Cost is $1895 land only.
Airfares are not included and are around $600. Virgin and Gruda have direct flights and are very reasonable in cost.
INCLUSIONS:Accommodation in twin rooms (single accommodation is also available).
Hotels as per the itinerary.
Dinner days 1, 4, 11 and 12
Tours and lessons as per the itinerary,
Use of a sewing machine. (Cutting boards and irons are provided)
Mystery class kit.
Not included: Travel insurance and Visa. The Visa is $35 US obtainable at the airport on arrival
Day 1Monday 5 September
Flight from Australia to Bali.
We will meet you and transfer to the Dutch Colonial Hotel Inna Bali Denpasar. All rooms are air-conditioned and there is a nice swimming pool. Dinner tonight is at the hotel and is a recreation of the Dutch rijsttafel
Tuesday 6 September
This morning to Denpasar to visit the material shops, material by the metre also jelly rolls and fat quarter packs. Other materials and quilting backing are also available as well as layer cake, six packs and charm packs. Afterwards to the outskirts of Kuta for lunch, then visit two wonderful haberdashery shops and French fashion outlet. Before returning to Denpasar visit the large Galeria mall with its Matahari department store, shoe shops, bookshops and perfume shops.
Wednesday 7 September
This morning you will have a batik-making workshop and learn how to make your own piece of batik, which you can take home as a souvenir. Batik-making copper stamps of various designs and sizes are available for purchase.
After the lesson to Batubulan and lunch at John’s house . After lunch to Celuk, centre of the silver jewellery industry where you will visit a silver smith and see his traditional family compound.Then to Mas, just before Ubud and your hotel Taman Harum (fragrant garden), owned by one of Bali’s most prominent woodcarving families.After checking in a short drive into Ubud centre for a look at the shops followed by dinner, after which return to the hotel.
Thursday 9 September
This morning travel north through the Tegallalang valley and craft villages, where many of the handicrafts sold locally and for export are made. Stop also at the beautiful 700 year old rice terraces. This area specializes in crochet, and clothes, table cloths and bedcovers are available. At Tirta Gunung Kawi visit the temple dedicated to the rice goddess and see the spring where the water from lake Batur emerges. Continue north to the Batur caldera, then drive down through recent lava flows from this active volcano to Tirta Sanjiwani hot springs beside the lake. After time to enjoy both the hot and lukewarm pools lunch is in the restaurant overlooking the lake. After lunch return to the top of the caldera and then travel east to Klungkung, stopping at the fabric markets, one of the largest in Bali, visited by few tourists, so prices are very competitive. From Klungkung continue east to Candi Dasa, a quiet and pretty seaside village and hotel Ashyana for your quilting retreat.
Dinner tonight is included and will be accompanied by a traditional Balinese dance performance.
Friday 10 September
Today is the start of quilting. Sewing machines are provided. Opportunity to relax at the pool or wander down the street and visit the local shops.
Saturday 11 September
Today is a quilting day
Sunday 12 September
Morning visit to Tenganan ancient village to see geringsing – double-weft weaving – found only here in Bali. You will also see other handicrafts traditionally made in the village. Lunch is in Tenganan after which return to Candi Dasa to continue quilting
Monday 13 September
Tuesday 14 September
Quilting Day. Dorothy will present a Mystery Workshop. Kits will be provided.
Wednesday 15 September
This morning travel east to the coast and visit a small hospitality college, where the students will have prepared lunch for you. They will wait on you at the table and are keen to practice their English skills.
After lunch to the Royal Water Gardens of Tirtagangga, then to Amlapura and a visit to the king’s palace and fabric shops in the town. Finally to the other royal water gardens at Ujung on the coast before returning to Candi Dasa.
Thursday 16 September
Quilting Day. Tonight there will be a show and tell of quilting followed by a farewell dinner.
Friday 17 September
After packing travel to Kemenuh village and visit Eddy’s family compound for lunch. Afterwards return to Denpasar fabric shops for any last minute shopping needs, after which to the airport and your flight home.
Final dinner at Jimbaran.
Saturday 18 September Arrive back in Australia with wonderful memories, fabulous fabric and new friends.