Overland from North Bali to Ubud

5 Nights

Bali

Arriving from Java, take a day to relax on Lovina’s tranquil beach before setting off for Sidemen and Ubud. Stop to visit spiritual sanctuaries, impressive volcanos and iconic rice terraces, getting a true taste of Balinese culture along the way.

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Highlights

  • Travel on Bali’s scenic roads
  • Depart from the coast and take a remote mountain road past verdant rice terraces and towering volcanoes to Sideman valley.
  • Experience Sideman’s charm
  • Visit Sideman valley and spend a morning in one of its authentic villages for an immersive cultural experience.
  • Explore Ubud’s cultural sites
  • Tour the Peliatan Palace, AMRA Museum and sacred Monkey Forest for a better understanding of local arts and traditions
  • Day 1 - Pemuteran/Lovina
  • Day 2 - Lovina – Beji Temple – Kintamani – Besakih – Sidemen
  • Day 3 - Sidemen – Bali Countryside – Klungkung – Ubud
  • Day 4 - Ubud City Tour – Tirta Empul – Gunung Kawi – Ubud
  • Day 5 - Ubud – Taman Ayun – Lake Bratan – Jatiluwih – Tanah Lot – Ubud
  • Day 6 - Ubud – Departure
  • Additional Information

Arrive in Pemuteran or Lovina from Java Island.

Check into the hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Pemuteran.

Deluxe Hotel Option - Pemuteran - Matahari Beach Resort
Superior Hotel Option - Lovina - The Lovina
First Class Hotel Option - Lovina - Aneka Lovina

Meals Included: Ro

The Lovina

Nestled on the beach, between the Bedugul mountain range and the Bali sea, this tropical island gem is surrounded by various attractions. Dolphin watching, trekking to waterfalls, hot springs and diving or snorkelling around Menjangan island, home to the best preserved coral reef in Bali. Just two and half hours drive from the hustle and bustle of the busy tourist areas in the south, you will enjoy a relaxing Bali holiday.

Morning at leisure before checking out from the hotel at 11:00.

Drive along the Northern coast of Bali, passing by Singaraja, the capital of north Bali, and continuing towards the small village of Sangsit in Buleleng Regency for a visit to Beji Temple.

Pura Beji is a Subak temple dedicated to the spirit that looks after the irrigation of rice fields. Built in the 15th century, the temple is famous for its beautiful carvings and is an excellent example of the colourful architectural style of northern Bali.

Continue on a remote mountain road linking the small coastal village of Kubutambahan, in the North coast, to Kintamani -a volcanic region with breathtaking views of Mt Batur. Adjacent to the volcano is the large crescent-shaped Batur Lake, all surrounded by the high walls of the crater rim.

Upon arrival at Kintamani, take some time to enjoy the stunning views. Although Mount Batur (1,412 m) isn’t the highest volcano in Bali, it is the most active, and is surrounded by an impressive caldera. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant with all-encompassing views over Lake Batur and the surrounding area.  

Then continue driving to reach the famous Besakih Temple by mid-afternoon. Known as the ‘Mother Temple’ of Bali, the temple is located on the western slopes of Mount Agung, Bali’s highest volcano (2,567 m). In addition to being gorgeous, Besakih is the largest and most religiously important temple in Bali.  

Continue the drive over scenic roads to reach the small countryside village of Sidemen for hotel check-in late in the afternoon. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing at the hotel or exploring the local area independently.

Dinner is at leisure.

Overnight in Sidemen.

Distance and journey time:
Lovina – Beji Temple in Sangsit (17 km): 30 minutes
Sangsit – Kintamani (50km): 2 hours
Mount Batur – Besakih  (30 km): 1 hour
Besakih - Sidemen (20 km): 40 minutes

Deluxe Hotel Option - Sidemen    - Samanvaya
Superior Hotel Option - Sidemen    - Surya Shanti
First Class Hotel Option - Sidemen - Teras Bali Sidemen

Meals Included: B, l

Surya Shanti Villa

Finding an ideal romantic hotel in Sidemen does not have to be difficult. Welcome to Surya Shanti Villa, a nice option for travellers like you. Surya Shanti Villa offers guests an array of room amenities including air conditioning, a desk, and a mosquito net, and getting online is possible, as free wifi is available. The hotel offers 24 hour front desk, room service, and baggage storage, to make your visit even more pleasant. The property also features a pool and free breakfast. Guests arriving by vehicle have access to free parking. If you like Thai restaurants, Surya Shanti Villa is conveniently located near Lihat Sawah. Surya Shanti Villa looks forward to welcoming you on your visit to Sidemen.

After breakfast in the morning, check out and start “Balinese daily life” program for you to discover. In the morning, after breakfast, checkout from the hotel before the start of the “Balinese Daily Life” program. Upon arrival at the the village, meet with the local Balinese villagers and receive a traditional conical hat and bamboo walking stick. These will come in handy on a one-hour walking trip through the areas rice fields. Next, try walk the walk of a Balinese farmer by trying to plow the rice fields behind a buffalo and planting rice seedlings. Be rewarded for this hard work with a cold fresh coconut.

After the farming experience, take part in four short workshops, 20 minutes each: a cooking lesson, offering and palm-leaf decoration, arak (a Balinese rice wine) distillation  and iron working.

After a hard day’s ‘work’, settle down and enjoy a proper Balinese lunch served in the village.

After lunch, head to Klungkung for a visit to the former Royal Courts of Justice known as Kertagosa. The highlight here is an elaborately decorated ceiling featuring a wayang-style painting depicting the battle of good versus evil.

Proceed to the hotel in Ubud. Check in and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Overnight in Ubud.

Distance and journey time:
Candidasa – Tenganan – Goa Lawa – Klungkung (30 km): 1 hour
Klungkung – Ubud (20 km): 40 minutes

Deluxe Hotel Option - Maya Ubud
Superior Hotel Option - Puri Sunia
First Class Hotel Option -Bhuwana

Meals Included: B, l

Puri Sunia Resort Ubud

Puri Sunia Resort sells fast on our website. Set in tropical landscapes, the intimate Puri Sunia Resort offers Balinese-style units situated round an outdoor pool. Surrounded by rice paddies and coconut trees, it provides free morning yoga sessions, daily jogging and trekking. Guests enjoy free shuttle to Ubud centre, a 10-minute drive away.

After breakfast at the hotel, depart with the guide and driver for a full-day trip around the surrounding areas.

Start with the Ubud city tour. First, visit Peliatan Palace for a look at its traditional Balinese architecture and continue to the ARMA Museum which provides good insight in Balinese art and culture.

Next, continue to Ubud’s Sacred Monkey Forest and greet its cheeky inhabitants. Afterwards, enjoy some free time at Ubud Market and watch how the local vendors sell everything from exotic fruits to clothes, souvenirs and art.

Lunch will be served at Teras Padi, with some amazing views over some of Bali’s most beautiful rice fields in Tegalalang.

Continue to the nearby village of Tampaksiring to explore Tirta Empul, a temple famous for its sacred spring water. All Balinese bathe here at least once a year for a ritual cleaning in holy waters attributed to Vishnu.

Then, stop to visit the unique temple of Gunung Kawi. Set amidst lush rice terraces, these 11th century temples feature 10 rock-cut candi (shrines) carved into the cliff face. They stand at seven metres tall and combine ancient Hindu and Buddhist temple attributes. There are numerous stairs leading down to the temple, so good walking shoes are highly recommended.

Return to the hotel and overnight in Ubud.

Distance and journey time:
Ubud – Gunung Kawi – Tampaksiring (20 km): 45 minutes  
Tampaksiring – Perkedui (10 km): 20 minutes  
Tegalalang - Perkedui – Ubud (20km): 40 minutes

Meals Included: B, l

Puri Sunia Resort Ubud

Puri Sunia Resort sells fast on our website. Set in tropical landscapes, the intimate Puri Sunia Resort offers Balinese-style units situated round an outdoor pool. Surrounded by rice paddies and coconut trees, it provides free morning yoga sessions, daily jogging and trekking. Guests enjoy free shuttle to Ubud centre, a 10-minute drive away.

Today after breakfast, start with a visit to the royal Taman Ayun Temple in Mengwi. In addition to the gorgeous fish ponds and tropical greenery, Taman Ayun is well-known for its dramatic multi-roofed structures.

Next, drive north to Lake Bratan to see the incredibly scenic Ulun Danu Temple. The temple is set in the lake’s calm waters on several small islands giving the impression that it is ‘floating’. Be sure to snap some photos here, as it’s considered to be one of the most photogenic locations in Bali. Afterwards, head to the local market which is famous for its extensive collection of tropical fruits, vegetables and spices.

Continue with a visit to Bali’s UNESCO-listed Jatiluwih, which has spectacular views of one of Bali’s most dramatic rice terraces. Located on a slope near the holy mountain of Batukaru, this area is known as the ‘Rice Granary of Bali’ and is one of the best examples of subak-style rice farming in Bali. Here, head on a one-hour leisurely walk through the rice fields.

Late in the afternoon, arrive at Tanah Lot, Bali’s most famous sea temple. Set dramatically on a small island just off the coast on a west-facing beach, it’s the perfect place to watch an unforgettable sunset.  

Return to the hotel and dinner at leisure.

Overnight in Ubud.

Distance and journey time:
Ubud – Taman Ayun – Bedugul (50 km): 1 hour 45 minutes  
Bedugul – Jatiluwih – Tanah Lot (65 km): 2 hours
Tanah Lot – Ubud (35 km): 1 hour 15 minutes 

Meals Included: B, l

Puri Sunia Resort Ubud

Puri Sunia Resort sells fast on our website. Set in tropical landscapes, the intimate Puri Sunia Resort offers Balinese-style units situated round an outdoor pool. Surrounded by rice paddies and coconut trees, it provides free morning yoga sessions, daily jogging and trekking. Guests enjoy free shuttle to Ubud centre, a 10-minute drive away.

Enjoy the morning at leisure before checking out and transferring to the airport for the onward flight or to the next destination in Bali or Lombok.

Distance and journey time:
Ubud -  Denpasar Ngurah Rai international Airport (40km): 1 hour 15 minutes

Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour Includes:
•    Hotel accommodation in half-twin/double room with daily breakfast.
•    Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
•    Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles with cold water and towel provided.
•    Service of English/French/German/Dutch/Spanish speaking local guide.
•    All entrance fees and tours as indicated in itinerary.

Our Services Do Not Include:
•    Visa arrangements.
•    International and domestic flights.
•    International and domestic departure tax from Denpasar.
•    Meals other than mentioned above.
•    Camera/video entrance fees.
•    Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc).
•    Travel insurance.  
•    Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.

Please note:
•    Compulsory gala dinners and special conditions may be applied during peak season on top of the advertised rates.
•    During Nyepi Day, an important religious day in Bali, which falls on 17-Mar-18 and 07 March 2019, visitors are not allowed to leave the premises of hotels from 06:00 until 06:00 on the following day (24-hour). The airport will not operate any flights and all public activities will cease but hotels will remain operate with limited staff.
•    Note that certain experiences, such as blessings by a priest, the visit of an astrologer, etc. are linked with cultural and social obligations on the side of the providers that may change with very short notice, and thus are always subject to change. Cancellations from the supplier-side with short notice have occurred, and in such cases we would always try to re-schedule the activity or experience.

Deluxe Hotel Option
Pemuteran - Matahari Beach Resort
Sidemen    - Samanvaya
Ubud - Maya Ubud

Superior Hotel Option
Lovina - The Lovina
Sidemen    - Surya Shanti
Ubud - Puri Sunia

First Class Hotel Option
Lovina - Aneka Lovina
Sidemen - Teras Bali Sidemen
Ubud - Bhuwana