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Learn more about culture and heritage of Singapore with our specially designed tours! Our knowledgeable tour guides will share with you the stories and facts of Singapore, and help you piece together a picture to understand how Singapore has grown and evolved throughout the years to become a modern country.
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FOOTSTEPS OF RAFFLES

This tour starts from where it all began – Raffles Landing Site – where Sir Stamford Raffles was believed to have first stepped ashore in 1819.

Step back in time to learn about Singapore’s founder’s vision for the island to become a vital trading centre for the Far East. Discover the city’s colonial history as you walk past bronze sculptures erected along the river. From Kucinta Cats to River Merchants, the various sculptures each depict a scene of a long-gone era.

Next, stop at Raffles Singapore where hives of activities were held for the high-society in the 1800s. Here, enjoy either an Afternoon Tea with English/Local delicacies or Cake Tea Set (see choice below).

Just as Raffles sailed on the river, you will get to board a bumboat and cruise along the iconic Singapore River disembarking at Clarke Quay, now a riverside festival village where visitors and locals jostle each other for the hottest nightspots and the most sought-after restaurants.

Note:
• Drinks are not included in tour price.
• Dress code for Afternoon Tea: smart casual. Gentlemen should wear shirts or collared t-shirts, paired with appropriate long trousers. Ladies should wear dresses, skirts or trousers. Singlets, shorts, bermudas, sandals, slippers and pool attire are not permitted.
• Afternoon Tea will be served at the Tiffin Room and Cake Set will be served at Ah Teng’s Bakery. Venues subject to change.

Duration Days of Operation Pick-up Time Start Time
3.5 hours Daily 1.30pm 2.00pm

PASSAGE OF LIFE (Walking Tour)

From birth to death, traditional customs surround the life of the early Chinese immigrant. Whether it is getting fortunes told by a fortune teller, a brief teaching of Yin & Yang of Chinese medicine, carrying a red umbrella at a wedding, or burning paper mansions at a funeral, come together and discover the reasons behind each practice while you explore the many Chinese customs in this journey.

Join our guide as she takes you on a walking tour of Chinatown. Visit the wet market and check out fresh produce that must be prepared for the women after birth. At the quaint Wedding Shop, the guide will show you the betrothal gifts that are sent to the bride’s family to confirm the marriage arrangement between the two families.

How do the Chinese honour their ancestors? At this special shop, one can buy paper effigies of money or other gifts to be burnt with offerings of food and incense to honour the dead.

We end the tour at a Heritage Brand Shop for tea appreciation with traditional wedding pastries.

Note:
• Includes pick-up from city hotels to tour centre to Chinatown.
• Excludes drop-off at hotel.

Duration Days of Operation Pick-up Time Start Time
3 hours Mon, Thu, Sat 8.30am 9.00am

GOOD MORNING, NI HAO (Walking Tour)

Move your senses with the sights and sounds of a wet market and watch how locals hunt for the freshest bargain. It’s no mystery why the term ‘wet’ is used as stall owners use water in the market to wash floors, to keep fruits and vegetables fresh, and to keep fish and shellfish alive. Check out local favourites like century egg, black chicken and a wide array of spices.

Next, adjourn to Singapore’s largest food centre – Chinatown Complex for a leisure breakfast.

Your day is not complete without visiting a traditional and heritage shop for a supply of herbs, tonic and even pastries for family tea time.

End your tour on a sweet note with a sampling of local desserts.

Note:
• Includes pick-up from city hotels to tour centre to Chinatown.
• Excludes drop-off at hotel.

Duration Days of Operation Pick-up Time Start Time
3 hours Tue, Wed, Fri 8.30am 9.00am

PERANAKAN TRAIL (With Food Tasting)

Join us on a colourful journey into the history, lifestyle and unique character of the Peranakan Babas (the men) and Nonyas (the women).

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 Peranakan cooking.

A fascinating Display of Peranakan: costume, embroidery, beadwork, jewellery, porcelain, furniture and craftwork provide insight into the captivating culture of the Peranakans.

Wander through the bustling enclaves of Katong & Joo Chiat that showcases the rich and baroque Peranakan architecture. Admire rows of colourful traditional shop houses that date back to the 1920s and 1930s. A sampling of Nonya Delicacies will complete the trail.

Note:
• Tour operates with a minimum of 2 adults.

Duration Days of Operation Pick-up Time Start Time
3.5 hours Tue, Fri 8.30am 9.00am

HIDDEN CHARMS OF TIONG BAHRU

The Pinnacle @ Duxton takes the title of being the world’s tallest public housing project. Enjoy stunning view of the Singapore landscape from the 50th storey sky bridge.

Next is a visit to Tiong Bahru, one of Singapore’s oldest public housing estate built in the 1920s that has creatively evolved into a unique neighbourhood that balances heritage and swanky hipster lifestyle.

The Tiong Bahru Market, built in 1955, may be the first modern market to be built in a housing estate but still boasts some of the best hawker stalls for local culinary delights.

The 90-year-old Qi Tian Gong Temple, Singapore’s oldest temple honours the Monkey God, who bestows blessings and protection.

With a history spanning four generations, Galicier Pastry is a bakery where time stands still. Steeped in family tradition, they use only the freshest ingredients, bought daily, to create Galicier’s traditional nyonya kuehs and retro cakes.

The design and décor of Nostalgia Hotel is inspired by Singapore’s colonial years as well as the romantic history of the neighbourhood. After all, Tiong Bahru was once known as an area where the well-heeled kept their mistresses. It now retains its old-world charm with a dash of modernism.

Note:
• Includes touring in private transportation.
• Tour operates with a minimum of 2 adults.
• Food sampling included.
• Markets will be substituted if they are closed for spring cleaning.

Duration Days of Operation Start Time
3.5 hours Tue, Fri 9.15am