Day 2 : Visit the Great Wall of China Visit the Summer Palace
Today, we take you on a tour of the Great Wall of China. This 3,946 mile long wall is a symbol of China’s ancient civilization and ranks among the greatest monuments in history. Later we stop for a photo opportunity of the ‘Olympic Park’ - the symbolic stadium where the 2008 Olympics were held. In the afternoon, we continue our tour to Summer Palace and its immense gardens, where the imperial court resided during summer. Overnight at the hotel in Beijing
Day 3 : Guided City Tour of Beijing Visit the Temple of Heaven Visit Tiananmen Square Visit the Forbidden City
Today, we take you on a guided city tour of Beijing conducted by an English speaking guide. We go on a visit to the Temple of Heaven. The Temple of Heaven was the place where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties came to worship the God of Heaven and pray for good harvests. The highlight of this tour is the blue tile-roofed Hall of prayer. See Tian’anmen Square, the largest square in the world. Visit the Forbidden City, an awesome 250-acre complex of palaces, pavilions and gardens. Overnight the hotel in Beijing
Day 4 : Fly to Xi’an Big Wild Goose Pagoda Enjoy the Musical Fountain Show
Today we drive to the airport for our flight to Xian. On arrival we check-in to the hotel. Later, we take a stop for a photo opportunity of the City Wall of Xi’an, built during the Tang dynasty. We also drive past the Big Wild Goose Pagoda built in 652 AD. Next, see the ‘Musical Fountain Show’. Dubbed the ‘largest musical fountain square in Asia’, this beautiful symphony of water, music and light is set against a dramatic backdrop of the thousand year old Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Overnight at the hotel in Xi’an
Today, we begin the day with a tour of Xi’an. See the Terracotta Warriors - the tomb of the First Emperor of China. See more than 6000 moulded soldiers, officers, horses and wagons of this famed army. Overnight at the hotel in Xi’an
Day 7 : Guided City Tour of Shanghai Visit the Jade Buddha Temple Visit the Yu Yuan Garden Photo-Stop at the Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Today, we take you on a guided city tour of Shanghai. We take a photo Stop at the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Visit the Yu Yuan Garden, a traditional Chinese park with beautiful pavilions, miniature lakes and bridges. See the famous Jade Buddha Temple. Built in 1882, the temple has two Jade statues of the Sakyamuni Buddha and houses various ancient sculptures, rare paintings and Buddhist scriptures. We also make a photostop at the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Overnight at the hotel in Shanghai
On arrival at the Narita Airport, our local representative will meet you outside the customs area and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the mega metropolis of Tokyo on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Tokyo.
Day 9 : Guided City Tour of Tokyo Visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple Visit the Tokyo Tower
Today, we proceed on a guided city tour of Tokyo. We visit the most popular Asakusa Kannon Temple. The heart of the Asakusa Temple complex is the Kannondo Temple with a history of more than 1300 years. We stop at Nakamise Street where you can shop for souvenirs. We later proceed for a Photo stop of the Imperial Palace and Sky Tree We drive by Ginza, Tokyo’s most famous up-market shopping, dining and entertainment district, with numerous department stores and boutiques, featuring virtually every leading brand name in fashion and cosmetics, art galleries, restaurants, night clubs and cafes. We continue our tour and visit the Tokyo Tower (First Observatory). With 333 meters, Tokyo Tower is the world’s tallest self-supporting steel tower. It was completed in the year 1958 as a symbol for Japan’s rebirth as a major economic power. Overnight at the hotel in Tokyo
Day 10 : Enjoy Lake Ashi Cruise Visit to Mt. Fuji 5th Station (weather permitting) Visit the Owakudani Hot Springs
Today, we check out of the hotel and drive to the beautiful Fuji Hakone National Park, where we take you for an exquisite cruise on Lake Ashi. Enjoy the enchanting cruise as well as the picturesque and unforgettable surroundings of Lake Ashi. Next, we proceed to Owakudani Valley, also known as ‘Boiling Valley’, where sulphurous fumes rise from crevices in rocks. See Mt. Fuji towering to a height of 3,776 metres. It is the tallest mountain of Japan and its most distinguishing physical landmark. We take you on an exciting excursion to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji (subject to weather conditions). Later in the evening, we arrive at the scenic Fuji Lake District. Be greeted by the friendly staff of the traditional Japanese Inn and enjoy their hospitality, by putting the Yukata(traditional Japanese bathrobe) and experience the Onsen (hot spring). Overnight at the hotel in Hakone
Day 11 : Onto Hiroshima Ride on the Shinkansen - The Bullet train Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome
Today, we check out of the hotel and take you to Mishima Station to board Shinkansen - The Bullet train to Hiroshima. Experience a thrilling ride on the Bullet Train, the fastest train in the world. On arrival, we visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) which is a part of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The ruin serves as a memorial to the people who were killed in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 was the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded. Overnight at the hotel in Hiroshima
Day 12 : Onto Osaka Enroute Photo Stop to Kurashiki Canal Visit Osaka Castle
Today, we check out of the hotel and drive to Osaka. Enroute we take a photo stop at the Kurashiki Canal.Kurashiki is one of Japan’s great old merchant towns. Situated along a scenic canal at the foot of Mt. Tsurugata, Kurashiki’s whitewalled storehouses are beautifully preserved and open for exploration. A central section of the city’s former canal system has been preserved in the Bikan Historical Quarter. Later, transfer to Osaka to visit the famous Osaka Castle. Osaka Castle was rebuilt by Tokugawa Hidetada in the 1620s, but its main castle tower was struck by lightening in 1665 and burnt down. It was not until 1931 that the present ferroconcrete reconstruction of the castle was built. Major repair works gave the castle new glamour in 1997. Inside the castle is a museum that documents Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s life and the history of the castle Overnight at the hotel in Osaka.
Day 13 : Onto Kyoto Visit Todaiji Temple and Deer Park in Nara Visit Kiyomizu Temple Visit Kinkauji Temple
Today, we proceed to Kyoto. Enroute we visit the Todaiji Temple in Nara. The best-known relic at Todaiji Temple is its Daibutsu, a colossal statue of the world’s largest gilded bronze Buddha, 15 meters in height. We proceed to the Deer park. The park is home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. Considered messengers of the gods in Shinto, Nara’s deer have become a symbol of the city and have even been designated a National Treasure.We also visit the Kiyomizu Temple Kiyomizudera (literally “Pure Water Temple”) is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. Next, we visit the Kinkauji Temple. The image of the temple richly adorned in gold leaf reflects beautifully in the water of Kyokochi, the mirror pond.It is perhaps the most widely-recognized image of Kyoto. Kinkaku-ji Temple, “The Temple of the Golden Pavilion,” is a breathtaking mustsee. Overnight at the hotel in Osaka
Today, your ‘Enchanting China with Japan’ tour ends as you check out of the hotel. It’s time to say goodbye to all the new friends you have made. We hope you take back many happy memories of your tour.
* This is only an estimated quote and actual trip cost may vary at the time of purchase as all prices are subject to change without prior notice due to availability, fuel prices and/or unforeseen economic circumstances.