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  • Location:Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)

Private Kuala Lumpur Layover Tour: City Sightseeing with Airport or Hotel Drop-Off

While you’re between flights in Kuala Lumpur, go sightseeing on a private full-day city tour! An informative local guide introduces visitors to old and modern Kuala Lumpur, traveling by private vehicle. Visit top landmarks like Petronas Twin Towers, Royal King’s Palace, the Craft Cultural Complex and National Museum. The airport is approximately 37 miles (59 km) from the city center, making for an easy-to-do layover tour! Your itinerary can be customized to accommodate your private group's interests and requests, with drop-off at the airport or your hotel for an overnight stay.


  • Full-day private layover tour in Kuala Lumpur
  • Visit top attractions in the city center with a private guide
  • Take photos of the Petronas Twin Towers, Royal King’s Palace and Sultan Abdul Samad Building
  • Try your hand at batik at the Kuala Lumpur Craft Cultural Complex
  • See cultural displays on exhibit at the National Museum
  • Round-trip airport transport by private vehicle included
  • Choose a customized itinerary with optional hotel drop-off

What You Can Expect

Private Kuala Lumpur Layover Tour: City Sightseeing with Airport or Hotel Drop-Off

Kuala Lumpur Stopover City Tour

When you arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, meet your knowledgeable guide and travel to the city center by private vehicle. Your guide will stop for snacks, beverages or meals at your request throughout your private layover tour (own expense).

The first stop begins at the famous Petronas Twin Towers, the world’s tallest towers. You’ll have the opportunity to photograph the twin skyscrapers as you gaze up at their impressive height. Admire the tapering design of each 88-story building, which includes 55,000 glass panels with stainless steel.

Next, visit the Kuala Lumpur Craft Cultural Complex, where you’ll find a host of beautiful and colorful crafts from throughout Malaysia. This charming handicraft center, tucked away from the busy street, boasts several areas including cultural exhibits, a craft museum, batik gallery and artists’ colony. Your guide will discuss regional handicrafts such as woodcarvings, batik paintings and ceramics, and help you interact with resident artists in their galleries. See textiles on display, take part in hands-on craft demonstrations in the craft village and browse for souvenirs at the craft boutique.

Afterward, make a photo stop at the breathtaking Royal King’s Palace, Istana Negara, which provides excellent photo opportunities. See the royal guards in uniform guarding the main gate, and look beyond at the green lawns and beautiful ponds surrounding the official residence of Malaysia’s head of state, referred to as the Paramount Ruler.

Continue to the National Museum, and gain insight into Malaysian history and cultural heritage during your visit. The three-story Muzium Negara features both traditional Malay and modern design, and houses four main galleries with fascinating exhibits. See natural history on display as you discover the native flora and fauna; learn about Malaysian festivals and costumes; and pore over historical items from traditional weapons to musical instruments.

You’ll see the National Monument, erected in 1966 in memory of fallen soldiers who fought against communism, and drive past the National Mosque and the Railway Administration Building en route to Independence Square. Here, your guide will point out the country’s first national flag, hoisted to mark the achievement of independence from British rule in 1957. You will also have the opportunity to photograph the scenic Sultan Abdul Samad Building with its intricate Moorish architecture.

At the end of your private tour, your guide will return you to Kuala Lumpur International Airport for your onward flight or drop you off at your hotel for an overnight stay.


Option 1: Round-trip airport transport
After your layover tour, return to Kuala Lumpur International Airport for your onward flight.

Option 2: Airport pickup and hotel drop-off
Your tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel for your overnight layover in Kuala Lumpur. When you're ready for your departing flight, make your own way to the airport.

Please note: This private sightseeing tour of Kuala Lumpur can be customized to your interests; please list any special interests you have (e.g. art, architecture, history, culture, shopping) at the time of booking to alert your guide, so that he or she can better prepare for your private tour.

At time of booking, you MUST include the following flight details:
  • Arrival and departure airline
  • Arrival and departure fight number
  • Arrival and departure date and time

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Very good tour guide, just the right level as we were tired after traveling so didn't want anything too in depth. Very good quick tour of the city.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better August 2014

we were disappointed in our trip as we booked what we thought was a full day trip but we were back at the airport by 2.45. the driver said that he has another tour booked in but what we did do was very interesting.

Mariusz K
United Kingdom

1 star rating: I do not recommend this September 2014

Firstly it took quite a few days for the tour operator to confirm the booking. I have stayed in contact with them via email up to a day before the tour. The meeting point and time was agreed, but no one showed up to pick me up. As it was early morning 6:30 I had to wait for their offices to open at 8:30. I was ringing them till 9:30 with no success. Considering I had only few hours to spend in Kuala Lumpur and didn't do much research on what to do as I paid £120 for travel agent to do it for me, I wasn't very happy with the outcome. Would never recommend this tour to anyone...

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