Experience Indonesia's natural beauty, culture, and wildlife as you explore the unbeaten path from Bali to Borneo. Start in Ubud of Bali, and discover charming streets before visiting the iconic Tegalalang Rice Terraces. Meet a local family living in a Rumah Desa to discover Balinese culture and cuisine before a sunrise climb of Mount Batur. Fly to Borneo to cruise through the jungle and meet orangutans in their natural habitat and end your time in Sanur, enjoying its beautiful beaches.


  • Wander around Ubud's charming streets and learn to cook Balinese cuisine
  • Discover Bali Safari Marine Park to observe local wildlife, like the Komodo dragon
  • Climb Mount Batur in the early hours to witness a stunning sunrise
  • In Borneo, cruise the Sekonyer River through Tanjung Putting National Park

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bali, Transfer to Ubud & Explore Ubud, Bali
Day 2 See the Tegalalang Rice Terraces, Tirta Empul Temple & Holy Springs Ubud, Bali
Day 3 Visit a Rumah Desa Ubud, Bali
Day 4 Explore Bali Safari Marine Park Ubud, Bali
Day 5 Sunrise Trek to Mount Batur Summit Ubud, Bali
Day 6 Fly to Pangkalan Bun (Kalimantan), Borneo Rainforest Cruise  Kalimantan
Day 7 Borneo Rainforest Cruise, Meet the Orangutans Kalimantan
Day 8 Disembark Cruise, Return to Bali, Transfer to Sanur & Free Day Sanur, Bali
Day 9 Depart Bali  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Bali, Transfer to Ubud & Explore

Airport transfer (Bali)
Don't miss Lotus Temple on your free day
Welcome to Bali! A driver will welcome you at the airport and drive you to your hotel in Ubud, about an hour away. Considered by some to be Bali's spiritual heart, Ubud is surrounded by terraced rice paddies and jungle. Once checked in, explore the cultural capital of Bali by wandering its charming streets and discovering its traditional attractions like Balinese fine arts, cultural dances, and music. If you're looking for a more active adventure, try an optional cooking class, Spa treatment, or rafting trip to take in the area's lush forests and apple-green rice terraces. 

Day 2: See the Tegalalang Rice Terraces, Tirta Empul Temple & Holy Springs

Tegalalang rice terraces
See all the shades of green at Tegalalang rice terraces

Your driver will be waiting in the lobby to take you to the stunning Tegalalang Rice Terraces near the village of Ceking. These terraced paddies are one of the most photographed places in Bali, and when you arrive, you'll see them from high above as they wave around the valley. Trek down to learn about the unique water irrigation system Balinese farmers use and take advantage of the great photo opportunities.

Next, discover the spiritual side of Balinese culture with a visit to the Tirta Empul temple. Explore the temple complex and witness locals praying in the shrine and bathing in the "Holy Spring." Learn about Balinese traditions as you observe the use of the 11 water spouts in the central courtyard for spiritual cleansing. The last two spouts are reserved for funeral rites.

Day 3: Visit a Rumah Desa

Cultural Immersion and traditions at Rumah Desa
Share a Balinese meal with a local family in a Rumah Desa

Start your Balinese morning with an interactive visit to a family-run Rumah Desa. A driver will pick you up and take you through rice fields as you make your way to meet a local family who will welcome you to their Rumah Desa, a traditional house in the countryside. The family will introduce you to various aspects of Balinese daily life through fun, engaging, and enriching activities. You'll also spend time in the village's rice fields and plantations, learning about Balinese farmers' unique agricultural techniques. After this immersive morning, sit down to a traditional lunch.

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Day 4: Explore Bali Safari Marine Park

VW Safari tour
Catch a Bali mynah bird singing
Home to over a thousand amazing animals, you'll visit Bali Safari Marine Park today. The park is home to animals representing more than 100 species, including rare and endangered species such as the Komodo dragon, orangutans, and the Bali mynah bird. The park is at the forefront of wildlife conservation in Indonesia and has a good reputation for treating animals well. You'll enjoy getting a close-up look at the beautiful birds and mammals here.

Day 5: Sunrise Trek to Mount Batur Summit

Mount Batur in Bali
Morning view of Mount Gunung Agung from Mount Batur 

You'll wake up early this morning for a private transfer to Kintamani, a village at the base of Mount Batur (5,633 ft/ 1,717 m), an active volcano in northeast Bali. With your local guide, hike for two to three hours before daybreak toward the summit along a well-trodden stone and packed dirt path. You'll reach the top just before dawn, and your hard work will be rewarded as the sun rises, seeing the first day's light cast its colors over the sleeping island below. This beautiful spectacle is a memorable Bali experience. After sunrise, return to Kintamani village on foot, where you'll return to your hotel in Ubud.

Day 6: Fly to Pangkalan Bun, Borneo Rainforest Cruise

River cruising in Borneo
Glide across the Sekonyer River in a klotok in Borneo

A driver will be waiting to take you to the airport for your flight to Pangkalan Bun, a city on the island of Borneo. Upon arrival, you'll be transferred about 20 minutes directly to Kumai to reach the Sekonyer River, a tributary of the Kumai River. Here, you'll board a klotok, a traditional wooden river boat where you can enjoy the mangrove and thick rainforest vistas from the boat's upper deck. Embark on an adventure as you float along the Sekonyer River through Tanjung Puting National Park.

With your boat captain navigating, admire the scenery while dining on boat-cooked meals, being on the lookout for endemic species. You may spot proboscis monkeys, long-tailed macaques, and exotic birds on the riverbank. You'll sleep on board tonight with the sounds of nocturnal wildlife in your ears as you close your eyes.

Day 7: Borneo Rainforest Cruise, Meet the Orangutans

A Borneo orangutan
Keep your eyes on the sky as you look for orangutans

Start your day with breakfast on board as you navigate to Pondok Tanggui, the home of the second orangutan rehabilitation center in Kalimantan. From here, you'll continue to cruise at a gentle pace in your klotok along the Sekonyer River to Camp Leakey, the highlight of the Tanjung Puting National Park, and remain alert for endemic wildlife like birds, primates, and crocodiles.

You'll stop at the information center to learn about Dr. Birute Galdikas and her orangutan research before taking a stroll through the jungle for the chance to see these incredible creatures in their natural habitat. Once back on board the klotok, you'll have dinner and another memorable night under the stars aboard.

Day 8: Disembark Cruise, Return to Bali, Transfer to Sanur & Free Day

Sanur beachfront
Relax on the sandy beaches of Sanur 

Enjoy your last freshly-cooked breakfast and the breathtaking view from your wooden boat before returning to Kumai. Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to the airport for your domestic flight from Pagkalan Bun to Bali. Once you've landed, a driver will transfer you to your hotel in Sanur. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the beautiful beaches of this resort town, where you can rent snorkel gear, a boat, or a bike for further exploration of your idyllic surroundings. 

Day 9: Depart Bali

Bye bye
Bye-bye Bali!

Depending on the departure schedule, you'll be picked up by your private driver and taken to the airport. Have a safe flight to your onward destination!

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