Cherry Blossom Cruise & Tour of Japan

18
Nights
2020
Mar 20
From
$9,490
Diamond
Princess
Including flights, accommodation,
sightseeing, tours, meals, entertainment

Explore Japan during the stunning Cherry Blossom Season with Garden Expert Sue McDougall. Visiting Tokyo, Toba, Takamatsu, Kochi, Matsuyama, Mt Fuji & Kyoto, Japan; Busan, South Korea

Tour highlights

  • Sightseeing tours in Tokyo, Toba, Takamatsu, Kochi, Matsuyama, Mt Fuji & Kyoto, Japan; Busan, South Korea
  • The famous Ginza area of Tokyo
  • Sensoji,a popular Buddhist temple built in the 7th century
  • Welcome dinner
  • Omiya Museum, the most outstanding centre for bonsai in Japan
  • The Hama- Rikyu-Teien garden
  • Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens
  • Rikugien Garden created in 1702
  • Ise Jingu Shrine Naiku, which is dedicated to the Goddess of the Sun
  • Ritsurin Park, a 350-year-old garden, famous for its magnificent spring colours
  • Kochi Castle
  • Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden
  • Ninomaru Historical garden
  • Enjoy a ride on the Hakone Ropeway’s aerial cable car
  • Travel by the Bullet Train to Kyoto
  • The gorgeous garden of Saihoji, known as the Moss Temple
  • The temple of the Golden Pavilion
  • Jojakko-ji, a temple originally built in 1640
  • Farewell dinner
  • Luxury Cruising onboard Diamond Princess
Cherry Blossom Cruise & Tour of Japan Map

Includes

  • Economy-class return air travel from Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane/ Adelaide/Perth to Tokyo and back to Australia
  • Tour leadership by Sue McDougall
  • Travel on Diamond Princess in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on Diamond Princess
  • Private activities aboard Diamond Princess
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Tokyo and 4 nights’ accommodation in Kyoto in first-class hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • A welcome and a farewell dinner
  • Sightseeing tours in Tokyo, Toba, Takamatsu, Kochi, Matsuyama, Mt Fuji & Kyoto, Japan; Busan, South Korea
  • Cruise management by Travelrite International
  • Port and handling charges on Diamond Princess
  • Cruise taxes
  • Onboard gratuities

Don't worry about coming alone

We will match people in twin-share cabins when available, saving you the single supplement. You won't be left alone; the Travelrite tour manager will be looking after you. There will be group activities almost every day.

MS Zuiderdam Deck plans

Diamond Princess

Diamond Princess is a treasure trove of exceptional delights waiting to be discovered. Dine on freshly prepared sashimi in Kai Sushi, watch street performers in the dazzling Atrium, or take in a lavish production show in the stateof- the-art theatre. And for a unique treat visit the Izumi Japanese Bath, the largest of its kind at sea. With more than 1,330 cabins of varying configurations, the Diamond Princess has a cabin suited for everyone. Whether lounging in a suite or resting in an interior cabin, all guests will be meet with luxurious furnishings, wonderful amenities, and a friendly and attentive service staff. The Diamond Princess is packed with activities to keep guests of all ages entertained. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the live shows put together by world-renown directors and choreographers. Dance the night away at Club Fusion or Skywalkers Nightclub or maybe a few rounds at the Vegas-style casino. Cool down with a dip in the freshwater pools with either a good book or thirst-quenching cocktail in hand. The Diamond Princess also offers guests three specialty dining experiences: enjoying a taste of Italy at Sabatini’s, indulging in steak and seafood at Sterling Steakhouse, and sashimi at Kai Sushi.

CLOTHING ON BOARD

The dress code on this ship is generally casual. Feel free to wear whatever makes you feel best. Most nights are smart casual, with ladies dressed in skirts or pants with blouses and men in collared shirts. Shorts, pool attire, baseball caps and casual jeans are not permitted in the dining rooms offering only table service. During a 7 to 9 night cruise, there are two formal nights, ladies typically wear cocktail dresses, skirts and pantsuits and men dark suits or slacks with a shirt and sports jacket.

Sue McDougall

Sue McDougall

Sue McDougall has been passionate about plants and gardening from a very young age. She ran her own garden centre for 16 years and for over 22 years has been part of the gardening programs on 6PR. Sue also writes regular gardening columns for magazines, websites and newsletters and runs gardening workshops. Sue is once again looking forward to sharing her love of gardens with you.

Day 1 Friday 20 March, 2020 Departure
Today we board our flight to Tokyo, Japan. We arrive in Tokyo later the same day. Upon arrival we are transferred to our city hotel.

Day 2 Saturday 21 March, 2020 Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo is the political, economic and cultural capital of Japan. There are over 12 million people living in Tokyo and many millions more living within a radius of 50 kilometres. We will have a city tour of exciting Tokyo. We see the famous Ginza area and visit the Imperial Palace East Garden, which is still part of the Royal Residence. It is a superb example of traditional Japanese landscape design. We continue with a visit to Asakusa, the heart of traditional Japan. The main attraction is Sensoji, a popular Buddhist temple built in the 7th century. We will have time to walk along Nakamise-dori, the bustling market area, where we are able to buy souvenirs and wooden sandals. This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner to meet Sue McDougall and other tour members.

Day 3 Sunday 22 March, 2020 Tokyo, Japan
Today we visit the Omiya Museum, the most outstanding centre for bonsai in Japan. Opened in 2010, it has a collection of over 100 bonsai masterpieces. In addition, we will see bonsai pots, miniature landscapes, books and woodblock prints. We continue our day with a visit to the Hama-Rikyu-Teien garden. The landscape garden features seawater ponds which change level with the tides and gorgeous views of lakes and hills.

Day 4 Monday 23 March, 2020 Tokyo, Japan
This morning we visit Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens, which is named after a poem. Built in 1629, it is one of the three Great Gardens of Japan. In the afternoon we travel to Rikugien Garden created in 1702 and donated to Tokyo by the founder of Mitsubishi. It is a traditional garden which exhibits the main elements of a Japanese garden. It boasts a gorgeous pond with islets, tea houses on the edge of the pond, arched bridges and includes man-made hills.

Day 5 Tuesday 24 March, 2020 Embarkation
This morning is free for individual exploration. Late morning we are transferred to the port of Yokohama to board the Diamond Princess for our cruise around Japan.

Day 6 Wednesday 25 March, 2020 Toba, Japan
After docking in Toba we will visit Hinjitsukan, a reception house for honoured guests, where we will see traditional architecture from the Meiji era. We continue with a visit to the Ise Jingu Shrine Naiku, which is dedicated to the Goddess of the Sun. We will visit the nearby shopping street, which has been recreated into a shopping street from the Meiji era. We will have an early afternoon return to the ship.

Day 7 Thursday 26 March, 2020 Takamatsu, Japan
Today we arrive at the stunning city of Takamatsu on Shikoku, the smallest of the four main Japanese Islands. On our tour today we travel over the Seto-Ohashi Bridge and visit Kinashi Bonsai Town. Later we visit Ritsurin Park, a 350-year-old garden, famous for its magnificent spring colours, koi pond and landscaped hills. It also contains the Chrysanthemum-Moon Pavilion.

Day 8 Friday 27 March, 2020 Kochi, Japan
This morning we dock in Kochi, the capital of Kochi Prefecture on the southern coast of Shikoku, where we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city. We visit Kochi Castle, one of just 12 Japanese castles to have survived the fires, wars and other catastrophes of the post feudal age. The castle used to be the seat of the Yamauchi lords, who ruled over the surrounding region, then known as Tosa, during the Edo Period. The castle buildings have since been designated ‘important cultural properties’, and now house local treasures and historical objects. We visit Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, which has many lovely trees and flowers with well-maintained paths. We will enjoy gorgeous views over the city of Kochi. We continue with a visit to the museum dedicated to Tomitaro Makino a botanist and illustrator.

Day 9 Saturday 28 March, 2020 Matsuyama, Japan
On our tour today we visit Ninomaru Historical garden located in the foothills of Mount Katsuyama in the restored Matsyama Castle. We will have a wonderful bird’s eye view of Matsuyama and the Seto Inland Sea. There are about 200 cherry trees in the castle grounds, making this a lovely cherry blossom spot. We also visit Koshin-an Historical garden. Located in the garden is the humble cottage of poet Hurita Chodo, built in 1800, which has been restored.

Day 10 Sunday 29 March, 2020 At sea
A day at sea is the perfect opportunity to explore the fabulous facilities of this magnificent ship. Perhaps visit the Spa for a relaxing massage. Late morning, join us for gardening trivia led by Sue.

Day 11 Monday 30 March, 2020 Busan, South Korea
We call into the port of Busan, South Korea where we will travel to the ancient Silla capital, Gyeong-Ju, a place UNESCO designated as one of the world’s top 10 historic sites. We enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city including the 8th-century Bulguksa Temple, located on the slopes of Mount Tohan.

Day 12 Tuesday 31 March, 2020 At sea
A day at sea is the perfect opportunity to explore the fabulous facilities of this magnificent ship. Perhaps visit the Spa for a relaxing massage. In the afternoon Sue will chat about her life in the media.

Day 13 Wednesday 1 April, 2020 Mt Fuji, Japan
Today we arrive at Shimizu at the base of Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain and the focal point of the sprawling Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. This morning we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of this very special area, named for the Buddhist fire goddess Fuchi, and is sacred to the Shinto goddess Sengen-Sama, whose shrine can be found at the summit. Mount Fuji is the holiest of Japan’s “Three Holy Mountains”. We travel through the Owakudani Valley and enjoy a ride on the Hakone Ropeway’s aerial cable car. This offers amazing views of nearby Hakone National Park. We will then enjoy a cruise on beautiful Lake Ashi.

Day 14 Thursday 2 April, 2020 Kyoto, Japan
This morning we arrive in Yokohama. After disembarking we will travel by the Bullet Train to Kyoto which will be our home for four nights. On arrival we will have a panoramic tour of Kyoto to see the main sights. We will visit the Kyoto Imperial Palace, completed in 1855 and home of the Imperial household from that date until the Meiji Restoration, when they moved to Tokyo. There is an attractive garden surrounding the Palace.

Day 15 Friday 3 April, 2020 Kyoto, Japan
This morning we visit the gorgeous garden of Saihoji, known as the Moss Temple. Within a walled garden a unique and fragile landscape of mosses unfolds around a central pond. It is the most famous moss garden in the world with more than 100 varieties. We continue with a visit to Fushimi Inari, the most famous shrine dedicated to the Shino God of rice. It is most famed for its thousands of red torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings, offering amazing photographic opportunities. The afternoon will be free for individual activities.

Day 16 Saturday 4 April, 2020 Kyoto, Japan
Today we visit the Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the temple of the Golden Pavilion. It was built in the late 14th century with three stories topped with gold leaf. It extends over a pond, which reflects the building and is surrounded by a beautiful landscaped garden. We also visit the Silver Pavilion and the nearby picturesque Philosopher’s path, which extends along the river under cherry trees. In the afternoon we will visit the Ryoanji Temple, and its famous rock garden. Attributed to the artist Soami, it was created in the 16th century in a space of 30 by 10 metres. Following the waterless stream style, the garden is composed of 15 rocks set into raked white gravel. The Zen garden with its arrangement of rocks represents mountains, and the sparse vegetation is symbolic of an individual’s journey through life.

Day 17 Sunday 5 April, 2020 Kyoto, Japan
Today we travel to the nearby hills to visit Jojakko-ji, a temple originally built in 1640. It is set in a gorgeous grove of trees. The temple platform provides a viewing space for the beautiful garden. In the afternoon we visit the Tenryu-ji Temple garden whose main attraction is the Zen garden dating back to the 14th century. We may see blossoms of wild cherries in the hills behind the garden. We will enjoy a farewell dinner tonight to say farewell to Sue and other group members.

Day 18 Monday 6 April, 2020 Departure
This morning is free for independent sightseeing. Later we are transferred to the airport for our flight back to Australia.

Day 19 Tuesday 7 April, 2020 Arrival Australia
This morning we arrive back in Australia and tour activities conclude.

Cabin Cabin Category Deck Twin Fare Single Fare
ID Inside 9,10,11 $9,490 $12,990
IC Inside 5,8,12,14 $9,690 $13,190
IB Inside 9,10,11,12 $9,890 $13,490
OW Obstructed Outside 8 $10,090 $13,690
OC Outside 5,6 $10,590 $14,690
O5 Outside 10,11 $10,990 $15,390
BD Balcony 10,11 $11,390 $16,090
BC Balcony 12,14 $11,590 $16,390
BB Balcony 11,12 $11,690 $16,590
BA Balcony 11 $11,990 $17,190
MD Suite 9 $12,290 $17,590
MB Suite 9 $12,390 $17,790
S6 Suite 8,9,10 $15,990 $24,690
Included port & handling charges $417 $642
Included ship gratuities $186 $186
Included air taxes as at 1 Feb 2019 $160 $160

INCLUDED IN CRUISE

  • Economy-class return air travel from Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane/ Adelaide/Perth to Tokyo and back to Australia
  • Tour leadership by Sue McDougall
  • Travel on Diamond Princess in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on Diamond Princess
  • Private activities aboard Diamond Princess
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Tokyo and 4 nights’ accommodation in Kyoto in first-class hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • A welcome and a farewell dinner
  • Sightseeing tours in Tokyo, Toba, Takamatsu, Kochi, Matsuyama, Mt Fuji & Kyoto, Japan; Busan, South Korea
  • Cruise management by Travelrite International
  • Port and handling charges on Diamond Princess
  • Cruise taxes
  • Onboard gratuities

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Drinks on board
  • Lunches when not on the ship
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional travel arrangements not detailed in the itinerary; these will be quoted for separately
  • Passport and visa fees

Availability:

All cabins are subject to availability. Please call 1800 630 343 for fares and information on other cabin categories. A limited number of cabins are available for single occupancy.

Extending:

You can stay longer in Japan for minimal additional cost. Please contact 1800 630 343 for more information.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

International touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the assistance from others.

TOUR OPERATOR:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. Diamond Princess is operated by Princess Cruises and the Diamond Princess fly/cruise arrangements are subject to the terms and conditions and general information detailed in the Princess Cruises brochure 2020. All passengers must complete the Princess Cruises online check in and Travelrite International booking form.

DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT:
A deposit of $900 per passenger should be sent with a completed Travelrite International booking form that lists your requested cabin category. As soon as the booking is confirmed, (usually within 24 hours), a cruise confirmation advice will be posted to the client. The confirmation advice will contain all details. The passenger must also complete an online Princess Cruises reservation form. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 91 days prior to the commencement of the Diamond Princess fly/cruise. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to payments by Visa, Mastercard or AMEX card.

CANCELLATION CHARGES:

Days prior to Departure Cancellation Fee
Over 91 days Loss of deposit
90 days or less 100% of full fare
Non appearance/no written notice 100% of full fare

REFUNDS:
The cruise is based on arrangements which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accomm-odation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:
All passengers will require a valid pass-port. If not an Australian passport holder check with Travelrite International for visa requirements.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Adequate travel insurance is highly recommended to cover cruise members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the cruise and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accident, death etc.

BAGGAGE:
Passengers qualify for a 23kg free baggage allow-ance on flights to join or return from the cruise.

MINIMUM TOUR NUMBERS:
The fly/cruise arrangements have been made on the basis of a minimum number of passengers travelling. In the event that less than the required number of passengers have confirmed their booking 90 days from the date of departure, Travelrite International reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of monies paid, or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified fare.

TOUR PARTICIPATION:
Children under 5 years of age are ineligible on coach & cruise tours. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Passengers with disabilities are welcome on Travelrite & Cruise Offers tours provided they are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance, and do not require special assistance from Travelrite & Cruise Offers personnel. Travelrite and Cruise Offers reserves the right to refuse to carry anyone if it is felt the individual cannot cope with the requirements of coach & cruise tour travel and who may require services and facilities that Travelrite & Cruise Offers cannot guarantee will be available. You agree to not hold the Travelrite & Cruise Offers responsible for any decision made by any of them or any service provider to refuse to carry you, provide any facilities or accommodation to you or to provide any service to you.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd (Travelrite) is the tour organiser. You engage Travelrite International to book this tour on your behalf and you acknowledge that Travelrite International acts as your agent for the purpose of making contracts between you and the various providers of accommodation, transportation and other services that comprise the tour. Travelrite may without reference to you provide or make available to you, or may as your agent engage any third party to provide or make available to you, any good or service which Travelrite reasonably believes is necessary for your benefit to maintain the tour itinerary, repatriate you or otherwise accommodate, transport or sustain you in circumstances in which the tour itinerary fails wholly or partly for any reason. You appoint Travelrite your attorney for this purpose. You agree to pay Travelrite any cost thereof and you indemnify Travelrite in respect of any cost it incurs in this regard. Travelrite advises you to obtain travel insurance generally including in respect of the risk that any such good or service may become required. Further, no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery break-down, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, re-routing or acts of any government authority. Baggage is at owners’ risk throughout the fly/cruise. The passage contract between the carriers con-cerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this fly/cruise and/or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any fly/cruise and/or make such changes in the fly/cruises as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the fly/cruise. This contract shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any legal action must be taken in the State of Victoria. Attention is also directed to the terms and conditions of the Diamond Princess fly/cruise passage contract with Princess Cruises, detailed in the Princess Cruises brochure or on the website. If you can’t find this form please contact Travelrite International and we will tell you where you can see it.

How to Book:
Bookings can be made by sending full names and addresses of intending tour members with a deposit of $900 for the tour. Please send to:

Travelrite International Pty Ltd.
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn 3103 Victoria

Further information or a booking form can be obtained by telephoning Travelrite International on the following numbers:

Toll Free 1800 630 343
Phone: (03) 8803 6868
Email: balwyn@travelrite.com.au

About Travelrite International:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a well-established travel company which has been operating in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne for more than 30 years. It is a member of ATAS (number A10538) and has two accredited IATA offices Heathmont, and Balwyn. As such, it directly represents the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international tour and transport operators. Travelrite International has been opera-ting special interest tours for over 30 years, and now runs over 90 tours a year. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.

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