MEDAN ARRIVAL – BOHOROK
Upon Arrival at Kualanamu International airport of Medan our guide will meet you then proceed for a short Medan City tour; the capital of the province, a commercial city visiting to the Great Mosque with its imposing tiled archway & royal burial ground and the Sultan’s Palace; the ceremonial palace of the Sultans of Deli with its yellow trim and typical east coast Malay architecture with living quarters occupied by the Sultan's families. After lunch, driving on the roads, which lead west through vast rubber and oil palm plantation to Bukit Lawang; the orang utan rehabilitation center, which was established in 1973. Upon arrival in Bukit Lawang, crossing the river on a hanging cable plank bridge to the hotel for accommodation and dinner.
Breakfast at the hotel. This day is available for trekking to the surrounding rainforest that is located at the Eastern edge of Gunung Leuser National Park with chance to observe various tropical plants including a tangle of enormous trees, twisting lianas, palms, ferns, and weird & wonderful flowers and to luckily see wild animals. Picnic lunch will be provided. Afterwards, leading to the feeding flat form where the orangutans are fed their twice daily ration of bananas and milk. Watch the orangutan at the feeding site. Then, following a quite steep trail through the forest down to the station of Orangutan rehabilitation center to reach a bend in the river crossing by a cable and pulley driven dugout canoe. Then, proceed walking on a rocky path back to the hotel for accommodation and dinner. This journey optionally concludes floating on inner tube streaming down the river. (B,L,D)
After breakfast, Then, proceed the drive on the forested foothills of the Bukit Barisan where s-turns provides panoramic view to the delightfully cool and picturesque town of Berastagi through the Nature Reserved of Sibolangit, which lies on an escarpment overlooking the lowlands with en-route stop at scenic view and the Fruit market selling wonderfully fresh fruits, flowers & vegetables. Accomodation at hotel in Berastagi. (B,L,D)
BERASTAGI - PARAPAT/LAKE TOBA CRUISE
After breakfast, driving around this verdant plateau, which is as Northern Sumatera's green grocer exploring farming area possibly watching farmers cultivating market gardens, the Lingga Village to see a glimpse of the way of life of the Karo Batak Tribe and their typical houses with open floor plan in which eight related families live together under a single upswept or rectangular roof of ijuk thatch interspersed with more modern ones. Afterwards driving to Tongging Hill; hill located at the Northern rim of Toba basin to enjoy a gazebo, which provides panoramic view with spectacular waterfall known as Sipiso piso, which shoots out a cave at the edge of the plateau and plunges 120 m straight down to a small gushing stream below and also a visit to Pematang Purba to see the wooden palace (Ruma Bolon) of the former Simalungun ruler built in the style of traditional adat house, which is said to be more than 200 years and has been restored as a museum. Afterwards, the road leads via panoramic view that follows a forested ridge overlooking the Lake to a refreshingly cool town at night & tolerably warm town during the day called Parapat; a small rocky peninsula jutting into the Toba Lake as the gateway to track down the vestiges of traditional Toba culture and to acquaint the colorful but notoriously forthright & aggressive Batak people inhabit a cluster of spectacularly beautiful & fertile volcanic basin at the northern end of Bukit Barisan range. Arrival at Parapat crossing to Samosir Island by Ferry boat (about 20 - 30 minutes) and arrival at Samosir Island check in to hotel.
SAMOSIR / PARAPAT
Breakfast at hotel.Then visit to Ambarita Village, which has an archaeologically important meeting place for the King of Siallagan that supposedly served as a kind of hall of justice with ancient stone walls that were once topped with a thick fence of thorny bamboo, Then proceed by boat to Tomok Village, inland walking on the road lined with souvenir shops up to a site to visit one of the Island’s most famous sights – the 200 years old boat shaped sarcophagus of King Sidabutar surrounded by those of his descendents. (B,L,D)
LAKE TOBA CRUISE – PARAPAT - MEDAN AIRPORT – JAKARTA – JOGJAKARTA
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning Cruising on Lake Toba for back to Medan airport Lunch en route. Upon arrival in Medan, transfer to the airport to catch the flight To Jakarta. Arrive at Jakarta take a connecting flight to Jogjakarta. Arrive at Adi Sucipto International airport of Jogjakarta, our guide will meet you then transfer to Royal Ambarukmo Hotel for accommodation. (B)
CITY TOUR JOGJAKARTA – PRAMBANAN
Breakfast at hotel. Today start to city sight-seeing tour of Yogyakarta, visit the Sultan's palace, Kraton of Yogyakarta (formally known as: Keraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat) is a palace complex located in the city of Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta Special Region, Indonesia. The palace is the main seat Sultan of Yogyakarta and his family. It serves as a cultural center for the Javanese people and contains a museum that displays the sultanate's artifacts. Kraton means the place where the "ratu" (in English: Queen, in Javanese also mean: King) resides. The word "Keraton" (Keraton is living quarter of the royal family in the palace) (shortened form of ratu/Ka-ratuan) derived from the word "Ratu" which in Malay means king. The palace was built according to Javanese Philosophy and is shrouded by mysticism. Continue to visit Taman Sari. Taman Sari also known as Taman Sari Water Castle is a site of a former royal garden of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta. It is located about 2 km south within the grounds of the Kraton, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Built in mid 18th century, the Taman Sari had multiple functions, such as a resting area, a workshop, a meditation area, a defense area, and a hiding place. Since 1995 the Yogyakarta Palace Complex including Taman Sari is listed as a tentative World Heritage Site. The name Taman Sari comes from the Javanese words taman, meaning a "garden" or "park" and sari, which means "beautiful" or "flowers". Hence, the name Taman Sari means an area of a beautiful garden adorned with flowers. An old article described it as a "water castle" (Dutch: waterkasteel); as by shutting the watergates, the complex would be completely immersed in water, leaving tall structures standing out.
Then visit Batik Home Industry and Kota Gede - silver works center. Kotagede silversmiths grew since the establishment of Kotagede as the capital of Mataram. During that time, the traditional silver, gold and copper industries began to develop, dominated by the use of repoussé (embossing) techniques. The products of this region were to fulfill the need of household and ceremonial equipment for the royal family. Kotagede's silverware is characterized with its floral motifs, e.g. leaf or lotus flower, based from the Hindu tradition; and their manual labor, kept historically authentic. Types of silverware produced by Kotagede are filigrees, silver-casting, sculptures (miniatures), and handmade products (necklaces, rings). Return to hotel.
BOROBUDUR TEMPLE – JOGJAKARTA – BALI – UBUD
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Borobudur to see the impressively large Buddhist temple, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Borobudur is also the largest single monument in the Southern Hemisphere. Also visit Mendut and Pawon Temple. The distance from Jogjakarta approximately 40 kilometres (25 mil) northwest of Yogyakarta. Borobudur is located in an elevated area between two twin volcanoes, Sundoro-Sumbing and Merbabu-Merapi, and two rivers, Progo and Elo. Back to Jogjakarta then transfer to airport for fly to Bali.
Arrive at Ngurah Rai International airport of Bali, our guide will meet you then transfer to Ubud where the distance from airport is about 1, 5 hour drive. Ubud is Bali's cultural and spiritual heart. Under the influence of Prince Agung Gede Sukawati, Ubud attracted Western artists and scholars such as Migue and Rose Covarrubias, Margaret Mead and Walter Spies who helped secure Ubud as the cultural and spiritual nucleus of the island.
After checking in, head out for an orientation walk through town with your guide. The town is known for its arts, handicrafts, galleries, cafes and beautiful setting amongst rolling hills and terraced rice fields. Also near your hotel is the sacred monkey forest which you'll walk through with your guide, but avoid feeding the monkeys as they can get quite rambunctious.
Return to your hotel and enjoy the evening at your leisure. Each evening in central Ubud, there are public performances of Bali's traditional dances. Return to hotel.
Today tour Bali's Archaeological Treasures with your guide. Visit the remarkable archaeological sites in the vicinity of Ubud. Start at the mysterious Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave, a fantastically carved cave, and from there a short walk along rice fields and through a small village takes you to the 14th century reliefs of Yeh Pulu, carved out of the rock hillside. Then drive to Pura (Temple) Penataran Sasih, in the village of Pejeng. Sasih means moon and refers to the Moon of Pejeng, a prehistoric, three-meter long bronze kettle drum, the largest of its type in the world, dating from about 300 B.C. You also learn about the details of a typical Balinese temple layout, and an introduction to the Balinese religion.
This afternoon, travel to the nearby village of one of Bali’s foremost mask makers. Inspect his collection and learn about the role of these exquisite pieces in Balinese culture. Next, visit a gamelan studio to see how these traditional percussive instruments are made. You'll have an opportunity to stroll throughout Ubud's famous art galleries. Lunch will be served at Laka Leke Restaurant. Return to hotel. Evening attend kecak Dance performance. Also known as the Ramayana Monkey Chant, the piece, performed by a circle of at least 150 performers wearing checked cloth around their waists, percussively chanting "cak" and moving their hands and arms, depicts a battle from the Ramayana. The monkey-like Vanara helped Prince Rama fight the evil King Ravana. Kecak has roots in sanghyang, a trance-inducing exorcism dance. Return to hotel. (B,L)
KINTAMANI VOLCANO - PLACENTA TOUR
Breakfast at hotel. Then transfer to Taro a village which is located 6 Km in the north of Pujung, has magnificent rice terrace. Taro villagers’ main activity is agriculture. It shows from many plantations such as Orange, Aloe Vera, etc. In this village you also will see thousands of Sanggah/house shrine along the way. Sanggah is a holy place to venerate God for a family. Every Hindu in Bali has Sanggah in northheast corner of their house. The word Sanggah is from Sanggar which means holy place. Continue to Gunung Raung Temple in Taro Kaje Village. Arrive in Bayung Gede Village where the baby’s placentas are hanging on the trees’ brances. My agent passed small alley that only fit for small car, but there is bigger road for big coaches such as Isuzu Elf minibus. The unique of this grave is the baby’s placentas are not buried but it is hung. The placentas are put inside of the coconut shell then hang in the Bungkak trees. Eventhough the placentas are only be hung, visitors will not smell the placenta or the blood scent. The scent of the coconut shell covers the fishy smell. Every placentas of the villager have to be put and hang in this place. For villager who already went outside Bali, they also have to hang their baby’s placenta there. It symbols for every villager who leave the village, they will always return to the village. The second uniqueness of this village is the similarity of several houses which arranged like in Penglipuran Village. In fact, Penglipuran’s villagers were from Bayung Gede. When the (Guerrilla) war at 1900, the armies from Bayung Gede were sent to Penglipuran. Since the distance from Bayung Gede and Penglipuran is far, they built a village with custom, building style and daily life like in Bayung Gede. There is a small building beside the placenta grave (isolate place). That building is for couple who married their own cousin or for mother who give birth a male-female twin. The mother will stay in this building if She delivers her daughter first and the son is second. But, if she delivers the male baby first and female in second, She can stay in her own home.
After visit the hanging placenta, visitor will continue drive to Kintamani and have lunch in local restaurant while enjoy the Batur Volcano and the lake while having lunch. After lunch, drive down to Tampak Siring, made a stop in Cantik Agro plantation. This Agro plantation is the right place to see many kind of organic plants such as cocoa, lemongrass, snake fruit, coffee and etc. See the process of making coffee from the beans, dry process, the beans are roasted, until it becomes coffee powder. Tourist can try several drinks such as Ginseng coffee, Lemongrass tea and Ginger tea. Drive back to hotel. (B,L)
UBUD – JATILUWIH – ULUN DANU – LOVINA
Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a leisurely hike through the rice terraces of Jatiluwih - which means “supreme beauty of nature” overlooking a shimmering view of terraced rice fields, stretching in endless contours over hills and valleys where you will have the chance to walk and take photographs. Continue to Bedugul visit Candi Kuning Market. The market is selling flower, fruits and souvenir. Then visit Ulun Danu Temple or Pura Bratan, is a major Shivaite and water temple on Bali, Indonesia. The temple complex is located on the shores of Lake Bratan in the mountains near Bedugul. Water temples serve the entire region in the outflow area; downstream there are many smaller water temples that are specific to each irrigation association. Built in 1663, this temple is used for offerings ceremony to the Balinese water, lake and river goddess Dewi Danu, due to the importance of Lake Bratan as a main source of irrigation in central Bali. The 11 stories of pelinggih meru dedicated for Shiva and his consort Parvathi. Buddha statue also present inside this temple. Lake Bratan is known as the Lake of Holy Mountain due to the fertility of this area. Located 1200 m above sea level, it has a cold tropical climate. Lunch will be served at local restaurant.
Continue drive to the north via scenic road with several stops made according to the local happenings. Arrive at Lovina check into your hotel for overnight. (B,L)
LOVINA – DOLPHIN WATCHING – PUPUAN – SANUR
Early morning dolphin watching excursion with "Jukung" - a traditional boat around Lovina Beach. Please note that this is nature tour, I cannot guarantee whether clients will see dolphin. Boating back to hotel for breakfast. Drive to Sanur via Pupuan. (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Free day at leisure. (B)
SANUR - OUT
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport for fight to the next destination. (B)