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Ancient Empires—Beijing to Tokyo

16 Days

What's included

4 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Train, local bus, air-conditioned bus, walking, metro, bullet train, plane, ferry.
Hotels (13 nts), mountain monastery (1 nt, shared facilities), traditional inn (1 nt, shared facilities).
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout except on ferry from China to Japan, local guides.

You will visit

BeijingAtoms/Icons/Arrow DestinationCreated with Sketch.Tokyo

Trip Comfort


Age requirement

12 to 100 years old
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.
Ancient Empires—Beijing to Tokyo
16 Days


  • Arrive at any time.
  • Enjoy an included visit to the Great Wall.
  • Take the Beijing metro to visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Later, board a fast train to Xi'an.
  • Visit one of China’s greatest archaeological treasures—the Terracotta Warriors. After, the day is yours to explore as you wish.
  • Say goodbye to Xi'an this morning and hop on the fast train to the bustling city of Shanghai.
  • Train to Suzhou today for a day exploring in the city. Admire Suzhou's classical gardens, canals, bridges and museums.
  • After an orientation walk along Shanghai's famous Bund, you are free to explore the delights of this modern Chinese city. In the evening, head to the theatre for an intense acrobatic performance that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
  • Hop on a flight from Shanghai to Osaka. Take the evening to explore the city.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Take a ferry ride over to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating Torii Gate. Opt to hike around Mt Misen.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Meals: DINNER
  • Head to Tokyo with time to do some last-minute shopping.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Depart at any time.
Trip ID: accj