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New! 2018 South Korea & Japan: Temples, Shrines & Seaside Treasures

South Korea: Seoul, Daegu, Gyeongju • Japan: Tokyo, Toba, Kyoto

17 Days from only $6195 including international airfare

Activity Level:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

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Amasan Women of the Sea

Follow the last generation of Amasan, or Sea Women, in Japan as they search the ocean for Abalone.

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Kanazawa's Kaikaro Ochaya

Step inside one of Kanazawa’s geisha teahouses, and meet the entertainers who keep this ancient industry alive.

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Bibimbap with a Twist: Chef Edward Kwon

Chef Edward Kwon treats us to a new spin on a traditional Korean dish, and a glimpse into the history surrounding it.

©2015 The New York Times
Intersection: Harajuku, Tokyo

Learn how to master Tokyo street style where colors and patterns make the best fashion statements.

©2015 The New York Times
Preserving Korea’s Kimchi

Learn about the Korean kimchi industry which has been jeopardized by the cheap cost of Chinese imports.

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Our Activity Level rating system ranks adventures on a scale of 1 to 5 to help you determine if a trip is right for you. See the descriptions below for more information about the physical requirements associated with each rating.

Activity Level 1:

1 2 3 4 5

Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

1 2 3 4 5

Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Pre-trip: Eastern China: Shanghai & Suzhou

6 nights from: $1795 Single Supplement: FREE

Delve into the beauty and intrigue of Eastern China—from Shanghai, where steel-and-glass towers face off against Art Deco buildings along the Huangpu River—to 2,500-year-old Suzhou, with its serene Wang Shi Yuan gardens and its expansive grid of waterways, which earned it its nickname, “Venice of the Orient.”

It's Included:
Airfare from Shanghai to Seoul
Accommodations for 6 nights
12 meals—6 breakfasts, 4 lunches (including a Home-Hosted Lunch), and 2 dinners
5 small group activities
Services of a local O.A.T. Trip Leader
Gratuities for local guides, drivers, and luggage porters
All transfers
  • Fly overnight from the U.S. to Shanghai, China.

  • Arrive in Shangai, where an O.A.T. representative will greet you and help you transfer to our hotel.

  • Today is your opportunity to experience the gems of Shanghai, old and new. We begin after breakfast with a visit to the Bund, once the city’s most recognizable areas thanks to the row of elegant Art Deco buildings hugging the Huangpu River. It’s hard not to notice that the European influence on Shanghai is apparent everywhere—from the historic Bank of China to the clock tower of the British Customs House—which you’ll view as we stroll.

    Next, we'll explore the lovely Yuyuan Gardens (often shortened to just “Yu”) in the Old City, founded in 1557 and 18 years in the making. Manicured pavilions, sparkling fish ponds, and traditional tea houses await us as we stroll the gardens this morning.

    After an included lunch together at a local restaurant, we'll visit the Shikumen area. Literally translated, Shikumen means "stone gate," referring to the area's east-meets-west architectural style. These two- to three-story lilong residences—or "lane houses"— line the streets, and boast stone arches, tall brick walls, and traditional Chinese courtyards.

    We'll return to our hotel this evening for an orientation walk followed by dinner at a local restaurant. 

  • Today we'll begin our day by joining the stream of local life at the Shanghai train station. From here, we'll depart for 2,500-year-old Suzhou in China's fabled Silk Region, arriving mid-morning in the city which so inspired Marco Polo.

    Our time here begins with a visit to Wang Shi Yuan garden. A UNESCO World Heritage Site which translates to "Master of the Nets," Wang Shi Yuan will arouse the senses with its uniquely Chinese combination of nature, architecture, and artistic flavor. Its title refers to the lifestyle of Chinese fishermen, an image the garden's creator wanted its atmosphere to evoke in the minds of wandering visitors. We’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to the Suzhou Museum to admire ancient Chinese art and handcrafts.

    After returning to our hotel late this afternoon, we'll enjoy some time at leisure. Dinner is on your own tonight. 

  • With more than 40% of the city covered by water (earning it the nickname “Venice of the Orient”), Souzhou is a city unlike any other in China. Today, we'll head to Souzhou's old town of Luzhi, where we'll enjoy a walking tour and learn how to make shortbread, a favorite local snack. Then, we’ll experience the city’s chessboard of waterways and walkways firsthand when we split into small groups and cruise the canals in small rowing boats. We’ll enjoy lunch at a restaurant in Luzhi before returning to our hotel for some time at leisure. Tonight, we'll regroup for dinner at a local restaurant.

  • After breakfast at our hotel, we set out for a traditional fishing village on the Yangtze Delta plain to experience the local way of life. We'll enjoy a walking tour of the village, and mingle with local families who live in boats along Tahiu Lake. The third largest freshwater lake in China, Taihu Lake is well known for its thriving fishing industry, and the unique limestone formations that can be found where its banks meet the foot of nearby Dongting Mountain. These "Taihu Stones" are often used as ornamental elements in traditional Chinese gardens. 

    Next, we have lunch either in a local restaurant or on one of the local ships (weather permitting) before heading into downtown Suzhou. Here, we'll enjoy a walking tour of the city's Bronze Buddha Temple, chat with the resident monks and witness their afternoon chanting ritual. Early this evening, we'll return to our hotel and depart for dinner at a local restaurant. 

  • Today, after an included breakfast at our hotel, enjoy time at leisure in Suzhou and lunch on your own. We'll then board the high-speed train to Shanghai. After transferring to our new hotel, the rest of the afternoon and evening are free for discoveries on your own. You can take our Shanghai Acrobatic Show optional tour, which includes dinner. Otherwise, the rest of the day is at leisure.

  • This morning, we'll depart after breakfast for the Pudong airport. We arrive in Seoul this afternoon where we join our fellow travelers on Day 2 of our South Korea and Japan: Temples, Shrines & Seaside Treasures adventure.

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