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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road

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Date: Tuesday 20 Nov

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Orchard Road — the name conjures up visions of glitzy shops, glamorous hotels and highi-end restaurants run by celebrity chefs. But dig a little deeper and you’ll unearth lesser known nooks and crannies which bear testament to its earlier years as an area replete with plantations, farms, and yes, orchards!

And just to prove this is a different Orchard Road, we'll start at the very...end! Starting at Dhoby Ghaut to learn the origins of its name, we'll visit one of the oldest churches in Singapore known as the “Scots Church,” nestled in beside Singapore’s incubators for art talents: SOTA and LaSalle.

A walk past the Istana Park for a glimpse of the official residence of the president of Singapore will remind us Singapore’s colonial roots, and you can also admire the nearby facade of the last remaining traditional southern Chinese mansion. And finally you will be blown away by the beauty of Emerald Hill with its Peranakan shophouses, a tucked-away enclave of tranquility a stone's throw from hustle and bustle of the Orchard shopping district.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”