Are you looking for a unique travel experience and can't get away for a long period of time? This well- designed tour will fly you to Hong Kong to bring in the "Year of the Pig" at the Chinese New Year celebration. You will enjoy many special events in just a short time. Although additional flying days will be added to your trip, you will spend six nights at select hotels. You may choose from three-star to ultimate luxury hotels. The tour is very affordable and is determined by departure city and choice of hotel.
There are several departure dates available in February, which will include events such as the international Chinese New Year parade and fireworks. Your package will include VIP section bleacher seats for the parade. This is basically an independent tour with a local host available to assit you with questions you may have. However, to take the worry out of travel, you may preplan your dinners and choose from several optional tours. The package will include a half-day Hong Kong island tour with peak tram and sampan rides. If you choose not to take an optional tour, you may want check with your hotel for locations made available for viewing the fireworks.
Breakfast is included with the package; however, lunch and dinner are on your own. You may explore Hong Kong on your own or opt to preplan some dinners at one of the well-known restaurants. You will be served a 10-course meal at the internationally-known Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant, located in Aberdeen Harbour. Perhaps, you would like to view the fireworks extravaganza aboard a harbor dinner cruise, which includes a fabulous buffet dinner in a grand dining room with a dance floor and live band. Top this off with unlimited soft drinks, wine and beer. The Cafe Deco restaurant, with its sheer glass walls, sits atop Victoria Peak and allows you to view some of the most magnificent sights of Hong Kong's fantastic skyline. These pre-planned dinners are $95 per person and include roundtrip transfers.
If you would like to escape the noisy bustling sounds of Hong Kong, an optional tour to Lantau Island is offered, which includes a stop at Cheung Sha Beach, the quaint fishing village at Tai O. Enjoy a vegetarian lunch prepared by the monks at Po Lin Monastery.
Another optional tour brings you to Chueng Chau Island, one of the most beautiful of Hong Kong's outer islands. You can wander the streets at a fishing village where cars are forbidden and shopping is an adventure along the narrow alleyways. Lunch is included. These tours are full-day tours and range in price from $90 to $145 per person.
If time permits, you may want to take advantage of the several optional extension packages available to Beijing, Singapore, Bali or Macau. These packages usually include a three-night hotel stay, transportation, breakfast and city tour. The Beijing extension would include visits to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, the Great Wall and Ming Tombs. These stops are well worth the additional expense.
While it is only necessary for U.S. citizens to travel to Hong Kong with a valid passport, some of the optional tours may require a visa at additional cost. Your passport must be valid for six months after your scheduled return. This is true whenever traveling outside the U.S. The price of this tour will be subject to change, unless you are paid in full. This tour is reasonably priced and extremely popular; therefore, it sells out early.
Remember when traveling these long distances to always check with your local health department for any current warnings regarding health issues. You may also want to check the State Department for any current travel advisories. Flying time from Los Angeles to Hong Kong is approximately 15 hours and 20 minutes.
Independent tours of this nature are available throughout the great cities of the world. With enough help, little planning is required. The tours are designed for the person who has a busy schedule, but wants an exciting vacation in a short period of time. Whether it's Hong Kong, Paris or London, your short getaways to faraway destinations await you!
Pat Kelley is owner of Port Orange Travel. She can be reached at (386) 788-3990 or by e-mail at Pat@portorangetravel.com.