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Bali

by , SmarterTravel Staff
Bali - Terrace Rice Fields (Photo: iStockphoto/SZE FEI WONG)
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Long known as a popular tourist destination for travelers seeking tropical climates, exotic temples, and quiet beaches, Bali has recently been glowing under the Hollywood spotlight. And with the extra attention from the new movie Eat Pray Love, this fall might be the best time ever to visit. While October through April is the equatorial country's wet season, the rain often falls in sudden downpours, leaving the rest of the day dry for you to explore your surroundings.

Vacation packages provide an opportunity to grab some of the best deals during autumn. I priced weeklong air-and-hotel packages to Bali from three major cities, and found savings of up to $410.

Departure Off-Peak Rate Peak Rate
Atlanta $1,610 $2,020
Denver $1,548 $1,969
San Francisco $1,321 $1,476

Off-peak rates are based on travel from November 23 through 30; peak travel prices are based on travel from June 7 to 14. All fares were found using Orbitz and include all taxes and fees.

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Movie packages abound, so you'll be able to pick and choose the option that best fits your budget. Get started with Lonely Planet's Eat Pray Love destination guides to help you plan. For the ultimate budget-friendly vacation, you can enter to win a free trip with STA Travel, which also has five-day packages in Bali from $310 that include accommodations and spa treatments. Gap Adventures is offering up to 20 percent off eight-day Bali itineraries. Singapore Airlines, meanwhile, has a Singapore and Bali package that includes round-trip airfare, two nights in Singapore, three nights in Bali, and tours in both cities from $1,299 per person.

For more information about Bali, visit the Bali Tourism Board.

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