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zChina + Japan

18 days

18 Days from $8,899 Never more than 16 guests. Guaranteed.

Small Group Discoveries for our Would Travelers

+ Get a glimpse into life during the Ming Dynasty as we show you all 5 of Beijing’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Temple of Heaven.
+ Touch Antiquity in Xian when you join museum curators to learn about China’s history as you examine and handle priceless ancient artifacts.
+ Get a taste of Japan’s enduring ways when you dine with Geisha, tour a Zen meditation garden, sample fine sake and visit the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market.
+ Meet a master gardener at Kenrokuen to learn what makes this one of Japan’s finest landscaped gardens.
+ Includes 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites c

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Day
1

Welcome to Beijing, China

Check in to the Fairmont Beijing.

Day
2

Discover Beijing

Behold the expansive grandeur of Tiananmen Square and step into the age of the Ming emperors as you explore the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace. This evening, sit down to a Peking Duck Banquet. Meals B+L+D

Day
3

Great Wall + Ming Tombs

Walk atop the Great Wall at Juyong Pass, one of the most historic and strategically important sections of this ancient defensive structure. Stroll along the statuelined Sacred Way to visit the Ming Tombs. Meals B+L

Day
4

Pandas + Hutong + Fly to Xian

Delight in the Pandas at the Beijing Zoo and explore one of the city’s last remaining hutongs. Dine with a resident family in their courtyard home and then fly to Xian. Transfer to the deluxe Hilton Hotel. Meals B

Day
4

Pandas + Hutong + Fly to Xian

Delight in the Pandas at the Beijing Zoo and explore one of the city’s last remaining hutongs. Dine with a resident family in their courtyard home and then fly to Xian. Transfer to the deluxe Hilton Hotel. Meals B

Day
5

Touch Antiquity

Stand in awe before the Terra Cotta Army. Buried 2,000 years ago to guard the tomb of an emperor, this is China’s greatest archaeological discovery. Then join experts at the Xian Museum to examine and handle priceless ancient artifacts. This hands-on experience is a unique way to learn about China’s long history and culture. Meals B+L 

Day
6

Fly to Shanghai

Explore Xian’s Old Quarter and visit the ancient city walls before flying to Shanghai where you’ll be escorted to the Fairmont Peace Hotel. Meals B

Day
7

Get to know Shanghai

Explore across millennia of China’s history and culture from the artifacts of the Shanghai Museum and Ming elegance of Yu Yuan Garden to the turn-of-the-century landmarks of the Bund and 21st-century Pudong. Dine at Lost Heaven on the Bund, one the city’s finest restaurants and thrill to the amazing feats of the Shanghai Acrobats. Meals B+L+D

Day
8

Fly from China to Japan

Fly to Osaka and transfer to thedeluxe Granvia Hotel in the heart of Kyoto. Meals B

Day
9

Best of Kyoto

Experience what life was like in the age of the shoguns at Nijo Castle and marvel at the vermilionhued Heian Shrine and glittering Golden Pavilion. Then experience Japan’s enduring traditions when you dine with Geisha and tour thetranquil Zen meditation gardens of Kodai-ji Temple. Meals B+L

Day
10

Miyajima Island + Hiroshima

Cross the lovely Inland Sea to Miyajima to visit Itsukushima Shrine. In Hiroshima, Peace Memorial Park offers a sobering reminder of the destruction wrought by the Atomic Bomb. Meals B

Day
11

Excursion to Nara

Travel to Japan’s first capital and tour the magnificent Todai-Ji Temple. Stroll the lantern-lined forest paths of Kasuga Shrine and then return to Kyoto. Meals B

Day
12

Travel to Kanazawa

Visit Nomura Samurai Residence and see skilled artisans at Kutani Kosen Pottery Studio. Meet with a master gardener at Kenrokuen to learn why this is regarded as one of Japan’s finest gardens. Overnight at the Nikko Hotel. Meals B

Day
13

Shirakawago + Takayama

Journey to the enchanting hamlet of Shirakawago, famous for its century-old thatch-roofed farmhouses. Continue to the deluxe Associa Takayama Resort. Meals B+L

Day
14

Full day sightseeing in Takayama

Mingle with residents at the busy morning market and admire the perfectly-preserved Edo-era buildings of Takayama Jinya. Enjoy a tasting of fine sake and tour the Folk Craft Museum. At the Festival Floats Exhibit Hall, you’ll see enormous parade floats dating back 400 years. Meals B

Day
15

Onward to Tokyo

Journey by rail and transfer to the Keio Plaza Hotel. Settle in to your Plaza Premier Room before joining your guide for a walking tour in the vibrant Shinjuku District which surrounds your hotel. Meals B

Day
16

Tsukiji Fish Market and Tokyo sites

Early this morning, we take you on a special visit to the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market where the city’s best chefs come daily to procure the freshest seafood. Then join one such master chef to learn the art of restaurant-quality sushi. Enjoy what you’ve prepared for lunch before ascending Tokyo City View Observatory for breathtaking views. Then stroll along the colorful Nakamise Arcade to visit Asakusa Kannon Temple, the oldest in the city. Meals B+L

Day
17

Full day excursion to Mt. Fuji + Hakone

Travel to the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji and continue to beautiful Hakone National Park. Cruise across Lake Ashi, cradled by forested slopes, and ascend Mt. Komagatake by cable car for sweeping views. Return to Tokyo where your evening is free to relax or explore as you wish, a great opportunity to take advantage of your hotel’s exciting, city-center location! Meals B

Day
18

Sayonara, Japan!

Your tour finishes today. Meals B

Private Tour Add-Ons

Chengdu

Our perfectly-planned stay in Chengdu includes 2 nights at your choice of deluxe or luxury hotel, chauffeured airport transfers, city sightseeing, our unique Encounter a Panda program, and more!

Guilin

Our 3-day FreeStyle Travel package includes a choice of fine hotels, daily breakfast, full day sightseeing with Li River cruise and private car airport transfers.

Be A Hong Kong Insider

Our resident guide will take you around town like a savvy insider to discover facets of Hong Kong which few visitors ever glimpse! We include transfers, a choice of fine city-center hotels, our exclusive Be a Hong Kong Insider full-day private tour, and more!

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Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
  • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
  • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
  • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
  • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!

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