Far East Adventure

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Group Size: Avg 10-15

Trip code: FEAD

Duration: 42 days or longer

Camp on the Great Wall
Visit 2 amazing Asian countries
Explore bustling Tokyo

Spend an immersive time travelling through two of Asia’s most historic and beautiful countries. Kicking things off in Japan, you will make the journey with your group from Tokyo’s buzzing streets to the calm serenity and beautiful scenery of Kyoto and Arashiyama, you’ll visit the country’s temples, shrines, and castles, and discover Japan’s culture clash from time-honoured traditions to uber modern city living. You’ll then fly over to Hong Kong you’ll take a round trip of some of China’s most incredible destinations with like-minded travellers, from bamboo rafting on the Li River in Yangshuo and visiting the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, to learning kung fu in Dengfeng and sleeping under the stars on the Great Wall. Travel to the Far East and go on an adventure of a lifetime.

Trip highlights

  • Meet the cheeky residents at Chengdu’s Giant Panda Research Centre
  • Discover Beijing and spend a night camping on an unspoilt section of the Great Wall of China
  • Stay with a local Hakka community in a traditional roundhouse in the Fujian Province
  • Take a cooking masterclass, visit the sumo district, and see a samurai demonstration in Tokyo
  • Sail across Lake Ashi in a pirate ship to the foot of Mount Fuji
Further trip information

Japan Adventure (15 days)

Day 1: Arrive in Tokyo. Check out the city for yourself. Get plenty of rest tonight so you’re fresh for the rest of your adventure.

Day 2: Tokyo. Meet your new guide and group at today’s welcome meeting. Head to the top of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government skyscraper before heading into the city.

Day 3: Tokyo. Take a cooking masterclass this morning and prepare authentic sashimi. This afternoon head to the city’s Anime and Manga hub before visiting a maid café.

Day 4: Tokyo. Try some typical sumo training food and maybe catch a wrestling session. Afterwards, visit the Edo-Tokyo Museum and the Samurai Museum. Go to an optional robot show tonight.

Day 5: Tokyo. Tour Tokyo’s Imperial Palace before heading to the forest shrines in Harajuku. Later we’ll visit the city’s fashion district and the Shibuya Crossing – Tokyo’s busiest interchange.

Day 6: Kamakura. Today we’ll make our way to Japan’s medieval capital. Visit the huge bronze Buddha, go temple touring, or head straight to the beach.

Day 7: Mount Fuji. Visit one of Japan’s most iconic natural sites and see Mount Fuji by cable car then climb aboard a pirate ship to sail across Lake Ashi for even closer views of the volcano.

Day 8: Kyoto. Make your way into the hills and trek the mountain trails, stopping at the numerous temples on your way. Attend a live Geisha performance complete with tea ceremony this evening.

Day 9: Arashiyama. Drift through the Arashiyama hills on a boat ride along the Hozagawa River. Step ashore to walk through the bamboo forest and hike up to the monkey park.

Day 10: Kyoto. You’ll have a free morning today to relax or explore as you choose. In the afternoon, we’ll take a group tour of a local sake brewery for a tasting session.

Day 11: Kyoto. Start the day with a trip to the Golden Pavilion at Kinkaku-ji Temple, then walk around the Buddhist gardens of Ryoanji. Later, we’ll take a bicycle tour of the Imperial Palace. 

Day 12: Hiroshima. Pay your respects at the world’s first nuclear bomb site then take a ferry to Miyajima Island to see Itsukushima shrine.

Day 13: Osaka. Visit Osaka Castle – one of the country’s most famous landmarks. In the evening enjoy a night at some of the city’s liveliest bars and spend the night at a capsule hotel. 

Day 14: Osaka to Tokyo. Enjoy a mid-morning farewell meal with the group before taking a look around the Umeda Sky Tower. Head back to Tokyo this evening.

Day 15: Farewell. taking the hydrofoil back to Hong Kong to relax for the evening.

Day 27: Hong Kong. Our Japan tour comes to an end today, but more adventures are just a flight away, so make your own way over to China to carry on your travels from Hong Kong.

Please note: Flights between Japan and China are not included

China Adventure (27 days)

Day 1: Arrive in Hong Kong. Make your way to your accommodation and then head out into the city to explore.   

Day 2: Hong Kong to Yangshuo. Meet your guide and the rest of the group at 7am for a welcome meeting. Check out the city views from Victoria Peak and then catch a bullet train to Yangshuo.

Day 3-6: Yangshuo. Spend the next few days soaking up the atmosphere and taking in the beautiful scenery. Go on a bamboo rafting trip along the Li River and enjoy a range of optional activities.

Day 7-9: Chengdu. Spend the next few days discovering Chengdu at your own pace. Take a trip to the Panda Breeding Research Centre with the group and go on some brilliant optional excursions.

Day 10-11: Xi'an. Take a look around the city's Muslim Quarter on an optional tour. On day 11, we'll see the famous Terracotta Warriors before volunteering at a local soup kitchen.

Day 12: Xi'an to Dengfeng. Pick up supplies to take to the local orphanage, watch a kung fu performance by the children and learn some moves with a Shaolin kung fu master!

Day 13: Dengfeng. Take it easy today with a free day in Dengfeng. This evening, we'll head back to the station to board an overnight train to the country's capital. 

Day 14-16: Beijing – the Great Wall of China. Start the day with a Mandarin lesson before making our way to the Great Wall to camp on an unspoilt section of the wall.

Day 17-19: Beijing to Moganshan to Shanghai. Spend a bit of free time in Beijing before travelling to Moganshan. Head up to the Moganshan Bamboo Reserve and go on an optional hiking trip, then head to Shanghai.

Day 20-22: Shanghai. Discover the highlife and modern glamour of the big city for yourself over the next couple of days. Be sure to visit People’s Square, the Oriental Pearl Tower, and Yu Gardens.

Day 23-24: Nanjing, Fujian Province. Jump on a bullet train to the Fujian Province and stay with a local Hakka community. Take part in a traditional tea ceremony and swim in the local lagoon.   

Day 25: Fujian Province to Guangzhou. Cycle through the mountains and past rivers to another village for some food with the locals. Later, we’ll make the overnight journey to Guangzhou.

Day 26: Macau to Hong Kong. Explore Macau and try your luck at the Venetian casino on the famous Cotai Strip before taking the hydrofoil back to Hong Kong to relax for the evening.

Day 27: Hong Kong. Today marks the end of your epic Far East Adventure – you’re free to head off whenever you like.

Please note:

  • This trip can be done the other way round if you wish: China first and Japan afterwards. Please speak to a travel co-ordinator for dates
  • All itineraries are for guidance only and are subject to change.
  • We try to run as many of our start dates back-to-back, so your China Adventure can begin as soon as your Japan Adventure ends. On occasional start dates there may be days inbetween where you will need to arrange your own accommodation. Please contact us for details.
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