Exclusively chartered for just 199 guests under the guidance of A&K’s expedition team —who offer incomparable insight into the country’s rich culture, ancient history and natural treasures — this one-of-a kind journey explores Japan’s less-frequented coastal areas from the comfort of a nimble, stylish vessel. Reach remote parts of the country with ease, visiting unique ports with access to rarely-seen wilderness areas.
This marks the fourth cruise around the islands of Japan that A&K as offered since 2008. It will be the first featuring the new Le Soléal, sister ship to Le Boreal, which A&K uses in Antarctica and the Arctic.
Shore excursions feature less-frequented ports and a choice of activities designed to appeal to guests’ personal passions. Embark on an active exploration of Takahashi to visit Matsuyama Castle and the Kibitsu Shrine, or stroll through renowned Korakuen Gardens at their spring best and the Kurashiki historical district. Memorable encounters abound from the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima and the panoramic landscapes of the Izumu Plain and Matsue to the samurai and geisha houses in Kanazawa and a private performance by the Kodo Taiko Drummers in Sado-ga-shima. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike through Kakusenkie Gorge and enjoy an onsen (hot springs) experience in the Yamanaka onsen district.
In addition to assembling an award-winning expedition team to orchestrate the journey and offer fascinating lectures throughout the voyage, A&K has brought in experts to provide a distinctly local point of view. Guests will have the opportunity to learn first hand about the natural world from author and Japan Times columnist Mark Brazil; the intricacies of contemporary Japanese culture from native literature expert Mayumi Kanamura-Brazil; hands-on photography instruction with Richard Harker; or Asian architecture and garden design with author and Associate Professor Emeritus Dr. Lee Makela.
Le Soléal features elegant guest quarters that are spacious and comfortable, with a choice of bedding configurations, including two-room, two-bath suites. Common areas, including a theater, two spacious lounges and a small library invite casual conversation with fellow passengers and expedition staff members, as well as space for private reflection in quiet corners. While a full-service salon, steam room, spa and fitness center complete the amenities.
Wonders of Japan Aboard Le Soleal with Abercrombie & Kent (May 13 – 26, 2016) is a total of 14 days; from $14,495 per person, double occupancy (when booked by August 31, 2015*). For more details on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, contact your travel professional, go to www.abercrombiekent.com. Save now $2,500 per person on cabin categories 1-3 when booked by August 31, 2015.