Base yourself in Bali's cultural capital for this quick and adventurous Indonesian getaway. Surrounded by rainforest and rice terraces, Ubud is the perfect jumping-off point for five days of cycling through iconic landscapes, visiting monkeys at a sacred sanctuary, and snorkeling in the waters around the island. Swim with elephants at a jungle river, take in a traditional dance performance at Ubud Palace, and shop 'til you drop at several of Ubud's famous artisan markets.


  • Cycle through the picturesque rice terraces, temples, and villages around Ubud
  • Interact with macaques at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
  • Snorkel at the Blue Lagoon to experience the vibrant underwater world of Bali
  • Visit a local sanctuary to swim with elephants

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bali, Transfer to Ubud Ubud, Bali
Day 2 Kintamani Cycling Tour, Visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary Ubud, Bali
Day 3 Snorkel in Padang Bai, Visit Tirta Gangga Water Palace Ubud, Bali
Day 4 Elephants, Palaces & Markets in Ubud Ubud, Bali
Day 5 Depart Bali  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Bali, Transfer to Ubud

Airport Transfer from Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) to Ubud
Start your exploration of Ubud at one of the many famous temples, like Saraswati

Welcome to the Indonesian island of Bali! After you arrive at Denpasar International Airport, you'll be transferred to the charming town of Ubud to check into your hotel. Surrounded by green rice terraces and tropical forests dotted with ancient Hindu temples, Ubud is considered the spiritual center of Bali. Get the lay of the land this afternoon by hiking along the easy and scenic Campuhan Ridge Walk, visiting the gorgeous Tegalalang Rice Terrace for sedate swinging or thrilling ziplining, or exploring one of the many galleries in Ubud's thriving art scene. 

If you'd rather relax and rejuvenate after your long flight, Ubud is also the ideal spot, with its plethora of wellness spas, yoga centers, and meditation retreats. Get a traditional Balinese massage, take a yoga class with a view of the jungle, or soak in a flower bath by the river.

Day 2: Kintamani Cycling Tour, Visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Cycling in Kintamani
Cycle past the numerous lush rice terraces surrounding Ubud

This morning's adventures begin early, as you're picked up from your hotel for a cycling tour through some of Bali's most picturesque highland regions. Beginning near the well-known volcano of Mount Batur and overlooking Kintamani Lake, this two to three-hour mountain biking excursion will take you through 18 miles (30 km) of forest trails, past historic Hindu temples, local communities, and verdant plantations. You'll make stops to explore a traditional Balinese village, take in the scenery from various viewpoints, and drop in at farm stands to sample exotic fruits from the source.

In the afternoon, you'll visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, a popular tourist attraction in Ubud. The forest sanctuary, established in the 14th century and sacred to the local Balinese, is home to over 700 long-tailed macaque monkeys. Learn about the sanctuary's conservation efforts, observe the monkeys in their natural habitat, and even feed them. Also home to several temples, you can walk through the forest to visit these intricate shrines while monkeys wander free. 

Day 3: Snorkel in Padang Bai, Visit Tirta Gangga Water Palace

Snorkeling in Padang Bai
Snorkel off Padang Bai and experience the underwater diversity for yourself

Today you'll visit the Bali beaches of your dreams at Padang Bai and Blue Lagoon Beach. Picture white sands, relaxed vibes, and crystal-clear water, where you'll encounter many tropical species. Sun on the beach and snorkel in the offshore reefs, keeping an eye out for turtles, octopuses, various tropical fish, moray eels, and reef sharks (if you get lucky). Enjoy lunch in a restaurant on the beach, taking in the views as you sample local cuisine. 

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Chat with a local specialist who can help organize your trip.
Your next stop will be the Tirta Gangga Water Palace, a tranquil water garden on the east part of the island. Built in the early 20th century by the King of Karangasem, this enchanted water park features a collection of pools, fountains, and statues, all amid lush greenery and far-reaching views of the surrounding mountains. Walk along the octagonal stepping stones and feed the carp, swim in one of the spring-fed pools, or wander among the vibrant flowers and intricate sculptures.

Day 4: Elephants, Palaces & Markets in Ubud 

Bathe the Elephants
Spend a morning with Sumatran elephants at a local sanctuary

Start today with a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you prepare to spend the morning at a nearby elephant sanctuary. This local refuge in Ubud allows you to interact with these gentle giants in their natural habitat while learning about local conservation efforts. The trip's highlight will be bathing with the elephants, where you help lead them to the water and splash in the refreshing river.

Your next stop is the Ubud Palace, or Puri Saren Palace, a historic landmark and cultural hub of the town. Built in the 1800s, the palace, home of the royal family of Ubud, is renowned for its architecture, gardens, and various cultural displays. If you're around later in the day, be sure to catch the nightly traditional Balinese dance performance, which takes place after sunset.

Near the palace, you'll find several of Ubud's most famous street markets. Start at the Ubud Art Market, a bustling open-air hub with a wide selection of traditional Balinese crafts, such as textiles, woodcarvings, jewelry, and paintings. When the sun sets, head to the Gianyar Night Market, where you can shop for local delicacies, handicrafts, and souvenirs. As you stroll through the market, sample several Balinese favorites like satay, nasi goreng (fried rice), and traditional sweets, like laklak (rice pancakes) or pisang goreng (banana fritters).

Day 5: Depart Bali

Transfer from Ubud to to I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS)
Enjoy your last morning, soaking up the nature and culture of Bali, before you board your flight home
It's time to say goodbye to Ubud and the island of Bali. You'll be transferred to Denpasar International Airport in a private air-conditioned vehicle with plenty of time to catch your flight. Safe travels onward!

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