Banda Aceh or Banda Acèh is the capital and largest city in the province of Aceh, Indonesia. It is located on the island of Sumatra and has an elevation of 35 meters. The city covers an area of 64 square kilometres and had a population of 219,070 people, according to the 2000 census. Banda Aceh is located on the northwestern tip of Indonesia at the mouth of the Aceh River.

The city was originally established as Bandar Aceh Darussalam Kandang and served as a capital and hub for the Sultanate of Aceh upon its foundation in the late 15th century. Later its name was changed to Bandar Aceh Darussalam, and then became popularly known as Banda Aceh. The first part of the name comes from the Persian bandar meaning “port” or “haven.” The city is also dubbed the “port to Mecca,” or the “porch of Mecca” (Indonesian: Serambi Mekkah) in reference to the days when hajj pilgrims travelled by sea from Indonesia and would make a stop over in the city before continuing their journey to Mecca.

Banda Aceh had long been at the centre of protracted conflicts between the Acehnese and foreign domination, including wars with the Dutch, the Japanese and the Indonesian government. The city rose to international prominence in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean earthquake in 2004, which struck off the western coast of Sumatra. Banda Aceh was the closest major city to the earthquake’s epicentre, which lay 249 km off the coast. It suffered great damage in the earthquake and further damage when a tsunami struck shortly afterwards. 167,000 people died as a result and many more were injured.

The aftermath of the tsunami has seen a cessation of much of the conflict in the city and province, and domestic and international aid as a result has seen a major modernisation and reconstruction of the city over the past decade.

3DAYS & 2 NIGHTS (2N BANDA ACEH)

DAY 1 : AIRPORT – ACEH CITY TOUR (L,D)
Arrival in Sultan Iskandar Muda airport and meeting service by Narasindo staff / tour guide. Transfer to local restaurant for lunch. Afterwards city tour of Banda Aceh : visit Mesjid Raya Baiturrahman, Rumah Aceh / Museum, Cakra Donya Bell, Makam Sultan Iskandar Muda and Gunongan, a park where the queen of Sultan Iskandar Muda from Pahang spent time and relaxed. It was called Taman Putri Pahang. Check in to the hotel in Banda Aceh. Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening walk / shopping / nite life in Aceh.

DAY 2 : TSUNAMI REMNANT TOURS & CUT NYAK DIEN HOUSE (B,L,D)
After breakfast at the hotel, visit Pesantren “Pusat Penempatan anak anak korban Tsunami”, ule-le “Fisherman Village” and Lampu’uk Beach. After lunch at local restaurant, visit Lhoknga Beach and Cut Nyak Dien”s House. Shopping at Pasar Aceh and Pasar Peunayong in Banda Aceh. Back to hotel and rest of the day is free at your own leisure. Dinner is provided at local restaurant.

Evening walk / shopping / nite life in Aceh.

DAY 3 : ACEH- DEPARTURE
Breakfast at hotel and free until it’s time for the transfer to the airport. Fly home with a beautiful memory from Indonesia.

CHOICE OF HOTEL :

CITY BUDGET TOURIST DELUXE
BANDA ACEH HOTEL RASAMALA –SUPERIOR / SIMILAR HOTEL MEDAN DELUXE / RASAMALA DELUXE / SIMILAR HOTEL OASIS / GRAND NANGGROE / SIMILAR

4DAYS & 3 NIGHTS (2N BANDA ACEH)

DAY 1 : AIRPORT – BANDA ACEH CITY TOURS (L,D)
Arrival at Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport then transfer to local restaurant for lunch. Continue with Banda Aceh city tour : visit Seulawah Monument, the first Indonesia aircraft which was bought by our first President Sukarno after the war, Mesjid Raya Baiturahman / one of the most beautiful mosque in Sumatra, built during the Dutch colonial era, “Museum Aceh” with the typical of Aceh traditional house, Cakra Donya Bell and Makan Sultan Iskandar Muda. Check in hotel in Banda Aceh. Dinner will be provided at local restaurant.

Evening walk / shopping / nite life in Aceh

DAY 2 : BANDA ACEH TOUR & SPECIAL VISIT “PASANTREN”
After breakfast at hotel, full day tour around Banda Aceh : visit Gunongan / a park where the queen of Iskandar Muda spent time and relaxed, also called Taman Putri Pahang, Kerkoop, where you can see a special graveyard of Aceh Heroes and Dutch army who were killed in the war. After lunch at local restaurant, proceed to Pesantren “Pusat Penempatan anak anak angkat peristiwa Tsunami”. Continue with shopping around Banda Aceh : Plaza Pantai Perak, Plaza Berata and Pasar Aceh. Back to hotel. Dinner at local restaurant.

DAY 3 : TSUNAMI REMNANT TOUR AND CUT NYAK DIENS HOUSE
After having breakfast at hotel, visit the big ship as a power station which was swapped away by Tsunami about 2 km into the centre. Proceed to Ulee Lee Village, formely was known as a “fisherman Village”, Lampi’uk Beach. After lunch, visit Loknga Beach, where we can see also the remnant Tsunami and Cut Nyak Dien House/ national hero against the Dutch colonialization. Afterwards continue with shopping around Banda Aceh. Return to hotel. Dinner at local restaurant.

DAY 4 : ACEH- DEPARTURE
Breakfast at hotel and free until it’s time for the transfer to the airport. Fly home with a beautiful memory from Indonesia.

bigoneBANDA ACEH TOUR