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Central Java : Highlands Tour, Borobudur & Rafting

Central Java is said to encapsulate the essense of the Javan spirit with its melting pot of culture and astonishing, pretty landscapes - and this trip shows you why.

Our trip begins with a gentle hike through the plateaus of Dieng. “Dieng” is derived from Sanskrit, where “di” means place, and “hyang” means Gods. The lofty Place of the Gods is located 2000m above sea level, and we will have the entire day to ourselves to explore its unique beauty. Hike from the village to the mysterious Telaga Warna, or  coloured lake, whose still green waters render the place a sense of tranquility. Our journey will also take us to the remarkable Candi Bima, or Bima Temple – an impressively built old temple with numerous sculpted Shiva heads on the roof. This loop will continue on to Kawah Sidikang (Sidikang Crater).

Sikidang Crater throws in yet another dimension to the many splendors of Dieng. Bellowing out puffs of smoke, she contains a chamber of magma within its tempestuous bowels - the crater is still very active. The whole places exudes an otherworldly ambience. Continue on to Candy Gatutkaca – another small temple – past the Arjuna Complex, and back to the village where we started.

The next day is a trip down to the famous Borobudur temple complex, a UNESCO world heritage site. The grandeur and complexity of the Buddhist temple has to be seen to be believed. Take an amble down to visit the Pawon and Mendut temples, and enjoy a lovely elephant trek along villages and down the Sileng River. In the afternoon, we can either go for tubing down the Elo River, or for the more daring – whitewater rafting at Serayu River.

This trip is perfect for those who are looking for an active holiday that has it all – hiking, water adventure and a dash of cultural immersion.


  • Hike through Dieng Plateau – Place of Gods – to see the beautiful Colored Lake, the active Sikidang Crater, and the temple complexes in the area
  • Be enthralled by the incredible Borobudur temple, the largest Buddhist monument in the world, and do an elephant trek along villages and Sileng River
  • Go tubing down the Elo River, or white water rafting down the Serayu River

  • All airport transfers and local transport in private vehicle.
  • Full accommodation arrangement
  • All meals as indicated
  • Sightseeing tours and hiking as indicated


  • 2-way international airfares between Singapore & Semarang (central Java, Indonesia)
  • All airport taxes & surcharges
  • All meals except those indicated
  • Personal trekking wear & gear ( eg. baselayers, waterproofs )
  • Tipping & gratuities to guide & local staff
  • Personal travel insurance, pre-trip medical immunizations
  • All expenses of a personal nature

Duration : 4 days
Maximum Altitude :  ~ 2000m
Grading :
Best Season : Apr - Nov
Peak Season* : May-Sep
Group Size : Min 2 persons
Group Size
4D Land Price
07 - 10 persons  
04 - 06 persons  
02 - 03 persons  
  • Surcharge applies during peak season.
  • Return international airfare can be arranged on behalf.

Day 1

Arrival Semarang - Wonosobo
Arrive at Semarang International Airport. Transfer to Wonosobo. Overnight at Wonosobo (D)

Day 2

Wonosobo - Dieng
Early morning, transfer to Dieng.  Trek the 3-4 hour loop south from Dieng village to Telaga Warna (Coloured Lake), Candi Bima (Bima Temple), Kawah Sikidang (Sikidang Crater) and then back to Candi Gatutkaca, the Arjuna Complex and the village.  Transfer back to Wonosobo. Overnight at Wonosobo (B/L/D)

Day 3

Wonosobo - Borobudur
Early dawn visit to Borobudur.  Extra visit to Pawon and Mendut temple & embark on an elephant trek along villages and Sileng River.

Afternoon - Either tubing down Elo River OR white water rafting down Serayu River. Transfer back to Wonosobo. Overnight at Wonosobo (B/L/D)

Day 4

Semarang - Singapore
After breakfast, transfer to Semarang International Airport for flight back home (B)

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