17 Day Luxury East Asia

04/16/2019 through 12/12/2020
06/29/2018 through 12/31/2020
Kensington Tours

17 Day Luxury East Asia

The very best of East Asia, all in a single trip? They said it couldn’t be done. This incredible adventure proves that with enough time and ambition, anything is possible. Join us and experience the must-sees and -dos of Taiwan, China, South Korea, and Japan with all sorts of luxurious twists along the way.

For an adventure of this scope, there’s just no better jumping-off point than Taipei. An engrossing blend of Chinese, Japanese, and Southeast Asian influence, the Taiwanese capital is a delight to explore. With private guides, you’ll see the stunning Chiang Kai-shek Memorial, the Martyrs Shrine, and the National Palace Museum, home to the world’s most extensive collection of Chinese art – more than 620,000 pieces. Taipei is an entirely different city at night, as you’ll discover on a twilight tour of the famous Longshan Temple and the lively Huaxi night market before ascending to the top of Taipei 101, one of the world’s tallest buildings. Later, escape the bustle of the big city for a private exploration of Taiwan’s northern coast and Yehliu Park, famed for its incredible rock formations.

Next stop: Shanghai, China’s gleaming city of the future. After settling in for a delicious welcome dinner and a spectacular performance of traditional Chinese acrobatics, explore the fascinating metropolis on the edge of tomorrow on a private cruise along the Bund, Shanghai’s famous skyscrapered waterfront on the Huangpu River. Later, see the city’s more serene side on a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple and Yu Garden, a vast Ming Dynasty garden that’s the perfect antidote to the frenetic city that surrounds it.

Onward to Beijing, China’s political and cultural capital. After a dinner of Peking duck and a night out at the Liyuan Theater Peking Opera, you’ll visit the stunning 18th-century Summer Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and come face-to-face with one of the world’s most ambitious architectural achievements on a private tour of the Great Wall at the scenic Mutianyu section. The full force of China’s history comes to life later on a private tour of three powerful symbols of China’s political and imperial might: sprawling Tiananmen Square, the majestic Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven, an oasis of calm amid the bustling capital.

Your next destination lies across the Yellow Sea in Seoul. Here, you’ll experience the Korean capital as it was on a private tour of UNESCO-protected Changdeokgung (one of the city’s “Five Grand Palaces”), the traditional village of Bukchon, the artisan markets of Insadong, and the Jongmyo Royal Shrine, the oldest royal Confucian shrine still in use. (You’ll even have the chance to gaze into North Korea from across the Demilitarized Zone.)

Tokyo, a dazzling mix of neon-drenched modernity and time-honored custom, is next. First, head into the backstreets of the eye-popping Harajuku district for an evening out that includes artisanal beer, grilled okonomiyaki, contemporary architecture, and a visit to the trendy food stalls of Aoyama. Then, explore the city’s must-see sights – the Meiji Shrine, traditional Asakusa, and the Sensoji Temple, among others – on a full-day private tour before heading out to Hakone for a full day spent exploring in the shadow of Mount Fuji at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

The tour concludes in Kyoto, the spiritual heart of Japan. You’ll meet two of the city’s 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites on a private tour of Kinkakuji (the fabled Temple of the Golden Pavilion) and beautiful Nijo Castle, famed for its delicate craftsmanship and intricate design. Finally, say goodbye to Japan and Asia in perfect style on a full-day journey to Nara, the one-time imperial capital. Here, you’ll explore Todaiji Temple (home to Japan’s largest Buddha), visit Kasuga Taisha Shrine, and spend time with the free-roaming deer of Nara Park before walking through the 10,000 torii to Fushimi-Inari Shrine, one of Japan’s signature experiences.

Kensington Tours creates private trips from the world’s finest ingredients. Tailor-made with care by your personal Destination Expert, your personalized trip is always a one-of-a-kind experience made just for you. Expert local guidance and 24/7 service come standard.

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Day 1 Taipei
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Day 3 Taipei
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Day 4 Taipei To Shanghai
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Day 5 Shanghai
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Day 6 Shanghai To Beijing
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Day 7 Beijing
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Day 8 Beijing
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Day 9 Beijing To Seoul
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Day 10 Seoul
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Day 11 Seoul
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Day 12 Seoul To Tokyo To Welcome
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Day 13 Tokyo
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Day 14 Tokyo
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Day 15 Tokyo To Kyoto
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Day 16 Kyoto
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Day 17 Kyoto
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