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Day 1 Airport – Medan City (D)
Arrival Medan, transfer to Hotel in Medan City
Day 2 Medan – Berastagi – Parapat/Samosir Island ( B,L,D )
Drive on the forested foothills of the Bukit Barisan where s-turns provides panoramic view to the delightfully cool and picturesque town of Berastagi through the Nature Reserved of Sibolangit, which lies on an escarpment overlooking the lowlands with en-route stop at scenic view, Lau Debuk Debuk a hot sulphur spring to enjoy a well earned soak in the steaming sulphur laden water and fruit market selling wonderfully fresh fruits, flowers & vegetables.
After lunch, drive on the scenic back road across the Karo Plateau that skirts the northeastern edge of the Toba caldera with stops en-route at at Lingga Village to see a glimpse of the way of life of the Karo Batak Tribe and their typical houses with open floor plan in which eight related families live together under a single upswept or rectangular roof of ijuk thatch interspersed with more modern ones, Tongging Hill; hill located at the Northern rim of Toba basin to enjoy a gazebo, which provides panoramic view over the village at the Lake’s edge with spectacular waterfall known as Sipiso piso, which shoots out a cave at the edge of the plateau and plunges 120 m straight down to a small gushing stream below and also a visit to Pematang Purba to see the wooden palace (Ruma Bolon) of the former Simalungun ruler built in the style of traditional adat house, which is said to be more than 200 years and has been restored as a museum.
Afterwards, the road leads via panoramic view that follows a forested ridge overlooking the Lake to a refreshingly cool town at night & tolerably warm town during the day called Parapat; a small rocky peninsula jutting into the Toba Lake as the gateway to track down the vestiges of traditional Toba culture and to acquaint the colorful but notoriously forthright & aggressive Batak people inhabit a cluster of spectacularly beautiful & fertile volcanic basin at the northern end of Bukit Barisan range. On arrival in Parapat, cruising on Lake Toba to the central isle of Samosir where colorful Toba Batak villages cling to the shore for accommodation and dinner.
Note: – The arrival flight should not be later than 10.00
– For visiting Lau Debuk Debuk, please bring your small kit of miscellaneous toiletry items, such as shampoo, towel, etc.
Day 3 Lake Toba Cruise ( B,L,D )
Breakfast at the hotel. Cruising on Lake Toba for a day cruise by boat. Inland, visit to Ambarita Village, which has an archaeologically important meeting place for the King of Siallagan that supposedly served as a kind of hall of justice and Simanindo Village, which is up to the Northern end of the Island known as site of some of the best Batak Toba traditional houses particularly that of King Sidauruk, which is now a museum and a chance to watch Toba Batak folk dance performed by the villagers, Tao Island for a brief respite and swim in the tranquil water of Lake Toba. Then proceed by boat to Tomok Village. Inland walking on the road lined with souvenir shops up to a site to visit one of the Island’s most famous sights – the 200 years old boat shaped sarcophagus of King Sidabutar surrounded by those of his descendents. Afterwards, cruise on Lake Toba back to the hotel for accommodation and dinner. Lunch enroute.
After breakfast, cruising on Lake Toba back to Parapat to proceed the drive as the highway winds up into Bukit Barisan mountains, which affords rewarding views back across the lake and more hospitable landscape of rice fields against a backdrop of a primary forest dotted with small villages, which are set back off the road and superbly decorated adat houses in clumps of bamboo following the sinuous Silindung Valley through deep ravines & dense forest across steep fern covered slopes to Sipirok or Padang Sidempuan; one of the main market towns in South Tapanuli Regency and known for its salak palm fruit (snake skin fruit), which is well grown on the slopes of Mt. Lubuk Raya (1,886 m). En-route stop at local mini Botanical Garden, which feature tropical plants commonly found in latitudes that are described as the “monsoon tropics” and used both as a herb & a spice, Lumban Binanga; an example of traditional adat building with animistic, anthropomorphic carvings & friezes mostly painted in the traditional colors of red, black and white, market place of Balige with has a large pasar built in the traditional Tapanuli style, Tarutung; a small town located in Silindung Valley and other scenic views. Accommodation and dinner at the hotel in Padang Sidempuan. Lunch enroute.
Day 5 Padang Sidempuan – Bukit Tinggi ( B,L,D )
Breakfast at the hotel. Then continue driving on the same mountain range up to Bukittinggi Bukit Tinggi; the cultural capital of the Minang realm and known far & wide for the canny business sense, ubiquitous, spicy hot cuisine and matriarchal ways, where the eyes are soothed by more rice fields dotted with neat little huts and bridges by the river. Stop will be made at Usortolang Village to see the remnant of the Mandailing Batak typical houses, Purba Village; being the center of a huge Islamic Koranic School with hundreds of tiny huts, Rimba Panti; a forest reserve with (sulphur) bubbling hot spring (reputed for the medicinal properties), Bonjol Village where the equator line is marked by the monument called Tugu Khatilistiwa showing the division between the northern and southern hemispheres and other sites of interest. Accommodation and dinner at hotel in Bukittinggi. Lunch enroute.
Day 6 Bukit Tinggi – Padang ( B,L,D )
After breakfast, having city sightseeing tour of Bukittinggi featuring Jam Gadang; Bukittinggi’s principal landmark, which is a clock tower with a miniature of Minang house on top, the lively & colorful Pasar Atas central market next door spills out into the street, Taman Bundo Kanduang where a zoo & museum, which is housed in a traditional rumah gadang complete with thatched roof & flanking granaries are located, Fort de Kock known as one of the remnants of the Dutch Colonial Government and the lovely Sianok Canyon; part of a tectonic rift valley, which has sheer walls & flat bottom.
Afterwards, proceed to Batusangkar being a lively and scenic town surrounded by a majestic rice terraces where local countryside is dotted with Rumah Adat with stop at the traditional village of Pariangan, which is set in a picturesque valley with stairways leading to traditional houses, large ponds & royal tombs, Dusun Tuo to see the pierced stone on an altar-like structure surrounded with stone ancestor seat and Palace of Pagaruyung known as Balai Janggo in Padang Seminyak. Then, drives up over the low crater wall and down to Singkarak Lake passing through the charming hilltop village of Balimbing to proceed the trip to to Padang through deep ravines and dense forest across steep fern covered slopes that afford fantastic views of Anai Valley for accommodation and dinner. Lunch enroute.
Note: The fire destroyed the palace in Feb ’07 and it is now being reconstructed on the same site since the 20th Jun ’07, which restore its former magnificence.
Day 7 Padang – Airport ( B )
Breakfast at the hotel. At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport of BIM in Ketaping – Padang Pariaman to catch the flight of onward destination.
|PRICE NETT PER PERSON
2 – 3
4 – 6
7 – 9
|– Natama hotel is the only starred hotel (2*) in Padang Sidempuan; the main market town and administrative center of South tapanuli known for its salak palm fruit (snake skin fruit), which is well grown on the slopes of Mt. Lubuk Raya (1,886 m). The hotel is located on the road side of Trans Sumatera Highway. It’s a small hotel with standard facilities.
– We temporarily do not recommend Sipirok’s TORSIBOHI HOTEL (2*-ROH) as we have received reports of inconvenience due to poor service, unfurnished room facilities and lack of menu of meal.
| Medan: Santika Hotel 4*
Samosir island: Silintong 2* OR Tabo 2*
Padang Sidempuan: Natama Hotel 2*
Bukit Tinggi: Pusako Hotel 4* OR The Hills 4*
Padang: Pangeran Beach Hotel 4* OR Bumi Minang Hotel 4*
|PRICE VALID UNTIL 30 SEPT 2017|
Tour and Transfer by requested ac-private vehicle with english speaking guide, Nightly accommodation is based on twin sharing with daily breakfast, Meals as mention per program, Assistance & Luggage handling at the Airport, any available admission/enterance fees to sites of interest stated, Others as disclosed in the tour program
Return Air Ticket, domestic or International flight, Airport Taxes, Personal Expences, Optional Tour, Surcharged on Weekend, Peak Season period if any (TBA)
What to bring:
- Camera and binoculars.
- Light clothes (including long trousers & long sleeved shirt), sun hat or visor with a chin strap, secure head straps for sunglasses or eyeglasses (if worn), comfortable sturdy walking shoes, leach socks and rain poncho.
- Any personal medication which are taking regularly, such as chloroquin, prescription drugs, etc Sun block cream to be used on exposed skin and insect repellent for those who are particularly sensitive to bug bites.
- An unbreakable water bottle.
- A photocopy of your passport.