Luxury Colonial Malaya
Duration: 7 nights private tour
Price from: £2189pp
Kuala Lumpur 3 nights
Cameron Highlands 2 nights
George Town, Penang 2 nights
Day 1: Fly to Kuala Lumpur.
Day 2 Kuala Lumpur: On arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 3 Kuala Lumpur: During a city tour see examples of Colonial and Moorish architecture, including the Sultan Abdul Samad Building opposite Independence Square, the Selangor Club and the Railway Station. Other highlights include the serene Jamek Mosque and a drive past the majestic Royal Palace, into Lake Gardens where the National Monument is located. Stop for lunch at a restaurant operated from a colonial bungalow before visiting the Central Market where you may chance upon local artists at work among the many souvenir stalls.
Day 4 Kuala Lumpur: Sightsee and shop as you choose. For skyline views head to the skybridge linking the two Petronas Twin Towers, perhaps stroll around a bustling market or, for an inexpensive feast make a beeline for the traditional street stalls.
Day 5 Kuala Lumpur/Cameron Highlands: Travel by road to the Cameron Highlands, a former weekend retreat during the British colonial rule. On arrival this afternoon enjoy a tour of BOH tea plantation owned by the Russell family (approx 133 miles/4 hours drive).
Day 6 Cameron Highlands: Morning tour of Cameron Highlands with visits to a market, vegetable farm, flower gardens, tea plantation and Sampo Temple. The afternoon is free to relax or, you could perhaps take high tea at Scottish Ye Old Smokehouse or play a round of golf (both additional expense).
Day 7 Cameron Highlands/Penang: En route to Penang stop at Kellie's Castle, a pre-war ruin of colonial influence and Pasir Salak where the original flames of Malay nationalism began and the First British resident of Perak, JWW Birch, was assassinated. You will also visit Malaysia's oldest museum before driving through the Lake Gardens and Allied War Cemetery. Continue with a drive across one of the two Penang Bridges, which are among the longest in Asia and onwards to the prestigious Eastern & Oriental Hotel. Established in 1885 during the spice trade era, it stands as a testament to the grand elegance of the British colonial era and its name is synonymous with Penang (approx 177 miles/4 hours drive).
Day 8 Penang: Visit some of the most outstanding historical remains of George Town - recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site, including Fort Cornwallis where Captain Francis Light first landed. View significant buildings such as the Anglican Church, the court house, Penang Art Gallery and the Blue Mansion. Proceed to visit Peranakan Mansion to witness the many priceless artefacts, followed by a visit to the Christian Cemetery. Ascend Penang Hill by the British built funicular railway for lunch at the summit along with panoramic views. Continue with a brief stop at Suffolk House, the former residence of Captain Francis Light, then visit the only Colonial Heritage Museum in Malaysia to find out more about early Penang. Finally, visit Penang Botanical Gardens, commissioned during the British rule, to learn about the rare species of flora and fauna while monkeys roam freely in their natural habitats. This evening, dine at one of the hotel's superb restaurants or, perhaps book an optional George Town by Night excursion (both additional expense). The excursion gives the chance to savour many famous Penang local dishes at one of the many open-air food stalls and also includes a trishaw ride through the heart of George Town.
Day 9 Penang: At leisure until your transfer to Penang airport for your onward journey. Alternatively, why not extend with a Penang beach stay at Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang?
Accommodation: 5* Luxury The Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur; 4* The Lakehouse, Cameron Highlands & 5* Luxury Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang.
Meals: Breakfast. Lunch is also included on days 3, 5 & 7.
Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights, transfers between the airport and your hotels, accommodation, services of an English speaking guide, sightseeing as stated and entrance fees.
BOH tea plantation visited on day 5 is closed every Monday and Cameron Highlands can be busy at the weekend so a UK departure Wed-Sun is recommended.