Taking a 7-day trip to Bali might seem stressful, but I assure you that with good planning, a week is enough to visit Bali and its main attractions.
On my first 20-day trip to Southeast Asia, I decided to plan a 7-day Bali itinerary. However, even though it’s enough time, I wasn’t able to get the most out of those 7 days due to poor planning.
To help you avoid the same mistakes we made, we’ve compiled the best Bali 7-day itinerary, alternative itineraries if you also want to visit the Gili Islands or the Nusa Islands, and tips for planning the perfect Bali vacations.
Do not miss anything to do in Bali in 7 days.
The best Bali 7-day itinerary
If you have 7 full days to tour the island, this is the best one-week Bali itinerary:
- Day 1: Arrive in Ubud. Beginning of your 7-day Bali trip.
- Day 2: Tegalalang rice terraces and Ubud surroundings.
- Day 3: Sunset hike at Mt. Batur. The highlight of my one-week Bali tour.
- Day 4: Eastern Temples of Bali – Besakih, Lempuyang and Tirta Gangga.
- Day 5: Ulun Danu Beratan. Essential temple to visit in Bali in 7 days.
- Day 6: Taman Ayun Temple, Tanah Lot and Canggu.
- Day 7: Jimbaran and Uluwatu. End of your one-week trip to Bali.
Following this itinerary, you’ll be able to do most of the important things to do in Bali in the shortest time. Also, if you’re going to rent a scooter in Bali, we’ll tell you which other attractions you can visit every day.
If you don’t have your own means of transport and prefer to book top-rated Bali tours to visit each of the points of interest with a driver, you’ll also find the best options for you. Additionally, we’ll give you tips on where to stay in Bali to optimize your route to the fullest.
Before telling you about our route through Bali in 7 days, I’ll remind you of the importance of buying travel insurance to Bali. I had to use it due to an incident during my first day on the island.
DAY 1: UBUD CENTER: ROYAL PALACE, ART MARKET, AND MONKEY FOREST
I recommend booking transfer to Ubud. This means that as soon as you arrive in Bali, a driver will pick you up and take you to the center of the island.
During the first day of your one-week Bali trip, visit the principal attractions in Ubud. Start at Jl. Raya Ubud, the main street, and go from east to west. Visit the Puri Saren Agung, better known as the Royal Palace of Ubud. The royal family still lives in this palace, so you can only visit part of it.
Right in front of it, you’ll find the Ubud Traditional Art Market, a place where you can lose yourself among handicrafts such as handbags, sculptures, paintings, and earrings, and where you can buy the best souvenirs of your Bali 7-day trip.
Following Raya Ubud Street, you’ll find the Pura Taman Saraswati, a must-see in Ubud. This temple dedicated to the goddess of knowledge and wisdom stands out for its two ponds full of lotus flowers.
If you keep going, you’ll see the Pura Dalem Ubud temple, where some nights there are traditional dance performances.
Returning to Raya Ubud Street, at the corner of the Art Market, the Jl. Monkey Forest street leads to one of the essential places to visit in Bali, the Sacred Monkey Forest.
This forest is popular for being home to macaques who are very used to interacting with tourists. The monkeys will not hesitate to approach, play, ask for food, steal things, or even bite you.
They can become very aggressive, as I experienced myself; I let some monkeys climb on me and one of them bit me. Luckily, everything was fine because I had purchased the best travel insurance for Indonesia.
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You only need to book transfer to Ubud from the airport, which takes approximately 45 minutes. The rest of the attractions we recommend for the first day are accessible by foot.
However, if you prefer to take a guided tour, this one will visit the same places as the ones we recommended in this 7-day Bali itinerary.
There are many accommodations in Ubud, including some of the best private villas in Bali. These are the accommodations we recommend for the first days of your trip, sorted according to budget:
Adiwana Monkey Forest is located 1 mile from the Ubud market. This hotel has 21 suites, which mix the charm of the Monkey Forest with the indigenous culture of the area. Wondering where to stay in Bali? If you want greater immersion in Balinese culture, this is one of the best hotels thanks to its healthy and traditional gastronomic offerings.
B Saya Villas is a complex that has simple, traditional-style villas with wooden furniture. Since it’s located among rice fields, you’ll have fantastic sunset views from your terrace. In addition, every morning, they organize yoga sessions. For me, it’s one of the best accommodations in Bali, with prices starting at $40 per night.
DAY 2: UBUD SURROUNDINGS AND TEGALALANG. TOP THINGS TO DO IN BALI IN 7 DAYS.
During the second day of your one-week Bali tour, I recommend visiting the surroundings of Ubud.
Go to Tegalalang, the most popular rice fields on the island, in the morning. If you’re lucky enough to time your 7-day Bali trip with the best time to visit Bali, the rice terraces will have an intense green color. In addition to strolling through the rice paddies, you can enjoy their swings with spectacular views and photograph some of the main sites of the island.
You can also stop at Tirta Empul, one of the most important temples in Bali, since the Balinese go there to purify their souls using the sacred water that flows from 12 pipes. Nearby, you can also visit the Pura Gunung Kawi, a temple in which the souls of royalty are symbolically buried and where you can visit a small waterfall.
In the afternoon, we recommend you go to the Elephant Cave, Goa Gajah, a must-do in Bali in 7 days. There, you can enter a grotto through the jaws of an evil monster, and inside, you’ll find a statue of Ganesh (son of Shiva with an elephant’s head). Outside the cave, you can see some ponds that are supplied with purified water through stone statues.
If you have no transport, book this private tour, and tell the driver to skip the Monkey Forest and replace it with Pura Gunung Kawi.
DAY 3: BATUR VOLCANO. THE BEST OF MY TRIP TO BALI IN A WEEK.
For the third day of your trip, I recommend climbing the Batur volcano and seeing the sunrise from its summit. This was, without a doubt, the best experience of my trip to Bali in 7 days. Your guide will pick you up very early (around 2:30 a.m.) but having eggs for breakfast that have been cooked with the volcano’s steam is priceless.
From the top of Mt. Batur, you’ll see the sun rise behind Mt. Agung, one of the most important things to do in Bali in 7 days.
The hike wasn’t difficult for me, but in our group, there was a girl who couldn’t climb the volcano because she found it too exhausting. In total, it takes an hour and a half to go up. Once you’re at the top, your guide will prepare banana pancakes and boiled eggs for you.
Depending on the tour you choose, after the hike, you can go for a swim in a hot spring, visit a waterfall, or even go rafting.
The Mt. Batur tour will take you practically the whole day, but if you arrive back in Ubud early and you aren’t tired, I recommend you visit Campuhan Ridge Walk. There, you’ll find beautiful rice fields dotted with huge palm trees and idyllic scenery; it’s a magical place at sunset.
You can return to the same hotel as the previous two nights or you can treat yourself to Hanging Garden of Bali, one of the best hotels in the middle of the jungle. If it’s out of your budget, I recommend the affordable option of Pertiwi Bisma 1, which is next to the Monkey Forest and is one of the most popular hotels on Instagram for its infinity pool in the middle of the jungle.
DAY 4: BESAKIH, LEMPUYANG AND TIRTA GANGGA. WONDERS TO SEE IN BALI IN 7 DAYS.
On the fourth day, I recommend visiting the eastern temples: Pura Besakih, Tirta Gangga, and Lempuyang.
Get up early to head to Pura Besakih, also known as Mother Temple for being the largest temple in Bali. You would need all day to see it in its entirety, since it’s composed of 22 independent temples. The most popular area and the one I recommend you to visit is Gunung Agung, where there is a 7-level temple that represents the universe. Each of the 7 levels is connected by a stairway that only Hindus are allowed to climb.
On the way to the temple of Lempuyang, you can visit the Tirta Gangga. This royal palace stands out for its tropical gardens, fountains, and ponds. Its most notable feature is a pond full of carp where you can walk on water thanks to some small platforms.
Continue to the Pura Lempuyang temple, where the well-known Gates of Heaven are. To get to this temple, you’ll need to be in good shape since you need to climb many stairs. The temple is in a mountainous area, and from the Gates of Heaven, you get one of the best views of the Agung volcano. This was one of the places I most wanted to see during our week-long Bali tour.
On the way back to Ubud, if you have time, you can stop at Pura Goa Lawah, the least recommended temple.
If you don’t have any transportation, I recommend booking this tour to visit the three main temples we recommend for this day.
DAY 5: ULUN DANU BERATAN. ESSENTIAL IN YOUR BALI 7-DAY ITINERARY
Although Bedugul is somewhat remote, it’s worth spending a day here during your one-week trip to Bali.
In this mountainous area to the north of the island, there’s a trio of beautiful lakes (Tamblingan, Buyan and Bratan) that are completely different from the landscape you will have seen so far.
I recommend you visit one of its waterfalls (Banyumala Twin, Git Git, or Sekumpul), the temple of Ulun Danu Beratan , located on the waters of Lake Bratan, and the Handara gate.
On the way back to Ubud, you can visit the most impressive rice fields in Bali, which are considered a World Heritage site by UNESCO for their uniqueness: the rice fields of Jatiluwih.
Many visitors don’t visit this part of Bali, as it is somewhat remote. However, if there’s only one thing that I don’t recommend missing during your 7-day Bali itinerary, it’s a visit to the temple of Ulun Danu Beratan. This was, without a doubt, the most amazing temple we visited during our trip.
Driving a motorcycle through these mountain roads can be somewhat uncomfortable, so I recommend you take this tour to visit the Bedugul area.
This is the last night I recommend spending in Ubud, so I advise you to try some of the incredible villas you’ll find here.
DAY 6: TAMAN AYUN TEMPLE, TANAH LOT AND CANGGU
For the penultimate day of your trip to Bali in a week I recommend you visit the most touristy area of the island. It isn’t my favorite area, but you can’t leave Bali without seeing Kuta, Seminyakl and Canggu, where surfers, Australians looking to party, and the best “beach clubs” on the island come together.
These three cities are on the seashore in the southwest of Bali, and on your way there from Ubud, you can stop at Taman Ayun Temple and Alas Kedaton (this second one is totally optional).
Depending on the type of traveler you are, I recommend one of these three locations to spend the day:
- Canggu: If you want to surf and find “veggie” options in every restaurant.
- Kuta and Legian: If you prefer a beach full of young people and the best nightclubs in Bali.
- Seminyak: If you prefer beach clubs where you can eat well and have good drinks.
You can also visit a less crowded beach, such as Pasut Beach, famous for its slanted palm tree, which can be found on our tourist map of Bali.
At the end of the day, I recommend you go to Tanah Lot. This temple, located on an island that’s only accessible when the tide is low, is undoubtedly the best place to see the sunset in Bali. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to buy a roasted cob with hot sauce in one of the many stalls you’ll find and enjoy it while watching the sun set over the sea.
You don’t need to book any tours for this day. If you don’t have transportation, you can request the necessary transfers here. A car with a driver will take you from one place to another for 10 hours, enough time to do the whole itinerary.
If you decide that Canggu is the best option for you, I recommend one of these four options.
Designed with a mix of Balinese, Japanese, and Scandinavian styles, Theanna Eco Villa is located near the beach. Here, you can not only enjoy the advantages of a villa with butler service and private pool, but you can also benefit from the resort’s services, such as a spa and infinity pool.
Kelapa is a small boutique hotel offering spacious villas with open spaces in a traditional Javanese rustic style. It’s ideal for nature lovers who want to escape the hustle and bustle but be close to the beach since it’s only 9 minutes away. In addition to having a Balinese massage area, it offers free daily yoga sessions.
Aston Canggu Beach Resort is a four-star hotel located on the beachfront, with spectacular panoramic views of the sea. The rooms have balconies from which you can listen to the singing of birds in the morning, and from the rooftop pool, you can enjoy incredible sunsets. You can sleep in one of Bali’s finest accommodations from $70 a night.
Eastin Ashta Resort is located a six-minute walk from Echo Beach. This three-star resort stands out for its colorful personality. The reception and colorful stairs will grab your attention immediately. In addition, it serves an excellent breakfast and its rooms are surprisingly spacious.
In case you prefer to stay in Kuta or Legian , these are the best alternatives for you.
This boutique hotel mixes tradition with luxury and nature. From the tropical garden of The Sandi Phala you can enjoy incredible sunsets overlooking the white sand beach located at the foot of the hotel. Since it’s only 15 minutes by car from the airport, this hotel is ideal for those who want to say goodbye to Bali in style.
This resort has a spectacular pool from which you can admire its vertical garden. The Stones has a spa specializing in therapies from Southeast Asia and an Indonesian restaurant. It’s undoubtedly one of the best luxury hotels in Bali, with prices from $100 per night.
Located just a few feet from the beach, Sun Island Hotel & Spa Legian is an oasis of tranquility on one of the most vibrant streets of Legian. It has two restaurants, which serve Oriental dishes in a contemporary style. In addition to having several swimming pools, they offer spa services and a weekly calendar with several activities, such as craft classes, towel doubling, cooking, or music sessions.
If you want to stay in Seminyak , these are the four hotels that I recommend.
Lloyd’s Inn is one of my favorite places to stay in Bali. This modern hotel has something of interest for everyone. Its contemporary style combines monochromatic decoration with pieces of wood. The showers are an open concept design, so you can enjoy the outdoors from the privacy of your room. In addition, it is less than a 10-minute walk from the beach and close to the best restaurants and shops in the area.
Dash Hotel Seminyak is, without a doubt, one of the hotels with the most personality and the most Seminyak atmosphere. In this hotel, the custom-made iron furniture is fused with paintings and accented by colorful sculptures and retro, industrial-style lighting. It has a spa, gym, and an amazing roof terrace. If you’re looking for accommodation in Bali that’s different from everything else, you should check this place out.
DAY 7: JIMBARAN AND ULUWATU
To finish your week-long tour around Bali, I recommend you visit the Bukit Badung peninsula, the piece of land that juts out to the south of the island.
This area stands out for its amazing white sand beaches, its cliffs and its incredible luxury resorts.
Some of the most famous beaches are Padang Padang (where the movie “Eat Pray Love” was filmed), Tebing Pantai Balangan, with its wonderful cliff views, and Pantai Tegal Wangi, which hides a cave.
If you have time, it may also be interesting to visit Garuda Wisnu Kencana, a park designed in honor of the Hindu god Vishnu that features impressive statues that are up to 120 meters tall.
In the afternoon, before the sun sets, visit the Uluwatu temple, located on a cliff; you can see one of the best sunsets on the island from here.
At this temple, there are also Kecak Fire and Trance dance performances, where a group of men singing in unison provide the music for hypnotically moving Balinese dancers. If it’s your first time in Bali, you should definitely go to a show. I went to one in Pura Dalem Ubud, although the most popular temple for Kecak shows is the Uluwatu temple.
After the performance, there’s nothing like a fresh seafood dinner in Jimbaran Bay to end your trip to Bali in a week.
If you haven’t rented a scooter, this tour takes practically the same route that we’re recommending for this trip to Bali in 7 days.
There are many accommodations in Jimbaran with beautiful sea views. Depending on your budget, I recommend any of the following:
RIMBA Jimbaran BALI by AYANA is a spectacular five-star hotel that has a huge garden, twelve swimming pools, two spas, three restaurants, and private beach access. Furthermore, at its facilities, you can find all kinds of activities for the whole family, from Balinese painting, yoga, or cooking classes to bicycle tours or beach picnics.
Another option is to stay in Nusa Dua, east of the Bukit Badung peninsula, where you can find luxury resorts.
The Laguna is one of the most popular accommodations in Bali because at the foot of it, you’ll find a gorgeous white sand beach. In addition to incredible views of the Indian Ocean, beautiful tropical gardens, and butler service, this resort & spa offers activities such as diving or local craft classes for greater immersion in Balinese culture.
All rooms at this 5-star Bali resort have ocean views and balconies overlooking a tropical garden. The design of Sadara Boutique Beach Resort is based on Balinese heritage, but it exceeds the expectations of its clients with its contemporary urban touch and a sustainable approach to tourism.
Other Week-long Bali itineraries
A few weeks before my first trip to Southeast Asia I was told about the Nusa Islands and the Gili Islands, some amazing islands very close to Bali. They stand out for their dreamy sunsets, seabeds full of life, and white sand beaches.
If, in your case, you only have 7 days to visit Bali and the Gili Islands or you want to take a week-long trip to Bali and the Nusa Islands, here are other two itineraries that might be useful for you.
ONE WEEK TRIP TO BALI AND GILI ISLANDS
If I could make that decision again, I would definitely do it differently. I think the least interesting day is the 6th (Seminyak – although I would try to visit Tanah Lot, as it’s one of the essential places to visit in Bali). I would compress Mt. Batur and Tegalalang into a day and give up visiting other places around Ubud. Visiting the eastern temples seems like something important to do in Bali in a week.
The island that I decided to visit was Gili Trawangan, and the truth is that I liked it a lot. However, depending on the type of trip you’re doing, I would recommend Gili Air instead. In our travel guide to the Gili Islands, I tell you all about the differences.
To get to the Gili Islands, I recommend this ferry, which includes transfer from your hotel. If you follow my itinerary recommendation, after visiting the eastern temples, instead of going back to Ubud, head to Sanur to take the ferry the next day.
These are the accommodations that I recommend in Sanur:
Este pequeño hotel es un negocio familiar que destaca por sus exteriores. Sus jardines contienen antigüedades. En Tandjung Sari Hotel se realizan eventos donde grupos locales realizan danzas tradicionales. Además, su restaurante ofrece platos de estilo rústico y tradicional indonesio.
Maya Sanur Resort & Spa es un resort boutique ecológico de cinco estrellas que no deja indiferente a nadie. Su diseño moderno se mezcla con elementos de la tradición balinesa, donde además la vegetación cuenta como un elemento clave del hotel. Ofrece sesiones de yoga todas las mañanas, servicios de wellness y piscina infinity.
El arte, la artesanía y los valores tradicionales de Bali son los protagonistas en el diseño de este hotel. Sudamala Suites & Villas busca un auténtico encuentro del viajero con el Bali tradicional mediante conexiones culturales, exploraciones culinarias y el descanso en un enclave único.
In my case, I organized my excursion to the Gili Islands on my own, booking only the ferry, but if you prefer to buy a package that includes not only the ferry, but also the accommodation and the visit to the different islands for two and a half days (two nights), I recommend this tour.
7-DAY TRIP TO BALI AND NUSA ISLANDS
The Nusa Islands have some of the best places to visit in Bali. To see Bali and the Nusa Islands in a week, as with the Gili Islands, replace two days of the previous itinerary for a trip to the Nusa Islands.
IS IT A 7 DAY BALI ITINERARY ENOUGH OR DO I NEED MORE TIME?
If you just want to visit the main island, a week in Bali is perfect for seeing the most important things. However, if you also want to visit the Gili or the Nusa Islands, I would recommend you spend 8 days in Bali.
Anyway, don’t worry; if you have even fewer days, in this article about the best excursions in Bali, I have listed four tours that will allow you to see the most important things if you can only be in Bali for 4 or 5 days.
If you have even more time, here is a list of the best Bali itineraries.
Whatever itinerary you choose, remember that monkeys can be dangerous, so buy the best insurance to travel abroad.
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Before you go, here are the essentials for your trip to Bali: