Ancient & Modern Wonders

Explore two of the world’s most enthralling countries – Japan and China – on this astonishing Asia tour crammed with thrilling highlights. On this wonderful – and wonderful value – tour, you’ll explore a host of must-see destinations, from historic Kyoto to electric Tokyo, from the glitz and steel of Shanghai to the iconic glories of Beijing, and from ancient Xi’an to friendly, forward-thinking Chengdu. As each wonderful day unfolds you’ll taste delicious food, encounter both ancient traditions and cutting-edge modernity, and discover iconic sights from Mount Fuji to the Great Wall. Expect to return home enriched and enthralled by the extraordinary experience.


  • Visit Himeji-jō, Japan’s finest castle
  • Discover Osaka’s food quarter – Japan’s Kitchen
  • Explore Imperial Kyoto, still home to geishas
  • Visit Nijō Castle, the Golden Pavilion and bustling Nishiki market
  • Nara – Japan’s first capital, and home to the amazing Great Buddha
  • Feed the sacred deer in Nara-kuen park
  • Take a bullet train to Mishima in the shadow of Mount Fuji
  • Enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashi and a cable-car ride
  • Spend two nights in Tokyo
  • Discover Shanghai’s ancient and modern wonders
  • Take the high-speed train to Beijing
  • Visits to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace in Beijing
  • Take an excursion to the Great Wall
  • Sit down to enjoy a Peking Duck Dinner
  • Tour Xi’an, walk the city walls and see the Terracotta Army
  • See Chengdu’s Wenshu Temple and historic Jinli road
  • Visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre


  • 14 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at hotels in Osaka (3 nights), Mishima (1), Tokyo (2), Shanghai, (2), Beijing (3), Xi'an (1) and Chengdu (2), plus two nights on the aircraft
  • Six lunches and eight dinners
  • Return flights from London to Osaka, via Beijing (returning from Chengdu)
  • A flight from Tokyo to Shanghai
  • A bullet-train journey from Kyoto to Mishima
  • High-speed rail journeys from Shanghai to Beijing, from Beijing to Xi’an and from Xi’an to Chengdu
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager