Day 1: Arrival in Medan with flight. We will fetch you from the airport. Overnight stay in Hotel Deli River situated just outside Medan in the middle of a tropical garden. Here you can rest after the long journey or make a walk in the neighborhood.
Day 2: Medan. In the morning take a city tour of Medan taking in the remaining Dutch, English, Chinese and Malay architecture. After this depart to Bohorok/Bukit Lawang, the orangutan rehabilitation center in Gunung Leuser nature reservation. In this impressive nature reserve you can see the orangutans in their natural environment. This involves a walk through the jungle. The sportive hiker can take exciting jungle trips here. However walkers must be fit and have suitable, large profile shoes. Overnight stay in Bukit Lawang Cottage.
Day 3: Bukit Lawang. Own program. Overnight stay in Bukit Lawang Cottage.
Day 4: Bukit Lawang - Brastagi via Medan. En route stop at Sikulikap waterfall. In the afternoon you will arrive at the cool mountain resort of Brastagi. Here you can view 2 active volcanoes, Sibayak and Sinabung. Overnight stay in hotel Brastagi Cottage in Brastagi.
Day 5: Brastagi - Samosir. After breakfast leave for Prapat at the famous Lake Toba. On the way stops at the Sipiso Piso waterfall, at the longhouse of King Purba and at pineapples, coffee and ginger plantations. In the afternoon you arrive in Prapat at Lake Toba. Overnight at hotel Toledo at Samosir. Your room has beautiful view directly on the lake side.
Day 6: Samosir. After breakfast excursion to several Toba Batak villages at the island. Visit to the villages Ambarita, Simanindo and Tomok. Overnight at hotel Toledo.
Day 7: Samosir. Own program. Overnight stay at hotel Toledo.
Day 8: Samosir - Sibolga. Early in the morning you will cross the lake to Prapat from where you leave for Sibolga. Along the southern shores of Lake Toba with its lovely rice fields and huge Batak kings' graves you travel through the Toba highlands. During the trip you will pass hot sulfur springs at Sipoholon. In Tarutung, the center of the Protestant Batak church, you turn towards the direction of Sibolga, the old harbor town on the Indian Ocean. By an amazing road with a thousand curves, straight through the Bukit Barisan ridge, you will arrive late in the afternoon in Sibolga, the town where time seems to stand still. You will lodge in a nice hotel Sibolga Marina on the island of Poncan Gadang, 20 minutes by boat from Sibolga.
Day 9: Sibolga - Poncan Gadang. You can enjoy the heavenly surroundings on this Robinson Crusoe Island. You can also dive and snorkel over beautiful coral gardens. Diving equipment can be rented on the island. Overnight stay in hotel Sibolga Marina on Poncan Gadang.
Day 10: Sibolga - Bukittinggi. The route to Bukittingi in the Minangkabau highlands brings you again right through the Bukit Barisan mountain ridge of Sumatra. It is an impressive tour in which you drive through a wall of tropical rain forest. En route you pass the equator in the place Bonjol. In the afternoon we arrive in the cool and pleasant town of Bukittingi. Overnight stay in hotel Pusako in Bukittinggi.
Day 11: Bukittinggi. City tour and excursions. In the morning there is a tour to the former Fort De Kock, situated on a strategic point on a high mountain. You then visit the market and the famous 'Karbouwengat' (Ngarai Sianok), the impressive canyon beside the city. Around noon we depart for the Minangkabau Palace in Pagaruyung where you will see various aspects of the matriarchal society of the Minangkabau. Our next destination is the Harau nature reserve, famous for its huge rock formations and delightful butterflies. Enroute you pass Batusangkar where you will see historic rock inscriptions in Hindu-Indian Sanscrit language. In the evening we return to Bukittinggi via Lake Singkarak. Overnight stay in hotel Pusako in Bukittinggi.
Day 12: Bukittinggi - Maninjau. Today you proceed to Maninjau via the silver town of Kota Gadang on the other side of the Karbouwengat. For the sportive hiker the one hour walk through the deep Karbouwengat to Kota Gadang is a must! From Kota Gadang you will be picked up by the car for departure to the mysterious lake Maninjau, descending to the lake via the road with forty four curves. The lake is clean and still and excellent for swimming. Overnight stay right at hotel Nuansa Maninjau at the Lake Maninjau.
Day 13: Maninjau. Own program.
Day 14: Maninjau - Padang. Today you go to Padang via the beautiful Anai valley with the Anai waterfall. The harbor city of Padang on the Indian Ocean is the economic centre of West Sumatra. On arrival there is a city tour of Padang. Overnight stay in Hotel Pangeran Beach in Padang.
Day 15: Padang. Transfer to airport for the flight to your next destination.
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