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Luxury

Best of Japan and China

Tokyo to Shanghai
25 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: JAC25
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Trip Highlights

Geisha experience evening

In the former capital, Kyoto, interact with geiko or maiko during an evening of traditional entertainment and dinner

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Evocative and sobering, see the collection of items salvaged from the aftermath of the catastrophic atomic bomb

Dine at the Great Wall

Be the envy of your friends with a private chef-prepared buffet lunch along a quiet stretch of the Great Wall of China.

Your Vacation Includes

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to 12 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice inclusions in six locations
  • Everything as detailed including gratuities and onboard lectures
  • Four-night Yangtze River cruise aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
  • Finest dining - a total of 58 meals

Map & Itinerary

Asia Map JAC25 2019

Tokyo to Shanghai

Designed Exclusively for APT guests
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest

Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure. Tonight, meet your APT Tour Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception at the hotel.

Stay: Four Nights: Tokyo, Shangri La Hotel

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Choose to visit the Edo Museum and Tokyo Sky Tree; take in the views from the Roppongi Hills Observatory Deck; alternatively, choose to embark on a walking tour of Shibuya and enjoy an authentic glimpse of Tokyo.


After breakfast, enjoy a tour of Tokyo. Located in the heart of the city, the pristine Hamarikyu Gardens offer an oasis from the hustle and bustle. Afterwards, take a step back in time in Asakusa and wander through old Tokyo. Pass through the iconic Thunder Gate entrance to the ancient Sensoji temple, Tokyo's most colourful and popular Buddhist temple. This afternoon, discover more of Tokyo with your chosen sightseeing experience. Tonight, indulge in a sumptuous Welcome Dinner at a nearby restaurant.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today travel to Hakone, a city renowned for its natural beauty. En route to Hakone, stop at Honma Yosegi Museum and admire the exhibition of Edo-period artisan crafts. Following lunch, ride the Hakone Ropeway and, if the sky is clear, see Mt. Fuji. Visit the Hakone Open-Air Museum and be immersed in a wonderland of art and nature.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

During a cooking class, a local sushi chef will show you how to create three types of the traditional delicacy, which you will enjoy for lunch.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

There is a choice of dining options at the hotel this evening.


This morning you will learn the art of sushi making. Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before boarding the Bullet Train to Kanazawa. Upon arrival, visit the Kenroku-en garden. One of Japan's most beautiful landscaped gardens, the surrounds change with the seasons. Tour the old castle town including the Nagamachi Samurai district.

Stay: Two Nights, Kanazawa, ANA Crowne Plaza

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a range of dining options this evening.


Today, explore Kenroku-en Gardens and enjoy time at the Omicho Market, Kanazawa's largest fresh food market with over 200 stalls. After, explore the Higashi Chaya district, Kanazawa's largest geisha district. Later, visit the historic village of Shirakawa-go and wander the Gassho-style houses with their steeply-pitched thatched roofs, the only of their kind in Japan. Return to your hotel.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Board the train this morning to Kyoto. Upon arrival, take part in a tea ceremony before strolling through Higashiyama district with a chance to see a geisha. Tonight, the rhythms of a taiko drum performance elevates your dining experience.

Stay: Three Nights, Kyoto, Brighton Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Visit the Todaiji temple and the Kasuga Taisha and see the deers in Nara Park.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a special night of traditional entertainment, where you will dine and experience the art of conversation and dancing by genuine geiko (geisha) or maiko (apprentice geisha).


Today you will discover the incredible attractions of the cultural capital of Japan on a full day tour. Visit Kinkakuji (the Golden Pavilion), the World Heritage-listed Tenryuji temple, and Arashiyama's famous bamboo groves. This evening, take in a unique and memorable Signature Experience.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast, take the Bullet Train to Hiroshima. Spend the afternoon at the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Here, observe displays left by victims, photos and other materials that convey the horror of the event. Afterwards, visit the picturesque Shukkei-en Gardens. Tonight, choose where to dine.

Stay: Hiroshima, Sheraton Grand Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today, enjoy a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island to view the spectacular 'Floating Torii Gate'. After lunch at a local restaurant, board a Bullet Train to Osaka.

Stay: Two Nights, Osaka, InterContinental

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Enjoy a morning at leisure followed by an afternoon tour of Osaka where you will visit Osaka Castle, the Floating Observatory and the colourful district of Dotonbori.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Transfer to Kansai Airport for your flight to Beijing. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy a Welcome Reception.

Stay: Three Nights, Beijing, Regent Hotel

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  • Breakfast

Your sightseeing begins today with a tour of Tiananmen Square. Enlarged to four times its original size in the 1950s, Tiananmen is the world’s largest city square. After the tour, head to the World Heritage-listed Forbidden City, the largest surviving palace complex on earth. Located within the Imperial City of Beijing, the Forbidden City was home to 24 Chinese emperors between 1420 and 1924. Entrance to the city was once at the sole discretion of the emperor, but today visitors are able to access this extraordinarily preserved site. Enjoy time this afternoon at leisure, and this evening indulge in an authentic Peking Duck banquet served with all the traditional accompaniments.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Be captivated by the magnitude of the Great Wall as you wander along an unrestored and rarely visited stretch of the Badaling section, which is also the most complete section of the wall. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch and free-flowing beverages overlooking the wall, prepared exclusively for APT guests.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Choose to spend your evening attending a fascinating Peking Opera show at Qianmen Liyuan Theatre, or watching an exhilarating Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre.


Today, set out for the monumental Great Wall of China, which winds its way from the Yellow Sea up into the Gobi Desert for more than 6,000 kilometres. Enjoy dinner at leisure.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Choose to visit the Temple of Heaven and explore the main building. Perhaps visit the modern 798 Art Zone, an iconic contemporary art district in Beijing. Alternatively, head to the Hutong district by rickshaw and visit a local calligrapher's home.


This morning choose your sightseeing activity. Enjoy lunch before transferring to the airport for an evening flight to Yichang. On arrival, transfer to the smallest, most exclusive and luxurious ship cruising the Yangtze River, the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer. Settle into your suite as your ship sets sail.

Stay: Four Nights, Yangtze River, Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruise along the Yangtze River's most picturesque area, the spectacular Three Gorges region. Arrive at the Three Gorges Dam and take a tour of the Three Gorges Project and exhibition. Pass through the longest of the Three Gorges, Xiling Gorge, cruising through Yellow Ox Gorge and under Huangling Temple. After the Captain’s Welcome Reception this evening, enjoy a special Welcome Dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Disembark your ship at Badong and transfer by ferry to a traditional Chinese sampan (longboat). Absorb the serenity of the river and take in the rich surrounding forest and towering rock formations. Arrive at a local riverside village for a glimpse of traditional, rural Chinese life. See the local farms and tracker huts, and the ancient artefacts and customs still used today by the villagers. After lunch back on board, continue to the tranquil and spectacular Wu Gorge. Noted for its sheer peaks and towering cliff faces, the gorge is surrounded by the Wu Mountains. Later, your ship will graciously glide between the Chijia Mountain and Baiyan Mountain to enter Qutang Gorge, the shortest and most dramatic of the Three Gorges. Also considered the most beautiful, the two peaks of Qutang Gorge rise up alongside the Yangtze River some 1,300 metres. As you cruise past the south bank, look out for the ancient inscriptions engraved into the white chalk cliff faces. This afternoon, there is the opportunity to attend a hands-on arts and crafts demonstration on board. This evening, indulge in a delicious dinner with your fellow guests.

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Rise early to participate in a Tai Chi class atop the ship’s Observation Deck for a relaxing start to your day. Following breakfast, disembark in Fuling, a sleepy town along the Yangtze. Here, enjoy the extraordinary chance to visit the 816 Underground Project, an old nuclear site hidden in the mountains. Constructed in the 1960s when political tensions between the world's superpowers were at their height, this immense nuclear installation spans almost 12 miles, with more than 130 man-made roads and tunnels. This unique opportunity to explore the project affords a deeper insight into China's military and political history. In the afternoon, choose from a range of activities. Perhaps attend a Chinese brush painting and calligraphy demonstration, learn how to play the ancient game of Mahjong, learn a few words of Mandarin, or participate in a dumpling making session run by the ship’s chef. This evening, enjoy the Emperor’s Farewell Dinner, a Chinese banquet feast.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Siam Garden serves the finest traditional Thai cuisine in Xi'an prepared by a Thai master chef. Alternatively, enjoy authentic Cantonese cuisine from traditional dim sums to freshly made noodles at Tian Xiang Ge. This dining institution also serves famous dishes from other regions of China, including local Xi'an specialities. Otherwise, soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Yi Cafe, presenting cuisine from China, South-East Asia and Europe.


Following breakfast, disembark the luxurious Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer for the final time in Chongqing this morning. A strategic port since ancient times, Chongqing was established in the 11th century and has a dramatic history, having played a key role in World War II due to its mountainous landscape. Head to the Chongqing Zoo, where more than 200 varieties of wild and rare animals are on display, including the protected giant pandas. This beautiful creature is fast replacing the dragon as China’s emblem and has been kept in zoos since the early Han Dynasty - over 2,000 years ago. Later, visit a local restaurant for lunch before transferring to the airport for your flight to Xi’an. This evening, choose your dining experience.

Stay: Two Nights, Xi’an, Shangri-La Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

This evening, enjoy a Tang Dynasty cultural performance and feast on a local dumpling dinner. Alternatively, you may like to embark on a tour of the Muslim Quarter, famous for its cultural atmosphere, filled with buildings from the Ming and Qing dynasties.


Today you will discover the attractions of Xi’an, one of the oldest cities in China. The city was one of China’s Four Great Capitals and is the eastern point of the famous Silk Road. Visit the ancient city wall, one of the largest military defensive systems in the world, constructed in the 14th century during the early Ming Dynasty. Afterwards, travel to a clay factory where impressive terracotta soldiers are still made today. Spend the afternoon at the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses and the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum. Following your tour of this lively district, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Enjoy a delicious meal of Chinese cuisine at the Dragon Phoenix restaurant. Alternatively, you may wish to head to Lost Heaven, one of Shanghai's most awarded restaurants that specialises in the tribal cuisine of Yunnan province. Or for a western influenced seafood experience, Amanda Restaurant has a menu that is sure to inspire and delight.


Transfer to the airport and fly to Shanghai. On arrival, ride the high-speed Maglev train and watch the onboard speedometer race towards an exhilarating 300 kilometres per hour. Check-in to your hotel overlooking the Huangpu River. From Jesuit cathedrals, Jewish synagogues and Buddhist temples to home-grown lòngtáng laneways and shíkùmén housing, with time at leisure you'll lift the lid to a treasure chest of architectural style in Shanghai. This evening, choose your dining experience.

Stay: Three Nights, Shanghai, Fairmont Peace Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning, be joined by a local guide for an orientation tour through downtown Shanghai. Stop at the Jin Mao Tower and take an elevator to the 88th floor to the viewing deck, where you will delight in panoramic views of the city. This evening, after dinner at your leisure, enjoy premium seating at a thrilling acrobatic show.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Shanghai

Perhaps cruise the Huangpu River through the heart of the city, then explore Yu Garden and enjoy a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Regarded as one of the most lavish gardens in China, Yu Garden was built over a period of 20 years by Pan Yunduan who wanted to impress his father, a high-ranking official in the Ming Dynasty. Following your tour, sit down to a dim sum lunch. Alternatively, you may prefer to join a walking tour through the French Concession area to finish in the Xintiandi district, an area abound with unique stores and restaurants. Your final option is a full day excursion to Jinxi, an ancient water town. Although only an hour from bustling Shanghai, Jinxi is worlds away in pace and serenity. Wandering through the covered corridors along the Jinxi River, you’ll discover ancient bridges arching over the town’s many water alleys.


Choose your activity this morning. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and time at leisure before returning to the city. This evening, savour a special Farewell Dinner whilst reminiscing on an unforgettable journey with your new-found friends.

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Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Travel & Accommodation

Deep mountain ravine to Yangtze river below
Four night Yangtze cruise

Admire stunning natural landscapes on a cruise through the Three Gorges region aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer.

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Luxury Hotel Stays

Stay in some of China's finest hotels such as Shanghai's Fairmont Peace Hotel.

Rail Travel

From Tokyo to Kanazawa, Kyoto to Osaka, travel on Japan's remarkable rail system, including a trip on the bullet train

It has been a privilege to welcome so many guests aboard APT’s award-winning journeys, and a joy to see those guests fall in love with each new experience the world presents.