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    1. Walking tour of the ancient Malay Kingdom

      • Port of call : Penyengat Island
      • Length : 4h30

      Dating back to the 18th century, this island was used as the headquarters for the Kings and Queens of the Malay realm who ruled over the islands stretching from what is now part of Indonesia, to Singapore and Malaysia. Penyengat lost its strategic importance when the Penyengat people were ordered to destroy its palaces, buildings, land, etc. to prevent them from being confiscated by the Dutch colonials. Penyengat still bears the traces of its illustrious past. Ruins, like the old palace and royal tomb complex, which were abandoned for years have recently been restored.

      Upon your arrival at Penyengat Island, you will be greeted with a traditional Malay welcome with the “Kompang” (a musical instrument); a special welcome for important guests. Afterwards, you will meet your guide and leave the port on foot to visit the Sultan Riau great mosque. Built in 1844, it was constructed using egg whites in the building material’s mixture to seal the bricks and help keep it standing for a long time. On the left side, there is a small library that stores Quran scriptures dating back to the 17th century as well as a collection of ancient Malay books.

      You will continue on to the former Palace of Raja Ali. The building and ruins still show its former glory. Not far from the former palace, you will see the mausoleum of Raja Ali Haji, the author of the first Malay language grammar book, which became the standardized reference for the modern Malay language.

      Next, you will visit the fishing village of the Orang Laut Malay people, who have a rich maritime culture. Although they used to live on boats, nowadays most are permanently settled on land.

      Finally, you will visit the Balai Adat Melayu Riau, a stilt house constructed from wood with yellow accents. It is a replica of a Malay-Riau traditional house that used to be found in Penyengat Island a century ago. Here, you will witness the cultural ceremony of a traditional Malay wedding. The couple are treated like a king and queen, and people in royal court costumes serve the newlyweds, while others act like royal guards and perform a demonstration of the traditional martial art called Silat. This demonstration is followed by traditional music and dancing. Enjoy refreshments and traditional Malaysian cuisine snacks before walking back to the jetty to take the tender back to the ship. 

      • This tour is done entirely on foot. We advise you wear comfortable walking shoes and light clothing. We recommend a hat, sun screen and mosquito repellent.This tour is only conducted in English.

      Included
    2. Nature Habitat Discovery

      • Port of call : Penang (Georgetown)
      • Length : 5h00

      From the pier, you will board your coach for a 45-minute drive to the bottom of Penang Hill. Then, you will take the funicular train, which will bring you up to 800 metres above sea level. Constructed in 1923, this popular resort rail line leads you past flower farms and colonial bungalows. With your guide, head out on foot along a one-mile (1.8 km) nature trail through The Habitat.

      The area’s rich biodiversity encompasses more than 100 species of birds, endangered endemic plants and a multitude of fauna. As you approach the mid-point of the trail, get on The Langur Way Canopy Walk, a bridge which brings you up close to the canopy layer of the rainforest 30 metres-high from the forest floor. Spanning 230m/750ft in length, the canopy walk provides spectacular valley views of this ancient rainforest and a glimpse of the Andaman seas beyond.

      From the Canopy Walk, make your way to the Curtis Crest Treetop Walk and stand atop the highest viewing platform in Penang. From this vantage point, take in 360-degree panoramic views of Penang Island and across the Straits of Malacca to mainland Penang and the neighbouring state of Kedah. The ground below the Curtis Crest Treetop Walk was once used as military parade grounds by the East India Company and was explored by famed botanist Charles Curtis, first superintendent of Penang Botanic Gardens for experimental planting. 

      • This tour involves 1 mile (1.8 km) of walking on forest trails and 150 steps up to the Treetop walk. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun. Refreshments and snacks will be served at the Habitat.

      65.00 €
    3. Jewels of Georgetown by trishaw

      • Port of call : Penang (Georgetown)
      • Length : 4h00

      From the pier, board your trishaw and start your exploration of the highlights of the historical city of George Town.

      Your first stop will be made at a Chinese clan jetty, where the locals live in wooden houses perched on stilts over the water.  Walk over the narrow wooden platform and immerse yourself in the trading history of Penang and the lifestyles of the families residing on the Chew Jetty. 

      Next, the grand Khoo Kongsi awaits you. This clan house, a symbol of filial piety is a must-see for any visitor to Penang and it features many ornate wood and granite carvings.

      Next, visit the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, once home and ancestral hall of Chung Keng Quee, Captain China of Perak and a Hakka mine-owner.  Displayed in this 19th century townhouse of eclectic design and architecture, are an extensive collection of Straits-born Chinese or Baba Nyonya antiques. 

      Finally, relive the rich cultural heritage of the Chinese while visiting The Blue Mansion - the mystic- shrouded Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, a home restored to its former splendour and now a boutique and bed and breakfast. This architectural masterpiece is a statement of the eclecticism of the times. Carefully restored after a century of neglect, "The Blue Mansion" has been the location for several films including "Indochine" with Catherine Deneuve. Enjoy a snack and refreshment in the courtyard before continuing onto your next stop. 

      • This tour involves little walking with approximately 50 steps to negotiate. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun. Only local currency is accepted (Ringgit). The order of the visits will vary in order to avoid congestion at the sites. Guides will be positioned at the landmarks, there will be no commentary given during the cycle rickshaw rides. This tour is limited to 50 participants. The price is based on 2 persons by cycle rickshaw.

      75.00 €
    4. Local & Peranakan Culture

      • Port of call : Malacca
      • Length : 4h00

      From the pier, board your coach and drive to the Malacca River cruise jetty for a 40-minute river cruise.

      The Malacca River crosses Malacca City to the Strait of Malacca. It separates the civic district, clustered at the foot of St Paul's Hill, from the residential and commercial districts of Heeren Street and Jonker Street. Many small boats sail past historic buildings, old warehouses, mangrove stands, churches and villages.

      After your river cruise, re-board your coach and drive to a Malay village.

      During your exploration of this village, visit Villa Sentosa, a traditional kampong house, to learn more about the Malay traditional life. Then, you will enjoy a local coffee/tea with traditional snacks.

      Continue your journey to the Chitty village in Jalan Gajah Berang. It is home to a small community of Hindu Peranakans - descendants from Tamil traders who settled in Melaka over 500 years ago. Chitty (or Chetti) means 'trader' in Tamil. Since the 15th century, Southern India traders visit the shores of the Malay Peninsula to trade spices and other merchandise. They came for extended trips as bachelors or without their wives and they married local women in Melaka - Malays, Chinese, Javanese and Batak. 

      • This tour involves approximately 0.5 mile (700metres) of walking some over sandy paths. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun. Only local currency is accepted (Ringgit). Appropriate clothing is recommended to enter Malay house: shoulders and knees must be covered. You should remove your shoes when entering a kampung kouse.

      55.00 €
    5. Historical Town

      • Port of call : Malacca
      • Length : 4h00

      It is traditionally believed that the history of Malaysia began with founding Malacca in 1400. The state flourished and became a huge emporium attracting traders from all over Asia and even as far as Europe. Then a succession of colonial eras turned Malacca into the fascinating melting pot of cultures, which still exist today.

      From the pier, embark your coach for the short drive to the Dutch Square and its majestic Stadhuys, built by the Dutch for the official residence of their Governors and administrative building. 

      Visit the Historical and Ethnography Museum, the first floor of the Museum is devoted to the history of Melaka which is also the early history of Malaysia. It covers the period from the founding of Malacca as the Malay Sultanate as early as 1400, to its existence as a colony under the Portuguese, Dutch, British and Japanese ruling, to the establishment of the independent Federation of Malaya in 1957.  Among the other popular exhibits on display are the items used in traditional wedding ceremonies, kitchen utensils, farming utensils and musical instruments. Continue, ascending up St Paul Hill to visit St Paul Church where, St Francis Xavier was temporary buried before his body was transferred to Goa, India. A stop will be made at Porta de Santiago, part of the Portugese fort built after 1512.  

      From Porta de Santiago, depart by coach to the old part of Malacca and visit the oldest Chinese Temples in South East Asia also known as The Cheng Hoong Teng Temple

      Before your return to the pier, stroll towards Jonker Street, which is renowned for its antique shops. However, over the years, it has also turned to many clothing and craft outlets as well as restaurants.

       

      • This tour involves approximately 0.6 mile (1 km) of walking over flat but uneven terrain, and 120 steps to reach St. Paul’s Hill. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun. Appropriate dress is recommended to enter religious sites (shoulders and knees covered).

      40.00 €
    6. Kampung Experience

      • Port of call : Lumut
      • Length : 9h00

      From the pier, board your coach for the approximately two-hour drive up to Kuala Kangsar. Along the way, you will see limestone hills.

      Kuala Kangsar is the royal town of Perak, Malaysia. It is located at the downstream of Kangsar River where it joins the Perak River. Upon your arrival at Labu Kubong Homestay in Kuala Kangsar, feel the authentic countryside experience. As soon as you set foot in the village, you will be awed by the villagers’ welcome gesture and experience their unique culture through their music and traditional attire made of songket - the Malays’ renowned fabric.

      Surrounded by hills, waterfalls, rivers, paddy fields and fruit orchards, enjoy your 2 km kampung walk, experiencing activities which are uncommon to urbanites. Your first stop will be Stingless Bee Farm, where you can observe how kelulut - a type of stingless honeybees - produce their honey. The industrious bees are scientifically known as ‘Trigona’.

      Next, visit a rubber farm to experience the routine of rubber tapping, and then make your way to a herb farm. Through a live demonstration afterwards, learn from local artisans how to make a fancy traditional kite.

      While you explore Labu Kubong, don’t miss out the opportunity to witness how dried tamarind are processed from their raw form. Then, enhance your taste buds with kueh’ – the locals’ traditional delicacies.

      For your lunch, get a chance to cook authentic Malay dishes with your local host.

      • This tour involves little walking but does require a two-hour transfer in each direction. Beverages with lunch are limited to bottled water, soda or juice and tea or coffee. We recommend you bring insect repellent.

      95.00 €
    7. River cruise and Orang Utan Island

      • Port of call : Lumut
      • Length : 9h00

      From the pier, board your coach for the approximately two-hour drive up to Kuala Kangsar. On the way, you will pass by small towns and villages. Upon arrival, board local boats for a one-hour river cruise on the Kuala Sepetang River. During your cruise, see fishing villages, fish farms, eagles feeding and, if you are lucky, you will spot the dolphin, which is scientifically named ‘Sousa Chinensis’.

      Next, enjoy your seafood lunch at a local restaurant. Then, transfer to Kuala Sepetang Mangrove Reserve Forest and Charcoal Factory. Get a chance to experience an authentic tour of the factory.

      Kuala Sepetang’s charcoal has been acknowledged as one of the best in Asia for almost 8 decades. Currently, it is estimated that 144 charcoal manufacturers and more than 300 stoves are still in business at Kuala Sepetang. 

      Your last stop will be at Orang Utan Island, a renowned centre dedicated to the rehabilitation and conservation of Malaysia's orangutangs. To see the animals, walk in a cage-like tunnel from where you can witness the natural habitat of the apes, and visit the educational zones where experts teach you about the life, habits, and conservation of the astute animal. 

      • This tour involves little walking but does require a two-hour transfer in each direction. Beverages with lunch are limited to bottled water, soda or juice and tea or coffee. We recommend you bring insect repellent.

      90.00 €
    8. Ipoh Oldtown

      • Port of call : Lumut
      • Length : 8h30

      From the pier, board your coach for the one and a half-hour drive to Ipoh. On the way, you will pass by small towns and villages.

      On your arrival in Ipoh, start your 2 km (1.2 mile) “Ipoh Heritage Trail” – a one-hour guided tour that covers 28 historical landmarks located from the old town of Ipoh to the present commercial district.

      The trail starts from Ipoh Railway Station, also known as Ipoh Taj Mahal, passing by historic buildings such as the Town Hall, Birch Memorial Clock Tower, Ipoh High Court, Royal Ipoh Club, St John Church and St Michael Institution. Along this trail, you will be awed by the workings of Moorish colonial architecture, pre-war buildings and the historical journey of an old Japanese spy hideout (Mikasa photo-stop). 

      Lunch will be served at a local restaurant before continuing your walking tour.

      Continue your tour through Panglima Lane, which was established in 1908 and was historically known as Concubine Lane. It was where the concubines of wealthy Chinese men lived.

      Your next stop is Ho Yan Hor Museum – a museum which tells the story of Ho Kai Cheong, who began as an operator of a humble tea stall and later became a famous entrepreneur and philanthropist. From the museum, you shall gain an insight on how herbal drinks became popular among the tin miners as a remedy.

      Next, visit Han Chin Pet Soo, the Hakka Miners’ clubhouse. It provides an insight into the shadowy goings-on at the tin miners’ club where prostitution, gambling, opium smoking and triad activities were carried out behind the elegant facade of the club back in early years of its establishment. The clubhouse was open only to Hakka miners and the Hakka community so those who were not members were not allowed into its inner sanctum.

      For your final visit, stop at Funtasy House Trick Art – an interesting place that features more than 20 illusionistic rooms and artwork for trick photo sessions.

      • The Ipoh Heritage Trail covers a 2 km (1.2 mile) trail. Beverages with lunch are limited to bottled water, soda or juice and tea or coffee.

      60.00 €
    9. Kampong traditions and crafts

      • Port of call : Port Klang
      • Length : 8h30

      This tour showcases diverse Malaysia lifestyles and traditions, as well as its many traditional crafts.

      From the pier, you will board your coach for the 1 ¼-hour drive to Pudu Market, one of the largest traditional wet markets in the capital. Wend your way through the narrow lanes of tightly packed, bustling stalls to see the vast array of fresh meat, fruits and vegetables on offer.

      Then, you will go to KL Craft Centre where you will attend a hands-on lesson from a local batik expert to paint your own batik (silk). 

      The Malaysian Heritage Trust of Badan Warisan will be your next destination. Here you will be met by a Trust member who will lead you on a tour of the traditional wooden house of a village leader (Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman). This offers a fascinating insight into domestic life in the early 1900s. Made from tropical hardwood and elevated on stilts, this beautifully restored building with ornate carvings was first built in the 1920s in the northern state of Kedah. It was later acquired by the Heritage Trust, moved to its current location piece by piece, reassembled and restored to its original condition.

      During your visit, you will attend a demonstration of a wedding ceremony, Kuih Ketayap preparation as well as the making of Bunga rampai.

      Kuih Ketayap is a Malaysian crepe with sweet coconut filling and is traditionally served for breakfast and teatime.  Bunga rampai is a floral gift given at important Malay ceremonies such as graduations and weddings. Beautiful, scented flowers, such as jasmine, frangipani and roses, are chosen for their bright colours.


      Your lunch will be served at a local restaurant serving traditional Malay Fine Cuisine.

      Reboard your coach for the 1 ½-hour drive back to Port Klang and your ship.

      • We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun. Beverages served with lunch include a bottle of water and 1 glass of wine. Only local currency is accepted (ringgit). Appropriate clothing is recommended to enter the Malay house: shoulders and knees must be covered. This tour is limited to 80 participants.

      150.00 €
    10. Cultural Mah Meri Tribes

      • Port of call : Port Klang
      • Length : 5h30

      From the pier, board your coach and start your drive to the Cultural centre in Carey Island, a 45-minute drive.

      On arrival, you will be greeted with a traditional Mah Meri welcome ceremony.

      During this tour, learn about the mystical beliefs and culture of a mysterious and unique native tribe. The Mah Meri is one of the 19 native tribe groups in Peninsular Malaysia. Learn and experience interesting rituals, simple yet complex practices and dances that are rooted in animistic beliefs. Mingle with the friendly locals and discover their daily activities. Learn the ancient craft of creating origami from a palm leaf. Truly blessed with creative skills par excellence in woodcarving, you will have the opportunity to view their works of art. Some of their masterful sculptures were awarded the “Seal of Excellence” by UNESCO.

      After attending a demonstration of a wedding ceremony with the Joh-Oh mask dance, having hands-on experience in pandanus leaf weaving, leaf origami and wood carving with local villagers, you will enjoy a light snack with Mah Meri food and fruits.

      Finally, you will walk to the village to reach their spiritual house, the place where the tribe performed prayers once a year. 

      • This tour involves approximately 0.5 mile (800 metres) of walking with some steps. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes, bring insect repellant and protect yourself from the sun. Only local currency is accepted (Ringgit). This tour is limited to 80 participants.

      75.00 €
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