Once the Christmas festivities are over, the nation’s thoughts will turn to planning their holidays for 2017. As the increasing costs of Brexit looms, many are now turning towards Asia as a cheaper alternative for a long-haul getaway. All-inclusive packages are also forecast to grow over the next year.
Here we outline our thoughts for the most popular destinations for travelers in our guide of Asia 2017.
Holidays to China
China will also be a popular destination in 2017, with the incredible sights of the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors more accessible than ever from the UK. In early 2017, The Great Wall film with Matt Damon is set to be released, which will undoubtedly inspire a new generation of travellers to visit the country.
These a big bucket list items, but did you know that there is more to China than its well-known attractions? From the impressive gorges of the Yangtze to the vast valleys of Zhangjiajie, its famous resident pandas to palaces of Tibet, a holiday to China is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Our most popular tour is our 16 day fully inclusive, escorted Wonders of China tour, where you’ll discover the bustling cities of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, cruise on the Yangtze and explore the karst landscapes of Guilin and Yangshuo.
We have also introduced two new China tours for 2017, both offering more authentic and active ways to experience the country, with days at leisure to enjoy the country your own way. Our 17 day escorted Enchanting China tour introduces you to the best sights of Beijing, Xian, Shanghai and Chengdu, as well as a three night river cruise along the Yangtze. The 21 day escorted Land of the Dragon tour includes the imperial highlights of Beijing, a cruise along the Li River, the Giant Pandas and the chance to try a delicious breakfast on a morning walking tour in Shanghai.
Holidays to Japan
With the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, interest in Japan has already begun to increase exponentially in the last six months, and we believe this popularity will continue.
As ever, the beautiful cherry blossom season in the spring is always the most popular time to visit and due to high demand, we have just added three new departures to spring 2017 – giving customers the final chance to book for next year. The second most popular time to visit is to see Japan’s stunning autumn foliage, where reds, golds and oranges blend together into an awesome display perfect for your holiday snaps! Otherwise take your pick of when you’d like to travel there: Japan’s climate is quite similar to the UK’s.
Regardless of when you choose to go, Japan is a diverse destination with something for everything, with its blend of imperial history, Shinto temples, wacky gaming culture and extraordinary modernity. Book a Japan holiday now before everyone else does!
Our 11 day fully inclusive, escorted Jewels of Japan tour lets you discover the cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima with Mount Fuji in between, travelling on that all-important bullet train. If you wish to delve more into Japan’s past, then our 13 day Discover Japan tour includes Takayama and Kanazawa, where samurai once roamed.
Holidays to Southeast Asia
If China or Japan don’t take your fancy, then Southeast Asia is as popular as ever.
What about a tour of Vietnam? You can cruise along emerald Halong Bay, discover the UNESCO Listed town of Hoi An, cruise along the Mekong and explore Vietnam’s history in Saigon.
A holiday to Cambodia may take your fancy instead. Home to Angkor Wat and its crumbling neighbours, this site is on everyone’s to-do list. Explore the wonders of this archeological park along with the history of Cambodia in its capital Phnom Penh.
If somewhere more untouched and off the tourist trail is what you’re seeking, a Burma tour is the perfect choice for 2017. Explore the stunning Bagan with its 2000 temples, cruise on the languid Irrawaddy River and delve into Burma’s rich past in Mandalay and Rangoon.
Tour Asia with Wendy Wu Tours
Award-winning Wendy Wu Tours is the UK’s leading China holiday specialist tour operator and a leading specialist tour operator to Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, as well as India and Sri Lanka. Our fully inclusive, escorted group tours visit all the major highlights, letting you dive into Asia’s rich culture and diverse heritage.