The Trail of the Gods

 There are no words beside ‘paradise’ to depict Bali – an island blessed by the gods, according to Balinese, at the very least by nature, according to travellers. Walking on the trails of the gods, you will discover landscapes with nothing to envy the masterpieces of impressionist painters: terraced rice fields, volcanoes towering above clouds and dense tropical forests, an island of great contrast…

  Bali is more than a marvel of nature! Spiritual development is also a major part of its inhabitants’ life. Centuries of practically uninterrupted cultural continuity have preserved Hindu beliefs, therefore a unique organization of daily life where everybody, from young children to elder people, has a role to play. Naturally gracious, their religious rites and traditional customs emphasize Bali’s beauties. Ceremonies, dances, processions to temples and other daily activities reinforce this unique culture.

  Though jealously preserving most of their past, Balinese have always welcomed new and innovative elements, brought up by changing times or borrowed from abroad, thus creating a unique paradox and an open-minded community, which you are to join for a 13 day discovery journey.

Day 1. Welcome to Bali

Denpasar airport - Ubud
  • Greeting at the airport of Denpasar and transfer to Ubud. Situated in a cool hilly area north of Denpasar, Ubud is well known for its arts and culture. Despite the rapid growth of tourism, the place has kept a lot of its charm and authenticity. The rest of the afternoon is free.

Day 2. Exploring the local customs

  • Day free to discover Ubud and to stroll in its surroundings. In Ubud, elegantly carved temples and palaces flourished in the past. Walking down its streets, you discover Puri Saren and its richly carved doorways, the superbly chiselled Pura Saraswati, the delightful sculptures of Pura Puseh, and numerous museums and galleries…
  • Another major sight of Ubud is the so-called Monkey Forest Temple. Around Ubud, you are surrounded by breathtaking vistas and surprising glimpses of unspoilt rural landscape.

Day 3. First hike across the local rice paddies

Ubud - Tampaksiring
  • Warm-up walk through the rice fields of Tampaksiring. There, a family of Balinese artists welcomes us, serving a delicious typical lunch in their traditional home. They later perform typical Balinese dances.
Tampaksiring - Ubud
  • Back to Ubud in the afternoon.

Day 4. Full immersion into a green ocean of rice fields

Ubud - Belimbing
  • Transfer to Belimbing, a small village among paddy fields. On this trip, we discover the most beautiful terraced rice fields on the island. We also meet with local people to get better acquainted with their culture.

Day 5. From green to blue

Belimbing - Pemuteran
  • After a night in a typical local accommodation, we travel to a seaside resort on the northeast coast of Bali, far from crowded tourist areas. We enjoy wonderful beaches, marine wildlife and underwater coralline landscapes, surrounding the Mejangan Island. You may also rent a boat for further exploration.

Day 6. Up above

Pemuteran - Munduk
  • Early transfer to Munduk, where we are accommodated in beautifully restored colonial houses.
  • In the afternoon, we go for a gorgeous walk discovering local flora in full bloom around the town. This area is a picturesque region of coffee and clove plantations, nearby forests, waterfalls and some of the most beautiful views of the island. Overnight at a local inn (losmen)

Day 7. The lakes area

Munduk - Lake Buyan
  • Today’s walk brings us to Candi Kuning, along Tamblingan and Buyan volcanic lakes. These twin lakes were formed in 1818, after a major landslide divided the existing lake in two. This very scenic trek is a great opportunity to learn about local people and agriculture while walking along the edge of beautiful tropical forests.
Lake Buyan - Lake Bratan
  • Short transfer to Lake Bratan. Being the main source of irrigation for the region, this lake represents life to the multiple rivers, rice fields, primeval forest and creeks on its southern slopes.
  • We visit the famous Hindu-Buddhist temple complex of Ulun Danau, an absolutely charming site with its huge banyan tree standing near the entrance. One of the temples, isolated on a small island, reflects its 11-tier pagoda on the still waters of the lake.
Lake Bratan - Bedugul
  • We have time to contemplate this beautiful landscape before continuing to the picturesque market of Bedugul, then on to village of Catur, located halfway between Lake Bratan and Mt Batur.

Day 8. Plantations at a high altitude

  • Our day starts with a stroll in Bedugul famous Botanical Gardens.
  • We then head to the huge Batur caldeira, passing through Catur area, renowned for its orange and coffee plantations. We reach Batur volcano (1,717 m) and enjoy from Penelokan (literally meaning ‘look-out’) a superb view over the lake lying at its foot. The large size of its crater (14 km across) implies that Mt. Batur used to be a much larger mountain (certainly as tall as Mt. Agung), which blew its top thousands of years ago. Now, this old crater is half-filled with a huge lake, the largest of Bali. Its other half is cultivated and covered with lava fields. The blackened cone of Mt. Batur sits in the middle of this stunning panorama. We carry out our ascent of Mt. Batur through its old lava flows, and skirt around its four craters. Overnight at a local inn (losmen)

Day 9. First climb across a lunar landscape

Toyabungkah - Mt Batur
  • We start to climb Mt Batur before the end of the night. We first hike up towards the oldest crater. Then we walk our way down along the adjoining craters before resting at a close but safe distance from the latest and most active crater.
Mt Batur - Kehen Temple
  • In the afternoon, we transfer to Kehen temple in the vicinity of Bangli. This temple is said to be one of the most aesthetic in Bali.
Kehen Temple - Tirtagangga
  • Before noon, we transfer to the royal baths of Tirtagangga , literally “holy water of the Ganges”. Officially known as Tirta Ayu, this ancient baths complex was once one among numerous water palaces built by a king of Karangasem. Encircled by multiple terraced paddy fields, this site is ideal for relaxing after our morning trek to Mt Agung.

Day 10. The original Bali

Tirtagangga - Tenganan
  • Back on the road along rice paddy fields, today’s destination is Bali Aga village of Tengana. This intriguing place features what has been preserved from the ancient Balinese culture, before the influence of Majapahit, a powerful Hindu Kingdom based in East Java. Visitors are allowed to come only between noon and night fall. These strict measures are meant to avoid the negative influences on the village. In the past, the inhabitants of Tenganan used to sweep the visitors footprints after their departure.
Tenganan - Sidemen
  • Our next stop is Sidemen. Traditional varieties of Balinese rice are grown in Sidemen and the scenery is indeed gorgeous. Overnight in bungalows

Day 11. The very Bali

  • The ultimate hike of our trip: walk on a track with stunning views over both Mt. Agung and the Indian Ocean. In the afternoon, transfer to Sanur’s heavenly beaches (South Bali). Overnight at a hotel near the beach

Day 12.

  • Day free (walks on beach, snorkelling…).

Day 13. Bali wishes you an excellent flight back...

Sanur - Denpasar airport
  • Free day until transfer to airport.

Departure dates - 2019

Start date End date Available Status Price
April 8 April 20 8 Available 1090€ Enquire
April 22 May 4 8 Available 1090€ Enquire
May 5 May 17 8 Available 1090€ Enquire
June 3 June 15 8 Available 1090€ Enquire
July 7 July 19 8 Available 1090€ Enquire
July 22 August 3 8 Available 1090€ Enquire
August 5 August 17 8 Available 1090€ Enquire
August 19 August 31 8 Available 1090€ Enquire
September 2 September 14 8 Available 1090€ Enquire
September 16 September 28 8 Available 1090€ Enquire
September 30 October 12 8 Available 1090€ Enquire
October 14 October 26 8 Available 1090€ Enquire

Individual price per person

2345-8
1590€1350€1150€1090€

Included

  • Services of an Azimuth English speaking (or French speaking) local guide.
  • Land & sea transfers needed for the circuit
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as indicated in the description day by day
  • Entrance fees for touristic sites and museums
  • Mineral water and snacks (fruit, biscuits …) during the days of walking
  • In high season, our tour guides can be already busy. If you want a guarantee of supervision by one of them, we recommend an early booking of this tour.

Not included

  • International and domestic airfare
  • Airport taxes & visa fees
  • Drinks, personal expenses and tips
  • Travel Insurance & Assistance
  • Anything that is not listed in “Inclusions”

13 days from 1090€ per person. International flight not included.

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Departures

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