Very important note: in order to be able to do well this itinerary, we recommend you to arrive in Bali one day before and to leave Bali one day after we finish the program. Kindly choose a hotel located in the south Bali. For a group of more than 13 people some visits will have to be removed because of the limited time or due to the capacity of the street that does not allow the bus to enter.
Day 1: Mengwi, Pacung, Jatiluwih, Batukaru and Tanah Lot (breakfast and lunch are included).
We pick you up at 08.00 a.m. in the hotel lobby, then we take you firstly to Mengwi to see the royal family temple of Taman Ayun, the second largest temple in Bali with an area of 4 hectares surrounded by an artificial moat. Afterwards we continue our tour to Pacung and Jatiluwih, mountain villages with magnificent rice field view. During around two hours we will have the opportunity to observe from closer distance the agricultural life and to enjoy the beauty of the rice fields which belongs to the World Heritage Sites. After having lunch with the awesome view, we will take you to the slopes of Mount Batukaru to visit the Luhur Batukaru temple, an ancestral temple for the royal families of Badung and Tabanan with very modest decoration, the mosses and the jungle around her. Then we proceed to the marine temple of Tanah Lot, the most visited place in Bali, a perfect place to watch the stunning sunset (weather permitting). Afterwards we take you to the Fave Hotel or to other similar category hotel in Seminyak for overnight.
Day 2: Pejaten, Kerambitan, Belimbing, Pupuan and Bunut Bolong (includes breakfast and lunch).
After breakfast we will take the scenic drive through areas outside of Bali's tourist routes. We start our day with a stop in the village of Pejaten where we see the activities of the workers forming the clay to make ceramic tiles and bricks. From there we proceed to the imposing palace of Puri Anyar (the new palace) of Kerambitan which is an important center of finest art and culture in the region of Tabanan. Then we will take you to the Belimbing region which is famous for her endless beautiful rice paddies along the way. We will have our lunch here as we enjoy the wonderful view of the picturesque rice fields with Mount Batukaru as the background. Afterwards we continue our tour to the Buddhist monastery of Dharma Giri in Pupuan, a quiet and peaceful place that houses the famous statue of reclining White Buddha. Pupuan and the surrounding regions are renowned as the center of the cacao, coffee and clove plantations where we will stop to see these plantations from closer distance. Our last stop will be the Bunut Bolong tree, the giant Strangler Fig tree with hole in the middle where traffic pass and the nearby rubber plantation which can be found nowhere else in Bali. Then we will take you to the Hotel Villa Kebun or to other similar category hotel in Belimbing for overnight.
Day 3: The western part of Bali (includes breakfast and lunch).
After breakfast we will continue our trip to discover the charm of the least visited part of the island whose beauty are known by few people. At first we will take you to the secluded beach of Medewi, a mecca for surfers, and to the cliff top temple of Rambut Siwi, built for honoring Nirartha-a saint from sixteenth century. Along the way we enjoy the stunning landscape of the mountains and the sea. Afterwards we proceed to the imposing cathedral of Palasari, a beautiful combination of Gothic-and Balinese styles where the Catholic Balinese lives. We also stop at the Palasari dam which collect water in the rainy season and release her in the drought that allows the farmers to plant rice in wider areas around the village. The food will be served on the way. Afterwards we take you through the part of the national park, where there is a chance to discover some of the wild animals living on the prairie and the forest for example mouse deer, deer, wild roosters (if we're lucky), and then we reach the 35 meter observation tower, from where we will enjoy the amazing scenery to the entire park and the neighboring islands and we also can hear the songs of different types of birds that live in the park. Our next stop is the Pulaki and Pabean temples built over the rock beside the sea where a group of monkeys live with commanding view to the Pemuteran Bay. In the afternoon we take you to Hotel Adi Asri or to other similar category hotel in Pemuteran for overnight.
Day 4: Munduk Waterfall, Trekking in the jungle around the Twin Lakes of Buyan and Tamblingan, Lake Beratan, the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, Banjar Hot Springs (includes breakfast and lunch)
After breakfast we pick you up at 08.00 at your hotel and then we will take you to the heart of the island, to discover the beauty of the exotic flora and fauna that grow intact inside the virgin forest around the Buyan and Tambelingan lakes for over a thousand years! Firstly we will take you to the waterfall of Munduk, located in the midst of dense vegetation whose clean and chilly water comes from Lake Tambelingan. For about two hours we will enjoy the wonderful view of the twin lakes and we will discover the wildlife in the jungle. Giant ferns, moss covered trees, coffee trees, passion fruit, wild egg plant, strangler Figs and wild orchids are among the wild plants that we discover in the way, also songbirds, squirrels, monitor lizards, monkeys or mouse deer (if we are lucky). Then we will reach the hill top where there is a Hindu temple whose altar is also honored by the Chinese. A beautiful view towards the lakes can be appreciated from here. At some places it is impossible to cross the lake on foot and we take a traditional dug-out canoe to enjoy the cool water of the lake and the beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. Our guide with extensive knowledge of the region will explain us the use of each herb and plants used for food or medicines. Then we continue our trip to the restaurant with superb view to the Twin Lakes of Buyan and Tambelingan for having lunch. After lunch, we continue the journey to the Bali Botanical Garden, an oasis of tranquility to get away from the hustle of everyday life activities. We walk under the shadows of the trees and we see the collections of cacti, orchids and giant ferns growing there. Then we will proceed to the shore of Lake Beratan, to visit the temple of Ulun Danu Beratan, built for Dewi Danu, the goddess of the waters. Afterwards we continue our trip to the hot springs of Banjar to stretch our muscles in the hot sulfuric water. After the visit we will take you to the Aditya Lovina Beach Resorts or to other similar category hotel in Lovina Beach for overnight.
Day 5: Trekking to a beautiful waterfall and the Balinese food cooking class (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
After having breakfast, we take you to a beautiful village located on the slope of the central mountains of Bali. The village boasts very unique and beautiful waterfalls, and on the way to get there we will have the opportunity to experience the daily life of the Balinese village in northern Bali, known for their kindness and curiosity. We will see from close by the people’s agricultural activities in the dry fields. This trekking gives us the chance to appreciate the rich flora and fauna found along the way with glimpses of country life, and even a secret garden in the middle of the jungle. Indonesian food lunch will be served in a restaurant near the waterfall. After a refreshing shower in the waterfall, we will take a rest under the shade of coconut trees tasting the refreshing coconut water and the delicious coconut meat freshly taken. In the afternoon we will have a Balinese food cooking class to learn to prepare some of the Balinese most popular dishes and then we take the same food for our dinner. Afterwards we will take you to the Aditya Lovina Beach Resorts or to other similar category hotel in Lovina Beach for overnight.
Day 6: The Dolphin morning adventure, Singaraja, North Balinese style temples, Amed and Snorkeling in Tulamben (includes breakfast and lunch).
We pick you up at 05.15 in the morning to see the attractions of the friendly dolphins from close by while they are hunting for fishes or squids for their morning meal. Afterwards we return to hotel for shower and breakfast and then we leave for the old port of Singaraja, the capital of Bali during the Dutch and Japanese colonial era (1848 - 1945) and during the first years of independence (1945-1953). Continuing the trip we take you to the Beji Temple in Sangsit, dedicated to Dewi Sri, the goddess of rice that ensures the good crops, and then to the temple of the dead of Jagaraga with bas-reliefs depicting humorous scenes taken from the modern world, and to the temple of Maduwe Karang in Kubu Tambahan dedicated to the God as the owner of the dry fields. These three temples decorated in very typical Baroque north Bali style, are richly carved in every available space. Our next destination is Tejakula where there is a horse bath converted now to bathing house for the inhabitants of the city. Then we proceed to Amed where the amazing view of the Mount Agung can be appreciated. In Tulamben we have a chance to do snorkeling over the USS Liberty which sank during the Second World War and now becomes a home for gorgonians’, anemones, sponges and black corals, and since it is just 40 meters from the beach, this is the easiest sunken ship diving in the world. The bay has a rich under water ecosystem with over 300 species of sea creatures and there are over half a dozen different excellent dive sites here. Shark, manta rays, mola mola or sunfish, dolphins and tuna often appear but the sea around this area is very rich in nutrients that in turn attracts almost every kind of animals to come. In the end of the day we take you to the Villa Alba or to other similar category hotel in Tulamben.
Day 7: The Eastern Part of Bali (includes breakfast and lunch).
Breakfast at the hotel. We will take you to the eastern part of Bali, a beautiful region with mountain and sea scenery where many old traditions are well preserved. At first we take you to lovely rice fields around Brina and Tirtagangga, and then we continue our trip to the Water Palace of Tirta Gangga whose chilly and crystal clear water are still considered sacred by the Balinese. Our next stop is Puri Agung Karangasem royal palace in Amlapura where the last king of Karangasem used to live until the end of his life. Afterwards we proceed to the Ujung Sukasada Water Palace where honorary guests of the kingdom were entertained in the past time. Continuing the trip, we take you for lunch in a local restaurant, and then we continue our tour to Candidasa which is famous for her freshwater lagoon decorated with lotus flowers. Then we proceed to Tenganan, an indigenous Balinese Aga village that preserves the structure of the village and the community system as in the time of their ancestors. Tenganan is the only place in Indonesia where the old double ikat weaving technique to make the famous fabric Gringsing that takes at least three years to complete is done. The Tenganan people believe that they are descendants of Indra, god of thunder, lightning and rain and in order to maintain the purity of their blood, married with outsiders is forbidden. In the middle of the village there are public buildings, rice barns and community halls. Each newly married will be allowed a plot of 234 square meter land to build their house. Although the village let to each family a plot of 3 hectares field that make them as the richest community in Bali, the Tenganan people are also hard workers and we see them frequently making various kinds of handicrafts such as basketry, weaving and writing or painting on Lontar palm leaves found nowhere else in Bali. After visiting this village, we take you to Rama Shinta Hotel or to other similar category hotel in Candi Dasa beach for overnight.
Day 8: Goa Lawah, Klungkung, Bukit Jambul, Rendang, Bangli, Gunung Kawi, Tampaksiring and Tegalalang (breakfast and lunch are inclusive).
After breakfast, we will take you firstly to Goa Lawah where undulating bats considered sacred by the Balinese cover every space on the wall of the cave. In the nearby seaside we will see also the traditional technique of extracting salt from seawater still practiced by the local people over centuries. Then we continue our tour to Klungkung, the former seat of the most powerful kings of Bali. Here we will see the best examples of classical Balinese paintings in the Kerta Gosa or the Court of Justice and the Bale Kambang Floating Pavilion the so-called the Sistine Chapel of Bali. Then we continue our trip to Bukit Jambul, the crested hill, with superb view of the terraced rice fields extending from the foot of the mountain to the sea with a superb view to the neighboring island of Nusa Penida and to Rendang a village with an amazing view of the rice fields and (if we're lucky) the view of Mount Agung in the background. Lunch will be served here. Afterwards we proceed to Bangli, a garden city known for the state temple of Pura Kehen built according to ancient stepped or punden berundak tradition on a hill north of the city and the traditional village of Panglipuran famous for her uniformed entrance gate and her unique house structure surrounded by a large bamboo forest. Afterwards we continue our journey to the Valley of the Kings of Gunung Kawi with lovely view to the Pakrisan river valley, and to the holy spring temple of Tirta Empul where the Balinese purify themselves in the holy water believed to be created by Indra, the god of the thunder, lightning and rain. On the way back we stop at the picturesque terraced rice paddies of Tegalalang before heading to Ubud for overnight. Overnight at Hotel Adi Cottages in Ubud or at other similar category hotel in Ubud.
Day 9: The Mount Batur Climbing, The Hot Spring, The Trunyan prehistoric village and the temple of Ulun Danu Batur (breakfast and lunch are inclusive).
We wake up at 2:00 a.m. to start the Mount Batur climbing. We take you firstly to the shore of Lake Batur at Pura Pasar Agung to begin our Mount Batur climbing. A local experienced guide will accompany you to the summit and then to take you back to the finish point. To reach the top which is one kilometer from the starting point, you firstly pass through the sandy and rocky trails with Eucalyptus trees, then you pass occasionally bushes. The route becomes steeper with grass and lava stones, the rest of the previous volcanic eruptions at the beginning of this century. At first light you reach the summit where there are food stalls the place to take coffee and banana sandwich while enjoying the spectacular sunrise in front of you. In the clear day it is possible to spot easily Mount Mangu near Lake Beratan on the west, Mount Abang (2152 m) which is the rest of the eruption of Old Mount Batur 100,000 years ago, Mount Agung (3142 m) which is the highest point of Bali, and even sometimes can be seen Mount Rinjani (3726 m) on the island of Lombok, the neighboring island. After taking a rest, going around to see the crater and hot spots from the volcanic activity and enjoying the beautiful view from the top for about one hour, we return to the finish point and then we take you to the hot springs in Toya Bungkah to stretch your muscles in the hot water containing sulfur through areas covered with black lava river from previous Batur eruptions. Our lunch will be served in a floating restaurant on the lake with the typical grilled Tilapia fish from Lake Batur as the main course. After lunch we will take you on a motorized boat to Trunyan, another indigenous tribe village called Bali Aga, a prehistoric village located on the eastern shore of Lake Batur between the lake and Mount Abang. Trunyan people practice many ancient traditions especially mortuary traditions, in which the bodies of the dead are not cremated nor buried, but are simply left above the cemetery ground covered by sarong or towel under a large Taru Menyan tree. According to their belief, the tree emits a fragrant smell which later mix with the foul smell of the decomposed body and finally there is no foul smell. At the end of the day we take you to the temple of Ulun Danu Batur with its spectacular shrines dedicated to the god of Mount Batur and the goddess of Lake Batur. Afterwards we take you to the Lake View Hotel or to other similar category hotel in Kintamani for overnight.
Note: the Mount Batur climbing can be changed with the Batur sunrise from Pinggan and the walk on the black lava river near Toyabungkah.
Day 10: From Mount Batur to Ubud by Bike, and the charms of Ubud (Breakfast and lunch are inclusive).
After breakfast, we are ready to ride the bike. The starting point of our route is the ancient crater of Mount Batur, which is at 1200 meters above sea level. At this starting point we have our breakfast in a place with a spectacular view to Mount Batur and her crater lake. Then during approximately two and a half hour ride down, we pass through thick jungle, groves of giant bamboos, ancient temples covered by mosses, traditional quiet villages where there will be opportunities to see the glimpses of rural life: a shepherd leads his ducks to field, farmers who are working their fields or others who are cutting grass for their cows. Our guide who is a resident of that area will explain their knowledge of culture, local fauna and flora, and inadvertently we'll get to Ubud, the artistic heart of the island to have lunch Balinese roast suckling pig (Babi Guling). Afterwards we continue our tour to discover the charms of Ubud: a refreshing walk in the monkey forest with a lovely riverside water temple hidden by the shadow of the giant Ficus Benjamin tree, the lotus pond with Kumuda Saraswati temple which was designed by the most famous architect of Bali, I Gusti Nyoman Lempad, and the Puri Saren royal palace where the nobility of Ubud still lives to this day. Afterwards we take you to Adi Cottages or to other similar category hotel in Ubud for overnight.
Note: from Mount Batur to Ubud by Bike can be replaced by the open Volkswagen Kuebelwagen from World War II ride through the parallel route from Kintamani to Ubud passing through the lost villages off the tourist route.
Day 11: Ubud and the surrounding art villages (the Balinese Cultural Capital) (Breakfast and lunch are inclusive).
After having breakfast, we start the day by attending the legendary Barong and Kris dance in Batubulan that symbolizes the eternal fight between the virtue and the evil. Afterwards we take you to see the most beautiful village temple of Bali located in Batuan and dated from 1022 AD decorated with lovely carvings, and then to the Tegenungan waterfall located in the midst of the dense tropical vegetation. Continuing our trip we take you to a traditional Balinese house compound at Kemenuh to learn the curious local architecture and to experience the people daily life. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant with lovely rice field’s view. To complete our discovery on Balinese culture, we also have the opportunities to see the Balinese craftsmen at work creating excellent art pieces in Batik and Ikat traditional cloths in Tohpati, gold and silver jewellery in Celuk, fine mask and woodcarvings in Kemenuh and Balinese traditional paintings in Batuan. Afterwards we take you to Adi Cottages or to other similar category hotel in Ubud for overnight.
Day 12: Goa Gajah, Rafting, and the mother temple of Besakih (breakfast and lunch are inclusive).
After breakfast, we take you to the Rendang village in the mountain, where we provide you with helmet, life jacket and paddle to go rafting in the Telaga Waja river for about 2 hours in which you will enjoy the beauty and the tranquility of the river and its environment and at the same to experience the adventure of conquering over 25 third or fourth class rapids with lots of excitement. The river is home to exotic birds like the Javen kingfishers, beautiful butterflies, and other wildlife. On its banks grow an amazing variety of wild plants, among others are coconut trees, bamboo groves, banana trees, ferns, et cetera. On the way down you will have chances to see glimpses of rural Balinese life. Lunch will be served after the rafting in a place with an impressive view of the river valley. On the way to get there we will stop in Goa Gajah, the elephant cave, the remains of Buddhist Hindu monastery of XI century which was unearthed in 1923 AD. After rafting we continue our trip to Besakih temple built on the southern slope of Mount Agung (3142 m), known as "the mother temple" of Bali, the largest, the holiest and the most important Hindu temple in Bali. Afterwards we take you to the Adi Cottages Hotel or to other similar category hotel in Ubud for overnight.
Note: rafting can be changed with the walks in Campuhan Ridge for around two hours near Ubud Gunung Lebah Temple flanked by East and West Oos River.
Day 13: The Bali Bird Park, The Bali Reptile Park, The Taman Nusa Park and Legong Dance (breakfast and lunch are inclusive).
This day is specially designed for animal and nature’s lovers. After breakfast, we take you to Bali Bird Park - where we will have a close encounter with over 1000 birds from 250 different species, which are native birds of Bali, birds coming from other Indonesia islands and birds from five continents. In addition, here you also can see the Komodo dragon, the largest lizard in the world. Afterwards we proceed to Bali Reptile Park where 20 species of turtles, crocodiles, iguanas and snakes live in Singapadu. Crispy duck lunch will be served at a typical Ubud restaurant. Then we continue our trip to the Bakas village where we ride over an elephant, the largest mammal in the world, for around 30 minutes. This is an unforgettable experience as you feel like a Maharajah in the past that controls his vast territory sitting on elephant above the teak chair, accompanied by a mahout who knows very well the animal. We will take you afterwards to the Taman Nusa Park, in which we see the magnificent traditional houses of Indonesia's 34 provinces. You need not to travel weeks to see all of Indonesia because we can see the most interesting of each Indonesian island in Taman Nusa Park. Besides, here we can see also the replica of the Indonesian Stone Age, the replica of the Borobudur the largest Buddhist temple in the world and the replica of the Bajang Ratu temple from the Majapahit time in the same park. After the visit, we take you to see the Legong dance, the most beautiful dance of Bali in the Royal Palace of Ubud or Peliatan, where live the best musicians and dancers of the island. Among the dances that we see here (depending on the day different dance or theater is performed), the most famous is the Legong dance which is often mentioned as the symbol of grace and femininity among Balinese dances. In this ancient classical dance, the beauty, the grace and the movements are intricately balanced with the rhythm of the gamelan music. On different days, other dances may be represented, such as the Baris Warrior dance, the Tambulilingan bumblebees dance, etc. Afterwards we take you to Adi Cottages or to other similar category hotel in Ubud for overnight.
Important note: Special programs are made in the Bali Bird Park (feeding the Komodo dragon: every Tuesday and Thursday at 11.00 a.m. and every Wednesday and Friday at 14.30 p.m.; The Basic Instinct show every day at 11.30 a.m. and at 15.00 p.m.; The Free Flight Bird show every day at. 10.30 a.m. and at 14.30 p.m.; feeding Papuan Rain Forest every day at 09.30 a.m. and at 12.45 p.m.; feeding the pelicans every day at 10.00 a.m. and at 13.15 p.m.; Make your photos with the colorful birds free of charge and have them printed on your t-shirts!.
Day 14: The island of Turtles, Denpasar, South Bali (breakfast, lunch and dinner are inclusive).
Breakfast at the hotel. At 9.00 a.m. we pick you up and we take you to Serangan Island where we board a motorized boat to visit Turtle Island where there are lots of turtles to take pictures with. Here the wounded turtles are taken care of and cured and then released into the sea, while dozens of baby turtles hatched from eggs collected from the secluded beaches around Bali are saved from predators at the early age. On the way to get there we can feed the colorful reef fishes with our bread. Here is also your chance to do watersport activities such as snorkelling, parasailing, flying fish, banana boat, sea walker or jet ski (on your own cost). Then we will take you to Denpasar, the capital city of Bali, visiting the beautiful monument of Bajra Sandi in the town square and the zero point of the island with her Catur Muka monument - Shiva as the Lord of the four cardinal points. Lunch will be served at the Jendela Bali restaurant famous for her stunning south Bali view. Afterwards we will visit the monument of GWK (Garuda Vishnu Kencana) representing God Vishnu riding the Garuda mythological bird which will be 182 meter high when finished. Our next stop is the Padang-Padang beach, the venue for the annual surfer’s championship organized by Rip Curl and where the shooting of the Julia Roberts' Eat, Pray and Love’s movie was done, then to the Uluwatu cliff top temple, located at 70 meter above the sea level, with a breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean. This temple is the masterpiece of the holy priest-architect Nirartha, who chose this place for his ascension to God. Afterwards the Kecak dance, the most unique Balinese dance theater will be performed around burning torch in the nearby stage without any instrumental music, only accompanied by a male chorus of around 70 persons whose clapping hands, shaking of their torso, and their songs form the background for the Ramayana story, a Hindu version of Romeo and Juliet but happy ended. Then we take you to the romantic beach of Jimbaran Bay to have a grilled seafood dinner (lobster, fish, crab, shrimp, clams, and squid) on the beach front sand illuminated by thousands of stars with natural music of the pounding waves. In the end of the day we take you to the Fave Hotel or to other similar category hotel in Seminyak.
Day 15: Cruise to the Lembongan island, the traditional massage and then transfer to the airport or to your hotel (includes breakfast and lunch).
After breakfast, we pick you up at 07.30 a.m. in your hotel then we take you to Sanur beach to board the fast boat that takes you to the paradise beach of Lembongan, a small island with white sandy beaches and blue turquoise sea water. On this small island we have a full day activities on the beach and in the water to enjoy the rich marine life through the glass bottom boat or snorkeling, get lots of fun riding the banana boat, or just swim in sea or in the pool, or simply sunbathes on the beach. Lunch is served in the Waka Resort, which is like an oasis with traditional huts, coconut groves, swimming pool and sea front tables for having lunch. After lunch, join us to discover the little island secret through the excursion on motorcycle to the panorama point – the highest point in the island with the stunning beach and sea view, to the underground house which was made by an old priest alone during 15 years and to seaweed plantations which is the main source of income for most inhabitants of Lembongan. Dream Beach with pristine white sandy beach and blue turquoise water is our next destination, together with Devil’s Tears a cliff with the biggest waves in the whole island. At approximately 16:00 p.m. we return to the Bali mainland. In the end of the trip we take you to get a one hour traditional massage to refresh your body and mind. Then we take you the airport or to your hotel (the hotel is not included in the price of this tour package).
|Number of Persons (minimum two participants)||2-3 persons||4-6 persons||7-13 persons||13 persons or more|
|Price per person in Euros in 2-3 star hotels.||2.290 €||2.140 €||1.940 €||1.890 €|
The price includes an air conditioned vehicle, fuel, parking fees, all entrance fees and donations, driver and tour guide services (and local guide service for example trekking guide or rafting guide if necessary), the use of sarong when entering temples, mineral water, half board base meal (Indonesian food breakfast with lunch or dinner) and a standard room (twin sharing) in the mentioned hotels or in other hotels with the similar category.
The supplement for 4 star hotels: The Villa Dajuma in West Bali, The Matahari Resorts in Pemuteran, The Lovina in Lovina Beach, Spa Village in Tembok, Rama Candidasa in Candidasa Beach, Ubud Beji Resorts in Ubud, Villa Nyuh Gading in Kerobokan (or in other similar hotels): 750 Euros per person.
The high season supplement: July 1 - September 30, Dec. 20 - Jan. 5, three days before to three days after Idulfitri (the end of Ramadan) and one day before to one day after Nyepi Balinese New Year: Euros per person.