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Singapore: Singapore River Cruise

1. Singapore: Singapore River Cruise

Explore Singapore's most important landmarks on this river cruise on a bumboat. Learn about the city's spectacular mix of heritage and modern architecture while passing historic monuments, quays, and bridges. Begin the Singapore river cruise where Sir Stamford Raffles first stepped foot onto Singapore, along the northern banks of the Singapore River. Learn about the contrast between the rich and old-world architecture of the quays and the modern skyscrapers in the central business district. See shophouses along the river banks that have been beautifully restored, which now house chic dining and entertainment spots. Discover the grand bridges of Singapore, such as the Cavenagh Bridge, Clemenceau Bridge, and Anderson Bridge. Learn about the pivotal role that the Singapore River has played in Singapore's progress by visiting the various historical landmarks: the Merlion, Raffles Landing Site, and Esplanade.

Singapore: Historical Bike Tour with Traditional Snacks

2. Singapore: Historical Bike Tour with Traditional Snacks

Discover the real Singapore on this 20-kilometer route through the city by bike. Visit a typical residential town and market to watch people go about their daily lives. Eat like a Singaporean, sampling local snacks and drinks at a “coffee shop”. See old and new public housing, as well as multi-million dollar riverfront homes.   Then, meander alongside the Singapore River, where trade brought to life a sleepy village town in the 1800s. See historically important landmarks, such as the 100-year-old fire station, museums, and places of worship. Of course, you’ll pay homage to the statue of Sir Stamford Thomas Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore.   Learn how WWII affected Singapore, and see monuments that honor those who suffered. You’ll get to understand the melting pot of people from all over the world who call Singapore home.   Finally, fast forward to the present and admire the ultra-modern business district. Jump right into the action as you cycle right along the Formula 1 route (though at a somewhat slower pace).

Singapore: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2 to 7 Attractions

3. Singapore: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2 to 7 Attractions

Explore Singapore's top attractions and get up to 45% off combined admission with the Singapore Explorer Pass. Choose 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 activities from a list of over 40 Singapore attractions and tours. Enjoy a round trip on the Singapore Cable Car, get your adrenaline pumping at the AJ Hackett Giant Swing and Skybridge on Sentosa Island, explore the stunning natural park at Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome & Cloud Forest and Floral Fantasy, relax at Marina Bay Sands' luxury bar, or explore the city aboard a hop-on hop-off Big Bus tour. Your pass is fully digital and is valid for 60 days from first use. Simply display on a mobile device (or print at home) and show it at the ticket office to redeem admission to your chosen activities. You'll also receive a digital guide to help plan your itinerary. Choose your attractions and tours from the following: Tours and Experiences • AJ Hackett Sentosa Giant Swing and Skybridge • Let's Go Bike Tour - Historical Singapore Tour • Let's Go Bike Tour - Marina Bay Night Tour • Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome & Cloud Forest • Floral Fantasy • Drink at CÉ LA VI SkyBar at Marina Bay Sands • Cocktail at Raffles Hotel - Long Bar & Courtyard • Singapore Cable Car Sky Pass (Round Trip) • Virtual Room Singapore • Virtual Reality Fighter Jet Experience • Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Singapore Tour • Singapore DUCKtours • Singapore River Cruise • Gogreen Bicycle Rentals • Tiger Brewery Tour • Night Safari • The Battlebox • River Wonders • Skyhelix Sentosa • Scentopia Augmented Reality Guided Tour • Segway Fun Ride (800 m) • Tea Appreciation Experience Places of Interest • S.E.A. Aquarium • Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome and Cloud Forest • National Museum of Singapore • Sentosa 4D Adventureland • Madame Tussauds Singapore 5-in-1 Combo • Singapore Zoo • Adventure Cove Waterpark • Jurong Bird Park • Science Centre Singapore • Asian Civilisations Museum • Malay Heritage Centre • Indian Heritage Centre • National Gallery Singapore • Sun Yat-Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check your included digital guide for an up-to-date attraction list including opening times and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass before you go.

Singapore Chinatown Night Tour: Dinner, Trishaw & Boat Ride

4. Singapore Chinatown Night Tour: Dinner, Trishaw & Boat Ride

Chinatown has also come a long way since the early days when Chinese immigrants made this enclave their home. Filled with a sprawling myriad of shops and eateries, bustling with colourful and exciting activities set against a backdrop of rich history and heritage, Chinatown is not to be missed especially in the evening when everything really comes alive. At a Chinese Medical Hall, learn how Traditional Chinese Medicine helps to regulate your Yin and Yang. From ancient days till modern times, the Chinese have continue with herbs and practices like acupuncture, moxibustion, tai chi and tui na to stay healthy. After dinner at a local Chinese restaurant, wander along the narrow lanes of the Night Market and test your bargaining skills against street vendors selling anything from souvenirs to leather goods.  The highlight of the evening is a trishaw ride that takes you through the alleyways of Chinatown and down to Clarke Quay. There hop onto a bumboat for a cruise along the Singapore River to see Singapore lit up at night, showcasing beautifully restored shop houses, modern skyscrapers of the financial district, colonial buildings and the iconic Merlion statue.

From Harbourfront Port: Private Customizable Singapore Tour

5. From Harbourfront Port: Private Customizable Singapore Tour

Meet your professional, experienced, and English-speaking driver at the arrivals gate of the Harbourfront Centre ferry terminal. Spot them holding a sign with your name on it. Then, sit back, relax, and enjoy the sights as your driver takes you towards the center of Singapore. Explore the city at your own pace. Discover some of the most popular sights in the city such as Garden by the Bays, Merlion Park, Little India, China Town, Marina Bay Sand, and more. Benefit from insights and recommendations from your driver, who has extensive local knowledge of the city. Choose from a variety of tour durations to suit your schedule. Customize the experience and choose what you want to do and see throughout the day.  After your time exploring the city, be returned to the ferry terminal with plenty of time to board your ship.

Singapore: City Highlights Walking Tour & Singapore River

6. Singapore: City Highlights Walking Tour & Singapore River

Explore the heartbeat of the city on this popular Singapore City Highlights Tour. Let’s take a scenic stroll along the Singapore River, where you get to admire the impressive colonial architecture from our early Independence years. Marvel at the beautiful juxtaposition of old shophouses and shiny new skyscrapers, while our guide captivates you with inspiring stories of the people. Follow that river of life to the Marina Bay area where you will be treated to a panoramic view of the city. This area is home to several must-see icons, including the Singapore Flyer, the durian-shaped Esplanade theatre, and our national symbol – the Merlion. For those who are pressed for time, this City Highlights Tour is the perfect activity to create some wonderful memories in Singapore.

Singapore: City Origins & History Private Walking Tour

7. Singapore: City Origins & History Private Walking Tour

Retrace the history of Singapore in the company of an expert guide and learn about the origins of the Lion City from its humble beginnings. Meet your guide at Raffles Place MRT Station or, your referred pick-up location 30 minutes before start time (when pick-up & drop-off option is selected). Then, set out on a walk along the Singapore River to discover how the city developed from a small fishing village to a busy trading port of the British Empire. Learn about how the city’s history is tied to the importance of the river, and how it was once lined with fishing boats and spice sellers. Continue the tour onto Fullerton Hotel, the city's newly minted National Monument, and admire the grand architecture of the building. Next, wander through the Civic District, bursting with historical, architectural, and cultural heritage, and where modern Singapore was born. Visit the National Gallery, the city’s newest and largest museum of Singapore and Southeast Asian art and afterwards stroll along the Marina Bay Esplanade before finally visiting the mythical Merlion, the city’s national icon.

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What people are saying about Singapore River

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 351 reviews

The whole experience was great! Amazing views while biking and Mark (our guide) has some really good and interesting stories about the places we would go to. 10/10 would recommend if you are up for a bike ride

We had a whole cruise & staff we friendly. Other passengers very rude & disobedient, failing to follow instructions….the staff ended up giving up on them. You can’t pick who you will be cruising with.

Had a great day today with Mark during the bike tour! Lots of insightful information and a great way to see Singapore! I will highly recommend to my friends.

Excellent 4 hours cycling round Singapore, seeing the sights and hearing about the history and culture of Singapore with tour guide Alfie.

Great guide Christopher..Gave us lots of useful info, very friendly