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Villages of Yogyakarta - Yogyakarta
Villages of Yogyakarta - Yogyakarta

Villages of Yogyakarta - Yogyakarta

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The surrounding villages of Yogyakarta present a wealth of tradition, craft and a true taste of the Mataram Kingdoms of old. This day trip will allow you to visit villages that maintain Kraton traditions of Batik, the creation of the Wayang Kulit (Shadow Puppet) and a bicycle tour of the former capital of the Mataram Kingdom - Kota Gede. Gain an insight into the rebuilding of villages that were devastated in the 2006 Volcanic eruptions.



After an early breakfast, depart from the Hotel for a 30-minute drive to the northern gates of the charming village of Kotagede which retains some of Central Java’s best examples of traditional Javanese architecture; and is known as the Silver Village due to the concentration of artisans. On arrival to the village, you will take a short bicycle ride through the laneways to a master baker’s house so you can sample Kembang Waru – a type of cookie only sold in Kotagede and made in rudimentary conditions. Continue by bicycle to the central traditional market where you will take a tour of this bustling location once the main market in the area. Resume your leisurely cycling, arriving at the oldest mosque in Yogyakarta (1575) where you don Javanese dress, a sign of respect for the former kings and then on to the Royal Cemetery of the First King of the Mataram Kingdom.

Take a walking tour of the linking laneways to discover the ‘Kalang’ style architecture which is indigenous to Kota Gede – a combination of Javanese and Colonial styles.

Enjoy lunch at a local joglo style house before cycling to your starting point, returning to your vehicle and travelling to the village of Pucung where they use a particular technique for making and painting on buffalo hides to make the shadow puppet or Wayang Kulit. These techniques have been passed down from generation to generation – often from a very early age – also a great insight into rural village life.                    

Continue to the artisan Batik Village of Giriloyo where this UNESCO listed tradition dates back over a century where you will enjoy a demonstration of Batik methods and learn more about the motifs of the area.

Finally return to Yogyakarta via Kasongan village. Situated in a low mountainous area, Kasongan is home to a group of kundis, the local word for potters who make earthenware jugs. You’ll see the ceramic-making process from kneading to shaping, drying and burning: a great place for local artisan purchases.

Return to your hotel late afternoon. (L)

This tour enables products bought to directly benefit the local artisan community.


Price : Please contact us for pricing.


Our Services Include:

  • Transportation with driver by private air conditioned vehicle with cool towel and water provided in the car.
  • Service of English/French/German/Dutch/Spanish speaking local guide.
  • All entrance fees and activities as mentioned.
  • Meals as specified (L=Lunch).
  • Old Dutch style Bicycle.


Our Services Do Not Include:

  • Other meals than mentioned.
  • Other services than mentioned.
  • Personal travel Insurance.
  • Tips at cemetery personal expenses, drinks, and other items.
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the Package Inclusion above.

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