• Tobameer
  • Samosir
  • Tangkahan
  • Bohorok

15 days Sumatra adventure and Bali paradise

This Bali & Beyond Round trip takes you to the beautiful LakeToba and the impressive jungle of North Sumatra .
You will enjoy a wonderful beach and cultural holiday.

You will fly directly with Garuda Indonesia airline from London Heathrow to Medan, the capital of Sumatra, where you will discover the culture and nature of the Batak Toba people around Lake Toba, and the overwelming rainforest of Leuser National park where you will spot orangutans and wash the eliphants in the river. After a domestic flight to Bali, the choice is yours: exploring culture and nature or enjoy beach and the beautiful sea gardens...

This Round trip has a nice mix of beach, nature and culture. The favourite tour for nature and adventure lovers! A must for families with teenagers.

This is an example of what a trip can look like, we’ll be happy to create a tailor-made trip for you

Bali part

You can relax on the beach of Bali after your round trip on Sumatra, you don’t have a program.
Take a look at our excursions on Bali if you want a somewhat more active stay on Bali.
If you also want to travel around Bali, we can arrange this for you (at extra cost).
This trip is based on a 7 night stay in Seminyak, other places and / or hotels are of course also possible.
Please note that the price may change then.

Target prices

€ 1.975 p.p. based on 2 persons in low season


Included:
•Intercontinental and domestic flights with Garuda Indonesia, based on cheapest standard rate
•Accommodations including breakfast
•Transport in private AC minimus or luxury car with driver, his meals and his accommodation
•Private transfers on Bali
•Excursions, entrance fee and donations on Sumatra

Excluded:
•Guide
•Other meals
•Tipping and personal expenses
. optional excursions
. travel and cancellation insurance.
. booking costs and contribution Calamity fund (€ 30 per booking)
•SGR contribution € 5 per person
•CO2 compensation € 22 per person

Day 1 Flight London - Medan

Garuda Indonesia flies 3 times a week non-stop from London to Medan with its new Boeing 777-300 ER. Experience the hospitality of Indonesian culture on board at Garuda Indonesia, the national airline of Indonesia. With more than 65 domestic destinations Garuda takes you to Jakarta, Bali, Lombok, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Ambon and many remote destinations. The direct connection will take you fromLondon to Medan in just 12.5 hours. Departure from London Heathrow around 10 PM, arrival in Medan in the afternoon. Max. weight: 30 kg plus 23 kg sport luggage.

Day 2 Arrival Medan, transfer to hotel

Selamat datang, welcome to Medan! Upon arrival in Medan you walk straight to the immigration booth to get your visa free stamp in your passport. It is valid for 30 days maximum, calculated from the first day you arrive in Indonesia regardless of the time of arrival or departure. In Medan your driver is waiting for you with a piece of board with your name on it. He will drive you to Hotel Deli River, a little family hotel just outside the big city Medan. The hotel is surrounded by a beautiful tropical garden and has a swimming-pool. Depending on the time of your arrival you can make a short city tour or acclimatise at your hotel.

Day 3 Medan to Tangkahan.

In the morning we make a short city tour through Medan. The town is one of the biggest cities of Indonesia. Busy, crowded, dusty and warm, but it’s quite an experience to drive through Medan. Many becaks “pedicabs” and mopeds with which the local people move around. We drive along colonial buildings and visit the palace of the Sultan of Deli. Then we continue with our private car and driver. We drive at a nice ‘strolling” pace through the countryside of Sumatra. We go past lots of rubber and palm oil plantations in the direction of the National Leuser Park. The last part of the road is pretty bad and through small villages we finally arrive in Tangkahan. We have to cross the river on a bamboo raft to get to our hotel, which is a very simple jungle lodge. We can wash the elephants in the river in the afternoon. The elephants are not available every day.

Day 4 Tangkahan

The sounds from the jungle will wake you up early in the morning. The program in Tangkahan is never a really fixed program; most of the days we can walk to the elephant camp in the morning or in the late afternoon. The rangers wash the elephants every morning and late afternoon in the river at the camp. These elephants patrol in the jungle to prevent illegal logging. They also clear up the jungle from fallen trees. On the days the elephants are in the camp we can help the rangers washing them, a nice way to interact naturally with these animals. What’s sure is that we can swim in the river or ‘tube’ ,floating down the river on a tractor tube. We walk back to our hotel through little villages. The jungle in Tangkahan is also perfectly suited for a half day or a whole day trekking through the jungle. An experienced ranger walks with you at an easy pace through the rainforest and draws your attention to all kinds of animals living in the jungle. You’ll also walk past a waterfall where it is swarming with butterflies.

Day 5 Tangkahan to Bukit Lawang. Visit orangutangs and 3hrs jungle trek

At the end of the morning you travel through plantations and forests to Bukit Lawang. Bukit Lawang is situated on the beautiful Bohorok rivier. It is really an impressive natural area with an impenetrable jungle above a noisy wild water river. In this nature reserve you can see the orangutans in their natural environment. To get there you have to make a tough climb through the jungle.

Day 6 Bukit Lawang - Lake Toba

Today a long 8 hour ride via the plantation route to Samosir. In the afternoon arrival in Prapat on Lake Toba from where you cross the lake to the island Samosir, situated right in the centre of Lake Toba.

Day 7 Lake Toba - Samosir island tour and dinner at Marysca restaurant

We visit several authentic Batak villages with their typical saddle back roof houses. The Batak people were among the first people that settled in Indonesia. They came by boat from Indo China. The houses are still built in the shape of a boat – saddle back roof. The population here is Christian and the Batak people are known for their beautiful voices and music. Today you can visit the characteristic Toba Batak villages Tomok, with the King’s Tomb, Ambarita with its execution tables and Simanindo for traditional Toba dances. Dinner in the cosy restaurant Marysca's with Rony’s vocalgroup.

Day 8 From Samosir via Medan to Bali

Today you drive back to Medan via the plantation route. Along endless palm oil, rubber and cocoa plantations you travel through the atmospheric plantation town of Pematang Siantar to the airport of Medan. Here you board your plane and fly via Jakarta to Bali. At the exit of the airport at Denpasar, your Balinese driver or guide will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel.

Flight Medan-Denpasar Bali via Palembang (Garuda)

Arrival on Bali and transfer to hotel

Selamat datang di Bali, welcome to Bali! When you arrive at Ngurah Rai airport, your driver will be waiting for you at the exit. He will take you to your hotel in Seminyak.

Day 9 Free day on the south coast

Around the hotel and on the white beach you will certainly enjoy yourself. Outside the hotel you find lots of nice small shopping streets where you can buy souvenirs for next to nothing. On the beach at Kuta you can take surf lessons or just relax and enjoy the sun and the sea.

Day 10 up to and including 14 Free day on the south coast

Another day to relax or make an excursion to, for example, the Uluwatu temple, the Kecak dance and enjoy a delicious dinner with fresh fish on the beach of Jimbaran.

Day 15 Transfer from hotel to airport

Well in advance, about three hours before your departure, your driver picks you up for your transfer to the airport.

Flight Denpasar-London (Garuda)

Departure from Bali around 01:00 PM for your flight via Medan to London.

Arrival London

In the evening arrival at London Heathrow. The end of a beautiful trip...

Deli River

Small and clean hotel, just outside de bustle of Medan. Spacious and beautifully situated on the river Deli. From the swimming pool view on the river. Friendly and helpful staff. Number of rooms: 8 Facilities: swimming pool, good restaurant Deli River is managed by Tri Jaya Tour & Travel, our agent on Sumatra. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Mega Inn, Tangkahan

Simple but very cosy accommodation on the edge of Leuser National Park. The simple cottages are directly situated on the river. There’s no hot water, but there is delicious food and there is Mega, your very caring host . meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Bukit Lawang Cottages

Simple but clean hotel, with cottages on the ground floor. A hanging bridge over the river Bohorok is the entrance to the hotel. In the open restaurant there’s plenty of choice. The spacious rooms are equipped with a fan, no air-conditioning and there is an outdoor shower. In the vicinity you can go on a hike to the orang-utans. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Tabo cottages - Samosir

The cozy and small-scale Tabo cottages is located directly on the Toba lake. The hotel has around 40 rooms, ranging from Superior (Basic, private bathroom with hot water), Deluxe (spacious with private veranda and fan), Batak cottages (separate cottages with the same Deluxe amenities) and Junior suites, overlooking the lake and an extra sofa bed and coffee-tea facilities. The hotel has its own bakery, restaurant and swimming pool with views over the lake. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Puri Saron - Seminyak

Very cosy hotel, directly on the beach of Seminyak. Nice swimming-pool, friendly staff and breakfast is fair. The hotel to recommend in Seminyak in terms of price and what they offer. Within walking distance of the shopping streets and busier Legian. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Medan

Medan

Medan is the capital of the province of North Sumatra and has more than 2.5 million inhabitants. In the Dutch East Indies period there were many plantations outside the city, especially rubber did well. The 1965 book "Rubber" by M.H. Szekely-Lulofs gives a good picture of what the world looked like at the time and how the Netherlands was firmly in control around the Deli river. Later it was mainly the Chinese who attracted trade and power. Now Medan is a modern city, where many old buildings still remind of the colonial period.

For the western tourist, Medan doesn't have much to offer: the Sultan's palace is nice to visit, as is the Chinese temple. Take a look at the great mosque Masjid Raya Al-Mashun, you will be welcomed (outside the services) and shown around.

Our favorite Deli River hotel is located just outside the city, on the Deli River. The accompanying restaurant Omlandia serves delicious Indonesian, Indian and Western dishes. The pecel (kind of gado-gado with delicious sauce) is a must!
In the center there is also a wide choice of hotels, but they still lack the atmosphere. Perhaps the former hotel de Boer, now Grand Inna, will come close.

Tangakahan

Tangakahan

From Medan to Tangkahan it is about a 2 hour drive and 2 hours bump through endless and desolate palm oil plantations. When you arrive at the river you can see that the rainforest hood has also stopped here. The forest of the Leuser National Park starts at Tangkahan. You cross the river via a suspension bridge or with the bamboo ferry. And then you are really in the jungle.

The elephant shelter is located near the hotels, upstream on the Kualsa Buluh River. The elephants are mainly used to patrol the jungle. In the morning and late afternoon they are washed in the river and tourists are welcome to help. From the center you can tube downstream to the hotels with large tires.

Must do's in Tangkahan:
At least a jungle trek. Under the guidance of a local ranger you take a brisk walk through the jungle and see, hear, smell and experience the jungle.
A walk by or along the river to the waterfall is also recommended. At the waterfall you see a lot of butterflies and you can of course also take a refreshing bath.

Tangkahan has some very basic accommodations, of which Mega Inn is our favorite. Do not expect hot running water, air conditioning or any luxury. Do expect to wake up to jungle sounds, helpful staff and reasonable and inexpensive food.

Bukit Lawang

Bohorok

Bukit Lawang is the place that is often called Bohorok, the river of the same name. Bukit Lawang is located in the Gunung Leuser National park and is mainly visited to spot the orangutans. The former orangutan rehabilitation center is located directly on the river. Until a few years ago, the great apes were trained here to be able to live from nature after a life as a pet. That is now a thing of the past. No orangutans have been kept in captivity for years and the work of the rehabilitation center is about to end.

Until recently, the monkeys were fed on the "piets time", a name that you have to understand. For many Indonesians, the "F" is a difficult to pronounce consonant that is corrupted into a "P". Feeding time is already more understandable then, but for us Europeans still strange. A time to go. But it is still customary for the premises to go to the feeding time, because then you can be sure that you can see the monkeys up close.

However, the pied time is also a thing of the past. If you want to spot orangutans, make a jungle trek of 3 or 4 hours, together with a local ranger, who will bring some fruit or vegetables in his backpack to lure the famous orangutans.

Bukit Lawang is approximately 3 hours drive from Medan and 2 hours (via bumpy roads) from Tangkahan. It has some nice accommodations, of which the Eco Lodge and Sam's bungalows are our favorites. For those traveling with growing youth, the Bukit Lawang children's home, with 2 bedrooms, is a nice alternative.
Keep in mind that on weekends Bukit Lawang is overrun by local tourists and the Saturday nights are noisy!
You don't have to travel to Bukit Lawang for special food.

Video Gunung Leuser park

Samosir

Samosir


Lake Toba is the largest lake in Indonesia with a length of about 100 km and a width of 30 km. It originated from a volcanic eruption, roughly 75,000 years ago. The Toba Batakkers live around the lake, a people of predominantly Christian faith, mixed with a kind of animistic ancestor worship.

Samosir is the famous peninsula in the lake. An island tour of Samosir lets you see and experience the culture of the Batakkers. A boat trip on Lake Toba, along the island, is also a lot of fun and shows almost the same sights.

It is special to take a day trip to Tatea Bulan. High in the mountains there is a pilgrimage site of the Batak kings and the ancestors are honored. A very devout visit, with beautiful panoramas. Along the way you will also visit the sacred sources of AEK Sipitu Dai. During our visit, the washing place was quickly emptied in order to show something of the sacred.

What you should not miss is a dinner with a vocal group. The Batakkers are known for their polyphonic singing, accompanied by guitar and simple local musical instruments.
The culinary specialties of the Batakkers are not always in the taste of western visitors: dog is not exactly what we are waiting for and the Ikan Mas (kind of goldfish) takes you more time to get rid of bones than it is tasty. Fortunately, Saksang remains, a Batak dish that should not be missing during a wedding. There are two variants, of which we ignore the dog and go for the Saksang Babi of pork.
Of course you are going to eat at my kake-pinjum, my borrowed brother Rony. Together with Rosinthan he runs the Marysca Restaurant. All our Sumatra travelers get a free dinner here with a warm Batak welcome. Rony, his friends and family like to take you musically through the Batak culture with the vocal goup.

Our favorite hotels are Tabo cottages (Junior suite or Villa) and Samosir Villa resort (VIP room. At weekends the resort is overcrowded by local tourists).

Seminyak

Seminyak - Bali

From the seaside resorts Tuban, Kuta, Legian and Seminyak is Seminyak the most northern one.
Beach and hotels are much more spacious overhere and it’s much less crowded. There are many nice hotels and many private bungalows.

Favourite restaurant


In addition to the many trendy restaurants, there are also some good traditional Balinese. Made's Warung is one of the best known. On Thursday there is live acoustic music and on the other days from half past seven traditional Balinese dance.

Denpasar

Denpasar

Denpasar is the busy capital of Bali.
Besides some museums and the market there aren’t many tourist attractions in the capital, though you can do some great shopping for cheap prices.
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