STAR COLLECTOR: SHRINES & CITIES OF ASIA

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Star Collector: Shrines & Cities of Asia

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From $ 6,099 pp + Bonus Shipboard Credit

Shimizu, Japan



5 HRS

Moderate

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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 $249
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3.5 HRS

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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 $149
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Osaka, Japan



8.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

unesco

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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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culture

unesco

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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 2-hour 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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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 $129
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4.5 HRS

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unesco

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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

Moderately
easy

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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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Busan, South Korea



4 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 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

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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 will proceed to Yongdusan Park and Busan Tower 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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7 HRS

Moderate

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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 $159
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30 HRS

Moderate

culture

dining

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 $799
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11 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 $232
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8 HRS

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culture

unesco

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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.


price $179
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Karatsu, Japan



3.45 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

unesco

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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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culture

sightseeing
Karatsu, Traditional Experience At Kinshoji Temple
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. Mountt. 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.

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 $299
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Qingdao, China



4 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

culture

walking

sightseeing
Qingdao, Qingdao at a Glance
You will board your motor coach for the 20-minute drive to St. Michael's Cathedral, known by locals as simply the "Catholic Church” and located in the oldest part of Qingdao. Built by German missionaries, the cathedral stands at the top of a hill facing Qingdao Bay. The church is active today with more than 10,000 people attending services here. Your next stop will be at Zhanqiao Pier, or Loading Pier, Qingdao’s first wharf.  This pier is 1,443.6 feet long and at the end of the pier stands an octagonal pavilion constructed in 1930, called, loosely translated, the Billowing Back and Forth Tower. Zhanqiao Pier is viewed in the eyes of many as the official symbol of Qingdao as it was made famous by being placed on the label of the Tsingtao Brewery beer bottles and cans. Another short drive away will take you to Badaguan, a historical mansion area located near Qingdao's coastline. The houses are built in a variety of European architectural styles and each street is lined with a single species of tree. You will have an opportunity to stroll along Badaguan's scenic streets and view the houses up close. The area is a popular destination for wedding photography and one can often see dozens of soon-to-be-wed-couples being photographed along Badaguan's shoreline and greenspace. Next to Badaguan, you will see a large rocky outcropping on which a stone Russian villa was constructed, called Huashi Lou. Built in 1932, the villa combines Greek and Gothic influences. It was once home to the president of the Kuomintang, Chiang Kai-shek. Your last stop will be Tsingtao Brewery, founded in 1903 by German settlers.  For an in-depth introduction to China’s iconic beer, 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.

price $65
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Qingdao, Qingdao Landmarks
Qingdao is well-known for its unique examples of Western architecture, with the Qingdao Guest House truly deserving pride of place. You will board your motor coach for the 20-minute drive to the southern slope of picturesque Signal Hill. The splendid building (now a museum) resembles a classic German castle built in the Jugendstil or Art Nouveau style. You can marvel at original German furniture dating back to the Qing Dynasty (1644 -1911), as well as antiques, calligraphy and paintings, which have all been kept in their original locations. You will make a quick stop at Qingdao Taiping Shan Park, where you will enjoy a panoramic view of Qingdao before heading to Qingdao’s Protestant Church, which 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 used to have an identical twin in Germany, which was destroyed during World War II, making the building even more precious. The church, open to tourists since 1999, can hold a congregation of 1,400 people.

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 $59
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Qingdao, Qingdao Old & New
You will start your tour with a visit to Tianhou Temple, or Temple of the Queen of Heaven, which was built in 1467 during the Ming Dynasty and is one of the oldest remaining buildings in Qingdao. Various Tianhou Temples can be often 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.  Your next stop will be the Qingdao Art Museum near the Ocean University campus. The building is itself a work of art, incorporating a rich mix of architectural styles ranging from Art Deco to Greek to traditional Chinese styles. Formerly home to the Red Cross Society in Qingdao before Liberation, the structure is now on the Qingdao Historical Register. The museum features regular temporary exhibits as well as permanent installations, and plays an important role in Qingdao’s art scene. Finally you will visit the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center, a sailing marina located on the former site of the Beihai Shipyard by Qingdao's Fushan Bay at Shandong Province in China. Constructed for the 2008 Summer Olympics, it hosted the 29th Olympics and the 13th  Paralympic Sailing competitions.

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 $59
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4 HRS

Moderate

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. 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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Shanghai, China



4 HRS

Easy

refreshments

culture
Shanghai, Cooking Class
The kitchen is a cooking studio located in a 19th century garden house. Everything they do is rooted in their passion for fresh, authentic, soul-warming food. Founder and executive chef Norris Chen takes inspiration from seasonal ingredients and “non-additive” cookery to create “Kitchen Exclusive” recipes. In this fun and very much hands-on cooking class, you will try your hand at making some classic Chinese dishes. You’ll get to learn about the many and varied regional flavors of Chinese cookery, the use of Chinese spices and condiments, wok and cleaver skills, and of course, make some of your favorite Chinese dishes.

Please note:  Advise in advance of any dietary restrictions.

price $149
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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.

price $229
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8 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing

walking
Shanghai, Shanghai Highlights
Your tour will begin with a visit to Shanghai Old Town. There are many types of Shanghai street foods in the Shanghai Old Town. This is the best place to have a look at the colorful and flavorful street food of the city. Pan-fried dumplings and steamed little buns are the most popular snacks in Shanghai. They’re eaten for breakfast, lunch, and with afternoon tea. You will have 90 minutes to experience this amazing area as well as 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 and you will find a peaceful oasis in the heart of bustling Shanghai.  Just 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. Your evening performance will be the acrobatic show at the Shanghai Era Acrobatics Theatre. This show combines traditional Chinese acrobatic arts with cutting edge technology into a multi-million dollar extravaganza that redefines Chinese acrobatics. A wondrous futuristic world is created through the use of high-tech lighting and sound effects along with elaborate costumes and original live music. “Era” is a meditation on time and a love story told through a spectacular sequence of acrobatic performances guaranteed to leave you enthralled and amazed.

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 $129
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8 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Shanghai, Shanghai Old & New
Take a 60-minute drive to Shanghai Xintiandi. This fashionable pedestrian street is composed of traditional Shikumen (“stone gate”) style houses that now serve as boutique shops and restaurants. Tianzifang, once an unassuming laneway in a factory area, has been transformed into the art district of Shanghai. Here you will find many art galleries, private studios, craft shops, and some of the most charming bars and cafes in Shanghai. Your next stop will be the Shanghai Museum, considered  by many to be the best museum in Shanghai. It contains one of the finest collections of ancient Chinese art and antiques in the world. The distinctive building was designed in the shape of an ancient bronze cooking vessel, and contains 11 permanent and 3 rotating galleries with over 120,000 priceless pieces in its collection, including bronze, jade, ceramics, calligraphy, sculptures, paintings, furniture, imperial seals, and ancient coins. You will visit Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in Shanghai, where you will have a bird’s-eye- view of Shanghai. 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.  The elevator ascends at record speed traveling over 67 feet per second. In total it takes less than a minute to reach the top! Another amazing view you will take in is from Shanghai’s world-famous Bund, regarded for hundreds of years as the symbol of Shanghai.

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 $149
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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 $299
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8 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Shanghai, Shanghai Urban Experience
Board your motor coach for the 90-minute drive to the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition. 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. The hour you spend here will pass quickly and you will head to Caoyang New Village, 30 minutes away. A renowned local community in Shanghai, 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 a (half) day in the life of 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. Chinese paper-cutting is a very distinctive Chinese handicraft. It originated in the 6th   century, when women would paste gold  and silver foil cuttings onto their hair at the temples. Later, they were used during festivals to decorate gates and windows. After hundreds of years' development, they are still a very popular means of decoration among country folk, especially women.  Formerly a cluster of dilapidated warehouses, the M50 Creative Gardens has transformed into the premier location for Shanghai’s modern art movement. Galleries display everything from black and white portraits of Shanghai’s urban development to bizarre statues made from scrap metal. Take a walk through this area and who knows, maybe you’ll emerge with a reasonably priced piece of art tucked under your arm!

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 $139
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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 $299
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8 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

sightseeing
Shanghai, Suzhou Day Excursion
Today you will board your motor coach for the 1.5-hour drive to visit the largest and most renowned of Suzhou’s famous gardens, covering nearly 13 acres of land. Its unique design, ethereal beauty, and enduring cultural significance have seen it proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built as the residence and garden of a Tang Dynasty scholar, and has retained the sense of serenity and refinement envisaged by its original owner. A short drive will take you to the Suzhou Institute of Embroidery, dedicated to the production, research and training of Suzhou embroidery. It has amongst its collection some of the most valuable pieces of embroidery ever made including several imperial robes from Emperor Qianlong, and other priceless court gowns once worn by members of the royal family. The institute also houses a training facility and workshop where you will see the artists creating exquisitely detailed embroidered works, often using silk threads much finer than human hair. Some of these handmade works of art take years to complete, and consequently a genuine handmade embroidered work can command very high prices indeed! Afterwards, take a relaxing ride along the beautiful canals of Suzhou, where the old heritage buildings will provide a contrast to the more modern areas of Suzhou and Shanghai. You will end up at No. 1 Silk Mill, an impressive museum housed in a working silk factory. 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. Your excursion will also include lunch at a local restaurant where you will enjoy traditional 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 $149
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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 $149
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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 $119
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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 $179
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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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Hong Kong, China



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

Easy

refreshments

dining

culture

walking

boating
Hong Kong, Best of Hong Kong
This tour is aptly named as you really will be seeing the best of Hong Kong. You will board your motor coach and join your English-speaking guide for the 25-minute ride to Victoria Peak where you will take a ride on the Peak Tram funicular to the top of Victoria Peak to enjoy the panoramic view of Hong Kong and the Kowloon Peninsula spread out far below. Next, you will continue to Aberdeen where fishermen and their families live on thousands of junks and sampans. Enjoy a short 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 will be offered in the exclusive showroom. Dim Sum lunch will be served at Jumbo Kingdom, one of Hong Kong's truly unique attractions. After lunch proceed to Stanley—one of Hong Kong’s oldest settlements and a fishing village.  A century ago, it was notorious for pirates and their smuggling activities. Today, it is best known for its markets that specialize in sports shoes, clothing and Chinese handicrafts. Shopping in Stanley is always fun and there are many bargains to be found. Next stop is Bird Market where the amazing arrays of artistically crafted bamboo birdcages are on display, and the "warbling" competitions must be heard to be believed. Walk along Flower Market Street, with row upon row of shops and stalls selling cut flowers and potted plants from all over the world. The Jade Market is a great place to browse and pick up souvenirs.  Then you will be returned to the pier.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $169
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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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4 HRS

Easy

culture

sightseeing
Hong Kong, Night View by Tram
Depart the pier via motor coach for the 25-minute drive to Hong Kong Island traveling under Victoria Harbour by tunnel. Your destination is the Peak Tram Station. You’ll ride the Peak Tram funicular railway to the top of Victoria Peak to enjoy a panoramic nighttime view of Hong Kong Island, Victoria Harbour and the Kowloon Peninsula spread out far below. The Peak sits at 1,805 feet above sea level. Driving back down by coach, stop at a local tram station and board a double-decker tram for an evening tour of Hong Kong’s hottest nightspots. Hong Kong residents love these unique double-decker trams, which slowly wind their way through the busy streets of the island. The tram is the ideal way to explore the exciting and bustling city life in Hong Kong. Sit upstairs or downstairs and enjoy the ever-changing scenery as the tram returns to Central. After your tour, re-board your coach for the drive back to the pier and the ship.

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


price $139
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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 $159
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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 $139
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