21 DAYS COVERING JAVA, SUMATERA, SULAWESI, BALI
Day 1 : Arrive in Medan with flight
We will fetch you from the airport and proceed to Bohorok/Bukit Lawang, the orangutans rehabilitation centre. The journey leads you past the scenic rubber and palm oil plantations. In the afternoon you will arrive in Bohorok. Overnight stay in Eco Lodge Bukit Lawang Cottages, located directly on the bank of Bohorok river.
Day 2 : Bohorok – Brastagi
After breakfast, we will walk for around 45 minutes at the side of Bohorok river to the orangutans feeding area. Prior to arrival at rehabilitation centre you have to cross the river by small wooden canoe. Then do a short climbing through the tropical rainforest at the slope of Mt. Leuser. Watching the park ranger feeds the orangutans. It is suggested to have comfortable sportive shoes. At noon we depart to Brastagi via Medan. Brastagi is a mountain resort in the Karo Highland that surroundings with 2 active volcanoes, Sibayak and Sinabung. Before we arrive in hotel, you can also make a stop at fruits market. Overnight stay in hotel Brastagi Cottages in Brastagi.
Day 3 Brastagi – Samosir island
In the morning you will visit Dokan, a traditional Batak Karonese village. Here you can observe traditional houses of the tribe and the daily activities of the villagers. After that depart to Lake Toba. En route we can stops at the Sipiso piso waterfall with its splendid view over the lake Toba and restored Royal Palace of King Purba at Pematang Purba. You can also make couple stops at pineapple, ginger and coffee plantations that belong to the local farmers. In the afternoon you will arrive in Parapat at the lake Toba, from where you embark the ferry to cross the lake to Samosir island. Overnight stay in hotel Carolina or Toledo Inn on Samosir island in the middle of lake Toba. Your room has beautiful view directly on the lake side.
Day 4 : Samosir – tour on this island
After breakfast we will make excursion to several Batak Toba villages on this island. First we visit Simanindo village where you can see a performance of traditional Batak Toba dances, then to Ambarita village where you can hear the interesting legend of it’s megalithic cultural objects and finally to the noble cemetery of King Sidabutar in Tomok. During the excursion you will have a chance to walk and see the way of life of the local Batak Toba tribe. Overnight stay in hotel Carolina or Toledo Inn on Samosir island in the middle of lake Toba. Your room has beautiful view directly on the lake side.
Day 5 :Samosir island – Medan via Pematang Sianta
Today we will transfer your back to Medan. You will drive through endless plantations of rubber, palm oil and cacao. Upon arrival in Medan you can do city tour in Medan. You can visit the beautiful mix architectures of Maimoon palace built in 1888 by the Sultan of Deli (former name of Medan) Sultan Mahmood Al Rashid. Then a visit to Grand Mosque “Mesjid Raya” built in 1906 where you can see its interesting ornaments, to Chinese and Hindu temples. As one of the most important cities during Dutch colonial time, you can see also colonial architectural touch in building likes: the Post office, the old City Hall, Central bank, etc. Overnight stay in hotel Tiara or Best Western, located in the centre of Medan for overnight stay. Here you can rest after long journey, swim or walk in the nearby area.
Day 6 :Medan – Yogyakarta
After breakfast we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Yogyakarta. Arrive in Yogyakarta at a€¦.We will fetch you from the airport and transfer to hotel Radisson for overnight stay. In the afternoon you can make an excursion to Borobudur temple, one of the great wonders of the world. This temple built in the 8th century and has the most complete ensemble of Buddhist relics in the world. It is standing about 40 meters above the ground with 10 terraces, each smaller then the one below rising to the Great Stupa of Buddha on the top. From Borobudur, we will also visit the nearby smaller temples, Mendut with its huge Buddha statue and Pawon temple. After that we return to Yogyakarta.
Day 7 : Yogyakarta – City tour in the centre of Javanese culture and tradition.
First we visit: Keraton (the Sultan palace) built in 1755. Nearby Birds market and Water Castle. Thereafter to batik workshop to see the intricate processing of the Batik cloths, Kota Gede famous for fine Javanese silver works. In the evening you can enjoy dinner & Ramayana Ballet (optional). The best performance of Ramayana Ballet is in Prambanan Amphitheatre (open air). Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 8 : Yogyakarta – Prambanan temple – Solo – Malang
After breakfast depart to Solo with stop en route at Prambanan temple, the most beautiful Hindu temple in Java. In Solo you will visit the Mangkunegara Prince Palace and Triwindu flea market. Thereafter we continue the trip to a small hill town of Malang in East Java province. Overnight stay in hotel in Malang.
Day 9 : Malang – Sukapura
In the morning you can do city tour in Malang. Here you can visit the colonial buildings and make a stop for coffee break and snack at the famous Toko Oen (optional). At noon depart to Sukapura at the foot of mount. Bromo. Overnight stay in hotel Cemoro Lawang.
Day 10 : Bromo – Ijen Plateau
Getting up before dawn for the famous Bromo excursion to see the beautiful sunrise views over mount Bromo and its surroundings. You can climb the mount Bromo by foot or horse riding (can be hired but on your own account). It is suggested to wear a jacket as the temperature can be very low on the top of the volcano. After enjoying the beauty of mount Bromo, return to hotel for breakfast. Then we drive further to the east to Ijen Plateau where we will arrive in the afternoon. Overnight stay in a simple accommodation named Arabica Homestay.
Day 11 : Ijen Plateau – free program – Surabaya
In the morning you can do a half day hike to the spectacular Ijen Crater (optional). The sulfuric lake of Ijen reflects eerie colors over the surrounding walls to give an apocalypse like impression. Here you can watch how local people seeking the sulfur descend into the crater and climb back up along the dangerous rim with loads of sulfur on their shoulders. In the afternoon we depart to Surabaya. Overnight stay in hotel in Surabaya.
Day 12 : Surabaya – Makassar – Toraja Highland
After breakfast we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Makassar in South Sulawesi province. Arrive in Makassar at… We will fetch you from the airport and proceed to Toraja highland via Pare Pare. In the afternoon you can make a coffee break (optional) on Puncak Lakawang. Late afternoon we arrive in Rantepao. Overnight stay in hotel Marante in Rantepao,Toraja Highland.
Day 13 : Rantepao
Full day excursions in Toraja. In the morning you will visit Lemo, where you will find rows of tau-tau and the hanging graves. Londa has an ancient natural grave where the deceased are entombed with big ceremonies. Kete Kesu is a traditional Torajan village, where we can see the Tongkonan houses and the old ricebarns ad it is famous for its woodcarving. Overnight stay in hotel Marante in Rantepao,Toraja Highland.
Day 14 : Rantepao
Another full day excursions in Toraja highland. This day you will visit Pallawa, Sa’dan, the weaving center, Marante and Nanggala, a traditional Torajan village known for its large Tongkonan and 14 ricebarns. Overnight stay in hotel Marante in Rantepao,Toraja highland.
Day 15 : Toraja – Makassar
After breakfast we drive back to Makassar. Upon arrival in Makassar there is a short city tour of the former Ujung Pandang, visiting the old Dutch Fortress Rotterdam and Paotere Achorage the old harbor home to the handsome Buginese Phinisi. Overnight stay in hotel in Makassar.
Day 16 : Makassar – Ubud, Bali.
Today we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Bali. Arrive in Bali at… We will fetch you from the airport and proceed to the artist’s village of Ubud. The rest of the day free at your own program in this beautiful village.
Day 17 : Ubud – excursions.
Drive to Batubulan to see the Barong and Kris Dance. Further visit the handicraft villages of woodcarvers and silver and goldsmiths. Then to Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) that dates back to the 11th century. At Penelokan-Kintamani you can enjoy the spectacular panorama of mount and lake Batur. On the way back to Ubud we make a stop at Tampaksiring where the royal tombs and holy springs are. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 18 : Ubud – Tuban in Kuta area
In the morning free at your own program. You can walk through Monkey forest street where a lot of fine galleries is available. In the afternoon we will make tour to 3 different locations. Firstly you will visit the temple at Taman Ayun (beautiful garden) at Mengwi. This temple is surrounded by a moat, was built in 1634 for the Royal family. The next stop is the Monkey forest at Kedaton, where over 500 monkeys of varying sizes inhabit the forest along with numerous fruit bats. Finally to Tanah Lot Temple, which is built on an outcrop of rock just off the coastline and can only be reached by wading across at low tide. When the tide is high, waves thunder around the island and at sunset, the spray and sun weave fantastic rainbows. Thereafter we depart to Kuta.
Day 19 : Kuta – free at your own program.
No transport and guide. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 20 : Kuta – free at your own program.
No transport and guide. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 21 : Tuban, Kuta area – airport.
Today we transfer you to the airport for your flight to next destination. The end of your fine tour on Sumatra, Java, Toraja and Bali.