The Blossoms of Japan 2020
featuring Springtime cruising aboard Diamond Princess
Immerse yourself in the timeless traditions, colourful customs and inspiring icons that make the Land of the Rising Sun one of the world’s most fascinating and enriching destinations. Few cultures are as richly vibrant as Japan’s, and on our exclusive, hosted journey, you will experience the very essence of this captivating country. Visiting during the cherry blossom season, you will also experience millions of trees springing into spectacular shades of marshmallow white and pink.
By land and sea, you will see sumo wrestlers perform, learn how to make sushi, wear traditional kimonos and visit ornate, spring-time gardens and imperial palaces. You will have the opportunity to see the dazzling neon lights of Ginza, ride Shinkansen bullet trains, meet authentic Maiko/Geishas, partake in a traditional tea ceremony in a temple and sail on Lake Ashi with its perfect views of iconic Mount Fuji.
We begin with a 9-day land tour, starting in the ancient, cultural capital of Kyoto with its 1,600 shrines, temples and gardens. Explore Hiroshima, once destroyed but now a city devoted to peace, and Tokyo, one of the world’s biggest and most technologically advanced cities. Board Diamond Princess for an 8-night voyage as we circle the main island of Honshu, and visiting ports including Niigata, where cherry blossoms bloom longer than anywhere else.
Discover the ancient temples of Tsuruga, the exquisite gardens and preserved geisha houses of Kanazawa, and the city Sakaiminato, famous for the 100 bronze statues of supernatural characters spread across the city centre. We’ll also visit the South Korean city of Busan known for its beaches and where drinking tea is treated as a form of calming meditation.
We invite you to share the wondrous allure of Japan and its gentle and proud people with us in 2020.
Departs 2 April 2020 - 19 nights
- Return Economy class airfares including taxes from Sydney. Connections from other cities available on request
- 9-day land tour of Japan including deluxe accommodation and extensive sightseeing
- Welcome dinner
- Travel on Japan’s famous Shinkansen bullet trains and express trains, including luggage transfers
- 9-night cruise on Diamond Princess including gratuities, port charges, entertainment and meals onboard
- Welcome aboard function
- Group transfers throughout
- Meals as per itinerary
- Japanese National Guide
- Professional Cruise Express Tour Manager
from $9,990* pp twin share
from $13,490* solo fare
- Approx. 14.5 to 15 sq m.
from $10,490* pp twin share
from $14,590* solo fare
- Approx. 13.5 to 19 sq. m.
from $11,190* pp twin share
from $15,990* solo fare
- Approx. 19.8 to 20 sq. m., including balcony
from $11,990* pp twin share
from $16,990* solo fare
- Approx. 30 sq. m., including balcony
Call 1300 766 537 or complete the form below to enquire
The Blossoms of Japan 2020
Fares are cruise only, per stateroom, in AUD, in complete twin or single cabins as specified, based on lead categories (unless stated otherwise). Some Outside Staterooms may have an obstructed view. Supplements apply for other cabin categories, please contact Cruise Express for details. Subject to limited availability. Conditions apply. Valid for new bookings only, not combinable with any other offer. Fares may be withdrawn or varied, Cruise Express reserves the right to do so at any time. To be read in conjunction with the Booking Conditions Terms and Conditions available from Cruise Express which passengers will be bound by. A link to these terms and conditions is provided on this web page. Whilst all information is correct at the time of publication, offers are subject to change or withdrawal.