(Berastagi – Lake Toba – Bukittinggi)


Day 1 : Arrival Medan – Berastagi
Today you arrive in Medan, the main city in northern Sumatra. Followed by a city tour of Medan visiting Maimun palace, historical mosque AlMashum and Buddhist temple vihara Gunung Timur. Afterwards, departure to Berastagi, a mountain resort situated on the Karo plateau on about 1400 meter asl. It is the homeland of the Karo Batak, one of the six Batak tribes that inhabit the province of North Sumatra. Before arriving at hotel, stop and wander around local fruit market. Accomodation at Grand Mutiara

Day 2 : Berastagi – Samosir Island
Scenic drive to lake Toba, one of the deepest and largest crater lake in the world with stop at Dokan, a Batak Karo village with a number of traditional houses still being inhabited where eight families live together in harmony in each house. Proceed to Sipiso piso waterfall and the long house of king Batak Simalungun. Arrive in Parapat, across the lake by public boat to Samosir island. The boat will probably stops several time to drop other passengers. You will be dropped right in front of your hotel. Accomodation at Tabo Cottage or Toledo Inn, simple accommodation but nicely located by the lake side

Day 3 : Samosir Tour
Drive around the island to explore the natural beauty and cultural aspects of Batak Toba by visiting Ambarita village where the remnant megalithic culture of Batak Toba lies in front of traditional houses. Continue to Simanindo to see folkdance performed by the villagers. Here you also can visit a museum built in typical Batak style. On returning to your hotel, stop at Tomok village to see a very old but nicely decorated sarchopagus
Notice: Samosir excursion will be done by car for maximum 5 paxs, more than 5 by boat

Day 4 : Samosir – Sipirok 
Across back to Parapat by public boat and drive up to Sipirok with view of marching mountains Bukit Barisan, a long but beautiful trip. First stop will be at a typical Batak village Jangga Dolok/Lumban Binanga. Next stop at colourful market place in Balige and sulphur hotspring in Sipoholon. Accomodation at Torsibohi Hotel, nicely located on top of a hill. The cottages are spacious and offer enough comfort but still are simple accommodation.

Day 5 : Sipirok – Bukittinggi 
The journey today is rather long but worthwhile to exhibits the inner part of Sumatra. The scenery of mountains, rivers, valleys and traditional villages will relieve you from weariness. Enroute stop at Sijornih waterfall and Sihepeng with small herb garden where several kinds of herbs are grown (kardemon, ginger, vanille etc). Here, often there is also a short tailed monkey present who are specially trained to collect coconuts. Next you will pass by a moslem school where the students are living in very small houses. The last stop before Bukittinggi is Bonjol where you will cross the equator. Accommodation at Pusako or Royal Denai

Day 6 : Minangkabau Tour
City tour to visit the clock tower Jam Gadang which overlooks the colourful market  Pasar Atas, Dutch fort called De Kock, Sianok valley and Pandai Sikat, a village famous with its hand weaving and wood carving. Travel further to Pagaruyung palace, a site of ancient Minangkabau kingdom where women ruled in matrilineal society. Afternoon back to Bukittinggi

Day 7 : Bukittinggi – Padang Airport 
Two hours drive to airport via the greenery of Anai park and waterfall. End of tours

        - Private airco car
        - Room with daily breakfast
        - English-speaking guide
        - Applicable entrance fees
        - Boat to/from Samosir island