Best of Orchard, Bugis & Bras Basah City Tour

Cultural & Theme Tours in Singapore

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Route: Orchard Road -> Emerald Hill -> Dhoby Ghaut -> Bras Basah -> BugisExplore Singapore in an immersive way on foot!Visit symbolic landmarks that tell the stories of Singapore since 19th centuryDiscover the multi-cultural diversity of the local community in heartlandsExperience local hawker dining atmosphere & coffee cultureLearn Singapore unique language - Singlish 
Meet your local expert guide punctually at Singapore Visitor Centre@Somerset.You'll start your guided walking tour by learning about the history of your starting point - Orchard Road, which began as a home for nutmeg, pepper and fruit orchards that gave it its name and now arguably Asia's most famous shopping street. One prominent community was the Peranakans who reside in now a picturesque enclave of heritage architecture off the main Orchard Road strip called Emerald Hill. This conversation area comprises charming resdential and commecial clusters of Chinese Baroque-style terrace houses ,which were former homes of wealthy Peranakans. Spend some time to take those "instagram-able" photos of the area.A short distance away, you'll walk to Dhoby Ghaut, which literally means washerman's place in Hindi, from dhobi - a "washerman" or one that does laundry. Here, your guide will also introduce you to the Istana (the official residence of the Singapore president) and other iconic landmarks & monuments, many of which are significant representations to illustrate the progress of Singapore through the 20th century, including World War II in 1939 to achieving independence since 1965. In between, you also get to learn about local coffee history and culture, a local favorite past-time developed during these early days.Next, you'll enter the scenes of modern Singapore through Bras Basah. This district is now a haven of history and the city's nucleus of arts and culture, boasting a large concentration of notable museums, including the iconic National Museum of Singapore. As you walk along the streets, you will discover an amazing array of museums, places of worships, art galleries, hawker centres, shopping areas and many more. Here you will also get to get hands-on with nostalgic games and learn to speak Singapore own English – “Singlish”! Your last part of the tour brings you to Bugis. This eclectic lifestyle district has a off-the-beaten-track neighbourhood, where you will be introduced and exposed to the multi-cultural diversity of local community and also get to sample local snacks at a local hawker centre. A highlight here would be Bugis Street, said to contain more than 600 shopes and stalls and provide a vibrant immersive shopping experience in the lively atmosphere of a bustling pasar malam (night market) within a covered marketplace. We will end the tour off at Bugis Junction, a shopping, dining and entertainment complex which is the perfect venue for photographs, dinner and nightlife, where you can enjoy a dinner or spend the rest of the lively evening. The entire tour will take about 3 hours, depending on group size, walking speed and weather conditions, covering approximately 4km.

What’s included

  • Guided city & sightseeing tour with commentary
  • English-speaking professional local guide
  • Local food sampling
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges

What’s not included

  • Food & drinks (available to purchase)
  • Pick-up & Drop-off
  • Insurance & personal expenses
  • Tipping (optional)
  • Others not mentioned in inclusions