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How to Spend 3 Days in Yogyakarta

How to Spend 3 Days in Yogyakarta

With three days in Yogyakarta, you can experience the region’s UNESCO World Heritage Site temples, discover the city’s heritage, and explore natural attractions, whether that’s hiking the active volcano Mt. Merapi, tubing an underground river, or descending into Jomblang Cave. You might even be able to visit Semarang or Solo. Here’s how.

Day 1: Tour the Temples

Spend your first day in Yogyakarta ticking off the region’s signature temples: 8th-century Buddhist Borobudur and 10th-century Hindu Prambanan. Start by watching the sun rise over the serene spires of Borobudur as the mist clears from the jungle, then discover some nearby villages or the smaller temples of Pawon and Mendut. Backtrack toward Yogyakarta to experience the wonders of Prambanan, Indonesia’s answer to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. If you’re hoping to explore beyond Yogyakarta later, spend this afternoon discovering the city’s historic center. If your pace is more leisurely, enjoy dinner as you watch the Hindu epic Ramayana re-created as a classical ballet among the Prambanan temples.

Day 2: To the Bowels of the Earth

Start the day with a trip to Mt. Merapi, the almost perfectly conical active volcano that overshadows the plains around Yogyakarta. Choose between a classic sunrise hike, a 4WD adventure, or a lava tour. Continue to one of the region’s signature caves: Jomblang, which begins with a vertiginous descent to a hidden forest, or Pindul, where you can tube an underground river. If time permits, discover some of the golden beaches in the Gunung Kidul area. Spend the evening exploring Yogyakarta’s vibrant street-food scene, feasting from the stalls on Jalan Malioboro or joining a foodie tour of the city by night.

Day 3: To the City—or Beyond

With a heritage dating back to the eighth century, you could easily spend a day exploring Yogyakarta’s historic districts: the palace, the water gardens, the royal tombs, and the silversmithing district of Kota Gede (Old Town). Some, however, may want to spend their third day in Yogyakarta discovering other nearby cities, such as bustling Semarang or Solo (Surakarta), which is often coupled with a visit to Sukuh Temple and its erotic carvings. Whichever option you choose, wrap up the night mingling with Yogyakarta’s artists and students at a live music venue or café-bar.

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$77.38
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Yogyakarta Morning Tour: Sunrise Over Borobudur and Village Cycling with Lunch

Yogyakarta Morning Tour: Sunrise Over Borobudur and Village Cycling with Lunch

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Witness the sunrise over the Borobudur Temple Compound, a UNESCO World Heritage site located in the Kedu Valley of Central Java. Following your early-morning visit to the 9th-century Buddhist monument, hop on a bicycle for a ride through a Javanese village before an Indonesian set lunch. Afterward, journey past rice fields to climb the steps to Selogriyo Temple, a Hindu site dating back to the 5th century. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included from Yogyakarta on this private tour, led by your own personal guide.
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  • 10 hours
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$148.79
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$148.79
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Private Full Day Jomblang and Pindul Caves Oyyo River Tubing Tour Including Lunch

Private Full Day Jomblang and Pindul Caves Oyyo River Tubing Tour Including Lunch

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Learn all about the amazing geological formations close to Yogyakarta while swimming, floating, and caving directly through them on this fun-filled day tour. A knowledgeable local guide will lead you through the caves and canyons of the Jomblang and Pindul Caves, and the Oyyo River. An exciting day out for active travelers who want to try something different.
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  • 11 hours
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$123.08
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$123.08
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$116.67
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$116.67
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Mt. Merapi Slopes Hiking Day Trip from Yogyakarta

Mt. Merapi Slopes Hiking Day Trip from Yogyakarta

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Hike the slopes of 9,551-foot (2,911-meter) Mt Merapi on a privately led trek during this day trip from nearby Yogyakarta. Translated as ‘Mountain of Fire,’ Merapi is Indonesia’s most active volcano. Enjoy a leisurely but adventurous hike as you learn about native flora and fauna from your guide. Afterward, you will be served the signature local cuisine at Kaliadem Village for lunch.
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  • 8 hours
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$86.68
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$86.68
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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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$48.21
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Javanese for a Day: Private tour Plaosan & Sunset at Prambanan Temple Yogyakarta

Javanese for a Day: Private tour Plaosan & Sunset at Prambanan Temple Yogyakarta

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Experience the iconic temples, traditional cuisine and village life of the Javanese people on this full-day private tour from Yogyakarta. Get a preview of Prambanan Temple and return to explore the UNESCO World Heritage–listed complex at sunset. Your personal guide also introduces you to authentic Indonesian dishes and local people. You’ll learn how to play traditional musical instruments and explore the rice fields and villages around Candi Plaosan.
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  • 8 hours
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$146.67
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$146.67
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Caving and Gondola Beach Tour

Caving and Gondola Beach Tour

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Escape the city for an adrenaline-fueled coastal adventure on this full-day tour from Yogyakarta, including hotel pick-up. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you journey to the coast and embark on an exhilarating 2-hour caving experience at the Jomblang Cave. After lunch (own expense), enjoy swimming and sunbathing on the white sands of Sadranan beach, before traveling back to the city.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.65
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$150.65
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$56.42
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$56.42
Price varies by group size
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