Tours During Congress

Should your schedule allow, there are many sights to see in Singapore and the surrounding areas. A number of tours are on offer during and after the Congress. Tours can be booked directly with the tour operator online:

or at the tour desk located in the registration area in the Congress venue.

The meeting place for all tours will be at the entrance of the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre.

* Prices are per person
* Please note all tours and prices are subject to change.

1. Singapore City Heritage Tour

Date: Sat, 17th August 2013
Time: 09:30 - 14:30
Price per Person: S$75.00

Explore the three ethnic enclaves and old Colonial District of Singapore for a colourful introduction to Singapore's unique cultural and architectural heritage. Start with Kampong Glam, the historic seat of Malay Royalty and be entertained by the stories of how Singapore was sold to the British for 60,000 Spanish Dollars. Admire the carefully restored and charming shop houses. Visit the old Palace and Sultan Mosque, pick up a tip or two on sarong-tying and discover various traditional trades which are still practiced in this charming enclave. In Little India, be bombarded by the sights, sounds and fragrant smells of our bustling Indian enclave! Have fun with interactive activities such as henna art and sweet sampling. Gain a deeper insight into Hindu philosophy through visiting Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple. In Chinatown, visit the magnificent Thian Hock Kheng temple, a site marked by the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards. Drive through the historic heart of the city to view various monuments and enter the famed Raffles Hotel for a tour of its Museum and discover the golden age of travel, famous hotel guests and the hotel's Arab-Armenian origins. You may wish to end your experience with the Singapore Sling at the Long Bar. (optional)

What's included:

Online Cut-off Date: 2 days before the Tour

2. "Secrets of the Red Lantern" - An Evening Walking Tour of Chinatown with Chinese Opera and Dinner

Date: Sat, 17 August 2013
Time: 18:00- 22:00
Price per Person: S$98.00

Walk the streets of a place once called "Sin City" in 19th Century Chinatown! In 1887, the brothels in Chinatown were as many and close together as the teeth of a comb. Combine that with the proliferation of opium and gambling dens, it was an exciting and lawless frontier town. It's no accident that Chinatown was also known as Bu Ye Tian - The Place of Nightless Days. Re-live the glamour of days gone by and discover vice and tragedy in the shadows of Chinatown by night. We'll venture into the fringes where entertainment, in its rawest form, is still practiced today. Tread with us as we go where many men have gone before! After the walking tour with our heritage guide, indulge in a specially prepared Chinese dinner in an oriental ambience. Following dinner, immerse yourself in the world of Chinese Opera and learn all about this beautiful traditional art at a professional Opera Theatre. There will be a short talk and a colorful opera performance, accompanied by English subtitles.

What's included:

Online Cut-off Date: 2 days before the Tour

3. Day at Sentosa with Cable Car Ride

Date: Mon, 19 August 2013
Time: 15:00- 20:30
Price per Person:S$120.00

On this private tour, be transported to Singapore's favourite playground - the lush tropical island of Sentosa and learn about its rich historical past. You will cross the busy Straits of Singapore by Cable Car and be captivated by the stunning 360-degree view of the Southern ridges. Once on the island, visit the Images of Singapore and be led by the museum's entertaining and informative guides along Singapore's journey from yesteryear. Next, be thrilled by unique encounters with marine animals at Underwater World Singapore and the Dolphin Lagoon. Meet with the other residents of Dolphin Lagoon - the adorable fur seals as they perform alongside pink dolphins! Finally, be mesmerized by the lights and music of the Songs of the Sea, a nightly extravaganza show.

Many restaurants and cafes are available for food and drinks at your own cost.

What's included:

Cut-off Date: 1 day before the Tour at our registration desk

4. Morning Tour at Jurong Bird Park

Date: Tues, 20 August 2013
Time: 09:30- 13:30
Price per Person: S$68.00

On this privately guided tour, visit Asia's largest bird park with a collection of more than 5,000 birds across 380 species. Jurong Bird Park is one of the most renowned bird sanctuaries with some of the largest free-flying aviaries in the world in habitats that mirror naturalistic environments.

Hop on-board the guided Trams or take a leisurely stroll around the Park and explore the lush jungles. Visit 1,000 colourful Lories and have a chance to feed them at the Lory Loft - the world's largest Lory Flight Aviary. Get lost in the tropical world of jungle mists at the African Waterfall Aviary. Be mesmerised by Jungle Jewels, the rich South American tropical rainforest and be greeted by the striking toucan. Head over to the open concept Flamingo Lake where hundreds of greater and lesser flamingos strut around one of the most picturesque sights in the Park. Get a panoramic view of the penguins and get your chance to feed them during at the Penguin Encounter sessions.

For pure entertainment, flock over to the latest show - the High Flyers Show, featuring a star-studded line-up of feathered friends where you too can get into the action. For free-flying, heart-thumping action, do not miss the Kings of the Skies show where the ancient sport of falconry is demonstrated by the hosts and ferocious flying predators.

What's included:

Cut-off Date: 1 day before the Tour at our registration desk

5. Changi in World War II and Heartlands

Date: Wed, 21 August 2013
Time: 09:30 - 13:30
Price per Person: S$55.00

Travel back to the time of World War Two in this moving guided tour conducted in conjunction with the Changi Museum. Once the site of many prisoner-of-war camps during the Japanese Occupation, Changi has since gone down in history as a place of much pain, torture and human suffering. It is said that more Australian PoWs perished under incarceration than in battle itself. Whether it is on the Death Railway or the countless labour camps in Japan and Formosa (Taiwan), the Changi WWII trail commemorates the fight of brave men and women during battle and in internment.

You will visit Changi Chapel and Museum for a rich understanding of War and Occupation from the thoughtfully-designed galleries and personal artefacts. The coach will stop across old Changi Prison to view what remains of the former PoW and civilian internment camp. We will also stop outside Selarang Barracks where the horrific incident at the barracks square took place in 1942. Lastly we will drive through Changi Village, which still holds old world charm and stop at Changi Beach which commemorates the civilian massacre, Sook Ching. On the return journey, we will drive through Tampines New Town, a public housing estate to appreciate the contrast between old Singapore and the new heartlands.

What's included:

Cut-off Date: 1 day before the Tour at our registration desk

6. Evening Tour along the Singapore River with Boat Ride and Cocktail drink at Marina Bay Sands

Date: Wed, 21st August 2013
Time: 19:30- 22:30
Price per Person: S$95.00

Leave the 'official histories' behind and embark on this walking tour of the Singapore River for the alternative story - a perfect cocktail of bank breakers, vandals, terrorists, drugs and one fine lady. Follow your expert guide and weave through the olden alleys of Boat Quay where many a juicy tale and historical scandal lurk. Heard about the English knight loved by two women but despised by a man of the cloth? What about the man with no head for figures who broke the Queen's Bank? Or the lawmakers who pushed opium? After the walking tour, cruise along the Singapore River on a traditional Bum Boat ride that will take you upriver to feast your eyes on glitzy Clark Quay, downriver for photo opportunities of the Merlion and all the way to the iconic Marina Bay Sands. On the 57th floor of the hotel, relax and sip evening drinks at the famous Ku De Ta - Sky Bar, while enjoying the most outstanding view of Singapore's skyline.

Note: please wear smart casual attire for entrance to the Sky Bar. You will have an opportunity to order food and additional drinks at your own cost.

What's included:

Cut-off Date: 1 day before the Tour at our registration desk

7. Singapore City Urban Planning & Architecture Tour

Date: Thurs, 22nd August 2013
Time: 09:30 - 13:30
Price per Person: S$77.00

"If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." That is the resounding credo that drives Singapore's dynamism. Discover how a small country with no natural resources transformed from third world to first world in one generation. Step into the past at the Chinatown Heritage Centre and witness a vivid re-creation of life and living conditions during the early 1900s in this historic district. Then, explore the URA Singapore City Gallery that tells of the nation's planning efforts, showing its remarkable physical transformation - past, present and future. Immerse yourself in beautiful Singapore, through a 270-degree panoramic sights and sounds show. Go up to the Skybridge of Pinnacle@Duxton and visit the first 50-storey iconic housing project in Singapore, a symbol of the future of public housing. Finally, stop at Marina Barrage, showcasing Singapore's efforts towards environmental sustainability. Also get to hear the inspiration behind several iconic buildings and projects like The Gateway, Parkview Square, SUNTEC City, Esplanade Theatres by the Bay, New Downtown and Financial District, Gardens by the Bay and the Marina Bay Sands area.

What's included:

Cut-off Date: 1 day before the Tour at our registration desk

8. Night Safari Tour with Dinner

Date: Thurs, 22nd August 2013
Time: 18:00- 22:30
Price per Person:S$126.00

Embark on a fascinating journey through the world's first wildlife park for nocturnal animals on this private tour. Enjoy the unique experience of seeing over 2,500 animals in their naturalistic night-time habitats.

The highlight of this award-winning experience is a guided tram ride that takes you across seven geographical zones of the world. From the rugged Himalayan Foothills to the swampy banks of the Asian Riverine Forest and more, your tram guide will share fascinating facts and tales about the animals and habitats along your journey. On completion of the tram ride, your tour guide will lead you on a walking trail where you will be able to view some animals at closer quarters. Don't miss the spectacular Creatures of the Night Show - a 20-minute animal extravaganza that brings together a constellation of super stars who will thrill you with their natural and unique behaviours and skills.

Note: Dinner is included in this programme. Indulge in an array of Asian Cuisine at Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant.

Cost Includes:

Cut-off Date: 1 day before the Tour at our registration desk