Admire a variety of orchids at the Botanical Garden
Today is yours to explore Singapore on your own, or we can arrange for these exciting tours for an additional cost:
East Coast and Changi - 3.5 hrs
Soak in the rich cultural heritage of the Malays at the Malay Ethnic Area. Your guide will recount stories of collective spirits that rose through the darkest times of World War II as you visit the Changi Chapel & Museum. A drive through the rustic and laid-back Changi Village will give you a chance to see the relaxing side of Singapore and provides a contrast to your final stop at Tampines New Town, a typical heartland township of present day Singapore.
Footstep of Raffles - 4 hrs
This tour starts from where it all began – at Raffles Landing Site – where Sir Stamford Raffles is believed to have first stepped ashore in 1819. You'll then continue on an exhibition that traces the history of the Singapore River. Next, stop at Raffles Hotel, where hives of activities were held for the high-society in the 1800s. Here, enjoy either an afternoon tea with English or local delicacies or a light refreshment. You'll then board a Bumboat and cruise along the historic Singapore River and disembark at Clarke Quay, a riverside festival village where you will visit a Pewter Gallery to discover the history of pewter and role of tin in the development of Singapore as a trading port. You'll enjoy watching a demonstration on pewter smithing.
Harbour Cruise - 2.5 hrs
The renowned Chinese Admiral Cheng Ho (Zeng He), holds an honorable place in the Chinese history as he visited parts of the world as the Emissary of the Emperor of China during the 15th Century. An exact replica of the famous Imperial Vessel of the Ming Dynasty, the Da Fu, M.V. Cheng Ho, allows you to sail in modern comfort and safety. Passengers on the day cruises will stop at Kusu Island, or Turtle Island, (except during the annual Kusupilgrimage) to explore the Chinese Temple, Terrapin Sanctuary and Malay Shine – the blissful blending of different religions that makes Singapore so unique. Your journey then continues past Lazarus, a popular weekend getaway for picnickers and divers, before returning to to your hotel in Singapore.
Jurong Bird Park - 4 hrs
Home to 8,000 birds and 600 species, Jurong Bird Park spans 20.2 hectares of lush greenery within Singapore's model industry estate. See the some 1,000 colorful lories and have a chance to feed them at the Lory Loft - the world's largest Lory Flight Aviary. Take a ride on the Panorail for a panoramic view of the Park and into a tropical world of Jungle mists at the Waterfall Aviary. Enjoy the spectacular Penguin Exhibit and Birds & Buddies Show at the Pool Amphitheater. The Bird Park's exhibits and aviaries are specially designed to closely resemble the natural habitats of the birds.
Peranakan Trail - 3.5 hrs
Embark on a colorful journey into the history, lifestyle and unique character of the Peranakan Babas (the men) and Nonyas (the women) as you explore the Peranakan Trail. The Peranakan Chinese are the largest ethnic group in Singapore, making up almost 3/4 of the country's population. Take a walk through the Spice Garden which sits on the original site of the first Botanic Gardens and uncover the intricacies of spices and herbs that go into Perankan cooking. A fascinating Display of Peranakan costume, embroidery, beadwork, jewelry, porcelain, furniture and craftwork provides insight into the captivating culture of the Peranakans. Wander through the bustling enclaves of Katong & Joo Chiat that showcases the rich baroque Peranakanarchitecture. Admire rows of colorful traditional shophouses that dates back to the 1920s and 1930s. A sampling of Nonya Delicacies will complete the day.
Round Island Tour - 7 hrs
On this tour, you'll gain an interesting insight into Chinese mythology characters, legends and folklore at the Haw Par Villa, famous for its depictions of Chinese folklore’s 10 Courts of Hell. Here you will find over 1,000 colorful statues such as a giant gorilla and massive deity heads. You'll then continue your journey northwards to the Kranji War Memorial, commemorating over 20,000 men and women who gave their lives in WWII. After lunch at a local restaurant proceed to Bright Hill Temple, a famous Chinese ancestral place of worship. Drive past the Johore Battery and view a replicated 15-inch ‘Monster Gun’, the largest to be installed outside Britain during World War II. Your final stop will be at Changi Chapel & Musuem. The museum focuses on the memories and lives of both POWs and civilian internees who survived the Japanese Occupation while the Changi Chapel is a symbolic replica of the original chapel found in the Changi Prison.
Singapore By Night - 4 hrs
Enjoy Dining by the River – Singaporean’s latest sunset haunt. En route to the world’s largest fountain, take in the beautiful sight of the central business district via Benjamin Sheares Bridge. Next, advance to Bugis Street or other night bazaars during festive periods, where our guide will take you for a stroll at the night market or ‘pasar malam’ where you may do some bargaining. Your last stop for the evening will be at the Raffles Hotel for a taste of Singapore’s very own concoction ‘the Singapore Sling’ (included for those who have booked the tour with this option). As the saying goes, “If you have not been to Raffles, you have not been to Singapore." Return to your hotel late in the evening.
- Hotel Royal at Queens