Rail: Ancient Empires-Beijing to Tokyo (ACCJ)

Countries Visited: China, Japan
Trip Style: Rail-The best way to fully experience the world is by travelling through it. Rail tours bring you closer to amazing places via iconic and scenic rail routes
Service Level: Standard
  • Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences
  • Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character
  • Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience
  • All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
    Trip Style: Rail-The best way to fully experience the world is by travelling through it. Rail tours bring you closer to amazing places via iconic and scenic rail routes
    Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
    Group Size: Max 15, avg 12
    Meals Included: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
    Accommodations: Hotels (12 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), ferry (2 nts, multi-share), mountain monastery (1 nt), Japanese-style ryokan accommodation with hot springs (1 nt).

    Highlights
    Experience the contrast between cultures, meet the ancient Terracotta Warriors, cross the East China Sea by ferry, get a birds-eye view of Mt Fuji from a cable car, stay in a traditional ryokan.

    Description
    Explore two ancient nations in 18 well-packed days on this unique journey that takes you from the epic lengths of the Great Wall of China to the poetic views of Mt Fuji. Hop aboard trains and ferries and face an army of Terracotta Warriors for an historical encounter you wont soon forget. Spend nights in a traditional ryokan and a shukubo temple lodging for an authentic Japanese experience. Our CEOs will take you off the beaten track to reveal the cultural treasures of the region's ancient sites.
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    Tour Operator
    G Adventures
    Duration
    18 Days
    Escorted
    Escorted - Yes
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1BeijingDay 1 Beijing
    Is Beijing top of your must-see lists Booking pre-trip accommodations will let you do Beijing your way before meeting up with the group. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Day 2BeijingDay 2 Beijing
    Take the Beijing metro to visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Included Activities: Tiananmen Square Guided Tour Forbidden City Transport: Metro
    Day 3Xi'anDay 3 Beijing/Xi'an
    Head out of town to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. After time spent wandering around, taking photos, and picking up souvenirs, head to the airport for an evening flight to Xian. Included Activities: Great Wall Mutianyu Visit Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s)) Plane (2.25 hour(s)) Private Vehicle
    Day 4SuzhouDay 4 Xi'an/Suzhou (1L)
    Visit one of China's greatest archaeological treasures-the Terracotta Warriors-and enjoy a typical lunch at a local farmhouse. Opt to cycle the ancient city walls before an overnight train to Suzhou. Included Activities: Terracotta Warriors Guided Tour Transport: Overnight train (beds) (14.00-16.00 hours)
    Day 5SuzhouDay 5 Suzhou
    Visit Suzhou, the Venice of the East. Explore the Master of the Nets Garden, one of Chinas most exquisite gardens. Included Activities: Master of the Nets Garden Tour
    Day 6ShanghaiDay 6 Suzhou/Shanghai
    Arrive in the afternoon to Shanghai. After an orientation walk along Shanghais famous Bund, you are free to explore the delights this modern Chinese city has to offer. Included Activities: Orientation Walk of the Bund Transport: Private Vehicle
    Day 7ShanghaiDay 7 Shanghai
    Enjoy free time in this bustling city before watching a spectacular Chinese acrobat show in the evening. Included Activities: Chinese Acrobatic Performance
    Days 8-9OsakaDays 8-9 Shanghai/Osaka
    The 48 hr crossing is a good time to relax and refresh for the next section of your journey. Facilities on board are clean and comfortable. Additional Notes: As it is extremely difficult and time consuming to get Japanese Yen while in China, we highly recommend that travellers bring the equivalent of approx. 100USD in Japanese Yen with them on the trip for this ferry crossing. While Japanese Yen (cash) is generally preferred as payment for meals, beverages, incidentals, etc. on board, Chinese Yuan is also accepted, but at a lower rate. Most ships have laundry machines, so you can do laundry if you bring detergent. Included Activities: Overnight Sea Ferry
    Day 10OsakaDay 10 Osaka
    Enjoy free time to explore this vibrant and exotic city.
    Day 11KoyasanDay 11 Osaka/Koyasan (1D)
    Journey to Mt Koya, a religious centre founded in 816 by the Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi. The train ride up the mountain is possibly one of the finest rail journeys in Japan. For the final steep ascent, switch to funicular and then hop on a bus to reach the monastery. In the evening, dine on shojin-ryori, typical vegetarian cuisine, and relax in a yukata, or kimono. Included Activities: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple Oku-no-in Cemetery Visit Transport: Train (3.00 hour(s))
    Day 12HiroshimashiDay 12 Koyasan/Hiroshima-shi (1B)
    Early morning offers the chance to observe the monks praying. Breathe in some fresh mountain air before a vegetarian breakfast, then start the journey back down the mountain via bus, train and funicular. Later, board a train to Hiroshima, a historically significant city, marked by the explosion of the first atomic bomb in 1945. Transport: Bullet train (5.00 hour(s))
    Day 13HiroshimashiDay 13 Hiroshima-shi
    Visit the Peace Park and Memorial Museum and take a ferry ride over to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating torii gate. Included Activities: Peace Park and Museum Visit Miyajima Island Visit Transport: Hop a ferry to reach the island and journey back in the evening. Ferry
    Day 14KyotoDay 14 Hiroshima-shi/Kyoto
    Visit zen gardens and pavillions, and the Gion area in the evening. WIth plenty of time to explore, opt to visit museums, palaces, temples, zen gardens, and restaurants. Take long walks along the river, through the Inari Gates, or along the Philosophers path to Nanzen-ji. Stroll around Gion, catch a traditional tea ceremony, get a fantastic meal, and see locals dressed in traditional kimono. Included Activities: Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Visit Transport: Bullet train (1.50-2.00 hours)
    Day 15KyotoDay 15 Kyoto
    Visit the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens along with the famous Kinaku-ji Golden Pavilion, and practice meditation in Daisen-ins Zen rock garden. Included Activities: Nijo Castle and Gardens Visit Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion Visit Daisen-in Zen Rock Garden Visit
    Day 16HakoneDay 16 Kyoto/Hakone (1D)
    Travel to Hakone, a town in the hills famous for its onsens, or natural hot springs. Stay in a traditional ryokan, with its own private onsen. In the evening, enjoy the ryokan, savouring a complex meal of traditional Japanese foods, followed by a recommended soak in the onsen. Included Activities: Lake Ashino-ko Boat Ride Traditional Ryokan Stay with Kaiseki Meal Transport: Bullet train (3.00 hour(s)) Local bus (0.50 hour(s))
    Day 17TokyoDay 17 Hakone/Tokyo (1B)
    Arrive before noon to Tokyo, with time to explore this energetic metropolis. Opt to visit Ueno park and the museums, Akihabara for cutting edge electronics, Harajuku for funky fashions, Ginza for the highest of the high end, walk the grounds of the Imperial Palace East Garden, or just stroll the streets, looking for the traditional life that still lies just under the modern surface. Transport: Bullet train (2.00 hour(s))
    Day 18TokyoDay 18 Tokyo
    Depart at any time. Additional Notes: We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    02/17/2018$4,999.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 15; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    02/24/2018$4,999.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 15; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    03/10/2018$4,999.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 15; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    03/17/2018$4,999.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 15; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    03/24/2018$4,999.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 15; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    03/31/2018$4,999.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 15; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    04/07/2018$5,299.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 15; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    04/28/2018$5,399.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 15; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    05/05/2018$5,399.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 15; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    Disclaimer

    Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

    Dossier Disclaimer:The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

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    Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

    Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
      
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