Private Tour: World War II Introduction on Singapore

Singapore, Singapore
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From USD 371.27

per group (up to 3)

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 6 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


History buffs can enjoy spending 6 hours touring Singapore's significant World War II historical sites. On this private tour, you'll learn about the country's role in WWII, stopping at various museums and monuments, where local guided tours are available (admission at own expense). Hotel pickup and drop-off in a private vehicle included.
  • 6-hour World War II-focused tour of Singapore
  • Private tour for just you and your party
  • Visit important sites, museums, and monuments that showcase the theater of war
  • Pickup and drop-off in a private vehicle
  • Personalized attention and a flexible itinerary

What's Included

  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Private driver
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Museum admission

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

10:00 am

Pickup details

We offer pick-up & drop-off from any addresses in hotel.

What To Expect

Suggested pickup time for your day tour is 8:30am, but as the tour is private, the schedule is flexible. You'll meet your private guide and driver at your Singapore hotel and climb into a private vehicle bound for the important historical sites surrounding Singapore's World War II involvement. 

See the surrender chambers at the Old Ford Factory museum; discover the last line of British Defense at Fort Canning Hill; and visit the Changi Museum to learn about the life of a POW during Japanese occupation (admission tickets are your own expense). Discover what the Battle of Singapore (also called the Fall of Singapore) entailed at the Kranji War Memorial and the Sungei Gedong nature reserves, where the Japanese invaded by bicycle and on foot. Visit the sites where the fiercest battles were fought between the Allies and Japanese forces during the invasion of the British stronghold.

This private tour ensures personalized attention from your dedicated guide and a flexible itinerary. End your tour with drop-off back at your accommodations.

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Kranji War Memorial

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and Its Legacies

1 hour 15 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Changi Beach

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Johore Battery

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Seletar Country Club (Pass By)


30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Former Ford Factory

1 hour Admission Ticket Not Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • The duration of transfers are approximate; the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travellers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.


      22 reviews
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      Ace Ong - Great tour guide with passion!
      Rachel_T, Feb 2022
      Ace Ong has provided a very comprehensive private tour of the World War II Introduction on Singapore during the 4 to 5 hours day tour. It was unfortunate that we could not cover the whole tour (last bit of it) due to a heavy downpour. However, I appreciate all the details and information shared by Ace Ong with regards to my questions on the world war II in Singapore even after the tour had ended. He is indeed a very knowledgeable guide and I will highly recommend him to anyone who is keen in learning more about the history of Singapore.
      This was a fabulous experience and...
      Tracey_S, Aug 2018
      This was a fabulous experience and well worth it! Our tour guide, Ace, showed us around the island, explaining its history and was able to personalise it so that we visited key areas and addresses linked to our family's history. We learnt so much about not only WW2 but also modern day Singapore so thumbs up for Ace and Right tours. However, thumbs down for Viator. I sent them 5 emails asking for confirmation of the tour as I didn't recieve anything and kept being told that the tour was inorder. I did ring Right tours as soon as I reached Singapore and later discovered that there had been a computer error and it was only as a result of my call that they traced the booking. So definitely do this tour if you have any interest in Singapores history but DO make sure you receive a confirmation from the tour operator in Singapore. This could have been a very different review had I not kept checking and actually phoned as soon as I got to SG.
      Ace did the best tour of the sites...
      Peter D, Apr 2018
      Ace did the best tour of the sites where the Japanese came into Singapore. Very informative and really enjoyed my self in learning much more than I knew about the fall of Singapore.Thank you Ace for a great tour.
      Great tour- lots of information and...
      Patricia S, Jan 2018
      Great tour- lots of information and presented so well. Certainly improved our knowledge and understanding of the events leading up to the fall of Singapore. Our guide Ace was exceptional Recommend this tour
      Excellent tour by a very accomplished...
      Walter E, Dec 2017
      Excellent tour by a very accomplished and knowledgeable guide
      This is a terrific tour which was...
      gavinmilne225, Oct 2017
      This is a terrific tour which was also in part an adventure and exploration. I won't go any further on this. I want to thank Ace my tour guide for a great day out and I will continue where we left off in the near future
      Very limited information from our...
      Avelina R, Oct 2017
      Very limited information from our tour guide, he was more of waiting questions to answer instead of providing more information
      We had an excellent days tour of the...
      Virginia T, Oct 2017
      We had an excellent days tour of the Singapore WW2 battlefields and it added much more context to our existing knowledge of the era and place - and it was fthe 50th anniversary of our very first visit to Singapore - what an amazing change! We had family reasons for the tour and therefore brought some of our own documentation. We were very impressed by the way the Ace customised our tour with the documentation while we looked round the Changi Museum - we then spent a very effective 8 hours covering the areas of our particular interest of the Singapore battlefield. The administration was immaculate as was very well informed discussion with Ace on facets of the history of old and modern Singapore much of which we had not fully appreciated. The tour was a hightlight of our Singapore visit and a must to help with the understanding of the past and present Singapore. Many thanks Ace and Ralphina.
      Ace was an excellent tour guide. We...
      Cheryl_T, Sept 2017
      Ace was an excellent tour guide. We appreciated his enthusiasm, his flexibility and his knowledge.We also appreciated his patience!! Being highly interactive travellers, there was a lot of discussion! I wouldn't hesitate in highly recommending him. By the end of the tour we had a comprehensive overview of the attack on Singapore and life in Singapore during the occupation. We learned a large number facts that we had not known previously - particularly about Operation Matador and the role in played in the war in South East Asia. The only thing I would change would be to visit the museum at the Old Ford Factory before the visit to the Changi Prison museum. The guided tour we received at the Old Ford Factory consolidated what we had learned from Ace, whereas we didn't really have enough info at our fingertips when we visited the Changi museum. All in all, Ace's tour is an absolute must. Definitely the highlight of our visit to Singapore.
      'Ace' delivered a well planned day...
      Leanne C, June 2017
      'Ace' delivered a well planned day that showcased the important WWII sites. He was well informed and answered many questions with ease. 'Ace' was ace.
      Ace was a really good tour guide...
      xpcdoojk, May 2017
      Ace was a really good tour guide, and we greatly enjoyed the long tour. The only suggestion that could make the tour better would be if it included lunch at a local restaurant. We literally drove around the entire island, and visited so many sights that we could never have done this on our own. A fascinating view of history of Singapore.
      Easy to book and punctual pick-up...
      Peter W, May 2017
      Easy to book and punctual pick-up. Nice aircon vehicle with complementary water. Friendly driver and knowledgeable guide who was passionate about the subject. He was always interested in new information and i was able to tell him that my Father was on HMS Rotherham when it sailed into the naval dockyard to take the surrender of 34,000 Japanese personel. The western gate of the old naval dockyard is called Rotherham Gate and 1 pillar still remains. If you are interested in the history of Singapore or had relatives who were there then this tour is for you as it can be adapted to your wishes. Excellent!
      This was the highlight of our...
      Liliana_M, May 2017
      This was the highlight of our seven-day trip to Singapore. Ace is a knowledgable and engaging guide with a passion for military history who caters the tour to your interests. We visited Changi Museum, Kranji War Cemetery and the Ford Factory as well as a number of other spots where significant events occurred. We were picked up from our hotel in a clean and comfortable car as there was just the two of us. The only thing I'd recommend is to bring some snacks as there's no stopping for lunch but Ace provides water. It was a very special way to commemorate Anzac Day.
      The tour was very enjoyable. Ace...
      John G, Feb 2017
      The tour was very enjoyable. Ace the tour guide went out of his way to research and locate some WW2 significant places that I wanted to see, which aren't on a normal tour. We spent time on the northern side of the island visiting Japanese landing sites, Australian defensive positions and the causeway. We could see the Sultan of Johores palace in southern Malaysia which was used as the Japanese command post during the Singapore invasion. The Bukit Chandu museum was particularly moving. There are many different historical WW2 places in Singapore so for history buffs or descendants of veterans who want a personalised tour this one is highly recommended.
      This was an excellent tour...
      WilnoraKennels_W, Jan 2017
      This was an excellent tour. Knowledgable pleasant tour guide and driver. Huge knowlegde. Informative and thorough. Really enjoyed the stops some unfortunately werent open but will return to finalze the tour. Given plenty of time at the museum cemetary and stops never pushed. Definately a must. Thankyou
      this was well worth the money gave...
      Geoffrey O, Dec 2016
      this was well worth the money gave me an insight into things I had not already known.the one on one tour is for everyone.we were able to go to many of the places that you have read about now I can put an imagine to the name.thanks Ace it was a great tour
      If you are interested in history as...
      Marsha V, Dec 2016
      If you are interested in history as well as other informative information about Singapore, you can't go wrong with this tour. Our tour guide, Ace, was extremely knowledgeable and personable. He took the time to explain everything and answer all questions we had. Great value and a nice day.

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