Home City to Bali Airport
Your exotic journey to Bali begins as you board your international flight and check in hotel & day will leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Situated in the tropics close to the equator, Bali is part of the Indonesian archipelago, but has always retained a unique identity. Balinese Hinduism, which has its roots in Indian Hinduism and Buddhism, is the predominant religion and shapes much of the island's life and culture.
An estimated 20,000 temples and shrines scatter the island and colorful religious ceremonies can regularly be seen. Upon arrival, we transfer to our boutique Balinese hotel in the town of Ubud, located in the interior of the island. After time to relax and acclimatize, we enjoy a welcome dinner accompanied by a traditional cultural show performed in front of a temple dedicated to the goddess of learning.
Ubud is one of the settings of Elizabeth Gilbert's novel Eat, Pray, Love, and it is easy to see its attraction and ability to create positive energy. Set amid beautiful countryside, it is the cultural heart of Bali, and its center is a delight to explore with numerous temples, shops, restaurants and art galleries.
In the morning, we take a leisure walking tour around Ubud town center, exploring its vibrant art scene. Originally a complacent village in the 1920s, Ubud grew into a charming small town overflowing with exquisite architectural beauty, arts, and craft stalls. The picturesque landscapes, streams and rice fields surrounding the town enticed European painters such as Walter Spies and Rudolf Bonnet to settle there, creating an influx of arts funding. Inevitably, the cultural richness attracted local painters, carvers, woodworkers, and performers.
We then continue to the nearby village of Batuan, famed for its 1,000-year-old temple designed in a traditional Balinese style and learn how the locals worship. Following lunch in a traditional restaurant overlooking a stunning intimate river setting, we travel to the Monkey Forest, a nature reserve home to three Holy Monkey Temples and hundreds of long-tailed macaque monkeys. Not only is the Monkey Forest sacred in itself for the villagers, but it is their belief that the animal is a fundamental part of their spiritual lives as it guards the temple site against evil spirits. We step into the cooling lush jungle sanctuary made up of 115 tree species and enjoy the company of cheeky macaques all vying for attention and food.
Our next stop is the village of Mas, internationally famed for its wood carving. In this artistic countryside, we visit a gallery where we will have the opportunity to learn about this traditional art form. Later, we return to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
Following breakfast, we set out for a full-day excursion to visit some of the island's most iconic attractions. Our first stop is at the Tampak Siring Temple, a temple fed by local springs and a place to come to cleanse the soul. You will have the opportunity to take part in a traditional purification ceremony in the bathing spot used by Balinese for more than a thousand years for good health and prosperity. The spring water, considered holy by the Balinese and Hindu people and believed to have the power to cure, is believed to be connected to the sacred waters of India's River Ganges.
We continue with a special visit to a coffee plantation to learn about the cultivation process of Kopi Luwak, also known as 'Civet Coffee,' and enjoy a tasting of this unique brew that is often called the world's most expensive coffee. Kopi Luwak is a blend of Arabica, Robusta, Liberica, and Excelsa, and is produced in the Indonesian Archipelago. Being the rarest coffee in the world, only 500 to 700 kg are produced annually, selling from $100 to $600 per pound.
From there, we travel upwards to Kintamani, a beautiful panorama area set on the rim of the active Mount Batur volcano which has erupted around 25 times since 1800. We enjoy a lunch served with spectacular views across the caldera overlooking Lake Batur, Bali's largest lake which functions as an irrigation source to farmers. Afterward, we continue onward to Purah Besakih Temple, an artistic and unique complex set on the slopes of Mount Agung. Known as the Mother Temple, this largest, holiest and most important temple in Bali is surrounded by breathtaking and scenic rice paddies, hills, mountains streams and more. There will be ample time to explore the vast temple and learn of its significance before returning to Ubud. Enjoy dinner tonight on your own.
As an undoubted highlight of the tour, we enjoy a very special day as guests in a local village. The Balinese are noted for their hospitality, and you will be warmly welcomed into a local village. Local families will offer insights into their way of life including farming, music, coffee roasting, and a cultural performance. There is also the opportunity to learn about and sample traditional Balinese cuisine as the villagers teach you about flavors and techniques in our cooking class.
Thanks to Bali's tropical climate and volcanic soil, the islanders possess year-round crops, and today we get a rare opportunity to learn about one of them. Located in the Tabana Province, the stunning Jatiluwih rice terraces are a timeless testimony to the Balinese rice farmers' love and respect for their land. Beautifully unfolding from the foot of the mountain until the coastal side, these verdant paddy fields have been named a UNESCO cultural landscape and are maintained by Subak, a traditional irrigation system that has been preserved for centuries. There will be time for a short walk to admire the dramatic landscape before we return back to the hotel.
A day at leisure. Ubud is the perfect place for weary travelers to restore their mental and physical well-being. With ornate Hindu temples, colorful offerings, and flowering trees on every street, you have today at leisure to enjoy its spiritual and tranquil atmosphere. Your boutique hotel in Ubud features many facilities such as the spa, yoga, and massage, and also provides a complimentary shuttle to Ubud town center. Explore and roam like a true vacationer without intention, or purchase beautiful batik sarongs and mementos of your stay. Alternatively, you may consider the following optional tours.
This morning we depart Ubud and head south to Bali's famous beaches.
We continue to the Pavilion of Justice, the Kerta Gosa, built during the early 18th century where villagers settled their disputes before the king and his ministries. As we explore this royal courthouse of the Klungkung kingdom, notice the intricately designed ceiling, elaborately painted in Klungkung style.
We have a delicious lunch at the Mahagiri Panoramic Restaurant and then visit the Goa Lawah, a cliff-side cave inhabited by hordes of bats and one of Bali's most important temples. Considered sacred by Hindu Balinese, this 'Bat Cave' was believed to have been created by an Indonesian saint around 1007, and local legend believes it hides a river of healing water and a giant snake king.
We arrive in Nusa Dua, check into our 5-star Balinese-style oceanfront resort and enjoy the remainder of our day at leisure. Nusa Dua, situated on the south of the island, is a perfect place for relaxation. This Asian paradise is surrounded by glorious white sandy beaches, lapped by warm, shallow waters and luscious green trees. There is a multitude of dining, shopping and leisure opportunities to maximize your experience at this non-chaotic tourist hub.
Enjoy a day of relaxation in your luxury beachfront resort or, depending on how the mood strikes you, go exploring on your own. Bali has something for everyone. Consider the following Recommended Do-It-Yourself (DIY) itinerary ideas for today. These tours and activities can easily be arranged on your own or you can find assistance at your hotel's tour desk. Your tour guide is also available to assist you with arrangements while you are in Bali.
Optional DIY- Taman Nusa Cultural Theme Park + Bali Safari
Your journey across Indonesia and her country of more than 17,000 islands in just one day start at the Taman Nusa, an Indonesian cultural theme center that offers comprehensive information in an attractive and interactive way. Situated on 15 hectares of land, this park features building designed to represent a various epoch in Indonesia's history, interactive exhibitions, beautiful temples and statues, elaborate performances, as well as the chance to experience modest village life in their traditional homes. When you're done, marvel in the breath-taking scenic cliff view overlooking the verdant rice terraces, lush jungle, and Melangit River.
Next, enjoy an adventure in Bali's best and highly-rated safari experience at the Bali Safari & Marine Park. Home to more than 60 species including the rare and endangered Komodo dragon, Orang-utan, and Bali Mynah, this journey allows you to come face-to-face with the animals as they approach your window side. This park is at the front line of wildlife conservation and actively ensures the future survival and well-being of the Indonesian animal species.
Recommended DIY- Kuta shopping and spaKuta, a loud and lively resort area known for surf waves, is a turquoise crescent bay backed by a rugged range of coastal hills spotted with lush palm trees. An area popular with the Australians, it is one of the first towns on Bali to see substantial tourist development. Enjoy time to browse the varied shops which range from high-end designer boutiques to small stalls selling handicrafts and souvenirs. Afterward, wind down with a visit to a local spa where you enjoy a wide choice of treatments, or revel in utter solitude by the majestic coastline.
Time at leisure to subsidiary question Bali. Take advantage of the measures offered by the hotel or believe to be the following recommended Do-It-Yourself (DIY) itinerary ideas for today. These tours and happenings can easily be arranged just roughly your own or you can locate opinion at your hotel's tour desk. Your tour guide is with to hand to tutelage uphill you taking into account arrangements even if you are in Bali.
Optional DIY High-Speed Ocean Rafting
Experience a risk-taking high-readiness cruise visiting the sights of Bali's three small sister islands; Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, and Nusa Ceningan. Traveling by tall promptness ocean raft, this trip offers the inadvertent to exaltation the startling limestone scenery, swim, snorkel and possibly ventilate some of the marine fauna which includes dolphins, whales, and manta rays.
Optional DIY Catamaran Cruise to Lembongan Island
Enjoy an enjoyable morning outing as you go concerning a fabulous Catamaran cruise to environment the startling Lembongan Island coastline. Learn more of the exotic marine computer graphics behind the handy ship crew as you soak taking place the sun upon deck and see the shining corals. Lembongan Island is not without help famed for its white sands and glowing aquamarine waters, but for the dispel glow that prevails apropos of the island. After a delicious lunch, you experience an exclusive cultural tour of the island and have the afternoon to enjoy the beach club, snorkel later a moot of fish, go surfing or diving, or take the time to relax in this tropical paradise.
Nusa Dua & Uluwatu
Another day enjoying Nusa Dua's relaxed ambiance before a memorable final night in Bali. You can also book our optional trip: Uluwatu trip, Kecak fire dance, and farewell dinner
Departure to Home City
Treasure the unforgettable memories you've made in Bali as you board your flight confirms quarters.