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The Isle of Gold

The gigantic island, 6th largest in the world, is 1,760 km long and up to 400 km wide. It accounts for a full 25% of the total Indonesian land area. With its grass huts, lake tribes, wildlife reserves, steamy jungles, swampy lowlands, swift clear rivers, spectacular waterfalls, crater lakes, and immense forest of canopied tropical trees, Called the "Isle of Hope" or the "Isle of Gold", this island's natural wealth is fabulous. Sumatera is like the Africa of South East Asia.

In mythical times, Sinbad the Sailor is said to have landed on an "extremely fertile island of abundance" off Sumatera where he met the "Old Man of the Sea". In the 1st AD, a Chinese emperor dispatched an expedition to Sumatera to procure a rhinoceros for the imperial zoo. With great diversity of tribes and numerous megalithic, aboriginal, and matriarchal societies, Sumatera is one of Southeast Asia's richest cultural areas - an ethnological gold mine.


5 DAYS - LAKE TOBA & BOHOROK

samosir
  • D-1 MEDAN - PARAPAT (D)
    Depart for Parapat, lake resort lies on the Eastern shore of lake Toba. The views en route is endless rubber, oilpalm, and cacao plantations.
  • D-2 PARAPAT - SAMOSIR TOUR (B/D)
    Fullday Samosir tour. Visit the tomb of King Sida-butar and Batak Toba village at Tomok Next onto village Ambarita for the stone furniture in front of traditional house.
  • D-3 PARAPAT - MEDAN (B/D)
    Depart to Berastagi, a mountain resort. Visit the ancient King's palace Simalungun and waterfall. Arriving at Berastagi, visit fruit market and traditional Batak Karo village of Peceran. Overnight at Medan.
  • D-4 ORANG UTAN TOUR (B/D)
    Leave for Bohorok via Binjai to see Orang Utan rehabilitation station at Bukit Lawang. Here they are trained to return their natural habitat. Afternoon leaving back for Medan.
  • D-5 MEDAN - DEPARTURE (B)
    Transfer to airport for onward flight departure.
     


4 DAYS - LAKE TOBA

toba lake
  • D-1 MEDAN - PARAPAT (D)
    Depart for Parapat, lake resort lies on the Eastern shore of lake Toba. The views is end-less rubber, 0ilpalm, and cacao plantations.
  • D-2 PARAPAT - SAMOSIR TOUR (B/D)
    Fullday Samosir tour. Visit the tomb of King Sidabutar and Batak Toba village at Tomok. Next onto village Ambarita for the stone furniture in front of traditional house. Return to Parapat.
  • D-3 PARAPAT - BERASTAGI (B/D)
    Depart to Berastagi, a mountain resort. Visit the ancient King's palace Sima-lungun and Sipisopiso waterfall. Arriving at Berastagi, visit fruit market and traditional Batak Karo village of
    Peceran. Overnight at Berastagi.
  • D-4 BERASTAGI - DEPARTURE (B)
    Transfer to airport in Medan for onward flight departure.


4 DAYS - MINANGKABAU TOUR

minangkabau
  • D-1 PADANG - BUKITTINGGI (D)
    On arrival at Padang, drive to Bukittinggi, the heart town of Minangkabau culture. En route passing beautiful Anai valley.
  • D-2 BUKITTINGGI (B/D)
    Fullday excursion of Bukittinggi featuring Big Ben, local market, museum, grand valley of Ngarai Sianok, Pagaruyung of former Minangkabau kingdom where queen ruled in maternal society.
  • D-3 BUKITTINGGI (B/D)
    Drive to Padang through beautiful countryside of Anay valley. Padang is the capital of West Sumatra. Arriving at Padang, have a city tour.
  • D-4 PADANG - DEPARTURE (B)
    Transfer to the airport in Padang for onward flight departure.


8 DAYS SUMATERA OVERLAND

bukittinggi
  • D-1 MEDAN - BERASTAGI (D)
    Depart for Berastagi, a mountain resort. En route visit to a traditional village of batak Karo and fruit market.
  • D-2 BERASTAGI - SAMOSIR (B/D)
    Depart for Samosir island. See the Sipisopiso waterfall, ancient King's palace, passing vast tea and oilpalm plantations.
  • D-3 SAMOSIR - PARAPAT (B/D)
    Do Samosir island tour featuring the tomb of King Sidabutar, a stone furniture, and traditional village. Drive to Parapat for overnight.
  • D-4 PARAPAT - PADANG SIDEMPUAN (B/D)
    Leave for Sibolga with visit traditonal village, a unique market, and manicured winding road to Sibolga. Overnight at Padang Sidempuan.
  • D-5 PD. SIDEMPUAN - BUKITTINGGI (B/D)
    Today's journey is long but worthwhile. It shows the magnificent hinterland of Sumatera such as countryside and mountain views, valleys, and small villages. Overnight at Bukittinggi town as the heart of Minangkabau highland.
  • D-6 BUKITTINGGI (B/D)
    Fullday tour covers local market, museum, magnificent grand valley of Ngarai Sianok. Drive to Pagaruyung as the site of Minangkabau Kingdom where the queen ruled in maternal society.
  • D-7 BUKITTINGGI - PADANG (B/D)
    Drive to Padang through beautiful countryside of Anai valley. Arriving at Padang have a city tour. Then overnight.
  • D-8 PADANG - DEPARTURE (B)
    Transfer to airport for onward flight departure.