Essence of Bali

8 day Private Tour - from £919

Discover stunning landscapes, quaint villages and fascinating cultural sites on this private tour that encompasses the best of Bali. Your guide will accompany you throughout, providing an insight into this fascinating island.

Highlights:

  • Balinese countryside
  • Kintamani and Mt Batur
  • Cooking experience
  • Ulun Danu & Besakih Temples
  • Barong cultural performance
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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

Discover the unique flavours of Balinese cuisine. Depart Ubud, escaping into the heart of Balinese Countryside. Wander through terraced rice fields and relax in the tranquil Gulingan Village. Learn the art of Balinese Cooking in a traditional kitchen. 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, browse around the art galleries and craft shops before having dinner at one of the many local restaurants. Afterwards enjoy a cultural performance, Legong Dance, Ramayana Ballet or Shadow Puppet Show (performances based on the schedule available)

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 that has been created by thousands of years of volcanic activity.  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 of 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 the 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 Git Git. 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.

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

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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.

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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 & 4 lunches
  • Sightseeing & 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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