Very early departure (3.30am) for a sunrise jeep tour of Mount Bromo. Early mornings can be decidedly chilly, so be sure to wrap up warm. Travel by 4WD to Mount Penanjakan (2,770m), where a short uphill walk will take you to a viewing point that offers arguably one of the best views of Mount Bromo and its neighbouring gunungs. Whilst it’s not the most popular spot from which to watch the sun rise, you should be prepared to share this experience with other early risers! As the sun rises and the mist begins to clear you’re greeted with a breath-taking panorama: Mount Batok (2,470 m) and Mount Bromo (2,329m) in the foreground and Mount Semeru, Java’s tallest peak (3,676m) smouldering in the distance.
Once the sun has risen, travel by jeep into the caldera below and take a 40-minute walk across the other-worldly landscape of grey volcanic ash, commonly referred to as the ‘sea of sand’ to the base of Bromo. Just over 240 steps will take you up to the crater rim from where you can gaze down into the smoking interior: a reminder that you are standing on the edge of a still active volcano!
Head back down the steps where your jeep will be waiting to drive you back to your hotel in time for breakfast.
Having freshened up, transfer to Surabaya Airport in time for the short flight to Denpasar, Bali. Upon arrival and having met your guide transfer to Ubud.
Ubud, a Hindu pilgrimage destination since the 8th century, grew to become an important centre of herbal healing, and got its name from the Balinese word for medicine. The town is still known for its spa and relaxation culture, with excellent massage and health facilities available on every level, from a simple relaxing massage to several days in a dedicated retreat.
Ubud is also renowned for its thriving artisan community, many of whom demonstrate traditional skills and sell arts and crafts along the town’s streets and in its colourful markets. Around the town, lush green rice paddies and breathtaking jungle-clad valleys are within easy reach, perfect for cycling or walking.
Having checked in at your hotel, the remainder of your day is at leisure.
Overnight in Ubud.
Your day is free at leisure.
Overnight in Ubud.
Additional ideas in Ubud
In addition to your guided programme in Ubud you may wish to consider a few additional activities or visits. In most instances the following work best as an addition to the time with your guide and may require an extra day in the town – please speak to your consultant for further details.
Explore by bicycle.
Travelling through the outskirts of Ubud on two wheels is the perfect way to see both the beauty of the countryside and the day to day lives of the local people. A leisurely morning pedal, predominantly downhill, will take you past paddy fields and temple compounds, through local villages and bamboo forest.
Mas Village Balinese Experience.
Spend a day in the artisan village of Mas for an insight into the region’s rich and deep-seated artistic traditions. Following a blessing from a local priest you’ll enjoy a hands on cooking class and try your hand at the local craft of wood carving.
The landscape of central Bali is dotted with temples. Within easy reach of Ubud you can visit Ulun Danu, one of the holiest Hindu temples on the island and rumoured to be the most photographed temple in Bali; and the impressive Royal Temple of Mengwi (Pura Taman Ayun), with its multi–roofed meru shrines and intricately carved wooden gates.
After breakfast transfer to the start point of your cycling tour – the village of Kadewatan to the north of Ubud - and meet your local cycle guide.
Travelling through the outskirts of Ubud on two wheels is the perfect way to see both the beauty of the countryside and the day to day lives of the local people, and your guide will be able to offer an insight into Balinese culture and lifestyle.
After being helped to set up your bike, a leisurely, predominantly downhill cycle will take you past paddy fields and temple compounds, through local villages and bamboo forest.
After around three hours of cycling arrive at a local restaurant and enjoy a buffet lunch.
In the afternoon, transfer to the Taksu Spa. Bali has long been synonymous with massage and relaxation, and the spa options in Ubud are seemingly infinite. This is your chance to experience first-hand what all the fuss is about!
Amidst serene surroundings in the heart of Ubud, Taksu Spa offers an impressive choice of spa treatments alongside yoga classes and more dedicated healing programmes. Your ‘Balinese Touch’ package includes a 60-minute traditional Balinese massage, combined with either a 60-minute facial or 30-minute body scrub (whichever you prefer).
Following your treatment, feeling suitably relaxed, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Overnight in Ubud.