SOUTH CELEBES HIGHLIGHT

Discover the southern part of the exotic orchid-shaped Indonesian island of Sulawesi; formerly known as Celebes. Delves into the rich history of Makassar and its seaport, old forts and colonial remnants. Travel through the wondrous highlands to explore the mysterious culture and spectacular architecture of the indigenous Toraja people. Explore the lake of Tempe and its floating village and the making of silk. Meet the Buginese, Indonesia’s most celebrated boat builders and seafarers. Last but not least, enjoy the delicious seafood and local cuisines during your stay.

 

1st Day Arrival in Makassar – Rammang Rammang - city sightseeing
Lunch
Welcome to the gritty metropolis of Makassar, one of Indonesia’s greatest port and air hub; full with history and culture diversity. We will greet you upon arrival then drive to Kampung Berua. We will board a “Jolloro”; a typical traditional canoe and cruise along the Pute River which banks covered by majestic Nipa Palms. We could see fisherman trying to catch fishes along the river. Upon arrival in the main village, we make a light trekking through the rice fields to the Telapak Tangan Cave to see the fingerprints left there by ancient cave dwellers over 5,000 years ago. We cruise back with the canoe and disembark to Makassar downtown. En-route, we visit the iconic Fort Rotterdam; the old fort built during the 1670’s and continues to guard the harbor of Makassar up to now. If the weather is good, we stroll along Losari Beach – a kilometer-long promenade – a good place to catch some sea air, watching beautiful sunset, mingle with the local and their unique culinary. Check in to selected hotel.

 

2nd Day Traditional boat & harbour - scenic drive to Toraja via Pare Pare
Breakfast - Lunch
In the morning, we visit Paotere Harbour where traditional Buginese sailing boats load and unload their cargo – an interesting and attractive subject for photography. Afterwards, we set on a wondrous journey to Toraja that moves through interchanging sights of stunning granite cliffs, vast seas and lofty mountains This trip offers plenty of picturesque stop for you to have coffee or photo shoots. In the afternoon, we pass the notorious “erotic” mountain Buttu Kabobong in Bambapuang before entering the Toraja land. Check in to the selected hotel.

 

3rd Day Traditional graves, unique architecture and local markets
Breakfast - Lunch
In the morning, we explore the highlights of the region. We visit Ke’te Kesu, a small village well known for its original Tongkonan houses, beautiful wood carvings and typical Toraja paintings; this village is a Unesco World Heritage site. Another beautiful drive through Randan Batu will take us to the somewhat melancholic baby grave on a living tree in Kambira. After lunch, we continue to the curious cave of Londa. Use as grave, we can see bones and deceased in these natural caves. We move to Lemo where graves are carved into the stone cliff and the wooden effigies of the dea d gaze upon from its balcony. We end the day at the colorful and lively Rantepao afternoon market full of spices, coffee and handicrafts. Return to hotel.

 

4th Day Megaliths stone, soft trekking, stunning views and daily Toraja life
Breakfast - Lunch
Today excursion will give us a further insight into the local traditions and captivated us with its beautiful scenery. The megalith collections of Bori and beautiful Tongkonan adorned with ornaments, carvings and majestic buffalo horns in Pallawa are our cultural starter. We continue to the mountain towards Batutumonga, located on a dramatic ridge, high on the slope of Mount Sesean. The area offers relaxing ambiance, cool temperature and beautiful scenery – a mixture of terraced paddy fields, forest and open grassland. It is really a perfect place to sit, relax and enjoy a warm cup of Toraja coffee. After lunch, we walk to Lo’komata. The sheer size and colorful motives on the doors of this big stone grave creates a sense of amazements to everyone standing upon it. Walking our way down to Tikala, we will get the firsthand experience of the local people daily life - women pounding rice, men scrubbing their buffalo, children laughing and playing… a seemingly happy and unworried existence contrasting the seriousness of funerals and graves. Pick up by car then return to hotel.

The Toraja people still continue their mystical funeral traditions with impressive ceremonies that reflect respect and honor to the deceased
In case such a ceremony takes place during our stay, we could adjust the program according to your preferences to allow us an opportunity to attend those events

 

5th Day Toraja - Sengkang, sunset at Temple Lake
Breakfast - Lunch
Leaving Toraja after breakfast, proceed to Sengkang, the capital of Wajo Regency, well known for its silk weaving and Lake Tempe, a shallow lake fringed by wetlands with traditional floating houses and a bird sanctuary. During the afternoon (or the next morning), we cross the lake with long tailed motorized boat to visit the floating village, delves into the way of life of the Buginese fisherman and have coffee or tea at one of those floating house while catching the sunset over the lake. Overnight stay at BBC Hotel Sengkang or Pondok Eka Hotel Sengkang

 

6th Day On to Bira; embrace the maritime culture and gorgeous beach
Breakfast - Lunch
Sengkang is also known for its quality silk weaving. A visit to those small home factories where silk sarongs and clothes are woven my result in some colorful purchases. We continue to the south through a picturesque route down the center of the peninsula and along the eastern cost of the bay of Bone to Tanjung Bira, a village at the southern tip of Sulawesi Island; known for its gorgeous coastal setting, long history of maritime heritage, boat building tradition and fascinating white sandy beach. Stay overnight at selected hotel.

 

7th Day Departure
Breakfast - Lunch
A picturesque drive will bring you back to Makassar airport to catch the flight to the next destination. Pausing to visit outrigger beaches, salt makers, sellers of “tuak”, local palm wine from the papyrus tree and the old Gowa’s Sultanate palace – if time permit.

  

PRICE PER PERSON IN IDR
Valid Until March 31st, 2019
RATING 2 PAX 3 PAX 4 PAX 5 - 6 PAX 7 - 9 PAX SGL SUP
**            
*** 3.970.000 3.325.000 2.990.000 2.395.000 2.765.000 1.295.000
**** 4.080.000 3.425.000 3.100.000 2.905.000 2.865.000 1.410.000
**** 4.165.000 3.620.000 3.185.000 3.285.000 3.060.000 1.590.000
ACCOMMODATION USED
** Fave Hotel Dg Tompo Makassar - Indra Toraja Hotel – Balatoa Bungalow or similar
*** Ibis Hotel Makassar - Luta Resort Toraja – Same Hotel Bira or similar
**** Best Western Makassar - Toraja Misiliana Hotel – Same Hotel Bira or similar
**** Aston Hotel Makassar - Toraja Heritage Hotel – Bara Beach Bungalow or similar

  

Inclusion:
Accommodations in half twin / double room with daily breakfast
Tour and transfers by private air - conditioned vehicles – otherwise mentioned; and boat charter
Service of English / German speaking guide – other languages available on request
Meals as mentioned
All entrance fees and donations as indicated in itinerary
Daily drinking water during the tours
Parking and highway fees