Hong Kong attracts visitors with its iconic skyline, dazzling shopping and culinary scenes, and distinct Chinese and British cultural influences. The former British colony is an autonomous region comprised of islands and mainland areas off of China’s southern coast. Crowd-pleasers include Hong Kong Island’s high-rises and colonial landmarks, Kowloon’s street markets, tram rides to Victoria Peak, and scenic cruises on Victoria Harbour. Guided tours are the easiest way for visitors to authentically experience urban areas without getting lost or feeling overwhelmed. Once visitors have explored the island’s urban center and Kowloon, they typically head to the other islands and autonomous regions nearby. Lantau Island and Macau, with its Portuguese colonial sights and glitzy casinos, are some of the most popular day trip destinations.

Hong Kong Island

The one-time center of British colonial government, Hong Kong Island houses the region’s commercial and shopping heart, the Central District. Here, towers, malls, markets, and entertainment hubs sit amid colonial-era buildings. Travelers come to visit Victoria Peak, Aberdeen floating village, Stanley Market, and a wealth of parks and shopping and dining destinations. Most city tours start at the island and include Victoria Peak tram rides, ferry rides to Kowloon, and harbor cruises.

Big Bus Hong Kong Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Travelers looking for a quick, flexible introduction to Hong Kong Island should book this bus tour, which includes a ticket for a Star Ferry crossing and entry to Victoria Peak tram or Sky100 Observation Deck.

Hong Kong Island Half-Day Tour

Those looking for highlights might like this half-day excursion, which offers a well-rounded experience with stops at Victoria Peak, Stanley Market, and Aberdeen.

Small-Group Hong Kong Island Food Tour

Clients interested in the history of Hong Kong cuisine should take this tour, which visits both popular and hidden eateries to sample Chinese- and British-influenced staples.

Read more about Hong Kong Island tour options here.


Set on the mainland, Kowloon encompasses the northern part of Hong Kong and is less assuming than its neighbor across the water. The district is home to leafy parks, Buddhist and Taoist temples, and more colonial buildings, but is a magnet for shopping. Popular areas near Nathan Road and Mong Kok are a sight to behold, a heady mix of night markets, neon signs, flower and food stalls, tea houses, and endless shops. Guided tours stop at most of the highlights, and help travelers navigate the densely packed district.

Private Half-Day Walking Tour of Kowloon in Hong Kong

This private tour is ideal for clients who want an in-depth look at Kowloon and a rare opportunity to see Hong Kong away from the city lights.

Kowloon Street Food Tour

Clients who want to taste Kowloon’s working-class cuisine might be interested in this tour, which visits Jordan district for local food gems away from the tourist scene.

Private Mongkok City Night Tour in Hong Kong

On this tour, clients can experience Mong Kok when night markets come alive. Bonus: This tour includes transportation to and from your hotel and a dinner upgrade.

Read more about Kowloon tour options here.

Lantau Island

Hong Kong’s largest and least populated Island, Lantau is a peaceful foil to the urban bustle of its neighbors. Visitors come to visit stilt villages, ride the Ngong Ping cable car, and see the Big Buddha statue (Tian Tan). Private and guided tours cover all the main highlights in a day or so without hassles.

Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong

An overview of Lantau’s highlights condensed into a seamless day, with ferry ride transport and a cable car ride to the Giant Buddha.

Private 5-Hour Driving Tour of Lantau from Hong Kong

Aimed at clients wanting a comprehensive experience in the comfort of a private vehicle, this tour combines a visit to a stilted fishing village with temple stops and skip-the-line access to the Big Buddha.

Viator Exclusive: Lantau Island Sunset Tour Plus Airport Express and MTR

Ideal for travelers with a layover at Hong Kong Airport, this tour includes airport transfers and an all-day subway pass. Bonus: A cruise, dinner, and stargazing excursion.

Read more about Lantau Island tour options here.


About an hour’s ferry ride from Hong Kong across the Pearl River estuary, Macau is an autonomous region with Portuguese colonial-era buildings, 21st-century architecture, and Las Vegas-style gambling palaces. Visitors make the day trip from Hong Kong to view UNESCO World Heritage Sites—including the A-Ma Temple and Ruins of St. Paul’s—and spend time at casinos. Most tours take a full day to sightsee, visit casinos, and ferry rides.

Day Trip to Macau from Hong Kong

Clients looking for a well-rounded experience should take this excursion, which combines a guided walk around old Macau’s landmarks with a buffet lunch and optional casino visit.

Private Tour: Macau Day Trip from Hong Kong

This private tour lets visitors personalize their itinerary and adds lunch at the revolving cafe on Macau Tower.

Cotai Water-Jet Round-Trip Ferry Tickets Between Hong Kong and Macau

Travelers who want to visit Macau’s casinos should book round-trip Cotai ferry tickets. The high-speed ferries travel from Hong Kong to Macau’s Taipa Terminal, where shuttles head directly to the major gambling palaces.

Read more about Macau tour options here.

Most Popular Things to Do

Day Trips & Excursions

Sightseeing Tickets & Passess

Cultural & Theme Tours

Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Most Popular Things to Do

Day Trips & Excursions

Sightseeing Tickets & Passess

Cultural & Theme Tours

Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Things to Know

When to Visit

Hong Kong is ideal to visit from October to February when it stays dry and comfortably warm.  The hot and wet weather of June through September is best avoided.

Things to Bring

The city’s brilliant markets make a spare suitcase for storing souvenirs a useful item.

Getting Around

Walking is best over short distances, but the Mass Transit Railway system (MTR) (reloadable Octopus Cards are valid on all public transport) is ideal for longer trips. Otherwise, travelers can pick from ferries, cross-harbor taxis, funiculars, and trams.

Local Customs

Tourists coo over the skyline at Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, but locals favor Kwun Tong or West Kowloon waterfront. Both offer equally impressive panoramas of Victoria Harbour and the main island.

What the Locals Know

Avoid the largest crowds by entering Dubrovnik’s walls via the less-used Ploce Gate rather than Pile Gate. The stretch between the gates offers the wall’s best scenery.