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Welcome to the Wu Kingdom– a place where we can keep you up to date with our latest news, bring you the inside story on the hot topics of the day and share the wonderful stories of our customers and staff.

We're so grateful to our customers for sharing their experiences with us; writing travel articles, posting about us on social media and leaving reviews, and we'd love to hear from you... Come and join the Wu Kingdom!

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  • Black Friday Special Offer
    27 Nov 2020

    Black Friday Special Offer

    Banish the blues with our incredible Black Friday Special Offer.

    Simply book one of 26 Best-selling tours worldwide for 2021 or 2022 and your flights are FREE.

    To really kick your holiday off in style we'll also include FREE airport lounge access before you fly!

    Saving you up to £800 per person this offer is exclusive to Wendy Wu Tours and available only until Monday 30 November.

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  • More encouraging Covid-19 News: Oxford University vaccine is highly effective.
    23 Nov 2020

    More encouraging Covid-19 News: Oxford University vaccine is highly effective.

    News outlets are reporting that not only is the new vaccine effective, it is far cheaper, and is easier to store and get to every corner of the world than the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines announced last week.

    The UK government has pre-ordered 100 million doses of the Oxford vaccine, and AstraZeneca says it will make three billion doses for the world next year.

  • Israel & Sri Lanka Added to UK Government Safe Corridor
    21 Nov 2020

    Israel & Sri Lanka Added to UK Government Safe Corridor

    More great news – from 4am 21st November, the UK government has included Israel and Jerusalem, and Sri Lanka to the list of countries where you will no longer have to self-isolate on arrival in England. adding them to growing list of Wendy Wu favourites:


  • Moderna: Covid vaccine shows nearly 95% protection.
    16 Nov 2020

    Moderna: Covid vaccine shows nearly 95% protection.

    News of a new vaccine has been released from Moderna in the US with early data showing that it is nearly 95% effective.

    The results come hot on the heels of similar results from Pfizer last week and the UK government has ordered 5 million doses.

  • Cambodia, Laos & Chile added to the UK safe corridor list

    Cambodia, Laos & Chile added to the UK safe corridor list

    More great news – from 4am 14th November, the UK government has included Cambodia, Laos and Chile to the list of countries where you will no longer have to self-isolate on arrival in England. adding them to growing list of Wendy Wu favourites:


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  • Positive news in the fight against Coronavirus
    23 Nov 2020

    Positive news in the fight against Coronavirus

    While many parts of the world are still struggling with the virus, there are many places in the world that are winning the fight.

    China, of course is the most well known example, with new infections almost totally confined to imported cases and great strides being made in the developments of treatments and a vaccine.

    China and South Korea have shown that we will beat the virus. In the world of Wendy Wu Tours, the countries below are currently the safest with very low rates of new infections which makes us optimistic that we will return to life as normal and be able to enjoy our dream holidays soon. We’ve also included our most popular tour to each destination so you can stop dreaming and start planning!

    Country New Cases** Our Top Tour
    China 17 Wonders of China
    Japan* 2,514 Japan Uncovered
    Vietnam* 1 Classic Mekong
    Cambodia* 1 Angkor to the Bay
    Thailand* 11 Thailand Highlights
    Taiwan* 6 Treasures of Taiwan
    Mongolia 47 Mongolia and the Naadam Festival
    Bhutan 1 Himalayan Kingdoms
    Sri Lanka 400* Highlights of Sri Lanka
    Laos* 25 Highlights of Laos
    South Korea* 330 Scenic South Korea
    Malaysia* 1,096 Best of Borneo
    Chile* 1,497 Chile: Top to Toe

    *On the UK government safe list meaning you will no longer have to self-isolate on arrival in England

    **Figures correct as of 23 November 2020

  • Exciting news - First Covid vaccine offers 90% protection!
    9 November 2020

    Exciting news - First Covid vaccine offers 90% protection!

    Reports in this morning are that the first coronavirus vaccine can prevent more than 90% of people from getting Covid-19.

    The developers - Pfizer and BioNTech - described it as a "great day for science and humanity". Their vaccine has been tested on 43,500 people in six countries and no safety concerns have been raised.

    The companies plan to apply for emergency approval to use the vaccine by the end of the month.

  • Free Return Flights on Tours Worldwide
    9 Nov 2020

    Free Return Flights on Tours Worldwide

    To celebrate 26 years since our very own Wendy Wu organised her first group tour we are offering FREE flights on our 26 most popular tours.

    Save up to £800 per person on tours to China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, South America, India, the Middle East and Central Asia.

    This offer is exclusive to Wendy Wu Tours and available for a limited time only.

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  • Brand New Edition of Whispers Magazine
    6 Nov 2020

    Brand New Edition of Whispers Magazine

    Read our brand new interactive online magazine. Full of wonderful stories from our customers and staff and unique insights into what's hot right now - it's the must read to inspire your travels for 2021 and beyond

    Highlights

    • NEW Destinations & Tours – Mystical Egypt and Magical Antarctica – two of our new destinations of discovery.
    • Travel during Coronavirus - As the crisis unfolded, customer Louise Dowsett journeyed through Vietnam and Cambodia with Wendy Wu Tours. Read her account.
    • Vamos a Latinoamerica! - Why we love sensational Latin America.
    • The Road Less Travelled– Discover Central Asia – a land of age-old romance and myths.
    • Going Solo – More than 50 solo only departures on our most popular tours.
    • China's Top 10 - Our team's pick of the best attractions in China.
    • Travel articles from Wendy Wu customers on Myanmar, Vietnam and China.

    Plus much much more…

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  • New Solo Traveller Tours
    28 Oct 2020

    New Solo Traveller Tours

    We are delighted to tell you, for next year we have reserved selected departures of some of our most popular tours exclusively for customers who prefer to share their wonderful holiday experiences with a readymade group of like-minded solo travellers.

    Enjoy:

    • No single supplement
    • Smaller group sizes
    • FREE return UK Chauffeur transfers to the airport
    • FREE Lounge pass
    • Complimentary cocktails on arrival.
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  • You book the tour - we'll cover the Covid Cover Travel Insurance.
    23 October 2020

    You book the tour - we'll cover the Covid Cover Travel Insurance.

    Your safety and well-being will always be our Number 1 priority and with that in mind we are delighted to offer Staysure's award winning travel insurance with every tour booked by 31 December.

    Including COVID-19 cover for cancellations, medical expenses and repatriation if you or a family member are diagnosed with coronavirus, Staysure has been voted the UK’s Best Travel Insurance Provider in the British Travel Awards, four years in a row.

    They’ve also got more 5 star reviews on Trustpilot than any other Travel Insurer.

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  • Japanese Government Considers Opening Borders
    21 October 2020

    Japanese Government Considers Opening Borders

    The Japanese government is considering opening its borders for foreign tourists in time for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics next year, according to Economic Revitalisation Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura.

    Nishimura said that as the government considers how it should relax strict travel bans on foreign visitors in time for next summer, it will also strengthen its airport quarantine and coronavirus testing measures.

    Rumours from sources close to the Japanese government are that such a roadmap may include a trial period which could begin in April 2021.

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  • Fly Free to Japan
    8 October 2020

    Fly Free to Japan

    We're so excited to bring you this incredible offer exclusive to Wendy Wu Tours and not available with any other Tour Operator.

    Simply book a group tour to Japan in 2021 or 2022 and your flights are FREE saving you up to £800 per person! This even includes the hugely popular Cherry Blossom and Autumn Leaves seasons.

    • Book with just a £99 deposit per person
    • Pay in full just 6 weeks before you go
    • One free date change should your plans change for any reason
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  • Exciting News in the race to find a cure for Covid 19
    1 October 2020

    Exciting News in the race to find a cure for Covid 19

    Dr. Josef Penninger, a University of British Columbia Life Sciences Institute Director who helped discover an enzyme and develop a drug to stop the spread of SARS more than 20 years ago, is using that knowledge to fight COVID-19.

    The promising findings of his first clinical trial of his new treatment were recently released in the Lancet Medical Journal.

    The patient, a 45-year-old woman in Vienna who was on a ventilator due to severe COVID-19 symptoms, showed improvement shortly after receiving the drug known as APN01.

    In one or two days, the virus disappeared in her blood system and also in her lungs. She developed perfect immunity from the virus.

    She is now back home and healthy.

    This encouraging news comes on top of a recent WHO report that announced that there are now 7 COVID-19 vaccines in the final stage of trials before approval for general use, including 4 in China which hopes to officially launch the vaccine at the end of December 2020. Read more.

  • Wendy Wu Tours nominated for Best Specialist Tour Operator
    1 October 2020

    Wendy Wu Tours nominated for Best Specialist Tour Operator

    We’re delighted to tell you that Wendy Wu Tours has been nominated in this year’s Times and Sunday Times Travel Awards!

    We’d love your support once again and kindly ask you to please vote for Wendy Wu Tours in this year’s awards. We are shortlisted for Best Specialist Tour Operator

    Click here to vote - and for a chance to win one of 8 amazing luxury holidays in Barbados, the Maldives, St Moritz, Tuscany, Mexico, Chicago and Puglia.

  • Join us Online
    20 Sep 2020

    Join us Online

    Over the next few weeks we’re hosting some very special online events where you can gain a wonderful insight into in our fabulous brochures for 2021 & 2020.

    We have some exciting new destinations, new tours and new experiences to tell you about. Just click on the link at 3pm to join

    Don't worry if you missed out Just click on the presentation you are interested in to see a recording of the event

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  • Taj Mahal re-opens
    26 Sep 2020

    Taj Mahal re-opens

    Encouraging news from India.

    The incredible UNESCO world heritage site had been closed down for visitors since 17th March but has now re-opened. Robust new measures are now in place to ensure everyone's safety including limiting daily visitors to just 5,000. You could expect 70,000 a day pre lockdown!

    Order you copy of our new India, Sri Lanka and Bhutan Brochure

  • Thailand added to UK government Safe List
    17 Sep 2020

    Thailand added to UK government Safe List

    More great news - the UK government has included Thailand on the list of countries where you will no longer have to self-isolate on arrival in England adding it to the list of following countries:

    Country Our Top Tour
    Japan Japan Uncovered
    Vietnam Classic Mekong
    Thailand Thailand Highlights
    Taiwan Treasures of Taiwan
    South Korea Scenic South Korea
    Malaysia Best of Borneo

  • Wendy Wu Tours Wins!
    15 Sep 2020

    Wendy Wu Tours Wins!

    Drumroll please. The prestigious Silver Traveller Awards for 2020 have just been held virtually and the winners announced and we were delighted to win ‘Best Destination Specialist Company’

    These awards are voted for by the general public, with over 225,000 voting this year, and recognise the travel companies that have delivered the very best service and most outstanding experiences for the over 50s traveller in the last 12 months.

    Thank you to everyone who voted for us and we look forward to making 2021 an award winning year too

  • Hot off the press - Our new brochures for 2021 & 2022
    14 Sep 2020

    Hot off the press - Our new brochures for 2021 & 2022

    Our eagerly anticipated brochures for 2021 and beyond are out now

    If you have a hankering to discover incredible new destinations, journey on wonderful new tours and learn about the must see sights and must do experiences for 2021 and 2022, then these are the brochures for you.

    Order your copies here or discover what’s new in each edition below.

  • 9 Sep 2020

    "Tokyo Olympic Games will go ahead"

    The Vice President of the International Olympic Committee, John Coates, confirmed that the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics will definitely go ahead next year. A resounding endorsement of the influential committee's confidence that the country will be safe in 2021.

    He said "These will be the Games that conquered Covid, the light at the end of the tunnel."

  • We'd love your support in the British Travel Awards

    We'd love your support in the British Travel Awards

    We’re thrilled to announce that Wendy Wu Tours has been nominated in this year’s British Travel Awards!
     
    Firstly, we’d like to thank you all for your continued support, particularly during this difficult and uncertain year. Because of your enthusiasm for our tours, experiences and service, we are proud to have been nominated in three categories this year:
     
    Best Escorted Tours Holiday Company
    Best Holiday Company to Southeast Asia
    Best Holiday Company to East & Central Asia
     
    We’d love your support once again and kindly ask you to please vote for Wendy Wu Tours in this year’s awards.

    Not only will you help us claim the top spot in each category, but you’ll also be entered into a prize draw to win a 7-night Rhine or Danube River Cruise for 2, including flights, onboard meals, unlimited drinks and 4 guided excursions! 
     
    Simply click the logo below to vote, thank you!


     
  • Our Road to Samarkand tour made the Wanderlust 2021 shortlist
    7 Sep 2020

    Our Road to Samarkand tour made the Wanderlust 2021 shortlist

    We were delighted our Road to Samarkand tour made Wanderlust's shortlist of inspirational trips for 2021 this weekend.

    Wanderlust said "The nomads of the Central Asian steppe have long been training golden eagles; to watch these horsemen hunt with their massive, majestic birds, before a backdrop of soaring mountains, is like travelling back millennia."

    Experience it for yourself on our Road to Samarkand tour.

    Pre-order your copy of our new Central Asia & Middle East brochure here

  • Grab your travel partner and let's go!
    3 September 2020

    Grab your travel partner and let's go!

    We're delighted to offer you our exclusive and exceptional Partner flies Free sale to a host of our favourite destinations. Whether you've always dreamt of exploring Mount Fuji, Angkor Wat, Machu Picchu, the Great Wall of China or the Taj Mahal, now's the time to turn those dreams into reality.

    Simply book one of our wonderful fully inclusive tours to Asia or Latin America and your travel partner flies free, saving up to £800 per couple.

    Travelling solo? We've got you covered too. Independent travellers also receive a 50% discount off their economy flight, saving up to £400 per person and with our Happy to Share option there are no compulsory single supplements to pay either.

    Discover your dream destination with your travel companion or experience the extraordinary on a solo adventure to the following destinations: 

    Call our travel experts on 0808 274 8594 to book. This offer is not available to book online.

  • Travel Safe with our Pioneering Covid Safe Protocols
    21 August 2020

    Travel Safe with our Pioneering Covid Safe Protocols

    Your safety and well-being will always be our Number 1 priority which is why we’ve instituted the most stringent Covid health and safety protocols on all of our tours.

    Here are some of the many steps we are taking to ensure you will be safe, secure and satisfied when you travel with us.

    Guides and National Escorts

    • Our National Escorts and guides will conduct a Health and Safety briefing with you before the tour begins and will help everyone ensure they adhere to social distancing, hygiene practises and local regulations
    • They will carry a supply of face masks and hand sanitizer for you to use free of charge and will, of course, observe the highest level of personal hygiene at all times.
    • Should anyone on the group fall ill your National Escort will ensure the individual receives swift medical attention and can only return to the group once cleared to do so.

    Transport & Sightseeing

    • Vehicles will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with disinfectant after each excursion service, overnight and between different groups.
    • You will always have at least one seat between you and your fellow tourers, hand sanitiser will be given to the group on each embarkation and vehicles will be thoroughly ventilated prior to passengers boarding.
    • Drivers will always embark vehicles after clients, disembark before the group vehicle prior to clients disembarking and maintain social distancing and maintain a high level of personal hygiene at all times.
    • Only front facing microphones will be used on vehicles and headsets or speaker systems will be used whilst sightseeing.
    • Your guides will assess the situation on the ground avoiding large crowds – where possible, alter timings and splitting the group into smaller sizes.

    Accommodation

    • Wendy Wu Tours will only offer hotels that have undergone a detailed hygiene assessment, have specific COVID-19 protocols in place and comply with government standards.
    • We will ensure these protocols include staff practising social distancing and wearing appropriate PPI, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in all areas and food safety.

    Dining

    • All the restaurants we visit will be researched and inspected regularly to ensure that they follow the strictest health, cleanliness and safety guidelines.
    • All waiting staff will wear face masks and gloves and self-service buffets will be avoided in favour of à la carte dining, waiter-served meals or waiter-assisted buffets.
    • Hand sanitiser will be provided to the group before and after every food and beverage service.

    See our Travel with Confidence page for more information.

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  • Great News in the Race to Find a Vaccine for COVID-19
    20 August 2020

    Great News in the Race to Find a Vaccine for COVID-19

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) have announced that there are now 7 COVID-19 vaccines in Phase 3, the final stage before approval for general use.

    The UK, US and Germany have 1 vaccine trial each at Phase 3, whilst the other 4 are all being developed in China.

    On March 16, one particular COVID-19 vaccine, developed by Major General Chen Wei and her team, became the first to be approved by China for the first stage of clinical trials, and then the second stage domestically and internationally.

    “A large amount of research needs to be done before we start clinical trials so as to minimize risks,” Dr Chen commented. "What you see is that we have one vaccine undergoing clinical trials, but behind that we have about 30 candidates."

    The team led by Dr Chen have also announced that it hopes to officially launch the vaccine at the end of December 2020, with an annual output of 200 million doses. An initial dose of the vaccine is anticipated to provide a 97% antibody rate, with a second shot reaching 100%. The cost of the two-dose regime is estimated to be low, at around £130.

    The vaccine is also in popular demand for large scale trials in Russia, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Chile, due to its reputation as a successful vaccine against strands of SARS and Ebola.

    Early on in the fight against COVID-19, Dr Chen led a team to Wuhan in the Hubei Province of China to combat the pandemic on the frontline. After arriving in Wuhan, Chen's team started building a portable testing lab, which started operation on January 30. The lab fast achieved a capability of testing 1,000 people per day.

    In other news, Russia has recently announced production of a vaccine after having only gone through the 2nd stage of clinical testing, due to the country’s eagerness in controlling the virus.

  • Say Konichiwa to our Brand New Japan Brochure
    14 August 2020

    Say Konichiwa to our Brand New Japan Brochure

    Our brand NEW Japan Brochure is out now – the indispensable guide to Japan Travel in 2021 and beyond.

    Order your copy

    The first Japan brochure released in the UK this year, order your FREE copy now to discover:

    • Must See Sights – Iconic landmarks and hidden gems
    • Must Do Experiences – Cultural encounters not to miss
    • Delicious Dining – Authentic local restaurants and fun cooking classes
    • The Best time to Visit – Cherry blossom tips, autumn colours and local festivals

    Japan is on the UK Government Safe List. Discover all of the Covid Safe destinations.

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  • Malaysia added to UK government Safe List
    6 August 2020

    Malaysia added to UK government Safe List

    Great news - the UK government has included Malaysia on the list of countries where you will no longer have to self-isolate on arrival in England adding it to the list of following countries:

    • Japan
    • Vietnam
    • South Korea
    • Taiwan
    • Hong Kong
    • Malaysia

    This makes us optimistic that we will return to life as normal and be able to enjoy our dream holidays soon.

  • Wowed by Joanna Lumley's Unseen Adventures?
    28 July 2020

    Wowed by Joanna Lumley's Unseen Adventures?

    Our favourite travel companion is back! Don’t miss Joanna Lumley’s Unseen Adventures on ITV featuring unseen footage and outtakes from Lumley’s many memorable trips across the globe.

    If you’d love to follow in Joanna’s footsteps around the globe read our brand new article.

  • River Cruising is back!
    20 July 2020

    River Cruising is back!

    The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has changed its advice around the ban on cruise ships, allowing us to now take river cruises.

    This is a sensible course of action. River cruise ships, like our very own Victoria Mekong, are far smaller than ocean going liners, carry a fraction of the passengers, and are always in close proximity to the shore, and therefore to local healthcare.

    The Victoria Mekong also exclusively cruises a quieter stretch of the Mekong Delta with small group excursions to destinations firmly off the beaten track. Explore the ship

    Experience our brand new state of the art ship on our most popular tour of Vietnam and Cambodia Classic Mekong

  • Japan 2021 Cherry Blossom Sale
    27 July 2020

    Japan 2021 Cherry Blossom Sale

    When spring arrives in Japan, so does the highly anticipated bloom of the beautiful cherry blossoms. For a brief time the country is awash with delicate, pink blossoms and the whole population celebrates the technicolour arrival of Spring.

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year to experience Japan and its fleeting passage make it the most popular time to visit. So we’re delighted to announce our exclusive 2021 Cherry Blossom Sale. Choose from a FREE return Premium Economy upgrade with British Airways, savings of up to £500 or No Single Supplement for solo travellers.

    Don’t delay, this offer will be extremely popular and departures are very limited.

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  • We're raising money for the Coronavirus Response Programme with Just A Drop & Charitable Travel
    15 July 2020

    We're raising money for the Coronavirus Response Programme with Just A Drop & Charitable Travel

    Since 1998, Just A Drop have been providing sustainable, safe water solutions across the world, partnering with grassroots local communities to deliver practical assistance. Having already delivered safe water, sanitation, and hygiene programmes to over 1.6 million people, the charity has now launched their Just A Drop 100km Dash to raise money for their Coronavirus Response Programme and we are delighted to be involved.

    Partnering with us and Charitable Travel, Just A Drop is encouraging runners, joggers, hikers and walkers to tally 100 kilometres this summer to support the cause – that’s the same distance as the popular hiking trail from Banteay Srei, through Phnom Kulen National Park, to Cambodia’s magnificent Angkor Wat!

    Those who participate and raise a minimum of £100 for Just A Drop will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win an amazing holiday for two to Cambodia and Vietnam! This incredible prize includes flights, hotels in Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City, plus nights on our very own deluxe Victoria Mekong cruise vessel sailing from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City!

    Complete your 100km by 31 August 2020, track your activity on your device (FitBit, Strava, Map My Run, etc) then upload your completed 100km onto your JustGiving page. Every additional £100 raised will give the participate an extra entry into the prize draw.

    Money raised by the Just A Drop 100km Dash go towards the charity’s Coronavirus Response Programme which will ensure over 380,000 people from remote communities across Asia, Africa and Latin America have access to safe water and training about COVID-19, handwashing and soap-making. This will help vulnerable, and often forgotten communities reduce the spread of the virus and keep the as healthy as possible. 

    To take part in the Just A Drop 100km Dash, create your JustGiving page here.
  • Japan, Vietnam, South Korea & Taiwan all on the list of quarantine exemptions published today
    03 July 2020

    Japan, Vietnam, South Korea & Taiwan all on the list of quarantine exemptions published today

    Great news - the UK government has decreed that from today you will no longer have to self-isolate on arrival in England from the following countries:

    • Japan
    • Vietnam
    • South Korea
    • Taiwan
    • Hong Kong

    This makes us optimistic that we will return to life as normal and be able to enjoy our dream holidays soon.

  • Solo Traveller Sale
    1 July 2020

    Solo Traveller Sale

    We're delighted to announce our Solo Traveller Sale featuring no single supplements for a room of your own on a host of tours to: Japan - Vietnam - China - Cambodia - India - Sri Lanka - Myanmar - Peru - Colombia

    This exceptional offer will save you up to £1,790 and what's more even includes free return UK airport chauffeur transfers and lounge access.

    Incredibly you can also upgrade to Business Class to Japan or China from just £899 or Premium Economy to India from just £199.

    Rooms are limited on every departure and we know from experience this offer will be hugely popular so don't delay.

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  • A holiday at the start of the world lockdown
    30 June 2020

    A holiday at the start of the world lockdown

    "We were so lucky to go on this holiday, the positives far outweighed the negatives

    "To visit major attractions with so few people is something that can never be matched

    Our customers Lisa & Nick travelled with us through Vietnam & Cambodia at the height of the Coronavirus in March and had a wonderful time. Attractions were so quiet it was like travelling thirty years ago and the warmth of the welcome was incredible. Read their fascinating tale

    Lisa and Nick travelled on our Classic Mekong Tour, a glorious adventure starting amongst the magnificence of the temples of Angkor before boarding a three-night deluxe river cruise down the Mekong. Explore vibrant Saigon, charming Hoi An and historic Hanoi and sail the waters of Halong Bay. Explore the tour

  • Central Asia Q&A with Bradley Mayhew
    28 June 2020

    Central Asia Q&A with Bradley Mayhew

    We were delighted to talk to Central Asia expert Bradley Mayhew, co-author of the Odyssey Guide to Uzbekistan, as well as the Lonely Planet guide to Central Asia and the Insight Guide to the Silk Road, on why this region is so close to his heart.

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  • Encouraging Coronavirus vaccine news from China
    15 June 2020

    Encouraging Coronavirus vaccine news from China

    Reports from China suggest that they are just about to move into the third phase of clinical testing on a new Coronavirus vaccine developed by a team headed up by Dr Chen Wei - China's top epidemiologist and virologist, building on the knowledge and skills she gained fighting Sars and Ebola.

    Employees of state owned companies are volunteering to test the vaccine when travelling overseas – having beaten the virus in China, there are insufficient numbers of cases to test efficacy of the vaccine in China itself.

    Work is continuing apace to produce the vaccine once it is finally approved with one high tech factory completed already and another due to open shortly. Together they will have the capacity to produce 200 million vaccines a year.

  • "China will be one of the safest places on earth. It has made itself a fortress against the virus."

    The Telegraph's Adrian Bridge talks to founder Wendy Wu about the high and lows of over 25 years' tour operating, the impact of the Coronavirus, where she will travel first after lockdown and why Central Asia is going to be the next hot destination.

    "China will be one of the safest places on earth. It has made itself a fortress against the virus. Countries like South Korea and Taiwan have also had very few cases and dealt with the virus very effectively"

    "Central Asia is like China in the Nineties, little-known and seen as difficult and challenging. As with China, we will make them more mainstream and accessible."

    "Where will you go first after this? - One hundred per cent China. This will be a brilliant time to see sights without the crowds. The panda sanctuary in Chengdu, for example, used to get 45,000 visitors a day; now it is restricted to 5,000. It will be like travelling there 35 years ago."

    For a great insight into what holidays in China are like right now take a look at this video report about a visit to Chengdu's famous Panda Research Centre

    You can see giant pandas for yourself on a number of our tours to China, the two most popular being In Pursuit of Pandas and Majestic Yangtze

    Read the full article about how China is getting back to better than normal here

     

    As Wendy mentions, Central Asia is also proving very popular right now. Take a look at our Road to Samarkand and Journey through Central Asia Tours.

    If you want to explore two of Asia's undiscovered gems that have both been hugely successful in defeating the Coronavirus, check out our Scenic South Korea and Treasures of Taiwan Tours.

    Read the full article in the Telegraph

  • New Earlybird Magazine Out Now
    8 June 2020

    New Earlybird Magazine Out Now

    Read our brand new interactive online magazine. Full of wonderful stories from our customers and staff, incredible special offers and unique insights into what's hot right now - it's the must read to inspire your travels for 2021

    Highlights

    • Central Asia – Get the inside track on one of Wendy Wu’s fastest growing destinations.
    • Travel during Coronavirus - As the crisis unfolded, customer Louise Dowsett journeyed through Vietnam and Cambodia with Wendy Wu Tours. Read her account.
    • Tips to Help you Travel Better - We asked you to share your top travel tips with us, here’s what you said.
    • 2021 the Year of Japan– Our Japan experts’ top tips on discovering next year’s hottest destination.
    • Floating far away, from Houseboats to Riverboats – Boating the backwaters and cruising in comfort.
    • Join the Wendy Wu Kingdom - Find out what's been happening in the world of Wendy Wu Tours.
    • Travel articles from Wendy Wu customers on Chile, Vietnam, Cambodia and China.

    Plus much much more…

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  • Japan declares end to Coronavirus State of Emergency
    26 May 2020

    Japan declares end to Coronavirus State of Emergency

    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the nation on Monday that the "Japan model" has effectively beaten coronavirus as he lifted a nationwide state of emergency after seven weeks.

    Mr Abe said the "uniquely Japanese way" in which the country had confronted the pandemic – which, unusually, did not include a strict lockdown – had allowed it to escape the large outbreaks and devastating death tolls seen in several European countries and the United States.

    Japan has had about 17,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and just 850 deaths

  • Your first holiday after coronavirus? Make it China
    12 May 2020

    Your first holiday after coronavirus? Make it China

    The Telegraph's Mark Stratton talks to founder Wendy Wu and writes why, for all sorts of reasons, China should be your first holiday after the Coronavirus lock-down is lifted.

    " When China unlocks its doors, I think travellers will be rushing back to China because it will be the safest country in the world to visit, free of Covid-19"

    " The jewels of their tourism offering have already reopened as the Chinese government deems Covid-19 sufficiently under control. The Great Wall reopened on March 24 and Xian’s terracotta warriors a day later"

    " International travellers who head to China when it opens will experience its most famous sights without the crowds"

    Read the full article about how China is getting back to better than normal here

    We have some fabulous offers for China tours right now saving up to £500pp with our flexible booking guarantee and 12 months free Netflix, Amazon Prime or Audible. See the Sale or start exploring our fabulous choice of China tours here

    Read the full article in the Telegraph

  • China Attractions Reopen
    13 May 2020

    China Attractions Reopen

    The recent re-opening of the Forbidden City is just one high profile example that China’s attractions are opening their doors once again following the country’s defeat of the Coronavirus.

    Crowds are so small that it feels like travelling in China 30 years ago. Once we are allowed to travel again, this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the country in a way that’s not been possible for decades and won’t be the same again in the future.

    Here's a snapshot of some of most famous attractions that have recently re-opened.

    • Beijing: Forbidden City, National Museum of China, Capital Museum, Ming Tomb, Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace
    • Shanghai: Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai Zoo, Jinmao Tower, Wuzhen Watertown
    • Xian:Terracotta Warriors, Shaanxi History Museum, Hanyangling, Xian Beilin Museum, City Wall, Muslim Quarter
    • Chengdu: Sanxingdui Museum, Panda Base, Grand Buddha in Leshan
    • Guilin: Lijiang Rafting, Sanjieliu Impression Show
    • Suzhou: Humble Administrator's Garden, Grand Canal
    • Pingyao: Ancient Town, Shuanglin Temple
    • Luoyang: Longmen Grottoes
    • Shanxi: Wutaishan
    • Datong: Hanging Temple, Yungang Grottoes
    • Yunnan: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Lijiang Black Dragon Pool Park

    For a great report about what holidays in China are like right now view our video report from Chengdu’s famous Panda Research Centre

    We have some fabulous offers for China tours in 2021 and autumn 2021 right now saving up to £500pp with our flexible booking guarantee and 12 months free Netflix, Amazon Prime or Audible. See the Sale

     

  • Journey Round the World from your Armchair
    1 Apr 2020

    Journey Round the World from your Armchair

    Over the next few weeks we're hosting some very special online events where you can take a virtual trip to some of our best-loved destinations.

    Our Wendy Wu travel experts will take you on a journey to the must-see attractions, showcase our newest and most popular tours, and will even be there to answer your questions with a live Q&A session! Just click on the link at 3pm to join

    Don't worry if you missed out Just click on the presentation you are interested in to see a recording of the event

    If you are using a mobile phone or Apple device you will need to download the free Microsoft Teams app.

  • Travellers Tales – Travelling Solo in Vietnam & Cambodia during the rise of Covid 19
    28 April 2020

    Travellers Tales – Travelling Solo in Vietnam & Cambodia during the rise of Covid 19

    Thanks Louise for the insight on your travelling experience with Wendy Wu during the recent Covid disruption.

    “Having returned from Vietnam & Cambodia my first tour with Wendy Wu I could not have imagined being away during the outbreak of Covid-19!"

    "The tour was amazing, the guides Thang & Sokly were fantastic while we were away and I have never been so well looked after by a company during a very uncertain time !" The places we visited, the things we saw and witnessed will stay with me hopefully for a very long time."

    "I would only now tour with Wendy Wu as I feel their service throughout this whole experience was truly professional....I’ve already booked another tour going to Peru and can’t wait to experience more with a company that I trust!”

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  • Face Masks for the Wendy Wu Tours Family
    28 April 2020

    Face Masks for the Wendy Wu Tours Family

    With the Coronovirus almost defeated in China our colleagues there, who are worried about their friends in the UK, have very kindly sent us their supply of brand new face masks. As they are not surgical grade, and therefore not suitable for front-line NHS workers, we would like to share this generous gift with the Wendy Wu community – our wonderful customers. Keep an eye on your inbox in the coming days.

  • Wendy Wu Staff take on the 2.6 challenge
    26 April 2020

    Wendy Wu Staff take on the 2.6 challenge

    We are so proud of the wonderful Wendy Wu Tours team who together with friends and family, embarked on a whole host of challenges to raise money for the NHS, MIND and Alzheimer’s over the weekend.

    They raised over £2,500 smashing an eclectic variety of activities including, cycling, running, walking, karaoke marathons, marathon relay, wheel barrow runs around the garden, skipping, planks, sit ups, press ups, keep it uppie etc.

     

    Read more about their exploits

  • Share Your Story and Become a Wendy Wu Writer
    15 Apr 2020

    Share Your Story and Become a Wendy Wu Writer

    We love hearing your travel stories here at Wendy Wu HQ and want to share these amazing adventures with others. That’s why we’re calling upon our customers to become Wendy Wu writers!

    No one can bring our tours to life better than those who have seen, done and experienced it all first-hand, and we want to bring these stories to life on our blog and across our website.

    So, if you’ve been on a Wendy Wu tour and want to share your experiences, we’d love to hear from you. You don’t need to be the world’s best writer and you can submit as little or as much as you like, our resident wordsmiths can help turn your tales into something truly special.


    Register your interest here and we’ll be in touch soon.

  • The Big Quiz
    15 Apr 2020

    The Big Quiz

    As part of our promise to keep you entertained during these uncertain times, we figured this could be the perfect opportunity to test your travel knowledge! The Big Quiz takes you on an adventure around the world from your armchair whilst working your brain along the way! Are you a genius of geography or do your destination facts leave a lot to be desired?

    Take The Big Quiz to find out!

    Click here to take The Big Quiz

    We’ll be posting the answers on Facebook soon so make sure you follow us and keep your eyes peeled. You can find us on Facebook here.
     
    Good luck!

     

  • Coronavirus
    23 Mar 2020

    Coronavirus

    Our customers’ safety and wellbeing is our number one priority, therefore effective from 23 March, Wendy Wu Tours is deferring tours and tailormade holidays until after 31 May 2020. If you have booked a group tour or tailor-made holiday departing between 23 March and 31 May 2020 you will receive a travel credit of 100% of monies paid, for you to use towards an alternative holiday with a departure date before 31 December 2021.

    We are happy to amend your booking free of charge to a departure later in 2020 or in 2021. Airfares held in credit are bound by different terms and conditions and we will be in contact to discuss these options with you, should they apply.

    We have been working hard behind the scenes negotiating the best rates for your next holiday and we are seeing strong demand already for 2021 holidays which will be bookable at 2020 prices with us.

    Please note - our operations team are extremely busy calling all passengers, in departure date order, to discuss travel options.

    Please do not call us unless you are due to travel in the next 5 days.

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  • Wendy Speaks to the BBC about Coronavirus
    19 Feb 2020

    Wendy Speaks to the BBC about Coronavirus

    Wendy is invited by the BBC to speak on BBC1 News, BBC World News and BBC News Channel about the impact of coronavirus on the tourism industry.

    Hear how Wendy Wu Tours are responding to this, the measures China are taking to beat the virus and reopen its doors again for tourism.

     
  • Let's go Global
    15 Jan 2020

    Let's go Global

    Results are in, Wendy Wu Tours have won ‘Best Long-Haul Specialist Operator’ at the Globe Travel Awards for the 10th year running.

    Nominated by travel agents throughout the UK and Ireland, Wendy Wu and her team are thrilled to have remained the number one choice for specialist tours.

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  • Your Favourite Experiences
    02 Jan 2020

    Your Favourite Experiences

    We recently posted a series of polls on our Facebook Page where you all voted for your favourite extraordinary experience for 2020, and here are the results.

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  • Victoria Mekong Sets Sail Today!
    11 Dec 2019

    Victoria Mekong Sets Sail Today!

    The newest and greenest ship on the Mekong sets sail on her maiden voyage today. Offering an authentic insight into a little visited stretch of the delta, combined with four star comfort and superior service she'll offer unforgettable voyages between the green landscapes of Vietnam and Cambodia's enchanting capital Phnom Penh.

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  • Come and meet us at Destinations 2020
    10 Dec 2019

    Come and meet us at Destinations 2020

    We are delighted to be attending the Destinations Holiday and Travel show in Manchester from 16-19 Jan and London from 30 jan - 2 Feb.

    Packed with cultural entertainment, world flavours, travel celebrities and more – the Wendy Wu Tours Team will also be on hand to chat to you about your travel dreams.

  • Discover Sichuan's Secrets
    28 Nov 2019

    Discover Sichuan's Secrets

    "We're so excited to announce the launch of our new 'Sichuan & Yangtze Delights' tour.

    Discover spectacular national parks, ancient rock carvings, adorable pandas and the mouth-watering cuisine the region is famous for before embarking on a magnificent journey on to China’s iconic highlights.

    You’ll also be able to benefit from our brand new hassle-free China Visa."

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  • Wendy Wu Tours Wins
    28 Nov 2020

    Wendy Wu Tours Wins

    Wendy Wu Tours are thrilled to announce that we won 2 prestigious awards at the British Travel Awards last night: Best Holiday Company to Southeast Asia and Best Holiday Company to East and Central Asia 2019!

    Thank you to everyone who voted for us - we love hearing that you love what we do!

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At Wendy Wu Tours we pride ourselves on the strength of our relationship with the media and so it’s no surprise that you’ll often see us being reported in the national press, travel and lifestyle media.

To give you an idea of what we mean, here’s a selection of our recent media coverage:

  • Your first holiday after coronavirus? Make it China

    Your first holiday after coronavirus? Make it China

    The Telegraph's Mark Stratton talks to founder Wendy Wu and writes why, for all sorts of reasons, China should be your first holiday after the Coronavirus lock-down is lifted.

    " When China unlocks its doors, I think travellers will be rushing back to China because it will be the safest country in the world to visit, free of Covid-19"

    " The jewels of their tourism offering have already reopened as the Chinese government deems Covid-19 sufficiently under control. The Great Wall reopened on March 24 and Xian’s terracotta warriors a day later"

    " International travellers who head to China when it opens will experience its most famous sights without the crowds"

    For a great report about what holidays in China are like right now See our video from Chengdu’s famous Panda Research Centre

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  • BBC World News

    BBC World News

    "China is now opening its borders and welcoming visitors in greater numbers than ever before. Wendy Wu Tours is cashing in on this trend specialising in off the beaten track tours to China and has seen a big jump in bookings..."

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  • Global Pioneers
    7th April 2019

    Global Pioneers

    "The global pioneers who have changed the way we travel. Meet the travel company founders who saw unique opportunities and seized them."

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  • The Telegraph

    The Telegraph

    "A guided tour is a great way to see the major attractions of Beijing, including the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall..."

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  • Travel Weekly

    Travel Weekly

    "Wendy Wu Tours will be among the first tour operators to offer British holidaymakers trips to the tomb of China's only female empress next year..."

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  • Evening Standard

    Evening Standard

    "Nick Curtis boards a lavish slow boat through China's most stunning waterway..."

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  • Travolution

    Travolution

    "Specialist destination operator Wendy Wu took the decision to build its own bookable website in-house because it wanted to control its own destiny and not be 'just another operator'..."

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  • World of Cruising

    World of Cruising

    "Vietnam's Red River offers the chance to discover a rural way of life that has hardly changed for centuries..."

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  • TTG Media

    TTG Media

    "Wendy Wu Tours has entered into an agreement with the Shaanxi Provincial Tourism Development Commission to increase ties with the central China province, which is home to the Terracotta Warriors..."

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Contact

For any PR requests, please contact Andy Eastham, PR & Communications Manager on media@wendywutours.co.uk

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