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Japan offers both the new and the old, the modern and the ancient and both entwine themselves seamlessly. Alongside soaring skyscrapers, and neon lights, treasured ancient traditions like the graceful geisha, and the art of the tea ceremony still hold their place in Japanese life.

Culturally unique and scenically beautiful – there’s nothing quite like a holiday to Japan.

SPECIAL LAUNCH OFFER: To celebrate the launch of our new 2020/ 2021 season and our brand new tour of Japan, any guests booking the Very Best of Japan tour will be entitled to a choice of two Special Launch Offers. Option 1:  A two night homebound stopover in Hong Kong, for the incredible price of only £29pp (£58 for single occupancy). Option 2: Return flights with ANA for a supplement of £169 per person (usual supplement £295). To take advantage of one of these offers, all you need to do is book by 30 November 2019.

Japan experience and award-winning expertise

You can be confident that our Japan tour is of the highest standard, as our Directors have a combined experience of over 60 years in the travel industry. On top of this, they’re genuine escorted touring experts who know everything there is to know about creating the best Japan tour packages from the UK.

We are four-time winners at the prestigious British Travel Awards and have been awarded Feefo’s highest Gold Trusted rating.

All our escorted tours to Japan are fully-bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL no. 10913), so you can be 100% certain that your money is secure when you book.

Japan holiday highlights

Escorted tours to Japan have many and varied highlights, and below are just some you will experience on the Distant Journeys Very Best of Japan tour:

Stay at a Ryokan

More than just a room for the night, a stay at a Ryokan in a unique Japanese experience. These traditional inns, provide a great opportunity to meet with locals and are a wonderful way to connect with this unique heritage.

Majestic Mount Fuji

Fuji san, Mr Fuji as is it is affectionally known, holds a sacred place in the heart of the Japanese, whilst the iconic cone shape, makes it immediately recognisable the world over. Sometimes a little shy but when it comes out from behind the clouds it is truly mesmerising.

The Imperial city of Kyoto

The capital of Imperial Japan for over 1,000 years, Kyoto was spared from the intensive bombing of World War II, that affected so many other Japanese cities and as such pockets of historic Japan linger still. Evocative geisha districts, beautiful temple gardens and an impressive collection of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, make Kyoto a must for every traveller.

Dinner with a Maiko

Instantly recognisable, incredibly gracious and trained for years to offer world class performances of singing, dancing and entertainment, nothing is more synonymous with Japan than the secretive and evocative world of the Geisha. Our dinner with a Maiko, an apprentice Geisha, will offer a truly unique Japanese experience.

Providing exceptional value while maintaining the highest standards is at the heart of everything we do.

Superior Hotels

Distant Journeys appreciate the hotels in which you stay are an integral part of your holiday enjoyment, which is why we take great care in hand-picking all the accommodation features in our tours to Japan. Location and quality are always paramount considerations, and we strive to provide the best of both.

So many unforgettable experiences included

Visit Japan with Distant Journeys, and you’ll enjoy so many amazing experiences, at no extra cost. From dinner with an apprentice Geisha, to a journey on the bullet train, they’re all included in the price of your Japan tour.

 

Our Japan tour includes

  • Return economy class flights with Cathay Pacific
  • Airport transfers overseas
  • Superior hotels, with great locations
  • Daily breakfast included, worth up to £380 per person
  • Several lunches and dinners sampling regional specialities
  • Experienced tour managers and local guides
  • Incredible excursions
  • All pre-payable airport taxes
  • All hotel porterage
  • ATOL protection for your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

At Distant Journeys, we think we’ve found the perfect balance of freedom and flexibility that every escorted tour of Japan needs.

Where would you like to fly from?

The choice is yours. On our 19 day Very Best of Japan tour, our flights with Cathay Pacific depart from London Heathrow, London Gatwick or Manchester.  Alternatively, travel direct with to Tokyo with ANA from London Heathrow (supplement from £295 per person). Just pick whichever one suits you best.

What would you like to do?

On an escorted tour, we think it’s important to still have the flexibility to enjoy experiences that really interest you. And our Very Best of Japan tour has a variety of included experiences plus some free time for you to do whatever you choose.

Would you like to stay a little longer?

Why not? If you would like to extend your stay in Japan after your tour, you can! Arranging flights for you to accommodate this is all part of the service. Or why not choose to make the most of your homebound journey and extend your holiday in Hong Kong?

Would you like to treat yourself to a Special Stay?

If you’d like to push the boat out and round off your tour to Japan in a truly luxurious way, why not indulge in a Special Stay in Hong Kong?  A two night stay at the ‘Grande Dame of the Far East’, the Peninsula Hotel would be a perfect way to celebrate a special occasion or to mark the end of a wonderful holiday.

Book your place on our brand new Very Best of Japan escorted tour before 30th November 2019 and you can take advantage of one of two special launch offers.

Option 1

To help break up your journey (and give you an opportunity to experience a fantastic city), enjoy a two night stopover in Hong Kong on the homeward journey for the very special price of just £29 per person, based on two sharing.  Your offer includes two nights bed and breakfast accommodation in the 4 star Regal Hotel Kowloon, and return airport – hotel transfers.  Single travellers will pay £58 for this offer.

Option 2

Fly direct to Tokyo from London Heathrow with ANA, for just £169 per person. The usual supplement is £295 per person.

Award-Winning Holidays

Over 60 years in the industry

What is an escorted tour?

Escorted tours are becoming an increasingly popular way to travel, especially for those who are keen to visit a destination but don’t enjoy planning the logistics. But what exactly does an escorted tour involve? As escorted tour specialists, we’ll explain how this immersive way of travelling works, and also dispel some of the myths about escorted tours which simply aren’t true.

 

The main selling point of an escorted tour is that your entire trip is arranged for you, perfect for those who don’t want to spend hours booking flights, hotels and activities. From your departure from the UK to your return, every aspect of your holiday is taken care of, so all you need to do is pack your bags and show up at the airport.

Each escorted tour often covers an entire country, with the itinerary including time for travelling between various cities and destinations. Escorted tours are therefore perfect for large countries such as Australia, China, India and New Zealand, where the country’s highlights and top destinations can be spread out hundreds of miles apart. You may spend multiple days in the same destination, with some days planned out for you with activities included in the price, and other days (which we call ‘Freedom Days’) free to spend as you wish. Hotels, breakfasts and often evening meals are also planned out for you as part of the package.

Another plus of choosing an escorted tour is that all of the items in your holiday itinerary will have been tried, tested and approved by experts. Rather than spending hours finding the perfect hotel or excursion and trawling through TripAdvisor reviews, you can simply choose an escorted tour for the country or countries you’d like to visit, safe in the knowledge it’s been put together by someone who knows the entire experience inside out.

This reassurance also extends to the tour itself, as you’ll be accompanied by a tour manager throughout your trip. Tour managers have had years of training and experience of the country you’re in, and are there to ensure that every aspect of your holiday runs smoothly, as well as to share their wealth of knowledge on what to do and where to eat and drink in the local area.

The first reason why you may wish to take an escorted tour is one we’ve touched upon already: they minimise the hassle of travelling. With all of the best bits of a country picked out for you and compiled into one special itinerary, all you need to do is choose your tour, pack your bags and get to the airport! With a tour manager on hand, you can relax during your tour too, meaning you don’t need to get stressed about travelling between your various destinations.

Escorted tours also help to relieve any anxieties travellers may have about visiting foreign countries, especially those where they don’t speak the local language. It’s not just the language that can make things difficult – navigating the public transport systems in other countries can also be a worry. Fortunately on an escorted tour, a tour manager is always on hand to make sure you get where you need to be, and may also be able to help you overcome any language barriers.

For more intrepid travellers, escorted tours can also be a great way to experience the road less travelled. Many tour operators now offer escorted tours in lesser-visited countries and destinations – a great way to see somewhere totally different (and perhaps not safe to travel in alone/as a couple) while still remaining in safe hands.

Finally, escorted tours may be a great option for single travellers. They can not only travel more safely as part of a group, but also meet new friends to share their travels with. Some escorted tours accommodate for single travellers at no extra cost, while others may add a small extra charge.

Escorted tours are just one long coach trip – while some UK and Western Europe tours may be carried out by coach, escorted tours with longer distances between destinations often include quicker, and more scenic, methods of travel. Coaches may be used for places just a couple of hours apart, but domestic flights are also included to get you from place to place quicker. Scenic railways may also form part of your tour, such as the TranzAlpine in New Zealand, and for travelling from the south to the north of Australia, there’s no more spectacular way than on the incredible Ghan railway.

Escorted tours are expensive – because everything is included all in one package, people often dismiss escorted tours as incredibly expensive. However, part of the reason for this is that you are paying for the vast majority of your holiday upfront, whereas on a regular holiday you may not pay for eating out and activities until you arrive. As escorted tour operators often regularly arrange holidays for large groups, they are also often able to arrange hotels, transport and entry to attractions at a cheaper rate.

There isn’t enough time to explore – many escorted tours last two, three or even four weeks at a time purely because they like to give you plenty of time in each of the destinations you’ll be visiting, so you can really soak up everything about the country you’re visiting and explore at a leisurely pace. You’ll often spend two, three or four nights in each town or city, depending on how much there is to see and do in the local area.

Escorted tours have no flexibility – flexibility and the ability to customise your experience are both things that are becoming more and more common in escorted tours. This starts with getting to and from your destination; these days you often have a choice of UK airports you can fly from, rather just the one, and if you are flying long-haul, a choice of cities for a stopover. While the travelling between each destination and the time you spend there are normally fairly fixed, what you do while you’re there isn’t. Some experiences are included in the price of your tour, while others are completely optional, meaning if you don’t wish to do them you can spend the day how you please.

We hope you agree that an escorted tour sounds like a brilliant way to discover some of the world’s most fascinating countries! If you’re intrigued to find out more about where you can go on an escorted tour, take a look at our choice of escorted tours across Asia, Africa and Australasia – there is bound to be a perfect tour for you.


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