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08 Days North – West Sumatra Overland Tour
(Included Orangutans)

Day 1; Kuala Namu International airport – Bukit Lawang (3 hrs drive)
Arrive at the Kuala Namu International airport with flight… at…
We will fetch you and transfer to Medan for a city tour visiting Merdeka square, as  a central of Medan city where you can see old Dutch architecture buildings; Town Hall, Former Java’s Bank, Post Office, Train Station and other remaining old buildings surroundings. Next visit is Masjid Raya or the Great Mosque built in 1906 by the first sultan and still considered as one the most beautiful mosques in the country.
Note: Visit Grand Mosque will be not possible during praying time and appropriate dress code is required
Not too far from there continue with a visit of Maimoon Sultan Palace built in 1888 by the Sultan of Deli (the former name of Medan). This beautiful palace is combining traditional elements of Malay, Islam as well as Spanish and Indian, architectural elements. The palace is until present day inhabited by the Sultan who remain a symbolic figure for the Malay community.
After that we straight to Bukit Lawang as one of the observation point at the Gunung Leuser National Park. You drive through the landscape view of plantations and villages. Available stop at local handicrafts homes industry of Bamboo and Traditional Roofing. Depends on season, you can also stop at locals fruits & spicy garden; snake fruits, mangos, durian, ginger, lemongrass, peanuts, galingale etc.
Arrive in Bukit Lawang and check in to hotel for overnight stay.
Ecolodge Bukit Lawang Cottages or similar

Day 2 Bukit Lawang (Orangutans trekking) – Brastagi / 4,5 – 5 hours drive
After breakfast, our professional team will meet you and give short briefing before we get into the National Park. Start for an experienced 3 hrs trekking in this primary Sumatra rainforest. Steep, slopes and dense vegetation will bring you to the excitement of the jungle. Here you have the opportunity to see several species of indigenous flora and fauna. Semi or wild Sumatran Orangutans might cross your way. Last trek would be at the river banks where you cross by tube or rubber boat to the other side and continue walk down through the river banks until back to your lodge.
After that prepare for check out and start drive to Brastagi via an alternative route of Pamah Semelir. You may stop at local café on the hill with nice view of Pamah Semelir village, famous with it’s picturesque rice field and jungle. Continue trip through the route with Sumatran jungle landscape and passing foot of Sinabung volcano. Arrive in Brastagi, a mountain resort with its refreshing weather and magnificent mountain scenery which has an abundance of flowers, vegetables and fruits (most famous of which is the “Marquise” passion fruit). The village lies at about 1300 m altitude and is surrounded by the two volcanoes Sinabung (2417 m) and Sibayak (2172 m). Here you can visit the famous fruits market with a walk in the local fruit market which is swarming with activity and scenes from traditional Karo life and also enjoy the views of two active volcanoes, Sinabung and Sibayak.
Grand Mutiara (superior twin) or similar in Brastagi

Day 3 Brastagi – Samosir island / 3,5 hours drive + 1 hour ferry
After breakfast you depart to Samosir island with stop at Dokan, a traditional Batak’s Karo village. Next stop is Sipiso-piso waterfall and Long house of Simalungun Bataks. During the trip you will also pass local spices garden: coffee, cinnamon, clove etc.  In the afternoon you arrive at the harbors (Tigaras or parapat) from where you cross the lake by ferry to Samosir island, car and driver goes with you by ferry. Arrive on the harbor on the island of Samosir, we continue drive to your hotel for overnight.
Tabo Cottages (deluxe) or similar on Samosir island

Day 4 Samosir tour
Today you will make excursion to explore the beauty and cultural aspects of Batak visiting Ambarita village to see the stone chairs, tables and court yard of Siallagan’s clan. Simanindo to enjoy the Bataks traditional ritual dances of the Bataks Tribe. Next spot to visit is to Sianjur Mula Mula valley where you can see beautiful views of local villages in the valley and lake Toba from Pusuk Buhit, the most highest place to views lake Toba. Return drives which direction to Tomok village to see the old tomb of King’s Sidabutar.
Return to hotel for taking relax after long excursion on this day.
Tabo Cottages (deluxe) or similar on Samosir island

Day 5 Samosir island – Padang Sidempuan / 1 hr ferry + 6 hrs drive
Early wake-up call and breakfast before check out and transfer to nearby Tomok for boarding the local ferry from Samosir Island and Parapat (estimated departure time at 07:00 – subject to change)
From Parapat you continue by car to Padang Sidempuan.
Along the way you make a stop at a pineapple plantation, stroll through the traditional market in Balige where you can walk around the daily local market and see all local products and maybe buy some snacks for on the road. You will also stop at Mehat, another Batak’s village in the beautiful valley at the lake side. Here you can still find local women weave their own dress with traditional way in their home.
Next stop is Sipaholon hot spring, a famous hot spring which removable heat from Mount Martimbang located 3 km from the city center Tarutung. Here we can see directly a pair of hot springs. We can see directly how the hot water flows out of the ground. Continue drive until we reach Padang Sidempuan, the small capital of the Batak Mandheling regency.
Mega Permata hotel (superior)

Day 6 Padang Sidempuan – Bukittinggi / 8-9 hrs drive
Early morning you start drive to Bukittinggi at West Sumatra. Drive passing through the winding roads of the Bukit Barisan Mountain range offering beautiful scenery of mountains, rivers, valleys and traditional villages. We make a stop at Sihepeng, a small botanical garden where you can learn about all kind of spices like pepper, saffron, lemon grass, nutmeg, bay leaf. Stop at Purba Baru where you can see the Musthafawiyah Islamic school, one of the oldest and largest boarding schools in Sumatra founded in 1912. Depart from Kotanopan and enter the province of West Sumatra and you will notice that the landscape is now changing into tropical rain forest. We take time to make a short 30-minute walk in the beautiful natural environment while stopping at the RimbaPanti Nature reserve. From here drive takes you to Bonjol where you will pass the Equator and where a monument marks the imaginary Equator line. Urban legend says that crossing the line backwards will bring good luck, so give it a try.
Arrive in the early evening in Bukittinggi for 2 overnight stays.
Hotel Santika (superior) or similar

Day 7 Bukittinggi tour
Today you will make a tour in Bukittinggi surroundings.
Visit Payakumbuh famous with huge rock formations of Harau valley. Then drive to Batusangkar with a stop at TabekPatah. Drive to the nearby local village of Rao Rao known for its beautiful traditional Minangkabau houses, locally known as RumahGadang . Next stop will be at Pagaruyung Palace located in the village of TanjungEmas near Batusangkar: The palace is a replica of the original Pagaruyung royal palace which was set on fire by the nation’s Dutch colonists in 1804 and it has only recently been entirely restored using traditional materials with its 3 storeys and its 5 stacked sweeping roofs ending with eleven sharp horns and covered with over 26 tons of palm fibers. Pagarayung is the most beautiful example of the Traditional Minangkabau Architecture. Pagaruyung is the name of the Minangkabau kingdom that ruled the central region of Sumatra and was the seat of a large kingdom where the Minangkabau culture flourished. Return to Bukittinggi passing by the picturesque Lake Singkarak and stop at Pandai Sikat, a village famous with its “Songket“ hand woven cloth and wood carving.
Return to Bukittinggi and if time is available, you can do a city tour of Bukittinggi for overnight stay.
Hotel Santika (superior) or similar

Day 8 Bukittinggi – airport / 2-2,5 hrs drive
Today we transfer you via Anai valley and waterfall to the airport for catch your flight to next destination. End of your trip through us.

Prices ??

Hotels as mentioned above + breakfast
AC transport as mentioned in the program + fuel & driver
English speaking guide (other languages based on availability due to limited)
Entrance & parking fees as mentioned in the program
Orangutans jungle trekking in Bukit Lawang on day 2
Ferry to Samosir island vice versa

Flight tickets and airport tax
Personal expenses; meals (lunches & dinners) except during trekking, drinks, donations, laundry, souvenirs, etc.
Tips for guide/driver
Travel insurance
Any optional program