Take a deep dive into Indonesia on this luxurious weeklong tour, which takes you to the verdant island of Bali, home to rich culture, historic sites, and incredible beaches. Start in Munduk, where you'll visit the Buddhist monastery of Brahma Vihara Giri and learn the art of Balinese cuisine with a private cooking class. Then, you're off to Jimbaran to explore hidden coves, waterfalls, and the UNESCO-honored Jatiluwih Rice Terraces. End with a sunset kecak dance performance at the ancient Uluwatu Temple.

Highlights

  • Take a dip in your villa's private swimming pool at Munduk Moding Plantation
  • Trek through beautiful coffee farms and visit crashing waterfalls in Umejero 
  • Indulge in a rejuvenating and refreshing Balinese massage
  • Walk through the park-like atmosphere of Jimbaran's Pura Taman Ayun temple

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bali, Transfer to Munduk, Explore  Munduk, Bali
Day 2 Visit Brahma Vihara Giri Monastery, Nature Trek in Umejero Munduk, Bali
Day 3 Private Cooking Class, Traditional Balinese Massage Munduk, Bali
Day 4 Discover Munduk Waterfalls & Tamblingan Lake, 11-Course Fine Dining Meal Munduk, Bali
Day 5 Transfer to Jimbaran, Tour Jatiluwih & Pura Taman Ayun, Fine Dining at Cuca Jimbaran, Bali
Day 6 Beach Day Around Pecatu, Visit Uluwatu Temple, Drinks at the Rock Bar Jimbaran, Bali
Day 7 Relax on Pecatu's Beaches, Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Bali, Transfer to Munduk, Explore 

Relax post-flight with a dip in your hotel's infinity pool (photo courtesy of Munduk Moding Plantation)

Welcome to Indonesia! Your flight lands on the island of Bali, part of the Lesser Sunda Islands and known for its expansive landscapes, ornate temples, and rich cultural traditions. Your private driver will collect you from the airport and transfer you to the town of Munduk, where you'll check in at Munduk Moding Plantation Resort. Nestled in a working coffee plantation and surrounded by lush jungle, this 5-star eco-luxury lodge offers rooms and villas with private terraces, pools, and an open-air feel that aligns perfectly with the abundant nature around you. 

After check-in, you can relax at the hotel, take advantage of their spa amenities, enjoy a dip in their infinity pool, or explore Munduk under your own steam. This northern village, located on the cooler, greener side of the island, has plenty of outdoor activities worth seeing, from seeking out hidden waterfalls to hiking to panoramic vistas.

Those wanting to discover Bali's culture won't be disappointed. Munduk is home to the famed water temple, Ulun Danu Bratan, located on Lake Beratan and one of the most beautiful in Bali. Or, for some high-flying fun, head to Munduk's Twin Lakes, where you'll find bridges and swings that take you directly over the water. Tonight, get a good night's sleep as you prepare for tomorrow's adventures. 

Day 2: Visit Brahma Vihara Giri Monastery, Nature Trek in Umejero

Visit hidden waterfalls as you trek around Munduk's Umejero region

After breakfast, head out with your private guide to visit Brahma Vihara Giri, one of two Buddhist monasteries in Bali. The peaceful monastery blends elements of Buddhism with traditional Balinese design. Visit their reclining Buddha, see intricate decorative carvings, and note the unusual mini replicas of Borobudur (one of the world's largest Buddhist monuments.) The monastery is also at a high elevation, with impressive views overlooking Bali's western region.

Later today, spend some time in nature with a trek around the Umejero region. Known for it's coffee and clove plantations, your guide will take you through the greenery of the plantations, sharing information on the crops and how they're grown, as well as Indonesia's coffee history. Visit the hidden waterfall of Umejero, which has a natural pool and colorful orange rock walls, then hike to Santhipala Waterfall. This gorgeous triple waterfall sits deep in the rainforest. The name Santhipala translates to "receiving peace" and perfectly represents the serene location. 

Day 3: Private Cooking Class, Traditional Balinese Massage

Pamper yourself and unwind with a traditional Balinese massage (photo courtesy of Munduk Moding Plantation)

Discover more of Bali's history and culture with a traditional cooking class. Your driver will collect you from your hotel, and you'll meet a local chef who'll show you how to prepare some of the region's most notable dishes, such as lawar (meat mixed with vegetables), nasi goreng (rice) and satay (grilled meat). Chop vegetables and herbs, grind spices, and delight in a hands-on experience that not only refines your culinary skills but also allows you to connect with the essence of Balinese culture. Afterward, sit down for lunch and conversation with your hosts. 

This afternoon, indulge in the expertise and traditions of a rejuvenating and pampering Balinese massage. You can choose between one, or two-hour massages, with options for body, foot, or facials, as well as add-ons such as essential oils or coffee scrubs. Immerse yourself in a truly blissful experience and come away refreshed and fully relaxed. 

Day 4: Discover Munduk Waterfalls & Tamblingan Lake, 11-Course Fine Dining Meal

Experience a delicious 11-course gourmet Balinese meal 

The day starts early as you embark on a tour of Munduk's local plantations and waterfalls. Meet your guide and set out, visiting the various plantations and meeting their owners, then exploring hidden waterfalls and cooling off with a morning swim. 

Continue to the shores of Tamblingan Lake, a secluded spot away from the popular tourist trails. Enjoy the views and tranquility of the glass-like waters, and if weather permits, you'll have a chance to see more of the lake on a ride in a traditional canoe. Visit the small temples dotted around the lakeshore, including Ulun Danu Tamblingan temple, which dates back to the 10th century. 

For dinner, experience a culinary journey like no other with an 11-course fine dining experience. Put yourself in the hands of a master chef, sampling dishes designed to delight the senses, where each course is a work of art with its own story. Learn more about Balinese cuisine, sip delicious wine, and leave with a full stomach and fully satiated palate. 

Day 5: Transfer to Jimbaran, Tour Jatiluwih & Pura Taman Ayun, Fine Dining at Cuca

Settle in wth a sundowner and enjoy the ocean views (photo courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Bali)

Your next destination is Jimbaran, a fishing village and resort town approximately two hours from Munduk. After hotel checkout, your private transfer will collect you for the scenic drive south, taking you past rice fields, rainforests, and villages. Along the way, you'll stop at Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, a UNESCO-honored site encompassing more than 1,400 acres (600 ha) of verdant fields. Follow the walking trail to the most scenic spots as your guide shows you specific techniques used by the farmers to cultivate and grow the rice. 

Next is Pura Taman Ayun temple, whose name aptly translates to "beautiful garden." Built in 1634 by the Raja of Mengw to honor the deified ancestors of the Raja Dynasty, this is considered one of Bali's most significant temples. Walk the grounds, enjoy the park-like atmosphere with its ponds and shady trees, and hear stories from your guide about the temple's history and traditions.

From here, you'll continue to Jimbaran and arrive at your hotel, the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay. Sheltered in a quiet bay right on the water, you'll enjoy well-appointed rooms with traditional Balinese decor, options for villas with private pools and ocean views, and a wealth of amenities at your fingertips. Once you've had a chance to regroup, spend the evening at Cuca, a gourmet restaurant with innovative tapas, cocktails, and desserts crafted with locally sourced ingredients. Sample multiple communal dishes teeming with vibrant tropical tastes, textures, and colors.

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Day 6: Beach Day Around Pecatu, Visit Uluwatu Temple, Drinks at the Rock Bar

Swim, surf, and play on the beaches around Pecatu

Make the most of your last full day in Bali by visiting the white sand beaches near Pecatu village, located in the South Kuta region. Meet your private guide and start with an adventurous hike to Padang-Padang Beach, located at the bottom of a small flight of stairs and through a narrow rock passage. Known for its background of shaded hills and cliffs, this is a great place to swim and surf. If you're after something more secluded, Green Bowl Beach is a steep descent down 350 steps, but it's worth it for the views and privacy.

End the day at the ancient Uluwatu Temple. Perched atop a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean, the temple's stunning architecture dates back to the 11th century and showcases the rich history of Balinese Hinduism. Walk around the grounds and learn about the significance of the temple, which is dedicated to Dewa Baruna, the Hindu god of the sea. As you wander, keep an eye out for the population of monkeys that inhabit the area—considered sacred and believed to protect the temple from evil spirits, they're also prone to snatching items from unsuspecting visitors!

Afterward, make your way to the amphitheater for a memorable kecak dance performance. This traditional Balinese dance and music show features a large group of male performers chanting the rhythmic "cak cak" sounds while dancers reenact scenes from the Hindu epic Ramayana, all set against the backdrop of the setting sun. Before returning to your hotel, stop at Jimbarin's Rock Bar, where you'll find a cliffside entrance and a custom DJ booth carved right into the cliff face. Sit at their Round Bar, listen to live music, and sip handcrafted cocktails, enjoying the elegant atmosphere. 

Day 7: Relax on Pecatu's Beaches, Depart

Time to bid farewell to beautiful Bali and Indonesia

If there's time before your departure today, soak up a bit more sun at the hotel pool or ask your driver to take you to one of the Pecatu region's many beaches for a last round of swimming or snorkeling. You can also do some last-minute souvenir shopping in Jimbaran or visit a spa to ensure you're refreshed before your flight. 

Afterward, you'll say goodbye to beautiful Bali and Indonesia. You'll transfer to the airport at the appointed time for your journey home. Safe travels!

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