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- from $2,657 PP
- 9 Nights
- Apr - Oct
- 15 hrs from London / 19 hrs from NYC
Discover Bali’s best-kept secrets on this 10-nights tour that begins with three nights in Ubud. Immerse yourself in the brilliant green of the rice fields, take a Balinese cooking class and taste the results of your efforts and then travel to the beautiful mountain village of Munduk. Marvel at magnificent temples, delve into the culture through a variety of workshops and hike to a spectacular waterfall, enjoying a swim in the pool below. Your final four nights will be spent in West Bali National Park, exploring the underwater world, birding, and relaxing among the spectacular scenery watching the monkeys play.
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- 9 nights 4 and 5 star hotel accommodation, on a bed and breakfast basis.
- All domestic transfers as detailed on the itinerary
- Guided sunrise walk in Ubud
- Banjar Hot Spring visit
- Personalized, fully flexible itinerary
- Private airport departure and arrival transfers as detailed on the itinerary
- Local excursions as noted on itinerary
- Snorkeling/diving tour on Menjangan Island
- 24/7 support from our dedicated staff
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Denpasar – Ubud: Bali arrival
Your 10-nights adventure begins when you touch down in Denpasar, Bali. This island is one of the world’s most desirable travel destinations, an exotic paradise with diverse and stunning landscapes that include everything from postcard-perfect beaches to lush waterfall- and lake-filled mountains. Toss in plenty of sunshine, delicious cuisine and some of the world’s friendliest people, and you’ve got the perfect holiday. Upon your arrival, you’ll be met by your own private driver/guide who will help you with your luggage and transfer you to your accommodation in Ubud. After that long flight, once you’ve checked in, relax and enjoy the facilities.
Day 2 Ubud: Sunrise walk
You’ll get your first real look at Ubud early this morning with a guided sunrise walk. Keep an eye out for herons that often take flight around dawn, and then enjoy a stroll through the village lanes, Ubud Market, forest and fields. You’ll head to a farmer’s hut which sits high in the rice fields north of town to dine on breakfast while soaking up the tranquil ambience before everyone else is out and about. After your walk, enjoy a foot massage and time to relax and adjust to the time zone. We recommend taking it slow this evening, perhaps enjoying a swim.
Day 3 Ubud: Balinese cooking class
Feeling more refreshed, today you’ll dig into mouthwatering Balinese cuisine with a hands-on cooking class, the perfect introduction to its exotic flavors. It all begins by visiting a local market early this morning to pick up the ingredients you’ll need for the class. Immerse yourself in the daily lives of the locals, enjoying a few light bites before heading into the open-air kitchen with your instructor. You’ll learn about the unique staples of Balinese food and assist in preparing your meal. Afterwards, sit down to enjoy the results for lunch. After returning to your hotel, the rest of the day is yours.
Day 4 Munduk: temple and rice field visits
This morning you’ll head to your accommodation in Bali’s stunning mountains, with a drive that features panoramic views as you travel towards Mount Batukaru and the UNESCO-protected Jatiluwih rice fields. Here you’ll learn about the Balinese farmers’ techniques while enjoying the practically endless gorgeous vistas. Continue to the slopes of Mount Batukaru to visit Pura Luhur Batukaru, one of Bali’s nine main temples. It’s surrounded by lush forest and dates all the way back to the 11th-century used for meditation and a place of worship. Your last stop before reaching your hotel is the mountain village of Munduk in the Balinese highlands.
Day 5 Munduk: Munduk Moding Plantation workshops
Enjoy unique experiences showcasing North Bali’s hill culture at Munduk Moding Plantation. You’ll have a choice of multiple workshops that are hosted onsite, including the chance to learn about traditional coffee processing in a demonstration that will reveal how it’s grown, harvested, dried, cleaned, ground and prepared, ending with a tasting. You can learn how to make local Balinese offerings out of bamboo, flowers and plants, or watch the processing of coffee cherries during the harvest season, June through August. A Balinese kite-making and -flying class may be another option, along with a workshop on Balinese attire and how its worn.
Day 6 Munduk: Banyumala Waterfall hike and swim
This morning you transfer to the parking area near spectacular Banyumala Waterfall. Nestled in the rain-forest, there are many cascades, some of which plunge over 75 feet. You can also enjoy a pristine lake that’s surrounded by dense, lush greenery, ideal for a refreshing dip while being serenaded by the cicadas. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and a hat for the 15-minute trek through plantations on a plateau, descending through the rain-forest to reach the beautiful cascades, with a pool below for swimming. You might want to wear your suit under your clothes, although there is a very basic changing room.
Day 7 West Bali National Park: Hot spring and monastery visit
A scenic, approximately 90-minute drive will bring you from Munduk to West Bali National Park today, the island’s only national park which lies at its northwestern tip. Along the way, stop at Banjar Hot Spring, nestle among dense jungle in a beautifully landscaped tropical garden. Afterwards you’ll visit Brahma Ashrama Vihara, a Buddhist monastery that sits on a hill in Banjar Tegeha village. After passing through the small fishing village of Pemuteran this afternoon, you’ll reach your accommodation in a remote and tranquil spot right inside West Bali National Park where wildlife like deer and monkeys roam just outside your door.
Day 8 West Bali National Park: Snorkeling/Diving trip to Menjangan Island
The Menjangan is perfectly situated for enjoying one of the best destinations in Bali for snorkelling and swimming, Menjangan Island. A short boat ride right from the resort will bring you to its world-class sites with reef walls, coral gardens and a wide array of marine life. Visibility is typically outstanding, ranging from 50 to 165 feet for viewing everything from reef sharks and schools of snapper to pygmy seahorses, lion-fish, angelfish, parrot-fish and countless other fish species. You’ll be outfitted with all you need to enjoy the breathtaking underwater world, including wet-suits, masks and diving equipment.
Day 9 West Bali National Park: Guided birding tour
The park is a birdwatcher’s paradise as the preferred habitat for some 300 endemic and migratory tropical bird species. With the dense canopy of trees, they can be hard to spot, which makes a guided birding adventure the best way to find fish-, insect- and seed-eating species in the coastal mangrove swamps and along the monsoon habitat corridor. You can take either an early morning or late afternoon tour, both of which include about two hours of hiking. The specific destination will depend on the time of year and the weather. After enjoying the birds, you’ll return to your resort.
Day 10 West Bali National Park: Day of leisure
There’s a wide range of things to do on the grounds of The Menjangan, spread over 944 acres. Enjoy your final full day on Bali relaxing perhaps indulging in a spa treatment. Or get active by taking advantage of the wide variety on offer here, including great snorkelling right from the pier. Or you might want to explore the beauty on an Australian horse, with rides tailored to suit your riding ability. Kayaking, biking, and hiking are possibilities too. Mouthwatering cuisine and refreshing cocktails on the wooden deck over the water at Pantai Restaurant is the perfect way to end your day.
Day 11 Departure Day
Enjoy breakfast early this morning as your driver/guide will pick you up for transfer back to Denpasar Airport, typically about a five-hour drive, winding through magnificently lush scenery, with opportunities to spot wildlife like monkeys and enjoy gorgeous views of misty lakes and waterfalls. This breathtaking part of the world is hard to leave – if you don’t have to go just yet, our travel experts will be happy to extend your time here or elsewhere.
What's not Included
- As we have clients from all over the world. Our itineraries do not include flights. If you would like us to include flights in your trip, we are happy to do so. Please speak to your travel specialist at the planning stage to include them.
- Gratuities for local guides
- We strongly advise all guests to purchase comprehensive travel insurance
- Visas if required
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