We are an independent small tour operator well established in the travel industry since 2003. We only provide service to the countries that we have in-depth knowledge of, which are China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao.
We believe our expert know-how is the strength and our knowledge of touring these countries have evolved with the tourism changes over the years. These experiences enable us to create tours that are authentic and unique, not easily replicated by an off-the-shelf standard tour and/or non-specialised tour providers.
We aim to provide a truly enriching tour experience for our guests. Below are some of the exclusive elements which are standard in our Small Group tours, just to give you an idea of why our tours are unique.
Exclusive & Insightful Activities that Connect Locals and Culture
An exclusive tour with expert to explore the secret pathway in Forbidden City;
Plenty time on the Great Wall & Celebrate it in style on the Watch Tower;
Clay warrior making after visiting Terracotta Warriors Museum;
Well-beings: Taiichi practice, countryside scenery bike ride, cooking class;
Visit some of the lesser-known but very important establishments such as Tibetan Temple;
Authentic Chinese/Japanese Inn experience with traditional seasonal dinner.
No shopping trips - you deserve to have all the time possible to explore!
Leisurely paced for Discerning Explorers
Many places in the Far East provide unmissable World Heritage Sites, a longer stay/extra time sometimes is necessary to capture a truly enjoyable experience.
Our programmes stay longer such as Beijing for 4 nights, Chengdu 3 nights, Tokyo 3 nights, Kyoto 4 nights etc, to allow landmarks such as the Great Wall (full day), Leshan Buddha (not only boat ride but a close walk), Giant Panda volunteer programme, to be taken with great enjoyment. Some other places have the natural beauty that must be appreciated in your own time, such as temples and gardens in Kyoto, new tech in Tokyo etc.
Ture Authentic Food, Shows & Accommodations
Food plays an important part of a holiday experience so wherever we go, we will sample some renowned seasonal speciality cuisine. Details will be in the specific itinerary.
For your great comfort without paying a luxury price tag, our hotel choice is a combination of high standard international hotels in major cities, and top authentic boutique hotels in ancient towns. In China, we will have a night stay in the traditional Chinese boutique hotel with meals. In Japan, a traditional ryokan is always available either in the standard programme or adding on as an extra. We also provide selected choices of shows for guests to enjoy.
Personalised Independent & Small Groups
We only run programmes that we would love to do ourselves and every guest of ours is special! Not only our tours are provided in small groups to allow a blissful way of travel, your experience can be personalised easily because of the flexibility of how our tours are provided. Whatever your expectations are, and the level of budget you need to stick to, we will deliver the best recommendations possible.
For example, our China tours can be personalised by 3 simple steps:
Choose one of the Golden Route Small Group tours;
Extend it as to the off-the-beaten-track places on your bucket list;
Adding special excursions to complete your own interests.
Whether you decided to just stay with our Golden Routes, or adding on extensions, they all have the right ingredients for a fantastic holiday.
Some more tips below to assist you in your holiday planning. Make sure you ask these questions and hopefully get the right answer:
Our typical small group tour is about 10 people. Private tour starts from 2. Independent tour is a combination of private arrangement with joining a bigger group in order to keep the cost down.
Ours is private transfer based on your flight arrival time.
Choices of hotels.
All our hotels are conveniently located. In smaller cities, it will be one of the best. We also provide 2 categories to suit your individual budget.
What to expect in between tour activities each day.
Ours guide will try to take guests back to hotel to rest and change. We only do leisurely paced tour to allow time to re-charge and refresh before the next exciting adventure. For places such as Beijing that have a lot to explore, we will stay for 4nights.
Travelling time in between places.
We use bullet train wherever possible, if the journey is between 2 and 5 hours. The train stations are normally in city centre, easy and quick to travel to, and there is no lengthy luggage check-in.
Travel to the Far East is a once in a lifetime journey and what makes the experience special must be in the details. Our tours are created with solid contents and magical moments.
Last but not least, we are in Manchester so only a phone call/email away. You are very welcome to get in touch and we’d be delighted to have a chat with you - We are sure you will be inspired!