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How to Spend 2 Days in Yogyakarta

How to Spend 2 Days in Yogyakarta

With two days in Yogyakarta, you can do more than just check off the region’s signature temples—Borobudur and Prambanan—and sample the city’s delicious street food. Natural attractions such as the sacred volcano Mt. Merapi and majestic Jomblang Cave come into reach. Here are our top tips for a 2-day itinerary.

Day 1: Temple Touring

**Morning:**The 8th-century Buddhist temple of Borobudur is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and watching the sun rise over the misty jungle as its sacred spires come into view is an experience that easily repays the early start. Explore the temple and perhaps some nearby villages, too.

**Afternoon:**Head back closer into Yogyakarta town to explore the vast Prambanan temple complex, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, albeit a little younger than Borobudur. A guide can accompany you around the complex’s star attractions, particularly Prambanan itself, Indonesia’s answer to Angkor Wat.

**Night:**After watching the sun set behind Prambanan’s spires, settle in for a timeless performance of the Ramayana Ballet, a retelling of ancient Hindu myths and legends using dance, drama, and music. Savor dinner as brilliantly costumed dancers replay the ancient epic.

Day 2: Natural Adventures

**Morning:**Start the day by discovering the sacred slopes of the ancient volcano Mt. Merapi. Sunrise hikes can be magical, if energy permits, or tour the lava-strewn slopes by 4WD. Some Merapi packages include trips to one of Yogyakarta’s signature caves, such as Jomblang or Pindul.

**Afternoon:**Make your way back into the city and explore its historic heart: the Yogyakarta Palace, the royal cemeteries, the silversmithing old city of Kota Gede, and the crumbling water gardens (Taman Sari). Abecak (cycle rickshaw) is a classic way to discover Yogyakarta’s old quarters.

**Night:**Yogyakarta’s street-food scene is known across Indonesia. Discover classics like gudeg (jackfruit stew) ornasi kucing (rice parcels wrapped in banana leaf) as you stroll Jalan Malioboro—or join a tour for insider info. Wrap up the evening with live music in one of the city’s bustling, grungy bars.

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Merapi Volcano and Pindul Cave Tour from Yogyakarta

Merapi Volcano and Pindul Cave Tour from Yogyakarta

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Ascend to the summit of Mt Merapi — a mighty active volcano — on an exhilarating full-day- trip from Yogyakarta. In the early hours of the morning, travel by vehicle to Mt Merapi and ascend to the smoking summit of the volcano. From the top, enjoy panoramic vistas and listen to the natural history of Mt Merapi before proceeding to Jomblang Cave. Descend 200 feet (60 meters) below ground to explore the subterranean cavern and then revitalize with lunch on a beach near Yogyakarta. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 12 hours
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$77.38
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Yogyakarta Cultural Tour: Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple and Merapi Volcano

Yogyakarta Cultural Tour: Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple and Merapi Volcano

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Yogyakarta is unanimously hailed as the cultural heart of Indonesia. This private tour, ideal for travelers with limited time in Java, gives you the chance to tick off three Yogyakarta highlights in only one day. Visit Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world; drive to the base of fiery Mt. Merapi in a 4x4; and discover Prambanan, home to a collection of spectacular Hindu temples. Round-trip transport from your Yogyakarta hotel is included.    
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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$201.00
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$201.00
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Private Borobudur Sunrise Tour from Yogyakarta

Private Borobudur Sunrise Tour from Yogyakarta

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Witness the stunning sunrise over Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world. Constructed in the 8th and 9th centuries and abandoned around the 14th century, Borobudur was largely forgotten until it was rediscovered in 1814. The UNESCO-protected Borobudur Temple Compound is situated in central Java, an approximate 45-minute drive from Yogyakarta. Get an early start and beat the crowds with a pre-dawn departure on this 6-hour private tour with your own personal guide.
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  • 6 hours
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$116.67
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Private Tour: Full Day Lava Tour By Jeep In Merapi Volcano Including Borobudur Sunrise Pawon Mendut and Prambanan Temples Tour

Private Tour: Full Day Lava Tour By Jeep In Merapi Volcano Including Borobudur Sunrise Pawon Mendut and Prambanan Temples Tour

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Check off not one but two UNESCO World Heritage sites and an active volcano on this action-packed private door-to-door tour. Begin with sunrise at Borobudur, followed by the smaller nearby temples of Pawon and Mendut. Next, board a jeep to explore the lava-strewn slopes of Mount Merapi. Finally, visit the 10th-century Prambanan temples.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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$153.85
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Yogyakarta Night Food Tour

Yogyakarta Night Food Tour

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Experience the cultured city of Yogyakarta through its street food on this fun evening tour. You’ll be introduced to a number of uniquely Yogyakartan dishes that reflect the city’s multicultural and royal influences. Your local guide will take you to the best places, so you don’t risk eating unhygienic or uninteresting food. Travel by public transport to get extra insight into ordinary local life.
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  • 3 hours
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$48.21
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Cycling the Borobudur Trails

Cycling the Borobudur Trails

The Buddhist temple complex of Borobudur is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most important historic monuments in Java. This bike tour offers a unique way to visit Borobudur and explore the surrounding countryside. After marveling at the magnificent 9th-century temples, enjoy a scenic bike ride around the rural villages and rice paddies, with stunning views of the Merapi and Sumbing volcanoes.
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  • 6 hours
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$126.93
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Private Tour in Yogyakarta: Kraton Sultan Palace, Water Castle and Kota Gede

Private Tour in Yogyakarta: Kraton Sultan Palace, Water Castle and Kota Gede

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Explore Yogyakarta on a private city sightseeing tour, led by your own personal guide. You will be introduced to cultural attractions such as the kraton, or Sultan’s palace, with a walking tour of the vast royal complex including the Taman Sari Water Castle. Visit, too, the historic neighborhood of Kotagede, known for its silver industry. Ride in the comfort of a private vehicle with hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 5 hours
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$56.42
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Private Tour of Progo River Rafting and Borobudur Temple Complex

Private Tour of Progo River Rafting and Borobudur Temple Complex

Go river rafting on the Progo River and visit the World Heritage–listed Borobudur Temple on this full-day private tour from Yogyakarta. Your 2.5-hour rafting trip over challenging grade III rapids boasts prime views of five waterfalls, a historical bridge and the Menoreh Mountains. After a Javanese restaurant lunch, continue your full-day tour with a visit to the stunning Borobudur Temple Compounds.
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  • 9 hours
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$151.29
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$151.29
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