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Introduction

The futuristic city of Singapore hangs from the tip of the Malay Peninsula like a glistening mirror ball. This 'Garden City' is arguably the food capital of Asia, but the island state is also renowned as an economic powerhouse. It's a true embodiment of modern cultural diversity: a synergy of East and West, past and present, modern and traditional.

The Padang is a must visit, a green space at the heart of the city and witness to many of Singapore's important historical moments and landmarks. On nearby Waterloo Street, Chinese temples, synagogues and Indian temples stand virtually side-by-side – evidence of this city's cultural diversity. It’s continued in Little India, a mini-Mumbai of temples, restaurants and shops, where you’re greeted by the heavy scent of spices and jasmine and leave carting carvings, silverware, and colourful silk saris. Then, among the Arab Quarter's gilded domes, share mint tea with carpet traders or pick up traditional kebaya dresses or handmade perfumes.

Over in Chinatown, one of the most attractive areas of the city, lies an abundance of shophouses, street markets, bars and restaurants. In fact, there's two – the official Niu Che Shui and the newer Geylang ‘People's Chinatown', with more of an authentic feel. It's all lined with Indian shrines, mosques and churches alongside the Chinese monasteries and temples. 

And, when it comes to dining, Singapore is up there among the world’s best, from fine modern-Singaporean cuisine at top Michelin restaurants to local, authentic street food, found in a plethora of hawker markets and food courts. With all tastes and budgets catered for, it's a foodie's haven. After, wash it all down with everything from stylish rooftop bars with awe-inspiring city views to hole-in-the-wall bars that serve locally-inspired concoctions.

Singapore is also home to myriad gardens, from the 250 acres of the waterfront Gardens by the Bay featuring the world's largest glass greenhouse and indoor waterfall to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a National Orchid Garden, swan lake and tropical trees.

Views across the skyline of Singapore and beyond to Malaysia and the Indonesian islands are best viewed from the world's largest observation wheel, the Singapore Flyer. At 165 metres tall, it's among the varied attractions of the thriving Marina Bay area that's home to myriad shops, galleries, walkways and restaurants alongside luxury hotels. Shopping is something of a national obsession in Singapore and Orchard Road is its most famous district: a long expanse of gleaming shopping centres and boutiques flanked by tree-lined walkways. The one-way road buzzes with activity day and night, not least in the run up to the ‘Christmas Light Up' and Chinese New Year when the streets are filled with parades.

Singapore is a fantastic city for children – the open zoo is particularly popular, home to more than 300 species, including rare Asian animals such as the Komodo dragon, Sumatran tiger and clouded leopard, and a large colony of orangutan. Next door is also the world's first nocturnal zoo, the Night Safari, where guests can enjoy a safari through the jungle, via tram or on foot with a private guide.

A mix of theme parks, golf courses, beaches and hotels, just south awaits the beautiful Sentosa Island. Once a fishing village, Sentosa translates as ‘peace and tranquillity' in Malay – although during Singapore's school holidays, the locals come in their hordes. There is something for everyone, though, from the scenic cable car ride to the sprawling Fort Siloso, which reveals the story of Singapore's occupation and relief in the Second World War. The newest addition is Resorts World, a medley of shows, rides and attractions, among them the world's largest oceanarium.


Special offers in Singapore

Singapore To Sydney on Silver Muse

21-day cruise from £6,600 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Save 10% and 25% Solo Fares
Book by: 03 January 2019

Departing from one of the most progressive cities in the world, set sail for 18 days of adventure and discovery. This voyage is a tapestry of blue; from sea to sky imbibe in a palette of colour as never seen before.

Golden Temples, Ancient Shrines on Seven Seas Voyager

22-day cruise from £9,795 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Receive $500 credit per suite and free 3-night land tour
Book by: 31 December 2019

Take advantage of special fares and on board credit. Guests in all suite categories can enjoy a FREE 3-Night Essence of Bangkok pre-cruise land program or a FREE 3-Night Abu Dhabi, Dubai Dunes and Sharjah post-cruise land program on this voyage.

Aussie Discovery on Seven Seas Mariner

20-day cruise from £11,315 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Receive $500 shipboard credit per suite plus free land tour
Book by: 31 March 2019

Guests in all suite categories can enjoy a FREE 3-Night Sydney and Beyond pre-cruise land program or FREE 3-Night Sampling Singapore post-cruise land program on this voyage.

The Greatness Of Australia on Seven Seas Voyager

21-day luxury cruise from £10,925 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Receive $500 shipboard credit per suite plus free land tour
Book by: 31 March 2019

Cruise in ultra-luxury style on this three-week voyage, which perfectly pairs the tropical beauty of Indonesia and northern Australia with such city greats as Singapore, Brisbane and Sydney.

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Top itineraries in Singapore

Singapore in Style

7-day city break from £1,780 pp incl. flights

If you’re looking for a luxury short break to Singapore, look no further. This curated itinerary will see you stay in two of its finest hotels, pairing city exploration with golden island beaches.

Singapore To Sydney on Silver Muse

21-day cruise from £6,600 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Save 10% and 25% Solo Fares
Book by: 03 January 2019

Departing from one of the most progressive cities in the world, set sail for 18 days of adventure and discovery. This voyage is a tapestry of blue; from sea to sky imbibe in a palette of colour as never seen before.

Singapore To Hong Kong on Silver Spirit

17-day cruise

Never has a country been so marked by its past, present and future than Vietnam. Yet, this melting-pot country is a joy to all who want to unravel the many layers of history and myth. Your story begins in Singapore's cutting edge before you head to Thailand's white-sand beaches.

Golden Temples, Ancient Shrines on Seven Seas Voyager

22-day cruise from £9,795 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Receive $500 credit per suite and free 3-night land tour
Book by: 31 December 2019

Take advantage of special fares and on board credit. Guests in all suite categories can enjoy a FREE 3-Night Essence of Bangkok pre-cruise land program or a FREE 3-Night Abu Dhabi, Dubai Dunes and Sharjah post-cruise land program on this voyage.

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What our clients say about our Singapore holidays

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Top places to stay in Singapore

Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

Grand & elegant hotel

This grand neoclassical landmark was heralded National Monument in 2015; this heritage hotel is a gem that spectacularly dominates the cityscape on the banks of the Singapore River.

Grand Copthorne Waterfront, Singapore

Contemporary hotel

This spectacular 30-storey hotel is excellently located along Singapore’s pretty waterfront, and overlooking the Singapore River, offering four excellent dining options and fresh, streamlined bedrooms.

The Warehouse Hotel, Singapore

Contemporary hotel

The boutique Warehouse Hotel was built in 1895 and has now been beautifully restored, with ultra-contemporary rooms and historic touches to create a true oasis in the city.

Capella, Sentosa, Singapore

Contemporary hotel

Capella is a restored, colonial 19th-century bungalow that offers true 5-star luxury hidden in the leafy centre of Sentosa Island, blending contemporary design with authentic Asian details.

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Singapore articles

Eastern & Oriental Express: an enchanting rail journey

The glamorous Eastern & Oriental Express is unparalleled when it comes to epic journeys through the exotic Malay Peninsula. We share its highlights, from fine Asian dining and five-star service to speeding past Thailand’s temples and Malaysia’s tropical rainforests.

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