Ricefields and Ancient Temples of Bali

Ricefields and Ancient
Temples of Bali

Experience the spiritual and cultural heritage of Bali. Admire the Tegalalang rice
terraces, discover holy springs and visit three of Bali’s most striking,
ancient temples: Tirta Empul, Gunung Kawi and Goa Gajah.

WHY THIS TOUR?

This one-day tour gives you an insight into some of the most important cultural, historical and natural highlights of the island. Bali may be best known for its beaches but the ‘island of gods’ has a rich history and a culture firmly rooted in spirituality.

No visit to Bali would be complete without visiting spiritual sites boasting magnificent, centuries-old architecture. Many of the ancient temples and buildings are set against exotic backdrops – looming volcanoes, emerald rice paddies and spectacular coastline. Each temple is unique and every single one is magical. They all play an important part in Balinese life and offer an insight into the local culture and beliefs.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Ricefields and Ancient Temples of Bali

09:00 - 19:00

Your driver and guide will collect you from your hotel and take you to the first stop of the day – the Tegalalang rice terraces, the island’s iconic emerald green rice terraces that concertina down a steep mountain. After snapping plenty of photographs, carry on to the Tirta Empul Temple, built around a sacred spring. You may be fortunate enough to see local Hindus bathing in the holy waters, believed to have strong curative powers.

The next temple is Gunung Kawi, one of the oldest in Bali, dating back to the 11th century. Walk down more than 300 steps to see the shrine reliefs carved directly into the face of a rock cliff overlooking a sacred river.

After replenishing your energy with a delicious Indonesian lunch, continue to Goa Gajah, also known as ‘elephant cave’. This impressive Hindu cave temple was built as a sanctuary for Hindu priests. You will enter the temple through the carved mouth of a huge stone demon and then walk along a dark passage to find ancient, stone Hindu statues.

The last stop of the tour is at Kerta Gosa in Klungkung, also known as the Hall of Justice. Built in the 18th century by the highest Raja of Bali, it was the location of a famous battle between the Dutch and the Balinese. After exploring the spacious, open halls with ceilings covered in colourful and intricate murals, you will be taken back to your hotel.

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

  • 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.
  • To respect local customs and respecting the religious sites and temples on this tour, it is customary for guests to take off their shoes before allowed entrance. Your guide will inform you in advance for which of these sites this is applicable.
  • We will always make the effort 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 sun’s rays are still very powerful.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • 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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