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Pedalling Through Yogya’s Kota Gede

Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Pedalling Through Yogya’s Kota Gede

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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Yogyakarta is famous for its UNESCO-listed temples but most visitors only take in the top attractions. This half-day bike tour will whisk you away from the tourist trail to explore the atmospheric neighborhood of Kota Gede, and the traditional villages of Bumen and Kembang Waru. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • 4.5-hour bike tour of Kota Gede from Yogyakarta
  • Experience local life in the historic district of Kota Gede
  • Visit Kota Gede mosque, the Royal Cemetery, and a traditional ‘Joglo’
  • Shop for handicrafts and local specialties in the villages of Bumen and Kembang Waru
  • Easy level tour suitable for participants of average fitness
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pickup, entrance fees, and bike rental
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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 taxes and service fees included
All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description
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
Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement
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 outside the general area
Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included
Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

8:00 AM
Your tour begins with an early morning pickup from your Yogyakarta hotel in time for an 8am departure. After being matched with a suitable bike, saddle up for a leisurely 4-hour bike ride to Kota Gede.

See a different side to Yogyakarta, as you pedal through the residential districts, stopping to admire historic monuments and beautiful colonial architecture along the way. Pass through the villages of Bumen and Kembang Waru, where you’ll have chance to browse the handicrafts shops or sample local specialties (own expense) such as bread baked in the shape of a hibiscus flower.

On arrival in Kota Gede, listen as your guide tells you the fascinating history of the neighborhood, which is both an important Islamic center and famous for its silver industry. Stop to admire the Kota Gede mosque, one of the oldest in the city, dating back to 1575, before continuing to the main attraction – the Royal Cemetery. Before heading inside, you’ll be required to don a traditional Javanese dress (included) – a sign of respect for those buried in the grand cemetery, most importantly the King of Mataram and his family.

On the way back to the city center, stop to admire a ‘Joglo’ – a traditional Javanese house that blends colonial architecture with typical Indonesian design.

At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel.
Stop At:  
Kota Gede
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.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Pasar Legi Kota Gede
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.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jogjakarta Royal Family Cemetery
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.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
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.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • A minimal degree of fitness may be needed to enjoy this excursion to the fullest
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Customers booking this leisurely bicycle tour may expect some light hills, unequal terrain and/or some bike carrying along the way
  • 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
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Asian Trails LTD
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Pedalling Through Yogya’s Kota Gede?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by Pedalling Through Yogya’s Kota Gede.
    What is the policy on sanitization during Pedalling Through Yogya’s Kota Gede?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Pedalling Through Yogya’s Kota Gede.
    What is the social distancing policy during Pedalling Through Yogya’s Kota Gede?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Pedalling Through Yogya’s Kota Gede.
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Pedalling Through Yogya’s Kota Gede?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Pedalling Through Yogya’s Kota Gede.

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