Nature & Beauty of Sumatra

This is a full trip that will allow you to see many aspects of Sumatra Island. You will start this tour by visiting the famous Tangkahan & Bukit Lawang area to meet with two special wild animals: Elephant and Orangutans. You will continue to Brestagi and Lake Toba which offers  grandiose landscape with its largest lake in the world . The other part of the trip focuses more on meeting the local people and discovering their daily life. End of the trip will end relaxing on the Cubadak Island .

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Airport - City Tour Medan

Arrival at Kualanamu International Airport Medan, transfer to hotel and private transfer to discover the city. First stop is the Mesjid Raya Grand Mosque, one of the largest on the island and left behind by the Dutch architecture that designed the palace. Continue with the Sultan Palace, Chinese Temple and local market.

Return to your hotel in the afternoon.

Hotel: Emerald Garden/Hermes Palace/Similar

Day 2: Medan - Tangkahan

After breakfast drive to Tangkahan Village via Binjai and Tanjung Pura. On the way you will visit several villages where you can see the daily activities of local people. Arrival at Tangkahan (a part of Leuser National Park) check in to simple Guest House. Afternoon free at own leisure or walking around the area of the hotel. On the Bank of the river and the possibility to see the elephant washing on the river.

Mega Inn/Bamboo River Guesthouse

Day 3: Tangkahan – Elephant Washing & River Safari

After breakfast walk to the elephant station and then join the Mahout. Here you can help washing the elephant as well as feeding them, after feeding the elephant enjoy a tubing activity through the river and stop at  the fantastic Buluh Waterfall where you may enjoy the waterfall as a natural shower, take your time to sun bath, swim in the river and enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach of the river.


In the afternoon arrive at the local village where you can get in touch with the locals. You can experience daily activities. Walk home to your guest house to feel the real life here in Sumatra. Arrive at the guest house and take rest or if you’d like visit hot springs and waterfall near the guest house.

Mega Inn/Bamboo River Guesthouse

Day 4: Tangkahan - Bukit Lawang

After breakfast drive to Bukit Lawang by Jeep, on the way stop at several plantation to discover the fabrication of the rubber, cocoa and palm oil, arrival at Bukit Lawang check in to hotel and afternoon free at own leisure.

(Bukit Lawang Cottages/Rindu Alam Hotel)    

Day 5: Trekking Bukit Lawang

After breakfast start walking towards the jungle with your guide to start a jungle trek to explore the nature of Leuser National Park with their flora and fauna, there will be possibility to see Orangutans in their own habitat and other kind of animal such as Thomas leaf monkeys, long tail macaque, gibbon, black gibbon and other kind of flora and fauna of tropical rain forest. This trek will last for about 3 hours. (possibility to change program and propose a 2 day jungle trek ). After your morning trek, return to your hotel.


Afternoon free at own leisure to enjoy the nature of Bukit Lawang where you can also explore the small friendly village of Bukit Lawang and it’s cool restaurants.

Day 6: Bukit Lawang - Brastagi

Enjoy morning breakfast before continuing for your Sumatra tour, today you will be  heading to Berastagi. Along the way you can enjoy the villages of Sembahe and Sibolangit. Upon your arrival in Berastagi, your guide takes you to visit the replica of the famous Shwedagon pagoda of Yangon, then head for the fruit market with its colorful goods and hectic local life.


To wrap up this day, head to Gundaling Hill to enjoy the spectacular views of the two active volcanoes, Mount Sinabung and Mount Sibayak. This is the time to bring your camera!

Check in to your hotel.

(Grand Mutiara Hotel/Sinabung Hotel)  

Day 7: Brastagi - Samosir/Lake Toba

This part of your trip to Sumatra is marked by the discovery of another facet of the island. Going to Lake Toba, take a look at the houses of the Karo Bataks in Dokan Village. These traditional stilt houses are built entirely of wood and can house up to 8 families of the same clan.


Continue the road to the Sipisopiso Falls, which will not leave you indifferent: between mountain landscapes, rainbows and lush nature. You will continue to visit the royal house of Pematang Purba, built more than two centuries ago.


Arriving on the shores of Lake Toba, among the largest lakes in the world, you take a ferry to Samosir Island in the middle of the body of water. Once arrived on the mainland, you will settle in your hotel.

(Grand Mutiara Hotel/Sinabung Hotel) 

Day 8: Motor Bike Tour

After breakfast you may choose to explore Samosir Island “ The Area of Batak Toba people” by Motor Cycle to the Top of Samosir Hill to see the small lake at the Top of the Hill called Sidahoni Lake, on the way visit the famous several Batak Toba villages, to see the activities of local people such as visiting children in school, visit the villagers to witness everydays activities such as  traditional hand weaving.


If you prefer trekking, our tour guide will accompany you to trek in the jungle on Samosir Island with also the possibility to stop at several villages. Return to your hotel in the afternoon.

(Silintong Hotel/Toledo Inn/Tabo Cottages) 

Day 9: Samosir

Today is a free day to take some time to relax, swim, sun bath or walk around the villages.

(Silintong Hotel/Toledo Inn/Tabo Cottages) 

Day 10: Samosir - Sipirok

After breakfast cross back to Parapat and arrive at Parapat. Continue by driving to Sipirok, on the way stop at pineapple, clove and coffee plantation and visit the traditional market at Balige Sigur-gur and continue by Sipoholon Hot Springs. Before arrival at Sipirok  enjoy the nature by walking at the bank of Sarulla River, the rice terrace and arrive at Sipirok to check in your hotel.

(Tor Sibohi Hotel)  

Day 11: Sipirok - Bukittinggi

Leave Sipirok for Bukittinggi by passing the tropical rain forest of Rimba Panti and stop to see the monkeys picking up the coconut. Visit pepper, vanilla, cardamon and cinnamon garden and cross the equator line at Bonjol, afternoon arrival at Bukittinggi – the charming town of Minangkabau people – directly check in to hotel.

(Royal Denai Hotel/Pusako Hotel)   

Day 12: Bukittinggi - City Tour - Harau Valley

After breakfast drive to Payakumbuh and visit Harau Valley with its eco rice field terrace, traditional village and then back to Bukittinggi to visit the canyon of Sianok with the  Fort De Kock, Museum and Market. In the afternoon return back to your hotel. In the evening enjoy the traditional Minangkabau Dance and music performance.

(Royal Denai Hotel/Pusako Hotel)

Day 13: Bukittinggi - Minangkabau Tour

After breakfast drive to Batusangkar via Tabek Patah, on the way stop at Rao-Rao to visit the Minangkabau traditional village and stop to see traditional coffee milling, arrive at Batusangkar drive to Pagaruyung to visit the duplicate Palace of Minangkabau Kingdom, afternoon return to Bukittinggi via Padang Panjang and visit Pandai Sikat Village to see the Minangkabau traditional hand weaving and wood carving.

(Royal Denai Hotel/Pusako Hotel)

Day 14: Bukittinggi - Explore Local Activities

After breakfast visit several villages to witness the local people on their daily activities. Here you will be able to help and take part in planting the rice on rice-field with farmers the traditional asian way. Enjoy a traditional fried tapioca or fried banana as a snack cooked by your host.

Day 15: Bukittinggi - Puncak Lawang Trekking - Bukittinggi

After breakfast drive to Puncak Lawang, on the way stop at Koto Gadang Village to see traditional silver work and arrive at Puncak Lawang trekking to Maninjau via the Lawang Jungle. On the way down to Lake Maninjau enjoy a coffee break at the traditional coffee shop in the jungle, during the trek take the opportunity to walk on the side of rice field and villages. Upon arrival at Maninjau, enjoy the nature of the lake.

In the afternoon, return to Bukittinggi.

Day 16: Bukittinggi - Padang - Cubadak Island

After breakfast drive to Padang via Padang Panjang, on the way stop at Anai Waterfall. Arrive in Padang  and transfer to Painan to catch the ferry boat to cross to Cubadak Island. Arrive at Cubadak Island and check in to your hotel.

(Cubadak Paradiso Resort)   

Day 17 - Cubadak Island

Today you can pick one of the activities from the resort :

  • Snorkelling with its snorkeling equipment
  • Picnic days to neighboring island (Depend on the weather)
  • Canoeing and fun sailing
  • Trekking in the forest

Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) will be provided during your stay on the Island including free flow of Sumatran tea and coffee.

(Cubadak Paradiso Resort)

Day 18: Cubadak Island Free Day

Pick an activity for the day!

  • Snorkeling with its snorkeling equipment
  • Picnic days to neighboring island (Depend on the weather)
  • Canoeing and fun sailing
  • Tracking in the forest

Full board meals.

Day 19: Cubadak Island – Padang/Airport

After breakfast cross back to Painan by boat and then drive to Airport for your flight to next destination.


Tour End.

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