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How to Spend 1 Day in Yogyakarta

How to Spend 1 Day in Yogyakarta

A university town with a regal history, Yogyakarta is probably Indonesia’s most user-friendly city. Couple that with the ancient UNESCO World Heritage Site temples that surround it—particularly Buddhist Borobudur and Hindu Prambanan—and it’s one of the country’s top destinations. Here’s how to make the most of it in just one day.

Morning: Sunrise Over Borobudur

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 3-tiered Buddhist temple of Borobudur dates back to the eighth century and is one of the world’s great religious monuments. Watching the sun rise over the ancient carvings and the towering peak of Mt. Merapi is an experience not to be missed. Once you’ve explored the site itself—an adventure best enjoyed with a guide—consider joining a tour that includes a cycle trip through the timeless rice-field landscapes and unspoiled Javanese villages around Borobudur, perhaps with lunch at a farmer’s restaurant. History buffs will want to add the smaller nearby temples of Mendut and Pawon.

Afternoon: Temples of Prambanan

Travel back closer to the city to discover a second UNESCO World Heritage Site: the 10th-century Hindu temple complex known as Prambanan, with its towering spires and fragmented shrines. The site sprawls over many square miles and makes for a rewarding cycle adventure. Consider staying for the sunset and then watching the Ramayana Ballet. Performed on an open-air stage during the dry season and under cover during the wet, it’s a magical reenactment of ancient Hindu legend that draws on dance, drama, and music. Some packages include dinner while you watch, as well as round-trip transfers.

Evening: Discover the City

Spend the evening taking in Yogyakarta’s other sights—the sultan’s palace, royal tombs, the historic silversmithing district of Kota Gede, crumbling water gardens—as well as its vibrant modern-art and nightlife scene, whether bybecak (cycle rickshaw), powered vehicle, or on foot. Alternatively, savor Yogyakarta specialties such asgudeg (jackfruit stew) or the bite-size morsels known asnasi kucing (banana leaf–wrapped rice) along Jalan Malioboro or on a street-food tour, and soak up the history as you explore the charming old town.

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Highlight of Yogyakarta Private Tour

Highlight of Yogyakarta Private Tour

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Explore the must-see sites of the historically and culturally important city of Yogyakarta and its surrounding areas on this convenient private tour. Visit UNESCO-listed sites away from the center of Yogyakarta, like Borobudur and Prambanan Temples, without worrying about transport. An ideal trip for visitors short on time, as it covers many places in a single day.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$152.90
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$152.90
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Yogyakarta Morning Tour: Sunrise Over Borobudur and Village Cycling with Lunch

Yogyakarta Morning Tour: Sunrise Over Borobudur and Village Cycling with Lunch

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Witness the sunrise over the Borobudur Temple Compound, a UNESCO World Heritage site located in the Kedu Valley of Central Java. Following your early-morning visit to the 9th-century Buddhist monument, hop on a bicycle for a ride through a Javanese village before an Indonesian set lunch. Afterward, journey past rice fields to climb the steps to Selogriyo Temple, a Hindu site dating back to the 5th century. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included from Yogyakarta on this private tour, led by your own personal guide.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$148.79
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$148.79
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Private Borobudur Sunrise Tour from Yogyakarta

Private Borobudur Sunrise Tour from Yogyakarta

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Witness the stunning sunrise over Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world. Constructed in the 8th and 9th centuries and abandoned around the 14th century, Borobudur was largely forgotten until it was rediscovered in 1814. The UNESCO-protected Borobudur Temple Compound is situated in central Java, an approximate 45-minute drive from Yogyakarta. Get an early start and beat the crowds with a pre-dawn departure on this 6-hour private tour with your own personal guide.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$107.70
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$107.70
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Yogyakarta Night Food Tour

Yogyakarta Night Food Tour

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Experience the cultured city of Yogyakarta through its street food on this fun evening tour. You’ll be introduced to a number of uniquely Yogyakartan dishes that reflect the city’s multicultural and royal influences. Your local guide will take you to the best places, so you don’t risk eating unhygienic or uninteresting food. Travel by public transport to get extra insight into ordinary local life.
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  • 3 hours
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$48.21
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$48.21
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Half-Day Tea Harvesting and Making in Yogyakarta

Half-Day Tea Harvesting and Making in Yogyakarta

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Indonesia is one of the world’s largest exporters of tea and this tour gives you the chance to go behind-the-scenes at a local tea plantation. Stroll around the plantation, have a go at harvesting the tea leaves, then visit the tea processing house to learn how the leaves are made into tea. Finally, make your very own cup of ‘Sangit’ tea and enjoy it alongside a traditional lunch.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.00
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$33.00

Private Half-Day Prambanan Tour by Bike

Private Half-Day Prambanan Tour by Bike

The UNESCO-listed temples of Prambanan are among of Yogyakarta’s star attractions, but most tours only offer a whistle-stop visit. This half-day tour from Yogyakarta explores the surrounding countryside with a scenic 2.5-hour bike ride around the temples and rural villages. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$114.11
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$114.11
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Private Tour in Yogyakarta: Kraton Sultan Palace, Water Castle and Kota Gede

Private Tour in Yogyakarta: Kraton Sultan Palace, Water Castle and Kota Gede

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Explore Yogyakarta on a private city sightseeing tour, led by your own personal guide. You will be introduced to cultural attractions such as the kraton, or Sultan’s palace, with a walking tour of the vast royal complex including the Taman Sari Water Castle. Visit, too, the historic neighborhood of Kotagede, known for its silver industry. Ride in the comfort of a private vehicle with hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.85
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$53.85
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Private Tour of Borobudur, Pawon and Mendut Temple

Private Tour of Borobudur, Pawon and Mendut Temple

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Visit the world’s most spectacular Buddhist monument — the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Borobudur Temple Compounds — on a private tour with an art historian as your guide. Built in the 8th and 9th centuries, the colossal relic looms above an emerald green landscape in East Java. Learn why the complex was abandoned around the 14th century and how it was rediscovered in 1814. Your half-day itinerary from Yogyakarta includes the Pawon and Mendut temples.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$93.59
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$93.59
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Half-Day Yogyakarta Cycling Tour to Kota Gede

Half-Day Yogyakarta Cycling Tour to Kota Gede

Yogyakarta is famous for its UNESCO-listed temples but most visitors only take in the top attractions. This half-day bike tour will whisk you away from the tourist trail to explore the atmospheric neighborhood of Kota Gede, and the traditional villages of Bumen and Kembang Waru. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$76.93
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$76.93
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Yogyakarta by Night: Among Its Cheer, Food and Lights

Yogyakarta by Night: Among Its Cheer, Food and Lights

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Yogyakarta is at its most atmospheric in the evening hours. On this walking tour, experience the city after dark and admire the illuminated landmarks on and around the busy Alun-Alun Kidul (Southern Square). Along the way, stop to sample typical Indonesian street food, learn more about local culture, and ride a neon-lit becak (multi-person bike).
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.00
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$24.00

Private Borobodur at Sunrise with Carriage Ride from Yogyakarta

Private Borobodur at Sunrise with Carriage Ride from Yogyakarta

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Tick off four of Yogyakarta’s temples in just one day during a private full-day sunrise tour of Yogyakarta. With just your guide and private party, you’ll witness sunrise at Borobudur—UNESCO World Heritage Site and largest Buddhist monument in the world—and enjoy a horse-and-carriage ride in the traditional village of Candirejo. Plus, visit Pawon Temple, Mendut Temple, and Prambanan. Entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$134.62
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$134.62
Price varies by group size