Ubud: The Cultural Heart of Bali

Ubud: The Cultural
Heart of Bali

Culturally and artistically, Ubud has been on the forefront of putting Bali on the map for preserving
authentic forms of handicraft: complemented with stunning nature, a half-day exploration
that guides you through all aspects of Ubud’s cultural heart.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Ubud is the artistic, cultural and spiritual heart of Bali. For decades, this well-known area of the island has been the hub for artists, musicians, and those seeking to explore their spirituality while staying connected with the culture of Bali. From verdant-green rice terraces to local enclaves, it comes as no surprise that an abundance of arriving guests opting for a few nights into one of the centres of Balinese culture.

Quaint, charming accommodation aplenty for any price range, taking up Ubud never seems to disappoint even the most discerned explorers. Some of the most well-known galleries, restaurants, and cafes in Bali are to be found in this lush green region. For a couple of hours, get connected with the colours and sounds of this central Bali region.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Ubud: The Cultural Heart of Bali

08:30 - 12:30

The morning start begins with a visit to the local community of Tohpati, where the famous Batik fabrics of Bali are painstakingly created by hand. Various finalized products will be on display which all comes from this community. Decorating cloth items with batik, using wax-resistant dying to get intricate motives and decorations, have been practised for decades here which guarantee authenticity. Our next stop brings us to Celuk: from chunky, funky jewellery to finely detailed ornamental pieces, seeing how they are created will give you a new appreciation for what we often take for granted. Visitors have the chance to see these artisans in their workshops while creating fine pieces of exquisite silverwork.

As for where Celuk is famous for its silverwork, the small community of Mas has gained a name for itself for its wood carving methods and creating from the smallest items to decorative pieces for at home. Art galleries aplenty in Ubud, we have selected the one that compiles all influences and various techniques; the Agung Rai Museum of Art. This museum has an extensive collection of paintings by both Indonesian and foreign artists, ranging from traditional to contemporary.

One of the last stops on this busy half-day tour is the Ubud Market, where you can purchase all sorts of goods from clothing to jewellery to wonderful pieces of art and souvenirs.  We recommend you go upstairs here, but remember that bargaining is a must here. Before we head back to your booked resort, we stop and pay respect to the Puri Saren Agung where Ubud’s royal family ruled from the late 19th century until the beginning of the 20th century.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide from selective beaches and regions only (Southern Bali and Ubud only).
  • Transportation air-conditioned vehicle e with professional driver.
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • Supplements for transfers other than Sanur, Kuta, Seminyak, Nusa Dua, Ubud and customers from any harbour or the International Airport on the island
  • 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 regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users. Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion
  • We always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • 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 pickup 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.
  • 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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