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Enchanting adventures in Japan and Italy

Explore a world of emperors and geishas or immerse yourself in Italy’s medieval marvels

Japan – Land of the Rising Sun
Selected departures up to November 2018 and March to November 2019

Japan – an ancient culture of emperors, fierce shoguns, samurai and brutal martial arts. Yet it’s also a place of gentle geishas, colourful kimonos, exquisite garden design and Zen Buddhism. How did a country so deeply rooted in such diverse heritage become one of the most modern and advanced economies on the planet? Pondering such questions is what makes a trip to Japan so incredibly rewarding. Having travelled there once, you’ll feel almost hypnotically drawn back to this truly enigmatic country.

■ See the famous sights of Tokyo – the Meiji Shrine, Omotesando Avenue, fashion-setting Harajuku and the Akihabara Electric Town
■ Enjoy astonishing views of Mount Fuji from Lake Kawaguchi and the hot-spring, mountain spa resort of Hakone
■ Travel at 189mph on the high- speed bullet trains
■ Reflect on the horrors of war at Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Museum and park
■ Explore Kyoto on a guided tour, experiencing the former imperial capital and the essence of traditional Japan
■ Discover Nara, Japan’s first permanent capital, with its huge bronze Buddha, on a guided tour
■ Opportunity to learn origami, traditional flower-arranging or Japanese cooking
■ Return flights from the UK, plus all hotel transfers. Premium economy upgrades available at a supplement
■ Hand-picked accommodation rated four-stars, including all local taxes, with breakfast and three meals included
■ The services of our experienced and insightful tour manager throughout.

Personalise your holiday (optional excursions) Stay in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn, and enjoy a wonderful kaiseki dinner, from £99 per person. Immerse yourself in Japanese culture with an array of authentic experiences, from £37 per person. Call us to pre-book these optional excursions.

Lake Como, St Moritz & the Bernina Express
Selected departures up to October 2018

On this wonderfully varied tour we explore Lake Como, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, plus some stunning icons of northern Italy and Switzerland: the amazing lakes of Maggiore and Lugano, the majestic Alps surrounding St Moritz and a fantastic rail journey on the Bernina Express. We also visit one of Italy’s most beautiful villages, Bellagio, as well as Bergamo, one of its finest medieval towns. Described by Wordsworth as ‘a treasure which the earth keeps to itself’ and an inspiration for Verdi and Rossini, this enchanting region will captivate you. 

■ Visit chic St Moritz in the heart of the Swiss Alps, with a journey on the Bernina Express, one of the world’s most spectacular alpine railway journeys
■ Take a lake cruise to stunning Bellagio on Lake Como, with a private visit to the enchanting Villa del Balbianello and its inspiring gardens
■ Spend a day visiting majestic Lake Maggiore, nestled between Italy and Switzerland
■ A full-day visit and guided tour of Bergamo, the most captivating medieval town in northern Italy
■ Visit Lugano, a stylish and elegant Swiss town by the lake
■ Return flights from a selection of regional airports, plus all hotel transfers
■ Seven nights in a choice of well- located four-star accommodation inclusive of all local taxes, with breakfast and dinner
■ The services of our experienced and insightful tour manager throughout.


Terms and conditions: Holidays organised by and subject to the booking conditions of Riviera Travel, New Manor, 328 Wetmore Road, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire DE14 1SP and are offered subject to availability. ABTA V4744 ATOL 3430 protected. Prices are per person and based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms and optional travel insurance available at a supplement. Additional entrance costs may apply. Images used in conjunction with Riviera Travel. Riviera Travel, ABTA and ATOL
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