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Splendid Singapore - hosted by John McSweeney July 2018

Splendid Singapore - hosted by John McSweeney July 2018

21-28 July 2018

$3999 Per Person Twin Share, $850 Per Person Single Supplement - ex Brisbane

Hosted by John McSweeney

Day 1 – Saturday 21 July 2018 (D)  Depart Brisbane 9:10AM –  Arrive Singapore 3:30PM

Welcome to splendid Singapore! On arrival at Singapore International Airport, a guide will meet the group and transfer to the Park Hotel Clarke Quay - your accommodation for the next 7 nights. An icon along the Singapore River with its signature red roofs inspired by Singapore's colonial past, Park Hotel Clarke Quay has a central, downtown location that is minutes from the Clarke Quay entertainment precinct and CBD. Located away from the hustle and bustle along the quaint streets of Robertson Quay; this perfect tropical retreat comes with a 25-metre award-winning outdoor pool and adjoining Jacuzzi, chill out on the spectacular poolside bar and cabanas for the perfect getaway.  Step out from the bustle of the city centre, and into the loving embrace of nature at the Park Hotel Alexandra. Located close to Singapore’s major business hubs, and near to shopping and entertainment districts, this thoughtfully designed hotel blends effortlessly into the lush surroundings with its nature-inspired décor. Welcome dinner tonight is at the hotel.   Accommodation: Park Hotel Clarke Quay – 7 nights

Day 2 – Sunday 22 July 2018 (B, D) Singapore City Sights Plus Botanic Gardens and National Orchid Garden 

Enjoy a delicious breakfast this morning before heading out to explore Singapore on a half day city sights tour. Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is an island country off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. Prior to independence in 1965, Singapore was a vibrant trading port. Observe the rich cultural and historical heritage through the sights and sounds of the bustling ethnic enclaves. Along the streets of China Town, Kampong Glam and Little India, religious monuments nestle amidst quaint shop houses. Contrasting with the modern shopping malls, such as the Suntec City, there are serene gardens and sleek skyscrapers. Today visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens and National Orchid Garden. The Botanic Garden is a 156-year-old tropical garden located at the fringe of the Singapore's main shopping belt. It is one of three gardens, and the only tropical garden, to be honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The National Orchid Garden is located on the highest hill in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Providing a place for 60,000 orchid plants - consisting of 1000 species and more than 2,000 hybrids - is the three hectares of carefully landscaped slopes.    Returning to the hotel around lunchtime today and lunch is own arrangements. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure today.  Tonight the group will head out to dinner at one of Singapore’s fabulous restaurants.

Day 3 – Monday 23 July 2018 (B, D) SEA Aquarium/Gardens by the Bay 

This morning after breakfast the coach will take you to Sentosa were you’ll visit the South-East Asia Aquarium - a magical marine world with more than 100,000 underwater animals from 800 species, swimming in 45 million litres of water.  Over 800 species, swimming in 45 million litres of water - the aquarium comprises 10 zones with 49 habitats.  Returning to the hotel around lunch time, lunch today is own arrangements and then some free time to re-charge your batteries.   Later this afternoon the coach will collect you to visit Gardens by the Bay.  One of Singapore’s premium tourist attractions this man-made garden is not to be missed when visiting Singapore. Garden’s by the Bay spans 101 hectares and consists of three waterfront gardens – Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden, and Bay Central Garden. Dinner will be at Gardens by the Bay where you can soak in the beautiful music and lights off the dazzling Supertrees during the garden rhapsody light and sound show. 

Day 4 – Tuesday 24 July 2018 (B, L) East Coast and Changi Tour

After breakfast at your hotel this morning discover the Changi district in the East Region of Singapore. Away from the bustling city, pay your respects to those who lived and died during World War II at the Changi Museum, take photos in the rustic Changi Village and learn about the cultural heritage of the local Malays at Kampong Glam. Stop at Glam Village – named after the Gelam Tree which grew in abundance in the 1800s. Soak in the rich cultural heritage of the Malays of the area, before proceeding to the Changi Chapel & Museum. Considered the ground zero of Singapore's World War II history, the museum honours those who lost their lives during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore. Browse the exhibits, which include prisoner belongings and artefacts, and learn about the POWs' fight for freedom. Lunch is at a local restaurant today.  Continue your tour passing through laid-back Changi Village and pockets of remnants of the British Changi Airbase to visit Tampines New Town, a bustling area provides a contrasting environment to the more rustic Changi. Stop at the local wet market, housings and retail outlets.   Returning to the hotel this afternoon, the evening will be at leisure and dinner tonight is own arrangements.

Day 5 – Wednesday 25 July 2018 (B, D) Singapore Garden Festival 

Breakfast is at the hotel and then it’s time to visit the Singapore Garden Festival.   This festival showcases exciting garden designs and exquisite floral creations.  Launched in 2006, this will be the 7th festival Singapore has hosted.  It features over 50 designers from 19 countries under one roof showcasing their masterpieces. The festival is the world’s premier tropical garden show, exhibiting more than 400,000 plant specimens. Featuring landscape gardens, fantasy gardens, balcony gardens and more. The day is yours to spend viewing the fascinating displays by Singaporean and international garden designers.   Return to the hotel this afternoon for some leisure time before dinner at your hotel.

Day 6 – Thursday 26 July 2018 (B, D) Universal Studios/Merlion Tower/Wings of Time

Breakfast at the hotel this morning and some time to relax with a late start this morning.  When the coach collects the group late morning it will be time to visit Universal Studios.  Step onto Hollywood Boulevard™, framed by dynamic architecture, palm trees and the famous Walk of Fame™, and you will feel as if you have landed in the centre of the entertainment universe. New York - Feel the spirit and energy of America’s biggest and grandest city as you stroll along the sidewalks and enjoy all the classic landmarks. Soak in the impressive city skylines, neon lights and facades that set the scenes for big city fun and real-time movie production.  Lunch today is own arrangements and the afternoon is yours to explore Universal.  Late this afternoon climb up to the Merlion Tower and enjoy 360-degree panoramic views from the endearing national symbol. Continue to Asia's tallest free-standing observation tower, Tiger Sky Tower and take in stunning panoramic views of Singapore, Sentosa and the Southern Islands.  Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant in Sentosa and then later head for the Wings of Time, Singapore’s multi-sensory extravaganza, to watch a world-class water show comprising dramatic effects, water jets, lasers, burst of fire and foot-tapping music set in the sea. Wings of Time promises to inspire, captivate and take you to a magical world where imagination takes flight. Be transported into the enchanted world of story of fantastic journey through time and space featuring larger backdrop with robotic fountains, 3D video mapping and enhanced pyrotechnic effects. 

Day 7 – Friday 27 July 2018 (B, AT, D) Breakfast at the Zoo/High Tea at Raffles Hotel/Chinatown

You will be picked up from the hotel this morning and transferred to Singapore Zoo. Have you ever had breakfast with an orang utan? The Singapore Zoo is the only place in the world where you can have breakfast with not one but an entire family of orang utans!   As you indulge in a hearty breakfast spread that includes international and local favourites, the orang utan family will make a spectacular entrance. Taking the ‘treeway’ from their free-range habitat next door, they’ll be ambling in one by one as a trunk drawbridge is lowered to let them through. It’s an amazing sight to behold! After breakfast, enjoy a tram ride around what is also known as the Open Zoo - a totally new concept in animal keeping with its beautifully landscape gardens and very few cages. The coach will return you to the hotel where you’ve got some free time at leisure.  This afternoon will follow in the footsteps of Sir Stamford Raffles. This tour starts from where it all began – at the Raffles Landing Site, where Sir Stamford Raffles is believed to have first stepped ashore in 1819. Discover the city’s colonial history as you walk past bronze sculptures erected along the Singapore River. From Kucinta Cats to River Merchants, the various sculptures each depict a scene of a long-gone era. The next stop is at the world-famous Raffles Hotel, which used to be the watering-hole for the high-society in the 1800s. Here enjoy an afternoon tea buffet with English/local delicacies.   Leaving behind the elegance of the iconic Raffles the coach will take you to Chinatown.  Singapore’s historic Chinatown is a bustling mix of old and new.  Filled with traditional shops and market and modern stores and cafes it’s very popular on Friday nights with locals and expats who come here for dinner or drinks at one of the trendy bars.   Want to shop? Buy souvenirs in Pagoda Street or traditional Chinese medicine in South Bridge Road.  Visit a Hindu temple or a mosque or check out a family-run goldsmith or teahouse.  If you need to rest pull up a seat in one of the cafes and make use of the free Wi-Fi.  Dinner tonight will be at a restaurant in Chinatown before returning to your hotel.  

Day 8 – Saturday 28 July 2018 (B, D) Depart Singapore 7:30PM Day 9 – Sunday 29 July Arrive Brisbane 7:05AM

Today is your last day in Singapore and it’s yours to enjoy at leisure.  Last minute shopping at Orchard Road?  Taking the cable car to Sentosa?  Hop in a bumboat and see Singapore from the river?  Or simply spend some time enjoying the hotel pool.  Late checkout is included today so you won’t need to be out of your rooms until 6:00PM.  Plenty of time to enjoy your day and then be organized for the trip home. Early farewell dinner tonight is at your hotel before heading to the airport to catch your flight home.  

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