Medan City Tour

Once called Parijs van Sumatrathe 'Paris of Sumatra', Medan is the fourth largest city in Indonesia by population and is a melting pot of cultures. There is an impressive blend of the native Malay mixing with the influences of the Dutch, Chinese, Javanese and Indian – which has all had a unique historical impact on the architecture, art and cuisine of the city and the surrounding region.   

This guided tour will start at the heart of the city, where the first visit will be to the Great Mosque, the symbol of the municipality of Medanwhich was built in 1906.  Then, just a block away is Sultan’s Maimoon Palace – an ornate building home to an impressive collection of jewellery, antiques and gifts presented to the sultan and his queen. 

There will also be some time spent exploring the busy traditional marketwhich is the centre for textile trading amongst the local residents. Here you can have a go at bartering and picking out some local merchandise to take home as souvenirs.  

At lunchtime, it is time to try some local delicacies. Heading to a local restaurant, you will have the chance to taste some traditional dishes. Be sure to finish off with the famous Sumatran Sidikalang coffee! 

Next on the tour will be trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gunung Leuser National Park. This park is home to a huge variety of birds, plants and mammals, but perhaps the most famous are the Sumatran orangutans, Sumatran tigers, Sumatran rhinoceros, siamang, sambar deer and leopards. Keep your eyes peeled as you explore the national park, before heading back to your hotel at the end of the day.  

 

Highlights

  • Try your hand at bartering and buying souvenirs at the local market 

  • Spot impressive wildlife in Gunung Leuser National Park 

  • Explore the royal collection of jewellery, antiques and gifts 

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An extraordinary moment from my time in Indonesia was watching the sunrise at Ijen after a big climb up (and even down into!) the volcano. The country has stunning scenery and wildlife, from smoking volcanoes to fantastic dive sites, Komodo dragons and cheeky orangutans.