Travel through the beautiful Jiangsu region in Eastern China, then along the popular “Golden Route” in Japan. You will visit some of the cultural highlights from Nanjing to Shanghai, exploring the 600 year old Taicheng Wall, Confucius Temple, Slender West Lake, beautiful Suzhou, and the famous Xintiandi district. Once in Japan, explore the highlights of Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo, including time to take in majestic Mount Fuji. This impressive tour should not be missed!
Shanghai ~ Nanjing ~ Yangtze River Osaka ~ Kyoto ~ Hakone ~ Tokyo
Departure Dates - 2019
^Peak Season Surcharge from $300 per person
Day 01: Arrive Shanghai (-/-/-)
Welcome to Shanghai! Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the local tour guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in.
Day 02: Shanghai – Nanjing – Yangtze River Cruise (B/-/D)
After breakfast, transfer to Nanjing by high speed train or travel bus. On arrival, transfer to visit the 600 year old Taicheng Wall, one of the significant remains of the Ming Dynasty. Afterwards visit Confucius Temple, known as a place of worship to China’s most influential philosopher, Confucius. This evening enjoy a welcome party with your Captain and crew while enjoying the spectacular night views of Nanjing.
Day 03: Yangtze River Cruise (B/L/D)
On your tour of Yangzhou begin a visit to the famous Slender West Lake, a man-made lake where beautiful views and historic points coexist. Explore Rainbow Bridge, White Pagoda and the vibrant lush gardens before transferring to visit the Cultural Heritages Centre to learn and experience authentic traditional art forms originating from Yangzhou. Free time at Dongguan Street before returning to the cruise.
Day 04: Yangtze River Cruise (B/L/D)
Travel to Suzhou today and see the Lion Grove Garden and Ping Jiang historical block, a symbol of Suzhou ancient city. This afternoon explore Hanshan Buddhist Temple, one of the most famous temples in Chinese history and a vital place to hold Buddhist activities. Afterwards, return back to the cruise.
Day 05: Yangtze River Cruise – Shanghai (B/L/-)
Disembark cruise and transfer to Xintiandi district where you will get a taste of Shanghai in the 1920’s and Shanghai today. Admire the antique walls, tiles and exterior of the Shikumen housing before heading to Nanjing Road, China’s premier shopping street.
Day 06: Shanghai (B/-/-)
Enjoy a free day in Shanghai.
Day 07: Shanghai – Osaka (B/-/-)
After breakfast, transfer to Shanghai Airport and fly to Osaka. On arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel by shuttle. Check-in and enjoy your evening in Osaka!
Day 08: Osaka – Kyoto (B/L/-)
This morning we visit Osaka’s landmark – Osaka Castle en-route to Kuromon Market. Enjoy a variety of cuisine here before a visit to Nara Park and Todaiji Temple. Later, visit Kiyomizudera Temple and stroll along the Ninenzaka and Sannaka area.
Day 09: Kyoto (B/L/-)
After breakfast, head to Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and Togetukyo Bridge. Transfer to visit the famous Golden Pavilion before experiencing a traditional brewery to taste and learn the brewing process of sake. Final stop for the day is a visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine.
Day 10: Kyoto – Hakone – Tokyo (B/L/D)
After breakfast, take the high speed train to Hakone (Baggage carried on own). After arriving in Hakone, enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashi and take in the spectacular views of Mt. Fuji. Transfer to the famous Kamakura Big Buddha, a national treasure of Japan before visiting popular spots Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and “Hase-dera”. After dinner, transfer back to the hotel.
Day 11: Tokyo (B/L/-)
This morning visit The Imperial Palace and Nijubashi Bridge, the home to the Emperor of Japan. Then, proceed to Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo Sky Tree and Sensoji Buddhist Temple. Enjoy a BBQ Lunch before proceeding to Tokyo Tower and Shibuya for free time to shop.
Day 12: Depart Tokyo (B/-/-)
Following breakfast, make your own way to the airport to begin your journey home reminiscing about your trip!