Pedalling Through Yogya’s Kota Gede

Pedalling Through
Yogya’s Kota Gede

A different perspective presents itself once you cycle from one Yogyakarta sight to another.
With this half-day of meandering through streets and alleys heading towards markets
and a royal resting place, true Yogyakarta comes alive from your bike.

WHY THIS TOUR?

While you may see Becaks crisscrossing through traffic in Yogyakarta as the traditional means to get from point A to B, we will venture out on classical and well-maintained bicycles to get more into the back alleys and sights that are often forgotten.

For 4 fours, you will find yourself paddling from local markets to traditional resting places of the royals and Javanese houses that have stood the time.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Pedalling Through Yogya’s Kota Gede

08:00 - 12:30

After preparing your bicycle and the safety briefing from your Yogyakarta trail leader, we’re off for a rewarding view of Yogyakarta. We head out to the historical sites that surround Kota Gede. This historical neighbourhood has gained name and fame not only in Indonesia but also beyond its borders for its silver industry since the first artists and silversmiths opened their atelier in the 1930s. Before that, Kota Gede was the first capital of the Islamic Mataram Kingdom, founded by Panembahan Senopati in 1582. We weave through the village of Bumen and Kembang Waru – known for its bakeries in making locally-favoured, and often shaped like hibiscus flowers, bread to the Pasar Gede. Also known as the Pasar Legi, you will have time to browse through the displayed merchandise, meet some of the shopkeepers and search for some handmade treasures or souvenirs.

As we move slowly out of the city, we pass one of the oldest mosques in Kota Gede, built in 1575, which still is a place for worship for the local community; we head out to the Royal Cemetery, a few kilometres outside the city centre. The Imogiri is the official cemetery of the first King of Mataram and his family and still bears a very important place in the lives of the Javanese. Entrance to the cemetery has strict regulations in terms of dress code – all visitors must wear the traditional Javanese dress which is included in the price before entering these highly respected grounds.

The road back to your hotel passes an excellent example of a Joglo, a typical Javanese house where one can see how once colonial architecture was blended while maintaining the highest respect for the Indonesian style of constructing houses. We end the tour at your hotel lobby where you can look back at a relaxing yet highly interesting tour through Yogyakarta’s rich history and cultural values.

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
  • Drinking water, tea, coffee and snack en route
  • Javanese dress rental at the Royal Cemetery
  • 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. This tour only is operational during the opening of the Royal Cemetery (closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays).
  • As this is an essential part of the tour, we regret that we cannot offer a suitable alternative during these days. Revised operational programs may take place during the Holy month of Ramadan.

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