Penang was the original British settlement in Malaysia and in keeping with that status, a grand hotel was built and became known as the “Pearl of the Orient” Your journey takes you up the western coast of Malaysia through the tea plantations of the highlands on the way to this island city and its renowned hotel
• A private tour of the former Dutch colony of Malacca
• Visit a tea plantation in the Cameron Highlands and learn the secrets of growing, picking and processing tea
• Savor the famous Penang open-air food stalls and a trishaw ride
• Revel in the services of your personal butler at your heritage hotel in Penang
Day 1 Depart USA
We board our trans-pacific flight bound for Singapore
Day 2 En Route
Cross the International Date Line and "lose" a day, but gain it back on the return trip..
Day 3 Arrival in Singapore
Upon arrival in Singapore we are met by our driver and taken in style to our hotel. Raffles is more than a hotel, it is a symbol of the city and sets a standard by which other hotels are judged. We have a light dinner before catching up on our sleep and getting ready for the events ahead
Day 4 Singapore sights and shopping
Today's excursion allows us to experience the many cultural faces of Singapore. We will visit Chinatown which is more substantial than many other cities since the Chinese represent over 60% of the population. We also visit other areas including Little India base of another influential group. Like America, Singapore is a melting pot and it works. After lunch in India Town, our driver will drop us off in Orchard Road to explore the many shopping opportunities Singapore has to offer. This evening we have dinner at Palm Beach one of Singapore's best seafood restaurants.
Day 5 Singapore to Malacca
Our car and driver is ready for an early morning departure as we move from Singapore to Peninsular Malaysia. After brief formalities we enter Johore Bahru, the southernmost city in Malaysia. En route to Malacca we pass lush rubber and oil palm plantations. After lunch we will tour the historical city of Malacca which was once a Dutch colony. We will visit major attractions such as St. Paul's Hill, the renowned Porta De Santiago, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple and Jonkers Street, also known as Antique Street. Dinner is at our hotel this evening.
Day 6 Malacca to Kuala Lumpur
After breakfast we head north passing Seremban on our way to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. Our introductory tour of this city of charming contrasts will include the National Palace, the National Museum, the National Monument (Designed by the creator of the Iwo Jima monument in Washington D.C.), the National Mosque, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, the Royal Selangor Club and a passing view of Petronas Tower, the 2nd tallest building in the world. Our hotel this evening is the Ritz-Carlton
Day 7 Kuala Lumpur to the Cameron Highlands
Heading North into the state of Perak, our journey to the Cameron Highlands (the center of Malaysian tea production) takes us to an altitude of 5,000 feet above sea level. Vegetables grow in profusion and flowers bloom everywhere in the cool weather which can drop to the low 50's. We will have the opportunity to see the "Orang Asli" (Malaysian Aboriginals) complete with their blowpipes.
Day 8 The colonial heritage of the highlands
One of the wonders of Malaysia, Cameron Highlands is the largest and most famous hill resort in the country. It came into being in the 1930's when British officials looked for a place to escape the summer heat much as they did in India. Over time, businesses developed in the mild climate particularly the growing of tea and, later, flowers for export. The impression of an English village is enhanced by our Tudor-style boutique hotel. We will spend the day exploring the tea plantations and the countryside.
Day 9 Cameron Highlands to Penang
Our day begins with a pleasant drive downhill and northwards to Ipoh, the city of millionaires, who made their fortunes from the tin mines in the nearby Kinta Valley. En route we will visit Kellies Castle built by a Scottish rubber tycoon, and the Cave temples in Ipoh followed by lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch we will drive to Kuala Kangsar with its unique Ubudiah Mosque, a magnificent building with golden domes; and the palace of the Sultan of Perak as we head towards the state of Penang. We will cross the Penang Bridge (spanning ten miles, the longest bridge in Asia and the third longest in the world) on to the Island of Penang.
Day 10 Georgetown and the “E & O”
From its original founding in 1885 the Eastern & Oriental has been a favored resort of world luminaries including Noel Coward, Douglas Fairbanks, Rudyard Kipling and Somerset Maugham. Despite all its modern amenities, including a swimming pool overlooking the ocean, the hotel has a respect for heritage including a butler assigned to every room. We have reserved suites for our stay in the hotel and our visit to Penang. Today's morning tour will give us an overview of the island from historic Georgetown, its capital, to the surrounding countryside. Tonight we enjoy the nightlife of Georgetown including a trishaw ride
Day 11 At leisure in Penang
Since this was the original British base in Malaya, the island obviously still has a colonial feel. After all, the last colonial administrator left only fifty years ago. But it is also an Asian country with Indian, Chinese and Malaysian influences. Our hotel is close to the center of town so it is a good base for individual exploration especially by trishaw. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner in the hotel's renowned restaurant
Day 12 Return to USA
Our driver will be waiting for the journey to the airport where we will board our flight to the connect to the US, arriving back in the afternoon having gained back our "lost" day
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Singapore, Malacca, Kuala-Lumpur, Cameron Highlands, Penang
12 Days: $4,975 per person inclusive of superior rooms in superior hotels, all meals, personal guides and private car and driver. Airfare is additional and we can assist you. Business Class airfare at special rates ia available and highly recommended.