Singapore: A 7-Day Cultural Exploration
Ideal Length:7 Days
Best Time To Go:April - November
Flight Time:LAX 15 Hours 10 Minutes, CHI 19 Hours 30 Minutes, NYC-All Airports 17 Hours 50 Minutes
AVERAGE COST PER PERSON (Single occupancy; Airfare not included):$6,694
For jaw-dropping views of the Lion City, take a ride on the Singapore Flyer for jaw-dropping views from 541 feet above ground.
You can't leave Singapore without a trip to the Botanic Gardens, a 160-year-old green space that includes a National Orchid Garden.
Before stopping by Banana Leaf for lunch, consider a casual stroll through Little India to check out the specialty stores that sell beautiful saris, spices and accessories.
If you're lucky enough to visit in the winter, Singapore Art Museum hosts an annual Light the Night Festival, a 6-week event held in January and February.
Sample the diverse cuisines served at the best restaurants and hawker stands in Singapore, including Chef Chan Hon Meng's Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle, the first street food stand to receive a Michelin star.
Shoppers vacationing in Singapore will enjoy finding local brands (everything from clothes to chocolate) at the Design Orchard.
Singapore Tour the City
Start the morning off with a not-to-be missed stop at the futuristic Gardens by the Bay featuring its signature Supertrees. Get a bird’s-eye view of the city skyline on the Singapore Flyer, taste traditional food like peppery pork rib soup, and end your day with a celebrity-chef dinner and cocktails on the rooftop of Marina Sands Bay.
Singapore Day 2 Have Fun Under the Sun
Today, you’ll start your day with a cable car ride to Sentosa Island, followed by a Ziplining adventure, if you feel up for it. Enjoy lunch at Quayside Isle, where you choose from an array of restaurants serving up delicious food. Before the sun sets, take the cable car back to mainland Singapore and enjoy spectacular views of the city.
Singapore Day 3 Explore the Cultural Districts
Start your morning off with a traditional breakfast in Chinatown, followed by a visit to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. Go shopping at specialty stores for saris, spices and more in Little India. Visit Kampong Glam to see the beautiful Sultan Mosque and dine on Indian-Muslim dishes at Zam Zam.
Singapore Day 4 Go Museum Hopping
History buffs and cultural enthusiasts will enjoy a day of immersing themselves deep into Singapore’s rich history and culture with visits to the National Singapore Gallery, Singapore Art Museum and the National Museum of Singapore.
Singapore Day 5 Off-the-Beaten-Path Neighborhoods
Embark on an all-day excursion to explore the Singapore’s hidden gems. Begin your day with kaya bread at a local restaurant in Joo Chiat, explore art-deco shophouses and heritage-rich sites in Tiong Bahru, and sample everything from chili crab to local craft beer to Indian fare in Dempsey Hill.
Singapore Day 6 Explore 3 Green Spaces
For vacationers looking for outdoor excursions, start your day by visiting the Botanic Gardens, Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend some time in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, home to 40% of the country’s flora and fauna. Consider a 6-mile stroll along brightly-lit Henderson Waves at night with delicious barbecue dinner to end your day.
Singapore Day 7 Go on a Shopping Spree
On your last full day, go shopping in some of the most popular shopping districts in Singapore, including famous Orchard Road and Design Orchard for international and local brands, Bras Basah.Bugis for vintage finds, Katong for classic Singaporean-themed souvenirs, and the ultimate shopping spree at the new Changi Jewel.