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How to Spend 2 Days in Jakarta

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How to Spend 2 Days in Jakarta
Two days in Jakarta gives you time to soak up the city’s historic highlights, explore Indonesian food, and get out into the cool green spaces of the hill town known as Bogor. Along the way, enjoy an introduction to the rich culture of Indonesia, an archipelago of around 18,000 islands. Here’s how to make the most of 48 hours in Jakarta.

Day 1: City Signatures
Morning: Start the day by discovering Jakarta’s historic districts: Jakarta Old Town (Kota Tua), especially the colonial-era buildings around Fatahillah Square; Pelabuhan Sunda Kelapa, the old harbor where traditional sailing ships still visit; and Jakarta Chinatown (Glodok). Savor a Chinese Indonesian lunch at a Chinese restaurant or market stall.

Afternoon: Check off the city’s more modern landmarks: MONAS (the National Monument of Indonesia), Jakarta Cathedral, and Istiqlal Mosque. Then learn about Indonesian heritage and culture, either at the historic National Museum or at the family-friendly cultural park known as Taman Mini Indonesia Indah.

Night: Experience this city of contrasts on a street-food safari. Discover dishes from bakso (meatball soup) to coconut satay, jackfruit curry, and the notoriously stinky durian fruit at street stalls and simple warung eateries. Wash it down with iced tea and potent Indonesian coffee.

Day 2: Colonial Charms
Day: Spend your second day in Jakarta exploring Bogor, a hillside retreat during Dutch colonial times that can still feel like an escape from the big city today. The 200-year-old Bogor Botanical Gardens are the big draw here, with lush grounds home to over 15,000 species of plants, including world-class selections of orchids and palms. Families will want to add in a visit to Taman Safari Bogor, a safari park that shelters wildlife from Komodo dragons to elephants and orangutans. A few tours also include a trip to one of the pretty tea gardens in Puncak.

Night: Staying with the colonial theme, indulge yourself in a classic treat from the Dutch era, a rijstaffel (rice table) feast with myriad dishes; pick a grand hotel to enjoy the ritual at its finest. Finish with a cocktail at a rooftop bar as you soak up views over Jakarta’s gleaming skyline.
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Legendary Sabang Food Tour

Legendary Sabang Food Tour

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Eat your way through Jakarta with this culinary tour of Jalan Sabang, celebrated for street food. As you explore the area with your fellow tour mates and English-speaking guide, you'll fill up on all sorts of specialties from across Indonesia, from Javanese chicken satay to Sumatran fish cake, not to mention Indonesian coffee.
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  • 2 hours
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$49.24
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$49.24
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Private Tour: Full-Day Highlights of Jakarta Tour with Lunch

Private Tour: Full-Day Highlights of Jakarta Tour with Lunch

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Discover the heritage that lies beneath Jakarta’s high-rise surface on this private guided door-to-door tour. Start the day with Jakarta Cathedral, Istiqlal Mosque, the National Museum, the National Monument, and the sailing ships of Sunda Kelapa Harbor. Then savor a local restaurant lunch before you explore beautiful Jakarta Old Town.
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  • 7 hours
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$102.00
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$102.00
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Private Tour: The Old Batavia Trail from Jakarta

Private Tour: The Old Batavia Trail from Jakarta

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Venture into the 13th-century streets of Jakarta, formerly Batavia, accompanied by a private guide who sheds light on its Dutch colonial history. You’ll explore Glodok, Indonesia’s oldest Chinatown, characterized by winding lanes and red-tiled roofs. See multiple attractions including the Chinese temple Jin De Yuan and the Dutch drawbridge, and stroll through Fatahillah Square and the Jalan Surabaya flea market. Visit the Wayang Museum for a look at kulit shadow puppets, stop by Sunda Kelapa Harbor, and view cultural artifacts at the National Museum of Indonesia.
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  • 8 hours
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$65.39
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Private Tour: Half Day Jakarta Old City Tour

Private Tour: Half Day Jakarta Old City Tour

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Get to the heart of old Jakarta in less of the time on this comprehensive door-to-door private tour. Start in Glodok, Jakarta’s original Chinatown, and visit the Dharma Bakti Temple. Next, explore Jakarta Old Town: experience the Wayang Museum, a shadow puppet show, and the Jakarta History Museum. Finally, admire the historic Kota Intan Bridge and the Sunda Kelapa Harbour with its magnificent schooners.
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  • 5 hours
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$76.93
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Teawalk & Safari (private Coach Tour)

Teawalk & Safari (private Coach Tour)

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Explore the beautiful Puncak area and learn about tea manufacture with this tour. You'll trek through plantations, learning about tea and watching harvests before heading to Safari Garden, a tea plantation that was transformed into a zoo. Here you'll see all sorts of Indonesian and non-native creatures, from tigers to hippos before returning to Jakarta.
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  • 10 hours
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$154.66
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Jakarta Chinatown Discovery with Lunch and Coffee

Jakarta Chinatown Discovery with Lunch and Coffee

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Immerse yourself in the heart of Jakarta on this 3-hour small-group tour of the city’s Chinatown district. Shop for everything from fruit to home supplies in the area’s traditional market and visit nearby ancient Chinese temples. At the famous food court, explore the limits of your taste buds and sample traditional foods such as pork belly and hainam rice. A friendly local guide will lead you through the neighborhood, stopping along the way at points of historic and cultural interest.
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  • 3 hours
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$55.00
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$55.00

Bogor Botanical Garden (private Coach Tour)

Bogor Botanical Garden (private Coach Tour)

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Escape the hubbub of the big city for the leafy greenery of the 19th-century Bogor Botanical Gardens on this door-to-door private guided tour. Stroll among garden highlights including lotus ponds and orchid farm, and learn about coffee and palm oil. Discover the Indonesia National Museum of Natural History, gain access to the Presidential Museum, and watch deer being fed before you return to Jakarta.
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  • 9 hours
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$113.09
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$113.09
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Private Arrival Transfer: Jakarta International Airport to Jakarta Hotels

Private Arrival Transfer: Jakarta International Airport to Jakarta Hotels

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Experience a hassle-free arrival in Jakarta using this private transfer service. Meet your driver at Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and then sit back and relax as you're whisked to your hotel or private residence in Jakarta. Your private vehicle can accommodate up to six passengers and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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  • 1 hour
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$36.00
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$36.00
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Oldtown Cycling Tour (private Cycling Tour)

Oldtown Cycling Tour (private Cycling Tour)

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See Jakarta's old district and get a good bike ride in with this tour. Your guide will take you all around Old Town by bike (and a little on foot), with stops at Sunda Kelapa Harbour, the Maritime Museum, and Kota Intan Bridge, a typical wooden bridge dating back to Dutch colonial times. You will then drop off your bike and headed to the last stop of the tour: the city's celebrated Fatahillah Museum.
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  • 3 hours
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$58.97
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$58.97
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Private Departure Transfer: Jakarta Hotels to Jakarta International Airport

Private Departure Transfer: Jakarta Hotels to Jakarta International Airport

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Arrange for a stress-free ride to Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport with this private transfer service.  Meet your driver at your Jakarta city hotel, and relax on the journey to the airport in an air-conditioned private sedan or minivan (depending on the size of your group).
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.00
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Private Tour: Half-Day National Museum and Old Harbour Tour from Jakarta

Private Tour: Half-Day National Museum and Old Harbour Tour from Jakarta

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This private tour of the National Museum of Indonesia and Sunda Kelapa Harbor provides a glimpse of the country’s history and people. Ideal for first-time visitors to Jakarta, this half-day itinerary includes expert commentary from your own personal guide. Learn about the archaeological collections at the National Museum (Museum Nasional) before viewing traditional wood vessels at the bustling port.
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  • 6 hours
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$67.95
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$67.95
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Half Day Group Tour of Taman Mini Indonesia Indah in Jakarta

Half Day Group Tour of Taman Mini Indonesia Indah in Jakarta

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The Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) is a miniature park featuring historic landmarks and cultural traditions from all around Indonesia. On this tour, enjoy comfortable round-trip transport from Jakarta and benefit from a small group size. Explore the park on a guided tour and discover a variety of Indonesian architectural styles, admire traditional arts and handicrafts, and visit the aviary and orchid garden.
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  • 6 hours
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$55.00
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$55.00
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