Semarang, Java, Indonesia
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Approximately 5½ hours
Don't miss Semarang's most popular attractions. Starting from the pier, you will travel to Joglo Hill -- it is a scenic 60-minute drive through the Ungaran Highland, rice paddies and villages.
You'll take a break at the Joglo Hill traditional-style hill resort set in a tropical garden, and enjoy a refreshment of Javanese coffee or tea served with traditional rice cakes, crackers and seasonal fruits. The villas are from Joglo and there are traditional Javanese buildings collected from all over the island of Java. You are also invited to inspect the villa owner's collection of antiques.
Visit a Batik workshop before continuing to Sam Po Kong (Gedung Batu), a unique temple built in honor of the famous Chinese Admiral, Zheng He. Inside the temple are many outstanding stone carvings and sculptures, as well as several shrines and tombs. Visit Greja Blenduk, the oldest church in central Java dating back to 1753. It is built in the shape of a Greek cross, and the interior of this imposing protestant Dutch church is dominated by an enormous Baroque organ and pulpit. Although the organ was never restored and is no longer working, it stands as a quiet reminder of the church's rather glorious past.
Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and light clothing; bring a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.