17 days from $16,048 per person*
  • Witness some of the 620,000-plus pieces of Chinese art on display at Taipei’s National Palace Museum.
  • See the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Shanghai’s futuristic waterfront, and more in China.
  • Explore UNESCO-protected temples and visit the edge of the Demilitarized Zone in South Korea.
  • Experience the flavors of downtown Tokyo and savor the elegant calm of Kyoto’s temples and shrines.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of luxury accommodations.
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The very best of East Asia, all in a single trip? They said it couldn’t be done. This incredible adventure proves that with enough time and ambition, anything is possible. Join us and experience the must-sees and -dos of Taiwan, China, South Korea, and Japan with all sorts of luxurious twists along the way.

For an adventure of this scope, there’s just no better jumping-off point than Taipei. An engrossing blend of Chinese, Japanese, and Southeast Asian influence, the Taiwanese capital is a delight to explore. With private guides, you’ll see the stunning Chiang Kai-shek Memorial, the Martyrs Shrine, and the National Palace Museum, home to the world’s most extensive collection of Chinese art – more than 620,000 pieces. Taipei is an entirely different city at night, as you’ll discover on a twilight tour of the famous Longshan Temple and the lively Huaxi night market before ascending to the top of Taipei 101, one of the world’s tallest buildings. Later, escape the bustle of the big city for a private exploration of Taiwan’s northern coast and Yehliu Park, famed for its incredible rock formations.

Next stop: Shanghai, China’s gleaming city of the future. After settling in for a delicious welcome dinner and a spectacular performance of traditional Chinese acrobatics, explore the fascinating metropolis on the edge of tomorrow on a private cruise along the Bund, Shanghai’s famous skyscrapered waterfront on the Huangpu River. Later, see the city’s more serene side on a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple and Yu Garden, a vast Ming Dynasty garden that’s the perfect antidote to the frenetic city that surrounds it.
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Onward to Beijing, China’s political and cultural capital. After a dinner of Peking duck and a night out at the Liyuan Theater Peking Opera, you’ll visit the stunning 18th-century Summer Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and come face-to-face with one of the world’s most ambitious architectural achievements on a private tour of the Great Wall at the scenic Mutianyu section. The full force of China’s history comes to life later on a private tour of three powerful symbols of China’s political and imperial might: sprawling Tiananmen Square, the majestic Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven, an oasis of calm amid the bustling capital.

Your next destination lies across the Yellow Sea in Seoul. Here, you’ll experience the Korean capital as it was on a private tour of UNESCO-protected Changdeokgung (one of the city’s “Five Grand Palaces”), the traditional village of Bukchon, the artisan markets of Insadong, and the Jongmyo Royal Shrine, the oldest royal Confucian shrine still in use. (You’ll even have the chance to gaze into North Korea from across the Demilitarized Zone.)

Tokyo, a dazzling mix of neon-drenched modernity and time-honored custom, is next. First, head into the backstreets of the eye-popping Harajuku district for an evening out that includes artisanal beer, grilled okonomiyaki, contemporary architecture, and a visit to the trendy food stalls of Aoyama. Then, explore the city’s must-see sights – the Meiji Shrine, traditional Asakusa, and the Sensoji Temple, among others – on a full-day private tour before heading out to Hakone for a full day spent exploring in the shadow of Mount Fuji at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

The tour concludes in Kyoto, the spiritual heart of Japan. You’ll meet two of the city’s 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites on a private tour of Kinkakuji (the fabled Temple of the Golden Pavilion) and beautiful Nijo Castle, famed for its delicate craftsmanship and intricate design. Finally, say goodbye to Japan and Asia in perfect style on a full-day journey to Nara, the one-time imperial capital. Here, you’ll explore Todaiji Temple (home to Japan’s largest Buddha), visit Kasuga Taisha Shrine, and spend time with the free-roaming deer of Nara Park before walking through the 10,000 torii to Fushimi-Inari Shrine, one of Japan’s signature experiences.

Kensington Tours creates private trips from the world’s finest ingredients. Tailor-made with care by your personal Destination Expert, your personalized trip is always a one-of-a-kind experience made just for you. Expert local guidance and 24/7 service come standard.

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Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Taipei
    Taipei
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Taipei
    Taipei
    • Private Tour - Half Day City Tour (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private Tour - Night Tour with Dinner at Din Tai Fung (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Taipei
    Taipei
    • Private Tour - Half Day Northern Coast & Yehliu Park Tour (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Afternoon at Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Taipei to Shanghai
    Taipei to Shanghai
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Airport Meet & Greet -
    • Private Transfer - Airport (PVG) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Shanghai Acrobatic Show and Dinner at Ye Shanghai - Dinner & Acrobatic Show (VIP Seats)
  • Day 5 Shanghai
    Shanghai
    • Private Tour - Bund Cruise, Jade Buddha Temple, Oriental Pearl & Yu Gardens with Lunch (8hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 6 Shanghai to Beijing
    Shanghai to Beijing
    • Private Transfer - Airport (PVG) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Shanghai - Beijing [(2hrs)] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Liyuan Peking Opera with Deluxe Dinner - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 7 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Private Tour - Great Wall Mutianyu & Summer Palace with Lunch (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 8 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Private Tour - Tiananmen, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven with Lunch (6-7 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 9 Beijing to Seoul
    Beijing to Seoul
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Private Transfer - Incheon Airport with Guide - Mini Van/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 10 Seoul
    Seoul
    • Private Tour - Changdeokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, Insadong & Jongmyo (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 11 Seoul
    Seoul
    • Private Tour - Half Day Semi-Private D.M.Z. Tour with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 12 Seoul to Tokyo
    Seoul to Tokyo
    • Private Transfer - Incheon Airport with Guide - Mini Van/Driver/Guide
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Japan - Welcome
    • Airport Meet & Assist - Meet & Greet-Narita 9:00-20:55
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Narita Airport
    • Private Tour - Evening Harajuku Backstreet Gourmet Tour by Private Transportation (4 hrs) - Guide/Vehicle
  • Day 13 Tokyo
    Tokyo
    • Private Tour - Full Day Tokyo Highlights Tour by Private Transportation (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
    • Dinner Reservations - Dinner Reservations
  • Day 14 Tokyo
    Tokyo
    • Private Tour - Full Day Hakone Mt. Fuji National Park Tour by Private Transportation (9 hrs) - Guide/Vehicle
  • Day 15 Tokyo to Kyoto
    Tokyo to Kyoto
    • Baggage Transfer - Baggage Transfer
    • Private Transfer - Train Station Transfer with Private Vehicle and Guide - Vehicle/Guide
    • Train - Tokyo - Kyoto [(2.5hrs)] - 1st Class
    • Private Transfer - Train Station Transfer with Private Vehicle and Guide - Vehicle/Guide
    • Private Tour - Half Day Kyoto Highlights by Private Transportation (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
  • Day 16 Kyoto
    Kyoto
    • Private Tour - Full Day Nara and Fushimi Excursion by Private Transportation (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 17 Kyoto
    Kyoto
    • Private Transfer - Kyoto - Osaka [Kansai Airport] - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Taipei

For your added comfort, your guide will be waiting for you outside the customs area with a sign with your name on it. Your guide will assist you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Accommodation: The Regent (5*)

Situated in the Zhong Shan district, Regent Taipei is a 5 star hotel at the heart of the capital’s most vibrant cultural, entertainment and shopping areas. Easily accessible from the Taipei Song Shan Airport and close to local hot spots such as art museums and historic buildings, this exuberantly luxurious hotel offers travelers a bird’s eye view of modern Taiwanese life from a highly-convenient vantage point. Deluxe guest rooms and spacious suites complete The Regent’s beautifully styled accommodation. One of the most spacious luxury hotels in Taipei, guest rooms feature temperature-sensing, pressure-relieving mattresses and a selection of pillows, while super-sized bathrooms boast a deep marbled bath with separate shower. Perfectly complimenting the high-end accommodation, Regent Taipei is the only hotel in Taiwan to house in excess of 50 of the world’s luxury designer boutiques in its Regent Galleria shopping mall; just steps away from its seven exquisite restaurants and a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center. With modern amenities and over-the-top features, The Regent shares an utterly-pampering home-away-from-home experience.

Day 2: Taipei

Enjoy a half day private tour with an English speaking guide. While the Taipei area has been settled for millennia by the indigenous Ketagalan people, its history as an urban centre only dates back to the early 1700's. Despite only a few hundred years of history Taipei is now a modern city with a tumultuous history, diverse population and impressive collage of modern grandeur and age old traditions. Begin with a visit to the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, an impressive monument to the one-time leader of China and founder of modern Taiwan. The majestic hall towers over 25 hectares of landscaped gardens, pavilions, and ponds. Next stop is the nearby Martyr's Shrine, an excellent example of classical Ming dynasty architecture and an excellent source of insight into the history of Taiwan that still shapes its relationship with the Mainland. Next stop by the Taipei National Palace Museum which houses the imperial safeguarded from the chaos of the civil war and with over 620,000 items it is the world's largest collection of Chinese art treasure - too large to be displayed all at once. Final stop is the handicraft center - an excellent source to see (and if interested purchase) traditional goods.

Enjoy a four-hour private evening tour with an English-speaking private guide. Modern Taipei is home to many temples, markets and exciting dining opportunities. This private tour combines these urban highlights with a visit to Lungshan (Dragon Mountain) Temple, Taipei's oldest and most famous as well as one of Taiwan's finest examples of temple architecture. Stop and enjoy a delicious dinner at internationally acclaimed restaurant Din Tai Fung, famous for their xiaolongbao (soup dumplings). There is also the opportunity to visit the lively Hwahsi Street Night Market and view Taipei's skyline atop the Taipei 101 Observatory (entrance ticket is included).

Accommodation: The Regent (5*)
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Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
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Taipei 101

Day 3: Taipei

Enjoy a half day tour with an English Speaking Guide to the beautiful northern coast of Taiwan. Begin your tour to the harbor city of Keelung and explore Yehliu Park famed for its stunning panoramic views and natural rock formations including the iconic Queen’s Head pillar.

This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: The Regent (5*)
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Yehliu Park

Day 4: Taipei - Shanghai

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.

For your added comfort, your guide will be waiting for you outside the customs area with a sign with your name on it. Your guide will assist you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

The Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe has garnered international fame, with dazzling displays that seem to defy the laws of gravity. This evening, your private guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel for your dinner reservation at Ye Shanghai before the show. Housed in a renovated Shikumen style house, the restaurant embraces the cuisine of neighboring Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces. From here, drive to the theater and settle into your seats with the help of your guide. The multimillion-dollar performance is a testament to traditional Chinese acrobatic arts, featuring stunning costumes, modern technology, and original live music during the show. The acrobats undergo years of rigorous training, starting as young as six or seven. Many performers boast 20 years of experience. After the memorable performance, transfer back to your hotel by private vehicle.

Accommodation: Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund (5*)

Combining the history and culture of the celebrated Shanghai Bund with a taste for 21st century sophistication, Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund offers a heritage ambiance, legendary service, and timeless amenities to make your stay truly memorable and distinct. Housed within the two-building complex are well-appointed rooms and suites, stylish environments for dining and lounging, extensive banquet facilities with stunning views, luxury spa, fully-fitted gym, complimentary Wi-Fi, and more, all crafted onto a picture perfect setting that speaks volume of the grandeur and finesse that is uniquely theirs.

Luxury East Asia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Shanghai Acrobats
Shanghai Acrobats

Day 5: Shanghai

Spend the day visiting some of Shanghai’s must-see sites with your private guide and driver, contrasting traditional Chinese elements with the rapidly evolving iconic skyline that line the Huangpu River. The Oriental Pearl Tower rises up from the river, a distinct landmark surrounded by the Yangpu Bridge in the northeast and the Nanpu Bridge in the southwest, creating the image of ‘twin dragons playing with pearls’. The scene is the dramatic backdrop against the Pudong business district, with stunning views of the Shanghai Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center, along with the colonial European-inspired buildings across the river. Enjoy the sprawling cityscape atop this 1,535-foot tall tower, the world’s sixth tallest TV and radio tower and the second tallest in China. Cruise along the river for one hour along the mighty Huangpu River and disembark amidst the splendid architecture that lines the Bund.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant showcasing Shanghai’s cuisine, then drive to the Jade Buddha Temple, one of the most famous Buddhist shrines in Shanghai. The statue was brought to China from neighboring Myanmar in the late 19th century, and the temple itself was destroyed during the revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty. The current temple was erected in 1928 to protect the jade statues inside. Next, drive to the Yu Gardens, the largest of Shanghai’s ancient gardens, dating to the mid-16th century. The expansive grounds feature the architectural styles of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, with six pavilions each with their own unique design, laid out in the Suzhou style. The Grand Rockery in the center of the garden is a popular photo stop, with replica peaks, cliffs and caves. The Yu Gardens are a year-round delightful retreat from Shanghai’s frenetic pace, as the changing seasons offer a different experience and a moment of quiet contemplation. Adjacent to the gardens is the City God Temple, surrounded by a network of local snack vendors and souvenir shops that make for a colorful walk into the Yu Garden. At the end of the day, return to your hotel by private vehicle.

Accommodation: Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund (5*)
Luxury East Asia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Yu Gardens
Yu Gardens
Luxury East Asia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Jin Mao Tower
Jin Mao Tower

Day 6: Shanghai - Beijing

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Board a flight with direct service from Shanghai to Beijing. Approximate flight time is 2 hours.

Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel with an English-speaking guide.

Enjoy a private deluxe dinner at a fine local restaurant. After a delicious meal you will be picked up and transferred by private car to the Liyuan Theater, where you have VIP seats for the Peking Opera. The Liyuan Theater is one of the most prominent in Beijing and is located in the Qianmen Hotel. Old Beijing can be found in many objects within the theater; for example the performers’ distinctive make-up, the outdated 8-seaters tables (Baixian Table), attendants serving tea in Tang suits (Chinese garments), and the old-styled stage. The venue is well equipped for international tourists, offering simultaneous translations for English and Japanese speaking guests as well as English subtitles to help follow the story line. 

Accommodation: Rosewood Beijing (5*)

The Rosewood Beijing Hotel is located right at the heart of China’s bustling capital, a place where age-old traditions merge beautifully with this era’s exciting possibilities. The hotel `s luxurious rooms and suites are amongst the largest in the city, the guestrooms evoke sensations of lavish apartment living. Featuring natural finishes, textural overlays, spacious bathrooms, walk-in closets, and non-traditional elements with subtle Oriental aesthetics, where guests can discover an intimate and sophisticated surrounding in the midst of Beijing. This ultra-luxury hotel features some of the best restaurants in Beijing, offering exquisite cuisine and exceptional service in a Chinese-influenced, modern atmosphere. Each dining experience at Rosewood Beijing is a journey filled with sophistication and delicious delights. With six restaurants and lounges focusing on traditional Chinese cuisine, Asian flavors and European-inspired dishes, guests can savor an extraordinary dining destination. As an upscale Beijing spa, their Sense Spa offers a world of wellness, featuring six treatment rooms with balconies and five spa suites; guests will experience the ultimate indulgence here. Guests can also visit the indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, fitness facility, aerobics room or yoga studio to rejuvenate the mind and body.

Luxury East Asia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Opera Performance
Opera Performance

Day 7: Beijing

Spend the day exploring two of Beijing’s most visually captivating sites with your private guide and driver. Start the day with a visit to the Summer Palace, which dates to the 12th century, and this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a vast imperial encampment of temples, ornate pavilions, and halls set in a park around Kunming Lake. Occupying an area of 294 hectares, three-quarters of which is water, the compound features a sprawling archetypal Chinese garden that is ranked amongst the most noted gardens in the world and a truly picturesque setting to explore. The Long Corridor is a must-see – this covered walkway is decorated with more than 14,000 lavish paintings.

Then drive out of the city to take in the awe-inspiring Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, located 45 miles northeast of the city. By far China’s most iconic architectural wonder, it captivates the imagination of generations of travelers intrigued by this feat of engineering. This well-preserved section winds along lofty, cragged mountains for 1.4 miles and holds a prominent place in Chinese military history. Construction began during the 6th century Northern Qi Dynasty, and it was restored in the early years of the Ming Dynasty (spanning from the 14th to 17th century).

An abundance of natural springs in the area give this section of the Great Wall a lush verdant ecosystem, and the rolling forested hills make for an impressive panoramic photo regardless of the time of year. Take a cable car to the top of the hillside to explore the 26-foot-high granite walls. The 22 watchtowers stretch along the top of the mountain ridge as far as the eye can see, an impressive military barrier against invading forces from the north. Today’s lunch will be had at a local restaurant near the Great Wall. If you are interested and traffic permits, it is possible to stop for a quick photo at the 2008 Olympic sites of the Bird's Nest and Water Cube along the drive.

Today’s tour involves a fair amount of walking at a leisurely pace. Comfortable walking shoes and adequate protection from the sun are highly recommended.

Accommodation: Rosewood Beijing (5*)
Luxury East Asia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Great Wall at Mutianyu
Great Wall at Mutianyu

Day 8: Beijing

Spend the day exploring three of Beijing’s most photographed sites with your private guide and driver. Head to the center of the city and begin with a walk across the sprawling expanse of Tiananmen Square. Built in 1417 during the Ming Dynasty and serving as the front door to the Forbidden City, the present square is one of the largest in the world, stretching a vast 44 square hectares. Here, walk past and featuring the Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People’s Heroes, Great Hall of the People, and the Mao Zedong Memorial. Many historically important moments have unfolded in this public setting.

From here, cross the street and enter through the towering gates of the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the largest number of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. The expansive palace complex is comprised of 9,999 buildings spread across 74 hectares and protected by a 19-foot deep moat and a 32-foot tall wall, divided into two parts. The Outer Court was where the emperor exercised his supreme power over the nation, while the Inner Court was where he lived with his royal family. Twenty-four emperors from the Ming and Qing dynasties reigned over China from the Imperial Palace here until 1924. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant.

Next, drive to the Temple of Heaven, a serene space set amidst expansive gardens, and a popular spot for locals and travelers alike. With your private guide and driver, head to this urban oasis UNESCO World Heritage Site, originally constructed in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty to offer a sacrifice to Heaven in exchange for a bountiful harvest. The most magnificent buildings are The Circular Mound Altar (Yuanqiutan), Imperial Vault of Heaven (Huangqiongyu), and Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest (Qiniandian), which are connected by a wide bridge called the Sacred Way. The park grounds surrounding the park are a popular local mingling spot, and it is quite common to see people practicing Tai Chi amidst the green space.

Today’s tour involves a fair amount of walking at a leisurely pace. Comfortable walking shoes and adequate protection from the sun are highly recommended.

Accommodation: Rosewood Beijing (5*)
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Temple of Heaven
Luxury East Asia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Beijing
Beijing

Day 9: Beijing - Seoul

Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel with an English-speaking guide.

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.

For your added comfort, your guide will be waiting for you outside the customs area with a sign with your name on it and accompany you to your accommodation.

Meet your English speaking guide and driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

Accommodation: Grand Hyatt (5*)

Grand Hyatt Seoul is located in the heart of South Korea's capital city, in the Yongsan district. Set on the historic Mount Namsan amid 18 acres of waterfalls and landscaped gardens, this luxury Seoul hotel offers grand service combined with the relaxing comforts of home. Discover this exceptional hotel, only 10 minutes from downtown and the Itaewon shopping district, 60 minutes away from Incheon International Airport, 35 minutes from Gimpo Domestic Airport, and 20 minutes from the Samsung-dong business hub, with most all of the city’s key districts within close proximity of the hotel. Relax and unwind in one of 601 luxury rooms and suites with views over Mount Namsan and the Han River. Rejuvinate at The Spa and Club Olympus recreation centre, a sanctuary of calm offering spa treatments, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis and squash courts, and an ice skating rink. This hotel is also home to outstanding restaurants and bars: The Paris Grill for European cuisine, The Chinese Restaurant and J.J. Mahoney’s Centre with 9 separate entertainment spaces.

Day 10: Seoul

Enjoy this full day tour in and around Seoul revealing some of the many highlights. Changdeok Palace is one of the "Five Grand Palaces" built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. Because of its location, east of Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeokgung, with Changgyeonggung, it is also referred to as the "East Palace". The Bukchon Hanok Village is the perfect destination for those seeking to learn about and enjoy the beauty of Hanok (traditional Korean-style house). Bukchon is not an official municipal name; rather, it means that it lies to the north of Cheonggyecheon (Stream) and Jongno, the downtown area of Seoul. It used to be the high-end residential district for royal family members and high-ranking government officials. Insa-dong Street one of the most memorable attractions in Seoul and represents the focal point of Korean traditional culture and crafts. Stores in Insa-dong specialize in a wide variety of goods that can only be purchased or appreciated in Korea: hanbok (traditional clothing), hanji (traditional paper), traditional teas, pottery, and folk crafts. Jongmyo is a Confucian shrine dedicated to the memorial services for the deceased kings and queens of the Korean Joseon Dynasty. According to UNESCO, the shrine is the oldest royal Confucian shrine preserved and the ritual ceremonies continue, a tradition established in the 14th century. Such shrines existed during the Three Kingdoms of Korea period but only the shrines for the rulers of Joseon remain.

Accommodation: Grand Hyatt (5*)
Luxury East Asia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Changdeokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace
Luxury East Asia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Seoul
Seoul

Day 11: Seoul

This morning at approximately 8:00am, you will set off for the third infiltration tunnel which was discovered in the 1970s. The tunnel is estimated to penetrate 1 kilometer into the North Korean border. The tunnel was built for a surprise attack on Seoul and is capable of moving one whole military division per hour. You will then continue to the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) where the 4 kilometers wide and 248 kilometers long division of land is the most heavily fortified border in the world. The Dora Observatory allows visitors to see North Korean military personnel as well as great views of Kaesong, Geumgangsan Diamond Mountains and the famous propaganda village, Gijeong-dong. You will also stop at the Dora Railroad Station, which connects North and South Korea. Freight trains used to travel from Dora to Kaesong; however, diminishing diplomatic ties has resulted in a suspension of this service.          

Accommodation: Grand Hyatt (5*)
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Third Tunnel of Aggression

Day 12: Seoul - Tokyo

Meet your English speaking guide and driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.

Welcome to Japan!

For your added comfort, you will be welcomed by an English speaking assistant who will assist you upon arrival at the airport. Your assistant will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it.

Meet your driver for an enjoyable airport transfer with a private vehicle.

Enjoy an evening stroll along the backstreets of Harajuku with your private guide, through a trendy young area called "Urahara". Harajuku's main street, Takeshita Dori, is popular with teenagers looking for the latest eclectic trends, but head just a few steps into the backstreets and discover an area full of stylish cafes and hip independent boutiques. The first stop is at a local craft brewery, where you can sample a glass of artisanal craft beer with some snacks, before continuing to an Okonomiyaki restaurant. Okonomiyaki means "grilled as you like", and the specialty is a savory pancake cooked directly on a hotplate in front of you, to be devoured piping hot!

Visit Omotesando Hills, a stunning example of contemporary architecture by Kengo Kuma, before walking to a quaint sake shop nearby named Aoyama Mikawaya. The shop sells sake, wines, and spirits from all over Japan and if you want to pick something up to take home, the knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you in choosing something you'd like.

End the evening at one of Tokyo's trendiest spots in stylish Aoyama district, Commune 246, an open-air collection of Japanese and international food trucks that caters to most dietary restrictions. Select your treat and enjoy it at one of central communal tables. Aoyama is a popular spot with locals and expats alike. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Accommodation: Peninsula Tokyo (5*)

The truly first class Peninsula Tokyo Hotel is located in a business and shopping district, opposite Hibiya Park and the Imperial Palace. It is adjacent to Hibiya Subway Station, and a few short minutes stroll from the large, top end, designer Ginza shopping district. This hotel offers excellent business and conference services and rooms, a 20 meter indoor pool, a spa that is manned by very experienced and trained therapists and an array of fine gourmet restaurants. The Peninsula Tokyo Hotel has very spacious, luxury decorated rooms that have deluxe amenities and supported by professional, polite, efficient yet friendly staff.

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Okonomiyaki
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Tokyo

Day 13: Tokyo

Spend a day exploring Tokyo’s highlights with your local guide by private vehicle, in a city that juxtaposes traditional temples and gardens with futuristic skyscrapers and a frenetic modern pace. Begin with a visit to the Meiji Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the deified spirit of Emperor Meiji and a popular place for traditional Japanese weddings. Japan’s feudal era came to an end during the Meiji period, and the country found itself modernizing and westernizing during this time.

Next, enjoy a stroll down Omotesando shopping street, a broad tree-lined avenue home to the flagship stores of the world’s top fashion brands. Head across Tokyo to Asakusa, the city’s old town area. Soak up the atmosphere of traditional Tokyo of yesteryear, exploring Tokyo’s oldest and most popular temple, Sensoji Temple, also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple. Sensoji backs onto Nakamise, a shopping street that has provided temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and souvenirs for centuries. End your day in Hamarikyu garden, an Edo Period Japanese garden surrounded by the Shiodome district’s futuristic skyscrapers. Savor Japanese sweets and a cup of steaming matcha in a tea house on a small island in the park’s lake. The garden is a great example of how Japan is the land of contrasts between traditional and modern.

Japan's culinary scene is a delight for the senses. From elaborate sushi dinners to kaiseki meals, and hundreds of exclusive Michelin star rated restaurants to choose from, the dining options are sure to please even the most discerning of palates. Tonight's dinner reservation has been arranged for you. Transportation to and from the restaurant of your choice will be paid for on the spot, and tonight's meal is not included in your itinerary and is to be paid for at the restaurant. Please note that many fine dining establishments in Japan require a set course menu to be pre-ordered at time of reservation, or a deposit in order to secure a space. If this is the case, you will be advised at time of booking.

Accommodation: Peninsula Tokyo (5*)
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Hamarikyu Garden
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Sushi

Day 14: Tokyo

Leave behind the hustle and bustle of Tokyo in favor of a day in Hakone, the gateway to Japan’s tallest mountain Mt. Fuji and the surrounding national park. Your local guide will meet you at your hotel this morning and accompany you on your private drive from Tokyo. Spend the day exploring Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, making use of your private vehicle as well as Hakone’s experiential forms of transport. Ride the world’s second longest cable car up Mt. Owakudani, passing over sulfurous fumes, hot springs and hot rivers in this active volcanic area. Sample Hakone’s famous local treat, the black eggs of Owakudani. The eggs are hard boiled in Hakone’s well known sulfuric hot springs, and local legend has it that eating one of these eggs will add seven years to your life. Board a majestic pirate ship and sail across Lake Ashinoko, a lake formed by a volcanic eruption 3000 years ago. Throughout the day there is a chance to catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji, however, please keep in mind that she is a notoriously shy mountain and it needs to be a clear day.  

Accommodation: Peninsula Tokyo (5*)
Luxury East Asia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lake Ashinoko
Lake Ashinoko

Day 15: Tokyo - Kyoto

Your baggage will be transferred overnight by van to your next destination so that you may navigate the train system without the burden of heavy luggage. Please be sure to pack a small overnight bag.  

Meet your guide for a train station transfer with a private vehicle.

Board a train from Tokyo with direct service to Kyoto. The train ride is approximately 2.5 hours.

Meet your guide for a train station transfer with a private vehicle.

Kyoto is home to an impressive 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and two of the most memorable ones are Kinkakuji Temple and Nijo Castle. Meet your local guide in your hotel lobby for a half day tour of Kyoto with a private vehicle.  Start with a visit to Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), which was originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun. After his death in 1408, it became a Buddhist Temple as per the Shogun’s final wishes and is now one of Kyoto’s most famous temples.

Next is Nijo Castle, an ornamental castle that was built by the founder of the Edo Shogunate as his Kyoto residence and is surrounded by stunning surrounding gardens. The main building was completed in 1603 and is famous for its architecture, decorated sliding doors and ‘chirping’ nightingale floors. The castle served as an imperial palace briefly during the 19th century. Next, take a walk through Nishiki Market, a narrow, five block long shopping street lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants. Known as "Kyoto's Kitchen", this lively retail market specializes in all things food related, like fresh seafood, produce, knives and cookware, and is a great place to find seasonal foods and Kyoto specialties, such as Japanese sweets, pickles, dried seafood, and sushi. You may wish to stop for lunch in this area (not included). At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton (5*)

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto reflects the time-honored traditions of Japanese hospitality. The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto sits serenely on the banks of the Kamogawa River, in a prime location with expansive views of the famous Higashiyama Mountains. The hotel is also close to Kyoto’s downtown districts such as Gion, Kawaramachi and Pontocho, convenient locations for both sightseeing and business. The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto offers guests quality and comfortable rooms, each elegantly decorated using traditional Japanese furnishing to create a unique and authentic experience. At the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto, guests can choose from the many available dining options, everything from traditional Japanese cuisine to popular globally recognized western fares. Honoured guests of this property are provided with a number of recreational services to enjoy as well, including stress-relieving spa treatments and an extensive range of workout facilities at the onsite fitness center.

Luxury East Asia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kinkakuji Temple
Kinkakuji Temple
Luxury East Asia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kyoto
Kyoto

Day 16: Kyoto

Leave behind the city and drive approximately 45 minutes to Nara with your local guide and a private vehicle. Nara served as Japan’s capital for 74 years during the 8th century and many of the temples and shrines built at that time still remain. Visit Todaiji temple, the world’s largest wooden building and home to Japan’s largest Buddha. Next stop is Nara’s most celebrated shrine, Kasuga Taisha, established in 768 AD and famous for its hundreds of bronze and stone lanterns which have been donated by worshipers. Take a stroll through Nara Park, called Deer Park by locals due to the large population of more than 1,000 tame deer living there. On the way back from Nara, visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, which was used in the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha”.  The 10,000 red tori gates form a path up the mountain behind the temple, and they are an iconic image of Japan. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton (5*)
Luxury East Asia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Nara Park Deer
Nara Park Deer

Day 17: Kyoto

Enjoy a transfer with a private driver from Kyoto to Osaka Kansai International Airport.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
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  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

The Regent (5*): Taipei

Situated in the Zhong Shan district, Regent Taipei is a 5 star hotel at the heart of the capital’s most vibrant cultural, entertainment and shopping areas. Easily accessible from the Taipei Song Shan Airport and close to local hot spots such as art museums and historic buildings, this exuberantly luxurious hotel offers travelers a bird’s eye view of modern Taiwanese life from a highly-convenient vantage point. Deluxe guest rooms and spacious suites complete The Regent’s beautifully styled accommodation. One of the most spacious luxury hotels in Taipei, guest rooms feature temperature-sensing, pressure-relieving mattresses and a selection of pillows, while super-sized bathrooms boast a deep marbled bath with separate shower. Perfectly complimenting the high-end accommodation, Regent Taipei is the only hotel in Taiwan to house in excess of 50 of the world’s luxury designer boutiques in its Regent Galleria shopping mall; just steps away from its seven exquisite restaurants and a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center. With modern amenities and over-the-top features, The Regent shares an utterly-pampering home-away-from-home experience.

Luxury East Asia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Regent Taipei Hotel
Regent Taipei Hotel
Luxury East Asia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Regent Hotel Lobby
Regent Hotel Lobby

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund (5*): Shanghai

Combining the history and culture of the celebrated Shanghai Bund with a taste for 21st century sophistication, Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund offers a heritage ambiance, legendary service, and timeless amenities to make your stay truly memorable and distinct. Housed within the two-building complex are well-appointed rooms and suites, stylish environments for dining and lounging, extensive banquet facilities with stunning views, luxury spa, fully-fitted gym, complimentary Wi-Fi, and more, all crafted onto a picture perfect setting that speaks volume of the grandeur and finesse that is uniquely theirs.

Luxury East Asia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

Rosewood Beijing (5*): Beijing

The Rosewood Beijing Hotel is located right at the heart of China’s bustling capital, a place where age-old traditions merge beautifully with this era’s exciting possibilities. The hotel `s luxurious rooms and suites are amongst the largest in the city, the guestrooms evoke sensations of lavish apartment living. Featuring natural finishes, textural overlays, spacious bathrooms, walk-in closets, and non-traditional elements with subtle Oriental aesthetics, where guests can discover an intimate and sophisticated surrounding in the midst of Beijing. This ultra-luxury hotel features some of the best restaurants in Beijing, offering exquisite cuisine and exceptional service in a Chinese-influenced, modern atmosphere. Each dining experience at Rosewood Beijing is a journey filled with sophistication and delicious delights. With six restaurants and lounges focusing on traditional Chinese cuisine, Asian flavors and European-inspired dishes, guests can savor an extraordinary dining destination. As an upscale Beijing spa, their Sense Spa offers a world of wellness, featuring six treatment rooms with balconies and five spa suites; guests will experience the ultimate indulgence here. Guests can also visit the indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, fitness facility, aerobics room or yoga studio to rejuvenate the mind and body.

Luxury East Asia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Rosewood Beijing Hotel
Rosewood Beijing Hotel
Luxury East Asia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Rosewood Beijing Hotel Lobby
Rosewood Beijing Hotel Lobby

Grand Hyatt (5*): Seoul

Grand Hyatt Seoul is located in the heart of South Korea's capital city, in the Yongsan district. Set on the historic Mount Namsan amid 18 acres of waterfalls and landscaped gardens, this luxury Seoul hotel offers grand service combined with the relaxing comforts of home. Discover this exceptional hotel, only 10 minutes from downtown and the Itaewon shopping district, 60 minutes away from Incheon International Airport, 35 minutes from Gimpo Domestic Airport, and 20 minutes from the Samsung-dong business hub, with most all of the city’s key districts within close proximity of the hotel. Relax and unwind in one of 601 luxury rooms and suites with views over Mount Namsan and the Han River. Rejuvinate at The Spa and Club Olympus recreation centre, a sanctuary of calm offering spa treatments, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis and squash courts, and an ice skating rink. This hotel is also home to outstanding restaurants and bars: The Paris Grill for European cuisine, The Chinese Restaurant and J.J. Mahoney’s Centre with 9 separate entertainment spaces.

Luxury East Asia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Grand Hyatt Seoul
Grand Hyatt Seoul
Luxury East Asia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Grand Hyatt Seoul Lobby
Grand Hyatt Seoul Lobby

Peninsula Tokyo (5*): Tokyo

The truly first class Peninsula Tokyo Hotel is located in a business and shopping district, opposite Hibiya Park and the Imperial Palace. It is adjacent to Hibiya Subway Station, and a few short minutes stroll from the large, top end, designer Ginza shopping district. This hotel offers excellent business and conference services and rooms, a 20 meter indoor pool, a spa that is manned by very experienced and trained therapists and an array of fine gourmet restaurants. The Peninsula Tokyo Hotel has very spacious, luxury decorated rooms that have deluxe amenities and supported by professional, polite, efficient yet friendly staff.

Luxury East Asia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Peninsula Tokyo
The Peninsula Tokyo

The Ritz-Carlton (5*): Kyoto

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto reflects the time-honored traditions of Japanese hospitality. The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto sits serenely on the banks of the Kamogawa River, in a prime location with expansive views of the famous Higashiyama Mountains. The hotel is also close to Kyoto’s downtown districts such as Gion, Kawaramachi and Pontocho, convenient locations for both sightseeing and business. The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto offers guests quality and comfortable rooms, each elegantly decorated using traditional Japanese furnishing to create a unique and authentic experience. At the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto, guests can choose from the many available dining options, everything from traditional Japanese cuisine to popular globally recognized western fares. Honoured guests of this property are provided with a number of recreational services to enjoy as well, including stress-relieving spa treatments and an extensive range of workout facilities at the onsite fitness center.

Luxury East Asia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton
Luxury East Asia Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Ritz-Carlton Lobby
The Ritz-Carlton Lobby

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Daryl H. — January 26, 2019 — Asia

    I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with the superb attention to detail in fulfilling my requests and my dreams

  • Laura E. — January 08, 2019 — Asia

    One of the benefits was that the guides were very flexible and suggested and accommodated changes to plans based on the weather and other circumstances. They all said they could do this when working with Kensington because Kensington supported it and empowered them with this flexibility. A big advantage in making the trip perfect!

  • Ajitkumar P. — January 04, 2019 — Asia

    The whole trip was well organized and we have recommended using Kensington to our friends.

  • Donna F. — February 03, 2018 — Asia

    Mark was able to put together the perfect tour! Our guide was very knowledge and we really appreciated her being so flexible with the holiday as we were there for Chinese New Year! She was able to take us to all the sights and part of the highlight was eating traditional Chinese food for New Year's.

  • Marjorie H. — October 01, 2018 — Asia

    This tour was so well organized - everything went off perfectly. As two women traveling together in a country where the language barrier was a challenge, it gave us great peace of mind to know that we would be escorted wherever needed. We appreciated not being part of a group - our private tour guides were delightful and the entire trip was very special for my daughter and me.

  • Sandra S. — October 13, 2018 — Asia

    The trip was very enjoyable. We gained new insights into China and the Chinese people. I wish we could have stayed longer. There is so much to see. My favorite sites were the Great Wall, Terra Cotta Soldiers, White Jade Buddah and the Shanghai night skyline. Cindy was most helpful in planning our trip. She's truly an asset to your company. Kensington Tours met all of our vacation needs.

  • Gina A. — January 09, 2019 — Asia

    I usually don't write reviews but I have to tell you, this was the best vacation. Yuki, our Destination Expert, did an excellent job putting it all together and the guides were excellent. I will be using you guys for my next international vacation.

  • Larkin H. — December 22, 2018 — Asia

    It was such a spectacular trip - one we will never forget.

  • Brian S. — November 02, 2018 — Asia

    Gayan, our guide in Sri Lanka, was BEYOND amazing. I literally cannot do justice to how fantastic he was for my wife and I on our honeymoon. An amazing guide, a great companion, and an extremely good person.

  • Caryl G. — December 21, 2018 — Asia

    It was a stellar experience in every way, but mostly due to the caliber of our tour guide. Tomo was exceptional in all areas - intelligence, expertise, personality and commitment to our comfort and needs. She truly went above and beyond and was a delightful companion, as well. It was actually emotional saying goodbye to each other!

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