So I understand that what I'm about to ask is extremely general but I'm hoping some of you can help anyway. I am graduating college in a couple months and would like to take my grandparents on a vacation afterwards. They have always dreamed of visiting China or Japan but have never been able to get there. They are 88 now and are in relatively good health. They're able to walk (but not for hours each day). I was thinking the best way to travel for them would be an escorted tour that utilizes bus transportation, or perhaps a river cruise. I attempted to look up some guided tours but none seem to go to both China and Japan. Ideally we are looking to travel for 2-3 weeks, which I understand is not nearly enough time to experience an entire country, let alone two. We would like to keep our budget down, our goal is to stay under $3k per person (air included). My grandfather is very interested in history, the wars, the empires, etc.; I love nature and would love to experience the gardens (and pandas!); My grandmother really enjoys the big city culture (we're from NYC). We're kindof a bit diverse in our interests so we're aiming to get a taste of each.
Now that I've explained our situation a little, let me ask you a few questions.
1: Suggested itinerary? Again, I understand that the answer is typically "it depends", but there seems to be so many destinations within China and/or Japan, I'm not sure where to begin. I'm fine concentrating on two or three destinations and do not feel the need to see EVERYTHING in this short time period, but I'm not sure logistically what makes sense.
2. Has anyone had experienced traveling with elders in Asia? Is there extensive walking? I'm aware of the subway systems and imagine they're efficient but I've seen pictures of the roads in China and cabs seem like a bad idea. Does anyone know of any tour companies that cater specifically to elderly travelers? Even if any do not specifically cater to elders, can anyone recommend a guided tour company in general? I am currently looking at Gate1 Tours, Wendy Wu Tours, among others.
3. If we decide not to go the guided tour route, I imagine we will have a difficult time navigating our way and finding restaurants (picky eaters) etc. Do Americans usually have a hard time traveling through Asia? We traveled solo around France, the UK and Italy in the past, but I can't help but assume that Asia is drastically different and way more complex.
4. Is May a decent time to travel to Asia? Again, I don't really know too much about Asian customs with when holiday and breaks are, or the weather now that I'm thinking about it!
Any advice is much appreciated.
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