Experience the timeless splendor of Japan and South Korea on this unique itinerary, featuring a seven-night cruise across the full length of the historic Inland Sea of Japan, plus two nights in Kyoto. On board the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship LE SOLÉAL, featuring only 110 ocean-view Suites and Staterooms, enjoy port calls at captivating points of interest, including seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. From enchanting Kyoto to storied Hiroshima, to Miyajima and the Buddhist wonders of Gyeongju, South Korea, relish in the awe-inspiring beauty of these historic ports of Japan and South Korea. Tokyo Pre-Program and Kanazawa Post-Program Options.
Kyoto, Himeji, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Hagi, Matsue, Ulsan, Moji, Uno, Osaka
1 Depart the U.S. or Canada/Cross the International Date Line
2 Osaka, Japan/Kyoto
4 Kyoto/Himeji/Embark LE SOLÉAL
7 Sakaiminato for Matsue
8 Ulsan, South Korea, for Gyeongju
9 Moji, Japan
10 Uno for Kurashiki or Koraku-en Garden
11 Osaka/Disembark ship/Depart for the U.S. or Canada/Cross the International Date Line/Arrive in the U.S. or Canada
*Cruise itinerary subject to change.
Unique itinerary following the tradition of small ship travel.
Cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship LE SOLÉAL, with access to ports unavailable to larger vessels.
Combination of two nights in Kyoto and a seven-night cruise including Japan’s Inland Sea and South Korea.
Immerse yourself in the timeless splendor of Japan in the spring, the best time of the year to visit.
A port call each day, and an excursion included in every port!
Visit picturesque formal gardens and the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
See the magnificent landscapes of Gyeongju, South Korea, and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bulguksa Temple.
Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are available throughout the cruise; all meals are included aboard ship.
Tokyo Pre-Program and Kanazawa Post-Program Options.
FIVE-STAR SMALL SHIP MS LE SOLÉAL
Small Ship, State-of-the-Art Design
The exclusively chartered Five-Star LE SOLÉAL, features only 110 Suites and Staterooms, distinctive French sophistication and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
Elegantly Appointed Suites and Staterooms, 95% with Private Balconies
Each air-conditioned, deluxe Stateroom and Suite (200 to 484 square feet) features a private bathroom with shower, luxurious Five‑Star hotel amenities and minibar with complimentary beverages; most have two twin beds that convert into one queen bed. Enjoy accommodation amenities including individual climate control, satellite flat‑screen television, safe, full-length closet, writing desk/dressing table, plush robes and slippers.
Chic and Casual Dining
International and regional cuisine is served in the stylish, spacious L’Eclipse dining room in single, unassigned seatings; alfresco in the casual Pytheas restaurant; or from 24‑hour room service. Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are available throughout the cruise. Continental and buffet breakfasts, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and a four‑course dinner are served daily. Wine is served with lunch and dinner.
Spacious Public Areas/World-Class Service and Facilities
In keeping with the low passenger density, the public areas are spacious and inviting, and they can accommodate all passengers comfortably. Enjoy views from the Panoramic Lounge; nightly entertainment in the Main Lounge; and lectures, cultural performances or film screenings in the state‑of‑the‑art theater. There is a library, Internet salon, Sun Deck with open-air bar, swimming pool, beauty salon, spa, Turkish bath‑style steam room, full range of fitness equipment, two elevators and an infirmary staffed with a doctor and a nurse. The highly trained and personable, English‑speaking, international crew provides attentive service.
Respect for the Environment
The state-of-the-art propulsion system and custom-built stabilizers provide an exceptionally smooth, quiet and comfortable voyage. By design, the ship is energy efficient and environmentally protective of marine ecosystems and has been awarded the prestigious “Clean Ship” designation due to its advanced eco-friendly features, a rarity among ocean-cruising vessels. The ship has two tenders and 10 Zodiacs.
Two nights in the deluxe KYOTO HOTEL OKURA.
Full buffet breakfast each morning.
Tour of the impressive UNESCO World Heritage-designated Nijō Castle, built by a powerful shogun of the Tokugawa dynasty.
Visit to the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage-designated temples of Ryōan-ji and Kinkaku-ji.
Tour of the iconic Fushimi Inari Shrine to see its thousands of beautiful vermilion torii gates.
Transfer from Kyoto to Himeji, including lunch.
ON BOARD THE EXCLUSIVELY CHARTERED FIVE-STAR SMALL SHIP LE SOLÉAL
Seven-night cruise from Himeji, Japan, with port calls at Hiroshima, Miyajima, Hagi, Sakaiminato for Matsue, Moji, Uno for Kurashiki or Okayama, and Osaka, Japan; and Ulsan for Gyeongju, South Korea.
Elegantly appointed, Five-Star Suite or Stateroom, each with a private bathroom.
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are available throughout the cruise.
All meals—early continental breakfast, buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and dinner—throughout the cruise, featuring fine international and regional cuisine, served at single, unassigned seatings.
Wine is served with lunch and dinner.
Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
Guided visit of the stunning grounds of Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the world’s finest surviving example of 17th-century Japanese castle architecture.
Visit to Hiroshima’s compelling Peace Memorial Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a tour of the Peace Memorial Museum.
Excursion on Miyajima (“Shrine Island”) to tour the UNESCO World Heritage site of the sixth-century Itsukushima Shrine and see its iconic Great Torii Gate.
Walking tour of Hagi’s old samurai quarter featuring visits to the early 17th-century Kikuya House and Toko-ji Temple.
Visit to the Hagi Uragami Museum to see the famous craftsmanship of traditional woodblock arts.
Excursion to the acclaimed Adachi Museum of Art featuring Japanese modern art and perfectly landscaped gardens known as “living Japanese paintings.”
Excursion from Ulsan, South Korea, to historic Gyeongju, the cradle of the Silla Kingdom and a UNESCO World Heritage site, with visits to Bulguksa Temple, the Gyeongju National Museum and the Royal Burial Mounds at Tumuli Park; lunch is included.
Tour of Moji, featuring visits to the Akama Shrine, dedicated to the 12th-century child emperor Antoku, and the famous Karato Ichiba Fish Market, specializing in fugu (pufferfish).
Tour of Kurashiki, known for its willow-lined canals and distinctive 17th-century merchant buildings, or visit to the famous Koraku-en Garden, a classic Japanese strolling garden completed in 1700.
ENHANCED TRAVEL SERVICES
Transfers and luggage handling abroad if your arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide
with the scheduled group transfer(s).
All excursions and visits, as outlined above, with experienced local guides.
Gratuities to local guides and drivers on included excursions and transfers.
Complimentary bottled water in your accommodations and on excursions.
Hospitality desk in the hotel and aboard ship.
Experienced Gohagan & Company Travel Directors at your service.
Complimentary use of an audio headset for each participant during guided excursions.
Automatic $250,000 flight insurance policy for each participant ticketed on flights by
Gohagan & Company.
ICONIC TOKYO PRE-PROGRAM OPTION
Begin your journey in Japan’s vibrant capital city of Tokyo. Beneath Tokyo’s layers of thriving business districts, amid the contemporary architectural achievements and a wellspring of Japanese pop culture, you will find venerable wooden houses fronted by bonsai trees and shrines wreathed in incense smoke—the inherent cultural core of this historic city. Explore Tokyo’s most important Shinto shrine—the Meiji Shrine—and the magnificent East Garden and Plaza of the Imperial Palace. Enjoy a full-day excursion to Hakone to view the tallest peak in Japan—the iconic Mt. Fuji—a UNESCO World Heritage site. Experience a high-speed transfer aboard the legendary Shinkansen bullet train to charming Kyoto. Accommodations are for three nights in the prestigious Five-Star ANA INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL TOKYO.
KANAZAWA’S CULTURAL LANDSCAPE POST-PROGRAM OPTION
Step back in time in the remarkably well-preserved city of Kanazawa, dating from the early 16th century. Visit Kenroku-en Garden, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, created in the kaiyu (many pleasures) style for the enjoyment of feudal lords who lived in the 16th-century castle; the Higashi Chaya district with historic teahouses where geisha once lived; and the Nagamachi samurai district. Experience the art of Washi papermaking, a centuries-old Japanese handcrafting tradition, noted on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Enjoy an excursion to the
UNESCO World Heritage site of historic Shirakawa-go and to the village of Ogimachi, famous for its traditional gassho‑zukuri (praying hands) farmhouses—a reference to the shape of the roofs. Travel to Tokyo by Shinkansen bullet train. Accommodations are for two nights in the deluxe ANA CROWNE PLAZA KANAZAWA and for one night in the Five‑Star ANA INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL TOKYO.
Pre- and Post-Program Options are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.