North Asian Odyssey

On this 25 day luxury tour, enjoy the best of China and Japan. Highlights include the Great Wall of China, Yangtze River Cruise, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Tokyo.

25 Days
Beijing to Osaka
From (AUD)
$ 23,890
Dates & Pricing

2019/2020 Beijing > Osaka

China and Japan’s must-see sights 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 emotional moments in and around Peace Park in Hiroshima and see the Japan of yesteryear in the preservation districts and World Heritage-listed sites in Kyoto. Your journey ends in the modern metropolis of Osaka.
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25 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Beijing

    Begin your discovery of China with a Peking duck welcome dinner. Stay three nights at your hotel in Beijing, in walking distance of the Silk Markets.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Beijing

    Start your journey with a visit to China’s most iconic attraction, the Great Wall at Mutianyu.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  3. Day 3 - Beijing

    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.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Beijing > Yichang > Yangtze River 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

  5. Day 5 - Yangtze River Cruise

    Visit the Three Gorges Dam project site. Later, sail through Xiling Gorge while sampling afternoon tea. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s reception.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Yangtze River Cruise

    Glide through 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

  7. Day 7 - Yangtze River Cruise

    Enjoy an insightful excursion to Fuling and 816 Underground project. Tonight, mingle at the Taste of China gala dinner. Be sure to dress in your finest Chinese outfit.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Chongqing > Xi’an

    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 historically located hotel for a three night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Xi’an

    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.

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

    Be treated to a special private after hours viewing of ancient artefacts at a local museum. Savour refreshing drinks and learn about the history of Shaanxi Province from the museum’s curator.

    Enjoy refreshments overlooking the Big Wild Goose Pagoda at sunset.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  10. Day 10 - Xi’an

    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

  11. Day 11 - Xi’an > Shanghai

    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 before settling into your luxurious hotel for a three night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  12. Day 12 - Shanghai

    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 Shanghai Acrobats.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Shanghai

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

    Later, spend your free time exploring shopping opportunities on Nanjing Road before enjoying your Chinese farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Shanghai > Tokyo

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Tokyo

    Begin your discovery of Tokyo in Asakusa district, paying your respects at Sensoji, the city’s oldest Buddhist temple.

    Visit the Imperial Shinto Meiji Shrine, walk across the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world and see the famous Hachiko dog statue.

    Alternatively, visit Shinjuku-Gyoen Gardens before exploring the lively Shinjuku entertainment district, or sample local snacks while strolling through the Yanaka District.

    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

  16. Day 16 - Tokyo > Five Lakes > Hakone

    Venture 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

  17. Day 17 - Tokyo

    Wander through the Tsukiji outer Fish Market to see the morning’s catch being distributed by the wholesale and retail shops.

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

    Walk off your delicious lunch in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace.

    Choose contemporary Asian at China Blue. Alternatively, join your Tour Director and immerse yourself in the traditional Japanese evening Izakaya bar scene serving Yakatori and Kushiyaki.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Tokyo > Himeji > Hiroshima

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Hiroshima > Miyajima Island

    Travel by ferry to Miyajima Island to visit Daisho-in Temple and the floating sixth century Torii Gate at the Itsukushima Shrine.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  20. Day 20 - Hiroshima > Kyoto

    Marvel at industrial robots at work in the Mazda car factory. 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 in Kyoto.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Kyoto

    Revel in the atmosphere of the ancient preservation districts or visit the Silver Pavilion and 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.

    The afternoon is at leisure.

    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

  22. Day 22 - Kyoto

    Visit Kinkaku-ji, known as the Golden Pavilion before wandering through the classical Zen Garden at Ryoanji Temple.

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

    Stop for some sake tasting at a sake museum.

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Kyoto > Nara > Osaka

    Begin your journey 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 historical time capsule, with houses and buildings that date back to the Edo period. In Osaka enjoy a two night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  24. Day 24 - Osaka

    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, with a taste test, before reliving your experiences at your tonight’s farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Osaka

    Depart today with treasured memories of your time in Japan and China.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

5-star luxury inclusions
  • The intimacy of small group touring with a maximum of 24 guests
  • 6 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • 2 Scenic Sundowners events
  • Your choice of 18 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 3 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 60 meals – 24 breakfasts (B), 18 lunches (L) and 18 dinners (D)
  • Expert Tour Director
  • All internal flights
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

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