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Ubud - Klungkung - Besakih - Mengwi - Umabian - Taman Sari Buwana - Tanah Lot - Canggu/Seminyak
Often feted as Indonesia's friendliest island, the Balinese have also long been admired for their inherent craftsmanship and artistic sensibilities. Here we have an alluring paradise where age-old traditions and modernity coexist, a relatively small island, (you can drive around the entire coast in one long day) Bali offers huge recreational and cultural scope as a destination. This combined Bali Culture and Cuisine tour is a good option for those wanting to cover as much of it as possible.
With our insider contacts, this Bali tour package goes beyond normal touring to bring you into contact not only with the local people, but remarkably talented craftsman and highly-regarded spiritualists, whom are successful in making the experience both more personable and ultimately, unique.
In showing you the rich traditions rooted in Balinese culture, this tour offers an insight into the world of performing arts, Bali's traditional dance is closely aligned with Hinduism and subsequently ingrained in ancient practices. Other features include workshops, temples, art-spaces and even an encounter with a local astrologer.
Escaping the trappings of the tourist trail in favor of the 'real' Bali, the tour incorporates the 'Balinese Experience' a half-day excursion during which you will have the opportunity to gain unmatched insights into the life of a Tunkunk villager. Operated by the villages, the sustainable tourism excursion seeks to preserve local culture and involves working in rice (sawah) fields, visiting a school and dining on freshly prepared local dishes.
The culinary aspect of the tour ensures you experience both world-class dining and authentic settings, although not necessarily at the same time. You will get the opportunity to both savour and prepare traditional Indonesian fare, and eat one of Bali's signature dishes - fried crispy duck, which is marinated in Indonesian herbs and spices for 36 hours.
The hands-on cooking school is a perfect way to keep a taste of Bali long after the tour has finished. Immerse yourself in local culture while sourcing ingredients from the local markets, before an afternoon of preparation and finally enjoying the food. The closing of the tour provides ample time to enjoy Bali as you wish, with the driver and tour guide at your disposal.
Day 1 - Ubud Arrival (D)
Upon arrival at Ngurah Rai, your local guide and private car will meet and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. This afternoon, you are free to spend your time as you choose, with the option of some spa treatments at the nearby Spa Hati. This evening you will enjoy a traditional dance performance before heading to Bebek Bengil, where you will discover the delights of one of Bali's signature dishes, crispy fried duck.Return to your hotel after dinner.
Overnight in Ubud.
Day 2 - Ubud - Mas experience - Klungkung - Besakih - Ubud (B,L,D)
Rise early for breakfast at the hotel before heading to the village of Mas, where you will meet with an astrologer, work with a local woodcarver and receive a blessing from a priest. You will also get the opportunity to attend a cooking school, before eating the food prepared for lunch. This afternoon, you will drive to Klungkung to visit the former Royal Courts of Justice known as Kerta Gosa, before finishing the day at Besakih, located on the western slopes of Mt Agung, Bali's highest volcano. Return to Ubud and dine at Mozaic.
Return to your hotel after dinner.
Overnight in Ubud.
Day 3 - Ubud Art tour - Mengwi - Umabian (B,L,D)
This morning discover Bali's cultural center with the Ubud Art Tour, visit The Blanco Renaissance Museum before continuing your tour with a visit to ARMA Museum. Lunch will be served at Indus Restaurant, with breathtaking views over the Tjampuhan river valley. This afternoon, visit some of the city's best art galleries before heading to Taman Ayun temple near Mengwi. This evening, dinner will be served at your hotel.
Overnight in Umabian.
Day 4 - Umabian - Taman Sari Buwana - Tanah Lot - Canggu/Seminyak (B,L,D)
This morning, you will be picked up and taken to Taman Sari Buwana for a half-day excursion involving some time spent learning how to harvest rice with local farmers and a visit to a school, generally an afternoon spent interacting with locals. This afternoon; you will drive to the west coast for a last visit to Bali's most famous temple, Tanah Lot.During the late afternoon you will be driven to Seminyak where your 3-course meal awaits.
Overnight in Canggu or Kerobokan.
Day 5 - Canggu - Cooking Class - Canggu/Seminyak (B,L,D)
Rise early and enjoy breakfast at the hotel before beginning your authentic cooking class. Decide on the dishes you wish to make before heading to the local market and sourcing the ingredients. Food is prepared with steamers on wood-fire terracotta stoves in an open kitchen and eaten amid a traditional setting of wooden benches and with bare hands.This afternoon is spent at your leisure, the perfect opportunity to discover Seminyak with the driver and guide at your disposal. Dinner will be served at Gado-Gado.
Overnight in Canggu/Seminyak.
Day 6 - Canggu/Seminyak - Denpasar International Airport (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning is leisure and transfer to Denpasar Aiport for your departure flight.