Indonesia in Depth–Sumatra, Java, Bali

28 days,Medan to Sanur

Discover Javanese culture, encounter orangutans up close and personal, trek in the shadow of Mt Bromo, travel through beautiful rice terraces, chill out on Lake Samosir.

Get ready to hit the ground running in this 28-day whirlwind tour of Indonesia’s top sights. We mean that literally, too – you’ll stay active as you hike and explore Berastagi, Sipirok, Tangkahan, Bukit Lawang and more. Recharge with street food crawls and coffee plantation tours, and take the time to get up close and personal with orangutans and elephants. Experiencing it all with a group of like-minded travellers is the best way to get the most out of this dynamic country.

What's Included

  • City tour of Medan
  • Visit to orangutan feeding platform
  • Hike between Tangkahan and Bukit Lawang
  • Orientation walks of Berastagi and Bukittinggi
  • Entrance to Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park
  • Mt Bromo sunrise climb
  • Visit to Kalibaru coffee plantation
  • Street food crawl
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 27 breakfasts. (Allow USD500-750 for meals not included.)
  • Minibus, local bus, walking, ferry, train, plane.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10.
  • Simple hotels (26 nts), local homestay (1 nt).


Day 1Medan

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Medan/Tangkahan(1B)

Enjoy a morning tour of Medan. After, traverse bumpy roads to reach the small jungle community of Tangkahan. Opt to participate in an elephant bathing session or go hiking.

Day 3Tangkahan/Bukit Lawang(1B)

Travel across bumpy roads to Bukit Lawang, located close to Gunung Leuser NP.

Day 4Bukit Lawang(1B)

Visit the orangutan viewing platform and opt to go jungle trekking in Gunung Leuser NP.

Day 5Bukit Lawang/Berastagi(1B)

Orientation walk upon arrival. Free afternoon with the option to visit the local hot springs.

Day 6Berastagi(1B)

Opt to hike a volcano or tour traditional villages.

Day 7Berastagi/Samosir Island(1B)

Travel to the world's largest volcano lake, Lake Toba.

Day 8Samosir Island(1B)

Chill out and swim in the warm waters of the lake or opt for some culture by visiting local Batak villages.

Day 9Samosir Island/Sibolga(1B)

Drive through beautiful scenery on this travel day, finishing at a town on the Indian Ocean on Sumatra's western coast.

Day 10Sibolga/Panyabungan(1B)

Take in the landscape on another travel day. Break up the journey with an overnight stop in Panyabungan.

Day 11Panyabungan/Bukittinggi(1B)

Enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival after a half-day of travel, including a few interesting stops along the way.

Day 12Bukittinggi(1B)

Enjoy a free day to go rafting or kayaking, or check out some sights, like Sianok Canyon or the Japanese Caves built during World War II.

Day 13Bukittinggi/Padang(1B)

Spend the final evening on Sumatra with the group at a beach hotel in Padang.

Day 14Padang/Jakarta(1B)

Fly to Jakarta and start exploring the island of Java.

Day 15Jakarta(1B)

Free day to explore. Enjoy one of two street food crawls with the group and CEO while in Jakarta.

Day 16Jakarta/Cianjur(1B)

Venture to Cianjur via Bogor, visit the floating villages, and opt to teach English to local children. Experience local life by spending the night at a homestay.

Day 17Cianjur/Bandung(1B)

Enjoy an orientation walk of the sprawling city of Bandung, then take some time to explore independently.

Day 18Bandung/Yogyakarta(1B)

Travel from Bandung to Yogyakarta on a scenic train journey.

Days 19–20Yogyakarta(1B)

Spend free time visiting local sights such as the Buddhist Borobudur temple complex, Javanese temples, or Mt Merapi.

Day 21Yogyakarta/Tawangmangu(1B)

Enjoy an optional stop to explore the Prambanan temples, then opt to continue on to the Sukuh Temple with its erotic carvings. Follow this with a beautiful walk through small villages and farms to Tawangmangu.

Day 22Tawangmangu/Malang(1B)

Take a scenic journey to Bromo Tengger Semeru NP.

Day 23Malang/Bromo(1B)

Continue travelling east across Java to reach Mt Bromo.

Day 24Bromo/Kalibaru(1B)

Enjoy an early morning hike to view the enchanting moonscape of Mt Bromo.

Day 25Kalibaru/Pemuteran(1B)

Head to Bali and the beach with time to relax or explore the national park.

Day 26Pemuteran(1B)

Chill out in Bali. Opt to take a snorkelling or diving trip to Menjangan Island.

Day 27Pemuteran/Sanur(1B)

Travel to Sanur via hot springs and pristine cascades before a final night out with the group.

Day 28Sanur(1B)

Depart at any time.

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