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Indonesia, Bali | 11d/8n:

A Touch of Bali

Highlights of this tour:

Ubud, the sacred water temple Tirta Empul, artisan villages, beach holiday in Seminyak.

This package holiday includes the following:

  • Return flight from the UK to Denpassar
  • 8 nights at 3- and 4-star hotels
  • 8 x breakfast
  • Local, English-speaking guide on excursions and tours
  • Travelling in a car or minibus with air conditioning
  • 24-hour manned emergency telephone throughout the tour
  • Departure guarantee – the tour goes ahead regardless of the number of participants
  • ATOL certificate included
  • Opportunity to extend the beach holiday at Seminyak

The following excursion packages are included:

  • Half-day excursion to the sacred water temple Tirta Empul and a visit to artisan villages near Ubud
  • Admission fees to the sights and attractions mentioned
Single room supplement £285
Discounts for large groups
Choose this tour because:

This 11-day tour is for those who like free days to plan their own activities and the pace of their holiday.

The tour starts in the charming and enchanting artists’ town of Ubud, scenically situated in the highlands of Bali, surrounded by emerald green rice fields. You spend three nights here, when you visit the Tirta Empul water temple and the fascinating little artisan villages around Ubud. The rest of the day is your own and you can pick and choose between a number of exciting optional tours.

The tour rounds off with a beach holiday in Seminyak, which is known for being Bali’s hippest and most exclusive beach area.

Detailed Itinerary
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Day 1: Flight from the UK
Day 1: Flight from the UK

Departure day, where you will fly to Denpasar with connecting flights along the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Bali
Day 2: Arrival in Bali

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 Taman Harum Cottages 

Days 3-4: Ubud
Days 3-4: Ubud

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:

Overnight stay Taman Harum Cottages 

Day 5: Ubud – Tirta Empul water temple – Craft villages - Seminyak
Day 5: Ubud – Tirta Empul water temple – Craft villages - Seminyak

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 Harris Hotel Seminyak 

Days 6-9: Beach holiday in Seminyak
Days 6-9: Beach holiday in Seminyak

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 Harris Hotel Seminyak 

Day 10: The journey home begins
Day 10: The journey home begins

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.

Day 11: Arrival back home
Day 11: Arrival back home

You land in the UK after a lovely holiday.

Combination options after your tour
Beach holiday extension to Gili Trawangan, 4 nights
Beach holiday extension to Gili Trawangan, 4 nights

Per person in a double room: + £390
Per child u/12 years: + £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.

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.

Overnight stay Aston Sunset Beach Resort  / The Oasis Lagoon 

Discover the Komodo Islands, 4 nights
Discover the Komodo Islands, 4 nights

Per person in a double room: + £772
Single room surcharge (when two or more travelers): + £237
Single supplement (when single traveler): + £518

The Komodo Islands are home to the great Komodo dragons, which the islands are named after. 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 buffaloes, 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 a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The extension consists of a day trip to Rinca Island, a day trip to Komodo Island itself with a stop at the stunning Pink Beach and a stay at a good 4-star hotel on the western part of the island of Flores.

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

Children on the tour must be aged 12+.

Please note that Komodo National Park is closed throughout 2020 to spare and preserve the animals’ natural habitat. It is therefore not possible to choose this extension on departures from December 10th 2019 to December 31st 2020.

Overnight stay The Jayakarta Suites  / The Oasis Lagoon 

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