Zim Ugochukwu

BALI

Zim Ugochukwu
BALI

THE INSIDE SCOOP

You'll bask in the incredible island culture on the ultimate Balinese escape.

6 nights in a boutique hotel, set within the lush tropical rainforest.

Curated itinerary based on our personal favorites.

Email support and outstanding customer service.

Photos for days. That's right, each morning, you'll receive images of you soaking in the Balinese experience. By the end of the trip, you'll rack up at least 1,000 photos of pure island bliss. 

See and eat the things you’d never find on your own.

Travel like a Balinese local.

Did we say stress free? Just show up and we’ll handle the rest. We'll take care of you like a nalu bowl on a hot summer day. Yup.

Airport transfers included.

CHOOSE BETWEEN ANY OF THESE DATES

  • September 25 - October 1, 2017 (sold out)
  • October 4 - 10, 2017 (sold out)
  • February 26 - March 4, 2018 (7 spaces available)
  • March 7 - 13, 2018 (7 spaces available)
  • April 3 - 9, 2018

LOCALE

You’ll sleep in Ubud, a charming town set in the cool mountains of Bali.


You'll experience life in a way that most tourists miss. This trip offers plenty of opportunities to get your hands dirty during a cooking class, as you’ll learn to prepare and enjoy this picturesque region’s culinary and cultural delights.

Peruse the local markets and boutique shops in search of the finest organic fare and work off all that deliciousness with walks through some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. Just start forwarding your mail here now.

UBUD IS THE CULTURAL HEART OF BALI

AND WE’D LIKE TO PERSONALLY INVITE YOU TO JOIN US.

Traveling to Bali with someone who knows the land is entirely different from taking it on alone.

You’ll get the best stuff compressed into one week of phenomenal highlights.

Coming with Travel Noire is so much easier than traveling by yourself, guidebook in hand, crossing your fingers for the best. You'll get to hang with phenomenal people from around the world, and you'll want to experience the best of a new destination with someone who understands the culture and the turf.

THE THINGS YOU’LL EXPERIENCE WITH US CAN’T BE FOUND IN A GUIDEBOOK.

Over the past year, we’ve had the honor of creating lifelong memories for travelers just like you, and we’d love the opportunity to do that for you too.

WE DO THIS BECAUSE WE TRULY BELIEVE EVERY DESTINATION NEEDS A BACKSTAGE PASS AND WE TRULY THINK YOU DESERVE ONE.

To be perfectly frank, Bali is like basking in the slow setting sun. It's a cultural town with aromatic gardens and spice blends, and breathtaking views of the endless rice paddies and the kindest people in the world. It is a blissful, polished town boasting impeccable bohemian credentials.

JUST SHOW UP. WE HAVE EVERYTHING PLANNED FOR YOU.

TRAVEL WITH US AND INDULGE IN THE TRAVEL NOIRE EFFECT

A WHOLE DECADE

A decade of traveling means that we know what it takes to have a good time, anywhere. And now you do too.

A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER

During your experience, your group will be accompanied by a private photographer ready to capture it all. Each morning, hundreds of images will be digitally delivered to the group for you to share with the world. That means you can leave your camera behind and live in the moment.

OUR CONNECTIONS ARE YOUR CONNECTIONS

As they say, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. We've cultivated incredible relationships with locals over the years and you’ll meet them because we’re friends. You’ll also get top-of-the-line food and service because you’re with us.

THE BFF FACTOR

Dream about exploring the world with a well traveled friend who knows about the best food, shopping & views each destination has to offer? And is extremely positive, supportive, grounded and drama free? That's us. Our Experience Designers are so top notch, we'd spend every day of the year with them if we could.

SERVICE THAT MATTERS

You’re not a booking number, you’re an honored guest and a valuable part of our family. No matter what time of day or night (even in the wee hours of the morning), you can count on us. We've built this brand from nothing to sold-out-in-hours experiences because we truly care about people and their journeys.

THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

We really understand you. We know what you want to see, do and experience because we were once vacationers too. But the only difference is that we now get the nuances that allow us to navigate like locals. This unique perspective will give you a “best of both worlds” experience.

FRIENDS THAT LAST A LIFETIME

You want to travel the world with amazing people. We get it. Our experiences attract the best of the best. And they keep coming for more. It's not uncommon for a traveler to return home from a trip we've hosted and immediately book another. Our groups are fun-loving, drama free and a joy to be around. They've formed faux musical groups on our experiences and even travel together long after our experience with them ends. Now that's epic.

THIS IS AN EXPERIENCE WITH BENEFITS

RENEWED INSPIRATION 

Travel continuously connects you to inspiration that's proven to fuel a happy, healthy lifestyle. The most successful people in the world constantly pursue inspiration and purpose. Experiencing a sense of purpose, gratitude and vitality are all direct results of feeling inspired. And those who seek inspiration find it.

LIVE A DREAM YOU NEVER KNEW EXISTED

We've all heard it: travel when you're older and you've saved for retirement. But travel often requires good health, which you likely have right now. If you have dreams to see the world, don't you owe it to yourself to realize them? We understand that life interjects and bills pile up. But when you look back at your life in five years, what do you want to see? Ambitions reached or dreams put out to dry?

EXTENDED HEALTH BENEFITS

Immerse yourself in an exotic experience. Every day you’ll eat local, crisp Balinese fruits and savor fresh vegetables and seafood or meat. We’ll also be walking daily, surrounded by nature. 

LET US TAKE CARE OF YOU

Do you feel like you’re always on the go but have very little time for yourself? We thought so. What if, just for a change, you let us take care of you? We want you to kick back and leave all the planning to us. In fact, you're gonna need time to think about the more important details: like if you’re gonna drink another cup of tea at breakfast.

CONNECT TO A MORE CAREFREE VERSION OF YOU

In a work-obsessed culture, busy is glorified, and financial wealth is superior to emotional or spiritual wealth. But this trip is about putting inner wealth and health first. Who doesn’t need more time to connect with the person they're meant to be?

 

ITINERARY

Ubud is an unparalleled oasis of tranquility and a lovely break from the humdrum of everyday life. Steeped in culture and enhanced by magnificent vistas, a trip to Ubud will change your life. Just take a walk through the lush paddy fields or walk through the remains of the old kingdom, and you’ll see what effect this place can have on your soul. 

DAY 1

Upon landing at the Ngurah Rai International Airport, we’ll pick you up in our Travel Noire shuttle and whisk you away to your gorgeous temporary home for the week, located in the heart of Ubud. While living here, you’ll wake up daily to the scenic views of rice fields and nearby coconut groves. Take the rest of the day to unpack, explore the hotel, and get comfortable. In the evening, we’ll all join together for a welcome dinner.

DAY 2

Enjoy a fresh and light breakfast at our peaceful hotel. Then we’ll head out to the village of Laplapan to meet with a local family. We’ll head to the local Ubud market to select from fresh vegetables, local herbs and spices, and choice cuts of meat. We’ll take our market finds to a local village kitchen where we’ll learn to cook a traditional Balinese lunch. If you signed up for a massage, your masseuse will meet you in the afternoon for an hour of rejuvenation. You'll have the evening free to explore on your own.

DAY 3

Today, you’re in for a real adventure! After a tasty breakfast at our hotel, we’ll head to one of the region’s most beautiful beaches for a surfing lesson! Even if you never stand on a wave, you’ll still have the incredible experience of riding a surfboard in the Balinese waters, surrounded by sweeping vistas of mountains and crystal blue seas. After some time to have lunch and relax on the, we’ll gather back as a group and enjoy dinner together.

DAY 4

This gorgeous town was practically built for R&R. Today, experience Bali as you please. Take a book to one of the local beaches, or enjoy a glass of wine while taking in the spectacular views, or wander around the city. The day is yours.

DAY 5

Today we’re visiting a beautiful natural dye plant garden to learn all about Indonesia’s textile traditions. After learning about the plants used by traditional weavers across Indonesia to make natural dyes for cotton, silk and other fibers, you’ll get a chance to make your own naturally dyed batik fabric to take home! In the evening, we’ll join a very special guest for dinner in his one of a kind Balinese home. 

DAY 6

On our last full day together, we’ll be visiting a local village to explore Balinese culture through its history. We’ll have the opportunity to speak with the villagers about their daily life over lunch and learn from them what makes Bali so special — from its temples to its music. At night, we’ll gather together for a special farewell dinner.

DAY 7

If you’d like, you can wake up early for an optional self-guided hike or a visit to your favorite market one last time. After breakfast our Travel Noire shuttle will depart for the Ngurah Rai International Airport. You’ll never forget the memories you made this week in Bali.

YOUR INVESTMENT

THE INVESTMENT STARTS AT $1,899

Payments plans available (5 payments of $430 totaling $2,150)

YOUR TRIP INCLUDES

  • 6 nights at an outstanding hotel. 
  • Transfers from airports. (Arrive DPS, depart DPS.)
  • All ground transportation to / from our activities.
  • All activities on itinerary.
  • Day trips, guides and transportation to Seminyak.
  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners (alcohol not included).
  • Accommodation is in a shared room with one other person. We also have a small number of private rooms (subject to availability). You can submit a request when registering.

Your investment does not include your flight to Bali.


YOUR AWESOME TRIP PERKS

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

Everything is organized, so you stay sane. Arrive before 3pm local time on the first day of your Experience and our private driver will get you and a few others from your group to and from the airport.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU

Zero stress about finding the hotel and struggling with your bags.

PERSONALIZED SERVICE

Oh, hi zen. Are you there? Travel Noire delivers personalized instructions, so you'll never feel alone. We’ll collect your flight information and send you advice on how to arrive, customized to you.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU

You can fly in early and still know exactly how to find us. 

YOUR VERY OWN PHOTOSHOOT

You know, just a professional photoshoot of your best vacay highlights. You'll get the opportunity to run away with our photographer for some time in front of the lens. And we'll deliver these digitally to you soon after you depart. 

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU

A private photoshoot on vacation? Enough said.

EMAIL SUPPORT

You get full email support from the day you book your trip until you arrive in country. You'll feel fully taken care of with our expert advice. You'll also have the opportunity to join a pre-departure call with our team to answer any of your burning questions. Support is just a nudge away. 

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU

Don’t waste time Googling, just ask us.

PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP

You’ll receive an invitation to join our private Facebook Group for registered guests only. Connect with others before you go and maintain friendships when you return.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU

One hub for all your travel needs.


THERE ARE PLENTY OF TOUR GROUPS WITH THIRTY PEOPLE TRAVELING IN A BIG BUS. WE'RE NOT ONE OF THEM. 

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WE’VE LIMITED OUR BALI EXPERIENCE TO 14 PEOPLE, BECAUSE WE WANT YOU TO FEEL LIKE YOU’RE TRAVELING WITH FRIENDS, NOT A FOOTBALL TEAM.

Just think about it. We could totally pack a bunch of people on this trip like most tour companies would. Hint: we have thousands of people on our waitlist. 

But this is group travel for people who don’t normally go on group trips. We want you to travel like a local, so we keep our numbers low. We know that small group travel is a great balance of fun and simplicity, and it’s better than traveling alone. 

HERE ARE THE PERKS OF TRAVELING WITH OUR CREW

  • It’s so much more fun than traveling alone. 
  • You'll meet the most epic people.
  • It’s easier than traveling with a friend because we handle all the planning. 
  • You have the luxury of drivers and guides to help you with everything.
  • You have a professional photographer by your side.
  • You'll get the real deal Bali, not anything you can find in a guidebook.

The truth is, we have an uncanny ability to attract positive and generous people from all around the world. Our guests always share with us that they aren't group tour type of people, but that they are surprised at how well Travel Noire makes it transformative and easy.  


WILL THIS BE YOUR FIRST TRIP TO BALI?

HAVE YOU ALREADY BEEN TO BALI?

Incredible. So you know how amazing it is. But think of how amazing it could be when you travel with someone who knows the locals and all the secret spots? Unless you’ve traveled with a Balinese friend and stayed with them at their home, it's impossible to not feel like a tourist. We offer an alternative to that.

WILL THIS BE YOUR FIRST TRIP TO BALI?

Then you’ll love the safety of the group, the ease of having all your hotels, transportation, activities and meals sorted out for you. You’ll love that you won’t have to worry about getting lost, getting ripped off or hassling with foreign currency. We take care of everything.

THIS TRIP ISN’T FOR EVERYONE.

IT IS FOR YOU IF:

  • You love insider knowledge: you value traveling with someone who knows the ropes.
  • You enjoy eating, walking and off-the-beaten-path ideas. 
  • You love to have a great time and are open to meeting others.

THIS TRIP IS NOT FOR YOU IF:

  • You have a tendency to be negative or dramatic or are just plain depressing to be around.
  • You're not into trying new things or stepping outside of your comfort zone.
  • You don’t like Balinese food. That is what we’ll be eating. Every day. If you’re a vegetarian, or on a restricted diet, we have great options for you.
  • You can’t easily walk up stairs. If you find walking tough, then this trip isn’t suited to you.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHERE ARE WE STAYING?

You’ll sleep in 1 locale for 6 nights. Our hotel is about tranquil spaces, luxurious interiors, and a beautifully manicured gardens overlooking rice paddy fields - all just a 10-minute walk from Ubud's Main Street. 

CAN I EXTEND MY STAY?

Great idea. We’ll give you tips.

WHAT AIRPORT DO I FLY INTO?

Fly into Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) and out of Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). We provide airport transfers for free.*

I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, CAN YOU HELP?

We thought you’d never ask. Email support@travelnoire.com so we can meet you and give you personal advice.

I’M NOT A “TOUR PERSON” AND I USUALLY PLAN MY OWN TRIPS.

Great — you’ll fit right in as our guests are looking for something different too. Think of this as a trip planned by a local friend, something you would never be able to pull off on your own. We offer you daily activities but don’t feel pressured to do anything — it’s your experience.

WILL I BE TOO OLD, TOO YOUNG?

Our guests range in age from their 20s to their 40s. Age doesn't mean much when we’re all searching for a better life. Our experiences are more adventurous, so in that sense, it does require that you are healthy and can walk or hike easily. 

*If you arrive before 3pm local time and depart before 5pm local time


HEAR WHAT PAST GUESTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT TRAVELING WITH US

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"I was hesitant about traveling solo and going abroad with a group that I had never met. But, as a two time TN Experiences customer, one of my favorite aspects of the trips are the connections made with people who love adventure as much as I do. The thing that always sticks out the most after the experiences  are the personal connections made with individuals from all ages and walks of life. This isn't something that money can buy. After my experience, I am more present with people that I meet and more open to traveling to places I’ve never been before."

— Angelica, Philippines

"I was nervous about meeting complete strangers in a foreign country. I never thought I would find such a great group of people that have become a second family to me. We participated in activities that I know I could have never found on my own. There was so much value for what I paid, I mean the hotel alone was out of this world. With transportation, food and activities included, what else could you ask for?"

— Rica, Colorado

“When you experience what Travel Noire has curated, you’ll engage with emotions that money can never buy. You’ll spend more money trying to explore this magical place on your own and you’ll only end up receiving a portion of the perspective. There are aspects to this trip that can’t be explained. They must be felt. Priceless. The best experience of my life.” 

— Warren, California

"My experience was worth every penny. You can tell each activity was carefully thought out and planned. You really had to dig deep and see beyond the surface. I was able to bond with AMAZING individuals that I still communicate with daily. It would have been impossible for me to plan a trip like that on my own. An experience so extraordinary must have taken tremendous effort and time. I left my experience feeling inspired and grateful for the opportunity and will definitely go on another one. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest and I can easily say booking a TN Experience is one of the best investments I've ever made! 

— Lauren, New York


ARE YOU COMING?
WE SELL OUT EVERY TIME.

With world-class surfing and diving, a large number of cultural, historical and archaeological attractions, and an enormous range of accommodations, Bali is one of the world's most popular island destinations.

The World Travel Awards named Bali the World's Leading Island Destination three years in a row.

For a week, you’ll enjoy amazing culture, lush rainforests, the kindest locals you'll ever meet, crisp fruits and delicious food. 

We don’t run from city to city; we sleep in one town (called Ubud) and occasionally day trip to our hand picked highlights throughout the week to ensure that you have a special connection to this land, these people and your new friends.