Authentic Japan

14th Jan 2021 14 nights Sails from Tokyo Boudicca D2101
FROM ONLY £3,349 per person
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FROM ONLY £3,349 per person

Embark on an enlightening and enriching adventure around the beautiful, intoxicating islands of Japan and experience this country’s fascinating way of life, with chances to explore the history and spirituality of enchanting temples, shrines and palaces; sample traditional flavours; fully-immerse yourself in unique culture; and much more.

From the moment you arrive in Tokyo to meet Boudicca, your unforgettable 14-night cruise is full to the brim with authentic Japanese sights and experiences. [ReadMoreMob]With time in the capital before setting sail, perhaps revel in the city’s mix of ultramodern and traditional among its palaces, temples and neon-lit landmarks; and be captivated by charming Geisha’s as they perform dances to traditional music. Alternatively, you could opt for a tour to Kamakura to connect with origins of the Samurai. Attraction-packed Nagoya – a maiden call for Fred. Olsen – awaits you next. Your smaller ship docks close to the centre here, bringing highlights such as Nagoya Castle, Atsuta – one of Shinto’s most important shrines, Ose Kannon Temple and much more within easy reach. Continuing onwards to Kobe, where Boudicca will dock overnight, there’s a chance to tour to the historic city of Osaka and don a traditional Kimono as part of a classical Japanese tea ceremony; or head to Kyoto – Japan’s former imperial capital – to uncover stunning Buddhist temples, imperial palaces and Shinto shrines, and encounter famous Geishas once again. [ReadMoreDesk]

Hiroshima and Nagasaki are sure to invoke thoughts of the devastation caused by the United States’ infamous nuclear attacks in World War II: Hiroshima’s iconic Atomic Bomb Dome, the Hiroshima Peace Museum and Nagasaki’s Atomic Bomb Museum are must-visit sites. However, both offer much more than memories of the war. Awe-inspiring temples, pagodas and shrines, including Hiroshima’s UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shrine, fragrant Oriental gardens, views of picturesque Mount Inasa – overlooking Nagasaki – and quintessentially Japanese experiences await you too. In between calls to these remarkable cities, a visit to Beppu – situated on the beautiful island of Kyushu – provides an opportunity to indulge in blissful relaxation in the city’s famous thermal hot springs, mud baths, sand baths and steam baths. For breathtaking photo opportunities, don’t miss the Hells of Beppu, and the views on offer from atop Mount Tsurumi. Throughout your time in Japan, you’ll have countless chances to taste authentic Japanese cuisine such as Sake wine, soba and sushi too. Finally, before heading home, you round off your journey with the capital of Taiwan and Hong Kong’s iconic skyline for a memorable end to your holiday.

Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday: in guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.

Named after the British warrior Queen, Boudicca has built up a loyal following, combining style and space with the renowned personal Fred. Olsen service. Up to 880 guests can sail in comfort on board Boudicca, enjoying the welcoming, home-from-home ambience, ample space and fantastic restaurants, lounges, bars and facilities of a smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ship.