When searching for Lake Toba holiday packages, consider one that includes guided tours in Medan and Berastagi to make your trip worthwhile. Be enriched with Medan’s culture as you visit Palace of Sultan Maimoon, Grand Mosque of Medan famous for grand Arabesque domes and crystal chandeliers, and Chong A Fie Mansion which is Medan’s historical jewel that has Chinese, Malay and Art Deco influences in its architecture style. Enjoy the scenic and cultural facets of Berastagi, as well as the history, culture and scenery of towns on and around Lake Toba. You get to even sample an authentic Sumatran snack, “Lemang”, which is steamed and grilled sticky rice in bamboo.
Day 1: Arrival in Medan – Berastagi (Dinner)
Upon arrival at Medan airport, your Medan tour guide will meet and welcome you. Start your tour at Jalan Jenderal Ahmad Yani, Medan’s old Chinatown. Admire Chong A Fie Mansion, Medan’s historical jewel that has Chinese, Malay and Art Deco influences in its architecture style, Grand Mosque of Medan, an impressive sight complete with grand Arabesque domes and crystal chandeliers, and Palace of Sultan Maimoon, a building reflecting Malay influences where you can see photos and memorabilia from the days of royalty. Check in to your hotel at Berastagi in the early evening.
Day 2: Berastagi – Tigaras – Samosir Island (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Scenic and Cultural Berastagi
Make pit stops at Lumbini Temple, Berastagi Fruit and Vegetable Market, Dokan Village where you can learn ancient Batak Karo culture and admire the distinctive Batak houses, Sipiso Piso Waterfall that has a 120m-drop, and Simarjarunjung which offers a majestic view of Lake Toba as you make your way to Tigaras Lake Harbor for your ferry crossing Lake Toba to the volcanic island of Samosir. Rest and relax upon arrival at Samosir.
Day 3: Samosir Island – Parapat – Medan (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Historical and Cultural Samosir
Explore Tomok Traditional Village, the site of the large stone sarcophagus of Chief Sidabutar. Visit Ambarita where it is said to have been a place where criminals were sentenced and executed. Take a ferry to Parapat and stop by Siantar where you can shop for local snacks such as “Ting-Ting” and “Tong-Tong”. Experience an authentic Sumatran snack, “Lemang”, which is steamed and grilled sticky rice in bamboo. Upon your return to Medan, you can relax and unwind.
Day 4: Departure from Medan (Breakfast)
Free and Easy
Free till departure transfer to Medan airport for homebound flight.
Medan has a tropical wet climate, with no distinct dry and wet seasons. Its temperatures barely vary across the months and has an average temperature of 26.8 °C. There is an annual rainfall of 2137 mm. Temperatures at Lake Toba is slightly cooler.
The seasons in Medan and Lake Toba are as follow:
- Less rainy – May to September are months with slightly less rain. The period of June to August is peak tourism season, so more crowd is expected at the attractions.
- Rainy – October to April are months with more rain. Except for Chinese New Year, tourism is slow during this season, because sightseeing is made difficult.