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16 days

Highlights of Bali & beach holiday in Sanur

Get up close to the artistic heart of Bali in Ubud and discover Munduk’s lush highlands, Lovina’s wild dolphins and Tegalalang’s scenic rice terraces. Digest it all on Sanur’s golden sandy beaches.

Highlights of Bali & beach holiday in Sanur Highlights of Bali & beach holiday in Sanur
16 days

Highlights of Bali & beach holiday in Sanur

Get up close to the artistic heart of Bali in Ubud and discover Munduk’s lush highlands, Lovina’s wild dolphins and Tegalalang’s scenic rice terraces. Digest it all on Sanur’s golden sandy beaches.

What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Return flights from the UK to Denpassar
  • 13 nights at 3-4-star hotels
  • 13 x breakfast (days 3-15)
  • Local English-speaking guide on transfers and excursions
  • Travelling in an air-conditioned minibus or bus
  • All mentioned transfers and excursions take place within international groups of up to 14 people and with Asiatours’ own guests only
  • Option to extend your tour with extra nights in Sanur
  • ATOL certificate
  • 24-hour manned emergency telephone throughout the tour
  • Departure guarantee – the tour goes ahead regardless of the number of participants

Comprehensive package of excursions:

  • Hike in Munduk’s highlands with coffee plantations, rice fields and waterfalls
  • Dolphin safari in Lovina
  • Beji temple in Sangsit
  • Kintamani Highlands overlooking Mount Batur volcano and the crater lake
  • Gunung Kawi temple complex with its famous royal tombs
  • Artisan villages at Ubud
  • The rice terraces of Tegalalang
  • The sacred water temple Tirta Empul in Tampaksiring
  • Admission fees to the sights and attractions mentioned

The tour in short

Bali has all the ingredients for the perfect holiday. You experience an island with wonderful lush nature in a volcanic landscape surrounded by warm blue sea. Added to this are smiling, accommodating people, for whom the Hindu temples and ceremonial processions play a central role in all their daily activities.

The tour starts with a night in the resort town of Sanur, where you can relax after the long flight and acclimatise to the time difference and the hotter temperatures. The next day, you head to Munduk’s fantastic highlands with roaring waterfalls, jungle and coffee plantations. The highlands are a stark contrast to Lovina’s dark, glistening lava sand beaches in the north, where a magical morning at sea awaits you, with the rays of the morning sun luring wild, playful dolphins.

The road from Lovina to Ubud passes the incredibly beautiful Beji Temple and Kintamani vantage point, where you can enjoy the sight of the active Batur volcano and its large crater lake. Before you reach Ubud, you visit the Gunung Kawi temple complex, known for its ancient royal tombs carved into the rocks.

Ubud enjoys an incredibly scenic location, surrounded by mountains, deep valleys and, in some places, deep gorges. Through the dense jungle flows the Ayung River, and behind the settlements, you will catch glimpses of lovely little temples and scenic rice fields.

Ubud is said to be the artistic heart and spiritual soul of Bali. Here, you will visit the talented artisans and the national cultural treasure, Tirta Empul Temple. In the nearby village of Tegalalang, you will be enchanted by the island’s most beautiful rice terraces, where you enjoy outstanding views and photo opportunities.

It all rounds off on Sanur’s golden sandy beaches, where you can digest all that you have seen and done on the tour.

You have the option to extend your tour to include Nusa Lembongan, Gili Trawangan or the Komodo Islands.

Why choose this tour

  • Be enchanted by Lovina’s wild dolphins on a magical boat ride in the early morning hours and enjoy the amber sunset from a dark volcanic beach.
  • Feel the bohemian atmosphere in the artists’ town of Ubud, where grass-green rice paddies are side by side with the Tirta Empul Water Temple
  • Be bewitched by the painterly highlands in Munduk with thundering waterfalls, lush jungles, active volcanoes and vast crater lakes
  • Digest your many experiences and impressions on Sanur’s golden sandy beaches, where calm waves and swaying palm trees await

Our prices always include

  • All international and domestic flights
  • All destination transfers
  • All specified excursions and activities
  • All accommodations
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Departure from selected airport

Today you will fly to the Island of the Gods, with connecting flight(s) on the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Bali – Sanur

You land at Bali’s international airport, Ngurah Rai, in the main city of Denpasar. Upon your arrival, you go through immigration, where you receive your tourist visa and then collect your luggage. Your guide will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall, holding up an Asia Tours sign, and you will feel the warm Balinese hospitality immediately. Outside the airport, your diver is ready to drive you to your hotel in the resort town of Sanur, where you can relax after the long flight and acclimatise to the time difference and the hotter temperatures.

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Day 3: Sanur – Munduk

After breakfast, you will be driven to Munduk, one of Bali’s best kept secrets. Munduk is located roughly 80 km from Sanur, and the drive takes around 2.5 hours.

On your arrival at the hotel in Munduk, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy the picturesque surroundings.

Munduk is a peaceful little town located in the temperate Balinese highlands, roughly 1,000 metres above sea level and surrounded by lush jungle, cascading waterfalls and beautiful rice fields. The area also offers a lot of good hiking trails and stunning vantage points from which you can enjoy the landscape and the surrounding mountains.

Besides its beauty, Munduk is known for growing coffee, cocoa, vanilla, fruit and vegetables. In fact, more fresh vegetables and fruit are grown here in Munduk than anywhere else in Bali. The soil in the area is incredibly fertile, and the climate is perfect and pleasant.

There are also many good restaurants serving local, organic produce.

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Day 4: Hike in Munduk’s lush landscapes

You wake up to fresh air and an outstanding view. After breakfast, you’ll be going on a scenic 2-hour hike in the area around the hotel. The terrain is mostly flat, but there are places on the route where it goes up and down.

The tour takes you past scenic coffee plantations, avocado trees as well as cocoa, vanilla and clove plants. A path leads you down through jungle to the 20-metre-high Red Coral waterfall. Please note that part of the way down to the waterfall is a bit steep and humidity in the jungle is high. If you don’t want to walk down to the waterfall, you can stay up at the top and enjoy the surroundings and the many beautiful plants, which are labelled with their names. On the way back to the hotel, you will pass beautiful spice gardens and scenic rice fields.

The rest of the day is yours to do as you please.

Day 5: Munduk – Lovina

After a quiet, calm morning at the hotel, you check out, and your guide and driver are ready to drive you to the tranquil beach resort Lovina, which is located on Bali’s northern coast. The drive takes about 1 hour.

Once you arrive in Lovina, the rest of the day is yours to do as you please.

Lovina has good restaurants, beautiful surroundings and long beaches, known for their dark, glistening lava sand and gentle waves. From the beach in the evening, you can watch the sun set out on the horizon, which is an incredibly beautiful sight with shades of red, orange and violet painted across the sky.

However, the main draw and attraction is undoubtedly found at sea. In the waters off Lovina, you can experience wild dolphins, so look forward to tomorrow’s excursion.

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Day 6: Magical morning with Lovina’s wild dolphins

This morning, one of the highlights of the tour awaits: Lovina’s wild dolphins.

The guide will pick you up from the hotel and accompany you to the beach where the boats dock. Here, you will board a classic fishing boat, a “jukung”, which is very similar to an outrigger boat seating up to 6 people.

You are sailed out to sea, where the sun’s rays glimmer on the surface. The sun’s rays cause the dolphins to swim playfully around in front of the boat, and you may be lucky enough to see them jumping about and doing low somersaults. You have around a 95% chance of seeing the dolphins – sometimes just a few, other times hundreds of them!

After this amazing experience, you are sailed back to the shore and accompanied to your hotel, where you get breakfast. Afterwards, the rest of the day is at your disposal.

Day 7: Lovina

There are no excursions planned for today, so you can enjoy Lovina at your own pace. You can head into Singaraja, which is the main town in the area, just 9 km from the hotel. This is one of the few places in Bali where you will find buildings from the Dutch colonial era. Not many tourists come here, so you can enjoy an authentic experience in the streets, several of which are adorned with avenues of trees.

You can also purchase one of our extra excursions, which you can read more about below.

Day 8: Lovina – Beji temple – Mount Batur volcano – Gunung Kawi temple complex - Ubud

Today, you will be leaving northern Bali. After breakfast and check-out, you will join your guide and driver and head to the artisan town of Ubud.

We have included three beautiful and exciting visits en route to Ubud. The first stop is Beji Temple in the village of Sangsit. The temple is not overrun by tourists and it is peaceful and incredibly beautiful here. The temple’s impressive craftsmanship and detailed carvings almost take your breath away. Dating back to the 15th century, the sumptuous temple is dedicated to the fertility goddess Dewi Sri, who ensured a good harvest.

The next stop is the vantage point in the Kintamani Highlands which affords a fabulous view of the Batur crater lake and the 1,717-metre-high active volcano of the same name, which last erupted violently in 1963.

Before reaching Ubud, you visit the Gunung Kawi temple complex, an often  overlooked attraction. Built in the late 11th century, Gunung Kawi is one of Bali’s oldest temples. Gunung Kawi is set in a valley surrounded by lush jungle, and stairs take you past magnificent rice terraces and tall coconut trees down to the temple itself. The Pakerisan River, which has religious significance for Balinese Hindus, flows alongside the temple. Water passing through a sanctuary is said to be transformed into holy water. When you get to the river, you have to cross a small stone bridge to get to the main attraction of the temple: the ancient royal tombs carved into the rocks. Here, you have time to walk around and enjoy the ancient, serene site.

The last stop of the day is the hotel in Ubud, and after check-in, the rest of the day is yours to do as you please.

Ubud is scenically situated in the central highlands, where the lush, green mountains are interspersed by deep valleys, which are almost canyon-like in some places. In the middle of the green jungle flows the Ayung River, which is made for river rafting, and behind the settlements, you will catch glimpses of lovely little temples and scenic rice fields.

Ubud is also known as the artistic heart of Bali, to which both local and international artists and craftsmen have found their way. The town is full of galleries and exhibitions of art and crafts, as well as lovely shops selling jewellery, clothes and bags.

There are often ceremonial processions in the temples and streets, which are a fun and evocative experience. Lining the pavements are small baskets woven from banana leaves containing offerings and incense sticks to protect against evil.

Ubud also has many good restaurants, bars and cosy cafés.

Outside the town centre, a whole new world of calm and traditional little villages opens up.

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Day 9: Artisan villages – Tegalalang's rice terraces – Tirta Empul Temple

Today, you are going on a lovely, exciting excursion around Ubud.

You will be picked up from the hotel by your guide and driver and head to two artisan villages in the outskirts of Ubud. The villages each have their own speciality: In Tohpati, you will find batik, and in Mas, wood carving.

You then continue to the fantastic rice terraces in Tegalalang, which are some of the most beautiful on the island.

The tour rounds off in Tampaksiring, where you will visit the sacred water temple and the national cultural treasure, Tirta Empul, located by 12 sacred springs. You can bathe in the holy water and cleanse your soul here, alongside the Balinese, who bring offerings in the form of small baskets of flowers and incense. It’s a beautiful, colourful sight. Please note that during your visit to the temple, you will have to wear a sarong just as in all other temples in Bali.

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Days 10-11: Ubud

The days are your own to do as you please. You have the option to purchase one of our exciting extra excursions or enjoy Ubud on your own.

One of Ubud’s popular attractions is the Monkey Forest in the south of the city. Living in the green surroundings of Dalem Agung Temple are hundreds of naughty macaques. You can get right up close to them, but you shouldn’t touch them. Keep an eye on your food and sunglasses as the monkeys are quite the pickpockets!

In the evening when darkness falls, you can sit at one of the town’s cafés and enjoy a cup of coffee or visit one of the many great restaurants.

Day 12: Ubud – Sanur

After breakfast and check-out, your guide and driver pick you up from the hotel. Together, you drive to beautiful Sanur, which is located in south-eastern Bali.

Sanur is a popular holiday resort that has managed to maintain its cosy, chilled atmosphere, unlike the lively resort of Kuta, which is a good 30-minute drive from Sanur.

The town’s big draw is its 5 km long, wide, golden sandy beach, known for its calm water and gentle waves. The beach is protected by a coral reef, making it incredibly child friendly as the waves break quite a way out. Running along the beach is the beach promenade, which is ideal for walks and jogging. There are also small shops along here selling wooden crafts, clothes and other souvenirs.

On the town’s main street, you will find shops, cosy cafés and restaurants. If you leave the main street and walk down the small side streets, you can experience local life and small houses standing side by side with the town’s lovely temples.

In the evening, you can enjoy the sunset from the beach, where palm trees, the small pavilion and the many local fishing boats form the perfect backdrop.

Days 13-14: Sanur

The days in Sanur are yours to do as you please.

After an exciting and adventurous tour, you may feel the need to relax and do absolutely nothing – besides enjoying the sun’s rays and lazing on a sun lounger. If you have sore muscles, you might like to treat yourself to a traditional Balinese massage.

You also have the option to snorkel along the coral reef or try the various water sports activities.

If you would like to experience a little of Sanurs surroundings, you can purchase one of our extra excursions, which you can read more about below.

Day 15: Departure day

Today, the time has come to say goodbye to breathtaking Bali. After check-out, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the airport in Denpasar, from where you head back to Europe, with connecting flight(s) on the way.

Day 16: Arrival back home

You arrive at the selected airport a lovely holiday and a great many experiences the richer.

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Discover Komodo Island and West Flores, 4 nights

Komodo Island is home to the great Komodo dragons. The Komodo dragon is the largest living species of lizard in the world. It can grow up to three metres long and weigh up to 165 kg. Despite its huge size, it can move at speeds of up to 20 km/h – and it is carnivorous with an aggressive and pretty brutal hunting technique. And yet a visit to the monitor lizards is on the wish list of many travellers. It’s not every day you get see the world’s largest lizard, which has survived here on the island for some 10 million years! Besides the Komodo dragons, you can also see buffaloes, wild boar, wild deer, macaques, and beautiful birds, not to mention a landscape that is both scenic and rugged. The water is crystal clear; the seas full of brightly coloured fish and corals. Designated as a national park, Komodo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The extension consists of a full-day excursion to Komodo Island, snorkelling at Pink Beach and Kelor Island as well as a full-day excursion in western Flores, taking in the Cunca Rami waterfall, Batu Cermin Cave and a visit to a local market.

Please note that on this extension, you have three nights in Labuan Bajo on Flores and round off with one night in Sanur in Bali.

Children on the tour must be aged 7+.

Please note: This extension is not possible during periods from 20 – 27 May 2020 and 30 – 31 July 2020.

Beach holiday extension to Gili Trawangan, 4 nights

If you wish to conclude your holiday with a stay on a paradise island, then Gili Trawangan is an excellent choice.

Gili Trawangan, also known as Gili T, is one of the three Gili islands – and the most popular. Gili Trawangan has become especially popular due to great opportunities it offers for scuba diving and snorkelling in the sea around the island. See sea turtles, colourful fish and perhaps even a reef shark. The island is also known for its lovely beaches, which invite pure, unadulterated relaxation. Lie yourself down on a sun lounger and soak up the warm rays of the sun, or enjoy a drink in one of the many beanbags in the shade of a coconut palm.

During the day, the atmosphere is relaxed, with things livening up in the evening at the numerous small restaurants and bars. On the west side of the island, you can enjoy the beautiful sunsets over Bali, and if you’re lucky and it’s a clear evening, you’ll even be able to see the sun go down behind Mt. Agung volcano in Bali. It’s a wonderful experience that you’ll never forget! There are no paved roads or cars here, but bicycles and horse-drawn carriages instead.

In other words, Gili Trawangan has everything you need for a relaxing beach holiday.

Please note that on this extension, you spend three nights on Gili Trawangan and one night in Sanur.

Beach holiday extension at Nusa Lembongan, 3 nights

Nusa Lembongan is a small, tropical paradise island of just 8 km² and just 45 minutes from Bali by sea. Here you can bring down the pace and just enjoy the golden sandy beaches, the crystal-clear water, swaying palm trees and wild nature with cactuses and rock formations. The island is also known for its great snorkelling and diving opportunities. There are only a few cars on the small island, so getting around by bicycle is the easiest.

The majority of the north-eastern section of the island is covered in mangrove, which serves an important role in the ecosystem of the area and helps give life to the many corals. You can go on a quiet boat ride through the mangroves in either a kayak or a small boat.

Many of the island’s inhabitants sustain themselves by growing seaweed. When the tides go out, the seaweed fields appear, and you will see farmers stream out to pick it.

You can extend the beach holiday with additional nights, just as you please.

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