DAY 01 : ARRIVAL KUALA NAMU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – MEDAN – CITY TOUR
Arrive at Kuala Namu International Airport. Welcomed by our driver / tour guide then transferred to Medan for a city tour by visiting the remaining Malay, Chinese and Dutch colonial architecture buildings like; Maimoon Palace the palace of the Sultan of Deli which was built in 1888 and the Great Mosque. Overnight stay in Medan.
Accommodation : Hotel Santika Dyandra / Grand Mercure / Hotel Deli River Resort / Fave Hotel in Medan
DAY 02 : MEDAN – TANGKAHAN / 4-5 hours drive (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Pick up in Fave Hotel in Medan at 9:00AM. Depart to Tangkahan, the Elephant lodge which takes around 5 hours. Arrive in Tangkahan you cross the Batang River by local raft or by new bridge to your lodge inn. 2 overnight stays in Tangkahan.
Accommodation : Mega Inn / Jungle Lodge / Linea Resort in Tangkahan
DAY 03 : TANGKAHAN – BATHING & RIDING ELEPHANT FOR JUNGLE TREKKING (B)
After breakfast, you visit the Elephant camp where you can see the Elephant bathing. You can join to wash the Elephants. After that you start trekking with Elephants for 1 hour to explore part of the Leuser National Park. The rest is your own program. You can walk along the bank of the Buluh River, is to see thousand beautiful butterflies by the river, visiting and bathing at the small waterfall in the rainforest close to the river and or swimming in Buluh river itself.
DAY 04 : TANGKAHAN – BUKIT LAWANG by 4 Wheel Drive / 2 hours drive (B)
After breakfast, traverse bumpy roads from the small jungle community of Tangkahan to Bukit Lawang. You will be fetched by a local jeep for your off road trip to Bukit Lawang (approximately 2h to 2 hours 30 minutes) passing through rubber plantations and with beautiful jungle and mountain landscapes at the horizon. Arriving in Bukit Lawang, check in hotel. 2 overnight stay in Bukit Lawang
Accommodation : Eco Lodge Bukit Lawang Cottages / Hotel Rindu Alam / Batu Mandi Guesthouse or similar
DAY 05 : BUKIT LAWANG – JUNGLE TREKKING @GUNUNG LEUSER NATIONAL PARK incl. Lunch (Breakfast, Lunch on jungle trek)
After breakfast, start a 6 hour jungle trek in Gunung Leuser National Park to see the wildlife. This involves a walk through the jungle to explore the park. Steep slopes and dense vegetation will bring you the excitement of the rainforest. In this tropical primary rainforest you can see some varieties of birds, butterflies, orangutans, siamang (long arm apes), and different kinds of reptiles. The rest is your own program, you can swim or take a beautiful walk to the local village nearby.
DAY 06 : BUKIT LAWANG – BRASTAGI HIGHLAND (Breakfast) / 5 hours drive
Breakfast at hotel, depart to Brastagi highland via Medan and Sembahe village. On the way you will stop at Shwedagon Pagoda Replica at Taman Alam Lumbini. Brastagi is the mountain resort where you can visit Gundaling Hill to see the two active volcanoes in Brastagi: Sibayak (2.172 m) and Sinabung (2.417 m). Then visit a fruit market which has many fruit, vegetables and flowers. Check into hotel. Overnight stay in Brastagi.
Accommodation: Sinabung Hill Resort / Mikie Holidays Resort / Grand Mutiara in Brastagi
DAY 07 : BRASTAGI – PARAPAT – SAMOSIR ISLAND (Breakfast) / 3-4 hours drive
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Lake Toba via the mountains with it’s refreshing weather and magnificent scenery which has an abundance of flowers, vegetables and fruit. Enroute stop at Sipiso-Piso Waterfall to see the magnificent 110 meters falls and an extraordinary view of Lake Toba from the northern side. The next stop is the ancient King’s Palace of Batak Simalungun / Rumah Bolon and Simarjarunjung to enjoy ginger tea and fried bananas (own personal expenses). Arrive at Parapat, a town on the shore of Serene Lake Toba. You cruise Lake Toba by ferry boat which takes about 45 minutes. Check into hotel for a 2 overnight stay on Samosir Island.
Accommodation : Tabo Cottages / Toledo Inn / Judita Cottages / Zoe’s Paradise on Samosir Island
DAY 08: SAMOSIR ISLAND – EXCURSION (Breakfast)
After breakfast at the hotel, it’s time to explore this magnificent island by visiting Tomok Village to see the ancient tomb of King Sidabutar, then visit Ambarita Village to see the famous stone chairs & execution place of King Siallagan. The last visit is Simanindo to enjoy the Bataks traditional ritual dances of the Bataks Tribe. The rest is your own program, you can take a beautiful walk or ride a bicycle (optional) or take a rest in the hotel.
DAY 09: PARAPAT/SAMOSIR ISLAND – PADANG SIDEMPUAN (Breakfast) / 7-8 hours drive
Breakfast at hotel the you cross back to Parapat where you depart for Padang Sidempuan. You will drive along the southern shores of Lake Toba with its rice fields and Batak kings’ graves through the Toba highlands. Stop at coffee, clove, and pineapple plantations and Sipoholon Hot Springs. You may also stop at the bank of Sarulla River near the nice view of the rice terrace where you can do a short walk. Early in the evening arrive in Padang Sidempuan. Check into hotel. 2 Overnight stays in Padang Sidempuan
Accommodation: Mega Permata or similar in Padang Sidempuan
DAY 10 : SHORT VISIT TO BARUMUM NAGARI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Pick up at hotel at 7.00AM. Today you will make a short tour to Barumun Nagari Wildlife Sanctuary for 4 hours. It allows you to interact with Sumatran Elephants through our programmes. Some of our activities include Elephants feeding whilst learning to conduct physical examination of Elephants and also walking together with the Elephants to the savannah or the forest. Despite of the short timing, you could observe their behavior, interactions, diets and the way they freshen up with water or dirt. Back to hotel, afternoon you own program.
DAY 11 : PADANG SIDEMPUAN – BUKITTINGGI / 8-9 hours drive (B)
Breakfast at hotel, leave Padang Sidempuan for Bukittinggi. The Minangkabau highlands brings you again right through the Bukit Barisan mountain ridge of Sumatra. It is an impressive tour in which you drive through a wall of tropical rainforest. On the way you will stop at Sihepeng to see the attraction of a monkey picking up a coconut and observe pepper, vanilla, cardamom and a cinnamon garden. Then passing through the tropical rainforest of Rimba Panti and crossing the equator line at Bonjol. In the evening arrive at Bukittinggi, the charming town of the Minangkabau tribe. Check in to hotel. 2 Overnight stays in Bukittinggi.
Accommodation : Grand Royal Denai / Grand Rocky Hotel / Pusako Hotel in Bukittinggi
DAY 12 : BUKITTINGGI – MANINJAU EXCURSIONS (Breakfast) / 3-4 hours drive
After breakfast you drive to Maninjau, on the way stop at Koto Gadang village to see traditional silver work. From there, drive by car to the mysterious Lake Maninjau, descending to the lake via a road with forty-four curves. The lake is clean and excellent for fishing. In the afternoon you drive back to Bukittinggi.
DAY 13 : BUKITTINGGI – MINANGKABAU EXCURSIONS – HARAU (Breakfast) / 4 hours drive
After breakfast at the hotel, Bukittinggi City Tour visiting Sianok Canyon, remnants of Fort De Kock, the Museum and Pasar Atas (Upper Market) for shopping. Then visit the ancient Minangkabau Royal Palace in Pagaruyung. Next, visit Ngarai Sianok (karbouwengat), then go to the beautiful handwoven cloth and exquisite woodcarving at Pandai Sikek Village, famous for its weaving & woodcarving crafts. Late afternoon drive to Payakumbuh and our next destination is the Harau nature reserve, famous for its huge rock formations, delightful butterflies, rice field terrace and traditional village. Check into hotel. 2 Overnight stays in Harau.
Accommodation: Abdi Homestay / Eco Lodge Harau (simple lodge)
DAY 14 : HARAU – OWN PROGRAM (B)
Breakfast at hotel. You might take beautiful walks over Harau natural countryside with views of rice fields. You can also do some jungle trekking in Harau surrounding. Here, gibbons and macaques and a variety of wildlife still roam freely as this area (optional at your personal account).
DAY 15 : PADANG – TRANSFER TO AIRPORT (B)
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning is free program until you will be fetched and transferred to the airport to catch you flight to next destination. End of our services.
- Transportation in comfortable air-conditioned Deluxe car incl. fuel as per itinerary
- 14 overnights accommodation in above hotels mentioned based on TWN/DBL
- Daily breakfast
- Private tour
- Driver, his meals and accommodation costs
- English/French/Dutch/Spanish/German speaking tour guide
- Jeep from Tangkahan to Bukit Lawang
- 1 hour Elephant trekking in Tangkahan with professional local guide (Mahout)
- 6 hours jungle trekking in Gunung Leuser national park with professional local guide incl. lunch
- Permit to Gunung Leuser national park
- Short visit to Barumun Nagari Wildlife Sanctuary incl. 1x Lunch, 1x Coffee break, transport to and from hotel, mineral water and Barumun Nagari bag.
- Entrance and parking fees as per program above
- Daily Mineral water on tour
Tour Not included
- Personal expenses such as: Lunch & Dinner (except jungle trekking in Bukit Lawang and Barumun Nagari Wildlife Sanctuary), soft drinks, snacks, souvenirs, laundry, minibar, telephone, etc.
- Air tickets (International and Domestic flight) & airport tax
- Donations and tipping driver/tour guide
- Hotel surcharge on public holiday (if any)
- Any optional program