From  £2195
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Explore Medan, bustling capital of North Sumatra
  • Discover Sumatra's orangutan population
  • Revel in the cool of the Karo highlands
  • Stroll around Samosir Island, Lake Toba
  • Visit traditional lakeside villages
  • Enjoy a photo-stop as you cross the equator
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Best of Sumatra

10 Day Tour, from £2195 per person

Discover the wonders of picturesque Sumatra on this varied 10-day tour. Sumatra boasts an impressive volcanic landscape, bustling colourful cities and deserted white-sand beaches. Explore wildlife-rich Gunung Leuser National Park which teems with animal and bird life, visit Lake Toba, the largest lake in southeast Asia nestling amongst the islands volcanic peaks and relax in the quiet market town of Bukittinggi which sits in the shadow of Mount Merapi, also known as 'Fire Mountain'.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO MEDAN
Fly to Medan, North Sumatra.
DAY 2
MEDAN
MEDAN
Land Medan and drive into the city and the hotel. Check-in, freshen up and enjoy lunch before heading out to explore the city. Visit Masjid Raya, the Great Mosque, regarded as one of the most beautiful in Indonesia. Continue on to Maimoon Sultan Palace and the impressive Chinese temple Vihara Gunung Timur. (L)
DAY 3
MEDAN TO GUNUNG LEUSER NATIONAL PARK
MEDAN TO GUNUNG LEUSER NATIONAL PARK
This morning, drive to Bukit Lawang, a journey of roughly three hours, and arrive in time for lunch. After a good meal head out on a trek to the feeding station to watch Sumatra's orangutans. The walk through jungle en-route to the platform often offers opportunities to see wild orangutans as well as Black and White Thomas Leaf Monkeys and a range of birds and rare orchids. Visit the Orangutan Information Centre before crossing the Bohorok River on a small rope-pulled raft to take a stroll along the riverbank back to Bukit Lawang. Evening at leisure. (B,L)
DAY 4
GUNUNG LEUSER NATIONAL PARK TO BERASTAGI
GUNUNG LEUSER NATIONAL PARK TO BERASTAGI
This morning drive southeast to Berastagi located in the cool Karo Highlands with lunch served en-route. The journey is a long one (approx 5-hours) but passes through the scenic landscape and offers views over Mt Sinabung sitting at 2,460 metres high. The highlands are known for having a cool climate with an abundance of crops including passion fruit and being home to the Batak Karo people who perform elaborate wedding and funeral ceremonies featuring sigalegale puppet dances. (B,L)
DAY 5
BERASTAGI TO SAMOSIR (LAKE TOBA)
BERASTAGI TO SAMOSIR (LAKE TOBA)
An early start today for the drive to Parapat. En-route visit the St Franciscus Catholic Church to enjoy views over Mt Sibayak, stop at a market to sample local fruits and explore the last traditional Batak Karo village at Doken with their longhouse homes. Stop at Sipiso-piso waterfall, the highest in Indonesia which also boasts views of the lake below. After a late lunch, arrive in Parapat and cross to Samosir Island in the middle of Lake Toba which is the largest volcanic lake in the world. Spend the night in a hotel on Samosir Island. (B,L)
DAY 6
SAMOSIR ISLAND (LAKE TOBA)
SAMOSIR ISLAND (LAKE TOBA)
Explore Lake Toba with visits to traditional villages such as Ambarita and Simanindo to enjoy a performance of Batak Toba traditional dance called Tor-Tor. Enjoy lunch on Tao Island followed by a boat journey along the eastern shore to Pangururan, capital of Samosir Island. Continue to the Tele observatory tower on the mainland to enjoy fabulous panoramic views. En-route back to the hotel enjoy a dip in a hot-springs and visit Lumban Suhi Suhi weaving village. (B,L)
DAY 7
SAMOSIR ISLAND TO SIPIROK
SAMOSIR ISLAND TO SIPIROK
Take an early morning ferry back to Parapat and drive to Sipirok, a full day journey through this picturesque corner of the island. Stop en-route to see clove and pineapple plantations, visit Balige, a charming fishing and farming village and Sipoholon Hot springs. Take a stroll along the Sarulla River bank and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Arrive Sipirok early evening for time at leisure. (B,L)
DAY 8
SIPIROK TO BUKITTINGGI
SIPIROK TO BUKITTINGGI
Embark on another long drive this morning across picturesque Sumatra. Stops will be made en-route to visit a local farming village and across the Equator - pause for a photo-stop and legend has it that crossing the line backwards brings good luck! Enjoy lunch en-route and arrive in Bukittinggi for the evening at leisure. (B,L)
DAY 9
BUKITTINGGI
BUKITTINGGI
Spend today exploring Bukittinggi and its surroundings. Explore Sianok Canyon, noted for a network of underground bunkers and tunnels before continuing to visit Fort De Kock which offers fine views over the town. Discover the Minangkabau Museum and the Pasar Atas Market, especially busy on Wed and Sat with people coming from neighbouring villages. Drive out to outlying villages to watch traditional weaving practices and visit the former palace of the Minangkabau Kingdom. Return to the hotel for the evening at leisure. (B,L)
DAY 10
DEPARTURE
Today is at leisure until returning to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

10 day tour, from £2195 per person

Price Includes

  • Return flights in economy class with Malaysia Airlines/Garuda Indonesia from London Heathrow via Kuala Lumpur (and Jakarta on the return)
  • Domestic flights in Indonesia
  • All airport taxes & security charges
  • Accommodation as stated on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Meals as specified (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Private touring and transfers with English-speaking guides and driver

Price Excludes

  • Indonesia Visa - available on arrival for US$35 per person
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any meals not mentioned 

Tour Route Map


  1. Indonesia, Medan
  2. Indonesia, Bukit Lawang
  3. Indonesia, Berastagi
  4. Indonesia, Samosir, Lake Toba
  5. Indonesia, Sipirok
  6. Indonesia, Bukittinggi

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