You’ll feel the heavy presence of ancient spirits inside the 11th century Uluwata temple that sits precariously atop a sheer cliff as the golden sunset illuminates the pounding surf 250 feet below.
Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Ubud as you meet mountain farmers on a trek through aromatic coffee, clove and cacao plantations that surround Munduk village; pause for a photo opportunity in front of the crystalline waters of a remote waterfall; discover the lush terraced rice fields of Jatiluwih; and visit a holy temple on the southern slope of Batukaru Mountain. Elsewhere in Ubud, view the Klungkung ceiling murals in the 18th century Kerta Gosa; visit Besakih temple on the slopes of Bali’s highest volcano; enjoy your lunch with breathtaking views over Danau Batur caldera lake; and ponder the ancient statues carved into the cliff face at Gunung Kawi temple. In South Bali, witness an incredible sunset from the 11th century Uluwatu temple perched precariously atop sheer coastal cliffs as the waves crash wildly below.
This excellent trip combines the best of Balinese rural culture and ancient spirituality with its natural beauty and the pleasures of premium resort living. From terraced rice paddies and lush jungle, to soaring volcanoes and pristine beaches, your experienced team of local guides and private drivers will reveal the many faces of Bali. You’ll also enjoy a carefully-selected range of luxury spa resorts and private beach hotels where you’ll experience Balinese hospitality at its finest.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.
Depart in the morning from your hotel and transfer to the Munduk village. Upon arrival, enjoy a beautiful trekking experience through coffee plants, cloves, cacao, and other exotic tropical plantations around the village. Your guide will give you the insight to mountain farming life and the importance of the plantations that once attracted the arrival of Europeans to the archipelago. Visit the waterfall with its refreshing breezes - a great photo opportunity. After, enjoy a short refreshment, carry on to Jatiluwih where you can enjoy a pleasant walk to discover the beautiful terrace rice fields of Jatiluwih, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After visiting Jatiluwih, stop for lunch at the G Terrace Restaurant while enjoying the lovely views over the paddy (beverages are not included). Afterwards, continue your visit to the holy site of Batukaru Temple, located on the southern slope of Batukaru Mountain.
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 the ceiling murals. Continue through spectacular views of terraced rice fields to Besakih temple, located on the slope of Mount Agung, Bali's highest volcano. It's called Mother Temple of Bali as it houses ancestral shrines for all Hindu Balinese and a complex of nearly 24 temples. The next stop iwill be Kintamani, where you can enjoy your lunch with a breathtaking view over the caldera lake, Danau Batur. Driving down, arrive in the bottom of a lush green valley where the Gunung Kawi temple, Bali's largest ancient monument is located. It consists of 10 rock-cut shrine memorials standing 7 meters high in sheltered niches cut into the sheer cliff face. End the tour with a stop at Goa Gajah before returning to your hotel.
Transfer from Ubud to South Bali with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Enjoy this sunset outing to the southwestern tip of Bali for a visit of the Uluwatu Temple, which is perched on top of cliffs that drop straight into the pounding surf, 250 feet above the sea. This is one of the temples in Bali that was built in the 11th century. Watch the spectacular sunset overlooking the Indian Ocean and enjoy the mystic atmosphere. Witnessing the Kecak Dance performance, well-known as a "monkey dance" will light up your night.
Etched into a hillside overlooking the Tjampuhan ridge, Pita Maha Resort & Spa encompasses private pool villas in a style reminiscent of a Balinese village. Located just 5 minutes from central Ubud, this boutique hotel is an elegant retreat steeped in local tradition. Named after the artistic association that nurtured creative talent during the 1930’s, Pita Maha Resort & Spa is an elegant hotel in Ubud where travelers can experience the true charm of Bali. Pita Maha means ‘great shining’ and this boutique resort honors the island’s artistic legacy.
The Ayana Resort & Spa is set on 77 hectares of cliff-top tropical gardens perched 35 meters above Jimbaran Bay. It enjoys majestic views and a secluded location, yet is just 10 kilometers from Bali’s airport. With a 290-room hotel and 78 private freestanding villas spread out along its 1.3 kilometer coastline, this is the most spacious and one of the most acclaimed Bali luxury hotels. For a completely indulgent Bali luxury romantic vacation, escape to a private oceanfront villa, dine at lavish restaurants, take part in boundless resort recreation, or just relax poolside with no schedule except your next treatment at the Thermes Marins Spa and award-winning Spa on the Rocks. A world of discovery and Balinese hospitality awaits you at this Bali resort hotel.
Olive Ramchand ,
June 03, 2014
"I have to admit, this was the BEST vacation I ever had. The tour was nothing less than Fantastic! The hotels were great, the guides were great, the transportation was great, the places were great, the people were great, the food was great and last but not least China, itself was out of this world. I'm so glad I booked this tour and would recommend this to anyone. Thanks so much for all your help, your interest and your recommendations. Steve in China was so attentive, he called constantly to make sure everything was fine. We really had a fabulous time and even my jaded husband who normally only seems to care about where the nearest golf course is, was impressed and had a wonderful time.
Thanks again, and unto the next vacation (although I don't know how we would top this one!!)
Jeanne Tarvin ,
April 21, 2014
"The tour was absolutely fabulous. It all started with the planning. Kathryn graciously accommodated our tight schedule and multiple needs, including a mid-trip change in plans. The tour guides and drivers were all great and extremely knowledgeable. The accommodations and meals were fantastic. I was apprehensive about going to China not knowing the language but it worked out great!"
January 15, 2014
"We just returned on Monday from our wonderful trip to South Korea, Bangkok and Phuket. I wanted to thank you for all of your hard work in planning our tours and adventures. Everything was spot on, from our arrivals at the airports, to the guides and the tours. I would not hesitate to recommend you and your company. It was truly a wonderful vacation. Thank you again.
Bob Feldman ,
November 19, 2013
"I wanted to let you know that our trip to China was great! Everybody enjoyed themselves. When planning a trip I am always concerned about the itinerary, the vehicles and the guides. All 3 of these were great. The guides were particularly good and in this case really made the trip a pleasure. Overall a great trip. Thanks for all you did."
Gloria DeWeese ,
October 10, 2013
"A wonderful trip and everything went like clockwork. Thank you so very much for all your assistance. I hope I will have a chance to work with you again."
Wayne Gavioli ,
September 04, 2013
"We just returned from our thailand/cambodia trip. It was fantastic. You did a great job. The guides were excellent as was the drivers. We loved the Victoria Hotel you selected in Siem. Wish we had more time. Thailand met our expectations but our expectations for Cambodia were low and they exceeded them. Loved the places selected for the included lunches. Certainly would use Kensington again"
Santo Filice ,
August 30, 2013
"Thank you for arranging our guided trip to Thailand - Vietnam. It was a memorable, and pleasant trip - a 1st for us with Kensington tours and a most enjoyable one. We found that we were able to maximize our visit of the the area without the concern of booking hotels, airline, finding parking and understanding the local language. "
Tim Mesarch ,
August 02, 2013
"Alexis helped us fit in all of the sites we wanted to see on our trip to Thailand and Cambodia, and suggested some more. It was valuable talking with someone who had been there and done that. The planning went pretty smoothly, and so did the trip. The local guides were all top-notch! "
July 25, 2013
"I highly recommend Kesington Tours. The planning of our trip to Cambodia was outstanding. Our advisor Alexis Mayer was unbelievably patient, knowledgeable and responsive. We planned the trip in every possible detail and Alexis was extraordinary during the whole process. Once we were in Cambodia, we had a tiny issue with the car. I was able to get in contact with Alexis right away and the problem was instantly solved. The trip itself was fantastic. Everything was very well planned and perfectly organized. The local guides and drivers were great. The hotels were very well chosen.
Great trip. I would definitely travel again with Kensington Tours."
Pennie Quintana ,
August 07, 2013
"Thank you so much for the amazing trip we enjoyed!! All our guides were fantasy. Joseph in Jakarta, July in Jojakarta and Deon in Borneo!! Wow!! Bless you for all your attention to detail and the outstanding communication to all my questions. You made me feel so taken care of and tended too!! "
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