On Sumatra, one of the largest islands in the world, you will discover the remnants of its ancient Batak culture which still lives on today especially around Lake Toba. The jungle invites you to get acquainted with its typical and lush fauna and flora ... and its playful orangutans!
Days 1 - 2 - Medan - Samosir Island
Your guide and driver meet and assist you at your arrival at Medan airport. Enroute to Parapat, you visit a rubber and palm oil plantation. Then you board the ferry to Samosir, a large island in Lake Toba, the heart of the Batak culture.
Tomorrow you set out by car and discover several Batak tribal villages. The stone tables and chairs of Ambarita, where Siallagan kings spoke justice, as well as the tombs of the kings in Sidabutar Tomok are silent witnesses of the ancient culture that lives on today in traditional dancing and weaving techniques.
Day 3 - Samosir Island - Brastagi
You return by ferry to Parapat. Highlights on your drive to Brastagih are a visit to the traditional longhouse of Rumah Bolon, the ancient palace of the kings Simalungun, the Sipiso-piso waterfall and the typical Batak Karo village of Dokan.
On arrival in Brastagi, the local market colourful, fresh fruits abound. In Lhumbini park is famous for its reproduction of the Shwedagon Pagoda.
Day 4 - Brastagi - Bukit Lawang
Today you meet the wild and semi-wild orangutans of Bukit Lawang! Enroute, you stretch your legs at the traditional market of Kuala. After a short lunch break and walk along the shore, you cross the river by canoe to attend a feeding session of the orangutans from the feeding platform.
During a 3-hour walk through the jungle you get acquainted with the typical flora and fauna of this tropical rainforest. The accommodation tonight is rather basic.
Day 5 - Bukit Lawang - Medan
Today, you return to Medan. Upon arrival, you tour the city in a becak or rickshaw and visit the Sultan's Palace, the Great Mosque and the Chinese temple. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 6 - Medan
Hotels & Meals
Indonesian cuisine varies by region and is based on Chinese, European, Middle Eastern, and Indian precedents. Rice is the main staple food and is served with side dishes of meat and vegetables. Spices (notably chili), coconut milk, fish and chicken are fundamental ingredients.
- All Belgian nationals travelling on a Belgian passport (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (electronic) containing min. 1 blank page, valid for at least 6 months at the date of arrival. No visa required for tourism purposes not exceeding a non-extendable 30-day stay if the country is entered and exited by one of the following international air or sea ports: Soekarno Hatta-Jakarta, Ngurah Rai International Airport-Bali, Kualanamu International Airport-Medan, Juanda International Airport-Surabaya, Hang Nadm International Airport-Batam, Sri Bintan Pura Seaport-Tanjung Pinang, Batam Center Seaport-Batam, Sekupang Seaport-Batam, Tanjung Uban Seaport-Tanjuung Uban. Please check for the latest updates on travel advice and documents on http://embassyofindonesia.eu
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Java: + 6h (winter), + 5h (summer)
Bali, Lombok & Sulawesi +7h (winter), +6h (summer)
Indonesian Rupiah; 1000 IDR = 0,064 EUR & 1 EUR = 15.557 IDR (11 DEC 2019)
Cash euros can be exchanged at most places. Credit cards are widely accepted as form of payment and ATMs are readily available.
Tipping is important and customary as it forms an integral part of the wages. Foresee €3/pers./day for your guide and driver and adapt according to courtesy.
During the rainy season from October to April you can expect a usually short but heavy shower a day.
Average Temperature (in °C):
- 5 nights stay in listed accommodation or equivalent, breakfast included
- Transfers by private car with chauffeur
- Admission to all listed visits with English, French or Dutch speaking guide (subject to availability)
- Jungletrekking in Bukit Lawang (3h) & Becak tour in Medan
What's not included?
Your intercontinental return flight, the authorisation to film or take pictures in Bukit Lawang, tips, optional excursions, meals and drinks and personal expenses and possibly Christmas bale or New Year's gala bonus. The price confirmation of these festive dinners will be provided at time of booking.and possibly mandatory Christmas and New Year's Eve dinners.
Good to Know
If you arrive at Medan in the afternoon, the day-to-day programme will be adapted to suit your needs. Please note: your accommodation in Bukit Lwang is basic.
On demand, we will be happy to suggest a tailor-made itinerary.
Need a domestic flight from Bali or Java? Why not ask your Connections travel consultants.
Idul Fitri is the Indonesian Sugar festival and is celebrated on 13 MAY 2021. Please be advised that heavy traffic can be expected. It is therefore wise to make allowance for extra travel time, especially due to queuing on the roads and at the ferry station.