Let the rhythmic pace of life in the land of lush jungles, pristine beaches, golden temples and abundant wildlife seduce your senses as you fall into the gentle embrace of Bali and its island utopia of Lombok.
Witness rural farming life as you trek through aromatic coffee, clove and cacao plantations that surround mountainous Munduk village; refresh your senses at a remote jungle waterfall; pause for a photo in front of the lush terraced rice fields of Jatiluwih; and pay your respects at a holy temple on the southern slope of Batukaru Mountain. You’ll also visit Gelumpang village in the foothills of Mount Agung where you’ll learn how to cook traditional Balinese dishes on wood-fired mud brick stoves; cruise turquoise waters to the deserted island of Gili Nanggu where beautiful beaches and relaxed village life await; meet the hundreds of holy monkeys that reside at the Hindu temple on sacred Mt. Pengson; and trek through the forests of Lombok where wild black monkeys, soaring mahogany trees, aromatic clove plantations and village temples capture your attention.
The stresses of modern life will disappear in the wake of your speedboat as you enter an exotic paradise of remote islands, pristine beaches, tropical jungles, serene villages, and enchanting temples on this remarkable trip. Your experienced team of local guides and private drivers ensure a seamless experience, and you’ll enjoy a carefully-selected range of luxury accommodation that spans elegant spa resorts and beach-side boutique hotels.
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Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.
Depart in the morning from your hotel and transfer to the Munduk village. Upon arrival, enjoy a beautiful trekking experience through coffee plants, cloves, cacao, and other exotic tropical plantations around the village. Your guide will give you the insight to mountain farming life and the importance of the plantations that once attracted the arrival of Europeans to the archipelago. Visit the waterfall with its refreshing breezes - a great photo opportunity. After, enjoy a short refreshment, carry on to Jatiluwih where you can enjoy a pleasant walk to discover the beautiful terrace rice fields of Jatiluwih, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After visiting Jatiluwih, stop for lunch at the G Terrace Restaurant while enjoying the lovely views over the paddy (beverages are not included). Afterwards, continue your visit to the holy site of Batukaru Temple, located on the southern slope of Batukaru Mountain.
At this cooking school, enjoy unique classes including an adventure off the beaten track. Students always leave with fond memories and new skills to experiment with when they get home. Bali Asli is located in the Gelumpang village, nestled in the foot hills of Mount Agung, Bali’s most sacred mountain, surrounded by rice fields. Students get the opportunity to cook authentic Balinese food using a traditional Balinese styled kitchen. In the kitchen, enjoy cooking on wood-fired mud brick stoves, which allow the real flavors of Bali to shine. Most of the ingredients are either grown in the garden, in the neighbors garden or purchased from the local market.
Transfer from your hotel in Bali to Padang Bai Harbor with a private vehicle and driver. From there you will take a Gili Cat to Gili and Lombok.
The highlight of this tour is the deserted island of Gili Nanggu, with its beautiful beaches and clear turquoise water. On the way you will have the opportunity to view the daily life of the local Sasak people. Visit the morning market at Kediri and stop at the village of Banyumulek to see the Sasak women producing earthenware pottery, as they have done for generations. Continue on to sacred Mt. Pengsong and the Hindu temple, which is inhabited by hundreds of holy monkeys. Sail from Lembar by a traditional motorized outrigger for the 30 minute trip to Gili Nanggu. When you arrive there will be time to relax and swim on this pristine island. Lunch will be provided.
Visit the village of Tetebatu and Loyok, popularly known as a peaceful and tranquil village. You will do some soft trekking to the local forest inhabited by the wild black monkeys (pitu), mahogony trees, and clove plantations while enjoying the simple and natural way of life of the locals. You will also visit Lingsar temple, which symbolizes the harmony of Muslim and Hindu and Taman Narmada, a kingly garden which is also the replica of Lake Segara Anak in Mount Rinjani. Lunch will be provided along the way.
Fly from Lombok to Bali. Flight time is approximately 30 minutes.
Etched into a hillside overlooking the Tjampuhan ridge, Pita Maha Resort & Spa encompasses private pool villas in a style reminiscent of a Balinese village. Located just 5 minutes from central Ubud, this boutique hotel is an elegant retreat steeped in local tradition. Named after the artistic association that nurtured creative talent during the 1930’s, Pita Maha Resort & Spa is an elegant hotel in Ubud where travelers can experience the true charm of Bali. Pita Maha means ‘great shining’ and this boutique resort honors the island’s artistic legacy.
Qunci Villas Hotel is 'The Boutique Hotel of Lombok', comprised of 20 units on a beautifully landscaped beachfront property with many of the units boasting an ocean view under swaying palm trees. It's a tasteful mixture of modern architecture combined with the architectural style of Lombok and Bali. The complex itself is specifically designed to take full advantage of stunning views across exotic gardens out across the sparkling blue waters of the Lombok Straits.
Olive Ramchand ,
June 03, 2014
"I have to admit, this was the BEST vacation I ever had. The tour was nothing less than Fantastic! The hotels were great, the guides were great, the transportation was great, the places were great, the people were great, the food was great and last but not least China, itself was out of this world. I'm so glad I booked this tour and would recommend this to anyone. Thanks so much for all your help, your interest and your recommendations. Steve in China was so attentive, he called constantly to make sure everything was fine. We really had a fabulous time and even my jaded husband who normally only seems to care about where the nearest golf course is, was impressed and had a wonderful time.
Thanks again, and unto the next vacation (although I don't know how we would top this one!!)
Jeanne Tarvin ,
April 21, 2014
"The tour was absolutely fabulous. It all started with the planning. Kathryn graciously accommodated our tight schedule and multiple needs, including a mid-trip change in plans. The tour guides and drivers were all great and extremely knowledgeable. The accommodations and meals were fantastic. I was apprehensive about going to China not knowing the language but it worked out great!"
January 15, 2014
"We just returned on Monday from our wonderful trip to South Korea, Bangkok and Phuket. I wanted to thank you for all of your hard work in planning our tours and adventures. Everything was spot on, from our arrivals at the airports, to the guides and the tours. I would not hesitate to recommend you and your company. It was truly a wonderful vacation. Thank you again.
Bob Feldman ,
November 19, 2013
"I wanted to let you know that our trip to China was great! Everybody enjoyed themselves. When planning a trip I am always concerned about the itinerary, the vehicles and the guides. All 3 of these were great. The guides were particularly good and in this case really made the trip a pleasure. Overall a great trip. Thanks for all you did."
Gloria DeWeese ,
October 10, 2013
"A wonderful trip and everything went like clockwork. Thank you so very much for all your assistance. I hope I will have a chance to work with you again."
Wayne Gavioli ,
September 04, 2013
"We just returned from our thailand/cambodia trip. It was fantastic. You did a great job. The guides were excellent as was the drivers. We loved the Victoria Hotel you selected in Siem. Wish we had more time. Thailand met our expectations but our expectations for Cambodia were low and they exceeded them. Loved the places selected for the included lunches. Certainly would use Kensington again"
Santo Filice ,
August 30, 2013
"Thank you for arranging our guided trip to Thailand - Vietnam. It was a memorable, and pleasant trip - a 1st for us with Kensington tours and a most enjoyable one. We found that we were able to maximize our visit of the the area without the concern of booking hotels, airline, finding parking and understanding the local language. "
Tim Mesarch ,
August 02, 2013
"Alexis helped us fit in all of the sites we wanted to see on our trip to Thailand and Cambodia, and suggested some more. It was valuable talking with someone who had been there and done that. The planning went pretty smoothly, and so did the trip. The local guides were all top-notch! "
July 25, 2013
"I highly recommend Kesington Tours. The planning of our trip to Cambodia was outstanding. Our advisor Alexis Mayer was unbelievably patient, knowledgeable and responsive. We planned the trip in every possible detail and Alexis was extraordinary during the whole process. Once we were in Cambodia, we had a tiny issue with the car. I was able to get in contact with Alexis right away and the problem was instantly solved. The trip itself was fantastic. Everything was very well planned and perfectly organized. The local guides and drivers were great. The hotels were very well chosen.
Great trip. I would definitely travel again with Kensington Tours."
Pennie Quintana ,
August 07, 2013
"Thank you so much for the amazing trip we enjoyed!! All our guides were fantasy. Joseph in Jakarta, July in Jojakarta and Deon in Borneo!! Wow!! Bless you for all your attention to detail and the outstanding communication to all my questions. You made me feel so taken care of and tended too!! "
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