Cycling the Borobudur Trails

Cycling the Borobudur Trails

A region that has been visited by many but not in the way we are offering it. Cycling around the
famous Borobudur includes seeing this UNESCO landmark in the heart of Java as well as
exploring the untouched countryside with its very hospitable locals.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Java’s former stronghold and created to symbolize the universe in Buddhist cosmology, all the superlatives one reads about the Borobudur are actually true. To date, this UNESCO-protected complex remains the most spectacular and world’s biggest Buddhist monument after it was rediscovered while being buried under layers of volcanic ash.

It is not uncommon that visitors want to see the Borobudur more than once as each moment of the day puts this architectural marvel in a new light. Cycling around the Borobudur does not only show you how stunning this temple is constructed near the Menoreh Mountains but also how local communities use this Javanese landmark as the background while tending to their animals and crop.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Cycling the Borobudur Trails

08:30 - 14:30

From your hotel, we head to the starting point of this cycling venture; the nostalgia of the good old days around Yogyakarta remains almost tangible, as we use more traditional bicycles. Not only visiting the Borobudur will be one of the highlights but once sitting on the saddle and following your English speaking guide and trail leader, the fertile rolling plains between the Merapi and Sumbing Mount will show the hidden, local and welcoming local sights of Java.

Locals will smile and wave to you as we follow sometimes off-the-beaten-track paths to reach verdant-green rice paddy fields, swaying palm trees, and tropical fruit plantations.  To get fully immersed, your cycling guide will plan sufficient stops to take pictures or to witness the daily lives of the Javanese in villages such as Gerabah. The ancient traditions of handicraft will also pass the revue, all in sight of the magnificence of the Borobudur. Ample time will be spent at the temple complex, constructed around 800 AD and represents the devotion and human endeavours to Buddhism in the past when this belief ruled the plains of former Java.

Once we explored the sights, sounds and smells of this part of Java, it is time to head back to Yogyakarta and your booked hotel. We expect to be back at around 2.30 pm, giving you ample time to relax or further explore the wonders of what Yogyakarta has in store.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide
  • Use of a well-maintained bicycle during the tour, complete with helmet
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in downtown Yogyakarta. Transfers outside these areas, including the Borobudur and Prambanan regions, and Yogyakarta’s International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions
  • Customers booking this leisurely bicycle tour may expect some light hills, unequal terrain and/or some bike carrying along the way.
  • A minimal degree of fitness may be needed to enjoy this excursion to the fullest. This bicycle tour is a recreational one and includes various stops.
  • It is recommendable to provide your height for proper bike size at time of the booking.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • Royal temples and palaces uphold a very strict dress code: it is essential that you dress appropriately during this excursion by wearing clothes that cover shoulders and fall below the knees.
  • Customers wearing shirts with obscene and disrespectful prints and pictures and brightly-coloured clothing may be refused entrance.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • This tour is only operated in the morning.

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