Bali is renowned worldwide for its magnificent beaches, amazing rice terraces, picturesque temples, arts and crafts, and for the colorful Hindu-Buddhist culture of the Balinese people. For the deeply religious Balinese, every aspect of life is governed by ancient rituals, and shrines with offerings to the gods are seen everywhere throughout the island. To the Balinese, food is a gift from the gods and therefore must be prepared and served with love and reverence. It is not only for the sustenance of the body but also for the mind and spirit.
This tour includes visits to sacred sites and landmarks in Bali for a peek into the island’s enriching culture and traditions. You will dine on delicious and healthy food and have the opportunity to learn about the spices and herbs that enhance the flavor and color of almost every dish. You will also have the opportunity to cycle through beautiful highland countryside dotted with villages, ending with a private lunch amid spectacular rice terraces. You will also be able to try standup paddle-boarding, a trendy sport that involves both strength and endurance - suitable for everybody as a good alternative to other health-promoting activities.
Upon your afternoon arrival at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, you will be greeted by our professionally-licensed tour guide and transferred by air-conditioned vehicle to your hotel in Ubud. After check-in, enjoy a 60-minute welcome massage followed with dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Ubud (Dinner).
The day starts with a private 1-hour yoga session at the hotel. Afterwards, spend the rest of the day discovering the many charms of Ubud including a visit to Monkey Forest - home to a population of chattering long-tailed macaques. Proceed to Ubud’s Royal Palace which was built in the 16th C, this palace is still home to Ubud’s royal family and can only be viewed from outside. Just across the street is the famous Ubud Market which provides a great opportunity for souvenir shopping. You will have a healthy lunch at Sari Organik restaurant, located amidst lush surroundings. After lunch, enjoy a 25-minute walk from the restaurant through the organic gardens and rice fields which leads to the Blanco Renaissance Museum. Antonio Blanco is arguably the most famous artist to have ever lived in Bali; his former home and studio has been converted into a museum housing an extensive collection of his works and it is considered a testament to his love for Bali. Transfer back to your hotel to freshen up before departing for dinner, followed by a traditional Balinese dance performance.
Overnight in Ubud (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
In the morning, leave with your guide on a chauffeured vehicle for a full-day excursion. The first stop will be at the Royal Temple of Mengwi, which was built in 1634 to serve as the family temple of the Mengwi dynasty. Surrounded by a moat, the temple is a truly stunning example of historical temple architecture with multi-roofed meru (shrines) and intricately carved wooden gates. Your tour continues with a visit to Pura Luhur Batukaru, a Hindu temple on the slopes of Mount Batukaru. Originally built in the 11th C and rebuilt to its current form in 1959, the temple has a 7-tiered structure of meru (shrines) dedicated to the god Mahadeva. Pura Luhur Batukaru is the starting point of your 2-hour cycling excursion. From here, you will embark on a leisurely ride through picturesque villages and lush scenery, passing through the village of Jatiluwih. This village is famous for its terraced rice fields and bamboo forest which has been declared as one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. The cycling ends with private lunch served at our private spot amidst the rice terraces of Jatiluwih.
After lunch, proceed to Bedugul highlands in the heart of Bali which is famous for its stunning scenery and three lakes. See colorful displays of fruits, vegetables, orchids, and all the produce of local gardens at Bedugul’s traditional market. There are also stalls selling exotic spices and various souvenirs. You will continue to drive north, ascending further into the hills to reach Lake Bratan. Set on the shore of the lake, the iconic Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is one of Bali's most sacred and iconic Hindu temples. Built in 1663, the temple with an 11-storey meru (shrine) dedicated to the god Shiva is used for offering ceremonies to the goddess of water, Dewi Danu. Return to Ubud in the late afternoon.
Overnight in Ubud (Breakfast, Lunch).
Breakfast will be served at the hotel before pickup by your guide and driver for the short drive to Mas. This small village is located about 15km from Ubud and is known for its traditional wood carvings. Here, you will have a chance to take part in activities that are uniquely Bali. Translated by a local guide, an astrologer will offer blessings and tell you your destiny using ancient methods. You will then head to Kayun Restaurant for lunch before returning to your hotel in Ubud. The remainder of the day is at leisure but you can opt for an optional activity of 3 hours 30 minutes of Yoga - Awakening Inner Power at Five Elements (not included). This program offers a creative path to greater peace, inner strength and a deeper connection with others. Everything in nature is made up of five basic elements: earth, water, fire, air, and space. Learn how to attain and maintain good health while enjoying a long and fulfilling life based on higher awareness by working with these five elements.
Overnight in Ubud (Breakfast, Lunch).
Ubud – Sanur
Check-out of the hotel in the morning after breakfast. A short drive will get you to the meeting point for the start of an herbal walking tour through the countryside. This approximately 3-hour walk offers insight into the herbal and medicinal qualities of a great number of plants, as well as the ancient techniques and practices of Balinese traditional healing and therapy. Enjoy lunch at the local restaurant, then drive to your hotel of choice located in Sanur. After check-in, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Sanur (Breakfast, Lunch).
Breakfast will be served at the hotel. You will then be picked up for your transfer to the day’s first activity: a stand-up paddle-boarding lesson. A trendy new sport that has recently arrived in Bali from Hawaii, stand-up paddle-boarding (or SUP) is suitable for everybody. SUP can be practiced on shallow water and without waves and does not require prior surfing experience. As it involves both strength and endurance, the sport is a good alternative to other health-promoting activities such as jogging, hiking and climbing. And, because it is practiced on water, it has a relaxing and almost meditative quality. Afterwards, you will head to a local restaurant for a healthy lunch.
Return to the hotel before the afternoon excursion to one of Bali’s most scenic temples, Pura Luhur Uluwatu. One of the nine key directional temples, Pura Luhur Uluwatu is majestically perched on the edge of a steep cliff 70 meters above sea level. In the evening you will witness a performance of Bali's famous Kecak Dance. This almost hypnotic dance-drama is based on an ancient Balinese ritual. A large group of all-male performers sit on the ground in a circle while they chant and sway with the rhythm. Afterward, a drive to Jimbaran for a BBQ seafood dinner under the stars on one of Bali’s glorious beaches. The seafood warung will serve an enticing platter of prawns, grilled fish, squid, clams and shellfish, accompanied by rice, vegetables and sambal (spicy hot chili sauce).
Overnight in Sanur (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
Breakfast will be served at the hotel. The rest of the day until your designated pick up time is free at leisure. You will have a private transfer to the airport for your departure flight.