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Secrets of Hong Kong & Mainland China tour

Secrets of Hong Kong & Mainland China

Trafalgar Premier
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Travel Style: N/A
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
11 days
From: $ 3,425 $ 311 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Hong Kong: City tour includes a tram ride up to Victoria Peak for views of the city and harbor, a sampan boat ride around Aberdeen Harbor, and a visit to Stanley Market
  • Cheung Chau Island: Tour the pedestrian island and visit Cheung Po Tsai Cave and Pak Tai Temple
  • Guilin: Cruise the Li River to Yanshuo
  • Beijing: Explore Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Walk along the Sacred Way at the Great Wall, visit Beijing Zoo

Short Description

Your journey begins with in Hong Kong where you’ll join a Local Specialist on a thrilling tram ride on one of the world’s oldest funicular railways up to Victoria Peak, for breathtaking views over the city and the harbor. Take a sampan boat ride around Aberdeen Harbor and see the fishermen who live and work on their boats. Enjoy a Dim Sum Regional Meal onboard the famous Jumbo Floating Restaurant.

Enjoy a scenic cruise with a Local Specialist along the Li River to the ancient city of Yangshuo. Cruise along the river taking in the breathtaking scenery; the stunning limestone peaks and the ever-changing rock formations. As you flow down the river, see the interesting sites littered along the bank as you pass lush rice paddies, fishermen on bamboo rafts and water buffalo.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
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Itinerary Focus N/A
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Hong Kong
End City Bejing

Trip Includes

  • Professional Travel Director
  • First Class Hotels
  • 17 Meals
  • Local Expert
  • Airport Transfers
  • Inter-Trip Flights
  • Personal Audio Headsets
  • Motorcoach Transportation
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Travel Documents

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Itinerary

Day 1: USA - Hong Kong

Depart from your home gateway city bound for Hong Kong (flight not included).

Day 2: Arrive Hong Kong

Meals: Welcome Reception

Accommodation: Eaton Hong Kong

Welcome to Hong Kong. Upon arrival at Hong Kong International airport, transfer to your centrally located Kowloon Accommodation. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception with appetizers.

Day 3: Hong Kong Sightseeing

Meals: Breakfast and Regional Meal Lunch

Accommodation: Eaton Hong Kong

This morning’s city tour with a local specialist includes a thrilling tram ride on one of the world’s oldest funicular railways up to Victoria Peak, for breathtaking views over the city and the harbor. Take a sampan boat ride around Aberdeen Harbor and see the fishermen who live and work on their boats. Enjoy a Dim Sum Regional Meal onboard the famous Jumbo Floating Restaurant. Marvel at the treasures in a gem factory before taking in the sights of picturesque Repulse Bay. Continue to Stanley Market to explore the warren of lanes and its vast assortment of market stalls.

Day 4: Hong Kong - Cheung Chau Island

Meals: Breakfast and Regional Meal Lunch

Accommodation: Novotel Nathan Road Kowloon

Today experience the other side of Hong Kong with a local specialist, as they take you on a ferry ride through the vibrant harbor over to Cheung Chau Island. You’ll feel as if you have stepped back in time as you arrive on this peaceful car-free island. It is totally pedestrianized and apart from a few small police and emergency vehicles, the locals rely entirely on bicycles to get around the island. Many people commute daily to Hong Kong Island and Kowloon for work, and children take the ferry across every day to get to and from school. Take a leisurely walking tour of the island along the coastline and through the many narrow lanes packed with quaint little shops and roadside stalls. See the island’s working fishing fleet, beautiful sandy beaches and the intriguing Cheung Po Tsai Cave. It was believed to have been one of several hiding spots for notorious local pirate Cheung Po Tsai, who at the height of his power had a fleet of more than 270 ships. Enjoy a seafood Regional Meal at a local restaurant before visiting Pak Tai Temple with its gold-plated woodcraft dating from the Qing and Song Dynasties. Later return by ferry back to Hong Kong Island and transfer to your Kowloon Accommodation.

Day 5: Hong Kong – Guilin

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Guilin Bravo Accommodation

This morning is yours to explore Hong Kong as you wish, do some last minute shopping or simply have a relaxing morning. Later transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin. On arrival transfer to your Accommodation for an evening at leisure.

Day 6: Guilin - Li River

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Guilin Bravo Accommodation

Enjoy a scenic cruise with a local specialist along the Li River to the ancient city of Yangshuo. Cruise along the river taking in the breathtaking scenery; the stunning limestone peaks and the ever-changing rock formations. As you flow down the river, see the interesting sites littered along the bank as you pass lush rice paddies, fishermen on bamboo rafts and water buffalo. In Yangshuo stroll through the colorful bustling markets and local street vendors. A town famous for its mystical peaks, rivers, caves and temples as well as its laid-back cafes and bars. Content from a full day of outstanding sights, relax on the journey back to Guilin.

Day 7: Guilin – Beijing

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Peace Accommodation

After a free morning to explore Guilin, transfer to the airport for your flight to Beijing. Relax with an evening at leisure.

Day 8: Beijing Sightseeing

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Regional Meal Dinner

Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Peace Accommodation

Explore the vibrant historical sites of Beijing today starting with Tiananmen square, named after its Gate of Heavenly Peace. It is home to the National Museum of China, the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong and the Great Monument to the Peoples’ Heroes. Pass through the south gate to the Forbidden City, the largest palace complex in the world and China’s best-preserved collection of ancient buildings and a UNESCO listed site. After lunch visit the Temple of Heaven, built in 1420 for the emperors’ annual ceremonies of prayer to heaven. Experience a cultural insight during a relaxing foot massage at the Foot Reflexology Center. This evening enjoy a succulent Peking Duck Regional Meal - one of the most celebrated dishes of Beijing!

Day 9: Beijing Great Wall

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Peace Accommodation

Journey beyond the city to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Great Wall. This masterpiece of construction also has significant symbolic value. The stone and earthen fortifications were built originally to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire against intrusions by various nomadic groups. Take your time to walk the majestic Sacred Way lined with ornate stone statues. View the remnants of the Ming Tombs where 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty were buried successively, also on the UNESCO list.

Day 10: Beijing Sightseeing & Free Time

Meals: Breakfast and Be My Guest Lunch

Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Peace Accommodation

Spend the morning at leisure, before embarking on a unique tour by rickshaw through one of the Hutong areas of Beijing. Stop at the home of a local family for a delicious Be My Guest Farewell Lunch of traditional Chinese home cooking followed by a visit to a charming tea house, where a local specialist prepares and serves tea, while explaining the historic tea making ritual.

Day 11: Beijing – USA

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer to Beijing Airport for your onward flight.

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This was the first time we had taken a group road tour and I would have to say that it exceeded my expectations. Our guide Danilo was great, it is a difficult job managing people on this type of trip. Everything from the excursion to the dinners where completely organized and well done. We look forward to another trip with Trafalgar in the future. I would without a doubt definitely recommend this trip, it is a little fast pace but Danilo, made sure that we had options if there were needed.
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Best of China 2019

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The tour guide Hubert was wonderful, very detailed oriented and organized. And had such an extensive knowledge of all the cities and locations we went to. Truly excellent!

Personalized care and helpfulness was definitely offered throughout, very nice touch to the trip.

Overall a great trip, but some considerations below:

The hotel in Beijing – Novotel Peace and the hotel in Chengdu – Crowne Plaza were way below standard – maybe a rating of 2 stars. They were dirty, dark, stained and hot without air circulating in the rooms. After extensive days with waking up early and returning late, you just want to rest in a clean environment with cool air. I would never stay hotels like these.

This trip is not for people who cannot handle extensive walking and climbing. Trafalgar lists this as from 5 to 99 years old. Not possible. There were days we did 10 miles of walking, just a caution for anyone considering. We had someone in our tour that was 82 years old and we all took turns taking care of him.

Some aspects of the itinerary could be different, but think that is all based on personal preference; however my fellow travelers did feel the same way. The cruise down the Yangtze River was just ‘ok’, time could have been spent better elsewhere. Like Xian, truly amazing city but too short a time.

NOTE: Some were charged single supplement, others were not ... I paid for the single supplement and was none too happy about that!

Also note that you need to budget for the optional tours that are not included.
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Trafalgar is the perfect chose for when seeking local expertise and knowledge. They offer wonderful itineraries and incredible value.

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I've never had a travel group cancel a trip before. Trafalgar canceled my honeymoon we booked ages in advance my honeymoon. They didn't even have the decency to call. They sent an email as if this wasn't a stressful enough time for planning. As far as we can tell from their non-direct answers they canceled it due to underbooking. Their solution was to just change to a different trip. I'm not sure if they realize how trip planning or buying plane tickets work. we'll never book with them again.
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I lost all trust in all tour companies after Trafalgar sent us with a known sex offender on a 3 week tour. He is now jailed. I have contacted Trafalgar to at least get an apology, instead I received dismissive replies and now, radio silence. they had scrubbed this guide' social media to distance themselves AND they continue to manage his Facebook profile, changing his profile picture to pretend all is well. This is disgusting. We place our trust in tour companies mostly to be safe at destination. Think twice before using Trafalgar, they don't much care who works for them: https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/16094579.Man_jailed_after_destroying_computer_on_which_he_watched_dog_porn/
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group - 25 + people

Maximum Number of People in Group: 26

Itineraries have a maximum of 26 guests.

Accomodations

Days 2 – 3: Eaton Hong Kong

Location: Conveniently located in the very heart of Kowloon, the hotel is only a few minutes' walk from Jordan MTR station. Other nearby attractions include Tin Hau Tenple, Jade Market, Temple Street Market, Fruit Market, Broadway Cinematheque, and Kowloon Park.

Day 4: Novotel Nathan Road Kowloon

Location: The hotel is located right in the heart of the city on Nathan Road, otherwise known as the Golden Mile, and is the only 4-star international hotel in Jordan Yau Ma Tei district in Hong Kong Kowloon.

Days 5 – 6: Guilin Bravo Hotel

Location: The hotel is just a 10 minute walk from the city center and night market.

Days 7 – 10: Novotel Beijing Peace Hotel

Location: The hotel is ideally located in the city center at Wangfujing, within walking distance of the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and shopping malls.

Cancellation Policy:

If a cancellation is made within 30 days after making your reservation your $350.00 deposit will be FULLY REFUNDED. *See Air Reservations section for specific change fee information for air reservations. For cancellations or changes thereafter but more than 61 days prior to departure there will be a $350.00 per person fee assessed. If you must withdraw or make a change 60 days or less prior to departure (90 days or less for all River Cruises), the following fees will apply:

Number of Days Prior to Departure and Cancellation/Change Land Tours – Per Person

31 - 60 Days: 25% of trip cost

15 - 30 Days: 50% of trip cost

Less than 15 Days: 100% of trip cost

Additional Information:

Please Note: All inter-trip air related charges in economy class for flights between Hong Kong - Guilin and Guilin - Beijing are included in the Land Only price shown based on accurate airfare as of April 26, 2016. At the time you purchase your trip the inter-trip air prices may be higher.

Accommodations: Triple bedded rooms have two single beds and the third bed is generally of the roll-away or folding type. These rooms are only suitable to two adults traveling with a child.

Special Discounts: At times we offer discounted departures. These discounts are valid for new bookings only and are not combinable with any other discounts other than our Frequent Traveler Discount and $100 AARP Member Discount. Other restrictions may apply, please call for details.

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Meals Included:

9 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches  and 2 Dinners

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