Days
12
Price from
£620GBP

From the patchouli-infused spiritual digs of Ubud and lovely Lovina to traipsing up a volcano in Mt Batur and heading across the sea to Lombok, see the best bits of Bali by bus, boat, bike and, errr, foot. Cycle through rice paddies, snorkel over reefs, splash about in waterfalls, snap a few sunsets, strike some asanas, hike up mountains and throw down beers.


Start
Ubud, Indonesia
Finish
Sanur, Indonesia
Country
Indonesia
Code
GTBL
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18 , Max 29
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Float in the ocean, bake on the beach, don't go chasing waterfalls (actually do) and conquer a volcano - like you do. The island landscapes of Bali and Lombok are epic!

  • Make like a sponge and soak up every drop of Ubud's relaxed atmosphere. A walk among the bright green rice fields is as Bali as it gets

  • There's nothing like waking up at three in the morning to climb a mountain, eh? The active volcano of Mount Batur is worth every minute of sleep you lose

  • This sentence will have you feeling Gili T. Sorry. Three nights in this island paradise is the perfect way to wind up a trip of a lifetime

Is this trip right for you?

  • Bali and Lombok can be extremely hot and humid. It’s important to prepare for hot sticky temperatures during the day and sometimes cooler climates in the evening. Layers are the best way to tackle this disparity in weather.

  • On Day 5 there will be a long day of driving, which can take up to six hours in total. The scenery is amazing and this is a great chance to get to know your fellow travellers.

  • On Day 6 there's a steep uphill climb of Mount Batur, starting very early in the morning at 3 am. The climb takes around two hours and requires a good level of fitness.

  • This trip affords lots of free time so that you're able to experience Bali and Lombok the way you imagined. If you're in need of optional activities, your leader will be on hand to help.

Itinerary

Welcome to Ubud, Bali. You're free to arrive whenever you like today, as there's nothing planned until your welcome meeting this evening. Meet your local leader and fellow travellers tonight for a pre-trip brief, which should take place around 6pm. Please look for a note in the lobby of the accommodation or ask reception where it will take place. We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you bring these details to provide to your leader.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is free to explore the temples, wander through the paddy fields or visit the famous art and craft markets in the centre of town. Tegallalang rice terraces is a really cool experience and Ubud palace is a sight you just have to see. Use your free time to join in some optional activities, like a cycling tour. If you'd prefer to free wheel it, then just hire a bike and ride around Ubud's awesome countryside. Your evening is then free for whatever you want.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Ubud - Bali Eco Cycling Tours - IDR490000
  • Ubud - Cooking class - IDR350000
  • Ubud - Saraswati Temple Lotus Garden - Free
  • Ubud - Whitewater rafting - IDR900000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Journey north today to Lovina, stopping to check out all the best sites on the way, including the water temple at Lake Bratan, and the markets at Bedugul. Pay a visit to Gitgit Waterfalls, where you have the option of splashing about. The drive is super picturesque and takes you over the highlands that divide the north coast from the south (approximately 6 hours including stops). As Lovina is famous for it's black sand beaches and dolphins that patrol its coast, take an evening stroll down the beach and catch the last of the sun.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Gitgit waterfall
  • Bedugul Market
  • Bedugul - Lake Bratan Temple
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is free to explore, with plenty of free time to get under the skin of Lovina. Why not head out snorkelling to Menjangan Island Reef, check out Banjar hot springs or test your flexibility with a yoga class? There's lots to keep you busy around this coastal town. Isn’t it nice that the sunset here coincides with happy hour at most places? And as far as sunsets go, this one is pretty good. We recommend getting yourself a cocktail, stat.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Lovina - Banjar Hot springs entrance - IDR10000
  • Lovina - Bali Barat NP Snorkelling - IDR515000
  • Lovina - Yoga class - IDR120000
  • Lovina - Snorkeling Menjangan Island - IDR930000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel to Kintamani (approximately 3 hours), the town close to the active volcano of Mount Batur. There'll be a fair bit of staring out of the window along the way, perfect fodder for a cracking game of 'I Spy'. Train your little eye the volcano's spectacular crater and its lake. There'll be plenty of time to stop to stretch the legs and check out the top notch viewpoints of the big erupter.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Rise and shine early birds (3am!), it's time for a good ol' fashioned crater hike. On your included walk, you'll be just in time to witness the sunrise over the valleys of Bali. At 1,717 metres high, Mount Batur sits inside a spectacular caldera along with Lake Batur, which is an awesome sight to see. The lake supports the local fishing industry, while many of the villagers work as guides for the volcano climb. It's important to note that this climb takes around one and a half to two hours, but it's all uphill so a decent level of fitness is required. On a clear morning, it's possible to see all the way across the Lombok Strait to the peaks of Lombok's Mt. Rinjani. The weather can be unpredictable, so the view is up to Mother Nature. After descending the volcano, there may be an option to soak in hot springs with great views over the lake and caldera. Later in the afternoon, head down the the southwest coast to beachside Candidasa. You're gonna love having a free evening after today's climb to get super chilled.

Notes: You need appropriate walking shoes, head torch, waterproof jacket and warm clothing for Mt. Batur and Bedugul. While these are possible to buy in Bali, you might prefer to bring from home to ensure correct fit and quality.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mt Batur - Climb with local guide
  • Mt Batur - Entrance Fee
Optional Activities
  • Mt Batur - Hot springs - IDR150000
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning, transfer to the port town of Padang Bai and take a fast boat to Lombok (approximately 2 hours). The scenery is really different from Bali and the people are mainly Muslim rather than Hindu, so Lombok is a real contrast to what you've just experienced. From here, take a bus ride to Tetebatu, which can take between three and four hours. The hill retreat of Tetebatu, which sits in the centre of Lombok and at the southern base of Mt. Rinjani, provides spectacular views of the region. Maybe use your free time in the afternoon to take a guided walk to one of the nearby villages. Masbagik is a traditional village where you can witness a pottery demonstration, and Pringasella offers a traditonal weaving village walk and Sasak feast. It's up to you how you spend the rest of your free time here.

Notes: Optional activities listed below only relate to the activities, additional transport costs can be split between the number of people taking part.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Masbagik - Village walk and pottery demonstration - IDR100000
  • Pringasella - Traditional weaving village walk and Sasak feast - IDR80000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Around midday, say goodbye to Tetebatu and drive west for Sengiggi (approximately 2 hours). From Senggigi travel by boat to Gili Trawangan.

There's no motorised transport on Gili T, and cidemos are the only form of transport (horse drawn carts). On arrival, your bags will be transported by cidemo while you walk to the hotel.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Spend the next few days swimming, sunbaking, relaxing, exploring or take part in some of the world’s best snorkelling and diving on an optional boat trip. If you're looking for something different, why not take part in a yoga class or try your hand at cooking? These tranquil isalnds have tonnes of things to do and see during your time here.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Gili Air - Snorkelling - IDR1000000
  • Gili Trawangan - Cooking class - IDR275000
  • Gili Trawangan - Yoga class - IDR80000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Make the most of one last day here in tropical heaven, as we'll be dragging you away from it tomorrow.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Jump up on a fast boat back to south Bali today, rather than the slow ferry. This means that you'll have more time to do a bit of last minute shopping or eat your body weight in prawns. On your return to Sanur, perhaps head out with the group for one last night on the town. Say goodbye to Bali the best way you know how.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Sanur - Yoga Lesson - IDR100000
  • Sanur - Cooking Class - IDR450000
  • Sanur - Morning Cycling Tour - IDR270000
  • Sanur - Balinese Massage - IDR90000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your Bali and Beyond adventure ends after breakfast this morning. There are no more activities planned and you're free to leave the accommodation at any time.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Ubud - Whitewater rafting - IDR900000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

10 breakfasts

Transport

Boat, Minibus, Minivan

Accommodation

Guesthouse (2 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (8 nights)

Included Activities

  • Gitgit waterfall
  • Bedugul Market
  • Bedugul - Lake Bratan Temple
  • Mt Batur - Climb with local guide
  • Mt Batur - Entrance Fee

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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip and excludes nights 5 (Mt Batur Guesthouse) where you will be in shared accommodation.
2.In 2016 this trip had the code GTBO.

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