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  • Deep dive into Singapore's culture and cuisine as you explore it's multicultural landscape.

    Head to the exciting city-state of Singapore for deep-dive into its diverse cultures and cuisines. Due to its roots as a trading hub, Singapore has cultivated a unique mixture of ethnic influences reflected in its mix of traditions and local customs. Discover the harmony in its diversity through its food, tracing roti for breakfast in Little India, nibbling on Michelin-rated plates in Chinatown, rolling your own Peranakan popiahs, pulling your own teh tarik in Kampong glam, fishing up your own chili crab, create your own master gin cocktails, and more on this whirlwind 5-day journey.

    Spend some time wondering the bustling markets
    Spend some time wondering the bustling markets
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    DESTINATION
    SINGAPORE
    THEME
    HIGHLIGHTS
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    AUD $1,559
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    PACKAGE TYPES
    SELF-GUIDED
    PHYSICAL LEVEL
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    Trip Highlights

     

    There are so many fantastic activities on your 5-day getaway that truly immerse you in Singaporean culture, but perhaps the highlight is the guided tour through the city's bustling street food scene. Navigate the busy stalls with your own private guide and sample delicious foods and drinks from Malay, Chinese, and Indian traditions.

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    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    AUD $1,559pp twin-share [+ $803 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    • Nature
    • Special interest
    • Sightseeing
    • Wildlife
    • Adventure
    • New cultures
    • Markets

    Taste your way through Singapore's street food scene with a tour

    With three local cuisines to choose from, plus a welter of international fare, Singapore’s world-class street food scene can be hard to navigate. Discover it with a private guide on this comprehensive tour. Taste no fewer than seven foods and three drinks from Malay, Chinese, and Indian traditions - from “nasi lemak” coconut rice to dim sum, from mango lassi to a cup of foaming “teh tarik” tea. (Optional inclusion for Sapphire class)

    Embark on a cultural journey to the Peranakan community

    Discover a whole new side to Singapore’s Asian heritage via the Peranakans (pronounced “per-rah-nah-kahns”), a fascinating blend of cultures from the region. Visit the Peranakan Museum, snap pictures of the colorful shophouses, and sample some Nyonya delicacies with tea as you explore at your own leisure.

    Visit the Bird Singing Club of Singapore

    In an expanse of parkland just north of central Singapore, dozens of ornate cages dangle from tall poles, swaying gently in the breeze, their songbirds chirping merrily; it's truly a serene event to behold. Located close to Ang Mo Kio Garden, this is a sprawling area where you can enjoy the vintage experience of bird singing in perpetual harmony. Not only for ornithologists, bird lovers, or nature enthusiasts, the concept of bird singing club of Singapore amuses tourists of all kinds.

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    Spend the day on Pulau Ubin

    Nature and history intertwine on Pulau Ubin, located off Singapore’s north-eastern coast. Just a 15-minute bumboat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal, this tranquil island sanctuary is a popular haunt of nature lovers and day trippers unwinding from the bustle of the city. While here, we recommend you visit an aquaculture farm. Here you will fish for your own lunch which will be cooked and served up at a seafood restaurant by the docks.

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    Explore the quiet Malay heritage district of Kampong Gelam

    Historically one of  Singapore’s oldest urban quarters, Kampong Gelam is a neighbourhood where age-old traditions and trendy lifestyle come together in a heady blend. Admire the golden dome of the Sultan Mosque and an outdoor art gallery of street art and wall murals, as well as the Indie-chic shopping street called Haji Lane. You will also see the art of making teh tarik, pulled tea, in action - and try your hand as well.

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    Visit the spectacular Gardens By The Bay

    Find rare plants in the misty Cloud Forest and visit the Flower Dome - the world’s largest glass greenhouse - with this admission ticket to Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. Step into one of the award-winning gardens and discover diverse plant life on display. With complimentary hotel pickup included, you can spend as long as you’d like and explore at your own pace. Don’t miss the synchronized light and music show at the Supertree Grove in the evening! (Optional inclusion for Sapphire class)


    View the itinerary for a comprehensive view of the trip highlights.

    Member Pricing

    Sapphire self-guided package
    Sapphire Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    AUD $1,559pp twin-share [+ $803 GCash credits]
    • Return flights to Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)
    • 5 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 12 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 4 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 1 airport transfer

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    Ruby self-guided package
    Ruby Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    AUD $1,989pp twin-share [+ $1,025 GCash credits]
    • Return flights to Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)
    • 5 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 12 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 3 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 2 excellent excursions and activities
    • 1 airport transfer

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    FAQ: Single, twin-share and more

    What is twin-share, triple-share and quad-share?

    The share-basis is about accommodation pricing. It does not mean that you share a room with a stranger.

    "Twin-share" is where two people occupy a hotel room (open-plan style) or other accommodation such as an apartment, usually a couple or two friends. This is the normal way accommodation is priced. The price is shared between two people. Most accommodation properties (eg. hotels) offer rooms with king, queen or double beds. Most offer the option of "twin" beds as well which actually means two single beds to accommodate singles sharing, couples wanting space and so-on.

    "Triple share" is where three people occupy the accommodation and share the price. "Quad-share" is where four people occupy the accommodation and share the price. Family apartments and hotel rooms usually include a king, queen or double bed and one or more single beds to handle triple and quad-share arrangements. Sometimes other bedding configurations are available as well.

    What is a seasonal adjustment?

    Some accommodation providers, especially in very popular holiday locations, have higher room rates for busy holiday periods (usually spring and summer holidays). We must make an allowance for those price variations if applicable.

    What is a single supplement?

    A "single supplement" applies to single travellers who want a room to themselves. Because the price is not shared, a "single supplement" applies. This additional amount is based on the single covering the entire accommodation component of the trip that would normally be split between two or more people.

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    Inclusions

     

    Singapore is a fascinating metropolis where peaceful patches of green weave their way through the bustling hyper-modern cityscape. The concrete jungles that once dominated Singapore's skyline are slowly giving way to green skyscrapers, just begging for you to come and explore.

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    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    AUD $1,559pp twin-share [+ $803 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    "Celebrating its melting pot of cultures, Singapore has that spark, and it's fast becoming one of Asia's hit-list destinations."

    This is a first-class itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

    Inclusions list:

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    Flight to Singapore

    Start your trip with return flights into Singapore.

    Economy class; Up to 20kg checked-in luggage; Up to 7kg carry-on luggage.
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    Return airport transfers

    Enjoy a hassle-free private return airport transfer to and from your hotel.

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    hotel
    4 nights accommodation in Singapore

    Located in the city centre

    Enjoy multi-cultural Singapore with 4 nights accommodation. Located in the city centre and near the metro, you can easily explore to your hearts content.

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.7+.

    Other information:

    • Add extra nights wherever you want and pay the lowest member rates
    • Hand-picked, top-rated hotels, all tried and trusted
    • Variety of optional excursions and tours

    All packages include:

    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Extra nights at industry wholesale price (using GCash travel credits)
    • Google Drive folder with soft copies of all travel documents
    • Personal travel consultant to help plan and customize your holiday
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary and travel documents

    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. If flights are shown as included then a flight cost provision (allowance) applies and is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. All prices shown are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Total price after member discount (using Getaway Cash credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers if applicable) is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. Standard (retail) price comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what would be payable by a non-member for the same package. Travel insurance if included is a provision only and may be declined on requestTravel insurance pricing if stated is based on comprehensive travel insurance for two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. No recommendations or advice are given in regard to travel insurance suitability. Travel Directions Pty Ltd (t/as Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club) standard booking terms and conditions apply to all booking enquiries and bookings and are available here to view (or visit our website and go to either the "Booking Enquiry" or "About Us" menu item.)

    Your Itinerary

     

    Explore Singapore at your own leisure and immerse yourself in it's rich culture. From the modern city to its nature scapes, taste delicious foods from the city's 3 main enclaves, learn about it's history from the locals, and simply be amazed by the diversity Singapore is home to.

    "If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home." James Michener

    Your day-to-day itinerary:

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    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    AUD $1,559pp twin-share [+ $803 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    DAY 1
    SYDNEY - SINGAPORE (4 NIGHTS)

    Singapore’s bustling economy and vibrant cultural landscape make it one of the most alluring places to visit in Asia. Singapore is located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula and is the multicultural home of ethnic Chinese, Malays, Indians, Arabs and Eurasians, as well as expatriates from all over the world.

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    Visit the spectacular Gardens by the Bay

    Arrive into bustling Singapore

    Touch down at Changi Airport where you will enjoy a private transfer to your accommodation. Check into your room and unwind. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure, whether to relax from your flight or to explore the Lion City on your own. If you’d like to stretch your legs, we recommend taking a walk across the Helix Bridge located in Marina Bay, where you can take in Singapore’s iconic skyline and see its futuristic architecture such as the lotus-shaped ArtScience Museum and the fantastically-lit super trees and glass domes of the Gardens by the Bay. Note: This is an optional activity for the Sapphire package.

    Located in the city centre
    Comfortable rooms to enjoy
    hotel
    4 nights accommodation in Singapore

    Enjoy multi-cultural Singapore with 4 nights accommodation. Located in the city centre and near the metro, you can easily explore to your hearts content.

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    DAY 2
    SINGAPORE

    About today:

    Savour delicious flavours as you explore the street food scene

    Taste your way through the city

    Today is devoted to self-exploring the diverse cultural enclaves of Singapore’s three dominant ethnic groups, and discover their delicious eats along the way. First, take a taxi to Little India, a small but vibrant neighborhood. Walk along the narrow lanes of the community and its colorful buildings, passing Hindu temples, sweets shops, a heritage center, and aromatic restaurants. Make your way to Tekka Market, a one-stop shop for locals to buy groceries, do shopping, and dine at the food court. Here you can try the local preferred breakfast of roti canai, layered flatbread, dipped in curry.

    Next is Chinatown, where you can nibble and taste your way through a variety of restaurants, stalls, and shops. Top it off with a local favorite dessert, chendol: a refreshing mix of tapioca, fruits, milk, and ice.

    Finally, explore the quiet Malay heritage district of Kampong Glam. Admire the golden dome of the Sultan Mosque and an outdoor art gallery of street art and wall murals, as well as the Indie-chic shopping street called Haji Lane. You will also see the art of making teh tarik, pulled tea, in action - and if you're lucky, you will get the opportunity to try your hand as well.

    Note: A comprehensive guided food tour is available to take today if you do not wish to explore by yourself.

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    Singapore Street Food Tour

    With three local cuisines to choose from, plus a welter of international fare, Singapore’s world-class street food scene can be hard to navigate. Discover it with a private guide on this comprehensive tour. Taste no fewer than seven foods and three drinks from Malay, Chinese, and Indian traditions - from “nasi lemak” coconut rice to dim sum, from mango lassi to a cup of foaming “teh tarik” tea.

    (Optional AUD $134 Adult price)
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    DAY 3
    SINGAPORE

    About today:

    The colourful streets of Peranakan await

    Immerse yourself in a melting pot of culture

    Embark on a self-guided cultural journey to learn about the Peranakan community in Singapore, in the Joo Chiat and Katong neighborhoods. Peranakan is a unique hybridization of ancient Chinese culture with the local cultures of the Straits area, a result of centuries-long interracial marriage and converging cultures. Visit the Peranakan Museum, snap pictures of the colorful shophouses, and sample some Nyonya delicacies with tea. While in the neighborhood, have lunch at a famous Peranakan restaurant known for their laksa, a seafood noodle soup.

    Return to your hotel in the afternoon to rest and prepare for this evening’s supper tour through Geylang neighborhood. Supper is Singapore’s unofficial fourth meal of the day, eaten during late-night hours. Sample late night street food favorites such as rice noodles, dim sum, and fruits, while also enjoying the glittering neon atmosphere of this neighborhood that comes alive at night.

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    DAY 4
    SINGAPORE

    About today:

    Listen to the melodies of hundreds of birds in the park

    Get off the beaten path

    Get off the beaten path and discover a truly local neighborhood not often seen by visitors. Slow it down and take in the morning with a little known hobby that transcended the kampong (village) era: bird singing. The older generation here still gather at designated parks with their beloved feathered friends in the mornings to bask in company and melodious chirps. Stop by an authentic  ‘kopitiam,’ for coffee and kaya toast with soft boiled egg like a true local. You canalso stop by the local wet market and a hawker center to observe the quotidian and enjoy some treats as well. Then, take a boat ride to the small nearby island of Pulau Ubin where you can visit an aquaculture farm. Here you can fish for your own lunch which will be cooked and served up at a seafood restaurant by the docks. Enjoy one of the most famous Singaporean dishes, ‘chili crab.’

    On your final night in Singapore, head out for some fun out on the town. Go bar-hopping to some of the city’s best, and hidden, bars. Learn how to shake - or stir - up a bespoke cocktails in a masterclass with a gin expert mixologist.

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    DAY 5
    SINGAPORE - SYDNEY

    About today:

    An unforgettable 5-day culture deep dive

    Return home after an unforgettable getaway

    Today concludes your whirlwind trip across Singapore and deep dive into its diverse cultures and cuisines. Take the morning slowly with a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and time to relax before returning to the airport for your flight onward.

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    Gardens By The Bay

    Find rare plants in the misty Cloud Forest and visit the Flower Dome - the world’s largest glass greenhouse - with this admission ticket to Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. Step into one of the award-winning gardens and discover diverse plant life on display. With complimentary hotel pickup included, you can spend as long as you’d like and explore at your own pace. Don’t miss the synchronized light and music show at the Supertree Grove in the evening!

    (Optional AUD $33 Adult price)

    FAQ's for This Package

    Yes, a flight provision is included in this package. You can also use Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers at the rate of 1 per traveler to reduce the overall price. Flights prices vary from different starting points so the final price will be confirmed before you decide to proceed.

    All of our travel and tour packages are fully flexible. Each is a TEMPLATE to be used as a framework around which you can customise an itinerary to suit. The minimum numbers are flexible as well and groups can be as small as two people for a self-guided holiday. After discussion, we will go away and prepare a tour plan (including best value pricing) to suit your ideas and preferences.

    Accommodation is supplied in Singapore. It will be hotel-style accommodation rated Silver or Gold standard or above. This means, very high quality accommodation. Bedding is arranged to suit the number of persons staying. All accommodation is subject to change subject according to availability however it will be as central as possible and very high quality.

    See a list of standard inclusions on the package details page. Some packages have two or three different package classes with different inclusions. Select the optional package class to see included activities. Optional activities are shown separately. Your travel consultant will discuss optional activities with you so you can decide what to include or leave out of your itinerary. You can also swap and change activities. A price variance might apply.

    General Tour Package FAQ's

    All tours can be operated on a "Group-guided" basis. A complete "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" manual is supplied to the group leader (trip organizer). Included is a comprehensive daily itinerary, driver instructions and information about each part of your tour to enable you to provide entertaining commentary. Also included are checklists and reminders about daily tasks. The end-result is easy-flowing trip organisation, fewer issues and very happy tour participants. Overall it means less stress and a lot more fun for everyone.

    If a tour director is supplied in an example tour package it will be shown as an inclusion. But this is very flexible and if not included as standard, can be arranged if preferred. If you are part of a social group such as Probus, the trip organiser will often enjoy taking on this role. We provide comprehensive information and guidance for "hands-on" trip organisers. This includes a "how-to" guide and starter information about the places visited on the tour.

    Yes, definitely. All charter tour packages are simply "templates" as a starting point for customising a tour to suit. We then we apply the discounts available to you, your club or corporate group.

    All tour packages are flexible. Various options are already published. (See the Pricing section for the tour you are interested in.) "Join departure" tour types are tours where you can join a tour group leaving on various departure dates. This suit couples and singles. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for an exclusive charter to suit your group.

    See a list of standard inclusions on the package details page. Some packages have two or three different package classes with different inclusions. Select the optional package class to see included activities. Optional activities are shown separately. Your travel consultant will discuss optional activities with you so you can decide what to include or leave out of your itinerary. You can also swap and change activities. A price variance might apply.

    "Self-guided" (self-drive) is a trip designed for singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people (such as two to four couples) traveling together using a single car or 7 to 12-seater van depending on group size. It means that you drive yourself on the trip. "Group-guided" means the tour is for a larger group on a bus with a professional driver and the group leader (trip organizer) as tour director. A professional tour director can be supplied if required. A "fully-guided" bus tour is operated by a driver-guide or tour director. There are usually preset departures that you can join. Fully-guided tours can also be arranged exclusively for a group and this is called a "group charter".

    We will recommend accommodation to meet your preferences. All accommodation is selected using our exclusive hotel rating system. You can then change the accommodation if preferred. Often you will also have a choice of accommodation types at the recommended accommodation properties. We'll find out your preferences in the early stages of planning your trip.

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    FAQ: Tour package types and flexibility

    What is a "Self-guided" tour?

    This means you are in full control of your trip including driving. You will have a rental car (uncluded in the package) to get you around. The vehicle size varies according to preference and/or group size. Self-guided is aimed at singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people.

    Our job is to organise most things for you in advance saving you a lot of time, stress and money. You'll receive a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information plus a FREE Lonely Planet guide to fill in the gaps. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and to do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Group-guided" tour?

    Group-guided is aimed at groups of 12 or more people. "Group-guided" means you or another person runs the tour as would a tour director. A tour coach and professional driver is supplied.

    The included "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" helps you run the tour, plus you receive a FREE Lonely Planet guide. Included is a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information as a well as a driver itinerary.

    We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Fully-guided" tour?

    Fully-guided tours are aimed at larger groups on a charter basis, the same as "Group-guided", except that the tour is run by a professional tour director.

    Transport is a tour coach and professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously. A fully-guided tour means everyone can relax including the trip organiser.

    What is a "Join departure" tour?

    You join a fully-guided tour that starts on an available departure date. Small and large groups can join a departure, however the tour is focused on the interests of the broader group. You can appoint a leader specifically for your group if preferred to focus on separate interests.

    The tour is run by a professional tour director. Transport can vary from a 8 to 12-seater commuter bus, driven by the tour director, up to a 54-seat luxury coach with professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance and there is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

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