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Best of China with Yangtze Cruise

15 Day China Tour from Beijing to Shanghai

15 Days
1 Country

China

7 Cities

Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Chongqing, Fengdu County, Yichang, Shanghai

27 Meals

14 Breakfasts, 1 Regional Dinner, 7 Lunchs, 1 Be My Guest, 3 Dinners, 1 Farewell Dinner

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 40-45
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Discover the cityscapes of Beijing and Shanghai, Xi'an's Terracotta Warriors and the rare giant pandas of Chengdu on this mesmerizing encounter with China, which includes a leisurely cruise along the Yangtze River.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Say Ni hao to China

Journey to the “Northern Capital” – a land of emperors, epic monuments and the cultural heart of China. On arrival in Beijing, you’ll be transferred to your hotel where you can relax before meeting your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetizers.

Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China
Accommodation Novotel Beijing Peace

Day 2

Journey to the Great Wall

Visit the iconic Great Wall of China at Juyongguan this morning – its stone ramparts and walls snaking thousands of miles into the distance to defend the empire against nomadic invaders since 5th century B.C. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure and this evening for dinner indulge in a Regional Dinner of succulent Peking Duck – a must during any visit to Beijing.

Great Wall in Beijing, China
Accommodation Novotel Beijing Peace
Included Meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
Iconic Experience Great Wall in Beijing, China
Visit the Great Wall of China

Visit the Great Wall of China to marvel at the historical and physical prominence of this renowned landmark. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 3

Discover the Icons of Beijing

Surround yourself with the grandeur of Beijing’s landmark Great Hall of the People, Qianmen Gate and the mausoleum of Mao Zedong as you walk through one of the world’s largest public areas, Tiananmen Square. Delve into China’s imperial heritage, passing the south gate into the frozen-in-time Forbidden City – once home to emperors and their households and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch, indulge in a relaxing foot massage at the Foot Reflexology Center to ease you into an evening at leisure or consider joining an Optional Experience.

The Forbidden City in Beijing, China
Accommodation Novotel Beijing Peace
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Dive Into Culture Enjoy a foot massage at the Foot Reflexology Centre in Beijing, China
Foot Massage in Beijing

Indulge in a foot massage at the Foot Reflexology Center.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Imperial Palace in Beijing, China
Beijing City Tour

Gain insights into this fascinating city during a sightseeing tour of Beijing. See the Great Hall of the People and Tiananmen Square before steppin...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Watch the Legend of Kung-Fu Show in Beijing, China
Legend of Kung Fu Show

The Legend of Kung Fu Show is a mix of traditional martial arts and modern theater. It is presented by a group of marvelous Kung Fu artists from al...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 4

Explore Beijing's hutong and onwards to Xi'an

Navigate the ancient alleyways of the courtyard Hutong residences, weaving through lively neighborhoods on the back of a traditional rickshaw. Stop at the home of a local family where you’ll Connect With Locals, enjoying a Be My Guest lunch of traditional Chinese cuisine, then visit a nearby tea house. Here, you’ll delve into the art of chayi, joining a Local Specialist who’ll share first-hand the age-old ritual of tea-making. Leave Beijing behind, bound for Xi’an, an ancient departure point on the Silk Road.

Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China
Accommodation Wyndham Grand Xi'an South
Included Meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
Be My Guest Visit and have lunch with a local family in their home in Beijing, China
Meet a local Family for Lunch in Beijing

Visit and have lunch with a local family in their home in one of Beijing's hutongs and gain a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lifestyle.

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Rickshaw in Beijing, China
Rickshaw Ride Through Beijing's Neighborhoods

Hop on a traditional rickshaw and weave through Beijing's ancient alleyways.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 5

Marvel at the legendary Terracotta Warriors

Descend into the subterranean tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang to view his legendary army of Terracotta Warriors and Horses, followed by a delicious traditional meal of Chinese noodles. Your final stop today is to a Jade factory where you’ll admire the favored stone of emperors, more precious to the Chinese people than gold.

Terracotta Army Warriors in Xian, China
Accommodation Wyndham Grand Xi'an South
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Iconic Experience Terracotta Army Warriors in Xian, China
Tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang Visit

Visit the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang and see the terracotta warriors. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Visit a jade factory to admire the "imperial gem", Xi'an, China
Visit a Jade Factory in Xi'an

Visit a jade factory to admire the "imperial gem" and marvel at the mineral's historic value. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Watch Tang Dynasty show with dinner in Xi'An, China
Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner

Enjoy a sumptuous Tang dumpling banquet followed by a wonderful performance of ancient music and dance which has graced the region for centuries. T...

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Optional Experiences

Day 6

Take the bullet train to Chengdu

This morning, your choice of activities gives you an opportunity to join a Local Specialist in their T'ai Chi practice or embark on a cycle tour around part of the ancient City Wall of Xi'an. Get stuck in to the ancient art of dumpling making next, with an opportunity to sample the juicy results for lunch, then transfer to the railway station for your high-speed bullet train trip to Chengdu. On arrival in the hometown of the giant panda, you’ll check in to your hotel and savor the leisurely pace of local life on your terms.

Bullet Train in China
Accommodation Rhombus Park Auro Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Dive Into Culture Discover the traditions of dumpling making in Xi'an, China
Make Dumplings in Xi'an

Discover the traditions and techniques of dumpling making, indulging in an opportunity to sample them.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Visit Jinli Old Street and People’s Park in Chengdu, China
Chengdu Orientation

During your orientation of Chengdu, visit People’s Park and experience the energy of Jinli Old Street. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 7

See the Giant Pandas of China

Witness the ground-breaking work being done by the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding this morning. Join a Local Specialist and learn how this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience supports the non-profit research breeding facility which rescues and protects the endangered giant panda, of which fewer than 2,000 remain. Afterwards return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

Panda Cub in Chengdu, China
Accommodation Rhombus Park Auro Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Visit the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, China
Visit a Panda Breeding Center in Chengdu

At the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, learn how your visit contributes to their conservation efforts to rescue and protect the enda...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences Visit Jinsha Site Museum and Du Fu Cottage in Chengdu, China
Jinsha Site Museum and Du Fu Cottage

Take a guided tour of Jinsha Site Museum. It was built to protect, study and display the archaeological finds discovered on the Jinsha site dating ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

Discover the cuisine of Sichuan

Indulge in the bold and spicy flavors of local cuisine as you Dive Into Culture and learn about regional cooking practices at the Museum of Sichuan Cuisine. Learn how to crush chilli into powder using a Qing Dynasty pestle and mortar, then view ancient kitchenware, books and manuscripts faithfully recording the history of Sichuan culinary cultures. Immerse yourself in the intoxicating scents wafting through Restaurant Alley then, pay tribute to the Kitchen God before attempting to create your own culinary magic with the guidance of a local chef. Stomach and soul sated after a delicious encounter with Chengdu, you’ll have an afternoon to relax, explore further or perhaps take the opportunity to do some shopping.

Woman eating Szechuan in Chengdu, China
Accommodation Rhombus Park Auro Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Dive Into Culture Learn about Sichuan cuisine at a cooking class in Chengdu, China
Chengdu Cooking Class

Learn about Sichuan cuisine at a cooking class in Chengdu and taste some of your creations.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Optional Experiences Watch a Sichuan Opera in Chengdu, China
Sichuan Opera

Spend the evening at the ShufengYayun Sichuan Opera House to enjoy a colorful authentic Sichuan opera performance. There are many separate performa...

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Optional Experiences

Day 9

Board your Yangtze River Cruise

Rub shoulders with the locals during a visit to People’s Park with its beautiful Chinese gardens, lake and tea houses. Gain insights into the day-to-day lives of the locals who spend their free time in tranquil surrounds indulging in a leisurely game of mah-jong, a quiet nap or neck massage. Venture to lively Jinli Old Street next, crossing beneath the imposing archway into a world of intricate handicraft, paintings and calligraphy. Stroll along the narrow street whose façades were modelled on the architectural style of a traditional old town in western Sichuan Province, then transfer to the railway station for a high-speed bullet train ride to Chongqing. Here, you’ll enjoy a city orientation tour with dinner before boarding your Yangtze River Cruise.

Baihuatan Traditional Bridge in Chengdu, China
Accommodation Victoria Jenna Yangtze River
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Bridge in Yangtze, China
Chongqing Orientation

Enjoy an introductory orientation of Chongqing prior to boarding your river cruise. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 10

Cruise the Great Yangtze River

Disembark this morning for a short visit to Shibaozhai to admire its 12-storey cliff-top temple, built in the 19th century. Stretch your legs and climb up to the temple, tackling the red pavilion which leans against the side of the steep peak, now an island due to the rising waters of the Three Gorges Dam. Return to the Yangtze, cruising to Fengdu’s ‘Ghost City’ to explore the mystical shrines, temples and monasteries that are dedicated to the afterlife.

Victoria Jenna cruise ship on the Yangtze River, China
Accommodation Victoria Jenna Yangtze River
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Iconic Experience Shi Baozhai Pagoda in Yangtze, China
Visit Shibaozhai

Visit the cliff-top temple Shibaozhai.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Ghost City in Yangtze, China
Visit Fengdu City Visit

See the mystical Ghost City of Fengdu and visit its shrines, temples and monasteries dedicated to the afterlife. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 11

Sail through the imposing Three Gorges

Connect with your exquisite natural surrounds as you cruise gently down the Yangtze to the imposing Three Gorges. Squeeze through the narrow Qutang Gorge, admiring its dramatic vistas, before your journey takes you through Wu Gorge, renowned for its quiet beauty, forest-clad mountains, and cliffs so sheer the sun barely penetrates their precipices and finally, Xiling Gorge. A small motor boat will ferry you through the magical landscape of the Goddess Stream, a tributary of the Yangtze – its limestone cliffs covered in greenery provide a tranquil backdrop for your relaxing encounter with this mighty river.

Boat on Yangtze River, China
Accommodation Victoria Jenna Yangtze River
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Iconic Experience Cruise the Goddess Stream, Yangtze River, China
Cruise the Goddess Stream

Cruise on a small motorboat through the magical landscape of the Goddess Stream. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 12

Onwards to Shanghai

View the engineering marvel that is the world's largest hydroelectric project, the Three Gorges Dam, before disembarking your cruise ship and transferring to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival into China's biggest city, check into your hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

View of Shanghai, China
The Kunlun Jing An Shanghai View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

The Kunlun Jing An Shanghai

About the Hotel

Shanghai, China

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  • Stays With Stories
Stays With Stories Kunlun Jing An hotel atrium buffet in Shanghai, China
Stay with Stories

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Stays With Stories

Day 13

Discover Vibrant Shanghai

Shanghai’s famous ‘Bund’ waterfront is the first stop on a day of sightseeing with a Local Specialist. Admire the ornate neoclassical colonial buildings and skyscrapers that have sprung up from this former marshland, then Dive Into Culture during a visit to a silk museum. Embrace the tranquillity of the famous Yu Garden next, with its pavilions, halls, rockeries, ponds and cloisters. Then, enjoy some free time for a local lunch of soup dumplings perhaps and shopping in the Old Town, a treasure trove of winding streets and vibrant markets that was once enclosed by the ancient walled city of Shanghai. Our final stop this afternoon is a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple, built in 1928 after the original temple was destroyed during the revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty. Admire the beauty of its precious jade Buddha statues made out of crystal-clear white jade, before you settle into an evening performance by the world-renowned Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe.

Dianchun Hall in Shanghai, China
The Kunlun Jing An Shanghai View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

The Kunlun Jing An Shanghai

About the Hotel

Shanghai, China

Style

  • Stays With Stories
Iconic Experience View of Shanghai, China
Shanghai City Tour

Join your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Shanghai. See the famous Bund waterfront and Yu Garden. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Watch an Acrobatic Show in Shanghai, China
Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe Show

Enjoy a performance by the world-famous Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 14

More Treasures of Shanghai

Ascend to the 88-storey Jin Mao Tower for panoramic views of the skyscrapers that loom over the most populous city on earth. Then embark on a walking tour with a Local Specialist through the Shanghai French Concession, for an exhilarating encounter with the opulent age of French colonial China. Wander through the narrow alleyways, past elegant villas and apartments dating back to the early 1900s when the territory was proclaimed a French settlement. Later this morning, you’ll see where the First Conference of the Communist Party took place in Xin Tian Di, whose charming antique façades hide a 21st century world of bars, cafés, boutiques and theme restaurants. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure, letting the sights and sounds of Shanghai infuse every sense or consider joining an Optional Experience. Say a fond farewell to newfound friends this evening during a Farewell Dinner.

Xiangyang park, located in the former French Concession of Shanghai, China
The Kunlun Jing An Shanghai View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

The Kunlun Jing An Shanghai

About the Hotel

Shanghai, China

Style

  • Stays With Stories
Iconic Experience Jinmao Tower and Shanghai skyline, China
Ascend Jin Mao Tower

Visit Jin Mao Tower and take in panoramic views of Shanghai from 88 floors up. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Visit Shanghai French Concession and Xin Tian Di district, China
Guided Stroll Through Shanghai

Join a Local Specialist for a walking tour through the Shanghai French Concession and Xin Tian Di district. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Shanghai Museum and former Jewish ghetto in Xi'An, China
Visit the Shanghai Museum and Former Jewish Ghetto

Visit the Shanghai Museum; a large museum divided into eleven different galleries which cover most of the major categories of Chinese art. Your Tra...

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Optional Experiences

Day 15

Farewell to China

Our epic encounter with China at its end, take a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Shops and bars in Shanghai, China
Included Meals Breakfast

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Visit the Great Wall of China

Visit the Great Wall of China to marvel at the historical and physical prominence of this renowned landmark. 

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Foot Massage in Beijing

Indulge in a foot massage at the Foot Reflexology Center.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Beijing City Tour

Gain insights into this fascinating city during a sightseeing tour of Beijing. See the Great Hall of the People and Tiananmen Square before steppin...

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Be My Guest
Meet a local Family for Lunch in Beijing

Visit and have lunch with a local family in their home in one of Beijing's hutongs and gain a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lifestyle.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Rickshaw Ride Through Beijing's Neighborhoods

Hop on a traditional rickshaw and weave through Beijing's ancient alleyways.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang Visit

Visit the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang and see the terracotta warriors. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit a Jade Factory in Xi'an

Visit a jade factory to admire the "imperial gem" and marvel at the mineral's historic value. 

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Make Dumplings in Xi'an

Discover the traditions and techniques of dumpling making, indulging in an opportunity to sample them.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Chengdu Orientation

During your orientation of Chengdu, visit People’s Park and experience the energy of Jinli Old Street. 

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visit a Panda Breeding Center in Chengdu

At the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, learn how your visit contributes to their conservation efforts to rescue and protect the enda...

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Chengdu Cooking Class

Learn about Sichuan cuisine at a cooking class in Chengdu and taste some of your creations.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Chongqing Orientation

Enjoy an introductory orientation of Chongqing prior to boarding your river cruise. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Shibaozhai

Visit the cliff-top temple Shibaozhai.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Fengdu City Visit

See the mystical Ghost City of Fengdu and visit its shrines, temples and monasteries dedicated to the afterlife. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Cruise the Goddess Stream

Cruise on a small motorboat through the magical landscape of the Goddess Stream. 

Included in Trip
Stays With Stories
Stay with Stories

The year was 1988, The Kunlun Beijing opened as the first Chinese designed and built five-star hotel in Shanghai City, welcoming state and foreign ...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Shanghai City Tour

Join your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Shanghai. See the famous Bund waterfront and Yu Garden. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe Show

Enjoy a performance by the world-famous Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Ascend Jin Mao Tower

Visit Jin Mao Tower and take in panoramic views of Shanghai from 88 floors up. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Guided Stroll Through Shanghai

Join a Local Specialist for a walking tour through the Shanghai French Concession and Xin Tian Di district. 

Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.
Flight from Beijing to Xi'an and Yichang to Shanghai.

What to expect

Explore Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu and Shanghai
Visit the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City in Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, and the 'Bund' waterfront, Jade Buddha Temple and Jinmao Tower in Shanghai
See local people practicing T'ai Chi in the morning, the Three Gorges Dam and the Shanghai Acrobats
Cruise the Yangtze River and the Three Gorges

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

The Kunlun Jing An Shanghai

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Legend of Kung Fu Show

The Legend of Kung Fu Show is a mix of traditional martial arts and modern theater. It is presented by a group of marvelous Kung Fu artists from al...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner

Enjoy a sumptuous Tang dumpling banquet followed by a wonderful performance of ancient music and dance which has graced the region for centuries. T...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Jinsha Site Museum and Du Fu Cottage

Take a guided tour of Jinsha Site Museum. It was built to protect, study and display the archaeological finds discovered on the Jinsha site dating ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Sichuan Opera

Spend the evening at the ShufengYayun Sichuan Opera House to enjoy a colorful authentic Sichuan opera performance. There are many separate performa...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Visit the Shanghai Museum and Former Jewish Ghetto

Visit the Shanghai Museum; a large museum divided into eleven different galleries which cover most of the major categories of Chinese art. Your Tra...

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Additional Cost Applies

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China

  • Official Languages across China: The official language of China is Standard Chinese, also known as Mandarin.
  • Currency used in China: The currency of China is the Chinese yuan.
  • Capital City:: The capital of China is Bejing.
  • Time Zone(s) in China: China Standard Time (CST)

China passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip.
  • Visa Requirement: A Tourist Visa is required to enter China. Learn more about obtaining a visa for China.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

China's weather and climate vary widely due to its vast size and diverse geography. In general, China experiences a continental climate with distinct seasons. The northern regions, such as Beijing, have hot summers and cold winters, with temperatures often dropping below freezing. The southern regions, like Guangzhou, have a subtropical climate with mild winters and hot, humid summers. Western China, including Tibet, has a high-altitude climate with cool summers and extremely cold winters. Coastal areas, such as Shanghai, have a maritime climate with mild winters and hot, humid summers. China also experiences monsoon influences, resulting in heavy rainfall during the summer months, particularly in the southern and eastern regions.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits for Asia Tours

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10." For internal flights within Asia tours, there is generally a 44-lb luggage allowance.

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

When going on a guided tour of Asia, it's essential to pack smartly to ensure you have all the necessary items without burdening yourself with excessive luggage. Here's a limited packing list that covers the basics for your trip:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • A pair of comfortable walking shoes or sandals for exploring.
  • Lightweight and breathable clothing suitable for warm and humid weather. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and one or two long-sleeved shirts for cooler evenings or places with mosquitos.
  • A light sweater or jacket for cooler climates or air-conditioned spaces.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: A compact travel umbrella or a lightweight, packable rain jacket.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.

Miscellaneous:

  • A lightweight and foldable day bag to carry essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A small phrasebook or language app for basic communication when you're out exploring on your own (without your Travel Director)
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Consider the specific cultural norms and dress codes of the countries you visit to ensure respectful attire. Adapt this packing list to your specific needs and the duration of your trip, and you'll be well-prepared for your guided tour of Asia!

Electricity

Most Asian countries run on 220-240 volts at 50Hz AC (Alternating Current) electricity. However, there are some exceptions in certain regions. Here are some voltage variations for specific countries or regions in Asia:

  • Japan: Japan uses 100 volts at 50Hz in eastern Japan (including Tokyo) and 100 volts at 60Hz in western Japan (including Osaka). It's essential to check the voltage requirements for the specific area you will be visiting.
  • Malaysia: Malaysia uses 230 volts at 50 Hz.

Always verify the voltage and frequency for the particular country you'll be visiting, as using incompatible devices can lead to damage or malfunction. If you plan to bring American appliances or electronics to Asia, you will likely need a voltage converter and a plug adapter. Here's what you need to know:

  • Voltage Converter: American appliances designed to run on 110 volts may not function properly or could be damaged if connected directly to the higher voltage in Asian countries. A voltage converter (or voltage transformer) will allow your devices to work safely.
  • Plug Adapter: The physical shape of electrical outlets in Asian countries may also differ from those in the United States. You'll need a plug adapter to match the American-style plug with the outlets in the destination country.

It's essential to check the voltage and plug type requirements for the specific Asia country you plan to visit, as they might vary slightly from one country to another. Some modern electronic devices, like laptops and smartphones, are often designed to handle a wide range of voltages, so they might only require a plug adapter. 

Before your trip, verify the compatibility of your appliances and devices. You can find this information on the labels or tags of your electronics or in the user manuals. If in doubt, consult with the manufacturer or a qualified electrician.

We suggest buying an adapter with a voltage converter to help reduce the number of things you have to pack. Additionally, it's essential to get any required adapters or converters for your electronic devices before embarking on your guided tour and bringing them along. It's crucial to be cautious when using electrical devices in foreign countries, as using incorrect voltage or plugs without the right adapters can cause damage to your devices or even pose a safety hazard.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

In many hotels across Asia, hairdryers are commonly provided in guest rooms or available upon request. However, the availability and quality of hairdryers can vary depending on the hotel's star rating, location, and amenities.

It is important to keep in mind that the voltage of the hair dryer provided by the hotel will match the local electrical standards of the country where it is located. If you would like to use your own hair dryer, you will need a voltage converter (transformer). Before using your hair dryer or any electronic device, it is essential to verify voltage compatibility and use the appropriate plug adapter if necessary. Although many modern hair dryers are designed to be dual voltage, meaning they can work on both 110 volts and 220-240 volts, it is always recommended to double-check the label or user manual to be sure.

If you are unsure about the electrical compatibility or amenities provided by a specific hotel, you can contact them directly before your trip to inquire about the availability of hair dryers and other electrical considerations for international travelers. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but cannot find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is common in hotels across Asia, especially in urban and tourist areas. As Asia experiences diverse climates and varying temperatures, air conditioning has become a standard feature in most hotels to provide comfort to guests, especially during hot and humid weather.
  • However, the availability of air conditioning can vary based on the type of accommodation and the specific location within each country. Some hotels in Asia may have energy-saving initiatives, which could include setting temperature limits on air conditioning during certain hours. This is especially true for eco-friendly or environmentally-conscious hotels.

Regardless of where in the world your tour visits, we do our best to ensure your transportation is as comfortable as it can be.

Coach travel on Asia Tours

  • Asia tour vehicles do not have Wi-Fi on board
  • There are no onboard restrooms -  there are regular rest stops.

Airport transfers

Transfers will depend on the trip you choose and vary among destinations. In general, if you are joining or departing your guided vacation on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included. You’ll find specific information on your itinerary page.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

Traveling to Asia on a guided tour can be an exciting and enriching experience. Staying informed, prepared, and cautious will go a long way in ensuring a safe and enjoyable travel experience. Always stay in touch with your Travel Director and always follow their recommendations.

Here are some health advice and recommendations for travelers heading to Asia:

Visit the Doctor: Before embarking on your trip, schedule a visit with a medicine specialist or your healthcare provider. They can provide personalized health advice based on your medical history, current health status, and the specific countries you'll be visiting.

Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, evacuations, and trip cancellations.

Personal Medications: Bring an ample supply of any prescription medications you require, along with a copy of your prescriptions. Keep them in their original containers. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Vaccinations: While there are no vaccine or testing requirements, travelers should ensure that all routine vaccinations are up to date. Commonly recommended vaccinations for travelers to Asia may include:

  • Routine Vaccinations: These include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap), and influenza.
  • Hepatitis A and B: These protect against food and waterborne diseases.
  • Typhoid: Another vaccine to guard against food and waterborne illnesses.

Malaria Prevention: Malaria is present in some parts of Asia, especially in rural or forested areas. Consult with your healthcare provider about the appropriate antimalarial medications and mosquito bite prevention measures (e.g., insect repellents, mosquito nets) for your specific destinations.

Insect Bite Prevention: Protect yourself from insect bites, as they can transmit diseases like dengue, chikungunya, and Zika. Use insect repellents containing DEET or Picaridin and wear long-sleeved clothing and pants to reduce the risk of bites.

First Aid Kit: Carry a basic kit with essential items like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, antidiarrheal medication, and any prescribed medications.

Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water, especially in hot and humid climates, to prevent dehydration.

Hand Hygiene: Carry hand sanitizers and use them frequently, especially before eating or after touching surfaces in public places.

Respect Local Customs: Be aware of and respect local customs and traditions, as some practices may have health implications.

Avoid Street Food if Unsure: While trying local cuisine is a highlight of travel, be cautious about eating from street vendors or in places with questionable hygiene standards.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these. 

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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