Central alps

<p style=”text-align: justify;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>From Medan we will ride towards the magnificent <strong>lake Toba</strong> – the largest volcanic lake on our planet. Get ready for the astonishing views of the lake with the <strong>Barisan Mountains</strong> on the background. We will visit <strong>Samosir</strong> – the island within the lake Toba. It is the cradle of the exotic <strong>Batak</strong> culture where many of the traditional Batak boat shaped houses remain. Admire the beautiful views, taste the diverse local food and learn more about the local history at the open air museum with a direct King’s descendant for a guide. </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>One curve after another our adventure will bring us to the <strong>idyllic islands</strong> off the West coast. Enjoy the ride on a private speedboat and spend half day bathing in the crystal clear ocean waters. </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>We will ride and hike the <strong>Mount Sibayak</strong>, a picturesque smoking volcano overlooking the town of Berastagi.</span></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Is crossing a volcanic lake by a passenger boat together with your motorcycle already on your bucket list? We can do it too!</span></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Check out the tour’s details below.</span></p>

Information

DURATION (DAYS)

6

RIDING DIFFICULTY

challenging

DISTANCE COVERED

805km/500mi

UNPAVED ROADS

UNPAVED ROADS

+/- 20Km
extra on request

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<em>Please note that this is an indicative route. It is not 100% accurate. The route we offer is way more twisty and fun!</em>

Dates &amp; Prices

DATE

13/02 to 18/02 2018
5/03 to 10/03 2018
24/03 to 29/03 2018

SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT

340 €

PRICES RIDER

PRICES RIDER

1190 €

PRICES PASSENGER

799 €

 SUPPORT VEHICLE PASSANGER

SUPPORT VEHICLE PASSANGER

1099 €

Highlights

<ul>
<li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Mount Sibayak – volcano climbing</span></li>
<li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Riding in the Barisan Mountains</span></li>
<li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Sipisopiso waterfall</span></li>
<li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Visiting a very original town of Singkil</span></li>
<li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Banyak Islands hopping by a private speed boat</span></li>
<li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Bathing in the crystalline clear waters on uninhabited islands</span></li>
<li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Lake Toba, the biggest volcanic lake in the world</span></li>
<li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Visiting Samosir island – the land of Batak people</span></li>
<li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Visiting a Samosir coffee plantation</span></li>
<li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Visiting a local Batak museum and learning more about the Batak, the indigenous people of North Sumatra</span></li>
<li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Tasting the local “palm wine”, a traditional homemade lightly alcoholic drink</span></li>
<li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Riding around Samosir to get some of the best views of Lake Toba</span></li>
<li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Visiting Tuk-Tuk, the most touristic place on Samosir</span></li>
<li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Meeting one of the friendliest populations on Earth</span></li>
<li style=”font-weight: 400;”>Learn the unlimited possibilities of loading your motorcycle from the local people</li>
<li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Savory food and exotic fruits</span></li>
<li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Some of the best coffees in the world</span></li>
<li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Uncountable viewing points</span></li>
</ul>

Itinerary

<p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong>Day 1</strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Arrival at the airport, pickup and transfer to the hotel. Tour explanation, riding safety tips sharing and a welcome dinner.</span></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong>Day 2</strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>From Medan we are going to ride towards <strong>Lake Toba</strong>, the biggest volcano lake in the world. Get ready to some peaceful and yet magnificent landscapes. We will catch a ferry to cross to the picturesque <strong>Samosir island</strong> that lays inside the Lake Toba. Samosir island is a civilization on its own, the home of the indigenous North Sumatra people – the <strong>Batak</strong>. We will stay in the town of Tuk Tuk, the most touristic and developed place in the area. In the evening we ought to taste the famous “<strong>palm wine</strong>” – the traditional homemade lightly alcoholic drink of the Batak.</span></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong>Day 3</strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>We are going to discover the Samosir island. Prepare yourself for a full range of activities and emotions: twisty mountain roads, numerous viewing points at the altitude of over 1,800 meters, infinity of the perfect shots, local food tasting and a visit to an original Batak town. We gonna ride inside the most beautiful landscapes, traditional villages and the slow motion pictures of the farmers working on rice fields. We will learn more about the Batak in a local open air museum where people still live inside their <strong>traditional boat shaped houses</strong>. In the afternoon we will visit a local coffee plantation to learn more about the making of this super drink.</span></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong>Day 4</strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>In the morning we will continue our curvy road till the town of </span><b>Sigkill. </b>Here we will<span style=”font-weight: 400;”> catch a private speed boat to enjoy the nearby idyllic </span><b>Banyak Islands (literal meaning ‘Many islands’). </b><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Some of them are inhibited and yes they are as much beautiful as you could imagine. We will enjoy the sunset and go back to Sigkill. This little town lays on the west coast and it is very authentic, no tourists are ever seen over here.</span></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong>Day 5</strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Back on the road we will enjoy a refreshing stop at the </span><b>Sipiso Piso waterfall </b><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>with its 120 meters’ jump and amazing views of Lake </span><b>Toba</b><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>. Later we will continue our twisty ride till the town of </span><b>Berastagi.</b></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong>Day 6</strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>The town of Berastagi is the base camp to </span><b>climb the Sibayak Volcano</b><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>. Views from the top are simply astonishing. Prepare your camera and who knows if we are lucky enough to see the Mount Sinabung erupting far on the horizon.</span></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>After the climb we will ride back to Medan where we will offer you a nice goodbye dinner.</span></p>

Whats Included

<ul>
<li><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Motorcycle rental 250 cc Honda CRF 250 RALLY or Kawasaki KLX     250 cc insured with a third party liability.</span></li>
<li><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>All nights accommodation (comfortable middle-class hotels)</span></li>
<li><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Fuel for the all tour</span></li>
<li><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>All entrance fees which are included in the highlights</span></li>
<li><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>All parking fee</span></li>
<li><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>All breakfasts</span></li>
<li><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Hike to the Sibayak volcano</span></li>
<li><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Banyak Islands hopping with a private speed boat</span></li>
<li><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Tour on a coffee field and processing explanation</span></li>
<li><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Open air museum ‘Ambarita Stone chair tribal village’ tour</span></li>
<li><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Coffee, tea, water and soft drinks during riding hours</span></li>
<li><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Pick up and drop off at the airport</span></li>
<li><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Motorcycle tour guide</span></li>
<li><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Driver and support vehicle*</span></li>
<li><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Emergency first aid kit</span></li>
<li>Our guide is motorcycle mechanical experienced and first aid qualified</li>
<li><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Morning briefings</span></li>
<li><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>1 Welcome dinner and 1 goodbye dinner</span></li>
</ul>
<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Not Included</span>
<ul>
<li><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>         All services not mentioned and all personal items</span></li>
</ul>
<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Please Note</span>

<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>* The support vehicle will join the tour when there will be at least 5 participants.</span>

Accommodation

<p style=”text-align: justify;”>We personally checked all of our hotels and we have chosen the best as quality/location/service available. We will stay in comfortable hotels of 3* average and one night in a 4* hotel. Please bare in mind that Indonesia is a developing country therefore we can not always expect European/American/Australian standard of quality of accommodation, food and/or service. However that is usually compensated by the friendliness of the local people.</p>

Useful Info

<p style=”text-align: justify;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>-</span><b>How many “no riding days” are in the tour ? </b>We will ride all days except the arrival day.<b></b><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>  </span></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><b>-How many km do we ride daily ? </b><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>We will ride 90 miles/day (145 km/day) as an average. Obviously some days we will ride more than that and some days we will ride less.</span></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>-</span><b>How much of motorcycle experience do I need ? </b><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>You don’t need to be a pro rider to travel with us. You should, however, be an experience motorcyclist who is comfortable riding a motorcycle during a city’s rush hours as well as on small mountains roads. This will be a challenging, yet rewarding and definitely an enjoyable experience for you.</span></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>-</span><b>How about riding in Indonesia ? </b><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Indonesia is a country with left-hand traffic. There are a lot of two wheel vehicles on the road and driving rules are not exactly followed. Out of the cities and far from Medan roads are not busy and riding becomes very enjoyable. However a defensive riding style is needed as roads are used by everyone including grazing animals. </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>An incredible fact about Indonesia is that there are hardly any road accidents. How is that possible? After extensive riding in Indonesia our understanding is that it is possible because vehicles’ speed on the road is low. So, when in Rome, do as the Romans do and you will be just fine. </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>A full riding tips information will be given at the briefing on the arrival day</span><b>.</b></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><b>-Why a 250cc dual sport motorcycle ? </b><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>As it was mentioned above the average speed of an Indonesian driver is pretty low and the maximal motorcycle engine size used by the majority of the local people is only 150cc. Our 250cc motorcycles are able to ride much faster than almost any other vehicle on the road. In any case riding faster than 70-80 km/h is dangerous for two reasons: first because around 80 % of roads run along mountains/hills so it is impossible to go faster, and second – because those are just small local roads, used by everyone include grazing animals. </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Having a motorcycle that is able to run 140km/h is more than enough. Bigger sized motorcycles in Indonesia are risky to ride and difficult to deal with in the traffic jams. </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Please bare in mind that those enduro motorcycle are pretty tall from the ground, 895mm. It will not represent a problem for an experienced motorcyclist. Others should be at least 1.73 meters tall in order to be able to ride confidently. If you have never ridden an enduro motorcycle before, do not worry, it is quite simple and easy as the motorcycle weight is only 155 kg.</span></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><b>-What about road conditions ? </b><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Almost everywhere in Sumatra the roads are covered by tarmac. The tarmac conditions vary from very good to very poor. Our dual sport motorcycles are capable of riding everywhere without problems. Mostly road conditions are better in Aceh province than in North Sumatra.</span></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><b>-Will there be a support vehicle? </b><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Yes in case the group counts at least five riders or in case there are two passengers . Our support vehicle can carry up to 2 motorcycles. It is possible to reserve up to 4 passenger places for the entire trip in the support vehicle. </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Our support vehicle will carry 1 baggage per person.  </span></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>-</span><b>Which bag should i bring ? </b><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>You should have a waterproof roll bag. Please be aware that your bag should be a good quality one. If you can’t pack all of your belongings in a 60 liters roll bag you are bringing far too much.</span></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>-</span><b>Is it possible to ride 2 up? </b><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Yes it is possible, if your companion has an experience of being at the back of an enduro motorcycle. Please note that the total weight of a rider and a passenger should not exceed 140 kg. </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>We will take care of your luggage in case you choose to ride 2 up. </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>The passenger must be at least 12 years old. He/she should be able to place both feet flat on the passenger foot pegs of the motorcycle. </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Please note that riding 2 up requires more skills from a ride. </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>You may also book a seat in the support vehicle for the passenger if they do not want to ride with you the entire time.</span></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>-</span><b>What about visas ? </b><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>169 nations including the citizens of Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, Russia and mostly all of the South American countries do not need a visa for Indonesia. You can enter without a visa at Medan airport (</span><b>Kualanamu International Airport) </b><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>and stay up to 30 days in Indonesia. However there are two requirements for entering without a visa:</span></p>

<ol style=”text-align: justify;”>
<li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>A valid passport with a minimum validity of at least 6 (six) months</span></li>
<li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Return ticket (out of Indonesia) within 30 days from the entrance day</span></li>
</ol>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><b>-Which kind of food should I expect ? </b><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Indonesian cuisine is one of the most vibrant and colourful cuisines in the world, full of intense flavour. The staple food is rice, for Indonesians if there is no rice means there is no food. Normally rice is served as fried rice mixed with vegetables, egg and chicken or as a side dish with chicken/ meat/ fish. However there are several soups too and some chinese dishes as the noodles, meat balls and spring rolls. </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Normally foreigners prefer dishes like Nasi Goreng (mixed fried rice), Mie Goreng (mixed fried noodles), Rendang (beef stew cooked in a flavorful sauce), Sate (chicken skewers), Ayam Bakar (grilled chicken ), Ayam Goreng (deep-fried chicken). Indonesians love hot chilly sauce,so get ready to learn fast how to say “tidak pedas” (not spicy)! </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>All-favorite drinks are tea (black and green) and coffee. Fizzy drinks, Coca-cola, Pepsi etc are broadly available. Drinking beer is not a custom in Indonesia, but normally you should be able to order a beer in a hotel. In any case a couple of extra dollars make miracles.</span></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>-</span><b>Which kind of weather should I expect ? </b><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>As Sumatra has </span>tropical rainforest climate<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>, the temperature here remains relatively hot throughout the year, never less than 18 °C (64 °F). In tropical climates there is often only two seasons: “wet” season and “dry” season. </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>If this was true years ago, deforestation and world climate changes also affect Sumatra nowadays. Now it is hard to predict the weather and we should</span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”> be surprised if during the tour we will not get wet at least ones. After all why do you think Sumatra is so green ? Good news that normally the rain passes quickly so you can wait under a roof of the numerous coffee shops along the road. </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Please bring a good quality motorcycle rain gear. </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Sometimes we will ride at the altitude of around 2000 meters above the sea level where it is usually quite fresh.  Please keep that in mind when choosing your motorcycle gear.</span></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><b>-Tell me more about Sumatra and is it safe there ? </b><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Sumatra is </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”> </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>the </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>sixth-largest island </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>in the world, for example it is bigger than Germany and almost twice the size of the UK. The people of Sumatra are multi-lingual and multi-religious. Most of these groups share many similar traditions and different tongues are closely related. There are over 52 languages spoken but almost everyone speaks Indonesian. English language is becoming more and more popular from year to year. The major religion is Islam, followed by Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism. </span></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Indonesia is an example of how people of different beliefs live in peace and harmony close to each other. Indonesian Muslim people are laid back and tolerant. Even in Aceh province which is supposed to be more conservative it is possible to get beers in the hotels. </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Indonesian people are open, friendly and</span> <span style=”font-weight: 400;”>very interested in foreigners. Most probably you will get asked by someone to make a selfie with you even though you may think that you are not really a “Brad Pitt”. </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>We have never had any experience of pickpocketing, scams or robbery in Sumatra. Actually it feels way safer in Sumatra than in more touristy Bali, Thailand or some other places in southeast Asia.</span></p>

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