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Monday, April 13, 2015

MAYBE YOUR LAST CHANCE TO GO AROUND THE WORLD

Earlier this year I spoke to the Travel Club at 15 Craigside on how to plan an around the world trip.  Hey, I am, after all, probably the world authority on this subject, having journeyed the globe more than ten times.  Here is my power point on this presentation. There was sufficient interest to form a small committee to work out the details for the Fall of this year.  Four itineraries were developed:

1.  A 65-day Star Alliance around the globe trip on business class, including one week on the Green Car Japan Rail Pass to Hokkaido and a two week Tauck European river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam.  Other stops include what CNN calls the coolest city in the world, Seoul, and stay at a next generation hotel; Singapore for their 50th anniversary; Dubai to visit the tallest building (2722 feet--#2 at 2080 ft is the Tokyo Skytree, which we will also see); Milan for the World Expo, Amsterdam to a coffee shop (serves coffee, but marijuana is available, and, so far, tourists haven't been arrested); and more.

2.  A shortened journey on coach class for one month, skipping the Japan Rail Pass, Tauck European river cruise and stops in the USA.  The  price drops by 70% to $12,900.

3.  Joining the group only in Europe, beginning in London, then trains to Paris, Milan (for the World Expo). Venice, Frankfurt, Budapest, Tauck river cruise to Amsterdam, and home to Honolulu.

4.  An even shorter itinerary only to Japan for the one week Shinkansen trip from Tokyo to Kanazawa (new Shinkansen service began in March), Matsumoto, Sapporo and Kyoto.  


There can be innumerable variations to the above.  For example, friends have been telling me that they would rather go to Barcelona rather than Paris, and so on, and these adjustments can easily be accommodated.  Presented will be the full itinerary, including costs for each option.  Outrigger Travel will send an agent to provide interface if requested.   If you've never been on an around the world trip, this could be your last chance.  Also too, the adventure is open to your children, grandchildren and friends.  Invite them to the presentation.  

NOTE:  this is NOT a tour, as such.  I'm going, but will not act as your guide.  You can follow me as you wish, but I will not be responsible for you, although my general nature is such that I will, of course, be as helpful as possible.  If there is sufficient response, however, perhaps Outrigger might find interest in actually leading this effort with a real person from their company.  

Here is my itinerary:

September       16        Depart             Honolulu                     UA879
                        17        Arrive Tokyo (Narita)
                        18
                        19        Tokyo to Kanazawa, Nagano,             JR Pass
                                        Matsumoto and Shinzuku                  
                        20        Tokyo Station to Sapporo
                        21
                        22        Sapporo to Tokyo
                        23        Tokyo to Kyoto
                        24
                        25        Kyoto to Yokohama
                        26        Yokohama to Tokyo
                        27       
                        28        Narita to Seoul Incheon                      OZ101
                        29
                        30       
October             1        Seoul Incheon to Singapore
                          2
                          3        Singapore to Bangkok
                          4
                          5        Bangkok to Dubai
                          6
                          7       
                          8        Dubai to Instanbul
                          9       
                        10        Istanbul to London
                        11
                        12
                        13        London to Paris, Gare du Nord          Eurostar (train)
                        14       
                        15
                        16        Paris, Gare de Lyon to                        TGV (train)
                                    Milan (for World Expo)
                        17
                        18
                        19        Milan to Venice                                  Trenitalia (train)
                        20       
                        21       
                        22        Venice to Frankfurt                           LH327
                        23
                        24        Frankfurt to Budapest                                    LH1338
                                    Tauck River Tour
                        25        Budapest
                        26        Vienna
                        27        Vienna
                        28        Danube River
                        29        Passau
                        30        Regensburg
                        31        Nurnberg
November         1        Bamberg
                          2        Wurzburg/Rothenburg
                          3        Main River
                          4        Rudesheim
                          5        Cologne
                          6        Amsterdam
                          7        Amsterdam
                          8        Amsterdam
                          9        Amsterdam to Newark Liberty (NYC) UA224
                        10
                        11
                        12        Newark Liberty to O’Hare (Chicago)    UA224
                        13       
                        14        Chicago to Las Vegas                             UA519
                        15
                        16
                        17        Las Vegas to San Francisco
                        18
                        19
                        20        San Francisco to Honolulu                     UA300

I will mostly be staying at Starwood hotels, and Outrigger Travel has the details.  

If you made it this far and happen to live in Honolulu, you are invited to my presentation later this month at 15 Craigside:

     15 Craigside Place 
(up Nuuanu Avenue, one block past Judd Street,  turn right just before the cemetery and the security guard will tell you where to park)
     The Theater
     Wednesday, April 29 at 3:30PM


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