Borneo Adventure

plus Penang Island optional extension

This itinerary is for a past tour program.
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A fascinating journey to the island of Borneo where a mosaic of indigenous tribes, intriguing history, beautiful rainforests, rivers and diversified wildlife await. Depart from Los Angeles or Newark at the same price.


Detailed Itinerary

Borneo Adventure, 15 Day Tour Itinerary Day 1: Depart USA. Your fascinating journey begins this evening as you check-in for your flight bound for Malaysia. Flight departs late tonight.

Day 2: En route. Cross the International Date Line and lose one day en route.

Day 3: Arrive Kuching. Upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital, connect for a short flight to Kuching, the gateway to the legendary island of Borneo. You'll be escorted to your river-front deluxe hotel. Later today your Tour Director hosts a welcome dinner and orientation. Crowne Plaza Riverside Hotel Dinner provided.

Day 4: Kuching is nestled on the banks of the Sarawak River. This morning discover the charms of this captivating city established by Sir James Brooke, the first White Rajah of the province of Sarawak. See buildings dating back to the days of the White Rajahs, ancient Chinese temples and colorful markets displaying the produce that first brought traders to Borneo. You'll also visit the Sarawak Museum, displaying an excellent collection of Bornean archaeological and ethnological artifacts. Breakfast provided.

Day 5: Your hotel is ideally located for independent exploration on your free day. Wander through the narrow bustling streets lined with shops and observe craftsmen at work. You may join an optional tour to Bako National Park, one of the best places in Sarawak to see wildlife in a natural surrounding. The various types of animals spotted at Bako include proboscis and silver leaf monkeys, long tail macaques, wild boars, lizards and numerous species of birds that make the tropical rainforest their home. Tonight, experience the gracious hospitality of the locals as you're invited for dinner in a private home. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Day 6: Kuching/Batang Ai. Venture today into the heart of Borneo for Batang Ai reservoir. Journey through rural Sarawak, passing pepper gardens, cocoa and rubber plantations. En route, visit a colorful native market where a variety of jungle produce are on display. Visit a pepper garden and view wild orchids and several species of pitcher plants. Upon arrival at the Batang Ai reservoir, proceed by boat to your unique resort hotel, surrounded by mountains and unspoiled tropical rainforest. Hilton Longhouse Resort Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Day 7: Longhouse Excursion. A special treat awaits today as you sail by longboat down the river to an authentic longhouse. This is a unique way of living where the whole village is built under one roof. Visit the longhouse, experience the legendary Iban hospitality and learn about their fascinating culture and customs. Proceed to a nearby school catering to over a hundred children from different villages in the vicinity before returning to the resort. Breakfast & lunch provided.

Day 8: Batang Ai/Kuching. Enjoy a leisurely drive back to Kuching. En route stop at a Lachau, a small Chinese village where you may observe barter trading by the natives and enjoy lunch. The balance of the day is a leisure. Hilton Hotel Breakfast & lunch provided.

Day 9: Kuching/Kota Kinabalu/Sandakan. A short morning flight brings you to the tropical paradise of Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah Province. Here, an orientation tour takes you to Signal Hill for a panoramic view of the city and the scenic islands off the South China Sea. Visit the Sabah Foundation building and the Phu Thou Se Chinese Temple. After lunch, fly to Sandakan, home to one of the only four remaining Orangutan sanctuaries in the world. Sabah Hotel Breakfast & lunch provided.

Day 10: An unforgettable visit this morning to the world famous Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary where captive orangutans are reintroduced into the wild. You'll be able to observe them at their feeding stations in the rainforest and watch a presentation on the Orangutans rehabilitation program. Return to Sandakan for lunch and embark on a sightseeing tour around Sandakan's various scenic sites including the Chinese Temple, the water villages and houses on stilts. Dinner tonight is at a famous local seafood restaurant. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Day 11: Sandakan/Kota Kinabalu. Board a short flight to Kota Kinabalu nestled on the shores of the South China Sea fronting majestic Mount Kinabalu. Upon arrival, enjoy a leisurely drive into the countryside, passing by rice fields and megaliths. You will see the typical village of the "Kadazan", Sabah's largest ethnic group. At the Monsopiad Cultural Village, meet with the descendant of the famous "Monsopiad", known as the greatest headhunter warrior in early centuries and see his collection of skulls. Afternoon visit to the Sabah State Mosque and to a local market. Magellan Sutera Resort & Spa Breakfast provided.

Day 12: Today is at leisure to enjoy the extensive facilities of your luxurious hotel located near the heart of the city. Explore at your own pace or perhaps opt for a cruise to the outlying islands. This evening savor a sumptuous dinner, complete with a colorful cultural performance. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Day 13: Kota Kinabalu/Kuala Lumpur. A morning flight to Kuala Lumpur, the bustling capital of Malaysia. On an afternoon tour get acquainted with the city's surprising architectural splendors set amidst the lush greenery. Visit the impressive Jamek Mosque, the National Museum and the King's Palace. See Chinatown and stop at a local craft market. Renaissance New World Hotel Breakfast provided.

Day 14: Your final day is at leisure for last minute shopping and independent exploration. Your hotel is ideally located in the city-center. Tonight, celebrate with your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner with cultural entertainment. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Day 15: Kuala Lumpur/USA. Afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight back to the USA. Your exciting journey ends as you touch down in Los Angeles early this evening. Breakfast provided.


Penang Island Optional Extension

Extend your Borneo Adventure by adding Penang Island, a tropical paradise off the western coast of Malaysia, famous for its sandy beaches and luxuriant vegetation. Extension includes airfare, 3 nights at the deluxe beach-front Grand Plaza Parkroyal Resort, buffet breakfast daily, a half day guided sightseeing tour and all transfers. Extension begins on the evening of Day 14 and returns to the USA on Day 17. Grand Plaza Parkroyal Penang

For the Penang Island 3 Day Extension, add $299 per person ($499 single occupancy rooms) to the listed rates.


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