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Merlion: Our most recommended tours and activities

Singapore: Singapore River Cruise

1. Singapore: Singapore River Cruise

Explore Singapore's most important landmarks on this river cruise on a bumboat. Learn about the city's spectacular mix of heritage and modern architecture while passing historic monuments, quays, and bridges. Begin the Singapore river cruise where Sir Stamford Raffles first stepped foot onto Singapore, along the northern banks of the Singapore River. Learn about the contrast between the rich and old-world architecture of the quays and the modern skyscrapers in the central business district. See shophouses along the river banks that have been beautifully restored, which now house chic dining and entertainment spots. Discover the grand bridges of Singapore, such as the Cavenagh Bridge, Clemenceau Bridge, and Anderson Bridge. Learn about the pivotal role that the Singapore River has played in Singapore's progress by visiting the various historical landmarks: the Merlion, Raffles Landing Site, and Esplanade.

Singapore: Highlights and Hidden Gems Private Car Tour

2. Singapore: Highlights and Hidden Gems Private Car Tour

Craft your own unique Singapore itinerary with the help of our versatile and informative guides who would suggest the perfect routes and sights based on your interests and pace. Whether you are a First Time Visitor who wish to see the must-see places of the City Highlights or you are a Trail Blazer or Repeated Visitor who wish to cover some Hidden Gems sometimes not even known by locals or you are an Academic Professor or Researcher of local Culture, we got you covered. Learn about local living in Singapore and listen to in-depth commentary on the sites you choose to visit. Your private tour guide with fill your personalized experience and answer all your questions with commentaries on National Heritage, Singaporean Identity, Food Origins, Architecture Significance, Street Arts and Fine Arts, Hipster Pop Culture, Future Thinking, City Panning, Placemaking, Ethnic Quarters, Social Construct, Policy Effect, Race and Religion, Flora and Fauna. Choice of 1 for 4 hour tour, Choice of 2 for 8 hour tour A)Visit our Ethnic Quarters : Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Gelam B)700 years of Singapore History : Fort Canning, Singapore River, Civic District, Independence Square, Marina Bay, Merlion C)Garden City : Botanic Garden, Marina Barrage and Gardens By The Bay D)Arts of Singapore : National Museum, Bras Basah, Muscat Gallery, Kreta Ayer, Esplanade E)Food Tour : Any Area of interest or Cuisine of interest from Heritage to Mod-Sin to Fine Dining F)Singapore Living : Coffeeshop, City Gallery, Up to a Public Housing of SG G)Off the Beaten : Pulau Ubin, Changi, Bedok, Tampines, Geylang Serai H)Village to High Rise : Last Kampong, Housing Gallery, Heartland, Community Spaces I)Race and Religion : Diversity Gallery, Temple, Mosque, Church, Synagogue, Gurdwara, Jain, ZoroAstrian, Baha’I, J)Nightlife : Singapore Cocktail, Beer, Bespoke, Bar, Club

Singapore: 7-Hour Full Coverage Private Tour with a Local

3. Singapore: 7-Hour Full Coverage Private Tour with a Local

See Merlion Park, Henderson Waves, Chinatown, and much more in a day. Your local guide has a jam-packed itinerary full of history, culture, stories, and sights. Get recommendations about local hot spots, eateries, and what district of Singapore you must pay a visit. Your guide will help you enjoy Singapore in the best way possible. Enjoy the rest of your stay without worrying about what's left to see and where to find it.

Singapore: City Origins & History Private Walking Tour

4. Singapore: City Origins & History Private Walking Tour

Retrace the history of Singapore in the company of an expert guide and learn about the origins of the Lion City from its humble beginnings. Meet your guide at Raffles Place MRT Station or, your referred pick-up location 30 minutes before start time (when pick-up & drop-off option is selected). Then, set out on a walk along the Singapore River to discover how the city developed from a small fishing village to a busy trading port of the British Empire. Learn about how the city’s history is tied to the importance of the river, and how it was once lined with fishing boats and spice sellers. Continue the tour onto Fullerton Hotel, the city's newly minted National Monument, and admire the grand architecture of the building. Next, wander through the Civic District, bursting with historical, architectural, and cultural heritage, and where modern Singapore was born. Visit the National Gallery, the city’s newest and largest museum of Singapore and Southeast Asian art and afterwards stroll along the Marina Bay Esplanade before finally visiting the mythical Merlion, the city’s national icon.

Singapore: History and Culture Tour

5. Singapore: History and Culture Tour

This is a 4.5-hour packed history and culture journey, from river cruise, public housing, hawker food and tea ceremony! We will start in the Civic District, visit historic colonial buildings, and learn about the early pioneers coming to Singapore. Next, take a 30-minute cruise down the river to visit Merlion Park and take in the sunset view of Marina Bay while learning about the mega construction project behind it. Then, at a residential district, we will discuss the political reform initiated by Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s Founding Father, and discover the country’s transition from third-world to first-world in one generation. We will be accessing the roof of a Housing Development Board (HDB) residential building – Pinacle. At one of the city’s highest points, you will get the most amazing skyline view of downtown Singapore. At Maxwell Hawker Centre in Chinatown, you will enjoy Singapore’s most iconic dish – chicken rice with freshly squeezed sugar cane juice, and understand more about Hawker Centre etiquette. After dinner, at a beautiful tea house, you will learn the art of the tea ceremony, have a traditional tea tasting, and try the Imperial tea that Queen Elizabeth II served in the very same tea house. You will also receive a small souvenir to take home to keep this memory forever!

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What people are saying about Merlion

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 398 reviews

I loved my tour with Pamela, one of the best tour guides I’ve ever had. She was so knowledgeable and friendly and she made the experience so memorable. I learned a ton and if I ever return to Singapore I’ll ask her for another tour :)

I always enjoy visiting Singapore and so this was just a nice way to see the downtown area, the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and other icons from a different viewing perspective.

Great little boat trip along the river & marina that explains the buildings & history of this area.

Great cruise. Very informative and relaxing. Did not know most of the history so educational too.

Great experience, good historical background, very organized and on-time.