Tour Period: Morning
Your guide will be there to meet you in your hotel lobby at 9am (time to be reconfirmed by your specialist before departure if different) as you start your tour of Singapore by foot and public transport.
Depart for a walk by the promenade to Merlion Park. for a view of the iconic Merlion and the Marina Bay vicinity. The Merlion, with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, is an imaginary creative that represents Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fishing village.
Continue with a walk through the Colonial district. This area forms the very heart of Singapore, with its neo-Palladian buildings lining the banks of the Singapore River, the former Parliament House, Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall originally built as the Town Hall in 1862. Across the road is the Old Supreme Court Building and St Andrews Cathedral and the Padang’s most important building, the City Hall, site of many pivotal moments in Singapore’s history, such as the surrender of the Japanese forces in 1945.
Stop at Raffles Landing Site where Sir Stamford Raffles is believed to have first stepped ashore in 1819 and founded a small settlement of Malays headed by the Temenggong (governor) for the Sultan of Johor. He signed a treaty with the Sultan for the right to establish a trading post in Singapore. During the 50 years following Raffles establishment of his free-trade port, Singapore became one of the busiest port and thriving financial and services sector.
Walk the underpass to Clarke Quay. Once used as a trading port on the Singapore River with large warehouses and docks to transport to goods up the river to waiting ships to carry it all around the world, it is now a riverside festival village with the hottest nightspots and most sought-after restaurants.
From here take an MRT to the historic district of Chinatown. Walk along the pathways passing by goldsmith shops, traditional Chinese medical halls, calligraphy masters, tea houses and even funeral shops selling replicas of modern items.