Sumatera Overland Tour
SUMATRA TOUR PACKAGES | Sumatra
- USD /pax, min 2pax
Day 1 : Arrival Medan – Bukit Lawang
Today you arrive in Medan, the main city in northern Sumatra. Afterwards, departure to Bukit Lawang, the orang utan rehabilitation centre located in Gunung Leuser National Park. This is one of the largest national park in the world containing over 800,000 ha of virgin rainforest. You will pass by landscape with vast view of oilpalm plantation. Upon arrival, check-in hotel and relax.
Overnight in Bukit Lawang.
Day 2 : Bukit Lawang – Berastagi (B)
First, jungle walk about 2-3 hours in the park to explore Sumatra rainforest. You’ll probably see wild orang utans, macaques, hornbills and many kind of tropical plants. You’ll walk via small often muddy and hilly paths (seldom flat walking). Good physical fitness is required. The walk ends at the feeding platform where the orang utans are fed and trained to live in the wild. You’ll see the orang utans coming out of the forest to the platform by swinging from branch to branch. In the fruit season the orang utans may not come out as they may get enough foods from the forest but it happens rarely. After the feedings, short relax and direct transfer to the mountain resort, Berastagi.
Overnight in Berastagi.
Day 3 : Berastagi – Lake Toba / Samosir Island (B)
Scenic drive to Lake Toba, one of the deepest and largest crater lake in the world with stop at Dokan, a Batak Karo village with a number of traditional houses still being inhabited where eight families live together in harmony in each house. Proceed to Sipiso piso waterfall and the Long House of King Batak Simalungun. Arrive in Parapat, a resort town on shore of lake Toba, across the lake by public boat to Samosir island where you will stay overnights. The boat will probably stops several time to drop other passengers. You will be dropped right in front of your hotel.
Overnight in Samosir.
Day 4 : Samosir Tour (B)
Explore the natural beauty and cultural aspects of Batak Toba by visiting Ambarita village where the remnant megalithic culture of Batak Toba lies in front of traditional houses. Continue to Simanindo to see folkdance performed by the villagers. Here you also can visit a museum built in typical Batak style. On returning to your hotel, stop at Tomok village to see a very old but nicely decorated sarchopagus.
Notices: Samosir tour done by car for 1-5 paxs while 6-up by boat.
Overnight in Samosir.
Day 5 : Samosir Island – Sipirok (B)
Across back to Parapat by public boat and drive up to Sipirok with view of marching mountains Bukit Barisan, a long but beautiful trip. First stop will be at a typical Batak village Jangga Dolok/Lumban Binanga. Next stop at colourful market place in Balige and sulphur hotspring in Sipoholon.
Overnight in Sipirok.
Day 6 : Sipirok – Bukittinggi (B)
The journey today is rather long but worthwhile to exhibits the inner part of Sumatra. The scenery of mountains, rivers, valleys and traditional villages will relieve you from weariness. Enroute stop at Sijornih waterfall and Sihepeng to see a small herb garden where several kinds of herbs are grown (cardimon, ginger, vanille etc). Here, often there is also a short tailed monkey present who are specially trained to collect coconuts.
Next you will pass by a moslem school where the students are living in very small houses. Just before the city of Kotanopan you can sometimes witness the search for gold dust in the nearby river (activity subject to availability). The last stop before Bukittinggi is Bonjol where you will cross the equator.
Overnight in Bukittinggi.
Day 7 : Minangkabau Tour (B)
City tour to visit the clock tower Jam Gadang which overlooks the colourful market Pasar Atas, Dutch fort called De Kock, Sianok valley and Pandai Sikat, a village famous with its hand weaving and wood carving. Travel further to Pagaruyung Palace, a site of ancient Minangkabau kingdom where women ruled in matrilineal society. In 2007 this palace was burnt down due to lightning, and currently is under reconstruction. Afternoon back to Bukittinggi.
Overnight in Bukittinggi.
Day 8 : Bukittinggi – Padang Airport (B)
Free to relax until time to leave for airport. The trip takes about 2 hours passing by the greenery of Anai park and waterfall.
End of Tour
Surcharge for high season (01 July-31 Aug 2015) at USD 25/person
Surcharge for peak season (24 Dec 2014 – 05 Jan 2016) at USD 50/person
Terms & Conditions:
- Price is net per person
- The price includes accommodation/meals/program as per itinerary
- The tour is using air-conditioned vehicle with professional English speaking guide
- Full payment to be received at least 3 weeks before departure date (and 5 weeks before for tour departure in high/peak season period)
- Payment is not refundable if the tour is cancelled within 2 weeks before departure (and 1 month before departure for high/peak season)
- Price is subject to change without prior notice