Embark on a local tour with your kids and open your eyes to a side of the Lion City you never knew!
What do you do when you’re “locked-in” Singapore, unable to cross the borders? Visit the attractions you’ve already visited? Plan a luxurious vacation and pretend you’re elsewhere? Well, you can do all that but you can also change your perspective and go on a tour around the city!
But what’s there to see, I already know all the nooks-and-crooks of this little red dot! Are you absolutely sure? Keep your mind open and your eyes even more so, you might just discover something even if it’s someplace you’ve already been to!
Here are 5 local tours you can get started with!
1. Gai Gai Tour
Source: One Faber Group
Gai Gai Tour by One Faber Group
Permanent/Sat – Sun only
$20/adult | $15/child | Free for children below 4 years
One Faber Group’s Gai Gai Tour allows you to get acquainted with Mount Faber and its heritage. As you take a walk alongside the Mural Wall, take a look back at Singapore’s development over the years, from being a fishing village to an economic powerhouse today. Visit the Mini Merlion and learn about the mythical icon, and; stand at the peak of Faber Point and drink in the panoramic view of the island.
Not only will you be able to ride on the Cable Car, but you will also be able to gain an insight into the operation of the Cable Car system. Additionally, your ticket also enables you to enjoy 10% off your bill when you dine at the Arbora Restaurant or shop at the Singapore Cable Car Gift Shop.
The 2-hour English guided tour departs every Saturday and Sunday at 10 am and 2 pm.
2. Enchantment of Marina Bay Tour
Enchantment of Marina Bay Tour by City Scoot
Located in the heart of the city, City Scoot does not just provide bicycle rentals but also bicycle tours. If you’re feeling touristy or want to delve deeper than just appreciating the scenic views, check out the Enchantment of Marina Bay Tour. You will get to learn about Singapore’s colorful history and ride past attractions like the Singapore Flyer, National Stadium and Gardens by the Bay with pit-stops for photo opportunities.
The 17 km route, which will take about 2.5 hours will be slow-paced on flat ground, hence, suitable for all ages. If you’re bringing along little tots who might not be able to cover the distance or are not yet ready for the two-wheels, you can have a child seat fitted at the back of your bicycle instead. All you have to do if inform the group when you place your booking.
At least a one-day advance booking is required for the tour. They depart daily in the morning from 10 am to 12.30 pm and in the afternoon from 4.30 pm to 7 pm.
3. Lights, Camera, Action Tour
Source: Let’s Go Tour
Lights, Camera, Action Tour by Let’s Go Tour
$200 for 2 – 3 pax | $250 for 4 – 5 pax
Let’s Go Tour has launched a series of walking tours for those who feel stuck in Singapore during this COVID-19 pandemic to discover (or rediscover) the different sides of Singapore. The tours cover content from MOE textbook and so, are suitable for little ones as well.
In addition to the Lights, Camera, Action Tour where you can learn about the film industry and even produce your very own short video, there is also the Kampong Experience which allows little ones to experience the bygone days of the kampong-era, and; Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice where you’ll learn to identify the native and regional spices, herbs and plants, among other tours.
4. Dual Farm Tour
Source: Origin Journeys
Dual Farm Tour by Origin Journeys
Till 31 Dec 2020/Sat – Sun only
Origin Journeys has a line-up of fascinating local experiences, including a Dual Farm Tour. The morning tour will bring you to two farms – Bollywood Veggies and Hay Dairies – where you can experience a fresh side of the island and learn about the caring process of goats. It’s like a little getaway from the bustling city without actually crossing the borders.
Spaces are limited and can get filled up really fast, so, if you’re interested, be sure to snag yourselves a spot stat.
5. Escape Adventure Trails
Escape Adventure Trails by Island Wanderer
Till 31 Dec 2020
Free | $15 | $20
Island Wanderer’s Escape Adventure Trails, a creation born from the combination of escape room-style puzzles and The Amazing Race-style use of iconic landmarks in Singapore, is more of a game than a tour. But you will be touring from place to place, uncovering the land’s stories as you go.
If you wish there was a bit more of a challenge to your touring trip, book yourself an adventure trail – Tradesmen, Promenade, Finding a Founder, or Hidden Gems Trail. You will be given a mission to solve and a chatbox to provide you with clues, guiding you from landmark to landmark.