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– A Caravan into the Land of the Rising Sun (Japan)
A well thought out itinerary.
Every day was exciting and special. I particularly liked Nagasaki...
a tour leader is
a first for me and I think it works well. I came with The Oriental
Caravan for a trip to see Japan and Japanese and avoid the usual
‘touristy’ elements. I enjoyed TOC’s style of travelling and
would certainly recommend TOC to anyone who is interested in a trip
east. Mrs S. E. Lancashire, UK
Good introduction to Japan. Its
great to see the Japan other tour groups miss. When you are welcomed
warmly in places you visit frequently it makes group members feel at
home. Mrs J. L. London UK
A nice sampling of different
places in Japan. I enjoyed them all. A well-organised, well thought
out trip, well planned and executed. Ms R. D. San Francisco,
A really memorable experience! Even in 2 weeks I felt that I had a
real taste of Japanese culture. Gave a real mix of traditional and
modern Japan. Enjoyed ‘free’ afternoons/days because provided
opportunity to refresh batteries if necessary.
Mrs L.H. UK
variety of scenery, sights, gardens etc – all most interesting and
well chosen. Tour leader was really good; provided a caring attitude
to all ages and all requests. Mrs S.W. UK
pleased to have a Japanese speaking tour guide – very informative,
friendly and helpful, thank you! Would not have benefited so much from
visiting Japan without the information and advice we received.
every stop... we
would not have thought to go to some of these places on our own.
a great time with you. You are well-organised, knowledgeable
and fun. Mr B.C. Missouri, USA
Great! Trip of a lifetime.
Mr A.H Cambridgeshire, UK
Thanks for an intelligent itinerary. Mr M.B. Bedfordshire, UK
truly wonderful cultural experience. Thank you. Mrs
H.M. Isle of Man
seen so much and such a wide variety that we’ve never been bored for
a moment. Phil
is very skilled. good judgement of the group and in the amount of
information given and its timing. Just about perfect I’d say!
and Mrs R. and S. W. Cheltenham, UK
I think [the tour leader] did a great job being able to handle all the
various personalities of the group and [his] obvious interest in the
country. Mr C.R. Maine, USA
lasting impression will be of an unbelievably smooth operation:
there was always enough time to do what was required whether it was
visiting gardens and temples; museums and markets or stocking up on
daily supplies. What
e was the way Phil would reach into a shoulder strap underneath his
jacket and conjure up as if by magic, an endless supply of material
but above all those precious train tickets skilfully handed out as if
individual names had been written on them. Of
course, what the pre-departure information does not prepare you for is
the way that Phil makes everyone’s comfort his particular concern,
with help cheerfully given to those who needed it and the genuine
pleasure and generosity of spirit with which all this was rendered.
Mrs A.W. London, UK
Colley is an ideal guide for such a trip with his knowledge of the
country and ability to communicate in Japanese. He was totally
unflappable and dealt with all members of the group equally. This
was an excellent experience of a new culture and country. I shall be
recommending both Japan and The Oriental Caravan to other travelling
friends and family. Phil made the trip.
Mrs S.B. Devon, UK
of interest every day and I consider it was very good value for money.
Phil was just brilliant. Cannot speak too highly of the holiday
from start to finish.
Mrs A.S. Surrey, UK
is really difficult for me to express in English how much we want to
thank you for the experiences which you offered to us. There were so
many ‘small touches’ which made the trip particularly outstanding.
I [will] spread the ‘good news’ among my friends, they should not
miss out on extraordinary experiences – a big thank you again for
all your troubles. Mrs A.F. Derbyshire, UK
We enjoyed [the tour leader’s] patient and caring attitude… The
guide in Kyoto was/is a treasure – his profound knowledge and his
‘English’ sense of humour; do not lose him.
Mr A.F. Derbyshire,
was such fun and everything was wonderful. You did a great job
planning and guiding this trip. You are one wonderful, with it guy.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Mrs P.L. New
blend of nursemaiding and independence...Wonderful
trip, wonderful company and Phil was great. I felt group size was just
about right with 12 of us. Phil had picked up that it was Ron’s
birthday during the holiday and celebrated it with a bottle of
Champagne and a gift from the group. Very nice and truly
appreciated.Thank you for a truly brilliant value for money holiday.
Mrs B.C. Bristol, UK