11 December 2016
The beautiful Indonesian island of Bali has been the favourite destination for international tourists for ages. Full of magnificent beaches, breathtaking scenery, fascinating traditions and interesting culture, Bali is ideal for people wanting to escape from daily routines, enjoy a honeymoon or romantic holiday or have a great time with family and friends. And on this comprehensive seven day tour you will travel all over the island and see all the sights.
The tour starts in the early morning when you drive north to Bedugul, an area of the central highlands that is famous for its stunning beauty and three lakes. Visit the area’s traditional market where a myriad of fruits, vegetables and orchids are for sale along with stalls selling exotic spices and souvenirs. Then travel into the hills to reach Lake Beratan where you stop at the scenic Ulun Danu Temple, which is set in the middle of the lake’s calm waters. Drive on to Lake Tamblingan where a rainforest trek begins. Later you board a traditional dug-out canoe and paddle across the still waters of the lake. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch at a restaurant then head to your hotel in the north of Bali.
After an early breakfast visit Bali’s Buddhist monastery Brahma Vihara Arama. Built in 1970, the monastery has decorative carvings and door guardians, and has views down the valley and across the rice fields to the sea. Continue to the holy hot water springs in the Banjar area which are reputed to have healing properties. People from all over the island come to the hot springs for cures. Then enjoy lunch at a seaside restaurant at Lovina before visiting the former Dutch capital of Bali, now known as Singaraja, meaning Lion King. The city was once a bustling centre of commerce and government and has boulevards and old colonial homes. Return to the Lovina area and check in to your next hotel in the late afternoon.
An early morning pick up as you head to Lovina Beach to board a traditional boat, from which you can explore the Indian Ocean and try to spot dolphins. Sunrise is the best time to see these playful mammals, and it is not uncommon to see them jumping out of the water, as if they were putting on a private show. Later continue to Subak Guliang in Bangli Regency passing villages and farms along the way. On arrival enjoy a refreshment in an authentic Balinese compound house before visiting a farm and rice plantation. A unique experience awaits tonight when you stay in a village house and have dinner with the owner and his family.
A very early morning pick up today as you head to the starting point of your volcano trek. You climb to the peak and crater for a glorious sunrise and stunning dawn views. While there you will have breakfast of tea and eggs boiled on the top. During your descent, explore the three younger crates and the most recent lava flows. On the way back to the hotel you will take a different route stopping at the hot spring Toya Bungkah where you can relax in the warm waters. Local people believed the water of Toya Bungkah is sacred and you are guaranteed a wonderful experience. Later return to your hotel, check out and travel to the Candidasa/Sidemen area for your next hotel stay.
Today a Balinese Cooking lesson is on the menu. Start with a market tour to buy the ingredients and learn to bargain in the Bali way. Return to your hotel and start the lesson cooking and eating your food overlooking the ocean. Then continue to Tenganan Village, the home of the ancient Balinese called ‘Bali Aga’. This village has remained almost unchanged for centuries and you will see the unique architecture and watch traditional basket weaving. Later stop at the huge Besakih Temple, which stands over 1,000 feet up the volcanic slope of Gunung Agung, the island’s largest mountain. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon and relax.
After breakfast leave for Klungkung Regency stopping first at Goa Lawah, a temple on the beach front of Kusamba. Goa Lawah translates to the Bat Cave, and this site is home to thousands of bats. Travel on to Kertagosa, the hall of justice in the Klungkung area, where you can see the famous Kamasan painting depicting Hindu legends. You’ll arrive at the Ubud area in the early afternoon and you visit Gunung Kawi Temple before lunch. Then stop at Tirta Empul, one of the Balinese temples which have a holy spring. After checking in to your hotel, you are treated to a traditional dance show before being free to choose your own dining for the evening.
Your final day starts with a visit to Pak Cok, the traditional Balinese healer. Here you experience a private healing session, based on centuries old knowledge, wisdom and Balinese family tradition. After your healing, there is time for a stroll through Ubud with your tour guide. Along the way you visit the “threads of life” shop for traditional fabrics and carry on through rice fields to the small and simple Sari Organic Cafe, where you have lunch eating all natural organic foods. After your meal you will taken back to your hotel to continue your Bali holiday or to the airport to catch your flight back home.
Standard fr £1243pp
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International flights not included unless otherwise stated