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Cosmos escorted tours
Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.
An evocative experience of epic vistas, local colour and compelling history: explore the graceful temples and busy markets of Kuala Lumpur, tour lush green tea plantations and cruise up the Kinabatangan River to spot local wildlife at sunset.
With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.
You'll be picked up at home and whisked off to your departure point in a private, air-conditioned car, and we'll be waiting to take you home too.
Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.
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On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening experience Kuala Lumpar's lively food culture. Learn about Malaysian customs and culture and visit spots like mamak stalls
or round-the-clock hawkers centres (open-air food courts). Sample street food from local food stalls and discover hidden gems.
Enjoy a cultural and heritage tour of Kuala Lumpar, which will take you through the Heritage Trails of the early cultures in Malaysia – an insight into Malaysia’s multi-cultural society. Key sights include Chan See Shu Yuen Clan House, China town, Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Central Market, Sze Yeh Temple, Jamek Mosque and Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Rest of the day at leisure.
Enjoy a full day tour of the numerous historical landmarks of Malacca. Visit St. Peter’s Church (1710), drive past the largest 17th century Chinese cemetery outside of China, located at Chinese Hill, and stop at the foothill to view the Sultan’s Well before driving through the Portuguese Settlement. Proceed to view the famous gateway, ‘Port De Santiago’ and the ruins of St. Paul’s Church lined by 17th century Dutch tombstones. After lunch visit the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple – the only temple where you can find three major doctrines of local Chinese belief under the same roof: Taoim, Buddhism and Confucianism. Finish your day with a Malacca River boat ride. Return to the hotel in the evening.
This morning visit the limestone hills of Batu Caves, which comprises of three caverns and several smaller caves. A flight of 272 steps lead up to the temple cave. Afterwards continue to the hill resort of Cameron Highlands. William Cameron, a British surveyor who stumbled across the plateau in 1885 during a mapping expedition, discovered Cameron Highlands. Failing to mark his discovery on the map, the location of the plateau was a finally confirmed by subsequent expeditions. In 1925, Sir George Maxwell visited the highlands and decided to develop it as a hill station. A development committee was then formed which functioned until 1931. During this time, the winding road up to the highlands was constructed and this enormous task was done entirely by manual labour. Arrive at Ringlet where you will have an afternoon tea at The Lakehouse. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening is at leisure.
Travel along along the picturesque rolling tea gardens toward the Gunung Brinchang, located 6,666 feet above sea level. Enjoy a ‘tea talk’ with breathtaking views of the tea garden. Later take a guided walk with a nature guide into Mossy forest, revealing some of the exotic floras like the Pitcher plant, Orchids, Primitive Ferns, Spices and Medicinal Plants. A short drive down from the mountain will bring you to the Sungei Palas ‘BOH’ Tea Factory. Learn how tea is made with a Tea Bush Walk followed by a factory tour where you can sample to taste the different level and grade of tea. Finish off with a relaxing tea and snacks served at the café with a magnificent view of the tea plantation. After, enjoy a guided tour of the Cameron Highlands covering the Rose Garden and vegetable farms.
Journey north to the island of Penang, crossing the Penang bridge en-route.
Meet your guide this morning and proceed to the oldest wet market in Georgetown. Take a stroll down the market and try your hand at haggling. There are many different food stalls offering morning breakfasts - ask about the all time favourites Roti Bakar & Kopi O. After walk the streets of Georgetown, seeing St. George’s Church and the Goddess of Mercy Temple. Pass through colourful stalls where flower garlands are made, walk past King street, and see the spice and saree shops, before visiting Sri Mariamman Temple (Hindu Temple). Your final stop is the Khoo Kongsi.
Fly to Sandakan. On arrival transfer to your hotel.
This morning visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre to observe man's closest relative being rehabilitated to their natural habitat. Later take an hour boat cruise up to the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary for lunch at Abai Jungle Restaurant. This is a wonderful journey of discovery which starts from the waters of Sulu Sea of Sandakan Town through a magnificent scenery of the Mangrove Forest. Check in at Abai Jungle Logde. Late in the afternoon, take a cruise to search for wildlife until the sunsets.
Early morning take a river trip to Pitas Oxbow Lake to observe wildlife. After breakfast, you are invited to join the tree planting project with the locals and enjoy a simple lunch arranged by the villagers at Abai Village. After lunch, you are free to explore the nature boardwalk behind the lodge. Make sure you bring along your binoculars for a change to spot wild Orangutan, Silver leaf monkeys, birds and other wildlife. Later enjoy another river cruise.
After breakfast, take the boat back to Sandakan then transfer to airport for your flight back to the UK.
Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.
There's no need to shop around. Find a cheaper like-for-like tour from another company, and we’ll not only match their price but also give you a £100 discount when you book with us.
They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. 96% of customers rate them 'excellent' or 'good'.
We understand things change, often beyond your control. If you need to change your holiday plans, we offer a flexible deposit up until your balance is due.
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Highlighting Thailand’s rich history, fascinating culture, and religious monuments, this Thailand tour includes overnights in Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Phitsanulok, Chiang Rai, and Chiang Mai.
This tour through Thailand includes visits to some of the cities that have served as the country's capital: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, and Sukhothai. In Bangkok—Thailand’s current capital—visit the Temple of the Golden Buddha; the Temple of the Reclining Buddha built in 1832; Phra Pathom Chedi, the world’s tallest Buddhist pagoda; and the Grand Palace, the royal residence begun in 1782 where you’ll see the Emerald Buddha, Thailand's most sacred Buddhist sculpture. In Ayutthaya, Thailand’s ancient capital, your sightseeing includes a visit to Bang Pa-In Palace, which was built as a summer residence for the Kings of Ayutthaya. In Sukhothai, Thailand's 13th-century capital, visit Sukhothai Historic Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with ruins of palaces, temples, and homes.
On this Thailand tour, you'll also have an opportunity to learn about the Thai culture. In Bangkok, enjoy a Thai dinner accompanied by Thai classical music and dancers. Visit the legendary Damnoen Saduak floating market to see traders sell exotic fruits, vegetables, and more from their boats. In Chiang Mai, enjoy a traditional Kantoke dinner and dance show, as well as a visit to San Kampaeng to see local craftsmen make Thailand's traditional lacquerware and antique wood furniture.
But that’s not all…visit the “Golden Triangle,” where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet, and take a train ride over the famous River Kwai Bridge, part of the infamous Death Railway built by prisoners during World War II. Visit Hellfire Pass Memorial, which houses a museum detailing the life of the Allied prisoners and Asian laborers who helped build the railway.
All of this and more await you on this fascinating Thai holiday designed for value-minded travellers!
Price based on 04 May 19
25 dates available
Price based on May 4, 2019 - May 18, 2019
25 matching dates available
With its long history, interesting culture, and gorgeous scenery, Vietnam offers something for everyone. On this Vietnam tour, you’ll overnight in Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Phong Nha, Hue, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City.
Sightseeing tours in the cities feature the must-see historic sites, including Hanoi’s Temple of Literature, built in 1070, and One Pillar Pagoda, built in 1049; Hoi An’s Japanese Covered Bridge; and Hue’s Forbidden Purple City, the emperor’s residence constructed in 1804. In Ho Chi Minh City, your sightseeing includes Notre Dame Cathedral, constructed with materials brought from France in the 1800s; the War Remnants Museum; and the Cu Chi region, where you'll have a chance to enter and explore the deep, narrow tunnels constructed by the Viet Cong during the war.
You'll enjoy seeing some of Vietnam's gorgeous scenery and destinations via the water. Take a cruise on Ha Long Bay with some of the world's most amazing scenery. Pass unspoiled countryside along the Thu Bon River in Hoi An and cruise along the Son River in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see the stunning Phong Nha Cave.
These are just some of the many highlights on this tour through Vietnam. From the historic sites to the gorgeous scenery, this Vietnam tour designed for savvy, value-minded travellers is an experience of a lifetime!
Price based on 09 Mar 19
17 dates available
Price based on March 9, 2019 - March 23, 2019
17 matching dates available
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