High Culture

Tour operators highlight Asian culture with great new deals for 2009

By: By Sarah Zarrabi

Today, tours operating throughout Asia are placing increased emphasis on the richness and dynamism of Asian culture, promoting great deals and packages that specifically cater to clients’ interest in cultural immersion.

Pacific Delight World Tours has just introduced its Fall Special. Starting at $2,599 per person, based on double occupancy, this 12-day tour of Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore features luxurious accommodations and international airfare from Los Angeles or San Francisco. Clients begin their tour with a three-night stay in Hong Kong where they will take a sampan ride to the floating community at Aberdeen, climb Victoria Peak to enjoy panoramic views of Hong Kong and go bargain hunting at the open-air Stanley Market. Clients then spend three nights in Singapore, where they will visit Hindu temples and Singapore’s Botanic Gardens. The tour concludes with three nights in Bangkok where clients can visit the Chapel of the Emerald Buddha at Wat Pra Keao and the Royal Grand Palace.

Travelers interested in Japanese culture should embark on Journeys East’s Asian Havens: Art, Architecture and Hot Springs tour through Japan. This intimate 15-day tour guides 12 participants to Kyoto, the Sea of Japan, Nagoya and Tokyo with participants staying in classic Japanese inns, relaxing in hot springs, visiting traditional Japanese artists and viewing contemporary works of Japanese architecture. The tour starts at $6,385 per person and operates during September and October of 2009 and 2010.

Clients touring Asia this year with Ritz Tours’ Premiere, Deluxe and Asia Series travel itineraries will be rewarded with exciting bonus items to sweeten their travel deals and further immerse clients in Asia’s rich culture. Valued at $100-$300 per person, these extras include a Kung Fu show with roundtrip transfers in Beijing; a photograph with a Terra Cotta solider at Xian, China; a Chao Phraya river dinner cruise in Bangkok, Thailand; or a 90-minute visit to Spa Rosa in Shanghai, China. With these bonuses, Ritz Tours seeks to thank its current clients and draw additional clients throughout 2009.