7 days
Available as a private tour all year round, Small group departure also available please contact us for details

Spirit of Bali – Culinary adventure

AVAILABLEPrivate tours all year round
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).

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NOT INCLUDEDVisa arrangements.
International and domestic flights.
International and domestic departure tax from Denpasar.
Meals other than mentioned above.
Camera/video entrance fees.
Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc).
Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc).
Travel insurance.
Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.

Additional information

LocationBali, Indonesia
Group Departure datesSmall group departure dates are available. Please contact for details

Day 1:<b> </b>Arrival Denpasar – Ubud (-/-/D)

Arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar and transfer to your hotel in Ubud.

In the evening embark on a culinary journey of Ubud and begin the evening watching the sunset over Sayan Valley at a wonderful house with a lawn overlooking the valley and sip a cocktail and enjoy Japanese-Latin fusion tapas while the cicadas beginning to sing. Perhaps embark on a short ride to Ubud centre.
Witness a traditional dance by the beautiful candle-lit lotus pond of the Saraswati Palace. Enjoy some typical Balinese cuisine and cookery. Continue the culinary journey for a dessert as the way leads to just another place that’s on everyone’s lips. Celebrate the end of the evening with a tasting session of sweet sins that have been prepared to conclude the evening. There is the choice between either heading back to the hotel for the night or remaining in the area for further explorations on own arrangements Exo Travel guide Overnight in your hotel in Ubud.

Overnight in the hotel in Ubud.

Distance and journey time:

Ngurah Rai International Airport of Bali – Ubud (40 km): 1 hour 15 minutes
Ubud – The Sayan House (6 km): 15 minutes
The Sayan House – Puri Saraswati (6 km): 15 minutes
Puri Saraswati – Manisan Bali (2 km): 10 minutes
Manisan Bali – Room4Dessert (5 km): 15 minutes
Room4Dessert – Hotel (3 km): 10 minutes  


Day 2: Ubud Centre – Campuhan Ridge – Blanco Museum – Ubud (B/L/D)

Spend this morning discovering the many charms of Ubud. Lace up the running shoes for a gentle short walk on famous Campuhan ridge starting from the North to its Southern end. Wander amid the verdant fields, stopping to take photos of probably the most gorgeous hillside vista in the region, it also allows you to shed off some calories too. At the end of the path hike along the paved road pass the Campuhan bridges and visit the Blanco Renaissance Museum. Antonio Blanco is arguably the most famous artist to have ever lived in Bali and his former home has been converted into a museum with an extensive collection of his works as well as his studio. The Museum stands as testament to his love for Bali.
From the museum continue drive to Warung Ibu Oka, a busy local style eatery that is popular with locals and travellers alike to enjoy the favourite dish of the Balinese people, Babi Guling or suckling pig.
After lunch visit Ubud’s Royal Palace built in the 16th century the palace is still home to Ubud’s king and its royal family. It can be seen from the outside only. Just across the street is the famous market of Ubud – a great opportunity to hunt for souvenirs!
Relax at a spa where and enjoy a 60-minute of Balinese massage with organic facial or body scrub.
Following treatment, return to hotel and dress up before dining at Bridges Restaurant, a fine dining venue with a fantastic view next to the river. There will be a choice between 3 entrées, 3 main courses and 3 desserts (excluding beverages).

Overnight in the hotel in Ubud.

Distance and journey time:

Ubud – Campuhan Ridge (4 km): 10 minutes
Campuhan Ridge – Museum Blanco (8 km): 20 minutes
The Blanco Museum – Warung Bu Oka (3 km): 10 minutes
Warung Bu Oka – Ubud Palace/Market (0,5 km): 5 minutes
Ubud Market – Spa (1 km): 5 minutes
Spa – Hotel (3 km): 15 minutes
Hotel – The Bridges (4 km): 20 minutes


Day 3: Ubud – Cooking Class in Marga Village – Jatiluwih – Taman Ayun – Ubud (B/L/D)

Depart with the guide and driver in the morning after breakfast at 07:30 and head to Marga Village in Tabanan for a Balinese cooking class. Upon arrival at the village, be welcomed by a local representative and brought to a typical Balinese house. Here, experience a unique Balinese cooking class where the local chef will and explain about Balinese ingredients and how to use the equipment needed for cooking. After completing the class, sit down in the relaxing environment of the home and enjoy a self-cooked Balinese meal.
Following lunch, proceed to Bali’s UNESCO-listed Jatiluwih, which offers the widest panoramic view of Bali’s iconic rice terraces. Located on a slope near the holy mountain of Batukaru, this area is known as the Rice Granary of Bali and provides one of the island’s best examples of subak-style rice farming. Take a leisurely hour-long walk through the rice fields here and be sure to take lots of photos.
Visit the Royal Taman Ayun Temple in Mengwi. This temple is known for its unique multi-roofed structures and its beautiful setting around a fish pond-the perfect place to see traditional Balinese architecture in its full glory. Return to Ubud late this afternoon.
Tonight “Mozaic” is on the menu. The French-style restaurant using local ingredients with it beautiful garden is tucked away in a quieter part of Ubud.  Enjoy a tasting menu in in a lush and romantic open garden setting or in a spacious and cozy dining pavilion.
After an amazing dinner, head back to the hotel.
Overnight in the hotel in Ubud.

Distance and journey time:

Ubud – Marga (32 km): 1 hour 10 minutes
Marga – Jatiluwih (11 km): 20 minutes
Jatiluwih – Taman Ayun (30 km): 1 hour
Taman Ayun – Ubud (17 km): 40 minutes


Day 4: Ubud – Tampaksiring – Tegallalang – Coffee Studio (B/L/D)

Set off on this Bali temple day tour to explore the island’s sacred temples and scenic spots. Begin with a visit to Pura Gunung Kawi. Set amid lush rice terraces in the village of Tampaksiring, the 11th-century temple can only be accessed by a series of staircases. The effort is worth it, arriving at the top to admire a series of ten shrines carved directly into a cliff face. See elements of Hindu and Buddhist architecture, learning from the guide about the significance of the temple and its carvings.
Continue to nearby Pura Tirta Empul, a popular water temple for local devotees. Discover why water is such an important element in Balinese Hindu culture, hearing how it is used as holy medium and at special ceremonies. Then take a soak in Tirta Empul’s cool spring water, with the water pouring from the numerous fountains that fill the pools.
Next to a coffee plantation in Tegalalang and take a short tour through the fields, enjoying the fresh air and lush highland surroundings. Take a rest and enjoy a fresh cup of java or tea and a light snack while admiring the views over Tampaksiring’s valley.
Take a break at midday for lunch at a restaurant overlooking the Tjhampuhan ridge.
In the afternoon after lunch resume the drive to a coffee studio. Meet with a trained barista to learn expert coffee brewing techniques. Choose from a variety of courses, focusing on espresso, latte art or professional ways to judge the quality of coffee.
This interactive class is the perfect way to conclude the day and return to the hotel late this afternoon.
After freshening up, be picked up by the guide around 19:00 and head to Locavore Restaurant. This award-winning restaurant offers five dishes which are cooked in an open kitchen by a Dutch chef and his team. In between these dishes, be served many small creative “amuse-bouche” for a sample of many different flavors and dishes. Apart from the delicious food, the restaurant is known to use only locally-produced food -no imported food items are used.
After an amazing dinner, head back to the hotel and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.
Overnight in the hotel in Ubud.

Distance and journey time:

Ubud – Gunung Kawi temple (14 km): 30 minutes
Gunung Kawi temple – Tirta Empul temple (2 km): 5 minutes
Tirta Empul temple – Tegalalang (8 km): 15 minutes
Tegalalang – Coffee Studio (12 km): 30 minutes
Coffee Studio – Hotel (2 km): 10 minutes
Hotel – Locavore (1 km): 5 minutes


Day 5: Ubud – Uluwatu – Dinner on Jimbaran Beach – Sanur(B/L/D)

Enjoy the morning at leisure before checking out and departing to the South of Bali.
Lunch will be served in a local Warung in Sanur an authentic Padang food venue. Padang food is the cuisine of the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra, Indonesia. It is among the most popular food in maritime Southeast Asia. It is known across Indonesia as Masakan Padang – Padang food! Note that the venue is very basic, yet, authentic!
Check in to the hotel in Sanur and have free time before the afternoon tour.
Visit one of Bali’s most impressive temples, Uluwatu, which is majestically perched on the edge of a steep cliff. As the sun sets, be treated to a dramatic kecak dance performance, which involves male performers chanting rhythmically and percussively while throwing their arms in the air.
Then return to Jimbaran for a barbecue seafood dinner under the stars on one of Bali’s more expansive beaches. There, a famous seafood warung will serve an enticing platter including prawns, grilled fish, squid, clams and shellfish, accompanied by rice, vegetables (Indonesian spinach) and sambal (spicy Indonesian sauce).

OPTIONAL / ALTERNATIVE: Cuca Restaurant, a high-end restaurant in Jimbaran Bay.
Overnight in Sanur.

Distance and journey time:

Ubud – Sanur (26 km): 1 hour
Sanur – Uluwatu (32 km): 1 hour
Uluwatu – Jimbaran (15 km): 30 minutes
Jimbaran – Sanur (18 km): 40 minutes


Day 6: Sanur – Seminyak (B/-/D)

Enjoy the morning at leisure and spend some time in the beach. Around 16:00 get ready for a flavorful night out. Join a local guide for a Seminyak food tour along the main strip and the hip Petitenget area, long standing favorite destinations for dining and nightlife in Bali.
When the sun begins to set, head to a stylish rooftop bar on a Vintage Vespa to start evening with a cocktail and magnificent views. After the sun has dipped into the ocean and while the surfers catch their last waves, continue to a chic eatery that combines well contemporary international and traditional Indonesian themes. A healthy starter platter is served while outside on one of the busiest streets of Seminyak. Indulge in a bit of people watching as local residents and tourists flock to the diverse dining venues in the area.
Take a short drive to the next stop on this culinary crawl, arriving at a wooden Javanese Joglo house for the main course. Tuck in to a dinner of Nasi Campur, tapas-style Indonesian dishes served around a rice pyramid. Savor the exotic spices and delicate flavors of truly authentic local cuisine.
Then it is time for dessert. Step into a stylish lounge set amid the rice paddies where a delicious sweet dessert is served. Soak up the views of the illuminated rice fields while satisfying the sweet tooth. Having tasted the best of Seminyak’s culinary scene, return to the hotel or, for night owls, continue to one of the many bars in the area for a nightcap.

Distance and journey times:
Sanur – Seminyak (16 km): 35 minutes
Seminyak – Sanur (16 km): 35 minutes


Day 7: Sanur – Departure (B/-/-)

After breakfast at the hotel, the rest of the morning is free to spend at leisure until departure to the airport for the flight home.

Distance and journey times:

Ubud – Ngurah Rai International Airport of Bali (40 km): 1 hour 15 minutes  

Additional Information:

  • Your must have adequate travel insurance to cover the duration of your visit.
  • A valid passport with 6 months validity is required for all UK citizens.
  • UK passport holders require a visa to visit Bali if staying more than 30 days.
  • Please visit your doctor for the latest update on vaccinations required for Bali
  • Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
  • All rates are based on the current gasoline price. Should the gasoline price increase by more than 10% we would readjust transfer rates with a 30 days prior notice.
  • Compulsory gala dinners and special conditions may be applied during high season. Rates and details will be informed in advance.
  • Road conditions in Indonesia are not always very good and this can cause slow driving times. As a general rule we calculate 30 km = 1 hour driving. This can be even less when traveling in very remote areas and jungles with 4WD jeeps. Also some islands are very populated which during public holidays and long weekends, and this could causing traffic problems that will affect your journey time considerably.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.

Single Supplement – To book a single room please contact us to check availability first

Our promise to the environment:

We are environmentally conscious and aware of our footprint on the planet.

We put effort into educating our travellers to be aware of their impact on the ecosystems and to act responsibly.  Before travelling to Bali, we give our customers a short briefing about the importance of being responsible.
Our Bali Explorer tour is directly connected with sensitive ecosystems so we advise all our travellers to respect the country and its locals, take care of nature, and pick up all the litter that they see on their routes. All hotels on the Bali Explorer tour have an environmental responsibility program in place and employ local people.
Excursions and attractions in which captive wildlife is held are not offered, except for properly regulated activities in compliance with the local, national and international law. Any disturbance of natural ecosystem is minimised.
All our correspondence and promotion is carried out via the Internet and email, minimizing the amount of paper we use.

Our promise to the community:

Our tours are designed to show and preserve local culture and traditions. During our Bali tour, we include minimum one day visit to local village, farm or cultural heritage and to give donations or buy products from locals. In order to support a  local community-based tourism project in village Tunjuk, we have organized an excursion to Taman Sari Buwana farm where tourists can experience traditional Balinese farming. We also encourage passengers to assist in the preservation of regional traditions such as the Genyek dance, Megi Bung feasting, and socket weaving.

Our support of the local culture and people of Bali spreads it wings over many spectacular destinations. We choose local guides to help them develop their guiding and English skills, to watch their confidence grow as they mature their talents is truly rewarding. All of our drivers and staff are local people. We also use local transport wherever possible, from trains to taxis, cycle rickshaws to the local metro. Most of our meals in Bali are prepared by locals chefs. using locally grown food, In the aim to support the local economy we only eat in local restaurants and buy in local markets.

Our goal is not only to help the local community but also to educate our customers to act in a socially responsible way. We will attempt to give an insight and understanding of the host culture and community to our clients so that they can gain more from their visit. All our travellers who book through our company receive information on Bali prior to their trip, to understand and respect the culture and environment of the host destination.

Sustainable development, protection and conservation are responsible goals of our company. We are doing our best to transfer our knowledge to others so we could together act responsibly in preserving the planet.

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