Hong Kong Tour Routes

  • Route One: Hong Kong Walking Tour Six hours, US$315
  • Route Two: Kowloon Walking Tour Six hours, US$315
  • Route Three: Outer Island Route Six hours, US$315
  • Route Four: Hong Kong & Kowloon Combination Highlights Tour Six hours, US$315
  • Route Five: Hong Kong Food Tour Six hours, US$315 per group, plus about US$50 per person for food

Route One: Hong Kong Walking Tour

View from Victoria PeakOur main walking tour of Hong Kong is the perfect introduction to the city. We’ve designed it to take in the three faces of the city: traditional, modern and natural. Along the way, of course, you’ll have a chance to sample some authentic Hong Kong food.

Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and take you to the start of the tour. The tour starts right in the heart of Central where you’ll get a good close look at the famous skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island and relive some of the city’s most historic events (the handover to China, the Japanese invasion in WWII etc). You’ll then head to Hong Kong Park for a welcome bit of greenery and fresh air.

After a refreshing interlude in the park, you’ll head up Victoria Peak to the lookout where you’ll get to enjoy one of the world’s most famous views: the incredible panorama of Hong Kong Island, Victoria Harbour and Kowloon. (Note: Depending upon crowd conditions, you will take either the Peak Tram or a taxi to the lookout.) This is a good chance to orient yourself to the layout of Hong Kong, and your guide will point out all the important sites. By now you might be ready for a quick lunch in one of The Peak's many coffee shop and cafe choices.

You'll then board the tram and head down to Lower Albert Road where you will alight and make your way toward Wyndham Street, where your guide can point out other dining options based on your personal tastes and on seating availability.

You will walk along Hollywood Road to Man Mo Temple, an incense-filled world unto its own — if you’ve never been inside a Chinese temple, this is a great introduction to Chinese religions. Then you’ll duck into the Cat Street Market.

After leaving the market, you’ll walk down into the Bonham Strand area to check out the fascinating herbal apothecaries and dried seafood shops. This is Hong Kong at its most traditional, and the street scenes here will probably fulfill your image of Old Hong Kong. From here, you’ll take one of Hong Kong’s famous trams for the trip back to Central and onward to your hotel.

Of course, your guide will be an expert on Hong Kong, and he/she will be happy to adapt to your whims and interests at a moment’s notice. And if you get tired of walking, you can always take an air-conditioned taxi or public transport to the next site. Because our tours are private (we never put groups or individuals together), you will be in charge of the day’s schedule. You will truly feel like you are with a friend who is sensitive to your wishes and eager to show you those sites which you are most interested in.

This tour takes about six hours and can be completed by anyone in reasonable shape.

For information on prices, see Fees.

For two- and three-day packages, see Fees.

For those who wish, we can arrange a car/van and driver in addition to a guide. Please ask us for details.

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Route Two: Kowloon Walking Tour

Route Two: Kowloon Walking Tour

Temple Street KowloonWong Tai Sin KowloonAn area almost impossibly rich in traditional local color and culture, Kowloon's Mongkok is one of the world's most congested residential and commercial districts, and the starting point for a memorable day of markets, food, and people. If you want peace and quiet and relaxation, this is not for you! But for photographers and for total immersion in Hong Kong street life unchanged for many years, this walking tour is just what you want.

We make our way along Flower Garden Street, awash in orchids and unusual tropical flora; then on through Yuen Po Street Bird Garden to see birds(and their owners) socializing. Moving on at a comfortable pace through the Goldfish Market — actually all types of aquarium species and supplies — and Ladies Market, you will be greatly tempted by Hong Kong's local bakeries, where your guide will point out the local favorites. Along the way, you'll see an impressive array of fresh produce from around the world.

The walk continues to Yau Ma Tei's famous Jade Market — stall after stall of real jade in every size, shape, and color at bargain prices — and further along Shanghai Street and its incense shops, exotic kitchen utensils, and tiny shrines. Time permitting, stop in at Yue Hwa Department Store to see some of the most unusual tea retailers anywhere, and perhaps sample the wares. And should you want to return to the renowned Temple Street Night Market later, you'll walk through the area and become familiar with the layout before it opens in the early evening.

Note that your guide might change the route of the tour due to crowd conditions.

This tour takes about six hours and can be completed by anyone in reasonable shape.

For information on prices, see Fees.

For two- and three-day packages, see Fees.

For those who wish, we can arrange a car/van and driver in addition to a guide. Please ask us for details.

Next tour:
Route Three: Outer Island Route

Route Three: Outer Island Walk

Cheung ChauView from LamaWhen you’ve seen all you like of Hong Kong Island’s impressive urban development, or the extraordinarily colorful congestion of the Kowloon peninsula, you have other options as well. Choose from either of Hong Kong's two most popular outlying islands, and experience the slower pace of local life (no cars!) along with beautiful, open countryside, expansive views, contrasting with narrow village lanes, and a totally different perspective to complete your visit.

If you select Lamma Island — Hong Kong’s third-largest and about half-hour’s ride from central District — you’ll stop in Yung Shue Wan village, popular with resident expatriates for its relaxed pace and Mediterranean atmosphere, and with a distinctly “arty” flavor. It’s not a large commercial area, and you have small bistros, cafes, and artisans’ shops to explore. An optional cross-island walk to Sok Kwu Wan on Lamma's eastern side takes about two hours and can be built into the tour by prior arrangement.

And if you select Cheung Chau, a dumbbell-shaped island somewhat smaller than Lamma, you’ll experience a traditional fishing village environment, a magnificent hill walk on the northwestern end providing great views of Lantau and Hong Kong Islands and all the Macau ferries, the main Praya and Pak She Streets, and the Taoist Pak Tai Temple — older than any on Hong Kong Island. Then sit and relax over a cool drink or meal on the waterfront. The ferry ride from Hong Kong’s Central Pier takes about 45 minutes each way, offering superb views of Hong Kong Island's northern shore as a bonus.

These tours take about six hours and can be completed by anyone in reasonable shape.

For information on prices, see Fees.

For two- and three-day packages, see Fees.

For those who wish, we can arrange a car/van and driver in addition to a guide. Please ask us for details.

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Route Four: Hong Kong and Kowloon Combination Highlights Tour

Route Four: Hong Kong and Kowloon Combination Highlights Tour

Central District, HKIf you've already seen Victoria Peak on your own, or have plans to do that later, consider our “Hong Kong and Kowloon Combination Highlights Tour” giving you key attractions from these two individual programs. Your guide will meet you at your hotel or other agreed location and bring you to Central District, from which you'll walk through Hollywood Road's heritage and arts areas, Man Mo Temple, Cat Street, and the Sheung Wan traditional wholesale medicine and food center.

From there you’ll cross the harbour on the underground MTR and reach far northern Kowloon to experience all the sights and sounds of Flower Market Street, the Bird Garden, Goldfish Street, and the densely populated Mongkok area. Near the end of your tour, your guide will give you additional options or will accompany you back to your hotel.

This tour takes about six hours and can be completed by anyone in reasonable shape.

For information on prices, see Fees.

For two- and three-day packages, see Fees.

For those who wish, we can arrange a car/van and driver in addition to a guide. Please ask us for details.

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Route Five: Hong Kong Food Tour

Route Five: Hong Kong Food Tour

Cheung ChauView from LamaSample some of Hong Kong’s favorite delicacies with a guide who will bring you to the best spots, help you order and explain the local food culture. We’ve put together a route that will allow you to taste a variety of great dishes without getting too full.

Start the day the way the locals do, with a cup of hot milk tea at a typical Hong Kong café. Then explore a nearby wet market to see where Hong Kong families shop.

Next, enjoy a delicious bowl of steaming wonton noodle soup – it’s comfort food for the Hong Kong soul. Then stroll to another classic Hong Kong restaurant for a plate of succulent roast duck, goose or pork over a plate of rice.

Take a break from eating with a tour of the Soho area, Man Mo Temple and the Sheung Wan district, home to some fascinating dried seafood and Chinese herbal medicine stores.

After exploring this side of Hong Kong, you’ll sit down for a classic lunch of dim sum at a local’s favorite restaurant.

Finally, explore the world of Chinese tea culture with a tea tasting at a local tea shop.

This tour takes about six hours and can be completed by anyone in reasonable shape.

Note: Because this tour covers some of the same ground as our Route 1 (Hong Kong Walking Tour), we do not recommend that you do both Route 1 and this food tour (please choose one or the other).

On this food tour, you can expect to pay between US$30 and US$50 per person for food and drinks during the tour. You can pay as you go OR the guide can cover all expenses and calculate the total at the end and you can pay then.

For more information on prices, see Fees.

For those who wish, we can arrange a car/van and driver in addition to a guide. Please ask us for details.

For two- and three-day packages, see Fees.

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Route One: Hong Kong Walking Tour