From Matsue to Takayama, with a Cherry Blossom Festival

Temples, Treasures, and Teahouses

Japan

14 Days

From $10,595

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    Overview

    Our insider's journey reveals fascinating aspects of Japanese culture that few travelers ever see. We begin in Matsue on the northwest coast, exploring the city's 400-year-old feudal castle and the elegant samurai houses encircling it. In the hidden gem of Kinosaki Onsen, a traditional hot springs town filled with the culture of old Japan, we soak in classic hot springs and savor fresh-caught seafood. We'll walk the storied lanes of Kyoto, seeking off-the-beaten-path temples and gardens, with a grand finale in Takayama in the Japanese Alps, where we'll join in the fun of the cherry blossom festival. Artisan visits, onsen baths, culinary treats, and the warm hospitality of the Japanese welcome us at every turn.

    Arrive: Osaka, Japan

    Depart: Osaka, Japan

    Highlights

    • Discover Matsue's fantastic castle and samurai district, soak in Kinosaki's historic onsens
    • Explore Kyoto, with its Zen gardens and teahouses, witness the spectacular Takayama Festival
    • Enjoy overnights in traditional ryokans, the serene inns that reflect Japanese culture in miniature

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      In Matsue, we walk the labyrinthine paths of the feudal castle, and the local tofu stalls and sake factory are also on our walks. At the celebrated Adachi Museum of Art, we explore its vast and surreal garden, designed as a “living painting.”
      In under-the-radar Kinosaki, we'll enjoy the town's classic sukiya architecture, soak in the hot springs, and visit the Edo-era castle town of Izushi to sample its unique style of soba (buckwheat noodles).
      Kyoto became the capital of Japan in 794 and to this day, continues to be the cultural and artistic capital of Japan. We spend our days among the cherry blossoms and temples, walking serene paths, exploring the smaller gardens, and visiting artisans. We'll see extraordinary Ryoan-ji, Japan's most famous rock garden, and take a day trip to Himeji Castle, Japan's premier feudal-era fortress.
      This mountain town, affectionately referred to as Little Kyoto, has a rich heritage revealed in wooden shrines and temples built by Hida master craftsmen in the Middle Ages. Here we witness the Takayama Festival, one of Japan's most beautiful celebrations, complete with elaborate floats pulled through the streets. Depart on Day 14 via Osaka.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $600
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in comfortable ryokans and hotels
      • All meals included except 10 lunches and 3 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Visa fees

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport

      Osaka, Japan

      Day 1 (1 night)

      This hotel couldn't be more convenient for travelers transiting Osaka—it's located just a short walk from the passenger terminal and train station. Guest rooms are modern, spacious, and quiet (despite the proximity of jets landing and taking off) and there is a good breakfast buffet.

      Ohashikan Ryokan

      Matsue, Japan

      Days 2-4 (3 nights)

      As the oldest ryokan in Matsue, Ohashikan has a long legacy of authentic Japanese traditions. The ryokan is set within walking distance from Matsue Castle and has a beautiful view of Lake Shinji and the Ohashi River. Inside, tatami-floored guest rooms have futon beds and wonderful vistas of the castle...

      Yuraku Kinosaki Spa and Gardens

      Toyooka, Japan

      Days 5-6 (2 nights)

      Set amid tranquil Japanese gardens, this onsen ryokan is the perfect place to relax. Guest rooms are Japanese-style rooms with tatami mat floors and futon bedding. There are both indoor and open-air hot spring baths to enjoy a soak, as well as three private open-air baths built in a bamboo...

      Noku Kyoto

      Kyoto, Japan

      Days 7-10 (4 nights)

      Noku puts us in the heart of Kyoto, right next to the Imperial Palace. While we soak up 1,000-year-old Japanese history, we also appreciate the artistry of modern Kyoto. The hotel's guest rooms are sleek and modern, embellished with art pieces reflecting the cultural essence of Kyoto, and each one...

      Honjin Hiranoya Bekkan

      Takayama, Japan

      Days 11-12 (2 nights)

      Overlooking the tranquil Miya River stands Honjin Hiranoya Bekkan—the ideal place to unwind in enchanting Takayama—and whose superb attention to detail in cuisine has been honored with three stars from the Michelin Guide. The scenic property actually consists of two hotels, and we'll be staying in the lovely Bekkan guest...

      Noku Kyoto

      Kyoto, Japan

      Day 13 (1 night)

      Noku puts us in the heart of Kyoto, right next to the Imperial Palace. While we soak up 1,000-year-old Japanese history, we also appreciate the artistry of modern Kyoto. The hotel's guest rooms are sleek and modern, embellished with art pieces reflecting the cultural essence of Kyoto, and each one...

      Trip Leaders

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      Lucy Whitehead

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      What the Trip is Like

      The trip is Level 2, Easy to Moderate, according to our trip grading system. This adventure trip features lovely walks in cities and villages.
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      We make the most of our time in Japan. After rising and eating breakfast, we leave our ryokan for a walking tour. Daily mini-lectures by our Trip Leader help provide insights into the past and future, the history, politics, geography, and the food of Japan. On some days, we visit temples and shrines, and other days, we follow the pathways of the shoguns or visit sites of breathtaking natural beauty. We ride the subways and buses, but we do most of our sightseeing on foot.

      Although not physically demanding, the trip will yield greater rewards if you are in good physical condition and able to stay on your feet for 6-7 hours per day. In Kyoto, there is much to see, and a fair amount of walking is necessary to take it all in—and you will find there are many steps to climb! Japan is a land of staircases and hills and you will enjoy the trip more if you are dressed comfortably and are in good physical condition. Please remember we will be sleeping on futons and eating at floor level, so it is important that you are able to sit down on and get up off the floor without much difficulty.

      Japan's climate and temperature range is similar to the East Coast of the US, with four distinct seasons. In March and April, the weather is turning spring-like and we hope to enjoy the cherry blossoms. Viewing the blossoms is somewhat of a national pastime in Japan. However, as the spring is a transitional season, we can expect some rain. Temperatures should range from the 50s to the 70sF. In the mountains, the weather is unpredictable and we may encounter rain or snow.

      Japan is a blend of the traditional and modern, and our trip encompasses this unique mixture. We will stay at traditional ryokans as well as Japanese-style hotels. The quiet world of the ryokan is a venerable cultural institution—a way to experience a simple, timeless way of life. After being warmly welcomed, we trade our street shoes for slippers. Once inside, we remove our slippers as we step onto the finely woven tatami mats covering our sleeping room floors. Our rooms are spacious and pleasant with low tables and comfortable futon mattresses with quilts and blankets. Ryokans have double rooms (singles are sometimes possible). Some of our rooms will have attached toilets; at other times, we share the "down the hall" facilities. Although a few ryokans have baths in the rooms, most have an ofuro (a Japanese-style bath).

      Normally, a fresh cotton yukata (robe) is provided for each guest. These light kimonos can be worn anywhere in and around the ryokan and we often wear them to meals (make sure to wear the left side over the right). For many of our breakfasts and dinners, beautifully presented meals are served as we sit on the floor at low tables on our tatami mats.

      A highlight of any visit to Japan is its superb cuisine defined by fresh ingredients and artful presentation. We will have ample opportunity to sample both familiar and new dishes. We will sample many types of Japanese food, and usually the first "bite" is with our eyes, the presentation being a tantalizing array of fresh fish, beef, vegetables, tofu, miso soup and, of course, rice, all served on individual plates and bowls of exquisite sizes, patterns, and proportions. We eat with chopsticks and are usually seated at low tables on the floor. At some ryokans, you may choose between a Japanese breakfast of fish, rice, miso soup, tofu, vegetables, pickled condiments and tea, or a western breakfast consisting of eggs, toast, salad, and coffee. Many places, however, offer only Japanese food.

      During our stays in major cities, you will have some dinners and most lunches on your own, allowing you ample opportunity to sample the endless variety of Japanese food. When we are traveling, we may try an obento (box lunch), and we sample the snack foods of Japan and/or get a bowl of udon, ramen or soba noodles at one of the local spots. We often eat lunch at the noodle shops, the sushi bars and the small neighborhood lunch spots, avoiding the infamous high-priced meals of Japan. Napkins are not used except at western-style restaurants; bring your own handkerchief.

      Keep in mind that Japanese food is very different from what we are used to, and with the limited availability of American foods, your food intake will be a big part of the Japanese adventure.

      Please note that vegetarian options are available, but limited. Strict vegetarian diets, vegan diets, or gluten reduced diets will be difficult to accommodate due to the pervasiveness of the fish-based stock dashi and the use of soy sauce and miso in Japanese cuisine. Gluten free cuisine will not be available.

      In Japan, bathing is a time honored tradition, a relaxing daily event. While staying in our ryokans, we will bathe as the Japanese do—using the ofuro system. In separate men and women's sides, the custom is to wash and rinse before entering the ofuro, a large tub of hot water where we can sit back with legs extended, submerged to the neck (this trip is not for the very modest!). Early Shinto was a religion of cleanliness and purification. Ritualistic bathing began during this time and has been perfected over the centuries. Either as a divine imperative or a luxury, bathing in Japan has always been regarded as more than a hygienic chore. The ofuro is the perfect way to finish a hectic day of travel. After a relaxing bath, we gather for the evening meal.

      Client Testimonials

      "Exactly what I hoped for. Placed myself into the Japanese culture as much as possible."

      Archibald B.

      Tucson, AZ

      "The trip provided an immersive experience into the culture of Japan."

      Beverly F.

      Stamford, CT

      "The overall trip design was great. We were able to see a good variety of things in Japan, from the cherry blossoms and temples to the wonderful countryside. Kate also did a great job of making the trip a wonderful experience for the entire group."

      Bob S.

      Half Moon Bay, CA

      "Loved all of the places we visited. Glad to have spent so much time in Kyoto, and very much enjoyed the ryokans and monastery. They really helped give insight into the Japanese culture."

      Carol L.

      Somerville, MA

      "Kate really made us all love Japan, even those who were not really expecting to do so."

      Donna V.

      Paris, France

      "The trip covers a great deal of Japan for the ‘101 Course’ and first time traveler to the country. The ryokans, especially in Kyoto were fabulous."

      Jennifer B.

      Washington, DC

      "This trip was very interesting and a great introduction to Japan—a nice mix of urban and rural. Our days were full of interesting sights and experiences, still leaving time for us to explore on our own. We definitely gained insights into Japanese culture."

      Lynne R.

      New York, NY

      "We couldn’t have asked for a better Trip Leader. I got the feeling she could always find new things to do if we stayed indefinitely! Domo arigato!"

      Marli K.

      Larkspur, CA

      "Our Trip Leader was very knowledgeable and a wonderful guide. Her experience in the country as well as her proficiency in Japanese were invaluable and added greatly to our experience."

      Martha G.

      Cambridge, MA

      "Fantastic trip, great leader, fun group of folks!"

      Mary P.

      Yakima, WA

      "The trip exceeded expectations. I loved the small group!"

      Pamela W.

      Corvallis, OR

      "We thought the overall itinerary was excellent and was the main reason we chose WT for this trip."

      Paulette N.

      Fort Collins, CO

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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The Japanese believe that turning down someone's request causes embarrassment and loss of face to the other person. If the request cannot be agreed to, they will say, &#8220;it's inconvenient&#8221; or &#8220;it's under consideration.&#8221; The Japanese will try to never do anything to cause loss of face. Therefore, they do not openly criticize, insult, or put anyone on the spot. Face can be lost, taken away, or earned through praise and thanks.<br><strong><br>Harmony in Japanese Society<\/strong><br>Harmony is the key value in Japanese society. It is the guiding philosophy for the Japanese in family and business settings and in society as a whole. Japanese children are taught to act harmoniously and cooperatively with others from the time they go to preschool. The Japanese educational system emphasizes the interdependence of all people, and Japanese children are not raised to be independent but rather to work together. 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Non-verbal communication is so vital that there is a book for gaijins (foreigners) on how to interpret the signs! <br><br><ul><li>Frowning while someone is speaking is interpreted as a sign of disagreement.<\/li><li>Most Japanese maintain an impassive expression when speaking.<\/li><li>Expressions to watch out for include inhaling through clenched teeth, tilting the head, scratching the back of the head, and scratching the eyebrow.<\/li><li>It is considered disrespectful to stare into another person's eyes, particularly those of a person who is senior to you because of age or status.<\/li><li>In crowded situations the Japanese avoid eye contact to give themselves privacy.<\/li><li>If you are approached by someone crossing their forearms or pointer fingers or hands in an X shape in front of them, they are communicating that something is not permitted. 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If slippers are provided for the toilet, use them instead of the one for the rest of the house. <br><br>Some shops, cafes, or department stores provide plastic covers for umbrellas. Make sure not to enter with a dripping wet umbrella without this cover. <br><br>Refrain from blowing your nose in front of other people. Japanese only use paper tissue for this. Like in other Asian countries, it is considered rude to blow your nose in a handkerchief and stuff it in your pocket afterward. Japanese are usually aware of this Western practice, although that might make them feel uncomfortable. NEVER blow your nose at a meal! <br><br>You should not eat while standing or walking in the street. Even inside a house, you should sit down to eat. The only exceptions are for eating at a counter (e.g., ramen) or for eating an ice cream in the street. 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If you are coming straight from your country, it is preferable to bring some local culinary specialties from your home town\/region. <br><br>Say o-jama shimasu (sorry for disturbing) when entering someone's house.<br><strong><br>Table Manners<\/strong><br>Japanese meals at our inns are carefully prepared to highlight the local ingredients of the area and the skills of the chef. Unless you have an allergy or dietary restrictions, it is considered rude to ask for a substitution or to ask for customized food as we do in the US, i.e. &#8220;Hold the dressing and no butter on my potato.&#8221; Again the harmony of the group is what matters. <br><br>It is not uncommon in private households and in certain restaurants (e.g., Izakaya) to share several dishes of food at the table rather than serving each person with his\/her individual dish. In such a case, you are supposed to move some food from the shared plates onto your own plate by yourself, using the opposite end of your chopsticks (if you have used them already) or with special chopsticks that may be provided for that purpose. Do not stick your chopsticks vertically into a bowl of rice, as this is used in Buddhist funerary ceremonies, and do not pass food to someone else with your chopsticks for the same reason. Contrary to Western manners, noodles can be and should be slurped. Likewise, bowls or plates should be brought up to the mouth rather than bending one's head toward it. <br><br>At a nomikai (e.g., while going drinking with colleagues at an Izakaya), you should (re)fill the glasses of people around you when they are empty, and they should do the same for you. If you want to refill your glass, start by serving other people. 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We will stay at traditional ryokans as well as Japanese-style hotels. The quiet world of the ryokan is a venerable cultural institution&mdash;a way to experience a simple, timeless way of life. After being warmly welcomed, we trade our street shoes for slippers. Once inside, we remove our slippers as we step onto the finely woven tatami mats covering our sleeping room floors. Our rooms are spacious and pleasant with low tables and comfortable futon mattresses with quilts and blankets. Ryokans have double rooms (singles are sometimes possible). Some of our rooms will have attached toilets; at other times, we share the \"down the hall\" facilities. Although a few ryokans have baths in the rooms, most have an <em>ofuro<\/em> (a Japanese-style bath).<\/p><p>Normally, a fresh cotton <em>yukata<\/em> (robe) is provided for each guest. These light kimonos can be worn anywhere in and around the ryokan and we often wear them to meals (make sure to wear the left side over the right). 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If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">saito8.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. 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Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. 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If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<p><strong>PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION<\/strong><strong>: <\/strong>Please review your Pre-Departure Information booklet included in this packet for important information regarding Wilderness Travel's COVID-19 protocols, packing lists, recommended reading, tipping, etc.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. 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You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_COVID-19":"The Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 declared by the World Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services expired in 2023. As of March 2024, we no longer require guests who exhibit cold or flu symptoms to test for COVID-19. Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to follow local health protocols, wear a mask in group vehicles and during indoor activities for the remainder of the trip, and may be asked to dine separately. Any travel companion sharing a room with them will also be required to wear a mask at all times in the shared group vehicles for the remainder of the trip.<br><br>We encourage all travelers to actively monitor their own well-being and to use common-sense preventative measures such as regular handwashing (or use of hand sanitizer) and\/or wearing a face mask. If you are feeling sick, we encourage you to self-isolate and\/or wear a mask to protect your fellow travelers. Guests may be required to wear a mask if the Trip Leader believes the situation warrants it.<br><br>Leading up to the trip, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy, including avoiding close contact with anyone displaying cold or flu symptoms and washing your hands often. As always, by traveling with Wilderness Travel, guests agree to be accountable for their own well-being. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's cold or flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.<br><br>These protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as guidance evolves. <br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.lensrentals.com\/\">lensrentals.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. 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While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>At time of reservation: $600<br>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<br><\/p>"}}