12 nights part-escorted tour
Price from: £2349pp
Kuala Lumpur 3 nights
Sabah beach 4 nights
Sandakan 1 night
Sabah beach 4 nights
Day 1: Fly to Kuala Lumpur.
Day 2 Kuala Lumpur: Arrive in KL, a city boasting gleaming skyscrapers, colonial architecture and welcoming locals. You will be met and transferred to your hotel where you can relax or, perhaps take a stroll and start exploring this multicultural haven.
Days 3-4 Kuala Lumpur: Two days at leisure to explore the many sights under your own steam or by joining an excursion (extra charge). No visit to KL would be complete without visiting the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, which have an observation deck on level 86 and double-decker skybridge for far reaching views. Other attractions include the Jamek Mosque, Merdeka Square, Chinatown and the Railway Station.
Day 5 Kuala Lumpur/Kota Kinabalu: Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu on Sabah. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is free.
Days 6-8 Sabah beach resort: Three full days to relax at this luxurious beach haven set amidst a nature reserve. Along with the spectacular beachfront, the resort is home to an eco-friendly golf course, a variety of thrilling watersports and a magnificent spa. Unique to the resort is the Nature Interpretation Centre, gateway to the nature reserve, where you can meet some of Borneo’s wildlife, including several species of endangered animals in Sabah.
Day 9 Sabah beach resort/Kota Kinabalu/Sandakan: Transfer to Kota Kinabalu for an early morning flight and then proceed for 30 minutes to the Sepilok Orang-Utan Sanctuary. Take a guided walk through the jungle to the feeding platform to hopefully catch a glimpse of these lovable creatures. Afterwards, visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre which helps rescued bears. Proceed by road to Bilit village in the Kinabatangan area and this afternoon enjoy a wildlife cruise, during which you may be lucky enough to glimpse Proboscis monkeys.
Day 10 Sandakan/Kota Kinabalu/Sabah beach resort: After an early breakfast travel to the Gomantong Caves, which are famed for their edible birds nests. Later, fly back to Kota Kinabalu for your onward transfer to the beach resort where you have the rest of the day at leisure.
Days 11-13 Sabah beach resort: Should you tire of lazing under a swaying palm, optional excursions to nearby Poring Hot Springs or Kinabalu National Park are available (additional cost).
Day 14 Sabah beach resort/Kota Kinabalu/KL: Transfer to Kota Kinabalu for the return flight to KL for your onward journey.
Departures: Daily and operates for a minimum of two passengers.
Accommodation: Dorsett KL; Shangri-La's Rasa Ria (Sabah beach); Bilit Rainforest Lodge Sandakan. The rooms at Bilit Rainforest Lodge are simple with an en suite shower/toilet.
Meals: Breakfast. Lunch and dinner also included on day 9.
Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes return international flights from the UK, private transfers, 12 nights accommodation and sightseeing as outlined.
The visit to Sandakan will suit some and be impossible for others and is not recommended to the less mobile. It is soft adventure and the terrain can be unpredictable. Comfortable shoes, insect repellent and binoculars are strongly recommended.