Monday 8 July 2019
Dublin-based escorted tour operator, Travel Department (020 7099 9665 – www.traveldepartment.co.uk) has launched its new programme of great value, guided group holidays for 2020, including a brand-new tour of Japan and an expanded range of tours departing from London, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Bristol.
The programme spans over 140 exciting destinations across Europe and the rest of the world, with each holiday led by expert local guides. Tours vary from city breaks to week-long tours through the likes of Italy, Spain, Portugal and Croatia, or further afield to India, China, Russia and Vietnam, with the option to bolt on an extension to any group itinerary. Book before 16 August 2019 to secure a place on a 2020 holiday with a deposit of just £1* per person.
In addition to the company's tours departing from Ireland, the new ex-UK programme features a total of 21 new itineraries for 2020. A highlight among these is an all-new, 12-night Highlights of Japan itinerary that's scheduled to depart in May 2020. With the Rugby World Cup this autumn followed by the Tokyo Olympics next summer, awareness and demand for visiting Japan is predicted to skyrocket, so this itinerary is expected to be very popular.
Departing from London to Osaka, the tour explores colourful Kyoto and takes in a Geisha show in historic Nara, which was once the Japanese capital. Further excursions include a boat trip on Lake Ashinoko and an ascent of Mount Komagatake via the Komagatake Ropeway cable car to take in panoramic views towards majestic Mount Fuji. In Tokyo there’s an included sightseeing tour of the Imperial Palace Plaza and a visit to the beautiful Koishikawa Korakuen gardens.
A tea ceremony and visit to Kamakura's Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines provide further insight into Japanese culture. Prices start from £3,999pp include flights, accommodation in four-star hotels on a mixed board basis (daily breakfast, five lunches and two evening meals), all transfers and six excursions with local guides.