Grand Peninsular Self Drive Tour (13D/12N)

Grand Peninsular Self Drive Tour (13D/12N)

Admire the best of Peninsular Malaysia as you cruise along the tropical countryside

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For those of you who are not into typical traditional tours, then this self-drive tour is definitely recommended. Explore Peninsular Malaysia in a more intimate way as you drive through its many towns and admire the countryside. This promotional package includes hotel accommodation with breakfast, airport transfers and car rental with GPS.

Your road trip around Peninsular Malaysia will take you from Kuala Lumpur, the capital of the country, up north along the west coast and then across to what is considered the heartlands of the country, the east coast states of Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang. Finally, you will visit Malacca, once an important Malay sultanate in the region and the spiritual birthplace of Malaysia, before ending your trip back in Kuala Lumpur.

Among the many places that you will get to explore include Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands, Kuala Kangsar, Penang, Kota Bharu, Perhentian Island, Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan, and Malacca. There are also numerous other attractions that will capture your attention as you make your way through Peninsular Malaysia. Here are some suggestions on how to occupy your time at some of these places.

Sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur is a must if it is your first time to the city. The city boasts a mix of modern skyscrapers and colonial era buildings, many of which have its own distinct architecture. These buildings trace the city's evolution from a tin mining town to its present status of a capital city. Some must-see sights include the Petronas Twin Towers – the tallest twin towers in the world, Jamek Mosque – built where Kuala Lumpur originally began, and many more.

Cameron Highlands is renowned for the many tea plantations and farms that produce fresh fruits and vegetables. During the British colonial era, it served as the main highland getaway for foreigners who were not accustomed to the tropical weather. Be sure to check out the various farms at Cameron Highlands, including the strawberry farm, the butterfly farm, and the honeybee farm. Also do not miss taking a stroll through the tea plantation and factory.

Kuala Kangsar is the royal town of Perak state, and is the ancestral seat of the Perak royal family. Among the highlights there are the Ubudiah Mosque, Istana Iskandariah, and Sultan Azlan Shah Gallery, which houses the Sultan of Perak's collection. All these sites are located atop Chandan Hill in Kuala Kangsar.

Penang Island's most recent tourist attraction is also its oldest – the heritage city of Georgetown. Georgetown, together with Malacca Town, was listed as a World Heritage City in 2008 and still enjoys this status. The many heritage buildings are a key feature of this city, but it is the living heritage – the people, the traditional arts and crafts – that truly make it unique.

Kota Bharu, Kelantan's state capital, can be considered a unique cultural centre. Kelantanese have always prided themselves as having a unique identity that is distinct yet an integral part of Malaysian culture. During your visit there, do not forget to wander around the city and see the following sights – the State Museum, the State Mosque and of course, the famous Siti Khadijah Market.

Terengganu is arguably the state with the most tourist attractions in Peninsular Malaysia. During your road trip, you will experience two very distinct attractions, the beautiful Perhentian Island, with its crystal clear blue seas, and Kuala Terengganu, the state capital, renowned as the country's Malay heartland.

During your time in Pahang, you are advised to stop at Cherating Beach, one of the most popular beaches in Malaysia. The beach is the site of the first ever Club Med in Asia, yet it retains its humble traditions, as evidenced by the local villages that dot the beach-side.

Your last stop is Malacca, a place with a storied past, being first a Malay Sultanate which was then successively conquered by the Portuguese, Dutch and finally, the English. Each conqueror brought new wonders that were assimilated into local culture. Your visit to Malacca will allow you to see close up how these cultures clashed and the resulting rich mixed lifestyle they left behind.

Day 1 ARRIVE KUALA LUMPUR

Distance: 70 Kms (1 hour by car)

Meals: None

Drive Guide:

No driving for the day

Remarks:

Arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport – Flight TBA

Meet & greet by our driver and transfer to hotel.

Day 2 KUALA LUMPUR

Distance: 0 Kms (0 hour by car)

Meals: Breakfast

Drive Guide:

No driving for the day

Remarks:

24 hours Hop on Hop off pass included

Breakfast at hotel

Stroll through the capital city of Malaysia for a sightseeing tour. The mix of modern and old architecture creates an eclectic atmosphere that can be hardly found anywhere else in the world.

Day 3 KUALA LUMPUR – CAMERON HIGHLAND

Distance: 205 kms (3-4 hours by car)

Meals: Breakfast

Drive Guide:

After getting acquainted with the rented car, drive out of Kuala Lumpur through the North South highway to Cameron Highlands.

Remarks:

Breakfast at hotel

The rented car will be delivered to your hotel by AVIS in the morning.

Enjoy a number of stops along the way to Cameron Highlands. Suggested stops include the Royal Selangor Pewter factory, Batu Caves, Tapah, and Lata Iskandar waterfalls. In the evening after your arrival at Cameron Highlands, visit the Night Market if the weather permits.

Day 4 CAMERON HIGHLAND

Distance: 0 kms (0 hours by car)

Meals: Breakfast

Drive Guide:

Drive around Cameron Highlands for your own exploration.

Remarks:

Breakfast at hotel

Take your time in your exploration of Cameron Highlands. Remember to stroll through the farms and markets.

Day 5 CAMERON HIGHLANDS – KUALA KANGSAR - PERAK - PENANG

Distance: 259 kms (4 hours by car)

Meals: Breakfast

Drive Guide:

Head down from Cameron Highlands towards Penang. The drive will take you through the state of Perak. Enjoy the view of the Straits of Malacca as you opt for either the Penang Bridge or the Penang Ferry Service to get to the island.

Remarks:

Breakfast at hotel

Along your drive, you are advised to stop at Kuala Kangsar, the royal town of Perak. Other attractions that might take your fancy along the drive include Kellie's Castle, Orang Utan Island at Bukit Merah, and the Cave temples around Ipoh. During the night after arriving at Penang Island, you might also want to take a drive to Batu Feringghi to check out the night market.

Day 6 PENANG

Distance: 0 kms (0 hours by car)

Meals: Breakfast

Drive Guide:

Time to drive around Penang Island and enjoy the sights.

Remarks:

Breakfast at hotel

Design your very own drive around tour of Penang Island. Pick from the many amazing sights that the island has to offer, including Cheong Fat Tze Mansion, Penang Hill, Kapitan Keling Mosque, Khoo Kongsi, Kek Lok Si Temple and many more.

Day 7 PENANG – BANDIND ISLAND - KOTA BHARU

Distance: 337 kms (4-5 hours by car)

Meals: Breakfast

Drive Guide:

Bid Penang Island goodbye and begin your drive eastwards along the East-West highway to Kota Bharu. The route includes some stunning scenery, especially Banding Island, which is at the centre of a huge man-made lake.

Remarks:

Breakfast at hotel

Stop for lunch at Banding Island and admire the breath taking view there. At Kota Bharu, remember to visit some of the city's attractions, like the State Mosque and State Museum. Most of the sights will be closed for Friday, Saturday and Fasting month between 20 July – 18 August 2012.

Day 8 KOTA BHARU – KUALA BESUT – PERHENTIAN ISLAND

Distance: 55 kms (1.5 hour by car, 1 hour by boat)

Meals: Breakfast

Drive Guide:

Drive around Kota Bharu before heading to Kuala Besut for a boat ride to Perhentian Island. Park the vehicle at a safe parking area near Kuala Besut jetty (parking fees approx. MYR 5-10 per day).

Remarks:

Breakfast at hotel

Before leaving Kota Bharu, pay a visit to the famous Siti Khadijah Market located in the heart of the city, where you can find all kind of local products in market. When you reach Perhentian Island you can relax in the sun, go windsurfing, snorkelling or just swimming.

Day 9 PERHENTIAN ISLAND

Distance: 0 kms (0 hours)

Meals: Breakfast

Driving Guide:

No driving for the day

Remarks:

Breakfast at resort

Spend your day enjoying the natural beauty of Perhentian Island. Set up a snorkelling trip or just spend an entire day under the sun in the sand.

Day 10 PERHENTIAN ISLAND – KUALA BESUT - KUALA TERENGGANU

Distance: 114 kms (1 hour by boat, 2.5 hours by car)

Meals: Breakfast

Driving Guide:

Depart Perhentian Island by boat and hop back into the car for a trip to Kuala Terengganu.

Remarks:

Breakfast at hotel

While you make your way to Kuala Terengganu, it is advisable to make a stop at a typical fishing village near Marang to see how fishermen traditionally process a variety of dried food products. During your exploration of Kuala Terengganu, remember to check out the State Museum, Bukit Puteri, Istana Maziab and also Duyung Island. Note: Most of the sights will be closed for Friday, Saturday and Fasting month between 20 July – 18 Aug 2012 in Kelantan and Kuala Terengganu.

Day 11 KUALA TERENGGANU - KUANTAN

Distance: 178 kms (3-4 hours by car)

Meals: Breakfast

Driving Guide:

Depart Kuala Terengganu and head to Kuantan, the capital of Pahang. In the afternoon, you might want to drive to the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre in Kemaman.

Remarks:

Breakfast at hotel

During your drive to Kuantan, you might want to stop at Cherating Beach at one of the villages to observe their traditional way of life. Later in the afternoon, if you choose to drive to the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, and if it is between July to mid-September, you get the chance of observing the Leatherback Turtles that come ashore to lay their eggs at the nearby beach at night.

Day 12 KUANTAN - MALACCA

Distance: 349 kms (5 hours by car)

Meals: Breakfast

Drive Guide:

As you leave Kuantan, you can visit Lake Chini, a famous lake in Malaysia that has several legends associated to it. Besides this, you can also visit an Orang Asli settlement to get to know how they lived off the land. Then drive through the South Highway to Malacca.

Remarks:

Breakfast at hotel

Highlights of the day include the visit to Lake Chini and the visit to the Orang Asli settlement. In Malacca, you can drive around to check out the heritage buildings like the Porta De Santiago, the Dutch Square and pay a visit to Jonker Street in the evening.

Day 13 MALACCA – KUALA LUMPUR / KL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Distance: 144 kms (2 hours by car)

Drive Guide:

Depart from Malacca and head to Kuala Lumpur. You can drop the car off at either downtown Kuala Lumpur at the main lobby of Crown Plaza Mutiara Hotel, or at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, where you proceed to ground floor block D at the AVIS assigned parking bay and drop the car keys off at the car rental office.

Meals: Breakfast

Remarks:

Breakfast at hotel

Enjoy your drive back from Malacca to Kuala Lumpur.

Swiss Inn Kuala Lumpur

No 62, Jalan Sultan, 50000,

Kuala Lumpur,

Malaysia

Tel: 603 2072 3333

Fax: 603 2031 6699

Heritage Hotel, Cameron Highland

Jalan Gereja Tanah Rata, 39000

Cameron Highlands,

Pahang Darul Makmur,

Malaysia.

Tel: 605 491 3888

Fax: 605 491 5666

1926 Heritage Hotel, Penang

227, Jalan Burma,

10050 Penang,

Malaysia

Tel: 604 228 1926

Fax: 604 229 1926

Crown Garden Hotel, Kota Bharu

PT 302 & 303 Jalan Kebun Sultan,

15300 Kota Bharu,

Kelantan, P.O. Box 282.

Tel: 609 743 2228

Fax: 609 743 2224

Shari-La Island Resort, Perhentian Island

Bangunan Majlis Daerah Besut,

Depan Stesen Bas, Kuala Besut,

22300 Besut, Terengganu Darul Iman

Tel: 609 697 7500 / 609 697 7501

Fax: 609 697 7502

Hotel Grand Continental, Kuala Terengganu

Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin, Daerah 8,

20000 Kuala Terengganu

Tel: 609 625 1888

Fax: 609 625 1999

Swiss Garden Resort & Spa, Kuantan

2656-2657, Mukim Sungai Karang,

Balok Beach, 26100 Berserah, Kuantan,

Pahang Darul Makmur

Tel: 609 544 7333

Fax: 609 544 9555

Mimosa Hotel, Malacca

108, Jalan Bunga Raya,

75100 Melaka,

Malaysia.

Tel: 606 2821 113

Fax: 606 2819 122

All package rates are nett price in USD. Valid from 1 November 2011 till 31 March 2013.

CATEGORY 1: Honda City 1.5 (A) or similar

1 person – USD 2400 per person

2 persons – USD 1200 per person in ½ twin room

3 persons – USD 1100 per person in ½ twin room

4 persons – USD 1000 per person in ½ twin room

Single supplement – USD 560

CATEGORY 2: Toyota Altis 1.6 (A)

1 person – USD 2600 per person

2 persons – USD 1300 per person in ½ twin room

3 persons – USD 1100 per person in ½ twin room

4 persons – USD 1000 per person in ½ twin room

Single supplement – USD 560

CATEGORY 3: Honda Civic 1.8 (A) or similar

1 person – USD 2800 per person

2 persons – USD 1400 per person in ½ twin room

3 persons – USD 1200 per person in ½ twin room

4 persons – USD 1100 per person in ½ twin room

Single supplement – USD 560

CATEGORY 4: Honda Accord 2.0 (A) or similar

1 person – USD 3000 per person

2 persons – USD 1600 per person in ½ twin room

3 persons – USD 1300 per person in ½ twin room

4 persons – USD 1100 per person in ½ twin room

Single supplement – USD 560

CATEGORY 5: Toyota Innova 2.0 (A) or similar

1 person – USD 3200 per person

2 persons – USD 1600 per person in ½ twin room

3 persons – USD 1300 per person in ½ twin room

4 persons – USD 1200 per person in ½ twin room

Single supplement – USD 500

* All vehicles listed above are subjected to availability

PEAK SEASON SURCHARGES

Swiss Inn, Kuala Lumpur

USD 16 per room/night for the period of 15 December to 2 January


Heritage, Cameron Highlands

For Malaysian & Singaporean, USD 27 per room/night for the following periods:

29 April to 1 May

16 to 17 May

3 to 5 June

6 to 8 August

17 to 22 August

15 to 18 September

22 to 24 October

25 to 26 October

16 to 18 November


For All Markets, USD 67 per room/night for the following periods:

24 to 26 December

30 December to 1 January

20 to 24 January

22 to 24 August


1926 Heritage, Penang

USD 38 per room/night for Malaysia School, Eve & Public Holidays


Crown Garden, Kota Bharu

USD13.50 per room/night for Malaysia School, Eve & Public Holidays


Shari-la Island, Perhentian Island

USD27.60 per room/night for the months of March, April and May

USD 50 per room/night for Malaysia School, Eve & Public Holidays and the months of July, August and September


Grand Continental, Kuala Terengganu

USD 16 per room/night for the following periods:

23 to 25 December

21 to 25 January


Swiss Garden, Kuantan

USD 16 per room/night for the following periods:

23 to 25 December

29 December to 1 January

21 to 25 January


Mimosa, Malacca

USD 10 per room/night for Malaysia School, Eve & Public Holidays


Package Rate includes:

Accommodation in air conditioned rooms with bath/shower with daily breakfast

Service charge of 10 % and local taxes of 6 %

Private transfer from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Swiss Inn Hotel

24 hour pass for Hop on Hop off tour in Kuala Lumpur

Two (2) ways boat transfer Kuala Besut to/from Perhentian Island on combine basis

Car rental from day 3 – 13

Car Delivery/Collection fees

Car on self-drive basis with CDW

Garmin Global Positioning System (GPS)


Package Rate excludes:

Any damages caused by hirer carelessness or negligence

All entrance fees, sightseeing, petrol, toll, parking, etc.

Any domestic or international flights

Expenditure of a personal nature

Departure airport tax


Rates are not applicable during the following periods:

Formula One

Moto GP

Monsoon Season, between November and February

Minor changes to the itinerary are sometimes necessary, we will endeavour to minimise these changes, which are at times out of our control.


All prices are subject to changes due to unforeseen circumstances such as but not limited to increase in government taxes etc.


The non-waiver excess:

Model 1: USD 276.00

Model 2: USD 345.00

Model 3: USD 518.00

Model 4-5: USD 690.00

Non-slip shoes, good walking shoes

Comfortable clothes, change of clothes (in case you caught in rain/wet)

Small plastic bags

Sun block, hat, sun glasses

Insect repellent

Rain coat or umbrella

Swim wear

Drinking waters

Malaysian currency

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