Day 1: Begin of Tour Makassar (Sulawesi) - Pare Pare - Rantepao (L/D)
Western coast, SulawesiYou will be greeted by your personal guide at the airport of Makassar (Ujung Pandang) in the morning. Together, you will start your journey to Tana Toraja. The ride will take all day. First, you will travel along the west coast of South Sulawesi. Lunch is served in the coastal town of Pare-Pare. A short time later, you drive to the highlands. At Puncak Lakawan, you stop for a coffee break, before reaching Rantepao in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Rantepao (B/L/D)
Tau-Tau Tana TorajaAfter breakfast, explore the surrounding area with your guide. The highland region of Toraja has a lot to offer. In Lemo, graves have been hewn into the steep rocks, and on the balconies in front of them are 'Tau-Taus', portraits of the dead who look to the living. Many members of the local nobility are buried in the caves of Londa. The village of Kete Kesu is famous for its wood carvings and paintings. Lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Rantepao.
Day 3: Rantepao - Palopo - Pendolo (B/L/D)
Sulaweis HighlandIn the morning, after breakfast, head for Central Sulawesi. The destination is Pendolo on the southern bank of Danau Poso. From the highlands, you will first drive to Palopo, the administrative capital of the Luwu region on the Gulf of Bone. Palopo was the residence of the kings of Luwu, one of the most powerful empires of Sulawesi between the 10th and 14th centuries. The base for their wealth was the trade of metals, which could be used for weapon production. Trade relations extended to Sumatra and China. The last Prince of Luwu, Andi Jemma, died in 1965. Lunch on the way and visit an irrigation project in Batu Citundac. With some luck you can see the processing of Sago in Masamba. In the afternoon you will reach Pendolo. Dinner and overnight in a typical Losmen/guest house.
Day 4: Pendolo - Tentena (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the guest house, then continue to Tentana. You drive around Lake Poso. The fresh water lake in the center of Sulawesi, covers an area of 323qkm and is 450m deep at its deepest point. White sand beaches surround the inland waters which are considered the most beautiful and clearest of the island. The lake is home to a number of endemic fish species, such as the duck-billed carnivore (Adrianichtys kruyti) and the stretched Poso-Karp (Xenopoecilus poptae). On the way you'll visit the orchid forest in Bancea. Lunch on the way. In the northwest of Tentana visit the multi-staged waterfall Air Terjun Salopa near Tonsu. On the way to the waterfall you will pass Balinese Transmigrasi villages. Dinner and overnight at Losmen/Guesthouse in Tentana.
Day 5: Tentena (B/L/D)
After breakfast, visit the Gua Pamona Cave. In this and other caves around the lake artifacts from the Southeast Asian Bronze Age were found in the 1970s. The so-called dong-son culture is the combination of Stone Age and Bronze Age techniques in art. Later you will visit another waterfall. The Air Terjun Sulewana is located near the village of the same name, and it plunges one kilometer into the deep. Lunch on the way. The afternoon is at leisure. You can go for a walk or swim at the lake. Return to Losmen/Guesthouse, dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Tentena - Bomba (B/L/D)
Megalith, Lore Lindu National ParkAfter breakfast at the lodge, you will be taken to the Bada Valley, the ride will take about four hours. The valley is known for the traces of a past megalithic culture. There are menhirs, also known as standing stones. These are carved, elongated stones, which were placed in a well-known way. The background of megalithic culture in the Bada Valley is not completely known. In the valley you can also find stone-tubs called Kalamba of enormous size with carved faces. Picnic lunch on the way. In the afternoon visit megaliths near the village of Bomba. Dinner and overnight in Bomba.
Day 7: Bomba - Tuare (B/L/D)
The day begins with a simple breakfast in the lodge before you undertake a long trekking through the land of the megaliths in Tuare. Today you will cross the river Lariang, which flows through the whole valley. Rope bridges help to reach the other side. You visit the megaliths in Palindo, Sepe, Maturu and Oba. Picnic lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight with a host family in the village of Tuare.
Day 8: Tuare - Moa (B/L/D)
Today's destination is the Lore Lindu National Park on the border between the districts of Dongalla in the west and Poso in the east. The journey is expected to take about 7 hours. Picnic lunch en route. There is the possibility to swim in the river. Dinner and overnight in a guest house in the village of Moa.
Day 9: Moa - Kababuru (B/L/D)
In the morning, leave Moa and hike to Kababuru. Your path takes you through jungle and tropical rain forest. You will be on the road for 7 hours depending on your stamina. The sounds of the forest will accompany you and you will be able to have different bird watching possibilities. Picnic lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight in a tent at Kababuru (Camp). We recommend bringing a sleeping bag suited for tropical climate.
Day 10: Kababuru - Donggala (B/L/D)
Bungalow Prince John Dive ResortAfter breakfast, continue to Gimpu. For today's route, you will probably need about 5 hours. Picnic lunch on the way. From Gimpu drive to Tanjung Karang in Donggala district. Dinner and overnight at Prince John Dive Resort.
Day 11: Donggala (B/L/D)
Beach Prince John Dive ResortIn Donggala, a morning horseback ride through the tranquil village and the harbor awaits you. After lunch, relax at the white sand beach. There is also the possibility to dive or snorkel at the surrounding reefs. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Donggala - End of Tour Palu (Sulawesi) (B)
After breakfast transfer to Palu airport.
Hotels, Rates & Information
Hotels for this Tour(Changing the hotels according to your wishes is no problem!)
|Location||Comfort Hotels||Deluxe Hotels|
|Rantepao||Toraja Misiliana Hotel|
|Toraja Heritage Hotel|
|Tuare||Local People House|
|Local People House|
|Moa||Local People House|
|Local People House|
|Kababuru||Local People House|
|Local People House|
|Donggala||Prince John Dive Resort|
|Prince John Dive Resort|
|Rate per person||
Based on individual private tour, min. 2 travellers in double/twin room
Changing or adapting this tour to match your personal needs, interests and wishes is, as always, possible. Please contact us! Group rates (closed groups only, min. 4 Pax) on request.
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Information, Services, Remarks
Makassar (Sulawesi) / Palu (Sulawesi)
- Hotel/Airport Transfers:
Transfers are inclusive from and to above mentioned airports and hotels of the immediate area.
- Services (included):
English speaking guide
Air-conditioned car with driver
Accomodation: DBL room hotels (or similar)
Transfers, Entrance fees as per itinerary
Meal Plan as stated:
11x Breakfast 11x Lunch/Lunchbox 11x Dinner
- Not included
Additional services (marked 'optional' above)
Programme not mentioned above
- Important Remarks:
Important information for traveler: Outside of highly touristic regions like Bali there is only a limited touristic infrastructure available. Regular flight connections, restaurants and hotels (all classes from simple to high end) are limited. Flight cancellations and delays are quite common. Please don't expect amenities like warm water, air-conditioning and even comfortable beds at all hotels and homestays during the round trip. This applies especially outside of bigger cities.
Min. 2 Persons. Single traveller rates on request.
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When travelling islamic countries there can be interference during the month of Ramadan, other high holidays and fridays.
Volcanism: The Sunda Islands and the Sunda Archipelago are of volcanic orgin and show high volcanic activity. Accrodingly it may be possible that tours, routings and activities (especially those involving or near volcanoes) need to be altered in case of high activity or order by the government.
This tour is not soutable for people with reduced mobility. If you are unsure if you meet the requirements please contact us! We will try to find a solution for your individual needs.