Inspiring Singapore4 days & 3 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive in Singapore
Welcome to Singapore!
After clearing custom and immigration formalities, you will be met by your Cox & Kings representative and escorted to your hotel.
Singapore has a diverse populace of just over 5 million people which is made up of Chinese, Malays, Indians, Caucasians and Eurasians residents of many other origins, which is in line with the nation's history as a crossroads for various ethnic and racial groups.
The remainder of the day is at leisure.Marina Mandarin - 3 Nights
The morning is at leisure. Take a stroll through the riverfront Merlion Park or the orchid-filled gardens of the Singapore Botanical Gardens.Marina Mandarin (B)
At 1:30 pm, meet your guide and proceed for your 60-minute Vintage Vespa Sidecar tour of Kampong Glam, Haji Lane and Little India.
The tour starts at Kampong Glam, formerly the seat of Malay royalty. Here you'll see the Sultan Mosque, Singapore's oldest and largest, and the former Sultan's palace of Istana Kampung Glam. From here, the tour goes to colorful Haji Lane, the original hipster neighborhood where a row of multi-label stores, quirky boutiques and hip bars and cafes line the lanes. Lastly you will be also visiting Little India, a buzzing historic area that shows off the best of Singapore's Indian community from vibrant culture to incredible shopping.
The rest of the day is at leisure. In the later afternoon you can arrange for an optional visit to the Gardens by the Bay for a walk amongst the soaring Supertree Grove or through the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome conservatories.
This morning meet your guide for your Journeys Heritage Tour. Starting at Fort Canning Hill, the tour goes beyond just the serene beauty of the park to uncover 14th century Singapura through vestiges of its fascinating history. Highlights include the Keramat Iskandar Shah, the Spice Gardens and the Battle Box.Marina Mandarin (B, L)
Following lunch at The Salon, the journey continues to Chinatown Heritage. Set within three beautifully-restored shophouses on Pagoda Street, the Chinatown Heritage Centre recreates the original interiors of the 1950s, offering a rare glimpse into the lives of Chinatown's early residents.
Then, visit the Haw Par Villa for unforgettable journey through its whimsical landscape. Built in 1937, this wonderful theme park is famous for its depictions of Chinese folklore's 10 Courts of Hell and tasteful scenes from other Chinese legends, such as Journey to the West and Madame White Snake. Pick your favorite from the over 1,000 colorful statues and tableaux on display at the world's only eclectic Chinese mythological park of its kind.
Later return to your hotel and the rest of the day is free at leisure. The optional Night Safari is the first of its' kind, where trams and walking trails guide visitors through the 100-acre jungle.
Day 4Farewell to Singapore
Today you will be escorted to the airport for your onward journey.(B)
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Almost all the internal flights in this brochure use jet airliners, with some internal airlines in Southeast Asia using turboprop aircraft.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your travel arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances, and we strongly advise that you purchase insurance against such eventualities.
Airport Departure Taxes: The cost of our tours does not always include airport departure taxes or overland departure taxes; it is necessary for you to pay these locally and in local currency. Please ensure that you retain enough local currency to cover these taxes. Departure taxes vary in each country and you will be advised when possible of the rates before your departure from the U.S.A. These taxes are always subject to change, and if they do so when you are traveling, your guide or our ground handler will advise you.
The majority of the roads to and from major tourist destinations are paved and in reasonable condition. Although many of the city roads are now 4 to 6-lane highways and have had a large amount of investment in recent years, many of the narrower ones and smaller highways are bumpy and pot-holed. In Vietnam and Cambodia, many of the roads are in poor condition, but most of the main highways are paved. For longer journeys, we will nearly always advise you to fly. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour. Generally, the following can be used as a guideline for the size of transportation provided: 1-3 passengers, sedan car; 4-6 passengers, minivan; 6-19 passengers, small bus; 20-28 passengers, medium bus.
A number of flights within Asia & the Pacific arrive/depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives/departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in/check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Asia & the Pacific; however, in most of the major cities the hotels are of a good standard. Standards will vary much more in some of the smaller cities and rural areas.
For our tours in Asia & the Pacific, we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavor to supply any extra information that you may require about these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of the alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Asia & the Pacific, and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. In Mongolia we use traditional tents or “gers”.
Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard, unless noted otherwise; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g., to a lake view or suite, etc.), please speak to your tour consultant who will be able to advise you about options and applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in time is normally 14:00 and check-out time is normally 12:00, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked without extra payment.
In some cases, prices for individual arrangements and tour extensions are quoted excluding a guide. In this case, the supplement for a guide is available on request. For logistical reasons, some extensions are on a shared basis based upon a minimum of two passengers and not on a private basis.
Visiting many of the sites in Asia require a reasonable amount of walking, either to the site or around it. While the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous. In addition, at ancient monuments there are many steep sections and uneven surfaces. A reasonable amount of fitness is required.
Cruise boats may vary their itineraries with little or no notice if water levels become unusually low, or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are generally very rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark. Cruise itineraries include full board, but all drinks will be charged as extras.
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