Icons of Asia Cruise

From $2649 (was $2949)

Per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

19 Days
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Explore iconic destinations whose beauty, incredibly long histories, and exciting cultures have to be experienced in person to be truly appreciated. Fall in love with the Far East on an unforgettable journey from Hong Kong to Tokyo, visiting fascinating ports in Korea, China, and Japan along the way.

Trip Includes

  • Hong Kong
  • Xiamen
  • Shanghai
  • Nagasaki
  • Jeju (Cheju) City
  • Busan
  • Hiroshima
  • Kochi
  • Yokohama (Tokyo)
Cruise Accommodations
  • 14 Nights
  • Cruise aboard Holland America's ms Noordam
Hotel Accommodations
  • 3 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
  • All meals onboard ship
  • Daily Breakfast on land portion
  • A professionally trained English-speaking local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room and cruise ship cabin throughout your tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

Easy going activity level

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Passports and Visas:

A passport, valid for at least 6 months after your return, is required to participate in this tour. Additionally, visas may be required to go ashore in several ports. As of 11/1/2019, US citizens will require the following:

  • Hong Kong SAR, China: No visa is required
  • Xiamen, China: A visa is required for guests who wish to disembark in port
  • Shanghai, China: A visa is required for guests who wish to disembark in port, however a visa waiver program is available for guests who book a Shanghai shore excursion through YMT Vacations or Holland American Line—please contact Holland America Line directly for more information. Guests who wish to go ashore independently or with another operator will need to apply for an individual tourist visa with the Chinese consular offices.
  • Japan: No visa is required
  • South Korea: No visa is required

The above is valid for US citizens as of 11/1/19. All guests are advised that passport regulations are subject to change, and guests who are not US citizens must check their visa requirements with the consular offices of China, Japan, and South Korea

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Hong Kong on an included Sampan boat tour and guided city tour
  • Discover Shanghai, China’s largest city
  • Relax in Jeju, Korea’s version of Maui
  • Tour Hiroshima on an included shore excursion
  • Wander through Tokyo, Japan, on a tour including visits to a Buddhist temple and the Imperial Palace

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Icons of Asia Cruise

Tours Starts: Hong Kong, China

Tours Ends: Tokyo, Japan

Day 1

Depart for Hong Kong

Overnight in flight

Note: Depending on the departure time of your outbound flight, you may depart one day earlier.

Day 2

Arrive in Hong Kong

Welcome to Hong Kong, one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities where East truly meets West.

Metropark Hotel Kowloon or similar

Day 3

Half-Day City Tour and Embarkation (Depart 9:00 PM)

Enjoy an included tour of Hong Kong. Take a ride on the iconic Star Ferry crossing Victoria Harbor and continue to one of the world's steepest funicular railways, the Peak Tram. See spectacular views of the skyline, the harbor, and green hillsides. The tour continues to the famous fishing village of Aberdeen with an included Sampan (boat) ride and then finally to Stanley, a popular market town on the south side of Hong Kong Island. Then, transfer to your floating hotel, Holland America’s MS Noordam. (B)

Day 4

At Sea

Day 5

Xiamen, China (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Xiamen is on the southeast coast of China and boasts a beautiful beach and island scenery. The city has been a major seaport since ancient times and its name refers to its history as a "gate of China.” Explore Buddhist temples, museums, and lush gardens. Or take a short ferry ride to nearby Gulangyu Island to discover beautiful beaches, colonial houses, and fresh seafood.

Day 6

At Sea

Days 7 & 8

Shanghai, China (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM next day)

Shanghai is a renowned international metropolis, a fast-paced and ever-evolving city. Situated on the estuary of Yangtze River, it is also the largest and most prosperous city in China. You have two days to discover this perfect blend of the modern and the traditional. And don't miss the chance to browse through Shanghai’s bustling markets, where there are abundant bargains for a bevy of incredibly unique and unexpected goods!

Day 9

At Sea

Day 10

Nagasaki, Japan (8:00 AM–6:00 PM)

Nagasaki is unquestionably most known for its place in WWII and atomic bomb history, and a visit to the museums, monuments, and memorials of the atomic devastation should not be missed. But this brilliantly reinvigorated, vibrant, and charming city also offers ancient history with its temples, shrines, and churches. Be sure to stop by Glover Garden for some of the best views in Japan.

Day 11

Jeju (Cheju) City, South Korea (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Jeju is roughly the size of Maui, and has much in common with its Hawaiian equivalent. This volcanic island with a mild subtropical climate offers countless enjoyable waterside activities, including the opportunity to lounge on picturesque white sand beaches and sip on deliciously fruity cocktails.

Day 12

Busan (Pusan), South Korea (8:00 AM – 11:00 PM)

Busan combines a vibrant, big-city atmosphere with a famously laid-back attitude in a subtropical setting. It offers visitors a little of everything: fashionable boutiques and a lively culture, as well as sandy beaches, hot springs, and local mountains dotted with temples. Cultural highlights include the Gamcheon Cultural Village; the spectacular Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, built into the side of a cliff; and Art Street in Sinchang-dong.

Day 13

At Sea

Day 14

Hiroshima, Japan (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Located on Honshu Island, Hiroshima is far more than just the site where Allies dropped The Bomb in World War II. It is perfectly safe to visit today, and a popular destination for visitors interested in seeing Miyajima Shrine, one of the most important shrines in the Shinto religion. Join us for an included tour of Miyajima, followed by a stop at Hiroshima Peace Park.

Day 15

Kochi, Japan (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Kochi is home to stunningly lush forests, pristine rivers, historic feudal-era castles, and a gorgeous coastline. Locals are especially proud to hail from Lochi Prefecture, and are famously forthcoming with recommendations for what to eat and where to go. Be sure to sample a plate of traditional Imo-kempi, fried sweet potatoes that are sweet, crunchy, savory, and dangerously addictive.

Day 16

Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan (8:00 AM – 11:00 PM)

Yokohama was just a tiny fishing village before Japan opened to the western world in 1853, when it became one of the first Japanese ports to welcome foreign trade. Because of this long tradition and connection to the outside world, Yokohama has remained at the cutting edge of global fashion, film, sports, and cuisine ever since.

Day 17

Disembark Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan

After disembarkation, we will take you on an included city tour of Tokyo. Visit Imperial Palace Plaza in the center of Tokyo, and walk the stunning grounds full of trees, flowers, and moats. From Kokyo Gaien National Garden in front of the Imperial Palace, enjoy views of the Nijubashi, the pair of bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. The tour continues to Asakusa Temple, one of Tokyo's most colorful Buddhist Temples, and its lively shopping arcade with typical Japanese souvenirs such as kimonos, folding fans, and traditional snacks.

Sunshine City Prince Hotel or similar

Day 18

Tokyo, Japan (B)

Today, enjoy a full day in and around Tokyo and decide yourself how to spend it or join one of YMT's optional day tours.

Sunshine City Prince Hotel or similar

Day 19

Depart for Home (B)

Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tours vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.

YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Inside Cabin

Two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads and a host of amenities are featured in these comfortable staterooms. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

Approximately 151-233 sq. ft.

Ocean View Cabin

These expansive staterooms include include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our Signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads, a host of amenities and an ocean view. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

Approximately 174-180 sq. ft.

Balcony Cabin

Filled with light from floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, these staterooms include a sitting area, two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, and bath tub with premium massage showerheads. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

Approximately 212-359 sq. ft. including verandah

Holland America ms Noordam Deck Plans

Click here to view ms Noordam's deck plans on Holland America's website. Content that you may read on Holland's website may not be applicable to your tour, please speak with a YMT Travel Consultant for clarification.

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