Itinerary #1: Discover Bali: Temples, Trekking, Volcanoes & Gili Islands
This discover Bali itinerary is excellent for travelers who enjoy light trekking and beach hopping. It's the perfect sampling of Bali's landscapes, from Ubud's rice paddies and historic temples to the countryside and views atop a volcano. Highlights are trekking to Mount Batur to catch the sunrise, snorkeling around the Gili Archipelago, and visiting beaches along the southern coast.
|Day 1||Arrive in Bali||Ubud, Bali|
|Day 2||Balinese Cooking Class||Ubud, Bali|
|Day 3||Vintage Car Tour through the Balinese Countryside||Ubud, Bali|
|Day 4||Mount Batur Sunrise Trek||Ubud, Bali|
|Day 5||Transfer to Sidemen via Goa Gajah, Gunung Kawi, Tirta Empul, & Pura Kehen||Sidemen, Bali|
|Day 6||Hike in Sidemen Valley||Sidemen, Bali|
|Day 7||Transfer Padangbai Harbor, Boat to Gili Meno||Gili Meno|
|Day 8||Boat & Snorkelling Trip around the Gili Archipelago||Gili Meno|
|Day 9||Free Day on Gili Meno||Gili Meno|
|Day 10||Transfer to Bali, Free Afternoon in Jimbaran||Jimbaran, Bali|
|Day 11||Beaches of Bukit Peninsula & Kecak Show in Uluwatu||Jimbaran, Bali|
|Day 12||Depart Bali|
Spend your first days enjoying Bali by means of a cooking class and exploring the Palace, temples, Campuhan Ridge, and the Sacred Monkey Forest in and around Ubud. Day 3 brings you on a driving tour through the Balinese countryside in a vintage car to the famed Tegallalang Rice Terrace and on to Kintamani before visiting the historic water temple of Gunung Kawi Sebatu. On Day 4, trek your way to sunrise views atop Mount Batur, an active volcano. Head to Sidemen Valley on Day 5 while visiting many famous UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples, like the Cave of the Elephant.
The next day, go for a leisurely hike in the countryside around Sidemen Valley before going to the laidback beaches and the best snorkeling spots of the Gili Islands for the next three days. Head to the south coast, Jimbaran Bay, and nearby Tegal Wangi Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Bali. On Day 11, you can beach hop to Bukit Peninsula, Padang Padang Beach, Thomas Beach, Green Bowl Beach, and Pandawa Beach. Then see a Kecak show of traditional Balinese dance at the Uluwatu Cliff Temple. Learn more
Itinerary #2: Indonesian Escape: Borneo, Maratua & Bali
This Indonesian escape trip plan showcases three Indonesian islands focusing on nature and wildlife. Spot orangutans in Borneo, swim with whale sharks off of Maratua Island, venture through terraced rice fields in Bali's Tegallalang, tour Hindu temples, and experience Balinese culture through a Kecak dance show.
|Day 1||Arrive in Kalimantan (Borneo)||Kalimantan|
|Day 2||Wildlife Preserve Walking Tour & Orangutan Island||Balikpapan|
|Day 3||Fly to Berau, Boat to Maratua Island||Maratua|
|Day 4||Maratua Snorkeling Expedition||Maratua|
|Day 5||Whale Shark Swim, Labuan Cermin Lake Swim & Biduk Biduk Visit||Maratua|
|Day 6||Fly to Denpasar (Bali), Transfer to Ubud||Ubud|
|Day 7||Free Day in Ubud||Ubud|
|Day 8||Vintage Car Tour through the Balinese Countryside||Ubud|
|Day 9||Transfer to Jimbaran via Goa Gaja & Sukawati Art Market||Jimbaran|
|Day 10||Day Trip to Uluwatu Temple Tour & Balangan Beach, Evening Kecak Performance||Jimbaran|
|Day 11||Free Day in Jimbaran||Jimbaran|
You'll fall in love with learning about rainforest conservation and Borneo's orangutan during your visits to a protected area of rainforest called Samboja Lestari, Orangutan Island, and Bukit Bangkirai on Days 1 and 2. Slow the pace down with three nights on Maratua Island in the Derawan Islands, and snorkel your way through an underwater world. For those who can't wait to get back into the water, you'll have the opportunity to swim with whale sharks at Talisayan on Day 5.
The following day you'll fly to Bali and transfer to Ubud to discover the Hindu temple of Tirta Empul, or Ubud Monkey Forest, where cheeky monkeys roam freely among the temples. Day 8 brings a scenic tour of Ubud via convertible, where you'll zip through the countryside and spot the terraced rice fields of Tegallalang, the village of Kintamani, and Mount Batur. During your last few days, discover the gems of Jimbaran, like Uluwatu Temple, Balangan Beach, and a traditional Balinese Kecak dance performance. Learn more
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Itinerary #3: Culture & Beaches in Indonesia: Bali & Gili Islands
Slow the pace way down and spend ample time in only three locales shared between Bali and the idyllic Gili Islands on this 12-day itinerary. Beach lovers and culture enthusiasts will enjoy exploring historic temples and villages, viewing Bali's most beautiful waterfalls, and learning about traditions from sarong- and paper-making to cooking a Balinese meal.
|Day 1||Arrive in Bali & Transfer to Ubud, Optional Visit to Mas & Celuk||Ubud|
|Day 2||Cultural Day in Ubud & Sidemen, Visit Suwat Waterfall||Ubud|
|Day 3||Ubud VW Safari Car Tour||Ubud|
|Day 4||Ubud Temples & Traditional Village Excursion||Ubud|
|Day 5||Transfer Padangbai, Speedboat to Gili Air||Gili Air|
|Day 6||Free Day in Gili Air||Gili Air|
|Day 7||Snorkeling Trip Around the Gili Islands||Gili Air|
|Day 8||Day Trip to Gili Trawangan or Gili Meno||Gili Air|
|Day 9||Transfer to Seminyak via Goa Lawah & Tanah Lot Temple||Seminyak|
|Day 10||Visit Uluwatu Temple & Kecak Traditional Dance Performance||Seminyak|
|Day 11||Enjoy a Surfing Class||Seminyak|
|Day 12||Depart Bali|
Get acquainted with Balinese culture by exploring Ubud Market and local street kitchens or visiting Mas and Celuk villages, known for their handicrafts. On Day 2, enjoy the landscapes of rice fields and plantations near Sidemen before visiting Suwat Waterfall, one of Bali's most beautiful. The following day, see Ubud's famous temples and sites like Tibumana Waterfall, Tegallalang's rice terraces, and Monkey Forest while dashing around in a VW convertible. Before heading to Semarapura on the east coast, enjoy the architecture of several countryside temples and the well-preserved culture of the highland village of Penglipuran.
Days 5 through 8 in the Gili Islands bring an abundance of leisure or adventure—it's your choice. Relax on the white-sand beaches, cruise around the three islands of Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili Trawangan, spot sea turtles while snorkeling, or spend focused time on one of the islands. Before returning to Bali, this time to Seminyak on Day 9, visit Goa Lawah, a bat-inhabited temple, and discover Tanah Lot Temple, perched on a rock by the sea. While Day 10 brings another temple visit to the famed cliffside Pura Luhur Uluwatu, you'll hang loose on Day 11 with a surfing lesson. Learn more
Itinerary #4: Indonesian Adventure: Trekking, Tribes & Birdwatching in West Papua
With multi-day treks, village and tribe visits, and two days of bird-watching, this Indonesian adventure is another itinerary great for active people who love immersing themselves in nature and learning about the local culture—this time, on the island of New Guinea in West Papua. You'll trek through the untouched rainforest, experience a traditional Dani tribe pig festival, and search for bird-of-paradise varieties in West Papua.
|Day 1||Arrive in Jayapura, Transfer to Wamena (Highland Papua)||Wamena|
|Day 2||Trekking & Village Life in Jiwikia||Wamena|
|Day 3||Trek to Sogogmo & Seinma||Wamena|
|Day 4||Excursion to the Northern Baliem Valley & Kotilola Cave||Wamena|
|Day 5||Transfer to Lake Habema, Explore||Camp|
|Day 6||Jungle Trek Toward Wamena (Day 1)||Camp|
|Day 7||Jungle Trek Toward Wamena (Day 2)||Camp|
|Day 8||Jungle Trek Toward Wamena (Day 3), Return to Hotel||Wamena|
|Day 9||Traditional Pig Festival with the Dani People||Wamena|
|Day 10||Fly to Jayapura, Transfer to Nimbokrang & Bird Sanctuary||Nimbokrang|
|Day 11||Transfer to Sentani, Boat Trip on Lake Sentani||Sentani|
|Day 12||Transfer to Jayapura, Depart|
Kick off the first two days with cultural experiences in Papua, including visiting a local market in Wamena, seeing a traditional salt spring of the Dani tribe, and walking to Kurulu village to see an ancient mummy. Trek to the village of Sogogmo the following day, along the vast Baliem River, over a suspension bridge, and pass by Dani settlements before reaching Seinma. Then on Day 4, journey to the northern part of the Baliem Valley and admire the gigantic stalactites and stalagmites in Kotilola Cave and the rare flora in the Pass Valley.
You'll transfer to Lake Habema, with views of Mount Trikora, on Day 5. The next day you'll begin a three-day jungle trek toward Wamena, following the Ibele River to Baliem Valley, where you'll find settlements of the Lani tribe. Day 8 brings you to a small missionary station with an airfield and the end of your jungle trek. More cultural encounters abound on Day 9 with the Dani tribe's traditional one-day pig festival, while Day 10 takes you to Nimbokrang and a bird sanctuary where you might spot the flamboyant mating dance of a bird-of-paradise. Enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Sentani on Day 11 and your final night in Papua. Learn more
Itinerary #5: Nature & Beaches in Indonesia: Bali & Sumba
Intrepid travelers might prefer the lesser-frequented locales this nature and beaches itinerary offers, particularly of Sumba. Immerse yourself in local culture through several visits to villages, discover pretty beaches, and venture to otherworldly landscapes, like the mangrove forest, rock formations, and lagoons in Sumba.
|Day 1||Arrive in Bali, Transfer to Uluwatu||Uluwatu|
|Day 2||Optional Snorkeling Excursion, Uluwatu Temple Visit & Dance Show||Uluwatu|
|Day 3||Fly to Tambolaka (Sumba), Visit Bukit Waikapulota & Pantai Kita Beach||Tambolaka|
|Day 4||Visit Ratenggaro Village, Weekuri Lake & Mandorak Beach||Tambolaka|
|Day 5||Explore Watu Maladong, Bwanna & Pero Beaches||Tambolaka|
|Day 6||Transfer to Waikabubak, Visit Traditional Villages & Lapopu Waterfall||Waikabubak|
|Day 7||Discover the Beaches of Sumba: Marosi, Kerewei & Watu Bella||Waikabubak|
|Day 8||Transfer to Tarimbang, Visit Tarimbang Beach||Tarimbang|
|Day 9||Transfer to Waingapu, Visit Bukit Wairinding & Walakari Beach||Waingapu|
|Day 10||Explore Bukit Persaudaraan, Waimarang Waterfall & Rende Village||Waingapu|
|Day 11||Fly to Bali, Transfer to Uluwatu||Uluwatu|
|Day 12||Depart Bali|
Discover Padang-Padang, Green Bowl, or Melasti beaches on your first day on Bali. Then Day 2 brings you snorkeling around Nusa Penida Island, a visit to the cliffside Uluwatu Temple, and a captivating Balinese dance performance. On Day 3, you'll board a quick flight to Sumba to visit with locals at Bukit Waikapulota village and swim in the clear blue waters of Pantai Kita Beach. The next day, check out Ratenggaro village to meet the locals and see traditional Sumba homes, followed by taking a dip in salty Weekuri Lake. Day 5 takes you beach hopping across Sumba highlighting stunning rock formations and a stone archway.
Step into Indonesian culture on Day 6 with visits to local villages before seeing Lapopu Waterfall, where you can swim in a pond below the falls. Days 7 and 8 are about discovering beaches, including Marosi, Kerewei, and Tarimbang, with its freshwater lagoon, and Day 9 takes you to the striking mangrove forests of Walakiri Beach. On Day 10, explore the rolling hills of Bukit Persaudaraan before visiting Waimarang Waterfall and Rende village, where you'll learn about traditional clothes dyeing. In Prailiu on Day 10, find grave monuments and traditional Sumbanese houses before returning to Bali the next day. Learn more
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