NCL Cruise through Japan and Taiwan

Prices from AED20,270 for 2 Adults

Tour Japan and Taiwan on Norwegian Spirit. Delicious food awaits you in Kobe, where you can grab a bite in between touring historical sites and local gardens on a two-day visit. Pick up the pace a little and enjoy the hustle and bustle of Nagoya, where you can explore the bustling entertainment district, museums and a castle. Learn about both the island's heritage and its history in World War II as you tour Naha (Okinawa).

Day 1 - Tokyo, Japan

Once a sleepy fishing village, Tokyo is now one of Japan's largest ports. Ancient traditions and historic sites blend into modern culture, crafting a city unlike anywhere else. Walk amongst both neon-glowing skyscrapers and regal temples. Browse stores showcasing the latest advances in technology or retreat to one of the tranquil gardens surrounding the Imperial Palace. Savour traditional cuisine at a Michelin-starred restaurant and witness the centuries-old sport of sumo wrestling. This cosmopolitan hub offers a vast selection of attractions and activities and a wealth of culturally and historic sites. Whether this is your first or fifth visit to the city, Tokyo will captivate your imagination.

Day 2 - Mount Fuji (Shimizu), Japan

In the shadow of Mount Fuji, Shimizu is one of the most beautiful ports in Japan. Walk through the pine groves of Miho, home to a 650-year-old Japanese black pine, or enjoy spectacular views of Mount Fuji from the lush, forested hill of Nihondaira. Take in the seascapes on a bay cruise, or learn of undersea delights at Japan's first sushi museum, and get a glimpse at feudal life in Japan in 200 BC at the archaeological site of Toro. Shop for traditional Japanese wooden handcrafts and fabrics unique to the region, and sample some yokan, a sweet jellied confection.

Day 3 - Nagoya, Japan

Japan's fourth largest city by population, Nagoya, is a centre of modern commerce, with Toyota, Noritake china and a Legoland theme park calling this capital home. Tour the Toyota Exhibit Hall, experience Noritake Gardens and sit amongst the stars in the planetarium at the Science Museum. Nagoya Castle, deemed a National Treasure, is a must-see, as is exploring their entertainment district, Sakae. This busy hub is where you'll find Nagoya TV Tower, the city's symbol, and Oasis 21, a multi-level public park with a futuristic water theme.

Day 4 & 5 - Kyoto (Kobe), Japan

The compact city of Kobe is ideally situated between the mountains and the sea. It only takes a short time in this walker's paradise to see why Kobe is considered one of Japan's most beautiful cities. Where else can you find natural waterfalls (Nunobiki Falls) in an urban setting that have inspired artists for centuries? Historic sites and museums intertwine with immaculate parks and vibrant culinary, arts and jazz music scenes. Come savour a day in this unique cosmopolitan city with Norwegian.

Day 6 - Kochi, Japan

Engage with locals and indulge in local flavours in this welcoming city, known for its famed dish Katsuo no tataki (a type of tuna Tataki). The city centre was initially settled in 1601 as a town surrounding Kochi Castle, which is now one of the region's principal attractions. Delve into times gone by as you stroll along the famed, red Harimaya-bashi - the basis for an old local folklore song. Discover the lovely Katsurahama beach area, where the Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial overlooks the sea and honours this legendary Japanese peace negotiator.

Day 7 - At Sea

Day 8 - Naha (Okinawa), Japan

Enjoy the scenic countryside, WWII memorials, magnificent limestone caves and a reconstructed Ryukyu village where the island's heritage and crafts are on display. Take home exquisite Bingata fabric, handmade paper, colourful tsuboya-yaki pottery and other craft items. You'll also find foods to suit any palate, but traditional Okinawan cuisine blends influences from Chinese and Southeast Asian cuisines.

Day 9 - Miyakojima (Okinawa), Japan

Pacific perfection awaits at Miyakojima in Okinawa Prefecture. This Japanese island paradise is known for its natural beauty and vibrant local culture. The Eastern Cape is a nationally-designated Place of Scenic Beauty with a spectacular view of the surrounding ocean. Stop by the beaches of Sunayama or Aragusuku for sunshine and snorkelling. A visit to the Shigira hot springs will help you relax or take a ride across the expansive Ikema bridge for a scenic drive across the beautiful blue waters.

Day 10 - Hualien, Taiwan

The gateway to the east coast of Taiwan, Hualien is a bustling city full of good food, majestic architecture and beautiful green spaces. Tour temples both old and new, stroll through the city centre, or get a taste of Taiwan at one of many restaurants or markets. If you're looking for natural beauty, you'll find it just up the coast. Visit Taroko National Park, where the Liwu River carved a scenic gorge with hills rising up on either side.

Day 11 - Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan

The capital of this fascinating island, once known as Formosa ("beautiful island" in Portuguese), has a rich aboriginal, colonial and political history. Snap a selfie at the ornate, dragon-adorned Mengjia Longshang Temple or photograph the changing of the guard at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, a must-see site. Experience 360-degree views of the city from the 91st floor observation deck of Taipei 101. Selfies and panaromic pics done, head off to shop for Taiwanese lacquerware, silk and fine art.

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Prices based on 2 adults sharing a Balcony Stateroom onboard Norwegian Spirit on a full board basis, for 7-nights from 26h May 2024. Itinerary: Tokyo, Japan - Mount Fuji Shimizu, Japan - Nagoya, Japan - Kyoto Kobe, Japan - Kochi, Japan - Naha Okinawa, Japan - Miyako-Jima Okinawa Japan - Hualien, Taiwan - Tapei Keelung Taiwan . Subject to availability. Give me a call for more details.

Prices from AED20,270 for 2 Adults

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