A touch of Bali
Departure day, where you will fly to Denpasar with connecting flights along the way.
Upon your arrival in Bali, you will be issued with your visa at the airport before collecting your luggage. Your guide is waiting for you in the arrivals hall, holding up an Asia Tours sign, and you are driven to your hotel in Ubud where you will spend the next three nights. When you get to the hotel, it’s time to relax after the journey and the rest of the day is at your leisure.
Ubud is located in the highlands about an hour’s drive from the airport and the capital, Denpasar. The city is considered Bali’s cultural powerhouse, where art and crafts are very much in focus. Ubud enjoys a scenic location in the lush, verdant mountains interspersed by deep valleys, which are almost canyon-like in some places. Behind the buildings, you will catch glimpses of the rice terraces.
Overnight stay Adi Cottages
The days are spent at your leisure, and you can visit the enchanting Ubud on your own or you can choose one of our exciting excursions.
Below is a selection of optional tours which can be purchased during your stay in Ubud:
- Rafting tour in Ubud
- Chefs’ school in Ubud
- Cycle tour and visit to a Balinese family
- The magical and mysterious eastern Bali
- The heart of Bali
- Snorkelling on the island of Lembongan
Overnight stay Adi Cottages
After breakfast you will be picked up at the hotel and an exciting half-day excursion to the sacred water temple Tirta Empul in Tampaksiring awaits you, when you will experience Bali’s spiritual culture. The temple complex is incredibly beautiful with fine sculptures and fish ponds. The local people ideally come here once a year to pray and cleanse themselves, as the sacred source is said to have a healing effect. Sacrificial gifts are also left and incense sticks lit, filling the air with their fragrance.
The tour then heads to some of the many artisan villages around Ubud. Each village has its speciality: In Mas you see wood carvers, in Batubulan there are stone carvers, and in Celuk, silversmiths ply their craft.
You leave Ubud and drive to Seminyak in south-east Bali, where you spend five nights.
Overnight stay Primera Hotel
The days in Seminyak are spent at your leisure.
Seminyak is known for being Bali’s hippest and most exclusive beach area, offering everything from legendary massage treatments to trendy beach clubs and surfing. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced surfer, Seminyak is a veritable surfers’ paradise. For beginners, there are good waves to be found at Kuta and Legian Beach, while the more practised generally seek the waves to the north of the town. Surfboards can be rented at many places in the town, and there is a wide range of surf schools.
If surfing is not your thing, just enjoy the beach, relax at the hotel’s pool, shop to your heart’s content at all the cool stores, or immerse yourself in Seminyak’s gallery scene. End the afternoon with a walk along the sea front at Double Six Beach or at the town’s chilled beach club La Plancha, where you can sit back in a soft beanbag and bury your feet in the sand as you prepare for the beautiful sunset over the Indian Ocean. In the evening, you can eat your way through Seminyak’s array of good restaurants, finishing off with a colourful cocktail at one of the town’s trendy bars.
Overnight stay Primera Hotel
You are picked up from your hotel and driven to the airport in Denpassar, from which you fly home to the UK, with connecting flights along the way.
Per person in a double room: + £390
Per child under 12: + £390
Single room surcharge: + £220
If you wish to round off your holiday with a stay on a perfect paradise island may we recommend a trip to Gili Trawangan? 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.
Per person in a double room: + £760
Single room surcharge (when two or more travelers): + £145
Single supplement (when single traveler): + £420
The Komodo Islands are home to the great Komodo dragons, which are named after islands. The Komodo 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 islands for some 10 million years! Besides the Komodo dragons, you can also see buffalo, wild boar, wild deer, macaques, parrots and 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, the islands are on UNESCO’s list of natural heritage sites.
The trip here is a combination of a somewhat primitive mini cruise to Rinca Island and Komodo, to name but two, and a stay at a good 4-star hotel with a visit to the western part of the island of Flores.
Note that on this extension, you will spend 1 night on a boat, 2 nights at Flores and 1 night in Sanur.
This tour is not permitted for children under 12-years old.