(Ubud, South Bali)
Give into your wanderlust & leave your everyday life behind with this dreamlike private tour of Indonesia`s utopia of Bali, the mysterious Land of the Heavenly Kings Tana Toraja & the ancient city of Makassar. From sweet blessings at golden temples, voyages to sacred mountains, markets awash in exotic riches & lush monkey filled jungles to otherworldly aboriginal villages, the Toraja`s haunting funeral rites & hanging graves, spellbinding ancestral traditions & paradise-like vistas, a kaleidoscope of once-in-a-lifetime encounters await. Featuring stylish hotels, private guide & driver this truly is an adventure in paradise.
Airport transfer with private vehicle and English-speaking driver.
The Ubud - Alila Ubud is nestled on the edge of the rich green Ayung River valley in Bali's central foothills, the Alila Ubud Hotel combines exceptional location, unmatchable charm and a welcoming atmosphere. Offering panoramic views of the magical Ayung River and surrounding volcanoes, the 56 comfortable guestrooms are beautifully appointed and come with an array of modern amenities. Towering coconut pillars and a traditional thatched roof lend a bright and open feel to the brasserie-open style restaurant offering Balinese cuisine as well as fine international dishes, while soaring views can be taken in from the bar. Take a refreshing dip in the magnificent swimming pool and visit the luxurious Alila Spa that offers anatomical physiology, massage and meditation to rejuvenate your mind and body.
Today's excursion will lead you to the rural heartland of Bali which presents an altered landscape and a different history. Your first stop is Pura Taman Ayun, founded by the King of Mengwi in the 17th century. It has three ascending levels of spacious courtyards containing rows of shrines and pavilions and is surrounded by a wide moat. The next one will be Lake Bratan, where a crater lies serenely in the midst of an elongated valley, formed centuries ago. A small temple called Pura Ulun Danu Bratan to honor Dewi Danau, goddess of the lake, can be seen on the lake promontory. Stroll along Candi Kuning market, where local fruits, vegetable and flowers are sold. After lunch, the trip continues through breathtaking valleys of rice paddies near Jatiluwih to visit Pura Luhur Batukau temple, in dense jungle near the peak of Gunung Batukau, Bali’s second highest mountain. The ancient temple complex has a number of separate sanctuaries joined by damp mountain paths, bubbling springs and a large rectangular lake with a shrine in its midst.
Fly one way from Bali to Makassar.
Upon your arrival at Hasanuddin Airport in Makassar, a representative will load up your private vehicle and make route towards Toraja. Travel along the coast to Pare Pare for roughly 8 hours, making stops for lunch on the way. Continuing toward the Toraja Homeland, you will make another afternoon stop for coffee at Puncak Lakawang, which provides a spectacular view of the surrounding landscapes. In the late afternoon hours you will arrive at the Land of the Toraja.
The Hotel Marante Toraja is located in Tana Toraja the Majestic highlands of South Sulawesi. Here Tongkonan houses of family origin are symbolic of kinship and hospitality. This is reflected in the architecture and atmosphere of the Hotel. A Haven of luxury and tranquility, ideal for travelers exploring Torajaland. The friendliness of the staff, excellent facilities and fine cuisine compliment the beauty of its surrounding. Spacious guest rooms feature private terraces, and are tastefully furnished and equipped according to international standards.
Early in the morning, enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading out for some touring around the Toraja Highlands. Start with a visit to Lemo, to see the cliffs displaying a variety of ancestral sculptures and hanging graves. From here, continue to Londa, the location where during ancient times ceremonial burial took place. Next, you will visit the wonderful Toraja village of Kete Kesu, where you will see the Tongkonan boat-houses, and rice barns. This village is locally known for producing spectacular woodcarvings.
Fill up at breakfast before making your return to Makassar from Toraja. Along the way you will once again stop for lunch around Pare Pare, before continuing this drive to Makassar. Upon arrival you will check into your hotel, and have the remainder of the day to spend at leisure.
Mercure Regency Makassar Hotel is located on the shores of Losari Beach, close to the heart of the city shopping and business district. The hotel is built in Victorian style and features 72 rooms and a restaurant. Makassar, also known as Ujung Pandang, is the largest city on the island of Sulawesi and is famous for the Dutch built Fort Rotterdam, which houses an impressive museum of colonial times. In the southeast part of the city there are several memorials of the once mighty Gowa empire. Mercure Regency Makassar hotel offers fully firnished exquisite guest rooms with an elegant design reflecting the ambiance of the area.
Spend the morning at leisure before being transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
Fly direct from Makassar to Bali.
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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