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North Asian Odyssey

Discover China & Japan on a 25 day tour from Beijing to Osaka. Visit the Great Wall, gaze at the Terracotta Warriors and see Mt Fuji from a cable car.

25 Day
From (AUD)
$ 23,790
  • 2018/2019 Beijing > Osaka

    The must-see sights of China and Japan in one compact journey

    This insightful itinerary is designed to be travelled either as individual journeys or as a combined odyssey to both nations. Whatever your focus, this trip will leave you with wonderful lasting memories of these two amazingly different countries.

    Beginning in China you’ll travel through three of the country’s most prominent cities – Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai with many of the must-sees included, from the Great Wall of China to Xi’an’s famous Terracotta Warriors. History, culture, cuisine – it’s all here, including an incredible cruise along the beautiful Yangtze River. Travel to Japan and its vibrant capital of Tokyo. See Mt Fuji and her surrounding lakes and experience the thrill of travelling on a Shinkansen train to Himeji Castle. Experience moving moments in and around Peace Park in Hiroshima and see the Japan of yesteryear in the preservation districts and many World Heritage-listed sites in Kyoto. Finish your journey in the modern metropolis of Osaka.

    Tour Code:

    CHJP

    Duration:

    25 Days

    Departure City:

    Beijing

    Return City:

    Osaka

  • 25 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Welcome reception

      You’ll be welcomed at Beijing Airport and transferred to the luxurious hotel located in walking distance of the Silk Markets, for a three night stay. A wonderful journey awaits, starting with a welcome feast of Peking Duck.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Great Wall of China, Freechoice

      Today is a special highlight as you visit China’s most iconic attraction – the Great Wall at Mutianyu.

      Freechoice

      Look forward to an unforgettable evening at either the famed Peking Opera or the spectacular Kung Fu Show.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 3 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Forbidden City, Sundowners, Freechoice Dining

      Wander through Tiananmen Square and enter the mysterious Forbidden City. Afterwards enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home before relaxing on a rickshaw ride through the ancient alleyways.

      Sundowners

      Finish the day as you started, overlooking the Beijing Skyline. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a drink and take in Beijing at dusk.

      FreechoiceDining

      Choose between mixed Asian at Lost Heaven or Western dishes at The Cut.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Beijing > Yichang > Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Summer Palace, Embark Cruise

      Explore the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace and cruise Kunming Lake before flying to Yichang to join your cruise ship, the Yangzi Explorer. On board enjoy included wine and beer with your lunch and dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Three Gorges Dam Project, Captain’s Reception

      Inspect the Three Gorges Dam project site. Experience the ship locks in operation as your ship transits each gate. Later, sail through Xiling Gorge while sampling afternoon tea delights. Tonight enjoy the Captain’s reception.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge

      Explore the dramatic gorges of Shennong Stream by longboat (sampan). Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its sheer rock walls, and Qutang Gorge, the most dramatic of the three gorges.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Fengdu, Gala Dinner

      Enjoy an insightful excursion to Fengdu and the relocated village. Tonight, mingle at the Taste of China gala dinner. Be sure to dress in your finest Chinese outfit.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Chongqing > Xi’an
      Highlights:
      See a Panda at Chongqing Zoo

      Disembark and visit Chongqing Zoo where you’ll get to see the rare and treasured giant panda before flying to Xi’an. Later, check into your hotel for a three night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Xi’an
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Terracotta Warrior and private museum visit
      Enrich

      Gaze at Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s amazing Terracotta Warriors in the company of a museum curator, an amazing opportunity to learn first-hand about the restoration process. (VIP viewing platform closed indefinitely for major repairs).

      Enjoy a stroll around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Thanksgiving Temple.

      Enrich

      Be treated to a special private after hours viewing of ancient artefacts at a local museum. Enjoy a refreshing drink and learn about the history of Shaanxi Province from the museum’s curator. Continue your refreshments overlooking the Big Wild Goose Pagoda at sunset.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 10 - Xi’an
      Highlights:
      Enrich - lunch in Painter’s home, Xi’an City Wall
      Enrich

      Visit a local painter’s home in nearby Hu Xi’an County, famous for its rural peasant paintings, and learn about his art before you enjoy lunch with his family.

      Later explore Xi’an’s ancient city wall on foot, by push bike or electric buggy.  Tonight enjoy the wonderful Tang Dynasty Cultural Show with dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Xi’an > Shanghai
      Highlights:
      Muslim Quarter, Maglev Train

      This morning explore the Muslim Quarter, an integral part of daily life in Xi’an at the eastern end of the Silk Road. Later fly to Shanghai and experience the speed of the Maglev train from the airport before being transferred to your luxurious hotel for a three night Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 12 - Shanghai
      Highlights:
      City sightseeing tour

      Today, discover Shanghai’s stark historical contrasts. Stroll along the famous Bund before comparing its heritage buildings to those in Yu Gardens. Across the Huangpu River, explore the Pudong area and discover modern China. Admire the view from Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in Pudong. Tonight, enjoy the agility and skill of the renowned Shanghai Acrobats.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Shanghai
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Wander through the Shanghai Museum and People’s Square before exploring the French Concession Region and Xintiandi entertainment area. Alternatively, visit Zhujiajiao, a town with a rich canal life and a wealth of traditional buildings and bridges.

      Later, spend your free time exploring Nanjing Road’s shopping opportunities before enjoying your highlight dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Shanghai > Tokyo
      Highlights:
      Discover Japan

      It’s time to bid farewell to China and transfer to Shanghai airport for your flight to Japan. This evening meet for your Japanese welcome reception and dinner at your hotel in Tokyo, your Special Stay for the next three nights.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Tokyo
      Highlights:
      Asakusa old town, Sensoji Temple, Sundowner on dinner cruise

      Begin your discovery of Tokyo in Asakusa district, paying your respects at Sensoji, the city’s oldest Buddhist temple. After lunch enjoy a cruise on the Sumida River before a gentle walk through the peaceful Hama-Rikyu Gardens located across from your hotel.

      Sundowners

      Take in the bright lights of Tokyo during your evening dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay on a yakatabune, an old fashioned houseboat.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Tokyo
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Sushi making, Freechoice

      Wander through the Tsukiji Fish Market to see the morning’s catch being distributed.

      Enrich

      Immerse yourself in Japanese cuisine with the help of a local chef, as you prepare your own sushi lunch.

      Freechoice

      Head to west Tokyo and visit the Imperial Shinto Meiji Shrine, before exploring the backstreets of Omotesando including Shibuya Cat street. Or, wander through picturesque Shinjuku-Gyoen Gardens before witnessing the Shinjuku entertainment district come alive at dusk.

      FreechoiceDining

      Choose from an Asian mix at China Blue or with your Tour Director, culturally immerse yourself in the traditional Japanese evening bar scene serving Yakatori.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Tokyo > Five Lakes > Hakone
      Highlights:
      Mt Fuji cable car and cruise on Lake Ashinoko

      Venture deep into the stunning scenery of Kawaguchiko Area. Discover the incredible workmanship involved in creating kimonos at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Near Hakone, walk around the hot springs of the Owakudani geothermal area before admiring the stunning scenery during your cable car ride down to your Lake Ashinoko cruise.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 18 - Tokyo > Himeji > Hiroshima
      Highlights:
      Himeji Castle

      Relax in your Green (Business) Class tickets on the Shinkansen train to Himeji Castle and marvel at Japan’s most spectacular and one of the few remaining original castle’s. Continuing to Hiroshima where tonight, sample Okonomiyaki, a delicious Japanese-style pancake, a specialty of the region. You’ll enjoy two restful nights in Hiroshima.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 19 - Hiroshima > Miyajima Island
      Highlights:
      Mazda Car Factory, Itsukushima Shrine Miyajima Island

      This morning see industrial robots perform around the Mazda car factory. Later sail by ferry to Miyajima Island to visit Daisho-in Temple and the floating sixth century Torii Gate at the Itsukushima Shrine.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 20 - Hiroshima > Kyoto
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Peace Park and Museum
      Enrich

      Experience an emotional visit to the Peace Park and Museum before visiting Orizuru Tower to create your own special origami donation.

      Later travel by Shinkansen train to the culturally rich city of Kyoto, home to many World Heritage-listed Sites. Settle into your three night stay at your hotel in Kyoto.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 21 - Kyoto
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Enrich - Maiko (apprentice Geisha) dinner
      Freechoice

      Revel in the atmosphere of the ancient preservation districts or visit the Silver Pavilion and then stroll along the Philosopher’s Walk. Alternatively visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, featured in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha and marvel at the architecture of Nijo Castle, a classic reminder of the fascinating Edo-period shogunate’s power.

      Spend the afternoon at leisure.

      Enrich

      After strolling through the Gion District, tonight’s dinner will allow you to interact with a Maiko, an apprentice Geisha, who’ll host your meal presentation. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn about what is involved in becoming a Geisha and the art of Japanese hospitality.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 22 - Kyoto
      Highlights:
      Tea Ceremony

      Begin with a visit to the Kinkaku-ji known as the Golden Pavilion before wandering through the classical Zen Garden at Ryoanji Temple.

      Enrich

      Partake in a Japanese tea ceremony whilst dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono, a great photo opportunity.

      FreechoiceDining

      Choose between Japanese cuisine at Shinensen Heihachi, or international cuisine at the historic Fortune Garden.

      Ryokan Upgrade
      For a unique insight into Japanese culture, choose to stay tonight in a Ryokan. This traditional Japanese Inn has tatami mat flooring with futon beds, sliding shoji paper doors, onsen hot spring baths and private facilities. Includes dinner and breakfast (additional cost).

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 23 - Kyoto > Nara > Osaka
      Highlights:
      Tondabayashi, Freechoice Dining

      Begin your drive to Osaka with an excursion to Nara, where you’ll visit Todaiji Temple and see deer in Nara Park. Later stop at the timeless village of Tondabayashi Jinaimachi. Visit a traditional house and wander around this splendid historical time capsule, with houses and buildings that date
      back to the Edo period.
      Upon arrival in Osaka begin a memorable two night Special Stay in Osaka.

      FreechoiceDining

      Choose from the Sky Lounge Windows on the World (35th floor), or the Cosmopolitan, a gorgeous grill style restaurant also overlooking the Osaka skyline.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 24 - Osaka
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Admire the view from the Floating Garden Observatory and walk the lively and eccentric downtown area of Osaka or alternatively visit the Museum of History and the rebuilt Osaka Castle.

      Later see how beer is made at the Asahi factory before reliving your experiences at your tonight’s farewell dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 25 - Osaka
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Depart today with treasured memories of your time in Japan.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    Scenic highlights
    • 7 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 19 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 1 Special Stay
    • 2 Sundowners event
    • 61 meals - 24 breakfasts, 18 lunches and 19 dinners