Join the MS Caledonian Sky for this unusual voyage which focuses on the small islands and ports of southern Japan. Sailing south from the cultural capital of Kyoto, we visit Japan’s intriguing and diverse islands including the subtropical Amami and Yaeyama Islands where a slower pace of life is enjoyed and which offer an altogether different experience from Japan’s mainland. Over the course of just twelve nights we will be able to see a variety of cultures, natural wonders and architectural styles. Amongst the many highlights will be the iconic gardens of Koraku-en and Ritsurin, the shrines and pagodas at Miyajima and Rurikoji and Obi Castle which harks back to an era dominated by feudal lords. For the natural world enthusiasts we will explore the natural and underwater worlds of the southern archipelago and for those who prefer a historical perspective, we will see the Peace memorial at Hiroshima and the remnants of the World War Two battle at Okinawa. Our expert Guest Speaker and local guides will provide an insight into Japanese culture and history along the way.
Our voyage will end in Taiwan. Sitting between China and Japan it is a surprisingly beautiful island about half the size of Scotland and we will visit one of its natural wonders, the Taroko Gorge National Park. Chiang Kai-shek, the Chinese nationalist leader and Mao’s great adversary crossed the sea from China with a million and more of his followers in 1949, together with many great treasures from the Forbidden City. These treasures are now housed in the magnificent National palace Museum in the nation’s capital of Taipei which we will visit before returning to London, a wonderful epilogue to a fascinating trip.
Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, two nights hotel accommodation in Kyoto on bed and breakfast basis, 12 nights aboard MS Caledonian Sky on a full board basis with house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, on board team, shore excursions, group transfers, permits, port taxes.
Not Included: Travel insurance, visas.