Dazzling and Historical Macau in a Day
Dazzling and Historical
Macau in a Day
Flamboyance, history and preservation; describing Macau in one word is just impossible. To capture
all that is Macau, this full day shows that there is more than just a gambling Valhalla.
This is a unique opportunity from Hong Kong to get the Macau gist.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Lauded for both its glitter and glamour and its historical centre, Macau is undeniably diverse and highly entertaining. With ample casinos and modern high rises, home to some of the most luxurious hotels in Greater China, it comes as no surprise that this former Portuguese colony has been dubbed the ‘Las Vegas of Asia’.
Located westwards along the southern coast and an hour’s boat trip from Hong Kong, this full-day tour will reveal more than the bright lights and casinos of the city, which is the only place in China where gambling is legal. While the roulette wheels and rolling dice maybe your playground for a potential next visit, we will show you real Macau.
08:00 - 18:00
You are welcomed by your guide at your Hong Kong booked accommodation for a short transfer to the main Hong Kong Ferry terminal for a 1-hour boat trip to Macau. Through the Victoria Harbour and outlying islands, the impressive skyline of Macau shortly dooms up from the horizon. Upon arrival, we head out straight to the part that once was the beating commercial and trading heart of the Portuguese. The various landmarks and ruins fall under UNESCO protection since 2005 after the colony was ceded back to China in 1999.
As the main landmark of Macau, the Ruins of Saint Paul’s is a must-see when visiting the area. Learn all about the historical importance of this UNESCO World Heritage Site which was constructed over a period of 38 years from 1602 to 1640 but was then devastated by fire in 1835. The intricately carved façade is all that remains of the church and dominates the landscape. Next, witness its influence with sights such as Senado Square, which connects Largo do São Domingos at one end and Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro at the other and was once the meeting place for the Chinese and Portuguese in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. Lunch is included en route at a local restaurant.
A quick stroll over Cotai Strip is a must when visiting Macau, only if it is just for one day. This street of glitter and glamour helped it to gain this name and reputation, thanks to the many hotel-casinos located along with it and big-name gaming brands. The compound of the Venetian casino is certainly worth a stop with its Italian-style architecture, complete with a replica of the Venetian canals.
At the end of the afternoon, we make our way back to the Macau Ferry Terminal for a 1-hour journey back to Hong Kong, followed by a short transfer to your accommodation on either Kowloon or Hong Kong Island.