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Itinerary: Imperial Impressions

Friday 18 October, 2019 - Arrive in Fukuoka & Welcome Drinks

Arrive in Fukuoka and make your way to your hotel. After checking in the afternoon is yours to relax or head out and get your bearings ahead of tomorrows first quarter final match. This evening you will join us at our welcome function (dinner & drinks included) where you will get the chance to meet your tour leader, tour host and fellow travellers.

Overnight: ANA Crowne Plaza Fukuoka or similar, Fukuoka

Saturday 19 October, 2019 – quarter-final 1, Oita Stadium

Today is at leisure as you enjoy the sights of Fukuoka before we head to Oita Stadium for quarter-final 1. In the Rugby World Cup 2015 in England, the quarter-finals consisted of quarter-finals 1 & 4 South Africa v Wales & Australia v Scotland, with quarter-finals 2 & 3 being New Zealand v France and Ireland v Argentina. The matches in quarter final 1 & 4 were extremely tight, with South Africa and Australia defeating their opposition whilst and New Zealand and Argentina comprehensively won their quarter finals to also secure their places in the semi-finals. A last minute penalty by Bernard Foley put Australia through to the semi-finals where they would go on to face an Argentinean side that ran rampant over Ireland with a convincing 43-20 victory. You will be in for a great weekend as you witness the top 8 fight for the Rugby World Cup 2019 title. Return transfers from your hotel to the stadium are included in your tour.

Match: W Pool C v RU Pool D
Kick Off: 4:15pm
Venue: Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture
Overnight: ANA Crowne Plaza Fukuoka or similar, Fukuoka

Sunday 20 October, 2019 – quarter-final 3, Oita Stadium

After the excitement of yesterday’s quarter-final match, you are in for a treat as you head back to Oita Stadium to witness quarter-final 3. Get ready for a big match ahead and for the celebrations that continue late into the evening. Return transfers from your hotel to the stadium are included in your tour.

Match: W Pool D v RU Pool C
Kick Off: 4:15pm
Venue: Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture
Overnight: ANA Crowne Plaza Fukuoka or similar, Fukuoka

Monday 21 October, 2019 - MID TOUR OPTION 2 BEGINS

Tuesday 22 October, 2019

Wednesday 23 October, 2019

Thursday 24 October, 2019

Friday 25 October, 2019 – Tokyo (Shinkansen or Flight from Mid Tour Destination)

Overnight: Prince Hotel Takanawa or similar, Tokyo

Saturday 26 October, 2019 - semi-final 1, International Stadium Yokohama

Today is at leisure before another cracking match as it comes down to the top 4 teams. Why not spend the morning sightseeing the many wonders of Tokyo. In 2015, Australia continued their dream run at the World Cup with a comfortable 29-15 victory against Argentina. Adam Ashley-Cooper put in a man of the match performance as he scored a hat trick helping Australia to their first World Cup final since 2003. Don’t miss a minute of this entertaining match and witness the team that will book their spot in the final of Rugby World Cup 2019. Return transfers from your hotel to the stadium are included in your tour.

Match: Winner QF1 v Winner QF2
Kick Off: 5:00pm
Venue: International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City
Overnight: Prince Hotel Takanawa or similar, Tokyo

Sunday 27 October, 2019 – semi-final 2, International Stadium Yokohama

Following on from an exciting match last night, take it easy this morning as you have a leisurely breakfast or a sleep in and recover as you will have another thrilling match ahead this evening. Return transfers from your hotel to the stadium are included in your tour.

Match: Winner QF3 v Winner QF4
Kick Off: 6:00pm
Venue: International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City
Overnight: Prince Hotel Takanawa or similar, Tokyo

Monday 28 October, 2019 - MID TOUR OPTION 3 BEGINS

Tuesday 29 October, 2019

Wednesday 30 October, 2019

Thursday 31 October, 2019

Tonight you will be our guest at the Official Rugby AU function.

Overnight: Prince Hotel Takanawa or similar, Tokyo

Friday 1 November, 2019 – bronze final, Tokyo Stadium

Today is at leisure in Tokyo. Why not take the chance to visit any of the sights of Tokyo you haven’t yet seen or purchase any last minute gifts or souvenirs as your tour is coming to a close. Return to your hotel to freshen up and then get ready to make your way to Tokyo Stadium for the decider of the bronze final. Both teams have nothing to lose and everything to gain in this match, and despite not making it to the final of Rugby World Cup 2019, they will be giving it all they have to close their campaign with a win. In 2015, South Africa controlled the match to win the bronze final in a 24-13 over Argentina. Be prepared to be sitting on the edge of your seat for what will be a thrilling bronze final. Return transfers from your hotel to the stadium are included in your tour.

Match: Runner-Up semi-final 1 v Runner-Up semi-final 2
Kick Off: 6:00pm
Venue: Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo Metropolitan
Overnight: Prince Hotel Takanawa or similar, Tokyo

Saturday 2 November, 2019 – the final of Rugby World Cup 2019, International Stadium Yokohama

After 44 days, 20 nations, 12 venues and 48 matches, the final of Rugby World Cup 2019 is upon us. Be prepared to watch the ultimate Rugby match, as both teams throw their bodies on the line in the effort to strive to victory and win the Webb Ellis Cup, as they mark their names in the history books as the finalists. Passion, aggression, skill and willpower will all be in full force tonight, as the best 2 teams of the Tournament battle it out for the next 80mins. With International Stadium Yokohama at full capacity, the atmosphere will be electric, as you witness history in the making. Get ready for what will be an unforgettable night as you take part in this exciting final. In 2015, New Zealand went back to back beating Australia 34-17 to win the final at Twickenham Stadium in London. Both teams put their blood, sweat and tears into the match. New Zealand were up 16-3 after Nehe Milner Skudder scored for New Zealand right on half time. Two minutes into the second half a Ma’a Nonu try extended the lead to 21-3. The Australians then fought back and with 10 minuteds to go the score was 21-17. However, a 70th minute drop goal, 75th minute penalty and 80th minute try to the All Blacks secured the victory and they became the first back to back winners of the Webb Ellis Trophy. Return transfers from your hotel to the stadium are included in your tour.

Match: Winner semi-final 1 v Winner semi-final 2
Kick Off: 6:00pm
Venue: International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City
Overnight: Prince Hotel Takanawa or similar, Tokyo

Sunday 3 November, 2015 - Tour Concludes

All good things must come to an end as we bid farewell to our new found friends and to the beauty of Japan as our ‘Imperial Impressions’ tour concludes. Thanks for travelling with us and we look forward to having you on tour again soon.


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