Depart from Heathrow or your preferred airport on scheduled flights
to Beijing. Meals on board.
Being met at airport and transfer to hotel
Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be greeted at the airport by our
English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel.
your flight arrives in the morning, we provide optional
afternoon tour to Lama Temple. Or, the rest of the day
is at your leisure to recover from jet lag and get ready for the
adventures awaiting you.
Walk along the Great Wall of China (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
start off your China holiday with a bang - the highlight of today
is a visit to the Great Wall of China.
visit the Mutianyu Section of the wall, which is quieter and less
touristy. This section is also equipped with a cable car for those
who prefer an easier way up (fee payable at local ticket office,
a full overnight sleep to rest our jetlegs, a full breakfast, and
traffic peak hour, we then set off from our hotel.
on the Great Wall is often one of the most important highlights
for our guests. We make sure this experience is as magical as it
can be. So, we allowed for a full day and you can stay on the wall
as long as you wanted, or short if prefered. A simple pack lunch
is provided as there is no restaurant on or around the Wall, but
we will celebrate this occasion in style, with a glass of wine with
we return to our hotel, for a blissful rest. This might also be
the opportunity for you to refresh and change for your welcome
Your guide will come to take you at an agreed time, for a
delightful selection of Beijing style dishes, including Peking
Evening live show.
must-see historical sites (Breakfast,
Today, enjoy a full day city tour to soak up the atmosphere of Beijing,
includes the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square and the
a full day of touring, your tour disband at the last stop and we
leave you to enjoy a relaxing evening on your own. Our guide will
happy to make recommendations as where to eat etc so please feel
free to ask them. For travellers who wish to come back to hotel
with the guide and driver, they will be happy to do so.
restaurants in Beijing have English menus. A good dinner of your
choice (with a beer/drink) should be around £10 per person,
but it can vary depending on your choice.
to Xian Free time or joining optional tour (Breakfast)
Our flight to Xian is around mid afternoon so the morning is free
for you to explore Beijing with leisure. Or you may wish to take
a guided morning tour with us, visiting the Summer Palace.
You may wish to try Rickshaw ride (pay fee on the spot) through
the 'Hutong' traditional residential area of Beijing. Then
continues to see the 2008 Bird's Nest Olympics Stadium (exteriors
only). Time permitting, we will have a stroll in the large Olympic
square and see the Water Cube (exteriors only).
on, your guide will accompany you to airport for checking in, and
bid you farewell as you take a flight to Xian, the former capital
of China and starting point of the ancient Silk Road.
travellers who wish to experience overnight train from Beijing to
Xian, we can arrange transfer to train station and train ticket
(1 ticket per person for a soft-sleeper beth). Please note the train
journey is about 12 hours overnight.
exciting day awaits, as we head to the Terracotta Warriors Archaeological
Museum, home to over 6,000 life-size Terracotta Warriors and their
horses. The warriors are meant to be the after life protectors of
the first emperor Qinshihuang, who united China (221BC-206BC).
our guide will take you to the majestic Bell Tower (exterior
only) for a great photo opportunity. On the opposite side
of the square we visit the famous Drum Tower, which provides
fantastic views across the city.
enjoy a leisurely walk & optional cycle ride along the ancient city
walls. The smooth & well preserved walls provide an ideal and
safe walking & cycling route around the entire historic city centre.
This is a charming way to enjoy the local lifestyle of Xian.
entertainment includes: a
re-enactment of the royal arts performance of a 7th century Tang
Dynasty Show, with a special dinner of dumplings included.
Xian to Shanghai
time or joining optional tour (Breakfast)
we take a flight to Shanghai, the cosmopolitan city of China.
tour of Shanghai includes visiting Yu Garden, famous for
its rock gardens, pavilions, halls and ponds. We then explore the
famous promenade and marvel at the futuristic landscape of magnificent
towers and building situated along the Huangpu River, the
Bund and Nanjing Road. Finally our tour takes us to the
historic districts of Shanghai and we visit the former colonial
French quarters, known locally as 'Heaven on Earth'.
art, dance show etc.
Shanghai - Free
at leisure or Water village tour (optional)
We leave this final full day for you to explore this cosmopolitan
city at your own leisure, to relax, and perhaps do some last minute
shopping in Shanghai's incredible shopping malls.
you may wish to take an optional tour to the Water village of Zhu-jia-jiao,
known as the 'Venice of China' and unspoiled for hundreds
of years. Upon arrival we take a pleasant stroll through the village
and you have the opportunity to take a relaxing boat ride
whilst being serenaded. Drive back to hotel.
you will be met at your hotel and transfer to the Maglev train
station in Shanghai (during train service hours). Our local guide
will assist you to board the futuristic and super fast Maglev train
with a top speed of 267mph.
train will take you to the airport in time for your flight
Japan. Upon arriving at
Narita Airport in Tokyo, you are met by our tour assistant and transferred
to your Hotel.
Morning city tour of Tokyo visiting a number of the main
highlights of this magnificent City. The tour includes a visit to
the Tokyo Tower where you can enjoy panoramic views across
the city from the observation tower. We proceed to the peaceful
picturesque setting of the Meiji Shrine, set in thick
woodland and considered to be one of the finest examples
of Shinto Architecture. Next we drive by the 'Akasaka Guest House'
for a photo opportunity. The Guest House is a magnificent
'Western Style Palace' built in the Baroque Architectural style.
We then drive alongside the imposing National Diet Building,
which is home to the Japanese House of Parliament.
tour continues across Tokyo to the Imperial Palace East Gardens.
Enjoy a pleasant walk in the East Garden of the Imperial Palace,
which is filled with scenic and historic beauty. (Alternatively
for tours on Monday & Friday & when the garden is closed,
we will visit the Imperial Palace plaza and famous Double bridge
instead). Our tour will continue with a drive and stroll along Ginza
high street, the famous shopping area of Tokyo. The tour disbands
in Ginza, giving you a great opportunity for shopping. We highly
recommend you visit the Sony Centre building to see the futuristic
electronics on display. Ginza is also convenient for the subway
to explore further areas of Tokyo.
Afternoon is free at leisure, or take an optional
afternoon Tokyo city tour. The optional tour includes visiting the
beautiful Hama-Rikyu garden, enjoying our Sumida River
Cruise and visiting the Asakusa Kannon Temple &
Nakamise shopping street. We then drive through Kappabashi,
Ueno and Akihabara districts of Tokyo before finishing the tour.
Ask for details at time of booking.
Free day to explore Tokyo at your leisure or purchase an
optional full day tour to Nikko.
optional professionally guided tour involves taking a Deluxe motor
coach to Nikko National park, a designated World Cultural
Heritage site. Nikko is a gem of natural beauty and home to
some of the most spectacular examples of ancient architecture in
Japan. The tour includes a visit to the magnificent Toshogu shrine,
which houses the Mausoleum of the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
We also visit the stunning Tamozawa Imperial Villa, constructed
in 1899 and which served as the Tokyo residence of the Tokugawa
family and later a summer retreat for the Imperial Family. Afterwards
we visit the spectacular Kirifuri waterfall.
style Lunch included.
The tour disbands on arrival in Ginza & Shinjuku at around 7-8pm,
where you will have ample restaurants and bars to choose from for
your evening meal and entertainment. If you prefer, you can return
to your hotel and our tour guide will be happy to provide you with
information on return transportation/directions. Overnight
Tokyo - MT Fuji - Hakone - Kyoto
You will be picked up from your hotel and driven by deluxe motorcoach
to Mount Fuji. Along the way you will enjoy the scenery of
rural Japan, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and mountainous
peaks. From our vantage point on the 5th station on MT Fuji, we
will enjoy spectacular views (weather permitting).
will be provided at a Hotel/Restaurant in Hakone. In the
afternoon we proceed to the Hakone National Park where we
will take a cable car ride with the opportunity to see the
magnificent volcanic Hakone mountain range below. We will then travel
to the Owakudani Boiling Valley where you will see ancient
volcanic craters with sulphurous fumes and clouds of steam spiralling
from crevasses across the mountain side giving a truly mystical
image. We then proceed with our tour for a boat cruise on
Lake Ashi, which is set in serene natural beauty, where weather
permitting spectacular views of Mount Fuji can be seen silhouetted
in the lake. Proceed to Odawara and take the Shinkansen (Bullet
train) to Kyoto. Accommodation at the New Miyako hotel or similar
Kyoto - (Optional Nara tour)
Morning sight seeing tour of Kyoto including
a visit to Nijo Castle, former residence of the Tokugawa
Shogun built in 1603. Nijo Castle is noted for its Ornate interior
and 'nightingale floor' designed to sing when stepped upon to warn
of Ninja assassins. Next we visit the Kinkakuji Temple (Golden
Pavilion) centred around one of the best examples of a Japanese
Zen gardens in the world. We then travel to Kyoto Imperial
Palace, the impressive former residence of the Imperial family.
Tour ends around 1:00pm.
is free at leisure, or take an optional tour to Nara.
The optional tour includes visiting Nara Deer Park and the
Todaiji temple housing the Great Buddha in the worlds largest
wooden building. Next we visit the Kasuga Taisha Shinto Shrine
which features 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns. Finally enjoy Nara
Nagomikan before retuning to Kyoto. (Optional tour includes
buffet lunch). Enquire at time of booking to include
the Nara tour in your itinerary)
Day free at Leisure to explore the fascinating city of Kyoto,
or purchase our optional Kyoto afternoon tour.
option tour includes visiting the colourful Heian Jingu Shrine
and inner garden and ponds. Next we explore Sanjusangendo Hall,
a renowned long wooden hall housing all of 1,001 statues that date
back to the 13th century. Finally we visit the magnificent Kiyomizu
Temple with spectacular views across the entire city. (This
highly recommended afternoon tour can be included at time of booking).
overnight stay in a traditional Japanese Ryokan is available (inc
Japanese traditional Breakfast & full course Evening Dinner).
extension of 2 nights to Hiroshima & Miyajima,
or 1 full day tour available - Contact us for details.
will be met at your hotel and transferred to the futuristic Kansai
International Airport in Osaka for your departure flight homeward.
China & Japan tour Tour Dates & Price 2019
Departure EVERY Saturdays
To avoid the extreme busy period during Chinese national holidays,
no tour is operated between 1-7 May and 1-8 October.
The price may be different around the bank holidays in the UK, and
the festival period in China & Japan.
share £ from (Excl international flights)
March - May
prices shown above are 'per person')
airport/hotel transfers within China and Japan.
of quality accommodation in well furnished rooms with private
facilities. In China it is 4 star hotels, in Japan it is 3/4 star
hotels. Upgrade options available.
tours by professional qualified English-speaking tour guides.
as specified in the itinerary.
luggage transfer from hotel to hotel between Tokyo & Kyoto.
Does Not Include
for guides and drivers in China - recommend £3 for guide
and £2 for driver per day but not compulsory. No tipping
is expected in Japan.
visa - we can provide service, currently £180/person. No
visa is required to Japan.
tour arrangements Small
group guided tour in China and guided city coach day tours in Japan
(excluding free days). The tour includes airport greeting and transfer
service in each destination, entrance fees, transfers between destinations,
internal flights in China, luggage transfer in Japan and transport
included whilst on all guided tours. Tours in China & Japan
are all with professional English speaking local guides. This tour
is suitable for all ages of travellers.
As agent of many airline consolidators, we can obtain flights in
various class, with all reputable airlines. Please let us know you
prefered airline at booking stage.
Accommodation for this tour Carefully selected very good
4 star hotels in China and 3 to 4 stars in Japan. Hotel upgrade
option available at a good rate. Please enquire at the time of your
booking. For details of our hotel collection, please visit our China
hotels and Japan hotels web pages.
: Breakfasts are included in China each day and lunches
and dinners are as shown in the itinerary. Breakfast is not included
at the hotels in Japan, but can be booked in advance or payable
locally directly to the hotel. Alternatively, there are many places
around the hotels where you can buy meals far more reasonably. Breakfast
at hotels in China is included.
Castle (Kyoto) is closed (every Tuesday in Jan, July, Aug &
Dec), therefore if your tour falls on these dates, we will visit
Ryoanji Temple instead. Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed at weekends
and on national holidays, we will visit Kitano Tenmangu instead.
itinerary is designed according to the most updated information
of flights schedules available, although occasionally the sequence
in which cities are visited and duration of time spent in each city
can change due to local conditions which are out of our control.
The above itinerary highlights the main attractions that are to
be visited each day. MT Fuji - Hakone - We reserve the right to
change or amend our tour itinerary due to heavy traffic conditions
or bad weather.We reserve the right to change, amend or alter the
itinerary, although we will act in your best interests to handle
any amendments. Please refer to the booking form for detailed terms