Tokyo - Hotel Stay
Discover Japan’s fascinating city of contrasts from serene ancient shrines to dizzying neon-lit streets. Visit the famous Meiji Shrine and the Imperial Palace, home to Japanese royalty and take your pick of shopping, dining and entertainment options in the district of Ginza.
Tokyo - Mount Fuji & Lake Ashi Tour and Hotel Stay
Today your fully escorted tour will take you to the stunning Mount Fuji, a sacred site looped with walking trails and dotted with shrines. You’ll also ride the Hakone Sky gondola, with a chance to explore the active hot springs. At Lake Ashi you’ll take a boat across the still, peaceful water, enjoying the natural beauty of the Crater Lake before the high-speed bullet train whisks you back to Tokyo.
Yokohama - Embark ms Westerdam
You’ll embark the wonderful ms Westerdam, a ship that successfully blends the finest elements of cruising heritage with a selection of modern innovations. It’s a superb choice for those looking for a leisurely pace of life at sea in exquisite surroundings, yet with stimulating activities and high-quality entertainment available.
On a clear day, you can see Mount Fuji from this pretty port rich in natural beauty and cultural gems. A few of the main attractions include Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, designated a National Treasure by the Japanese government, Sunpu Castle and Shizuoka Sengen Shrine, where ruler Tokugawa Ieyasu, who ushered in the Edo period, held his coming-of-age ceremony.
Japan’s third largest city, Osaka is a commercial hub of modern architecture but it is also famed for its ancient shrines and amazing street food. Here you can visit one of Japan’s oldest temples, Shitenno-ji, the tranquil red and white shrine of Sumiyoshi Taisha and of course, the impressive Osaka Castle.
During your days and nights at sea, you’ll find plenty on board to entertain you. The Vista Show Lounge lights up at night with superb live entertainment while Holland America’s Dancing with the Stars at Sea lets passengers get involved with the fun! Night owls will love the classy casino, open until late.
Surrounded by mountains on the southern tip of the Korean peninsula, Busan has something for all tastes whether you want to enjoy its beaches, hot springs or fantastic fresh seafood. Busan’s laid-back atmosphere and international flair make it a relaxing getaway.
Explore a wide range of delicious on board dining options - everything from a burger and fries by the Lido pool to the Pan-Asian flavours of Tamarind to the ultimate in refined and luxurious dining at Pinnacle Grill. A team of world-class celebrity chefs is charting an exciting course for dining across the Holland America fleet.
Seoul is Korea’s economic powerhouse that moves to a non-stop pop beat. This technology-forward city with the world’s fastest internet speeds is open 24 hours a day, whether you want to shop, eat or drink. When it comes to cuisine, there are plenty of Korean specialities to enjoy aside from Korean barbecue and kimchi, including bibimbap, a rice bowl with marinated beef, sautéed roots and chili paste in a hot stone pot.
For a refined night, head to the intimate Gallery Bar, a sophisticated venue with a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and the feel of a private club. It features an exclusive cocktail menu designed by celebrity mixology Dale DeGroff and the walls are decorated with numerous artworks including portraits, landscapes and abstract paintings.
While Tianjin sits in the shadow of its neighbour Beijing, this laid-back city has some charming neighbourhoods and a river walk. Its Ferris Wheel offers amazing views of the city and beyond, while Shuishang Park offers a tranquil escape and the lanes of the Five Great Avenues offer a fascinating insight into the city’s European architecture and history.
From here you could take a trip to Beijing whose forward-looking attitude is evident in stunning modern architecture, including the CCTV Building, the Bird’s Nest Stadium and the Galaxy Soho. However Beijing is also the gateway to many ancient wonders that you’ll get to explore later in your holiday on your fully escorted tour.
Whether you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a relaxed drink with friends or somewhere to dance the night away you’ll find it on board the ms Westerdam. Sip cocktails while enjoying spectacular ocean views in the Crow’s Nest and then head to the dazzling Northern Lights Nightclub for a boogie.
Known as China’s sailing city, this attractive seaside town looks out over the sea on two sides and features long, sandy beaches. There’s a distinctive European feel to the city with its red roofed villas and German-style architecture, a legacy of occupation just before the First World War. The Germans also inspired a passion for beer - Qingdao now produces the famous Tsingtao beer and hosts a renowned international beer festival.
When it comes to activities on board ms Westerdam, much-loved favourites such as the Greenhouse Spa and fitness centre will ensure guests are well looked-after, while more recent introductions such as informative digital workshops and the brilliant Culinary Arts Centre add a new twist to the cruise holiday experience.
Shanghai - Disembark ms Westerdam and Hotel Stay
You’ll disembark ms Westerdam in Shanghai for a two night hotel stay. A centre of technology and transport, commerce and capital, fashion and finance; Shanghai is the biggest city in China. Here you’ll find many of the world’s supertall buildings, so get your camera ready for amazing views – you won’t want to miss it.
Shanghai - Hotel Stay
Bright neon meets ancient tradition in Shanghai. Few cities evoke such a strong sense of history, awe and mysticism. Seek serenity in the Yuyuan Gardens located in the Old City, explore the pop-up boutiques and shop for antiques, ceramics and unique jewellery – or seek culture in the Shanghai museum.
Shanghai to Xi’an - Tour Day 1
From Shanghai, you’ll fly to Xi’an, one of the birthplaces of Chinese civilisation. The seat of power of Chinese dynasties and the last stop for those following the enigmatic Silk Road, Xi'an is rich in historical heritage and it’s here you’ll see the world-famous Terracotta Army.
Xi’an - Tour Day 2
Today you’ll visit one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, the Terracotta Army. These life-sized grey warriors were created by Qin Shihuang to protect him in the afterlife. While their imposing formations are eerie, the individual warriors come alive through meticulously detailed expressions, hairstyles and clothes. Xi'an was also one of the first Chinese cities introduced to Islam, so you’ll also explore the Muslim Quarter and Great Mosque.
Beijing - Tour Day 3
You’ll take the fast train to the Chinese capital of Beijing, the heart and soul of Chinese politics, culture and economic development. In this huge metropolis, you’ll discover ancient wonders such as the Great Wall and incomparable imperial palaces and temples, as well as modern Beijing’s growing confidence as a global dynamo.
Beijing - Tour Day 4
A highlight of your tour will be a visit to the Great Wall of China, the longest wall in the world that bends and twists over hills and valleys like a giant dragon fiercely guarding its borders. That afternoon you’ll visit the Summer Palace, once an iconic lakeside retreat for royalty.
Beijing - Tour Day 5
Today you’ll visit the city’s most famous sites, ancient and modern. The magnificent Temple of Heaven with its symbolic representations of earth and heaven, together with the scarlet-walled Forbidden City, home to imperial rulers and their concubines, reveal secrets about ancient Chinese civilisations. Whereas the remarkable Tiananmen Square celebrates modern heroes of the People’s Republic.
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