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Classic Java and Sumatra
Samosir Island, Lake Toba, Bukit Lawang, Borobudur, Yogyakarta
Best for: Culture History, Highlights, Walking Trekking
Explore two of Indonesia’s most adventurous islands on this nine night itinerary. Encounter orangutans in the Sumatran jungle, ascend the slopes of Mount Sibayak, discover Batak tribal culture, and visit Indonesia’s most iconic temple complex in Java.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
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This nine night itinerary is a great option for those looking to experience Indonesia’s adventurous side. Travelling from the north of Sumatra through to Central Java, you will get to discover the highlights of these culturally diverse and jungle-clad volcanic islands at an unhurried pace. Your adventure begins in the picturesque region of Lake Toba on Samosir Island to learn of the indigenous Batak culture before ascending the steep slopes to the steaming crater of Mount Sibayak. Next, head into the jungles of Gunung Leuser National Park to encounter the endemic Sumatran Orangutan. A short flight will then take you to Central Java to visit the ancient temple compound of Prambanan and the UNESCO listed Borobudur temple complex, including a few days to unwind on the outskirts of Yogyakarta.
Days 1 - 3 : Samosir Island, Sumatra
Stay at Tabo Cottages for 2 nights
Upon arrival in Sumatra’s Silangit International Airport, you will be met by one of our representatives and driven through the scenic scenery of Lake Toba to Parapat. From Parapat, it is a short ferry across the caldera lake to Samosir Island, the largest island within an island in the world. In between unwinding at your lakeside hotel and soaking up the serene views, enjoy a private tour of the island’s highlights. Stop by a series of spectacular vista points and learn of the local Batak culture as you observe a traditional Tor-Tor dance, visit their distinctive pointed-roofed homes, and explore villages home to well-preserved historic sites.
Day 3 - 4 : Tongging Merek, Sumatra
Stay at Taman Simalem Resort for 1 night
On the morning of day three, you will be collected from your hotel and driven along the northern shore of Lake Toba to your hotel in Tongging Merek, making a short stop on the way the remarkable Sipiso-piso Waterfall, one of the tallest waterfalls in Indonesia. It is an early start the following morning as you arise early and are driven to Berastagi to begin the ascent to the top of the Sibayak Volcano. One of Indonesia’s more accessible mountains, the summit takes around 1.5 hours to reach, where climbers are rewarded with high levels geothermal activity, an intriguing moonscape scenery and fantastic views over surrounding Sumatra.
Days 4 - 6 : Bukit Lawang, Sumatra
Stay at Bukit Lawang Ecolodge for 2 nights
After descending the slopes of Mount Sibayak, you will continue the drive to Bukit Lawang, a small village in Gunung Leuser National Park, known for its Bohorok Oranugtan Rehabilitation Centre. Over the next two days, enjoy treks with a local guide through the primary tropical rainforest in search of the magnificent Sumatran Orangutan amongst other wildlife including the Sumatran Striped Rabbit and a vast array of birdlife. Also enjoy a tour of some local home industries of the village, and a cooking demonstration alongside some time to relax and soak up the sounds of the jungle.
Day 6 : Flight from Medan to Yogyakarta
Day 6 - 7 : Borobudur, Java
Stay at Amata Borobudur Resort for 1 night
After breakfast in Bukit Lawang, you will be collected and driven approximately four hours to Medan airport in time to catch your flight to Yogyakarta. From the airport, it is a one-hour drive to Borobudur, home to the UNESCO listed temple complex of Borobudur, one of Indonesia’s most recognisable sites. Enjoy one night at a secluded retreat near the temple complex, ready for your visit early next morning.
Days 7 - 10 : Yogyakarta, Java
Stay at Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta for 3 nights
Early morning, you will be collected from your hotel and driven a short distance to Borobudur. Ascend the steps in time for to take in a magnificent sunrise over Central Java from the top of Borobudur, followed by some time to explore the different stupas that make up the complex. After breakfast back at your hotel, you will be driven back to Yogyakarta to enjoy three nights on the outskirts of the city. Over the next few days, enjoy cultural excursions in an around the city, including the Hindu temple compound of Prambanan and a tour of a local village by oxcart, not forgetting some time to unwind and enjoy the spoils of your hotel.
When to go
Straddling the equator, the Indonesian Archipelago enjoys a warm tropical climate all year round, with a distinct wet and dry season. The wet season generally runs from October to April and the dry season tends to last from May to September, with days characterised by high temperatures and clear skies. Islands further east, such as Lombok, Flores and Komodo, experience more pronounced seasonal differences, with monsoon rains in the wet season and periods of drought in the dry season. The eastern islands of Java, Sumatra and Bali experience more intermittent rainfall in the wet season, when visitors can benefit from cooler temperatures and reduced crowds.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
From $2350 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
All accommodation and breakfasts
Private and shared transfers
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.