Scenic has launched its 2017 China and Japan program which includes the launch of six new itineraries featuring a number of new destinations plus a number of new Freechoice activities.
In China, Scenic guests can now enjoy the comprehensive 24 Day Journey to Shangri-la which travels from Shanghai to Kunming visiting most of the well-known and essential cities in one tour including Beijing and a Yangtze River cruise plus two new cities for Scenic – Hangzhou which was made famous by Marco Polo and known for the West Lake and Six harmonies Pagoda and the ancient water city of Suzhou, known for its beautiful classical Chinese gardens.
This has also been split into two shorter itineraries – 12 Day China Highlights from Shanghai to Beijing which is the shortest tour and perfect for those with limited time; and 17 Day China Classics which extends for a further five days with a Yangtze River cruise ending in Chengdu.
The 27 Day Amazing China is a combination of two previous tours which both proved popular last year. Travelling from Beijing to Shanghai it encompasses some of the many natural wonders of China with visits to Jiuzhaigou Valley (known as Nine Villages Valley), Zhanjiajie and the nearby World Heritage-listed Wulingyuan Scenic Area, and picturesque Yangshuo. For those guests that have already been to Shanghai or do not wish to go to Guilin/Yangshuo, there is now a 13 Day Pandas and Palaces tour from Beijing to Chengdu.
In Japan there is one new tour, 14 Day Japan Unveiled from Fukuoka to Tokyo. This new tour visits the southern island of Kyushu for the first time before transferring to the main island of Honshu. Guests will also visit two new cities: Fukuoka which contains some of Japan’s oldest sites such as Shofuku-ji, the oldest Zen Temple in Japan and the sixth century Kushida Shrine located in the ancient section of the city; and Nagasaki which is Japan’s historical gateway to the Western world and site of the second atomic bomb where guests will discover here a different side of Japan’s history which is not touched on in the tours of Honshu, such as the influence of foreign powers on Japanese culture in the local region, in particular the Dutch.
Adam Burke, Asia Journey Designer, commented: “We have seen huge growth in sales to China and Japan over the past year with all itineraries proving extremely popular. Japan’s cherry blossom season in particular has been popular resulting in us running additional departures. As such we have had to expand our portfolio and choice of itineraries along with a number of enhancements to the 2017/2018 program which we know will appeal to first time travellers and a slightly younger demographic. Plus to meet the demand there are new destinations to allow repeat guests to be a little more adventurous and discover even more of these fascinating countries.”
New Scenic Freechoice activities for 2017/2018 in China include a market shopping tour and Huangpu River Cruise in Shanghai; Xixi Wetlands in Hangzhou, and Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall and Canton Tower in Guangzhou. And in Japan guests can choose to visit Peace Park and the Atomic Bomb Museum in Nagasaki, and Maizuru Park in Fukuoka.
Scenic is offering Earlybird offers for bookings made by 30 November – included flights to China on journeys over 21 days offering a saving of up to $2,260 per couple; $1,100 per couple air credit on journeys to China between 12 and 20 days; and partner fly free to Japan – a saving of up to $1,385 per couple. Also this year there is a $200 early booking bonus and complimentary cabin upgrades on the Yangzi Explorer on most departures for new bookings made before 31 October 2016.