Tone it down then turn it up on this Balinese adventure.

From the patchouli-infused spiritual digs of Ubud and Seminyak’s beach clubs to traipsing up a volcano in Mt Batur and island life on Gili Trawangan, see the best bits of Bali by bus, boat, bike and, errr, foot. Cycle through rice paddies, snorkel over reefs, snap a few sunsets, hike some mountains then throw down some beers.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Ubud, Indonesia
Finish
Seminyak, Indonesia
Destination
Indonesia
Style
Basix
Theme
18 to 29s
Code
TIYB
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18, Max 29
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

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Why you'll love this trip

  • Float in the ocean, bake on the beach, and conquer a volcano: the island landscapes of Bali and Gili are epic.

  • Let a local show you their favourite dishes, from nasi campur to burbur, during a street food tasting in Seminyak. We know you didn’t come all the way to Bali to eat spaghetti.

  • 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 3 am to climb a mountain, eh? Watching the sunrise from active volcano Mt Batur is worth every minute of sleep you lose.

  • Your leader will reveal the best of Gili Trawangan on a two-wheeled tour of the island, giving you insider info on the island that includes the snorkelling and the social scene.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Part of what makes this part of the world so appealing is the warm weather, so it probably won’ come as a surprise that Bali can be extremely hot and humid. It’s also important to note that the temperature can drop in the evening. Layers are the best way to tackle this disparity in weather.

  • Climbing Mt Batur on Day 4 to watch the sunrise from the top of the volcano is one of the highlights of this trip, just be aware this will involve starting the hike at 3 am. The climb takes around 2 hours and requires a good level of fitness.

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

  • This is a trip designed for travellers aged 18 to 29; full of fun, flexibility and plenty of free time to explore at your own pace.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020.
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Welcome to Ubud, Bali. You're free to arrive whenever you like today as there's nothing planned until your meeting this evening at 6 pm. If you do arrive early, feel free to stroll around town, soak up the vibe and prepare yourself to go full Eat Pray Love – there’s a reason Bali is such a popular destination. After the meeting, go out for an optional group dinner or find a feed on your own.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
If you have prebooked an airport arrival transfer upon arrival at Bali please make your way to the Golden Bird Lounge after clearing immigration. After you exit customs walk to the Golden Bird Lounge which is on the right side (around 50 meters from where you exit customs). The Golden Bird lounge is before the area where all the drivers are waiting.

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
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. The Tegallalang rice terraces are a really cool experience and Ubud Palace is a sight you just have to see. Maybe use your free time to join in some optional activities like a cycling tour, white-water rafting or a cooking class, just keep in mind these things cost extra. If you'd prefer to freewheel it, then just hire a bike and ride around Ubud's lush countryside. The evening is yours to do what you'd like.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Ubud - Cooking class - IDR350000
  • Ubud - Saraswati Temple Lotus Garden - Free
  • Ubud - Bali Eco Cycling Tours - IDR550000
  • Ubud - Whitewater rafting - IDR740000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Depart Ubud for Batur (90 minutes), visiting the Tirta Empul Water Temple en route. Tirta Empul, translating as holy water spring, was built in the 10th century as a place of ritual purification for Balinese Hindus and is still very much in use. This is the real deal, and you’ll see the local Balinese come here to bathe in the pools and purify themselves under the water spouts. Next, head to the stunning rice terraces at Tegalalang to take a stroll. It’s a great place to take that perfect photo of beautiful Bali. Continue to Batur and aim for an early night, as tomorrow is fairly hectic.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ubud - Tirta Empul Water Temple
  • Tegalalang - rice terraces
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Your accommodation at the base of Mt Batur is a basic hotel with a restaurant. This is a great location at which to start tomorrow's early morning trek without extra travelling time.
Rise and shine early birds (3 am!), 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 1717 metres high, Mt 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 1.5—2 hours, and since it's all uphill a decent level of fitness is required to enjoy it. On a clear morning, it's possible to see all the way across the Lombok Strait to the peaks of Mt Rinjani. After descending the volcano, there may be an option to soak in hot springs with great views over the lake and caldera, time depending. Later in the afternoon, head southwest to beachside Candidasa. You're gonna love having a free evening after today's climb to get super chilled by the beach.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mt Batur - Sunrise volcano climb
Optional Activities
  • Mt Batur - Hot springs - IDR300000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
The summit trail starts easily, while heading to the crater it climbs steeply with switchbacks over volcanic rocks and gravel. A good level of fitness is required. The path can be slippery, particularly after rain so good shoes are essential. Please bring your headtorch and a warm layer to wear at the summit. The climb may be cancelled during heavy rain and unsafe conditions.
Drive 25 minutes to Padang Bai this morning and jump on a speedboat to Gili Trawangan at approximately 9 am. Gili Trawangan, or Gili T as it's referred to, is essentially the Goldilocks of the three Gili islands, striking the perfect balance between Gili Air's hippie vibe and Gili Meno’s low-key honeymoon atmosphere. Check in to your resort, then begin exploring on two wheels during a cycling orientation tour with your leader. Get insider island info on the best places to watch the sunset and which beaches beat the rest. Spend the rest of the night however you like, just remember that bare feet are the basis of the dress code here.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Gili Trawangan - leader led orientation cycling trip
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
On arrival into Gili Trawangani your bags will be transferred by horse and cart and you will walk to the resort which is approximately 1.8 kilometres through the center of the island. Your resort is a peaceful oasis on the northern side of the island 150 metres from a quiet beach. For the duration of our stay at the resort you will have free use of the resorts bicycles to explore the island
Enjoy a free day on Gili Trawangan to do, well, absolutely nothing. If that’s what you want. Otherwise, why not spend a little dosh on an optional cooking or yoga class, or go snorkelling in the ridiculously clear waters. You could even head out on a motorised wooden boat around the Gili Islands, jumping straight off the boat and coming face-to-face with marine life including colourful fish, coral reefs and, of course, sea turtles. The Gili Islands are a famous snorkelling destination and probably the best spot in South East Asia, so if we have one piece of advice it’s this: get wet.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Gili Air - Snorkelling - IDR1100000
  • Gili Trawangan - Cooking class - IDR385000
  • Gili Trawangan - Yoga Class - IDR120000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Just another day in paradise and it’s your choice how you’ll spend it. Perhaps jump on another boat for more snorkelling, or maybe take it super easy and post up on the beach with a book, a coconut or a cocktail. Remember the ABCs of Gili T – always be coconutting. You could also hire a bike and go for another ride. All three of the Gili Islands are tiny, but it’ll still sound pretty hardcore when you tell your friends back home you circumnavigated an island.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Have a leisurely breakfast and one last swim on Gili T before walking back to the port (approximately 1.8 kms) and then jumping on the midday speedboat to Serangan on Bali, arriving late afternoon. From here, drive an hour to upmarket Seminyak where the sunsets are legendary, the beaches are plentiful, the nightlife is lively and there are more spas, massages and treatments than you can poke a stick at. On arrival, step out with your leader to on an included food tasting. Your leader knows all the best dishes, so unbuckle your belt and try some nasi campur (a mixed plate of rice, veges and meats), soto (soup), burbur (rice porridge) and more. Continue to a bar where you can beat the heat with an included drink.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Your bags will be transferred by horse and cart on Gili T back to port so you will not have to carry them.

Give today a real Semin-crack with a range of optional activities to get involved in. Remember, these may incur an extra cost. Maybe ride dirty in a VW Kombi to get clean on a Spa Safari or, if spas ain’t your thing, swap the bathrobe for a glass and take a Cocktail Safari instead, visiting some of Bali’s best beaches and bars while cruising down the coast. Or you could get active and take a surf lesson. Whatever your decision, you can’t hit Seminyak without soaking up the sun at a beach club in the afternoon. Ever heard of Potato Head? Cocoon? Ku de Ta? Your leader will take you to a beach club this afternoon to enjoy some beats, some eats and some…seats? Seriously, sit back, listen to the tunes, splash around in the pool and watch the beautiful people do their thing. You can even try talking to them.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Seminyak - Beach club visit
Optional Activities
  • Seminyak - Bali VW Spa Safari Urban Adventure - IDR1150000
  • Seminyak - Urban Adventure Total Bali Food Tour - IDR600000
  • Seminyak - Bali VW Cocktail Safari Urban Adventure - IDR800000
  • Legian - Rip Curl Surfing Lesson (includes transport) - IDR750000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your Bali adventure comes to an end today, but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to Eat, Pray, Love, Swim, Snorkel, Sleep and Tan in the future, be it in Bali or back home.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

9 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

Boat, Private minibus

Accommodation

Guesthouse (1 nights), Hotel (8 nights)

Included activities

  • Ubud - Tirta Empul Water Temple
  • Tegalalang - rice terraces
  • Mt Batur - Sunrise volcano climb
  • Gili Trawangan - leader led orientation cycling trip
  • Seminyak - Beach club visit

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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is bookable on this trip, subject to availability, and excludes Day 3 (Mt Batur Guesthouse) where you will be in shared accommodation.

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