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Hong Kong

Day 1: Hong Kong
Upon arrival in Hong Kong, I’ll be picked up by private vehicle at the Hong Kong International Airport and transferred to my hotel. Depending on when I arrive, spend the rest of the day either relaxing at the hotel or exploring the city at your leisure, using recommendations of things to do and see that you can find in my hotel lobby.

Overnight: Royal Plaza Hotel in Hong Kong (rated 4 stars on TripAdvisor) or similar

Day 2: Hong Kong (B, L)
After breakfast at my hotel, board the sightseeing coach and begin my Hong Kong tour, which includes interesting commentary from my guide. Make my way to the heart of the city to experience one of its most popular activities – riding the 120-year-old Peak Tram! As I take the 8-minute ride, enjoy spectacular views of the city, Victoria Harbour and beyond. Once I reach the top, continue to be amazed by views of the surrounding city skyline, Victoria Harbour, Kowloon, towering skyscrapers and peaceful green hillsides.

Then, board the coach once again to head to the Aberdeen Floating Village, an old fishing village at Aberdeen Harbour that celebrates the age-old marine and fishing traditions of Hong Kong. Walk around the area with your guide and discover the lifestyles of its residents, a lot of whom rely on the boats for living and working every day. For lunch, get an authentic taste of Aberdeen with Chinese dim sum at Jumbo Floating Restaurant, moored in Aberdeen Harbour.

Spend my afternoon perusing the stalls of Stanley Market to see a wide variety of souvenirs such as silk, garments, sportswear, Chinese artwork and accessories.

After my tour, the rest of the day is mine to do as I wish.

Overnight: Royal Plaza Hotel in Hong Kong (rated 4 stars on TripAdvisor) or similar

Day 3 Hong Kong – Macau (B, L)
After breakfast, enjoy a private transfer to the Hong Kong/Macau Ferry Terminal for your high-speed ferry from Hong Kong to Macau. During the hour-long ride, enjoy the modern vessel’s facilities like video entertainment and a catering counter (own expense).

Upon arrival, board I comfortable coach for my second fully guided sightseeing tour. As my ride around this diverse region, i’ll stop at various handpicked landmarks, including what is called the Historic Centre of Macau, a collection of more than 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites that displays the successful co-existence of Chinese and Portuguese cultures in this region.

Stop at A-Ma Temple, one of the oldest and most famous Taoist temples in Macau, built almost 400 years ago. Then follow my guide up the 66 steps of the Ruins of St Paul, a 16th-century complex featuring remains of the Cathedral of St Paul. Admire the intricate stonework of the church’s façade and the incredible handiwork of its original pillars and shrines. I will also visit the Fortaleza de Monte (Mount Fortress), a historical military center built in the 1600s to protect Jesuit properties in the region. In between sightseeing, stop at a local restaurant to enjoy a lunch of local dishes that blend Southeast Asian and Portuguese cuisines.

Continue my tour at the Macau Museum, where I’ll view exhibitions displaying a vast number of historical objects that demonstrate the culture of the region’s original inhabitants. End my day at Macau Tower, where I’ll ascend 731 feet (223 meters) from the ground to the observation deck to enjoy unobstructed views of the Macau skyline, the Pearl River Delta and the outlying islands!

Macau Tower is host to a large number of both fancy and affordable bistros that offer a delectable end to my day (dinner at own expense). Then transfer back to my hotel for the night.

Overnight: Royal Macau Hotel in Macau (rated 4 stars on TripAdvisor) or similar

Day 4: Macau (B)
Today is a free day to explore Macau on my own and visit places I didn’t have the chance to the day before. After breakfast in my hotel, forge my own path, or choose any of the activities or attractions on my list of recommendations that I received prior to my trip (all activities on this day is at my own expense).

Perhaps I’d like to revisit the Historic Centre of Macau. Or if Im feeling a bit adventurous, go bungee jumping from the top of Macau Tower. Enjoy a lunch and dinner of Macanese cuisine like galinha a Portuguesa (Portuguese-style chicken), Macanese chili shrimp, bacalhau (dried and salted codfish) or stir-fry curry crab.

If I’d like a little entertainment this evening, enjoy the House of Dancing Waters, a breathtaking water show of high-flying stunts and aerial acrobatics set to the backdrop of a massive cobalt pool. End your night, if you wish, by trying your luck at one of the casinos sprinkled across Macau.

Overnight: Royal Macau Hotel in Macau (rated 4 stars on TripAdvisor) or similar

Day 5: Macau – Hong Kong (B)
After breakfast and checkout, you’ll be driven by private transfer back to the Macau Ferry Terminal to take the high-speed ferry back to Hong Kong. Then, relax in another private transfer to your own Hong Kong hotel or the Hong Kong International Airport.

Posted by Josip98 06:07 Archived in Hong Kong

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