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  1. Day 1
    ARRIVE TOKYO (3 NIGHTS)
    Welcome to Tokyo! Upon arrival at Narita New Tokyo Airport, transfer to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy some free time this evening to begin your exploration or take time to relax and recharge. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers at 8 p.m.(Welcome Reception)

    Day 2
    TOKYO SIGHTSEEING
    Embark on a city tour of Tokyo. Visit the Imperial Palace, formally known as Edo Castle, surrounded by its original innermost moat and star attraction, the Meiji Shrine, located in a forest that covers an area of 700,000 square meters, consisting of 365 different species of tree. It is a picturesque Shinto shrine where cherry blossoms bloom in springtime. During lunch, enjoy a cooking class where you will learn how to make sushi, a Local Speciality, in the famous Ginza district. Continue to Sensoji, the Asakusa Kannon Buddhist temple. It is one of Tokyo's most colourful and popular temples. The temple was completed in 645, making it Tokyo's oldest temple. Visit Nakamise, a shopping street over 200 meters long that stretches from the outer gate to the temple's second interior gate. Alongside typical Japanese souvenirs such as yukata and folding fans, various traditional local snacks from the area are sold. This evening, enjoy a Japanese-style dinner at a local restaurant with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Day 3
    MT FUJI AND HAKONE SIGHTSEEING
    After breakfast depart on a full day of sightseeing, beginning at the Five Lakes District dominated by majestic Mt Fuji. At 3776m, it is Japan's highest mountain and most recognisable icon. Ascend to the 5th Station of Mount Fuji to enjoy some spectacular views at 2,300m (weather permitting). After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant continue to the Owakudani Valley where you will see volcanic activity and enjoy black eggs boiled in the geysers. Continue on to the beautiful town on Hakone, where the cherry blossoms are noted sights in this area, in the Spring this is known as (sakura) and in autumn the (susuki). You have the option to take a cable car ride over the crystal-clear blue waters of Lake Ashi, where you'll see the rising volcanic fumes of Owakudani and enjoy the spectacular grandeur of Mount Fuji (weather permitting). After an enjoyable day of sightseeing return to your hotel for a restful evening.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)

    Day 4
    TOKYO - MATSUMOTO – TAKAYAMA (2 NIGHTS)
    Drive north this morning to visit Matsumoto Castle one of the most complete and beautiful of Japan's original castles, with its unique timber and stone structure. Later, head to the Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum to see wooden crafts, bamboo wares, glassware, china and porcelain. Matsumoto is also famous for its wasabi cultivation, cherished for decades in the East for its unique flavour and healthful influences. Wasabi is best known as an age-old food pairing with sashimi or sushi dishes that include raw fish. Wasabi is also served as a garnish with soba noodles and made into pickles, jams, wine and other foods. Today you learn all about the production of wasabi, a Unique Insight, before enjoying a lunch of soba noodles with wasabi. Continue your journey through the breath-taking Japanese Alps to the beautiful hill town of Takayama. A city in the mountainous Hida region of the Gifu prefecture, it has retained a traditional touch like few other Japanese cities, especially in its beautifully preserved old town with Edo-style streets. Takayama gained importance as a source of high quality timber and highly skilled carpenters during the feudal ages. The Takayama festival, held in spring, is considered one of Japan's best festivals.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)

    Day 5
    TAKAYAMA SIGHTSEEING
    Begin your walking tour of Takayama, known as ‘little Kyoto', filled with amazing attractions. Explore the Old Town, stopping at some of the traditional houses and delightful local museums and wander through a vibrant Asaichi open-air flower and fruit market. Later enjoy a Highlight Lunch of Japanese Hida beef at a local restaurant. Hida-gyu (Hida Beef) is the specific name given to beef from a black-haired Japanese cattle breed, it is known as one of the finest quality varieties of beef. After lunch, continue to Takayama Jinya. Takayama Jinya was a former government outpost that was established in order to bring the Hida Province under the direct control of the Edo Bakufu (Shogunate) in 1629. The Takayama Jinya served as the local government office, headed by the officials dispatched from Edo. The present building complex includes various rooms for administrative purposes: kitchens, residential space, a court room and storehouses. It was in official use until 1969, and is now open to the public as a museum. Continue to the Kami-Sannomachisu District where you will find skillfully renowned local artisans. Take time to sample Sake, a Local Specialty, a delicious rice wine. Walk through the narrow streets and admire the ancient Japanese wooden architecture. This evening is free for you to explore the many restaurants in this picturesque town.(Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Lunch)

    Day 6
    TAKAYAMA – SHIRAKAWAGO – KANAZAWA
    Take a step back in time with a Local Expert during a visit to the peaceful mountain village and UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawago. Here you'll will find the Gasshozukuri houses built of wooden beams combined to form a steep thatched roof that resembles two hands together. Walk around this wonderful outdoor exhibition of farmhouses and other traditional buildings typical of the region. Later continue towards the coast to Kanazawa, a historic castle town which boasts beautifully preserved samurai districts. On arrival, take time to see the Nagamachi District with old Samurai houses. Stop to visit the Normura house, an elegant Samurai mansion with beautiful small gardens belonging to a high-ranked samurai family. Later check in to your centrally located hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)

    Day 7
    KANAZAWA – KYOTO (2 NIGHTS)
    Begin the day with a short walk through the Omicho market to see the local fish catch and enjoy an insiders view of everyday life in a busy coastal town. Continue to the gardens of Kenrokuen, rated as one of the top 3 most beautiful landscaped gardens in Japan and enjoy an optional Japanese tea ceremony. Kanazawa produces 99% of Japan's high-quality gold leaf, discover the secrets of golf leaf painting, a Local Speciality, during a visit with a local artist before travelling to Kyoto by train. Kyoto is home to some of Japan's most important works of art, its richest culture and most refined cuisine. On arrival at your centrally located hotel, you are free to explore this historic town  for the rest of the day. Later enjoy a traditional Japanese Kaiseki Highlight Dinner and dance performance featuring Geisha.(Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

    Day 8
    KYOTO SIGHTSEEING
    Explore Kyoto today. This delightful city has an abundance of fine architecture in its shrines and temples, gardens, and variety of art and craft shops. See Nijo Castle, the old Shogun residence, the Kinkakuji Temple famous for its Golden Pavilion. The Kinkakuji history dates back to 1397, when the villa was purchased by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. When Yoshimitsu died, the building was converted into a Zen temple by his son. This afternoon, enjoy a special Be My Guest farewell lunch at a traditional Ryokan nestled in the peace and quiet of Mt. Yoshida. The Ryokan was originally built by master craftsmen to serve as the second residence of the uncle of the current Japanese emperor, Akihito. The land lady and her daughter invite you to experience the true essence of Kyoto, Japan's noble capital of grace and culture, and learn about the Japanese custom of Omotenashi Hospitality. Enjoy the pleasures of a truly flavorful and unique dining experience of kaiseki cuisine, crafted from the very freshest of seasonal delicacies. Later continue on to Heian Shinto Shrine with its beautiful inner garden and Nishikikoji market to purchase last minute souvenirs with hundreds of local shops to explore. The evening is free to enjoy Kyoto as you wish. Relax at the hotel, explore the town or join an optional trip to the Gion Corner for a cultural performance. This local theater's programs introduce visitors to Japanese customs like traditional arts, tea ceremonies, flower arrangement, Bunraku puppet plays, Kyomai dance, music and gagaku (court music).(Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Day 9
    KYOTO - FREE TIME
    Today is free for you to relax at your centrally located hotel or choose one of many optional activities this culturally rich city has to offer. In the evening take time in sampling some of the local restaurants at your own leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 10
    KYOTO – MT. KOYA
    To access Koyosan and Hiroshima you will be taking a mountain tramway and bullet train. Therefore before departing Kyoto you must pack a lightweight overnight bag for 2 days of your journey. Transfer onto a mountain tramway to reach Koyosan, the centre of Shingon Buddhism, the sect introduced to Japan by Kobo Daishi in 805. Visit the site of Kobo Daishi’s mausoleum set in an enchanted forest of ancient towering cedar trees. Later enjoy a Japanese style lunch before transferring to your Authentic Accommodation, a delightful Monastery Inn, one of the best places to experience simple temple lodging (shukubo) in Japan. This evening enjoy a traditional kaiseki Highlight Dinner dining on vegetarian cuisine, or shojin ryori. Tonight you rest ‘Japanese style’ on a futon mattress and tatami matted floors with the option to bath in the traditional Monastery onsen baths.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Highlight Dinner)

    Day 11
    MT. KOYA - HIROSHIMA
    Early this morning, you have the option to attend a Buddhist service in the Temple, a Unique Insight, followed by a harty Japanese breakfast at your Monastery Inn. Travel back to Osaka, (with your lightweight overnight bag) to transfer onto the JR super express Bullet train to Hiroshima. On arrival, take a city tour visiting the Peace Memorial Park, Atomic Bomb Museum and Shukkeien Garden before checking into your hotel to relax for the evening.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)

    Day 12
    HIROSHIMA – OSAKA
    Begin your journey at Miyajima Port, where you catch a ferry over to Miyajima Island, otherwise known as Itsukushima, or Divine Island. On arrival, admire the elaborate gate and Itsukushima Shrine, rising majestically out of the sea, and spend time strolling through the park. This afternoon leave Hiroshima for Osaka by JR super express train. On arrival transfer to check into your hotel before enjoying a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Farewell Dinner)

    Day 13
    DEPART OSAKA
    Transfer by Airport Bus service to Kansai International airport, Osaka for your onward flight home.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Sightseeing Highlights
    Tokyo Tour the most exciting metropolis in Asia. See the Imperial Palace; visit the Ginza and Asakusa districts and visit the Buddhist temple, Sensoji.
    Mount Fuji See Japan's most recognisable landmark and highest mountain at 3376m.
    Matsumoto Visit the striking Matsumoto Castle and Folkcraft Museum.
    Takayama Explore the Old Town and wander through the vibrant open-air flower and fruit market of Asaichi.
    Shirawakago Stop at this peaceful mountain village and see traditional Gasshozukuri houses.
    Kanazawa Visit an elegant Samurai mansion; see the beautiful gardens of Kenrokuen.
    Kyoto Visit the Gold Pavilion, Nijo Castle, the Heian shrine and gardens.
    Mt Koya and Koyosan Visit the centre of Shingon Buddhism.
    Bullet Train Travel by JR Super Express bullet train.
    Hiroshima Visit Itsukushima Shrine, Atomic Bomb Museum and the Peace Memorial Park.
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  3. Day 1
    ARRIVE TOKYO (3 NIGHTS)
    Welcome to Tokyo! Upon arrival at Narita New Tokyo Airport, transfer to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy some free time this evening to begin your exploration or take time to relax and recharge. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers at 8 p.m.(Welcome Reception)

    Day 2
    TOKYO SIGHTSEEING
    Embark on a city tour of Tokyo. Visit the Imperial Palace, formally known as Edo Castle, surrounded by its original innermost moat and star attraction, the Meiji Shrine, located in a forest that covers an area of 700,000 square meters, consisting of 365 different species of tree. It is a picturesque Shinto shrine where cherry blossoms bloom in springtime. During lunch, enjoy a cooking class where you will learn how to make sushi, a Local Speciality, in the famous Ginza district. Continue to Sensoji, the Asakusa Kannon Buddhist temple. It is one of Tokyo's most colourful and popular temples. The temple was completed in 645, making it Tokyo's oldest temple. Visit Nakamise, a shopping street over 200 meters long that stretches from the outer gate to the temple's second interior gate. Alongside typical Japanese souvenirs such as yukata and folding fans, various traditional local snacks from the area are sold. This evening, enjoy a Japanese-style dinner at a local restaurant with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Day 3
    MT FUJI AND HAKONE SIGHTSEEING
    After breakfast depart on a full day of sightseeing, beginning at the Five Lakes District dominated by majestic Mt Fuji. At 3776m, it is Japan's highest mountain and most recognisable icon. Ascend to the 5th Station of Mount Fuji to enjoy some spectacular views at 2,300m (weather permitting). After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant continue to the Owakudani Valley where you will see volcanic activity and enjoy black eggs boiled in the geysers. Continue on to the beautiful town on Hakone, where the cherry blossoms are noted sights in this area, in the Spring this is known as (sakura) and in autumn the (susuki). You have the option to take a cable car ride over the crystal-clear blue waters of Lake Ashi, where you'll see the rising volcanic fumes of Owakudani and enjoy the spectacular grandeur of Mount Fuji (weather permitting). After an enjoyable day of sightseeing return to your hotel for a restful evening.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)

    Day 4
    TOKYO - MATSUMOTO – TAKAYAMA (2 NIGHTS)
    Drive north this morning to visit Matsumoto Castle one of the most complete and beautiful of Japan's original castles, with its unique timber and stone structure. Later, head to the Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum to see wooden crafts, bamboo wares, glassware, china and porcelain. Matsumoto is also famous for its wasabi cultivation, cherished for decades in the East for its unique flavour and healthful influences. Wasabi is best known as an age-old food pairing with sashimi or sushi dishes that include raw fish. Wasabi is also served as a garnish with soba noodles and made into pickles, jams, wine and other foods. Today you learn all about the production of wasabi, a Unique Insight, before enjoying a lunch of soba noodles with wasabi. Continue your journey through the breath-taking Japanese Alps to the beautiful hill town of Takayama. A city in the mountainous Hida region of the Gifu prefecture, it has retained a traditional touch like few other Japanese cities, especially in its beautifully preserved old town with Edo-style streets. Takayama gained importance as a source of high quality timber and highly skilled carpenters during the feudal ages. The Takayama festival, held in spring, is considered one of Japan's best festivals.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)

    Day 5
    TAKAYAMA SIGHTSEEING
    Begin your walking tour of Takayama, known as ‘little Kyoto', filled with amazing attractions. Explore the Old Town, stopping at some of the traditional houses and delightful local museums and wander through a vibrant Asaichi open-air flower and fruit market. Later enjoy a Highlight Lunch of Japanese Hida beef at a local restaurant. Hida-gyu (Hida Beef) is the specific name given to beef from a black-haired Japanese cattle breed, it is known as one of the finest quality varieties of beef. After lunch, continue to Takayama Jinya. Takayama Jinya was a former government outpost that was established in order to bring the Hida Province under the direct control of the Edo Bakufu (Shogunate) in 1629. The Takayama Jinya served as the local government office, headed by the officials dispatched from Edo. The present building complex includes various rooms for administrative purposes: kitchens, residential space, a court room and storehouses. It was in official use until 1969, and is now open to the public as a museum. Continue to the Kami-Sannomachisu District where you will find skillfully renowned local artisans. Take time to sample Sake, a Local Specialty, a delicious rice wine. Walk through the narrow streets and admire the ancient Japanese wooden architecture. This evening is free for you to explore the many restaurants in this picturesque town.(Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Lunch)

    Day 6
    TAKAYAMA – SHIRAKAWAGO – KANAZAWA
    Take a step back in time with a Local Expert during a visit to the peaceful mountain village and UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawago. Here you'll will find the Gasshozukuri houses built of wooden beams combined to form a steep thatched roof that resembles two hands together. Walk around this wonderful outdoor exhibition of farmhouses and other traditional buildings typical of the region. Later continue towards the coast to Kanazawa, a historic castle town which boasts beautifully preserved samurai districts. On arrival, take time to see the Nagamachi District with old Samurai houses. Stop to visit the Normura house, an elegant Samurai mansion with beautiful small gardens belonging to a high-ranked samurai family. Later check in to your centrally located hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)

    Day 7
    KANAZAWA – KYOTO (2 NIGHTS)
    Begin the day with a short walk through the Omicho market to see the local fish catch and enjoy an insiders view of everyday life in a busy coastal town. Continue to the gardens of Kenrokuen, rated as one of the top 3 most beautiful landscaped gardens in Japan and enjoy an optional Japanese tea ceremony. Kanazawa produces 99% of Japan's high-quality gold leaf, discover the secrets of golf leaf painting, a Local Speciality, during a visit with a local artist before travelling to Kyoto by train. Kyoto is home to some of Japan's most important works of art, its richest culture and most refined cuisine. On arrival at your centrally located hotel, you are free to explore this historic town  for the rest of the day. Later enjoy a traditional Japanese Kaiseki Highlight Dinner and dance performance featuring Geisha.(Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

    Day 8
    KYOTO SIGHTSEEING
    Explore Kyoto today. This delightful city has an abundance of fine architecture in its shrines and temples, gardens, and variety of art and craft shops. See Nijo Castle, the old Shogun residence, the Kinkakuji Temple famous for its Golden Pavilion. The Kinkakuji history dates back to 1397, when the villa was purchased by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. When Yoshimitsu died, the building was converted into a Zen temple by his son. This afternoon, enjoy a special Be My Guest farewell lunch at a traditional Ryokan nestled in the peace and quiet of Mt. Yoshida. The Ryokan was originally built by master craftsmen to serve as the second residence of the uncle of the current Japanese emperor, Akihito. The land lady and her daughter invite you to experience the true essence of Kyoto, Japan's noble capital of grace and culture, and learn about the Japanese custom of Omotenashi Hospitality. Enjoy the pleasures of a truly flavorful and unique dining experience of kaiseki cuisine, crafted from the very freshest of seasonal delicacies. Later continue on to Heian Shinto Shrine with its beautiful inner garden and Nishikikoji market to purchase last minute souvenirs with hundreds of local shops to explore. The evening is free to enjoy Kyoto as you wish. Relax at the hotel, explore the town or join an optional trip to the Gion Corner for a cultural performance. This local theater's programs introduce visitors to Japanese customs like traditional arts, tea ceremonies, flower arrangement, Bunraku puppet plays, Kyomai dance, music and gagaku (court music).(Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Day 9
    DEPART KYOTO - OSAKA
    Transfer by Airport bus service to Kansai International airport, Osaka, for your onward flight home.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Sightseeing Highlights
    Tokyo Tour the most exciting metropolis in Asia. See the Imperial Palace; visit the Ginza and Asakusa districts and visit the Buddhist temple, Sensoji.
    Mount Fuji See Japan's most recognisable landmark and highest mountain at 3376m.
    Matsumoto Visit the striking Matsumoto Castle and Folkcraft Museum.
    Takayama Explore the Old Town and wander through the vibrant open-air flower and fruit market of Asaichi.
    Shirawakago Stop at this peaceful mountain village and see traditional Gasshozukuri houses.
    Kanazawa Visit an elegant Samurai mansion; see the beautiful gardens of Kenrokuen.
    Kyoto Visit the Gold Pavilion, Nijo Castle, the Heian shrine and gardens.
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  5. Day 1
    ARRIVE BEIJING (3 NIGHTS)
    Welcome to Beijing! Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and settle in before meeting your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers at 8 p.m(Welcome Reception)

    Day 2
    BEIJING SIGHTSEEING
    Begin your visit to one of the world's greatest capital cities by exploring one of the world's largest public areas - Tiananmen Square, home to the National Museum of China, the mausoleum of Mao Zedong and the great Monument to the Peoples' Heroes. Pass through the south gate to the magnificent Forbidden City, a 250-acre complex of courtyards, palaces, pavilions and gardens, which served as the imperial palace for emperors and their households for more than 500 years. Continue to the stunning Temple of Heaven visited by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven. Later, indulge in a relaxing foot massage, a Local Speciality, at the Foot Reflexology Centre. This evening, enjoy a succulent Peking Duck Highlight Dinner - a must during any visit to Beijing.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Highlight Dinner)

    Day 3
    BEIJING SIGHTSEEING AND THE GREAT WALL
    Travel outside the city and look down upon the Chinese countryside from your perch on top of the Great Wall, which is actually a collection of fortifications built and rebuilt from the 5th century B.C. to the 16th century to repulse nomadic invaders like the Mongols. Walk the Sacred Way home to the remnants of the Ming Tombs, the once-lavish burial chambers of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty. Later this evening back in Beijing, attend a lively show of acrobatics, kung fu and dance at the Red Theatre.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)

    Day 4
    BEIJING SIGHTSEEING – XI'AN (2 NIGHTS)
    Begin your day by greeting the famed Chinese Giant Pandas at Beijing Zoo before embarking on a unique tour by rickshaw around the ancient alleyways of the traditional courtyard Hutong residence and stop at the home of a local family for a Be My Guest lunch of traditional Chinese cuisine, followed by a visit to a local tea house, a Local Specialty. This afternoon, bid farewell to Beijing and fly to the city of Xi'an.(Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Day 5
    XI'AN SIGHTSEEING
    Venture out with a Local Expert starting with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the legendary army of Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses in Emperor Qin Shi Huang's subterranean tomb. In the afternoon learn the origin of Chinese characters, a Local Speciality in a basic Calligraphy Class. Then continue your trip to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the city's most distinctive and outstanding landmarks, possibly the most beautiful building left in Xi'an today. This evening, you have the option to enjoy the Tang Dynasty dinner and cultural performance featuring music, dance, and traditional costumes with a special backstage visit.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)

    Day 6
    XI'AN – SHANGHAI (3 NIGHTS)
    Try a morning Tai Chi Class, a Local Speciality, and learn the basic principles of Tai Chi as well as some of the basic movements. In the afternoon, visit the ancient City Wall, the most complete city wall that has survived in China. Experience making traditional Chinese dumplings, a Local Speciality before enjoying the fruits of your labour at a Highlight Lunch. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. On arrival in Shanghai, transfer to your hotel for a relaxing evening.(Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Lunch)

    Day 7
    SHANGHAI SIGHTSEEING
    Drive to the suburbs of Shanghai City with a Local Expert to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town founded more than 1700 years ago. In its heyday, it was a bustling market town well known throughout the country. The town's many attractions can be found by strolling down the ancient streets and exploring the many bridges that crisscross its canals. The afternoon is free for you to visit the city's museums, have time to go shopping or relax at your centrally located hotel. This evening, enjoy a performance by the world-renowned Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 8
    SHANGHAI FREE TIME
    Today is yours to explore Shanghai as you wish. Or take an optional insiders trip to Shanghainese Caoyang New Village, visit the Yuyuan garden, and the Jade Buddha Temple. This evening, gather with your newfound friends for a lively Farewell Dinner and cruise on the Huangpu River toasting to an unforgettable adventure.(Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

    Day 9
    DEPART SHANGHAI
    After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight home.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Sightseeing Highlights
    Beijing Visit Tiananmen Square; tour the Forbidden City; walk the Great Wall, wonder of the ancient world; travel the Sacred Way; experience an evening of kung fu at the Red Theatre; see the Giant Pandas at Beijing Zoo; explore the Hutongs by rickshaw.
    Xi'an Explore the excavations of the Terra Cotta Warriors and horses and visit the City Wall.
    Shanghai Visit the Zhujiajiao ancient water town; enjoy a performance by the Shanghai Acrobats, and relax on the  Huangpu River Cruise.
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  7. Day 1
    ARRIVE HANOI (2 NIGHTS)
    Welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers.(Welcome Reception)

    Day 2
    HANOI SIGHTSEEING
    Take a full day to explore Hanoi's celebrated history. Visit the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument where the preserved body of 'Uncle Ho' resides. A short walk from here is Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts, a Unique Insight, as well as the lotus-shaped One Pillar Pagoda which rests on a single stone pillar emerging from the water. Continue to the Temple of Literature, the first university for the sons of mandarins, for an overview of Hanoian culture. After lunch enjoy a walking tour through the Old Quarter to embrace the bustling local life. In the evening, see a traditional water puppet performance, a Unique Insight. This northern Vietnamese art form beautifully illustrates scenes of rural life and natural history.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)

    Day 3
    HANOI – HALONG BAY CRUISE
    This morning, drive through green rice paddy fields to Halong Bay to board your Authentic Accommodation, a traditional Vietnamese Junk sailing boat. Cruise among the hundreds of islets of Halong Bay, a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage listed site. Mid afternoon arrive at Titop Island for swimming and relaxation on the beach before continuing to Cua Van fishing village. Drop anchor later in the evening for a Regional Meal and a peaceful overnight stay.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Regional Meal)

    Day 4
    HALONG BAY – HANOI – HUE (2 NIGHTS)
    Begin your day as the locals do during a morning Tai Chi class, a Local Speciality, on the deck of the traditional Junk boat. Then explore Sung Sot grotto where stalactites hanging from the high ceiling take on numerous shapes and forms. Return to the boat to indulge in a delectable brunch as you continue cruising amongst the islands. Disembark and drive back to Hanoi stopping at Dong Trieu Ceramic factory, a Local Speciality. Later enjoy a delicious Regional Meal at Thanh Chuong Palace. Continue to Hanoi Airport for your evening flight to Hue, and transfer to your hotel upon arrival.(Buffet Breakfast / Regional Meal)

    Day 5
    HUE SIGHTSEEING
    This morning take a cyclo ride from the hotel to the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO designated site. From there, transfer to the Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue's best-preserved religious monument and return to Hue city by dragon boat down the Perfume River. Enjoy lunch at Ngoc Son Garden House; one of the great remaining garden houses of Hue. This afternoon experience an optional visit to the private bonsai garden of Ms. Ton Nu, a Local Expert, who teaches you about the preparation and fertilization of the land, along with techniques to identify an outstanding bonsai.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)

    Day 6
    HUE - DANANG – HOI AN (3 NIGHTS)
    This morning depart Hue and drive over the scenic Hai Van Pass. Stop en-route at the Cham museum, a Unique Insight, to learn about the ancient Champa civilisation. Later arrive at your Hoi An resort hotel and enjoy some free time this afternoon. Perhaps choose to join an optional Vietnamese cooking class including a boat trip to the schools location on the banks of the An Hoa River, or learn more about the ancient Champa civilisation with a trip to My Son Cham Towers. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure to wander the peaceful lantern lit streets of this picturesque town.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 7
    HOI AN SIGHTSEEING
    This morning enjoy a walking tour around the ancient town of Hoi An. Today this ancient UNESCO designated town boasts well-preserved buildings, pedestrianised streets, narrow lanes and a colourful market brimming with Local Specialities. See the old merchants houses and the 400 year old Japanese Covered Bridge. Later enjoy a delicious Be My Guest lunch with a local farming family at Tra Que Organic village. Walk through the market gardens and spend some time helping local farmers with their daily working routines, before indulging in a foot massage, a Local Speciality. Return to Hoi An Village for the rest of the day and evening at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Day 8
    HOI AN - DANANG - HO CHI MINH CITY
    This morning, fly to Vietnam's largest metropolis, Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. Upon arrival enjoy some free time to stroll around the city before lunch at KOTO restaurant. The meal will be served by graduates from a training programme which works with disadvantaged young people. After lunch transfer to Dong Khoi Street to begin a walking tour and admire Saigon's historic landmarks. See the Opera House and the former Hotel de Ville. Wander up to the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Central Post Office, designed by the French architect, Gustav Eiffel. Conclude the day at Ben Thanh market before arriving at your centrally located riverside hotel this evening.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)

    Day 9
    MEKONG DELTA
    Today take a day trip to My Tho situated in the Delta of the Mekong River. Transfer to a small sampan boat and discover the maze of small canals before stopping for a Regional Meal of delicious Mekong Delta specialities. Take a short walk along village roads to visit the house of a former soldier who survived fighting the Khmer Rouge and has some fascinating stories to tell. Now he and his wife live on making rice paper, a Local Speciality. Later return to Ho Chi Minh City for an evening at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast / Regional Meal)

    Day 10
    HO CHI MINH CITY FREE TIME
    Today is a free day to enjoy Ho Chi Minh City at your own pace or to join an optional experience to visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels with a Local Expert. This evening join your fellow travellers in an exclusive Farewell Dinner at the home of the former American Ambassador to South Vietnam in the 1960s, Mr. Henry Cabot Lodge, a Unique Insight.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 11
    HO CHI MINH CITY - SIEM REAP
    Transfer to the airport for the short international flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Have some free time this afternoon to relax and enjoy the hotels' facilities. In the evening perhaps take an optional sunset cruise on Tonle Sap Lake to see Siem Reap's famous floating village and to observe the lifestyle of the people living on the lake.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 12
    ANGKOR WAT AND SIEM REAP SIGHTSEEING
    This morning, visit Angkor Wat, one of the most important religious monuments in the world, with a renowned Local Expert Khmer Scholar. Take a stroll through the elaborate carved hallways of Angkor Wat as the Khmer empire is brought to life through the scholar's explanations of the various stories contained in each of the bas reliefs and murals. Later head to nearby Angkor Thom the ancient royal city of the Khmer Empire with its centrepiece; the Bayon Temple. Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants, which served as a platform from where the King could welcome back his victorious army. Make a stop for lunch at a local Khmer Restaurant before taking a guided walk around the fascinating corners of the Old Town of Siem Reap. Visit Artisans d'Angkor, for a Unique Insight into the training school and shop which creates job opportunities for young people living in rural areas, while at the same time reviving traditional Khmer craftsmanship. Cross picturesque Siem Reap River to Wat Damnak, a living temple, and receive a special blessing from one of the monks, which includes the tying of a blessed string around the wrist. Walk back across the Pedestrian Bridge to the Old Market and be lead through the maze of undercover stalls selling fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and household goods as well as an array of local handicrafts and souvenirs.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)

    Day 13
    ANGKOR SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
    Start the day with a visit to picturesque temple of Ta Prohm which was used as the location for the film ‘Tomb Raider'. The magnificent tree roots have merged with the temple remains over the years, giving the feeling of a forgotten city. Next head to Banteay Srei temple which is one of Angkor's most significant structures. Made of red sand-stone, its walls are decorated with elaborate carvings and it is in an amazing state of preservation. Return to Siem Reap and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. This evening consider completing your trip in style with an optional Farewell Dinner accompanied by traditional Apsara Dancing.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 14
    SIEM REAP - DEPART
    After breakfast, transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for your onward flight.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Sightseeing Highlights
    Visit Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Terrace of the Elephants,Siem Reap Old Town, Artisans d'Angkor, Wat Damnak, and the temples of Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei.
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