Spiritual Bali

Departures: Spiritual Bali

Spiritual Bali

Relax on beautiful Bali, where we’ll experience the culture and flavors of four exceptional places—Tabanan at the base of Mt. Batukaru, the cultural and art center of Ubud, a retreat center on the Unda River in East Bali and lovely Sanur Beach.

Beneficiary

We believe that to travel responsibly, a portion of our tour cost should benefit the communities we visit. For this trip, we will donate to PATH, and Room to Read, NGOs we support that are having a very positive impact in Indonesia with respect to health and education.

Itinerary

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Day 1-2

Depart for Bali

Depart U.S. Fly to Bali, losing one day due to time zone changes.

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Day 3

Tabanan

Arrival in Denpasar and transfer to our hotel at the foot of Mt. Batukaru. Surrounded by organic rice paddies, lotus fishponds and fern gardens—it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind.

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Day 4

Pura Luhur Batukaru Temple

Walk through tropical gardens past farms of rice, coffee and cacao to reach the natural reserve area around Mt. Batukaru. There we visit one of the most important temples of Bali.

Hot Springs, Bali

Day 5

Tabanan — Yoga & Hot Spring

Morning yoga practice followed by a hike to a local hot springs, past lush rice fields and through villages. Take a natural sulfur hot shower and relax after the walk.

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Day 6

Tabanan – Ubud

After breakfast we leave Tabanan for Ubud. On the way visit the central highlands around Bedugul and Lake Buyan, including Ulun Danu Temple and a fruit and vegetable market. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Afternoon arrival at our hotel, set amidst rice terraces in the countryside near Ubud.

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Day 7

Spiritual Tour to Gunung Kawi

Morning yoga practice. Today’s visit to the 11th century temple complex of Gunung Kawi offers special insight into Balinese Hindu practices. We start with a visit to a Balinese family and learn the steps to make an offering. After a priests blessing we have the opportunity to bathe in the holy water spring. Enjoy a typical Indonesian lunch with the family.

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Day 8

Day at Leisure or Cycling

The day is free to practice yoga, visit the art galleries and shops of Ubud or perhaps take an optional bicycle tour of the countryside with lunch at a Balinese family compound.

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Day 9

Ubud — Sideman

After breakfast, depart for Mount Batur. From a viewpoint on the crater’s edge there’s a grand panorama of the lake and volcano. After lunch in a local restaurant, continue to our retreat center in rural Sideman.

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Day 10

Sideman — East Bali — Sanur

On our exploration of East Bali we visit the royal Tirtagangga Water Palace— with fountains, gardens, and stone sculptures of mythical creatures spouting water into bathing pools. Next stop at a traditional village, and then to the coast for a visit to the Bat Cave Temple. Overnight at a beach-front hotel.

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Day 11

Uluwatu Temple & Kecak Dance

Morning is at leisure for yoga and to enjoy the beach. After lunch we drive to Uluwatu Temple, which is the setting for a Kecak Fire dance performance, which tells the story of the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. We’ll have dinner at Jimbaran beach, famous for its fresh seafood.

Sanur Beach, Bali

Day 12

Sanur Beach

Our final full day is at leisure to enjoy this lovely beach setting.

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Day 13

 Sanur — Airport — Flight Home

Early morning transfer to the airport for homeward flights.

For pricing and hotel information, contact us at HOW TO BOOK. The specifics of this itinerary are subject to change based on local conditions at the discretion of Ponte Travels.