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  • Location:Bali, Indonesia
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Bali Highlights Tour

Head to the mountains of Kintamani to view the volcano of Mt Batur and its beautiful surroundings. You’ll get to know some of Bali’s best cultural sites and natural landscapes on a full-day tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Observe how the instruments of a gamelan are made, find sarcophagi on display at the Archeological Museum and take in the vista of glimmering Lake Batur. Learn about local customs as you visit several villages, including Sri Batu and Penglipuran. Round-trip hotel transport plus afternoon tea are included.


  • Full-day Bali sightseeing tour
  • Visit the villages of Blahbatuh and Sri Batu
  • See how musical instruments are cast for a gamelan orchestra
  • Explore the mountains of Kintamani and view the Mt Batur volcano
  • Wander through a bamboo plantation in Penglipuran village
  • Enjoy afternoon coffee and tea at Bukit Jati
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

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What You Can Expect

Bali Highlights Tour

Bali Highlights Tour

Meet your professional guide upon pickup at your hotel for your full-day sightseeing tour of Bali. Hop aboard your comfortable coach, which stops at each site for approximately 30-45 minutes.

Your first stop is the village of Blahbatuh, home to Bali’s only surviving gong-smith, who is an expert at casting bronze to make Balinese musical instruments. At a factory, watch the fascinating process of creating an entire gamelan orchestra — from large gongs to tiny bells. Your guide will describe the ancient method of casting metal components of the xylophone-like instruments for each gamelan.

Next, your guide will take you on a tour of the Archaeological Museum, also known as the Gedung Arca Museum. Located in Bedulu Village, approximately 4 miles (7 km) from Ubud and 18 miles (30 km) from Denpasar, the museum displays historical and pre-historical collections dating back to the Stone Age. You’ll see bronze bells used as religious tools in the 15th century and view huge stone sarcophagi — ancient royal coffins dating back to 500 BC.

Continue to the plantation village of Sri Batu and explore the garden on foot. Your guide points out various plants being harvested and explains their culinary or medicinal uses. Here, you'll have the opportunity to purchase a range of eastern spices, cloves, coffee and tropical fruit.

In the cool mountains of Kintamani, take in the views of Mt Batur. Black lava runs from the peak of this active volcano to the valley floor, where the shimmering Lake Batur — Bali’s widest lake — lies at its base. Stop here for a delicious lunch (own expense), served in a local restaurant offering an Indonesian buffet and magnificent vistas. Marvel at the crescent-shaped lake, surrounded by the steep walls of the crater rim where the original Mt Batur erupted tens of thousands of years ago.

After lunch, make your way to the traditional village of Penglipuran. Wander with your guide through a bamboo plantation, and learn about the ancient beliefs and unique customs the locals maintain. Finally, head to Bukit Jati, located in Gulingan village, where you’ll partake in afternoon tea and coffee, served as you enjoy views of the rice fields and the blue sea beyond.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

It was incredible. The guide was very informative, polite and very resourceful.
I'll be touring with viator when I go on holidays again. :

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour guide was very likeable, spoke very good English and answered lots of questions with deep knowledge of the subject. As it always is with tours, guides are trying to make a buck off you by referring you to various shops, but you can just say no to the upsales and go straight to the interesting stuff.

7.5 hours of enjoyable fun!

John P
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Had a great time with our tour guide. Took us to some beautiful sites in Bali including a nice buffet lunch overlooking a volcano.

Would recommend for your trip to Bali.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

As I was the only one on this tour the guide allowed me to go where I wanted. You do feel a bit used on these tours in Bali as you are dropped off at successive places silver factory, coffee farm and then a wood carving place and then followed around until you buy something. Tour companies must be on commission. However, i can see that they appreciate purchses as it goes straight to the local people. apart from that, wonderful!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Tour was excellent. You actually get to see traditional Bali not just the tourasty places. Guide was very good. Spoke good English and was very knowledgeable. Pick up was timely from hotel.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

As the day went on it became more amazing! We started out going to a few businesses as stops to see the process of jewelry making, wood carving and musical instrument construction. The day went on to exploration of a village, bamboo forest and, my favorite, the coffee plantation! The young man was very knowledgeable about ginger, lemon grass and, of course, COFFEE! Even as a non coffee drinker, I was impressed. There was a variety of tea and coffee flavors. Luwak and Bali coffee are delicious!

We had lunch overlooking Mt. Batur with a great view. The only thing was we had only one restaurant to eat at and it was pretty pricey.

We finished the day having tea with a view of the rice fields around sunset.

Both the driver and guide were very nice and knowledgeable.

Great job!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Great tour, with excellent stops. The guide was very knowledgeable. They were also very accommodating to changes when my wife got ill with a fever.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Our guide, Radi was very knowledgeable about the island quite an educational tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This was excellent. The guide was very knowledgeable and made all the difference. Along with historic sites, temples and museum, we enjoyed visiting local artisans, vendors wood carvers, batik making, Luwak coffee and shopping. The lunch on top of the mountain overlooking the volcano, was excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Really happy with the tour with Putru... Very knowledgable and friendly and flexible with our tour ( just myself and hubby).....happy to recommend to others x

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