ASIASpirit of Japan
Modern yet mystic, peaceful yet chaotic, Taiwan, Japan and China are lands of contradiction.
This special 16 night fly/cruise/stay special with Silversea’s Silver Spirit will take you on a magical journey where you’ll discover the history, heritage and culture of these fascinating countries.
Beginning in Hong Kong, you’ll have a night to rejuvenate after your flight before boarding the ship. (If you’d like longer to explore Hong Kong or do some shopping, just ask us for details!) Once on-board, it’s time to settle in, relax and enjoy the superior Silversea service as we head out to sea, making for Taiwan.
We’ll call on two ports in Taiwan – Keelung and Kao-hsuing – where you can see some historic sites, buddist monasteries and pay a visit to the famous glowing night market.
Next, we say konichiwa to Japan as we arrive in Kagoshima, home of the famous smoking Sakurajima volcano. You’ll get a taste for Japan’s high-tech cities with a visit to Osaka where you can shop til you drop, sample some of Japan’s best food and enjoy the vibrant pulse of this busy city.
In Beppu, you can bathe in the hot springs and in Hiroshima contemplate the solemn history of the atomic bomb from World War II.
From there it’s onto Shanghai – a city of contrasts. You’ll find tall skyscrapers, masses of shops, bars and restaurants and busy nightlife flanked by narrow alleyways with traditional houses all sandwiched together.
After disembarking the ship, one nights accommodation is included in Shanghai before your flight home.
See below for more information on ports of call.
Departing on 02 February 2021, your 16 night package includes:
• FREE return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne,Adelaide or Perth to Hong Kong and ex Shanghai on return inc tax with a fullservice carrier including luggage (size/weight limits apply)
• FREE one way transfer from Hong Kong airport to hotel
• FREE 1 nights accommodation in a 5-star hotel located in the Kowloon areaof Hong Kong with breakfast
• FREE one way transfer from Hong Kong hotel to port
• 16 night luxury Silver Spirit cruise from Hong Kong to Shanghai including: Allshipboard main meals with open seating dining | Full butler in-suite service |Room service and in-suite dining | All beverages including selected wines,premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks | Your own privately tailoredmini-bar with complimentary beverages in your suite | Port taxes and shipstips
• FREE One way transfer from Shanghai port to hotel
• FREE 1 nights accommodation at a 5-star hotel in Shanghai with breakfast
• FREE One way transfer from Shanghai hotel to airport
Plus! Receive complimentary return luxury chauffeur driven transfers from your home to/from your nearest international airport (with 35 km)
The all-new Silver Spirit has never looked better, nor felt cosier. Fully refurbished for a superlative onboard adventure, she retains our world famous standards of service and home away from home feel.
With one of the highest space to guest ratios in the business and eight superlative luxury dining options, Silver Spirit offers its guests one of the most complete cruise experiences available. Spacious decks leave plenty of room for relaxation, yet the cosy niches make sure that there is something for everyone. Meet like-minded friends; enjoy first class dining and relax in what is possibly the best place between sea and sky.
Hong Kong, China
The Hong Kong Island skyline, with its ever-growing number of skyscrapers, speaks to ambition and money. Paris, London, even New York were centuries in the making, while Hong Kong’s towers, bright lights, and glitzy shopping emporia weren’t yet part of the urban scene when many of the young investment bankers who fuel one of the world’s leading financial centers were born. Commerce is concentrated in the glittering high-rises of Central, tucked between Victoria Harbor and forested peaks on Hong Kong Island’s north shore.
Kaohsiung is Taiwan’s second largest city, its biggest seaport, and the world’s fourth largest container port. It entered the 21st century as a newly emerging international metropolis. In the forefront of Taiwan’s expansion and modernisation efforts are the China Steel Corporation and China Shipbuilding. They are perfect examples of what Taiwan’s export-oriented economy is all about. The Love River, which has seen some recent landscaping, adds to the beauty of the city. Coffee shops along its banks offer good opportunities to view the river’s activities and enjoy a nice breeze. A 495-feet (150 metres)-long urban corridor of light, known as Urban Spotlight, was designed by local artists who wanted to make light and shadows the theme of the hall. The result is an urban space in the Central Park area teeming with artistic vision.
With the glittering lights of Taipei – a futuristic metropolis of culture and ideas – sparkling nearby, Keelung is the first calling point for many visitors arriving in Taiwan. While this port city essentially serves as Taipei’s ocean gateway, you shouldn’t be too hasty in dashing off to Taipei’s neon-lit magic – first it’s well worth spending some time exploring the famous glowing night market, which hums with life each evening and is famous for its local seafood.
Kagoshima (Kyushu Island), Japan
Kagoshima city is the capital of Kagoshima prefecture and also Kyushu’s southernmost major city. This city is often compared to its Italian sister city Naples, due to its’s similarities such as mild climate and active volcano, Sakurajima. Sakurajima is one of the most renowned active volcanos not only in Japan but also in the whole entire world. This smoking Sakurajima is centred in Kinko Bay and is one of the main symbols of this prefecture. We cannot talk about Sakurajima without the history of continuous eruption. Sakurajima used to be an isolated island; however, the land has banded together with Osumi peninsula from the eruption in 1914. You may have a chance to see the smoke coming from the top of Sakurajima depending on the weather condition. Not only does the scenery of Sakurajima represent the beauty of Kagoshima City but Senganen garden is also symbolic to elegance in the Kagoshima region.
From Minami’s neon-lighted Dotombori and historic Tenno-ji to the high-rise class and underground shopping labyrinths of Kita, Osaka is a city that pulses with its own unique rhythm. Though Osaka has no shortage of tourist sites, it is the city itself that is the greatest attraction. Home to some of Japan’s best food, most unique fashions, and warmest locals, Osaka does not beg to be explored—it demands it. More than anywhere else in Japan, it rewards the impulsive turn down an interesting side street or the chat with a random stranger. People do not come here to see the city, they come to experience it. Excluded from the formal circles of power and aristocratic culture in 16th-century Edo (Tokyo), Osaka took advantage of its position as Japan’s trading center, developing its own art forms such as Bunraku puppet theater and Rakugo comic storytelling.
Beppu (Kyushu Island), Japan
Beppu is a small city on Kyushu’s east coast. The area is famous for its many hot springs. These hot springs have been the main attraction for decades and can be used for bathing, observing and cooking. West of Beppu is Mount Tsurumi, a volcano that can be accessed walking or using a ropeway. Lookout points will allow sweeping views of Beppu Bay, Beppu itself and the neighbouring city of Oita. More than 2,000 cherry trees near the base of the ropeway make for one of Beppu’s most impressive hanami spots, while in May to June rhododendrons color the mountain.
History buffs will want to write home Hiroshima. Despite being devastated in 1945, this Japanese city is known to all for its commitment peace – its ruin on the 6th August 1945 led to the end of the war and today, the Peace Memorial (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) , is a constant reminder of the destruction that war brings. A walk in the leafy boulevards of Peace Memorial Park brings quiet contemplation. The Flames of Peace – set in the park’s central feature pond – burn brightly and will continue to do so until all the nuclear bombs I the world have been destroyed. There are many other inspiring messages of hope around the city too; the Children’s’ Peace Monument just north of the park is a homage to little Sadako Sasaki, who was just two in 1945. When she developed leukemia in 1956, she believed that if she folded 1,000 paper cranes – a symbol of longevity and happiness in Japan – she would recover.
Shanghai is a city of two faces. It is home to some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, miles of luxury goods shops, and scores of trendy bars and restaurants. But look just beyond the main streets and you’ll find narrow alleyways packed with traditional lane houses, where laundry billows from bamboo poles, and local communities are alive and well.Shanghai has always been China’s most Westernized city. In its heyday, Shanghai had the best nightlife, the greatest architecture, and the strongest business in Asia. Nearly a century later, after extreme tumult and political upheaval, it’s back on top.Shanghai’s charm lies not in a list of must-see sites, but in quiet, tree-lined streets, the Bund’s majestic colonial buildings, sweet boutiques, and a dizzying array of places to eat and drink, from literal hole-in-the-walls to celebrity chef restaurants.
Terms and Conditions
*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (12Jul19). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit,amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior todeparture from Australia. Free hotel, flight carrier and transfers at the discretion of our agency. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the prices in our booking system at time ofreservation. Offer ends 31Aug19 or until sold out/withdrawn and is subect to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Savings of 10% are already factored into the prices listed here.
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- Luxury Expedition
- All meals
- Boutique &/or Salon
- Drinks All Day
- Medical Services
- Pool &/or Spa
Board Silver Spirit
- Crew 376
- Capacity 540
- Length 196M
- Classical Luxury
- Modern Style
Pool &/or Spa