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There is much more to Bali than just beaches. Take a trip around the island to see its diverse, yet often overlooked, wonders. Explore miles of verdant rice fields and gaze upon Mt Batur’s volcanic lake. Discover Balinese culture at a traditional performance and visit the island’s most sacred sites.
Take a light trek through verdant rice paddies, admire Mt Batur volcano and watch the sunset at Tanah Lot temple.
See Peliatan Palace, a prime example of traditional Balinese architecture, and the impressive local arts collection at ARMA Museum.
Visit the small village of Petulu in the late afternoon and watch as thousands of Herons gather for the evening.
Highlights of Bali - 5 Days / 4 Nights
Arrive this afternoon at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar and be greeted by the guide and driver.
A private transfer leads to the town of Ubud. Located in the island’s centre, Ubud is the island’s artistic and cultural capital.
Check in to the hotel and have the remainder of the day and dinner at leisure.
Overnight in Ubud.
After breakfast in the morning, meet with the tour guide and driver and head out for a fun-filled day of sightseeing.
The city tour of Ubud begins with a visit to the Peliatan Palace for a look at its traditional Balinese architecture.
Next is a stop at the ARMA Museum, which provides excellent insight into Balinese art and culture.
Next is a visit to Ubud’s sacred Monkey Forest to meet its cheeky inhabitants and the lush tropical jungles in which they live. Afterwards enjoy some free time at Ubud Market and watch as local vendors sell everything from food and clothes to souvenirs and art -great place to get a feel for local life in the area.
Lunch is served in Indus Restaurant. From here, enjoy beautiful views over Tjampuhan Valley.
In the afternoon, drive back to Ubud by a different road towards the area of Perkedui near Tegalalang for views of some of the most beautiful rice terrace landscapes in Bali
Enjoy a 1-hour soft trekking experience from Café Dewi, a cafe with panoramic views, located in Perkedui. Walk down the amazing rice terraces with the guide and learn about the unique subak irrigation system that is common in Bali. Rice fields are a signature of Bali and these quiet verdant paths lined by palm trees provide great photographic opportunities.
Return to Café Dewi for a coffee break and another look at the beautiful scenery of the area before heading on.
The last stop of the day is on the way back to Ubud in Petulu. The area is well-known by nature-lovers who come to witness the roosting of thousands of herons who gather here in the late afternoon every day.
Return to the hotel in Ubud to freshen up and take a rest.
In the evening, head out to witness an incredible traditional dance performance followed by a dinner of local specialties.
Overnight in Ubud.
After breakfast, depart Ubud for an excursion to Mt Batur. Drive along small, scenic roads offering beautiful views of the rice fields and the daily life of the Balinese farmers.
The first stop is a visit to the unique temple of Gunung Kawi. Set amidst lush rice terraces, these 11th century temples feature 10 rock-cut candi (shrines) carved into the cliff face. They stand seven metres tall and combine ancient Hindu and Buddhist temple attributes. There are numerous stairs leading down to the temple, so good walking shoes are recommended.
Continue to the nearby village of Tampaksiring to explore Tirta Empul, a temple famous for its sacred spring water. All Balinese bathe here at least once a year for a ritual cleaning in these holy waters dedicated to Vishnu.
We drive on further to the North until reaching Kintamani, a volcanic region with breathtaking views of Mt Batur. Adjacent to the volcano is the large crescent-shaped Batur Lake. The entire area is surrounded by the high walls of the crater rim. Stop for a buffet lunch at a local restaurant here, with all-encompassing views over Lake Batur.
In the afternoon, we drive back to Ubud by a different road towards the area of Bangli. Along the way, stop at Penglipuran, a traditional countryside village known for its unique building style and architecture and Kehen Temple, often called ‘Mini Besakih’.
Dinner at leisure.
Overnight in Ubud.
Today, after breakfast, start with a visit to the royal Taman Ayun Temple in Mengwi for a look at its beautiful ponds, multi-tiered roof structures and traditional Balinese architecture.
Next we drive north to Lake Bratan for a visit to Ulun Danu Temple. The temple is set in the lake’s calm waters on several small islands giving the impression that it is ‘floating’. It’s widely considered to be one of the most photogenic temples in Bali -so be sure to take a few photos! Afterwards, we have a look at the local market which is famous for its extensive collection of exotic tropical fruits, vegetables and species.
Lunch is served in a local restaurant.
Continue with a visit to Bali’s UNESCO-listed Jatiluwih for panoramic views of its iconic rice terraces. Located on a slope near the holy mountain of Batukaru, this area is known as the ‘Rice Granary of Bali’, and is one of the best examples of subak-style rice farming. Here, we go for a one-hour leisurely walk through the rice fields for an up-close look at the verdant scenery.
Late in the afternoon, arrive at the incredible sea temple of Tanah Lot -one of Bali’s most famous temples. Set dramatically on a small island just off from the beach, watch as the sun sets behind the horizon in one of Bali’s most iconic places to watch sunset.
Return to Ubud and dinner at leisure
Overnight in Ubud.
After breakfast and check out, head out for an excursion in east Bali.
The first stop in Klungkung to visit Kertagosa. This ancient justice court retains the most detailed ceiling paintings in Bali depicting punishments that were given to criminals in the old days.
Continue with a visit to Besakih, known as the ‘Mother Temple’ of Bali. Located on the western slopes of Mt Agung, Bali’s highest volcano (2,567m), Besakih is the largest and most religiously important temple on the island.
Lunch is served in Mahagiri Restaurant overlooking rice fields as far the eye can see.
Late in the afternoon, be transferred to the selected hotel in South Bali (not included) or to the airport for an evening return flight.
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