Japan’s Best with Bali’s Beaches

Snow Monkeys, Sunsets and Elephants

Jan 31 – Feb 11, 2018 Sold Out

Memories are made from extraordinary experiences and this dual destination is an epic AFS vacation! In Japan and Bali, enjoy the Yin and Yang of 2 different worlds with a wallop of fun packed along the way. You’ll love our easy non-stops on Singapore Airlines, the world’s best for unmatched service and comfort.

In Japan, smiles await you in the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’. Discover this land of noodles, Ninjas, Sumos and kimonos with 3,000 years of imperial history. We begin by touring trendy Tokyo from ancient shrines and temples to the sensational nightlife. Then grab a Bento Box and ride the thrilling Bullet Train to Nagano, called ‘Japan’s Rooftop’ for its alps or ‘Snow Monkey Country’.

Check into a real ‘ryokan’, traditional Japanese Inn with robes and tatami mats, set in beautiful snow-capped mountains. Soak in the onsite ‘onsens’. These are outdoor steamy hot spring baths and ‘Nature Spa’ that draws the monkeys. Be entertained by the hundreds of Japanese macaques that flock here in February. Wildly popular, photographers from around the world also flock here to get their cute ‘monkey selfies’ against a backdrop of stunning landscape. So unique for your Bucket List, you won’t want to leave!

We then fly south to immerse ourselves in tropical Bali with unparalleled scenic beauty. It’s a masterpiece of nature that is so lush, you’ll think you entered paradise. This tiny Hindu island is the centerpiece of Indonesia’s 17,000 chain of islands. We’ll introduce you to elaborate Balinese culture on our Arts and Crafts Tour in awesome Ubud. Swim the pristine beaches and photograph the temples at sunset. Shop colorful markets, dip in the Fountain of Youth and enjoy a full day Elephant Safari. We’ll meet more friendly monkeys as we stroll through Bali’s famous and wonderfully wild ‘Monkey Forest’.

At AFS, it’s the ‘Year of the Monkey’ and there’s no business like snow monkeys. Come to Japan for an experience others can only dream about. Come to Bali to ‘Eat, Pray, Love’. Two countries that our past groups loved with endless discovery and all at an amazing price! This could be our best Asian Affair ever. Yosoko!..Let the memories begin.

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Please review AFS Terms and Conditions as well as Heading Abroad with AFS.
Land – Price based on a minimum number of trip participants, as well as local currency exchange rates which can fluctuate. We write our Itineraries a year in advance. Though unlikely, we reserve the right to modify schedules, tours and hotels if necessary. All hotel rooms are “run of house.”
Group air – Airlines may add surcharges to offset fuel inflation or taxes. The total ticket cost is not final until we receive your final payment and the group is ticketed. If doing own air, airport transfer may or may not be included depending on your air schedule. Do not buy air until the group air is set or we advise – though unlikely, airlines, times and dates can change!

Our Glorious AFS Itinerary

Jan 31 – Departure

Depart from Los Angeles for Narita, Tokyo on award-winning Singapore Airlines. Experience comfort & luxury on SQ, voted World’s Best Airline for 9 consecutive years! More space, more comfort, inspired cuisines and 1,000 impressive entertainment options on board.

Feb 1 – Cross International Dateline

Feb 2 – Arrive Tokyo

Upon arrival at Narita Airport, transfer to hotel in Tokyo for 2 nights at the fabulous Prince Hotel.
The Prince is in the Skyscraper District of Minato next to the iconic Tokyo Tower and subway. It’s an ideal hub with spacious rooms. There is free Wifi, a shopping arcade, full Spa, pool, fitness center. Free area shuttle. 3 bars & 6 restaurants. (More hotel info under Air & & Fun stuff Tab)

No other country is as efficient, elegant and graceful as Japan. There is a friendly saying here that represents the hospitality – “Ichigo Ichie” which means ‘treasure every encounter with whom you meet, it may only occur once in a lifetime’.

Overnight: Prince Hotel

Feb 3 – Tour Tantalizing Tokyo

With such dazzling culture, it’s no wonder Tokyo took first place of the World’s Best City’s by Conde Nasts Reader’s Choice last year. There’s ancient history, traditional culture and an extreme passion for everything new! Discover a stunning City Scape, the cool Pop Culture and the best place to Eat Your Heart Out with more Michelin stars than any other city. Slurp yummy noodle bowls by day and do Karaoke bars by night. You’ll get a taste of Tokyo’s best appetizers on our city tour here.

The first site is the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market. Tsukiji Market is fun to explore and get a glimpse of the Tokyo that has not changed for decades. (Fish auction at 4 AM is not included unless you make your own arrangements). There are two parts to the market, the outer market of Harumi Dori has numerous small shops selling traditional Japanese ceramic dishes and other bargain finds. Or wander through the inner market with its chaotic narrow paths and stalls selling everything from sea urchin, priceless tuna to whale meat! There are also numerous small eateries serving the freshest seafood which our groups loved.     Sushi for breakfast, anyone?

We drive onto the Imperial Palace and walk around the Niju-Bashi Bridge area for a great photo op of the Palace grounds. The Imperial Palace East Gardens are part of the inner palace area. They are the former site of Edo Castle, the residence of the Tokugawa Shogun. The bridges on the main approach to the palace – the stone bridge and the second iron bridge forming the main entrance – are popularly called Niju-bashi, or “Double Bridge”. The Imperial family still resides in the palace which is only open to the public twice a year to offer congratulations to the Emporerr on Jan. 2 and on his birthday.

Next visit is to the Meiji Shrine near Harajuku area. Dedicated to the Emporer Meiji is one of the holiest pilgrimage centers in Japan. The Shinto Shrine, built to commemorate the illustrious achievement of Emporer Meiji, was characterized by dignified simplicity. The large Torii gates are made Japanese cypress wood over 1,700 years old. There is also the Treasure House where many articles of Emporerr Meiji are kept and the beautiful Iris Garden. Many Japanese people come to pray for success in business, university entrance exams as well as good marriage and health.

After visiting Meiji Shrine, you will be dropped off at the fun Harajuku area to explore on your own.
Harajuku is the center of Japan’s most extreme teenage pop cultures and fashion styles, made famous by the so-called “Harajuku Girls”… a term used to describe women and teenage girls who wear outlandish fashion in a street culture style. Especially on the weekend, see people dressed in styles of Gothic Lolita, Cyber Fashion or second-hand fashion. They love to have you take photos with them! The focal point of Harajuku’s is Takeshita Dori (Street) and the side streets, lined with trendy shops, fashion boutiques, cool used clothes stores and fast food outlets. Harajuku also has lots to offer for the adult fashion shoppers.

The near-by tree-lined Omotesando Street is often called the Champs Elysees with many name brand stores, new Tokyo designers’ boutiques, antiques shops, trendy cafes and Western restaurants. Also, not to be missed is one of Tokyo’s largest Daiso Harajuku – 100 Yen shop, which offers a wide array of goods, including clothing, kitchenware, food and stationery- great place to pick up affordable and unique souvenirs. Check out the new Ginza Six all with ‘Living Wall’ and incredible food court.

Overnight: Prince Hotel (B)

Feb 4 – Bullet Train to Nagano

Pack only a carry-on bag for the trip to Snow Monkey Country. (Other bags will be stowed). Wear warm clothing for winter. Bring boots or waterproof shoes for the hike into Snow Monkey Park.

This morning, after breakfast, we walk to the nearby Shinagawa train Station to board train to Nagano station. The bullet train takes about 2 hours at 340 mph! It’s customary for Japanese travelers to buy a fresh bento box at the train platform to carry on the train for lunch. There are many varieties of beautifully prepared box lunches, including chicken rice, sushi or beef bowls.

Upon arrival at Nagano Station, we board a coach to drive towards Snow Monkey Park near Yudanaka.

Welcome to mountain ringed Nagano! It’s been a place of spiritual pilgrimage in century’s past to 1998 as home of the Winter Olympics. There’s a laid back feel to the town yet it draws 4 million visitors each year for the ski resorts, great restaurants and unique accommodations. (We had to book your ryokan a year ahead for space!)

En-route, visit the unique Tanaka Family Museum at Suzaka town. The Tanaka family is from a long line of descendants that made their wealth in growing grain, soy sauce AND sake starting in 1733. They have preserved many of their precious heirlooms, such as wedding kimonos, calligraphy scrolls, paintings, folding screens, Japanese Hina dolls and priceless ceramic dishes used to entertain the feudal lords. Many are now displayed in the galleries. There is also a beautiful garden year-round.

The next town of Obuse is famous for the Hokusai Museum and chestnuts. Hokusai is probably the most well-known Japanese artist, renowned for his ukiyo-e, woodblock prints, such as the Thirty-six views of Mt. Fuji. Like you, he loved traveling too. He loved painting to capture places he longed to visit one day. felt that painting was in a way just like taking trips to new places.

After a short visit to the Hokusai museum, we stop for lunch at a local restaurant. You also have some time to explore the small town of Obuse with many narrow streets and traditional homes. Obuse is famous for ‘chestnuts roasting on an open fire’ and along the “souvenir” street, you can sample chestnut ice cream, traditional Japanese cakes as well as fresh apple pies! The province of Nagano produces the sweetest fragrant Fuji apples.

Continue on to Yudanaka Hot Springs area and check into your traditional Japanese Inn:
Ryokan Biyu no Yado, near the best known hot springs, are located at the base of the Shiga Kogen ski area. Check in your hotel with Japanese style Tatami Rooms for a uniquely Japanese experience and change into your “yukata” robes and enjoy a hot springs soak before dinner.

Our ryokan made it in the Top 25 B&B’s of Japan. Guests love soaking in the large communal bath or open baths. Try a relaxing massage. The royakan features free wifi, a Japanese taiko drum show at the lobby, karaoke bar and gift shop. Japanese style rooms with Tatami floors and futons. All have flat screen tvs, refrigerators and coffee. Staying in a ryokan is a unique and fun experience with a perfect blend of Japanese hospitality and English-speaking staff. The manager always dresses in a kimono. She was a flight attendant in the US for years and she will tell you the “how to” here -like when to remove your shoes, donning special bathrobes & slippers. They can also dress you in kimonos for a great photo op at dinner.

The staff will guide you on the onsen etiquette for both men & women. Both sexes can enjoy the roof top onsen at night – more to come in our trip tips. Dining at Ryokan Biyu no Yado is a treat – you will partake at a traditional Japanese “kaiseki” cuisine, with many dishes of vegetables, seafood and meats based on seasonal offerings.

It’s a 5-minute walk to the statue Goddess for Peace and short drive to Snow Monkey Park. Meanwhile your rooms will be prepared with “futons” (Japanese mattresses) and you will enjoy the best sleep ever.

Overnight: Biyu No Yado – Japanese Inn (B, L, D)

Feb 5 – No Monkeys Like Snow Monkeys!

The Jigokudani Monkey Park offers visitors the unique experience of seeing wild monkeys bathing in a natural hot spring. The park is inhabited by Japanese Macaques, which are also known as Snow Monkeys. It is located in the monkey’s natural habitat in the forests of the Jigokudani valley.

The park has a man-made pool where monkeys gather, located a short uphill walk from the park entrance. Visitors may encounter monkeys along the path to the pool. The monkeys live in large social groups and are so entertaining to watch their interactions. Accustomed to humans, they can be observed very close and completely ignore their guests.

You’ll learn about the alpha male system of the monkey troupes and see portraits of the parks present and former macaques dating back dozens of years. The bathing monkeys are particularly photogenic when the area is covered in snow. Best timing is in February. Jigokudani means ‘Hell Valley’ and is a common name for Japanese valleys with volcanic activity creating steaming hot springs.

This is what you come all this way for! After a Japanese style breakfast, dress up for the cold and venture to the Jigokudani Yaen Park, established in 1964 to protect the Japanese Macaques. With the philosophy of humans and monkeys co-existing in harmony, the goal is to allow people to view the monkeys in their natural habitat. Here the wild monkeys enter the hot spring pond built for them and they behave normally in the presence of humans. They are the best-behaved monkeys which are not afraid of humans and do not attack. Baby monkeys clinging to their mother’s backs, males that close their eyes and relax in the hot springs. It is difficult to tire of these picturesque scenes where the monkeys dip into the 100 degrees spring water to warm themselves.

Upon return to the hotel, check out and take the train back to Tokyo.

Overnight: Prince Hotel (B)

Feb 6 – Free day in Tokyo!

Your guide will provide you plenty of suggestions of fun options. For now, see www.GoTokyo.com

Late this evening, fly to Bali via Singapore.

Feb 7 – Hi Bali…or is it Bali Hi?

Amazingly beautiful, the mere mention of Bali evokes thoughts of a tropical paradise. It’s one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, yet most visitor know little about the in depth spiritual uniqueness of Bali’s culture. It’s all about Tin Hita Karana, the relationship between God, man & nature. This is our 9th AFS trip here and there is so much to do! Most Balinese speak English and so easy to navigate.

Upon arrival into Bali, transfer to the Courtyard Bali Seminyak Resort. This upscale hotel in a contemporary setting is in an exceptional location. Within a 5-minute walk to the beach and just moments away from the renowned restaurants of Eat Street. Two on-site restaurants, free Wi-Fi, 3 swimming pools, a Pool Bar, Zanti Spa, fitness center, area airport shuttle and so much more.    http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/dpssm-courtyard-bali-seminyak-resort/

Seminyak is Bali’s most fashionable area, home to luxurious resorts, and boutiques. There’s top dining spots with world class cuisines lining the streets of Jalan Petitenget. After sunset, a lively nightlife scene takes over with cool clubs, chic hotels (W Retreat & Spa) and other venues like Potato Head Beach Club. No one should miss the new ‘Rock Bar’ at Ayana Resort on Jimbaran Beach. Perched atop incredible rock formations along a stunning coast, it’s one of the globes most popular sunset and entertainment venues with unparalleled views. Grab some friends and an UBER or taxi, it’s worth the short ride.

In the afternoon, we embark on a tour from around 2-7:30 PM embark on a tour to the famed Mengwi Temple, visit the Monkey Forest, ending at sunset at the spectacular Tanah Lot Temple.

Your excursion begins with a drive into central Bali and small town of Mengwi. Long associated with the Balinese Royal Family, Mengwi is home to the superb temple complex at Taman Ayun. Translating as ‘beautiful garden’ Taman Ayun is considered by many to be one of island’s most attractive temples and is still used today by people from all over Bali for special ceremonies and events. Next, head to delightful Kedaton Monkey Forest. You’ll experience the different nature of these monkeys…some gentle, some naughty. (I tip the local girls to walk me through the forest to keep these cheeky monkeys off me and to get the best pics.) Spend a while observing their characteristics as well as many other fun critters to play with before moving south to the island’s most famous temple complex at Tanah Lot.

With its spectacular location, Tanah Lot is an integral part of Balinese mythology and one of seven sea temples that are said to form a ‘chain’ around the island. The temple is only accessible at low tide but despite its off-shore location in the Indian Ocean, it features a fresh water spring at its base which is said to contain holy water. As a result, the temple is extremely sacred and Balinese visit from all over the island to drink the water and splash it over their bodies in order to cleanse themselves of any bad spirits. The temple’s inner sanctum is located on top of the rocky outcrop and only accessible to Balinese Hindus. You will arrive in time for sunset when photographic opportunities abound.

Overnight: Marriott Courtyard Seminyak Resort (B)

Feb 8 – Arts & Crafts of Enchanting Ubud

Ubud is Bali’s cultural heart located in the lush mountains with a flourishing art community. It’s well known as the artist village of the painters, where you are also have an opportunity to explore the beautiful countryside. You will visit 3 villages now renowned for their craftsmanship in silver, woodcarving and paintings.
In CELUK, you will see skilled artisans creating silver jewelry and ornaments out of fine filigree strand. In MAS, you can watch fine carvers work on ebony, jackfruit and coconut wood. Famous Balinese style paintings are to be found in their thousands at UBUD, where artists have collected for over 50 years. Also, it’s a great place to stroll the colorful markets for beautiful textiles and endless souvenirs.

Overnight: Marriott Courtyard Seminyak Resort (B)

Feb 9 – Free Day in Bali!

I know many of you will Google your own places and discover the endless uber-fun options to do here. We’ll offer two optional activities if we have enough participants.

Optional – Full Day Elephant Safari
Without a doubt, the Elephant Safari Park in Taro is a MUST for visitors to Bali, and truly unique. Get up close and personal with these incredible animals in a beautiful tropical park setting. Elephants can be seen immersing themselves in the park lake, in between riding, and other activities. Hand feed them, ride them, touch them, take photos with them.
There is an Information Center to learn about the pachyderms, museum, gift shop with elephant themed products and a large garden restaurant. The internationally acclaimed Elephant Safari Park is not only a sanctuary for this protected and endangered species, but is a total elephant experience that is not duplicated anywhere else in the world. All the elephants at the park were rescued from deforestation in Central & Southern Sumatra. $TBA – more information in Tip Tips when finalized.

Optional – White Water Rafting Adventure in Ubud
Inclusions: Transfers, Gourmet Buffet Lunch, Hot Shower, Change Rooms, Insurance

Bali Adventure Rafting is the only Bali rafting company that offers ‘5 star’ service from the start to finish. Established in 1989 and renowned as Bali’s safest family rafting company, offers a fully computerized reception centre coupled with fast walk-through equipment outfitting and easy access to the river via safe, engineered steps, complete with hand rails and scenic viewing platforms. Grab your oars and get ready to rage with this exhilarating rafting adventure on the spectacular Ayung River. Whether you are a natural or a novice, our white water rafting in Bali ride is safe, fun and a breathtaking experience to be enjoyed by all.

The action starts as you launch into an 9.6 km river stretch, navigating through 33 class II and III rapids set to a backdrop of unspoiled rain forest, towering gorges and magnificent rice paddy terraces. Professionally trained, experienced guides pilot safety-equipped Avon rafts through the best river runs, dramatic drops and spectacular waterfalls making your Bali rafting ride a fun and awesome experience. End the action packed 2-hour (approx) journey with hot showers, clean towels and changing rooms followed by a hot gourmet buffet feast at our private terrace overlooking majestic mountains and rice fields. $TBA – more information in Tip Tips when finalized.

Overnight: Marriott Courtyard Seminyak Resort (B)

Feb 10 – Free Fun Time in Bali

After breakfast, make the most of your last day in paradise! Your local guide or GTL will discuss the possibilities of getting a ‘Day room’ to freshen up before your flight home.

Here’s my favorites:
Uluwatu Temple on cliff, Tegallalong Rice Terraces, Catamaran cruise to outer islands, Bali Safari & Marine Park

Evening departure 9:00 pm to USA

Feb 11 – Arrive LAX 6:15AM

Fitness Level Two –  I have no trouble walking and if necessary, can walk for 3+ miles.  Uneven surfaces are not a problem.  I do not need a cane or walking device.


A $500 deposit secures your reservation.  Limited to 30 participants. Detailed Trip Tips later for registrants.

Land Cost:  $1995 (per person/twin share)

Includes 8 nights first class accommodation, daily guided tours with entrance fees, licensed English speaking guides, private coach, meals as stated, AFS GTL.

Not Included: $85 gratuities, visa (if necessary)

Air:  You can book your own air or book Group Air $1099 w/ taxes (see Air & Hotel tab for more details). Only 1 airport transfer provided, so must all be on same Tokyo-Bali flight.

Please review AFS Terms and Conditions as well as Heading Abroad with AFS.
Land – Price based on a minimum number of trip participants, as well as local currency exchange rates which can fluctuate. We write our Itineraries a year in advance. Though unlikely, we reserve the right to modify schedules, tours and hotels if necessary. All hotel rooms are “run of house.”
Group air – Airlines may add surcharges to offset fuel inflation or taxes. The total ticket cost is not final until we receive your final payment and the group is ticketed. If doing own air, airport transfer may or may not be included depending on your air schedule. Do not buy air until the group air is set or we advise – though unlikely, airlines, times and dates can change!


Our Perfect AFS Group Air on Singapore Airline: $1099 includes taxes (18 seats reserved)

It’s an incredible rate of $898 + $285 taxes & surcharges for ALL flights!  We’d like you all to be together on our Group Air for ease of airport arrival and departure transfers.

Outbound: Feb 1 – Singapore Air #11 leaves LAX at 09:00AM arrives Narita Tokyo at 1:45PM on Feb 2

Japan to Bali: Feb 6 – Singapore Air #635 leaves Haneda, Tokyo at 10:50PM arrives Singapore at 5:25AM on Feb 7
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Feb 7 – Singapore Air #938 leaves Sinapore at 8:20AM arrives Denpasar, Bali at 11:05AM on Feb 7

Return: Feb 10 – Singapore Air #949 leaves Bali at 9:45PM arrives Singapore at 00:20 (just Past Midnight) on Feb 11
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Feb 11 – Singapore Air #8 leaves Singapore (via Seoul) arrives LAX at 6:15AM on Feb 11

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Destination Overviews

Japan Overview Lonely Planet
Japan is truly timeless, a place where ancient traditions are fused with modern life as if it were the most natural thing in the world.

Wherever you are in Japan, it seems, you’re never more than 500m from a great meal. Restaurants often specialize in just one dish – perhaps having spent generations perfecting it – and pay close attention to every stage, from sourcing the freshest, local ingredients to assembling the dish attractively. Moreover, you don’t have to travel far to discover that Japanese cuisine is deeply varied. The hearty hotpots of the mountains are, for example, dramatically different from the delicate sushi for which the coast is famous. It’s also intensely seasonal, meaning you can visit again at a different time of year and experience totally new tastes.

Japan is a long and slender, highly volcanic archipelago. It’s over two-thirds mountains, with bubbling hot springs at every turn. In the warmer months there is excellent hiking, through cedar groves and fields of wildflowers, up to soaring peaks and ancient shrines (the latter founded by wandering ascetics). In the winter, all this is covered with snow and the skiing is world class. (And if you’ve never paired hiking or skiing with soaking in onsen, you don’t know what you’ve been missing.) Meanwhile in the southern reaches, there are tropical beaches for sunning, snorkeling, diving and surfing.

Traditional Culture
On the surface, Japan appears exceedingly modern, but travelling around it offers numerous opportunities to connect with the country’s traditional culture. Spend the night in a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn), sleeping on futons and tatami mats, and padding through well-worn wooden halls to the bathhouse (or go one step further and sleep in an old farmhouse). Chant with monks or learn how to whisk bitter matcha (powdered green tea) into a froth. From the splendor of a Kyoto geisha dance to the spare beauty of a Zen rock garden, Japan has the power to enthrall even the most jaded traveler.

Dynamic Cities
The neon-lit streetscapes of Japan’s cities look like sci-fi film sets, even though many of them are decades old. Meanwhile, cities such as Tokyo and Osaka have been adding new architectural wonders that redefine what buildings – and cities – should look like. There’s an indelible buzz to these urban centres, with their vibrant street life, 24-hour drinking and dining scenes, and creative hubs that turn out fashion and pop culture trends consumed the world over. Travel is always smooth and efficient, whether you’re using the subway to get around or the shinkansen (bullet trains) to go from one city to the next.
The Essence of Bali Lonely Planet, By Ryan Ver Berkmoes

Yes, Bali has beaches, surfing, diving, and resorts great and small, but it’s the essence of Bali – and the Balinese – that makes it so much more than just a fun-in-the-sun retreat. It is possible to take the cliché of the smiling Balinese too far, but in reality, the inhabitants of this small island are indeed a generous, genuinely warm people. There’s also a fun, sly sense of humor. Upon seeing a bald tourist, many locals exclaim ‘bung ujan’, which means today’s rain is cancelled – it’s their way of saying that the hairless head is like a clear sky.

Bali’s Fun
At the end of the day (which is the start of the day for some visitors), Bali’s rich culture, many amazing sights and truly lovely people are what takes Bali’s sheer delight to another level. Because Bali is fun, no matter what you want or who you are. Seminyak has shops and designers, Kerobokan has luxe beachside resorts and superb eating, Kuta and Legian have the nightlife, and Canggu wraps it all into one irresistible package. Plunge deep into Bali’s spirit while renewing your own in Ubud or catching the perfect wave in Bingin. You name it, it’s here.

One Island, Many Destinations
On Bali you can lose yourself in the chaos of Kuta or the sybaritic pleasures of Seminyak and Kerobokan, surf wild beaches in the south or just hang out on Nusa Lembongan. You can go family-friendly in Sanur or savour a lavish getaway on the Bukit Peninsula. Ubud is the heart of Bali, a place where the culture of the island is most accessible, and it shares the island’s most beautiful rice fields and ancient monuments with east and west Bali. North and west Bali are thinly populated but have the kind of diving and surfing that make any journey worthwhile.

Island of the Gods
The rich and diverse culture of Bali plays out at all levels of life, from the exquisite flower-petal offerings placed everywhere, to the processions of joyfully garbed locals, shutting down major roads as they march to one of the myriad temple ceremonies, to the otherworldly traditional music and dance performed island-wide. Almost everything has spiritual meaning. The middle of Bali is dominated by the dramatic volcanoes of the central mountains and hillside temples such as Pura Luhur Batukau (one of the island’s estimated 10,000 temples), while the tallest peak, Gunung Agung, is the island’s spiritual center.

Please review AFS Terms and Conditions as well as Heading Abroad with AFS.
Land – Price based on a minimum number of trip participants, as well as local currency exchange rates which can fluctuate. We write our Itineraries a year in advance. Though unlikely, we reserve the right to modify schedules, tours and hotels if necessary. All hotel rooms are “run of house.”
Group air – Airlines may add surcharges to offset fuel inflation or taxes. The total ticket cost is not final until we receive your final payment and the group is ticketed. If doing own air, airport transfer may or may not be included depending on your air schedule. Do not buy air until the group air is set or we advise – though unlikely, airlines, times and dates can change!

Snow Monkeys Japan and Bali