Cities of East Asia

14Days

Price from £4,099

This unique itinerary takes you to some of the Orient’s magnificent and iconic cities, combining three fascinating countries in one outstanding journey. Explore the illustrious capital of China, Beijing, visiting the iconic Great Wall and the Forbidden City. Flying on to Seoul, the capital of South Korea, where ancient meets modern, glittering skyscrapers jostle for position amongst traditional temples, markets and palaces. In Tokyo, discover the energetic and futuristic capital of Japan, before ending your tour in the vibrant city of Shanghai, China’s largest city.

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Day 1 UK to Beijing
You will take a scheduled flight from the UK to Beijing.

Day 2 Arrive Beijing
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.

Day 3 Beijing City Tour (B)
In the morning you will visit the Temple of Heaven, where the Ming and Qing emperors worshipped the god of heaven and prayed for good harvests for the year, and you can observe the tradition of Tai Chi practiced in the courtyard. Continue to Tiananmen Square, the largest square in the world, and visit the Forbidden City which served as the grand imperial palace for centuries. Your final stop of the day will be at the Hutongs, for a personal insight into the everyday life of traditional Beijing citizens.

Day 4 Great Wall (B)
Today visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a post along the wall offering breathtaking views in a less crowded atmosphere. Mutianyu was built in the mid-6th century and its rich history can be seen in its unique structure. This will be followed by an opportunity for photographs at the Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube, venues for the  memorable 2008 Olympic Games.

Day 5 Fly to Seoul (B)
In the morning visit the Summer Palace, which includes a magnificent collection of lakes, gardens, palaces and scenic views. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake, before transferring to the airport for your flight to Seoul.

Day 6 Seoul City Tour (B)
Enjoy a morning tour of this bustling city. Pass by the Blue House, explore the Gyeongbokgung Palace and see the Royal Guard changing ceremony. Visit the National Folk Museum and the Insadong shopping district. Afternoon is at leisure.

Day 7 DMZ Tour (B)
Enjoy a fascinating morning tour to the DMZ. This is one of the most unusual tourist destinations in the world. This visit is a real eye-opening experience and it will leave you with a dramatic sense of the tremendous tragedy of separated families, the division of the peninsula and the hopes for reunification. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 8 Fly to Tokyo (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Tokyo. Take a shuttle transfer upon arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 9 Tokyo City Tour (B)
This morning, after breakfast, you will join a Tokyo Morning Tour. Enjoy a panorama of Tokyo from the main observation platform at the Tokyo Tower, a communications and Observation tower which stands at a height of 332.9 metres. Visit the Meiji Shrine, a Shinto shrine located in Shibuya and drive past Akasaka Guest House and the National Diet Building. Visit the Imperial Palace East Garden (or Imperial Palace Plaza and Double Bridge, Monday, Friday and when the garden is closed) and drive through the Ginza shopping district. Tour ends in Ginza, and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 10 Tokyo (B)
Day at leisure.

Day 11 Fly to Shanghai (B)
Fly to Shanghai where you will be transferred to your accommodation.

Day 12 Shanghai City Tour (B)
The first attraction will be the Yu Yuan Gardens followed by the Jade Buddha Temple. The centuries old Yu Yuan Gardens is home to beautiful pavilions, walkways, streams, courtyards and flowers. The Jade Buddha Temple, is where large, intricate sculptures of Buddha reside. After viewing the Shanghai Museum, visit the waterfront attraction of the Bund to admire Shanghai as a modern metropolis. Later, on top of the Shanghai world financial centre, you can enjoy a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the whole city.

Day 13 Zhujiajiao (B)
Today will start with a visit to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town with a history of over 1,700 years, known as the Pearl Stream. After, you can expect to see the Ming and Qing Dynasty bridges, two ancient and historic buildings, and the Ma Family Garden before heading back to Shanghai. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 14 Fly to UK (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Your Accommodation

Tour Name: Cities of East Asia
Duration:
 14 Days

Prices from £4,099

Single supplement from £895

Land only from £3,299

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.

Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • International and domestic flights in economy class
  • 3★ and 4★ accommodation based on twin share
  • Transfers
  • Tours
  • Meals as stated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance

Beijing: Park Plaza Beijing 4★

This modern hotel offers guests 3 differnet dining options, free internet and a gym. The stylish rooms feature large windows overlooking the city or park, a satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Guests treat themselves to a soothing massage to ease tired muscles or visit the beauty salon for a pampering session.

Seoul: T Mark Grand Seoul

The rooms at this hotel come with free WiFi and flat-screen TV’s, plus mini fridges and tea making facilities. The hotel has a buffet restaurant, an eatery serving classic Korean cuisine, and a cafe, plus an indoor pool and a gym.

Tokyo: Shiba Park Tokyo 4★

Just a 5-minute walk to two subway stations and the JR Hamamatsucho train station is a 10-minute walk away. The hotel offers 2 restaurants and a bar. The spacious rooms include a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi is available at all areas.

Shanghai: Central Hotel Shanghai 4★

Adjacent to the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Mall, this hotel is just 1 km from The Bund waterside promenade. Refined, modern rooms with colourful accents feature free WiFi and flat-screen TVs, along with marble bathrooms, minibars and kettles. There are several restaurants and bars, including a formal regional eatery and a 24-hour coffee shop. A recreation area has a spa, a fitness room, karaoke and indoor mini-golf.