Private tour

Singapore: City Origins & History Private Walking Tour

Activity provider: Monster Day Tours
Private tour

Singapore: City Origins & History Private Walking Tour

Activity provider: Monster Day Tours

From US$ 162.25 per person

Discover the fascinating origins of Singapore on a guided walking tour of the city. Learn about this inspiring and resilient city and retrace its history from colonized fishing village to an independent and vibrant international hub bursting with culture.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
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  • Visit a number of Singapore's most historically significant locations
  • Listen to the city's transformation from a fishing village to a metropolitan city
  • Learn about Singapore's multi-cultural society, heritage, and culture
  • Capture the best photos and videos at scenic spots around the city
  • Discover lesser-known areas off-the-beaten-track
Full description
Retrace the history of Singapore in the company of an expert guide and learn about the origins of the Lion City from its humble beginnings. Meet your guide at Raffles Place MRT Station or, your referred pick-up location 30 minutes before start time (when pick-up & drop-off option is selected). Then, set out on a walk along the Singapore River to discover how the city developed from a small fishing village to a busy trading port of the British Empire. Learn about how the city’s history is tied to the importance of the river, and how it was once lined with fishing boats and spice sellers. Continue the tour onto Fullerton Hotel, the city's newly minted National Monument, and admire the grand architecture of the building. Next, wander through the Civic District, bursting with historical, architectural, and cultural heritage, and where modern Singapore was born. Visit the National Gallery, the city’s newest and largest museum of Singapore and Southeast Asian art and afterwards stroll along the Marina Bay Esplanade before finally visiting the mythical Merlion, the city’s national icon.
  • English-speaking local guide
  • All taxes, fees, and handling charges
  • Personal expenses
  • Guide tipping
  • Hotel Transfer
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meeting Point: Raffles Place MRT Station - Exit A (Street Level) Please look out for your guide dressed in the purple Monster Day Tours shirt.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Umbrella
  • Water
  • Rain gear
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not suitable for guests who require walking assistance
  • Child's price is for guests aged 3 to 12
  • Guests are advised to be punctual
  • Tour operates rain or shine
  • Please bring along a poncho/umbrella
  • Please bring water
  • Dress code is casual with comfortable footwear.
  • Moderate amount of walking is required, including outdoors
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 19 reviews

Review summary

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Our guide (her name was Fun) was, a whole lot of fun. But very knowledgeable about Singapore too. We sampled some Singaporean Hawker food. Yum. Visited a sky garden in a recently constructed city tower building. Went to a Buddhist temple, and plenty more sites. You got the impression that our guide was thinking about what we might be interested in, and tailored the conversation to suit. We now know much more about Singaporean history, but it was light and engaging. It was a small group on the tour and very personalised. We recommend the tour and our guide. A really enjoyable way to spend an afternoon in Singas. Actually, we looked at the clock and realised that we’d gone over the 3 hour mark by another 30 minutes. So we must have been enjoying ourselves! Thank you Fun (our guide)

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October 21, 2022

It is a great tour! You get to learn a lot about Singapore and see some “hidden gems” of Singapore as well. I would recommend to anyone who is looking to learn more about the country. We had plenty of time to take pictures, ask questions, and look around - not always a given on tours, but this tour was perfect.

February 1, 2020

That was just perfect !! My guide was Simon and I was fortunate that I was alone, so it was almost a private tour. He was really nice, I understood him very well in spite of my not perfect english skills and you just saw that he does that very often and involves you and and and ... he could answer anything else you wanted to know. He gave me tips on where to eat and explained and showed with typical food. So as I said, just great !!

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November 28, 2019

Product ID: 295505