Day 1: Jogjakarta Arrival – Hotel (D)
Upon arrival at the airport you will be met by one of our experience guide in the arrivals hall and privately transferred to your hotel. At the appropriated time, guests will be picked up by our guide to enjoy dinner followed by Ramayana dance performance in Purawisata. You will be picked up using the car to the place where Becak (local transportation) gathered, then continue the trip to Purawisata using Becak. Arrive at Gazebo garden Restaurant OR Shinta Garden Restaurant, you will be served a delicious buffet dinner with traditional menu’s. While enjoying Dinner, you will be accompanied by Javanese Gamelan and will be entertained by Traditional Java Dance. After dinner, you will be invited to Baruga mandira building (AKA Purawisata) to enjoy Ramayana dance who has held the record for every-night stage without ever being off for more than 40 years. After watching the Ramayana Ballet, you are also free to take pictures with the dancers figure Ramayana.
Day 2: Jogjakarta Royal Experience (B)
Enjoy your breakfast at hotel. In appropriated time we will escorted you for Jogjakarta Royal Experience. The first destination is visit Keraton Jogjakarta (Palace of Jogjakarta). The visitors can enjoy the atmosphere of the kraton in former times by visiting the life-size diorama of wedding ceremonies on the palace meeting hall, performed by puppets, which are intentionally arranged to create such an atmosphere. Sets of Javanese musical instruments, antiques and heirlooms have made the palace of Yogyakarta worth to visit. Many sets of gamelan music instruments, antiques, and heirlooms make the palace of Yogyakarta the most interesting tourist attractions in Yogyakarta. The palace of Ngayogyokarto Hadiningrat is now the dwelling place of Sultan Hamengku Buwono X and the family. After the Keraton well make a short drive Water Castle of Taman Sari. Taman Sari, is the site of a former royal garden of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta. Built in the mid-18th century, the Taman Sari had multiple functions, such as a resting area, a workshop, a meditation area, a defense area, and a hiding place. Taman Sari consisted of four distinct areas: a large artificial lake with islands and pavilions located in the west, a bathing complex in the centre, a complex of pavilions and pools in the south, and a smaller lake in the east. Today only the central bathing complex is well preserved, while the other areas have been largely occupied by the Kampung Taman settlement. Afterward, we will drive to Pakualaman palace. Pakualaman is one of the exciting duchies that established during the Dutch colonialism under the reign of governor Herman Wiliam Dandels in 1808 to 1811. Stepping on Paku Alaman territory, first thing to see is Sewandanan Square where banyan trees grow. There are rooms inside Pura Pakualaman that can be visited by public, such as library and museum. The library is on west side of the pavilion consisting of manuscripts collections about historical stories, literary works, including Serat Dharma Wirayat written by Sri Paku Alam III. The museum is divided into three parts in which each of room is sized of 8 x 14 meter. The first room consists of family structures of Paku Alam, the documents of political contract with England and Dutch the photographs of Sri Paku Alam in big size, and also the attributes of the palace. In the second room, there are collections of old weapons, wardrobes of the kings and queens of Pakualaman, and also the soldiers’ uniforms. There is also displayed a set of spears that is used in the traditional dance Bondo Yudho. The third room stores the Palace horse cart named Kiai Manik Koemolo, a present from Raffles to Pakualam in 1814. This cart is used on every enthronement of the new Paku Alam. After see the both palace, we will drive to the third palace namely Ambarukmo palace. In here we will get the Patehan royal Hi-Tea Experience. Patehan is the authentic tradition of having a great evening tea time in the real atmosphere of Jogjakarta’s culture and heritage site.
Day 3: Jogjakarta Art & Culture (B)
Breakfast at hotel, in appropriated time meet with our guide at lobby and continue your trip to Krebet Village and then join the workshop with the local craftsman. Krebet village was originally a forest located above Selarong hill and famous with wooden Batik. Batik usually uses cloth as the medium. Nevertheless, it is different with what we found in Krebet village. The villagers in Krebet village uses wood instead of cloth as medium of batik. The artworks are liked by local and international tourists visiting Krebet village. The pattern is manually made, not printed. Therefore, batik using wood as medium needs combination of talent and high accuracy. In you will watch the whole process of making wooden Batik and get a chance to create their own wooden batik souvenirs. After workshop, we can take tour around Krebet village and home industries as well as taking outdoor trekking around exciting Pajangan Hill and waterfall Jurang Pulosari. The second place for visit is the cemetry of the kings in Imogiri. This cemetery was built in 1645; Everyday many people visit Imogiri and step up on 345 stairs to reach the top, which the place where the kings are buried. The visitors must wear the traditional Javanese dress prepared by our guide. (The cemetery only can be visited on Monday 09.00 – 12.00 and Friday 13.00 – 16.00, the cemetery is closed during the Moslem month of Ramadhan). After Royal cemetery, we will advance to Banyusumurup Village anda see Keris Workshop. Banyusumurup village has been developing since 1950s as central of keris accessories handicraft. Banyusumurup village produces warangka or keris sheath functioning to hold the keris. Arriving at Banyusumurup you will escort for looking at the making process of Keris accessories is the most suitable activity. After seeing various keris collection and keris decorating process. You’ll get complete description on how keris and its accessories were made. From Banyusmurup we will move to Watu Lumbung Village for your last destination. Watu Lumbung was transformed a barren land neglected for many years into an exotic place for enjoying the evening and watching the sunset and sunrise. The area has also become a bird conservation zone, so you will hear birdsong. Very peaceful and calming! Don’t imagine that Watu Lumbung is built with luxurious materials like other attractions. At Watu Lumbung, you will be asked to plant a tree, available onsite in a polybag. If you are willing to participate, your effort will be valued at Rp 2,500. This credit can be redeemed when ordering food and drink. In Wedangan Café which is part of Watu Lumbung tourism village, you can exchange three books for a free set menu. These books will fill a library which can be accessed by local residents. By donating books, you are showing your compassion and tangible action to help the owner in establishing the library. Afterward, drive back to Jogjakarta for your accommodation.
Day 4: Merapi Tour & Ratu Boko Sunset (B)
Breakfast and then leave hotel for visit a several place inside of Jogjakarta. The first activity that we can do is Merapi Jeep Tour. You will see the real and the most exotic side of Mount Merapi!! Taking an off road jeep on a Merapi Lava tour is one of the most fun things to do in Yogyakarta. This is the different way how to explore the wonders of adventure volcano tour with 4WD Legendary Jeep Willys, Our driver will show you the real and the most exotic part volcano mountain. After rush your adrenalin in jeep, we will cooling down at Warung Kopi Klotok (A traditional food stall) to drink a coffee and simple meals. Warung Kopi Klotok is located around Pakem area (before Kaliurang). First of all, you don’t go here and expect something fancy, the coffee shop is very “ndeso”-humble style, technically a Joglo house transformed to this relatively spacious house and positioned around the rice fields. The name of the shop might be “warung kopi” or “coffee shop” in English, but it’s actually an eating house too (because referring this to restaurant is way too fancy) and they’re highly popular for their homemade Nasi Megono that you can pair with various vegetable toppings, and the classic banana fritters. After Kaliurang, thw program continue with 1 hour drive to Ratu Boko Temple and get your chance to see a charming sunset. Arrive in Ratu Boko Temple, get the ticket and climb up to enjoy the Ratu Boko temple and catch the sunset. See the magnificent panoramic view around the Ratu Boko Temple and see Prambanan Temple from the Ratu Boko. During the sunset you can enjoy the coffee and tea from the restaurant at Ratu Boko area. After the sunset, we will arrange the transfer to Jogjakarta hotel for your accommodation.
Day 5: Shooping time – Jogjakarta Airport (B)
Breakfast and morning free time for your own leisure. In Appropriated you’ll be meet our guide and we will accompany you for shopping time in Malioboro and Kota Gede. If you are not interested with shopping we arrange you a Prambanan tour (Prambanan with additional fee) before your Jogjakarta airport transfer.