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New! Japan, Hong Kong & the Ryukyu Islands Cruise: A Special President's Journey (2017)

Luxury Expedition Cruises: Expert-led expeditions to exotic locales, with shore excursions

Limited to 199 guests
Days: 16  |  From: $15,495 (was $19,995)

Join A&K USA President Phil Otterson on exclusively chartered 'L'Austral' for an extraordinary voyage that reveals Japan and its neighbors as you never imagined them. Explore the rarely visited Ryukyu Islands, as well as Taiwan and Hong Kong, accompanied by an award-winning expedition team and choosing from a variety of enriching experiences en route.

A&K Advantages

  • Embark with A&K USA President Phil Otterson on an in-depth exploration of Japan
  • Experience an island-hopping adventure spanning seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a diverse spectrum of climates, gaining insider insight from A&K's award-winning Expedition Team, keynote lecturers and guides along the way
  • Cruise aboard luxurious, exclusively chartered 'L'Austral,' with no more than 199 guests and all gratuities, shore excursions and most bar drinks included
  • Discover unique ports and secluded wilderness areas only accessible by small ship
  • Reflect on Japan's turbulent history and witness its miraculous resurgence at Hiroshima and Okinawa
  • Set out on remote island shore excursions to snorkel, explore or just relax
  • Learn the process of precious pearl harvesting in Uwajima
  • Craft chopsticks out of 1,000-year-old Yakusugi cedar
  • Witness the 1,300-year-old tradition of fine kimono dyeing
  • Experience the distinctive culture, history and natural beauty of Taiwan and its Penghu Islands
  • Cap your adventure off in the world's most iconic port city, Hong Kong

Itinerary at a Glance

Japan, Hong Kong & the Ryukyu Islands Cruise: A Special President's Journey

Day 1: Arrive Osaka, Japan

Day 2: Kyoto | Cultural Epicenter

Day 3: Osaka | The Adventure Begins

Day 4: Okayama (Uno-Ko)/Honshu | Explore Your Way

Day 5: Hiroshima/Miyajima | Hiroshima & the Torii Gate

Day 6: Uwajima | The Pearl of Japan

Day 7: Yakushima | A Canopy of Cedar

Day 8: Amami-oshima | The Galápagos of the East

Day 9: Okinawa | Japan’s Southern Gateway

Day 10: Miyako-Jima | Volcanic Island Hideaway

Day 11: Ishigaki-shima | Exploring the Ryukyu Ridge

Day 12: Taipei, Taiwan | Celebrating a Proud History

Day 13: Penghu | Strong Ties to the Sea

Day 14: At Sea | Recapping the Adventure of a Lifetime

Day 15: Hong Kong, China | Iconic Intersection of East & West

Day 16: Depart Hong Kong

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Extend Your Journey | Enhance your journey with a post-tour extension to Beijing (3 days, from $1,495).

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