Boutique Autumn Colours of Japan Garden Cruise with Phil Dudman

17
Nights
2020
Nov 16
From
$9,890
Diamond
Princess
Including flights, accommodation, guided
sightseeing, tours, meals, entertainment

The Diamond Princess cruise will be a wonderful opportunity to explore Japan and visit some of the famous traditional Japanese gardens. The cruise is fully escorted and includes sightseeing tours at each port of call. Also included are special activities for members of the group. We hope that you can join us!.

Visiting Tokyo, Toba, Takamatsu, Kochi, Matsuyama, Mt Fuji & Kyoto, Japan; Busan, South Korea

This tour is one of Travelrite International’s Boutique tour Range – and is limited to 22 participants

Tour highlights

  • Seightseeing in Tokyo, Toba, Takamatsu, Kochi, Matsuyama, Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Busan
  • See the famous Ginza area
  • Visit the Imperial Palace East Garden
  • Enjoy a welcome dinner
  • The beautiful Omiya Museum, the most outstanding centre for bonsai in Japan
  • Explore one of the oldest and best gardens in Japan at Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens
  • Travel to Sankeien Garden with the brilliant autumn colour of maples and ginko trees
  • Shopping street with the style of a marketplace from the Meiji era in Toba
  • Kinashi Bonsai Village where bonsai grown for sale for over 250 years
  • Visit Kochi Castle
  • Join interesting talk by Phil about his life in gardening and the media
  • Tour to Bulguksa Temple, located on the slopes of Mount Tohan
  • Join Phil Dudman for a game of Gardening Trivia
  • Enjoy a ride on the Hakone Ropeway’s aerial cable car
  • A cruise on beautiful Lake Ashi
  • Fushimi Inari, most famed for its thousands of red torii gates
  • Travel to Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion
  • Farewell dinner
  • Luxury Cruising onboard Diamond Princess
Boutique Autumn Colours of Japan Garden Cruise with Phil Dudman Map

Includes

  • Economy-class air travel from Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane/Adelaide/Perth to Tokyo and return from Kyoto
  • Tour leadership by Phil Dudman
  • Travel on Diamond Princess in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on Diamond Princess
  • Private activities on board Diamond Princess
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Tokyo and 3 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
  • Air taxes as of 16 October, 2019. Increases will be added to your account.
  • Onboard gratuities
Diamond Princess Deck plans

Diamond Princess

The rhythm of each day spent aboard Diamond Princess depends on individual vacation style, but one thing’s for certain-activity options abound. Choose from four separate swimming pools for a refreshing daily dip or spend the day immersed in the library and writing room. Soothing body treatments are on the menu at the serene, Asian-themed Lotus Spa, which also includes a gorgeous terrace area and a fully equipped fitness center. With frequently changing menus and multiple main dining rooms, passengers can choose mealtimes, companions, and cuisine. Additional convenient dining options include 24-hour buffets and room service, plus the poolside pizzeria, hamburger grill, and ice cream bar. After sunset, the lights keep shining with original Broadway and Las Vegas productions in the spacious theater and plenty of room for stargazing on the balcony of the Skywalkers disco and lounge. A voyage on Diamond Princess is an exceptional experience to be remembered!

Clothing on board

During the day casual clothing is typical, although shorts and swimwear are not permitted in the formal restaurants. There are usually two nights classified as formal for dress purpose. During the evening on formal nights, a dark suit or jacket for gentlemen and smart evening attire for ladies is required in the main restaurants. The self-service restaurants are casual.

Don't worry about coming alone

About a third of people on the cruise travel alone. We will match people in twin-share cabins, when available, saving you the single supplement. Phil Dudman and the Travelrite Tour Manager will be looking after you and there will be group activities every day.

The benefits of the Diamond Princess Garden Cruise of Japan

The cruise is fully escorted and will be a great fun holiday with plenty of activities. Each evening you can dine with the group at our reserved tables. You will meet a group of likeminded people and have a fabulous time!

Phil Dudman

Phil Dudman

Phil Dudman is a horticulturist, designer, writer and broadcaster. His recent book, ‘Downto-Earth Garden Design’ characterizes Phil’s approach to gardening; easy, straight-forward and never complicated. Phil is a seasoned traveler too, having travelled extensively across Europe and Asia in search of great sites, great food, great people and of course great gardens. Following short stints in architecture and business and a few years fronting a Sydney rock ‘n’ roll band, he finally succumbed to his true horticultural calling in his late 20’s. In the past 20 years, Phil has contributed to many of Australia’s leading gardening magazines, has written three books for ABC Books and worked as a TV presenter on channel nine’s Garden Gurus. He is currently the Horticultural Editor of ABC’s Gardening Australia magazine and host of ABC Radio’s Good Gardening program. Phil is looking forward to meeting you. Phil. led Travelrite International’s Garden tour around the Mediterranean in 2019.

DAY 1 Monday 16 November 2020 Departure
Today we board our overnight flights to Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo is the political, economic and cultural capital of Japan. There are over twelve million people living in Tokyo and many millions more living within a radius of fifty kilometres.

DAY 2 Tuesday 17 November 2020 Tokyo, Japan
This morning we arrive in Tokyo. On arrival we will have a city tour of this exciting city. 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, an ancient Buddhist temple built in the 7th century. We will have time to walk along Nakamisedori, the bustling market area, where we are able to buy souvenirs and food. Later we are transferred to our city hotel. This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner to meet Phil Dudman and other tour members.

DAY 3 Wednesday 18 November 2020 Tokyo, Japan
Today we visit the beautiful 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 Onshi Teien garden. The landscape garden will display gorgeous autumn colours. It features seawater ponds which change level with the tides and gorgeous views of lakes and hills.

DAY 4 Thursday 19 November 2020 Tokyo, Japan
This morning we visit Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens swathed in autumn colour. Built in 1629, it is one of the oldest and best gardens in Japan and is named after a poem. In the afternoon we will have free time to explore Tokyo.

DAY 5 Friday 20 November 2020 Embarkation
This morning we travel to Yokohama to visit the incredible Sankeien Garden. The sight of red spider lilies combined with the brilliant autumn colour of Japanese maples and gingko trees is simply breathtaking. The garden also features many important cultural buildings which have been relocated from around the country. Following the visit, we are transferred to the port of Yokohama to board the Diamond Princess for our cruise around Japan.

DAY 6 Saturday 21 November 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’ll go to the nearby shopping street, created in the style of a marketplace from the Meiji era, where tour members will enjoy the unique atmosphere. Following this, we will have an early afternoon return to the ship.

DAY 7 Sunday 22 November 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 Village where they have been growing bonsai for sale for over 250 years and there are over 100 specialised nurseries. Later we visit Ritsurin Park, a 350-year-old garden, famous for its magnificent autumn colours, koi pond and landscaped hills. It also includes the Chrysanthemum Moon Pavilion.

DAY 8 Monday 23 November 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 native plants of the local region and gorgeous views over the city of Kochi. We continue with a visit to the museum dedicated to Tomitaro Makino a celebrated botanist and botanical illustrator.

DAY 9 Tuesday 24 November 2020 Matsuyama, Japan
On our tour today we visit Ninomaru Historical Garden located in the foothills of Mount Katsuyama in the restored Matsuyama Castle. We will have a wonderful bird’s eye view of Matsuyama and the Seto Inland Sea. We also visit Koshin-an Historical garden. Located in the garden is the humble cottage of poet Hurita Chodo, built in 1800 and beautifully restored.

DAY 10 Wednesday 25 November 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 an interesting talk by Phil about his life in gardening and the media.

DAY 11 Thursday 26 November 2020 Busan, South Korea
We call in to 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 8thcentury Bulguksa Temple, located on the slopes of Mount Tohan.

DAY 12 Friday 27 November 2020 At sea
A day at sea is the perfect opportunity to explore the fabulous facilities of this magnificent ship. This afternoon you are invited to join Phil Dudman for a game of Gardening Trivia.

DAY 13 Saturday 28 November 2020 Shimizu, 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, which 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, where the trees should be in full autumn colour. We will then enjoy a cruise on beautiful Lake Ashi.

DAY 14 Sunday 29 November 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 three 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. This evening we will visit the Kodai-ji temple, which has a fantastic light show in autumn to highlight the spectacular autumn colours of the trees surrounding the temple and the rock garden.

DAY 15 Monday 30 November 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 species. We continue with a visit to Fushimi Inari, the most famous shrine dedicated to the Shinto 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 Tuesday 1 December 2020 Kyoto, Japan
Today we visit the Kinkakuji Temple, also known as 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 arrangement of rocks in the Zen garden represents mountains, and the sparse vegetation is symbolic of an individual’s journey through life. We will enjoy a dinner tonight to say farewell to Phil and other group members.

DAY 17 Wednesday 2 December 2020 Departure
This morning is free for independent sightseeing. Later we are transferred to the airport for our flight back to Australia

DAY 18 Thursday 3 December, 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 $9,890 $13,390
IC Inside 5,8,12,14 $9,990 $13,490
IB Inside 9,10,11,12 $10,190 $13,690
OW Obstructed Outside 8 $10,490 $14,090
OF Outside 5,6 $11,090 $15,190
O5 Outside 10,11 $11,490 $15,890
BD Balcony 10,11 $11,790 $16,590
BC Balcony 12,14 $11,890 $16,790
BB Balcony 11,12 $11,990 $16,990
BA Balcony 11 $12,290 $17,590
MD Suite 9 $12,690 $18,090
MB Suite 9 $12,990 $18,490
S6 Suite 8,9,10 $16,490 $25,490
Included port and handling charges $438 $663
Included cruise gratuities $186 $186
Included air taxes as at 16/10/2019 $175 $175

Availability

All cabins are subject to cabin availability. Please call 1800 630 343 for fares and information on other cabin categories.

Extending

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

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Economy-class air travel from Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane/Adelaide/Perth to Tokyo and return from Kyoto
  • Tour leadership by Phil Dudman
  • Travel on Diamond Princess in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on Diamond Princess
  • Private activities on board Diamond Princess
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Tokyo and 3 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
  • Air taxes as of 16 October, 2019. Increases will be added to your account.
  • Onboard gratuities

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

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

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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 tour without the need of 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 or online. 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 credit card.

CANCELLATION CHARGES: Number of days before sailing.

Days prior to Departure Cancellation Fee
Over 91 days Loss of deposit
90 days or less loss of 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, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:
All passengers will require a valid passport with at least six months validity. 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 allowance 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 91 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 is the tour organiser. Travelrite International Pty Ltd, its agents, officers, affiliates, and/or suppliers of services pursuant to, or in connection with these fly/cruises, shall act only as agents in making arrangements for hotels, transportation, including transportation by ship, restaurants, or any other service and do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in fly/cruises, or by act of God. 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 concerned, 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 undertaken 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.

DELAYS AND UNFORESEEN EVENTS:
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 International 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 International 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 International your attorney for this purpose. You agree to pay Travelrite International any cost thereof and you indemnify Travelrite International in respect of any cost it incurs in this regard. Travelrite International advises you to obtain travel insurance generally including in respect of the risk that any such good or service may become required.

HOW TO BOOK:
Bookings can be made by completing a booking form and sending it with a deposit of $900 per person 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 or Fax: (03) 9836 8068
Email: balwyn@travelrite.com.au
www.travelrite.com.au

ABOUT TRAVELRITE INTERNATIONAL:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is a well-established family-owned business that’s been operating in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs for more than 35 years. Travelrite International is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA), is fully Accredited with ATAS (A10538) and IATA. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators.

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