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Take this historical private tour to step back in time to Singapore’s colonial days, when the city became a major international trading port. You’ll visit sites related to Sir Stamford Raffles, who founded Singapore as a British colony in 1819. See historic locations like the Raffles Landing Site and the Raffles Hotel, one of the city’s most elegant landmarks, and cruise along the Singapore River by traditional bumboat to Clarke Quay. You’ll also enjoy afternoon tea at the Raffles Hotel or refreshments at an adjacent bakery; when booking, select your preference, as well as the option that corresponds to your hotel location, either the city or Sentosa Island.


  • Comprehensive private tour highlighting Singapore's history
  • Retracing Raffles' footsteps at the Raffles Landing Site
  • Afternoon tea in the Raffles Hotel's famous Tiffin Room or light refreshments at the hotel bakery
  • Bumboat cruise along the Singapore River
  • Knowledgeable licensed guide

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Raffles Hotel Singapore Half-Day Tour

High Tea at Raffles Singapore

This private Singapore tour takes you back to the 1800s, when Sir Stamford Raffles founded Singapore as a British colony and turned the city into an important international port and center of trade. With your guide, visit the historical Raffles Landing Site, where Sir Raffles arrived in 1819, followed by an exhibition about the history of the Singapore River.

Next, visit the Raffles Hotel, the center of high-society Singapore during colonial days. This luxurious hotel and historic landmark has hosted many famous faces over the years and is home to the Long Bar, where the Singapore Sling cocktail was invented. Depending on the option you select when booking, you’ll enjoy an afternoon tea buffet at the hotel’s Tiffin Room or light refreshments at Ah Teng’s Chinese bakery, which is also part of the hotel.

Your tour then continues with a bumboat cruise on the Singapore River. Sitting aboard a traditional vessel once used to transport cargo from ships in port, you can admire the city’s mix of colonial buildings and sleek, contemporary architecture while you make your way to Clarke Quay, a historical riverside village that’s now a dining and entertainment district. Your river cruise ends here.

Customer Reviews

Alexander Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Perfect presentation of the City. Good background stories. Always interesting! Thank for the time!

Gerald S USA

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better July 2010

There were two of us and what made this great was the guide - she was excellent. Raffles is a nice hotel but seems too busy with tourists. The tea buffet was ok but too touristy. I like afternoon tea to be individual with the tray of sandwiches and sweets table served, not the 'get in line and help yourself' deal this was. The car and driver were excellent though as again was the guide.

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