Day 1 – USA to Singapore
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price.
Day 2 – Welcome to Singapore
Upon your arrival, a driver will transfer you directly to your hotel by private vehicle.
Today, you will visit Gardens by the Bay to see the unique Supertrees with a stunning view of the Singapore skyline. Other highlights to check out include the Flower Dome - the largest glass greenhouse in the world - and the Cloud Forest, which houses the world's tallest indoor waterfall. Venture over to the Singapore Flyer and hop into a capsule of this giant Ferris wheel, where you'll reach heights up to 541 feet for unobstructed views of the city's amazing skyline.
For lunch, consider stopping at this unique dining concept in the Flyer building. Designed to look like Singapore back in the 1960s, this charming eating spot features stalls offering local delights, including Hainanese chicken rice, satay bee hoon and bak kut teh (peppery pork rib soup). Then, make your way across the bay to Marina Bay Sands, home to several celebrity restaurants, including Gordon Ramsey's Bread Street Kitchen or CUT by Wolfgang Puck. End the night with post-dinner cocktails at Ce La Vi, known for fabulous drinks and the place to be for a stunning sunset and city skyline views.Starting Accommodation:
Day 3 – Singapore in the Sun
Today, you'll start your day with a fun-filled trip to Universal Studios Singapore. This movie-themed entertainment park features seven zones and mind-blowing rides such as the 3D indoor rollercoaster Transformers: The Ride, and the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure - a white water raft system with a thrilling drop at the end.
Quayside Isle is a waterfront dining destination featuring an array of restaurants, from multi-concept bakery and restaurant Greenwood Fish Market to the part-gallery, part-club and part-restaurant feel of Museo. The Tanjong Beach Club is another option to grab European bites like lobster buns and steak tartare while people-watching or tanning on a daybed by the pool.
Before the sun sets, visit the S.E.A. Aquarium to see more than 100,000 marine animals, including manta rays and leopard sharks. End your day with a visit to Images of Singapore, a 4D theater that features immersive themed area including the Singapore Boat Road, which takes you on a journey through the city's cultural and historical landmarks.Starting Accommodation:
Day 4 – Exploring the Cultural Districts
In the morning, explore Chinatown on foot and drop by Maxwell Food Centre to try the popular breakfast staple congee from the Zhen Zhen Porridge stall, and of course. some kopi (traditional local coffee). Fuel up and visit places like the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple for a slice of history and culture.
In the afternoon, head to Little India to visit temples like the colorful Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple. Here, several specialty stores sell beautiful saris, spices and accessories. Of course, you can't leave the neighborhood without having an authentic Indian meal at the Banana Leaf Apolo.
When the night falls, proceed to Kampong Glam to visit interesting sites including the Malay Heritage Centre and the beautiful Sultan Mosque on Muscat Street. Located across from the mosque, Zam Zam serves Indian-Muslim classics like murtabak (stuffed pan-fried flatbread) and nasi briyani (an Indian spiced rice dish with meat or vegetables). Starting Accommodation:
Day 5 – Museum Hopping in Singapore
History buffs and cultural enthusiasts will enjoy a day of immersing themselves deep into Singapore's rich history and culture. Visit the National Gallery Singapore, home to more than 8,000 artworks and the largest collection of modern art in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Next, stop at Singapore's first art museum known as "SAM." This museum houses one of the world's biggest collections of contemporary Southeast Asian artworks. Spend time looking at the architecture too! The building was once a 19th century mission school and has been beautifully preserved, complete with its original details such as the floor tiles and the roof patina.
Round off your museum tour with a visit to the National Museum of Singapore to learn all about the nation's rich history and culture. Spend some extra time to peruse the interactive installations or catch the intriguing performances and film screenings. Starting Accommodation:
Day 6 – Off-the-Beaten-Path Neighborhoods
Embark on a day-long excursion to explore Singapore's hidden gems. Begin the day in Joo Chiat where you can enjoy kaya toast - a traditional jam made from coconut and eggs - at Chin Mee Confectionery. Next up, visit Singapore's oldest housing estates. This neighborhood is a perfect blend of the past and the present, with art-deco shophouses, heritage-rich sites and clusters of hip cafes. Venture to an indie bookstore, BooksActually, before visiting other popular landmarks like Qui Tian Gong Temple.
From chili crab at Jumbo Seafood, prettily plated modern European delights at The White Rabbit or fiery Indian fare at Samy's Curry, a visit to Dempsey Hill and its endless dining options will not disappoint. Afterwards, craft beer lovers can grab a drink from the RedDot BrewHouse or head to The Rabbit Hole at The White Rabbit for refreshing gin cocktails mixed with their very own tonic. Starting Accommodation:
Day 7 – Green Spaces in Singapore
For vacationers looking for outdoor adventure, your day begins with a visit to the Botanic Gardens. The UNESCO World Heritage site features highlights like sculptures, a swan lake, tropical trees and a National Orchid Garden. Early morning is the best time to visit this 160-year-old green space.
For the perfect hike, spend the afternoon conquering the 402-acre Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, an ASEAN Heritage Park that's home to 40% of Singapore's flora and fauna as well as the nation's tallest hill standing at 538 feet.
After dusk falls, make your way to the Southern Ridges to visit the towering, brightly lit Henderson Wave. If you have the energy, finish the entire six-mile track which takes you through five parks. Recharge for dinner at Spuds & Aprons for dishes like barbecued baby back ribs and grilled prawn pasta. Starting Accommodation:
Day 8 – Singapore to USA
On your last day, enjoy a shopping spree in some of the most popular shopping districts in Singapore.
Venture to Orchid Road for international fashion brands at Robinsons or local labels at Tangs or value shopping at *Scape. Bugis and Haji are great venues if you enjoy bargaining for a good deal. These two districts are known for their trendy stores and indie outlets that sell chic outfits, vintage finds and quirky knick-knacks. Joo Chiat-Katong is a charming enclave containing the stunning Peranakan heritage establishments Rumah Bebe and Rumah Kim Choo located side-by-side. For Singapore-themed trinkets, head to Cat Socrates and Naiise in 112 Katong. Grab a bite to eat at Chef Alvin Leong's Baba Chews, a beautiful restaurant that serves authentic Peranakan food.
After a day of shopping, a private driver will meet you at your accommodation to be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the USA. (B)