Lake Toba is an immense volcanic lake covering an area of 1,707 km² (1,000 km² bigger than Singapore) with an island in its centre.

Formed by a gigantic volcanic eruption some 70,000 years ago, it is probably the largest resurgent caldera on Earth. Some studies say it might have been associated with causing previous ice age/climate change and the largest human population bottleneck ever. Genetic estimates suggests that there were only a few thousand individuals that survived its catastrophic eruption.

The island in the middle – Pulau Samosir – was joined to the caldera wall by a narrow isthmus, which was cut through to enable boats to pass; a road bridge crosses the cutting. Samosir island is the cultural centre of the Batak tribe who are now mostly Christians.

Lake Toba was perhaps once more popular than it is nowadays, but for many it remains a firm fixture on the Banana Pancake Trail. It is a great laid back place to chill out for a few days after jungle trekking etc. The location is very popular with Chinese tourists around Chinese New Year, when availability drops dramatically and accommodation costs sky rocket.

Valid till 23 Dec 2016 (recommended flight arrival / before 12.00 for lunch in Medan.

DAY 1 : MEDAN – BRASTAGI
Hotel Taman Simalem / similar
Arrive at Polonia International Airport in Medan. Meeting services by Narasindo staff / tour guide. Then city tour in Medan to visit Maimoon Palace (Istana Melayu Deli) and shooping at Batik House. Then transfer to local restaurant for lunch. After lunch visit Mesjid Raya / Velankani Church / Belazi Temple. Depart for Brastagi – a mountain resort with it’s refreshing weather and magnificent mountain view which has an abundance of flowers, vegetables and fruits. On the way visit Temple Taman Lumbini, Gundaling Hill to see the two active volcanoes : Mt Sibayak (2.172 m) and Mt Sinabung (2.417 m) and visit Brastagi Fruit Market. Check in hotel in Brastagi. Dinner at hotel or local restaurant.

Evening walk / shopping / nite life in Brastagi

DAY 2 : BRASTAGI –PARAPAT –SAMOSIR ISLAND TOUR (B,L,D)
Hotel Atsari / Niagara
After breakfast at hotel, depart for Parapat : visit Sipiso-piso Waterfall, Rumah Bolon “The ancient King’s Palace of Batak Simalungun”, and Simarjurunjung hill. Arrive in Parapat, lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, Simosir Island tour by boat to visit : Tomok Village to visit the tombs of Toba Batak king “Ompu Sidabutar” (shopping place), and Ambarita village : to visit the traditional Batak village with ancient megalithic furnitures. Then check in hotel in Samosir Island. Dinner at hotel in Samosir Island.

Optional tour : simple trekking to the crater of an active volcano / Mt Sibayak evening walk / shopping / nite life in Samosir Island.

DAY 3 : PARAPAT –MEDAN (B,L,D)
Hotel Arya Duta / Grand Aston / Grand Swissbel.
Morning walk / cycling – bersepeda around beautiful Samosir Island. Breakfast at hotel, then continue the journey to Medan via Tebing Tinggi, drive along the road which offers the endless view of rubber, oil palms and cocoa plantations. Visit Kuan in temple / Siantar and shopping of local product such as ting ting, teng teng, etc. Arrive in Medan, then lunch at local restaurant. Medan city tour and shopping : visit Cemara Chinese Temple / Merdeka walk etc. Afterwards to be continued with shopping around Medan : visit Pasar Ikan, Medan Mall, Sun Plaza etc. Afternoon check in hotel. Dinner at hotel / local restaurant.

Evening walk / shopping / nite life in Medan.

DAY 4 : HOTEL – AIRPORT (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Free programme until time to check out from hotel. Last minute shopping / city tour before we transfer you to airport for your flight back home with a beautiful memory from Medan / Indonesia.

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