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Classic Japan

11 Day Japan Tour from Tokyo to Osaka

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11 Days
1 Country

Japan

6 Cities

Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Osaka

16 Meals

10 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner, 3 Lunchs, 1 Be My Guest, 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
Tour brand Trafalgar

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A tale of four iconic cities and two former capitals – your epic journey through Japan blends old and new, with soul-stirring visits to ancient centers and modern cities.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Konnichiwa Tokyo

Tokyo’s futuristic cityscape launches your journey through Japan’s modern centers and ancient capitals. On arrival at Tokyo Narita or Haneda Airport, you’ll be transferred by airport shuttle to your hotel. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome drink with appetizers.

View of famous Shibuya pedestrian crossing, Tokyo, Japan
Accommodation New Otani Garden Tower Tokyo

Day 2

Explore Vibrant Tokyo

Rub shoulders with the locals this morning as you Dive Into Culture and wander through Ameyoko Street Market, once a black market selling American goods after World War II. Continue to the old-time entertainment center of Asakusa to visit the Sensoji Buddhist Temple, which has been rebuilt countless times since its founding in 628, making it Tokyo’s oldest temple site. Take a stroll down Nakamise shopping street with some free time for lunch, then join a Local Specialist and learn the mesmerizing rhythmic art of Taiko drumming, one of Japan’s most popular cultural icons.

Board a cruise along the Sumida River to admire Tokyo’s modern skyline, the traditional neighborhoods of old Edo and beautiful Hamarikyu Garden. Later, return to your hotel for time at leisure and dinner at a Sumo-themed izakaya restaurant.

Meguro River in Tokyo, Japan
Accommodation New Otani Garden Tower Tokyo
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Dive Into Culture Visit Ameyoko Street Market in Tokyo
Ameyoko Street Market Visit

Visit Ameyoko Street Market, once a black market selling American goods after World War II.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience View of Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo City Tour

Visit Tokyo's renowned landmarks and gain insight into how this modern city preserves its ancient roots. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Learn to play a Taiko Drum in Tokyo
Taiko Drumming Lesson LS

Spend some time learning the art of Taiko Drumming with your Local Specialist. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience See Tokyo skyline on Sumida River Cruise, Japan
Sumida River Cruise

Bask in the stunning skyline of Tokyo as you embark on your Sumida River Cruise.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 3

Majestic Mt. Fuji and Owakudani

The towering slopes of snow-capped Mt. Fuji loom in the distance as we journey from Tokyo to this celebrated UNESCO-listed site. Admire spectacular views of the surrounding countryside from its 5th station, a magnificent vantage point at 2,300 meters (weather permitting). After lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll continue to Owakudani to see the volcanic activity. Consider sampling the local black eggs boiled in geysers, then head back to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

View of Mount Fuji, Japan
Accommodation New Otani Garden Tower Tokyo
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Iconic Experience View of Mount Fuji, Japan
Mt. Fuji 5th Station Visit

Admire the stunning countryside at Mt. Fuji 5th Station.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 4

Continue to Kyoto

We leave Tokyo, traveling by high-speed bullet train to Kyoto, another former capital of Japan and the center of Japanese culture for centuries. On arrival, we’ll embark on a walking tour of the Gion District, embracing the energy of Kawaramachi street. Visit Kinkakuji Temple, whose glittering golden pavilion is widely regarded as the symbol of Kyoto, before returning to the hotel for an evening of leisure.

Kinkaku-ji temple Kyoto, Japan
Accommodation The Hotel Higashiyama
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Bullet Train in China
Bullet Train to Kyoto

Jump aboard the high-speed Bullet Train towards the cultural hub of Kyoto.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Kinkaku-ji temple Kyoto, Japan
Visit Kinkakuji Temple

Admire the beautiful golden pavilion of Kinkakuji Temple.  

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 5

Discover Enchanting Kyoto

Visit one of Kyoto’s highlights – the historic and scenic district of Arashiyama, renowned for its cherry blossom trees which bloom in the springtime and its beautiful landscapes that change dramatically from season to season. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the towering Bamboo groves and see its iconic Togetsukyo Bridge. Connect with nature in the Zen gardens of Tenryuji Temple, then return to Kyoto for some free time at Nishiki market, a traditional food market known by locals as “Kyoto’s Pantry”. Return to your hotel or consider joining an optional Japanese tea ceremony experience.

Giouji Temple Bamboo Garden Kyoto, Japan
Accommodation The Hotel Higashiyama
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Bamboo Forest Pathway in Kyoto, Japan
Arashiyama District Tour

Take a walk through the beautiful landscapes of the Arashiyama District.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Experience a tea ceremony in Kyoto, Japan
Japanese Tea Ceremony Experience

Experience the ambience of a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony with a professional Tea Master who will have spent many years leaning his craft whic...

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Optional Experiences

Day 6

Admire Ancient Nara

Start the day off with a visit to Sumiyama Village and discover the stunning Kiyomizu Pottery which originated about 500 years ago in central Kyoto. Learn about the work of the craftsmen and about how they had to move out of the city and into a more rural area due to concerns from the local citizens about air pollution. Next 'Connect With Locals' over a 'Be My Guest' lunch with a local farmer at his home. Gain insights into the life of his family while sampling fresh tea and indulging in a delicious home-made meal, then visit his tea plantation.

This afternoon delve into the ancient history of Nara, the first permanent capital city of Japan. Here you’ll visit the landmark Todaiji Temple, one of the powerful Seven Great Temples and home to one of Japan’s largest bronze statues of Buddha. Take a stroll around Nara Park, home to hundreds of freely roaming tame deer before returning to Kyoto for an evening at leisure.

Yasaka Tower in Kyoto, Japan
Accommodation The Hotel Higashiyama
Included Meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Visit the Kiyomizu pottery workshop in Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto Kiyomizu Pottery Workshop Visit

Help support the work of the Kiyomizu pottery craftsmen with your visit to their workshop.

Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Be My Guest Lunch at traditional tea plantation in Nara, Japan
Lunch with owners of a traditional Nara tea plantation

Lunch with a local farmer's family who own a traditional tea plantation in the Nara area.

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Deer in Japan
Nara Orientation

Discover the tame deer as you explore Nara Park.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 7

Bullet Train to Hiroshima

This morning, we board a high-speed bullet train to Hiroshima, a lively city that celebrates peace in the shadow of the previous century’s devastation. Our first stop is to a local restaurant where we’ll join our Local Specialist for an Okonomiyaki making experience. Mix your ingredients to make your own savory pancake and cook it on a hot plate before enjoying your creation for lunch. This afternoon, take the ferry to Miyajima Island to visit the famous UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shrine and elaborate torii gate rising majestically out of the sea. Learn how to make Momiji Manjyu, one of the local specialties, shaping your steamed bun in the shape of a maple leaf and filling it with sweet red bean paste. You’ll have an opportunity to sample your work before returning to Hiroshima by ferry.

Itsukushima in Hiroshima, Japan
Accommodation Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Iconic Experience Sample the famous okonomiyaki foods in Hiroshima, Japan
Okonomiyaki Making Experience LS

Learn the art of Okonomiyaki making and savor your own creations for lunch.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Itsukushima in Hiroshima, Japan
Miyajima Island Orientation

Discover the majestic Itsukushima Shrine and learn a new skill when you join a Local Specialist to practice making Momiji Manjyu. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 8

Experience Hiroshima

This morning, we head to the Peace Memorial Park and Museum and see the UNESCO-listed Peace Memorial, the only structure left standing when the first atomic bomb exploded in 1945. Take a moment to contemplate its symbolic expression of hope for world peace. Spend the afternoon at leisure or consider joining an Optional Experience.

Atomic Bomb Site Hiroshima, Japan
Accommodation Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Iconic Experience Memorial Cenotaph in Hiroshima, Japan
Visit Peace Memorial Museum and Park

Discover the rich history when you visit the Peace Memorial Museum and Park. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Shukei-en Garden and Oorizuru Tower in Hiroshima, Japan
Shukei-en Garden and Orizuru Tower

Visit Shukei-en garden; an Edo style historic Japanese Garden located in the center of Hiroshima. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and take a stroll a...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Onwards to Osaka

Today take the high-speed bullet train to Osaka. On arrival embark on an orientation drive of the central city and your first glimpse of sights including the incredible Umeda Sky Building before checking in to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure.

Castle in Osaka, Japan
Accommodation Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Umeda Sky Building Visit Osaka, Japan
Osaka Orientation Drive

Embark on an orientation drive through the city of Osaka.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 10

See the Sights of Osaka

Gain a different perspective of Osaka’s landmark city sights, starting your day with a cruise on the ‘aqua-bus’ along Okawa River. Sail past the Japan Mint, City Hall, Nakanoshima and Osaka Castle, one of Japan’s most famous landmarks.

Visit the downtown district of Shinsekai to see the Tsutenkaku Tower, then continue to the Dotonbori Street area for some time at leisure. Delve into the star-crossed love story of Ohatsu and Tokubei during your visit to the Tsuyunoten Shrine in Umeda, associated with the Edo-period play ‘The Love Suicides of Sonezaki, which tells of the tragic double suicide that took place at the shrine in 1703. To this day, visitors write their prayers for success in love on special wooden plaques called ema, many of which bear the image of Ohatsu and Tokubei. Admire the panoramic views of Osaka from the Floating Garden Observatory – an open-air viewing platform that straddles the two towers of the Umeda Sky Building. Later join your fellow guests and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.

Castle in Osaka, Japan
Accommodation Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka
Included Meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Iconic Experience Touristic boats by Castle Osaka, Japan
Okawa River Cruise

Discover Osaka's beautiful city landmarks as you embark on your Okawa River Cruise. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience The Tsutenkaku Tower in Osaka, Japan
Shinsekai District Orientation

See the wonderful Tsutenkaku Tower, the Tusyunoten Shrine which holds the love story of Ohatsu and Tokubei, and then take the time to bask in the s...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 11

Sayonara Osaka

Your journey revealing Japan's past and present is at its end, take a transfer by airport shuttle service to Kansai International Airport or Osaka Itami Airport for your onward flight.

Food, Sushi in Osaka, Japan
Included Meals Breakfast

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Dive Into Culture
Ameyoko Street Market Visit

Visit Ameyoko Street Market, once a black market selling American goods after World War II.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Tokyo City Tour

Visit Tokyo's renowned landmarks and gain insight into how this modern city preserves its ancient roots. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Taiko Drumming Lesson LS

Spend some time learning the art of Taiko Drumming with your Local Specialist. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Sumida River Cruise

Bask in the stunning skyline of Tokyo as you embark on your Sumida River Cruise.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Mt. Fuji 5th Station Visit

Admire the stunning countryside at Mt. Fuji 5th Station.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Bullet Train to Kyoto

Jump aboard the high-speed Bullet Train towards the cultural hub of Kyoto.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Kinkakuji Temple

Admire the beautiful golden pavilion of Kinkakuji Temple.  

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Arashiyama District Tour

Take a walk through the beautiful landscapes of the Arashiyama District.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Kyoto Kiyomizu Pottery Workshop Visit

Help support the work of the Kiyomizu pottery craftsmen with your visit to their workshop.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Lunch with owners of a traditional Nara tea plantation

Lunch with a local farmer's family who own a traditional tea plantation in the Nara area.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Nara Orientation

Discover the tame deer as you explore Nara Park.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Okonomiyaki Making Experience LS

Learn the art of Okonomiyaki making and savor your own creations for lunch.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Miyajima Island Orientation

Discover the majestic Itsukushima Shrine and learn a new skill when you join a Local Specialist to practice making Momiji Manjyu. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Peace Memorial Museum and Park

Discover the rich history when you visit the Peace Memorial Museum and Park. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Osaka Orientation Drive

Embark on an orientation drive through the city of Osaka.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Okawa River Cruise

Discover Osaka's beautiful city landmarks as you embark on your Okawa River Cruise. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Shinsekai District Orientation

See the wonderful Tsutenkaku Tower, the Tusyunoten Shrine which holds the love story of Ohatsu and Tokubei, and then take the time to bask in the s...

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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.

What to expect

Explore Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka
Visit Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Gion District and Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto, the bamboo groves in Arashiyama, Nara Park and Todaiji Temple in Nara, Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Hiroshima, Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island and Tsuyunoten Shrine and Umeda Sky Building in Osaka
See the Togetsukyo Bridge in Arashiyama
Scenic Cruise along the Sumida River in Tokyo and the Okawa River in Osaka

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
Japanese Tea Ceremony Experience

Experience the ambience of a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony with a professional Tea Master who will have spent many years leaning his craft whic...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Shukei-en Garden and Orizuru Tower

Visit Shukei-en garden; an Edo style historic Japanese Garden located in the center of Hiroshima. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and take a stroll a...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Japan

  • Official Languages across Japan: Japanese the official language of Japan.
  • Currency used in Japan: The currency of Japan is the Japanese Yen (¥).
  • Capital City:: The capital of Japan is Tokyo.
  • Time Zone(s) in Japan: Japan Standard Time (JST)

Japan 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 visa is not required to enter Japan.
  • 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.

Japan experiences a diverse range of weather and climate due to its geographical location and topography. The country generally has four distinct seasons. Spring (March to May) brings mild temperatures, cherry blossoms, and occasional rain showers. Summers (June to August) are hot and humid, with temperatures often reaching 30°C (86°F) or higher, accompanied by occasional typhoons. Autumn (September to November) is mild and known for its vibrant fall foliage, making it a popular time for tourism. Winters (December to February) are cold, especially in northern regions, with snowfall common in mountainous areas. Coastal areas experience milder winters with cool temperatures.

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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