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8 Day Northern Sumatra Tour


8 Day Northern Sumatra Tour

Day 1: Airport - Medan

Upon arrival in Kuala Namu airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of your day is free.

Swiss Bellhotel or similar

Meals not included
Travel time: Approximately 1.5 hours

Day 2: City Tour of Medan

Take in dynamic city of Medan on a guided tour. Visit a number of highlights, including Maimoon Palace, a 30-room palace built by the sultan of Deli in 1888. Be wowed by the building's interior design and its Malayan, Mogul, and Italian influences. The trip continues to Bohorok, a five hours’ drive from Medan where it is famous for its national park and wildlife.

Bukit Lawang Eco Lodge or similar

Meals included: Breakfast
Travel time: Approximately 7-8 hours

Day 3: Bukit Lawang Jungle Trekking & River Tubing

You will be picked up from your hotel and you will walk along the the river side till the crossing point to the other side of the river. Followed by a short hike up to visit the central viewing area, where you have a chance to see the Orangutan swinging freely through the tropical rainforest, however as with any wildlife, no guarantees can be made that they are around this area. After the visit, across back the river and walk about half an hour before you enter the other side of the park to start jungle trek to come more up close with nature. Enjoy the sights, smell and sounds of rainforest. From the center view point, we bring you deeper into Gunung Leuser National Park to experience the rainforest, of course you will hike up and down the hills while constantly searching for wild animals in their natural habitat. You have a big chance to see the wildlife; gibbons, Thomas leaf monkeys, long tail and pigtail macaques, flying squirrels, Sumatra peacocks and hornbills. A wild orangutans might cross your way. Your guide will explain you many things about the rainforest. And he will show you many different kind of plants and flowers.

Bukit Lawang Eco Lodge or similar

Meals included: Breakfast
Travel time: Approximately 3 hours

Day 4: Bukit Lawang - Berastagi

The trip continues to the beautiful, lush town of Berastagi (1300 m). This mountain town is located about 70 km south of Medan. Berastagi has a cool climate which is ideal for the cultivation of different fruit and vegetables. The market with its exotic fruits such as durian, rambutan, and Markisa salak is worth a visit. From Berastagi you can visit one of the nearby villages of the Batak with their huge wooden communal houses. The Batak can be divided into six tribes, each with their own language and traditions.

Various stops can be made along the way to the destination. Your route may be discussed with the driver during the day of travel. Duration of your private charter car is 10 hours commencing from your pickup time.

Sinabung Hills or similar

Meals included: Breakfast
Travel time: Approximately 6-7 hours

Day 5: Volcano Trekking - Samosir

This 2172 meter tall volcano is close to the hill town Berastagi. It is one of easily accessible top volcanoes in Indonesia, can be explored by anyone in reasonably good shape. There are 2 different routes to volcano’s crater; from Jaranguda just 3 km from town Berastagi and from Semangat Gunung, also known as Raja Berneh where there are man made pool hot springs. Whichever route you take, the earlier you start the better, not least because the views are their best just after sunrise. In this tour we take the first route; picking up you from hotel by car and transfer just half an hour to the beginning of the climb. Then, an hour walk to the top. The first part of the walk is over a broad and steepy road surrounded by green forest. You sometimes hear the calling of the black siamang & gibbon. After short while, you walk through a narrow path surrounded by mountain vegetation. The last path, you walk between rocks. Then you arrive at the crater where you can see sulfur puffing from vents. To descend you can choose, the same way, or through Raja Berneh where you can soak your sore muscles in the hots prings. Afterwards, trip continue crossing the Lake Toba where you arrive in Samosir.

Toledo Inn or similar

Meals included: Breakfast
Travel time: Approximately 8-9 hours

Day 6: Cycling Tour of Samosir

The cycling starts from your hotel. Villages with traditional houses, people working on rice fields, school children and daily activities of the locals will be the attractions along the road. Visiting Tomok village to see a very old and nicely decorated sarchopagus “the tomb of Batak king Sidabutar”. Visiting Ambarita, the Samosir’s most interesting Batak Toba village. Ambarita is known for its unique ancient courtyard, made up of stone chairs and tables. This courtyard served as a court of justice.

Please note the bicycles used come from the rental shops on Samosir island. It has no insurance. Any loss or damage will be own risk.

Toledo Inn or similar

Meals included: Breakfast
Travel time: Approximately 3-4 hours

Day 7: Samosir - Kualnamu

Today is a travel day to Medan (city or the airport) where your tour ends. You will first take a boat from Samosir to Parapat, and continue the journey to Medan by car. If you are flying out of Medan on the same day, please book your flight after 18:00 to allow enough time before your flight departure.

Anara Sky Kualanamu or similar
Meals included: Breakfast
Travel time: Approximately 5.5-6 hours

Day 8: Kualnamu - Airport

Today you will end your trip in Sumatra. You will walk from from your hotel to departure hall.

Accommodation not included.
Meals included: Breakfast

What’s included?

Extra expenses at the destination


City tour of Medan
Jungle trekking
River tubing
Volcano trek
Cycling tour on Samosir Island


According to itinerary. Please note that the bed configuration for triple rooms is one double bed or two single beds plus one roll-away bed/mattress.

Local transport

Arrival airport transfer and all land transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle


According to itinerary

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