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Guided Tours

For those interested in outdoor fun and a look at life in the Southern Hemisphere, guided tours of the East Coast of
Australia are the best choices in family fun and adventure.  Go as a couple, join a tour group solo or take your entire
family to this amazing and wonderful part of our world.
Most guided tours of this part of the country begin by having you fly into Sydney, the capital city of New South Wales.
Visit Sidney’s famed opera house with its unique and lovely architecture, snap a picture of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge and
visit one of several local beaches for a quick swim, some sun tanning or for people watching.
Leave Sydney via the Harbour Bridge. Guided tours of Eastern Australia will often take you up the coast through Taree,
where you can visit a koala breeding park and koala sanctuary.  There are many beach-side accommodations for you to have a
beach barbecue and fall asleep to the sound of the ocean waves.
Guided tours of Eastern Australia will often take you to Australia’s most easterly point on Byron Bay.  Visit the relaxing
Surfers Paradise and enjoy the relaxing scenery near the ocean and away from any big cities.
One of most common stops on guided tours of Eastern Australia is Moreton Island.  You’ll need to take a ferry boat to get
to the island but, once there, you can spend up to two days on the world’s largest sand islands, riding four wheel drive
vehicles and staying in authentic fisherman’s cottages.  You will be able to explore deserted beaches, go sand toboggan
riding on the island’s sand dunes, explore old shipwrecks and swim in the crystal clear waters of the island’s lagoons.
After a wonderful time on Moreton Island, guided tours of Eastern Australia will take you further up north and you’ll
enter the tropical area of Rockhampton.  After that, you’ll cross the famous Tropic of Capricorn and perhaps your tour
will take you to Arlie Beach, the dropping off point to the Whitsunday Island Group where you’ll likely enjoy a sailing
trip or take a picturesque island cruise.  Some visitors will choose to travel on a fast sailing yacht, while others will
catch a launch that will have an underwater observatory.  Most likely, you’ll stay at a magnificent island resort.
Many guided tours of Eastern Australia will take you further north after your visit to the Whitsunday Islands and you can
spend a couple of days at Mission Beach.  There are numerous activities in Mission Beach, including a heart-stopping white
water rafting tour, sea kayaking tours or a more leisurely boating tour out to Dunk Island.  Explore the rainforest during
guided tours of the area or try tandem sky-diving for some real adventure.  Visitors can even just take in a suntan at the
beach.  There’s something for everyone.
Guided tours of Eastern Australia would be remiss if they didn’t take you over to claims for a day-long guided tour sailing
on the Outer Barrier Reef.  Visitors can try their hand at scuba diving, snorkeling and feeding the fish in and around the
gorgeous coral reefs that have become the focal point of many guided tours of this area.  It’s truly a memorable experience.
Guided tours of Eastern Australia offer the very best Australia has to offer, from the city to the beauty of its lovely
ocean.  Many guided tours are very affordable and most offer something for everyone to do.

Asian Delight

Japan has easily become synonymous with the “Land of Enchantment” and, while it’s a modern and technologically-savvy
society, it isn’t without its culture, beauty and history.  That’s why guided tours of Japan are so popular for couples and
families alike.
Almost all guided tours of Japan begin by flying into the Tokyo Narita Airport.  Many tours allow you a night’s rest before
heading out to see the sights in Tokyo, a large city of more than eight million people.  You’ll visit the Meiji
Shrine—a fantastic Shinto monument erected within a man-made forest.  After that, you’ll likely travel to the Imperial
Palace Plaza where you’ll see the Imperial Palace of the Emperor of Japan.  Most of the palace is off limits but it has a
lovely East Gardens for visitors to stroll in.
Many guided tours in Tokyo will take you to the Asakusa Kannon Temple and the nearby Nakamise Shopping Arcade, where visitors
can shop at their leisure for souvenirs or other items.  Later that night, walk the streets of Tokyo with your tour director
to take in the dazzling lights of this lovely city.  The following day, you can take an excursion to Kamakura, which is the
home of the Great Buddha—a shrine that is 750 years old.
After seeing the Great Buddha, may guided tours of the area will take you on a scenic drive to Hakone so you can take a cable
car ride and get the very best views of Mount Fuji, if the weather cooperates.  Guests can opt for a thrilling ride on the
bullet train back to Tokyo.
After you’ve seen much of Tokyo and surrounding area, most guided tours of Japan will take you up to Matsumoto, considered
the gateway to the Japanese Alps. There you will visit the Matsumoto Castle—a fortress dating back to 1593.  Nearby is the
Japan Folklore Museum and a nice way to see artifacts from Japan in their natural setting.
Later, most guided tours of Japan will take you to Takayama where you can visit the local farmer’s market and travel to the
San Machi Suji historic district, famous for distilleries that make Japanese sake.  Nearby are lovely lacquerware shops
that make items perfect for souvenir shopping.  Also nearby is the Kusakabe Heritage House, a lovely place to see traditional
Japanese architecture from the late 19th Century.
The next stop on many guided tours of Japan is the Hida Minzoku-Mura folk village—a large collection of traditional Japanese
buildings, including farmhouses.  There, you can enjoy demonstrations of craft-making, such as lacquer making, silk dying,
basket weaving and wood carving.
Most guided tours of Japan will take you through the mountainous areas, including the Shokawa Valley and onto the village
of Shirakawa.  This is a remote region of Japan that is home to many world heritage sites.  Enjoy traditional Japanese food
with your tour mates.
The next stop on most guided tours of Japan is Kyoto, a lovely city and home to the fascinating Nijo Castle, built as the
official residence of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1603.  Nearby is Kinkakuji, the temple of the Gold Pavilion and several
shrines and gardens.  Kyoto is home to numerous temples, shrines and palaces and is a place you’ll want to spend a couple
of days visiting.
As you’ve traveled so far north, most guided tours will then take you to Osaka and to the Kansai Airport for your departure
home.  Hopefully, you’ve taken in plenty of Japanese food and culture, and you’ve enjoyed their unique food.