A Singapore River Cruise is the finest way to explore the city's many iconic landmarks. With this great8 bumboat tour you'll discover Singapore's spectacular mix of heritage and modern architecture, passing historic monuments, quays and bridges.
A Singapore river cruise is sure to be the highlight of any stay in this fascinating city. You’ll be immersed in history and scenery while travelling at a sedate pace in a traditional Singapore ‘bumboat’, manned by a friendly and welcoming crew. There will of course be plenty of opportunities to snap photographs of iconic landmarks such as the famous Merlion. The elegant charm of a bumboat makes for a memorable contrast with the bright lights and futuristic architecture of modern Singapore, giving this cruise a real time travel sensation. Bumboats have been plying the Singapore river for over a century, and your vessel is an updated version, eco-friendly and silent, that still retains the distinctive character. This is a must-do sightseeing experience when in Singapore, and full of thrilling sights by day or evening. What you’ll see on your Singapore River Cruise: ・Quays You’ll begin at Clarke Quay, named for the second Governor of Singapore. Once a major trade hub during the colonial era, this is now one of the city’s most vibrant entertainment destinations – its restaurants, bars and clubs are filled with activity during the evenings. Boat Quay has been similarly transformed, with many buzzing venues now occupying the historic shophouses which line the waterfront. Here you’ll see the Raffles’ Landing Site, where in 1819 Sir Stamford Raffles first set foot. The British statesman was the founder of Singapore and remains a revered figure today, with a statue of his likeness at Boat Quay. At Marina Bay you’ll see Singapore at its most cosmopolitan and stylish. There are many architectural gems here, plus artistic sculptures along the waterfront promenade and breathtaking super yachts with masts to rival the area’s glimmering skyscrapers. ・Bridges During your Singapore River Cruise you’ll pass beneath several well-known bridges. These include the Coleman Bridge, first built in 1840; the Elgin Bridge, which was the first to span the river and was named for the Governor General of India; the modern Esplanade Bridge, and you'll also cruise within sight of the Helix Bridge, taking the form of a strand of DNA and dazzlingly illuminated at night. ・Landmarks Whether you’re a local or a visitor, you’re always recommended to bring a camera when you take a river cruise in Singapore, because the scenery is always changing. During this tour you’ll see: The landing site of Raffles, who skilfully established the area as one of Asia’s most important trading hubs. The Merlion – half-lion, half-fish. This is the best-known symbol of Singapore, which translates as ‘Lion City’. Watching the jets of water spout dramatically from its mouth will be a highlight of your trip. Marina Bay Sands, with its three immense skyscrapers that together form one of Singapore’s most celebrated hotel resorts. The Esplanade, the city’s leading cultural arts venue in Marina Bay. This architectural marvel is nicknamed the Durian for the spiky shells that house its two glass domes. BUT! There is much more to a Singapore River Cruise than just what you see. It’s how you feel, and with this tour you’ll be transported into the past, learning about the city’s creation and vital role as a trading post. You’ll see before your eyes how Singapore has become a futuristic hub of trade, business and entertainment, while never forgetting its origins. If you want to see how Singapore has transformed over the years, this relaxed and enjoyable river cruise will not disappoint.