East Asia

 
 

China (May 19,2019 to May 24, 2019)

Trip Leaders: Max Xu, Mingyue Ye, Feifei Song

Welcome to China - a beautiful country home to one of the world's longest-running civilizations, the world's largest population, and the second largest global economy.

The tour will start in Beijing—China's capital—where we will climb the Great Wall of China, marvel at the Forbidden City (the world's largest ancient palace), and explore the busy nightlife scene that combines both Chinese and Western culture. Of course a trip to China would not be complete if we did not visit some of Beijing's finest restaurants and sample the varied culinary experiences on offer.

Next, we will fly to Shanghai—China's most prosperous city and its economic, financial, and trading hub. Shanghai features a fascinating combination of ancient culture and modern skyscrapers. We will embrace the city from the world's highest observatory, relax in the "Venice of China", and conclude the day with shopping and more traditional (and delicious!) dishes.

May 19, 2019 Arrive in Beijing. Depending on time of arrival... Welcome dinner Peking duck.

May 20, 2019 Hike the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Walk around Nanluoguxiang, VStreet.

May 21, 2019 Visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City,Jingshan Park&The Lama Temple. Explore Wudaoying Hutong with traditional architecture.

May 22, 2019 High-speed train (or Fly ) to Shanghai, Visit The Bund & SkyWalk Observatory with view of the city.

May 23, 2019 Boat tour of Zhujiajiao Water Town. Explore the French Concession. Evening pub crawl.

May 24, 2019 Fly to next destination.


Expected Cost (per individual) - $1,750.00

Sign up deadline: Four weeks prior to trip start date (all sign-ups after this will move on to a waitlist and be confirmed subject to availability).

*** Please note airfare/visa costs are not included in these estimates - this will greatly vary depending on where individuals are coming from.

 

Singapore (May 24 2019 - May 28 2019)

Trip Leaders: Sophia Yu, Satvik Balram, Mayank Lokwani

Come experience the culture, landscapes, and food of Southeast Asia in Singapore.

Located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore is known as the Garden City with lush greenery set alongside tall skyscrapers. Exhibiting the influence of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and Western cultures, you’ll find in Singapore traditional ethnic enclaves, architecture left behind from its British colonial past, and a dazzling metropolis. Another important part of the Singaporean culture is the food, so come prepared to try the local cuisine, including chilli crab, roti prata, satay, steamboat, buah keluak, and durians—a favourite fruit of the locals.

May 24, 2019 Afternoon: Arrival;

Evening: welcome dinner, Night Safari, Dinner & drinks at Clarke Quay, Clubbing at 1 Altitude - world's highest alfresco bar

May 25, 2019 Morning: Breakfast, Little India;

Afternoon: Lunch at Little India, Orchard Road, Raffles Place, Lau Pa Sat (food court), CBD area, Fullerton Hotel, Singapore River, Merlion Park, National Gallery;

Evening: Alumni Networking at Kinki, Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands - Casino and Clubbing at Ce La Vi

May 26, 2019 Morning: Breakfast, Arab Street, Chinatown, Boat quay;

Afternoon: Sentosa - Merlion;

Evening: Tanjong Beach club for dinner and drinksMay 27, 2019Breakfast, Macritchie Reservoir Hike

May 28, 2019 Airport

Expected Cost (per individual) - $ 1,121.10

Sign up deadline: Four weeks prior to trip start date (all sign-ups after this will move on to a waitlist and be confirmed subject to availability).

*** Please note airfare/visa costs are not included in these estimates - this will greatly vary depending on where individuals are coming from.

 
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Japan (July 13 2019 - July 21 2019)

Trip Leaders: Madina Akhmetova

Welcome to Japan - an amazing country with beautiful nature, delicious food, intriguing culture, and so much to see you would want to stay!

The tour will start in Tokyo where we will dive in right away into the otaku world of anime, manga, and thematic cafes. We will see the sun set over Tokyo from 350 meter Skytree observation deck and enjoy the bizarre robot show in the evening.

Next, we will take the bullet train to Kyoto, where we will marvel at the serene shrines and temples, stroll the delicate gardens, and taste the unique kaiseki cuisine followed by a maiko performance. We will also make a sobering day-trip to Hiroshima to visit the site of atomic bombing.

Back in Tokyo we will watch sumo wrestling tournament and explore Harajuku, a fashion district, and Shibuya with it's world-famous scramble crossing and many great bars and restaurants. Finally, we will relax in Kinugawa hot springs - a cannot miss experience - and watch a procession of 1000 samurai in Nikko.

Saturday, July 13, 2019 Arrive in Tokyo. Welcome dinner

Sunday, July 14, 2019 Explore Akihabara & thematic café, Asakusa, watch sunset over Tokyo from Skytree observation deck, Robot restaurant

Monday, July 15, 2019 Take bullet train to Kyoto, visit Golden Pavilion, Kiyomizu-dera, enjoy traditional "Kyoto kaiseki" cuisine & Maiko dance

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 Day-trip to Nagoya for a sumo match

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 Watch Gion Festival in the morning, Sagano bamboo forest, return to Tokyo

Thursday, July 18, 2019 Visit fish market during the day and explore Shibuya at night (scramble crossing, bars, etc.), drive around Tokyo in Mario karts (optional)

Friday, July 19, 2019 Relax at Kinugawa hot springs

Saturday, July 20, 2019 Explore Nikko; return to Tokyo

Sunday, July 21, 2019 Fly to next destination.

Expected Cost (per individual) - $ 1,955.00

Upfront Payment Due - $1,305.00

Sign up deadline: Four weeks prior to trip start date (all sign-ups after this will move on to a waitlist and be confirmed subject to availability).

*** Please note airfare/visa costs are not included in these estimates - this will greatly vary depending on where individuals are coming from.