In Bali, it has been said that every Balinese is an artist, whether in painting, dance, woodcarving or textiles. The question is who wouldn't find inspiration amid all this compelling culture and diverse landscape? Lush terraced rice fields, exotic temples neighboring lively villages, busy markets on the slopes of volcanic mountains, rivers tumbling down jungled gorges. And some of the most welcoming people you'll ever have the pleasure of meeting. Come find your bliss on a bike with Backroads in Bali.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
AccommodationsThis Premiere Inn Trip includes one Casual Inn night at Puri Bagus Lovina. The guest rooms are comfortable, but simpler than those of our other Balinese hotels. We've chosen this property because of its prime location on our biking route and its local charm.
Biking in an Emerging WorldBali is a wonderfully beautiful destination with an enriching and unique culture, but it's also part of a rapidly developing country and travel here can be challenging.
Navigating Bali's crowded narrow city streets and rural roads on a bicycle is both a physical and cultural adventure that requires quick thinking, patience and humor (watch out for that scooter!). Though the route distances may be relatively short, the terrain, road conditions, heat and humidity, and the need to be alert can make activity more physically demanding.
While our trip emphasizes the idyllic Balinese serenity, it's impossible to completely avoid the bustling intersections and modern pace found here. But the beauty of the people, the culture and the landscape shines through, making for an amazingly exotic and fulfilling experience.
Days 1-2 Unforgettable rides past rice paddies, peaceful villages and sacred pools Delve behind the scenes with our longtime friend and local guide, Wayan Narta After spinning through rolling hills near Ubud, explore a dynamic forest temple inhabited by gray monkeys Raft the Ayung River, keeping an eye out for bright kingfishers and giant teak trees.
Day 3 Discover an exotic culture steeped in Hindu spirituality and colorful mythology Bike to the sacred Pura Taman Ayun temple and pay homage to the water goddess Dewi Danu at the Ulun Danu temple Ever cycled up a volcano? Pedal up and around Gunung Batur on your way to the quieter and simpler northern side of Bali.
Days 4-5 Relax at tropical beachside retreats, renowned for their health spas, divine swimming pools and gourmet cuisine Spin along Bali's arid northeast coast, passing lava flows from Mount Agung's 1963 eruption Don masks and fins for a snorkel amid the wreckage of the torpedoed U.S.S. Liberty, a haven for some 400 species of colorful reef fish Brightly painted junkung boats take us back to shore for an afternoon of biking or leisure - the choice is yours!
Days 6-8 Meet locals in their art studios Visit Tenganan, known for its beautiful double-ikat textiles Prepare classic mie goreng in a private cooking class Impressive volcanic mountains give way to a sandy beach on an exhilarating descent past scenic rice terraces Bike to a nearby community, passing small family compounds and the local school - a wonderful opportunity to make friends with Balinese children as they do morning exercises.
- Explore an exotic culture steeped in Hindu spirituality and colorful mythology
- Unforgettable rides past emerald rice terraces, peaceful villages and sacred pools
- Meet locals in their art studios and vibrant temples
- Snorkel among parrot fish and giant clams in Blue Lagoon
- Relax at tropical beachside retreats
Maya Ubud Resort & Spa (2 nights): An award-winning resort perched in beautiful hillside gardens above two river valleys. (pool, spa, tennis)
Puri Bagus Lovina (1 night): Overlooking the Bali Sea, simple yet comfortable villas with traditional architecture and private gardens. (pool, spa)
Spa Village Tembok Bali (2 nights): Exuding peacefulness, this secluded retreat features views stretching from volcanic peaks to the black-sand beaches of the Bali Sea. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa)
Alila Manggis (2 nights): Reminiscent of traditional Balinese villages, this palm-studded hotel is a stylish seaside hideaway. (pool, spa)
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of
interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one
day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat
from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each
day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
Routes For All Abilities
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|Rafting on the Ayung River (4 hours)|
|Snorkeling excursion to the U.S.S. Liberty wreckage (1 hour)|
|7||Market visits (2.5 hours) and Cooking class (2.5 hours)|
To make for the most comfortable ride to this particular trip, we've outfitted our titanium road bike with slightly wider tires. You'll appreciate this on those stretches of the route with hard-packed dirt (approximately 5% dirt and 95% paved).
* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|8 - 9 guests from $4,998 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $4,198 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests from $4,498 pp dbl. occ.|
Guest Trip Reviews
When I think of the perfect place for a vacation that's beautiful, relaxing and culturally rich, I start dreaming of paradise - also known as Bali. Here you can snorkel among parrot fish and giant clams. Visit sacred temples and vibrant art studios. Raft the Ayung River through the jungle and end the day with the Indian Ocean crashing at your feet... We'd love to welcome your family to Bali!- Regional Manager, Asia