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Bali Explorer

13 Night Itinerary from  £2,946

Bali Explorer Tour

Explore the culture of Bali in depth, from temples to markets, rainforest to stunning scenery of rice fields. Meet local villagers, learn Balinese cuisine and relax in a spa or in your beautiful beach resort.

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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • Explore Bali in depth, from the beaches of Sanur to West Bali National Park
  • Stand in awe at dramatic cliff top temples
  • Travel through stunning scenery of rice fields and visit a rubber plantation
  • Visit Vihara Dharma Giri, a Buddhist monastery amidst scenic Mount Batukar
  • Visit the Kurma Asih Foundation, an important turtle conservation centre
  • Go snorkelling on a boat trip to Menjangan Island
  • Stay in a remote luxury tented camp in the rainforest
  • Enjoy a dip in a hot spring and spend time at a luxury spa in Ubud
  • Spend 4-nights in Ubud, Bali's cultural centre 

This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.

Tour Itinerary

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Bali - 2 Nights

Day 1 - Fly to Bali

Day 2 - Arrive in Bali, transfer to Sanur

Day 3 - At leisure 

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Monday, 06 December 2021

Fly to Bali

Depart in the evening on the overnight flight to Denpasar, via Doha.

 


Tuesday, 07 December 2021

Arrive in Bali, transfer to Sanur 

After arriving early morning, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your chosen hotel or resort in the Sanur area for a 2-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. This is also the opportunity for our guide to provide you with expert local advice, explain your programme and answer any questions you may have. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax at your hotel. 


Wednesday, 08 December 2021

At Leisure

A day at leisure to relax at your resort and on the beach.

Pavilions

Bali - Luxury Resort

At The Pavilions Bali, you’ll feel a world away in your private villa. Each enchanting and cosy hideaway fuses traditional Balinese design with modern touches to provide an intimate, relaxing and exotic home away from home. The resort is tucked away amid a magnificent tropical garden yet just a short walk from all that the charming seaside town of Sanur has to offer. It can be tempting to retreat into your own private villa hideout and stay there, but Sanur, the birthplace of tourism in Bali, offers countless things to see and do.

Whether you head out exploring or spend a lazy afternoon on the veranda, The Pavilions Bali is the perfect spot for your next romantic getaway.

The resort has a selection of air-conditioned villas, from those with a private garden to larger 2-bedroom villas with their own private pool. Each villa comes with butler service, an outside rain shower and breakfast.

Public facilities include a swimming pool, spa, the Jahe Restaurant and poolside bar. There are many activities and tours available from the hotel.

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Pekutatan - 2 Nights

Day 4 - Tanah Lot Temple and Pekutatan

Day 5 - Exploring Pulukan and Pupuan

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Thursday, 09 December 2021

Tanah Lot Temple and Pekutatan

Today we drive to Pekutatan and visit Tanah Lot temple, set dramatically on a large rock by the coast. Depending on the tide, walk across the ocean floor to the base of the temple. Built in the 16th century, Tanah Lot is an important pilgrimage temple for the Balinese, and one of Bali’s most well-known picture postcard motifs.

We continue to Pekutatan and check-in to the Puri Dajuma Hotel for a 2-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. The rest of the day is at leisure.


Friday, 10 December 2021

Exploring Pulukan and Pupuan

This morning we explore the Pulukan State Plantation and rubber factory. Here, see how latex is collected from the rubber trees and processed in the factory. We learn how different types of tropical crops are grown and enjoy the wonderful green surroundings at the large plantation.

Enjoy an included lunch at local restaurant. We continue by road to Bunut Bolong, a unique tree with a hole in the middle of it – so large that the road has been built through it!

In Pupuan, we visit a local workshop where jam and soap are produced. It is a local small business with the mission to create jobs in one of Bali's poorest regions by channelling profits to support local community projects.

Our final stop today is Vihara Dharma Giri, a Buddhist monastery that features a large reclining Buddha in white marble beautifully set against the backdrop of the mountain ranges around Mt. Batukaru. 

Puri Dajuma, Pekutatan

Bali - First Resort

Located on a stunning beach, Puri Dajuma is a magical resort established in  1998 with a family of French origin who fell under the spell of Indonesia. Puri Dajuma is the perfect example of a family run business that benefits the whole village economically and socially.

With its harmonious marriage of Balinese and French culture, it is impossible to say who is being westernised and who is being easternised. Here, the two cultures often mix and merge during special events, in temples, during ceremonies of offerings, or during the many shared invitations, for example, when Dajuma offered to dig a well in the village when it first opened.

There are 7 Deluxe (Garden view) and 11 VIP cottages (Ocean view) ideal for couples or families. Built with traditional materials, they offer an exceptional ambience and unparalleled comfort.

A large bedroom (25 m²) has a comfortable canopy king bed, plus private bathroom with indoor bath and outdoor shower. Each has a terrace or private pool.

The Rama restaurant has a breath-taking view of the ocean and stunning sunsets, The menu offers a selection of tasteful dishes from Indonesia, Thailand, India and Europe, including a lot of vegetarian options.

Public facilities include a spa, yoga, beauty treatments, beach, 2 swimming pools, snorkelling, fishing and trekking.

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West Bali National Park - 3 Nights

Day 6 - Cliff temple and Parancak Fishing Port

Day 7 - Snorkelling on Menjangan Island

Day 8 - At leisure 

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Saturday, 11 December 2021

Cliff Temple and Parancak Fishing Port

Morning at leisure. After lunch we drive to Rambut Siwi Temple. Situated on a cliff with views of the Indian Ocean and located along a busy trade route, many Balinese visit this temple to pray for a safe journey. Drive to the Kurma Asih Foundation, a turtle conservation that was initiated by local people. Learn how volunteers help the turtles survive using artificial nests that are protected from poachers. 

Continue further to the coastal road in West Bali with views of neighbouring Java to Perancak fishing port located at West Bali’s black sand shore. Many of the people in this village are actually from the Bugis tribe, and originally from Sulawesi. 

Continue to West National Park an check-in to The Menjangan Hotel for a 3-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.


Sunday, 12 December 2021

Snorkelling on Menjangan Island

Travel by local boat from the resort and head to the nearby island of Menjangan for an unforgettable snorkelling trip. Observe thriving coral reefs dancing with vibrantly coloured tropical fish in incredibly translucent water. Equipment  are provided by the hotel and a lunch boxes will be served on the boat.

Return to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.


Monday, 13 December 2021

At leisure

At leisure at your hotel.

Tabanan - 2 Nights

Day 9 - Temples and Markets to Tabanan

Day 10 - At leisure 

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Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Temples and Markets to Tabanan

After breakfast, we drive along the North coast to Banjar and visit Brahma Vihara Arama, a Buddhist Monastery with stunning views over the North coast of Bali. Continue to a nearby hot spring with hot milky sulfuric water, which is said to have healing powers. Enjoy a hot bath in the lush tropical forests while soaking up both the healing waters and the magical surroundings. 

Continue drive along a small mountain road and stop at a viewpoint overlooking the ‘Twin Lakes’ of Buyan and Tamblingan. 

After an included lunch drive to Lake Bratan and visit Ulun Danu Temple. The temple is set in the middle of the lake’s calm waters on a small bit of land, giving it the impression of floating’. From here, go to the nearby traditional local market of Bedugul where a myriad of fruits, vegetables and orchids are for sale from the area’s gardens. There are also stalls selling exotic spices and souvenirs.

Continue to our hotel in Tabanan, stopping along the way to visit the UNESCO Heritage-listed rice fields of Jatiluwih. 

Check in to the Sang Giri Mountain Tent Resort for a 2-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.


Wednesday, 15 December 2021

At leisure

At leisure at your resort. There is much to do here including mountain biking, exploring the rainforest, trekking, cooking classes and spiritual temple tours.

Sang Giri Mountain Tent Resort, Tabanan

Bali - First Tented Camp

Sang Giri Mountain Tent Resort is nestled in the cool mountains of Jatiluwih (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). surrounded by evergreen, dense rainforest.

The resort consists of comfortable African-style Glamping Tents, 3 deluxe tents, and 5 grand deluxe tents, 1 suite tent, each with en-suite bathrooms and a large private terrace. Enjoy marvellous views of dense mountain ranges from each tent, with each terrace having its own unique vantage point.

Each tent has quality orthopaedic queen-sized bed with a warm blanket and a large shaded terrace area with cozy day bed and relaxed wooden deck chairs, plus en-suite bathroom, shower, sarongs, bottled water and organic soaps.

The Pakis Restaurant is a cosy and idyllic setting serving Balinese and Western cuisine. We use homegrown and locally sourced produce for many of our freshly prepared dishes including mountain vegetables, herbs and rice and bread. FREE Wi-Fi is available in the restaurant, but not in the tents.

Activities include mountain biking, rice field trekking, a rainforest experience, Bali eco tour, a temple visit and cooking classes.

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Ubud and Around - 4 Nights

Day 11 - Travel to Ubud

Day 12 - Temples, Volcanoes and Villages

Day 13 - Was Village and Spa

Day 14 - Monkey Forest and Ubud

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Thursday, 16 December 2021

Travel to Ubud

This morning we take a fascinating excursion to Marga Village in Tabanan to experience local Balinese life, including a delicious local lunch.

Continue to Ubud, stopping en route at the serene Taman Ayun temple near Mengwi. Best known for its arts and crafts, Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali. In addition to the artists’ workshops and galleries, there are numerous temples, palaces and a superb dining scene to explore. Surrounded by stunning landscapes of terraced rice paddies and towering coconut trees, a stay in Ubud is an essential part of any visit to Bali.

Check into your chosen hotel for a 4-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.

This evening enjoy a traditional dance performance followed by dinner at a local restaurant.


Friday, 17 December 2021

Temples, volcanoes and villages

Today you will drive to Mount Batur along small, scenic roads offering beautiful views of the rice fields.

Stop en route at Tampak Siring village to visit Pura Gunung Kawi , the 11th century temples feature 10 rock-cut candi (shrines) carved into the cliff face. We also visit Pura Tirta Empul, a popular local Balinese temple. This water temple is dedicated to Vishnu. 

We continue to the village of Kintamani and enjoy an included lunch accompanied by spectacular views over Lake Batur and Mount Batur, Bali’s most active volcano. Drive to Penglipuran, a delightful, well-preserved village composed of wide, brick roads, lined with rows of charming, antique traditional houses interspersed with neatly manicured gardens. 


Saturday, 18 December 2021

Mas Village and Spa

Today, visit Mas, a small village near Ubud known for its traditional wood carvings. Here, have a chance to take part in activities that are ‘uniquely Bali’. An astrologer will offer blessings and predict your destiny using ancient methods which will be translated by the local guide.

Enjoy an included lunch at a Kayun restaurant before returning to Ubud and relaxing in a local spa.


Sunday, 19 December 2021

Monkey Forest and Ubud

After breakfast, we spend the morning discovering some of the many charms of Ubud. Start with a visit to Monkey Forest for a look at its cheeky inhabitants. Then continue to Ubud’s Royal Palace. Built in the 16th century, the palace is still home to Ubud’s king and royal family. 

Enjoy an included lunch to Indus Restaurant which offers breathtaking views over the Tjampuhan river valley.

After lunch, we visit to ARMA Museum (Agung Rai Museum of Art) which showcases an extensive collection of Balinese and Indonesian paintings and provides a great overview of the island’s rich artistic traditions. 

Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

Adiwana Unagi, Ubud

Bali - First Hotel

A chic Indonesian sanctuary in the heart of Ubud. Adiwana Unagi Suites is a quiet haven with spacious suites designed with contemporary Bali in mind. 

The suites either look out to the forest or pool. Each is very spacious, air-conditioned with double or twin beds, free bottled water, semi outdoor bathroom, toiletries, bath, TV, safe and FREE Wi-Fi.

Public facilities include a delightful pool, Ely’s Kitchen Restaurant, Tejas Spa and daily yoga.

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Samsara, Ubud

Bali - Luxury Resort

Samsara Ubud is one of the best tropical sanctuaries in Ubud, with seventeen luxurious private villas. Each villa, starting from 122 square metres, comes with a private heated pool and a spacious outdoor area. Take a dip in the warm pool and relish the beauty of the forest in addition to the soft sounds from a nearby waterfall. Stunning bathrooms feature luxurious Makassar marble, double vanities, deep soaking bathtub and separate indoor & outdoor showers. A mix of contemporary Balinese décor, rich teak furnishings and exotic fabrics create the villas’ statement interior

Public facilities include a private and communal swimming pool, the Kelusa restaurant, gym and the Chakra Spa and treatment rooms.

Activities available include a village walking tour, yoga, a midnight cinema and cycling and sightseeing tours.

 

 

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Day 15 - Fly back to the UK

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Monday, 20 December 2021

Departure for return flight

Transfer to Denpasar International airport for your daytime flight back to the UK.

Price Guidelines

Season Low Season
Travel Dates 1 Jan - 30 June, 6 Sept - 17 Dec
Room Arrangement First
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £2,946
Single Traveller - Own Room £3,845

Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.


What's Included

  • 15 Days / 14 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

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