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Bali is often known as a resort paradise; an ideal place to surf, to enjoy the world’s most beautiful beaches; a place to Eat, Pray, Love! But perhaps few know that traditional cuisine is also one of the pearls that create the irresistible attraction of this beautiful island.

To discover this pearl, start off with a visit to the market of Gianyar to bring your imagination back into the mystery and magic of the East. A stroll on the local market is one of the most enjoyable ways to connect with the foundations of a culture that goes back several thousands of years. The food journey continues at a traditional fish market in South Kuta. Choose for yourself the freshest fish to buy and get it grilled at small warung (casual shop) right next to the market.

Also, experience the true Bali by joining the palm wine farmer, seeing the traditional salt production by the fishermen or salt farmers, taking a fishermen boat and depart for a snorkeling excursion, taking part in a cooking class in a hidden restaurant located nestled at the foot of Mount Agung and surrounded by rice fields, enjoying Virgin beach and lunch at a local warung… You cannot expect a better holiday than this.

Highlights

  • Take a visit to the most iconic sea temple Ulawatu
  • Experience the local life in the traditional fish market and enjoy delicious seafood in Kedonganan
  • Discover Tibumana Waterfall in Bangli area
  • Enjoy Balinese cake demonstration by the family in tradition way.
  • Visit the traditional salt production
  • Enjoy a snorkeling excursion at Gili Mimpang
  • Join a cooking class for authentic Balinese food using a traditional Balinese-style kitchen
  • Feel the charm of Tirtagangga water palace
  • Do an easy trekking “through the looking glass” up into the village of Pangi
  • Explore Ubud -Bali’s cultural heart
  • Experience the art of making coffee in a coffee workshop

Itinerary

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day 1
ARRIVAL DENPASAR - JIMBARAN

Upon arrival at the airport, you will receive a welcome flower garland from a Balinese lady in traditional dress. Then, transfer to your hotel in Jimbaran area.

Meals: Nil

Accommodation: The Leaf Jimbaran Hotel – The Leaf Deluxe Room

day 2
JIMBARAN - ULUWATU - FISH MARKET

After breakfast, you will visit one of the most iconic sea temple in Bali, Uluwatu temple in south-western of Bukit peninsula. Then, continue to visit a Suluban beach not far from the temple.

Afterwards, visit traditional market is a popular fish market located in Kedonganan Village, Jimbaran, South Kuta. This is where you could buy fresh fish and get it grilled at small warung right next to the fish market.

Enjoy your delicious seafood lunch and later return to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Uluwatu Temple

One of Bali`s holiest and most important temples, Pura Luhur Uluwatu commands a spectacular position on the tip of steep cliff presiding over the Indian Ocean, 70m above the foaming sea.

Pura Luhur Uluwatu stands at the far southwestern tip of of Bali and is almost entirely from grayish-white coral. What the temple structure itself lacks in magnificence, being relatively small and for the most part unadorned, is made good by the stunning views over the coastline to the left and the right. Despite its modest outlook, Pura Luhur Uluwatu is one of Bali`s sacred directional temples, or kayangan jagat.

Dedicated to the spirits of the sea and acting as the guardian of the southwest, it commands influence over all the Balinese people. Its festivals are open to all, and during the holy week-long period at Galungan, Balinese from all over the island come here to pay their respects.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: The Leaf Jimbaran Hotel – The Leaf Deluxe Room

day 3
JIMBARAN - MARKET OF GIANYAR - TIBUMANA WATERFALL - SIDEMEN

Start off your day with a visit to the market of Gianyar. It’s a flight of imagination back into the mystery and magic of the East. A stroll on the local market is one of the most enjoyable ways to connect with the foundations of a culture that goes back several thousands of years.

The market is the place where families gather to eat delicacies such as roasted pig, sweet cakes, chicken and coconut balls, fried bananas and tempeh and tofu — all aglow and golden atop of mobile kitchens on wheels that are ferried from other places. The distinction between scores of temporary and permanent food stalls become rather thin. However, they all cook up a mouth-watering and a jaw-dropping range of dishes. There’s everything from babi guling (spit-roasted pig with chilli, turmeric, garlic and ginger) to succulent combinations of vegetables that defy description. Much of the fun is just strolling along. You can stop and taste some tropical fruits in the market also.

Continue the journey to discovered Tibumana Waterfall in Bangli area. Then, during a visit at the Balinese house compound, you will learn the layout of the house compound while joining a traditional Balinese cake-making demonstration by the family.

Enjoy your lunch at local warung “Warung Bagong” with strong taste of Balinese spices. After lunch, visit Kehen temple before return to your hotel in Sidemen – East Bali.

Kehen Temple

The ancient and much revered Pura Kehen, 1.500m north of the town of Bangli, rises up steeply from the road in terraces lined with religious statues. Sporting several remarkably fierce Bhoma leering above fabulously carved doors, the great entrance leads into the outer courtyard containing a massive banyan tree with a kulkul tower built among the branches. A small compound, guarded by naga under a frangipani tree, contains a stone that is supposed to have glowed with fire when the site of the temple was decided. Steps lead up to the middle courtyard, from where you can look into the inner courtyard, with its eleven-roofed meru dedicated to Siwa. The word `kehen` is derived from “keren” meaning `flame`.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Teras Bali Sidemen Bungalows and Spa – Deluxe Room

day 4
EXPLORE EAST BALI - PALM WINE FARM - TASTE OF KLUNGKUNG - SNORKELING AT GILI

Morning join the palm wine farmer learn the distillation the palm sugar’s sap or Tuak, continue to visit traditional market in Klungkung where you can taste the typical Klungkung vegetable called it Serombotan. In Kusamba Beach visit salt farming where you can see this traditional salt production by the fishermen or salt farmers, who were making salt at the beach on the old way.

Take a Fishermen boat and depart for a snorkeling excursion at Gili Mimpang and after snorkeling depart to Virgin beach enjoy your lunch at local warung. After lunch there will be ample time for swimming on the beach and return to Candidasa harbor by boat and continue by car to your hotel in Sidemen.
Sights & Places that you will see:
Kusamba
A fishing and salt-making village, where you`ll see lines of colorful fishing perahu (outriggers) lined up on its dramatic black sand beach. Fishing is normally done at night and the `eyes` on the front of the boats help navigation through the darkness. East and west of Kusamba, the thatched roofs of salt-making huts can be seen along the beach. The place is famous for a very venerable temple, called the Goa Lawah or Bat Cave Temple.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Teras Bali Sidemen Bungalows and Spa – Deluxe Room

day 5
SIDEMEN - HIKING TO HIDDEN VILLAGE - COOKING CLASS - UBUD

This morning you will have the chance to explore the rarely visited village and start a descent through beautifully landscaped rice terraces.

After a short trek, you will reach small village and end the trip at a nice local restaurant nestled in the foot hills of Mount Agung – Bali’s most sacred mountain and surrounded by rice fields.

Then, start your cooking class where you will cook your own lunch. The cooking class offers authentic Balinese food recipes using a traditional Balinese-style kitchen. You will learn to cook on wood-fired, mud brick stoves, allowing the real flavours of Bali to shine.

After lunch, visit Tirtagangga Water Palace before you continue to your hotel in Ubud. The rest of the day is free at leisure for your own exploration.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Sankara Ubud Resort – Deluxe Room

Note: Sights and places you will visit

Step Through The Looking Glass

An easy trekking “through the looking glass” up into the village of Pangi, where you will have the opportunity to peak into the daily life of the Balinese as well as to marvel at the stunning views over rice fields, ocean and volcanoes. You will see how Balinese palm wine is made, and bathe your feet in the springs in the valley of Tauke. Then, take a refreshing stroll through the rice fields back to Bali Asli for a traditional East Balinese lunch.

Tirta Gangga Water Palace

Located at Ababi village, Abang distric, East Bali, Tirtagangga lies less than 100km from the capital city Denpasar. This water garden was built in 1948 by the King of Karangasem, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem, blending Balinese and Chinese styles. In the late forties of the last century, this was a playful weekend retreat for one of the last raja`s of Bali. There are enough water basins, fountains and bizarre statues to charm you, while the surroundings are pretty and quiet. The water comes from one of the nearby natural springs. The place has always been regarded as holy. Tirta means blessed water, gangga came from Ganges, the holy river in India.

The holy water is required for ceremonies of the temples in the surrounding as far as Tirtagangga. The springs have a huge output of pure water. The water is first led to a reservoir where it is divided in two parts. One third provides drinking water for the town Amlapura. The remainder goes into the upper swimming pool through an underground pipe. The overflow of water goes into the lower swimming pool, the other ponds and finally into the rice fields.

day 6
EXPLORE UBUD & SURROUNDING AREA

Today you will explore Ubud and its surrounding area. Drive up to Tampak Siring and visit Tirta Empul and Gunung Kawi Temple.

Then, return to Ubud and enjoy lunch at the local restaurant, Babi Guling Bu Oka. This place is well-known for its special Balinese roasted suckling pig.

After lunch, enjoy two hours of coffee workshop in Ubud area. The workshop include: home brewing, roasting demonstration, cupping, espresso introduction and milk and latte art.

Home Brewing

Learn how to be a home barista! Choose a method of manual brewing from pour-over, chemex, aeropress, syphon, french press, ‘Bialetti’ style moka stove pot. Practical advice and instruction to improve your coffee making skills.

Roasting Demonstration

Our Head Roaster will take you through a journey from green bean through the roasting process with explanation of the philosophy, equipment, techniques, and the resulting roasted beans.

  • Cupping: Be a sensory judge and experience the industries standardized technique for evaluating a coffees quality and characteristics and scores.
  • Espresso Introduction: A simplified entry into espresso. It’s a complicated subject, with techniques and adjustments that take time to master. This workshop is an introduction to the basics of the theory and the practical use of the espresso machine and grinder to optimize the extracted shot.
  • Milk and Latte Art: Learn how to correctly steam milk to texturize, sweeten, stretch, and then pour to create simple and more advanced latte art.

After the aromatic coffee workshop, return to your hotel and spend the rest of the day free at your own leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Sankara Ubud Resort – Deluxe Room

Note: Sights and places you will visit

Tirta Empul

All Balinese will make regular pilgrimages to Tirta Empul. They come seeking to cleanse themselves spiritually and to cure their physical ailments by bathing in the holy springs, which have been considered the most sacred in Bali ever since the tenth century, if not longer.

The shallow red-brick bathing pools are sunk into the ground of the outer courtyard of a temple, fed by water from the springs in the inner sanctuary. Men, women and priests each have their own segregated sections in which to immerse themselves, though most modern devotees just splash their faces and smile for the camera.

Gunung Kawi

Gunung Kawi refers to a site of a series of 11th century tombs cut out from the rock face. To reach it, you have to walk down a steep flight of some three hundred steps, through a massive rock-hewn archway, all the way to the sacred Pakrisan River. It`s an impressive spot, completely enshrined in a lush valley.

There are lots of theories about the origins and function of the Gunung Kawi tombs or candi, as they are also considered as sacred temples. Most probably they were erected as memorials to kings from a long lost era – possibly the 11th century – and their queens. Before crossing the river, turn sharp left for the Queens` Tombs, a series of four huge, square-tiered reliefs, chiseled from the riverside cliff face to resemble temple facades.

After crossing the Pakrisan River, you enter the actual Gunung Kawi temple complex, which contains an unusual cloister, complete with courtyard, rooms and cells, entirely cut from the ravine rock wall. This was probably built for the holy men who looked after the five royal tombs at the back of the temple complex. These are in better condition than the Queens` Tombs, and you can see the false doors and facades quite clearly defined.

day 7
UBUD - GIANYAR NIGHT MARKET

The whole day is free for you to explore at leisure.

In evening, you will depart for Gianyar Market which is just approximately 30-minute drive from Ubud, yet, quite off the tourist trail. This market could be considered the locals’ eating haven. You can spend the evening exploring the market and end your day with a tasty local dinner with several traditional cuisines.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Sankara Ubud Resort – Deluxe Room

day 8
UBUD - DEPARTURE

The day is free at leisure until it is time for you to head to the airport. Meet your guide at the lobby for transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Note:

Check out time from the room is 12.00pm. You may store your main luggage at the reception and still enjoy the facilities of the hotel.

Tour Price Includes:

  • 07 nights’ shared accommodation in twin/double room (check in and check out around noontime).
  • Entrance fees, parking fees and customary donations throughout the course of the program.
  • Local English speaking guide (for days with private transfer and excursions)
  • All transfers with air-conditioned vehicles and the mentioned boats.
  • Meals (7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 dinner)

Tour Price Excludes:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa to Indonesia
  • Tips for tour guides and drivers
  • Guide/vehicle during days or periods of time noted as free days / time
  • Early check in or late check out
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation
  • Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, beverages…)
  • Peak season surcharges (if any)
  • All services not clearly mentioned as ‘Included’