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Day 1: Nov 05 Arrive in Denpasar
Welcome to Bali, Indonesia! Upon arrival, please make your own way to the hotel (individual arrival can be arranged at an extra cost).
The island of Bali lies in the east of Java and covers an area of 5,633 sq. km (2,253 sq. miles). Although small, rich millennia of history has fostered an artistically diverse population, with virtually every Balinese skilled as artisan, dancer, or artist and living a spiritual life. The island also has beaches, volcanoes, rice paddies, mountain treks, arts and crafts, ceremonies, and blessings, mountaintop sunrises, and beachside sunsets. Whichever Bali we’re looking for, it’s waiting to be found.
Accommodation:Alila Manggis, Superior Room (3 nights)
Day 2: Nov 06 Full day exploration of East Bali (B/L)
After breakfast, we depart our hotel at 8:30 with our guide and coach for a full day exploration of Eastern Bali. Our first stop is at Puri Agung or Karangasem Palace, a 19thcentury royal building with a series of compounds that house the royal palace of the last king and other associated compounds and courtyard.
Next, we proceed to Tirta Gangga Water Palace, the second water palace magically located between towering hills and rice terraces. After exploring the extensive tropical gardens and two large, shallow ponds, the painted statues of Balinese Barong and Rangda as well as a the series of decorated water channels, we continue the visit to Sibetan Village, which is famous for its "salak" or snake skin fruit. Lunch is included today at a local restaurant.
Day 3: Nov 07 Full day Eastern Bali Mystique Tour (B/L)
We depart the hotel at 8:30 with our guide and coach for another full day tour devoted to the history, culture and the village life of the people in Eastern Bali. We begin our tour at Pura Kehen, a magnificent 12th-century Hindu Temple dedicated to Shiva and built with traditional Balinese architectures and outstanding stone carvings. Next, we visit the 14th century Besakih Temple, the largest Hindu temple and most iconic Balinese temple with its profile appeared on everything from money to stamps. We enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Rendang Village with a view of the rice terraces. If weather permits, we may enjoy a panoramic view of Mount Agung, the highest volcano in Bali.
Next, we travel to Tihingan Village. The villagers here are well known as the producer of Gamelan, a traditional music instrument made from bronze or copper, used in escorting Balinese dances and some ritual ceremonies. We then proceed to Tenganan (Bali Aga), an ancient fortress village surrounded by high mountains and preserves local beliefs and rulings which are very different from the vest of Bali. People in these villages are skilled in arts and crafts, including the double Ikat weaving, and Gringsing, which is practiced in only two other places in the world. On the way back to the hotel, we make a short stop at the shore to see the traditional salt Processing.
Day 4: Nov 08 Travel by road to Ubud, 45 KM, 1 hour travel time (B/L)
After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer to our hotel in Ubud with a visit to Bat Cave “Goa Lawah Temple”. After lunch at a local restaurant, we enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Ubud is one of those places where days can become weeks and weeks become months. With a population of about 30,000 people, it is a town on the Indonesian island of Bali in Ubud District, located amongst rice paddies and steep ravines in the central foothills of the Gianyar regency. It's also home to good restaurants, cafes and streets of shops, many selling goods from the region's artisans.
Accommodation: Plataran Ubud, Superior Room or Alaya Ubud, Deluxe Room (5 nights)
Day 5: Nov 09 Visit the Healer (B/L)
No visit to Bali would be complete without a visit to an insightful healer. Today we depart our hotel at 9:30 and visit one of the most noted healers in Bali, Pak Cok. We will meet with him in a private session for a consultation, where we have the opportunity to discuss anything we would like to know. Afterwards, we enjoy a suckling pig lunch at Ibu Oka in Ubud. Following lunch, we spend time strolling through the many shops and galleries before returning to our hotel at 3:00 PM.
Note: The healer is subject to availability on the day and cannot be pre-booked.
Day 6: Nov 10 Yoga and PM Cooking Class (B/D)
At 8:00 am, we have a one-hour Yoga lesson with a Yoga instructor at Ashram Ubud. We then travel back to our hotel for breakfast and enjoy some free time. At around 15:00, we will be picked up from the hotel for a cooking class. Our chef will introduce us some local specialties and answer questions we may have about Balinese cuisine. After some informative and entertaining hours of practice, we enjoy the mouth-watering dishes, which we have prepared. We travel back to our hotel after dinner.
Day 7: Nov 11 The Highlights of Bali (B/L)
We depart the hotel at 8:00 for a full day of tour featuring some of the highlights of Bali. The tour begins at the village of Batubulan, where we attend a cultural performance of Barong and Keris Dance, which depicts the story of the eternal battle between the good and the evil. We then proceed to Tohpati Village, where the famous Batik fabrics of Bali are painstakingly created by hand. Next, we stop at Batubulan Village, which is well known for its stone carving and ornate temples. We continue on through the woodcarving village of Mas and watch artisans chipping intricate designs from wood blocks. Our last stop before traveling back to our hotel is Celuk, the artistic heart and the gold and silver making center of Bali. Before traveling back to our hotel, we enjoy a cool break at the mountain village of Kintamani with its cool breeze and breathtaking vista of the still-active Mount Batur and its crater-lake while enjoying our lunch at local restaurant.
Day 8: Nov 12 Ubud Bicycle Ride (B/D)
After breakfast, we will be picked up for a relaxed cycling trip around Ubud villages to see the local Balinese rural life and a village temple. Cycling small roads, the tour will take approximately 2 hours and we will see many friendly locals along the way. Arrive back at the hotel around 3 pm and the balance of our day is free to enjoy at leisure. Dinner is at the hotel.
Day 9: Nov 13 Morning Batik Class – Tanah Lot Sunset – Seminyak (B/D)
Breakfast at hotel before departing to Arma Museum for your Batik Class.
This is a workshop where participants will learn about many features of Balinese batik, especially its form, motifs, techniques used, and its history. An interesting hint is to compare and find the difference between the motifs unique to Balinese batik and those motifs representative of the Javanese batik for instructive reference. In this workshop, each participant will receive a set of utensils and will make a piece of Balinese batik. Return to hotel and refresh.
Check out of the Ubud hotel and travel to Seminyak. First visit is to Mengwi “Taman Ayun”, known as the “Garden Temple in the Water”. Being a UNESCO Heritage site and one of the seven royal temples in Bali, the imposing complex stands on an island in a river and consists of two courts and a walled inner temple closed to non-Hindus.
Leaving the temple, we visit the sacred Monkey Forest, a cluster of towering trees, home to hundreds of monkeys. From here, we travel to Tanah Lot, the Temple of Earth and Sea, and watch the sunset beyond the black towers of this 16th century temple built on a black lava rock 200 meters off shore. The dramatic setting draws crowds to these shores every evening, and at low tide, we can walk up on the rocky outcrop where the temple sits over the ocean.
Depart to your next hotel in Seminyak for overnight. Dinner is included at the hotel.
Accommodation: The Royal Beach Seminyak, Superior Room (3 nights)
Day 10: Nov 14 Free Day (B)
This is free day to relax and enjoy on your own.
Day 11: Nov 15 Farewell Beach Dinner (B/D)
We enjoy the morning at leisure. At 1:30 PM, we depart the hotel with our guide for a pleasant short ride along the hills of Bali’s southern peninsula. This area, known as Bukit, offers a landscape and topography unequaled by any other region of the island. Unlike the majority, lush tropical countrysides which owed their fertile soils to the volcanoes that dotted the central highlands, this arid terrain-formed by millennia of coral sedimentations is a world of its own. Their beautiful-yet-wild beaches are heaven for surfers. In the corner of this peninsula, perched on a sheer cliff, a highly venerated Uluwatu Temple is situated.
On arrival, we enjoy a performance of the Ramayana epic-based Kecak Dance with the majestic temple and sunset as its background. The Kecak Dance is an especially unique and one of the most dramatic of all Balinese dances. A combination of dance and drama, the Kecak dance depicts the Hindu epic, “Ramayana,” and tells the story of Prince Rama, who with the help of the monkey-king Hanoman defeats the evil King Rahvana to rescue his Princess Sita. We then enjoy our Farewell BBQ Beach Dinner at Jimbaran.
Day 12: Nov 16 Depart Bali (B)
A separate transfer (not included in the land package) will be arranged as per the individual air schedule.
Join us on an adventure through Bali and make new travel loving friends!
$2335.00 per person double occupancy
$3270.00 per person single occupancy
$150 non refundable deposit
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