The island of Bali is somewhat well known as a honeymoon and backpackers destination, but away from the mainstream mayhem of Kuta and glitz of Seminyak there are some very special parts of Bali where you can still gain true insight into the Balinese culture.

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Bali & the Gili islands

Overview

Ubud - Gili Trawangnan - Lombok - Bali

From the spectacular area of Ubud to the stunning Gili Islands, the beautiful beaches and serene tranquillity of Bali and the surrounding islands make the perfect place for a relaxing holiday or honeymoon. Explore the islands barefoot, discovering the incredible plant life and underwater world. The dramatic natural landscape of the Gili Islands also offers some great opportunities to see incredible views and landscapes including the Volcano of Gunung Batur.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the Balinese arts and crafts in Ubud – Bali’s cultural nexus
  • Visit Yeh Pulu – the 25 metre long carved cliff face said to date back to the late 14th century
  • Explore Pura Samuan Tiga temple
  • Drive around the Volcano of Gunung Batur where you will get incredible views of the surrounding area
  • Laze on the stunning beaches of Gili Trawangan 
  • Be dazzled by the underwater life in the turquoise sea of Lombok

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Description

12 night beach holiday starting in Ubud and staying on the beautiful Gili islands 

Day 1

Fly to Bali from London where you will meet a guide who will take you to your first nights’ accommodation

Overnight: Ubud

Day 2

Spend a day at your leisure exploring Ubud and enjoying your hotel.

Many Western artists and intellectuals began visiting Ubud in the 1930s and aided in the expansion of the local Balinese arts and crafts. The town is now Bali’s cultural nexus, rich with stone and woodcarving, temples and ceremonies, art galleries, dancing, silversmiths and amazing cuisine.

Overnight: Ubud

Day 3 

After a day spent relaxing, explore some of Bali’s most ancient monuments and relics which can be found in Ubud, particularly in the east and north.

Possibilities include Yeh Pulu, a 25 metre long carved cliff face that is believed to date back to the late 14th century; Pura Samuan Tiga temple and Goa Gajah (or Elephant Cave), the Volcano of Gunung Batur, surrounded by great drives and spectacular views of the surrounding area.

If you head east of Ubud you will find the less visited area of Sideman and Iseh, with towering views of the sacred Gunung Agung. This area is also well known for its rural character and terraced paddy fields.

Animal lovers might head to TARO Elephant Safari Park which looks after 27 Sumatran elephants, made homeless by deforestation. At the centre you can feed, ride, observe and learn about these gentle giants. Other activities are also possible including white water rafting, kayaking and trekking.

Overnight: Ubud

Day 4

After breakfast today. Head to the nearby nearby Padang Bai harbour for your fast boat to Gili Trawangan. On arrival in Gili Trawangan harbour you will be transferred by cidomo (a small horse-drawn carriage) to your hotel.

Overnight: Gili Trawangnan

Day 5

Spend the day at leisure at Gili Trawangan. Situated off the northwestern coast of Lombok, the Gili Islands are famed for fantastic diving and a laid-back pace of life. The archipelago is made up of 3 small islands; Gili Air, Gili Meno and the biggest of the three Gili Trewangan.

The islands are only 20 minutes by speedboat to Lombok and all have beautiful white sandy beaches, as well as being ringed by coral. The marine life here is first class and is one of the best spots in Indonesia for diving.

Overnight: Gili Trawangan

Day 6

This morning you will be transferred to Gili Trawangan harbour for your fast boat to Lombok. On arrival you will be transferred to your choice of hotel where you will stay for 5 nights.

Overnight: Lombok

Day 7-10

This time can be spent relaxing on the beautiful island of Lombok. Enjoy the facilities at your chosen hotel and the incredible natural beauty of Malaysia.
Those that want to take part in non-motorised water sports will have plenty of options whilst divers and snorkelers will also benefit from Lombok’s beautiful coast teeming with wildlife.

Overnight: Lombok 

Day 11

This morning you will be transferred to Teluk Kode harbour for your boat transfer over to Bali. On arrival at Serangan port you will be greeted by your guide who will drive your choice of hotel. Again, enjoy your hotel at leisure. 

Overnight: Bali

Day 12 

Enjoy breakfast and a lazy morning at the hotel before your early afternoon transfer to Denpasar airport for your onward flight back to the UK.