ITINERARY - Central Sulawesi Cycle Tour                    

Available Tour Dates
Central Sulawesi Cycle Tour (Full Trip) 23 April - 09 May 2017 Open
Lake Poso Cycle Tour 23 April - 03 May 2017 Open
Togian Cycle Tour 02 May - 09 May 2017 Open

Cycle distance 937 km
Elevation 7193 m
Riding Time 51 hours
No of days 17 days
No of cycle days 12 days

Three options available
1. Full trip
Start Palu - Finish Luwuk (18 days).
2. Lake Poso Trip (Palu - 544 km - Poso)
Start Palu - Finish cycling at Poso - plane to Makassar (11 days)
3. Togian Island Trip (Poso - 393 km -Luwuk)
Arrive Poso and join with full group - Finish Luwuk (8 days)

Full trip and Lake Poso trip
Day 1
You'll be met 'n' gret at Mutiara Airport in Palu and taken to our luxury hotel by the bay. Our trip mechanic will assemble our bikes and there'll be time to trial them before our first yoga class. We'll then have a Javanese meal in town at Peter's restaurant, Javanese 'cause most of the rest of the trip will be Sulawesi style food.
Accommodation: International Hotel

Day 2
Cycle day 1
64 km / 145 m
Palu - Prince John - Palu
This is a day to acclimatize, get over some jetleg, orientate and to attend to final preparations for our 900 km plus adventure. We'll pedal out along the coast of Palu Bay to Tanjung Karang and enjoy the beach and swimming at Prince John Dive resort. On the way there we'll pass the historic port town of Donggala.
Accommodation: International Hotel in Palu

Day 3
Cycle day 2
78 km / 913 m
Palu - Parigi
For the first 5 km we'll edge the bay and after clearing town traffic the route takes us up a scenic mountainous ascent to Kebun Kopi (Coffee Garden) where we'll enjoy a cup of tea and village cakes before relishing a 'payback descent' of 20 km to the coast, 12 flat kilometers on we'll stop for lunch, on the water, at Lebo Beach Hotel. The water here is clean and clear, as it is for the whole trip. We'll yoga to the gentle lapping of waves in an open air wooden pavilion built over the water.
Accommodation: Family guesthouse on Tomini Bay

Day 4
Cycle day 3
137 km / 625m
Parigi - Poso
For some riders this day will provide an opportunity for a 'Personal Best'. We'll leave Parigi before dawn so that we can arrive into Poso before dark. This coastal route through Balinese transmigrants' villages with distinctive Balinese architecture is mostly undulating. A support vehicle will be available at Tambarana 100km from Parigi for those who feel they've done enough for the day. It's quite probable that we'll run into a Balinese funeral ceremony with dozens of men shouldering a huge sarcophagus. We'll stay by the coast in a friendly family run hotel which has a particularly good yoga space. The grilled fish in Poso is especially tasty as are the morning village cakes.
Accommodation: Family guesthouse on the water

Day 5
Cycle day 4
74 km / 735 m
Poso - Siuri
The first 15 km will be flat. Then the road climbs seriously past fabulous mountain-valley jungle scenery to the pretty little lakeside centre of Tentena located at the northern end of Lake Poso. On the way we'll cool off in one of the many rivers that the road crosses. We'll skirt the lake for 18 km to Siuri Beach. If there's time we'll visit Saloppa water cascades. Poso lake waters are crystal clear. We'll yoga by the beach.
Accommodation: Resort Cottages

Day 6
Non Cycle day
We'll walk 2 km through Balinese trans-migrants' villages and jungle trek to the top of Saloppa Cascades where we'll enjoy water fall massage and relaxation. After lunch at the cascades we'll visit the delightful lakeside (former Dutch colonial) town of Tentena . Back to the beach at Siuri and late afternoon Yoga.
Accommodation: Resort Cottages

Day 7
Cycle day 5
54 km / 613 m
Siuri - Pendolo
Very pretty village road hugs the lake for most of the way. Contains some challenging ascents, some of them on road in disrepair. We'll drop in at a wild orchid reserve on the way. We'll take a picnic lunch because there will be no warungs for much of the trip. Our accommodation in Pendolo at the southern end of Lake Poso will again be in lakeside cottages and the waters will again be crystal clear.
Accommodation: Lakeside Cottages

Day 8
Cycle day 6
75 km / 1261 m
Pendolo - Tentena - Tando Bone
As indicated by the elevation this will be one of our most challenging days. After we arrive in Tentena we'll take canoes to the lake resort of Tando Bone run by a Dutch lady married to a local. We'll stay here for two nights because built on an isolate peninsula jutting in the lake, with sandy beaches and water all around it is truly idyllic.
Accommodation: Resort cottages over the lake

Day 9
Non Cycle day
Tando Bone
The day will be devoted to resting, swimming and yoga by the lake.
Accommodation: Resort cottages over the lake

Day 10
Cycle day 7
62 km
Tando Bone - Tentena - Poso
We'll take the canoes back to Tentena, cycle through town to a school that we'll drop in at, meet the staff and the kids and we'll then cruise down a 40 km descent to Morowali where we'll lunch before doing the 12 km back into Poso.
Accommodation: Family guesthouse on the water

Day 11
Lake Poso riders depart for Makassar.
Togian Island Trip start this day.
Full trip and Togian Island riders.
Cycle day 8
102 km / 608 m
Poso - Padapu
The route follows the coconut palm fringed coastline. We'll stop at Warung Debi's for a swim and lunch in her wooden cafe built over the water, 66km from Poso. The remainder of the trip is along cliff sides affording breathtaking views of Tomini Bay. Once again our accommodation is by the water where we can swim.
Accommodation: Family guesthouse by the water

Day 12
Cycle day 9
53 km / 400 m
Padapu - Ampana - Jetboat - Togian Island
The road continues along the coast with coconut plantations and cliff faces. We'll lunch in Ampana and then jetboat to the beautiful Togian islands. We'll leave our bikes with the support staff in Ampana. The name of our hotel accurately describes the Togian Islands.
Accommodation: Island Dive Resort

Day 13
Non Cycle day
Here we'll do what all holiday makers to Togian do - swim, snorkle, rest and relax.
Accommodation: Island Dive Resort

Day 14
Cycle day 10
92 km
Togian - Jetboat - Ampana - Cycle - Bunta
Back to the mainland and following the coconut lined coast to the little town of Bunta.
Accommodation: New small guest house

Day 15
Cycle day 11
106 km
Bunta - Pagimana - Salodik
This will be another big cycle day. We'll lunch by one of Pagimana's harbourside warungs and then tackle a 5 km ascent before descending to the cascades at Salodik (43 km from Pagimana).
Accommodation: Government Training Centre

Day 16
Cycle day 12
40 km
Salodik - Luwuk
Road descends through forested hills to the port of Luwuk where we'll check into a modern hotel and enjoy ocean swimming at kilometre lima) the town's favorite swimming spot.
Accommodation: International Hotel

Day 17
Luwuk - Airport
Airport transfers at Syukuran Aminuddin Amir airport in Luwuk.
Finish of trip

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