Thriving businesses, an energized population and an iconic skyline describe Hong Kong’s worldly flair. Tour the booming neighborhoods before venturing off the coast to Macau. Macau is a small island with a loud voice. Glitzy casinos are paired next to World Heritage-listed sites, combining old world charm and new world style. These cities architecture, art, religion and food are highlights of any visit.
|Hong Kong||The Peninsula Hong Kong|
|Macau||Mandarin Oriental Macau|
- Roundtrip private airport transfers
- 3 nights Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Orientation Tour
- Afternoon/Evening Foodie Tour
- 2 nights Macau
- Macau Tour
- Ferry from Macau to Hong Kong Airport Terminal
- Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Day 1 – USA to Hong Kong
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price.
Day 2 – Welcome to Hong Kong
A driver will meet you after baggage claim to transfer you to your accommodation.
The Peninsula Hong Kong
The Peninsula Hong Kong has long been hailed as one of the finest hotels in the world. Created over 75 years ago in the glamorous 1920s, the legendary 'Grande Dame of the Far East' continues to set hotel standards worldwide, offering a blend of the best of Eastern and Western hospitality in an atmosphere of unmatched classical grandeur and timeless elegance.
Among the most spacious in Hong Kong, all rooms and suites in The Peninsula Hong Kong are furnished to the very highest standards of luxury, blending classical European elegance with subtle oriental influences. Rooms are designed not only for their comfort and style, but also for maximum convenience, including advanced technology. Guests have a choice of rooms and suites in either the grand, historic Original Building or the more contemporary floors of The Peninsula Tower, with commanding views of the harbor and the city.
Starting Accommodation: The Peninsula Hong Kong
Day 3 – Hong Kong Island Orientation Tour
Traverse the World-renowned Victoria Harbour via the Cross-Harbor Tunnel. Then drive through Wanchai and take the Peak Tram to Victoria Peak, which operates on a double reversible funicular system with a maximum speed of 6 meters per second. Victoria Peak offers a breath-taking 360-degree view of the bustling harbour, Hong Kong Island and Kowloon as far as the eye can see. From Victoria Peak, the tour continues to Aberdeen village via the scenic resort areas of Repulse Bay and Deep Water Bay. At Aberdeen board a sampan to see the fishing junks and the Jumbo floating restaurant moored there. The tour will continue to Stanley Markets where you will have free time to stroll around historic fishing lanes jam-packed with vendors selling Chinese artwork, silk collectibles and curios.
The afternoon is at your leisure to explore the city. Hong Kong is a place of contrasts: geographically, socially and economically. Although many Asian cities claim to be where East meets West, the former British Crown Colony-whose largely Chinese population was ruled by Europeans for 156 years-is probably the closest the world comes to the genuine article.
Starting Accommodation: The Peninsula Hong Kong (B)
Day 4 – Hong Kong Foodie Tour
Your journey will take you to five family-run tasting locations in the Central and Sheung Wan neighborhoods. Each eatery has been specially selected not only to represent the best examples of Hong Kong cuisine but also for the unique and interesting stories behind them.
Along the foodie tour, your local Foodie guide will share stories behind Hong Kong's development, introduce you to important historical figures, and lead you to beautiful colonial architecture that still remains. The guide will also tell you fun facts about Central & Sheung Wan. The tour will have you meander from one tasting location to another, walk through an open market, and watch how locals buy fresh fish and produce.
Delicious food specialties are served on the Central & Sheung Wan Foodie Tour (subject to change):
Wonton Noodle Shop
Fresh Juice Shop
Preserved Fruits Specialty House
Starting Accommodation: The Peninsula Hong Kong (B)
Day 5 – Macau Tour
Your trip to Macau today will be by Jetfoil. Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and transfer you to the ferry terminal and accompany you on today's excursion. On arrival in Macau a vehicle and local driver will be waiting for you.
Visit Macau, a former Portuguese colony southwest of Hong Kong. It is a mixture of Florence, Monte Carlo and an ancient Chinese town. Its numerous historical points of interest includes Saint Paul's Ruins - a reminder of how Christianity reached the east, Temple of the Goddess of Mercy - where the first commercial treaty between China and the USA was signed, Porta De Cerco Gate border - the boundary between communist China and Macau, Penha Hill which offers the most spectacular view of the enclave. Macau is also well known for its casino with all kinds of Chinese and international gambling games.
Starting Accommodation: Mandarin Oriental Macau (B, L)
Day 6 – Day at Leisure
Today is at your leisure to explore the island.
Although best known for gambling, Macau is rich in attractions and oozing with atmosphere, thanks to hundreds of years of fusion between European and Chinese cultures. Macau is a fascinating place to just walk around as the place is packed with churches, temples, fortresses and other old buildings bearing an interesting mix of Portuguese and Chinese characteristics. Besides buildings, there are also hundreds of narrow alleyways forming a maze in the old part of Macau where the people of Macau carry out businesses and work. If the sheer density of humans get to you, take a break and enjoy several pretty gardens or head to the island.
One of the interesting things to see in Macau is a statue of the Bodhisatta Avalokitesvara, known as kwoon yam in Cantonese, located next to the sea near the Sands Casino and MGM Grand. Despite being a Chinese deity, the statue is distinctly European in design and resembles statues of the Virgin Mary one can find in Europe.
Starting Accommodation: Mandarin Oriental Macau (B)
Day 7 – Macau to USA
You will travel back to Hong Kong on a high-speed ferry where a driver will transfer you to the Hong Kong Airport to begin your journey back to the USA. (B)