A Journey Into the Heart of Java

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.

FROM $4,100 PER PERSON
View more details >

DURATION

6 days | 5 nights

DESTINATIONS

Indonesia

INTERESTS

Heritage,
Amazing Landscapes

SHARE

Highlights

  • See the active Merapi volcano  from Kaliadem village
  • Explore the Sultan’s Palace in Yogyakarta and enjoy a traditional dance showing
  • Raft down the Elo River
  • Feel like a local in the Candirejo Village as you learn how to farm and dance in the traditional style

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Explore a unique, exotic culture that has retained many of its ancient cultural traditions while simultaneously growing with the outside world. Discover Javanese dance and see village life in the same form it’s been for centuries with our 6-day Journey Into the Heart of Java itinerary. Watch the sky light up over the majestic Borobudur Temple as the sun casts its first rays across the morning. This rare cultural experience will give you an exclusive glance into an ancient, simpler way of life. 

Day-to-Day

DAY 1 Yogyakarta

Arrive in Yogyakarta - a pulsing cultural Mecca that was the capital of Indonesia during the Indonesian National Revolution. Settle in at your hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring the city. For convenience, we recommend the Tentrem Hotel or Phoenix Hotel.

DAY 2 Yogyakarta to Prambanan

Start the morning by visit the sprawling 17th-century Sultan’s Palace, also known as Kraton. Marvel at the posts covered in gold leaf and elaborate carvings. Continue onto the Taman Sari Water Castle, the site of the lush royal garden that was built in the mid-18th-century. Spend the afternoon in the quaint blacksmiths’ village of Kotagede. Visit a traditional and immensely colorful Batik home. If you’re feeling daring, pick up a Javanese-style floral shirt and sport it yourself. Finish the day by visiting the impressive Prambanan temple complex. Learn about classic Hindu temple architecture and enjoy a special showing of the light-hearted Javanese traditional dance. Indulge in a delicious and authentic Javanese dinner.

DAY 3 Yogyakarta to Magelang

Immerse yourself in the local Javanese lifestyle as you spend the day in Candirejo village. Learn the traditional farming methods, the plantation resources and ceremonies. You’ll feel like one of the Javanese, as the locals invite you to join in their customs. That afternoon, you will drive for 1 hour to the Magelang area near Borobudur and stay the night. We recommend staying at either Amanjiwo or Plataran Borobudur. 

DAY 4 Borobudur to Merapi to Elo Fun Rafting

Rise early to watch the sun rise above the beautiful Borobudur Temple. That afternoon, discover the volcano Merapi from the perfect viewpoint in Kaliadem. This is the most active volcano in all of Indonesia! Walk down to the Elo River and climb aboard a raft for a fun ride you won’t forget - not to worry, the Elo River offers Grade II-III rafting, while it won’t be boring, it’s perfectly safe.

DAY 5 Dieng Plateau

Enjoy the view of acres of rice paddies and small villages as we drive for 3 hours to Dieng, a steep volcanic plateau that rises 6,561 feet into the sky. This plateau was sacred to the Javanese Hindus for its closeness to the heavens. Centuries ago, hundreds of temples could be found in the area but only eight survive today. Visit the holy sites that are built in classic Javanese architectural style before journeying back through active volcanoes, sulfur springs, hot geysers and mineral lakes. Smell the contrastingly-sweet odors of tea leafs followed by tobacco leafs as we cross through their respective plantations. Savor a delicious meal at the best restaurant in the area.

DAY 6 Borobudur

Spend your final morning relaxing at your hotel before checking out, and departing to check in for your return flight home. 

Why Remote Lands?

Exclusively Asia

With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.

With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.

Remote Lands

Explore 400+ Journeys in
33 Countries Across Asia

Where to go

Choose Your Destination

What to do

Choose Your Interest

When to go

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Brunei
Cambodia
China
Hong Kong
India
Indonesia
Japan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Macao
Malaysia
Maldives
Mongolia
Myanmar
Nepal
Oman
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Siberia
Singapore
South Korea
Sri Lanka
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Thailand
Tibet
Turkmenistan
Uae
Uzbekistan
Vietnam
Amazing Landscapes
Architecture
Art
Beaches
Bicycling
Celebrations
Cuisine
Diving
Glamping
Heritage
Luxury Cruises
Luxury Trains
Motorcycling
Off The Grid
Responsible
Romance
Skiing
Spirituality
Sports
Trekking
Tribal
Unesco
Wellbeing
Wildlife
With Kids

Filter to Select Your Itinerary

Travelogues

Capella Ubud’s Mark Swinton on the Future of Travel in Bali

Author
Travelogues

With flights set to resume on June 1 to a post-COVID Bali, Remote Lands speaks to Capella Ubud general manager Mark Swinton on the future of travel in Indonesia.

Read More

Mount Batur for the Best Sunrise in Bali

Author
Melisa Novick

Sunrise signals a new day, something we all desperately need right now, and the active volcano of Mount Batur is the best sunrise in Bali.

Read More

West Sumatra: active volcanoes and vanishing species

Author
Frank Beyer

A Great Wall, volcanoes, orangutans, and more in a Sumatra you never knew existed.

Read More

Diving with Mola Mola at Bali’s Crystal Bay

Author
Juanita Pienaar

Bali's Crystal Bay features a cleaning station for the gentle and mighty Mola Mola, also known as the ocean sunfish.

Read More

Perang Pandan: Ritual Combat and Camaraderie in Bali

Author
Anna Elisa Sida and Matteo Maimone

Ritual combat with a thorny leaf: Perang Pandan is a tradition dedicated to a Hindu god of war, a coming of age rite for young men, and a spectacle for photographers and lovers of Balinese culture.

Read More

Volcano Sacrifice: Lens on the Yadnya Kasada

Author
Anna Elisa Sida and Matteo Maimone

Before sunrise, devotees go to the slopes of Mount Bromo to pray and throw their sacrifices on the festival of Yadnya Kasada.

Read More

What Others Say

Two Couples from North Carolina & Florida

Two Couples from North Carolina & Florida

“All the logistics and ground transportation were executed flawlessly.”

Aman Jet Expeditions

Bali to Luang Prabang

Indonesia - Cambodia - Vietnam - Laos

May 9 - 24, 2021

Kyoto to Greece

Japan - Philippines - Indonesia - UAE - Turkey - Greece

October 1 - 17, 2020

Wait List Only

A Mindful and Cultural Journey

Vietnam - Laos - Bhutan - India - Sri Lanka

September 8-24, 2021

Venice to Utah

Italy - Morocco - Dominican Republic - Turks and Caicos - USA

February 16 - March 2, 2021

The Grandest Tour

Japan - China - Vietnam - Thailand - Bhutan - India - Greece - Montenegro - Italy

March 21 - April 11, 2021

Kyoto to Greece

Japan - Philippines - Indonesia - UAE - Turkey - Greece

April 16 - May 2, 2021

Stay Informed: Newsletter