The 15 day “Sumatran Highlights“ tour allows you to see all the major attractions of northern Sumatra, while also bringing you very close to the people, history, and culture of the region.
- meet and stay with local people
- experience the unique Batak Toba culture
- spot orangutans in the Gayo Highlands
- see the world’s largest volcanic lake, Toba
- encounter endangered wildlife in Gunung Leuser NP
- hear first-hand accounts of the 2004 tsunami
- go snorkelling on unspoilt Pulau Weh island
- and much more
Tour: Sumatran Highlights
Operator: Intrepid Travel
Length: 15 days
Group Size: 1-12 people
Cost: $1700+, €1000+, £1000+
Provinces: North Sumatra, Aceh
Cities: Medan, Banda Aceh
Major Sights: Lake Toba, Gunung Leuser National Park, Sipisopiso waterfall, Mt. Sibayak, Gayo Highlands, Pulau Weh
Accommodation: 9 nights hotel, 3 nights guesthouse, 1 night homestay, 1 night camping
Transport: Plane, bus, ferry, minivan
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Days 4-5: Berastagi. See Sipiso-piso Waterfall and Simalungun Palace before resting at a Dokan village homestay. Then go hiking up to the top of Sibayak Volcano to experience the amazing summit views. Nearby hot springs will afford some relaxation at the end of the day.
Days 6-7: Ketambe. Learn about the many endangered species that call Gunung Leuser National Park home, including tigers, elephants, and rhinoceroses. Take a guided walk in search of orangutans, and camp by the river.
Days 10-11: Banda Aceh. Visit the Tsunami Musuem and learn of the experiences of local people during the 2004 tsunami catastrophe. Take a tour with Network for Tsunami Aceh to understand more of the calamity.
Days 12-13: Pulau Weh. Visit the tropical island playground of Pulau Weh, and go snorkelling in pristine waters.
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