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Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Friday

Arrive Singapore

Morning: Check-in to hotel and relax and adjust to jetlag

Afternoon: River cruise on a traditional Bumboat

Learn interesting stories about the history of Singapore and float alongside some of the most iconic landmarks of Singapore such as Raffles Landing Site, Asian Civilization Museum, warehouses along Boat Quay, Fullerton Hotel, the Merlion Park, Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands.

 

Day 2 - Saturday

Morning: Maghain Aboth Synagogue service and shabbat lunch with the local Sephardic Jewish Community

Afternoon: Little India

Little India is the center for the large Indian community in Singapore.  Stores hawk saris and gold bangles, spices and incense waft in from the doorways and Bollywood's latest sound tracks blare from every other alleyway.  Visit Hindu temples including the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Little India's busiest and oldest temple, dating back to 1881.

 

Day 3 - Sunday

Morning: Jewish tour of Singapore

Wonderful journey to discover the fascinating story and rich heritage of Singapore's Jewish community. The tour will bring you through some iconic Jewish buildings and sites with Jewish connections. 

The highlights of the tour will include:

  • 2 beautiful synagogues that are seldom seen: the newly restored and sumptuous Chesed-El synagogue in Oxley Rise and the oldest synagogue in South East Asia, the Maghain Abboth in Waterloo Street

  • the Mahalah old Jewish quarter with its iconic buildings

  • Last but not least, an exclusive visit to the grounds of Eden Hall, an iconic building currently the British High Commissioner’s home but originally designed for Jewish merchant & hotelier Eziekel Manaesseh.

During the tour, you will gain insights into this close-knit community, and learn about the heartwarming and heartbreaking tales of the local Jewry. You will also get to know several colorful and prominent Jewish characters from the past and learn their contribution to Singapore’s development.

The tour will be partly by bus and partly walking.

Afternoon: Chinatown & Food Tasting

Singapore's Chinatown is the island's traditional Chinese quarters.  The central streets of Chinatown around the pagoda are packed with stalls selling handicrafts, jewelry and Chinese medicines, antique shops and an open-air stretch of eateries boasts some of Singapore’s most iconic dishes, ranging from satay (grilled meat skewers) to char kway teow (stir-fried rice noodles in dark soya sauce).

Evening: Night Safari

The Night Safari is the world's first nocturnal zoo.  The Night Safari currently houses over 900 animals representing over 100 species, of which 41% are threatened species.

 

Day 4 - Monday

Morning: Asian Civilization museum & walking tour including Raffles Hotel, Merlion

The Asian Civilization Museum is devoted to exploring the rich artistic heritage of Asia, especially the ancestral cultures of Singaporeans.  The Museum was named the top museum in Singapore and ranked as one of the top 10 in Asia.

Raffles Hotel, opened in 1887 and is one of the few remaining great 19th century hotels in the world.  The Singapore Sling, widely regarded as the national drink of Singapore, was created at the Raffles Hotel in 1915.

The Merlion statue is the official mascot of Singapore, depicted as a mythical creature with a lion's head and the body of a fish. The Merlion represents the city's humble start as a fishing village combined with its traditional Malay name Singapura - "lion city."

Afternoon: Gardens by the Bay & Marina Bay Sands

Gardens by the Bay is a huge, colorful, futuristic park in the bay area of Singapore. Among the standout features are the famous Super Tree structures. These offer an impressive skywalk over the gardens, with oversized seashell-shaped greenhouses that recreate chilly mountain climates.

Marina Bay Sands stands out as a stunning icon of Singapore’s ever-growing city skyline. The 3 skyscrapers have – what seems to be – a cruise ship balancing precariously across the top. Besides a stunning 5-star hotel, other highlights include a luxury shopping mall with faux-canals and Italian gondola rides, Singapore’s largest ice-skating rink, 2 nightclubs, a host of fantastic restaurants, and one of the world’s most expensive casinos.

 

Day 5 - Tuesday

Morning: Botanical Gardens or shopping on Orchard Street

Singapore Botanic Gardens is a national landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The nature attraction in the heart of the city features a small tropical rainforest, a ginger garden, and an orchid garden.

Orchard Road extends over 2.2 km and is shopping heaven in Singapore, lined with shopping centers on both sides of the street. The modern centers blend harmoniously with the nearby tree lined avenues.

Afternoon: Flight to Yangon, Myanmar

Evening: Welcome dinner and Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda is a Buddhist temple and is considered one of the oldest pagodas in the world. This temple is an important Buddhist monument, with a long history that is surrounded by legends.

 

Day 6 – Wednesday

Morning: Visit historic sites, Chinatown, Little India

Afternoon: Bogyoke Market

Bogyoke Market has more than 2000 shops and the largest selection of Myanmar handicrafts and souvenirs you’ll find, from lacquerware and Shan shoulder bags to puppets and jewelry.

 

Day 7 – Thursday

Day: Bagan

Morning flight to Bagan. Begin our exploration by visiting a busy local market and gain an insight into the bustling market atmosphere in Bagan.  You will spend the day exploring the architectural masterpieces of this amazing town by visits to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples. In the late afternoon climbing to the top of the Temple for sunset views. Sit back relax and be amazed by the beauty of Bagan as you watch the sun slowly set behind the ancient Pagodas.

 

Day 8– Friday

Day: Bagan

More than just temples, our tour introduces you to a great overview of Bagan's history, culture and local lifestyles. Today see the real way of life for most Myanmar people by visiting villages near Bagan to view the local lifestyle. Then you will explore Bagan from a different perspective as you explore the area by Pony cart. The cart can explore areas that cars are unable to enter giving a different feel of Bagan. In the late afternoon transfer to jetty where a private wooden river boat is waiting. Sitting under the shade or on the open-deck you’ll be treated to fabulous views as you cruise down the Irrawaddy River to Shwezigon Pagoda. A private boat tour on the river during sunset time will hopefully show you a spectacular sunset.

 

Day 9 – Saturday

Day: Visit 100+ years old Rangoon synagogue, Jewish cemetery and Jewish Community

The lovingly maintained interior of this 1896 building contains a bimah in the center of the main sanctuary and a women’s balcony upstairs. The wooden ceiling features the original blue-and-white Star of David motif.  The synagogue was once the focal point of an influential community of Sephardic Jews from India and Baghdad that at its height in the early 20th century numbered 2500.

 

Day 10 – Sunday

Morning: Flight to Bangkok

Afternoon: Chatuchak Weekend Market

Among the largest markets in the world, Chatuchak seems to unite everything buyable.

 

Day 11 – Monday

Morning: Chao Phraya River Boat: Grand Palace, Wat Pho

The Grand Palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782.

Wat Pho is one of Bangkok's oldest temples.

Afternoon: Lunch at “the backpacker’s shul” and Jim Thompson House

Kosher lunch with Jewish backpackers from around the world at the Chabad House.

This former home of an American named Jim Thompson, who started the Thai silk industry after World War II, houses a magnificent collection of Asian art and many unique displays.

 

Day 12 – Tuesday

Morning: Flight home or optional extensions in South East Asia