Best of Bali

7 Nights from R24,835 pps



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Departure Date: 08/11/2019

Picture the idyllic Indonesian island of Bali. Home to glorious palm-fringed beaches, soaring volcanoes, ancient temples and super-friendly people; you’ll soon see why Bali is often referred to as the ‘Island of the Gods’.

With traditional villages, verdant rainforests and breathtaking cultural sites to explore, Bali really does offer something for everyone.

Day 01: Arrive Bali / Overnight Ubud
Day 02: Afternoon Batur Youngest Crater / Overnight Ubud
Day 03: Kinatamani & Monkey Forest Tour / Overnight Ubud
Day 04: Traditional Bali & Natural Wonder / Transfer Candidasa / Overnight Candidasa
Day 05: Tenganan / Tirta Gangga / Overnight Candidasa
Day 06: Goa Lawah / kertagosa / Transfer Sanur / Overnight Sanur
Day 07: Uluwatu Sunset with Kecak Dance / Seafood BBQ Dinner at Jimbaran / Overnight Sanur
Day 08: Departure

Day 01: Arrival Bali – Ubud
Upon landing at Bali airport and clearing arrival formalities, you will be greeted after Immigration and transferred to your hotel by private air-conditioned vehicle. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals included: None
Accommodation: Bebek Tepi Sawah (Batuan Room)

Day 02: Afternoon Batur Youngest
In the afternoon drive to Kintamani area to start your Volcano cooking experience at the active Mt. Batur.
This moderately challenging afternoon walk takes you through the moon-scape of various lava flows and ash-cones created by the more than twelve eruptions of Mount Batur between the periods 1963 to 1999.

The hike begins on a path formed between mounds of frozen lava rock and newly grown scrubland, before traversing an expanse of volcanic ash and eventually heading up an ash-cone to the rim of the volcano. From this vantage point you will experience a wonderful panoramic view of the caldera as well as 270 degree vistas of Lake Batur, Mount Abang and Mount Agung to the east. On a clear day the imposing Mount Batukaru and Mangu Peak, part of Bali’s Western Mountain range, can also be seen.

Further up the ridge, you can explore various fumaroles and see not only billowing steam but also mini stalactites of multi-coloured mineral deposits left by the steam.
Whilst you are discovering the craters, the guide will be preparing a meal heated in one of the volcano - ovens (specially prepared steam vents that can be blocked to create pressure to cook your meal). While you wait for your meal to cook, afternoon tea is made available.

After your meal, begin the traverse back down the mountain, where your vehicle will be waiting to transfer back to you hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Bebek Tepi Sawah (Batuan Room)

Day 03: Kintamani & Monkey Forest Tour
The day will start with a fascinating performance of Barong Dance. In Balinese mythology Barong is a lion-like creature and King of the Spirits and this colourful dance depicts the eternal struggle between good and evil as he battles (and eventually defeats) his arch enemy, the demon queen Rangda.

Continue your exploration of the Balinese arts with a stop at three villages near Ubud known for their arts and crafts. Your first stop is at Mas, which is renowned for its intricate wood carvings. Next visit the village of Celuk, a centre for Balinese silver and goldsmiths where both traditional and modern methods of crafting ornaments and jewellery can be observed. Then continue to Tohpati, where the batik fabrics for which Bali is famous are painstakingly created by hand using traditional techniques.

Visit Gunung Kawi, a fascinating Hindu temple complex north-east of Ubud which comprises of ten rock-cut shrines (candi) carved into the cliff face. The surrounding countryside is extremely lush and the footpath leading down to the temple passes through some beautifully terraced rice fields.

Then proceed to the village of Kintamani, the best spot, weather permitting, for views of Mount Batur, an active volcano which sits alongside Lake Batur. Scanning the horizon from left to right, you will observe that Kintamani sits on the caldera rim of a huge volcano, and Mount Batur, directly in front of you, is merely a ‘small’ mountain that has been created by thousands of years of volcanic activity. Enjoy a buffet lunch served in a local restaurant overlooking the volcano while you ponder on the mighty forces of Mother Nature that created this vista.

On the return journey, stop at Goa Gajah in Bedulu near Ubud. Often referred to as the Elephant Cave, it was established in the 9th century as a sanctuary for Buddhist monks. The facade of the cave is noted for its interesting carvings and ornate relief.

The last stop today is Ubud Monkey Forest, a lush nature reserve and temple complex on the outskirts of Ubud. The forest is home to more than one hundred species of trees, a number of interesting temples and hundreds of crab-eating macaque monkeys (*). Spend a while observing their characteristics and mannerisms before heading back to your island accommodation.

(*) The macaque monkeys here can be a considerable annoyance. Please heed the advice from your guide on the precautions you should take when visiting temples or forests inhabited by monkeys.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Bebek Tepi Sawah (Batuan Room)

Day 04: Traditional bali & Natural Wonder – Trabsfer Candidasa
There will be plenty of photo opportunities as you pass scenic vistas and interesting villages en route to today’s destination, Subak Guliang, a traditional farming village and compound in the centre of the island. The local houses in the village compounds are architecturally unique when compared with other regions of Indonesia. Based on the Asta Kosala Kosali tradition of house building, the method is not dissimilar to the ancient art of Feng Shui and on arrival, you will be warmly welcomed and served a local breakfast in one of these typically Balinese homes.

The rest of your time here will be dedicated to exploring the local vicinity - take a stroll through local farms and witness the rural life of the Balinese people or learn more about the complexities of rice growing - from planting and harvesting through to the best methods of cooking it.

Acquire knowledge of the simple but effective irrigation system known locally as Subak or just sit and take it all in whilst enjoying fresh coconut water, one of nature’s most delicious drinks.

Next visit Pura Kehan, an 11th century temple complex near the town of Bangli that is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful on the island. Thirty-eight steps lead to the Kori Agung (stone capped gateway) and an attractive courtyard that is guarded by a mythical dragon. Legend has it that inside the dragon there is a magic stone that glowed red when the location of the temple was finally decided many hundreds of years ago.

Proceed to Penglipuran, a well ordered village surrounded by plantations and bamboo forests. A Bali Aga village, the local community still adhere to the strict rules and regulations (known as the Adat) that were laid down by their ancestors many centuries ago. Returning to your vehicle and transferred to your next hotel.

Meal included: Breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: Rama Candidasa (Superior Wing Room)

Day 05: Tenganan – Tirta Gangga
Begin your journey by visiting village of Tenganan, home of the Bali Aga, considered to be the original inhabitants of Bali. This village has remained almost unchanged for hundreds of years and you will have the opportunity to learn about this ancient culture.

Later visit the Tirta Gangga, the former royal palace in eastern Bali. Tirta Gangga water palace is a maze of pools and fountains surrounded by a lush garden and stone carvings and statues. The one hectare complex was built in 1946 by the late King of Karangsem but was destroyed almost entirely by the eruption of nearby Mount Agung in 1963. It has been lovingly re-built and restored and has an air of authentic royal magnificence.

Afterwards visit to Taman Ujung ‘water palace’, with its complete and official designation of Taman Sukasada Ujung, is located in the village of Seraya in Karangasem regency. It is the sister site of Tirta Gangga, also built by the late raja of Karangasem. The complex consists of various large pools and historic structures set against a backdrop of Mount Agung and the eastern shoreline.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Rama Candidasa (Superior Wing Room)

Day 06: Goa Lawah – Kertagosa – Transfer Sanur
Today’s tour begins with a visit the Balinese Hindu temple at Goa Lawah, known locally as the ‘Bat Cave’ after the hordes of bats that inhabit it. The temple is one of the six supremely holy temples on the island known as the ‘Sad Kahyangan’ and an important place of worship for the Balinese people.

Afterwards, visit to Klungkung Palace, also known as Puri Agung Semarapura. The Kertagosa Pavilion is one of the best-preserved parts of the palace and an excellent example of traditional Balinese architecture. The pavilion once functioned as the Hall of Justice and among the artefacts on display can be found the Kamasan Paintings depicting famous Hindu legends throughout the ages. Returning to your vehicle and transferred to your next hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Artotel Sanur (Studio Room)

Day 07: Sunset Over Uluwatu & Kecak 0 BBQ Seafood Dinner in Jimbaran
Travel to the southern-most tip of Bali to visit the famous Uluwatu Temple (*). One of seven sea temples that are said to form a ‘chain’ around the island, it is undoubtedly one of the region’s most venerable places of worship. Perched approximately 70 metres above sea level atop a steep cliff, the temple also has one of the most dramatic locations on the island and is the perfect vantage point from which to observe the huge waves as they roll in from the Indian Ocean and crash against the rock face below.

One of the highlights of this excursion is the opportunity to witness a traditional display of Kecak dance, which is regularly performed at Uluwatu. The Kecak dance features up to a hundred male performers who form a circle and sway and chant to hypnotic music. This ritual dance is based on an ancient story from the great Hindu epic, the Ramayana. King Rahwana captures Sita, the wife of Rama and the drama depicts the battle between King Rahwana and the monkey god, Hanuman.

A seductive crescent of white sand and blue sea, Jimbaran Bay has a reputation for having some of the best seafood restaurants on the island and after your visit to Uluwatu you will have the chance to dine in one of the best Beach Clubs in the bay. The delicious seafood rijstaffel (selection of dishes) and ambient beachside location provide the perfect end to a perfect day.

(*) Please note there are macaque monkeys at Uluwatu Temple and they can be a considerable annoyance. Please heed the advice from your guide on the precautions you should take when visiting temples or forests inhabited by monkeys.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Artotel Sanur (Studio Room)

Day 08: Departure
Your morning is free until your private transfer picks you up from your hotel for your onward flight from Denpasar airport.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: None

What's Included

Return flights ex Johannesburg via Doha to Denpasar, approx. airport taxes, return transfer to/from airport/hotel on a private basis in an air-conditioned vehicle,accommodation as per itinerary based on twin sharing/double room occupancy, meals as specified in the above itinerary (only water is included on the houseboat), sightseeing tours as per itinerary, entrance fees, donations and parking fees as per itinerary and an English speaking guide assistance throughout the program.

7 Nights from R24,835 pps

The Small Print

These offers are brought to you by Travel Counsellors (Pty) Ltd. Valid 8 - 17 Nov 2019. Offers are per person sharing. Rates for other periods are available on request. Packages and airfares are subject to availability, airfare increases, seasonal surcharge; high season supplements and currency fluctuations. Supplier's terms and conditions are available on request. Offers include airport taxes. Packages exclude items of personal nature, travel insurance, tips and gratuities, meals & drinks not listeds. Additional information available on request. Valid for SA residents only. Terms and conditions apply. Prices and information correct at time of publishing. E&OE.

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