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Circumnavigation of Sumatra

Sumatra Cruise

Summary : Set out from Singapore to discover the natural wonders and unique cultures of Indonesia’s largest island—Sumatra. After visiting the World Heritage Site of Malacca, Malaysia, search for wildlife in Gunung Leuser National Park, known for its thriving orangutan population. Cultural encounters during your Sumatra expedition include a visit to a museum commemorating the victims of the 2004 tsunami; a thrilling stone jumping ceremony, where local athletes leap over six-foot-tall megaliths; and a demonstration of ikat weaving. Venture out for authentic Sumatra adventure travel aboard Zodiacs to explore remote, palm-shaded shores where travelers may search for endemic birds and wildlife. Additional highlights of your Indonesia tour include witnessing energetic dances accompanied by traditional music in seldom-visited villages, cruising past infamous Krakatoa Island, and discovering the hidden delights of Java’s forests in Ujung Kulon National Park.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Diving, Hiking, Snorkeling


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Day 1
Depart USA

Depart on your independent flight to Singapore.

Day 2
Singapore / Embark Clipper Odyssey

Arrive in Singapore. Transfer to the Clipper Odyssey this evening and overnight pier side.

Day 3

After a morning at leisure and lunch on board enjoy an afternoon tour of Singapore. Visit the National Orchid Garden and the colonial heart of the city. Experience the multi-cultural vibe of this thriving metropolis as you explore Little India and Chinatown, where you visit the colorful Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple. Return to the Clipper Odyssey this evening and set sail.

Day 4
Malacca, Malaysia

Today explore Malacca, a 14th-century port city ruled by Malaysian princes, the Portuguese, Dutch, British, and Japanese—a tumultuous history brilliantly illustrated at the Ethnography Museum. Visit the former official residence of the Dutch Governor, the impressive Christ Church, Baba Nyonya Museum, and the Portuguese fortress, known as A’Famosa, built in the 16th century.

Day 5
At Sea

Spend an enlightening day at sea as lecturers prepare you for your adventures in Sumatra.

Day 6 – 7
Belawan / Brastagi / Gunung Leuser National Park

Your two days in Belawan allow for in-depth exploration of two important areas—Brastagi and Gunung Leuser National Park. On a full-day tour to Brastagi, travel away from the coast reaching an elevation of over 4,000 feet, experiencing the refreshing cool of the Karo Highlands. Enjoy wonderful views of volcanic mountains as you make your way to Peceren, a Batak Karo tribal village, where you observe intricately carved traditional dwellings and witness daily life. A delicious Indonesian lunch, followed by a visit to a fascinating market filled with local fruits and vegetables, completes your day. Return to the ship for dinner and overnight pier side. At Gunung Leuser National Park, visit the Bukit Lawang Orangutan Rehabilitation Station and have the opportunity to view endangered Sumatran orangutans during feeding time. These endearing animals are orphans who are being taught to live in the wild. You can also enjoy nature hikes to search for a multitude of bird species including the violet cuckoo and rhinoceros hornbill.

Day 8
At Sea

Relax today at sea and attend lectures on Sumatra’s natural history and cultural heritage.

Day 9
Palau Weh / Banda Aceh

Palau Weh is known for its large variety of fish species. This morning enjoy the opportunity to snorkel, or observe the underwater wonders by glass-bottom boat. After lunch on board, visit Banda Aceh and witness the effects of the 2004 tsunami, including a 250-foot ship perched several miles inland in the same location it was deposited after riding the massive wave.You also visit the Tsunami Museum. Later attend a cultural performance by the Achenese People.

Day 10
At Sea

Attend lectures today as you cruise along Sumatra’s scenic west coast.

Day 11
Nias Island

Well off the main trade routes, this island has retained its unique cultural heritage, including wonderful examples of tribal art and architecture. Visit the traditional Bawemataluwo Village, and watch a thrilling stone jumping demonstration, where talented local athletes leap over six-foot-tall stone walls.

Day 12
Batu Islands

Today explore the beautiful Batu Islands. Zodiacs bring you to pristine, sandy beaches to search for resident birds and wildlife. After lunch on board enjoy a snorkel or glass-bottom boat tour over the islands’ fringing coral reefs.

Day 13
Padang / Cupek

Today the ship docks in Padang’s Telukbayur Harbor. Board coaches for a drive to the village of Cupek. Here you meet the Minangkabau, whose society is founded on matrilineal traditions combined with Adat, a nature-based philosophy that is still observed even as they have adopted a strict Muslim faith.

Day 14

The British East India Company established a pepper-trading center and garrison here in 1685, and maintained their presence for 150 years before ceding it to the Dutch in 1824. This afternoon you visit Fort Marlborough and the local museum, then attend a drumming and dance performance. Enjoy free time to explore the market and Chinatown.

Day 15

Today you visit Krui Village, known for their fine weaving; many ikats from this region are displayed in museums around the world. Enjoy a cultural presentation, including a weaving demonstration and opportunity to shop for ikats. Alternatively, spend the day exploring Bukit Barisan National Park which contains some of Sumatra’s last remaining lowland forest and is one of three parks in Sumatra that make up a World Heritage Site. This afternoon you return to Krui for a resin harvesting demonstration.

Day 16
Ujung Kulon National Park, Java / Krakatoa Island

This morning explore Ujung Kulon National Park, a World Heritage Site on the southwest tip of Java. This national park includes the Ujung Kulon Peninsula and encompasses the natural reserve of Krakatoa. In addition to its natural beauty and geological interest, it contains the largest remaining area of lowland rain forests on the Java plain. Search by Zodiac for the many unique species of flora and fauna found here, such as the tiger shrike, Sunda minivet, and Javan kingfisher. This afternoon the ship approaches the Sunda Strait and the fascinating volcanic island of Krakatoa. You have splendid opportunities to photograph this legendary island as the ship slowly cruises past.

Day 17

This afternoon you arrive at the small island of Belitung. Tanjung Pandan’s mélange of cultures is revealed as you enjoy a lively performance of Chinese, Javanese, and Balinese dances. Spend the rest of the day at beautiful Tanjung Tinggi beach, which boasts powder white sand framed by giant granite boulders. The warm, shallow waters are perfect for swimming and snorkeling.

Day 18
At Sea

Your lecturers recap your experiences as you spend a relaxing day at sea. Celebrate the end of your circumnavigation with a festive captain’s farewell dinner.

Day 19
Singapore / Disembark Clipper Odyssey / USA

After an early breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your independent flight homeward.


All gratuities; accommodations on board Clipper Odyssey as outlined in the itinerary; all onboard meals; all group meals on land; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; services of the expedition staff, including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows; all group activities and excursions; landing and port fees; $50,000 of medical expense coverage and $75,000 in emergency evacuation insurance.*

Not Included:
All air transportation; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; baggage/trip cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages, e-mail/Internet/fax/telephone charges.

*Emergency Medical & Evacuation Insurance:
Emergency medical coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $50,000 is included in the cost of this expedition, as well as evacuation coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $75,000. Insurance is underwritten by National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA. The policy will contain reductions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions. All coverages may not be available in all states. Please note this coverage does not cover you against trip cancellation or for additional days of travel prior to and/or after the expedition trip dates. ExpeditionTrips strongly advises all clients to purchase travel insurance which includes trip cancellation and interruption coverage for the entire duration of your trip.

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