Experience an incredible adventure through Asia with ecruising’s spectacular 18-night Seoul Stopover: Southern Islands Explorer voyage, this October. This remarkable itinerary showcases the stunning beauty of Asia as you journey through Japan, South Korea and Taiwan with a bonus three-night stopover in Seoul.
Your adventure begins on 28 October with two nights in dazzling Tokyo, and a chance to explore Japan’s largest metropolis at your leisure.
From the timeless beauty of the Meiji Shrine to the glittering Ginza district and impressive Tokyo Tower, the city represents a unique and complex blend of East and West.
Houses of wood and paper stand beside towering steel skyscrapers, while kimono-clad women stroll beside teenagers who have created a fashion all their own.
Take in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony experience, indulge your tastebuds at Tokyo’s world class restaurants, or just sit back in wonder at how 11 million residents can live so harmoniously side by side in one of Asia’s most intriguing cities.
On 30 October, prepare for the next phase of your adventure as you embark on a 13-night cruise on board the superbly appointed Diamond Princess, with its fantastic selection of restaurants, a nine-hole putting course, three lounges and numerous bars.
Cruise highlights include: an afternoon in Busan, South Korea, renowned for its stunning beaches, rugged mountains and breathtaking temples; the natural harbour of Japan’s Nagasaki; and the islands of Okinawa and Ishigaki, boasting beautiful coral reefs perfect for snorkelling, diving and even surfing; while a day trip to Taipei in Taiwan represents the perfect opportunity to stroll through Japanese colonial lanes, indulge in a spot of shopping and explore the city’s vast offering of grandiose contemporary buildings.
Disembarking in Tokyo on 12 November, you’ll fly onwards to Seoul, for a bonus three-night stopover courtesy of ecruising and Korea Tourism.
Here you can discover the many wonders of South Korea, where 21st century modernity blends effortlessly with the city’s traditional cultural heritage.
Start with a half-day tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, one of the Five Grand Palaces of Seoul, famous for its symbolic architecture of the Joseon Dynasty, nestled among breathtaking natural scenery and witness the mesmerising ‘Changing of the Royal Guard’ ceremony.
Elsewhere, wander the alleys of the sprawling Gwangjang Market, home to Seoul’s busiest food alley, and treat your tastebuds to delicious kim-chi, fresh seafood and beautiful makgeolli (milky rice wine).
Staying exclusively at the luxurious Plaza Hotel in the heart of Seoul, be sure to enjoy dining at one of its six restaurants, exercising at the indoor pool and gym, or book a Korean facial at the tranquil Belle Spa before returning to Australia, refreshed and rejuvenated, on 15 November.
Priced from just $3589 per person twin share for a limited time. The deal includes return economy airfares, all accommodation and transfers and tours as per itinerary.
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