A Taste of Macau

from $2699 Per Person

Starting: 07/01/2016

Through: 12/31/2017

# of Nights: 3

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Day Destination
1 Arrive Macau
2 Macau
3 Macau
4 Depart Macau

Macau is a tiny ex-Portuguese enclave, 35 miles west of Hong Kong across the Pearl River delta. It is a city with two faces. On the one hand, the fortresses, churches and food of its former colonial master Portugal speak to a uniquely Mediterranean style on the China coast. On the other, Macau is the self-styled Las Vegas of the East.

And while that comparison might sound overblown, it’s not. During the past few years charismatic-but-sleepy little Macau has experienced the sort of boom usually associated with cities like Shanghai. But rather than skyscrapers and office towers, the construction here is all about Vegas-style mega-casinos and hotels. The reason, of course, is that casinos are legal in Macau, while in China and nearby Hong Kong they’re not.

There is, however, much more to Macau than gambling. The peninsula and the islands of Coloane and Taipa constitute a colorful palette of pastels and ordered greenery. The Portuguese influence is everywhere: cobbled back streets, baroque churches, stone fortresses, Art Deco buildings and restful parks and gardens. It’s a unique fusion of East and West that have been recognized by Unesco, which in 2005 named 30 buildings and squares collectively as the Historic Centre of Macau World Heritage Site.

Tour Price Includes:

  • Hotel accommodation as per above itinerary in double or twin share rooms
  • Breakfast at the hotel daily
  • Private tours with English-speaking guide as mentioned including entry fees
  • Transfers between the airport/hotel, and hotel/train station as specified
  • Meals as specified in the above itinerary (drinks are not included)
  • Tickets to The House of Dancing Water
  • Private Cooking Class
  • Dinner at Michelin starred restaurant “Antonio’s”

Tour Price Does Not Include:

  • International and domestic airfares
  • Meals other than specified as included
    • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (minibar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
    • Drinks or personal expenses or entrance fees for any extra sightseeing or optional activities
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Grand Emperor Macau or Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Macau is a tiny ex-Portuguese enclave, 35 miles west of Hong Kong across the Pearl River delta. It is a city with two faces. On the one hand, the fortresses, churches and food of its former colonial master Portugal speak to a uniquely Mediterranean style on the China coast. On the other, Macau is the self-styled Las Vegas of the East.

And while that comparison might sound overblown, it’s not. During the past few years charismatic-but-sleepy little Macau has experienced the sort of boom usually associated with cities like Shanghai. But rather than skyscrapers and office towers, the construction here is all about Vegas-style mega-casinos and hotels. The reason, of course, is that casinos are legal in Macau, while in China and nearby Hong Kong they’re not.

There is, however, much more to Macau than gambling. The peninsula and the islands of Coloane and Taipa constitute a colorful palette of pastels and ordered greenery. The Portuguese influence is everywhere: cobbled back streets, baroque churches, stone fortresses, Art Deco buildings and restful parks and gardens. It’s a unique fusion of East and West that have been recognized by Unesco, which in 2005 named 30 buildings and squares collectively as the Historic Centre of Macau World Heritage Site.

Tour Price Includes:

  • Hotel accommodation as per above itinerary in double or twin share rooms
  • Breakfast at the hotel daily
  • Private tours with English-speaking guide as mentioned including entry fees
  • Transfers between the airport/hotel, and hotel/train station as specified
  • Meals as specified in the above itinerary (drinks are not included)
  • Tickets to The House of Dancing Water
  • Private Cooking Class
  • Dinner at Michelin starred restaurant “Antonio’s”

Tour Price Does Not Include:

  • International and domestic airfares
  • Meals other than specified as included
    • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (minibar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
    • Drinks or personal expenses or entrance fees for any extra sightseeing or optional activities
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Day Destination Experience
1 Arrive Macau

Your guide will be waiting to welcome you upon arrival at the pier or Macau International Airport , escort you to your hotel, and assist with your check-in. The balance of the afternoon is free at leisure. Transfer to a local hot pot restaurant for dinner. (D)

2 Macau

Macau may now be best known for its multiple casinos, but a visit there is also an excursion to a Mediterranean town with a historical and cultural flair. The tour starts from the famous A-Ma Temple. It is located on the southwestern tip of the Macao peninsula overlooking Barra Square and the seashore.  The tour then continues to St. Paul’s ruins and Senado Square. St. Paul’s ruin overlooks the city center and is perhaps the most impressive of all the attractions and has become the symbol of Macau.

The Senado Square is the historic heart of Macau and it is also the location of one of the municipal markets, surrounded by several blocks of bustling street stalls. The square itself is a historic site with the 16th century St. Domingo’s Church at one end and the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau building on the other, both located on what used to be Macau’s main shopping street, Avenida Almeida Ribeiro. In the narrow streets leading off the main square a wealth of inexpensively priced goods of all kinds can be found.   Visit the Wine Museum.

Next, enjoy your lunch at a typical Macanese restaurant. Macanese cuisine is unique to Macau, and consists of a blend of southern Chinese and Portuguese cuisines, with significant influences from Southeast Asia and the Lusophone world. Many unique dishes resulted from the spice blends that the wives of Portuguese sailors used in an attempt to replicate European dishes.

 Transfer back to your hotel for afternoon of leisure. (B,L)

3 Macau

Enjoy your breakfast and a leisurely morning.

 At midday, your will be transferred from your hotel to a private cooking class located in a small, old house located in the heart of Taipa village, where the owner has re-furnished it with care. It has kept its vintage style: a little open top courtyard where planted natural herbs sit in the middle of the house. You will learn to prepare Portuguese/Macanese menu, and enjoy a wonderful meal.

After lunch, you will visit the Panda Pavilion, before returning to your hotel.

 For dinner, you will dine at Antonio’s, a Michelin starred restaurant situated in the heart of Taipa Village. The restaurant features authentic Portuguese cuisine proudly presented by renowned Chef António Coelho.

After dinner, return to hotel, or perhaps stroll the streets of Taipa Village.

4 Depart Macau

Transfer to pier or Macau International Airport for return trip home. (B)

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Prices Starting from $2699 per Person based on Double Occupancy