Discover the gigantic island of Sumatra, in Indonesia, the 6th largest in the world, 1,760 km long and up to 400 km wide. With its huts, tribes, wildlife reserves, jungles, swampy lowlands, clear rivers, spectacular waterfalls, crater lakes, and immense forest of tropical trees, called the "Isle of Hope" or the "Isle of Gold", this island's natural wealth is absolutely stunning. With great diversity of tribes and several indigenous and matriarchal societies, Sumatra is one of Southeast Asia's richest cultural areas.

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Discover the gigantic island of Sumatra, in Indonesia, the 6th largest in the world, 1,760 km long and up to 400 km wide. With its huts, tribes, wildlife reserves, jungles, swampy lowlands, clear rivers, spectacular waterfalls, crater lakes, and immense forest of tropical trees, called the "Isle of Hope" or the "Isle of Gold", this island's natural wealth is absolutely stunning. With great diversity of tribes and several indigenous and matriarchal societies, Sumatra is one of Southeast Asia's richest cultural areas.

The highlights of this overland tour includes:

  • Visits to traditional villages;
  • Exploration of Berastagi mountain resort, Samosir island, home to King Sidabutar's tomb, and Bukittinggi town;
  • City tour of Padang and drive in the marvellous countryside.

Trip summary

  • Travel style Group departure
  • Departure Medan
  • End Padang
  • Countries
    • Indonesia and Bali
    • Indonesia
  • City
    • Berastagi
    • Samosir
    • Parapat
    • Padang Sidempuan
    • Bukitinggi
    • Padang
  • Theme Art, history and cultural trips
  • Accommodation Standard
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our standards

Detailed itinerary

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  • 1
    Medan - Berastagi
    Day 1

    Arrival in Medan and departure for Berastagi, a mountain resort. En route visit to a traditional village and fruit market. Dinner included.

    Visited places:
    • Medan
    • Berastagi
  • 2
    Berastagi - Samosir
    Day 2

    Departure for Samosir island. Here you'll see the Sipisopiso waterfall and the ancient King's palace, passing vast tea and oil palm plantations. Breakfast and dinner included.

    Visited places:
    • Berastagi
    • Samosir
  • 3
    Samosir -Parapat
    Day 3

    Enjoy Samosir island tour including the tomb of King Sidabutar and a traditional village. Drive to Parapat for overnight. Breakfast and dinner included. 

    Visited places:
    • Samosir
    • Parapat
  • 4
    Parapat - Padang Sidempuan
    Day 4

    Journey to Sibolga with a visit to a traditonal village and a unique market. Overnight in Padang Sidempuan. Breakfast and dinner included.

    Visited places:
    • Parapat
    • Padang Sidempuan
  • 5
    Padang Sidempuan - Bukittinggi
    Day 5

    Prepare for a long journey today, it will be worthwhile. It will allow you to admire the magnificent hinterland of Sumatra, its countryside and mountain views, valleys, and small villages. Overnight in Bukittinggi, the heart of Minangkabau highland. Breakfast and dinner included. 

    Visited places:
    • Padang Sidempuan
    • Bukitinggi
  • 6
    Bukittinggi
    Day 6

    Full day tour of the city. Sightseeing will include the local market, museum and the magnificent grand valley of Ngarai Sianok. Drive to Pagaruyung as the site of Minangkabau Kingdom where the queen ruled in a matriarchal society. Breakfast and dinner included.

    Visited places:
    • Bukitinggi
  • 7
    Bukittinggi - Padang
    Day 7

    Drive to Padang through the beautiful countryside of Anai valley. On arrival in Padang have a city tour. Overnight in the city. Breakfast and dinner included. 

    Visited places:
    • Bukitinggi
    • Padang
  • 8
    End of tour
    Day 8

    Transfer to the airport for onward flight departure. Breakfast included. 

    Visited places:
    • Padang
  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes
    • All activities mentioned in the program
    • Meals as indicated in the program
    • Accommodation for the defined period
    Price does not include
    • International flights
    • Optional activities
    • Tips and personal expenses