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Jakarta Extension

Spend a few days exploring Indonesia's often hectic and bustling, but always fascinating, capital

Try a 4-day extension to Jakarta before your Java tour

For those with the time and inclination, why not try our 4-day, 3-night Jakarta extension prior to the start of your Java Overland tour in Central Java’s Yogyakarta?

Indonesia’s capital city is certainly huge and bustling, often hectic and congested but, in our opinion, always fascinating. On this exciting Jakarta mini-tour, we’ll show you some of our favourite highlights – famous and lesser-known ones. Discover Glodok, the City’s vibrant Chinatown area; the fascinating National Museum and Jakarta’s traditional port district, Sunda Kelapa as well as the old colonial Dutch quarter of Batavia, now known as Kota Tua and the ultra-modern and truly spectacular Istiqlal Mosque – considered to be the largest in Southeast Asia.

In keeping with our usual style the city tour also offers plenty of opportunities to discover Jakarta’s vibrant street life, meet some of the very friendly inhabitants and, last but not least, sample some of the sumptuous and highly varied local cuisine!

The extension is perhaps ideally fitted in en-route to Yogyakarta (most international flights travel via Singapore with its numerous connecting flights) for our 2-week Java tour, although should scheduling be more convenient it can also be slotted in post-tour with a domestic flight from our finishing point Denpasar to Jakarta.

Our extension price includes return airport transfers in Jakarta, 3 nights at Harris Vertu Hotel (or similar), all entrance fees, activities, guide services and meals as indicated but due to highly fluctuating pricing (and exchange rates), the short domestic flight from Jakarta to Yogyakarta is not included and is available from approximately £55. The Jakarta extension is based upon 2 persons sharing so please ask for a single person supplement for solo travellers and reductions for families and larger groups.

(Last but certainly not least, many thanks to Sally Arnold for offering the use of her excellent Jakarta photographs.)



Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.

Indonesia, local food by Sally Arnold

Day 1 - Jakarta - arrival and afternoon stroll

Morning arrival in Indonesia’s bustling capital and transfer to your centrally located, downtown hotel. Some time to relax before stretching your legs with a leisurely afternoon, introductory stroll and an opportunity to sample some of the local cuisine with a local-style welcome dinner.

Overnight: Jakarta Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: D, 

Indonesia, Jakarta - the old port by Sally Arnold

Day 2 - Jakarta; walking tour of the old Dutch Quarter and port

Our selection, amid Jakarta’s myriad sights, includes a morning walking tour of the old Dutch Quarter – formerly known as Batavia – plus the colourful port district of Sunda Kelapa. In the afternoon we’ll continue our tour of the City’s historic heart with iconic Fatahillah Square also home to the unusual Puppet Museum.

Overnight: Jakarta Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L, 

Indonesia. Jakarta Katedral by Sally Arnold

Day 3 - Jakarta - Chinatown and the National Museum

A contrasting morning with visits to the spectacular Istiqlal Mosque – considered the largest in Southeast Asia – as well as the Dutch-period neo-Gothic cathedral. After a local-style lunch, we’ll stroll through the vibrant and photogenic old Chinatown quarter of Glodok as well as having time to take in the famous National Museum for an introduction to the country’s complex and rich history and culture.

Overnight: Jakarta Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L, 

Indonesia, local transport in Yogyakarta

Day 4 - Morning at leisure and flight to Yogyakarta

Morning at leisure before boarding the airport rail link for the short flight from Jakarta to Yogyakarta in Central Java. (Departure time depending upon schedules.)

Due to fluctuating pricing, the short domestic flight to Yogyakarta is not included.

Transport: Train, Plane,  Meals: B, 

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Indonesia. Jakarta, Kota by Sally Arnold

Just a few of the many highlights

A 4-day extension to Indonesia's bustling capital city including historic and modern sites and of course Jakarta's vibrant street-life and rich cuisine.

  • The fascinating National Museum provides a great introduction to the country's history and culture
  • Walking tour of Golodok, the City's large and colourful old Chinatown district
  • Check-out the lively, colourful and photogenic port area of Sunda Kelapa
  • Kota Tua, historic former Batavia founded in the 17th-century by the Dutch East India Company
  • Visit the impressive, neo-gothic St Mary's Cathedral as well as the spectacular Istiqlal Mosque
  • Last but not least, take in the vibrant street-life, meet the friendly locals and discover the wonderful cuisine

We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...

Harris Vertu Harmoni Jakarta

Harris Vertu Harmoni Jakarta view

  • Great downtown location in the heart of Jakarta
  • 5-star facilities including pool, gym, bar and restaurant
  • Well-appointed rooms and friendly staff

*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.

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