• Location: Bali, Indonesia
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Explore the diverse culture and tropical beauty of Bali on this 8-hour private guided tour of the island's top sights. Learn about Bali's artisan traditions at a musical instrument workshop in the village of Blahbatu. Then admire the royal family's funeral relics at the island's archaeological museum. You'll also discover Penglipuran, a Balinese village largely unchanged in the modern era, and marvel at an active volcano and Lake Batur in the Kintamani region. Finish with tea and great views at Bukit Jati. This private excursion also includes round-trip transportation, all entrance fees and transport by private vehicle.

Highlights

  • Private cultural tour of Bali
  • Visit the Blahbatu village and see artisans creating musical instruments
  • Tour an archaeological museum and see ancient burial relics from the royal family
  • Travel through a plantation village and admire glistening Lake Batur, Bali’s largest lake
  • Explore the Kintamani region and see Mt Batu, an active volcano
  • Enjoy afternoon tea at Bukit Jati, while admiring panoramic ocean views

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Bali Cultural Heritage Tour

Private Tour: Bali Cultural Heritage Tour

Make a personalized exploration of the fascinating traditions and beautiful scenery of Bali on this 8-hour private guided tour. Along the way you'll get to experience a side of the island largely untouched by modernity as you explore its idyllic villages, discover Bali's incredible history and admire some of its most beautiful natural attractions.

Start your private excursion at 8am with a pickup from select hotels in Kuta, Seminyak, Nusa Dua or Sanur. Check with your guide for exact start time, as your pickup may occur prior to this time. Continue first to Blahbatu village, a hamlet celebrated for its history of artisan traditions. Watch the town's craftsmen as they shape typical Balinese instruments like the gamelan, a percussion-based device used in many religious ceremonies and events. Travel next to the island's archaeological museum, where you'll have the chance to peruse artifacts spanning the Bronze and Stone Age periods, along with funeral totems that belong to Bali's royal family and history exhibits on the island's Dutch settlers and Indian merchants.


Proceed next to the Sri Batu, an agricultural village where farmers cultivate fruit, spices like cloves and Eastern coffee. Then move on to the stunning mountain area of Kintamani, home to Mount Batur, an active volcano. Keep your eyes peeled for the streams of lava that frequently run down from the mountain's peak. Just below Mount Batur is the stunning Lake Batur, the largest body of water on the island of Bali. Take a break here to enjoy the sublime views as you stop for lunch at a local eatery (at your own expense).


Following lunch, continue to Penglipuran, a typical Balinese village that offers a wealth of culture and history. Situated in a stunning location in the island's interior, the village remains largely untouched by the modern world. Take a stroll through the thick bamboo forest near the village, and stop to observe the village carvers as they craft bamboo goods ranging from wind chimes to everyday household goods.


Finish your private tour at Buki Jali, where you'll sample some afternoon tea while taking in fantastic views of the surrounding landscape and the ocean, visible in the distance. After tea, make the return trip to your hotel to end your trip.


Customer Reviews

migatsway

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

This is a trip that has to be done if you want to know anything about Bali's past. We were picked up early from the hotel by our Guide Sandy and his driver and off we went.Sandy's knowledge was excellent and answered any questions we may have had.We went to see musical instruments being made from the carving of the basic to the intricate carving and painting in traditional colours.the later being done by young boys. We went to Temples, Museums, Coffee tasting and Lunch overlooking Mount Batur and Lake Batur.We then went to Penglipuran village to see how it used to be, only snag so many people there difficult to see things. Also had a walk around a bamboo forest to see the locals felling the bamboo and the carvers. We also took in as an extra Kite makers and a silver factory.
An excellent trip with an excellent guide Thank you

Robert P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Very nice backdoor look into the island. Very knowledgeable guide and driver. Great opportunity to engage with locals, their customs, food and coffee.

Theresa R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This was a full day tour that took us to some very spectacular places around Bali. A fantastic introduction to Bali we did this tour on our first full day in Bali. We were privy to beautiful views, rich history and our guide was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting unique cultural experience.

Bruce G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

The guide and driver did a great job of educating us into the history of Bali as we went around on this tour. The sights were great and very educational.

Megan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Our tour guide, Ray, was great! He took us to what we wanted to see, and it was really a great day! I appreciated how flexible they were on what we wanted to do. :)

Maria C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

I would highly recommend this tour. Our tour guide, Kana was exceptional. His knowledge of both Bali and the culture made this a truly memorable experience.

Kelly M

4 star rating: Recommended September 2017

My husband and I enjoyed this tour quite a bit. First, we were able to view a traditional Balinese dance I think it was the Legong - apologies if incorrect.We were grateful to be provided with an English translation of the events of the dance - although to be frank, neither myself or my husband really had a good grasp of what was going on...and in a lot of ways, that may have been a good thing if you have seen one of these, you know what I mean. : While the auditorium was packed with tourists snapping pics, it was a great event to have seen.
Our guide took us to the Gamelon Gong foundry, and we were able to meet the owner, and even try our hand at some of the music - one of the highlights of the trip for my husband, who is a musician. I will say, unless you are a huge music person, the foundry may not be of interest. It is definitely NOT intended to be a tourist attraction - but a stop very worthwhile if you are a world music aficionado.
We also visited the remote village symmetrically aligned with its main temple I can't remember the name of the village - while it was neat to see, we were told by our guide that we were not allowed in the temple I don't necessarily think this is true, as I saw sarongs for rent outside, and two English ladies leaving. Overall the village was very very quiet - we really only saw 4 other people there, and a handful of villagers who retreated into their houses as we walked down the main street. Interesting to see - and a pretty drive through the bamboo forest - but I'm not sure I would recommend it, just because it is so quiet and there is not really much to do other than walk down the main quiet street and snap a few pics.
Our guide was great and suggested a bit of shopping afterward, which was great - and the driver was also very skilled and quite friendly.
Overall, it was a long day with a lot of driving we were staying in Nusa Dua. Balinese dancing was definitely worth seeing, but I think the gong foundry, as well as the remote village trip, may not be for everyone.

Judy R

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

This was okay. After doing the other three trips, I'd pretty much seen everything. I did get to see a local instrument-making establishment which was fun.

Richard H

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better June 2017

Would not recommend - tour director too inflexable - would not vary itinerary to suit customer requests

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