This Indonesia vacation takes you deep into the enchanting worlds of Singapore, Sumatra and Sulawesi. Meet endangered orangutans in the Indonesian rainforest and take time to explore your jungle surrounds. Trek past highland villages and vast lakes in the heart of Sumatra, and end your tour is eclectic Jakarta, discovering its Batavian heritage and mouthwatering cuisine.
Singapore, a city state on the Malaysian peninsula, is a melting pot of cultures. Modern skyscrapers stand next to Indian temples, while shopping malls rub shoulders with Chinatown in Singapore.
Singapore City Tour: Half Day Discover the history, culture and lifestyle of multi-racial Singapore. Drive past the financial and civic districts to your first stop, The Raffles Hotel. This is where Sir Stamford Raffles is believed to have landed in 1819. Take a walk to the Merlion Park to enjoy the impressive views of the Marina Bay area, and then head to sights such as the picturesque Fullerton Hotel, the Singapore Flyer, and Marina Bay Sands hotel. Stroll along the colorful streets of bustling Little India and move on to vibrant Chinatown – one of Singapore’s oldest neighborhoods. Visit the oldest Hindu Temple in Singapore, the magnificent Sri Mariamman Temple, as well as the Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of Singapore’s oldest Buddhist-Taoist temples.(Half Day; Private activity & transfers; Time of the day: Morning or Afternoon; Duration: 3.5 hrs; Fitness level: Easy; please bring hat and sunglasses.)
Day Trip to Universal Studios Experience the excitement of being part of motion picture lore at Southeast Asia’s first Universal Studio theme park. Part of the sprawling Resorts World Sentosa, Universal Studio Singapore will offer you nearly two dozen attractions and seven themed zones. Be part of a blockbuster movie or a television show at each of these zones, which brings you character appearances, dining and shopping areas. Fight the evil forces along with Optimus Prime and the Autobots in an exciting 3D ride or wander around the castle from the world of Shrek! You can also catch a live musical show, Monster Rock, featuring the Universal Monsters. Mealtimes are guaranteed to be special with dining choices from over 30 restaurants and food carts.(Half Day, Shared Activity; Private Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy)
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.
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)
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.
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).
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 Tubing in Bukit Lawang You will experience the Bohorok river by floating down the river in an inflated truck inner tube. Suitable for all, this tour is more of a gentle, leisurely rafting experience allowing you time to lie back and enjoy the stunning scenery around you. Starting from Bukit Lawang, you will float approximately 12 km downstream with a few gentle rapids thrown in for good excitement and afterward return back to your hotel by car.
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.
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.)
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.
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).
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.
Evening Tour of Old Jakarta with Traditional Dance and Dinner Discover the traditional heart of this vibrant city on a leisurely evening tour. You will start off by exploring China Town, which is one of the oldest parts of the city. The tour includes a visit to Jakarta’s original downtown area of Old Batavia, with its handsome historical buildings from the colonial era. Batavia or Djakarta was the capital of the Dutch East Indies from the 17th to the 20th centuries. You could stop by the Art Market next, to interact with local artists while scouting for traditional Indonesian paintings, wood carvings and other artefacts. If the weather permits, you may even catch an open air performance or a beautiful sunset from the Bay of Jakarta. Wind up your day by dining at a traditional restaurant. Sample typical Indonesian fare while watching traditional dancers perform in their classical costumes. (Half Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate).
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