Sumatra & Java Highlight Stunning nature of Sumatra combined with the rich culture and sights of Java makes this a great tour. On Sumatra You’ll meet shy orangutans, ride atop an elephant through the jungle and glide across Lake Toba and Ngarai Sianok. On Java you will travel through the lush tea plantations to the historic cities and smouldering volcanoes that this island is renowned for. During your time in Yogyakarta you will visit the temple of Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in the world and explore the Hindu temple complex of Prambanan. Get to know the real Indonesia with this 19-day tour.
Sumatra offers a breath of fresh air for those travellers looking to escape the chaos of Java. An explorer’s paradise, the vast majority of the island remains undiscovered. Most of the highlights are in the north at places like Bukit Lawang, a jungle-shrouded river offering the best chance in Indonesia to see orang-utans in the wild; Danau Toba, Southeast Asia’s largest lake and a magical place to lose a few days and relax in one of the numerous waterside resorts on the island of Samosir; and the stunning crater lake of Danau Maninjau. On the west coast lies Padang, recently rebuilt after the horrific earthquake of September 2009 and set within easy reach of dozens of idyllic islands including the remote Mentawai, filled with adventure potential. Near Sumatra’s southern tip and just a short ferry hop from Java sits Bandar Lampung, within striking distance of Krakatau and the surfing hub of Krui.
Getting around Sumatra on public transport can be gruelling – distances are vast, the roads tortuous and the driving hair-raising. The good news is that many of Indonesia’s domestic airlines have made safety a higher priority and now offer affordable connections to all the major centres in Sumatra. While most travellers these days skip to North Sumatra in a matter of minutes, those with time on their hands should take advantage of a fast-disappearing phenomenon in Southeast Asia: the unbeaten path.
Day 1 : Arrive Medan Airport – Tangkahan
Arrive at Medan International Airport. Meeting service and continue drive to Tangkahan. Spend the night in Tangkahan.
Day 2 : Tangkahan – Bukit Lawang
After breakfast walking to the starting point for Elephant riding, where you will experience riding Sumatra Elephant, will pass the river and jungle. The Elephant riding will take about an hour. Spend the night in Bukit Lawang.
Day 3 : Bohorok ( Bukit Lawang) – Berastagi
Bahorok is one of the rare places where Orang utan are living in the wild. Today we are making a day hike to spot the Orang Utans and much more animals in the jungle. Spend the night in Hotel Brastagi.
Day 4 : Berastagi – Lake Toba
We tour via the scenic back road across the Karo Plateau to the delightfully cool and picturesque town of Berastagi. We stop on the way at Pematang Purba to see the long house (Rumah Bolon) which was belonged to the royal families of the Simalungun Batak tribe.Tongging Hill gives us a beautiful view of the northern part of Lake Toba. Besides that we stop at Sipiso piso Waterfall and Lingga Village to see a glimpse of the way of life of the Karo Batak Tribe and their typical houses with open floor plan in which eight families live together under a single up swept or rectangular roof of ijuk thatch. After lunch we Continue to Samosir. Spend the Night in Lake Toba.
Day 5 : Lake Toba
We take a cruise on Lake Toba to the central island of Samosir, where the colourful Toba Batak villages cling to the shore. We visit Ambarita Village, which has an archeologically important meeting place for the King of Siallangan that served as a hall of justice. Spend the Night in Lake Toba.
Day 6 : Lake Toba – Sipirok
On the way to Sipirok we can Visit Traditional Village Lumbang Binaga and Traditional market at Balige. Spend the night in Hotel Sipirok.
Day 7: Sipirok – Bukit Tinggi
We will leave early morning for the drive from Sipirok to Bukittinggi. It’s another long journey across hills and valleys, through plantations and past small villages. In the late afternoon we will arrive in Bukittinggi. Bukittinggi is surrounded by volcanoes, lakes, canyons and traditional villages. Spend the night in Bukit tinggi.
Day 8 : Bukit Tinggi
We Take a walk at ngarai Sianok canyon is a steep valley (ravine) which is located in the border town of Bukittinggi and the sub-district of IV Koto, Agam Regency, West Sumatra. The valley is long and winding as the boundary line from the southern of Koto Gadang canyon until the Sianok Canyon, Enam Suku, and ended up at Palupuh. Spend the night in Bikit tinggi.
Day 9 : Flight To Java/Jakarta – Carita Beach
At the appropriate time, drive to Padang. Upon arrival in Padang, transfer to the airport to catch the flight to Jakarta. Upon arrival in Jakarta we continue drive to Carita Beach. Spend the night in Hotel Carita Beach.
Day 10 : Carita Beach
We board the fast boat (double engine) the Sunda strait to the famous, deserted, active volcano island with 35 miles away, to sea is left of the biggest explosion ever recorded in history mankind (1883) Crusing around the Anak Krakatau where you can seen the real of black lava stone and rest of the last eruption. Landing at the beach of Anak Krakatau and climb up to the first top of volcano than step your foot on it searching closely the minerals (Volcanic bomb, lava) from the bottom of the earth which were thrown up through its crater, from the top you can see the wonder beautiful sea view of krakatau arcipelago. Back to the boat than continue to old Krakatau island (the mother of krakatau) at “Chili lagoon” for snorkeling to see variesty of tropical fish at coral reef (angelfish, surgeonfish, clownfish, batfish, butterfly fish etc. Stay and Lunch will be served at the beach at Krakatau island. Return boat trip to Carita. End the trip , Late afternoon back to Carita. Spend the night at Hotel Carita Beach.
Day 11 : Carita Beach – Baduy Sundanese Tribe
Drive to Ciboleger for Baduy. With short trekking, we will see the activities of Baduy tribe. Spend the night in Baduy Village Ciboleger.
Day 12 : Baduy – Bogor
On the way to Bogor we will enjoy beautiful scenery, mountain and rice field. Spend the night in Hotel Bogor.
Day 13 : Bogor – Cipanas
Drive via Puncak Pass Mountain Resort (1600 meter above sea level) passing through beautiful scenery of Tea Plantation. Spend the night in Hotel Cipanas.
Day 14 : Cipanas – Batukaras
Discover papandayan active volcano. Afterward we continue drive to Batukaras. Spend the night in Batukaras Beach.
Day 15 : Batukaras
Visit the spectacular Green Canyon sailing by boat through the Canyon and have an exciting Body Rafting for 3 to 4 hours along the river. Cross a traditional handmade bridge from bamboo (Bamboo Bridge). Spend the night in Batukaras Beach.
Day 16 : Batukaras – Surf Lesson
Batukaras Beach is popular among surfers, nationally and internationally. In addition to a relatively flat beach, Batukaras also has a small bay, so that surfers do not have to paddle too far to the starting point for wave. The main beach at Batukaras region was named Legokpari Beach. This beach is a favourite for beginner surfers, has waves that are not too high making it easier for every tourist who wants to try and learn to surf. Spend the night in Batukaras Beach.
Day 17 : Batukaras – Jogyakarta
Morning transfers to the train station of Sidareja, then depart by train. Early Afternoon you will arrive in Yogyakarta. Overnight in Hotel Jogjakarta.
Day 18 : Jogyakarta – Borobudur – Cooking Class
Wake up early morning, enjoy the beautiful sunrise from the famous Borobudur temple. The massive stone stupa of Borobudur is one of the greatest of all ancient architectural monuments. Built with forced labour from the surrounding countryside between about AD 750 and 850, Borobudur predates Ankor Wat in Cambodia by three centuries. Through a Buddhist creation, it incorporates Persian, Babylonian and Greek influences. Also the nearby a smaller but of some importance Mendut temple and can be visited. In the afternoon we take Cooking class. Spend the night in Hotel Yogyakarta.
Day 19 : Jogja City Tour – Prambanan Temple
In the morning Jogjakarta city tour. Where we visit the Sultan’s Palace, Batik home industry and Kota Gede for silver smith. Enjoy Prambanan sunset. In the night we visit a traditional dance performance of Ramayana Ballet. Spend the night in Hotel Jogjakarta.
The Sumatra & Java Highlight, has come to his end. we hope you will leave Indonesia satisfied full with great experiences.