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Relaxed Tours Pace 1

Malaysia: City, Culture and Beach

Malaysia


2 passengers
  • Small Group < 25 Small Group 25 or less
  • VIP travel service VIP door to door

Vibrant Kuala Lumpur, colonial Penang and the paradise island of Langkawi await discovery on this leisurely tour

Try our new style of touring, where you discover city life, the colourful culture and the beautiful beaches of the Malaysian Peninsular at a relaxed pace. This means free time and sociable cocktail hours in top hotels in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Langkawi, interspersed with revealing half-day included tours…

Including...

10 nights in hotels and 2 in flight

20 meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 dinners

Excursions and visits

  • Kuala Lumpur city tour
  • City tour of Georgetown
  • Round-island tour of Langkawi
The Eastern and Oriental Hotel, Penang
Britain’s involvement with Penang began in 1876 when the island was granted to the British East India Company who established a free port at George Town. As trade boomed, especially after the opening of the Suez Canal 1869 and the arrival of steamships, the island prospered. The Eastern Hotel was built in 1884 by four Armenian brothers, the Sarkies, followed soon after by the Oriental Hotel. They were merged into the Eastern & Oriental Hotel in 1889. This grand hotel became known as ‘the premier hotel east of Suez’ and the brothers went on to build Raffles in Singapore. Behind the elegant waterfront facade of today’s E&O, the hotel is divided into two wings. The Heritage Wing is in fact the original 1885 hotel, while the Victory Annexe wing, where Saga guests will stay, opened in 2013 on the site of the 1929 original Victory Annexe. Rooms are contemporary with colonial touches and elegant bathrooms with free-standing baths.

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Day 1 UK-Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

After taking Saga's included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart in the evening for your overnight flight to Kuala Lumpur.


Day 2 Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur

Arrive in the city of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of mainland Malaysia, and transfer to the locally rated 5-star Renaissance Kuala Lumpur hotel for a three-night stay. Situated just a short walk from the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and the colourful area known as 'Little India' this stylish hotel has two restaurants where you can enjoy Asian and international cuisine, or Chinese fare. There is a lounge, two bars and a poolside bar and facilities also include a fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool, sauna and spa where you can enjoy treatments (charges apply). There are 910 air-conditioned rooms with television, telephone, safe, complimentary water, tea and coffee-making facilities, iron and ironing board, and hairdryer. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available. Saga rooms will be in the recently renovated West Wing. Look forward to a welcome drink before settling in, then head to the Club Lounge for cocktails between 5.30 and 8.30pm. Enjoy dinner at the hotel, with two complimentary drinks, tonight. D


Day 3 Kuala Lumpur

Kuala lumpur skyline

Your morning starts with a sightseeing tour. You'll stop first at the 88-storey twin Petronas Towers to photograph these remarkable landmarks. Built between 1992 and 1999 these glass and steel-clad towers reach some 452 metres above ground with a 'sky bridge' between them. Next you'll continue to the Chinatown district, and then on to see Parliament House and the War Memorial, new King's Palace and the Federal Court. You'll also drive past the Masjid Negara – the national mosque and one of the largest in south-east Asia. Lunch is included at a restaurant before you return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. B, L


Day 4 Kuala Lumpur

Traditional dancers

Today is at leisure to relax at the hotel or for independent exploring. Alternatively, you may like to venture further afield on an optional excursion. Tonight you’ll visit a restaurant for a traditional Malay dinner and cultural show. B, D


Day 5 Kuala Lumpur-Penang

Penang Island

This morning you’ll take a long but scenic drive north to Penang, stopping for lunch at a restaurant en route. Stay for three nights at the locally rated 5-star Eastern and Oriental Hotel. The hotel lies in the area of Penang known as George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was built in British-Colonial style in 1885 by the Sarkie brothers, who also built the famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Facilities include six dining options, a coffee shop and bar. There is also a poolside terrace, outside swimming pool, gym and spa (charges apply) as well as complimentary yoga lessons. Saga guests stay in the 40-room Victory Annexe of the hotel where the beautifully-furnished air-conditioned rooms have a television, telephone, safe, coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, minibar, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The large bathrooms have free-standing clawfoot baths. Enjoy exclusive access to the Planters Lounge, serving complimentary breakfasts and tea and coffee throughout the day, and cocktails from 5 to 6pm. B, L


Day 6 George Town, Penang

Wat Chayamangkalaram, George Town

Sometimes called the 'Pearl of the Orient', Penang's main centre is George Town, established in the 18th century and named after King George IV by Captain Francis Light from England who took possession of the area in 1786. George Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and as you set off this morning for an introductory tour of the town you'll be able to discover its history. After visiting the seafront and water villages of Chinese clan houses, you'll continue along the 'Street of Harmony' with its many and varied places of worship including the Goddess of Mercy Temple, an Indian shrine and a mosque, before encountering parts of Chinatown and Little India. You'll also visit the Penang State Museum, see the Burmese Temple in Burma Lane and the Thai Temple of the Reclining Buddha with its sublime 33 metre-long horizontal figure of Buddha in his gilded saffron robe. Enjoy lunch in a restaurant before returning to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. B, L


Day 7 Penang

Penang famous traditional lok lok street food

Today is at leisure. Or you might like to join one of the optional excursions on offer. B, D


Day 8 Penang-Langkawi

Langkawi Island in Malaysia

Enjoy the morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for the 30-minute flight to the west coast and the 99-island archipelago of Langkawi. You’ll stay on the main island with its beautiful beaches, mangrove swamps and tempting duty-free shopping. Travel to the locally rated 3-star Aloft Langkawi Pantai Tengah hotel which opened in November 2018. The hotel is just 200 metres from the Andaman Sea and beach where you’ll have use of sun beds and towels, and waiter service. Hotel amenities include an international restaurant and bar. There are 208 air-conditioned guest rooms arranged over eight floors. Saga guests stay in Seaview rooms on the upper floors, with large balconies. Each has free Wi-Fi, a television, minibar, complimentary bottled water, tea and coffee-making facilities, bathrobes and a hairdryer. B, D


Day 9 Langkawi

Eagle Square, Langkawi

This morning, enjoy a guided a tour of the island to view charming rural villages, paddy fields being worked by water buffalo, rubber plantations and the glorious Andaman Sea. Discover the tomb and the famous legend of beautiful Princess Mashuri, falsely accused of adultery by her jealous mother-in-law while her husband was away at war. The village elders condemned her to death by stabbing, but when she shed white blood it was proof of her innocence. Her dying curse promised the island seven generations of bad luck. Sure enough it was conquered by the Siamese, forcing the islanders to burn their rice crops and poison their drinking water to thwart them. On a happier note, visit the Batik Art Village where you’ll see the skills involved in the technique of waxing and dying fabric to create intricate designs, before heading to lovely Eagle Square. Overlooking the water is a 12-metre tall statue of an eagle about to take off. This is the symbol of the island. Langkawi is Malay for eagle – helang – and reddish brown – kawi. Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. B, L


Day 10 Langkawi

A Langkawi beach

Today is at leisure, perhaps head to the lovely beach or the hotel pool to relax. Alternatively, join an optional excursion. B


Day 11 Langkawi

Langkawi sunset

A morning excursion takes you to the town centre where you can indulge in a spot of shopping, maybe for handicrafts or duty-free imported goods. Spend the afternoon at leisure before your cocktail hour in the Re:Mix lounge. Enjoy a farewell dinner with a complimentary drink at the hotel tonight. B, D


Day 12 Langkawi-Kuala Lumpur-UK

After breakfast, travel to the airport for your overnight flight via Kuala Lumpur to the UK. B


Day 13 UK

Arrive back in the UK for your VIP door-to-door travel service home.


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