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gypsyjennifer January 15th, 2008 11:45 PM

In April we will be on HAL to Shanghai, Xingang Port (Beijing) Pusan, Dalian, Nagasaki and Kobe. Does anyone have any information about doing private tours at these destinations. Is it possible to get private tours upon arrival. Any suggestions would be wonderful.
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Thanks Jennifer

richstacy January 16th, 2008 02:16 PM

Hi Jennifer,
We did this cruise on the Statendam all the way from Hong Kong to Vancouver last year. it is possible to get private tours in any of the ports you mentioned. We were well satisfied with the ship sponsored ones however. I might do private tours in Japan, but would be somewhat reluctant to do so in China.

The two day overnight tour for Beijing, and the Great Wall was marvelous. HAL chose the tour vendors with care. The tour guides were well informed, the buses were comfortable and reliable, and there was no fear of mechanical trouble resulting in being left behind. Not a pleasant thought at all!

The Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum at Nagasaki are great. we did that on a tour, then in the afternoon we just walked in the upscale area above the waterfront and had lunch and sake in a world class sushi joint.

You might want to consider doing the fish market in Busan on your own. It is really something to see!

We did not go to Kobe, we did Osaka, Kyoto, Nara instead which was wonderful.

gypsyjennifer January 17th, 2008 02:22 AM

Thanks so much Rich, very appreciate your ideas.
Keep on cruisin'
Greetings Jennifer

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