A Closer Look at Spring 2013, Part I: Japan, China, Vietnam

With the launch of our new website this week comes the launch of our set of Spring 2013 trips! This, without question, is the widest range of unique trips we’ve put together for any given semester. Let’s dive a little deeper into why we chose to plan the itineraries as we did. In the first part of this three-part series, we’ll take a look at what we have planned in Asia.


Students, for good reason, traditionally have their eyes set on seeing Tokyo and Kyoto when visiting Japan. On top of that, others ideally want to see Mt. Fuji and the surrounding area but find it difficult to coordinate all three in a short span. We’ve been able to schedule transfers that allow students to spend 2 nights in Tokyo, 1 night in the Mt. Fuji area and 1 night in Kyoto—in our opinion a perfect end-to-end itinerary for a country that can be tough to navigate. We’ve also included a couple of cultural experiences famous to Japan—the final day of one of the largest sumo wrestling tournaments of the year and time spent learning how to make sushi from the best. Plenty of free time, access to nightlife and 5 cities in 5 days… Japan done right!


Working with our partners abroad, The China Guide, we are able to offer a unique and intimate experience at the wall that has continued to be one of our most popular trips. Almost all students visiting China want to make their way to Beijing and the Great Wall and our trip does just that, while also allowing time to enjoy the nightlife and sights of the surrounding area. GCT has students covered in what is always one of our most famous authentic experiences.

The unfortunate timing of this itinerary over the Chinese New Year has caused prices to be a little higher than normal for China this semester. Also, we are encouraging students to book this trip as soon as possible to guarantee space on the trip. Students who wait ’til the last few weeks to plan their time in China will likely find train and plane tickets between Beijing to Hong Kong wildly expensive or even completely sold out! Traveling at this time of the year in China is like traveling the day before Thanksgiving in the U.S…. but with 1.5 billion people. So don’t wait too long!


Our trip to Hanoi and Ha Long Bay has been hands down our most popular trip over the past couple of years. Affordable, tons of free time, amazing food, and jaw dropping scenery are just some of the reasons we have consistently attracted large groups. Since all the “junkboats” hold between 16-24 students each, this trip also offers a great chance for students to gather a group of friends they’ve made over the semester and travel through Ha Long Bay’s islets together. Kayaking, swimming, exploring caves—it’s easy to see why this has been named one of the “natural wonders of the world.” A can’t-miss experience if you’re traveling to Vietnam!

Don’t see what you’re looking for in these itineraries? Dates don’t work for you? Want to plan something for just yourself and a few friends? Shoot us an email and we’ll work to customize something that fits exactly what you had in mind.

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