Singapore, Borneo’S Orangutans & Rainforest Adventure
13 nights. March 2021 - November 2022. From £2469.00.
The wilds of Borneo
Enjoy the delights of glittering Singapore, and discover verdant jungle landscapes, precious wildlife and idyllic, white-sand beaches. This wonderful holiday combines a three-night stay amid the ultra-modern cityscape of former colonial gem Singapore with 10 days in beautiful Sabah, Malaysian Borneo’s verdant jungle paradise, watched over by towering Mount Kinabalu, home to the endangered orangutan and the delightful sun bear, and fringed by pristine, white-sand beaches. With a host of tours and experiences included, and the chance to rest and relax after the tour in an ocean-side spa resort, this is a perfect introduction to a stunning corner of the world.
What's Included11 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at hotels in Singapore (3 nights), Kota Kinbalu (1), Ranau (1), Sandakan (1), Kinabatangan River (2) and Kota Kinabalu (3), plus two nights on the aircraft
Four lunches and three dinners
Return flights to Singapore (returning from Kota Kinabalu via Singapore)
Flights from Singapore to Kota Kinabalu, and from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
Holiday HighlightsA three-night stay in glittering former colony Singapore
Visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and Sun Bear Conservation Centre
Relax for three days in a luxurious ocean-side spa resort
Wildlife cruises on the Kinabatangan River and a stay in a jungle lodge
Look out for fireflies and pygmy elephants
Visit Singapore's exquisite Botanical Gardens and National Orchid Garden
Try some of the world’s best street food from the city's famous hawker centres
Fly to Kota Kinabalu, in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
Discover beautiful Kinabalu Park and the therapeutic Poring Hot Springs
Stay at the Sabah Tea Plantation
Journey to former British colonial capital Sandakan
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Fly overnight with Singapore Airlines to the island city-state.
Day 2Meet your tour manager and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.
Day 3A guided sightseeing tour introduces one of Southeast Asia’s most dynamic metropolises, where remnants of past tradition – in Little India, China Town and the Colonial District crowned by famous Raffles Hotel – contrast with the glitz of Orchard Road and futuristic Marina Bay. Take in the Gardens by the Bay and the UNESCO-listed Botanic Gardens, where the National Orchid Centre is a breathtaking sight, and this afternoon, explore under your own steam, perhaps visiting Marina Bay.
Day 4Today you're free to perhaps take a cable car to colourful Sentosa Island, explore historic Collyer Quay and Clifford Pier, visit the city’s wonderful museums, enjoy the culinary delights of the famous hawker centres, or a Singapore Sling in Raffles’ world-famous Long Bar.
Day 5Transfer back to Changi Airport to board the flight to Kota Kinabalu, capital of Malaysian Borneo’s Sabah state, and your gateway to the rain-forested national park that lies beneath towering Mount Kinabalu, the country’s highest peak. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in the bustling, friendly city, overlooking the South China Sea.
Day 6Board the coach and journey into UNESCO-listed Kinabalu National Park, a forest paradise that's home to several unique species of orchid. Pause at the park’s headquarters, with its beautiful Mountain Garden Collection, before continuing to famous Poring Hot Springs. Enjoy lunch before an afternoon at the springs where, in addition to the chance to take a dip in the therapeutic waters, you can explore a jungle trail of walkways that runs through the rainforest canopy. At the end of a wonderful day, head to the welcoming Sabah Tea Resort for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 7Spend a wonderful morning exploring the plantation, and learning about the production of rainforest tea, before travelling east to Sandakan, the former capital of British Borneo. Beautifully set upon its bay, Sandakan is a bustling jungle gateway with beautiful Buddhist temples and some elegant colonial buildings. Rest and relax in your comfortable hotel, a 10-minute walk from the town.
Day 8The world-renowned Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is dedicated to the protection of the "old man of the forest". Watch the resident apes being fed, find out how the Centre's work protects the orangutan population, and stroll through the forest on the marked trails, before heading to the equally fascinating Sun Bear Conservation Centre, where the smallest of the world’s bear species are cared for. After your visit, we'll head further into the jungle for a two-night stay on the banks of the Kinabatangan River, at the Borneo Natural Bilit Resort, with its hardwood walkways and its riverside cabins. Enjoy lunch, then join your guide for a sunset cruise, looking out for birds and wildlife hidden in the dense vegetation, and perhaps witnessing the extraordinary phenomenon of congregating fireflies as darkness falls. Rest and relax, perhaps wandering the boardwalks through the canopy and spotting wildlife.
Day 9Let the amazing sounds of a jungle morning wake you for another wonderful day. Cruise to Pitas Oxbow Lake to watch pygmy elephants and monkeys at play, and later enjoy an exciting sunset cruise.
Day 10Journey back to Sandakan and, after lunch, fly back to Kota Kinabalu for a three-night stay on the shores of the South China Sea, the perfect place for rest and relaxation after your tour. Spend your first evening enjoying the comforts of the resort, which overlooks a stunning, white-sand beach.
Day 11-12Make the most of two idyllic days, perhaps spent lazing by the pool or on the beach, indulging in a spa treatment, or enjoying water sports or golf (activities payable locally). A selection of dining options and the attractions of Kota Kinabalu, half an hour away, add to the pleasure of your stay.
Day 13After a final morning free, transfer back to Kota Kinabalu to check in for your overnight flight home via Singapore.
Day 14Arrive back in the UK, at the end of a marvellous south-east Asian adventure tour. Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Travel vaccinationsRequirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.
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