- A globetrotter's dream trip, around the world from Bali to Fiji
- Zen atmosphere, traditional crafts and rice fields in Bali, Sydney Harbour and the hypnotic Australian outback: a kaleidoscope of panoramas and moments
- The end of the Tropic of Capricorn: laze on a beach in Fiji
- Local Concierge, fast-track airport services and pre-planned must-sees throughout the trip: all reasons to travel with us
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YOUR WORLD TOUR
JOURNEY ACROSS THE GLOBEThis trip is suitable for all types of traveller, from couples to families and solo travellers. Every part of the trip will be completely tailor-made to you, but this itinerary should give you a flavour of the types of holiday we can plan.
Included in the itineraryBangli, a region in the east of Bali which is covered with rice paddies. They have been central to the lives of Balinese farmers for generations, who have beautifully sculpted them into undulating terraces on hillsides with sweeping curves. This scenery is up there with the best you'll see in Asia. Nearby, Ubud, is the cultural epicentre of Bali. This is where the island's artistic traditions are most alive. Bali is the island of a thousand temples and Ubud is home to hundreds. Bali embraces modernity while maintaining its traditions, here you'll find lots of traditional dancing, painting and sculpture.
Sydney - Sydney blends the energy of a modern metropolis with the laidback charm of a coastal town. Sydney is really keeping up the Australian myth. Over 10,000 miles from the United Kingdom, the heart of the city beats at the 'slow life' rhythm of its beaches (it has more beaches than any other city in the world), its small neighbourhoods and its trendy cafes.
Sunset on Uluru - Uluru rises up out of the unending flat expanse - a huge silhouette under an electric sky, that the Australians refer to simply as 'The Rock'. At night, in the red light of the bush, sit on the bonnet on the bonnet of your car and watch the sun set over the totem rock - the sun darkens in the desert, the sky turns pink, purple, then scarlet. It's an enchanting moment.
Fiji- 'Bula Male!', wide smiles and the percussion of the meke (a traditional dance), welcomes you as soon as the plane descends. You'll head to Malolo Island, in the Mamanuca archipelago, which is a pure tropical dream. It's the picture perfect idea of a Pacific island; the conical shape of the island, the lush vegetation, crescent beach and transparent waters where corals, fish and shells abound.
Flight to Denpasar (Bali)
International flight via Singapore. Overnight flight, arriving the next day.
Denpasar - Bangli
Private transfer and three-night stay in an eco-lodge in the countryside. All around, rice fields spread out against the backdrop of the majestic silhouette of Mount Agung, Bali's sacred active volcano. The hotel's buildings have the arched shape of traditional Indonesian rice barns. The suites exude rustic charm but also offer excellent luxury and perfect privacy. The restaurant uses organic ingredients. Live life at a gentle country pace away from the crowds. The guesthouse atmosphere encourages a laidback approach to the day. And the sun shimmers off the rice fields. The eco-lodge's surroundings are ideal for beautiful walks, which can be undertaken with a medicinal plant specialist.
Included in the itinerary - One-hour Balinese massage, to gently recover from the journey.
Two days to recharge your batteries, explore the Balinese countryside, rice fields and peaceful villages. We would recommend visiting Besakih Temple, on the slopes of the Agung. There are about twenty temples here, the main one being Pura Penataram Agung. It is one of the most sacred places in Balinese Hinduism.
Included in the itinerary - An introduction to Balinese cuisine in private. Spice mixes are perhaps the main feature of Balinese cuisine. So, it's not surprising that the Balinese take great care in creating spice blends. They lend dishes their main flavour, and their punch. Novice cooks are shown the ropes in the capable hands of an expert. Here, cooking isn't just about ingredients but encompasses the culture as a whole, and you can use the opportunity to learn about it and understand it. Then, it's time to taste the end results.
Included in the itinerary - The village of Undisan. During this day trip in the countryside, you will visit the village of Undisan with an expert guide. The locals are particularly welcoming and invite guests into their homes, temple and fields. This is the perfect opportunity to learn about growing rice, the preparation of daily offerings, and 'gong' music, performed by a traditional group of musicians mainly comprising percussion instruments. Take walks in the countryside to the main temples in the area while meeting local craftspeople (silversmiths and tailors) to round off this introduction to the Balinese way of life.
Bangli - Ubud
Transfer to Ubud. Accommodation for three nights in a hotel located a little away from the centre, in the heart of lush nature, and facing the rice fields. The architecture of the villas incorporates the finest design features of the Balinese royal household and modern facilities, providing guests with a refined and comfortable setting. Most of them have a small private pool. Not forgetting attentive and discreet service, bespoke facilities, an organic restaurant, a spa and convenient access to the region's many sites.
Optional - Half-day with a local who speaks your language.
Two days to explore Ubud, the artistic capital of Bali. Visit workshops, galleries and rice fields. The best thing about this region is that mass tourism has not yet reached and altered it.
Included in the itinerary - A day in the countryside of Ubud, between temples, rice fields and sacred springs. With a local private guide, explore the rural landscape of Ubud, including the Hindu Temple of Kehen, the traditional village of Penglipuran and its bamboo houses, the majestic temple of Gunung Kawi Tampaksiring on the banks of the Pakrisan River, and the almost mystical holy springs of Tirta Empul, famed for their purifying and medicinal powers. The day ends with a visit to the temple of Sebatu, a Hindu shrine founded on a spring, and the rice fields of Ceking in Tegalalang, with sublime panoramic views.
Ubud - Sydney, (Australia)
You'll be transferred privately to Denpasar Airport for a flight to Sydney. Overnight flight, arriving the next day.
Welcome on arrival, private transfer and three nights' accommodation in the heart of the city: The Rocks, Darling Harbour and Circular Quay are all within walking distance. It's the perfect location for exploring the city. Behind its imposing neo-Gothic facade, your 1920s hotel proudly boasts an Art Deco atmosphere. The rooms are spacious, the terrace is pleasant and the service is professional.
Sydney owes much of its lifestyle to the sea. From Circular Quay, you'll sail through the bay, which undoubtedly offers the most excitement per square mile. You can't miss a walk along the sands of Bondi and Bronte beaches, connected by a scenic footpath. Whether you're a beginner or experienced surfer, you must try out the waves here, or try your hand at skimboarding. The Sydney Fish Market offers the very freshest seafood and many small restaurants come here to buy their stock. Immerse yourself in the CBD's high-rise architecture or stroll through the Royal Botanic Garden, Australia's oldest scientific institution. It's a wonderful place to take a stroll through; the British-style gardens, combined with its plant conservation and acclimatisation processes, have created a living national treasure. At the Museum of Contemporary Art, admire works by Emily Kane Kngwarreye, Fiona Foley and Peter Kennedy, among many others. As evening falls, you'll see that whether it's beer or wine, burger or haute cuisine, a tiny cafe or a huge techno club, Sydney has something for everyone at night.
Included in the itinerary - private city tour with a local guide Head out on a walk with a private guide who will tailor the tour to your interests, in the city or around the beaches. It's also the perfect opportunity talk about life in Australia, to listen to anecdotes about Sydney and get some tips for the rest of your trip.
Option - A private cruise around Sydney's bay for unobstructed views of the city, Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
Sydney - Ayers Rock
Private transfer to the airport and flight to Ayers Rock in the Red Centre. Collect your hire car and spend two nights in simple and practical accommodation in the middle of the bush. The location is ideal for enjoying the desert, especially the views of the towering Uluru, the spiritual and mineral heart of Aboriginal culture.
Optional - a helicopter ride over Uluru to fully appreciate its majesty.
Included - Admission to the Field of Light. Internationally renowned light artist Bruce Munro chose the Red Centre to exhibit his artwork. This is a world-first for this ephemeral art show, which runs until 31 December 2020. Approximately 50,000 thin stems crowned with frosted glass spheres line the desert and light up the red earth as soon as night falls in the Outback, against the backdrop of the towering rock. It's a truly unique opportunity to see the desert completely lit up at night.
Things to see and experience - At dawn or at the end of the day, enjoy watching the sun rise or set on Uluru.
Our advice : the rock is so huge that it can easily be seen from several miles away. Yet, curiously, all visitors stop at the same place to admire the show. Be smart and find your own little spot.
Ayers Rock - Sydney
Return the hire car to the airport and fly back to Sydney. Private transfer to the CBD where you'll be staying in an Art Deco hotel for your last night in Sydney.
Sydney-Nadi (Fiji Islands)
Private transfer to the airport and flight to Nadi, gateway to Fiji. You'll be greeted on arrival by our team on the ground and privately transferred to a contemporary hotel, set in a large tropical park, for one night. The hotel is built in a traditional Fijian style and rooms overlook lush gardens. The restaurant serves international cuisine with Pacific influences. To rest after a long flight, there is a swimming pool, gym, spa...
Nadi - Malolo Island
Private transfer to the port of Denarau and catamaran ride to the small island of Malolo in the Mamanuca Archipelago. Three nights in quiet accommodation by the beach. On site, the welcome is warm and the calm is divine (the 'adult only' nature of the place charms). Rooms are spread out in small traditional houses known as 'bures', little cocoons by the pool or on the beach. The interiors are comfortable and rather simple, extended by a small outdoor space - with private pools for some rooms. The cuisine is good, the activities are numerous: swimming pool, kayaking, yoga, diving, paddle boarding, volleyball...
Things to do. First, don't do anything. There's no need to rush. Let yourself soak up the beauty of the island - a volcanic cone that pops out of the ocean just enough to display an intense green vegetation surrounded by coconut trees and a strip of fine sand. In its crystal clear water, corals bloom in all their beauty. Fish come and go in their spectacular natural habitat. Grab your mask and a snorkel to take a closer look. You can also swim a few gentle laps in the hotel's infinity pool. On the beach, play beach volleyball or beach bowls. Trips out to sea take you to the most beautiful diving spots or to other small paradise islands.
Malolo Island - Nadi
Transfer back to the marina of Denaray by catamaran, then by car to Nadi, where you'll have a comfortable one night stopover.
Nadi - Return flight
Transfer to the airport and fly home via Singapore. Overnight flight, arriving the next day.
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BALI IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF A LOCAL
An expert guide will meet you as soon as you land in Bali. So, to make sure it lives up to the dream, we have opted for an open approach with an expert guide on hand as a good way to get started. First of all, spend time putting together a wish list, highlighting your interests and tastes. And then, off you go... A private vehicle with a driver awaits. You will immediately be immersed into Balinese life; arts and crafts, music, kite flying, surfing, architecture, dance, religious practices, markets, agriculture, the list goes on. Just ask.
Sydney Harbour cruise
Sydney Harbour is one of the most iconic harbours in the world. Take a comfortable boat ride and enjoy panoramic views of the city, Harbour Bridge and, of course, the Opera House. Lunch in a small secluded cove is available with the option of fishing, swimming or simply taking it easy on the beach.
HELICOPTER FLIGHT: THE OLGAS AND AYERS ROCK
An opportunity to appreciate the Olgas and the red monolith that mysteriously emerges out of the vast semi-arid flatlands. Here, the red rock contrasts with the intense blue of the sky. This helicopter tour over Ayers Rock is a unique way to see these red sandstone formations.
Optional - 30-minute helicopter flight in a small group
EXTEND YOUR TRIP IN SINGAPORE
Your flight home will most likely be via Singapore so why not stop over for a couple of days? There are very few remnants of the original Singapore where Sir Raffles set up an English trading post two centuries ago. The city, an island, a city and a state all at once, has transformed into a singular megalopolis where ethnicities and eras bounce off each other. One thing that makes Singapore so unique is its propensity to bring together frantic shopping with pious contemplation in Taoist temples, a powerful metropolis with nature in its enormity, and a present with the near future.
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