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Colonial Singapore and Malaysia

11 Nights from €3,079 per Person Including Flights

  • Included:
  • Flights & taxes
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Checked baggage
  • CAR licensed & bonded
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
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Overview

Combining two impressive countries brimming with culture, heritage and modern architecture makes for an equally as spectacular tour. Starting in Singapore and ending in Malaysia’s Georgetown, this 11-night tour takes you on a journey through both country’s contemporary and traditional sides.

Whether its lunching with locals, visiting traditional villages, admiring sparkling pagodas or enjoying a calligraphy demonstration, there are so many amazing moments that will immerse you in the local lifestyle of both Singapore and Malaysia. There are many spectacular opportunities to see the natural beauty too, including sailing along the Malacca River, exploring the Batu Caves, and journeying through the Cameron Highlands (TT).

Highlights

  • Explore Singapore, including visiting a Peranakan home and enjoying a Chinese Calligraphy demonstration
  • Enjoy a boat cruise along the Malacca River
  • Tuck into lunch at a local family home in Malacca
  • Discover Kuala Lumpur’s mix of traditional villages and ultra-modern skyrises
  • Admire the Batu Caves
  • Journey through the stunning Cameron Highlands
  • Marvel at incredible pagodas, and delve into Malaysia’s rich heritage and culture

Details

Day 1

Singapore

Once you’ve arrived in Singapore, you will be transferred to your hotel, giving you time to get ready for your Welcome Dinner with fellow travellers and your Travel Director.

Overnight: Novotel Clarke Quay

Day 2

Singapore

Today you’ll have lots of opportunity to explore the vibrant city of Singapore. You’ll start with a city tour from the Raffles Landing Site (where its believed that Sir Stamford Raffles first stepped ashore in 1819), before strolling through the fascinating Colonial District visiting the Parliament House, the Old Supreme Court Building, and the Victoria Theatre.

Afterwards, you’ll have a chance to delve into Singapore’s Chinatown and Little India, before taking a stroll through the city’s stunning Botanic Gardens to see the amazing National Orchid Garden. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.

Breakfast included.

Day 3

Singapore

Start your day with a visit to a traditional Peranakan home, to marvel at the myriad of antiques and treasures. The Peranakans are straits-born Chinese, and descendants of Chinese immigrants – many of which married the local Malays in the region. We love to chat with the hosts to find out more about their rich heritage and culture, all the while tucking into some authentic Peranakan treats.

In the early evening, you will admire a demonstration on Chinese Calligraphy by a local specialist, before indulging in a delicious dinner at a local Chinese market. Next up is a leisurely walk through the Night Market, before hopping on a trishaw (a three-wheeled vehicle) back to your hotel.

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 4

Singapore – Malacca

Today you will leave Singapore and journey to the border with Malaysia, moving on to your hotel in Malacca. The afternoon is free for you to relax ready for your spectacular boat cruise along the Malacca River. Sailing past buildings steeped in history, ancient churches, charming villages and old warehouses, this is a great way to delve into the area’s heritage.

Overnight: Casa del Rio

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 5

Malacca

Your day begins with a fascinating tour of Malacca with a local guide, passing Dutch Square – a historic square adorned with red buildings built in the classic Dutch colonial style – and journeying to the top of Malacca Hill for a beautiful view. The tour also takes you along the river to Kampung Kuli, where you’ll discover some of the state’s traditional crafts.

Later on, you’ll stop at a characterful local family home in Kampung Cantik for a tasty lunch and a quick tour of the village, all the while learning about rubber tapping, strolling past picturesque Malacca kampong stilt houses, discovering exotic fruits, and enjoying a few fun activities with other locals.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 6

Malacca – Kuala Lumpur

Today you will journey to the capital, Kuala Lumpur. Your tour of the city is full of fantastic attractions, including the National Mosque, Independent Square, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, and the Sky Bridge at the 88 storey-high Petronas Twin Towers. After your tour, the rest of the afternoon and evening is free for you to do whatever you’d like.

Overnight: Melia Kuala Lumpur

Breakfast included.

Day 7

Kuala Lumpur

Wandering the streets of Kampung Baru (a traditional Malay village) will give you a truly authentic insight into the local lifestyle. Try a taste of some sumptuous Malaysian sweets and cakes at the local food stalls, before taking a walk through the wet Chow Kit market.

Next, you’ll venture to a village inhabited by the ‘Orang Asil’. This ethnic group are claimed to be Malaysia’s original inhabitants, and so being able to wander through their village is an incredible opportunity not to be missed. Lunch consists of a decadent local style dish cooked in bamboo, and you’ll then have the afternoon and evening to relax and do as you please.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 8

Kuala Lumpur – Batu Caves – Cameron Highlands

It’s a fun day today, starting with a stop at the Selangor Pewter factory before ending up at one of Malaysia’s most iconic attractions – the Batu Caves. This epic limestone hill is home to a number of jaw-dropping caves, and the beautiful Sungai Batu (Stone River) that flows past.

You’ll then start your journey to the Cameron Highlands, making a stop at a cottage industry to see locals create their own bamboo baskets, and also stopping by the breath-taking Lata Iskandar Waterfall. Once you’ve reached Tanah Rata, you’ll transfer to your hotel for a rest and dinner.

Overnight: Strawberry Resort Park

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 9

Cameron Highlands – Georgetown (Penang)

The opportunity to explore the Cameron Highlands is definitely one to tick off the bucket list. Rising 1542m above sea level, this is a truly spectacular hill station. Take the time to make a photo stop at a tea plantation, before visiting a tea factory to admire how tea leaves are processed to make the perfect cup of tea. Next up is the Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple in Ipoh, a wonderful Chinese Buddhist Temple famous for being the largest cave temple in the country.

Soon you’ll stop at the magnificent Ubudiah Mosque to witness its sparkling golden dome, as well as spoiling yourself to a visit to the Iskandariah Palace – the official residence of the Sultan of Perak. End the day with a drive over to Penang, via the fourth longest bridge in Southeast Asia.

Overnight: Penaga

Breakfast included.

Day 10

Georgetown

Begin your day with a historical tour of Georgetown, stopping by Fort Cornwallis (where the founder of the British colony in Penang, Captain Francis Light, first landed in 1786), a local coffee shop where you’ll learn the traditional process of roasting coffee beans, and Khoo Kongsi, a Chinese clan house. In the afternoon, you’ll hop on a trishaw ride around the town to marvel at the colonial buildings, before finishing at Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion for a tour with a local specialist.

Breakfast included.

Day 11

Georgetown – Ayer Itam – Penang Hill – Georgetown

Your final full day will start with a visit to the Kek Lok Si Temple in Ayer Itam, including discovering its astonishing seven-storey Pagoda of Rama VI. Afterwards, you will board a funicular railway and travel up the Penang Hill for a stunning view of the island, travelling through hill farms and luscious jungle.

The afternoon is free for you to explore or relax, with a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers in the evening.

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 12

Departure day

Today is the last day of your tour. Transfer to Penang International Airport for your onward flight.

  • International flights
  • 11 buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners
  • 11 nights of hotel accommodation
  • All transports and transfers shown
  • Activities: city tours of Malacca, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, botanical gardens in Singapore, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, the Twin Tower Sky Bridge, the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple in Ipoh, Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang, cruise along Malacca River, Ubudiah Mosque, the Iskandarish Palace in Kuala Kangsar

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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SUN 34ºC
MON 36ºC
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