A trip to Indonesia is an adventure you won’t forget. From smoldering volcanoes to colorful reefs to emerald green rice paddies; this island is awash in color and vitality. You’ll fall in love with the friendliness of the people as you experience Bali’s culture, traditions, and pace of life. Walk through the monkey forest, give a hand to farmers in the fields, and help local children with their English homework. Snorkel a world-class reef, eat dinner with toes in the sand and bike past Hindu temples and water buffalo. Explore Bali off the beaten path and an immersion in culture, creativity and community.
February 21 – March 6, 2020 – dates coincide with the public school vacation schedule (+ an additional week.) Experience our time-honored expedition – 100% of families rate it two enthusiastic thumbs up. Immerse in the art and culture of Bali, make memories with a flexible itinerary and relax while we take care of all the details.
Nine Day Expedition
February 21 – March 3, 2020 – a shorter journey for those with less time on their hands but the same thirst for adventure and family connectedness. Covering the highlights of the cultural and signature trips, this itinerary takes in the best of Bali at a lower cost- with only 2 missed school days.
High School Leadership
Each year in April, High School students immerse in hands-on cultural and ecological learning while biking, walking and snorkeling at the Island of the Gods. Central to the trip is a weekend at a very special children’s home in Northern Bali. Opportunities for growth in leadership skills and independence. Fully chaperoned.
Email us to inquire about the specifics of any our 2020 adventures.
SIGNATURE TRIP ITINERARY
Day 1-2. Depart U.S. Cross twelve time zones and arrive in Denpasar, Bali on Day 2. Welcome to the Island of the Gods. After clearing customs, you will enjoy hassle-free airport pickup and transfer to your hotel in the village of Ubud.
Days 3-6. To counteract jet lag, it’s best to stay active. Choose your own adventure from a variety of pre-inspected activities.
- Enjoy a leisurely downhill bike tour through villages and rice fields
- Visit a small village market, gathering food for an Indonesian cooking class and dine on the tasty results
- Create a masterpiece at a traditional batik class held in a family compound
- Create your own silver jewelry at the home of our favorite silversmith. Accompany his wife as she sets out the daily offerings.
- Tour the rice fields, a bamboo chocolate factory or seaside temples with a personal driver and bilingual guide.
Days 7-10. Slow down, live in the moment and play games with the 85 kids who reside in a children’s home run by two amazing women. Visit a traditional market, walk to the beach, help fishermen haul in their nets and experience life in a way that fosters gratitude and resilience.
Days 11-13. Journey by boat to Menjangan Island and experience world-class snorkeling. Fish for mackerel in a local spider boat, dine on Indonesian specialties with your toes in the sand, and meet local families.
Day 14. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. You will cross the international dateline and arrive home the same day.
*THE NINE DAY EXPEDITION offers the highlights of these 14 days in a shorter time frame while still allowing families plenty of time to explore, relax and connect.
We’re offering two family expedition options in 2020. They both include our guidance, here in the US and in Bali, each step of the way. We’re committed to exceeding your expectations.
The following price is per person and covers the land portion of each trip. Flights are not included but we’ll help you find the best fit for your family.
Signature Adventure: Feb 21 – March 6:
All the bells and whistles
Family of 2: $2095
Family of 3: $1845
Family of 4: $1675
Family of 5: $1845
Nine Day Expedition: February 21 – March 3
Email us for pricing.
The list of inclusions is long:
All transportation from the moment you touchdown in Bali until the moment you take off, most meals, an abundance of activities, boutique Balinese style lodging, experiences with the Children’s Home kids, swimming pools to refresh at every stop, expert advice, a massage for each adult, guided hikes, a car and driver day to suit your plans, waterfalls, temples… you get the idea.
The final inclusion costs nothing but is priceless for our families- three active reflection times guided by us, where families come together and process all that we’ve experienced and learned.
There are many one-stop flight options to Bali, including stopovers in dynamic cities like Amsterdam, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Google flights allow you to easily search many options at once. Websites like Kayak provide competitive pricing but be mindful of cancellation and change fees. Last year’s travelers paid as little as $850 per person for their airfare.
PAYMENT & CANCELLATION TERMS
A non-refundable $250 deposit per person is required at the time of booking. The balance payments are made following a schedule and may be paid by check or e-check.
Where else could you go from here? The sky’s the limit.
- Stay in an extraordinary cliffside hotel on a world-class surfing beach
- Relax in your tree house room at a mountain eco lodge
- Ferry to an offshore island and reach your hotel by pony cart
- Volunteer at a bird sanctuary or live with local seaweed farmers
- Travel the islands off Flores in a liveaboard, snorkeling with manta rays and hiking to the home of komodo dragons
We offer small group adventures with our family as your facilitators and leaders. We’ve forged relationships with some of the finest and most giving people on the planet…all of whom would love to share their knowledge and culture with you. Having been to each of our destinations many times, we take care of the details; allowing you to relax, feel comfortable, trust your safety, and focus on adventures that will have you talking and experiences to which words cannot do justice.
We would love to help you create a milestone vacation for your family. If you’re at all curious, just give us a call or send a note- no commitment. We are happy to talk with you to see if together we can create a Bali adventure of your dreams this winter.
~John and Susan