Retrace the colonial history of Singapore on a jam-packed half-day tour. Highlighting the influence of Sir Stamford Raffles, the 4.5-hour afternoon tour takes in Singapore's elegant Raffles Hotel and Raffles Landing Site. You'll indulge in an afternoon tea buffet at the Raffles Hotel's renowned Tiffin Room or enjoy afternoon tea of tea and cake at a traditional Chinese bakery. You'll then take a cruise along the Singapore River to Clarke Quay.
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- Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
- Led by a local guide
Sir Stamford Raffles played an enormous role in Singapore's history, founding a British colony here in 1819. His vision for Singapore's future came true, and Singapore became a vital international port and trading center for the Far East. You'll retrace the course of Sir Stamford Raffles' dream on your Raffles Hotel Singapore tour, visiting the site where Raffles first set foot in 1819. The highlight, of course, is visiting the center of high-society colonial Singapore, the stylish Raffles Hotel.
The river cruise by bumboat, the traditional vessels that ferried cargo up and down the river in times gone by, is another highlight of your Raffles Hotel Singapore tour. Today your bumboat will steer you along the historic Singapore River, past colonial buildings, Chinese shop houses and the modern skyscrapers of Singapore's business district. The cruise ends at Clarke Quay, a riverside festival village.
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Tour departs from major hotels in Singapore city and Sentosa Island excluding Changi Village Hotel and Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.
Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
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Tour & Afternoon Tea Buffet
Raffles tour including Raffles Hotel, Singapore River Bumboat Cruise, Clarke Quay & Afternoon Tea Buffet. Gluten Free option available
Raffles Hotel Singapore Half-Day Tour
- Transport by air-conditioned coach
- Entrance fees
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (select hotels only)
- Local guide
- Afternoon refreshment at either Raffles Hotel or Chinese bakery, depending on option selected
- River cruise
- Gratuities (optional)
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Dress code is smart casual. No denim jeans or skirts, no shorts, flip flops or slip-on shoes, are acceptable for men or women. Men may wear sandals only if worn with socks.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Michael W, February 2017
Great tour of colonial Singapore with a very knowledgeable guide, it was a lovely walk around the old parliament buildings all kept immaculate. Raffles afternoon tea was a delight beware that if you order champagne to have with your tiffin it isn't cheap but added to the special treat this was. Fantastic!! Finishing off with a boat ride along the river into the marina and round to Clarke Quay was very relaxing. Overall a great tour.
Reviewed by: aline34, February 2017
This is a MUST DO experience in Singapore! We had an excellent lady guide who provided the group with a lot of explanations and gave us ample time to take pictures during the Singapore sightseeing tour preceding the Afternoon tea experience at this superb hotel. A river cruise is also included in this tour embarking/disembarking at Clarke's Quay. The Afternoon Tea at Raffles begins with a quick tour of the hotel grounds and the famous Bar before your timed entry in the restaurant. You are then given the option of having a Singapore Sling or a glass of champagne additional payment required. We had the Singapore Sling which was delicious and very pink! High class English afternoon tea - scones, sandwiches, cakes, jams and clotted cream - but also a Chinese Afternoon tea Buffet with savoury dumplings, oriental cakes, freshly squeezed juices, all truly delicious, Dress code : smart casual, it is the Raffles Hotel after all! Designed and built by two Armenian brothers, the Sarkies Brothers who also built the Eastern and Oriental Hotel in Penang, Malaysia, and named after the founder of Singapore Sir Stamford Raffles, this beautiful hotel has changed ownership several times and now belongs to the King of Saudi Arabia who plans to carry out further renovations on the building. This was truly the highlight of our trip to Singapore and we enjoyed it thoroughly. Make time to include it in your itinerary whilst in Singapore.