Bali is a place you go to slow down, to re-learn the simple principles of happiness, and connect with nature, with yourself, and with other people. On this tour, we’ll immerse ourselves in Bali, its culture, spirituality, cuisine, heritage, and arts while connecting with the local people and communities wherever possible. The Balinese culture is infused with spirituality. Like India, Bali is primarily Hindu, but the Balinese have their own brand of Hinduism with their own customs and personality. The Balinese are kind down to their core. It’s never put on. Once you experience it, you’ll realize how many layers Westerners use to hide their true selves. The rich Balinese culture and engaging people have much to teach us. If you let it, this small island will dive deep into your soul, and your experience in Bali might make you rethink your priorities and how you live your life. Regardless, we know this: you’ll walk away from this treasured place refreshed, renewed, and with a full heart.
Here's a day-by-day itinerary of the trip
We’ll pick you up at the airport and take you to our luxuriously stylish boutique hotel, the Adiwana Bisma Resort, in the heart of Bali’s cultural hub. Unpack, settle in and enjoy the hotel.
We'll meet for a welcome drink and dinner at the hotel's Pistachio Restaurant at around 6 pm.
After breakfast, we'll meet our guide and transfer to the Titra Empul Temple for a guided purification ceremony in the three holy water pools. This includes blessings before entering the water and a blessing by a Hindu priest in the temple's inner courtyard after the water ceremony. All supplies are included - sarongs, towels, purification bracelets, incense, offerings, fees for the ceremony etc.
After our purification, we'll have lunch at a good restaurant in the Tegallalang area. For some after-lunch exhilaration, try the big Bali swing as it flows way out into the rice field panorama. Capture the moment for that quintessential Instagram pic.
This afternoon we’ll visit the Kintamani Village on the northeast side of Bali. It overlooks Mount Batur Volcano and Lake. We will stop at a coffee shop for refreshments in the breathtaking scenery.
Later on, we'll head back to the hotel to freshen up before we walk to dinner.
Dinner is in town at Chora, a Mediterranean restaurant in Ubud.
Our first stop today is a visit to the John Hardy design center and showroom. Just outside Ubud. This oasis is the place 600-plus master artisans call home.
After the design center and showroom visit we'll enjoy a private lunch with the designers themselves.
Next, we'll drive to the Tanah Lot Temple, built in the ocean on the west coast of Bali. If the tide is out, the Hindu priests will bless us at the base of the temple.
After returning to the hotel, we will freshen up, then drive to the Ubud Palace for the Legong dance performance.
We'll walk to Simply Social Restaurant, across from the Palace, for dinner tonight.
This morning we’re headed to the Monkey Forest to play with the local monkeys in a beautiful jungle setting.
We've reserved the afternoon for a guided walking tour of downtown Ubud and craft and artisan visits.
In the late afternoon, we'll have a cooking class at the Paon Cooking School. You're about to embark on a culinary adventure unlocking the secrets of authentic Balinese cooking, using traditional ingredients and preparation methods, in a fully equipped community village kitchen.
We'll enjoy the family-style meal we've just made for dinner before heading back to the hotel for a good night's rest.
We'll rise with the sun for early morning yoga and meditation followed by breakfast before we head out for a visit to the north/northwest side of Bali.
We'll stop at the colorful Candi Kuning Market, which has a great selection of handicrafts and is the local fruit vegetable, and flower maker for this area.
We'll do a guided tour of the Ulun Danu Temple (built on Lake Beratan) and a tour of the beautiful botanical gardens.
On the way back to Ubud we'll stop at the Jungle Gold Chocolate factory and store.
Enjoy dinner on your own tonight.
We'll check out of our hotel after breakfast and head for Eastern Bali. Our first stop is the Besakih Temple for a private guided tour. This temple is also called the Mother Temple. It is Balinese Hindu's most important, largest, and holiest temple.
We'll enjoy a late lunch at the Wapa di Ume Resort in the village of Sideman. If time permits, we'll take a short hike from the hotel to the river valley below before checking into the luxurious Alila Manggis Hotel, overlooking the Bali Sea.
Dinner is at the hotel's Salt Restaurant.
After breakfast, we'll head for a day at the beach. About a 20-minute drive from our hotel down a bumpy dirt track lies the secluded “Pasir Putih” sandy beach. Enjoy a yoga class on the beach and then relax or take a walk to watch the local fisherman haul in their daily catch. Enjoy sunbathing and swimming or simply laze around and read a book. Our hotel will prepare a special lunch for us to enjoy while visiting the beach.
We'll head back to our hotel after lunch for an hour-long Balinese massage.
Dinner tonight is French cuisine at Vincent's in nearby Candi Dasa.
In the afternoon we’re off to the Tirta Gangga Water Place for a private guided tour.
We'll celebrate our final night together with a wonderful meal at the hotel's restaurant.
After a filling breakfast at the hotel, we'll head to the airport for departure back to your home. Its time for us to say, "Sampai jumpa, sampai ketemu " or goodbye in Balinese.
Adiwana Bisma Ubud a peaceful oasis just steps from the Monkey Forest, our hotel offers the very best in Balinese hospitality in a refined and uplifting atmosphere.
Alila Manggis Hotel is one of Bali's best kept secrets, a secluded, stylish seaside resort in Manggis, East Bali. Set in a coconut grove, the resort nestles between the sea and the majestic Mount Agung, Bali's most sacred mountain.
Cathy Gotfried from Canada can't wait to host our Bali tour. She’s been in the travel and tourism industry since 1986 and she considers the magical island of Bali her second home since she has traveled 35 times since 1983. “For me, Bali is paradise. A place to take a deep breath, embrace simplicity, connect with local people and the community, surround myself with nature and reflect upon the blessings of life. There is nothing more rewarding than escorting a group of women and experiencing their joy and fullness as they are awestruck with the beauty, culture and spirituality of Bali.”
The island of Gods
Bali is the most popular island vacation destination in the Indonesian archipelago. It's home to an ancient culture known for its warm hospitality and exotic temples and palaces set against stunning natural backdrops. Dining in Bali presents endless choices of exotic, local cuisine.
All entry costs and expert guides
All meals unless stated otherwise
Two glasses of wine or beer with dinner
All in country transport
Any visas or inoculations required
Additional spa treatments beyond those mentioned
Any personal souvenirs
Travel and Medical Insurance (required)
Just go and do it now. There will not be another "now". It gives you a new perspective on living. The tour leader and the local guide are the very best. Very knowledgeable and seemed right at home in Bali. Also, very human, kind and exceedingly helpful in difficult situations. I lost my phone in the airport on the way to Bali and everyone turned themselves inside out to help me. Beautiful people. - Karen M., Glendale AZ
Bali 2023 Participant
Cathy made sure each of us had a wonderful experience. She has an excellent knowledge of Bali, the island, the people, and the cultural traditions. She knows the best restaurants, taught us how to negotiate with market vendors, and took the time to get to know everyone on the tour. Great choice! - Jacqueline L., Oakland CA
Bali 2023 Participant
You should fly into Ngurah Rai International Airport.
The trip officially starts on April 16th, but if you are traveling across an ocean to get to Bali, consider arriving a day early so you have time to relax and adjust to the local time zone. If you do decide to arrive early, please let us know and we will take care of your booking and make sure that you are kept in the same room as you will be in when the trip starts.
We will have a zoom call about 6 weeks before the trip starts to discuss all that information and give you a packing list. Here is a great website that we love that will help you with packing and travel trips.
The sunny days have arrived in Bali in April! Expect highs in the mid 80's and the lows in the low 80's. Maybe bring a light rain jacket just in case.