(Ubud, South Bali)
Intoxicatingly exotic, immerse yourself in a world of smiling people, golden temples, pink beaches and the legendary Komodo Dragon on this thrilling Indonesian adventure. With biking, monkey dance ceremony, jungle safari, catamaran cruise, colourful markets, mystifying temple tours, glass bottom boat ride, craft workshops and endless sunshine, the action is endless! Led by friendly expert private guide tour Ubud, Pura Taman Ayun, Lake Bratan, Gunung Batukau Mountain, Nusa Lembongan Island, Labuan Bajo, Flores and Komodo National Park. Featuring enchanting tropical hotels & mouth-watering cuisine, isn’t it time you discovered Indonesia? The one and only place in this world to encounter these majestic dragons! Entering the Komodo National Park, the boat passes many small islands, while slowly gliding through the crystal clear water. The National Park rangers make sure that the incredible animals keep their distance. Enjoy an amazing time on a deserted island beach.
Airport transfer with private vehicle and English-speaking driver.
The Alam Shanti is located conveniently in Ubud of Bali, Alam Shanti Ubud offers visitors great comfort and pleasure during their stay. The hotel offers 8 separate villa rooms which are typical of the Alam Resorts that are owned and ran by a local Balinese family. This small number gives the spacious resort an extremely quiet and secluded feel in which to enjoy the traditional Balinese style villas with fully carved grand wooden doors and furniture including the grand poster bed with a long flowing mosquito net. Surrounded by rice paddies and tropical woods the Alam Shanti offers incredible views both from your personal villa and from any of the hotel's lush garden areas.
Start your cultural trip with a visit to Tohpati, which is known for its batik and continue to Celuk, the center of exquisite silver works and Mas, for fine woodcarvings. Enter Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali with many fine art galleries, and a home to a score of local and foreign artists. One of them is Agung Rai Museum of Art which has an extensive collection of paintings by Balinese, Indonesian and foreign artists in classic Balinese and contemporary styles. Afterwards, you can test your bargaining skill at Ubud art market prior to a visit to Puri Saren Agung whose royal family ruled Ubud from the late 1800’s until 1917.
Witness this theatrical experience. The "Cak" or "Kecak" dance is the well-known “monkey dance” which is originally derived from a sacred sanghyang dance, it has subsequently been added to and adapted, incorporating scenes from the story of Ramayana. The Kecak dance is an amazing cacophony of interlocking sounds – 100 men, representing the Ramayana’s monkey army sit in concentric circles and chant. Their arms are thrown up to the skies, fingers outstretched, but the sounds and gestures have no meaning other than to drive out evil.
Start the day with a visit to Kerta Gosa, or Hall of Justice, built in 18th century in Klungkung. It is beautifully laid out within a moat and provides an exquisite example of the Klungkung style of painting and architecture which can be seen in their ceiling murals. Continue through spectacular views of terraced rice fields to Besakih temple, located on the slope of Mount Agung, Bali highest volcano. It is called Mother Temple of Bali as it houses ancestral shrines for all Hindu Balinese and a complex of nearly 24 temples. Our next stop is Kintamani where you can enjoy your lunch with a breathtaking view over the caldera lake, Danau Batur. Driving down, we arrive in the bottom of a lush green valley, where the Gunung Kawi temple, Bali largest ancient monument is located. It consists of 10 rock-cut candi (shrines) – memorials cut out of the rock face in imitation of actual statues and stand in 7m-high sheltered niches cut into the sheer cliff face. Our last stop will be Goa Gajah.
In the morning, you will be picked up by a private vehicle from your hotel in the South of Bali either from Sanur, Kuta, Seminyak, Tuban, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua or Tanjung Benoa and transferred to Denpasar airport to catch the flight to Labuhan Bajo.
Fly one way from Bali to Labuan Bajo.
Upon arrival at Labuan Bajo airport on western Flores, you will be greeted by a representative and transferred to the pier of Labuan Bajo. From here, you will take a speedboat transfer to Batu Cermin Cave, Ujung fishermen village and the local harbor to see the breathtaking views of the sunset. Afterwards, you will be transferred to your hotel for the night. Lunch will be served at local restaurant.
Enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure. Enjoy a pleasant dinner at your own arrangement.
The Bintang Flores Hotel is a five-storey hotel set in a spacious tropical garden. Located amid spacious grounds fronting a private beach, The Bintang Flores Hotel is both a destination in its own right and a convenient staging area for visits to nearby Komodo Island and world-class dive sites along the coast of Flores. Drawing on Indonesian architectural influences, The Bintang Flores Hotel combines local style and charm with modern conveniences and international standards of service. With a large swimming pool and private white-sand beach, the hotel offers complete water-sports facilities in a protected environment suitable for families.
In the morning, have breakfast at your hotel prior to being picked up by your English speaking guide. You will then be transferred to the pier to catch a speedboat transfer to Rinca Island in Komodo National Park. Walk through the typical dry forest and explore the Island of Komodo dragon, where you will find not just the dragons but you might also encounter other wild animals like, deer, wild buffalo, long-tailed macaque, wild Boar and also numerous birds. Following, the speedboat will take you to Komodo Island where you will take an afternoon trek in Banunggulung in Komodo Island. Then proceed to Pink Beach where you will be able to swim and snorkel before heading back to the hotel for the evening.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
On your return, enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure. Have a quiet dinner at your own arrangement.
Start of your morning with a nice breakfast at your hotel. Afterwards, you will be picked by a private vehicle and transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Bali.
Fly one way from Labuan Bajo to Bali.
Upon arrival in Ngurah Rai airport, you will be greeted by a representative and then directly transferred to your hotel in South Bali either to Sanur, Kuta, Seminyak, Tuban, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua or Tanjung Benoa for the evening.
The Intercontinental Resort is secluded within the boundaries of the exclusive neighborhood of Jimbaran Bay on Bali's southern coastline. The property is a perfect place for those who want to explore the white and sandy beach. Situated only a walk away from Bali's premier tourist areas, the InterContinental Resort is just a short drive from the city center. Blending modern conveniences with traditional Balinese architecture, the 425 luxury rooms offer you maximum comfort The onsite restaurants serve authentic Japanese cuisine as well as Italian specialities and P.J's the hotel bar is an ideal spot to unwind with a refreshing drink. The spa is an oasis of serenity and natural splendor for those seeking to replenish body, mind and soul.
Sleep in this morning and relax at your hotel.
A sunset outing to the southwestern tip of Bali for a visit of the Uluwatu Temple, which is perched precipitously atop sheer cliffs that drop straight into the pounding surf 250 feet above the sea. This is one of the grandest and oldest temples in Bali, built in 11th century. Watch the spectacular sunset overlooking the Indian Ocean and enjoy the mystic atmosphere before you are driven to Jimbaran Beach for an extensive BBQ Seafood Dinner on the beach.
VISA/PASSPORTThe Indonesian government requires visitors to have a passport valid for at least six months following the date of arrival. Indonesian authorities regularly deny entry to all foreign nationals who arrive with less than six months’ validity on their passports. American and Canadian citizens are required to have a visa to enter Indonesia. Visa processing generally takes 7 working days for a Tourist Visa along with a visa processing fee of approximately $55. A 30 days visa can also be applied upon arrival at Jakarta International Airport. This visa costs approximately $25. Tourist passport holders may apply for a non-extendable visitor Visa-on-Arrival at airports.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Indonesia for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is required. Medical facilities are not widespread and poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/indonesia.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Jakarta (Java). Government: Republic. Declared independence from The Netherlands in 1945. Language: Bahasa Indonesia is the official national language. Altogether, there are an estimated 583 languages and dialects spoken in the archipelago. The older generation still speaks Dutch as a second language and English is widely spoken in tourist areas. Religion: There is a Muslim majority of approximately 90%, with Christian, Hindu (mainly in Bali) and Buddhist minorities. Time: GMT + 7 (West) in Sumatra, Java and Western Borneo; GMT + 8 (Central) in Sulawesi, Lesser Sunda Islands, Bali and Eastern Borneo; GMT + 9 (East) in Papua and Maluku. Electricity: 220/250 volts AC, 50Hz but 110 volts is still used in some areas. Plugs used are European-style with two circular metal pins. Telephone: Country code +62 (followed by 22 for Bandung, 361 for Bali, 21 for Jakarta, 61 for Medan and 31 for Surabaya). Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage may be limited to main towns and cities. Internet: There are Internet cafes in all major cities and tourist destinations.
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