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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.


Day 1 Beijing

Is Beijing top of your must-see list? Booking pre-trip accommodations will let you do Beijing your way before meeting up with the group. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Beijing

Take the Beijing metro to visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Included Activities: Tiananmen Square Guided Tour Forbidden City Transport: Metro

Day 3 Beijing/Xi’an

Head out of town to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. After time spent wandering around, taking photos, and picking up souvenirs, head to the airport for an evening flight to Xi'an. Included Activities: Great Wall Mutianyu Visit Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s)) Plane (2.25 hour(s)) Private Vehicle

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. Included Activities: Terracotta Warriors Guided Tour Transport: Overnight train (beds) (14.00-16.00 hours)

Day 5 Suzhou

Visit Suzhou, the "Venice of the East." Explore the Master of the Nets Garden, one of China's most exquisite gardens. Included Activities: Master of the Nets Garden Tour

Day 6 Suzhou/Shanghai

Arrive in the afternoon to Shanghai. After an orientation walk along Shanghai's famous Bund, you are free to explore the delights this modern Chinese city has to offer. Included Activities: Orientation Walk of the Bund Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 7 Shanghai

Enjoy free time in this bustling city before watching a spectacular Chinese acrobat show in the evening. Included Activities: Chinese Acrobatic Performance

Days 8-9 Shanghai/Osaka

The 48 hr crossing is a good time to relax and refresh for the next section of your journey. Facilities on board are clean and comfortable. Additional Notes: As it is extremely difficult and time consuming to get Japanese Yen while in China, we highly recommend that travellers bring the equivalent of approx. 100USD in Japanese Yen with them on the trip for this ferry crossing. While Japanese Yen (cash) is generally preferred as payment for meals, beverages, incidentals, etc. on board, Chinese Yuan is also accepted, but at a lower rate. Most ships have laundry machines, so you can do laundry if you bring detergent. Included Activities: Overnight Sea Ferry

Day 10 Osaka

Enjoy free time to explore this vibrant and exotic city.

Day 11 Osaka/Kōyasan (1D)

Journey to Mt Koya, a religious centre founded in 816 by the Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi. The train ride up the mountain is possibly one of the finest rail journeys in Japan. For the final steep ascent, switch to funicular and then hop on a bus to reach the monastery. In the evening, dine on shojin-ryori, typical vegetarian cuisine, and relax in a yukata, or kimono. Included Activities: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple Oku-no-in Cemetery Visit Transport: Train (3.00 hour(s))

Day 12 Kōyasan/Hiroshima-shi (1B)

Early morning offers the chance to observe the monks praying. Breathe in some fresh mountain air before a vegetarian breakfast, then start the journey back down the mountain via bus, train and funicular. Later, board a train to Hiroshima, a historically significant city, marked by the explosion of the first atomic bomb in 1945. Transport: Bullet train (5.00 hour(s))

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. Included Activities: Peace Park and Museum Visit Miyajima Island Visit Transport: Hop a ferry to reach the island and journey back in the evening. Ferry

Day 14 Hiroshima-shi/Kyoto

Visit zen gardens and pavillions, and the Gion area in the evening. WIth plenty of time to explore, opt to visit museums, palaces, temples, zen gardens, and restaurants. Take long walks along the river, through the Inari Gates, or along the Philosopher's path to Nanzen-ji. Stroll around Gion, catch a traditional tea ceremony, get a fantastic meal, and see locals dressed in traditional kimono. Included Activities: Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Visit Transport: Bullet train (1.50-2.00 hours)

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. Included Activities: Nijo Castle and Gardens Visit Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion Visit Daisen-in Zen Rock Garden Visit

Day 16 Kyoto/Hakone (1D)

Travel to Hakone, a town in the hills famous for its onsens, or natural hot springs. Stay in a traditional ryokan, with its own private onsen. In the evening, enjoy the ryokan, savouring a complex meal of traditional Japanese foods, followed by a recommended soak in the onsen. Included Activities: Lake Ashino-ko Boat Ride Traditional Ryokan Stay with Kaiseki Meal Transport: Bullet train (3.00 hour(s)) Local bus (0.50 hour(s))

Day 17 Hakone/Tokyo (1B)

Arrive before noon to Tokyo, with time to explore this energetic metropolis. Opt to visit Ueno park and the museums, Akihabara for cutting edge electronics, Harajuku for funky fashions, Ginza for the highest of the high end, walk the grounds of the Imperial Palace East Garden, or just stroll the streets, looking for the traditional life that still lies just under the modern surface. Transport: Bullet train (2.00 hour(s))

Day 18 Tokyo

Depart at any time. Additional Notes: We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.