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Ancient China & Japan Explorer
Includes a Far East Asia Cruise
8 Day Fully Escorted China Tour and Mount Fuji Experience
Price from
£3,299pp
Promo code:
ASA7344
Duration
22 nights
Departing
11 Oct 2019

Your Experience:

  • 2 night hotel stay at the Grand Palace in Tokyo
  • Fully escorted tour of Mount Fuji including the Hakone Sky Gondola
  • Fully escorted boat trip across Lake Ashi
  • High-speed Bullet Train to Tokyo
  • 13 night full-board cruise on board ms Westerdam
  • 2 night hotel stay in Shanghai
  • Shanghai city tour
  • 2 night hotel stay in Xi'an
  • Fully escorted tour of the Terracotta Army
  • 3 night hotel stay in Beijing
  • Fully escorted tour of the Great Wall of China, Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square
  • All transfers
  • All flights (London departure - regional flight departures available)

Your Holiday Itinerary

  • Day 1 Tokyo Hotel Stay
  • Day 2 Mount Fuji & Lake Ashi Tour Hotel Stay
  • Day 3 Yokohama Embark ship
  • Day 4 Shimizu
  • Day 5 Osaka
  • Day 6 At Sea
  • Day 7 Busan
  • Day 8 At Sea
  • Day 9 Incheon
  • Day 10 At Sea
  • Day 11 Tianjin
  • Day 12 Tianjin
  • Day 13 At Sea
  • Day 14 Qingdao
  • Day 15 At Sea
  • Day 16 Shanghai Disembark ship
  • Day 17 Shanghai Hotel Stay
  • Day 18 Shanghai to Xi’an Tour day 1
  • Day 19 Xi’an Tour day 2
  • Day 20 Beijing Tour day 3
  • Day 21 Beijing Tour day 4
  • Day 22 Beijing Tour day 5
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    Day 1
    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.
    Temple Gate

    Day 1

    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.

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    Day 2
    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.
    Mount Fuji

    Day 2

    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.

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    Day 3
    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.
    ms Westerdam

    Day 3

    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.

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    Day 4
    Shimizu
    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.
    Kunozan Toshogu Shrine

    Day 4

    Shimizu

    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.

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    Day 5
    Osaka
    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.
    Osaka Castle

    Day 5

    Osaka

    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.

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    Day 6
    At Sea
    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.
    Bar

    Day 6

    At Sea

    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.

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    Day 7
    Busan
    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.
    Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Busan

    Day 7

    Busan

    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.

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    Day 8
    At Sea
    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.
    Lido Restaurant

    Day 8

    At Sea

    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.

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    Day 9
    Incheon
    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.
    Korean Food

    Day 9

    Incheon

    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.

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    Day 10
    At Sea
    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.
    Gallery Bar

    Day 10

    At Sea

    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.

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    Day 11
    Tianjin
    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.
    Zhengyang Gate Jianlou

    Day 11

    Tianjin

    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.

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    Day 12
    Tianjin
    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.
    City Skyline

    Day 12

    Tianjin

    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.

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    Day 13
    At Sea
    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.
    Dance the Night Away

    Day 13

    At Sea

    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.

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    Day 14
    Qingdao
    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.
    Coastal City

    Day 14

    Qingdao

    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.

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    Day 15
    At Sea
    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.
    Greenhouse Spa

    Day 15

    At Sea

    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.

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    Day 16
    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 at Sunset

    Day 16

    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.

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    Day 17
    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.
    Yuyuan Gardens, Shanghai

    Day 17

    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.

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    Day 18
    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 City Wall

    Day 18

    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.

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    Day 19
    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.
    Terracotta Warriors

    Day 19

    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.

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    Day 20
    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.
    Temple of Heaven

    Day 20

    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.

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    Day 21
    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.
    Great Wall of China

    Day 21

    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.

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    Day 22
    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.
    Beihai Park

    Day 22

    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.

ms Westerdam

The wonderful ms Westerdam offers the very finest elements of cruising heritage with the addition of some neat modern innovations that today’s passengers will love. The theme of ms Westerdam's art collection is Dutch heritage in the New World. Art ranges from paintings of historic Dutch ships, such as Henry Hudson's Half Moon, to a huge Indian silver-overlaid wood palace doorway. Contemporary pieces include an original Andy Warhol portrait. The Westerdam is a superb choice of ship for those looking for a leisurely pace of life at sea, yet with interesting activities and high-quality entertainment available whenever you want them.

Key Facts

Entered service: 01/04/2004

Number of Decks: 11

Passenger Capacity: 1,916

Total Crew: 817

Number of Cabins: 958

Wheelchair Accessible Cabins: Yes

Number of Pools: 3

Number of Restaurants: 2

Formal Nights: Yes

Kids Club: Yes

Great places to visit on board:

The Explorer’s Lounge

Enjoy a glass of wine, a cocktail, or your favourite liqueur in this elegant and refined space.

America’s Test Kitchen

This culinary programme includes live cooking workshops and hands-on workshops.

Pinnacle Grill

Celebrate the day’s adventures at this intimate restaurant with signature recipes.

Prices per person from

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  1. London
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  • Inside
    1. £3,299pp
  • Ocean View
    1. £3,799pp
  • Verandah
    1. £4,199pp
  • Suite
    1. £4,799pp
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