Jakarta is the capital and largest city of Indonesia, located on the northwest coast of Java. It is sprawling with shopping malls and traditional markets, and is known for its inexpensive, but fair quality textile and fashion products. Don’t miss the Istiqlal Mosque, the largest in Southeast Asia, and the National Monument in Merdeka Square. Visit the National Museum to learn more about the cultural heritage of Indonesia.

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  • Chinatown City Walk

    Your coach transfers you from the harbor to the gate of China Town, just outside the Old City of Kota Tua, in Central Jakarta. Here, you’ll start an approximately 2.5-hours walking tour through the usually crowded wet market to the Chinese Taoist Temple and Fatahilla Square. Along the way, you will discover many aspects of the daily life of its residents and historic facts of the area. It is not as touristy as other Chinatowns you might have visited, but a functioning residential area of Chinese ethnicity.

    Glodok is Jakarta's Chinatown with a huge Chinese population which started immigrating to the city around the 17th century, when Jakarta was called Batavia. After thousands of Chinese were massacred by the Dutch around 1741 and the rest expelled from the walled city, they settled outside the city walls in an area called Glodok. Jakarta’s Chinatown is now the largest in Indonesia and one of the oldest in the region.

    The Chinese are well known for their trading skill and have always played an important role in Jakarta's economy. Today, Glodok is where the local Chinese come to get their daily groceries at the wet market and food stalls.

    Your walk takes you to Vihara Dharma Bhakti (Chinese temple), one of the most interesting sites in Glodok. It has several shrines dedicated to different Taoist Gods and Goddesses, as well as one dedicated to Buddha. Originally built in 1650 and destroyed in 1740 during the Batavia massacres, it is one of the oldest Chinese temples in Jakarta. The present building was re-built in 1755 and offers a peaceful setting for the Chinese to come pray.

    Continue your walk to Fatahillah Square the administrative center of old Batavia. See the splendid city hall, from where the immense Asian trading empire was controlled as well as other historic buildings. Most buildings around the square have been restored in an effort to preserve Jakarta’s historic sites, and many of the buildings have been converted into museums.

    From this point, you’ll rejoin your coach for the return drive to the harbor.

    Please note: This tour involves approximately 2.5- hours of walking, on mostly level surfaces and some steps. Weather appropriate clothing; adequate sun protection; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Beautiful Indonesiaminiature Park

    The best way to see Indonesia’s archipelago in a day is to visit Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, literally translated as Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park. All of the islands are faithfully reproduced in small scale, in and around a central lake, showcasing exact replicas of the regional architecture of Indonesia’s 27 provinces. Each pavilion displays the diverse province’s cultural items.

    In addition to the pavilions, there is an orchid garden with hundreds of native varieties, a bird park with a walk-in aviary, a fauna museum and recreational grounds. All set in an area covering approximately 250 acres. The Museum of Indonesia is of special interest, as well as cultural performances and local delicacies typical of the different provinces.

    After an approximately one hour drive from the port to the south of Jakarta, you will reach Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park. The park was the special project of former Indonesian first lady, Siti Hartinah, who dreamed to bring the diversity and richness of her country to all of the Indonesian people. Get a glimpse of the diverseness found in the Indonesian archipelago, all in approximately 2.5 –hours.

    Start with a visit of the Museum of Indonesia, a richly decorated building housing contemporary arts, crafts and traditional costumes from the different regions of the country. Then, follow your guide around the park and visit a couple of the many pavilions, which will give you a great insight of Indonesia’s culture.

    Please note: This tour involves approximately 2.5- hours of walking, on mostly level surfaces and some steps. Weather appropriate clothing; adequate sun protection; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Old Batavia

    The city of Jakarta has gone through several different names through its history, which dates back to the 4th century CE. Today, you’ll discover the highlights of Old Batavia, as it was known between the years 1619-1949 while ruled by the Dutch, and some of its historical aspects.

    A scenic drive takes you to the heart of Jakarta, stopping at Sunda Kelapa Old Harbor, better known as Pasar Ikan (meaning fish market) which is located at the mouth of the Ciliwung River. The streets leading to the port used to be lined with shops selling all sorts of seafood and everything a seafarer and their vessels might need. The catch of the day was auctioned in the early morning at the old fish market. During the 15th century, it was also a very important trading port between the kingdom of Pajajaran and Portugal. Although there is not much left of the old port, the port itself is still very active with sailing vessels from all over the country, bringing in timber, coal and spices. It is definitely a must see sight for visitors to Jakarta and a great photo opportunity.

    Your tour continues to Fatahillah Square, the administrative center of old Batavia; close to, but far enough from the bustling atmosphere of the old port. See the splendid city hall, from where the immense Asian trading empire was controlled as well as other historic buildings. Most buildings around the square have been restored in an effort to preserve Jakarta’s historic sites, and many of the buildings have been converted into museums. Today you’ll visit either the Puppet Museum or the Bank of Indonesia Museum, depending on availability.

    The Wayang, or Puppet Museum resides in a beautiful Neo-Renaissance style building. Puppetry is an integral part of Indonesian culture and the museum preserves the puppet culture from all over the world, not just Indonesia. It houses one of the best collections of wayang in all of Java, as well as all over Asia and Europe.

    The elegant building of The Bank of Indonesia Museum dates back to 1828 and its neo-classical architecture mixed with Indonesian features gives it a distinct and elegant look. One of the most modern museums in Indonesia, it provides information on the role of the central bank in the nation’s long history; all presented with the latest technology and multi-media.

    After exploring the square and one of its interesting museums, you’ll rejoin your coach for the return to the harbor, enjoying more of the highlights of the city.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking/standing and some steps. Weather appropriate clothing; adequate sun protection; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Jakarta Sightseeing

    Explore some of the more modern aspects of Jakarta on this tour that highlights its most iconic sites. After leaving the pier, head to the city for an orientation drive passing some of its more modern aspects. See iconic sites such as the Cathedral Church, standing side by side the Istiqlal Mosque; the largest mosque in Southeast Asia.

    Istiqlal Mosque or Independence Mosque is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia. It was built to commemorate Indonesia’s independence as its name "Istiqlal" (Arabic word menaing "independence") indicates. The mosque is positioned next to Merdeka Square and the Jakarta Cathedral.

    Continue your drive passing in front of The Presidential Palace, and stopping for photos in front of the National Monument or "Monas" as it is popularly called. It is one of the monuments built during the Sukarno era of fierce nationalism. This 137-meter marble obelisk, crowned by a flame gilded in 50kg gold, is the proud centerpiece of Freedom Square. It stands as a constant reminder of the people's determination to achieve freedom, culminating with the proclamation of Independence in August 1945.

    A visit to the National Museum introduces you to the life of Indonesia’s various ethnic groups. It offers its visitors a rich diversity of historical, prehistoric, archaeological and ethnographic facts. The museum houses a wealth of artifacts and relics, including one of the most complete collections of bronzes and ceramics dating back to the Han, Tang and Ming Dynasties and collections of cultural instruments, household utensils, and arts and crafts.

    At the end of your visit, you’ll return to the port and your waiting ship.

    Please note: Weather appropriate clothing; adequate sun protection; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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