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Introduction to Bali

Discover a place of charm, scenic beauty and intriguing history with this perfect introduction to Bali tour. Be captivated by the fascinating culture of Bali, witness the art of handicraft, admire the picturesque rice fields and traditional villages and take in the spectacular views of the lake and the volcano.

HIGHLIGHTS:

* Watch a visual dance representation of the traditional tale: The Mahābhārata

* See copious handicrafts being created first-hand

* Watch as lava flows from the active volcano: Mount Batur

The first stop is the stone carving village of Batubulan to see the colourful and exciting Barong and Kris Dance. This dance narrates the story of the eternal fight between good and evil. Mahābhārata is an epic narrative of the Kurukṣetra War and shows the fates of the princes of both Kaurava and Pāṇḍava.

After the performance, we will travel northeast, encompassing a cross section of the entire island of Bali, from the palm fringed shores of the lowlands to the towering mountains. We visit the famous village of the wood carvers, to watch the workers enfolding the intricate designs from the many varieties of woods and a visit to the renowned village of silver and gold smiths.

Investigate the exciting Elephant Caves; also known as Goa Gajah; a complex built as a sanctuary in the 11th century. Take a moment to gaze in wonder and take photos of the impressive creatures. Have a look at the demons carved right into the rock at the cave entrance. The first carving was once thought to be an elephant, hence the nickname Elephant Cave. Explore the bathing place that was built to ward off evil spirits.

Next up, we will appreciate nature´s best views at Kintamani; a stopping place to access and view the picturesque Gunung Batur region where you will enjoy spectacular views of Mount Batur with ribbons of black lava running down from the peak down into the valley below. The crater is holy and there is a sanctuary at the top which is dedicated to the fertility Goddess. Take a photo with the serene Lake Batur behind you shimmering against the backdrop of the mountains.

The return journey brings us to see beautiful rice terraces at Tegallalang. A final stop will be made in the village of Ubud renowned for its artists and dancers alike. Discover a place of charm, scenic beauty and intriguing history with this perfect introduction to Bali tour. Be captivated by the fascinating culture of Bali, witness the art of handicraft, admire the picturesque rice fields and traditional villages and take in the spectacular views of the lake and the volcano. Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up for hotels in Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Nusadua, Tanjung Benoa, Jimbaran and Sanur.

Pick-up time: Between 8am and 8.30am.

Drop-off location: The same as the hotel pick-ups.

Drop-off time: Between 4pm and 4.30pm.

Languages: English and other languages on request.