Visit the many enchanting temples, gardens and landscapes of this tropical paradise, including exquisite royal water gardens, botanic gardens, nurseries and architectural landmarks, as well as gardens designed by renowned garden designer Made Wijaya.
Discover the unique water gardens of the temple complexes of Tirtagangga and Klungkung, as well as the lush grounds of Tirta Empul and the Sacred Monkey Forest. Explore the sprawling Bedugul Botanic Gardens and visit the enigmatic temple on the lake.
Enjoy visits to local plantations of strawberries, cocoa and salak, as well as the organic “Kulkul” farm at Bali’s Green School.
Note: At time of publication (August 2019), most but not all garden visits were confirmed. Private owners, in particular, are reluctant to commit more than two to three months prior to the visit. Therefore, while we undertake to operate the tour as published, there may be some changes to the itinerary.
Depart Australia or New Zealand on suggested Qantas Airways or Air New Zealand flights to Denpasar. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements.
Arrive in Denpasar in the evening and transfer to the hotel in Sanur.
In the morning enjoy a welcome briefing and talk by Guy, before he leads a short tour of the grounds of the Hyatt Regency.
Then, travel to Seminyak to enjoy a special welcome lunch with Guy and fellow travellers at the Oberoi Hotel, Made Wijaya’s first official landscape commission in Bali. Made Wijaya, Bali’s most renowned landscape architect, came to Bali in 1973 after having jumped ship during a storm. A student of architecture, he intended only to visit for a short break, but his fascination with Balinese culture convinced him to remain on the island. Prior to lunch there will be a tour of the impressive gardens by the head gardener of the property.
Next, visit the lesser known site of Blanjong temple located in a small town. The ancient pillar of the temple boasts an inscription in both Indian Sanskrit and old Balinese carved by King Sri Kesari Warmadewa.
Later, enjoy an exclusive visit to Villa Bebek, the exquisite estate of Made Wijaya. Special access has been granted to visit the villa, which is currently a private estate and is not open to the public.
This morning enjoy a talk by Guy, followed by a tour of the gardens of ‘The Pavilions’ of Bali. Appreciate this lush tropical garden paradise with a tour by the head butler, while enjoying refreshments.
Then, travel to Jimbaran to discover the lush gardens of the Four Seasons Hotel, which were also designed by Made Wijaya. After viewing the garden, enjoy lunch at the property.
Return to the hotel in the late afternoon; the evening is at leisure.
Today, travel to the east of the island to enjoy visits to some of the island’s most beautiful temples, beginning with the royal water palace of Tirtagangga. Meaning literally ‘water from the Ganges’, the temple has particular significance to Balinese Hindus. The palace is a maze of pools and fountains surrounded by a lush gardens with statues and stone carvings.
Next, enjoy a visit to a cocoa and salak plantation for an overview of the production process. Salak, also known as ‘snake fruit,’ is a tropical fruit native to Java, Sumatra and Bali and is popular with both locals and tourists alike.
Enjoy lunch in the seaside town of Candidasa, before visiting Klungkung Palace. Erected in the seventeenth century, it is famed for its ‘Halls of Justice’, or Kerta Gosa pavilion, depicting scenes of heavenly justice being carried out by the gods.
Check out of the hotel and travel inland to the Gianyar Botanical Gardens. The gardens are home to a collection of local and exotic species as well as having the specific purpose of “upakara” or medicinal plant conservation. Afterwards enjoy a demonstration of the making of traditional Balinese floral offerings.
Then, discover the gardens of the Four Seasons Sayan. The unique gardens feature a lotus pond floating on the hotel’s rooftop above the Sayan Valley’s treetops. Enjoy lunch on the Ayung Terrace before checking in to the hotel in Ubud in the late afternoon.
In the morning enjoy a talk by Guy before a tour of the Agro forest at the Bali Padma. An Agro forest is a type of garden incorporating trees and shrubs, grown among pasture and crops. The Agro forest has varied benefits including increased biodiversity and reduced soil erosion.
Then, travel to Bali’s ‘Green School’, a not for profit organisation seeking to educate children on sustainability in the natural environment. Enjoy a tour of the Kulkul Farm to learn about basic permaculture farming, followed by lunch at the property.
Travel today to central Bali, to the town of Bedugul, to view the sprawling botanical gardens. The largest botanical gardens in Indonesia, it covers an area of 158 hectares and contains various collections including orchids, carnivorous plants and a cactus house. Enjoy a private tour by one of the head garden staff of this immense botanical garden.
Then, travel to Lake Bratan to enjoy lunch nearby followed by a visit to Ulan Danu Bratan, the temple on the lake – one of Bali’s most iconic sites. Lake Bratan is the principal source of irrigation in central Bali. The temple, built in 1633, is used for offerings to Bali’s water goddess.
Then, travel to a strawberry plantation for an overview of the production process from planting to harvest, before returning to the hotel in the early evening.
This morning, enjoy a guided visit of the Ubud Monkey Forest. The forest is an important spiritual, economic, educational and conservational centre for owners of the land and the village of Padangtegal. The forest covers 12.5 hectares and contains 186 species of trees, as well as more than 700 Macaque monkeys.
Next, visit the museum of Puri Lukisan, the oldest art museum in Bali. The museum specialises in Balinese paintings and wood carvings and has an adjoining lush garden. Both the museum and garden were designed by Dutch artist Rudolf Bonnet. The garden contains numerous flowering shrubs and a large lotus pond.
Return to the hotel in the mid-afternoon.
This evening enjoy a special farewell dinner with Guy and fellow travellers.
This morning, enjoy some free time in Ubud for shopping before transferring to Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar in the late afternoon for suggested flights to Australia or New Zealand.
Tour arrangements conclude on arrival at Ngurah Rai International Airport. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements, including any extra nights’ accommodation, either before or after the tour.
*Single travellers may request to share.
Please advise at time of booking.
Final payment due
24 January 2020
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Qantas Airways/Air New Zealand
Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for current airfares and flight reservations.
Australian and New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa for Bali.
Tour price includes
- Accommodation in centrally located five-star hotels with breakfast daily (B)
- Meals as per itinerary (L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Lectures and talks by your tour leader, Guy Sturt
- Comprehensive sightseeing, including entrance fees as per itinerary
- Transportation on comfortable air-conditioned coaches
- VIP assistance on arrival at Denpasar Airport
- Transfers on arrival and departure
- Gratuities for local guides and drivers
- Hotel porterage (one piece per person)
Tour price does not include
- International airfares (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
- Items of a personal nature, including telephone, laundry, drinks, room service etc.
- Travel insurance (a condition of travel; please contact Renaissance Tours or your agent for assistance)
- Airport porterage
Sanur –The Hyatt Regency *****
Ubud – Padma Resort *****
N.B. Hotels of a similar standard may be substituted.