to savor an aromatic cupping session. Finally, end your Indonesia tour sightseeing with a stop at Gedong Songo, an ancient Hindu complex famed for its striking views of the surrounding volcanic peaks from its high vantage point in the mountains.
After capturing the broad wealth of attractions in Central Java, complete your Indonesia tour journey with a relaxing beach sojourn in Bali or Lombok.