Best of Yogyakarta

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Yogyakarta
In central Java, one of Indonesia’s most captivating big cities is the epicenter of traditional arts and culture. Yogyakarta is home to many impressive sites, including several palace complexes that date back to the 18th century. You can easily spend a few activity-filled days here, visiting Javanese art galleries, catching live music and dance performances, and exploring Yogya’s rich culinary (and street food) scene. 

An hour’s drive north of Yogyakarta, Borobudur is home to the world’s largest Buddhist temple, an impressive assemblage of stupas, low reliefs and wide terraces built over 1,000 years ago.  Just east of Yogyakarta lies another Unesco World Heritage site. Prambanan contains 240 Hindu temples, with towering spires and exquisitely carved stonework dating back to the 9th century. You can also see architectural grandeur without leaving Yogyakarta on a tour through the walled complex of Kraton where Yogyakarta’s sultan lives. For something completely different, learn about traditional Javanese life on a visit to the village of Candirejo, take a tour through the Monggo chocolate factory, or have dinner while watching a Ramayana dance performance. 
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The morning sun washes Borobudur in golden light
Map of Java: Mount Bromo to Yogyakarta - 8 Days
Java: Mount Bromo to Yogyakarta - 8 Days

In eight days, enjoy breathtaking views over active volcanoes, learn about traditional customs in rural villages, and discover a range of biodiversity from mountain peaks to marshy plateaus. You'll experience contemporary life in Yogyakarta, explore calderas, and wander centuries-old Buddhist and Hindu temples along the way. Experience the best of East and Central Java.

Sunrise at Borobudur Temple
Map of Highlights of Java - 6 Days
Highlights of Java - 6 Days

On this six-day tour of Java, Indonesia, you'll see some of the most magnificent sights the island has to offer. Enjoy unforgettable sunrises over volcanoes and ancient temples, learn about rural life on visits to traditional villages, and explore the fascinating city of Yogyakarta. You'll hike up a volcanic crater, go on a classic train ride through the countryside, and roam around Buddhist and Hindu archaeological wonders along the way.

See orangutans in the wilds of Borneo
Discover Borneo & Java - 7 Days

Explore the natural and cultural wonders of two of Indonesia's most diverse islands, Java and Borneo. This week-long trip begins with a day of cultural sightseeing in bustling Jakarta, then catch a flight to Borneo, where you'll board a boat for a jungle cruise through Tanjung Puting National Park. Visit an orangutan rehabilitation center and spot wild pigs and monkeys in their natural habitats, relaxing on the boat's deck at night. Then jet back to Java and spend the last few days of the trip touring colorful Yogyakarta and side-tripping to the world's largest Buddhist temple.

Borobudur temple on the island of Java
Map of Highlights of Java - 5 Days
Highlights of Java - 5 Days

Explore Java on this 5-day tour around the island's cultural monuments and pristine natural landscapes. Base yourself in Yogyakarta for the first few days, home to the world's largest Buddhist temple. Then continue on to Surakarta, also known as Solo, to shop for batik and attend a traditional Javanese cultural show. Round out the adventure with a trekking day around the slopes of Mount Lawu, hiking to a pair of historic temples and a beautiful waterfall.

Sunrise at Borobudur Temple
Map of Adventure and Wonder in Indonesia: Yogyakarta, Ubud, Munduk, Gili Air, & Jimbaran - 11 Days
Adventure and Wonder in Indonesia: Yogyakarta, Ubud, Munduk, Gili Air, & Jimbaran - 11 Days

This dynamic 11-day itinerary is perfect for travelers looking for a balance of culture and adventure in Indonesia. Start your tour in Java's capital of Yogyakarta and see palaces and ancient temples before hopping over to Bali to explore Ubud's markets, hidden waterfalls, and rice paddies. Then, you'll top it all off with a snorkeling adventure on Gili Air Island and beach relaxation in Jimbaran.

Sunset over Borobudur
Map of From Yogyakarta to Bali - 14 Days
From Yogyakarta to Bali - 14 Days

Chock-full of fun activities, this two-week sojourn through Java and Bali is perfect for adventure-minded travelers who also want to check off the top sights and cultural experiences. From the ancient Buddhist complex of Borobudur to the artist studios of Ubud, in-between, you'll hike to the summit of Mt Ijen Volcano, snorkel around Menjangan Island, cycle through the Jatiluwih rice paddies, learn the art of Balinese cooking, and much more.

A Buddha statue in Borobodur
Map of Best of Java - 10 Days
Best of Java - 10 Days

Discover Java's fascinating culture and spectacular natural landscapes on this 10-day itinerary. Hike to mountaintops for sunrise views of volcanoes, admire the countryside during a scenic train ride, and gaze upon a turquoise volcanic crater. Then you'll sightsee in the cultural capital of Yogyakarta and visit two world-famous temples—Prambanan, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in the world.

Picture-perfect tropical beaches on the Indonesian island of Lombok
Indonesia from Jungle to Beach: Sumatra, Java & Lombok - 16 Days

From the orangutan forests of Sumatra to the ancient temples of Java and the pink beaches of Lombok, this 16-day itinerary introduces you to three of Indonesia's most beguiling islands. The trip starts out with an adventurous slant, as you trek through dense jungles, climb to dramatic waterfalls, and ascend volcanic peaks by Jeep. Then it's time to wind down with a week of laidback sun, sand, and snorkeling on the idyllic shores of Lombok.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, Bali
Map of Indonesian Temples & Culture: Yogyakarta, Turi, Ubud & Karangasem - 11 Days
Indonesian Temples & Culture: Yogyakarta, Turi, Ubud & Karangasem - 11 Days

Travel through the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali on this thrilling 11-day journey. You'll start by exploring the magnificent temples of Yogyakarta and hiking up sacred Mount Merapi in Turi. Then, you'll fly over to Bali, where you'll explore beautiful Ubud and its surroundings, including its rice terraces and Monkey Forest. Finally, you'll head east to Karangasem regency for more breathtaking temple complexes and palaces, as well as some well-earned beach days.

Visit historic Torajan houses in the Tongkonan style
Map of Temples & Tradition in Java & Sulawesi - 13 Days
Temples & Tradition in Java & Sulawesi - 13 Days

Uncover the secrets of some of the world's most fascinating cultures on this 13-day trip through Java and Sulawesi. Start your trip in Yogyakarta, visiting the ancient Buddhist temple sites of Borobudur and Prambanan before flying to Makassar. From there, head north to the jungle-covered, mountainous region of Tana Toraja, a place where death has as much importance as life. Visit historic villages and ancient tombs before ending your trip on the white-sand beaches of Bira and Liukang Island.

Komodo Dragon
Map of Indonesia: Java, West Bali, & Komodo - 17 Days
Indonesia: Java, West Bali, & Komodo - 17 Days

This 17-day, multi-island itinerary will allow you to discover some of the highlights of Indonesia. The tour launches with visiting the temples and active volcanoes in Java, before the discovery of Balinese culture and nature. The trip ends with an encounter alongside the famous Komodo dragons and heads back to Bali for some relaxation by the beach of Seminyak.

Discover active volcanoes as you trek some of Indonesia's most impressive craters
Map of Temples and Trekking from East Java to Bali - 14 Days
Temples and Trekking from East Java to Bali - 14 Days

This two-week itinerary will take you from East Java to Bali with stops at sites both famous and less-frequented. Tour multiple Javanese temples, including Borobodur and Prambanan; trek up to the tops of Bromo, Kawah Ijen, and Batur volcanoes; and stroll through terraced rice fields and coffee plantations as you explore these two lush islands.

Sunrise over Mount Bromo
Explore Indonesia: Sumatra, Java & Bali - 21 Days

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Indonesia on this three-week adventure across three of the country's most spectacular islands. Spot rare orangutans on an unforgettable multi-day jungle trek on Sumatra, then hop over to Java to visit ancient Buddhist temples and climb active volcanoes. Your adventure ends on the tropical beaches of Bali, where you'll snorkel through colorful underwater worlds and raft down the Ayung River.

Come face to face with wild orangutans in Gunung Leuser NP
Map of Sumatra & Java : Orangutans, Volcanoes & Indonesian Culture - 14 Days
Sumatra & Java : Orangutans, Volcanoes & Indonesian Culture - 14 Days

Uncover the highlights of Sumatra and Java on this epic 2-week adventure that takes you deep into the rainforest in search of wild orangutans, high up to the summits of ancient volcanoes, and deep into the history and culture of two of Indonesia's most fascinating islands. Start in Bukit Lawang before making your way to Lake Toba and Samosir Island. From there, head over to Java to marvel at the views from the top of Mount Bromo and explore the countryside and temples around the royal cities of Solo and Yogyakarta.

Other popular travel destinations in Indonesia
Ubud, Bali · Bali · Munduk, Bali · Pemuteran, Bali · Lombok · Amed, Bali · Gili Air · Senggigi, Lombok · Komodo Island · Uluwatu, Bali · Kuta, Bali