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Asia-Planet  >  Indonesia  >  Indonesia Tours  >  7 days Best of North Sumatra

7 days Best of North Sumatra
Itinerary (Medan – Bukit Lawang - Orangutan Tour – Berastagi - Lake Toba – Boat to Samosir Island - Samosir Island – Medan )

See Medan’s palace and grand mosque being the only remnants of this sultanate city.
Meet the indigenous people in Samosir Island who will open their incredible cultural and spiritual world to you. See the unique architecture of the local houses and the 120 meter high Sipiso-piso waterfall.
Going up to the Minangkabau highland and stay in Bukittingi, a beautiful old colonial city


Private tour: Daily departure from Medan (Sumatra)

Day  1
ARRIVAL MEDAN (-/-/-)
Arrive in Medan, the main city in northern Sumatra, and start the tour with a visit to Maimun Palace built in 1888 in Malayan and Middle-East style and belonging to the sultan of Deli. Opposite is Mesjid Raya (Grand Mosque) built in the same period as the Maimun Palace. Also visit the heritage mansion house of the legendary businessman Tjong A Fie; Tip Top restaurant which was formerly the Dutch Club; the town hall that dates back to 1908 and has a clock tower donated by Tjong A Fie; and Bank Indonesia built by architectural firm Hulswit, Fermont & Cuypers. After that, visits will be made to Dharma Deli Hotel which used to be known as De Boer Hotel and was built in 1898; the colonial post office of Medan (built in 1911); and the colourful Chinese temple, Vihara Gunung Timur.
After the tour, transfer to your hotel and free at leisure. Overnight at DELI RIVER HOTEL, a family hotel located on the outskirts of Medan.

Day  2
Medan – Bukit Lawang (Breakfast/-/Diner)
Breakfast at the hotel
Drive to Bukit Lawang, a small tourist village on the other side of Gunung Leuser National Park that is known for its orangutan rehabilitation centre. Enjoy the scenery from the veranda of your hotel room. A local dinner is served at the hotel.
Accommodation at ECO LODGE

Day  3
Orangutan Tour – Berastagi (Breakfast/Lunch/-)
Breakfast at the hotel
Start the morning with a walk along the riverside to a crossing point where a small canoe will take you to the other side of the river. Hike until you reach the feeding platform where the orangutans are fed and trained to live in the wild. It is a marvelous sight to see the orangutans swinging from the branches of the trees. Optional:

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After the feedings, if you wish to explore more of the tropical flora & fauna you can take an additional 2-3 hour jungle trek deeper into the park. This trek takes you along small, hilly and often muddy paths so good physical fitness is required, however you get the chance to see exotic plants, birds, wild orangutans, gibbons and other monkeys. An extra permit and local guide are needed so please book in advance.

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Those not wishing to take this trek will be guided back to the resort to relax. You will then start the 5 hour drive to Berastagi (1300m) with lunch en route. This cool and picturesque hill town is 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.
Accommodation at SINABUNG HOTEL / GRAND MUTIARA

Day  4
Berastagi – Lake Toba – Boat to Samosir Island (Breakfast/Lunch/Diner)
Breakfast at the hotel
Take a scenic drive to Lake Toba, one of the deepest and largest crater lakes in the world. En route stop at Dokan, a small Batak Karo village, to see traditional houses in which up to eight families can live. Each house has 4 hearths shared by two families. The interiors are kept dark and smoky to keep away insects as well as to ward off evil spirits.
Carry on to Sipiso Piso Waterfall (literally means ‘as sharp as knife’ waterfall) and Rumah Bolon, the long house of King Batak Simalungun, another Batak tribe. The buildings are very impressive but are no longer inhabited. Enter into the palace to see how the many wifes of the king spent their days.
After lunch carry on to Parapat on the shore of the lake from where you will take a public boat over to Samosir Island. You will be dropped right in front of your accommodation on the peninsula of Tuktuk - a relaxing area overlooking the lake. Accommodation at TABO COTTAGE

Day  5
Samosir Tour (Breakfast/Lunch/-)
Breakfast at the hotel
Drive around the island to 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 folk dances performed by the villagers. Here you also can visit a museum built in typical Batak style. On the way back to your hotel, stop at Tomok Village to see a very old but nicely decorated sarcophagus, the old tomb of the Batak King, Batak Toba Sidabutar.
Accommodation at TABO COTTAGE

Day  6
Samosir Island – Medan (Breakfast/Lunch/-)
Breakfast at the hotel
In the morning, take the ferry back to Parapat (approx 45 minutes) and return to Medan via the 5 hour drive. Along the way you will pass the cities of Pematang Siantar and Tebingtinggi and the endless plantations of oil palm, cacao and rubber. Stop for lunch and on arrival in Medan, transfer to your hotel.
Overnight at DELI RIVER HOTEL

Day  7
Medan- Airport (Breakfast/-/-)
After breakfast in your hotel, transfer to the airport for the flight to your next destination.
END OF SERVICES

ALL PRICES ARE NET INCLUSIVE OF TAX & PER PERSON. THEY ARE IN DOLLARS U.S.

PRIVATE TOUR (Number of persons. Prices per person sharing twin / double room)

HOTEL CATEGORY  1 PERS.     MIN. 2 PERS.   MIN. 3-6 PERS.   MIN. 7-10 PERS.   SINGLE SUPPLEMENT  
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Validity : Our package tour rates are valid from November 1st 2015 to October 31st 2016 Contact us about this tour Book now !
OUR PRICES ARE INCLUSIVE OF:
- Transfer and tours programme as indicated in the itinerary
- Room with daily breakfast at accommodation mentioned in programme
- Entrance fees to visit the sites as mentioned in programme
- Meals as specified in programme
- National park permit
- Porter services from car to hotel through hanging bridge in Bukit Lawang
- English or German speaking guide
OUR PRICES ARE EXCLUSIVE OF:
- Airfares & airport taxes
- Other meals than those specified in programme
- Optional tours
- Tipping
- Porter service at airport & hotels
- Camera/video charge in Gunung Leuser National park (approx US$5 for a camera and approx US$15 for a video camera)
- Personal travel insurance
- Other personal expenses such as laundry, telephone call, mini-bar, room service, etc
Note :
Peak season surcharge

Note : Propose to prepare:
- Good walking shoes/ Sport sandals or flip flops (for river crossing)
- Long sleeves (trousers & shirt)
- Insects repellent and other needs
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