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My Itinerary - suggestions please.

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My Itinerary - suggestions please.

I have put together an itinerary now and think I'm much clearer on what we intend to do. I'd be really grateful if you could take a look at this and any suggestions welcome. I think perhaps we are spending too long in Ubud at 5 nights(we'll be there over Christmas). Hope to hire a driver for at least one full day. Would you suggest longer on Gili T or perhaps include somewhere else in here..

Day 1 Arrive in Jakarta 22:25 - Time to kill at airport

Day 2 Fly Jakarta to Lombok (Lion Air/Wings 05:00), overnight at Cafe Alberto B&B Senggigi

Day 3 Lombok, overnight at Cafe Alberto B&B Senggigi

Day 4 Trek Mt Rinjani

Day 5 Trek Mt Rinjani

Day 6 Trek Mt Rinjnai

Day 7 Return to Lombok, Cafe Alberto Senggigi

Day 8 Lombok - Gili T, overnight at Gili T

Day 9 Overnight at Gili T

Day 10 Boat to Pandai Bai, transfer to Mapa Lake, Kintamani

Day 11 Mapa Lake, Kintamani (Climb Mt Batur)

Day 12 Journey to Ubud, Overnight at Inata Bisma, Ubud

Day 13 Overnight at Inata Bisma, Ubud

Day 14 Overnight at Inata Bisma, Ubud

Day 15 Overnight at inata Bisma, Ubud

Day 16 Overnight at Inata Bisma, Ubud

Day 17 Fly out 14:50 to Darwin

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1. Re: My Itinerary - suggestions please.

That's a lot of climbing. It depends what you want out of the less slopey elements of your trip. Nothing much to do on Gili T other than chill out on the beach, go snorkeling/diving, and partying. Ubud can be busier if you let it, and it's a great location for touring. Personally I'd add a day to the Gilis and take a day off Ubud, but that's purely me as I like to chill.

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2. Re: My Itinerary - suggestions please.

Thanks, yes we've had a bit of a think and we are wondering whether to take out Mt Batur as we think Mt Rinjani will be so good Mt Batur will be a bit of a let down after. Our Gili T is for some snorkling (beginnings) and a beachy break. If we have two or three nights at Gili T where would you go from here before arriving into Ubud, we can be flexible.

Thanks Happynoodle, apprechiate your help on both of my threads.

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3. Re: My Itinerary - suggestions please.

Good call. Personally I'd just head to Ubud after Gili T, you're spending a lot of time traveling rather than being somewhere.

Or you could get yourself down to south Bali for your last night before your flight to Darwin depending on your flight time. It just prevents your last day being a bit of a rush since you're looking at a good hour and half from Ubud to the airport.

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4. Re: My Itinerary - suggestions please.

Hi Rachel,

I've had a similar itinerary in the past, believe me when I say climbing Mt Rinjani is no easy feat! You will no doubt need some downtime resting your legs which is the route we took. Once you've climbed Mt Rinjani you wont want to climb again for a while.

You might want to spend an extra night or 2 on Gili T & Ubud and not climb Gunung Batur. Also it seems you're spending alot of nights in Ubud.

Try mixing it up a bit by staying in either Seminyak or Legian as it's closer to the airport:

Day 1 Arrive in Jakarta 22:25 - Time to kill at airport

Day 2 Fly Jakarta to Lombok (Lion Air/Wings 05:00), overnight at Cafe Alberto B&B Senggigi

Day 3 Lombok, overnight at Cafe Alberto B&B Senggigi

Day 4 Trek Mt Rinjani

Day 5 Trek Mt Rinjani

Day 6 Trek Mt Rinjnai

Day 7 Return to Lombok, Cafe Alberto Senggigi

or

Day 7 Return to Lombok - Gili T, overnight at Gili T

Day 8 overnight at Gili T

Day 9 Overnight at Gili T

Day 10 Overnight at Gili T

Day 11 Boat to Pandai Bai, transfer to Mapa Lake, Overnight Kintamani

or

Day 11 Boat to Pandai Bai, journey to Ubud, Overnight at Inata Bisma, Ubud

Day 12 Overnight at Inata Bisma, Ubud

Day 13 Overnight at Inata Bisma, Ubud

Day 14 Overnight at Seminyak/Legian

Day 15 Overnight at Seminyak/Legian

Day 16 Overnight at Seminyak/Legian

Day 17 Fly out 14:50 to Darwin

Hope this helps

Edited: 28 August 2013, 22:18
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5. Re: My Itinerary - suggestions please.

Yep, I think I'm going to get rid of Mt Batur. My only concern with Seminyak is that it's a bit too popular! I'm probably not making much sense, but we want to avoid bigger resorts where possible and I don't know if Seminyak is a bit over developed and lively. We prefer smaller places, the scenery and Seminyak seems to be clubs. Am I missing something? But I think you are probably after Ubud I will definitely look at Legian, I've never heard of that area at all so it's opened up a whole new plan. It just means we'll be in Legian area now at Christmas as Ubud will now be before Christmas, so another accommodation mission needed!!

Our last holiday was trekking in Peru then before that a 19 day trek to Everest Base Camp incorporating Gokyo Peak (almost 6000 metres) so hopefully between now at Christmas we can get our fitness back to where it was!!!

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6. Re: My Itinerary - suggestions please.

Hi Rachael,

Seminyak is well developed and populated but not as much as Kuta. If you're after smaller less-lively places have a look at Sanur or Candidasa maybe. Legian sounds like it may be the sort of place you're after.

I have stayed in Puri Damai, Seminyak which is tucked away nicely from the main hustle & bustle so you are close yet far enough from the main action:

http://www.puridamai.com/

If you can find accomodation in these areas then go for it, considering the period I would leave Ubud as a backup.

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8. Re: My Itinerary - suggestions please.

Right, having looked at Seminyak, Kuta, Sanur, none of them are jumping out.... We've gone back to the drawing board... So far we have our 2 nights in Lombok, 3 nights on trek Mt Rinjani, 1 night back in Lombok, 3 nights in Gili Air (changed from Gili T), all booked. We then have 6 nights remaining and split between Ubud and somwhere else. I do think we'll end up going from Ubud straight to the airport after checkout, needing to be at the airpot DPS at midday.

One place that really jumps out for us is The Water Palace of Tirtagangga, however is this a logistical nightmare? We know we'll need to leave Gili Air, probably by fastboat but these last 6 nights are causing us some problems. Is there any way of seeing the Water Palace and where would you be based? Does it make sense to do this after Gili Air and how?

Thanks

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9. Re: My Itinerary - suggestions please.

Hi Rach - if your fast boat is getting you into Padang Bai, you're pretty close to Candi Dasa which is a decent base for heading to Tirtagangga. You could consider a couple of nights there? Then you're only just over an hour to Ubud also.

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10. Re: My Itinerary - suggestions please.

Oh right, that's good to know, I'll checkout Candidasa then as a base. I've read somewhere there is no beach there, is that right?

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