This classic Hong Kong and Macao journey will show you the best of these bustling cities, both the iconic and the lesser-known and everything in between: from high-end shopping to local wet markets, from some of the most expensive neighborhoods to traditional fishing villages, and from glittering casinos to age-old temples.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
Arrive in one of Asia's most notable and exciting business capitals, Hong Kong, and check in to your luxury hotel. Once settled in, embark on a half-day historical walking tour of the city around Central, the frenetic business and retail heart crammed with skyscrapers, art galleries, trendy restaurants, and boutiques. Take a ride on the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world, the Mid-Levels escalator. Jump on the Peak Tram, the city's historic funicular, and make your way to Victoria Peak for stunning views of Hong Kong’s famed cityscape. If you wish, stretch your legs with a stroll along Peak Circle Walk which rewards hikers with views of the harbor. If timed right, you can watch the glow of the afternoon light dim into the twilight that gives way to the night and shimmering city lights.
Start your morning early with a rewarding hike along Dragon's Back trail which affords a panoramic views of iconic cityscape on one side and miles of sweeping ocean on the other. Then, take in lesser visited sights of Hong Kong island away from the skyscrapers: from Repulse Bay, one of the most expensive residential areas in the world, to the humble fishing village of Aberdeen. Get on a private sampan and cruise in the harbor for a closer look at where people still live and work on boats. For a unique experience, opt for a seafood meal on a floating restaurant. Don't miss Stanley market, a popular local favorite which offers a relaxed outdoor shopping and dining scene along a promenade.
Explore yet another side of Hong Kong: Kowloon, across Victoria Harbor. Take the classic Star Ferry across the harbor and arrive at Tsim Sha Tsui (TST). The immediate waterfront's promenade is also known as Avenue of Stars which honors celebrities of the Hong Kong film industry. Then, head over to Mongkok district, a bustling scene of street food, buildings studded with neon signboards, and markets galore. Take your pick from bargain markets, flower market, even bird and goldfish markets. A highlight today is a hands-on lesson on making dim sum, a feast of bite-sized dishes served with tea that is a quintessential Hong Kong experience. If you wish, extend your time in Kowloon into the night when the neon signs light up the streets and night markets come to life.
Today travel onward to neighboring Macao, just a quick hydrofoil ride across the Pearl River Delta. Similar to Hong Kong, Macao is a tightly-packed metropolis with glittering skyscrapers yet distinctly offers Portuguese colonial heritage, unique fusion cuisine, and the glitziest casino strip in all of Asia. Explore the UNESCO-designated highlights such as St. Paul's Cathedral, Senado Square, and Monte Fort before seeing Old Macao in the historic villages of Taipa and Coloane. Finally, spend an exciting last night on the town starting with VIP seats at the award-winning House of Dancing Water show followed by a tour of the Cotai Strip's Vegas-style mega hotels and casinos.
Spend the morning as you wish, whether relaxing at your luxury hotel or exploring on your own. We recommend taking the last opportunity to enjoy some of Macao's favorite snacks such as the porkchop bun and a Portuguese egg tart. When you're ready, a private car will take you to the airport for your flight onward.
The iconic Peninsula Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui has been hosting dignitaries and other well-heeled travelers to Hong Kong since 1928 when it was deemed "the finest hotel east of Suez" Guests can stay in the classic structure still standing from that time, or in a room in the 30-story tower rising over the original hotel with sweeping views of Hong Kong Island and Victoria Harbour. There are 300 sumptuous rooms and eight restaurants, which are some of the best in the city: Spring Moon for Cantonese, Gaddi's for French, Felix for contemporary international cuisine, and the Lobby for afternoon tea, a Hong Kong institution. The ground floor and first floor constitute the Peninsula Shopping Arcade filled with boutiques offering the world's finest luxury items. The Peninsula Spa is another "must-do" on guests' itineraries, and the property's wellness facilities also include a fully equipped fitness center and indoor pool with sauna. The hotel is also distinguished by its fleet of signature Rolls Royces, painted in a distinctive hue known as "Peninsula green" and which guests may hire. The property is an hour away from Chek Lap Kok airport (HKG).
Opened in 2009, Hong Kong’s hip and luxurious Upper House is the sister hotel of Beijing’s Opposite House. Occupying floors 38 to 49 of the Pacific Place tower in Admiralty, Upper House was designed by architect Andre Fu, dubbed by Conde Nast Traveler as an “Asian design sensation.” His meticulous design is intended to evoke the intimacy and tranquility of a private home high above the hectic city. Each of the hotel’s 117 rooms, including 21 suites and two penthouses, has a dramatic harbour view or city view. Amenities in every room include an iPod Touch with custom music playlists, hotel and area information; 42-inch LCD TVs with surround sound, video-on-demand and PC, camcorder and MP3 connectivity; and choice of broadband or wireless Internet. On the property’s 49th floor, Café Gray Deluxe is helmed by chef Gray Kunz, featuring a 46-foot-long open kitchen and bar of the same length, as well as a private dining room for up to 12. Upper House’s atrium presents a 10-storey sculpture by Hiroshiwata Sawada, and each room’s decor includes a unique sandstone sculpture by Marvin Mintofang. There is also a gym with cardiovascular and weight-training equipment. Upper House is approximately 40 minutes from Chek Lap Kok International Airport.
The largest property in the brand’s portfolio, The St. Regis Macao is one of the most impressive pieces of real estate in Macao. Standing 38 floors high, the hotel commands panoramic views of the striking luminescence of Cotai Strip, the entertainment hub of the city, presenting a cornucopia of shopping, leisure and dining choices, and compounding Macao’s reputation as one of the preeminent hot spots for the elite international traveler, and absolutely perfect for major events like the International Fireworks competition and Macao Grand Prix. All 700 rooms and suites equipped with the latest technology and swathed in the finest linens and soft furnishings, creating an atmosphere of refined opulence that is second to none. Days can be spent lounging in the opulent surroundings of the pool, or guests can treat themselves to one of a wide range of treatments in the Iridium Spa.
Reminiscent of the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong, sharing its classic lines and restrained opulence, the Ritz Carlton in Macau is complete with little touches that will surprise and delight those familiar with the seminal home of Asian luxury. The all-suite hotel has over 250 large and supremely appointed accommodations, replete with floor-to-ceiling windows, marble bathrooms and high-tech entertainment systems. Echoing the abundance of gastronomic innovation found on the Cotai Strip, the hotel has four different dining options, presenting a choice of local delicacies, Western favorites and fine dining, to keep guests satiated day and night. To complete the indulgence, guests can lounge in the waters of the heated pool and jacuzzi, and be pampered with a myriad of rejuvenating treatments in the ESPA.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
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