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Ancient Empires of China & Japan

20 days Fully Inclusive Classic Group Tour

Ancient Empires of China & Japan

The ultimate tour for those wishing to combine the very best of two ancient nations. Join us on an incredible journey from Beijing to Tokyo by road, boat, rail and air on this epic three-week tour!

  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 18 , Lunches: 17 , Dinners: 18
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    18 nights in 3+/4 star accommodation
  • Visas
    Visa fees & processing for Australian passports
  • Cruise
    Li River Cruise, Huangpu River Cruise
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 28
  • Physical Rating 1
    A reasonable level of fitness is required but it's more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances. You'll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps.
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    Walking, some steps and time on your feet.
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20 DAYS
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Beijing (3N) - Xian (2N) - Guilin (1N + 1 N) - Yangshuo (1N) - Shanghai (2N) - Osaka (2N) - Okayama - Kurashiki - Hiroshima (2N) - Miyajima - Kyoto (2N) - Mt Fuji - Tokyo (2N)
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Tour Highlights

Our Ancient Empires of China & Japan tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Day by Day Itinerary

Beijing (3N) - Xian (2N) - Guilin (1N + 1 N) - Yangshuo (1N) - Shanghai (2N) - Osaka (2N) - Okayama - Kurashiki - Hiroshima (2N) - Miyajima - Kyoto (2N) - Mt Fuji - Tokyo (2N)
  • Day 1
    Fly To Beijing
    Dinner
    DAY 1: Fly To Beijing

    Fly to China’s historical capital, Beijing. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

    Dinner
  • Day 2
    Walk On The Great Wall
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 2: Walk On The Great Wall

    This morning is dedicated to China’s most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate the sheer magnificence of the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that surrounds it. In the afternoon, enjoy the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace. End the day enjoying a traditional Peking Duck dinner.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3
    Explore The Forbidden City
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 3: Explore The Forbidden City

    Begin the day soaking up the harmonious ambience of the glorious Temple of Heaven, a series of imperial religious buildings, renowned for its intricate carvings, colourful patterns, complex designs and architectural styles. Next, walk through the hutong neighbourhood and visit a family at home, to learn about life living in the hutongs. Later, head to Beijing’s symbolic heart, Tiananmen Square, before entering the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City to explore this complex full of imperial riches.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4
    Travel To Xian
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 4: Travel To Xian

    Board the bullet train to the ancient city of Xian. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Shui Jiao dumpling dinner and a lively Tang Dynasty dance show.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5
    Terracotta Warriors
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 5: Terracotta Warriors

    After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China’s first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of life-sized warriors, followed by a visit to the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate them. Later, stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6
    Fly To Guilin
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 6: Fly To Guilin

    Visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and then fly to the beautiful city of Guilin.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7
    Cruise The Li River
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 7: Cruise The Li River

    Take a relaxed cruise along the Li River to the charming town of Yangshuo. Around every river bend is a view to take your breath away as jagged karst peaks tower over rural scenes of lush greenery, grazing buffalo and local fishermen. Here, enjoy some time strolling along West Street and visit the local markets.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8
    Visit Red Flute Cave
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 8: Visit Red Flute Cave

    Return to Guilin. En route, see the colourful stalagmites and stalactites of Reed Flute Cave and visit the South China Pearl Factory.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9
    Fly To Shanghai
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 9: Fly To Shanghai

    Begin today with a stroll around Ronghu Lake and admire the Sun and Moon Pagodas – two towering examples of traditional Chinese Buddhist architecture before flying to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the ‘Paris of the East’.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10
    Explore Shanghai
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 10: Explore Shanghai

    Shanghai is China’s great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined with futuristic skyscrapers and 10th century temples. Start with a visit to the peaceful Yu Garden, pass through the old town and visit a Silk Factory. View the city at night from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11
    Goodbye China, Hello Japan
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 11: Goodbye China, Hello Japan

    It’s time to say goodbye to China and hello to Japan! Fly to the vibrant city of Osaka.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12
    Osaka Castle
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 12: Osaka Castle

    Explore Osaka Castle, take a short cruise along the Yodogawa River and stroll through vibrant Dotonbori, a restaurant mecca, where you can sample local delicacies for lunch. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore this fascinating city.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13
    Discover Okayama & Kurashiki
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 13: Discover Okayama & Kurashiki

    Transfer by bullet train to Okayama and visit Korakuen Garden, one of the three great gardens of Japan. Continue to Kurashiki to explore the beautifully-preserved Bikan Historical Quarter, where the streets along the banks of the Kurashiki River are lined with white-walled kominka (traditional houses). Continue to Hiroshima, a vibrant and forward-thinking city.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 14
    Explore Hiroshima & Miyajima
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 14: Explore Hiroshima & Miyajima

    Hop on a ferry to the holy island of Miyajima and visit Itsukushima Shrine. After lunch, return to Hiroshima and find a moment to reflect at the Peace Memorial Park and Museum, paying homage to the victims of the 1945 atomic bombing. Later, ascend to the observation deck of Orizuru Tower and enjoy the panoramic views.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 15
    Travel To Kyoto
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 15: Travel To Kyoto

    Transfer by bullet train to Kyoto, Japan’s imperial capital for 1,000 years. Visit Ryoanji Temple, home to Japan’s most famous Zen garden and Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the ‘Golden Pavilion’.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 16
    Explore Kyoto
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 16: Explore Kyoto

    Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, remarkable for its 10,000 torii gates and then head to Nishiki Market, also known as ‘Kyoto’s Kitchen’ with its lively open-air market specialising in all things food! Also visit a restored wooden Japanese townhouse to experience the rituals of a tea ceremony and try your hand at the traditional art of origami.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 17
    Bullet Train To Hakone
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 17: Bullet Train To Hakone

    Transfer by bullet train to Hakone. Upon arrival, enjoy a boat trip on Lake Ashi before venturing up the Komagatake Ropeway where the views of the surrounding landscape and Mt Fuji are breathtaking, but weather dependent of course! Later, continue to Tokyo, Japan’s capital city.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 18
    Contrasts of Tokyo
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 18: Contrasts of Tokyo

    Tokyo is the ultimate 24-hour city, but look behind its frantic, high-tech frontage and you will find plenty of tranquil backstreets and old temples to explore. Begin at the observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree, before wandering through the old district of Asakusa. Stop to explore the ancient Buddhist Sensoji Temple and drive past the Imperial Palace Plaza. Later, soak up the atmosphere at the peaceful Meiji Jingu Shrine. End your tour with a dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 19-20
    Fly Tokyo To Australia
    Breakfast
    DAYS 19-20: Fly Tokyo To Australia

    Fly to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.

    Breakfast
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Accommodation

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

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When to go

The best times to visit China are in spring, April to May and autumn, September to October, when the days are warm and rainfall and humidity low.

City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • -8
    2
    -3
  • 3
  • Guilin
  • 5
    12
    8
  • 63
  • Hiroshima
  • 2
    10
    6
  • 45
  • Kyoto
  • 1
    9
    5
  • 50
  • Okayama
  • 1
    9
    5
  • 34
  • Osaka
  • 3
    10
    6
  • 45
  • Shanghai
  • 2
    8
    5
  • 74
  • Tokyo
  • 1
    10
    5
  • 65
  • Xian
  • -4
    5
    0
  • 7
  • Yangshuo
  • 6
    13
    10
  • 53
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • -6
    5
    0
  • 5
  • Guilin
  • 7
    13
    10
  • 97
  • Hiroshima
  • 2
    11
    6
  • 67
  • Kyoto
  • 1
    10
    6
  • 68
  • Okayama
  • 1
    10
    6
  • 50
  • Osaka
  • 3
    10
    7
  • 62
  • Shanghai
  • 4
    10
    7
  • 59
  • Tokyo
  • 2
    10
    6
  • 58
  • Xian
  • -1
    8
    4
  • 10
  • Yangshuo
  • 7
    13
    10
  • 81
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 0
    12
    6
  • 8
  • Guilin
  • 10
    16
    13
  • 137
  • Hiroshima
  • 5
    14
    9
  • 124
  • Kyoto
  • 4
    13
    9
  • 113
  • Okayama
  • 4
    13
    9
  • 87
  • Osaka
  • 6
    14
    10
  • 104
  • Shanghai
  • 7
    14
    10
  • 94
  • Tokyo
  • 4
    14
    9
  • 77
  • Xian
  • 4
    14
    9
  • 29
  • Yangshuo
  • 11
    17
    14
  • 114
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 8
    20
    14
  • 21
  • Guilin
  • 16
    23
    19
  • 247
  • Hiroshima
  • 10
    20
    15
  • 142
  • Kyoto
  • 9
    20
    14
  • 116
  • Okayama
  • 10
    20
    15
  • 92
  • Osaka
  • 11
    20
    15
  • 104
  • Shanghai
  • 12
    20
    16
  • 74
  • Tokyo
  • 9
    19
    14
  • 118
  • Xian
  • 10
    21
    15
  • 43
  • Yangshuo
  • 16
    23
    20
  • 224
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 14
    26
    20
  • 34
  • Guilin
  • 20
    27
    24
  • 352
  • Hiroshima
  • 15
    24
    19
  • 178
  • Kyoto
  • 14
    25
    19
  • 161
  • Okayama
  • 15
    24
    20
  • 125
  • Osaka
  • 16
    24
    20
  • 146
  • Shanghai
  • 17
    25
    21
  • 84
  • Tokyo
  • 14
    23
    18
  • 145
  • Xian
  • 14
    26
    20
  • 60
  • Yangshuo
  • 20
    28
    24
  • 312
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 19
    30
    24
  • 78
  • Guilin
  • 23
    30
    27
  • 347
  • Hiroshima
  • 19
    27
    23
  • 247
  • Kyoto
  • 19
    28
    23
  • 214
  • Okayama
  • 19
    28
    24
  • 172
  • Osaka
  • 20
    28
    24
  • 184
  • Shanghai
  • 22
    28
    25
  • 182
  • Tokyo
  • 18
    26
    22
  • 135
  • Xian
  • 19
    31
    25
  • 54
  • Yangshuo
  • 23
    30
    26
  • 293
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 22
    31
    26
  • 185
  • Guilin
  • 25
    33
    29
  • 231
  • Hiroshima
  • 24
    31
    27
  • 259
  • Kyoto
  • 23
    32
    27
  • 220
  • Okayama
  • 24
    31
    28
  • 161
  • Osaka
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 157
  • Shanghai
  • 26
    32
    29
  • 146
  • Tokyo
  • 22
    29
    26
  • 81
  • Xian
  • 22
    32
    27
  • 99
  • Yangshuo
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 200
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 21
    30
    25
  • 160
  • Guilin
  • 24
    33
    29
  • 173
  • Hiroshima
  • 25
    32
    29
  • 111
  • Kyoto
  • 24
    33
    29
  • 132
  • Okayama
  • 25
    33
    29
  • 87
  • Osaka
  • 25
    33
    29
  • 91
  • Shanghai
  • 26
    32
    29
  • 214
  • Tokyo
  • 23
    31
    27
  • 113
  • Xian
  • 21
    31
    26
  • 71
  • Yangshuo
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 186
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 15
    26
    20
  • 46
  • Guilin
  • 22
    30
    26
  • 82
  • Hiroshima
  • 21
    29
    25
  • 170
  • Kyoto
  • 20
    29
    25
  • 176
  • Okayama
  • 21
    28
    25
  • 134
  • Osaka
  • 22
    29
    26
  • 161
  • Shanghai
  • 22
    28
    25
  • 87
  • Tokyo
  • 20
    27
    23
  • 131
  • Xian
  • 16
    25
    21
  • 92
  • Yangshuo
  • 22
    30
    26
  • 83
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 8
    19
    14
  • 22
  • Guilin
  • 17
    26
    21
  • 66
  • Hiroshima
  • 14
    23
    19
  • 88
  • Kyoto
  • 14
    23
    18
  • 121
  • Okayama
  • 14
    22
    18
  • 81
  • Osaka
  • 16
    23
    19
  • 112
  • Shanghai
  • 17
    23
    20
  • 56
  • Tokyo
  • 14
    22
    18
  • 132
  • Xian
  • 10
    20
    15
  • 60
  • Yangshuo
  • 17
    26
    22
  • 85
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 0
    10
    5
  • 7
  • Guilin
  • 12
    20
    16
  • 64
  • Hiroshima
  • 8
    17
    13
  • 68
  • Kyoto
  • 8
    17
    12
  • 71
  • Okayama
  • 8
    17
    12
  • 51
  • Osaka
  • 10
    18
    14
  • 69
  • Shanghai
  • 11
    17
    14
  • 52
  • Tokyo
  • 8
    16
    12
  • 128
  • Xian
  • 3
    12
    8
  • 24
  • Yangshuo
  • 12
    21
    16
  • 69
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • -6
    4
    -1
  • 3
  • Guilin
  • 7
    15
    11
  • 43
  • Hiroshima
  • 4
    12
    8
  • 41
  • Kyoto
  • 3
    12
    7
  • 48
  • Okayama
  • 3
    12
    7
  • 31
  • Osaka
  • 5
    12
    9
  • 44
  • Shanghai
  • 5
    11
    8
  • 44
  • Tokyo
  • 4
    12
    8
  • 109
  • Xian
  • -2
    6
    2
  • 6
  • Yangshuo
  • 7
    16
    12
  • 44

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All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price unless a land only option is selected

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    • Flight Inclusive rates only: These include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 1 August 2023. Please note supplements may apply if lead in economy rates are not available.
    • Tipping is generally not part of the culture in Japan; however, you may wish to tip your National Escort at your discretion. For guidelines on tipping in China see below. Customary tipping amount of approximately RMB520 per person (AU$116) is paid locally in China.
    • Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2. Extra nights' accommodation (pre or post tour) or stopovers may be required at an additional cost.
    • Flight Inclusive rates only: Based on departures from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth. Departures from other cities and flight upgrades available on request.
    • Please note: cherry blossoms & autumn leaves are weather dependent and it is not guaranteed that they will be in bloom at the time of your arrival.
    • Price listed is based on new bookings only

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    • International flights and current taxes (excluded if a land only option is selected)
    • All Meals (refer to itinerary)
    • Domestic transportation
    • Touring with guides and entrance fees
    • 3 – 4 star accommodation
    • Visa fees for Australian passport holders (China only)

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