Explore Tokyo's Meiji Shrine & Visit Historic Mount Fuji On Ritz Tours' 8-Day 'Japan Experience'

ALHAMBRA, Calif. (November 20, 2003) – For those looking to explore a timeless destination that’s rich in history and culture, Ritz Tours presents its eight-day Japan Experience program, highlighting the sights, sounds and tastes of Tokyo, Hakone and Kyoto. And, in keeping with its commitment to offer the best quality tours to China and Asia at the most affordable prices, Ritz Tours invites travelers to enjoy an Early Bird discount of up to $200 per couple, for bookings made by Dec. 31, 2003.

The journey begins in Japan’s capital city, Tokyo, where travelers spend three fascinating days sightseeing, dining and shopping in this cultural Mecca. The tour is highlighted with visits to the Asakusa Kannon Temple, Imperial Palace, Meiji Shrine and Tokyo Tower.

In Hakone, natural attributes including Lake Ashi, Mount Fuji and the Mineral Baths are a calming reminder of the peace and serenity that defines Japan.

A visit to Kyoto offers the cliff-side Kyomizu Temple, serene Golden Pavilion with its lasting gardens and Heian Shrine, which was built in 1895 to commemorate the 1,100th anniversary of the founding of Kyoto by Emperor Kammu. In the evening, guests enjoy a delightful Japanese Dinner Show.

The package includes: hotel accommodations in five-star hotels in Tokyo (three nights), Hakone (one nights) and Kyoto (two nights); trans-Pacific airfare on American Airlines; sightseeing and many popular attractions; exceptional meals and nighttime entertainment per the itinerary; and the services of knowledgeable tour guides.

Rates for the Japan Experience program begin at $1,799 per person, based on double occupancy (valid for travel March – December 2004). For travelers who book and pay a deposit of $200 by Dec. 31, 2003, an Early Bird discount of $200 per person will be applied (45-day advance booking required). Terms and conditions can be found on www.ritztours.com

Prices quoted are based on departures from Los Angeles or San Francisco, CA. Package pricing from JFK (NY) starts at $100 more per person than the LA/San Francisco rates. Add-on airfares are available for departures from various cities in the U.S. and Canada (including, but not limited to, Boston, Miami, Philadelphia, Dallas, Chicago and Toronto). Add-on prices start from $150 per person depending on gateway.

Recognizing that unforeseen circumstances sometimes require consumers to either cancel or interrupt their vacations, Ritz Tours provides Travel Protection Insurance at no additional cost to travelers who confirm their reservations and make final payment at least 45 days prior to departure. This benefit yields a savings of approximately $150 per person.

Through specially-designed travel itineraries by Ritz Tours, travelers can discover Asia’s rich history, explore spectacular natural scenery, enjoy colorful folklore, and experience the diverse cultures of its gracious people. All tours are fully escorted by knowledgeable guides and provide experienced local guides in host cities. Ritz Tours is a member of the U.S. Tour Operators Association (USTOA).

For more information, see your local travel agent or contact Ritz Tours at 208 S. First Street, 2nd Fl., Alhambra, CA 91801; telephone: (800) 900-2446/(626) 289-7777; fax: (626) 281-0117.
Visit Ritz Tours in cyberspace at www.ritztours.com or send e-mail to china@ritztours.com

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