Asian City Stopovers

When travelling to Asia, your flight may involve a connection on the way. So what better way to enhance your journey than to stop and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city? And with some amazing places to visit these stopovers may just help you decide which route to take. Call one of our specialists to discuss flight and hotel options.

Tokyo

Tokyo is a city of contrasts where the latest in modern technology meets Shinto Buddhist traditions. Visit Meiji Jingu, the city's most important shrine which is set in a beautiful forested park, and take a boat ride to the historical district of Asakusa to see Sensoji Temple, the oldest in Tokyo. Also stroll around the peaceful Hamarikyu Gardens and climb the Sky Tree for stunning views over the city.

Take the opportunity to escape from the city to see Mt Fuji and the beautiful Five Lakes Region. Mt Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan, rising to 3,776 metres and its beauty derives from its almost symmetrical volcanic cone. Also visit Owakudani, a hot spring crater formed by an eruption of Mt Hakone, take a cruise on Lake Ashi and ride the Mt Komagatake cable car. Complete your day by returning on a super-fast bullet train.

Singapore

Ethnically diverse Singapore offers a fascinating blend of Chinese, Malay and Indian traditions with a British colonial backdrop. While here visit the riverfront Merlion Park and the historical Buddhist-Taoist temple of Thian Hock Keng. Stroll around the National Orchid Garden and also visit Little India.

For a fun day out visit the island of Sentosa, Singapore’s playground. Arrive by cable car and enjoy the many attractions and shows or relax on one of the beaches. Other popular activities in Singapore are simply enjoying the variety of Asian and European cuisines on offer and immersing yourself in a shoppers' paradise.

Emirates and Qatar

Several airlines from the Middle East offer excellent connections to Asia including Emirates via Dubai, Etihad Airways via Abu Dhabi and Qatar Airways via Doha. Here is your opportunity to break your journey and sample the Arabian Peninsula.

In each of these cities you have the opportunity to experience the contrast between old narrow lanes and gleaming modern buildings, traditional souks and sophisticated shopping malls. Visit the local museums to understand the history and rapid development of the region and try out some of the local food such as shawarma and falafel.

If you are visiting Dubai, other options include discovering the fortress village of Hatta in the desert or taking a cruise on a traditional dhow. Dubai also has some excellent beaches if you are looking for relaxation. And since Dubai and Abu Dhabi are both cities in the United Arab Emirates they can easily be combined.