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Journey through paradise

Island: Bali

Duration: 14 days


Day 1 : Bali
Upon arrival at the Ngurah Rai airport of Bali we go immediately to our hotel. Surrounded by coconut palms and the sound of the waves we can relax and enjoy the accommodations of the hotel. Dinner at your own leisure. Overnight.


Day 2 : Sanur - Tabanan - Jatiluwih - Tanah Lot
After breakfast we drive with VW-jeeps to the regency of Tabanan, till the 19th century a well know kingdom in Bali. During its high days the king of Tabanan ordered the building of a temple in honor of the ancestors of the royal family. The complex is surrounded by a moat, filled with water and was built as an earthly replica of the heavens. The “kori agung’ gateway and its soaring ‘meru’ towers are dedicated to the gods who dwell atop the peaks of the four highest volcano’s on the island. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the late afternoon we head west towards Bali’s most famous temple, Tanah Lot. The dramatic view of this temple, set apart from the land beholds a stunning view, especially at sunset. Overnight. Dinner at own leisure. |
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Day 3 :
Free day for relaxing.
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Day 4 : Bedugul - Munduk - Lovina
Breakfast. We leave the regency of Badung and drive into the central mountains. The road climbs and slowly the landscape changes into fields of onions, cabbage and other vegetables. Up in the mountains the air becomes cooler when we visit the temple of Pura Ulun Danau Beratan, the most important irrigation temple in Bali. From here we go north and follow the ‘hortencia route’ which brings us to the lakes of Tamblingan and Buyan, shimmering in the sun below us. Here we are suddenly surrounded by fields of blue flowers, cultivated to be used in Hindu daily offerings. In the mountain village of Munduk we take our lunch. Afterwards we go for a soft trekking through small family plantations of coffee, cacao, vanilla... till we reach a beautiful waterfall. The road now winds down like a snake till we reach the north coast of Bali. In Lovina we stay at the Aneka hotel. Dinner at your own leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
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Day 5 : Singaraja - Beji - Amed
After breakfast we drive to the eastern tip of the island. On the way we first visit the unique temple of Beji in Sangsit, a ‘subak’ temple dedicated to ‘Dewi Sri’, goddess of rice. Built in the 15th century this temple sports an overflow of stone decorations and is built in pink sandstone. Amed, where life is simple and rustic has black-sand beaches lined with colourful fishing vessels that take to the sea before dawn, returning in the late morning with their catch. This place is ideal for relaxing, snorkeling or diving. Free time to enjoy. Overnight in the hotel.
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Day 6 : Amed - Tirtagangga - Tenganan - Candi Dasa - Bloo Lagoon
Breakfast. We continue to explore the beautiful eastern regency of Karangasem and drive through small villages to Tirtagangga, built by the king as a retreat with a series of pools decorated by unusual statuary. In Tenganan, one of the villages of the ‘Bali Aga’ we can see how these aristocratic Hindu, not permitted to work in the fields, make the double ‘ikat’ only found here. Lunch in Candi Dasa. At the white beach of Bloo Lagoon we take a rest and have time for snorkeling in the crystal blue waters teaming with colored tropical fish and coral before going to our hotel nearby. Overnight at the hotel.
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Day 7 : Padang Bai - Sidemen - Besakih - Kintamani - Ubud
Breakfast. We drive away from the coastline and through splendid rice terrace to the most important temple of Bali, constantly taking in the uninterrupted view of Gunung Agung. On the slopes of Mount Agung lies Pura Besakih, the Mother Temple, so called as it houses ancestral shrines for all Hindu Balinese. It is actually a complex of nearly two dozen temples built between the 8th and 15th century. From here we drive to the regency of Bangli to drink in the splendid view of Kintamani on top of the crater rim. This caldera, 14 km wide holds the second most active volcano of Bali, the Batur and its lake next to it. Lunch in a local restaurant. Going down the gentle slopes towards the south brings us in Ubud. Here we go visit the Nekka museum, dedicated to the different styles of painting and well known painters who found their inspiration through the Balinese culture. Dinner at our own leisure. Overnight in the hotel..
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Day 8 : Ubud - White Water rafting - Monkeyforest
After breakfast we go down to the Ayun river for a relaxing and fun white water rafting surrounded by formidable nature. Lunch included. In Monkeyforest we walk along a rough path through some beautiful and dense tropical jungle towards the temple protected by macaques. These mischievous and adorable monkeys are always on the look-out for a snack given by the tourists. Overnight at the hotel.
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Day 9 : Ubud - Birdpark - Sanur
Breakfast. We leave Ubud today and drive further south. Kemenuh, the source of Bali’s woodcarvings for generations gives us the opportunity to take home a marvelous and unique souvenir. In Celuk we can see once again why the Balinese are called ‘artistes from birth’ as we admire the silver jewelery made by hand. Taman Burung Bali Bird Park gives us the chance to admire over 1000 specimen of 250 exotic bird species living in this well-designed aviary, dedicated to the preservation and conservation of rare and endangered birds from Indonesia and elsewhere. Lunch in the park. We arrive in Sanur and take up our room. Dinner at our own leisure in Sanur. Overnight in the hotel. |
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Day 10 : Sanur
Breakfast. Free time. Overnight.
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Day 11 : Lembongan, Camaran Cruise
After our breakfast we go to the pleasure harbor of Bali and board a catamaran that will bring us to the island Lembongan. This small island, together with the island Penida is a part of Bali where the inhabitants live off culivation of seaweed. We enjoy the serinity or relax outside our hotelroom.
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Day 12 : Lembongan - Sanur
Breakfast. Today we can rent a motorbike and go around the island, go see the seaweed farming, take a trip inside the mangove forest by boat, swim in the blue ocean, do some watersports or just relax at the pool. In the late afternoon we go back to the mainland the way we came. Overnight in the hotel. |
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Day 13 : Sanur - Nusa Dua - Bukit
Breakfast. The beach of Balangan is situated at the most southern tip of Bali, called the Bukit. This remote stretch of white beach on the Indian Ocean is ideal to have a relaxing day. The beautiful bay, completely surrounded by high cliffs is hidden away and hardly known by anyone. Snack lunch. Before going to the famous temple of Uluwatu we do a quick stop at another remote and beautiful beach called Padang Padang. Pura Uluwatu is one of the directional temples guarding the island from evil spirits where important deities dwell, in this case the god of elements and cosmic force majeure. The spectacular view and amazing sunset are the perfect location to enjoy one of the most famous dances of Bali. The Kecak dance depicts the ongoing battle between good and evil and was strongly influenced by a Western artist, Walter Spies. He recreated it into a drama based on the Hindu Ramayana. Dinner at own leisure. Overnight.
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Day 14 : Bali
Breakfast. Free time. Overnight.
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