- Stroll around the splendid Tegallalang terraced rice fields.
- Observe the meticulous Balinese ritual of purification in Tirta Empul.
- Get off the beaten track by visiting Penglipuran and Kehen temple.
- Set your own pace and freely manage your time.
- Private vehicle, experienced and attentive driver.
- Lunch is not included: eat according to your desires!
Discover with your driver Made the multiple facets of Bali in only one day around Ubud’s region, the cultural heart of the island. He will come and directly pick you up at 9 a.m. from your place of accommodation with his comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to drive you along the different steps of your day (each are distant from each other by less than a 30 minutes drive). You can count on his soft driving and his expertise to choose beautiful roads where authentic villages and gorgeous landscapes can be seen.
You will admire the sumptuous terraced rice fields of Tegallalang, then you will immerse yourself in the solemn ambiance which reigns at Tirta Empul holy springs. You will then have the unique opportunity to visit Penglipuran, a traditional village whose inhabitants have decided to preserve their ancestral way of life. Finally, you will serenely explore the majestic Kehen temple that only initiated persons have the privilege to know.
Along the way, you will even have the chance to discover the specificities of the very famous Luwak coffee, which is produced in Bali. Will you dare tasting it?
You will be back at your accommodation late in the afternoon or early in the evening depending on its location, the time spent on each place of interest and the traffic conditions.
(Indonesian way to say Hello)
“My name is Made and I'll be
your driver on this tour.”
Native from Bali, Made lives with his wife and his two kids in Denpasar. He offers high quality services based on the respect and the thoughtful attention he pays to his clients. His obsession: to hand you down his knowledge on Bali and facilitate your travels making them more pleasant each time thanks to his soft driving and the many services he offers on board.
Foreign languages: English (fluent), French (elementary).
Vehicle and on-board services: Toyota Avanza with air conditioning, mobile phone charger, fresh water bottles, fresh towels, sarongs for the visits and tissues.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Sumptuous and yet easily accessible!
Extremely photogenic, Tegallalang is without a doubt one of the most renowned sites to contemplate the ingenious terraced rice fields around Ubud.
Easily accessible thanks to the road close by, these rice fields were purposely adapted for strolls and you will have the chance to take a long or a short walk according to your preference.
In some places, rice growers may ask for a little donation for crossing their land.
Recommended visit duration: 45 to 75 minutes.
A deeply spiritual site.
Tirta Empul majestic holy springs are of the utmost significance to the Balinese, who attempt to visit them at least once a year for ritual purification. Their existence is estimated of over a thousand years and are said to have the fantastic property of healing the aches of the body.
By the purification pond, you can observe the meticulous ritual of the believers, who go from spring to spring, reciting prayers and perpetuating traditions.
For those of you wishing to take the time to be purified while respecting, as appropriate, the Balinese customs, the Balinese Purification in Tirta Sudamala is dedicated to this exceptional spiritual experience.
Recommended visit duration: 45 to 60 minutes.
The Besakih you are dreaming of.
Dedicated to Shiva, Kehen is one of Bali’s most remarkable Hindu temples with Besakih; both sharing some similarities. But unlike the latter, Kehen temple offers optimal visit conditions as it remains reserved to initiated persons and the solicitations are discrete.
The temple being built in terraces on a hillside, you will access it via a monumental stairway ornamented with impressive volcanic rock sculptures. In complete tranquillity, you will admire there a sanctuary with 11 roofs (“meru”), a hundred very elegant statues and a gigantic banian (a kind of ficus), which you will appreciate for its pleasant shade.
Recommended visit duration: 45 minutes.
Faithful to ancestral traditions
Penglipuran inhabitants decided to preserve their traditional way of life by forbidding several modern nuisances. In that aim, they established a certain number of rules such as prohibition of motorised vehicles, preservation of the traditional wooden houses and waste control for instance.
You will have the opportunity to thoroughly observe the organization of this admirably preserved village, while helping the inhabitants to pursue their efforts with your participation to the fixed entry contribution.
The place remains very little touristic, unlike Tenganan (east from Bali), which became too commercial due to rather insisting local handcraft sellers.
Recommended visit duration: 45 to 60 minutes.
Tasting of Balinese drinks
Would you taste the most atypical of all coffees?
The visit of this farm is the opportunity to have a closer look at some plantations (cacao, coffee, vanilla and even tropical fruits) which we often consume without wondering how they grow!
There, you will have the chance to taste a wide range of teas and coffees in a lush setting, while discovering the particularly famous Luwak coffee‘s disconcerting production process. This coffee, among the rarest and most expensive coffees in the world is made in Bali and reputed for its light bitterness, its fullness, and its dark chocolate and grilled nuts undertones. Coffee lovers: this is an absolute must try!
Recommended duration: 45 minutes.