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Sumatran Trails

Sumatera - the westernmost and second largest island of Indonesia

What to Expect

Sumatera - the westernmost and second largest island of Indonesia (approximately 473,970 sqm) is fringed with smaller islands off its western and eastern coasts. With 1,790 km in length and 435 km in width, the island has Bukit Barisan – a volcanic mountain range with more than 30 active volcanoes, traverses its length reaching 12,467 feet at Mount Kerinci.

Sumatra has something for everyone to explore – lush rainforests inhabited by exotic flora and fauna, cascading rivers, sparkling crater lakes, beautiful white sandy beaches, impressive volcanoes, limestone caves and an incredible diverse array of traditional ethnic groups who inhabit some of the most spectacular volcanic landscapes of the world.

Explore the legendary charm and highlights of North and West Sumatra where vast rainforests are inhabited by exotic wildlife, towering volcanoes dominate the skyline and scenic waterfalls gush down into verdant valleys by driving overland.

This 2-week package to explore the legendary charm and highlights all the way from North Sumatera to West Sumatera is perfect for biophilics, aesthetes, and nemophilists who have the time to do overland journey visiting the most famous landmarks along the way while learning more about the enriching culture in Sumatera, sampling the famous local cuisine and relaxing at a beautiful secluded beach resort on a small and serene tropical island just off the coast of Sumatra.

Sumatera - the westernmost and second largest island of Indonesia (approximately 473,970 sqm) is fringed with smaller islands off its western and eastern coasts. With 1,790 km in length and 435 km in width, the island has Bukit Barisan – a volcanic mountain range with more than 30 active volcanoes, traverses its length reaching 12,467 feet at Mount Kerinci.

Sumatra has something for everyone to explore – lush rainforests inhabited by exotic flora and fauna, cascading rivers, sparkling crater lakes, beautiful white sandy beaches, impressive volcanoes, limestone caves and an incredible diverse array of traditional ethnic groups who inhabit some of the most spectacular volcanic landscapes of the world.

Explore the legendary charm and highlights of North and West Sumatra where vast rainforests are inhabited by exotic wildlife, towering volcanoes dominate the skyline and scenic waterfalls gush down into verdant valleys by driving overland.

This 2-week package to explore the legendary charm and highlights all the way from North Sumatera to West Sumatera is perfect for biophilics, aesthetes, and nemophilists who have the time to do overland journey visiting the most famous landmarks along the way while learning more about the enriching culture in Sumatera, sampling the famous local cuisine and relaxing at a beautiful secluded beach resort on a small and serene tropical island just off the coast of Sumatra.

What You Will Do

Day 1

Arrival Medan : Medan City Tour

(L)

A warm welcome awaits as you arrive at Kualanamu International Airport in MEDAN, the capital of North Sumatera province. Once known as the Paris of Sumatera, Medan is a colorful melting pot of Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Batak people living in harmony. You will be greeted by our professional and licensed guide who will then take you on city tour to visit the city’s important landmarks.

Drive to the heart of the city to arrive at Merdeka Square. Start your walking tour from the historical City Hall (1906) considereded as Medan’s Zero Point, to admire the preserved old colonial buildings along Kesawan Street including formerly Javaasche Bank which is now Bank of Indonesia and Post Office building, After lunch at one of the best restaurants in Medan which was first established in 1929 as a bakery shop Tip Top Restaurant, continue with your city tour.

The Great Mosque (1906) is one of the Sultan of Deli’s legacies*. With its imposing tiled archway with royal burial ground and the tall water tower adopted as a symbol of the municipality of Medan; it is considered as the largest and most beautiful mosque in Northern Sumatera. Sultan’s Palace (1888) located one block away to the west across the single track railway is also known as “The Yellow Palace” or “Maimoon Palace”. It is the ceremonial palace of the Sultans of Deli with its yellow trim & typical east coast Malay architecture with living quarters occupied by the Sultan's families and became the centre of the Deli kingdom. Other highlights not to be missed are Medan’s oldest Hindu Temple Sri Mariamman Temple (1881) in Kampung Keling, a busy commercial center with its name inspired by Medan’s Indian community and Vihara Gunung Timur– the largest Buddhist temple in the city. Transfer to your hotel in the afternoon and enjoy evening at leisure.


Overnight at Santika Dyandra Hotel Medan or other similar

Day 1

Arrival Medan : Medan City Tour

(L)

A warm welcome awaits as you arrive at Kualanamu International Airport in MEDAN, the capital of North Sumatera province. Once known as the Paris of Sumatera, Medan is a colorful melting pot of Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Batak people living in harmony. You will be greeted by our professional and licensed guide who will then take you on city tour to visit the city’s important landmarks.

Drive to the heart of the city to arrive at Merdeka Square. Start your walking tour from the historical City Hall (1906) considereded as Medan’s Zero Point, to admire the preserved old colonial buildings along Kesawan Street including formerly Javaasche Bank which is now Bank of Indonesia and Post Office building, After lunch at one of the best restaurants in Medan which was first established in 1929 as a bakery shop Tip Top Restaurant, continue with your city tour.

The Great Mosque (1906) is one of the Sultan of Deli’s legacies*. With its imposing tiled archway with royal burial ground and the tall water tower adopted as a symbol of the municipality of Medan; it is considered as the largest and most beautiful mosque in Northern Sumatera. Sultan’s Palace (1888) located one block away to the west across the single track railway is also known as “The Yellow Palace” or “Maimoon Palace”. It is the ceremonial palace of the Sultans of Deli with its yellow trim & typical east coast Malay architecture with living quarters occupied by the Sultan's families and became the centre of the Deli kingdom. Other highlights not to be missed are Medan’s oldest Hindu Temple Sri Mariamman Temple (1881) in Kampung Keling, a busy commercial center with its name inspired by Medan’s Indian community and Vihara Gunung Timur– the largest Buddhist temple in the city. Transfer to your hotel in the afternoon and enjoy evening at leisure.


Overnight at Santika Dyandra Hotel Medan or other similar

Day 2

Medan – Tangkahan

(B/L/D)

Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel. Check out afterwards and depart for Tangkahan via Binjai at 08:00hrs. The last one third of the drive is quite bumpy with potholes dotting the road surface due to the heavily-loaded trucks of oil palms passing the road owned by plantation. Arrive in Tangkahan which is dubbed as ‘Hidden Paradise’, you will be welcomed by the greenery of the rainforest and and the sound of the flowing Buluh River nearby.

After registering yourself at the visitor center, proceed to your lodge*. Enjoy lunch then free at leisure time to unwind after the long drive until time for you to get to the Elephant Sanctuary on foot for elephant bathing scheduled at 15:30hrs. Take advantage of this free time to have a quick swim in the flowing river, or to explore the surroundings yourself and to locate a hotspring in a small cave by the river. There is also a small waterfall nearby where you can get a ‘jungle massage’. Please inform the lodge’s caretaker before go out exploring by yourself or if you would like to be accompanied.

At 15:00hrs, leave the lodge to get to the Elephant Rehabilitation Center on foot. Here you can observe the elephants from a safe distance. The mahouts will then direct the beautiful mammals including a few baby elephants to the nearby river for their bathing time. Be patient and listen to the guidance from mahout coordinator while brushes are being handed out. Be ready to get drenched, scrubbing has never been this fun!

Return to your lodge on foot after some photo opportunities, then the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure with dinner served at the lodge. Why not walk down to the river and have a quick dip in the refreshing water before the sun begins to set?


Overnight at Tangkahan Inn ot other similar (basic accomodation)

Day 2

Medan – Tangkahan

(B/L/D)

Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel. Check out afterwards and depart for Tangkahan via Binjai at 08:00hrs. The last one third of the drive is quite bumpy with potholes dotting the road surface due to the heavily-loaded trucks of oil palms passing the road owned by plantation. Arrive in Tangkahan which is dubbed as ‘Hidden Paradise’, you will be welcomed by the greenery of the rainforest and and the sound of the flowing Buluh River nearby.

After registering yourself at the visitor center, proceed to your lodge*. Enjoy lunch then free at leisure time to unwind after the long drive until time for you to get to the Elephant Sanctuary on foot for elephant bathing scheduled at 15:30hrs. Take advantage of this free time to have a quick swim in the flowing river, or to explore the surroundings yourself and to locate a hotspring in a small cave by the river. There is also a small waterfall nearby where you can get a ‘jungle massage’. Please inform the lodge’s caretaker before go out exploring by yourself or if you would like to be accompanied.

At 15:00hrs, leave the lodge to get to the Elephant Rehabilitation Center on foot. Here you can observe the elephants from a safe distance. The mahouts will then direct the beautiful mammals including a few baby elephants to the nearby river for their bathing time. Be patient and listen to the guidance from mahout coordinator while brushes are being handed out. Be ready to get drenched, scrubbing has never been this fun!

Return to your lodge on foot after some photo opportunities, then the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure with dinner served at the lodge. Why not walk down to the river and have a quick dip in the refreshing water before the sun begins to set?


Overnight at Tangkahan Inn ot other similar (basic accomodation)

Day 3

Tangkahan to Bukit Lawang on 4WD vehicle

(B/L)

Wake up in the morning and enjoy breakfast while taking in the scenery of the dense jungle with the sound of flowing river in the background. Tangkahan is situated at the junction of two rivers, the Buluh River and the Batang River. At the designated time, a local 4WD vehicle will take you on an off-road drive to BUKIT LAWANG through plantations with Bukit Barisan on the horizon. Bukit Lawang is one of the main access points to the incredible rainforest of Gunung Leuser National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site; home to numerous birds, plants and mammal species – most famously the Sumatran orangutan, Sumatran tiger, Sumatran rhinoceros, siamang, Sumatran serow, sambar deer and leopard. Located alongside the banks of Bohorok river, Bukit Lawang offers a relaxed atmosphere with endless jungle trails promising adventure and wildlife encounters.

Upon your arrival in Bukit Lawang, enjoy lunch then cross the wooden suspension bridge over the Bohorok River on foot to arrive at your lodge. Equipped with fan, basic facilities and western toilet; your lodge was established to complement and serve as an outlet for the activities of the Bohorok Environmental Education Centre with direct contribution to the conservation of the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan. Retrieve your luggage which arrived before you as you check-in and enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure to familiarize yourself with the surroundings.


Overnight at Bukit Lawang Ecolodge or other similar

Day 3

Tangkahan to Bukit Lawang on 4WD vehicle

(B/L)

>Wake up in the morning and enjoy breakfast while taking in the scenery of the dense jungle with the sound of flowing river in the background. Tangkahan is situated at the junction of two rivers, the Buluh River and the Batang River. At the designated time, a local 4WD vehicle will take you on an off-road drive to BUKIT LAWANG through plantations with Bukit Barisan on the horizon. Bukit Lawang is one of the main access points to the incredible rainforest of Gunung Leuser National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site; home to numerous birds, plants and mammal species – most famously the Sumatran orangutan, Sumatran tiger, Sumatran rhinoceros, siamang, Sumatran serow, sambar deer and leopard. Located alongside the banks of Bohorok river, Bukit Lawang offers a relaxed atmosphere with endless jungle trails promising adventure and wildlife encounters.

Upon your arrival in Bukit Lawang, enjoy lunch then cross the wooden suspension bridge over the Bohorok River on foot to arrive at your lodge. Equipped with fan, basic facilities and western toilet; your lodge was established to complement and serve as an outlet for the activities of the Bohorok Environmental Education Centre with direct contribution to the conservation of the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan. Retrieve your luggage which arrived before you as you check-in and enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure to familiarize yourself with the surroundings.


Overnight at Bukit Lawang Ecolodge or other similar

Day 4

Bukit Lawang – Berastagi

(B/L)

Wake up to the sounds of nature and jungle symphony; melodious bird chirps or the ascending scale of a cuckoo, the hooting calls of white-handed gibbons, and the songs of larger black siamangs in the treetops. Embark on an jungle exploration in the National Park around the Orangutan Care Center after breakfast. Guided by a professional local ranger, set off by 07:30hours and start walking uphill through the shade of an immense rubber plantation, following trails in the thick shrubs.

Make your way through the shade of a rainforest canopy involving some steep descent / ascent trails. Observe the flora and fauna including the leaf monkeys, longtailed macaques, tangle of trees, palms, ferns, forest moss and gigantic fig trees as you make your way through the thick jungle with well trodden paths to follow. The sight of orangutan swinging through the trees is surely unforgettable, yet sightings of solitary orangutan will require patience, time and a little bit of luck. Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints.

Return to your lodge on an inflated tube down the river rapids. Check out then enjoy lunch at the lodge’s Kapal Bambu restaurant which was built using natural and sustainable harvested bamboo and clay. Escorted by the assigned guide, a scenic drive southward via Sembahe and Sibolangit will get you to BERASTAGI located in the Karo Highlands. Arrive in Berastagi in the late afternoon, check-in then enjoy the evening free at your own leisure.


Overnight at Grand Mutiara Hotel or other similar

Day 4

Bukit Lawang – Berastagi

(B/L)

Wake up to the sounds of nature and jungle symphony; melodious bird chirps or the ascending scale of a cuckoo, the hooting calls of white-handed gibbons, and the songs of larger black siamangs in the treetops. Embark on an jungle exploration in the National Park around the Orangutan Care Center after breakfast. Guided by a professional local ranger, set off by 07:30hours and start walking uphill through the shade of an immense rubber plantation, following trails in the thick shrubs.

Make your way through the shade of a rainforest canopy involving some steep descent / ascent trails. Observe the flora and fauna including the leaf monkeys, longtailed macaques, tangle of trees, palms, ferns, forest moss and gigantic fig trees as you make your way through the thick jungle with well trodden paths to follow. The sight of orangutan swinging through the trees is surely unforgettable, yet sightings of solitary orangutan will require patience, time and a little bit of luck. Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints.

Return to your lodge on an inflated tube down the river rapids. Check out then enjoy lunch at the lodge’s Kapal Bambu restaurant which was built using natural and sustainable harvested bamboo and clay. Escorted by the assigned guide, a scenic drive southward via Sembahe and Sibolangit will get you to BERASTAGI located in the Karo Highlands. Arrive in Berastagi in the late afternoon, check-in then enjoy the evening free at your own leisure.


Overnight at Grand Mutiara Hotel or other similar

Day 5

Berastagi – Parapat – Samosir

(B/L)

Berastagi (literally meaning rice store) is a town and district of Karo regency located about 70 kilometers south of Medan. Situated about 1,300m above sea level, it has a cool climate and rose to significance when Dutch settlers in Sumatera opened a boarding school back in the 1920s. Check out after breakfast then embark on a short city tour before proceeding towards Lake Toba.

At 08:00hrs, you will be picked up by the assigned guide to visit St. Franciscus Catholic Church. Snap some pictures at the unique church with Batak architecture and Mount Sibayak in the background. Continue on foot to visit a bustling local fruit market where you can sample Berastagi’s passion fruit.

On the way to Lake Toba, a few stops can be made for photo opportunities of Mount Sinabung and a visit to Karo Batak village of Dokan. The Karo people are a Batak sub-group with different rituals, houses and character to their Batak neighbours, the Batak Toba and Batak Simalungun. The Karo Batak have unusual wedding and funeral ceremonies that can last for days, and dozens of other ancient and unique traditions and rituals which they still practice. At Dokan village, you can see the traditional longhouses with one of them housing up to 6 families! Another stop in the highlands of Tanah Karo regency provides you an opportunity to see the picturesque Lake Toba and Sipiso-Piso Waterfall (120m) formed by an underground river that plunges from a cave into the caldera of Lake Toba.

Continue your journey to Pematang Purba to visit Rumah Bolon, a 200-year-old wooden house built on ruins that were once the home of the ancient royals of Batak Simalungun. En-route to Parapat along the eastern shore of Lake Toba, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Your journey to follow is an hour-long ferry ride from Parapat to Tomok village on Samosir Island. Disembark from the chartered ferry where your chaffeured vehicle will take you directly to your hotel, located on the peninsula of Tuk Tuk. Check in upon arrival at the hotel and then enjoy the evening at leisure.


Overnight at Toledo Inn or other similar

Day 5

Berastagi – Parapat – Samosir

(B/L)

Berastagi (literally meaning rice store) is a town and district of Karo regency located about 70 kilometers south of Medan. Situated about 1,300m above sea level, it has a cool climate and rose to significance when Dutch settlers in Sumatera opened a boarding school back in the 1920s. Check out after breakfast then embark on a short city tour before proceeding towards Lake Toba.

At 08:00hrs, you will be picked up by the assigned guide to visit St. Franciscus Catholic Church. Snap some pictures at the unique church with Batak architecture and Mount Sibayak in the background. Continue on foot to visit a bustling local fruit market where you can sample Berastagi’s passion fruit.

On the way to Lake Toba, a few stops can be made for photo opportunities of Mount Sinabung and a visit to Karo Batak village of Dokan. The Karo people are a Batak sub-group with different rituals, houses and character to their Batak neighbours, the Batak Toba and Batak Simalungun. The Karo Batak have unusual wedding and funeral ceremonies that can last for days, and dozens of other ancient and unique traditions and rituals which they still practice. At Dokan village, you can see the traditional longhouses with one of them housing up to 6 families! Another stop in the highlands of Tanah Karo regency provides you an opportunity to see the picturesque Lake Toba and Sipiso-Piso Waterfall (120m) formed by an underground river that plunges from a cave into the caldera of Lake Toba.

Continue your journey to Pematang Purba to visit Rumah Bolon, a 200-year-old wooden house built on ruins that were once the home of the ancient royals of Batak Simalungun. En-route to Parapat along the eastern shore of Lake Toba, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Your journey to follow is an hour-long ferry ride from Parapat to Tomok village on Samosir Island. Disembark from the chartered ferry where your chaffeured vehicle will take you directly to your hotel, located on the peninsula of Tuk Tuk. Check in upon arrival at the hotel and then enjoy the evening at leisure.


Overnight at Toledo Inn or other similar

Day 6

Samosir Island

(B/L)

The island of Samosir is located in the middle of Lake Toba, the caldera lake of the Toba Volcano. Formed over 75,000 years ago, it is the largest volcanic lake in the world. Enjoy breakfast at your hotel’s restaurant overlooking the famous Toba Lake and check out afterwards. Today you will explore the island and the lake escorted by your guide.

Using a chaffeured vehicle, drive to Samosir’s most interesting Batak Toba village Ambarita located in the northern end of the island. Known for its megalithic sights and some of the best of Batak Toba traditional houses, here you can find tribunal stone chairs and ancient execution stones; the visit to Ambarita will provide you with a better idea of traditional legal system, dispute settlements and gruesome punishment for criminals.

Continue driving north to Simanindo for a traditional Batak Toba dance performance which starts at 10:30AM. After visiting a Batak museum and a traditional Batak village, a short cruise to Tao Island will provide you with an opportunity to swim in the tranquil water of Lake Toba. With its shallow bay, it is a lovely place to relax – albeit the lacking in maintenance and facilities. There is no lifeguard, thus ‘buddy system’ when you swim is highly advisable*.

Cruise further north, passing through Toba Batak villages towards Pangururan, where you can enjoy the lakeshore scenery and panoramic slopes with picnic lunch served onboard. At Pangururan – the sub-district administrative center of Samosir, a bridge connects Samosir Island to the mainland on the slopes of Mount Pusuk Bukit (1,981m). It is believed that the first ruler ‘Si Raja Batak’ the origin of all Bataknese descended from heaven here at the sacred mountain.

From Pangururan proceed to drive to Tele, a rarely visited area on the southern shore of Lake Toba. Accessible via a small bridge crossing called Tano Ponggol, the scenic drive up to the mountain will take about 30 minutes. Take in the mesmerising view over Toba Lake and Samosir Island from the Observatory Tower in Tele. En-route back to your hotel in Tuk Tuk, if time permits – visit a local village to see the traditional weaving process of local textile called ulos and arrive at your hotel in the afternoon.


Overnight at Toledo Inn or other similar

Day 6

Samosir Island

(B/L)

The island of Samosir is located in the middle of Lake Toba, the caldera lake of the Toba Volcano. Formed over 75,000 years ago, it is the largest volcanic lake in the world. Enjoy breakfast at your hotel’s restaurant overlooking the famous Toba Lake and check out afterwards. Today you will explore the island and the lake escorted by your guide.

Using a chaffeured vehicle, drive to Samosir’s most interesting Batak Toba village Ambarita located in the northern end of the island. Known for its megalithic sights and some of the best of Batak Toba traditional houses, here you can find tribunal stone chairs and ancient execution stones; the visit to Ambarita will provide you with a better idea of traditional legal system, dispute settlements and gruesome punishment for criminals.

Continue driving north to Simanindo for a traditional Batak Toba dance performance which starts at 10:30AM. After visiting a Batak museum and a traditional Batak village, a short cruise to Tao Island will provide you with an opportunity to swim in the tranquil water of Lake Toba. With its shallow bay, it is a lovely place to relax – albeit the lacking in maintenance and facilities. There is no lifeguard, thus ‘buddy system’ when you swim is highly advisable*.

Cruise further north, passing through Toba Batak villages towards Pangururan, where you can enjoy the lakeshore scenery and panoramic slopes with picnic lunch served onboard. At Pangururan – the sub-district administrative center of Samosir, a bridge connects Samosir Island to the mainland on the slopes of Mount Pusuk Bukit (1,981m). It is believed that the first ruler ‘Si Raja Batak’ the origin of all Bataknese descended from heaven here at the sacred mountain.

From Pangururan proceed to drive to Tele, a rarely visited area on the southern shore of Lake Toba. Accessible via a small bridge crossing called Tano Ponggol, the scenic drive up to the mountain will take about 30 minutes. Take in the mesmerising view over Toba Lake and Samosir Island from the Observatory Tower in Tele. En-route back to your hotel in Tuk Tuk, if time permits – visit a local village to see the traditional weaving process of local textile called ulos and arrive at your hotel in the afternoon.


Overnight at Toledo Inn or other similar

Day 7

Samosir – Parapat – Padang Sidempuan

(B/L/D)

Wake up early this morning to catch a ferry departing Tomok at 07:00AM back to Parapat, have your packed breakfast in box during the drive to Tomok. From Parapat, proceed to drive south with rewarding scenery of Bukit Barisan, rice fields and forest dotted with small villages to Padang Sidempuan with a few stops on the way.

Sample fresh pineapple and visit a typical Batak Toba village, Jangga Dolok surrounded by rice fields. Jangga is a great example of traditional building featuring animism, with its anthropomorphic carvings. Observe a burial monument of the last Batak priest king and experience the bustling daily trading at Balige traditional market. If time permits, visit a coffee plantation in Lintong district to see the drying, roasting, and grinding of coffee beans. Sample a cup of freshly brewed Sumatran coffee served up specially for you. At the small settlement of Sipoholon, hotspring water with temperature ranges between 36 to 37 degrees Celcius containing sulphur and iron as well as other minerals is believed to be a medical hydrology.

After a lunch stop in the town of Tarutung lying in Silindong Valley, proceed to drive towards the small capital of Batak Mandailing regency - Padang Sidempuan. Upon arrival in Padang Sidempuan, you will be escorted directly to the hotel. Check-in then enjoy the rest of the evening with dinner served at the hotel’s main restaurant.


Overnight at Mega Permata Hotel or other similar in Padang Sidempuan

Day 7

Samosir – Parapat – Padang Sidempuan

(B/L/D)

Wake up early this morning to catch a ferry departing Tomok at 07:00AM back to Parapat, have your packed breakfast in box during the drive to Tomok. From Parapat, proceed to drive south with rewarding scenery of Bukit Barisan, rice fields and forest dotted with small villages to Padang Sidempuan with a few stops on the way.

Sample fresh pineapple and visit a typical Batak Toba village, Jangga Dolok surrounded by rice fields. Jangga is a great example of traditional building featuring animism, with its anthropomorphic carvings. Observe a burial monument of the last Batak priest king and experience the bustling daily trading at Balige traditional market. If time permits, visit a coffee plantation in Lintong district to see the drying, roasting, and grinding of coffee beans. Sample a cup of freshly brewed Sumatran coffee served up specially for you. At the small settlement of Sipoholon, hotspring water with temperature ranges between 36 to 37 degrees Celcius containing sulphur and iron as well as other minerals is believed to be a medical hydrology.

After a lunch stop in the town of Tarutung lying in Silindong Valley, proceed to drive towards the small capital of Batak Mandailing regency - Padang Sidempuan. Upon arrival in Padang Sidempuan, you will be escorted directly to the hotel. Check-in then enjoy the rest of the evening with dinner served at the hotel’s main restaurant.


Overnight at Mega Permata Hotel or other similar in Padang Sidempuan

Day 8

Padang Sidempuan – Bukittinggi

(B/L/D)

Wake up in the morning then get ready for a long drive today to reach the town of Bukittinggi in West Sumatra Province. Check out and depart from the hotel at 07:00AM. During the 285km scenic drive along the winding roads through Bukit Barisan Mountain range, enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery of the area, with rivers and valleys, as well as traditional villages. Multiple stops will provide you with opportunities to experience and to see a lot of different things.

At Sihepeng, you can get to know more about herbs and exotic spices such as clove, saffron, lemongrass, nutmeg, bayleaf and others; as well as their benefits. At this small botanical garden, you can enjoy a refreshing natural drink of fresh coconut straight from the tree! As you drive towards Kotanopan, there is a lunch stop to be made on the way. As you are leaving Kotanopan, you are entering the province of West Sumatera. The landscape slowly changes into tropical rainforest.

Rimba Panti Nature Reserve, is a 3,120 hectares of ‘paradise’ for naturalists, where you can treat yourself to the unusual beauty of this nature reserve; a grand botanic garden laid out by nature itself. Lying almost 100km from Bukittinggi, the area is dominated by swamp forest with smaller parts consisting of tropical rainforest and secondary forest in which monkeys, Malayan sun bear, Sumatran tigers, giant flying squirrels and many birds and butterflies reside. Traveling on towards Bonjol, do not miss Bonjol’s Equator Monument. It is believed that crossing the equator line backwards will bring good luck, why not giving it a try?

Check-in upon your arriving at the hotel in Bukittinggi then enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure with dinner served at the hotel.


Overnight at Grand Rocky Hotel or other similar in Bukittinggi

Day 8

Padang Sidempuan – Bukittinggi

(B/L/D)

Wake up in the morning then get ready for a long drive today to reach the town of Bukittinggi in West Sumatra Province. Check out and depart from the hotel at 07:00AM. During the 285km scenic drive along the winding roads through Bukit Barisan Mountain range, enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery of the area, with rivers and valleys, as well as traditional villages. Multiple stops will provide you with opportunities to experience and to see a lot of different things.

At Sihepeng, you can get to know more about herbs and exotic spices such as clove, saffron, lemongrass, nutmeg, bayleaf and others; as well as their benefits. At this small botanical garden, you can enjoy a refreshing natural drink of fresh coconut straight from the tree! As you drive towards Kotanopan, there is a lunch stop to be made on the way. As you are leaving Kotanopan, you are entering the province of West Sumatera. The landscape slowly changes into tropical rainforest.

Rimba Panti Nature Reserve, is a 3,120 hectares of ‘paradise’ for naturalists, where you can treat yourself to the unusual beauty of this nature reserve; a grand botanic garden laid out by nature itself. Lying almost 100km from Bukittinggi, the area is dominated by swamp forest with smaller parts consisting of tropical rainforest and secondary forest in which monkeys, Malayan sun bear, Sumatran tigers, giant flying squirrels and many birds and butterflies reside. Traveling on towards Bonjol, do not miss Bonjol’s Equator Monument. It is believed that crossing the equator line backwards will bring good luck, why not giving it a try?

Check-in upon your arriving at the hotel in Bukittinggi then enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure with dinner served at the hotel.


Overnight at Grand Rocky Hotel or other similar in Bukittinggi

Day 9

Bukittinggi : Batang Palupuh – Harau Valley – Rao Rao

(B/L/D)

Bukittinggi is a clean and delightful hill town with scenic vistas at 930 meters above sea level lying less than a degree south of the equator - known as the cultural capital of the Minang realm and home to Minangkabau people. The Minangkabau (or Minang) ethnic group is indigenous to the Minangkabau Highlands of West Sumatra. Minang culture is both matrilineal and patriarchal, with property and land passing down from mother to daughter, while religious and political affairs are the responsibility of men, although some women do also play a role in these areas.

After breakfast, at 08:00hrs start driving to the 3-hectare Batang Palupuh Nature Reserve – home to the world-renowned Rafflesia Arnoldii, the world’s largest blooming flower. Indigenous to the main rainforests of South Asian islands such as Java, Borneo, the Malaysian peninsula, and the Philippines; this parasitic and unisex flowering plant has vibrant colors and smell similar to rotting flesh – earning it the nickname ‘corpse flower’. Being on the verge on extinction, it is one of the rarest plants in the world. Generally visible in full bloom only for 5 – 7 days during the rainy season, with best chances of seeing it in September, October and December; it requires some extra effort for you to see the biggest bloom.

Depending on your time, get on the back of a driven motorbike or drive 16-km further to the reserve’s station from which you would be required to proceed on foot for about 15 minutes. Be ready for a possibility to hike over muddy paths in search of the bloom*. There is no guarantee but if you do see any, it really is a once in a lifetime experience.

Afterwards, proceed to drive with a lunch stop on the way to reach the beautiful Harau Valley, where lush green rice fields are hemmed in between huge granite cliffs. Enjoy a 1-hour walk through the village and rice fields to observe the daily life and activities of the villagers. Some refreshments await at the end of the walk.

At the village of Rao Rao, visit the traditional Minangkabau houses Rumah Gadang. It is a large timber-built and ornately decorated houses with sweeping roofs and pointed eaves, related to the legend of the water buffalo who won for Sumatra in a fight against a large Javanese bull. Your next stop will be at Pagaruyung Palace in the village of Tanjung Emas near Batusangkar. Pagaruyung is the name of the large Minangkabau kingdom that once ruled the central region of Sumatra and was the seat of the Minangkabau culture. Destroyed by fire several times in 1804, 1966 and 2007; the 3-storey Pagaruyung Palace has been fully restored using traditional materials – making it a beautiful example of traditional Minangkabau architecture for you to observe. Pass the picturesque Lake Singkarak on the way back to the hotel and enjoy the hotel facilities with dinner served at the hotel’s main restaurant.


Overnight at Grand Rocky Hotel or other similar in Bukittinggi

Day 9

Bukittinggi : Batang Palupuh – Harau Valley – Rao Rao

(B/L/D)

Bukittinggi is a clean and delightful hill town with scenic vistas at 930 meters above sea level lying less than a degree south of the equator - known as the cultural capital of the Minang realm and home to Minangkabau people. The Minangkabau (or Minang) ethnic group is indigenous to the Minangkabau Highlands of West Sumatra. Minang culture is both matrilineal and patriarchal, with property and land passing down from mother to daughter, while religious and political affairs are the responsibility of men, although some women do also play a role in these areas.

After breakfast, at 08:00hrs start driving to the 3-hectare Batang Palupuh Nature Reserve – home to the world-renowned Rafflesia Arnoldii, the world’s largest blooming flower. Indigenous to the main rainforests of South Asian islands such as Java, Borneo, the Malaysian peninsula, and the Philippines; this parasitic and unisex flowering plant has vibrant colors and smell similar to rotting flesh – earning it the nickname ‘corpse flower’. Being on the verge on extinction, it is one of the rarest plants in the world. Generally visible in full bloom only for 5 – 7 days during the rainy season, with best chances of seeing it in September, October and December; it requires some extra effort for you to see the biggest bloom.

Depending on your time, get on the back of a driven motorbike or drive 16-km further to the reserve’s station from which you would be required to proceed on foot for about 15 minutes. Be ready for a possibility to hike over muddy paths in search of the bloom*. There is no guarantee but if you do see any, it really is a once in a lifetime experience.

Afterwards, proceed to drive with a lunch stop on the way to reach the beautiful Harau Valley, where lush green rice fields are hemmed in between huge granite cliffs. Enjoy a 1-hour walk through the village and rice fields to observe the daily life and activities of the villagers. Some refreshments await at the end of the walk.

At the village of Rao Rao, visit the traditional Minangkabau houses Rumah Gadang. It is a large timber-built and ornately decorated houses with sweeping roofs and pointed eaves, related to the legend of the water buffalo who won for Sumatra in a fight against a large Javanese bull. Your next stop will be at Pagaruyung Palace in the village of Tanjung Emas near Batusangkar. Pagaruyung is the name of the large Minangkabau kingdom that once ruled the central region of Sumatra and was the seat of the Minangkabau culture. Destroyed by fire several times in 1804, 1966 and 2007; the 3-storey Pagaruyung Palace has been fully restored using traditional materials – making it a beautiful example of traditional Minangkabau architecture for you to observe. Pass the picturesque Lake Singkarak on the way back to the hotel and enjoy the hotel facilities with dinner served at the hotel’s main restaurant.


Overnight at Grand Rocky Hotel or other similar in Bukittinggi

Day 10

Lake Maninjau – Kota Gadang – Bukittinggi City tour

(B/L/D)

After breakfast, depart from the hotel for a scenic uphill drive to Puncak Lawang, a pine hill park where you can enjoy a wonderful view over Lake Maninjau. Similar to Lake Toba, Lake Maninjau situated at 461m above sea level and about 38km west of Bukittinggi, is also a volcanic crater lake stretches as long as 17km and 8km at its widest, to depths of 480m in some spots. From Puncak Lawang, trek down through the forest and plantations easily within about 3 hours to the lakeshore*.

After lunch at a local restaurant situated on the lakeshore, proceed back to Bukittinggi via Kota Gadang which is wellknown for its silver crafts. After this quick stop, spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Bukittinggi and its surroundings. As Bukittinggi is very small, everything is conveniently within reach, so you can easily access the main sites in town on foot. Jam Gadang is an iconic city landmark of clock tower with a miniature of Minang house on top. Located in the city center nearby the main market of Pasar Atas, you can proceed with exploring the market which spills out into the street with stalls and open air stands selling a wide variety of fresh food and a variety of alternative lifestyle products.

Take in the scenery of Sianok Canyon, part of a tectonic rift valley with its 100m cliff and paths leading down into the Japanese tunnels and underground bunkers built during the World War II. Enjoy the panoramic view of the area from the two-storey observation tower overlooking the canyon, then continue to visit a Dutch fort erected at the edge of a steep-sided ridge, which functioned as hilltop outpost – Fort de Kock. The fort, with stone ruins and a few cannons left, is an excellent spot to take in the view of Mount Merapi, which occasionally vents puffs of smoke.

Return to your hotel to freshen up and you will be transferred for dinner at a local restaurant. Proceed with a drive to the Bukittinggi town center to enjoy a traditional Minang dance performance and you will be transferred back to your hotel afterwards.


Overnight at Grand Rocky Hotel or other similar in Bukittinggi

Day 10

Lake Maninjau – Kota Gadang – Bukittinggi City tour

(B/L/D)

After breakfast, depart from the hotel for a scenic uphill drive to Puncak Lawang, a pine hill park where you can enjoy a wonderful view over Lake Maninjau. Similar to Lake Toba, Lake Maninjau situated at 461m above sea level and about 38km west of Bukittinggi, is also a volcanic crater lake stretches as long as 17km and 8km at its widest, to depths of 480m in some spots. From Puncak Lawang, trek down through the forest and plantations easily within about 3 hours to the lakeshore*.

After lunch at a local restaurant situated on the lakeshore, proceed back to Bukittinggi via Kota Gadang which is wellknown for its silver crafts. After this quick stop, spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Bukittinggi and its surroundings. As Bukittinggi is very small, everything is conveniently within reach, so you can easily access the main sites in town on foot. Jam Gadang is an iconic city landmark of clock tower with a miniature of Minang house on top. Located in the city center nearby the main market of Pasar Atas, you can proceed with exploring the market which spills out into the street with stalls and open air stands selling a wide variety of fresh food and a variety of alternative lifestyle products.

Take in the scenery of Sianok Canyon, part of a tectonic rift valley with its 100m cliff and paths leading down into the Japanese tunnels and underground bunkers built during the World War II. Enjoy the panoramic view of the area from the two-storey observation tower overlooking the canyon, then continue to visit a Dutch fort erected at the edge of a steep-sided ridge, which functioned as hilltop outpost – Fort de Kock. The fort, with stone ruins and a few cannons left, is an excellent spot to take in the view of Mount Merapi, which occasionally vents puffs of smoke.

Return to your hotel to freshen up and you will be transferred for dinner at a local restaurant. Proceed with a drive to the Bukittinggi town center to enjoy a traditional Minang dance performance and you will be transferred back to your hotel afterwards.


Overnight at Grand Rocky Hotel or other similar in Bukittinggi

Day 11

Bukittinggi – Anai Valley – Padang – Cubadak Island

(B/L/D)

Check out after breakfast and depart for Padang via the Anai Valley. On the way to Anai Valley, have a stop in Padang Panjang to visit the Minangkabau Documentation Center to see a collection of Minangkabau cultural and historical documents housed in a Rumah Gadang that serves as a museum. Enjoy the beautiful scenery during the drive to Anai valley through a winding road.

Located between Padang and Bukittinggi, Anai Valley is a 221-hectares of nature conservation area that started during the Dutch colonial time. With a dense tropical forest, three wateralls and a clear blue lake, Anai Valley is home to diverse species of flora and fauna. You will be escorted to visit one of the waterfalls in Anai Valley, the 30-meter Anai Valley waterfall that is easily accessible and perfect for a photo opportunity.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Padang. Famous throughout Indonesia and abroad for delicious and spicy food, Padang is the provincial capital of West Sumatra and the principal gateway to the Minang Highlands, where the government buildings are constructed in neo-traditional Minang style with saddle back roofs sweeping outward to form symmetrical peaks. A short sightseeing of Padang to follow, will take you to an old Dutch colonial district located beside the Muaro River. See the colonial buildings and the Siti Nurbaya bridge as you walk along the river bank and arrive at the old harbor dotted with colorful small boats.

Proceed on your journey by a chaffeured vehicle, your guide will then drop you off at the Cubadak Paradiso Village Resort’s representative office for registration. A resort representative will assist with your onward journey to reach the resort, located on Cubadak Island just off the southern coast of Padang. After another 2.5 hours of driving and 15 minutes by boat, you will finally arrive. Check-in then the rest of the evening is free at leisure with dinner provided by the resort.


Overnight at Cubadak Paradiso Village Resort (Cottage)

Day 11

Bukittinggi – Anai Valley – Padang – Cubadak Island

(B/L/D)

Check out after breakfast and depart for Padang via the Anai Valley. On the way to Anai Valley, have a stop in Padang Panjang to visit the Minangkabau Documentation Center to see a collection of Minangkabau cultural and historical documents housed in a Rumah Gadang that serves as a museum. Enjoy the beautiful scenery during the drive to Anai valley through a winding road.

Located between Padang and Bukittinggi, Anai Valley is a 221-hectares of nature conservation area that started during the Dutch colonial time. With a dense tropical forest, three wateralls and a clear blue lake, Anai Valley is home to diverse species of flora and fauna. You will be escorted to visit one of the waterfalls in Anai Valley, the 30-meter Anai Valley waterfall that is easily accessible and perfect for a photo opportunity.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Padang. Famous throughout Indonesia and abroad for delicious and spicy food, Padang is the provincial capital of West Sumatra and the principal gateway to the Minang Highlands, where the government buildings are constructed in neo-traditional Minang style with saddle back roofs sweeping outward to form symmetrical peaks. A short sightseeing of Padang to follow, will take you to an old Dutch colonial district located beside the Muaro River. See the colonial buildings and the Siti Nurbaya bridge as you walk along the river bank and arrive at the old harbor dotted with colorful small boats.

Proceed on your journey by a chaffeured vehicle, your guide will then drop you off at the Cubadak Paradiso Village Resort’s representative office for registration. A resort representative will assist with your onward journey to reach the resort, located on Cubadak Island just off the southern coast of Padang. After another 2.5 hours of driving and 15 minutes by boat, you will finally arrive. Check-in then the rest of the evening is free at leisure with dinner provided by the resort.


Overnight at Cubadak Paradiso Village Resort (Cottage)

Day 12 & 13

Cubadak Island Free at Leisure

(B/L/D)

Cubadak Island (40 sqm) is uninhabited except for a few isolated fishermen's houses, and is completely covered by rainforest. Surrounded by the coral reef, home to innumerable varieties of colored reef fish; the distance between the island and Sumatera is only a few miles. The sea in front of the Paradiso Village is sheltered and completely free from waves so is perfect for the practice of water sports.

Nestled between jungle and lagoon clear waters, Paradiso Village offers serenity and relaxation, and above all else a special attention to your stay. This is embodied in the quality of cuisine and the personal services extended to guests; perfect for those who seek tranquility and peaceful days on the beach, away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

During your 3-night stay at the resort, 3 daily meals with free flow of Sumatran coffee and tea are included. Snorkeling, canoeing, and fun sailing are free of charge. Trekking at Cubadak Hill through the forest provide fascinating experiences as there are many animals to be encountered here such as monkeys, monitor lizards, dears, wild pigs and many others. Depending on the weather, find out about the schedule for picnic to neighbouring islands, another choice of activity provided on complimentary (Additional charge applies for scuba diving, windsurfing, waterskiing, and wakeboarding).


Overnight at Cubadak Paradiso Village Resort (Cottage)

Day 12 & 13

Cubadak Island Free at Leisure

(B/L/D)

Cubadak Island (40 sqm) is uninhabited except for a few isolated fishermen's houses, and is completely covered by rainforest. Surrounded by the coral reef, home to innumerable varieties of colored reef fish; the distance between the island and Sumatera is only a few miles. The sea in front of the Paradiso Village is sheltered and completely free from waves so is perfect for the practice of water sports.

Nestled between jungle and lagoon clear waters, Paradiso Village offers serenity and relaxation, and above all else a special attention to your stay. This is embodied in the quality of cuisine and the personal services extended to guests; perfect for those who seek tranquility and peaceful days on the beach, away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

During your 3-night stay at the resort, 3 daily meals with free flow of Sumatran coffee and tea are included. Snorkeling, canoeing, and fun sailing are free of charge. Trekking at Cubadak Hill through the forest provide fascinating experiences as there are many animals to be encountered here such as monkeys, monitor lizards, dears, wild pigs and many others. Depending on the weather, find out about the schedule for picnic to neighbouring islands, another choice of activity provided on complimentary (Additional charge applies for scuba diving, windsurfing, waterskiing, and wakeboarding).


Overnight at Cubadak Paradiso Village Resort (Cottage)

Day 14

Cubadak – Departure Padang

(B)

Check out at noon then return to Padang via Curocok Village on a boat. Cubadak Paradiso Village also takes care of your chaeffeured vehicle that will take you to the airport for your onward flight home.

Day 14

Cubadak – Departure Padang

(B)

Check out at noon then return to Padang via Curocok Village on a boat. Cubadak Paradiso Village also takes care of your chaeffeured vehicle that will take you to the airport for your onward flight home.

Accommodation

Santika Dyandra Hotel Medan

The Santika Premiere Dyandra Hotel is a 15-minute drive from Sun City Mall and the Polonia International Airport. This property is also rated for the best value in Medan!

The Santika Premiere Dyandra Hotel is a 15-minute drive from Sun City Mall and the Polonia International Airport. This property is also rated for the best value in Medan!

Grand Mutiara Hotel

Airy upscale rooms feature flat-screen TVs, balconies, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded rooms add sitting areas and pool and garden views; some add dining tables.


Airy upscale rooms feature flat-screen TVs, balconies, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded rooms add sitting areas and pool and garden views; some add dining tables.

Toledo Inn Samosir Island

There are plenty of activities for the guests to take advantage of such as the large swimming pool, full gymnasium and excellent sauna and spa center together with a large and refreshingly bright restaurant that serves local Indonesian dishes throughout the day.


There are plenty of activities for the guests to take advantage of such as the large swimming pool, full gymnasium and excellent sauna and spa center together with a large and refreshingly bright restaurant that serves local Indonesian dishes throughout the day.

Mega Permata Hotel

Mega Permata Hotel is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. The hotel lies 1.0 Km from the city center and provides accessibility to important town facilities. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.


Mega Permata Hotel is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. The hotel lies 1.0 Km from the city center and provides accessibility to important town facilities. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

Tangkahan Inn

Tangkahan Inn is a new Lodge located in Tangkahan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. With green natural design and river views, Tangkahan Inn have 8 rooms and its own restaurant.


Tangkahan Inn is a new Lodge located in Tangkahan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. With green natural design and river views, Tangkahan Inn have 8 rooms and its own restaurant.

Bukit Lawang Ecolodge

Bukit Lawang is a peaceful village in the province of North Sumatra. The location is a main access point into the green heart of Sumatra: the Leuser Ecosystem. You will have the unique chance to view wild orangutans in a guided tour through the lush forests of the region.


Bukit Lawang is a peaceful village in the province of North Sumatra. The location is a main access point into the green heart of Sumatra: the Leuser Ecosystem. You will have the unique chance to view wild orangutans in a guided tour through the lush forests of the region.

Grand Rocky Hotel

Grand Rocky Hotel Bukittinggi is located in the center of the mountainous town of Bukittinggi, only 70 minutes from Minangkabau International Airport. Walking distance from Jam Gadang (Giant Tower), as Landmark of Bukittinggi.


Grand Rocky Hotel Bukittinggi is located in the center of the mountainous town of Bukittinggi, only 70 minutes from Minangkabau International Airport. Walking distance from Jam Gadang (Giant Tower), as Landmark of Bukittinggi.

Cubadak Paradiso Village Resort

Featuring safe deposit boxes, the 12 traditional thatched villas also have ceiling fans, minifridges and Wi-Fi (fee). An upgraded villa sits on stilts out on the water, with its own private pier and tea and coffeemaking facilities.


Featuring safe deposit boxes, the 12 traditional thatched villas also have ceiling fans, minifridges and Wi-Fi (fee). An upgraded villa sits on stilts out on the water, with its own private pier and tea and coffeemaking facilities.

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