Indonesia: Volcanoes & Floating Villages

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Overview

Now's the time to explore Sumatra, Java, and Bali on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Fill up on street eats in Yogyakarta, trek to mighty Mt Bromo to catch the sunrise, and make waves with a surfing lesson on Java. Make the most of this special part of Indonesia on an adventure that mixes free time and must-sees.

Itinerary

Day 1: Medan

Arrive at any time and welcome to Indonesia's major metropolis of Northern Sumatra.

For your first night out, venture into the hustle and bustle of Medan on rickshaws to the night market. Get to know your fellow travellers as you sample local delicacies and drinks, and cheers to new adventures!

Day 2: Medan/Tangkahan

Wake up with a morning tour of Medan. After, drive through the jungle to the small community of Tangkahan. Here, you can go hiking, dip into the nearby river or hot spring, or try the local delicacy dubbed "jungle food."

Includes: Breakfast

Day 3: Tangkahan/Bukit Lawang

Hold on tight — today's ride might be a little bumpy. Once you arrive in Bukit Lawang, located close to Gunung Leuser National Park, visit the local spice garden or relax with some fresh coconut.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 4: Bukit Lawang

Spend the day freely exploring this unique rural region. Venture into the jungle, if you'd like the chance to spot wildlife (like the elusive orangutan!) on a trek. Gunung Leuser National Park is also home to a handful of hanging bridges — great spots for some lush-looking photos.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 5: Bukit Lawang/Berastagi

Settle in and enjoy the scenic ride to Berastagi, a picturesque mountain and market town next to a looming volcano. Get to know the place on an orientation walk. Later, spend the afternoon as you wish with time to stop by the market or relax at the local hot spring.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 6: Berastagi

Today is yours to discover all Berastagi has to offer. Hike the volcano Mt Sibayak, take in the golden Buddhist temple Taman Alam Lumbini, or stay put and keep getting to know the town.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 7: Berastagi/Samosir Island

Head to Samosir Island where the world's largest crater lake, Lake Toba, awaits. Chill out and swim in the warm waters or get a taste of local life by visiting the nearby Batak villages.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 8: Samosir Island

Samosir Island is your oyster today, so get out and explore. Spend the day at Sipiso Piso Waterfall (one of the tallest falls in Indonesia) or Bukit Indah Simarjarunjung, a spot famous for swings, selfies, and stellar views.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 9: Samosir Island/Padangsidempuan

Wind through beautiful scenery on this travel day, stopping at the bustling city of Padang Sidempuan for the night. Immerse yourself in the nightlife or relax at Sipoholon Sulphur Hot Springs.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 10: Padangsidempuan/Bukittinggi

It's another travel day, dotted with stops for lunch, local spice gardens, and perhaps some pictures at Aek Sijonih Waterfalls. Get acquainted with Bukittingi on a brief orientation walk on arrival.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 11: Bukittinggi

Today's a free day. Go see Sianok Canyon, the Japanese Caves built during World War II, or Pagaruyung Palace, one of the biggest and most beautiful in west Sumatra.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 12: Bukittinggi/Padang

Head to Padang and settle in at your beachside hotel before trying some of the cuisine this city is most famous for. Beef rendang (a tender dry beef curry) is found all over Sumatra, but it's at its best in its home city.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 13: Padang

Make the most of your final full day in Padang paradise. Check out the nearby islands for unspoiled beaches and turquoise blue waters. For your big night out, venture to a unique upcycled beer garden, enjoy a drink on us, and celebrate all the life-changing adventures you've just shared with new friends.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 14: Padang/Jakarta

Board a plane and soar to Jakarta, Indonesia's massive capital, and your starting point for exploring the island of Java.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 15: Jakarta/Cianjur

Ride to Cianjur and let the scenery guide you to some serenity. Floating villages, tea plantations, rice paddies, and a night at a local homestay —this side of paradise is looking mighty fine.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 16: Cianjur/Bandung

Get to know the city of Bandung today. After an orientation walk, get free time to visit charming Braga Street for its shopping and cafés, or see the Angklung Music Orchestra and hear the angklung, a traditional instrument made of bamboo pipes, live.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 17: Bandung/Yogyakarta

Watch the world go by on a scenic train ride to Yogyakarta. Once you arrive, and if you're not feeling too beat, check out Sosrowijayan and Prawirotaman Streets for unwinding with drinks and local eats.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 18: Yogyakarta

There's more to discover in Yogyakarta today! See some Javanese temples, the volcanic Mt Merapi, try street food like gudeg (curry made from unripe jackfruit), or soak in the last rays of the sun at the stunning Buddhist Borobudur temple complex — and make sure you don't forget your camera.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 19: Yogyakarta

There's more to discover in Yogyakarta today! See some Javanese temples, the volcanic Mt Merapi, try street food like gudeg (curry made from unripe jackfruit), or soak in the last rays of the sun at the stunning Buddhist Borobudur temple complex — and make sure you don't forget your camera.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 20: Yogyakarta/Ngadas

Take the scenic route to Ngadas via train and private vehicle. Here, you'll spend the evening at a local G Adventures-supported community homestay.

Get a taste of local culture with a home-cooked dinner and time with a community leader to learn about the region's unique customs and history.

Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 21: Desa Ngadas/Bromo

Today's for reaching new heights. Start the day with a trek along the Ancestor Trail to Mt Bromo, led by a local guide trained through the G Adventures-supported capacity building program. Then get a chance to hike to the volcano's crater (and take some pictures!) before going on to the hotel.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 22: Bromo/Red Island

Skip sleeping in today for a pre-dawn hike across the Sea of Sand to Mt Bromo, where you can catch a final glimpse of the moon before the sunrise. Stop to breathe it all in before you head to a beachside surf camp.

On your way to Mt Bromo, catch a breath and see the local Buddhist Tenggerese giving offerings to the Supreme God Hyang Widi Wasa.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 23: Red Island

Wake up and catch a wave on a morning surf lesson, then take the rest of the day to explore the nearby fishing village, surf some more, or rest easy in a beachside hammock.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 24: Red Island/Pemuteran

Head back to Bali for a chill day of relaxing on the beach. Sit back, grab a drink, and soak up some sunshine. This is the place for it.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 25: Pemuteran

No need to say goodbye to the beach just yet — it's another day of chilling out in Bali. If you'd like, break up the beachside naps with a snorkelling or diving trip to Menjangan Island.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 26: Pemuteran/Kuta

Take it easy this morning before we cross rich tropical jungle and idyllic rice fields on the ride to Kuta. Catch up on sleep on the drive over — you're going to need it for your big night out tonight. Spend the evening getting to know Legian Street, the legendary party street. Grab a drink on us and dance the night away!

Includes: Breakfast

Day 27: Kuta

Today, it’s time to say goodbye to your group of newfound friends as this tour comes to an end. Be sure to sneak in some last-minute photos and exchange social medias before you head on your way.

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