Sumatra - Kalimantan - Lombok
Destination - Sumatra - Kalimantan - Lombok
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$3997 from 01/01/2013 until 07/12/2015


INDONESIA ADVENTURE

SUMATRA – KALIMANTAN – LOMBOK

19 days – 18 nights

 

Start:     Medan (North Sumatra)

End:      Lombok

 

Day 01: MEDAN

Upon arrival at Polonia Airport, Medan (North Sumatra) our guide will welcome you then transfer to the hotel. Sumatra is the largest island entirely in Indonesia, and the sixth largest island in the world at approximately 443,000 km². Over half of the country exports come from the riches of Sumatra: oil, natural gas, hardwoods, rubber, palm oil, coffee and sugar. In spite of evolution, Sumatra still maintains strong and well-established traditions that are rooted in their colourful past. Medan is the capital of North Sumatra province and the informal capital of entire Sumatra. This town is a centre for trade and commerce, industry, transportation, and entertainment. It is fast growing city with a mix of several big ethical groups like Malay, Batak, Javanese and Chinese.

Meals included: -

 

Day 02: MEDAN – BUKIT LAWANG

In the morning you will visit the most important sights of Medan. You will see the Grand Mosque, of one the most beautiful mosques in Indonesia. The mosque was commissioned by Sultan Ma’mum Al Rasyid, designed by Dingemans of Amsterdam in a Moorish style, and stood ready in 1906. It has an imposing arched entrance and is decorated with tiles. Next you will visit Maimoon Palace which is historically related to the Grand Mosque. It was built in 1888 by Sultan Ma’mum Al Rasyid and used as administrative centre until the end of Warld War II. Afterwards you will continue to Bukit Lawang a small village on the bank of Bohorok River on the outskirts of Gunung Leuser National Park.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 03: BUKIT LAWANG – BRASTAGI

Gunung Leuser National Park is the place where orangutans are found. The orangutans were once living in almost all of Southeast Asia; today, they are only left in Borneo and Sumatra. 90% of the total orangutan population lives within the borders of Indonesia. Bukit Lawang is very convenient for a day jungle trekking and wildlife watching; with a bit of luck, you can spot Sumatran orangutans. Sumatran orangutans have lighter hair and a longer beard than their Borneo relatives, and Sumatran males have narrower cheekpads. Both species are highly endangered due to habitat loss and poaching. The population of wild Sumatran orangutans has declined drastically from over 12,000 in 1994 to 7,300 in 2003. The latest data from 2008 estimate that there are now only around 6,500 orangutans remaining in the wild. After the trekking you will back to the hotel for short relax and afterwards depart for Brastagi - a highland resort with refreshing weather and magnificent mountain scenery.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 04: BRASTAGI – PARAPAT – SAMOSIR

You will continue your trip and see the Sipiso-piso Waterfall that drops into the northern tip shore of Lake Toba. Lake Toba is the largest lake in Southeast Asia, once created by an enormous eruption. The lake covers approximately 1,265 km2 (excluding Samosir) and is 90 km long. The average depth is 450 m and up to 900 m in some places. The lake is situated at an altitude of 906 m above sea level. On the way you will stop and see the ancient King’s Palace of Simalungun at Pematang Purba. Proceed to Parapat through the fertile vegetable and fruit farms, pine tree forest and spectacular view of Lake Toba. After arrival in Parapat you will continue the trip by boat to Samosir. Samosir is an approximately 50 km long and 15 km wide often referred as island in Lake Toba. Samosir is actually a peninsula, divided from Sumatra only by a narrow man-made canal. It is beautiful, scenic and very relaxing place.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 05: SAMOSIR

Batak is a collective term used to identify a number of ethnic groups found in the highlands of North Sumatra. Samosir is the centre of the Batak culture and many of this people's artifacts remain here. You will visit Ambarita traditional village where King Siallagan’s stone chairs are point of interest. In the past this place was used by the chief and other tribal leaders were discussing and giving punishments for committed crimes. You will stop at Simanindo village – it has well kept traditional houses, now museum. Here you can also watch traditional Batak dance performance. You will visit also the Tomb of King Sidabutar at Tomok village.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 06: SAMOSIR – PARAPAT – SIPIROK

In the morning you leave for Siporok - a small town surrounded by green hills, mountains and rice paddies. On the way you will visit Lumban Binanga village and Balige town where you will stop at traditional market – it is built in traditional Batak house style and richly ornamented building.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 07: SIPIROK – BUKITTINGGI

The journey from North to West Sumatra is long but worthwhile; it exhibits the inner part of Sumatra, beautiful scenery of mountains, rivers, valleys and traditional villages. The Equator Monument should be remarkable in your personal record. You will stop at Palupuh - a conservation area for Rafflesia Arnoldii and if you are lucky you can see blooming “corpse flower”. Then drive to the most charming town, the heart of Minangkabau Highlands, and the centre of matrilineal society of Sumatra, Bukittinggi.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 08: BUKITTINGGI

You will explore the beauty and the cultural aspects of Minangkabau. You will see Jam Gadang - a clock-tower and major landmark of Bukittinggi. You will visit Museum Rumah Adat Baanjuang and learn more about exceptional Minangkabau architecture and culture. Afterwards drive to Harau Canyon where you can see interesting cliffs and waterfalls. You will continue the trip to Pagaruyung, former place of Minangkabau kings. You will see here a building representing the original Pagaruyung palace, open to the public as a museum. It was built in the traditional Minangkabau rumah gadang architectural style.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 09: BUKITTINGGI – PADANG – JAKARTA – BALIKAPAPAN – SAMBOJA

You will have free time until transfer to Minangkabau International Airport for the flight to Jakarta and then to Balikpapan. Upon arrival at Sepinggan Airport, Balikpapan, our guide will welcome you then direct transfer to Samboja. Balikpapan is a seaport city on the eastern coast of the island of Borneo, in the East Kalimantan province. The population is a mixture of people from the Indonesian archipelago with Dayaks and Kutai as indigenous ethnic groups living in rural areas. East Kalimantan has Borneo’s richest and most diverse natural resources, its oil, coal, timber fuel coastal development. Samboja is a small village, located about 35 km north of Balikpapan, it is base of The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. Orangutan Reintroduction Program here was established to protect Bornean orangutans and support the research and education activities. Orangutan is the only member of the world's great apes family in Asia. There are two species of orangutans, the Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) distributed over Sumatera Island and the Borneaen orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) distributed in Kalimantan Island (Borneo).

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

 

Day 10: SAMBOJA

In the morning you will enjoy the tour in the rehabilitation centre. It is the place where the handed over or rescued orangutans can undergo quarantine and rehabilitation processes and then they can be released back to their natural habitat. Some orangutans live on man-made islands, a special class of chronically ill, blind or severely disabled orangutans and that are not release candidates. In Samboja you can find also Sun Bear Sanctuary, brought in from all over Indonesia, confiscated from the trade or from people who kept them as a status symbol or handed over by people voluntarily. Afterwards you will drive to Bukit Bangkirai forest and conservation parkland for short trekking and unique experience of walking through canopy bridge. Later drive to Black River area for boat tour to observe proboscis monkeys. The proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus) or long-nosed monkey, is a reddish-brown arboreal Old World monkey that is endemic to the island of Borneo. The monkey also goes by the Malay name monyet belanda ("Dutch monkey") as Indonesians remarked that the Dutch colonisers often had a similarly large belly and nose.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch box and dinner

 

Day 11: SAMBOJA – TENGGARONG – MAHAKAM RIVER

In the morning you will depart to Tenggarong, the point of departure for inland boat travel on the Mahakam River. The Mahakam River – the largest river in East Kalimantan, approx 920 km-long – and its tributaries reach far inland in East Kalimantan, providing access to relatively remote Dayak villages. There are many lakes spread in the Mahakam area including the three main lakes: Jempang, Semayang and Melintang. The Dayak are a people indigenous to Borneo. There are over 200 ethnic subgroups, located principally in the interior of Borneo, each with its own dialect, customs, laws, territory and culture, though common individual traits are readily identifiable.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 12: MAHAKAM RIVER – TANJUNG ISUY

In the morning you will arrive at Muara Muntai. Built on mud flats, it is a lively market village in the heart of Mahakam lake country, with boardwalks for streets and many wooden buildings. After short village sightseeing you will continue your trip by motor canoe passing wetlands, shallow lakes, villages built on a flooded mud flat. In Mancong village you will see rebuild longhouse that gives an idea of past grandeur, the building now is reserved for folk dances and ceremonies. Longhouses are the traditional communal houses of the local people, one building may accommodate as many as 100 families. The chief area of a longhouse is the common veranda, which serves as a social area. Next you will continue to Tanjung Isuy, village located on the shore of Jempang Lake where you can observe local village life.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 13: TANJUNG ISUY – MAHAKAM RIVER

You will back to Muara Muntai by motor canoe. You will continue cruise to Lekaq Kidau where you can see traditional dance performance.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 14: MAHAKAM RIVER – TENGGARONG – BALIKPAPAN

Continue cruise to Tenggarong, the former capital of the Kutai sultanate. You will visit Mulawarman Museum, which is located on the site of the old palace, and honours the Kutai sultanate that ruled for 19 generations. You can see royal remnants, including puppet theatre with gamelan, royal porcelain, historical statues and antiquities. You will visit also Wood Museum to see collection of wood found in Kutai Kartanegara regency. Afterwards you will drive back to Balikpapan.

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

 

Day 15 : BALIKPAPAN – JAKARTA – LOMBOK

You will have free time until transfer to the airport for the flight to Jakarta and then Lombok. Upon arrival at Lombok Airport, our guide will welcome you then transfer to the hotel. Lombok it is a natural collection of contrasts and diversity, there are mountains, stunning coastline, traditional villages, charming people, and the incredible underwater world. As a tourist destination, Lombok is different from Bali, and is unique in itself. In Lombok one can find aspects of Balinese life but not vice-versa in the case of Bali. In the western part of Lombok, Hinduism and Islam co-exist. The natives of Lombok, the Sasaks, are Muslim, and their art and religious life are quite different from those of their Hindu neighbours. The name “Lombok” is said to come from a fiery red chilli pepper, used as condiment in Indonesia. The Sasaks call their island Bumi Gora, which means “The Dry Farmland”, or Selaparang, which is the name of an old East Lombok kingdom. The island measures about 80 km north to south and about 70 km east to west. Lombok is dominated by 3,726-metre Gunung Rinjani, Indonesia’s second highest volcano and one of the highest points in the archipelago. Lombok is an island in Nusa Tenggara Barat province, the provincial capital and largest city on the island is Mataram – the centre of government, education, commerce, industry and services. Three towns constitute the Mataram area: Ampenan, Mataram, and Cakranegara.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 16: LOMBOK

You will stop first at unique Chinese cemetery and afterwards at Pondok Prasi fishing village where you can see traditional boats and observe daily activities of fishermen families. After that you will drive to scenic Benang Sekotel Waterfall. Southern Lombok has incredible coastline with many astonishing bays, you will see Tanjung Aan, a spectacular area with white-sand beach and turquoise water. Afterwards you will continue to Sade village where you can see Sasak traditional houses and rice barns.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 17: LOMBOK

You will stop at Tanjung and observe daily activities at traditional local market. Next continue to Segenter village to see Sasak compounds. Afterwards drive to Senaru village where you will start a short walk via lovely forest and hillside to Sindang Gile Waterfall. Next continue to beautiful Sembalun Valley, located on the eastern side of Gunung Rinjani, it is rich farming region, growing vegetable likie cabbage, garlic and potatoes. When the high clouds part, you may witness Gunung Rinjani from all angles. 3726 m Gunung Rinjani is Indonesia’s second-tallest volcano. It’s peak is a sacred for Hindus and Sasaks, who make pilgrimages to its peak and lake to leave offerings for the gods and spirits. Inside the huge caldera, sitting 600 m below the rim, is a spectacular, 6 km wide, crescent lake, Danau Segara Anak. You will stop at Pusuk and see panorama of Sembalun Valley and then drive to Sapit village. Sapit, located on southern slopes of Gunung Rinjani, is a tiny village, with rural atmosphere and beautifully lush landscape.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 18: LOMBOK

You will stop first at Malimbu Hill to view spectacular panorama of Lombok Strait. Afterwards continue to Bangsal, where you start a short boat trip to Gilis. There are three small picturesque islands off north-west cost of Lombok, Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno. Fringed by white-sand beaches and coconut palms, a turquoise sea, ringed by coral reefs and with easy beach access, the Gilis offer superb relax and snorkelling. Gili Trawangan is the largest and by far the most developed, known for its vibrant party scene. Gili Air is a rural island that still retains a strong cultural identity and local customs have been preserved. Gili Meno is the least developed of the three islands, its attractions are not crowded beaches. You may choose to spend a day on Gili Trawangan or Gili Air. In the early afternoon, after snorkelling, swimming and relaxing on white-sand beach you will back to Lombok mainland. You will visit Bentek village and see farming gardens with cacao, vanilla and other tees. You will stop also at Pusuk Hill with its many macaque monkeys.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 19: LOMBOK

You will have free time until transfer to the airport for the flight to the next destination.

Meals included: breakfast


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