Aboard the exclusively chartered Five-Star small ship
Experience the timeless splendor of Japan and South Korea on this custom-designed 10-night itinerary—featuring enthralling ports steeped in the traditions of ancient Buddhist shoguns and Samurai warriors, landscapes dotted with Shinto shrines, imperial castles and meticulous Japanese gardens—on land and by sea, the best way to see the richness of this beautiful region.
On board the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship m.s. L'Austral, featuring only 110 ocean-view Suites and Staterooms, cruise from Himeji, Japan, and enjoy your voyage along the coast of the tranquil Inland Sea and South Korea, with port calls at several of the most fascinating points of interest, featuring five UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Prior to embarking the ship, spend three nights in the enchanting city of Kyoto, its serene landscape brimming with elegant cherry blossom trees. This charming city was the imperial capital of Japan from A.D. 794 until the mid-19th century, and has been the cultural capital of this island nation for more than 1000 years. See the historic monuments of ancient Kyoto, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site—visit the opulent temples of Ryoan-ji, Kinkaku-ji and Kiyomizu and Nijo Castle, an imperial gem. Stroll through the iconic red-orange torii gates and temple grounds of the Fushimi Inari Shrine, dedicated to the deity of sake and rice, and walk through the most famous geisha district in all of Japan, the Gion District.
Visit impressive Himeji Castle, the oldest surviving feudal structure of medieval Japan; walk through poignant Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima and visit its comprehensive museum; tour Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima with its awe‑inspiring Great Torii Gate, which appears to float on water at high tide. In Gyeongju, South Korea, see the glorious Buddhist Bulguksa Temple, which represents the material expression of Buddhist utopia on Earth, and the ancient Silla Kingdom Royal Burial Mounds. In Moji, admire the beautiful Mekari and Akama Shrines, and observe the lively excitement of a Japanese fish market.
This unique itinerary is an excellent value featuring Five-Star accommodations and at least one included excursion each day in the most beautiful and culturally fascinating ports along the Inland Sea of Japan. This program is sure to sell out quickly, so I encourage you to book now while space and Early Booking Savings are available.
The Travel Program outlined here is subject to the features, final pricing and terms and conditions set forth in the published Travel Program brochure.
Great Torii Gate, Itsukushima
Golden Pavilion, Kyoto