Singapore Group History & Culture Tour:River Cruise, Hawker Dinner & Tea Tasting

Singapore, Singapore

From USD 119.12

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Free cancellation
Up to 7 days in advance.
  • 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


If you love history, discover Singapore’s colorful past as you travel through its glistening present on this fascinating small-group night tour. Tour colonial buildings, ride a bumboat down the Singapore River, soak up sunset views of Marina Bay, and explore a typical Singaporean housing complex. Finally, savor chicken rice at a hawker court and retreat to a beautiful tea house for a traditional tea tasting experience.
  • Explore Singapore by night with a guide in a small group
  • Savor a chicken rice dinner in an authentic hawker court
  • Ride a traditional bumboat down the Singapore River

What's Included

  • Dinner (Chicken Rice)
  • Traditional tea tasting experience with take home souvenir
  • Professional guide
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Sugar cane juice
  • Prices listed do not include the costs of transport to get to and from the start and end points of the tour. They do include the costs of public transport used during the tours.

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • City Hall
    150 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 179100

    Your tour starts from outside Exit B of City Hall MRT Station. Your guide will be waiting for you at street level. Please fully exit the MTR Station, do not wait inside. If you are arriving by taxi Exit B is located on North Bridge Road. Ask for St Andrews Cathedral, North Bridge Road.

Start time

03:30 pm

End point

  • Tea Chapter Trading Pte Ltd
    9 Neil Rd, Singapore 088808

    Your tour will finish in Chinatown. Your guide will provide you with directions on how to get back to your hotel.

What To Expect

Hello Singapore

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

St Andrew's Cathedral

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Former City Hall

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

National Gallery Singapore

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Clarke Quay

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

River Cruise

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Merlion Park

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Esplanade Park

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Marina Bay

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

The Fullerton Waterboat House

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

The Pinnacle @ Duxton

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Maxwell Food Centre

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Tea Chapter

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • You must be fit and be able to walk 9km to join this tour. We do walk at a slow casual pace but if you tire easily a group tour will not be suitable for you. Instead book a private version of the tour so that we can cut down walking by taking the occasional taxi ride.
  • If you are a vegetarian we promise to get you something to eat at the Hawker Centre but we can not guarantee what will be available, it might be quite basic (like rice and veg)
  • If the rooftop of The Pinnacle is closed due to bad weather we will take you to a different HDB building.
  • Small group tour - minimum numbers apply.
  • Cancelation policy applies
  • 100% refunds are given if you cancel 7 or more days before your tour.
  • 50% of the fee is payable if you cancel your tour 5 or 6 days before your tour.
  • There are no refunds if you cancel your tour less than 5 days (119 hours) before the start of your tour.
  • There are no refunds if you do not turn up for the tour.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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52 reviews
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Reviews by Viator travellers.
Showing 1-5 of 52 reviews
We had a great guide. Very knowledgeable. One of the best tours we have taken.
Nora_E, May 2023
It will take a few days for me to unpack what was the most memorable part. This was a rich, enjoyable tour. I loved the tea service because we were in a small area and could ask questions comfortably. I am hearing impaired, so the close proximity was important to me. I was very impressed that our guide could pour the tea with the same expertise as our host! I also loved visiting the rooftop of the subsidized apartment building and hearing about how it was built. Even more than the gorgeous views, I enjoyed seeing that it was a community and not just stacked homes - people were playing badminton, there was an art studio. Everyone was smiling! The river cruise, was short but sweet. With our guides narration, it was easy to envision the ships sailing in with cargo from around the world. My chicken and rice was delicious! The atmosphere made me smile. Again, everyone was enjoying each other.
Good overview
Liane_O, Feb 2023
Be prepared to walk more than 5 miles. You’ll see a lot, but your feet won’t thank you in the morning
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Thank you for the 5 star review! We are happy you survived the 5 miles walk. See you next time :D
Seared in my memories
William_L, Feb 2023
My last night of Singapore I had the pleasure of spending the late afternoon and evening with Gene and three wonderful ladies. I don’t want to spoil the tour by giving granular details about the tour, but Gene took us to a number of spots throughout the Singapore and every spot was unique and has so much deep rooted history. I thought Gene was articulate and did to rush us. He was extremely accommodating to my shrimp allergy and went the extra mile to keep me from having reactions when purchasing food in the hawker center. It was a night that I remember forever and hope to come back soon to book another tour from Gene and Hello tours!
Response from Host, Feb 2023
TOUR GUIDE Gene says thank you for the lovely review! until next time
Great History and Culture Tour!
Mary_R, Jan 2023
My daughter Ricci and I had a great time with Bibi our guide for the Singapore History and Culture Tour! We started off at the St. Andrew’s Cathedral which is under renovation, then proceeded to the National Gallery of Singapore. We took nice photos at the rooftop of National Gallery. In the Supreme Court old holding cells we had a good laugh about the squatting toilets and the “Alcatraz feels”. We passed by the old Parliament House and walked down to the Raffles landing place and statue. The enjoyable Bumboat River Ride Tour was next. The cool breeze refreshed us. We then took a bus to Chinatown and the HDB housing called The Pinnacle where we once again took nice photos on the 50th floor. We had snacks in a pastry shop with Durian as the main ingredient for everything. The “Stinky” Roll and Bomb were so yummy! We moved by foot again to the Maxwell Food Centre where we tried the local Chicken Rice and drank Sugar Cane Juice with Lemon. Perfect Dinner! Our last stop was the Tea Chapter where a “tea master” taught us the tea ceremony or tea appreciation. The Oolong tea tasted great paired with the tea-infused cookies! We really had a wonderful time! Thank you Bibi!
Response from Host, Feb 2023
OUR GUIDE Bibi says thank you for the lovely review! until next time
Awesome Singapore!
Anita_W, Oct 2018
I was looking forward to the historical aspect of this tour and was not disappointed. Our guide Gee Soo was very friendly and knowledgeable and he made the tour a great experience. Highly recommended!

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