7 nights private tour
Price from: £1499pp
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: This morning set off on a guided half day city tour. Highlights include photo stops at the Petronas Twin Towers, King’s Palace and National Mosque, plus visits to the National Monument, National Museum (excluding entrance fee), Sultan Abdul Samad Building and the Tudor-styled Cricket Club. The remainder of the day is free for you to relax or explore independently.
Day 4 Kuala Lumpur: Sightsee and shop as you wish. For skyline views head to the skybridge linking the two Petronas Twin Towers, perhaps stroll around a bustling market or, for an inexpensive feast follow your nose to the array of 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. The route offers views of the highlands, waterfalls, streams, giant tree-ferns as well as local life. On arrival this afternoon you are free to relax amidst the splendid surroundings (approx 133 miles/3½ hours drive).
Day 6 Cameron Highlands: This morning, visit fruit and vegetable farms, a flower garden, Sam Poh Temple and a tea plantation to learn about the tea making process. The afternoon is yours to explore, perhaps enjoy afternoon tea at The Lakehouse, or maybe play a round of golf (both extra expense).
Day 7 Cameron Highlands/Penang: All too soon it’s time to bid farewell to the splendid scenery of the Cameron Highlands and set off by road to Penang and 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: Step out this morning for a guided Historical George Town tour which starts at The Reclining Buddha statue (Wat Chayamangkalaram). Proceed to Dhammikarama Temple, an elaborate Buddhist temple dating to 1803 and then drive past the Street of Harmony which is home to St George’s Anglican church. You’ll also pass Kuan Yin (Goddess of Mercy Temple), Sri Mariamman Temple and Masjid Kapitan Keling before stopping to explore the highly ornate clan house of Khoo Kongsi and enjoy a visit to a local coffee shop. The tour concludes with a brief photo stop at Fort Cornwallis.
The afternoon is free for you to continue sightseeing independently. Perhaps seek out some of the city’s eye-catching street art; stroll through the maze of chaotic streets and narrow lanes passing fragrant spice shops and decorative shrines; or, maybe walk around one of the Clan Jetties, unique Chinese water villages, which ‘float’ above the water on stilts. When in need of a break you’ll find ample coffee shops, trendy bars and inviting street stalls..
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; 5* Cameron Highlands Resort, Cameron Highlands & 5* Luxury Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang.
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.
Cameron Highlands can be busy at the weekend so a UK departure Wed-Sun is recommended.