Culture and swimming in Bali
Take a tour around the island to see its versatile yet overlooked wonders. Explore lots of green rice fields and see Mount Batur volcanic lake. Discover Balinese culture during a traditional display and visit the island’s most sacred sites. Towards the end of the trip we spend 5 nights on the beach and enjoy relaxing sunbathing and swimming.
Day 1: Flight to Bali
We fly to the Indonesian island of Bali, located between Java and Lombok.
Day 2: Arrival in Bali (Denpasar)
We arrive in Denpasar, Bali’s provincial capital. Transfer to Ubud, cultural center in Bali. Overnight in Ubud.
Day 3: Peliatan Palace, monkey forest and Pekedui
In the morning we start our tour in Ubud. First we visit Peliatan Palace, one of the oldest palaces in Bali with its unique, royal intricate architecture. After that, there will be a stop at the ARMA Museum, which provides an excellent insight into Balinese art and culture. We continue to Padangtegal to visit Ubud’s monkey forest, where the monkeys live in symbiosis with the population. Afterwards we get some free time at Ubud’s market, where local sellers sell everything from food and clothes to souvenirs and art, a good place to get a feel for the local life in Bali. In the afternoon we come to the Pekedui area near Tegalalang for views of some of the most beautiful rice terrace landscapes in Bali. In the evening we went out to visit a traditional dance show followed by dinner with local specialties. Overnight in Ubud. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Day 4: Mount Batur
After breakfast we go on an excursion to Mount Batur. On the way we stop in the village of Tampaksiring to explore Tirta Empul, a temple known for its sacred spring water. All Balinese bathe here at least once a year for a ritual cleansing in these sacred waters dedicated to Vishnu. We continue north until we reach Kintamani, a volcanic region with stunning views of Mount Batur. Next to the volcano is the volcanic lake Batursjön. The whole area is surrounded by the high sides of the crater. In the afternoon we go to Penglipuran, a traditional rural village known for its unique building style and architecture. Overnight in Ubud. (Breakfast and lunch)
Day 5: Taman Ayun, Ulun Danu and Tanah Lot
In the morning it is off to Mengwi to visit Taman Ayun Temple. The temple and its garden, with its beautiful ponds, special roof structures and traditional Balinese architecture, were presented on the television program Around the World in 80 Gardens. Then we go to Lake Bratan for a visit to the Ulun Danu Temple. The temple is located in the calm waters of the lake on several small islands which give the impression that it is “floating”. It was built in 1633, and it is used for sacrificial ceremonies to the Balinese water, the lake and the river goddess and it is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful and photographed temples in Bali. After lunch we continue to the UNESCO-marked Jatiluwih to admire the panoramic views of its iconic rice terraces. Late in the afternoon we arrive at Tanah Lot Temple, one of Bali’s most famous temples. The journey continues to Kuta Beach. Overnight in Kuta. (Breakfast and lunch)
Day 6 – 10: Beach life and relaxation
Sunbathing and swimming on the huge beach in Kuta, with excellent opportunities for surfing. Free time. (Breakfast)
Day 11: Return home
On the day free time. Later in the evening transfer to the airport and flight to Sweden. (Breakfast)
Day 12: Arrival in Sweden
Meals are included on board the long-haul flight.