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From black sand beaches to active volcanoes, mountain lakes to patchwork paddies, the landscape of Bali is as diverse as it is spectacular. Forget lounging on the beach, spend 7 days cycling Bali with ancient temples, highland villages and vibrant cultural centres just some of the fascinating ports of call.
Discover the East on two wheels! Asia and the South Pacific are home to some truly incredible cycling routes, combining millennia-old cultural heritage with scenery of breathtaking majesty, from the mighty Himalaya to the volcanic isles of Polynesia! A cycling tour gives you the chance to explore these epic landscapes under your own steam; there are no trains to catch, no 4am starts, no watching the sublime country pass you by from the back seat of a packed bus. Better still, a bike holiday allows you to interact with peoples and places in a much more intimate fashion than is possible on many tours, where you’re forever surrounded by coachloads of other tourists in default travel mode: stop, snap, shop, split. On tours like these the main things are planned for you – hotels, routes, even the best time of year to travel – leaving you free to enjoy the awesome cycling!
Spend 7 days cycling Bali, you’ll pedal past vast volcanic lakes, black sand beaches and emerald rice terraces stacked on the hillsides, through ancient villages and even into the crater of an active volcano! Balinese culture has been heavily influenced by Chinese and Indian traditions, and this is quite noticeable in the island’s customs and architecture. The ancient temple complex of Pura Meduwe Kerang and Goa Gajah (the Elephant Cave) are just two of the sites where you’ll witness this unique fusion. You’ll also spend two nights in Ubud, Bali’s main art and culture centre, long frequented by painters, musicians, foreign spies and celebrities like Noel Coward and H. G. Wells. Best of all, the tour takes you into the lush central highlands of Bali, from where you’ll cycle onto the crater rim of Mt. Batur to visit the spectacular temples of Tegeh Koripan and Ulan Danu Batur. It’s then down into the crater to spend a night at a hotel on the shores of Lake Batur!
This is a fantastic cycling tour through some of Bali’s most iconic scenery. As such, we’d recommend this to absolutely everyone, so long as they have some cycling experience and are in fairly good shape. You won’t be covering any mammoth distances – the daily average is about 40 miles – and there aren’t too many hills to tackle, so you don’t need to be Lance Armstrong to enjoy this one! The roads are relatively quiet too, meaning you don’t have to worry about negotiating frenzied traffic or deciphering alien road signs. If for any reason you are struggling with the riding, you can always get a lift in the back-up van (which also carries your luggage on hotel to hotel routes) at either the beginning or end of the day, so there’s no danger of you holding up the other riders. The daily itinerary is in fact very flexible – you can see what you want to see at a pace that suits you – which means early starts can be avoided if you need your full eight hours! So if you're interested in Bali Tours and you are a keen cyclist then this might just be the one for you.
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