- Round trip International airfare from the United States to Denpasar, Bali.
- All taxes and round trip transfers to and from the hotel.
- Private deluxe motor coach and driver.
- 5-star hotel accommodations for seven nights in Ubud & Nusa Dua.
- Breakfast daily, some lunches and dinners.
- Admission to an exclusive Craftours Batik Expo.
- Optional Balinese Cooking lesson.
- Tour of a well known Batik Factory & shopping in a Batik wholesale warehouse.
- A visit and tour of a Jewelry Factory & Showroom.
- Tour of a coffee plantation.
- Four Arts & Crafts Workshops with Master Balinese instructors! (class kits included)
- Optional visit to the Elephant Safari Park including elephant ride.
- Extraordinary shopping in local markets for amazing Balinese items.
- Special Balinese welcome dinner and special gifts.
- Optional visit to the Bali Bird Park.
- Half day sightseeing tour to Monkey Forest & the Royal Palace of Ubud.
- Visit a Ikat Weaving Factory.
- Tour the ancient Balinese village of Tenganan.
- Optional visit with the Shaman family from the book/movie "Eat, Pray, Love."
- Tour and shop in the largest art gallery in Bali.
- Professional Balinese tour guide and Craftours tour escort the entire time.
- Commemorative gifts & more!
MONKEY FOREST SANCTUARY
The Ubud Monkey Forest
is a nature reserve and temple complex in Ubud, Bali. Its full name as written on a welcome sign is the Padangtegal Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
. The complex houses approximately 605 Crab-eating Macaque monkeys. There are four groups of monkeys each occupying different territories in the park. The Sacred Monkey Forest is a popular tourist attraction in Ubud, and is often visited by over 10,000 tourists a month. The Monkey Forest contains the Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal temple as well as a "Holy Spring" bathing temple and another temple used for cremation ceremonies.
Tenganan Village is one of the oldest Balinese Traditional located in Karangasem Regency, east part of Bali
. This village is much referred by cultural literature science of Tenganan Pegringsingan
, which is very famous in the island. It own very unique local community life pattern which is one example of Bali Aga Village
cultures (Hindu Prehistoric) and different with other countryside in plain of Bali. Nowadays, this village has been appointed as a place for tourist destination which can present the attractive and unique matters which able to add the variation of object and fascination for tourist to come.
Ubud Royal Palace
The Ubud Royal Palace is one of the most prominent places in Ubud, as it is smack-dab on the main Jalan Raya Ubud road and intersection. The palace can also be regarded as the focal landmark of Ubud. The Ubud palace was built during the lordship of the late Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel (1800-1823), and is well-kept by his successive heirs.
Bali has a tropical climate appropriate to its proximity to the equator. Year round temperatures averaging 31 degrees Celsius. High humidity can be expected during the Wet Season between the months of October - April. The Dry Season between the months of May - September have also the lowest humidity. The Wet Season brings daily rain and quiet overcast days with the most rain recorded between December - February. Occasionally rainfall can also be expected during the dry season but usually at night or very early morning. June - August there is usually a very refreshing cool breeze all day long. The central mountain area is typically cooler than the lower coastal areas mainly especially at night.
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Bali, being part of Indonesia, uses the Indonesian currency, the Rupiah (abbreviated, Rp.) as its monetary unit.
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Bali Bird Park
Experience more than 1000 birds, 250 species and an experience that you will never forget. Bali Bird Park is one of the definite must-see attractions on Bali.
Bali Bird Park is divided into regions that recreate the natural habitats of its birds, complete with indigenous plant life. A magical journey that takes you across the Indonesian archipelago, Latin America, Africa and Australia.
The cost of this optional tour is $65.00 per person.
Elephant Safari Park
Elephant Safari Park is situated in a rather secluded location in the Village of Taro. Surrounded by the well-preserved forest ecosystem, the moderately cool climate of the Village was assessed as an ideal habitat for Sumatran Elephants.
Roaming a 3.5 hectares of authentic landscape, shaded by lush botanical garden and surrounded by the unspoiled forest ecosystem in the heart of the ancient Taro Village have made life much 'easier' for these rescued, Sumatran Elephants. From the abundance of food source, the controlled environment to keep them from imminent threats, to the nudge of human assistance at Elephant Safari Park, is none but to make sure of their safety and well-being.
The cost of this optional tour is $98.00 per person.
Bali Cooking Class
This cooking lesson invites culinary enthusiasts to step into the local gastronomy scenes and go on a journey of rich culinary discovery. You will be immersed in indigenous culture as you learn to prepare traditional dishes with indigenous ingredients, learning about the dishes' origins along the way.
The cost of this optional tour is $95.00 per person.
Ketut Liyer, thanks to the best-selling book, "Eat Pray Love", has found himself catapulted to fame as the most important Balian on an island of very spiritual people. Ketut's home is a typical Balinese compound, a gathering of buildings which are situated North, South, East and West, and a big open pavilion at the center with a low bed or sofa. Another wonderful thing about the compound was Ketut's family - one of his sons and two of his granddaughters are there, selling wood pieces the son had carved.
The cost of this optional tour is $60.00 per person.
TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST BALI TRIPS:
Pam Gray, Mukwonago, WI - "It was evident that much planning had taken place to give us a progression of experiences that really helped me appreciate the culture, art and natural beauty of the people and island of Bali. Our guide, Mawa, is exceptional! I loved this experience!"
Marion Fetter, Humboldt, Saskatchewan - "For me this was a trip of a life time, one that I will never forget. Craftours made it so easy for us to sit back and enjoy. Accommodations were top notch, food great, and Mawa our guide knew so much. Thank you to Jinny for teaching me a new quilting skill, I have been practicing and showing a couple of my quilter friends what I have learned. Thank again for a most memorable experience."
Charlotte Carr, Seattle, WA - "It was an excellent tour with 32 people on board. I prefer smaller tours, but this one was wonderful."
Janet Hamilton, Davis, California - "I’m not a quilter. Why take the journey? Three dear quilter friends wanted to make a foursome for the trip. I had been to Bali many years ago and had some idea what to expect. But this was really special. I learned so much about the art of batiking and also about the culture. These were experiences I would not have had going there on my own or with a general tour group. So Glad I did it."
Barbara Pierce , Brisbane, AU - "The trip was well organized, our needs were taken care of promptly. Our tour director is excellent, our tour guide was wonderful. I give the trip five stars. I had never been on a quilting trip before so didn’t know what to expect, what I found was a great trip, the tours were top notch."
Bronwyn Morris, Queensland, AU - "My Bali expedition was fabulous, sightseeing, down time, shopping. I would do it again in a heartbeat"
Joan Barto, Michgan, USA - "I have travelled with Sew Many Places for the past 12 years, taking at least one tour or cruise per year. It has been a wonderful opportunity for me to see the world, enjoy the company of quilters from all over the world and know that I don't have to worry about anything.
I am a widow and never mind traveling on any of their tours. I have been on two trips, one in Africa and one in India and they were truly amazing.
I recommend Craftours to anyone who is a quilter and wants to travel and have a first class experience."
Sue Lathrop , - "Seeing gorgeous batiks in Bali was truly a highlight for me!!!"
Charlotte Carr, Seattle, WA- "I went with Sew Many Places to Bali and had both a wonderful time seeing a gorgeous country, but wonderful quilting experiences as well. I highly recommend Sew Many Places."
Mary Eagle, Cambridge, ID , - "I loved my trip to Bali with Sew Many Places. I would never have even imagined taking such an adventure on my own. Everything was so well planned that all I had to do was figure out what pack. It was almost as if even the weather had been arranged just for us!"
Eunice Sutter, Reston, VA - "A trip to Bali has always been at the top of my bucket list., and now another trip to Bali with Sew Many Places is again at the top of my bucket list. Before the trip, the staff made it easy for each traveler. It was a "no hassle" trip! Everything was taken care of. Once we arrived in Bali the trip was one I will never forget. The hotel was top notch, and hotel staff was very friendly and accommodating. Our local tour guide was the BEST! AS we traveled from place to place, Mawa kept us entertained with information about Bali and its customs and traditions. The tours were more than I ever expected we met and had an opportunity to meet and talk with the artisans who were eager to explain their craft to us. The trips to the Batik factories and the opportunity to design our own batik was fun, eye opening, and a very humbling experience. Further, I can't say enough good things about the people in Bali. Everywhere we went, whether it was the very nice restaurants or in the market place, the people met us with a smile and went out of their way to accommodate our individual needs and desires. Oh, Yes the BATIKS were wonderful! I wanted to buy them all! I can't wait to go again with Sew Many Places."
Donna Conklin, Murrells Inlet, SC - "My trip to Bali was the most wonderful trip of a lifetime!! We stayed in the best hotel, had the best people taking care of all our needs on our excursions. We had the best guides, and learned more than we could absorb on each days outing. It was great to talk to quilting people from other places, and form new friendships. Craftours is superb in knowing what is best for all of us on our tours, and making any changes to accommodate.
I would truly love to do another trip with Craftours and yes Tuscany and Ireland would be exciting."
Beth Beardsley, Boulder, CO - "I traveled with Sew Many Places to Bali in 2007 and it was the trip of a lifetime! Bonnie Hunter and Kaye England were our guest teachers and they were wonderful. We had really interesting day trips that were a batik education and just plain Bali education. I meet so many wonderful quilters in one place. Our accommodations were first class. I cannot say enough about the laughter and friends that I made. If you have the chance to go, take my advice and GO!"
Toni Baker, N LittleRock, AR - "The Bali trip surpass my expectations, with lots to do although getting sick on that trip, I developed some friendships of very special quilters that I otherwise wouldn’t have ever meet. I cherish those quilters and sharing friendship with them."
Donna Ann Molinelli, Driggs, Idaho- "I have done two amazing tours with Sew Many Places. They were incredibly well organized and yet allowed for some "off-script" fun. Stopping at a school in Bali with a contribution is just one example. I have only applause and great memories."
Missy Lawver, Liberty, NC - "Amazing. The tour was well organized and the events were local cultural treasures that I never would have seen had I tried to visit Bali on my own!"
Lani Nagy, Willits, CA - "WOW! What a wonderful trip. Birds and elephants and Monkeys oh my! And the batiks were awesome. I learned so much about the making of batiks and I have so much respect for the people who work there. I hope I get to go again some day."
Lorraine Brown, Plainwell, MI - "This was the best experience I could have had! Learning Batiking has increased my appreciation for the art! The range of activities, the people, and the food is an experience I would encourage everyone to go!"
Amy Hyman, Scottdale, AZ - "This was truly a wondrous trip. It was versifier, allowed for free down time and exploration while keeping the focus on Batiking"
Jane Ratcliff, Phoenix, AZ - "It was an amazing trip, a true adventure. I got to see places I would never have seen on my own, and learn about the culture. Of course, the buying of batiks was incredible! Very nice, friendly, helpful and as accommodating as he could possibly be. He has obviously visited the area before and was quite knowledgeable of customs and culture."
Kartar Kaur Khalsa, Phoenix, AZ - "Batiking in Bali exceeded any and all expectations! Every day was full of new experiences and surprises! Budi & Surya were amazing! My friends & I are already planning our next trip!"
Wayne Lasson, Lake Forest, Illinois - "Trip was outstanding. A perfect balance between crafts and local places to see and free time. Accommodations were excellent - at both locations [one in craft area and one in resort area. We really saw and enjoyed Bali."
Ellen Davidson, Somerville, Massachusetts - "Excellent planning and pacing. Just the right balance of planned and open time. Right balance of doing crafts, observing crafts, and doing other excursions."
Peggy Moore, Hillsboro, Oregon - "Great trip with interesting sites and classes"
Tammy Kaplan,Savage, Minnesota - "This was a top notch tour in all ways. They make sure that we are well cared for at all times. It was educational, fun, safe, with a huge variety of activities every day, great people, just a blast!"
Dafna Gatmon, Davis, California - "I loved being able to do a trip with Ali Edwards and taking her workshops. She was wonderful."
Stacey Hunter, Portage, Michigan - "It was a wonderful, affordable way to see a location that I probably would never have seen without this tour opportunity."
Dany Dwyer, East Bridgewater, Massachusetts - "Loved being in Bali. Bali will have a piece of my heart always."
Laura Rentschler, Paw Paw, Michigan - "Bali was an amazing trip - in particular the people which are so gracious. "