Perfect for first time visitors to Singapore and Malaysia, this small group tour offers a laid-back journey from Singapore to Penang, with some superb premium experiences along the way. Lush tropical forests, beautiful modern 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.

• Singapore: 2 nights
• Malacca: 1 night
• Kuala Lumpur: 2 nights
• Cameron Highlands: 2 nights
• Penang: 2 nights

11nights Escorted Small Group Tour

Perfect for first-time visitors to Singapore and Malaysia, this small group tour offers a fascinating journey from Singapore to Penang, with some superb expeirences included along the way. Lush tropical forests, beautiful scenery and classic colonial and religious sights are all encountered on this tour, which covers some of the Malaysian Peninsula’s most breathtaking highlights.

• Singapore: 2 nights

• Malacca: 1 night

• Kuala Lumpur: 2 nights

• Cameron Highlands: 2 nights

• Penang: 2 nights

11nights Escorted Small Group Tour
 
 
ITINERARY

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

Day 2: Singapore A morning transfer will take you to your hotel where you’ll be staying for the next two nights. You’ll have the day to explore Singapore, or the ‘Garden City of Asia’ as it’s fondly known, at your own pace. An experience not to miss is the award-winning Gardens by the Bay; admire its exceptional agricultural design and artistry as you wander beneath the colourful ‘supertrees’. This evening, you’ll meet your English-speaking guide for your welcome dinner. Stay: Oasia Hotel Downtown (or similar). D.

Day 3: Singapore Uncover cultural delights and exquisite natural beauty on your Singapore highlights tour this morning. Explore the historic Parliament House and the National Gallery Singapore, before heading to Merlion Park for breathtaking views of the famous Marina Bay. A real highlight for naturalists will be the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the city’s first UNESCO World Heritage site, and its sweet-scented National Orchid Garden. Later, a stroll through Little India will awaken your senses with its multi-coloured street art and fragrant spices. You can rest your feet this afternoon with an ice-cold Singapore Sling at The Fullerton Hotel in the historic precinct of Singapore. The remainder of the day is at your leisure; perhaps you’d enjoy an authentic Singaporean experience dining at one of the city’s many hawker centres. Stay: Oasia Hotel Downtown (or similar). B.

Day 4: Singapore to Malacca This morning your transfer will take you to the Singapore border before continuing your journey to Malaysia’s heritage city, Malacca. Harmony Street is your first stop; here you’ll see the oldest Chinese Temple in the country, before visiting Kampung Kling Mosque and one of the area’s first Hindu temples. Later, you’ll explore the Portuguese Square and taste a traditional Peranakan lunch. If you’ve visited the square in Lisbon, Portugal before, you’ll notice many similarities here. This afternoon, wander through floral-tiled town houses on ‘Millionaire’s Row’, ahead of an evening cruise on the Melaka River. Approx. journey time: 3 hours. Stay: Novotel Malacca (or similar). L, D.

Day 5: Malacca to Kuala Lumpur Transfer to Kampung Cantik after breakfast for a visit to the Malacca Malay Village, where you’ll take a walk through stilt houses and exotic fruit trees. You can join in with traditional activities later, such as top spinning and you’ll also learn silat, the Malay art of self-defence. Your journey to Malaysia’s vibrant capital, Kuala Lumpur, continues after lunch. Discover the energetic hum of Chinatown’s night market and visit a spectacular Indian temple where you may be lucky enough to watch a Hindu wedding. Dinner is a particularly special event tonight; sample mouth-watering cuisine and drink in dramatic views of the Kuala Lumpur skyline from your window seat at revolving restaurant, Atmosphere 360. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Oasia Suites (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Kuala Lumpur Spend the morning exploring Malaysian architecture, culture and history on a half-day tour of Kuala Lumpur. Discover the popular Merdeka Square, visit the city’s oldest mosque and colourful 6-tiered Thean Hou temple and marvel at the majestic New King’s Palace. Enjoy a free afternoon at your leisure, or take the optional excursion to Kuala Selangor. Here you can experience rural Malay life; dig in to an authentic seafood dinner and watch fireflies flicker in the inky sky on an evening boat ride. Stay: Oasia Suites (or similar). B.

Day 7: Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands Before checking out of the hotel, begin your day with an energy-fuelling breakfast. This morning, you’ll visit the enigmatic Batu Caves and climb the 272 steps to reach the grand shrine of the Hindu deity, Lord Subramaniam. After lunch, proceed to the Cameron Highlands, which sits 1542m above sea level. Approx. journey time: 3 hours. Stay: Cameron Highlands Resort (or similar). B, L.

Day 8: Cameron Highlands Take a thrilling morning 4x4 ride along the rugged terrain of the stunning Gunung Brinchang mountain and soak up scenic views of local towns and valleys from the incredible height of 2000m above sea level. Stop at the tea garden and listen to a guided ‘tea talk’, before a stroll through the tropical ‘Mossy Forest’, breathing in the aromatic scents of exotic florals and spices. Discover the tantalising tea varieties created at the Sungai Palas ‘BOH’ Tea Factory later and perhaps pick up a box of your favourite flavour at the Tea Shop afterwards. A traditional British afternoon tea awaits this afternoon at the Jim Thompson Tea Rooms. The evening will be free for you to enjoy at your own pace. Stay: Cameron Highlands Resort (or similar). B.

Day 9: Cameron Highlands to Penang Before you arrive in Penang, visit the royal town of Kuala Kangsar and take in the fairytale architecture of the Ubudiah Mosque, before proceeding to Ipoh to visit its famous temple after lunch. At your next stop, you’ll have the chance to meet semi-wild orangutans at the Orangutan Island rehabilitation centre. The evening is at leisure; you might wish to unwind at the hotel’s modern grill restaurant or head out and discover Penang’s vibrant night scene. Approx. journey time: 4 hours. Stay: Golden Sands by Shangri-La (or similar). B, L.

Day 10: Penang Breakfast can be enjoyed at your own pace this morning, as your guided tour of Penang will begin in the afternoon. Highlights include the Reclining Buddha Temple and Golden Reclining Buddha statue, alongside a trip downtown to the heritage zone, home to history’s eminent Fort Cornwallis. Your tour continues towards the waterfront; walk along the wooden Clan Jetty for views of authentic stilt houses dotted among the water. This evening, take an open-top trishaw through lively George Town, before exploring the Penang night market. Stay: Golden Sands by Shangri-La (or similar). B, D.

Day 11: Penang Check out of your hotel after breakfast and transfer to Penang’s airport for your overnight flight to the UK, or perhaps you’d like to extend your holiday. B.


Stay longer

Penang (post-tour) 3 nights
Stay a few extra nights in Penang and unwind on the honeyed sands of Batu Ferringhi Beach.

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

Day 2: Singapore A morning transfer will take you to your hotel where you’ll be staying for the next two nights. You’ll have the day to explore Singapore, or the ‘Garden City of Asia’ as it’s fondly known, at your own pace. An experience not to miss is the award-winning Gardens by the Bay; admire its exceptional agricultural design and artistry as you wander beneath the colourful ‘supertrees’. This evening, you’ll meet your English-speaking guide for your welcome dinner. Stay: Oasia Hotel Downtown (or similar). D.

Day 3: Singapore Uncover cultural delights and exquisite natural beauty on your Singapore highlights tour this morning. Explore the historic Parliament House and the National Gallery Singapore, before heading to Merlion Park for breathtaking views of the famous Marina Bay. A real highlight for naturalists will be the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the city’s first UNESCO World Heritage site, and its sweet-scented National Orchid Garden. Later, a stroll through Little India will awaken your senses with its multi-coloured street art and fragrant spices. You can rest your feet this afternoon with an ice-cold Singapore Sling at The Fullerton Hotel in the historic precinct of Singapore. The remainder of the day is at your leisure; perhaps you’d enjoy an authentic Singaporean experience dining at one of the city’s many hawker centres. Stay: Oasia Hotel Downtown (or similar). B.

Day 4: Singapore to Malacca This morning your transfer will take you to the Singapore border where you’ll continue your journey to Malaysia’s heritage city, Malacca. Enjoy a Peranakan lunch at a local restaurant before heading to the historic sights of the famous Dutch Square. Highlights include the pink-hued Christ Church and the iconic Red Clock Tower, as well as Cheng Hoon Teng – the oldest Chinese Temple in Malaysia. Visit the Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum ahead of a relaxing evening cruise on the Melaka River. As you glide alongside its banks, you’ll pass by Kampung Morten – an old-world Malay village that’s set right in the heart of the city. Approx. journey time: 3 hours. Stay: Novotel Doubletree by Hilton (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 5: Malacca to Kuala Lumpur Transfer to Kampung Cantik for a visit to the Malacca Malay Village, where you’ll take a walk through stilt houses and exotic fruit trees. You can join in with traditional activities, such as top spinning, and you’ll also learn silat, the Malay art of self-defence. Have lunch in a local Malay house before continuing to Malaysia’s vibrant capital, Kuala Lumpur. Discover the energetic hum of Chinatown’s night market and visit a spectacular Indian temple where you may be lucky enough to watch a Hindu wedding. Dinner is a special event tonight; sample mouth-watering cuisine and bask in dramatic views of the Kuala Lumpur skyline from your window seat at revolving restaurant, Atmosphere 360. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Kuala Lumpur Spend the morning exploring Malaysian architecture, culture and history on a half-day tour of Kuala Lumpur. Discover the city’s oldest mosque and visit the historic National Monument; a sculpture built to commemorate Malaysia’s fight for independence. One of our favourite tour highlights is a visit to the world-famous Petronas Twin Towers; head to one of the highest skybridges in the world to see 360-degree views of the city. The rest of the day is free to spend at lesiure; perhaps head to the hotel’s rooftop pool and bar, a gorgeous escape from the busy city that overlooks great views of the downtown skyline. Stay: Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur (or similar). B.

Day 7: Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands Begin your day with an energy-fuelling breakfast. This morning you’ll visit the enigmatic Batu Caves and climb the 272 steps to reach the grand shrine of the Hindu deity, Lord Subramaniam. After lunch, proceed to the Cameron Highlands which sits 1542m above sea level. Approx. journey time: 3 hours. Stay: Cameron Highlands Resort (or similar). B, L.

Day 8: Cameron Highlands Take a thrilling morning 4x4 ride along the rugged terrain of the stunning Gunung Brinchang mountain and soak up scenic views of local towns and valleys from the incredible height of 2000m above sea level. Stop at the tea garden and listen to a guided ‘tea talk’, before taking a stroll through the tropical Mossy Forest, breathing in the aromatic scents of exotic florals and spices. A traditional afternoon tea awaits at the Jim Thompson Tea Rooms – named after the American businessman who helped to revitalise the Thai silk industry in the 1950s. The evening will be free for you to enjoy at your own pace. Stay: Cameron Highlands Resort (or similar). B.

Day 9: Cameron Highlands to Penang After breakfast, discover the tantalising tea varieties created at the Sungai Palas ‘BOH’ Tea Factory and perhaps pick up a box of your favourite flavour at the Tea Shop afterwards. Continue to the historic city of Ipoh, known for its incredible temples and rich colonial legacy. Enjoy the historic charms of the Old Post Office and the Birch Clock Tower and visit the iconic Railway Station – a landmark known locally as the ‘Taj Mahal of Ipoh’. Later, you’ll visit one of the city’s beautiful Chinese cave temples. Head back to the old town to enjoy lunch inside a traditional Chinese coffee shop before proceeding to Penang where this evening is at leisure; stay put in the hotel’s colonial-syle dining room or head out to explore Penang’s vibrant night scene. Approx. journey time: 4 hours. Stay: Eastern & Oriental Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 10: Penang Have breakfast at your own pace this morning, as your guided tour of Penang will begin in the afternoon. Highlights include the Reclining Buddha Temple and Golden Reclining Buddha statue, alongside a trip downtown to the heritage zone, home to history’s eminent Fort Cornwallis.Continue towards the waterfront and walk along the wooden Clan Jetty for views of authentic stilt houses dotted among the water. This evening, take an open-top trishaw through lively George Town, before exploring the wares of a local night market. Have dinner at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel. Stay: Eastern & Oriental Hotel (or similar). B, D.

Day 11: Penang Check out and transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK. B.


Stay longer

Penang (post-tour) 3 nights
Stay a few extra nights in Penang and unwind on the honeyed sands of Batu Ferringhi Beach.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

An idyllic choice for those that want to immerse themselves in the Malaysian Peninsula’s most popular cultural and natural sites; discover exhilarating cities, gorgeous islands and authentic cuisine.

Good to know

• 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

• Delays may occur during border crossings to and from Singapore.

Accommodation on tour

We’ve hand-picked these exceptional hotels based on their central location, meaning the colourful cities and spectacular countryside of Singapore and Malaysia will be on your doorstep, so you won’t miss any of the action. You’ll stay at the beautiful Cameron Highlands Resort, a boutique hotel nestled amongst glistening green hills, and the Golden Sands by Shangri-La, a retreat set on one of Penang’s most popular beaches.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £465.

Is this for you?

Ideal for first-time visitors who want to immerse themselves in Singapore and Malaysia’s most popular cultural and natural sites.

Good to know

• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey, where the minimum age is 12)

• Average group size of 8 guests

• A maximum of 16 guests

• Journey times do not take into account stops or local traffic conditions

• We recommend travelling with no more than one suitcase and one day bag

• A good level of fitness is required.

What to expect

• Cooler temperatures in the Cameron Highlands due to the higher altitude, so layers are essential

• Dress code at Atmosphere 360 restaurant is smart-casual

• Delays may occur during border crossings to Malaysia from Singapore

• A pair of comfortable walking shoes are recommended

• A good level of fitness is required.

Accommodation on tour

We’ve hand-picked these exceptional hotels based on their central location, meaning the colourful cities and spectacular countryside of Singapore and Malaysia will be on your doorstep. You’ll stay at the beautiful Cameron Highlands Resort, a boutique hotel nestled among glistening green hills, and the Eastern & Oriental Hotel in Penang, an elegant colonial-era retreat in central George Town.

Single travellers

Sole-use room from £4111

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2019  Sep 25;

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups and a relaxed approach
• 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 for a supplement from £785 per person, ref KL114.

Tour dates

2020 Feb 03; Mar 02; May 11; Jun 08; Sep 21; Nov 02

2021 Feb 01; Mar 01; Apr 19; May 10; Jun 07; Jul 05; Sep 20; Oct 11; Nov 01

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)

• 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 £4432 per person.

Highlights of Singapore & Malaysia

Kuoni highlights

We’ve included some extra-special premium experiences from an iconic Singapore Sling in the city’s historic precinct and a refined afternoon tea at the Jim Thompson Tea Rooms in Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands, to a seat with a guaranteed window table at the Atmosphere 360 restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. We’ve also gone the extra mile to include a trip to the Orangutan Island rehabilitation centre.

Kuoni highlights

We’ve included some extra special premium experiences from an iconic Singapore Sling in the city’s historic precinct and a refined afternoon tea at Jim Thompsons Tea Rooms in Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands, to a seat with a guaranteed window table at the Atmosphere 360 restaurant. We’ve also gone the extra mile to include a visit to the spectacular Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur.