China and Japan

china and japan115 Days

from £3596

An incredible twin-centre tour that takes you from the Great Wall of China – to the breathtaking views of Mount Fuji. Experience the cultures and traditions of two nations that boast fascinating history. Visit the illustrious capital, Beijing, the vibrant city of Xian, giving you a wonderful taster of China’s most historic attractions. On day 10 fly to Japan’s capital, Tokyo, and enjoy 5 days in Japan exploring the
essential attractions in Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto and Nara. This 15 day tour provides a wonderful insight into the culture and history in China and Japan.

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2017 – 18

Day 1 London Heathrow to Beijing
Take a scheduled flight from London Heathrow to Beijing with British Airways.china and japan

Day 2 Arrive Beijing (D)
Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your accommodation for a 3 night stay. You will have a chance to relax before your guide will escort you for dinner where you will meet and greet your fellow group members.

Day 3 Beijing City tour (BLD)
In the morning you will visit the Temple of Heaven – this was the place where the Ming and Qing emperors worshipped the god of heaven and prayed for good harvests for the year, where you can observe the tradition of practicing Tai Chi in the courtyard. This will be followed by a stroll through Tiananmen Square, the biggest square in the world. Finally, there will be a visit to the Forbidden City which served as the grand imperial palace for centuries.

Day 4 Great Wall (BLD)
Today visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a post along the wall offering breathtaking views in a less crowded atmosphere. Mutianyu was built in the mid-6th century and its rich history can be observed in its unique construction. In the evening enjoy a sumptuous Peking Duck Dinner, a traditional delicacy and a culinary must.

Day 5 Fly to Xian (BLD)
In the morning visit the Summer Palace, which includes a grand collection of lakes, gardens, palaces and scenic views. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake. This will be followed by opportunity for photographs at the Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube, which hosted the memorable 2008 Olympics and 2015 World Championships. Your final stop of the day will be at the Hutongs. Here, you can have a personal insight into the everyday life of traditional Beijing citizens. Finally, you will catch a flight to Xian.

Day 6 Terracotta Warriors (BLD)
In the morning visit the Terracotta Warriors, a stunning collection of ten thousand life size statues of the Chinese army made over two thousand years ago, yet preserved almost perfectly. In the afternoon spend time at the ancient city wall in Xian, which can be enjoyed through a peaceful stroll or a bike ride. It is the most complete city wall that has survived in China. This evening you will try a dumpling dinner while enjoying the Tang Dynasty Show, a colourful performance of traditional music and dance.

Day 7 Fly to Shanghai (BLD)
Today, you will visit to the Shaanxi museum which houses over a quarter of a million artefacts on display, including treasures from many periods of China’s history. The next stop, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, will explore China’s unique architecture style, then visit the Muslim Quarter to see local life in the community. Finally, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Shanghai.

Day 8 Shanghai (BLD)
The first attraction will be the Yu Yuan
Gardens followed by the Jade Buddha Temple. The centuries old Yu Yuan Gardens is home to beautiful pavilions, corridors, streams, courtyards and flowers. At the Jade Buddha Temple, see impressive temples, both historical and modern, sporting large, intricate sculptures of Buddha. After viewing the Shanghai museum, visit the waterfront attraction of the Bund to admire Shanghai as a modern metropolis. Later, on top of the Shanghai world financial centre, you can enjoy a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the whole city.

Day 9 Suzhou (BLD)
Today will feature an excursion to the scenic city of Suzhou, known as the ‘Venice of the East’. Its attractive gardens are renowned for their remarkable history and skilled horticulturalists, an example being the Master of the Nets Garden. After, enjoy a cruise on the striking Grand Canal, a local silk mill still in operation, but uses only traditional methods for silk production. Finally, there will be a chance to visit the Panmen Gate.

Day 10 Fly to Tokyo (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Tokyo. Upon arrival be met and transferred to the accommodation. Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 11 Tokyo Morning Tour (B)
Today, you will be picked up from your hotel to join Tokyo Morning Tour. Enjoy the panoramic view of Tokyo from the main observation platform at Tokyo Tower, visit Meiji Shrine, drive past Akasaka House which is one of the two State Guesthouses of the Government of Japan. See the National Diet Building and visit Imperial Palace East Garden (or Imperial Palace Plaza & Double Bridge, Monday, Friday and when the garden is closed) and drive through Ginza shopping district. Tour ends in Ginza approx. 1 pm. The tour guide will inform you how to go back to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Day 12 Tokyo / Mt. Fuji / Hakone (BL)
Please leave your main suitcase with the porter/bell desk by 7:30 am. Please keep an overnight bag with you for the night in Hakone.After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel to join the day tour to Mt. Fuji and Hakone. Visit Mt. Fuji 5th station in the morning. After lunch, take the Hakone Ropeway, followed by a cruise on Lake Ashi. After the tour you will be transferred to your accommodation in Hakone by taxi.

Day 13 Hakone / Kyoto (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Odawara or Atami station by private car (Japanese speaking driver only). Take the famous bullet train to Kyoto (travel time 150min). On arrival you will be met by an English speaking assistant at Kyoto station, where you will be transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, join the Kyoto Afternoon Walking Tour (Approx. 3.5 km walking including over varied terrain). You will meet your English speaking guide at Kyoto Station. Take public bus from the station to Higashiyama area and visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kodai-ji Temple, Yasaka Shrine and Gion district, one of the famous Geisha quarters. Tour ends in Gion approx. 6 pm.

Day 14 Nara / Kyoto (B)
Today, following breakfast, you will join Nara Morning Walking Tour (Approx. 4.5km walking). You will meet your English
speaking guide at Kyoto station. Take a Kintetsu Express Train to Nara, the imperial capital of Japan in the 8th century. You will visit Todai-ji Temple (Great Buddha), Nara Park (Deer Park) and Kofuku-ji Temple. Return to Kyoto by train. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 15 Fly back to London (B)
Day at leisure until your transfer to Kansai international airport by airport shuttle bus. Fly to your regional airport in the UK.

Your Hotel Accomodation
Beijing: Guangxi
Xian: Grand New World
Shanghai: Sunrise on the Bund
Tokyo: Shiba Park
Kyoto: Karasuma Kyoto

Beijing: Guangxi Hotel 4★

Conveniently located near the Panjiayuan Antique Market and 5 km from Hongqiao Market and Temple of Heaven. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool.

Xian: Grand New World 4★

Located near Great Mosque, Drum Tower and the Bell Tower. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool and a health club. There is also a restaurant and a nightclub.

Shanghai: Sunrise on the Bund 4★

located opposite The North Bund Green Land. It boasts an indoor pool, a spa and wellness centre and 8 dining options. Free internet access and parking is provided. Each room has an attached bathroom with toiletries.

Tokyo: Shiba Park 3.5★

Just a 5-minute walk to two subway stations and the JR Hamamatsucho train station is a 10-minute walk away. The hotel offers 2 restaurants and a bar. The spacious rooms include a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi is available at all areas.

Kyoto: Karasuma Kyoto 3★

Located near traditional houses and temples, this hotel offers easy access to transport links. It features a restaurant, a bar and rooms with free high-speed internet. A Starbucks is just off the lobby.

Tour Name: China and Japan

Tour Code: CJ15
Duration:
15 Day

Prices from £3546 per person

Land only from £2795

Single supplement from £565

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09/08 – 23/08/17 from £3996 21/03 – 04/04/18 from £3596
06/09 – 20/09/17 from £3896 04/04 – 18/04/18 from £3796
13/09 – 27/09/17 from £3896 11/04 – 25/04/18 from £3796
20/09 – 04/10/17 from £3896 18/04 – 02/05/18 from £3796
11/10 – 25/10/17 from £3896 09/05 – 23/05/18 from £3896
18/10 – 01/11/17 from £3896 16/05 – 30/05/18 from £3896
25/10 – 08/11/17 from £3896 23/05 – 06/06/18 from £3896
08/11 – 22/11/17 from £3596 06/06 – 20/06/18 from £3796

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • International flights and domestic flights
  • Hotel accommodation
  • English Speaking Guides
  • Transfers
  • Entrance fees to the sites listed
  • Bullet train
  • Baggage trasfer for one piece
  • Meals as Specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Local tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance