Embrace adventurous spirit and indulge in luxurious comfort as you discover rice terraces and golden shores in Bali. Your customizable tour offers a blend of heart-pounding excitement and captivating culture, the splendors of nature and the pleasures of cuisine. Let the motions of traditional Balinese dance enrapture you, as it tells of enticing legend. Dig your toes into the hot black sand on a northern beach and learn how to ride a surfboard across rolling waves. From thunderous waterfalls hidden...
Nusa Dua – The Balinese Trail
Before your flight lands in Bali, the images of jade tropical canopies and sapphire waters fill your head. As the plane descends into Ngurah Rai International Airport, what you have imagined the landscape to be becomes a reality. The lush hues of the rainforest trees glow against the light waves splashing against gold sand shores. Your private transfer meets you at the airport upon your arrival and escorts you to the entry gate of Nusa Dua. The tiered edifice was modeled after the multi-layered Hindu shrines located around the island, offering a unique introduction to the traditional Balinese architecture.
You easily settle into the beauty and charm of your villa style resort overlooking the gold-sand shores of the island. The open-air lobby contains hints of coconut, and the fresh sea breeze carries a sweet aroma of blossoming hibiscus. Your guide meets you in the hotel lobby in the afternoon, eager to lead you south on your first exploration of Bali’s shores. You make your way to Uluwatu Temple, one of six temples celebrated as a spiritual pillar. The temple stands atop a precipitous cliff at nearly 230 feet above sea level. The walls of an existing temple were expanded in the 11th century under the reign of Empu Kuturan.
You can hear the waves below splashing against layers of rock. You witness the stunning tiers of the temple shrine, finding the similarities in its traditional features and the gates at Nusa Dua. Long-tailed macaques linger in the treetops and on the pathways watching visitors while snacking on dangling fruit. Beachgoers enjoy the soft sands of Uluwatu beach below, basking in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. At sunset, the cliff-top temple turns into a silhouette framed by the layering orange and reds of the fading light. It is the perfect introduction to the mystical and majestic beauty of Bali.
Nusa Dua – Culture Beyond the Shore
Nusa Dua – The Diverse Waters of Bali
Nusa Dua – A Quiet Luxury
Nusa Dua – Vegetables of the Sea
Nusa Dua – Endless Majesty of Sunrise
Lovina – On the Trail to the North
Ubud – Black Sand Sunrise and Dance Steps
Ubud – The Art of Discovery
- Experience the historic culture of Balinese Hindu tradition by visiting the seaside Uluwatu Temple and the Taman Ayun Temple
- Discover the uniqueness of storytelling in motion with a dance class teaching you the traditional movement of Balinese dances
- Embark on a sunrise trek to Mount Batur to witness the marvelous colors of sunrise from one of the tallest peaks on the island overlooking a live caldera
- Delight in a sunrise cruise off the coast of Lovina in search of the playful pods of spinner dolphins
- Visit the Elephant Safari Park to see a large herd of Asian elephants being rehabilitated and protected in an open habitat
- Adventure on the coursing waters of the Ayung River with an exciting whitewater rafting excursion
- Meet local seaweed farmers during a morning tour to Lembongan to see how the workers cultivate the widely-sought cosmetic and culinary ingredient
- Step beyond your comfort zone with a private surfing lesson on the calm waves of the southern Balinese coast
- Watch a master jeweler shape celebrated works before undertaking your own masterpiece during a private jewelry-making lesson
Bali offers an irresistible blend of activity and relaxation, cultural immersion and ultimate discovery during your 9-day tour. The excitement begins with your arrival at Ngurah Rai International Airport. Your private transfer meets you at baggage claim and escorts you to a luxurious hotel overlooking the gold-sand beaches of Nusa Dua. In the afternoon, you continue to the cliffs of Uluwatu for an introduction to Balinese culture at the temple located on the cliff’s edge. Enjoy an incredible sunset before returning to your hotel for the night. The next morning, you travel to the cultural capital of Ubud for a full day tour of the streets and rice paddy terraces. Visit the Sacred Monkey Forest and learn the art of silversmithing with private instruction from a master jeweler.
Next, you head into the Central Highlands for a whitewater-rafting excursion down the Ayung River. Embrace the excitement and lush scenery of the jungle before meeting an elephant herd at the Elephant Safari Park in Desa Taro. Enjoy an up-close and personal meeting with the largest land mammal in Asia. You could also enjoy a tour by riding the elephant’s back across the safari park. The day takes you to the shores of Seminyak for a relaxing day strolling the streets, lounging on the sandy beach, and partaking in a private surf lesson along the peninsula’s western shore.
In the morning, you take a speedboat to the island of Lembongan to visit seaweed farmers to learn the unique necessity for the plant. Return to Nusa Dua and ascend into the air in a hot air balloon for a fantastic aerial view of Bali and the nearby islands. You wake up before dawn with a private guide leading you into the Highlands near the volcanic peak of Mount Batur. Trek along the slopes for an unforgettable sunrise over the active caldera before returning to Nusa Dua for the remainder of the day.
You travel north to Lovina, stopping to visit the Tanah Lot temple, Taman Ayun temple complex, and the marvelous cascade of Gitgit Waterfalls. You once again rise before dawn and take a boat for a remarkable sunrise on the Indian Ocean amongst the splashing dolphin pods enjoying the attention. You return to Ubud for the remainder of the day, partaking in a fun and informative dance class to learn the traditional Balinese dances. On the final day, your private transfer meets you at the hotel in Ubud and escorts you to Ngurah Rai International Airport for the flight home.
$1,795 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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