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Experience Nature & Beauty Of Sumatra | Enjoy The Cubadak Island Leisure

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Welcome to a  great nature & beauty tour through Sumatra!

Blessed with unmatched natural wealth, Sumatra has one of the richest ecosystems in the world. After this tour through Sumatra, you will discover the real beauty of this island of Indonesia, from the top of its majestic volcanoes to the lush jungle, down to sea level, where the idyllic virgin beaches are scattered throughout the island.

We will start our tour through Sumatra visiting the city of Medan, where we will discover the authentic urban Indonesia, including the ruined Dutch colonial buildings, the Sultan’s Palace and the street food stalls that come to life as the sun goes down.

You will continue our adventure tour through Sumatra in the Tangkahan elephant safari, with which we will carry out different activities and get to know these mammals more thoroughly. We will follow the route mounted on a 4×4 Jeep until we reach Bukit Lawang. About 100 km northwest of the capital, Bukit Lawang is a riverside town on the edge of Mount Leuser National Park. In the past, this village was a kind of sanctuary for orangutans and although no longer exists, it is still a good basis for watching our red-haired cousins. Mount Leuser National Park is listed by UNESCO as one of the most biodiversity areas of the planet. In addition to primates, the park is home to hundreds of species of other mammals and birds, most of them rare or endangered.

A private guide is essential during the visit, both to help us locate the orangutans in the jungle dens and to protect the delicate ecosystem. During our tour, we will do several walking routes inside the jungle. The adventure will continue visiting the Brastagi volcanoes and exploring the surroundings of Lake Toba. Located in northern Sumatra, Lake Toba is the largest volcanic lake in the world.

We will cross to the island of Samosir, which is located in the middle of the lake, and we will cross it by car visiting some of its traditional villages and enjoying the special charm that characterizes this small island. We will continue our trip towards Sipirok, along the way, we will visit several local plantations, a traditional market and we will bathe in some hot springs.

You will head towards Bukittinggi, from where we will make several excursions in the surroundings to learn about some of its traditions, soak up the local culture and visit the Sianok canyon and Lake Maninjau. We will make a tour to

The next destination in our tour through Sumatra will be Cubadak Island. We will take a ferry from Padang Panjang to cross to Cubadak Island, where we will spend the last days relaxing and enjoying a multitude of activities at the Cubadak Paradiso Resort. Finally, we will return to the city of Padang from where you will take your flight, ending this great adventure tour through Sumatra.

  • 18 Nights
  • Difficulty : Medium
  • Pickup: Kualanamu International Airport, Medan (KNO)
Itinerary Nature & Beauty Tour Through Sumatra

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN MEDAN AIRPORT - HOTEL - CITY TOUR      ▼

Arrival at Kualanamu International Airport, we will transfer you to hotel and then city tour by visiting Great Mosque, Sultan Palace, Chinese Temple and market. In the afternoon, return to the hotel. Have a good night rest!

Meals: 

Accommodation: Emerald Garden Hotel

DAY 2:MEDAN – TANGKAHAN      ▼

After breakfast, drive to Tangkahan via Binjai and Tanjung Pura, on the way visit several villages where you can see the daily activities of local people, arrival at Tangkahan (a part of Leuser National Park) check in to a simple Guest House.

The afternoon is free at your own leisure or walking around the area of the hotel. On the Bank of the river and the possibility to see the Elephant washing on the river.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Mega Inn or similar

DAY 3:TANGKAHAN – ELEPHANT WASHING & RIVER SAFARI       ▼

After breakfast, continue our amazing tour through Sumatra walking to the elephant station and then join the Mahout during washing the Elephant, and then feed the elephant. After feeding, enjoy tubing through the river and stop will be made at Fantastic Buluh Waterfall where you can have some natural shower, sunbathing or swim in the plunge pool.

Picnic lunch will be served on the shore of the river. In the afternoon, arrive at the village. Get in touch with the local people, see their daily activities and then return to guest house by walking. Free time! You can take a rest or visit some hot springs and waterfalls near the guest house on your own.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Mega Inn or similar

DAY 4:TANGKAHAN – BUKIT LAWANG     ▼

After breakfast, drive to Bukit Lawang by Jeep. On the way, stop at several plantations for rubber, cocoa and palm oil. Arrival at Bukit Lawang, check in to hotel and then the afternoon is free at your own leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Bukit Lawang Cottage 

DAY 5:BUKIT LAWANG – TREKKING     ▼

After breakfast, continue our adventure tour through Sumatra walking into the jungle to start trekking to explore the nature of Leuser National Park with their abundant flora and fauna, there will be a possibility to see the Orangutans on their own habitat and other kind of animal such as Thomas leaf monkeys, long tail macaque, gibbon, black gibbon and other kind of flora and fauna of this tropical rain forest. This trekking will take about 3 hours, and afterwards return to hotel.

The afternoon is free for you to enjoy. You can walk around the nearby village too.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Accommodation: Bukit Lawang Cottage

DAY 6:BUKIT LAWANG – BRASTAGI     ▼

After breakfast, we will drive to Brastagi. On the way, we will make stop at Sembahe River where the locals make a spring. Pass Sibolangit, then arrive at Brastagi, visiting Lhumbini Park with its duplicate of Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar. Then visit the fruit market, and Gundaling Hill.

In the afternoon, we will arrive in the hotel. The rest of the day is free.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Grand Mutiara Hotel

DAY 7:BRASTAGI – SAMOSIR - LAKE TOBA     ▼

After breakfast, we will drive to Parapat. On the way, visit Batak Karo traditional village at Dokan, Sipiso-piso waterfall, Rumah Bolon (Long House), the old palace of Batak Simalungun Kings and Simarjarunjung to see the view of Lake Toba.

Upon arrival at Parapat, cross to Samosir Island by ferry boat to get to the hotel. Check in and enjoy your free time.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Toledo Inn or similar

DAY 8: SAMOSIR – EXCURISON BY CAR     ▼

After breakfast, we will do some excursions on Samosir Island by car, visiting several Batak Toba traditional villages at :

–           Ambarita : To see stone chairs and tables as the old meeting place of Sialagan Kings.

–           Simanindo : To see Batak Toba traditional dances and museum.

–           Pangururan : To see the view of Lake Toba and Hot springs.

–           Tomok : To see the old tombs of Sidabutar Kings.

Along on this trip, it is also possible to stop at school to see the activities of young children in the school, visiting the village where the people make traditional hand weaving. Also stop at some scenic places like the graves! In the afternoon, return back to hotel in Samosir.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Toledo Inn or similar

DAY 9: SAMOSIR FREE AT OWN LEISURE     ▼

Today is a free time to relax, swim, sunbathe or walk around the villages. Consult with the hotel if you want to make a boat trip. (optional)

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Toledo Inn or similar

DAY 10: SAMOSIR – SIPIROK     ▼

After breakfast, we will cross back to Parapat and then drive to Sipirok to continue our tour through Sumatra. On the way stop at pineapple, clove, and coffee plantations and visit the traditional market at Balige Sigur-gur and Sipoholon Hot Springs.

Before arrival at Sipirok, enjoy the nature by walking around the bank of Sarulla river, the rice terrace. On arrival, check in to hotel and have a good night rest.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tor Sibohi Hotel

DAY 11:SIPIROK – BUKITTINGGI     ▼

Today we are going to leave Sipirok for Bukittinggi by passing tropical rainforest of Rimba Panti and stop will be made to see the monkey picking up the coconut. Visit pepper, vanilla, cardamom and cinnamon gardens, and cross the equator line at Bonjol.

Afternoon arrival at Bukittinggi, the charming town of Minangkabau people, we will go directly to hotel for check in.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Royal Denai Hotel or similar

DAY 12: BUKITTINGGI – CITY TOUR – HARAU VALLEY     ▼

After breakfast, drive to Payakumbuh and visit Harau Valley with its echo, rice field terrace, traditional village. We go back to Bukittinggi, visiting Sianok Canyon, Fort De Kock, museum and market.

In the afternoon, return to hotel in Bukittinggi. The evening is for you to watch traditional Minangkabau dance and music performances.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Royal Denai Hotel or similar

DAY 13: BUKITTINGGI MINANGKABAU TOUR     ▼

After breakfast, drive to Batusangkar via Tabek Patah, on the way stop at Rao-Rao to visit Minangkabau traditional village and stop to see traditional coffee milling. Arrival at Batusangkar, drive to Pagaruyung to visit the duplicate Palace of Minangkabau Kingdom.

In the afternoon, return to Bukittinggi via Padang Panjang and visit Pandai Sikat village to see Minangkabau traditional hand weavings and wood carvings.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Royal Denai Hotel or similar

DAY 14:BUKITTINGGI – EXPLORE LOCAL PEOPLE ACTIVITIES     ▼

After breakfast, visit several villages to see how the local people on their daily activities, such as farming on the ricefield with the help of water buffalo, and you might even see the harvest time.

On this day, we will provide traditional fried tapioca or fried banana as your snack cooked at the house of local people.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Royal Denai Hotel or similar

DAY 15:BUKITTINGGI – MANINJAU TOUR - BUKITTINGGI     ▼

After breakfast, drive to Maninjau Lake via 44 hairpin curves, fantastic road of “Kelok 44”. On the way, visit Koto Gadang village to see traditional Silverwork and Embun Pagi to see the view of the Lake.

Arrive at Maninjau, enjoy the nature of Lake Maninjau and the panoramic views, walk to the village or to the beach. Return to Bukittinggi in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Royal Denai Hotel or similar

DAY 16: BUKITTINGGI – PADANG – CUBADAK ISLAND     ▼

After breakfast, drive to Padang via Padang Panjang, on the way stop at Anai waterfall. Arrival in Padang, transfer to Painan to catch the ferry boat crossing to Cubadak Island where you are going to spend the nights forward.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Cubadak Paradiso Resort

DAY 17: CUBADAK PARADISO ISLAND     ▼

Today are the activities on the island which will be arranged by the resort, the activities can be covered:

–           Snorkelling, the equipment will be provided.

–           Picnic days to neighbouring island (depend on the weather)

–           Canoeing and Fun Sailing

–           Trekking in the forest.

Fullboard meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during stay in the Island included + Free flow of Sumatra tea and Coffee.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Cubadak Paradiso Resort

DAY 18: CUBADAK PARADISO ISLAN (B,L,D)     ▼

Today are the activities on the island which will be arranged by the resort, the activities can be covered:

–           Snorkelling, the equipment will be provided.

–           Picnic days to neighbouring island (depend on the weather)

–           Canoeing and Fun Sailing

–           Trekking in the forest.

Fullboard meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during stay in the Island included + Free flow of Sumatra tea and Coffee.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Cubadak Paradiso Resort

DAY 19:CUBADAK ISLAND – PADANG / AIRPORT     ▼

Today is the last day of our tour through Sumatra. After breakfast, cross back to Painan by boat and then drive to airport for your flight to the next destination. Sampai Jumpa!

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Photos Nature & Beauty Tour Through Sumatra

Price Includes

  • Accommodation based on Twin sharing
  • Air-conditioned private car
  • Daily breakfast
  • Ticket and entrance fees of the places to visit
  • Local guide & permit
  • Elephant washing at Tangkahan + elephant feeding
  • Tours
  • Transfers
  • Tubing at Tangkahan + picnic lunch
  • Local jeep for transfer from Tangkahan to Bukit Lawang
  • Jungle trekking at Bukit Lawang (3 hours)
  • Samosir excursion by car
  • Ferry boat crossing Parapat to Samosir and Padang to Cubadak Island V.V
  • English speaking Tour guide (From Day 01 until dropoff at Harbour for Cubadak Island)
  • Fullboard meals during stay at Cubadak Island
  • Excursion options at Cubadak Island (except diving)

Price Excludes

  • Flights (If you want, we can organize them)
  • Photo / Video Camera Rates
  • Travel insurance
  • Tip, Donations and personal expenses
  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Elephant riding at Tangkahan
  • Extra expenses caused by anything beyond our control: flight delays, cancellations, natural disaster, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the include
Map Nature & Beauty Tour Through Sumatra

FAQ

When is the best time of the year to do this tour?

Our favourite time for travel in Indonesia is between April to October, although Indonesia is a great year-round destination, offering memorable experiences for all kinds of adventures. July to August are the peak summer months. In West to Central part of the weather is delightfully warm and it’s a popular time for travellers to visit for holidays, whilst if you wish to travel from October to April, the Eastern part Indonesia, like Banda and Raja Ampat, would be the best option.

If you wish to have a relaxing journey in Indonesia with less crowds, the shoulder months of April to June and September to October are ideal and slightly more economic.       If you must travel in ‘high season’ but want to avoid the crowd, worry not, there are numbered of unbeaten track in Indonesia ready to be explored.

What should I bring?

The tropics is a warm and often sweaty place, especially if you have Borneo or Sulawesi included in your travel. Check out our suggestion on What to Wear:

  • Comfortable and light shirt and at least a pair of long sleeves
  • Comfortable walking shoes or trekking shoes if your trip include some trekking
  • Shorts and long pants
  • Couple of pairs of socks
  • Waterproof Jacket/Raincoat

Depends on the type of travel, you may also need these in your What to Bring list:

Underwater Trip:

  • Dive Insurance
  • Dive certificate
  • Certificate of Nitrox (for those who are using Nitrox)
  • Dive equipment except Tanks and Weights. Please consult your travel expert to find out if the equipment is inclusive or not in your booking
  • Swimsuit/Dive suit
  • Adaptor DIN or INT
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen SPF +40
  • Waterproof bags

Landtour and Trekking:

  • Small backpack for daily important item
  • Travel Insurance, which covers trekking and sport risk
  • Trekking shoes (check with your travel expert if you need a Goretex or simply a walking shoes)
  • Pullover (as in some area like Mt Bromo and some other places at high altitude, the temperature can get as low as 0 degree)
  • Hats
  • Small flashlight or head flashlight
  • Towel (preferably quick dry microfiber towel)
  • Flight tickets (keep the soft copy in your mobile)
  • Valid passport with Valid Visa (or check if you are eligible for Visa Free Entry)
  • Travel/Dive Insurance
  • Personal medication (include contact lenses)
  • Waterproof bag to put all important documents
  • All documents for your trip: vouchers, tickets, contact numbers
  • Credit card (in some major cities, credit card are widely accepted in restaurants and shops. Small charge might be applied)
  • Cash in Euro or USD (you may change into local currency Rupiah when you arrive here)
  • Camera, Battery and Charger
  • Adaptor (220V is used in Indonesia)
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen and Sunglasses
  • International driving license (if you plan to drive on your own)
  • Mosquito Repellent with DEET
  • Hygienic travel kits (mask, disinfectant or anti-virus spray, etc, etc)

How Do I Get to Medan?

The city of Medan will welcome you who travel by air at the Kualanamu International Airport (KNO). Located in the Deli Serdang Regency, about 2 hours drive from Medan. The new Airport was opened in 2013 to replace the 85 years old Polonia Airport, that was getting too close to the city.

You can also get to Medan by sea from Penang (Malaysia). Passenger ships also operate between Medan and Jakarta.

How Hard is Our Tour?

We have classified our tours in 3 different classes. Always check which one suitable for your condition. If you have any doubt, you may consult to our travel expert.

Easy: Suitable for most people in good health. These trips can include short walk for days with around 2–3 hours in good paths and at low altitudes.

Medium: A reasonable level of fitness or technique is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels as the trip may include longer days of approximately 5-6 hours of activity or/and in higher altitudes, or snorkelling in strong current.

Hard: These trips are physically demanding and best suited for people with a high endurance level, good level of fitness and exercise regularly. Days can be long around 7-8 hours of activity, often at high altitudes, in remote regions and sometimes without a support vehicle nearby. Travellers may be required to carry their backpack, trip with trekking overnights without access to normal toilets or accommodations.

Bukittinggi special full day bicycle trip.

In Bukittinggi we have special full day bicycle trip, visiting village, rice field, etc.  It can be as an option trip during stay at Bukittinggi, for full-day bicycle trip, the extra charge will be: Rp.200.000 / person.

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