Circle a Dynamic Island on Two Wheels
In Bali, it has been said that every Balinese is an artist, whether in painting, dance, woodcarving or textiles. The question iswho 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.
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 Spin along Bali’s arid northeast coast, passing lava flows from Mount Agung’s 1963 eruption Rejuvenate at the spa, or 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.
Days 6-7 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.
Day 8 Pedal through the small villages of Gegelang and Andakasa as school kids make their way to class.
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This was one of the best vacations I have ever taken. Bali is a beautiful island with so much to offer, from its beautiful geography to its culture and spirituality. The trip routes were well thought out and I was constantly amazed at the wonderful scenery we passed through. In addition, I learned so much about the country itself and its culture through our guides, I felt like I was participating in a Discovery Channel program! A very well-rounded experience, from the great activities (hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, snorkeling) to the great places we stayed, to the amazing sights we saw (volcanoes, waterfalls, forests, rice fields, coast…!), to the great food we ate, to the beautiful setting and weather, to the graciousness of the Balinese people, to the excellence of our guides and to the overall cultural experience. Writing about it makes me want to take the trip all over again!
Jennifer Wu - Bellbrook, OH
This was my first Backroads trip and I was blown away. The level of service is incredible. The idea that I can take an active trip but still be pampered is so cool and I feel, as a person of only 23 years, Backroads will definitely be the first place a look when deciding on future trips. After this experience I almost feel it is the ONLY way to travel.
Kristin Cardo - Quogue, NY
Overall, this is probably the most memorable Backroads trip I’ve taken. Someone has already asked me if I would do it again and without hesitation I can say yes. The blend of activities was perfect, the biking great, the culture immersion was fascinating and the knowledge and experience of our leader and guides made it an extraordinary trip.
Nancy Bryant - Houston, TX