STAR COLLECTOR: ECLECTIC EAST ASIA: JAPAN, THE PHILIPPINES & INDONESIA

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Star Collector: Eclectic East Asia: Japan, the Philippines & Indonesia

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Lembar, Lombok, Indonesia

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6.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

essentials
Lembar, Fascinating Culture Of Lombok
This will be a true cultural experience. You will board your motor coach for the 45-minute ride to Banyu Mulek village, famous for handmade pottery.  Here you will take a cidomo ride (traditional horse cart) around the village to see the skilled villagers processing clay into beautiful export-quality pottery. At the local school, children are trained to make pottery from a very young age. A visit to a large gallery is included, where you can purchase finished products.  Your tour will then proceed to Narmada Water Palace. The centerpiece here is a large artificial lake whose shape resembles Segara Anak in the caldera of the Rinjani Volcano. It was built in 1805 by the Raja of Mataram after he became too old to climb Rinjani to deposit offerings in the sacred lake there. The replica of the volcano’s lake was a repository for the Raja’s offerings. Narmada’s temple, Pura Kalasa, is still used and the Balinese Pujawali celebration is held here annually. Lingsar, another large temple complex built in 1714, is the place of worship for Wetu Telu Islam. The Hindu temple is in the northern section and features a fountain. Continue heading north, as the road rises over two small hills offering a panoramic view. At Senggigi Resort, you will enjoy a sumptuous Indonesian buffet dinner served at an international restaurant inside the resort.  After dinner, in the central city of Mataram, you’ll stop to visit the famous pearl shops.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and loose, comfortable clothing. Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat and local currency.


price $169
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7.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

culture

dining

essentials
Lembar, Sasak Tradtional Village & Kuta Beach
Central Lombok is home to traditional Sasak villages. You’ll pass beautiful scenery of rice fields and palm trees, and stop at Banyu Mulek—famous for handmade pottery to see the skilled villagers processing clay into beautiful export-quality pottery. At the local school, children are trained to make pottery from a very young age. A visit to a large gallery will be included, where you can purchase finished products. Continue on to Sade village to view traditional Sasak houses, each house contains an interior platform, raised about a yard off the ground, which is made from a mixture of clay, dung, and straw. The surface is eventually polished to a high gloss finish, and the roof is made of thatching, with bamboo or palm walls. Sade is also home to the traditional bonnet-shaped rice barns—lumbungs—which are an iconic symbol of Lombok. Kuta Beach offers the best seascape in Lombok and an Indonesian buffet lunch will be served here at a beautiful tropical resort. Free time will be available at the resort, so relax and enjoy the hotel’s swimming pool or the crystal-clear blue water of the beach. On your return to port a stop will be made at Sukarara, a village known for it stunning Ikat and handwoven fabric.

Please note:   Bring your swimsuit, a towel, sunscreen and a hat. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring local currency.


price $149
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

beach

essentials
Lembar, Sekotong & Cocotinos Beach
Travel to Sekotong for a taste of local life before relaxing on beautiful Cocotinus Beach. You will have a 30-minute drive to Sekoton where you will tour a grass roof factory, where the island's thatched roofs are woven from alang-alang grass and rice straw. Then it’s a short drive to Cocotinue Beach, considered one of the island’s finest beaches.  You will have about 90 minutes of free time to swim in the warm crystalline waters of the Lombok Strait, sunbathe or comb the white-sand beach. Additional activities are available at your cost.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and loose, comfortable clothing. Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, swimsuit, towel and local currency.


price $89
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Loh Liang, Komodo National Park, Indonesia



4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

unesco

beach

boating
Loh Liang, Komodo National Park & Pink Beach
Tendering from the ship you will arrive at the Komodo Jetty which is the headquarters of Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The world-renowned wildlife island of Komodo is the desolate domain of a fierce and very rare species of reptile that bears the look of a prehistoric dinosaur and is appropriately called a Komodo Dragon.  Once ashore, you will be met by a local tour guide to begin the walking expedition of the island. Traveling in small groups with the guide and a park ranger, you will make your way along paths that lead through pockets of thorny vegetation and dry tropical grasslands to the viewing point. This first-hand look at Komodo will also serve to acquaint you with other notable species that inhabit the island, as well as the rich surrounding marine environment. Informative commentary will be happily provided by expert guides. You will then walk to the concreate pier to board a local wooden boat that will transfer you to Pink Beach. The snorkeling is excellent. Colorful crinoids, nudibranchs, giant clams, turtles, corals of numerous shaped and size, and multitude of reef and pelagic fish inhabit reefs which are within easy swimming distance of the beach and the diving around Komodo is some of the best in the world, especially for seeing soft corals. 

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and loose, comfortable clothing. Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, swimsuit, towel and local currency. Snorkeling gear will be provided.


price $149
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2 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

wildlife

walking

unesco

essentials
Loh Liang, Komodo National Trek
Tendering from the ship, you will arrive at the Komodo Jetty which is the headquarters of Komodo National Park. The world-renowned wildlife island of Komodo is the desolate domain of a fierce and very rare species of reptile appropriately called a Komodo Dragon.  A clear indication of Komodo National Park's biological importance is its ranking with UNESCO as both a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve. The Komodo Dragon is thought to be the remnant of a once widespread ancient order of monitor lizards. Today, fewer than 300 of this protected species remain and its continuing existence hangs in the balance. Often measuring up to 11 feet in length and weighing in at over 300 pounds, this ominous looking creature, with its sharp, saw-like teeth and menacing eyes, leaves a lasting impression on all who have had the opportunity to see it up close. Living on deer and wild pigs that inhabit the island, it is surprisingly agile when covering short distances and is a good swimmer. Once ashore, you will be met by a local tour guide to begin the walking expedition of the island. Traveling in small groups with the guide and a park ranger, you will make your way along paths that lead through pockets of thorny vegetation and dry tropical grasslands to the viewing point. This first-hand look at Komodo will also serve to acquaint you with other notable species that inhabit the island, as well as the rich surrounding marine environment. Informative commentary will be happily provided by expert guides.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and loose, comfortable clothing. Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat and local currency.


price $115
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Ende, Flores, Indonesia



4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

culture

essentials
Ende, City Tour & Lionese Village
Your tour will start with a visit to Panca Sila Square to see a big breadfruit tree, under which Soekarno  the former Indonesian President often sat working on political ideas to lead Indonesia to independence. It was here that he created the current Indonesian State philosophy of Pancasila. Next on to Bung Karno Museum, the old house occupied by former Indonesian President Soekarno during his years of exile. Most of the old furniture is still there. Re-board the bus and drive to Rada Ara Village. The road to the village offers breathtaking views of mountainous areas dotted with fertile tropical trees such as palm, cocoa, banana, and bamboo. The village is located on a quiet hillside with amazing natural surroundings.  Here you will meet with the Lionese people who still strongly adhere to their traditions.  Upon arrival, the Villagers will give you a warm welcome and perform a traditional dance. Local women will be at work weaving the traditional Lionese ikat. You will see the process from dying to weaving and the ready-made ones will be on display, available for purchase. On the way back to port a stop will be made at the traditional market of Ende, a bustling area filled with many kinds of local product, fruits, vegetables, and Ikat weaving.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes or sandals, sunscreen, a hat, and bring local currency.


price $99
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8 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

culture

dining

essentials
Ende, The Three Color Lakes
Travel by local non-air-conditioned bus through beautiful landscapes ascending to the Mount Kelimutu. On the way a stop will be made at Detusuko for toilet break and refreshments. Kelimutu is famous for the unique three colored crater lakes.  These lakes change colors from time to time, and nobody can explain why, but stories vary from a changing mineral content of the water to angry ancestor spirits.  Whatever the reason, Kelimutu is certainly a highlight for anyone visiting Flores! The first lake is named Tiwu Ata Mbupu (lake of the ancestors' souls); the second is named Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai (lake of young people’s souls); and the third is called Tiwu Ata Polo (lake of evil spirits). Stop at the first viewing point and then continue walking up to the second viewing point that offers an amazing view of the Three Color Lakes. Lunch will be served in the picturesque village of Moni, ringed by volcanoes and dotted with rice fields before your scenic drive back to the ship.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes or sandals, sunscreen, a hat, and bring local currency.


price $159
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Makassar, Indonesia



7 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

culture

essentials
Makassar, Highlights Tour
Cultural experience, ancient historic charms, forts and buildings, architectural, history and interest, this tour has it all.  You will visit Paotere Harbor, a place to anchor the phinisi, the famous traditional Buginese schooners. These highly seaworthy ships are famous for their ability to cross the Pacific Ocean all the way to the African Coast. Then it’s a 30-minute drive to Fort Rotterdam, also known as Benteng Makassar, a 16th century fort built by the 9th king of the great Kingdom of Gowa. Its original name was Benteng Panyyua, but was later changed to Fort Rotterdam after the Gowan King conceded this building to the Dutch. Spend 90 minutes touring here before your 30-minute drive to Pantai Losari. Sunsets in the Makassar Strait can be viewed from a promenade at Losari Beach, Jalan Penghibur, or the Paotere anchorage at the north end of the city where Bugis schooners are berthed. Across the harbor is Kayangan Island, which can be reached in 15 minutes by ferry. You will have time for a meal and to shop and mingle with the locals here.

Please note: The weather is hot and humid. Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing suited to the day's conditions. Wear a hat and adequate sun protection. Bring local currency.


price $159
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Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia



7.25

Moderate

wildlife

sightseeing

essentials

dining

essentials
Sandakan-Sabah, Primate of Broneo with Lunch
Visit Sepilok Forest Reserve feeding platform and see the orphaned and injured orangutans who are brought to Sepilok to be rehabilitated to return forest life. Sepilok is a primary lowland forest and the nearest place to visit a virgin jungle of Borneo, one of the few remaining rainforests in Sabah and witness the feeding of Orangutan in its natural habitat from a platform in the forest. Observe the fascinating diversity of plants and trees reaching the sky at the height of 164-295 feet (50-90 meters) tall (dipterocarp tree), that are more than 100 years old. Sepilok is known to have more 450 species of trees and more than 250 species of birds and good chance of sighting macaques, leaf monkeys and other mammals. The reserve is a source of seed material for the enrichment of other forested areas and remains a living gene bank of resources. Travel to Labuk Bay Proboscis Sanctuary, located towards the end of the road at the Coastline of Sandakan. Along the way, you’ll be passing by an area of Oil Palm plantations. You may see workers doing their daily tasks of harvesting and weeding the farm. A good experience to know as the guide will brief you on the details of how Oil Palm is being processed. Stop at a local venue for a buffet lunch. At the sanctuary you will find the unique and endemic Proboscis Monkey. The proboscis monkey is usually seen easily as they come out for the feeding times. The Proboscis has the freedom to roam in their natural habitat. If you are lucky you will get to see other animals too - Leaf Monkeys, Macaques - and a range of native wildlife to Sabah, Borneo including Hornbills. Travel back for your lunch at a local restaurant before you head to Sun Bear Conservation Centre to view the Sun Bear. Learn about the struggles and strains about rehabilitation efforts and programs for the Orangutans in the Sepilok Centre and also the Borneon Sun Bear at the Conservation Centre (BSBCC). The Borneon Conservation Centre opened its doors to the public and it expected to raise awareness on the iconic species and encourage research on the world's smallest bear. Back to your waiting coach to head to Sandakan township for a visit to the central market before travel back to the port.

Please note: Wear light cotton clothing and comfortable walking shoes, a hat / cap, sunscreen lotion, and bring local currency. No bright colored shirts as it might attract the Orangutan.


price $199
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6 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

dining

culture

essentials
Sandakan-Sabah, Sandakan Heritage with Lunch
Travel from port to the Sandakan War Memorial ~ The Sandakan Memorial Park is sited on the original POW (Prisoners of War) camp which was set up during the WWII Japanese Occupation in 1942 - 1945. The camp was set up with 2 main sections; 1 section for the British POWs and the other for Australian POWs. Travel to Sandakan Wet Market. A walk around the local market reveals much about the local way-of-life. Local fish just freshly delivered off the fishing boats at the pier, local fruits picked from orchards nearby as well as from the jungles, local food fare - all can be found in this market. Next visit will be the Agnes Keith's Home ~ Agnes and Harry Keith's house sits atop a hill, overlooking the Sandakan Bay. In her first book, 'Land below the Wind,' she writes, ‘When we sat in that house and looked out through its open doors the harbor of Sandakan became a background to our entire world. I knew then that was where I wanted to live.' A museum now is housed in this bungalow showing the colonial life in the early 30's to the late 40's and the famed Canadian writer's life in Sabah, Borneo. After the visit to Agnes Keith's house, head to the nearby tea house for lunch. The English Tea House is a colonial style concept which was inspired by the famous Agnes Keith house.

Please note: Wear light cotton clothing and comfortable walking shoes, a hat / cap, sunscreen lotion, and bring local currency.


price $139
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4.25

Moderate

wildlife

sightseeing

essentials
Sandakan-Sabah, Wildman of Bornero, Sun Bear & Market
Learn about the struggles and strains and efforts of the Rehabilitation process and programs for the Orangutans in the Sepilok Centre and also the Borneon Sun Bear at the Conservation Centre (BSBCC). The Borneon Conservation Centre opened its doors to the public and it expected to raise awareness on the iconic species and encourage research on the world's smallest bear, located next to the world renowned Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sandakan. Visit the Sepilok Forest Reserve feeding platform where the orphaned and injured orangutans are brought to Sepilok to be rehabilitated to return forest life. Sepilok is a primary lowland forest and the nearest place to visit a virgin jungle of Borneo, one of the few remaining rainforests in Sabah where you will witness the feeding of orangutans in their natural habitat from a platform in the forest. Observe the fascinating diversity of plants and trees reaching the sky at the heights of 164-295 feet (50-90 meters) tall (Dipterocarp tree), and more than 100 years old. Sepilok is known to have more than 450 species of trees and more than 250 species of birds and you will have a good chance of sighting macaques, leaf monkeys and other mammals. The reserve is a source of seed material for the enrichment of other forested areas and remains a living gene bank of resources. Travel to Sandakan city for a visit to the central market before you head back to the port.

Please note: Wear light cotton clothing and comfortable walking shoes, a hat / cap, sunscreen lotion, and bring local currency. No bright colored shirts as it might attract the Orangutan.


price $159
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Palawan Puerto Princesa, Philippines



6 HRS

Moderately
easy

snorkeling

dining

beach

boating

essentials
Puerto Princesa, Active Honda Bay Island Excurstions
Here is an adventure for snorkelers in some beautiful waters and one of the best snorkeling sites in the area because of the well preserved coral reef and diverse marine life. Your waiting van will take you on the 45-minute drive to Honda Bay where you will be provided with snorkeling gear and snorkel in a marina sanctuary that’s home to awesome coral reefs, a startling variety of fish and even starfish!. You will spend an hour snorkeling in Pambato Reef before boarding your boat to spend two full hours exploring Isla Pandan waters. Enjoy this delight half-day at the beach.

Please note: This tour is only recommended for guests who are active swimmers as currents can be strong at times. Be sure to wear your swimsuit and proper beach shoes. Avoid touching the reefs and bring your sunscreen, insect repellent and a towel. Lunch is included on this tour.

price $189
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3.5 HRS

Easy

culture

sightseeing

essentials
Puerto Princesa, City Countryside Tour & Wet Market
This tour will provide a cultural experience you will long remember. It is especially designed for those who would like to enjoy the countryside without traveling too far. You will board your waiting van for the short ride to the Palawan Museum, which is housed in the old City Hall building and has exhibits about the ethnological and archaeological significance of Palawan. Then back into the van for a 30-minute ride to Binuatan Creations, a delightful weaving and gift shop that uses indigenous materials to create its crafts.  A 5-minute ride will take you to the Butterfly Garden. Here you will see an amazing variety of tropical free-flying butterflies surrounded with live exhibits of their natural predators like lizards, mantises, and scorpions. Your next stop will be Sta Monica Viewpoint where you will make a photo stop before heading to your Wet Market Tour where you will see locals selling different kinds of fish (fresh and dried) as Palawan counts seafood as its major product.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat or visor and sunglasses.

price $139
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Puerto Princesa, Full Day Private Van & Guide
This tour will include an English Speaking Guide. Private tours are recommended for guests traveling in groups. Itinerary and activities can be adjusted with the tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the requested duration. Entrance fees and snacks are not included.

Please note: This tour is especially recommended for guests with mobility issues.


price $499
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Puerto Princesa, Half Day Private Van & Guide
This tour will include an English Speaking Guide. Private tours are recommended for guests traveling in groups. Itinerary and activities can be adjusted with the tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the requested duration. Entrance fees and snacks are not included.

Please note: This tour is especially recommended for guests with mobility issues.


price $299
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7 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

unesco

sightseeing

boating

dining
Puerto Princesa, Underground River Tour
Recognized by UNESCO as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park was established in 1971 primarily to protect and preserve the old growth forest, fascinating wildlife, pristine beaches and one of the most amazing cave systems in the world.  Your air-conditioned van (6-7 guests per van) will take you on a 120-minute ride to the Sabang wharf where you will board a motorized boat for your 15-minute ride to the National Park.  You will then board another boat for a 45-minute river cruise inside the cave and see spectacular limestone mountain landscape and is the habitat of numerous endangered and endemic wildlife species. You will see mangroves, sea grass beds, and 11 scientifically unique minerals plus a 20-million-year-old Serenia fossil embedded in the cave wall. Then proceed to the Sheridan Beach Resort for lunch and free time before traveling back to your waiting ship

Please note:  Wear light clothing and slippers or aqua shoes, environmentally friendly insect repellent, a towel and a raincoat.  There will be a wet landing upon arrival in the park; so expect to get wet from splashes of water. There is a good chance of seeing wild monkeys and bats in the National Park area. No food or snacks are allowed in the park.  Lunch buffet is included with one beverage included. You can go for a swim in Sheridan’s Beach during the lunch stop, time and water condition permitting. It is highly recommended to bring change of clothes for your comfort.


price $199
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Boracay, Philippines



5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

beach

outdoors

essentials
Boracay, Island Hopping
Boracay Island is home to numerous beautiful beaches made of soft, powdery white sands, washed in bluish, crystal water, and serving as habitat to a remarkable diversity of aquatic species and coral reefs. Witness the immense society of multi-colored fishes and delight in swimming and snorkeling. Here are the places to be visited in this tour: Puka Beach is 800 meters(2, 625 feet) long and fronted by a big cliff with a forest alongside it. At dusk you can see flying foxes (very big bats) flying across the top of the cliff. The sand is coarser than that of White Beach due to the small bits of coral mixed in with it. In the past the beach also used to be lined with puka shells, which is where it got its name from. Diniwid Beach is a small beach located on the north-western part of Boracay Island. Some part of Diniwid Beach is covered in lava rocks and slightly shaded by large rock cliff. It is a private beach-front where you can spend more time relaxing and less time fighting the crowded beach front. The beauty of Diniwid Beach leaps out at those rounding the corner for the first time. With hills, cliffs and rocks surrounding it, this beach is entirely different than any other on the island. Ilig-iligan Beach boasts powdery white sand and clear crystal water – there’s no doubt that Ilig-Iligan Beach is worth seeing. Because of its unpopularity and location, this beach often gets overlooked by tourists visiting Boracay Island. The actual beach is almost free of any development. There are no huge resorts on Ilig-Iligan, but instead, just a small patch of forest located behind the beach.

Please note: Bring local currency, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, extra clothes and a towel.


price $99
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3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

culture

sightseeing

boating

essentials
Boracay, Motag Living Outdoor Museum
Here is a cultural experience that is interactive for you as well. You will depart from Cagban via speedboat that will take you to Caticlan Jetty port where you will board an air-conditioned mini-bus for the 15-minute ride to the Motag Living Outdoor Museum. You will learn about the richness of Philippine history and culture as local folks show you the lifestyle of rural Aklanons in the past as well as the present. You will see a carabao carriage, tour inside Bahay Kubo (local hut), see demonstrations of rice planting and harvesting, weaving of coconut leaves, and how tobacco is made. You can ride a water buffalo, will be entertained with local songs performed by the village elderly and have snacks and local delicacies.  Then you will return to your waiting ship. 

Please note: Bring local currency, sunscreen, insect repellent, sunglasses, a hat, extra clothes and a towel. After the tour, you will be back in the port, and you will have time to enjoy the beach on your own.


price $169
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Coron/Busuanga Island, Philippines



3 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

culture

outdoors

essentials
Coron, Coron Island Tour with Maquinit Hotspring
The tour will start at the pier where you will board an air-conditioned van for the 10-minute ride to Coron Town.  Your first stop will be at San Agustin Church. This church was founded on 1901 and is the only Catholic Church in the town.  Next you will head to the Municipal Plaza & Lualhati Park. Lualhati Park is known as Coron Boulevard. It is the local version of the Bay Walk of Metro Manila situated where you can see the beauty of the Coron Bay. Your last stop in Coron Town will be the Wet Market where locals sell different kinds of fish (fresh and dried) and souvenir items. Visit Lita Escardo Cashew Store "Coron Harvest" on the main road, the largest cashew retailer in town.  At the back of their house is a small factory, which you will visit and see how the cashew nuts are processed. You can buy different cashew products from plain, garlic, sugar coated and salted flavors. Your next stop will be the main highlight of the tour - The Maquinit Hot Springs. It is very popular and a not-to-be-missed attraction in Coron. This magnificent hot spring site is situated right amid the beauty of a hillside area. It is the only saltwater hot springs in The Philippines. The pool is completely filled with salt water coming directly from a nearby mountain. The temperature of the water varies from 86 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Initially you may feel the water is too hot but once you get accustomed to the temperature, it becomes very soothing and relaxing and is said to have therapeutic properties. The site is surrounded by mangroves and rocks making it a delight for eyes. Before proceeding back to pier, you will pass by a small fishing village to walk and interact with the locals and witness how they process their catch of fish which is one of their main sources of income.

Please note:  Bring your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen and insect repellent.  This tour is not wheelchair accessible and not recommended for those with mobility issues. Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $110
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6 HRS

Strenuous

boating

snorkeling

dining

beach

hiking
Coron, Kayangan Lake & Siete Pecados
You will meet your guide at the pier to board local outrigger boats for the 15-minute ride to Kayangan Lake. This excursion will allow you to come up close to the limestone cliffs of majestic Kayangan Lake. Siete Pecados is a cluster of seven islets. It is one of the best snorkeling spots in Coron and rich in marine life, corals and wide variety of school fish. Kayangan Lake is said to be the purest lake in the Philippines. A great challenge lies ahead in order to reach the lake. You will need to climb 150 steps to get into the opening of a small cave and there you can see the impressive view. Then you will need to go down 150 steps to access Kayangan Lake. Once you see the lake you will be awe with its crystal clear water. The lake’s water is a mix of salty and fresh water. The lake is wide and deep, so you will be required to wear a life vest for safety purposes. Spend an hour at the lake swimming or snorkeling. Then walk back up the steps and down the steps to board your boat for the 15-minute ride to Siete Pecados for another hour of snorkeling and swimming. You will visit Banol Beach, which is a small stretch of sandy white beach surrounded by a majestic backdrop of limestone cliffs. Swim in its aquamarine and turquoise waters that is very relaxing to the senses. In this stop, you will enjoy a sumptuous local seafood and barbecue picnic lunch prepared especially for you. You will have a free time to enjoy the beach after lunch.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking/water shoes. Bring sunscreen, towels, and a hat.  Local picnic lunch is included, please inform your Destination Services Team of any dietary restrictions. Bathroom facilities are limited and are only available at some stops. Snorkeling spot may change due to weather condition.


price $179
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

boating

snorkeling

refreshments

beach
Coron, Panoramic Coron Island Tour By Boat
Conducted in a motorized boat, with guided commentary, the excursion will allow you to come up close to the limestone cliffs of majestic Kayangan Lake, and have a relaxing panoramic sailing around Coron Island passing and cruising through Siete Pecados, Kalachuchi Beach, and Kayangan Lake entrance and surrounding cliffs. Cruising will continue to Vivian Beach, Barracuda Lake entrance, Twin Lagoon entrance, Twin Peaks Reef, and finally you will have a chance to snorkel at the Smith Coral Garden area (water conditions permitting; if not your local guide will pick a suitable snorkeling location) for half an hour.  Next stop will be at Atuwayan Beach for a short stay to enjoy swimming in the pristine waters and a walk on the  white sandy beach. Local snacks will be served on the beach.

Please note:  Bring your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, snorkel gear, and insect repellent.  This tour is not wheelchair accessible and not recommended for those with mobility issues.


price $159
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

boating

essentials
Coron, Private Outrigger Boat
This tour will include an English Speaking Guide. Itinerary and activities can be adjusted with the tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Snacks are not included. Most of the beaches and snorkeling stops in Coron are privately named and owned, charges may apply and it is not counted in the booking price.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking/water shoes. Bring sunscreen, towel, and a hat.  Minimum of 2 / Maximum of 6 passengers.


price $399
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Hong Kong, China



5.5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

sightseeing

boating

essentials
Hong Kong Highlight Tour with Airport Transfer
You will depart  from the pier by motor coach, accompanied by an English-speaking guide and head for Hong Kong Island crossing under Victoria Harbour by tunnel.  Head up to Victoria Peak by funicular tram for a breathtaking view of the harbor and Kowloon. You’ll drive past Repulse Bay to the southern side of the island, with panoramic views of one of Hong Kong’s most popular and beautiful beaches, along with the beautiful hotel that has long been a landmark. Next, you will continue to Aberdeen where fishermen and their families live on thousands of junks and sampans. Enjoy a 20-minute sampan ride here, and a brief stop at one of the city’s jewelry workshops for you to see the wonderful craftsmanship of their goods. Refreshments are offered in the exclusive showroom. Continue to the small village of Stanley and Stanley Market, famous for its clothes, furniture, souvenirs and great, inexpensive knock-offs of designer goods before your transport to the airport.

Please note: There are 3 steps to board and disembark the sampan which does not accommodate wheelchairs.

price $179
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

sightseeing

boating

essentials
Hong Kong Highlight Tour with Hotel Transfer
You will depart  from the pier by motor coach, accompanied by an English-speaking guide and head for Hong Kong Island crossing under Victoria Harbour by tunnel.  Head up to Victoria Peak by funicular tram for a breathtaking view of the harbor and Kowloon. You’ll drive past Repulse Bay to the southern side of the island, with panoramic views of one of Hong Kong’s most popular and beautiful beaches, along with the beautiful hotel that has long been a landmark. Next, you will continue to Aberdeen where fishermen and their families live on thousands of junks and sampans. Enjoy a 20-minute sampan ride here, and a brief stop at one of the city’s jewelry workshops for you to see the wonderful craftsmanship of their goods. Refreshments are offered in the exclusive showroom. Continue to the small village of Stanley and Stanley Market, famous for its clothes, furniture, souvenirs and great, inexpensive knock-offs of designer goods before your transport to the hotel.

Please note: There are 3 steps to board and disembark the sampan which does not accommodate wheelchairs.

price $159
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Hong Kong, Treasures of Kowloon with drop off at Terminal
This tour reveals some fascinating heritage from a street market dedicated to songbirds to a charming parkland setting for a Qing Dynasty fort (Kowloon Walled City Park), from one of Hong Kong’s most popular temples for fortune-telling (Wong Tai Sin) to a spectacular Tang dynasty-style Buddhist temple (Chi Lin Nunnery). This Buddhist nunnery is stunning with its monastery complex having been renovated as a piece of Tang Dynasty architecture. The grand and elegant complex will surely become one of China's great cultural attractions in the years to come. There are other halls containing a treasure trove of religious relics as well as restful lotus ponds. Following your tour you will be dropped off at the pier.

Please note: Bring local currency.


price $159
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Keelung (Taipei), China (Taiwan)



8 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

dining

sightseeing

essentials
Taipei, Essential Taipei
You will board your motor coach for a day of Taipei highlights. A 50-minute drive will take you to the National Palace Museum which houses ancient Chinese artifacts and artwork, with some pieces dating back 5,000 years You will visit this museum, renowned as one of the greatest museums in the world before a short drive to the Martyrs’ Shrine, built in 1969. Here you will see its magnificent architectural style symbolizing the martyrs' brave spirit. It is the replica of the Taihe Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City. The highlight of your visit here is to see the ceremonial changing of the guards. You will then drive to the Grand Hotel for lunch. The Grand Hotel, with its traditional palace style architecture, vermilion pillars, stately archways, and brilliantly tiled roof, is not only a magnificent landmark of Taiwan, but it is an emblem of ancient China.  A 20-minute drive will get you to Lungshan Temple built in 1740. It is the city’s oldest and most famous, as well as one of Taiwan’s finest examples of temple design.  Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is your next stop. Constructed in the memory of the former president, Mr. Chiang Kai Shek, the Memorial is the attraction most visited by foreign tourists. You will have a short shopping stop and the Handicraft Center and then drive to Taipei 101 the world's second tallest building. It is the pride of Taipei’s skyline and is testament to the country’s engineering and technological capabilities. It has the fastest elevator in the world takes only 37 seconds to go up to 89 floors to the observatory deck.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes, dress in conservative clothing with shoulders and knees covered and bring local currency.


price $169
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5 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

walking

sightseeing

essentials
Taipei, Northern Coast
This tour will take you along the beautiful coastline with the bizarre rock formations of northern Taiwan. You will have a 40-minute drive to Yeliu Geo Park, a long cape formed by that Datum Mountain reaching into the sea that is famous for bizarre, fascinating rock formations created by erosion. Millions of years of sea erosion have molded coastal bedrock into strange sculptures, many of which resemble certain images. Be on the lookout for the famous Candle, the fairy’s Shoe, Bean Curd, etc. The most famous of these uncanny rock formations is the Queen’s Head.  You will drive another 40 minutes to Chiufen Village where it is said that there were only nine families here a long time ago. Chiufen used to be the center of gold mining. The village is next to the mountain and facing the sea. In 1890, someone struck gold near Chiufen. The poor village with only nine families soon attracted prospectors of 4,000 families.. The place is whispering its golden past. Now, there are many unique tea houses in Chiufen. These teahouses are good stops during a visit to this mountain village. Also, there is the beautiful ocean view of Keelung’s outer sea.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.

price $89
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5 HRS

Easy

refreshments

culture

walking

sightseeing

essentials
Taipei, Taipei Lifestyle
Your motor coach today will take you on a 50-minute panoramic drive on your way to Taipei. You will stop at Di-Hua Street for a walking tour through and area that will give you a feel of  what Taipei City's past was like. The old-town market has scores of shops selling a variety of traditional goods such as Chinese medicines and herbs, temple icons and incense, spices and dried food, colorful bolts of cloth, bamboo and wooden crafts. You will have shopping time here before you head to a local  Tea House. Taiwanese tea culture includes tea arts, traditional tea ceremonies, and the social aspects of tea consumption. Most people in Taiwan drink tea and tea serves not only as a drink, but also as a part of the culture. You will take part in the Chinese Kong Fu tea ceremony involving the ritualized preparation and presentation of tea.  The term literally means "making tea with skill.” Today, the approach is used popularly by tea shops carrying tea of Chinese origins, and by tea connoisseurs as a way to maximize the taste of a tea selection, especially a finer one.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible

price $149
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5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

walking

sightseeing

essentials
Taipei, Taipei Old & New
This tour will be a delightful mix of old and new Taipei.  Board your motor coach for a 50-minute drive to Taipei 101 the world's second tallest building. It is the pride of Taipei’s skyline and is testament to the country’s engineering and technological capabilities. It has the fastest elevator in the world which will take you only 37 seconds to go up to 89 floors to the observatory deck.  Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is your next stop. Constructed in the memory of the former president, Mr. Chiang Kai Shek, the Memorial is the attraction most visited by foreign tourists. Finally drive to visit Pao-An Temple.  Dedicated to God of Medicine, Pao-An Temple was built over 230 years ago. One of the islands oldest, the temple contains many ornate and intricate carvings. 

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in conservative clothing with shoulders and knees covered.

price $119
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Amami Island, Japan



4.25 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

culture

sightseeing

essentials
Amami Island, Highlights
Your day will start with Oshimatsumugi Kimono village where you can see local industry and watch the process of making Tsumugi and Kasuri silk-cotton fabrics. You can enjoy a craft complex in a beautiful hillside setting among flowers and many of the plants used in dyeing. Next is to Tanaka Isson Museum and the Amami Park.  Tanaka Isson is a nationally proclaimed artist of Japan who is deeply connected with Amami Island and widely known for his flower and bird paintings. Enjoy his great pieces of artwork as well as the folk museum. You will also have time to stroll around the Amami Park and the observation deck with the great view of the surrounding area.

Please note:  Bring local currency sunscreen, a hat, a towel, and a light jacket and wear comfortable shoes and clothes that are easy to walk in.


price $229
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

essentials
Amami Island, Local Experience
The first visit of this tour will be the Shochu Distillery, makers of the Kokuto Shochu a distilled spirit made exclusively in Amami Islands. Shochu is most often distilled nationwide using ingredients such as rice or sweet potato.  However, at the Shochu Distillery in Amami, their Kokuto Shochu is uniquely made from brown sugar. You will experience the state-of-the-art distillation process that goes into the creation of this one of a kind Shochu that is rich in flavor and aroma. To conclude the distillery factory tour, you will have an opportunity to taste the different types of Shochu. You will visit Oshimatsumugi Kimono village for a tour of its dyed silk weaving factory. During this tour, you will also participate in the mud dying process to craft a handkerchief of your own. Souvenirs and textile goods can also be purchased at the gift shop to bring an authentic item back home. Afterward, return to the pier.

Please note:  Bring local currency sunscreen, a hat, a towel, and a light jacket and wear comfortable shoes and clothes that are easy to walk in.  You will be required to take off shoes during dyeing experience and will step into the muddy water for dyeing process. It is highly recommended to wear the slacks which you can roll them up to the knees.


price $249
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3.75 HRS

Strenuous

boating

sightseeing

wildlife

essentials
Amami Island, Mangrove Forest Canoeing
Since Amami Oshima Island is an island where flowers in the deep and dark old-growth forest bloom in profusion throughout the year and where one-of-a-kind plants and animals call home, this island is also known as the “Oriental Galapagos.” Amami Oshima Island is a treasure chest of valuable plants and animals including a mangrove primeval forest. It is Japan’s second largest in terms of area, and is inhabited by the Amami Rabbit, a national protected species, and seeks to be registered as a World Heritage Site. In Mangrove Park, canoeing through the mangroves is popular. This tour is recommended for athletic lovers. You will be required to wear life jacket and do some practice before canoeing and have enough strength to paddle the canoe on your own.On the way to the pier, you will make a photo stop to see the panoramic view of Naze port.

Please note: Bring local currency. sunscreen, a hat, a towel, and a light jacket and wear comfortable shoes and clothes that are easy to walk in. Life jacket will be provided. Guests are required to have enough strength to paddle the canoe on their own. Cameras should be protected from the water and will be the responsibility of the guest. Your feet may get wet in the canoe so it is recommended to wear or bring sandals.


price $249
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7 HRS

Moderate

walking

dining

sightseeing

essentials
Amami Island, Oshima Full Day
The first destination of this tour is a visit to Tanaka Isson Museum and the Amami Park.  Tanaka Isson is a nationally proclaimed artist of Japan who is deeply connected with Amami Island and widely known for his flower and bird paintings. Enjoy his great pieces of artwork as well as the folk museum. You will also have a time to stroll around the Amami Park and the observation deck with a great view of the surrounding area. Next is to Bashayama Village where you can enjoy lunch including Keihan which is one of the best specialties in Amami. Keihan consists of chicken, egg and various other ingredients placed on rice and covered in chicken broth - it is known as Amami’s soul food. During the lunch time, enjoy local people playing the instrument called Shamisen with a drum accompaniment. After lunch, you will have some free time to stroll on the beautiful beach or Kenmun-Mura where old traditional houses are lined up.  You will be taken to Oshimatsumugi Kimono village where you can see local industry and watch the process of making Tsumugi and Kasuri silk-cotton fabrics. You can enjoy a craft complex in a beautiful hillside setting among flowers and many of the plants used in dyeing. The last stop will be the Shochu Distillery, makers of the Kokuto Shochu a distilled spirit made exclusively in Amami Islands. Shochu is most often distilled nationwide using ingredients such as rice or sweet potato. However, at the Shochu Distillery in Amami, their Kokuto Shochu is uniquely made from brown sugar. You will experience the state-of-the-art distillation process that goes into the creation of its one of a kind Shochu that is rich in flavor and aroma. To conclude the distillery factory tour, you will have an opportunity to taste the different types of Shochu.

Please note: Bring local currency. sunscreen, a hat, a towel, and a light jacket and wear comfortable shoes and clothes that are easy to walk in. This tour includes approximately 3 hours of moderate walking and standing. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary. 


price $299
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Yakushima, Japan



3.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

culture

unesco

concierge
Yakushima, Concierge Collection: Yakusugi Chopsticks Making Experience
This half day option will offer you the opportunity to make a special souvenir from Yakushima on your own. You will receive the sticks of Yakusugi and make them to chopsticks using sandpaper. This will give you a special experience which can only be offered in Yakushima. In this activity, you will be sanding chopsticks by yourself to the size you like, and you will keep these special chopsticks to take home with you. You will also visit Yakusugi Museum dedicated to Yakusugi, the cedar trees.  This museum has unique exhibits to explain the vegetation of Yakusugi as well as the history of Yakushima. You will get the idea of how people have lived with Yakusugi in the past, and how these precious trees are protected.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat and bring rain gear and local currency. Guests are required to take off their shoes at the Yakusugi Museum. Each guests will have one set of chopsticks.  The venue for the chopsticks experience is on the 2nd floor with no elevator/escalator.


price $199
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

culture

unesco

essentials
Yakushima, Kiegensugi Ceder & Yakusugi Museum
This tour is recommended for the guests who want to see the old Cedar trees without walking! The coach will take you up to Kigensugi Cedar which has a trunk circumference of 26.5 feet (8.1 meters) and a height of 64 feet (19.5 meters), and an estimated age of more than 3,000 years. You will also visit Yakusugi Museum dedicated to Yakusugi, the cedar trees. This museum has unique exhibits to explain the vegetation of Yakusugi as well as the history of Yakushima. You will get the idea of how people have lived with Yakusugi in the past, and how these precious trees are protected.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat and bring rain gear and local currency. Guests are required to take off their shoes at the Yakusugi Museum. At Kigensugi cedar, the guests can see the tree from the parking but also walk closer. To get close to the tree, there are approx. 50 steps to negotiate.


price $199
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4.25

Strenuous

walking

unesco

wildlife

outdoors

essentials
Yakushima, Yakusughi Hike
A 70-minute drive will bring you to the island of Yakushima which became Japan’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Yakushima is famous in botanical circles for introducing a great many garden plants, including dwarf plants which have evolved to grow smaller than their mainland cousins. You will spend time here on a nature walk to Yakusugi Land located at an elevation of 3,281 feet (1,000 meters). It is a nature park populated by a number of the Island’s ancient cedar trees, such as the 1,800-year-old Buddhasugi, Futagosugi, and Sennensugi. There are 4 walking routes in Yakusugi land and you will also walk for 1.25 miles (2km) on the mountain trail. While walking, you will see a very clear stream running through the forest, and the unique plant life on the island. Also, there will be a good chance to see wildlife such as the Yaku Monkey and Yaku Deer from the coach.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, sunscreen and a hat and bring rain gear and local currency.  The Yakusugi land tends to be raining most of the times so please expect the rain during a walk. There are some wooden paths and swinging bridges. Some paths are unpaved and not covered. Lots of steps. This tour is not available for the guests with mobility concerns. The guests will have to walk on the slippery roots and duck under the branches.


price $199
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4.5 HRS

Strenuous

walking

unesco

outdoors
Yakushima, Yakusugi Land Walking and Museum
A 70-minute drive will bring you to the island of Yakushima which became Japan’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Yakushima is famous in botanical circles for introducing a great many garden plants, including dwarf plants which have evolved to grow smaller than their mainland cousins. You will spend time here on a nature walk to Yakusugi Land located at an elevation of 3,281 feet (1,000 meters). It is a nature park populated by a number of the Island’s ancient and revered cedar trees, such as the 1,800-year-old Buddhasugi, Futagosugi, and Sennensugi. There are 4 walking routes in Yakusugi land and you will also walk for a little over a half mile (1.2 km) on the mountain trail. While walking, you will see a very clear stream running through the forest, and the unique plant life on the island. Also, there will be a good chance to see wildlife such as the Yaku Monkey and Yaku Deer from the coach. Next you will visit Yakusugi Museum dedicated to Yakusugi, the cedar trees.  This museum has unique exhibits to explain the vegetation of Yakusugi as well as the history of Yakushima. You will get the idea of how people have lived with Yakusugi in the past, and how these precious trees are protected.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, sunscreen and a hat and bring rain gear and local currency. The Yakusugi land tends to be raining most of the times so please expect the rain during a walk. There are some wooden paths and swinging bridges. Some paths are unpaved and not covered. Lots of steps. This tour is not available for the guests with mobility concerns. Guests are required to take off their shoes at the Yakusugi Museum.


price $199
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Nagasaki, Japan



4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing

essentials
Nagasaki, Best of Nagasaki Tour
Today, the local guide will take you on a tour in Nagasaki, the second city destroyed by an A-bomb in World War II.  Your first stop will be at Atomic Bomb Museum, which tells about the aftermath of the bombing.  You will see over 900 artifacts indicative of the city’s devastation, as well as displays on modern nuclear technology and concerns Next, your guide will take you to the Peace Memorial Park, commemorating the city’s destruction by the plutonium bomb dropped on August 9, 1945. Although Fat Man, the name given to the second bomb dropped on Japan, missed its target by over a mile and a half, it leveled nearly half the city. The park’s main attraction is its collection of statues and sculptures donated by countries and groups all over the world. This includes the massive Peace Memorial Statue depicting a man with his right arm pointing to the sky to indicate the continued threat of nuclear destruction.  Continue to Dejima Island which was built during the Edo Period to accommodate Portuguese Christian missionaries and prevent the propagation of their religion. It was also once the residential quarters of the Dutch, the only foreigners allowed to trade in Japan during the Sakoku (isolation) Period of 200 years, until Japan reopened to the world.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $149
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

walking

sightseeing

essentials
Nagasaki, Panoramic Nagasaki Tour
Today, your local guide will take you on a tour in Nagasaki, the second city destroyed by an A-bomb in World War II. Your tour will begin with a scenic drive to Inasayama lookout point, located on Inasayama hill, a famous spot of beautiful sunsets and night views.   A 5-minute ropeway ride will give you a chance to take a stroll in the air of Nagasaki. Your next stop will be at the Atomic Bomb Museum, with over 900 artifacts indicative of the city’s devastation, as well as displays on modern nuclear technology and concerns. Continue on to Dejima Island which was built during the Edo Period to accommodate Portuguese Christian missionaries and prevent the propagation of their religion. It was also once the residential quarters of the Dutch, the only foreigners allowed to trade in Japan during the Sakoku (isolation) Period of 200 years, until Japan reopened to the world.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. There are 40steps at the Inasayama Ropeway station. So for wheelchair guests, there is chair lift service. Also please note that the capacity of ropeway is 30 passengers only and it runs every 15-20 minutes.


price $159
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3 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing

essentials
Nagasaki, Peace Memorial Park & Museum
Your tour will begin with sightseeing at Uragami Cathedral, which was the largest cathedral in the East until it was destroyed by the atomic bomb blast. Continue with a visit to the Atomic Bomb Museum, with over 900 artifacts indicative of the city’s devastation, as well as displays on modern nuclear technology and concerns. Then, you will walk to somber Nagasaki Peace Park passing ground zero. Nagasaki Peace Park is commemorating the city’s destruction by the plutonium bomb dropped on August 9, 1945. Although Fat Man, the name given to the second bomb dropped on Japan, missed its target by over a mile and a half, it leveled nearly half the city. The park’s main attraction is its collection of statues and sculptures donated by countries and groups all over the world. This includes the massive Peace Memorial Statue depicting a man with his right arm pointing to the sky to indicate the continued threat of nuclear destruction. Return to the pier and re-board the ship.

Please note: Uragami Cathedral is located on the top of the hill, and guests will need to get off the coach at the bottom of the slope and walk up the hill. This tour is not recommended for wheel chairs or those with mobility issues. Wear comfortable walking shoes.  This tour includes sensitive material including graphic pictures and displays on the atrocities of war. The order of the sites visited may vary

price $129
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8 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

essentials
Nagasaki, The Pottery Town Arita & Nagasaki
This full day excursion will take you to Arita, a scenic 2-hour drive from Nagasaki and known throughout the world as the birthplace of magnificent Japanese ceramics.  In 1604, Japanese warlords from the Arita area invaded Korea, bringing back something quite precious: Korean potters skilled in creating fine white porcelain. Visit the Arita Town and some Pottery Galleries where the tradition of skill and beauty brought to Japan over 400 years ago continues. You will also have free time to stroll around the old town covered by Tonbai Fences, and have the opportunity to purchase your own pottery. Tonbai Fences consist of used fire-resistant bricks kilns were constructed from, disposed kiln tools and red clay oil. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and see the Tozan Shrine. Return to Nagasaki and visit the beautifully serene Nagasaki Peace Park, located a few minutes’ walk from the epicenter of the atomic bomb blast of August 1945. Return to the pier and re-board your waiting ship.

Please note:  Fukagawa Gallery consists of 2 floors, but there is no elevator or lift.  Guests with mobility issues or a wheel chair will have to stay on the 1st Floor. The way to the Tonbai Fences is quite narrow and the traffic on the major arterial road tends to be heavy. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring local currency.

price $249
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Tomonoura, Japan



4 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

essentials
Tomonoura, Fukuyamacastle & Myooin Temple
The tour will begin with a visit to the 7-story-tall Fukuyama Castle.  The castle suffered extensive damage during World War II, where most of the castle was destroyed. It was rebuilt in 1966 which is the structure that remains today.  Within the museum, you can see artwork from the Fukuyama area as well as modern and contemporary Japanese artwork.  Afterward, the tour will visit Myooin Temple which is designated as a Japanese National Treasure. Myooin Temple was founded by Kobo-Daishi or Kukai and it is said that its main hall was built in 1321. You will also find a 5-storied Pagoda which was built is 1348. Afterwards, drive back to the pier and finish off with a guided walking tour of the picturesque port town of Tomonoura.

Please note: Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat. Bring local currency.


price $179
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5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

walking

sightseeing

essentials
Tomonoura, Onomichi - The Town of Panorama & Temples
Onomichi, a quaint town that sits on many slopes is in the eastern part of Hiroshima Prefecture. As one of the highlights of Onomichi, the tour will first visit the Jodoji Temple of Shingon Buddhism. This temple has a main hall and a 2-story pagoda that has been designated as one of the National Treasures of Japan. Next, the tour will travel to Senkoji Ropeway to ride up to the Senkoji Park Observatory. From the observatory, you will be able to appreciate the breathtaking view of the small picturesque town of Onomichi.  After seeing Senkoji Temple, you will walk to Neko no Hosomichi or 'Cat Alley.' This area was given its name as there are many Fukuishi Cat stones. These stones were painted as cats by local artist, Shunji Sonoyama and have been popular for cat lovers. Little fortune-stone-cats are found all over the alley to welcome you.

Please note: Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat. Bring local currency. This tour is not available for the guests with mobility concerns. The walking trail from Senkoji Park to the bus stop though the Cat Alley is more than ¾ of a mile (1km) at 245 feet (75 meters) elevation. This is a one-way walk so all the guests are required to walk with the guide all the way back to the parking lot. There are more than 500 steps in Senkoji and the Cat Alley area and some parts of the slope may be a sharp descent.

 
price $229
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5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

essentials
Tomonoura, Zen Meditation at Shinshoji Temple
Indulge in the Zen way with this visit to Shinshoji Zen Museum and Gardens. Here is the perfect place to learn about the Culture of Zen that streams all throughout its architecture, design, and lifestyle. This temple and its garden was constructed in 1965 to provide a Zen experience. There are several halls and one is a 350 years old building brought over from Shiga Prefecture. Throughout this visit, you will partake in a class experience introducing you to the Zen way. You will also be able to stroll through the Temple and its garden while getting a better understanding of the details in the designs seen throughout the property. Afterwards, drive back to the pier and finish off with a guided walking tour of the picturesque port town of Tomonoura.

Please note: Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat. Bring local currency. During Zen meditation class, guests are required to take off shoes and sit on a floor pillow. No chairs will be provided. Zen meditation itself is approximately 20-30 minutes of sitting.


price $199
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Kobe, Japan



8 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

walking

sightseeing

dining

unesco
Kobe, Himeji Highlights
The first destination of this tour is the beautiful Himeji Castle.  Due to its clear white colored exterior, the castle is also known as the "white heron castle" because of its resemblance to the white heron.  The entire castle ground spans to approximately 568 acres and is equipped with eye-catching moats that surround and protect the castle. After the castle, the tour will then visit the Kokoen Garden which is approximately 8.5 acres in size with nine different gardens. The garden features ponds and springs against the backdrop of the World Cultural Heritage Himeji Castle. After having lunch at a local restaurant, the tour will drive to the Nadagiku Sake Brewery for sake tasting as well as a visit to its facility. Carrying over the 100 years of tradition, the brewery and their fine sakes are sure to touch all the five senses. Afterward, board your coach and return to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of walking with a number of steps to negotiate. There are approximately 200 steps at the Himeji Castle. Shoes must be removed to enter Himeji Castle and the steps inside the castle are very steep. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. Bring local currency for shopping.


price $299
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2.5 HRS

Easy

dining

culture

essentials
Kobe, Kobe Beef Dinner
This tour will be all about the internationally acclaimed Kobe Beef. From the pier, the coach will bring you directly to the restaurant for dinner to experience this prestigious delicacy.  The Kobe beef is renowned for its mouth-watering flavor, tenderness, and high amount of intramuscular fat, giving the meat a marbled appearance. It is often cited that the cows are given beer to induce appetite, massaged daily, and given the utmost treatment in its raising.   Overall, a must-try experience in its most authentic form at its heartland of Hyogo Prefecture. Afterward, return to your coach and back to your cruise ship.

Please note: Bring local currency.


price $299
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing

dining

essentials
Kobe, Kobe Local Beef & Sake Brewery
The tour will begin with a visit to Ikuta Shrine located in the Sannomiya District.  This shrine which dates back to 201 A.D. is one of the oldest shrines in the country.  To the Japanese, this shrine is known to bring wellness in marriage. Afterward, the tour will continue to the Nada District, Japan's top sake producing region. You will visit one of the most well-known Sake Brewery Museums where guests can get a feel of the "heart of Japan" through the art of sake. Sake tasting will be held as well as the tour of its production facility. Afterwards, you will be welcomed at the Teppanyaki Restaurant to get a taste of the famous Kobe local beef.  

Please note: Bring local currency and wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat.


price $199
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5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

essentials
Kobe, Osaka Highlights
Explore Japan's third largest city, Osaka, on this intriguing half-day tour. One of the gateways to ancient Japan for traders from China, Korea and the Asian continent, Osaka played a vital role in the introduction of new technologies in ceramics, forging, construction, and engineering. Today, this modern port city combines historical and cultural attractions with all the delights of a Japanese urban marvel. Following a 60-minute drive, see the impressive landmark, Osaka Castle. One of Japan's most famous castles, it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the 16th century. Built on a plot of land almost 1 mile square, the castle compound contains 13 structures, designated as Important Cultural Assets by the Japanese government. The central castle building is 5 stories on the outside and 8 stories on the inside, built atop a massive stone foundation that protected its occupants from sword-bearing attackers. Of particular interest are the tower's ornamental ride-end roof tiles, and bas-reliefs carved in the shape of crouching tigers, all gilded with gold. An engaging museum occupies the interior of the building, tracing the history of the castle from the late 1500s to the present day, and housing Osaka's most significant historical and cultural artifacts. After a guide tour of the castle, proceed to the Shitennoji Temple which was constructed over 1,400 years ago to commemorate the victory of the war and to provide relief and settlement the king. Today, the Shitennoji Temple remains as one of the oldest architectural styles that are preserved today in Japan.  

Please note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of walking with a number of steps to negotiate. Photography and video are not permitted inside Osaka Castle (3rd & 4th floors). Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina.  From the parking to Osaka Castle is approximately a 15-minute walk.


price $199
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9 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

walking

dining

unesco

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Kobe, Traditional Kyoto
Explore three of Kyoto's marquee attractions: the impressive Golden Pavilion, Sanjusangendo and formidable Nijo Castle, a quintessential example of Momoyama architecture, which flourished 400 years ago. Depart from the pier and drive inland toward Kyoto, an immensely historical city renowned for spectacular architecture, which includes thousands of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Your first visit is Sanjusangendo, which is the popular name for Rengeo-in, a temple in eastern Kyoto which is famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The temple was founded in 1164 and rebuilt a century later after original structure had been destroyed in a fire. The temple hall, measuring 394 feet (120 meters), is the longest Japanese wooden structure. Next is Nijo Castle, a fortification of cypress wood built in 1603 as the residence of the Tokugawa clan. An esteemed UNESCO World Heritage Site, the castle is protected by a moat, stone walls, and ingenious nightingale floors, which chirp like a bird when walked upon to alert the guards of potential intruders. Despite its defensive elements, the castle was primarily a home. It's adorned with wooden carvings, artistically painted sliding doors and expansive tatami rooms, decorated in the traditional style at the time. After having lunch, you will be headed to Kyoto's most famous landmark, Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion). Built by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu as a villa in 1397, the 3-story home was converted to a temple by Yoshimitsu's son. The Golden Pavilion follows the Shinden style of the Heian Period by being positioned at the edge of a tranquil pond. It has delicately curving roofs, with the walls and eaves of the second and third stories covered in shimmering gold leaf. View the exterior of the pavilion and walk through the peaceful gardens, marveling at the mirror reflection of the temple on the still pond.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of walking with a number of steps to negotiate. There are 30 steps at the Kinkakuji Temple. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. Bring local currency for shopping. Photography and video are not permitted inside Nijo Castle (Ninomaru Palace) and Sanjusangendo. Shoes must be removed to enter Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo. Nijo Castle is under a 20-year restoration project therefore some parts of castle may be closed. The order of sites visited may vary.


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Tokyo, Japan



4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing
Tokyo, Half Day Tour with Haneda Airport Transfer
Visit of one of the most important sites in Japan "Imperial Place Plaza" and Hamarikyu Garden (Edo period Japanese style garden).  You will depart from the pier for the 60-minute drive to Hamarikyu Garden surrounded by the Shiodome district’s futuristic skyscrapers, a great example of how Japan is the land of contrasts. The garden was originally built as a feudal lord's Tokyo residence and duck hunting grounds during the Edo Period, but later served as a strolling garden and as an imperial detached palace before eventually being opened to the public in its current form.  Next you will see the Imperial Palace located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo, and the residence of Japan's Imperial Family. Although the Palace is not open to the public, from Kokyo Gaien, the large plaza in front of the Imperial Palace, you can view the Nijubashi, two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. The stone bridge in front is called Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge) because of its appearance. Then the coach will take you to Haneda Airport.

Please note: Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat. Bring local currency.


price $229
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4.75 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing
Tokyo, Half Day Tour with Narita Airport Transfer
Visit of one of the most important sites in Japan "Imperial Place Plaza" and Hamarikyu Garden (Edo period Japanese style garden).  You will depart from the pier for the 60-minute drive to Hamarikyu Garden surrounded by the Shiodome district’s futuristic skyscrapers, a great example of how Japan is the land of contrasts. The garden was originally built as a feudal lord's Tokyo residence and duck hunting grounds during the Edo Period, but later served as a strolling garden and as an imperial detached palace before eventually being opened to the public in its current form.  Next you will see the Imperial Palace located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo, and the residence of Japan's Imperial Family. Although the Palace is not open to the public, from Kokyo Gaien, the large plaza in front of the Imperial Palace, you can view the Nijubashi, two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. The stone bridge in front is called Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge) because of its appearance. Then the coach will take you to Narita Airport.

Please note: Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat. Bring local currency.


price $229
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4HRS

Moderate

sightseeing
Tokyo, Half Day Tour with Transfer to Hotel
Visit of one of the most important sites in Japan "Imperial Place Plaza" and Hamarikyu Garden (Edo period Japanese style garden).  You will depart from the pier for the 60-minute drive to Hamarikyu Garden surrounded by the Shiodome district’s futuristic skyscrapers, a great example of how Japan is the land of contrasts. The garden was originally built as a feudal lord's Tokyo residence and duck hunting grounds during the Edo Period, but later served as a strolling garden and as an imperial detached palace before eventually being opened to the public in its current form.  Next you will see the Imperial Palace located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo, and the residence of Japan's Imperial Family. Although the Palace is not open to the public, from Kokyo Gaien, the large plaza in front of the Imperial Palace, you can view the Nijubashi, two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. The stone bridge in front is called Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge) because of its appearance. Then the coach will take you to your Tokyo Hotel.

Please note: Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat. Bring local currency.


price $229
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