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13 days

Highlights of Bali

Be enchanted by the scenic highland and see wild dolphins in the early hours of the morning. Get up close to the colourful culture and visit the famous temples – these are the highlights of Bali.

Highlights of Bali Highlights of Bali
13 days

Highlights of Bali

Be enchanted by the scenic highland and see wild dolphins in the early hours of the morning. Get up close to the colourful culture and visit the famous temples – these are the highlights of Bali.

Why choose this tour

  • Visit the picturesque highlands at Munduk, where thundering waterfalls, lush plantations, volcanoes and crater lakes await
  • Enjoy Lovina’s dark volcanic beach, and get up close to the wild dolphins on a lovely boat ride in the morning sunlight
  • Experience Tegallalang’s breath-taking rice terraces and the water temple of Tirta Empul outside the charming artists’ town of Ubud, which exudes calm and tradition
  • There is an option to extend the tour with a beach holiday or exciting nature and animal experiences on the Komodo Islands

Our prices always include

  • All international and domestic flights
  • All destination transfers
  • All specified excursions and activities
  • All accommodations

The tour in short

Bali is one of the most spectacular islands in the Indonesian archipelago, enjoying hot temperatures all year round. Despite its relatively modest size, the island offers a wealth of experiences and has all the ingredients for a perfect holiday.

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 before the tour begins in earnest.

The next day, you head to one of Bali’s best kept secrets in the Central Highlands – the little gem of Munduk. Munduk is known for its mild temperatures and enchanting scenery featuring mountains, vast rice fields, exotic plantations and cascading waterfalls hidden away in the dense jungle.

The lush highlands are a stark contrast to the dark volcanic beaches of Lovina in the north. Relaxation and a magical morning at sea await you here, where you will be going dolphin watching in the early hours of the morning.

From Lovina, you head to Ubud with two stops along the way. The first stop is the Kintamani Highlands, where you have a fantastic view of the active volcano Batur and its crater lake of the same name. The next stop is the ancient Gunung Kawi temple complex with its ancient royal tombs carved into the rocks.

The tour ends at Bali’s artistic and spiritual heart, Ubud, scenically set among rice fields, temples, rivers and deep valleys. Here you will see the skilled craftsmen in the surrounding villages, Tegalalang’s breathtaking rice terraces carpeting the mountainsides, and the holy water temple, Tirta Empul.

You have the option to extend the tour to include a beach holiday at Nusa Dua, Nusa Lembongan or Gili Trawangan. Or how about exciting nature and animal experiences on the Komodo Islands?

What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Return flights from the UK to Denpassar
  • 10 nights at 3- and 4-star hotels
  • 10 x breakfast (days 3-13)
  • Local English-speaking guide on transfers, excursions and tours
  • Travelling in an air-conditioned minibus or bus
  • All excursions take place in small groups of up to 14 people, and with Asiatours’ own guests only
  • 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
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Departure from selected airport

Today you will fly to wonderful Bali 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 driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall, holding up an Asiatours sign, and you will immediately sense the warmth of the Balinese hospitality.

Together with your guide, you will be driven to your hotel in Sanur. After check-in, the day is yours to do as you please, allowing you to relax after the long flight and acclimatise to the time difference before tomorrow’s itinerary kicks off in earnest.

Day 3: Sanur – Munduk

After breakfast and check-out, you will be driven to Munduk, one of Bali’s best kept secrets.

On your arrival at the hotel in Munduk, the rest of the day is yours to relax, go for a walk and just enjoy the picturesque surroundings.

Munduk is a peaceful little town located in the temperate Balinese highlands, roughly 1,000 metres above sea level. It is surrounded by green rice fields, cascading waterfalls and dense jungle. The area also offers a lot of great walks 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, the area supplies more fresh fruit and vegetables than anywhere else in Bali, due, among other things, to the temperate climate and the incredibly fertile soil.

There are many good restaurants in the area serving local, organic produce.

Day 4: Hike in Munduk’s lush landscapes

You wake up to fresh mountain 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 relatively flat, but there are places on the route where it goes up and down.

The hike takes you past scenic coffee plantations, avocado trees as well as cocoa, vanilla and clove plants. A path leads you down through the dense 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 may be high. If you don’t want to walk down to the waterfall, you can stay up at the top and enjoy the scenic 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, green rice fields.

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

Day 5: Munduk – Lovina

After a lovely breakfast, you check out of the hotel, and your guide and driver are ready to drive you to the tranquil beach resort Lovina, which is located on Bali’s north 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 is known for its long beaches with 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.

Lovina’s major draws are, however, found at sea. In the waters off Lovina, you can experience wild dolphins, so look forward to tomorrow’s excursion.

Day 6: Magical morning with Lovina’s wild dolphins

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

The guide will pick you up from the hotel and accompany you to the beach where the boats dock. Here, you will board a traditional 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 morning sun’s rays glimmer on the surface. The rays of the morning sun attract the wild dolphins, which swim around in front of boats. You may be lucky enough to see them jumping around and doing somersaults. You are in with around a 95% chance of seeing the dolphins – sometimes just a few, other times hundreds of them!

After this magical experience, you will be sailed back to the shore and accompanied to your hotel where the rest of the day is yours to do as you please.

Day 7: Lovina

There are no excursions planned for today, so the day is yours. You might like to head into Singaraja, which is the main town in the area, just 9 km from the hotel. Singaraja is one of the few places in Bali where you will see 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

After breakfast and check-out, you and your guide and driver will head to the artisan town of Ubud in central Bali.

We’ve included three picturesque and exciting visits en route. The first stop is Beji Temple in the village of Sangsit. Only a handful of tourists find their way to the temple, so it’s lovely and peaceful here. Dating back to the 15th century, the temple is dedicated to the fertility goddess Dewi Sri, who ensured a good harvest. The fine detailed wood carvings and the impressive craftsmanship will almost take your breath away.

Next stop is the vantage point in the Kintamani Highlands, from which you enjoy a fabulous view of the active Batur volcano and its crater lake of the same name.

Before reaching Ubud, you will 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 lush valley surrounded by jungle, and stairs take you past magnificent rice terraces and tall coconut palms down to the temple itself. The Pekerisan 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, a small stone bridge leads you across 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. Through the middle of the green jungle flows the Ayung River, which is a popular place to river raft, and behind the small settlements are fine temples and beautiful 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. Art and craft exhibitions and galleries line the streets alongside small shops selling bags, jewellery and clothing.

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

Along Ubud’s main street, you will find many good restaurants and cosy cafés.

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

Today, you will be exploring the area around Ubud.

You will be picked up from the hotel by your guide and driver, and the first stop of the tour is the artisan villages Tohpati and Mas. Each village has its own speciality: In Tohpati, you will find the art of batik, and in Mas, you will witness wood carvers going about their business.

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

The tour ends in Tampaksiring, where you visit Tirta Empul, a sacred water temple. The temple is located by 12 natural springs, and you can bathe in the holy water and cleanse your soul here, alongside the Balinese Hindus, 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.

Days 10-11: Ubud

The day is yours to enjoy Ubud at your own pace. You also have the option to purchase one of our fun and exciting extra excursions, which you can read more about below.

One of Ubud’s popular attractions is the Monkey Forest situated 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 should avoid touching them, and you should also keep an eye on your food and sunglasses as the monkeys are quite the pickpockets!

In the evening when darkness falls, you can visit one of Ubud’s many great restaurants and round off with a drink or a cup of coffee at one of the cosy bars or cafés.

Day 12: Departure day

Today, the time has come to say goodbye to the Island of the Gods. After breakfast and check-out, you will be picked up by your guide and driver and driven to the airport in Denpasar. From here, you will fly back to Europe, with connecting flight(s) on the way.

Day 13: Arrival back home

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

Choose from the options below
Combine with

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.

Beach holiday extension to Gili Trawangan, 4 nights

If you wish to conclude your holiday with a stay on a perfect paradise island, then Gili Trawangan is an excellent choice. Gili Trawangan is one of the three Gili islands – and the most popular. There are no cars on the island, so getting about is on two feet, two wheels or perhaps a horse-drawn carriage. During the day, the atmosphere on the island is relaxed, with things livening up in the evening at the numerous small restaurants and bars around the island. The days are spent on the long, white beaches or in the clear water. Gili has the reputation of being one of the best places to dive in Indonesia.

Note that on this extension, you will spend 3 nights at Gili Trawangan and 1 night in Sanur.

When travelling between Bali and Gili, you should be aware that the Lombok Strait can be choppy in the months of June/July and January/February. If the weather is unsuitable for sailing, the ferry will be cancelled for safety reasons. This generally happens once or twice a year and usually lasts for about one to two days at a time. If the ferry is cancelled, we will of course find the best possible solution and alternative for you.

Beach holiday extension in Nusa Dua, 3 nights

If you fancy a quiet, tranquil beach holiday on some of the island’s finest golden sandy beaches with swaying palms and in a luxurious area, then Nusa Dua is the place for you. Nusa Dua is located in south-east Bali in a well-kept area with nice parks and several golf courses, just a 20-minute drive from Denpasar International Airport.

Most of the shops and restaurants are gathered at the numerous luxury resorts located along the beach. If you’d like to shop for souvenirs or go to a restaurant away from your resort, your best bet is the outdoor shopping centre, Bali Collection, which has around 70 shops and restaurants.

It’s just a 20-minute drive to the coastal town of Jimbaran on the west side of the island, renowned for its excellent seafood restaurants, many of which are on the waterfront. Sit with the sand between your toes and enjoy the sunset over the Indian Ocean. If you’re looking for something a little more lively, Kuta town centre and beach are just a 30-minute drive away.

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

Please note: If you wish to depart during the period from 27 December to 4 January, your stay at Grand Hyatt must be for a minimum of 5 nights. This is also reflected in the price.

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.

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