Singapore could keep you busy for a lifetime, but if you’ve only got three nights — here’s how we’d do it.
Colonial history? Check. Boat ride on the river? Check. Some of the best gardens, food and light shows in the world? Check, check, check. Add an intro to Singapore’s cultural trifecta — Indian, Chinese, Malay — and you’ve got the perfect mini-break in one of the greenest and most cosmopolitan cities in the world.
Singapore is a one-stop destination, which means no transfers! While you’re here, you’ll get around on the excellent MRT (subway).
With a little of everything, this is a short, sweet introduction to what makes Singapore special
There’s an incredible range of accommodation available, so you can easily upgrade to swankier digs
We’ve mixed guided experiences with independent exploration to give you the best of both
Things to consider
Guides in Singapore are pretty pricey, so if you’re a confident traveller you might prefer to save money and do more independently
This trip focusses on highlights, so don’t expect anything off the beaten track
If you want a dazzling intro to Singapore’s futuristic, fun-loving Marina Bay area, the trippy, lasers-and-lights extravaganza of the Spectra light show is the perfect place to start. From here, discover the city at its prettiest: after dark on a bumboat tour. Then, explore its cosmopolitan roots on a day tour of Chinatown, Little India and Malay-Muslim Kampong Glam (we’ll leave you to decide which has the most delicious street food!) Finally, use your free afternoon to visit the Gardens by the Bay, where eco-domes house plants from all over the world, and towering “supertrees” turn rainwater and sunlight into energy. Singapore has so much diversity to offer, there’s no time to hang around!
See the twinkling lights of Singapore on a guided evening boat tour of the city
Get under the skin of Singapore’s Chinese, Indian and Malay districts with a local guide
Visit the iconic “supertrees” at Gardens by the Bay (guide available at an extra cost)
Singapore has gone all-in on gardens, and the vast and beautiful Botanic Gardens are where it all began. We recommend taking time to explore its greenhouses filled with delicate orchids, and wander beneath its rainforest trees as tall as 20-storey buildings. Then, when you’ve had your fill of greenery, squeeze in some retail therapy in the hipster shops of nearby Holland Village. The food here is amazing – but try to resist filling up! Tonight you’ll be heading out on a guided tour of the city’s famous hawker centres, where generations of chefs have honed their specialities to a fine art. Some have even earned Michelin stars, so bring your appetite! On day four, it's time to head home.
Visit the Botanic Gardens to see Singapore’s only World Heritage Site (guide available at an extra cost)
Go boutique shopping in trendy Holland Village
Discover Singapore’s best street food on a guided tour of its famous hawker centres
The finer detail
- Breakfast every day
- One dinner: small dishes as part of the street food tour in Chinatown
- One half-day experience: Past to present tour of Singapore
- Two evening experiences: Spectra light & water show with bumboat ride; Singapore culinary journey
- All entrance fees to sites included in guided experiences
- All internal transport & accommodation
Logistics & journey times
Car transfer from Singapore airport to hotel (20 minutes)
Car transfer from hotel to Singapore airport (20 minutes)
What's not included
- International flights
- Meals not mentioned
- Entrance fees to any sites not included in guided experiences
- Tips for guides & porters