- A short hop to combine Australia & Bali, from the awe-inspiring wilderness of the Top End to the sweetness of the Island of the Gods
- Boat trips to spot crocodiles, surfing lessons, meeting with local people... it's all in the itinerary
- Optional, a few days in Singapore on the way home
- Includes all our usual additional services, such as fast-track airport services and our local Concierges
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Your tripAustralia is ideal road-trip country with its long distances, alluring landscapes, horizons and long straight roads. Here you will have a comfortable and safe car, upon arrival in Darwin and for the duration of your Australian stay. During this Oceania-Asia two-parter, you will also have the opportunity to experience other modes of transport. By boat first, in the Nitmiluk Gorge then on an iconic billabong at Kakadu. Here you'll see the majestic Top End and have crocodiles for neighbours, placid yet unnerving. In Bali, the aquatic element is still there but this time you can dive in during an introduction to surfing in a surfing hot spot. As an option, you can hit the road in Ubud to survey its surroundings in a vintage convertible. But travel is as much about people as it is about movement. This is why we have included an introductory walk in the footsteps of a local in Ubud in your itinerary, as well as an a la carte culinary escape with a Balinese family, the food coming from the market to the table via their own stoves. Want to prolong the enjoyment? As your flight passes through, you could stop in Singapore and discover the island state in the footsteps of a local… Finally, for any last-minute changes and other practical questions, our local Concierge service is available in each country.
Flight to Darwin via Singapore
Overnight flight, arriving the next day.
Private transfer to one of the best hotels in the city. A little away from the crowds, it borders Mindil's beach and is home to Darwin's casino. Local atmosphere and quality services guaranteed.
Darwin - Litchfield - Katherine
Collect the rental vehicle and make your way to Katherine, in the south. On the road - Less than two hours' drive from Darwin is Litchfield National Park, a magnificent example of the variety of landscapes and flora and fauna in the Australian Northern Territory. Less well-known than neighbouring Kakadu, Litchfield National Park is home to Florence Falls, Buley Rockhole, Wangi Falls and Walker Creek natural pools, which are all worth a visit and are excellent for a refreshing swim. After a good dip, you can observe abundant fauna, including the wallabies and wallaroos, as well as the magnetic termite mounds which are home to giant termites. Say overnight in a lodge with remarkable comfort, especially for this remote area of the Top End. Its views of the Katherine River Gorge are sublime, and its elegance owes as much to Aboriginal elements as to contemporary features.
Katherine - Kakadu
Included in the itinerary - Dawn cruise through Nitmiluk Gorge to discover the region's wild beauty. Clear water and surface fog make for a truly spectacular sight. Drive to Kakadu, where you'll stay overnight in a simple but conveniently located lodge. Here you are on the Aboriginal lands of northern Australia. Kakadu is a vast national park that has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site both as a 'natural landscape' and as a 'cultural landscape'. To find out why, head straight to the very well thought-out Bowali Visitor Centre. Now co-managed by Aboriginals, the park is home to the country's largest collection of rock paintings, including Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock, proving that the site has been continuously occupied since prehistoric times. With successions of cliffs, deep forests and swamps, Kakadu is home to exceptional flora and fauna that can be explored on foot or by boat along the Yellow Water River.
Drive to Mary River National Park in the heart of the bush, for a different hotel experience; tents and cabins are spread out in a beautifully wild environment. Terraces provide panoramic views of the vast humid plains surrounding you, where you'll see plenty of kangaroos and other local wildlife. Included in the itinerary - Sailing on a billabong . On this cruise, you'll probably pass crocodiles, an amazing diversity of birds and an abundance of wildflowers. It's an entire living ecosystem that is constantly evolving.
Kakadu - Seminyak
Drive to Darwin and return your hire car before flying to Denpasar. Private transfer to Seminyak and accommodation at your hotel for three nights. Nestled in a quiet street while offering easy access to the beach, it boasts a sleek yet modern and traditional decor. Its central swimming pool and garden provide a good dose of the Balinese good life.
What to see and do - Grilling a fish you've chosen yourself on the beach, in Jimbaran for example; browsing the traditional markets of Denpasar; diving in Nusa Penida amid manta rays. Included in the itinerary - Private introduction to surfing. Head to Jimbaran, a popular seaside resort for surfers of all ages, including children. Its large golden sandy beach and regular waves make it an ideal playground for beginner surfers.
Seminyak - Ubud
Private transfer to Ubud. The village, enchanting amid its rice fields, is a must-visit for any art lover. Galleries, workshops and museums are all part of the landscape here. Our favourite picks include the Puri Lukisan Museum, the Neka Art Museum and the Agung Rai Museum of Art. You'll stay for four nights at one of the city's finest hotels, set on the banks of the Ayung River, with its central building set amid the terraced rice fields. The spa offers quality services in an enchanting wooden setting straight from Java.
Included the itinerary - Ubud with a local guide. Accompanied by a local guide, you can 'experience Bali like a Bali resident'. They will tailor your tour to your interests, be that scenery, photography, fine arts, interior design, nature, cooking, culture, the list goes on. With your guide, discover the hidden beauties of the island, through its hiking paths and unfamiliar viewpoints, its street food, food markets, small shops and private craft workshops but also, meetings with artists, photographers and Balinese families. Optional - The Ubud countryside in a vintage convertible and a dining experience with a Balinese family.
Ubud - Denpasar - Return Flight
Private transfer to Denpasar Airport, return flight via Singapore. Overnight flight, arriving the next day.
A la carte
Ubud's countryside in a vintage convertible
Explore Ubud's surrounds in serious style, in an authentic 70s convertible. Get off the beaten track with the wind in your hair, along country roads passing by craft villages, temples and forests. Included in the itinerary: Sangeh Forest and its monkeys, the village of Mas (famous for its woodcarving), Sukawati's traditional market with its endless stalls of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Optional
Dining experience in a Balinese family's home
The morning begins with a visit to an authentic local market in the company of a chef who is also a local. This is a great opportunity to better understand Balinese culture, lifestyle and the medicinal virtues of certain plants and ingredients. Next up, you'll head to a local Balinese family's home for a playful culinary workshop, which not only allows you to taste some specialities but also learn about family life, family structure and Balinese architecture. Family cooking is honoured in the preparation of four typical Balinese dishes cooked over a traditional wood fire, and a detox cocktail, before enjoying the dishes in this tranquil setting. Optional
With a few more days - Stopover in Singapore
Behind the skyscrapers with their glass facades and right angles, the shopping malls that combine luxury brands and Asian service, with smartly-dressed hostesses catering to your every whim, there are other Singapores to be found. There's a Malaysian influence in the bric-a-brac shops, Indian in the takeout restaurants and Ganesh temples. And there's the Singapore that still evokes ancient China, with its herbal shops selling powders and snakes. Singapore is home to buildings of unprecedented architecture, such as Marina Bay Sands and its Sky Park or Gardens by the Bay. Other examples include the Raffles Hotel, a gem of colonial architecture, and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, built in 2007 in the style of the Tang dynasty. Several museums are worth a visit: the Singapore National Museum, the Singapore City Gallery, as well as the Peranakan Museum and the Chinatown Heritage Centre. Finally, remember that the city-state is regarded as Asia's gastronomic capital. Optional
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