Uncover the secrets of Bali on this trip around the Island of the Gods. Visit temples that were built over a thousand years ago, wander through lush green rice terraces around Ubud, drive through lava fields in a vintage Volkswagon convertible, and bask in the turquoise waters of the Gili Islands. End with the trendy beaches and bars of Seminyak, all with plenty of time to relax and learn about the Balinese culture.

Highlights

  • Explore the Monkey Forest & historic temples in Ubud
  • Take a safari drive around an active volcano
  • Relax in tropical paradise on the Gili Islands
  • Enjoy amazing sunsets from trendy Seminyak

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Bali, transfer to Ubud Ubud, Bali
Day 2 VW Safari Tour, Kintamani, Mt Batur, Tegallalang, & Bali Swing Ubud, Bali
Day 3 Monkey Forest & Ubud Temples Ubud, Bali
Day 4 Ubud to Gili Air via Padangbai Gili Air
Day 5 Gili Air Gili Air
Day 6 Gili Air Gili Air
Day 7 Gili Air to Seminyak via Padangbai Seminyak, Bali
Day 8 Seminyak Seminyak, Bali
Day 9 Departure from Bali  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Bali, transfer to Ubud

Welcome to Bali, Island of the Gods!
Welcome to Bali, Island of the Gods

Welcome to the Island of Gods! Your driver will pick you up from the airport and drive you through the beautiful Balinese countryside to your hotel in Ubud, where you will have the day to relax, settle in, and enjoy the tropical jungle views and famous Balinese hospitality.

With a history dating back to the eighth century, a historic reputation as a center for natural medicine and healing, and a plethora of interesting sights to visit including historic temples, waterfalls, and terraced rice paddies, Ubud is one of the most fascinating and beautiful destinations in Bali. The drive from the airport to Ubud is stunning, but, with notoriously bad traffic and the odd religious street parade, it can take a while.

Day 2: VW Safari Tour, Kintamani, Mt Batur, Tegallalang, & Bali Swing

Enjoy views of the volcanoes & rice terraces
Enjoy views of the volcanoes & rice terraces

Today, you're going to go exploring in vintage VW convertibles as you go on a safari tour through the countryside around Ubud before making our way out to an active volcano, and rounding off our adventure with a visit to the rice terraces.

Your first stop is the terraced rice fields and lush green jungle just outside of Ubud. Dotted with small villages, waterfalls, and historic temples, the landscapes out here are stunning. You'll visit Tegallalang Rice Terrace first, where you can go for a walk, fly through the air on the famous Bali Swing, go shopping on Tegallalang Crafts Street or just sit and enjoy the view.

After that, you'll make your way out to Kintamani and Mt Batur where you can drive past an active volcano, watch people fish in the caldera lake, take a walk on the lava fields, and visit little villages and temples along the way. In the afternoon, return to Ubud.

Day 3: Monkey Forest & Ubud Temples

Visit the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud
Visit the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud

Start off today's Ubud adventures with a visit to the Sacred Monkey Forest to meet the long-tail macaques. Home to about 750 monkeys, there are also three Hindu Temples in the forest which were built around 1350. One of the temples is known as Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal or, 'the Great Temple of Death', whilst another is a 'Holy Spring' bathing temple, like Tirta Empul, which you will visit later. 

After exploring Monkey Forest, make your way to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed temple of Goa Gajah. Literally translated to 'Cave of the Elephant', this 9th-century sanctuary was only rediscovered by Dutch archaeologists in 1923. To enter the temple, you must walk down a long flight of steps and through the mouth of the 'Elephant' into the cave. Don't worry though, this intimidating character, "Boma", is not at the entrance of the temple to scare the faithful and the visitors but to dissuade the evil spirits from entering the site.

Continue your day with the visit to Gunung Kawi. Famous for its ancient relics dating back to the 11th century. this complex is located next to a small river and is surrounded by lush rice paddies that are carved out of the hillsides surrounding the shrines, which were thought to be funeral monuments dedicated to King Anak Wungsu of the Udayana dynasty and his favorite queens.

After that, you'll make your way to Ubud's famous Water Temple, Tirta Empul. Built in 962 CE, this Hindu temple is dedicated to purification and its name means 'sacred source' in Balinese. The waters of the pools come from the Pakerisan River and have the reputation of being purifying and magical.

Dedicated to the gods Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma and Indra, Tirta Empul is considered one of Bali's most sacred temples. This is the perfect opportunity for you to learn more about the Hindu religion and Balinese culture and understand the importance of spirituality to the people on the Island of the Gods.

Day 4: Ubud to Gili Air via Padangbai

Make your way to tropical paradise on Gili Air
Make your way to tropical paradise on Gili Air

It's time to say goodbye to the golds and greens of Ubud and make our way to Padangbai so we can take the boat over to Gili Air

One of an archipelago of three small islands just off the northwest coast of Lombok, the Gili Islands are famous for their laidback vibes, beautiful sunsets, and lack of motorized vehicles. You can get around the islands by bicycle, foot, or by a horse-drawn carriage called a cidomo.

The boat trip over to the island should take around an hour and a half. This afternoon, you're free to relax and do as you please. You can go snorkeling, organize scuba diving, take a cooking class, or just relax on the beach before enjoying an epic sunset.

Day 5: Gili Air

Take in an amazing sunset from Gili Air
Take in an amazing sunset from Gili Air

It's hard not to fall in love with Gili Air's white sandy beaches and turquoise seas. Today is yours to relax and enjoy the island. Opt to go snorkeling or diving to catch a glimpse of the rich sea life, organize a boat trip around the islands, ride a bike around the island or go for a wander through the jungle interior, before relaxing in a hammock and taking in an amazing sunset.

Day 6: Gili Air

The Gilis have some amazing marine life
The Gilis have some amazing marine life

Spend another day relaxing in the tropical paradise of the Gili Islands. One of the best things about the Gilis is its marine life, with amazing coral, a myriad of colorful fish, and sea turtles. The best way to see them is by going diving, snorkeling, or even taking a boat trip around the islands where, if you're lucky, you might find a turtle swimming alongside you and see fish moving through the crystal clear water.

Alternatively, you can just relax in a hammock with a cocktail or a coconut, or a cocktail in a coconut, and soak up the sun and the sand before you head back to the mainland in the morning.

Day 7: Gili Air to Seminyak via Padangbai

Spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach in Seminyak
Spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach in Seminyak

This morning, wave goodbye to paradise as we climb aboard the fast boat back to Bali. When you arrive, your driver will take you onto Seminyak, the island's trendiest area. Famed for its beaches, restaurants, and nightlife, this is your chance to experience a very different side of life on the island. 

When you arrive, you're free to wander, go shopping, soak up the sun on the beach, surf, relax by the pool, or even organize an optional trip to Tanah Lot, the famous Water Temple.

Day 8: Seminyak

Relax on the beach in Seminyak
Relax on the beach in Seminyak

Today is your last full day in Bali, and it's free to spend however you would like. You can organize trips with your private driver down to see the breathtaking cliffs of Uluwatu or the water temple, head up to Canggu or Kuta, or just spend the day relaxing, shopping, eating, drinking cocktails in hammocks, surfing in the ocean or swimming in the pool, before taking in one last epic sunset. The choice is yours.

Day 9: Departure from Bali

It's time to say goodbye to Bali
It's time to say goodbye to Bali

It's time to say goodbye to Bali. Depending on what time your flight is, you can spend one last morning relaxing in Seminyak before making your way to the airport and heading home.

Map

Map of Discover Bali: Ubud, Seminyak, Gili Air, & More - 9 Days
Map of Discover Bali: Ubud, Seminyak, Gili Air, & More - 9 Days