Bali’s Spiritual and Natural Heartlands

Bali’s Spiritual and
Natural Heartlands

A dazzling and diverse side of Bali, unbeknownst by many. A tour option that treads lightly and
respects deeply the natural and spiritual splendours of the Island of Gods has long been
a ticket to the destination’s authentic side, away from its beaches.

WHY THIS TOUR?

While Bali’s famous beaches are the island’s main attractions, it is what lies inland that truly defines Indonesia’s leading actor in the tourism industry. Amassing a loyal group of repeat visitors, destined to enjoy the vibrancy around its expansive coastline, the culturally enthralling side of Bali requires some guidance.

An authentic trail deep in the cultural and spiritual heart is enveloped smoothly during this full-day tour, where nature and human encounters engulf avid explorers from morning until afternoon.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Bali’s Spiritual and Natural Heartlands

08:30 - 17:30

An early morning departure from selected resorts along Bali’s southern coast and charming Ubud kicks off the day. Together with an English-speaking guide and dedicated driver, you head deep into the verdant green heart of the island. The landscape slowly changes from a more populated region to a horizon, dotted with villages and mountains. The morning starts with a stop at the 17th-century sanctuary of Taman Ayun.

Surrounded by a small moat and packed with gardens featuring shrines, pavilions and ponds, Taman Ayun is a Hindu temple that was the main place of worship during the Mengwi Kingdom. It is separated into three main courtyards, and all of these can be admired from a viewing platform at the back of the site.

An inundated visit to watch the calmness of Beratan Lake is next on the itinerary with its stunning Ulun Danau Beratan Temple. This temple sits on Lake Beratan’s western side against a backdrop of Bedugul’s highland mountains, a popular weekend getaway for locals. The temple complex has a floating appearance above this still crystal clear lake that often has a mist hanging above it and encompassing the temple adding to its mythical appearance. The complex has four sacred buildings and is dominated by tiered temples. In the background, the sacred contours of Mount Catur set the tone for the lofty heights surrounding this charming lake. Lunch is included at a local restaurant.

Next, meeting the locals at the thriving Candi Kuning market sees how commerce on a local level continues to thrive. Via the UNESCO World Heritage-listed rice terraces of Jatiluwih for some Instagrammable images, the final stop of the day is made at the stunning religious shrine of the Pura Luhur Batukaru. A lesser-visited temple on the edge of the forest within the Jatiluwih region is a great example to admire of how the Balinese pay respect to the gods.

We end the afternoon by driving back to selected resorts along Bali’s South Coast or in Ubud.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Supplements for transfers other than Sanur, Kuta, Seminyak, Nusa Dua, Canggu, Uluwatu, Tanjung Benoa, Legian, and Ubud
  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying along South Bali (Sanur, Kuta, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Legian and Seminyak) and Ubud. Transfers outside these areas, including any harbour and Bali’s International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions
  • This tour is not operational during Nyepi Day, Bali’s Day of Silence. The date of this spiritual day changes annually
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users
  • Royal temples and palaces uphold a very strict dress code: it is essential that you dress appropriately during this excursion by wearing clothes that cover shoulders and fall below the knees.
  • Customers wearing shirts with obscene and disrespectful prints and pictures and brightly-coloured clothing may be refused entrance
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour
  • Please note pick-up and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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