Northern Sumatra Tour
Northern Sumatra Tour

Northern Sumatra Tour

6 days

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Spend 6 days adventuring in Indonesia’s Northern Sumatra region

The 6-day Northern Sumatra Tour invites you to experience this remarkable region of Indonesia in-depth. With a wide variety of optional activities, you’ll find yourself immersed in wondrous natural landscapes each and every day.

Explore the jungles of Bukit Lawang on a guided jungle walk where you can spot an array of incredible wildlife. Experience island life on Samosir as you spend two nights here getting to know the island’s inhabitants and their fascinating culture. And climb to the top of mighty Mount Sibayak where you’ll unlock sensational views.

Tailor this tour to your preferences by selecting how many guided activities you do and how much time you spend exploring independently. This tour is offered with standard, superior, or deluxe accommodations, allowing you to customize your experience.

Get to know a unique part of Indonesia on the Northern Sumatra tour. Book your spot today!

Highlights of the Northern Sumatra Tour

Spot majestic orangutans swinging freely through tropical rainforest on a mesmerizing Jungle walk in Bukit Lawang.
Enjoy an easy walk to the top of Mount Sibayak and witness this natural wonder of Indonesia up close.
Pedal your way across the island of Samosir, mingling with locals and soaking up the rich culture of this island paradise.
Savour authentic Indonesian food bursting with flavour and stop for fresh fruit at roadside markets.

Prices

From $395USD
6 days
Difficulty
Partially Guided
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Northern Sumatra Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Medan

On arrival in Medan, you will be met at the airport – your adventure starts immediately as you head to Bukit Lawang. This small village around 90km northwest of Medan is situated along the Bohorok River and is the gateway to the Gunung Leuser National Park.

Note: If arrival in Medan later than 14.00 pm, the program will be changed to a 1-night stay in Medan upon arrival with departure to Bukit Lawang the following day.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Bukit Lawang
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Spot Wildlife and Explore the Tropical Rainforest on a Jungle Walk

This morning you’ll be picked up at your hotel before setting out on a peaceful walk along the riverside. A short hike up to visit the central viewing area will follow, where if lucky, you’ll also have a chance to see the orangutans swinging freely through the tropical rainforest. Up next, you’ll cross the river again and continue walking to the other start of the park where the jungle walk begins.

Enjoy the remarkable sights and sounds of the rainforest as you breathe its rich, life-giving air into your lungs. From the center viewpoint, you’ll head deeper into Gunung Leuser National Park to experience the rainforest in-depth, hiking on the undulating trail and spotting various wildlife in their natural habitat. This walk presents you with the opportunity to see gibbons, thomas leaf monkeys, longtail and pigtail macaques, flying squirrels, diverse birdlife and majestic orangutans!

As an optional add-on, you can spend the night camping in the jungle and enjoy another day of trekking following this. Please request more info at the time of booking.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Bukit Lawang
Distance: 3 hours jungle walk
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Discover Berastagi

This morning you’ll depart from Bukit Lawang to make the journey to beautiful Berastagi. The town of Berastagi offers a refreshing break from the heat of the jungle with its cool alpine climate. The surrounding fields produce a variety of flowers, fruit and vegetables. The landscape is dominated by two active volcanoes: Mount Sibayak and Mount Sinabung. On the way, stop at a local fruit market to enjoy a sweet natural treat.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Berastagi
Distance: Flexible
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Climb Mt Sibayak and Transfer to Samosir

Today, a very special adventure awaits you on a 2172-meter-tall volcano, Mt Sibayak. Located close to Berastagi, it is one of the most easily accessible volcanoes in Indonesia and can be explored by anyone in reasonably good shape.

This morning you’ll be picked up from the hotel to transfer just half an hour to the beginning of the climb, before setting out on a one-hour walk to the top. Upon arrival at the crater, you’ll witness the misty sulphur puffing from the natural vents below.

Later, continue to Raja Berneh where you can soak your sore muscles in the hot springs before continuing with a transfer to Samosir Island for your overnight.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Samosir
Distance: 2 hours
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Cycling on Samosir Island

Today you’ll discover the island paradise of Samosir on two wheels, cycling through the typical Batak roads of the island. Whiz past villages adorned with traditional houses and observe people at work in the rice fields. Today is a culturally immersive experience that you won’t forget!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Samosir
Distance: 6 hours
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Depart

This morning it’s time to pack up and depart following a magical week filled with adventures. A transfer will take you to Medan Airport to depart.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Northern Sumatra Tour Price and Dates

This partially guided tour to Sumatra is always run as a private tour for your group only and the prices depend on the size of your group. Please note that the prices might be higher during the Indonesian National Holidays. The prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room and those and those willing to have a single room will have to pay a supplement of $140 USD-$226 USD (depending on the hotel category).

Tour with Standard Accommodation

  • Guided Solo Traveller: $1,095 USD
  • Guided Groups of 2: $575 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 3-5: $475 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 6+: $395 USD per person

Tour with Superior Accommodation

  • Guided Solo Traveller: $1,250 USD
  • Guided Groups of 2: $650 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 3-5: $550 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 6+: $475 USD per person

Tour with Deluxe Accommodation

  • Guided Solo Traveller: $1,275 USD
  • Guided Groups of 2: $675 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 3-5: $565 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 6+: $485 USD per person

Note: there is a surcharge of $25 USD per person for the departures on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Accommodation on Northern Sumatra Tour

The hotel accommodation on this tour is 3-star, but you can upgrade the accommodations to more luxurious options or better room types for an extra charge.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Standard rooms are of double and triple occupancy and those willing to have a single room will have to pay a supplement of $140 USD - $226 USD (depending on the hotel category).

Standard Hotels

Bukit Lawang Cottage ★★

Enjoy a tropical riverside oasis at this laid-back lodge featuring cozy cottages tucked away in the lush jungle.

Night 3

Sinabung Hotel in Berastagi

This lovely hotel located nearby Mount Sibayak Volcano features a relaxing vibe and modern amenities including a great restaurant with a terrace and lounge.

Toledoo Inn Hotel in Samosir

Guests will enjoy this picturesque setting alongside Lake Toba in the Toledoo Inn Hotel which is surrounded by tropical gardens, offering scenic views in all directions.

Superior Hotels

Jungle Inn Hotel in Bukit Lawang

This beachfront hotel features stunning scenery, a private beach area and modern amenities to make your stay perfect.

Grand Mutiara Hotel in Berastagi

Grand Mutiara Hotel is a sophisticated property set on beautifully landscapes gardens. Guests can take advantage of the beautiful outdoor pool and superb dining opportunities here.

Tabo Cottages in Samosir

Unwind in tropical cottages at this airy hotel set on the banks of Lake Toba.

Deluxe Hotels

Jungle Inn Hotel in Bukit Lawang

This beachfront hotel features stunning scenery, a private beach area and modern amenities to make your stay perfect.

Grand Mutiara Hotel in Berastagi

Grand Mutiara Hotel is a sophisticated property set on beautifully landscapes gardens. Guests can take advantage of the beautiful outdoor pool and superb dining opportunities here.

Night 4-5

Samosir Villa in Samosir

Overlooking beautiful Lake Toba, the Samosir Villa features top-tier amenities in a beautiful setting. Relax by the refreshing pool and stroll through the lush gardens that surround the property.

What’s Included in the Northern Sumatra Tour?

Meals

5 breakfasts are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 5 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation for you and your luggage are included throughout the tour, including transfers to and from the airport and ferry transfers. In some cases, the transfers are shared.

Also Included

  • Local English-speaking guides
  • Taxes

Not included

  • Visa fees
  • International flights and taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional excursions

Optional Extras

  • Extra nights at any point of the tour

Frequently Asked Questions about Northern Sumatra Tour

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 2 / 5. There are no strenuous or technical activities involved, however, you should be ready to spend multiple hours on your feet exploring the Indonesian beautiful nature and villages.

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