Kraton & Taman Sari Tour

A Brief History of Java

$15.00 per guest
Hosted by Yulia Ningrum


  • A summary understanding of the rich and diverse history of Java
  • Explore the Sultan Palace and Water Palace led by Yulia, your local guide who also happens to be a history buff and a history writer
  • Get a deep understanding of the local Javanese customs, traditions and heritage
  • Guests have remarked that this is a good starter tour to Yogyakarta

Inclusive of:

  • Entrance to Kraton (Sultan Palace)
  • Entrance to Taman Sari (Water Castle)
  • Certified guide fluent in English and German
  • Guided tour of Sultan Palace and Water Castle

Not Inclusive of:

  • Meals
  • Pick-up and drop-off service within Yogyakarta (can be included at additional cost)
5 Out of 5
5 Reviews
Spring Zephyr Indonesia
12 Aug, 2018

We did a few tours with Backstreet. The evening food tour and the Kraton Water Palace. Rama also accompanied us on an ar...

Bjoern Ostertag Germany
20 Jun, 2018

We met in the late morning for the tour and walked around the Kraton. Yulia gave us fact information from the first minu...

$US 15.00 per guest
5 hours
1 - 10 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

More About This Experience

The fabric of Java boasts a dazzling array of multi-colored, multi-textured and multi-patterned history from the time of the first empire's dominion over the island. Since that ancient era, Java has bared witness to the rise and fall of numerous empires, sung to the tune of the world's major religions (Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic), staged spectacular wars and annexations, flamed stories of love and betrayal and of mystical powers and beings - in short, Java has seen it all. What is most fascinating is that the lineage of these ancient rulers and empires still continue to this day in the manifestation of the existing rule of the Sultanate in Yogyakarta and what better way to experience this than with a trip to the Keraton (Sultan Palace). The Kraton stands at the center of Javanese culture, a living museum that attests to both its past influence and present day relevance. It is at the heart of the preservation and development of Javanese culture where ceremonial rites and traditions are followed almost religiously today as it was in years past. Furthermore, its efforts at sustaining an imperishable culture is apparent to visitors in its weekly scheduled Sunday performances of the Gamelan orchestra and traditional Javanese dances, in the poetry readings and puppet shows held regularly within the grounds of the palace open to visitors. Other sites that allow a deeper understanding of the history of Java include the famous Taman Sari or Water Palace and the royal cemetery in Kotagede. The tour is designed to give you a condensed and digestible journey through Javanese history. Our guide Yulia is a keen history writer, having done extensive research on Javanese history for a book she wrote. As a result she is well equipped, to give you a holistic picture of Javanese history.

Additional Information:

  • Pick-up location: Exact pick-up location address along with map direction will be sent to your email instantly after booking
  • To be at the meeting point 10 minutes before the booking time - Comfortable walking shoes, sun hat, sunglasses and water are recommended
  • The Kraton holds a weekly Performance and practice session Gamelan music - Mondays and Tuesdays - at 1000 - 1200 Shadow puppet show - Only on Saturdays - at 0900-1300 Traditional Dance Performances -

Upcoming availability

Thursday, August 22
Friday, August 23
Saturday, August 24

Your Local Host

Yulia Ningrum

Hi everyone, Selamat Datang (welcome to Indonesia). My name is Yulia or Julia and I have been working as a freelance guide for the last 4 years in Jogja. When Backstreet Academy first approached me about doing this...

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5 reviews from people who took this experience

Spring Zephyr Indonesia
12 Aug, 2018

We did a few tours with Backstreet. The evening food tour and the Kraton Water Palace. Rama also accompanied us on an archery course, more of that later. We couldn't have asked for a lovelier time. The food tour started with off with a meal, then it was snacks and we ended with coffee. We started off at the padang near the Sultan's palace and went down Malioboro street from one end to the other. It was colourful and gave us a glimpse into the Malioboro social life. There are places like Jonkers in Malacca, where it is fun to walk thru, but while Jonkers is almost entirely tourist-oriented, Malioboro, yes it has its touristy spots, but it is also a place where locals frequent. I enjoyed especially the make-shift sit down dinner places that get torn down and put up on a daily basis! And also the local street coffee scene - it has to be experienced. The Kraton water palace was another amazing experience. To see the ancient water palace with its sultan's building and the buildings for the queens and the royal children. The underground tunnels and the underground mosque. A unique sight. Lastly, the archery course. We did a session in appreciating how the bow is built. No easy task. Some of the simpler tasks were given to us to have a taste of it! And then in the afternoon, we attended the archery course. I don't want to spoil the surprise, but the sport of archery in Jogya is quite a unique one. Rama facilitated the process. Pak Agung, the archery master led us through the theory and then the young adults of the archery club took our thru our paces. We enjoyed so much our interaction with them, as we learnt the sport. This has been a very special trip and as we plan for our family trip to Danang, Vietnam this Dec with our 2 boys, we are hoping to get involved with Backstreet again!

Bjoern Ostertag Germany
20 Jun, 2018

We met in the late morning for the tour and walked around the Kraton. Yulia gave us fact information from the first minute and added a lot of side stories which made these facts memoraable. We walked over to the Water Palace and we got and imagination how beautiful this place has been in the past. We went for lunch together and talked a lot, so much background information which helped us to understand the country and society much better. As I asked for a place to buy some coffee she brought us to a small family business. Altogether time so well spent :-).

Jocelyn Wyatt Indonesia
30 Aug, 2017

I really enjoyed the tour of the Kraton (palace) and the nearby Water Palace. I was a bit intimidated by a 5 hour tour but in reality we spent about 2 1/2 hours visiting the Kraton and the Water Palace and then went to a coffee shop to chat. The tour was very informative and I learned a lot about Javanese history and culture. The Kraton and Water Palace are both beautiful and well worth a visit and I was so glad to have a guide to take me through.

US$ 15.00 per guest
5 Reviews