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Hong Kong embraces its stunning, island-strewn harbor with a canyon of glittering skyscrapers and a backdrop of dark mountains. Long known as a modern juggernaut of international commerce, it is also a nonstop bonanza of world-class shopping, sophisticated nightlife, and global cuisine. At the same time, its narrow alleys, traditional markets, and beachside shrines bespeak the age-old, Chinese roots that give the city its fascinating cultural underpinnings. As a bonus, your extension features a full-day excursion to Macau, which was the oldest European colony in Asia. Sound like a lot? It is! That’s why you’ll want to extend your time here with this affordable, convenient extension that lets you do justice to a fascinating region.
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Fly to Hong Kong
Depart your gateway city and fly to Hong Kong. You’ll fly overnight and cross the International Dateline, arriving at your destination on Day 3.
Welcome to Hong Kong
If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, upon arrival at the airport in Hong Kong a Vantage representative will meet you and arrange transfer to your centrally located hotel. You may arrive very early in the morning, but we have arranged for an early check in so you can get some rest. Enjoy the balance of the day free until this evening’s orientation tour, which sheds light on the nighttime markets, cafés, and other attractions in the vibrant Tsim Sha Tsui neighborhood around your hotel. Dinner will be served at your hotel, following a Welcome briefing.
The best of Hong Kong Island
After breakfast, get acquainted with some of Hong Kong’s most iconic attractions on a half-day city tour. You’ll start in Aberdeen, the original tiny village for which all of Hong Kong is now named. It was settled by the Tanka people, who speak their own dialect and have historically lived on fishing boats in floating villages. This is where locals came for the freshest seafood, and jostling next to the tiny traditional junks you’ll see famous, grand floating restaurants like the iconic Jumbo. A sampan ride through the harbor brings it all to you, up close.
Then, for a totally different perspective, you’ll ride to the top of Victoria Peak by tram, taking in the phenomenal views. Here, you’ll experience the dim sum tradition on an included lunch, where servers bring carts of small plate dishes to tempt you. Dim sum literally means “touch the heart,” and perhaps yours will be filled by some fluffy, pork-filled bao buns . . . mouthwatering siu mai dumplings . . . translucent shrimp cheung fan rolls . . . beef balls seasoned with coriander . . . and more.
Returning to your hotel later in the afternoon, you’ll have the balance of the day free. Dinner will be on your own, and after dark, you might consider a walk along the waterfront Avenue of the Stars. You’ll not only run into some famous (sculpted) Hong Kong movie stars, but catch the nightly Symphony of Lights, when the skyline is illuminated in what is the world's largest permanent light and sound show.
Free time in Hong Kong, base tour travelers arrive
Rise and shine for a free day to discover Hong Kong as you like. Perhaps you’ll start with the attractions right near your hotel’s vibrant Tsim Sha Tsui neighborhood on Kowloon Island, or take a ride on the famous Star Ferry over to Hong Kong Island and take your pick of restaurants for lunch, from Michelin-starred trendsetters to classic Cantonese to savory street food. Alternatively, you can join our optional Hong Kong Market Tour, which will bring you to into the city's culture and commerce. You'll visit four markets total, including the city's renowned Jade Market and the Flower Market, and enjoy an included lunch to keep you sustained throughout your shopping.
Throughout the day, your fellow expedition travelers will be arriving. You’ll meet them this evening at a Welcome Briefing and Dinner. Tomorrow, as they acclimate with a city tour, you still have one more included feature of your pre-trip extension to enjoy: your full day excursion to Macau.
Macau may be known as “the Vegas of Asia” for its famous casinos, but it is also a fascinating cultural hybrid, given its Chinese heritage and 300-year old Portuguese colonial past. Today you will discover it on an included excursion, traveling by ferry and coach.
Macau was the first European colony in Asia, and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ride to the top of Penha Hill, and see the Chapel of Our Lady of Penha, which was a pilgrimage site for 17th-century Portuguese sailors. See the oldest temple in Macau, A-Ma, dating to 1488. Only the five-tiered facade of ruined St. Paul's Cathedral still stands, but it is still worth a look with its intricately carved Chinese lions and dragons, and Christian saints. You’ll also stop at the border gate and shopping area, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant serving the unique Chinese-Macanese cuisine. Of course, this is Macau so you will have the opportunity to try your luck at a casino before you head back to Hong Kong, and enjoy dinner on your own.
Tomorrow, you will rejoin your larger base tour group and proceed with Day 5 of your Hong Kong-Singapore cruise tour.
Epic in scale, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat is considered the world’s largest religious site. But it is so much more than a temple complex, for here, the Khmer kings held court with retinues of dancers, diplomats, soldiers, statesmen and priests — and presumably, the apsara and devata deities who are depicted in the intricate bas-relief carvings that adorn nearly every surface of the 402-acre site. Along with your two guided visits to the site, this tour invites you to experience the daily life of Cambodia’s famously friendly people as you visit a silk farm, a dance school, and a local village. You will already be in southeast Asia … why not make the most of it and take advantage of this bucket-list experience?
Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia
After breakfast you’ll transfer to the Singapore airport and fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia. After transferring to your elegant resort hotel (just steps away from the remarkable Angkor Wat complex), the rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy. The resort has a spectacular pool, golf course, spa facilities, and much more. Join your fellow travelers this evening for dinner at the resort.
Explore Angkor Wat, and visit an artisanal silk farm and dance school
After breakfast you’ll transfer to the Angkor complex for a full day of discovery.
Unforgettable Moment: Standing before the cruciform terrace of Angkor Wat, surrounded by a vast moat, flanked by massive colonnades, and topped by iconic spires, you cannot help but be awed by its sheer scale. The magic continues as you enter the site and see the intricate detail of its many shrines and sculptures. Its layout was meant to mimic Mount Meru, the celestial home of Hindu gods. Enjoy the morning meandering through the centuries-old terraces, pathways, and temples of this hauntingly beautiful treasure. Lunch is included in a local restaurant.
Cultural Discovery: In the afternoon, get a glimpse into local life when you visit a traditional Cambodian dance school, and learn the stories told through their tinkling music and graceful movements. You’ll also visit a local silkworm farm and see how the precious fabrics are produced.
Cultural Discovery: This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at our hotel with beautifully costumed, traditional dancers providing entertainment.
Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm
Your second visit to the Angkor showcases two of the site’s most impressive ruins.
Unforgettable Moment. While here you’ll visit Angkor Thom, and see its famous Bayon Temple. Adorned with 216 massive, smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara, a beloved manifestation of the Buddha, it is crowned with 54 towers. In atmospheric Ta Prohm, you’ll wander through a lush jungle setting where the strangler fig trees have entwined themselves into the very contours of the stone.
After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll have the rest of the at leisure to relax at the resort, return to Angkor Wat on your own and enjoy dinner on your own too. Alternatively, you may elect our optional gondola tour that includes dinner and leads you through the
Village Life walking tour
After breakfast you’ll immerse yourself in the local lifestyle.
Cultural Discovery: Siem Reap is actually a cluster of small villages set along the Siem Reap River and Tonle Sap, an important freshwater lake and river system. Today you’ll get a glimpse of the way of life that has been nourished here for centuries on a walking tour through a local village. Perhaps you’ll see newly caught fish being smoked, women making baskets from palm fronds, or monks blessing locals as they make their way to a shrine. Enjoy interacting with the locals, then have some lunch with your group at a neighborhood restaurant.
This afternoon is yours to relax and explore on your own. Then tonight, celebrate with your travel friends at a Farewell Dinner.
Return flight home
After an included breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Siem Reap airport for your return flight home.
Please note: Arrive to your destination rested and refreshed! Convenient gateway city stopover options mean you can break up longer flights easily — just ask our Flight Experts for assistance.