Singapore Garden Festival & Malaysia
Discover exotic flowers, extraordinary gardens and vibrant culture in Singapore, Penang and Kuala Lumpur
We will shortly be preparing a tour programme for 2020. Please let us know if you wish to receive updates, and when you need to book to benefit from the early release price.
This is what we provided in 2018, please note we may make changes to the programme
This 13 day tour flies you to three exhilarating Asian destinations. We start in the multicultural metropolis of Singapore, home to the world’s leading celebration of tropical gardening, the Singapore Garden Festival. We then transfer to Penang to experience one of Malaysia’s most diverse, cosmopolitan and exciting cultures before moving on to the thrilling capital Kuala Lumpur.
Our tour includes return flights from London Heathrow, and Manchester, transfer flights and accommodation at three luxurious 5* hotels; InterContinental Singapore, Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa and the Ritz Carlton, Kuala Lumpur.
A city nestled in lush greenery, Singapore is a place of contrasts; 21st century architecture sits alongside traditional village markets and history rubs up against a high tech future. Based for three nights at the centrally-located 5* InterContinental Hotel; our guests will have ample time to soak up the atmosphere of this remarkable city.
Flowers and gardens
Our tour is timed to coincide with the biennial Singapore Garden Festival, an eight day extravaganza featuring some 400,000 plants designed to demonstrate the very best in tropical gardening. We have set aside a full day here so that our guests can fully explore the many magnificent show gardens and breath-taking floral displays created by internationally-acclaimed floral artists such as Natasha Lisitsa and Daniel Schultz of San Francisco-based studio Waterlily Pond.
The Festival is held at Gardens by the Bay, the city’s awe-inspiring 101 hectare garden, and we recommend that you make time to visit highlights such as the Flower Dome, where flowers from the Mediterranean regions bloom in a perpetual spring, and the Cloud Forest, home to the world’s tallest waterfall. If you take the lift to the top you'll discover plants living 2,000m above sea level. And of course, no one can miss the Supertrees; ranging from 25-50m tall, these vertical gardens are home to around 162,000 plants.
Singapore’s skyline is as iconic as it is picturesque and the best way to see it is from the top of Marina Bay Sands. We have arranged a trip to the hotel’s Sky Park Observation Deck, 57 floors above the city. No trip to Singapore would be complete without a sightseeing cruise on a ‘Bumboat’. These vessels have been a feature of the Singapore River for over a century and this 45 minute tour provides a unique view of the city past and present.
This tour also gives you an opportunity to learn more about Singapore's rich history. We visit The National Museum of Singapore, a fascinating archive housed in an elegant neo-classical building, and the hilltop landmark Fort Canning. This site of 14th Century Malay palaces is also where, on 15th February 1942, the decision to surrender the city to the Japanese was made.
Cultural and culinary history combine with High Tea at The Clifford Pier. Occupying the space of the original Clifford Pier, this restaurant preserves the pier’s hawker culture while honouring its historic role as the landing point of Singapore’s forefathers. The menu includes such local delicacies as Kueh Pie Tee, Chilli Crab Bao and Bandung Macaron.
Established in 2006 as a celebration of the city's gardens, the biannual Singapore Garden Festival is now one of the world's leading garden shows, attracting award winning landscape and garden designers, florists and horticulturalists from all over the world.
Held at Singapore's landmark attraction Gardens by the Bay, the 2018 Festival promises to transport visitors to an exotic wonderland. Highlights range from displays of Landscape and Fantasy Gardens designed by such horticultural luminaries as Singapore’s John Tan, Malaysia’s Inch Lim and the UK’s Andy Sturgeon (who will be pairing up with Australia’s Jim Fogarty), to magical Balcony Gardens and the sensational showcase, Floral Windows to the World. Featuring creative flights of floral fancy by ten of the world’s leading designers, including Chelsea gold medal winner Keith Lin and A-lister’s favourite, Canadian Bruno Duarte, Floral Windows to the World is guaranteed to inspired and amaze.
Add a lively market place, the chance to buy a signed copy of legendary floral designer Harijanto Setiawan's latest book and a truly remarkable setting in the shadow of the city's iconic Super Trees and you have an unmissable experience that will stay with you forever. You might even get to meet Alison Bradley, Editor-in-Chief of Fusion Flowers.
The Floral Windows to the World exhibitors are:
Akiva Zama, Japan,
Bruno Duarte, Canada
Daniel Santamaria, Spain
Dmitri Turcan, Azerbaijan
Frederic Dupré, France
Johnny & Hazel, Republic of Korea
Keith Lin, Singapore
Nicu Bocancea, Romania
Premysl Hytych, Czech Republic
Timo Bolte, Austria
The Landscape & Fantasy Gardens exhibitors are:
Andy Sturgeon & Jim Fogarty, UK / Australia
Chang Huai-Yan & Ng Sze Oun, Singapore
Emily & Mark Cook, USA
Grégory Cazeaux & Marguerite Ribstein, France
Inch Lim, Malaysia
John Tan, Singapore
Kate Gould, UK
Katsuhiko Koga & Kazuhiro Kagae, Japan
Leon Kluge, South Africa
Myles Baldwin, Australia
Paul Martin, Ireland
Sugishima Yoshimi, Japan
Tom Massey, UK
Listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 2008 and nicknamed ‘the Pearl of the Orient’, Penang is a place of palm-fringed beaches, mountainous jungles, traditional fishing villages and rich cultural history. We spend four nights here, based at the 5* Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, which is ideally located to explore sites such as Penang Hill, the oldest British hill station in Southeast Asia, Kek Lok Si Temple, one of the region’s largest and finest temple complexes and the city of George Town. This is Penang Island's main urban centre and with its rickshaws, watermarked Chinese shophouses and joss smoke scented air, it offers a real flavour of old world Asia. Malaysia is famous for its Batik textiles and the Penang Batik Factory is another unmissable experience. Visitors can watch the craftsmen drawing, colouring and stamping batik patterns on fabrics in the open air workshop before treating themselves to a beautifully printed shirt, sarong or scarf in the boutique.
Our tour culminates with three nights in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s vibrant, multicultural capital. Staying at the 5* Ritz Carlton, guests are perfectly placed to explore the city’s historic monuments, lush parks, bustling street markets and lively nightspots. Our itinerary takes you from the extraordinary Batu Caves, site of temples and Hindu shrines, to the narrow streets of Chinatown with its traditional medicinal halls and teahouses, via the elegance of afternoon tea at the Majestic Hotel. High society’s hotel of choice in the 1930s, walking into the Majestic today is like stepping back to another era – particularly in the orchid-filled Colonial Café where white jacketed waiters serve tea from silver pots and dainty delicacies from tiered stands. You will also be treated to dinner at Tamarind Springs Restaurant. Minutes from town,Tamarind Springs is surrounded by unsurpassed natural beauty and you will experience a visual and sensory feast on your final evening, sampling exquisitely prepared delicacies in its lush setting.
5* InterContinental Singapore
Boasting large, elegant bedrooms, 5* services such as an Insider Concierge, in-room Smartphones, yoga quiet room and array of both European and Asian bars and restaurants, the InterContinental Singapore is a luxurious base from which to explore all that this city has to offer.
Located in the historic district of Bugis and Bras Basah, this multi award-winning hotel is a short stroll from many cultural institutions such as the National Museum and the Singapore Art Museum and just minutes from Marina Bay and the Central Business District. Direct access to Bugis train station connects you to the city's many shopping and entertainment precincts - including Bugis Junction Shopping Mall with its 200 retail and dining outlets.
You will be staying for three nights and your stay includes breakfast as well as a welcome get-together with delicious canapes and refreshing special hotel mocktail.
5* Rasa Sayan Resort & Spa
Set on Batu Feringgi Beach in almost thirty acres of tropical gardens, this exceptional beach resort is the perfect place to unwind and relax. Pamper body and soul in CHI, The Spa, play miniature golf next to the sea and eat exotic spices in the Spice Market Cafe.
You will stay here for four nights, giving you ample time both to enjoy the resort and take advantage of the daily shuttle bus to George Town.
5* Ritz Carlton
Located in the prestigious Golden Triangle shopping and nightlife district, Kuala Lumpur's luxurious Ritz Carlton Hotel ensures its guest feel truly pampered. There is a lavish spa, for example, while the bedrooms not only boast marble bathrooms with rainfall showers but also a full butler service. The hotel has five restaurants including the award-winning Li Yen Cantonese dining room renowned for its Dim Sum lunch.
You will stay here for three nights so you can explore the city and relax ahead of your journey back to the UK.
19 July: Departure from Heathrow or Manchester
20 July: Arrive at Singapore
21 - 22 July: Singapore Garden Festival and visiting sights in Sinapore
23 July: Flight to Penang transfer to hotel
24 - 27 July: Sightseeing in Penang
27 July: Flight to Kuala Lumpur
28 - 30 July: Sightseeing in Kula Lumpur
31st July Arrive back in the UK
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. We require a deposit payment of £500 on booking
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Single Room Supplement £750
- Flights with Singapore Airlines
- 3 Nights B&B at the Intercontinental Singapore
- Wecome get together with canapes and drinks
- Eveing tour of Singapore by 'Bumboat'
- Visit to Gardens by the Bay Garden Festival
- Visit to Marina Bay Sands Observation Deck
- Visit to Fort Canning
- Visit to National Museum of Singapore
- Afternoon tea at Clifford Pier
- Silk Air flight to Penang
- 4 nights B&B at the Rasa Sayan Resort & Spa
- Georgetown Heritage Tour, including rickshaw tour
- Visit to Snake Temple, Penang
- Visit to Kek Lok Si Temple
- Fenicular Train journey on Penang HIll
- Malaysia Airlines flights to Kula Lumpar
- 3 nights B&B 5* Ritz Carlton Hotel
- Afternoon tea at Majestic Hotel
- Visit to Chinatown
- Historical tour of Kula Lumpar
- Lunch at Kula Lumpar Tower
- Visit to Batu Cave & Countryside Tour
- Dinner at Tamarind Springs Restaurant
- Travel disruption insurance
- Those arriving from Manchester: the flight arrives ahead of check-in. If you wish to check into your room at the time of arrival there is a supplement of £100pp in twin/double and £180 in a single room.
- Alternatively, you may wish to leave luggage securely at the hotel and explore nearby sites