Splendid Singapore - hosted by John McSweeney

Splendid Singapore - hosted by John McSweeney

21 Jul 15:00 - 28 Jul 18:00 - Singapore


Day 1 – Friday 20 July 2018 (D)
Depart Brisbane – Arrive Singapore

Depart 09:10AM BRISBANE on Singapore Airlines

Welcome to stunning Singapore!

On arrival at Singapore International Airport, a guide will meet the group and transfer to the Park Hotel Clarke Quay - your accommodation for the next 7 nights. An icon along the Singapore River with its signature red roofs inspired by Singapore's colonial past, Park Hotel Clarke Quay has a central, downtown location that is minutes from the Clarke Quay entertainment precinct and CBD. Located away from the hustle and bustle along the quaint streets of Robertson Quay; this perfect tropical retreat comes with a 25-metre award-winning outdoor pool and adjoining Jacuzzi, chill out on the spectacular poolside bar and cabanas for the perfect getaway. Step out from the bustle of the city centre, and into the loving embrace of nature at the Park Hotel Alexandra. Located close to Singapore’s major business hubs, and near to shopping and entertainment districts, this thoughtfully designed hotel blends effortlessly into the lush surroundings with its nature-inspired décor.

Welcome dinner tonight is at the hotel.

Accommodation: Park Hotel Clarke Quay – 7 nights

Day 2 – Saturday 21 July 2018 (B, L)
Singapore Sightseeing Tour/ Universal Studios

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.

After lunch today visit Hollywood at Universal Studios. Step onto Hollywood Boulevard™, framed by dynamic architecture, palm trees and the famous Walk of Fame™, and you will feel as if you have landed in the centre of the entertainment universe. New York - Feel the spirit and energy of America’s biggest and grandest city as you stroll along the sidewalks and enjoy all the classic landmarks. Soak in the impressive city skylines, neon lights and facades that set the scenes for big city fun and real-time movie production.

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. With, over 50 displays and more than 250,000 plants featuring more than 1,000 different species on display, there is something to excite every visitor.

Launched in 2006, the fifth instalment of the Festival in 2014, featured over 50 designers from 15 countries under one roof showcasing their masterpieces at the Singapore’s leading horticulture-themed destination, Gardens by the Bay. This was the first time the Festival went outdoors and visitors were treated to the best of tropical horticulture and artistry with impressive structures of up to 10 meters high. There were 15 Landscape and Fantasy Gardens, 14 Floral Windows to the World displays, eight Balcony Gardens, seven Table Top Floral displays, six miniature gardens and the Orchid Extravaganza featuring some 18,000 plants and more than 40 orchid species and hybrids.

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, D)
Botanic Gardens/Gardens by the Bay

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning.

Today 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. Returning to the hotel lunch today is own arrangements and time to regroup and refresh.

Later this after you’ll 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. Garden’s by the Bay is made up of the following feature gardens:
Flower Dome: The Flower Dome replicates the cool-dry climate of Mediterranean regions and houses a collection of plants from deserts all over the world.
Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes: These beautiful lakes are a rich source of aquatic life and also act as an eco-filter to cleanse water pumped in from the Marina reservoir.
Supertrees: These stunning man-made trees are up to 16 storey buildings tall and can be found all around the Gardens, with 12 at the Supertree Grove.
Cloud Forest: This 35-metre tall mountain showcases plant life from tropical highlands up to 2,000 meters above sea level.

Dinner tonight will be at Gardens by the Bay.

Day 5 – Tuesday 24 July 2018 (B, D)
Sentosa Afternoon & Evening Tour

The morning is at leisure today and lunch is own arrangements.

This afternoon after being collected from the hotel you’ll go to Faber Peak. Magnificent views of Singapore below you as you take the cable car past sky-scrapers and over the harbour to Sentosa Island. Here you’ll visit the South-East Asia Aquarium - a magical marine world with more than 100,000 underwater animals from 800 species, swimming in 45 million litres of water.

Next, climb up to the Merlion Tower and enjoy 360-degree panoramic views from the endearing national symbol. Continue to Asia's tallest free-standing observation tower, Tiger Sky Tower and take in stunning panoramic views of Singapore, Sentosa and the Southern Islands.

Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant and then later head for the Wings of Time, Singapore’s multi-sensory extravaganza, to watch a world-class water show comprising dramatic effects, water jets, lasers, burst of fire and foot-tapping music set in the sea. Wings of Time promises to inspire, captivate and take you to a magical world where imagination takes flight. Be transported into the enchanted world of story of fantastic journey through time and space featuring larger backdrop with robotic fountains, 3D video mapping and enhanced pyrotechnic effects.

At the end of the tour, you will be transferred in the coach back to your hotel.

Day 6 – Wednesday 25 July 2018 (B, L, D)
East Coast & Changi Tour

After breakfast at your hotel this morning discovers the Changi district in the East Region of Singapore. Away from the bustling city, pay your respects to those who lived and died during World War II at the Changi Museum, take photos in the rustic Changi Village and learn about the cultural heritage of the local Malays at Kampong Glam. Stop at Glam Village – named after the Gelam Tree which grew in abundance in the 1800s. Soak in the rich cultural heritage of the Malays of the area, before proceeding to the Changi Chapel & Museum. Considered the ground zero of Singapore's World War II history, the museum honours those who lost their lives during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore. Browse the exhibits, which include prisoner belongings and artefacts, and learn about the POWs' fight for freedom. Lunch today is at Hawker Centre Changi Village. Lunch is at a local restaurant today.

Continue your tour passing through laid-back Changi Village and pockets of remnants of the British Changi Airbase to visit Tampines New Town, a bustling area provides a contrasting environment to the more rustic Changi. Stop at the local wet market, housings and retail outlets. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant.

Day 7 – Thursday 26 July 2018 (B, AT, D)
Breakfast at the Zoo/High Tea at Raffles Hotel

You will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to Singapore Zoo. Arrive at the Singapore Zoo at 9:00am, in time to enjoy a 'Wild Breakfast' with some special animals! You will enjoy a prelude to this dining-in-the-wild experience with the longest snake in the world, the reticulated python that grows to an amazing length of 10 meters. Breakfast patrons will also be given an introduction to recycling by the Zoo's in-house recycling Oriental small-clawed otter, who disposes off a pile of drink cans into a recycling basket. Meet some of the star attractions as you witness the orangutan descend from a naturally-created backdrop filled with vines and branches, followed by an opportunity for interaction and photography with these intelligent animals.

After breakfast, enjoy a tram ride around what is also known as the Open Zoo - a totally new concept in animal keeping with its beautifully landscape gardens and very few cages.

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.

Farewell dinner tonight with the group tonight.

Day 8 – Friday 27 July 2018 (B)
Depart Singapore – Arrive Brisbane

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before checking out of the hotel for the return flight home to Brisbane.

Depart 09:40AM SINGAPORE on Singapore Airways
Arrive 7.30PM BRISBANE

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