Garuda Indonesia, the national airline of Indonesia, has announced that it will operate the first ever non-stop flights from the UK to Bali, a thrice-weekly service from London Heathrow commencing on 22 January.

Comments Robin Ball, Director of Asia specialist Bamboo Travel: “This is great news that will make the journey to Indonesia quicker and reduce the cost. Garuda’s new direct flight should entice many more people to travel to this paradise island which, contrary to popular belief, is far more than a fly and flop destination, offering many cultural experiences and outdoor activities.”

Bamboo Travel offers a choice of suggested itineraries to Bali, including the 16 day (14 nights) Bali Explorer, which is designed to explore the quieter, more spiritual side of the island, discovering its mountains, lakes and coastline with many opportunities for walking, cycling and snorkelling.

Highlights include the artisan town of Ubud, Munduk in the mountains in the north of the country, a visit to the fishing village of Pemuteran & Bali Barat National Park.

There will also be an option of a cycling tour, a trek to the villages on the slopes of Mount Agung plus time to explore the beaches, temples & rice terraces of eastern Bali.

The holiday can start any day of the week and costs from £2,595 pp (two sharing).

This includes flights, 14 nights’ B&B (plus one lunch) road transfers, tours on a private basis, and English-speaking guides/drivers.

For further information or to book call 020 7720 9285 or visit