Silversea Luxury Cruises To Malacca

Malacca
Malacca
Malacca

With a fascinating multicultural history, Malacca is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site with much to explore. It was a trading center with China, India, and Indonesia, and was at one time occupied by Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch, and British, resulting in an abundance of historical sites and an interesting local cuisine.

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 Malacca

Golf at Tiara Melaka Golf & Country Club

Malaysia is a veritable paradise for golfers offering several choices of golf courses, spread over undulating terrains and verdant greenery.


From Parameswara Jetty, travel along the modern highway towards suburb of Ayer Keroh. Tiara Melaka Golf & Country Club had the distinction of being ranked the 4th Best Golf Course in Malaysia in 2007 by the International Golf Magazine. The facility was constructed on an old rubber plantation and former mine, with holes laid out in the lower portions of the site to take advantage of some of the lakes left from tin mining operations. Enjoy a round of golf at this course complete with return private transfers, all green fees and shared cart.


Please note: Programme involves moderate to extensive activity and includes green fees, round trip transportation and shared cart. Club rental is USD 30 per standard set. Optional rentals and purchases are not a part of the programme and are to be paid directly to the pro shop. Golf attire is mandatory; no jeans, tee-shirts or tank tops permitted. Golfers may wear soft-spiked golf shoes. Golf must be booked the latest 72 hours prior to play and is subject to cancellation charges if cancelled within this time. A minimum participation of four golfers is required to operate this tour.

Discover Melaka's Culture & Heritage

Explore the culture and heritage of Melaka during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.

Straits Mosque, The Stadthuys & Christ Church

After tendering from the ship to the local jetty, board a coach for the approximately 30-minute drive to Melaka for an overview. Upon arrival, your first visit is Melaka Straits Mosque that built on stilts over the water and facing the famous Malacca Strait, it looks like a floating structure if the water level is high. This mosque showcase the excellence and glorious modern Islamic architecture. Next stop is at the Stadhuys, the most imposing relic of Dutch rule in Melaka. It features salmon red walls, heavy wooden doors and wrought-iron hinges. Once the official residence of the Dutch governors and their officers, it now houses the Historical Museum. From here, a brief stop is made at the adjacent Christ Church, a Dutch Reformed church constructed in 1753.


Ethnographical Museum & Porta de Santiago

Next, continue on to the Ethnographical Museum. Built in 1982, this museum of history and ethnography is a great place to learn the history of Malacca. During your tour, see artifacts and historical drawings dating from Portuguese, Dutch, British and Japanese occupation to the period of Malaysian independence. Leaving the museum climb St Paul Hill to visit St Paul Church where, St Francis Xavier was temporarily buried before his body was transferred to Goa, India. As you descend, a photo stop is made at the Porta de Santiago, or 'A Famosa'. Although the original fortress dates from 1511, a small gatehouse is the only remaining part of the fortress still standing.

Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum & Jonker Street

Re-board your coach and proceed to the Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum. Named after Chinese descendants who adopted the Malay culture and customs, the museum reflects the artefacts, furniture and trappings of a wealthy Peranakan family in the early-20th century. Items of interest to be seen during your guided visit include expensive brandy, silver cutlery and bone china dinner services.


Your final stop is at Jonker Street, a testament to the rich Baba-Nyonya heritage of Malacca. The buildings are immaculately constructed, and adorned with elaborate carvings on their pillars and walls. The street is also famous for its antique shops. Upon arrival, 30 minutes is made available for independent exploration before re-boarding your coach and commencing for the short drive back to the pier.


Please note:This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 766 yards (about 700 metres), at times over flat, hilly and sloping surfaces of approximately 280 wide steps from Ethnographical Museum to Porta de Santiago thru St Paul Hill, 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 utilize a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. No videotaping or cameras are permitted inside the Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum. The tour sequence may vary. Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum, museum is closed from 1230hrs till 1400hrs daily.

Melaka by Trishaw

A lovely way to experience the many quaint streets of Melaka is by trishaw. Melaka's trishaws are interestingly decorated with flowers and flags. Some trishaws even play loud music while bringing visitor for a city tour.


Stadhuys

After tendering from the ship to the local jetty, board the trishaw for an overview tour. Your first stop is at the Stadhuys, the most imposing relic of Dutch rule in Melaka. It features salmon red walls, heavy wooden doors and wrought-iron hinges. Once the official residence of the Dutch governors and their officers, it now houses the Historical Museum (currently closed for restoration).


Christ Church

From here, a brief stop is made at the adjacent Christ Church, a Dutch Reformed church constructed in 1753.


Porta de Santiago

Next Porta de Santiago is one of the most famous landmarks. It is one of the four main entrances to the A'Famosa fortress, which was built in 1511 by Alfonso d'Albuquerque, a Portuguese admiral. Even though the rest of the fortress was badly damaged during the Dutch invasion in 1641, its iconic gateway still stands to this day.


The Melaka Sultanate Palace

Afterwards proceed on to The Melaka Sultanate Palace which is a wooden replica of a Sultan's palace during the ruling era of Sultan Mansur Shah. Housing a cultural museum, it was built based on description taken from the Malay annals of the original 15th-Century palace. Apart from the building's unique design and ornate wood carvings, marvel at the numerous dioramas portraying the true palace atmosphere of the era. Shoes must be removed at the Sultanate Palace prior to entering; you may wish to bring socks.


Heeran Street

Re-board your trishaw and proceed to Heeran Street (Gentlemen's Street) now called Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, where the rich families and notables of Melaka lived, Heeren House today stands along a street of traditional shop houses whose architectural features are unique to Melaka.


Street of Harmony

Proceed to Street of Harmony the unique street to find three different places of worship for three different religions side by side. Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple was one of the first Hindu temple in Malaysia, Kampong Kling Mosque, which has a three-tier roof and photo stop at the oldest functioning Chinese temple in Malaysia - Cheng Hoon Teng Temple.


The trishaw ride ends at the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 21-32 yards (about 20-30 metres). This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility however it is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. One person per thrishaw. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Shoes must be removed at the Sultanate Palace prior to entering; you may wish to bring socks.

Melaka’s Historic Highlights

Experience the highlights of Melaka during this half-day river cruise and sightseeing excursion.


Melaka River Cruise

After tendering from the ship to the local jetty, embark a boat for a scenic cruise on the Melaca River. Along the way, pass through the downtown area, where you can see old warehouses, shop houses, bridges and traditional Malay villages.


The Stadthuys and Christ Church

Next, a short walk from the jetty brings you to the Stadthuys and Christ Church for a brief photo stop. The Stadhuys is the most imposing relic of Dutch rule in Melaca. It features salmon red walls, heavy wooden doors and wrought-iron hinges. Once the official residence of the Dutch governors and their officers, it now houses the Historical Museum. The adjacent Christ Church is a Dutch Reformed church constructed in 1753.


Porta de Santiago, Sultanate Palace and Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

Next, proceed on-foot to the Porta de Santiago, or 'A Famosa'. Although the original fortress dates from 1511, a small gatehouse is the only remaining part of the fortress still standing. After a photo stop here, proceed to the Sultanate Palace, a replica of a 15th century palace in Melaca that currently serves a cultural museum. Shoes must be removed at the Sultanate Palace prior to entering; you may wish to bring socks.

Following your visit, take a trishaw ride along the Street of Harmony where you will pass the Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple, one of the first Hindu temples in Malaysia, the Kampong Kling Mosque with its three-tiered roof. Make a brief stop at the Cheng Hoon Temple, built in 1646. It is the oldest functioning Chinese temple in Malaysia. Note the ornately decorated mythological figures, carvings and lacquer work inside the temple. Your tour concludes with a brief coach transfer back to the tender pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 328 yards (about 300 metres), at times over flat and sloping surfaces, with 10 steps to negotiate at the sites visited, a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, and a few steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the riverboat and tender. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. One person per trishaw. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Shoes must be removed at the Sultanate Palace prior to entering; you may wish to bring socks.






Village Within The Modern City

Explore a traditional Malay village within the modern city of Melaka during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Melaka City, Morten Village and Historic Wooden Houses

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to Morten Village, an historical traditional Malay village in Melaka City named after a British land revenue collector during the British Malaya. The village has become a tourist attraction since it was declared a Heritage Village under Malacca's Preservation and Conservation Enactment in 1989. Morten Village remains the only Malay village in the historic city to have maintained its customs and traditions. It is also described as a 'living museum'. Upon arrival, take a guided stroll through the village. Along the way, marvel at the beauty of the well-preserved, wooden houses and observe the traditional way of the life in a Malay community in Melaka.


Villa Sentosa, Local Home Visit, Sarong-Wearing Demonstration

Your first stop is at Villa Sentosa, a house owned by the man who was responsible for the creation of this village. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour conducted by his grandchildren. Afterward, proceed to another home, where the lady of the house teaches you how to wear a 'sarong', a garment consisting of a long piece of cloth worn wrapped around the body and tucked at the waist.


Surau, Traditional Herbs and Red Square

Next, a visit is made to a 'surau', a small place of Islamic worship where some of the ritual functions are similar than a mosque. En route, learn about some of the traditional herbs grown around the houses. Many are used as flavourings, and for food, medicine or perfume. In addition, observe the unique, lovely architecture of the house and cottage industry. Leaving the 'surau', a photo stop is made at Red Square. Afterward, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.93 miles (about 1.5 kilometres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 3-5 steps to access the Malay house. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair, provided guests can climb in/out of the coach. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable, long-sleeve pants and a short-sleeve shirt with flat, non-slip walking shoes, and bring sun protection from the ship; shorts and bare shoulders and midriffs are not permitted, and footwear must be removed before entering the Malay house. Guests must be at least two years old to participate on this tour. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.