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Botanical & historical delights of Japan & China.

Venture along the historic shores of Japan and South Korea, exploring ancient castles, peaceful gardens  View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTJPCN25
Duration: 25 days
Accommodation: Boutique Small Ships & Comfortable Hotels
Journey: Osaka to Beijing
Meals included: 69

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Osaka, Kyoto, Embark Ship

Visit the famous Kyoto temple, Ginkakuji, and see the cherry blossom from the Philosopher’s Walk in Kyoto.
Stay: Ten Nights, MS Caledonian Sky
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Okayama, Koraku-en Garden & Kurashiki

Visit Koraku-en Garden, then discover the canal town Kurashiki.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Takamatsu & Ritsurin Park

Tour Takamatsu on Shikoku, visit Kinashi Bonsai Town and Ritsurin Park.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Hiroshima & Miyajima

Visit the Peace Memorial Park, and Torii Gate.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Uwajima

Choose to visit a pearl farm and Tensha-en Garden or explore Uwajima Castle and Tensha-en Garden.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Nagasaki & Dejima Island

Tour the Nagasaki Peace Memorial Park, Atomic Bomb Museum and Glover Garden.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Ulsan, South Korea

Embark on a full-day excursion to Kyongju.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Hagi

Tour a Samurai’s home and visit the historic Daisho Temple.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 9. Matsue & Yuushien Garden

Visit Matsue Castle and Yuushien Gardens, famous for ginseng and peonies.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 10. Kanazawa & Kenroku-en Garden

Visit the Kanazawa Castle ruins and the famed Kenroku-en Garden.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 11. Kanazawa & Tokyo

Take the bullet train to Tokyo and enjoy an afternoon of sightseeing including the Meiji Temple.
Stay: Tokyo, Imperial Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 12. Tokyo to Shanghai

Fly to Shanghai and enjoy a Welcome Dinner.
Stay: Two Nights, Shanghai, Fairmont Peace Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 13. Shanghai & Yu Garden

Cruise the Huangpu River and explore Yu Garden.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 14. Shanghai, Jinxi to Suzhou

Visit the watertown of Jinxi. Continue to Suzhou.
Stay: Two Nights, Suzhou, Hyatt Regency
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 15. Suzhou, Humble Administrator’s Garden

Visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden today then enjoy a Suzhou music show in a garden setting.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 16. Azalea Flower Show & Yichang

See the Azalea Flower Show and visit Tiger Hill Park. Fly to Yichang and board the RV Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer.
Stay: Four Nights, Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 17. Xiling Gorge & Three Gorges Dam Project

Cruise through the Three Gorges region.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 18. Shennong Stream, Wu & Qutang Gorge

Appreciate the spectacular Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 19. Fuling

Choose to experience either the 816 Underground Project or the White Crane Ridge Underwater Project.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 20. Chongqing, Disembark Cruise & Xi’an

Disembark in Chongqing today, visit the zoo to see giant pandas. Fly to Xi’an.
Stay: Two Nights, Xi’an, Shangri-La Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 21. Xi’an & Terracotta Army

See the world-famous Terracotta Army from a private viewing platform.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 22. Xi’an & Beijing, Tian’anmen Square

Fly to Beijing. This afternoon visit Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City.
Stay: Three Nights, Beijing, Regent Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 23. Beijing, Great Wall of China

Visit one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall of China. Board a cable-car and enjoy great views of the wall.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 24. Beijing, Summer Palace & Botanical Garden

Visit the Summer Palace. This evening we will enjoy a Peking Duck Farewell Dinner.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 25. Depart Beijing

Transfer to the airport after breakfast for your flight.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Learn about Japanese and Chinese plants and gardens from your Botanical Guide
  • See the cherry blossom bloom in Japan*
  • Explore Ginkakuji Temple in Kyoto
  • See Koraku-en Garden and Ritsurin Park
  • See Yuushien Garden, famous for growing ginseng and peonies
  • Visit a Samurai’s home
  • Explore Kenroku-en Garden
  • Travel by bullet train to Tokyo
  • Explore Matsue, the ‘Town of Water’
  • Learn about the process of pearl production in Uwajima
  • Explore the colours of the Azalea Flower Show in Suzhou, China
  • Visit the Yu Garden and the Humble Administrator’s Garden
  • See the Terracotta Army in Xi’an
  • See giant pandas at Chongqing Zoo
  • Enjoy a five-day Yangtze River cruise
  • Visit one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall of China

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Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Cruise Director, Tour Manager and Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers, tipping and port taxes
  • 69 Meals - 24 Breakfasts, 23 Lunches and 22 Dinners
  • Wine, beer and soft drink included with lunch and dinner on Japan cruise
  • 10 nights MS Caledonian Sky and 4 nights Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
  • 1 night in Tokyo and 5-star hotels in China
  • Economy airfare Tokyo to Shanghai and  flights as per itinerary in China

Suite Floor and Ship Plan

MS Caledonian Sky

Discover personalised Small Ship coastal cruising around Japan and New Zealand with large viewing decks.

 

See ship plans for the MS Caledonian Sky here

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

Cruise China's beautiful Three Gorges region aboard the Yangtze River's only luxury all-suite ship.

See ship plans for the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer here

 

 

Additional Information

Fitness Level

  • Medium – Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour, multiple two-night stays in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries. A good degree of mobility is required.

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • A visa is required for China.
  • Shuttle transfers are provided in Tokyo and Osaka.
  • *Cherry blossom viewing is subject to nature.
  • **Torii Gate under scaffolding in 2020
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included.
  • Group Size (China) - 15 to 25 guests. Small Ship - up to 100 guests

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