Immerse yourself in the ancient traditions and modern culture of the Far East with our wide selection of guided tours, day trips, festivals and tailor-made holidays with a useful travel guide to help you plan.

Travel to the exotic lands of the Far East – China, Japan, South Korea and Tibet - on one of our award winning holidays. With our experienced local English-speaking tour leaders you'll gain a true insight into these fascinating countries and immerse yourself in the local way of life. We also offer a wide variety of touring styles to the Far East, from guided group tours and family adventures to festival tours and tailor made holidays, so you're bound to find the trip that's right for you.

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Our tours to the Far East include some unique local experiences - spend a night in a traditional Hanok Village in South Korea, weave your way through the Hutongs of Beijing on a rickshaw, meet the Yau ethnic minority group along the Dragon's Back Bone in China, join a sunrise class of Tai Chi at Beijing's Temple of Heaven, try your hand at cooking tempura at a home-based cooking class in Japan.

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Best of Japan

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8 days | FROM £2,410

Discover the best of Japan in just 8 days. Travelling from the modern...

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Great Wall & Warriors

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9 days | FROM £1,095

Explore the highlights of China starting in Beijing with Tiananmen...

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China Express

Trip Type : Group Tours
6 days | FROM £730

Hide out in the Forbidden City, climb the Great Wall, bike ride along...

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South Korean Express

Trip Type : Group Tours
7 days | FROM £1,750

Escorted Group Tour: See the best of South Korea, from vibrant Seoul -...

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Hong Kong to Chengdu

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8 days | FROM £510

SEMI INDEPENDENT: Uncover the delights of China’s vibrant cities and...

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Beijing to Shanghai Express

Trip Type : Group Tours
9 days | FROM £570

SEMI INDEPENDENT: This whistle stop tour of China uncovers some of...

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Essence of China

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9 Days | FROM £1,410

Take an exhilarating 9 day journey of discovery through China’s most...

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Highlights of China

Trip Type : Group Tours
11 Days | FROM £1,885

Experience the very best of China with its spectacular landscapes,...

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Tokyo to Takayama

Trip Type : Group Tours
13 days | FROM £3,985

This 13 day adventure takes in the must-see sites of Tokyo and Kyoto...

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Hong Kong to Beijing

Trip Type : Group Tours
15 days | FROM £1,095

SEMI INDEPENDENT: Take in the buzzling metropolis from Victoria Peak...

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Hong Kong to Hong Kong

Trip Type : Group Tours
16 days | FROM £1,150

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Essential China Adventure

Trip Type : Group Tours
18 Days | FROM £1,340

SEMI INDEPENDENT TOUR: From Shanghai discover the karst landscape of...

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Classic China & Yangtze Cruise

Trip Type : Group Tours
13 Days | FROM £2,095

From bustling Beijing to Shanghai, be astonished as you capture the...

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Backroads to Beijing

Trip Type : Group Tours
8 days | FROM £780

Take the road less travelled from Shanghai to Beijing. Explore the...

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Tokyo to Beijing

Trip Type : Group Tours
15 Days | FROM £3,250

Take in the highlights of Japan and China on this 15 day tour from...

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Epic Japan Adventure

Trip Type : Group Tours
19 Days | FROM £3,040

SEMI INDEPENDENT: Immerse yourself in the organised chaos of Tokyo,...

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Land of the Samurai

Trip Type : Group Tours
12 days | FROM £3,775

On this wonderful 12 day group tour of Japan you’ll not only take in...

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Chinese Checkers

Trip Type : Group Tours
11 days | FROM £1,255

Kick off in Beijing, explore the Forbidden City, ride around the...

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Take me to Tibet

Trip Type : Group Tours
12 days | FROM £1,990

Exploring Beijing’s grand Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and the...

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Hutongs to Hong Kong

Trip Type : Group Tours
13 days | FROM £2,095

Take a rickshaw through Beijing’s happening hutongs and climb the...

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Cherry Blossom Festival

Trip Type : Group Tours
13 days | FROM £5,035

Escorted Group Tour: See Japan in 2020! Springtime is possibly one of...

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Fine China

Trip Type : Group Tours
13 days | FROM £1,515

Climb the Great Wall at Badaling and Juyonguan Pass and enter the...

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Snow Monkey Explorer

Trip Type : Group Tours
13 Days | FROM £4,615

Watch Snow Monkeys bathing, explore Hemiji Castle and beautiful...

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Great Wall & Pandas

Trip Type : Group Tours
14 Days | FROM £2,305

Setting out from Beijing uncover some of China’s most famous and...

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Japan Explorer

Trip Type : Group Tours
13 Days | FROM £1,675

SEMI INDEPENDENT: Discover the iconic sites of Japan’s most famous...

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Mandarin Sunrise

Trip Type : Group Tours
15 days | FROM £1,675

Travelling a full circle from Beijing, you will discover temples,...

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Yin and Yangtze

Trip Type : Group Tours
16 days | FROM £2,410

Kicking off in Beijing, soak up all the attractions of China’s...

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Shanghai to Beijing

Trip Type : Group Tours
8 days | FROM £885

Travelling from Shanghai to the capital, cruise the canals of Suzhou,...

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Silk Road of China

Trip Type : Overland Adventures
22 Days | FROM £1,775

Journey through the stunning scenery of China on this 22-day overland...

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Silk Road of China Westbound

Trip Type : Overland Adventures
22 Days | FROM £1,775

Cross the extent of western China on this 22-day overland adventure...

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Silk Road Encompassed Westbound

Trip Type : Overland Adventures
89 Days | FROM £7,630

Starting in the fascinating Chinese city of Xi’an, this 89-day group...

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Harbin Ice Festival

Trip Type : Festival Tours
11 days | FROM £1,305

Discover China this Christmas to see the Great Wall, Beijing's...

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Harbin Ice Festival Express

Trip Type : Festival Tours
5 Days | FROM £990

Let it snow! See the world's largest and most elaborate ice sculptures...

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China Discovery For Teenagers

Trip Type : Family Holidays
8 days | FROM £1,200

FAMILY TOUR TO CHINA (for children aged 12 years and above): Climb the...

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China Family Adventure

Trip Type : Family Holidays
8 days | FROM £1,045

FAMILY TOUR OF CHINA (children 5 years and over): Take your little...

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Heart of Seoul City Break

Trip Type : Private Tours
5 days | FROM £895

Explore Seoul, the cosmopolitan and vibrant capital of South Korea....

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Geisha & Gyoza

Trip Type : Private Tours
8 days | FROM £1,820

Private Tour: Get lost in the organised chaos of Tokyo, catch a...

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Seoul & Silla Kingdoms

Trip Type : Private Tours
6 days | FROM £2,430

Discover the highlights of captivating South Korea, the 'Land of the...

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Land of the Rising Sun

Trip Type : Private Tours
14 days | FROM £3,145

Private Tour: Travel like the Tokyoites do in Japan’s capital city,...

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Konnichiwa Japan

Trip Type : Private Tours
14 days | FROM £3,020

Private Tour: After fully exploring Tokyo head to Nagano and Matsumoto...

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Seoul Searching & Jeju

Trip Type : Private Tours
9 days | FROM £4,175

From vibrant Seoul and Gyeongju the ancient kingdom of Silla, to the...

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Beijing & Shanghai City Break

Trip Type : Private Tours
7 days | FROM £1,150

Enjoy a well-rounded week long city break in China’s top two cities....

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Yunnan Experience

Trip Type : Private Tours
8 days | FROM £1,255

Home to many of China's ethnically diverse minority peoples, Kunming &...

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Sizzling Sichuan

Trip Type : Private Tours
8 days | FROM £2,620

Explore China’s beautiful Sichuan province! Discover Huanglong...

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Postcard from China

Trip Type : Private Tours
10 days | FROM £1,410

From Beijing to Shanghai via the Jinan Province, visit UNESCO sites,...

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Journey Down South

Trip Type : Private Tours
10 days | FROM £1,990

Get off the beaten track and see the highlights of China’s scenic...

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Classic China & Chengdu

Trip Type : Private Tours
12 Days | FROM £2,670

Journey south from the nation's capital Beijing to the terracotta...

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Just Japan

Trip Type : Private Tours
8 days | FROM £1,990

Private Tour: Take in the buzz of Japan’s capital city, learn how to...

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Spectacular South Korea

Trip Type : Private Tours
12 days | FROM £5,505

South Korea is rich in tradition, culture and natural beauty. Starting...

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Southern China Explorer

Trip Type : Private Tours
12 days | FROM £3,250

Take in the highlights of southern China on this unique 12 day tour,...

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Best of Yunnan and Beijing

Trip Type : Private Tours
13 Days | FROM £4,510

Setting out from Shanghai uncover China’s diverse Yunnan province,...

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Silk Road Adventure

Trip Type : Private Tours
13 days | FROM £3,775

Taking in Urumqi, Kashgar & Turpan in China's far west before heading...

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Totally China

Trip Type : Private Tours
15 days | FROM £2,935

Visiting the nation’s capital - Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin and...

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Highlights of Tibet

Trip Type : Private Tours
8 days | FROM £1,780

Discover the highlights of Tibet - the rooftop of the world, locked...

Our Far East Trip Types

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Group Tours

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Our selection of group tours cover the main countries of the Far East - China, Japan, South Korea and Tibet.

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In China, top of most travellers must-see list in are Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, so we've made sure these are included on all of our group tours there. Our group tour to South Korea - a classic week-long itinerary - includes all the main highlights of as do our small selection of group based trips to Japan and Tibet. You'll stay at comfortable 3 and 4 star hotels and there are plenty of authentic local experiences for you to enjoy on our tours too. For your convenience, airport transfers are included and you'll travel with our fabulous English speaking local guides, whose knowledge of the local areas is second to none.

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Overland Adventures

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We offer a selection of Overland Adventures which explore the ancient Silk Road, travelling between Xi'an and Kashgar in China and exploring Central Asia, the Caucasus and Turkey.

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Travelling aboard an overland truck and combining camping with hostels and simple hotels, these group tours are ideal for intrepid travellers, who have a real sense of adventure! The maximum group size is 22 and we offer Eastbound or Westbound trips.

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Tailor-made Holidays

Plan Your Dream Holiday

Home to majestic temples, grand palaces and spectacular scenery, the Far East of Asia offers a wealth of cultural and outdoor experiences.

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We offer tailor-made holidays to China, Japan, South Korea and Tibet so that you can explore these fascinating countries at your own pace and with your choice of sightseeing and accommodation. Whether it's spending a night in a luxury hotel by the Great Wall or enjoying a traditional tea ceremony with geisha, discovering street food in Seoul or exploring the Potala Palace, our team of experts are on hand to recommend plenty of unique things to do and amazing places to see.

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Festival Tours

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If you are planning on visiting China or Japan, one of the best times to visit is during one of their festivals.

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We have a selection of trips that do just that, and you'll explore the key sites of each country along the way too. Festivals that are top of our list are the Harbin Ice Festival in China, where you can marvel at giant ice sculptures, and the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan, when the beautiful cherry blossom trees come out in full bloom across the nation.

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Family Holidays

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Take your family on a rewarding adventure to the enchanting Far East. From idyllic landscapes to fast-paced cities, it’s the perfect family holiday destination.

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We’ve got a choice of ‘With Families’ or ‘With Teenagers’ tours on offer, perfect for those travelling with youngsters as young as five years old.

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Private Tours

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Start planning that dream holiday to the Far East with our selection of classic itineraries to China, Japan, South Korea and Tibet.

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Of course, the Far East is an incredibly vast region, so if you wish to visit places not covered on these itineraries, we will be happy to arrange this for you.

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Far East tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.65 out of 5 based on 102 recent reviews — See All Far East Reviews

We loved the tour, the guides we had in each city were very informative.

Overall, we loved the tour, well organised, nice guides, good pace, value for money. We would recommend this tour. ”  

Susan & Nigel Cowie • Submitted 11 Jul 2019

Overall, the holiday was excellent and I would highly recommend On The Go Tours for trips like this.

Xian was one of the stand out destinations with the cycle on the walls and the visit to the Terracotta warriors. We also did a lot of walking around the city and really enjoyed it.

We thoroughly enjoyed the organised boat trip and cycle tour around in Yangzhou.

Overall, the trip lived up to everything I thought it would be and more.

Our national tour guide Leo was excellent and ensured the tour ran smoothly. ”  

Thomas O'Brien • Submitted 9 Jul 2019

Our guide,Fei, was wonderful and there was nothing he wasn't prepared to help with. Very funny and friendly - couldn't have asked for anyone better.

The Cites we visited were just amazing.”  

Vanessa Chambers • Submitted 8 Jul 2019

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Spiritual spaces
The best temples in the Far East

With the widespread popularity of Buddhism across the Far East mixed with native religions of ancestor worship and mythology, the countries of China, Tibet, Japan and South Korea offer a rich selection of temples, pagodas and other spiritual spaces from the exquisite Temple of Heaven in Beijing, the UNESCO-listed Jokhang Monastery in Lhasa, the historic Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto to the mountainside Bulguska Temple in Gyeongju. Discover these and more with our range of tours.

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