Singapore, the uber-stylish city where modern architecture defies engineering and Michellin style food can be bought for a £1 in street food stall. Singapore is so often overlooked, as just a transit point down under to Australia and New Zealand and yet it has so much to offer that taking a dew extra days, even a week to explore the sights and sounds of this amazing city.
An island nation that makes for an easy holiday destination in itself. The city is spotlessly clean, efficient, English is widely spoken, the culture is fascinating, there is a selection of fabulous food to suit all tastes and there is plenty to do - whether you are interested in a 3 day trpip, 5 day trip or a week. Read on for inspiration on an extraordinary city.
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‘At-a-Glance’ Illustrative Itinerary
DAY 1 - Arrive in Singapore
You are most likely to have arrived on an overnight flight, so the first priority is to get settled into your chosen accommodation for the next few days. If this is not possible then the best place to take a late morning stroll, to stretch the legs in an 'out-of-this' world place would be to visit 'Gardens by the Bay'. These vertical gardens reach up to 50meters tall linked by an aerial walkway that offers great views of the island skyline. In the afternoon take a leisurely ride on the Singapore Flyer, a huge wheel with observation cabs, again offering great views of the city. For the evening pop to Marina Bay for your fist tasting of local food from a range of restaurants.
DAY 2 - Sentosa
Spend the entire day on Sentosa—Singapore’s island of fun with endless things to see and do. Check out Universal Studios Singapore™. The movie-themed entertainment park featuring an enticing selection of attractions, rides and entertainment for all the family. For lunch, head to Quayside Isle, a waterfront dining destination offering a multiple range of restaurants from bakery, to fish to Greek food.
Take time in the afternoon to enjoy the the S.E.A. Aquarium™ a magical marine underworld with over 100,000 marine animals—including manta rays and leopard sharks.If you like the idea of sleeping underwater you can book an Oceans Dreamsleepover experience!
DAY 3 - Singapore Culture
Take in the full cultural experience by splitting your day between Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam, three of Singapore’s major cultural precincts. Explore Chinatown on foot to see places like the majestic Buddha Tooth Relic Temple with art and history to tell stories of over thousand years old. During the afternoon, move onto bustling Little India, that used to be home to a racecourse, cattle herders and brick kilns but today a vibrant district of temples and mosques, yummy food and shopping!
Finally take some time to explore Kampong Glam, whose origins as a thriving port and Singapore's oldest urban quarter and today is a super blend of history, culture and super-trendy lifestyle.
DAY 4 - Singapore Museum Hopping
There is no better way than getting a good dose of culture, arts and history than to spend a day visiting a variety of museums. The newest of them all is the National Gallery home to the world's largest public collection of modern art in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Located in a unique setting across two national monuments the museum features over 8000 pieces.
By contrast the Singapore Art Musuem was the first museum and displays contemporary art. If two art museums are not to your choice then spend the afternoon in the National Museum of Singapore to learn all about the history and culture of the is small nation
DAY 5 - Around the 'back streets'
So many of our clients like to just be able to wander around areas that are not on the main tourist trail. 3 favourites of ours are Joo Chiat, home of the Peranakans. Whilst the plantations have long one you can still admire and learn about their culture as you wander through heritage shops and eateries in eastern SIngapore.
Tion Bahru is a neighbourhood for individuality and inspiration. One of the older district the contemporary and traditional blend in a very creative way, no wonder it is a haunt for artists. Enjoy a stroll alongside an abundance of cafe's, boutiques and curiosity shops.
Our final choice for the evening would be to take dinner up on Dempsey Hill.
DAY 6 - Singapore's Gardens
For your penultimate day get up early and explore the Botanical Gardens which are best seen first thing. With beautiful sculptures, a swan lake, various trees and an orchid garden this is the perfect antidote to a late night out.
Other green spaces, particularly if you are keen on a hike is the 163-hectar Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Be surprised with this unexpected hidden gem where you can experience the wildlife and fauna of Singapore. For a different type of hike follow the 10km trail that includes the towering Henderson Waves, at Southern Ridges. The trail will also take you through Mount Faber Park, HortPark and Labrador Nature Reserve.
DAY 7- Day at Leisure
to choose to do anything you wish, or nothing!
Or talk to us about taking some rest and relaxation on private islands, easily accessible from Singapore. Niko Island is absolutely amazing for children and very informal whilst Cempedak Island is the perfect retreat for adults who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of a city,