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Cities of East Asia

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Cities of East Asia

Visit Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo and Shanghai on this tour of Asia's cities

This unique itinerary takes you to some of the Orient’s magnificent and iconic cities, combining three fascinating countries in one outstanding journey. Explore the illustrious capital of China, Beijing, visiting the iconic Great Wall and the Forbidden City. Flying on to Seoul, the capital of South Korea, where ancient meets modern, glittering skyscrapers jostle for position amongst traditional temples, markets and palaces. In Tokyo, discover the energetic and futuristic capital of Japan, before ending your tour in the vibrant city of Shanghai, China’s largest city.

women traditional dress dancing South korea
Meiji Shrine Shibuya Tokyo japan
pudong skyline shanghai china

Locations you will be visiting

  • BeijingTemple of Heaven china

    Beijing, China

    Discover the sights and traditions for Beijing with this handy destination guide.

    3 Days

  • Gyeongbok Palace Seoul South Korea


    Discover the sights and traditions for Seoul with this handy destination guide.

    3 Days

  • Asakusa Tokyo


    Discover Japan's dazzling capital - where ancient meets modern

    3 Days

  • pudong skyline shanghai china

    Shanghai, China

    Discover the sights and traditions for Shanghai with this handy destination guide.

    3 Days


Cities of East Asia

14 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 UK to Beijing

You will take a scheduled flight from the UK to Beijing.

  •  Transport: Airplane
DAY 2 Arrive Beijing

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.

DAY 3 Beijing City Tour

In the morning you will visit the Temple of Heaven, where the Ming and Qing emperors worshipped the god of heaven and prayed for good harvests for the year, and you can observe the tradition of Tai Chi practiced in the courtyard. Continue to Tiananmen Square, the largest square in the world, and visit the Forbidden City which served as the grand imperial palace for centuries. Your final stop of the day will be at the Hutongs, for a personal insight into the everyday life of traditional Beijing citizens.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 4 Great Wall

Today visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a post along the wall offering breathtaking views in a less crowded atmosphere. Mutianyu was built in the mid-6th century and its rich history can be seen in its unique structure. This will be followed by an opportunity for photographs at the Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube, venues for the memorable 2008 Olympic Games.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 5 Fly to Seoul

In the morning visit the Summer Palace, which includes a magnificent collection of lakes, gardens, palaces and scenic views. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake, before transferring to the airport for your flight to Seoul.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  •  Transport: Airplane
DAY 6 Seoul City Tour

Enjoy a morning tour of this bustling city. Pass by the Blue House, explore the Gyeongbokgung Palace and see the Royal Guard changing ceremony. Visit the National Folk Museum and the Insadong shopping district. Afternoon is at leisure.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 7 DMZ Tour

Enjoy a fascinating morning tour to the DMZ. This is one of the most unusual tourist destinations in the world. This visit is a real eye-opening experience and it will leave you with a dramatic sense of the tremendous tragedy of separated families, the division of the peninsula and the hopes for reunification. The rest of the day is at leisure.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 8 Fly to Tokyo

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Tokyo. Take a shuttle transfer upon arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 9 Tokyo City Tour

This morning, after breakfast, you will join a Tokyo Morning Tour. Enjoy a panorama of Tokyo from the main observation platform at the Tokyo Tower, a communications and Observation tower which stands at a height of 332.9 metres. Visit the Meiji Shrine, a Shinto shrine located in Shibuya and drive past Akasaka Guest House and the National Diet Building. Visit the Imperial Palace East Garden (or Imperial Palace Plaza and Double Bridge, Monday, Friday and when the garden is closed) and drive through the Ginza shopping district. Tour ends in Ginza, and the rest of the day is at leisure.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 10 Tokyo

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore this magical capital city on your own, or perhaps treat yourself to one of the many excursions or cultural experiences available.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 11 Fly to Shanghai

Fly to Shanghai where you will be transferred to your accommodation.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 12 Shanghai City Tour

The first attraction will be the Yu Yuan Gardens followed by the Jade Buddha Temple. The centuries old Yu Yuan Gardens is home to beautiful pavilions, walkways, streams, courtyards and flowers. The Jade Buddha Temple, is where large, intricate sculptures of Buddha reside. After viewing the Shanghai Museum, visit the waterfront attraction of the Bund to admire Shanghai as a modern metropolis. Later, on top of the Shanghai world financial centre, you can enjoy a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the whole city.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 13 Zhujiajiao

Today will start with a visit to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town with a history of over 1,700 years, known as the Pearl Stream. After, you can expect to see the Ming and Qing Dynasty bridges, two ancient and historic buildings, and the Ma Family Garden before heading back to Shanghai. Afternoon at leisure.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 14 Fly to UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airplane
Optional Extras - Cultural Experiences

There is some free time in your itinerary for you to explore on your own, or treat yourself to an excursion. Use the links below to create a to-do list, or, if you’d prefer us to book you onto one of these or any other excursions, please let us know when booking your tour.

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    China: Kung Fu Show in Beijing

    A dynamic kung-fu show in Beijing

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  • colourful Beijing opera china

    China: Beijing Opera

    Delight at a performance of traditional Beijing Opera

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  • Tsukiji Fish market tokyo japan

    Japan: Tokyo Tsukiji Outer Fish Market

    Visit the Tsukiji Outer market and enjoy a fresh sushi breakfast from one of the many restaurants or food stands.

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  • sumo wrestling tokyo japan

    Japan: Tokyo Sumo Experience & Chanko Lunch

    Be a sumo wrestler for a day! Learn from the Sumo wrestlers about the history, practice and the tournaments. Try on a Sumo costume and challenge a Sumo wrestler to a match. Enjoy the traditional and symbolic meal Chanko-nabe.

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Sample Accommodation

4★ Park Plaza, Beijing

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4★ T Mark Grand Hotel, Seoul

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3★ Shiba Park Hotel, Tokyo

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4★ Central Hotel, Shanghai

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What's included:
  • International and domestic flights in economy class
  • 3★ and 4★ accommodation based on twin share
  • Transfers
  • Tours as stated
  • Meals as specified
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance
  • China visa and fees

Price from £4,099
Single room supplement from £895

(sole passenger prices on request)
Land only from £3,299
(excludes international flights)

Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 12 weeks before departure.

When making an enquiry or reservation we will request your contact details, however no payment will be required at this stage. We will contact you for payment details and to confirm your booking, your details and the details of those travelling with you along with any extras you’d like to add.


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