Hong Kong Heritage
Defiantly unique, Hong Kong combines Chinese roots, British colonial heritage, and an international outlook — resulting in a culture like no other.
This itinerary follows the tangled threads of Hong Kong’s history into old Chinese herb shops and dried seafood markets, into Tang-style landscaped gardens and Buddhist nunneries, and to peaceful islands where stilt villages and fishermens’ temples seem unaware of the big city just a stone’s throw away.
Transport in detail
Besides two included airport transfers by private car, you’ll be getting around independently using Hong Kong’s excellent public transport system.
This itinerary is designed to take you beneath the surface of modern Hong Kong and into its rich history
Two full days of private guiding mean you can travel at your own pace and tailor the experience to your interests
Things to consider
It’s an action-packed trip, so you won’t have much time for independent exploration and may miss some more “classic” experiences
Private guiding in Hong Kong is pricey, so consider including more independent exploration if you’re looking to save money
We built this itinerary around history and heritage, but we can design bespoke trips based on any theme. Just let us know what your interests are and we’ll get started.
Hong Kong Island/Kowloon
Salt-baked quail’s eggs, soy-braised cuttlefish and typhoon shelter crab: this morning is all about getting to know Hong Kong’s culinary heritage. Starting with its old-fashioned seafood markets and ginseng shops in Kowloon — including a stop at one of its oldest temples — then hop across the water in search of eggettes, stinky tofu and siu mai fish parcels on Hong Kong Island. In the afternoon, head into the suburbs to admire the Chi Lin Nunnery and Naan Lian Garden, both exquisitely designed in the Tang dynasty style against the surreal backdrop of the city skyline. Finish the day back among the fish, flower and bird markets of Mong Kok, under the blinking lights of neon signs.
Cross Victoria Harbor on the iconic Star Ferry
Taste your way through Hong Kong’s different neighborhoods as you sample world-class street food
Visit traditional temples and gardens built in time-honored Chinese style
It’s time to slow the pace with a day on Lantau: Hong Kong’s biggest island. This is where Hongkongers come to escape the breakneck pace of city living, and it’s so green and tranquil that it can feel almost like a different country entirely. Make the most of the laid-back atmosphere as you explore the grand halls, pagodas, courtyards and gardens of Po Lin Monastery, then climb the steps to Tian Tan — the largest seated bronze buddha in the world. The cable car back to the mainland offers stunning panoramic views over sea and city, and you should have no problem locating the perfect sky bar in which to toast your last night as you arrive back in Kowloon.
Enjoy spectacular views from the cable car to Lantau Island
Explore Hong Kong’s Buddhist heritage as you climb up to the Big Buddha and its nearby monastery
Get to know a peaceful side of Hong Kong that feels worlds away from the big city
The finer detail
- Breakfast every day
- Two Lunches: Several bites as part of a foodie tour; lunch in Lantau
- Two full-day experiences: Private Tour of East meets West Hong Kong; Private Day Trip to Lantau Island
- All entrance fees to sites included in guided experiences
- All internal transport & accommodation
Logistics & journey times
Car transfer from Hong Kong airport to hotel (40 minutes)
Car transfer from hotel to Hong Kong airport (40 minutes)
What's not included
- International flights
- Meals not mentioned
- Entrance fees to any sites not included in guided experiences
- Tips for guides & porters