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A boomtown in the 19th century due to its rich resources of tin, today Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur is a thriving metropolis and home to the Petronas Towers, the world’s tallest twin buildings. Alongside exploring vibrant, modern Malaysia, you will also visit the country's rural attractions. These include the beautiful seaside town of Kuantan, a local fishing village, jaw-dropping views of the Malaysian coastline, and beautiful pristine beaches which provide the perfect place to unwind.

Kuala Lumpur

Port Kelang, Malaysia
Half day
View a landscape of beautiful mosques, grand museums, historic memorials and local marketplaces during this tour of Malaysia's capital.

View a landscape of beautiful mosques, grand museums and historic memorials during this tour of Malaysia's capital. It's all a far cry from the city's 19th-century start as a humble tin mining settlement. Start with an hour's drive along the modern highway to the highlight of your sightseeing tour, the National Museum, where the superb displays include a life-size exhibit of a Malay wedding, a GoldRoom and a reconstructed village compound.

On your way to Independence Square, pass the blue-domed National Mosque and the fantastical Edwardian Moorish-style Railway Station. Visit Independence Square, where British colonists once played cricket and the Malayan flag was first hoisted on August 31, 1957. The surrounding architectural ensemble includes the Tudor-style Royal Selangor Club, a watering hole for high society during the tin boom. Across the way is St Mary's Cathedral, Kuala Lumpur's oldest Anglican church.

Before returning to the ship proceed to the Petronas Towers for a photo stop – the most memorable symbol of Kuala Lumpur without a doubt.

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UNESCO World Heritage Site

Malacca Heritage Tour

Malacca, Malaysia
Half day Tender Archaeological Site
Discover the history of Malacca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008, as you visit a ruined Portuguese fort, picturesque Dutch Square and St Paul's Hill with its sweeping view of the straits that gave this city its name.

Discover the history of Malacca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008, as you visit a ruined Portuguese fort, picturesque Dutch Square and St Paul's Hill with its sweeping view of the straits that gave this city its name. Malay history is said to have begun with the founding of Malacca in 1403. This once-sleepy fishing village became a stopover for traders from Asia and then Europe. Centuries of colonization influenced the architecture and cultures.

Start your sightseeing with a drive to Dutch Square and a visit to either the 17th-century Stadthuys, once the former governor's residence that is now a History Museum, or the Istana Melaka Museum. Ascend the 120 steps up St Paul's Hill for spectacular views over the waters once plied by schooners laden with silks and spices.

Visit St Paul's Church, built to honour St Francis Xavier, who brought Christianity to Malacca. At Porto de Santiago, view the remains of a Portuguese fortress whose 9-foot-thick walls once encircled the entire hill. Continue to the oldest part of Malacca to visit the Nanking-style Cheng Hoong Teng Temple, one of the oldest Chinese temples in Southeast Asia. Afterwards, there'll be time to wander towards Jonker Street, an intriguing area dotted with antique shops, craft stores and colorful restaurants.

*Please note you must dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule. 

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George Town Highlights

Penang, Malaysia
Half Day
Visit the temples, mosques and churches of this historically rich and culturally diverse city.

The tour begins with a drive through the streets of the city and along the ‘road of harmony’ bustling with activity. Lining along this road are various places of worship – an Anglican St. George’s Church, the Chinese Kuan Yin Temple and the Kapitan Keling Mosque. Arrive at the Penang Museum which displays a fine collection of old photographs, maps, charts and other historical artifacts.

You will next visit the brightly painted Thai temple of Wat Chayamangkalaram, which houses the 108-foot long figure of the Reclining Buddha and the Burmese Temple across the road. Continue driving along Gurney Drive, otherwise known as Persiaran Gurney. It is perhaps one of the most well-known places in Penang. Often referred to as ‘The New Esplanade’ (to differentiate it from the original Esplanade in Georgetown), Gurney Drive is a deluge of hawker delights and exciting restaurants that come alive at nighttime, giving the unique experience of dining by the sea.

Escape from the hustle and bustle of city life to the tranquil and green surroundings of the Botanic Garden which is 72 hectares and more than a century old. Lying in a deep valley at the feet of jungle clad hills, the gardens are bound by tropical forest and cascading streams. You may see the wild monkeys roam freely in their natural habitat. Drive past the Old World setting of the Eastern & Oriental Hotel before returning to the pier.

*Please note you must dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule. 

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