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Classics and hidden gems in Bali

Get up close to the soul of Bali in Ubud, discover Sidemens pristine landscapes, the authentic snorkelling paradise of Amed, and end it all in Lovina with its dark volcanic beaches.

Classics and hidden gems in Bali
Classics and hidden gems in Bali
14 days

Classics and hidden gems in Bali

Get up close to the soul of Bali in Ubud, discover Sidemens pristine landscapes, the authentic snorkelling paradise of Amed, and end it all in Lovina with its dark volcanic beaches.

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What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Return flights from the UK to Denpasar
  • 11 nights at 3- and 4-star hotels
  • 11 x breakfast (days 3-13)
  • 1 x lunch (day 4)
  • Local English-speaking guide on transfers and excursions
  • Travelling in an air-conditioned minibus or bus
  • All mentioned transfers and excursions take place within international groups of 1 – 14 people and with TourCompass’ own guests only
  • ATOL certificate
  • 24-hour manned emergency telephone throughout the tour
  • Departure guarantee – the tour goes ahead regardless of the number of participants

Extensive excursion package:

  • The sacred water temple Tirta Empul
  • Gunung Kawi temple complex with its famous royal tombs
  • The famous rice terraces of Tegalalang
  • The Taman Ayun royal temple complex
  • The village of Rumah Desa with exciting activities
  • The traditional village of Penglipuran
  • The sacred Kehen Temple
  • The beautiful Tukad Cepung waterfall
  • Hike in Sidemen’s highlands, taking in rice terraces, plantations and villages
  • Bali’s most sacred temple, Besakih
  • The Tirta Gangga royal water garden
  • The mysterious Lake Bratan with the Ulun Danu water temple
  • The famous Gitgit waterfall
  • The twin lakes Tamblingan and Buyan
  • Admission and fees to the sights and attractions mentioned

THE TOUR IN SHORT

The tour starts in Bali’s cultural centre, Ubud, which is located in the central highlands surrounded by green rice fields, deep valleys and rippling rivers. The houses are beautiful and the temples are bustling. The town has a charm and atmosphere all of its own, verging on the bohemian. The focus here is on traditions and religion, art and crafts and, not least, delicious culinary experiences.

After some lovely days in Ubud, you head east to Sidemen. Nature-wise, Sidemen is very similar to Ubud. The difference, however, is that Sidemen is far less touristy and far more authentic. Enjoy the peace and quiet and hike in the scenic countryside featuring rice terraces and plantations, with the sacred Mt. Agung volcano standing guard in the background.

From Sidemen, the tour takes you to the beautiful east coast to Amed, the snorkelling and diving paradise known for its colourful undersea world and dark volcanic beaches. The area is tranquil and almost untouched. Unwind here and enjoy the days on your own.

You then continue to Bali’s north coast to the quiet beach town of Lovina, Dark, glittering volcanic beaches and peaceful days on your own await you here.

Before flying home, you’ll spend one last night in Ubud, where you can really make the most of it and do a spot of shopping.

If you haven’t had your fill of Asia, you can choose to extend your tour to include a few relaxing days at one of our lovely beach holiday destinations, amazing wildlife and nature experiences on the exciting Komodo Islands or in the state-of-the-art metropolis, Singapore.

Why choose this tour

  • Look forward to Bali’s classic sights combined with pristine landscapes, authentic village communities and tranquil volcanic beaches
  • Discover Bali’s soul in Ubud, impressive rice terraces in scenic Sidemen, the colourful undersea world of Amed’s snorkelling paradise and dark, volcanic beaches in Lovina
  • You enjoy the perfect combination of days with a full excursion itinerary and days where you set the pace and choose what you do.
  • Combine the tour with beach and relaxation, a city break in Singapore or nature and wildlife experiences on the Komodo Islands

Our prices always include

  • All international and domestic flights
  • All destination transfers
  • All specified excursions and activities
  • All accommodations
Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Departure from selected airport

Today, you will fly from the selected airport to the Indonesian gem, Bali, with connecting flight(s) along the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Bali – Ubud

You land at Bali’s international airport, Ngurah Rai, in Denpasar, and go through immigration where you are issued with a tourist visa. You then pick up your luggage and proceed into the arrivals hall where your guide will be waiting for you, holding up a TourCompass sign, and you will feel the warm Balinese hospitality immediately. You will be driven to the hotel in Ubud, which enjoys a central location in the scenic highlands surrounded by deep valleys, rippling rivers, light green rice fields, charming houses and temples.

After check-in, the rest of the day is yours to do as you please, allowing you to relax and acclimatise to the lovely warm climate.

Day 3: Ubud – Tirta Empul Temple – Gunung Kawi temple complex – Tegalalang rice terraces

After breakfast, your guide will pick you up from the hotel and drive you to the small town of Tampasiring, north-east of Ubud. Here, you will visit the sacred water temple Tirta Empul, located by 12 sacred springs. The temple is incredibly beautiful with fine sculptures, carvings and small fish ponds full of carp. The temple is most famous for its pool containing the sacred water, where you can bathe and cleanse your soul alongside the locals, who leave offerings and light incense sticks that fill the air with their special scent.

From Tirta Empul, you will be driven to the Gunung Kawi temple complex, one of Bali’s oldest temples. Gunung Kawi is set in a valley surrounded by lush jungle, and stairs take you past verdant rice terraces and tall palms down to the temple itself. The Pakerisan River, which has religious significance for Balinese Hindus, flows alongside Gunung Kawi. Water passing through a sanctuary is said to be transformed into holy water. When you get to the river, you have to cross a small stone bridge to get to the main attraction of the temple: the ancient royal tombs carved into the rocks. You have time here to walk around and admire the ancient, serene site dating back to the 11th century.

Today’s excursion is rounded off at Tegalalang’s unique rice terraces, which are some of the most beautiful on the island. You can walk along the edge of the rice fields or simply stand and enjoy the view over the photogenic terraces.

You will be back at the hotel in the afternoon.

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Day 4: Ubud on your own

The day is yours to relax by the pool, go for a walk into the centre of Ubud or purchase one of our extra excursions, which you read more about below.

Ubud is a lovely town with a very special charm and atmosphere. Religion and traditions are practised wholeheartedly, and ceremonial processions often take place in the streets where you can see the Balinese Hindus dressed in white, carrying large baskets of fruit and flowers on their way to the temples. It is a truly wonderful and atmospheric thing to experience.

You will also find that many local and international artists have settled here in the town, which is why Ubud is also known as “the artistic heart of Bali”. All along the main street, the creative souls have opened wonderful exhibitions and galleries displaying arts and crafts, side by side the cosy little shops selling jewellery, clothing and bags, etc.

Ubud is also known for its many exciting restaurants, whether you’re into Indonesian, Japanese, Italian, vegan or a big fan of organic produce. After a delicious meal, you can sit yourself down at one of the cosy coffee bars and just soak in the atmosphere.

Day 5: Visit to and activities in the village of Rumah Desa

Today, you will gain an excellent insight into the Balinese culture and traditions in the small village of Rumah Desa, located 35 km north-west of Ubud. You will have the opportunity to participate in some of the daily activities that take place in the village.

After breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel and head for the unspoilt landscapes of Tabanan province. Along the way, a stop will be made at the royal temple complex Taman Ayun, which dates back to 1634. The temple is known for its beautiful architecture and beautiful gardens with jade green fish ponds and the finest lotus flowers.

You will then be driven the last stretch to the village of Rumah Desa, where you will be met by a local host who will show you around. You will see and hear how the families live, cook, build houses and farm, and if you’re game, you’ll have the chance to participate in the activities yourself. There will also be a walk through the village, taking in its small houses, temples, the local school and a beautiful landscape with exotic plants and trees. You will also pass the stunning green rice fields, where you will see the farmers at work with their water buffaloes, and observe how the coconut palms are climbed and how the coconut oil is extracted.

Back at the village, a lovely Balinese lunch is served before you head back to Ubud.

You’re back in Ubud in the afternoon, and the rest of the day is yours to do as you please.

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Day 6: Ubud – the village of Penglipuran – Kehen Temple – Tukad Cepung waterfall – Sidemen

After breakfast, you check out of the hotel and are driven to Sidemen, 40 km east of Ubud, with three exciting stops on the way there.

The first stop is at the village of Penglipuran, a traditional, old Balinese village located in the scenic eastern highlands. The village is lovely and charming, and its inhabitants have managed to uphold the age-old traditions that have been passed down through many generations. On a walk through the village, you will meet the smiling villagers and see the wonderful traditional houses, small temples and exotic trees and plants. You will also notice that the village is incredibly quiet and serene. Motor vehicles are not allowed in the village, so it is incredibly clean here. In fact, in 2016, Penglipuran was named the third cleanest village in the world after Giethoorn in the Netherlands and Mawlynnong in India.

After visiting Penglipuran, you will be driven to the nearby 11th-century Kehen Temple. The temple is often compared to the magnificent Mother Temple Besakih because of the similarities and the amazing architecture that makes it one of Bali’s most beautiful temples. Kehen Temple is located on the slope of the Bukit Bangli ridge, and 38 steps lead up to the beautifully decorated gate at the entrance, opening into the temple’s gardens, impressive stone carvings and the iconic Meru shrines with their thatched roofs.

The last stop is the fascinating and photogenic waterfall, Tukad Cepung, a hidden gem in the jungle east of Kehen Temple. Steps lead down from the car park to the jungle, and after around 20 minutes you reach the bottom. You then follow a path along a stream, observing the lush surroundings as you go. Please note that you will be walking in water on the final stretch to the waterfall itself, so remember to wear good shoes that can get wet! The sight of Tukad Cepung takes everyone’s breath away. The waterfall drops 15 metres between impressive rock formations, and in good weather, you can see the sun’s rays shine down into the cave, creating the perfect photo.

There will then be time for lunch before you are driven to the hotel in Sidemen, arriving at some point in the afternoon. After checking in, the rest of the day is yours to do as you please.

Sidemen is located in the scenic eastern highlands and is in many ways reminiscent of Ubud with its hilly terrain and beautiful landscaped rice terraces, which are like steps up the hillsides. However, Sidemen is far more pristine, with far fewer tourists, and is often called “The real Bali”.  Looking down over Sidemen Valley, you will see Bali’s largest volcano, Mt. Agung, towering 3,000 metres above the landscape. The volcano is shrouded in clouds, but on a clear day, it forms a beautiful backdrop to the lush rice terraces.

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Day 7: Hike in Sidemen

Today, a scenic 2-hour hike in the area around the hotel awaits you. The guide will accompany you through the picturesque rice fields and plantations, where you will see coffee, cloves, bamboo and tropical fruit such as salak, also known as snake fruit due to its snake-like pattern. The tour provides insight into the local life and the everyday routines of the farming community. You will learn about life in the fields and about the traditional working methods as well as the unique and ancient subak irrigation system which provides water for the fields. The tour ends with a visit to a nearby village known for its impressive weaving techniques.

You will then return to the hotel, where you can enjoy the rest of the day doing exactly as you please. While in Sidemen, you should be sure to taste the local palm wines Tuak and Arak, which are produced in the area.

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Day 8: Sidemen – the Mother Temple, Besakih – The Tirta Gangga royal water garden – Amed

After breakfast, you check out of the hotel and continue to the east coast of Bali to the small town of Amed.

On the way, you will visit the magnificent Besakih temple complex. It is not known precisely when the temple is from, but the stone foundation is believed to be more than 2,000 years old. Besakih is scenically situated at the foot of the majestic Mt. Agung volcano. The volcano erupted violently in 1963, causing great devastation. Miraculously, the devastating lava flowed around Besakih, which is considered a sign from the gods. Known as the Mother Temple, Besakih is Bali’s largest, most important and most sacred temple of Balinese Hindus. The complex consists of a total of 23 temples, built on six levels up the slopes of Mt. Agung – an amazing sight! You really get a sense of the spiritual world here.

You will then be driven to the incredibly beautiful royal water garden, Tirta Gangga, which was built by the last king of Karangasem Province in 1946. After Mt. Agung’s violent eruption, most of Tirta Gangga was destroyed, but the garden was rebuilt and is open to the public today. Tirta Gangga is incredibly beautiful with fabulous statues, fountains and ponds containing carp and the most beautiful lotus flowers. You will have lunch at a local restaurant inside the garden itself.

You will then be driven to the hotel in Amed, where you arrive in the afternoon. After checking in, the rest of the day is yours to do as you please.

Amed is a quiet little village located east of Mt. Agung and north of the eastern headland of Bali. The atmosphere is relaxed, the coastline is beautiful and the scenery fantastic. Amed has not yet been overrun by tourists, and the tourists who have found their way here mainly come for the area’s excellent snorkelling and diving, where you can experience colourful corals, tropical fish, sea turtles and, not least, old shipwrecks.

Day 9: Amed on your own

There are no excursions planned for today, so the day is yours to do as you please.

You might like to start your morning with a stroll along the dark volcanic beach and enjoy the beautiful sunrise over the sea and the gentle lapping of the waves. You may be lucky enough to see the local fishermen and salt farmers on the beach. Amed is known for its fishing and unique sea salt extraction methods.

After breakfast, you can relax on a sun lounger and enjoy Amed’s laid-back atmosphere. You could also lace up your walking shoes and head out into the lush countryside, which offers numerous great hiking trails and breathtaking views. If you’d like to know more about local village life, you can head down some of the inland trails and experience the smiling East Balinese in the charming little village communities.

It goes without saying that you also have the opportunity to purchase a snorkelling trip to Amed’s beautiful undersea world, which you can read more about below.

Day 10: Amed – Candi Kuning Market – Ulun Danu Temple – Gitgit Waterfall – Lovina

If you didn’t experience the beautiful sunrise yesterday morning, be sure to experience it this morning before leaving Amed.

After breakfast, you check out of the hotel and are driven to the quiet beach area Lovina on the north coast

On the way to Lovina, you visit the colourful, local Candi Kuning Market in Bedugul Province. The market is known for its fresh fruit and vegetables and, not least, its delicious spices, the aromas of which will seduce anyone. You might also like to buy some to take home with you to your own kitchen.

You are then driven on to the nearby beautiful Lake Bratan, which sits surrounded by mountains at 1200 metres above sea level. Due to the location of the lake, it may be chilly and misty, giving the lake a mysterious feel. Out in the lake is the famous Ulun Danu, the lovely water temple which is probably the most photographed temple in Bali. On a clear day, the surrounding mountains and the temple are reflected in the calm lake, making it all look like a painting.

You last stop before reaching Lovina is the popular Gitgit Waterfall. Stairs and walkways lead you from the car park through the lush green jungle and down to the foot of the majestic waterfall. Along the way, you’ll be enveloped by the mist of the cascades, which fall 40 metres into a natural pool where you can swim.

You arrive in Lovina late-afternoon, and the rest of the day is yours to do as you please..

Lovina is famous for its long shimmering dark volcanic beach and gentle waves. For a lot of people, Lovina is all about the dolphin safari. However, we have chosen not to offer this, as the experience does not live up to our animal welfare standards, which you can read more about her.

From the beach, you can witness the most beautiful sunset in the evening, painting the sky in shades of red, orange and sometimes violet.

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Day 11: Lovina on your own

There’s nothing on the itinerary today, leaving you free to choose whether you want to relax by the pool or on the beach or go on one of our extra excursions.

You could also head into Singaraja, which is the main town in the area, just 9 km from the hotel. Not many tourists come here, so you can enjoy an authentic experience in the streets, several of which are lined with avenues of trees and buildings dating back to the Dutch colonial era.

Day 12: Lovina – The Twin Lakes Tamblinggan and Buyan – Ubud

In the morning, you check out of the hotel and are picked up by the guide and driven to Ubud. Along the way, you pass through stunning landscapes, stopping at the Twin Lakes Tamblingan and Buyan, which are surrounded by dense rainforest in the lush and pristine highlands at Munduk. They were once one big lake, but in around 1800, a landslide split the lake into two, and they are now separated by a ridge of almost 2 km.

You reach the hotel early-afternoon and the rest of the day is yours to do as you please.

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Day 13: Departure day

Today, the time has come to say goodbye to Bali. You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the airport in Denpasar, from which you fly home to Europe, with connecting flight(s) along the way.

Day 14: Arrival back home

You land at the selected airport after a wonderful holiday, a great many memories the richer.

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Beach holiday extension to Sanur, Bali
3 nights

This beach holiday extension takes you to the seaside resort of Sanur in south-east Bali.

Sanur is one of Bali’s most popular beach holiday destinations, which has managed to retain its cosy, relaxed atmosphere. The town’s major draw is its 5-km-long, wide, golden sandy beach, which is protected by a coral reef. The reef makes the beach incredibly child-friendly as the waves break quite a way out. Running along the beach is the beach promenade, which is ideal for walks, runs and bike rides. This is where you can meet the locals, busy in their small shops.

Along the main street of the town, you will find a larger selection of shops as well as good restaurants and cosy cafés where you can sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee while watching life go by in the town. If you head off the main street, you come down into the charming side streets with their small houses, temples and local life.

Go for a stroll along the beach promenade in the evening and experience the beautiful colours of the sky and the sight of the tall swaying palm trees, small pavilions and traditional fishing boats. Then enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the restaurants and end with a drink at one of the atmospheric lounge bars.

The extension includes a 3-night beach holiday at the resort with breakfast and transfers. If you arrive from Sumatra, the flight between Sumatra and Bali is included.

You can extend the beach holiday with additional nights, just as you please.

City break in Singapore
3 nights

Extend your tour to include an exciting city break to Singapore and be blown away by the state-of-the-art metropolis of the East.

Covering an area of just 721.5 km2, the island state is South-east Asia’s smallest country, and what the small, well-developed country lacks in size, it more than makes up for in experiences.

Look forward to experiencing the architectural Marina Bay Sands, stroll around the green oasis Gardens by the Bay, shop to your heart’s content on Orchard Road, drink Singapore Slings at Raffles Hotel and ride in the 165-metre-high ferris wheel, the Singapore Flyer, which offers a phenomenal view of all the futuristic skyscrapers and the harbour.

What also makes Singapore so cool is that it is a melting pot of cultures, and people live with respect for and an understanding of one another, with Buddhist temples, mosques, churches and Hindu temples side by side. Singapore’s diversity can be experienced in the charming districts of Little India, China Town and the Arabic and Malay quarter, Kampong Glam. Soak in the atmosphere while being seduced by the wonderful, colourful buildings and the aroma of spices and jasmine.

The multicultural community is also reflected in the many culinary delights on offer around the city. If you’re into authentic street food, you can visit one of the famous hawker centres, or, if upscale Michelin restaurants are more your thing, make your way to the special food street, Keong Saik Road, and discover some of Singapore’s best restaurants.

Other popular and hip neighbourhoods are the colourful Haji Lane in Kampong Glam and the Art Deco area, Tiong Bahru. Both neighbourhoods are known for their cosy cafés, exciting restaurants and shops as well as wonderful street art.

In stark contrast to the vibrant city life is Sentosa Island, a small island which offers lovely sandy beaches and countless sights and activities for the whole family such as Universal Studios and various adventure parks.

Does Singapore sound tempting?

The extension includes a 3-night hotel stay with breakfast, flight to Singapore and transfers.

Komodo Island and West Flores
4 nights

Komodo Island is home to the great Komodo dragons. The Komodo dragon is the largest living species of lizard in the world. It can grow up to three metres long and weigh up to 165 kg. Despite its huge size, it can move at speeds of up to 20 km/h – and it is carnivorous with an aggressive and pretty brutal hunting technique. And yet a visit to the monitor lizards is on the wish list of many travellers. It’s not every day you get see the world’s largest lizard, which has survived here on the island for some 10 million years! Besides the Komodo dragons, you can also see buffaloes, wild boar, wild deer, macaques, and beautiful birds, not to mention a landscape that is both scenic and rugged. The water is crystal clear; the seas full of brightly coloured fish and corals. Designated as a national park, Komodo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The extension includes a 3-night stay at a hotel on Flores, 1 night at a hotel in Sanur, breakfast, flight between Bali and Flores and transfers. Also included are a full-day excursion to Komodo Island, snorkelling at Pink Beach and Kelor Island as well as a full-day excursion in western Flores, taking in the Cunca Rami waterfall, Batu Cermin Cave and a visit to a local market.

Children on the tour must be aged 7+.

Please note:

This extension is not possible during the periods from:

8 February – 12 February 2024 and 2 april – 17 april 2024

Beach holiday extension to Gili Trawangan
4 nights

If you wish to conclude your holiday with a stay on a paradise island, then Gili Trawangan is an excellent choice.

Gili Trawangan, also known as Gili T, is one of the three Gili islands – and the most popular. Gili Trawangan has become especially popular due to great opportunities it offers for scuba diving and snorkelling in the sea around the island. See sea turtles, colourful fish and perhaps even a reef shark. The island is also known for its lovely beaches, which invite pure, unadulterated relaxation. Lie yourself down on a sun lounger and soak up the warm rays of the sun, or enjoy a drink in one of the many beanbags in the shade of a coconut palm.

During the day, the atmosphere is relaxed, with things livening up in the evening at the numerous small restaurants and bars. On the west side of the island, you can enjoy the beautiful sunsets over Bali, and if you’re lucky and it’s a clear evening, you’ll even be able to see the sun go down behind Mt. Agung volcano in Bali. It’s a wonderful experience that you’ll never forget! There are no paved roads or cars here, but bicycles and horse-drawn carriages instead.

In other words, Gili Trawangan has everything you need for a relaxing beach holiday.

The extension includes a 3-night beach holiday at the resort on Gili Trawangan, 1 night at a hotel in Sanur, breakfast, transfers and a speedboat between Bali and Gili Trawangan.

Beach holiday extension at Nusa Lembongan
3 nights

Nusa Lembongan is a small, tropical paradise island of just 8 km² and just 45 minutes from Bali by sea. Here you can bring down the pace and just enjoy the golden sandy beaches, the crystal-clear water, swaying palm trees and wild nature with cactuses and rock formations. The island is also known for its great snorkelling and diving opportunities. There are only a few cars on the small island, so getting around by bicycle is the easiest.

The majority of the north-eastern section of the island is covered in mangrove, which serves an important role in the ecosystem of the area and helps give life to the many corals. You can go on a quiet boat ride through the mangroves in either a kayak or a small boat.

Many of the island’s inhabitants sustain themselves by growing seaweed. When the tides go out, the seaweed fields appear, and you will see farmers stream out to pick it.

The extension includes a 3-night beach holiday at the resort with breakfast, transfers and a speedboat between Bali and Nusa Lembongan.

You can extend the beach holiday with additional nights, just as you please.

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