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Tanah Lot / Denpasar / Bedugul / Mt Batur / Jatiluwih / Ubud

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.  

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Tour Highlights for Highlights of Bali
Explore Bali’s iconic sites

Explore Bali’s iconic sites

Take a light trek through verdant rice paddies, admire Mt Batur volcano and watch the sunset at Tanah Lot temple.

Visit Ubud’s cultural vestiges

Visit Ubud’s cultural vestiges

See Peliatan Palace, a prime example of traditional Balinese architecture, and the impressive local arts collection at ARMA Museum.

See Petulu’s Herons

See Petulu’s Herons

Visit the small village of Petulu in the late afternoon and watch as thousands of Herons gather for the evening.

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ITINERARY

Highlights of Bali - 5 Days / 4 Nights

DAY 1 - Arrival Denpasar – Ubud

Exo TravelDenpasar Ngurah Rai international Airport – Ubud (40 km): 1 hour 15 minutes

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 center, 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.

DAY 2 - Ubud – City tour – Pekedui – Petulu – UbudMealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelUbud – Tegalalang - Pekedui – Petulu - Ubud (30km): 1 hour

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 Pekedui near Tegalalang for views of some of the most beautiful rice terrace landscapes in Bali

Enjoy a 1-hour soft trekking in Tegalalang.  Walk down the rice terraces with the local guide and learn about the unique subak irrigation system that is common to Bali. Rice fields are a signature of Bali and these quiet verdant paths lined by palm trees provide great photographic opportunities

Enjoy a coffee break at this beautiful location away from the crowds.  

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.

DAY 3 - Ubud – Gunung Kawi – Lake Batur – Penglipuran – Kehen TempleMealsMEALS [B|L]

Exo TravelUbud – Gunung Kawi – Tampaksiring (20 km): 45 minutes Tampaksiring – Kintamani (22km): 45 minutes Kintamani – Penglipuran – Kehen Temple – Bangli – Ubud (50 km): 1 hour 40 minutes

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 lunch at Sari Organik Pulu Mujung the restaurant looks out at the caldera of the Batur volcano.

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.

DAY 4 - Ubud – Taman Ayun – Bedugul – Jatiluwih – Tanah LotMealsMEALS [B|L]

Exo TravelUbud – Taman Ayun – Bedugul (50 km): 1 hour 45 minutes Bedugul – Jatiluwih – Tanah Lot (65 km): 2 hours Tanah Lot – Ubud (35 km): 1 hour 15 minutes

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 at Bamboo Forest 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.

DAY 5 - Ubud – Klungkung – Besakih - Denpasar Airport or Beach in South BaliMealsMEALS [B|L]

Exo TravelUbud – Klungkung (20 km): 40 minutes Klungkung – Besakih – Maha Giri (30 km): 1 hour Maha Giri – Denpasar Ngurah Rai international Airport or southern beach hotel (70 km): 2 hours 20 minutes

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.

On the last day, evening departure is required.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Our Services Include:

  • Hotel accommodation in half-twin/double room with daily breakfast.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles with cold water and towel provided.
  • Service of English speaking local guide.
  • All entrance fees and tours as indicated in itinerary.

Our Services Do Not Include:

  • Accommodation in South Bali Beach.
  • Visa arrangements.
  • International and domestic flights.
  • International and domestic departure tax from Denpasar.
  • Meals other than mentioned above.
  • Camera/video entrance fees.
  • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc).
  • Travel insurance. 
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.
  • Our rates are nets and quoted in American dollars (USD), however some services (like transportation, guide fees, entrance fees, some activities,  meals, air tickets and train tickets and sometimes accommodations) are based on local prices in Indonesian Rupiah in (IDR). In the case of a major change in the exchange rate (5% or more) between the Indonesian Rupiah and the American dollar (USD), we reserve the right to correct our quotes to align our rates and revise the value of the American dollar (USD).
  • All rates are based on the current gasoline price. Should the gasoline price increase by more than 10% we would readjust transfer rates with a 30 days prior notice.
  • All timings indicated are estimated only and can vary in high season and ceremonial days.
  • All language guides other than English subject to availability during high season July – September.
  • Additional surcharges, compulsory gala dinners and special conditions may be applied during peak season. Rates and details will be informed in advance.
  • Child rate is available on request.
  • During Nyepi Day, an important religious day in Bali, which falls on 07-Mar-19 and 25-Mar-20, visitors are not allowed to leave the premises of hotels from 06:00 until 06:00 on the following day (24-hour). The airport will not operate any flights and all public activities will cease but hotels will remain operate with limited staff.
  • Note that certain experiences, such as blessings by a priest, the visit of an astrologer, etc. are linked with cultural and social obligations on the side of the providers that may change with very short notice, and thus are always subject to change. Cancellations from the supplier-side with short notice have occurred, and in such cases we would always try to re-schedule the activity or experience.
  • On the departure day, it is required to take an evening departure flight.
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