December 23-29, 2019
Day 1 – Monday Dec 23 Arrive Hong Kong
Arrive this evening in Hong Kong, the 'City of Lights'. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the Regal Kowloon hotel. The city's magic is as captivating as ever. Hong Kong is where the mystical East meets the modern West, where the potpourri of sights, smells and sounds never fails to delight the senses. A city that is filled with drive and energy. One of the world’s most beautiful harbor settings.
Overnight Regal Kowloon or similar
Day 2 - Tuesday Dec 24 Hong Kong (BD)
Your introduction to dynamic Hong Kong begins with a tour of Hong Kong Island. You’ll see the classic attractions: Victoria Peak (tram) for a panoramic view of the one of the world’s most beautiful harbors. Continue to the Aberdeen typhoon shelter for a glimpse of the floating community of fishermen and top off the morning with street market shopping at Stanley Market. Welcome dinner at local Chinese restaurant (walk to restaurant with guide assistance )
Day 3 – Wednesday Dec 25 Hong Kong (BD).
Morning at leisure. We suggest a visit to the Hong Kong Museum or Art with traditional and startlingly modern pieces. Or attend a tea event, sometimes held at the Tea Museum, in a historic building formerly that of the British Commander in Chief.
Afternoon visit the fascinating neighborhoods of Mongkok and Yau Ma Tei, where you can really see daily life. It’s a good chance to learn about the culture and traditions beyond travel books.
Bird Market: The charming Chinese-style garden on Yuen Po Street includes some 70 songbird stalls as well as courtyards and moon gates. There is a delightful variety of bird cages. The colorful and aromatic Flower Market sells everything from Dutch tulips to exotic orchids, while the Goldfish Market on nearby Tung Choi Street is where you can find more than those friendly little orange creatures: corals and exotic fish add to the scene
Visit the Jade Market . A mecca for jade collectors from all over the world. Stallholders sell everything from rare and valuable jade carvings to small, inexpensive trinkets This is a fun place to browse and perhaps buy an inexpensive memento of your visit, but unless you’re a jade expert shop nearby Jade Street for expensive purchases. Jade and gemstone testing is available at Jade Plaza. Take note of the huge jade stone at the junction of Canton Road and Jordan road, a local landmark it weighs three tons!
Tin Hua Temple is dedicated to the revered Goddess of the Sea, Tin Hua. Its locations in the middle of urban Yau Ma Tei might seem odd, but long ago, before massive land reclamation in the area, it was positioned on the waterfront. While the water may have receded, people continue to worship Tin Hua here.
Right across the way from the temple is Temple St. Night Market. We should reach here as the
market comes alive around 6 pm. This is where Hong Kong’s famous night market begins to awake. You can find all manner of bargains her. You’ll also often run into fortune tellers, one has a bird who’ll pull your paper destiny from a cup, Cantonese opera singers and professional Chinese chess players. Two new Chinese pai laus (archways) have been erected at the market’s junctions with Jordan Road and Kansu Street
Dinner will be at the Jade Garden. Return to your hotel.
Day 4 – Thursday Dec 26 Hong Kong (BL)
Full day Macao excursion with guide
The tour includes visits to Ruins of St. Paul, Mount Fortress, Sections of the Old Wall, Leal Senado Square, Border gate of mainland China, A Ma Temple and Nam Van Lake for photo opportunity and a fascinating casino. Board TurboJet for the 1 hour cruise to Macao.
Day 5 – Friday Dec 27 Hong Kong (B)
Hong Kong Foodie Tour Hong Kong Foodie Tour will be start at 2:30pm and cruise will be finished at 8:15pm, then return to the hotel at about 8:30pm. Maximum 6 hours. We’ll take public transportation with our guide. Experience a walking foodie tour in Sham Shui Po today. A food tour is a guided walking tour with a focus on a city’s culinary culture. On our food tours, you will be led by one of our Foodies who will take you to discover great eateries in selected neighborhoods where you will taste delicious classic Hong Kong cuisine at local restaurants. As you meander on your walk, you will also learn about the history and culture of Hong Kong.
Ordinary places make extraordinary experiences! Wandering Sham Shui Po, you’ll discover the real Hong Kong ambience and atmosphere. This local district is filled with historic sites, DIY tools, hawker stalls, bazaars…What’s more?
Besides the charismatic local lifestyle, Michelin-Starred restaurants and stalls of mouthwatering street foods are scattered across the district! This adventure is truly a feast for your eyes and appetite!
Accompanied by your guide, take public transportation to Tshim Shat Sui pier to join the Symphony of Lights Cruise by Aqua Luna (if Aqua Luna is not available we will use Double Deck Motor Launch) Boat departs at approximately 7:15 and cruise is 45 min- 1 hr. You are transferred to your hotel on your return.
A symphony of Lights is recognized as one of the world’s most spectacular light shows. It has become the signature icon for Hong Kong, showcasing the vibrancy and glamorous night vista of the city. Iconic buildings on both sides of the harbor unite to form a harmonious canvas for a sensational multimedia extravaganza, with a myriad of searchlights, lasers, LED screens and lighting working in symphony to put together a nightly spectacle that transforms the Hong Kong skyline into an audiovisual feast.
Day 6 – Saturday Dec 28 Hong Kong (BD)
Today is entirely free to explore this exciting city on your own. It’s easy and fun to take the ferry back and forth to Central. You may prefer an optional tour to Lantau Island to see the largest outdoor Buddha in Asia. This Includes a vegetarian lunch at Po Lin Monastery
Tai O Fishing Village
Return to the hotel to freshen up before our Farewell dinner at Peking Gardens
Day 7 – Sunday Dec 29 Hong Kong USA
Transfer to the airport for your flight home or take our optional extension to Taipei
to welcome in the New Year.
Join our optional extension to Bangkok to celebrate the New Year!
The political, economic, cultural, culinary and spiritual capital of Thailand, Bangkok is a 24-hour world-class Adventureland. Centuries of tradition meet cosmopolitan sophistication with gracious charm in a city of over ten million inhabitants. From exotic temples to elaborate palaces to lavish shopping malls to the intriguing floating market, Bangkok offers everything that is unique and fascinating with Thai culture.
Day 7- Sunday Dec. 29 Hong Kong to Bangkok (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangkok. You are welcomed and transferred to your hotel. The Sukhothai Hotel An urban oasis—5 stars
Day 8 – Monday Dec. 30 Bangkok (BD)
The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
The Grand Palace is the city’s most famous landmark and a beautiful example of an ancient Siamese court. No visit to Bangkok would be complete without it. Established in 1782 it was the residence of Thai Kings and the royal court for 150 years. Dinner tonight in a local restaurant
Day 10 – Wednesday Jan. 1, 2020 Depart Bangkok / Home
Day 9 – Tuesday Dec. 31 Bangkok (BD)
Early breakfast followed by departure: The real floating market is the one at Damnoen Saduak, around 60 miles west of Bangkok. A trip to this Thai phenomenon is like traveling back to the ancient times of the Siam Kingdom, where colorful clad merchants paddle along the narrow canals. The Floating Market is an ideal place for tourists to see the old style and traditional way of selling and buying fruits, vegetables and other goods from small boats. Tourists will also be able to see traditional Thai houses and the way locals use boats in their everyday lives. During your visit, there will be lots of activity and bargaining is part of the fun of the sale. The market’s popularity among visitors has grown over the years and outside the traditional means of selling and trading food and drinks, souvenir shops around the market are home to some of the best local handicrafts one can buy. A lovely dinner is planned for this evening.
Today you are transferred to the airport to board your flight. (B)
Early morning flights serve breakfast when airborne