Departure Date: 09/01/2020
With traditional villages, verdant rainforests and breathtaking cultural sites to explore, Bali really does offer something for everyone. Enjoy this culinary adventure and experience Bali like a local.
Day 1: Arrival Bali – Ubud
Day 2: Ubud
Day 3: Ubud
Day 4: Ubud
Day 5: Ubud – Sanur – Uluwatu – Jimbaran
Day 6 : Sanur – Seminyak
Day 7: Departure
Day 1: Arrival Denpasar – Ubud (D)
Arrive in the afternoon at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar where you will be greeted by your Travel guide for your transfer to your hotel in Ubud.
Check-in to your hotel and freshen up.
Around 17h30 embark on a culinary journey of Ubud and begin your evening with watching the sunset over the Sayan Valley. At a wonderful house with a lawn on top of the valley you can sip a cocktail and enjoy the Japanese-Latin fusion cuisine tapas while the cicadas begin to sing in the dusk. As the evening calls, go on a short ride to Ubud centre.
Witness the traditional dance by the beautiful candle-lit lotus pond of the Saraswati Palace.
Continue to a semi-open wooden Joglo style venue amidst the rice fields – Ubud as it is imagined. Enjoy some typical Balinese cuisine and cookery with two choices of a soup and a main dish. Continue the culinary crawl for a dessert as the way leads to another place that’s on everyone’s lips. Celebrate the end of the evening with a tasting session of sweet sins that have been prepared to conclude the evening. There is a choice between either heading back to the hotel for the night or remaining in the area for further explorations on your own arrangements.
Overnight in your hotel in Ubud.
Day 2: Ubud Centre – Campuhan Ridge – Blanco Museum – Ubud (B/L/D)
Spend this morning discovering the many charms of Ubud. Lace up your running shoes for a gentle short walk on famous Campuhan ridge starting from the North to its Southern end. Wander amid the verdant fields, stopping to take photos of probably the most gorgeous hillside vista in the region, it also allows you to shed off some calories too. At the end of the path hike, along the paved road, pass the Campuhan bridges and visit the Blanco Renaissance Museum. Antonio Blanco is arguably the most famous artist to have ever lived in Bali and his former home has been converted into a museum with an extensive collection of his works as well as his studio. The Museum stands as a testament to his love for Bali.
From the museum continue your drive to Warung Ibu Oka. This is a busy local style eatery that is popular with locals and travelers alike where you can enjoy a favorite dish of the Balinese people, Babi Guling or suckling pig.
After lunch visit Ubud’s Royal Palace which was built in the 16th century, the palace is still home to Ubud’s king and its royal family. It can be seen from the outside only. Just across the street is the famous market of Ubud – it is a great opportunity to hunt for souvenirs!
Relax at a spa where you can enjoy a 60-minute Balinese massage with an organic facial or body scrub.
Following this treatment, you will return to your hotel and freshen up before dining at Bridges Restaurant. This is a fine dining venue which offers fantastic views next to the river. You will a choice between 3 entrées, 3 main courses and 3 desserts (excluding beverages).
Overnight in the hotel in Ubud.
Day 3: Ubud – Cooking Class in Marga Village – Jatiluwih – Taman Ayun – Ubud (B/L/D)
Depart with your guide and driver in the morning after breakfast at 07h30 and head to Marga Village in Tabanan for a Balinese cooking class. Upon arrival at the village, be welcomed by a local representative and visit a typical Balinese house. Here, you will experience a unique Balinese cooking class where your local chef will explain the Balinese ingredients and explain how to use the equipment needed for cooking. After completing the class, sit down in a relaxing environment of your home and enjoy a self-cooked Balinese meal.
Following lunch, proceed to Bali’s UNESCO-listed Jatiluwih, which offers the widest panoramic view of Bali’s iconic rice terraces. Located on a slope near the holy mountain of Batukaru, this area is known as the Rice Granary of Bali and provides one of the island’s best examples of subak-style rice farming. Take a leisurely hour-long walk through the rice fields here and be sure to take lots of photos.
Visit the Royal Taman Ayun Temple in Mengwi. This temple is known for its unique multi-roofed structures and its beautiful setting around a fish pond. It is the perfect place to see traditional Balinese architecture in its full glory.
Return to Ubud late in the afternoon.
Tonight “Mozaic” is on the menu. This French-styled restaurant uses local ingredients with it beautiful garden is tucked away in a quieter part of Ubud. Enjoy a tasting menu in a lush and romantic open garden setting or in a spacious and cozy dining pavilion.
After an amazing dinner, head back to your hotel.
Overnight in your hotel in Ubud.
Day 4: Ubud – Tampaksiring – Tegallalang – Coffee Studio (B/L/D)
Set off on this Bali temple day tour to explore the island’s sacred temples and scenic spots. Begin with a visit to Pura Gunung Kawi. Set amid lush rice terraces in the village of Tampaksiring, the 11th-century temple can only be accessed by a series of staircases. The effort is worth it, arriving at the top to admire a series of ten shrines carved directly into a cliff face. See elements of Hindu and Buddhist architecture, learning from your guide about the significance of the temple and its carvings.
Continue to a nearby Pura Tirta Empul, a popular water temple for local devotees. Discover why water is such an important element in Balinese Hindu culture, hearing how it is used as a holy medium and at special ceremonies. Then take a soak in Tirta Empul’s cool spring water, with the water pouring from the numerous fountains that fill the pools.
Next to a coffee plantation in Tegalalang take a short tour through the fields, enjoying the fresh air and lush highland surroundings. Take a rest and enjoy a fresh cup of java or tea and a light snack while admiring the views over Tampaksiring’s valley.
Take a break at midday for lunch at a restaurant overlooking the Tjhampuhan Ridge.
In the afternoon after lunch resume your drive to a coffee studio. Meet with a trained barista to learn an expert coffee brewing technique. Choose from a variety of courses, focusing on espresso, latte art or professional ways to judge the quality of coffee.
This interactive class is the perfect way to conclude the day and return to your hotel late in the afternoon.
After freshening up, you will be picked up by your guide around 19h00 and head to Locavore Restaurant. This award-winning restaurant offers five dishes which are cooked in an open kitchen by a Dutch chef and his team. In between these dishes, you will be served many small creative “amuse-bouche” to sample many different flavors and dishes. Apart from the delicious food, the restaurant is known to use only locally-produced food so no imported food items are used.
After an amazing dinner, head back to your hotel and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.
Overnight in the hotel in Ubud.
Day 5: Ubud – Uluwatu – Dinner on Jimbaran Beach – Sanur (B/L/D)
Enjoy the morning at leisure before checking-out and departing to the South of Bali.
Lunch will be served in a local Warung in Sanur, an authentic Padang food venue. Padang food is the cuisine of the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra, Indonesia. It is among the most popular food in maritime Southeast Asia. It is known across Indonesia as Masakan Padang – Padang food! Note that the venue is very basic, yet, authentic!
Check-in to your hotel in Sanur and have free time before the afternoon tour.
Visit one of Bali’s most impressive temples, Uluwatu, which is majestically perched on the edge of a steep cliff. As the sun sets, be treated to a dramatic kecak dance performance, which involves male performers chanting rhythmically and percussively while throwing their arms in the air.
Then return to Jimbaran for a barbecue seafood dinner under the stars on one of Bali’s more expansive beaches. There, a famous seafood warung will serve an enticing platter including prawns, grilled fish, squid, clams and shellfish, accompanied by rice, vegetables (Indonesian spinach) and sambal (spicy Indonesian sauce).
OPTIONAL / ALTERNATIVE: Cuca Restaurant, a high end restaurant in Jimbaran Bay.
Overnight in Sanur.
Day 6: Sanur – Seminyak (B/-/D)
Enjoy your morning at leisure and spend some time at the beach.
Around 16h00 get ready for a flavorful night out. Join a local guide for a Seminyak food tour along the main strip and the hip Petitenget area, long standing favorite destinations for dining and nightlife in Bali.
When the sun begins to set, head to a stylish rooftop bar on a Vintage Vespa to start the evening with a cocktail and magnificent views. After the sun has dipped into the ocean and while the surfers catch their last waves, continue to a chic eatery that combines contemporary international and traditional Indonesian themes. A healthy starter platter is served whilst outside on one of the busiest streets of Seminyak. Indulge in a 'people watching' as local residents and tourists flock to the diverse dining venues in the area.
Take a short drive to your next stop on this culinary crawl, arriving at a wooden Javanese Joglo house for the main course. Tuck in to a dinner of Nasi Campur, tapas-style Indonesian dishes served around a rice pyramid. Savor the exotic spices and delicate flavors of a truly authentic local cuisine.
Then it is time for dessert. Step into a stylish lounge set amid the rice paddies where a delicious sweet dessert is served. Soak up the views of the illuminated rice fields while satisfying your sweet tooth.
Having tasted the best of Seminyak’s culinary scene, return to your hotel or, for the night owls, continue on to one of the many bars in the area for a nightcap.
Day 6: Sanur – Departure (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, the rest of the morning is yours free to spend at leisure until your departure to the airport for your flight home.
Return flights ex Johannesburg on Qatar Airways via Doha to Bali, approx. airport taxes, hotel accommodation sharing a twin/double room with breakfast daily, meals as indicated, tour and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles with cold water and towel provided, service of English speaking local guide and all entrance fees and tours as indicated in itinerary.
6 Nights from R32,485 pps
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