Far East Explorations (29 Days)

Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
Ship: Viking Orion
Tianjin, China to Yokohama, Japan
Dates: 04 Oct 2019 - 01 Nov 2019

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04 Oct 2019
Tianjin, China

Arrive in Tianjin, located on the Haihe River. The city is famous for its stretch of the Grand Canal, the longest and possibly oldest existing manmade waterway on earth. Explore your ship upon embarking and settle in to your veranda stateroom.

05 Oct 2019
Tianjin, China

Journey to China's renowned Great Wall today, visiting the section that runs along the ridge of mountains north of the city in nearby Huangyaguan (Yellow Cliff Pass). The 13,000 miles of walls, towers, and trenches were begun 2,200 years ago to defend the Chinese empire against nomads from the north. If you wish, you may venture to Beijing for an overnight excursion, featuring visits to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, and a cable car ride and optional hike along the Great Wall.

06 Oct 2019
Dalian, China

This morning, arrive in Dalian, one of China's most livable cities. Under Soviet rule for a decade after World War II, the city today enjoys a picturesque setting, numerous parks and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Past the Stalinist-era buildings in the center, the city exudes a decidedly relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy a city tour, featuring a stop at Labor Park, adorned with lovely gardens, modern architecture, quiet walkways, and exuberant floral displays. If you wish, you may experience local life up close during a visit to a home and nursery school.

07 Oct 2019
Qingdao, China

Today you will uncover the surprises of Qingdao, once known as the "German Hong Kong". Discover the half-timbered houses of this former German and Japanese colony. You can even sample a beer-brewing tradition that dates back to the days of the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. If you wish, you can delve more deeply into this unique past during a panoramic tour featuring the Eight Great Passes and Wusi Square. Alternately, enjoy a walking tour into the heart of Qingdao's Old Town and experience some of the area's heritage.

08 Oct 2019
Yellow Sea (Cruising)

Cruise north into the Yellow Sea today toward Shanghai. These fabled waters were named for the color created by the sediments that flow here from China's mainland rivers. The sea's rich mineral content draws countless fish and marine mammals. Tonight, try a regional specialty in The Restaurant, or enjoy a late-night drink in one of the ship's elegant venues.

09 Oct 2019
Shanghai, China

Cruise into one of the world's most important ports this morning for an overnight stay. Shanghai is a modern metropolis and center of finance that orbits around its famous and historic Bund, the city's elegant riverfront promenade overlooked by colonial-era banks and trading houses. Explore the excellent cultural and artistic collections at the Shanghai Museum, followed by time to explore the People's Square and stroll the Bund. Our overnight stay allows you to attend a dazzling Chinese acrobatic show in the city this evening.

10 Oct 2019
Shanghai, China

You have the day to discover more of Shanghai's cultural and historic treasures. Enjoy tea in tranquil Suzhou, the nearby "Garden City" known for its historic silk production and picturesque bridges, temples, and pavilions. Ride the superfast maglev train, an engineering marvel of magnetic levitation. Gaze over Shanghai's skyline from the Jin Mao Tower. Or, learn about cooking, traditional medicine, calligraphy, and more from local residents during an outing to the Caoyang community.

11 Oct 2019
East China Sea (Cruising)

The East China Sea welcomes you today. In the mid-1800s, British, French and American ships made their way to Shanghai across these waters. In the late 19th century, American whaling ships hunted right whales here in these waters for blubber that fueled lamps and made soaps. As you cruise today, treat yourself to a massage at The Spa or relax in a deck chair by the Infinity Pool.

12 Oct 2019
Naha, Japan

Today, continue learning about the Ryukyu Kingdom with a day in Naha, the capital city of Okinawa Prefecture. The island is home to nine properties comprising a UNESCO World Heritage Site described as "Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu". This includes Shuri Castle, the former royal palace of the Ryukyu Kingdom. The castle was used by the Japanese as a command base during World War II and was heavily damaged by shelling during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. The island is also home to the Southeast Botanical Gardens, which houses 2,000 plant species.

DAY 10
13 Oct 2019
Ishigaki Island, Japan

Today explore the natural wonders of Ishigaki Island, the second-largest island of the Yaeyama island group. The island was once home to the Ryukyu Kingdom, an important participant in the region's maritime trade before being annexed by Japan in 1879. Thanks to the island and much of its surrounding waters being situated in the protected Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park, Ishigaki is renowned for its pristine beaches, such as the emerald-green waters of Kabira Bay and the Yonehara bleached coral beach. Or, visit Yaeyama Museum and Miyara Dunchi, an early 19th-century aristocratic residence.

DAY 11
14 Oct 2019
East China Sea (Cruising)

Spend a relaxing day onboard as you cruise the East China Sea. Perhaps you will learn about your next destination, Japan, in The Library or at an enrichment lecture. Enjoy a Norwegian-inspired lunch at Mamsen's gourmet deli. This evening, savor wine pairings with your dinner at The Chef's Table.

DAY 12
15 Oct 2019
Xiamen, China

Built on islands at the mouth of the Jiulong River, Xiamen boasts picturesque colonial architecture. The venerable Xiamen University, with perhaps the most beautiful campus in China, actually has its own beach. On a panoramic tour of the city, you will see the university campus, the Baicheng Beach boardwalk and the majestic Nanputuo Temple complex, perched on a hillside overlooking the city and central to the city's Fujian community. If you'd like, you can immerse yourself in local culture during a bike ride, a tai chi class, and a tea ceremony.

DAY 13
16 Oct 2019
Xiamen, China

Continue your exploration of Xiamen, which became a center for the international tea trade during the mid-19th century, with an optional bike ride along the city's seaside promenade. Or, head to Quanzhou and explore what was China's most important port for foreign trade through the 14th century. Situated at the start of the Maritime Silk Road, Quanzhou was visited by many notable foreigners, including Marco Polo, and became a center for numerous religions in Asia.

DAY 14
17 Oct 2019
Hong Kong, China

Cruise into dazzling Hong Kong this morning and admire the glittering forest of skyscrapers standing between soaring mountains, a bustling harbor, and offshore islands. See where deeply held Eastern traditions meet modern Western sensibilities during a panoramic city tour that takes you up Victoria Peak for sweeping views of the metropolis. An overnight stay in Hong Kong lets you explore further on your own or with one of our shore excursions.

DAY 15
18 Oct 2019
Hong Kong, China

Witness where deeply held Eastern traditions meet modern Western sensibilities during a Hong Kong city tour that takes you up to Victoria Peak for sweeping views of the metropolis. Continue to the former fishing village of Aberdeen, now a dense and fascinating cluster of residential towers. Or, perhaps you'll venture to nearby Lantau Island or visit the casino-laden port of Macau, the famous former Portuguese outpost.

DAY 16
19 Oct 2019
Hong Kong, China

See where Hong Kong's deeply held Eastern traditions meet modern Western sensibilities during a panoramic city tour that takes you up Victoria Peak for sweeping views of the metropolis. Alternately, you may explore further on your own or with one of our shore excursions.

DAY 17
20 Oct 2019
East China Sea (Cruising)

The East China Sea welcomes you today. In the mid-1800s, British, French and American ships made their way to Shanghai across these waters. As you cruise today, enjoy regional cuisine in the World Café or treat yourself to a massage at The Spa.

DAY 18
21 Oct 2019
Keelung, Taiwan

Visit the fascinating Taiwanese capital of Taipei on the island's northern shore. This city boasts a curious blend of Chinese, Japanese, and Western influences. Visit the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, a monument dedicated to the founding father of Taiwan, and the National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine to those who have fallen in China's wars. You will stop for photos of Taipei 101, a stunning skyscraper that held the reign as the world's tallest building from 2004 to 2009.

DAY 19
22 Oct 2019
East China Sea (Cruising)

Spend a relaxing day onboard as you cruise the East China Sea. Perhaps you will learn about your next destination, Japan, in The Library or at an enrichment lecture. Enjoy a Norwegian-inspired lunch at Mamsen's gourmet deli. This evening, savor wine pairings with your dinner at The Chef's Table.

DAY 20
23 Oct 2019
Kagoshima, Japan

Situated on a scenic bay formed by a sunken caldera and overseen by the Sakurajima volcano, Kagoshima is often called the "Naples of the Eastern World" for its setting. During a city tour, head to the hilltop Shiroyama Park for splendid views of the city and of Sakurajima volcano, and visit the Reimeikan museum in the old city castle to view exhibits of Japan's history and culture. If you wish, you may join a ferry to get closer to Sakurajima volcano across Kagoshima Bay.

DAY 21
24 Oct 2019
Nagasaki, Japan

Call in Nagasaki today, one of the rare cities in Japan where East and West intermingle, most notably in the delicious cuisine. Dutch traders resided here for two centuries after the shogun expelled missionaries spreading their religious beliefs. The city changed forever on August 9, 1945, destroyed by an atomic bomb. Take in views of today's modern city from atop Inasayama lookout point and pause at the Nagasaki Peace Park to stroll among moving statues. You will also see the Urakami Cathedral and the former island of Dejima that used to house European merchants.

DAY 22
25 Oct 2019
Pusan, South Korea

Visit Busan, South Korea's "second city" after Seoul and one of the world's largest ports. Busan has been built on 17 centuries of history, yet its modernity is unmistakable and distinct. Get to know its treasures during a hop-on/hop-off bus tour, stopping along the way to explore bustling markets, beaches, parks, and other sights. You may also hop off to spend time at the Busan Museum or the Busan Museum of Art; however, admission is at your own expense. Alternately, journey to the magnificent hillside temple of Beomeosa and the coastal temple of Haedong Yonggung.

DAY 23
26 Oct 2019
Hiroshima, Japan

Arrive in Hiroshima for an overnight stay, giving you time to ponder this resilient city. Once at the forefront of industry and education, it grew from the 19th century to become one of Japan's most important industrial centers. Its devastation on August 6, 1945, is hard to imagine today, so modern and forward-looking are its streets and its people. Contemplate the decades-long recovery at the burned-out shell of the Industrial Promotion Hall and the Peace Memorial Park. Later this evening, enjoy a tour of the illuminated city by night with a stop for a dinner of okonomiyaki, Japanese soul food and sake.

DAY 24
27 Oct 2019
Hiroshima, Japan

Today, you may embark a ferry to discover the wooded hills and cherished Itsukushima Shrine on the picturesque Itsukushima Island. Widely referred to as Miyajima Island (Shrine Island), it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main portal, a dramatic red torii gate, stands in the surf during high tide. The shrine's pagoda boasts five stories. If you prefer, you may explore more of Hiroshima on your own, perhaps paying your respects at the Children's Peace Monument; its Flame of Peace will burn until the last nuclear weapon on the planet has been dismantled.

DAY 25
28 Oct 2019
Osaka, Japan

Home to two of Japan's oldest shrines, Osaka is a pilgrimage site for many devout followers of Shinto. Make a visit to Osaka Castle. Originally built in the 16th century and rebuilt twice since, it is a treasure trove of armory and artifacts. At Sumiyoshi Temple, admire the fine architecture that stretches back 17 centuries, a stark and elegant style with vivid red beams and columns. If you wish, you may journey to Kyoto, Japan's former imperial city of stunning shrines, bamboo forests, and the splendid Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion).

DAY 26
29 Oct 2019
Shimizu, Japan

Arrive in Shimizu for an overnight stay, affording you time to get to know this historic city on the shores of Suruga Bay and explore farther afield to the famous Mt. Fuji. In Shimizu, visit the original burial spot of the first shogun, the Shinto shrine of Kunōzan Tōshō-gū. With its flamboyant design and bright colors, it is a testament to the status that these military dictators held in the eyes of the emperor who appointed them. You can view the suits of armor, tachi (swords), and other artifacts and enjoy sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean along the way.

DAY 27
30 Oct 2019
Shimizu, Japan

You have another day to relax and enjoy the lush natural surroundings of Shimizu. You may also travel to the slopes of Mt. Fuji, Japan's highest peak. You will ascend to an elevation of 7,900 feet, passing pristine countryside and charming small villages. Pause your journey to view the work of famed artist Utagawa Hiroshige in a museum dedicated to the Japanese landscape master.

DAY 28
31 Oct 2019
Yokohama, Japan

Call on Yokohama, gateway to Tokyo. Formerly known as Edo, today's Tokyo is the cultural and economic heart of Japan, residence of its emperor and a fascinating study in contrasts. Explore Tokyo on your own today. Perhaps you will explore Shinjuku Gyoen, a picturesque garden influenced by French, English, and Japanese styles. Or, ride the city's famous subway to the Ginza district, Tokyo's glittering shopping district of neon lights, luxurious shops, and bustling coffeehouses, anchored by the Wako store and its famous Hattori Clock Tower.

DAY 29
01 Nov 2019
Yokohama, Japan

Disembark today in Yokohama and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Or, stay on in Tokyo to explore its rich and fascinating culture.

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