ij005: Jogjakarta + Borobudur + Dieng Plateau 5D4N
Important : The itinerary below is our most common tour package. Please discuss with us to adjust the itinerary if necessary.|
Day 1 : Home - Jogjakarta (L, D)
- Upon arrival in Adisucipto International Airport of Jogjakarta, meet our friendly tour guide.
- Then direct to Kota Gede which has been famous since the 1930s as the centre of Yogja's silver industry. The main street leading into town from the north is lined with busy silver workshops where you're free to wander around and watch the silversmiths working.
- Then visit the Batik making process at Tirtodipuran complex.
- Continue to Kasongan Village which is known for its traditional clay potteries. Most of the people are clay artisans with their natural artistic talent. Many household products are made such as moneyboxes, vases, animal figures and so on.
- Next proceed to Manding Village. This place has many shops selling leather products such as jackets, shoes, bags, belts as well as a wide variety of leather accessories.
- Drive southwards to Parangtritis Beach - a beach resort where sandy beach and rocky cliffs meet. It is also a historical place closely related to the mysterious legend of Nyai Loro Kidul (also called Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Kidul), a legendary Indonesian spirit, known as the Queen of the Southern Sea of Java. Nyai Loro Kidul is often illustrated as a mermaid with a tail as well the lower part of the body of a snake. The mythical creature is claimed to take the soul of any who she wished for.
Day 2 : Jogjakarta (B, L, D)
- Visit the Sultan's Palace, or Kraton, with its grand and elegant Javanese architecture, lays in the center of the city. It was founded by Pangeran Mangkubumi in 1775.
- Then visit the second most complete museum in Indonesia, Sonobudoyo Museum. It has various collections of antique relics and other cultural and historical items.
- Enjoy shopping and hunting of souvenirs of Jogja while walking along the arcades of Malioboro Street. There are many vendors selling handicraft such as batiks, rattan ornament, leather puppets, bamboo-craft as well as blangkon (Javanese/Jogjanese traditional cap).
Day 3 : Borobudur Temple (B, L, D)
- View the beauty of Mount Merapi from Kaliadem Village, on its slope located approximately 5 km from the top of Merapi.
- After leaving Merapi's slope, stop at Salak Fruit Plantation.
- Continue to Magelang district to visit the magnificent Borobudur temple. It is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist monument. It has 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues.
Evidence suggests Borobudur was abandoned following the 14th-century decline of Buddhist and Hindu kingdoms in Java, and the Javanese conversion to Islam. Worldwide knowledge of its existence was sparked in 1814 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, then the British ruler of Java, who was advised of its location by native Indonesians. Borobudur has since been preserved through several restorations. The largest restoration project was undertaken between 1975 and 1982 by the Indonesian government and UNESCO, following which the monument was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
During the restoration in the early 20th century, it was discovered that three Buddhist temples in the region, Borobudur, Pawon and Mendut, are positioned along a straight line. We will also visit Pawon and Mendut.
Day 4 : Dieng Plateau (B, L, D)
- Leave Jogjakarta for Wonosobo, the main town on Dieng Plateau. The Dieng Plateau is a caldera complex formed by the eruption of ancient Mountain Prau. The caldera was once filled up water and then dried up, but volcanic activity continues to this day, with sulphuric fumes and poisonous lakes. Located at an altitude of 2000m, it's also much cooler than the surrounding lowlands. The site has some of the oldest Hindu temples on Java. The road to the Dieng Plateau passes through tobacco plantations and beautiful mountain scenery.
Day 5 : Jogjakarta - Home (B)
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport for home.