INDONESIA'S SULAWESI & NEW GUINEA (PAPUA)
Cultural tour of Indonesia
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Amongst people who still practice ancient cultural traits are the Indonesian tribes of Toraja and Dani. The Topraja in South Sulawesi number less than half a million and follow a mixture of beliefs influenced by Aluk to Dolo (way of the Ancestors). The Dani or Ndanis on the other hand, still follow the culture of Western New Guinea – Indonesia’s Papua. This 12-days journey is an insight into the lives of these communities. This tour can be combined comfortably with our other Indonesian tours.

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Tour Information
Tour Duration : 12 days
Min. Tour Size : 02 persons
Max. Tour Size : 08 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Arrive Makassar
(D)
Day 02: Makassar/Sengkang (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 03: Sengkang/Rantepao (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 04: Rantepao
(B, L, D)
Day 05: Rantepao
(B, L, D)
Day 06: Rantepao/Makassar (Drive)/Jayapura (Flight)
(B, L, D)
Day 07: Jayapura/Wamena (Flight)
(L, D)
Day 08: Kurima/South Baliem
(B, BL, D)
Day 09: Wamena/Pig Feast At Obia/Wamena
(B, L, D)
Day 10: Wamena/Jayapura (Flight)
(B, L)
Day 11: Jayapura/Bali (Flight)/Sanur
(B)
Day 12: Depart Bali
(B)
B=Breakfast, BL=BoxLunch, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Makassar

Arrive Makassar this morning, we then proceed to Kampung Berua, Salenrang Distric, a village where Rammang Rammang cave is situated. We may need app 2 hrs from downtown. Rammang Rammang in the local language means cloud, as the hilly rock formation usually covered by thick cloud in the morning. It is a kind of nature museum, which consist of approx. 89 natural caves, which 3 caves among them bear some prehistoric paintings. According to the scientific study, the paintings in the cave are dating back to some 39,000 years ago. It is believed that these caves were dwelling for early humans living in South Sulawesi. Late in the afternoon, we return back to Makassar.
Overnight: Imperial Aryaduta Hotel, Makassar (D)

Day 02: Makassar/Sengkang (Drive)    

We proceed to Sengkang in the morning, passing Cimba Village, a small village with nice view over the towering hills of South Sulawesi.   Arrival in Sengkang early afternoon, where we will be visiting a local silk weaving shop then take a boat ride on Tempe lake to see Wajo fisherman floating houses, freshwater fish ponds.
Overnight: BBC Sengkang Hotel (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 03: Sengkang/Rantepao (Drive)

This morning we head for Rantepao with en-route stop at Soppeng to observe the huge “bat” tree. Early afternoon arrival in Rantepao, we visit Londa Village, to see its natural’s cave graves before checking our hotel.
Overnight: Toraja Heritage Hotel, Rantepao (3 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 04: Rantepao

Another full day tour visiting the most beautiful village with buffalo horns decorated in front of their houses at Palawa. Next stop is the traditional cotton-weaving village at Sa'dan, the ancient megalithic stone at Bori and then proceed to Mt. Sesean to view the large rice-field terraces at Batutumonga. Afternoon we continue to visit the boulder grave at Lokomata then take a nice nature-walk from Pana through the rice-field and villages down to Tikala. We are then driven back to our hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 05: Rantepao

This morning we visit Lemo Village, a village with cliff graveyard, then to Kambira Village, baby graves placed in one big tree. This way of tombs making is the only one in the archipelago, the Torajan do not bury their corps on earth, but on the stone hole, cave or alike. Before the dead body being placed in such place, it has to be put in the Tongkonan (the clan house) as they believe that, the deceased would not leave them as long as the body is still at home. Then proceed to the cave at Tampang Allo, where   many local notables are buried.    Continue to Suaya Village, where the royal family tombs are located. Our next destination will be Sangalla, where local traditional handicrafts can be purchased. (B, L, D)

Day 06: Rantepao/Makassar (Drive)/Jayapura (Flight)

We drive back to Makassar via a different route via Parepare, a small Bugis Town with some typical Bugis clan houses, which is built on stilt. Lunch at a local restaurant in Parepare.   We will be spending approx. 9 hours before reach Makassar. Dinner at a local restaurant, before being dropped of at the airport for an early morning flight to Jayapura. (B, L, D)

Day 07: Jayapura/Wamena (Flight)

Early morning arrival in Jayapura, capital of Papua on the island of New Guinea. From here we connect with our flight to Wamena, home of the Dani tribe. Upon arrival at Wamena, we are transferred to our hotel for rest. Late afternoon, we take a tour of Wamena, a small town lost in the wilderness of the remote region. The highlight of this tour is definitely the local market where everything from organically grown veggies to live pigs, are sold. One sees the Dani people in traditional attire covering a very small part of the body to fully clothed vendors and shoppers.
Overnight: Baliem Pilamo Hotel (3 nights) (L, D)

Day 08: Kurima/South Baliem

Depart for Sogokmo where we enjoy an easy trek through the fields. We see fields with sweet potatoes and enjoy the gorgeous surroundings. As we go further inland to Kurima, we encounter the tribes and get to know about their culture, lifestyle and values. The tribal people in their traditional attire are always welcoming visitors with a friendly smile and are as anxious to know of us as we are of them. After a picnic lunch, we trek back to Sogokmo where we are driven back to our hotel. (B, BL, D)

Day 09: Wamena/Pig Feast At Obia/Wamena

This morning we head for Obia Village, which is one of the Dani villages and has preserved their old way of life, penis gourd, grass skirt, and round-shaped house (honai). Here, we are treated to a pig feast and war dance. These 2 attractions allow us to get an insight of the prehistoric age culture. In the past, any kind of problem like possession of women, property, etc. could erupt into a big war between tribes and would only be settled by one party getting defeated. Today, all adult men come to the battlefield with their body ornaments.   After the war ends, they kill a pig and feast together. After the festive war we return to Wamena. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Wamena/Jayapura (Flight)

Take a return flight back to Jayapura, where we will have a tour that includes Mac Arthur World War II monument and Sentani Lake. First, we visit the monument then ride a small motorized wooden boat to cross the lake. There are 2 villages we will be visiting.  The first one is the village of Ayapo and the second one is Asei village. There are families living on the stilt houses, most of them are fishermen.  After a lunch break at the restaurant on the lake, while enjoying the peaceful surrounding area, we proceed to visit Cendrawasih Museum and Hamadi art market.
Overnight: Sentani Traveler Hotel (1 night) (B, L)

Day 11: Jayapura/Bali (Flight)/Sanur

Today we are transferred for our flight to Denpasar. Upon arrival, we will be met and driven to our hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight: Prama Sanur (1 night) (B)

Day 12: Depart Bali

As all good and exciting things come to an end, we bid farewell to Indonesia’s remote cultures of the Toraja and Dani people as we are transferred to the Denpasar airport for our departure flight. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2017

Jan 16; Feb 13; Mar 13; Apr 10; May 08; Jun 05; Jul 17; Aug 21; Sep 11; Oct 09; Nov 20; Dec 04

2018

Jan 15; Feb 19; Mar 19; Apr 16; May 07; Jun 18; Jul 16; Aug 20; Sep 17; Oct 08; Nov 26; Dec 03

Tour Price

We accept payment in US $ (US Dollars), CA $ (Canadian Dollars) or equivalent EURO (for clients outside North America). Bestway Tours & Safaris offers conversion rate protection. Once full payment has been received, and no modification has been made to the tour itinerary, we will honour that rate. For complete payment procedures, please click here

Departure(s) Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
2017 US$ 3295 US$ 695
2018 US$ 3295 US$ 695


Notes

March 17, 2018 is Nyepi Day (Bali’s Day of Silence), which means:
  • The silence begins sunrise around 6:00 am of 28 March 2017 and will go on until the next 24 hours.
  • All shops are closed.
  • Guests have to stay inside the hotels/resorts area.
  • When listening to music or watching in your hotel rooms, kindly keep the sound at minimum level.
  • There will be no traffic in the whole Bali island.
  • Ngurah Rai airport will be closed on 17 March 2018, so there will be neither arrival nor departure in the airport on that day.
  • Across Bali, the activities are allowed only in emergency rooms and maternity section of hospitals. Any emergencies are taken into consideration and tolerated. The whole island is in silence.


Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 28 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, BL=BoxLunch, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation
  • Services of local English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to sites, dance performances (when available), museums and monuments
  • Special permits to visit Baliem Valley
  • Porters during visits to Baliem Valley
Not Included
  • Any airfares (currently domestic airfares is US$ 960 per person)
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)

CANADA(West Coast)
US$ 1300

USA(West Coast)
US$ 1200

CANADA(East Coast)
US$ 1300

USA(East Coast)
US$ 1200

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 08 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.