Explore Singapore's colorful past and exciting present as you tour the city's diverse landmarks. Singapore's name comes from the Sanskrit term Singa Pura, or Lion City, and its intricate heritage is a mix of traditional Chinese, Malay, Hindu and British cultures that established themselves on this tiny island nation. Your orientation of the city begins with a drive through the Colonial Heart of Singapore to the Padang, the island's premier grounds for sporting events and get-togethers. From the Padang see the Cricket Club, Parliament House, Supreme Court and City Hall. Walk along the enchanting Esplanade, lined with futuristic skyscrapers, chic restaurants and boutiques. Make a photo stop at the Merlion statue, the distinctive symbol of Singapore, with a lion's head and body of a fish resting on a crest of waves.
Continuing on the tour will be a photo stop at The Legendry Raffles Hotel.
The next stop is Chinatown, a lively blend of tiny shops, pagodas and street vendors. See the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, located in the heart of Chinatown, the magnificently lavish Sri Mariamman Temple with its profusion of carved deities, colorful frescoes and bell-decked doors. Drive to Mount Faber for a panoramic view of the harbor and Sentosa Island, before stopping at a local handicraft center. The tour continues to the National Orchid Garden located within the beautiful Botanic Gardens, with over 20,000 orchid plants on display. After strolling through the elegantly laid out flowerbeds, return to the ship.
Please note: Shoes must be removed to enter the Sri Miriamman Temple.