Footsteps of Raffles Tour, Singapore

Why book this tour

  • Hotel pick up and drop off and round trip transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Trace the history of Sir Stamford Raffles – the man who shaped Singapore
  • Visit the world famous Raffles where you can enjoy high tea or a light snack
  • The tour includes a bumboat cruise on the Singapore River
  • Tour is led by an English speaking guide

Tour information

Trace the footsteps of Sir Stamford Raffles, whose dream was to transform Singapore into a vital international port and trading centre for the Far East. The Raffles Landing Site, where Sir Stamford Raffles is believed to have first stepped ashore in 1819, is where it all began. Today, the Raffles Hotel is one of the well-recognised landmarks of Singapore, often called the ‘grand old dame’ of buildings in Singapore, located on Beach Road.

Tired of sightseeing by land? Hop onto a bumboat and cruise along the historic Singapore River. The cruise offers an extravagant contrast between the richly-mellowed old architectures and the striking skyscrapers of modern Singapore. Catch a pewtersmith at work at Clarke Quay and see how the craftsmen create beautiful pewter work.

Activity schedule

Frequency: Daily except Sunday

Duration: 4½ hours

Start time: 2:00pm

Meeting point: Your City hotel only in Singapore. (Hotel Pick-up time is half an hour before tour starting time.)

(Please mention your hotel name and address at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 72 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

Ending point: Tour returns to the original departure point


You will be picked up from your hotel in Singapore and taken in an air-conditioned coach for a sightseeing tour in the footsteps of Raffles. An English-speaking guide will accompany you on this tour.

This tour starts from where it all began – at the Raffles Landing Site, where Sir Stamford Raffles is believed to have first stepped ashore in 1819.

Visit an exhibition that traces the history of the Singapore River.

The next stop is at the world-famous Raffles Hotel, which used to be the watering-hole for the high-society in the 1800s. Here enjoy either an afternoon tea buffet with English/local delicacies or light refreshments.

Afternoon Tea Buffet: Buffet with a whole spread of Western and Local delights.

Cake Tea Set: Piece of Chocolate Banana Cake with a cup of tea or coffee

Note: The Cake in the Cake Set can be changed according to availability of fresh produce or seasonal delights. Afternoon Tea Buffet items are also subject to changes.

Proceed towards the pier from where you will board a bumboat and cruise along the historic Singapore River. Disembark at Clarke Quay, a riverside festival village where you will get to visit the Pewter Gallery to discover the history of pewter and role of tin in the development of Singapore as a trading port. Be entertained by a demonstration on pewter-smithing.

At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Singapore after approximately 4-5 hours.