Into the True Heart of Borneo


Cruise along the iconic Kapuas River for 7 nights through the stunning, lush scenery of Borneo and discover the many wonders this island has to offer, including the adorable Orangutans

tour duration 11 Days from
tour price 3,490pp
tour type Private Tour

Places Visited

UK - Kuching (1N) - Pandaw River Cruise (7N) - Kuching (1N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Take a longboat up the Sekayam river to see lush jungle
Visit Borneo's most famous residence, the Orangutan
Cruise up the iconic Kapuas River
Search for Promoscis monkeys and crocodiles around the Sentarum Lakes
See local fishing villages and smokeries

Days 1-2 Fly to Borneo
Fly overnight to Kuching in Borneo. On arrival, be met by your local representative and transfer to your hotel in Kuching for a one-night stay.
Days 1-2 Fly to Borneo
Day 3 Tayan to Sanggau
After breakfast this morning, transfer to Tayan where you will board your stunning river cruise ship which will take you on an exciting adventure up the Kapuas River. Before you set sail, enjoy a walk around the attractive river city of Tayan before sailing on to Sanggau. On arrival, enjoy an evening walk around this bustling port town. (B,L,D)
Day 3 Tayan to Sanggau
Day 4 Sanggau to Sekadau
Today you will enjoy a long boat trip up the Sekayam River to see the cascading waterfalls and hot springs which sit atmospherically in the jungle. Continue upstream to Sekadau for a walk around this lively town which is streaming with boats. Take a smaller boat to visit the Lawang shrines which are set on rock face and sacred to the Malays, Dyaks and Chinese. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Sanggau to Sekadau
Day 5 Sekadau to Sintang
Sail through the day and come ashore in Sintang. Here we see an old palace known as a 'Kraton' which sits where the Mewali River joins the Kapuas. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Sekadau to Sintang
Day 6 Sintang to Selimbau
At Sintang, visit an orangutan rehabilitation centre run by the Jacobson Foundation. The foundation is set in a traditional house decorated with traditional handicrafts. In the afternoon we will go for a 20km drive in local trucks to the rock monolith of Bukit Kelam, said to be the second largest rock in the world after Uluru. Here there is also an opportunitiy to visit a 100-year old long house in Ensaid Panjang, a centre for Dayak weaving. We continue along the 'Japanese Short Cut', a canal dug by the Japanese during World War Two. Stay overnight in Selimbau, one of the more delightfully peaceful river towns - there are no cars in sight! (B,L,D)
Day 6 Sintang to Selimbau
Day 7 Selimbau and Sentarum National Park
Take a morning walk around Selimbau before heading to the nearby lake. Explore this undiscovered lake and have the opportunity to go ashore for an evening walk. There may be an opportunity to visit an orangutan centre. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Selimbau and Sentarum National Park
Day 8 Sentarum Lakes
Traverse the lake system to spot wild life including proboscis monkeys and maybe orangutans - not to mention crocodiles! There is the opportunity to go fishing or to explore the extraordinarily diverse botany of the area, including its many bird species. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Sentarum Lakes
Day 9 Sentarum
Further explore the lakes and visit Pulay Melayu Island with its animist shrines. We will see honey farms along the shores and visit a fishing villages with its own smokery. Trekking is also available as an optional excursion. (B,L,D)
Day 9 Sentarum
Day 10 Lanjak to Kuching
Disembark from your cuirse ship to transfer to Kuching by road. Spend one-night in Kuching. (B)
Day 10 Lanjak to Kuching
Day 11 Depart Kuching
After check out, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
Day 11 Depart Kuching

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If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

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Additional Price Information:

Prices are inclusive from the UK and based on London Heathrow departures
Regional departures available
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £2,840pp (Kuching-Kuching)
Single room option from £770
Sole passenger price from £870

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Additional Price Information:

Prices are inclusive from the UK and based on London Heathrow departures
Regional departures available
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £2,840pp (Kuching-Kuching)
Single room option from £770
Sole passenger price from £870

What's Included

all international airfares
all domestic transportation, departure taxes and current fuel surcharges
all accommodation
meals as stated
entrance fees, guides and daily tours
visa fees for UK and EU passport holders

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suitable for those with a reasonable amount of time and who are interested in exploring the northern reaches of Borneo. This tour is made up primarily of a river cruise on the Kapuas River. The river cruise section will take place on the iconic Pandaw River Cruise ship. You will be trravelling with other customers on your Pandaw River Cruise ship.

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