There is much to see and do in the island city-state of Singapore. From admiring natural wonders at the Singapore Botanical Gardens to getting up close with animals at the Singapore Zoo, window shopping along Orchard Road, and dining at the famed hawker centers—open-air food markets serving signature street food—Singapore is a bustling metropolis that offers something for everyone. Experience the best of Singapore with this five-day itinerary.

Highlights

  • Take a street food tour in Singapore's famous hawker centers
  • Visit the Singapore Botanical Gardens and Singapore Zoo
  • Explore Gardens by the Bay, a stunning mall with a 420-foot aerial walkway

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Singapore Singapore
Day 2 Singapore Food Tour Singapore
Day 3 Singapore Garden City Tour Singapore
Day 4 Explore Gardens by The Bay Singapore
Day 5 Farewell from Singapore  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Singapore

Singapore shines bright at night | Singapore Flyer
Singapore shines bright at night (photo courtesy of Singapore Flyer)

Upon arrival at Singapore Changi Airport, your private tour guide will warmly greet you at the airport and then transfer to your hotel. Before you meet your driver, consider taking a ride on The Slide @ T3 on Level 1 of the Arrivals Hall. Standing four stories tall, the high speed slide is a thrill for travelers of all ages.  After you check in to the hotel, the remainder of the day is yours to explore Singapore.

Day 2: Singapore Food Tour

Enjoy local delicacies at one of Singapore's hawker centres
Enjoy local delicacies at one of Singapore's hawker centers

Get ready for a total immersion into Singapore's neighborhoods and its gastronomy scene. Serving a true melting pot of flavors and foods, Singapore's cultural diversity is reflected in its range of local cuisine, including Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Peranakan influences.

You will be taken to the bustling Geylang Market located in the heart of the Malaysian community to sample delicious Malay and Indian cuisine. From stands to stalls, savor traditional Singaporean dishes, such as roti prata (Indian flatbread) and thosai (dosa) with a glass of teh tarik (a hot milk drink). If you're lucky, you will see some of the popiah (spring rolls) masters stand on hot grates spinning dumplings in the air to make fresh spring rolls.

Day 3: Singapore Garden City Tour

Singapore Botanical Garden is the only tropical garden to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Singapore Botanical Garden is the only tropical garden to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Start your tour through the cultural districts of Singapore by admiring the Historical Parliament and the National Art Gallery before continuing to the Singapore River where you will visit the Merlion, a sculpture of a mythical creature that has become one of Singapore's most popular attractions.

Your itinerary continues through Singapore's Chinatown district to discover the rich heritage of the area. Here, you will have the chance to explore one of the oldest and most picturesque Hindu temples in the city.

Next, you will stroll the 161-year-old Singapore Botanical Gardens and its National Orchid Garden where you can admire the wide and colorful variety of orchids. Your final stop is Little India, where you can observe a skillful demonstration of teh tarik at a Sarabat stand before returning to your hotel for the night.

Day 4: Explore Gardens by the Bay

The walkway of Gardens by the Bay affords panoramic views of the skyline and surrounding Marina Bay area | Gardens by the Bay
Panoramic views of the skyline and surrounding Marina Bay (photo courtesy of Gardens by the Bay)

Set off on a discovery of the Gardens by the Bay, a stunning mall that includes a 420-foot aerial steel walkway suspended 72 feet above ground from two “supertrees” that form part of a vertical garden of a dozen “trees.” Here, you will visit the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest.

The Flower Dome is a chilled conservatory reproducing the cool climate of Mediterranean regions, such as South Africa, California, Spain, and Italy. You will find unique plants, such as baobabs, the ghost tree of Madagascar, and a 1000-year-old olive tree. The Cloud Forest impresses with a 115-foot (35 m) indoor waterfall, the highest indoor waterfall in the world, which is situated amid lush vegetation and tropical epiphytes. Stroll the Cloud and the Tree Top Walk for an aerial view of the canopy and take the time to marvel and stroll through the outdoor theme gardens, a unique place full of surprises.

Day 5: Farewell from Singapore

The golden lion tamarin is one of many inhabitants at the Singapore Zoo
The golden lion tamarin is one of many inhabitants at the Singapore Zoo

In the morning, have a lovely breakfast at your hotel before taking a trip to the Singapore Zoo, which has natural features like streams and rock wall . Wildlife Reserves, which manages the zoo, is an NGO that works to conserve species, such as orangutans. You can also observe some 300 other species of mammals, birds, and reptiles on foot or via a tram. Look out for the adorable cotton-top tamarins as you enter the Singapore Zoo.

In the evening, a driver will take you back to Singapore Changi Airport, which is a destination in itself. From playgrounds to a fiber-optic and LED Enchanted Garden and a rooftop Sunflower Garden to a movie theater, Butterfly Garden, and a rooftop swimming pool, there is much to see and do before liftoff.

Map

Map of Highlights of Singapore - 5 Days
Map of Highlights of Singapore - 5 Days