4D Sights and Sounds of Singapore

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Our special 4 day tour covering the key historical sights and cultural attractions of the Lion City.

Key Attractions Covered

  • Chinatown, Wet Market, Chinatown Heritage Centre, Dim Sum Lunch
  • City Tour, Civic District, Suntec City, Singapore Flyer, DUCKtour
  • Clarke Quay, Royal Selangor Pewter Center, IndoChinese Dinner
  • Jurong Bird Park, Indian Fishhead Curry Lunch, Gems Factory
  • Kampong Glam, Arab Street, Sultan Mosque, Little India
  • Night Safari with buffet dinner at Ulu Ulu Restaurant
  • Mt Faber, Cable Car to Sentosa Island
  • Images of Singapore, Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom, Underwater World, Seafood Lunch at Singapore Seafood Republic
  • Resort World at Sentosa, The Merlion Plaza, Dinner at Tastes of Asia, Songs of the Sea
  • Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands

DAY 1

You arrive in Singapore and are met at the hotel by our professional guide. Our vehicle will drive you downtown to start a city sightseeing tour.

We drive through the Financial District to Chinatown, a place where many of Singapore's Chinese immigrant forefathers first set up homes. Singapore’s Chinatown is an ethnic neighbourhood featuring distinctly Chinese cultural elements and a historically concentrated ethnic Chinese population. Many of the old buildings and shophouses in Chinatown are being conserved, restored and refurbished, retaining significant historical and cultural significance. Singapore is known for its morning markets, known as “wet markets", selling fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood. Although the smell and the melting ice water on the floor can be disconcerting, a wide range of fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, seafood, flowers, spices, groceries and even clothing can be bought at excellent prices. Generally prices are much lower than they are in the supermarkets and shoppers can even bargain a bit.

We then proceed to the Chinatown Heritage Centre. Located within three beautifully restored shophouses in the heart of Chinatown, the Chinatown Heritage Centre houses a wealth of memories and untold stories from the past. Discover the secrets and chronicles of the early Chinese migrants who made the perilous journey from their homeland (mostly from the Fujian and Guangdong provinces of China) through rough sea voyages to Singapore. You will trace the journeys, beliefs and myths of the early settlers, gain an insight into their lives and experience for yourself the torrid conditions and hardships they had to endure living in the dark and crammed quarters they built in Chinatown. Afterwards enjoy a Chinese dim sum lunch at the Yum Cha Restaurant and experience the culture of drinking Chinese tea and eating dim sum which used to be a practice for morning breakfast in the early days.

After lunch we drive around the Civic District, passing by the historic Parliament House, the Cricket Club, the Padang, the old Supreme Court, the colonial City Hall and the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay. We continue on to Suntec City  and stop at  Asia’s most iconic architectural and engineering marvel – the Singapore Flyer. Here you will experience breathtaking, panoramic views of Singapore and beyond. As you take the 35-minute ride, witness and be inspired by the phenomenal growth and progress that Singapore has achieved from a humble fishing village to a cosmopolitan city.

Afterwards we will go on in what is probably the most unusual way to do your sightseeing, onboard the Wacky DUCK, an amphibious American military craft once used in the Vietnam War, for an-hour long DUCKtour heritage trail on land and water. The journey brings you up close to Singapore’s famous skyline, historical landmarks and gorgeous bay views. You’ll also be hearing the Singapore story from the DUCKtainer commentating live onboard the craft.

We alight at Clarke Quay, and visit the Royal Selangor Pewter Centre to view the traditional pewtersmithing tools, antique pewter and experiential exhibits displayed at the Gallery. A contemporary Chinese and IndoChinese dinner will be served at Restaurant Madame Butterfly, located within the Forbidden City, a heritage building that was the home and godown of a wealthy Chinese trader.  After dinner, you may stay on for dancing and clubbing into the late night.


DAY 2

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We start the day with a morning visit to Jurong Bird Park, the largest bird park in Southeast Asia. Home to more than 5,000 feathery friends from over 380 species, Jurong Bird Park houses one of the largest collections of birds in Asia. Not-to-be missed attractions include the Penguin Coast, where penguins live and play in an environment similar to that of the South Pole, and the highly entertaining Kings of the Skies and Birds n Buddies shows.

We then proceed for lunch at Samy’s Curry, one of Singapore’s oldest Indian restaurants, to sample their speciality  "Fish Head Curry",  a traditional dish where the head of an Ikan Merah (red snapper) is semi-stewed in a claypot of Kerala-style curry with assorted vegetables and usually served with rice and papadum (crackers).

After lunch your guide will take you to a gems and precious stones processing factory where you will be able to see traditional craftsmanship supported by high precision machineries and equipments, which is a rare sight in our modern world now. Take a walk in the showroom and you will find a wonderful world of gems in various forms – an eye-opener with a wide myriad of gemstone products in the forms of gemstone pictures, objects of Art, gemstone watches and clocks, and many more.

Then onward to Kampong Glam, where the old Arab quarters once stood. Learn about the practice of Islam in this part of the world at the Sultan Mosque.  Along the Arab Street, see the last remaining shops in Singapore still selling sarongs, rattan baskets, brass works, perfumes, intricate fabric materials and unique leather products used by the Malay community. We continue to Little India and stroll along the colourful streets and be dazzled by the hive of activities that permeates every nook and corner of the area. Watch how intricate jasmine garlands are woven using banana tree fibres; smell the aroma of freshly ground curry powder or spices; let a parakeet tell your fortune; and for the ladies, you may want to try out the delicately henna-painted motifs on your hand.

Thereafter we board a bus to the Night Safari to embark on a night adventure in the world’s first night zoo. Upon arriving at the Night Safari we first proceed to the Ulu Ulu Restaurant for a buffet dinner. After dinner, you will roam the jungle and view the wild in close proximity in the complete safety and comfort of a Tram which takes you through the 40 hectares of rainforest where the drama and mystery of the tropical jungle comes alive after dusk. You will weave through selected habitats designed specifically to replicate the natural environment from the Himalayan foothills to the Southeast Asian rainforests and Indian subcontinent. Enjoy the spectacular creatures and animals that have adapted to nocturnal jungle life.

Your guide will drop you back to your hotel after the Night Safari.

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DAY 3

We depart in the morning to Singapore's Mt Faber – a hilltop with great views of the beautiful landscape of the city, the off-shore islands, the container port, huge container ships and tugboats plying their trade in the busy port of Singapore. There we board a Cable Car for a ride across the Straits of Singapore to Sentosa Island. An iconic attraction in itself, Singapore Cable Car presents bird’s eye view of Singapore’s city, the harbour and Sentosa.

Situated just 15 minutes from Singapore’s city centre, Sentosa is an island of peace and tranquillity, and home to an exciting array of themed attractions, award-winning spa retreats and resort accommodations, alongside lush rainforests, golden sandy beaches and luxury residences. On the island, journey through the Images of Singapore where you can learn about Singapore’s history and witness the colourful cultures, traditions, festivities and vibrant heritage of Singapore, re-told by life-sized figures, animaltronics and special effects at the award-winning Images of Singapore.

Get up close to nature on an intimate learning experience at the Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom where you will explore the fascinating world of beautiful butterflies and interesting insects. Take a leisurely stroll through the cool outdoor conservatory, taking in the scents, sights and sounds of an authentic tropical rainforest amongst the colourful butterflies fluttering around you. Marvel at the sheer wonder of metamorphosis at the Pupa House and find out how larva develops into pupa, which eventually grows into a beautiful butterfly. Thereafter we tour the Underwater World Singapore -- one of the largest oceanariums in the world. It is an incredible one-stop destination providing fun, leisure and learning for all. Be taken on a ‘voyage to the bottom of the sea’ through a 83m long acrylic tunnel for a spectacular view of colourful reef, marine life and ocean colonies in close proximity.

We then indulge in a  sumptuous seafood lunch at the Singapore Seafood Republic which features over 70 celebrated seafood dishes, including the world famous Singapore Chilli Crab.  

In the afternoon, we continue to the Resorts World at Sentosa. This mega-resort is set to be a world-class leisure destination with plenty of attractions not to be missed. It is home to two major attractions: Southeast Asia’s first and only Universal Studios Singapore® theme park and RWS Casino. From there we take a stroll to the Merlion Plaza and unravel the mystery of the Lion City’s origins and the Singapore skyline from the viewing gallery at the Merlion’s crown of height 37 metres.

After a taste of the local cuisine at the Tastes of Asia, take a seat in the open-spaced ‘theatre’ by the beach for a multi-sensory extravaganza presentation. Songs of the Sea is a world-class show comprising dramatic effects, water jets, synchronized display of pyrotechnics and lasers, bursts of fire, songs and foot-tapping music set in the sea.

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Day 4

This morning, explore and discover Singapore’s newest icon, Gardens by the Bay – where wonders bloom. An awe-inspiring 101-hectare green zone with choice restaurants and garden spaces which provide unique discoveries at every turn. With a diverse range of plant life from every continent except the Antartica, there’s plenty to see in this national garden. Whether you’re looking to get up close with exotic species in the Cooled Conservatories, marvel at towering vertical gardens or learn about the intricacies of plant life in the themed gardens. Attractions include Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, The Supertrees, Heritage Gardens, World of Plants, Dragonfly Lake and Garden Cruiser.

Lunch will be served in one of the restaurants in Gardens by the Bay.

After lunch, take a walk over to the integrated resort of Marina Bay Sands. Proceed to the Sky Park for an aerial view of the surroundings including the Gardens by the Bay, Marina Barrage, the skyscrapers of the financial districts, etc.

Later embark on a shopping spree at the Shoppes mall of Marina Bay Sands or you may want to try your luck out at the casino.

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