Just a short flight from Singapore is the beautiful Indonesian Archipelago known for some of the world’s most idyllic islands including Bali and Java. This paradise is known foremost for its natural beauty—rice paddies cascade down terraced hillsides like giant steps, lush, tropical forests, warm and welcoming beaches and volcanoes that peak through the clouds.
You can let your cares slip away as you spend the days swimming in the warm tropical waters and indulging in soothing massages at some of the world’s finest spas. Bali’s true uniqueness lies in its vibrant culture and highly developed arts, dance, sculpture, painting, and music; and with more than 20,000 temples, the opportunities to see and experience the Balinese culture is everywhere.
You’ll experience this deeply spiritual culture while staying in ultra luxury resorts from coconut groves on the beach – to secluded hillsides with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean – to remote nature reserves accessible only by small boat.
- Take a morning trek into the Ayung River Valley
- Explore the colorful Candi Kuning Market in Bedugul
- Experience the peace and beauty of the Borobudur Temple in Java
- Cruise along Bali’s eastern shore aboard a traditional Balinese outrigger
- Learn how to plant rice on the magnificent terraced hillsides
DAYS 1 & 2
Bali & Candi Dasa, Indonesia
Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Day 2 begins with a morning cruise along Bali’s eastern shore aboard a 50-foot traditionally-styled Balinese outrigger. The warm tropical waters are teeming with brilliantly colored reef fish – a delight for snorkelers.
Overnight at the Amankila, Bali
DAYS 3 & 4
Ubud & Ayung River Valley
Learn about the Hindu culture and experience the traditional daily life of the rural Balinese. Explore village roads full of community farms and cottage industries. You may be invited into the homes of some of the local artisans and craftsmen to experience their hospitality — and share the skills and stories behind their crafts. Trek into the Ayung River Valley, followed by a healthy picnic breakfast
Overnight at the Amandari, Ubud
DAYS 5 & 6
Nusa Dua, Bedugal & Lake Beratan
Enjoy a fascinating full-day tour of the lush green highlands of Bedugul. Visit the Candi Kuning Market with its colorful fruit and flower stalls. Travel to Lake Beratan to tour the 17th-century Ulun Danu Temple. Continue to Alas Kedaton or “Holy Forest,” where hundreds of monkeys live free in their natural habitat, residing high in the nutmeg trees and at the Pura Bukit Sari (temple.) End today with a spectacular sunset at the famous Tanah Lot Temple, built on a volcanic outcrop on Bali’s rugged west coast.
Overnight St. Regis Bali, Nusa Dua
DAYS 7 – 9
Yogyakarta, Borobudur & Depart for Home
Enjoy a drive to the Kedu Valley to explore the Borobudur Temple which sits majestically on a hilltop overlooking lush green fields and distant hills. Buried for centuries under ash from a volcanic eruption, Borobudur Temple was rediscovered in 1814 and is celebrated as the largest Buddhist monument in the world. Your expert local guides will reveal its secret meanings and bring to life the knowledge contained within its reliefs. On Day 9 you will be taken to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination.
Let your journey to this magical islands begin here.
May all your travels stir your soul and change your life forever – Ales.
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