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Borneo: Sabah, Sarawak and Anzac Day in Sandakan

13 days • with Bernadette Eichner

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On this very special adventure, we discover the extraordinary beauty and tragic history of North Borneo. Not only will we ride the rails in one of the world’s most exotic locations, experience the region’s abundant natural wonders and wildlife, and explore fascinating cities and town, but we’ll also have the opportunity to attend the special Anzac Day dawn ceremony in Sandakan that remembers the Australian and British soldiers who tragically perished in the Death Marches of 1945, towards the end of the Second World War. We begin our journey in the modern and bustling capital of Kuala Lumpur, before flying to Sandakan in Borneo for the Anzac Day dawn service. We’ll then continue our journey with a visit to the region’s important wildlife rehabilitation and conservation centres, where we’ll get the opportunity to meet the ‘wild man of Borneo’ – the orangutan. We’ll visit the historic island of Labuan and discover unique wildlife at the Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort before continuing to the stunning UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kinabalu National Park. The park houses the highest mountain in South-East Asia, Mount Kinabalu, and boasts rare and untouched flora and fauna. We’ll then have an extended stay in Borneo’s capital, Kota Kinabalu. It’s here that we join the North Borneo Railway, a rare example of a remote colonial line that has been reinvigorated. This railway is famous for transporting tourists and locals alike, and showcasing untouched landscapes and intriguing little villages. Join us on this special journey through a region that has vast unspoiled natural beauty, vibrant modern cities and towns, friendly people, and a wealth of rich stories, including a poignant legacy for remembrance and reflection

  • Take a full-day city tour of Kuala Lumpur with your specialist guide
  • Attend the annual Anzac Day dawn service in Sandakan
  • Visit the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sepilok, near Sandakan
  • Explore the beautiful Kinabalu National Park, including the spectacular Mount Kinabalu
  • Ride the historic North Borneo Railway steam train from Kota Kinabalu to Papar and return
  • Experience another section of the North Borneo Railway on a private chartered railcar
  • Enjoy an extended stay in the capital of Borneo, Kota Kinabalu, with ample time to explore
  • Stay in the tranquil Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort and discover the amazing flora and fauna of the area
  • Explore the historic main island of the Federal Territory of Labuan and visit the Commonwealth War Graves site
  • Enjoy the knowledge and insights of expert English-speaking guides throughout
  • Take the option to join Scott and Bernadette on an exploration of Kuching, the capital of the state of Sarawak demonstrations and a Ramayana Ballet performance
  • Per Person: . $ 7,385
  • Single Supplement: $ 1,575
  • DATE
  • 22 Apr 2021 - 4 May 2021
  • 12 nights’ accommodation in the highest quality hotels available in each location, mostly 4-5 star
  • Most meals included, daily breakfast, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Drinks included with welcome and farewell dinners
  • Luxury chartered coach, with luggage transport throughout the tour
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with an English-speaking guide and colleagues
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • All excursions and entrance fees to attractions, as listed in the itinerary
  • Economy Class flights as specified in the itinerary - Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan, Kota Kinabalu to Labuan and Kota Kinabalu to Kuching (Note. 20kg luggage limit included)
  • Tipping and gratuities