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Semarang (Java), Indonesia-port

Semarang is a city on the north coast of the island of Java, Indonesia. A major port during the Dutch colonial era, the city is known in Indonesia for its large ethnically Chinese population. Today, Semarang is a commercial port and administrative capital of Central Java. More a business center than a city for tourists, it is, however, an excellent gateway to the mountainous interior of Central Java and only some 60 miles away from world-famous Borobudur.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

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  • Highlights of Semarang
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Semarang & Ancient Hilltop Temples
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMeal

Highlights of Semarang

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 5 hours

Tour Code: SEM-003

This tour provides a wonderful opportunity to see some of Semarang's most popular attractions while allowing time to shop for locally crafted souvenirs. Starting from the pier, you will first visit Semarang Old City with stop a at the beautiful Greja Blenduk, the oldest church in central Java, dating back to 1753. Built in the shape of a Greek cross, the interior of this imposing protestant Dutch church is dominated by an enormous baroque organ and pulpit. Although the organ was never able to be restored and is no longer working, it stands as a quiet reminder of the Church's glorious past.

Other sites that you will visit are Sam Poo Kong, a unique Chinese Muslim Temple, representing both religions. The imposing temple was built in honour of the Muslim Eunuch Admiral Chen Ho of the Ming Dynasty. He led the Chinese fleets during their forays throughout Asia and Java in the 15th century. The temple is well known now as the Building of Stone is because it shaped like a large stone cave located amongst the hill.

Continue on to Central Java Grand Mosque which is located in Gajah Raya Street, Semarang, Central Java, was opened 11 November 2006 and has now become a Moslem pride since the world has known of its existence.

Next you will continue to Vihara Mahavira passing Simpang square, Tugu Muda Monument (Youth Monument): a candle-shape monument commemorating Semarang's five days battle against the Japanese military in October 1945. Visit Vihara Mahavira, while enjoying the local snack before returning to the harbour where you will rejoin the ship.

Please note: Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.