Island Discovery and City Tour

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Price: $110.00   Sale Price: $85.00   Save: $25.00
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Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 8 Hours
Activity Level ? Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? The Cruise Ship Pier.
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable seasonal clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, walking shoes, and a hat. Please ensure you are appropriately dressed for visits to any to local places of worship, as you could be refused entry. Long sleeves, loose pants, long skirts and pants are all acceptable in places of worship. Shoes should be taken off when entering a mosque.
Restrictions Participants must be able to get in and out of the vehicle. A ship card and photo identification is required to participate.

Island Discovery and City Tour

Explore the relentless beauty and splendor of George Town, Penang's capital and largest city. This George Town tour is ideal for those looking to experience a wonderful array of cultural venues for a low price.

Discover the natural beauty of the island and learn about the traditional art of fabric making using wax and dyes. Then drive through the hills where you will enjoy the lush greenery of tropical rainforest, dotted with fruit orchards and spices. Stop at a street stall and be introduced to the many varieties of fruits and spices produced from the local farmers, and learn how the rubber tree is tapped. Drive to a valley with clusters of traditional Malay villages and paddy fields, and feel the tranquility of this beautiful area. Head to a centuries-old temple called the Snake Temple, which is home to several pit vipers. Worshippers believe the vipers are drawn to the temple and that the sacred smoke that permeates the temple calms the snakes, but as a safety precaution, the snakes are de-venomed.

After leaving the Snake Temple, head to George Town, labeled a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unique architectural and cultural townscape unparalleled in East Asia. Your guided city tour begins with a visit to a Burmese and Thai temple, where you'll want to take photographs of the incredibly decorative and colorful entrances. Inside the Thai temple, witness the grandeur of a gold-plated reclining Buddha measuring over one-hundred feet in length.

Your tour continues to Fort Cornwallis, a British-built fortification from the late 1700s with cannons decorating the grounds. Pass by the clock tower and proceed to the waterfront, where you'll experience another highlight of your George Town tour at the Clan Jetty. At this gorgeous waterfront society, small homes rest on wooden stilts over water, and the century-old water village provides captivating views of the Penang Bridge, the second largest bridge in Malaysia.

Your guide will then take you on a slow scenic drive through various popular cultural spots. See Little India, home to the oldest Hindu temple in Penang, and Chinatown, a bustling street full of distinctive stalls and shops.

Then, arrive at one of the most beautiful places in Malaysia, The Street of Harmony. This picturesque street draws together the town's four main religions and provides quick insight into the island's different communities. You'll see the First Anglican church built in Southeast Asia. Right down the street is the Goddess of Mercy Temple, a Hindu temple, one of Penang's oldest surviving buildings showcasing a decorative tower with thirty-eight impressive statues. You'll also see the Kapitan Keling Mosque, a strikingly elegant building mixing Colonial and Moorish architecture.

Book this George Town tour for a comprehensive cultural experience at a low price.

Please Note: A ship card and photo identification is required to participate.

4.5 Stars4.7 / 5  |  7 ReviewsReview This Tour
General Feedback
December 03, 2019
Guide was pleasant, knowledgeable and accommodating when questioned even stopping to let us all see a building that was not officially part of the tour. Information about the stops was provided before arriving at the location so that when we got there we could all go out and explore. A visit to the Green Mansion in lieu of another site because of heavy rain was delightful and our guide stayed with us for a long time while we visited. When we passed some interesting graffiti, he turned around and took us back to take photographs and provided the history of the street artist. Despite driving through very heavy rain at times, our guide was very helpful and courteous throughout the tour. We were never rushed at anytime and he assured us that we would be taken back to the ship well before it’s departure. Of the 7 tours booked for the entire trip, there was no doubt that this tour ranked 1st of the 7, thanks mainly in having an excellent guide in Allan.
Reviewer: TAM
5 Stars
loved the attention
July 09, 2018
got excellent service, very personal. could not have asked for anything better
Reviewer: David Herbert Ellig
5 Stars
Penang tour
March 25, 2018
This was my favorite tour. Loved Georgetown, Fort Cornwallis, Snake Temple. Guide was enthusiastic and listened to what the group wanted to do.
Reviewer: Vivian Balfour
4 Stars
Shopping stops included
April 17, 2017
Had an enjoyable small group tour on a hot day. Made several stops to tour the city. Included a couple of shopping stops--high quality. Thought I got my money's worth and a nice overview of Penang.
Reviewer: Cheri Mae Berti
4 Stars
Island Discovery and City Tour
January 12, 2017
The tour and the tour guide were both fantastic. Very knowledgeable, flexible, professional. Outstanding!
Reviewer: Bebe
5 Stars
must do this one
May 06, 2016
individual tour of the town with a driver assigned to me. awesome guide, knowledgeable, and ready to do whatever i wanted to do. i would do this again in a minute.
Reviewer: world traveler
5 Stars