Essential Bali

9 days from $3,546 per person*
  • Catch sunrise in Ubud, and later, visit the clifftop temple at Uluwatu for dinner under the stars.
  • Embark on private guided tours of the Balinese countryside, including the Jatiluweh Rice Terraces and Taman Ayun Temple.
  • Snorkel and sail in the shimmering waters of Southern Bali.
  • Enjoy VIP airport assistance upon arrival and departure.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of premium accommodations.
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Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Ubud as you meet locals on a sunrise trek through aromatic Ubud Market, pause for a light picnic high up in the rice fields, then settle in for a well-earned foot massage. Discover the lush terraced rice fields of Ubud, visit holy temples on mountain slopes, and discover the secrets of Balinese traditional art.

As the action shifts to the shores of Seminyak, get set for a water-based day of adventure, beginning with a trip to the gorgeous island of Nusa Lembongan. After an afternoon at leisure following a private surfing lesson in the morning, your time on the coast wraps up with an evening at unforgettable Uluwatu Temple. Here, perched precariously on a high clifftop overlooking the ocean, you’ll observe an authentic Kecak fire dance performance before transferring to a beach-front setting to enjoy a delicious dinner under the stars.

This excellent trip combines the best of Balinese rural culture and ancient spirituality with its natural beauty and the pleasures of premium resort living. From terraced rice paddies and lush jungle, to soaring volcanoes and pristine beaches, your experienced team of local guides and private drivers will reveal the many wonders of Bali.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Denpasar (Bali) to Ubud (Bali)
    Denpasar (Bali) to Ubud (Bali)
    • Activity - VIP Airport Assistance - Arrival-Airport Assistance
    • Private Transfer - Denpasar (Bali) - Ubud (Bali) [Airport with Meet & Greet - 1.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Ubud (Bali)
    Ubud (Bali)
    • Private Tour - Golden Sunrise Walking Tour (with Lunch, 4.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Activity - Ubud at Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Ubud (Bali)
    Ubud (Bali)
    • Private Tour - Batik Fabrics, Celuk Silver, Mas Woodcarvings and the Agung Rai Museum of Art (4.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Ubud (Bali)
    Ubud (Bali)
    • Private Tour - Adventure in Unspoiled Eastern Bali (with Lunch, 5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Ubud (Bali) to Seminyak (Bali)
    Ubud (Bali) to Seminyak (Bali)
    • Private Transfer - Ubud (Bali) - Seminyak (Bali) [via Jatiluwih Rice Terraces & Taman Ayun Temple (8 hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Seminyak (Bali)
    Seminyak (Bali)
    • Seminyak at Leisure
    • Private Tour - Uluwatu Sunset (with Dinner, 5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Seminyak (Bali)
    Seminyak (Bali)
    • Alila Seminyak at Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Seminyak (Bali)
    Seminyak (Bali)
    • Shared Tour - Nusa Lembongan Sailing Experience (with Lunch, 8 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Seminyak (Bali) to Denpasar (Bali)
    Seminyak (Bali) to Denpasar (Bali)
    • Private Transfer - Seminyak (Bali) - Denpasar (Bali) [30 mins] - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Fast-Track Departure Service and Airport Lounge Access - Departure-Airport Assistance and Lounge
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Day 1: Denpasar (Bali) - Ubud (Bali)

Touching down in Bali, avoid arrival queues with fast-track service through Immigration and Customs. You’ll be greeted by an airport representative after exiting your plane, escorted through the Visa on Arrival process, baggage claim and then ushered to your awaiting private guide.

After meeting your guide and round of introductions, settle into your private vehicle and relax as you are transferred to your accommodations. Upon arrival, your guide will assist with check-in and along the way, answer any questions you may have.

Accommodation: Komaneka at Bisma

Komaneka at Bisma is about grand spaces, luxurious interiors, and a heart-lifting panorama over a valley of tropical rain forest - all just a 10-minute walk from Ubud's Main Street. The resort's iconic lap pool is the jewel of this beautiful resort. Nestled in the tropical gardens are the resort's own rice fields, a Spa Villa with adjacent semi-circular leisure pool, and a jogging path. The Suite Rooms have broad balconies and beautifully appointed living spaces. Blending modern luxuries with cultural appreciation, Komaneka at Bisma has an irresistible charm.

Essential Bali Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Ubud
Ubud

Day 2: Ubud (Bali)

Ubud is changing fast, and today you’re invited you to witness it at its golden hour of dawn. A favorite morning walk for locals and visitors alike, start in the early morning and stroll through the Ubud Market, village lanes, fields and forest. After witnessing sunrise, often accompanied by herons taking flight, a simple picnic is served in a farmer's hut high up in the rice fields north of Ubud where you’ll soak in the morning ambiance. Yes, many of the sights on this walk are very picturesque but be warned that there is much development ongoing throughout Ubud that cannot be avoided. Rounding off the experience, settle in for a well-earned foot massage to relax the muscles after a solid walk.

Arriving into Bali from distant lands, guests often find it takes a while to adjust to the new time-zone and to overcome jet-lag. Following an overnight flight, guests are typically spry and active in the early hours of the day, but then – most commonly – are ready for bed in the afternoon. Today, set yourself up for the days to come with an afternoon at leisure. As soon as you’re able to, you’re encouraged to rest for the evening so as to prepare for the days to come, and should you find yourself with energy to spare, perhaps a few laps in the resorts on-site pool are in order.   

Accommodation: Komaneka at Bisma
Essential Bali Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Bali's Golden Sunrise
Bali's Golden Sunrise
Essential Bali Tours 2020 - 2021 -  At Leisure in Ubud
At Leisure in Ubud

Day 3: Ubud (Bali)

Today’s experience begins with a visit to Tohpati, known for its Batik fabrics, with your private English-speaking guide leading the way. A chance to explore a few of the artisan markets and higher-quality boutiques in Ubud, your tour carries on to Celuk, center of exquisite silver works and later, to Mas, an outpost known for fine woodcarvings. Home to a score of local and foreign artists, Ubud art scene is always alive, and a visit to the Agung Rai Museum of Art will enliven your day. A collection of paintings by Balinese, Indonesian, and foreign artists in classic Balinese and contemporary styles are yours to discover, before visiting the Ubud Market. Here you can test your bargaining skills for as little or as long as you please. Rounding out your trip, stop at Puri Saren Agung, a temple that hosted the royal family of Ubud from the 1800's until 1917.

Accommodation: Komaneka at Bisma
Essential Bali Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Mas Woodcarving
Mas Woodcarving

Day 4: Ubud (Bali)

You will be picked up by your guide and then set out on a day of adventure in East Bali, an area that is rarely explored by outsiders despite hosting some of the best rice terraces, traditional temples and village on the islands. First you will visit Tirta Empul temple, a Hindu-Balinese water temple located near the town of Tampaksiring. Famous for its holy, purifying water, you’ll have a chance to explore this sacred site before visiting the tranquil water palace of Tirtagangga, followed by a walk through Tenganan village, a traditional community of the Bali Aga – the indigenous people of Bali – who weave valuable double-ikat cloth. Later, you’ll break for a stop at the palace of Klungkung with its impressive murals, enjoying fantastic views of rice terraces and Mount Agung in the distance. Finally, pay a visit Goa Lawah temple in Klungkung, perhaps better known as ‘the Bat Cave’ as it is host to thousands of bats. In the early evening, you will be returned to your hotel.

Accommodation: Komaneka at Bisma
Essential Bali Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Figure at Goa Lawah - the Bat Cave
Figure at Goa Lawah - the Bat Cave

Day 5: Ubud (Bali) - Seminyak (Bali)

Traveling from Ubud to Seminyak, take the time to discover a few incredible sites along the way. After meeting your guide and driver, set off to explore idyllic sites in the heart of the Tabanan Regency. The trip starts with a panoramic journey uphill towards Mount Batukaru, then continues onward to Jatiluwih’s UNESCO recognized rice fields; incredible terraces that seems to stretch endlessly. Here you’ll take in the striking vista while learning about the traditional techniques used by Balinese farmers to irrigate their crops. Afterwards, visit the Royal Temple of Mengwi which was built in 1634 to serve as the family temple of the Mengwi dynasty. Admire this superb piece of historic architecture that is surrounded by a moat and features multi–roofed Meru shrines as well as intricately carved wooden gates. Arriving in Seminyak in the afternoon, you will be delivered to your hotel, at which time you can unwind before dinner or perhaps head to the beach for a quick dip.

Accommodation: Alila Seminyak

Unfurling along a pristine beach on Bali’s southwest coast, mere steps from the Indian Ocean, Alila Seminyak Bali ups the ante on tropical cool. Refined and modern, the guestrooms at this luxury resort have all that could be needed for a memorable stay free from want. Situated at the quieter end of an expansive beach that stretches north from Kuta and Legian, Seminyak has evolved into one of Bali’s hippest scenes. Immersing guests in a fantastic beachfront experience, Alila Seminyak Bali is a lush secret garden, a distinctive blend of contemporary architecture woven through with vertical greens, wall-hugging plants, green roofs and landscaped terraces designed to enliven the senses.

Essential Bali Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Taman Ayun Temple
Taman Ayun Temple
Essential Bali Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Seminyak
Seminyak

Day 6: Seminyak (Bali)

Perhaps Bali’s most famous beach, Seminyak hosts a range of fine dining establishments, lively bars, artisan boutiques and luxury resorts. During your free time in Seminyak, explore this ocean-side paradise, perhaps arranging for a meal at the renowned establishment, Ku De Ta. Seminyak Beach, popular among locals and visitors alike, is a must-visit destination. Whether you choose to relax at your resort, explore the beaches or arrange for a fabulous meal, you’re sure to enjoy your time at leisure in stunning Seminyak.

Enjoy a sunset outing to the southwestern tip of Bali to visit Uluwatu Temple, perched precipitously on sheer cliffs dropping straight into the pounding surf, 250 feet below. Believed to have been built in sometime in the 11th century, take in the spectacular sunset overlooking the Indian Ocean and enjoy the mystic atmosphere. With daylight fading, settle in to watch an authentic Kecak fire dance performance, and later - with an appetite to sate - the scene shifts from Uluwatu Temple to nearby Nusa Dua where you’ll enjoy a special meal before being returned to your hotel.

Accommodation: Alila Seminyak
Essential Bali Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Seminyak Beach at Sunset
Seminyak Beach at Sunset
Essential Bali Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Uluwatu Temple at Sunset
Uluwatu Temple at Sunset

Day 7: Seminyak (Bali)

Situated beach-side, the Alila Seminyak is the ideal place to unwind and enjoy some time at leisure. Here, in the heart of Bali’s most prominent resort district, relax as the waves roll in. Lounging on the pool-side patio, enjoy a creative cocktail then consider a few laps in the pool. After taking in the spectacular sunset, settle in for dinner at Seasalt, the resorts on-site restaurant, which offers alfresco and indoor dining options.  

Accommodation: Alila Seminyak
Essential Bali Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Beach near Alila Seminyak
Beach near Alila Seminyak

Day 8: Seminyak (Bali)

Join fellow travelers an 85-foot-long catamaran and cross the Badung strait to reach Nusa Lembongan. On the course of your day-long cruise, participate in a snorkeling excursion, banana boat adventure, village tour, and an island-based buffet lunch with drinks included. Enjoy fantastic snorkeling opportunities and glass-bottom boat rides and visit Bali Hai Beach Club where you can swim in the fresh-water lagoon pool or in the crystal-clear waters of Mushroom Bay.

Accommodation: Alila Seminyak
Essential Bali Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Shoreline at Nusa Lembongan
Shoreline at Nusa Lembongan
Essential Bali Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Alila Seminyak
Alila Seminyak

Day 9: Seminyak (Bali) - Denpasar (Bali)

You will be privately transferred from your hotel in Seminyak to Denpasar Airport by a professional driver and an English-speaking guide. Approximate travel duration is 30 minutes.

Upon arrival to Denpasar Airport, your guide will lead you to the Fast-Track service area, where an airport representative will assist you through Immigration and Customs. After clearing, head to the Airport Lounge to enjoy snacks and light refreshments ahead of your outbound flight as well as newspapers and magazines, among other amenities.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Komaneka at Bisma: Ubud (Bali)

Komaneka at Bisma is about grand spaces, luxurious interiors, and a heart-lifting panorama over a valley of tropical rain forest - all just a 10-minute walk from Ubud's Main Street. The resort's iconic lap pool is the jewel of this beautiful resort. Nestled in the tropical gardens are the resort's own rice fields, a Spa Villa with adjacent semi-circular leisure pool, and a jogging path. The Suite Rooms have broad balconies and beautifully appointed living spaces. Blending modern luxuries with cultural appreciation, Komaneka at Bisma has an irresistible charm.

Essential Bali Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Komaneka at Bisma
Komaneka at Bisma

Alila Seminyak: Seminyak (Bali)

Unfurling along a pristine beach on Bali’s southwest coast, mere steps from the Indian Ocean, Alila Seminyak Bali ups the ante on tropical cool. Refined and modern, the guestrooms at this luxury resort have all that could be needed for a memorable stay free from want. Situated at the quieter end of an expansive beach that stretches north from Kuta and Legian, Seminyak has evolved into one of Bali’s hippest scenes. Immersing guests in a fantastic beachfront experience, Alila Seminyak Bali is a lush secret garden, a distinctive blend of contemporary architecture woven through with vertical greens, wall-hugging plants, green roofs and landscaped terraces designed to enliven the senses.

Essential Bali Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Alila Seminyak
Alila Seminyak

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Tin T — June 22, 2019 — Asia

    The trip was fantastic, well planned, great tour guys. That was a trip of a lifetime and Kensington Tours had done an exceptional well in organizing from the fly to Japan, Hong Kong, Bali & Singapore to the hotels, daily tours with the level of details and places we wouldn't have known where to go. Can't wait for Kensington Tours to organize our 3rd trip in the near future!

  • Ann M — June 20, 2019 — Asia

    Asia Expert Yuki Ng did an amazing job of setting up our trip. She totally understood what we wanted to see and do. My husband, 17-year-old grandson and I spent a week in Seoul in June of 2019. Miriam, also known as CJ, our local guide in Seoul, was fantastic. She was very knowledgeable, friendly and engaging. We totally enjoyed our time with her. We learned so much about the history and culture of Korea and with her expert guidance, we were introduced to many different and delicious Korean foods. Our lunches with her were memorable not only for the variety of restaurants and dishes that we sampled but also for the stimulating and pleasant conversations we shared while eating. She also made several suggestions for things to do in the evening that added to our enjoyment of the city. We were truly fortunate to have Miriam as our guide. Our driver Mr. Jo was also great. He calmly and expertly navigated the congested streets of Seoul and always greeted us with a smile and a pleasant ‘good morning.’ We had not been to Seoul before this trip. We found it to be vibrant, beautiful, and very clean. The people were friendly and helpful. Our accommodations were beyond what we expected. We had a wonderful time in Seoul. We could not have been more pleased.

  • Anne H — May 28, 2019 — Asia

    My trip was a dream come true! From the time I landed in Beijing to the time I landed back to the US, everything was perfect. I traveled alone, but felt very safe and very well taken care of by the guides and drivers I had in the different cities and countries I visited. I learned so much about the culture and heritage of the Chinese, Tibetan and the Nepalese people. It was worth every penny I spend and much more!

  • Jackie M — March 30, 2019 — Asia

    I loved it all. Thanks especially to our guide Abit, in Kathmandu, Norenda, in Pokhara, and Min, in the Annapurna region, for being fabulous people. Thanks again for also referring us to Bahari Lodge in Chitwan National park. By far, that was the best place I've ever stayed in all of my international travels: they always had a surprise in store for us, that was awesome. They let us spend as much time as we wanted with the elephants, no rush, and sent elephants to come and play with us when we merely mentioned that we loved them. A great thank you to our naturalis Krishna at Bahari Lodge in Chitwan. All fantastic people who were great with tourists like us. We also enjoyed Temple Tree Resort very much.

  • Reginald B — April 14, 2019 — Asia

    This was a GREAT tour to Thailand! It exceeded my expectations in many ways (ie. itinerary, flexibility, and customer service). I would recommend this tour and Kensington Tours to family and friends. I will definitely use Kensington Tours for my future travel plans. My destination expert was Ms. Forkan. She expertly tailored my experience to my needs and wants. She filled in all the "unknowns" and ensured a safe, smooth trip/tour. Her professionalism and support was a 10/10. Thank you Ms. Forkan for designing this trip of a lifetime!

  • Ann L — June 05, 2019 — Asia

    Our guides made our whole trip - we will remember them as much as China itself. Jerry immediately put us at ease and made us feel like his best friends - he was sincere and authentic and open. Katy (in Chengdu) had great energy and showed us how people really live. Even though she must see the pandas every other day of her life, she still seemed to genuinely LOVE seeing them. (And, later, when we discovered we'd left valuables in the safe at our hotel, she went WAY above and beyond to take care of things - even after we were already in Shanghai!). Nancy (in Shanghai) was amazing - we truly enjoyed our time with her and she took us to markets and encouraged us to take our time at the places that interested us most. When we'd seen enough temples, our guides communicated with each other to rearrange our tours in coming destinations. We felt like we were on the food tour of China - the meals were wonderful, and it was - really - TOO MUCH FOOD! No part of our day was wasted, but if we wanted to start later or call it a night sooner, plans were easily rearranged. We would absolutely go with Kensington again!

  • Sandra S — February 09, 2019 — Asia

    We had a really interesting trip and your team made it all so easy. Our guides were not only informative, but they took very good care of us. They kept us on schedule with all the city transfers, made the Visa process so quick and introduced us to some of the things they loved about their cities as well as the scheduled sites. There were so many highlights on this trip, but I was especially wowed by the cruise on Ha Long Bay. Our guide in Hanoi went above and beyond on my birthday and arrived to pick us up with some beautiful orchids and a lovely gift. We were very happy with all our accommodations as well.

  • Daryl H. — January 26, 2019 — Asia

    I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with the superb attention to detail in fulfilling my requests and my dreams

  • Laura E. — January 08, 2019 — Asia

    One of the benefits was that the guides were very flexible and suggested and accommodated changes to plans based on the weather and other circumstances. They all said they could do this when working with Kensington because Kensington supported it and empowered them with this flexibility. A big advantage in making the trip perfect!

  • Ajitkumar P. — January 04, 2019 — Asia

    The whole trip was well organized and we have recommended using Kensington to our friends.

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