Silversea Luxury Cruises To GEORGETOWN (Penang)

GEORGETOWN (Penang)
GEORGETOWN (Penang)
GEORGETOWN (Penang)
GEORGETOWN (Penang)

An incredible, disorientating collage of cultures and heritage, Georgetown is a fascinating layered city of countless influences. Taking its name from King George III, Malaysia’s cultural capital, Georgetown, has long been a trading hub and outward-looking city. Grand colonial architecture mixes with Chinese, Indian and British influences, forming an artsy, exotic melting pot of food, colour and extraordinary heritage. Quirky coffee shops hum, while the fragrances of incense and sounds of gong strikes reverberate from temples. View more

Rickshaws trundle through its streets, as modern street art adds interest to every spare wall. Shophouses, passed down through generations, add more colour to the rich mosaic of life on show here. Bright pagodas, layered with deities rise up, while multi-coloured paintwork shimmers in the sunshine of this UNESCO World Heritage Site city’s historic streets. The fragrant spices of Little India offer a slice of Delhi - although if you’re feeling hungry, Chulia Street’s feast of street food is also a good starting point – try wonton noodles with soft pork. The Blue Mansion – another World Heritage Site – is a sky-coloured insight into the city’s rich history and a star of the silver screen. The other World Heritage Site, the Clan Jetties, form a fascinating wander, as you climb across stilted boardwalk piers of over-water wooden villages. These fascinating floating villages were created by Chinese immigrant communities in the 19th century. Escape the city into the green rainforest of Penang Hill, or to Penang National Park - where trails slice through dense jungle and open up to pearly white beaches. Monkeys roam the trees, and giant lizards crawl, in this small but stunning national park.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

Excursions in GEORGETOWN (Penang)

Cooking Demonstration at Tropical Spice Garden

Explore the unique spices and flavours of Malaysia during this delightful, half-day excursion along the Penang Spice Trail.


Batu Ferringhi Beach and Teluk Bahang

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the north side of the island. After passing beautiful Batu Ferringhi Beach, arrive at the lovely seaside district of Teluk Bahang, known as the 'Bay of Reflected Heat'. Upon arrival, head to the Tropical Spice Garden.


Tropical Spice Garden

This idyllic, eight-acre (3.23-hectare) paradise showcases a living collection of over 500 species of local and introduced flora, with an emphasis on tropical herbs and spices. Surrounded by the lush greenery, embark on a guided walking through the garden. Along the way, learn about the various spices, and their functional and medicinal uses.


Cooking Demonstration and Tasting

Next, proceed for a cooking demonstration on the preparation of a popular Malaysian dish. Using a traditional grinding stone, techniques in grinding the dried spices are displayed, and secrets on how to draw out the flavour and aroma of the spices shared. Following the cooking lesson, you are invited to sample piping hot dishes straight from the pan. Afterward, some free time is made available to browse for souvenirs in the Gift Shop before re-boarding your coach and commencing the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 383 yards (about 350 metres), at times over uneven surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and insect repellent from the ship. Guests must be at least two years old to participate on this tour.

George Town Trishaw & Tea

Discover the unique blend of east and west cultures and the well-preserved buildings of George Town by coach, on foot and by trishaw on this half-day excursion. George Town a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a multicultural trading port permeating with layers of history and colourful past, attracting Arab, Chinese, Indian and British colonial settlers, which resulted in an eclectic mix of races and religions.


Chew Jetty

Depart the pier for the brief drive to the Chew Jetty, one of the Chinese clan jetties established in the 19th century by immigrant workers. A wooden settlement perched on stilts over the water allows you to walk over the narrow wooden platform and immerse yourself in the trading history of the island.


Khoo Kongsi Ancestral House

Next drive along Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling, popularly referred to as the 'road of harmony' to view various places of worship - the Anglican St. George's Church, the Chinese Goddess of Mercy Temple, the Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple and the Kapitan Keling Mosque. At the end of the road, is the impressive Khoo Clan Ancestral House. A building of great historical and cultural value, porcelain tiles cover the rooftops whilst intricate carvings decorate the walls and pillars.


Fort Cornwallis & Morning Tea

At Fort Cornwallis, the site where Capt. Francis Light first landed facing the Esplanade, experience the novelty of travelling at a leisurely pace in a trishaw to the Eastern & Oriental Hotel for morning tea. Built by the Sarkies brothers in 1885, this elegant hotel once played host to famous guests like Noel Coward, Somerset Maugham and Rudyard Kipling.


Wat Chayamangkalaram

Your last stop is to Wat Chayamangkalaram. This temple is home to an enormous reclining Buddha that rests serenely above a floating veil of incense. Note the sculptures resembling mythical creatures guarding the entrance.


Leaving the temple, a 15-minute drive returns you to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, a total of approximately 700 yards (630 metres), with steps to climb. Guests must be able to climb in and out of a trishaw. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility but is not wheelchair accessible. Trishaws accommodate one guest. The trishaw portion of this tour is through the city streets of Penang and you are exposed to the elements. Wear lightweight clothing and comfortable footwear that can be easily removed; no shoes are permitted inside the Wat. You may wish to bring socks.Order of sights may vary.

Penang Hill & Temple

Embrace the scenic splendour and legacy of Penang Hill and its environs during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Penang Hill

Depart the pier for the short drive to Penang Hill. Located in the central part of the island, it towers approximately 2,723 feet (about 830 metres) above sea level. Penang Hill is among the oldest Colonial hill stations established by the British during their time in Malaysia in the late-18th century. Upon arrival at the foot of Penang Hill, board the funicular train for the ride to the top of the hill. Here, take in spectacular panoramic vistas over Georgetown City from the Viewing Deck which allows 360-degree stunning views.


Ayer Itam and Kek Lok Si Temple

After riding the funicular train back down the hill, proceed to the village of Ayer Itam for a guided walking tour of the Kek Lok Si Temple. Terraced against the hillside, the temple features a tortoise pond, Hall of Wisdom, the seven-tiered Pagoda and image of the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin. Listen as the guide explains the Taoist and Buddhist worshipping rituals practised by the Chinese community. Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, a total of approximately 500 yards (457 metres), with 5 steps to board the train up Penang Hill. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and it is not wheelchair accessible. Wear lightweight clothing and comfortable footwear that can be easily removed; no shoes are permitted inside the Kek Lok Si Temple. You may wish to bring socks. Order of sights may vary.

Penang Round Island

This easy overview of Penang Island departs the port for a drive along the scenic north coast pass Batu Ferringhi, the most popular stretch of beach on the island.


Batik Factory

Visit the handicraft Batik Factory to see the traditional technique of printing cloth with wax and dye.


Farmers Fruit Stand

Wind through fruit orchards, and see spice plantations growing clove and nutmeg. Here, make a stop at a farmer's fruit stall. The stalls are a riot of colour with their arrays of exotic tropical fruit.


The Snake Temple

Travel through the rural countryside passing idyllic Malay kampongs for the next visit of the legendary Temple of the Azure Cloud, better known as the Snake Temple. Donated in 1840 by a Scotsman cured of a disease by a local priest, the 'Temple of the Azure Cloud' is dedicated to the deity Chor Soo Kong. His disciples include the pit vipers living in the temple, rendered harmless by the clouds of incense (and mostly defanged). In the vicinity, there is also a variety of live snakes on display for the intrepid visitors.


En route back to Swettenham Pier, catch a glimpse of the Penang Bridge, one of the longest bridge in South-East Asia connecting Penang to the mainland.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately 382 yards (about 350 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 15 steps entering the Snake Temple but there is a ramp for wheelchair. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair, able to embark/disembark the coach without assistance. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

We recommend wearing lightweight clothing. Toilet facilities are of the local standard (squat variety). The order of sights may vary.

The Habitat Nature

Discover the natural beauty of Malaysia from the top of Penang Hill as you travel on the Penang Hill Railway before trekking through the jungle and relishing 360-degree panoramas from the Treetop Walk viewing platform. Hop in a funicular train car for a scenic less than 10-minute journey to the top of Flagstaff Hill, 830 meters above sea level. Constructed in 1923, this popular resort rail line leads you past flower farms and colonial bungalows. Alongside your guide, head out on foot along a one-mile nature trail through The Habitat, where you'll trudge across dipterocarp forest amidst oak-laurels and tree ferns. The area's rich biodiversity encompasses more than 100 species of birds, endangered endemic plants including the Penang slipper orchid, and a multitude of fauna the likes of flying lemurs, Dusky Leaf monkeys and the Giant Black Squirrel. As you make your way along the Treetop Walk, you'll stand atop the highest viewing platform in Penang to take in panoramic views of the city and Andaman Sea below. This space was once used as military parade grounds by the East India Company and was explored by famed botanist Charles Curtis, first superintendent of Penang Botanic Gardens


Please Note:This tour requires an extensive amount of walking/hiking 1 mile (1.5 Kilometre). It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear comfortable clothing, a light jacket, flat closed-toe walking or hiking shoes, and bring a camera, sunglasses, and a hat, from the ship. It is recommended to bringing water from the ship for hydration.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.