The coast, villages and countryside of the Eastern Algarve and then explore the treasures of this most westerly corner of Europe.
Experience Hong Kong from a new perspective. Unspoilt hill country and outlying islands, far away from the crowds.
What does this mean?
Tour codes: 42800
Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.
Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.
Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.
Hong Kong welcomes with an iconic skyline, varied cuisine, and lush, protected nature where rare birds and colourful traditions thrive. One of our more popular tours, come explore the hills and outlying islands, where we walk through lush open countryside and along deserted coastal paths away from the crowds.
Underneath the neon lights, glass and steel of Hong Kong’s commercial persona is a cultural landscape where its Chinese roots and colonial connections become intertwined.
Hong Kong is a beguiling place to visit; a teeming metropolis with a harbour surrounded by skyscrapers, yet with the attraction of walking trails in the backdrop of the relatively remote and unspoiled New Territories. The Chinese metropolis is full of colour: outdoor markets, shopping precincts, streets awash with illuminated signs and shops filled with exotic goods and foods from mainland China. The harbour scenes are a myriad of ferries, sampans, junks and floating restaurants. A walk to the lofty heights of Victoria Peak overlooking all of this is a must!
Beyond the maze of streets and skyscrapers lies another world of unspoilt hilly countryside and countless islands where little has changed for centuries. Numerous ferries ply these outlying islands, havens of peace far from the crowds. We’ll wander across Lantau Island to visit Tai O, a little village that seems to come out of the Middle Ages and walk on car free Lamma Island. North of Kowloon towards the border with mainland China, we come to the New Territories, protected by National Country Park status and crossed by the MacLehose Trail. The colonial Kowloon-Canton Railway gives access to mainland China – ideal for a ‘free day’ adventure (a visa is required if this option is chosen).
Hong Kong is a superb holiday destination and delivers far more than may have been imagined or believed possible. Come and experience Hong Kong with us for a new perspective.
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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen
Itinerary & Travel
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
We depart on our flight overnight direct flight to Hong Kong. In-flight meals are provided.
Transfer Time = 30 mins
Having landed at the Norman Foster designed airport on Lantau Island we travel for approximately 40 minutes to our hotel – situated right in the centre of Mong Kok district in Kowloon. This must be amongst the most intriguing areas that any of us will have visited. With its street markets, numerous food sellers, shops that seem to satisfy your every need to the hustle and bustle of one of the most densely populated areas in the world. So on our first night we absorb the local atmosphere and head to the ‘Ladies Market’.
After breakfast in the hotel we set out on the first day’s activities. We will spend the day exploring Kowloon Park, shops and markets, dedicated variously to fish, flowers and birds amongst other things. Our walking tour will allow us to enjoy fine views of Hong Kong Island from ‘the Avenue of Stars’. We will also get to grips with the public transport system which we make extensive use of during the holiday. Dinner will be in a local restaurant.
Today we will visit Hong Kong Island using the MTR subway to take us straight to the island. Highlights will include the old Colonial Government buildings, war memorial, major banks, the Cathedral, Hong Kong Park and Aviary and then on to the Peak Tram completed in 1888. The tram takes us up to the top of Victoria Peak from where we can enjoy magnificent views across Hong Kong and Kowloon. After a walk around Victoria Peak, we take the No. 15 bus down to the Central district of Hong Kong to catch the Star Ferry back to Kowloon, enjoying more fantastic views on the way.
Today we travel by bus and Star Ferry to Central District. We should have time to include a quick visit to the Maritime Museum at the waterfront before catching the island ferry to Lamma Island for a lovely walk across the island. After visiting the Tin Hau Temple, which is dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea, further walking is available. Those who prefer more sightseeing can avoid this and meet the group later. There is also a swimming option, subject to the state of the sea. We finish in Sok Kwu Wan with time for sightseeing before having an early dinner and returning to the hotel later in the evening.
Today we visit Sai Kung Peninsula and walk along part of the MacLehose Trail. We start with a bus trip to Sai Kung, followed by a coach/taxi journey through undulating scenery to the start of the walk. Our walking route affords fine coastal views, a beach walk (passing along sections of the famous ‘MacLehose Trail’), pathways through woodland and disused paddy fields and finishes with a ferry boat trip. We plan to have dinner at Sai Kung at the end of the walk before returning to the hotel.
Today we plan to travel to the North East New Territories. There are lovely scenic walks in an area which is less visited and feels remote. There are splendid views of Double Haven, Crooked Harbour and neighbouring coastline. Towards the end of the walk, there are glimpses into mainland China. We will have dinner out at the end of the walk before returning to the hotel.
This is planned as a free day. There are a myriad of options to consider and your RWH Tour leader will be delighted to help you decide on a plan of action.
Today we shall visit the Western District and Cheung Chau Island. We start with a double decker bus ride through the tunnel to Hong Kong Island, some sightseeing of the historic Western Market, walking along Hollywood Road and travelling on the world’s longest elevator ride. Then we catch a ferry to Cheung Chau Island for a walk along the Ridge Road.
Today we are going to Lantau Island where we will see the Big Buddha. We start with a train journey to Lantau Island, the largest of the islands situated off Hong Kong, and a cable car ride with magnificent views across islands of the South China Sea. We will visit the ‘Big Buddha’, then walk to Tai O enjoying splendid views, to see traditional fishermen’s houses constructed on stilts. We will then catch a bus to Discovery Bay for dinner before returning to the hotel by ferry.
Today we will walk along The Dragon’s Back. This walk has been voted Asia’s favourite hike and affords exceptional views of the south-eastern hills of Hong Kong, the coastline and its beaches and distant islands of the South China Sea. It covers the eastern end of Hong Kong Island. After the walk, we will travel by bus to Stanley for sightseeing, souvenir shopping and drinks along the waterfront before returning to the city by bus for dinner.
Today we travel back to Sai Kung and walk onto the Ma Lam Wat Peninsula. This is an easy walk with excellent coastal views. Before starting the walk, we shall visit the Lion’s Nature Education Centre. We have an opportunity for safe swimming at Trio Beach and finish the walk in Sai Kung town with time to look around. There are many options for transport. Our leader will decide which works best on the day. It might take an hour to get to the start of the walk.
Today we are walking from the Shing Mun Redoubt. We start the walk between some of the oldest reservoirs serving Hong Kong. We walk along the British defence lines built in the 1930’s and reach the Shing Mun Jubilee Reservoir. Whilst picnicking, you must guard your sandwich from marauding monkeys! We return via minibus and train to our hotel. The walk is quite short so we should be back at the hotel by early afternoon.
Our flight leaves later today so we will have some free time to complete our explorations of Hong Kong. We will transfer back to the airport by private coach at an appropriate time.
We arrive back in the UK.
Departure dates for your selected tour
12th Nov 2021 - 26th Nov 2021 (14 Nights)
20th Dec 2021 - 3rd Jan 2022 (14 Nights)
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.
The four star Metropark Hotel Kowloon, is excellently located in the centre of Kowloon, and is only a 15 minute walk to the famous Lady Market and Kowloon shopping areas, which help form the unique culture and street life of Hong Kong.
Rooms are clean and spacious and come with complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, TVs and coffee making facilities.
The hotel has a small rooftop pool, where you can take a dip and sunbathe. A fitness room offers a range of gym equipment for your use as well.
To help you get around town the hotel provides a complimentary shuttle service, which rides to the Mongkok shopping area and the Tsimshatsui waterfront.
This is a grade 4 walking holiday where you can expect full and half days of moderately paced walking. Full days involve up to 5 hours of walking whereas half days involve up to 3 hours. The highest point reached on this holiday is likely to be 559m at Ma On Shan. Ascents and descents can be up to 600m. Many of the walks are at the top of the grade and can involve very steep routes. The humidity and temperature can make the walks challenging. Our itinerary will allow for sightseeing so you can enjoy even more of Hong Kong!
This holiday is graded 4/L. Note: Some walks are at the top of the Grade 4 level. Each evening the leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day.
Should you not wish to join the party, please let the leader know. Our walks will be on moderately hilly, occasionally steep terrain, with average walking times of around five hours.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Currency in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Dollar. There are numerous banks in Hong Kong with ATM facilities and using your debit or credit card is a good way of accessing money whilst in Hong Kong. The hotel also accepts most major credit cards. There is generally no limit on the amount of foreign currency that can be imported or exported. Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards are widely used in Hong Kong.
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff & to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied in some centres by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.
London Heathrow to Hong Kong and return with British Airways.
Arrival transfer by road is approximately 30 minutes but may be longer depending on traffic. We'll make our way around Hong Kong and into the New Territories by a wide variety of public transport. Our pre-paid 'Octopus Card' can be used on buses, underground rail (MTR), mainline rail and on the famous Star Ferry as well as ferries to outer islands.
If you are joining and leaving in Hong Kong, it is assumed, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at the Metropark Kowloon Hotel. If this is not your plan, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Passport Information for Hong Kong
Although Hong Kong is now part of the People’s Republic of China, it remains a Special Administrative Region with its own immigration controls. You can visit Hong Kong for up to 6 months without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least one month after the date of your departure from Hong Kong. If you plan to work or study in Hong Kong, or stay for a period of longer than 6 months you will need to get a visa.
If you are travelling to mainland China via Hong Kong you must get a Chinese visa before arrival at the border. Visas are not available on arrival at the Chinese border for British passport holders. If you are entering Hong Kong via mainland China and leaving again via the mainland you will need a double or multiple entry visa for mainland China.
12 Breakfasts and 11 dinners are included whilst in Hong Kong. Dinners on two days are not included in the holiday cost, this provides you with more flexibility on your free days. Dinners will be taken either at local restaurants in Kowloon or at the end of the day's walk. Dinners taken on the outlying islands will be enhanced by the night-time return by ferry to the centre of Hong Kong with its nightly 'light show'.
Breakfast will be taken in the Palm Court Restaurant in the hotel. It is a magnificent buffet with everything anyone could want from fresh fruit to cereals, different breads and cakes, a hot buffet of English and Chinese food and salads.
Unsurprisingly Chinese food in all its diversity predominates on the menu. Remember the term ‘Chinese’ food is something akin to ‘European’ food and covers a huge range of cooking styles and ingredients. It will be common to order several different dishes which everybody may try. Thus, everybody should find plenty they like. As well as Chinese food we will have an opportunity to try Vietnamese, Thai, India, Turkish and western food. The food available on this holiday is as diverse as any we offer. Vegetarians will usually find plenty to choose from.
The hotel(s) listed within this document are examples of standard only. Whilst we strive to deliver the hotel(s) listed within this Holiday Information Sheet, there will be times throughout the year when they change. If this occurs, we will advise you as such. From time to time hotels will change near to departure and you will not be advised until after arriving into the destination. We always aim to provide a replacement of similar standard and location, although we cannot guarantee similar facilities such as pool or bar.
Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Country Specific Kit
Please note that toilet paper is rarely provided in public toilets and we recommend that you bring a supply with you from the UK. Mosquitos are also prevalent in the countryside and by lakes and we suggest you bring mosquito repellent with you.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
The Map Shop
Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for Hong Kong
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Hong Kong.
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
Hepatitis A immunisation is recommended. You might also like to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Hepatitis B.
There is a low to no risk of malaria in all parts of the country. Dengue fever exists in China; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites.
Health Advice for China
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to China.
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
Hepatitis A immunisation is recommended.
You might also like to consider immunisations against Tetanus, Cholera, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies, Hepatitis B, Tick-borne Encephalitis and Typhoid.
There is a low to no risk of malaria in all parts country. Dengue fever exists in China; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites.
There is a risk of schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection (also known as bilharzia) that is transmitted to humans through contact with fresh water. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.
Further Travel Advice
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You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.
Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.
See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
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