Indonesia: Volcanoes & Floating Villages

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Medan to Kuta

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Now's the time to explore Sumatra, Java, and Bali on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Fill up on street eats in Yogyakarta, trek to mighty Mt Bromo to catch the sunrise, and make waves with a surfing lesson on Java. Make the most of this special part of Indonesia on an adventure that mixes free time and must-sees.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Ngadas Homestay, Desa Ngadas Your G for Good Moment: Ancestor Trail Trek, Desa Ngadas Your G for Good Moment: Village Walk, Desa Ngadas Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Hands-On Moment: Surfing Lesson, Red Island
  • City tour of Medan
  • Hike between Tangkahan and Bukit Lawang
  • Orientation walks of Berastagi, Bukittinggi, and Bandung
  • Entrance to Bromo Tengger Semeru NP
  • Mt Bromo crater walk
  • Sunrise hike to Mt Bromo viewpoint
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore the jungles of sumatra
  • Trek in the shadow of mt bromo
  • Travel through beautiful rice terraces
  • Chill out at the world's largest volcano lake
  • Ride waves in java
  • Stay a night in a tengger farming community homestay
  • Go surfing at red island
  • Visit a spice garden
  • Wrap up in scenic kuta

Itinerary

Medan Arrive at any time. For your first night out, venture into the hustle and bustle of Medan as you head out on rickshaws to the night market. Get to know your fellow travellers as you sample local delicacies and drinks, and cheers to new adventures!
Medan/Tangkahan Wake up with a morning tour of Medan. After, drive through the jungle to get to the small community of Tangkahan. Here, you can go hiking, dip into the nearby river or hot spring, or try the local delicacy dubbed "jungle food."
Tangkahan/Bukit Lawang Hold on tight — today's ride might be a little bumpy. Once you arrive in Bukit Lawang, located close to Gunung Leuser National Park, visit the local spice garden or relax with some fresh coconut.
Bukit Lawang Head into the jungle today, if you'd like the chance to spot wildlife (like the elusive orangutan!) on a trek. Gunung Leuser National Park is also home to a handful of hanging bridges — great spots for some lush-looking photos.
Bukit Lawang/Berastagi This morning, get to know this mountain and market town on an orientation walk. Later, enjoy a free afternoon by stopping by the traditional market or relaxing at the local hot spring.
Berastagi Today is yours. Hike the volcano Mt Sibayak, take in the golden Buddhist temple Taman Alam Lumbini, or stay put and keep getting to know the town.
Berastagi/Samosir Island The world's largest volcano lake, Lake Toba, awaits. Spend today at Sipiso Piso Waterfall (one of the tallest falls in Indonesia) or Bukit Indah Simarjarunjung, a spot famous for swings, selfies, and stellar views.
Samosir Island Chill out and swim in the warm waters of the lake or get a taste of local life by visiting the nearby Batak villages.
Samosir Island/Padangsidempuan Drive through beautiful scenery on this travel day, stopping at the bustling city of Padang Sidempuan for the night. Not quite ready to move? Stop at Sipoholon Sulphur Hot Springs for more time to relax.
Padangsidempuan/Bukittinggi It's another travel day, dotted with stops for lunch, local spice gardens, and perhaps some pictures at Aek Sijonih Waterfalls. Get acquainted with Bukittingi on a brief orientation walk when you get there.
Bukittinggi Today's a free day. Go see Sianok Canyon, the Japanese Caves built during World War II, or Pagaruyung Palace, one of the biggest and most beautiful in west Sumatra.
Bukittinggi/Padang Head to Padang and settle in at your beachside hotel before trying some of the cuisine this city is most famous for. Beef rendang (a tender dry beef curry) is found all over Sumatra, but it's at its best in its home city.
Padang Your final full day in Padang is a free one. Check out the nearby islands for unspoiled beaches and turquoise blue waters. Ah, paradise!
Padang/Jakarta It's off to Jakarta, your starting point for exploring the island of Java.
Jakarta/Cianjur Today, let the scenery guide you to some serenity. Floating villages, tea plantations, and a night at a local homestay —this side of paradise is looking mighty fine.
Cianjur/Bandung Get to know the city of Bandung today. After an orientation walk, get free time to visit charming Braga Street for its shopping and cafés, or see the Angklung Music Orchestra and hear the angklung, a traditional instrument made of bamboo pipes, live.
Bandung/Yogyakarta Watch the world go by on a scenic train ride to Yogyakarta. Once you arrive, and if you're not feeling too beat, check out Sosrowijayan and Prawirotaman Streets for unwinding with drinks and local eats.
Yogyakarta There's more to discover in Yogyakarta today! See some Javanese temples, the volcanic Mt Merapi, try street food like gudeg (curry made from unripe jackfruit), or soak in the last rays of the sun at the stunning Buddhist Borobudur temple complex — and make sure you don't forget your camera.
Yogyakarta There's more to discover in Yogyakarta today! See some Javanese temples, the volcanic Mt Merapi, try street food like gudeg (curry made from unripe jackfruit), or soak in the last rays of the sun at the stunning Buddhist Borobudur temple complex — and make sure you don't forget your camera.
Yogyakarta/Ngadas Take the scenic route to Ngadas via train and private vehicle. Here, you'll spend the evening at a local G Adventures-supported community homestay. Get a taste of local culture with a home-cooked dinner and time with a community leader to learn about the region's unique customs and history.
Desa Ngadas/Bromo Today's for reaching new heights. Start the day with a trek along the Ancestor Trail to Mt Bromo, led by a local guide trained through the G Adventures-supported capacity building program. Then get a chance to hike to the volcano's crater (and take some pictures!) before going on to the hotel.
Bromo/Red Island Skip sleeping in today for a pre-dawn hike across the Sea of Sand to Mt Bromo, where you can catch a final glimpse of the moon before the sunrise. Stop to breathe it all in before you head to a beachside surf camp. On your way to Mt Bromo, catch a breath and see the local Buddhist Tenggerese giving offerings to the Supreme God Hyang Widi Wasa.
Red Island Wake up and catch a wave on a morning surf lesson, then take the rest of the day to explore the nearby fishing village, surf some more, or rest easy in a beachside hammock.
Red Island/Pemuteran Head back to Bali for a chill day of relaxing on the beach. Sit back, grab a drink, and soak up some sunshine. This is the place for it.
Pemuteran No need to say goodbye to the beach just yet — it's another day of chilling out in Bali. If you'd like, break up the beachside naps with a snorkelling or diving trip to Menjangan Island.
Pemuteran/Kuta Take it easy this morning before we cross rich tropical jungle, idyllic rice fields, and more to head to Kuta. Spend the evening getting to know Legian Street, the legendary party street. We hope you got to catch up on sleep on the drive over — you're going to need it.
Kuta Today, it’s time to say goodbye to your group of newfound friends as the tour ends. Be sure to sneak in some last-minute photos and cheers before you head on your way.
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