LUXURY Private day tour: Kuala Lumpur & Malacca from Singapore by licensed guide

Duration: 16 hours
Destination: Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
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Overview

Head for an adventure up north to Malaysia and see Malacca and Kuala Lumpur on this fully-guided private day tour from Singapore.

Start the day with 2 of our trained staff (1 licensed guide and 1 separate driver) to see historical Malacca - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and hear fascinating stories of its colonial past on a scenic cruise down Melaka River.

In the afternoon, continue on north to admire the world-famous Petronas Twin Towers, Batu Caves, National Palace, Independence Square and the many interesting aspects of Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur.

Observation deck tickets in Kuala Lumpur, river cruise tickets in Malacca, private transportation, meals, Singapore hotel pickup and drop-off are included for your convenience.

Highlights
✅ All border paperwork + Drive-through lane usage at the border (no standing-in-line)
✅ 2 trained staff (1 licensed guide and 1 separate driver)
✅ We are the ONLY Viator Badge Of Excellence accredited tour operator from Singapore to Malaysia

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Singapore, Singapore

Begin with an early morning pickup at your Singapore hotel.

2 of our trained staff (1 licensed guide and 1 separate driver) will meet you at the hotel driveway to check your documents before escorting you through immigration via the drive-through border (no standing-in-line).

After clearing immigration, relax into the leather seats of your private, air-conditioned vehicle to enjoy the 3-hour chauffeured drive to Malacca - a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was once the country’s busiest trading port.

Use the onboard WIFI if you wish while enjoying a complimentary packed breakfast box.

Duration: 3 hours

Pass By: Sime Darby Plantation, 77000 Jasin, Malacca, Malaysia

En-route, listen to the detailed deforestation commentary by your professional local English-speaking guide (100% licensed with university qualifications) as you pass by the massive palm oil plantations at Malacca Jasin village.

Do you know that this tour is both a Viator Badge Of Excellence accredited tour, and a sustainable carbon-neutral tour?

After every tour, 1 tree will be planted in damaged Malaysian Borneo rainforests to offset the tour carbon footprint, as well as to preserve the natural habitat of the endangered Orangutan species.

Stop At: Malacca River, Melaka Malaysia

Upon arrival in Malacca, hop onboard a scenic river cruise that will sail you into the heart of UNESCO Malacca. Spanning 10-kilometer, Malacca river was once dubbed the "Venice of the East" by European seafarers as it was a prominent port of entry for traders from Europe and Asia during the late 16th century.

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Jalan Kampung Morten, Melaka 75300 Malaysia

During the river cruise, you will see this historical village which is named after a British land revenue collector during the British Malaya, Frederick Joseph Morten. It houses more than 100 traditional Malay houses, many of them built without the use of any nails.

Pass By: Old Bus Station Bridge ( Jambatan Old Bus Station), River, 75300 Malacca, Malaysia

During the river cruise, you will see many beautiful bridges, of which this bridge is most prominent as it is seemingly modelled after the Rialto Bridge of Venice.

Pass By: St. Francis Xavier Church, 12 Jalan Banda Kaba, Melaka 75000 Malaysia

During the river cruise, you will see this twin-spired neo-gothic leaning structure that was built in 1849, in honour of St. Francis Xavier, a prominent 16th-century Catholic missionary also known as the "Apostle of the East".

Stop At: Red Square (Dutch Square), Melaka Malaysia

Disembarking the river cruise, you will set foot upon Dutch Square. Dutch Square is distinguished by a group of bright, terracotta-red colonial Dutch buildings, built between 1650 and 1750, with louvered windows and chunky doors with wrought iron hinges.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Queen Victoria's Fountain, Jalan Gereja Bandar Hilir, Melaka 75000 Malaysia

In the midst of the Dutch Square is a beautiful fountain - Queen Victoria's Fountain. It is an ornate Victorian marble addition, erected in 1904 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Melaka Clock Tower, Jalan Gereja, Melaka 75000 Malaysia

Also in the midst of Dutch Square is the Tan Beng Swee Clock Tower. It was built by a wealthy Straits Chinese family in 1886 in honour of Tan Beng Swee, a rich Chinese merchant.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Christ Church, Jalan Kota, Melaka 75000 Malaysia

Facing the clock tower is Christ Church, it was built as a place of worship by the Dutch in 1753, about a century after they took over Malacca from the Portuguese. When the British occupied Malacca, it was turned into an Anglican church with a weathercock and bell added to show the direction of the wind.

Pass By: Middleburg Bastion, Jalan Merdeka, Melaka Malaysia

While ascending to St. Paul's Hill, from a vantage point, you can see a replica of the old Middleburg Bastion. After conquering Malacca in 1641, the Dutch constructed the bastion which is strategically located at the mouth of Malacca River to strengthen the existing city defence left behind by the Portuguese.

Pass By: Flora de la Mar Maritime Museum, Jalan Quayside, Melaka 75000 Malaysia

While ascending to St. Paul's Hill, from a vantage point, you can see the famous Flora De La Mar, which can be translated as Flower Of The Sea in English. Situated near the mouth of the Malacca River, this is the site of a replica of the Portuguese ship that sank off the coast of Malacca on its return trip to Portugal in late 1511, carrying with it treasures from Malacca.

Stop At: St. Paul's Hill & Church (Bukit St. Paul), Jalan Kota, Melaka 75000 Malaysia

At the top of St. Paul's Hill sits the iconic statue of St. Francis Xavier next to the famous St. Paul’s Church. Plenty of engraved Dutch tombstones are laid against the walls of this roofless church, originally built in 1521. From the church, you can take in breathtaking views of the Straits Of Malacca.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: British Graveyard, Batu Linggi, Melaka Malaysia

A short walk down from St. Paul's Church leads to the overgrown remains of the Dutch Graveyard. It was originally used as a Dutch graveyard in the late 17th-century when the VOC (Dutch East India Company) was still in control. The graveyard was also used by British while they were in Malacca.

Stop At: A Famosa Fort, Jalan Parameswara Bandar Hilir, 2 Min Walk from St Paul's Church, Melaka 78000 Malaysia

Walking down from the Dutch graveyard, you will arrive at A Famosa Fort, which is the oldest surviving structure in South East Asia. It was built in 1511 using laterite stones by Alfonso de Albuquerque, the man who led the Portuguese invasion into Malacca. The fort used to surround the whole St. Paul's Hill. However, what remains of the fort now is just a gate.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Malacca Sultanate Palace, Jalan Kota, Melaka 75000 Malaysia

From A Famosa Fort, you will have a vantage view of a replica of the old Malacca Sultanate Palace. The building is a modern reconstruction of the palace of the Malacca Sultanate, which was founded by King Parameswara in the 1400s.

Pass By: Proclamation Of Independence Memorial, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia

From A Famosa Fort, you will have a vantage view of Proclamation Of Independence Memorial. The building used to house the Malacca Club - a meeting place for members of the British colonial society to socialise. The building was later converted into a memorial in 1985 to commemorate Malaysia's independence from the British.

Stop At: Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, No. 25, Jalan To_kong, Melaka 75200 Malaysia

5 minutes drive from A Famosa Fort is the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple. Dedicated to Kuan Yin - the Goddess of Mercy, the temple is known as the Merciful Cloud Temple. Built in 1673, it is the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Al Azim Mosque, Kampung Bukit Palah, Melaka 75150 Malaysia

15 minutes drive from Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, from a vantage point, you will see the Al Azim Mosque (Malacca State Mosque). Built in 1990, this mosque has a capacity of 12,000 people, and features a triple-tiered green pyramidal roof, instead of a conventional spherical dome - an exquisite showcase of how the Muslim community blended in harmoniously with the local Chinese population in the area.

Stop At: Gombak, Batu Caves 68100 Malaysia

About 90 minutes from Malacca, you will stop for a brief lunch at a popular Malaysian eatery before continuing on to Batu Caves. The limestone forming Batu Caves is said to be around 400 million years old. Batu Caves was founded by K. Thamboosamy Pillai, an Indian trader in 1891, as a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Murugan. A 42.7-metre high gold-painted statue of Lord Murugan was unveiled in January 2006, having taken 3 years to construct. It is one of the tallest Lord Murugan statue in the world.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Istana Negara, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur 50490 Malaysia

20 minutes drive from Batu Caves is the Istana Negara (National Palace). It is the official residence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the monarch of Malaysia. The palace complex has an area of 97.65 hectares, 22 domes, and is split into three main portions: the Formal Component, Royal Component and Administration Component. Guests may take photos and walk around on foot at the designated public areas.

Stop At: Tugu Negara, Kuala Lumpur, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Next stop after the National Palace is the famous National Monument, locally known as Tugu Negara. It is a historic bronze sculpture that pays tribute to those who died in combat during Malaysia’s battle for freedom against the Japanese occupation during World War II and the Malayan Emergency from 1948 till 1960. It serves as a remembrance of the bravery, courage and unity of the fighters who laid down their lives for Malaysia’s independence. The statue has earned its place in the book of records as the tallest freestanding group of bronze sculptures at 15-meter high.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Located near the Tugu Negara is the Independence Square (Dataran Merdeka). This is the historical place where the Union flag was lowered and the national flag was raised for the very first time at the stroke of midnight of 31st August 1957.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Jalan Raja Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur 50050 Malaysia

From the Independence Square, you will have a vantage view of the Sultan Abdul Samad building, which is among Kuala Lumpur’s earliest Moorish-style buildings. It was built in 1897 and was named after the reigning sultan of Selangor at the time. The distinguished landmark originally served as the offices for the colonial British administration and thereafter the superior courts of Malaysia.

Pass By: Royal Selangor Club, 1 Jalan Raja City Centre, Kuala Lumpur 52100 Malaysia

From the Independence Square, you will have a vantage view of the Royal Selangor Club. The club was founded in 1884 and originally served as a meeting place for high ranked and educated members of the British colonial society. Selangor is the name of the state in which the capital - Kuala Lumpur is located.

Pass By: Merdeka 118 Tower, Jalan Hang Jebat, City Centre, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur 50150 Malaysia

From the Independence Square, you will have a vantage view of the Independence Tower, locally known as Merdeka 118. Topped with a massive 160-meter spire, the tower is still under construction.

When completed in end 2022/early 2023, it will be the world's second-tallest structure, surpassing the Tokyo Skytree at 634 meters.

Pass By: Dayabumi Complex, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

From the Independence Square, you will have a vantage view of Dayabumi Complex. Built in 1984, it was one of the city’s earliest skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur to incorporate principles of Islamic design into its architecture.

Pass By: Blok F, Ibu Pejabat JKR Malaysia, Jalan Sultan Salahuddin, Kuala Lumpur, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

From the Independence Square, you will have a vantage view of the famous Jabatan Kerja Raya (Public Works Department) building. The façade was made from 6,248 distinctive low-emission triangular glass pieces of semi-unitised triple glazing system, which were installed at customised angles to form a dynamic skin that reduces the intensity of sunlight throughout the day. This substantially reduces heat gain on the glass surface and internal air-conditioning load.

Pass By: National Mosque (Masjid Negara), Jalan Perdana, Kuala Lumpur 50480 Malaysia

Located near the Independence Square is the National Mosque of Malaysia. Completed in 1965, the mosque has a capacity for 15,000 people and is situated among 5 hectares of gardens. Its key features are a 73-metre high minaret and a 16-pointed star concrete main roof. The umbrella, synonymous with the tropics, is featured conspicuously - the main roof is reminiscent of an open umbrella, and the minaret's cap a folded one. The folded plates of the concrete main roof are a creative solution to achieving the larger spans required in the main gathering hall. Reflecting pools and fountains are also spread throughout the compound.

Pass By: Petronas Twin Towers, Concourse Level, Lower Ground Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur 50088 Malaysia

Located near the National Mosque is the Petronas Twin Towers (452-meter tall towers primarily for offices). The Petronas Twin Towers are currently the world’s tallest twin structures. The 88-storey buildings are joined at the 41st and 42nd floors by a 58-meter double-deck skybridge.

IMPORTANT: Due to 9/11, access to the Petronas Twin Towers skybridge is severely capacity controlled; guests who wish to access the skybridge must register their passport details separately online at least 14-60 days in advance, the passport registration link can be found on the tour confirmation voucher/mobile ticket.

Stop At: Menara Kuala Lumpur, 2 Jalan Punchak, Off, Jalan P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The KL Tower is a 421-meter tower primarily used for telecommunications, sitting on a 94-meter hill affectionately known as Bukit Nanas to the locals.

Guests who do not wish to register their passport details separately online to access the Petronas Twin Towers skybridge will be able to take ground photos from the exterior of Petronas Twin Towers, and then visit KL Tower observation deck with similar city views.

Duration: 45 minutes

Pass By: SMART Tunnel, E38, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Leaving the KL Tower downtown area, many drivers prefer to get back into the expressway using the SMART Tunnel. SMART is an acronym for Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel, a project initiated to alleviate the flooding problem and traffic congestion at the city centre. In 2011, the tunnel received the UN Habitat Scroll of Honour Award.

Stop At: Pagoh, Pagoh, Muar District, Johor

After passing the SMART Tunnel, you will then head back south towards Singapore. You will stop for a brief dinner at another popular Malaysian eatery near Pagoh, about midway between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Singapore, Singapore

After dinner near Pagoh, you will again be escorted through immigration via the drive-through border (no standing-in-line), before your tour finishes with a hotel drop-off.

Duration: 2 hours

Inclusions
  • Guaranteed 2 staff (1 licensed guide and 1 separate driver) to share workload for the long day
  • All border paperwork + Guaranteed drive-through lane usage at the border (no standing-in-line)
  • 100% licensed professional local English-speaking guide
  • Free Singapore hotel pickup and drop-off (any address)
  • Full day private transportation by economy, standard or deluxe vehicle
  • Entrance ticket to KL Tower observation deck (or Petronas Twin Towers subject to extra requirements)
  • Entrance ticket to Melaka River cruise inside UNESCO Malacca
  • Admission to Batu Caves, Dutch Square and A Famosa Fort grounds
  • Admission to St Paul's church, National Mosque and Cheng Hoon Teng temple
  • Admission to National Palace (public areas), Independence Square and National Monument
  • Admission to KLCC Park (ground views of Petronas Twin Towers)
  • Photostop at Flor De La Mar (shipwreck replica) and Malacca State Mosque
  • Free WIFI access onboard vehicle in Malaysia
  • Packed breakfast box (juice, bottled water, biscuits and pastry)
  • Lunch and dinner at indoor local food court (hawker culture with live kitchens)
  • Deluxe package only: Lunch and dinner upgrade to table-service cafe
  • Deluxe package only: Vehicle upgrade to deluxe executive minivan
  • Deluxe package only: Expert digital ground photographs of guests at Petronas Twin Towers
  • Deluxe package only: Hygiene amenity kit (wet wipes, napkins, face masks, disposable gloves)
  • Deluxe package only: New sarong to enter places of worship (if required)
  • Deluxe package only: Take-home premium cheesecake slices from famous local bakery
  • Entry/Admission - Malacca River
  • Entry/Admission - Batu Caves
  • Entry/Admission - Menara Kuala Lumpur

Exclusions
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • For the latest tour availability and pricing, please kindly check on the desktop site
  • Due to 9/11, access to the Petronas Twin Towers skybridge is severely capacity controlled; guests who wish to access the skybridge must personally register their passport details separately online at least 14-60 days in advance, the passport registration link can be found on the tour confirmation voucher/mobile ticket
  • Guests who are unable to personally register their passport details separately online to access the skybridge will be able to take ground photos from the exterior of Petronas Twin Towers, and then visit KL Tower observation deck with similar city views
  • Halal food options are available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • In-vehicle infant/booster seats are available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Guests from Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Colombia, India, Israel, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, North/East/West/Central Africa, Pakistan, Serbia Montenegro, Sri Lanka, Yugoslavia: Please seek prior travel authorization from your nearest Malaysian embassy
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • For Hard Rock/Starbucks collectible fans: Complimentary 15-min detour to Rock Shop/Starbucks in Johor (upon request)
  • A current valid passport (with at least 6 months validity) is required on the day of travel to visit Malaysia
  • Date of birth and weight for all guests are required at time of booking to join the included river cruise; in the rare event that the river cruise is closed (ie: weather/tidal/safety reasons etc), a 20-min Trishaw ride or Riverside drive will be offered as a replacement as per guests' preference
  • Guests who wish to substitute religious sites with alternative places of interest, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Guests who wish to end the tour in Kuala Lumpur, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Sustainable travel guarantee: 1 tree will be planted in damaged Borneo rainforests after every tour to offset the tour carbon footprint and to preserve the natural habitat of the endangered Orangutan species
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • In light of the rapidly evolving Covid-19 pandemic and emergence of new variants, all our drivers and guides are rostered for frequent regular swab tests. In the event that significant cross-infection is detected, tours may be cancelled with full refund to safeguard the well-being of all our guests.
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
With free Singapore hotel pickup and drop-off (any address), maximum 2 medium-sized luggages can fit into the vehicle trunk

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

16 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Mark_B

22 Nov, 2022

Our guide Edison, truly brought our experience to life. His knowledge and expertise of the city, history and culture was outstanding. Our river cruise was unfortunately canceled due to high winds. We were bummed about that however he did everything he could to try and make it up to us. I would recommend this experience to anyone.

Richard_G

18 Nov, 2022

We had a delightful and most memorable tour with Eddison. He walked us through everything he expected us to see, with charming details, historical perspectives , and local culture tidbits. He attended to our every need and accommodated our interests, and energy levels. We recommend this tour highly for those in Singapore with limited time or other constraints. It’s a wonderful way to see how Singapore and Malaysia, once united, have steered separate courses. This tour, and guide, won’t disappoint, but be forewarned, it’s a long day’s journey to this fascinating area. We’ll worth the effort.

Deidre_C

02 Nov, 2022

Our trip to Malaysia was well worth it. The part we enjoyed the most was the boat trip. The service was fantastic. The guide and the driver were informative and interesting. They were very considerate and helpful

Robert_A

24 Oct, 2022

Our family of 6 and 2 friends had limited time to tour Malaysia while we were in Singapore. This whole day trip was the perfect solution - picking us up from our hotel in Singapore and returning us at the end of the day. Edison was a fantastic guide - knowledgeable, professional, accommodating and patient with our eclectic group of adults, teenagers and children with diverse interests. It was wonderful to be able to enjoy the ride, see the points of interests and try local cuisine without the worries of driving & scheduling the details - everything was taken care of for us. We would highly recommend this day tour.

Mark_A

19 Oct, 2022

Malacca, KL, Malay cuisine, shops, temples, churches, river cruise, KL tower, Batu caves....so much covered in a short time ! Would highly recommend.

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