STAR COLLECTOR: RISING SUN TO THE LAST FRONTIER

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Star Collector: Rising Sun to the Last Frontier

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From $ 6,599 pp Bonus shipboard credit

Osaka, Japan


Land Tours

Kyoto/Osaka Land Tour Pre-Cruise

3 Day/2 Night Kyoto Pre Overland Package Kyoto
Have your camera charged and ready for the lovely architecture found on this tour. Visit the cypress-wood UNESCO Site of Nijo Castle and Osaka Castle, the 16th century famous historic landmark surrounded by 15 acres of carefully landscaped park. And stroll the grounds of the ancient Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion for the shimmering gold leaf that covers it.

Highlights
  • Visit the 16th century Osaka Castle, the main historic landmark of the city
  • Tour the UNESCO Site of Nijo Castle, built of cypress wood in 1603
  • Stroll the gardens of the ancient Golden Pavilion, built in 1397 and covered with shimmering gold leaf

What’s Included
  • Osaka Castle guided tour
  • Niji Castle guided tour
  • Golden Pavilion guided tour
  • Hotel: Kyoto Brighton Hotel
  • Meals: 2 breakfasts (pre-cruise) or 2 breakfasts & 1 lunch (post-cruise)

Day 1
Osaka to Kyoto
Arrive at the Kansai International Airport (KIX) and an English-speaking guide will be waiting for you. Board your motor coach for the 2-hour drive to your Kyoto Brighton Hotel where you will have the evening at your leisure

Day 2 (B)
Kyoto Half-Day Tour
Following breakfast at the hotel you will board your motor coach for the 30-minute drive to Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion, built in 1397. Positioned by a tranquil pond, the 3-story Chinese-influenced pavilion has the walls and eaves of its 2nd and 3rd stories covered in shimmering gold leaf. You will stroll the exterior of the building and the peaceful gardens before heading for lunch. Then you will take a 30-minute drive to Nijo Castle a fortification of cypress wood built in 1603 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is adorned with wood carvings, artistically painted sliding doors and expansive tatami rooms. Then you will take the short ride back to your hotel where you will have the remainder of the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

Day 3 (B)
Kyoto to Osaka, Tour, Port
After breakfast check out of the hotel and you will have a 90-minute drive to the impressive landmark, Osaka Castle. One of Japan's most famous castles was built in the late 1500s. Built on a plot of land almost 1 square mile, you will see the castle compound contains 13 structures including the 5-story central castle building. You will spend a couple of hours touring the structures including a museum which house some of Osaka's most significant historical and cultural artifacts. You will then have a 30-minute drive to your waiting ship to begin your cruise.
 
Bring your hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and comfortable walking shoes. When visiting the temples shoulders and legs must be covered and no shorts will be allowed. This tour is not wheelchair accessible and is not suitable for people with mobility issues.

Hotels

Brighton Hotel Kyoto

Brighton Hotel Kyoto

4 Night Kyoto Pre Package Brighton Hotel Kyoto Superior Room
In the downtown district of Kamigyō-ku, this sleek and modern hotel is a 6-minute walk from the Kyoto Imperial Palace, a 10-minute walk from Imadegawa subway station and about a mile from the 17th century Nijō Castle. Includes breakfast.
Brighton Hotel Kyoto

Brighton Hotel Kyoto

3 Night Kyoto Pre Package Brighton Hotel Kyoto Superior Room
In the downtown district of Kamigyō-ku, this sleek and modern hotel is a 6-minute walk from the Kyoto Imperial Palace, a 10-minute walk from Imadegawa subway station and about a mile from the 17th century Nijō Castle. Includes breakfast.
Brighton Hotel Kyoto

Brighton Hotel Kyoto

2 Night Kyoto Pre Package Brighton Hotel Kyoto Superior Room
In the downtown district of Kamigyō-ku, this sleek and modern hotel is a 6-minute walk from the Kyoto Imperial Palace, a 10-minute walk from Imadegawa subway station and about a mile from the 17th century Nijō Castle. Includes breakfast.
Brighton Hotel Kyoto

Brighton Hotel Kyoto

1 Night Kyoto Pre Package Brighton Hotel Kyoto Superior Room
In the downtown district of Kamigyō-ku, this sleek and modern hotel is a 6-minute walk from the Kyoto Imperial Palace, a 10-minute walk from Imadegawa subway station and about a mile from the 17th century Nijō Castle. Includes breakfast.

Anchorage / Seward, Alaska, United States


Land Tours

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

5 Day/4 Night Denali National Park Post Overland Package Anchorage
Day 1 (Reception)
Seward to Talkeetna
Following breakfast you will disembark Star Legend in Seward where your Alaska Tour Director will be waiting for you. Board your motor coach and take a 2.5-hour scenic drive to Anchorage. Visit the Anchorage Museum which showcases Alaska history, art and culture. Re-board your motor coach for the 2.5-hour drive to quaint Talkeetna. Get settled in your room at the lodge before a Welcome Reception with appetizers and local speaker. Overnight at the lodge.
 
Day 2 (B,L,D)
Talkeetna to Denali National Park
Buffet breakfast will be available before you transfer to the train depot for your deluxe domed 4-hour train ride to Denali. Lunch will be on the train as you enjoy the scenery. Arrive in Denali and get settled in your room before the evening Welcome to Denali Talk and the Denali Dinner Theater which includes dinner and a show and all-you-can-eat salmon. Overnight at Denali.
 
Day 3 (B,BL, Snack)
Full Day at Denali
Join the 7-8-hour early departure tour into Denali National Park. Keep an eye out for moose, sheep, caribou or grizzly bears. Your driver/guide will share information about the wildlife and a box lunch will be provided. Return to the lodge where the remainder of the day is yours to explore on your own or take an optional tour.
 
Day 4 (B,D)
Denali to Fairbanks
After breakfast you will board your motor coach for the 2.5-hour drive to Fairbanks. Check in to your hotel then meet up for the afternoon 3-hour Riverboat Discovery Cruise down the Chena River before your Farewell Dinner.
 
Day 5 (B)
Departure
Your day is at your leisure until you are transferred to the Fairbanks Airport for your flight home.
 
 
Please note: This tour includes four nights at various hotels, all transfers to and from Denali and to various sites. Bring your hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and comfortable walking shoes. This tour is wheelchair accessible. The motor coaches, the train, and the Denali bus all have lifts. Depending on the number of participants, the Denali tour buses may not be exclusive to Windstar guests. The hotels have special needs rooms. This tour does not include your flight home.

Hotels

Anchorage Hilton

Anchorage Hilton

1 Night Anchorage Post Package Hilton Anchorage Standard Room
Located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, this modern Hilton is near popular attractions, including the excellent shopping and dining in the Anchorage Convention District with only an 8-minute walk to the Anchorage Museum. Beautiful room views and Alaskan art in the lobby. Includes breakfast.
Anchorage Hilton

Anchorage Hilton

2 Night Anchorage Post Package Hilton Anchorage Standard Room
Located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, this modern Hilton is near popular attractions, including the excellent shopping and dining in the Anchorage Convention District with only an 8-minute walk to the Anchorage Museum. Beautiful room views and Alaskan art in the lobby. Includes breakfast.
Anchorage Hilton

Anchorage Hilton

3 Night Anchorage Post Package Hilton Anchorage Standard Room
Located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, this modern Hilton is near popular attractions, including the excellent shopping and dining in the Anchorage Convention District with only an 8-minute walk to the Anchorage Museum. Beautiful room views and Alaskan art in the lobby. Includes breakfast.
Anchorage Hilton

Anchorage Hilton

4 Night Anchorage Post Package Hilton Anchorage Standard Room
Located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, this modern Hilton is near popular attractions, including the excellent shopping and dining in the Anchorage Convention District with only an 8-minute walk to the Anchorage Museum. Beautiful room views and Alaskan art in the lobby. Includes breakfast.

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