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Explore Sumatra (Tangkahan – Bukit Lawang – Lake Toba Tour)

Duration: 7 Days

Overview

Sumatra, the largest of Indonesia’s islands, is home to critically endangered animals like the orangutan, the Sumatran tiger, and the Sumatran rhinoceros. It’s also home to delicious Sumatran coffee. Lake Toba is the result of a massive super volcanic explosion around 70,000 years ago. Today, the waters are still warmed by underground volcanic activity, keeping the 500 meter (approx. 1,600 foot) deep lake at a comfortable swimming temperature.

Samosir is an island in the middle of Lake Toba, making it an island within the island of Sumatra. We spent a week and a half here, enjoying dips in the clear water, and cruising around the little island by motorbike.

Highlights

  • Explore Medan city by visiting Maimun palace built in 1888 in Malayan and Middle-East style and belonging the sultan of Deli. Visit the grand mosque Almashum built in the same period of the Maimun palace.
  • Drive to Bukit Lawang, a small tourist village situated on the edge of Gunung Leuser National Park most accessible place to spot the Orangutans in the park
  • visit the feeding platform of orangutans. The platform was built to help the orangutans that have been released to the wild after their rehabilitation
  • A 2-3 hours jungle walk to experience the rainforest in Bukit Lawang
  • You have a big chance to see gibbons, thomas leaf monkeys, long tail and pigtail macaques, flying squirrels, Sumatra peacocks and hornbills. A wild orangutans might cross your way
  • Berastagi (1300m), a hill town flanked by two active volcanoes Sinabung (2417m) and Sibayak (2172m). It is the homeland of the Batak Karo, one of the six Batak tribes that inhabit the province of North Sumatra.
  • Scenic drive to lake Toba, one of the deepest and largest crater lake in the world with stop at Dokan, a small Batak Karo village with a number of traditional houses still inhabited by eight families each.
  • 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
  • Stop at Tomok village to see a very old but nicely decorated sarchopagus.

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Kuala Namu Int airport pick up by our tour guide to explore sumatra  and then transfer to hotel, afternoon free at own leisure

After breakfast, pick up by our tour guide and then transfer to town for city tour visiting Sultan Palace, Great Mosque, Chinese Temple and then drive to Tangkahan via Binjai and Batang Serangan. Afternoon arrival at Tangkahan check in MEGA INN

After breakfast walking to the elpahant station and then join with the Mahout during washing the Elephant, and then feed the elephant, after feeding the Elephant you can ride the Elephant and pass through the river and jungle, the elephant riding will take about 01 hour. After riding the elephant take a short rest and then enjoying tubing through the river and stop will be made at Fantastic Buluh Waterfall where you may enjoy the waterfall where you can take nature shower and then you can enjoy sun bathing and swimming on the river. Afternoon arrival at the village you can get in touch with local people, where you can see the daily activities of the local people and then return to guest house by walking for overnight.

After breakfast leave Tangkahan for Bukit Lawang by Jeep passing plantation and jungle roa, on the way stop at plantation and several interesting places (school!!) for enjoying the panorama and witness the activities of the local people.

Upon arrival at Bukit Lawang check in to hotel and afternoon walking to the jungle to start a jungle tracking to explore the nature of Leuser National park with their flora and fauna, the possibility to see Orang Utan on their own habitat and other kind of animal such as Thomas leaf monkeys, long tail macaque, gibbon, black gibbon and other kind of flora and fauna of tropical rain forest. This tracking will take about 03 hours, after tracking return to hotel.

After breakfast drive to Brastagi on the way stop at Sembahe River, passing Sibolangit, and arrival at Brastagi visiting Lhumbini Park with its duplicate of Shwedagon temple, traditional fruit market and then drive to Samosir, on the way visit Batak Karo traditional village at Dokan, stop at Sipiso-piso waterfall, visiting “Rumah Bolon” (Long House) the old Palace of Batak Simalungun Kings and then stop at Simarjarunjung to enjoy the fantastic view of Lake Toba. Arrival at Parapat crossing to Samosir Island by ferry boat, arrival at Samosir Island check in to hotel.

DAY 06: SAMOSIR – EXCURSION BY CAR (B)
After breakfast excursion on Samosir Island by car, visiting several Batak Toba traditional villages :

  • Ambarita : To see stone chairs and tables the old meeting place of Sialagan Kings.
  • Simanindo : To see Batak Toba traditional dance and museum.
  • Pangururan : To see the view of Lake Toba and Hot springs water.
  • Tomok : To see the old tomb of Sidabutar Kings.

Along this trip also possible to stop at school to see the activities of young children in the school, visiting the village where the people make traditional hand weaving.+ stop also at scenic places like the graves! Afternoon return back to hotel

After breakfast drive back to Medan via Pematang Siantar and Tebing Tinggi, on the way stop at several plantation, and it will take about 5 hours driving. Arrival in Medan directly transfer to airport to catch the flight to next destination.

More Information

Return transfer and tours program as indicated in the itinerary

6 Night stay with daily breakfast, Meals as specified in tour price, Applicable entrance fees, national park permit, public ferry/boat to/from Samosir island & English-speaking guide (Dutch, Germany, Spanish & Italian subject to availability)

Domestic flight , Other meals than those mentioned in tour price, Tips and donations, Camera/video charge in Gunung Leuser National park, Personal travel insurance & Other personal expenses such as laundry, telephone call, minibar, room service, High & Peak season surcharge

 

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