Blessed with stunning beaches, enchanting temples and outstanding natural beauty, Bali is a thing of beauty. Join us on our Discovery tour from Ubud to Sanur, taking in exquisite rice fields, sacred temples, traditional Balinese dance and the sun-kissed beach of Sanur.
Following our late arrival, we transfer to the hotel in Ubud. Overnight Ubud
Today we will explore the surrounding area of Tampak Siring. Our first stop is Tegalalang rice terraces where we can admire magnificent views before visiting Kintamani with its view to Batur lake and volcano. We then continue to Tampak Siring area to visit Gunung Kawi Temple. The only way to the temple is walk down 300 steps on the stone steps. There are lots of shops and beautiful scenery we can enjoy before reach the bottom. It is worth the walk as the rock carvings are mesmerizing, with lots of beautiful photos opportunity as well. Later we will drive back to Ubud.
The afternoon is free for us to spend however we wish. Ubud Monkey Forest is a few minutes’ walk from the hotel (entrance fee applies).
In the evening we will meet for a welcome drink and dinner.
After breakfast, we will start our tour of Ubud and its surroundings. Our first stop is Batubulan, where we will enjoy a Barong dance performance. Watching a Barong dance is a great introduction to the world of Balinese dance which is often inspired by religion. The story is loosely derived from the Mahabharat and Ramayana, Indian stories with a huge influence on art, society and culture all over Asia. A Barong dance explains how the Balinese deal with Good and Evil, both universal powers which have to be continuously and carefully balanced. Batubulan is also famous for its stone carvers who sell their goods along roadside shops.
Our next stop is an important temple site on the north part of Ubud in Tampak Siring, called Tirta Empul and located close to the President's Palace. All Balinese will make regular pilgrimages to Tirta Empul. They come seeking to cleanse themselves spiritually and to cure their physical ailments by bathing in the holy springs, which have been considered the most sacred in Bali ever since the 10th century, if not longer. The shallow red-brick bathing pools are sunk into the ground of the outer courtyard of a temple, fed by water from the springs in the inner sanctuary. Men, women and priests each have their own segregated sections in which to immerse themselves, though most modern devotees just splash their faces and smile for the camera.
The afternoon is free for us to spend however we wish. Overnight Ubud
Today we will depart to Bali's West Coast for a visit to Tanah Lot - the famous sea-side temple which has been defying the Indian Ocean for centuries. The landmark temple was built to commemorate the spread of Hinduism from Java to Bali many centuries ago. Sitting on an eroded rocky outcrop between the sea and the beach, it is quite a sight.
Later we will get into vintage cabrio VW cars and travel along forgotten villages, fairy-like temples and lush green rice fields to Jatiluwih - a beautiful area of verdant, terraced rice paddies nestled in the shadow of Mount Batukaru, the second highest peak of Bali. We will be driven by our own driver at a slow pace, while enjoying the enchanting Balinese scenery.
In Jatiluwih we will go for an easy walk through the rice terraces and see how the villagers cultivate their fields following the system of ‘subak’, a water management (irrigation) system for paddy fields which was developed in the 9th century. For the Balinese, irrigation is not simply providing water for the plant's roots, but water is used to construct a complex, pulsed artificial ecosystem.
At the end of our tour we will visit Sangeh Monkey Forest. The monkeys of the forest are believed to be sacred and indeed will approach anyone paying respects at the temple.
In the late afternoon we will return to Ubud. Overnight Ubud.
We will start off the day with a visit to the market of Gianyar, a city just 10 kilometers northeast of the glitz of Ubud, but decades away in time. It’s a flight of imagination back into the mystery and magic of the East. A stroll through the local market is one of the most enjoyable ways to connect with the foundations of a culture that goes back several thousands of years. Here we will see how the villagers sell many kinds of foods, fresh vegetables, fruits and meat, clothes, ceremonial equipment, flowers offering and all kinds of daily needs. After simple local lunch, we will walk through the village and learn more about traditional house architecture. The most important part is the house temple, inevitably pointing towards the mountains. It is amazing how Balinese keep their buildings consistently in line with religious principles.
Our next stop is Tibumana Waterfall (possible to swim) located at Bangunlemah Bangli. The pathway to the waterfall is refreshingly beautiful with lush green vegetation, lots of flowers, bamboo trees, and the calming sound of the river along the trail. This place is a great photo opportunity!
Afterwards we will transfer to our hotel in Candidasa. Overnight Candidasa
Today we will explore the eastern part of Bali and visit Tirta Gangga Water Palace. This water garden was built in 1948, blending Balinese and Chinese styles. The water comes from one of the nearby natural springs. The place has always been regarded as holy. Tirta means blessed water, gangga cames from Ganges, the holy river in India.
We will continue our tour by driving through mountainous routes to the Besakih Temple which is built against the southern slope of Gunung Agung, a sacred mountain for the Balinese. A sprawling complex of shrines, dedicated to an unknown number of gods, constitutes the religious center of Bali. Besakih and surroundings can easily be described as the holiest place on the island, covering an extended religious patchwork of shrines and temples, dedicated to kings and Gods. At any given time, we`ll walk together with numerous pilgrims as every Balinese is required to pay homage several times throughout the year.
Our next stop is Kertha Gosa - a beautifully renovated, 17th century hall, once used for the administration of traditional justice. It is a superb example of classical Balinese design. In the late afternoon we will transfer to our hotel in Sanur for a well-deserved beach stay. Overnight Sanur
Today is free for you to spend how you wish.
Sanur Beach is a former fishing village that has managed to cling on to its charm and wealth of arts and culture. The waters of Sanur are protected by a long string of offshore reefs, creating large, warm shallow, safe lagoons that are perfectly clear and excellent for swimming, snorkelling and a whole array of watersports. Sanur is also a great place to walk. Distances are not far, the streets are relatively quiet and there is a splendid, paved beachfront path which runs the whole length of the district. Overnight Sanur
Today is free for you to spend how you wish. In the evening we will gather together for a farewell dinner. Overnight Sanur
After breakfast we will transfer to the airport for our return flight home. Depending on your flights you will arrive London the same or next day.
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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