Sumatra Explorer
Sumatra Explorer

Tour Code : SUM-OL-01
Location : Sumatra
Category : overland, tour, adventure, sightseeing, cultures
Travel Date : Any
Spot orangutans in the jungle, meet remote hill tribes and stay on fascinating islands stranded in volcanic crater lakes. Sumatra is wild and steeped in adventure. Leaving the beaten track far behind, you can learn about local Batak culture, visit the unique clan houses of the Minangkabau people and stay on a near abandoned tropical island. Our bite-sized trips will give you a glimpse into daily life in Sumatra. You’ll meet the local communities, climb volcanoes and journey deep into the heart of the rainforest. If you’re looking for a raw, cultural adventure away from the crowds, Sumatra will be right up your street.

01 Day: Medan

Arrival in Medan with flight. We will fetch you from the airport. Stay overnight at the hotel in Medan.  

02 Day: Medan-Bukit Lawang

In the morning city tour of Medan taking in the remaining Dutch, English, Chinese and Malay architecture. After this depart to Bohorok/Bukit Lawang, the orang utan rehabilitation centre in Gunung Leuser nature reservation. Stay overnight in at nice Bungalow on the Bahorok riverside.

03 Day: Bukit Lawang

After breakfast you leave the hotel and begin your jungle trek with an experienced local guide. By afternoon you will be at camp which is built right on the banks of the Bohorok River. You will overnight in a comfortable tent right in the jungle. Lunch and dinner will be arranged by your guides and porters.

04 Day: Bukit Lawang-Berastagi

Early in the morning, after having a simple camp breakfast, your trek through the jungle will resume. On this day you continue trekking through the rain forest taking in the flora and fauna of the area. After lunch you will return to the hotel Bohorok. In the evening you will arrive at the cool mountain resort of Brastagi. Here you can view 2 active volcanoes, Sibayak and Sinabung. Overnight in Berastagi

05 Day: Berastagi-Samosir/Lake Toba

Brastagi - Samosir on lake Toba. Beautiful route through the Karo highlands via pineapple, clove and ginger plantations. Stops during the trip at the tribal kings house of the Simalungun Batak in Pematang Purba and at the Sipiso Piso falls. In the afternoon we arrive in Prapat from where we cross Lake Toba to the island of Samosir. 2 overnight stays right at the lake side.

06 Day: Samosir Tour

Tour to Tomok, Ambarita and Simanindo. On this beautiful island you can visit the typical Toba Batak villages: Tomok with its kings tombs, Ambarita with its execution tables and in Simanindo you can see traditional Batak dances.

07 Day: Samosir Island

Free aand easy program, you might take beautiful walks or swim in the lake.

08 Day: Samosir Island-Sibolga

Samosir - Sibolga. In the early morning you will cross the lake to Prapat from where you leave for Sibolga. Along the southern shores of lake Toba with its lovely ricefields and huge Batak kings graves you travel through the Toba highlands. During the trip you will pass hot sulphur springs at Sipoholon. In Tarutung, the centre of the Protestant Batak church, you turn towards the direction of Sibolga, the old harbour town on the Indian ocean. By an amazing road with a thousand curves, straight through the Bukit Barisan ridge, you will arrive late in the afternoon in Sibolga, the town where time seems to stand still. Stay overnight

09 Day: Sibolga

Sibolga/Poncan Gadang - own program. You can enjoy the heavenly surroundings on this Robinson Crusoe island. You can also dive and snorkel over beautiful coral gardens. Diving equipment can be rented on the island. Stay overnight

10 Day: Sibolga-Bukittinggi

Sibolga - Bukittinggi. The route to Bukittingi in the Minangkabau highlands brings you again right through the Bukit Barisan mountainical ridge of Sumatra. It is an impressive tour in which you drive through a wall of tropical rain forest. En route you pass the equator in the place Bonjol. In the afternoon we arrive in the cool and pleasant town of Bukittingi. Stay overnight

11 Day: Bukittinggi City Tour

Bukittinggi - city tour and excursions. In the morning there is a tour to the former Fort De Kock, situated on a strategic point on a high mountain. You then visit the market and the famous Karbouwengat (Ngarai Sianok), the impressive canyon beside the city. Around noon we depart for the Minangkabau Palace in Pagaruyung where you will see various aspects of the matriarchal society of the Minangkabau. Our next destination is the Harau nature reserve, famous for its huge rock formations and delightful butterflies. En route you pass Batusangkar where you will see historic rock inscriptions in Hindu-Indian Sanscrit language. In the evening we return to Bukittinggi via lake Singkarak.

12 Day: Bukittinggi - Maninjau

Bukittinggi - Maninjau. Today you proceed to Maninjau via the silver town of Kota Gadang on the other side of the Karbouwengat. For the sportive hiker the one hour walk through the deep Karbouwengat to Kota Gadang is a must! From Kota Gadang you will be picked up by the car for departure to the mysterious Lake Maninjau, descending to the lake via the road with forty four vurves. The Lake is clean and still and excellent for swimming. Stay overnight at Maninjau

13 Day: Maninjau Lake

Maninjau - own programme.

14 Day: Maninjau Lake - Padang

Maninjau - Padang. Today you go to Padang via the beautiful Anai valley with the Anai waterfall. The harbour city of Padang on the Indian Ocean is the economic centre of West Sumatra. On arrival there is a city tour of Padang. Stay overnight in Padang

15 Day: Padang - Medan

Padang – Airport. Today we will transfer you to airport for the flight to Medan. Upon arrival in Medan, we will proceed to hotel in Medan for staying overnight

16 Day: Medan

Medan – Airport. Today we will transfer you to the airport of Medan to catch your flight to the next destination.


All of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you.
Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and we’ll start planning your unique personalized trip!


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What included:

Accomodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours and transfers and all services as mentioned in itinerary
Service of English speaking guides
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

What not included

Domestic and international flights
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early Check in and late Check out at hotels
Personal expenses
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees




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