Semarang, Java, Indonesia
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Approximately 6 Hours
Guests who wish to remain closer to the ship during the call at Semarang may enjoy this shorter tour of Semarang. Begin by driving to the Sam Po Kong Chinese temple, built to honor Sam Po Thay Jin—a Chinese emissary who landed in Semarang in 1401. Here, you can see an interesting combination of Chinese and Muslim cultures. This temple also offers the optional services of its resident fortune-teller. The fortune-teller will "read" your future in exchange for a small tip.
Enjoy refreshment of Javanese coffee or tea served with a snack of traditional rice cakes, crackers and seasonal fruits at Joglo Hill, a traditional style hill resort set in a tropical garden. The villas here are traditional Javanese building collected from all over the island of Java
You are invited to view the antique collections of the owner of one of the villas.
You will also stop at a local Batik shop (traditional Indonesian cloth) to observe a demonstration of the intricate Batik making process.
The return drive to the port passes through the scenic Gombel Highlands with panoramic views of Semarang and the Old Town. As you drive through the Old Town, your guide will point out the Gereja Blenduk and other buildings remaining from the Dutch colonial era.