Our China tours programmes are specifically designed by ourselves and operated exclusively for our guests.
For a truly memorable holiday, our tours include a combination of must-see locations, cultural experiences and visiting places of local charm. We feel many well-known places are often shown on TV and travellers have 'seen' it, but it is the local charm such as a walk on a quaint cultural street, a boat ride on a river etc which makes the difference and provide a Magical tour experience.
Our local English speaking professional Tour Guide will meet and greet you upon your arrival in China based upon your flight times and transfer you to your hotel. Each day you have a tour activity (excluding any free time) our tour guide and driver will accompany you until you take your ongoing flight/train to the next destination, where you will be met and looked after by another local guide etc. No compulsory tipping and shopping trips.
Sightseeing tours are generally by quality air-conditioned minivan or car (subject to group size) and cold bottled water is provided in the vehicle each day of the guided tours. Comfy shoes should be used for walking around various sightseeing locations. Please also refer to your itinerary for further specific details regarding your tour arrangements etc.
Our tours in China are arranged on a Small Group basis, average 10 people per group and maximum 16. We feel this gives our travellers more flexibility and enjoyment. By reducing the group size our experienced local guides can get to know you all individually and show you the true beauty of China.
Add on guided day tours and city extensions are available for all our tour and can be included in your tour PRIOR TO departure.
We take a great deal of time and effort to source our hotel selection in each city for our customers enjoyment. Unless noted otherwise our China hotels are all good quality 4 star rating in major cities. If your tour includes a cruise on Yangtze River, We use 5 star cruise ships including the Century and MS Emperor, which are among the best and most established cruise liners on Yangtze River. Each cabin has its own private balcony.
We include all breakfasts (mixture of western & Chinese cuisine) at your hotel and most Chinese style lunches and dinners, which are all pre-booked as shown in your itinerary. Each lunch and dinner menu is selected to ensure you can try a wide variety of tasty traditional dishes whilst in China.
Our tour assistant will meeting you at the airport upon your arrival in Japan & will provide you with all your train tickets, hotel & tour vouchers. Airport transfers and all transfers by train & coach between each destination are included in the tour price.
Professional English speaking local Japanese guides will meet you each day when you have a tour activity, and all entrance fees are included whilst on the guided tours, as stated in your itinerary. These day tours are generally on a Seat in coach basis (sometimes by train/public transport) and allow enough time to enjoy walking around each sightseeing spot with our tour guide. You will usually join other travellers for these day activities and this enables us to provide regular / flexible departures.
Our guided tours operate on a daily/weekly basis and we guarantee departure. Therefore, depending on your tour dates, you will be with other travellers or transferring on your own. We always provide details to help make the unaccompanied train/bus transfers straight forward and our standard hotels are within easy walking distance from the stations. We also provide free luggage transfer on majority of the tours, so you can travel light when making the transfers. Where we think it is required we will also arrange private transport to the train station and arrange tour assistants at transfer points - please refer to your specific itinerary.
Majority of our guided tours also have some free time, so you can explore on your own. Ryokan stays can also be added to the majority of our guided tours, as can optional pre-booked excursions. Emergency contact numbers are provided for your time in Japan and you have full support during your stay. We show a selection of multi country tour options, however any variation can be created to suit your requirements.
Within Japan breakfast is provided when staying in Ryokans. When staying in hotels within Japan, these can be purchased in Japan on a daily basis. Alternatively, there are many places around the hotels where you can buy meals. Please refer to itinerary for lunches provided. Vegetarian meals can be provided.
Our hotels in Japan are all good quality international hotels, in ideal locations for all our tours, with upgrade to deluxe level available.
Our tour assistant will meeting you at the airport upon your arrival in Seoul, Korea and you will be transferred to your hotel.
Tours are generally operated on a Seat-in-coach basis with professional English speaking guides with minimum 2 pax. Therefore the mode of transport can vary depending upon group size. The tours will allow enough time to enjoy walking around each sightseeing spot visited and you will join other travellers for these day activities.
Within Korea daily breakfast is provided. Please refer to your individual itinerary for days where lunch is also provided.
Our standard hotels in Korea are all good quality 3.5 to 4 star hotels, in central locations, with upgrades available.
The itinerary is designed according to the most updated information of flights available, although on rare occasions the sequence in which cities are visited, duration of time spent 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. Further places of interest may be visited during your stay, which will provide unique ethnic and cultural handcraft shopping opportunities. It is extremely rare that itineraries ever need changes and we will always act in your best interest to handle any amendments if this did occur. However, we reserve the right to change, amend or alter the itinerary if required, for example occasionally the tour sequence and duration of time spent in each city can change due to local conditions which are out of our control or due to heavy traffic conditions or bad weather. Please refer to our terms & conditions for further details.
Please note that Nijo 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. Hiroshima & Miyajima optional tour usually operates Mon - Wed, Friday -Sunday.
All British travellers are required to obtain a visa for entry into China. We can arrange the visa application for our customers, or you can do it yourself through the Chinese Embassy or Consulate.
British travellers do not require a visa for our holidays to Japan or South Korea.
For China, we advise travellers to be immunised against Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Tetanus and Polio. Please consult your doctor for further details.
In General, 20 kg per person maximum check-in baggage is allowed.
We can obtain flights in various class seats with many reputable airlines. Depending upon allocation, we will try to arrange direct flight whenever possible. However, in peak season, a small supplement may be required. We can also provide flights from many UK regional airports.
If you wish to be booked a particular airline, please specify at the time of booking. (A supplement may apply).
We can also provide a ‘land only’ package price without international flights, and you can book your own flights. This is useful if you collect mileage points or find an irresistible deal. We will still be meet you at the airport upon arrival and all tour details will remain the same as shown in the itinerary.
As a UK company registered with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), our ATOL number is 6450. All our international flight-inclusive holidays from the UK are financially protected by the ATOL scheme and you will receive an ATOL Certificate confirming the booking is ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions or CAA website for further information.
China is a huge country in terms of geographical scale and has a diversify culture. Although most of our tour packages are suitable to all travellers, it is advisable to bear in mind the degree of walking involved. Some main sightseeing places are a mile in length, and even the ones situated on level ground, can still require steps to ascend and descend. Therefore, it is worth to consider your fitness and agility to travel with this requirement.
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