This tour provides a wonderful opportunity to see some of Semarang's most popular attractions.
Travel to Central Java to discover some of its highlights and stop at the Grand Mosque, located in Gajah Raya Street, for a photo opportunity. Semarang’s Old City is a silent witness to the history of Indonesia during the Dutch Colonial period; some of its 50 ancient buildings still stand.
Among the sites that you’ll visit is Sam Poo Kong, a unique temple where all religions and ethnicities are welcome to worship. The temple foundations were built by Admiral Chen Ho, a Muslim explorer of the Ming Dynasty. After the destruction of the original temple, by a massive landslide in 1704, the local community rebuilt it in the present location.
Your panoramic drive though the city takes you past Simpang Square and other landmarks on your way to Lawang Sewu (Thousand doors), a remarkable building also from Java's Dutch period which now serves as an administrative office. Continuing the colonial theme, you’ll stop for refreshments at one of the city’s restaurants located in a classic colonial building.
Visit 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.