Founding Footsteps of Raffles
Duration: 3 1/2 hours
Tour Code: SIN-013
Discover how the vision of one of Singapore's founding fathers came to fruition during a scenic tour of this historic island.
Long ago, Sir Stamford Raffles had a vision of transforming Singapore into a vital international port and trading center for the Far East. This tour will retrace the course of that dream come true.
Depart the pier for a picturesque riverboat ride down the Singapore River. For centuries, the bumboat shuttled goods around Singapore from the trading ships, but today serves to steer us through a kaleidoscope of historic river and harbor images, including the go-down warehouses and shop houses, six British bridges and the gracious buildings of the old waterfront. During your boat ride, you will take in splendid views of these sites, all set against the towering skyline of the business and hotel district.
Along the way, a stop will be made at the newly-restored Asian Civilizations Museum, located adjacent to the Singapore River at Empress Place. Inside the museum, you can trace the ancestral cultures of Singapore and the region. Afterward, your journey will continue with a visit to a Chinese temple dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin. No historic trail would be complete without paying homage to the legendary Raffles Hotel, where a photo stop will be made.
Following your tour, you will be transferred back to the pier and ship.
Please note: Proper dress is required to enter Raffles Hotel. Guests wearing shorts will not be permitted to enter.