Intrepid Travel launches a new tour in Indonesia, covering the highlights of (northern) Sumatra.
For many years, Australian-owned tour company Intrepid Travel has operated a slowly declining number of tours in Indonesia. Recently, these were almost entirely based around the tourist hub of Bali and neighbouring Lombok.
However, Intrepid recently launched a new tour: Sumatran Highlights.
According to the brochure, it gives:
the opportunity to travel in areas that few people get to visit and to spend time with the people who call this region home.
and was recently selected as one of National Geographic's Top 50 Tours of a Lifetime.
The Sumatran Highlights visited on this trip include:
The 15-day tour includes flights to and from Kuala Lumpur, transport, accommodation and some meals. The price is $US1825 / € 1395 / $A1995.
However, Intrepid's tour only covers the island's two northern-most provinces: North Sumatra and Aceh.
This suggests there are six other provinces Sumatran provinces seemingly deemed to have nothing special.
Locals may disagree and point to other noteworthy attractions like the remains of the world's most famous volcano: Anak Krakatau; Lonely Planet's other highlight of Sumatra: Bukittinggi, West Sumatra; and the surfing and stone-jumping mecca of Pulau Nias, despite regular flights there.
If you were constructing a tour of the best of Sumatra, what would you keep, drop and change? Or what undiscovered/hidden gems would you recommend?
Also, are you willing to pay a premium price to be able to visit places that are otherwise difficult to see?
Please share your thoughts below.