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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.

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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UNESCO World Heritage Site

George Town Highlights

Penang, Malaysia
Half Day Respectful Dress
This panoramic tour of Penang’s state capital begins with a drive along the ‘road of harmony’, which is lined with places of worship, including the Anglican St George’s Church, the Chinese Kuan Yin Temple and the Kapitan Keling Mosque.

This panoramic tour of Penang’s state capital begins with a drive along the ‘road of harmony’, which is lined with places of worship, including the Anglican St George’s Church, the Chinese Kuan Yin Temple and the Kapitan Keling Mosque.

The next stop will be the brightly painted Thai temple of Wat Chayamangkalaram, home to a 108-foot long figure of the Reclining Buddha. Just across the road from here is the Burmese Temple, before you are transported to one of the most popular destinations in Penang, Gurney Drive. Known as ‘The New Esplanade’, and also the Persiaran Gurney, this lively waterfront takes its name from Sir Henry Gurney, who served as Malayan High Commissioner from 1948 to 1951.

Heading out of town, your tour concludes with the tranquil surroundings of the Penang Botanic Gardens, also known as ‘Waterfall Gardens’, which are more than a century old and cover 72 hectares, featuring a spice garden, kitchen garden and orchidarium. Bound by tropical trees and cascading streams, nestled within a deep valley at the foot of jungle covered hills, the gardens are the perfect place to see wild monkeys roaming freely in their natural habitat. You will then be returned to Aegean Odyssey via the colonial grandeur of the Eastern & Oriental Hotel for a glimpse into the style and glamour of Old World Penang.

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

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Kuala Lumpur

Port Kelang, Malaysia
Half day
Explore 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. Begin with a 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.

Explore 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. Begin with a 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.

Pass the blue-domed National Mosque and the fantastical Edwardian Moorish-style Railway Station on your way to Independence Square, where British colonists once played cricket and the Malayan flag was first hoisted on August 31st, 1957.

The surrounding architectural ensemble includes the Tudor-style Royal Selangor Club, once a popular watering hole for high society during the tin boom. Across the way is St Mary's Cathedral, Kuala Lumpur's oldest Anglican Church. Be sure to have your cameras ready for your photo stop at the Petronas Towers – the tallest twin towers in the world and without a doubt the most memorable symbol of Kuala Lumpur.

 

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