Sumatra Overland Tour Package
$1,430 USD per room (Double Occupancy) – Sumatra Overland Tour Package includes:
- Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel
- 8 Days and 7 Nights hotel stay
- Private air-conditoned car
- Applicable entrance fee, National Park permit
- Public ferry
- Meals specified in the program
- Local English speaking guide
- Dutch, German, Spanish and Italian speaking guide subject to availability
|Single Supplement||$248 USD per night|
|Single Traveler||$1,359 USD per night|
|Peak season surcharges apply.|
Hotels You Stay At
Rindu Alam Hotel is located in Bukit Lawang Village. It is about 90 kilometers Northwest of Medan, Rindu Alam Hotel is situated on 6 hectares of forest overlooking the winding Bahorok River.
Rindu Alam Hotel offers 40 guest rooms and 4 family suites surrounded by spectacular panorama views of nature and stream of river. It is the finest hotel in Bukit Lawang.
Ecolodge Bukit Lawang was established to complement and serve as an outlet for the activities of the Bohorok Environmental Education Centre. Herein we aim to increase awareness towards biodiversity conservation and the implementation and management of proper ecotourism.
Staying in the Ecolodge Bukit Lawang is not only a unique experience but also a personal statement in support of sustainable tourism.
The facility provides an unprecedented opportunity to be immersed in North Sumatra’s unique rainforest environment while directly contributing to the conservation of the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan – with proceeds donated to the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme.
Grand Mutiara Hotel is surrounded by landscaped gardens. This sophisticated hotel is 9 km from Mount Sibayak volcano and 24 km from the amusement rides of Hill Park.
Airy upscale rooms feature flat-screen TVs, balconies, and tea and coffee making facilities.
Amenities include an elegant restaurant, terrace dining, a chic cafe, and a funky karaoke bar. There’s also a billiards room and an outdoor lagoon pool.
Hotel Sibayak International is set on 3.6 hectares of land in the foothills of Gundaling Hill. This laid-back hotel is 6 km from the dormant volcano Mount Sibayak and 6 km from the Buddhist temple Taman Lumbini.
There is a restaurant, an outdoor pool and a hot tub, plus a pub and a bar. Other amenities include a karaoke bar, billiards, table tennis and a tennis court.
Toledo Inn boasting a sauna, Toledo Inn is situated in Parapat and provides comfortable accommodation. It also offers a 24-hour reception, a lake and a business centre.
The comfortable rooms at the hotel include a mini bar and a private bathroom.
Toledo Inn offers comfortable rooms with a mini bar, air Conditioning Cable / Satellite TV and private bathroom.
Tabo Cottage is situated on the shore of Lake Toba at Samosir surrounded by rice fields and plantations. It offers magnificent views over lake and mountains. The unique style of the restaurant and the rooms in the lush tropical garden make a great atmosphere to get rid of stress and weariness.
Free Wi-Fi and an airy, laid back restaurant or Pavilion. Tabo’s latest rooms are situated right by the lake overlooking the spacious lawn, the play ground and the picturesque mountains. The décor is concentrated on natural furnishing and soft colours for the interior design as well as putting in green foliage around them.
Torsibohi Hotel is one of the 2 star hotels that provides a comfort stay for every traveler.
The Hills Bukittinggi Hotel is located in the heart of Bukit Tinggi and enjoys a magnificent panoramic view of the city, the Sianok Canyon and Volcanoes.
The Hills Bukittinggi Hotel & Convention offers great accommodation featuring unique combination of Moorish and Minangkabau architectures with an outdoor swimming pool, a 24-hour front desk, and an on-site spa and wellness centre where you can indulge yourself on relaxing massage and beauty treatments.
Rooms at The Hills are all air-conditioned and fitted with a minibar, an electric kettle, a cable TV, and an ironing facility. There is also an en-suite bathroom in each room featuring bath or shower facility, a hairdryer, slippers, and free toiletries. Guests can enjoy the beautiful mountain view from some of the room.
Grand Rocky Hotel sits perched on a hill overlooking Bukittinggi. This laid-back hotel is a 7-minute walk from the city’s landmark Jam Gadang clock-tower and an 8-minute walk from the historic Lobang Jepang bunker.
Relaxed rooms include complimentary Wi-Fi, safes and 32-inch flat-screen TVs. Some quarters feature city views.
The hotel has a bright restaurant offering local and international cuisine, and an airy guest lounge with city views. There are also 4 meeting rooms, plus a ballroom. Parking is complimentary.
We arrive in Medan, the main city in northern Sumatra. We wil then drive about 1.5 hours to the centre for a city tour. You will visit the Maimun Palace built in 1888 in Malayan. The Maimun Palaceis built in Middle-East style and belonged the Sultan of Deli. We will visit the grand mosque Almashum built in the same period as the Maimun palace. Our last visit will be to the colorful Chinese Temple, Vihara Gunung Timur. After, we will drive for about 3 hours to Bukit Lawang, a small tourist village situated on the edge of Gunung Leuser National Park. Most of the view en-route to Bukit Lawang is oil palm plantation, rubber and also occasionally a market set near the road. The rest of the afternoon will be free. Enjoy the scenery from the veranda of your hotel room.
Medan is the fourth largest city in Indonesia after Jakarta, Surabaya, and Bandung. With a population of about 2 million people it is the largest city outside of Java. There is no single ethnic group forming a majority; the largest ethnic groups are the Chinese, Javanese, Toba-Batak, Minangkabau, Mandailing Batak, Karo Batak, Southern Indians, and Northern Indians, and there are many more ethnic minorities.
Each ethnic group contributes to thousands of tasty, mouth-watering dishes found in every corner of Medan. They offer to locals and tourists alike dozens of food streets and hawker centres to suit their appetite at any time of the day.
After breakfast, we will first visit the feeding platform of orangutans. From the platform you will walk about 6 hours in the park. The walk is not always flat, but involves some ups and downs. A bit hard but in return you get a very nice experience. You will possibly see gibbons, Thomas leaf monkeys, long tail and pigtail macaques, flying squirrels, Sumatra peacocks and hornbills. A wild orangutan might cross your way. Your guide will explain to you many things about the rain-forest. And he will show you many different kinds of plants and flowers. Your will camp at a peaceful place in the park. The campsite is an authentic and basic camp. Tents are bamboo shells covered with tarpaulins stretched over a branch. The front and back of tent are open, but offer adequate protection against the rain. A real jungle camp! Your guides will cook some delicious local food for you.
- Those bringing camera/video camera into the park will be charged Rp 50,000/150,000
- WHAT TO BRING!
- Shoes with good profile (additional sport sandal/slipper for crossing river)
- Long sleeves (trousers & shirts)
- Light clothes like t-shirt and shorts
- Rain coat
- Plastic or waterproof bag for your personal belongings
- Insects repellent
- Toilet paper
- Lightweight sleeping bag if needed (as experienced it is not needed as we have simple blanket & mat for the guests)
- Personal medical kit and recommended; anti diarrhea medicine, dehydration salt, aspirin and antibiotic.
About the Orangutan Sanctuary
The orangutan sanctuary at Bukit Lawang is located within the Gunung Leuser National Park. Together with Bukit Barisan Selatan and Kerinci Seblat national parks, it forms a World Heritage Site, the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra.
In order to ensure that these orangutans are fed properly, a platform is built to help those orangutans that have been released to the wild after their rehabilitation. As they are semi-wild, they sometimes have trouble finding food on their own in the wild. They can come to the feeding platform for some milk and bananas. Wild orangutans occasionally come to the platform too. So the feeding platform is meant as the first place for the orangutans to come for help, rather than plantations or village where conflicts can occur. When the orangutans are getting enough food on their own, they will not come to the platform because the food they find in the wild is more exciting than just milk and bananas! So although it is a marvelous sight to see the orangutans at the platform, it is also good news when they do not show up, as that means they are surviving well in the wild without help.
After breakfast, we will enjoy a scenic drive to Lake Toba, one of the deepest and largest crater lakes in the world. On the way, we will make a stop at Dokan, a small Batak Karo village with a number of traditional houses, still inhabited by eight families each. The, we proceed to Sipiso Piso Waterfall and Rumah Bolon, the long house of King Batak Simalungun. From this site we will continue following the lake and arrive in Parapat sometime in the afternoon. Parapat is a small town on shore of Lake Toba. From here we will cross the lake to Samosir Island using a public boat. It is an enjoyable trip. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.
About Lake Toba
Lake Toba is a large natural lake occupying the caldera of a super-volcano. The lake is about 100 km long, 30 km wide, and up to 505 m deep. It is located in the middle of the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra. It is the largest lake in Indonesia and also the largest volcanic lake in the world.
Lake Toba is the site of a massive super-volcanic eruption estimated at VEI 8 that occurred 69,000 to 77,000 years ago, representing a climate-changing event. It is the largest known explosive eruption on Earth in the last 25 million years. According to the Toba catastrophe theory, it had global consequences for human populations: it killed most humans living at that time and is believed to have created a population bottleneck in central east Africa and India, which affects the genetic make up of the human worldwide population to the present.
It has been accepted that the eruption of Toba led to a volcanic winter with a worldwide decrease in temperature between 3 to 5 °C (5.4 to 9.0 °F), and up to 15 °C (27 °F) in higher latitudes. Additional studies in Lake Malawi in East Africa show significant amounts of ash being deposited from the Toba eruptions, even at that great distance.
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. Continue to Simanindo to see folkdance performed by the villagers. We will also visit a museum built in the typical Batak style. On our way back to the hotel, we will stop at Tomok village to see a very old but nicely decorated sarcophagus.
A sarcophagus (plural, sarcophagi; sarcophaguses) is a box-like funeral receptacle for a corpse, most commonly carved in stone, and usually displayed above ground. The word “sarcophagus” comes from the Greek ‘sarx’ meaning “flesh”, and ‘phagein’ meaning “to eat”, hence sarcophagus means “flesh-eating”; from the phrase lithos sarkophagos. Since lithos is Greek for “stone”, lithos sarcophagos means, “flesh-eating stone”. The word also came to refer to a particular kind of limestone that was thought to decompose the flesh of corpses trapped within it.
After breakfast, we will go across Lake Toba back to Parapat by public boat and then drive up to Sipirok. The drive up to Sipirok has a spectacular view of the Bukit Barisan mountain range. It is a long but very beautiful trip.
Our first stop will be at a typical Batak village, Jangga Dolok/Lumban Binanga. Next stop at colourful market place in Balige and the sulphur hot-spring in Sipoholon.
Then we will check in at our hotel for and overnight stay.
About Bukit Barisan Mountain Range
The Bukit Barisan or the Barisan Mountains are a mountain range on the western side of Sumatra, Indonesia, covering nearly 1,700 km from the north to the south of the island. The Bukit Barisan range consists primarily of volcanoes shrouded in dense jungle cover, including Sumatran tropical pine forests on the higher slopes
The name Bukit Barisan actually means “row of hills” or “hills that make a row” in Malay, for the range stretches end to end along the island of Sumatra.
There are 35 active volcanoes in Bukit Barisan. The largest volcano is the super-volcano Toba.
After breakfast, we will undertake a rather long, but worthwhile, journey to enjoy the exhibits in the inner part of Sumatra. The scenery of mountains, rivers, valleys and traditional villages will relieve you from weariness. En-route, we will stop at Sijornih waterfall and then Sihepeng to see a small herb garden where several kinds of herbs are grown (kardemon, ginger, vanille etc). Here, often you are able to see the short tailed monkeys specially trained to collect coconuts. Our next stop will be at a local school. See how local children go to school and live nearby in very small wooden houses. Finally, in the late afternoon, we will drive across the equator. From the equator it takes another 1,5 hours to reach the highland town of Bukittinggi (literally “a high hill). It is the heart of the Minangkabau tribe that inhabits the province of West Sumatra. The specialty of the Minangkabau is their matriarchal and matrilineal society.
Bukittinggi is the second largest city in West Sumatra, Indonesia, with a population of over 117,000. The whole area is directly adjacent to the Agam Regency, and is located near the volcanoes Mount Singgalang (inactive) and Mount Marapi (still active). At 930 m above sea level, the city has a cool climate with temperatures between 16.1° to 24.9°C. The city is the birthplace of some of the founders of the Republic of Indonesia, such as Mohammad Hatta and Assaat.
The Jam Gadang, a clock tower located in the heart of the city, is a symbol for the city and a well-visited tourist spot.
After breakfast, we will drive about 1.5 hours to Harau, a nature and wildlife reserve surrounded by 100-200 meters high cliffs that are like a giant wall. At the bottom of cliffs stretch vast paddy fields and green forests. It is a very scenic landscape! Here the atmosphere is quiet, unpolluted, and beauty as far as eyes could see. Besides cliffs, forest and paddy field, Harau also has several waterfalls with swimming pools beneath. We will visit one of them before returning to Bukittinggi.
Either before or after our drive to Harau, we will also do a city tour of Bukittinggi and visiting the clock tower Jam Gadang which overlooks the colourful market Pasar Atas, the remains of Dutch fort called De Kock & Ngarai Sianok valley.
About Jam Gadang
Jam Gadang (literally “Big Clock”) is a clocktower and a major landmark of the city of Bukittinggi, West Sumatra, Indonesia. It is located in the centre of the city, near the main market, Pasar Atas, and is a tourist attraction. This clocktower has large clocks on each side and was given the name “Jam Gadang”.
One unique clock feature uses “IIII” for the number 4 instead of the traditional Roman number “IV”. Based on a local story, the four vertical lines represents the four workers who died while constructing the building.
Optional Tour (At your own expense)
To those who like walking, Harau has a wonderful walk. It is a light walk that takes about 3 hours. The walk is around the valley through rice field paths, village and some paved roads between giant cliffs as background. During the walk you can see people working in the rice fields, rainforest and will sometimes hear the calling of the black Siamang and gibbon. The walk ends at a waterfall with swimming pool beneath. Take a swim before returning to Bukittinggi.
Free to relax until time to leave for airport. The trip takes about 2 hours passing by the greenery of Anai park. If time permits you may get a chance to stop at Anai waterfall.
Not Included in Tour Package Price :
- Airport departure tax
- Camera/video surcharge at the Gunung Leuser National Park
- Drinks, gratuities and expenses of a personal nature
- Travel insurance
- Porter service
- Meals not mentioned in itinerary
- Personal expenses
- Tips and donations
- Peak season surcharge
- Any other optional item