Bali & Toraja
4 Days/3 Nights
Sulawesi is one the biggest islands in Indonesia, situated on the center of the
archipelago. The highlands of Tanah Toraja offer an exciting mix of culture and nature.
Famous for its endemic mammals, a sea rich in biodiversity, pristine beaches and lush
rainforests, the island of Sulawesi is a perfect destination for avid divers and nature lovers,
seeking for tranquility in hidden corners of paradise. Whereas the mountainous part of
Southern Sulawesi, Tanah Toraja, stands out for its unique ethnic culture of the Torajan
people, especially well known for their mixture of animistic and Christian belief and their
well preserved and they still practiced ancient funeral customs known as one of the most
intricate funeral traditions in the world that is Aluk Todolo (way of the ancestors). Unveiling a beautiful scenic countryside, a unique burial culture,
the old belief and the myth of Tanah Toraja are the perfect mixture for those who seek to discover a once in a lifetime enriching experience.
Day 1, Arrival Makkasar – Toraja (L,D)
Book an early morning to flight at about one hour from Bali to Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi Province. You will meet our tour guide
upon arrival and start your journey to the mountainous area of Toraja, a picturesque ride along the ocean shore, passing scenic Buginese fishing
villages with their traditional houses. Lunch will be served at a seafood restaurant overlooking the bay of Pare-Pare. In the afternoon we will have
a coffee while enjoying a spectacular panoramic view. Proceed early in the evening to finally be escorted to your hotel and will be continued to
enjoy a local dinner in the city.
An overnight at your hotel of choice in Rantepao
Day 2, Toraja Highlands (B, L,D)
After a breakfast at your hotel, you will have a full day to exploring Tanah Toraja. We will drive through Rantepao, the capital of North Toranja
egency, which is known as the center of Toranja ethnic culture. First you will visit Lemo to see rows of Tau Tau statues and hanging graves. Later,
you will continue to discover the secrets of baby trees in Kambira. Onward to Londa with its ancient tombs in which the deceased was not
buried, but placed among the rocks. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant near the Rantepao (which is known for the cultural center of
Toraja ethnic group). Continuing to Kete Kesu with a stop in Karuaya to enjoy the beautiful and authentic Torajan panorama. From here we will
continue with a short and gentle walk to Kete Kesu, one of the oldest Toranja villages. Here you can find two rows of the original 700-year old
village houses, traditional ancestral houses of the Toranja people or called Tongkonan, and also the traditional rice barns with colorful
woodcarvings. After an exciting tour, we will go back to the hotel and have a dinner.
An overnight on your hotel of choice in Rantepao
Day 3, Toraja – Makassar (B, L, D)
Enjoy an early breakfast at your hotel and check-out. Our tour guide will escort you back to Makassar with some photo stops and a lunch stop
at a seafood restaurant by the sea shore. After your arrival in Makassar, we will take you to your hotel and check-in. Take a stroll in the evening
along the very lively Losari Beach road.
An overnight at the 3-star service Best Western Hotel or other similar level resorts
Day 4, Makassar City tour – Departure Makassar (B)
Enjoy your breakfast and have some time to relax before checking-out. Late in the morning, our tour guide will pick you up for a sightseeing
tour in Makassar. Visit the city’s most iconic landmark, Fort Rotterdam, a well-kept 17th-century Dutch fortress. We will continue onto the La
Galigo Museum, where you can see a wide array of exhibits including sailing boats, traditional musical instruments, and ethnic costumers. From
here we will proceed to the old part of Paotere, famous far the old and new docked wooden Buginese schooner called Phinisi. Brave on and
board one of the huge cargo schooners only using a small plank and observe the activities at this old port. Afterwards, we will drive directly to
Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport. Check-in for your flight back to Bali or your next destination. We hope that you will bring wonderful
memories of the matchless Toraja Highland’s beauty and its unique culture back home. We hope that you will bring wonderful memories back
home of the matchless Toranja Highland’s beauty and its unique culture.