Enchanting Islands: Discovering Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines

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From ancient tradition to modern culture; buzzing cities to untouched tropical islands, this a land and sea adventure filled with a kaleidoscope of experiences and adventures waiting to be uncovered.

Begin your journey by exploring the temples, gardens, castles, history, culture and cuisine of Japan before embarking on the ultimate expedition cruise of Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines’ subtropical islands where remote, idyllic isles and islands await.


• Culture and artistry of old Japan in Kanazawa

• Museum of Contemporary Art, World Heritage site, Nijo Castle and geisha in Kyoto

• Sake brewery and famous boat house in the fishing village of Ine

• An insight into the city’s feudal past at Osaka Castle

• Itsukushima Shrine with its renowned overwater torii gate at Hiroshima Peace Park

• The eco-paradise at UNESCO World Heritage-listed Yakushima Island

• The primeval Kinsakubaru Virgin Forest

• The ‘Hawaii of Japan’, Okinawa Island

• Iconic street food in Taiwan’s dynamic capital Keelung

• Famous surreal landscape of honeycomb and mushroom eroded rock formations at Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan

• 19-kilometre-long canyon in Taroko National Park and Marble Gorge in Hualien, Taiwan

• Spanish-influenced UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Vigan, Philippines

• The paradise that is Hundred Islands National Park, Philippines


Map for Enchanting Islands: Discovering Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines

Day 1: Tokyo

Day 2: Tokyo / Kanazawa

Day 3: Kanazawa / Kyoto

Day 4: Kyoto

Day 5: Kyoto / Ine / Amanohashidate

Day 6: Amanohashidate / Osaka

Day 7: Kobe

Day 8: Takamatsu

Day 9: Miyajima & Hiroshima

Day 10: Uwajima

Day 11: Yakushima Island

Day 12: Amami Oshima

13: Okinawa Island

Day 14: Ishigaki, Yaeyama Islands

Day 15: Keelung, Taiwan

Day 16: Hualien

Day 17: Batan Island, Philippines

Day 18: Vigan

Day 19: Hundred Islands National Park

Day 20: Manila

Please Note:

During our voyage, circumstances may make it necessary or desirable to deviate from the proposed itinerary. This can include poor weather and opportunities for making unplanned excursions. Your Expedition Leader will keep you fully informed. Please note: Voyages are planned and scheduled pending final regulatory approval.


• Voyage on board in selected cabin category
• Pre/Post cruise transfers
• Experienced expedition leader and team
• All meals while on board
• House beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
• All expedition shore excursions
• Land: Five nights accommodation;
• all transportation by air-conditioned private vehicle for all included sightseeing;
• all entrance fees during touring;
• services of local English-speaking guides;
• meals as per itinerary;
• bottle of water during sightseeing;
• VAT Government tax and services charge;
• Crooked Compass Escort
• Cruise: Landing fees to the value of AUD$700,
• pre and post cruise transfers,
• one night hotel accommodation equivalent to your on board accommodation (incl. dinner/breakfast)


• International and Domestic flights, both commercial and charter
• Travel insurance
• Passport and visa costs if applicable
• Additional beverages other than those noted
• Gratuities
• Any items of a personal nature including laundry

WE – 2023
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