Sumatra Discovery

Explore the best of Sumatra on this compact 7-day tour. Taste spicy street food delicacies in Medan, see the magnificent Sinabung Volcano in Brastagi and get up close with wildlife in the Gunung Leuser National Park. Finish with an escape to the volcanic island of Samosir Island perched in the centre of magnificent Lake Toba.

Destinations included:
Medan – Brastagi – Ketambe – Samosir Island

We pride ourselves in creating personalised travel experiences that suit all your preferences and needs.

With this tour you can:

  • Choose your own departure date
  • Select the comfort level of accommodation
  • Adjust activities to cater to special interests
  • Modify any aspect of the tour as needed
JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Seeing the charming Dutch colonial architecture and trying amazing street food in Medan
  • Visiting remote traditional villages and little-visit cultural landmarks
  • Trekking in Sumatra's world-renowned rainforests in Gunung Leuser
  • Experiencing traditional villages and traditional dancing in Samosir Island, Lake Toba
  • Taking in the incredible scenery of Lake Toba, the caldera of one of the world's largest volcanoes
TOUR INCLUSIONS
  • Carefully selected accommodation with breakfast
  • Other meals listed in the itinerary
  • Expert English-speaking local guide
  • Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
  • Boat cruises and rides while on tour
  • Service charges and government VAT tax
TOUR MAP
ITINERARY BY DAY

DAY 1: MEDAN
Arrive at Kuala Namu International Airport and meet with our airport welcome driver before making your way to your hotel in Medan city. Spend the afternoon exploring the bustling streets of Indonesia’s fifth largest city known for it’s Dutch colonial architecture and roaring street food scene.

DAY 2: MEDAN – BRASTAGI
After breakfast, embark on a city tour of Medan, visiting Sultan Palace, the Grand Mosque, one of the city’s Chinese and Hindu temples and the “Kesawan Area” – Medan’s old quarter.

Afterwards, drive to the mountainous area of Brastagi, passing through the river towns of Sembahe and Sibolangit. In Brastagi, pay a visit to Lhumbini Garden, home to a duplicate of Myanmar’s Shwedagon Pagoda before heading to a local fruit market on Gundaling Hill. Here, savour fantastic views of Sibayak and the towering Sinabung Volcano before heading to your hotel for check-in.

DAY 3: BRASTAGI – KETAMBE
After breakfast, begin your drive to the remote village of Ketambe, located in Aceh Province. A small but charming village, it is one of the official entrances to the world-famous Gunung Leuser National Park. En-route; stop at Batak Karo traditional village before continuing on past Bukit Barisan to Ketambe Village. 
 
DAY 4: KETAMBE
After breakfast, embark on a full day of trekking around Gunung Leuser National Park, which spans nearly 8,000 square kilometres across northern Sumatra. Under the towering summit of Mount Leuser (3,119m), explore the park’s vast tropical rainforests and thriving wildlife population of wild orang utans, gibbons, monkeys, deer and pigs. Spot the reserve’s huge collection of insects and exotic plants that congregate along the banks of tropical rivers that will invite you to dive into their pristine depths.

Return to your guesthouse in the afternoon to rest and unwind.
 
DAY 5: KETAMBE – SAMOSIR ISLAND
After breakfast, make an early start for Samosir Island, a large volcanic island located in the middle of spectacular Lake Toba. On the way, stop at Sidikalang and Tele where you will have fantastic vistas of Lake Toba and the surrounding mountainous formations. Arrive at Samosir Island in the afternoon and check in to your hotel.

DAY 6: SAMOSIR
After breakfast, embark on a tour of Samosir Island by car, visiting several Batak Toba traditional villages. See local artisans craft stone chairs at Ambarita Village, watch traditional dance performances at Simanindo Village and visit the hot water springs of Panguran.

In the afternoon, stop by a local school and observe the daily life and activities of local students before heading to a traditional hand-weaving village. Later, head back to your hotel for some rest and relaxation time, with the option to stroll around Samosir Island and take in the stunning surrounds.

DAY 7: MEDAN
In the morning, head back to Parapat before driving to Medan. On the way, get in some final sight seeing with stops at Pematang Siantar and Tebingtinggi, an autonomous city in northern Sumatra.

Arrive in Medan and transfer to the airport for your flight home. 

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