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Linda Johansen, travel professional, philanthropist and co-owner of King Frederik Inn and Pea Soup Andersen’s Inn, poses on Copenhagen Drive in Solvang.

It is said that travel expands the mind, but in this particular case, it also helps raise funds for Santa Ynez Valley nonprofits. 

Linda Johansen, travel professional, philanthropist, and Visit Santa Ynez Valley chairman, will soon lead local globe trotters on a 14-day "Cultural Treasures of Japan" tour. The excursion will take place March 3–16, 2019 with 100-percent of the commission proceeds going to benefit local organizations: Atterdag Village Auxiliary, Solvang Chamber of Commerce, Rotary and Lutheran Church.

Some highlights of the trip will include: Tokyo, Asakusa and Yanaka Ginza, a tea ceremony, Hakone, Lake Ashi Cruise, a scenic cable car, Matsumoto Castle, Takayama, Hida beef dinner and sake tasting, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, Kyoto, a bullet train, Hiroshima and the Peace Memorial. 

Johansen said the trip will include 24 meals, 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 7 dinners. The price includes round-trip transfers from Solvang to LAX, air with taxes, fees and surcharges, hotels and transfers, and all guided tours. All gratuities included except for bus drivers, guides and personal meals. 

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Johansen will present a video orientation for this trip at the Solvang Lutheran Church Parish Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31. She said those that register that evening with a deposit and cancellation insurance, will receive a $150 per person discount.

For more information, brochures, and to RSVP for the July 31 orientation, call Linda Johansen at 686-1644. 

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