21 days in Sulawesi Itinerary

21 days in Sulawesi Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Makassar
— 6 nights
2
Rantepao
— 2 nights
3
Maros
— 1 night
4
Manado
— 4 nights
5
Bitung
— 3 nights

6
nights
Makassar

Makassar ©
One of the nation's major port cities, the multicultural melting pot of Makassar gets most of its bustle from commerce and the shipping industry.
Take a break from the city and head to Losari Beach and Watansoppeng (Bat City). Popular historic sites such as Fort Rotterdam and Mosque Amirul Mukminin are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the sheer force of Takapala Water Fall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Makassar Great Mosque, and stroll the grounds of Tomb of Sultan Hasanuddin.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Makassar trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Makassar is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Central Indonesia Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Brussels in September: highs in Makassar hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Rantepao.

Things to do in Makassar

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Balla Lompoa Museum, Tomb of Sultan Hasanuddin
Highlights from your plan
Fort Rotterdam ©
Fort Rotterdam
Losari Beach ©
Losari Beach
Pulau Samalona ©
Pulau Samalona

2
nights
Rantepao

Rantepao ©
Rantepao, the main town in the Tana Toraja region, remains an unassuming destination where urban streets blend with country roads and lead to traditional villages and small farms.
Londa Burial Caves and Marante will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Batutumongga and Kete Kesu Village. Step out of Rantepao with an excursion to Mount Nona in Makale--about 40 minutes away. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Toraja Village and explore the different monuments and memorials at Kuburan Batu Lemo.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rantepao travel planning site.

Traveling by flight from Makassar to Rantepao takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Maros.

Things to do in Rantepao

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trip

Makale
Highlights from your plan
Londa Burial Caves ©
Londa Burial Caves
Toraja Village ©
Toraja Village
Batutumongga ©
Batutumongga

1
night
Maros

Maros ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): stroll through Rammang-Rammang Village. On your second day here, take in the views from Helena Sky Bridge, stroll through Karst Maros, and then stroll through Bantimurung National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Maros online travel route planner.

Getting from Rantepao to Maros by car takes about 7.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Manado.

Things to do in Maros

Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Bantimurung National Park ©
Bantimurung National Park
Helena Sky Bridge ©
Helena Sky Bridge

4
nights
Manado

Manado ©
As the largest city in Northern Sulawesi, Manado serves as a tourist gateway to the nearby Bunaken, known for its islands and reefs.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Bukit Doa Kelong. Do some cultural sightseeing at Vihara Ekayana and Tuanku Imam Bonjol Gravesite. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manado: Tomohon (Kali Waterfall, Mount Mahawu, &more) and Nain Island (in Minahasa). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Christ Blessing and snap pictures at Soekarno Bridge.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Manado trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Maros to Manado with the Route module. In September in Manado, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Bitung.

Things to do in Manado

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tomohon, Minahasa
Highlights from your plan
Lake Linau ©
Lake Linau
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mt Lokon ©
Mt Lokon

3
nights
Bitung

Bitung ©
Get outdoors at Lembeh Strait and Tangkoko National Reserve. Relax by the water at PAL Marinsow Beach and Pulisan Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bitung trip planner.

Getting from Manado to Bitung by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Bitung are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bitung

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

PAL Marinsow Beach, Pulisan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Lembeh Strait ©
Lembeh Strait
Pulisan Beach ©
Pulisan Beach

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