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Temples, Art & Cuisine: Bali Cultural Tour

Candidasa I Sidemen I Ubud I Munduk I Lovina I Uluwatu, Bali

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Highlights

This Bali cultural tour delves deep into Bali’s ancient temples, distinctive art, and unique cuisines. The lush nature and cultural beauty of the tropical island will be a loyal company during your scenic eleven-day journey here. No doubt – just an irresistible charm of local treasures that ready to enchant your thirsty wanderlust.

Embark on guided visits to the most impressive temples and cultural sites on the island that scattered across Bali – from the mother temple in Besakih to the floating temple which surrounded by the second largest lake in Bali, to a complex temple with its holy mountain spring for ritual bathing in Ubud. You’ll visit the traditional villages where you can partake in the Balinese daily program including the oldest one which inhabited by Bali Aga people. The ‘artmosphere’ of Bali takes you to an art village where a discovery of the uniqueness of storytelling in motion with a dance class lets you learn the traditional movement of Balinese dances. Plus, an art class which teaches you about silver-smithing and various jewelry making techniques. Meanwhile, the culinary tour will bring you out to the exotic ingredients and unique culinary heritage of Bali by joining a cooking class program. Last but not least, stroll around in a fancy art market for a myriad of unique Balinese merchandises.

Itinerary
DAY 1
ARRIVAL DENPASAR - CANDIDASA

Welcome to your Bali Cultural Tour! After arriving at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, our local guide will meet you and transfer you to Candidasa in Karangasem, Bali’s eastern province. After checking in into your hotel in Candidasa, spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Meals Included: No meals included on this day.

DAY 2
CANDIDASA

Today, your Bali cultural tour will introduce you to one of the most authentic Bali village which was established in the 11th century - Tenganan Aga Village. Then, we will head out to one of the Bali's sacred water palaces, Tirta Gangga. Its name translates to 'water of the Ganges,' and the lush compound is a pilgrimage site for Balinese Hindus. Built in the early 20th century by the last King of Karangasem, the palace has many decorative ponds and fountains, tropical plants, and natural bathing pools. Next up, we will visit Taman Ujung Royal Palace which built by The King of Karangasem, I Gusti Bagus Djelantik and continues to one of Bali’s oldest and most highly regarded temples - Pura Lempuyang Luhur. This is a complex of temples which famous for the ‘gateway to heaven’ that reveals Mount Agung framed within its sides. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

DAY 3
CANDIDASA - SIDEMEN - UBUD

After breakfast and checkout from the hotel, you will transfer to Sidemen – a small village surrounded by rice fields and agricultural land. There, we bring you a unique, immersive experience into local life on the 'Balinese daily life' program - try your hand at planting rice and plow fields along with the local farmers. You may also experience 20-minute workshops to learn about the Arak distillation and blacksmith making with a traditional oven in the Village of Sukahet Sari. Then, A 45-minute drive will take us to Besakih, commonly known as the 'Mother Temple' of Bali. Located on the western slopes of Bali’s tallest volcano, Mount Agung (2,567 meters), Besakih is the largest and most revered temple on the island. The Balinese regularly visit this sacred site for special ceremonies. Afterward, you'll transfer to Ubud for checking in into your hotel. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

DAY 4
UBUD

This morning you will be introduced to the exotic ingredients and unique culinary heritage of Bali by joining a cooking class program. Start by heading over to the local market; you will handpick your ingredients for the class accompanied by a professional chef. Then, try your hand at crafting these specialties from scratch as you prepare a delicious feast made up of traditional Indonesian flavors. Afterward, this tour takes you to the best art gallery and museum in Ubud at The Agung Rai Museum of Art and Antonio Blanco Museum. Often called as ARMA, Agung Rai museum displays many beautiful arts and hosts regular performance four times a week. Unlike ARMA, the Antonio Blanco Museum was the house and studio of the late flamboyant Philippine-born maestro, Don Antonio Blanco. It displays paintings, collages and illustrated poetry. Next, we will set off to Elephant Temple that locally known as Goa Gajah, and then head out to one of the most scenic temples in Bali – Saraswati Temple. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

DAY 5
UBUD

This morning after breakfast, you may choose between two activities: The first choice takes you to the most idyllic rice paddies in Ubud, Tegallalang Rice Terrace. Meanwhile, the second one will bring you to the famous ancient village of Kintamani, Trunyan Village. It is inhabited by Bali Aga people who live in ways that are vastly different from other Balinese. They do not cremate or bury their dead, but just lay them out in bamboo cages to decompose. Hence, a macabre collection of skulls and bones lies on the stone platform and the surrounding areas. In the village, you will learn about this unique funeral rite tradition belongs to Aga people and a magic tree called Taru Menyan that bizarrely makes the death not smelly. Afterward, you will visit Gunung Kawi, a temple complex centered around royal tombs carved into stone cliffs in the 11th century and Tirta Empul, one of Bali’s most renowned water temples. Known for its sacred spring water, Tirta Empul is annually visited by all Balinese Hindus who come to bathe in these holy waters dedicated to Vishnu as an act of ritual cleansing. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

DAY 6
UBUD

Today, your Bali cultural tour takes you to an art village – Batu Bulan Village. There you may discover the uniqueness of storytelling in motion with a dance class teaching you the traditional movement of Balinese dances. Continue on Sukawati Market, a Bali traditional art market situated in Gianyar that offers myriad of Balinese merchandises at a low price, such as handicraft, clothes, paintings, and silver jewelry. After strolling around the market, we will set off to the sacred Monkey Forest, a sanctuary in Bali where you can spot the Balinese long-tailed monkey known scientifically as ‘Macaque'. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

DAY 7
UBUD - MUNDUK

End your day in Ubud after breakfast, and then a scenic drive will take you to Pura Batu Karu – one of nine kayangan jagat (directional temples) meant to protect Bali from evil spirits. Then, we set out to one of a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the outstanding Jatiluwih Rice Terrace. You can explore the rice paddies by an electric bike while learning about its unique subak irrigation system. The trip continues to the "floating" temple - Ulun Danu Beratan, which surrounded by the second largest lake in Bali, Beratan Lake. If you still have the stamina for strolling around, we will take you to the market of Bedugul that gives you another local produce and handicraft, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables you can buy. Afterward, you will transfer to Munduk – an eco-friendly village high up in the mountains with scenic views and numerous waterfalls. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

DAY 8
MUNDUK - LOVINA

Today, this tour will take you on a boat ride to watch over a hundred dolphins in Lovina. Embrace the warmth of the early morning sun and the crisp sea breeze to observe dolphins swim freely in the middle of the ocean. Then, you have two options to visit whether Banyumala Waterfall or Banjar Hot Spring. Banyumala Waterfall is one of the lesser known waterfalls in Bali with an utterly natural trail and rarely hiked trail. It is perfect to dip in as the depth of this waterfall can be up to two meters. Meanwhile, Banjar Hot Spring provides a recreational and therapeutic experience as it contains sulphuric content. It can be seen from the yellowish red sedimentation at several points of the spouts and pool walls. This hot spring is more enchanting due to the unique architectural designs of the temples. Your day will be closed with a picturesque vista of two crater lakes, Tamblingan and Buyan. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

DAY 9
MUNDUK - SEMINYAK

After a hearty breakfast, you will check out from the hotel and set off to Royal Temple of Mengwi - Taman Ayun which located in Mengwi District. This temple was built in 1634 and constructed as the official family temple of the Mengwi dynastic rulers. This historical piece of architecture is surrounded by a moat, magnificently carved wooden gates, and multi-roofed meru shrines. Then, you will join jewelry making and art classes where you will learn about silver-smithing and various jewelry making techniques. Continue to the famous temple of Tanah Lot that sets dramatically on a rocky outcropping in the sea to enjoy a magical sunset. The temple can only be reached on foot during low tide. Afterward, your incredible trip will transfer you to Seminyak. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

DAY 10
SEMINYAK - ULUWATU - JIMBARAN

Start your tenth day by visiting Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park which presents you a various uniqueness of Bali’s beauty in term of its fascinating histories, traditions, cultural customs, panorama attractions, and arts. There you will watch some cultural dance performance and see Indonesia’s tallest statue at 121 meters height as well, an icon of Bali. Afterward, we’ll make sure you don’t leave this fantastic island without enjoying panoramic cliff views in Uluwatu Temple and watch Kecak ‘Fire Dance’ performance. The Kecak Fire Dance is one of Bali’s most iconic art performances, famous for its dominant use of human vocals in place of gamelan instruments to accompany the dance-drama at its core. Then, you will close the day by savoring a delicious seafood dinner at Jimbaran Bay. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

DAY 11
DEPARTURE

On the final day of your Bali Cultural Tour, enjoy the last hearty breakfast at your hotel and spend the morning at your leisure until it’s time for your scheduled transfer to the airport. Afterward, it is time to say goodbye – We hope your journey with us is creating unforgettable memories, and we will be glad to see you again in another remarkable place in Indonesia! Meals included: Breakfast.

Include
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary, except for alcoholic drinks.
  • Private tours, transfers, and all services as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Service of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Entrance fees for all the mentioned sights.
  • Professional English speaking guides.
  • Personal travel insurance (domestic insurance).
  • Service charges and goverment VAT tax.
Exclude
  • International airfares to and from our start and end points + departure taxes if applicable (Notes: The price of this tour does not include any international airfares to and from our start and end points; however, our reservations specialists are more than happy to help arrange international flights on your behalf and advise on scheduling. We book hundreds of flights each year on behalf of our guests, and we know the best routes to take to ensure you arrive on time. We only book with IATA-approved airlines that have met with international standards of safety and dependability).
  • Personal expenses (mini bar, laundry, room services, additional food & drink at the hotel/restaurant, etc).
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
  • Visa fees.
  • Tipping to guides and drivers (Notes: on the final day of your tour, you will have an opportunity to contribute in giving tip fund discretionarily. We believe that between US$ 5-10 per day is an appropriate amount. However, this is just a suggestion and remains entirely up to the judgment and discretion of the guests. We do ask that you kindly refrain from offering tips to guides or drivers at any time, except during cases of exceptional service, when it should be arranged through the office. Tipping of your travel specialists for their hard work is also welcome, and is at your discretion).
Price & Additional Information
  • Tour prices are a guideline only, and are based on two persons traveling together, sharing a double or twin room. Each tour price can be adjusted depending on budgets, activities included, and standards of accommodation desired.
  • Tour prices include all applicable taxes and are subject to change without prior notice until services are booked.
  • You, your holiday and booking direct: Adventure Archipelago is on the ground year-round in Indonesia, which means you are booking direct with a local travel company, allowing you to save on the cost of your holiday. Our tailor-made tours are designed by our travel specialists and local experts who investigate every aspect of the trip themselves, giving you a unique view of each destination.
     

WHAT TO BRING

  • Clothing - The tropical climate means you can safely leave all of your warm weather gear at home. Bring cool pieces of cotton, T-shirts, and shorts. Likewise, a lightweight fleece could be useful for pre-dawn trekking or if there is a cold wind on the mountain  – even if you don’t need it, it will be helpful for the plane. Adventure Archipelago is respectful of the local cultures and customs; bring clothes that cover your shoulders and knees for villages or temples visits. Finally, you might want to bring at least one smart-casual outfit for sunset cocktails and evening meals. Ladies: beach throw-overs, kaftans and sarongs are always useful; choose fabrics that dry easily. Also, bring a lightweight sundress or two – several destinations offers an excellent setting for a photo shoot, live it up.
  • Bags - A day backpack is essential on day hikes to carry things such as your water bottle, camera, binoculars, and rain jacket. A waterproof wet/dry bag is a good idea for your phone, camera, etc.
  • Footwear - Pack comfortable trainers, trekking sandals, sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots for hikes and walks. Bring socks to wear inside your walking shoes to avoid getting blisters. Many travelers appreciate the added stability of a walking stick or hiking pole; lightweight telescopic poles are easy to pack. You might also want waterproof sandals or reef shoes for wet landings and water activities. Flip-flops are great for the beach. Note: Standard practice is to go barefoot on the boat.
  • Sun Protection - You’ll be spending plenty of time out in the scorching tropical sun, so be sure to pack sunscreen with a high enough SPF to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays, which are stronger in the water, and some sun-protective clothing as well. Cover-ups, sarongs, sun shirts, and other such clothing will ensure that you come back from your trip with just happy memories and photographs – and not sunburn. A good hat is essential; a wide-brimmed hat or cap will keep the strong equatorial sun off your face and neck. Sunglasses keep your eyes protected and add a little glam to your photos. A strap to hold your glasses can be a good idea on more active adventures. Just in case you fail to avoid getting sunburnt, bring an aloe-based lotion to soothe burned skin.
  • Swimwear - Don’t forget your swimsuit/bikini/shorts/trunks/Speedos —and preferably more than just one swimsuit, so that one or two can be drying while you are wearing another. Luckily, swimsuits and/or swim trunks don’t take up too much space in your luggage. The water is warm but a rash guard (or a wetsuit) will protect you from the sun, abrasions and stings.
  • Skin & Hair Protection - Ladies, it’s important that you take good care of your skin and hair. The sun, seawater, and salty air may be beautiful to experience but it can be tough on your body and will wreak havoc on your locks. Bring moisturizing lotion to soothe skin parched by the sun and the saltwater; bring a leave-in conditioner to de-tangle your hair with ease because the water, mask, and hair-ties will leave it in knots. Also consider bringing a scarf or headband to hold back unruly hair, or hair-ties/pins to keep your hair off your face and therefore prevent water seeping into your mask.
  • Camera Equipment - If you are a photo enthusiast, bring all of the camera and video equipment that you will use as you can expect exceptional opportunities for photography. If you prefer the ease of a point and shoot, bring that. If you want to take underwater photos, you might want to invest in a waterproof camera/GoPro or waterproof housing to capture pictures of the incredible marine life. It’s also a good idea to bring a spare memory card.

Unforgettable experiences you’ll get:

  • Embark on an enchanting discovery of Bali's best temples which have their own myths.
  • Discover the most authentic Bali village which established in the 11th century and the famous ancient village with their funeral traditions.
  • Join Balinese art and traditional dance class, jewelry making techniques and silver-smithing, and cooking class programme that introduces the exotic ingredients and unique culinary heritage of Bali.
  • An immersive experience in Balinese daily life - try your hand at planting rice and plowing fields along with the local farmers.
  • A journey into Bali's natural beauty of terrace rice fields - Jatiluwih and Tegallalang, Bali’s hidden waterfall, the crater lakes - Tamblingan & Buyan, and the dolphins at Lovina Beach.
  • Witness the reliving of Hindu epic, the Ramayana through dances and colorful ceremonial parades, Kecak 'Fire Dance' performance.

TRIP OVERVIEW

Candidasa I Sidemen I Ubud I Munduk I Lovina I Uluwatu, Bali

Culture & Heritage

11 Days

from $2,360 per person

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