This pick ‘n’ mix handcrafted Malaysia tour ticks off an island of orangutans, a turtle sanctuary, temples and tea plantations. You’ll also visit the buzzy capital, Kuala Lumpur.


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You’ll spend today in the air as you begin your adventure to Malaysia.

Touch down in Kuala Lumpur, then make your way to your first hotel. The rest of the day’s yours, until the evening when you’ll take a tour of the city.

  • Get your first taste of Malaysia’s capital city on an after-dark guided tour. Have the camera handy for snaps of soaring skyscrapers and Hindu temples.
  • Stop for dinner at a local restaurant where you’ll also watch a traditional performance.

Stay: Swiss-Garden Hotel Bukit Bintang (or similar) | Meals: Dinner

Start today with a trip up to the top of the Petronas Twin Towers. Then spend the afternoon taste-testing your way around a street food village.

  • At 451-metres tall, the Petronas Twin Towers are the highest pair of skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur. Eye-popping views across the city are a given.
  • Stop by a local wet market and refuel on Malaysian nibbles. These markets are covered by oversized umbrellas in rainbow shades.
  • Get another eyeful of the city skyline by visiting the Kuala Lumpur Tower. It’s the seventh tallest freestanding tower in the world.

Free time in the evening.

Stay: Swiss-Garden Hotel Bukit Bintang (or similar) | Meals: Breakfast

Today you’ll take a daytrip to Melaka – a 14th-century city. You’ll tick off its must-see sights, from church ruins to a fortress. There’s also a river cruise on the agenda.

  • Start with a visit to St John’s Fort. This Dutch-era building boasts panoramic views of the city, and on a clear day you can see Indonesia.
  • Tick off Bandar Hilir – the oldest area in Melaka – and Porta de Santiago, a tiny gatehouse which is all that remains of the Portuguese A Famosa fortress.
  • Hop on a boat for a 45-minute Melaka River cruise. Then visit the curious folklore shops and stalls down colourful Jonker Street.
  • Stop by the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, as well as the haunting Bukit Cina hillside where Chinese burial sites are scattered on barren land.

Stay: Swiss-Garden Hotel Bukit Bintang (or similar) | Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Free day in Kuala Lumpur. Today’s yours to explore Kuala Lumpur at your own pace.

Stay: Swiss-Garden Hotel Bukit Bintang (or similar) | Meals: Breakfast

There’s a change of scenery on the agenda today – you’ll make your way to the grassy Cameron Highlands, where you’ll spend the next two nights.

  • It’s a four-hour journey to the Cameron Highlands, with a stop for you to buy lunch on the way. You’ll also swing by the thundering Lata Iskandar Waterfalls for a photo stop.
  • Once in the highlands, you’ll visit a local Malaysian community. Step inside some of their homes and watch a blowpipe dart demonstration.

Free time in the evening in Tanah Rata.

Stay: Heritage Hotel (or similar) | Meals: Breakfast

There’s a big focus on the great outdoors today – you’ll visit a tea plantation and go on a forest walk. Later, you’ll explore the town of Tanah Rata.

  • After breakfast, take a hike through the Mossy Forest. This tropical woodland is home to creatures including snakes, frogs and multi-coloured birds.
  • A tea plantation’s next on the itinerary. Drink in miles of rolling green tea fields, then watch how the leaves are processed in a factory.
  • Spend the afternoon touring Tanah Rata, the largest town in the Cameron Highlands. This will be at your leisure, so there’s time for shopping and a spot of lunch.

Free time in the evening in the Cameron Highlands.

Stay: Heritage Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

Today’s packed with tour highlights – you’ll visit a turtle sanctuary and an island that’s home to orangutans. There’s also a stop at a war cemetery.

  • First up’s the Segari Turtle Sanctuary in Lumut. It breeds and rehabilitates lots of different turtle species. Watch as young ones are released into the sea.
  • Stop for lunch in Taiping, then visit the Taiping War Cemetery. It’s the final resting place for Allied fighters who were killed during World War Two.
  • Continue north to Bukit Merah. Upon arrival, take a boat to Orangutan Island. Here, you can see orangutans playing in their natural leafy habitats.

Free time in the evening in Penang.

Stay: Royale Chulan Penang | Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Today you’ll get under the skin of Penang – AKA the Pearl of the Orient – by touring the nooks and crannies of George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • First stop’s the Thai Buddhist temple, Wat Chaiya Mangalaram. It has a 33-metre-long reclining Buddha. You’ll also see the only Burmese Buddhist temple outside Myanmar.
  • Make a beeline for the waterfront. It’s home to iconic wooden homes on stilts which form a water village. They date back to the arrival of early Chinese immigrants.
  • Get the camera out along the Street of Harmony – it’s edged with religious landmarks such as the Kapitan Keling Mosque and the white Neoclassical St George’s Church.
  • Splash the cash in Little India. This colourful area in the heart of the old town is home to lots of specialised Indian stores selling spices, trinkets and gold jewellery.

Free time in the evening in Penang.

Stay: Royale Chulan Penang | Meals: Breakfast

You’ve got most of today to revisit your favourite sights in Penang, before jumping on a return flight in early evening to Kuala Lumpur.

Free time in the morning and afternoon in Penang.

Stay: Swiss-Garden Hotel Bukit Bintang (or similar) | Meals: Breakfast

Say farewell to Malaysia as you begin the journey home from Kuala Lumpur. Alternatively, join the Best of Borneo tour or spend some time relaxing in Langkawi.

Meals: Breakfast


  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur
  • 30kg checked baggage
  • 9 nights accommodation in hotels of 4* standard
  • 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 1 dinner
  • Airport coach transfers in Malaysia, mini bus transport and internal flight
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • 16 activities/excursions as mentioned in the itinerary


  • Flights to/from London Heathrow or your chosen UK airport
  • Airport transfers in United Kingdom
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities
  • Visa when required
  • Vaccines when required

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