Authentic Japan – Enjoy an enlightening and enriching journey around Japan’s beautiful islands, you can experience the authentic cultures, traditions and spirituality of one of the world’s most intoxicating countries.
Authentic Japan – A Cruise & Stay Holiday onboard Boudicca
14 January 2021 – 18 nights
E Grade Ocean View Stateroom from £3369 pp
D Grade Ocean View Stateroom from £3419 pp
B Grade Ocean View Stateroom from £3979 pp
Fly from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester & London
Be captivated by traditional Geisha dancing in Tokyo, or connect with the origins of the Samurai on tour to Kamakura; uncover the shrines and temples of Nagoya; and be part of a classic tea ceremony in Osaka.
Sample Japanese cuisine, such as sake and sushi; look beyond the infamous war history of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to see stunning shrines, pagodas and scenic landscapes; and relax in Beppu’s famous hot springs.
Enjoy an additional 2 nights to explore Hong Kong, at the Harbour Grand Kowloon, prior to your return flight to the UK
Named after the British warrior Queen, Boudicca has built up a loyal following of guests who appreciate a sense of class and timeless elegance not seen or experienced on modern ‘megaships’. Onboard, in keeping with the Fred. Olsen fleet, the emphasis is on providing an intimate and more traditional cruise experience, ensuring guests disembark after their relaxing and rewarding holiday as friends, not just customers.
Up to 880 guests can cruise aboard Boudicca, which, thanks to an extensive refurbishment of the ship’s suites, bedrooms, restaurants, lounges and facilities, will continue to show you the world in comfort and style for many years to come.
As you explore the globe you can indulge yourself with delicious dinners in the Four Seasons, Tintagel or the Heligan Room restaurants; take a dip in one of the three heated pools; watch a show in the Neptune Lounge; simply relax on the Sun Deck; enjoy al fresco dining at The Grill; and much more, without ever feeling overcrowded.
Cruising alongside hundreds, not thousands of like-minded travellers also ensures that staff on board Boudicca can provide Fred. Olsen’s renowned personal, attentive service, catering to your every want and need.
E Grade Ocean View Stateroom
This room is approximately 160 square feet in size and can be found on Atlantic Deck 4 and Marina Deck 3.
It has portholes, a bathroom with bath and/or shower. Facilities include climate control, Interactive Smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities. All rooms are non-smoking, have room service available until 11.00pm, and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).
D Grade Ocean View Stateroom
This room is approximately 160 square feet in size and can be found on Atlantic Deck 4.
It has portholes and a bathroom with bath and/or shower. Facilities include climate control, Interactive Smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities. All rooms are non-smoking, have room service available until 11.00pm, and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).
B Grade Superior Ocean View Stateroom
This room is approximately 160 square feet in size and can be found on Main Deck 5.
It has a picture window and a bathroom with a bath and/or shower. Facilities include climate control, Interactive Smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities. All rooms are non-smoking, have room service available until 11.00pm, and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).
Grand Harbour Kowloon
Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at Harbour Grand Kowloon
Offering unrivalled views of Victoria Harbour, Harbour Grand Kowloon is conveniently situated on the Kowloon waterfront, just a few steps from Whampoa MTR Station Exit D2. It is located about 8 minutes from Tsim Sha Tsui by complimentary hotel shuttle bus, and adjacent to the pier travelling to North Point. It offers spacious accommodation with WiFi access in all rooms and suites.
The guest rooms and suites come equipped with a satellite TV, personal safe and minibar. The private bathroom provides free toiletries, slippers and a hairdryer.
The hotel features an on-site rooftop glass-framed swimming pool, soothing spa, beauty services and the 24-hour top-floor fitness centre equipped with state-of-the-art fitness facilities. A grand lobby and marble staircases boast panoramic harbour views from grandiose 2-story windows.
Hotel features six restaurants offering diverse dining options including certified Halal food (advance order is required). Breakfast, afternoon tea and evening refreshments are served on the Harbour Club Floors
- Return flights from the UK
- 14-night cruise onboard the Boudicca
- 2-night hotel stay in Hong Kong
- All meals & entertainment on cruise
- All transfers
Despite its size, much of the region is covered by forest, with an abundance of Japanese cypress. Considered to be one of the main economic capitals of the world, along with London and New York, Tokyo City has a reputation for being a jungle of concrete, wires and neon lights, but it includes an astonishing array of sights such as the temples of Asakusa and the gardens of the Imperial Palace.
Spot the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building (in effect, Tokyo's City Hall), the highest building in Tokyo. Its twin towers have viewing platforms that offer a great view over Tokyo and beyond.
Since rebuilt, Nagoya today is once again one of Japan’s most important cities and it's third-largest. An industrial and manufacturing powerhouse, it is home to global companies such as Toyota and NGK, and boasts wide, urban streets overlooked by towering office blocks and skyscrapers, such as the impressive Twin Towers of Nagoya Station – the largest railway station, by building area, on earth.
There are cosmopolitan aspects to Nagoya; you’ll find fantastic shops, malls and restaurants serving delicious local cuisine; interesting museums, including the Toyota Automobile Museum and futuristic City Science Museum; and beautiful parks and green spaces too. Amongst the modern marvels, it is still possible to enjoy a taste of the city’s historical importance and samurai heritage though. Don’t miss the stunning Nagoya Castle, Atsuta Shrine – one of Japan's three most important Shinto shrines – and Osu Kannon Temple
Virtually flattened during World War II, Osaka has rebuilt itself with modernistic buildings such as the Umeda Sky Building and Imperial Hotel, but has ensured traditional Japanese buildings, such as the Shitennoji Temple, hold a place in the city.
A cruise to Osaka wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Osaka Castle. Originally built in 1583 the castle has suffered several destructions throughout its history. The current Osaka Castle was built in 1931 and was restored in 1997 the Japanese Government.
Osaka comes alive at night and is lit by thousands of Neon lights. Known as ‘the kitchen of Japan’, there are hundreds of restaurants located around the city that offer traditional Japanese cuisine. Osaka also offers a superb shopping district. Huge departmental stores, shopping malls and vast underground shopping maze are sure to enthral you.
Now a national treasure, Hiroshima Castle was built in 1591 by Terumoto Mori and houses a display of Hiroshima’s history as well as various cultural exhibits. The exceptionally designed City Museum of Contemporary Art, located on Hiji Mountain, is the first Japanese public art museum to promote contemporary art.
When sightseeing in Hiroshima, a must is a visit to Itsukushima Shrine on the scenic Miyajima Island. A National Treasure and UNESCO World Heritage site, it was built in AD593. The island also has numerous temples which are well worth exploring.
There are hundreds of baths to enjoy here, including hot water baths, mud baths, hot sand baths and steam baths, as well as spectacular springs for viewing only. The ‘Hells of Beppu’, which include the cobalt blue springs of Umi Jigoku (Sea Hell) and the blood-red Chi-no-ike Jigoku (Blood Hell), provide incredible views and simply unmissable photo opportunities.
Even the local cuisine is influenced by Beppu’s remarkable natural wonders, and no visit to the city is complete without learning of, and sampling, onsen food. Ingredients such as eggs, seafood, pork and various kinds of vegetables are cooked using the natural heat of the boiling springs, a process that is renowned for producing fresh flavoured, healthy dishes.
From the mid-1800's, Nagasaki was a centre for heavy industry, especially ship-building, making it a major target in World War II.
After the war the city was rebuilt including new temples, several museums, the Christian Urakami Cathedral and even a penguin aquarium. The Nagasaki Peace Park has a Peace Symbols zone, established in 1978, which contains monuments donated by other countries, including Portugal, Cuba and Poland.
15 km off the coast of Nagasaki is Gunkanjima (literally "Battleship Island") which is a small island with the ruins of a mining town abandoned in 1974. Now a ghost town, it has been used in several movies, including the recent James Bond movie "Skyfall".
However, upon closer inspection, Hong Kong offers so much more as a cruise holiday destination, with a plethora of shopping malls, restaurants serving delicious local cuisine and incredible traditional architecture to admire. Perhaps take a tram ride to Victoria Peak for a magnificent perspective over this “Fragrant Harbour”.
Offering unrivalled shopping amongst a plethora of malls and streets lined with delicious street food and restaurants alike, the city has so much to offer and can show you a traditional and architectural side to its many personalities, the most popular being the beautifully detailed Tian Tin Buddha and Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple