Digging deeper into Singapore's heritage is now in the rage with the focus on domestic tourism, and guided vacation company Trafalgar has responded by pairing its staycation packages with insider tours of the city's most beloved heritage buildings.
An exclusive tour to Singapore's two iconic landmarks in the Civic District—The Arts House and Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall (VTVCH), including a climb up the latter's iconic clock tower—is the highlight for Trafalgar's 2D1N Singapore Heritage Highlights itinerary.
The latest Singapore offering is part of Trafalgar’s Near Not Far Series designed to provide local travellers an opportunity to enjoy deeper, richer experiences in their home country.
“We are excited that through this partnership with Arts House Limited [which manages both venues], we can support the arts community, help people to step back into travel responsibly and give back to local businesses and Singapore’s tourism ecosystem, all while ensuring peace of mind with our local expertise, right size groups and enhanced hygiene measures,“ said Mae Cheah, president for Trafalgar, Asia.
Interior of Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall
Guests will be guided by Trafalgar’s Local Specialist, Jerome Lim—the renowned heritage blogger behind The Long and Winding Road—on the tour of The Arts House* and VTVCH where he will share historical trivia about the two buildings. As well, VTVCH’s clock tower will be open exclusively to Trafalgar’s guests to visit in a historic first, and Jerome will be at hand to enlighten guests about the clock’s history and its connection to London's Big Ben.
Additional highlights include a ‘Be My Guest’ experience with Peranakan celebrity chef Violet Oon at the National Kitchen at National Gallery and a guided tour of Kampong Glam, a lively neighbourhood that was once home to Singapore’s early migrants including the Arabs, Javanese, Bugis, Chinese, and Malay-Muslims.
According to a company spokesperson, these packages are also available through Trafalgar's travel agent partners including UOB Travel. "We are hoping that our travel agents can have this tour as an alternative holiday to introduce to clients since overseas holidays are still on a pause."
In accordance with Singapore's current tour operating restrictions, which allow up to 20 pax (excluding guide) for guided tour groups from 1 November 2020, Trafalgar will run tours with a minimum of five guests on each tour, and a maximum of up to 10 guests only, for the time being.
Prices for this 2D1N itinerary are from S$528 (US$387) per person for an Orchid Club Deluxe Room (35sqm) at Parkroyal on Beach Road (Friday/Saturday) and S$628 per person for a Stamford Suite Room (58sqm) at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel (weekday only).
Prices include guided tours, a ‘Be My Guest’ experience with Violet Oon, one-night hotel accommodation with breakfast and coach transportation. Prices are based on twin-share and solo travellers can pay a single supplement from S$200.