Straegically located at the end of the Malaysian peninsula, the island nation of Singapore is a modern, thriving metropolis and a true melting pot of cultures. Singapore offers diverse colorful ethnic quarters; a fantastic array of superb cuisines; and a shopping mecca second to none. In many ways Singapore (the name means Lion City) was built by Sir Stamford Raffles. Coming ashore to a tiny fishing village in 1819, through trade treaties and business acumen, he laid the foundation for one of the most amazing urban success stories in history. Today, travelers can embrace exotic sights and sounds as they stroll or ride a trishaw through Chinatown, the Arab Quarter or Little India. Head down to the scenic Boat Quay for unrivaled views of the harbor and stop at one of the many international eateries for a refreshing repast. Shop along famous Orchard Road with its merchandise from every corner of the Pacific Rim; embark on a night safari at the Singapore Zoo or relax in the verdant shade of the Bukit Timah Nature Preserve. Be sure to leave time to try a refreshing Singapore Sling at the bar at Raffles Hotel.
The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.
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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.
Visit the 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.
No historic trail would be complete without paying homage to the legendary Raffles Hotel, where you will make a short stop before returning to the port. Enjoy this opportunity to wander around the grounds of this historic hotel, make a purchase at the hotel’s gift shop or perhaps you would like to treat yourself to a Singapore Sling (at own expense) at the hotel’s Long Bar.
Please note: Proper dress is required to enter the Raffles Hotel. The hotel management has the sole discretion to permit entry to The Lobby of Raffles Hotel; shorts and bermudas are not allowed. For men, closed shoes with sox are required and for women, sandals and open backs are not allowed to enter the lobby.
Don't miss this unique opportunity to observe and experience the Singaporean lifestyle during a scenic and informative tour of the city.
Visit to the oldest Indian temple in Singapore. You will soon see that many places of worship exist in close proximity to one another when you continue on with a visit to the oldest Buddhist monastery in Singapore - considered a National Monument for its historical and architectural value.
Drive to Toa Payoh, a first generation New Town built in the late 1960s to solve the acute shortage of proper housing in Singapore. Today, 87% of the population lives in a HDB flat. Stroll through the Town Center, where you can mingle with the local people and indulge in a bit of neighborhood shopping in the many stores selling all sorts of merchandise. View the many communal facilities that make the town self-contained, including a bus interchange, sub-way station, schools, clinics, community center, parks, a sports stadium, an indoor sports hall, and a swimming pool complex.
From here you will take a subway for a 5 minute drive to Bishan, a second generation New Town, designed and built in the early 1990’s to accommodate the lifestyle of a more affluent and wealthier population. As a special treat, you will have the opportunity to visit a local Singaporean’s family home.
There are many contrasts between the first and second generation New Towns. The later blocks of second-generation flats are of a more contemporary design and nearly twice the height of the first generation flats. The town center is occupied by a large shopping mall that caters to the shopping and entertainment needs of the whole community, with many other communal facilities located nearby.
Another stop on this tour is Singapore's latest downtown Icon – The Marina Barrage. Built across the mouth of the Marina Channel, the Marina Barrage creates Singapore’s 15th reservoir, and the first in the heart of the city. With a catchment area of 10,000 hectares, or one-sixth the size of Singapore, the Marina catchment is the island’s largest and most urbanized catchment. Together with two other new reservoirs, the Marina Reservoir will boost Singapore’s water catchment from half to two-thirds of the country’s land area. The Marina Barrage is the result of Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew’s vision nearly two decades ago when he envisaged damming the mouth of the Marina Channel to create a freshwater reservoir.
Please note: This tour involves approximately 1.5 hours of walking, mainly over level surfaces.
Experience Singapore in a unique new way during this riverboat, trishaw and coach tour through this fascinating city, and a visit to the Marina Bay Sands Skydeck.
Depart the pier for the drive to Clarke Quay. Upon arrival, you will embark a riverboat for a 30-minute ride along the Singapore River. Along the way, you will see the beautifully restored go-downs that stand in contrast with the modern skyscrapers of the Financial District, Colonial buildings and the iconic Merlion Statue.
Next, you will drive to the Trishaw Centre at Bugis Street, passing through the Padang and St. Andrews Cathedral. Hop on your trishaw and ride along the streets of Little India before returning to the Trishaw Centre again.
Your final stop will be the Marina Bay Sands Skydeck for an unforgettable view of the city. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to visit the shops. On the way to Marina Bay Sands Skydeck, you will drive by Suntec City to see the World’s largest fountain.
Please note: Guests must be able to embark/debark the boat and the trishaw with limited assistance. Tour is not recommended for guests with walking or mobility concerns.
Discover a wide array of diverse Asian cultures, lifestyles and sites old and new during this scenic visit to Singapore.
Modern Singapore is a city comprised of concrete, glass, freeways and shopping centers. Singapore features many diverse cultures and lifestyles from its waterfront to the Singapore River, once the thriving heart of the city. In the bustling streets of Chinatown, fortune tellers, calligraphers and temple worshipers are still a part of everyday life.
You will depart the pier for a drive along the Colonial heart of Singapore. Along the way, you will pass landmarks such as the Parliament House, Supreme Court, City Hall, St. Andrew's Cathedral and the Raffles Hotel. Enjoy a walk along the enchanting Esplanade, lined with futuristic skyscrapers, chic boutiques and restaurants. You’ll have great photo opportunity at the Merlion. The statue is considered the symbol of Singapore. The mythical figure has the body a fish and a lion’s head, resting on a crest of waves.
Take a stroll in Chinatown, a lively blend of tiny shops, pagodas and street vendors. See the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, located in the heart of Chinatown, the magnificently lavish Sri Mariamman Temple. During your visit, you will observe a profusion of deities carved all over its walls; its doors are adorned with bells, and ceilings with splendid frescoes.
Next, you will proceed to the Botanical Gardens, Singapore’s first UNESCO’s World Heritage Site . Here, you will take a relaxing and enjoyable stroll amidst a collection of over 20,000 exotic orchids.
Following your visit, you will rejoin your coach and transfer back to the ship.
Please note: Shoes must be removed to enter the Sri Miriamman Temple. As tour visits a religious site, please dress appropriately; shoulders and knees should be covered.
Discover Singapore's inner city and historic sites without much walking, during this panoramic tour of the city.
Depart the pier by coach for a relaxing tour of Singapore. Along the way, you will drive through the business district and historic Colonial area, where splendid architecture and foliage combine to create the perfect backdrop for the landmarks of Singapore.
You will catch a glimpse of Singapore's cultural aspects during the drive through Little India, a fascinating area teeming with shop houses and flamboyant temples. As you proceed to the Arab Quarter, you will find a different side of Islam among the mosques and outgoing lifestyle. A stop will be made at a local coffee shop just outside the Malay Heritage Center before continuing on to Old Chinatown, which bustles with frenetic street merchants.
You will also drive down Orchard Road, which is renowned for its Western-style department stores and couturier houses, before returning to the pier.
Please note: This tour has been specially created for our guests who do not wish to walk. Tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair and are able to make their own way on and off transportation. Guests must be self-sufficient or if assistance is required, they should travel with a companion who can provide this.
Discover the many interesting insights into life outside of Singapore during a scenic tour that encircles this bustling island city.
Depart the pier for the drive to the Tiong Bahru 'Wet' Market, a wet market where many typical Singapore families buy vegetables and food for home cooking.
Continue on to the Kranji War Memorial. Unveiled in 1957, this is the last resting-place for many of the Allied soldiers, and more than 20,000 men and women who lost their lives in World War II. After a tasty Chinese style lunch, a stop will be made at Bright Hill Temple, a famous Chinese ancestral place of worship.
Stop a Tampines New Town for a walking tour of the area. Tampines New Town residential district has received the United Nations’ world habitat award for being an outstanding human settlements area. Follow your guide on a walk around the town, which gives an insight into the typical Singaporean lifestyle, showcasing the neighborhood and the community where schools, shopping malls, restaurants, libraries and a sports hub can be found.
Following your visit, you will re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.
Please note: Tour involves approximately 2.5 hours of walking with over 60 steps to negotiate. This tour is not available for wheel chair guests and those with walking or mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Summer appropriate clothing, proper sun protection, comfortable walking shoes and rain gear are recommended.
Explore Singapore's most iconic landmarks, from historical sites to modern day Singapore, by land and by water.
From the pier, you’ll drive to the oldest Taoist Temple, built in 1821. The Thian Hock Keng Temple was once a beachfront temple, but since then, the shoreline has been reclaimed. It was visited by Chinese immigrants giving thanks to Ma Zu (Goddess of the Sea) for their safe voyage. The entire structure was assembled without nails. It is an architectural masterpiece of stone, tiles and wood, dragons and phoenixes, amazing carvings, intricate sculptures and imposing columns.
Next cruise down the Singapore River aboard a river boat; the best way to catch a glimpse of Singaporean history. The river is home to 150 years of commercial activity, and has been at the heart of the growth of an obscure fishing village into a great seaport and metropolis. As you proceed along this bustling waterway, you will see a colorful array of restaurants, wine bars, entertainment venues and retail shops.
Re-board your coach for a sightseeing drive through the Colonial District of Singapore, also known as Old Singapore. Along the way, you will pass by the Padang City Hall, and St. Andrew's Cathedral, and view some of the splendid architecture of bygone eras. A stop will be made on Arab Street to visit and photograph the beautiful, gold-domed Sultan Mosque.
Make a stop at the legendary Raffles Hotel, one of the world's finest hotels and a must-see for any visitor to Singapore. Named after the British founder of modern-day Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles, this property features the high ceilings and Colonial architecture that reflect the era of British rule from 1819-1963. During your visit, you will be treated to the legendary Singapore Sling, a famous libation invented in 1915 right here in the Long Bar at Raffles. You may also take this time to visit the hotel's shops for some last-minute souvenir hunting.
Please note: Guests must be able to embark/debark the boat with limited assistance and negotiate several steps during visits. Conservative attire is required for the visit to the Sultan Mosque; no shorts or bare shoulders are permitted inside. The hotel management has the sole discretion to permit entry to The Lobby of Raffles Hotel; shorts and bermudas are not allowed. For men, closed shoes with sox are required and for women, sandals and open backs are not allowed to enter the lobby.
Travel around Singapore the way the locals do during this half-day tour that explores the highlights of the city via subway, boat, trishaw and coach.
Depart the pier for a unique, hands-on tour of Singapore. Along the way, you will get around the city by utilizing various modes of transportation, including the MRT (subway), riverboat and trishaw. For a more personalized experience, each group will be limited to a maximum of 12 participants and escorted by a guide for a walking tour of the city's main highlights. During your tour you will visit Chinatown (or Bugis Village), the Singapore Riviera and central district.
In preparation for your trip, you will receive a survival kit, or sling bag, that will contain such essential items as a map, bottled water, coins for subway fare, tiger balm, sandalwood fan, and snack bar. Each group will depart separately and the tour will end in Chinatown (or Bugis Village), where you will spend some time before returning to the ship.
Please note: This is an active, fast-paced tour that involves extensive walking. The route taken may change depending on the time of the year, and number of participants involved.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.