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  1. China
  2. Southern China
  3. Macau
  4. Guia Fortress

Macau: 3-Hour UNESCO Walking Tour in the Historic Center

Product ID: 326546
Discover Macau as the last European colony in China. Hear the legacy and stories that the Portuguese left behind in the city's unique East-meets-West culture and architecture. Follow a guide to 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites.
About this activity
Duration: 3.5 - 4.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, Italian, Portuguese
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit 10 UNESCO sites, including the must-visit St Paul Ruins, Guia Hill and Light House, Mount Fortress, and more
  • Get an insight into 20 landmark buildings
  • Uncover the charming stories of colonial Macau
  • Experience local East-meets-West culture and flavors
Full description
Learn fun facts about Macau as the last European colony of China, from its beginnings as a trading post to becoming a Portuguese territory in 1887 for hundreds of years. Marvel at the 450-year legacy that the Portuguese left in distinct East-meets-West culture and architecture. Hear about how Portuguese remains the official language, and little stories like why Macau is named Macau.

Your guide will take you to the must-visit St. Paul Ruins, the only church in the world with Chinese, Japanese, and Western elements, and the largest church in Asia at the time of its erection. It was referred to as "The Vatican of the Far East" when it was built nearly 400 years ago by Catholic priests with design by Italian Jesuit Carlo Spinola. 

Continue on to admire Macau’s UNESCO Historic Center; Senado Square is the living embodiment of East and West influences, with its famous wave-mosaic-tiled pavement and the unforgettable Portuguese-style colonial facades of the surrounding residences, old streets, and religious buildings. Afterwards, visit the Mount Fortress, the first residence of the Macau Governor and the historical Portuguese military center. Take a look at the Fortaleza which has 32 muzzle-loading cannons over 86,000 square feet.

Take an optional tour to Taipa, a once-quiet fishing village that was known for its firework and handicrafts, and is now famous for fancy casinos. See the former home of the Portuguese Governor, now Taipa Houses Museums. Admire the 5 pretty pastel-colored houses that reveal the cultural heritage of the island.

The last stop is the Guia Fortress, situated on the highest hill of Macau Peninsula and providing a unique panoramic view of the peninsula and the Historic Center. Adjacent to the fortress, you will find the oldest lighthouse on China's coast. It bears witness to one of the earliest and longest-lasting encounters between China and the West.
Includes
  • Professional local host speaking English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese
  • Tour of Macau historic center
  • Tour of Taipa Village (optional)
  • Bottle of water
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food
Not suitable for
  • People with heart problems

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

In front of the Jorge Álvares Monument in the Square, Praca de Jorge alvares (南灣歐維士像). You guide will be holding a sign with the "GetYourGuide" logo.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Oversize luggage
Know before you go
• This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
• You will need to climb 200 steps to reach the top of the Guia Fortress
Customer reviews
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We really had a great time during our tour with Marco. He is very caring and treats us so well!

January 26, 2020

Marco was a wonderful host. We learnt so much about the history and places of interest in Macau. Very worthwhile.

January 12, 2020

Wonderful tour with perfect guide! Definitely to recommend! Thanx for having us. Andy and Allison!

January 13, 2020

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Product ID: 326546