You will start with a leisurely bumboat cruise on the Singapore River, discovering why this waterway has been affectionately dubbed “the river of life.” From this vantage point, you will see many historic landmarks and monuments, including the Raffles Landing Site, where the founder of the city, British statesman Sir Stamford Raffles, is believed to have landed in 1819. You’ll also meet Singapore's fabled Merlion, the mythical creature -- half fish and half lion – located at the mouth of the Singapore River.
As you tour the cultural neighborhoods, originally formed by Raffles’ concept of separate districts for each of the major groups settling in Singapore, history and culture come alive.
Vivid colors and intricate designs of shop houses and temples; exotic fragrances of spices and incense; mouth-watering aromas of street food; glimpses of street-side trade activities and temple worship; and the music of many languages swirling, will burn the complex reality of this amazing city on your senses.
Departures: 09:00 AM, 01:30 PM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - During the peak cruise season, from November to March, there is a possibility of 3 or 4 ships calling at the port of Singapore on the same day and certain ships will have to be berthed at a container port, some 20 to 30 minutes' drive from the Singapore Cruise Centre. In such a case, the cruise lines will transport passengers from the wharf to the cruise center via shuttle bus, reversing the process for the return to the ship. The tour company in Singapore will confirm the actual time you will meet your guide when they are informed which ship you are sailing on. A second cruise terminal is under construction and is expected to open in spring 2012.
- Note: There will be no visits to Kampong Glam on Fridays. Will visit Colonial District or Raffles Landing Site instead.
- Wear casual, light, loose summer clothing, a hat, comfortable walking shoes and sun block. A small umbrella and/or raincoat are recommended as rainfalls can be sudden and heavy.
- Expect daily rainfalls during monsoon season, in November and December.
- There are no additional entrance fees required, but you will want to bring money for shopping.