ESSENTIAL OF BALI 6D/5N

Day 1: Your tour in Bali depends on your arrival time.
Before 1.00 PM

Lunch: grilled fish at Jimbaran beach then drive to surfing spots with a nice view of the sea and its big waves very appreciated by surfers.

Your guide will drive you to Uluwatu temple, right on a cliff. They say that a Javanese priest who built the temple could go to heaven <moksa> because he was so good that he did not need to be reincarnated…

Overnight at your hotel or villa in Jimbaran or Sanur.

After 1.00 PM
The guide will drop you at your hotel or villa in Jimbaran or Sanur to have a rest and we begin the tour the next morning.


Day 2: DISCOVERY TOUR OF THE BALINESE CULTURE
Our guide will share with you his knowledge of the Balinese culture.


Batubulan: Great show with a sample of dances and legends in Bali in an open-air theatre.
Denpasar: Visit of workshop and batik school (process of drawing with wax and soaking in different dying baths and the fabric, batik, has just been listed by Unesco and ikat: hand woven fabrics on traditional looms.

Celuk: Manufacturing of solid silver jewellery at Pande’s workshops. You will admire the works finely embossed, Bali specialty.

Batuan: Visit of a traditional house, unique occasion to see how Balinese live daily.

Batuan: Pura Puseh temple-literally temple of the origins- has various pavilions and meru with floral decors. You will note an imposing turtle that symbolizes the temple stability as well as a pavilion with its roof decorated with paintings of the different gods; a gamelan is also exposed. You will be given explanations about the Hindu religion of Bali and its rites

At your own expenses: lunch proposed facing the rice fields, an occasion to discover-if you wish- the regional specialty of Ubud, bebek betutu, duck steamed in spices and rice husk. A tasty exotic experience.

Mas: Wood handicraft village. You will the various steps of wood carving from the log to the final work of art.

Mas: at the cemetery, your guide will explain to you the different rituals to the deceased, believes and ceremonies according to the castes.

Lodtunduh: You will painters specialized in traditional painting of Butuan as well as the one of Penestanan, famous thanks to the Dutch painters who lived in Ubud in the 30ies such as Ary Smith and his blue rice fields. A panel of all Balinese works are at your disposal, as traditional as figurative or abstract.

To end this tour, our guide will propose a cup of coffee in an agronomical garden where you will taste free of charge tea, infusion or coffee. You will try the coffee luwak, made with a rather strange process.

Overnight at your hotel or villa in Ubud.

Day 3: Travel to Tampaksiring village where you will see a 11th century site, Gunung Kawi with its mausoleum to the queens and then head to Tirta Empul temple, sacred water temple. That water comes from Mount Agung and is used by the Balinese for their ceremonies; you will surely see Balinese dressed in traditional costume to bathe in the pools and carry on their head water cans filled with this water that they will keep in their family temple. The tour will resume and you will see a traditional village, Penglipuran, with a single street lined with traditional houses.

You will have lunch in front of Mount Batur and have a very nice view over the lake.

Heading down to Ubud, our guide will propose a trekking in the terrace rice fields at Tegallalang. Overnight at your hotel or your villa in Ubud.

Day 4: The tour will head to Taman Ayun where you will see the 11 level merus listed by Unesco and enjoy a luxurious garden.

Pause at Pacung and a nice view before going to the fruit market at Bedugul where you will visit Beratan temple on the lake.

En route to Lovina, you will be proposed a trekking to Gitgit falls and a road lined with clove trees will lead you to your hotel in Lovina.

Day 5: At sunrise, you can ride a boat to see the dolphins and do snorkeling or diving on your way back(additional expenses).

Our guide will drive you to the nearby Buddhist temple with a small replica of Borobudur temple, largest Buddhist temple in the world and then go for a bath in the hot springs of Banjar before resuming the trip to Amed. En route you will see Biji temple overhanging the sea unless you wish to dive at Tulamben (additional expenses). Night at your hotel in Amed.

Day 6: In the morning, you will chose between fishing at sunrise, snorkelling or diving (optional). Then you will visit Tirtagganga, Karangasem king’s palace with many pools full of fish and then Candidasa, sea resort and its lotus pond.

At the Tenganan traditional village, a local guide will explain the specific culture of that Aga village.

The tour continues along the sea with a stop at Goa Lawa to see the bats’ temple.

We end at your hotel near the airport or directly at the airport according to your flight departure time.

This tour as the others is only suggestions; they are modifiable and customizable as you wish.

This tour includes a guide, an air conditioned new car, parking fees, petrol, lending of sarongs for the temples, a bottle of mineral water per person, umbrella. If the guide has to overnight far from his hometown, he organizes himself his stay, dinner and breakfast.

Are not included entrance fees into the monuments and donations in sites, lunches and dinners, hotels that you book on internet or chose at the end of every day with the guide according to a price level you will let him know and your personal expenses. The driver guide will have his lunch alone or together with you if you want to take the opportunity of a cultural discussion.