BALI DANCE VACATION - € 1980 (flight excluded) approx. $ 2130
This dance vacation is both for folk dancers and non-dancers. There will be international folk dance workshops taught by Tineke and Maurits van Geel. Minimum of 20 participants is already fullfilled. Guaranteed departure, tour is filling up quickly.
Monday June 17 – arrival and transfer from airport to hotel Griya Santrian in Sanur
On this arrival day there is no formal program, nor dinner. Settle in and have a rest at our ****Beach and Spa Resort Griya Santrian which is next to the beach and where we will spend 3 nights.
Tuesday June 18 – Sanur
Sleep in and relax at the beach or stroll around Sanur. We plan a briefing in the afternoon to get acquainted with all tour members and will have a welcome dinner (included) at the hotel.
Wednesday June 19 – ½ day excursion to Batubulan, Tengenungan waterfall – free afternoon
Today we have a leisurely program to adjust to the new time zone. We drive to Batubulan to join a 1.5-2 hrs Batik class. Batik is the process where wax designs are painted on blank cloth and then the fabric is submerged into dye. It is an art and craft that originates from Indonesia. On our way back to Sanur we make a stop at Tengenungan waterfall, where you can sit at Omma Day Club and have a drink (not included) before returning to our hotel.
Free afternoon, no dinner provided.
Thursday June 20 – full day ‘Art tour’ to Batubulan, Sukawati market, Batuan/Mas, arrival Ubud
Check out from the hotel to explore Batubulan, a village which is known as the center of stone carving in Bali. This art is still very alive on Bali and sculptures are used in temples on near people’s houses. Another local art is silver work and we will visit a local silver smith. Bali is a very artistic island and Sukawati market hosts the Pasar Seni or art market where you can buy all sorts of handicrafts. Since it is popular among tourists it is harder to bargain here. On the opposite side you will find the vegetable and fruit market where the locals do their shopping. A very photogenic place and most people will not object to a picture being taken, but it never hurts to make contact and ask permission. Today’s ‘Art tour’ is not finished before making a stop at Batuan where traditional furniture is made and Mas where wooden masks and sculptures are carved.
We will make a stop for lunch (included) and will arrive in Ubud late afternoon. Check in at ****Ananda Cottages, where we will spend 10 nights. Dinner (included) at the hotel.
Friday June 21 – Free day to browse around in Ubud – dance performance
You can walk to Ubud and explore the small town or relax at one of the pools in the beautiful garden around our cottages. We plan to visit a dance performance in the afternoon. No dinner provided.
Saturday June 22 – dance class, afternoon walk
We will have an international folk dance class in the morning in the dance hall of our hotel. The open air hall provides a beautiful view on the surrounding nature and ceiling fans ensure a pleasant temperature. In the afternoon a local guide will take you on a full afternoon walk thru the rice paddies and settlements. There will be a 2nd chance to do this walk on June 25, because it will be more pleasant to have a smaller group on this excursion. As an alternative we can offer yoga classes if there is enough interest to join. No dinner provided.
Sunday June 23 – dance class, cooking class
After our morning class, we plan a cooking class in the afternoon. Like many aspects of Bali, food is an amalgamation of different cultural influences over time, fused together to create a spectacular cuisine unlike any other. Some of the most popular dishes are babi guling (roast suckling pig), nasi campur (mixed rice with various toppings), sate lilit (minced meat skewers), lawar (salad of chopped meat, vegetables and coconut) and bebek betutu (slow-cooked duck in banana leaves).
Surprise yourself with the outcome and enjoy your early dinner.
Monday June 24 – full day tour, Tampaksiring, Tirta Empul temple, Kintamani, Luwak coffee production, Gunung Kawi
Today we will visit Tampaksiring where you can find yet another art form, namely bone carving. The next unique experience is a visit to Tirta Empul, a Hindu water temple. Built in the 10th-century, the well water is considered sacred by the community. Balinese take a ritual bath in the water of these springs, convinced of its healing powers. Feel free to join. Moving in the direction of Kintamani we will have lunch (included) with a view of this volcano. On the way back to Ubud we will see how Luwak coffee is produced and make a stop at Gunung Kawi Temple, also known as The Valley of The Balinese Kings. It is an 11th-century temple and funerary complex in the shape of 10 rock-cut candi (shrines) spread across either side of the Pakerisan river. A lot of stairs to walk down but it is worth the effort. Before reaching our hotel we will have dinner (included).
Tuesday June 25 – dance class, afternoon walk
Morning dance class. In the afternoon a local guide can take you on a full afternoon walk thru the rice paddies. This walk was also offered on June 22nd, because it will be more pleasant to have a smaller group on this excursion. As an alternative we can offer yoga classes if there is enough interest to join. No dinner provided.
Wednesday June 26 – dance class, free afternoon, Kecak dance performance
Morning dance class. The afternoon is free, but late afternoon we will drive to a Kecak dance performance. Kecak was originally a trance ritual accompanied by a male chorus. In the 1930s, Walter Spies, a German painter and musician, became deeply interested in the ritual while living in Bali. He adapted it as a drama based on the Hindu Ramayana and worked with Indonesian dancer Wayan Limbak to include dance, transforming it into a performance. No dinner provided.
Thursday June 27 - full day tour, Penglipuran, Pura Kahen temple, Klungkung, Goa Lawah
The traditional village of Penglipuran is one of nine traditional villages in Bali. It is touristy, but mainly visited by locals of Bali. The inhabitants of Penglipuran believe that order and cleanliness are very respectable virtues. Don't be afraid to ask residents for permission to visit their homes. The locals will proudly show you around their traditional Balinese house. There is also a bamboo forest. We continue our trip to Pura Kehen, one of the most unique and different temples on Bali. We will have lunch (included) and continue to visit Klungkung, the historic center of Bali. Nearby is Pura Goa Lawah, a temple built around a cave opening which is inhabited by bats. Close by you can see how traditional salt production is done. Before arriving back at the hotel we will have dinner (included).
Friday June 28 – dance class, free afternoon
Morning dance class and afternoon off. No dinner provided.
Saturday June 29 – full day off
No dinner provided.
Sunday June 30 – Griya Santrina hotel Sanur
Check out and drive to Sanur for a last relaxing day next to the beach or you might prefer a Spa treatment at the hotel spa. Farewell dinner at the hotel (included).
Monday July 1st – departure
Transfer from the hotel to the airport. Schedule according to different departure times.
- Price is based on sharing a room
- Transfer upon arrival and departure
- Local guide
- Hotel with breakfast
- Meals as mentioned in the program
- Dance classes
- Entrance fees
- Water bottles provided in the bus
- International flight
- Non-European participants: € 20 bank transfer charges
- Surcharge single room € 760
- Visa upon arrival (if applicable)
- Meals not mentioned in the program
- Tips for local guide and driver
- Drinks, laundry, shopping etc.
Minimum amount of participants: 20. The international flight can be booked after the organizer informs you that the minimum amount of 20 participants has been reached. Full payment due in January 2024, no deposit required. You will receive an invoice.