STAR COLLECTOR: THE BEST OF CHINA, KOREA & JAPAN

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Taipei (Keelung), China (Taiwan)



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 and Confucius 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. Confucius Temple is dedicated to the great Chinese philosopher whose teachings still influence modern Chinese. The Temple shows the art of architecture, the beams, columns, windows and doors are plain without carving, appearing the modest and humble of Confucianism (Closed on Monday).

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

price $99
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8 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

sightseeing
Taipei, Essentail Taipei
Taipei, is Taiwan’s largest city as well as its economic, political and cultural center. It is a modern cosmopolitan metropolis with a lively and diversified face, filled with exuberance. 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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Miyakojima (Hirara), Japan



5 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

wildlife

culture

boating
Miyakojima, Miyakojima Highlight Tour
Two hundred miles southwest of Okinawa, Miyakojima is the largest of the eight islands of the Miyako Island Chain. The island bears many historical relics and beautiful white-sand beaches including Maehama, Painagama, Sunakawa, and Shigira Beach. Today, you will start your day with a scenic drive to the 2-mile long Irabu Ohashi Bridge, which is the longest toll-free bridge in Japan, and said to be the “Bridge of Dreams” because it has been 40 years from the planning stage, with a total project cost of 39.5 billion yen and took 9 years from the start of construction till completion. A scenic drive will continue to the glass bottom boat pier. A glass bottom boat ride is another great way to witness the beauty of Miyakojima. You will board your boat for a 45-minute ride looking at the beauty of the ocean below. Plenty of photo opportunities will await you at Higashihennazaki Cape, a long, narrow protrusion extending from Miyakojima, where the waves crash dramatically against the steep, jagged limestone cliffs. The ocean sparkles blue in contrast with the lush greenery of the cape and the limestone. At the tip of the cape is a picturesque white lighthouse, perfect for viewing the coral-dotted ocean panorama below. 

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.  Bring local currency, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. If guests cannot climb stairs to the glass bottom boat they can wait on the pier.

price $169
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4 HRS

Easy

culture

sightseeing
Miyakojima, Miyakojima Panoramic Drive
Two hundred miles southwest of Okinawa, Miyakojima is the largest of the eight islands of the Miyako Island Chain. The island bears many historical relics and beautiful white-sand beaches including Maehama, Painagama, Sunakawa, and Shigira Beach. This panoramic tour will take you to all three bridges in Miyakojima where you can expect the best view on this island. You can enjoy the magnificent view by traveling the ¾ of a mile-long Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and stopping at the Ikema Island Observatory. You will continue to mile-long Kurima Ohashi Bridge and check out the Ryugujo Observatory. Finally head to 2-mile long Irabu Ohashi Bridge, which as the longest toll-free bridge in Japan, and said to be the “Bridge of Dreams” because it has been 40 years from the planning stage, cost a total of 39.5 billion yen and took 9 years from the start of construction till completion. You will stop at the Makiyama Observatory there.

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

price $139
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Okinawa (Naha), Japan



3 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

walking

sightseeing
Okinawa, Okinawa Prefectural Museum
Discover the rich cultural legacy of Okinawa on this tour that visits the new Okinawa Museum, completed in 2007. With over 80,000 items in its collections, the Museum traces the island's history and culture from the Ryukyu Kingdom to today. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore the shops of Kokusai Street, hailed as Naha's Miracle Mile. Leaving from the pier, a 30-minute coach ride will bring you to Naha and the Okinawa Prefectural Museum. Upon arrival at the museum, you will have a 90-minute visit. This 4-story museum which was constructed largely with local Okinawan limestone, is of a style that reflects Okinawa's castles. The items housed here range in age from the 12th century to present day and include the Omorosoushi, a priceless collection of songs and historical items from the Ryukyu Kingdom. Following your time at the museum, you will transfer to Kokusai Street for a little local shopping. Originally a sweet potato field, this shopping mecca sprang to life in the years following World War II. Time here is own your own and you will have nearly 60-minutes to explore Kokusai's colorful mix of Japanese department stores and traditional shops. Browse for souvenirs as well as crafts that include ceramic items, fabrics and local foods.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking, plus any walking at the guests' discretion during free time. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair (electric scooters are not allowed), are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. The museum is closed on Monday.


price $129
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5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Okinawa, Okinawa War Heritage Tour
Visit Okinawa's historic battlefield sites and monuments of the Battle of Okinawa in this interesting half-day tour. Departing from the pier, you will first travel towards southeast Okinawa, passing by several residential and commercial areas. Your first stop will be at the Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, located where Rear Admiral Ota and his men desperately fought in 1945. Once you have arrived, you will walk down the 101 steps into the narrow tunnels of the headquarters to see the commanding officer's room, staff room, generator rooms and more, giving you unique insight into the experiences the soldiers and officers had inside the headquarters. You will next make your way to Peace Memorial Park, which is built to commemorate the people who died in the war. In the Peace Park, you will also visit the museum with many displays telling about the battle in Okinawa. The final stop will be at Himeyuri Monument, which stands as a symbol of the severity of the Battle of Okinawa. It was built as a dedication to the more than 200 female students and their teachers who lost their lives as volunteer nurses in the Himeyuri Corps. 

Please note: This tour includes approximately 3-hours of walking that is considered strenuous at times and there are uneven surfaces and a significant number of steps and narrow passageways to negotiate at the Naval Underground Headquarters. There are no elevators or ramps at this attraction. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary. We suggest that you bring local currency for any purchases at the sites.


price $139
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5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

culture

walking

sightseeing
Okinawa, Bingata Experience
This unique tour not only gives you the opportunity to observe and learn the secrets of the art of Bingata, a multicolored dyeing process used for silk and vegetable fibers, but also allows you to actively participate in making your own creation. Depart the pier by coach for a short drive to Tembusu Naha, where you will have the opportunity to learn about the history of the art of Bingata, originally produced solely for Okinawa's warrior class since the 15th century. Bingata-dyed fabric has been produced in the Ryukyu Islands for centuries, but is believed that the multi-colored dyeing process was originally introduced from southern China. Discover the secrets of this ancient art as you create your very own piece of Ryukyu Bingata, with a complex pattern of alternating light and dark dyes. At the end of this interactive class, you will be able to take home with you your piece of traditional Bingata as a souvenir of your visit.  Rejoining your coach, you will travel towards the Shurijyo Castle. This vermilion-colored castle was the seat of power during the 500-year reign of the Ryukyu Kindgom. Destroyed in World War II, the Castle was rebuilt in 1992 and is surrounded by beautiful gates that lead to Seiden or Main Hall. Following your visit at the Castle, you will be transferred back to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1.5 hours of walking that is considered strenuous at times and there are uneven surfaces and a significant number of steep steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and it is not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. The Bingata dyeing process will leave permanent stains on clothing so casual clothing that you will not mind getting permanently stained is recommended, along with sturdy yet comfortable walking shoes. Shoes must be removed during the visit to the South Hall (Nanden) and main hall of Shurijo Castle. While photography is permitted on the grounds of Shurijo Castle, none is permitted inside. The Shrijo Castle has restoration work being done and some areas may not be accessible. We suggest that you bring local currency for any purchases at the sites. The order of the sites viewed or visit may vary.


price $179
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5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

unesco

walking

sightseeing
Okinawa, Naha Highlight Tour
Unlike other parts of Japan, Okinawa has its own separate history, having been the independent kingdom of Ryukyu during the 15th century. On this half-day excursion, you will explore the city of Naha, the capital and largest city of Okinawa Prefecture, and former capital of the Ryukyu kings. Leaving the port, you will drive to Shuri Castle, the administrative center and residence of the Ryukyu royal family for over 400 years, until Okinawa became a Japanese prefecture in 1879. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the castle rests on a hill providing outstanding views of Naha and the sea. You will see the lavishly decorated Seiden (Main Hall), and the ornate Shurei Gate. Known as the Gate of Courtesy, it typifies Okinawan architecture and serves as a symbol of modern day Okinawa.  After the castle, you will be escorted to Shikina en Garden, which is known as one of the best Japanese Style Gardens in Okinawa. Departing the garden, you will drive to Kokusai-dori, Naha's main street, stretching for roughly 1 mile through downtown. Stroll through the neighborhood on your own, exploring fashionable shops and restaurants offering local products such as exquisite bingata fabrics, colorful tsuboya-yaki pottery and awamori liquor made from long-grained rice. Then you will be returned to the ship.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of walking that is considered strenuous at times and there are uneven surfaces and a significant number of steep steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and it is not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Shoes must be removed during the visit to the south hall (Nanden) and the main hall of Shurijo Castle. While photography is permitted on the grounds of Shurijo Castle, none is permitted inside. The Shurijo Castle has restoration work being done and some areas may not be accessible. Bring local currency for any purchases at the sites, sunscreen and a hat. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

price $129
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Ishigaki Island, Japan



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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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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Zhoushan / ZHUJIAJIAN, China



8 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

dining

culture

walking
Zhoushan, Putuo Classic Tour
Zhoushan Island gives its name to a group of some 400 small islands off the east coast of China in Zhejiang Province. These islands are in fact the peaks of submerged mountains rising steeply from the sea. Mount Putuo dominates a small rhomboidal landmass with a total area of about 4.8 square miles. The mountain is one of four in the country that are held sacred by Buddhists and it was here that over the centuries a large Buddhist community evolved. You will take a 30-minute motor coach ride to see this beautiful area and the Grand Guanyin Statue found there. Built in 1998 of bronze, limestone, marble and gold, it is a statue of Guanyin, a legendary figure who protects the fishermen and aids them safely to their harbor. The statue’s total height of 108 feet (33 meters) represents the 33 bodies of Guanyin or the 33 layers of the sky in Buddhist doctrine. Since the completion of this imposing statue, it has been visited and worshiped by millions of pilgrims annually. You will re-board your coach for the 30-minute ride to the Temples of Mount Putuo. Puji Temple, Fayu Temple, and Huiji Temple are the three largest of 20y temples on Mount Putuo.  Puji Temple, covering  2.72 acres, was first built during the Song Dynasty (970 - 1279), and is the main temple devoted to Guanyin. Fayu Temple was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), and consists of a multi-tiered complex constructed along the mountainside, incorporating numerous large trees that lend the temple an aura of tranquility and serenity. Huiji Temple is located on one of the peaks, which gave the temple its name. Your tour will include delicious and traditional Dim Sum lunch at a local restaurant.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and insect repellent. Dress in conservative clothing with shoulders and knees covered.  No shorts are allowed. This tour is not wheelchair accessible nor is it recommended for people with mobility issues.

price $139
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9 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

walking

sightseeing
Zhoushan, Dinghai Art Tour
You will board your motor coach for the 1-hour transfer to Huangsha Village, Lichen Village and Nandong Village on Dinghai Island.  Dinghai is the only island municipality in China with a history that goes as far back as the Stone Age, when a primitive people known as the Hemudu thrived in this area. As well as sites of prehistoric significance, Dinghai also has a number of preserved historic sites, including some dating from the Ming Dynasty and the Opium Wars. The municipality of Dinghai covers an area of 557 square miles and includes 128 islands.  On this tour, you will visit the three villages of Huangsha, Lichen and Nandong. Famous for their beauty, these three villages  have many houses and buildings adorned with painted scenes depicting local life. Other noteworthy sights to discover on this visit are the ancient Ming and Qing Dynasty streets; the local art center, where modern art meets ancient architecture, both infused with local characteristics; and the traditional fishing boats that have sustained the locals for generations. Following you 2-hour tour of the villages you will continue to Ma’ao Hemudu Museum to learn about the Hemudu culture, a Neolithic culture that flourished in the area. The site at Hemudu was discovered in 1973. During your tour you will also enjoy a traditional Chinese Dim Sum lunch at a local restaurant.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and insect repellent. This tour is not wheelchair accessible nor is it recommended for people with mobility issues.

price $79
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8 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

dining

culture

walking
Zhoushan, Buddha Cultural Tour
This tour will visit the Buddhist Academy of Mount Putuo and taste the unique local Buddha Tea during a traditional tea ceremony.  You will board your motor coach for the 30-minute ride to Mount Putuo. During your visit to the Buddhist Academy, you will find numerous antique-filled rooms and courtyards where Buddhist monks and scholars gather to study and discuss Buddhist Dharma. At the Academy, you will take part in a traditional tea ceremony. Your hostess will guide you through a tea ritual, offering you the opportunity to find inner peace through the local Buddha tea. Mount Putuo, as well as a number of nearby islands, is home to this famous Buddha Tea, which is planted around the local temples. The region enjoys a temperate marine climate as well as plenty of rainfall and humid air, giving it lush woods and fertile soil. Such natural conditions give rise to the unique quality that sets Buddha Tea apart. Buddha Tea can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907), when it was offered as tribute to Buddha or as a gift to noble guests. Then you will head to the Putuo Museum, located in a historic building, which was officially opened in 2002. The museum exhibits over 400 artifacts that showcase the local fishing culture. This tour will also include a traditional and delicious Chinese Dim Sum lunch at a local restaurant.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and insect repellent. Dress in conservative clothing with shoulders and knees covered.  No shorts are allowed. This tour is not wheelchair accessible nor is it recommended for people with mobility issues.

price $89
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Shanghai, China



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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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.


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4 HRS

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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

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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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Qingdao, China



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 $49
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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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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 $49
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Beijing (Tianjin), China



8.5 HRS

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Beijing, Temple of Heaven & Hutong
Meet your English-speaking guide and board your motor coach for the 2.5-hour ride to Beijing where you will take a traditional rickshaw through Beijing’s narrow hutongs. The word “hutong” refers to the narrow network of lanes created by closely built quadrangular homes. Once the primary architectural feature of China’s capital city, hutongs now make up only a small fraction of Beijing, having been replaced by high-rise buildings in recent years. You will meet a local family and lunch with them. Your next stop will be the Temple of Heaven. This tranquil park is often a favorite stop for visitors to Beijing, as it provides them with an authentic look into local life in this city. On any given day, it is possible to see enthusiastic groups of Beijingers practicing Tai Chi, playing traditional instruments, or singing Peking Opera. The grounds consist of a sequence of buildings and altars set in beautiful groves of cypress trees. Learn more about the fascinating history behind this massive, circular structure and see local life unfold before your eyes in this very special visit to the Temple of Heaven.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes. This tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues.

price $189
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4 HRS

Easy

dining

culture

sightseeing

concierge
Beijing, Evening Gutong Food Tour
Enjoy local food at 5 selected eateries plus a pint of craft beer at a local brewery, all hidden within the hutongs of Beijing. Transportation will be provided by private tuk tuk stocked with cold beer and local English-speaking guides will provide insight into each dish, restaurant and hutong you will visit. At your first stop you will have homemade, fresh noodles prepared by a local family. Then on to the hippest local spot in Beijing where you will grill your own barbecue. Next stop will have you eating delicious dishes wrapped in freshly made spring pancakes, then, grab an authentic Beijing meat bun at a community gathering hub. Your dessert will be the popular homemade imperial yogurt dessert.  You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a pint of locally brewed beer. You will be returned to the ship contentedly full of delicious food.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a sweater or light jacket.

price $199
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9.5 HRS

Moderately
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Beijing, Forbidden City & Hutong
The word “hutong” refers to the narrow network of lanes created by closely built quadrangular homes. Once the primary architectural feature of China’s capital city, hutongs now make up only a small fraction of Beijing, having been replaced by high-rise buildings in recent years.  Board your motor coach for the 2.5-hour ride to Beijing. You will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide.  Recapture the feeling of Beijing’s past from the wooden seat of a traditional rickshaw, and visit a local family’s courtyard home along the way where you will have lunch. Then you will head to Tiananmen Square, one of the world’s largest public squares at over 109 acres. You will walk from the southernmost part of the square all the way down its length, past several monuments, including the mausoleum that houses Chairman Mao’s remains. The northern gate of the square is where you will enter the Forbidden City  which was completed in 1420, and was home to 24 emperors, the last of which left Beijing in 1924. The entire imperial complex is reputed to have 9,999 rooms, which at its peak housed up to 10,000 people, including the imperial family, 3,000 eunuchs, as well as maids and concubines. Discover for yourself why the 170 acres were forbidden to common people as you stroll through what is arguably the best-preserved example of classical Chinese architecture in the world.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes. This tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues.


price $199
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8.5 HRS

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Beijing, Great Wall Full Day Tour
The Great Wall of China is the longest man-made structure in the world. In fact, the length of all Chinese defense walls built over the last 2000 years is approximately 32,000 miles, while the Earth’s circumference is only 25,000 miles. You will board your private motor coach, and meet your English-speaking guide for the 1.5-hour ride to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Explore this much quieter section of the Great Wall, which was first begun in the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-557) and finished in the 17th century. This 1.5-mile stretch of the Wall will allow you to walk along its storied length for over an hour and visit 22 watchtowers, should you so choose.  You will have lunch at a local restaurant. Not only will you walk along this wonder of the world yourself, but you will also see it from above during a breathtaking cable car ride to the top.                                                                                             
Please note: Your cable car ticket, entrance fees and lunch are included in the cost of the tour. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

price $199
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Jeju (Cheju) City, South Korea



4 HRS

Moderate
Jeju City, Native Faces of Jeju
This tour will take you to Jeju National Museum, a historical museum that displays, preserves and studies Jeju Island’s historical and cultural assets and houses various remains excavated from ruins, including meaningful relics from the prehistoric age through to the Joseon Dynasty. Then you will visit Sangumburi, a crater with a circumference of over a mile, and has been designated as a Natural Monument. If you look at the crater from above up, it looks like a man-made circular stadium. There is a variety of plant-life in the crater. On the north side, vegetation such as red-thorn trees, and magnolia trees grow, along with the rare winter strawberries. On the south side of the crater, vegetation such as evergreens, maples, and mountain strawberry trees cover the area. Because so many different kinds of trees and plants grow in such a limited space, it attracts the attention of researchers as well. Then head to Seongeup Folklore Village located at the foot of Halla Mountain. Cultural properties  in the folk village have been there for generations  and include treasures such as residential houses, Confucian shrines and schools, ancient government offices, stone statues, large millstones (pulled by horses or ox), fortress ruins, and stone monuments. Among the cultural gems of the folk village are intangible cultural assets such as folk plays, native foods, local folk craftsmanship, and local dialect. Even the trees are an important part of the area’s heritage. Several zelkova and nettle trees that are hundreds of years old stand at the center of the village, preserving the dignified atmosphere of a bygone era. The local black-haired pigs are an especially well-known part of Jeju folk culture and the Jeju black pork is said to be very nutritious.

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

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price $99
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

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Jeju City, Spirited Garden & OSulloc Green Tea Museum
Enjoy Mysterious Road known as Dokkaebi Road, which lies on a hill at the foot of a mountain, and connects two major highways on Jejudo Island. It has earned its name, as objects and liquid appear to roll and flow up the hill instead of down, when, in fact, such image of gravity defiance is an optical illusion rendered by the seemingly high surroundings.  You will visit Spirited Garden where you will see hundreds of potted plants. The history of the garden started in 1963 when Seong Beomyeong, a director, came to Jeju and cultivated the wasteland full of rocks. The garden has been visited by many honored public figures and there are currently, about 400 planted trees on display. Also, you can see stone walls and stone towers stacked with Jeju volcanic stones, the largest artificial waterfalls in Jeju, and a pond meeting the waterfalls with large carp.  Next, you will see O’Sulloc Green Tea Museum located on Jeju-do Island near Seogwangdawon, which will teach you about Korea’s traditional tea culture. The “o” in “o’sulloc” means to appreciate and enjoy. The museum first opened in September 2001 and is widely known in Korea. The entire building takes the shape of a green tea cup. It seeks to harmonize the cultures of the West and East, and past traditions with the modern world.   Here you can not only enjoy unique o’sulloc teas, but relax next to the lotus pond in the indoor garden. The second floor of the building has an observatory, with beautiful views of the nearby green tea fields and the surrounding landscape.

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


price $99
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4.5 HRS

Moderate
Jeju City, Jejus Natural Wonders
Board your motor coach for  a 45-minute ride to the UNESCO site of Manjang Cave, one of the finest lava tunnels in the world. Manjangl Cave has a variety of interesting structures inside including 3-foot-long lava stalagmites and lava tube tunnels.  It is regarded as having significant scientific and heritage value, owing to its excellent condition of preservation despite its age of formation (about 300,000 to 200,000 years ago).  You will see the largest known lava column in the world. There are rare animals such as bats living in the tunnel and the stone pillars and stalactites are widely spread and the tunnels showing off the cave’s topographical features. "Stone Turtle" is especially eye-catching because it is shaped like Jeju-do Island. Next, you will visit Sunrise Peak also called ‘Seongsan Ilchulbong, which rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago. Located on the eastern end of Jeju Island, there is a huge crater at the top of Sunrise Peak. With the 99 sharp rocks surrounding the crater, it looks like a gigantic crown. While the southeast and north sides are cliffs, the northwest side is a verdant grassy hill that is connected to the Sunrise Village. The ridge provides an ideal spot for walks and for horse riding as well.  There are numerous hydromagmatic volcanoes similar to the Seongsan Ilchulbong, but there are no other known hydromagmatic volcanoes with a well-preserved tuff cone and diverse internal structures along a sea cliff. Because of these scientific values and remarkable scenery, Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone was able to be designated as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.

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

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Busan, South Korea



3.5 HRS

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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.  This tour is not wheelchair accessible and not recommended for those with mobility issues. 


price $139
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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 $79
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4 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 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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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 $159
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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 $149
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Nagasaki, Japan



4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

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

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $129
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4.5 HRS

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

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


price $149
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3 HRS

Moderate

culture

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sightseeing
Nagasaki, Peace Memorial Park & Museum
Your tour will begin with sightseeing at Uragami Cathedral, which was the largest cathedral in the East until it was destroyed by the atomic bomb blast.  You will see Dejima, an artificial island in the port of Nagasaki, completed in 1636 to house Japan's Portuguese residents. Today, Dejima is not an island anymore, as the surrounding area has also been reclaimed during the 20th century. However, a number of Dejima's historical structures remain or are being reconstructed in the area. Among the attractions are the Dejima Historical Museum and a miniature model of the former island. Continue with a visit to the Atomic Bomb Museum, with over 900 artifacts indicative of the city’s devastation, as well as displays on modern nuclear technology and concerns. Then, you will walk to somber Nagasaki Peace Park passing ground zero. Nagasaki Peace Park is commemorating the city’s destruction by the plutonium bomb dropped on August 9, 1945. Although Fat Man, the name given to the second bomb dropped on Japan, missed its target by over a mile and a half, it leveled nearly half the city. The park’s main attraction is its collection of statues and sculptures donated by countries and groups all over the world. This includes the massive Peace Memorial Statue depicting a man with his right arm pointing to the sky to indicate the continued threat of nuclear destruction. Return to the pier and re-board the ship.

Please note: Uragami Cathedral is located on the top of the hill, and guests will need to get off the coach at the bottom of the slope and walk up the hill. This tour is not recommended for wheel chairs or those with mobility issues. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

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8 HRS

Moderate

culture

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

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

price $199
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Fukuoka (Hakata), Japan



5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Fukuoka, Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine & National Museum
You will depart from the pier for the 40-minute drive to Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, one of the most important shrines among the hundreds of Tenmangu Shrines throughout Japan. Tenmangu Shrines are dedicated to the spirit of Sugawara Michizane, a scholar and politician of the Heian Period. Because of his great learning, Michizane has been associated with Tenjin, a Shinto deity of education, and is popular among students. The shrine is rather large, stretching about 820 feet from one end to the other. After passing through the torii gate at the entrance, you will come across a pond that was built in the shape of the Japanese character for "heart." A path leads across two arched bridges and islands which represent the past, present and future. Next is to Kyushu National Museum, the latest national museum founded in 2005. During the Nara and Heian Periods (710-1185), Dazaifu was the site of a government office that dealt with diplomatic relations with mainland Asia. The museum recognizes its host city's history by basing its exhibits on the concept of "Understanding Japanese culture from an Asian point of view."  The museum building itself is a massive blue construction that resembles a sports stadium more than an exhibition space.  Upon first entering the building you will surely be impressed by the spacious entrance hall. The main exhibition is on the 4th floor and is divided into 5 chronological sections that span Japanese history from the Prehistoric Era to the Edo Period. 

Please note: Bring local currency, a hat and sunscreen and wear comfortable walking shoes as this tour includes about 3 hours of walking or standing.  At Dazaifu there are many cafes and shops for guests who don’t wish to walk a lot.


price $99
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7 HRS

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culture

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Fukuoka, Karatsu Full Day Tour
Depart from the pier, and drive to Karatsu Castle which was built by the feudal load, Hirotaka Terazawa, in 1608, and located on a small hill facing Kratsu 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. Following your castle tour you will have lunch at a local restaurant and your 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. Karatsu Kunchi Festival was registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2016. Next you will see the former residence of Koreyoshi Takatori, a coal magnate. He had this luxurious seaside residence built with an incredible sense of detail. Wonderfully restored, it illustrates the lifestyle of the upper middle classes during the Meiji Period. The residence includes a Zen garden, tearoom, and nô theater. On the first floor, the view of the garden that blends so perfectly with the beach and the islands of Karatsu bay in the background is quite stunning. Your final stop will be Niji no Matsubara which is designated as a national scenic beauty spot and is considered one of the three greatest pine forests in Japan. You will have some time to stroll in this beautiful forest before heading back to the pier.

Please note: Bring local currency, a hat and sunscreen and wear comfortable walking shoes as this tour includes about 3 hours of walking or standing. 


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Hiroshima, Japan



2.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

culture

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 $89
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8 HRS

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Hiroshima, Hiroshima & Miyajima Full Day
Begin with a visit to Miyajima. You will take a ferry to Miyajima Island, regarded as one of the three most beautiful places in Japan. Revered and worshipped since ancient times, Miyajima exhibits a gentle atmosphere and breathtaking beauty. See the magnificent red  Torii Gate, a sacred gateway standing in the sea and guarding the Itukushima Shrine, dedicated to three goddesses and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built over the water, both the shrine and its sentinel torii seem to float on the sea at high tide. Enjoy time to experience the shrine's main hall and several subsidiary shrines, all connected by bright red passageways. The 5-story pagoda can also be seen from the Itsukushima Shrine. After sightseeing at Itsukushima Shrine you will take a ferry back to Miyajima to enjoy a Japanese lunch at a local restaurant.  Then you will head to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, designed and built after the war as a memorial to the people who died in the atomic bomb attack. See the impressive Atomic Bomb Dome, the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on August 6, 1945. Stroll past the Flame of Peace, lit in 1964 as 10,000 observers offered their silent prayers for peace, as well as many of the other monuments, statues, and fountains located on the Memorial Park grounds.   You will then be transferred  back to the port.

Please note:  This tour includes approximately 3 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. This tour includes sensitive material including graphic pictures and displays on the atrocities of war. Bring local currency for shopping. The order of sites visited may be changed


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4 HRS

Moderate

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culture

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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 $99
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

culture

unesco

walking

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 $149
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Kochi, Japan



3.5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

culture

walking
Kochi, Kochi Botanical Garden and Temple Tour
Depart from the pier for the 30-minute drive to the Chikurinji Temple. Chikurinji Temple grounds feature an interesting array of halls and structures, including a beautiful 5-story pagoda. A treasure hall displays several Buddhist statues and scrolls of importance to the temple, and paid entrance to the Hondo (main hall) offers a view of the building's interior and a nicely kept garden. After sightseeing at the Chikurinji Temple, you will be transferred to the Makino Botanical Garden, which is locating on Mount Godaisan. This garden was opened in 1958 to honor achievements of botanist, Dr. Tomitaro Makino of Kochi Prefecture native place. The spacious garden includes extensive walking paths, outdoor parks, a greenhouse and several large museum halls with excellent information and displays on Dr. Makino and his field of study.

Please note: Wear light cotton clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Bring a hat, sunscreen and local currency. Chikurinji Temple has 150 stone steps to negotiate. This tour is not recommended for guests with mobility issues.


price $149
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3 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Kochi, Kochi Historical Tour
Kochi city is the capital city of Kochi prefecture, on the south coast of Shikoku Island, and is situated on the Kagami River. Kochi city has a reputation as one of Japan’s most livable cities. You will depart from the pier, and transfer to Kochi Castle, which is one of just 12 Japanese castles to have survived the fires, wars and other catastrophes of the post feudal age. It was first constructed between 1601 and 1611, but most of its main buildings date from 1748 when they were reconstructed after a fire. The castle used to be the seat of the Yamauchi lords, who ruled over the surrounding region during the Edo Period. The castle buildings have since been designated "important cultural properties," and now house local treasures and historical objects. Next, drive to Kochi Yosakoi Information Exchange Center. This center displays the 60 years history of the famous Yosakoi Festival. The Yosakoi Festival came into being in 1954, and 2013 marked the 60th festival. The external appearance of the center was designed in the motif of so-called “decorated music trucks “that are indispensable for Yosakoi Festivals. You may have time to experience the Yosakoi with the festival uniform, watching the movie of the Yosakoi Festival on the big flat screen at Yosakoi Square at the center.

Please note: Wear light cotton clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Bring a hat, sunscreen and local currency. Kochi Castle has 158 steps from Otemon Gate to the Castle tower building, and also 40 steep steps inside the castle tower. This tour is not recommended for guests with mobility issues.



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3 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Kochi, Kochi Panoramic View Tour
Kochi city is the capital city of Kochi prefecture, on the south coast of Shikoku Island, and is situated on the Kagami River. Kochi city has a reputation as one of Japan’s most livable cities. You will depart from the pier, for the 30-minute drive to Kochi Castle, which is one of just 12 Japanese castles to have survived the fires, wars and other catastrophes of the post feudal age. It was first constructed between 1601 and 1611, but most of its main buildings date from 1748 when they were reconstructed after a fire. The castle used to be the seat of the Yamauchi lords, who ruled over the surrounding region during the Edo Period. The castle buildings have since been designated "important cultural properties," and now house local treasures and historical objects. Next, drive to Katsurahama, which is a scenic beach 30 minutes south of central Kochi. Because of strong currents, swimming is prohibited at Katsurahama. A famous statue of Kochi's favorite son, Sakamoto Ryoma stands near the beach. He was one of the architects of modern Japan and instrumental in negotiating an alliance between the Choshu and Satsuma Clans that helped to bring an end to Japan's feudal age in 1868. The Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum stands on the hill above the beach.

Please note: Wear light cotton clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Bring a hat, sunscreen and local currency. Kochi Castle has 158 steps from Otemon Gate to the Castle tower building, and also 40 steep steps inside the castle tower. This tour is not recommended for guests with mobility issues.

price $129
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Osaka, Japan



8.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

unesco

walking

sightseeing
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 $229
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8.5 HRS

Moderate to
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dining

culture

unesco

walking

sightseeing
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 $229
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5 HRS

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culture

walking

sightseeing
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 $129
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Shimizu, Japan



4 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

refreshments

sightseeing
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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outdoors

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walking

sightseeing
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 $229
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3.5 HRS

Moderate to
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culture

walking

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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.

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5 HRS

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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 $189
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Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan



4 HRS

Moderate

walking

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

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


price $199
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4 HRS

Moderate

walking

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

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


price $179
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4 HRS

Moderate

walking

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

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


price $179
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