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The Inland Sea

Osaka – Nagasaki
Nagasaki - Osaka
10 Night Cruise

Cruise in comfort through the World Heritage Japan Inland Sea, we explore local cities and villages and trace the history amongst her almost 3,000 islands. Visits ashore to meet and mix with the local people, their unique way of life and view the intense beauty of the region through her different seasonal changes.

Rates

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Suite
Island
Solo 
Mirage
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Mirage
Solo 
Horizon
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Wed 13 Nov 2019 12,950 21,495 14,95024,82016,950
Sun 22 Dec 2019 12,950 21,495
14,95024,82016,950
Wed 01 Jan 2020 12,950 21,495 14,95024,82016,950
Sun 01 Mar 2020 12,95021,495 14,950 24,820 16,950
Wed 11 Mar 2020 12,950 21,495 14,950 24,82016,950
Sun 22 Mar 2020 12,950 21,495 14,950 24,82016,950
Wed 01 Apr 2020 12,959 21,495 14,950 24,820 16,950
Sun 12 Apr 202012,950 21,495 14,95024,820 16,950 
Wed 22 Apr 202012,95021,495
14,950 24,820 16,950 
Sun 03 May 2020 12,950 21,495 14,95024,820 16,950 
Wed 13 May 2020 12,95021,495 14,95024,820 16,950

Private Ship Charters from 250,000

Early Bird Saving 1,000 Per Person

Price per person-share twin/solo in NZ Dollars including taxes

Itinerary

Day 1 - Osaka

The ship is waiting alongside the Osaka Cruise Terminal. We commence boarding from 4pm although guests are able to drop your bags aboard from noon before our 5pm sailing. We cruise to our nearby anchorage for the evening. Cocktails and dinner is served on the aft deck from 7pm. Become acquainted with your fellow shipmates and enjoy the stunning night views of the Osaka skyline.

Day 1 - Osaka

Day 2 - Kyoto

After breakfast we disembark guests in Osaka to the care of our professional English-speaking Kyoto tour guides. Their comfortable coach takes you via the toll highway to arrive in historical Kyoto an hour later. We visit the three most famous sites of Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine, Kinkaku-ji Temple and finally Nijo Castle. Lunch is served along the way. Later in the afternoon the coach returns to Kobe Cruise Port where the ship has relocated during the day. The crew welcome you back aboard with hot towels, refreshments and pre-dinner snacks. While you freshen for dinner we sail quietly for Himeji. Be up on deck for the passage below the massive 2-kilometre Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge – the longest suspension bridge in the world.

Day 2 - Kyoto

Day 3 - Himeji

After breakfast we arrive at Himeji and go ashore to visit the 16th century World Heritage Himeji Castle. We have a guided tour of this national treasure and one of the few original feudal castles remaining in Japan. Returning to the ship for lunch, this afternoon you are free to explore the city at and her waterfront at leisure.

Day 3 - Himeji

Day 4 - Tomonoura

Today we cruise through an amazing display of saw-toothed shaped islands, stopping at a couple of our favourite bays and villages along the way to have a walk and feel the local way of life. We arrive late in the afternoon at Tomonoura and anchor in the bay. Take a tender ashore and stroll the waterfront before a gourmet dinner is served at 7pm on deck or indoors.

Day 4 - Tomonoura

Day 5 - Pearls and Seaplanes

We depart after breakfast and continue to weave through these beautiful islands of the inland sea. Tajima, Yokoshima, Innoshima, Hakata to name a few. At Onomichi we take a 50-minute seaplane scenic flight over the area and visit a floating pearl farm where you can select your very own pearl before we arrive into Nomi Island for the evening.

Day 5 - Pearls and Seaplanes

Day 6 - Hiroshima

We sail under the Ondoo Bridge right into Hiroshima City to visit the moving Peace Memorial Park. The area is filled with memorials to the event and the permanently lit ‘Flame of Peace’. Nearby, the A-Bomb Dome is a striking reminder of the devastating forces that were inflicted on the city. In the museum are haunting reminders of the bombing.

Day 6 - Hiroshima

Day 7 - Miyajima

This is a picture perfect scarlet Torii gate at the entrance to the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine that was built in the 6th century and dedicated to the 3 sea goddesses. It is World Heritage and we explore it in detail. We complete the day with a cable car ride to Mt Misen for the spectacular views of the Inland Sea.

Day 7 - Miyajima

Day 8 - Kyushu

We sail after dinner, through the night, and arrive at the famous Kanmon Straits for sunrise. Feel free to come up to the bridge so as to witness this procedure where we pass through this narrow pass between east and west Japan. Once through it is an easy ride to Fukuoka Bay for lunch and a Japanese tea ceremony and traditional cultural display. During the afternoon we cruise to Karatsu where we spend the evening at a favourite local sushi restaurant.

Day 8 - Kyushu

Day 9 - Morning Market

We depart early with breakfast underway to this very famous morning market that has been running every morning, except 1 January, for the past 200 years. There is a variety of fish, food supplies and general goods on display and we stay for 30 minutes before continuing our exploring of the area. Later in the day we arrive at Hirado township, go ashore and visit the 1599 built castle that overlooks the town.

Day 9 - Morning Market

Day 10 - Nagasaki

We arrive in time for lunch to the second city that was destroyed by an A-bomb at the end of WW2. Dejima Island was built during the Edo period to house and contain Portuguese missionaries and the Dutch who were the only foreigners allowed to trade in Japan for a 200-year period. It was the only window to the world until Japan was reopened in the 19th century when Nagasaki flourished. We visit the best known, Glover House, built in 1863 that was the setting for Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly. When all are back at the ship we start the farewell dinner with all the crew that usually lasts well into the night.

Day 10 - Nagasaki

Day 11 - Nagasaki

After breakfast we transfer guests at 9am to JR Nagasaki railway station for onward travel. We wish you safe travel and look forward to see you back onboard.

Day 11 - Nagasaki

Feedback

We had wonderful holiday supported by a great enthusiastic crew.The snorkelling, swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding in such a beautiful pristine part of the world was superb.An honourable mention must be made for the Chef extraordinaire, he was passionate about every one of his creations and he far exceeded all previous chefs you have had on-board.The crew ensured that we had the best anchorage each evening and allowed us to safely discover the unspoilt islands of French Polynesia.Thanks again
Noel and Judith, NSW

 

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