Journey into the lush interior of Bali as you explore the island’s rich cultural and historical heritage on this day trip covering some of its top attractions. Whether you’re in search of stunning natural scenery, a taste of local customs or a chance to learn about Balinese culture, this excursion is for you.
Start your day with a pickup from your Bali hotel between 30 and 60 minutes before 9am. Your exact time will be verified at the time your tour is reconfirmed. Then begin your trip by comfortable coach on an exploration of a variety of sites, with each stop lasting between 30 and 45 minutes.
Head first to the village of Blahbatuh, where the island’s last surviving gong-maker plies his trade creating Balinese musical instruments. Check out the village factory where you’ll watch the production of a whole gamelan orchestra, an instrument composed of small bells and larger gongs. You’ll also hear about the process of how island residents forge the metal pieces for these intricate instruments.
Proceed to Bali’s Archaelogical Museum, also called Gedung Arca, situated 4 miles (7km) from Ubud and 18 miles (30km) from Denpasar. The museum’s collections contain a wealth of historical and pre-historical artifacts dating back to the Stone Age. Check out bronze bells from the 15th century and admire giant stone sarcophagi, dating back to 500BC, that once held members of the island’s royal class.
Continue next to the plantation at Sri Batu, where you’ll investigate the various plants being cultivated and learn about their many medicinal and culinary uses from your guide. You can also purchase a food souvenir during your visit from the plantation’s offerings of coffee, cloves, tropical fruit and spices.
Your excursion then moves on to the cooler mountains of Kintamani, where you’ll have a chance to observe the dramatic Mount Batur. You may be able to see black lava descending from the crater of this active volcano, descending down toward the sparkling waters of Lake Batur, which lies at the mountain’s base. Grab lunch (at your own expense) at a local restaurant along the shores of this amazing lake, taking time to enjoy its crescent shape and stunning steep crater walls that surround it.
After lunch, continue to Penglipuran, where you’ll have time to explore a nearby bamboo plantation. Learn about the rich customs of Balinese village life during your village visit, then proceed to your final stop at Bukit Jati for afternoon tea or coffee served among the area’s lush rice fields and views of the ocean beyond.