Private Tour: Kuala Lumpur and Malacca Day Trip from Singapore (6:00 AM pickup)

Duration: 1 day
Destination: Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
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  • Non-Cancellable

Overview

Venture north into Malaysia and visit Kuala Lumpur and Malacca on this private, full-day trip from Singapore. Experience the colonial-era charms of UNESCO-listed Malacca as your professional English-speaking guide sheds light on its history. Spend the afternoon checking out the Petronas Twin Towers, Batu Caves, and other highlights of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s high-octane capital. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and food sampling are included, as well as admission fees and round-trip private transportation by a deluxe minivan with 2 drivers (on rotating shifts).

Highlights

  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • All entrance fees included
  • Vegetarian meal option available

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Bemban Melaka

Begin with 6:00 AM morning pickup at your Singapore hotel. Relax into the leather seats of your private, air-conditioned deluxe minivan as your driver crosses the Singapore-Malaysia drive-through border (no standing in line) and enjoy the 3-hour chauffeured drive to Malacca - the UNESCO-listed Malaysian state that was once the country’s busiest trading port. En-route, listen to the detailed deforestation commentary by your professional English-speaking guide (licensed with university qualifications) as you pass by the massive palm oil plantations at Malacca Bemban Village. Use the onboard WIFI if you wish while enjoying a complimentary packed breakfast box.

Pass By: Malacca River, Melaka, Central Melaka District, Melaka State

Upon arrival in Malacca, hop onboard a scenic river cruise that will sail you into the heart of UNESCO Malacca. Spanning 10km, 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.

Pass By: Kampung Morten, Melaka, Central Melaka District, Melaka State

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: St. Francis Xavier Church, Melaka, Central Melaka District, Melaka State

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

Pass By: Red Square (Dutch Square), Melaka, Central Melaka District, Melaka State

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.

Pass By: Queen Victoria's Fountain, Melaka, Central Melaka District, Melaka State

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.

Pass By: Christ Church, Melaka, Central Melaka District, Melaka State

Facing the fountain 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: Melaka Clock Tower, Melaka, Central Melaka District, Melaka State

Also in the midst of Dutch Square is the Tan Beng Swee Clock Tower. Even though the structure looks Dutch, it was actually built by a wealthy Straits Chinese family in 1886 in honour of Tan Beng Swee, a rich Chinese merchant.

Pass By: Middleburg Bastion, Melaka, Central Melaka District, Melaka State

While ascending to St. Paul's Hill, from a vantage point, you can see the 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, Melaka, Central Melaka District, Melaka State

While ascending to St. Paul's Hill, from a vantage point, you can see the famous Flora De La Mar which is 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 1512, carrying with it treasures from Malacca.

Pass By: St. Paul's Hill & Church (Bukit St. Paul), Melaka, Central Melaka District, Melaka State

At the top of St. Paul's Hill sits the armless statue of St. Francis Xavier next to the famous St. Paul’s Church. Plenty of engraved 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.

Pass By: British Graveyard, Melaka, Central Melaka District, Melaka State

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.

Pass By: A Famosa Fort, Melaka, Central Melaka District, Melaka State

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 remains of the fort is now just a gate.

Pass By: Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, Melaka, Central Melaka District, Melaka State

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.

Pass By: Batu Caves, Batu Caves, Selangor

About 90 minutes from Malacca, you will stop for a brief lunch at a popular Malaysian restaurant 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 the tallest Lord Murugan statue in the world.

Pass By: Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan

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.

Pass By: National Mosque (Masjid Negara), Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan

10 minutes drive from the National Palace is the National Mosque The Sunni Islamic mosque was built in 1965 in a bold and modern approach, symbolic of the aspirations of a newly independent Malaysia. Its key features are a 73-metre-high (240 ft) minaret and a 16-pointed star concrete main roof - reminiscent of an open umbrella which is synonymous with the tropics.

Pass By: Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan

Located near the National Mosque is the National Monument and 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 struck of midnight of 31st August 1957.

Pass By: Dayabumi Complex, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan

From the Independence Square, you will have a vantage view of Dayabumi Complex. Built in the 1970s, it was one of the city’s earliest skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur to incorporate principles of Islamic design into its architecture.

Pass By: Royal Selangor Club, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan

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: Jabatan Kerja Raya 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: Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan

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 the superior courts of Malaysia.

Pass By: Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan

Located near the Independence Square is the KL Tower (421m tower primarily for telecommunications) and the Petronas Twin Towers (452m tower 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 58m double-deck Sky Bridge.

Pass By: SMART Tunnel, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan

Leaving Petronas Twin Towers, 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.

Pass By: Johor Bahru Checkpoint

Located 30 minutes from the Singapore-Malaysia border is Johor Bahru, the state capital of Johor in southern Malaysia. Johor Bahru is a bustling modern city with little interest for the casual tourist. You will stop for a brief dinner at a popular Malaysian restaurant before being chauffeured through the drive-through border (no standing in line). Subject to actual border conditions, you should be back at your Singapore hotel at around 10:00 PM in the evening.

Inclusions
  • Professional English-speaking guide (licensed with university qualifications)
  • Private full-day transportation by deluxe minivan with 2 drivers (on rotating shifts)
  • Guaranteed drive-through lane usage at the border (no standing-in-line)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (any address in Singapore)
  • Packed breakfast box (juice, bottled water, biscuits and pastry)
  • Lunch and dinner (table service)
  • Free WIFI access onboard vehicle
  • Free sarong rental to enter Batu Caves
  • Petronas Twin Towers or KL Tower ticket (pick your choice during booking)
  • Scenic river cruise inside UNESCO Malacca
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges

Exclusions
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please include your Singapore hotel name/pickup address under "Special Requirements" during booking (6:00 AM pickup)
  • A current valid passport and immigration slip (a white piece of paper issued to you when you enter Singapore) are required on the day of travel
  • Date of birth and weight for all participants are required at time of booking to join the included river cruise
  • Vegetarian/halal food options are available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • All visa requirements to enter Malaysia are the sole responsibility of the traveler
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Maximum 2 medium-sized bags can fit into the car trunk
  • In-vehicle booster seat is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please inform at time of booking if you need to end the tour at Kuala Lumpur, Malacca or Johor Bahru
  • A non-private/small-group (less than 8 persons) version of this tour is now available on: https://www.viator.com/tours/Singapore/M/d18-38917P23
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Any alcohol/tobacco products or chewing gum brought/bought during this tour must be fully consumed before re-entering Singapore in the evening
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Singapore

Traveler pickup is offered
Please include your Singapore hotel name/pickup address under "Special Requirements" during booking (6:00 AM pickup)


Departure Time

6:00 AM


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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

Duration

1 day

Package is not cancellable.

User's Reviews

Image - 13 Sep 2018 -

Joanna M

This was a fantastic tour! Saw so much of Malaysia and the tour guide Edison was very knowledgeable, helpful, kind and friendly. He made sure I saw the highlights. This is an excellent tour and highly recommended

Image - 21 Jul 2018 -

Leah L

An awesome tour with our knowledgeable guide, Eddison. Job well done. Met our expectations of the tour. The climb at the Batu Caves was delightful though too tiring with 272 steps of the stairway to get to the caves. The Petronas twin towers were fantastic. We were guided to the 86th floor to have a magnificent view of the city. Great tour in Malacca with its historical places. Meals were wonderful. This tour is recommendable.

Image - 17 Mar 2018 -

Scott P

Excellent tour! Exceeding expectations! Have no doubt, this is a long day. You are picked up at your hotel promptly at 4:30 am and you'll return no earlier than 9 pm that night. The tour guide Eddison was beyond excellent, attentive, prepared, we loved him. The two drivers alternated during the day to stay fresh, they were great, very professional. Wear shorts, dress for hot and humid weather, bring sun-screen. Be ready to cover a lot of ground in one day. We let Eddison pick the places to eat and let him order for us, it was perfect, tried some things we wouldn't have known to try. I could go on, but the summary is, this tour was exactly as advertised and well worth the price.

Image - 13 Mar 2018 -

Robert H

My wife and I had a fabulous tour of Malacca and Kuala Lumpur with Eddison, our driver/guide for the day. He was very knowledgeable about the places we visited, paced out a very busy day so that it was quite manageable, and most importantly for a tour that involves some very long stretches of driving, he was an excellent driver. He also chose very good places for our breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a variety of local cuisine that added to our enjoyment of the day.

Note that this tour makes for a very long day. In our case, pick-up at our hotel in Singapore was at 4:30 in the morning, and we didn't return until 9:30 that evening although unusually heavy traffic on the highway in Malaysia slowed our return down considerably. This means you will not be able to linger overly long in any one spot if you want to see everything that Eddison has packed into the tour, but still, if you want to get a taste of Malaysia while staying in Singapore, this is a great way to do it. Yes, it's a long day, but being able to visit the very historical city of Malacca and the quite beautiful Kuala Lumpur, including a trip up to the observation deck in the Petronas twin towers, was well worth it. We're very glad we did it, and would recommend this tour, and Eddison, to anyone who would like to experience a little bit of Malaysia while staying in Singapore.

Image - 09 Mar 2018 -

Andrew R

This is really worth the long day out, myself and my wife had a great time. Excellent tour guide Edison has great knowledge Picked up on time, all sights on time, would recommend him a big pay rise

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