Includes airfare, hotel, tours, baggage handling, transfers, and more!
Departs: October 10, 2018
Discover the timeless beauty of Japan and China, where ancient traditions, architecture, and culture meet modern, fast-paced life. You will visit and experience the best of both nations on this unique Enrichment Journey, from mouthwatering cuisine to elegant and dramatic shrines and pagodas. Explore both Japan and China on inclusive land tours, designed to complement a relaxing cruise to some of the most popular ports of Japan and South Korea. Begin your Journey with a three-night stay in Tokyo. Enjoy a full-day tour of this futuristic city, including a relaxing river cruise along the Sumida. The next day after exploring the city on your own, tour Tokyo at night to see its unique skyline in a whole new way. Next, transfer to Celebrity Millennium in the port of Yokahama. Sail to Mt. Fuji (Shimizu), enjoy an overnight stay in Kobe, enjoy an included full-day tour to Nara and Kyoto, and visit historic Hiroshima. Next, dock in Kagoshima, and try to spot the Sakurajima volcano. You’ll also sail to Nagasaki as well as Busan, Jeju Island and Seoul (Incheon), South Korea. After your cruise, disembark in Shanghai, where your inclusive land tour continues with a tour of the striking Yu Garden, historic Old Shanghai, the impressive Jade Buddha Temple and more. Take a day trip to Suzhou to see the UNESCO Garden of Master of Nets, one of the finest gardens in China, as well as a tour of a Silk Spinning Factory and provincial village life in Jinxi. Continue onto Xi’an for a three night stay, where you’ll visit the Xi’an City Wall, practice your Chinese calligraphy skills and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Xi’an’s Terracotta Warriors and Horse Museum. Finally, transfer to Beijing for three nights and be dazzled by the scale and beauty of the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City, a visit to the Great Wall and much more.
Visits: Tokyo, Mt. Fuji (Shimizu), Kobe, Kochi, Hiroshima, Kagoshima and Nagasaki, Japan; Busan, Jeju Island and Seoul, South Korea; Shanghai, Xi’an and Beijing, China; Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Millennium
|1||Arrive in Tokyo and transfer to hotel. (D)|
|2||Tokyo – Full-day City Tour|
|3||Tokyo- Explore at leisure. Tokyo night tour.|
|4||Tokyo – Check out of hotel and transfer to the ship in Yokohama.||Overnight on Ship|
|5||Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan||4:00 PM|
|6||Mt Fuji (Shimizu), Japan||7:00 AM||3:00 PM|
|7||Kobe, Japan||11:00 AM|
|8||Kobe, Japan – Including exclusive shore excursion for Enrichment Journeys guests!||10:00 PM|
|9||Kochi, Japan||10:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|10||Hiroshima, Japan||9:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|12||Kagoshima, Japan||7:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|13||Nagasaki, Japan||7:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|14||Busan, South Korea||9:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|15||Jeju Island, South Korea||8:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|16||Seoul (Incheon), South Korea||9:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|18||Shanghai (Baoshan), China – Disembark and transfer to hotel. Enjoy dinner and an acrobatic show. (D)||7:00 AM|
|19||Shanghai – Tour of Yuyuan Garden, Old Shanghai, Jade Buddha Temple, Chinese Table Lunch & more. (L)|
|20||Shanghai – Day-trip to Suzhou by bus; tour Garden of Master of Nets & Silks and Jinxi. (L)|
|21||Shanghai to Xi’an, China – Check out of hotel and transfer to airport. Fly to Xi’an. Transfer to hotel. (D)|
|22||Xi’an – Tour the City Wall, practice your Chinese calligraphy, visit the Tang Dynasty Museum, Tang Dynasty Dancing Show & more. (L, D)|
|23||Xi’an – Tour of Ceramic Factory, visit to Terracotta Warriors & Horses Museum. Afternoon at Leisure. (D)|
|24||Xi’an to Beijing, China – Check out of hotel and transfer to airport. Fly to Beijing & transfer to hotel. Tour Hutong area, enjoy a home visit and take a dumpling making class. (L)|
|25||Beijing – Tour the Temple of Heaven, Tian’anmen Square & enjoy a Tea Ceremony, Forbidden City, Pearl Shopping, Kung Fu Stage Performance. (L,D)|
|26||Beijing – Tour Jade Carving Factory, Sacred Way, Badaling section of the Great Wall of China. (L, D)|
|27||Beijing – Hotel check out, transfer to the airport for return flight.|
Tokyo, Japan: Yokohama and Edo began life as sleepy fishing villages. That changed in the early 17th century after Tokugawa Ieyasu became Shogun. Edo became the center of political power in Japan, a position the city retained even after the restoration of Imperial rule in 1866. Contemporary Tokyo may be the most astonishing city on earth. It’s a paradoxical mix of ancient tradition and postmodern culture. The Ginza—an international shopping mecca—stands near the serene grounds of the Imperial Palace, and the hyper-speed of 21st century consumerism is mysteriously reconciled with the elegance and serenity of traditional culture. Tokyo provides the traveler with a dizzying experience. With the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Edo was renamed Tokyo, the “Eastern Capital,” to distinguish it from the old imperial capital at Kyoto, the “Western Capital.”
Make sure to take in the impressive view from Tokyo Tower or enjoy a soak in a local “sento” (public bath). Go to an amusement park such as Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea (Asia’s two most visited theme parks), or the more Japanese Sanrio Puroland, home to more Hello Kitties than you can imagine. Be sure to check out the hip and young crowd at Harajuku’s Takeshita-Dori (Takeshita Street). And no trip to Tokyo is complete without taking the bullet train to visit the iconic Mt. Fuji. With three nights in Tokyo, you will get to experience much of what this unique city has to offer.
Shimizu, Japan: Shimizu is gateway to Japan’s famed Hakone National Park, a wonderland of forests, mountains and hot springs. Board an aerial tram for a tour of the Owakudani Valley, a geothermal wonderland of boiling mineral springs. Cruise Lake Ashi aboard a unique, Viking-style vessel for serene views of Mt. Fuji.
Kobe, Japan: Kobe is the fifth-largest city in Japan and is the capital city of Hyogo Prefecture on the southern side of the main island of Honshu. Its name comes from “kanbe”, an archaic title for supporters of the city’s Ikuta Shrine. The earliest written records regarding the region come from the Nihon Shoki, which describes the founding of the Ikuta Shrine by Empress Jing in AD 201. For most of its history the area was never a single political entity, even during the Tokugawa Period, when the port was controlled directly by the Tokugawa Shogunate. Kobe did not exist in its current form until its founding in 1889. Kobe was one of the cities to open for trade with the West following the end of the policy of seclusion and has since been known as a cosmopolitan port city. While the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake diminished much of Kobe’s prominence as a port city, it remains Japan’s fourth busiest container port. The city is the point of origin and namesake of Kobe beef as well as the site of one of Japan’s most famous hot spring resorts, Arima Onsen. Kobe is also your gateway to Kyoto, Japan’s ancient imperial capital and the nation’s cultural and spiritual center.
Kochi, Japan: This picturesque city received its name from the Kochi Castle, which was built in the 17th century. During the Meiji Restoration, Kochi became famous as a center of pro-Imperial ideology, although later it fostered various democratic movements. While you visit Kochi today, be sure to indulge in the city’s most acclaimed meal, the katsuo no tataki, a lightly seared and seasoned tuna dish. Also, make sure not to miss Katsurahama, one of the best beaches in the region, which offers an extraordinary view and access to the Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum.
Hiroshima, Japan: Cruise to Hiroshima, Japan, with Celebrity Cruises. Visit Itsukushima Shrine, established approximately 1400 years ago, which includes more than 20 buildings and see the “Grand Gate” monument that looks as if it’s floating on the sea.
Kagoshima, Japan: Kagoshima is the southernmost city on Japan’s bullet train network and the capital of Kagoshima Prefecture. The city is often compared with its Italian sister city, Naples, due to a similarly mild climate, streets lined with palm trees, and Sakurajima, Kagoshima’s version of Vesuvius. Near port, you’ll find the fascinating Kagoshima aquarium, traditional Senganen Japanese gardens, museums, the Shiroyama mountain-top park with a view over the city, and Yakushima Island, a registered world heritage site. Plus, an abundance of hot springs, mud bath, and spas to promote serenity and relaxation.
Nagasaki, Japan: For most travelers, Nagasaki is a symbol of the horror and the inhumanity of war. An estimated 75,000 people perished in 1945 when the city became the second target of a nuclear attack. Today, Nagasaki’s Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum draw visitors from around the world. Often described as the San Francisco of Japan, the city occupies verdant hills surrounded by a deep-water bay. For three centuries, Nagasaki was Japan’s sole window on the world. The city is also celebrated as the setting for Puccini’s opera “Madame Butterfly.”
Busan, South Korea: It is Busan’s premier trading port, adjacent to the Korean Straits and Japan, that makes it an international metropolis but its beautiful sea vistas that make it a charming place to unwind. Experience the serenity of Beomeo-sa Temple, climb the Busan Tower in Yongdusan Park and rejuvenate at Hushimchung Spa.
Jeju Island, South Korea: South Korea’s tropical island paradise will enchant you with its sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and amazing volcanic landscape. Need a break from your beach towel? Waterfalls, museums, folk villages, scuba diving, hiking and festivals galore will keep you busy. Explore the colorful coral and sea life with a scuba dive off the coast of laid-back Seogwipo. Take an underground stroll through the world’s longest lava-tube cave at Manjanggul.
Seoul, South Korea: Seoul is the capital and largest city in South Korea, and is also the world’s 16th largest city. Located on the Han River, the history of the city stretched back to 18 BCE. Home to a variety of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Seoul has a great variety of historical, religious and cultural sites for visitors to explore. While visiting Seoul, be sure to sample some local street food for some extraordinary flavors, textures and local craft beers that you won’t find anywhere else in the world!
Shanghai, China: One of seven treaty ports inflicted by the West on Imperial China, the city was famed for the Bund, an elegant section of riverbank lined with European mercantile houses and elegant mansions. Shanghai is also one of the most fascinating cities on the face of the earth. Its streets are packed with individuals, cars and bicycles, weaving an extraordinary tapestry of humanity. Yet serenity and beauty are always present, be it a class practicing early morning tai chi or the serene repose of the city’s jade Buddha.
During your 26 night Journey, you will stay in Tokyo and enjoy three nights getting to know this fascinating city. Next, you will board the Celebrity Millennium cruise ship for a 14 night Journey through Japan, South Korea and China, visiting far off places like Nagasaki and Busan. After disembarking in Shanghai, you’ll spend nine nights in China venturing through the cities of Shanghai, Xi’an, and Beijing by land and by air. Optional shore excursions will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities. The land portion of the trip should be considered as moderately to highly active involving walking to numerous historical sites, including the Great Wall.
Walking on different types of land, roads, and landmarks will be part of the trip, especially in China. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses when applicable. For the cruise section of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up narrow stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.
China’s natural landmass makes for a massive, complex and diverse environment that holds true to tradition and faith around every corner. Immerse in the wonders of Chinese architecture and design, found everywhere from bustling cities to sprawling green landscapes dotted with fortresses and temples. Chinese pride connected with an underlying humility is ever present in its memorials to the past royal families and brave soldiers of the Qin Dynasty. The trip of a lifetime through China and Japan will be unforgettable and very different. Enrichment Journeys encourages you to keep an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes attractions and the cities themselves can be crowded, especially during holidays, so we will proceed with caution.
New cuisine can be the biggest difference. Dishes are prepared fresh and can often be modified to your tastes. The local host, tour manager as well as any staff would be happy to recommend new types of cuisine for you to sample and are willing to explain the flavorful components.
If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check with a Personal Vacation Manager before booking a trip. Take note of some Asian culture and pack modest clothing. Be friendly and polite when taking photos of locals.
Looking to learn more about the cultures, lifestyle and fun found in foreign destinations you are about to visit? We recommend these following books:
Farewell the Dragon: Lee Barckmann
American Shogun: General MacArthur, Emperor Hirohito and the Drama of Modern Japan Paperback: Robert Harvey
Frommer’s Chinese PhraseFinder
DK Eyewitness Guide: China
Lonely Planet’s Guide to Discover Japan
Shanghai Collected Travel Blog: http://shanghaicollected.typepad.com/
Donuts to Dumplings China Travel Blog: http://www.donutstodumplings.com/
National Geographic’s China videos: http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/places/countries-places/china/
The Last Samurai (2003), directed by Edward Zwick, starring Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe
Lost in Translation (2003), directed by Sofia Coppola, starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson
Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, or direct, or non-stop, or Business Class flights, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting their Travel Agent or Enrichment Journeys directly. We are pleased to provide Custom Air arrangements with a charge of $50.00 per person plus any additional air costs. The initial charge of $50.00 will be applied to the deviation cost.
|Routing||Transportation||Approximate Travel Time|
|Shanghai – Suzhou||Motorcoach||2.5 Hours|
|Shanghai – Xian||Airline||2 Hours|
|Xian – Beijing||Airline||2 Hours|
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|10/10/18||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|10 (Inside)||$8399||$6999||$1399||CALL FOR RATES|
|7 (Oceanview)||$8879||$7399||$1479||CALL FOR RATES|
|6 (Oceanview)||$8939||$7449||$1487||CALL FOR RATES|
|2C (Veranda)||$9356||$7799||$1559||CALL FOR RATES|
|C3 (Concierge)||$9719||$8099||$1619||CALL FOR RATES|
|Boston||$500||John F. Kennedy||$500||Phoenix||$450|
|Denver||$450||Los Angeles||$0||San Diego||$350|
|Washington – Dulles||$500||Chicago||$450||Tampa||$500|
|– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without noticeWhile we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.
All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.
The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary. Please note that hotel ratings are based on TripAdvisor ratings and are subject to change.
2-6-1 Daiba, Minato 135-8701, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
Located not far from both the Haneda Airport and the heart of Tokyo, the Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba Hotel is conveniently located and has all the amenities a travel could want. Lounge by the pool, make an appointment at the spa, or take a run at the gym during your down time. The Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba also has a beautiful view of the Tokyo Bay and Rainbow Bridge. It’s only a few miles from the center of Tokyo and the Imperial Palace.
+86 21 6545 8888
No.1171 Dongdaming Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai 200082, China
This Shanghai Hotel has a total of 357 rooms, and is located conveniently close to the Bund and Metro. The top floor features the first revolving restaurant in Shanghai, which serves Sichuan, Guangdong and Shanghai dishes. Diners can enjoy a bird’s nest while enjoying a bird’s eye view of the city.
Additionally, a series of recreational facilities such as a Fitness Center, Mini-Golf, Billiard Room, SPA and KTV are available for guests to enjoy a mental and physical relaxation.
Bearing the service goal “An Ocean of Refined Services”, Ocean Hotel Shanghai warmly welcomes friends all over the world.
Tel.: +86 29 87928888
319 Dongxin Street, Shaanxi Province 710004, Xi’an
The Grand Mercure Xian on Renmin Square is surrounded by serene courtyards and enchanting gardens which encapsulate the historic riches of the region. Fifty years of Renmin Square history is reflected on the magnificent décor of the hotel’s 194 guestrooms and suites. Combining chic Chinese design with modern touches, the rooms are fully equipped for comfort and convenience: room safe, satellite television and Wi-Fi access.
Tel: +86 10 6512 5555
26 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Beijing 100022
This high-end hotel with an annex is 7 minutes’ walk from Beijing Railway Station, and 4 km from the Forbidden City palace and museum complex. Featuring quilted headboards, the polished rooms come with Wi-Fi and satellite TV, as well as tea and coffeemakers. Elegant suites add living rooms and access to a private lounge. Breakfast is free. The Peony Garden chinese restaurant serves the finest of Cantonese cuisine throughout the day, while Japanese restaurant Sakura or the Orchid Terrace Café offer guests a more relaxed casual style of dining. Other amenities include an indoor pool, a gym and a spa.
Cruise Line: Celebrity
Since its inception in 1989, Celebrity has held true to its original commitment of taking the very best aspects of classic, elegant cruising and updating them to reflect current lifestyles. In 1997, they merged with Royal Caribbean International to form Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. What sets Celebrity apart from other vacation choices today is the cruise line’s passionate dedication to providing guests with a cruise experience that embodies modern luxury. This has become the definition of Celebrity Cruises, and has set the worldwide standard for today’s expression of what first made cruising famous — high quality, superior design, spacious accommodations, grand style, attentive service and exceptional cuisine. Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all providing an unmatchable vacation experience.
A favorite of many vacationers, Celebrity Millennium® includes many award-winning Solstice® Class features. She’s been renewed with spa-inspired AquaClass® staterooms, the AquaClass signature restaurant, Blu, and the addition of verandas to her chic Celebrity Suites. There is no better way to experience the exotic beauty of Asia and the South Pacific than aboard Celebrity Millennium. Out of the ordinary? Definitely.
How you handle your currency and financials is your choice while on the trip. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to have them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.
These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.
Currency can be exchanged at most banks when in need of cash. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby currency converter, or bank, that is open.
Cards are now widely accepted all over the world, especially major brand names. Call your card ahead of time to find out its specific limitations and benefits overseas.
Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.
Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Ask your domestic carrier for their rules and regulations regarding baggage allowance, which may mean additional fees. All bags will be screened during transfer before flights and boarding the cruise ship.
Luggage Screening Process
To pass through screening, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines with weight and size.
Have your bags labeled with name and address clearly marked. Add something recognizable in case bags are misplaced. Also mark bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for fluidity.
In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into the states, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you are questioning a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.
What to pack
Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. There are always unusual variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case. Here are a few key items to take on your trip:
Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.
Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling you carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless internet for free.
Your Health and Comfort
Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment
Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip beforehand up to the departure date with a full refund – that means 100% coverage at anytime. This covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, baggage delay and medical consultations abroad. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.
Medical Issues and Handicaps
As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on uneven streets and navigating through busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period.
Please check with your Personal Vacation Manager to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.
Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.
If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.
While on Tour
Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.
A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will have the group go over items such as the daily schedule, cruise details, weather and local customs.
All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each choice varies so you may experience various types of properties on your excursion.
Your identification is one of the most important things you will be carrying on your trip. Passports are required upon entry into Japan and subsequent countries. Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is advisable that you e-mail these documents to yourself and someone back home, in the event anything is misplaced. It may also be worth bringing an international ID or license.
Passport and Visa
Your passport must be in good condition and valid for at least 6 months following your date of return from the trip. China requires a multiple entry tourist visa, which you can apply for before arrival. If traveling with a non-US passport, contact your local embassy to ensure this document is the only one needed for passage into China and Japan.
Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide the most current visa information. However, you will need traveler visas for China prior to departure.
The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov, which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.
Some cruise lines offer visa services for your cruise at an additional charge. However, this is not always available.
You may also use a third-party visa service, such as Expedited Travel. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.
Vaccinations are not required by law in places such as China, but it is recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles and the flu shot. Use your own discretion and consider your personal medical history when deciding what vaccinations to have. During this excursion, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce. Here are some suggestions for the various countries visited on this journey:
If you have more questions, feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-232-4636 or visit the website at www.cdc.gov.travel.
Have an international electric outlet converter for this trip. Each country has variants, so this will ensure your electronics stay charged. China runs on 220v, and Japan runs on 100v. Most hotels will have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter.
You will be changing time zones periodically on the trip, but never more than one hour differences. These are the zones of each checkpoint:
Since you will be visiting multiple countries throughout the Journey, you will need several kinds of currency. This is only needed for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the trip.
Here are current exchange rates for China and Japan.
China – Yuan Renminbi, or Chinese dollar
Banknotes in 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100
There are small change paper and coin amounts, called yijiao
Exchange – $1 USD to 6.57 Chinese dollar
Japan – Japanese Yen
Banknotes in ¥1000, ¥5000, ¥10000, ¥2000 (rarely used)
Coins used: ¥1, ¥5, ¥10, ¥50, ¥100, ¥500
Exchange – $1 USD to 98.1406 JPY
South Korea – South Korean Won
Banknotes in ₩1000, ₩5000, ₩10000, ₩50000
Coins used: ₩1, ₩5, ₩10, ₩50, ₩100, ₩500
Exchange – $1 USD to 1192.44 KRW
Tipping is always appreciated but not required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry in Asia that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers and baggage handlers. Avoiding coins may be advisable, as it can be a cultural faux-pas to use these as tips.
Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels and at airports. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary. The local host or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per day, as can any ship staff member (which will be split at the end of the day by all), and drivers can be tipped about $5 USD per day. Guides/drivers will happily accept either local currency or US.
With the tour covering a wide range of climates and regions, you will most likely come in contact with cold, rain, fog, wind and damp environments. Check the weather online before embarking for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations (Beijing, Tokyo, etc.). The summer months of July and August are warmest, while winter months of November-March will be cold.
|High/Low in Fahrenheit|
Altitude (above sea level, in feet)
Beijing – 143
Xi’an – 1,312
Shanghai – 14
Tokyo – 131
Yokohama – 19
Practice the Local Language
Knowing a few phrases in the local native language can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are the top ten fun phrases.
China – Mandarin
nǐ hǎo (Knee how): Hello
Xiè xiè (Sheh sheh): Thank you
Búyòng kèqì (Boo yong sheh): You’re welcome
Shì (Shr): Yes
Búshì (Boo shr): No
Duìbuqǐ (Dway boo chee): Excuse me
zài jiàn (Zi gee’en): Good Bye
duō shǎo qián (Dor sheow chen): How much?
Wǒ tīng bù dǒng (Wore ting boo dong): I don’t understand
kuài zǐ (Kwhy za): Chopstic
Japan – Japanese
おはようございます。(Ohayou gozaimasu) : Good morning!
こんばんは。(Konbanw): Good evening!
ようこそいらっしゃいました。(Youkoso irasshai mashita): Welcome! (to greet someone)
お元気ですか？(Ogenki desuka?): How are you?
わたしは元気です。ありがとう。(Watashi wa genki desu. Arigato!): I’m fine, thanks!
あなたは？(Anatawa?): And you?
元気です。/ まあまあです。(Genki desu. / maa-maa desu.): Good/ So-So.
ありがとう！(Arigatou!): Thank you!
どういたしまして。(Dou itashi mashite.): You’re welcome! (for “thank you”)
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