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Bali is distinctive for its juxtaposition of massive stone carvings and lush jungle
  • Privately on Request
  • Duration 9 days
    Group Size 2-12
    Land Cost $2,430
    Single Supplement $450
    Lodging 3 stars-4 stars
    Grade I
    Best Time

    Bali Isle of Wonders

    Explore a Pacific paradise of arts, traditions, and abundant nature

    Day 1      Arrive Bali

    Upon arrival at Bali's airport in Denpasar, your local guide will meet you for a transfer to Puri Taman Sari, about an hour's drive from the airport, where you will immediately escape other tourists and find yourself in the midst of village life. Puri Taman Sari is situated in a tranquil corner of Umabian Village in Tabanan, surrounded by beautiful, lush rice paddies and close to the local community. Part of Puri Taman Sari is a Balinese compound, demonstrating the traditional Balinese homestead model. This property is owned by one of Mengwi Royal family, and some family members live here so there may be a chance to interact during your stay. The remainder of the day will be free for your own leisure. Dinner is provided. (D)


    Meals: Dinner
    Lodging: Puri Taman Sari

    The traditional family compound at Mengwi
    Day 2      Umabian

    Today will be filled with a wonderful introduction to Balinese culture. After breakfast, enjoy a cooking workshop led by Taman Sari’s chef. Start by biking to the nearby local market to witness the daily commerce of the village and have the experience of shopping for ingredients. If time allows, the outing may also include a visit to a village elementary school before heading back to Taman Sari to roll up your sleeves in the kitchen. The workshop will be hands-on, and you will enjoy all of the recipes you prepare as your lunch menu. After lunch, the cultural experience continues with your introduction to the gamelan, or Indonesian musical ensemble. Try your hand at one or more of the traditional instruments, which may include xylophone, drums, gongs, and bamboo flutes. Also learn how to make traditional canang sari, or offerings, small baskets of rice and flowers offered as gifts to the spirits.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Puri Taman Sari

    Balinese musical ensembles, or “gamelan,” include a unique array of ornate percussion instruments including gongs and xylophones
    Day 3      Umabian/Pemuteran

    After breakfast, depart by vehicle for Pemuteran at the Western end of the island. On the way, visit Alas Kedaton, or the “holy monkey forest,” and walk through this home to hundreds of monkeys. Here, you may have the opportunity to feed them bananas or peanuts. Afterwards, visit the iconic Tanah Lot Sea Temple, one of the most splendid temples in Bali. Perched atop an enormous rock, it is completely surrounded by the Indian Ocean during high tide. After lunch, the drive continues further westward via Pupuan with fine views of terraced rice fields and lush clove and coffee plantations. Stop in Blimbong for lunch. Later, arrive at your hotel in Pemuteran, the Taman Sari Cottage, located on the secluded Pemuteran Beach. If time permits, you may spend the afternoon snorkeling just off the hotel’s beach. Taman Sari Cottage’s beach is among the best snorkeling sites in Pemuteran, and the hotel continually receives national and international awards for its efforts in coral reef restoration.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Taman Sari Cottage (or similar)

    Pemuteran in northwest Bali is sparsely developed and offers access to fantastic snorkeling sites
    Day 4      Pemuteran/Menjangan Island

    Depart this morning for Menjangan Island for snorkeling. Return to your hotel for lunch, then drive to the Bali Barat National Park near Cekik for hiking in the forest. Here, you can see the varied vegetation of the lowland tropical forest. Return to your cottage in Pemuteran for your overnight stay.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Taman Sari Cottage (or similar)

    Bali Barat National Park is one of the last homes of the Bali mynah
    Day 5      Pemuteran/Munduk

    After breakfast, leave Pemuteran for Munduk. En route, visit the Pearl Farm, a unique opportunity to witness the creation of one of nature’s most wondrous gems. The tour will include introduction to the oyster breeding program, cultivation cycle and a demonstration of pearl seeding and harvesting. Afterwards, the drive to Munduk will take you through Mayong, providing beautiful views of rice terraces. Stop at the village of Munduk to see Dutch colonial houses that serve as a reminder of past times. Then arrive in Munduk, and enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure. Lunch and dinner at the hotel are included. Munduk is in the highlands about 3,300 feet above sea level, so nighttime temperatures can be quite cool. The surrounding view from Puri Lumbung is wonderful, with lush clove plantations and Bali’s central mountain range.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Puri Lumbung Cottage (or similar)

    Driving across the center of Bali, feast your eyes on the sculpted green rice terraces covering the mountain slopes
    Day 6      Munduk/Ubud

    This morning enjoy an interesting two-hour walk through the jungle to a waterfall. Along the way see majestic ferns, coffee, cacao, clove and many more native plants you might have heard of but never seen before. Your walk runs along a small, crystal-clear river leading to the 131-foot Munduk Waterfall. Return to your hotel, where you will check out and leave for Ubud, the island’s center of the arts.  Drive via Asah Panji, which affords a stunning view of Buyan and Tamblingan Lakes (the Twin Lakes). Next, travel to Bedugul for a visit to the magnificent “floating” Ulun Danu Temple on Lake Beratan. If time allows, enjoy a short visit to the Candi Kuning Market, which sells wonderful fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Lunch will be a buffet at a local restaurant in Pacung. Arrive in Ubud in time to venture out for the evening, and perhaps dine in one of the restaurants near your hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Tjampuhan Hotel (or similar)

    Art in Ubud takes myriad forms, including painting of miniatures on stone eggs (shown here), and stone and wood carving
    Day 7      Ubud

    Ubud is a cultural center of the island, and today you will enjoy a guided exploration of sites with artistic and historic significance around Eastern Bali. Visit Sidemen, home to Endek and Songket weaving. Also stop at Besakih Temple, the island’s mother temple on the terraced slope of Mt. Agung. Agung is Bali’s highest peak and is also considered its most sacred mountain. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant with a breathtaking view of the river valley. After lunch, visit Kertagosa, the law court of the former Klungkung kingdom known for its ceiling paintings featuring the classical Wayang Kamasan. You may also have the chance to visit the village of Kamasan, which is the birthplace of the painting style used at Kertagosa. Finally, in Kamasan, view the gallery of I Noyman Mandra, one of the most notable artists in Bali. Arrive back at your hotel late this afternoon.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Tjampuhan Hotel (or similar)

    Sacred bathing area at a temple near Ubud
    Day 8      Ubud

    Spend the day at leisure in Ubud, exploring museums, shops, cafés and artists workshops. In the evening, you may wish to enjoy a cultural show that is performed nightly in Ubud – check the schedule at the front desk of your hotel (cost for cultural show not included).

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Tjampuhan Hotel (or similar)

    Daily occurrences of community-organized street processions to temples for festivals and personal events are common
    Day 9      Ubud/Onward

    After breakfast, there will be a little time to do some last minute sightseeing or shopping, then transfer to the airport for your onward flight.




    Meals: Breakfast

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