4.5 star rating: Recommended 346 Reviews

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  • Location:Singapore, Singapore
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

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 and make a visit to a pewter factory.

**Pewter gallery will be closed from August 1, 2014 for renovations until further notice. Until renovations are complete, tour will conclude at Clarke Quay


  • Comprehensive afternoon tour highlighting Singapore's Raffles history
  • Retracing Raffles' footsteps at the Raffles Landing Site
  • Afternoon tea buffet in the Raffles Hotel's famous Tiffin Room
  • Bumboat cruise along the Singapore River
  • Pewter demonstration at a pewter gallery on Clarke Quay (temporarily closed for maintenance)
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking licensed guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You spend a pleasant afternoon learning about the history of this famous hotel and indulging in either high tea or mouthwatering cakes and pastries. The chocolate cake is to-die-for!

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What You Can Expect

Raffles Hotel Singapore Half-Day Tour

Raffles Hotel Singapore Half-Day Tour

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 centre 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. You'll visit a pewter gallery to discover the history of pewter and its role in the development of Singapore as a trading port, and witness a demonstration on pewtersmithing.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

As we only had a short time we wanted to experience Singapore as much as we could. The half day Singapore fitted nicely into our time frame and it was a way to see such a vibrant city. The highlight was High Tea at raffles and of course the Singapore Sling - both yummy.
The trip on the boat most informative and relaxing. Thoroughly recommend to tour. Regards Shirley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fantastic! Excellent organisation. Great commentary by guide on the way to Raffles telling us all about the history of Singapore. We chose the high tea option and had this at the start of the tour which was a beautiful all-you-can-eat buffet style lunch. Make sure you are feeling hungry as there is so much choice and a great opportunity to try foods that you might not select when eating out!
After Raffles there was a 30 min boat trip from Clark Quay - you can stay here after the tour or get taken directly back to your hotel. We opted to stay out and savour the atmosphere of this lively part of Singapore.
Would definitely recommend this trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fab trip! Lovely to see Singapore with particularly great views from the boat. Raffles was delicious and we had a lovely afternoon with the rest of the group. Afternoon tea with a hint of the local cuisine and great company, what more could you want?!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Thought the guide was excellent Chinese gentleman who's name escapes me and delivered the information in a clear interesting way with a great sense of humour.
The high tea at Raffles put the icing on the cake.

Brian Eaton

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Quality of the food - first class. Decor and ambience - first class. Connectivity with history - awesome. Cost of a Singapore Sling - outrageous but worth having one. Fantastic just to have been there and done that!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour exceeded our expectations. It was such an enjoyable afternoon.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

An excellent tour, very informative and a great experience at Raffles it was one of the highlights of our Far East holiday.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

We had agreat time Everything went off well and we thought it wS EXTREMELY GOOD AND WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing when we got to Raffles we expected small serve of food but also included buffet. Teapot for each person. River cruise was great as well. Would recommend to anyone as great value for money

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