Silversea Luxury Cruises A Penang, Georgetown

An island off the northwest coast of peninsular Malaysia, Penang is blessed with a multicultural history that's led to a fascinating fusion of East and West. Claimed by the British East India Company in 1786, the island's city center of Georgetown—listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is filled with colonial architecture, temples, and museums. The island has also attracted many Chinese immigrants, who now make up the majority of the population. View more

On Penang you'll find an exciting mix of jungle, coast, farmland, and fishing villages, along with the country's largest Buddhist temple.

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Excursiones en Penang, Georgetown

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Penang at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 72 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 4 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Penang at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 72 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 4 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Penang at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 72 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Penang at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 72 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

A Glimpse of Penang

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


Entopia

Originally named the Penang Butterfly Farm, this centre for education, recreation and scientific research is a tropical sanctuary.


Batik Factory

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


Lunch at Suffolk House

At the former home of Capt. Francis Light, who established the island under British rule, enjoy a set lunch at the Suffolk House Restaurant overlooking the river. One of Penang's important heritage landmarks, Suffolk House was also the home to early governors during British colonialism.


Khoo Kongsi Ancestral House

At Fort Cornwallis, the site where Capt. Francis Light first landed, experience the novelty of travelling at a leisurely pace in a trishaw 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.


Chew Jetty

Lastly visit 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.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.24 miles (about 2 kilometers), at times over uneven surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the sites visited. There are approx 15 steps to proceed to the first floor at Khoo Kongsi Ancestral House. 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. Toilet facilities are of the local standard (squat variety) with the exception of those at the restaurant. The order of sights may vary.

Batik Experience

Discover your artistic side while learning the traditional art of Batik during this scenic and informative tour of Penang.


Depart the pier for the drive to the seaside district of Telok Bahang. Upon arrival, a local artisan will teach you the traditional way to make your own hand-drawn, 30-inch x 30-inch (76-cm x 76-cm) Batik cotton voile scarf using wax and dyes.


Malaysian Batik is created by four methods: block-printing, hand-drawn freestyle, silk-screening and tie-dyeing. Batik fabrics are typically cotton and silk. Block-printed Batik cloth is produced by dipping the copper mould design in wax, then stamping and dyeing the material. After the first dyed colour has dried, a second wax design is stamped and the material is dyed again. After repeating the process two or three times, the wax is melted away by boiling the cloth; resulting in an intricate and beautifully coloured design.


After the necessary treatment to set the colours, your handicraft design is packed and mailed to your residence.


Following your visit, you are transferred back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a total minimum amount of walking for approximately 274 yards (about 300 metres), and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and who utilise a wheelchair. The workshop is an open-air facility with no air-conditioning or fans. We recommend wearing lightweight clothing and comfortable walking shoes.

Penang Spice Trail

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 toru 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.

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 700 yards (630 metres), with 250 steps to access to Kek Lok Si temple and 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.

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 Highlights

Discover the splendid beauty, flavours and landmarks of Penang during a memorable, full-day excursion to this historic island.


Khoo Kongsi Ancestral House

Depart the pier for the short drive to the Khoo Clan Ancestral House. En route, travel along Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling, the 'Road of Harmony', and pass by such places of worship as the Anglican St. George's Church, Chinese Goddess of Mercy Temple, Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple and Kapitan Keling Mosque. At the end of the road is the impressive Khoo Clan Ancestral House. A building of great historical and cultural value. During your visit, marvel at the porcelain rooftop tiles and intricate carvings that adorn the walls and pillars.


Pinang Peranakan Mansion (Baba Nyonya Museum)

Next, re-board your coach and drive to the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, home of the 'Baba Nyonya Museum'. This late-19th-century mansion is a typical representation of the Straits' eclectic style of architecture, and reflects the rich cultural heritage of the Babas and Nyonyas.


Tropical Spice Garden and Batik Factory

Continue on to the seaside district of Telok Bahang for a visit to the Tropical Spice Garden. The garden showcases a living collection of over 500 species of local and introduced flora, with particular emphasis on tropical herbs and spices. Surrounded by the lush greenery, learn about various spices and their functional and medicinal uses. From here, a short drive brings you to a local Batik Factory, where you can observe the traditional art of creating beautiful fabric designs using wax and dyes.


Lunch and Wat Chayamangkalaram

Following your visit, proceed to beautiful Batu Ferringhi Beach for an Asian set-menu lunch at the Bungalow restaurant, located in the charming old Lone Pine Hotel. After lunch, your last stop is at Wat Chayamangkalaram. This temple is home to the enormous Reclining Buddha, which rests serenely above a floating veil of incense and is fourth-largest of its kind in the world. Note the sculptures resembling mythical creatures guarding the entrance. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.

Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.2 miles (about 1.88 kilometres), at times over uneven surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, 15 steps at Khoo Kongsi and 20 steps at the Pinang Peranakan mansion. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least two years old to participate on this tour. Footwear must be removed before entering Wat Chayamangkalaram, you may wish to bring socks.

Penang Island Overview

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, 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.

Tropical Fruits Galore

Discover the abundant tropical fruit of Penang during this flavourful, half-day tour and tasting excursion to the Tropical Fruit Farm.


Penang, Batu Ferringhi, Teluk Bahang, and the Tropical Fruit Farm

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive along the scenic north coast and past Batu Ferringhi, the most popular stretch of beach on the island in the lovely seaside district of Teluk Bahang, known as the 'Bay of Reflected Heat'. From here, continue on to the Tropical Fruit Farm.


Tropical Fruit Farm Tour

The Tropical Fruit Farm is situated more than 800 feet (about 244 metres) above sea level on the hilly terrain of Teluk Bahang in Penang. This locale is ideal for cultivating many types of tropical and sub-tropical fruit trees. Spanning approximately 25 acres (about 10 hectares), this orchard was developed back in 1993 with a few objectives; to conserve the island's rare and exotic fruit trees, and play a positive role towards agriculture, eco/agro tourism and the intensive development of the state's rural areas. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour of the orchard. Whilst strolling past a wide array of diverse fruit trees, learn about the fertilization of fruit plants utilising natural, farm-made fertilizer, and the formula for sweetening fruit.


Enzyme-Making Demonstration, Fruit Tasting and Fresh Fruit Juice

Next, see and learn how to make your very own enzyme. Enzymes are abundantly found in living organisms (humans), fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, fresh fish (sashimi), and fresh meat. There are three types of enzymes; digestive, metabolic and food. Following your walking tour, proceed for a tasting of local, seasonal fruit accompanied by fresh fruit juice. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.74 miles (about 1.2 kilometres), at times over uneven surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, sun protection and insect repellent are recommended. Guests must be at least two years old to participate on this tour.

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