Singapore is one of the world’s most multicultural destinations. Beyond the today’s ultra-modern architecture, this small city-state has a long and varied heritage to share with students. This tour is a great introduction to the local history and contemporary lifestyle with highlights such as National Museum and Asian Civilisation Museum.
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Take an international flight from Australia to Singapore. Upon arrival in Singapore, your English-speaking guide will be there to welcome and assist you with the transfer and check-in at the hotel.
Your cultural tour of Singapore begins with a visit to Chinatown and discover the rich heritage of Chinatown through insightful stories of Singapore’s largest ethnic group, the Chinese. Then proceed to Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist-Taoist temples on Singapore Island. We then proceed to Kampong Glam where you will understand more about the Malay culture. Visit Arab Street and view the magnificent Sultan Mosque. Stroll along the area to see the different shops selling traditional Arab-Muslim food and merchandise. Our final visit is to Little India, a haven of Indian culture and ethnicity that embodies the vibrant and colourful pulse of the Indian community in Singapore. Then, we will take you on a Bumboat River Cruise along the Singapore River. The Singapore River is like a witness of its history. On both sides of the river, you will see the colonial buildings, traditional Chinese shops, modern skyscrapers; each of them would tell you an exciting story of Singapore. This afternoon, proceed to the National Museum. Bring your students on a journey to discover 700 years of Singapore’s history at the National Museum of Singapore. With a history dating back to its inception in 1887, the National Museum of Singapore is the nation’s oldest museum. Its galleries adopt cutting edge and multi-perspective ways of presenting history and culture to redefine conventional museum experience. Students will enjoy a guided tour of the various galleries on display.
This morning we visit the Battle Box at Fort Canning. It is a World War II underground bunker command centre. It was used by the Allied force as a communication centre in the war against the Japanese in the Malaya campaign in 1942 and it was where the momentous decision to surrender Singapore to the Japanese on the 15th of February 1942. Students will receive a guided tour of the facility. We then visit the *Changi Chapel & Museum* where we learn more about what the Allied POWs had to go through after the surrender of Singapore. Students will receive a guided tour of the gallery. Next, we head to the Asian Civilizations Museum. It is dedicated to exploring Asia’s rich artistic heritage, especially the ancestral cultures of Singaporeans. ACM focuses on the historical connections among Asian cultures, and between Asia and the world. The history of Asia is examined through Singapore’s role as a port city. Students will enjoy a guided tour where they will learn about how people lived in the past, the rich cultural heritage of different parts of Asia.
Optional evening tour- Chinatown Market
This morning we visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The 150-year old Singapore Botanic Gardens possesses an array of botanical and horticultural attractions with a rich history and a wonderful plant collection of worldwide significance. The National Orchid Garden, located within the Botanic Gardens, boasts a sprawling display of 60,000 orchid plants. Students will enjoy a unique trekking tour experience in the Singapore Botanic Gardens Rain Forest, learning the secrets about giant trees and rare plants in the context of the fragile and unique rainforest ecosystem, comprising both plants and animals along with visiting the Orchid Research Centre. Next, we proceed to the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum situated at the National University of Singapore which is a one-stop exhibition, education and research facility servicing a multitude of biodiversity activities in Singapore and South East Asia. This gallery tour aims to introduce students to the vast array of specimens showcased in the biodiversity and heritage galleries.
Today we proceed to Dialogue in the Dark Singapore to experience everyday situations – in complete darkness. Experience the Signature Tour in the Dark, where students will experience everyday life as a visually impaired person. Accompanied by a blind guide, go through themed rooms that simulate everyday environments. Following this, enjoy a full-course lunch meal in complete darkness! You will undergo a transformational yet challenging process in relying on your other senses to help you dine. These are designed for students, to enable them to develop empathy, non-visual communication, confidence and self-awareness. Next, we will head to the Singapore Discovery Centre to learn about the history and future of Singapore. Engaging exhibits for students, providing useful insights into what makes Singapore tick. With interactive exhibitions located at the permanent exhibits gallery, a visit to Singapore Discovery Centre will allow you to experience the unique Singaporean way of life, and to better understand the cultures, and traditions.
Optional evening tour – Night Safari Zoo
Today is free day.
Optional visit of Sentosa Island for fun filled activities and tours.
Check-out of the hotel and transfer to Changi International Airport, for your flight back home.