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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

Julia B Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The guide was very entertaining. She really made the tour! The highlight for me was the Afternoon Tea which was delectable and the service impeccable.

The river cruise gives you a different perspective of the city and the staff are very happy to take a picture of you!

Sidney E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Top tour would highly recommend

Marilyn J R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I enjoyed the tour very much. It was very interesting learning about Stamford Raffles and his contribution to Singapore. High tea at Raffles Hotel was wonderful. The Tiffin Room is beautiful and the service was excellent. The food was really good and we had plenty of time to enjoy all of it. The boat trip was a great way to finish the tour. Highly recommended.

Garth P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I would recommend taking the afternoon Tea at Raffles.

winterpauline0

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fabulous, the best way to see the city and discover places to explore later. Raffles is better than I'd imagined and the trip ends with a relaxing boat trip. Loved it

Michelle M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Good value

Linda Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was very informative and the guide was excellent and extremely knowledgeable about the history of Singapore. I was very impressed with his attention to detail. I would certainly recommend this tour. The High Tea at Raffles was superb and the river cruise was certainly very worthwhile.

Josephine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour is a must the iconic hotel was amazing lots of photo oppertunities the food was to die for if your in singapore don't pass it up you have to go

Janice A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was my highlight of Singapore so well run and a fabulous tea in Raffles. Excellent !

Robert P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A ver pleasant afternoon. High tea at Raffles was a real treat with white linen, silver tea service, an endless supply of tasty morsels both hot and cold and a lovely young woman playing a harp for background music. The boat ride was relaxing and informative.

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