Java is the political and financial centre point of Indonesia. It has a rich and colorful history strongly influenced by a Hindu-Javanese and Mahayana Buddhism that flourished between the 8th and 10th centuries. This program invites you to experience the best of Java.
Witness the magical sunrise at the world’s largest Buddhist temple Borobudur. Discover what exactly inspired Maria Sharapova's tweet “Sunrise at 5.15 a.m., taken from one of the best point of view I’ve ever seen”. Borobudur is also featured on a popular TV show of ‘The amazing race’ and is listed on 50 tours of a lifetime by National Geographic magazine.
Discover Yogyakarta, the only province in Indonesia that is still headed by a monarchy. Located in Java, Yoyakarta is center of classical Javanese fine art and culture such as batik, music or dance. Visit the King palace and learn the life of abdi dalem, people who volunteer and subjugate their life to the King. Shop at local market for unique handmade batik, leather goods and puppets before enjoy colossal performance of Ramayana dance performance at Prambanan temple open theater in the evening. Take a bike or horse carriage tour through countryside and rice field to learn the life of farmers and local people of the villages at the foot of Mt. Merapi in the morning.
Visit east Java for culinary experience and spectacular sunrise on the top of Mt. Bromo and a breathtaking view of one-kilometer-wide turquoise-colored acid crater lake at Mt. Ijen. Visit Meru Betiri National Park and do a short jungle trekking at Sukomade National Resource Conservation for turtle hatchery.
With sincerest appreciation, thank you for all that you did to make our trip to Bali and Borobudur (Yogyakarta) so enjoyable.
Craig M., Los Angeles, CA
Greetings From Borobudur