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Shanghai, China - Photo By Marc-Oliver Jodoin

Ancient Empires of China & Japan

19 nights / 20 days

Fully Guided

All Available Dates - Call 01 2366852 To Book Now

09 Sep 2024

07 Oct 2024

17 Mar 2025

05 May 2025

08 Sep 2025

06 Oct 2025

The ultimate tour for those wishing to combine the very best of two ancient nations. Join us on an incredible journey from Beijing to Tokyo by road, boat, rail and air on this epic three-week tour!

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Shanghai, China - Denys Nevozhai
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Shanghai, China - Edward He
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Shanghai, China - Hanny Naibaho
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Shanghai, China - Marc-Oliver Jodoin
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Shanghai, China - Yiran Ding
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Tokyo, Japan - Jezael melgoza
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Tokyo, Japan - Alex Knight
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Tokyo, Japan - Erik Eastman

B Breakfast Included

L Lunch Included

D Dinner Included

Day 1 - Fly overnight to Beijing


Fly overnight to China's historical capital, Beijing. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

Day 2 - Fly overnight to Beijing


Fly overnight to China's historical capital, Beijing. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

Day 3 - Walk on the Great Wall

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This morning is dedicated to China's most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walkon this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate the sheer magnificence of thewall itself and the dramatic scenery that surrounds it. In the afternoon, enjoy the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace. End the day enjoying a traditional Peking Duck dinner.

Day 4 - Explore the Forbidden City

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Begin the day soaking up the harmonious ambience of the glorious Temple of Heaven where you can mingle with the locals and watch or participate as they practise Tai Chi, dance or play cards. Next, take a leisurely stroll in a traditional hutong neighbourhood and visit a family at home, to learn about life living in the hutongs. Later, head to Beijing's symbolic heart, Tiananmen Square, before entering the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City to explore this complex full of imperial riches.

Day 5 - Travel to Xi'an

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Board the bullet train to the ancient city of Xian. Upon arrival, enjoy some time at leisure at Xian's Muslim Quarter, where you will find an array of food stalls selling a wealth of flavours. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Shui Jiao dumpling dinner and a lively Tang Dynasty dance show.

Day 6 - Terracotta Warriors

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After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China's first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of life-sized warriors, followed by a visit to the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate them. Later, stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls that enclose Xi'an's old town.

Day 7 - Fly to Guilin

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Today, transfer to the airport and fly to Guilin, best known for its incredible natural landscapes.

Day 10 - Fly to Shanghai

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Fly to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, where you will enjoy a day at leisure.

Day 11 - Explore Shanghai

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Shanghai is China's great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined withfuturistic skyscrapers and 10th-century temples. Start with a visit to the peaceful YuGarden and pass through the old town. Admire the colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund and Nanjing Road, where you will also be able to enjoy some time at leisure before visiting a Silk Factory. View the city at night from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise.

Day 12 - Goodbye China, Hello Japan

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It's time to say goodbye to China and hello to Japan! Fly to the vibrant city of Osaka.

Day 13 - Osaka Castle

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Explore Osaka Castle, take a short cruise along the Yodogawa River and stroll throughvibrant Dotonbori, a restaurant mecca, where you can sample local delicacies for lunch. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore this fascinating city.

Day 14 - Discover Okayama & Kurashiki

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Transfer by bullet train to Okayama and visit Korakuen Garden, one of the 'Three Great Gardens of Japan. Continue to Kurashiki to explore the beautifully-preserved Bikan Historical Quarter, where the streets along the banks of the Kurashiki River are lined with white-walled kominka (traditional houses). Continue to Hiroshima, a vibrant and forward-thinking city.

Day 15 - Explore Hiroshima & Miyajima

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Hop on a ferry to the holy island of Miyajima and visit Itsukushima Shrine. Return toHiroshima and find a moment to reflect at the Peace Memorial Park and Museum, paying homage to the victims of the 1945 atomic bomb. Later, ascend to the observation deck of Orizuru Tower and enjoy the panoramic views.

Day 16 - Travel to Kyoto

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Transfer by bullet train to Kyoto, imperial capital for 1,000 years. Visit Ryoanji Temple,home to Japan's most famous Zen garden and Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the'Golden Pavilion'.

Day 17 - Explore Kyoto

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Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, remarkable for its 10,000 torii gates and then head to NishikiMarket, also known as 'Kyoto's Kitchen' with its lively open-air market specialising in all things food! Also visit a restored wooden Japanese townhouse to experience the rituals of a tea ceremony and try your hand at the traditional art of origami.

Day 18 - Bullet Train to Hakone

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Transfer by bullet train to Hakone. Upon arrival, enjoy a boat trip on Lake Ashi beforeventuring up the Komagatake Ropeway where the views of the surrounding landscape and Mount Fuji will be breathtaking, but weather dependent of course! Later, continue to Tokyo, Japan's capital city.

Day 19 - Contrasts of Tokyo

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Tokyo is the ultimate 24-hour city, but look behind its frantic, high-tech frontage and you will find plenty of tranquil backstreets and old temples to explore. Begin at the observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree, before wandering through the old district of Asakusa. Stop to explore the ancient Buddhist Sensoji Temple and drive past the Imperial Palace Plaza. Later, soak up the atmosphere at the peaceful Meiji Jingu Shrine. End your tour with a dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay.

Day 20 - Fly Tokyo to UK


Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.

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