Meet Balinese Royal Family, Enjoy Dialogues with Cultural Leaders,
Experience the REAL Bali
Location 1: Central Bali – Ubud
Ubud is a thriving village in central
Bali and is considered the cultural
capital of this tiny island. It is famous
as an arts and crafts hub, and much
of the village and nearby areas
consist of artists’ workshops and
galleries. Here you find remarkable
architecture and other
sites—historical museums, famous
woodcarvers and artists, and an
array of interesting cafes, local foods,
and non-stop ceremonies. The word
‘Ubud’ comes from the Balinese word
for medicine, so it is here that people
flock for healing energies, good
spirits, meditation, yoga, artistry, and indigenous knowledge.
DAY 1: Arrival Day, Head to Ubud
Arrive into Denpasar, Bali in the early afternoon. As soon as you step out of
the airport, Bali Institute staff and drivers will meet and assist you with your luggage, then drive to your hotel in Ubud.
Enjoy your first taste of Balinese cuisine at our welcome dinner and then
off to a good night’s sleep. (D)
DAY 2: Orientation, Meet Cultural/Museum Icon, Cultural Workshop
After a delicious breakfast, join our welcome orientation to provide
overview of the Balinese culture, philosophy and sharing travel tips for
health and safety so that everyone has a successful journey.
This first morning we’ll have a private meeting with Agung Rai, founder of
world-renowned ARMA Museum. Agung Rai will present a historical view
of the arts of Bali and its defining role as a key component of Balinese
culture. After a presentation along with delicious Balinese sweets and coffee/tea, Agung
Rai will provide a personal tour of his fascinating museum, which hosts
world-renown artists in addition to its own major art exhibitions–
considered one of the best in Bali. Enjoy Lunch at the ARMA resort.
In the afternoon, we invite teachers of traditional Balinese gamelan music,
Legong dance, woodcarving, and offering-making to a local village banjar
(community center) to give participants an introduction to each of these
DAY 3: Early Morning Market, Purification Temple, Volcano Visit
Our first stop is the morning market in Ubud where local Balinese are busy
purchasing foods and ritual items for upcoming village offerings and
ceremonies. We will take a leisurely walk through rice fields and back
roads to experience up-close the life of rice-farmers in an agricultural
island that is quickly on the verge of giving up its ancient ways of existing.
Drive to Tirta Empul Holy Spring Temple, considered a sacred site by
Balinese as a place to melt all the bad influences in the body, purifying the
soul and mind by entering the fresh, sacred water springs. Everyone is
invited to experience the cool, fresh holy spring waters.
On to Kintamani, a favorite destination with its panoramic views of the Mt.
Batur volcano and beautiful Lake Batur, the largest lake in Bali. Enjoy lunch
located at one of the more breathtaking views of the entire island.
Late afternoon and evening free for shopping, Balinese massage or optional
Dinner at your leisure. (B, L)
DAY 4: Laughing Yoga, Lunch at Women’s Center, Private Tour & Dinner with Royal Family
After your first few busy days in Bali, feel rejuvenated after a yoga and
meditation session with Kadek Suambara, one of the youngest people in
Balinese history ever to be selected as a high priest and spiritual leader of
his village near Ubud. Kadek has studied with some of the world’s foremost
gurus, and offers his own laughing yoga class that participants never will
forget. His contagious laughter, guided meditation and yoga practice will
send you on your way feeling deeply peaceful and centered.
Next, have a delicious meal and conversation at a Balinese women’s center
and learn about their job skills and healthy living programs.
Afternoon is free to enjoy the wonders of Ubud.
Put on your special Balinese outfit to attend a private, exclusive Royal Palace tour
& dinner at the Peliatan Palace with the Prince of Peliatan. Over dinner, you’ll have the opportunity to
ask the Prince questions about Bali’s traditional culture as well as
modern-day challenges. (B, L, D)
DAY 5: Rice-Paddy Herbal Walk, Jungle Spa, Balinese Dance Performance
On this herbal walk, you will learn about native plants and how the leaves,
fruits and flowers of various plants are used for traditional medicine, food
and body care products. As you walk through the rice fields, you will also
enjoy stories about the rice growing process from planting, maintenance,
through to harvesting. You will learn about the importance of preserving
the irrigation system and the protocols for its use in the community.
Pamper yourself in the afternoon at our favorite jungle spa. Cantika Spa
creates their own oils, hair treatments, and other spa products from plants
and herbs native to Bali.
They grow many of these plants on the spa
grounds and process them on-site using traditional methods. A Balinese
woman, Jasi, began the business with knowledge that has been passed
down through her family and her own experimentations, and she now has
3 locations around the Ubud area.
Dinner at your leisure and witness the world famous Balinese Legong dance performance at a local
Marcia Jaffe opens up about her life-changing experiences in Bali
Location 2: North Bali – Pemuteran
Pemuteran is a small fishing village on
the northern coast of West Bali. It lies
in the shadow of a gorgeous
mountainous region to the south. And
to the north is Menjangan Island,
considered one of the best diving
areas in the world. Pemuteran has the
largest area of shallow coral reefs in
Bali and is easily accessible, free of
strong currents and waves making it
perfect for swimming, snorkeling and
diving. Pemuteran is home to the
largest artificial coral reef project in
the world, and the village’s model of
community-based tourism and
conservation has been recognized by the United Nations.
DAY 6: Travel to Pemuteran, Sightseeing Along the Way
This morning we are off to Pemuteran. Get ready to see the magnificence of
Bali on the way to this northwest coastal village. We’ll be traveling across
the island, witnessing the vast rice-terraced landscape. On the way, we’ll
visit the historical Ulun Danu Temple, built in 1633 and recognized
worldwide for its location at the shore of Lake Beratan.
Afternoon arrival at your accommodations in time to witness a spectacular
sunset on the beach.
Evening and dinner at your leisure. (B, L)
DAY 7: Coral Reef Restoration Project, Snorkeling, Balinese Family Compound Dinner
Spend the morning learning about and snorkeling over the Coral
Restoration Project. This initiative has been running since 2000 as a
collaboration between the Karang Lestari Foundation and the Global Coral
Reef Alliance. The project has planted around 80 artificial coral reef
structures which have restored the devastated coral reefs and fisheries of
Pemuteran Bay. In 2012, this project was awarded the Equator Prize by
the United Nations Development Programme.
Snorkeling, swimming and spa treatments available during your day of
enjoying the beach.
Come together for a special dinner at a local Balinese family compound,
followed by a special night trip to Melanting Temple, Bali’s
prosperity temple. Most Balinese travel here at least once a year for
blessings and good luck with their businesses and field crops. We’ll visit at
night for a most memorable and magical evening. (B, D)
DAY 8: Menjangan Island Boat Trip, Snorkeling
This full-day adventure we will boat to Menjangan Island off the western
tip of Bali for some of the best snorkeling or diving in the region. Named
after a local species of deer, Menjangan Island is part of West Bali National
Park. Enjoy the whole day snorkeling or just relaxing at this unique beach
area. Diving at additional cost.
Evening and dinner at your leisure. (B, L)
Location 3: West Bali – Mengwi
Mengwi is located in the central part of Bali
and is famous for its rolling green
landscapes, clove and coffee plantations and
spectacular rice paddies. The village of
Mengwi has a long and rich history
associated with its royal family, one of Bali’s
main ancient kingdoms, and is nestled in
shady coconut groves, surrounded by rice
fields and rivers.
DAY 9: Travel to Mengwi, Visit Coffee Plantation
After a final breakfast on the beach, we’ll travel through central Bali to the
quiet village of Munduk, situated 1500 meters above sea level. It’s known
for its breathtaking views, its cloves and coffee plantations. We’ll stop
along the way to taste and smell.
In late afternoon, arrive at your new accommodations in Mengwi,
surrounded by rice fields, for the last three nights in Bali.
Dinner at your leisure. (B, L)
DAY 10: Cooking Class, Special Discussion with Community Leader Agung Prana
Learn how to make an Indonesian meal from a local chef. They will share
methods for creating delicious, authentic Balinese and Indonesian dishes
such as lumpia (spring rolls), kare tempe (tempe curry), sate ayam
(chicken skewers with peanut sauce) cah kangkung (stir fried morning
glory leaves), and pisang goreng (fried bananas). Eat your prepared food
Spend the afternoon in conversation with Agung Prana, an
internationally-renowned cultural leader and entrepreneur. Agung Prana
is one of the founders of the award-winning Coral Restoration Project in
Bali. He is highly regarded as one of Bali’s visionaries who has developed a
new concept in community-based tourism — bringing dignity and new
economic opportunities to local villagers while supporting the fight against
extreme poverty in North Bali.
Dinner at your leisure. (B, L)
DAY 11: Village Walk, Meet Local Herbal & Fortune-Telling Healer, Final Beach Dinner at Jimbaran Bay
Wake up early for an optional walk through the rice paddies. Morning free
to enjoy the sights and sounds of Mengwi.
Join a unique session with a special healer and herbal specialist, Made.
Made uses numerology and astrology in his healing practices in order to
get to the root of problems facing those who seek out his help. He is
well-known and respected in the Mengwi area. His healing and shaman
involve water purification ceremonies, palm readings, traditional herbal
medication, yoga and meditation.
Enjoy a festive final dinner in Jimbaran Bay on the southern side of Bali. (B, D)
DAY 12: Head to Airport
Final breakfast and goodbyes, our journey ends today. Namaste. (B)
**NOTE: The activities listed above are based on availability and program scheduling
considerations, and are subject to change.
**NOTE: There are often special ceremonies and rituals that happen on the spur
of the moment. We will make every effort to accommodate unplanned events
that will add evermore to this spectacular trip.
Ubud: Kamandalu Resort – http://www.kamandaluresort.com ★★★★
Pemuteran: Taman Sari Resort – http://tamansaribali.com ★★★★
Amertha Villas – http://www.amerthabalivillas.com ★★★★
Mengwi: Puri Taman Sari Resort – http://puritamansari.com ★★★★
Final cost is $5,975 with No Single Supplement!
●Double occupancy in beautiful Balinese-owned accommodations
● All transportation in air-conditioned buses and vans throughout the
program for activities listed on the itinerary
● Airport transfer on the start and end date of the program
● Meal plan as listed on the itinerary
● English speaking tour guide(s) and coordination team
● All activities listed on final program itinerary are included in the per
person ground costs, including entrance fees, lectures and donations.
● Customized program booklet for all participants with itinerary,
program descriptions and other useful information
● 24/7 Medical and emergency staff support for the entire duration of the program
● Visa costs
● Trip cancellation, lost baggage, or medical insurance
● Laundry and personal items
● Meals not listed on itinerary
● Gratuities for local guides and drivers
● Optional activities outside of the program itinerary
● International phone calls
● To register for tour, click here