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Discover The Real Hong Kong

Experience Hong Kong from a new perspective. Unspoilt hill country and outlying islands, far away from the crowds.

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 4

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.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Look past the modern exterior of Hong Kong and experience the city on foot, like a local!
  • Enjoy varied walking in open countryside and along coastal paths to really understand the many faces of Hong Kong.
  • Discover unspoilt hilly countryside and outlying islands.
  • Experience the clash of British and Chinese culture.
  • Observe the buzzing harbour and illuminated evening skyline, plus ride the famous Star Ferry.

Hong Kong welcomes with an iconic skyline, varied cuisine, and lush, protected nature where rare birds and colourful traditions thrive. 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.

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Hong Kong (British Airways or Cathay Pacific)
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite accommodation with breakfast
  • Dinners taken in the hotel or in local restaurants with varying world cuisines (except on two evenings)
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

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.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

In flight

Meals

In-Flight

Accommodation

We depart on our flight overnight direct flight to Hong Kong. In-flight meals are provided.

Transfer Time = 30 mins

Day 2

Hong Kong

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

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’.

Day 3

Hong Kong

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    10m

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.

Day 4

Hong Kong

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    10m

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.

Day 5

Hong Kong

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    220/0m


 

Today we travel by bus and Star Ferry to the 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.

Day 6

Hong Kong

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    320/380m

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.

Day 7

Hong Kong

Meals

Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400m

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.

Day 8

Hong Kong

Meals

Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation

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.

 

Day 9

Hong Kong

Meals

Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    40m

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.

Day 10

Hong Kong

Meals

Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    40m

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.

Day 11

Hong Kong

Meals

Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300m


 

.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.

Day 12

Hong Kong

Meals

Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    235/265m

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.

Day 13

Hong Kong

Meals

Breakfast and dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    475/400m

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.

Day 14

In flight

Meals

Breakfast

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.

Day 15

We arrive back in the UK.

Departure dates for your selected tour

3rd Feb 2023 - 17th Feb 2023 (14 Nights)

3rd Mar 2023 - 17th Mar 2023 (14 Nights)

10th Nov 2023 - 24th Nov 2023 (14 Nights)

20th Dec 2023 - 3rd Jan 2024 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Hong Kong (British Airways or Cathay Pacific)
  • Arrival transfer by road c.30mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights Premium Economy, Business or First Class may be possible, please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • A visa is required to visit mainland China.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

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.

Hotel Metropark

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.

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