Splendours of Japan and China

Tour & Cruise CL5(RH)
Cruise CL5
14 May-3 Jun 2001
21 days
Fares from £6652
20 May-3 Jun 2001
15 days
Fares from £4667
Deck plans & prices

Cruise on Clipper Odyssey among the numerous scattered islands of Japan's Inland Sea from Kobe to Honshu and one of the country's most prized gardens - the 17th century Koraku-en. Cross the Korea Strait to discover the superb temples and palaces of Kyongju, the "museum without walls". On the other side of the East China Sea experience the glamorous hustle of Shanghai followed by the ornate splendour of the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China during a 3-night stay in Beijing.

Our Tour & Cruise option also allows for a Pre-Cruise exploration of Japan.

Tour & Cruise Itinerary CL5(RH)
Mon 14-Tue 15 May
London - Tokyo
"Tour & Cruise" passengers fly from London to Narita airport and transfer to Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo.
Wed 16 May
We spend a full day exploring this fascinating city, with its unique blend of 20th century consumer culture and lingering older traditions. Enjoy a sightseeing tour and a visit to the Edo Tokyo Museum.
Thu 17 May
Tokyo - Kyoto
We transfer by Shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto, hoping to catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji en route, and transfer to the Rhiga Royal Hotel. Kyoto today remains the cultural and spiritual capital and we spend the afternoon discovering this special city on a sightseeing drive and visit the castle.
Fri 18-Sat 19 May
With over 2,000 temples and shrines, trio of palaces and dozens of gardens and museums, Kyoto offers a glimpse into Japanís past. During our tours we will visit several outstanding temples, including Kiyomizu-dera and Ginkakuji.
Sun 20 May
A short drive from Kyoto is Nara, Japan's first "permanent" capital from 710 to 785. We visit the Todai-ji temple, housing the world's largest bronze statue, the Daibutsu, in the world's largest wooden structure. We stay overnight in a "Ryokan".
Ryokan: Experience the serenity of Japanese life in a traditional inn. Eat beautifully presented seasonal specialities, sleep on a futon in an elegant room with tatami mats and sliding screens. A truly unique completion to your tour of Japan.
Mon 21 May
A morning at leisure before we transfer to Kobe to embark Clipper Odyssey.
Cruise Itinerary CL5
Sun 20-Mon 21 May
London - Osaka - Kobe
"Cruise Only" passengers fly to Osaka and transfer to Kobe to join Clipper Odyssey.
Tue 22 May
Uno Ko
Visit the 300 year old Koraku-en garden, one of Japan's most beautiful formal gardens. Cruise through the islands of the Inland Sea in the aftern
Wed 23 May
Japanese dancers A full day in port to visit the beautiful island of Miyajima with its famous "floating" gate, forested hillsides and tame deer, as well as Hiroshima's sobering Peace Park.
Thu 24 May
Hagi *
The town of Hagi was instrumental in ending the feudal era, yet it still boasts a fascinating old Samurai quarter and is also famous for its top class pottery.
Fri 25 May
Today we arrive in Korea where we visit the "museum without walls", Kyongju, capital of the Shilla dynasty for more than 1,000 years. Explore the many temples, palace ruins and gardens of this World Heritage site on a full-day excursion.
Sat 26 May
At Sea
Let our Speaker sum up the sights as we head for China.
Sun 27-Mon 28 May
As Shanghai's booming economy propels China into the 21st century, we explore this many faceted and vibrant city and enjoy an overnight in port. On Monday we discover Suzhou on our full-day tour, one of the oldest towns in the Yangzi basin, whose history dates back 2,500 years.
Tue 29-Wed 30 May
At Sea
Time to reflect on the diversity of experiences, swim in the pool or read a good book.
Thu 31 May
Xingang - Beijing
Beijing Disembark Clipper Odyssey and transfer to our hotel in Beijing where we stay for three nights.
Fri 1-Sat 2 Jun
Our exploration of Beijing includes its many highlights - the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, the beautiful Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square.
Sun 3 Jun
Beijing - London
Transfer to the airport for our flight back to London.
* Land by Zodiac
Sumo: We are fortunate to be in Tokyo during one of only three yearly Sumo Tournaments. Please register your interest in this supplementary excursion when you book your Pre-Cruise Tour.

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Travelling with you on board will be a Swan Hellenic Guest Speaker as well as a team of specialist guides. Full details will be sent prior to departure.

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