Japan & Maldives in 18 Days

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An ideal combination of culture and beach, explore Japan's most important cities before enjoying an all-inclusive stay in the Maldives.

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Kyoto
Mount Fuji
Nara
Osaka
Tokyo
Malé
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All flights
Accommodation
Some transfers
Activities
Some meals
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Discover the beauty of Japan's architecture, ancient customs and gastronomic excellence. Enjoy the neighbourhoods of Asakusa, Shibuya and Shinjuku in Tokyo and indulge in delicious Japanese cuisine. Fall in love with the traditions of Kyoto and get lost in modern Osaka. Finally, jet off to the Maldives where a relaxing escape awaits.

18 days trip including flights*

16 days and 15 nights in destination

1

NYC - TYO

2

NYC - TYO

Tokyo

3

Tokyo

4

Tokyo

5

Tokyo

6

Kyoto

7

Kyoto

8

Kyoto

9

Osaka

10

Osaka

11

Osaka

12

KIX-MLE

Maldives

13

Maldives

14

Maldives

15

Maldives

16

MLE - NYC

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MLE - NYC

18

MLE - NYC

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

1st Day: US - Night on board

Prepare for an unforgettable journey across Japan, exploring its natural wonders and ancient traditions! Arrive at your departure airport, ready for a flight* to Tokyo. Night on board.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Tokyo

Arrive in Tokyo and self-transfer to the hotel. Tokyo is a dazzling metropolis rich in history and tradition. Once settled at the hotel, the rest of the day is free to start discovering this exciting city of contrasts and its delicious cuisine. We recommend heading to one of the many food markets where you can sample lots of different dishes for bargain prices! Overnight stay in Tokyo.

3rd Day: Tokyo

Today, take a half-day tour of the city of Tokyo including the most important sights in the city. Begin at the famous 'Love' statue in Shinjuku and drive past Harajuku and the Meiji Jingu Shinto Shrine. See the National Diet Building and the Imperial Palace among other highlights before stopping in the historic neighbourhood of Asakusa, home to the Senso-ji Temple Kaminari-mon Gate and the Nakamise shopping avenue. End the tour at Tokyo Station. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight stay in Tokyo.

Included
Half-Day Tokyo Morning Tour
4th Day: Tokyo

Spend the day exploring Tokyo's fascinating city-scape at your leisure. Why not stroll through leafy Korakuen Garden or soak up the atmosphere of non-stop Harajuku? We recommend an optional excursion to Mount Fuji, an unmissable icon of Japan.* Overnight stay in Tokyo. 

Optional Mount Fuji Excursion: Come face-to-face with legendary Mount Fuji. Head up to the 5th Station, stopping at the market and viewing area of Michi no Eki Subashiri. At this height, you will be amazed by the breathtaking views from above the clouds. After lunch at Mount Fuji View Restaurant, visit Ashi Crater Lake and admire the superb view of Mt. Fuji whilst sailing on the lake. Afterwards, head to Hakone to enjoy the views from the Ropeway and be amazed by the volcanic Owaku-Dani Valley. Return to Tokyo with the option of ending the excursion at Odawara station.

Please note: If road conditions or unforeseen circumstances restrict the ascent to the 5th station, you will instead travel the highest elevation possible considering the circumstances. The same also applies for the cruise on Ashi Crater Lake; if conditions or circumstances prevent sailing on the lake, alternative visits and experiences will be taken to replace the activity.

5th Day: Tokyo

Enjoy a day exploring Tokyo at your leisure, getting to know the shopping districts, discovering new parts of the city or simply soaking up the culture and sampling the cuisine. We recommend an exciting full-day Excursion to Nikko*. Overnight stay in Tokyo.

Optional Full-Day Excursion to Nikko: Discover the cultural treasures and natural wonders of Nikko, including the UNESCO protected Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Falls. Learn about the rich history of this charming city and enjoy an included traditional Japanese lunch. Bus transfers to and from Nikko are included. 

Optional
Mt.Fuji Excursion & Hakone Full-Day Bus Tour
Optional
Full-Day Excursion to Nikko
6th Day: Tokyo - Kyoto

Today, travel by bus to Kyoto, the capital of the Japanese Empire for 11 centuries. We recommend visiting Mount Hiei and its main temple in the Buddhist school of Tendaishū or exploring Pontocho, an emblematic neighbourhood known for its traditional architecture and geishas. Overnight stay in Kyoto.

7th Day: Kyoto

Set off this morning on an exciting half-day Kyoto tour to see the beautiful and historical districts of Sagano, riding the Sagano Romantic Train (trolley train), enjoying a walk through the enchanting Sagano bamboo grove where bamboos cover the area, and Arashiyama's Tenryuji Temple, admiring their famous statues and pagodas. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Kyoto.

Included
Kyoto Arashiyama Morning Tour with Sagano Romantic Train Ride
8th Day: Kyoto

Spend today at your leisure, exploring the delights of Kyoto at your own pace. Perhaps explore the iconic Bamboo Forest, the perfect backdrop for budding photographers, or walk through the tranquil Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. We recommend an optional afternoon excursion to the peaceful sanctuary of Nara.* Overnight stay in Kyoto. 

* Optional Nara Excursion: Head to Nara on the Kintetsu Express Train, for a tour of two World Heritage Sites: Todai-Ji Temple and Kofukuji Temple. Encounter wild deer up close while walking through Nara Park, a rarity in Japan and worldwide and discover Todai-Ji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world's largest wooden structures.

Optional
Afternoon Nara Excursion
9th Day: Kyoto - Osaka

Today, take a local train to travel to Osaka. Upon arrival, the rest of the day is free to discover this charming city. We recommend visiting the Kuromon local market and its Floating Garden Observatory in the Umeda Sky Building, from which there is an unforgettable panoramic view of the city. Overnight stay in Osaka.

10th Day: Osaka

Spend the day on a self-guided tour of the sights of Osaka. You will have at your disposal an Osaka Metro + City Bus card to scroll around the city on your own. Also an admission ticket for the Abeno Harukas 300 Observatory. Go onto the observatory which is 300m far from the ground at the highest building in Japan to enjoy the borderless day & night scenery of Osaka. It also includes the ticket for Osaka Castle, where you have the chance to learn about the history of Japan's most famous landmarks. This castle played a major role in the unification of Japan during the Azuchi-Momoyama period. Overnight stay in Osaka.

Included
Osaka One Day Pass
11th Day: Osaka

Spend the day at your leisure. exploring the cultural delights of Osaka. Get to know the local area and sampling the iconic local cuisine. Overnight stay in Osaka.

12th Day: Osaka - Night on board

At the indicated time, self-transfer to the airport for your flight* to the Maldives. Night on board.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

13th Day: Maldives

Touch down in Malé, the capital of the Maldives. From here, take an exciting speedboat transfer to your resort, situated on an island in the beautiful North Malé Atoll. Arrive, get settled in and begin your All-inclusive stay. Overnight stay in the Maldives.

14th Day: Maldives

All-inclusive. Enjoy a day at your leisure in the Maldives, soaking up the breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean from the comforts of a white-sand beach or exploring the abundant sea life on a snorkelling excursion. The facilities at the resort are there to make your stay as blissful as possible, so make the most of them as you begin to unwind from the stresses of daily life. Overnight stay in the Maldives. 

15th Day: Maldives

All-inclusive. Spend the day at your leisure in the Maldives. If you'd like to know more about Maldivan culture and life in these paradise isles, we recommend a visit to Malé. Owing to its small size, it's one of the most densely populated cities in the world and amongst its bustling streets, you can find mosques, bazaars and cafes and get a sense of the everyday life of the locals. Overnight stay in the Maldives.

16th Day: Maldives

All-inclusive. Another day at your leisure in paradise. Why not take a cruise on a traditional Maldivan dhoni boat to explore the surrounding islands and atolls or arrange a diving trip to discover the colourful underwater world. Enjoy the delicious cuisine offered at the resort and kick-back with a cocktail at sunset. Overnight stay in the Maldives. 

17th Day: Maldives - Night on board

Breakfast* at the hotel. Sadly, it's time to bid farewell to the paradise shores of the Maldives. At the indicated time, take a speedboat transfer to Malé to catch a flight back to the US. Night on board.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

18th Day: US

Arrive in the US and end your trip.

Accommodation: 15 Nights

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Included activities

If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Included

Included activity for day 3 in Tokyo

Duration 04:30h Approx. Pick up time: 07:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Half-Day Tokyo Morning Tour

Visit 'Love' statue in Shinjuku and drive past Harajuku and the Meiji Jingu Shinto Shrine. See the National Diet Building and the Imperial Palace and the historic neighbourhood of Asakusa. º

What's included: English guide.

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Included

Included activity for day 7 in Kyoto

Duration 05:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:15 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Kyoto Arashiyama Morning Tour with Sagano Romantic Train Ride

Discover the beautiful and historical district of Sagano, ride the Sagano Romantic Trolley Train, take a walk through the enchanting Sagano bamboo grove and visit Arashiyama's Tenryuji Temple.

What's included: Transfer & English guide

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Included

Included activity for day 10 in Osaka

Physical rating:

Active

Osaka One Day Pass

Enjoy a self-tour of the city with admission to Abeno Harukas 300 Observatory and Osaka Castle.

What's included: Osaka Metro & City Bus Card.

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Optional

Suggested activity for day 5 in Mount Fuji

Duration 10:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Mt.Fuji Excursion & Hakone Full-Day Bus Tour

Ascend to Subashiri 5th Station on Mount Fuji. After lunch, sail across Lake Ashi while enjoying unforgettable views. Ride the Hakone cable car to admire the sulfur fields, Lake Ashinoko, and Fuji.

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 5 in Nikko

Duration 10:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Active

Full-Day Excursion to Nikko

Discover the cultural treasures and natural wonders of Nikko, including the UNESCO protected Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Falls.

What's included: Bus transfers and traditional Japanese lunch.

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 8 in Nara

Duration 04:30h Approx. Pick up time: 13:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Active

Afternoon Nara Excursion

Head to Nara on the Kintetsu Express Train, for a tour of two World Heritage Sites: Todai-Ji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Encounter wild deer up close while walking through Nara Park and discover Todai-Ji Temple. Return train travel included.

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Tokyo, Malé - US.
  • Internal flights: Osaka - Malé. *
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  • Tokyo Subway Pass 72h, Kyoto Bus/Subway Pass 48h and local train from Kyoto to Osaka.
  • 14 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels. **
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  • All-Inclusive in the Maldives. ***
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  • Bus from Tokyo to Kyoto. ****
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  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Speedboat transfers in the Maldives.
  • Welcome drink per person on arrival to the resort in the Maldives.
  • 25% discount on Spa Menu in the Maldives.
  • 15 minutes jetlag massage in the Maldives.
  • Deluxe Beach Villa in the Maldives.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

A number of Japanese cities impose an accommodation tax, which must be paid directly to the hotel.

* Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

** Non-smoking rooms: unfortunately, hotels in Japan have a reduced number of non-smoking rooms and we can not guarantee you will be allocated one advance.

Please note: double beds in Japanese hotels are not always the standard European size and can sometimes be less wide.

*** All-Inclusive package includes:
Food: Breakfast (7:30 to 9:30), lunch (12:30 to14:30 except Fridays. Friday 13:30 to 14:30) and dinner (19:00 to 21:00) served at the Mela Restaurant with a combination of buffets with a variety of international cuisine to please everyone’s taste. Selection of snacks served at the Blitz Bar & Café (Morning 10:00 to 11:00, Evening 16:00 to 17:00 and night 23:00 to 00:00).
Beverage: Selection of cocktails, mocktails, house wines, types of canned juices, soft drinks, draft beer, house spirits, mineralised water, tea and coffee available at the Blitz Bar & Café from 10:00 to 00:00. Unlimited “all you can drink” mineralised water, soft drinks, draft beer, cordial juices, tea & coffee and house wine available at the Mela Restaurant during meal hours.

**** You can upgrade your trip from Tokyo to Kyoto by booking the amazing bullet train Nozomi to Kyoto in the next step of the reservation process.

You will have the option to purchase a Japanese SIM card for your trip in the next step of the booking process. 

  • Entry requirements
    Valid passport with at least six months validity.
  • Visa
    No visa is required.
  • Currency
    Japanese Yen.
  • Language
    Japanese.
  • Electricity
    110 V. Adapter required.
  • Health
    There are no mandatory vaccinations for travelers from the US.
  • Time zone
    UTC + 08:00 or UTC + 09:00.
  • Other useful information
    You are not expected to leave a tip.
  • Tourist Office website
    https://us.jnto.go.jp/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

This is a private tour, during which the booked excursions/visits unless otherwise stated, are carried out with a local English-speaking guide. There is no 24-hour guide on site.

 

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