Austin Adventures - Bali - Life is Good Vacations
  • 11 days/10 nights
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Discover Java and Bali on this Indonesia Adventure

Unearth the enchanting treasures of Java and Bali on this action-packed, small group adventure in Indonesia. Our expert guides invite you to experience this exotic South Pacific island, both the city culture and beach life, on our all-inclusive, custom vacation package. From the sacred mountain and seaside temples in Jimbaran to the sprawling rice terraces and clove plantations in Magelang, spend these thrilling days exploring the rich biodiversity, scintillating culture, and many flavors of Indonesia’s gem of a paradise. Try your hand at surfing under the guidance of a professional surf instructor, hike to a backdrop of jaw-dropping, forest-clad peaks, bike quiet backcountry roads in Borobudur, and fall in love with the breathtaking beaches on Bali’s coastline. All the while, enjoy the best in regional lodging and cuisine as Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service invites you to get swept away by the mystique, majesty and many marvels of Balinese wilderness and tradition.

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  • Asia & Pacific Vacations
  • Adult only
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Paddling/Rafting
  • Snorkeling/Swimming
  • Cultural/History

Activity Level: Moderately Easy (2)

This Tour
Lose yourself in the allure of Bali, Indonesia's exotic oasis of sacred temples, breathtaking mountains, vivid scenery, and boundless opportunities for outdoor adventure and exploration. Warm, welcoming locals and fresh, innovative fare complement this custom, 11-day itinerary perfectly, ensuring you'll fall in love with this charming jewel of the South Pacific. Come discover why this mystical landscape has seduced artists and adventurers for centuries.
  • Are you a coffee enthusiast? Then Yogyakarta is for you! Hop on the becak (pedicab) to the area famous for Kopi Joss a Java made over burning hot charcoal
  • Drive to Borobudur to see the biggest Buddhist temple in the world
  • Hop on a bicycle and take a ride through the beautiful rice fields just outside of Borobudur
  • Take a walk through monkey forest! Tip: Don't feed the Monkeys
  • Check out one of Bali's most notorious sites, Tanah Lot temple
  • Surf it up on the Balinese waves
  • Relax and enjoy the Kecak Dance at Uluwatu Temple
Austin Adventures Indonesia Bali
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"Bali is a beautiful place with so much to do!"

John P Fresno, CA

"Well planned trip. Great accommodations and food. Guides knowledgeable, helpful."

Susan C. Pittsburgh, PA

"Extremely well run. Guides were great and a great mix of activity. Food was excellent."

Beth M. Evanston, IL

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Day 1: Yogyakarta Arrival
Meals Included:  D
Overnight: Phoenix Hotel
Arrive in Jakarta and continue your direct flight to Yogyakarta. Upon arrival in Yogyakarta airport, meet your local tour leader and driver and transfer to your hotel for some rest. This evening, depending on arrival time, we have a special signature program in store. To most travelers Yogyakarta is known as the cultural center of Java, but Yogya also has a lot to offer for the food enthusiast! Start walking from Tugu Monument or hop on a becak (pedicab) and see traditional and modern angkringan (foodstalls) along the way. Head to the area famous for kopi joss, coffee with a brick of burning hot charcoal! After this you’re ready to continue by becak to soak up the hustle and bustle of JalanMalioboro. You will then continue to the alun- alun (square) south of the kraton (palace) where you can try the legendary walk through two waringin trees (banyan trees) while blindfolded. Afterwards continue to the Wijilan area to sample different kinds of Yogya’s famous dish gudeg (jackfruit curry). These were just starters, so to wrap up this culinary experience we’ll finish at one of the famous angkringan restaurants popular with students and families alike. Here you can choose from dozens of freshly made dishes cooked up in front of you. Wash it all down with some flavorful and colorful drinks like wedanguwuh (red herbal drink) or wedangjahe (ginger tea) to round up your culinary Yogya experience!

About Phoenix Hotel

Elegantly set in the heart of Yogyakarta, close to Malioboro street, the majestic building of The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta, dating back to 1918, revisits in style the classical bygone era with a fusion of Asian and European décor. This MGallery by Sofitel boutique hotel features a restaurant, a wine bar offering creative cocktails, a terrace overlooking an open courtyard, an inviting swimming pool, and an indulgent day spa. Ideal for travelers in search of unique and memorable experiences, the hotel location is ideal to travel over Yogyakarta.
Day 2: Yogyakarta
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: Phoenix Hotel
Meet your guide this morning and prepare to go deep into the culture, people, and history of Central Java. There is nostalgic feeling found in decaying palaces and old cities. Imagine a walled compound complete with markets, an underground hidden Mosque that resembles an Escher dream, and top it off with the home of the Sultan. Now you start to get an idea of today's itinerary! From the little maze-like streets of the Taman Sari to the wayang kulit or shadow puppets at the Kraton palace we want to show you the heart and soul of Yogyakarta by foot. Allow yourself some time to get some souvenirs at the shops and markets along Jl. Malioboro or BeringHarjo Market. Take a break at one of the many cafés or restaurants serving local drinks and snacks. Optional afternoon Lava adventure by jeep for those with a strong sense of adventure!
Day 3: Yogyakarta/Mangelang
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: MesaStila
After breakfast you will drive to Borobudur to see this amazing religious site. The Borobudur is the biggest Buddhist temple in the world and listed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. Borobudur predates Angkor Wat by 300 years and Notre Dame by 200 years. "Discovered" in 1815, it has been excavated and returned to its original glory. The stone relief panels offer a clear glimpse into Buddhist doctrine and Javanese life 1,000 years ago. Hop on a bicycle and ride through the beautiful rice fields with the mighty Borobudur always in your sight. We will explore local Javanese villages and see how the people make a living and how they work the land. We finish our bicycle trip at the Borobudur where you'll have plenty of time to amble around and soak up the atmosphere surrounding this fabulous monument. After the tour you will be served a true Javanese meal in a traditional style restaurant surrounded by rice fields. Later we will travel to the MesaStila, one of the most unique properties in Indonesia. The views alone are out of this world and the setting amid a plantation takes you back to the days of Old Java.

About MesaStila

MesaStila is a luxury five-star resort & spa that incorporates an unparalleled collection of remarkable antiques and enchanting buildings; including Central Java icons such as a Colonial railway station and historic Joglo-villas. At MesaStila, the focus is on luxury yet keeping the traditional, local and wholesome experiences intact, which accentuate the magnificence of the environment, the people, the culture and facilitate a healthy lifestyle, full of wonderful experience. Your spacious one bedroom villa is lavishly furnished with traditional Javanese décor and antiquities, featuring a large Mediterranean bathroom, a cozy day-bed and a large balcony overlooking the spectacular views of Central Java's mountains.
Day 4: Magelang
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: MesaStila
After the last few active days, it’s time to take it easy back. You may relax by the infinity pool at MesaStila or choose from one of the in house activities: Traditional Jamu, Coffee Plantation Tour, Batik, or Janur. In the Traditional Jamu class, you’ll learn about the leaves, flowers, and roots that Indonesia’s ancestors experimented with to discover what useful properties they hold. A tour of the coffee plantation will have you learning about growing, harvesting and producing coffee. Batik is art images on fabric that originated from the royalty in Indonesia’s bygone cultural era. Janur is the Javanese word for the coconut leaf, which is used as a tool for daily life in many areas of Indonesia.
Day 5: Magelang/Ubud
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: Komaneka Bisma
This morning meet your guide and transfer to Semarang to continue your trip to Bali. Semarang is in an old Dutch port from the days of East Indies. Not many travelers visit this city which makes a quiet unique destination off the beaten track. If time allows your guide will show you around some of the city’s historical landmarks. Fly Semarang to Denpasar. Upon arrival, you will then transfer to your hotel in Ubud with the evening at your leisure. Until late in the 19th century, Ubud was a minor principality subservient to the palaces of Peliatan and Gianyar. Through a series of well-chosen alliances and the colonial meddling of the Dutch, Ubud prospered and began attracting refugee painters, sculptors, dancers and architects who had fallen out of favor in the other kingdoms. Under the influence of Prince Agung Gede Sukawati, Ubud attracted Western artists and scholars such as Miguel and Rose Covarrubias, Margaret Mead and Walter Spies, who helped secure Ubud as the cultural and spiritual nucleus of the island.

About Komaneka Bisma

Komaneka at Bisma is about grand spaces, luxurious interiors, and a heart-lifting panorama over a valley of tropical rainforest - all just a 10-minute walk from Ubud's Main Street. The resort's iconic 33-meter lap pool is the jewel of this beautiful five-hectare resort. Nestled in the tropical gardens are the resort's own rice fields, the Wanasmara non-denominational wedding chapel, a Spa Villa with adjacent semi-circular leisure pool, and a jogging path. The Suite Rooms have broad balconies and beautifully appointed living spaces. This luxurious resort is nestled in the Campuhan river valley with breathtaking scenic views, sloping rice fields and coconut groves nearby and is designated as a sophisticated and contemporary lifestyle destination that makes you feel right at home.
Day 6: Ubud
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Komaneka Bisma
This morning, you'll be taken for a half-day rafting trip on the Ayung River just outside town. This easy, two-hour trip requires no previous rafting experience and traverses some of the most dramatic scenery on the island including passing through eight miles of deep mountain gorges, wild jungles, picturesque rice paddies and thundering waterfalls. In the afternoon, experience a day in the life of a Balinese artist and uncover the secrets behind Bali's artistic soul. In addition to its natural attractions, Bali's soul and character is defined by its people. The island has long been a magnet for the arts and Ubud its epicenter. One of the most remarkable ways of discovering Bali is through its people and the unique art forms the island is known for the world over. This afternoon you'll interact with local artists at their homes and workshops and have doors opened to a world that is normally hidden from the sight of travelers, a dream chance to meet and photograph interesting local people in their local element. The culmination of the day will be an early dinner with a host family in a real Balinese home. If you like we can tell the family that you will be helping with the cooking! After this unique insider experience, you'll transfer back to the hotel and enjoy a peaceful evening.
Day 7: Ubud
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: Komaneka Bisma
We start the day by exploring the mystical Goa Gajah also known as Elephant cave. Make sure you discover the lower part of the river where there are some enigmatic carvings. You’ll then continue for a visit to the holy spring water temple Tirta Empul. The natural waters here are believed to contain mystical healing and rejuvenating properties. It is possible to take a purification bath here if you don’t mind the cold water! Later we will visit Gunung Kawi temple, an 11th-century temple complex comprised of 10 rock-cut candi (shrines) carved into the cliff face. These monuments are thought to be dedicated to King Anak Wungsu of the Udayana dynasty and his favorite queens. Local legend has it that a giant carved it out with his fingernails from the rock. Later, visit the sacred Monkey Forest. It is a fun walk just be aware the monkeys can be very naughty.
Day 8: Ubud/Jimbaran/Nusa Dua
Ubud/Jimbaran/Nusa Dua
Meals Included:  B
Time to leave Ubud and proceed to the south of Bali. On the way we will be making a stop at Tanah Lot temple, one of Bali's most spectacular sites. Tanah Lot Temple is one of the most photographed temples in the world. It is perched on a barren rock outcrop and at high tide is completely surrounded by the ocean. It is also on the beach so take time to explore and enjoy. After arriving at your hotel in Nusa Dua the remainder of the day at your leisure.

About Kayumanis Nusa Dua

Famous for its stretches of long white sandy beaches and upscale resort facilities, Nusa Dua is also home to the exclusive world of Kayumanis. Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private Villas & Spa is a serene setting of quiet sophistication and understated elegance. An exclusive enclave of luxuriously appointed pavilions, each offers unrivalled space, exceptional comfort, and complete privacy within secluded walled gardens. Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private Villas & Spa is the perfect venue for those who may seek a more adventurous discovery of Bali by day, and yet, demand the utmost serenity and privacy by night.
Day 9: Jimbaran/Nusa Dusa
Meals Included:  B
Today you will get the opportunity to ride the Balinese waves during a surf lesson! The lesson will start mid-morning and you will learn the basics of catching waves in a safe secure environment. Learn essential ocean safety: the board, understand the surf, study positioning, paddling, catching waves, control and standing up. Feel the thrill of riding small waves in easy to follow steps. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure .
Day 10: Jimbaran/Nusa Dusa
Coconut Man
Meals Included:  B, D
Free day in the morning. You can just rest and relax at the hotel enjoying the beach. In the afternoon, our driver will meet you at the hotel for an exciting visit to Uluwatu Temple, the amazing Hindu temple on the cliff with the deep rocky beach under. The temple is blessed with a breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean and sunset as a backdrop. After that you will see the amazing performance named Kecak Fire Dance at Uluwatu Temple. If you have extra energy don’t miss the beautiful Jimbaran Bay and enjoy a dinner al fresco with your feet in the sand.
Day 11: Denpasar Departure
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: No overnight
Today you will be met and transferred to the Denpasar Airport in time for your flight home. Selamat jalan – have a good journey!   * This trip is offered in partnership with Khiri Travel. **Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures and Khiri Travel.
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  • 11 days/10 nights
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Additional Trip Information


An Austin Adventures representative will meet you upon arrival at the Yogyakarta Adisutjipto International Airport. Upon clearing customs, transportation to the Phoenix Hotel will be provided. On Day 11 you will be transferred from your Nusa Dua hotel to the Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport in accordance with your morning or afternoon flight schedule.


  • Walking- 1 to 4 hour guided walking excursions to view forests, caves, beaches, temples, ruins and city splendors.
  • Biking –  10 miles cycling near Borobudur to check out the local sites.
  • Rafting –  Class II – III rapids guided by a whitewater rafting specialist.
  • Surfing –  Half day surf lesson on the basics. No experience necessary.


The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. Meals are included as indicated in the daily itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price. Included in Trip Price • Double occupancy rooms with private baths. • All meals as listed in daily detailed itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). • Fully trained, English-speaking professional guides and knowledgeable local partners. • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained. • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip. • Austin Adventures T-shirt, luggage tags and luggage service. • Pre-departure and packing information. • All entrance fees. Not Included in Trip Price • Gratuities. • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities. • Meals as not designated in daily itinerary. • Visa fees and/or visa authorization. • All internal flights within Indonesia. • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses. • Air and land transportation to/from host cities. • All types of personal insurance. • Personal expenses. Pre-departure Information After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.  
With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:
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A few more reason why you've gotta go:
  • 1. The arts: From traditional and modern dance to sculpture, metalworking, painting, music, and even film, this Indonesian island is a haven for colorful culture and tradition.
  • 2. Balinese cuisine: One of the highlights of your trip will most certainly be mealtime. Sample unique dishes, such as bebek betutu, nasi kuning, and lawar.
  • 3. The temples: Bali is known as an island rich with spirituality. There are over 6,000 temples dotted throughout!
  • 4. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: With accommodations like the Kayon Resort, explore the wonders of Indonesia by day and enjoy ultimate relaxation at night.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.

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