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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.  

Highlights

  • 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

Michael W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great tour of colonial Singapore with a very knowledgeable guide, it was a lovely walk around the old parliament buildings all kept immaculate. Raffles afternoon tea was a delight beware that if you order champagne to have with your tiffin it isn't cheap but added to the special treat this was. Fantastic!! Finishing off with a boat ride along the river into the marina and round to Clarke Quay was very relaxing. Overall a great tour.

aline34

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This is a MUST DO experience in Singapore! We had an excellent lady guide who provided the group with a lot of explanations and gave us ample time to take pictures during the Singapore sightseeing tour preceding the Afternoon tea experience at this superb hotel. A river cruise is also included in this tour embarking/disembarking at Clarke's Quay. The Afternoon Tea at Raffles begins with a quick tour of the hotel grounds and the famous Bar before your timed entry in the restaurant. You are then given the option of having a Singapore Sling or a glass of champagne additional payment required. We had the Singapore Sling which was delicious and very pink! High class English afternoon tea - scones, sandwiches, cakes, jams and clotted cream - but also a Chinese Afternoon tea Buffet with savoury dumplings, oriental cakes, freshly squeezed juices, all truly delicious, Dress code : smart casual, it is the Raffles Hotel after all! Designed and built by two Armenian brothers, the Sarkies Brothers who also built the Eastern and Oriental Hotel in Penang, Malaysia, and named after the founder of Singapore Sir Stamford Raffles, this beautiful hotel has changed ownership several times and now belongs to the King of Saudi Arabia who plans to carry out further renovations on the building. This was truly the highlight of our trip to Singapore and we enjoyed it thoroughly. Make time to include it in your itinerary whilst in Singapore.

Angela C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Wonderful day, tour guide was lovely and informative, she decided to take us on the river cruise first as rain was expected, then on too Raffles, great plan as after 5 pm the rain came and it was torrential.

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Jean H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Wonderful afternoon. The food was yummy and the history of Raffles was fascinating. I loved walking on the peanut shells in the Long Bar!

Marian C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Very well organised excursion. Picked up from our hotel by minibus, to be transferred to larger coach once all the people collected. Bumboat ride around the harbours of Singapore was brilliant. Gave a different view of all the buildings from the water. Walk around the Raffles areas of the city was very informative. No shortage of food at the afternoon tea!! Classic plates of sandwiches, desserts and cakes, but also dim-sum and pastries from a hot buffet. Eat as much as you like. Every variety of tea available, as was coffee. Very attentive service, although it was very busy. Raffles hotel was stunning, quite iconic to visit. The tour guide we had was extremely friendly, very knowledgeable and made the trip enjoyable. Highly recommend.

Jim S United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

I have nothing but positive comments to make about all of the Viator tours which I arranged through Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. The Raffles Half Day Tour which included afternoon tea at Raffles Hotel was superb. A cruise on the river, visit to Raffles' landing site - a great afternoon!

davina.cloke

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

A great day out and well organised.

Anthony L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Good afternoon out, guide was interesting and helpful and afternoon tea at Raffles was delightful

Dale M USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Well organized and informative. Quick introduction to Singapore sites on the boat trip. All exterior visits. The visit to Raffles was a pleasant relaxed affair. After tea, we even had time to visit the Long Bar for Singapore Sling. Highly recommended.!

Gregory D United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

A very well organised half day tour. The boat ride gives a great view of all the main sights along the river and the marina. The tea at Raffles was superb. Our guide was both knowledgeable and helpful. It is useful to get picked up and dropped of at your hotel if you do not know the city

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