Welcome to North Sumatra

North Sumatra stretches from the Indian Ocean to the Strait of Melaka. From sea to shining sea, it is anything but homogeneous. The rolling landscape varies from sweaty plains to cool highlands, while the houses of worship switch between the metal domes of mosques to the arrow-straight steeples of Christian churches. In the highlands around Danau Toba are the delightful Batak, and then there’s the megalithic culture of Pulau Nias.

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$70 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Tour: Karo Highlands and Lake Toba from Medan

You will be picked up from your accommodation in Medan between 8am – 9am to begin your drive along the fascinating route through the jungle to the mountain village of Brastagi in the Karo Highlands.  Spend time in Brastagi between 10am – 11am. In Brastagi you can view two active volcanoes, the Sibayak and the Sinabung. Brastagi was around during the colonial times a famous mountain resort because of its pleasant cool climate.   Visit the colorful fruit market Brastagi between 11:15am -11:45am. Brastagi has volcanic fruitful soil which is ideal for growing fruits like passionfruit, mangistan, Solanum Betaceum which is locally called Terong Belanda, oranges and a variety of flowers.  At 11:45am – 12:30pm drive to the traditional village of Dokan to see traditional Karo Dokan houses where people still live. In these traditional houses, named Djambur, 8 families occupy one house. Cattle, pigs and water buffaloes live below the house. You can visit a house and see their way of life.  You will drive to Sipisopiso waterfall between 12:40pm – 1:40pm via beautiful rural scenery of the Karo Batak Highlands. The Sipisopiso is an impressive waterfall flowing into Lake Toba. From here you have beautiful views over the northern part of Lake Toba, the largest Crater Lake in South East Asia. You will be on the road back to Medan at 2:40pm arriving back at your accommodation by 5:40pm.

$110 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Tour: Gunung Leuser National Park Trekking Tour with Orangutan Viewing from Medan

Depart from Medan early in the morning to Bukit Lawang Gunung Leuser National Park, one of the largest national parks in the world containing over 800,000 hectares of rainforest. The journey leads past scenic rubber and palms plantations, where you can enjoy the cool mountain's air. A hike up further into the forest offers an up-close view of incredible scenery with various tropical plants including a tangle of enormous trees, twisting lianas, palms, ferns, and as well as weird and wonderful flowers. After the tour ends you will be transported back to your hotel in Medan. Expect to be back at your hotel at around 5pm. (The trek normally takes up to 3 hours both ways).

$67.50 Private & Custom Tours

Private Full-Day Bukit Lawang Trekking Tour From Medan

Our tour guide will pick you up at 7am from your hotel centrally located Medan. Start your journey to Bukit Lawang, after 4 hour scenic journey you will reach at Bukit Lawang. Then start your trekking tour with our experienced guide.  Walk through the jungle looking for orangutans, discovering medicinal plants, and learning about their use. With a lot of up and down the hills to give you an enough exercise you are guaranteed to have a best day ever doing this activity with the team. At around noon there will be a short break for lunch in the jungle, with the rest of the trek continuing after. If you feel too tired to walk back, you can combine tube rafting floating down the river back to Bukit Lawang.After finish the tour our guide will drop off you at your hotel accommodation in centrally located Medang. We may also assist you for 1 night accommodation at Bukit Lawang. It will cost you extra which you can pay cash.

$44.68 Cultural & Theme Tours

Batam Private Car Charter & Transport Service

This tour is fully customizable. We are more than happy to adjust your itinerary to include or exclude anything you'd like. It is our usual policy to dive deeper into your itinerary when we pick you up from your hotel so everyone is happy with the plan for the day. With our wealth of experience heading to all the major sightseeing spots on the island, we will ensure that your journey is as smooth as possible.Inclusions • Comfortable Air-conditioned Car, • Car parking, • English Speaking Driver • Petrol. Exclusions • Meal, Drinks and Entrance Tickets Pick up :Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.We can pick up you at Airport.

$351.25 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6D5N Highlights of North Sumatra

Day 1: Medan ArrivalUpon arrival at Kuala Namu Int airport you’ll be picked up by our tour guide and then transfer to hotel. In the afternoon you go on a city tour visiting the Sultan Palace, Grand Mosque, Chinese temple and Kesawan Area “The old center of Medan city”.Day 2: Bukit LawangAfter breakfast, you will be met by our guide and driver at hotel lobby. Today you will be driven to Bukit Lawang. Firstly, visit the Orangutan Conservation office in Medan city center to learn about Orangutan and this conservation projest. Have a small discussion with the experts there before we continue our journey.After 4 hours’ drive through rubber and oil plantation, you will arrive at your lodge in Bukit Lawang. Check in to your hotel and rest of the day is free at leisureDay 3: Bukit LawangAfter breakfast you take a walk through the bank of the river, then crossing the river by traditional canoe and continue climbing up to the jungle to see Orang Uran in their natural habitat, walk deeper into the jungle for 6 hours where you can discover the unique flora and fauna of an intact tropical rain forest. A tasty picnic lunch will be provided in the jungle.Afterwards, In the afternoon arrive at river banks where you prepare tube for nice trip through the river back to Bukit Lawang. The captain (the man in charge to steer the tubes) prepares all the necessary equipment such as big inner tubes combined into one. Although the current is not very strong but life jackets and helmets are available for safety. Floating on rubber tubes is very convenient. The clean river flows through Bukit Lawang offering scenic view of the jungle and village. It takes around 40 - 50 minutes until you reach Bukit Lawang. Arrive at hotel, relax and overnightDay 4: Lake TobaWhole day transfer from Bukit Lawang to Samosir island with stops to Sipiso-piso waterfall in Brastagi, Simarjarunjung to see the view of Lake Toba.Upon arrival at Parapt, cross to Samosir Island by ferry boat. Check in to your hotel and rest of the day is free at leisure.(Please be noted on this day would be around About 8 – 9 hours driveDay 5: Lake TobaAfter breakfast, you will do today’s excursion on Lake Toba by car. Visit several Batak Toba traditional villages, such as Tomok to see the old tom of Sidabutar kings, Ambarita to see stone chairs and tables the execution place od Sialagan Kings, and Simanindo to see Batak Toba traditional dance (Tor-Tor).Relax in the afternoon when you return to your hotel.Day 6: Lake Toba DepartureBreakfast at the hotel. Meet our guide and driver at your hotel lobby.  Today you will be transferred to airport in Medan to catch your flight to your next destination. 

$370 Outdoor Activities

4D3N Tour: North Sumatra Highlights

4 days fascinating jungle area in Tangkahan - North Sumatra. Day 1. Airport Kuala Namu – Medan (1 – 1,5 hours driving). Arrive in Kualanamu airport with flight … at … (please let us know your flight number and arrival time). We will pick you up from the airport and bring you to hotel Deli River for an  overnight stay, nicely situated in the countryside outside Medan. In Hotel Deli River you can rejuvenate and rest after your long journey and take a dip in the infinity pool looking over the Deli River.Day 2. Medan – Tangkahan (5 hours driving).In the morning depart to Tangkahan. Tangkahan is famous for its elephant safaris and wonderful jungle scenery.The peaceful jungle retreat is located along the Kuala Buluh River next to the dense rainforest. You will cross the hanging bridge to reach your lodge.  You will go for a river walk and then tube down stream to a beautiful waterfall. You can have a very nice swim in the unspoiled jungle river, sit on a small beach full off butterflies and take a shower under a jungle waterfall. 2 overnight stays in Mega Inn, Linea resort, Jungle lodge or similar accommodation (simple accommodation).Day 3. Tangkahan – enjoy jungle atmosphere.Today you can spend your time in nature and fascinating jungle area. Hikers can take exciting jungle trips here (optional). However walkers must be fit and have suitable, large profile shoes. After finishing the jungle trekking program, you can do your own program such as swimming in the river or visit the local village. In the afternoon you can see the elephants bath in the river. The elephants clean them self before back to camp after daily activity.Day 4. Tangkahan – airport Kuala Namu (6 hours driving)Today we will transfer you to the airport to catch your flight to next destination. End of our services. We can reverse the above itinerary according to your flight schedule. Please inform us about this in your booking. Included- Overnight accommodation based on twinshare of rooms- Breakfast daily- Transport in comfortable air conditioned car incl. fuel- Driver, his meals and overnight accommodation costs- Entrance and parking fees- Tubing till waterfall in Tangkahan Excluded - air tickets - personal expenses such as: drinks, souvenirs, lunch, dinner etc. - donations and tips- Jungle trekking activity in Tangkahan

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