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Experience the history of Malaysia, its modern mix of cultures, incredible cuisine and the natural treasures of tropical Borneo, the land of the Orang Utan, before relaxing at the sumptuous Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort and continuing on to the bright lights of Singapore.
- 3 to 5-star accommodation
- Return flights & transfers
- Programme of daily tours & visits
- Daily breakfast & 5 meals
- Expert tour manager
- Checked Luggage
- Tour historic George Town in Penang by cycle rickshaw and travel on the funicular railway to Penang Hill
- Fly to Borneo and visit the renowned Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre to see the charming orangutans
- Take the train from Butterworth in the north of Peninsular Malaysia down to the capital, Kuala Lumpur
- Discover Kuala Lumpur and marvel at the soaring Petronas Twin Towers, once the world's tallest buildings
- Visit Malacca and learn about the fascinating multi-cultural legacies of the state, once one of the world's most important trading ports
- Stay three nights at the five-star Shangri-La Resort with its own nature reserve, golf course and mile-long sandy beach
- Stay two nights in Singapore with a tour of the cosmopolitan city and its famed Botanical Gardens
- Return scheduled flights from the UK with premium economy upgrades available at a supplement
- Stay in hand-picked five-star and four-star accommodation, including all local taxes, with breakfast and five meals
- The services of an experienced tour manager throughout
Day 1: Departure
You should arrive at the airport to take your overnight Singapore Airlines flight to Penang, via Singapore.
Day 2: Penang
After our afternoon arrival we transfer to the four-star superior Parkroyal Hotel on Batu Ferringhi beach for three nights with breakfast. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax after your flight.
Day 3: George Town
This morning we enjoy a walking tour the beautifully preserved colonial centre of George Town. A UNESCO World Heritage site, George Town is perhaps unique in South East Asia in having over 30,000 pre-war buildings. After a fascinating ride by cycle rickshaw you’ll enjoy an included lunch. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the many facilities of your hotel.
Day 4: Penang Hill
Reached by the Penang Hill Funicular Railway, the 2,700ft Penang Hill was used a cooler retreat during the British colonial period and many prominent bungalows were built here, as well as the original official residence of the Governor. You can still see the Post Office and Police Station. After an included lunch, you are free to enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
Day 5: Train to Kuala Lumpur
We cross the eight-mile Penang Bridge to Butterworth on the Malaysian mainland, where we take the train for the four-hour journey to the capital, Kuala Lumpur. The train has recently been upgraded and offers a modern, air-conditioned and comfortable service – a perfect way to see rural Malaysia.
Day 6: Malacca
Today we drive to one of the most famous of the Straits Settlements, Malacca. Originally colonised by the Portuguese in the 16th century, it was later taken over by the Dutch, before finally succumbing to the might of the British East India Company. There’s plenty to see in the many old shophouses now converted into attractive boutiques and cafes, but many are still family homes as well.
Day 7: Sandakan
After a leisurely breakfast, today we fly to Sandakan for a one night stay at the three-star Sabah Hotel with breakfast. Founded in 1879 by the British North Borneo Company and with fascinating colonial history, Sandakan is a charming small port town on the eastern side of Borneo.
Day 8: Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre
This morning we visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre a sanctuary within two and a half hectares of enclosed forest for the endangered Borneo Sun Bear. Next we visit the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, the largest of its kind in the world which is a highlight of our tour! The aim of the Centre is to re-introduce Orang Utans into the wild and as such it is open to the forest, so Orang Utans are free to come and go as they please. There is a smaller area where younger individuals are cared for.
Day 9: Free Day
A day at leisure to enjoy they huge sandy beach and extensive swimming pools at your hotel. There is also a 400-acre nature reserve adjacent to the resort as well as championship 18-hole golf course and superb Spa. Choose from five restaurants and two bars – this is the best spot to watch the spectacular sunset over the South China Sea.
Day 10: Free Day
A further day to relax or take a walk through the Nature reserve and see some of the flora and fauna that are native to the local area.
Day 11: Fly to Singapore
On arrival, transfer to the four-star Swissotel Merchant Court, with breakfast, well located next to the many restaurants of Clarke Quay.
Day 12: Singapore
Today you have the opportunity to explore Singapore’s unique blend of Indian, Chinese and Malay influences. We’ll enjoy a tour of the riverfront area and spend time in the beautiful botanic gardens, of which the Orchid enclosure is an outstanding feature.
Day 13: Return Flight
After a morning at leisure, you have a late afternoon transfer to the airport for your overnight Singapore Airlines flight home.
Day 14: Return Home
You arrive back in the UK this morning.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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