Day 1: You will leave the USA for your flight to Bali. The adventure begins!
Day 2: Cross International Dateline; lose a day. Regain on the return flight home.
Day 3: Bali Arrival: You will arrive in Bali (Denpasar) where your guide will meet you and transfer you to your beach resort hotel where you can rest up from your journey. Meals on Plane, Tonight will we have a welcome dinner.
Day 4: Kuta: You will have a short morning tour of the local beaches. Then have some free time to enjoy this beautiful area.
Day 5: Half Day Garuda Wisnu Kencana and Uluwatu Temple: Today you will visit to Garuda Wisnu Kencana and the cultural park. Then we will take you to the Uluwatu Temple, which is an architectural marvel situated on the edge of a steep 300 foot rock facing the ocean. This temple has some of the most exquisite architecture in Bali and was first built in the eleventh century. There are numerous monkeys on the walkway to the temple, who are delighted to receive food from you, but don’t have anything which is loose on your clothing or body, such as ear rings, pens and glass-cases and hold your camera bags tightly. These mischievous monkeys will quickly snatch them and will only give them back for a ransom (typically peanuts and bananas). Then you will proceed to the temple. This is a small and simple temple, but it is a good introduction to the style and function of the Hindu temples on Bali.
Afterwards you can enjoy the sunset while watching the performance of Kechak Dance, which presents the Mahayana story with actors-dancers, beautiful costumes and accompanied totally by the Kechak dancers-singers (no gamelan orchestra). Afterwards we will take you to dinner at a seafood restaurant with tables on the beach. Though not fancy, the food and ambiance are delightful. Then we will drive back to the hotel where the rest of the evening is at your own leisure.
Day 6: Kuta - Belimbing: The day will begin early with a drive west up the south side of the island. You will stop at Tanah Lot Temple. This is a more elaborate temple and is striking along the sea. They also have a “holy serpent” there which you can see if you like. Then we will drive you inland to Belingbing, where you will see some spectacular countryside. The terraced farms in this area are beautiful and amazingly immaculate. You will have lunch in the area. Then we will give you a walk through nature (1- 3 hours, depending on your stamina and desires). This is a very rewarding opportunity to see rural Bali which will give you a better picture of Bali before the tourists came. Tonight there will be some New Years options, we will keep you updated.
Day 7: Belimbing - Free Day: explore the beautiful countryside, go on hikes, and enjoy the resort and the natural beauty.
Day 8: Belimbing - Ubud: Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Ubud through Munduk and Bedugul. We will see beautiful countryside and rice terraces along the way, as well as, the beauty of twin lakes, Buyan and Tamblingan. Some stops will also be made on the way, the waterfall at Munduk, then Pura Ulun Danu Beratan at Bedugul which is built on the shores of the lake and the spice / fruit market at Candikuning. Lunch will be provided at Local Restaurant. The next stop will be made at Mengwi, which was one of the main island kingdoms, where you can see one of the grandest water garden temples on the island called Taman Ayun. The temple was built around 1740 and symbolizing the cosmic union of sea and mountain. In the afternoon you will arrive in Ubud, check in at the hotel.
Day 9: Ubud: Today we will take you to the Agung Rai Museum of Art (Arma). This delightful museum not only has excellent art pieces from Balinese and European artists but also many other cultural artifacts of Balinese culture. There is even a complete Gamelan Orchestra which you can look at and even play on. This museum also provides children traditional Balinese dance lessons. You can observe the classes and ask questions of the teachers. We will then take you to Monkey Forest Road where there are some delightful shops, restaurants and coffee shops to visit. We will take you to a Masks, Antiques and Puppets shop which has many incredible collections. After lunch you will visit the Seniwati which is a gallery specializing in Women’s Art.
Day 10: Ubud: Today you will have a Batik workshop and classes. Next you will visit the Pondok Pekak Library where you can have a local dance lesson. Tonight you will have an evening performance. (Oka Kartini’s Wayang Kulit performance).
Day 11: Ubud – Nusa Dua: You will leave early in the morning to see an excellent Barong Dance. This is the traditional Balinese Hindu dance of the battle between Good and Evil, the Barong and Rhanga. This dance also involves several other characters and is the main dance which in its purest religious form leads to its participants going into trances. Afterwards we will take you to a Master Mask Maker. You will see his beautiful masks and how they “come alive.” These are truly incredibly well crafted works of art. The master mask maker also can demonstrate the appropriate dances and moves to complete the effect. These masks are also for sale. Then we will take you south to Nusa Dua. The rest of the day is free.
Day 12: Ubud - Bali Zoo Park - Nusa Dua :Today you will have a leisurely morning. You will have a cooking class where you can learn to cook typical Balinese dishes. We will drive you to the Nusa Dua Beach hotel. for The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Day 13: Nusa Dua - B Today is a free day to enjoy the beach. Or:
Option 1: We can take you on a cruise to Lebongan Island off the east side of Bali where you can snorkel, swim in a pool, walk around the island, take a variety of tours, utilize a glass bottom boat, etc.
Option 2: We will take you to the City Market in Denpasar and the fabric district. We can also take you to Sanur Beach, if you like. You can enjoy the day at a nearby beach.
Day 14: Bali – USA: The morning is free. You will have a transfer to the airport for your departure for your flight back to the USA with many wonderful memories! End of Tour.
Note: Exact Tour Itinerary and Information are subject to change. The tour will take places from the 26 December till 8 January.
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