Oceania Exclusive Tour
For those travelers who prefer an added measure of intimacy and flexibility, we are pleased to offer our new Oceania Exclusive tours. With a minimum of 10 guests and a maximum capacity of just 16 guests, each tour benefits from a higher level of personal attention and the added flexibility and agility that come from traveling in a small group.
Oceania Exclusive tours are available for a specially selected number of tours in almost every port we visit, in every corner of the world.
This full day adventure that covers some of Penang's most notable attractions begins with a scenic drive to Kek Lok Si Temple. The largest temple in Southeast Asia, it is majestically situated on a hilly slope that commands amazing views over Georgetown. Built in tiers, this sprawling temple complex is dominated by the magnificent seven-story Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas and the enormous bronze statue of the Goddess Kuan Yin. Located within the temple grounds you'll also find tranquil gardens, a turtle pond and numerous decorative shrines and sculptures.
Proceeding on, you'll next make stops at the Thai Buddhist Temple that houses what is believed to be the 4th largest reclining Buddha in the world as well as the Burmese Buddhist Temple which sits directly across the road. The close proximity of the two temples serves to further accentuate the rich cultural diversity that exists in Penang. Following your temple visits, you'll transfer to one of the area's leading restaurants for an appetizing buffet lunch of international favorites.
The afternoon begins with a short drive to the Butterfly Farm. The landscaped gardens with their inviting ponds and waterfalls are home to over 100 species of whimsical butterflies that roam freely within a natural habitat. The farm also has a nature park that houses small reptiles, a museum of Asian artifacts, and souvenir shops where you can purchase a memento during your visit. After a fun visit enjoying the farm's many delightful exhibits, you'll re-join your coach and take a relaxing drive through the surrounding pastoral hills and countryside, capturing views of rural life in Penang before arriving at one of the area's fruit stands for a brief stop. Here, you will have a chance to see first-hand the vast variety of local fruits and spices grown on the island before making your way to a typical Malay Village for a photo stop.
As you make your way back to the pier by way of the picturesque coastal road, you'll be able to get a good view of the Penang Bridge, reputed to be the fifth largest in the world. A final tour stop at the bridge to capture some pictures brings your day to a close.
Please note: The sights on this tour are not wheelchair accessible and therefore it is not recommended for wheelchair guests. The tour includes a substantial amount of walking which can be strenuous at times and over 100 steps to negotiate. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Lightweight clothing, hats, comfortable walking shoes, sun screen and insect repellant are suggested. The order of sights visited may vary to avoid overcrowding.