Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Exploring Sumatra's Exotic North, Indonesia (6 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

SUMATRA, Indonesia To SUMATRA, Indonesia

Valid for Departures Now Through: 18 Mar 2019


Day 1
SUMATRA, Indonesia
JW Marriott Hotel Dinner

Arrive in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra, and transfer to your luxury hotel - we recommend the JW Marriott Hotel, Medan. Get settled in and acquainted with your new surroundings, spending the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 2
Bukit Lawang, Indonesia
Medan, Indonesia
Bukit Lawang Cottage Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a restful night’s sleep, you’ll embark on a three-hour drive today to Bukit Lawang, on the banks of the Bohorok River. This area, at the main entrance point to Gunung Leuser National Park, is known for its large orangutan population. Check in to your hotel room at the simple-yet-comfortable Bukit Lawang Cottage. The lodging is rustic - you’ll forgo air-conditioning and hot water in exchange for the magical setting. Enjoy a rare orangutan encounter near the rehabilitation center and feeding platform during morning and afternoon feeding sessions.

Day 3
Samosir Island, Indonesia
Bukit Lawang, Indonesia
Toledo Inn Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rise bright and early today, to begin your 10-hour drive to Lake Toba. The ride may be lengthy, but the stunning panoramas make it well-worthwhile. Pass through Brastagi, home to an array of natural beauty that includes mountains and waterfalls, and take a break at the 400-foot-high Sipisopiso waterfall. Arrive in Parapat, on the shores of the immense volcanic Lake Toba, and transfer to a boat, which will whisk you away to Samosir Island. Check in to your humble room at Toledo Inn.

Day 4
Samosir Island, Indonesia
Toledo Inn Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take your time this morning - there’s no long journey to take today. You’ll be exploring Samosir Island today, taking in its serene vistas, and learning about the exotic history and culture of the Batak. Get up-close and personal with the locals by visiting their traditional villages. In one such village, Ambarita, you’ll find the stone Court of Justice, where in ancient times, Kings would decide whether accused criminals would live or die. Watch folk dancing in Simanindo, and check out the sarcophagus of an ancient King in Tomok. Get back to your hotel before sunset to enjoy a leisurely swim in the pure waters of Lake Toba.

Day 5
Medan, Indonesia
Samosir Island, Indonesia
JW Marriott Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, you’ll cross back to Parapat by boat, and begin your return journey to Medan (5 hours). You’ll pass through Pematangsiantar, the second-largest city in the province. The landscape here is made up of palm oil and rubber plantations. Upon reaching Medan, you’ll visit some of its tourist attractions, including Maimoon Palace, and the black-domed Grand Mosque. Check in to your hotel of choice - once again, we recommend the JW Marriott Hotel, Medan.

Day 6
SUMATRA, Indonesia
None Breakfast

Say goodbye to Medan and Indonesia today. You’ll enjoy breakfast at your hotel, before transferring to the airport to check in for your international departure flight to your next destination.

Exclusively for Virtuoso Guests

VIP Arrival

The following VIP services are complimentary for all Virtuoso guests upon arrival at participating airports.

  • Meet and greet as you disembark the aircraft
  • Luggage assistance
  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
  • Escort to your private guide

Further services may be available, contingent upon individual airport regulations. Please enquire for further details.

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Explore the best of North Sumatra with this thrilling 6-day itinerary that takes you through an orangutan sanctuary in the expansive Gunung Leuser National Park, all the way to the picturesque Lake Toba, the largest volcanic lake in the world. Here, where you’ll spend some time exploring Samosir Island, meeting local tribespeople, and observing ancient sites. Your accommodation will range from the luxurious Marriott to humble village lodges: it’s all part of the authentic Sumantran experience.


  • Catch a rare close-up of orangutans as they’re fed at a sanctuary

  • Swim in the crystal-clear waters of Lake Toba, taking in the picturesque scenery around you

  • Take a seat in Ambarita’s ancient Court of Justice where Kings decided the fate of accused criminals

  • Gaze in awe at the world-famous Borobudur Temple compounds

About Us

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Payment Notes
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Refund Policy
  • Fully refundable, less a 15% of total trip price cancellation fee, if cancelled 91 days or more before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • 50% of total trip price refundable if cancelled 30-90 days before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • No refund less than 30 days before departure

  • Please note that some vendors have onerous cancellation policies with substantial penalties for changes where funds paid are non-refundable

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highly recommended

By: Squash1

Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2013

excellent at making sure everything is taken care of...personal cell phone contact appreciated and very customized orientation...also very nice
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

Excellent package

By: Mike53-Birmingham

Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2013

Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort in Kota Kinabalu was fantastic as was the Kinabatangan River Resort. Raimie our guide was first-rate!
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth


By: Dustin and Eli

Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2018

Remote Lands coordinated our trip and made the experience worry-free. All of our transfers and guides were on time, professional, kind and even went above and beyond when a couple of unexpected needs arose. Thank you!
Travel Advisor:  Geraldine Hasting

Taiwan 2018 trip

By: Cindi

Reviewed on: 29 Mar 2018

Wonderful experience! This was my daughter’s senior trip prior to going away to college and it was everything I’d hoped it would be. Great guide, driver, travel agent, etc. Overall a very positive experience!!
Travel Advisor:  Deanna Byrd

far east

By: Mike

Reviewed on: 18 May 2018

we had to different tour guides, both were just excellent and well worth the money definitely made the trip more memorable
Travel Advisor:  Jason Swaye


By: Joel and Kathy

Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2018

The Remote Lands Guides were excellent. The cars used for transportation were roomy and clean. The hotels were 5 star and their attention to detail was over the top. There was only perfection from the people we met and it was also comforting to know that our trip was being carefully monitored by Remote Lands supervisors every step of the way. We would recommend Remote Lands to anyone needing exceptional service in Asia.
Travel Advisor:  Kate Winslow

Remote Lands Rocks

By: Morty

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2018

Terrific professionals! Looked out for us the entire time we were on the road!! Many thanks!
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Elias

Vietnam/Cambodia/Hong Kong

By: Emily

Reviewed on: 27 Jan 2019

We had 4 different guides (one in each city) and they were all wonderful. We appreciated that they let us be flexible and make game time decisions. We skipped a lot of the "touristy" sites and felt we had a more authentic experience.

Beyond expectation

By: Anon

Reviewed on: 15 Feb 2019

Excellent. Guides at each location were friendly, personable and knowledgeable. Want to share a special thank you to Nadia Thakul (Bangkok) & Mr. Buntheun (Siem Reap). After missing my connecting flight from Shanghai to Siem Reap, I called Mr. Buntheun to let him know I was not able tomake it to Siem Reap as planned and for him to notify the hotel. I was flying instead to Phnom Phen and would notify him later of my flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival in Phnom Phen as I was filling out my visa on arrival form, a Remote Land guide greeted me and told me that Mr. Buntheun had notified the Bangkok office of my predicament and sent him to greet me. As you can imagine being in a foreign land in an unplanned location he was a sight for sore eyes. He got me in contact with Nadia who then took care of the rest of the accommodations (hotel, transportation to/from airport and flight from Phnom Phen to Siem Reap the next day). Assistance provided by Remote Lands got us to Siem Reap on time.
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner

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By: susan

Reviewed on: 19 Feb 2019

They were terrific.
Travel Advisor:  Shawna Owen