22 days
Ultimate China & Japan

Depart from Heathrow or your preferred airport on scheduled flights to Beijing. Meals on board.

Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be greeted at the airport by our English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel.

If your flight arrives in the morning, we can provide an optional afternoon tour to Lama Temple. Or, the rest of the day is at your leisure.

(Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

We start off your China holiday with a bang - the highlight of todays tour is a visit to the Great Wall.

We 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, approx £8).

Walking 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 as short if prefer. 

A simple pack lunch is provided as there is no restaurants on or around the Wall, but we will celebrate this occasion in style, with a glass of wine!

Afterwards we return to our hotel, where you can quickly refresh before going out to enjoy our welcome evening dinner, which includes a delightful selection of Beijing style dishes, including Peking Duck.

Optional Evening live show.

(Includes Breakfast, Lunch)

Today, enjoy a full day city tour to soak up the atmosphere of Beijing, includes visiting the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

(Includes Breakfast)

Our flight to Xian is around mid afternoon so the morning is free for you to explore Beijing at your leisure. 

Or you may wish to take an optional guided morning tour with us and visit the Summer Palace, take a Rickshaw ride through the 'Hutong' traditional residential area of Beijing (pay fee on the spot).  and see the 2008 Bird's Nest Olympics Stadium (exteriors only). Time permitting, we will also have a stroll in the large Olympic square and see the Water Cube (exteriors only).

Later 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.

*For 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.

(Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

An exciting day awaits, as we head to the Terracotta Warriors Museum, home to over 6,000 life-size Terracotta Warriors and their horses. 

Afterwards 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 or 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. 

Evening entertainment includes: a re-enactment of the royal arts performance of a 7th century Tang Dynasty Show, with a special dinner of dumplings included.

(Includes Breakfast)

Our flight to Chengdu is around mid to late afternoon so the morning is free for you to explore Xian with leisure. 

Or you may wish to take an optional guided morning tour and visit the Muslim Quarter, Xian's Wooden Mosque and Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

(Includes Breakfast)

In the morning, will visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base to watch the Panda's having breakfast. 

We allow plenty of time to watch the Panda's. The Breeding Centre also provides an expensive photo opportunity with a Panda (pay yourselves on the spot) and please be patient as there is always a queue.

Afterwards our guide will drop you off at the popular food street Jin li Street and Kuan zai Ally, where there are plenty local cafes, restaurants, tea houses and handicraft stalls.

Afternoon you may choose to either stroll around Chengdu, or take an optional tour to Leshan Giant Buddha Statue

Optional evening entertainment* Enjoy a variety style show in one of the best theatres in Chengdu, which includes the famous face-changing performance. 

(Includes Breakfast, Lunch)

In the morning, we take a flight to Guilin, where we meet our local guide upon arrival and transfer to your hotel. 

Later our guided tour of Guilin includes visiting either the delightful Fubo Hill or Elephant Trunk Hill (depends on local situation). We alsi visit Reed Flute Cave, a vast underground cavern of exotic rock formations.

Optional Evening entertainment includes*: watching Cormorant fishing.

(Includes Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast we take an hour drive to Zhujiang Dock and board our boat for a leisurely cruise down the picturesque Li River, surrounded by majestic limestone hills and rice terraces. 

The cruise is a great opportunity to witness the lifestyle of rural communities that live along the river banks. 

Lunch will be served on board and we will disembark upon arrival at Yangshuo, a charming town that is famous for its beautiful scenery and tranquil countryside.

Optional Evening entertainment * Spectacular Liusanjian Impression show is a outdoor performance set to the scenic backdrop of Yangshou's mountains and rivers. Highly recommended .

(Includes Breakfast)

Time to explore this beautiful town on your own. Or join our optional tour to Longsheng, which is famous for it's rice terraces surrounded by mountains. 

(Includes Breakfast, Lunch)

Today, we take a flight to Shanghai and meet our local guide upon arrival. 

After checking into our hotel and having a short rest, we start our city tour of Shanghai. 

Our tour 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 and the Bund. 

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'.

Optional evening entertainment *Martial art show, dance show etc.

(Includes Breakfast)

Today, you will be met at your hotel and transferred 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. The train will take you to the airport in time for your flight to Japan. Upon arriving at Narita Airport in Tokyo, you are met by our tour assistant and transferred to central Tokyo by Airport Limousine bus or train. 


Morning city tour of Tokyo visiting Tokyo Tower and Meiji Shrine. Next we drive by the Akasaka Guest House and the National Diet Building, home to the Japanese House of Parliament. Our tour continues to the Imperial Palace East Gardens and a drive and stroll along Ginza high street.

Afternoon is free at leisure, or take an optional afternoon Tokyo city tour. Ask for details at time of booking.

Free day to explore Tokyo at your leisure, or purchase an optional full day tour to either Nikko, or Kamakura and Yokohama.

(Includes Lunch)

You will be picked up from your hotel and driven by deluxe motorcoach to Mount Fuji. Lunch 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 and afterwards take a boat cruise on Lake Ashi. 

After the tour take Bullet train to Kyoto.

For  your convenience and due to luggage restriction on the bullet train, we have arrange free luggage transfer to take your large luggage directly to Kyoto (1 bag per person).

Morning sight-seeing tour of Kyoto, including visiting Nijo Castle, former residence of the Tokugawa Shogun. Next we visit the Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) and Kyoto Imperial Palace.

Optional Nara afternoon tour.

Kyoto has so much charm - free time explore Kyoto or take an optional tour with us.

Check out of your hotel and leave your luggage with the bell boy. Then you have free time to explore Kyoto on your own and we recommend visiting the magnificent Kiyomizu Temple or take a stroll along the Philosophers Path.

In the late afternoon / early evening proceed to Kyoto station by yourself and board your train to Hiroshima. 

For your convenience and due to luggage restriction on the bullet train, we have arranged free luggage transfer to take your large luggage directly to Osaka (1 bag per person). Therefore prepare an overnight carry bag for your stay in Hiroshima

Today enjoy a full day tour to Hiroshima & Myajima. Tour highlights include Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park / museum, Atomic Bomb Dome, a boat ride to the Island of Miyajima and the beautiful Itsukushima shrine and floating red Torii Gate.

In the morning self transfer to Osaka by Bullet train.

Rest of the day is free at leisure to explore Osaka, which is easily navigated using the underground subways. A must-see sight in Osaka is the magnificent Osaka Castle located in the city centre. Then explore Dotonbori which is one of the most popular streets in Osaka and runs adjacent to a canal. If you want to explore more historic culture then visit the beautiful and peaceful Shitennoji Buddhist temple, the oldest officially administered temple in Japan.

You will be transferred to the futuristic Kansai International Airport in Osaka for your departure flight homeward.

Dates and Prices

Interested in this tour?
Departing from UK every Saturday
March - Octoberl 2018
Twin share per person
Early booking offer for 2019
Twin share per person
  • All International and Internal Flights with full ATOL protection.
  • Bullet train ticket (advanced tailor made reserved seat)
  • Airport/hotel transfers
  • Sightseeing tours by professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • All entrance fees whilst on guided tours.
  • Selections of quality accommodation in well furnished rooms with private  facilities.
  • Overland luggage transfer Tokyo - Kyoto.
  • All Train tickets as specified in the itinerary.
  • Meals  as specified in the itinerary.
  • Optional tours.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Tips 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. 
  • Chinese visa - we can provide service, currently £180/person. No visa is required to Japan.

Hotels in this tour

BEIJING - Beijing Royal Phoenix Hotel 4*, Xian - Sunda Gentleman International Hotel, Chengdu - Yinhe Dynasty Hotel,  Shanghai -  Anting Villa Hotel 4*,  TOKYO - Shiba Park Hotel,  KYOTO - New Miyako Hotel,  HIROSHIMA - New Hiroden,  OSAKA - Gravia Osaka 

Upgrade hotel options: Beijing Sunworld Dynasty WangFuJing Street, Xian Grand Mercures, Shanghai Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World NanJing West Road. TOKYO - Keio Plaza, KYOTO - New Miyako Hotel South Wing.

(Or similar, subject to availability)

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How to book

0161 440 7332