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Bali off The Beaten Track

(12 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)

Pemuteran, Ubud (Bali), Candidsa (Bali), Lombok

 

Vivid colors and vibrant wildlife will guide you around rural Bali, as you soak up both culture and countryside, while taking a path less traveled. Enhance your island discovery with a visit to the idyllic neighboring island of Lombok. With a private guide, visit Besakih, known as the ‘Mother Temple’ of Bali, then visit a natural Balinese healer. Cook authentic Balinese food with a mouth-watering cooking class, and see traditional fishing villages, bat caves and hot springs. Travel by boat to Lombok where you’ll view the daily life of the local Sasak people, while en route to visit the beautiful yet deserted island of Gili Nanggu. A nature walk and a Balinese home visit will provide an authentic experience that’s bound to impress, and you'll feel right at home amongst the warm and welcoming Balinese people.

 

The stresses of modern life will disappear as you enter an exotic paradise of remote islands, pristine beaches, tropical jungles, serene villages, and enchanting temples on this remarkable trip. Your experienced team of local guides and private drivers ensure a seamless experience, and you’ll enjoy a carefully-selected range of accommodations pulling you out of the tourist trail and keeping you in more remote areas, where Bali’s true charm can shine through.

 

** All our tours are Exclusive Private Tours, so you will not be put together with other guests **

 

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Day 1: Welcome to Denpasar (Bali) – Pemuteran (Bali)

Fly to Denpasar (Bali), INDONESIA

 

Welcome to Bali. Upon arrival in Denpasar Airport, obtain your Indonesia visa (please refer to your Special Program Note), and then clear Immigration and Customs.  After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide of Global Travel & Tours. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport.

 

From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely Beach Resort. This popular oasis in the northwest of Bali, the Pemuteran Area is situated in Bali Sea, just a few kilometers from the north beach of West Bali. Actually the area of diving site we are talking about is still included into the area of the Bali Barat National Park. Most people dive or snorkel the underwater wonders at nearby Pulau Menjangan while here.

 

Settle in and enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

 

Accommodation: Stay 3 nights at the Matahari Beach Resort & Spa

 

Day 2: Pemuteran (Bali)

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Full Day Snorkel & Dive: Seven world-class dive sites lie off the Coast of Menjangan Island, a short boat ride from the main island. This island has one of the most spectacular coral reefs in Bali. At the local dive, you can find magnificent coral gardens and dramatic reef walls which are home to a vast range of marine life, such as sea fans, pygmy seahorses and vivid gorgonians to schools of snapper and reef sharks. Visibility is normally excellent, ranging from between 15 and 50 meters. The Menjangan’s dive base offers a comprehensive selection of wetsuits, masks, diving equipment and all other gear necessary to explore beneath the waves.

 

Day 3: Pemuteran (Bali)

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

 

Experience the beauty of the national park on horseback. The Menjangan Resort has a stable of faithful Australian horses which knows the area almost better than people do. Take in the views of the jungle and beach with the trained staff who tailor each trip to suit your riding ability.

 

Day 4: Pemuteran to Ubud (Bali)

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Road Journey from Pemuteran to Ubud: Transfer from Pemuteran to Ubud with a private vehicle and English speaking guide. Transfer time is approximately 3 hours. Start your cultural trip with a visit to Tohpati, which is known for batik products, with your own private English speaking guide. Continue to Celuk, the center of exquisite silver works and Mas, known for fine woodcarvings. Ubud is known for its fine art galleries and is home to a score of local and foreign artists. One of them is Agung Rai Museum of Art which has an extensive collection of paintings by Balinese, Indonesian, and foreign artists in classic Balinese and contemporary styles. Afterwards, you can test your bargaining skills at the Ubud market prior to a visit to Puri Saren Agung, whose royal family ruled Ubud from the late 1800's until 1917.

 

Accommodation: Stay 2 nights at the Komaneka at Monkey Forest, Pita Maha Resort & Spa

 

Day 5: Ubud (Bali)

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Start today's tour with a drive in a convertible VW Kuebelwagen (VW 181) that offers the opportunity to discover Bali’s amazing scenery away from the usual tourist routes. Start driving through small back-roads via Desa, Munggu and Kaba-Kaba, to Tabanan City with a market visit. The tour continues by driving up the slope of Mount Batukaru passing Rejasa, to Tambuwaras. Visit a beautiful temple at the edge of the rainforest which is normally locked. To reach Jatiluwih, you’ll pass Desa Tegallinggah. Lunch will be at a local restaurant with a beautiful view over the rice fields. On the way back, you’ll take small roads, Desa Apuan, where you’ll make a stop at a Balinese compound. Afterwards, via Desa Tua and other small villages, return to the hotel. 

 

Day 6: Ubud to Candi Dasa

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Road journey from Ubud to Candi Dasa: After breakfast, start the journey to Candidasa. Proceed for Klung Klung village to visit to Kerta Gosa, or Hall of Justice, built in 18th century in Klungkung. It is beautifully laid out within a moat and provides an exquisite example of the Klungkung style of painting and architecture which can be seen in the ceiling murals. Continue through spectacular views of terraced rice fields to Besakih temple, located on the slope of Mount Agung, Bali's highest volcano. It's called Mother Temple of Bali as it houses ancestral shrines for all Hindu Balinese and a complex of nearly 24 temples. Proceed the journey to Goa Lawah temple known also as the bat cave. Before arrival to Candi Dasa stop at the Tenganan village one of the oldest Balinese village where you can buy traditional handicraft. Then you’ll transfer to check in at the Hotel.

 

Settle in and enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

 

Accommodation: Stay 3 nights at the Alila Manggis (Deluxe Room)

 

Day 7: Candi Dasa (Bali)

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Meet your guide this morning. Your driver will transfer you directly to Nongan Village to visit Shaman Jero Mangku Gede Puspa, the traditional healers who play an important part in Balis culture by treating physical and mental illness. The healers remove spells and channel information from the ancestors (pre-bookings are required to visit a shaman). Then continue to Penglipuran Village and see the traditional life in the countryside. Afterward visit the holy spring of Tirta Empul, surrounded by a large shrine to honor the God Indra. There are bathing pools which are believed to have strong curative powers. Take part in a purifying blessing ceremony at Tirta Empul before you return to the hotel.

 

Day 8: Candi Dasa (Bali)

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

 

Half Day Cooking Class at Bali Asli: This cooking school runs unique classes including an adventure off the beaten track. The students always leave with fond memories & new skills to experiment with when they get home. BALI ASLI is located in Gelumpang village, nestled in the foot hills of Mount Agung, Bali’s most sacred mountain and surrounded by rice fields. Students are offered cooking of authentic Balinese food using a traditional Balinese style kitchen. Cooking on wood-fired, mud brick stoves to allow the real flavours of Bali to shine. Most of the ingredients are either grown in the garden, in the neighbour’s garden or purchased from the local market.

 

Balinese Cuisine is one of the most complex and delicious cuisines in the world, an experience you will learn all about today. This unique cuisine-type features an incredible array of spices, blended with the fresh vegetables, meat and fish.  Balinese cuisine synergizes the indigenous traditions and influences from Indonesian regional cuisine, as well as Chinese and Indian methods and flavours. As the island's inhabitants are predominantly Hindu, the culinary traditions are somewhat distinct with the rest of Indonesia, where many of the festivals and religious celebrations including many speciality foods item and offerings for the local deities. Rice is consumed as a staple in Balinese cuisine and is elegant intertwined with gently cooked vegetables, meat and seafood.

 

Popular Balinese dishes include Lawar; a meal including chopped coconut, garlic, chilli, pork or chicken, Bebek-betutu; duck stuffed with various local spices, wrapped in banana leaves and coconut husks cooked in a pit of embers, and Babi-guling also known as Celeng-guling; a spit-roasted pig stuffed with chilli, turmeric, garlic, and ginger.  Many of these popular dishes are mixed with rice called Nasi Campur Bali or simply Nasi Bali. The Balinese Nasi Campur version of mixed rice may feature chucks of grilled tuna, fried tofu, cucumber, spinach, cubed beef, vegetable curry, and corn. Your experienced instructor will determine the dishes to be created today.  Enjoy this delicious cultural experience.

 

Day 9: Candi Dasa (Bali) to Lombok

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Road journey from Candi Dasa to Padang Bay: After breakfast this morning your guide and driver will meet you for the drive to the boat terminal at Padang Bay Harbor.

 

Gilicat journey from Bali to Lombok: Join the Gilicat speedboat for the 90 minute journey to north Lombok.

 

Private transfer to Senggigi: Upon arrival on Lombok you will be met by your guide and driver and transferred to your hotel in Senggigi, a journey of around 45 minutes.

 

Settle in and enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

 

Accommodation: Stay 3 nights at the Qunci Villas (One Bedroom Pool)

 

Day 10:  Lombok

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

 

Day 11:  Lombok

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

The highlight of this tour is the deserted island of Gili Nanggu, with its beautiful beaches and clear turquoise water. On the way you will have the opportunity to view the daily life of the local Sasak people. Visit the morning market at Kediri and stop at the village of Banyumulek to see the Sasak women producing earthenware pottery, as they have done for generations. Continue on to sacred Mt. Pengsong and the Hindu temple, which is inhabited by hundreds of holy monkeys. Sail from Lembar by a traditional motorized outrigger for the 30 minute trip to Gili Nanggu. When you arrive there will be time to relax and swim on this pristine island. Lunch will be provided.

 

Day 12: Lombok to Denpasar (BALI)

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Today enjoy time at leisure until you are transferred to the Lombok airport for short flight to Denpasar airport and connecting onward flight to your next destination. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey.

 

 

Price guideline:

 

The above tour costs from $985*per person, based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room.

 

*Please note this price is subject to change at the time of booking, and depends on the date of travel and the availability of accommodation.

 

Our price includes (Private tour): 

• Accommodation base in a shared double or twin room throughout

Daily buffet breakfast at hotel and all hotels taxes and service charges.

Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary.

Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver.

Private sightseeing with local, English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary.

Meals included as indicated as in program: B: breakfast, L: lunch & D: dinner.

Boat cruise as specified in the programmed.

Entrance fees according the above program.

Local bottled water while sightseeing and transfers.

VAT and all taxes and service charge.

 

The price does not include

International flight tickets and Visas

Any items of purely personal nature such as laundry and telephone calls

Personal, travel and health insurance

Early check in and late check out

Drinks during meals

Meals that are not specified

Gratuities/tipping to tour guide, driver and hotel staff and restaurant’s staff

 

 

All of our itineraries can customized as you wish, add extra days, change a hotel, and see different sights. For information on this or our other tours please email us at: info@globaltravel-asia.com