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Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
A land that strikes deep into the heart, Bali is a rich and rewarding destination: visit spectacular sea temples and feast on traditional dishes, wander the Gianyar Night Market and then journey to Kintamani for dramatic views of the mighty Kintamani Volcano.
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On arrival you will be met by a representative and transferred to Ubud for your four night stay.
This morning visit the Holy spring Temple, which the locals call Tampak Siring, regarded as a purification Temple. The temple and its two bathing pools have been used by the Balinese for over a thousand years in order to promote good health and prosperity, as the spring water is said to have the power to cure all sorts of ailments from physical conditions to black magic spells. To this day, the Balinese people carry out regular purification ceremonies here. Continue to the village of Kintamani, the best spot - weather permitting - for views of Mount Batur, an active volcano sitting alongside Lake Batur. Scanning the horizon from left to right, you will observe that Kintamani sits on the caldera rim of a majestic 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 the morning at leisure. In the afternoon you will meet your local food specialist guide and drive to a traditional Balinese house at the outskirts of Ubud. You will be welcomed by a local Brahman and see how coconut oil is produced and used to make 'Pepes Clengis', a traditional steamed grated coconut dish with Balinese spices wrapped in Banana leaves. Continuing your culinary discovery, you will stop at a small local Warung for a popular refreshment called 'Cendol', a jelly-like drink consisting of green pieces of Tapioka, mixed with water and coconut milk and sweetened with brown sugar. Next, take a walk around the famous Gianyar Night Market, which any local will tell you has some of the best food in Bali. End the evening at a hidden local bamboo restaurant near Ubud to experience a traditional 'Megibung' dining experience, in which people share several meals on a plate or Banana leaf. This is an authentic and special style of dining that was historically enjoyed during ceremonies and special occasions. The family-style served dishes consist of many rich and exotic Indonesian specialties and - the ideal way to try out the local cuisine.
Drive north to Bedugul Regency (district), part of the island’s central highlands region renowned for its stunning beauty and three caldera lakes (Beratan, Buyan and Tamblingan). Firstly visit the iconic Ulun Danu Temple. This important Hindu Shivaite water temple is located on a small jut of land within the calm waters of Lake Beratan. Continue to the village of Asah Gobleg for fine views of Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan (weather permitting), before heading to Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest. This small forest is populated with giant nutmeg trees and home to hundreds of macaque monkeys. Spend a while observing their characteristics and mannerisms before heading south to the island’s most famous temple complex at Tanah Lot. With its spectacular location, Tanah Lot is an integral part of Balinese mythology. The temple is only accessible at low tide but despite its off-shore location in the Indian Ocean, it features a fresh water spring at its base which is said to contain holy water. As a result the temple is extremely sacred and Balinese visit from all over the island to drink the water and splash it over their bodies in order to cleanse themselves of any bad spirits. The temple’s inner sanctum is located on top of the rocky outcrop and only accessible to Balinese Hindus. You will arrive in time for sunset when photographic opportunities abound.
Transfer from Ubud to Nusa Dua. Make a stop at Hatten Wine, a new facility in Sanur, for a wine tasting. Hatten Wines produces two main ranges of wines: a Bali grapes range eponymously called Hatten Wines and a second range made from imported Australian frozen must, called Two Islands. The Hatten Wines range is made from the volcanic soil of Bali and will feature during the tasting.
Enjoy a day at leisure.
Travel to the southern-most tip of Bali to visit the famous Uluwatu Temple. 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 observe the huge waves as they roll in from the Indian Ocean and crash against the rocks 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. 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 Beach Clubs in the bay.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
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