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Highlights of Sumatra
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Now's the time to explore Sumatra on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Head into the depths of the jungle to spot orangutans in their home, sit in awe at the world's largest volcano lake at Lake Toba, and dip into local flavours from your beachside hotel in Padang. This trip mixes just enough must-sees and free time to keep you seeing every highlight (and more!) in Sumatra.

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: AESH/141826
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Medan, Indonesia
  • Finishes: Padang, Indonesia
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • Medan
  • Tangkahan
  • Bukit Lawang
  • Berastagi
  • Samosir Island
  • Padangsidempuan
  • Bukittinggi
  • Padang

Itinerary

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Day 1: Medan

Arrive at any time.

Tonight, visit the night market at Jalan Semarang. Head to the famous Soto Kesawan, a local institution famous for its namesake dish that's made of coconut milk with prawns, chicken, potato, and beef offal. You won't regret it.

Want some incredible views while you get to know your incredible group? Head to a skybar so you can quench your thirst while seeing the city from a bird's eye view.

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Day 2: Medan/Tangkahan

Wake up with a morning tour of Medan. After, drive through the jungle to get to the small community of Tangkahan. Here, you can go hiking, dip into the nearby river or hot spring, or try the local delicacy dubbed "jungle food."

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Day 3: Tangkahan/Bukit Lawang

Hold on tight — today's ride might be a little bumpy. Once you arrive in Bukit Lawang, located close to Gunung Leuser National Park, visit the local spice garden or relax with some fresh coconut.

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Day 4: Bukit Lawang

Head into the jungle today, if you'd like the chance to spot wildlife (like the elusive orangutan!) on a trek. Gunung Leuser National Park is also home to a handful of hanging bridges — great spots for some lush-looking photos.

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Day 5: Bukit Lawang/Berastagi

This morning, get to know this mountain and market town on an orientation walk. Later, enjoy a free afternoon by stopping by the traditional market or relaxing at the local hot spring.

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Day 6: Berastagi

Today is yours. Hike the volcano Mt Sibayak, take in the golden Buddhist temple Taman Alam Lumbini, or stay put and keep getting to know the town.

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Day 7: Berastagi/Samosir Island

The world's largest volcano lake, Lake Toba, awaits. Spend today at Sipiso Piso Waterfall (one of the tallest falls in Indonesia) or Bukit Indah Simarjarunjung, a spot famous for swings, selfies, and stellar views.

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Day 8: Samosir Island

Chill out and swim in the warm waters of the lake or get a taste of local life by visiting the nearby Batak villages.

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Day 9: Samosir Island/Padangsidempuan

Drive through beautiful scenery on this travel day, stopping at the bustling city of Padang Sidempuan for the night. Not quite ready to move? Stop at Sipoholon Sulphur Hot Springs for more time to relax.

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Day 10: Padangsidempuan/Bukittinggi

It's another travel day, dotted with stops for lunch, local spice gardens, and perhaps some pictures at Aek Sijonih Waterfalls. Get acquainted with Bukittingi on a brief orientation walk when you get there.

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Day 11: Bukittinggi

Today's a free day. Go see Sianok Canyon, the Japanese Caves built during World War II, or Pagaruyung Palace, one of the biggest and most beautiful in west Sumatra.

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Day 12: Bukittinggi/Padang

Head to Padang and settle in at your beachside hotel before trying some of the cuisine this city is most famous for. Beef rendang (a tender dry beef curry) is found all over Sumatra, but it's at its best in its home city.

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Day 13: Padang

Your final full day in Padang is a free one. Check out the nearby islands for unspoiled beaches and turquoise blue waters. Ah, paradise!

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Day 14: Padang

Today, it's time to say goodbye to your group of newfound friends as the tour ends. Be sure to sneak in some last-minute photos and cheers before you head on your way.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
    • City tour of Medan
    • Orientation walks of Berastagi and Bukittinggi
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (13 nts)
    • 13 breakfasts
    Transport
    • Minibus, walking
    Group Leader
    • CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Bliss out beachside on the Indian Ocean
  • Trek in the jungle of national parks
  • Chill out on Lake Toba
  • Get active in Bukittinggi