Includes: Roundtrip Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!
Start Date: March 27, 2022
(Sailing April 10, 2022)
China and Japan: two modern countries with thousands of years of history. Skyscrapers tower above ancient temples, bullet trains speed by rice paddies and local street markets neighbor Michelin-starred restaurants. On this comprehensive tour of China and Japan you will visit historical monuments, countryside landscapes, animal sanctuaries and modern cities. Start your tour in China, where you will walk along the Great Wall of China in Beijing, visit the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, tour the Panda Breeding Center in Chengdu and visit the Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai. Along the way you will learn how to make traditional dumplings, try your hand at Chinese calligraphy, enjoy a Kung Fu performance and more! Then, travel to Tokyo and learn the ancient Japanese traditions of Taiko drumming, origami making and sushi rolling. Throughout this program you will learn the region’s customs, enjoy the flavorful dishes of each city and try your hand at local art. Then, board the Celebrity Solstice and explore the islands of Japan, including the destinations of Mt. Fuji, Kobi, Kochi, Nagasaki, Hiroshima and more. This Journey is certainly an immersive experience you won’t want to miss!
Visits: Celebrity, Celebrity Solstice, China, Japan, Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Shanghai, Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Kochi, Hiroshima, Busan, Hakodate, Aomori, South Korea, Sichuan, Suzhou, Jixi, Great Wall of China, Terracotta Warriors, Pandas, Tokyo, Kobe, Nagasaki, SPID 31924
Start Date: March 27, 2022
(Sailing April 10, 2022)
|1||Arrive Beijing – Welcome Dinner|
|2||Beijing – City Tour|
|3||Beijing – Tour to Great Wall of China|
|4||Beijing to Xi’an – Dumpling Class|
|5||Xian – City Tour|
|6||Xian – Tour of Terracotta Warriors|
|7||Xian to Chengdu – Sichuan Folklore Show|
|8||Chengdu – Sichuan Culinary Museum & City Tour|
|9||Chengdu – Visit Panda Breeding Center|
|10||Chengdu to Shanghai – Acrobatic Show|
|11||Shanghai – Tour to Suzhou and Jixi|
|12||Shanghai – City Tour and Farewell Dinner|
|13||Shanghai to Tokyo – Welcome Dinner|
|14||Tokyo – Cultural Tour|
|15||Tokyo – Transfer to Yokohama for Embarkation||6:00 PM|
|16||Mt. Fuji (Shimizu), Japan||7:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|18||Kobe, Japan||7:00 AM||9:00 PM|
|19||Kochi, Japan||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|20||Hiroshima, Japan||9:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|22||Nagasaki, Japan||7:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|23||Busan, South Korea||7:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|25||Hakodate, Japan||8:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|26||Aomori, Japan||7:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|28||Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan||8:30 AM|
|29||Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan – Disembark and Transfer to Airport|
Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.
**Please note that this itinerary is subject to change at any time, including port of call changes. Please call a Personal Vacation Manager with any questions.
Day 1 – Arrive Beijing
Upon arrival at the airport, meet your Enrichment Journey guide, who will assist with transferring you to the hotel. After check-in, you’ll have time to get settled in and relax before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 2 – Beijing
Today, you will tour some of Beijing’s biggest sights! Our first stop is the Temple of Heaven. Famous for its elegant and symmetrical architecture, this is where ancient Chinese emperors prayed for a good harvest. We will then continue to Tian’anmen Square, one of the largest city squares in the world. Built in 1415, it sits at the entrance to the Forbidden City. Following lunch, explore the sprawling Forbidden City, home to 24 Ming and Qing emperors and now a repository of precious art and antiques. In the evening, enjoy a performance of the Legend of Kung Fu. A group of the best Kung Fu practitioners, directors and designers in China are invited by the performing arts company, and they put on one of the most spectacular shows in the country. (B, L, D)
Day 3 – Beijing
Today, you will depart Beijing for a visit to the Sacred Way and Badaling section of the Great Wall of China. Most tour groups visit the section of the wall closest to Beijing, which is the always-crowded Juyongguan section. However, it is not part of the original wall; it is a replica of what once stood there. You will journey further from Beijing to see one of the most authentic, best-preserved original sections of the Great Wall. You will have the chance to stand on the wall and meander along it. Afterwards, visit a Jade carving factory, where you will get to see some very intricate designs carved into jade by hand. (B, L)
Day 4 – Beijing to Xi’an
Start the day by exploring the Hutongs (narrow streets and alleys) of Beijing. Then, partake in a Chinese dumpling cooking class! This traditional dish, Jiaozi, has been made for over 1800 years and is more common in the Northern part of China, including Beijing. After lunch we will head to the airport for our flight to Xi’an. (B, L)
Day 5 – Xi’an
Start the day with a tour of the Xi’an City Wall, one of the oldest and best-preserved city walls in China. Here, we will learn about the gates, tunnels, watchtowers and battlements of this ancient structure. Then, practice your hand at Chinese calligraphy! Explore the Tang Dynasty Museum and the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, home to treasures and artifacts throughout China’s thousands of years of history. In the evening, experience a spectacular Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show where performers proudly demonstrate their culture, history, music, art and traditions while you feast on an authentic dumpling dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Xi’an
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a full day tour that will include a visit to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, an acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the main attractions in China, this impressive exhibition showcases the 2,000-year-old clay statues who kept guard over the tomb until its discovery in 1974. After a Chinese lunch, we will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda which is a well-preserved Buddhist pagoda dating back to 652 AD. (B, L)
Day 7 – Xi’an to Chengdu
After breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to the airport for your flight to Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan province. In the evening, we will enjoy a traditional hotpot dinner. Comparable to a western broth fondue, Chinese hotpot has been a traditional meal for over 1,000 years and is especially popular during the winter months. Each table will have a simmering “hot pot” of flavorful broth surrounded by plates of raw vegetables, meats, dumplings and other local delicacies. You may pick and choose your ingredients as you please. This fun and interactive dining tradition is sure to be a delightful (and delicious) experience! After dinner, we will enjoy a Sichuan folklore show, complete with traditional costumes, music and performers. (B, D)
Day 8 – Chengdu
Today we will visit the Sichuan Culinary Museum and learn about local cuisine, wine, tea and gardens. Then, a professional chef will guide us through a cooking class of traditional Sichuan dishes, followed by lunch. In the afternoon, your guide will lead you on an exploration of the ancient streets of Chengdu. (B, L)
Day 9 – Chengdu
This morning, visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these adorable animals from a new perspective. This facility has created a safe space for the giant pandas to breed and rear their young. We will learn about the conservation efforts underway for giant and other pandas, as well as other endangered animals from the region. After lunch, you will have free time to relax at the hotel or explore Chengdu on your own. (B, L)
Day 10 – Chengdu to Shanghai
After breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. You will have time to check in and settle into your hotel before heading out to dinner. Then, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show as we watch China’s best acrobatic performers show off their impressive skills and daring stunts. (B, D)
Day 11 – Shanghai
Today we will visit the oasis of Suzhou, a city located to the west of Shanghai. As 42% of the area is covered by water, this “Venice of the Orient” presents a beautiful blend of gardens, ponds, bridges, streams, temples and pathways. While touring this quaint town, you will explore the Garden of Master of Nets (one of the finest gardens in China), as well as a silk spinning factory, where you can learn about the silk-making process. Following lunch, transfer to the tranquil village of Jixi, known for its canals and ancient waterways, before returning to your hotel in Shanghai. (B, L)
Day 12 – Shanghai
Today, you will spend the day discovering Shanghai. Your tour includes a visit to Yuyuan Garden, an extensive Chinese garden dating back to the 16th century, before sitting down to your included lunch. Then, at the Jade Buddha Temple, admire ancient paintings, Buddhist scriptures and architecture on your way to viewing the two Buddha statues, which were intricately carved from whole white jade. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner with the group. (B, L, D)
Day 13 – Shanghai to Tokyo
This morning we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Tokyo. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and enjoy some free time before re-joining the group for dinner. (B, D)
Day 14 – Tokyo
Begin the day learning about Taiko, a traditional Japanese drum which has been used in festivals for over 2,000 years. You will learn how to play Taiko from a professional performer while learning about its origin and influence on Japanese culture. Next, head to a renowned cooking studio to try your hand at making traditional Japanese food such as sushi, teriyaki, okonomiyaki and more. After lunch, head to the peaceful setting of a traditional Japanese garden where you will practice your skills in the art of origami and partake in a Japanese tea ceremony. In the evening we will visit the Roppongi Hills Observatory to take in a breathtaking view of the city skyline. Then, finish the night with a farewell dinner at a restaurant specializing in tempura. (B, L, D)
Day 15 – Tokyo Embarkation
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Celebrity Solstice for a 14-night cruise around Japan. (B)
Day 16-28 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Solstice (see below for cruise highlights)
Day 29 – Tokyo Disembarkation
Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Celebrity Solstice and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.
Mt Fuji (Shimizu), Japan: On clear days, particularly in winter, Mount Fuji (Fuji-san in Japanese) is visible from as far as Tokyo, 60 miles away. When Japan’s highest mountain is capped with snow, it’s a picture-postcard perfect volcanic cone. One of the best-known symbols of Japan, this iconic mountain has been considered sacred since ancient times and was even forbidden to women until the early 1900s.
Kobe, Japan: While Kobe has always been an important port in Japan’s history, it also has a reputation for being one of the best-kept cities in the country. From classic Japanese gardens to the longest suspension bridge in the world, Kobe is a dazzling mix of tradition and modern influence. While on your cruise, you’ll feel like you’ve discovered a hidden gem in Kobe, one where locals celebrate and value their city. After experiencing a massive earthquake in 1995, Kobe bounced back, channeling the tragedy to create landmarks and museums to honor the city’s past, like the Kobe Earthquake Museum and the renovated Kobe Port Tower. In your free time, take a short cable car ride to the top of Mount Rokko for 360-degree views of the city skyline, followed by a dip in the tranquil Arima Onsen, a thousand-year-old hot spring with healing properties. Don’t leave without trying the area’s world-famous, mouthwatering Kobe beef.
Kochi, Japan: The capital of Kochi Prefecture on the southern coast of Shikoku is small, friendly, and boasts several attractions of interest to travelers. Make sure to enjoy some katsuo no tataki, Kochi’s most famous dish, and visit the temple and botanical garden at Mount Godaisan.
Hiroshima, Japan: While paying tribute to the infamous nuclear attack that destroyed the city in 1945, Hiroshima is now defined as a beacon of peace and prides itself on its exceptional natural beauty. See more than 300 cherry blossom trees in bloom at Peace Memorial Park, travel to the breathtaking Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island, and take time to sample okonomiyaki—a delicious example of Japanese soul food.
Nagasaki, Japan: It’s easy to get swept up in the lure of this glittering city. Nagasaki is known for its nature and closeness to the sea, making it both an important harbor city for trade and a seaside destination. Filled with history and a commitment to world peace following the atomic bombing, Nagasaki is a city of charm and character with a rich history and a must-see stop on an Asia cruise. Stop for delicious pork dumplings, enjoy ancient hot springs, or stroll through one of the city’s many green spaces like the incredible Nagasaki Bio Park, where you can even feed monkeys. Animal lovers must check out the Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium, the protected habitat of hundreds of penguins.
Busan, South Korea: It is Busan’s premier trading port, adjacent to the Korean Straits and Japan, that makes it an international metropolis but it’s the 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.
Hakodate, Japan: A port city on the island of Hokkaido, Hakodate is best known for the spectacular views and the area’s delicious, fresh seafood, sushi, squid, and ramen. From the top of Mount Hakodate, you’ll enjoy a magnificent view of the city surrounded by the ocean. You can reach the summit by hiking trail, cable car, or auto. The former Goryōkaku Fort, Japan’s first Western-style fortress, is now used as a public park and is a popular spot for cherry blossom viewing. The park also features the tall, white Goryōkaku Tower that offers a panoramic view of the park, including mainland Japan across the Tsugaru Strait on clear days. Hakodate is literally a town of hot springs, and it even offers steamy outdoor footbaths to pedestrians.
Aomori, Japan: Aomori Port, the capital of Aomori prefecture, is located on Mutsu Bay, at the northern tip of Honshu. Here, nature and culture fuse as one. The Shirakami Mountains, which embrace the world’s largest virgin forest of beech trees, have been awarded a World Heritage Site designation. Reminders of ancient times abound throughout Aomori Port as well, and you can also indulge in the serene atmosphere of the Sannai-Maruyama Ruins, Japan’s largest, which are said to have been established around 4,000 to 5,000 BC. The summer brings the city’s most beloved Nebuta Matsuri Festival, which features enormous lantern floats, taiko drums, and dancers that parade the downtown streets. Stroll Aomori’s premiere Shinsen Ichiba seafood market where restaurateurs hand-pick fresh produce then slurp up delicious ramen noodles at one of its counter restaurants.
Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan: There aren’t many places on Earth that blend ancient tradition and the ultra-modern quite like Tokyo. Centuries-old gardens and cobblestone laneways live in perfect harmony with soaring skyscrapers and dazzling neon lights. Get immersed in an unrivaled dining scene, fashionable boutiques, and endless cultural encounters in this ever-evolving city.
Most days during the land portion will include full-day tours. The overall pace is rather quick, as there is much to see in these regions, however there is a healthy mix of both visits to historical sites and time to enjoy the landscape and scenery. Most days include two meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine, then have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining. During the cruise you will have a mix of relaxing days at sea and exciting days on land to explore the port cities. You may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.
The land portion of the trip should be considered active and includes a considerable amount of walking. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation. Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist. For the cruise portion of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up 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.
A trip of a lifetime through mainland China is not to be missed. The pre-cruise program will include instrumental music on instruments you may have never heard of, artistry of silk and net production, historic architecture including The Great Wall and several other UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Then, in Japan you will learn about another unique culture, including a variety of traditional and cultural activities during your tour in Tokyo. You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and cities themselves can be crowded, especially while on the cruise.
If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The temperature can vary between day and night, so pack accordingly with items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker with them.
Included airfare is from select airports only. To inquire about a different airport, please contact your Personal Vacation Manager.
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, direct/non-stop flights, Business Class upgrades, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting Enrichment Journeys and inquiring about the Custom Airfare Program. There is a $50 per person charge for this service, however this charge will be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving a custom air quote.
Transportation while on tour:
Beijing–Xi’an: 2 Hour Flight
Xi’an–Chengdu: 2 Hour Flight
Chengdu–Shanghai: 2.5 Hour Flight
Shanghai–Tokyo: 3 Hour Flight
Onboard Credit offer not applicable to Journey to Tuscany, Greece and Turkey. All guests must choose the same package type. View Celebrity Terms and Conditions. Offer expires 11/30/20 or when sold out.
Want an extra day to adjust to the new time zone? With this optional extension you will arrive to Beijing a day early and have one extra day to relax at the hotel before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $150 per person, based on double occupancy, includes:
|3/27/2022||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|Deluxe Veranda (2B)||$12,665||$9,499||$3,166||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Concierge Class (C3)||$12,932||$9,699||$3,233||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Aqua Class (A2)||$13,332||$9,999||$3,333||CALL FOR DETAILS|
Prices are in USD and are based on double occupancy.
Interested in the land program without the cruise? Pricing including Airfare is $6,399 per person.
|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 notice. While 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.
97 Jinbao St Dongcheng Distrt, Beijing, China, 100005
Telephone: +86 10 8522 1999
Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel is a modern oasis with 216 rooms. Centrally located in the heart of Beijing’s bustling and developing cultural, commercial, business and entertainment district, the hotel is within walking distance of the Tian’anmen Square, Wangfujing shopping street. Rooms all feature stunning views of the city skyline and complimentary high-speed Internet access.
Tel：+86 29 87928888
319 Dongxin Street, Shaanxi Province 710004, Xi’an, China
The Grand Mercure Xi’an 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 28 66669999
15 Binjiang Middle Road Sichuan Province, 610016 Chengdu, China
Each Sofitel is a unique blend of the French art de vivre and local refinement. Sofitel Chengdu Taihe welcomes you to the Land of Heaven, where Chinese modernity meets Sichuan tradition – all mingled with French passion and abundant hospitality.
Sofitel Chengdu luxury hotel is ideally located in the center of the city on the picturesque Jinjiang River. The hotel is a 20-minute drive from Chengdu International Airport and a 15-minute walk to Tianfu Square and the city’s commercial centers.
Tel：+86 21 6248 1688
No.65 Yan’an West Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai 200040, China
Hotel Equatorial Shanghai is strategically located at Jing’an in the heart of downtown Shanghai. The 506 guest rooms and suites offer stunning city views, and have been beautifully furnished to ensure guests a comfortable and relaxing stay. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. Themed specialty restaurants provide delicious Chinese and western cuisine skillfully prepared by supremely qualified chefs.
The well-recognized Shanghai International Club Fitness Centre is situated on the 4th floor, easily accessible to all patrons. The centre offers a range of top-of-the-line fitness facilities from Life Fitness, a tennis hard court, the Fei Spa and an indoor heated pool which boasts a breathtaking view of Jing’an.
2-6-1 Daiba, Minato 135-8701, Tokyo, 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 traveler 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.
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.
Ship: Celebrity Solstice
Celebrity Solstice® is one of our more decorated ships at sea. So it’s no wonder that it’s full of “firsts.” Like the first Lawn Club at sea. The first Hot Glass Show℠. The first cruise line to have 5 women, also known as “the Leading Ladies℠” redesign, and redecorate the staterooms. Some other things that set the Celebrity Solstice cruise ship apart are its specialty restaurants. Our passion for outstanding cuisine has taken the restaurants, the food and the overall dining experience to a whole new level in the cruising world. But staterooms and specialty restaurants are only part of this ship’s charm. Celebrity Solstice also has the Canyon Ranch SpaClub® and fitness center, where you can pamper yourself with spa treatments or push yourself in a workout with one of our trainers. If only life on land was as good as life on Celebrity Solstice.
How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. 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 make 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, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.
During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its 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. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.
What to pack
Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable 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.
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 for weight and size.
Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.
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 have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.
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.
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 your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless Internet for free.
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 for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.
The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. 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 with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some 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 speak with one of our Personal Vacation Managers 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.
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 meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, 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 accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.
Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home in the event these documents are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.
Passport and Visa
To travel internationally, you must have a passport in good condition, and it must be valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your trip. Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide visa information, and you should not rely on the information provided below to be the most current and accurate. 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, (Canadian citizens should visit https://travel.gc.ca/, for all other countries please visit your government website or local embassy), which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.
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.
Note: as of October 2020, most U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to China are required to obtain a tourist visa prior to departure. Enrichment Journeys will assist with obtaining an invitation letter, which you will need for your visa application. Enrichment Journeys strongly encourages you to check your government website a few months prior to departure (and then again right before departure) to verify this information, as well as for all countries on your itinerary.
Vaccinations are 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 when deciding on what vaccinations to have based on your preferences and personal medical history. During your Enrichment Journeys tour, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.
For a list of recommended vaccinations based on destination, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel or feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention directly at 1-800-232-4636.
You will need an adaptor for some parts of your trip. To see what the plugs will look like at your destination, visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ and click on each country from the right menu.
You may also need to use a converter. Most countries outside of North and Central America use 220-240 V, whereas the U.S. and Canada use 110 V. However, most chargers these days have a box which will act as a converter so that it can be used in all countries around the world. If your charger box says “Input: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz” then you do NOT need to use a converter (but you may still need an adaptor so that the plugs fit in the socket).
Some hotels may have two and three-pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter. However, we recommend having at least one or two adaptors with you, as we cannot guarantee that all hotels will be able to accommodate this.
China uses the Yuan Renminbi, also known as the Chinese Yuan (¥), currency code CNY
South Korea uses the Korean Republic Won (₩), currency code KRW
Japan uses the Japanese Yen (¥), currency code JPY
Please visit https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/ for the current exchange rate.
How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. We suggest having at least some local currency with you during the trip, at least enough to take a taxi if needed. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.
It is not customary to tip in East Asia and may even be considered an insult. Your tip may be politely refused, or end with a staff member chasing you down the street because they thought you forgot your change. In the hospitality industry (hotels, etc) it is sometimes acceptable, however if you would like to tip a bellman or other hotel staff member it is best to do it discreetly (preferably in an envelope). Tipping a tour guide is more accepted and probably the only occasion where you will provide a tip.
Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels, and at airports. The host, guide, or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per person, per day, as can any ship staff member (which is often split at the end of the day by all). Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day.
For more information about when and how much to tip in each country, feel free to speak with your tour guide at the start of your Journey. A good reference for international tipping is https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2008-11-11/etiquette-101-tipping-guide.
Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit https://m.worldtimezone.com/m-index12.php.
With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely come in contact with warm and/or cool weather, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before departing for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.
Many countries outside of North America use Celsius. Here is a °C to °F quick reference guide:
|-5° C = 23° F||5° C = 41° F||15° C = 59° F||25° C = 77° F||35° C = 95° F|
|0° C = 32° F||10° C = 50° F||20° C = 68° F||30° C = 86° F||40° C = 104° F|
High/Low Temperatures in Fahrenheit:
Practice the Local Language
Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some fun phrases:
China: Chinese Mandarin (though many regions also have a local dialect and/or accent)
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/chinese/ for more phrases with sound.
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/japanese/ for more phrases with sound.
South Korea: Korean
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/korean/ for more phrases with sound.
Facts and Figures
Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.
Recommended Reading List
Vacation should be easy, peaceful and, most of all, completely stress-free. Let us handle the details, so you can sit back, relax and curl up with a good book as you count down the days to your next Journey! We’ve compiled the following list of books and movies to introduce you to the destinations you are about to visit.
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