Some of the world’s oldest and largest empires originated in this part of the world, and our specialists can arrange for you to take part in one-off experiences that get to the heart of these countries’ cultures, their storied pasts and complex present. You could find yourself staying the night in a Mongolian ger camp, or learn ninja swordplay in Kyoto, hike a remote section of the Great Wall, or explore the wooden Orthodox churches of Russia’s Golden Ring with an expert guide.
East Asia and its nearby countries are also sometimes seen as austere and bureaucratic — a by-product, perhaps, of Communism (which still holds sway in some of these places). But, our specialists are eager to show you that these countries aren’t nearly so different and daunting if you take the time to travel there, and go with an open mind.
These itineraries will give you a starting point for what your trip could entail. They cover routes that we’ve found work particularly well and feature some of our favourite places to stay. Treat them just as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you and there are many more options available.
Capturing our specialists’ extensive travel experience in East Asia, these guides share inspiration, recommendations and our honest advice for how to enjoy the best of what the region can offer in the most authentic ways. From the wealth of options we describe, you can narrow down the choices and start to shape your own trip.