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BALI TOUR

16 – 25 September 2024

WOMEN ONLY

R10 000 non-refundable deposit to book your place

TOUR DESCRIPTION

Balancing Mind, Body and Spirit

Bali, with its enchanting blend of lush landscapes, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality, beckons visitors seeking a harmonious escape. Renowned for its stunning beaches, Bali offers idyllic settings for relaxation and sun-soaked days. The island’s rich cultural tapestry is woven into its Hindu temples, traditional dances, and intricate art, providing a captivating glimpse into its spiritual and artistic heritage.

Ubud, nestled amidst terraced rice paddies, is a haven for those seeking tranquility and holistic wellness. Beyond its natural and cultural allure, Bali embraces a diverse culinary scene, where traditional flavours mingle with innovative twists. Whether exploring ancient temples, diving into the crystal-clear waters, or indulging in a spa treatment, Bali invites you to immerse yourself in a unique and rejuvenating experience, leaving you with cherished memories and a profound connection to the island’s soulful charm.

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Our Tour

ITINERARY

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DAY 1

Ubud

Selamat Datang! Welcome!

Ubud is the creative and cultural heart of Bali, captivating visitors with an enchanting blend of artistic flair and lush landscapes, where both tropical jungle and emerald rice paddies create a lush environment. Known as the island’s cultural hub, Ubud is alive with art galleries, colourful festivals and Balinese dances. We’ve got five nights here, so there’s time to settle in and find that special piece of art, jewellery or decorative fabric to take home with you.

Accommodation 4 * hotel
Welcome Dinner

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DAY 2

Ubud

Today is all about introducing you to Bali through its panoramic vistas and dramatic mountain landscapes. We begin with a visit to Kintamani for astounding views of Mount Batur volcano and Lake Batur, which fills the ancient caldera. En-route, we stop at a local coffee plantation and boost our energy with a taste of Balinese coffee, known for its rich aroma, woodsmoke flavour and full body.

We loop our way back towards Ubud, stopping at Penglipuran Village, a perfect Balinese settlement committed to maintaining traditional architecture, customs and way of life. It’s said that the village name comes from “Pengeling Pura”, meaning ‘remembering the ancestors’.

The final thrill of the day is swaying serenely over the lush green rice paddies on the Aloha Ubud Swing. There are five different swings that make you feel like you can soar like a bird, but are perfectly safe and very photogenic. There’s also a butterfly park and the chance to cuddle the resident civet cat, whose undigested coffee beans produce Luwak Coffee, the strangest and most expensive caffeine shot in the world!

Breakfast, Lunch

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DAY 3

Ubud

Today we imbibe the spirit of Bali through its temples. Firstly, at the Taman Ayun Temple, where we respect its reverence by wearing a sarong to cover our knees and ankles. Each of the four different compounds rank higher than the last and are entered via gates that reveals courtyards, gardens, terraces, fountains, fish ponds and deity representations. Almost 400 years old, this palatial complex serves as testament to early Balinese architecture, when Balinese royals lived behind these palace walls.

A scenic drive takes us south west to the Indian Ocean and the famed sea temple of Tanah Lot. The complex of wooden structures built on a large coral rock beyond the tideline, have their origins in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, only accessed via a rocky causeway. We watch as the setting sun silhouettes the tiered pagodas of this sacred edifice.

Breakfast, Lunch

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DAY 4

Ubud

We’ve been tasting the bewitching flavours of Bali over the past few days, at restaurants with magnificent views over rice paddies and mountains. This morning, it’s time for us to learn some Balinese culinary skills of our own at a Cooking Class. The Chef invites us to explore traditional cuisine by unlocking the secrets of local recipes. This could include Lawar – vegetables, minced meat and sweet coconut strongly flavoured with herbs and spices, Satay – with its irresistible sweet, spicy peanut sauce over skewered meat, and a steamed rice, spice and fish dish called Pepes, wrapped in banana leaf.

Afterwards, we immerse ourselves in a dreamlike world between heaven and earth at a tropical resort club. We sip cocktails while listening to the sounds of the lush jungle, mesmerised by the sun glinting off the azure pool and terraced rice paddies beyond.

Breakfast, Lunch

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DAY 5

Ubud

Today is dedicated to relaxation and rejuvenation with a 120-minute Spa Treatment inspired by Bali’s traditional healing practices. Let go of stress as experts pamper you with a selection of body and beauty therapies using natural ingredients. This special 2-hour indulgence will restore your energy and balance your body, mind, and spirit.

By the evening you will be in the perfect frame of mind to enjoy a Kecak Dance Performance, recreating epic tales through music and dance at Ubud Palace. A pamphlet tells the stories, helping us to understand the complex and colourful enactments.

Breakfast

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DAY 6

Candidasa

We leave Ubud for a scenic drive to the beach town of Candidasa. En-route we take a short visit to Sideman Village, a small village in the heart of rural east Bali, set among beautiful rice fields and still largely off the tourist trail. Its renowned for traditional weaving and brewing the palm wine known as Tuak, which is essential for every ceremonial event, and a lot more potent than it tastes.

We spend the next two nights in Candidasa at a gorgeous beachside resort, within a bike ride to the nearest village, or short shuttle into town. Nearby is one of Bali’s best white sand beaches with a coral reef for snorkellers. There are many activity options at the resort, including morning yoga sessions.

Accommodation 4 *
Breakfast, Lunch

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DAY 7
Candidasa

We rise early to visit to the sacred Hindu site of Lempuyang Temple at sunrise. It’s the best time of day to capture the momentous view of the “Gateway to Heaven’. Two soaring carved pillars create an ornate photo frame for a picture with a backdrop of Mount Agung.

We continue to the enchanting Tirta Gangga Water Palace, an intricately designed water garden, featuring a blend of Balinese and Chinese architecture, ornate statues, tall tiered fountains, bathing pools and landscaped gardens and a temple. It suffered from the eruption of Mount Agung in 1963, but today it epitomises tranquillity and peace.

We will feast on a sumptuous lunch today, at a restaurant with captivating panoramic views of terraced rice fields and a dormant Mount Agung.

Breakfast (box), Lunch

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DAY 8

Sanur

After breakfast we take the scenic coastal drive south to Sanur, a seaside town with a long beach, soft sand and shallow warm waters, making it one of the best swimming beaches in Bali. The leafy main street is lined with art galleries and restaurants.

The journey to Sanur promises not only a change of scenery, but a cultural encounter on the way, when we stop at Celuk Village, renowned for skilled artisans specializing in silver and gold craftsmanship. See the intricate jewellery-making process and watch skilled hands create beautiful, wearable works of art, that you may want to buy as a memento of your trip.

Accommodation 4* hotel
Breakfast, Dinner

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DAY 9

Sanur

Explore and unwind at your own pace today, with a free program in Sanur. Embrace the laid- back charm of this coastal paradise as you design your day according to your preferences, which could mean relaxing in the sunshine at our beachside resort, or exploring the surroundings and local markets.

Get ready for our special farewell dinner tonight at the beach.

Breakfast, Dinner

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DAY 10

Departure

Time to say goodbye to Bali’s serene atmosphere, stunning vistas, and spiritual ambiance, that has been our privilege to experience for ten days. Airport transfers will take us to the airport to check in for our flight home.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers – this can be arranged on request
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals – see itinerary
  • All personal drinks including any alcoholic beverages
  • Optional activities not part of the itinerary
  • Meal tips
TRAVELLER'S TIPS
  • Download the App Airalo for affordable local SIM cards www.airalo.com
  • Don’t drink tap water.
  • Don’t use tap water to brush your teeth.
WEATHER

In September, Bali experiences the tail end of the dry season, transitioning into the wet season. Overall, the weather is generally favourable. The temperatures remain warm and pleasant, with daytime temperatures ranging from around 25 to 31 degrees Celsius. The humidity levels are
moderate.

While September typically sees less rainfall compared to the peak of the wet season (which starts around November), there is still a chance of occasional rain showers. These showers are usually short-lived and sporadic.

MONEY - Indonesian Rupee (INR)

The official currency in Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR).

Bargaining is commonplace on the street and in markets in Bali. When bargaining, remember to establish a starting price from the seller, and try to counter-offer from one-third to two-thirds of that price. If all else fails, walk away! The seller may change their minds and go lower.

Tipping isn’t generally expected in Bali. However if you’re really happy with the service a 10% tip is appropriate.

Cash is still a preferred payment option in Bali, especially when getting around smaller markets and local attractions. Although cards may be accepted in larger Bali cities such as Denpasar, cash may be preferable in surrounding villages such as Ubud.

1 ZAR = 825.933999 IDR
1 USD = 15,716.806 IDR

Inexpensive meals in Bali can range from US $0.50 to $5, while mid-range dining experiences can cost between US $10 and $25.

DRESS CODE

September in Bali is warm and sunny, so wear light, airy summer clothes.

  • Although there’s less of a chance of rain in September, showers are common, so make sure you have a rain jacket or poncho.
  • Lightweight, floaty cotton dresses – You will need one dress a day plus additional frocks if you’re heading out at night. You’ll get hot and sweaty as it’s so hot and humid, so you’ll need some options.
  • Bali’s dress code at night is casual to smart casual.
  • If you’re happy to have your laundry done while you’re away (which is super reasonable) you
    can pack less.
  • At some temples, you’re required to cover your legs.
  • Scarf
  • Sarong
  • Swimming costume
OTHER ITEMS TO REMEMBER
  • Forex in cash to exchange at the airport and bank card
  • Pen and notebook
  • Cell phone chargers and powerbank
  • Bali uses Type C and Type F Power Plugs, which are two-pin plugs, like those found in Europe.
  • Universal plug converter
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Earplugs
  • Fan
  • Water bottle
  • Medication
  • Sunscreen
  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Sunglasses and/or reading glasses
  • Handbag/backpack/shoulder sling bag
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