Hello Tour rating 4 stars Mr. Gagat was friendly, informative and a safe driver. Due to an injury, he was unable to guide us. At Prambanan, the substitute guide was a challenge to understand. The fish at the suggested restaurant was overcooked, but the ambience and staff were great. Unfortunately, heavy rain prevented the tour of Borobudur. Disappointing but a reason to visit again. We would consider Tours by Locals again.
Melissa KimUnited States
Our day with Gagat was the highlight of our trip to Indonesia. Gagat was prompt (early actually!), extremely knowledgable, and such a pleasure to spend a day with. Given the schedule that he's come up with, we had plenty of time to really take in all of the amazing temples, especially Borobudur, which was one of the most incredible places I've seen. All of the little things were great too- he had water for us, mobile wi-fi, and his car was really comfortable. Can't recommend this tour highly enough!
I booked a customised tour with Gagat. He arrived on time at the hotel, and provided information throughout the drive (his car was very clean, with water provided). He was knowledgeable and also gave us time to wander through Borobodor and Mendut. We we drove to our lunch destination (Pulen Kopi Ponti) the weather became inclement (torrential downpoor). We re-arranged another time with Gagat to visit Prambanan and Ratu Boko and again we had the same level of excellent service.
Ricky AndrewsNew Zealand
A Fantastic & Informative Guide. A Great Tour, Everything Worked Wonderfully & As Expected. Thank You.
Vic QuirosPhoenix, AZ, United States
Gagat was very knowledge able about the temple and Buddhist religion. He was fun and thoughtful. He had great music for us to listen to and also provided wifi in the car! He went out of his way to make us comfortable. He even gave me one of his avocados to take back on the ship and treated us to delicious fried casava (sp). He varied our route back to the ship to make the drive more interesting. I can not recommend him enough
Gagat was the best guide you could imagine to explore Yogyakarta and its surroundings! Friendly, on time, explained everything very well and in an interesting way (I've never been into religious stuff - but the way Gagat explained the story of Buddha at one of the big temples made the story interesting!) Would highly recommend his tour(s). Booking was smooth as silk and communication before and during our trips via WhatsApp made things much easier! Be sure to have an (iced) coffee with him! ;D
Gregorius was a wonderful guide. He was on time, had bottles of water ready, brought us to a local resto with cheap but delicious food, helped us save some money for the entrance fees in Prambanan temple (one of my kids didn't bring a school ID nor a copy of her passport but he managed to talk to the ticket counter to give us a discount). He was very thorough in his explanations and even called us by our first names (we were a group of 6), which made it more personalised. Highly recommended!
Alessandro CascinoUnited States
Everything was perfect with Gagat. The tour is the most you can se in Yogyakarta in 2 days. Gagat is very kind and always present, while leaving time for yourself when you need. He knows all the attractions and people in Yogya and provides detailed cultural and historical explanations. Strongly recommended!
Frederik van der VelpenNetherlands
We had a great day with Gagat visiting Prambanan and Borobudur. He was very professional and flexible. I would definitely recommend him.
Anita MendozaUnited States
Mei Chiek TaySingapore
Takashi OkamotoUnited States
Gagat was very knowledgeable and taught us about the various historical facts, you would otherwise not get from just seeing the sites. In addition, the lunch location was quiet, relaxing and the food was authentic and delicious!
Gagat was the best guide I've ever worked with. He has a great knowledge on the places where we visited; while we were visiting Borobudur, Prambanan and Plaosan he explained every little detail about the temples, sculptures etc. He made our tour unforgettable. Besides his knowledge, he was a very kind and helpful person. I strongly recommend him to everyone. He is one of the best guides and also friends you can ever find. Thanks a lot! Mehmet
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My dear Mehmet and Cagla, Thank you for your kind appreciation. I am very happy that I have the opportunity to meet with you, in your honeymoon trip. It was a blessing. Best wishes on the wonderful journey, as you build your new lives together.
Teck Leong LauMalaysia
Aug 2018, me/wife when for a leisure trip to Yogyakarta. Our tour guide is Mr Gagat. We have a wonderful holiday in Jogja. Gagat speak very good English, very thoughtful/flexible/friendly. He always be there early. Gagat accompany us trough out the entire journey and explain the history and culture of the visited places (very knowledgeable). He pick us up from airport with a very clean, new and comfortable MPV, with wifi. We feel very safe on the entire journey. A very enjoyable & good value for trip. :)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Andrew and Huey Ling, Thank you for your kind appreciation. What I really remember from our trip is the laughing. Thank you for it, it really made my days! Stay healthy! There are more in Yogyakarta to be explored with me :)
Gary GrenusUnited States
Gagat was patient and accommodating. He was dynamic about making adjustments to fit the needs of the group. His English was good and had good knowledge of the sites we saw. If I were to travel back to Java I would surely use his services again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Gary, Namaste! Thank you very much for your kind appreciation. I am also glad that we can make sure that the needs of your group of 12 people are delivered. Please do come again to Borobudur with another yoga meditation group.
Paul WainwrightUnited Kingdom
Excellent tour with Gagat. He made some complex stories around Buddhism and Hinduism really interesting and really encouraged us to ask questions. Gagat is a great guide and we never felt rushed or unable to spend as long as we needed on the tour. I would highly recommend to anyone and this tour was definitely the highlight of our trip to Java.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the appreciation, Paul. It was really a fun day for me. I look forward to having a yoga session at Borobudur Temple with you and the family, again :)
Harris LegomeUnited States
A very nice day and great tour. Cold water was provided and The car had WiFi which was a nice touch. I'd recommend this tour highly. Gregorius was fantastic!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind appreciation, Harris. It was a fun day for me, too
Ger De RuijterNetherlands
Gagat showed us during 2 days the very beautifull monuments in Yogyakarta region like the Borobudur at sunrise and the Prambanan. Also the Sultans Kraton, Waterpalace, village Candirejo and coffee plantation was visited. Gagat is very flexible as we arranged this custom made tour, 1 week upfront. We were very happy with Gagat knowledge, expertise and explanations. Also his kindness and attention on details was great!! Gagat thanks again for unforgettable days in Java!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hallo Ger, Bonjour! Alstublieft - Je vous en prie Thank you very much for your kind appreciation to my service. I am glad to hear that you and your family are happy when in Yogyakarta. Take care - prends soin - voor jezelf zorgen
Charlotte SwalefUnited Kingdom
Out of all the tour guides we had along our trip in Indonesia, Gagat was by far the best. With his knowledge of the temples and the city, as well as his friendliness, he really made the experience worthwhile. His English is also great, which really helped us understand the culture and history of the different things we saw. Definitely recommend Gagat's tour to anyone who wants to see Yogyakarta's beautiful sites! :)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Charlotte, Thank you very much for your kind appreciation to my service, and also to the beauty of the culture and the people of Yogyakarta/Indonesia. Take care....
Ekaterina LychkoUnited States
Gagat is very knowledgeable and his English is very proficient. He catered to our wishes while on the tour. As happy as we are with guide services, I would not recommend doing some of the activities that we chose to do on our tour (specifically, cave tubing and Jeep lava tour) due to their remote location and lack of the "wow" factor. I would strongly recommend visiting the temples (Prambanan and Borobudur), and Gagat will be excellent in giving you full information about these monuments.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Katya, Thank you for your trust in me to e your visit in Yogyakarta. I am glad that you are happy with my service. I wish you good luck with your plan to make visit to 100 and more countries.
Jason BrodskyUnited States
Gagat was professsional and put together a custom tour that fit in everything I wanted to see. He's very knowledgeable and I'm glad we were paired up. Thanks for the great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks to you, Jason. It was really a great day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Lina
Charles T.United States
Gagat was on time, showed us all of the sites on the itinerary, and helped me considerably by pushing my wife's wheelchair. His English is excellent and he is very personable. I highly recommend him as a guide for Semarang.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind appreciation, Charles. It's really a pleasure for me to show the beauty of my country/city, especially to you and Jane who have a great interest in it.
All four of us really enjoyed the tour to Borobudur with Gagat. He took extra time to help us buy local fruit and coffee. He introduced us to salak, a fruit we had never before tasted. That always enriches our experience. I have one suggestion: it would have been helpful if Gagat had provided us some written information, maybe a pamphlet, so that we could have read about Borobudur on the long drive there. It would also have come in handy as reference material later. It's so hard to retain info in the heat
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was really a fun time for me as well. And I am so very happy to know that you like our local fruits and coffee. I thank you for your kind suggestions, I will prepare it for the guests.
James GoyenaUnited States
A very personable guide who is very efficient, knowledgeable and flexible. He makes sure me meets the expectations of his customers (where most of the time he exceeds) in making the trip memorable! Me and my friend really enjoyed our short trip. Thanks Gagat!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi James... thank you for your kind review. It's been a great time for me, as well. I look forward to welcome you (again) in Yogyakarta ��
We worked with Gagat to come up with a two day tour that went perfectly. Gagat is an experienced & knowledgeable guide. He is friendly, personable & happy to show off his beautiful country. Don't hesitate to book him as your guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Paul and Michael, Thank you very much for your rating. I always trying to do all my best to meet my guests' expectations. I must admit, though, that you are very easy to work with. Thank you, again