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Solo (Surakarta) Tours

Solo (Surakarta)
The heartland of Java—and a longtime rival to neighboring Yogyakarta—the city of Surakarta is overwhelmingly known as Solo. Conservative and formal, this is the place to head for ancient Javanese arts such as batik cloth, wayang shadow puppets, and courtly dance, as well as authentic Indonesian urban culture.

The Basics
There’s a broad range of accommodation in Solo, and visitors who have ample time to explore Java often choose to spend a night or two here and discover the city—and surrounding temples such as Candi Sukuh and Candi Cetho—independently. Travelers on a tight schedule, however, may well prefer to experience the city’s highlights compressed into a convenient Surakarta day tour. These typically depart from Yogyakarta, a city that’s more used to tourists, and cover highlights such as the Mangkunegaran Palace and Triwindu Market.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Solo will thrill history buffs and lovers of Indonesian culture.
  • Solo is a relatively conservative Muslim city, so women will feel more comfortable wearing clothes that cover shoulders and knees.
  • Surakarta and Yogyakarta have been rivals since they split from the mighty Mataram Empire in the mid-18th century.

How to Get There
Solo is located in central Java, around 37 miles (60 kilometers) northeast of Yogyakarta. It has its own airport—Adi Sumarmo International Airport—with flights from Jakarta, Bali, and Singapore, among other destinations. It’s also on the main Jakarta–Yogyakarta–Surabaya train line, and train is the easiest way to reach the city from Yogyakarta. There are extensive bus connections to destinations across Java.

When to Get There

Rain and humidity are common in Solo year-round, but at their worst during the rainy season (roughly November to April). The weather is at its most clement between around June and September. The Sekaten festival, which follows the Islamic calendar and celebrates the birth of Muhammad, is a particularly colorful time to see the city.

Solo and the Art of Batik
A type of cloth made using wax patterns that resist dying, batik is a national symbol of Indonesia. Traditionally, the elaborate wax patterns were painted by hand then dyed using all-natural materials. Surakarta is famous for its handmade batik, including certain patterns that are unique to the royal court, and has its own batik museum as well as vintage-batik dealers.
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8 Tours and Activities to Experience Solo (Surakarta)

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Solo Palace Tour with Sukuh and Ceto Temple from Yogyakarta

Solo Palace Tour with Sukuh and Ceto Temple from Yogyakarta

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It's time to discovery the perfect historical culture! If you already knew the history of Yogyakarta through its historical places, why don’t you go to Solo City and find out more about the untold history? Solo has been known as the city that will give you a better understanding of the local’s life, culture, and history. You will have a chance to explore the royal palaces and sacred temples in Solo. Start from Mangkunegaran, Kasunanan, Ceto Temple, and Sukuh Temple, your adventure to reveal the untold history begins. Firstly, you will visiting Mangkunegaran Palace, after that let’s move to the highland area where the sacred temples nestled. The first temple is Sukuh Temple. This temple is quite popular with its distinctive reliefs and sculptures that depict sexual and early life before birth. The next is Ceto Temple. Unlike the previous temple, Ceto will make you feel like entering another realm.
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  • 12 hours
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$55.00
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$55.00
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Solo Vintage Tour with Sukuh and Cetho Temple from Yogyakarta

Solo Vintage Tour with Sukuh and Cetho Temple from Yogyakarta

Go back in time and feel the mystical adventure on a Solo City tour! Solo or Surakarta is also seen as the cultural city of Java. So, while you are staying in Jogja, it’s worth to have a short visit to its neighboring city with similar ancient vibes. A tour around Solo is no less exciting than your Yogyakarta City tour. This package has included transfer service to your hotel in Yogyakarta. So, hop into your comfy car and get ready for your exploration to catch the antique vibe of Surakarta Hadiningrat. This vintage tour takes you around Solo to witness the classic looks of this cultural city. While you are enjoying this tour, don’t forget to bring along your fully-charged camera to capture the moments and snap lots of dope photos of the antiques. Not only visiting Radya Pustaka Museum, Mangkunegaran Palace, Kasunanan Palace, and Triwindu Antique Market in Surakarta. But also, to get the fullest experience, have a visit to the neighboring area of Karanganyar Regency.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.00
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$55.00
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Solo City with Interesting Sukuh & Cetho Temples Tour from Yogyakarta

Solo City with Interesting Sukuh & Cetho Temples Tour from Yogyakarta

Experience Javanese history and culture on this guided adventure. After a convenient hotel pickup, travel with an English-speaking driver to Yogyakarta’s sister city, Solo, and explore the 18th century royal residence, Mangkunegaran Palace. Marvel at impressive views of Mount Lawu’s 10,712-foot (2,550-meter) summit on your way to Sukuh temple, a 15th century Hindu site known for erotic reliefs and statues.
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  • 11 to 12 hours
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$64.10
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$64.10
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4 Day Best Jogjakarta Solo - PRIVATE TOUR with GUIDE

4 Day Best Jogjakarta Solo - PRIVATE TOUR with GUIDE

Private Tour with English Speaking guide, will visit : • Sultan Palace (King Palace ), water castle, Batik home industry. • Borobudur Temple ( the biggest buddhist temple), Mendut dan Pawon Temple • Solo city tour : Mangkunegaran Palace, Triwindu Flea market • Laweyan Batik village • Beringharjo Tradional market, Malioboro street • Meals included as per itinerary
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  • 4 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$388.00
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$388.00
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Solo-Surakarta City Tour (Departure from Yogyakarta)

Solo-Surakarta City Tour (Departure from Yogyakarta)

Our guide will meet you at the hotel lobby or other meeting point in Yogyakarta and drive in private car to Solo Mangkunegaran Palace, built in 1757, the in the centre of Solo is still a royal residence visit Ngarsopuro flea market, is the place to search for antiques including wayang puppets, old batik and ceramics, as well as clocks, vinyl records, coins and vintage cameras. Hunt for a bargain Radya Pustaka, museum occupies a grand old Javanese building. Dating back to 1890, it is the second-oldest museum in the whole of Indonesia and comprises a valuable collection of local and Dutch literature. Visit Danar Hadi Batik Museum, established by the owner of Danar Hadi batik company, houses an exquisite collection of antique batik. Note: Museum is closed on Mondays
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  • 10 hours
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$87.26
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$87.26
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Solo Tour Scenic Train Day Trip (Departure from Yogyakarta)

Solo Tour Scenic Train Day Trip (Departure from Yogyakarta)

Pick up from your hotel to the railway station, Tugu. Enjoy the 75 minute-train trip offering a scereny of urban village, rural traffic of motorbikes, old bikes, cow carts, rice fields and mountains. Visit Mangkunegaran, an intimate complex blending European elegance with Javanese architecture and with a fascinating display of gold plated dance ornaments, jewelry and wooden masks. Ngarsopuro Flea Market located in front of the Mangkunegaran temple is the place to search for antiques including wayang puppets, old batik and ceramics, as well as clocks, vinyl records, coins and vintage cameras. Hunt for a bargain . Visit Radya Pustaka museum occupies a grand old Javanese building. Danar Hadi Batik Museum, established by the owner of Danar Hadi batik company, houses an exquisite collection of antique batik. Note: - Museum is closed on Mondays - As we are using public transportation, the guide has the right to change the program to meet the return train to Yogya
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  • 10 hours
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$96.93
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$96.93
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Full-Day Private Tour of Sukuh and Sangiran with Guide

Full-Day Private Tour of Sukuh and Sangiran with Guide

A tour to Sukuh ’’ the erotic ’’ temple on the slope of Mt Lawu, which has distinctive thematic reliefs from other candi where life before birth and sexual education are its main theme. Then move to Mangkunegaran Palace, is an authentic proof of the history and culture of Solo. Return to Yogjakarta with a stop at Sangiran, visit the museum where you can see the fossils of flora, fauna and human beings.
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  • 12 to 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$62.00
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$62.00
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2 Day Yogyakarta Solo Trip - PRIVATE Tour with GUIDE

2 Day Yogyakarta Solo Trip - PRIVATE Tour with GUIDE

Because Jogjakarta -Solo is connected to each other, in terms of cultural heritage and historically. We can experience one of the old world's seven wonders, different temples and heritage sites, also rich cultural places. The tour itself will connect different timelines and cultures into one line of Jogjakarta and Solo lineage.
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  • 2 days
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$289.25
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$289.25
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