11nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE

Perfect for first-time visitors to Singapore and Malaysia, this small group tour offers a fascinating journey from Singapore to Penang, with some superb experiences 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 breath taking highlights.

• Singapore: 3 nights
• Malacca: 1 night
• Kuala Lumpur: 2 nights
• Cameron Highlands: 2 nights
• Penang: 2 nights

12nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

Stay longer

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

Combine tours After completing this tour of the Malaysian Peninsula why not continue on to Malaysian Borneo by combining with our Wildlife of Borneo tour.

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 three nights. This afternoon you will get your first taste of this multicultural city with a visit to Chinatown which has also come a long way since the early days when Chinese immigrants made this enclave their home. Filled with a sprawling myriad of shops and eateries, bustling with colourful and exciting activities set against a backdrop of rich history and heritage, Chinatown is not to be missed especially in the evening when everything really comes alive. Wander along the narrow lanes of the Night Market and test your bargaining skills against street vendors selling anything from souvenirs to leather goods. After dinner at a local Chinese restaurant, we will coach down to Bugis Village. The highlight of the evening is a trishaw ride that will take you past the vibrant Bugis Village and the bustling streets of Little India. Hop onto a bumboat at Clarke Quay for a cruise along the Singapore River to see Singapore lit up at night, showcasing beautifully restored shophouses, modern skyscrapers of the financial district, colonial buildings and the iconic Merlion statue. Then transfer back to your hotel. 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. At 3:30pm you will be transferred to Raffles for afternoon tea at their Tiffin Room, which has been synonymous with Raffles Hotel Singapore since its establishment in 1892. The restored interior décor includes reinstating the wooden floorboards in Tiffin Room to bring back features from the early 1900s. Amidst this nostalgic setting, savour finger sandwiches, homemade scones and delightful sweet treats presented on a classic three-tier silver stand, complemented by exquisite teas. 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.

Day4: Singapore 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’. Or you may have pre-booked an optional tour to take a peek under Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay’s iconic domes with a guided front-of-house tour. Whether you’re an arts aficionado, architectural buff or a curious visitor, everyone will definitely discover something new about Singapore’s national performing arts centre and one of the world’s busiest arts centres through these tours. This evening, you will have a special dinner to mark your time in Singapore; Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro is the highest Michelin-rated Chinese restaurant in Singapore. Executive Chef Chen Kentaro demonstrates his mastery of Szechwan cuisine with a menu that celebrates the signature flavours of Shisen Hanten, alongside Cantonese fare. Menu highlights include chen’s Mapo Doufu, Stewed Fish Fillet in Super spicy Szechwan Pepper sauce and Chen’s Original Noodle Soup. Stay: Oasia Hotel Downtown (or similar). B, D.

Day 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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.

Combine tours After completing this tour of the Malaysian Peninsula why not continue on to Malaysian Borneo by combining with our Wildlife of Borneo tour.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

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 14 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 - make sure you have your passport ready
• A pair of comfortable walking shoes are recommended
• A good level of fitness is required
• The climate in Singapore and Malaysia is hot and humid
• Dress code at Raffles for Afternoon Tea is casual chic

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.

Solo travellers

Sole-use room from £4111

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2021 Apr 9; May 7; Jun 4; Jul 2; Sep 10

2022 Feb 4; Apr 8; May 6; Jun 3; Jul 1; Sep 9

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.

Excursions

Day 4: Esplanade Front of House Tour from £53 per person.

Kuoni highlights

Kuoni highlights

Cross the Petronas Twin Towers Skybridge The tallest twin towers and one of the most iconic structures in the world the famous Skybridge allows for stunning views across Malaysia’s capital.

Walk through orchid gardens Originally established by Raffles himself the Singapore Botanic Gardens because Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site and they are now world renowned for their Orchid Garden.

Wander colonial streets Malacca was the birthplace of Malaysia’s historical and cultural heritage and is now a UNESCO World Heritage city where you can see the colonial influences of the British, Dutch and Portuguese.