Walking Tour of the Singapore Botanic Gardens with National Orchid Garden

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Grace
Registered on March 22, 2024

I am a Singapore Tourism Board licensed guide who is passionate about flora, fauna, maritime, history and heritage. Starting as a wildlife guide at the iconic Jurong Bird Park, I moved on to be a VIP Guide/Trainer at Universal Studios Singapore and SEA Aquarium. In 2019 obtained my tour guiding license and my tours are meant to create memorable moments in Singapore - my home for all my guests.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

The Singapore Botanic Gardens became a UNESCO world heritage site in 2015 when the nation celebrated its 50th birthday. It plays a key role in research, conservation and education.
The National Orchid Garden is a 3 hectare orchid paradise situated within the 82 hectare Singapore Botanic Gardens. Within the National Orchid Garden, there is a VIP Orchid section, where you see the orchids named after royalties, dignitaries and celebrities.
Take a walk through the Botanic Gardens and see the heritage trees, oldest living orchid in the world and maybe catch the sight of some wildlife like otters, swans and native birds.
Stroll through the Ginger garden and see spectacular heliconias and bananas.
At the National Orchid Gardens be dazzled by some of the most spectacular species of orchids and also the amazing cultivars created to honour VIPs.
Ascend the Tropical Montane Orchidetum to experience the rich low to high elevation of a tropical montane forest with a huge diversity of rare, endangered orchids, bromeliads and other plants.

Please note the following before booking the tour:

  • The tour will start and end at the Tanglin Gate, 1 Cluny Road - the nearest MRT is Napier Station. Kindly arrive on time as the tour will start at 10am.

  •  If you are unable to attend the walk, or a decrease in your number of walkers, kindly let your guru know in advance - the day before the tour date.

  • Please bring along umbrellas/ponchos and drinking water. 

  • This is a walking tour that will take walkers through the history, heritage and information on the flora and fauna in the gardens and may not be suitable for children below the age of 12 years.

  • Admission to the Singapore Botanic Gardens is free however, admission ticket is needed to enter the National Orchid Garden. Please note that the admission ticket price to NOG is $15 per person which is paid by the walker separately and is not part of the tip to the guru.

  • A suggested tip is $20-30 per person is recommended as this walk is a source of income to your professionally trained guru who has made the effort to create an unique, enriching and memorable experience.

  • The tour is 2.5 hours and walkers who wish to take time to explore the gardens can do so after the tour with the guru is completed.

  • The minimum number of walkers required for this walk is 5 pax. Kindly note that if the guru is unable to contact the walkers through the Guruwalk platform/ telephone number given, the tour will not proceed.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    1 Cluny Rd, Singapore Botanic Gardens...
    1 Cluny Rd, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569
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    I will be standing at the white gate at the entrance to the Botanic Gardens at Cluny Road

  • 1
    Outside visit
    1 Cluny Road

    Meet your guide at the Tanglin Gate where the journey will begin to discover a tropical gem in the heart of the city. Some of the oldest trees dot this path with a beautiful lake dedicated to the mute swans.

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Ginger Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens

    See the exotic gingers, heliconias, bananas and related plants in the Zingiberaceae genus en route to the National Orchid Gardens and learn about the Garden's effort to conserve the gingers and their allies.

  • 3
    Entrance not included
    National Orchid Garden

    The National Orchid Garden is situated inside the Singapore Botanic Gardens and houses many exotic orchid species, VIP orchids named after royalties, foreign dignitaries and celebrities. Some of the highly endangered orchids and other plant species can be found here.

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Singapore Botanic Gardens

    Apart from orchids, there are magnificent trees dedicated to world leaders along with Heritage Trees with some standing here since the 1800s. A collection of Frangipani trees, a bandstand, sculptures and the largest and oldest orchid can be found here.

  • 5
    Outside visit
    Botany Centre, Tanglin Gate

    On our way to the last stop stands a Heritage Museum which pays tribute to the garden's rich history. View the process of micropropagation at the Botany Centre where orchids and many other plants especially the endangered ones are propogated. The tour will end at the Tanglin Gate.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Céana 14 Jun 2024

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Travelled in group - Jun 2024
Grace was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. We had a great time exploring the botanical gardens with her and we were amazed at the variety and beauty of the garden! We would recommend this amazing nature tour and Grace as a tour guide to everyone.
James 03 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Grace was extremely knowledgeable and accurate. She knew the orchids (seemingly the part most visitors want to visit, in depth) very well, and explained what made each special. She had very good control over the pace of the tour and answered questions attentively. I recommend her most highly.
Lyudmila 01 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Grace is a wonderful guide! We have been absolutely stunned by the presentation of information on Botanical Garden species along with useful historical facts and fascinating episodes of Singapore’s journey. The beauty of Singapore’s Botanical Garden and especially Orchids collection was multiplied by our guide as Grace expressed passion, knowledge, and overall enthusiasm on nature preservation In Singapore. Great experience! Strongly recommend to nature, plants, history and also future development of gardens admirers and explorers!
Pooja 03 May 2024

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Travelled in group - Apr 2024
Grace was an excellent guide in providing the group such a nice trip around the lovely gardens and being informative as to the history of behind where the gardens originated from. She was professional and I would definitely recommend this trip to tourists visiting!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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