Japan and China are two countries that always capture the heart of any traveler. Imagine hot springs and ryokans, the bustling cities alongside the ancient wonders and inspiring histories discovered in bucolic old-world towns with landscapes as if from a dream. This will be an evocative adventure made for two, abounding with romantic surprises and the small moments that make you fall in love. Begin in Tokyo, relax in Hakone, savor cultural Kyoto, and then traditional Takayama. Travel on to Shanghai,...
Tokyo – Five-Star Introductions
Tokyo is a dazzling city to begin your vacation as the lights flash and the energy whisks you away. Touch down and check into your hotel high in the sky with large windows looking out on a city that comes alive at night. It is peaceful up here, the skyline stretching out in its various shades of neon, but it is energetic down on the street, and your guide will provide a brief orientation. You will be introduced to the trademark bustle and end in a classic Japanese restaurant for your first dining experience. It will be a laid-back dining setting for the first night of this romantic tour, contemporary local cuisine with the odd sip of sake as a compliment.
Tokyo – Exploring a City of Contrasts
Hakone – Traditional Ryokan and Hot Springs
Hakone – The Romance of Japanese Mountains
Kyoto – Authentic Tea Ceremony and Temple Delight
Kyoto – Hand in Hand Through Japan’s Finest Gardens
Takayama – Old-World Japan at its Best
Takayama – Ryokan, Hida Beef and Shirakawa-go
Shanghai – Sky Bars, Historic Quarters and a Change in Culture
Shanghai – The Amorous Canals of Tongli
Beijing – Don’t Miss the Great Wall and Forbidden City
Day 12 - 13
Lijiang – The Slow Pace of Old-Town China
Day 14 - 15
Yangshuo – The Even Slower Pace of Guilin, Yangshuo and Yulong Cruising
Yangshuo – Departure
- Bask in the serenity of a ryokan and hot spring experience in Hakone
- Drift down the Yulong River and explore the karst of Guilin
- Walk hand in hand through Japan’s finest gardens during a two-day stay in Kyoto
- Sip cocktails at Shanghai sky bars before delving into the city’s historical quarters
- Immerse yourself in old-world Japan in the romantic town of Takayama
- Feel the slow pace of traditional life with two days in postcard-perfect Lijiang
- Begin your adventure in Tokyo, the city’s energy quick to pull you into a romantic rhythm
- Explore the canals of Tongli in China and wander the cobbled streets of Shirakawa-go
- Wonder at the Great Wall of China and step inside the remarkable Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven
Japan and China have always had an air of mystique. They are countries of magical places that capture your heart from your first glance to your last. Romance thrives, the cultural adventure continually bringing new experiences and breathtaking settings. Imagine your intimate ryokan in rural Japan with your tatami mats complemented by a private hot spring bath. Dream of drifting through the karst of Guilin with just the two of you in your boat, and nothing but nature all around you. Look forward to savoring Kyoto’s temples and gardens for a different experience to the indulgence in contemporary China. Covering iconic highlights and packed with romantic extras, this 16-day tour has been crafted just for two.
You will have two nights in each of eight destinations except Beijing, with each transfer made simply with direct flights and rapid railway journeys. Both countries come alive through their contrasts, and there will be a focus on authenticity throughout with kaiseki dining, tea ceremonies, and the old Middle Kingdom. Contemporary indulgence helps change the pace with cities like Tokyo and Shanghai an entirely different experience from Takayama and Lijiang. There are temples, mountains, canals, rivers, fine-dining restaurants and places known best to locals, and there are so many wonderful settings to walk hand in hand, from Sunkoin garden to the Great Wall of China and Shanghai’s French Quarter.
Eight nights in Japan are followed by seven nights in China, and you will begin your adventure with Tokyo’s energy and contrasts. Escape next to Hakone for a two-night ryokan and hot spring experience, and then bask in the cultural beauty of Kyoto before staying in old-world Japan with two nights in Takayama, which allows for a day in Shirakawa-go. Flying to Shanghai, you can delve into more cultural contrasts, along with flamboyant dining and drinking. A full day in Beijing ensures you experience China’s most unmissable – the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven – before you slow it all down with two nights in medieval Lijiang. Yangshuo and Guilin provide an amorous final stop, as laid-back and care-free as you wish to imagine.
$5,723 per person (excluding international flights)
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