THE SPIRIT OF SINGAPORE (ending at the airport)
Sightseeing, Cultural, Shopping
Colonial and multicultural, a modern city which is anxious to preserve its natural heritage: this tour takes us to the vibrant city of Singapore to admire the contrasts which make it so unique.
What we will see
- Little India
- Place of arrival of Sir Raffles
- Parliament House
- Victoria Theatre
- Empress Place Building
- City Hall
- Supreme Court
- Raffles Hotel
- Shenton Way
- Botanic gardens
- Mount Faber
What we will do
- Our first destination is the exotic neighbourhood of Little India where the lively stalls and the colourful, refurbished shops are permeated by the fragrance of jasmine garlands. The vendors have an enormous selection of wares ranging from saris to aromatic spices and the most complex and diverse shaped ornaments.
- The next stage takes us to the place where Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore, first set foot on this land in 1819 (at the mouth of the Singapore River).
- We proceed with our tour to the city centre, where we see the Parliament Building, the Victoria Theatre, the*Empress Place Building* and the many refurbished buildings from the colonial era which have been restored to their former splendour.
- Back on the coach, we admire the other colonial buildings including City Hall, the Supreme Court and the*Raffles Hotel*.
- A tour of the main attractions of Singapore has to include the statue of Merlion, the mythological figure with the head of a lion and the body of a fish which is now a symbol of the city.
- After crossing the Singapore River*, our coach crosses* Shenton Way*, also known as the Wall Street of Asia, to enter the historic neighbourhood of* Chinatown**.
- A walk through the narrow streets and alleys of this picturesque neighbourhood with its traditional Chinese medicine stores, acupuncturists and calligraphers which are a reflection of the habits and customs of the people who live and work here, feels like a return to the past.
- Our tour continues to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site,, which house 60,000 plants in a natural setting, including the largest collection of orchids in the world.
- Our tour comes to an end when we stop at Mount Faber,where we can enjoy a unique view of Sentosa Island and Singapore's skyline.
What you need to know
- The itinerary may be subject to change.
- Comfortable footwear and casual clothing are recommended.
- The coach parking facility is approximately 10 minutes' walking distance from the ship.
- There is limited availability of English-speaking guides. The excursion ends at the airport.
- The excursion is only available for guests disembarking in Singapore with flights departing from 5.30pm onwards, assuming that the cruise ship's expected time of arrival in Singapore is 9.00am. If the cruise ship's expected time of arrival in Singapore is 2pm, the excursion is reserved for disembarking guests with flights departing after 10pm.