At a glance
20 Day stay & cruise on Crystal Symphony, Crystal Cruises - Call for price
Departure 12 March 2020 | China & Japan in Spring
- Hong Kong
- South China Sea
- East China Sea
- Coast of Japan
- East China Sea
- East China Sea
- Hong Kong
China & Japan in Spring
Visit Japan’s “friendliest city” of Kagoshima, presided over by active volcano Sakurajima; feel Tokyo’s pre-Olympic energy; and spend two nights immersed in Shanghai’s sparkling skyline, stellar shopping and Imperial history.
Day by day itinerary
Fly direct to Hong Kong with British Airways arriving the following day.
Upon arrival in Hong Kong, you will be met and transferred by private vehicle to the Intercontinental Grand Stanford for a 3-night stay on a room only basis.
Nestled in the heart of the bustling shopping, business and entertainment district of Tsimshatsui East, the award-winning InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong offers sophistication and heritage amidst the breath-taking view of Victoria Harbour. The luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites as well as a host of world-class restaurants make it the perfect choice for business and leisure travellers alike.
Explore the city on your own or contact us for bespoke touring arrangements.
Although Hong Kong has returned to its original Chinese roots, it still remains a cosmopolitan city with influences, languages and accents from around the world. Here East meets West and the result is electric. Soaring skyscrapers rise from the hills and harbor, blending geography and nature with commercial concrete, steel and pulsating neon in a way that brings traditional Chinese culture and Western-style commerce into perfect harmony. The bustling city streets are lined with teeming markets and sophisticated boutiques tucked tightly into any available crevice. Some of the world's best shopping is found in Central, located on Hong Kong Island and only a short ferry ride away.
Check out of the hotel and take your included private transfer to the port to embark the ship.
Enjoy relaxing on board or taking in one of the many enrichment lectures on board the ship.
Journey to Taipei, capital city of Taiwan – quite literally “terraced bay” – to discover Taoist temples, the National Palace Museum, Taipei 101 and an eclectic blend of Chinese, Japanese and Western influences, all thriving in a cultural and financial hub teeming with scooters and skyscrapers.
Maybe take in a movie at the cinema, learn a new craft or just relax on board the ship, enjoying the open decks, included cocktails and swimming pool.
Mount Sakurajima casts an imposing image on arrival to Kagoshima, but don’t be deterred by the active volcano across the bay. Kagoshima has been voted Japan’s friendliest city, with a climate to match the warmth of its residents – and the heat of Mount Sakurajima. This tropical environment fosters a rich agriculture and aquaculture that produces distinct cuisine and famously high-quality ingredients. The nearby Chiran Samurai Residences and Gardens offer a glimpse into the legendary warriors of 250 years ago.
Keep that tan topped up on the pool deck or attend an informative enrichment lecture.
Japan's capital, Tokyo, and its bustling port of Yokohama form a vast urban complex that boasts a unique combination of energy and orderliness. Fusing the vitality of a modern metropolis with the stately elegance of yesteryear, Tokyo is truly unique. From the timeless beauty of the Meiji Shrine to the glittering Ginza district and impressive Tokyo Tower, this international giant is a complex blend of East and West. Houses of wood and paper stand beside towering steel skyscrapers, while kimono-clad women stroll beside teenagers who have created a fashion all their own. The timeless Imperial Palace bears testament to Japan's enduring traditions. Despite encroaching urban development, it continues to exist in a verdant parkland of isolation. Images of the vibrant metropolis of Tokyo, which is home to more than 11 million people, will create memories of a lifetime.
Maybe take in a movie, enjoy a variety of insightful lectures and engaging seminars, or just relax on board the ship.
Shanghai, located just inside the mouth of the great Yangtze River, marks the point where Asia's longest and most important river completes its 3,400-mile journey to the Pacific. The city's unique location is the source of its existence and has determined what it is today. Until 1842, Shanghai was merely a tiny fishing village. Following the first Opium War, Shanghai became a treaty port, which opened the city to foreign influence and resulted in the development of numerous British, French and American colonial settlements within the city and along the Yangtze River. Today, Shanghai is the center of China's economic resurgence and its skyline attests to this development in the form of towering skyscrapers, brightly lit commercial high-rises and the unsettling Oriental Pearl Tower. A testimony to Shanghai's colonial era, stately European buildings in art deco style line the Bund, the city's spacious waterfront promenade. An endless flotilla of sampans edge the Huangpu River, dividing old and new Shanghai. Beyond the rush of the city, serene ponds and gardens offer a gentle respite. Must-see sights include the Jade Buddha Temple and tranquil Yu Garden, impressive monuments to China's history and style. Inland lies Suzhou, with its majestic Grand Canal and classical gardens, as well as equally significant Hangzhou, terminus of the Grand Canal and the center of China's legendary tea industry.
Relax on board and take stock of your eventful cruise, maybe learn to paint with the Odyssey Art at Sea course or hone your computer skills at the Computer University @ Sea.
Debark the ship and take your included private transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK on British Airways, arriving the same day.
Sailing on Crystal Symphony
Known as one of the world’s top two large cruise liners, is an elegant home away from home. Suites are designed with comfort and privacy in mind, while onboard you’ll find plenty of itineraries and activites.