iExplore Malaysia Experience

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  • Privately Guided
  • Starting Price: $3,425
  • Length: 8 days
  • Operator: iExplore Exclusive
  • 1-800-267-33479am - 5:30pm Eastern
    Destinations: South and Southeast Asia, Malaysia
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Tour Description

Welcome to Malaysia! Come and experience the real Malaysia on our 8-day itinerary to this exciting land. Start off in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city with a traditional folklore show and a private-guided tour of the city. Then you are off to Langkawi Island. Here you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kuah City and some snorkeling or scuba diving, or exploring the Mangrove Forest by boat on a river safari tour, just to name a few of the many activities! Then explore the historical UNESCO World Heritage City of Malacca on a private tour. Come to Malaysia. Now is the time!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Arrive Kuala Lumpur International airport. After clearing customs and immigration, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to get acquainted with your new surroundings or for independent exploration.

Nestled amidst lush gardens in the heart of the city, the newly renovated Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur sits just 45 minutes from the international airport and just moments from key business and shopping areas. The Shangri-La also offers an outstanding choice of cosmopolitan cuisines from its award-winning restaurants. All guest rooms and suites are equipped with an impressive list of amenities. Each room offers central air-conditioning with in-room controls, a flat-screen color television, and all the deluxe in-room and bathroom accouterments that guests expect from a five-star luxury hotel.

Shangri-La Hotel

Day 2: Kuala Lumpur

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide for a morning Kuala Lumpur City Tour (4 hours).

Despite the skyline of a modern metropolis, Kuala Lumpur has always been charming and full of characters. On this tour, see the contrast between the Indo-Moorish architecture and the ultra modern edifices. We'll take a photo stop at the Royal Palace; visit the National Museum, journey through the beautiful Lake Gardens and pause for a moment at the National Monument. Drive past the elegant Jamek Mosque, the bustling Chinatown and Independence Square. Also a photo stop at the Petronas Twin Towers- the symbol of modern Malaysia and the tallest twin-tower in the world! Our final stop is to witness pewter craftsmanship at the Royal Selangor Visitor Center.

Later, enjoy an evening Kuala Lumpur by night tour (3 hours).

Begin with a visit to Chinatown. Take a stroll through the Night Market where lights ablaze and rows of stalls, each with its own specialty goods are sold at bargain prices. From there, adjourn to a traditional Malay style dinner theater for a sumptuous buffet while enjoying a colorful array of traditional Malaysian cultural dances.

After dinner, return to the hotel or take the option to end your tour at Bitang Walk- the trendy nightspot of Kuala Lumpur.

(Note: Visitors are asked to wear modest clothing and to remove their shoes when entering the mosques. Modest outerwear is available for rent outside the mosque.)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Shangri-La Hotel

Day 3: Kuala Lumpur- Langkawi Island

After breakfast depart for Langkawi Island via a 35-minute domestic flight. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check in, followed by an afternoon tour of Langkawi Island (3.5 hours).

The luxurious Datai Langkawi is set amidst Malaysian tropical restaurants, serving Thai, Malaysian and western cuisines plus al fresco dining at The Beach Club. In addition to the adjacent 18-hole Datai Bay Golf Course, the resort facilities include the Mandara Spa, two swimming pools and a fully equipped health club.

A discovery tour of the urban and rural areas of legendary Langkawi Island. The journey begins with a visit to the Makam Mahsuri, where the legendary island beauty that cursed Langkawi for seven generations before her death, was laid to rest. Take a leisurely drive through quaint Malay villages, paddy fields with muddy water buffaloes and rubber plantations. Visit the exclusive Atma Alam Village to witness the printing of the latest collection of Batik designs. Also included in the tour is a visit to the CHOGM Garden and Eagle Square in Kuah Town, symbolized by a 12-meter high brown eagle statue. Option for quick duty free shopping in Kuah before returning to the hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch

The Datai Langkawi

Day 4: Langkawi Island

After breakfast, choose one of the following options to fill your day and experience the island:

A. Island Hopping (approximately 3 hours): This boat excursion will take you to some of the most exciting islands of the Langkawi Archipelago of 104 islands, or 99 during high tide. Visit the legendary island of Pulau Dayang Bunting or the Lake of the Pregnant Maiden. Boating in between small islands, witness the spectacular sight of eagles dipping for fish, and the crab eating monkeys. At Pulau Beras Basah, take a dip in the crystal clear water or simply relax on the uninhabited beach. There is also an option to enjoy a beach BBQ at an extra cost.

B. Pulau Payar Marine Park (approximately 8 hours): Pulau Payar, West Malaysia's only Marine Park is known for its multitude of marine life & corals. The crystal clear water is ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving (optional). Other options include an underwater observatory and glass-bottom boat. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes each way via luxurious catamaran. A buffet lunch is served on the covered pontoon.

C. Mangrove Forest & Eagle Watching (approximately 5 hours): Experience the wonders of nature at Langkawi's coastal mangrove forest. Starting from a fishing village, the boat journey will take you through the thick mangrove forest fringed by limestone caves and hidden canyons, where you can spot monkeys, kingfishers, monitor lizards and mud crabs. Visit a fish farm before the highlight of watching at least three different species of eagles being fed, a scene not to be missed! Enjoy a set lunch at Barn Thai Restaurant in the mangrove forest before returning.

Breakfast, Lunch

The Datai Langkawi

Day 5: Langkawi Island- Kuala Lumpur- Malacca

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and a free morning until you are met and transferred to Langkawi Airport for your flight to Kuala Lumpur. When you arrive in Kuala Lumpur, you will be met for your transfer to Malacca. On the way of the 3-hour journey, you will see rubber and oil palm plantations and quaint Malay "kampongs" with houses built on stilts.

Check into your hotel and the rest of the day is at your leisure.

The historic seaside city of Malacca is steeped in a rich tapestry of multicultural influences reflected in its heritage architecture, diverse lifestyles and eclectic cuisine. Located on the banks of the river which in yesteryear teemed with Chinese junks and spice-laden vessels from all over the world, The Majestic Malacca provides a glimpse into the splendid saga of an extraordinary empire. Each room is sumptuously appointed, in an elegant combination of luxury, tradition and modernity. Bespoke furnishings call to mind the glory days of old Malacca, while floor to ceiling windows framed by silk drapes bathe the room with soft light. Standing on warm timber floors is an inviting four-poster bed finished in rich teak and dressed in cool cottons with an ornate silk runner. A matching silk-upholstered chaise lounge provides a cozy spot to gaze out over the river and let your imagination take you back in time or simply curl up with a book.

Breakfast, Lunch

Majestic Hotel

Day 6: Malacca- Kuala Lumpur

Have breakfast at your hotel before departing for a morning tour of Malacca town, the oldest trading post in Malaysia. Visit St. Paul's Hill for a panoramic view of Malacca. View the famous gateway, the well-known Portuguese Fort de Santiago and the ruins of St. Paul's Church, lined by 17th century Dutch tombstones. Stop by the Cheng Hoon Teng, the oldest Chinese temple then take a stroll along the "Antique Row" in Jonker Street before returning to Kuala Lumpur.

The Westin Kuala Lumpur is the epitome of personal renewal, a contemporary five-star hotel in Kuala Lumpur's bustling Jalan Bukit Bintang. All 443-guest rooms, including 23 suites and 63 one-bedroom and two-bedroom Executive Residences, feature the plush, all-white signature Heavenly Bed. The Heavenly Shower, available exclusively at our Executive Residences, will restore your mind and body

Breakfast, Lunch

Westin Hotel

Day 7: Kuala Lumpur

Today is free for you to explore as you see fit.

Breakfast

Westin Hotel

Day 8: Depart Kuala Lumpur

Have breakfast at the hotel and free time until you are driven to Kuala Lumpur International Airport for your onward flight.

Breakfast

Departures

Depart any day! Contact an iExplore Adventure Consultant for details. Note: two participants are required to operate this program.

Pricing Information

2010 Prices: Valid to March 31, 2011

$3,425 per person double occupancy.

$2,075 single room supplement.

Prices for your dates of travel may vary- please contact iExplore for an exact quote. Quoted prices are based on current rates of exchange, tariffs and taxes as of January, 2010. iExplore reserves the right to increase tour prices to cover increased costs, tariffs and taxes received after prices are published, and to reflect fluctuations in foreign exchange rates. iExplore is under no obligation to give breakdown costs involved in any package.

Included:

· Airport meet and assist in Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi Island

· Land transfers via private air-conditioned vehicles

· Seven nights hotel accommodation as indicated, including hotel taxes and daily breakfast

· Meals as indicated in the program

· All tours & sightseeing mentioned in itinerary

· English-speaking local guides

· All entrance fees to all sites in the program in Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi Island

· One tour option on Day 04 on Langkawi Island

· Economy class air from: Kuala Lumpur - Langkawi Island and Langkawi Island- Kuala Lumpur

Not Included:

· International airfare and taxes

· Services not included in itinerary

· Meals not mentioned in itinerary

· Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, etc

· Travel & Medical insurance

· Holiday surcharges

· Gratuities

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

Options and Extras

Singapore Extension

Day 1:

On arrival at the Singapore airport you will be met and depart on an orientation tour of the city. The tour begins with a drive through the "Colonial Heart" for a view of the Padang, Cricket Club, Parliament House, Supreme Court and City Hall. Then, en route to Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of the oldest temples in Singapore, the coach will pass Chinatown before stopping at Mount Faber for a panoramic view of the harbor before proceeding to a local Handicraft Center.

Continuing on you will visit the National Orchid Garden located within the beautiful Botanic Gardens. The final stop, at Little India, will enchant you with the scent of joss sticks, jasmine and spices.

Proceed to your hotel for check in. You will be confirmed at either the Concorde Hotel or the Swissotel Merchant Court- your choice!

After checking in, the remainder of day is at leisure for shopping or relaxation.

Lunch, Dinner

Concorde Hotel or Swissotel Merchant Court

Day 2:

After breakfast, enjoy a Sentosa Island Escapade! Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city to Sentosa - the resort island of peace and tranquility. Enjoy a scenic cable car ride and catch a bird's eye view of Singapore's skyline and busy port. Once on the island, visit the Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom with more than 3000 species of butterflies and insect specimens on display. Stroll through the cool outdoor conservatory that has over 1500 live butterflies and watch the blossoming of new life at the live pupae enclosure. Next, visit the Underwater World, Asia's largest and most innovative tropical oceanarium that is home to over 2500 marine animals. Tour concludes with a coach ride back to the mainland. The afternoon you will have additional free time for shopping.

This evening depart on the World's First Night Safari, set in 40 hectares of secondary jungle adjoining the Singapore Zoo, where the mystery and drama of the tropical jungle will unfold after dusk. See a myriad of nocturnal animals, from fierce predators to timid forest dwellers, in their natural habitat under the subtle moonglow lighting. Roam the jungle in the complete safety and comfort of a tram. The tram ride takes you through the east and west Loops passing by a large reservoir and weaving through selected habitats designed specially to replicate the natural environment from the Himalayan Foothills of the Southeast Asian Rainforest and Indian Subcontinent.

On completion of the tram ride, your tour guide will lead you on a walking trail where you will be able to view the animals at closer quarters.

Breakfast

Concorde Hotel or Swissotel Merchant Court

Day 3:

Enjoy the morning at leisure until you are driven to the airport for your flight to your next destination.

Breakfast

Pricing- valid until December 31, 2010:

$1,075 per person double occupancy.

$925 per person triple share.

$1,895 solo traveler.

Included:

· Arrival & departure transfers accompanied by an English-speaking guide.

· An English-speaking guide accompanies all tours.

· Admission/entrance fees to sites/tours in the itinerary.

· Two nights accommodations including daily breakfast.

· One lunch on Day 1.

· One dinner on day 2.

Not included:

· International airfare and taxes

· Services not included in the itinerary

· Departure taxes

· Meals not mentioned in itinerary

· Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone

· Travel & Medical insurance

· Holiday surcharges

· Gratuities

Tour Notes