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Vacation from the Atlantic to the Pacific

22 Day Around the World Vacation

Reykjavik   Stockholm   Istanbul  Delhi   Agra   Jaipur   Singapore   Tokyo   Kyoto

Been to Europe and checked out Buckingham Palace, the Eiffel Tower and the beer halls of Europe? Well, how about soaking in some natural geothermal pools and taking a close-up look at some spectacular waterfalls in Iceland and check out the land of ABBA, SAAB & IKEA while you visit Sweden?

Check out the sights and smells of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, before soaking in a warm Turkish hammam (public bath). Then, fly across Arabia over to India - from the serene grandeur of the Taj Mahal, experience the traffic on the roads of Jaipur, amongst camels and elephants as your chauffeur weaves his way through the Pink City.

After a brief stop in Singapore - clean, efficient and tropical, where you can have the most delicious Asian dinner sitting on the sidewalk, or, if you prefer, with the chimpanzees in the Zoo - make your way over to Japan, on the edge of the Pacific. Tokyo, much like Manhattan, is one of the most fascinating cities of the world - yours to discover. Take a famed Shinkansen bullet train, past the picturesque Mount Fuji, to the ancient city of Kyoto, which is the cultural heartland of Japan, before returning to Tokyo and flying back home.

Your Atlantic Pacific tour includes:

  • Roundtrip coach airfare from New York or Los Angeles (supplements from other cities available)

  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Reykjavik

  • Full day guided tour in Iceland, covering major sights

  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Stockholm

  • Pass for entrance to museums / attractions and all public transport (valid 48 hours)

  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Istanbul

  • Full day city guided tour in Istanbul including lunch

  • 4 nights’ accommodation in India (Delhi, Agra & Jaipur)

  • Touring and sightseeing by private chauffeur driven car in India

  • Evening Bollywood show near Delhi

  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Singapore

  • Half day guided tour in Singapore

  • River cruise & Night Safari at the Singapore Zoo

  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Tokyo

  • Half day guided city tour in Tokyo

  • 3 day/2 nights' guided tour of Nara and Kyoto by bullet train and bus

  • Daily Breakfast (except in Kyoto)

  • Lunch in Kyoto

  • All overseas airport transfers

  • Local taxes and service charges on the above

  • Airline fuel surcharges, airport taxes, security/government fees

 

This is an Independent Tour: You can leave on any day that is convenient, flying on regular scheduled airlines. All your accommodations and airport transfers will be booked in advance. In most cities guided sightseeing trips are included; in others, e.g. Stockholm, your tour includes a pass for public transportation and entrance to over 80 museums and attractions. In India, you will have a private car and chauffeur, for an exclusive experience. Since you will not be travelling with a group (except during most sightseeing trips), you have considerable freedom to do as you please. This also includes the ability to customize the trip, e.g. by staying longer in a city, for which we will be glad to submit a quote.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 USA to Iceland

Fly from New York this evening nonstop to Iceland, where the Atlantic & Arctic Oceans meet. This is the world's most northern capital city - where Ronald Reagan had his historic meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev, and Bobby Fischer beat Boris Spassky! [Los Angeles passengers fly earlier in the day to New York]

Day 2 Reykjavik

After arrival in Reykjavik early this morning, you will be transferred to your hotel. Since your hotel room may not be available until noon, we offer an optional visit to the famous Blue Lagoon Spa just outside the city. A bus will take you directly from the airport to the spa, where you can store your luggage and enjoy the pools. The lagoon is a unique, geothermal spa situated on a natural lava field. You can bathe in the milky blue-green water, relax in a geothermal steam bath or relax under a waterfall, before taking the return transfer service to your hotel later in the day.

Day 3 Reykjavik

A paradise for nature lovers Iceland anot has a pristine environment but is also very active geologically, with volcanoes and geysirs dotted across the country. You will have an opportunity to experience some of these today during a guided tour: Visit the spectacular waterfall Gullfoss and from there towards the geothermal area around Geysir and Strokku, where the earth spouts hot water every few minutes. Also visit the Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is the location of the Icelandic parliament dating back some 1,200 years, besides being the spot where the American and European continental tectonic plates meet. All along the tour, travel deep into the Icelandic countryside, with its much varied geological topography, before returning to your hotel late in the afternoon.

Day 4 Reykjavik to  Stockholm

Early this morning transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight across the North Atlantic Ocean to Sweden. After arrival in Stockholm, you will be transferred by shuttle bus to the city center, close to your hotel. Your travel package includes a special pass that not only includes free entry into many museums and attractions but also free use of public transit (bus, subway & streetcar); use your pass to explore Stockholm and its many sights at your own pace.

Day 5 Stockholm
    

Stockholm is made up of 14 islands connected by some 50 bridges - hence it is often called the ‘Venice of the North’. Use your special pass to explore this Nordic capital: Visit, for instance, the Royal Palace, Gripsholm castle or any number of museums. Your pass also includes the use of streetcars, subways and buses all over Stockholm county. In the summer months, a guided bicycle tour is also included (advance booking necessary).

Day 6 Stockholm to Istanbul

Enjoy some free time in Stockholm this morning, before taking the bus back to the airport in the afternoon for your flight to Istanbul. After arriving in the evening, you will be transferred to your hotel. Spend two nights in Istanbul.

Day 7 Istanbul 

Start your city tour today at the Hippodrome Square: See the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi and the fountain of Willhelm II. Continue to the Blue Mosque, one of the largest of Istanbul. It is one of the principal landmarks of the city and famous for its blue tiles and the six minarets. Then visit St. Sophia, perhaps the most magnificent of Byzantine churches, and nominated the 8th wonder of the world by many historians. After lunch (included) continue to Topkapi Palace (including the jewellery section), the imperial residence from which the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled but today is a museum holding large collections of Japanese and Chinese porcelains and displaying holy relics. Proceed to Suleymaniye Mosque and Little Hagia Sofia. The tour ends at the Grand Bazaar, with its many temptations for souvenir-hunters - from handmade carpets, jewelry and leather goods.

Day 8 Istanbul to Delhi

Enjoy some free time this morning to explore this fascinating city: Perhaps take a cruise (optional) on the Bosporus, where Europe ends and Asia begins, or, sample more of the delightful Turkish cuisine over a leisurely lunch. Later in the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for your overnight flight to India.

Day 9 Delhi
 

However much you may have read or prepared yourself, there is really nothing like India! Delhi encompasses over a thousand years of history and civilization in one sprawling, energetic city. After an early morning arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred by a private vehicle to your hotel. Depending on whether your room is available for an early check in, your chauffeur may take you on a brief tour of some of the many sights in this historic city. Later, after you have had an opportunity to refresh yourselves, he will be available for some more sightseeing.

Day 10 Delhi to Agra

Travel by a chauffeur driven car to Agra (approx. 4 hours), location of the famous Taj Mahal, the world’s grandest monument to love! Wander around this architectural masterpiece as it glows in the afternoon sun and experience a magic feeling. Later visit the majestic Agra Fort, before checking into your hotel.

Day 11 Agra to Jaipur

Leave Agra this morning and travel by road to Jaipur (approx. 5 hours). On the way, visit Fatehpur Sikri. Built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years before it had to be abandoned due to a lack of water. Later, just prior to arriving in Jaipur, visit the hilltop fortress palace of Amber, climbing up on the back of a decorated elephant, just like royalty in the past! [Please note that elephants may not be available always, in which case transport will be by jeep]

Day 12 Jaipur

This morning's sightseeing includes visits to the Maharajah’s Palace and the Palace of Winds (which is not really a palace but an elaborate façade behind which royal ladies watched street processions while remaining unseen themselves). In the afternoon, you have some free time for shopping or photography. Jaipur is noted for its handicrafts, colorful bazaars and broad avenues lined by sandstone clad houses (hence the name ‘pink city’).

Day 13 Jaipur to Singapore

After some free time in Jaipur drive back to Delhi (approx. 6 hours). Now that you have seen ancient and historic India, how about some colorful fun before you leave? Enjoy a spectacular ‘Bollywood’ show with music, dance and story-telling. Then board your overnight flight to Singapore.

Day 14 Singapore

After an early morning arrival in Singapore, you will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon, join a guided half day city tour: Drive around the heart of the city, passing by the historic Parliament House, Supreme Court and City Hall. Next, you will stop at the Merlion Park and enjoy the impressive views of Marina Bay. Visit Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of Singapore's oldest Buddhist-Taoist temples, before driving past Chinatown. Stop by a local handicraft center and observe up-close craftsmen at work. Proceed to the National Orchid Garden, located within Singapore Botanic Gardens, which boasts a sprawling display of 60,000 orchid plants. Our final stop at Little India will give you a scent of joss sticks, jasmine and spices.

Day 15 Singapore

Your visit to Singapore includes a ticket for a cruise on the Singapore River, which you can take at any time during your stay. Cruise along the river and enjoy the changing landscape and hear about Singapore's dynamic transformation from a sleepy village into a global city. The cruise departs every 15 minutes from the Clarke Quay jetty – just present your voucher before boarding the boat.

Later this evening you will be picked up from your hotel around 5.30pm. and taken to the Singapore Zoo for an extraordinary experience. Embark on a Night Safari, visiting nocturnal animals. Critters from 8 regions of the world greet visitors from their own natural enclosures, which simulate that of their own homeland. Apart from a tram journey with live commentary, you can also explore on foot at the three walking trails. Return to your hotel late in the evening.

Day 16 Singapore to Tokyo

How about some last minute shopping this morning? Famous Orchard Road is home to an array of small shops, glitzy department stores and exotic restaurants. You will be transferred to the airport in time for your overnight flight to Japan.

Day 17 Tokyo

Welcome to Japan! After clearing customs and immigration at Narita Airport, take the pre-paid airport limousine bus to your hotel in central Tokyo (approx. 1 ½ hrs). After a brief rest join a half day tour, beginning with a visit to the Hamarikyu garden, which is a typical Daimyo (Japanese feudal lord) garden in the Edo period with a tidal pond. Then take a thirty minute boat ride to Asakusa on the Sumida River whilst admiring the interesting blend of old and new Tokyo. After the cruise, you may have an opportunity to see Ninja and Samurai performances at the pier, before arriving at the famous Asakusa Kannon Temple (also known as Sensoji), one of the main Buddhist temples of Tokyo. From there, it is a very short walk to Nakamise Street, where you can walk down the brightly lit shopping street packed with Japanese arts, crafts as well as native clothing. Then you will drive through Kappabashi area, where restaurant supplies and wax food samples, typical of Japan, are sold. Finally, we drive through the well known shopping districts of Ueno and Akihabara, where the tour ends.

Day 18 Tokyo to Kyoto

Now it is time to discover more of ancient Japan. You will be taken to the railway station, where English-speaking staff will assist you in boarding your reserved seat on the Shinkansen Nozomi from Tokyo Station to the classical city of Kyoto. Departure times from Tokyo Station will be between 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Not only is Tokyo railway station most impressive for its size and the sheer number of passengers, but a ride on one of the fastest bullet trains is surely a highlight for a first time visitor to Japan.

Day 19 Kyoto

Enjoy a guided tour of Kyoto this morning, visiting the picturesque Kinkakuji Temple, called the Golden Pavilion for its glittering walls; Nijo Castle, noted for its gorgeous interiors; and the elegant Kyoto Imperial Palace. Enjoy a Japanese-style set lunch at the Kyoto Nagomikan. In the afternoon, visit the Sanjusangendo Temple with its 1,001 impressive images of Buddha; vermilion-hued Heian Jingu Shrine; and Kiyomizudera Temple, featuring spectacular views from its wooden veranda. Return to the hotel.

Day 20 Kyoto to Tokyo

The day is free at leisure to explore Kyoto on your own. In the evening, English-speaking staff will assist you in boarding a Shinkansen train back to Tokyo. Departure times from Kyoto Station will be between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., arriving back in Tokyo late in the evening.

Day 21 Tokyo to Los Angeles

Enjoy your last day in Tokyo on your own – the public transport system is excellent and there is lots to see and do. Later this afternoon, transfer back to Narita Airport for your evening departure to Los Angeles; flying across the International Date Line, you 'gain' a day, arriving on the same day early in the afternoon. Then take an overnight flight back to New York. [Los Angeles passengers terminate the tour here]

Day 22 Arrival in New York/Boston

Arrive early in the morning.

 

Iceland, Sweden, Turkey, India, Singapore, Japan

22 Days from $5,749

 
 
2017/18
Departures
Silver
Hotels
Gold
Hotels
1/01/17 - 5/31/17$5,779$6,559
6/01 - 9/30/17$6,189$6,979
10/01/17 - 11/30/17$5,749$6,779
12/01/17 - 12/31/17$6,299$7,079
1/01/18 - 3/31/18$5,859$6,639

Departs Daily

We offer two categories of accommodations: Silver hotels are carefully selected for their excellent value - all  rooms have private facilities. Gold hotels are better located, offer more spacious rooms with better amenities and a higher standard of service.
 The departure date determines the price applicable. All prices are per person and based on twin-share accommodation.

A $100 surcharge applies for bookings made within 30 days of the departure date. The tour price does not include meals (other than those indicated), personal expenses, Visa fees for India and travel insurance; optional Blue Lagoon visit in Reykjavik.

 
 


Geyser, Iceland


Wildflowers in Iceland

 

Stockholm, Sweden

 


Blue Mosque, Istanbul


Turkish grandfather


Baha'i Lotus Temple, Delhi


Rajasthan, India

 


Chinatown in Singapore

 

Japanese woman
Japanese lady


Sensoji Temple, Tokyo

 

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