Cox & Kings Adds New Programs in Asia for 2015
PHOTO: Cox & Kings new China Classic Odyssey includes the essentials, such as the Great Wall. (Photo by David Cogswell)
In a year when Cox & Kings expanded its international tour roster by 50 new programs, it has made a significant expansion in Asia.
The 250-year-old company is offering four new programs for travel to China in its private journeys series, a new Japan program that focuses on Zen Buddhism, a new Indochina program, a program to Tibet and one to Nepal and Tibet.
Cox & Kings China Classic Odyssey is designed for multigenerational travel. It’s a sprawling two-week trip that covers many of the essentials of China, for people who may only be able to take one China trip. It includes a visit to Beijing for four days, with three nights at the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing. During that time, guests will see the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, The Great Wall and the Ming Tombs.
The itinerary includes two nights at the Sofitel Xian in Xian, with an exploration of the walled city and former Chinese capital, and of course a viewing of Emperor Qin’s 6,000 life-sized terracotta warriors.
After a flight to Chengdu, the itinerary includes a stop at the Bisheng Gorge Panda Sanctuary to visit 80 pandas who live there. From there it’s a ride on a high-speed train to Chongqing and the beginning of a Yangtze River cruise that will pass through the Three Gorges and the Three Gorges Dam and conclude in Shanghai.
The final leg of the tour is a three-night stay in Shanghai at the Peninsula Shanghai.
Other new Cox & Kings trips to Asia include Yunnan: A Journey to Shangri-La, which explores the landscapes as well as immersions in the local culture of the Donga, Naxi and Tibetans; China: Journey on the Silk Road, which travels the ancient trading routes from Xian through the Gobi Desert and westward; Path of Enlightenment, a tour of Japan that explores the evolution of Zen Buddhism and its affect on Japanese culture with visits to Tokyo and Kyoto; and Indochina Revealed, which is being marketed as a “truly comprehensive” exploration of both Cambodia and Vietnam, including Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh, a Mekong River Cruise from Cambodia into Vietnam and ending in Ho Chi Minh City, and a cruise on Halong Bay.
Two new tours include Tibet. Tibet: Pilgrimage to the Land of the Gods and Nepal and Tibet: Journey to the Roof of the World. The combined Nepal and Tibet trip includes a stop at the Everest Base Camp. The Tibet trip visits the Potala Palace, a seventh-century winter residence of the Dalai Lama.
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