Gems of Japan & Treasures of South Korea, including a splendid 10 night cruise on Celebrity Millenium

 

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TRAVEL DATES: (18 DAYS) 03 OCT - 20 OCT

VISITING: TOKYO, MOUNT FUJI, KOBE, HIROSHIMA, KAGOSHIMA, NAGASAKI, JEJU ISLANDS, BUSAN, GYEONGJU, SEOUL

DAY 1 – MALTA – JAPAN

Meet the tour manager at Malta International Airport for your flight to Japan.

DAY 2 – TOKYO
Meet the tour manager at Malta International Airport for your flight to Japan.

DAY 3 – TOKYO
Breakfast and proceed for city tour of Tokyo visiting the Meiji Jingu Shrine, drive through the Imperial Palace Plaza which comprises the moats and spacious plaza between the east side of the Imperial Palace and the Marunouchi office buildings. On either side of the road through the middle of the plaza stretches lawn with pine groves. On the north side of the plaza stands a fountain commemorating the marriage of the Emperor and Empress. To the south is a bronze of Kusunoki Masashige, a 14thcentury samurai loyal to the emperor. Sensoji is the oldest and most impressive temple in Tokyo. The main hall was first built in 645 to house a tiny golden statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, that had been repeatedly hauled up in fishing nets despite being thrown back into the river. The statue was enshrined in the main hall where it ostensibly remains today -- a sight too holy to be seen. The temple was destroyed in the air raids of March 10, 1945, and the present building is a 1958 reconstruction. The temple precincts bustle with people praying, buying fortunes, shopping or sightseeing. Many come for the curative powers of smoke billowing from the bronze urn burning incense in front of the main hall. People rub smoke on joints in the hope of easing aches and pains. Transfer to Cruise Terminal for your 10 night cruise on board the Celebrity Millennium of full board basis.

DAY 4 /12 – JAPAN & KOREA CRUISE ON BOARD THE CELEBRITY MILLENNIUM
This brilliant star of the Millennium Class shines even brighter after her grand makeover in May 2016. The new Rooftop Terrace gives you a chic new way to experience the great outdoors, with creative cocktails, favorite snacks, and movies alfresco. If you hunger for an Italian steak house, savor the fresh pastas and dry-aged steaks of Tuscan Grille. We can’t think of a better way to experience the exotic beauty of Asia than aboard Celebrity Millennium. Out of the ordinary? Definitely. Tokyo is Japan’s capital and the world’s most populous metropolis. It is also one of Japan’s 47 prefectures, consisting of 23 central city wards and multiple cities, towns and villages west of the city center. The Izu and Ogasawara Islands are also part of Tokyo. Today,the city offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining to its visitors. The city’s history can be appreciated in districts such as Asakusa, and in many excellent museums, historic temples and gardens. Contrary to common perception, Tokyo also offers a number of attractive green spaces in the city center and within relatively short train rides at its outskirts. Mount Fuji is Japan’s highest mountain with 3776 meters in height. It is not surprising that the nearly perfectly shaped volcano has been worshiped as a sacred mountain and experienced big popularity among artists and common people throughout the centuries. It is an active volcano which stands on the border between Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures and can be seen border from Tokyo and Yokohama on clear days. Note however, that clouds and poor visibility often block the view of Mount Fuji, and you have to consider yourself lucky if you get a clear view of the mountain. Visibility tends to be better during the colder seasons of the year than in summer, and in the early morning and late evening hours than during the middle of the day. Kobe is the capital of Hyogo Prefecture and one of Japan’s ten largest cities. Located between the sea and the Rokko mountain range, Kobe is also considered one of Japan’s most attractive cities. Kobe has been an important port city for many centuries. Its port was among the first to be opened to foreign trade in the 19th century alongside the ports of Yokohama, Nagasaki, Hakodate and Niigata. Hiroshima is the principal city of the Chugoku Region and home to over a million inhabitants. When the first atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the city became known worldwide for this unenviable distinction. The destructive power of the bomb was tremendous and obliterated nearly everything within a two kilometer radius. After the war, great efforts were taken to rebuild the city. Predictions that the city would be uninhabitable proved false. Destroyed monuments of Hiroshima’s historical heritage, like Hiroshima Castle and Shukkeien Garden, were reconstructed. In the center of the city a large park was built and given a name that would reflect the aspirations of the reborn city: Peace Memorial Park. Kagoshima is Kyushu’s southernmost major city and the capital of Kagoshima Prefecture. The city is often compared with its Italian sister city Naples due to a similarly mild climate, palm tree lined streets, relatively hot tempered inhabitants and Sakurajima, Sunny Kagoshima has a personality to match its climate, voted Japan’s friendliest city nationwide. Its backdrop deity is Sakurajima, a very active volcano just across the bay. Locals raise their umbrellas against the mountain’s recurrent eruptions, when fine ash coats the landscape like snow and obscures the sun like fog – mystical and captivating. The entire prefecture even has a special ‘Ash Forecast’ as part of the weather report. Nagasaki is an attractively situated port city on the island of Kyushu and the capital of Nagasaki Prefecture. As one of Japan’s closest port cities to the Asian mainland, Nagasaki has played a prominent role in foreign trade relations for many centuries and was the most important of only a very few ports open to restricted numbers of foreign traders during Japan’s period of isolation. In more recent history, Nagasaki became the second city after Hiroshima to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the end of World War II. Nagasaki is a treasure-trove of nature, culture and history. Jeju Island, also known as the “Island of the Gods,” is a popular vacation spot for Koreans and many Japanese. It remains one of the top honeymoon destinations for Korean newlyweds. The island’s mixture of volcanic rock, frequent rains, and temperate climate, make it very similar to the Hawaiian Islands in the U.S. The island offers visitors a wide range of activities: hiking on Halla-san (South Korea’s highest peak), catching sunrises and sunsets over the ocean, viewing majestic waterfalls, riding horses, or just lying around on the sandy beaches. Although tourism is one of the main industries on the island, many of the hotels and other tourist areas are run by mainland companies.

DAY 13 – BUSAN
After breakfast disembarkation and proceed for Busan city tour. Busan Tower is a symbol of Busan that stands proudly 69m above sea level at a height of 120m. The top of the tower is modeled after the baldaquin of Dabotap Pagoda in Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju. Beloved by Busan citizens and tourists alike, the tower offers a stunning view and plenty to see, such as the Statue of the Great Admiral Yi Sun-shin, the Bell of the Citizens, a flower clock and a bust of the Busan-based independent activist, Baeksan An Hee-je. Later visit Jagalchi Market which is located on the shoreside road in Busan’s Jung-gu. Korea’s largest seafood market, selling both live and dried fish. After the Korean War the market solidified itself as a fish market. Most of the people who sell fish are women, so the vendors here are called Jagalchi Ajumma, “ajumma” meaning middle-aged or married woman in Korean. Every year in October the Jagalchi Cultural Tourism Festival is held, and it is easy to visit because of the convenient transportation provided by subway. Jagalchi Market is where you can see the lifestyle of the Busan locals. Designated as a Busan monument, along with Oryukdo Island, Taejongdae represents Busan, and is especially famous for its rock beach. Featuring its highest peak at 250 meters, there are forests of pine trees and 200 other varieties of trees. Taejongdae was named after the 29th king of the Silla Kingdom King Taejong MuYeol, Under the lighthouse of this resort is a rock called Sinseon Rock, named after the myth that gods and goddesses came down here to relax. At this rock is a figure called Mangbuseok, named after the story of a woman who waited for her husband who had been taken to Japan. Taejongdae is also famous for the ritual of praying for rain, performed when there are droughts, and rain on the 10th day of the fifth lunar month is called the “Taejong Rain.” On days with clear skies you can see Japan’s Tsushima Island from the observatory. Check in at your 5* Hotel.

DAY 14 – BUSAN - GYEONGJU
Breakfast and transfer to Gyeongju. Upon arrival visit Seokguram which is located on Tohamsan Mountain and is the representative stone temple of Korea. Designated as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995, it is an artificial stone temple made of granite. Seokguram is known to have been built with Bulguksa Temple. Kim Dae-Seong had Bulguksa Temple built for his parents in his current life, and Seokguram Grotto for the parents of his former life. Inside the round-shaped main hall are the Bonjon Statue, Bodhisattva and his disciples. The Bonjon figure wearing a generous smile is seated on the stage engraved with a lotus flower design. The rounded ceiling looks like a half-moon or a bow and has a lotus flower decorated cover on it. Drive to Tumuli Park (known as Daereungwon in Korean), It has more than 20 large and small tombs from the Shilla period and has been designated as a Historic site. The tombs are presumed to be those of kings and court officials. The dimensions of the tombs vary with heights range from less than 1 meter to 23 meters. Most of them are earthen and moundshaped. Some double gourd-shaped ones are for the joint burial of a husband and wife. As those excavated were all found to be stone-pilled wood-lined chamber type, most of the tombs here are presumed to be of the same type. After Tumuli Park proceed to Cheomseongdae the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia. Constructed during the reign of Queen Seon-deok ,it was used for observing the stars in order to forecast the weather. This stone structure is a beautiful combination of straight lines and curves, and was designated as National Treasure. Cheomseongdae was built in a cylinder shape with stones 30cm in diameter. 362 stones were piled up to make 27 levels. Roughly 4.16m up from the bottom there is a 1m2 square entrance and a space to hang a ladder under it. The inside is filled with soil up to the 12th level, and the 19th, 20th, 25th, and 26th levels all have long rocks hanging on two areas. Anapji means “Goose and Duck Lake.”It was originally constructed during the reign of Munmu. Today’s Anapji is a mere echo of its original form, with little of the vegetation and none of the original architecture. During Munmu’s time Anapji served as a resort garden teeming with rare plants and animals. To impress Tang dynasty Chinese envoys, miniaturizations of the twelve famous peaks of China’s Wushan mountain were terraced around the lake. Here, envoys could relax in an atmosphere inspired by the scenery of their homeland. Check in at your 5* Hotel.

DAY 15 – GYEONGJU - SEOUL
After breakfast, start your tour of Bulguksa Temple which is the representative relic of Gyeongju and was designated as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO in 1995. The beauty of the temple itself and the artistic touch of the stone relics are known throughout the world. The Temple was built in 528 during the Silla Kingdom and was originally called ‘Hwaeom Bulguksa Temple’ or ‘Beopryusa. It underwent numerous renovations from the Goryeo Dynasty to the Joseon Dynasty but was burned down during the Imjin War. Reconstruction started again in 1604 during the 37th year of King Seon-jo’s reign (Joseon Dynasty) and was renovated about 40 times until 1805. After this time, the temple suffered serious damage and was often the target of robbers. Proceed to Gyeongju Yangdong Village Korea’s largest traditional village, showcasing the traditional culture of the Joseon Dynasty and the beautiful natural surroundings. Thanks to its many cultural heritages, including treasures and folklore materials. The entire village has been designated as a cultural heritage site. Many people have visited this village to see its wealth of cultural heritages and scenic surroundings. Mt. Seolchangsan and its four spines of mountains can be seen beyond the village. Approximately 160 old houses and 500-year-old thatched-roof cottages are nestled within the valley. Fifty-four of these homes, are over 200 years old and have been excellently preserved in their original state, offering a rare opportunity to view a variety of unique Korean traditional houses in person. Transfer to Seoul and check in at your 5* Hotel.

DAY 16 –SEOUL
After breakfast visit the Imjingak park which overlooks the Imjingang River – literally a shrine to national division. Major landmarks include an altar where families originally from the North come to perform ancestral rites on the Korean holidays, an observatory and Freedom Bridge, the hastily constructed bridge where some 130,000 South Korean and Allied POWs crossed to return home at the end of the Korean War. It was built in 1972 with the hope that someday unification would be possible. Threestoried Imjingak is surrounded by several Monuments, Unification Park and North Korea Center. In front of Imjingak is the Gyeongui Train Line which was destroyed during the Korean Conflict in 1950. It has been under construction since 2000. Every year many events for unification are held at Imjingak. Drive to Unification Village in the civil control zone which is a slow food experience program operated by Jangdan Bean Village.Tourists can experience the daily life of the farming village including a soybean milk/bean curd making, traditional soy sauce making, a corn baking, and a grinding stone. Visit Dora Observatory which replaced the previous Songaksan Observation Post. From the observatory, visitors can overlook North Korea and various locations including Gaeseong, Songaksan, Kim Il-Sung Statue, and Cooperation Farm.The observatory offers 500 seats, VIP rooms, and abundant parking space. It was first opened to the public in January 1987. Near the observatory is the Third Underground Tunnel, built by North Korea and found in 1978. It stretches over 1.6km with a height and width of 2m, capable of mobilizing 30,000 troops in one hour. Afternoon shopping at the Lotte World Mall which features Avenuel, a complex of luxury department stores. The multi-leveled mall draws in many visitors as one of the top shopping attractions in Seoul, with a variety of domestic and foreign brands. On the fifth level, there is a replica of Jong-ro Street from the 1930s, as well as a recreation of 1960’s Myeong-dong on the sixth floor. The mall also offers a wide-range of entertainment facilities, such as a movie theater, aquarium, and more. farewel traditional showdinner at Korea House.

DAY 17 – SEOUL - MALTA
Breakfast and day at leisure for personal sightseeing and shopping. Transfer to the Airport for your flight back to Malta.

DAY 18 - MALTA
Arrival in Malta.



CELEBRITY MILLENNIUM CRUISE SAILING ITINERARY
DAY PORT ARRIVE DEPART ACTIVITY
1 Tokyo(Yokohama), Japan - - Docked
2 Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan - 8:00pm Docked
3 Mt. Fuji (Shimizu), Japan 7:00am 3:00pm Docked
4 Kobe, Japan 11:00am - Docked
5 Kobe, Japan - 10:00pm Docked
6 At Sea - -
7 Hiroshima, Japan 7:00am 4:00pm Docked
8 Kagoshima, Japan 10:00am 8:00pm Docked
9 Nagasaki, Japan 9:00am 6:00pm Docked
10 Jeju Island, South Korea 8:00am 5:00pm Docked
11 Busan, South Korea 8:00am - Disembark



OUR PACKAGES INCLUDE
RETURN INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS MALTA/TOKYO/SEOUL/MALTA
AIRLINE TAXES AND FUEL CHARGES
PORT TAXES
15 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION :
1 NIGHT ACCOMMODATION IN TOKYO AT THE 4* GRAND NIKKO DAIBA HOTEL.
10 NIGHT CRUISE ON BOARD THE CELEBRITY MILLENNIUM
1 NIGHT ACCOMMODATION IN BUSAN AT THE 5* PARADISE HOTEL
1 NIGHT ACCOMMODATION IN GYEONGJU AT THE 5* HILTON HOTEL
2 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION IN SEOUL AT THE 5* GRAND HYATT HOTEL
ALL TRANSFERS
ALL EXCURSIONS AS PER ITINERARY
37 MEALS ( 16 BREAKFASTS, 10 LUNCHES, 11 DINNERS)
LOCAL ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE
COMPREHENSIVE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING
ACTIVE ITINERARY WITH UNIQUE CULTURAL FEATURES
SERVICES OF AN EXPERIENCED ROCS TRAVEL TOUR MANAGER
CRUISE EXCURSIONS ARE OPTIONAL
VISA REQUIRED



PACKAGE PRICE PER PERSON 
QUAD SHARING €3849
TRIPLE SHARING €4099
TWIN SHARING €4559



OBLIGATORY PER PERSON TO BE PAID ON BOARD
GRATITUDES €142



  


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