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Sensoji, Tokyo

China & Japan in Spring on Crystal Symphony

20-day stay & cruise


Short description

See the Far East at its exotic best: cherry blossom season


  • Take in some of Asia’s greatest cities, including Shanghai and Taipei
  • Enjoy cherry blossom season – a highlight of world travel
  • Begin with a three-day luxury stay in Hong Kong
  • Indulge with open-bar cocktails and full-board fine dining
  • Compare Tokyo’s neon to a lesser-visited castle town

In Brief

  • 3 Nights Hong Kong
  • 2 Nights At sea
  • 1 Night Taipei
  • 1 Night At sea
  • 1 Night Kagoshima
  • 1 Night At sea
  • 2 Nights Tokyo
  • 2 Nights At sea
  • 3 Nights Shanghai
  • 2 Nights At sea


Recommended for:
All-inclusive | History & culture | Ocean cruise

This curated itinerary showcases some of Asia’s greatest port cities at their most beautiful, with the magic of cherry blossom season in full flow. No more is this true than in Japan, where you’ll take in both Tokyo’s headline-grabbing glitz and the off-the-beaten-track charm of its castle towns. As well as enjoying a luxury three-night stay in Hong Kong, you’ll also get the chance to compare the colourful heritage and competing skylines of Taipei and Shanghai. It’s all joined together by included private transfers and your ultra-luxury cruise, where you’ll enjoy open-bar cocktails, full-board gourmet dining and complimentary activities that range from wine tastings and yoga classes to full-production shows and a lecture series.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Depart UK

After making the most of your complimentary airport lounge access, you’ll fly direct to Hong Kong with British Airways.

Days 2-4
Hong Kong

On arrival, you’ll be met at the airport by a private driver who’ll see you to your luxury accommodation. It’s a true delight, showcasing spectacular harbour and city views from its fine-dining restaurants, elegant rooms and spectacular rooftop pool. It’s all centrally located, whether you’d like to explore at your leisure or let us organise something for you. Evocative boat and tram rides bring you out to jungle-clad mountains and national-park islands, while back in town luxury boutiques rub shoulders with colourful Chinese temples. Of course, you also can’t miss out on the dining scene, whether sampling fluffy dumplings at a hawker market or the latest concoctions of its countless celebrity chefs.

Stay: Intercontinental Grand Stanford (Deluxe)

Days 5-6
At Sea

After a day at leisure and an included private transfer, you’ll board your ultra-luxury ship. Promising six-star service, the open bars serve up cocktails and wine tastings while the full-board dining spans from sushi delicacies and afternoon tea to pool-side grills and Italian classics. It all begins with dinner on the first night. The attendant-served accommodation is equally impressive, with all grades featuring large picture windows, deluxe amenities and complimentary room service available around the clock. You’ll then have a day at sea to acquaint yourself with the ship’s entertainment, ranging from lectures, cigar lounges and dancing to Broadway-style productions, recent-release movies and a full casino.

Stay: Crystal Symphony (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 7

Your first port of call is Taipei, where Chinese, Japanese and Western influences play out over an ultra-modern skyline. However, if you look in between the glass and steel, you’ll find everything from Taoist temples and imperialist mansions to tea-merchant houses and a National Palace Museum that houses 5,000-year-old treasures. Don’t also miss out on the bustling night markets, or the chance to relax in one of the city-centre parks.

Stay: Crystal Symphony (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 8
At sea

Back on board, you’ll cruise over the East China Sea. It’s the perfect opportunity to avail yourself of the excellent array of enrichment options onboard. Alongside the lecture series, you might want to learn from the experts at the computer lab, bridge lounge or Creative Learning Institute, which offers lessons across the arts. Alternatively, simply make use of the complimentary Wi-Fi.

Stay: Crystal Symphony (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 9
Kagoshima, Japan

You’ll arrive into Japan with Kagoshima – the country’s “friendliest city”. It’s got a sunny disposition to match, too, with its glittering bay and giant volcano backdrop bathed in suitably warm temperatures. This tropical climate has also fostered a rich agricultural tradition, showcased across Kagoshima’s famous dining scene. The seafood and tonkotsu stews are special highlights. Then, in terms of sights, you’ll be spoilt by gilded Buddhist temples, a 17th-century castle and Edo-period shrines.

Stay: Crystal Symphony (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 10
At sea

Today is given over to cruising the Japanese coast. And, while you’ll have plenty of time to unwind with the free-flowing piano-bar drinks, you might want to enjoy some more considered relaxation at the spa. Alongside a canopied relaxation area and the usual sauna facilities, you can expect a full spread of treatments, including stone therapy, Japanese facials and a collection of excellent massages.

Stay: Crystal Symphony (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Days 11-12

There’s nowhere else like Tokyo, something you’ll quickly discover with two days here. In a single breath you could both admire Shinjuku’s neon-clad skyscrapers and step into the rabbit-warren of Golden Gai, where five-seater wooden bars are lit by soft-glowing lanterns. Indeed, there’s plenty of history here, from the shrines of Yoyogi Park to the great Imperial Palace and the grand vermillion tiers of Senso-ji Temple. Then, there’s always the world-famous dining scene and the Tokyo Skytree – the world’s tallest tower.

Stay: Crystal Symphony (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Days 13-14
At sea

Travelling over the East China Sea, you’ll have two further days to enjoy your ship’s amenities. You might want to get active with the paddle tennis court, outdoor lap pool and the PGA instruction on the putting greens. That’s alongside the state-of-the-art fitness centre, where the treadmills come with flat-screen TVs and the complimentary classes include yoga and aerobics.

Stay: Crystal Symphony (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Days 15-17
Shanghai, China

You’ll have three days to get to grips with the megacity of Shanghai. While its glistening skyscrapers are instantly recognisable, you’ll also find Art-Deco fineries, synagogues and Jesuit cathedrals lining its historic laneway maze. It’s all animated by two great excesses –shopping and eating. After all, China represents almost half of the luxury goods market. There’s also plenty of non-commercial artistry, with art galleries constantly springing up and the acrobatic scene as strong as ever.

Stay: Crystal Symphony (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Days 18-19
At sea

You’ll have a final two days at sea to end your trip in style. Perhaps seize the opportunity to make use of the beauty salon, or simply unwind in the sun, complimentary cocktail in hand. You’ll also see your lecture series concluded, having brought each port of call to life.

Stay: Crystal Symphony (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 20
Hong Kong/UK

On disembarking, you’ll be met by a private driver for the journey to the airport and your flight home with British Airways.

Meals: B


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