Blue Water Holidays
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
Experts in River and Small Ship Cruising Holidays since 2002
01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Far East Discovery

Experience the fascinating history and culture of East Asia, from colourful Hong Kong to the mysteries of Japan and the Great Wall of China. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions

Fly Cruise
14 nights

Mid size Ship Holiday
  • Forbidden City, Beijing
  • Hong Kong skyline
  • Hong Kong
  • Okinawa coast, Japan
  • Shanghai

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Discover the ancient dynasties of East Asia, with overnights in four ports providing ample time for full immersion in the local culture.

Wander through Hong Kong’s colourful Stanley Market and the floating village of Aberdeen. Xiamen is home to beautiful colonial architecture, Ishigaki Island showcases Japan's tropical side and Naha provides an insight into the Ryukyu Kingdom.

Stroll along Shanghai’s elegant Bund and admire the towering skyline of famous skyscrapers. Enjoy a visit to the German-influenced Qingdao, experience the friendly and welcoming city of Dalian then explore historic Beijing and hike a lesser-known segment of the stunning Great Wall of China.

RV340 Operated by Viking Ocean Cruises


Far East Discovery

Day 1 - UK - Hong Kong (China)

Fly from the UK to Hong Kong.

Day 2 - 3 - Hong Kong

Arrive in Hong Kong and transfer to your ship. See the legendary highlights of Hong Kong city tour that takes in sweeping views from Victoria Peak, the lively Stanley Market and the floating village of Aberdeen. Optional excursions include a trip to nearby Lantau Island or the casinos and temples of Macau.

Day 4 - 5 - Xiamen

Explore the sophisticated city of Xiamen on a panoramic tour which includes the beautiful university campus, the Baicheng Beach boardwalk and the magnificent Nanputuo Temple.

Day 6 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 7 - Ishigaki Island (Japan)

The tropical island of Ishigaki offers white sandy beaches, clear blue waters and colourful coral reefs. Immerse yourself in village life with a visit to an open-air folk museum and enjoy sweeping views from Banna Park, famous for its butterflies.

Day 8 - Naha, Okinawa

Okinawa is the southernmost of Japan's main islands and has its own, separate history dating back to the 15th-century Ryukyu Kingdom. Enjoy a scenic drive past Shuri Castle, along International Boulevard and across the Nirai Kanai Bridge.

Day 9 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 10 - 11 - Shanghai (China)

Shanghai’s heart is the historic Bund, the graceful riverfront promenade lined with colonial-era banks and trading houses. The guided tour of the city takes in the exterior of the Shanghai Museum and the vast People’s Square which is surrounded by skyscrapers. Alternatively, take tea in tranquil Suzhou, ride the superfast magnetic levitating Maglev train or learn about cooking, traditional medicine and calligraphy from local residents on a trip to the Caoyang community.

Day 12 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 13 - Quingdao

Drive into the heart of Qingdao, once known as the German Hong Kong, for a guided drive past the Eight Great Passes, Wusi Square and the scenic waterfront with its Zhan Qiao pier and golden pavilion.

Day 14 - Dalian

Dalian has been ruled by Britain, Japan, Russia and China. See the different influences on a tour of the city’s highlights, including the lovely Labor Park, atmospheric People’s Square and the unique Beida Bridge.

Day 15 - Beijing

See a less-visited segment of the Great Wall of China and hike its stunning ramparts that were built over 1,400 years ago.

Day 16 - Beijing - UK

Disembark your Viking ship in Beijing and transfer to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.

The Captain reserves the right to modify the itinerary. Please note, this itinerary also operates in reverse.

Price Includes

  • 14-night full board cruise
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • 8 complimentary shore excursions with a wide choice of optional extra excursions available
  • House wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Choice of dining options from casual to private dining and al fresco dining
  • 24-hour room service
  • Tea and Coffee available 24-hours
  • Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • Gratuities
  • All port charges and government taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional optional shore excursions

Cruise Extensions

  • Hong Kong Extension - Extend your cruise with a 2-night pre-cruise stay in Hong Kong from just £549pp. Please contact us for details
  • Beijing Extensions - Extend your cruise with a 2-night post-cruise stay in Beijing from just £449pp. Please contact us for details