STAR COLLECTOR: EPIC EAST ASIA

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Star Collector: Epic East Asia

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Ko Kut, Thailand



3.5 HRS

Easy

dining

culture

sightseeing
Ko Kut, Benz Thai Cooking Class
This opportunity will be for all Thai food lovers to meet and learn to cook with Chef Benz where you will discover the best Thai food recipes.  You will start the day by joining the lovely Khun Benz (named after her father’s car) as she heads to the local fishing village to choose the catch of the day whether it is squid, crab, scallops or any number of local fish. Khun Benz will then teach you how to prepare your very first delicious Thai dish the local way. Moreover, you will take your favorite culinary delights and  be able to recreate them at home to share with your family and friends.

Please note: Capacity is limited to 7 persons only. Advance reservations are required and subject to space availability.


price $299
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4.5 HRS

Easy

outdoors

culture

walking
Ko Kut, Discovery
On this tour you will visit the Ao Salad fishing village at the northeast tip of Ko Kut to witness the local way of life.This area consists of a beautiful Buddhist temple and bay. The locals transport and sell fishery goods including prawns, crabs, fish and preserved sea foods.  Drive further south and stop for a photo opportunity at the beautiful mangrove forest hugging the river banks at Khlong Chao. You will take a short walk along a jungle path that will bring you to the stunning Klong Chao Waterfall, where you can swim in the cool, fresh water lagoon.  The waterfall is at its most striking during the rainier months of the year.

Please note: Capacity is limited to 6-8 persons only. Advance reservations are required and subject to space availability. You will have a driver/guide. Bring your swimsuit and towel if you want to swim in the lagoon.

price $179
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3 HRS

Easy

outdoors

dining

wine

culture
Ko Kut, Treepod Dining
The free spirited nature of childhood was the inspiration for the Treepod - that desire to climb high up into a leafy canopy and find shelter amidst a simple wooden construction where imagination soared and dreams are born. The unique Treepod Dining Experience will take you to fine dining to new heights. Comfortably seated in a bamboo pod, you will be gently hoisted high up into the tropical foliage of Ko Kut’s ancient rainforest. Gaze out across the boulder-covered shoreline dancing with gentle waves, as you savor gourmet delights and your chosen wines, delivered via the zipline acrobatics of your personal waiter.

Please note: Capacity is limited to 4 persons only and minimum age is12 years. You will be sharing food and advance reservations are required and subject to space availability. 


price $269
No longer available online. Please contact Vacation Planning at 1-800-258-7245 to inquire about waitlisted space.

Malacca, Malaysia



6 HRS

Moderate

culture

unesco

walking

sightseeing
Malacca, Explore Historic Malacca with Lunch
This tour will reveal Malacca’s prosperous trading heritage and numerous foreign interlopers who include the Portuguese, Dutch and British.  You will begin your tour with a photo stop at Porta de Santiago - the only remains of the Dutch fortifications that were blown up by the British – before seeing The Stadthuys, arguably Malacca’s most photographed building.  Constructed in the mid-1600s it is believed to be the oldest Dutch building in the East.  Continue on to the ruins of St Paul’s Church, where the remains of St. Francis Xavier were briefly enshrined.  Visit the Melaka Sultanate Palace, a replica of the original 15th century wooden palace, which is now a Cultural Museum.  You will take a ride up to the 360-degree viewing tower, Menara Taming Sari, at a height of 262 feet.  You will see a spectacular and panoramic view of Melaka UNESCO World Heritage City from the cabin deck.  Proceed on to cross the bridge, which will lead you to Chinatown. Walk to the Baba & Nyonya Museum, showing typical 19th century Baroque style homes of wealthy Chinese families.  Continue on to Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia, and Kampung Kling Mosque. As you continue on to Jonker Street, you will see many antique and curio shops.  This is the final stop and you will enjoy lunch at Casa Del Rio Hotel or alternative for a taste of mixed culture and traditions!

Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking at times over flat and sloping surfaces, with steps to negotiate some sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests in wheelchairs. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, local currency, a hat and a poncho. Tour order may vary to avoid congestion. Coffee, tea and water are complimentary with lunch. Sodas and alcohol are available for purchase.




price $89
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

unesco

walking

sightseeing
Malacca, Historic Malacca
This fascinating tour reveals Malacca’s glorious heritage. The streets and buildings are steeped in history illustrating its prosperous trading heritage and numerous foreign interlopers that include the Portuguese, Dutch and British. You will begin your tour with a visit to the Princess Hang Li Poh’s Well (King’s Well) – located at the foothill of Bukit China and next to Sam Po Temple. It was built in 1459 by the followers of Princess Hang Li Poh and was the main source of water in the town. Continue your walk to the Bukit Cina (also known as Chinese Hill) Chinese Cemetery, the largest and oldest Chinese graveyard outside of China itself with over 12,500 graves.  You will proceed to the Dutch Square - the hub of the town due to its proximity to the river mouth. You will see town hall (Stadthuys),  the church (Christ Church), market square and a school that all reflect the character of ancient European towns. Cross the bridge to Malacca’s Chinatown. Walk to Cheng Ho Cultural Museum, a gallery housing exhibits about Chinese Ming Dynasty admiral, Cheng Ho (Zheng He). In a warehouse to the north of the Melaka River, the gallery has exhibits on the admiral’s life. Then visit Jonker’s Street, the main street of Chinatown before you return back to the pier.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, local currency, a hat and a poncho.
 
price $49
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Malacca, Malacca & Countryside
Departing from the pier, you’ll proceed to a small rubber tree plantation, where you will have an opportunity to see local rubber tappers in action. Malaysia produces almost 20% of the world's natural rubber. Next, you will visit  a palm oil plantation before heading to the village of legendary Malay warrior, Hang Tuah. It is commonly believed that Kampung Duyung (Mermaid Village) was the home of this legendary warrior during the early days of the Malacca Sultanate. The village highlights the cultural, architectural and traditional values of the Malay community and consists of the houses of the five most renowned Malay warriors during the Malacca Sultanate. Stop briefly for photos and souvenir shopping outside the Stadthuys. Built as the official residence for the Dutch governors and their officers, the Stadthuys is an excellent example of Dutch period architecture. Continue to Porta de Santiago—a Portuguese-built fortress—and St Paul's Church, where missionary St. Francis Xavier was briefly interred in 1553. You will also have a chance to take photos outside the Sultan's Palace—a replica of the original 15th century palace of Malacca's now-extinct Sultanate. The palace also houses the Culture Museum.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, local currency, a hat and a poncho. Tour order may vary to avoid congestion. There are about 100 steps up and around this tour.

price $49
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

unesco

walking

sightseeing

boating
Malacca, Walk The Dutch Trail
Walk back through time as you discover the great empires of Malacca the Malay Sultanate, the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British.  After tendering from the ship to the local jetty, you will embark on a boat for a scenic cruise on the Malacca River. Along the way, pass through the downtown area, where you can see old warehouses, shop houses, bridges and traditional Malay villages. Next, a short walk from the jetty will bring you to Stadthuys and Christ Church for a brief photo stop. The Stadhuys is the most imposing relic of Dutch rule and features salmon red walls, heavy wooden doors and wrought-iron hinges. It now houses the Historical Museum. The adjacent Christ Church is a Dutch Reformed church constructed in 1753. Proceed to the Porta de Santiago. Although the original fortress dates from 1511, a small gatehouse is the only remaining part of the fortress still standing. After a photo stop here, you will head to the Sultanate Palace, a replica of a 15th century palace that currently is a cultural museum.  Then you will take a trishaw ride along the Street of Harmony where you will pass the Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple, one of the first Hindu temples in Malaysia, the Kampong Kling Mosque with its 3-tiered roof and make a brief stop at the Cheng Hoon Temple, built in 1646. It is the oldest functioning Chinese temple in Malaysia. Your tour will conclude with a brief ride by rickshaw back to the tender pier.

Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 328 yards, at times over flat and sloping surfaces, with 10 steps to negotiate at the sites visited, a few steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the riverboat and tender. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests in wheelchairs. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, local currency, a hat and a poncho. Tour order may vary to avoid congestion. The boat operator will load 40 people ( local and tourist) per boat due to the limited number of boats available. Boat trip will not be exclusive to Windstar guests.


price $69
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



7.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

sightseeing
Kuala Lumpur, Highlights of Kuala Lumpur City
Your journey begins as you board your motor coach for a half day tour to some of Kuala Lumpur‘s most fascination and colorful sights. On your 90-minute ride you’ll pass by industrial and commercial developments, small town ships and the impressive expressway developments before arriving to your first destination. KL Forest Eco Park is one of the oldest permanent forest reserves in the country and is the only remaining tropical rainforest in the heart of the city. KL Forest Eco Park functions as a Green Lung as well as a recreational area for city dwellers. Here you will see the rich variety of flora that flourishes within the forest including rare herbs, creepers, ferns, climbers and giant bamboo grasses. Visit KL tower, rising over 1,381 feet. The telecommunications and broadcasting tower also houses shops, restaurants, an open air amphitheater and a mini-theater that will show a documentary on the tower’s construction. A short ride up to the sky deck and observation deck will reward you with stunning views of the city. Experience the sky box made up of transparent glass that will offer you a spectacular 360 degree view of Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley. Malaysia-style lunch will be served family style at the Precious Old China Restaurant. After lunch, a short drive will take you past the Moorish-style architecture of the Old Railway Station and the extraordinary National Mosque.  Built in 1965, the modern mosque’s 240-foot minaret and "blue umbrella" roof - situated among 13 acres of gardens, reflecting pools and fountains - are distinctive and impressive. The day will not be complete without a photo stop at Petronas Twin Towers.

Please note: Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.  Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, local currency , hat and rain gear. On rainy days the sky deck and sky box will not be open. You must be at least 13 years of age to visit the sky deck and wheelchairs are not allowed. Tour route may vary to avoid congestion. 

price $99
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8.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur Cultural & Heritage Discovery
Depart from the port and you will have a 90-minute drive to the spellbinding Batu Caves. Rising almost 328 feet above ground, the Batu Caves are actually a complex of ancient limestone caverns. Since their discovery in 1891, Hindu devotees have filled the caves with colorful Hindu shrines; today, the complex is considered to be one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India. The next sight you’ll see is the 141-foot tall gilded statue of the deity Lord Murugan standing guard over the 272 steps that lead to Cathedral Cave, the grandest of all the caves. After climbing the flight of stairs you’ll be rewarded with a majestic cavern with a 300-foot high ceiling. Inside, you’ll find ornate Hindu shrines and a statue of Rama sitting in the back. From here, you will take a monorail ride and proceed to the “new City Center of Kuala Lumpur,” where it is now known as KLCC. Here are the renowned Petronas Twin Towers, soaring 1,483 feet into the sky.  You will drive past National Mosque and proceed to the Merdeka Square. Also known as Independence Square, this historical area is home to the Royal Selangor Club and site of the August 31, 1957 proclamation declaring Malaysia’s independence from Britain. You will also see Central Market Kuala Lumpur which dates back to 1888. Central Market Kuala Lumpur is a great place to celebrate and enjoy Malaysian festivals, cultural showcases and local artistic talent. It is also an excellent destination for a great variety of local souvenirs, arts, crafts and collectibles. On the way back to port, stop by the Thean Hou Temple, a landmark 6-tiered Chinese temple located on 1.67 acres of land atop a little hill. The temple, built by the Hainanese community is dedicated to the Goddess Tian Hou (The Heavenly Mother).

Please note: tour route may vary based on congestion. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring local currency, your sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and rain gear. Lunch will be on your own at Petronas Twin Towers and is not included on this tour. At Batu Caves, the many wild monkeys can sometimes be aggressive if they are fed. Guests are strongly requested to avoid feeding the monkeys.


price $49
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7 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Kuala Lumpur, Petronas Twin Tower Skybridge & City Tour
This tour will take you in to the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur. Your first stop after a 90-minute drive, will be at the National Monument. This 49-foot-tall bronze monument was built to pay tribute to the valiant soldiers who gave their lives defending the country during the Insurgency in the 1950s and World War II. Then continue on to Independence Square, one of the most photographed sites in all of Malaysia and the playing field of the Royal Selangor Club, the National History Museum, St. Mary’s Cathedral, the impressive Sultan Abdul Samad Building and where parades and Independence Day festivities are celebrated. You’ll then proceed to Kuala Lumpur's iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Soaring 1,483 feet into the sky, the towers are united by a sky bridge that rises 557 feet above street level, making it the tallest sky bridge in the world. The majestic steel and glass towers look very 21st century but their design is based in ancient Islamic tradition - the 241-foot tall spires, which sit atop the towers are reminiscent of the minarets that adorn mosques. Your final stop of the day is the Suria KL Shopping Centre where you’ll have almost two hours to shop at your leisure. Stretched over 1.4 million square feet, here you’ll find 450 outlets offering something for everyone - have lunch in one of the many restaurants, shop in the fashionable boutiques, have fun in the entertainment centers, sit down for cup of coffee in a coffeehouse, work out in a fitness center or unwind in a spa.

Please note: Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Bring local currency, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Lunch will be on your own at Petronas Twin Towers and is not included on this tour. Tour route may vary to avoid congestion. This tour cannot be operated on Mondays. Your tour guide will not go up the Petronas Tower when ascending to the Skybridge, but a Petronas Skybridge in-house guide will escort you.

price $69
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5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

culture

sightseeing
Kuala Lumpur, Visit Tradtional Malay Home
Your journey will begin as you board your motor coach for a 90-minute ride through industrial and commercial developments, small townships and the impressive expressway developments before arriving at your first destination..  The Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman is one of the oldest surviving traditional Malay houses. Built in stages between 1910 and the early 1930s, it was owned by the local headman of Mukim Bagan Samak, Bandar Baharu  Kedah. Originally located in Kampung Sungai Kechil, a small village in the northern part of Peninsula Malaysia, it was rescued, relocated and restored (1996 – 1997) by Badan Warisan Malaysia. Today, it stands as one of the finest remaining of Malay Vernacular architecture. Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur with its many high rise buildings, the Rumah Penghulu is surrounded by a traditional herb and heritage garden which has over 50 species of trees and plants of environmental, cultural and historic interest to Malaysians. You will experience the Kampung lifestyle, and ceremonies related to weddings. You will be involved in a hands-on demonstration as well as sampling traditional food and drinks. You also will experience traditional Malay games like Congkak and Gasing. Before returning to the port, you will have a photo stop at the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers.

Please note: Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

price $89
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Langkawi, Malaysia



3 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

sightseeing
Langkawi, 4 X 4 Adventure
Enjoy a ride on a Yamaha Rhino 4x4, side by side off-road vehicle. The 45-minute ride will depart from the Paku Pakis Activity Centre, which is located at the Tanjung Rhu beach. You will be guided by a tour supervisor who will ride in front of the Rhinos. You will also be given a routing map to enable you to drive safely along the moderately rough terrain and back to the start-up station. Safety helmets and seat belts are compulsory. The vehicle is equipped with comfortable bucket seats and automotive-type controls which will make driving as easy as it is fun with super strong 4-wheel disc brakes to ensure that when the terrains gets rough, the Yamaha 4x4 Rhino holds steady!!

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes, light clothing, and bring sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat. Drivers must be 18 years of age or older, and have a valid driver’s license. Humidity is around 80%.

price $159
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

boating
Langkawi, Island Hopping
Langkawi isn’t just one big island, but a collection of around 100 islands that form an archipelago. While most are uninhabited, a few have been designated for tourism so that visitors from all over the world can admire and appreciate the magical beauty of Langkawi. Most people feel the serene beauty of Langkawi's islands is best appreciated on a laid back jet boat. This thrilling tour is customized for you to see the highlights of the southern islands. Thrill to the sight of the mountainous limestone islands, strange cave formations, sea-arches and sea-stacks. You will cruise by Singa Besar Island, The Shape of Pregnant Lady Island, which is the second largest island in Langkawi’s cluster of islands, and view Bat Cave. You will head to the Echo Channel where you can hear your voice reverberate throughout  the channel.  Along the journey, you will get to enjoy the scenic sea view of Langkawi. After a sun-filled afternoon of cruising the islands, your jet boat will arrive at Bay Leaf Beach with time to swim or just relax on the beach. Lastly, you will arrive back at the jetty after your day of adventure and relaxation with memories that you will treasure forever. 

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and light clothing. Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a swimsuit, towel and extra clothing.  This tour is not suitable for wheelchair bound guests or guests with mobility issues.


price $99
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5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

wildlife

boating
Langkawi, Mangrove Kayak Adventure
Enjoy the mangroves of Kilim River which are part of Geopark Langkawi with a taste of adventure and some exercise during this kayak trip.  You will be up close to the ecology of the mangroves while gliding in your kayak through the smaller channels, away from the larger rivers.  You might be lucky to see monkeys, snakes, eagles, kites, kingfishers, otters or monitor lizards.  You will transfer to a motor launch for the approximately ¾-hour cruise to your departure point in Kilim. After basic instructions and a safety briefing, set out on a leisurely paddle through this ecosystem of tidal mangroves, lagoons and isolated islands. Explore Gua Kelawar, the Bat Cave, and keep watch for brown eagles, tree crabs, iguanas, and Macaque monkeys. 

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

price $99
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

wildlife

walking
Langkawi, Rainforest Awakening

This tour will take you to the interior of the island to explore Langkawi's lowland rainforest, a forest that contains flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world. Naturalists will show you birds, plants, animals, butterflies, and more.  Your guide will explain how this fragile world of interdependence has evolved. An early start ensures that you hear and see the rainforest morning chorus of birds and monkeys. Following your walk through the rainforest, you will return to the ship.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, hat, long pants and a backpack to carry water and personal belongings. Weather is about 80% humidity so wear light clothing. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

price $69
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Phuket, Thailand



4 HRS

Easy

outdoors

refreshments

sightseeing

concierge
Phuket, Birds Eye View over Phang Nga Bay
Considered by many a "must see" sight, there are very few places in the world with a landscape like Phang Nga. Begin your day with an 80-minute drive from Phuket port by car/minivan to the helipad for an unforgettable 40-minute helicopter flight.  After arriving at a helipad lounge, refreshments will be served.  Then, you will have a chance to sightsee while flying.  Narrated by the pilot, you will fly over shrimp farms passing above fishermen’s boats before entering the unforgettable sceneries of renowned Phang Nga Bay with its towering sea cliffs and sites such as James Bond Island where the filming of the last scenes of The Man with the Golden Gun took place, and the well-known Muslim floating village before flying back to the operation center.   You will have a short break at the helipad lounge before transferring back to Phuket port.

Please note: Bring your raincoat and wear comfortable shoes. Pregnant women will have to sign a waiver.

price $999
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2.75 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

wildlife

sightseeing
Phuket, Canopy Adventure
Canopy adventure shows that Phuket’s island beauty goes far beyond the sea, sun and sand that it is famous for.  The hillsides of Phuket overflow with thick forest that is great for exploration and outdoor activities.  A wide variety of trees and small animals occupy this vast area, and the natural rubber trees are harvested by locals who are still allowed to live on the hillside. A small creek runs through the land during the wet months and even the trees within the camp reception area have been left untouched.  Photos of your ziplining experience will be available for purchase from the staff at the camp. Your 40-minute drive to the ziplining camp will then give you 15 minutes of instruction before you begin ziplining on the 16 platforms which include 8 ziplines, 1 sky bridge, 1 rappel point, 2 spiral staircases and a 20-minute wilderness walk.

Please note:  Bring your sunglasses, hat, sunscreen,  insect repellent and wear comfortable shoes and light clothing.  This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Guests will  be required to fill out a waiver before participating on this tour. Minimum age is 12 years old and maximum weight is 206 lbs. 

price $125
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6 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

wildlife

culture

beach
Phuket, Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
This is an enjoyable opportunity to spend quality time with elephants in their natural home, as well as gain an insight into their history and behavior.  You will be privileged enough to meet and interact with members of the Karen tribe, and witness stunning views of the surrounding jungle, mountains and beach – all while interacting personally with friendly, happy elephants in a safe and sustainable environment. You will board your waiting van for the 60-minute drive to the Sanctuary. There, you will meet your English-speaking guide and learn a little about the elephants, before changing into traditional Karen clothing.  You will be given bananas and sugar cane to feed to the elephants and then walk with your guide through the Sanctuary, where you will find free-roaming elephants and hear their individual stories. You can touch, feed, photograph, and interact with the elephants at your leisure while you learn about their lifestyle and behaviors. After you have met all the elephants, you will accompany them to a nearby mud spa. Get muddy with the elephants as you apply a healthy cosmetic mud treatment to their skin. Next, you will walk with the elephants to a nearby river and join them in the water for a refreshing bath. Take a swim and help bathe and brush the elephants while they wade through and play in the water. Once the elephants are clean, you can take some final photos with them, and then it will be time to part ways with your new friends and change into some dry clothes. Finally, have a meal of traditional Thai food and seasonal fresh fruit.  There will be time to relax at Naithon Beach before your ride back to the ship, enjoying the lovely rural scenery along the way.

Please note: The order of events may change. Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and sunglasses, bring sunscreen, insect repellent, your swimsuit,  towel, change of clothes and your camera. The mud pools and the sites at the sanctuary are not exclusive to Windstar guests.



price $169
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8 HRS

Moderate

wildlife

outdoors

dining

beach

boating
Phuket, Phang Nga Ba Exploration
After a 90-minute scenic drive you will arrive at the pier to board a local-style boat and start a day of exploration. You will cruise the inner waters of Phang Nga Bay, where you will be awestruck by the beauty of the spectacular natural surroundings.  Discover a world of sea caves and limestone karsts all formed naturally as a result of calcite deposits over millions of years.  Enjoy Koh “Hong” which is an open-air, cliff-lined cylindrical tidal lagoon connected to the outside world only through a series of tunnels and caves.  Here you will have the opportunity to board guided sea canoe. The guide will paddle so you can sit back and relax in complete comfort and safety, taking in the peace and total tranquility while learning about the ecosystem of this “lost world.”  Along the way you may see a variety of wildlife such as sea eagles, Brahminy kites, kingfishers, fruit bats, water monitor lizards, and monkeys. You will also have the opportunity to take a stroll or swim on a sandy beach and visit “James Bond Island” the island made famous by the classic James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun.” This tour includes a Thai buffet lunch and optional kayaking.

Please note:  There are 15 steps to access the boat at the pier.  Bring your raincoat, swimsuit and wear comfortable shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible and not recommended for guests with limited mobility or back issues. The boat trip may not be exclusive for Windstar guests. 


price $149
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5.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

walking

sightseeing
Phuket, Unique Phuket
This tour will be a combination of highlights which include culture, sightseeing and tasting of Thai foods. You will start with a 45-minute ride to an old temple in Phuket to attend the Monks’ Blessing Ceremony.  The monks will chant their mantras and sprinkle holy water to bring good luck to the participants while you will present offerings to them in return.  It is an uplifting start to the day. Then you will walk through Rommanee Alley where scenes from Good Morning Vietnam were shot.  Walking along the roads, you will marvel at the well-preserved old Sino-Portuguese buildings and visit Thai Hua Museum.  You will enjoy a one-of-a-kind market tour which is both enriching and fun. Within the market, colorful characters hawk condiments, sell dried herbs and spices, and proudly display pungent pickled kapi fish, squirming eels and succulent durians.  Be prepared for sensory overload. Then you will take a short walk to the twin Phuket shrines where you will learn your fortune through sticks and wooden blocks.  Here you will see - and participate in – a Lion Dance, gongs, drums and firecrackers in the temple, representing good fortune and good health.  The first one is Phud Jaw Chinese Shrine which is dedicated to Guan Yin, Goddess of Mercy.  It is the oldest shrine in Phuket, built over 200 years ago.  Right next door is the more ornate Jui Tui Shrine.  Proceed to Tuu Kap Khao Restaurant where you will be served local Thai food family style.. 

Please note:  Wear light clothing, rubber/comfortable shoes.  Bring local currency, a hat, adequate sun protection, sunglasses and a raincoat in case of rain. Modest attire is required for visiting the temple and shrines, no tank tops or shorts. You do not have to be Buddhist to join the Monk’s Blessing Ceremony.  Everybody is welcome. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users due to lots of steps at Thai Hua Museum.


price $169
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4 HRS

Easy

outdoors

refreshments

sightseeing

concierge
Phuket, Birds Eye View over Phang Nga Bay
Considered by many a "must see" sight, there are very few places in the world with a landscape like Phang Nga. Begin your day with an 80-minute drive from Phuket port by car/minivan to the helipad for an unforgettable 40-minute helicopter flight.  After arriving at a helipad lounge, refreshments will be served.  Then, you will have a chance to sightsee while flying.  Narrated by the pilot, you will fly over shrimp farms passing above fishermen’s boats before entering the unforgettable sceneries of renowned Phang Nga Bay with its towering sea cliffs and sites such as James Bond Island where the filming of the last scenes of The Man with the Golden Gun took place, and the well-known Muslim floating village before flying back to the operation center.   You will have a short break at the helipad lounge before transferring back to Phuket port.

Please note: Bring your raincoat and wear comfortable shoes. Pregnant women will have to sign a waiver.

price $999
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6 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

wildlife

culture

beach
Phuket, Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
This is an enjoyable opportunity to spend quality time with elephants in their natural home, as well as gain an insight into their history and behavior.  You will be privileged enough to meet and interact with members of the Karen tribe, and witness stunning views of the surrounding jungle, mountains and beach – all while interacting personally with friendly, happy elephants in a safe and sustainable environment. You will board your waiting van for the 60-minute drive to the Sanctuary. There, you will meet your English-speaking guide and learn a little about the elephants, before changing into traditional Karen clothing.  You will be given bananas and sugar cane to feed to the elephants and then walk with your guide through the Sanctuary, where you will find free-roaming elephants and hear their individual stories. You can touch, feed, photograph, and interact with the elephants at your leisure while you learn about their lifestyle and behaviors. After you have met all the elephants, you will accompany them to a nearby mud spa. Get muddy with the elephants as you apply a healthy cosmetic mud treatment to their skin. Next, you will walk with the elephants to a nearby river and join them in the water for a refreshing bath. Take a swim and help bathe and brush the elephants while they wade through and play in the water. Once the elephants are clean, you can take some final photos with them, and then it will be time to part ways with your new friends and change into some dry clothes. Finally, have a meal of traditional Thai food and seasonal fresh fruit.  There will be time to relax at Naithon Beach before your ride back to the ship, enjoying the lovely rural scenery along the way.

Please note: The order of events may change. Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and sunglasses, bring sunscreen, insect repellent, your swimsuit,  towel, change of clothes and your camera. The mud pools and the sites at the sanctuary are not exclusive to Windstar guests.



price $169
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Penang, Malaysia



4.5 HRS

Moderate

culture
Penang, Hill & Temple
Board your motor coach for a spiritual journey to SE Asia’s largest Buddhist temple. Your 30-minute drive will take you to the Kek Lok Si Temple, better known as the Temple of the Ten Thousand Buddhas, your visit will be infinitely intriguing from the start. Among the features or the temple are the Tortoises’ Pond of Longevity where devotees release the creatures to earn blessings in life and the Seven Tier Pagoda that incorporates Chinese, Thai & Burmese architecture. In 2002, a 99-foot bronze statue of the Kuan Yin was completed and opened to public. It replaced the previous white plaster Kuan Yin statue which was damaged due to a fire a few years ago. The bronze statue is located on the hillside above the pagoda while the head of the previous statue which survived the fire is preserved and placed on the right hand corner of the new statue. There is an inclined lift to carry pilgrims and visitors further uphill. On the elevated platform, you can find a pond filled with Koi and the towering statue of Kuan Yin, Goddess of Mercy, which can also be regarded as Avalokitheshvara, Bodhisattva of Universal Compassion. Visit Penang Hill, a cool resort accessible by a funicular tram you will take to reach the peak. It will offer a refreshing garden quality, with old colonial mansions that are reminiscent of an old English Village. 

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and conservative clothing is required to enter the temple. Bring local currency, a hat, adequate sun protection, and a raincoat in case of wet weather.  There are approximately 200 steps at the temple and the grounds may be slippery in places


price $49
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

unesco

walking

sightseeing
Penang, In the Footsteps of Captain Francis Light
Board your motor coach to begin your day of discovery at the Weld Quay Clan Jetties at the waterfront.  The century-old Clan Jetties are part of the formation known as the Penang Heritage Trail.  These humble homes of five Chinese clans are raised on stilts, and the water-villages are accessible by a long walkway.  Then it's on to Suffolk House, which has earned the moniker of Penang’s "Great House" as it is the original estate owned by George Town founder Captain Francis Light, and is an architectural gem.  Explore the charms of this 200-year-old traditional Anglo-Indian garden house and stroll the grand, manicured compound.  You will travel through time at Francis Light Cemetery, which honors the town’s founder. His tomb can be found in a peaceful setting amidst many graves and pergolas with unique structural designs.  Continue the tour with a guided walk through the narrow streets of Little India, heavy with the aroma of spices and whose lanes are lined with shops and ottu kedai selling everything from spices, vegetables, fabrics, cooking ware, jewelry and much more. Your last stop will be the stopover at Fort Cornwallis, located along the Esplanade.  This seaside promenade is home to many of the city’s most esteemed structures and memorials, including the clock tower, city hall, town hall and state buildings. The entrance to the fort is presided over by a statue of Captain Francis Light. The statue welcomes visitors to the unique star-shaped structure and its steel lighthouse and the fort is one of the largest and best-preserved forts in the country.  

Please note: Bring local currency and wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing suited to the day's conditions. Bring a hat, adequate sun protection, and a raincoat in case of rain. Sequence of tour stops may vary.


price $39
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8 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

walking

sightseeing
Penang, Jewels of George Town
You will board your motor coach for the 30-minute drive to Kek Lok Si Temple, the largest Chinese Buddhist Temple in Malaysia.  Among the temple’s features are the Tortoises’ Pond of Longevity where devotees release the creatures to earn blessings in life and the Seven Tier Pagoda that incorporates Chinese, Thai & Burmese architecture. Proceed to the home and ancestral hall of Chung Keng Kwee, Kapitan China of Perak and Hakka mine-owner, which is known as the Pinang Peranakan Mansion.  The opulent lifestyle of a Peranakan (Straits Chinese) tycoon is recreated in this century-old stately mansion, offering a glimpse into the Peranakan customs and traditions. After your lunch at the leading hotel, you will head  to the Tropical Spice Gardens, which is home to more than 500 species of native and exotic plants. Spread over a magnificent eight acres, it boasts three trails and 11 garden rooms where you can view their staggering collection of herbs, spices, bamboos, ginger plants, heliconias, and orchids. The highlight will be at the Entopia, the first butterfly, dragonfly and firefly Sanctuary Park. It houses 15,000 butterflies from about 100 species. Your spectacular day continues with a visit to a Batik Factory  and here you will enjoy a delightful demonstration of this traditional art of printing fabric using dyes and wax. There will also be an opportunity for you to buy Batik fabrics and goods before returning to the port. You will return to your ship with a true insight into the architectural design of George Town, which has lost nothing of its original charm and character.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and conservative dress. There are about 200 steps to negotiate at the temple. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, local currency, a hat and rain gear.




price $89
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3 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

unesco

culture

walking

sightseeing
Penang, Street of Harmony
This walking tour will offer you a glimpse of a different part of George Town and highlight some of its most popular attractions! The journey will begin with a photo stop at Fort Cornwallis, where Captain Francis Light landed in Penang. Then on to the Penang Municipal Town Hall, and St. George Church, the oldest Anglican church in SE Asia and designated as one of the 50 National Heritage Treasures of Malaysia. Next stop, The Goddess of Mercy Temple, constructed using Feng Shui principles, the temple has three wells – one on the right side of the main shrine, another outside the temple and the third hidden under the main altar. Your next stop will be Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple, dedicated to the Mother of the Universe. Another one of the main houses of worship along George Town’s “Street of Harmony,” is the Kapitan Keling Mosque, built and designed by German architect Henry Alfred Neubronner. With Moorish and Roman arches and a towering minaret, the mosque stands as a regal landmark and one of the country’s most beautiful and historically rich mosques. Khoo Kongsi is one of the most distinctive Chinese clan associations in Malaysia. It is well known worldwide for its extensive lineage that can be traced back 650 years ago, as well as its closely knit and defensive congregation of buildings and a magnificent clan house. Then take a leisurely trishaw ride on the enchanting and aptly named “King of the Road,” a favorite for tourists as well as locals. Lastly, you will be dropped off at a colonial building for light refreshments before returning to the port. 

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, local currency and a hat. This tour is not recommended for wheelchair guests or those with mobility issues.


price $69
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Singapore



3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Singapore, City Experience with Transfer to Airport
This tour will be a great way to relax and explore Singapore.  Leaving the port you will drive into the city and see the Civic District, past the Padang Area, Cricket Club, Parliament House, Supreme Court, City Hall as well as Merlion Park. As you drive past the City Centre, you will be impressed by the fantastic work of visionary architect Moshe Safdie. The Marina Bay waterfront. The Marina Bay Sands is considered the world's most expensive resort casino property, and dominates the skyline and Singapore's new financial district. You will get to visit the oldest Buddhist-Taoist temple in Singapore - the Thian Hock Keng Temple before heading to Chinatown. You will drive past Arab Street to view the magnificent Sultan Mosque before a quick stop at Little India. Your final stop will be the National Orchid Garden, displaying the world's largest collection of orchids in full splendor. It houses over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. See the "dignitaries," such as Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela, Laura Bush and Princess Diana in the VIP (Very Important Plants) Garden. Packed with fond memories as well as load of photographs, your motor coach will take you to the airport.

Please note:  Bring local currency, your credit card, camera, umbrella or poncho in case of rain. Order of sites visited may vary.


price $69
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Singapore, City Experience with Transfer to Hotel
This tour will be a great way to relax and explore Singapore.  Leaving the port you will drive into the city and see the Civic District, past the Padang Area, Cricket Club, Parliament House, Supreme Court, City Hall as well as Merlion Park. As you drive past the City Centre, you will be impressed by the fantastic work of visionary architect Moshe Safdie. The Marina Bay waterfront. The Marina Bay Sands is considered the world's most expensive resort casino property, and dominates the skyline and Singapore's new financial district. You will get to visit the oldest Buddhist-Taoist temple in Singapore - the Thian Hock Keng Temple before heading to Chinatown. You will drive past Arab Street to view the magnificent Sultan Mosque before a quick stop at Little India. Your final stop will be the National Orchid Garden, displaying the world's largest collection of orchids in full splendor. It houses over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. See the "dignitaries," such as Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela, Laura Bush and Princess Diana in the VIP (Very Important Plants) Garden. Packed with fond memories as well as load of photographs, your motor coach will take you to the hotel.

Please note:  Bring local currency, your credit card, camera, umbrella or poncho in case of rain. Order of sites visited may vary.

price $69
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Kuching, Malaysia



6 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

dining
Kuching, Bako National Park
Bako National Park, the oldest and one of the most popular national parks in Sarawak, offers the perfect introduction to Sarawak’s forest and wildlife. It contains a wide range of vegetation, jungle streams, waterfalls, interesting plant life, trekking trails and coastlines covered with small bays, coves and beaches. Visitors can see wildlife such as proboscis monkeys, long-tailed macaques, Borneo bearded pigs and monitor lizards. You will be able to experience almost desert-like scrub or “padang” on the plateau to lowland dipterocarp forest. Erosion has left some remarkable sandstone formations such as the famous Sea Stag.  You will depart from the port via motor coach for the 15-minute drive to waiting boats.  Your boat ride will be 20 minutes to Bako National Park where you will disembark and be met by your guide. You will walk the trails of this delightful park for about 2 hours before having lunch. Then  it’s back to the boat where you will spend another 30 minutes checking out the rock formations before heading back to the jetty and your waiting motor coach.

Please note: Wear light cotton clothing and comfortable walking/trekking shoes. Bring insect repellent, sunscreen, your hat and binoculars.  This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Alcoholic beverages and sodas are not included on this tour. You will be served coffee/tea and a small bottle of water.

price $199
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

walking

sightseeing
Kuching, Heritage Walk
A "must see' introduction to Sarawak, will offer a mix of well-preserved Colonial buildings and gracious modern architecture. Considered as one of the South East Asia's most pleasant cities, life still unfurls at a leisurely pace for the multi-ethnic population. Walk through the main streets of Kuching passing by Heritage Buildings from the Brooke Era. Your walk will cross the road to view the Square Tower, the Astana, the State legislative Assembly with a stop at Chinese History Museum. And you will be looking for the various cat statues around including the Giant White Cat Statue.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes, light layered clothing, and bring a hat, umbrella, sunscreen and local currency. Bottled water will be provided.


price $99
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking
Kuching, Sarawak Cultural Village
Popularly known as the Living Museum, the Sarawak village showcases a kaleidoscope of Sarawak Culture and Traditions.   Board your motor coach for the 60-minute drive to the village. Upon arrival, visit the authentic replica houses of the main tribes of Sarawak - Longhouses of the Ibans, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu, high stilt houses of the Melanau and the Penan Hut.  Displayed in the houses are the many artifacts made by the individual dwellers.  Demonstration of arts and crafts like beadwork, wood and bamboo carvings, Pua and Straw weaving can be seen while touring the village.  You can also view traditional methods of cooking and how the Penans make blowpipes and other hunting instruments. Your visit will end with a colorful cultural performance in the theater.

Please note:  Wear light cotton clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Bring your hat, sunscreen, camera, insect repellent, umbrella and local currency. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

price $119
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4 HRS

Moderate

wildlife

walking
Kuching, Semenggoh Nature Reserve
Unlike a zoo and covering 1,613 acres, the Semenggoh Nature Reserve provides a natural environment in the tropical rainforest.  Here young orangutans that are either orphaned or rescued from captivity are trained to survive in the wild.  This Nature Reserve is not set up as a tourist destination but visitors are welcomed.  You will board a motor coach at the port for the 60-minute drive to the reserve. There you will transfer to mini-vans at the park entrance for a 20-minute drive to parking bay. There you will take a 10-minute walk in the rainforest to the viewing deck. If you are lucky, you will see the crazy antics of the local orangutans as they emerge from the jungle canopy to the feeding platform to supplement their diet. 

Please note: Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed, especially during fruiting season from October to March when the orangutans are able to naturally meet their food requirements. Wear light cotton clothing, but avoid bright colors, and comfortable walking shoes. Modest attire is recommended with knees, shoulders and midriffs covered. Bring your hat, sunscreen, camera, insect repellent, umbrella and local currency. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.


price $119
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Bandar Seri Begawan/Muara, Brunei



5 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

culture

sightseeing
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei - The Royal Experience
Experience the Royal touch,on this  half-day excursion that begins at the pier. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you will board an air-conditioned motor coach for a scenic, 45-minute drive through the landscape of this stunning sultanate lifestyle. First you will view the Prime Minister’s Office for a  exterior photo stop then  proceed to the Brunei Arts and Handicraft Centre where you will be amazed at what Brunei’s craftsmen can produce. The products range from the beautiful tenunan or brocade to the shiny silver works with intricate designs. You will visit the Royal Regalia Exhibition Hall to see the unique collection of royal artifacts. Have your cameras handy for an  exterior view of the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Sultan. Meaning "Palace of the Light of Faith" Istana Nurul Iman is the largest residential palace in the world with 1,788 rooms and 257 bathrooms in 2,200,000 square feet.  Marvel at the breathtaking residence of the Sultan's family, the Royal Family's lush polo grounds then on to the Jerudong Royal Polo Club where you will be taken on a guided tour of this royal private clubhouse which includes a visit to His Majesty’s private resting room. You will have the chance to snap a few photos there. Another highlight of this guided tour will be His Majesty’s personal collection of original paintings which decorate the walls of the clubhouse. At the restaurant  you will enjoy light refreshment (malay delicacies with tea).

Please note:  Brunei is a strict Muslim Country. Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered and you must remove your shoes before entering the Royal Regalia.  Phototaking is only allowed at the main lobby of the Regalia. Cameras and purses must be checked at the entrance to the Royal Regalia. At Royal Regalia, guests must walk 30 yards from the motor coach parking bay to the building. All business premises will be closed during prayer from 1130 to 2. The sequence of tour stops may vary to avoid congestion. Bring you sunglasses, sunscreen and camera and wear comfortable walking shoes. Alcoholic beverages and sodas are not included on this tour and only coffee/tea and bottled water will be served.


price $119
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing
Bandar Seri Begawan, City Drive & Royal Regalia Visit
Discover Brunei on this leisurely, half-day, narrated drive that will begin at your pier. Board a comfortable, air-conditioned motor coach and, accompanied by your friendly and knowledgeable guide, set out on your exploration of this amazing sultanate. Drive to the capital of Bandar Seri Begawan located on the glistening Brunei River. As you journey, your guide will regale you with fascinating information about the area's culture and history and point out its many magnificent sights. Have your cameras handy for a distant view of the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Sultan. Meaning "Palace of the Light of Faith" Istana Nurul Iman is the largest residential palace in the world with 1,788 rooms and 257 bathrooms in 2,200,000 square feet.  Marvel at the breathtaking residence of the Sultan's family, the Royal Family's lush polo grounds and pass by the luxurious Empire Hotel, where the Sultan hosts his guests. You will see the Jame'Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque, a superb example of contemporary Islamic architecture with its elegant gold domes. Brunei's largest mosque, it was completed in 1994 to celebrate the Sultan's 25th Jubilee. Your drive will also take you past the Diamond Arch, a diamond ring-shaped sculpture which stands as the gateway to Jerudong Park - the Sultan's gift to the people of Brunei. You will then enjoy a tour of the Royal Regalia Museum, home to Brunei's Crown Regalia. Get a glimpse of the opulent lifestyle of Brunei's royalty as you peruse the royal regalia on display, including the Royal Chariot, ceremonial weapons, memorabilia from the royal family and a replica of the throne room.

Please note:  Brunei is a strict Muslim Country. Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered and you must remove your shoes before entering the Royal Regalia.Photo-taking is only allowed at the main lobby of the Regalia. Cameras and purses must be checked at the entrance to the Royal Regalia. At Royal Regalia, guests must walk 30 yards from the motor coach parking bay to the building. All business premises will be closed during prayer from 1130 to 2. The sequence of tour stops may vary to avoid congestion. Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen and camera and wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $99
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing
Bandar Seri Begawan, Royal Regalia & Kampong Ayer Visit
Indulge in the highlights of Brunei with this leisurely, half day excursion that will begin at your pier. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, board an air-conditioned motor coach for a scenic, 45-minute drive through the landscape of this stunning sultanate to Bandar Jetty. You will board a water taxi for a relaxing cruise along the glistening Brunei River to the legendary Kampong Ayer, a series of colorful villages built on stilts over water and connected by wooden walkways. Dubbed the "Venice of the East," Kampong Ayer features brightly painted houses, mosques and schools. You will visit a local home for cakes and tea. Rejoin your motor coach for a drive through Bandar city. As you journey, your guide will regale you with fascinating information about the area's culture and history and point out its many magnificent sights. Take in views of the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque (considered one of the most beautiful mosques in the world). Pass by the Istana Nurul Iman (The Royal Palace) gates. This official residence of the Sultan of Brunei is the largest residential palace in the world at over 2,200,000 square feet. Be sure to have your camera ready for a photostop at the breathtaking Jame'Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque. Completed in 1994 to celebrate the Sultan's 25th Jubilee, this ornate mosque - the biggest in Brunei - is a superb example of contemporary Islamic architecture with its elegant gold domes. You will take time out from your scenic drive to enjoy a tour of the Royal Regalia Museum, home to Brunei's Crown Regalia. Get a glimpse of the opulent lifestyle of Brunei's royalty as you peruse the royal regalia on display, including the Royal Chariot, ceremonial weapons, memorabilia from the royal family and a replica of the throne room.

Please note:  Brunei is a strict Muslim Country. Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered and you must remove your shoes before entering the Royal Regalia.  Phototaking is only allowed at the main lobby of the Regalia. Cameras and purses must be checked at the entrance to the Royal Regalia. At Royal Regalia, guests must walk 30 yards from the motor coach parking bay to the building. All business premises will be closed during prayer from 11:30 to 2. The sequence of tour stops may vary to avoid congestion. Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen and camera and wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $119
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7.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing

boating
Bandar Seri Begawan, The Regalia, Water Village & Cruise
Embark on a full-day, moderately active journey of discovery that begins at your pier where you will board your air-conditioned motor coach for a brief, scenic drive. Visit the immense Tamu Kianggeh open air market located on the banks of the Kianggeh River in the heart of Brunei's capital. Enjoy free time to explore the sea of charming vendor stands offering a range of products. Try your hand at calm and quiet bartering that is the norm here.  You will board a water taxi for a cruise along the glistening Brunei River offering magnificent views of the Sultan's Palace. Cruise to Pulau Ranggu and relax amid the serene mangrove forests that line the island's shores. Keep a keen eye out for the elusive Proboscis monkeys that make their home here.  Your cruise will take you to Kampong Ayer, a series of colorful villages built on stilts over water that are connected by wooden walkways. Dubbed the "Venice of the East" Kampong Ayer features brightly painted houses, shops, markets, mosques and schools. Enjoy free time to explore this fascinating maze on your own and visit one of the local homes for cakes and tea. Rejoin your motor coach for a narrated drive through Bandar city passing Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque (considered one of the most beautiful mosques in the world). You will tour the breathtaking Royal Regalia Museum, home to Brunei's Crown Regalia. The royal regalia on display here includes the Royal Chariot, ceremonial weapons, memorabilia from the royal family and a replica of the throne room. During your excursion be sure to have your cameras at the ready for photo opportunities at Jame'Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque, a superb example of contemporary Islamic architecture, and the Istana Nurul Iman (The Royal Palace). This official residence of the Sultan of Brunei is the largest residential palace in the world at over 2,200,000 square feet. Then you will indulge in a delicious buffet lunch at the Rizqun International in Bandar.

Please note:  Brunei is a strict Muslim Country. Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered and you must remove your shoes before entering the Royal Regalia.  Phototaking is only allowed at the main lobby of the Regalia. Cameras and purses must be checked at the entrance to the Royal Regalia. At Royal Regalia, guests must walk 30 yards from the motor coach parking bay to the building. All business premises will be closed during prayer from 1130 to 2. The sequence of tour stops may vary to avoid congestion. Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen and camera and wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $199
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8 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing

boating
Bandar Seri Begawan, Ulu Temburong Adeventure
This tour is an introduction to the National Park and the protected rainforest. Temburong is the smaller section of Brunei, where traditional lifestyles are maintained and where the natural environment is protected.  Your motor coach will take you on a 45-minute ride from the port to Bandar jetty.  There you will board a fast boat and enjoy a 45-minute ride to Temburong town through the mangrove evergreen channels. Observe the scenic landscape along the way and if nature permits, you may see a crocodile or two basking in the sun on the riverbanks.  Arriving at the jetty you will board a bus to travel 30 minutes to  Batang Duri the last human settlement before  you will venture into the wilderness of Brunei. The longboat ride from there will take 45 minutes upstream against a series of fast flowing rapids. Step out of the boat for an interesting walk to the waterfall. Enjoy the rich natural environment as you walk. Return to your boat for another exciting boat trip back to the Batang Duri where you will be treated to a local lunch with a view overlooking the riverbank. Return to Bandar Seri Begawan through the mangrove jungle then board the motor coach for the return journey to the port.

Please note:  This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility as you will be required to board / exit the boats and it is also not recommended for guests with seasickness problem. Consider physical fitness and medical history when selecting this tour as it involves 2 separate boat rides (fast boat and longboat], 2 coach rides and a short jungle walk to the waterfall. All businesses will be closed during prayer from 1130 to 2. Bring extra clothing and a towel (just in case you get wet during the fast boat ride or while walking to the waterfall), adequate sun protection, sunglasses and camera for photo taking. Wear comfortable walking shoes (no heel).


price $269
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia



4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Kota Kinabalu, City Discovery
Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, is located on the coast and this tour will give you an overview of some of its most important landmarks, such as the Tun Mustapha Tower and State Mosque for a short photo stop. You will travel by motor coach with your knowledgeable guide to the Tun Mustapha Tower and on to State Mosque. After making photo-stops on your way past these sights, you will arrive at The Heritage Village located at the Sabah Museum for a visit, which displays replicas of traditional houses of the local communities from various areas in Sabah. It will give you an excellent insight into the people of North Borneo from the architectural style of their homes, as well as the colorful costumes that they wore.

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


price $49
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Kota Kinabalu, Ethnic Borneo
This experience will bring you to a cultural village that features the tribal cultures of this part of Borneo. You will board your motor coach at the pier and travel 45 minutes to the village where you will be welcomed and hear a short introduction to life there. Visit the traditionally constructed houses as they have always been built.  You will learn how vests are made from tree bark, sample the local remedy for the warm weather and see how local cakes are made.  You will be treated to a performance and you may want to remember your visit with a henna tattoo if you like.  This is truly the genuine essence of Borneo!

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

price $115
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7 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

dining

walking
Kota Kinabalu, Kinabalu Park - World Heritage Site

The jagged granite peaks of Mount Kinabalu (13,435 feet) towers above one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world.  Nominated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Kinabalu Park is a natural wonder that offers day visitors a glimpse into the fascinating and often unique world of plant life within the area.  Board your air-conditioned motor coach for the 90-minute drive to Nabalu Market and visit the roadside stall.  Then you will head on to Kinabalu Park. Enjoy a walk through the montane oak and chestnut rainforest at park headquarters to view some of the 1,200 species of orchids, 9 species of carnivorous pitcher plants and 25 species of rhododendrons found here.  Next, visit the botanical gardens where a diverse collection of unique flora is gathered from the entire park and transplanted here for conservation and educational purposes.  Learn how the plants have adapted their leaves, flowers and root structures to capture the sunlight, pollenate and gather their nutrients for survival. You will be amazed at the wide variety of epiphytes such as orchids, ferns, mosses and figs growing on a single tree and learn how the local people use some of these jungle plants in their everyday life. You will have lunch at the park before returning to your waiting yacht.

Please note:  Wear proper walking shoes and attire for trails. Bring a hat, raincoat, insect repellent, sunscreen and local currency. Active participation is required for this walk and it is not suitable for guests with mobility issues. Alcoholic beverages and sodas are not included in the tour. You will be served coffee/tea and a small bottle of drinking water.

price $149
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6.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

watersports

outdoors

dining

boating
Kota Kinabalu, Kiulu Leisurely Rapids
Here is an opportunity to raft on one of the scenic rivers in this part of Borneo. You will board your motor coach and travel north of Kota Kinabalu for almost 2 hour to the Kiulu River. On your way you will pass quaint villages, scenic countryside and the rural town of Tamparuli.  Upon your arrival at the Kiulu River you will have a short briefing conducted on the Kiulu riverbank to begin your adventure. With headwaters from Mount Kinabalu, the river will provide a Grade I to II experience, perfect for newcomers to the sport. Deep pools punctuate the river rapids, giving you ample opportunities to indulge in body rafting or swimming. The river journey will take just 1 to 1.5 hours, depending on the river stage and will be topped by a refreshing lunch before returning to your yacht.

Please note: Wear your swimsuit under your light clothing and sandals with straps or sneakers. Bring a change of clothing, footwear, sunscreen, insect repellent and a towel.

price $139
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Palawan Puerto Princesa, Philippines



6 HRS

Moderately
easy

snorkeling

dining

beach

boating
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: 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 $159
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3.5 HRS

Easy

culture

sightseeing
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 $119
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3.5 HRS

Easy

refreshments

culture
Puerto Princesa, Microwbrewery Tour
You will start this tour boarding 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 it’s off to the first and only brewery in Palawan, the Palaweno Brewery. This brewery creates a line of specialty craft beers with a combination of local ingredients as well as ingredients from all over the world. Included in our tour will be a presentation on beer appreciation techniques and beer pouring techniques. You will meet and greet the brewers and be treated to beer samplers

Please note: Bring your camera and local currency. Must be 21 or older to participate in this tour.

price $129
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7 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

unesco

sightseeing

boating
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 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 yacht.

Please note:   Bring light clothing and slippers or aqua shoes, environmentally friendly insect repellent, a towel and a raincoat. No food or snacks are allowed in the park.

price $169
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Boracay, Philippines



3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

culture

sightseeing

boating
Boracay, Motag Living 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 Motag Beach where you will board a van for the 15-minute ride to the Motag Living 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 prepared by Chef Jardeleza.  Then you will return to your waiting yacht.

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


price $169
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6 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

dining

beach
Boracay, Puka Beach Escape
You will get away from the crowds of other beaches in the area for a relaxing escape at Puka Beach. You will board a van in Cagban for a 40-minute ride to the beach. Swim in the turquoise waters, and sunbathe on the white sand.  Walking on Puka Beach is a unique experience because of the abundance of crushed Puka shells mixed in with the sand. You will have a buffet lunch here complete with entertainment. Optional activities at an addition cost include a massage, hair braiding or a Henna tattoo.

Please note: Bring local currency, sunscreen, insect repellent, sunglasses, a hat, swimsuit, flip flops or sandals and a towel.

price $159
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Coron/Busuanga Island, Philippines



4 HRS

Strenuous

snorkeling

wildlife

boating
Coron, Coron Island Tour with 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. Siete Pecados is a cluster of seven islets. It is one of the best snorkeling spot in Coron and rich in marine life, corals and a wide variety of school fish.

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


price $129
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3 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

culture

sightseeing
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 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 kind of fish (fresh and dried) and souvenir items. Visit Lita Escardo Cashew Store "Coron Harvest" on the main road. 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.

price $110
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5 HRS

Strenuous

snorkeling

outdoors

dining

boating
Coron, Coron Island Tour with Panoramic Tour
Conducted in a motorized boat, with guided commentary this excursion will allow guests to come up close to the limestone cliffs of majestic Kayangan Lake, and have a panoramic tour of Coron Island passing by Smith Beach, Twin Peaks Reef, Barracuda Lake and Twin Lagoon. 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 of Coron Cove and the lake. 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. You will be given at least an hour to swim or snorkel and discover the sharp edged walls and stalagmite formations underneath before trekking back the steps down to board your boat and proceed to Banol Beach. A picnic lunch is prepared for you and you will have more time for swimming there. After enjoying a day at the beach, board your boat for a panoramic tour of Smith Beach, Twin Peaks Reef, Barracuda Lake, and Twin Lagoon.

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

price $149
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Manila, Philippines



3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Manila, Downtown Manila Tour
You will depart from the pier for a tour of downtown Manilla.  You will pass the Planetarium, the National Museum, Manila City Hall and head over the Jones Bridge and past  Filipino-Chinese Friendship Arch to Binondo, is a typical small Chinese town, referred to as the local "China Town."  This district is the center of commerce and trade for all types of businesses run by Filipino-Chinese merchants.  It is also famous for wholesale stores and restaurants serving top rated Chinese dishes. You will see the Binondo Church founded in 1596 on your way to the Chinese Cemetery. The Manila Chinese Cemetery is the second oldest cemetery in Manila and was designated as the resting place for the Chinese citizens who were denied burial in Catholic cemeteries during the Spanish colonial period. The dead were buried in fully functional houses with bathrooms kitchens, bedrooms and often air conditioning. Tomb houses of the Chinese Cemetery have front doors that are locked. Every tomb is unique, every tomb has its story to tell, and you can easily spend a lot of time exploring this fascinating place. You will then head for La Loma, where you will see a narrow road lined with rows and rows of roast suckling pig or lechon cooked over live charcoals. You will make a photo stop and head for Quiapo Church, famous for the Black Nazarene, a life-size image of Christ believed to be miraculous. Around the church is a fascinating gathering of vendors selling candles and curiosities like amulets and folk cures for obscure ailments. 

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


price $89
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8 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

dining

sightseeing

boating
Manila, Pagsanjan Falls Tour
Here’s an opportunity to see one of the major attractions of this part of the Philippines. The 3-drop falls is most popularly reached by boat – a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  You will board your motor coach for the 2.5-hour drive to Pagsanjan Falls. The scenic town of Pagsanjan is on the southeast side of Laguna de Bay, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. You will be given instruction and a life jacket to board the bamboo canoe that will take you on a thrilling river ride between picturesque canyon walls through 14 rapids upstream to the falls with an added thrill of riding through the main cascade into a hidden cave.  Following your 60-minute ride you will have a buffet lunch at Pagsanjan. 

Please note: Wear sunscreen and comfortable clothing. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

price $189
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Manila, Intramuros and Quiapo Church Tour
Your first stop will be at Rizal Park which was named after National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal. Across the monument, you’ll see a marble marker designated as KM 0 for road distances on the island of Luzon and the rest of the Philippines. You will take a short walk to the exact spot where Rizal was executed. Then your tour will continue to Quaipo Church, famous for the Black Nazarene, a life-size image of Christ believed to be miraculous. Around the church is a fascinating gathering of vendors selling candles and curiosities like amulets and folk cures for obscure ailments. Next stop will be at Old Intramuros built by the Spaniards and home of the elite during that long period of Spanish colonization in the Philippines. The battle for the liberation of Manila in 1945 during World War II left the area in ruins. Your last stop on this tour will be Fort Santiago, one of the oldest forts in Manila. It was here that Dr. Jose Rizal spent his last days and where he wrote his famous “My Last Farewell.”

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

price $99
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Hundred Islands, Philippines



6 HRS

Moderately
easy

watersports

outdoors

boating
Hundred Islands, Island Escapade and Panoramic Tour with Governors Island Stop
Hundred Islands National Park, in Alaminos City is one of the most interesting destinations and the setting of popular water recreational activities such as diving, snorkeling, kayaking or just plain basking under the sun in one of the three developed islands. The Hundred Island tour includes a ride in a motorized banca as you cruise different islets. Once your yacht anchors near Quezon Island, yacht tenders or Zodiacs will shuttle guests to Quezon Island where you will board an outrigger motor boat to begin your island tour. For the next 45-60 minutes you will tour Marcos Island, Cathedral Island, Quezon Island, Bat Island, Children’s Island, Cuenco Island, Governor’s Island and Mayor’s Island. You will stop at Governor’s Island and take a walk going up to the peak with its fantastic view of Hundred Islands. Spend some time at Quezon Island where you can kayak, swim, try fish feeding at the marine sanctuary or view the giant clam sanctuary. Acoustic singer and folk dancers will entertain you while on the island. Other activities include snorkeling and ziplining. 

Please note: Food and drinks can be brought from the yacht. Bring your swimsuit, a towel, sunscreen, snorkeling gear, sunglasses, local currency or US currency and bottled water

price $149
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Hong Kong, China



5.5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

sightseeing

boating
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
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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4.5 HRS

Easy

outdoors

culture

walking

sightseeing
Hong Kong, Ancient Hong Kong
Hong Kong was once a remote corner of the Chinese empire, dominated by powerful clans and wealthy Mandarins.  You will board your air-conditioned motor coach and take a 30-minute ride to the New Territories, where the opulent mansion of an Imperial scholar, the lavishly decorated ancestral hall of the Tang clan, the fortified villages of rural communities, a temple dedicated to the God of Literature and God of War bring this lost world back to life before your very eyes. You will have a walking tour of these interesting sites before heading back to your waiting ship.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring local currency and a  bottle of water.


price $149
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8 HRS

Moderate

dining

sightseeing
Hong Kong, Explore Lantau Island and Monastery
Hong Kong's largest island, Lantau, is home to some of the region's best and remotest beaches, wilderness trails, monasteries and monuments as well as some of the territory's most popular attractions. The island is known for its un-spoiled countryside, virgin hills and lush green valleys. For a look at a rare example of a Chinese stilt-house community, you will head to the far northwestern coast edge of Lantau Island, Tai O. This is home to the Tanka people, a community of fisherfolk who have built their homes on stilts above the tidal flats for generations because they do not feel safe on land.   Tour the stilt houses that dot the riverside where you will see an all but vanished side to Hong Kong life. The next stop will be a visit to Ngong Ping 360, and features a stunning 3.5-mile cable car ride through Lantau Country Park. The 22-minute journey will offer breath-taking panoramic views encompassing the airport, South China Sea, lush mountains, and the awe-inspiring Giant Buddha statue.   Climb the 268 steps to get an up-close look at the world’s largest, outdoor, sitting bronzed Buddha. The Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery is home to the world’s largest bronze outdoor sitting Buddha. Nestled among scenic mountains, Po Lin was built by three monks and was originally called Da Maopeng but in 1924, it was renamed Po Lin Monastery. The Monastery is also home to a 3-story exhibition with a large bell that is rung 108 times per day to “relieve 108 vexations.”  You will enjoy a simple, yet tasty, vegetarian lunch, similar to what the resident monks eats.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $229
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

dining

culture

walking
Hong Kong, Local Wet Market by Chinese Cooking School
Your host Denice Wai came to Hong Kong two years ago to open the Cooking Studio to promote healthy lifestyles to the local community. Her love for food and cooking has led her to travel extensively to Italy, England, Germany, Singapore, Australia, US, and Canada to experience the culinary delights that each country offers. She then integrates the best from the West and the East into her own unique cooking style. This tour will take you to the Wet Market to experience local shopping ways for food ingredients. Denice will share her personal cooking experience and tips with you throughout the tour. You will then enjoy a private cooking class and learn how to make 2 dishes of tasty Chinese Cuisine by following simple and easy recipes.
 
Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring local currency and a bottle of water.

price $269
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Taipei (Keelung), China (Taiwan)



8 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

dining

sightseeing
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 $139
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5 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

walking

sightseeing
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 $79
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5 HRS

Easy

refreshments

culture

walking

sightseeing
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 $129
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5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

walking

sightseeing
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 $99
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Ishigaki Island, Japan



4.25 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

walking

boating
Ishigaki Island, Highlights of Ishigaki
See the highlights of Ishigaki on a carefully planned tour. You will depart from the pier by motor coach and your 20-minute ride will take you to Yaima Village, a theme park where you can experience the Yaeyama culture and nature. Ishigaki Yaima Village is located on top of the hill where you can view the Nagura Gulf.  You will see a Yaeyama row of houses, hear, Sanshin music, see Ryukyu national costuming, Shisa coloring and other experiences will be available. The feeding of the cute squirrels is a popular thing to do. Then you  will head to Kabira Bay. With its emerald green and blue hues, Kabira Bay is considered one of the most beautiful places in Japan and definitely on the top of the list for Okinawa. Clear ocean, small boats floating on beautiful water, the cute shapes of neighboring islands, and the sweeping sky. This combination is the greatest feature of Kabira Bay. A touristy 30-minute-long glass bottom boat ride will let you take a look at the bay's underwater world as well. Kabira Bayand  Iriomote are the only two cultivation sites of black pearls in Japan. Your last stop will be at Banna Forest Park, a spacious nature reserve located just a few miles to the north of Ishigaki City. It is a place which can be enjoyed by absolutely anybody. The park itself is positioned around what can broadly be described as a mountain (peaking at just 656 feet), and is divided into four zones and a 'Skyline' all of which are linked by paths and roads. You will have a short photo stop at the observation deck inside the Banna Park.  

Please note:  This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat and local currency.  You will have to walk on the beach to reach the glass bottom boat. The actual boat ride is approximately 30 minutes.


price $169
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3 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

refreshments

culture
Ishigaki Island, Panoramic Ishigaki
Ishigaki Island is the main island of the Yaeyama Islands, the southern-most island chain in Japan. Ishigaki offers several nice beaches and good snorkeling and diving in the surrounding coral reefs. Your first destination will be Banna Forest Park, a spacious nature reserve which is located just a few miles to the north of Ishigaki City. It is a place which can be enjoyed by everyone. The park itself is positioned around what can broadly be described as a mountain (peaking at just 656 feet), and is divided into four zones and a 'Skyline' all of which are linked by paths and roads. You will have a short photo stop at the observation deck inside Banna Park.  The guide will then take you to Kabira Bay. With its emerald green and blue hues, Kabira Bay is considered one of the most beautiful places in Japan and definitely on the top of the list for Okinawa. Clear ocean, small boats floating on beautiful water, the cute shapes of neighboring islands, and the sweeping sky. This combination is the greatest feature of Kabira Bay. We will make a short stop at a local café to have some refreshments with a view of the East China Sea. The tour will be followed by a photo stop at Shisa (guardian lions in Okinawa) Square in front of local Yonekoyaki Pottery. This small studio produces unique local pottery and various big monuments at Shisa Square. This square will be completed in 2019, but you will be impressed how unique the local artists are! 

Please note:  This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat and local currency.

price $159
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4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

culture

boating
Ishigaki Island, Taketomishima
Takeromijima is where you will find a traditional, beautifully preserved Ryukyu village on Taketomi Island just off the coast of Ishigaki Island. The tour will start with taking a 15-minute ferry ride from the Ishigaki Ferry Terminal to Taketomi Island. Once you get in the village, you will see the houses with traditional red-tiled roofs, tutelary Sheesaa clay lions on the roofs, walls made of coral stones, streets paved with white sand. See and enjoy these unspoiled sceneries of Okinawa. The tour will also include the opportunity to ride on a Water Ox Carriage running through the village. Also, take your time and stroll through the streets to feel the tradition and culture still alive in the islanders’ lifestyle. After strolling around the village, you will have free time at Kaijihama Beach, which is known as one of the most beautiful beaches in Japan.

Please note:  This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat and local currency. If you choose to get on the water ox carriage, you will be required to get into the cart by unassisted.  It is not allowed to touch the water ox without the permission as a safety precaution.


price $199
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Shanghai, China



4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

dining

culture

walking
Shanghai, Evening Food Tour
Explore local streets and neighborhoods by foot as you try over 12 different dishes while visiting 4 seated, authentic Shanghai restaurants. You will learn about the foods that locals love and why they became so popular as your local English-speaking guide explains each dish, restaurant and neighborhood you will visit. No trip to Shanghai is complete without trying their most famous dish - watch as your Soup Dumplings are prepared fresh to order at a favorite dumpling shop in town. Try a few traditional seafood dishes that are every local’s favorite at a bustling local hangout. Enter a traditional Shanghai community and be welcomed inside a private home for some of the best homemade food you’ll find in China. Slurp down the city’s most popular noodle dishes in a hidden local shop that’s been serving the same recipe for decades and then down a few beers (and water and soft drinks) during the night as you visit each family-friendly location.  You will finish the night at a fun and family-friendly pub for a pint of small-batch, locally brewed craft beer

Please note: Bring your hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and wear comfortable walking shoes as you will walk about a mile on this tour which is not wheelchair accessible and is not suited for people with mobility issues.  This is a tour of local street food from all licensed vendors but is not a fancy restaurant experience.


price $199
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Shanghai, Full Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $699
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Shanghai, Full Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $799
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Shanghai, Half Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $499
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Shanghai, Half Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $599
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4.5 HRS

Easy

dining

culture

sightseeing
Shanghai, Night Tour with Dinner at M on the Bund
The Bund is the famous waterfront regarded for hundreds of years as the symbol of Shanghai. On the Bund side of the river, magnificent colonial architecture represents the splendor of old Shanghai. Across the water, enormous skyscrapers rise up to create a futuristic skyline that has to be seen to be believed. You will meet your guide and board your motor coach for the 30-minute drive to M on the Bund.  M on the Bund’s goal is to create a dining experience that is as exciting, sophisticated, and delectable as Shanghai itself.  You will enjoy a 3-course meal and a drink. Located at the pinnacle of the historic Nissin Shipping Building built in 1921, M overlooks Shanghai’s most famous sight: the Bund. After dinner, you will step into Peace Hotel, known as Casablanca in the Far East with strong art deco flavor. Pay a visit to the lobby and Jasmine Lounge and gain some insight into Shanghai's rich history, including the influence of the Sephardic Jewish Merchant Sassoon in Shanghai.  Listen to the classic jazz music played by the senior musician while sipping the signature cocktail (one drink included, extra at own cost) to bring yourself back to the gold era of Shanghai.         

Please note: This tour is wheelchair accessible. There is a 10-minute walk from M on the Bund to Peace Hotel along the Bund.

price $249
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8.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

sightseeing
Shanghai, Shanghai Highlights
Your tour will begin with a visit to Shanghai Yu Garden  where 400 years ago, a merchant spent almost 20 years—and all his life savings—to build a garden in order to please his parents in their old age. “Yu” means peace and health in Chinese. Over the past several centuries, the Yu Garden has been restored and reopened several times, but has almost always been in disarray. In 1956, the Shanghai city government took over and restored it to its former splendor, making it a peaceful oasis in the heart of bustling Shanghai.  Outside the garden gates, the Old Bazaar is the perfect place to strike a bargain or chat with locals selling a variety of wares and souvenirs. Then you will head to the beautiful water town of Zhujiajiao.  Founded over 1700 years ago, Zhujiajiao started out as an ancient water village and bustling market town. Located at the confluence of several local rivers, it is still home to about 60,000 people.  You can stroll along its centuries-old streets and explore the many ancient bridges crisscrossing its canals, or take a boat ride to discover the town’s unique character and charm. 

Please note: Bring your hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible and is not suited for people with mobility issues. Lunch is included on this tour.



price $149
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9 HRS

Moderately
easy

dining

culture

sightseeing
Shanghai, Shanghai Old & New
You will depart from the pier on a 30-minute drive to the Urban Planning Center. Despite its dry-sounding name, this informative and interesting venue contains some amazing scale models depicting Shanghai at various points in its development. The most impressive one is the model that shows all existing and approved buildings in Shanghai, and takes up an entire floor of the museum. Another model shows how Shanghai will look in a few decades, and Old Shanghai has been reconstructed on a lower floor, complete with cobblestones, shops and teahouses. Next you will have a 45-minute transfer to Caoyang New Village for lunch with a local family. Caoyang Village has recently begun inviting foreigners to experience authentic Chinese culture by engaging in the daily life of its people. During this exciting new program, you will be invited to experience life as a Caoyang resident. During the visit, you'll head to local residences, wet markets and retirement communities to meet the people of this vibrant community. Then you will head to the Shanghai Tower a mega-tall skyscraper located at the heart of the central business district in Shanghai’s Pudong area. It is the tallest of a group of three adjacent iconically tall buildings. The structure is 2,073 feet tall, which makes it the tallest building in China and the second tallest in the world. The unique design of the tower’s glass facade, which completes a 120° twist as it rises, goes beyond just creating a spectacular appearance: Its aerodynamic shape drastically reduces the amount of force that wind exerts on the building — particularly significant when considering Shanghai’s frequent typhoons. The Tower sports 121 floors above ground and 5 floors underground with an observation deck on the 119th floor. The elevator ascends at record speed traveling over 67 feet per second. In total it takes less than a minute to reach the top. 

Please note: Bring your hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible and is not suited for people with mobility issues.


price $189
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

dining

culture

sightseeing
Shanghai, Side Car Tour
Discover Shanghai from a totally new perspective: onboard a vintage sidecar motorbike. The motorcycles used for these unique guided tours are Chinese Changjiang 750cc's, which were built based on the 1956 Soviet IMZ M-72 (which in turn was a replica of the 1938 BMW R71). On this tour you will discover a side of Shanghai not seen by most as you take an intimate look at classic sights such as the Old Town, French Concession and People's Square. Your English-speaking driver will provide commentary along the ride. The tour is 2 hours long and 2 people will share one sidecar. You will also stop for lunch at a local restaurant and enjoy Chinese Dim Sum.

Please note:  Bring your hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible and is not suitable for people with mobility issues.

price $359
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10 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

dining

culture

unesco

sightseeing
Shanghai, Suzhou & Tongli Water Town Day Excursion
Board your air-conditioned motor coach for the 2-hour transfer to Suzhou. You will visit Humble Administrator’s Garden, the largest and most renowned of Suzhou’s famous gardens, covering about nearly 13 acre of land. Its unique design, ethereal beauty, and enduring cultural significance have seen it proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Next you will visit No. 1 Silk Mill, an impressive museum housed in a working silk factory where every detail in the silk-making process is on display for you to see up close. You will have a chance to watch the silkworms feasting on leaves and spinning their cocoons, and then walk on to see women stretching the silk to be made into duvets or other precious silk items.  Lunchtime will find you at Li Gen Tang Restaurant, one of the top restaurant’s in Suzhou. Then you will have a 45-minute drive to visit Tongli Ancient Watertown including a boat ride. Tongli is an age-old but very well preserved water town with a history of more than 1,000 years. From ancient times, it has been teeming with poets, painters, Confucian scholars and government officials. Their abilities have made great contributions to progress in many areas of the country. Dozens of stone tablets from different periods are preserved here and many of the streets are named after their official titles. Walking through the alleys of this venerable water town, you will appreciate its pristine and intoxicating atmosphere.

Please note:  Bring your hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible and is not suitable for people with mobility issues.


price $269
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Shanghai, Full Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $699
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Shanghai, Full Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $799
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Shanghai, Half Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $499
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Shanghai, Half Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $599
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4.5 HRS

Strenuous

biking

dining

culture

sightseeing
Shanghai, Morning Bike Tour
Welcome another day in mind-blowing Shanghai as you cycle through its enchanting streets on beautifully restored, vintage Chinese bicycles. Would you like to understand why hundreds of expats have made this city their home and got to love it so much? This uniquely designed tour will help you immerse yourself in the culture and feel the genuine spirit of Shanghai in the daylight! As the sun rises above the world's most impressive skyline, you will blend with locals who peacefully keep the old Chinese traditions alive and experience the sensational clash of old and new! This eye-opening tour will expose you to the essence of Shanghai that for some takes years to discover! You will have fresh coffee and delicious pastries in the French Concession and taste delicious and authentic Shanghainese breakfast from the most popular street vendors.  You will join the locals in cultural activities in the historic community park and challenge yourself to learn some basic Tai Chi moves and to shop like a local at the traditional, open-air, wet market. Discover Shanghai's hidden gems - the Art Deco villas from the 1920s and the Old Town.

Please note: Bring your hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible and is not suitable for people with mobility issues.  This will be about a 4-mile ride and bike and helmet will be provided.


price $199
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

dining

culture

sightseeing
Shanghai, Side Car Tour
Discover Shanghai from a totally new perspective: onboard a vintage sidecar motorbike. The motorcycles used for these unique guided tours are Chinese Changjiang 750cc's, which were built based on the 1956 Soviet IMZ M-72 (which in turn was a replica of the 1938 BMW R71). On this tour you will discover a side of Shanghai not seen by most as you take an intimate look at classic sights such as the Old Town, French Concession and People's Square. Your English-speaking driver will provide commentary along the ride. The tour is 2 hours long and 2 people will share one sidecar. You will also stop for lunch at a local restaurant and enjoy Chinese Dim Sum.

Please note:  Bring your hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible and is not suitable for people with mobility issues.

price $359
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Qingdao, China



6.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

dining

sightseeing
Qingdao, Best of Qingdao
St. Michael's Cathedral, known by locals as simply the "Catholic Church” is located in the oldest part of Qingdao. Built by German missionaries, the cathedral stands at the top of a hill facing Qingdao Bay in the center of the old German-built part of the city. The church is active today and as of 2008, more than 10,000 Catholics in Qingdao attend services here, which are held in Korean and Chinese. Zhan Bridge is located at the coastal area at the southern end of Zhongshan Road, and is an extension of the road into the sea. It is just about 0.3 miles from Qingdao Railway Station. Whether travelers come to Qingdao by train or by ship, Zhan Bridge, a Qingdao landmark, welcomes them at their first stop in this beautiful coastal city. Badaguan, literally "the Eight Great Passes," is a historical mansion area located near Qingdao's coastline. The area is made up of streets named after great military forts of the ancient times. Originally a residential area for the Germans built when Qingdao was a German protectorate (1897-1914), the houses are built in a variety of European architectural styles. Each street is lined with a single species of tree, and many streets are colloquially named after the trees that line them.  Surrounded by mountains on three sides and facing the sea on the other side, the Zhanshan Temple (Zhanshan Si) is situated in the eastern section of Qingdao City.  The temple consists of three courts. The buildings, covered with black tiles and constructed with gray bricks, are all built in the architectural style of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The main buildings - the Hall of Heavenly Kings, the Grand Hall, the Hall of the Three Saints and the sutra depository - are concentrated in the middle court. Your next stop will be Tsingtao Brewery founded in 1903 by German settlers. At present, the company owns 55 beer and malt factories in 18 cities and provinces throughout China.  You will head to the original and still-operating brewery. On view are old photos, preserved brewery equipment and other relics, but there are also a few fascinating glimpses of the modern factory line. The aroma of hops is everywhere. Of course, you will also get to sample brews along the way.

Please note:  Bring your hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, and wear comfortable walking shoes and conservative clothing. Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter the church and no shorts are allowed. This tour is not wheelchair accessible and not suitable for people with mobility issues. Chinese-style lunch is included with this tour.


price $139
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Qingdao, Full Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $699
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Qingdao, Full Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $799
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Qingdao, Half Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $499
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Qingdao, Half Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $599
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4 HRS

Strenuous

refreshments

culture

walking

sightseeing
Qingdao, Qingdao at a Glance
Signal Hill is one of the 10 major hill parks in Qingdao. It was once a signaling station during the German occupation in 1897and offers 360° panoramic views of Old Qingdao and includes many scenic spots such as the hexagon pavilion, the YuLan Pavilion, the open-air tea house, and the arch bridge. Qingdao is well-known for its unique examples of Western architecture, with the Qingdao Guest House truly deserving pride of place. Located on the southern slope of the picturesque Signal Hill, the splendid building (now a museum) resembles a classic German castle built in the Jugendstil or Art Nouveau style. The Guest House was the official residence of the German governor, and remains one of the best examples of German Imperial architecture anywhere in the world.  You will see original German furniture dating back to the Qing Dynasty (1644 -1911), as well as antiques, calligraphy and paintings, which are all kept in their original locations.   Your next stop will be Tsingtao Brewery founded in 1903 by German settlers. At present, the company owns 55 beer and malt factories in 18 cities and provinces throughout China.  You will head to the original and still-operating brewery. On view are old photos, preserved brewery equipment and other relics, but there are also a few fascinating glimpses of the modern factory line. The aroma of hops is everywhere. Of course, you will also get to sample brews along the way.   Zhan Bridge is an extension of the road into the sea. It is just about 0.3 miles from Qingdao Railway Station. Whether travelers come to Qingdao by train or by ship, Zhan Bridge, a Qingdao landmark, welcomes them at their first stop in this beautiful coastal city. The locals say that you cannot know the real Qingdao if you have not gone to the Zhan Bridge. You will transfer back to the port after this delightful tour.

Please note:  Bring your hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, and wear comfortable walking shoes and conservative clothing. This tour is not wheelchair accessible and is not suitable for people with mobility issues.


price $89
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

culture

sightseeing
Qingdao, Qingdao Landmarks
Today you will visit some of the well-known landmarks of Quindao. St. Michael's Cathedral, known by locals as simply the "Catholic Church” is located in the oldest part of Qingdao, at 15 Zhejiang Road. Built by German missionaries, the cathedral stands at the top of a hill facing Qingdao Bay in the center of the old German-built part of the city. It is the largest example of Romanesque Revival architecture in Shandong province.  The church is active today and as of 2008, more than 10,000 Catholics in Qingdao attend services here, which are held in Korean and Chinese.  The Protestant Church of Jiangsu Road stands on a hill in the south of Qingdao. Built by German missionaries during the early years of the 20th century when the German imperialists opened China's trading ports and occupied Qingdao, it has long since been simply referred to as the “German Church.”  The church, open to tourists since 1999, can hold a congregation of 1,400 people. Tianhou Palace, or Temple of the Queen of Heaven, was built in 1467 during the Ming Dynasty and is one of the oldest remaining buildings in Qingdao. Various Tianhou Temples can be seen in China's coastal cities as well as in Southeast Asia, as it is generally believed that to worship the Queen of Heaven can ensure a smooth and safe sea voyage. As with other similar temples, the front gate of Qingdao's Tianhou temple faces the sea. In 1996, Tianhou Temple was renovated, and became part of the Qingdao Folk Customs Museum, which houses more than 100 original cultural relics of local customs and folklore.  Tsingtao Brewery was founded in 1903 by German settlers and at present, the company owns 55 beer and malt factories in 18 cities and provinces throughout China. You will head to the original and still-operating brewery. On view are old photos, preserved brewery equipment and other relics, but there are also a few fascinating glimpses of the modern factory line. The aroma of hops is everywhere. Of course, you will get to sample brews along the way.  

Please note:  Bring your hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, and wear comfortable walking shoes and conservative clothing. Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter the church and no shorts are allowed. This tour is not wheelchair accessible and not suitable for people with mobility issues. 



price $79
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

culture

walking
Qingdao, Taoism & Mt. Lao
Board your motor coach for the 75-minute ride to Mount Lao, or Laoshan, a mountain located near the East China Sea on the southeastern coastline of the Shandong Peninsula. The mountain is culturally significant due to its long affiliation with Taoism and is often regarded as one of the "cradles of Taoism."  It is the highest coastal mountain in China and the second highest mountain in Shandong, with the highest peak reaching 3,716 feet.  At the peak of Taoist worship, Mount Lao was home to nine palaces, eight Taoist temples, and 72 nunneries that housed nearly 1,000 monks and nuns. However, many of these structures are no longer standing.  At present, the Taiqing Palace or Temple of Supreme Purity, and the Shangqing Palace or Temple of Great Purity, are the largest and oldest among the preserved Taoist establishments. You will visit the Taiqing Palace. Mount Laoshan is also known for its oddly shaped rocks, ancient trees, and crystal-clear springs. Among the most famous springs are the Tianyi Spring on the mountaintop, the Shenshui (Immortal Water) Spring in the Taiqing Palace, and the Shengshuiyang (Ocean of Holy Water) Spring in the Shangqing Palace. You will spend 1.5 hours in this tranquil setting.

Please note:  Bring your hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, and wear comfortable walking shoes and conservative clothing. Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter the church and no shorts are allowed. This tour is not wheelchair accessible and not suitable for people with mobility issues.

price $129
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Beijing (Tianjin), China



8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Beijing, Full Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $799
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Beijing, Full Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $1199
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Beijing, Half Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $699
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Beijing, Half Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $999
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing
Beijing, Orientation Tour with Transfer to Hotel
It's not just the ancient architecture that wows tourists, Beijing is also home to some of the world's most innovative modern buildings. Today's transfer will pass by some of Beijing's most iconic landmarks, both old and new.  You will board your air-conditioned motor coach for the 2-hour drive to Guomao, the center of Beijing's Central Business District. Home to a number of super tall skyscrapers and the famed CCTV Headquarters, Guomao is one of China's most important international financial centers. You will be taken to Tian'anmen Square along Chang'an Avenue, literally "Eternal Peace Street." This 10-lane-wide avenue is one of Beijing's major thoroughfares, whose existence goes back to the days of Imperial China. Prepare to be overwhelmed by the sheer size of one of the world’s largest public squares, measuring over 109 acres. The symbolic center of the Chinese universe, Tian’anmen Square’s northern gate  is the gate through which visitors enter the Forbidden City. Other notable buildings include The National Museum of China, the Great Hall of People, the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, and Zhengyangmen Gate. The National Museum of China sits opposite to the Great Hall of the People. Boasting some 2,153,000 square feet of space spread over 48 exhibition halls, it is the largest museum in China and one of the largest in the world and features replicas of bones of Peking man and many hundreds of decorative objects. The Great Hall of the People is a state building that is the political hub of Beijing and used for legislative and ceremonial activities by the government and the ruling Communist Party of China. Finally you will see Zhengyangmen, colloquially known as Qianmen or Front Gate, the largest of the nine gates of Beijing's historic Inner City Wall. The gate once guarded the southern entry into the Inner City, which was off-limits to most Chinese. Zhengyangmen was first built in 1419 during the Ming dynasty. Tour ends at your hotel.

Please note:    Bottled water will be provided. Bring your hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and comfortable walking shoes.


price $129
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Karatsu, Japan



3.45 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

unesco

walking

sightseeing
Karatsu, Highlights
You will be taken to Mount Kagami (Kagamiyama) to enjoy the panoramic view of Karatsu city. Mount Kagami is 931 feet high and you will be able to see the view of Karatsu Bay, Niji no Matsubara (Pine tree forest) and Iki Island if the weather is clear. The tour will continue to Hikiyama Exhibition Hall. This hall stores the 14 floats of the Karatasu Kunchi Festival which takes place annually from November 2 to 4. These decorated floats are hauled through the streets by participants in Edo Period garb to the accompaniment of drums and flutes. On the second day of the festival the floats, known as Hikiyama are taken to Nishinohama Beach, within view of Karatsu Castle. Karatsu Kunchi Festival was registered as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2016. You will continue to the former residence of Koreyoshi Takatori, a coal magnate. Wonderfully restored, it illustrates the lifestyle of the upper middle classes during the Meiji Period. The residence is divided into two parts, one for the family and the other for guests, and includes a Zen garden, tearoom,and  Nô theater. 

Please note: You will be required to take off your shoes at Takatori.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing and bring local currency, sunscreen and a hat.


price $129
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3.45 HRS

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culture

unesco

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Karatsu, Highlights with Castle
Depart from the pier, and drive to Karatsu Castle which was built by the feudal lord, Hirotaka Terazawa, in 1608, and located on a small hill facing Karatsu Bay. After the Meiji Restoration of 1868 the castle was pulled down leaving only the stone walls and foundations as part of Maizuru Park, which opened in 1877. The present 5-story Karatsu Castle is a ferro-concrete structure built in the style of the original 17th century castle in 1966. The yagura (towers) were built at the same time with the Tatsumi yagura added later, in 1990. The tour will continue to Hikiyama Exhibition Hall that stores the 14 floats of the Karatasu Kunchi Festival which takes place annually from November 2 to 4. These decorated floats are hauled through the streets by participants in Edo Period garb to the accompaniment of drums and flutes. On the second day of the festival the floats, known as Hikiyama are taken to Nishinohama Beach, within a view of Karatsu Castle. Karatsu Kunchi Festival was registered as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2016. Before heading back the port, you will be taken to Mount Kagami (Kagamiyama) to enjoy the panoramic view of Karatsu city. Mount  Kagami is 931 feet high and you will be able to see the lovely view of Karatsu Bay, Niji no Matsubara (Pine tree forest) and Iki island if the weather is clear.

Please note:  This tour includes approximately 1.5 hours of walking or standing.  There are 231 steps from the parking to the castle garden, but there is one elevator available. The path is mostly gravel. Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing and bring local currency, sunscreen and a hat.


price $129
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3.45 HRS

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Karatsu, Tea Ceremony At Kinshoji Temple & View Of Karatsu
You will enjoy traditional experiences at one of the oldest temples in Karatsu, called Kinjoshi Temple. It is said that the temple was originally built in 1593, and burnt in 1574. You will see a Japanese puppet show called "Ningyo joruri" which is a 500-year-old tradition that combines three Japanese arts; storytelling, music and puppetry.  Ningyo means doll or puppet, and Joruri means narrative. The narrator "Tayu" will introduce the overall story and also will be the voice of each character in what sounds like one long, emotional song. A shamisen which is a 3- stringed instrument can be played during the show.   In this temple, it is said that the remains of the most famous Joruri dramatist, Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725) are buried, so this makes your experience more special. After strolling at Kinshoji Temple, where you can enjoy the small but beautiful garden, you will enjoy the real Tea Ceremony. You will enjoy the proper way of serving, and have a chance to enjoy the taste. Before heading back the port, you will be taken to Mount Kagami (Kagamiyama) to enjoy the panoramic view of Karatsu City. Mount. Kagami is 931 feet high and you will be able to see the view of Karatsu Bay, Niji no Matsubara (Pine tree forest) amd Iki island if the weather is clear.

Please note: You will be required to take off your shoes at the temple.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing and bring local currency, sunscreen and a hat.


price $219
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Busan, South Korea



14.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

dining
Busan, Full Day Seoul City Highlights with High Speed Train
Here is an opportunity to visit Seoul for the day. You will board your high speed train  and find your first-class seats for the 160-minute ride to Seoul where you will meet your guide at the train station. You will board motor coach to begin your tour. Pass by the Blue House with its beautiful blue tiles. You will have time to stroll around Gyeongbokgung Palace, built in 1395. This lovely palace with its many sculptures is the largest of the five palaces of Seoul. You will have lunch at Bibimbab & Kimchi Pancake restaurant., before you explore a Korean traditional village, known as Bukchon Hanok Village which is home to hundreds of traditional houses. Your next stop will be to tour Insadon Antique Street where old but precious and traditional goods are on display. Your last stop will be The War Memorial of Korea, which exhibits and preserves materials related to the Korean War and was established to commemorate the noble sacrifices of patriotic martyrs. Before boarding your train you will have dinner at the local Bulgogi Restaurant.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes as there is a moderate amount of walking. This tour is wheelchair accessible. 

price $499
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7-8 HRS

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Busan, Journey Back in Time, Gyeongju
Gyeongju is known as the Museum Without Walls, as it was once the capital of the Shilla Kingdom. It blossomed into a major cultural center after the Shilla Dynasty unified the Korean peninsula in 676 A.D. Today, Gyeongju is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and your tour of the city will reveal spectacular architectural points of interests, as well as extraordinary museums and ornate temples. Your first stop is at the breathtaking Tumuli Park—home to some 20 Shilla Dynasty royal tombs . Your guide will show you the colorful Flying Horse Tomb. Belonging to an unknown king from the Silla dynasty, it was excavated in 1973 and is believed to date back to the 5th century. The tomb once contained a famous painting of a white horse and a chest full of burial goods, including iron kettles, pottery, bronze vessels, saddles and a sword. Next, you will journey to the wonderful National Museum—a treasure trove of Korean cultural artifacts including gold crowns, Buddhist relics and prehistoric stone instruments. View the Divine Bell of King Songdok—a bronze bell that stands 11 feet tall and weighs an incredible 23 tons. You will visit the serene Bulguksa Temple perched on the slopes of Mount Tohamsan—a quiet oasis that is a superb example of both Shilla architecture and the culture's devotion to Buddhism. Your guide will lead you among this amazing collection of wooden buildings (many of them have been rebuilt many times), stone bridges, stairways and pagodas (all original). After enjoying the temple grounds, re-board the motor coach for the journey back to the port.

Please note: This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Wear comfortable walking shoes and conservative clothing that covers shoulders and knees. A Korean beef barbecue will be served for lunch.


price $189
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7 HRS

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Busan, Sea Breeze of Busan
Accompanied by your local guide this enjoyable half day tour will start with a breath-taking journey through glorious countryside and along coastal roads, to the beautiful Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. One of the most striking landmarks in Busan thanks to its unusual location by the sea, you will climb around 108 steps to the entrance, past statues of Buddha and along a dramatic rocky backdrop.  Next you will head to APEC HOUSE.   Located on Dongbaekseom Island, which is noted for its beautiful, natural landscape accented by dense camellia and pine trees, Nurimaru APEC House has been used as a memorial hall and a prestigious international conference hall since the APEC summit meeting. Nurimaru, a 3-story building, is a modernistic expression of “jeongja,” a pavilion in traditional Korean architectural style. Its roof shape symbolizes the ridgeline of Dongbaekseom Island. Its interior design is a visual display of Korea’s creative traditional culture.  The terrace, which has a Korean wooden floor concept, towers over Oryukdo Island, Gwangan Bridge and Dallmaji Hill. Located near Haeundae Beach, it not only offers a spectacular view of the beach, but also has the appearance of a reputable international conference hall featuring both modern and natural beauty. Your lunch will be a delicious seafood buffet and then you will tour the International Film Festival Square and Jaigaichi Fish Market.

Please note:  Wear conservative clothing that covers knees and shoulders, and comfortable walking shoes.  This tour is not wheelchair accessible and not recommended for those with mobility issues. 


price $169
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30 HRS

Moderate

culture

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sightseeing
Busan, Seoul Overnight Tour
You will board the high speed train and find your first-class seats for the 160-minute trip to Seoul where you will be met by your waiting guide at the train station to begin your tour of Seoul. Pass by the Blue House with its signature blue tiles.  Then take a stroll around Gyeongbokgung Plaace, built in 1395 before your lunch break  at the local Bibimbab & Kimchi & Pancake restaurant. Next you will visit Bukchon Hanok Village, home to hundreds of traditional houses, many of which today operate as restaurants, tea houses, and cultural centers. You will see much of traditional Korean culture. You will visit Insadong, in the heart of the city where old and precious traditional goods are on display. Then visit the War Memorial of Korea, established to commemorate the noble services of those who fought in the Korean War.  You will have dinner at a local Korean buffet-style restaurant before checking in to your 5* hotel. The rest of the night is at your leisure.  In the morning you will be picked up at your hotel and proceed to the DMZ, the buffer zone between North and South Korea. You will explore the tunnel dug by North Korea, which will be a surreal experience. You will have lunch at the local Bulgogi Restaurant before boarding your train for the return trip to Busan.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and pack for overnight. There is a moderate amount of walking and this tour is wheelchair accessible with the exception of the tunnel at the DMZ.

price $839
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3.5 HRS

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culture

walking

sightseeing
Busan, Tea Ceremony
For guests who want to discover more about Korean culture, this wonderful half-day excursion is a great place to start. After meeting your guide at the ship, you will then drive through the commercial district, banks and department stores on the way to the temple. You will visit either the Beomeosa Temple or Geumgangsa Temple for your first stop of the day. Beomeosa, one of 10 HwaEom temples in Korea, was established to realize the purpose of HwaEom which pursues a life full of happiness and generosity. It was founded in 678 A.D., and is home to an impressive 7th century stone pagoda.  After exploring the serene temple grounds you will then be invited to take part in an ancient tea ceremony. You will be taught the rituals and rules of this important tradition, before enjoying green tea and Korean rice cakes with your hosts. After you have learned more about the culture of this wonderful country, you will climb back on to the motor coach and enjoy the glorious drive through stunning countryside back to your ship.

Please note: Wear conservative clothing that covers knees and shoulders, and comfortable walking shoes.  Guests will be seated on the floor for the traditional tea ceremony so this tour is not wheelchair accessible and not recommended for those with mobility issues. 


price $139
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Busan, Beautiful Harmony of Nature and Humanity
Explore the unique spirituality of Buddhism on a nearly 4-hour excursion that includes a tour of the renowned Beomeosa Temple followed by a cultural performance. Shrouded in myths and serenity, the temple’s pagodas, gates, temple halls, and shrines are recognized as South Korea's National Treasures and are exceptional sights to behold. Your journey will begin as soon as you board your motor coach for the 50-minute ride through Busan's northern suburbs. You will pass Mount Geumjeongsan. Here, nestled deep in the forest sits the 1,300-year-old Beomeosa Temple, constructed in 678 A.D. Beomeosa once contained over 360 rooms and more than 1,000 monks lived here. The temple was burned to the ground in 1592 and rebuilt in 1602. After crossing an ancient bridge you’ll disembark. The first gate you'll meet is called "One Pillar Gate." With the scent of incense filling the air you’ll continue on past the 300-year-old Gate of the Four Heavenly Kings. Then, you'll have the chance to leisurely wander around the spellbinding grounds. Continue on to your next attraction, the Nurimaru APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) House. Located on Dongbaek Island, it was built to host the APEC summit meeting in 2005.  The island’s lighthouse stands guard proudly in the distance. Inside, an enormous masterpiece of lacquer and mother-of-pearl depicting the 12 Korean symbols of longevity will greet you, and a small museum exhibits items from the countries that attended the summit.  There are interactive displays and videos to further your understanding of the summit’s international significance, and so many thoughtful details will help you to really imagine the summit experience, including a replica of a meal the delegates were served!

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


price $99
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Busan, Busan City Highlights
Board your motor coach for the 30-minute ride to the Modern History Museum On the northern side of Yongdusan Park, the Busan Modern History Museum covers the story of Busan City from the 19th  century. There are five excellent exhibitions located at the museum - 1. Busan After 1876 Opening of the Port - 2. Exploitation of Busan by Japan –  3. Busan A Modern City – The transformation of Busan City. - 4. The Oriental Development Company – How the Japanese took control of Busan and paved the way for the control of Korea and most of Asia. 5. Korea – U.S. Relationship – after the Korean War. Next, you proceed to Songdo Skywalk, a short trail over Songdo Beach. While most of the "Skywalk" tails in Korea are straight shaped, but Songdo skywalk has a curved shape similar to a drago. From the 365-meter-long Songdo Skywalk over the blue ocean, you can enjoy the magnificent view around the Songdo Beach area with a small lighthouse and a small rock island called Geobukseom. Your next stop is  Yongdusan Park for briefly photo stop. One of the most popular mountains in Busan Yongdusan in downtown Busan, is one of the 3 well-known mountains in Busan. Then  you will head to the wonderful Ja-Gal-Ch'i  Fish Market and Busan International Film Festival Square which was established by women peddlers during the Korean War, and has become known over the years as “Aunt's Market.” Explore this amazing slice of Korean life and admire the fish, shellfish and seaweed displays, before heading back to port.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring local currency.


price $99
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3.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

refreshments

culture

walking

sightseeing
Busan, Tea Ceremony
For guests who want to discover more about Korean culture, this wonderful half-day excursion is a great place to start. After meeting your guide at the ship, you will then drive through the commercial district, banks and department stores on the way to the temple. You will visit either the Beomeosa Temple or Geumgangsa Temple for your first stop of the day. Beomeosa, one of 10 HwaEom temples in Korea, was established to realize the purpose of HwaEom which pursues a life full of happiness and generosity. It was founded in 678 A.D., and is home to an impressive 7th century stone pagoda.  After exploring the serene temple grounds you will then be invited to take part in an ancient tea ceremony. You will be taught the rituals and rules of this important tradition, before enjoying green tea and Korean rice cakes with your hosts. After you have learned more about the culture of this wonderful country, you will climb back on to the motor coach and enjoy the glorious drive through stunning countryside back to your ship.

Please note: Wear conservative clothing that covers knees and shoulders, and comfortable walking shoes.  Guests will be seated on the floor for the traditional tea ceremony so this tour is not wheelchair accessible and not recommended for those with mobility issues. 


price $139
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Hiroshima, Japan



4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

culture

unesco

walking

sightseeing
Hiroshima, Hiroshima Highlight Tour
In the years just following the atomic bomb blast on August 6, 1945, scientists doubted if Hiroshima could ever live again. Yet modern Hiroshima rose like a phoenix from its own ashes, and less than 5 decades since its obliteration, it is a vital city with a population of one million and growing. This half-day tour highlights the remarkable landmarks of Hiroshima, a self-declared city of peace dedicated to a nuclear weapons-free world. Begin at the poignant Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and its powerful museum. Following the bomb attack, only a few concrete buildings remained standing. Though unusable, one of these ruins is now a symbol of the city and the Memorial Park: the Hiroshima Prefecture Industrial Promotion Hall, now known as the Atomic Bomb Dome, located near the epicenter of the blast. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, the Dome remains a stark and powerful symbol of the destructive force created by humankind. See the Cenotaph, shaped like an ancient tomb and holding the names of the dead, as well as the Flame of Peace, visited daily by monks offering prayers and burning incense.  You will continue to the serene Shukkei-en Garden, located near the Hiroshima Castle. Plum trees, azaleas, cherry trees and other plants guarantee a blooming landscape, regardless of the season, and its sculpted gardens, paths, ponds, bridges, waterfalls and bamboo groves make the garden an extremely pleasant and photogenic place for a stroll. You will then be returned to your waiting yacht.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking with a few steps to negotiate. 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. This tour includes sensitive material including graphic pictures and displays on the atrocities of war.

price $139
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4.5 HRS

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easy

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culture

unesco

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boating
Hiroshima, Miyajima Highlight Tour
Travel by coach along a scenic route to Miyajima-Guchi, where you'll board the local ferry and cruise to the lovely island of Miyajima. This picturesque island, considered one of Japan's most scenic destinations, is where you'll find the Itsukushima Shrine and its famous large red torii gate that rises up out of the ocean. The shrine was established in 593, the first year of the reign of Empress Suiko and today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The current torii was erected in 1875 after the original one was destroyed. Among the distinctive features of the shrine is the corridor of the main building that, with its beautiful vermillion handrails, stretches into the calm Seto Inland Sea. At high tide, both the torii and the shrine give the illusion of floating on the sea. Interestingly, to give birth, to die or be buried were forbidden on the island and today, there are still no hospitals or cemeteries to be found here.

Please note:  This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking with a limited number of steps to negotiate. 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 $159
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2.5 HRS

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walking
Hiroshima, Panoramic Hiroshima
Depart from the pier, and drive to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in central Hiroshima. The area where the park now lies was ground zero for the Atomic Bomb on August 6, 1945. After the bombing the Memorial Park was created and dedicated to those who lost their lives in the attack. Stroll through the park and discover many memorials, monuments and statues, before heading into the museum itself. The park's main attraction is the Peace Memorial Museum. Consisting of two buildings, the museum surveys the history of Hiroshima and the advent of the nuclear bomb. Its main focus though is on the events of August 6; the dropping of the bomb and its outcome in human suffering.  After the visit to the museum, you will be driven back to the pier.

Please note:   Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. This tour includes sensitive material including graphic pictures and displays on the atrocities of war.




price $99
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Tamano, Japan



7.5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

dining

sightseeing
Tamano, Korakuen Garden & Kurashiki Full Day
Depart from the pier for the 60-minute drive to Okayama City, which is the capital of Okayama Prefecture. The tour will take you to Korakuen Garden, one of Japan’s most significant gardens - the name meaning ‘Garden of pleasure after.’ During our visit in the garden, you will have a chance to taste peach ice cream or Japanese green tea which is a specialty from this area.  After a local lunch, continue to Kurashiki where you will explore the old merchant quarter and its fine 17th century wooden warehouses. The beautiful houses are painted white with traditional black tiles and are situated along a canal framed with weeping willows. In Kurashiki, you will also have the chance to visit Ohara Museum. Ohara Museum of Art was built in 1930 and expanded its original collection of Western paintings and sculptures after the war. It displays works by impressionist painters and other notable 20th century artists, as well as El Greco’s works from the 17th century. "Annunciation" by El Greco and "Woman by Spring" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir are also included in its display.

Please note:  Bring local currency and wear comfortable shoes and clothes and a light jacket or long sleeves.


price $299
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing
Tamano, Kurashiki Half Day
This tour will take you to Kurashiki where you will explore the old merchant quarter and its fine 17th century wooden warehouses. The beautiful houses are painted white with traditional black tiles and are situated along a canal framed with weeping willows.  The guide will take you to the Ohashi House. This family was foremost among the merchant class of Kurashiki, and this is the residence they built for themselves in 1796. The house is typical of the machiya (town house) of Kurashiki's wealthy merchants. There are tatami floored rooms with elegant sliding doors and hanging scrolls for entertaining guests as well as private quarters, storage rooms and a kitchen. You will also visit Ohara Museum of Art, built in 1930 and which expanded its original collection of Western paintings and sculptures after the war. It displays works by impressionist painters and other notable 20th century artists, as well as El Greco’s works from the 17th century. "Annunciation" by El Greco and "Woman by Spring" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir can be seen here.

Please note:  Bring local currency and wear comfortable shoes and clothes and a light jacket or long sleeves. Shoes will need to be removed in some parts of Ohashi House.


price $199
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4.25 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

sightseeing
Tamano, Okayama Castle & Korakuen Garden
Depart from the pier for the 60-minute drive to Okayama City. First stop will be Okayama Castle, also known as "crow castle" due to its black exterior, which was built in 1597 in the style of the Azuchi-Momoyama Period. The original castle was destroyed during World War II, but a reconstruction was made in 1966. The castle is located on the Asahi River, which was used as a moat. The main building of Okayama Castle is the 6-story castle keep. The keep's interior is modern and displays exhibits on the history and development of the castle. Only one of Okayama Castle's original buildings escaped destruction, the Tsukimi Yagura ("moon viewing turret"), which dates back to 1620. Then, you will walk across the river to Korakuen Garden, one of Japan’s most significant gardens - the name meaning ‘Garden of pleasure after.’ During your visit in the garden, you will have a chance to taste peach ice cream or Japanese green tea which is a specialty from this area.

Please note:  Bring local currency and wear comfortable shoes and clothes and a light jacket or long sleeves.


price $199
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Osaka, Japan



8.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

unesco

walking

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Osaka, Kyoto Highlight Tour
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 famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The temple was founded in 1164 and rebuilt a century later after the original structure had been destroyed in a fire. Also the temple hall, measuring 394 feet, is the longest Japanese wooden structure. Next you will go 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. The Chinese-influenced Golden Pavilion has delicately curving roofs, with the walls and eaves of the 2nd and 3rd 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. You will have lunch at a local restaurant and then head to nearby 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. 
After touring Nijo Castle, you'll return to the pier in Osaka.

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. We suggest guests obtain local currency for shopping. Photography and videos are not permitted inside Nijo Castle 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.

 
price $299
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8.5 HRS

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Osaka, Nara & Osaka Highlight Tour
Enjoy the unrivaled charm of Nara and Osaka, two of Japan's most historic cities, on this full-day tour. Following a 90-minute drive, visit Nara, the oldest capital of Japan (710-784), and the cradle of Japanese arts, literature and crafts with temples and shrines that pre-date those found in Kyoto. Nara is home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and numerous art and architectural relics classified as National Treasures and Important Cultural Assets by the Japanese government. See the incredible Todaiji Temple, founded in 752, and best known for its Daibutsu, a colossal statue sitting 49 feet tall, making it the world's largest Buddha statue. The 8th century statue is housed in an all-wood building, the Daibutsu-den, considered the largest wooden building in the world. After touring the Daibutsu, stroll through Nara Park, commonly referred to as Deer Park. The tranquil park covers 1,295 acres of woodland and is home to over 1,000 free roaming deer. Considered messengers of the gods in the Shinto religion, Nara's deer are a symbol of the city and are designated a National Natural Monument.  Then you will visit the impressive Kasuga Shrine which has 1,800 stone lanterns lining the walkway to its entrance, and another 1,000 bronze lanterns suspended from the eaves of corridors. After lunch at a nearby restaurant, drive to Osaka, with a stop at the imposing Osaka Castle. One of Japan's most famous castles, see the massive stone foundations, wing-tipped roofs with gilded decorations, and comprehensive museum displaying Osaka's most significant historical and cultural artifacts. 

Please note: This tour includes approximately 3-4 hours of walking with a number of steps to negotiate. There are many steps to the Kasuga Shrine. Photography and videos 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 lot to Osaka Castle is approximately a 15-minute walk. Bring local currency, sunscreen and a hat and wear comfortable walking shoes and conservative clothing for the temple.

price $279
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5 HRS

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culture

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Osaka, Osaka Highlight Tour
Explore Japan's third largest city, Osaka, on this intriguing half-day tour. Following a 30-minute drive from Osaka port, you will see the impressive landmark, Osaka Castle. One of Japan's most famous castles, it is built on a plot of land almost one mile square,  contains 13 structures, and is designated as Important Cultural Assets by the Japanese government. The central castle building is five stories on the outside and eight 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 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 guided tour of the castle, proceed to Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Built in the 3rd century, Sumiyoshi enshrines the kami (Shinto gods) who protect travelers, fishermen and sailors at sea. It displays a unique style of shrine architecture, called Sumiyoshi-zukuri, which is free of influence from the Asian mainland. Return to Osaka port and the ship following your tour of the temple.

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 lot to Osaka Castle is approximately 15-minute walk. Bring local currency, sunscreen and a hat and wear comfortable walking shoes and conservative clothing for the temple.

price $149
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3 HRS

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easy

sightseeing
Osaka, Panoramic Osaka Tour
You will depart from the pier and enjoy a brief drive to the Umeda Sky Building, whose roof features a doughnut shape that provides an unobstructed 360-degree view. While enjoying the breathtaking sights, you can also directly feel the wind, which at 56 feet off the ground can get quite strong. From this observatory, you can not only see all of Osaka but as far away as Awaji Island if the weather is clear. Next you will head to Osaka Castle, which was first built in 1583 and now serves as the symbol for the city. Although the original castle was destroyed over the years, many of the key features of the complex still remain, including turrets and sections of the walls that border the surrounding moat. The existing version of the castle itself was built in 1931 to replicate the original. The steep, stone walls at its base are particularly noteworthy, as they rise nearly 100 feet, an architectural rarity in Japan. You will have some time to take pictures of this beautiful castle before heading back to Osaka.

Please note:  Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina.  From the parking lot to Osaka Castle is approximately a 15-minute walk. Bring local currency, sunscreen and a hat and wear comfortable walking shoes and conservative clothing for the temple.


price $149
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Shimizu, Japan



5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

dining

walking

sightseeing
Shimizu, Miho No Matsubara with Fresh Sashimi Lunch
Your day of traditional art and customs begins with Shizuoka Sengen Shrine, a complex of 7 shrines, the 3 main ones remodeled over a period of 60 years beginning in 1804. Sengen Shrine contains 26 "Important Cultural Assets" and an extensive collection of historical artifacts from the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for 300 years during the Edo Period. Step into the large, two-story worship hall and marvel at the views of Mount Fuji. Your next destination will bring you to Miho no Matsubara, a picturesque pine grove along the eastern coast of the Miho Peninsula, given the distinction of "New Three Views of Japan," a designation of scenic beauty. This inspirational spot for artists offers dramatic views of Mount Fuji, and if you walk deep into the pine grove, you'll spy a 650-year-old Japanese black pine called Hagoromo-no-Matsu.  The tour will conclude with a visit to the Fish Market in Shimizu. Upon arrival, the guide will escort you to the walking tour in the Fish Market, to wander around this busy fish market full of local people. After walking, you will have an opportunity to have lunch at a local restaurant in the market, which serves the Japanese Style Set menu including freshest sashimi (sliced raw fish). Enjoy your local dining experience with this special atmosphere.

Please note:  The path from the parking lot to Miho no Matsubara is about half a mile. It is wheelchair accessible. Mount Fuji can be seen, weather permitting. The order of the tour sites may vary. Wear comfortable walking shoes and conservative clothing. Bring local currency.


price $199
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4 HRS

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Shimizu, Mt. Fuji Cultural Experience
You will ride to the quaint fishing town of Yui, home to the Tokaido Hiroshige Art Museum. The museum displays more than 1,300 ukiyo-e exhibits, spotlighting the works of Hiroshige Utagawa (1797-1858), one of the best-known ukiyo-e artists who strongly influenced the genre with his dramatic landscape series. After touring the museum, continue on to a tea ceremony in Miyuki-tei at a "chashitsu," a historic tearoom, in Yui Honjin Park. In the Japanese culture, a tea ceremony is not just about the beverage; it's a cultural ritual that brings tranquility and peace to the participants. You will be served Japanese green tea, called matcha, accompanied by some sweets, which balances out the flavors of the tea leaves. Your host will be gracious, preparing your tea with great care and attention to aesthetics. Complete your day at Miho-no-Matsubara, a picturesque pine grove along the eastern coast of the Miho Peninsula, given the distinction of "New Three Views of Japan," a designation of scenic beauty. This inspirational spot for artists offers dramatic views of Mount Fuji, and if you walk deep into the pine grove, you'll spy a 650-year-old Japanese black pine called Hagoromo-no-Matsu. After a day of beauty and cultural sights and hopefully a camera filled with wonderful memories you'll board your coach for your return trip to the ship.

Please note:  The path from the parking lot to Miho no Matsubara is about half a mile. It is wheelchair accessible. Mount Fuji can be seen, weather permitting. The order of the tour sites may vary. Wear comfortable walking shoes and conservative clothing and bring local currency. You will need to remove your shoes at the tea ceremony.

price $149
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7 HRS

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Shimizu, Mt. Fuji Highlight
You will board your motor coach at the port, and drive to Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, located in the southwestern foothills of Mount Fuji. Originally built to offer protection from volcanic eruptions, the shrine was one of the grandest in its day. Constructed in the early 1600s, the shrine has been hit by several earthquakes, damaging its structure. The grounds are quite picturesque, and over 500 cherry trees bloom here in March and April. You  will drive to the quaint fishing town of Yui, home to the Tokaido Hiroshige Art Museum next. The museum displays more than 1,300 ukiyo-e exhibits, spotlighting the works of Hiroshige Utagawa (1797-1858), one of the best-known ukiyo-e artists who strongly influenced the genre with his dramatic landscape series. After having lunch at a local restaurant, your final destination of the day will be Miho-no-Matsubara, a picturesque pine grove along the eastern coast of the Miho Peninsula, given the distinction of "New Three Views of Japan," a designation of scenic beauty. This inspirational spot for artists offers dramatic views of Mount Fuji, and if you walk deep into the pine grove, you'll spy a 650-year-old Japanese black pine called Hagoromo-no-Matsu, believed to have mythical origins, its branches spread in every direction, and it is said that an angel bathing in the waters hung her clothes on its branches. A fisherman took the garments, and the angel had to win them back by dancing for him. Beside this legendary tree, there stands a monument of a French ballerina who composed a dance inspired by this legend.

Please note:  The path from the parking lot to Miho no Matsubara is about half a mile. It is wheelchair accessible. Mount Fuji can be seen, weather permitting. The order of the tour sites may vary. Wear comfortable walking shoes and conservative clothing and bring local currency.

price $259
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3.5 HRS

Moderate to
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culture

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Shimizu, Sacred Toshogu and Nihondaira Ropeway
Grab your camera and set off on a photographic adventure that will begin with a short drive to Nihondaira Park Outlook. Designated as a prefecture natural park, this scenic spot affords panoramic vistas of sparkling Suruga Bay and dramatic Mount Fuji. From here, you'll board an aerial ropeway for a bird's-eye-view as you're whisked up the mountainside to the Kunozan Toshogu Shrine. Dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), the famous leader credited with bringing peace and unity to Japan after a long period of civil war. A climb of 1,000 stone steps is the traditional approach to the shrine, but the addition of the ropeway has made it accessible to many more visitors. Gorgeous vistas of Suruga Bay serve as the backdrop to Kunozan Toshogu, a designated cultural landmark. At the entrance, you will see the beautifully embellished Romon Gate, a wonderful commemorative picture. Look carefully at the framed name plaque hanging from the gate building. It is believed to have been carved by Emperor Go-Mizunoo himself. You'll soon reach Shaden, the main building, a striking wooden complex that is comprised of 3 sections, Honden Main Hall, Ishinoma Interconnecting Hall, and Haiden Worship Hall. All three are architecturally diverse and elaborately decorated. Adjacent to the Shaden building, you can purchase a good-luck fortune written on a strip of white paper, which you then tie to a frame next to the shrine so that your fortune will come true! If you are feeling adventurous, stroll into a wooded area, where you'll find the tomb of Ieyasu. Conclude the day with a ropeway ride back to the station where you'll meet your comfortable motor coach for the drive back to the port.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour of walking with a number of steps to negotiate. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their ability and stamina. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. Bring local currency for shopping. There are 150 steps in Kunozan Toshogu Shrine and guests will have to take the Ropeway between the parking lot and the shrine.

price $159
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