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
You will be met by a representative holding a sign with the company logo at the waiting hall, which is after baggage claim and customs clearance. You will then be transferred to your hotel.
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.
Perched precariously on the edge of mainland China, Hong Kong has been battered by geopolitical forces for centuries. Thanks to its strategic deepwater harbor and proximity to Asia's most populous nation, the city profited as the capitalist gateway for the communist giant to the north. What was once a fishing village became one of the world's busiest international ports and business centers.
Scratch the cosmopolitan, high-tech surface, however, and you'll discover vestiges of ancient China lying just below the city's modern urban facade and, in some cases, right alongside it. Residents invariably live in two worlds: Skyscrapers and enormous shopping malls sit next to narrow alleys crowded with traditional vendors' stalls. Business people use cell phones to consult fortune-tellers before making important decisions. Taoist priests exorcise evil spirits from buildings, even from the city's racecourses. In sleepy walled villages, farmers tend their crops in the same way they have for generations.Starting Accommodation:
Day 3 – Hong Kong Island Orientation Tour
Traverse the world-renowned Victoria Harbour via the Cross-Harbor Tunnel. We 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 harbor, 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.Starting Accommodation:
Day 4 – Hong Kong TouringHong Kong Art Tour
This luxury tours of local galleries in Hong Kong which specialize in Chinese contemporary art, and Western contemporary art. During the tour, the guide will share their knowledge by providing in depth explanations of the exhibitions as well as descriptions of the artists and their historical importance. Each tour is unique, so if you have a preference towards a certain genre, artists or region, please let us know in advance. This tour includes an introduction to the gallery director, a detailed itinerary, an intimate viewing of works that are not in the exhibition, and complimentary champagne upon request.Foodies Walking 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.Starting Accommodation:
Day 5 – Hong Kong to Macau
Today you will take the ferry from Hong Kong to Macau. Macau was one of the earliest European colonies in Asia and the last to be relinquished (1999) and thus has a more visible colonial history than Hong Kong. Walking through the old city you could convince yourself you were in Europe - if the streets were devoid of people and signs in Chinese, that is. The Portuguese and Macanese populations continue to maintain a presence but, as expected, most of the population is native Chinese. Macau Tour
Tour 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 – At leisure, Macau
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.Starting Accommodation:
Mandarin Oriental Macau (B)
Day 7 – Macau to USA
This morning transfer by ferry from Macau to Hong Kong Airport, where you will board your departure flight to the USA. (B)