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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”
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:
Medications and First Aid:
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!
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:
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:
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
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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