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Asian Discovery

A spectacular Asian combo!

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Group Size: Varies

Trip code: CJSE

Duration: 75 days or longer

Guided group tours of 6 Asian countries
3 of our most popular Asian adventures
Loads of unique activities included

Explore Asia on this epic combo adventure! Journey through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, China and Japan and discover the unique culture, natural beauty and party life of this incredible continent. Packed full of awesome adventures, including wildlife encounters, boat trips, treks, cultural classes and party nights, you’ll soon fall in love with all things Asian. Bringing together 3 of our most popular Asian tours, all at one great price, you can’t beat this unforgettable combo adventure in Asia!

Trip highlights

  • Discover the very best of 6 Asian countries: Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, China and Japan
  • Enjoy unique included experiences, such as meeting giant pandas and elephants, learning to prepare Asian cuisine, rafting down rivers, sleeping in incredible places and more!
  • Immerse yourself in Asian culture: learn Mandarin, try your hand at sushi making and sing your heart out at Japanese karaoke!
  • Travel with groups of likeminded travellers and expert tour guides
  • Save money by booking these three tours as a combo rather than separately!
What's included

Southeast Asia Adventure

  • 32 nights' of simple accommodation
  • Transport between included activities/destinations
  • Trip guide
  • Elephant sanctuary experience
  • Laos slowboat
  • Free time in Phong Nha
  • S21 prison visit
  • Mekong Delta exploration
  • Koh Rong beach time
  • Visit to Angkor Wat

China Adventure

  • 26 nights’accommodation
  • Transport and beds on night trains
  • Mandarin class for beginners
  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Victoria Peak tram ride in Hong Kong
  • Bamboo rafting on the Li River
  • Hiking and camping on the Great Wall (camping is weather dependent)
  • A visit to the Terracotta Warriors
  • Panda visit in Chengdu
  • One night in a traditional roundhouse  

Japan Adventure

  • 14 nights’ accommodation in hostels
  • Transport between included activities/destinations
  • Sensou-ji temple visit
  • Sashimi lesson from Sushi chef
  • Shinto shrine visit
  • Visit to Sumo district
  • Imperial Palace visit and Bike ride
  • Onsen experience
  • Great Buddha visit
  • Hakone Ropeway ride
  • Pirate ship cruise across Lake Ashi
  • Visits to Kyoto temples 
  • Hot springs experience in Kyoto
  • Day trip to Arashiyama bamboo forest
  • Boat trip down the Hozugawa River
  • Meditation in Buddhist temple
  • Day trip to Hiroshima
  • Osaka Castle visit
  • Umeda Sky tower trip

We also provide...

  • A personal Gap 360 Travel Advisor who will help plan your perfect trip
  • Assistance arranging flights and travel insurance
  • 24 hour emergency support
What's not included
  • International Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional Activities
  • Meals and drinks
  • Extra accommodation between tours
Further trip information

Discover Asia on this stunning combo trip! Bringing together three of our most popular Asian tours, this fantastic package shows you the very best this magical continent has to offer!

This package includes:

  1. Southeast Asia Adventure (33 days)
  2. China Adventure (27 days)
  3. Japan Adventure (15 days)

Please note: Flights between tours are not included. Speak to our flights team for great deals on flights.

Please note: We try to organise our combo packages so that each tour runs straight after the previous one finishes. On some start dates, there may be some time between the end of one tour and the beginning of the next. Accommodation and activities on these spare days are at your own cost. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.

Southeast Asia Adventure: 33 Days

Explore 4 countries in 33 days on this epic group tour! Journey through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam and soak up the beauty, culture and party life of Southeast Asia!

The itinerary runs as follows:

Day 1: Bangkok, Thailand. Touch down in Bangkok and make your way to your starting accommodation. Settle in and relax after your flight.

Day 2: Bangkok, Thailand. Spend the day easing into the Thai way of life. Enjoy a drink this evening before boarding a sleeper train/bus to Chiang Mai.

Day 3: Elephant sanctuary & homestay. Arrive in Chiang Mai, and then take the bus to a local elephant sanctuary. Feed the elephants and trek through the jungle to the river (no riding), where you’ll give them a wash. Stop at a waterfall before arriving at your homestay this evening.

Days 4 - 6: Chiang Mai. Trek to a local hill tribe village on the morning of day 3 before heading back to Chiang Mai. You’ve got lots of optional activities to choose from while you’re here, including a cooking class, Muay Thai, zip-lining, white-water rafting, trekking, temple visits and a biking tour.

Days 7 – 9: Luang Prabang, Laos. Take the flight to Luang Prabang - a charming colonial city with a dreamy atmosphere. We’ll visit the fairy-tale Kuang Si Waterfalls while we’re here. We’ve got a number of exciting optional activities too, from helping at a school to visiting the ethnic villages around the city.

Days 10 - 11: Vang Vieng. Stop for a dip at the crystal clear Blue Lagoon 2 on our way to picturesque Vang Vieng. Spend the next couple of days chilling by the river, hiking into the lush surrounding countryside, or book one of our optionals, including bike rides, rock-climbing and tubing.

Days 12 – 13: Hanoi, Vietnam. Fly to the Vietnamese capital. Dump your bags and head out for dinner, followed by an optional bar crawl. On day 12, opt to visit Hoa Lo prison, or just explore the Old Quarter at your own pace, sampling Vietnamese coffee at one of the street side cafes.

Days 14 - 15: Ha Long Bay. Take an unforgettable 2-day cruise through the emerald green waters of Ha Long Bay. With stops at floating villages and a stay on your own private island you’ll be talking about this for years to come!

Days 16 – 17: Phong Nha. Nestled at the base of soaring limestone cliffs, Phong Na is surrounded by lush forest and is still mostly undiscovered. We’ve got some great optional activities from a coffee tasting trip, to a bike ride to Bong Lai Village and a day in pristine Phong Na-Khe Bang National Park.

Days 18 – 19: Hoi An. Hoi An is an ancient town, with yellow-toned buildings and Chinese shop-houses, lit up by hundreds of colourful lanterns at night. It’s an amazing place to chill and soak up the atmosphere, but we’ve also got trips to the Vietnamese ‘Disneyland’, a coconut basket boat experience, a local farm visit and a day at the beach on offer.

Days 20 – 22: Ho Chi Minh City. Fly from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh - a throbbing powerhouse of a city, where the scooters never sleep! Take a walking tour of the city, join an optional waterbus tour, visit the night market, go on a bar crawl and visit the Cu Chi tunnels or the War Remnants Museum to learn about the impact of the Vietnam War.

Day 23: Mekong Delta. Cruise along the mighty Mekong with its floating markets and tranquil forests. We’ll visit a craft village, take a cooking class with a local chef and drift into the flooded mangrove forest of Tra Su, thick with water lettuce and lotus flowers.

Days 24 – 26: Koh Rong, Cambodia. Cross over into Cambodia and take the boat to Koh Rong. The island offers pristine beaches, affordable prices and a laid-back vibe. Enjoy a beach party, optional scuba diving and a full day and night adventure boat cruise where we’ll sleep in hammocks under the stars on a deserted beach!

Days 27-28: Phnom Penh. Back to the mainland on day 26 and on to Cambodia’s exotic capital. We’ll visit the infamous S21 Prison to learn about the country’s tragic history. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Killing Fields and the magnificent Grand Palace.

Days 29 – 31: Siem Reap & Angkor Wat. Hop on the bus to Siem Reap. On day 29 take an optional trip to a floating village, see the legendary Cambodian Circus, or go on a ‘boozy bike tour’! Day 30 starts with a real bucket-list moment – watching the sun come up over Angkor Wat! There’s also a group dinner and bar crawl on offer later. It’s your last chance to celebrate with your travel buddies before the trip ends, so make the most of it!

Day 32: Siem Reap, Cambodia – Bangkok, Thailand. Come full circle and take the bus back to Bangkok today. Enjoy a final night of celebration with your group.

Day 33: Bangkok, Thailand. Tour ends. Depart at any time. Airport transfers are not included but are easy to arrange.

China Adventure: 27 Days

This fantastic group tour takes in the very best of this enchanting country. Starting and ending in Hong Kong, you’ll discover the delights of Chengdu, the majesty of Xi’an and even spend a night camping on the Great Wall of China!

The itinerary runs as follows:

Day 1: Hong Kong. Arrive and settle into your accommodation.

Day 2-6: Yangshuo. Transfer to Yangshuo by train and experience an included bamboo rafting experience. Enjoy free time in the area before transferring to Chengdu on the evening of day 6.

Day 7-9: Chengdu. Meet Giant Pandas at a Breeding Research Centre and visit the beautiful Wenshu Temple. Travel to Chengdu on an overnight train on day 9.

Day 10-11: Xi’an. Get involved in awesome optional activities in this bustling city. Visit the impressive Terracotta Warriors, one of the wonders of the ancient world, and make a difference by volunteering at a soup kitchen or home for the disadvantaged.

Day 12-13: Dengfeng. Travel to Dengfeng and visit a local children's centre. Watch a Kung Fu show and practise your language skills during an evening Mandarin lesson. Enjoy free time on day 13 before transferring to Beijing overnight.

Day 14-16: Beijing. Tuck into a meal at a local farm before trekking to the Great Wall and setting up camp. Prepare for an unforgettable sunset/sunrise. Enjoy 2 days of free time in the city.

Day 17-19: Hangzhou – Shanghai. Explore the beautiful rural landscapes of Hangzhou. Wander the Misty Forest and climb to the peak of magical Jiuyao Mountain. Enjoy another Mandarin lesson and then take a train to Shanghai.

Day 22-22: Shanghai. Discover the most populous city in the world with 2 free days!

Day 23-25: Fujian Province. Venture into China’s picturesque Fujian province. Spend a night in a traditional roundhouse, visit local temples and camp out on a tea plantation. Pick and taste tea before taking a night train to Guangzhou.

Day 26-27: Hong Kong. Travel back to Hong Kong. Tour ends on day 27. Time to head to Japan for the next leg of your adventure!

Please note: This itinerary is for guidance only and may vary.

Please note: This tour uses public transport to get to activities and to transfer between hostels and train stations. Most overnight train journeys are unaccompanied, but one guide will put you on the train and you will be met at the end by another guide. Due to the Chinese rail booking system, we cannot guarantee that all members of the group will be seated or berthed together when travelling on trains, although our guides will make every effort to ensure you are seated as close together as possible. 

Japan Adventure: 15 days

This stunning 2-week adventure shows you the fantastic culture, landmarks and people of Japan. You’ll discover vibrant cities, serene mountains and tranquil temples, plus you’ll learn new skills such a sushi making!

The itinerary runs as follows:

Day 1-5: Tokyo. Uncover the weird and wonderful life of Tokyo! Explore Shinjuku, learn to prepare sashimi, wander around the sumo training districts, get swallowed by crowds of commuters at Shibuya, visit the Imperial Palace and more!

Day 6: Kamakura. See the iconic Great Buddha and enjoy drinks by the beach.

Day 7: Hakone. See Mount Fuji in style on the Hakone Ropeway and then board a pirate ship to cross Lake Ashi!

Day 8-11: Kyoto. Discover the beauty of colourful Kyoto. Wander the eastern hills, visit Monkey Park, raft down the Hozagawa River, explore the Arashiyama bamboo forest, run through the red torii gates of Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, relax in a tranquil Buddhist rock garden and more!

Day 12: Hiroshima. Learn about the painful history of Hiroshima, the site of the world’s first nuclear attack.

Day 13-14: Osaka/Tokyo. Visit Osaka Castle and enjoy electric nightlife before enjoying a farewell trip to the Umeda Sky Tower. Return to Tokyo on Day 14 for a final night in the city.

Day 15: Tour ends. Your epic Asian Discovery adventure comes to an end today!

Please note: For more detailed itinerary information, please download the trip notes.

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Arrival information

Southeast Asia Adventure

Arrive into Bangkok on day 1 of your tour. An arrival transfer is not included but is easy to arrange. Speak to a travel advisor for more advice about arrival. Your trip ends on day 33 back in Bangkok.

China Adventure

Arrange your flight to arrive into Hong Kong on day 1. An arrival transfer is not included but is easy to arrange. Your options include taxi or the metro. The tour ends in Hong Kong on day 27.

Japan Adventure

Arrive into Tokyo on Day 1 of the tour. Airport transfers are not included. Japan has a very efficient transport system that is easy to navigate. Take a train to Tokyo city centre for a cost of around £10.Your tour ends in Tokyo on day 15. Return airport transfers are not included.

Accommodation & meals

Southeast Asia Adventure

32 nights of simple multi-share mixed dorm accommodation are included on this tour. Some nights will be spent on overnight buses and trains. The dorms sizes vary between 6-12 beds. 

Meals are not included and you will need to purchase food and drink yourself. This is a great chance to immerse yourself in Southeast Asian culture. Food here is mostly very cheap and so eating out won’t break the bank!

China Adventure

All your accommodation is included for the duration of this tour: Travellers on this tour will have 26 nights of accommodation included. Most nights will be spent in hostels, in shared (mixed sex) rooms, usually sleeping 4 to 12 people per room.

Some nights will be spent travelling by sleeper train with triple-level flat bunks to sleep on. These are not in individual cabins but set out dorm-style in the train carriages, and you will be sharing your space with locals and other travellers alike.

You will also spend one night camping at an unrestored and unspoilt section of the Great Wall, right off the beaten tourist track. Camping gear will be provided in packs, including two-man tents, sleeping bags and a rollmat. Pillows will not be provided so you may wish to bring your own travel pillow, although bear in mind you will be carrying all your belongings with you.

Please note: Camping at the Great Wall usually takes place only during the months of May to October, or sometimes outside these times if the weather is unseasonably warm. At other times you will be staying in a guesthouse around 10 minutes walk from the wall.

Food is not included as part of this tour, but your guide will always recommend great local restaurants in which to enjoy a group meal, where you can find cheap and delicious food. An average meal will cost around 60-80RMB per person.

Japan Adventure

14 nights’ accommodation in shared hostel dorm rooms are included as part of this tour. 

You will need to buy meals yourself. This offers a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself into Japanese culture, chat to street vendors and sample local delicacies. Make sure to try delicious wagashi sweets, sizzling kushikatsu meat skewers, and of course, authentic local sushi. Please be aware that vegetarian and vegan options are limited in Japan and therefore we would encourage vegetarians and vegans to bring additional snacks to Japan.

Minimum age & eligibility

The minimum age to join this group adventure is 18.

Visas

China: Travellers to China will need a visa in advance of travel, which you will need to obtain in person from your nearest Chinese visa application centre, which are located in London, Manchester and Edinburgh.You will need to book an appointment slot online, and travel to the visa application centre with your passport, application form and letter of invitation. You will then be asked to return to the visa application centre at a later date to collect your visa.Your letter of invitation will be issued to you within 3 months of your travel date, and you can then begin your visa application process. You will also be issued with a step-by-step guide which will help you with your visa application.

Please be aware that visa rules and regulations are always subject to change and it is your responsibility to check the current rules with the Chinese Embassy before you travel.

Japan: British nationals will be granted a 90-day visitor visa on arrival in Japan, which can be extended for a further 90 days while in Japan if needed.

Cambodia: Cambodian visas can either be obtained online, or upon arrival at the border (where you would need to pay the USD 35 fee).

Laos: Visas for Laos are usually issued upon arrival at the border.

Vietnam: British nationals can enter Vietnam for a maximum of 15 days without a visa. You must have at least 6 months validity remaining on your passport from the date you enter the country. If you wish to stay longer than 15 days, or wish to leave and re-enter the country within 30 days you will need to apply for a visa before travel.

Thailand: Your visitor stay duration varies depending upon how you plan to arrive into Thailand. Without a visa, British nationals arriving by air can remain in the country for a maximum of 30 days, though if you arrive across a land border this may be shorter. If you wish to stay for longer then you will need to apply for a visa before you depart the UK.

Please note: Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the embassy websites for up to date visa information.

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