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Colonial Singapore and Malaysia

Go back in time and uncover the rich colonial histories of Singapore and Malaysia. Experience picturesque colonial towns, rich tea plantations and modern cities with this exciting nine-day tour. Start your amazing journey in Singapore and enjoy some of the best cuisine Southeast Asia has to offer. Next, take a scenic drive to Malacca, a rustic colonial town full of ancient fortresses. Continue to the bustling Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur and take a stroll through historic colonial sites. After, head to the Cameron Highlands and hike through stunning tea plantations. Finish the spectacular tour in Penang and take a trishaw ride to see sacred temples, century-old houses and more.

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  • Go back in time and walk through ancient fortresses in the colonial town of Malacca
  • Visit the Cameron Highlands and enjoy a scenic picnic lunch in lush tea plantations
  • Participate in traditional craft workshops in the aged city of Georgetown
  • Experience historic sites, delicious cuisine and amazing shopping in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur
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Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1

Start your exciting journey by arriving in beautiful Singapore. Here, you’ll check into your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. We recommend staying at the lavish Raffles Hotel. In the afternoon, consider exploring the bustling city and trying delicious local cuisine. Travel to Little India for fantastic curry, Chinatown for Asian delicacies and the East Coast for fresh seafood.

Day 2

Spend the day discovering the modern city of Singapore with a private guided tour. Travel to Sentosa and marvel at alluring beaches. Continue to Orchard Road for the best shopping in the country. Also, be sure to take a stroll through the Singapore Botanic Gardens and Gardens by the Bay for exotic flora and fauna.

Day 3
Singapore and Malacca

In the morning, depart Singapore and head to Malacca, a quaint colonial town. In the afternoon, tour a historic fortress on St. Paul’s Hill and continue to Porta de Santiago to see the remains of an ancient Portuguese stronghold. Next, visit the heart of Old Malacca and explore Jonker Street. Here, you’ll wander through antique shops and dine at local restaurants. In the evening, we recommend staying at the accommodating Majestic Hotel.

Day 4
Malacca - Kuala Lumpur

Depart Malacca and drive to the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. Here, you’ll take a private guided tour of the bustling city and visit historic colonial sites. Next, check into your hotel and indulge in delicious pastries at afternoon tea. We recommend staying at the elegant Carcosa Seri Negara.

Day 5
Kuala Lumpur and Cameron Highlands

Leave Kuala Lumpur in the morning and travel to the Cameron Highlands, an area blanketed with endless tea plantations. Here, you’ll trek through scenic landscapes and admire lush green hills. In the afternoon, arrive at your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. We recommend staying at the beautiful Cameron Highlands Resort.

Day 6

After breakfast, take a stroll through the Cameron Highlands and make your way to the stunning Boh Tea Plantation. Here, you’ll take a tour of the scenic plantation and stop for a delicious picnic lunch. Next, visit a strawberry farm and pluck sweet strawberries right from the vine. After, head to a rose farm and walk through aisles of beautiful flowers.

Day 7
Cameron Highlands and Penang

In the morning, depart the Cameron Highlands and head to Penang. Along the way, you’ll stop at the Bat’s Cave Temple, a famous sanctuary home to sleeping bats. Next, take a stroll through the regal Ubudiah Mosque. In the early evening, you’ll arrive in Penang and rest at your hotel. We recommend staying at the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Hotel or the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion.

Day 8

Spend the day uncovering Penang, a region famous for its old world charm. In the morning, take a private guided tour of Georgetown, a historic town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you’ll explore colonial houses, Little India and century-old churches. You’ll also have the opportunity to ride a trishaw through ancient streets and participate in traditional craft workshops.

Day 9
Penang and Singapore

On your final day, depart from Penang and return to Singapore. You have the option to fly or ride the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express train. In Singapore, we bid you farewell and are more than happy to assist you with your next travel plans. Head to the airport and check in for your flight home or to your next exciting travel destination.


Suggested Accommodations

Raffles Singapore

Raffles Singapore

"To have been young and had a room at Raffles was life at its best." - James Michener. Declared a National Monument in 1987, the hotel has grown from strength to strength. The Raffles has 103 suites, dispersed over four wings buffered by fragrance-filled gardens and linked by breezy verandahs. Here, residents are pampered in an atmosphere of privacy and intimacy, with large airy interiors inspired by the colonial bungalows of the early 20th century - lofty 14-foot ceilings, fine Oriental carpets and original etchings. The Raffles has a complete repertoire of fine eateries, which now stand at 18, making it one of the most comprehensive food and beverage facilities in Asia. Located on the third-floor deck of the Courtyard Wing, the hotel’s 24-hour pool, jacuzzis, and health club are for the exclusive use of hotel residents. Gymnasium facilities and equipment include treadmills, stationery bicycles, a universal weight machine, sauna and steam bath in the gentlemen and ladies’ changing rooms. RafflesAmrita Spa at Raffles Hotel offers relaxing wellness therapy in the privacy and luxury of a grand hotel. The property also has a pool, shopping arcade, Raffles Hotel Museum, Jubilee Hall (Victorian-style theater for film screenings) and Raffles Culinary Academy. The Raffles is a 2-minute ride on public transportation to the Orchard Road shopping strip and 20 minutes from Changi International Airport.

Majestic Hotel

Majestic Hotel

Housed in an elaborate mansion dating back to the 1920s, the Majestic Hotel sits on the banks of the Malacca River, where Chinese junks, or sailing ships, and other vessels once plied their trade. For three years in a row, the Majestic was awarded the “Best Signature Boutique Hotel” by Expatriate Lifestyle magazine, and for good reason; its atmospheric, elegant halls gives guests a taste of the bygone days when Malacca was a mighty, cosmopolitan city. The Majestic offers a variety of suites and rooms, all of which contain floor-to-ceiling windows, separations between the bathroom and the sleeping area, and tasteful, elegant furniture. The Majestic’s in-house restaurant, the Mansion, serves a fantastic array of diverse dishes, drawing from Dutch, Portuguese, English, Chinese, Indian, and Malaysian cuisines. The Majestic also contains a spa, which offers unique, Peranakan, or Chinese-Malaysian treatments, a swimming pool, fully-equipped gym, and a serene library.
Carcosa Seri Negara

Carcosa Seri Negara

Originally built in 1904 as the official residence of the highest British representative to the Malay States, Carcosa Seri Negara is a hallmark of Malaysia’s colonial past. Restored as a boutique hotel, Carcosa Seri Negara has 13 elegant Victorian-styled suites set on a hill overlooking the infamous Lake Gardens. Each of the 13 suites is named after Malaysian states and has sizeable, tastefully appointed bedrooms, luxurious bathrooms and cozy sitting areas or verandas. Each is distinctive in style and offers a unique culturally inviting experience. In-suite amenities include mini-bar, television, surround sound systems, DVD and Internet access. There is a fitness center with a jogging track, tennis courts, and an outdoor pool. The business center offers photocopying services and wi-fi, which is also available in all public areas. Dining options include French cuisine in The Dining Room, which offers sweeping views of the gardens in the resort’s elegant dining room, fine Malay fare at The Gulai House, located on the veranda, and a bar and drawing room for tea and cocktails. The resort is approximately a one-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL).

Cameron Highlands Resort

Cameron Highlands Resort

The Cameron Highlands Resort is situated amid the lush environs of Malaysia’s largest hill station, named after William Cameron, a British Government surveyor who discovered the area in 1885 while on a mapping expedition. The resort, which looks out on the Cameron Highlands golf course, has won numerous awards from the travel industry and consumers alike, including recognition as one of the five best tea plantation hotels in the world by the U.K.’s Independent.

Its 56 rooms and suites are appointed with bespoke teak furniture in both traditional Malay and colonial styles, as well as silk accoutrements by the house of Jim Thompson, the American ex-C.I.A. officer who revitalized the Thai silk industry (and mysteriously disappeared in the highlands in 1967). All rooms have flat-screen TV with satellite channels and Internet. The Spa Village offers a customary variety of pampering health and beauty treatments, while guests can avail themselves of a modern fitness center as well as the aforementioned 18-hole professional golf course. Dining options include The Dining Room, offering a variety of all-day dining options with ingredients sourced from nearby farms; Gonbei, the only Japanese restaurant in the Highlands, which serves sashimi, soba, tempura and more and has an adjoining Sake Bar; and the Jim Thompson Tea Room. The Cameron Highlands Resort is a 3.5-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, or a 90-minute drive from Sultan Azlan Shah airport.
Eastern & Oriental Hotel

Eastern & Oriental Hotel

A historical property, the Eastern & Oriental Hotel is reminiscent of British elegance during the colonial era while representing present-day Penang. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008, the hotel boasts a stellar location, close to downtown Georgetown and the cultural, financial and historical districts are located. With 100 suites, the E&O boasts a 750-foot seafront promenade and facilities including a swimming pool, 24-hour room service, a fitness center, sauna, meeting rooms, a business center and fitness center. Dining options include The Starkles Corner, a casual restaurant serving international cuisine and 1885, a Western-style restaurant serving dinner and traditional English tea. The E&O Hotel is located approximately 20 minutes from the Penang International Airport.
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