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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.  


  • 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

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Make sure you are hungry as there is so much wonderful food to eat!!

michael H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Fantastic afternoon really enjoyed.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

An excellent trip we really enjoyed our afternoon tea and Singapore slings ! Excellent boat Trip afterwards which reall gave us a bearing on city . If you do this trip don't do the city tour in addition just do the Botanical Gardens on your own.

Dominic S United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Half day tour of Singapore and afternoon tea at Raffles proved to be a value for money experience which provide us with a history of the city, an orientation of the environs from an informative and pleasant guide as well as a very memorable experience at the world famous Raffles Tiffin tearoom. A must for any first time visitor to this wonderful city.

Karen L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Awesome day. Have always wanted to go to Raffles for high tea and wasn't disappointed.

Julie D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had an amazing guide for the day. She was very knowledgeable about the areas and buildings we were travelling through and past as well as The Raffles. She made sure that we had plenty of photos and spoiled me for my birthday by arranging a card signed by some of the other people on our tour as well as my family and some of the staff from The Raffles. She also sang happy birthday tome in both Chinese and English. Was a wonderful tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent tour, trip along the Singapore river to see some of the sights followed by high tea at Raffles. High tea in the Tiffin room, great selection of sandwiches cakes to eat at your table and then choose from the buffet selection as well.

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

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