Opulent Journeys

Singapore Garden Tour

18 July - 24 July 2020

From (AUD)

$3,865

7 DAY

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1300 219 885 (AU)

0800 456 219 (NZ)

Tour Highlights
Join us in cosmopolitan Singapore to celebrate the tropics. A place where heritage, plus new, internationally acclaimed gardens are revered. Few countries in the 21st Century have put so many resources into gardens, generating opportunities and prosperity for residents, and horticultural extravaganzas for visitors from near and far.
 

Dates & Prices

Tour Prices                                    

                               

Per person, twin share                               $3,865
Single room supplement $995

 *Tour price is Land Only

About your tour leader - Kirsty Noble
Kirsty Noble is a horticulturalist who has turned a passion for gardens and travels into a lifelong journey. For over a decade Kirsty has lived abroad, first in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she started a small company offering city walking tours and then later in New Jersey in the United States where she established Noble Garden Tours. During her time in New Jersey, Kirsty took her guests on over 70 tours visiting gardens in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and in Charleston, South Carolina. Her passion for international gardens has seen her visit gardens in Argentina, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Thailand and the UK and has led tours to Paris and Provence, Wales and the Cotswolds, Scotland, and Sicily. Kirsty has run tours for local garden clubs, conservation groups and most recently, initiated a tour program for members of Rutgers Garden, the official botanic garden for Rutgers University in NJ. Kirsty has previously led a USA garden tour for the Friends.
 
What's Included

Inclusions: 

  • 6 nights accommodation in 5-star hotel   
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners & 1 high tea
  • Air-conditioned coach throughout the tour
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary

Not included: 

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses and anything not mentioned above
 
To enquire or book this tour, please contact

Phone: 1300 219 885            Email: enquiries@opulentjourneys.com.au

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As all our tours are bespoke, we aim to provide a seamless, individual service to you. We are aware you may have many questions about the tour and are very happy to assist, so please contact us directly.

Fitness - Moderate

Tour participants will need to carry their own luggage, board a bus unaided, and navigate uneven surfaces including stairs. On occasions you may need to walk up to 1 kilometres over a day. 

 

Itinerary
Our tour commences from the hotel. A brief orientation once you’ve settled into your hotel. Welcome dinner tonight.
(Meals: D)
We’ll enjoy an early morning visit to Fort Canning Park, an iconic hilltop landmark that has witnessed many of Singapore’s historical milestones. This historic place was once home to Malay royalty and it’s where the British decided to surrender to the invading Japanese during WW II. Afterwards we’ll explore Serangoon Road, Little India’s central strip that boasts a plethora of jewellery shops, traditional Indian tailors, everything-must-go fashion outlets, fresh fruit and veg stalls, Chinese liquor stores, beauty salons, and of course, row upon row of delicious curry houses. This evening soak in the beautiful experience of music and patterns of dancing light in Garden Rhapsody at Gardens by the Bay. Watch the iconic, towering Supertrees transform as the visual sensory extravaganza brings a touch of magic.  
(Meals: B)
After breakfast we visit the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage-listed Singapore Botanic Gardens. With a rich history, it is home to an array of botanical attractions and a plant collection highly regarded around the world. We’ll be guided by Director Dr Nigel Taylor who will explain the story of Singapore’s National Orchid Garden. Since 1928 the garden has been hybridising orchids, which has led to a significant national industry. We will look at the growing process of one of the world’s great collections. A treat this afternoon when we take High Tea at Fullerton Hotel.      
(Meals: B)
Today we visit the beautifully designed Kranji War Memorial that honours the men and women who died in the line of duty during World War II. Maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the gardens are in keeping with the guidelines set out by Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. Next, we head further into the countryside, for a tour and lunch at Bollywood Veggies and step back to Singapore's lush history. After lunch visit Singapore Zoo an award-winning wildlife park to see animals roaming freely in natural habitats. Set in 26-hectares, it is home to over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles, and has been providing exciting wildlife experiences to visitors for over 40 years.
(Meals: B, L)
Today’s destination, Gardens by the Bay, offers breath-taking waterfront views. The multi-award winning horticultural destination spans 101 hectares of reclaimed land. This extraordinary project, is a complex of outdoor gardens and glasshouses on a massive scale. Advised by the Eden Project in the UK, it covers both tropical and temperate to cool climate specialist gardens.
(Meals: B)
We visit HortPark, a 9-hectare site used as a valuable education facility for Singapore gardeners. It has a range of specialised gardens, sales facilities, and educational tours.  Facilities like this reflect Singapore’s priority on horticulture.  Our next stop is Khoo Teck Puat Hospital Rooftop Garden. KTPH was designed for patient’s wellbeing using biophilic principles. Greenery covers four times the footprint of the hospital buildings. Since opening eight years ago the community-at-large has been engaged, and nearby residents also enjoy the hospital’s public spaces which is encouraged by KTPH. Programs such as line dancing, tai chi and Zumba are regular occurrences, and volunteers (mostly retirees) tend the rooftop gardens alongside staff. Some produce finds its way to the hospital kitchens, and the rest is sold to help with costs. Before heading back to the hotel, we will walk through Marina One, ‘an international role model for living and working' by Ingenhoven Architects, landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson and her team. The high-density building complex with its mix of uses extends to over 400,000 square meters and, with its group of four high-rise buildings, defines the "Green Heart" - a public space extending over several stories. We’ll see their recent extensive refurbishment. Our Peranakan-style farewell dinner is at the National Kitchen by Violet Oon at the National Gallery.
(Meals: B, D)
Tour arrangements finish after breakfast. Make your own way to airport for your departure.
(Meals: B)

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