Great Wall to Iconic Shrines

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Regent Seven Seas 17 Day Cruise on Seven Seas Explorer, Regent Seven Seas - Call for price

Departure 21 March 2021 | Great Wall to Iconic Shrines


  • Hong Kong
  • At Sea
  • Taipei
  • Ishigaki
  • At Sea
  • Shanghai
  • At Sea
  • Dalian
  • Beijing
  • At Sea
  • Seoul
  • At Sea
  • Hososhima Port
  • Kyoto
  • At Sea
  • Tokyo

Great Wall to Iconic Shrines

Guests in all suite categories can enjoy a FREE 3-Night Jewels of Hong Kong pre-cruise land program or FREE 3-Night Sunrise Over Tokyo post-cruise land program on this voyage.

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Day by day itinerary

Day 1 — Hong Kong, Hong Kong

In 1841, Hong Kong became a British Crown colony when it was acquired from China. In 1984, Britain and China signed an agreement which stated Hong Kong would return to China, but that it would maintain in its capitalist system for 50 years. This transfer took place during on June 30, 1997 under great pomp and ceremony. Its enormous harbor, vast industrialization and free port status make it a major Asian crossroad, and perhaps the best place to shop in the world.

Day 2 — At Sea
Day 3 — Taipei (Keelung)
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei, Taiwan

On this fascinating island visit the world's tallest building, the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial, the fabulous Palace Museum's vast collection of Chinese art and the lovely Lungshan Temple.Explore lovely Keelung's historic sites and Yeliu Park's astonishing rock formations.

Day 4 — Ishigaki

Ishigaki is home to Japan’s finest beaches and sweeping natural beauty. The renowned Bay with its emerald-green water was awarded 3 stars by the Michelin guide, yet its true charm are in the lesser known capes of Uganzaki and Hirakubo, along with the peak of Mt. Nosoko. Ishigaki is the gateway to the rest of the Yaeyama archipelago. The islands of Taketomi, Kuroshima and Kohama make for fantastic day-trip destinations, all of which can be explored by bicycle within a few hours.

Day 5 — At Sea
Day 6 to 7 — Shanghai
Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai

Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai

Shanghai, situated on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta in East China, is the largest city of the People's Republic of China and the ninth largest in the world. Widely regarded as the citadel of China's modern economy, the city also serves as one of the most important cultural, commercial, financial, industrial and communications centers of China. Shanghai is also one of the world's busiest ports, and became the largest cargo port in the world in 2005.

Day 8 — At Sea
Day 9 — Dalian
Dalian evening city building

Dalian evening city building

Dalian is the second largest city in Liaoning Province, and the largest port in northern China. It is young by Chinese standards, dating from 1898, though smaller settlements had long existed in the area. Like Hong Kong and Shanghai, Dalian's development stemmed from colonial occupation, but in this case by Russia. Under Russian rule Dalian, or Dalny as it was known, became the southern tip of the Trans-Siberian Railway and the main port of the eastern Russian empire.

Day 10 — Beijing
The Summer Palace, Beijing

The Summer Palace, Beijing

This dynamic city has dazzled travelers since the days of Marco Polo. From the enchanted serenity of the Summer Palace Gardens to the ‘Bird’s Nest’ Olympic Stadium, past and present Beijing, swirl by in a kaleidoscope of unforgettable memories. Begin your tour in China’s largest man-made port city, Tianjin, and explore such sites as Confucius Temple, Ancient Culture Street with its traditional Qing-dynasty style shops and stalls and the impressive Shi Family Mansion. Excursions to Beijing showcase The Forbidden City, the best preserved imperial palace in China and the largest ancient palatial structure in the world. Historic Tiananmen Square is the world’s largest city square, and holds about one million people for public gatherings. Around the square view the Monument of the National Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. Further afield, discover one of the great ancient engineering marvels still in existence, China’s Great Wall.

Day 11 — At Sea
Day 12 — Seoul (Inchon)

Inchon, located on the west coast of South Korea, is regarded as part of the greater Seoul metropolitan area due to its close proximity to the city. During the Korean War, Inchon was the site of the Battle of Inchon, when United States troops landed to relieve pressure on the Pusan Perimeter and to launch a United Nations offensive northward. The city was also the site of a Japanese POW camp during World War II.

Day 13 — At Sea
Day 14 — Hososhima

The Hososhima Port is located in Hyuga City, the center of the coastal region of eastern Kyushu. To get a sense of its tradition and culture, visit the historical museum at Old Takanabe-ya Inn, which was built in 1921 and kept in its original state. Near the museum are the lovely Myokoku-ji Gardens and the Mihoko Shrine, where the legend of Emperor Jinmu lives on. Hososhima is home to Cape Hyuga with its spectacular view of the ocean and land coming together, as well as the Omi Shrine, a place believed to be flowing with mystical energy.

Day 15 — Kyoto

Visit breathtaking temples and shrines of Kyoto, Japan’s old imperial capital, or visit ancient Nara, the cradle of Japanese arts, literature and crafts, with its magnificent shrines and temples. Stroll through Nara Park, famed for its deer and impressive Kasuga Grand Shrine and tour Osaka where you will witness its imposing castle. From Kobe, bring home exotic mementos such as silks, ceramic teapots, paper parasols, superb artworks and pottery among other beautiful objects. Enjoy traditional Japanese fare or indulge in a wonderful dinner of Kobe beef. Everything will be exquisitely prepared and served.

Day 16 — At Sea
Day 17 — Tokyo
Sensoji Temple, Tokyo, Japan

Sensoji Temple, Tokyo, Japan

Because it is the seat of the Japanese government and the home of the Imperial Family, Tokyo is the de facto capital of Japan. The firebombings of WWII in 1945, with 75,000 to 200,000 killed and half of the city destroyed, were almost as devastating as the atomic bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. After the war, Tokyo was completely rebuilt. Today, Tokyo is one of the three world finance "command centers," along with New York and London.

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