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The Highlights of Bali

Candidasa I Sidemen I Ubud I Munduk I Lovina I Seminyak I Uluwatu I Jimbaran I Sanur, Bali

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Highlights

Discover the natural and cultural wonders of Bali on this enchanting 12-day tour. Sets for the first-timer visiting Bali, this tour will make you in love like the first time! We’ve combined the island’s highlights with some hidden local gems to bring you a unique Bali travel experience.

Started in Candidasa, your first private Bali tour takes you to an exploration of ancient temples in Bali which have become the island’s most iconic landmarks. Enjoy a guided tour to hear its fascinating histories featuring magnificent centuries-old architecture. Head out to the lush greenery of Sidemen, enjoy the experience of living like a local by planting rice and plowing the fields along with the local farmers. You’ll unwind the panoramic views from the summit of Mount Batur, try white water rafting, and join a Balinese cooking class in Ubud. A journey to the Northen part of Bali encounters you with numerous thunderous waterfalls as well as a group of dolphins in Munduk and Lovina. Next, the legendary Kecak Fire Dance performance is ready to spread its charm during a magical sunset on the cliff of Uluwatu, and a myriad of water activities in Sanur awaits, such as jet-skiing, parasailing, and sea-walking. These are just some of many attractions here – but The Highlight of Bali tour gives you more than just the best.

Itinerary
DAY 1
ARRIVAL DENPASAR - CANDIDASA

Welcome to the capital city of Bali! After arriving at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, our local guide will meet you and transfer you to Candidasa in Karangasem, Bali’s eastern province. After checking in into your hotel in Candidasa, spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Meals included: No meals included on this day.

DAY 2
CANDIDASA

Today, your highlights of Bali tour will introduce you to one of Bali’s oldest and most highly regarded temples - Pura Lempuyang Luhur. You will also visit one of the Bali's sacred water palaces, Tirta Gangga. Its name translates to 'water of the Ganges,' and the lush compound is a pilgrimage site for Balinese Hindus. Built in the early 20th century by the last King of Karangasem, the palace has many decorative ponds and fountains, tropical plant life, and natural bathing pools. Next, you have an option to visit Taman Ujung Royal Palace or Pasir Putih beach where myriad things to do await: basking in the tropical sun over the sandy white beach, swimming, and enjoying a fresh coconut drink. All you have to do is indulge in maximum relaxation. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

DAY 3
CANDIDASA - BESAKIH - UBUD

After breakfast and check-out from the hotel, you have a privilege to visit the most authentic Bali village which established in the 11th century - Tenganan Village. Then, we bring you a unique, immersive experience into local life on the 'Balinese daily life' program - try your hand at planting rice and plow fields along with the local farmers in Sidemen. A 45-minute drive will take us to Besakih, commonly known as the 'Mother Temple' of Bali. Located on the western slopes of Bali’s tallest volcano, Mount Agung (2,567 meters), Besakih is the largest and most revered temple on the island. The Balinese regularly visit this sacred site for special ceremonies. Afterward, you'll transfer to Ubud for checking in into your hotel. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

DAY 4
UBUD

This morning after breakfast, you may choose between two activities: Trying white water rafting at Ayung River or going off ‘the beaten path’ by a fantastic bike ride through farms, lush vegetation, neighborhoods, and rice fields from Kintamani to Ubud. After a short break and lunch, spot active monkeys in Monkey Forest, feel the charm of Saraswati Temple, and watch enchanting Bali traditional dance performances - Barong and Legong dance - in Ubud Palace. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

DAY 5
UBUD

Start your fifth day trip with a morning drive to see the famous lava sunrise landscape in Mount Batur. You’ll rise before dawn and be picked up from your hotel around 02:00 or 02:30 to the base of Mount Batur, and then begin your sunrise ascent of Bali’s most famous active volcano. After your trip, enjoy a long soak in a natural hot spring with expansive views over Lake Batur. If you prefer something more enjoyable, you can skip Mount Batur and start your morning by trekking along Tegallalang Rice Terraces, continue to nearby Tampaksiring Village to explore Pura Gunung Kawi and Tirta Empul - one of Bali’s most renowned water temples. Famous for its sacred spring water, Tirta Empul is annually visited by all Balinese Hindus, who come to bathe in these holy waters dedicated to Vishnu as an act of ritual cleansing. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

DAY 6
UBUD

Ubud seems has an endless charisma for its many excellent places and activities. Today, you can spend the day at your leisure as you have many pampering activities to unwind - join a selection of yoga and meditation class, take a day spa with the harmonious panorama of Ubud, or learn about the exotic ingredients and unique culinary heritage of Bali by joining a cooking class. You may choose one of them, or try all of the activities! Meals included: No meals included on this day.

DAY 7
UBUD - MUNDUK

End your day in Ubud after breakfast, and then a scenic drive will take you to Jatiluwih - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the terraces on electric-bike, while learning about the unique subak irrigation system. Next, you will visit Ulun Danu Beratan Temple which surrounded by the second largest lake in Bali, Beratan Lake. The smooth reflective surface of the lake surrounding most of the temple’s base creates a unique floating impression, while the mountain range of the Bedugul region encircling the lake provides the temple with a scenic backdrop. At the end of the day, you’ll transfer to Munduk - an eco-friendly village high up in the mountains with scenic views and numerous waterfalls. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

DAY 8
MUNDUK - LOVINA

Today, your highlights of Bali tour will take you on a boat ride to watch over a hundred dolphins in Lovina. Embrace the warmth of the early morning sun and the crisp sea breeze to observe dolphins swim freely in the middle of the ocean. Then, you will explore incredible waterfalls in Munduk - hike down to Banyumala Waterfall, take a little swim to cool down and enjoy its beauty, also you have an option to go to Sekumpul waterfall - one of seven Bali’s hidden waterfall with the most scenic natural attractions. Afterward, prepare yourself for many photographs as you visit the picturesque vista of two crater lakes, Tamblingan and Buyan. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

DAY 9
MUNDUK - SEMINYAK

Enjoy another morning trek where you will not solely sooth your eyes with emerald rice fields, but also taste local coffee and see clove plantation before ending your day in Munduk. After checking out from the hotel, your first stop will be the Royal Temple of Mengwi - Taman Ayun, located in Mengwi District. This temple was built in 1634 and constructed as the official family temple of the Mengwi dynastic rulers. This historical piece of architecture is surrounded by a moat, magnificently carved wooden gates, and multi-roofed meru shrines. Continue to the famous temple of Tanah Lot that sets dramatically on a rocky outcropping in the sea to enjoy a magical sunset. The temple can only be reached on foot during low tide. Afterward, your incredible trip will transfer you to Seminyak. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

DAY 10
SEMINYAK - ULUWATU - JIMBARAN

Today, the trip will present you the best beach and cliff clubs, as well as the most alluring beach in Uluwatu that you can choose over with! Afterward, we’ll make sure you don’t leave this fantastic island without enjoying panoramic cliff views in Uluwatu Temple and watch Kecak ‘Fire Dance’ performance. The Kecak Fire Dance is one of Bali’s most iconic art performances, famous for its dominant use of human vocals in place of gamelan instruments to accompany the dance-drama at its core. The best spot to watch the performance is from the cliff-top amphitheater located at the south of the Uluwatu Temple on Bali’s southern Bukit peninsula. Then, you will close the day by savoring a delicious seafood dinner at Jimbaran Bay. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

DAY 11
SEMINYAK - SANUR

This is nearly the end of your trip, and we surely don’t want to disappoint you. The tour will bring you to Bali’s main watersports playground at Tanjung Benoa or Sanur, where myriad of things to do there: Banana boat, jet skiing, parasailing, sea walking, flying fishing, or seeing turtle from a glass bottom boat. Afterward, you will spend the rest of the day at your leisure. You may choose these activity options - enjoy sunset cocktails and chill out at one of the globe’s most famous sunset spot in Jimbaran, pamper yourself at the best spa and massage treatment in town to rejuvenate your body and mind, or discover the best local and international fashion boutiques, galleries, art shop, and fun markets in Seminyak Street. Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch.

DAY 12
DEPARTURE

On the final day of your highlights of Bali tour, savor breakfast at your hotel and spend the morning at your leisure until it’s time for your scheduled transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Meals included: Breakfast.

Include
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary, except for alcoholic drinks.
  • Private tours, transfers, and all services as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Service of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Entrance fees for all the mentioned sights.
  • Professional English speaking guides.
  • Personal travel insurance (domestic insurance).
  • Service charges and goverment VAT tax.
Exclude
  • International airfares to and from our start and end points + departure taxes if applicable (Notes: The price of this tour does not include any international airfares to and from our start and end points; however, our reservations specialists are more than happy to help arrange international flights on your behalf and advise on scheduling. We book hundreds of flights each year on behalf of our guests, and we know the best routes to take to ensure you arrive on time. We only book with IATA-approved airlines that have met with international standards of safety and dependability).
  • Personal expenses (mini bar, laundry, room services, additional food & drink at the hotel/restaurant, etc).
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
  • Visa fees.
  • Tipping to guides and drivers (Notes: on the final day of your tour, you will have an opportunity to contribute in giving tip fund discretionarily. We believe that between US$ 5-10 per day is an appropriate amount. However, this is just a suggestion and remains entirely up to the judgment and discretion of the guests. We do ask that you kindly refrain from offering tips to guides or drivers at any time, except during cases of exceptional service, when it should be arranged through the office. Tipping of your travel specialists for their hard work is also welcome, and is at your discretion).
Price & Additional Information
  • Tour prices are a guideline only, and are based on two persons traveling together, sharing a double or twin room. Each tour price can be adjusted depending on budgets, activities included, and standards of accommodation desired.
  • Tour prices include all applicable taxes and are subject to change without prior notice until services are booked.
  • You, your holiday and booking direct: Adventure Archipelago is on the ground year-round in Indonesia, which means you are booking direct with a local travel company, allowing you to save on the cost of your holiday. Our tailor-made tours are designed by our travel specialists and local experts who investigate every aspect of the trip themselves, giving you a unique view of each destination.
     

WHAT TO BRING

  • Clothing - The tropical climate means you can safely leave all of your warm weather gear at home. Bring cool pieces of cotton, T-shirts, and shorts. Likewise, a lightweight fleece could be useful for pre-dawn trekking or if there is a cold wind on the mountain  – even if you don’t need it, it will be helpful for the plane. Adventure Archipelago is respectful of the local cultures and customs; bring clothes that cover your shoulders and knees for villages or temples visits. Finally, you might want to bring at least one smart-casual outfit for sunset cocktails and evening meals. Ladies: beach throw-overs, kaftans and sarongs are always useful; choose fabrics that dry easily. Also, bring a lightweight sundress or two – several destinations offers an excellent setting for a photo shoot, live it up.
  • Bags - A day backpack is essential on day hikes to carry things such as your water bottle, camera, binoculars, and rain jacket. A waterproof wet/dry bag is a good idea for your phone, camera, etc.
  • Footwear - Pack comfortable trainers, trekking sandals, sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots for hikes and walks. Bring socks to wear inside your walking shoes to avoid getting blisters. Many travelers appreciate the added stability of a walking stick or hiking pole; lightweight telescopic poles are easy to pack. You might also want waterproof sandals or reef shoes for wet landings and water activities. Flip-flops are great for the beach. Note: Standard practice is to go barefoot on the boat.
  • Sun Protection - You’ll be spending plenty of time out in the scorching tropical sun, so be sure to pack sunscreen with a high enough SPF to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays, which are stronger in the water, and some sun-protective clothing as well. Cover-ups, sarongs, sun shirts, and other such clothing will ensure that you come back from your trip with just happy memories and photographs – and not sunburn. A good hat is essential; a wide-brimmed hat or cap will keep the strong equatorial sun off your face and neck. Sunglasses keep your eyes protected and add a little glam to your photos. A strap to hold your glasses can be a good idea on more active adventures. Just in case you fail to avoid getting sunburnt, bring an aloe-based lotion to soothe burned skin.
  • Swimwear - Don’t forget your swimsuit/bikini/shorts/trunks/Speedos —and preferably more than just one swimsuit, so that one or two can be drying while you are wearing another. Luckily, swimsuits and/or swim trunks don’t take up too much space in your luggage. The water is warm but a rash guard (or a wetsuit) will protect you from the sun, abrasions and stings.
  • Skin & Hair Protection - Ladies, it’s important that you take good care of your skin and hair. The sun, seawater, and salty air may be beautiful to experience but it can be tough on your body and will wreak havoc on your locks. Bring moisturizing lotion to soothe skin parched by the sun and the saltwater; bring a leave-in conditioner to de-tangle your hair with ease because the water, mask, and hair-ties will leave it in knots. Also consider bringing a scarf or headband to hold back unruly hair, or hair-ties/pins to keep your hair off your face and therefore prevent water seeping into your mask.
  • Camera Equipment - If you are a photo enthusiast, bring all of the camera and video equipment that you will use as you can expect exceptional opportunities for photography. If you prefer the ease of a point and shoot, bring that. If you want to take underwater photos, you might want to invest in a waterproof camera/GoPro or waterproof housing to capture pictures of the incredible marine life. It’s also a good idea to bring a spare memory card.

Unforgettable experiences you’ll get:

  • Embark on an enchanting discovery of Bali's best temples which have their own myths.
  • Discover the most authentic Bali village which established in the 11th century.
  • An immersive experience in Balinese daily life - try your hand at planting rice and plowing fields along with the local farmers.
  • A journey into Bali's natural beauty of terrace rice fields - Jatiluwih, a mythical mountain - Mount Batur, the crater lakes - Tamblingan & Buyan, and the dolphins at Lovina Beach.
  • Experience white water rafting at Ayung river and go off 'the beaten path' by fantastic bike ride through farms, lush vegetation, neighborhoods and rice fields from Kintamani to Ubud. 
  • Join a cooking class program to learn about the exotic ingredients and unique culinary heritage of Bali.
  • Enjoy panoramic cliff views in Pura Luhur Uluwatu and witness the reliving of Hindu epic, the Ramayana through dances and colorful ceremonial parades, Kecak 'Fire Dance' performance.

TRIP OVERVIEW

Candidasa I Sidemen I Ubud I Munduk I Lovina I Seminyak I Uluwatu I Jimbaran I Sanur, Bali

Classic Highlights

12 Days

from $3,990 per person

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