Ancient Empires-Beijing to Tokyo
Explore two ancient nations in 18 well-packed days on this unique journey that takes you from the epic lengths of the Great Wall of China to the poetic views of Mt Fuji. Hop aboard trains and ferries and face an army of Terracotta Warriors for an historical encounter you won't soon forget. Spend nights in a traditional ryokan and a shukubo temple lodging for an authentic Japanese experience. Our CEOs will take you off the beaten track to reveal the cultural treasures of the region's ancient sites.
Train, local bus, air-con bus, sea ferry, boat, walking, bullet train.
Hotels (12 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), ferry (2 nts, multi-share), mountain monastery (1 nt, shared facilities), traditional inn (1 nt, shared facilities).
Meet the ancient Terracotta Warriors, cross the East China Sea by ferry, get a bird's-eye view of Mt Fuji from a cable car, stay in a traditional ryokan.
Great Wall excursion and entrance (Beijing). Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour. Terracotta Warriors excursion (Xi'an). Master of the Nets Garden visit (Suzhou). Shanghai orientation walk. Chinese acrobat performance (Shanghai). Sea ferry journey. Overnight in a temple on Mt Koya with traditional meals. Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum visit. Miyajima excursion with floating torii gate visit. Nijo Castle and gardens visit (Kyoto). Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion visit. Daisen-in Temple and Zen garden visit. Lake Ashino-ko boat ride. Traditional ryokan stay with kaiseki meal. Japan Rail (JR) pass (7 days). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 11 Osaka/KÅyasan (1D)
Depart early and travel to the centre of Buddhism in Japan and sleep in a temple atop the 800m Mt Koya. Savour a traditional dinner of shojin ryori (Buddhist vegetarian cuisine). Watch the monks pray in the morning.
Day 12 KÅyasan/Hiroshima-shi (1B)
Watch the monks pray in the morning and enjoy a traditional breakfast before travelling to Hiroshima.
Day 13 Hiroshima-shi
Visit the Peace Park and Memorial Museum and take a ferry ride over to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating torii gate.
Day 14 Hiroshima-shi/Kyoto
Travel to Kyoto and start exploring. Enjoy a visit to the beautiful Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine.
Day 15 Kyoto
Visit the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens along with the famous Kinaku-ji Golden Pavilion, and practice meditation in Daisen-in's Zen rock garden.
Day 16 Kyoto/Hakone (1D)
Take a boat ride on Lake Ashino-ko and a walk along the Old Tokaido Highway, and hopefully catch a glimpse of majestic Mt Fuji. Enjoy a stay in traditional ryokan accommodation, feast on a Japanese multi-course kaiseki meal, soak in the natural hot springs, and sleep on a futon.
Day 17 Hakone/Tokyo (1B)
Head to Tokyo with time to do some last-minute shopping.
Day 18 Tokyo
Depart at any time.
Day 1 Beijing
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Beijing
Take the Beijing metro to visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
Day 3 Beijing/Xi'an
Enjoy an included visit to the Great Wall. Later, board a fast train to Xi'an.
Day 4 Xi'an/Suzhou (1L)
Visit one of China's greatest archaeological treasures-the Terracotta Warriors-and enjoy a local lunch at a farmhouse. Opt to cycle the ancient city walls before an overnight train to Suzhou.
Day 5 Suzhou
Visit Suzhou, the "Venice of the East." Explore the Master of the Nets Garden, one of China's most exquisite gardens.
Day 6 Suzhou/Shanghai
Travel to Shanghai and take an orientation walk along the Bund.
Day 7 Shanghai
Enjoy free time in this bustling city before watching a spectacular Chinese acrobat show in the evening.
Days 8-9 Shanghai/Osaka
Cross the East China Sea to Japan aboard a modern passenger ferry.
Day 10 Osaka
Enjoy free time to explore this vibrant and exotic city.