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January 12, 2011

Single Travelers A plethora of advice and assistance JESS Kalinowsky Friends Travel LLP

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ALTHOUGH THE DATES HAVE CHANGED, WE OFFER THE SAME OR VERY SIMILAR TRIPS EVERY YEAR. 

Just tell us who will be traveling, where you want to travel, your preferred dates of travel and the budget you would like to stay within.  The more info you give us, the best job we can do for you.  JESS@FriendsTravel.com 

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Although these dates have passed, we have MANY trips just like these, or very similar and some new ones.  There is No limit to where we can send you on an exciting adventure.

Fiji
Egypt Singles Tour with Nile Cruise
Hawaii – Waikiki Beach
Costa Rica Singles Eco-Adventure
Luck of The Irish Singles Tour – St Patrick’s Day in Ireland
Panama Explorer – Jungle – Beaches – Cities
London – Paris – Amsterdam – Tulip Time
Amalfi Coast South Italy Singles Vacation
Greece Island Hopping + Athens
France – Beyond Paris: Castles – Wine – Beaches
Costa Rica Singles Eco-Adventure
Italy Singles Tour – Rome – Florence – Venice
Splendors of Russia – Moscow & St Petersburg
Spain – Running of the Bulls – Barcelona – Pamplona – Madrid
Greece Island Hopping + Athens
Mingle with Singles Experience Israel with Boca JCC
Singles Safari – Kenya, Africa
Costa Rica Singles Eco-Adventure
Thailand: Tigers – Temples – Beaches
Highlights of Ireland Singles Tour
London – Paris – Amsterdam
Eastern Europe Singles Trip – Budapest – Vienna – Prague
Amalfi Coast Southern Italy Singles Vacation
Greece Island Hopping + Athens
Belgium – Luxembourg – Amsterdam
Wonders of Turkey Tour
Italy Singles Tour – Rome – Florence – Venice
Costa Rica Beach & Volcano
Egypt Singles Tour with Nile Cruise
Discover Traditional Japan
Machu Picchu Singles Adventure
Costa Rica Singles Eco-Adventure – Spend Thanksgiving With Us

Almost one in three adult Americans is single, one in four has taken a vacation alone during the last three years, and, on average, the typical American will spend more of their life between 15-85 single than with a partner. But few of us enjoy traveling solo, or welcome the dreaded ‘singles supplement’ that is often imposed when we’re traveling solo.

The Travel itineraries are diverse. We will tour many destinations in the U.S.A, international and worldwide. Most of the singles tours are ‘land-only’ packages. This will allow you to get to the destination any way you choose to. Of course, assistance is always available. So join other singles and solo travelers and travel the world with us.  Friends Travel LLP offers discounted airline fares in First Class, Business Class and Coach: SINGLES@FriendsTravel.com

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January 5, 2011

Singles Panama Explorer Jungle Beaches Cities JESS Kalinowsky Friends Travel LLP

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Panama Explorer
Jungle – Beaches – Cities

from $2,395*

El Valle

Panama lies at the center of the world, it’s the last part of a natural land-bridge between the North and South American continents. The Panama Canal is just the start of this singles adventure vacation. Explore dense rainforests with abundant wildlife, raft pristine rivers, zip among the mountains, enjoy fabulous duty-free shopping and relax on beautiful beaches.


Panama Explorer Itinerary

Day 1 – Friday – Panama City

Start your singles trip when you arrive in Panama City. You will be met at Tocumen International Airport and transferred to our hotel. Free time to relax before we start our trip around this magical country. Meet your group leader and join the group for an optional dinner.

Day 2 – Saturday – Panama City

Panama CanalJoin us while we explore the dynamic Panama City. Head out at 8:30am to the Panama Canal and visit Miraflores Locks. Watch the ships transit the locks and visit the canal museum. Next we check out the view of the city from the top of Cerro Ancon! A quick stop at the artisan market to see what is made here in Panama before we head to the Amador for a short nature trail walk in Punta Culebra and for lunch. Saving the best for last, we enjoy a walking tour of old town, Casco Viejo. Marvel at its spectacular architecture and learn about the history of this world heritage site.

Tonight we have our welcome dinner a few blocks from the hotel at a traditional restaurant, Trapiche. Overnight at the Tower House Hotel (Meals: B-L-D)El Valle

Day 3 – Sunday – El Valle

Today we leave the bright lights of the big city behind and head to the hills of El Valle. El Valle is a lush valley located in the crater of an extinct volcano. Famous for its Sunday Market is also is home to one of the best hikes in Panama. Follow your guide for ~1hour up the ‘switch backs’ to reach the ridge 800 feet above the valley floor. Enjoy the views (and cooler climate) as you walk along the ridge to the trail down to the waterfalls and petroglyphs. *not a hiker, not to worry, there is a short trail to these same waterfalls, you just get a little more time at the market.

Spend the afternoon at your leisure. There are many optional activities to choose from -horse ride, bike, zoo w/ the golden frogs or enjoy the mud pool! Overnight at Hotel Residencial (Meals: B-L)

Day 4 – Monday – Boquete
Panama Beach

After breakfast, we head to Boquete. Along the way we will stop at a Pacific Coast Beach for lunch and a few hours in the afternoon sun. Enjoy the waves of the sea or take a stroll to a nearby estuary for a fresh water dip.

We will reach the mountain town of Boquete in time to check in and freshen up before dinner at a great restaurant along the river. Overnight at Hotel Oasis (Meals: B-L-D)

Day 5 – Tuesday – BoqueteRafting

Today we take on the class III rapids of one of the best rivers for rafting in Panama! This is a full day tour with some of the best (and safest) guides in Latin America. Go get wet! and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery keeping an eye out for the all illusive Quetzal bird. It is an adventure you will never forget.

Venture out on your own for dinner or join the group at another fantastic restaurant in Boquete. (Meals: B-L)

Day 6 – Wednesday – Boquete

Zip LiningReady for another adventure? Today we are going to take a 4×4 ride way up into the mountains, almost reaching the continental divide at over 7000 feet. Take in the views of Panama’s tallest mountain, Volcan Baru (11,500 feet) and take a deep breath as you get ready for the zip line/ canopy adventure. There are 14 cables taking you from tree to tree at speeds reaching over 40 mph!

If you had enough adrenalin filled adventure yesterday, you can choose to go for a hike or take one of the coffee tours offered in this famous growing region. We will regroup at the hotel for dinner. (Meals: B – D)Boca del Torres

Day 7 – Thursday – Bocas del Toro

Along the way to Bocas we stop at a hot spring to relax after the fun filled stop in Boquete. Enjoy the 3 natural pools close to the refreshing Rio Chiriqui. Along the drive you will be amazed at the views of both oceans and experience what might as well be a ‘cloud forest’. After lunch back at sea level we will reach the ferry dock and take a 30 minute boat ride to the main island, Isla Colon, check in to our hotel and go have dinner and check out the night life! Overnight at Hotel Olas (Meals: B-L-D)

Day 8 – Friday – Bocas del Toro

Bocas del TorresToday we will explore some of the many wonderful places in Bocas. A visit to red frog beach is a must, plus we will visit a snorkeling site or 2, starfish beach and more! This part of Panama is a nature/beach lover’s paradise and we have all day to take it in. Travel by boat to/from islands and beaches is not a bad way to spend the day in the Caribbean!

Outside of Panama City, ‘Bocas Town’ has the most choice for restaurants and the best nightlife! Take advantage of the famous happy hour as we enjoy our meal and drinks by the seaside (Meals: B-L)

Day 9 – Saturday – Panama CityPanama City

Morning at leisure so enjoy our only late start or get up early and take advantage of another beach day. The return flight to the city won’t be till late afternoon. After the 1 hour scenic flight back to the city, we transfer to our hotel to get ready for our Farewell Dinner.
(Meals: B-D)

Day 10 – Sunday

After breakfast, you’re transferred to the airport for your return flight and it is ‘Adios Panama’ and time to plan your next singles travel adventure!

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Singles Belgium Luxembourg Amsterdam JESS Kalinowsky Friends Travel LLP

Filed under: Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Tour,Belgium Tour,Luxembourg Tour — singlestravelvacationscruiseswithfriendstravel @ 10:07 pm
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Belgium – Luxembourg – Amsterdam
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$2,370*

 

There are many reasons to travel to Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands and one of Europe’s most vibrant and colourful cities. It’s a pretty European city laced with canals; a cultural centre with an incredible collection of art and a party town where anything goes.

Brussels is renowned for its lively night life but don’t let the ultra-strong beer dull your senses too much. There is all the rich culture of the city’s museums and grand baroque buildings to visit and admire. Wandering around the Grand’Place – the elegant central square – you’ll soon see why Brussels can easily capture your affection

Day 1 – Depart Your Hometown

Your singles vacation begins when get onboard your overnight flight to Brussels in June and Amsterdam in September . Plan your flight to arrive the following morning. Remember you fly home from the opposite city!Brusells

Day 2 – Brussels, Belgium

Arrive in Brussels and take your shuttle to our hotel. Meet all your new singles travel friends as we are greeted in the lobby by our tour guide at 3:00pm.

Afternoon city tour of Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the administrative center of the European Union. Brussels is enhanced by picturesque medieval streets, lively squares, beautiful boulevards, impressive monuments, spacious parks, cozy cafés, interesting restaurants and an active cultural life. See the world-famous market square, glance at the remarkable city hall and discover the secrets of Belgium chocolates. Sit back and relax as you soak in the historic highlights of Belgium’s culture capital.

Day 3Ghent and Bruges Day Trip

BrugesNo visit to Belgium is complete without a visit to Ghent and Bruges, just a short drive from Brussels. These two cities are steeped in artistic history.

After a one-hour drive through the scenic Belgium countryside we arrive in Ghent, a showcase of medieval Flemish wealth & commercial success containing awesome architecture. Cathedral, church, & belfry towers pierce the sky, filling the air with the music of their bells. Beside ancient harbours, ornate guild houses line the banks. Street markets flourish as in previous centuries.

Next we drive through the Flemish countryside to the historic city of Bruges, probably one of the prettiest medieval towns in Europe, famous for its churches, Begijnhof, lace factories and fantastic shopping areas. Upon visiting Bruges, you will immediately notice that this city has always carefully cherished its architectural and artistic treasures from the past.

Tonight enjoy our Welcome Dinner.

Day – 4 – AntwerpAntwerp

Spend the morning in Antwerp, Belgium’s second largest city on Europe’s largest harbor, home to painter Peter Paul Rubens, world famous master of the 17th century.

70% of all the world diamonds are now traded in Antwerp, Europe’s new hot spot. Discover the city of diamonds and visit a diamond workshop. Learn about the world-famous Grand Place with its unique city hall and magnificent guild houses. See the incredible St. Michael’s Cathedral, the Congress Column, and the Heizeldistrict with its renowned Atomium.

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Belgium.

Day – 5 – Brussels – Luxembourg

We leave the country of Belgium on this full-day tour to explore Luxembourg and the picturesque Meuse Valley.
Luxembourg
After leaving Brussels our first stop is the Meuse Valley town of Dinant, located in the in South East of Belgium. Here you can visit the citadel-fortress above the city or relax with a coffee by the river.

Then we travel through the green countryside of the Belgium Ardennes to arrive in landlocked Luxembourg. Upon arrival we have time for lunch before we meet our local guide. A 3 hour sightseeing tour will take us through the capital of the Grand-Duchy, Luxembourg-Ville, which is split into two districts: the delightful old center (a UNESCO Site), complete with fortress towers, turrets and winding, cobblestone streets; and the modern downtown area on the Plâteau du Kirchberg.

Day – 6 – Brussels to Amsterdam

After breakfast and a morning of leisure it is time to transfer to the railroad station for our afternoon train to Amsterdam. Walk across the street and check in to our centrally located hotel.

What better way to begin the Netherlands then on a cruise along Amsterdam’s picture-book canals… it’s something not to be missed! Be amazed by the beautiful views of the canals and bridges, merchant’s houses, 17th century gables, houseboats and the old harbour.

Day 7 – Amsterdam

Morning walking tour through the history of Amsterdam, from its start as a muddy village on the River Amstel to becoming the most important trading city in Europe. From the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization, to the tragedy of Anne Frank’s story and Nazi occupation. View the magnificent houseboats and homes that dot the canal banks, along with the usual parade of bicyclers. Stroll around the historical centre as our guide exposes us to over 800 years of “Amsterdam” culture.

Afternoon free to visit one of the many museums or to stroll the narrow streets.

Day 8 – Amsterdam

We leave the city behind as we visit the magnificent Dutch county side north of Amsterdam, marked by windmills, dikes and ditches. After a stop to taste some traditionally made products at a cheese farm, we will visit the picturesque villages Edam and Zaanse Schans, famous for its collection of wooden windmills. The windmills are all still in use and offer a glimpse of Dutch life in the 17th and 18th centuries when thousands of windmills were lined along the dykes and powered the Dutch economy. Here you have a chance to explore one of the mills that still perform various functions including a saw mill, a paint mill (grinding pigments), and oil mill (grinding linseed or peanuts to draw off the oil). You will also get the chance to visit a wooden shoemaker to learn how clogs are made.

Afterwards, our tour continues to the renowned fishing villages of Volendam and Marken, where we see traditional Dutch wooden houses and locals still wear traditional colourful dress. A twenty minute boat trip takes us between the two villages with free time in either Volendam and Marken allowing you to explore and shop.

Day 9 – Amsterdam

This morning we take the highway to Delft, with its well preserved 17th century town centre. Visit one of the famous Delft blue potteries, Delftse Pauw. The blue-and-white pottery became famous as a 17th-century duplicate of Chinese porcelain.Delft

From Delft our tour continues to The Hague, former capital of the Netherlands, passing such famous sites as the Houses of Parliament, Peace Palace and the Binnenhof. Although The Hague (Den Haag) is no longer the capital, no-one seems to have told either the Royal Family or the Government, both are located here.

The final highlight of the day is a visit to the famous miniature town of Madurodam. The canal houses of Amsterdam, the Alkmaar cheese market and parts of the Delta Works are all replicated in minute detail on a 1:25 scale. Windmills turn, ships sail through the harbor and trains travel across the city on the world’s largest miniature railway.

Afternoon free for last minute exploring in Amsterdam.  Farewell dinner at local restaurant.

Day 10 – Amsterdam

Sad to say but our singles tour has come to an end. After breakfast it is time to say goodbye to all your new singles travel buddies as we make our way to the airport and our flights home.

Friends Travel LLP offers reduced airfares in First Class, Business Class and Coach on several Airlines.

Friends Travel LLP offers re and/or post hotels and/or tours on all of our trips.  SINGLES@FriendsTravel.com 24/7/365


Belgium – Luxembourg – Amsterdam

Price- $2,370*

Singles Trip Includes

* 4 Nights Accommodations Brussels
* 4 Nights Accommodations Amsterdam
* Breakfast Daily
* 2 Lunches
* English Guides and Tours per itinerary
* Admissions per itinerary
* Airport / Hotel transfers (on tour dates)
* Transportation by Motor coach/van and Train
* Singles Travel Host
* All Taxes and Surcharges

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Red Light District, Amsterdam
Travelers visiting Amsterdam’s Red Light District during the day will have an entirely different experience from those who stroll the streets of the District once night has fallen. The infamous neighborhood, where Amsterdam’s greatest concentration of brothels, sex shops and “coffee shops” (not the kind that serve coffee) can be found, truly comes alive at night. Noisy crowds swell in the streets, neon lights glow, curls of smoke fill the air and music blares from the doors of dimly lit bars. Travelers who aren’t interested the Red Light District’s sinful services shouldn’t deny themselves a visit. The neighborhood has plenty of top-notch restaurants and drug-free bars, and its people watching opportunities at night are unparalleled.

Singles France Beyond Paris Castles Wine Beaches JESS Kalinowsky Friends Travel LLP

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France – Beyond Paris – Castles – Wine – Beaches
Paris – Normandy – Mont St Michael – Le Mans – Tours – Bordeaux – Marseilles – Nice

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Celebrate Memorial Day Week in France and don’t miss the castles, wines and beaches on Best Single Travel’s Beyond Paris Singles Vacation…
Paris is undoubtedly one of the world’s great cities, with enough monuments, museums and shows to last a lifetime. The northern province of Normandy is steeped in history both ancient and modern, while the Loire Valley is world famous for its chateaus and the French Riviera’s Nice is the epitome of chic. Then there is the food and wine – the allure of Bordeaux’s rich reds are bound to tempt.


France Singles Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – Thursday, : Your Hometown

Your vacation begins when you board your overnight flight to Paris. We will plan your flight to arrive on Friday. Remember you are flying home from Nice! Friends Travel LLP offers reduced rate airfares in First Class, Business Class and Coach on almost any airline. Friends Travel LLP offers pre and /or post hotels and/or other touring before or  after this trip.  Tell us what you want and will will make it happen.

Day 2 – Paris

Upon arrival at the Paris airport take a shuttle to our hotel. Check-in and receive your 2 day Paris hop on hop off bus pass. Arrive early and enjoy the day in Paris.

Paris is steeped in history and packed full of world famous landmarks, A hop on hop off bus is by far the best way to see the capital. Enjoy great views from the open top deck of your bus and see the sites of Paris that you choose. The bus offers 4 different routes and it is valid for 2 consecutive days. The Paris Grand Tour will take you to all the main sights, while the other 3 routes concentrate on particular areas (Montparnasse/St Germain tour, Montmartre/Grands Bouleverds tour and Bastille/Bercy tour).

Meet in the hotel lobby for an optional dinner at 7:00pm

Day 3 – Paris to Caen, Normandy

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at our hotel. Then continue to enjoy the sights of Paris using the hop on hop off bus.

CaenLater that afternoon we will meet at our hotel for a transfer to the Paris train station and board our train to Caen.

Almost completely destroyed in 1944 during WWII, it is a remarkable that Caen has kept so many of its historical monuments given the terrible battle that besieged the town following the Normandy beach landings. After the war the town passed through 15 years of reconstruction, and continued to improve. In recent years the town have made further significant efforts, and the town has an attractive, historic centre.

Upon arrival in Caen the group will transfer to our hotel for check-in and our Welcome Dinner.

Day 4 – Normandy

On June 6 in 1944, 135,000 men and 20,000 vehicles were brought onto the shores of Normandy via five landing beaches during the night. Today we see the Normandy invasion with our guide and discover: the D-Day landing beaches, airborne sectors, D-day battlefields and the D-day museums. Visit the Invasion  Landings Museum at Arromaches; see the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, located on the site of the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery, established by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944 and the first American cemetery on European soil in World War II.

Enjoy a sunset stroll along the picturesque old port of Honfleur, and the coastal resort of Trouville-Sur-Mer or the prestigious Deauville. Honfleur, the best preserved of the old ports of Normandy, is a near-perfect seaside town that lacks only a beach. The ancient port, however, still functions – the channel to the beautiful Vieux Bassin is kept open by regular dredging and you can usually buy fish either directly from the boats or from stands on the pier, still by right run by fishermen’s wives. Overnight Caen

Day 5 – Mont St Michael – St Malo

St MichaelAs we leave the Normandy Beaches our first glimpse of Mont St Michael will be an unforgettable experience.

In 708, a dream led Saint Aubert, bishop of Avranches, to create a shrine to Saint Michael. Mont-Saint-Michel became St Maloone of the major pilgrimage destinations in medieval Christendom. Our guided tour will include The Abbey, a UNESCO site, perched precariously on a 264-foot high rocky islet surrounded by over half a mile of massive walls and reached by a steep climb up winding streets.

Then we drive to St Malo, a walled port city on the English Channel. Check-in to our hotel and then free time to explore the fortified port and to shop or stroll along the harbor. Have dinner at one of the many restaurants or pubs

Day 6 – St Michael to Le Mans to Tours

After breakfast we drive towards the Loire Valley, stopping at Le Mans, a truly unique city, world-famous for the 24-hLe Mansour La Mans car race first held in 1923. There is far more to Le Mans than just its legendary motor sports past; the Old Town area features ancient Roman walls, a true labyrinth of winding alleyways, and many old buildings.

Tour the Le Mans racetrack and The Musée de l’Automobile, including a superb collection of 150 cars from the year 1885 to recent winners.

Enjoy a free afternoon in Tours, explore the city famous for its original medieval district, called le Vieux Tours. Unique to the Old City are preserved half-timbered buildings and la Place Plumereau, a square with busy pubs and restaurants, whose open-air tables fill the center of the square.

Day 7 – Loire Valley to BordeauxCastle Chenonceau

Today we have a guided tour of three of the most impressive castles in the Loire Valley.

The royal Château de Chambord, the largest castle in the Loire Valley was constructed as a hunting lodge by King François I in part to be near to his mistress and was never Chateau de Bloiscompleted.

Chateau de Blois has been the residence of several French kings and also where Joan of Arc received a blessing from the Archbishop of Reims in 1429 before departing with her army to drive the English from Orléans.

Chenonceau is not only remarkable for its architecture and history but also for the fine quality of its collections: Renaissance furniture, a vast ensemble of XVI th and XVII th centuries tapestries and a great number of masterpieces. Beyond the Castle Chenonceau discover the two renowned and magnificent gardens that Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici have given their names to.

Early evening train to Bordeaux and transfer to our hotel. Bordeaux

Day 8 – Bordeaux

Morning free to sleep late, explore or shop the city of Bordeaux. The historic part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as “an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble” of the 18th century. In the heart of Bordeaux is Rue Sainte-Catherine, a pedestrian only shopping street with .75 miles of shops, restaurants and cafés; it is also the longest shopping street in Europe.

Discover the secrets of Bordeaux and see the vineyards that have made Bordeaux wines world famous on our afternoon guided tour. Then we will taste some of the finest wines in the region.

Day 9 – Bordeaux to Marseilles to Nice

Early morning transfer to train station and our 6:25am train to Marseilles. Arrive in Marseilles in time for lunch and a few hours at the Old Port. The port is filled with fishing boats and yachts, and surrounded by small streets teeming with seafood restaurants and shops. The wide streets offer leisurely strolling and many terrace cafes. Make a “loop” of the Old Port, walking around three sides and then taking the little ferryboat across from one side to the other.

We board our train to Nice and upon arrival we transfer to our hotel and check-in. Relax, have dinner (not included) and a leisurely walk. Nice

Day 10 – Nice

Discover this picture-postcard city on the French Riviera on our morning walking tour of Nice. Our guide will show us the maze of staircases and lanes, fine Baroque churches, bustling flower market and the famed Promenade des Anglais. Visit the Old Town, site of the trading center founded by the Greeks 2,700 years ago.

After our group tour, the afternoon is free to explore the streets, beaches and markets of Nice. Walk along the famous Promenade des Anglais and enjoy the views of the Mediterranean.

Tonight we will walk to a local restaurant for our farewell dinner.

Day 11 – Nice – Depart Home

Say Au Revoir to Nice as your France singles vacation ends and you are transferred to the Nice airport for your return flight home.

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Singles Explore the Wonders of Turkey JESS Kalinowsky Friendss Travel LLP

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Explore the Wonders of Turkey
From $2,550*
Start with our Greece Island Hopping Trip
and have the perfect beginning to a perfect vacation!

Exterior view of the Hagia Sophia The Grand Bazaar - Istanbul

 

 

 

 

 

Ancient ruins, bustling bazaars, beautiful mosques, breathtaking scenery and much much more await you on this fabulous guided tour through Western Turkey. With highlights such as Istanbul, Cappadociaand Ephesus, this is a perfect singles trip for history buffs, shoppers or anyone who loves to travel


Explore The Wonders of Turkey Itinerary

Day 1, Friday – Depart HomeBlue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Your vacation begins when you board your overnight flight to Istanbul. Plan your flight to arrive on Friday. Arrive early and take advantage of our hotel’s great location

Day 2, Saturday – Arrive Istanbul, Turkey

Welcome to Turkey! Our journey begins in Istanbul, the only city in the world situated on two continents. Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul – its three names span more than 2600 years, nearly 1600 of them as the capital of two of the greatest empires the world has known, Byzantine and Ottoman.

Upon arrival at the airport, take the shuttle to our hotel. Take a stroll or relax before meeting your guide tonight at 7:00pm for a meet and greet and optional dinner.

Day 3, Sunday – Istanbul Day Tour

Our day begins with the Topkapi Palace, the main residence of the Ottoman Sultans, with its jeweled treasury and elegant courts. After a lunch break, we visit the main sights around Sultanahmet Square, including the famous Hagia Sophia, once the largest church in the world and decorated with 6th century golden mosaics. Next we visit the Blue Mosque, designed with 6 minarets and a blue tiled interior. Walk through the site of the ancient Hippodrome, once the sporting ground of chariots and political riots, and see the Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column and Fountain of Wilhelm II. Finally, free time to haggle with the local merchants in the Grand Bazaar with its 3500 shops.

Enjoy our Welcome Dinner at a local Turkish restaurant

Day 4, Monday –  Istanbul / Ankara / CappadociaCappadocia in April 2006

After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight to Ankara. Upon arrival our guided tour begins. Visit the Temple of Augustus, Ataturk’s Mausoleum, the eternal resting place of Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic. The Mausoleum is adorned with statues, relief’s and embellishments created by many of Turkey’s artists.

The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a unique museum in a restored 15th century AD caravansary, gives a solid education in the history of Anatolian kingdom from the Paleolithic to the Classical era.

In the afternoon we drive to Cappadocia.  The ancient name of the area in the central part of the country was probably derived from the name given by the Persians, Kappa Tuka or Katpa Toka, which meant the land of the beautiful horses. Following the eruptions of 3916 m. high Mount Erciyes near Kayseri, 3268 m. high Mount Hasan and 2963 m. high Mount Melendiz near Aksaray, over 30 million years ago, their volcanic ash consolidated into a soft porous rock called tufa, that covered an area of almost 4000 square km. The soft tufa eroded during millennia of wind, rain and snow, but where it was protected by a harder block of basalt stone above the result was the curiously shaped cones, or fairy chimneys, seen today. They are called ‘fairy’ partly because of their unreal appearance, but also because local folklore talks of men being carried off by fairies after venturing into these formations.

Day 5, Tuesday – Cappadocia

Full day tour of Cappadocia to see the surreal landscapes of volcanic ash, formed 3 million years ago, spectacular red rock cones, troglodyte churches and homes dating from 4000 BC. Visit Uchisar, Goreme, and Zelve, then Avanos, to visit one of its famous, pottery workshops.

Explore the caves in the cliffs to see Byzantine frescoes decorating early Christian churches. Among them are frescoes of St. Helene, who discovered the true cross at Jerusalem and of saints slaying the dragon, symbol of ancient religion.

Day 6, Wednesday – Konya / Antalya

After breakfast we depart for Konya. In the days of the Roman Empire, Konya was called Iconium, “the city of icons”. Konya has become a place of pilgrimage for Moslems because the leader of the Mevlevis, the Whirling Dervishes, is buried there.

Our tour includes a visit to Catal Huyuk, one of the world’s first towns, built about 6,500 BC and had a population of about 6,000. Stop at the Ince Minare Medrese (Seminary of the Slender Minaret) an impressive Seljuk Turkish architectural masterpiece. Visit the Selcuk’s Caravansary, a safe place for travelers to rest as well as a marketplace on the fabled Silk Route. Visit the Museum of Mevlana, also known as the Green Mausoleum or Green Dome, the original lodge of the Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes.

Later in the day we drive to Antalya and check in to our hotel.

Antalya is Turkey’s main vacation resort in the Mediterranean region, formerly known as ancient Pamphylia Antalya is an attractive city with shady palm-lined boulevards and a prize-winning marina on the Mediterranean. In the picturesque old quarter, Kaleici, you can walk narrow winding streets and see old wooden houses abut the ancient city walls.

Day 7, Thursday – Antalya / Perge / Kas

After breakfast visit Antalya Archaeology Museum, one of Turkey’s largest museums, including 13 exhibition halls and an open air gallery.

Then it is on to the Greek and Roman ruins of Perge, located 9 miles east of Antalya. Perge boasts extensively early Hellenistic ruins including a well preserved Stadium, and Aspendos, the best preserved Roman theatre in the world, built in the 2nd century AD.

Drive to Kas and visit Church of St. Nicholas, the birthplace of Father Christmas. Then visit the Lycian tombs in Myra, an old Roman city where tombs were carved out of the rocks in the shape of houses.

Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kas.

Day 8, Friday – Kas/Kekova

After breakfast we take a short cruise by glass bottom boat to the ruins at Kekova, the Sunken City in Kekova Bay.  The Sunken City refers to a residential area that eventually became submerged in the sea as a result of a string of devastating earthquakes during the 2nd Century.

The Glass-bottom boat allows us to see fleeting details of buried artifacts, but the most impressive relics are the city walls and private homes visible just beneath the waterline. Swimming and snorkeling are prohibited here to preserve the location against random disappearances of archaeological findings, but there will be time for swimming and snorkeling during the day.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Kas.

Day 9, Saturday –
Pamukkale

After breakfast depart for Pamukkale, Turkey’s foremost mineral-bath spa. Hot calcium-laden waters spring from the earth and cascade over a cliff, as the waters cool they form dramatic travertines of hard, brilliantly white calcium that form pools.

Our first stop is the ancient city of Hierapolis, whose name means “sacred city,” and believed by the ancients to have been founded by the god Apollo. Today, Hierapolis is a World Heritage Site with interesting Classical ruins, a thermal Sacred Pool in which you can swim with ancient artifacts, a view of the spectacular white terraces of Pamukkale, and a good museum.

Then we check in to one of the Thermal Hotels in Pamukkale. Have dinner, go for a swim, have a mud bath…

Day 10, Saturday – Ephesus/Istanbul

Ephesus Celcius LibraryToday we drive to the ancient city of Ephesus, the best preserved classical city of the Eastern Mediterranean.
Once an ancient Greek city, it was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League and it was for many years the second largest city of the Roman Empire; ranking behind Rome. Ephesus had a population of more than 250,000 in the 1st century BC, which also made it the second largest city in the world.

The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Impressive structures we will see include the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, Theatre and Odeon. We also visit the House of the Virgin Mary.

We take a night flight to Istanbul, check into our hotel and then relax over our farewell dinner.

Day 11, Sunday – Depart Istanbul

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. Say goodbye to all your new friends as it is the end of another great singles vacation.

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Singles Tour Splendors of Russia JESS Kalinowsky Friends Travel LLP

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Splendors of Russia Singles Tour
Moscow – St Petersburg

from $2990*

The splendors of Russia await as we explore the two largest cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg. This fascinating, singles vacation will take us to the historic Russian capitals that have always played the most important part in the country’s history. In Moscow, visit Red Square, the Kremlin and take a ride on the Metro. An overnight train ride takes us to St. Petersburg, the magnificent city built by Peter the Great. Then imagine the opulent lifestyles of Russian czars while visiting the Hermitage and wander the halls and grounds of the Catherine Palace and Petrodvorets.


Splendors of Russia Itinerary

Day 1 – Thursday: Depart from Home

Best Single Travel will be glad to help with airfare. (Remember fly into Moscow and home from St Petersburg)

Day 2 – Friday: Moscow, Russia

On arrival at the Moscow Airport, you will be met and transferred to our Hotel. To give everyone a chance to arrive, no activities are planned today. We will meet for an optional dinner at 7:00pm.

Day 3 – Saturday: Moscow

Explore the Kremlin grounds, the fascinating complex of museums, churches and government buildings.  Tour the State Armory, home to a collection of priceless artifacts dating back to the 14th century and the Diamond Fund to see the spectacular coronation crowns, royal carriages, and famed Faberge Eggs. See the unique cathedrals of medieval Russia including the Assumption Cathedral, the Cathedral of the Annunciation, and the Bell Tower of Ivan the Great.

Relax and view Moscow by boat along the Moskva River. From the river-front you will see the towers and walls of the Kremlin, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the statue dedicated to Peter the Great, House of Artists, the famous Gorky Park amusement park of the Soviet era, St. Andrew’s Monastery and the Stalin-style building of Moscow State University.

After a quick bite to eat we are off to the Moscow Circus. Since the reign of Catherine the Great, the circus has played an important role in the rich cultural traditions of Russia. In Russia, the circus is regarded as an art form on par with the ballet or opera, a showcase for highly skilled and creative artists.

Day 4 – Sunday: Moscow

Morning visit to Tretyakov Gallery and Sculpture Garden. This museum houses a great collection of contemporary Russian art. Adjacent to the museum is the wonderful sculpture park with hundreds of random sculptures laid out with wooden walk ways – over looked by the towering Peter the Great monument.

Afternoon city tour including Red Square, envision the important events that have taken place in this center of Russian culture. See the colorful onion-shaped domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, built by Ivan The Terrible and Novodevichy Convent with its 16 gilded domes. Visit Christ the Savior museum and a Jewish Synagogue.

Experience the magic of Moscow at night and photograph the best landmarks on our night tour.

Day 5 – Monday: Moscow

Ride the famous Moscow Metro today. Stop at the Museum of the Great Patriotic War, with six spectacular dioramas feel the atmosphere of sadness and pride of Russian people who were able to defeat fascist invasion. In the Museum you will have the chance to see the Hall of Glory representing the triumph of victories. And the Hall of Memory with its historical and military expositions showing the tragedy of the War and heroic events.

Another stop is the Moscow Zoo, opened in February 1864 it is one of the oldest Zoos in Europe. Through all the years of peace, war, revolution – the Zoo was open. Nowadays it appears to be right in the middle of the city and thanks to the Government of Moscow is fully transformed.

Free time for Moscow exploring or shopping.

Day 6 – Tuesday: Moscow – Sergiev Posad – Overnight Train

Northeast of Moscow lies the town of Sergiev Posad, enjoy a countryside drive to the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergiev, founded by one of Russia’s most revered holy men. To this day, thousands flock to the monastery not only as an act of religious belief but also to see one of Russia’s greatest and most splendid architectural treasures. The monastery’s golden cupolas and blue bell tower are some of the most picturesque in the country.

Dinner tonight at the Hard Rock Cafe before we transfer to the railway station for Grand Express overnight train to St Petersburg

Day 7 – Wednesday: St Petersburg

Upon arrival in St. Petersburg, we stop for breakfast before we begin our city tour. Built in 1703 by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg rivaled the beauty and architecture of any European capital. See the Bronze Horseman, the canals and Neva River, the Menshikov Palace, and the dazzling Church of Resurrection (Church on Spilled Blood). Within the Peter & Paul Fortress, designed to stave off enemy attacks on the city and later one of the most terrifying prisons in czarist Russia, visit the Peter & Paul Cathedral, the final resting place for most of the royal Romanov family.

Afternoon at leisure to relax or explore on your own.

Day 8 – Thursday: St Petersburg – Pushkin

Drive into the countryside to the village of Pushkin (another name is Tsarskoye Selo, which means – Tsar’s village) to explore the sparkling Catherine Palace, the summer palace of the Russian tsars. Built in the middle of the 18th century for the Russian Empress Elizabeth, famous as the most beautiful lady in the Romanov family and spent her time among balls and huntings. This palace has more gold in it than all the other palaces in the world. One of the rooms here is especially famous – the Amber Room. all the walls are faced with amber!

Back in St Petersburg visit St Isaac’s Cathedral, which holds 10,000 worshipers and is decorated with marble and jeweled stones and whose dome is covered with 200 pounds of pure gold.

Day 9 – Friday: St Petersburg

Enjoy morning visit to the Hermitage Museum at the Winter Palace, built by the Swiss/Italian architect Rastrelli in 1754 and remained the home of the imperial Russian Royal Family up to 1917. See the staterooms where the Bolsheviks arrested the czarist officials. Its collection contains the stunning state collection of European objects d’art and memorabilia from the lavish Imperial Court through the Revolution, as well as the famous Gold Room. Its collection of paintings spans all eras and is particularly well known for its French Impressionist and modern art.

Step on board a boat and you will see the city in a different way. St Petersburg was designed to have the mighty Neva river as its “main street”, so many beautiful buildings and squares face the river and some riverside views are truly breathtaking.

Visit the Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood was built on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in March 1881. Both the interior and exterior of the church is decorated with incredibly detailed mosaics, designed and created by the most prominent Russian artists of the day.

Also visit the Grand Choral Synagogue, as the successor of the Temporary prayer house for educated Jews, became the center of Jewish religious life in St. Petersburg. After a 24-year epic of getting the permission and construction, St. Petersburg Grand Choral synagogue was opened in 1893.

Day 10 – Saturday: St Petersburg

Take a hydrofoil across the Gulf of Finland to Peterhof and explore the Grand Palace, the opulent summer palace of Peter the Great. The Peterhof Palace is actually a series of palaces and gardens and are some times referred to as the “Russian Versailles”. Set in a 2,500-acre park dotted with fountains, its Grand Cascade — a sequence of sculptures, fountains and water jets, is one of the largest fountain ensembles in the world.

Farewell dinner at local restaurant before our Folklore show in Nikolayevsky Palace. Enjoy a splendid show with some of the best local folk performers.

Day 11 – Sunday: Depart for Home

Say Dasvidania to St Petersburg as your Russian singles vacation ends and you are transferred to the airport for your return flight home.

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Singles Discover Traditional Japan JESS Kalinowsky Friends Travel LLP

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Discover Traditional Japan
(3 Night Extension Availbale)


From $3290*

Experience the elements of Japanese culture and customs on this amazing singles vacation. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery as we travel from city to city by high speed train. Explore ancient cities and temples, participate in a Budhist prayer ceremony and enjoy an authentic tea ceremony. Learn to cook a Japenese meal and sleep a few nights in a Ryokan, a traditional Japanese Inn, while meeting new friends and emersing yourself in the traditional Japanese lifestyle.


TokyoDiscover Traditional Japan Itinerary

Day 1, Thursday:  Depart From Home

Your vacation begins when you board your overnight flight to Tokyo, Japan. Plan your flight to arrive in the morning so you will have free time to spend in Tokyo.

Day 2, Friday:  Arrive Tokyo, Japan

You will be met at Tokyo’s Narita airport by our local representative, who will escort you into Tokyo and help you check in. After checking in, relax or explore on your own.  Tonight join us for our Welcome/Orientation dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 3, Saturday:  Tokyo, Japan

Sensoji TempleAfter breakfast our tour begins at the Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest in the world. It is estimated that 20% of all fish caught in the world passes through here. Next stop is Roppongi Hills and the Tokyo City View, an observation deck on the 53rd floor. As we step into the Tokyo City View Observatory, a superb view of the Tokyo city is revealed. We can see Tokyo Tower, Rainbow Bridge and Odaiba, Haneda, Yokohama, Shibuya, Aoyama, Shinjuku and on a clear day Mt. Fuji.

Next, we travel to the famous Ginza district, Tokyo’s famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district and the most expensive real estate in Japan. We will stop for a lunch of Kushiage (fried meat and vegetables on bamboo skewers). Then have free time to wander through the boutiques and department stores, visit the Nissan and BMW showrooms, or explore the Sony Building.

Let’s take a relaxing cruise on the Sumida River to Asakusa where the oldest Buddhist temple, Sensoji Temple is located. Asakusa also has a wealth of tiny shops selling traditional Japanese crafts, most clustered along a pedestrian street called Nakamise Dori.

Tonight we are free to explore Tokyo and have dinner at one of the local restaurants.

Day 4, Sunday:  Hakone, Hakone Yumoto OnsenHakone, Japan

We depart Tokyo and travel to Hakone, a mountainous area in Kanagawa in the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Historically it was a rest area for those traveling between Kyoto (seat of the imperial Court) and Tokyo (seat of the Shogun). Hakone lies within a vast crater of an extinct volcano in a mountain range that features Mount Fuji, offering fine views of Fuji-san, Lake Ashi, and numerous hot springs.

Today we will ride on an electric train, funicular, gondola, bus and the Hakone Sightseeing Boats on Lake Ashi. We will stop at Owakudani, the Hakone Checkpoint, one of 53 checkpoints located around Tokyo used to control what was being taken in and out of Tokyo in 1619. Enjoy time to explore the thermally-heated pools and mud pots. Try one of the `black eggs`, which are hard-boiled in the thermally-heated mineral waters. It is said eat one of these eggs, it will add seven years to your life. Then we will walk along Cedar Avenue as travelers did 400 years ago. The cedar trees here were planted to protect travelers on the Tokkaido Highway from the sun in the summer and snow in the winter.

After returning to Hakone Yumoto and picking up our bags, we will check into our ryokan, a traditional Japanese Inn. – live in a room with Tatami (straw mat) flooring, changing into a typical Yukata (robe) after taking an Onsen hot-spring bath, sleeping on a Futon (bedding) put down directly on the Tatami floor.

Day 5, Monday: Travel to Koya-san, Japan

Koya SanToday we board a Shinkansen (bullet train) bound for Osaka, and continue by train and funicular to Koya-san, the world headquarters of the Shingon school of Esoteric Buddhism.

Kobo Daishi, considered by many to be the most influential religious person in Japanese history, established a religious community here in the year 816. After checking into our shukubo (Buddhist temple lodging), we are free to roam and visit one of the 110 temples in the area. Wander through the nearby ghostly cemetery at the famous Okuno-in temple, or just rest in the garden at the shukubo. Our dinner of shojin-ryori (traditional Buddhist vegetarian cuisine – no meat, fish, onions or garlic) will be served later in the day.

Day 6, Tuesday:  Koya-san, OsakaGaran Temple, Japan

Very early in the morning, we can attend o-inori (Buddhist prayer services). Afterwards, a shojin-ryori breakfast is served before we wander through the huge cemetery leading up to the Okuno-in temple. Kobo Daishi is buried at this temple, and many Japanese still believe that Kobo Daishi is not dead, but merely in a very advanced state of meditation.

We will stop for a Shojin-ryori lunch before we tour the Garan Temple complex. The two most prominent buildings of the Garan are the Kondo Hall and the huge Konpon Daito Pagoda. The Kondo Hall is a large wooden temple hall where major ceremonies are held. It enshrines an image of Yakushi Nyorai, the Buddha of medicine and healing.

We then travel to Osaka by train. After checking into our hotel, we will visit the Dotonbori-dori, the nearby nightlife and restaurant district. Neon lights and sake lure Japanese to Dotombori-dori’s bars, restaurants, and shops.

Day 7, Wednesday:  Hiroshima, Japan

After breakfast, we will travel by Shinkansen (bullet train) to Hiroshima. In the afternoon, with a licensed, English-speaking guide, we will tour the Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum, both sobering testaments to the events of August 6, 1945. Breakfast at the hotel included.

Atomic Bomb DomeThe Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park was built to commemorate the dropping of the atomic bomb over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 and to promote a peaceful world. It is located in the area around the atomic explosion’s epicenter, and houses the Peace Memorial Museum and many other related monuments.

The Peace Memorial Museum graphically displays the atomic bombs horrible effects on the city and its inhabitants. A visit is naturally depressing. In the museum’s east building, Hiroshima’s militarist past and the process leading to the dropping of the bomb are documented. Audio guides are available in more than a dozen languages.

The Atomic Bomb Dome is one of the few buildings around the explosion’s epicenter that partially survived the blast, and the city’s only remaining bomb damaged building.

Between the museum and the Atomic Bomb Dome stands the Memorial Cenotaph for Atomic Bomb Victims. It contains a list of all the people who were killed by the explosion or died due to the bombing’s long-term effects such as cancer caused by radiation. The Statue of the A-Bomb Children and the Cenotaph for Korean Victims are some of many more monuments found in the park.Miyajima Island

Day 8, Thursday:  Miyajima Island, Travel to Kyoto, Japan

Today is a free day to enjoy and relax in the beauty and ambiance of Miyajima Island (‘shrine island’).  Miyajima has been celebrated as a sacred island and one of Japan’s three most scenic views. It is most famous for the Itsukushima Shrine, which, together with its large wooden torii (gate), stands in the ocean during high tide. Deer move around the island freely. Ride the cable car to the top of the mountain where you can visit with the local monkeys, or visit the Itsukushima-jinja shrine which was built in its present form in 1168. Or just stroll around the island while enjoying grilled oysters, the island’s specialty.

GeishaLate in the afternoon, we will travel by Shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto. Steeped in history and tradition, Kyoto has in many ways been the cradle of Japanese culture. A stroll through Kyoto today is a walk through 11 centuries of Japanese history. Kyoto is endowed with an almost overwhelming legacy of ancient Buddhist temples, majestic palaces, and gardens of every size and description. For many, just the name Kyoto conjures up the classic images of Japan: streets of traditional wooden houses, the click-clack of geta (wooden sandals) on the paving stones, geisha in a flourish of brightly colored silks, and a tea master deliberately warming water and making tea.

Day 9, Friday:  KyotoTea Ceremony, Japan

In the morning, we will participate in an authentic tea ceremony at the tea master’s home. The stylized and regimented Japanese tea ceremony has been performed the same way for over 400 years. Once considered standard training for Samurais, today the tea ceremony is enjoyed by the modern Japanese as a means of relaxation. Learn the history and the concepts behind the tea ceremony, and we will also be given an opportunity to make our own tea.

In the afternoon we will have a cooking class, where our hands-on initiation into the light, healthy and always delicious world of Japanese cooking begins.

Day 10, Saturday:  Kyoto, Japan

KyotoWe will start our day at Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Golden Pavilion, one of Kyoto’s, as well as Japan’s, most recognizable attractions. The gleaming building covered in gold leaf seems to float on the aptly named Mirror Pond, especially on a sunny day. Next, we will visit Nijo Castle, built in 1603, it was the Kyoto home of Tokugawa Ieayasu, the first Tokugawa Shogun. The ostentatious construction was intended as a show of Ieyasu’s prestige, and to signal the demise of the emperor’s power. The finest artists of the day filled the castle with delicate transom woodcarvings. One of the castle’s most intriguing features is the so-called “nightingale” floors. To protect the Shogun from real or imagined enemies, these floorboards creak when stepped on.

Kyoto
Next visit Nishiki-koji, also known as Kyoto’s Kitchen, the covered shopping arcade established 400 years ago. It is where many restaurants and ryokans shop and we probably won’t recognize many of the foods on sale here but a visit is worthwhile just for the atmosphere, and the cries of Irasshimase! (Welcome). Then we continue on to the famous Gion Geisha District; stopping along the way to visit several stores frequented by the local Geisha and Maiko (geisha in training).  Then we will see the tea houses and geisha houses where the Geisha live and work, to learn more about this mysterious world.

We will finish the day with our “Sayonara” dinner of Shabu-Shabu. During the dinner, a Maiko will join the group for a private Maiko dinner party. The Maiko will perform a short dance, answer any of your questions, pose for pictures with you and teach you traditional Japanese party games.

Day 11, Sunday:  Return Home / Begin Extension

It’s time to say “sayonara” to all your new singles friends. We will travel by Shinkansen (bullet train) to Tokyo and then an express train to the airport for your flight home. ** Departure Flight must be after 3:00 pm

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