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    Meijimura Museum & Inuyama Castle

    Nagoya, Japan

    Duration 6 1/2 hrs

    Delve into the history of the surrounding Aichi Prefecture by browsing an open-air museum and a 16th-century castle that is remarkably intact. Dozens of buildings from the Meiji Period have been carefully reconstructed at the Meijimura museum, and you will easily recognize the Western influence in the architecture. This short period in Japanese history ended in 1912 and marked the end of samurai rule and the beginning of Japan’s modernization.


    The nearby Inuyama Castle is even more impressive architecturally as it is one of the few castles in Japan that survived wars and natural disasters without being severely damaged. As you meander through this official national treasure, you will see artifacts relating to the Naruse family that once owned the castle. The armory of samurai weapons and the hidden doors for the guards are of particular note, as they shed light on the fact that the castle was under constant threat of attack.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of walking and about 120 steps to negotiate at each venue. It is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. The Meijimura Museum is wheelchair accessible, but the buildings on display are preserved historic architecture and therefore, not accessible. At the Inuyama Castle, walking is on cobblestone and gravel, socks are recommended as shoes must be removed. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested, sandals should be avoided.
    • Adult from: $327.14 NZD
    • Child from: $241.43 NZD
    DURATION 6 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal
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    Saigon Highlights

    Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam

    Duration 9 hrs

    Gain an overall understanding of Saigon through landmark architecture that reflects the changing face of the metropolis known as Ho Chi Minh City since 1976. In the lively Chinatown district of Cholon, you will find Giac Lam, the city’s oldest pagoda. A haven of tranquility where Taoism and Confucianism merge with Buddhism, the pagoda compound includes ornate tombs, a rare bodhi tree and an elegant statue of the Goddess of Mercy. For a more contemporary perspective, you will view Independence Palace, also known as the Reunification Palace, a modernistic white building that was home to the president of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon presents a glimpse into colonial life, as the French constructed it in the mid-1800s. The ornate Central Post Office is another French-built colonial gem. If not for the large portrait of Ho Chi Minh inside, you might think you were in Paris.

    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair and are able to make their own way on and off transportation. Guests must be self-sufficient or if assistance is required, they should travel with a companion who can provide this. Clothing must cover knees and shoulders. Shoes must be removed in temples and pagodas.
    • Adult from: $121.43 NZD
    • Child from: $57.14 NZD
    DURATION 9 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    World Heritage Sites Shirakawago & Gokayama

    Kanazawa, Japan

    Duration 7 1/2 hrs

    Behold the architecture in two isolated villages that UNESCO found so unusual that it deemed them World Heritage sites. The villages of Shirakawago and Gokayama are in the remote Shogawa River Valley surrounded by high rugged mountains, a location that made them difficult to access for centuries.


    To cope with the abundance of snow that falls there, the residents constructed farmhouses with steeply pitched thatched roofs to reduce the amount of snow that accumulates on them. The roof design also allows for large attics, in which the residents rear silkworms, which they feed leaves from the surrounding mulberry trees. Only one other nearby village boasts this type of architecture, known as gassho-zukuri, a style that means “constructed like hands in prayer.”


    Following free time in both villages, you will watch a demonstration of paper-making in Gokayama. The specialized washi paper is exceptionally colorful and patterned. The fiber for it comes from mulberry trees.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking on gravel or cobblestones with approximately 20 steps. It is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.
    • Adult from: $212.86 NZD
    • Child from: $141.43 NZD
    DURATION 7 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Highlights of Hiroshima

    Hiroshima, Japan

    Duration 4 hrs

    View the landmarks of Hiroshima, some commemorating the atomic bomb blast here in 1945 and others reflecting the city’s celebration of peace. At the poignant Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, you will behold the ruins of some of the few concrete buildings left after the atomic bomb was dropped. One of them, the Atomic Bomb Dome, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and has become a symbol of Hiroshima. You will also browse the Peace Memorial Museum whose exhibits show Hiroshima before and after the bombing and personal artifacts from the victims that humanize the devastating event. The museum encourages visitors to make a vow for universal peace. While the mood there is somber, serenity is the overarching theme at Shukkei-en Garden. Besides being a wonderful respite from the hubbub of the city, the garden is a visual delight, as plants are always in bloom. Although the atomic bomb destroyed the garden, it has been fully restored.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of walking. It is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.
    • Adult from: $155.71 NZD
    • Child from: $98.57 NZD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Brunei Culture & Visit to Water Village

    Muara, Brunei Darussalam

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    An eye-opening study in contrasts, this tour presents the extravagant world of Brunei's sultan, followed by a look at life in a village built on stilts in the river.


    Starting off from the pier, you will first travel inland toward the majestic Jame Mosque, Brunei's largest, where you will pause briefly for photos. Nearby, you will have a second photo stop that offers you a distant view of the Sultan's Palace (there is no stop at the Palace itself) which is situated on the leafy banks of the Brunei River.


    Continuing on, you will arrive at the white-domed Royal Regalia where you can wander through exhibits of luxurious items from the Sultan's lavish coronation and other celebrations. Some of the items you may have the opportunity to see here are His Majesty's royal chariot, ceremonial swords, a model of the palace and various gifts from foreign dignitaries. But as you will soon see, there's more to Brunei than the extravagances afforded by its abundant oil and natural gas.


    Making your way to a nearby jetty, you will board a boat and cruise to Water Village where you will witness firsthand a much different side of life. More than 30,000 people live here in thousands of structures built on stilts in the Brunei River. The village is an amazing assortment of homes, restaurants, mosques, shops and hospitals, all connected by wooden boardwalks. Surprisingly, some of the homes are quite elaborate, and you will have the unique opportunity of stopping by one for a cup of tea. Amazingly, people have lived in the Water Village for more than 1,300 years, making it one of the most historic areas in Brunei.


    Following your time at the Water Village, you will retrace your route as you make your way back to the pier.


    Need to Know:

    NOTES: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of easy to moderate walking. Some of the walking is over uneven surfaces and a wooden walkway. There are some steps to negotiate and guests must be able to enter and exit the tour boat on their own. This tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Long cotton pants; cotton shirt; a hat; sunglasses; sun screen and flat, comfortable walking shoes that are easy to slip in and out of are recommended. Low cut tops, shorts and short skirts or dresses are not considered appropriate. Shoes must be removed at the Royal Regalia and at the home visited at Water Village. Photography is not allowed in the Royal Regalia or mosques and all cameras and handbags must be left at the entrance to Royal Regalia.


    • Adult from: $127.14 NZD
    • Child from: $70.00 NZD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Best of Beppu

    Beppu, Japan

    Duration 4 hrs

    Visit two of Beppu’s many hot springs known as jigokus and a forested park that countless wild monkeys inhabit. With more than 2,500 thermal springs in and around Beppu, thick clouds of steam can always be seen rising from the ground. At the Umi Jigoku, the so called Sea Hell, you will notice that the cobalt-blue water is near boiling and so hot that visitors only observe the thermal phenomenon. However, at the Chinoike Jigoku or Blood Pond Hell, you might take a foot bath in the iron oxide-rich water that gives the pool its reddish color. The hot springs throughout Beppu are said to have restorative powers, and visitors come from all over to soak in them. The Takasakiyama Monkey Park is also wildly popular, as it offers a rare close-up look at macaques freely roaming the forested mountain slopes. You too will be free to wander about while observing these Old World monkeys.


    Need to Know:

    Note: : This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of walking on mostly paved paths with a few steps. At Mt. Takasaki Monkey Park participants must be able to walk for 10 minutes each way up/down a slope. This tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Bring a towel if you would like to try a foot spa at Umi Jigoku and Chinoike Jigoku. Wildlife sightings at Mt. Takasaki Monkey Park are not guaranteed.
    • Adult from: $184.29 NZD
    • Child from: $141.43 NZD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Cultural Performance & Busan City

    Busan, South Korea

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Renowned for its trendy cosmopolitan ambience and maritime activities, Busan is a great place to immerse yourself in the culture of South Korea. Enjoy a glimpse of this with visits to the Yongdo Culture & Arts Center for a beautiful performance, an exploration of Yongdusan Park and by walking side-by-side with the locals at their famous fish market.


    Drive to the Yongdo Cultural Center to experience the art and beauty of the Korean traditional dance. This unique performance is one of the main attractions of Korea. Traditional Korean music and dance are sophisticated forms that embrace the interplay of hung and mot-form and spirit. The performance includes a selection of regional dances featuring dancers in traditional costume.


    Visit Yongdusan Park, a favorite relaxation place for the citizens of Busan and a wonderful back-drop for many photo opportunities. Here, you can find 70 different species of trees and view the Busan Tower. The tower was built in 1973 and stands close to 400 feet above the Pusan landscape.


    Travel to the Jagalchi Fish Market which is famous throughout the country and is a great representation of Busan. The Jagalchi Fish Market is Korea's largest seafood market and is where you can see the lifestyle of the indigenous Busan natives. After the Korean War, the market solidified itself as a fish market. Most of the people who sell fish are Jagalchi Ajumma; 'ajumma' meaning middle-aged or married women.


    At the conclusion of your tour, you will have the option of exploring the downtown area on your own or returning straight to the pier.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of walking/standing. Jagalchi Fish Market has some wet tile surfaces and narrow aisles to negotiate. Tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair and are able to make their own way on and off transportation. Guests must be self-sufficient or if assistance is required, they should travel with a companion who can provide this. Weather appropriate clothing, adequate sun protection and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Tour does not include entrance to the Busan Tower. Drop off location for free time will be at the Hotel Foret nearby Gukje Market and Jagalchi Fish Market. Content and venue for dance performance may vary. Photography is not allowed at the cultural performance.
    • Adult from: $170.00 NZD
    • Child from: $170.00 NZD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Charms of Old Manila

    Manila, Philippines

    Duration 3 3/4 hrs

    Manila's tumultuous past comes alive on this exploration of its most historic sites, many of them contained within Intramuros, the city's original 16th-century district.


    Depart from the pier by coach and begin driving along Roxas Boulevard, the wide wonderfully scenic thoroughfare that hugs the shore of Manila Bay. Before long, you'll arrive in Intramuros, the city's oldest district, which is enclosed within a thick wall that the Spanish built for defense in the 1500s. Here, you'll tour notorious Fort Santiago, where prisoners were held and tortured throughout the history of Manila. You may even see the symbolic bronzed footsteps of Dr. Jose Rizal, a national hero who was imprisoned in the fortress before walking to his execution, the penalty for his inflammatory, anti-colonial writings.


    Then, after some free time to shop for souvenirs, you'll travel to serene Rizal Park, whose focal point is the Rizal Monument which was built in honor of the country's national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. After a photo stop you'll continue on to view the Manila Hotel, a luxurious Philippine landmark that opened in 1912. General Douglas MacArthur used the hotel as his command post during much of World War II. After viewing these most notable landmarks of old Manila, you'll return to the pier where your tour concludes.


    Need to Know:

    p>NOTES: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking/standing, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. The tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.


    • Adult from: $112.86 NZD
    • Child from: $112.86 NZD
    DURATION 3 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Beauty of the South

    Miyakojima (Okinawa), Japan

    Duration 4 hrs

    See southern Miyakojima Island from every angle, beginning with an aerial view from a gondola on the Shigira Lift Ocean Sky. It will be easy to get your bearings of the surrounding area as the gondola glides over the lush landscape toward the ocean that rims the southern shore. For a look at the marine life along the southern coast, you will ease into the Sea Sky Hakuai, a semi-submersible vessel with viewing windows just below the water’s surface. Visibility is usually excellent so you can expect to see everything from colorful clown fish to graceful sea turtles swimming about the reef. You will be treated to other outstanding seaside views at park-like Imugya Marine Garden and from the rocky cape Higashi Hennazaki. The latter is a lengthy finger of land that juts into the sea on the island’s southeasternmost point. A bit of free time for shopping will round out the island tour.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Enjoy an aerial view of the southern coast from a gondola on the Shigira Lift Ocean Sky.
    • Observe the teeming marine life by cruising the southern coast in a semi-submersible.
    • Gaze out over the ocean from a beautiful seaside park and a long rocky cape.

    Need to Know:

    This tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Passengers should bring local currency for any purchases. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary.

    • Adult from: $270.00 NZD
    • Child from: $170.00 NZD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Best of Nagoya

    Nagoya, Japan

    Duration 7 hrs

    Gain a cultural and historical understanding of Nagoya by visiting attractions that reveal how the area has changed over the centuries. Nagoya Castle Honmaru Palace lends insight into 17th-century Japan. Although destroyed by fire during World War II, the castle has been faithfully reconstructed using the original methods of construction. The golden sea creatures on the castle’s roof have become a symbol of Nagoya.


    For a look into more modern Japan, you will visit the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, an attraction that celebrates industrial innovations. You can expect to see exhibits on textiles, automotive breakthroughs and steam engine technology. Atsuta Shrine will present a glimpse into the Shinto religion. It is known most famously for the legendary sword that is enshrined there. The weapon is so sacred that it is never displayed, however, thousands of other artifacts are exhibited, including holy garments, utensils for deities and ancient documents.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 3.5 hours of walking on mostly flat, gravel surfaces with a few steps. At the Honmaru Palace, participants walk approximately 0.5 mile from the parking lot to the entrance of the Palace. The Atsuta Shrine involves walking for about 0.2 mile from the parking lot to the main hall of the shrine.


    This tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina.


    Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Socks are recommended, as shoes must be removed upon entry to Nagoya Castle Honmaru Palace.


    The main donjon of Nagoya Castle will be under construction and the entire structure is scheduled to be dismantled from March 2020. Participants will not be able to see the main donjon of the castle, but will be able to visit the castle grounds and enter the Honmaru Palace.


    No photography or video is allowed inside Nagoya Castle, Honmaru Palace and Toyota Comemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.


    • Adult from: $284.29 NZD
    • Child from: $212.86 NZD
    DURATION 7 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal
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    Tea Culture & City Highlights

    Busan, South Korea

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Enjoy a tour that showcases Busan's main attractions and includes a fascinating look at Korea's tea culture.


    From the pier, you'll first drive to a near by Temple for a tea ceramony. Here, you will experience and practice the traditional way the Tea Culture is practiced in noble society. It is believed that the Korean tea ceremony was a form of meditation with its aim of purifying the soul and becoming one with nature. Several Confucian scholars shared this belief and as one said, "A cup of tea is the beginning of Zen."


    Continuing on, you will visit Yongdusan Park. This popular park, which harmoniously blends the Busan Tower and 70 different species of trees, is a favorite relaxation place for the citizens of Busan. Also at Yongdusan is the statue of General Lee Sunsin who was a great commander in Joseon Dynasty period (1392-1910). Marvelous photo opportunities exist at the top of the Busan Tower which soars to just under 400 ft.


    Afterwards, you'll travel to the Jagalchi Fish Market. The Jagalchi Market is Korea's largest seafood market and is where you can see the lifestyle of the indigenous Busan natives. After the Korean War, the market solidified itself as a fish market. Most of the people who sell fish are women, so the women who sell here are called 'Jagalchi Ajumma', 'ajumma' meaning middle-aged or married women. This market represents Busan and is famous throughout the country.


    At the conclusion of your tour, you will have the option of exploring the downtown area on your own or returning directly to the pier.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of easy to moderate walking. Jagalchi Fish Market has some wet tile surfaces and narrow aisles to negotiate.The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Participants need to sit on the floor for 30-40 min during the tea ceremony or use the chairs provided (limited). Entrance to the Busan Tower is not included. Photography is not allowed at the cultural performance. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary. Drop off location for free time will be at the Hotel Foret nearby Gukje Market and Jagalchi Fish Market.


    • Adult from: $184.29 NZD
    • Child from: $184.29 NZD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Cu Chi Tunnels

    Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam

    Duration 9 hrs

    Explore a vast underground network of tunnels that hid and protected thousands of Viet Cong troops during the Vietnam War. The section that you will tour lies beneath the Cu Chi district in the countryside north of Ho Chi Minh City. Communist forces began digging the tunnels in the late 1940s, when they were fighting the French for independence. As you will discover, the tunnels span thousands of miles and once hid an underground city of sorts with living quarters, smokeless kitchens, hospitals and schools. The tunnels were typically five feet high and not even three feet wide, with air passages to the surface camouflaged to look like natural holes from tree roots or animals. The tunnels that you will traverse have been expanded somewhat for safety and convenience. Digging the tunnels was an incredibly arduous and time-consuming endeavor, as they were often dug by hand. Before abandoning them, the Viet Cong left booby traps for the invading troops.

    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of walking/standing underground, with some uneven surfaces and steps. Tour is not available for wheel chair guests or those with walking or mobility concerns; it is not recommended for guests who suffer from claustrophobia.
    • Adult from: $141.43 NZD
    • Child from: $62.86 NZD
    DURATION 9 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2

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Printed on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 02:21am