Explore the Beauty of Bali
$2399 per person
This 12-day trip throughout the beautiful island of Bali, Indonesia, will introduce you to some of the most revered temples and palaces, gorgeous landscapes, and cultural traditions of this wonderful part of the world. Discover an abundance of tropical fish while snorkeling the pristine waters an enjoying some well-deserved beach time. Enjoy learning all about the culture authentically with Balinese families who are proud to share their customs, food, and traditions with you. Take in a Kecak dance performance, learn how to play the Gamelan, and hike to amazing off-the-beaten-track spots to really discover why this amazing island is so popular beyond the beaches.
IncludedAccommodationsActivities (detailed in itinerary)Airport Transfer (Arrival)Airport Transfer (Departure)All TaxesAll Transportation (including internal flights, when applicable)English-speaking Tour LeaderMeals (detailed in itinerary)
Not IncludedDrinks, Alcoholic BeveragesPersonal ExpendituresReturn International Airfare
Day 1: Welome to Bali (-/-/D)
Selamat Datang! Welcome to beautiful island of Bali, the largest Hindu island in Indonesia. A friendly face will be waiting for you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel in the village called Canggu, located on the southern coast. This afternoon you will meet your guide, who will provide a briefing on your trip and the opportunity to ask any questions before heading out for your first Balinese dinner.
Day 2: Taman Ayun & Tanah Lot Temples & Jatiluwih Rice Terrace (B/L/D)
After breakfast, you will start your journey to Bedugul. On the way you will visit Taman Ayun Temple for approximately 30 minutes - a Royal Temple of the Mengwi Empire located in the village of Mengw. The temple is set on land surrounded by a large fish pond, making it appear as if adrift on the water. The beautiful temple has a multistoried roof and Balinese architecture. The landscaped garden in the front courtyard welcomes all visitors who come to visit. Next you will continue on s to visit Tanah Lot Temple - about a 45-minute drive. This stunning temple is built on rock on three acres. Before arriving in Bedugul, you will also stop at Jatiluwih to see thousands of hectares of lush green rice paddy fields that cascade in terraces from the upper reaches of volcanoes down to the deep valleys below - as if sculpted from the mountain side. Among the many fields that stretch almost all across the island, the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces in the heart of Tabanan Regency are the best example of Bali's picturesque rice fields. They represent the Subak system as Bali's Cultural Landscape, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012.
Day 3: Pura Ulun Danu Beratan & Turtle Project(B/L/D)
Start the day with a drive to a village (approximately 30 minutes), where you’ll join a local family in the making of a traditional Balinese offering. Be welcomed into their home with a drink and delicious cake, before learning how to make an offering (canang) to gain a better understanding of this daily ritual that you will see all over Bali. Then you will visit their small spice garden and enjoy the surrounding views overlooking Batukaru Mountain. Next continue on to visit the beautiful Ulundanu Temple, a Balinese Hindu Temple located on the shores of Beratan Lake, stopping on the way at a local fruit market to try some local tropical fruits. Next it's onto the village of Pemuteran (about a two-hour drive), to see how the locala protect the sea turtles by increasing the probability of turtle hatchlings reaching maturity. Afterwards, you will enjoy the dinner in the hotel.
Day 4: Snorkeling Menjangan Island’s Coral Reef (B/L/-)
Today you will travel to Menjangan Island’s coral reef, part of the West Bali National Park by boat. Menjangan offers deep blue sea and the most beautiful corals in Bali. You will be amazed at the diversity of underwater life you will see! Then we will have a picnic lunch ready for you on the beach when you get hungry, and head back to the hotel in the afternoon.
Day 5: Trekking & Bird Watching at West Bali National Park (B/L/D)
Today you will head back to West Bali National Park to go trekking for a few hours, taking in its lush forest and wildlife. about. It is around 20 minutes’ drive from the hotel. The trekking is around 2 hours at national park. A highlight of West Bali is beautiful forest and wildlife. You might spot the local macaque, but those luckier will see the very timid large black monkeys, wild pigs or even deer. There are also more than 160 species of bird living in the protected area - the star of the show being the Bali Starling, an elegant little white bird with royal blue feathers around its eyes, which is the park’s icon as well as the endemic bird of the area. Afterwards, continue your journey to Ubud - a trip that take about 3.5 hours.
Day 6: Visit Tirta Empul Palace & Evening Kecak Dance Performance (B/L/-)
Your day starts early at Ubud's local market to learn the secret of buying fresh ingredients for your traditional Balinese cooking class. You be on the hunt for fresh herbs, spices, crisp vegetables, meat, and other unique ingredients, all while learning about how Balinese people and garnering unique insight into the culture. Your cooking class will take place in the village of Laplapan, where you will be warmly welcomed and expertly guided by your host on how to create your very own delicious authentic Balinese dishes for your lunch. After enjoy the fruits of your labour, you will continue on to visit Tirta Empul Palace, which means Holy Spring in Balinese. The temple compound consists of a petirtaan or bathing structure, famous for its holy spring water, where Balinese Hindus go for ritual purification. In the evening, sit down to a Kecak dance performance. Driven not by musical instruments, but by human chanting, this fascinating theatrical performance is considered a highlight by many travelers.
Day 7: Traditional Gamelan Lesson (B/-/-)
Today you will join a two-hour group workshop to learn about the history, culture and use of the traditional instrument in Indonesia called the Gamelan. Master musicians will be giving a live performance first, to give you a feel for how this music sounds. then you will have the opportunity to learn, practise and play some music yourself.
Day 8: Campuhan Ridge, Saraswati Lotus Pond Temple & Ubud Royal Palace (B/-/D)
Start the day with a guided walking tour to gain insight into daily village life, passing lush rice fields, a alang-alang valley (type of wild grass used to make the roof of traditional buildings) and stop by a Balinese home for coffee. Then head to central Ubud, where you will visit Ubud Royal Palace and Saraswati Lotus Pond Temple, also known by the name Pura Saraswati. The park blends harmoniously with the beauty of the temple. Then you will continue your journey to Candidasa, about two hours from Ubud.
Day 9: Candidasa Village Trek & Tirta Gangga Water Palace (B/L/-)
Today you will make a short drive to the stunningly lush Amlapura region to do some trekking, passing through Budakeling, a Buddhist Brahmana village, some cacao plantations and then walking on to the village of Bedandem to visit a local silversmith. Your next stop is Gumung, where a rice terrace gives you a breath-taking view of Mount Agung. Here you might be lucky enough to join the locals in the field for the rice harvest. The whole walk takes about 4-5 hours and you will end at Tirta Ganga Water Palace, where you can enjoy a well-earned traditional simple lunch before visiting the palace. Taking a plunge into the cool water pools afterwards is optional.
Day10: Visit Pura Luhur Lempuyang (B/L/D)
Take a minivan to Pura Luhur (approximately 30 minutes) to climb the more than 1,700 steps to Lempuyang Temple (approximately 5-6 hours). The walk is paved the entire way and it is easy to find your way to the top. According to the locals, you shouldn't complain on your way to the top, otherwise you'll never make it! There are many spiritual and mythical aspects to this rewarding journey, and seven different temples to see at this site. From here you may also enjoy views of Mount Agung, Bali's highest peak. Be sure to also keep an eye out for long-tailed macaques circling in the sky. After your climb, return to the base and drive to your hotel in Sanur (about three hours).
Day 11: Boat Ride to Nusa Penida & Broken Beach, Angel Billabong & Crystal Bay (B/-/D)
Today you will be transferred to Sanur Port for a boat tour to Nusa Penida. You will get to Nusa Penida by speed boat (about 45 minutes), where you will be picked up in private transport to go to your first stop, Broken Beach and Angel's Billabong. Angel’s Billabong is a spectacular rock formation near Pasih Uug (Broken Beach), on the southwestern end of Nusa Penida Island. Both spots offer views of beautiful cliffs and pristine coastlines. There is a pathway leading to a naturally formed rock lagoon, offering a scenic seascape and pleasant swimming spot on the island. You’ll most likely have this natural infinity pool all to yourself on your visit, but swim only during low tide. If it’s high tide, the spectacular scene of waves crashing against the jagged rocks is still viewable from the top. Afterward, continue to visit Kelingking Beach, where you won't be able to resist taking multiple photos of the gorgeous landscape. Then continue driving for approximately 45 minutes to Crystal Bay, a beach named because of the clarity of the water. This offers a wonderful place for water activities such as snorkeling and diving. On the way to Crystal Bay, you can stop at a nice restaurant for lunch or it’s also possible to have lunch at Crystal Bay - you decide. If you didn't bring your own, there is snorkeling gear for rent here. Afterwards, return to your hotel in Sanur.
Day 12: Departure (B/-/-)
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast today. At the appropriate time you will be picked up by the driver and transferred to the airport for your departure - unless you have decided to stay a little longer that is. We hope you have had the most wonderful experience on our beautiful island of Bali, and hope to see you again one day!