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  • Location: Ubud, Indonesia
  • Duration:  7 hours (approx.)
Discover the artwork and traditional architecture of Ubud—Bali’s cultural heartland—on a full-day tour. You’ll experience this top destination with a knowledgeable local guide, who accompanies you to several highlights in Ubud and its surrounding countryside. See traditional Balinese paintings and woodcarvings at the Puri Lukisan Museum, and visit Puri Saren Ubud (Ubud Palace) for a glimpse of the royal residence. Find local crafts at the Ubud traditional art market and venture into Petulu Village in search of nesting herons. Round-trip hotel transport by air-conditioned vehicle is included.


  • Full-day Ubud tour of cultural arts and nature
  • Tour the Puri Lukisan Museum and Ubud Palace with a professional local guide
  • Admire Balinese arts and crafts at the Ubud traditional art market
  • Visit nearby Petulu Village to see the herons that nest in the trees
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Best Ubud Art, Architecture and Petulu Village Tour

Ubud Art, Architecture and Petulu Village Tour

Ubud, known as an artist village for centuries, draws many visitors who seek crafted treasures in this cultural center of Bali. Meet your knowledgeable guide upon hotel pickup and drive by air-conditioned vehicle to central Ubud. En route, stop to view some Balinese traditional houses, which demonstrate a unique architectural design compared to those built in modern times.

When you reach the Puri Lukisan Museum, follow your guide on a tour of the exhibits, where you’ll find works of famous Balinese painters and sculptors on display. Learn about the traditional wayang-style paintings that dominated Balinese art prior to the 1920s, and Ubud’s royal houses and temples that were its main patrons. View works by contemporary Ubudian artists as well as traditional schools of art such as Batuan—practiced by Brahman artists—and Sanur, which features highly stylized paintings of sea creatures and other animals.

Not far from the museum is Puri Saren Ubud, a royal palace of Ubud’s last king. Your guide will point out the beautiful Balinese architectural design of the traditional buildings, now the center of Ubud’s cultural life. Head just across the road from the palace to explore Ubud’s traditional art market, where various Balinese traditional and contemporary artworks are sold. Walk around the daily market and browse for souvenirs from local merchants, who offer bargains on paintings and wood sculptures.

Next, leave central Ubud behind to explore the beautiful countryside, passing rice fields on your way to Petulu Village. You’ll be in awe of the numerous white herons (kokokan) that inhabit the trees, where they've been protected and undisturbed since 1965. Observe thousands of birds that nest in the treetops from October through March, when their eggs hatch. After this fantastic nature sighting, your guide will return you to your Ubud hotel.

Customer Reviews

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

Really enjoyed the tour. The guides were helpful and made it an extra special day for me. Lovely!

4 star rating: Recommended May 2014

Great guide. Got a great sense of the culture

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2015

This was a good tour but be careful of tour guide bothering you to do private tours with them.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better April 2015

The tour was pretty basic. It was actually boring and we could go to the uBud palace and puri lukisan museum by ourselves. Our guide explained some things but it was not enough to make it interesting and worthwhile.

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