Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay
£299 deposit

Singapore Garden Festival

The Singapore Garden Festival takes place every two years and is among the top flower and garden shows on the international calendar. It was the first event to bring together top international award-winning landscape and garden designers, florists and horticulturists from around the world, who are invited to the Festival to work alongside Singapore's own talented horticulturists. Singapore's geographic location makes the Festival an ideal platform to showcase horticultural and gardening products and services from the northern and southern hemispheres, as well as from Asia and New World nations. A colourful and stimulating experience with a truly international flavour, the Festival is a treat for the senses.

In addition to a full day at the show, we take the opportunity to explore Singapore’s many attractions, including the spectacular Gardens by the Bay, whose illuminated Supertrees have gained iconic status. Other garden visits include Hort’s Park, Chinese and Japanese gardens, Fort Cannings Spice Garden and the Botanic Gardens. Further highlights include a city sightseeing tour, a river cruise and afternoon tea at Raffles, the famous Singaporean institution.

What's included?

  •  Flights
  •  Accommodation
  •  Services of a professional tour manager
  •  Comfortable coach travel throughout
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary

Led by...

Mike Nelhams

Mike Nelhams Tour Manager

Mike Nelhams is the Curator of Tresco’s Abbey Gardens and one of Brightwater Holidays’ most popular and well-travelled garden experts.

Today's Price
£2,595

Benefit from this limited time offer:

  • Pay a low deposit of £299, was £249.50.

Single supplement: £540

Tour highlights:

  • Full day at the Singapore Garden Festival
  • Stunning views from the Marina Bay Sands observation platform
  • Relaxing river cruise
  • Chinese and Japanese gardens
  • Singapore’s friendly, multicultural ambience

Tour details

Dates 22 July 2020 - 30 July 2020
Duration 9 days
Cost
Today's Price
£2,595

Benefit from this limited time offer:

  • Pay a low deposit of £299, was £249.50.
Single supplement: £540 Balance due by 29 April 2020
Activity Level
Tour code BSIN200722

Book Now or call 01334 657155 if you have any questions

22 July 2020: Itinerary

Day 1 – Monday 20 July 2020 We depart from London Heathrow late afternoon on our overnight flight to Singapore. (Regional flight connections, flight upgrades and/or overnight accommodation before or after the tour available at a supplement).

Meals include: Dinner

On arrival in Singapore we will be met and taken to our 4-star city centre hotel. In the afternoon we depart on a city sightseeing tour of Singapore, which includes visits to Chinatown and Little India.

Later we return to our hotel to freshen up before we transfer to a local restaurant for our welcome dinner.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we visit Singapore Botanical Garden, which was founded in 1859 and showcases the best and most spectacular of tropical flora, set in a stunning verdant landscape. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, only the third botanic garden in the world to be so honoured, after Kew and Padua. Entrance to the national orchid garden is included.

In the afternoon we tour the Colonial District. Singapore was a British colony from 1824 (after Lord Hastings, Governor-General of India, gave tacit approval to Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles to establish a trading station at the southern tip of the Malay peninsula) until independence in 1959 and much of the colonial legacy remains intact: we will see Padang, the Cricket Club, Parliament House, the Supreme Court and the City Hall.

We then visit the Marina Bay Sands, a landmark hotel and leisure complex, with a distinctive rooftop garden known as the Skypark, 57 stories above the ground. The views over city are spectacular and include the Gardens by the Bay and Supertree Grove, the capsules of the Singapore Flyer, the Merlion statue and the orange-tiled roofs of the shophouses that line the Singapore River. F1 fans will also recognise sections of the motor racing circuit.

We continue with a visit to the Merlion Park, home to the Merlion statue, half fish and half lion, which is another of Singapore’s iconic sights. Finally today we enjoy a cruise along the Singapore River in a ‘bumboat’, the traditional, brightly-painted water taxi.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast we visit Singapore’s iconic horticultural attraction, Gardens by the Bay. Spanning 101 hectares, this award-winning venue houses over 250,000 rare plants in an innovative and imaginative way. There are obvious similarities to our own Eden Project, in particular the huge domed conservatories, but other features are strikingly unique, such as the impressive Supertrees. After an opportunity for lunch here (not included), we will visit the Cloud Forest, a mysterious botanical world veiled in mist. Here we will experience breath-taking mountain views surrounded by diverse vegetation and hidden floral gems and learn about rare plants and their fast-disappearing environment.

Following dinner in a local restaurant we return to the Gardens by the Bay for the evening performance of the Rhapsody light and sound show at the Supertree Grove Gardens. At night the Supertrees can be seen to full effect as they are brilliantly illuminated in an ever-changing kaleidoscope of colour, complemented by a garden rhapsody of well-known music from the movies.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Today is given over to the Singapore Garden Festival, where we will enjoy viewing the garden displays and attending orchid extravaganza talks and demonstrations.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we visit Singapore’s Chinese and Japanese Gardens, known as the Jurong Gardens. Built in 1975 by the JTC Corporation and designed by Prof. Yuen-chen Yu, an architect from Taiwan, the Chinese Garden’s concept is based on Chinese gardening art. The main characteristic is the integration of architectural features with the natural environment. The Chinese Garden is modelled along the northern Chinese imperial style of architecture and landscaping. Linked by the ‘Bridge of Double Beauty’, the adjacent Japanese Gardens are designed with a calmness to evoke inner peace and a meditative state. The styles and methods used for designing the garden are taken from Japan's Muromachi period of 1392 to 1568 and the Azuchi–Momoyama period of 1568 to 1615. With its traditional arched bridges, 10 odd Tōrō stone lanterns, traditional house and rest house, ponds and gravel chipped pavings it faithfully recreates the traditional Japanese style.

We return to the hotel to freshen up and change into the requisite smart-casual attire for this afternoon’s treat, Afternoon Tea at Raffle’s Hotel. Established by Armenian hoteliers in 1887, the hotel is named after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles (qv) and has become an unmissable part of the city’s heritage. After tea you are welcome to move on to something stronger and perhaps enjoy the hotel’s trademark cocktail, the Singapore Sling (drinks not included).

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

We begin today with a visit to Hort Park, a series of botanical and horticultural parks and gardens in the southwestern corner of Singapore, connected by elevated walkways and bridges.

The afternoon is free to shop and sightsee at leisure, or join our optional excursion to Sentosa Island, the extensive theme park that lies just off the main island. Access is by cable car, in itself a breathtaking experience with panoramic views. Admission is included to all the major attractions, including the Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, Images of Singapore, 4D Adventureland Ride and the Wings of Time Show.

Tonight we enjoy a gala farewell dinner.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

After checking out of the hotel we have time for one more visit, the Fort Canning Spice Garden. Here we will discover the trees and plants that produce many familiar spices such as nutmeg and cloves, on a site that was originally Singapore’s first Botanical and Experimental Garden, started in 1822 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles (yes, him again!).

Following our visit we transfer to the airport for our overnight flight back to London.

We will arrive in London early this morning and disperse or transfer to flight connections.

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