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Yogyakarta Temple Guide

Yogyakarta Temple Guide

As the gateway to some of Indonesia’s most revered Hindu and Buddhist sites, Yogyakarta is the cultural and spiritual heart of Java, and the surrounding countryside is dotted with magnificent temple complexes. Here are a few that you won’t want to miss.

Borobudur Temple

A UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest Buddhist temple on earth, Borobudur tops to-do lists for first-time visitors to Yogyakarta. Take a walking tour of the vast temple complex and marvel at the towering stone stupas, decorated with more than 2,500 relief panels and 500 statues of Buddha, or opt for a Borobudur sunset tour for memorable views. 

Prambanan Temple

Though smaller than Borobudur, the Hindu temples of Prambanan are just as impressive. Built by the Mataram Kingdom in Central Java in the 9th century, the complex includes shrines, statues, and temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and other gods. It’s possible to visit both Prambanan and Borobudur on a day tour from Yogyakarta; combine it with a Yogyakarta city tour or a stop at Merapi Volcano. 

Pawon and Mendut Temples

Located just east of Borobudur, the Buddhist temples of Pawon and Mendut are often included on a day tour from Yogyakarta. Built during the Sailendra dynasty, the Pawon temple is the older of the two, and it’s known for its beautiful Kalpataru (the Tree of Life) reliefs. The Mendut Temple, meanwhile, contains a remarkably preserved statue of Dhyani Buddha.

Sukuh and Cetho Temples

Two of Central Java’s lesser-known temples are the Hindu temples of Sukuh and Cetho, located in the foothills of the Mount Lawu volcano. You an explore both on a day trip from Yogyakarta—it’s a scenic journey through rice fields and lush countryside. The temples are known for their unique architectural style and terraces, and share similarities to Mayan temples in Mexico. 

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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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Sunrise and Temples Tour from Yogyakarta

Sunrise and Temples Tour from Yogyakarta

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Lose yourself in the sacred atmosphere of Borobudur on a full-day sunrise tour of the UNESCO-listed landmark from Yogyakarta. After emerging early, you’ll travel to the world’s biggest Buddhist monument to watch the sun rise majestically over the bells and statues of the complex. Then, you’ll stop at the Pawon temple and gain insight into Javanese culture on a visit to a local home. Ascend the slope of the Merapi volcano in a jeep, revitalize with lunch and conclude your tour with drop-off at your Yogyakarta hotel.
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  • 9 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00
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$45.00
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Yogyakarta Cultural Tour: Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple and Merapi Volcano

Yogyakarta Cultural Tour: Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple and Merapi Volcano

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Yogyakarta is unanimously hailed as the cultural heart of Indonesia. This private tour, ideal for travelers with limited time in Java, gives you the chance to tick off three Yogyakarta highlights in only one day. Visit Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world; drive to the base of fiery Mt. Merapi in a 4x4; and discover Prambanan, home to a collection of spectacular Hindu temples. Round-trip transport from your Yogyakarta hotel is included.    
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$201.00
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$201.00
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2-Day Java Tour from Bali Including Yogyakarta and Borobudur Temple

2-Day Java Tour from Bali Including Yogyakarta and Borobudur Temple

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Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Java on an enriching 2-day tour from Bali. Accompanied by an expert guide, absorb the sacred majesty of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Borobudur Temple and Candi Prambanan; embrace the vibrant bustle of Yogyakarta; and explore the Sultan's Palace, home to the royal family of Java. Enjoy comfortable overnight accommodation and opt to include round-trip airfare from Bali for a convenient experience.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$310.26
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$310.26
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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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Private Tour of Prambanan Temple from Yogyakarta

Private Tour of Prambanan Temple from Yogyakarta

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On this private half-day tour, visit Prambanan Temple (aka Loro Jonggrang), part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Prambanan Temple Compounds. Erected around the 9th century when Java was ruled by the Hindu Sanjaya Dynasty, the complex consists of three major temples dedicated to the deities Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu. Walk around neighboring shrines, such as Palosan and Sewu, as your own personal guide points out the ‘Ramayana’ epic carved into the walls. Includes pickup and drop-off from Yogyakarta hotels.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$89.75
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$89.75
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Javanese for a Day: Private tour Plaosan & Sunset at Prambanan Temple Yogyakarta

Javanese for a Day: Private tour Plaosan & Sunset at Prambanan Temple Yogyakarta

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Experience the iconic temples, traditional cuisine and village life of the Javanese people on this full-day private tour from Yogyakarta. Get a preview of Prambanan Temple and return to explore the UNESCO World Heritage–listed complex at sunset. Your personal guide also introduces you to authentic Indonesian dishes and local people. You’ll learn how to play traditional musical instruments and explore the rice fields and villages around Candi Plaosan.
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  • 8 hours
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$146.67
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$146.67
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Prambanan and Surrounding Temples

Prambanan and Surrounding Temples

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Prambanan is one of the most important temple sites around Yogyakarta, and is a UNESCO-listed site. Visit it, and lesser-known temples surrounding it, on a private day tour. Your knowledgeable guide will tell you all about Prambanan’s history and explain why this important Hindu temple surrounded by Buddhist temples appears in a predominantly Muslim city.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$184.00
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$184.00
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Private Tour: Full Day Borobudur, Prambanan,Sunset at Ratu Boko Including Ramayana Ballet at Prambanan

Private Tour: Full Day Borobudur, Prambanan,Sunset at Ratu Boko Including Ramayana Ballet at Prambanan

Visit two impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites in one day on this private tour. Explore the magnificent temple of Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in the world, then visit the beautiful Hindu temple of Prambanan. After watching the sunset at the nearby Ratu Boko temple, return to Prambanan to enjoy an evening performance of the award-winning Ramayana Ballet.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.00
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$150.00

Yogyakarta Borobudur Sunrise Tour

Yogyakarta Borobudur Sunrise Tour

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Watch the sun come up over Borobudur, the world's largest Buddhist Temple, on this day trip from Yogyakarta. After your early-morning trip to the temple, which took 75 years to complete, you'll continue your trip, with stops at a couple of other stunning temples in the area, namely the ancient Mendut and the magnificently symmetrical Pawon.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.13
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$101.13
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Prambanan Temple Admission Ticket

Prambanan Temple Admission Ticket

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Before you set out for Prambanan, a UNESCO World Heritage site, ensure peace of mind by having your tickets in hand. Built between the 8th and 10th centuries, this mighty temple complex celebrates both Hindu and Buddhist beliefs, and the scale is so impressive there’s a small train to help you get around.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.24
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$27.24

Borobudur Morning Sunrise

Borobudur Morning Sunrise

The magnificent temple of Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. On this tour, make an early morning start and arrive at Borobudur in time to watch the sunrise from the top of the temple. Afterwards, explore the rest of the site on a guided tour, before enjoying a light lunch at a local restaurant.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$137.00
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$137.00
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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
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$114.11
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$114.11
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Borobudur Temple Admission Ticket

Borobudur Temple Admission Ticket

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No visit to Yogyakarta is complete without witnessing Borobudur, the majestic 8th-century Buddhist temple that’s Indonesia’s greatest religious monument. Plan ahead by securing your entrance tickets in advance. Visit early in the day to catch the sunrise, one of Indonesia’s finest, and beat both the crowds and the heat.
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  • 2 hours
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$27.24
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$27.24

Borobudur Sunrise and Village Tour

Borobudur Sunrise and Village Tour

Experience the enchantment of Borobudur at sunrise on a full-day tour of the world’s largest Buddhist monument from Yogyakarta. Emerge early and head to the UNESCO-listed landmark to see the sun rise over the ancient bells and Buddhist statues of Borobudur. From your guide, you’ll learn about the history of the landmark before cycling through local villages, and past verdant rice paddies and impressive temples on a bike tour. Lunch and round-trip transport from your Yogyakarta hotel is included in the price.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$144.22
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$144.22
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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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Day Trip to Merapi and Temples from Yogyakarta

Day Trip to Merapi and Temples from Yogyakarta

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Brave a visit to Java’s most active volcano on this full-day small-group tour from Yogyakarta, including hotel pick-up. Admire the startling topography of Java island as you pass lush rice paddies, rugged plains and dense jungle, then visit the Buddhist temples of Pawon and Mendut. Finally, enjoy a prime view of Merapi Volcano, Indonesia’s most active volcano, nicknamed the ‘Mountain of Fire’.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.00
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$175.00
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Temples and Village Tour

Temples and Village Tour

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Ideal for active travelers, this half-day bike tour of Yogyakarta’s temples and villages covers Pawon Temple and Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world. In a small group limited to 10, you’ll cycle through lush rice terraces and traditional Javanese villages and feast on Indonesian cuisine at a local restaurant. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.24
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$69.24

Private Tour of Progo River Rafting and Borobudur Temple Complex

Private Tour of Progo River Rafting and Borobudur Temple Complex

Go river rafting on the Progo River and visit the World Heritage–listed Borobudur Temple on this full-day private tour from Yogyakarta. Your 2.5-hour rafting trip over challenging grade III rapids boasts prime views of five waterfalls, a historical bridge and the Menoreh Mountains. After a Javanese restaurant lunch, continue your full-day tour with a visit to the stunning Borobudur Temple Compounds.
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  • 9 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$151.29
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$151.29
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Private Tour:Prambanan Temple and Yogyakarta Palace along with Water Castle

Private Tour:Prambanan Temple and Yogyakarta Palace along with Water Castle

Enjoy to Explore Yogyakarta private tour to visit to Yogyakarta Palace at first.Yogyakarta palace has a more than 200 years history. next ,we will take you to visit the Water Castle. There is a small window on top of the building, it was mentioned the prince used to look out the window and chose which princess to accompany him that night. You will also visit Prambanan Temple and enjoy the beautiful sunset before you go back.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$176.93
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$176.93

Ratu Boko Temple Admission Ticket

Ratu Boko Temple Admission Ticket

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Overlooking the magnificent Prambanan Temples with the mystical mount Merapi as its backdrop, The Kraton Ratu Boko ruins are among the most spectacular remnants from the glorious golden age of the ancient Javanese Kingdom which flourished in 8-9 centuries. The oldest inscription found on the site is believed to date back to 792AD, naming the site Abhayagiri Vihara. Archaeologists believe that the ruler of the Shailendra Dynasty between 760-780, Rakai Panangkaran, built Ratu Boko after he resigned from his leadership. It is said that he resigned because he wanted to find spiritual peace and concentrate on religious matters. Abhayagiri Vihara means 'peaceful Buddhist monastery'. The site chosen has fairly spectacular views.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.24
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All of Yogyakarta

All of Yogyakarta

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History buffs who are low on time can check off all Yogyakarta’s big hitters in just one day on this door-to-door private tour that simply eats up the miles. Start in the old city, with Yogyakarta Palace and the Water Castle (Tamansari). Experience the 8th-century temple of Borobudur, a UNESCO World Heritage site, before a late lunch and your second World Heritage site of the day, the Prambanan temple complex.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$180.00
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$180.00
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Ancient Temples Adventures

Ancient Temples Adventures

Sunrise over the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Borobudur is one of Indonesia’s most iconid sights—and it allows you time to experience the monument before the big crowds flood in. Pair it with two Javanese countryside adventures—a rice-field cycle trip and a scenic hike to Selogriyo Temple—on this private full-day tour. Your day includes guiding, hotel transfers, a morning snack, and lunch at the 4-star Plataran hotel.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$204.00
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$204.00
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