Sulawesi Overland North to South for 16D15N



“This is one of the world's classic overland routes. Your " journey through time " begins in Manado North  of  Sulawesi and travels through lush Sulawesi countryside to Makassar South  of  Sulawesi. You will visit Bunaken national Park,  Tangkoko nature reserve with smallest monkey in the world called  Tarsius, local unique market in Tomohon,  Unique bajau sea gypseas of Torosiaje, Cultural site in Toraja land. Sulawesi formerly known as Celebes, offers a variety of cultural riches extending far beyond its colorful past. Contained within its unusual shape lie volcanic mountains lush tropical forests, brilliant green rice terraces, and deep dark lakers, all bordered by pristine beaches and sparkling coral reefs. Ancient customs and practices of its multiple ethnic groups are blended into the daily lives”

Package for 16 days / 15 nights
Start: Manado airport, North Sulawesi
Finish: Makassar, South Sulawesi

Day 01 :  Manado Arrival
Upon arrival in Manado, greeted at the Sam Ratulangi Airport and direct transfer by private car to the Hotel for check-in at Minahasa Hotel and meeting service.
Day 02 :  Bunaken Snorkeling Tour
After breakfast by motorized out rigger boat to Bunaken,  snorkeling around Bunaken, one of the worlds most beautiful coral environments with an almost unbelievable variety of teeming sea life, superb visibility with much of the best coral just under the surface. Lunch served on the island,after this trip we will go back to Manado and overnight stay at the hotel
Day 03 : Tangkoko Nature Reserve Tour
After breakfast, direct drive to Tangkoko by private car. The trip through Minahasa Villages where you can see coconut palm along the route. Check-in at mama Roos homestay then at 2 pm walking to the jungle to see “Tarsius” the specific animal of North Sulawesi, back to homestay for dinner and overnight.
Day 04 : Tangkoko – Tomohon
Early morning at 5 am walking to the jungle take opportunity to see back macacaque monkey, hornbill birds and much more. Back for breakfast and free program till lunch time then after lunch drive to Tomohon Via Airmadidir Visit “Waruga ancient stone sarcophagi”. Late afternoon arrive in Tomohon, check-in at Onong Palace Resort and dinner.
Day 05 : Minahasa Highlands Tour
Exploring the hilltop town of Tomohon known locally as the “city of flowers” visit local market, traditional house building at Woloan, strolling around sulphurous Lake Linow, lunch at  local restaurant, then visit Tincep waterfall.
Day 06 : Minahasa Highlands Tour
We will explore the beautiful Minahasa highlands with its cool climate, its impressive volcanoes, its colourfull and rich vegetation. First hike to Mahawu Volcano, inside the crater is steaming, emerald-green lake ringed like a fishermens net to catch the fish, on the way up you will see the variety of the terraced vegetable gardens. Then continue your trip to lake Tondano a trip provides ever-changing vistas of the mountain, ricefield and a dramatic view of Lake Tondano itself. Lunch served on the floating restaurant.
Day 07 : Tomohon-Gorontalo  
After breakfast drive to Gorontalo the trip through the beautiful panoramic of villages which covered by different kinds of plantations particularly  coconut, rice fields, and corn farming along the coastline. Lunch enroute. Late afternoon arrive in Gorontalo.
Day 08 : Gorontalo Sightseeing Tour
Sightseeing around Gorontalo which is really worth to stay, it’s a prettly, clean and very friendly city with it’s beautiful old colonial buildings. We visit otanaha fortress, rattan furniture industry and sightseeing with local traditional transportation such as “Bendi or Becak” can be arranged in this program.
Day 09 :  Gorontalo – Torosiaje  ( TOROSIAJE GUESTHOUSE )
After breakfast, leave for Bajo Torosiaje. Lunch served enroute. Late afternoon arrive in Moutong, check-in a Losmen and overnight.
Day 10 : Torosiaje -Tentena
After breakfast drive to Tentena. The trip will follow the coastline, the Balinese transmigrants. Stop at Khatulistiwa village near Tinombo where we will crossed the Equator (do not forget to take picture !) lunch enroute. Late arrive in Tentena. Check-in at Victory  hotel
Day 11 : Tentena Lake Poso Tour
After breakfast, we will visit a waterfall with twelve steps known as Wera Saluopa in Tonusu and take a walk through a Balinese transmigration village, then visit Lake Poso, is a deep fresh water lake with white sandy beaches rising to high, densely forested mountain
Day 12 : Tentena – Toraja
After breakfast leave for Toraja via Mangkutana-Wotu-Bonebone - lunch enroute -Masamba-Palopo-late afternoon arrive in Rantepao (Toraja) check-in at the hote for overnight stay.
Day 13: Toraja Tour
After breakfast, we will make a full day excursion around Toraja. Today we visit Pallawa to see the traditional houses of the Tongkonan, Bori to the megalithics, Nanggala, known for its large Tongkonan with 16 rice-barns. In the afternoon we return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 14: Toraja Tour
After breakfast, we set out on a full day excursion discovering Toraja. In the morning  we visit Lemo, where you will find the rows of Tau-Tau statues. Londa has an ancient natural grave where the deceased are entombed with big ceremonies. Kete Kesu is a traditional Toraja Village, where we can see the Tongkonan and the rice barn and its famous for its woodcarving. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 15 : Toraja – Makassar
After having breakfast leave for Makassar. The trip will ascend to the higher lands and stop over at Puncak Lakawan to see the erotic mountain called Buntu Kabobong, continue to Pare-Pare where lunch will be served. Late afternoon arrive in Makassar. Check-in at the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 16 : Makassar – Next Destination
After breakfast at hotel and then free program until the time to transfer to the airport for next destination the end of our services.

The package / inclusive of:
Accommodation in twin share room, breakfast daily, transport in airconditioned car + fuel + driver, English speaking guide, Meals and accommodation costs for guide and driver,  All entrance fee for tourists object.

What not include:
Meals, Lunch, Dinner  & Beverages (Alcoholic, Soft drink, Mini bar at hotel), Optional Tours & Services are not mentioned on the itinerary, Private expenses (Laundry, Phone call etc), Tips for guide and driver

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