The Sasak Trails & Horse Cart Riding

The Sasak Trails
&
Horse Cart Riding

Lombok’s inhabitants, the Sasak, still protect their way of life and ways to make a living for
generations, as their skills in handicraft and art have withstood the tests of modern
times. A horse-drawn carriage ride makes the trip even more authentic.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Sasak traditions are kept alive and nurtured on Lombok. The Sasak people are the indigenous people of this Indonesian island and have a proud and rich cultural heritage that stands firm to date.

Although closely related to the Balinese, the Sasak people remain predominantly Muslim compared to the more Hinduist majority and influences, found in Bali. As tightly-knitted to what their ancestors have created, handicraft, and the finer art of making beautiful objects, remains the primary source of income of the inhabitants.

TRAIL ITINERARY

The Sasak Trails & Horse Cart Riding

08:00 - 16:00

After a good night’s sleep at your hotel along Senggigi and Mataram (other regions come with supplementary charges), your guide and driver for the day welcome you at your hotel lobby and head out to the first stop of the day. The Kediri Traditional Market is one of the best places to see the locals going about with their business – trade here has not changed in centuries so what you will see here is how it has been going on for generations. At the end of the market, we hop on a ‘Cidomo’ – a horse-drawn carriage that is quite the popular means to travel around the market and nearby village.

The trip ends at Banyumulek village, the centre for pottery on Lombok. Skilled artists still use ancient techniques in turning clay into daily household objects. Next will be the weaving village of Sukarare; if patience is a virtue, then this is the place where one can admire the creation of stunning, brightly-patterned songkets, ikat and clothes for sarongs. Your guide will clearly explain the various functions of this fabric. Finally, the village of Sade has to be one of the more unique places on the islands – villagers primarily use buffalo dung to create their lodges, and these processes still are used.

We head out to Kuta Beach, Lombok’s answer to sugar-white beaches and views over the waters of the Lombok Strait (Laut Lombok). Lunch will be served here at a local restaurant with a great location along Kuta. Before we move back to your resort, we make our final stop at the Mayura Water Palace. Close to 400 years old, this palace houses the King’s former family temple and is proclaimed a holy pilgrimage site for the Hindus living on Lombok. After leaving the palace compound, we head back to your hotel where you will arrive at around 4 pm.

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.
  • Horse cart ride
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying inside the Senggigi & Mataram region. Transfers outside these areas, including the surrounding islands, and the island’s main harbour and International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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