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Explore Asia with Trafalgar Tours

31st July 2014

Asia is a melting pot of old and new, tranquil and buzzing. From the flashing neon lights of its many futuristic metropolises to the peace of its spectacular landscapes, a fascinating history weaves an intricate tale in between. A tour of Asia is a fabulous way to explore the many highlights with the insight of an experienced guide and local experts. When you choose Trafalgar, that means authentic local experiences, from Tai Chi classes to cooking lessons, a surprise ‘Hidden Treasure’ on every tour and four or five star accommodation the whole way. Check out our favourite Trafalgar tours below.


Samurai Discovery
A fascinating introduction to Japan, this family-focused tour takes in the top sights over seven days. Begin amidst the bustle and blinking neon lights of Tokyo. From ancient shrines and temples to the modern luxuries of shopping, experience every side of this futuristic city over three nights, including a sushi-making class and Taiko drumming lesson. Move on to the soaring heights of Mt Fuji with its fascinating volcanic landscape. Discover relaxing hot springs, geothermal steam vents and sparkling lakes. A bullet train ride later, it’s time to explore Kyoto. Take a traditional wooden train ride through the mountains, stop in at a theme park, admire monuments of ancient Kyoto, and soak up the glory of the famous Golden Pavilion. It’s all topped off with a farewell dinner, Ninja-style.

Splendours of Japan with Hiroshima
This 13-day tour offers an all encompassing tour of Japan south of bustling Tokyo. Kicking off amongst the bright lights and skyscrapers of Tokyo, here you’ll witness Japan at its most chaotic. Revel in the city’s wonders, old and new, before escaping into the contrasting natural beauty of Mt Fuji. Spend a few days exploring glorious castles, lovely local museums and the beautiful Japanese Alps scenery around Matsumoto and Takayama. Don’t miss a taste of wasabi and rice wine. Move on to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawago, a serene mountain village, and Kanazawa, home to a rich Samurai heritage. Explore the art, history and cuisine of Kyoto, then continue on to Mt Koya for a night in a Japanese Monastery. Witness the haunting sites of Hiroshima, its insightful museums and memorials, before catching the express train to Osaka where your journey ends.


Classic China
Tick off your bucket list China highlights with this classic 9-day itinerary. Absorb the famous sights and eclectic vibes of buzzing Beijing, from Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City. You’ll also love the chance to meet gorgeous Chinese Giant Pandas and ride rickshaws through back alleyways. Away from the soaring skyscrapers, a trip to the Great Wall brings your chance to walk along a piece of world history, set amongst the beautiful Chinese countryside. In the historic city of Xi’an, expect ancient landmarks and beautiful architecture. You’ll also be welcomed into a local family’s home and take part in an authentic tai chi and calligraphy class. To finish off the tour, three nights in Shanghai offers stacks of potential. Discover the local history with a trip to the Jade Buddha, or take the cosmopolitan route and fill up a few shopping bags before your flight back home.

Highlights of China and the Yangtze
This tour combines the best of both worlds: the must-see sights of China and an iconic Yangtze River cruise. Much like the Classic China tour, you’ll savour the splendour of old and new on this 11-day excursion. Start with a journey through the beating heart of China’s capital, Beijing, before a trip to the Great Wall and the ancient capital of Xi’an. But before moving on to Shanghai, where the journey ends, a three night cruise down the Yangtze adds a touch of relaxation to the journey. Glide down calm waters aboard a small luxurious riverboat. Pass through the dramatic inclines of the Three Gorges and the spectacular Shennong Stream, a tributary boasting sparkling waters and lush scenery. Spot monkeys on the shore by day and mingle over festive dinners by night.


Highlights of Vietnam with Cambodia
This 15-day tour is a fantastic way to see Vietnam’s highlights and get a little taste of Cambodia. Discover the thriving streets of Hanoi, from the Old Quarter to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, before moving on to Ha Long Bay for a change of scenery. Enjoy a traditional Junk boat ride across the emerald waters of the bay, weaving between the steep limestone islets jutting into the air. In Hue, discover ancient pagodas, emperors’ tombs other royal remnants of this former Imperial capital. In Danang, expect beautiful gardens and magnificent scenery. Moving on to the bustling cities of Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City, it’s all about the historical sights, colourful markets and local cuisine. But you’ll also get the chance to explore the famous Cu Chi tunnels and take a cruise along the Mekong Delta before flying into Cambodia. Three nights in charming and historic Siem Reap brings the chance to soak up the city itself, as well a day trip to the elaborate temple complex of Angkor Wat.