Secret Classic Bali

Duration: 8 Days

Overview

Culture vultures, this one's for you! From ancient temples and age-old rituals, to traditional recipes and local flea markets - this is the best of Bali's culture 

The Balinese believe that their ancestors return to earth for 10 full days to spend time with their loved ones. Imagine if your ancestors were popping home for a visit, what would you do? Make the place look spic and span, of course! So for days on end, the Balinese have been tirelessly decorating their homes, temples and even the streets with traditional offerings and “penjor”, to welcome ancestors back to the island.

From ancient and epic works of art, architecture and cuisine, to the mesmerizing spirituality and religion on the island, we’ve put together all of the fab things to see and do in this tropical paradise that’ll give you some insight into the day-to-day life of the Balinese. Whether you want to dig a little deeper into Bali’s wonderful history, values and beliefs, or you want to learn a thing or two about Balinese food, dance and art – culture vultures, this one’s for you… Welcome to the Island of the Gods!. With its wild, wonderful and otherworldly traditions, Balinese culture might seem a little daunting to a first-timer. So to ease you into this magical world, get a taster of Balinese culture at a Cultural Evening, where music, art, food and dance collide.

Highlights

  • Visit to Ulutawu Temple; Being one of the oldest temples in the south of Bali, Indonesia, the Uluwatu Temple is located on a majestic cliff overlooking the Java Sea. This is a beautiful poetic temple with white clouds and ocean waves day and night. The Uluwatu temple, called Pura Luhur Uluwatu, was built in the 10th century, about 50 km from the central town of Kuta
  • Drive to the beautiful Jimbaran Bay for Seafood BBQ Dinner; Located on the Bali archipelago, Jimbaran Bay is easily accessible in front of you with a more beautiful view than ever. Here, this is also the unique "spice" that you can only feel when going to Jimbaran Bay.
  • Heading to Kintamani Plateau ; Kintamani Plateau still retains its almost unspoiled beauty, becoming a natural symbol that any visitor would want to visit upon arriving in this vibrant Bali island.
  • Tirta Empul Temple, also known as the “Holy Stream Temple,” plays a very important role in the spiritual life of the local people, which is considered to be the place to dissolve the negative effects in life and to purify mind, human soul
  • It is the forest of the village of Padangtegal - which nourishes the spiritual world for the villagers. Pura Dalem, Pura Beji and Pura Prajapari are three ancient temples built around the 14th century in the village forest. The monkeys here have a small physique, gentle face, friendly and eyes full of emotions.
  • Proceed to Jatiluwih Rice Paddies UNESCO Heritage site ,then Candi Kuning, where have Bedugul Botanical Gardens and Ulun Danu Temple.
  • Bedugul is a large tropical garden located on the Bedugul plateau, Bali, where there is cool air with rich flora, especially with a collection of 320 orchids from different parts of Indonesia.
  • In the garden there is Beratan Lake - a shallow lake of crater about 1231m above sea level. Lake Beratan is the second largest lake in Bali, but the main reservoir provides water for terraced fields.
  • King Mengwi built the Ulun Danu Temple in 1633 to worship the goddess Dewi Danu. Ulun Danu brings the cold air of the mountains with characteristic temperate flowering plants.
  • We visit Buyan and Tamblingan Lakes, set apart by the hills covered by rainforests creating stunning views of the volcanic center. Buyan is the second largest lake after Batur Lake in Bali.
  • Munduk is a mountain village in the highlands of Central Bali. Munduk and the nearby villages of Kayuputih and Banyuatis are dotted along the scenic drive of twists and turns between Lake Buyan at the west of Bedugul to Seririt on Bali's northern coast.
  • Drive to Sanda Village, Pupuan along such a scenic road for lunch, then descend to the western coast of Bali, passing by the small town of Sandaa. The landscapes alternates between jungle covered by mountain and amazing rice terraces.
  • Participate in an exciting cooking class. It’s time to learn some of the techniques behind the dishes you’ve tasted throughout your adventure.
  • This is one of Bali’s most important landmarks, famed for its unique offshore setting and sunset backdrops. An ancient Hindu shrine perched on top of an outcrop amidst constantly crashing waves; Tanah Lot Temple is simply among Bali’s not-to-be-missed icons

Itinerary

Warmly welcome you on arrival in Ngurah Rai International Airport. Our guide will pick you up to your hotel in Ubud to check-in, and you will have time to take a rest after a long flight. And then the rest of day is on your own, you can make an impression on the city by night by exploring yourself.

Today we venture out of Nusa Dua, heading to Kintamani Plateau. We depart from hotel with first stop will be at Ubud Palace about 09.45-10.15. Then Tegalalang rice paddies at 11.00 11.30, Then drive to Kintamani with stop for enjoy view and lunch (optional) from 12.00 – 12.30. Kintamani Plateau still retains its almost unspoiled beauty, becoming a natural symbol that any visitor would want to visit upon arriving in this vibrant Bali island. There is Mount Batur, a still active volcano and Batur Lake in the plateau. Batur Lake, 16 km wide, is located in the south of the plateau and is home to many special fish. There are also hot springs that are widely available for treating some of its diseases. Visitors often take hot springs here before embarking on a journey to reach the height of the cooled volcanoes. Lake Batur is the main source of irrigation water for almost every village in Bali, so the lake is especially important in the lives of the people on the island in general.

After lunch in the plateau, we continue to visit Tirta Empul Temple 13.45 – 14.45.

Tirta Empul Temple, also known as the “Holy Stream Temple,” plays a very important role in the spiritual life of the local people, which is considered to be the place to dissolve the negative effects in life and to purify mind, human soul. In the central area of ​​Tirta Empul there is a sacred water pond that is never dry because of the constant supply of water from the bottom of the basin, which flows from the high mountain stream. Whether it is local people or Hindu people from all over the world, when coming to Tirta Empul Temple, there is the desire to bathe theirselvé through twelve sacred streams, wishing to wash away the dust, wash the air. Good luck in body and soul, want to be blessed, stroked and protected, giving them a healthy body, a pure soul and a wise mind. The last destination today is Monkey Forest 15.45 – 16.45. It is the forest of the village of Padangtegal – which nourishes the spiritual world for the villagers. Pura Dalem, Pura Beji and Pura Prajapari are three ancient temples built around the 14th century in the village forest. Temples as well as the forest became sacred when there was the appearance of the long-tailed macaque. The monkeys here have a small physique, gentle face, friendly and eyes full of emotions. You can communicate and play with them.

Drive back to hotel for overnight.

Depart hotel after breakfast at 07.45 for most memorable experience in Bali.

Our tour will begin on the farm with a welcome drink. While relaxing in a shaded part of the farm, We will present our community movement and teach you about how we grow our organic produce. After enjoying the welcome drink, we will walk along the community farm and learn about organic farming and the unique UNESCO- protected Subak System in Bali. During the farm tour, we will pick the ingredients that we are going to use during the cooking class for a true farm to table cooking experience.

Once we arrive at the center of the community, Organic farm, we will drink a refreshing juice made with vegetables and fruit from our local farms. Following the drink, we will prepare six Balinese dishes, such as tuna sate and corn fritters. Students are able to participate as much or as little as they would like. We keep our class sizes small (max 8 people) to allow guests to be more involved in the cooking process and to provide better attention to each guest. After we finish cooking, we will teach you about our traditional offerings that we give to mother nature. Lastly, you will enjoy your meal in a tranquil gubuk (hut) with new friends from the tour.

By supporting Our Organic Farm, you are supporting a community of local farmers from the village. Our movement aims to support the local farmers’ and villagers’ income while providing them with resources to improve their quality of life. Then we back to hotel for rest of the day and overnight.

After having breakfast, we proceed at 08.30 to Candi Kuning, where have Bedugul Botanical Gardens 10.30 – 11.30 and then at 11.30 – 12.00, we will visit Buyan and Tamblingan Lakes, set apart by the hills covered by rainforests creating stunning views of the volcanic center. Buyan is the second largest lake after Batur Lake in Bali. And most important we will stop at Ulun Danu Temple 12.15 – 13.00. Bedugul is a large tropical garden located on the Bedugul plateau, Bali, where there is cool air with rich flora, especially with a collection of 320 orchids from different parts of Indonesia. In the garden there is Beratan Lake – a shallow lake of crater about 1231 m above sea level. Lake Beratan is the second largest lake in Bali, but the main reservoir provides water for terraced fields. Understanding the importance of the lake, King Mengwi built the Ulun Danu Temple in 1633 to worship the goddess Dewi Danu. Ulun Danu brings the cold air of the mountains with characteristic temperate flowering plants. In the misty mist over the lake, the darkness of the temple as well as the beauty of elegance, just like a watercolor picture. We continue our trip to visit Jatiluwih Rice Paddies UNESCO Heritage site for short trekking and lunch) 13.30-14.30. After lunch we will drive to Antosari Village for overnight. Let relax after a day of exploration.

A favorite and Must-Do tour! Pupuan is famous for its high quality coffee, which is grown throughout the region. Go on an organized private tour by open-air jeep and explore the coffee plantations, organic farms and rice fields on the slope of Mount Batukaru, and visit a traditional coffee roasting facility. Taste for yourself what Pupuan coffee is all about! On the way back you can visit the Blamantung waterfall and perhaps the Buddhist temple with large sleeping Buddha statue. This tour takes about 3-4 hours and return to hotel for overnight.

Breakfast at hotel. Depart hotel to continue our trip to Royal family temple of Taman Ayun ; Unesco heritage site then we will continue to Tanah Lot temple. Lunch will be serve in Kuta area. After lunch we will drive to Garuda Wisnu Kencana Park then we pay a visit to Ulutawu Temple. Being one of the oldest temples in the south of Bali, Indonesia, the Uluwatu Temple is located on a majestic cliff overlooking the Java Sea. This is a beautiful poetic temple with white clouds and ocean waves day and night. The Uluwatu temple, called Pura Luhur Uluwatu, was built in the 10th century, about 50 km from the central town of Kuta. The rocky rocky cliffs are nearly 100m above sea level, carved from black coral. The temple carries the architectural features of Bali with layers of roofed palm leaves stacked. After sunset, we will enjoy Kecak dance performance. Then at 19.15 we drive to the beautiful Jimbaran Bay for Seafood BBQ Dinner. Located on the Bali archipelago, Jimbaran Bay is easily accessible in front of you with a more beautiful view than ever. We drive to your hotel in Legian for overnight.

The time today is scheduled for you to be free at leisure or you might want to enjoy swimming or relax on the beach.

The time is on your own until we pick you up to transfer to the airport, taking an international flight to your hometown.

More Information

Price: 818 / person

Inclusions

  • Air-conditioned private transportation during the program
  • Tour and meal program base on mentioned above
  • Mineral water during tour
  • 7 nights accommodation + Daily breakfast during tour based on twin share
  • Entrance fees, parking fees as per program
  • Professional English speaking guide during tour in Bali island

Exclusions

  • Visa arrangement
  • High season & Peak season surcharge from hotel
  • Other optional tours
  • Dinner not mentioned in program
  • Suggested tipping USD.3 per person(guest) per day
  • Other meals not mentioned in program
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