From Singapore: Malacca guided day tour (via drive-thru border) | La Vacanza Travel

From Singapore: Malacca guided day tour (via drive-thru border)

Duration: 13 hours
Destination: Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

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  • 13 hours
  • Singapore
  • E-Voucher
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  • Not-Cancellable


Venture out of Singapore and visit Malacca on this fully-guided day tour from Singapore, accompanied throughout by your English-speaking guide.

Start the day with an assisted immigration clearance, before being chauffeured to UNESCO World Heritage site - Malacca in style.

Trace the footsteps of the Portuguese, Dutch and British with your English-speaking guide amongst the ruins, before hopping onboard a Melaka River cruise, with exclusive photostops at Flor De La Mar (Portuguese shipwreck replica) and A Famosa Fort (Portuguese ruins).

Have a taste of Malacca's famous Cendol dessert and take some time to stroll along Jonker Street, before returning to Singapore.

- Fully-guided day tour with English-speaking guide
- Enjoy Melaka River cruise with a refreshing bowl of Cendol dessert
- Exclusive photostops at Flor De La Mar and A Famosa Fort

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Singapore, Singapore

Begin with an early morning pickup at your Singapore hotel.

Our trained driver will meet you at the hotel driveway to check your documents before escorting you through immigration via the drive-through border (no standing-in-line).

After clearing immigration, our English-speaking guide will settle you into the comfortable seats of your air-conditioned vehicle to enjoy the 4-hour chauffeured drive to Malacca - a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was once the country’s busiest trading port.

Stop At: Melaka River Cruise Jeti Taman Rempah, Jalan Persisiran Bunga Raya, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia

Upon arrival in Malacca, you will hop onboard a scenic river cruise that will sail you into the heart of UNESCO Malacca. Spanning 10-kilometer, Malacca river was once dubbed the "Venice of the East" by European seafarers as it was a prominent port of entry for traders from Europe and Asia during the late 16th century.

Note: In the event that the river cruise is closed (ie: weather/safety reasons etc), a 30-min Melaka Riverside drive + 15-min Melaka Trishaw ride will be offered as a replacement.

Duration: 45 minutes

Pass By: St. Francis Xavier Church, 12 Jalan Banda Kaba, Melaka 75000 Malaysia

During the river cruise, you will see this twin-spired neo-gothic leaning structure that was built in 1849, in honour of St. Francis Xavier, a prominent 16th-century Catholic missionary also known as the "Apostle of the East".

Stop At: Red Square (Dutch Square), Melaka Malaysia

Next, you will be first be brought to Dutch Square. Dutch Square is distinguished by a group of bright, terracotta-red colonial Dutch buildings, built between 1650 and 1750, with louvered windows and chunky doors with wrought iron hinges.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Christ Church, Jalan Kota, Melaka 75000 Malaysia

Christ Church was built as a place of worship by the Dutch in 1753, about a century after they took over Malacca from the Portuguese. When the British occupied Malacca, it was turned into an Anglican church with a weathercock and bell added to show the direction of the wind.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Queen Victoria's Fountain, Jalan Gereja Bandar Hilir, Melaka 75000 Malaysia

Queen Victoria's Fountain is an ornate Victorian marble addition, erected in 1904 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Melaka Clock Tower, Jalan Gereja, Melaka 75000 Malaysia

Tan Beng Swee Clock Tower was built by a wealthy Straits Chinese family in 1886 in honour of Tan Beng Swee, a rich Chinese merchant.

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: The Stadthuys, Banda Hilir, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia

Stadthuys was built by the Dutch in 1650 as the office of the Dutch Governor and Deputy Governor.

Stop At: St. Paul's Hill & Church (Bukit St. Paul), Jalan Kota, Melaka 75000 Malaysia

At the top of St. Paul's Hill sits the iconic statue of St. Francis Xavier next to the famous St. Paul’s Church. Plenty of engraved Dutch tombstones are laid against the walls of this roofless church, originally built in 1521. From the church, you can take in breathtaking views of the Straits Of Malacca.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Straits of Malacca

From a vantage point, you will have a good view of the Straits Of Malacca. The Straits of Malacca is 800km long, and it connects the Pacific Ocean to the east with the Indian Ocean to the west. It is also one of the most important shipping lanes in the world, with over 94,000 vessels passing through each year, carrying about 25% of the world's traded goods.

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: British Graveyard, Batu Linggi, Melaka Malaysia

A short walk down from St. Paul's Church leads to the overgrown remains of the Dutch Graveyard. It was originally used as a Dutch graveyard in the late 17th-century when the VOC (Dutch East India Company) was still in control. The graveyard was also used by British while they were in Malacca.

Stop At: A Famosa Fort, Jalan Parameswara Bandar Hilir, 2 Min Walk from St Paul's Church, Melaka 78000 Malaysia

Walking down from the Dutch graveyard, you will arrive at A Famosa Fort, which is the oldest surviving structure in South East Asia. It was built in 1511 using laterite stones by Alfonso de Albuquerque, the man who led the Portuguese invasion into Malacca. The fort used to surround the whole St. Paul's Hill. However, what remains of the fort now is just a gate.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Malacca Sultanate Palace, Jalan Kota, Melaka 75000 Malaysia

From A Famosa Fort, you will have a vantage view of a replica of the old Malacca Sultanate Palace. The building is a modern reconstruction of the palace of the Malacca Sultanate, which was founded by King Parameswara in the 1400s.

Pass By: Proclamation of Independence Memorial, Memorial Pengisytiharan Kemerdekaan, Jln Parameswara, Banda Hilir, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia

From A Famosa Fort, you will have a vantage view of Proclamation Of Independence Memorial. The building used to house the Malacca Club - a meeting place for members of the British colonial society to socialise. The building was later converted into a memorial in 1985 to commemorate Malaysia's independence from the British.

Pass By: Middleburg Bastion, Jalan Merdeka, Melaka Malaysia

A short walk from A Famosa Fort, you will see a replica of the old Middleburg Bastion. After conquering Malacca in 1641, the Dutch constructed the bastion which is strategically located at the mouth of Malacca River to strengthen the existing city defence left behind by the Portuguese.

Pass By: Flora de la Mar Maritime Museum, Jalan Quayside, Melaka 75000 Malaysia

Flora De La Mar can be translated as Flower Of The Sea in English. Situated near the mouth of the Malacca River, this is the site of a replica of the Portuguese ship that sank off the coast of Malacca on its return trip to Portugal in late 1511, carrying with it treasures from Malacca.

Stop At: Hang Jebat Mausoleum, Jalan Kampung Kuli, Melaka 75200 Malaysia

A short walk from Flora De La Mar is Hang Jebat Mausoleum, dedicated to a warrior felled by misplaced loyalty and tragic circumstances. Hang Jebat began his career as one of Malacca’s most legendary warriors during the 15th century.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Jonker Street, Jalan Hang Jebat, Melaka Malaysia

Next, you will visit Jonker Street, which is flanked on both sides by souvenir and snack shops. You will be spoilt for choice to buy something to remember this tour of Malacca.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Chinatown - Melaka, Melaka Malaysia

Next, you will arrive at Malacca's Chinatown, where you can try Malacca's famous Cendol dessert.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Peranakan Place, Singapore Singapore

Peranakan culture is characterized by its unique hybridization of ancient Chinese culture with the local Malay culture - the result of a centuries-long history of transculturation and interracial marriages. The male is known as Baba, and the female is known as Nyonya. Within Peranakan Place Nyonya Dessert House, you will find a wide selection of pastries showcasing the sleekest Nyonya culinary skills.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Nyonya Art Studio 娘惹摄影馆, 15, Jalan Hang Kasturi, 75250 Melaka, Malaysia

Upon request, your guide can bring you to the renowned Baba & Nyonya Art Studio located along Jonker Street. The Nyonya Art Studio offers some of the finest Nyonya Kebaya traditional outfits for sale. You may also rent a Nyonya Kebaya outfit here to take personal photos with.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Museum of Royal Malaysian Customs Department​​​, Jalan Merdeka Bandar Hilir, Melaka 75000 Malaysia

Melaka Port Customs Museum was originally built as a warehouse in the 1890s and used to store imported commodities such as rice, sugar, textiles pending determination and payment of customs duties. It was converted into a museum in 2006 by the Royal Malaysian Customs Department.

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Arulmiku Poyyatha Vinayaga Moorthy Temple, No: 5 to 11, Jalan Tukang Emas, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

Hinduism is practised by 6% of the Malaysia's population. Built in 1781, Malacca's Sri Poyatha Moorthi Temple is the oldest functioning Hindu temple in Malaysia.

Stop At: Kampung Kling Mosque, Jalan Tukang Emas, Melaka 75200 Malaysia

Islam is practised by 64% of the Malaysia's population. The Kampung Kling Mosque is originally built in 1748, and it has an unique mix of Sumatran, Chinese, and Malay architecture. The minaret also resembles a pagoda.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, No. 25, Jalan To_kong, Melaka 75200 Malaysia

Buddhism is practised by 19% of the Malaysia's population. The Cheng Hoon Teng Temple was originally built during the Dutch era, and it is also the oldest functioning temple in Malaysia.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Hard Rock Cafe, 126 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3712

Finally, guests who collect Hard Rock souvenirs from across the world, will be able to stop briefly at the Rock Shop here in Malacca.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Genting Plantation Berhad @Johor, 1213-1215, Jalan Kasturi 36/45 Indahpura, Johor, Taman Johor Jaya, 81000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

After visiting Malacca in the afternoon, you will brought back to your air-conditioned vehicle to return to Singapore border.

En-route, listen to the deforestation commentary by your English-speaking guide as you pass by the massive palm oil plantations along the toll highway. You may also take the opportunity to use the bathrooms near here.

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Singapore, Singapore

After 4 hours, you will arrive at the Singapore border, where you will again be escorted by our driver through immigration via the drive-through border (no standing-in-line), before your tour finishes with a drop-off at your Singapore hotel.

  • 300+ miles in 1 day (inclusive of all highway tolls, parking fees, gas etc)
  • Entry tickets to Melaka River cruise (or Malacca Trishaw ride subject to conditions)
  • Fully-guided tour (accompanied by English-speaking guide)
  • Admission to Melaka Port Customs Museum
  • Admission to Dutch Square and Christ Church
  • Admission to St. Paul's Hill (St. Paul's Church) and A Famosa Fort
  • Admission to Jonker Street and Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
  • Admission to Hang Jebat Mausoleum and Kampung Kling Mosque
  • Bonus photostop of Straits Of Malacca (from a vantage point)
  • Bonus photostop of Flor De La Mar (Portuguese shipwreck replica)
  • Bonus photostop of Middelburg Bastion (Dutch fortress restoration)
  • Bonus photostop of Queen Victoria Fountain (British commemorative monument)
  • Round-trip transportation by air-conditioned vehicle between Singapore and Malacca
  • Free Singapore hotel pickup and drop-off (any address)
  • All border paperwork + Guaranteed drive-through lane usage at the border
  • Guaranteed 2 staff (1 English-speaking guide and 1 driver) to share workload for the long day
  • Refreshing bowl of Malacca's famous Cendol dessert
  • Malaysian-style lunch (choice of simple box lunch or full hotel buffet lunch)
  • Entry/Admission - Museum of Royal Malaysian Customs Department​​​
  • Entry/Admission - Melaka River Cruise Jeti Taman Rempah
  • Entry/Admission - Christ Church
  • Entry/Admission - Chinatown - Melaka
  • Entry/Admission - Hang Jebat Mausoleum

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Guests can remain seated inside the vehicle to clear immigration at the drive-thru border (fully accompanied by your driver)
    • Guests who wish to visit the Baba & Nyonya Art Studio (traditional clothes), please feel free to discuss with your guide on the day of travel
    • In the event that the river cruise is closed (ie: weather/safety reasons etc), a 30-min Melaka Riverside drive + 15-min Melaka Trishaw ride will be offered as a replacement
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Guests who require infant/booster seats, please indicate child's weight at time of booking
    • Guests who require halal/vegetarian* food, please indicate at time of booking (note: vegetarian food prepared in Malaysian style only; vegan/keto/diabetic/gluten-free food is regretfully not available)
    • Guests who wish to learn more about Malaysian cuisine, please feel free to discuss with your guide on the day of travel
    • A current valid passport (with at least 6 months validity) is required on the day of travel to visit Malaysia
    • Guests from Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Colombia, India, Israel, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, North Korea, North/East/West/Central Africa, Pakistan, Serbia Montenegro, Sri Lanka: Please seek prior travel authorization from your nearest Malaysian embassy
    • Malaysia's weather is warm and humid with occasional rain the whole year round, please dress appropriately and bring along portable umbrellas as per your discretion
    • Guests should have a moderate physical fitness level as this tour includes a substantial amount of walking around historical sites (upon arrival in UNESCO Malacca) and guests should expect to spend about 3 hours in UNESCO Malacca
    • Due to Covid-19, all guests are required to submit a personal health declaration via the SG Arrival Card website/app (every time before entering Singapore). Please search "MyICA Mobile" on Apple App store or Google Play store. For further assistance, consult your guide on your date of travel.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    Departure Point

    Traveler pickup is offered
    ✅ Our guests' time and well-being are at the heart of everything we do. This tour starts early (with free Singapore hotel pickup/drop-off) to get ahead of the worst tourist crowds at UNESCO Malacca.

    Departure Time

    05:00 AM

    Voucher info

    You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


    13 hours

    User's Reviews


    05 Aug, 2023

    Dian is the greatest guide I ever knew! She is so friendly, has a lot of knowledge, and super patience! She brings us to go to all historical places! We got local lunch on hotel buffet that was really good! I thought I can’t eat some of Malay food but turned out that all the food was amazing! The river cruise also a must thing to do! So relax and can see the history of old malacca. Would recommend!!


    04 Aug, 2023

    Booked small group tour but ended with free upgrade for private tour. Guide gave us free bonus to visit local side and told us a lot of history and the untold story about Malacca Kingdom


    12 May, 2023

    We had a wonderful day. The driver and guide made the trip comfortable, enjoyable and informative. Loved it.

    Edd N

    10 May, 2023

    I had only read about the Malacca Straits in school, I didn’t realize there was so much history in Malacca. Malacca was very different from the glitz and glamour of Singapore. It was very easy to do this trip.


    06 May, 2023

    Very informative and friendly. So glad we didn't try to navigate the Singapore/Malaysia border crossing ourselves. That alone was worth the expense. Had a very nice walking tour around Malacca, river cruise, then free time to wander Chinatown on our own for shopping. Called the day off with an excellent lunch.

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    Try it and love it


    Neat little historical city




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