Spellbinding and exotic scarcely scratch the surface when it comes to describing this wanderlust worthy tour through the essence of Bali. Meander through idyllic rice terraces, delve into the rich culture of the Muntigunung mountain villages and behold spiritual temples in Ubud. Discover the creations of local artisans & ward off evil with a Kecak dance in South Bali. A divine cultural odyssey, enjoy chanting monks, cascading waterfalls, delectable feasts, UNESCO sites, golden beaches, private drivers, and more. Save over $1000 by staying 4 nights at each Four Seasons property!
Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
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.
Explore a nearly untouched part of the island of the Gods, enjoy breathtaking views and learn about the sustainable development of rural, poor villages in northern Bali. High up in the mountain villages of Muntigunung on the slopes of holy Gunung Agung, touched by people that live less privileged life than in one of the most remote and poor areas of Bali. With a minimum rain fall, the people of Muntigunung live from day to day, but with the project of Yayasan Masa Depan Untuk Anak-Anak (Foundation for children future), a watering project being supported by Swiss-Indonesia non-profit organization that will help the local people in this Muntigunung village to improve their living conditions. Women are trying to generate income by making baskets and handicrafts which they sell to visitors. This is a great way to support poor local families and help them to generate a income by taking visitors on this beautiful trek. You will be able to join the villages, explore the locals lifestyles and help them to improve their everyday life.
Transfer from Ubud to South Bali with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.
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 the 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 this afternoon’s tour with a visit to one of the most beautiful temples in South Bali, the Pura Taman Ayun. The temple was built in the 17th century by Prince I Gusti Anom. Translated it means “floating flower garden”, because the temple is situated in the middle of an artificial lake. Take a short walk through the complex and admire the impressive surrounding. Your last stop and highlight of this tour is at the coast. The famous Tanah Lot Temple is one of the most important temples in Bali. Built on a small island in the sea, it's the perfect place to enjoy an amazing sunset in a breathtaking environment.
Start your cultural trip with a visit to Tohpati, which is known for batik products, with your own private English speaking guide. Continue to Celuk, the center of exquisite silver works and Mas, known for fine woodcarvings. Ubud is known for its fine art galleries and is 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 skills at the Ubud market prior to a visit to Puri Saren Agung, whose royal family ruled Ubud from the late 1800's until 1917.
Discover Bali’s cultural heart in the island’s central highlands, minutes from the artistic capital of Ubud. Hidden in a lush paradise beside the Ayung River, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan has been recognized as one of the world’s best resorts on the Conde Nast Traveler, Gold List 2014 and Conde Nast Traveler, Platinum Circle 2014. Arriving at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan is a breathtaking, unique-in-the-world experience. Relax in ultra-private accommodations – with just 60 suites and villas. Dine on authentic local cuisine. Pamper yourself with Balinese Ayurveda-inspired spa treatments. And discover the exciting range of culture- and nature-oriented activities destined to thrill both couples and families.
At Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, experience an authentically Balinese luxury resort nestled right on the oceanfront. Traditional, timeless, and totally romantic, this legendary hideaway was listed among Travel + Leisure's 500 Best Hotels in the World 2014 and Conde Nast Traveler, Readers Choice Awards 2013. Designed as a traditional Balinese village, this luxurious all-villa enclave spreads across 35 acres of oceanfront giving guests direct access to the beach. Luxury villas – each with a private plunge pool – terrace down a hillside woven with brilliant flowers and Balinese temples. Steep yourself in local island culture, unwind with holistic spa treatments, and enjoy a wide range of dining options, including the new beachfront Sundara restaurant.
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December 12, 2014
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December 12, 2014
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December 12, 2014
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December 12, 2014
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December 12, 2014
"We were so impressed with all aspects of the trip that Kensington arranged for us - even at short notice. The itinerary was perfectly planned, full of extra activities like riding an elephant and a water buffalo cart ride. The guides were wonderful in all the places we went and the travel was easy between locations. Vietnam is a wonderful destination and Angkor Wat is amazing too. We loved the overnight on the boat in Halong Bay and the train ride to Sapa. The day we spent trekking between indigenous villages in the mountains of Sapa was one of the most interesting days of my life! We have travelled a lot and this was one of the best trips we have ever taken."
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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
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November 19, 2013
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