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The Best of Japan (Osaka - Maizuru)

9 days with Ponant   Rating: Deluxe

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Day 1 Osaka (Japan)  
Embarkation from 4pm to 5pm.
Day 2 Tamano (Okayama, Japan)  
Day 3 Hiroshima (Japan)  
Day 4 Uwajima (Japan)  
Day 5 Kagosjima (Japan)  
Day 6 Nagasaki (Japan)  
Day 7 Busan (ex Pusan) (South Korea)  
Day 8 Sakaiminato (Japan)  
Day 9 Maizuru (Japan)  
All This Included

Through this exceptional itinerary, PONANT invites you to discover the Land of the Rising Sun, where the history of the samurai and the daintiness of the geishas exist side by side.

In Osaka, you will board the L’Austral for a 9-day cruise to the heart of Japan.

At the start of your trip, you will discover the small Japanese city of Okayama, a former feudal domain with a unique cultural heritage. Among its sites, you will be able to admire its famous Korakuen Garden, one of the country’s three must-see landscaped gardens.

We will call at Hiroshima, the gateway to Miyajima, home to the majestic Shinto shrine whose entrance is guarded by a magnificent vermillion Torii listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The L’Austral will then take you to Busan, a warm and welcoming city where you will enjoy a spectacular view of the port. This ancient city full of contrasts presentsnumerous vestiges that speak of its prestigious past.

When your ship calls at Sakaiminato, you will set off to discover medieval Japan and the ancient dwellings of the samurai, who had lavish homes and castles built.

  • Port and safety charges
  • Open bar
  • Gratuities
  • Your cruise including all meals from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation
  • Welcome aboard and captain’s cocktail parties, gala dinner
  • Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, white, red and rosé wines served with meals
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening entertainments and events, and/or organised shows
  • Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
  • English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)
  • You will be comfortably resting on the outer decks of the Soléal when you get your first glimpse of the skyline of Okayama, an ancient 16th seigniorial city with a remarkable cultural heritage. Do not miss the famous Korakuen Gardens, one of the three essential landscape gardens of Japan.
  • We will call at Hiroshima, the gateway to Miyajima Sanctuary (UNESCO site), home to the majestic Shinto Shrine, whose entrance is guarded by a magnificent vermillion Torii. In a picture postcard setting, the gentle serenity of this marvellous sanctuary rewards the traveller’s gaze.
  • Fall for the indisputable charm of Kagoshima, dominated by the majestic silhouette of the Sakurajima volcano, which has become the symbol of the city. Come and see its undiminished power during a walk along the Arimura.
  • In Nagasaki, you will be reminded of the story of Madame Butterfly, the strains of which can still be heard in the narrow city streets. This is a particularly moving visit as no-one can forget the tragic event whose scars Nagasaki secretly hides.
  • When the Soléal calls there, do not miss the opportunity of making an exceptional visit to Pusan, South Korea’s second city, a blend of modernity and sophistication.  Warm and welcoming, this city of contrasts offers a spectacular view over the port as well as the old quarter of Chalgachi, which has maintained its very picturesque character.
  • From Sakaiminato, discover medieval Japan and its former Samurai homes. The Samurai were great feudal lords and brave warriors, and they built sumptuous dwellings including Bukeyashiki, which is around 300 years old, a marvellous testament to the golden age of the Edo dynasty.
Cruising: Standard cabin onboard L’Austral
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Fares may be subject to a fuel adjustment.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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