Ancient Traditions of the Inland Sea of Japan

Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Matsue, Himeji, and Osaka

Date: Tue, May 8, 2018 - Fri, May 18, 2018

Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Price: From $7,595

Activity Level: Moderate

Region: Asia & the Far East

Arrangements: Thomas P. Gohagan & Co.

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Experience the timeless splendor of Japan and South Korea on this unique, custom-designed itinerary, featuring two nights in Kyoto and a seven-night cruise across the full length of the serene Inland Sea of Japan from Himeji to historic ports of Japan and Ulsan, South Korea. On board the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship m.s. L’Austral, featuring only 110 ocean-view Suites and Staterooms, enjoy this 280-mile stretch of scenic, tranquil ocean with port calls at captivating points of interest, including five UNESCO World Heritage sites. In the enchanting city of Kyoto, visit opulent temples and the Nijō Castle, an imperial gem. Walk through the imposing Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, tour the Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima with its awe-inspiring Great Torii Gate and see the impressive Himeji Castle, the oldest surviving feudal structure from medieval Japan. In Gyeongju, South Korea, visit the glorious Buddhist Bulguksa Temple and the ancient Silla Kingdom Royal Burial Mounds. Tokyo Pre-Program and Kanazawa Post-Program Options are available.



Kyoto, Himeji, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Matsue, Osaka

Day     Destination

  1. Depart the U.S. or Canada/Cross the International Date Line

  2. Osaka, Japan/Kyoto

  3. Kyoto

  4. Kyoto/Himeji/Embark

  5. Hiroshima/Miyajima

  6. Hagi

  7. Sakaiminato for Matsue

  8. Ulsan, South Korea, for Gyeongju

  9. Moji, Japan

  10. Uno for Kurashiki or Koraku-en Garden

  11. Osaka/Disembark ship/Depart for the U.S. or Canada/Cross the International Date Line/Arrive in the U.S. or Canada

*Cruise itinerary subject to change.



  1. Uniquely designed itinerary cruising aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship
    m.s. L’Austral with access to ports unavailable to larger vessels.

  2. Combination of two nights in Kyoto and a seven-night cruise including Japan’s Inland Sea and South Korea.

  3. Immerse yourself in the timeless splendor of Japan in the spring, the best time of the year to visit.

  4. An excursion included in every port.

  5. Visit picturesque formal Japanese gardens and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum.

  6. See the magnificent coastal landscapes of Ulsan, South Korea, and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Gyeongju, an ancient Buddhist capital.

  7. Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are served throughout the cruise; all meals are included aboard ship.

  8. Audio headset is provided for each participant to enjoy clear narration from guides on all excursions.

  9. Tokyo Pre- and Kanazawa Post-Program Options.

Reservations and Information

To reserve, complete a registration form in the brochure and mail to Duke Travels, Box 90572, Durham, NC 27708, or call (919) 684-2988 to reserve conveniently over the phone and let us know you are mailing your reservation form to hold your space.

To learn more about our travel program or any of our upcoming trips, please contact us at or 919-684-2988

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Mode of Travel

Ocean Cruise: M.S. L’Austral

State-of-the-Art Design

The exclusively chartered m.s. L’Austral represents the newest generation of Five-Star small ships, featuring only 110 Suites and Staterooms and distinctive French sophistication.

Elegantly Appointed Suites and Staterooms, 95% with Private Balconies

Each air-conditioned deluxe Stateroom and Suite (200 to 484 square feet), features a private bathroom with shower, luxurious Five-Star hotel amenities and minibar with complimentary beverages; most have two twin beds that convert into one queen bed. Enjoy accommodation amenities including individual climate control, satellite flat-screen television, wireless Internet access, safe, full-length closet, writing desk/dressing table, plush robes and slippers.

Chic and Casual Dining

International and regional cuisine is served in the stylish, spacious Le Coromandel dining
room in single, unassigned seatings; alfresco in the casual Le Rodrigues Restaurant; or from
24-hour room service. Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are available throughout the cruise. Continental and buffet breakfasts, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and a
four-course dinner are served daily. Complementary wine is served with served with lunch and dinner.

Spacious Public Areas/World-Class Service and Facilities

In keeping with the low passenger density, the public areas are spacious and inviting and can accommodate all passengers comfortably. Enjoy views from the Panoramic Lounge, nightly entertainment in the Main Lounge and lectures, cultural performances and film screenings in the state-of-the-art theater. There is a library, Internet salon, Sun Deck, swimming pool, beauty salon, spa, Turkish bath-style steam room, full range of fitness equipment and two elevators. The infirmary is staffed  with a doctor and nurse. The highly trained and personable, English-speaking, international crew provides attentive service.

Respect for the Environment

The state-of-the-art propulsion system and custom-built stabilizers provide an exceptionally smooth, quiet and comfortable voyage. By design, each ship is energy efficient and environmentally protective of marine ecosystems and has been awarded the prestigious “Clean Ship” designation due to its advanced eco-friendly features, a rarity among ocean-cruising vessels. The ship has two tenders and 10 Zodiacs.

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