While just a bridge separates them, Singapore and Malaysia are worlds apart in terms of culture, history, and infrastructure. Your day trip starts with hotel pickup in Singapore by your guide for the drive to the city of Johor Bahru, where you can discover some of these contrasts.
When you arrive, visit Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque, which sits on a small hill overlooking the Straits of Johor. Built in the late 1800s, it features four minarets and is made of white marble with Moorish and Victorian designs. Then visit a batik factory for a look at this traditional form of textile artwork. You have the chance to observe local artists at work with batik painting and learn about the different types of batik and their meanings.
Continue your tour to the Royal Mausoleum and Sultan Abu Bakar Royal Palace Museum, once the main residence of Johor's royal family. Built in 1866, it was opened as a museum in 1990 to show off the wealth of the sultans, including large manicured grounds. Then make a stop for lunch or snacks (own expense), where you can try Malaysian cuisine, different from Singapore dishes in the method of cooking and the ingredients and spices used.
If time allows, you may make a stop for souvenir shopping before the trip back to Singapore for drop-off.