Opulent Journeys

Singapore Gardens Tour

17 March - 23 March 2019

From (AUD)

$3,350

7 DAY

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1300 219 885 (AU)

0800 456 219 (NZ)

Overview

Join Kim Woods Rabbidge 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. This ‘City in a Garden’ showcases the most innovative contemporary practices in the futuristic Gardens by the Bay. Giant tree-like towers generate solar power used for garden maintenance and the spectacular evening light show. Marvel at vast displays of exquisite orchids; and explore lush trails connecting Singaporeans’ loved natural parks and urban precincts. Foodies and collectors will love the buzz of markets. Take a reflective moment at historic sites important to Australia. Retreat to your 5✮ Hotel at day’s end.

 
Dates & Prices

Tour Prices (per person)          

                               

Twin share                               $3,350
Single room  $4,385

 *Tour price is Land Only. International flights to Singapore are not included.

About your tour leader - Kim Woods Rabbidge

Kim Woods Rabbidge, behind the popular ‘Our Australian Gardens’ Instagram and blog ouraustraliangardens.com, is an award winning garden writer and photographer, and researcher and scriptwriter for OAG’s DVDs. Her articles and photographs appear in several garden books, and national publications including Gardening Australia, House & Garden, and RM Williams Outback magazine. From 2005-2009 Kim was Qld Coordinator and National Newsletter editor for Open Gardens Australia. Kim is the President of the Horticultural Media Association Queensland.
 

What's Included
Inclusions:
  • 6 nights accommodation in 5-star hotel
  • Daily breakfast, 2 dinners and 1 high tea at Raffles Hotel
  • Air-conditioned coach throughout the tour
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary 
Not included: 
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities to guide & driver
  • Personal expenses and anything not mentioned above

 

To enquire or book this tour, please contact

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

Please Click Here to download the tour details.

Fitness level - Moderate

Itinerary
Our tour commences from the hotel. A brief orientation once you’ve settled into your hotel. Welcome dinner tonight.
(Meals: D)
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 also look at the extraordinary ‘orchid story’ at the National Orchid Garden. Since 1928 the garden has been developing orchid hybrids, which has led to a nationally important industry. We will look at the growing process of one of the world’s great collections. Then we will visit HortPark, a 9-hectare site used as an education facility for Singapore gardeners. It is popular with gardening enthusiasts, families, and community groups who yearn for a tranquil environment in which to relax, and is frequently visited by visitors who enjoy taking nature walks along the Southern Ridges. This evening feel free to 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)
We’ll enjoy a short 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. Then we head to the popular Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park . Under the PUB’s Active, Beautiful and Clean Waters (ABC) Programme, the old concrete canal has been de-concretised and naturalised into a beautiful 3 km meandering river with lush banks of wildflowers. This is followed by a visit to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Singapore’s second ASEAN Heritage Park. Together with Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, it is part of the regional network of 30 protected areas, forming the complete spectrum of representative ecosystems in ASEAN. 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.
(Meals: B)
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, opened 4 years ago, 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)
Visit Singapore’s award-winning wildlife park to see animals roaming freely in natural habitats. White tigers, pygmy hippos, and even naked mole rats - get up close with the wildlife in the appealing Singapore Zoo. 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. Then we visit the Chinese Garden. Designed by Taiwanese architect Prof. Yuen-chen Yu and built in 1975, the space is modelled after the northern Chinese imperial style of architecture and landscaping, particularly during the Sung dynasty period. Set in the rustic environment of the Northwest Kranji countryside, our visit to Bollywood Veggies is a step back to Singapore's lush history. Rejuvenate your senses over the High Tea at Raffles Hotel. The Raffles Hotel in Singapore has been serving high tea for more than one hundred years.
(Meals: B)
This morning, we will have another opportunity to visit Gardens by the Bay. Before heading back to 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. Afternoon is at your leisure. Enjoy farewell dinner tonight.
(Meals: B, D)
Tour arrangements finish after breakfast. Make your own way to airport for your departure.
(Meals: B)

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