Despite its reputation as a transitory hub, Singapore has a lot to offer and is an ideal place to relax for a few days before moving on. The city is very compact and has an excellent transport system so it is easy to explore the different districts, from Chinatown and Little India, to the redeveloped quay areas, including the striking new Esplanade theatre and entertainment complex. The landmark Raffles hotel, birthplace of the Singapore Sling cocktail, is worth a visit to experience the ambience of the famous Long Bar.
Singapore also has some of the best restaurants in Asia, whether its street food or silver service, Singapore has it all. An estimated 40,000 food outlets sell a myriad of dishes inspired by the city’s location on ancient spice trading routes.
Wander the fascinating lanes of Little India, an area full of character and life, scented by joss sticks, jasmine and spices; discover ancient temples and shops in Chinatown or hunt for textiles in the Arab Quarter.
Visit the Gardens by the Bay and the solar-powered ‘supertrees’, or relax in the Singapore Botanic Gardens – the only tropical botanic gardens on Unesco’s world heritage list. From food and art festivals to music and Formula 1, Singapore’s event calendar is packed with year-round excitement. During Chinese New Year (Jan/Feb) and National Day (Aug) the streets come alive with parades and processions.
We have highlighted the standard of accommodation featured on a tour immediately above the tour itinerary.
In some cases, tours include some departures in one category and some in another: you can see and select the different tour types under ‘tour variations’. For these tours, the itinerary is generally the same and just the standard of accommodation varies. However, if there are any variations in the excursions included, these are shown within the itinerary.
Superior: Most Cox & Kings tours fall under this category and are based in 4- or 5-star accommodation, or the best available.
Luxury: These tours will usually feature 5-star de luxe accommodation throughout.
Standard: Simpler in emphasis, these itineraries typically feature 3- and 4-star accommodation throughout.
Discovery: This type of holiday is best suited to the hardier traveller, as it will typically include some quite basic accommodation, possibly longer and rougher road journeys and, in some cases, more arduous activities, such as trekking.