Impressive Bali & Lombok Trip Notes
Welcome to an extraordinary 15-day Indonesia trip that promises to unveil the natural splendor and cultural wonders of two Indonesian gems: Bali and Lombok. Our meticulously designed tour invites you to embark on a captivating journey through these enchanting islands, where ancient traditions merge seamlessly with breathtaking landscapes, creating an unforgettable experience that will leave you enchanted.
Our adventure commences in the serene coastal town of Sanur, Bali. Here, you will be greeted by the gentle lullaby of the ocean waves and the warm hospitality that Bali is renowned for. From Sanur, we will set our course for Lovina, a charming fishing village known for its tranquil black sand beaches and the chance to witness playful dolphins leaping in the morning light. The tour then takes us to Kintamani, a highland region nestled on the rim of a volcanic crater. Continuing our journey, we will discover Candidasa, a hidden coastal gem that invites you to unwind on its tranquil shores and explore the rich cultural heritage of Bali. But the adventure doesn’t end there! We’ll make our way to the idyllic Gili Trawangan, a tropical paradise renowned for its white sandy beaches and vibrant nightlife.
This 15-day Indonesia tour promises to immerse you in the beauty, traditions, and warmth of Bali and Lombok. Join us as we explore the diverse landscapes, savor mouthwatering cuisine, and dive deep into the rich cultures of these two islands.
Duration : 15 Days
Destination : Bali / Lombok
Start/Ends in : Sanur / Sanur
Group Size : 12-42 People
Age Req. : 18+
Trip Theme : Classic, Overland
Hotels : 5 & 4 Star
Departs : All Year Round
Why you will love this tour
- * You’ll fall in love with this tour for its perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. From tranquil beaches to exhilarating activities like snorkeling and surfing, it caters to every type of traveler.
- * Stay in hand-picked, centrally located and authentic 5 & 4-Star hotels and ride in private modern coaches.
- * The diverse destinations on this journey offer something for everyone. Whether you’re seeking cultural immersion, natural beauty, or vibrant nightlife, Bali and Lombok have it all.
- * You’ll love the opportunity to explore the lesser-known corners of these islands, such as the serene Candidasa and the idyllic Gili Trawangan, offering a unique and authentic experience.
- * The rich and flavorful cuisine of Bali and Lombok is a culinary delight. Savoring delicious local dishes is an integral part of this tour, sure to tantalize your taste buds.
- * The warm and welcoming people of Bali and Lombok will make you feel like family, ensuring that your journey is not just a vacation but a heartwarming cultural exchange that you’ll cherish forever.
The group welcome meeting with your guide and other travelers is held around 18:30 at the hotel lobby on Day 1 of your tour unless otherwise notified.
Meeting and Finishing Point:
The meeting and finishing point for the tour is :
Santika Premiere Hayam Wuruk – 5 Star – Jakarta
Address : Hayam Wuruk St No.125, RT.5/RW.6, Mangga Besar, Taman Sari, West Jakarta City, Jakarta 11180, Indonesia
Phone : +62 21 2600818
Emergency Number: +44 203 14 99 200
- Kintamani: Located in the heart of Bali, Kintamani offers breathtaking views of the volcanic Mount Batur and its serene crater lake, making it a popular destination for nature enthusiasts.
- Koeta: Koeta, Bali’s liveliest beach resort town, is famous for its vibrant nightlife, water sports, and a wide range of shopping and dining options.
- Lovina: Situated on the quieter northern coast of Bali, Lovina is known for its black sand beaches and the opportunity to spot playful dolphins on morning boat trips.
- Mount Bromo: Mount Bromo is an iconic volcano in East Java, attracting adventurers and photographers alike with its otherworldly landscapes and dramatic sunrise views.
- Sanur: Sanur, a tranquil coastal town on Bali’s southeastern coast, offers a more relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere compared to other beach destinations on the island.
- Sidemen: Tucked away in Bali’s lush rice terraces, Sidemen is a hidden gem known for its scenic beauty, traditional Balinese culture, and serene ambiance.
- Surakarta: Also known as Solo, Surakarta is a cultural hub in Central Java, celebrated for its Javanese traditions, palaces, and vibrant batik art.
- Ubud: Ubud is Bali’s cultural and artistic center, where lush rice paddies, temples, and a thriving arts scene create a unique and enchanting atmosphere.
- Yogyakarta: Yogyakarta, often referred to as Jogja, is a historic city in Java famous for its ancient temples, royal palaces, and rich Javanese culture.
Please note that the itinerary may be subject to small changes depending on the conditions during the tour. Alternative accommodation of similar standards may be used depending on the group size and hotel availability.
Inclusions & Exclusions
The tour price covers the following services:
Accomodation : 5 & 4 Star Hotels, Lodge
Airport Transfer : Airport transfers for the included domestic flights on the tour
Meals : 14 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches
Transportation : A/C Vehicles, Ferry from Lombok to Koeta
Guide : Services of experienced Travel Talk local guides licenced by the Ministry of Tourism
Ulun Danu Temple
Pura Beji Sangsit
Holy Spring Water Temple Tirta Empul
What is NOT included in the tour price?
- Any flights not mentioned above
- Travel insurance
- Meals not stated above
- Items of a personal nature
- Tips & gestures
- Entrance fees to the sights and museums
- Optional activities
- Other services not stated in the itinerary
Hotels & Accommodation
Solo travellers will be roomed with another solo traveller of the same gender in a twin or triple room, or can upgrade to a solo room by paying the single supplement. You may choose the solo room option when booking online or contact us to arrange a private room. Your tour leader will allocate rooms upon arrival at the starting hotel in accordance with the rooming lists, last minute changes may not be guaranteed.
Prama Sanur Beach – Bali- 5 STAR
Located on the Sanur Beach, the 5 star Sanur hotel features two outdoor swimming pools, three different restaurants, a fitness and a SPA center.
Lovina Beach Club & Resort – Lovina – 4 STAR
A charming hotel located in Lovina, Bali. The hotel features an on-site restaurant, an outdoor pool & whirlpool and a SPA & Fitness Center.
Pramana Zahill – Kintamani – 4 STAR
A beautiful, rustic-design hotel offering its guests a swimming pool, an on-site restaurant offering local dishes and a cocktail bar.
Best Western PremierAgung Resort – Ubud – 4 STAR
Surrounded by tropical scenery, this 4 star Ubud hotel features two outdoor pools, a fitness & SPA center and an on-site restaurant.
Ramayana Hotel – Candidasa – 4 STAR
An elegant hotel & example to Balinese architecture, offering its guests a swimming pool, SPA center, a restaurant offering local dishes and a bar.
Novotel – Lombok – 4 STAR
Nestled in the Kuta Beach, Novotel offers traditional-design & comfortable rooms equipped with coffee maker, flat screen TV and safebox.
Merumatta Hotel – Lombok – 4 STAR
A 5 star luxury hotel that is equipped with an outdoor swimming pool, on-site restaurant & bar, wellness center and a private beach.
Scallywags Resort – Gili Trawangan– 4 Star
Guests will be staying at elegant garden villas at this charming beachfront hotel equipped with an outdoor pool & on-site restaurant.
Please note that entrance fees to sights and optional activities are not included in the tour price.
Essential Information: Indonesia
Passport & Visas
Travelers to Indonesia must ensure they have the appropriate visa and passport documents before embarking on their journey. For many nationalities, Indonesia offers a 30-day visa-free entry option for tourism purposes, which can be extended once for an additional 30 days. However, it’s essential to check the specific requirements and eligibility based on your country of origin, as some nations may need to obtain a visa in advance.
A passport with at least six months of validity from the date of entry is mandatory. Additionally, travelers should be prepared to show proof of onward or return travel and sufficient funds for their stay in Indonesia. It is advisable to double-check the latest visa regulations with the Indonesian embassy or consulate in your home country before traveling to ensure a smooth and hassle-free entry into this diverse and beautiful archipelago.
We are closely monitoring the latest travel updates to Indonesia and following the advice of the UK Foreign Office (FCDO). For the latest travel advice from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/indonesia
We recommend all travellers to check their Government National Travel Advisory prior to their departure:
Australia – https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
Canada – https://travel.gc.ca/
New Zealand – https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/
All passengers travelling with Travel Talk are required to have personal travel insurance before participating in any of our tours. Your guide will collect your travel insurance details on the first day of your trip. It is your responsibility to make sure you have an adequate and suitable travel insurance for you in place, you may read more at https://www.traveltalktours.com/travel-insurance
Health & Safety
The health and safety of our passengers, staff and communities visited is of utmost priority. As we monitor and comply with the official advice from the UK Foreign Office, as well as World Health Organization and government authorities regularly, we have implemented several policies and precautions on our tours for your wellbeing. You may find our Safe Travels Protocols at https://www.traveltalktours.com/safe-travels
Travel Talk Adventures has received the Safe Travels stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which allows travellers to recognise companies around the world that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols – so consumers canexperience ‘Safe Travels’.
Please make sure to regularly check your Government’s travel advice before travelling and be well-informed of any requirements. Your tour guide will also notify you of the regulations and protocols to follow throughout your trip with us.
Please note that if any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary or possess a potential risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to remove them from all or part of a trip.
Please consult with your doctor for the latest medical travel information and any vaccinations you may need. We recommend that you bring any personal medical requirements and medications with you as these may be difficult to obtain while on tour.
Indonesia experiences a tropical climate with a distinct wet season (November to March) and dry season (April to October). The best time to visit depends on your preferences and the region you plan to explore. Generally, the dry season is popular for outdoor activities and beach vacations, with July and August being the peak tourist months. For a more tranquil experience, consider the shoulder seasons of April, May, September, and October when you can enjoy pleasant weather and fewer crowds. Keep in mind that diving and surfing enthusiasts should check specific regions and seasons for their preferred activities. It’s crucial to research the climate of your intended destination and stay informed about local events and holidays that might impact your travel plans.
Money matters in Indonesia are relatively straightforward for travelers. The local currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), and it’s advisable to carry some cash in small denominations for minor expenses, as many smaller businesses and local markets may not accept credit cards. ATMs are widely available in cities and tourist areas, making it easy to withdraw cash in IDR using international debit or credit cards. However, it’s a good idea to inform your bank about your travel plans to avoid any potential issues with card transactions. Credit cards like Visa and Mastercard are generally accepted in larger hotels, restaurants, and retail establishments, especially in more touristy areas. Still, it’s wise to have some cash on hand, particularly in remote or less touristy regions. Money exchange services are also readily available at banks and currency exchange offices, although rates may vary, so it’s advisable to compare rates and fees before exchanging currency.
Please remember that everyone has different spending habits, some prefer to spend more on souvenirs, some on experiences and others on a night out! Make sure to budget your trip to your spending habits for shopping, drinking, and tipping.
Tipping in Indonesia is appreciated but not mandatory. In restaurants, a 10% service charge is often added, but if not, leaving a 5-10% tip is customary. In smaller eateries, rounding up the bill is appreciated. For hotel staff, tour guides, and drivers, a tip of IDR 10,000 to 100,000 is appropriate based on the service provided.
Eating & Drinking
Indonesian cuisine is a flavorful and diverse culinary experience, known for its rich blend of aromatic spices and ingredients. With over 17,000 islands, the cuisine varies across regions but commonly features staples like rice, noodles, coconut, and an abundance of fresh herbs and spices like lemongrass, ginger, and chili. Signature dishes such as Nasi Goreng (fried rice), Rendang (slow-cooked meat in coconut milk), and Satay (grilled skewered meat with peanut sauce) showcase the depth of Indonesian flavors. Sambal, a spicy chili paste, is a ubiquitous condiment. Indonesia’s cuisine offers a tantalizing mix of sweet, savory, and spicy tastes that appeal to a wide range of palates, making it a must-try for any food enthusiast.
Nasi Goreng: This is Indonesia’s version of fried rice, typically cooked with a mix of vegetables, meat (such as chicken, prawns, or beef), and a fried egg on top.
Rendang: A flavorful and tender meat dish, often beef or chicken, slow-cooked with coconut milk and a blend of aromatic spices until it’s rich and fragrant.
Satay: Skewered and grilled meat, usually served with a peanut sauce, sweet soy sauce, or a spicy condiment called sambal.
Gado-Gado: A vegetable salad typically served with a peanut sauce dressing, often accompanied by tofu, tempeh, and boiled eggs.
Soto: A flavorful soup made with either chicken or beef, enriched with spices, herbs, and coconut milk, and served with rice.
Essentials to Bring & Internet
-Face mask/cover and hand sanitiser enough for your personal use throughout the trip – See more at https://www.traveltalktours.com/safe-travels/
-Travel Documents: Passport, Visa (if required), flight or transport ticket (and photocopies)
-Travel Talk Tour Voucher (printed or digital)Travel Insurance Policy (and photocopy)
-Personal medical kit and medicine
-Money (cash, credit card, travellers’ cheques)
-Reusable water bottle
-Ear plugs and eye mask
-Sun protection – hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
-Comfortable, closed walking shoes
-Wind/water proof jacket
-Warm clothes, hat, and gloves for cold weather
-Sandals, swimwear, shorts for warm weather
Internet access in Indonesia has greatly improved, particularly in urban areas and tourist destinations, with reliable 4G and 5G networks available. Rural regions may still have slower and less reliable connections, often limited to 3G. Mobile internet is widely used, and SIM cards with data plans are easily obtainable for travelers. Wi-Fi is prevalent in urban areas but varies in quality. Internet cafes are common, providing affordable access. However, there are some internet content restrictions, and a VPN may be needed to access blocked content. Overall, internet access is affordable and accessible in most parts of Indonesia, but it’s advisable to plan for potential variations in speed and reliability.
Culture, Religion, and Traditions
Indonesia is a diverse and culturally rich nation with a complex tapestry of traditions, religions, and cultures. The country is predominantly Muslim, with Islam being the most widely practiced religion, and it greatly influences daily life and traditions. However, Indonesia’s unique blend of Hindu, Buddhist, and indigenous animist influences has resulted in a fascinating cultural diversity, exemplified in the arts, architecture, and festivals. Balinese Hinduism, for instance, has a profound impact on the island’s vibrant arts and rituals. The country’s traditions are marked by elaborate ceremonies, such as weddings and funerals, where communal participation is highly valued. Traditional arts like batik, wayang kulit (shadow puppetry), and gamelan music showcase Indonesia’s artistic heritage. Indonesia’s cultural and religious diversity fosters a spirit of tolerance and pluralism, making it a harmonious and inclusive society despite its vast and varied landscapes.
Etiquette and How to Dress
Etiquette and dress code in Indonesia are influenced by the country’s rich cultural and religious diversity. Modesty is highly valued, particularly in interactions with locals and when visiting religious sites. When dressing, it’s essential to cover your shoulders and knees, so wearing long pants, long skirts, and tops with sleeves is advisable. In more conservative areas, such as Aceh, it’s even more important to dress modestly. When entering a temple, mosque, or someone’s home, it’s customary to remove your shoes. When greeting others, a slight bow or a handshake is common, but it’s polite to use your right hand as the left is considered impolite. When receiving or giving something, use both hands. Additionally, it’s crucial to show respect for elders and those in positions of authority. Overall, demonstrating cultural sensitivity and modesty in your dress and behavior will help you navigate Indonesian etiquette with respect and courtesy.
We have many solo travellers joining our tours. Solo travellers will be roomed with another traveller of the same gender. If you would like a private solo room, please contact us. You may see out solo travels page for more details.
Rules to Follow
We are committed to ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. We do not tolerate any form of violence (physical or verbal), bullying or harassment involving customers, partners, Travel Talk staff or locals. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a passenger are forbidden.
We will not tolerate any illegal activity, including but not limited to: use and possession of illegal drugs, trespassing, and disrupting public order. If you consume alcohol, please ensure that you drink responsibly and follow the local laws and regulations.
You must follow the advice of your tour leader and local officials regarding health and safety measures. We operate all tours under Safe Travels protocols for the wellbeing of our passengers, staff and communities visited. Please ensure that you have read the https://www.traveltalktours.com/safe-travels/ and are fully prepared for your trip.
If someone is acting inappropriately regarding these matters, please notify your tour leader immediately or contact us on the emergency contact number provided below.
Your tour leader has the right to remove from the group anyone not abiding by these rules, with no right of compensation or refund. See more at https://www.traveltalktours.com/booking-terms/
Please remember that our travellers come from different parts of the world and will have various needs and preferences. Be understanding and patient with your fellow travellers, and always strive to be on time.
We believe that travel is a force for good and show our support through various initiatives and charity organizations, as well as keeping the principals of responsible and sustainable travel at the core of our ethos. These values are engrained in our business culture and the design of our trips just the same. Together with you, we strive to make a positive impact on local people and economies, respecting the local culture, environment, social fabric and customs; encouraging respectful and meaningful cross-cultural exchange. Read more at https://www.traveltalktours.com/responsible-travel/