Welcome to Parapat

The commercial sector of this cramped town is clumped along the Trans-Sumatran Hwy (Jl SM Raja) and has banks, ATMs and plenty of basic eating places. Most buses and minibuses pick up and drop off passengers at ticket agents along the highway or at the pier.

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$299 Cultural & Theme Tours

Toba Lake Explorer

Day 1 : KNO - Parapat - Samosir Island --> arr flight must be in the morning before 11 amKNO - Parapat +/-170 km +/- 5 hrs / Parapat - Samosir by ferry 1 hourArrive at airport, meet and greet at the airport then depart for Parapat – famous mountain and lake resort on the east shore of the immense volcanic Lake Toba, about 175 km from airport.  En route, first hour pass by several small towns and then followed by vast view of rubber, oil palm plantations, paddy terraces, etc. Stopover at Paten, local snack shop for toilet break. Arrive in Parapat, cross over to Samosir Island, an island in the middle of Lake Toba in 45 mins by public ferry. Check in hotel. Day 2 : Samosir Island tour halfday by boat (B) After breakfast start on Samosir Tour halfday by motorboat. Visit the Tomb of King Sidabutar and Batak Toba Village at Tomok. Then to Ambarita, a traditional village with ancient megalithic furniture in front of the traditional house. Back to hotel.Rest of the day free on own activities to explore the beauty of Samosir Island. You can walk around the island, rent bicycles (own expenses) or just swimming and sun bathing. Day 3 : Samosir Island - Parapat - Brastagi - Medan (B)Samosir - Parapat by ferry +/- 1 hour ; Parapat - Brastagi +/- 140 km +/- 4 hrs then Brastagi - Medan +/- 65 km +/- 2,5 hrsAfter breakfast depart for Brastagi via the Ring Road of Lake Toba. En route pass by pine tree plantation, the magnificent scenery of Lake Toba, fertile vegetable and fruit farms. Visit the ancient King’s Palace of Simalungun at Pematang Purba. Proceed to the slender Sipiso-piso Waterfall which drops into Lake Toba from hundred of meter height. Arrive in Brastagi, a refreshing mountain resort dominated by two active volcanoes, visit the fruit market. Depart for Medan via some part of the lush tropical rain forest of Sumatra in two-and-half-hour time. Arrive in Medan, check in hotel. Day 4 : City Tr - Trsf Out / dept (B)Medan - apt +/- 40 km +/- 60-90 mins Breakfast at hotel. Start on Medan City Tour if time is permissible. City tour of Medan visit Maimun Palace of Old Deli Sultanate and Tjong A Fie Mansion. Four hours before departure flight start transfer to the airport for the flight to your next destination. Objects of city tour can be reduced if dept flight is early.

$716 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4 Days 3 Nights Fantastic Toba

Day 1: Arrival Silangit - Samosir IslandUpon arrival at Silangit Airport, meet with our licensed and professional tour guide, then proceed directly to visit Huta Ginjang. Next, journey to Musuem of TB Silalahi on the shores of Lake Toba dedicated to the preservation of the cultural values of the indigenous ethnic population of North Sumatra: the Bataks and the Huta Batak. This is an outdoor museum built like a traditional Batak village, consisting of three houses and three sopo (storage structures) depicting typical Bataknese houses. Continue the day reaching Balige on the eastern shore of Lake Toba, where there is a large market built in the traditional Tapanuli style. The final destination of the day will be the village of Parapat, from which we embark to Samosir Island. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.Overnight at Toledo Inn or other similarDay 2: Simanindo Cruise – Samosir Drive – Tele – Samosir IslandFollowing breakfast at hotel, take a cruise on Lake Toba by private ferryboat. Visit the Ambarita Village and Simanindo Village, where you can watch a traditional dance performed by the people of Toba. From here, continue by car to Lumban Sui Sui, where you will see traditional weaving techniques in action, as locals produce the distinctive ikat fabrics that are so synonymous with the region. Continue to Pangururan; the sub-district administrative center, where a bridge connects Samosir Island to the mainland on the slopes of Mt. Pusuk Buhit (1,981 M); the sacred mountain of origin for all Bataknese people. Located on the mainland of Sumatra, Tele is offering unforgettable views of Lake Toba and Samosir Island.Overnight at Toledo Inn or other similarDay 3: Samosir Island – Tiga Ras – Sipiso Piso - MedanAfter breakfast at the hotel, journey south through hidden wonders of Samosir Island with a chance to stop at Tomok Village. From Simanindo, take a ferry over Lake Toba to Tiga Ras; a market town on the lakeshore. Next, stop at Tongging Hill, which is known for its Sipiso Piso Waterfall; one of the highest waterfalls in Indonesia. Thereafter, drive towards Gundaling, which is a hill near Berastagi, located 1,575 Mt above sea level being a popular tourist destination in the region, as it offers excellent views of the nearby Sibayak and Sinabung volcanoes. Thereafter, drive through the forested foothills of the Bukit Barisan mountains range; an area with panoramic views overlooking the lowlands. Pass through Sembahe on the way to Medan for accommodation. Lunch will be provided en route at a local restaurant.Overnight at Grand Mercure or other similarDay 4: Medan – Kuala Namu Airport After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Kuala Namu International airport for flights of onward destination.

$830 Multi-day & Extended Tours

5 Days 4 Nights Wonderful Toba

Day 1: Arrival Medan - BerastagiUpon arrival at KNO airport in Medan, meet with your guide then journey to the Church of Mary Annai Velangkanni. Then continue to Bukit Barisan mountains. Stop at Lau Debuk Debuk - a great place to enjoy a communal bath in the steaming sulphurous water. Next, visit the Golden Pagoda then head to Berastagi to visit a traditional Fruit Market in town and also make a stop at Gundaling Hill.Overnight at Grand Mutiara Hotel Day 2: Berastagi – Sipiso Piso – Lake Toba – Samosir DriveBreakfast at hotel, then journey to Tongging Hill and Sipiso Piso Waterfall. Next, Pematang Purba is home to the palace of the former Raja of Simalungun Batak. Then take a break at Simarjarunjung. Finally, travel to a town called Parapat, perched on a small rocky isthmus jutting into the Toba Lake and serving as the gateway to traditional Toba culture and a spectacularly beautiful volcanic basin at the northern end of Bukit Barisan range.Overnight at Toledo InnDay 3: Simanindo Cruise – Samosir Drive – Tele – Samosir IslandBreakfast at hotel then take a cruise on Lake Toba by private ferryboat. Visit the Ambarita Village and Simanindo Village, where you can watch a traditional dance. From Simanindo, drive on to Lumban Sui Sui, where traditional weaving techniques is in action. Continue to Pangururan; the sub-district administrative center, where a bridge connects Samosir Island to the mainland on the slopes of Mt. Pusuk Buhit. Sianjur Mula Mula was the first settlement of the Batak people; today it remains a beautiful village surrounded by stunning rice fields and is home to many fascinating mythical stories relating to the peoples of the region. Located on the mainland of Sumatra, Tele offers unforgettable views of Lake Toba and Samosir Island.Overnight at Toledo InnDay 4: Samosir Island - Parapat - BaligeBreakfast at hotel and then cruise Lake Toba by public ferryboat back to Parapat. Upon arrival in Parapat, proceed to drive around the Bukit Barisan mountain range. Next stop is at Balige, where you’ll visit a large market built in the traditional Tapanuli style. Then visit the Museum of TB Silalahi, dedicated to the preservation of the cultural values of the indigenous ethnic population of North Sumatra. Finally, Huta Ginjang is a hill in the northeastern region of Toba for a quick photostop. Return to Balige for accommodation.Overnight at Mutiara HotelDay 5: Balige – Silangit AirportAfter breakfast at your Hotel, transfer to Silangit airport for flight to your onward destination.

$299.14 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private : 4 Days Fascinating Lake Toba & Brastagi Highland Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Fun Sumatra Tour & Travel, Deli Serdang, North Sumatra, SumatraLake Toba with its amazing nature and people. You can reach Batak traditional villages that reside near to it. The best attractions are Tomok Village to see the ancient tomb of king Sidabutar, then visit Ambarita village to see the famous stone chairs & execution place of King Siallagan. Then continue to the mountain village of Brastagi in the Karo Highlands. where you will visit Gundaling hill to see the two active volcanoes in Brastagi: Sibayak (2.172 m) and Sinabung (2.417 m). Then visit fruits market which has many tropical fruits, vegetables and flowers. Then drive to Sipiso-Piso waterfall to see the magnificent 110 metres and an extraordinary view of Lake Toba from the north side. Back to Medan Duration: 2 hours

$92.01 Cultural & Theme Tours

Medan Lake Toba view from Karo Highlands

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Gundaling Hill, BerastagiDriving up to Gundaling Hill (1.496 M) with view to the north dominated by the smoking Mt. Sibayak (2.094 m) and further to the west is Mt. Sinabung (2.451 M) and then down southwestern outskirt of Karo highland. The vegetables and fruits farming supports rapidly growing urban population in the low landsDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Desa Budaya DokanArrive at Dokan; one of Karonese Batak villages where most traditional houses have multiple decorative gables topped with realistically modeled buffalo heads protecting the occupants from harmDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Tongging Village, Merek, North Sumatra, SumatraContinue the journey upward on a vastly more scenic back road to Tongging Hill; vantage point for Lake Toba which at over 1,145sq km, and up to a depth of 450 metres in places, looks more like an ocean. It is the world’s largest crater lake as well as being the largest lake in Southeast Asia and one of the deepest in the worldDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Sipiso Piso Waterfall, Kabanjahe, North Sumatra, SumatraSee in the distance Sipiso piso waterfall, which shoots out a cave at the edge of the plateau and plunges 120 m straight down to a small gushing stream below.Duration: 2 hours

$363.80 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day North Sumatra Tour from Medan

Day 1 Arrival Medan–Samosir Island (206km/6hrs) [No Meals]This tour will begin with a morning arrival at Kuala Namu, New Medan International airport, welcomed by our local guide who will then lead you to Lake Toba, one of the deepest and largest crater lakes in the world. You will then embark on a 4 hour drive through an enormous government-owned estate of oil palm and a rubber plantation. Afterwards, arrive at Parapat, a little town at the edge of the lake Toba, and we'll cross the lake by ferry for an hour's journey to reach Samosir Island, the homeland of Batak people. The rest of day is free for you to explore at your own leisure • Lunch and dinner at own arrangement • Accommodation at the TOLEDO INN (Superior Room)Day 2 Samosir Island – Boat Excursion (26 Km/6 Hours) [B/-/-]Breakfast at the hotelSpend a day cruising by boat around Samosir Island to Ambarita to see the a traditional Batak village with its ancient megalith furniture. Then continue to Simanindo to see the Batak Toba traditional houses and to see folk dance. Proceed by boat to Tomok Village with its historical old tombs of King Sidabutar. Arrival at the hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon free at your own leisure. • Lunch & dinner at own arrangement • Accommodation at the TOLEDO INN (Superior)Day 3 Samosir Island - Berastagi (170 Km/4hrs) [B/-/-]Breakfast at the hotelCross over by ferry boat for about an hour back to Parapat then continue scenic drive to the cool and pleasant highland town of Berastagi. En route will stop at the long house of King Simalungun, continue to Sipiso Piso waterfall and Dokan, a Karo village with a number of traditional houses still being used where eight families live in together in one house. Arrive Berastagi stop and wander around local fruit market before check-in the Grand Mutiara Hotel. • Lunch and dinner at own arrangement • Accommodation at the Grand Mutiara Hotel (Superior)Day 4 Berastagi – Medan Airport (70km/2hrs) [B/-/-]Breakfast at the hotelMorning is free at leisure until the time to leave for Medan. The trip will take about two hours passing by winding road with lovely countryside. Drop off at the airport to catch your flight for your onward destination.