Sumatra Holiday XL (18D/17N)

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Sumatra Holiday XL (18-Day Tour)

The highlights of Northern Sumatra and Aceh Province in just two weeks! EcoTravel’s unique XL-package combines Orangutan trekking in Gunung Leuser National Park with white water rafting and mountain biking to villages around Bukit Lawang. You join the elephants of Tangkahan and experience the fascinating Batak culture of Lake Toba. On Samosir Island you discover unspoilt areas with many indigenous plants and learn about coffee growing. The glorious finish of this tour is a stay on a quiet beach on Pulau Weh island.

Package details

  • DAY 01: Air-con transfer (car or minibus) from your Medan hotel (3 hours) or from Kuala Namu Airport (5 hours) to Bukit Lawang (5 hours): including driver, petrol & porter service for your luggage. Check in to your hotel in Bukit Lawang: EcoTravel Cottages, Jungle View Room, bathroom with western toilet and hot water shower, fan, balcony with jungle/river view
  • DAY 02/03: “Orangutan Trek” (2-day tour): 2-day trek in the Gunung Leuser National Park, 1 night on a campsite in the jungle, stop at the old orangutan feeding platform area & traditional tube rafting down the Bohorok River back to Bukit Lawang after trekking: includes English speaking guides, porter, rafting skipper, cook, all food and drinking water while trekking, all equipment (tent, mattress, sleeping bag, mosquito net, tubes, safety jackets), luggage storage. Starts at 08:30 am. After trekking stay another night in Bukit Lawang: EcoTravel Cottages, Jungle View Room, bathroom with western toilet and hot water shower, fan, balcony with jungle/river view, breakfast
  • DAY 04: “White Water Rafting Adventure” (1-day tour): Fun filled rafting adventure down the spectacular rapids of Wampu River operated by our partner Sumatra Savages: includes English speaking guide, all equipment, food and drinking water, return transport from Bukit Lawang, petrol, driver, rafting instructor. Starts at 09:00 am. Stay another night in Bukit Lawang: EcoTravel Cottages, Jungle View Room, bathroom, fan, balcony with jungle/river view, breakfast
  • DAY 05: We know how strenuous active travel can be! So we give our guests one day to recover: relax in your hammock, enjoy panoramic views of the rainforest from your balcony and watch stunning wildlife from the sun patio of EcoTravel Cottages. Take a refreshing bath in the Bohorok River or explore the village on your own. But if required our team will be more than happy to organize an additional day trip around Bukit Lawang – e.g. a walk to the famous Bat Cave and to Landak River or our unique Rafflesia Trek. Stay another night in Bukit Lawang: EcoTravel Cottages, Jungle View Room, bathroom with western toilet and hot water shower, fan, balcony with jungle/river view, breakfast
  • DAY 06: “Explore Local Life” (1/2-day tour): Unique tour by mountain bike (or by traditional becak) along rice fields, rubber plantations and through the villages surrounding Bukit Lawang to Kampung Bukit where you stop at traditional sugar, tofu and bamboo/palm leaves weaving “factories”. Then you will travel on to Simpang Mursal Timbangjaya having a typical local lunch with the villagers: includes English speaking guide, mountain bike & equipment (or becak, driver & petrol), lunch, drinking water, donation to the villagers. Starts at 09:00 am. Stay another night in Bukit Lawang: EcoTravel Cottages, Jungle View Room, bathroom, fan, balcony with jungle/river view, breakfast
  • DAY 07: “Tangkahan Adventure” (1-day tour): Memorable tour by air-con car (2,5 hours / one way / off-road) to the hidden jungle village of Tangkahan, famous for its Sumatran elephants: includes English speaking guide, driver, petrol, all permits, voucher for washing elephants up to 1 hour in the Buluh River operated by CRU/LPT Tangkahan, lunch and soft drink, Mahout (CRU/LPT). Starts at 08:30 am. Stay another night in Bukit Lawang: EcoTravel Cottages, Jungle View Room, bathroom with western toilet and hot water shower, fan, balcony with jungle/river view, breakfast
  • DAY 08: Overland transfer (air-con car or minibus) from Bukit Lawang to Lake Toba (1-day tour / 9 hours): Along the way you stop at several places in the Karo Highlands: the famous fruit market in Berastagi, a traditional Batak Karo village and the Sipiso-Piso waterfall: includes driver, petrol, all entrance fees on the way, take-away snacks & drinks, boat tickets (one way!) from Parapat harbour to Samosir Island. Starts at 07:00 am. Check in to your hotel on Samosir Island: Tabo Cottages, Junior Suite, bathroom with western toilet and hot water shower, fan, balcony with garden/lake view, breakfast
  • DAY 09: “Toba Discovery Tour” (1/2-day tour): This off-road adventure will give you a memorable experience of the unspoilt part of this island along with great highland views over Lake Toba. You will discover the simple local lifestyle in a traditional Batak Toba village. And you will return with impressions of Batak architecture, coffee growing techniques and vistas of indigenous plants: includes English speaking guide, driver, car, lunch picnic. Starts at 10:00 am. Stay another night on Samosir Island: Tabo Cottages, Junior Suite, bathroom with western toilet and hot water shower, fan, balcony with garden/lake view, breakfast
  • DAY 10: Spend your day winding down on Samosir Island swimming, relaxing and just enjoying the beautiful scenery or why not try and explore the island? Don’t miss a traditional Batak dance at the cultural center in Simanindo and the historic Batak king’s residence at Ambarita. Our partner Tabo Cottages will love to organise tours around the Lake Toba, if required. You can also rent a motorbike and travel around by yourself. Stay another night on Samosir Island: Tabo Cottages, Junior Suite, bathroom with western toilet and hot water shower, fan, balcony with garden/lake view, breakfast
  • DAY 11: Air-con transfer (car or minibus) from Parapat back to Medan (6 hours): including driver & petrol. Starts at 10:00 am. Check in to your hotel in Medan: Hotel Deli River, Deluxe Room, bathroom with western toilet and hot water shower, air-con, balcony with garden view, breakfast (take-away!)
  • DAY 12: Air-con transfer from Hotel Deli River to Kuala Namu Airport (1 hour): including driver & petrol. Starts at 05:45 am (flight departure 07:50 am, Citilink QG10)
Please book your flights yourself: Kuala Namu Airport Medan (KNO) – Banda Aceh Airport (BTJ)
  • DAY 12: Pickup from Sabang Airport at 08:55 am, air-con transfer to Banda Aceh’s Ulee Lheue ferry port (30 min), boat tickest for Bahari Express Ferry (starts at 10:00 am / 45 min) to Pulau Weh and transport by local taxi to Freddies Ecoresort (30 min): including driver & petrol. Check in to your hotel on Pulau Weh Island: Freddies Santai Sumur Tiga, Deluxe Appartement right on the beach, fan, bathroom, balcony with sea view, breakfast
  • DAY 13-17: Spend 5 days of leisure time on Pulau Weh swimming, snorkeling, diving or why not try and explore the island? Our partner Freddie will love to organize tours for you if required. You can also rent a motorbike and travel around by yourself. Don’t miss a visit to the Iboih Coral Garden and to Kilometer Zero, the northernmost point of the Indonesian archipelago. Stay four more nights on Pulau Weh: Freddies Santai Sumur Tiga, Deluxe Appartement, fan, bathroom, balcony with sea view, breakfast 
  • DAY 18: Transport by local taxi from Freddies Ecoresort to Sabang’s Balohan ferry port (30 min), boat tickets for Bahari Express Ferry (starts at 8:00 am / 45 min) to Banda Aceh’s Ulee Lheue ferry port and air-con transfer to Banda Aceh Sultan Iskandar Muda airport (30 min): including driver & petrol. Starts at 07:30 am (flight departure Not before 11:30 pm!)
Package does NOT include: entrance permit to the Gunung Leuser Nationalpark/camera tax (150.000 IDR/pax/payable to the national park office); boat tickets from Samosir Island back to Parapat (15.000 IDR/pax/payable on the boat); lunch, dinner and drinks while staying in Bukit Lawang, in Medan, on Samosir Island and on Pulau Weh; visas, flights, insurances
Price per person / min 2 pax. 
Standard Option818 Euro
This package starts on Fridays only!
Available dates
EcoTravel packages are offered in different prices ranges – standard, deluxe and budget. What exactly is the difference?

Only the standard package is listed in detail on our website. The higher price of the deluxe option results from a better room type (Jungle View Suite / EcoTravel Cottages) at Bukit Lawang and Lake Toba (Toba Suite / Tabo Cottages). The budget option includes the least expensive room type in the jungle and on Lake Toba (Batak Room, EcoTravel Cottages / Deluxe Room, Tabo Cottage). The budget package does not include transfers to/from Medan.

Your website lists fixed starting dates for your packages. We arrive in Medan one day later, could we shift the start of our tour?

Unfortunately this is not possible. We run our tours on fixed days, arrival/departure at EcoTravel Cottages is on Mondays/Fridays only, suiting our packages. Some packages also start on Saturdays. But you could add, skip or change some tours in your chosen package frame, if required. It is also possible to extend your stay at our partners on Lake Toba, in Medan or on Pulau Weh – subject to availability. And if all this still doesn’t suit you, why not join our tours only and book your accommodation individually somewhere else?

What’s the latest we have to arrive in Bukit Lawang on the day before our trek will start?

Please make sure not to arrive in Bukit Lawang any later than 19:00 pm! There is also a meeting with your guide team at our EcoTravel Cottages/Office between 16:00 pm – 19:00 pm, where you will be given essential information and an introduction to your trek starting the next morning.  From Medan Airport, there are 4.5 hours of transfer to Bukit Lawang, so please make absolutely sure that your flight arrives before 14:30 pm. Later arrivals won’t be able to join our tours the following day.

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