Ancient Empires—Beijing to Tokyo - 2020 Onward Itinerary

Ancient Empires—Beijing to Tokyo - 2020 Onward Itinerary


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

China , Japan

Tour Itinerary

Meet the ancient Terracotta Warriors, Visit the Great Wall of China, Sleep in a temple atop Mt Kōya, get a bird's-eye view of Mt Fuji from a cable car, stay in a traditional ryokan

Explore two ancient nations in 16 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 a 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
Arrive at any time.
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards.
Accommodation: Chonpines Hotel - Beijing Caoqiao Metro Station (or similar)

Day 2: Beijing
Enjoy an included visit to the Great Wall.
Activity: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Climb the rolling hills of Huairou County at Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall. Enjoy scenic views as the wall winds along mountain ridges, and take brag-worthy photos of the wall from any of the 22 towers.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free Time: Use your evening to explore the cityscape of Beijing.
Accommodation: Chonpines Hotel - Beijing Caoqiao Metro Station (or similar)

Day 3: Beijing/Xi'an
Take the Beijing metro to visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Later, board a fast train to Xi'an.
Transport: Get around underground via public transit.
Activity: Explore one of the world's largest public squares, home to the Monument to the People's Heroes and the Great Hall of the People.
Activity: Our CEO will steer around crowds and help make the most of a visit to the Forbidden City.
Transport: Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.
Accommodation: Skytel Hotel (or similar)

Day 4: Xi'an
Visit one of China's greatest archaeological treasures—the Terracotta Warriors. After, the day is yours to explore as you wish.
Activity: Take a guided tour of the Terracotta Warriors where more than 8,000 clay soldiers and hundreds of replica horses and chariots stand in three pits. Learn why the Emperor Qin Shihuang commissioned the statues to serve as his army in the afterlife and how they were discovered. Spend a half-day exploring this archaeological wonder.
Free Time: Opt for some cycling, or just take a walk around and explore the city of Xi'an.

Day 5: Xi'an/Shanghai
Say goodbye to Xi'an this morning and hop on the fast train to the bustling city of Shanghai.
Transport: Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.
Accommodation: Suzhou Overseas Chinese Hotel (or similar)

Day 6: Shanghai
Train to Suzhou today for a day exploring in the city. Admire Suzhou's classical gardens, canals, bridges and museums.
Transport: Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.
Activity: Take the train to Suzhou for a day trip that includes the Master of the Nets Garden one of the most beautiful gardens in China that are also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then move on to the Suzhou Museum known for its ancient Chinese calligraphy, paintings and art. The last spot on the itinerary for the day is Tiger Hill. Visit the Tiger Hill Pagoda if you wish or walk around the hill and admire the natural beauty and landscapes all around you.
Transport: Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.
Accommodation: Shanghai Holland Hotel (or similar)

Day 7: Shanghai
After an orientation walk along Shanghai's famous Bund, you are free to explore the delights this modern Chinese city has to offer.
Activity: Take a stroll along the Bund, a main road that follows the Huangpu River, with our CEO. This is a great opportunity to get a layout of the city and figure out what you want to explore next.
Free Time: Take advantage of your free time today to visit Yuyuan Gardens, return to the Bund, or do some shopping on Nanjing Road.
Accommodation: Shanghai Holland Hotel (or similar)

Day 8: Shanghai/Osaka
Hop on a flight from Shanghai to Osaka. Take the evening to explore the city.
Free Time: Take in the vibrancy of this unique city and challenge the senses by visiting the bright city lights or indulging in a variety of distinctive street food.
Transport: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Accommodation: Ibis Styles Osaka (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9: Osaka/Kōyasan
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.
Transport: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: During the overnight stay in the mountain temple, witness the routines of the monks and dine on typical fare. Explore the temples and moss covered Oku-no-in cemetery in the afternoon. In the evening, savour the shojin-ryori vegetarian cuisine, and relax in a yukata or kimono. Early morning at the temple offers the chance to observe the monks praying, before a vegetarian breakfast. Breathe the fresh mountain air and soak in the beautiful surroundings.
Activity: Oku-no-in is the most sacred site in Koyasan and the location of the mausoleum for Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai), the founder of Shingon Buddhism. The area is surrounded by a massive cemetery, the largest in Japan. With over 200,000 tombstones lining the almost 2km path to Kobo Daishi's mausoleum, there is plenty of area to explore. Be sure to see Torodo Hall (Hall of Lamps), the main place of worship, where more than 10,000 lanterns are kept burning day and night.
Accommodation: Ekoin Monastery (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner (Enjoy shojin-ryori, typical vegetarian cuisine.)

Day 10: Kōyasan/Hiroshima
Watch the monks pray in the morning and enjoy a traditional breakfast before travelling to Hiroshima. This afternoon, visit the Peace Park and Memorial Museum commemorating the events of 1945.
Transport: Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.
Activity: Walk through the Peace Park in the centre of Hiroshima, a living memorial dedicated to the tens of thousands who died from the atomic bomb blast in 1945. Visit the statue of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who died of leukemia as a result of the bomb blast, despite folding 1,000 origami paper cranes to appeal to the gods to make her well. See the frame of the Gembaku Dome, the sole building to withstand the explosion. Reflect, remember, and be reminded of the power we all hold to create peace.
Accommodation: Hotel New Hiroden (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 11: Hiroshima
Take a ferry ride over to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating Torii Gate. Opt to hike around Mt Misen.
Transport: Hop a ferry to reach the island and journey back in the evening.
Activity: Take a trip to Miyajima Island, famed as one of Japan's most scenic spots, with a free afternoon to explore. See the famous floating Torii Gate, set out in the bay, which glows extraordinarily at sunset. The island is dotted with shrines and temples, populated by deer and monkeys, and traversed with hiking trails for those who want to get some exercise. There are also lanes full of souvenirs and tasty treats. Visit Miyajima at your own pace, and have the option to hike up to the peak of the island, Mt Misen, to see spectacular views of the surrounding islands.
Free Time: Free time on Miyajima Island to make the most of this beautiful location.
Accommodation: Hotel New Hiroden (or similar)

Day 12: Hiroshima/Kyoto
Travel to Kyoto and start exploring. Visit the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening, explore the geisha district of Gion on a CEO-led walking tour.
Transport: Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.
Activity: Walk through Gion, Kyoto's most famous geisha district. Visit shops, restaurants and ochaya (teahouses), where geiko (Kyoto dialect for geisha) and maiko (geiko apprentices) entertain.
Activity: Visit the Nijo Castle, the residence of the first shogun of the Edo Period built in 1603. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the property is divided into three areas: the Honmaru (main circular fortification), Ninomaru (secondary circle of defense), and the gorgeous gardens that surround both.
Accommodation: The b Kyoto Sanjo (or similar)

Day 13: Kyoto
Enjoy a visit to the beautiful Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine and walk under the bright torii gates. Opt to shop, stroll along the riverbank, or explore another of Kyoto's many temples with free time.
Activity: Visit the Fushimi Inari shrine, located just outside of Kyoto. Walk under the thousands of iconic torii gates (as seen in the film Memoirs of a Geisha) and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. The shrine itself is at the base of the Inari mountain but includes many trails up to smaller shrines in the area.
Free Time: Continue exploring Japan's historic capital with some free time.
Accommodation: The b Kyoto Sanjo (or similar)

Day 14: Kyoto/Hakone
Take a boat ride on Lake Ashino-ko, 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.
Transport: Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Hop aboard a passenger boat to cruise the waters of Lake Ashinoko. If you are lucky, on a clear day you can capture a view of Mt Fuji. The lake was formed from the caldera of Mt Hakone following its eruption 3000 years ago. Sit back, relax and enjoy.
Activity: Enjoy the ryokan, savour a complex meal of traditional Japanese foods, then finish the day with a soak in the onsen.
Accommodation: Hakone Pax Yoshino (or similar)
Meal(s): Dinner (A traditional multi-course kaiseki meal.)

Day 15: Hakone/Tokyo
Head to Tokyo with time to do some last-minute shopping.
Transport: Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.
Free Time: With so much to do, start exploring now.
Accommodation: The B Ikebukuro Tokyo (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 16: Tokyo
Depart at any time.

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Inclusions

Meals Included
4 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Transport
Train, local bus, air-conditioned bus, walking, metro, bullet train, plane, ferry.

Inclusions
Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Shanghai Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Kōya Temple, Kōyasan. 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). Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum visit. Miyajima excursion with floating torii gate visit. Nijo Castle and gardens visit (Kyoto). Gion walk. Fushimi Inari shrine visit. Lake Ashino-ko boat ride. Traditional ryokan stay with kaiseki meal. Japan Rail (JR) pass (7 days). Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Accommodations

Hotels (13 nts), mountain monastery (1 nt, shared facilities), traditional inn (1 nt, shared facilities).

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