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Singapore River Tours

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Singapore River
Flowing through the city’s dense Central Business District, the Singapore River is closely tied to  Singapore’s history and modern day-to-day life. It was on the north bank of the river where Stamford Raffles first landed to found his colony, and many government buildings still line its shores. Many of the city’s top nightlife hot spots are also situated along the river, including Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, and Robertson Quay. 

The Basics
Whether cruising its waters or sitting along the river banks, viewing the Singapore River is a quintessential experience while in the city. Night owls will want to make their way here for the party scenes along the riverfront, but it’s also possible to take in Singapore’s historic architecture and bridges aboard a Singapore River cruise or on a city sightseeing tour that also stops at other popular attractions like Merlion Park, Kampong Glam, and Chinatown.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Check out the river’s nightlife zone for a lively party scene.
  • Don’t forget your camera and comfortable walking shoes; there’s a lot to see near the river’s banks.
  • See the river aboard the hop-on hop-off bus, with stops at points of interest like Orchard Road, Gardens by the Bay, and Chinatown.

How to Get There
The Singapore riverside is most easily accessed via the Raffles Place or Clarke Quay MRT stations. Walk along the shores to get from point to point, or take a boat ride. 

When to Get There
As temperatures in Singapore can get quite hot during the day, the best time to explore the river is in the early morning (for walking or jogging) or in the evening. Things really come alive after sundown, when bars and restaurants buzz with a mix of locals and tourists. Head to the Marina Bay Sands at the mouth of the river in the evening for the free Spectra light and water show on the bay.

Views of the River from Above
Seeing the Singapore River from a bird’s-eye view is another popular way to experience it. Two of the best views are found at the river’s mouth: while riding the Singapore Flyer Ferris wheel and from the observation deck at Marina Bay Sands Skypark. A great view of the river is also found at Singapore’s highest observation platform, the 1-Altitude Viewing Gallery, rising 925 feet (282 meters) above the city.
Address: Clarke Quay, 179031, Singapore
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20 Tours and Activities to Experience Singapore River

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The Best of Singapore in a Day Private Tour

The Best of Singapore in a Day Private Tour

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Get beneath Singapore’s skin in a way that’s only possible with a local to connect you on this insightful private tour that goes beyond the obvious to deliver hidden gems. You might meet a third-generation spice maker, tour an opera house turned hotel, get behind the scenes at a garland maker in Little India, or explore Singapore’s best hawker court. Travel by public transport for an authentically local experience.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$197.68
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$197.68
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Singapore Private Tour

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Singapore Private Tour

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Enjoy the best of both worlds—the must-see sights and the hidden places only locals know about—on this tour with a lot of variety. Get a personalized experience with a private guide, who will answer all your questions as you visit local markets and hawker stalls, Singapore’s Merlion, the Gardens by the Bay, the Colonial District, and more.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$104.87
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$104.87
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Private Original Singapore City Sightseeing Walking Tour

Private Original Singapore City Sightseeing Walking Tour

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A 3-hour walking tour of Singapore City with a local guide. Visit Merlion Park, Civic District, Marina Bay & Singapore River on this "must-do" tour! There was a time when fishing boats and spices lined our colonial shore. Today, we have transformed to be buzzing city teeming with history, culture and architecture. Let us take you on a stroll around the Singapore River and tell you inspiring stories of a resilient nation that fought against all odds. Some of the many interesting spots in the Civic District area include the Merlion Park, the historically-significant Padang and the neoclassical Victoria Theatre.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$83.98
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$83.98
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The Stories and Histories Across the Singapore River

The Stories and Histories Across the Singapore River

Tour Singapore from a different angle on this laid-back, informative boat trip and walking tour along the Singapore River. Your guide will tell you stories from Singapore’s history as you cruise past famous sites such as Marina Bay Sands and the Merlion, then as you stroll through the colonial-era and contemporary streets around the river. As this is a small-group tour, you can ask questions and receive personalized service.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$198.50
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$198.50
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Private Singapore Full Day Round Island Tour with River Cruise

Private Singapore Full Day Round Island Tour with River Cruise

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A private tour of Singapore is made even more luxe with an included cruise along the Singapore River—break up your Singapore sightseeing tour with unbeatable views of the city skyline. Other attractions include Little India, the National Orchid Garden, Mount Faber Hill, and more. Private tour limited to your party of 15 people or fewer and includes all transportation.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$231.07
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$231.07
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Singapore Private Night Tour with River Cruise

Singapore Private Night Tour with River Cruise

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Skip the lines while visiting some of Singapore’s most popular attractions on this private evening tour. Enjoy a fully commentated cruise, see the city lit up at night, stop at the famous Merlion statue and the larger-than-life Gardens by the Bay, and stop for a local food experience (at extra cost) at a classic Singaporean hawker center. Your personal guide will cater your evening to your own tastes and needs.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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$499.83
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Private Tour: Colonial Singapore Tour with Afternoon Tea at Raffles

Private Tour: Colonial Singapore Tour with Afternoon Tea at Raffles

Delve deeper into the colonial history of Singapore on a private tour that provides a detailed overview of the sovereign state’s conception. A great introduction for first-time visitors, this tour promises the undivided attention of a private guide and include afternoon tea at Raffles, indisputably the most-famous dining and drinking establishment in the city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$282.26
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$282.26
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Private Customized Tour of Singapore - Half Day or Full Day

Private Customized Tour of Singapore - Half Day or Full Day

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This private tour allows you to create an itinerary tailored to your interests, and ensures that you receive the undivided attention of a private guide. Plus, you can choose a duration that suits your schedule.
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  • 6 hours
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$153.41
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$153.41
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Singapore and Sabah, Borneo Private Tour

Singapore and Sabah, Borneo Private Tour

A quick visit to Singapore on your way to Borneo, then dive into the nature and wildlife adventure. Visit Kinabalu National Park, walk on a canopy walkway 40 metres above the jungle, visit the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitations Centre and discover wildlife in the Kinabatangan region.
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  • 8 days
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$2,633.02
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Bikes & Bites

Bikes & Bites

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Every route is carefully curated by a professional, certified and licensed tour guide by Singapore Tourism Board. There is no better way to see what Singapore has to offer by joining our bike tour to get a heads up on the city’s highlights. In this journey, you will understand how the British colonial government shaped the landscape of this little red dot and how it impacted the city landscape of modern Singapore. We will also take you to the art belt of Singapore, visit the Chinese, Indian and Malay precincts in Singapore and Singapore River to learn and understand the culture of different races. One by one, we will share with you the stories of this beautiful city.  
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.45
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$71.45
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Singapore Night Out: Music & Light show, Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, River Taxi

Singapore Night Out: Music & Light show, Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, River Taxi

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Marvel at the illuminated sights of Singapore during a night tour. Explore top attractions with a knowledgeable guide, including a synchronized light and music show at the Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay. Visit the Sands Skypark Observation Deck and finish with a cruise on the Singapore River.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$54.88
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$54.88
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Sustainable Singapore Guided Tour

Sustainable Singapore Guided Tour

Go behind the scenes of Singapore’s sustainability on this 3-hour tour. Learn about the ecological measures put in place in the city-state so far, as well as its past failures and future plans. Visit four stops highly important to Signore’s eco-friendly culture, including the Singapore River, the Marina Barrage, the NEWater Plant, and Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay.
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  • 3 hours
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$117.41
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Go Singapore Explorer City Pass: Choose 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 Attractions

Go Singapore Explorer City Pass: Choose 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 Attractions

Sightsee Singapore your way and choose your favorite 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 attractions from a list of over 30 Singapore experiences. Sail down the river with a sightseeing River Cruise, hop on and off a Big Bus tour of Singapore, enjoy the thrilling rides and shows at Universal Studios Singapore, or visit the famous Gardens by the Bay. Your Go Singapore Explorer pass let's you choose the best of Singapore while saving on admission and is valid for 60 days from first attraction visit. Enjoy the convenience of a digital pass which can be accessed from any mobile device, simply show it at each attraction to be scanned. Your Go Singapore Explorer pass includes: - Savings of up to 35% on attraction admission prices - Entry to 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 attractions of your choice - 30+ top attractions inc. Gardens by the Bay, River Safari, and more - Valid for 60 days from first activation - Digital pass to display on your phone or print at home - Digital guidebook to help plan your itinerary
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  • 60 days
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$64.89
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$64.89

The Ultimate Singapore Layover Private Tour

The Ultimate Singapore Layover Private Tour

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Get under Singapore’s skin on this private layover experience. Discover sights travelers on the bulk tours from Changi just won’t see, from a secret tunnel to the man who keeps the temple of the monkey gods. Your exact itinerary is up to you, but your private guide and driver will collect you from the airport, drop you back on time, and leave you with a real love for Singapore.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$302.54
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$302.54
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Picturing Places: History and Art in Singapore

Picturing Places: History and Art in Singapore

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Go deeper into Singapore’s heritage on this fascinating history and art walking tour. Numbers are capped at just eight travelers, ensuring plenty of time to chat with your guide as you admire historic temple carvings, colonial-era photographs, pioneer statues, and neoclassical architecture. Along the way, enjoy a local-style tea or coffee in a hawker court and noodles from a stall that once held the coveted Michelin star.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.54
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Private Singapore Airport Layover Walking Tour

Private Singapore Airport Layover Walking Tour

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Skip the food courts and crowded terminals and make the most of your long layover on a private tour of Singapore. You’ll get a customized itinerary based on your interests and input. Together with your private guide, you’ll discover Singapore on foot and by public transit.  Airport pickup and drop-off allows you to maximize the length of your tour and still be back in time for your connecting flight.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$190.53
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$190.53
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Go Singapore All-Inclusive City Pass with 35+ Attractions

Go Singapore All-Inclusive City Pass with 35+ Attractions

Get free entry to over 35 of Singapore's top attractions and tours and save on general admission prices with a Go Singapore All-Inclusive pass. Visit unmissable attractions like the Gardens by the Bay, experience a River Safari, a relaxing Singapore River Cruise, and much more. Choose a 3 or more days pass and you'll get one premium attraction of your choice, including a 1-day admission to Universal Studios, AJ Hackett Giant Swing and Skybridge, or a Historical Singapore Bike Tour. Your Go Singapore pass is fully-digital and can be accessed straight from your mobile device. Simply show your pass at the gate or ticket office to be scanned and you're in! The Go Singapore All-Inclusive pass includes: - Savings of up to 35% compared to gate prices - Access to over 35 attractions and tours - One premium attraction choice on 3 or more day passes - A Hop-on Hop-off Big Bus tour - A Singapore River Cruise - Digital guidebook to help plan your itinerary - Digital pass valid for 2 to 7 days
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  • 2 to 7 days
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$156.51
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$156.51

Private Group Half-Day Singapore Discovery Tour

Private Group Half-Day Singapore Discovery Tour

Singapore offers traditional local folklore, rich colonial history, and spectacular waterfront scenery, but fitting in the best sites and landmarks into one visit can be challenging. On this comprehensive private tour—ideally suited to travelers short on time—spin through the city by air-conditioned minivan with your guide. Discover attractions like the Padang, Raffles’ landing site, and St. Andrew's Cathedral, and admire sweeping city views from Mt. Faber.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$534.42
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$534.42
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Singapore Hop-On Hop-Off Night Tour

Singapore Hop-On Hop-Off Night Tour

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Enjoy Singapore at night aboard an evening hop-on hop-off bus tour. With a guide, make several stops on the bus to experience attractions like Chinatown and the Gardens by the Bay light show. End the tour at Clarke Quay, a dining and entertainment district where you can continue your evening on your own, or finish up at Orchard Road.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$33.71
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$33.71
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A River Rhapsody - Passageways Along Singapore River

A River Rhapsody - Passageways Along Singapore River

Get away from the maddening crowd in the city to enjoy a gentle stroll in the serene and green atmosphere along this waterway. Imagine the sound of running water and chirping birds, amidst a quiet urban scape. During the tour, you will get to know the history of Alexandra Canal, which feeds into the Singapore River, and how it forms part of Singapore's water strategy. Witness urban renewal not only in the canal itself but also its surroundings. As we proceed along the Singapore River, you will see historical landmarks and bridges and hear the not so oft told stories behind them. The gentrification of this part of the city along the Singapore River before the city proper is telling. Tastefully architected luxury condominiums and elegantly restored shop houses repurposed as restaurants and bars dot the river bank. The tour ends at Fort Canning Station, just shy of Clarke Quay. You'll notice the atmosphere is decidedly different!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.82
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