Shore Excursions

While your ship is in port, make the most of your visit by taking a private car tour around Hong Kong with your very own tour guide. We take all the stress out of your visit with our door-to-door service, collecting you from and returning you to your cruise ship terminal.

As well as offering comfort and convenience, we are one of the few tour companies licensed to access the restricted access zone of Lantau Island by car. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides all speak excellent English and will ensure you make the most of your time in Hong Kong.

We have two car iteneraries. The first is a classic Hong Kong Highlights tour taking in several better-known destinations. We often recommend this to first time visitors as it takes in many of Hong Kong’s best known and most iconic spots.

However, if you would prefer to go further off the beaten track to see another side of Hong Kong, we would recommend our Explore the New Territories tour. There are plenty of fascinating spots that are difficult to access by public transport and also tend to be a little less crowded.

Listed below are some of the options we could include in your itinerary depending on your interests and time constraints. Your itinerary is completely flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs. If you have a destination in mind that is not listed, please enquire and we will accommodate your request if possible.

Hong Kong Highlights Car Tour

Hong Kong Island:

  • The Peak
  • Man Mo Temple
  • Stanley Market
  • Aberdeen


  • Wong Tai Sin Temple – Make a wish at Hong Kong’s most vibrant temple
  • Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery – Enjoy a beautiful garden and tranquil retreat
  • Mongkok’s Markets: Bird Garden, Flower Market, Goldfish Market, Ladies Market

Lantau Island:

  • The Big Buddha –
  • Po Lin Monastery
  • Tai O Fishing Village


The Peak

Once inhabited by pirates, a must-stop visit is Victoria Peak. Immerse yourself in the panoramic view of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula, and get close to some of the most expensive real-estate in the world – nothing sets the density, money and scale of the city betterWe will spend time ensuring you get the perfect photographs, understand the different areas of Hong Kong and their significance, and absorb the breathtaking views that lie beneath you.


We can also pay a visit to Aberdeen Harbour, thought to be the fragrant harbour’s namesake due to the early trade in sandalwood. It is a perfect place to see the contrast between fishermen’s boat houses and the luxurious yachts in Aberdeen Marina on a sampan ride.
Stanley Market
One must-do trip for visitors to Hong Kong is a shopping trip to Stanley market, which is famous for fashion, Chinese crafts and paintings. You can pick up souvenirs, gifts for family back home and enjoy a stroll around this quiet, beachside suburb of Hong Kong. Enjoy sweeping sea views as you travel over the south of the Island. It is remarkable to see how quickly the bustling city streets give way to luxury apartment blocks and villas with vistas over the South China Sea as we make our way to one of Hong Kong’s wealthiest areas.

Mongkok’s Markets

Hong Kong is famously a shoppers’ paradise. Mongkok’s Markets are varied, interesting and provide a stark shopping contrast to the designer boutiques and glossy malls found nearby in Tsim Tsa Shui. The bird garden is where locals go to buy pet birds, cages and food. Kids love seeing all the live bird food and brightly plumed songbirds. Next door is the flower market, where the streets are crammed with vibrant scented blooms. Not far away is the goldfish market with all manor of tropical fish, terrapins and other small creatures. Lastly, there is the Ladies Market is a one-stop shopping haven for cheap and cheerful souvenirs – a spot of friendly haggling is warmly encouraged.

Wong Tai Sin Temple, Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery

We can take a visit to Wong Tai Sin Temple, which underlines the significance of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism to Hong Kong’s culture. As a contrast, we will also visit the peaceful the Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Gardens. They represent different strands of religion but have equal importance in the hearts, minds and belief systems of the people of Hong Kong.

Lantau Island

As one of the only tour companies licensed to access the restricted access zone of Lantau Island, a car tour with Hong Kong Greeters opens the door to this fascinating part of Hong Kong. Lantau is known as Hong Kong’s green lung, and you can imagine stepping back in time 50 years when you visit.

We will visit the Po Lin Monastery and Big Buddha statue, where we will help explain the importance of Buddhism and how it is represented in the hearts, minds and belief system of the people of Hong Kong. We will also be walking the 268 steps up to the Tian Tan Big Buddha, which was erected in 1993, rises 34 metres into the air and faces north, to look over the people of China. It is a magnificent statue and pilgrims flock to it from across Asia.

A visit to Lantau Island can also incorporate a visit to the traditional fishing village of Tai O, which features stilt houses inhabited by fishermen and their families. This relaxing village is one of the best-preserved places on Lantau, indeed the whole of Hong Kong, largely owing to the efforts of the local community and it is a place to just really slow down.

Explore the New Territories Car Tour

  • Sai Kung for the National Park or the seafood promenade.
  • Tai Po District: Wet market, floating fishing village in Sam Mun Tsai, Tsz Shan Monastery* and Guan Yin Statue.
  • Kadoorie Farm.
  • Abandoned villages and fortified walled communities in Sha Tin.
  • The 10, 000 Buddhas Monastery in Shatin.
  • Monkey Mountain the native (and very tame) Macaques monkeys. *Please do not feed the monkeys under any circumstances.
  • Jat’s Incline: An amazing panoramic view.
  • Shopping at Sum Ngai Brass Factory or Yuet Tung China Works

*A visit to the Tsz Shan Monastery must be booked at least four weeks in advance.

The Sai Kung Peninsula

Take a small boat ride into the Geopark, visit the abandoned island of Yim Tin Tsai, and then cross the tombolo over pineapple bun shaped rocks on Sharp Island. We have to get the timing right, so we don’t get stranded by the tide! This area will include stunning scenery, abandoned villages, cultural heritage and unique rock formations.

Tai Po District

A treasure trove of local food, fishing and scenery. Visit the stunning Tsz Shan Monastery* with its gigantic (70m) Guan Yin statue, and then take a small boat ride to the floating fish farms in the village of Sam Mun Tsai. Here you can try fishing, or if you would like to sample some food from the local fishermen, join a them for a bowl of the tastiest traditionally made fishball noodles from a tiny restaurant or village home. Tai Po is also home to one of the best wet markets in Hong Kong, with the full variety of fresh meat, fish, fruit, vegetables and dried goods galore to explore.

Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden

A hidden nature oasis away from the city on the slopes of Hong Kong’s highest peak. There are several kilometres of walking trails, beautiful gardens and and educational facilities promoting conservation and sustainability.

Tsang Tai Uk

Visit one of the few remaining Chinese walled villages. This one is still inhabited by members of the Tsang family.

Ten Thousand Buddha’s Monastery

This religious monument is not officially recognised by the tourist board and can often be missed when trying to find it! There are in fact sixteen thousand Buddhas located at this steep hillside monastery, it is well worth the trek to see them all.

Monkey Mountain

You will see plenty of native Macaque monkeys. . . but never feed them!

Jat’s Incline

Travel to the top of Jat’s incline in East Kowloon to enjoy a stunning panoramic view of Hong Kong Island, Victoria Harbour, Lei Yue Mun and Kai Tak, the former Hong Kong International Airport, as well as part of the Kowloon Peninsula.

Sum Ngai Brass Factory

If you want to find something original and unique to take home, this place is a treasure trove of furniture, ceramics, brassware and other delights. This family run shop is a hidden gem tucked away in sleepy Kam Tin.

Yuet Tung China Works

Established back in 1938, this is Hong Kong’s first and now sadly last remaining ceramics factory. Craftsmen continue to hand-paint items on site. From antique designs dating back to the 1960’s made for the Hotel California to hand-painted tea sets. The choices are endless.

Customisable Tour

We understand you may have your own preferences and sights you’d like to experience in Hong Kong.

Our customisable tours allow us to tailor a Hong Kong tour to suit you and your groups specific needs and wishes.

Please get in touch to discuss your customisable tour!


There’s more to Macau than just casinos – and with this fully customisable private tour, we’ll be lifting the lid on what makes this East-meets-West destination quite so unique.

A former Portuguese colony located just sixty miles from Hong Kong, Macau is the fascinating result of over 400 years of cultural exchange between the western world and Chinese civilisation. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this truly is a city of contrasts – where pastel-coloured colonial shophouses and quaint cobblestoned streets sit alongside traditional Chinese temples and glittering five-star hotels.

From the comfort of an air-conditioned car, we’ll be taking you off Macau’s beaten track to explore some of the lesser-known places that make the city so special. Highlights of this day trip with a difference include:

  • A walk around the Ruins of St. Paul’s, Macau’s most famous landmark, plus other historical sites Na Tcha Temple, Monte Fort and a section of Old City Walls
  • A chance to soak up Macau’s rich architectural heritage with visits to Our Lady of Penha Church, Mandarin’s House, Lilau Square, Moorish Barracks, A-Ma Temple and Guia Fortress
  • Delicious lunch at a traditional Portuguese or Chinese dim sum restaurant
  • A lip-smacking taster of the city’s famous Portuguese egg tarts
  • Get up close and personal with some new furry friends at the Giant Panda Pavilion
  • A drive-through tour along the dazzling Cotai Strip, with photo stops and the opportunity to explore the splendour of The Venetian Macao hotel

Peak to piers

A introduction to the real Hong Kong for one or two people with one of ToursByLocals’ top rated private guides – I like to give you the perfect slice of Hong Kong and what it has to offer from a non-touristy perspective. If it’s your first time in Hong Kong you’ll soon be up to speed on the current political situation, the history of the island, how to get around using public transport, eat the like a local, and navigate through a city of 7.5 million with zero personal space available. We’ll visit the some of the major attraction sites and explore some of the most local neighborhoods, revealing their hidden gems and making sure you get the most out of this great city. If you want to explore the Peak on your own, we can delve into more of the side streets to uncover what makes this city tick instead. 4 hour and 8 hour options available.

Co-hosted by licensed guides: William, Jami and Amy. Book for 1 person and get 2 adults for free. This is experience brings together the Hong Kong highlights, hidden gems & classic food. Includes Victoria Peak “skip-the-line” access, kids below 16 years come free. Starting with the classic Star Ferry ride across Victoria Harbour, we will explore some of the most local neighborhoods, revealing their hidden gems and making sure you get the most out of this great city. We will tell you the hidden stories behind some of Hong Kong’s famous skyscrapers and heritage buildings. Take a trip up to the Peak on the classic Peak tram, in operation since 1888 – no waiting in line with us! Take in the splendour and history of the Peak district and Hong Kong. Return to wind through the city by “ding-ding” tram, we will show you the local flavour of the vibrant street markets. We will stop for some of the cherished favourites at one of the best local dim sum restaurant to sample this iconic Cantonese style of cuisine, a must whilst in Hong Kong. Finally we’ll travel the longest outdoor covered escalator in the world, and undercover the secrets at the Man Mo Temple.

Here is your chance to change your destiny, we will teach you have to test your luck with the God of Loyalty & the God of Homework! For sure, we will fit in a lot into this wonderful overview of the city in 5 hours

On one of our walking tours we will get you acquainted with the sights, smells and tastes of the real Hong Kong, what it means to live in this city, its history and culture plus we will have you tasting some of the most amazing street food (nothing dodgy we promise and only if you want to!). From egg tarts to egg waffles from dim sum to char sui, Hong Kong’s vibrant food scene has something for everyone, and we will make sure you sample the highlights during your time with us.

On the private walking tour of Hong Kong, you will experience all the wonderful public transport Hong Kong has to offer, including the very efficient underground train system, the MTR, the bus, and the ferry services that connect the Island with the rest of Hong Kong. Our time on public transport is the perfect opportunity to understand what the city has to offer and to see it at its best, up close and personal. Hong Kong’s public transport is a particular hit with young members of the family and throughout all of our tours, we do our best to accommodate the needs of everyone, whatever their ages! We can provide strollers for young children and will ensure we plan our itinerary to suit your preferences and requirements at all times.

We will not shy away from the regular tourist spots – in fact Victoria Peak and the Star Ferry are two of our favourite places to go, but we also promise to show you an unexpected side that other tourists won’t see – all with your new friend in the city. On a customised walking tour with Hong Kong Greeters, you can experience the breath-taking sights of Hong Kong’s skyline; enjoy a walk through the interesting lanes and back streets of the city’s historical areas; dig into street food; experience the vibrant markets; soak in the views from the water; delve into culture at fascinating temples and much more.