BATIK LOVERS BALI

11 Day Tour    May 2 - 12, 2018

$3895/double occupancy

INCLUDES-Round Trip Air from San Francisco
limited single supplements and land only options are available

See our 2018 August/September Bali tour here

 


Travel with us on our 16th journey to the batik capital of the world - Bali, Indonesia. We know Bali and once again, World of Quilts Travel is bringing you the opportunity to enjoy the Balinese world of batiks as well as the beauty and special culture this island paradise has to offer. We have prepared an incredible and unique vacation experience where one will be inspired by the breathtaking beauty of the island as well as enjoy a first hand experience for batiking 'Bali Style', including our exclusive visit to Hoffman of California batik factory.  

No matter where you live, you are welcome to join any of our cruises or tours.  We have welcomed guests from South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Turkey, India and the Netherlands on our tours, you may join us from anywhere, please email for special pricing.

"This was the trip of a lifetime Deb, I cannot thank you enough."

"Every day in Bali has been amazing, it's the best trip I've ever been on."

"My first batik trip to Bali was with a group of over 60 quilters and very confusing.  I love the fact that you only take 25, I saw Bali through entirely different eyes this time."

"Bali at this time of year was brilliant and so was the tour.  I was so afraid we would be there in rainy season, but the weather could not have been better."

See what others say....watch our Bali Review Video


 

Fabric manufacture has been an Indonesian tradition for centuries, and Bali is a hub of fabric printing and shopping opportunities.  As an added bonus, our guide is knowledgeable in all facets of Bali's arts and textile culture and leads us on every step of our journey around the island.  It is also our pleasure to offer an exceptional opportunity to visit the Hoffman California-International Fabrics batik factory where you will learn firsthand about the process as well as the many contributions the Hoffman family has made to benefit the island.  Additionally, we provide the opportunity for you to make your own batik in two distinctly different settings.  As you learn how batiks are made and witness the process, you will come away with a whole new appreciation for the skill behind creating these incredible hand made prints.  Come along, make your own batik fabrics, enjoy fabric shopping where batiks average $2.00 a meter, taste incredible food, visit with warm and friendly islanders and enjoy the colors, beauty and inspiration that Bali has to offer.

ITINERARY

Day 1 - May 2, 2018.   We will depart San Francisco International Airport to Denpasar, Bali, Wednesday morning May 2, at approximately 01:00 (AM) on Cathay Pacific Airlines.  Relax and enjoy our overnight flight to Hong Kong.  Changing planes in Hong Kong, we arrive in Bali on Thursday, May 3 around 3:00 in the afternoon.  Several meals will be served on our overnight journey. D, B, L, S.    You will need to plan your arrival in San Francisco for May 1, as our flight is shortly after midnight on the 2nd.

Day 2 - May 3: Upon our arrival in Bali, once you have proceeded through customs, we will be met at the airport by our coach and guide for transfer to our incredible hotel on the Indian Ocean. This evening we will meet for a special welcome dinner together. We will have special gift presentation and learn about a Balinese tradition during our dinner, our guide has been especially selected for our group based upon his expertise on Balinese culture, art & textile history and industry. L, D

Day 3 - May 4: After enjoying a full breakfast at the hotel, we will gather together and depart on a tour to the town of Tohpati and it's Batik Factory. Here we will see Batik dyers, weavers and painters and stop for a lecture and demonstration to learn how Batik is made.   Following lunch at one of the favorite stops in Bali - the Bali ZOO, we will visit the famous art villages of Celuk where we will see a silversmith jewelry making demonstration and enjoy one of the area's finest silver establishments.  We will also enjoy a visit to one of the manufacturers at the woodcarving village of Mas. After we return the hotel, the remainder of the day and evening are free.   B, L

Day 4 - May 5:  A special treat is in store today as we are off to dye batik Bali style.  Our workshop today will teach us the fundamentals of the batik resist dyeing process.  Each person will have the opportunity to prepare several pieces of cloth for dyeing as they learn the process of applying the wax.  Following our dyeing time, we will return to our oceanside hotel where the remainder of the day will be free for you to enjoy the beauty of our hotel area or shop in the nearby market areas.  B

Day 5 - May 6: Another amazing opportunity today to print your own batik fabric.  Today we will depart on a journey to a very special privately owned batik factory where they make the beautiful contemporary batiks we all love. It is a similar, but entirely different dyeing process from what we learned yesterday.   Following our morning dyeing, we will have an enjoyable lunch in the capital city of Denpasar followed by what everyone waits for...BATIK SHOPPING.  As of this writing, contemporary (American) batik styles are $2.00 a meter. It can't get much better than that!  Remember, you can bring back 100# of luggage on your international flight.  Following shopping we will head back to our hotel were the remainder of the day is for you to enjoy the area. B, L

Day 6 - May 7:  This is a Free Day.  You may lounge by the pool or on the beach, return to our shopping area from yesterday to buy more batiks or take in our optional tour to Tenganan (see below for more information).  B

Day 7 - May 8: Today, we will visit one of the most incredible private antique Batik collections in the world, which showcases these amazing fabrics. After our visit here we will enjoy lunch on the way to a coffee plantation.  After our arrival in Ubud sometime in the late afternoon, our guide will take us to the are of the Ubud Palace and Market for an introduction to the area.  The remainder of he afternoon is yours to enjoy the local sites for the remainder of the day.  B, L

Day 8 - May 9:  By this this point in the tour, everyone usually sees one thing they would like to do that is not included on our tour and wishes for an extra free day. SO, we have decided to devote time to the two most popular side trips our visitors have participated in over the years. It is up to you to choose which of the following you would like to do, and we will take care of the rest!  We have arranged either an Indulgent Balinese Spa Treatment or a Balinese Cooking Class.  The choice is yours!  B.

Day 9 - May 10: Following breakfast, we will visit the private facility where Hoffman California International Fabrics has their batik lines printed and processed. This will be a full morning with much of the time spent outdoors where the fabrics are printed, dyed and dried. Our hosts hold nothing back in showing us the age old processes necessary to make the batiks from this company what they are best known for, incomparable beauty. Not one machine is used in the process - it is all hand done. Not only will you walk away with a different appreciation for batiks, but when you learn more about little known company traditions and their generosity toward the people of Bali and consideration for the Balinese environment, you will walk away having more appreciation for Hoffman as well as their beautiful fabrics. Before heading back to our hotel, we will have lunch at a lovely ocean-side restaurant where you will also be given time for enjoying the beach and swimming. On our way back to the hotel, we will stop at the Ubud Monkey Forest for those wishing to enjoy this area with the guide.  B, L 

Day 10 - May 11: Today is a day of leisure, you may enjoy time enjoying the Ubud Rain Forest, relaxing by the pool or use this last opportunity to run into town to pick up those last minute gifts and surely more batiks!!! If you like you may take advantage of our ***optional tour to Tanah Lot Temple and Rice Terraces. Tonight we will gather for a farewell dinner together. B, D

Day 11 - May 12: Sadly all good things must come to an end and today we will find ourselves departing Bali We will each leave with a deeper understanding of Indonesian culture and textile knowledge....it may also be that we will be leaving with many incredible memories and fabrics which will go together into a beautiful quilt - Bali style. You will enjoy an early dinner on our flight from Bali to Hong Kong, followed by two additional meals on our overnight trans-Pacific flight from Hong Kong to San Francisco. B, L, D, B.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner 

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Just like anywhere else, prices cannot be guaranteed.  Batik pricing of $2.00/meter is based on the exchange rates of our 2017 tour and is subject to change without notice.

 

Optional Excursions:
May 7:
  Tenganan.  Many in our group search for things to do on the free days, and this optional tour on our first free day is an opportunity to visit Bali's oldest village where you will be steeped in the culture of Tenganan.  Here, is where the Gringsing Ikat are woven.  This is one of only three places in the world where this technique of weaving is practiced. Our host is visited by royalty and celebrity alike as well as museum curators and renowned textile collectors in order that they may acquire one of these rare pieces.  During the day, you will also have an opportunity to become more acquainted with the Balinese culture, including the possibility of additional village visits and stops for Temple Celebrations (as they may or may not occur on this day) or other traditional events. Lunch is included at a restaurant on the shore of the beautiful Indian Ocean. Price - $95, includes guide, transportation, all entries, lunch and tip.

May 11: Tanah Lot and Rice Terraces.  Drive through the hills and villages of Eastern Bali.  Spend your free day visiting two of the most photographed places in Bali. Price - $55 includes guide, transportation, entries, lunch and tip.

 Watch a great video from the Hoffman California Fabrics Batik Factory which we will visit on our tour.


YOUR FULL TOUR INCLUDES

*Roundtrip airfare from SFO - a land only option is available.
*Balinese welcome dinner, farewell dinner gathering plus 21 additional meals
*All island transfers and scheduled travel by deluxe motor coach
*Services of a full-time tour director, translator and cultural expert
*Two opportunities to make your own batik fabrics
*Insider (best price has been negotiated) shopping at the best stops for beautiful batiks (currently, under $2 a meter).
*Your choice of an indulgent spa treatment or a Balinese Cooking Class
*Jewelry manufacturer and showroom, where you may schedule an optional opportunity to make your own silver jewelry.
*Visit to the Hoffman Batik Factory (we are the only Bali tour allowed access to this incredible facility).
*Visit to an incredible private and historical Batik Collection
*Coffee Plantation and Monkey Forest
*Complimentary access to wood carving classes at your leisure
*Complimentary access to the Neka Art Museum at your leisure
*Deluxe 5 star resorts
*All entrances, workshops and activities per the scheduled itinerary 
*Special gifts and surprises
*100 pound luggage allowance included in your flights
*Under 30 participants
 

THE TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
*Airfare between your city and SFO
*Optional travel protection
*Items of a personal nature, such as laundry or room service, excess baggage charges
*Passport or visa fees
*Immunizations or vaccinations
*Airline fees, surcharges, fuel or government taxes and fees.
*All other items not specified on the itinerary.

Fare(s) quoted of of $3895.00 (with roundtrip air) in USD, per person, based on cash payment for double occupancy.  Single Supplement is $1600.  Those electing the land-only tour will be responsible for their own air arrangements and airport-hotel transfers.  Discounted fare for land only rate (not including air) is $3095.00 per person, double occupancy. Deb Roberts Tours is not responsible for omissions or typographical errors.  Please refer to terms and conditions which apply when registration is received.  Itinerary subject to change without notice.   The prices above reflect a discount for those who wish to pay by cash.   We offer this discount for those who wish to pay by check or money order, otherwise, when paying by any other means, the discount no longer applies. Our regular (non-discounted) fare is $4195 for the full tour, $3249 for land only. 


WEATHER -Bali is approximately 8 degrees south of the equator.  So, you can expect a tropical, warm and humid climate all year around with two main, distinctive seasons:  DRY and RAINY.

The best time to travel to Bali depends mainly on the weather, the rainy season is from October - April, the dry season is from May - September.   We plan our Batik Lover's Journey to take advantage of the best weather Bali has to offer, avoiding the torrential downpours of the rainy season.

Immunizations and Travel warnings: Please see the CDC website regarding travel to Indonesia, https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/indonesia and consult your healthcare provider for their recommendations.


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