Timor-Leste Explorer - 9 days

Individual Private Tour - Tour Details & Information, Tour Code: TL-DIL-01

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Begin of Tour Dili (Timor-Leste) - Dili

Greetings upon arrival at the airport and transfer to the city hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free at leisure. Overnight in Dili.

Day 2: Dili (B)

Breakfast at hotel in Dili. Later sightseeing tour of the city. The three hours tour will take you to the main sights of the city, such as the Government Palace, the Casa Europa (the European House, a former colonial garrison), the Santa Cruz cemetery, the Hali-Laran bazaar, the Díli cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the new residential zone of Praia dos Coqueiros where the main embassies are located, the Farol Residential quarter and the White Sand Beach for a sunset view from the statue of Christ (Cristo Rei). Return to the hotel.

Day 3: Dili - Baucau - Lospalos (B)

After breakfast drive in the direction to Lospalos in the eastern part of the island. Stop enroute in Mantuto on the north coast. Visit the market and local monuments. The city ist mainly known for pottery. Afterwards drive to Baucau for lunch. You will reach Lospalos in the late afternoon.

Day 4: Lospalos - Tutuala - Baucau (B)

The Konis Santana National Park was named after a freedom fighter who died in 1998 before the timorese independence. It is the first National Park of East Timor. The Park was opened in 2008 and is home to many endemic animals. Beside wildlife protection it is well known for important cultural sites. There are caves near the coast with paintings and carvings dating back several thousand years. The walk to the caves at Ili-kere-kere will take 30 minutes each way. Alternatively, you can cross the channel to Jaco island on a beiro (small boat) and stay at the white sandy beach and swim in the clear and crystal blue water. Lunch at a small village on the north coast. Afterwards we will visit some ancient tombs and see traditional Fataluku houses. These typical stilt houses with detailed wood carvings and high roofs fast became national symbols of Timor Leste.

Day 5: Baucau - Dili (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. You can spend the morning at your leisure. Lunch at the Pousada. Afterwards check-out and drive southwards to Venilale. Spend the afternoon visiting the former portuguese royal family school. There are also caves dug by the japanese army during WWII. On the way back stop at the church in Laleia and drive by the rice paddies in Manatuto. Overnight in Dili.

Day 6: Dili - Aileu - Hato-Builico (B)

We will leave Dili in the morning. We will drive through the highlands in Dare and enjoy the landscape on our way to Aileu. During portuguese colonial times the small town was known as Vila General Carmona. Many importants events during timores history happend the region. Lunch in Maubisse. Afterwards drive to Hato-Builico. It is the base camp for hikes on Mt. Ramelau or Tata-Mai-Lau in the local tongue, the highest peak of Timor Leste. We do recommend an early dinner at the local Guest House followed by a resting night if you plan to climb the summit the next early morning.

Day 7: Hato-Builico - Same - Suai (B)

If you decide to make the climb of Mt. Ramelau the wake up call will be at 03:00 hrs. You will be accompanied by a local guide on your way to the summit to see the sunrise. If the weather is good you can enjoy a spectacular view of the island. After return from the climb a warm breakfast will be served. The rest of the morning is at your leisure to walk around the village or relax at the guesthouse. We leave Hato-Builico in the direction of Same. There we will stop for lunch. After the short break we will drive on to Suai in Cova Lima district.

Day 8: Suai - Maliana - Dili (B)

Today starts with a visit to the fishermen village of Suai Loro. You will learn more about the day to day life in the village and the local oil fields. The Villagers use the oil as a convenient source of energy since the 1970s. Driving from Suai to Balibó. The small town was the site of a massacre in 1975, when the indonesian army killed five australian journalists. We will visit the memorial and the protuguese fort. The next destination is the Batugade on the north coast. The old portuguese fort is situated at the beautiful beach. The stronghold was was build in 1655. We will continue our drive following the north coast. Lunch enroute. We will arrive in Dili late in the afternoon.

Day 9: Dili - End of Tour Dili (Timor-Leste) (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning free at leisure until airport transfer.

Hotels, Rates & Information

Hotels for this Tour
(Changing the hotels according to your wishes is no problem!)
LocationComfort Hotels
DiliHotel Timor

LospalosHotel Roberto Carlos

BaucauPusada do Baucau
Hato-BuilicoHato-Builico Guesthouse
SuaiSuai Guesthouse
Options Comfort
Rate per person On request
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.
Single Supplement On Request
Single Traveller On Request

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Information, Services, Remarks

Dili (Timor-Leste) / Dili (Timor-Leste)

Hotel/Airport Transfers:

Transfers are inclusive from and to above mentioned airports and hotels of the immediate area.

Services (included):

Private tour
English speaking guide
Air-conditioned car with driver
Accomodation: DBL room hotels (or similar)
Transfers, Entrance fees as per itinerary
Meal Plan as stated:
8x Breakfast

Not included

Own expenses
Additional services (marked 'optional' above)
Programme not mentioned above
Season Surcharges
Visa on Arrival in Dili (USD 30)
Departure Airport Taxes Dili (USD 10)

Important Remarks:

Min. 2 Persons. Single traveller rates on request.
Important information for traveler to Timor-Leste (East Timor): Timor Leste is a new destintion with limited touristic infrastructure. 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 the hotels during the round trip. This applies especially outside of bigger cities.
Please pay attention to the Travel Information provided.
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.
During the dry season severe haze caused by wood fires in Borneo and Sumatra can possibly affect this region. Please keep yourself updated using the ASEAN Regional Haze Situation Center.