Singapore History & Culture Tour: River Cruise, Hawker Dinner & Tea Tasting
51 Ratings
Embark on a captivating journey through Singapore's history and culture. Cruise down the river, indulge in a Hawker dinner, and savor a traditional tea-tasting experience.
Duration: 4 hours, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 6 days learn more
  • Hello Singapore - This private tour of Singapore is just for you and your friends/family. No one else will join your tour. You can bring a maximum of 12 people on your tour. Private history and culture tours can be booked any day of the week and can start any time between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm Sunday to Thursday and any time from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Tours last 4.5 hours and finish in Chinatown.
What's Included
  • Traditional tea tasting experience with take home souvenir
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges included
  • Exclusive private tour for your group
  • Experienced professional guide
  • Refreshing Sugar cane juice
  • Local favorite Dinner (Chicken Rice)
What's Not Included
  • Prices do not include the costs of transport to get to the start and from end points of the tour.
  • The extra half an hour for hotel pick-up to take you to the start point of the Singapore night tour.
Additional Information

Embark with us on a temporal voyage through Singapore’s history until today. Relish a meal at a Hawker Centre followed by a tea ritual.

Your adventure kicks off with the establishment of modern Singapore by Sir Stamford Raffles. Explore historic colonial architecture to understand the lives of the first settlers who arrived in Singapore.

Navigate the river on a traditional bumboat sailing towards the present day. Explore Merlion Park and bask in the amber glow of the sunset over Marina Bay, while discovering the colossal construction project that shaped it.

Delve into the political transformation spearheaded by Mr Lee Kuan Yew and uncover how Singapore transitioned from third-world status to a first-world nation in a single generation.

Savour Singapore’s emblematic dish; Chicken Rice at a Hawker Centre in Chinatown. Your guide will instruct you on the etiquette of Hawker Centres and will recommend other irresistible Singaporean dishes.

Post dinner, unwind at an exquisite teahouse for a traditional tea-tasting session. Sample the Imperial tea served to Queen Elizabeth II in the same teahouse.

  • You must be physically fit and be able to walk 9km to join this tour. We do walk at a slow casual pace but if you tire easily we will suggest to make use of the occasional taxi ride to cut down the walking. In this case taxi costs would be payable by yourself.
  • 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 tea house is closed for any reason we will include a larger dinner section.
  • If the rooftop of The Pinnacle is closed due to bad weather we will take you to a different HDB building.
  • Cancellation Policy: If you cancel more than one week (more than 168 hours) in advance we will give you a full refund (excluding the booking service fee). If you cancel between 7 days and 2 days (between 167 and 48 hours before) we will give you a 50% refund (excluding any service charge). No refund under 48 hours cancellation.
City Hall
North Bridge Road
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.
Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 6 day(s) before the scheduled departure time, you will receive a full refund.
If you cancel between 2 and 6 day(s) before the scheduled departure time, you will receive a 50% refund.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, you will receive a 0% refund.

Customer Ratings
(51 Ratings)
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Jun 4, 2024
Excellent tour - We had a great time with Richard, our tour guide. He went above and beyond to make sure that we know about Singaporean culture and history. He offered to take pictures for us throughout the tour and gave advices about what to do and where to go in Singapore. He walked us to our train at the end of the tour to make sure that we get home safely. Everything was well paced and we did not feel rushed. We loved the tea tasting and boat ride experience.
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May 5, 2024
A wonderful experience - The Guide was very nice and explained to us a lot of interesting things about Singapur. We enjoyed and learn a lot. It was more than four hours, but ir we need six it was ok. Thank you Pam you did it fantastic!
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Apr 27, 2024
Awesome Singapore - Boo and our driver Bernie did a 5 star job with our tour and went way above to make our experience great. Our main contact at PE dropped the ball and scheduled a five mile walk when we asked for limited walking day 2 was great but day 1 we couldn't do. Boo worked with his company and Bernie and saved the day and did the tour wr needed. The great pictures were a real plus. Thanks again Boo and Bernie at Hello Singapore
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Apr 5, 2024
Highly recommended experience - The views were incredible, we took some beautiful photos, the guide was a 10, the explanations were super interesting. Recommended 100%, we loved it.
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Mar 6, 2024
Fun and learning in Singapore - We had a great day with our guide Su Ling. We learned a great deal about the city and she helped us plan the rest of our time in Singapore.
Review provided by Viator
Feb 26, 2024
Very informative, educational and enlightening - Our experience with Richard was amazing. He is a very knowledgeable and educated tour guide answering every question we asked. It was extremely humid so I suggest taking plenty of water and a powered portable fan. Comfortable shoes is a must because of all of the walking. We had a wonderful time and highly recommended this excursion. Thank you Richard☺️
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Feb 25, 2024
Definitely worth going on - My gosh our guide was amazing Richard Kan was full of interesting facts and humerous! He paid alot of attention to his group and paced accordingly. Definitely would recommend him. I am only sorry I left early the next morning and could not book a future tour with him ! I don’t give him a 10 but 100!!
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Feb 13, 2024
Planned very carefully and well organized - Richard was punctual and well prepared for the tour. He made sure we got a good mix of exposure to food, architecture, and local culture. Richard was courteous, engaged, and answered all of our questions. Tea tasting was a lot of fun. I also particularly enjoyed all the sustainability facts he was sharing. After the tour, he got a detailed overview of everything that we saw and some recommendations for a good meal and drink. Highly recommend Richard for private tours.
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Jan 30, 2024
A wonderful Experience - What a wonderful day we spent with Pam. Not only is she knowledgeable about the history and culture of Singapore, she is a pleasure to be with and learn from. The river cruise was great and gave a full sense of the changes Singapore has gone through and the growth and change that has been experienced. Loved the tea tasting. A lovely way to end a great tour. Pam was very conscious of the pace that worked best and any requests we had. She was a joy to be with! Highly recommend this tour! Cathy and Paul
Review provided by Viator
Jan 12, 2024
We spent a wonderful time knowing Singapore with Gee Soo as our tour guide - Good morning, Some days ago we have made some excursions in Singapore with the Company Hello Singapore, specifically we had Gee Soo as our guide. We are very happy to having him as our tour guide because he always had a true smile on his faces, he is a very nice person with a great heart and very positive. So, we had 3 excursions for 3 days with Gee Soo. One curious thing is that during the trip Gee Soo took us some photos in his phone and at the afternoon of the same day he emails you sending them, so you do not need to worry to take photos during the excursions. We really liked him very much because he explained all the history of Singapore, also explained very interesting things from this place. We could see that he loves his job as a tour guide and it is amazing. The trips that we most liked were the food tour because is a combination of food and history and the cruise river because you could see from the river Singapore. We are really happy to have him as our guide, we spent a wonderful time knowing Singapore with Gee Soo. We recommend him 100%, he is very flexible and a great person. Thank you very much Gee Soo for being with us. You are a great guide! Continue working from your heart!
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
July 2024