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Great Wall of China

Great Wall to Iconic Shrines on Seven Seas Explorer

19-day luxury cruise


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Explore the Far East in unmatched style as you sail between Hong Kong and Tokyo with Regent Seven Seas

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  • Experience the sights and sounds of some of Asia's city greats
  • Choose from up to 45 included shore excursions
  • Indulge on board, with free-flowing drinks and included speciality dining
  • Savour days at sea with optional spa treatments
  • Extend your holiday with a pre- or post-cruise tour of Hong Kong or Tokyo, free of charge

In Brief

  • 1 Night Hong Kong
  • 2 Nights At sea / Taipei
  • 1 Night Ishigaki
  • 3 Nights At sea / Shanghai
  • 2 Nights At sea / Dalian
  • 1 Night Beijing
  • 2 Nights At Sea / Seoul
  • 2 Nights At sea / Hososhima
  • 2 Nights Kyoto / at sea


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Ocean cruise

Enjoy the high life aboard Seven Seas Explorer as you sail between Asia's city greats in consummate style. It all begins amid Hong Kong's iconic harbour, framed by the ultra-modern skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island and the markets and temples of its Kowloon cousin. It's a fitting contrast of old and new, a theme which continues throughout this incredible voyage, which brings you, via stops in Teipei and the idyllic islands of Okinawa, to the great cities of Shanghai and Beijing. Let included shore excursions introduce you to their gardens, temples and Great Wall icons before hopping over to Seoul for the chance to peer across the DMZ into neighbouring North Korea. You'll wrap things up in Japan, making land in seldom-visited Hososhima before taking in Kyoto's pretty gardens and atmospheric geisha district. It's all interspersed with relaxing days at sea and the chance to indulge in the designer suites, gourmet dining and opulent spa of your ultra-luxury ship.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Hong Kong

Begin your holiday in style with included VIP airport lounge access before your overnight flight to Hong Kong.

Day 2
Hong Kong

Arriving into Hong Kong, you'll be met at the airport for an included transfer to your ship – the ultra-luxurious Seven Seas Explorer.  Take the chance to settle into your suite before heading out to explore. Hong Kong is one of Asia's truly great cities, a blend of ancient and modern where glass-and-steel skyscrapers dominate the skyline, looking down on the city's iconic harbour and a labyrinthine jumble of lanes home to busy markets, incense-scented temples and a seemingly endless array of street-food stalls. And, with the MTR subway system, getting around couldn't be easier. Be sure to contrast the cutting-edge shopping malls and Hong Kong Island with the neon-framed bustle of Kowloon, and take a trip up to the summit of Victoria Peak on the iconic Peak Tram to see it all from above. Other options include harbour cruises and trips out to verdant Lantau Island and traditional fishing communities such as Tai O.

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Meals: D

Days 3-4
At sea / Taipei (Keelung)

Having enjoyed a day of relaxation at sea, you'll arrive refreshed into Keelung, gateway to the Taiwanese capital, Taipei. The city is a fascinating blend of cultures, with influences ranging from Chinese to Japanese to American. You can chart its history with a visit to the National Palace Museum, whose collection of treasures includes artefacts that date back as much as 5,000 years. There's a terrific food scene here, too, best explored in any one of Taipei's myriad local restaurants and street-food stalls. Indeed, eating out here is so popular, and affordable, that many city centre apartments don't even have kitchens. It's cheap, cheerful and a great way to acquaint yourself with a vital part of Taiwanese culture. 

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Meals: B L D

Day 5

Home to some of Japan’s finest beaches, Okinawa is a coral-fringed paradise, far removed from the rapid modernisation of the Japanese mainland. Having made the short sailing across the East China Sea, you'll make land in Ishikagi, whose he renowned bay – all emerald-green waters and white-sand beaches – is among the finest in the region. Yet Ishikagi's true charms lie in the lesser-known capes of Uganzaki and Hirakubo, along with the forest-clad peak of Mt. Nosoko, the summit of which. at just 282 metres, can be easily reached via a scenic hike. Elsewhere, the islands of Taketomi, Kuroshima and Kohama make for fantastic day-trip destinations, and can all be explored by bicycle within in just a few easy-going hours.

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Meals: B L D

Days 6-8
At sea / Shanghai

Enjoy another restful day at sea before your arrival into Shanghai on day seven. Situated on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta in eastern China, this is the largest city in a country where cities in general are on the grandest of scales. Home to some 25.5-million people, it's widely regarded as the citadel of China's modern economy as well as a  vital centre for culture and commerce. With two days here, you'll have ample to to explore. Take a walk along the bustling Bund, whose art-deco gems provide a dramatic contrast to the modern skyscrapers of Pudong on the opposite bank. Or, form something more serene, head to the beautiful Yu Gardens – an oasis in the very heart of the city. Eating out here is a special highlights, with everything from traditonal market stalls to Michelin-starred restaurants vying for your tastebud's attention. And, you'll also want to do a little shopping. But where to start in a city that entices with the likes of Prada, Gucci and Burberry on one street and Tibetan antiques and Chinese ceramic stores on the next.

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Meals: B L D

Days 9-10
At sea / Dalian

Sail through day nine before a morning arrival into Dalian – the second-largest city in northern China's Liaoning Province. Young by Chinese standards, the city itself was founded as recently as 1898, although smaller settlements had long existed in the region. As with Hong Kong and Shanghai, Dalian's rapid development stemmed from its colonial occupation, but in this case by Russia rather than Europe. Indeed, under Russian rule Dalian, or Dalny as it was then known, signalled the southernmost point of the Trans-Siberian Railway, and the main port of the eastern Russian empire. With a full day here, you'll have time to head out and explore, perhaps wandering the tree-lined streets of its eminently walkable city centre, dipping into its excellent bar and restaurant scene, or heading out along the craggy coastline to seek out the beachfront delights of the Dalian National Coast Geopark.

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Meals: B L D

Day 11

With one foot rooted firmly in a glorious past, and another racing towards an ultra-modern future, Beijing is undoubtedly one of the great Asian cities. Spend an unforgettable day exploring its iconic attractions, taking in the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City and, of course, the Great Wall, which snakes through the mountains to the north of the city. It's all a wonderful contrast to the capital's architectural innovation, best seen at the CCTV Building, the NCPA concert hall and the 'Bird's Nest' Olympic Stadium. Beyond the headlines, the enchanting hutongs showcase the city at its traditional best – a labyrinth of cobbled alleyways alive with hidden temples and tea houses. They're also the atmospheric setting for some of Beijings 60,000-plus restaurants, which showcase the full repertoire of Chinese cuisine, while top-class museums present the best of an ever-expanding cultural scene. And, be sure not to miss out on a trip to the Peking opera for a unique combination mime, dance and gravity-defying acrobatics.

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Meals: B L D

Days 12-13
At sea / Seoul (Inchon)

Sail on to Inchon, the port gateway to South Korea's capital, Seoul. Another superb example of Asia past, present and future, this city combines the very latest in cutting-edge technology with delightfully tiered temples, sprawling parks and alleyways lined with traditional wooden hanok houses. Spend your time here hopping between bars, restaurants and boutiques, or hop on a tour to take in the infamous DMZ, which marks the border with its the country's secretive North Korea neighbour. 

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Meals: B L D

Days 14-15
At sea / Hososhima

Enjoy further onboard frivolity with a further day at sea before arriving into Hososhima Port is located in Hyuga City in the east of Kyushu – the southernmost of Japan's main islands. To get a sense of the region's tradition and culture, visit the museum at Old Takanabe-ya Inn, which was built in 1921 and kept in its original state. Located close by are the delightful Myokoku-ji Gardens and Mihoko Shrine, where the legend of Emperor Jimmu – the first Emperor of Japan – lives on. Hososhima is home to Cape Hyuga, with its spectacular views of the ocean and 70 metre-high cliff walls, as well as the Omi Shrine, a place famed for its dragon legend and the Sazareishi stones that appear in the words of Japan's national anthem.

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Meals: B L D

Days 16-17
Kyoto / at sea

Your penultimate port of call is something of a trip highlights. Indeed, the grand temples and shrines of Kyoto – Japan’s old imperial capital – are among the country's most atmospheric. This city is Japan at its traditional best, home to tatami-matted teahouses and stunning gardens that are glorious at any time of the year. Nearby, ancient Nara is the cradle of Japanese arts, literature and crafts, while Osaka – also easily reached on a day trip – is host to one of Japan's most 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.

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Meals: B L D

Days 18-19
Tokyo / UK

After a final day at sea, arrive into Japan's capital. Here, you'll disembark for a transfer to the airport and your overnight flight home. Or, extend your stay, taking in the city's ancient history and modern neon buzz with a complimentary three-day extension.

Meals: B


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