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THE GARDENS OF SINGAPORE

22 – 28 July 2019

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ITINERARY
Singapore is a City in a Garden – a mix of multicultural modernity and 19th century charm rapped in beautiful tropical gardens. The drawcard is the Gardens by the Bay with its Supertrees, Cloud Forest and Flower Dome.
DAY 1
Monday 22 July 2019
Sydney – Singapore (D)

Robin Powell will meet you at Sydney International Airport for your Qantas flight, or you can meet us in Singapore. Check into the Parkroyal on Pickering with world class sky-gardens, our luxurious home for the next five nights. Celebrate our arrival in the tropics with a Welcome Dinner in the hotel.

Accommodation: Parkroyal on Pickering, Singapore

DAY 2
Tuesday 23 July 2019
Singapore Botanic Gardens (B/L)

After taking our time with the famous multicultural Parkroyal on Pickering smorgasbord of breakfasts, our adventure begins in the recently UNESCO listed Singapore Botanic Gardens. The tropical rainforest here is one of the few pockets of original jungle left on the island. Singapore is famous for orchids and they have been a part of the Botanic Gardens collection since its beginnings in 1859. Early directors commissioned extensive orchid collecting expeditions and since 1995 the collection has its own beautifully landscaped home – the National Orchid Garden.
We’ll have lunch at one of the loveliest restaurants surrounded by the orchid and heliconia gardens. Afternoon at leisure until it cools a little, when we’ll jump onto a bumboat for a cruise along the Singapore River. These hardy vessels were once used to shuttle cargo in one of the East’s busiest trade centres. We’ll be delivered into the middle of the vibrant modern skyline of Singapore. You’ll discover the restaurant strip to sample the cuisine Singapore is famous for.

Accommodation: Parkroyal on Pickering, Singapore

DAY 3
Wednesday 24 July 2019
National Museum (B/L)

Today’s highlight is the stunning Gardens by the Bay. You’ll be amazed by this visionary 250 acre, $1B project. It brings to life the government’s ambition to make Singapore a ‘City in a Garden’. Housed within the gardens are cooled conservatories, individual themed gardens, lakes, bridges and the showpiece Supertrees, plant-covered structures up to 50m in height. The Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest are up first, we’ll make time for a buggy ride around the gardens too.
Explore vast horticultural worlds growing in gigantic biomes, engineering feats themselves, being the biggest column-less glasshouses in the world. It’s eternally spring, in
the Flower Dome, with plant displays from dry climates found in South Africa, California, southern Spain, Italy, and south-western Australia. We will enjoy the cool rush of a waterfall within the Cloud Forest and discover plumes of tropical flowers such as vireya, begonia and medinilla spilling out of the verdant mountain crevices.

Accommodation: Parkroyal on Pickering, Singapore

DAY 4
Thursday 25 July 2019
Spice Garden (B)

Explore Singapore’s past, present and future today. To walk into Singapore’s past we visit the Spice Garden, once the site of Singapore’s first Botanical and Experimental Garden set up by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1822. Across the road the National Museum of Singapore is next, paying homage to Singapore’s history, culture and geography. The grand neoclassic 19th-century building was once Raffles’ museum and library. We’ll have lunch here then we’re off to a futuristic forest surrounded by towering highrise located in the financial district on a 360 hectare expanse of reclaimed land. The project team suggests the landscape architecture mimics a rainforest valley with over 350 types of tropical trees and plants with the buildings curved walls resembling paddy fields.

Accommodation: Parkroyal on Pickering, Singapore

DAY 5
Friday 26 July 2019
Chinatown (B/D)

Start the day with a guided tour of the famous Chinatown wet market. It’s a vibrant marketplace, a feast of fascinating vegetables, exotic fruits and seafood, whilst getting an understanding of the importance of the Chinese community and tasting treats along the way. Back to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Return to Gardens by the Bay for an illuminated birds-eye view from the OCBC Skyway, a walkway that connects two 50m tall Supertrees. It’s a magical Farewell Dinner tonight in the tallest Supertree with a view, surrounded by the Garden Rhapsody light and sound show whirling around us.

Accommodation: Parkroyal on Pickering, Singapore

DAY 6
Saturday 27 July 2019
Singapore (B)

We’ve included a late check-out today. Morning visit to Hort Park for a walk around a series of educational gardens; enjoy their butterfly garden, vegetable and edible gardens and therapeutic garden.
Late afternoon transfer to the airport for our evening Qantas flight.

DAY 7
Sunday 28 July 2019
Arrive Home
HOW TO BOOK

To secure your booking and make your deposit, please complete our online booking form. You will be contacted by a Ross Tours Travel Manager to confirm your details and preferred method of payment.

CANCELLATIONS

Cancellations received 180-120 days prior to departure will incur loss of deposit.
Cancellations received between 119-60 days prior to departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Cancellations received between 59-30 days prior to departure will incur a 75% cancellation fee plus any non-recoverable costs incurred.
Cancellations received within 30 days prior to departure will incur 100% cancellation fee.

Cancellations must be sent in writing.
Cancellation fee is based upon the total amounts paid including tours, airfares and all other travel arrangements.
Please refer to the Ross Garden Tours standard terms and conditions.

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TOUR INCLUSIONS
TOUR ESCORTED BY
ROBIN POWELL
  • Return economy airfare Sydney/Singapore/Sydney
  • Deluxe accommodation for 6 nights, with breakfast each morning
  • Breakfast daily (B), 2 lunches (L) and 2 dinners (D)
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach throughout tour
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including Singapore Botanic Gardens, National Orchid Garden, Singapore Riverboat ride, Gardens by the Bay, Cloud Forest, Flower Dome, Supertrees, Garden Cruiser, OCBC Skyway, Garden Rhapsody Light Show, Spice Garden, Singapore National Museum, Chinatown tour, Hort Park.
  • Gratuities for local guides, porters and drivers
  • Fully escorted by Robin Powell
TOUR PRICE

Twin Share land only $3,995 per person
Twin Share including air $4,995 per person
Single Supplement $995
All prices in Australian Dollars.
Prices based on minimum 12 passengers.
Price is based on departure from Sydney.
*This tour requires a moderate level of fitness

DISCOUNTS

Book and pay in full by 1 March 2019 to receive the Early Bird Discount of $150.00 per person off the final instalment.
Previous Traveller Discount $100.00
Garden Clinic™ Member Discount $50.00

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