INDONESIA! With over 18,000 islands, a journey to Indonesia is an experience of many different cultures. Every time one crosses one of the over 6000 inhabited islands, one finds rich ethnic and cultural diversity – that probably no country on earth can come close to. Our 15-day journey has been tailored to take you across a part of this huge archipelago to experience the diversity in history, culture, landscape, beliefs, traditions, etc. To add more to this experience we offer optional extensions to some more remote parts of this unique land. This is also a photographer’s dream journey.
|Price (From)||:||US$ 3690|
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Day 01: Arrive Medan
Our Isles of Indonesia starts with arrival at the northern city of Medan, located the province of Sumatra. Medan is best accessible by a short flight from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok or Jakarta. It is best to arrive Medan by the early morning flight. Upon arrival, we are warmly welcomed. Time permitting we tour Medan visiting the majestic Maimoon Palace, Palace of Sultan Deli and the Grand Mosque.
Overnight: Arya Duta Hotel, Medan (1 night) (D)
Day 02: Medan/Samosir Island (Drive)
We continue our tour of Medan followed by a typical Sumatran lunch before taking a scenic drive to the Parapat Mountain and from there to the stunning Lake Toba. This drive takes us through Pematang Siantar, passing the North Sumatran rubber, oil palm and cocoa plantations. We take a public ferry crossing the Toba Lake ending an interesting day viewing rural Indonesian lifestyle.
Overnight: Samosir Villa Resort, Samosir Island (2 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 03: Samosir Island Exploration
Today we explore Samosir Island. Here we explore the traditional villages of Tomok (the place of the old tombs of the Sidabutar Kings), Ambarita (site of the stone chairs and tables where the fate and often, execution of the enemies took place during the cannibalism era of the Sialagan Kings) and the Simanindo Batak Museum. (B, L, D)
Day 04: Samosir/Parapat/Berastagi (Drive)
After a short ferry ride to Parapat, we drive to Brastagi in the Karo Highlands. En route we visit Pematang Purba and tour the Palace of King Simalungun followed by a visit to the Sipiso Piso waterfall where we have a magnificent view of the falls. At Brastagi we visit the traditional fruit market and time permitting, we also view from the Gundaling Hills known for its two active volcanoes.
Overnight: Hotel Grand Mutiara, Berastagi (1 night) (B, L, D)
Day 05: Berastagi/Medan (Drive)/Jakarta (Flight)
A leisurely drive to Medan where we visit the Tjong File Mansion – former residence of a famous Chinese merchant. The architecture is a mixture of Victorian and Chinese and has a nice collection of art works, We continue to Medan airport for our flight to Jakarta where we are transferred to our hotel.
Overnight: Sheraton Bandara Hotel, Jakarta (1 night) (B)
Day 06: Jakarta/Pangkalan Bun (Flight)/Orangutan Sanctuary
An early morning flight gets us to Pangkalan Bun from where we drive to the pier in Kumai and board our Klotoks - a traditional wooden river boats with a roof to navigate amongst the streams at Tanjung Putin National Park. The park serves as an orangutan rehabilitation centre, where orphaned or formerly captive individuals are trained to live in the wild. We view the daily hour-long feedings of the orangutans at various jungle platforms. The river cruise will be our first real experience in the rainforest watching birds and wildlife. A delicious Indonesian lunch cooked onboard is served. After about 2 hours cruise we reach our first stop at Tanjung Harapan, where we take a short walk in the jungle to an orangutan feeding station. We may be fortunate to also see orangutans in their natural habitat too. After our visit to the feeding station, we navigate up river to the Rimba Lodge.
Overnight: Rimba Lodge Hotel, Pangkalan Bun (2 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 07: Pondok Tanguy and Camp Leakey
A day of nature exploration at its best! Today we are in for more exciting possibilities of orangutan sightings as we take our boat to the feeding station at Pondok Tanguy. Here orangutans are fed in the mornings. After a short jungle walk we return to our boat and continue to explore the rainforest whilst enjoying another delightful lunch prepared by our boat crew. We then arrive at the famous Camp Leaky and trek through the jungle on an easy path to the feeding station located here for the afternoon feeding. We then return with our boat to our lodge for the evening. (B, L, D)
Day 08: Pangkalan Bun/Semarang (Flight)/Yogyakarta (Drive)
Early morning we take our boat to the pier in Kumai and are transferred to the airport for our flight to Semarang, from where we drive approximately 3 hours to the historical city Yogyakarta exploring the countryside of Java. Upon arrival we are welcomed in the traditional Javanese style and transferred to our hotel. Evening is free at leisure.
Overnight: Melia Purosani Hotel, Yogyakarta (3 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 09: Day excursion to Borobudur
Our tour of this historical city starts with a visit to the Kraton, the Sultan’s Palace located in the city centre. The palace was the center of the Mataram Islam kingdom and is now a center of the Javanese art and culture. We then head to the Borobudur Temple complex. This famous Buddhist temple, dates to the 8th and 9th centuries and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built in three tiers: a pyramidal base with five concentric square terraces, the trunk of a cone with three circular platforms and, at the top, a monumental stupa. The walls and balustrades are decorated with fine low reliefs and around the circular platforms are 72 openwork stupas, each containing a statue of Buddha. We also visit the Mendut Temple discovered in 1834. Evening we are treated to a wonderful dinner-theatre show that features a beautifully staged Ramayana ballet performance. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Day excursion to Prambanan
Today we visit the stunning Prambanan Temple Compounds, a UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of 240 Hindu temples decorated with reliefs illustrating the Indonesian version of the Ramayana epic - masterpieces of stone carvings dating to the 8th century AD in Java. Afternoon is free to enjoy and explore Yogyakarta. Perhaps you might want to explore Malioboro, a well-known shopping promenade that sells all sort of beautiful Indonesian batiks and carvings. Evening is an optional Wayang kulit performance, the famous shadow puppet theatre of Java recognized by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The stories are usually drawn from Hindu epics, like the Ramayana or Mahabharata. (B, L, D)
Day 11: Yogyakarta/Makassar (Flight)/Toraja Land (Drive)
A short morning flight gets us to Makassar, from where we start our journey to the famed Toraja Land. The drive takes us through the most picturesque landscape of South Sulawesi and includes a typical cuisine lunch at Barru Beach. Rantepao is a cool city, approximately 800 m above sea level. We arrive at our hotel early evening. Tana Toraja has a unique culture set in stunning scenery, with bright green rice terraces, tall limestone outcrops and bamboo graves are set against a backdrop of blue misty mountains. Traditional Tongkonan houses stand proudly in this setting and in many ways the impacts of globalisation and tourism have not impacted the way of life. In fact very little has changed in the last 100 years. Evening free to visit the local bazaar and have personal encounters with the friendly Sulawesi.
Overnight: Toraja Heritage Hotel, Toraja Land (3 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 12: Toraja Tour
Two full days at Toraja to allow us to witness the incredible Toraja market. Our day begins with a visit to the market in Rantepao. The market draws people from all over the region for produce like fruits, vegetables, farming tools and live fish. We visit the adjacent livestock market. Our tour includes visits of the royal family tombs at Suaya, a cliff-side gravesite guarded by wood-carved painted effigies, called tau tau. We also visit the site of the huge tree in Kambira. Babies and small children are traditionally buried in trees, as the belief is that they will continue to grow with the tree. The Torajans do not bury their dead in a stone hole or in a cave. Before the corpse is placed in such a "tomb", it is laid to rest for a short period in the Tongkonan (the clan house). The belief is that the soul of the deceased would not leave, as long as the body is still at home. Afternoon, we visit Londa, the natural cave grave and the Kete Kesu village famous for its hanging graves and traditional woodcarving craftsmen. Lunch at a local restaurant with a lovely view of the rice fields. The Torajans are famous for their spectacular, expensive and rather gruesome burial rites. After a person's death, the body is kept, often for several years, while money is saved to pay for the actual funeral ceremony, known as tomate. During the funeral, which may last up to a week, ritual dances and buffalo fights are held, and buffaloes and pigs are slaughtered to ferry the soul of the deceased to the afterlife. Should there be a funeral ceremny taking place, we will attempt to attend one. (B, L, D)
Day 13: Toraja Tour
Another interesting and culturally rich day as we see the unique 'Tongkonan' houses each decorated with several buffalo horns decorating their front doors. Later we visit the traditional cotton weaving village of Batutumonga, which is surrounded by the highland area and has a beautiful landscape. Afternoon we visit Lo' ko mata, known for the unique graves placed on rocky slopes. We then take an easy trek from the villages of Pana to Tikala. (B, L, D)
Day 14: Toraja Land/Makassar (Drive)/Bali (Flight)
Our journey touching some of the many islands of the world's largest archipelago is coming to an end as we drive to Makassar for our flight to Bali. Upon arrival transfer to Sanur.
Overnight: Prama Sanur Hotel, Bali (1 night) (B, L)
Day 15: Bali/Homebound
After an unforgettable journey, we are transferred to the airport for our departure flight. (B)
OPTIONAL EXTENSION TO KOMODO
Day 15: Denpasar/Labuan Bajo (Flight)
A short flight from Bali to Labuan Bajo. Upon arrival board your boat and sail to Komodo Island. Time permitting visit Bidadari island for snorkeling at crystal clear water and white sandy beach and for lunch. After a four hours sail on our wooden boat we arrive at Komodo National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which comprises of 60,300 hectare land and 121,400 of surrounding water. There are 5 main islands in Komodo park, namely Komodo Island, Rinca Island, Padar Island, Gili Motang, and Nusa Kode. Among these islands, only Komodo and Rinca are inhabited. Komodo is famous for wild buffalo, deer, wild horse, wild boar, snakes, birds, and many others.
Overnight: On board boat Komodo Island (2 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 16: Komodo Tour
Both early morning and late afternoon is the best time to search for the dragon. Breakfast on the boat, then walk to Banunggulung, the former feeding site of the dragon. It is about 2.5 hrs from the coastal line. After the walk in Komodo, we sail to Rinca Island. The size of the dragons at Komodo Island is slightly larger than the one we have in Rinca. We will have a pleasant walk in Rinca Island, to search for the dragon in their natural habitat. Back to the boat after the walk, the sail to Kalong Island, about 1 hour sail from the big bay of Rinca. Kalong is taken from the flying fox, as the mangrove island complex here is the home of the thousands of flying foxes. They are usually seen flying out from the trees in the evening, another great attraction to watch from the boat. Stay on boat close to Kalong Island. (B, L, D)
Day 17: Labuan Bajo/Denpasar (Flight)
Morning transfer to the airport and we are in Bali. Transfer to your hotel in Sanur. The rests of the day day is at leisure.
Overnight: Prama Sanur Hotel, Bali (1 night) (B)
Day 18: Bali/Departure
After breakfast you are transferred for your flight back home. (B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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Departure Dates & Prices (Komodo Extension)
|OPTIONAL KOMODO EXTENSION|
|Departures||Per Person on Twin Sharing||Single Room Supplement
(only for the one night in Bali)
|2021||FromUS$ 1045 CA$ 1359||FromUS$ 85 CA$ 111|
Inclusions (Komodo Extension)
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