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See the iconic highlights of Japan on a 3-day guided tour to Mt Fuji, Kyoto and Nara. Visit revered Mt Fuji, take a boat cruise on Lake Ashi and an aerial tram ride up Mt Komagatake. Head to Kyoto on the bullet train and take in the beautiful city on a morning tour to the Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, and Kyoto Imperial Palace. Then see Nara’s famous sites including Todaiji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, and Nara Park (Deer Park). Stay two nights in Kyoto with optional return to Tokyo.
What to Expect
Your 3-day tour includes all transportation, two nights in Kyoto in your choice of tourist class or first class accommodations, a professional guide in the daytime, and the evenings free to spend at your leisure. Your guide and hotel are happy to offer recommendations for restaurants and other places to see in your free time. Have the option to return to Tokyo late on the third day or remain in Kyoto, the choice is yours.
Occasionally weather conditions at Mt Fuji may necessitate itinerary changes. If an activity is not possible, a substitution will be provided. If any sites in Kyoto or Nara are closed on the day of your visit, a substitute site will be visited. Both cities have a wealth of amazing places to see.
Pickup is available at the following select locations in Tokyo:
ANA InterContinental Tokyo, Cerulean Tower Tokyu, Courtyard by Marriot Tokyo Ginza, Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal, Hyatt Regency, Keio Plaza Hotel, Metropolitan Tokyo in Ikebukuro, New Sanno (pickup service is only available for guests staying at the hotel), Tokyo Dome Hotel, New Otani Tokyo, and Tokyo Station
Concludes at Tokyo Train Station between 9-10pm or in the morning at Kyoto (depending on option chosen)
Day 1: Tokyo – Kyoto (L)
After morning pickup, enjoy a scenic 2.5-hour drive by deluxe coach to the Mt Fuji. Spend approximately 20 minutes learning from your guide about the history and geological details of Japan’s highest mountain. Browse informational displays about the revered mountain and get amazing views from the second floor observation deck.
Then continue halfway up the mountain to Mt Fuji’s 5th Station at 7,545 feet (2,300m). Follow your guide on a stroll around the area’s shrines, torii gates and souvenir shops as you take in more views of Mt Fuji and nearby lakes (visibility is weather dependent). Afterward, enjoy a typical Japanese-style lunch at a restaurant that looks out on Mt Fuji.
Continue to nearby Lake Ashi in Hakone National Park for a boat cruise on a pirate ship! Relax as you glide across the water, taking in views of Mt Fuji, Mt Komagatake and other mountains that surround the lake. Then, take the Hakone Ropeway, an aerial tram with amazing vistas over sparkling Lake Ashi, the Izu islands and majestic Mount Fuji.
After visiting Hakone, your guide transfers you to a Shinkansen train (bullet train) bound for Kyoto. When you arrive in Kyoto, a driver takes you to your hotel where you have the evening free to spend at your leisure.
Overnight: Kyoto (tourist class: New Miyako Hotel, Rihga Royal Hotel or similar; first class: Kyoto Hotel Okura, Hotel Monterey Kyoto or similar)
Day 2: Kyoto and Nara (L)
After morning pickup from your hotel, experience Kyoto on a guided morning tour of the highlights of this beautiful city. First, stop to peruse Nijo Castle, built in 1603 for the Tokugawa Shogun. Continue to one of the most popular Kyoto temples, Kinkakuji Temple, where you see the celebrated Golden Pavilion and exquisite gardens. Then head to the ancient Kyoto Imperial Palace and learn from your guide about the architecturally stunning complex where the Emperor of Japan once lived with his family.
Have a Japanese-style lunch at the Kyoto Handicraft Center before proceeding to Nara, where the first permanent capital of Japan was established in 710. Visit one of Japan’s most beloved and historically significant temples, the 8th-century Todai-ji Temple. Follow your guide to the Daibutsu-den (Great Buddha Hall) and marvel at the enormous bronze Buddha statue. Next, visit Kasuga Taisha Shrine, a famous Shinto shrine with 3,000 glowing antique bronze and stone lanterns. Wrap up your afternoon at the Nara Park (Deer Park) where hundreds of tame deer freely roam; you can even feed them if you wish! Then return to your Kyoto hotel for an evening at your leisure.
Day 3: Kyoto – Tokyo (optional return)
Spend the day sightseeing at your leisure and return to Tokyo by bullet train in the evening, or choose to stay on in Kyoto. If you choose to return to Tokyo, your train arrives into Tokyo Station in the late evening. Please see Additional Info for details.
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Leave winter behind and bask in the radiance of spring. These are some destinations that will help you welcome the season's nicer weather.
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CAPE-TO-CAPE IN SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa’s southern N2 highway from Cape Town (Western Cape) to Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape) was designed for detours. Instead of driving straight through (about 460 miles), pull off frequently—particularly on the spectacularly scenic Garden Route section—to explore lagoons, lakes, forests, mountains, beaches, and bays. Sleep cheap at backpacker hostels like Tube ‘n Axe in Storms River. Hike in Garden Route National Park and catch a wave at world-class surf spot, Jeffreys Bay. At Mossel Bay (the halfway point on the drive) try sandboarding on 557-foot high Dragon Dune. Where the Western and Eastern Cape meet, walk out on—or, if you dare, bungee jump from—the arch of 709-foot-high Bloukrans Bridge with Face Adrenalin. Things to do in South Africa
Left: The sun shines off the water near Our Lady of the Rocks church off the coast of Perast in the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro. Right: Children swim off the coast of the village of Rose, Montenegro.
EASTERN EUROPE BY BALKAN FLEXIPASS. The scenery on this trip is just as stunning as Switzerland's for half the price. For first-class vistas on a bare-bones budget, ride mainly by rail (partly by bus) from Serbia to the Adriatic coast. The original train route—completed in 1976 and undergoing its first major upgrade—dramatically winds through mountains and briefly passes through Bosnia and Herzegovina on its way from Belgrade, Serbia, to Bar, Montenegro. Due to construction, the first leg of the 10-hour (one-way) trip currently is by bus. To add more train travel, buy a Rail Europe Balkan Flexipass (starting at £86) for three, five, seven, 10, or 15 days of unlimited rides on national rail networks in Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Turkey.
Things to do in Montenegro
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New York City's Central Park. Bite into the Big Apple’s 843-acre green core on a weekend filled with walking tours. Start with the Central Park Conservancy's Iconic Views tour (£12). The guided, 90-minute walk includes an insider’s look at places, such as the Sheep Meadow, Bow Bridge, and The Mall—a quarter-mile walkway open only to foot traffic (and the park’s only planned straight line). To see park locations featured in Sex in the City, Serendipity, and other New York-centric films and shows, embark on the self-guided Free Tours By Foot Central Park Movie and TV Tour. At The Loeb Boathouse, have lunch (Monday to Friday, reservations recommended) à la Sally and Marie (Meg Ryan and the late Carrie Fisher) in the 1989 romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally. Central Park Sightseeing Tours
Pokhara, Nepal. Hit a travel high in the beauty of this Himalayan city. Soaring over the Pokhara Valley delivers adrenaline-junkie Himalaya views without the hiking. Pokhara, a gateway to Nepal’s Annapurna region, is considered one of the world’s top spots for paragliding due, in part, to jaw-dropping views of glaciers, lakes, and snow-covered peaks. No experience is required to ride with an instructor on a Sunrise Paragliding tandem flight. Options include the relatively tame Cloud Buster (20- to 30-minute) scenic flight, a longer (45- to 60-minute) Cross-Country tour, and the spinning-and-spiraling Acrobatic Flight. Before launching from Sarangkot (2,000 feet above the Pokhara Valley), snap a pic of Pokhara’s majestic mountain triple crown—26,795-foot Dhaulagiri, 26,040-foot Annapurna II, and 26,781-foot Manaslu. Nepal Day Tours
Olympic National Park Washington. Commune with nature on a forest-to-coast spring fling. Go chasing waterfalls, spot migratory gray whales, and see pink Pacific rhododendrons and other early bloomers in wet-and-wild Olympic National Park. Since the Olympic Peninsula got blasted with snow this year, the spring melt-off should create roaring rivers and cascades. One downside of the sizeable snowpack—muddy or closed trails. Check the Washington Trails Association trip reports before hiking. Best bets for spring treks include lowland routes like North Fork Skokomish River and Flapjack Lakes. The 15-mile (round-trip) hike through lush, old-growth forest leads to a pair of subalpine lakes. For whale watching, visit Kalaloch, Rialto, and Shi Shi beaches and other Whale Trail sites on the park’s rugged Pacific coast.
Left: A woman sorts silk cocoons in a factory in Suzhou, China. Right: Chinese fashion designer Yang Lifei works in her studio in Suzhou, China. Phlo tograph by Andrew Paul Travel, Almay Stock Photo (left) and Photograph by Reuters/Almay Stock Photo (right)
Suzhou, China. The fashion of springtime is all in the silk. Blaze your own Silk Road trail around Suzhou, China’s “Silk City.” Located less than 30 minutes west of Shanghai by bullet train, the centuries-old silk production hub is the place to buy high-quality silk bedding and clothing. Before hitting the silk shops on and around Guanqian Street, learn about the cocoon-to-silk thread process at the Suzhou Silk Museum and at No. 1 Silk Factory (where the tour ends in a huge retail store). Next, watch needlework artists hand-stitch intricate Su Embroidery silk paintings at the Suzhou Embroidery Art Museum. Even if you’re not in the market for formal wear, visit Suzhou’s bustling bridal garment district, home to hundreds of wedding shops. Things to do in Suzhou
Balloon Rally in Wisconsin. America's Dairyland takes to the skies. An influx of hot air is forecast on June 16 and 17 for bucolic Green County, Wisconsin, host of the Monroe Balloon and Blues Festival. Weather permitting, an estimated 15 giant balloons will float through crystal-clear blue skies. Arrive before the crowds (6:30 a.m.) to watch the daily balloon launches. Stay after-dark for the dazzling Fairgrounds Balloon Glow and live blues performances. No balloon rides are offered onsite, but you can book a pre- or post-festival flight with a Wisconsin Balloon Group operator. Monroe also claims the title of “Swiss Cheese Capital of the USA.” While you’re in town, tour the Emmi Roth cheese factory, and buy regional favorite cheese curds in the adjacent Alp and Dell store. Things to do in Wisconsin
Left: An Amish vendor sells pickles at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. (Photograph by John Greim,Gerry Images). Right: Patrons enjoy a meal at the Reading Terminal Market. (Photograph by Walter Bibikow,Getty Images).
Philadelphia USA.The City of Brotherly Love knows how to chow down. It’s easy to fill up in Philly, which boasts some 956 food establishments in the Center City District alone. Sample signature concoctions—such as cheesesteaks, tomato pie, and soft pretzels—on Chew Philly’s Authentic Philly Food Tour (select April and May dates). Follow the locals to South Philly’s Cosmi’s Deli or Reading Terminal Market’s DiNic’s Roast Pork for the hometown favorite roast pork sandwich made with sharp provolone cheese and garlicky broccoli rabe. While at Reading Terminal, pick up a chocolate chip cannoli at Termini Brothers Bakery. New in 2017, Rooster Soup Company serves good karma with every purchase by donating 100 percent of profits to help—and feed—Philadelphians in need. Things to do in Philadelphia
Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Cruise coolly and cheaply to the largest living structure on Earth. Australia’s sprawling Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Site (GBR) is visible from space, but it's the up-close, underwater views that are out-of-this-world amazing. To explore the GBR without busting your budget, stay in Airlie Beach on Queensland’s Whitsunday Coast. From there, take a CruiseWhitsundays’ Great Barrier Reef Adventures day trip to the Reefworld pontoon on Hardy Reef. Getting out to the reef takes about three hours. The rest of the day is reserved for swimming, snorkeling (gear and guided tours included), and diving (extra fee). Or, stay dry and view the vibrant marine life below from a glassed-in underwater observatory or a semi-submersible. Things to Do in Great Barrier Reef. Things to Do in Queensland
Aogashima Island, Japan. This place takes island life to another level. If your goal is getting away from it all, get to Aogashima. The volcanic island has a village built inside the walls of the crater. Visitors are welcome, yet infrequent, since travelling to Aogashima from Tokyo (200 miles to the north) is a multi-stop plane and helicopter (or boat) adventure. Those who do make the trip can camp for free (after registering at the Aogashima Village Hall), hike, and soak in the public geothermal spa—all inside an active volcano. Almost no one on the island speaks English, so learn some basic Japanese phrases before you go. Things to do in Aogashima
El Chaltén in Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina. Learn the phrase "these colors are amazing" in Spanish, because that's all you'll be able to say. April is the hiking sweet spot in El Chaltén, Argentina’s self-proclaimed “trekking capital.” The busy Patagonia summer hiking season ends in March and winter arrives in May, so there’s lighter foot traffic in April on popular routes like the easy Laguna Capri and the more challenging Laguna de los Tres. Bonus: The surrounding valleys typically are awash in a blaze of red, orange, and yellow fall foliage. El Chaltén’s location in the northern part of Los Glaciares National Park also affords epic views (on clear days) of jagged peaks, including 11,073-foot Mount Fitz Roy and 10,278-foot Cerro Torre. Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
The Attrap'Rêves Montagnac-Montpezat, near Verdon Regional National Park, is one of five French locations where visitors can find these unique rooms. Photograph Courtesty Attrap'Rêves
Bubble Lodges in France. We don't want to pop your bubble, on the contrary... Clear plastic bubble rooms aren’t big on privacy, but you can’t beat the nature and night-sky views. Inflatable, igloo-shaped rooms are popping up across France at hotels, campgrounds, and in dedicated bubble resorts. Attrap'Rêves has five all-bubble locations, including Attrap'Rêves Montagnac-Montpezat—a bubble haven set amid the pine woods and lakes of Verdon Regional Natural Park. At Caribou Aventures in Noisy-sur-École (about 40 miles south of Paris), 10 bubbles “float” in the trees. Some Caribou bubbles are on wooden platforms, easily accessible by a ladder or stairs. Craving more height? Choose an Into the Sky bubble suspended in the branches, 39 to 66 feet off the ground
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For the very first time, we are delighted to introduce Titan Private Journeys, inviting you to add your personal touch to a selection of India itineraries. There are two options. You can follow the same programme as featured on the same dates of travel, but enjoy the comfort, convenience and flexibility of a private vehicle and a private guide. Alternatively, you can book a private vehicle and guide to undertake the itinerary on a departure date of your choice – perfect if you are looking to celebrate a landmark birthday or anniversary. Private Journeys are based on two people travelling together, but arrangements can also be made for small groups of family and friends. Prices start at an additional £249 per person‡.
‡ Supplement to tour price. Private Journeys are currently available on three itineraries. Private Journeys that match the group departure date will be subject to the operation of the group itinerary. Flights and train journeys will be undertaken with the group. Private Journeys will follow the itinerary, stay at the same hotels and fly with the same carriers, but there will be some flexibility in the daily timings. The private vehicle will be a comfortable, modern mini-MPV with a private driver-guide or driver and guide.
Where to go on Holiday in October. Lanzarote. If your kids are sick of the same old beach holiday you take every year, consider taking them to Lanzarote. There are great beaches, to be sure, but this UNESCO World Biosphere reserve has unique attractions and activities. We're talking camel rides on volcanoes (at Timanfaya National Park), or eating at a restaurant in a volcanic cave (at Jameos del Agua). Even the most jaded teens will be impressed. Flights to Lanzarote
Where to go on Holiday in October. Big Sur, California. Jagged cliffs pummeled by surf line the Pacific Coast Highway along Big Sur, creating some of California's most memorable ocean vistas between Carmel and the northern tip of San Luis Obispo County. Jack Kerouac and Henry Miller found inspiration in its fog-banked canyons and meadows. grey whales migrate past twice a year, and elephant seals bask on the sandy shores. Luxury hotels, restaurants and art galleries cluster in a six-mile strip, giving way to redwood-filled state parks on either side. Flights to Big Sur, CA
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