Touring Kota Gede by Becak

Touring Kota Gede
by Becak

Exploration by Becak gives a new perspective when Yogyakarta is on your list of destinations
to visit. The historical and cultural highlights are visited in half a day while your
driver seamlessly navigates through traffic and to the city’s famed sights.

WHY THIS TOUR?

What is more Yogyakarta than a Becak?

The local name of a rickshaw is a very familiar means of transportation in this city and one will soon see many residents being driven around to get from point A to B.

The Becak offers space for two persons, although tight, and are ideal pedalled-powered – and environmentally-friendly – vehicles that offer unobstructed views above the clear blue sky. For this morning tour through and around Kota Gede, we hop on one and see the marvels of days gone by.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Touring Kota Gede by Becak

08:00 - 12:30

Our tour commences at Kota Gede, one of the more upmarket areas of the city. It has been the beating heart of the sliver industry since the 1930s and still bears landmarks that refer to its former days as the capital of the Mataram Kingdom. The founding father of Kota Gede – Panembahan Senopati – places the first stone in 1582 and still has the feeling of a stand-alone community within greater Yogyakarta. One of the interesting sights we will pass by the oldest mosque in the region, and the Bumen Village and Kembang Waru, where traditional techniques are used for baking bread. A stop at the Pasar Gede (or Pasar Legi) local market cannot be skipped. The street is lined up with silver shops and ateliers, showcasing the craftsmanship of local artisans.

From here, we head down to the Royal Cemetery (closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays). There are a few places that are considered sacred and one of these places is where the remains of the first King of Mataram and his family are laid to rest. Proper, Javanese dress code is compulsory but we will make sure that you will be dressed appropriately to enter this place of serenity, pilgrimage and where locals tend to find a moment of peace. The history behind the cemetery is rather interesting that has made an impact on the development of Yogyakarta nowadays so we would not like to skip this part.

Finally, our Becak driver for the morning makes a stop at a Joglo – a traditional, vernacular house that is a common design among Javanese families and still represents Javanese culture and its way of living. The word comes from the shape of the roof which represented in the older days the economic and social status of a family. Our day regretfully comes to an end and we drive you back to your downtown Yogyakarta hotel.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide
  • Use of Becak for half a day with driver
  • 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. 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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