Summer Getaway Our Itinerary to the Wonderfu Indonesia

Summer Get Away: Our Itinerary to the Wonderful Indonesia

“Where should we go next?” It has been the question that Steven and I always asked to one another after visiting one country. Actually, there are many countries we would like to visit if only our schedule will allow.

The decision on where we will go next all depends on the cost of the flight tickets. As I have mentioned on my previous post on “10 Easy Steps to Help You Plan Your First Trip Abroad,” traveling does not need to be too expensive. Booking for cheap flights is one of our priorities.

It was last year when we booked a round trip flight ticket to Indonesia which cost 4005.78Php. Steven and I are already excited on our 2017 adventures and as usual, I am the one assigned for doing our itinerary.

My fascination for Indonesia was heightened when I started to research about the country and asked some people who already visited it. Steven just gives to me the decision when it comes to the place where we are going to spend our holiday. I have two places in mind that I would like to visit: Bali and Yogyakarta. Certainly, both of them are great destinations. However, we only have a limited time so I just have to choose which appeals to me the most. After careful thinking, I came up with a decision and that would be – “Yogyakarta.”

The following is just a rough itinerary of our trip. We did not include a definite time for each visit as we want our trip to be flexible.

Itinerary to Indonesia

Day 0

Steven and I will be arriving in Jakarta at 11:45 P.M. Jakarta is not our main destination, but there are no direct flights from Manila to Yogyakarta. Based on our previous experiences in Cebu Pacific Airline, we wonder if that schedule will be followed. Since our priority is to see the Central Java, we booked another flight from Jakarta to Yogyakarta via Air Asia. Our flight to Yogyakarta will be at 5:50 A.M., Terminal 2 of the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. The good thing is that we will be arriving from Manila to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Terminal 2 and our next flight to Yogyakarta is in the same terminal too. It will be a one hour flight by airplane from Jakarta to Adi Sucipto Airport in Yogyakarta. There is also another way to get from Jakarta to Yogyakarta and that is by riding a train.

Day 1 – Trip to Borobudur Temple – a Buddhist Temple

How to go to Candi Borubudur from Malioboro Street

  1. From Malioboro Street, find a Trans Jogya Bus Stop.
  2. Take the Trans Jogya 2A or 2B bus to the Jombor Bus Terminal which cost IDR 4,000 or 0.30 USD
  3. Catch another bus to Candi Borobudur. It will take around 1 hour going to Candi Borobudur for an estimate cost of IDR 25,000 or 1.88 USD
  4. Pay the entrance fee. Through research, we found out that it is cheaper to buy a combine/combo ticket for Borobudur and Prambanan. Borobudur cost USD20  and to Prambanan Temple is USD18 which will cost USD38. On the other hand, if we will purchase the combine/combo ticket we are just going to pay IDR 420,000 or USD30. It will give us an extra USD8 for foods.

Day 2 – Tour to Palaces and Prambanan Temple

How to go to Kraton Palace or the Palace of Yogyakarta

  1. From Jalan Malioboro, just walk southward.  There is also a becak or horse carriage as a substitute for walking.
  2. Pay the entrance fee of IDR 15,000 or 1.13 USD (for foreigners)
  3. The ticket price includes a guide which is most likely to accept tips.
  4. Kraton Palace or the Palace of Yogyakarta is open from 8 AM to 2 PM.

How to go to Taman Sari or Water Palace from Kraton Palace

  1.  It can be reached by walking or taking a becak which cost around IDR30,000 or 2.25 USD
  2. The entrance fee is IDR 12,500 or 0.94 USD, for camera is IDR 2,000 or 0.15 USD and to the Guide is IDR 30,000  or 2.25 USD.

How to go to Prambanan Temple – a Hindu Temple

  1. From Malioboro Street, find a Trans Jogya Bus Stop.
  2. Take Trans Jogya Bus 1A Prombanan which takes around half an hour and cost IDR 3, 600. From the bus stop, cross the street where you can see the temple ground. Turn to the right and walk around 300 meters to reach the entrance. There will be a parking lot where the ticket booth is located.

After our Prambanan tour, watching the Ramayana Ballet will be our next activity. This is a performance which will be played in an open theater. Ticket price for watching Ramanayan in an open air theater ranges from IDR400,000 to IDR125,000.

To get back to Yogyakarta,  we have to go to the market outside the Prambanan complex and then, board for the bus going to Yogyakarta.

NOTE: Trans Jogya Bus operates from 5:30 AM until 9:30 PM.

While in Yogyakarta, we will not want to miss visiting a famous traditional market in Yogyakarta which is the Beringharjo Market.

Day 3 – Semarang Sightseeing

It has been difficult to get information from these places. Since we will be travelling from Yogyakarta to Semarang, we guess that we are just going to visit few places on our arrival in Semarang.

  1. Gereja Blenduk – the oldest and most important church in all Central Java
  2. Sam Poo Kong – also known as Gedung Batu Temple and the oldest Chinese temple in Semarang
  3. Lawang Sewu – also known as the “Thousand doors”

Day 4 – Horseback Riding and Enjoying Nature with a Cup of Coffee in Semarang

We plan to hire a car with a driver who can speak English for this day. The following are the places we plan to experience in Semarang.

  1. Pagoda Avalokitesvara – known as the tallest pagoda in Indonesia located at the south of Semarang
  2. Candi Gedong Songo – this has been the prime reason why I suggested my boyfriend to include Semarang in our itinerary. Candi Gedong Songo is not as famous as Borobudur and Prambanan but I would like to see its beauty while enjoying a horseback ride on the mountain.
  3. Pondok Kopi Umbul Sidomukti – is famous in Indonesia for its coffee located on top of a hill

Day 5 – Jakarta Trip

This will be our last day in Indonesia and we just have few hours before we go back to Philippines. We decided that we will spend our day in a place where we can have a glimpse of the magnificent archipelago in just one day. It is possible by visiting Taman Mini Indonesia Indah. According to our research, it is best to opt for a blue bird taxi when someone is in Jakarta.  The approximate cost is IDR 70,000 and additional  IDR 8,500 toll fee.

Have you been to Jakarta, Yogyakarta, or Semarang? Feel free to share to us your thoughts or travel experiences with wonderful Indonesia by commenting below. It will definitely help us on our upcoming trip.

 

 

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Steven and Ana Rose

Steven and Ana Rose are the loving duo behind Roads and Pages. Inspired by their love of different cultures, languages, and foreign places, together they explore one country at a time.

36 comments

  1. This looks like an amazing trip to take and experience. I would love to make it there one day to see these places in person.

  2. I would love to travel with my husband. I have only been to one country outside of the U.S. while he has been to quite a few. Indonesia sounds like a very interesting experience. Viewing the palaces would be really nice! I hope you take photographs of your trip!

  3. Wow that’s a very cheap deal for two! You are good on finding these deals 🙂 i wish to travel to Indonesia soon, its one of the best place here in Asia and shouldn’t be missed.

  4. Love how detailed this is! So helpful for someone planning their trip. I’m heading back to Indonesia for the third time next week and I can’t wait!

  5. I haven’t been to Indonesia, heard a lot about the place from my friends, especially the food :).Thanks for sharing your itinerary, sounds lots of fun. This is one place that will definitely make it to my bucketlist!

  6. I love finding cheap flights. I love that there’s an option on skyscanner to put anywhere for whatever dates you’re searching and they give you all the cheapest flights. This trip looks amazing!

  7. I heard a lot about Indonesia. I would deff want to visit this place! It’s already for long time on my bucket list. It’s a great article that inspires me to go there even more now!

  8. I am quite impressed that you have your itinerary basically set before your trip. It seems like you will be checking a lot off your list! I am similar in that I normally plan all activities for the trip and do all the research. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I’ve never been to Indonesia but I think you made a good choice between Yogyakarta and Bali. Yogyakarta is such a fresh destination now. I only knew that place this past months since the Indonesia tourism board invited several travel bloggers I follow. And I’m so amazed by it. Can’t wait to see photos of your travels.

  10. I have never been in Indonesia yet. I’m though planning a trip there for summer 2018 (Bali, Indonesia). It seems to be very nice and beautiful country with friendly people. Additionally the prices are very very low compared to countries where I’ve lived (Finland and the US). Entry fees under $1? Wow. I think I can afford a nice and long stay there! 🙂

  11. Looks like you have a great trip planned with plenty to do. I have never been to Indonesia, but of course it’s on the list of places to get to (it’s a very long list!).

  12. Wow sounds like you’ll definitely be making the most of your trip!! We’ve been to Bali and it was beautiful, I’d love to head back to Indonesia someday to explore more places. The trip to Jakarta sounds great – enjoy!

  13. I’ve never been to Indonesia nor any of its places yet. But it surely goes to my bucket list. I’ve never heard more appealing places to visit in this country yet except for Bali so i am delaying the trip here with my husband. Ypur itinerary is very helpful though for future travelers. Thanks for sharing it! Bookmarking this for future reference 🙂

  14. We are planning our next trip to Indonesia.Hopefully we will visit during this year.We love to visit both Bali and Yogyakarta.Borobudur temple is one of the places which we want to visit.This guide is really helpful to plan our visit.

  15. I’ve never been to Indonesia yet but it looks like it is a wonderful archipelago like the Philippines. I love your itinerary. Thank you so much for sharing it. Maybe I will review your blog post when I finally start planning for a trip to Indonesia. I would love to try horseback riding along the shore. One of the items in my bucket list for sure!

  16. Cool itinerary! It will be good to know what you actually end up doing, and how your plan was. This is the first time I’m hearing about Yogyakarta, so thanks for advertising!

  17. We’ve never traveled to Indonesia .. but our neighbors have. They always tell stories of the wonderful beaches .. as well as the yummy food. Hopefully one day we’ll be able to go and have some stories of our own!

  18. That is a full itinerary! Looks like you’ll get to see the best of Indonesia. It looks like such a gorgeous country to visit, I’d definitely love to head there one day. There are so many places on my travel bucket list. I’m glad you’re going to have a chance to check this one off yours!

  19. Indonesia is such a beautiful country and there’s just so much to see and do. We love the beaches and the food. It’s been ages since my family went there. I hope we could go back.

  20. I have not traveled much internationally. I would have to do a lot of research before going anywhere international. It sounds like that you really do your homework before going anywhere.

  21. Sounds like your days will be busy! It’s funny that you mentioned Jakarta. Geography has never been my strong point. But I’ve never heard of Jakarta until recently when I started reading The Atlantis Gene. Now I seem to see it everywhere. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Indonesia is a wonderful country. A pleasant climate, beaches, friendly people and beautiful places to explore, what more can one need to make the travel a memorable experience?

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