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In the Wake of General MacArthur

The Legacy of World War II - Example 14 Day Cruise aboard Le Laperouse
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The ports of call on this voyage from China to Japan introduce you to the rich historical and cultural diversity of the western Pacific. 5,000 years of Chinese history collected in the National Palace Museum in Taipei; the unique crafts and music of the people of Ishigaki; the legacy of the Ryukyu kingdom represented in the UNESCO World Heritage Shuri Castle on Okinawa; the samurai houses of Chiran; the Fujisan Sengen shrine in the foothills of Mt. Fuji; the Kumano Shinto shrines near Shingu – these are just some of the fascinating places you may visit along our way from Hong Kong to Osaka. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Hong Kong | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Keelung
Day 4 : Ishigaki
Day 5 : Naha, Okinawa
Day 6 : At Sea
Day 7 : Kagoshima
Day 8 : Uwajima
Day 9 : Hiroshima
Day 10 : Tokushima
Day 11 : At Sea
Day 12 : Shimizu
Day 13 : Shingu
Day 14 : Osaka | Disembark

Highlights

  • Hear stories of WWII history from historians James Bradley and Philip Hurst
  • Experience meeting with survivors and successors at the Peace Memorial
  • Enjoy optional excursions to sites connected to World War II

Ship

Le Laperouse

Places Visited

  • Asia
  • China
  • Hiroshima
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Kagoshima
  • Keelung
  • Naha
  • Osaka
  • Taiwan
  • Tokushima
  • Uwajima

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Boat and skyline of Hong Kong Traditional architecture of Asia. Rape-blossom field by lake and Mt. Kaimon, Kagoshima prefecture Hiroshima Peace Memorial Sakurajima Mountain, Kagoshima Prefecture

Day 1 Hong Kong | Embark

Hong Kong, known as the “Fragrant harbour”, bordered by the South China Sea, is a heady place attracting tourists from the world over. This former British colony today combines ultramodern shopping malls and authentic markets like the Ladie's Market or the night market on Temple Street. At first sight, you’ll be overwhelmed by the city’s architecture which, because of lack of ground space, reaches skywards, with its 1,250 skyscrapers and other towers. Believing is seeing, so if you go up to Victoria Peak,  the highest point on the island, you’ll see a dizzying and unforgettable view of the bay.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, you will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 3 Keelung

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On the north-east tip of Taiwan, the harbor city of Keelung stands on one of the most beautiful coasts on the island. Nearby is the spectacular natural park of Yehliu, famed for its striking rock formations. Itメs easy to tour the cityメs historical sites on trails that cross the lush green hills surrounding the harbor ヨ from Chung Cheng Park to Fort Ershawan, you can enjoy superb views of Keelung and the coastline. But the main attraction is the Miaokou night market, where you can taste some typically Taiwanese culinary delights.

Day 4 Ishigaki

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located to the south of the main island of the Yaeyama archipelago, Ishigaki boasts all the aspects of an authentic piece of paradise. Youメve guessed it, you donメt come here for its skyscrapers but for its pure emerald waters and idyllic beaches. Explore pristine coral reefs on a scuba-dive or snorkeling session ᅠヨ ᅠyou may witness the モflightヤ of a manta ray. The waters off Shiraho, on the islandメs south-west coast, have one of the largest areas of blue coral in the world.

Day 5 Naha, Okinawa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The capital of Okinawa Prefecture, the town of Naha is located on the south-west of the island. Youメll loves its lively atmosphere, particularly along Kokusai Dori, otherwise known as モinternational streetヤ. The picturesque Makishi Public Market, nicknamed モNahaメs kitchenヤ offers a profusion of colorful fish, Okinawan foodstuffs, and local spices and you can sample delicacies cooked on the spot. For an insight into the islandメs heritage, which combines Japanese and Taiwanese influences, visit Shuri Castle, a medieval building protected by UNESCO and surrounded by lovely gardens.

Day 6 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 7 Kagoshima

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The seaside city of Kagoshima, at the south of Kyushu Island, ᅠis best known for Sakurajima, an active volcano that faces Kinko Bay. A visit to this busy metropolis will remind you just how much the volcano is part of the inhabitantsメ everyday life: in the wake of the almost daily eruptions, a delicate layer of ash settles on everything. The top of a buried torii (traditional Japanese gate) measuring three meters that were モswallowed upヤ by a giant lava flow in 1914 can still be seen. The power of nature will send a shiver down your spine.

Day 8 Uwajima

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located on the west coast of Shikoku island, Uwajima will delight lovers of history and traditional customs. The magnificent Uwajima Castle was built in the 17th-century by the powerful Date clan and has a beautiful ornamental garden and bridge. The much-visited Taga Shrine is dedicated to fertility and is full of phalluses. Another interesting tradition is togyu, a Japanese variant of bull-fighting where two bulls are pitted against each other without a toreador. As for eating, you must taste jakoten, a local delicacy based on fried fish.

Day 9 Hiroshima

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visiting Hiroshima is a moving experience. The town spreads along Honshu Island, along with the inside coasts of Seto. While firmly focused on the future, Hiroshima doesn't forget its past, and a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and Genbaku Dome is a must. You'll enjoy the city's modern, cosmopolitan atmosphere and effervescent nightlife just as much as the peaceful stillness of its natural parkland areas such as splendid Shukkei-en, the town's historic garden.

Day 10 Tokushima

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 11 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 12 Shimizu

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The former town of Shimizu is located on the Pacific coast of Japan, south-west of Tokyo. “Former” since, from 2003, it has been absorbed into the neighboring town of Shizuoka. From its port, the view onto the bay of Suruga is unique. Its Kashi-no Ichi fish market rolls out an armada of fresh fish. On the very bustling S-Pulse Dream Plaza, you’ll find cinemas, a museum, restaurants, and a shopping mall. In a quieter area, along with the coastline, the bike rides are very enjoyable. The Miho no Matsubara beach, bordered by a magnificent pine grove, offers a breathtaking view of Mount Fuji, when the weather permits.

Day 13 Shingu

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
To the south-west of the Japanese archipelago, Shingu is a port town in the Kansai region. Founded in 1933, it belongs to the peninsula of Kii, the countryメs largest. Take a trip around the Kumano Sanzan religious complex dedicated to three sacred mountains and home to two Shinto temples, Kumano Hong? Taisha and Kumano Hayatama Taisha.ᅠThe latter features the famous sacred nagi tree, said to have been planted around 1159. Pilgrims flock to these two sanctuaries that feature on UNESCO's World Heritage list. Hop on a boat and journey to the Dorokyo Gorge, a natural beauty spot carved out by the emerald waters of the Kumano river.

Day 14 Osaka | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark after breakfast. Continue your travels on your own or transfer to the airport for your flight home. 
Like its big sister Tokyo, Osaka is the product of ancestral traditions and amazing technological innovations. And despite its size, its location on the Pacific Ocean give it a sense of serenity. The main historic landmark is the 16th-century Osaka Castle, which stands proud in the midst of majestic skyscrapers. The lively streets of Dotomburi and the bizarre Shinsekai district attract thousands of locals and visitors. A multitude of restaurants offer menus full of regional specialities: takoyaki, made with octopus, and other succulent dishes such as kushikatsukebabs.

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Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Included features:
• All accommodations, meals, and excursion described above
• Transfers and luggage handling from the Hong Kong airport to the hotel and from hotel to the ship
• Gratuities to guides and drivers on included excursions
• Comprehensive 13-night cruise aboard the deluxe Le Laperouse, with all the amenities for which Ponant ships are famous.
• Transfer from the ship to the Osaka airport at the end of the cruise.
• Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).

Not included:
• Meals and beverages other than those specified above
• Optional excursions
• Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, etc.)

Notes:
This voyage is offered on a space available basis. 
Program is subject to change without notice.
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