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This itinerary is packed full of interesting experiences, with something new around each corner and so much variation between each different destination
The Terracotta Army, are totally mind blowing and a must on anyone's visit to China
Fantastic itinerary as an introduction to China and Japan and their interesting cultures and history
For foodies, delight in such a wide array of delicious award-winning restaurants - some of the best in the Far East
Experience an authentic Japanese Ryokan with its incredible service and hospitality
China and Japan are best in the spring and autumn, which bring pleasant warm days. Late June can see torrential rains in Japan and the summer months from June - August are hot and muggy. The winter months can get below freezing.
This itinerary takes you on a journey through two amazing countries, China and Japan. From the heights of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo to the Forbidden City in Beijing and geishas in Kyoto, this itinerary incorporates our top highlights of these two rich cultures.
Hong Kong is the perfect place to start your adventure and you’ll have two nights in the city to explore all of its sights and sounds. Spend your days walking through atmospheric Kowloon and enjoy some fantastic shopping and restaurants on Hong Kong Island and Harbour City. There are few cities that can rival Hong Kong's eclectic mix of East meets West and you’ll love exploring its vibrant atmosphere.
Next you will take a flight of just under four hours to Beijing, where you will be staying for the next two nights. A modern city with an imperial past, China's history can be seen at every corner here. Regarded as the cultural centre of China, no visit to Beijing is complete without a visit to the Forbidden City and The Great Wall of China, which we have included for your full day in the city with your private guide and driver. We also recommend venturing out in the evening to the Beijing night market, where you can try lots of interesting local delicacies.
Next you will fly on to Xian for one night in order to see the world-famous Terracotta Warriors. Arguably one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, The Qin Tomb is home to thousands of life-size clay models which have been excavated and carefully preserved. Again like, Beijing we have include a private guide and driver for you so that you can make the most of your short time in city as they bring the incredible Terracotta Warriors to life for you. If there is time, and you would like to visit wider Xian, we can also include a cycle tour around the ancient Xian wall or a visit to the local night markets.
From historic Xian, travel to Guilin again by a short internal flight. Venturing further south, you’ll easily notice the different landscapes here, surrounded by tropical lush vegetation and low-rise limestone mountains that seem to emerge majestically out of the misty waters of the Li River. Guilin offers a total immersion into rural China and it's relaxing, natural beauty and with your private guide we have included a lovely journey along the Li River and cycling tour through the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Before heading to Japan, Shanghai provides the last stop in the Chinese part of this enriching tour. From Guilin, again you’ll take a short internal flight of just under two and a half hours. Different from other parts of China, Shanghai stands out as a unique, fast-paced and hedonistic city. Spoil yourself with good food and plenty of shopping and also take time to explore the historic area of the French Concession, which has its own interesting character.
From China it is on to Japan, with a flight of just two hours from Shanghai to Tokyo. A mix of dazzling lights and traditional culture, Tokyo is one of the most interesting cities in the world to explore. Experience the world of Harajuku and eat your heart out on the best sushi you will ever taste. We have included a full day tour of Tokyo with your private guide on the super-efficient metro system to take in all the highlights including the Imperial Palace Gardens, Senso-ji Temple and the incredible architecture of the Ginza district.
From Tokyo, you will then take the lightning speed bullet train to Odawara Station from where your private chauffeur will meet you and drive you through the winding mountain roads up to Gora and wider Hakone National Park. Here you’ll have the chance to stay in a ryokan, or traditional Japanese Inn. Wear yukatas, soak in the onsen and feast on Kaiseki, a multi-course Japanese feast. The highlight of staying in a ryokan is the completely pampered service, so take one afternoon and night to completely unwind with lovely views over the surrounding countryside as you enjoy the lovely warm waters of the onsens.
Your final stop on the adventure will be Kyoto for two nights. Again, after you have been driven back to Odawara Station you’ll take the bullet train to Kyoto at just under three hours. Kyoto is jam packed full of history and amazing sites and we have included a private guide and driver for you here to explore all of its highlights including the beautiful district of Gion, the mesmerising Golden Temple and the buzzing and interesting Nishiki Market, perfect for people watching and checking out the local and famous produce from the region. At the end of your stay here, you’ll be driven to Kansai Airport, about a one-and-a-half-hour drive from Kyoto, in order to connect to your flight home.
Drift leisurely down the Li River on a bamboo raft as you pass a picturesque landscape of lush fields framed by limestone karsts. Step ashore to visit villages complete with Ming and Qing era architecture and discover a world away from the bustling city.
Beijing balances its ancient history with its 21st century lifestyles and this experience is a chance to explore both of these with a visit to the ancient Forbidden City and a chance to meet a local family and join them for lunch in their home.
Delve into the rich history of China as you walk the remote Gubeikou section of the Great Wall. Explore how this crumbling structure played an important part in protecting Beijing from Mongolian nomads and meet local farmers and producers.
Uncover a world hidden from view as you walk through the hutongs, or alleyways, that connect Beijing’s neighbourhood houses and hear the eye-opening and intriguing stories of some of their most colourful inhabitants.
Offering a chance to experience authentic local culture, this tour will take you from a bustling wet market to the home of a local family where you can learn to make dumplings before exploring the streets of the old town and the peaceful Yu Garden.
Discover the countryside and culture around Yangshuo as you delve into its markets and discover the cooking techniques and traditional recipes of the region. After cooking up a storm you’ll sit down to enjoy the meal you’ve helped prepare.
Hakone have some beautiful hiking trails which provide stunning, scenic walks to many of Japans lofty or snowy peaks. Some of the original stone pavements remain which take hikers past tea houses, waterfalls and through overgrown forests.
Get a glimpse into the ancient art of Tai Chi as you begin your day with a lesson from a master, and enjoy an hour of practice in one of the Shanghai’s parks, looking out over the city’s skyline.
The Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty was a hugely significant discovery in the 1970s. The warriors are fascinating and well worth exploring with a private guide.
Boasting some of China’s most spectacular landscapes, the Yangshuo countryside offers exceptional trekking opportunities amongst ‘sugarloaf’ mountains and fertile fields. Explore historic villages to discover local life in this rural region.
Leave behind the towering skyscrapers of Shanghai as you cycle through its ancient lanes to discover daily life and local culture in tucked away neighbourhoods. Dive into a bustling market, sample the local street food and dine at a Buddhist canteen.
Visit The Temple of Heaven and The Summer Palace on this full day tour. The Temple of Heaven is one of China's most iconic sacrificial monuments meanwhile The Summer Palace, a World Heritage Site, was built as a luxurious royal garden for royal families.
Works started on the Great Wall of China as early as 200 B.C and it now stretches from Shanhaiguan by the Yellow Sea to Jiayuguan in the Gobi Desert. Sections of wall have been restored and repaired, offering fantastic walking opportunities.
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