18 January 2016, 00:00
Discover the magic of Colonial Malaysia: Hill stations, elephants and orangutans
Enjoy three nights at the 5Q Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang
Tour tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands
Take a boat to Orang-Utan Island
Saga’s new Colonial Malaysia escorted tour takes visitors from futuristic Kuala Lumpur on a journey of discovery to see animal conservation at work, historic tea plantations and the exciting city of Penang.
Guests arrive in the Kuala Lumpur to spend three nights at the Renaissance Hotel (4Q) with sightseeing tours to the iconic 451-metre Petronas Towers, Parliament House, Chinatown, the market and New King's Palace.
Next stop is a visit to the National Elephant Conservation Centre in Kuala Gandah where guests learn about the organisation’s rescue work. The centre is the only one of its kind in Malaysia and over the last 30 years it has relocated more than 700 Asian elephants to safe habitats including Taman Negara National Park.
The tour heads south to the small state of Malacca to see the Sultan's Well, the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple and Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum before a two-night stay at the Equatorial Hotel (4Q).
After a boat ride along the Malacca River guests travel to Rawang in Selangor, north of Kuala Lumpur, for a train journey through the countryside to the city of Ipoh, where British and Chinese architecture reflects its past association with tin mining.
After an overnight stay at the Weil Hotel (4Q) the tour continues to the Cameron Highlands, the most extensive of Malaysia’s hill stations where guests see how the tea is grown, harvested and processed.
The tour moves to the Strawberry Park Resort (4Q) for an overnight stay before a drive to the fishing village of Kuala Sepetang to take a boat Orang-Utan Island, in Semanggol. Here conservationists study the orang-utan and after an introduction to these charming primates, visitors can take an enclosed walk and observe them in their natural habitat.
The Colonial Malaysia tour ends in Penang with a three-night stay in the Eastern & Oriental Hotel (5Q), created by the builders of the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Sightseeing tours include the Penang State museum and Reclining Buddha Temple as well as beautiful Penang Hill, one of the oldest British hill stations and the last area of tropical rainforest in Penang.
For details call free on 0800 414 383 or visit saga.co.uk/asia
12 nights from £1,999 departing London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur on September 18, October 9 and 23, November 6 and 13, 2016 and January 22, February 19, March 5 and 26, 2017. Price includes VIP door-to-door travel service, return flights and transfers, 16 meals - 10 breakfasts, four lunches and two dinners, porterage, tour manager, optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights or a discount if not required.
To extend this tour guests can choose from three nights (pre or post tour) at the Renaissance Hotel (4Q) in Kuala Lumpur (£2,318) or three nights post-tour at the Lone Pine Hotel (4Q) on Batu Ferringhi Beach, Penang (£2,258).
Editors: Saga Holidays is the winner of 16 Gold British Travel Awards 2015 including Best for Escorted Adventures, Best for Wildlife & Nature, Best for Special Interests, Best Holiday Company to South East Asia.