With 15 days in Indonesia, you can take a deep dive into Bali's cultural and scenic highlights on a classic tour. Or get a taste of the wild jungles and otherworldly landscapes of Sumatra and East Java, then relax on the beaches of Bali on a well-rounded Indonesia adventure. If you're ready to get well off the beaten path, opt for an itinerary split between Borneo and Bali or for the ultimate relaxing trip, island hop between Bali, Gili Air, and Nusa Penida.

Itinerary #1: Winter Highlights of Bali & Nusa Penida

Soak up Bali's warm sun and warmer culture on this 15-day highlights tour, perfect for first-time visitors to Indonesia who want a mix of relaxation and adventure. Discover the magnificent temples in Tanah Lot and Ubud, explore the underwater world surrounding Menjangan Island, and beach hop Nusa Penida Island, all while learning about Balinese culture from local guides.

Seek out hidden beaches on Nusa Penida
Exploring a hidden beach on Nusa Penida
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Tanah Lot, Arrive in Bali, Transfer to Tanah Lot
Day 2 Rice Field Walk & Tanah Lot Sea Temple Tanah Lot
Day 3 Transfer to Pemuteran via Pupuan Road & Brahma Vihara Monastery Pemuteran
Day 4 Menjangan Snorkeling Excursion  Pemuteran
Day 5 Transfer to Munduk via Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, Banjar Hot Springs Munduk
Day 6 Trek to Sekumpul Waterfall Munduk
Day 7 Munduk Trek & Coffee Culture Munduk
Day 8 Transfer to Ubud via Jatiluwih Ricefield & Batukaru Temple Ubud
Day 9 Ubud Vintage Volkswagen Safari  Ubud
Day 10 Climb Mount Batur at Sunrise Ubud
Day 11 Ferry to Nusa Penida Island Nusa Penida
Day 12 Explore the Beaches of Nusa Penida Nusa Penida
Day 13 Boat Transfer to Jimbaran, Fish Market Tour & Seafood Dinner Jimbaran
Day 14 Bukit Beach Tour, Uluwatu Temple & Kechak Show Jimbaran
Day 15 Transfer to Denpasar & Depart  

Welcome to Bali! After arriving at Denpasar Airport, you'll be taken to Tanah Lot and spend your first two days soaking up the warm Balinese hospitality and admiring the village's famous sea temple. Next, enjoy a scenic drive through rice terraces on Pupuan Road to Pemuteran, and head out for a full-day snorkel adventure around Menjangan Island. Over the following three days, you'll use Munduk as a base to explore northern Bali. Trek to Sekumpul Waterfall, learn about the region's agriculture and see how coffee is grown, harvested, and prepared for yourself.

Week two of your trip takes you to Ubud, deemed the cultural heart of Bali, where you'll board a vintage Volkswagen convertible to check out Tegallalang Rice Terrace, swim under Tibumana Waterfall, and wander Tirta Empul. Spend a day hiking Mount Batur and soaking in the hot springs of Pura Batur; then, a short ferry ride brings you to the island of Nusa Penida, where you'll have two uninterrupted days of beach hopping. Rested, head to Jimbaran for a delicious seafood dinner, a sunset at Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, and a Kecak show before saying your goodbyes at Denpasar Airport. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Discover Indonesia: North Sumatra, East Java & Bali

From the dense rainforest of Sumatra to the pristine beaches of Uluwatu, this culture, temple, and beach-packed itinerary is perfect for those who want to explore Indonesia's highlights and off-the-beaten-path hidden gems. With stays in Sumatra, Java, and Bali, you'll have the chance to hike volcanic landscapes, snorkel clear waters, and learn about the local's way of life.

Padar Island in Indonesia
Padar Island in Indonesia
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in North Sumatra, Transfer to Bohorok Bohorok
Day 2 Guided Walk of Sumatran Rainforest to Meet the Orangutans Bohorok
Day 3 Return to Medan, Fly to Yogyakarta Yogyakarta
Day 4 Visit Borobudur Temple & Prambanan Temple Complex Yogyakarta
Day 5 Scenic Train Ride to Surabaya, Transfer to Mount Bromo Mount Bromo
Day 6 Mount Bromo Sunrise Hike & Jeep Tour, Transfer to Mount Ijen Mount Ijen
Day 7 Mount Ijen Sunrise Hike, Boat to Bali & Transfer to Pemuteran Pemuteran
Day 8 Snorkeling Excursion Around Menjangan Island Pemuteran
Day 9 Transfer to Ubud, Sightseeing Around Ubud Ubud
Day 10 Early Morning Market Shop & Cooking Class Ubud
Day 11 Cultural Immersion & Traditional Lunch at Rumah Desa Ubud
Day 12 Cycle from Batur to Ubud Ubud
Day 13 Transfer to Uluwatu, Telaga Waja River Raft Excursion & Uluwatu Temple Uluwatu
Day 14 Free Day in Uluwatu Uluwatu
Day 15 Depart Bali  

Your Indonesia trip begins with a four-hour drive from Kuala Namu Airport to Bohorok, where you'll search for wild orangutans on a guided trek through the Sumatran rainforest. Then, it's back to Medan to catch a flight to Yogyakarta. Here, you'll wander Borobudur Temple, the world's largest Buddhist temple, and the nearby Hindu Prambanan Temple Complex before hopping on a train for a scenic ride to Surabaya and a transfer to the base of Mount Bromo. Spend your next morning hiking and Jeep touring Bromo's otherworldly landscapes; then it's on to Mount Ijen to embark on a sunrise trek.

After a ferry from east Java to Bali, you'll take to the underwater world with a half-day boat and snorkel trip around Bali Barat National Park and Menjangan Island. Next, it's off to Ubud, where you'll have four days to soak up Balinese culture with cooking lessons, a visit to the Monkey Forest, and a cycling adventure through local villages. With two nights left on your trip, transfer to Uluwatu to raft the Telaga Wja River, visit Uluwatu Temple, and enjoy the area's many beaches before it's time to catch your flight home from Denpasar Airport. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Highlights of Bali & Borneo: Pangkalan Bun, Munduk, Ubud & Sanur

Lose track of time as you explore the dense rainforest of Sumatra, spend two nights onboard a river cruise in Borneo, and embrace Bali's village life on this Bali and Borneo highlights trip. Each day promises new surprises as you travel from magnificent temples to hidden waterfalls and enjoy uninterrupted time snorkeling and beach hopping.

Munduk, Bali
Enjoy the views of Munduk, Bali
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Jakarta, Free Day in Jakarta Jakarta
Day 2 Fly to Pangkalan Bun, Cruise & Visit Tanjung Harapan Rehabilitation Center Pangkalan Bun
Day 3 See Orangutans & Explore the Rainforest on a Borneo Cruise Pangkalan Bun
Day 4 Last Day of Borneo Cruise, Fly to Jakarta Jakarta
Day 5 Fly to Munduk in Bali, Visit Ulun Danu Beratan Temple Munduk
Day 6 Haunted Valley Waterfall Expedition Munduk
Day 7 Sekumpul Waterfall Hike Munduk
Day 8 Transfer to Ubud via Jatiluwih Rice Terraces & Batukaru Temple Ubud
Day 9 Cultural Excursion in Ubud and Sidemen Ubud
Day 10 Ubud VW Safari Car Tour Ubud
Day 11 Climb Mount Batur at Sunrise Ubud
Day 12 Transfer to Sanur via Taman Ayun Temple & Tirta Taman Mumbul Sanur
Day 13 Day Trip to Nusa Lembongan & Snorkeling Adventure Sanur
Day 14 Bukit Beach Tour & Kecak Dance Show Sanur
Day 15 Depart Bali  

Arrive in Jakarta and settle in with a free day to explore the bustling capital of Indonesia, then it's back to the airport for a short flight to Pangkalan Bun on the island of Borneo. Board a klotok (traditional wooden riverboat) for a two-night cruise through dense rainforest, stopping at the Tanjung Harapan Rehabilitation Center and Camp Leakey to see wild orangutans before catching your flight back to Jakarta. After a relaxing evening, fly to Bali and drive to the tranquil town of Munduk to explore Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, visit Munduk Wilderness Base Camp, and trek to the 262-foot (80-m) high Sekumpul Waterfall.

Next, it's on to Ubud to take in the Balinese way of life. Spend a full day on a cultural excursion around Sidemen, learning traditional cooking, weaving, and language skills, the following day, on a vintage VW convertible tour, and finish your time in Ubud with a sunrise climb of Mount Batur. On your way to Sanur, your home for the last three nights, visit Taman Ayun Temple and Tirta Taman Mumbul, then wake up early the following morning for a full-day boat trip around Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan. Finish your trip at an evening "Kecak" show before heading to the airport to catch your flight home. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Indonesia Island Hopping: Bali, Gili Air & Nusa Penida

Perfect for those who want to spend days alternating between the sand, sea, and lush interior of Bali, this ultimate island hopping itinerary is simultaneously relaxing and immersive. Lose track of time as you wander peaceful villages near Ubud, enjoy three days on the car-free island of Gili Air, snorkel crystal clear waters surrounding Nusa Penida, and indulge in fresh seafood in Jimbaran.

Suwat Waterfall in Bali
Suwat Waterfall in Bali
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bali & Transfer to Tanah Lot, Guided Rice Field Walk Tanah Lot
Day 2 Visit Temples & Sangeh Monkey Forest Tanah Lot
Day 3 Transfer to Ubud, Visit Goa Gajah Cave & Suwat Waterfall Ubud
Day 4 Ubud VW Safari Car Tour Ubud
Day 5 Climb Mount Batur at Sunrise Ubud
Day 6 Ubud Temples & Traditional Village Excursion Ubud
Day 7 Transfer to Gili Air Gili Air
Day 8 Snorkeling Trip Around the Gili Islands Gili Air
Day 9 Day Trip to Gili Trawangan or Gili Meno Gili Air
Day 10 Transfer to Nusa Penida Nusa Penida
Day 11 Explore Nusa Penida Island on a Full-Day Trip Nusa Penida
Day 12 Go Snorkeling in Nusa Penida Nusa Penida
Day 13 Transfer to Jimbaran & Visit the Fish Market Jimbaran
Day 14 Visit Bali's Most Beautiful Beaches & Explore Uluwatu Temple Jimbaran
Day 15 Depart Bali  

Begin your Indonesia trip with a short drive to Tanah Lot, where idyllic rice paddies lead you to a staggering sea temple and local warungs (family-run cafés) ease you into the Balinese way of life. Meet cheeky monkeys at the Sangeh Monkey Forest, then continue to Ubud to visit Goa Gajah, spend an entire day on a VW Safari Car Tour, and wake up bright and early to climb Mount Batur at sunrise. Before leaving town, roam the temples of Pura Besakih and Pura Kehen and stop by Pengipuran Village in the highlands of Bangli.

Day seven of your trip brings you to the tiny island of Gili Air, known for its laid-back attitude and lack of vehicles. Leaving behind any sense of urgency, you'll have two days to snorkel, swim, and hop between Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno islands. After a speedboat trip to Nusa Penida, you'll again don your swimsuit for a day between sand and sea, followed by a tour of the island's sandy beaches and dramatic coastlines. Take to the underwater world on a snorkel tour around Nusa Penida, then head back to mainland Bali to explore more temples and beaches in Jimbaran before catching your flight home. Learn more

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