33 days in North Sumatra Itinerary

33 days in North Sumatra Itinerary

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Fly to Silangit, Taxi to Samosir Island
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Samosir Island
— 5 nights
Fly to Kualanamu International Airport, Drive to Parulohan
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Parulohan
— 1 night
Drive
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Parapat
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tongging
— 2 nights
Drive
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Berastagi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sibolangit
— 2 nights
Drive
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Medan
— 9 nights
Train to Binjai, Taxi to Bukit Lawang
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Bukit Lawang
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nias Island
— 3 nights
Fly

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Samosir Island

— 5 nights
Samosir Island is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Tomb of the Sidabutar Kings, get great views at Holbung Hill, see the interesting displays at Huta Bolon Simanindo Batak Museum, and take in the dramatic scenery at Efrata Waterfall.

To find out how to plan a trip to Samosir Island, use our trip itinerary maker.

Jakarta to Samosir Island is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, bus, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Parulohan.

Things to do in Samosir Island

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Parulohan

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): walk around Sipinsur Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Parulohan journey planner.

Explore your travel options from Samosir Island to Parulohan with the Route module. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Parapat.

Things to do in Parulohan

Parks

Parapat

— 2 nights
On the 8th (Sun), head outdoors with Taman Eden 100 and then get great views at Panatapan Parapat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Indah Simarjarunjung Hill.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Parapat trip planning tool.

You can drive from Parulohan to Parapat in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tongging.

Things to do in Parapat

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Tongging

— 2 nights
On the 10th (Tue), explore the activities along Lake Toba. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bukit Gajah Bobok and then get great views at Sapo Juma.

Plan trip to Tongging with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Parapat to Tongging takes 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Berastagi.

Things to do in Tongging

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Berastagi

— 4 nights

City of Passion Fruit

Berastagi’s volcanic hillsides and rural beauty has historically made this Northern Sumatran town an appealing option for colonizers and settlers.
Berastagi is known for nature, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Mount Sibayak, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gundaling Hill, let little ones run wild at Mikie Funland, and pick up some local products at Berastagi Fruit Market.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Berastagi trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Tongging to Berastagi in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Berastagi can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sibolangit.

Things to do in Berastagi

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sibolangit

— 2 nights
On the 16th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Teroh-Teroh Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at TWO COLORS WATERFALL and then admire the sheer force of Two Colors Sibolangit Waterfall.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sibolangit trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Berastagi to Sibolangit in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Sibolangit can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Medan.

Things to do in Sibolangit

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Medan

— 9 nights
The capital of North Sumatra, Medan earned the nickname "Paris of Sumatra" during Dutch colonial times due to its marked resemblance to the French city.
Medan is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Maimun Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maha Vihara Maitreya, browse the different shops at Sun Plaza, and take in the dramatic scenery at Sipiso Piso Waterfall.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Medan day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sibolangit to Medan takes 2 hours. In August in Medan, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Bukit Lawang.

Things to do in Medan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Bukit Lawang

— 4 nights
Tucked away in Northern Sumatra, the small charming village of Bukit Lawang is best known for its World Heritage-listed Sumatran orangutan sanctuary, and also serves as a convenient base for accessing the surrounding jungle and national park.
Bukit Lawang is known for nature, wildlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Bukit Lawang Jungle, delve into the lush surroundings at The Bohorok Orangutan Centre at Bukit Lawang, Head underground at Bat Cave, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bukit Lawang trip itinerary maker app.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Medan to Bukit Lawang in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Nias Island.

Things to do in Bukit Lawang

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Nias Island

— 3 nights
Nias Island is known for beaches, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Baloho Beach, kick back and relax at Walo Beach, and take an in-depth tour of Museum Pusaka Nias.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nias Island travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Bukit Lawang to Nias Island by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Nias Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Nias Island

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Museums
Highlights from your trip

North Sumatra travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Volcanic activity has left a wealth of terrains and topography in North Sumatra, the second most populated province in the country. The region boasts the world's largest volcanic lake, waterfalls, and numerous islands. Because of the affinity to the water, visitors come to take part in a diverse range of activities like surfing, snorkeling, and birdwatching. Inland, traditional Malay homes in small settlements showcase rustic architecture alongside more formal and ornate Buddhist temples. The main urban areas provide an introduction to the multicultural history of the nation.