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Kuala Lumpur: Half-Day City Tour

Kuala Lumpur: Half-Day City Tour

Discover the modern and colonial architecture of Kuala Lumpur on a half-day tour, and marvel at attractions from the upscale shopping mall of the Petronas Twin Towers to the one-of-a-kind street markets. Continue to the King's Palace (Istana Negara) and take pictures of the intricate royal residence. Contrast the glass and steel marvels of the city center with the manicured grounds of the National Mosque and its dome of blue and green tiles. Pay your respects to those who lost their lives in the struggle for independence at Tugu Negara. Visit the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and Chocolate Shop, where you can purchase exquisite chocolates.  •9:00am/2:00pm Pick up from Hotels/Residences/Suite in Kuala Lumpur City's •Golden Triangle area (except Pudu area) •Petronas Twin Towers (photo stop) •Handicraft Centre, Cocoa Boutique •King's Palace (photo stop) •National Monument •National Museum (photo stop), National Mosque (photo stop) •Sultan Abdul Samad Building •12:30pm/5:30pm drop off Hotels/Residences/Suite in Kuala Lumpur City's Golden Triangle area (except Pudu area) The itinerary is subject to change based on weather or traffic conditions of the day

Private KL City Tour with Petronas Twin Towers & Batu Caves

Private KL City Tour with Petronas Twin Towers & Batu Caves

Start your sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur with hotel pickup in a private vehicle, then gain entry to the Observation Deck and Skybridge of the Petronas Twin Towers. Take in the magnificent city skyline from one of the most iconic buildings in Malaysia. Next, make a photo stop at Merdeka Square (Independence Square) for a look at its diverse architecture, followed by the Istana Negara (King’s Palace), which offers a view of gardens, pools, and courtyards. Visit the Lake Gardens and enjoy a moment away from the hustle and bustle of the city. At the Central Market, you'll find local foods and a variety of souvenirs, batik masterpieces, jewellery, and paintings. Pass by the Old Railway Station to marvel at its intricate Moorish styling with columns, arcs, and verandas. Then move on to the National Monument and the National Mosque, each a staggering symbol of Malaysian independence. Leaving Kuala Lumpur's modern buildings and monuments behind, your driver takes you to the limestone caverns of Batu Caves. Peer into one of Malaysia's largest Hindu sites and marvel at the impressive shrines while you soak up the tranquil atmosphere. See the remarkable statue of Lord Muruga at the entrance and visit two more caves with carvings to explore before a hotel drop-off.

Half-Day Kuala Lumpur Exploration Tour

Half-Day Kuala Lumpur Exploration Tour

This 4-hour tour is your opportunity to visit and take photos of the most iconic sites in Kuala Lumpur, such as the King’s Palace, Independence Square, the Petronas Twin Towers, the National Mosque, the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, and more. See magnificent Merdeka Square, a symbol of Malaysian independence and one of the most picturesque squares in the world. Admire architectural masterpieces of modern and ancient times. You’ll see the King’s Palace, the famous Istana Negara, a residence of the King of Malaysia. While visitors can’t enter the building, you can take photos of the fascinating architecture along with the changing of the guards, which occurs hourly. The Petronas Twin Towers are an ideal place for a spectacular selfie. The Towers are justifiably considered a highlight of a trip to Kuala Lumpur, as they present an opportunity to marvel at the city’s skyline and capture unforgettable moments on camera. You’ll also visit the National Mosque. Built in 1965, Masjid Negara is located in the very heart of the city amid lush green gardens. Admire one of the most elegant buildings in Kuala Lumpur, featuring a spectacular main dome covered in green and blue tiles, and the 48 smaller green domes spread across the Mecca-inspired courtyard. The Chinese Thean Hou Temple is beautiful synergy of styles as Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism join to form an unforgettable architectural ensemble. See numerous statues of animals from astrology and impressive statues of the Goddess of Mercy and the Goddess of the Waterfront. See Lake Gardens, a beautiful and calming getaway from the bustle of the city. Visit the National Museum, home to collections of ancient and modern art pieces, weapons, and traditional costumes. Marvel at the exquisite façade of the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, an ideal setting for a photo op, with its fairytale-like towers and mix of Eastern and Western architectural styles. Also known as Tugu Negara, the National Monument commemorates the lives that were lost in the fight for Malaysian independence. Designed by Felix de Weldon, an American architect, this monument is the highest sculpture grouping made of bronze ever created. At the end of the tour you’ll be taken back to your hotel in a comfortable air-conditioned van.

Kuala Lumpur: Tour with 21 Attractions and KL Tower Ticket

Kuala Lumpur: Tour with 21 Attractions and KL Tower Ticket

The starts off with a complimentary hotel pick-up by your friendly driver guide. On your way to the first stop, Batu Caves, your driver guide would brief you about the history of the temple and the caves surrounding it and would also remind you of the regulations and dress code that need to be adhered to while visiting the temple. Upon reaching the Batu Caves, you'll be greeted by the enormous Murugan statue located right next to the sacred Hindu sanctuary situated among limestone caves. Climb the 272 colorful steps to marvel at the impressive 140-foot golden statue Lord Murugan and the stunning cave interiors while enjoying panoramic views of the city below. Next, visit the King's Palace, the official residence of the Malaysian monarch. Drive past the impressive Parliament House, a symbol of Malaysia’s political landscape, as you continue your journey. The driver guide would then bring you to visit the National Monument, a tribute to Malaysia’s fallen heroes, surrounded by the serene Perdana Lake Gardens. This picturesque stop offers a moment of reflection amidst lush greenery. The tour continues to the beautiful National Mosque for a quick visit, where you admire the unique Islamic architecture and the minaret. After that, you'll get to stop at the Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station which portrays a stunning example of Moorish heritage architecture. Explore Independence Square, home to colonial buildings and the world’s tallest free-standing flagpole. Visit the KL Gallery (included) to see old photographs and learn about the city's rich history. You'll be brought to the River of Life a to witness the confluence of the Gombak and Klang Rivers, a historically significant site marking Kuala Lumpur’s beginnings. Then, drive through the Old Quarters of Kuala Lumpur, soaking in the charm of its colonial-era buildings before moving to the next stop. Enjoy a delicious local lunch at the famous Pelita restaurant (at your own expense), known for its sumptuous Malaysian cuisine. You'll then head up to the KL Tower's observation deck (ticket included) for breathtaking 360-degree views of the city. After admiring the panoramic views from KL Tower, you get to admire the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest twin structures in the world, perfect for an impressive photo opportunity. Drive pass the vibrant Brickfields Little India before stopping to explore the bustling Chinatown nearby. At Chinatown's Petaling Street, you can wander through the lively streets and take in the bustling environment. You move on to Central Market, where you get to buy traditional Malaysian souvenirs. Visit the serene Guan Di Temple and the ornate Maha Mariamman Temple, each offering a glimpse into Kuala Lumpur’s diverse religious heritage. If you wish, watch a hand-painted batik demonstration at Dong or visit Beryl’s Chocolate Kingdom for a sweet treat. As your exciting day draws to a close, your driver guide will safely drop you off back at your hotel.

Kuala Lumpur: Private Half-Day City Tour

Kuala Lumpur: Private Half-Day City Tour

Our driver guide meets you at your hotel around the designated pickup time, and on the journey to our first stop, the King's Palace, the driver guide shares insights into the city's rich history while pointing out famous landmarks along the way. Arriving at the enormous King’s palace, you stroll outside to admire its intricate architecture and capture photographs of the massive palace along with the royal guards. You get back into the vehicle for the next stop, the National Monument, where you're welcomed by a huge bronze statue honouring the country's fallen soldiers. The driver guide will give you a tour and provide facts about the bronze statue before heading to the National Mosque. When you arrive at the National Mosque, you'll be captivated by its unique umbrella-shaped design and outstanding features. You are able to admire the details and capture the mosque's beauty against the backdrop of the clear blue sky. The driver guide will then bring you to the Historic Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, which transports you back in time by its beautiful architecture as our driver guide tells you about the station's history and its significance as a transit center in the early days of Kuala Lumpur. You'll then be brought to the iconic Independence Square, where Malaysian independence was declared. You are met by a huge square surrounded by colonial-era buildings and the famed English-style cricket ground. You'll then walk towards the KL Gallery, where you'll get a unique view of Kuala Lumpur's skyline by the miniature replica. After visiting the KL Gallery, you head back to the vehicle for the next stop, the River of Life. You'll notice the stunning setting and the beauty of the Klang and Gombak rivers combining right in front of Masjid Jamek. The tour continues through the Golden Triangle, which serves as the city's business, commercial, and shopping hub. Our driver guide points out prominent sites and explains the development of Kuala Lumpur from a modest tin mining town to a huge city. After driving past the Golden Triangle, you get to indulge your senses at Beryl's Chocolate Kingdom, where you can try a selection of chocolates, enjoying their rich and unique flavors and get a chance to buy them. No trip to Kuala Lumpur is complete without a stop at the renowned Petronas Twin Towers. When you arrive at the towers, you are taken aback by their sheer height and slick design. The driver guide reveals fascinating details on the towers' construction and significance as a symbol of Malaysia's modernity and the national oil and gas company, Petronas. Finally, we jump back into the vehicle for our final stop, the KL Tower, where you can enjoy panoramic views of Kuala Lumpur from above. When you arrive at the tower, you are taken to the observation deck, where you can see the entire city spread out below you. The tour concludes as you bid farewell to the KL tower, and our driver guide drops you off back at your hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

From KLIA or Port Klang: Kuala Lumpur Transit Tour

From KLIA or Port Klang: Kuala Lumpur Transit Tour

Discover the highlights of Kuala Lumpur on a tour ideal for those on transit from the airport or seaport and with less than a day to explore the city. The tour starts with a pick-up from Kuala Lumpur International Airport or the cruise terminal at Port Klang by our driver guide, who will then proceed to bring you to your first stop, Batu Caves. While on the scenic journey to the first stop of the tour, our driver guide would brief you about the history of the temples and would also remind you of the regulations and dress codes that need to be adhered to while visiting the places of worship. At the Batu Caves, you'll be greeted by the enormous 140-foot Murugan statue located right next to the sacred Hindu temples situated among 400-million year old limestone caves. You'll get the chance to climb up the 272 steps to reach the main cave temple, where you can admire the religious sculptures and vivid murals within and enjoy panoramic views of the city below. You'll then get back into the vehicle for a 30-minute ride back to Kuala Lumpur for your next stop, the King's Palace. On the way there, your driver guide will provide insights on Malaysia's royal lineage. Arriving at the enormous King’s palace, you stroll outside to admire its intricate architecture and capture photographs of the massive palace along with the royal guards. You get back into the vehicle for the next stop, the National Mosque. When you arrive at the National Mosque, you'll be captivated by its unique umbrella-shaped design and outstanding features. You can admire the details and capture the mosque's beauty against the backdrop of the clear blue sky. The driver guide will then bring you to the Historic Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, which transports you back in time with its beautiful Moorish architecture as our driver guide tells you about the station's history and its significance as a transit center in the early days of Kuala Lumpur. You'll then be brought to the iconic Independence Square, where Malaysian independence was declared. You are met by a huge square surrounded by colonial-era buildings and the famed English-style cricket ground. Visitors are able to take photos and visit the KL Gallery right next to it. After departing from Independence Square, you will be driven along the streets of Kuala Lumpur City Centre to your final stop, the Petronas Twin Towers. On the way there, you would drive-past the “Golden Triangle”, the commercial and business hub of Kuala Lumpur, where you may find high-end shopping malls, luxury hotels, and unique high-rise architecture. When you arrive at the towers, you are taken aback by their sheer 88-story height as the driver guide reveals fascinating details on the towers' construction and significance as a symbol of Malaysia's modernity and the national oil and gas company, Petronas. As the transit tour concludes, your driver guide will safely drop you back at the airport or seaport in time to make your onward travel connections.

Kuala Lumpur: Private Half Day City Highlights Tour

Kuala Lumpur: Private Half Day City Highlights Tour

Explore Kuala Lumpur and admire the variety of amazing sights in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. Visit Petronas Twin Towers, one of the world's tallest structures, Thean Hou, Independence Square, National Mosque, National Monument, King's Palace, and Perdana Botanic Garden. Head to Merdeka Square and the King's Palace (Istana Negara) to find Malaysia's glorious side. Get an understanding of the city's unique variety, as you visit the Chinese Thean Hou Temple. Pay regards to the individuals who lost their lives in Malaysia's fight for freedom at the National Monument (Tugu Negara) and finish off, by visiting Perdana Botanical Garden.

Kuala Lumpur: Private Full-Day 10 Wonders Tour

Kuala Lumpur: Private Full-Day 10 Wonders Tour

Enjoy stunning views of the Klang River from the King’s Palace, and marvel at Merdeka (Independence) Square before heading to the Petronas Twin Towers to ride to the observation deck of the world’s tallest twin towers. Step onto the 2-story bridge to experience the city from a different perspective. Stop at the National Museum and then head to Lake Gardens for a bit of peace and quiet. Stroll to the National Monument before continuing to the National Mosque to look at its 73-meter-high minaret and mix of eastern and western architecture. Admire the Anglo-Asian design of Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, created by the talented English architect, Arthur Benison Hubback. Go to the 6-tiered Thean Hou Temple, dedicated to the goddess Tian Hou. Discover how Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism can exist in almost perfect harmony, with ornate carvings, elegant roofs, and intricate wall embellishments. Visit the world’s seventh-tallest tower and go to the top for panoramic views across the city. Admire stunning design features by the Iranian architects, Isfahan, who designed the domes in the form of Persian muqarnas. Enjoy a delicious authentic lunch and shop unique and authentic handicrafts.

Kuala Lumpur: City Sights, Batu Caves and Fireflies Day Trip

Kuala Lumpur: City Sights, Batu Caves and Fireflies Day Trip

Embark on a mesmerizing journey through Kuala Lumpur’s most iconic sights, venture into the historic Batu Caves, and end your day with a magical firefly boat tour in Kuala Selangor. The adventure begins with a complimentary pick-up from your hotel in Kuala Lumpur by our friendly driver guide. Upon pickup, you set off to the King’s Palace as the guide points out noteworthy locations along the road. When you arrive at the enormous King’s palace, you stroll outside to admire its majesty and intricate Islamic architecture, and imposing gates guarded by the royal guards. After the photo stop at King’s Palace, the guide will bring you to the National Mosque of Malaysia, where you’ll admire the delicate details and capture the mosque's beauty against the backdrop of the clear blue sky. From the National Mosque, you will be brought to the Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, where you will learn about the station's history and its significance as a transit center in the early days of Kuala Lumpur. After a quick photo stop, you get back into the vehicle for the next stop, Independence Square. Arriving at the Independence Square, you will be surrounded by colonial-era buildings and a renowned English-styled cricket pitch. Next, you walk your way to the KL Gallery, where you'll get a unique view of the city's model. Arriving at the gallery, you're intrigued by the miniature replica of Kuala Lumpur's skyline. You will have a photo stop at Masjid Jamek to admire the confluence of the Klang and Gombak Rivers right in front of the Jamek Mosque. After driving past the Golden Triangle, you will arrive at the majestic Petronas Twin Towers, which will captivate you with their 88-story towering height and sophisticated design. After exploring the city, you embark on a 30-minute drive to Batu Caves, one of Malaysia’s most famous attractions. Climb the 272 colorful steps to the main temple, nestled within ancient limestone formations. Discover the many Hindu shrines and statues, and enjoy breathtaking views from the top. The Batu Caves offer a unique blend of natural beauty and spiritual significance. As the sun starts to set, head to the charming village of Kuala Selangor and travel up to Bukit Melawati, where you'll witness the famous Altingsburg Lighthouse with panoramic views of the surrounding area and encounter the adorable Silverleaf Monkeys and get the chance to feed them. Moving on, you get to enjoy a delicious seafood dinner, savoring the fresh flavors of the local cuisine. After dinner, board a boat for a magical journey along the Kuala Selangor river. Watch in awe as thousands of fireflies and blue tears light up the mangrove trees and the river, creating a mesmerizing display of natural lights. After the enchanting firefly tour, return to your hotel in Kuala Lumpur, concluding your day filled with incredible sights and unforgettable experiences.

Kuala Lumpur: Half-Day Photo Tour with Petronas Twin Towers

Kuala Lumpur: Half-Day Photo Tour with Petronas Twin Towers

Take souvenir photos of Kuala Lumpur on a half-day sightseeing tour, and see some of the city’s most photogenic monuments, such as the Istana Negra (King’s Palace) and Petronas Twin Towers. Following a pick-up from your hotel, get a stunning view of the Klang River from the King’s Palace, and marvel at Merdeka (Independence) Square. Next, go to the Petronas Twin Towers to ride to the observation deck of the world’s tallest twin towers. Step onto the 2-story bridge to experience the city and surroundings from a different perspective. Stop at the National Museum, where you can spend hours taking pictures of traditional weapons, costumes, ancient artifacts and musical instruments. Next, go to Lake Gardens for a bit of peace and quiet. Stroll to the National Monument to see Malaysia’s symbol of the struggles of World War II. Continue to the National Mosque to look at its 73-meter-high minaret and mix of eastern and western architecture. Admire the Anglo-Asian design of Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, created by the talented English architect, Arthur Benison Hubback. Go to the 6-tiered Thean Hou Temple, dedicated to the goddess Tian Hou. Discover how Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism can exist in almost perfect harmony, with ornate carvings, elegant roofs, and intricate wall embellishments. Visit Kuala Lumpur Tower (the 7th tallest tower in the world), and go to the top for panoramic views across the city from its highest point. Admire stunning design features by the Iranian architects, Isfahan, who designed the domes in the form of Persian muqarnas.

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4.6
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Kugan was a great tour guide who was very knowledgeable. He told us a lot about the history of Kuala Lumpur. A short but nice tour through the city with a few stops along the way.

Janar my driver/guide was very good, he also speaks Italian. The tour is pleasant and varied, you have about 30 minutes at each site to visit.

The trip was beautiful and our driver was super nice and he told us a lot about the places, the country, history and culture. Highly recommend

Very good , our guide Jacop wqs very respectful and helpful.

the tour was structured but didn't feel rushed at all