Embark the ship in Osaka.
Day 1: Osaka
Arrive in Osaka and board L'Austral. Settle into your cabin and explore the onboard amenities as the vessel sets sail this evening and you sit down to your first gourmet dinner.
Day 2: Tamano
Today you may join an optional excursion around Okayama, the largest city in the Chugoku Region after Hiroshima. Call at the Korakuen garden, one of the three best landscape gardens in Japan along with Kairakuen Garden in Mito and Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa. Your excursion continues to Kurashiki city, known for the lovely, white walls of its buildings, this city developed as a port town along the Kurashiki River. First stop in Kurashiki is Kurashiki Bikan Historical Area and then onto the Ohashi family old merchant house, a 200-year-old merchant's house was appointed as an Important Cultural Property in 1978.
Day 3: Hiroshima
Today L'Austral arrives in Hiroshima. Founded in 1589 by the feudal lord Terumoto MORI, Northen coast of the inland Seto Sea, Hiroshima has become a modern city, one that is lively and very active. Visit the poignant Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and its powerful museum and the Atomic Bomb Dome, located near the epicenter of the blast. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996, the Dome remains a stark and powerful symbol of the destructive force created by humankind. Continue to the serene Shukkeien Garden, modelled after the famous West Lake in Hangzhou China, Shukkeien Garden is a quiet respite from the bustle of Hiroshima's busy streets.
Day 4: Uwajima
Arrive in Uwajima a coastal city in the southern Ehime Prefecture, facing the Bungo Channel that separates Kyushu from Shikoku. Explore at leisure or join an optional Uwajima highlights tour visiting the beautiful terraced field of Yusu Mizugaura and Doi Pearl. At Doi Pearl, you will learn the era of natural pearls, the method of pearl culturing, the production and distribution of pearls. After a lecture, you have a chance to purchase pearls and may find a bargain here. Later continue to the Uwajima Castle, en route to Taga Shrine.
Day 5: Kagoshima
Arrive in Kagoshima often compared with its Italian sister city Naples due to a similarly mild climate, palm tree lined streets and Mt. Sakurajima which sits across the bay from the city. Join an optional excursion visiting the city's main attractions and volcano. You will reach Mt. Sakurajima by coach followed by a short ferry ride. Mt. Sakurajima sports hot springs and is known for the enormous radishes that grow in its volcanic soil. Back on the mainland, visit Sengan-en Garden, (also known as Iso Gardens) is the former summer villa of the once powerful Shimazu clan, and overlooks Kinko Bay and Mt. Sakurajima. After lunch you will be driven to lovely Chiran, sometimes known as 'Little Kyoto' for all the samurai residences that have been preserved there. Ten houses have been preserved along with several beautiful gardens, all perhaps 250 years old.
Day 6: Nagasaki
Arrive in the attractive port city of Nagasaki. From here you can join an optional historical city tour visiting the Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture, Dejima Island; a Dutch outpost that served as Japan's only contact point with the Western world for over 200 years. You will also visit the Oura Catholic Church, both the oldest Gothic-style wooden building and oldest church in Japan and onto Glover Garden: situated on a picturesque hillside looking over Nagasaki Port.
Day 7: Pusan, South Korea
Today the ship arrives in South Korea, where you may enjoy an optional excursion to the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. En-route you will cross the Gwangan Grand Bridge. At 4.6 miles, it is the country’s longest suspension bridge, offering wide views on the Oryuk Islets, Dongbaek Island and the Dalmaji Hill. Unlike other temples, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is situated near the sea, normally they are located in the mountains. Next, you will visit the Yongdusan Park and its Busan Tower and the Jagalchi Fishery Market located next to the Fisherman’s Wharf.
Day 8: Sakaiminato
Today you may join an optional full day excursion to the Izumo Taisha Shrine. It is one of the oldest shrines in Japan, mentioned in both the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki -- two ancient collections of Japanese stories and legends -- and for many centuries was the largest wooden structure in the country. After lunch you will travel to Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, it shows the unique culture which has been handed down over the generations in Izumo. Lastly, you will visit Adachi Museum of Art, located near Matsue City, combines superb Japanese gardens with an outstanding collection of modern painting.
Day 9: Maizuru
After your final breakfast disembark the ship in Maizuru .
Disembark the ship in Maizuru.
- 8 nights' accommodation on board L'Austral
- Full Board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day
- Mineral water, coffee and wine served with lunch and dinner
- Afternoon tea daily
- 24 hour room service (selected menu)
- Evening gatherings and organised entertainment
- Evening entertainment and events
- Luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa
- English speaking lecturer on selected sailings.
- Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
- International transportation
- Port & Safety Taxes
- Transfers to and from the ship
- Optional excursions
- Visas (where required)
- Personal insurance
- Personal expenses
- Beverages other than the ones mentioned
- Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments