Lindblad Expeditions has announced that it will add Japan to its deployment with two new itineraries in 2021 aboard the 102-guest National Geographic Orion,
Sailing on Sept 15, the Orion will offer a coastal Japan sailing over the course of 14 nights, with rates starting at $20,800 per person.
“Step back in time on a voyage into Japan’s riveting history, from the historic castle towns of the Edo period to the elegant shrines and merchant districts of the Meiji era, to the poignant sites of World War II,” said the company, in a statement.
“Trace the shores of Honshu and the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, venture into the homes of samurai and feudal lords and discover exquisite centuries-old gardens of Kenroku-en, Koraku-en, and Sengan-en. Get inspired on the art-filled island of Naoshima, and visit museums and studios dedicated to artists and traditional handicrafts in Matsue and on Shikoku. Take a detour to South Korea to spend a day exploring the rich cultural legacy of Korea’s Silla Dynasty among the incredible ancient ruins of ancient city of Gyeongju.”
A second sailing features the East China Sea, with stops in Japan and Taiwan, including snorkeling opportunities at the coral reefs of Kerama Island and the mangrove forests of the Yaeyama Islands. Lindblad said guests can hike among ancient cedar trees in Yakushima’s rainforest and see the hoodoo spires in Taiwan’s Yehliu Geopark. This sailing is 13 nights and departs September 28, 2021. Rates begin at $19,320 per person.