Monday, February 6, 2012

Explore Australia- Isn't It Beautiful

Australian EscapeAustralian EscapeAustralian EscapeDAY 1ARRIVE IN CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA
Welcome to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef” and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The balance of the day is at your leisure.

DAY 2CAIRNS

Today, board a fast catamaran for a CRUISE to Green Island, one of the many tropical islands on Australia’s famous Great Barrier Reef. Here you can choose to SNORKEL, take a GLASS-BOTTOM BOAT tour, or walk through the island’s cool rainforest. Return to Cairns and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. (Breakfast)

DAY 3CAIRNS

A full day at leisure to explore tropical Cairns. (Breakfast)

DAY 4CAIRNS–MELBOURNE

Today, fly to Melbourne, the cosmopolitan heart of Australia. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (Breakfast)

DAY 5MELBOURNE

Your morning guided sightseeing tour includes Queen Victoria Market (when open), the Italian Quarter, the Shrine of Remembrance, the ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, FITZROY GARDENS, and spectacular city views from Bolte Bridge. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (Breakfast)

DAY 6MELBOURNE

A full day at leisure for independent activities. (Breakfast)

DAY 7MELBOURNE–SYDNEY

Today, fly to beautiful Sydney, Australia’s largest city. The remainder of the day is at your leisure for independent activities. (Breakfast)

DAY 8SYDNEY

Enjoy a morning guided sightseeing tour that includes a Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge photo stop, the historic “Rocks” area, and a visit to world-famous BONDI BEACH. The afternoon is at your leisure. (Breakfast)

DAY 9SYDNEY

Enjoy a full day at leisure in this beautiful city. (Breakfast)

DAY 10SYDNEY

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Tokyo & KyotoTokyo & Kyoto
Tokyo & KyotoDAY 1ARRIVE IN TOKYO, JAPAN
Welcome to Japan! Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

DAY 2TOKYO

This morning’s sightseeing tour includes visits to the TOKYO TOWER, ASAKUSA KANNON TEMPLE, and NAKAMISE SHOPPING ARCADE. You will also drive through Akihabara and Ueno Park. The remainder of the day is at your leisure for independent activities. (Breakfast)

DAY 3TOKYO

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore on your own. (Breakfast)

DAY 4TOKYO-KYOTO

Today, transfer to the train station and board your BULLET TRAIN to historic Kyoto, the former capital of Japan. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. (Breakfast)

DAY 5KYOTO

Your morning tour includes a visit to NIJO CASTLE, built in 1603 as the official residence of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu; the TEMPLE OF THE GOLD PAVILION, covered with shimmering gold leaf; and the IMPERIAL PALACE, home to the Imperial family until 1868. You will also have the chance to pick up a souvenir of your trip at a local handicraft shop. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (Breakfast)

Note:
The Imperial Palace is closed on Saturday, Sunday, and national holidays. In these instances, a visit to Nishi Honganji Temple will be substituted.

DAY 6KYOTO

A full day at leisure to explore this remarkable city. (Breakfast)

DAY 7KYOTO-OSAKA

Your vacation ends with a transfer to Kansai Airlines

HONEYMOON PLANNING TIPS

When choosing your honeymoon, the first and most important step is deciding and agreeing upon your destination. Among couples who have a traditional wedding, 99% take a honeymoon. Roughly 60% travel to a foreign country and 40% honeymoon in the United States. You want a destination that will please both of you, so here are some tips and ideas to ensure your honeymoon lives up to your expectations.

CREATE YOUR HONEYMOON REGISTRY

List anything you want to do on your honeymoon ... even portions of your vacation. It works the same as a gift registry. Your guests give you portions of your dream honeymoon. The perfect, unforgettable gift.
Features of the registry include:
  • No set up fee.
  • Free wedding Web site and blog.
  • Hundreds of ideas covering areas all over the world - or you can create your own honeymoon bridal registry.
  • Photos for all items with descriptions.
  • You can make your own travel plans.
  • No advertising.
  • Announcements & shower games.
  • You can receive your gifts anytime.
  • Post unlimited photos on your online photo album

Visit the Historic Changing Of the Guards- England

Pomp-and-ceremony in LondonChanging of the Guard
London’s Tower Bridge over the River ThamesPageantry of the Changing of the Guard

Scenic IRELAND

Enjoy the beautiful views along the Ring of Kerry in IrelandDublin, the capital of Ireland
Visit the Cliffs of Moher and see some of Ireland’s most spectacular viewsGiants Causeway

Leave no stone unturned on this journey through Ireland. Start your vacation in Limerick, head to the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, and visit Rathbaun Farm, where you’ll see a farmer shear a sheep and use a sheep dog to move his flock. Stop at the fishing village of Clifden, visit Kylemore Abbey, experience the rugged Atlantic Coast of Donegal, and visit awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway. Learn about life in Northern Ireland from your Local Guide in Derry and spend the night in Belfast. 

In the “Fair City” of Dublin, enjoy an orientation drive that includes O’Connell Street, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and a visit to Trinity College with its Book of Kells. Travel south through the Wicklow Mountains, pausing at Ballyknocken House for an entertaining baking demonstration, coffee, and scones. Next up: Kilkenny, the House of Waterford Crystal, Blarney, Cork, and the lush, tropical garden on Garinish Island. Spend two nights in the popular resort town of Killarney with an excursion to the Blasket Island Centre on Dingle Peninsula. Your marvellous vacation ends back in Limerick.

Explore the BEST of Wales and Ireland

StonehengeBuckingham Palace in London
Tower of London on a sunny dayThe Salisbury Cathedral in England

Explore the best of Ireland, Wales, and England on this exciting vacation. Begin your trip with free time in London, then head out to explore enigmatic Stonehenge, majestic Salisbury with its magnificent cathedral, and elegant Georgian Bath with its famous Roman relics. Overnight in Bristol, where John Cabot set sail to discover America in 1497. Cross into Wales and enjoy an orientation drive in Cardiff, the capital of Wales. Motor through rich dairy farmland to Pembroke, where you’ll take the ferry across St. George’s Channel to Ireland. Take time in Blarney, famous for the legendary Stone of Eloquence, and visit the castle or shop for Irish handicrafts. Then, travel to the bustling resort of Killarney.

Next, enjoy an exciting drive along the “Ring of Kerry” with spectacular views of seascapes, mountains, and verdant vegetation. Stop in Adare, known for its remarkable thatched cottages, and see the sites on an orientation tour of Limerick. Travel east to Dublin, Ireland’s capital, where the orientation drive shows you statue-lined O’Connell Street and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. You’ll have time to tour Dublin on your own and browse its shops. Leave Ireland and cross the Irish Sea to Wales, arriving in Holyhead on the Welsh Isle of Anglesey. Then, drive through scenic Snowdonia National Park and Llanberis Pass to Llangollen, home of an annual competition for poets and musicians. Spend the night in Wrexham before traveling south to England. Stop in Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, where you’ll have time to take photos of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and tour the town on your own. You trip ends back in London, the finale of your wonderful adventure.

The Splendor Of Italy

Venice is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the worldVisit stunning Florence and the Ponte Vecchio
Venice CanalLeaning Tower of Pisa

Italy, a country filled with history, amazing art, delicious cuisine, remarkable architecture, and splendid beauty—you’ll see and feel it all on this affordable tour through Italy. Explore the maze of streets in Venice, and discover hidden treasures and restaurants in their back alleys. Stand in awe as you admire the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a must-see sight in Italy. Did you know the tower was constructed in three stages over the course of 177 years, starting in 1173? Even though it was obvious in 1178 that it leaned, construction continued. You’ll see this architectural wonder as well as many other famous Italian sites.

Have your camera ready as you explore the historical sites of Rome, including the Colosseum, the amphitheater used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles during the Roman Empire. Sit in a cafĂ© as you admire one of Italy’s most unique squares in Siena. Enjoy wine tasting in Italy’s Chianti wine region, and shop for local goods in Italy’s Tuscany region.

What do you want from your Italian vacation—amazing architecture, sumptuous food, delicious wine, breathtaking art, historical treasures, or scenic beauty? Whatever it is, this Italy vacation offers it to you!

Note:
  • December 20 departure - Christmas lunch in Florence
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