Your 5-day independent tour begins in Hong Kong, where you will enjoy amazing views of the city on the way to Victoria Peak, encounter the traditional fishing lifestyle in the Aberdeen Floating Village and witness Chinese market culture at Stanley Market.
You will then cross the Pearl River by high-speed ferry to Macau, a prime destination rife with landmarks displaying its deep Portuguese influences. Learn about Macau’s history as a Portuguese territory while you sightsee around UNESCO World Heritage Sites like A-Ma Temple, Fortaleza de Monte (Mount Fortress) and the Ruins of St Paul. Get a more modern view of this area as you soar to the top of Macau Tower and enjoy a spectacular aerial view of the whole region.
Prior to your trip, an itinerary will be sent to you that details all your scheduled tours and activities. For days when no activities are scheduled for you, refer to your provided list of excellent recommendations of things to do and see in Hong Kong and Macau. Please see the Itinerary below for more details on each day of the tour.
As this is an independent tour, the time of day you eat your meals is flexible, depending on when you finish your sightseeing and guided tours. Breakfast is served in your hotels and other meals will be enjoyed a t local restaurants, where you can enjoy local delicacies of your choice.
Upon arrival in Hong Kong, you’ll be picked up by private vehicle at the Hong Kong International Airport and transferred to your hotel. Depending on when you 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 your hotel lobby.
After breakfast at your hotel, board the sightseeing coach and begin your Hong Kong tour, which includes interesting commentary from your guide. Make your way to the heart of the city to experience one of its most popular activities – riding the 120-year-old Peak Tram! As you take the 8-minute ride, enjoy spectacular views of the city, Victoria Harbour and beyond. Once you 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 your afternoon perusing the stalls of Stanley Market to see a wide variety of souvenirs such as silk, garments, sportswear, Chinese artwork and accessories. After your tour, the rest of the day is yours to do as you wish.
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 your comfortable coach for your second fully guided sightseeing tour. As you ride around this diverse region, you’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 your 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. You 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 your tour at the Macau Museum, where you’ll view exhibitions displaying a vast number of historical objects that demonstrate the culture of the region’s original inhabitants. End your day at Macau Tower, where you’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 your day (dinner at own expense). Then transfer back to your hotel for the night.
Today is a free day to explore Macau on your own and visit places you didn’t have the chance to the day before. After breakfast in your hotel, forge your own path, or choose any of the activities or attractions on your list of recommendations that you received prior to your trip (all activities on this day is at your own expense). Perhaps you’d like to revisit the Historic Centre of Macau. Or if you’re 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 you’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.
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. Explore the charming sights of Hong Kong and Macau on this 5-day independent trip that gives you the flexibility to travel on your own, with the added bonus of private transportation and accommodation! Hear informative commentary on two guided sightseeing tours in both cities. In Hong Kong, discover its diverse landmarks like the Aberdeen Floating Village and the Peak Tram. Then spend two full days in Macau, where you’ll visit heritage sites that represent its Portuguese and Chinese influences, as well as its modern establishments like Macau Tower. Accommodation in 4-star hotels and some meals of traditional cuisine are included.