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Sensational Singapore (Garden Festival!) Escorted Tour July 2018

Sensational Singapore (Garden Festival!) Escorted Tour July 2018

20-27 July 2018

$3995 per person Twin Share, $1000 single supplement

Escorted Tour

Including the 2018 Singapore Garden Festival 

Day 1 – Friday 20 July 2018 (D)  Depart Brisbane 9:10AM  –  Arrive Singapore 3:30PM

Welcome to stunning Singapore! On arrival at Singapore International Airport, a guide will meet the group and transfer to the Oasia Hotel Downtown - your accommodation for the next 7 nights. Set against an urban landscape of concrete, steel and glass, Oasia Hotel Downtown stands out with a unique silhouette covered by a lush green façade that is a massive vertical garden. This greenery is enhanced by alternating 30-metre tall sky gardens and sleek architectural details to form a tropical skyscraper in the Central Business District.  The hotel is located in the downtown Tanjong Pagar area which is set to be transformed into Singapore’s next waterfront city with a hive of business, commercial and residential activities. With Tanjong Pagar MRT Station right at the hotel’s doorstep, guests are minutes away from Raffles Place, Clarke Quay, Sentosa, Orchard Road and Marina Bay.  Welcome dinner tonight is at the hotel.   Accommodation: Oasia Hotel Downtown or similar– 7 nights

*Passengers departing from Sydney or Melbourne will meet the group in Singapore – please ask us for flight schedules

Day 2 – Saturday 21 July 2018 (B, L) Singapore Sightseeing Tour/ Singapore Botanic Gardens/National Orchid Garden

 Enjoy a delicious breakfast this morning before heading out to explore Singapore on a half day city sights tour. Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is an island country off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. Prior to independence in 1965, Singapore was a vibrant trading port. Observe the rich cultural and historical heritage through the sights and sounds of the bustling ethnic enclaves. Along the streets of China Town, Kampong Glam and Little India, religious monuments nestle amidst quaint shop houses. Contrasting with the modern shopping malls, such as the Suntec City, there are serene gardens and sleek skyscrapers. The statue of Singapore's founder, Sir Stamford Raffles proudly stands in front of the Victoria Theatre. Its replica stands at North Boat Quay - colloquially known as Raffles Landing Site, as this is the spot where Raffles is believed to have stepped ashore.   Stop for lunch today at a local restaurant.    On the tour visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens and National Orchid Garden. The Botanic Garden is a 156-year-old tropical garden located at the fringe of the Singapore's main shopping belt. It is one of three gardens, and the only tropical garden, to be honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The National Orchid Garden is located on the highest hill in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Providing a place for 60,000 orchid plants - consisting of 1000 species and more than 2,000 hybrids - is the three hectares of carefully landscaped slopes.  This afternoon we’ll hop in one of the bumboats for a cruise along the Singapore River. These hardy little vessels   have been in use from the 1600s in Europe although the ones in Singapore have adapted design variations from the original European-style lighters. Commonly known as twakows and tongkangs in Singapore, they were once extensively used for transport purposes along the Singapore River.   Returning to the hotel later this afternoon, dinner tonight is own arrangements. 

Day 3 – Sunday 22 July 2018 (B, D) Singapore Garden Festival

After breakfast depart for the Singapore Garden Festival. This festival showcases exciting garden designs and exquisite floral creations.  Launched in 2006, this will be the 7th festival Singapore has hosted.  It features over 50 designers from 19 countries under one roof showcasing their masterpieces. The festival is the world’s premier tropical garden show, exhibiting more than 400,000 plant specimens. Featuring landscape gardens, fantasy gardens, balcony gardens and more. The day is yours to spend viewing the fascinating displays by Singaporean and international garden designers.   Return to the hotel this afternoon for some leisure time and dinner tonight is at a local restaurant.

Day 4 – Monday 23 July 2018 (B, AT) Breakfast at the Zoo/High Tea at Raffles/Orchard Road

Breakfast is at the zoo this morning!   Have you ever had breakfast with an orang utan? The Singapore Zoo is the only place in the world where you can have breakfast with not one but an entire family of orang utans!   As you indulge in a hearty breakfast spread that includes international and local favourites, the orang utan family will make a spectacular entrance. Taking the ‘treeway’ from their free-range habitat next door, they’ll be ambling in one by one as a trunk drawbridge is lowered to let them through. It’s an amazing sight to behold!  Some free time in the middle of the day today and lunch is own arrangements.  On this afternoon’s tour you will follow in the footsteps of Sir Stamford Raffles. This tour starts from where it all began – at the Raffles Landing Site, where Sir Stamford Raffles is believed to have first stepped ashore in 1819. Discover the city’s colonial history as you walk past bronze sculptures erected along the Singapore River. From Kucinta Cats to River Merchants, the various sculptures each depict a scene of a long-gone era. The next stop is at the world-famous Raffles Hotel, which used to be the watering-hole for the high-society in the 1800s. Here enjoy an afternoon tea buffet with English/local delicacies.    Leaving Raffles this afternoon the coach will stop at Orchard Road where you have free time for shopping and dinner tonight is own arrangements.  There’s a great selection of restaurants in Orchard Road.  Malls make up most of the main street, but there’s plenty of other options hidden amongst the shops, from cheap and cheerful to some of the best fine-dining venues in Singapore.  The coach will return you to the hotel this evening. 

Day 5 – Tuesday 24 July 2018 (B, L) Marina Bay Sands Observation Deck/National Museum/Little India

We are heading to the Marina Bay Sands Hotel where you can view Singapore from the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck, soaring 57 levels above the heart of the city.  Drink in the panoramic vistas of the stunning Marina Bay, the world-class cityscape, the architectural wonders of Supertree Grove, and the vibrant colours characteristic of Gardens by the Bay. From Marina South Pier all the way out to the Singapore Strait, get a bird’s eye view of the bustling shipping lanes that have built Singapore’s rich multicultural history.  Make sure you’ve got your camera.  We’ll then visit the National Museum of Singapore with a history that dates back to 1849, when it was started as a section of a library at Singapore Institution and called the Raffles Library and Museum.   The museum focuses on exhibits related to the history of Singapore.  Lunch today will be at one of the fabulous restaurants at the museum.   Then a chance to wander around Little India, a buzzing historic area that shows off the best of Singapore’s Indian community from vibrant culture to incredible shopping, before returning to the hotel this afternoon.  Dinner tonight is own arrangements.

Day 6 – Wednesday 25 July 2018 (B, D) Gardens by the Bay

The morning is at leisure and lunch is own arrangements.   You might like to visit Chinatown or Singapore’s most famous shopping area - Orchard Road.  Book a massage or lay by the pool and enjoy a swim.  This afternoon we will visit Gardens by the Bay.  One of Singapore’s premium tourist attractions this man-made garden is not to be missed when visiting Singapore. Garden’s by the Bay spans 101 hectares and consists of three waterfront gardens – Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden, and Bay Central Garden.   Dinner tonight will be at Gardens by the Bay and we will soak in the beautiful music and lights off the dazzling Supertrees during the garden rhapsody light and sound show.

Day 7 – Thursday 26 July 2018 (B, D) Sky Network/Sentosa/SEA Aquarium

After breakfast this morning we’ll catch a cable car.  Fly high above the hill from Faber Peak Singapore, through a skyscraper and cross the harbour before landing in Sentosa.  Sentosa is an island resort off Singapore’s southern coast, connected to the city by road, cable car, pedestrian boardwalk and monorail. By Sentosa Station, Tiger Sky Tower has panoramic views that can stretch as far as Indonesia. On the south coast, Palawan Beach is lined with food stalls and bars. Today we’ll visit the S.E.A Aquarium – one of the world’s largest marine life parks -  where you can observe more than 100,000 creatures in this magical world.   Over 800 species, swimming in 45 million litres of water - the aquarium comprises 10 zones with 49 habitats. You can choose to return to the hotel or spend some more time in Sentosa today exploring the many attractions.  Farewell dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant. 

Day 8 – Friday 27 July 2018 (B) Depart Singapore 9:40AM  – Arrive Brisbane 7:30PM

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