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From the impressive Golden Gate Bridge to the famous Alcatraz Island, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to see and do in the city by the Bay.
Located on the west coast of Baja California, Ensenada is a sportsman’s paradise with popular pursuits including surfing, sport fishing, sea kayaking, horseback riding and mountain biking. If you prefer more leisurely activities, take a scenic coastal drive to the Punta Banda Peninsula to see La Bufadora. This marine geyser that shoots from the sea toward the clifftops is one of the largest blowholes in North America. Back in town, pop into famous Hussong’s Cantina and sip a margarita in the bar where the cocktail was reputedly invented.
An enormous sailfish sculpture dominates the waterfront of Manzanillo, known as the “Sailfish Capital of the World” thanks to the excellent sport fishing here. Manzanillo’s verdant tropical environment lies along two crescent-shaped bays separated by the scenic outcrop of the Santiago Peninsula. Whether you prefer tranquil coves or crashing surf, you’ll find the perfect beach for swimming, water skiing, windsurfing or simply relaxing. Or take in the fabulous vistas as you play a round of golf on one of the lush courses.
Ixtapa is a Pacific Coast beach resort in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Curving El Palmar Beach is lined with high-rise hotels, bars and restaurants. Fishing boats leave from Ixtapa Marina, adjacent to a golf course. The granite rocks of Los Morros de Potosí are a popular dive site, while the Delfiniti dolphinarium offers the chance to swim with dolphins. The laid-back resort city of Zihuatanejo lies just southeast.
Acapulco is a resort destination with extensive history, a beautiful natural setting, a wide variety of recreation opportunities and fabulous shopping. It's also known for its almost perfect weather – sunshine 360 days a year on average.
Visit the Regional Museum of Anthropology and History of the Soconusco and admire pieces from the Pre-Classic Maya period. Journey into the Sierra Madre Mountains to discover one of the oldest coffee plantations in the region.
Drive into the mountains to beautiful old Antigua, once the country's colonial capital, and discover its lovely bougainvillea draped buildings and breathtaking views of emerald volcanoes.
Though it boasts the largest industrial seaport in El Salvador, Acajutla is not heavily frequented by cruise ships and thus gives visitors an authentic look at life along the Pacific coast of Central America. Cast your line on a deep-sea fishing expedition, or take a tour to see the country’s active volcanoes, Mayan ruins or coffee plantations. For more adventurous souls, a zip line canopy tour above the Apaneca jungle provides thrills.
An important port city in the Province of Manabí, located in a dry forest area, with some of the most beautiful beaches in South America.
The colourful capital of Peru, Lima has long been renowned for its rich history.
Wander through this entrancing fishing village at the edge of the desert; it rains only once every 25 years. Marvel at the Nazca Lines, geoglyphs carved into the desert floor by pre-Incan societies, over 300 figural drawings that remain virtually undamaged through the centuries.
Arica (/əˈriːkə/ ə-REE-kə; Spanish: [aˈɾika]) is a commune and a port city with a population of 222,619 in the Arica Province of northern Chile's Arica y Parinacota Region. It is Chile's northernmost city, being located only 18 km
quique is one of the largest duty-free ports in South America and is known for its excellent weather, making it an ideal destination for shopping and relaxing on the beach. These attractions combined with the Andes Mountains, the Atacama Desert and the nearby hot springs and thermal baths make Iquique one of the most visited cities in Chile.
In 1550 the city's spectacular harbor first attracted the Spanish, who stayed to mine deep reserves of copper and gold. After a tour of the city's scenic attractions, including the lighthouse, the graceful cathedral built in 1844 and the archaeological museum, visit the Enchanted Valley's stone engravings and the Tololo Observatory perched 6,000 feet above the Elqui Valley.
Nestled between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, energetic Santiago de Chile offers surprising discoveries with its renovated arts scene, expansive museums and noteworthy restaurants you won’t want to miss. Take in the outstanding views of this cosmopolitan capital by biking or hiking up one of its many gorgeous hills. Visit the Plaza de Armas – Santiago’s Original City Center – where you’ll be able to see a wealth of historical buildings and grand architecture. Or get a glimpse into the private and professional life of the poet and Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda by visiting one of his homes, all three of which have been converted into museums.
Enjoy the Bavarian ambiance of the Lake District as you visit the edge of the Patagonian wilderness, seeing pristine wood forests, vast lakes, soaring waterfalls, snow-capped peaks and spectacular vistas.
Experience a bit of rugged Patagonia with a drive into the Andes Mountains through a stunning valley to the Rio Simpson National Reserve and the town of Coyhaique. Or visit the magnificent private Aikén del Sur Park with its many waterfalls, wetlands, forests and mosses.
The southern coast of Chile in South America has a glorious collection of fjords, rivalling any you’ll see in Scandinavia.
Explore the town and its history and enjoy stunning views over the Strait of Magellan to fabled Tierra del Fuego. Discover the scenic Patagonian countryside and visit a local sheep farm. The highlight is the Magellanic penguin rookery at Otway Sound. Or fly to Chile's magnificent Torres Del Paine National Park.
Widely considered to be the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia’s sea, mountain and forest views have captivated tourists for years.
Half Moon Island is a minor Antarctic island, lying 1.35 km north of Burgas Peninsula, Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands of the Antarctic Peninsula region. Its surface area is 171 hectares. The Argentine Cámara Base is located on the island.
The capital of the Falkland Islands, Stanley, offers you a base from which to explore South Atlantic wildlife, sights and natural beauty.
Spend the day enjoying this beautiful, chic beach resort, its marinas and interesting shops. See amazing works by Dali, Chagall and Miro at the Ralli Museum. Or venture into the equally stunning countryside and visit a cattle station. Shopping:
★Exclusive Shoreside Event★ The Essence of Argentina: A Contrast of Urban & Rural Culture
Delve into Argentina’s history, music, arts and more during a fascinating multi-faceted cultural fair at La Rural. Begin your experience with an impressive equestrian show led by expert horseman before entering the lively pavilion where you will be able to choose from a range of immersive and interactive cultural experiences. Take a tango lesson, enjoy tango in miniature with a talented puppeteer or even don some traditional accessories for a memorable photo. Savour local gourmet sandwiches and appetizers and take in the sounds of vintage tango as you peruse the pavilion. The crowning centrepiece of the event explores the history and many dichotomies of Argentina through tango in a grand show of riveting music and dance.
Here in the lively capital of Argentina and one of the largest cities in South America, you’ll find fabulous cuisine and rich culture. And of course, there’s the tango – the sultry, sophisticated “dance of love.” Take in a tango show to appreciate this art form up close. Or visit colourful El Caminito, a famous street and open-air museum that was named after a 1926 tango song. Then stop into a parilla, a traditional steakhouse where you can get a sizzling sirloin and a full-bodied malbec that was cultivated and bottled in the nearby countryside.
Founded as a Spanish citadel in the eighteenth century, Montevideo has grown into a bold, intellectual and cosmopolitan city.
Journey inland to vibrant São Paulo and see its modern skyscrapers and monuments and visit the beautiful art museum. Or explore charming Santos and its extraordinary botanical garden, including an orchidarium with over 100 flower species and an aviary alive with macaws, toucans and parrots. Take a scenic drive to Guaruja and visit the resort town's fascinating aquarium.
Get your bearings from Sugarloaf Mountain in a setting so stunning it seems as if a fairytale has come to life. Let Rio show you her effervescent bounty at Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, her unshakeable faith at the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain, and her spicy personality in a Brazilian churrascaria. Whether you lounge on a beach, amble through historic neighbourhoods or admire vistas from one of the peaks that rise thousands of feet over the metropolis, at day’s end you will be convinced that Rio ranks among the world’s great cities
Vitória is the capital city of Espírito Santo state in southeast Brazil. It's known for sandy beaches like Camburi and Curva da Jurema. The city center features the 20th-century Metropolitan Cathedral, with stained-glass windows. Nearby, the decaying Santa Luzia Chapel dates back to the 16th century. By the Santa Maria River is the grand Anchieta Palace, home to the state government.
An amazing city, its Portuguese and African cultures blend almost seamlessly into one. See Bahia's fascinating past in its hundreds of colonial churches and colorful markets. Even its location, atop a bluff around spectacular All Saints Bay is breathtaking. Enjoy its intriguing culture, from the candomblé religious practices to the insinuating rhythm of the samba.
Wrapped around a sparkling lagoon that links up with the sea, Maceió is a modern tourist destination with a reverence for its Portuguese colonial past. Spot architectural jewels including the stunning blue-and-white-tiled Bom Jesus dos Martírios church and take in a sweeping panorama of the city from the São Gonçalo Belvedere. For an authentic keepsake, select among a rainbow of rendas, traditional lacework evocative of fish netting that has been dyed in tropical colors. It’s no surprise that in Maceió water activities reign supreme, including a catamaran cruise over the Mundaú Lagoon to a secluded beach for the ultimate respite under the sun.
Discover colonial Brazil in Recife and nearby Olinda and step back in time along narrow, winding streets amid meticulously restored homes, churches and lovely plazas. Admire the scenic views from the Malakoff Tower and Olinda's hilltop plaza. Visit the old Dutch fort, the Jewish Historic Archive and a local artist in his workshop and gallery.
Today one of Brazil's major cities, with a colourful harbour area and a colonial history dating back to 1612, Fortaleza has developed around the ancient fortress of Our Lady of Assumption (Fortaleza Nossa Senhora de Assuncao). There's much to enjoy in its old centre, where you visit the magnificent iron structured Teatro Jose de Alencar and various museums or you can bargain in the market for embroidery, lace and other local handicrafts. In recent times, the city has made attempts to expand the tourist trade and to encourage the construction of luxury hotels along the city's fine beaches.
Enjoy charming São Vicente and the amazing landscape here and on nearby Santo Antão. Stroll through town past vibrant markets and the replica of Lisbon’s Belem Tower. Visit the stark but lovely lunar-like beach at Catfish Bay. On Santo Antão see lush and rugged landscapes and picturesque villages.
After three centuries of French rule, Dakar can't help but exude a certain French flair, especially architecturally. Senegalese attire tends to be rather formal and conservative, but the city is full of life. Art galleries are plentiful, the beaches inviting, and the views fantastic from the Les Mamelles Lighthouse.
Although the capital of Gambia, Banjul remains one of Africa's smallest cities. Nestled on St. Mary's Island at the mouth of the Gambia River, it exudes a village-like atmosphere. Spend a carefree day admiring the 19th century architecture in MacCarthy Square or visiting the landmark King Fahad Mosque with its twin minarets.
The Ivory Coast's largest city and former capital, skyscraper-studded Abidjan curves around placid Ebrié Lagoon. Being one of the world's largest French-speaking cities, it's often referred to as the "Paris of Africa." Abidjan's more affluent Le Plateau and Cocody neighborhoods exude a palpable European ambiance.
The twin city of Sekondi-Takoradi was Ghana's first deepwater seaport and has prospered greatly. Still, the ambiance is rather laid-back, especially in the inviting beach areas. Monkey Hill, a tropical reserve for primates, lies in heart of city. Nearby Fort Orange was built by the Dutch in the 17th century and now serves as a lighthouse.
Wedged between a lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean, Togo's convivial, beach-rich capital of Lomé has emerged from its colonial past as pure African. For a glimpse of its history and unique Togolese art, visit the National Museum. The spired Lomé Cathedral is also noteworthy.
The French colonial influence is still prevalent in Cotonou, an energetic urban center with numerous French restaurants and its very own Boulevard Saint-Michel, named after the one in Paris. For local flavor, hop on a zémidjan (or zem) motorcycle taxi and zip through the streets. Don't miss the peppermint-striped Cotonou Cathedral.
Off the beaten path, São Tomé and Principe is a tropical paradise that offers lush rainforests, birdwatching, secluded waterfalls and pristine, isolated beaches. Enjoy spectacular views on a hike to the peak of Pico de São Tomé, go in search of the 109 species of orchid that decorate the landscape, or marvel at the impressive Boca do Inferno blowhole.
Although rimmed by the inhospitable Namib Desert, Walvis Bay boasts a natural lagoon that attracts thousands of birds, including flamingos, pelicans and migratory species. Just outside of town, Dune 7 is the highest sand dune in the coastal dune belt and offers an impressive view of the desert. The region also reflects the influence of German settlers who came here over a century ago, as evidenced
You may want to pack a thesaurus when embarking on one of our African voyages, because descriptors such as exciting, awe-inspiring and breathtaking will only scratch the surface. From Mossel Bay to Mombasa and Lomé to La Digue, your journey will take you to destinations that many Westerners never get a chance to experience. Learn about everyday life in one of the tiny countries along the West African coast, or wonder at the incredible power and beauty of the animal kingdom on a safari in South Africa or a birdwatching excursion in the Seychelles. When you choose to travel in this region, you can be sure that your voyage will be extraordinary.
★Exclusive Shoreside Event★ Afternoon at Boschendal Winery
Deep within the splendid wine region of Franschhoek Valley in South Africa’s Western Cape, lies Boschendal, a stunning 1,800-hectare winery and nature preserve dating back to 1685 which has been maintained by generations of families. This afternoon stroll and soak in the beautiful scenery as you immerse yourself in the beauty of the South African wine country. Savour the flavours of farm-to-table delicacies, as well as Boschendal’s fine wines, in this unique farmer’s market setting while listening to the sweet sounds of the Marimba band and a live acoustic performance. Photo booths will help capture special memories of this wonderful day with friends.
Arriving in Cape Town, your options for an extraordinary day are as diverse as the cultures that have left their mark on this city. Get your heart pounding on a cage dive with great white sharks or stay ashore and relax as you enjoy high tea at the posh Mount Nelson Hotel. You’ll find the views from Signal Hill are even more stunning in the setting sun, and the flavours of Stellenbosch wines are enhanced by artisanal chocolates. Wherever you choose to explore, Table Mountain looms majestically in the background, whether you’re discovering the legacy of apartheid on Robben Island or admiring the colourful houses in the Bo-Kaap neighbourhood.
With an average of 320 sunny days a year, Mossel Bay has the second mildest climate in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Enjoy walks along the beautiful beaches, horseback riding and whale and dolphin watching. Track big game on a thrilling safari or take a cruise to Seal Island, populated by over 2,500 Cape fur seals.
British colonial architecture prevails in Durban, yet natural beauty is what characterizes this charming city on the Indian Ocean. Its Golden Mile beach area attracts sunbathers, of course, but also shoppers and those who enjoy walking the promenade. The Juma Masjid deserves a visit, as it's the largest mosque in the southern hemisphere.
Take an excursion to one of the nearby game reserves or simply gaze over the surrounding waters, where you might get a glimpse of dolphins, whales and kite-surfers. The best view is from the lookout point at Alkantstrand Beach. Richards Bay is a busy port and the myriad of specialized ships will intrigue marine buffs.
While the other islands of the fragrant Comoros (known as the "Perfume Islands") gained independence from France in 1975, Mayotte remained under French rule, and you'll welcome the influence. The Petit Terre district boasts fine patisseries, boutiques and art galleries, and there's a French flair everywhere.
Unique plants and animals, a staggeringly impressive landscape and inviting bays make Madagascar a must-see destination.
On any given day on Mahé, the combined residents and tourists number only in the thousands, which means you won’t have to stray too far to get off the beaten path. Even when standing squarely on the beaten path at the island’s most popular resort beach, there is plenty of room to relax on the sugary white sands and snorkel in impossibly blue waters. You won’t find many – or any – lines in the museums, gardens and markets of Victoria, so explore at will. Then venture along roads lined with palms and flowering trees to find your favourite spot within the island’s renowned beaches, lush tropical forests and picturesque tea and spice plantations.
The most tranquil and relaxed of the Seychelles islands, La Digue allows you to step back in time, to appreciate a slower pace, to dive or snorkel the untouched reefs, enjoy the white sand beaches, hike into the stunning mountains of the interior for bird watching.
Discover this lovely old city, its charming streets, museums and lively souks. Travel into a lush countryside of coconut and banana plantations, mountains and seascapes to Job's Tomb. Or explore a rugged landscape of desert, fishing villages and starkly beautiful mosques. Visit ancient Mirbat, the medieval capital of Dhofar and the starting point for camel caravans.
Boasting a sun-drenched setting, an impressive history and breathtakingly beautiful architectural gems, Muscat is sure to capture your imagination.
★Exclusive Shoreside Event★ Vintage Evening at Al Maha Desert Dune
Absorb the mystique of the Arabian desert as you engage in an authentic Bedouin experience with live Arabic performances. Begin your adventure with a brief desert dune ride on a 4-wheel drive vehicle to the Al Maha campsite located in the magical landscape of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. As you enter the Reserve, you will receive a customary Arabic Bakhoor welcome with an Al Ayyala dance. Enjoy a private falcon show at a sundowner site followed by a traditional show of Tanoura dancing, live music of Oud and Tabla players and the skills of henna artists. Savour amazing cuisine under the desert stars catered by the five-star Al Maha Luxury Resort and Spa
As Dubai has carved its place in the vast desert as a glittering tribute to all that money can buy, you may find it hard to believe that the city’s skyline had only a few modest high-rises as recently as the 1990s. After learning about the monumental journey from fishing village to international symbol of opulence at the Dubai Museum, discover for yourself what all the fuss is about in this city of superlatives. Ride the world’s longest elevator to the top of the world’s tallest building, shop in the world’s largest mall, ski the world’s first indoor black diamond run or lounge on a white sand beach on the world’s largest artificial island.
The only emirate on the Gulf of Oman rather than the Persian Gulf, Fujairah is blessed with fine beaches and offers excellent deep-sea fishing and snorkeling. It's separated from the rest of the country by the Hagar mountain range that looms majestically behind the port of Fujairah. Built in 1670, Fujairah Fort and the spring-fed Ain Al Madhab Gardens lie nearby.
Embrace the contradictions of exhilarating Mumbai, where modernity and tradition weave patterns as complex and alluring as those found on a sari. Unravel the fascinating relationship among the Hindu deities at the 7th-century Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site, delight in the Victorian grandeur of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, also a UNESCO site, pause for contemplation at the Gandhi Memorial and marvel at the ornate Gateway of India, a symbol of effervescent Mumbai
A popular beach-side base, this part of southern India offers more than yoga retreats and tie-dye market stalls.
Cultural Cochin - ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’ - is surrounded by historical towns and considered the regional centre for the arts.
When you delve into Colombo, you’ll discover all kinds of fascinating places to enjoy. The commercial hub is the Fort area, named for the old fortress that once stood there. Here you can explore the Dutch Hospital, the oldest building in this part of town, which has been converted into a bustling food and shopping centre. For a more tranquil day, stroll the broad expanse of seaside park space known as Galle Face Green, head south to the golden sands of Mount Lavinia Beach, or visit the city’s Buddhist temples.
★Exclusive Shoreside Event★ Burmese Monk Donation Celebration
Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you take part in the local tradition of a unique donation ceremony in Yangon, which positively impacts hundreds. During each Myanmar male’s lifetime, he is expected to spend some of his existence serving as a monk and learning the ways of Buddhism. In support of these devout individuals’ dedication, many families and businesses in Myanmar make direct donations to monks or their monasteries. Our special contribution will be donated to more than 200 robed monks during a large ceremony at a monastery, where you will join over 100 nearby villagers that will attend. After the ceremony, enjoy delicious canapes, refreshments and performances of traditional dances and music in celebration of the generosity and spirit of the occasion.
Formerly known as Rangoon, Yangon is the largest city in Myanmar and yet retains an old-school feel that is rare for a city of millions. You’ll find more quaint colonial buildings than slick skyscrapers, and its most famous structure – the heavenly Shwedagon Pagoda – is about 2,600 years old. Beyond that golden icon, the gilded Sule and Botataung pagodas are also worth visiting. To get an authentic feel for the entire city, the Yangon Circular Railway makes a three-hour loop around town and gives you the chance to rub elbows – literally – with the locals. When you need to refuel, try a bowl of mohinga, a delicious fish soup with rice noodles.
Experience the many aspects of beautiful Phuket, from its lush landscape and gorgeous beaches to its 19th century Chinese and Western architecture and stunning temples. Visit the fascinating Sea Shell Museum, see the ornate Wat Chalong, watch elephants go through their paces at the elephant camp, and explore the unique and breathtaking Phang Nga National Park. Or just play on one of the island's fabulous beaches.
Known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, Penang is a must-visit jewel in the Malaysian crown. Popular with tourists for generations and valued by lovers of both food and culture.
In the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, head straight for the city where historic temples unite with fashionable skyscrapers and lush parks.
Discover the delightful diversity of Singapore, from charming Chinatown to colourful Little India to Arab Street and the massive Sultan Mosque. Learn about the many Asian cultures that have influenced Singapore at The Asian Civilisations Museum, which houses one of the most comprehensive pan-Asian collections in the region. Gaze at 20,000 beautiful blooms in the National Orchid Garden and observe nocturnal creatures in their natural habitat on the unique night safari. For a historical perspective, visit the Kranji War Memorial and the Changi Chapel and Museum, dedicated to those who lost their lives during World War II.
Explore this idyllic, forested island and its pristine beaches. Visit the giant Buddha at Wat Phra Yai, the elephant camp where these intelligent animals display their work skills and a plantation where monkeys harvest coconuts. Head to the interior and see majestic cascading waterfalls and how rubber trees are tapped. Enjoy the gorgeous beaches.
Bangkok has fabulous streets in which to get lost – and to eat. As you explore, notice what is missing as well as what’s there, for you’ll find a distinct absence of ancient relics and European colonial influence. At the Grand Palace you may detect an occasional Western flourish, but this royal compound undeniably salutes the craftsmanship and creativity of Thailand. Staring at the 15-foot foot of a massive gold Buddha in the young city’s oldest temple, you’ll note that it dates only to the 18th century. To explore ancient history, visit Bangkok’s excellent museums or travel north to the ruins of Ayutthaya, the historic capital of Siam.
Cruising along the Mekong River past hidden villages, mystical jungles and towering mountains affords a southeast Asian experience like no other
A lot has changed since the iconic evacuation photos were taken during the fall of Saigon in 1975 – including its name, Ho Chi Minh City. Nowhere is the evolution more obvious than when you view the city from the 81st-floor observation deck of Vietnam’s tallest building. Still, Ho Chi Minh City retains its unique culture and wears its battle scars with honour. You’ll experience this in the elaborate French colonial architecture and grand arches of the 19th-century post office as well as the Cu Chi Tunnels built during the war. Explore Vietnam’s history in the fascinating museums and pagodas, and watch modern life unfold in bustling markets.
Discover this bustling resort town, renowned for its turquoise waters and yellow sand beaches. See its grand colonial buildings and stroll across a bridge to a fishing village alive with trawlers and junks. Visit the celebrated Cham Towers of Po Nagar, a spot revered by Buddhists. In the countryside, experience rural life in Vietnam today.
In Chan May you’re ideally situated between centuries of history dating to the Nguyen dynasty in Hue and the modern tumult of the 20th century in Da Nang. The vast Complex of Hue Monuments follows the natural beauty of the Perfume River from a walled imperial city to ornate temples and tombs. This UNESCO site offers a look a Vietnam before the 20th century, but you’ll also see evidence of the Vietnam War in the bombed remains of the Forbidden Purple City.
★Exclusive Shoreside Event★ Candlelit Cave Evening
Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the most stunning sights in Southeast Asia. Its nearly 1,600 islands and islets, jutting out of the bright green waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, have an ancient origin in the mythology of dragons that descended from heaven to protect Vietnam. Arrive at Vung Duc Cave, a fascinating site comprised of multiple caves, and enjoy a dragon dance welcome prior to entering the caves. Explore the area, then find your seat and watch the world shift as the lights go out and candles become your only source of light. The dinner show, a skilled local band with accompanying dancers, entertains as you savour delectable local cuisine complete with wonderful wine pairings. This special evening will be one you won’t soon forget.
Only in Hong Kong can you wander through a magical flower tunnel hidden in a housing complex, ride the world’s longest escalator, stand at the base of the world’s tallest seated bronze Buddha and visit a model of Noah’s Ark. In fact, you’ll find yourself uttering “only in Hong Kong” a lot, whether scaling a steep hillside on a funicular tramway to Victoria Peak, dining on dim sum at one of the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurants or perusing goldfish at the Tung Choi Street Goldfish Market.
One of China’s best-kept secrets, Xiamen is a quaint holiday destination famed for its broad beaches and treasure trove of temples. Find serenity at the Tang Dynasty’s South Putuo Temple, with its manicured grounds and ornate structures dating back 1,000 years, then make your way to the lively pedestrian-only island of Kulangsu. This UNESCO World Heritage site displays a unique mix of global architectural styles and is humming with handicraft vendors and captivating cafés.
Standing on The Bund gazing across the Huangpu River to a forest of skyscrapers, it will be hard to believe that a few decades ago there was barely a building over 10 stories here. While the global economy has transformed Shanghai’s skyline, you can still find history and culture during a quiet moment in the 16th-century Yuyuan Garden. For the hip and modern, head to M50, a collection of factories and cotton mills that have been turned into galleries, and view works of established and emerging Chinese artists.
Travel from Tianjin through the North China countryside to see a scenic section of the iconic Great Wall at Huangyaguan. Or hop on a bullet train to Beijing and visit the amazing gates and palaces of the Forbidden City, home to emperors and off limits to foreigners for hundreds of years. A stroll through infamous Tiananmen Square takes you to landmarks such as the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, the Monument to the People’s Heroes and Chairman Mao Memorial Hall.
Head to Tiger Beach, Jinshitan Beach or Fujiazhuang Beach, some of the best in China, and then stroll through Xinghai Square, built in 1998 to honor the city’s centennial. Visit the Lushun Museum and see its extensive collection of mummies, take a scenic drive on Binhai Road, watch a dolphin show at the aquarium or enjoy the spectacular view from Haizhiyun Park.
An international trading port since the 19th century, Moji is a seaside town with a nostalgic flair that’s easy to explore on foot. Numerous historic structures have been well-preserved, so you’ll spot architecture dating to the Meiji and Taisho periods from 1868-1926. Go for a stroll along the waterfront promenade lined with historic buildings, cafés, restaurants and museums. Stop at the former Moji Customs Building, which now houses a free art gallery or Kaikyo Plaza, where you’ll find local handicrafts and artisanal goods. Don’t miss Mojiko Station, built in 1914 and one of the only remaining wooden rail stations in Japan.
Discover remnants of old Nagasaki beside the modern city. Visit the Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum. Or travel to Arita, home of magnificent Japanese ceramics, and tour famous Kakiemon Kiln, which continues a 400-year-old tradition. Experience feudal Japan and the natural wonders of Shimabara Peninsula with its volcanoes and hot springs.
Visit the exquisite Iso-Teien Garden and its villa, built in 1660, and enjoy its gorgeous views before a short ferry ride to smoking Sakurajima for a close-up view of the volcano and its lava fields. Or journey into the countryside to Chiran and its well-preserved streets lined with samurai homes. Enjoy the beautiful landscape of Lake Ikeda and the stunning vistas of the Satsuma Peninsula.
Visit the skeletal A-Bomb Dome, the Peace Memorial Park and Museum and the statue dedicated to the children who died after the atomic bomb was dropped on this city in 1945. Stroll through beautifully landscaped Hiroshima Gardens, visit the rebuilt Hiroshima Castle or journey to the exquisite sacred island of Miyajima and see the extraordinary Itsukushima Shrine.
Packed with 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, Japan’s delightful imperial capital of Kyoto is less than 50 miles from the port of Kobe, which is also close to other wonderful sights. The more ancient imperial capital of Nara has its own share of UNESCO sites nearby, while the gilded tigers adorning Osaka Castle can be found even closer to the port. Kobe itself also has plenty to offer, from parks and museums to chic restaurants serving the city’s succulent namesake beef.
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. For a historic angle, get a glimpse at feudal life in Japan in 200 BC at the archaeological site of Toro.
Tokyo perfectly combines reverence for tradition with cutting-edge technology and culture, so you’ll want to visit the ancient shrines and formal gardens as well as the modern Tokyo Tower that soars above it all. You can expect to encounter a lot of people in a city of around 14 million, but you can also find quiet spots in which to relax, such as lovely Ueno Park. Visit the temple, eat the sushi, sing the karaoke, buy the kimono and embrace this fascinating city.
Each change of season brings fresh new beauty to the coastal city of Aomori. The blush of cherry blossoms greets you in spring, while in winter the forests of the surrounding mountains are so heavily laden with snow that the trees appear to be giant white beasts. The port is dominated by Aomori Bay Bridge, offering great views of both the city and the harbor and mirroring the striking triangular design of the Aomori Prefecture Tourist Center. The skyline’s contemporary angles result from the city’s destruction during World War II and rebuilding thereafter, but Aomori also celebrates ancient societies that settled here millennia ago. Surprisingly, you’ll be reminded of this prehistoric past at the 21st-century museum of modern art, as its architecture pays homage to the nearby excavations of ancient ruins. After exploring the museums and markets, relax at the caldera lakes and natural hot springs in the lush countryside.
Explore Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan from the base of Hakodate or fall in love with the city itself.
Accessible only by air or sea, the remote city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is surrounded by what UNESCO describes as “one of the most outstanding volcanic regions in the world.” The snowcapped peaks of Koryak and Avacha loom directly behind the city, and the terrain is so mountainous that one cannot see the horizon from any point in town. Admire one of Russia’s most majestic landscapes from any number of vantage points: a cruise through the bay, an ATV excursion to the base of an active volcano, a challenging hike to a summit or a helicopter ride through the clouds. While rugged natural beauty may be the biggest draw, the town also holds historical significance as a military outpost and the region’s capital. Some worthwhile museums and a bevy of monuments combine to the tell the story of Russia’s most easterly city, from its founding by Vitus Bering through the Crimean War and the Soviet era.
Located on Amaknak Island and linked via bridge to Unalaska Island, Dutch Harbor is a place of historical significance, stunning natural beauty and resilient people. Walk in the footsteps of the indigenous Aleut, or Unangan, people by following trails established thousands of years ago. The paths take you through swaths of wildflowers dotting green valleys from which rise volcanic peaks surrounded by the sea, a windswept land so pristine you will forget that signs of civilization are nearby. Even so, Russian fur traders and American armed forces did make their marks here. The U.S established a naval base in 1940, and Dutch Harbor became a theater for World War II when the Japanese bombed it in 1942. While intriguing museums recall a turbulent past, today Dutch Harbor embraces the peaceful nature of its scenic surroundings and thrives as a fishing “village” that brings in the largest catch in the country.
The port of Kodiak is located on the Chiniak Bay on the north-eastern coast of Kodiak Island, Alaska. Also known as the fishing port, Kodiak is famous for its fresh fish as well as its flora and fauna where the Alaskan brown bear, wild eagles and moose live.
While most cruise ships merely turn around here, Regatta actually calls on Seward, which is named for the U.S. Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867. The Seward Museum is a treasure trove of artifacts. The Alaska SeaLife Center showcases the abundant marine life, and nearby Chugach National Forest is a natural paradise.
Migrating whales, rivers of ice and super fresh seafood capture the hearts of its visitors, although Alaska’s capital city also has a strong mining history. Once the sacred territory of the Auke and Taku tribes, Juneau was named after the gold prospector Joe Juneau.
Called "Shee Atika" by the Tlingit Indians, then "New Archangel" by the Russians who ousted them, Sitka boasts a multicultural heritage. Two dozen of its attractions are on the National Register of Historic Places, including Castle Hill and Building 29, a structure built by the Russians in 1835. The Sheldon Jackson Museum exhibits one of Alaska's oldest native culture collections.
British Columbia's most northern coastal city, Prince Rupert sits on the very edge of the wilderness. The majority of its attractions revolve around the outdoors, such as sport fishing or a walking tour of the bonsai-like forest at Oliver Lake. Wildlife abounds, including bears, mountain goats and a variety of migrating whales.
Western Canada's oldest city, Victoria proudly displays its British heritage. Explore lavish Craigdarroch Castle, built in the late 1800s for a Scottish coal baron. Trace the area's early British seafarers in the Marine Museum of British Columbia. There's even a Royal London Wax Museum with likenesses of King Henry VIII and Winston Churchill.
The oldest American settlement west of the Rockies, Astoria was established in 1811 on the Columbia River. The city is known as the "Little San Francisco of the Pacific Northwest" because of the colorful Victorian homes clinging to its steep hills. A fine example of that late 1800s architecture is the Flavel House, now a museum with period furnishings.
Draped like a magic carpet across fog-tinged hills, the City by the Bay beckons from Sausalito’s quirky art galleries to Fisherman Wharf’s gloriously fresh seafood. Experience the notorious legacy of Alcatraz, take in the panoramic view from Coit Tower, ride the city’s fabled cable cars, nibble a decadent chocolate treat in Ghiradelli Square, or just watch the moonlight shimmer off the graceful profile of the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Beautifully re-designed with a modern flair, these private retreats boast 160 square feet of luxury. Highlights include a comfortable seating area, vanity desk, refrigerated minibar and plenty of storage. The ingenious use of space is complemented by the re-inspired decor. Inside Stateroom Amenities Ultra Tranquility Bed, an Oceania Cruises Exclusive Complimentary and extensive 24-hour room service menu Plush cotton towels Thick cotton robes and slippers Bulgari amenities Handheld hair dryer Flat-screen television with live satellite news and programming DVD player with extensive media library Wireless Internet access and cellular service Writing desk and stationary Security safe
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With entirely re-designed closets, dressers and vanities, these 165-squarefoot staterooms feel even more spacious. A generous seating area, vanity desk, refrigerated mini-bar and breakfast table are perfectly complemented by the soothing hues and stylish fabrics of the sleek new decor. Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom Amenities Ultra Tranquility Bed, an Oceania Cruises Exclusive Complimentary 24-hour room service Wireless Internet access and cellular service Writing desk and stationary Plush cotton towels Thick cotton robes and slippers Bulgari amenities Handheld hair dryer Flat-screen television with live satellite news and programming DVD player with extensive 24-hour room service menu Security safe
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The light from a classic porthole illuminates the stunning decor in these 165-square-foot staterooms, tastefully designed to maximize space and convenience. Enjoy a comfortable seating area with a sofa on which to stretch out, as well as a vanity desk, breakfast table and refrigerated mini-bar. Ocean View Stateroom Amenities Ultra Tranquility Bed, an Oceania Cruises Exclusive Complimentary 24-hour room service Signature Belgian chocolates with nightly turndown service Plush cotton towels Thick cotton robes and slippers Bulgari amenities Handheld hair dryer Wireless Internet access and cellular service Writing desk and stationary Flat-screen television with live satellite news and programming DVD player with extensive 24-hour room service menu Security safe
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Centrally located on deck 6, these elegant 143-square-foot staterooms offer stylish furnishings and a panorama window with obstructed views. Features include a vanity desk, refrigerated mini-bar, small breakfast table and an ample closet. Ocean View Stateroom Amenities: Prestige Tranquility Bed, an Oceania Cruises Exclusive, with 1,000-thread-count linens Bulgari amenities Signature Belgian chocolates with nightly turndown service Complimentary 24-hour room service Flat-screen television with DVD player and extensive media library Wireless Internet access and cellular service Writing desk and stationary Plush cotton towels Thick cotton robes and slippers Handheld hair dryer Security safe
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Located in the most desired of locations, Category A Concierge Level Veranda Staterooms offer an unrivaled combination of luxury and value. A wealth of amenities and a host of exclusive privileges (listed below) elevate the experience to the sublime. These sleekly redefined 216-square-foot staterooms feature a wealth of amenities, including many of those found in our Penthouse Suites. The luxury is further enhanced by the fresh new decor, sumptuous Ultra Tranquility Beds, re-inspired verandas with stylish new furniture and the indulgence of exclusive Concierge Level amenities and privileges. Concierge Level Exclusive Privileges In addition to Stateroom Amenities Room service from the Grand Dining Room menu during lunch and dinner Free laundry service – up to 3 bags per stateroom+ Priority noon ship embarkation Complimentary welcome bottle of Champagne Priority online specialty restaurant reservations Unlimited access to the Aquamar Spa Terrace iPad® upon request for your enjoyment onboard++ Complimentary Oceania Cruises logo tote bag Cashmere lap blankets, perfect for relaxing on your veranda Complimentary shoe shine service
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Custom-crafted furnishings, exotic stone finishes, supple upholstered headboards and chic lighting are just a few of the enhancements within these 216-square-foot staterooms that also boast our most popular luxury – a private teak veranda for watching the ever-changing panoramas. Conveniences within each stateroom include a vanity desk, refrigerated mini-bar, breakfast table and spacious seating area. Veranda Stateroom Amenities Ultra Tranquility Bed, an Oceania Cruises Exclusive Private teak veranda Twice daily maid service Complimentary 24-hour room service Signature Belgian chocolates with nightly turndown service Plush cotton towels Thick cotton robes and slippers Bulgari amenities Handheld hair dryer Wireless Internet access and cellular service Writing desk and stationary Flat-screen television with live satellite news and programming DVD player with extensive 24-hour room service menu Security safe
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Lavish new fabrics and designer furnishings grace our six new Owner’s Suites – always among the first to be reserved. Immensely spacious and exceptionally luxurious, these suites span nearly 1,000 square feet and areas of quietude and relaxation. Every imaginable amenity is found here, further enhanced by a sumptuous re-designed bathroom with an oversized shower, a private teak veranda and two flat-screen televisions. Owner's Suite Privileges In addition to Stateroom Amenities Free laundry service – up to 3 bags per stateroom+ Priority 11 am ship embarkation with priority luggage delivery++ 24-hour Butler service Complimentary in-suite bar setup with 6 full-size bottles of premium spirits and wines from our suite beverage menu Complimentary welcome bottle of Champagne Optional private in-suite lunch on embarkation day from noon to 2 pm Fresh fruit basket replenished daily Priority online specialty restaurant reservations each evening++ Unlimited access to the Aquamar Spa Terrace iPad® upon request for your enjoyment on board Bulgari gift set and variety of amenities Choice of daily printed newspaper Complimentary Oceania Cruises logo tote bag and personalized stationery Cashmere lap blankets, perfect for relaxing on your veranda Complimentary shoe shine service Complimentary pressing of garments upon embarkation++ Choice of pillow from a luxurious selection
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Our collection of 322-square-foot Penthouse Suites has been completely transformed with splendid new decor and exquisite furnishings in serene shades of the sea and sky. Spacious enough for private in-suite dining, the living area features a refrigerated mini-bar a vanity desk and the granite-clad bathroom is large enough for an indulgent walk-in shower. Relax on the beautifully furnished private teak veranda. Penthouse Suite Privileges In addition to Suite & Stateroom Amenities Free laundry service – up to 3 bags per stateroom+ Priority 11 am ship embarkation with priority luggage delivery 24-hour Butler service Priority online specialty restaurant reservations Unlimited access to the Aquamar Spa Terrace Complimentary iPad® Variety of Bulgari amenities Complimentary Oceania Cruises logo tote bag Cashmere lap blankets, perfect for relaxing on your veranda Complimentary shoe shine service Complimentary pressing of garments upon embarkation++
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Named for their sweeping views over the ship's bow, the four Vista Suites each sprawl over 786 square feet. Every imaginable comfort is here, including a second bathroom for guests as well as a master bathroom newly redesigned in onyx and granite with a luxurious new shower. Relax on the private teak veranda, listen to music in enhanced surround sound or watch a movie on one of two flat-screen televisions. Access wireless Internet on a complimentary iPad®. Vista Suite Privileges In addition to Suite & Stateroom Amenities Free laundry service – up to 3 bags per stateroom+ Priority 11 am ship embarkation with priority luggage delivery 24-hour Butler service Complimentary in-suite bar setup with 6 full-size bottles of premium spirits and wines from our suite beverage menu Complimentary welcome bottle of Champagne Fresh fruit basket replenished daily Priority online specialty restaurant reservations Unlimited access to the Aquamar Spa Terrace Complimentary iPad® Bulgari gift set and variety of amenities Choice of daily printed newspaper Complimentary Oceania Cruises logo tote bag and personalized stationery Cashmere lap blankets, perfect for relaxing on your veranda Complimentary shoe shine service Complimentary pressing of garments upon embarkation++ Choice of pillow from a luxurious selection
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Booking conditions of Oceania Cruises (ATOL 10527) and Reader Offers Limited Agency terms of business apply. 5★ refers to the cruise element. Fares are per person based on two adults sharing and may increase or be withdrawn at any time. Savings is based on two adults sharing. Offers apply to new bookings only. Some ports may require a tender. Business class flights are subject to availability, from selected airports only and airline baggage fees are not included. Regional and Regional and Premium Class flights will incur supplementary costs and may require an additional overnight stay. Flights are out of date range and may be overnight on the inbound flight. OLife Choice amenities are per stateroom, based on double occupancy and subject to change. Free House drinks package is subject to the cruise lines T&Cs. Free gratuities are available where stated, do not apply to service charges relating to private dining, spa treatments or alcoholic beverages which will incur a compulsory service fee (approx. 18%). On board spend is per Stateroom/Suite and tiered depending on grade booked and cruise. Extra charge applies for use of the spa. Choice of free excursions exclude Oceania Select, Oceania Exclusive, Executive Collection, Food and Wine Trails, Wellness and Culinary Discovery Tours. Shore excursions must be booked at least 14 days prior to departure. Where stated, guests can choose from one added benefit. Guests in the same stateroom must choose the same benefit. Additional excursions may incur an additional charge and are subject to change and availability. If the named hotel is unavailable a suitable alternative will be provided. Hotels are for operational reasons and may be removed. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Cruise Miles T&Cs apply. E&OE.
Due to a technical fault please ignore the inclusion of transfers in the cruise overview. Transfers are not included in the advertised fare unless stated otherwise in the 'what's included' section of the website. Transfers are available at a supplement, please enquire at time of booking.
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Fortnum & Mason Bellini Gift Box is based on one per booking for UK mainland addresses only when booking an Ocean View or above by 8pm 21st June 2021.View cruise line T&C's