Map

Route map for Best of Sumatra (AESM)

Day 1 Medan

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Bohorok (1B, 1D)

Enjoy a city tour of Medan including a visit to Maimoon Palace. Continue to Bohorok, one of the largest national parks in the world, famous for its orangutan rehabilitation centre. View the semi-wild orangutans on a forest trek with local guides and rangers. Watch as they swing freely through the jungle.

Approximate distance: 87km
Estimated travel time: 4 hrs (including stops)

Days 3-4 Berastagi (2B)

Early visit to the orangutan centre in Bohorok to watch a feeding. Continue to Berastagi, a picturesque hill town. Originally developed around 1920 as a Dutch hill base in the Karo highlands, the cooler weather and surrounding smoking volcanoes make this destination ideal for weekending Medan residents and travellers alike. Berastagi is also known for their myriad flowers, fruits and vegetables piled high at the local markets. Explore further afield and check out examples of traditional Karo Batak architecture.

On Day 4, opt to hike up Sibayak volcano for sunrise and take in the stunning view of the valley. Free afternoon with the option to visit the local hot springs.

Approximate distance: 163 km
Estimated travel time: 7 hrs (including stops)

Days 5-6 Lake Toba (2B)

Depart for the island of Samosir. En route, stop for an included visit to a coffee plantation. Situated in the centre of Lake Toba, Samosir has all the features of a resort area but still retains a rustic charm and relaxed atmosphere. Day 6 is a free day with options to relax or explore the area. Venture out for an excursion to see traditional batak houses and the tombs in Tomok.

Approximate distance: 188 km
Estimated travel time: 8 hrs (including stops)

Day 7 Lake Toba/Medan (1B)

Free morning, then drive back to Medan for the final night in Sumatra.

Approximate distance: 188 km
Estimated travel time: 5 hrs (including stops)

Day 8 Medan (1B)

Depart at any time.