Go back to colonial Singapore on this historical tour that introduces you to sites related to Sir Stamford Raffles, who founded Singapore as a British colony in 1819. With an informative guide, you’ll visit the Raffles Landing Site and the Raffles Hotel, one of the city’s most elegant landmarks. Take a cruise on the Singapore River by traditional bumboat, and enjoy an afternoon tea buffet at the Raffles Hotel or tea and cake at a Chinese bakery—your choice.  


  • Comprehensive afternoon tour highlighting Singapore's Raffles history
  • Retrace Raffles' footsteps at the Raffles Landing Site
  • Enjoy afternoon tea at the Raffles Hotel's famous Tiffin Room, if selected
  • Take a bumboat cruise along the river
  • Learn from a knowledgeable 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

This colonial Singapore tour takes you back in time to the 1800s, when Sir Stamford Raffles founded a British colony here and turned Singapore into an important international port and trading center. With your guide, trace his footsteps in the city, starting at the Raffles Landing Site, where he arrived in 1819.

Then visit the Raffles Hotel, the center of high-society Singapore during its colonial days. This 5-star hotel and historic landmark has played host to many famous figures over the years and is home to the Long Bar, where the Singapore Sling cocktail was invented. As you explore the hotel, admire its graceful design and luxurious atmosphere. Depending on the option you select when booking, you’ll enjoy an afternoon tea buffet here in the hotel’s Tiffin Room, or visit a Chinese bakery for tea and cake.

Next, take a bumboat cruise on the Singapore River, and enjoy traveling through the city on a traditional vessel once used to transport cargo from ships in port. From the water, admire the mix of colonial buildings and sleek, contemporary architecture as you glide to Clarke Quay, a historical riverside village that’s now a dining and entertainment district. 

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

A great tour with a very informative rep. Before we got to Raffles we had a brief history of Singapore. The afternoon hot and cold tea was fabulous, with plenty to eat for all tastes. Then to top it all a very relaxing 'Bum boat' cruise up and down the sights on the river.
A must tour for every visitor

brian j

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

You really have to go and experience it for yourselves. If we're ever back in Singapore we would definitely do it again.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellant tour guide very nice and informative

Janette E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Wonderful experience. Informative walking tour, magnificent high tea at Raffles and most enjoyable boat trip.

Margaret P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

An excellent experience. Service and buffet were superb. A wonderful afternoon. Guide was most professional and experienced.

Margaret R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Amazing. Our tour guide Linda Chan was excellent. She was very knowledgable along with being very amusing. She made our tour so interesting.

Margaret G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Excellent tour. Lovely food, such a variety of options that we ate far too much, of course. Got our Singapore Slings which were far too expensive but my sister felt that it had to be done!
The gumboat cruise was also excellent with lovely views and good commentary.

Tammy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was great, exactly what I expected.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Raffles afternoon tea and the boat ride were super. Felt that our guide Florence was not up to the job compared with other guides, treated us like children, had a terrible laugh and not very informative.

Andrew C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Not to be missed very efficient and well organised.

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