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Lake Toba Sumatra

Visiting Lake Toba in north of Sumatra is a spectacular Indonesian tour destination with magnificent natural scenery and a world famous lake. On this 4 day 3 night you will explore Lake Toba and surrounding areas. Starting from Medan you travel to Lake Toba and discover the history and culture of Batak Toba tribe, along with how Lake Toba came into existence.

 

Danau (lake in Indonesia) Toba is the largest lake in South East Asia and also one of the most spectacular, surrounded by tall mountains and with the large island of Samosir in the middle. If we descend from the mountain we see the lake glittering in all its beauty. Lake Toba has been described as the most beautiful place on earth. Formed in a volcanic eruption around 75,000 years ago, Lake Toba was the largest in 25 million years. It is 100 km long and 30 km wide, and 505 m at its deepest level. As one of the most beautiful and unique places to visit in Indonesia, Lake Toba is just a few hours drive from Medan, Indonesia’s third largest city.Most of the hotels and guesthouses are located in the area of Tuk Tuk on Samosir Island, which is accessed by ferry.

 

PRICE : $ 410 per person (twin share. Minmum 2 persons)

 

ITINERARY:

 

Day 1: Medan - Samosir via  Plantation Route

This morning your guide will pick you up at your Medan hotel to begin the drive (5 hours) to Perapat pass through palm tree, rubber, cacao plantations and the historic city of Pematang Siantar. Enroute lunch at local restaurant and take in the local scenery. At noon you will arrive in Parapat ferry boat terminal, where you and your vehicle will to go to Samosir Island (1 hour). On arrival in Samosir check into your hotel. This afternoon at leisure and enjoying views across Lake Toba (your hotel situated right at the lake side).  Overnight at Toledo Inn or Tabo Cottages. (L).

 

Day 2: Samosir  Excursion (and Lake  Toba  Kayaking Option)

Samosir - tour to Tomok, Ambarita and Simanindo. On this magnificent island, you can visit the typical Toba Batak villages: Tomok with its kings' tombs, Ambarita with its megalith execution tables and in Simanindo you can see traditional Batak dance. Time permitting in the afternoon you can try the Lake Toba Kayaking tour for enjoying a breathtaking Toba scenery. Overnight in Hotel. (B, L, D)

 

Day 3: Samosir - Medan via Berastagi

Today you will drive back to Medan passing through the along a fascinating route from the mountain village of Brastagi in the Karo Highlands. Beautiful route through the Karo highlands via pineapple, clove and ginger plantations. Stops during the trip at the tribal kings' house of the Simalungun Batak in Pematang Purba and at the Sipiso Piso waterfalls. In the afternoon you arrive in Brastagi, here you can see view two active volcanoes , the Sibayak and the Sinabung. Late afternoon you will arrive in Medan and overnight stay in hotel Deli River. (B, L)

 

Day 4: Medan Hotel- Tour ends

This morning we will arrange a transfer to Kuala Namu Airport Medan for you continued travels in Indonesia or your return home.(B)

 

Inclusion:

  • Medan airport transfer
  • Private AC vehicles and driver
  • English speaking guide
  • Local tour guide in Lake Toba
  • 1 night accommodation at Medan
  • 2 night accommodation at Lake Toba
  • Meal as per itinerary
  • Boat Samosir excursion  and Lake Toba Kayaking
  • Entrance fee
  • Mineral water

Exclusion :

  • Tipping
  • Drinks (other than mineral water)
  • Lake Toba Kayaking  - Optional tour

 

MORE ABOUT LAKE TOBA

The largest super-volcano eruption of the past 2.5 million years was a series of explosions of Mount Toba on the Indonesian island of Sumatra about 75,000 years ago. Researchers say Toba spewed out a staggering 700 cubic miles (2,800 cubic kilometres) of magma, equivalent in mass to more than 19 million Empire State Buildings. By comparison, the infamous blast from the volcanic Indonesian island of Krakatoa in 1883, one of the largest eruptions in recorded history, released about 3 cubic miles (12 cubic km) of magma.

 

About the same time the eruption took place, the number of modern humans apparently dropped cataclysmically, as shown by genetic research. People today evolved from the few thousand survivors of whatever befell humans in Africa at the time. The giant plume of ash from Toba stretched from the South China Sea to the Arabian Sea, and in the past investigators proposed the resulting volcanic winter might have caused this die-off. However, recently scientists have suggested that Toba did not sway the course of human history as much as previously thought. For instance, prehistoric arti-facts discovered in India and dating from after the eruption hinted that people coped fairly well with any effects of the eruption. Now researchers have found that the evidence shows Toba didn't actually cause a volcanic winter in East Africa where humans dwelled.

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