Perfect for first time visitors to Malaysia, this small group tour offers a laidback journey from Penang to Singapore, offering some superb premium experiences along the way. Lush tropical forests, beautiful mountain scenery and classical sights of a bygone era are all encountered on this tour which covers some of the Malaysian Peninsula’s most breathtaking sights.

• Penang: 2 nights

• Cameron Highlands: 2 nights

• Kuala Lumpur: 2 nights

• Malacca: 1 night

• Singapore: 2 nights

11nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
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Perfect for first time visitors to Malaysia, this small group tour offers a laidback journey from Penang to Singapore, offering some superb premium experiences along the way. Lush tropical forests, beautiful mountain scenery and classical sights of a bygone era are all encountered on this tour which covers some of the Malaysian Peninsula’s most breathtaking sights.

• Penang: 2 nights

• Cameron Highlands: 2 nights

• Kuala Lumpur: 2 nights

• Malacca: 1 night

• Singapore: 2 nights

11nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Penang
Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Penang.

Day 2: Penang
On arrival in Penang you will be transferred to your hotel for some time at leisure. Stay: Hotel Penaga, or similar.

Day 3: Penang
An exploration of Penang awaits today, providing you with an insight into the island’s culture, temples and colonial relics. From your hotel, drive along the famous Batu Ferringhi beach which is lined with resorts, restaurants and bars. From here, your tour continues with visits to a batik factory, a butterfly enclosure, a traditional Malay house and the Snake Temple which is home to numerous live snakes. You will then continue on to the Siamese temple Wat Chayamangkalaram, home to one of the world’s largest reclining Buddhas as well as the elaborately decorated Dharmmikarama Temple. Your day draws to an end with a visit to Khoo Kongsi – a large Chinese clan house, before paying a visit to the captivating wild monkeys of the Penang Botanical Gardens. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome dinner at a local restaurant where you will savour a delicious India-inspired banana leaf curry. Stay: Hotel Penaga, or similar. B, D.

Day 4: Penang to Cameron Highlands
Bid farewell to Penang today as you journey to the mainland and head south to the colonial city of Ipoh, stopping at limestone cave temples and royal palaces along the way. From here you will continue towards the picturesque Cameron Highlands, taking a break to enjoy one of the region’s highlights – the orangutan rehabilitation centre in Bukit Merah Laketown Resort. Continue on to the royal town of Kuala Kangsar to view the beautiful Ubudiah Mosque, which was designed by the same architect that created the majestic Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh railways stations. Later, enjoy a visit to Sam Poh Thong Temple. The final leg of today’s journey takes you up the beautiful Cameron Highlands to your hotel where you will spend the next two nights. Approx. journey time: 3¾ hours (excluding stops). Stay: Strawberry Park Resort, or similar. B, L.

Day 5: Cameron Highlands
Today is all about starting to introduce you to your intriguing surrounds. Head out to explore the mossy forest of Gunung Brichang and hop aboard a 4x4 to journey through idyllic rolling hills covered in picturesque tea gardens, listening to your local leader’s fascinating ‘tea talks’ as you go. If you experience fine weather, you’ll make your way up the highest peak in South East Asia that’s accessible by road to take in the stunning panoramic views. In the Mossy Forest, learn about the pretty exotic flora and its medicinal uses during a leisurely 20-minute walk. You’ll then visit the BOH tea plantation, founded by a British businessman in the 1920s. This is the largest of its kind in Malaysia, offering an insight into the manufacturing of tea during a tour. The afternoon brings yet another highlight, with a delicious afternoon tea at the Smokehouse Hotel & Restaurant. Sit in the lush gardens as you savour scones smothered with fresh cream and sweet jam. After such an indulgent experience, we’ve ensured that dinner is at your leisure so that you can eat as much or little as you please. Stay: Strawberry Park Resort, or similar. B.

Day 6: Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur
There is a distinct change of pace today as you leave the tranquil highlands for the nation’s capital, stopping at the Batu Caves along the way. Later this evening, in Kuala Lumpur, you will head out to explore the city by night. Start at the bustling market of China Town before proceeding to the Sri Mahamariamman Hindu temple. Tonight, dinner will be enjoyed at Kuala Lumpur Tower’s Atmosphere 360 restaurant. With its revolving floor, we’ve secured the best seats, ensuring that everyone enjoys the stunning views on offer. This is a real highlight of the trip. Approx. journey time: 3 hours. Stay: Majestic Hotel, or similar. B, D.

Day 7: Kuala Lumpur
Embark on an insightful city tour that includes the Jamek Mosque, Thean Hou temple, the gate of the King’s Palace and the colonial architecture of Merdeka Square. Your afternoon is at leisure. You may like to spend your free time exploring, or perhaps embark on an optional excursion that takes you to Kuala Selangor to experience rural Malaysian life. Here, visit Bukit Melawati before savouring a delicious seafood dinner by the river and spotting the enchanting fireflies that inhabit the area. Stay: Majestic Hotel, or similar. B.

Day 8: Kuala Lumpur to Malacca
Journey by road to the historic city of Malacca. On arrival, spend time exploring the city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. Visit the delightfully named Harmony Street, home to the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, which is the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia; the Kampung Kling Mosque; and the Hindu Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple. Your next stop will be the city’s historic Square of Malacca that is lined with fine examples of Dutch colonial architecture. Later this morning your group will head up to the top of Bukit China hill to soak in the views before visiting the cultural Portuguese Square, which plays host to a number of food stalls and restaurants. You will have the opportunity to sample a traditional Peranakan lunch, a unique combination of Malay and Chinese cuisine. The day’s exploration concludes with some time spent wandering along Tun Tan Cheng Lok – a narrow road lined by ancient shop houses – before visiting the Baba Nyonya Museum, which highlights the local history of the region’s Chinese-Malay communities. Your day draws to a close with an enchanting cruise along the Melaka River. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Melaka Hotel - The Straits Hotel & Suites, or similar. B, L.

Day 9: Malacca to Singapore
Today, you’ll leave Malaysia behind to journey to Singapore (approx. 2¾ hours). From arrival at your hotel in Singapore until your departure transfer to the airport, your time here is unescorted, providing the opportunity for some independent exploration. Stay: Jen Hotel Singapore, or similar.

Day 10: Singapore
Explore the cosmopolitan city of Singapore as you enjoy two nights of independent exploration in this beautiful place. Here, you can visit the famed Merlion of Marina Bay Sands, kick back on the pretty sands of Sentosa, visit Raffles to savour the original Singapore Sling or see historical Clarke Quay. Stay: Jen Hotel Singapore, or similar.

Day 11: Singapore to UK
Be transferred to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK, arriving the next day.


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Day 1: UK to Penang Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Penang.

Day 2: Penang On arrival in Penang you will be transferred to your hotel for some time at leisure. Stay: Hotel Penaga (or similar).

Day 3: Penang An exploration of Penang awaits today, providing you with an insight into the island’s culture, temples and colonial relics. Drive along the famous Batu Ferringhi beach which is lined with resorts, restaurants and bars. From here, your tour continues with visits to a batik factory, a butterfly enclosure, a traditional Malay house and the Snake Temple which is home to numerous live snakes. You will then continue on to the Siamese temple of Wat Chayamangkalaram, home to one of the world’s largest reclining Buddhas, and then the elaborately-decorated Dharmmikarama Temple. Your day draws to an end with a visit to Khoo Kongsi, a large Chinese clan house, and the Penang Botanical Gardens. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Stay: Hotel Penaga (or similar). B, D.

Day 4: Penang to Cameron Highlands Following a visit to the Kek Lok Si Temple you’ll bid farewell to Penang. Journey to the mainland and head south to the colonial city of Ipoh, stopping at limestone cave temples and royal palaces along the way. From here you will continue towards the picturesque Cameron Highlands, taking a break to enjoy one of the region’s highlights – the orangutan rehabilitation centre in Bukit Merah Laketown Resort. Continue on to the royal town of Kuala Kangsar to view the beautiful Ubudiah Mosque. Later, enjoy a visit to Sam Poh Thong Temple. The final leg of today’s journey takes you up into the beautiful Cameron Highlands where you will spend the next two nights. Approx. journey time: 3¾ hours (excluding stops). Stay: Cameron Highlands Resort (or similar). B, L.

Day 5: Cameron Highlands Head out to explore the mossy forest of Gunung Brichang and hop aboard a 4x4 to journey through idyllic rolling hills covered in picturesque tea gardens. If the weather is fine you’ll make your way up the highest peak in South East Asia that’s accessible by road to take in the stunning panoramic views. In the Mossy Forest, learn about the pretty exotic flora and its medicinal uses during a leisurely 20-minute walk. You’ll then visit the BOH tea plantation (closed on Mondays), founded by a British businessman in the 1920s. This is the largest of its kind in Malaysia, and during a tour you’ll gain an insight into the manufacturing of tea. The afternoon brings yet another highlight, with a delicious afternoon tea served at the Smokehouse Hotel & Restaurant. Sit in the lush gardens as you savour scones smothered with fresh cream and sweet jam. Stay: Cameron Highlands Resort (or similar). B.

Day 6: Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur There’s a distinct change of pace today as you leave the tranquil highlands for the nation’s capital, stopping at the Batu Caves along the way. On arrival in Kuala Lumpur, head out to explore the city by night. Start at the bustling market of China Town before proceeding to the Sri Mahamariamman Hindu temple. Tonight, dinner will be enjoyed at Kuala Lumpur Tower’s Atmosphere 360 restaurant. With its revolving floor, we’ve secured the best seats, ensuring that everyone enjoys the stunning views on offer. This is a real highlight of the trip. Approx. journey time: 3 hours.

Stay: Majestic Hotel (or similar). B, D.

Day 7: Kuala Lumpur Embark on an insightful city tour that includes the Jamek Mosque, Thean Hou temple, the gate of the King’s Palace and the colonial architecture of Merdeka Square. The afternoon is free allowing you to explore on your own, or perhaps embark on an optional excursion that takes you to Kuala Selangor to experience rural Malaysian life. Here, visit Bukit Melawati before savouring a delicious seafood dinner by the river and spotting the enchanting fireflies that inhabit the area. Stay: Majestic Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 8: Kuala Lumpur to Malacca Journey by road to the historic city of Malacca. On arrival, spend time exploring the city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. Visit the delightfully-named Harmony Street, home to the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple – the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia – the Kampung Kling Mosque and the Hindu Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple. The next stop will be the city’s historic Square of Malacca that is lined with fine examples of Dutch colonial architecture. Later this morning your group will head up to the top of Bukit China hill to soak in the views before visiting the cultural Portuguese Square, which is home to a number of food stalls and restaurants. Sample a traditional Peranakan lunch, a unique combination of Malay and Chinese cuisine. The day’s exploration concludes with some time spent wandering along Tun Tan Cheng Lok – a narrow road lined by ancient shop houses – before visiting the Baba Nyonya Museum, which highlights the local history of the region’s Chinese-Malay communities. Your day draws to a close with an cruise  along the Melaka River (the cruise is on a shared basis). Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Novotel Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 9: Malacca to Singapore Today, you’ll leave Malaysia behind to journey to Singapore (approx. 2¾ hours). From crossing the Malaysian border until your departure transfer to the airport, your time is unescorted, providing the opportunity for some independent exploration. Stay: Jen Hotel Singapore (or similar). B.

Day 10: Singapore Today, explore the cosmopolitan city of Singapore at your own pace. Here, you can visit the famed Merlion of Marina Bay Sands, kick back on the pretty sands of Sentosa, visit Raffles to savour the original Singapore Sling or see historical Clarke Quay. Stay: Jen Hotel Singapore (or similar).

Day 11: Singapore Be transferred to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK, arriving the next day.


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ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

For those that want the opportunity to witness the most popular cultural and natural sights of Malaysia’s cities, islands and countryside as part of a small group.

Good to know

• All departures are guaranteed
• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)
• Average group size of 7 guests
• A maximum of 16 guests.

What to expect

• Air-conditioned transport
• Frequent rest stops will be made
• Cooler temperatures in the Cameron Highlands due to the higher altitude
• Dress code at Atmosphere 360 restaurant is smart-casual
• Check-in at hotels is after 12pm
• From arrival at your hotel in Singapore until your departure transfer, your time in this island state is completely independent.

Accommodation on tour

To complement the diverse nature of this beautiful country, we have hand-picked a selection of hotels that reflect the variety on offer here. From a stay in the boutique 1920s Penaga Hotel with its historical, characterful feel, to the modernity of Melaka Hotel - The Straits Hotel & Suites, and the rich cultural heritage of the Majestic Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, you’ll enjoy some exceptional stays.

Is this for you?

For those that want the opportunity to witness the most popular cultural and natural sights of Malaysia’s cities, islands and countryside as part of a small group.

Good to know

• All departures are guaranteed
• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)
• Average group size of 7 guests
• A maximum of 16 guests.

What to expect

• Air-conditioned transport

• Frequent rest stops

• Cooler temperatures in the Cameron Highlands due to the higher altitude

• Dress code at Atmosphere 360 restaurant is smart-casual

• From crossing the Malaysian border until your departure transfer, your time is completely independent.

Accommodation on tour

To complement the diverse nature of this beautiful country, we have hand-picked a selection of hotels that reflect the variety on offer here. There are stays in the boutique 1920s Penaga Hotel which has a historical, characterful feel, the beautiful retreat of the Cameron Highlands Resort that sits amidst rolling hills, and the charming Majestic Hotel – a heritage property in the heart of modern Kuala Lumpur.

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

Apr 09; Jun 11; Jul 29; Sep 17; Nov 19

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice.

Tour dates

Feb 11; Apr 08; Jun 10; Jul 29; Sep 16; Nov 18

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £923 per person.

Excursions

Day 7: Firefly Dinner from £96 per person.

Highlights of Malaysia

Why Kuoni?

We know that it’s the little experiences that add authenticity and a touch of elegance to any tour. That’s why we’ve included some superb premium experiences. From a refined afternoon tea at the Smokehouse Hotel & Restaurant in the Cameron Highlands, to a seat with a guaranteed view at Atmosphere 360 restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, we’ve gone that extra mile.

Why Kuoni?

We know that it’s the little experiences that add authenticity and a touch of elegance to any tour. That’s why we’ve included some superb premium experiences. From a refined afternoon tea at the Smokehouse Hotel & Restaurant in the Cameron Highlands, to a seat with a guaranteed window table at Atmosphere 360 restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, we’ve gone that extra mile.

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