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10 Day Highlights of Japan & China Escapade Experience tour

10 Day Highlights of Japan & China Escapade Experience

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore Tokyo
  • Visit Imperial Palace East Garden and Double Bridge
  • A cruise on Lake Ashi
  • Visit to the imposing Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Vists to Tiananmen Square and the extravagant Ming-era Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City

Short Description

During this tour you will Experience the "Land of the Rising Sun" and the highlights of China's historical treasures and sightseeing tours including UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Tokyo
End City Beijing

Trip Includes

  • Round-Trip Transpacific Air (LAX/SFO), JFK add $200
  • Fuel surcharges, taxes and fees
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Guaranteed with 2 passengers
  • English speaking guides on all sightseeing tours including UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • All meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches
  • 2 Intra-Asia flights
  • Bullet Train
  • USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program
  • Deluxe hotels: 3 nights Tokyo: New Otani Garden • 2 nights Kyoto: New Miyako • 3 nights Beijing: Marriott City Wall

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Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrive Tokyo

Accommodation:New Otani Garden Tower Hotel - Tokyo

Arrive at your Deluxe accommodations.

Day 2:  Tokyo

Meals: Breakfast

This morning, sightsee this dynamic capital city. Begin at Tokyo Tower for a stunning panoramic vista. Then, tour Meiji Shrine, a monument of respect to two influential Japanese figures Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. Then, visit Imperial Palace East Garden and Double Bridge. You will pass Akasaka Guest House, a former imperial residence and National Diet Building, where the House of Representatives and the House of Councilors meet. Your guide will lead you to the Ginza shopping district, with the balance of the day at your leisure.

Day 3:  Tokyo / Mount Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

After breakfast in the hotel, drive through the beautiful countryside to Mount Fuji, and stop at the 5th station, halfway up the mountain, for breathtaking views (weather permitting). You will continue on a cruise on Lake Ashi. Return to Tokyo in the late afternoon.

Day 4: Tokyo / Kyoto

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:New Miyako Hotel - Kyoto

Following breakfast, you will be transferred to Tokyo Station to board a tourist class bullet train. Arrive at Kyoto Station, where you will be met by our English-speaking escort and transferred to your hotel. Balance of the day is at your leisure.

Day 5: Kyoto

Meals: Breakfast

This morning, your sightseeing will include a visit to the imposing Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will then visit the spirit of old Japan at Kinkakuji Temple replicating itself and its lush park setting in a pond. Then, visit Kyoto Imperial Palace. Balance of the day is at your leisure.

Day 6: Kyoto / Osaka / Beijing (China)

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:Marriott City Wall Hotel - Beijing

Today, transfer to the airport for your international flight to Beijing, China. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative and transfer to your deluxe accommodations.

Day 7: Beijing

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

This morning, you will see Tiananmen Square and the extravagant Ming-era Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City featuring the living quarters, museum and the jewelry sections. The entire complex covers 74 hectares (183 acres) and consists of over 8,000 rooms. Later, visit Summer Palace declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. You may enjoy a boat ride on the manmade Lake Kunming (weather permitting).

Day 8: Beijing

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Today, experience a highlight of your trip, as you visit the renowned Great Wall. On the way, if traffic allows, stop to photograph the iconic “Bird's Nest”—the Beijing National Stadium—host to many spectacular events of the 2008 Summer Olympics. After lunch, visit a jade factory, where you will learn about different types of jade and its properties. Jade is well known throughout China for its durability, musical qualities, its subtle, translucent colors and its alleged protective powers. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. This evening perhaps, join an optional performance of the “Legend of Kung Fu”.

Day 10: Journey Home

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, bid farewell to China.

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  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 999

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I definitely recommend Pacific Delight Tours. I spent a long time looking for the right agency to plan our private family trip of 10 people to China. We were very happy Pacific Delight Tours, specifically the office located in Flushing, NY. I spoke with them often via phone and email, and since we are from New York, we also met with them several times at their office in person. I liked that their office is legit and they were always very responsive to our family's many questions and concerns.

Charmaine (manager) and Adrienne (our group booking agent) were patient and made sure our tour was exactly what we wanted. They helped us with every detail and did everything from getting our VISAs to making customized group travel arrangements for the 7 cities we visited in China (Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Xian, Guangzhou, Taishan, and Zhangjiajie).

PDT handled all the hotels, inter-china flights, bus and rail transportation (we wanted to try out a high speed train), bus drivers, English speaking tour guides, activities, entrance fees, and meals for each city. Each guide met us at the airport and also when it was time to leave, went with us to the airport as an English to Chinese translator for the airport ticket counters and made sure all of our bags were checked. Basically PDT handled everything for us, so we didn't have to think.

PDT is a mid priced agency and you get what you pay for. They were well worth the $, especially for a completely private, customized tour.

Small tip: China is very different and has VERY different standards than the US. It is worth it to upgrade to 5 star hotels. We tried to balance spending and booked 4 star hotels for 2 cities and regretted it for Xian (our least favorite city). Traveling often, we have reasonably high standards for hotels and the 5 star hotels PDT booked were nice and well worth the extra $ (keep in mind we are talking China standards).

The only thing I do not recommend is booking pre-determined meals. Being spoiled by New York food and traveling often, we did not like many of the tourist restaurants (except in Zhangjiajie and Guangzhou, the guides for those cities went the extra mile for us for meals).

Btw, JOHNSON, our tour guide for Zhangjiajie by far exceeded our expectations! Our guides for Beijing and Guangzhou were good as well. For Xian and Shanghai they were average but sufficient for our needs.

Anyways, each city is different in the culture, types of people, and types of food they serve. But once the PDT office in NY found out we were unhappy about the food or something, they were very accommodating. If you never been to China, expect that much of China is very different than what us westerners were used to.

I also recommend PDT for the VISA process. They did all of our VISAs. We also had trouble getting a VISA for a few of us and Charmaine and the PDT team went above and beyond to help us with it. They were well worth the money and saved us the time of going back and forth to the consulate.

We will reach out to the Pacific Delight Tours office in New York again to book future trips. Both Charmaine and Adrienne were a pleasure to work with. I've also recommended them to our family and friends.
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Happy Wife

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I definitely recommend Pacific Delight Tours. I spent a long time looking for the right agency to plan our private family trip of 10 people to China. We were very happy Pacific Delight Tours, specifically the office located in Flushing, NY. I spoke with them often via phone and email, and since we are from New York, we also met with them several times at their office in person. I liked that their office is legit and they were always very responsive to our family's many questions and concerns.

Charmaine (manager) and Adrienne (our group booking agent) were patient and made sure our tour was exactly what we wanted. They helped us with every detail and did everything from getting our VISAs to making customized group travel arrangements for the 7 cities we visited in China (Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Xian, Guangzhou, Taishan, and Zhangjiajie).

PDT handled all the hotels, inter-china flights, bus and rail transportation (we wanted to try out a high speed train), bus drivers, English speaking tour guides, activities, entrance fees, and meals for each city. Each guide met us at the airport and also when it was time to leave, went with us to the airport as an English to Chinese translator for the airport ticket counters and made sure all of our bags were checked. Basically PDT handled everything for us, so we didn't have to think.

PDT is a mid priced agency and you get what you pay for. They were well worth the $, especially for a completely private, customized tour.

Small tip: China is very different and has VERY different standards than the US. It is worth it to upgrade to 5 star hotels. We tried to balance spending and booked 4 star hotels for 2 cities and regretted it for Xian (our least favorite city). Traveling often, we have reasonably high standards for hotels and the 5 star hotels PDT booked were nice and well worth the extra $ (keep in mind we are talking China standards).

The only thing I do not recommend is booking pre-determined meals. Being spoiled by New York food and traveling often, we did not like many of the tourist restaurants (except in Zhangjiajie and Guangzhou, the guides for those cities went the extra mile for us for meals).

Btw, JOHNSON, our tour guide for Zhangjiajie by far exceeded our expectations! Our guides for Beijing and Guangzhou were good as well. For Xian and Shanghai they were average but sufficient for our needs.

Anyways, each city is different in the culture, types of people, and types of food they serve. But once the PDT office in NY found out we were unhappy about the food or something, they were very accommodating. If you never been to China, expect that much of China is very different than what us westerners were used to.

I also recommend PDT for the VISA process. They did all of our VISAs. We also had trouble getting a VISA for a few of us and Charmaine and the PDT team went above and beyond to help us with it. They were well worth the money and saved us the time of going back and forth to the consulate.

We will reach out to the Pacific Delight Tours office in New York again to book future trips. Both Charmaine and Adrienne were a pleasure to work with. I've also recommended them to our family and friends.
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Optional Activities

During this trip, Pacific Delight tours will provide you an optional performance of the “Legend of Kung Fu”.

Flights & Transport

Airfare included

Group Size:

Standard Group - 25 + people

A group of 10 or more participants will be escorted by a professional, bilingual Tour Director throughout mainland China and locally guided outside of mainland China, when applicable. With less than 10 participants, the tour will be locally guided throughout, and we reserve the right to alter arrangements to best accommodate a smaller group, or to cancel the tour.

Accomodations

Deluxe hotels: 3 nights Tokyo: New Otani Garden • 2 nights Kyoto: New Miyako • 3 nights Beijing: Marriott City Wall

Cancellation Policy:

A written notice of cancellation must be received by PDT either by mail, fax, or e-mail. Oral  cancellation by phone will not be accepted.

75+ days before departure - US $300.00 per person*

74-30 days before departure - US $400.00 per person*

29-16 days before departure - US $500.00 per person*

15 days before departure through day of departure - 100% penalty

*Plus any additional charges assessed by land suppliers or airlines.

Additional Information:

See Pacific Delight Tours website for full travel terms and detailed travel insurance information

Trip ID#:

HigJapPac

Trip Excludes

  • Airline-imposed baggage fees: please consult your airline.
  • Fees for delivery of tour documentation to international destinations, and overnight delivery of tour documentation due to late payments.
  • Cost of passport and visas, and all items of personal nature.
  • Any fees incurred due to delays, changes, or cancellations beyond PDT's control.
  • Customary gratuities to ship crew, local guides, drivers, boatmen, river guides, hotel waiters, chambermaids and porters. The end-of-tour gratuity to the Tour Director is also not included.

Meals Included:

All Meals: 8 Breakfasts and 3 Lunches

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