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Wendy Wu Tours recommended by Which? for Best Covid Flexibility

10 Sep 2021

Wendy Wu Tours recommended by Which? for Best Covid Flexibility

Renowned consumer champion Which? have recommended Wendy Wu Tours as one a select few tour companies offering the best Covid-19 flexible bookings.

Wendy Wu Tours were rated Green in every category including for our refunds and free amendment policies when government advice or quarantine restrictions prevent you from travelling.

Which? also highlighted our low £99 deposits and late final booking policy.

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Worldwide Summer Sale - Extended

7 Sep 2021

Worldwide Summer Sale - Extended

We're delighted to extend our hugely popular Summer Sale

Our Worldwide summer sale has been so popular we just had to extend it to give more of you the chance to spread your wings and start planning for a truly exotic holiday full of culture and adventure.

We are delighted to extend our Summer Sale to 30 September. Now including Japan you can save up to £750 per person on tours worldwide for every departure in 2022 & 2023.

Simply book any of our group tours with just a £99 deposit per person to enjoy the following sensational savings:

  • Japan – Save up to £750 per person
  • China – Save up to £500 per person
  • Southeast Asia – Save up to £400 per person to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and more
  • India & Bhutan – Save up to £500 per person
  • Central Asia – Save up to £600 per person to Uzbekistan, Georgia and the Silk Road
  • New Zealand – Save up to £600 per person
  • South America – Save up to £600 per person to Peru, Chile, Colombia and more
  • Far East – Save up to £500 per person to South Korea, Taiwan and Mongolia
  • Middle East – Save up to £600 per person to Egypt, Jordan and Israel
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Japan Vaccination Drive

16 Aug 2021

Japan Vaccination Drive

Following the highly successful Tokyo Olympic, with Japan hitting an all-time high of third place in the medal table, the country has now hit a new and highly important milestone.

After a slower than expected start to their Covid-19 vaccination programme, Japan has picked up the pace, with 50% of those eligible to be vaccinating having now received their first dose. The rate of second doses is not far behind at 37%. With 364 million doses of Astrazenica, Pfizer and Moderna jabs secured, most over 65’s were vaccinated by the end of July. Schoolchildren between the ages of 12 to 15 will be vaccinated during the summer break, a measure aimed at further slowing  the spread of Covid when schools return. The government plans to have all vaccination completed by the end of October 2021.

For our latest Customer News & Travel Update, tune in to our new episode of WuTV, focusing on all things Japanese right here.

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Don't Miss Monty Don in Japan

20 July 2021

Don't Miss Monty Don in Japan

Showing on BBC 2 on Thursday nights at 7pm, Monty Don guides us through the history and spectacular seasons of Japanese gardens, from the famous cherry blossom celebration hanami to the autumnal crimson magnificence of momijigari.

Monty also explores the creative forms uniquely associated with Japanese gardens, from stone-masonry and ikebana to the intricate skill of bonsai. 

Looking for your own slice of Japanese garden heaven? All of our tours to Japan feature at least a few classic gardens but it we were to plump for one we'd go for our Jewels of Japan that features the following beautiful gardens and parks

  • Tokyo: Hamarikyu Gardens
  • Tokyo: Imperial Palace East Garden
  • Fuji Five Lakes: garden within the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
  • Kyoto: Zen Garden at Ryoanji Temple
  • Hiroshima: Peace Memorial Park 
  • Himeji: Kokoen Garden
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Tokyo on Thames

26 Jul 2021

Tokyo on Thames

Japan comes to London!

With the starting gun finally fired on the Tokyo Olympics , we were delighted to bring a taste of Japan to the capital with our Tokyo on Thames Treasure Trail this weekend. Our fun-seekers were treated to a wonderful day out discovering the hidden Japanese gems of London, learnt fascinating facts from Wendy and the team and even got to have their photo taken with an original Olympic torch and our own torch-bearer, John Warr!

Thank you to everyone who came along, it was pleasure to meet so many of you and to share our love of both great cities with you.

Let the Games Begin

15 July 2021

Let the Games Begin

Countdown to two weeks of exceptional sporting endeavour with two world-beating Japan offers. We are so excited.

We are so excited that one of our favourite cities in the world will soon be welcoming the greatest sporting event on earth - the Olympics. To celebrate we are delighted to bring you, not one, but two gold medal standard offers on our tours to Japan.

Choose from FREE flights or FREE single supplements on every Japan group tour for every 2022 & 2023 departure saving up to £1,940pp. Explore the offer

We know you can't be there this year so why not join us on Wednesday 28 July at 3pm for a FREE virtual party. Let us bring you all of the the buzz of the games and showcase everything that is wonderful about this unique country. We also have some hot tips for 2021 travel for you too. Sign up for free

Go Wild for China

13 July 2021

Go Wild for China

Go Wild for China! Don't miss Ray Mears tonight at 7:30pm for a brand new series on ITV on a journey of discovery among the landscapes and wildlife of China.

Starting in the capital Beijing, and taking in wonders of the world like the Great Wall of China, Ray walks with elephants in the country's tropical rainforest, joins rangers rewilding the nation's giant pandas, searches for the elusive snow leopard, explores one of its most famous landscapes in Karst country, comes face to face with a brown bear, and treks in the foothills of the Himalayas alongside herbal medicine experts, uncovering secrets of its plants.

Across the seven episodes, the bushcraft specialist travels across the vast country, aiming to provide a vivid insight into the diverse flora and fauna populating some of the wildest places on earth.

If the wild side of China calls to you our Dreams of Nature Tour will be the perfect choice, an epic journey that encompasses some of China's most impressive UNESCO World. Heritage sites and most incredible natural landscapes. Explore the tour
Explore our award-winning China tours 

Partner Flies Free Fortnight

1 July 2021

Partner Flies Free Fortnight

It's back for just two weeks only. Discover your dream destination with your travel companion or experience the extraordinary on a solo adventure throughout 2022 & 2023 to all corners of the world

Travel Partner Flies Free

Save up to £900 per couple on every tour worldwide for 2022 and 2023

Solo Travellers save 50% off your airfare

Save up to £450 per person with a half price airfare on every tour. Discover why so many Solos travel with us

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Tokyo on Thames Treasure Trail - Sat 24 July

29 June 2021

Tokyo on Thames Treasure Trail - Sat 24 July

Celebrate the start of the Tokyo Olympics and all things Japanese with our new and unique treasure trail of Japan in London. A totally different type of experience from our fully inclusive guided tours, Tokyo on Thames, is a fun, self-guided tour where you are in the "driving seat" as you solve clues to navigate your way through our adventure trail.

A leisurely day, with an air of discovery and mystery, as you solve our tricky (and not so tricky) clues whilst experiencing many Japanese delights along the way. A great day out for all the family, from grandparents to grandchildren, or as group of friends, team up and enjoy the highlights of Japan and London rolled into one.

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Japan Games Celebration Party

25 June 2021

Japan Games Celebration Party

Dreaming of visiting Japan? The Tokyo Olympics will live in the history as one of a kind with no international spectators present! Let Wendy Wu Tours, the UK’s #1 Japan Specialist tour operator, and the exclusive official tour operator for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, bring you your own piece of Olympic fun to remember.

Join us on a fun filled afternoon of Japanese culture, Tokyo anecdotes and best-selling Japan tours.

  • Discover the uniqueness of Tokyo 2021 Olympics
  • Explore the cultural highlights and authentic experiences of Japan with our most popular tours for 2022 and 2023
  • Feel the buzz of the host country straight from our experts here and in Japan.
  • Choose from THREE amazing exclusive offers, including FREE flights, FREE single supplement or a FREE Business Class Upgrade… saving up to £1,900pp on 2022 & 2023 departures, only available to party attendees.
  • Chat with our experts and like-minded fellow travellers in the after-show party room.

Entrance is FREE but places are limited so don't miss out. 

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World vaccination programme gathers pace

21 June 2021

World vaccination programme gathers pace

Encouraging news in the fight against Covid.

21.5% of the world population has now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 2.6 billion doses have been administered globally, and 36.1 million are now administered each day.

Among countries with more than 1 million people, South Korea is currently vaccinating faster than any other, administering a daily average of 1,317 doses per 100,000.

In the world of Wendy Wu Tours the following countries are performing particularly well

Country Population with
at least 1 dose
Our Top Tour
Chile 62% Chile: Top to Toe
Israel 60% Ancient Israel
Mongolia 57% Mongolia and the Naadam Festival
South Korea 27% Scenic South Korea
Cambodia 19% Angkor to the Bay

Japan cherry blossom going fast

18 June 2021

Japan cherry blossom going fast

The Japan cherry blossom,or Sakura, season is famous the world over for its fleeting beauty so it's hardly surprising that after two years with no visitors, tours for the 2022 season are selling out fast.

With many departures full already we are delighted to announce new tours dates for 2022 and that 2023 is also now on sale.

Don't miss out. Explore our incredible new Japan brochure launch offers.

Georgia extends welcome to vaccinated UK tourists

17 June 2021

Georgia extends welcome to vaccinated UK tourists

Georgia has thrown its borders open to UK travellers arriving who have received both doses of a vaccine. Those who are fully vaccinated do not need to get tested prior to arrival or quarantine when they get there.

Our partners in Georgia tell us tour groups from Germany and the US are already travelling in the country so once the UK government gives the country the Green light we hope to resume touring there from October.

China to top 1 billion Coronavirus vaccinations

16 June 2021

China to top 1 billion Coronavirus vaccinations

China is on track to administer an astonishing 1bn vaccine doses by the end of this week, after bolstering production and distribution networks in an ambitious drive to vaccinate 40% of the population by this month.

Encouraging people to take the free and voluntary doses with cash incentives and gifts, China’s daily rate of injections has increased to about 20m a day.

Chian has had great success battling the Covid with just 24 new cases reported yesterday giving us great optimism that borders will soon be open and we can start exploring our favourite destination once again.

Explore China

Explore our most popular tour - Wonders of China

Israel still on Green List

4 June 2021

Israel still on Green List

Still on the Green lists and still with FREE flights.

Now one of only 11 destinations on the Green list and with one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, likely to stay there, Israel is still the best bet for a 2021 escape packed with history, culture and adventure.

Save over £200opp. Book our  Ancient Israel tour this month and your partner flies FREE. 50% flight discount for solo travellers. 

Israel welcomes first international tourists

Israel welcomes first international tourists

The first group of foreign tourists in more than a year touched down in Israel on Thursday after the government began opening its borders following a hugely successful vaccination programme.

Small groups of vaccinated foreign tourists — up to 30 people — have been allowed to enter as of last Sunday and the Tourism Ministry expects to welcome more groups from the United States, Britain and Germany in the coming weeks.

The lucky visitors arrived shortly after 4pm from Newark, New Jersey and were welcomed by Tourism Minister Orit Farkash-Hakohen, who said: "You are the first of what I am sure will be many tourists returning to the Holy Land… "Israel is healthy and vaccinated. Everything is now safely open”

Pack your bags for October 2021 with our Ancient Israel tour. Save £200 per person if you book by 31 May. Explore the tour.

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Most generous Japan offer ever launches 2022 & 2023 brochure

19 May 2021

Most generous Japan offer ever launches 2022 & 2023 brochure

Konichi...wow! Say hello to these incredible offers to celebrate the launch of our Japan 2022 & 2023 Brochure.
Choose from Free Flights, a FREE Business Class Upgrade or FREE Single Supplements for solos - saving up to £1,900 per person.

Book by 10 June. Valid on all of our Japan group tours throughout 2022 & 2023. Book with just a £99 deposit and enjoy the peace of mind of our flexible booking guarantee.

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2021 Escapes Hotlist Virtual Party

13 May 2021

2021 Escapes Hotlist Virtual Party

Forget the year of being stuck at home, the wait is over. Join the travel party at 3pm Wed 26 May and enjoy the iconic sights, cultural highlights and unique experiences with Wendy Wu Tours.

Founder and Owner Wendy Wu shared her excitement to be travelling again soon

I’ve been so happy to host many virtual parties over the last 12 months and they have been a hugely popular way for our customers to look to the future with optimism. But this party is different. Now I can say with confidence... come with us in autumn 2021. Let’s escape a year of lockdown and experience all the colour, culture, history and excitement of travel with Wendy Wu Tours again.

  • Be our guest as we show you the hot escapes from Israel & Georgia to the Far East - from this autumn!
  • Enjoy our unbeatable & exclusive party special offers, with free flights and no single supplements for attendees.
  • Join our renowned Party Room to meet Wendy and the team, ask us anything and chat to like-minded travellers

Attendance is FREE but places are limited. Sign up.

Israel Bookings Soaring

7 May 2021

Israel Bookings Soaring

Wendy Wu Tours today reported a surge in demand for Israel as the country was the standout cultural destination announced on the government's Green Lists today.

Head of Global Product Peter Crane commented "With unrivalled historical treasures, a unique cultural legacy that spans some of the world's great religions, stunning scenery and beautiful beaches, Israel is absolutely going to be the best choice for that first escape we've all been waiting for".

To learn more about this fascinating destination - join us for our 2021 Escapes Hotlist Party - Sign up.

Save £200 per person if you book our Ancient Israel tour by 30 May. Explore the tour.

China trialling new inhaler Covid vaccine

5 May 2021

China trialling new inhaler Covid vaccine

China has started clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine that is administered through inhalation. There are high hopes that an inhaled vaccine could be more effective than those injected given that the coronavirus enters the human body through the airways.

Introduction of this new method of vaccination is likely to speed up the vaccine programme in China – who have already administered more jabs than any other country – and advance the date the Chinese borders are likely to re-open.

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 Daily New Cases** Vaccine Doses per 100 people Our Top Tour
Israel 76 121 Ancient Israel
China 17 19 Wonders of China
Japan 4,764 3 Japan Uncovered
Vietnam 15 0.5 Classic Mekong
Cambodia 938 15 Angkor to the Bay
Thailand 1,763 2 Thailand Highlights
Taiwan 8 0.3 Treasures of Taiwan
Mongolia 1,015 47 Mongolia and the Naadam Festival
Bhutan 16 62 Himalayan Kingdoms
Sri Lanka 1,914 5 Highlights of Sri Lanka
Laos 60 2.5 Highlights of Laos
South Korea 541 7.3 Scenic South Korea
New Zealand 1 4.8 Hidden Treasures of New Zealand
Uzbekistan 314 1.8 Ultimate Uzbekistan

**Figures correct as of 5 May 2021

Pack your Bags for 2021

13 May 2021

Pack your Bags for 2021

It was so wonderful to see so many excited faces at our 2021 Escapes Hotlist Virtual Party yesterday. After a joyous journey around our hot picks for 2021 and early 2022 we were delighted to catch up with you all in our party rooms after the presentation. Here's just a few of the comments:

"Thanks so much, wonderful presentation"

"Thank you all so much for today. It's actually left me quite emotional that we can start to travel again"

"Thank you...so very informative, I am going to go and book my Israel tour now!"

It was clear from chatting to you that you are all so thrilled to be contemplating an imminent escape and we were delighted to finally be able to say..."Come with us this year".

If you want the inside track on the best places to go and to enjoy an incredible exclusive special offer, you can still catch a recording of the presentation here

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Exclusive Japan Business Class Upgrade Offer

12 Apr 2021

Exclusive Japan Business Class Upgrade Offer

We like to think you’ll feel like a VIP whenever you travel on a Wendy Wu Tour.

Now you can fly like one too with our exclusive Business Class Upgrade offer on Finnair. If you've ever dreamt of turning left as you enter the plane, sipping on champagne as you prepare for take off and enjoying the finest dining, entertainment and comfort so you arrive feeling like a million dollars then now's your chance.

Simply book one of our selected tours to Japan by Monday 17 May and you can upgrade to Business Class from just £199 per person saving you up to £800 per person. Upgrade both ways from just £1,199 per person.

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Journey Through Asia Virtual Party

7 Apr 2021

Journey Through Asia Virtual Party

As spring blossoms all over the Northern Hemisphere, join the Wendy Wu Tours experts for a fun, imaginative Journey through Asia.

Meet our travel experts and passionate fellow travellers in our lively virtual party room, find out more about this incredible region and our award-winning tours.

Explore the bucket list icons and hidden gems on some of our most popular and unique tours for 2021 and beyond and enjoy and an incredible exclusive offer.

Hit the button below to watch the show at 3pm on Wednesday 7 April.

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Lockdown Lift off Sale

19 Mar 2021

Lockdown Lift off Sale

Eleven days of incredible Earlybird discounts - Save up to £1,045pp

With lockdown easing all over the country, we’ll soon be able to spread our wings, meet friends and family and start dreaming about travelling again

To celebrate and help turn your dreams into reality, we’re delighted to bring your our Lockdown Lift Off Sale with huge discounts on tours worldwide for every departure in 2022 & 2023.

Simply book any of our group tours with just a £99 deposit per person.

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Cherry Blossom Festival

10 Mar 2021

Cherry Blossom Festival

As Japan bursts into bloom with the world famous Cherry Blossom Season, join the Wendy Wu Tours experts for a fun, imaginative festival of parties on a journey through Asia.

Meet our travel experts and passionate fellow travellers in our lively virtual party room, find out more about this incredible region and our award-winning tours.

Explore the bucket list icons and hidden gems on some of our most popular and unique tours for 2021 and beyond.

Enjoy an Incredible exclusive Business Class upgrade offer.

Attendance is FREE but places are limited. Hit the Learn More button below to sign up.

Chinese New Year Celebrations

10-19 Feb 2021

Chinese New Year Celebrations

We wished good riddance to the terrible year of the Rat and celebrated a return to exploring, in the upcoming year of the Ox, with our wonderful online parties celebrating the Lunar New Year.

So many past customers and new friends joined us for a series of online events over 10 days to look forward with renewed hope and optimism. Our experts journeyed virtually to Japan, Indochina, China, India, Bhutan, Central Asia and South America showcasing the best places to travel in the year of the Ox and beyond.

The enthusiasm of attendees to get travelling again was palpable and our panels had a great time chatting with all who came along. We were so glad so many of you also took advantage of the exclusive show offer too.

Read what they had to say and how our other online parties have been proving so popular in the latest edition of our Whispers magazine

To watch any of the presentations just click on the button.

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China launches 'Vaccine Passport'

9 Mar 2020

China launches 'Vaccine Passport'

China has launched a health certificate programme for domestic travellers, showing a user’s vaccination status and virus test results, thought to be the world’s first known “virus passport”.

Available just for Chinese citizens at present, the certificate has been launched “to help promote world economic recovery and facilitate cross-border travel.”

New Whispers Magazine

4 Mar 2020

New Whispers Magazine

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 and beyond

Highlights

  • China – Top ten sights in China as chosen by our guides
  • Get to know Japan - From dazzling cities to ancient traditions, Japan is the hot ticket for travel in 2021.
  • New Zealand - Our expert team in New Zealand have spent the past six months carefully handcrafting three thrilling new tours..
  • Magnificent Multi-Countries– Extensive, fully inclusive tours for those who want to see it all, do it all and experience it all in one unforgettable trip.
  • Vietnam - Sky Emery gives us the inside track on Saigon, from its history to the best time to visit this enthralling Vietnamese city.
  • 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 Asiai and India.

Plus much much more…

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Free Business Class Upgrades

1 Mar 2021

Free Business Class Upgrades

It’s back...Wendy Wu Tours’ famous Business Class Upgrade Offer

We like to think you’ll feel like a VIP whenever you travel on a Wendy Wu Tour. Now you can fly like one too with our fabulous Business Class Upgrade offer.

Simply book one of our selected India, Japan, China, Vietnam or Peru tours by 31 March and you can upgrade your flights to Business Class for next to nothing. Including India for FREE!

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Vaccination Passport – Statement

24 Feb 2021

Vaccination Passport – Statement

Wendy Wu Tours fully supports the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination process and urges all of its customers and the wider community to embrace it. As a company we fully support the concept and implementation of a ‘vaccine passport’ and, following a recent poll of our customers, found the concept of a vaccination passport was also fully supported by our passengers. We know that people are desperate to get away travelling again and if a vaccine passport is what is needed then it has our full consent. We will be encouraging everyone to be fully vaccinated before they can travel and will be finalising protocols around this in advance of the borders reopening across our wonderful destinations.

Please continue to monitor our website, Facebook, emails and newsletters for all the latest news on this plus our updates on the reopening of borders, our safety protocols as well as everything you need to know about our fantastic touring, immersive and authentic experiences.

Lockdown is lifting - "Travel opening from May"

28 Feb 2020

Lockdown is lifting - "Travel opening from May"

With the hugely encouraging news last night that the government hopes to resume international travel from May and is actively looking into ways to facilitate travel we are hugely optimistic about travel in 2021.

With so much pent up demand, capacity likely to be limited and special offers at rates we are unlikely to see again for a very long time, we are already seeing a huge surge in bookings.

Our Free flights and No Single Supplement offers end on 28 Feb. Don’t miss out.

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Great News - Oxford vaccine slows virus

9 Feb 2021

Great News - Oxford vaccine slows virus

Great news this morning suggests that the Oxford-AstraZenenca vaccine may have a "substantial" effect on reducing the transmission of the virus.

It means the jab could have a greater impact on the pandemic, as each person who is vaccinated will indirectly protect other people too.

Nearly 10 Million people have already been vaccinated in the UK.

New Year Sale - Extended

2 Feb 2021

New Year Sale - Extended

Due to popular demand we are delighted to extend and expand our New Sale. Adding New Zealand to our free flights offer and more south America and Central Asia tours to our incredible No Single Supplement offer you can now save up to £2,090 per person.

Choose FREE flights or No Single Supplement on our best-selling tours worldwide.

This offer is exclusive to Wendy Wu Tours and valid for 2021 & 2022 departures.

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Spring into the year of the Ox with our FREE virtual travel parties.

2 Feb 2021

Spring into the year of the Ox with our FREE virtual travel parties.

Say good riddance to a terrible year of locked down travel and celebrate a return to exploring in the upcoming year of the Ox with our wonderful online parties celebrating the Lunar New Year.

So join our panel of experts for the inside track on Japan, Indochina, China, South America, India,  Central Asia and travelling solo in style. Using the best tours in the market we'll showcase the best places to travel in the year of the Ox and beyond. Discover the iconic highlights and get insider tips on authentic experiences and the lesser-known gems. We also have an exclusive show offer for all attendees.

Chat with the expert panellists at our party room to find out even more about these dream destinations and tours.

Attendance is free but places are limited so don't miss out

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More good news. New Novavax vaccine shows 89% efficacy in UK trials.

29 Jan 2021

More good news. New Novavax vaccine shows 89% efficacy in UK trials.

A new coronavirus vaccine has been shown to be 89% effective in large-scale UK trials and the jab is the first shown to be effective against the new UK variant

The UK has secured 60 million doses of the jab which are expected to be delivered in the second half of this year, if approved for use by MHRA.

Our Japan Tours are selling out fast

11 Jan 2021

Our Japan Tours are selling out fast

We may be locked down but that isn't stopping people booking their travel. Japan departures are already selling out in 2021 and 2022 and we've had to add more departures on two of our most popular tours.

The brand new, all-encompassing Japan by Rail tour takes you to the highlights of all three islands: Kyushu, Honshu and Hokkaido, travelling mainly by bullet train.

Japan Uncovered is one of our most popular tours of the stunning country. Featuring modern cities, historical sights and beautiful landscapes, Japan Uncovered ensures you get the most out of your trip.

Both tours are included in the Free Flights Offer and Solo Sale. Save up to £800 per person on Free Return Flights or up to £1,890 per person with No Single Supplement for solo travellers.

Virtual Travel Show 15 & 16 January

1 Jan 2021

Virtual Travel Show 15 & 16 January

Join our panel of travel experts for our FREE Virtual Travel Show.

Over two thrilling days our destination experts will give you the inside track on where to go, what to see and what to do in some of the most exciting destinations for 2021 and beyond. Discover the iconic must see destinations and the hidden gems, the cultural highlights and the unmissable experiences.


We also have some exciting exclusive travel show offers to tell you about!

After the presentations you'll have the chance to visit our virtual stand and talk to our experts, who'll be on hand to answer any of your questions.

Entrance is FREE but places are limited so don't miss out. To register just click on the link below.


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Oxford AstraZeneca Covid Vaccine approved for use

30 Dec 2020

Oxford AstraZeneca Covid Vaccine approved for use

Fantastic news for the UK - Oxford AstraZeneca Covid Vaccine approved for use.

This will lead to a massive expansion in the UK's immunisation campaign.

The UK has already ordered 100 million doses - enough to vaccinate 50 million people.

Wendy Wu Tours Wins

14 Dec 2020

Wendy Wu Tours Wins

Wendy Wu Tours are thrilled to announce that we won three Gold awards at the prestigious British Travel Awards today

  • Best Escorted Tour Company
  • Best Holiday Company to Southeast Asia
  • Best Holiday Company to East and Central Asia

Over 250,000 votes were cast so thank you so much to everyone who voted for us.

Festive Weekend Sale

11 Dec 2020

Festive Weekend Sale

To kick off the festive season in style and end our FREE flights offer with bang we are delighted to offer you Free flights and Free airport lounge access for one weekend only on our best-selling tours in Asia, India, South America, Central Asia, the Middle East and New Zealand.

Saving you up to £800 per person this offer is exclusive to Wendy Wu Tours and must end Monday 14 December.

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Wendy Speaks to the BBC

8 Dec 2020

Wendy Speaks to the BBC

Wendy is invited by the BBC again to hear her unique insight into the impact of coronavirus on the tourism industry.

Hear how Wendy Wu Tours weathered the initial impact of the outbreak and how we are seeing a surge in bookings following the recent positive vaccine news.

 
Free Return Flights on Tours Worldwide

4 Dec 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 29 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 must be booked by 14 December.

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Covid Pfizer vaccine approved for use next week in UK

2 Dec 2020

Covid Pfizer vaccine approved for use next week in UK

Wonderful news - The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use.

British regulator, the MHRA, says the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe for rollout next week.

Immunisations could start within days for those who need it the most. Around 10m doses should be available soon, with the first 800,000 arriving in the UK in the coming days.

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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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.

Positive news in the fight against Coronavirus

1 Nov 2021

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 53 Wonders of China
Japan* 6,076 Japan Uncovered
Vietnam* 4 Classic Mekong
Cambodia* 2 Angkor to the Bay
Thailand* 305 Thailand Highlights
Taiwan* 3 Treasures of Taiwan
Mongolia* 13 Mongolia and the Naadam Festival
Bhutan* 12 Himalayan Kingdoms
Sri Lanka* 532 Highlights of Sri Lanka
Laos* 0 Highlights of Laos
South Korea* 868 Scenic South Korea
Malaysia* 3,027 Best of Borneo
Chile* 3,693 Chile: Top to Toe
Israel* 7,600 Ancient Israel

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

**Figures correct as of 8 January 2021

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

Order any of our new brochures

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.

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!


 
"Tokyo Olympic Games will go ahead"

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."

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. 

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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."

"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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