Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel and meet your driver in the morning at around 8.30 am. Start with a visit to the Kraton, this walled compound is the heart of the old part of the city and to this day the palace of Yogyakarta’s sultans. Next visit is ‘Kotagede’ where you will experience the Javanese cultural heritage. Historically, Kotagede was the capital of the old Mataram Kingdom and became the center of culture and economy in these past era’s. In this area, you can see the traditional local houses reflecting a combination of styles of Javanese-Hinduism and Islam. During the walks you can also experience batik making, the famous silver crafting and other home industries that are present here.
In the afternoon after lunch (not included) you will be taken to the majestic temple of Borobudur. Borobudur is the world’s largest Buddhist monument and the largest man-made structure in the southern hemisphere. It predates Angkor Wat by 300 years and Notre Dame by 200 years. “Discovered” in 1815, it has been excavated and returned to its original glory. The stone relief panels offer a clear glimpse into Buddhist doctrine and Javanese life 1,000 years ago. You’ll have plenty of time to amble around and through this fabulous monument before returning to Jogjakarta.