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Japan small group vacation, Japan unmasked

Japan small group vacation, Japan unmasked

Whistlestop Japan highlights with an expert tour leader
From £2,475 to £2,795 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 26 Jul, 20 Aug, 3 Sep, 21 Sep, 1 Oct, 29 Oct, 26 Nov
2019: 18 Feb, 4 Mar, 29 Apr, 13 May, 27 May, 10 Jun
Japan self guided trekking vacation, Nakasendo Trail

Japan self guided trekking vacation, Nakasendo Trail

Self-guided walking along Japan’s ancient Nakasendo trail
From US $965 to US $2,730 10 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailormade at a time to suit you and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
Japan golden route vacation

Japan golden route vacation

9 night classic Japan trip: Tokyo, Fuji, Kyoto
From US $2,280 10 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring

Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring

Japan's classic sights on a shoestring!
From US $1,242 8 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
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Japan cultural small group holiday

Japan cultural small group holiday

A journey along the ancient Tokaido highway
From £1,975 to £1,995 10 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 28 Jul, 17 Aug, 25 Aug, 2 Sep, 29 Sep, 27 Oct, 4 Nov, 10 Nov
2019: 9 Mar, 25 May, 15 Jun
Kumano Kodo trail self guided trekking vacation, Japan

Kumano Kodo trail self guided trekking vacation, Japan

Self guided trekking on the Kumano Kodo Trail
From US $955 to US $2,140 7 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
China and Japan vacation, Beijing to Tokyo

China and Japan vacation, Beijing to Tokyo

Incredible journey showcasing the best of two ancient cultures
From US $4,420 to US $5,399 18 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 22 Jul, 19 Aug, 2 Sep, 16 Sep, 14 Oct, 17 Oct, 11 Nov, 18 Nov
2019: 11 Jan, 22 Feb, 1 Mar, 15 Mar, 22 Mar, 29 Mar, 12 Apr, 19 Apr, 26 Apr, 3 May, 10 May, 17 May, 24 May, 14 Jun, 21 Jun, 28 Jun, 5 Jul, 12 Jul, 17 Jul, 19 Jul, 26 Jul, 2 Aug, 9 Aug, 23 Aug, 30 Aug, 4 Sep, 6 Sep, 13 Sep, 20 Sep, 27 Sep, 4 Oct, 11 Oct, 18 Oct, 25 Oct, 1 Nov, 8 Nov, 15 Nov
Japan vacations, tailor made

Japan vacations, tailor made

Experience the highlights of Japan by train
From US $5,265 14 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor-made and departures can be arranged all year. The sample itinerary below can be modified to your personal wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used & how long you spend in each destination.
Shikoku Pilgrimage self guided walking tour, Japan

Shikoku Pilgrimage self guided walking tour, Japan

Shikoku 88 Pilgimage route self-guided walking
From US $1,150 to US $2,095 10 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Japan honeymoon tour on a shoestring

Japan honeymoon tour on a shoestring

Simple hotels, rustic ryokan, unforgettable honeymoon.
From US $1,849 13 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Nakasendo Trail walking tour, Japan

Nakasendo Trail walking tour, Japan

Village-to-village walking on the historic Nakasendo trail
From US $4,140 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 10 Sep, 24 Sep, 7 Oct, 12 Oct, 14 Oct, 4 Nov, 8 Nov, 11 Nov
2019: 24 Mar, 1 Apr, 7 Apr, 9 Apr, 18 Apr, 5 May, 7 May, 13 May, 17 May, 20 May, 15 Jul, 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 23 Sep, 1 Oct, 11 Oct, 13 Oct, 4 Nov, 7 Nov, 10 Nov
Nakasendo Trail winter tour, Japan

Nakasendo Trail winter tour, Japan

The tranquil magic of winter on the Nakasendo trail
From US $2,775 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 26 Jan, 16 Feb
Japan small group tour, in the shadow of mountains

Japan small group tour, in the shadow of mountains

Western Honshu's coasts - Japan Sea and Inland Sea
From US $4,320 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 26 Sep
2019: 22 May, 25 Sep
Japan group vacation, a food adventure

Japan group vacation, a food adventure

Dive into Tokyo city’s incredible food scene
From US $4,965US $3,758 to US $5,465US $5,120 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 19 Aug, 9 Sep, 23 Sep, 30 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 28 Oct, 4 Nov
2019: 10 Mar, 24 Mar, 31 Mar, 7 Apr, 14 Apr, 21 Apr, 5 May, 12 May, 19 May, 26 May, 23 Jun, 18 Aug, 1 Sep, 8 Sep, 22 Sep, 6 Oct, 13 Oct, 27 Oct, 3 Nov, 10 Nov
Up to US $1250 off. Late availability on these dates: 19 Aug, 09 Sep, 23 Sep, 30 Sep, 07 Oct, 14 Oct
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Kyoto to Tokyo small group vacation in Japan

Kyoto to Tokyo small group vacation in Japan

Journey into the heart of Japan - Kyoto to Tokyo
From US $4,895US $4,406 to US $5,550US $5,345 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 4 Aug, 1 Sep, 8 Sep, 15 Sep, 22 Sep, 6 Oct, 16 Oct, 27 Oct, 3 Nov, 17 Nov
2019: 9 Mar, 16 Mar, 23 Mar, 30 Mar, 2 Apr, 6 Apr, 9 Apr, 13 Apr, 15 Apr, 18 Apr, 20 Apr, 4 May, 11 May, 18 May, 25 May, 8 Jun, 6 Jul, 13 Jul, 20 Jul, 3 Aug, 31 Aug, 7 Sep, 14 Sep, 21 Sep, 5 Oct, 12 Oct, 15 Oct, 19 Oct, 26 Oct, 2 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov
Late availability on these dates: 04 Aug, 01 Sep, 08 Sep, 15 Sep, 22 Sep, 06 Oct, 16 Oct, 27 Oct
Japan culture tour, Shoguns & Samurai

Japan culture tour, Shoguns & Samurai

Ultra-modern Tokyo to Imperial Kyoto
From US $4,500 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 14 Oct, 3 Nov
2019: 3 Apr, 12 Apr, 8 May, 20 May, 17 Jul, 16 Oct, 6 Nov
Shikoku Island vacation in Japan, tailor made

Shikoku Island vacation in Japan, tailor made

Visit Shikoku Island, the smallest of Japan's four main islands
From £3,500 16 days inc UK flights
Tailor made: All our itineraries can be tailor made to suit your specifications and budget. Departures are year round, depending on your preferred dates of travel
Southern Japan small group vacation

Southern Japan small group vacation

Off the beaten track in Kyoto, Nara & Kyushu
From US $4,640 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 8 Oct, 31 Oct
2019: 6 May, 23 May, 23 Sep, 19 Oct
Japan small group vacation by bullet train

Japan small group vacation by bullet train

Japan's must-see cities and beautiful, rural countryside
From £3,495 to £3,775 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 25 Aug
2019: 18 May, 1 Jun
Hiking tours to Japan

Hiking tours to Japan

Explore the backroads of Japan
From US $4,490 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 16 Sep, 30 Sep, 14 Oct, 4 Nov, 11 Nov
2019: 10 Mar, 24 Mar, 7 Apr, 19 May, 2 Jun, 15 Sep, 29 Sep, 6 Oct, 20 Oct, 3 Nov, 10 Nov
Late availability on these dates: 16 Sep, 30 Sep, 14 Oct
Kumano Kodo trekking vacation, Japan

Kumano Kodo trekking vacation, Japan

Village to village walking in the sacred Kii Peninsula
From US $3,165 9 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 8 Oct, 5 Nov, 10 Nov
2019: 23 Apr, 7 May, 24 May, 7 Oct, 22 Nov
Hokkaido vacation in Japan

Hokkaido vacation in Japan

Explore the mountains and tranquil lakes of Northern Japan.
From £5,870 15 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
20 day Japan tour, private departure

20 day Japan tour, private departure

Get under the skin of this remarkable country
From £4,894 to £7,677 20 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Winter wildlife photography tour in Japan

Winter wildlife photography tour in Japan

Photograph Japan’s Spectacular Winter Wildlife on this Tour
From £5,895 14 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Japan small group vacation North to South

Japan small group vacation North to South

North to South 20 Day Epic Journey of the truly unique Japan
From £9,495 to £9,795 20 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 21 Oct
2019: 12 May, 20 Oct
Southern Japan small group tour

Southern Japan small group tour

Experience a different side to Japan on its southern islands
From £4,388 to £5,325 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 9 Aug, 6 Sep, 13 Sep, 4 Oct, 1 Nov
2019: 28 Mar, 4 Apr, 11 Apr, 16 May, 23 May, 13 Jun, 18 Jul, 8 Aug, 5 Sep, 12 Sep, 3 Oct, 10 Oct, 31 Oct
Up to US $500 off. Late availability on these dates: 09 Aug, 06 Sep, 13 Sep, 04 Oct
Japan activity vacation, bike, hike and kayak

Japan activity vacation, bike, hike and kayak

Multi activity holiday in Japan
From US $4,425US $3,982 to US $4,465 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 23 Sep
2019: 17 Mar, 31 Mar, 12 May, 7 Jul, 22 Sep, 20 Oct
Late availability on these dates: 23 Sep
Honshu hiking vacation in Japan

Honshu hiking vacation in Japan

A challenging walking and hiking holiday in Japan.
From £2,630 17 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Japan gastronomic vacation

Japan gastronomic vacation

A foodies' dream: a culinary journey across Japan.
From £3,910 14 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Luxury Japan holiday, tailor made

Luxury Japan holiday, tailor made

Beautiful country that offers beauty, tradition and history
From £5,310 18 days ex flights
Tailor made
Japan self guided trekking vacation, Nakasendo Trail
From
US $965
excluding flights
Experiencing a completely different culture was the highlight. (more)John Gunston
The walks through the ancient forests of Japan were above expectation, but the highlight I think was staying in the Ryokan - the charm and character of the inns and our hosts and the total immersion into a traditional Japanese experience with their tatami rooms, onsen baths and local cuisine. (more)Neil Dillon
Excellent, looking forward to traveling with you again. (more)Dennis Minchin
Nakasendo Trail walking tour, Japan
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US $4,140
excluding flights
Memorable parts? It was outstanding and hard to pinpoint a single thing. Experiencing the Onsens, seeing a whole valley flowering with cherry blossom, eating lots and lots of extraordinary food. A guide who was always patient and smiling and couldn't do enough to make sure every single person got what they wanted. Walking though beautiful valleys and mountains..... I could go on and on. Tips? Carry as little as possible - all the ryokans and hotels do provide sleepwear and toiletries... (more)Ruth Patterson
Kumano Kodo trail self guided trekking vacation, Japan
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US $955
excluding flights
The most memorable part was the phenomenal trek through unspoilt forests...And superb, astonishing accommodation, beyond what we imagined it would be. A perfect combination. (more)Luca Bosatta
9.5%...Most memorable was the friendliness and welcome feeling Japan gives (more)Dianne Williams
Staying in small guesthouses in small towns was very memorable and pushed me outside of my comfort zone in a good way, to experience a bit more of the culture. This was a great trip and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a walking vacation on their own time. (more)Cristi Carlstead
Japan cultural small group holiday
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£1,975
excluding flights
We saw various places all of which were very interesting. There is not one particular place or experience that stands out over and above everything else. It was great to cover so much ground and there was a lot to do every day. Our tour leader was helpful and very knowledgeable. (more)Catherine Cassidy
The entire trip was so awesome. Lots of exciting things to taste, see and experience. Great way to meet people who enjoy traveling as much as I do. Fantastic trip. (more)Anuschka Veckranges
Really enjoyed the variety of visiting different regions of Japan e.g. busy Tokyo, tranquil Hakone, beautiful Kyoto and Nara and Kamakura. (more)Eva Jolly
Japan small group vacation, Japan unmasked
From
£2,475
excluding flights
The beautiful Himeji Castle floating above you on the horizon when walking towards it from the station. Hiroshima was very moving. (more)Yasmin Dastur
There were many `most memorable´things such as the autumn colours, the gardens, the Japanese people, the food, the variety you offered on this tour, the numerous surprises Japan has in store by being so different, the group, the tour leader. (more)Inge Kerber
The highlight was meeting the Japanese people - they were so friendly and provided a fabulous service, all of them doing there best to help out the 'non Japanese' speaking tourists. Also, the country was virtually 'spotlessly' clean with no litter, graffiti or the usual grime one associates with Europe. (more)Roger Bayliss
Japan golden route vacation
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US $2,280
excluding flights
The most memorable part would have to be a takoyaki party in Osaka, where we all communally prepared the dish together. The Buddhist morning prayers in Koya-San were also quite memorable. (more)Justin Lopina
Eating the local foods and staying in local accommodation was the highlight. Excellent. It was a very busy vacation with a lot going on everyday. (more)Sarah Smith
The japanese alps, Miyajima, Hiroshima, cooking class, visit to Maiko, cycling - actually. Everything! The trip was fantastic, really well organised - we just had to arrive and enjoy! (more)Amita Patel
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring
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US $1,242
excluding flights
The most memorable was Hakone. Beautiful views and hot spring bathing in the wonderful ryokan. (more)Kirsty Syder
We loved the varied nature of our trip, We took in history, beautiful, nature, exciting cities and great food. (more)Cyndia Pilkington
Our whole trip was memorable and exciting! We loved the Disney Sea park and Cafe Eorzea. We also enjoyed Zauo (fishing restaurant), our guide in Kyoto, our Ryokan, Arashiyama monkey park, and so much more! (more)Sarah Shadday
Japan small group vacation by bullet train
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£3,495
excluding flights
The most exciting elements were the cultural differences and beauty of Japan. The most memorable was the stunning 'Japanese Alps' at Kamicochi. (more)John Harlow
Autumn colours were wonderful and the temples were most interesting. Excellent, with attention to detail, which made the tour very easy for the group. Hotels very good. (more)Ann Caroe
Very good itinerary that included cities and countryside and a variety of types of accommodation. There was plenty of optional free time to explore one your own if you wanted. Brian, the tour leader was conscientious and helpful, we were particularly impressed that he met us at our hotel on arrival in Japan in spite of the very late hour. (more)Andy Goodenough
Nakasendo Trail winter tour, Japan
From
US $2,775
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The beautiful little post towns and the amazing food at the places we stayed at. Tips? Wear lots of layers as it can get cold but you also need to be able to cool down by stripping back when you're hiking and the sun comes out. Local benefits? I hope it helped the local communoities by enabling them to keep these beautiful old buildings functioning as they were meant to. Overall rating? It exceeded expectations. We were all very well looked after by... (more)Richard Gordon
Hiking tours to Japan
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US $4,490
excluding flights
We particularly enjoyed Kyoto which gave a mix of city living with the cultural experiences. We visited Sanjusangendo temple which holds 1001 life sized statues... (more)Lisa Thompson
This was an excellent trip. ...Walking in the countryside - seeing parts of Japan that I would never have discovered on my own and being guided by a reliable expert. Asuka, Dorogawa and the Mitarai Gorge were particularly memorable. Also - wonderful exotic food, charming ryokans and soothing onsens. (more)Una Dinning
Japan culture tour, Shoguns & Samurai
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US $4,500
excluding flights
Experiencing such a different culture and all things Japanese was the best. Excellent. Fumiko was a very helpful, informative and patient guide. We saw amazing temples, landscape etc. (more)Janet Barwell
The whole thing was tremendous - felt we got a real insight into Japan today and in the past....One of the best vacations we have been on - very well planned to give a varied taste of the Japanese culture. (more)Anne Cooper
The most memorable part of the vacation was getting a bit of an insight into the people and culture of everyday Japan by traveling on local trains and buses and staying in local inns in rural areas rather than faceless hotels. (more)Nicola Lindsey
Kyoto to Tokyo small group vacation in Japan
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US $4,406
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The cherry blossom in Japan. Tips? Take an umbrella, be ready to walk a lot and have fun. Local benefits? Yes, especially the local hotels amd ryokan. Overall rating? Excellent. Very good guide (Kimi) who went beyond the vacation description, taking us on tours, and explaining the local customs. We explored other tours before booking with this company and this was best value for money. (more)Mary-Anne Rose
Japan vacations, tailor made
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US $5,265
excluding flights
The Noto Peninsula except for Wakura and the villages in the various parts of the countryside. Having a car made the difference. (more)Geraldine Hickey
Not the best vacation we have ever been on, too many problems, Some poor hotels, Guides who weren't that knowledgeable. Japanese not too helpful. Poor signposts not many in English, (more)JULIE HARRISON
The autumn colours were just amazing in Japan. Its a fascinating culture with so many memorable experiences, just a few spring to mind, walking the Nakesendo highway, staying at the Mitsui Garden hotel in Tokyo, the views are mind blowing from here, Geisha spotting in Kyoto... (more)Katherine Windibank
Japan cultural immersion vacation
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£3,950
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Firstly - Sumo wrestling was an incredible spectacle. This won't be offered on all. Hands on Japan trips, but if you have the opportunity seize it with both hands. Secondly - Shrines and Temples are endlessly amazing. Tips? Take a book that you can collect stamp impressions in (not postage stamps, but rubber stamps). Make sure it is fairly large as many of the temples, gardens, train stations, etc.... offer some really exciting rubber stamps you can collect that... (more)Monte Gates
Nikko and Yumoto Onsen walking tour, Japan
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US $1,120
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Hard to choose the most memorable moment. Bathing naked in hot spring under the stars. Walking snow packed paths, through the mountains. Tips? Follow the advice and you will have a great time! Local benefits? Definitely supported local people and relied on walking and public transport(which was really easy to navigate). Overall rating? We had an amazing experience and the people at the inns couldn’t have been more kind and helpful. (more)Prue Thimbleby
Japan honeymoon tour on a shoestring
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US $1,849
excluding flights
Walking the old samurai trials was incredible, as well as exploring the many temples and shrines in Kyoto. Amazing, we loved every moment. (more)Mairi Towl
Excellent, stunning, huge variety of tastes, sights and experiences. We went budget but it was definitely first class! (more)John Hayes
Hidden Japan vacation
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£3,695
excluding flights
It was an amazing experience; everything we hoped for and more...each day was different and a new fascinating experience. (more)Jean Burgess
We had a fantastic time. The guide, Yuri, was great and the tour was varied and constantly enlightening. (more)Lynda McCall
Absolutely wonderful. Great to get away from the very big cities and engage with the people. Visiting Shikoku Island for over five days was brilliant. Our guide was excellent and the entire trip was hassle free. (more)Susan White
Southern Japan small group vacation
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US $4,640
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Seeing Mt Sakurajima look very peaceful and then erupt and having an Onsen by the beach. Tips? Pack lightly and be prepared to spend a lot of time on public transport as you travel large distances. While it is called a walking tour you don't actually walk large distances most days. Local benefits? Yes, We stayed in family run accommodation about half the time and ate a lot of local food prepared by locals rather than big companies. Overall rating? Very... (more)Barbara and Peter Gray
Tokyo to Kyoto vacation in Japan
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US $1,728
excluding flights
Memorable parts? It was all fabulous! There was an ideal mix of pace and sightseeing between frenetic Tokyo, to gentle Nikko and beautiful Kyoto. Our guide Koi was so organised and helpful, her assistance in getting around really made traveling, navigating public transport or busy sightseeing spots enjoyable rather than stressful. Tips? Double check your itinerary, as it was not clear from the notes that we would have a guide on hand throughout the trip and that our travel between... (more)Lisa Watson
Shikoku Pilgrimage self guided walking tour, Japan
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US $1,150
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Everything was memorable: The temples, the people we met, the landscape, the food, the places we stayed at. Tips? Perhaps not to spend to much time at each temple in order to catch the transport connections or reach the guest houses without hurrying up. Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? A success. (more)Annatina Monnier
vacation in Japan
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US $3,884
excluding flights
Miyajima-beautiful garden and Shinkansen was fab. (more)Rachel Melton
Superb. Would recommend it wholeheartedly. Thanks very much. (more)Simon Toller
A lot of good experiences - elephant ride on Christmas day - meeting a monk for meditation - Thai massage (ouch ouch ouch) and some great pampering. Food was often an adventure too. (more)Joanna Hughes
Adventure vacation in Japan
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US $3,800
excluding flights
Memorable parts? A painting exhibition in Hiroshima. Tips? It actually isn't that difficult getting around Japan but a few simple Japanese phrases help break the ice. Local benefits? We had very little interaction with local people and employed no local guides which was really a pity. We impacted on the environment just as much as any other tourists. Overall rating? Reasonable. (more)Margaret Good
Japan vacation, ancient and modern
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US $5,735
excluding flights
Fabulous people - so welcoming and polite. Loved the Onsens - open air thermal baths where you bathe naked! (more)Rosie Morgan
Difficult to pick one experience above all others but probably the visit to the Snow Monkeys was the most enjoyable. (more)Allan Wild
Excellent... (more)Ruth Martin
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