Best of Sumatra & Java
Day 1 Medan
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Bohorok (1B, 1D)
Enjoy a city tour of Medan including a visit to Maimoon Palace. Continue to Bohorok, one of the largest national parks in the world, famous for its orangutan rehabilitation centre. View the semi-wild orangutans on a forest trek with local guides and rangers. Watch as they swing freely through the jungle. Approximate distance: 87km Estimated travel time: 4 hrs (including stops)
Days 3-4 Berastagi (2B)
Early visit to the orangutan centre in Bohorok to watch a feeding. Continue to Berastagi, a picturesque hill town. Originally developed around 1920 as a Dutch hill base in the Karo highlands, the cooler weather and surrounding smoking volcanoes make this destination ideal for weekending Medan residents and travellers alike. Berastagi is also known for their myriad flowers, fruits and vegetables piled high at the local markets. Explore further afield and check out examples of traditional Karo Batak architecture. On Day 4, opt to hike up Sibayak volcano for sunrise and take in the stunning view of the valley. Free afternoon with the option to visit the local hot springs. Approximate distance: 163 km Estimated travel time: 7 hrs (including stops)
Days 5-6 Lake Toba (2B)
Depart for the island of Samosir. En route, stop for an included visit to a coffee plantation. Situated in the centre of Lake Toba, Samosir has all the features of a resort area but still retains a rustic charm and relaxed atmosphere. Day 6 is a free day with options to relax or explore the area. Venture out for an excursion to see traditional batak houses and the tombs in Tomok. Approximate distance: 188 km Estimated travel time: 8 hrs (including stops)
Day 7 Lake Toba/Medan (1B)
Free morning, then drive back to Medan for the final night in Sumatra. Approximate distance: 188 km Estimated travel time: 5 hrs (including stops)
Day 8 Jakarta (1B)
Fly from Medan to Jakarta and settle into this busy city. There is a welcome meeting at 6pm for anyone joining the trip here. Then, head out for an optional dinner with the new group members.
Day 9 Bandung (1B)
Enjoy a guided city tour of Jakarta. Visit the former Batavia area, see remnants of the colonial past and tour the Sunda Kelapa Harbour. In the afternoon, depart for Bandung. Opt to see the traditional angklung orchestra. Approximate distance: Estimated travel time: 3 hrs (including stops)
Days 10-11 Yogyakarta (2B, 1L)
Morning train to Yogyakarta, with beautiful scenery along the way. In the evening, opt to take in a dance performance by the Ramayana Ballet. On Day 11, drive to Candirejo, a village near Borobudur. Here, experience the reality of a local village. Take a tour by horsecart through the village and see native customs, traditions and the agricultural system. Enjoy an included local lunch in the village. Later, visit the largest Buddhist sanctuary in the world, the Borobudur (1.5 hrs from Yogyakarta). Approximate distance: Estimated travel time (train): 7 hrs
Day 12 Solo (1B)
Drive to Solo, the traditional capital of the old Javanese Kingdom. En route, visit the Prambanan temple complex, a lavish example of ancient architecture. In the afternoon, opt for a bike tour around the region (3-4 hrs). Approximate distance: Estimated travel time: 2.5 hours
Days 13-14 Batu (2B)
Continue the journey across the agricultural heartland of Java to Batu, a large hill resort on the lower reaches of Gunung Arjuna, surrounded by volcano peaks. On Day 14, visit Mt Bromo (4 hr excursion), then enjoy a free afternoon with options to visit nearby waterfalls or wander around the village.
Day 15 Malang/Sanur (1B)
In the morning, drive from Batu to Malang for a short flight to Sanur. Enjoy a final night in Indonesia together.
Day 16 Sanur (1B)
Depart at any time.