Ulun Danu
Rice Paddy Ubud
Sanur beach, Bali
Balinese Buffet
Ubud Performance
Holy Spring Water Temple
Mt Agung

Essence of Bali

8 day Private Tour - from £895

With flights from £1499

Discover stunning landscapes, quaint villages and fascinating cultural sites on this private tour of Bali, led by an experienced and knowledgable guide.

Highlights:

  • Marvel at the ancient rice paddies of Tegalalang
  • Relax in the hot springs at Banjar
  • Gaze upon Mt Batur over a buffet lunch in Kintamani
  • Enjoy a Balinese cooking course and Barong cultural performance
  • Visit the 1000 year old Besakih Temple, on the slopes of Mount Agung
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Sanur

Today you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your beach hotel with the rest of the day free to relax or explore.

Hotel: Parigata Resort, Sanur

Day 2 - Ubud

The day will start with a fascinating performance of Barong Dance. In Balinese mythology, Barong is a lion-like creature and King of the Spirits and this colourful dance depicts the eternal struggle between good and evil as he battles (and eventually defeats) his arch enemy, the demon queen Rangda.

Continue your exploration of the Balinese arts with a stop at three villages near Ubud known for their arts and crafts. Your first stop is at Mas, which is renowned for its intricate wood carvings.

Next visit the village of Celuk, a centre for Balinese silver and goldsmiths where both traditional and modern methods of crafting ornaments and jewellery can be observed. Then continue to Tohpati, where the batik fabrics for which Bali is famous are painstakingly created by hand using traditional techniques.

Hotel: Tjampuhan Hotel, Ubud
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Rural Bali

Today, leave Ubud and escape into the heart of Balinese countryside to wander through terraced rice fields and relax in the tranquil Gulingan village. Visit Tirta Empul Temple, famous amongst the Balinese for its holy waters which are believed to wash away bad spirits.

Later, learn the art of Balinese cooking in a traditional kitchen where you will grind, mix and prepare abundant herbs and spices which add the unique texture and flavour to Balinese dishes. Enjoy your own home cooked meal before exploring the rest of the house and compound.

In the evening, you may like to browse around the art galleries and craft shops as well as chose to dine in one of the many local restaurants.

Hotel: Tjampuhan Hotel, Ubud
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 4 - Lovina

After breakfast, you will start your journey to the amazing rice terrace near the village of Tegalalang before continuing to Tirta Empul Temple, famous among Balinese Hindus for its holy waters which are believed to wash away any bad spirits.

Continue to the village of Kintamani, the best spot, weather permitting, for views of Mount Batur, an active volcano which sits alongside Lake Batur. Scanning the horizon from left to right, you will observe that Kintamani sits on the caldera rim of a huge volcano, and Mount Batur, directly in front of you, is merely a ‘small’ mountain by comparison.

Enjoy a buffet lunch served in a local restaurant overlooking the volcano while you ponder on the mighty forces of Mother Nature that created this vista. Afterwards, the journey continues north to Lovina. After checking in to your hotel, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Hotel: Puri Bagus, Lovina
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 5 - Lovina

Head off this morning for the sacred hot springs at Banjar. The naturally heated water from the springs is believed to have healing properties and the nourishing effects on the skin mean that people from all over the island come here to soak in the pools. The series of pools are lined with beautifully carved stone nagas (serpent deities) and the largest, the main pool, is two meters deep.

After a refreshing soak, proceed to a Buddhist temple Brahma Vihara for a blessing and meditation to calm and balance the senses. Afterwards, return to the coastal town of Lovina where lunch is served at a beachside restaurant.

Hotel: Puri Bagus, Lovina
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 6 - Candidasa

You will head out to the East coast town of Candidasa with a stop en route at the jungle waterfall of Gitgit. Continue on to the attractive mountain resort of Bedugul where you will see the serene Lake Bratan and the delightful temple of Ulun Danu, dedicated to the Goddess of Water. If the water level is high it appears as thought this 17th century temple ‘floats’ on the lake.

Hotel: Puri Bagus, Candidasa
Meals: Breakfasts and lunch

Day 7- Candidasa

Enjoy breakfast in the morning before heading east to the Hindu Besakih temple, known as the ‘mother temple of Bali’. Over one-thousand years old, the temple is situated at around 1,000 metres on the volcanic slopes of Mount Agung, the island’s largest mountain.

After returning to your hotel, you can enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Hotel: Puri Bagus, Candidasa
Meals: Breakfasts and lunch

Day 8 - Farewell

There is free time this morning before transferring to the airport or extending your stay at any of Bali’s beautiful beach resorts.

Meals: Breakfast

8 day Private Tour - from £895

With flights from £1499

OPTIONS

  • Add extra nights in Sanur or Candidasa before or after your tour
  • Choose to fly Economy, Premium, Business or First Class

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All prices are per person and based on 2 sharing a double or twin room. Prices are subject to seasonal changes.

Due to Covid restrictions, the Barong Dance on day 2 may be substituted with the Campuhan Ridge walk.

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Your Touring Experience

Touring at its very best with a private driver/guide and vehicle and time to explore at your own pace.

Your private tour includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast daily and 4 lunches
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Private tour guide/vehicle
  • Arrival/departure transfers
  • Option to extend your stay

Departure Dates:

Tour departs daily.

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