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Uncover the tropical treasures of Sulawesi and Sumatra with this private Indonesia tour. From enigmatic Hong Kong, make your way to the lush jungles in Sumatra where a host of endangered primates await you. In Sulawesi, spend time learning the ways of indigenous tribes and hiking and trekking in verdant hills and valleys.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 3Hong KongVictoria Peak & Disneyland, Religious relics, historic buildings & colonial heritage, Shopping & NightlifeHarbour Plaza 8 Degrees Kowloon, Harbour Grand Hong Kong
3 - 4MedanDutch Trading Center, Vibrant City and Nightlife, Street FoodFour Points by Sheraton Medan, JW Marriott Hotel Medan
4 - 6Bukit LawangGunung Leuser National Park, Diverse Fauna and Flora, Endangered Orangutans, Sumatran Elephants and RhinosEco Lodge Bukit Lawang, The Heritage Resort & Restaurant Bukit Lawang
6 - 7BerastagiDutch Colonial Heritage, Karo Highlands, Mount Sinabung and Mount SibayakSinabung Resort , Berastagi
7 - 9SamosirLake Toba, Natural Beauty, Toba Batak PeopleTaboo Cottages, Taboo Cottages
9 - 11JakartaNational Museum, Merdeka Square, Dutch Colonial Heritage, Shopping & NightlifeKemang Icon by Alila, Mandarin Oriental
11 - 13MakassarDutch Colonial Heritage, Bustling Harbor Town, Snorkeling and Water SportsMelia Makassar, Aston Makassar
13 - 16TorajaEthnic Communities, Verdant Landscape, Hiking, Cycling and Mountain BikingToraja Heritage, Toraja, Toraja Misiliana, Toraja
16 - 17MakassarDutch Colonial Heritage, Bustling Harbor Town, Snorkeling and Water SportsMelia Makassar, Aston Makassar

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 3

International Arrival

Your guide will accompany you from Hongkong airport to your hotel in a private vehicle

Hong Kong

2 Nights

Hong Kong is a fascinating fusion of the East and the West, combining the mystery of the Orient with the avant-garde vibe of the West. Its dramatic, jagged skyline, best seen from Victoria Peak or the harbor, is accentuated by the daily Symphony of Lights show by night.

Included Activities

Taste the Flavors of Hong Kong
Discover the gastronomical delights of this vibrant metropolis as you head to one of its many iconic neighborhoods. You could tantalize your taste buds as you feast on dim sum, noodles, or pastries as you soak in the beauty of colonial architecture along the streets of Central and Sheung Wan. Or, head down to the bustling Kowloon neighborhood of Sham Sui Po for a dose of the city’s rich cultural heritage alongside delicious servings of steamed rice rolls with sauce! You could also choose to sample roast meat, egg waffles, and wok-fried noodles as well as other lipsmacking delicacies at the Temple Street Night Market. Wash it all down with refreshing drinks including local beer before you head back to your hotel. (Half Day; Shared Activity; Fitness Level: Easy. The tour route and time will vary depending on the option you choose.)

Hotel Options
RoomCity Superior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomSuperior Harbourview Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 3 - 4

Your guide will meet you at your hotel and accompany you to Hongkong airport in a private vehicle

Flight from Hong Kong to Medan

Your English speaking guide will accompany you from Medan airport to your hotel in a private vehicle

Medan

1 Night

For travelers, Medan functions more as a transit hub to the island of Sumatra than as the busy trading center established by the Dutch. There is not much to see in this multicultural melting pot in terms of the natural beauty of many of Indonesia’s other holiday destinations.

Included Activities

Touring the Grand Monuments of Medan
Discover the grand mansions, mosques, and palaces of Medan on this leisurely day tour of the city. Prepare to be awed by one of the most iconic landmarks of the city, the impressive Tjong A Fie Mansion built in the late 19th century. Admire the exquisite hand-painted ceilings, lovely dark wood furniture, exotic art pieces, grand ballroom and Taoist temple within the premises. The mansion was home to renowned Chinese merchant Tjong A Fie, considered to be the city’s founder, who is credited with building various public structures, mosques, temples, orphanages and a hospital for the city. Drop by the magnificent Maimoon Palace built by the Sultan of Deli. Part of the historic palace continues to be occupied by the Sultan’s family, but the rest of the grounds are open to the public. Stroll by the family’s signature collection of traditional artifacts, weapons, antique Dutch furniture, and family photographs displayed in the many rooms of this sprawling palace. End your delightful city tour with a visit to the Grand Mosque of Medan, which was originally part of the royal Maimoon estate. Note the rich amalgamation of Middle Eastern, Indian and Spanish design elements in the building. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy)

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomDeluxe
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 4 - 6

Your chauffeur will drive you from Medan to Bukit Lawang in a private vehicle (Duration: 3 hrs). A guide will accompany you on this drive.

Bukit Lawang

2 Nights

Bukit Lawang is a charming tropical village by the banks of a swiftly flowing river. Standing by the striking Bohorok River and the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Gunung Leuser National Park, this rural spot is a popular Sumatran tourist destination.

Included Activities

Rural Recipes from Bukit Lawang
Embark on a traditional ‘Becak’ or single-seat Tuktuk as you set off to uncover the well-kept culinary secrets of the Bukit Lawang region. Enjoy your ride through the surrounding plantations as you are greeted by friendly local children along the way. Drop by the village rice flour mill, visit a palm plantation and watch how fresh palm sugar is churned out. Learn all about the region’s food processing cottage industries and stop by local family homes for a tasting of delicious, freshly-made tofu. Accept the gracious hospitality of your local host as she invites you into her kitchen, joined here by your local guide. Make the most of your day, as your expert home cook shows you how to cook the island’s favorite dish, Beef Rendang, now popular across the globe. Relish a sumptuous luncheon of the rich Rendang curry before heading back to your hotel. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 3-4 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy; Meals included: Lunch: Note: Please indicate dietary preferences before the trip).’

River Tube Down the Bohorok
Enjoy a fun tubing trip down a fast flowing river at the little village of Bukit Lawang. The charming village stands beside the Bohorok River, bordered by the thick forests of the Gunung Leuser National Park famed for its orangutans. Take a leisurely ride in an inflated rubber tube, floating gently downstream as you lie back to enjoy a clear blue sky overlaid by an emerald green jungle canopy above you. Listen to the sound of flowing water, peaceful bird songs and overhead tree talk, as the wind rushes through the leaves and branches above. Drift downstream for about a few hours, rafting over a couple of gentle rapids to make sure you don’t fall asleep amid your tranquil surroundings! At the end of your trip, perfectly balanced with adventure and relaxation, return to your hotel at Bukit Lawang by car. (Morning Activity; Duration: 2 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Moderate; Note: Please carry sun hats, shades, sandals and waterproof pouches for all electronics and batteries).

Trailing Orangutans in the Wild
Set off on an early morning wildlife trek through the lush rainforest covered hills of the Gunung Leuser National Park in search of wild orangutans. The national park is one of the precious few natural habitats of these magnificent primates left on the planet today. Hike through the forested and rugged park in the company of a local forest guide as you take in the fantastic landscape all around. Spot a variety of exotic birds, butterflies, gibbons, monkeys, and if you are lucky, the endangered orangutan, as you make your way through the forest. Learn about the flora and fauna of the jungle as your guide enlightens you about the medicinal value of the plants found in the region and the purpose of the old Bohorok Orangutan Center, which was originally set up to help conserve and rehabilitate the fast dwindling population of the great apes. Although the center is no longer operational with all the orangutans released into the wild, forest rangers continue their watch over the fragile population. Be on a lookout for popular Orangutan, ‘Ucok’ or ‘Mina’, as well as Thomas Leaf Monkeys and the Sumatran Striped Rabbit. Return to your hotel for lunch after the jungle safari. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 4 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy; Note: Please carry bug spray. Comfortable hiking shoes and appropriate clothing is recommended).

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleGuest house
RoomStandard Double
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 6 - 7

Your chauffeur will drive you from Bukit Lawang to Berastagi in a private vehicle (Duration: 4.5 hrs). A guide will accompany you on this drive.

Berastagi

1 Night

Berastagi is a fertile ‘rice bowl’ that links the city of Medan to the highlands of Northern Sumatra. Established by colonial Dutch traders, the town also acts as a stopover between Medan and the beautiful Lake Toba.

Included Activities

Berastagi Market Excursion
Head out to explore the vibrant fruit market in the mountain town of Berastagi. Invigorate your senses with the varied aromas, sights, and sounds of the bustling market where traders showcase colorful displays of produce that has been cultivated in the rich volcanic soil found in the region. Weave your way among baskets overflowing with exotic passion fruit, juicy mangosteen, Terong Belanda or tamarillo, delicious oranges, and flowers of varied hues. Walk past a sprinkling of stalls selling non-fruit items such as t-shirts and local handicrafts as well as street food vendors hawking their tempting snacks before you start on your return journey. (Half Day; Duration: 2 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy.)

Volcano Trek to Sibayak
Drive off early in the morning for a short trek to the high altitude Sibayak volcano, one of the most accessible of over 120 volcanoes in Indonesia. Walk for about an hour and a half to reach the crater of this dormant volcano, which has stayed calm for the past century. Scale the summit to enjoy panoramic views of the charming town of Berastagi and the surrounding landscape. You’ll be able to see right up to Mount Sinabung, an active volcano that has been erupting intermittently since 2010 after lying dormant for over four centuries. Gaze in awe at the steam and gases ooze out of the many fumaroles surrounding the crater lake – a unique and breathtaking natural phenomenon. The hissing noises can get as loud as the engine of a jet plane taking off! Explore the unique scenery at your own pace before making the descent back to your car. (Half Day; Duration: 3 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy. Please note that while there is no fixed time for this trek, it is advisable to start early by 0500 hrs. Do wear trekking shoes and bring along a flashlight.)

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 7 - 9

Parapat Boat Jetty - Samosir (Ferry Transfer).

Drive from Berastagi to Samosir Enroute Dokan(170 Kms, 5hrs)

Samosir

2 Nights

Samosir is the world’s largest island within an island, created by an ancient volcanic eruption in the midst of Lake Toba. At nearly 2,000 sq. km, the majestic cerulean blue lake of Danau Toba is also Southeast Asia’s largest.

Included Activities

Scenic Road to Samosir Island
After a delicious traditional Karo breakfast at Berastagi, head south past numerous farmlands to reach Dokan, a Karo-Batak village. Admire the giant communal longhouses built in vernacular heritage using wood and ijuk palm, featuring colorful motifs. Across the plateau, visit the spectacular Sipiso-Piso waterfall, an underground river plunging from a cliffside cave into a caldera. Get glimpses of Lake Toba’s expanse during your hike, and soak in the green surroundings. Shortly after, visit Rumah Bolon, an open-air museum in Pematang Purba village. Enter through an impressive stone passageway, and past an effigy of a medicine man into the magnificent palace complex. Marvel at the restored longhouses featuring ornate gables, belonging to the Simalungun Batak chiefs. See the main longhouse displaying artifacts of all the kings that ruled the region. Later, drive past scenic spice gardens and coffee plantations along sinuous roads to arrive at the bustling town of Parapat. From here, cross Lake Toba via ferry to Samosir Island. (Private Activity & Transfer)

Village walk through Samosir Island
Explore Samosir island in north Sumatra, the world’s largest island within an island, located on the volcanic Toba lake. Soak in the laidback vibe of the island as you walk past beautiful rice fields taking in the dramatic lakeside views and fresh air of this pristine region. Start from Tuk-Tuk and head towards Ambarita, an ancient Batak village known for its stone chairs and execution blocks used in trials of enemies and criminals. Learn about the culture and cannibalistic rituals of the Batak ethnic group that were practiced in ancient times. Continue onto Simanindo, walking around the traditional village as locals go about their daily life. Stop by the small museum that showcases cultural artifacts of the region and enjoy a traditional Batak Toba dance. Take a detour from the main road and walk through a scenic route crossing paddy fields, vegetable gardens and traditional homes that overlook spectacular views of the mountains and Toba lake to get an insight into the lives of the Toba people. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate; Dance performance at museum: Once a day at 10:30am, 45 minutes).

Hotel Options
Taboo Cottages – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Taboo Cottages – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 9 - 11

Your guide will meet you at your hotel and accompany you to Silangit airport in a private vehicle

Board your flight from Silangit to Jakarta (Flight duration: 2.5 hrs)

Your guide will meet you at your hotel and accompany you to Jakarta airport in a private vehicle

Jakarta

2 Nights

Set on the northwest coast of Java, the capital city of Jakarta boasts millennia of history, tracing its roots back to a fourth century Hindu kingdom. Modern day Jakarta is a melting pot of culture and cuisine.

Included Activities

Half Day Tour of Jakarta
Soak in the unique cultural identity of Indonesia on this leisurely tour of Jakarta’s national landmarks. Begin the day with a trip to the National Museum, originally established by the Dutch Batavia Association of Arts and Science in the 18th Century. It offers an excellent collection of historical, archeological and religio-cultural artefacts. Stroll up to the National Monument next, symbolising the spirit of modern-day Indonesia. The half-day tour also includes a visit to the National Archives Building, which was the official residence of Reynier de Klerck, the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies in the late 18th Century. For the rest of the day, give yourself over to the pleasures of retail therapy at the Taman Anggrek Mall. It is one of the biggest shopping centers in South East Asia. (Half Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate; National Museum Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays)

Hotel Options
RoomInner Courtyard Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
StyleInternational
Day 11 - 13

Your guide will meet you at your hotel and accompany you to Jakarta airport in a private vehicle

Board your flight from Jakarta to Makassar (Flight duration: 3 hrs)

Your English speaking guide will accompany you from Makassar airport to your hotel in a private vehicle

Makassar

2 Nights

Makassar is an upcoming trading and port city on the Sulawesi Island. Also known as Ujung Padang, it is inhabited by a mixed population of the Makassarese, Bugis and Chinese.

Included Activities

Discovering Makassar’s Dutch Colonial Quarters
Discover this Sulawesi port city’s charming colonial quarters on this leisurely day tour. Makassar boasts of delightful 17th century Dutch area around Fort Rotterdam with a museum and several colonial structures. Explore the Fort area with its wonderfully preserved Dutch military architecture, before walking over to the original site of an old Gowanese fort. The latter had been built by the local population to resist the Dutch East India Company. Visit the Museum Negeri La Galigo housed inside the Fort area to admire traditional Tana Toraja artefacts, musical instruments, Polynesian and Buddhist exhibits, as well as Palaeolithic artefacts. After a long afternoon or evening spent sightseeing, refresh yourself with a delicious luncheon or dinner spread, before returning to your hotel. (Half Day; Duration: 3-4 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Meals included: Lunch / Dinner; Please bring comfortable walking shoes and don’t forget your camera).

Hotel Options
Melia Makassar – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe
MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
StyleInternational
Aston Makassar – Opt 2
Room Deluxe Premier
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 13 - 16

Your guide will meet you at your hotel and accompany you to Makassar airport in a private vehicle

Board your flight from Makassar to Palopo (Flight duration: 1 hr)

Your English speaking guide will accompany you from Palopo airport/hotel to your hotel in a private vehicle

Toraja

3 Nights

Tana Toraja is an impossibly bright splash of color in the lap of a forested landscape strewn with verdant hills. These tropical highlands of Central Sulawesi boast the vividly painted traditional homesteads of the Toraja with their boat-shaped houses (Tongkonans) built on stilts.

Included Activities

Explore the Villages of Tana Toraja
After breakfast, head to Palawa in the Sesean district where the village street is flanked by two rows of old Tongkonan (traditional houses) amid forest surroundings. Marvel at the ornate rising facades adorned with numerous buffalo horns. See the rice barns and granaries called ‘Alang’. Here, try local food including eel meat and several dishes cooked inside soft bamboo. Back in Rantepao, admire the sacred designs and colorful motifs of traditional Toraja textiles at Sa’dang Weaving Center. Later, at a local restaurant, savor a home-cooked lunch complemented by cold beverages. Shortly after, set out for Marante on scenic hill roads. The main attraction here is a limestone hill with a traditional tombstone and many Tau-Tau statues spread across the grassland. Chat with the village folks and learn about their age-old customs. (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfers; Lunch included)

Personalized Tour: Traditions of Toraja
Explore Tana Toraja with your local guide and learn about the Torajans’ complex funeral rites and cultural traditions. Head out in the morning to visit the Lemo cemetery, carved into the vertical rock face, guarded by Tau-Tau – wood sculptures that embody the human spirit. Continue on to the village of Sangalla, where you can see rows of old Tongkonan, traditional Torajan ancestral houses. The infant graves in Sangalla are another example of the unique burial rituals of the Torajans. Spend your afternoon touring the natural burial caves of Londa. End your day at the ancient Kete Kesu village, a living museum renowned for its traditional handicrafts – woodcarving, sculpture, and painting. Break for lunch mid-way through this immersive tour at a local restaurant in Rantepao. (Duration: full day; Private activity & transfers; Meal included: lunch)

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 16 - 17

Your guide will meet you at your hotel and accompany you to Palopo airport in a private vehicle

Board your flight from Palopo to Makassar (Flight duration: 1 hr)

Your English speaking guide will accompany you from Makassar airport to your hotel in a private vehicle

Makassar

1 Night

Makassar is an upcoming trading and port city on the Sulawesi Island. Also known as Ujung Padang, it is inhabited by a mixed population of the Makassarese, Bugis and Chinese.

Included Activities

Countryside Tour of Rammang Rammang & Leang Leang
Experience the idyllic countryside near Makassar on this day trip to the charming little village of Rammang Rammang and the Leang Leang caves. Spend a leisurely day soaking in the lovely rural ambiance of the village that sits by a beautiful river and is famous for its spectacular limestone cliffs. Take a canoe ride along the river, lined with tall Nipa palms followed by long walks down the beautiful valley crisscrossed by a patchwork quilt of emerald green paddy fields and limestone hillocks of varying heights. Visit mysterious limestone grottos and trek through lush rainforests. Watch local farming and fishing communities as they go about their daily lives. Visit a village homestead for a delicious local lunch in the company of your gracious hosts, surrounded by a breath-taking countryside landscape. Stop by the limestone caves of Leang Lenang, famous for the prehistoric etchings along their walls before returning to your hotel (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy; Meals included: Local lunch; Note: Please carry sun hat, shades, and sunscreen).

Hotel Options
Melia Makassar – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe
MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
StyleInternational
Aston Makassar – Opt 2
Room Deluxe Premier
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational

Transfer from your hotel to the airport

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 6,290 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 6,790 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation and meals, as specified in the itinerary
  • Activities and excursions, as specified in the itinerary
  • Transportation services, as specified in the itinerary
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact supporting you during your trip
  • Carbon emissions offsetting for your trip

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  • Entrance fees and meals, unless mentioned in the itinerary description
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Visa and tourism fees
  • Travel, health, and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare
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17 days $ 6,290 / person