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The Far East Aboard Minerva: Japan, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan

Program Number: 21628RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/1/2015 - 1/24/2015;
Duration: 23 nights
Location: China/Taiwan/South Korea/Japan
Price starting at: $7,695.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 65; 22 Breakfasts, 21 Lunches, 22 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

On a voyage through the East China Sea explore the cultures, history, beautiful environments and man-made marvels of the Far East. Experience the dynamic cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei. Discover Japan in depth from tranquil shrines to magnificent castles. And learn about the pearl-diving “sea women” of Jeju Island.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile per day; some uneven, hilly terrain and stairs without railings.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Hong Kong, 1 night; aboard Minerva, 21 nights.



Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.


Days 2-4: Arrival Hong Kong / embark Minerva:

Explore this cosmopolitan city and learn about its unique relationship with China. Take the historic Star Ferry across the harbor then ascend Victoria Peak by tram for spectacular skyline views. Visit the Chi Lin Buddhist Nunnery, a complex of elegant temples and gardens. Lodging: Four-star hotel.



Days 5-9: At Sea / Shanghai (China):

Sail to China’s most developed city, where the ship spends two nights. Contrast the Bund, the old colonial riverside area, with the ultramodern Pudong district. Take a field trip to the ancient water village Zhujiajiao.



Days 10-11: At Sea / Jeju (South Korea):

On this volcanic island, learn about the haenyeo (“sea women”) who dive for shellfish without the help of scuba equipment.



Day 12: Nagasaki (Japan):

Explore the old port, one of the few open to foreign traders during Japan’s long period of isolation. Visit the Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum.



Day 13: Kagoshima:

In the shadow of the mighty stratovolcano Sakurajima discover the historic homes and gardens of Edo Period samurai.



Day 14: Uwajima:

Take a field trip to a local pearl farm to learn how pearls are produced. See Uwajima Castle, whose original donjon (tower) still stands today.



Day 15: Miyajima:

Experience the iconic Itsukushima Shinto Shrine. The shrine’s torii seems to float on the water and its colors contrast with the mountains and sea.



Days 16-17: Kobe:

Sail across the Seto Inland Sea to cosmopolitan Kobe, where you spend two days. Discover the spectacular temples of Nara and visit a sake brewery.



Days 18-20: At Sea / Naha:

Journey to Shuri Castle, the seat of the Ryukyu island kingdom. The bright red castle is a mix of Japanese and Chinese architectural styles.



Days 21-22: At Sea / Taipei (Taiwan):

From the port of Keelung venture to Taiwan’s capital. Highlights include Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and the National Palace Museum.



Days 23-25: At Sea / Hong Kong / disembark / departure


MV Minerva

This stylish, newly upgraded vessel is operated by a long-established British company and boasts a loyal following of British travelers. It offers its 350 passengers two restaurants plus al fresco dining, a cinema, two bars, a library/card room, a swimming pool, a gym and a sauna. The spectacular Orpheus Lounge provides panoramic views of your surroundings.


Meals and Lodgings
   Novotel City Gate Hotel (or similar)
  Hong Kong, China 1 night
   MV Minerva
  Aboard the MV Minerva, UK:England 21 nights
 Novotel City Gate Hotel (or similar)
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: 51 Man Tung Road
Tung Chung
Hong Kong,   Hong Kong
phone: (+852)36028888
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check in time: 6:00 AM

 MV Minerva
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: No matter which corner of the globe you choose to discover, after exploring ashore, you will always appreciate Minerva’s stately comforts: a relaxed lounge with entertainment, well-stocked library, restaurants, gym, Wheeler bar and Shackleton's bar. An elegant environment in which polished wood and gleaming brass are complemented by works of art and fresh flowers. With over 50 years experience in discovery cruising, Swan Hellenic knows all the ingredients for the perfect cruise. From the on board environment to inspiring itineraries, and from our knowledgeable reservations team to our European ship's officers and attentive crew, we are committed to providing you with the ultimate discovery cruise experience. You will travel with like-minded people and as you share the experiences of your voyage, you may find acquaintances turn into lasting friendships. Your cruise will be further enriched by the presence of distinguished speakers drawn from the academic, diplomatic and media worlds. Their presentations and the more informal conversations you can enjoy in the Darwin Lounge will really bring our destinations to life.
  Ship Information: Gross Tonnage - 12,449 Length - 437 ft Beam - 66 ft Draft - 19 ft Cruising Speed - 14 knots Passenger Decks - 6 Stabilisers - retractable fin Registration - Bahamas Passengers - 350 Crew - 160; mainly Filipino and Ukrainian Officers - British and European Entered Service - 29th April 1996
  Contact info: Swan Hellenic - North America
1800 S.E. 10th Avenue, Suite 205
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 866-923-9182
web: us.swanhellenic.com/homeus.html
  Room amenities: TV, Hairdryer and Personal Safe in Every Cabin
  Facility amenities: Facilities include: 44 Balcony cabins 100 Outside cabins (74% outside cabins including 23% balcony cabins) 2 Restaurants Orpheus Lounge Internet Lounge Livingstone Lounge Darwin Lounge Shackleton & Wheeler Bars Cinema Library/Card Room Boutique and Gift Shop Swimming Pool Gymnasium, Sauna and Spa Services Complimentary Launderette with Washers and Dryers Beauty Salon Medical Centre Telephone, Fax and E-mail Facilities
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program begins at 6:00 pm on Day 3 at the program hotel in Hong Kong. You will be staying at Novotel City Gate Hotel (or similar) that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends after breakfast on board the MV Minerva. You will be staying at MV Minerva the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. **IMPORTANT: REGISTERING FOR YOUR CRUISE ONLINE** Swan Hellenic requires all guests to register online prior to sailing. They will ask you to provide full passport details, including address and telephone number. They also require next of kin contact information in case of an emergency. This information must be received no later than 60 days prior to departure. Passengers must visit the website at www.swanhellenic.com - click on "Already Booked" then "Required Passenger Information" to enter your details. The embarkation date is the date you board the ship. Furnished data will be provided to foreign government immigration officials and is required for on-board administration. PLEASE NOTE: Your cruise documents will not be issued prior to your online registration, and embarkation onto the ship may be denied. If you did not receive a booking number or if you need assistance registering online, please contact our program department at 1.866.359.5966 and someone will assist you.
  Parking availability:
We do not recommend driving to the site
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Train/Bus not recommended
To Start of Program
  Location:  Hong Kong
  Transportation to site: All participants who purchase their air travel through Road Scholar Travel Services will be provided with a transfer from Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) to the program hotel. If you did not purchase your air travel through Road Scholar, you may join the desginated group transfer as long as your flight arrives at the same time or before the group flight. The designated group transfer time will be sent with your final program materials, approximately 5 weeks prior to the start of your program. Please try to arrive by 4:00pm, so you join the Program Orientation and Welcome Dinner.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Aboard the MV Minerva
  Transportation from site: All participants who arranged their air travel through Road Scholar will be transfer from the ship to the airport in Hong Kong airport at the end of the program. If you did not purchase your air through Road Scholar, you may join the designated group transfer as long as your flight departs at the same time or after the group flight. The designated group transfer time will be sent with your final program materials, approximately 5 weeks prior to the start of your program.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Departures from the US
(Thursday, January 1)
   
 Arrive To: Flights depart the U.S. for Hong Kong.

Day 2: Arrive in Hong Kong
(Friday, January 2)
   
 Arrive To: Flights arrive in Hong Kong
 Afternoon: Check in at your hotel and take the afternoon to unpack and relax. In the early evening you will meet with your group for introductions, a review of the program itinerary and site orientation.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Novotel City Gate Hotel (or similar)
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Hong Kong - Victoria Peak and the Hong Kong History Museum
(Saturday, January 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Ride the historic Star Ferry across the harbor to Central District. Even after 100 years, the ferry remains an important commuter link from Kowloon to Hong Kong island. The eight-minute crossing provides spectacular 360 degree views of Hong Kong’s magnificent harbor. Drive to the base of Victoria Peak and take the funicular up the highest mountain on the island, where spectacular views stretch over the city’s most expensive real estate, to the harbor beyond.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: At the Hong Kong History Museum, learn about the unique origins of this beautiful city – from the history of its original inhabitants to its present-day status as a distinctively international port and financial center. Transfer to the ship to embark the minerva for 42 nights.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Hong Kong - Kowloon Insights
(Sunday, January 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship. Breakfast - with a wide range of options - can be enjoyed in the Swan Restaurant, the Veranda or out on the open deck around the pool. Morning coffee and pastries are served in the Veranda and afternoon tea in the Swan Restaurant. Both restaurants offer the same wide choice of menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
 Morning: Visit the Chi Lin Buddhist Nunnery where you will view the unique architectural style from the Tang Dynasty which uses special interlocking systems cut into the wood. The grand complex is home to halls containing a treasure trove of religious relics as well as striking statues made from gold, clay, wood and stone. In the same area is the Nan Lian Garden, a newly opened park covering 3.5 hectares, in which every hill, rock, plant and timber structure is placed according to specific rules and methods. Stroll through the Jade Market where you may wish to purchase a piece of Chinese Jade which symbolizes beauty, nobility, perfection, constancy, power, and immortality in Chinese culture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. Minerva is scheduled to depart Hong Kong at 18:30.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: At Sea
(Monday, January 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Relax on board the ship. On board presentations from the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue cruising. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: At Sea
(Tuesday, January 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Relax on board the ship. On board presentations from the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue cruising Minerva. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: At Sea / Shanghai
(Wednesday, January 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Relax on board the ship. On-board presentations from the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue cruising. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
 Evening: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Shanghai at 20:00.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Shanghai, China - Highlights of Shangai
(Thursday, January 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Shanghai is the largest and most developed city in China and a fascinating mix of East and West, split in two by the Huangpu River with the older city centre, Puxi, to the west of the river and the new high rise development of Pudong to the east. During a guided tour of the city enjoy a memorable trip on the high-speed Maglev train, covering 30km in just 7 minutes and 20 seconds. The train uses magnetic levitation technology, does not touch the tracks, and reaches a maximum speed of 267mph. You will also visit the Jin Mao Tower, a high-tech, high rise office building in the centre of Pudong, travelling to the viewing platform on the 88th floor in just 45 seconds in one of two super speed elevators for breathtaking views of the city below. On the west bank of the river enjoy a taste of 1920s Shanghai in The Bund, the colonial riverside of Old Shanghai where you’ll see the historical buildings which once housed numerous foreign banks and trading houses, and People’s Square, in the traditional centre of Shanghai.
 Lunch: Return to the ship for lunch.
 Afternoon: Your afternoon is free explore Shanghai. The ship is scheduled to remain in port overnight.
 Dinner: Group dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Shanghai, China - Zhujiajiao Water Village
(Friday, January 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Travel a short distance out of the city centre to the picturesque water village of Zhujiajiao, once an important town for local trade, shipping goods in and out of its man-made canals to the river. Founded almost 1700 years ago, it became prosperous on the backs of its cloth and rice industries. Small rivers are criss-crossed by bridges built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the various spans built of stone, wood and marble. Explore one of the several large gardens that are scattered around the town, visit the rice museum, gaining a glimpse of life in the old days, and visit the old post office built during the Manchu Dynasty. Finally, enjoy a canal boat ride along the waterways of this beautifully preserved town, viewing the houses, narrow streets and alleyways lining the banks of the rivers, before exploring the vegetable market and enjoying some free time to explore at your leisure.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Minerva is scheduled to depart Shanghai at 15:00.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: At Sea
(Saturday, January 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Relax on board the ship. On board presentations from the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue cruising. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Cheju City, Cheju Island, South Korea - The Haenyeo Museum
(Sunday, January 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Housed in a four-story building, the museum offers many interesting exhibits in a cozy atmosphere. It is located in Hado-ri, a leisurely seaside village in Jeju, where many haenyeos have traditionally lived. Nowadays, fewer young women entertain the idea of such a difficult job, so most divers are middle-aged women. Diving in the Jeju Sea and gathering seafood for a living, they are woman divers called haenyeo. There job is demanding as they dive under water without any special equipment. How to best collect seafood is just another wonder to visitors. Haenyeo are truly unique and a must-see on one's trip to Jeju Island. Climb Sunrise Peak. At 182m, it is located at the Seongsan port surrounded by 99 small and big rocks, the top of the crater looks like a splendid crown floating upon the dark blue ocean. Sunrise Peak is one of the most picturesque views on Jeju.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Minerva is scheduled to depart at 14:00.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Nagasaki, Japan - Nagasaki Overview
(Monday, January 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Nagasaki was the most important of only a very few ports open to restricted numbers of foreign traders during Japan’s period of isolation. Dutch workers were the only westerners allowed to remain in the country and they were restricted to Dejima, a man-made island constructed in 1636, during Japan’s two centuries of isolation. Discover the old colonial district, viewing the historical buildingd that remain: various residences, warehouses, walls and gates. Located on a hill where Western merchants settled after the period of isolation is Glover Garden, an open-air museum exhibiting mansions of these former residents, including the mansions of British and Scottish merchants. View the mansions and enjoy the panoramic view over Nagasaki city. Above Nagasaki’s Peace Park, commemorating the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945, stands the sobering Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. Visit the museum and gain an understanding of the fearsome destructive power of the atomic bombing.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue cruising the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Kagoshima, Japan - Chiran Samurai Houses
(Tuesday, January 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Explore the Fumoto district of Chiranto discover the street of old samurai residences and gardens built in the later part of the Edo Period and steeped in the atmosphere of the age. Seven of these gardens have been designated by the national government as places of scenic beauty.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. Minerva will be in port until 17:00.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Uwajima, Japan - Uwajima Panorama
(Wednesday, January 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Morning at leisure as Minerva sails toward Uwajima. Minerva is scheduled to arrive in port at 13:00.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: From the 16th century through the early Meiji period, Uwajima was a castle town as well as a cultural and industrial centre. Today, the town is emerging as the nation’s largest pearl cultivation centre and you will visit a local pearl farm to learn about the process of implanting, harvesting, extracting and sorting pearls. Visit Dairakuji, a small temple, to see some of the unique items collected by the monks and view Uwajima Castle, a three storey, 17th century donjon, built by master castle designer, Takatora Tohdoh.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Miyajima, Japan - Itsukushima Shrine
(Thursday, January 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Walk from the quay where Minerva’s tenders come ashore and discover the sacred area of the Itsukushima Shrine. The shrine was established in 593, with most of the main shrine built in the 12th century. Twenty-one buildings are laid out around the main sanctuary, and the buildings are connected with corridors painted in red that extend to encircle it. The layout was cleverly designed to make the shrine resemble a bird stretching its wings when viewed from the opposite shore. The shrine's torii gate rises 16 metres above the sea. Its columns, made of camphor, 10 metres in circumference, and supported by pairs of small pillars, are buried in the seabed. The present torii dates from 1875. At high tide, both the torii and shrine seem to float on the sea. UNESCO designated Itsukushima Shrine a World Heritage site in 1996.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue cruising the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Kobe, Japan - Kobe City Overview
(Friday, January 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Mount Rokko, at 931 metres, is the highest peak in the Rokko mountain range. Take a cable car ride up the mountain to enjoy panoramic views over Kobe and Osaka and see the botanical garden, Japan’s first golf course and Rokko Garden Terrace. Back down at sea level, Kobe’s waterfront area, ‘Nadagogo’, has the largest concentration of Sake breweries in Japan. Here, expertly skilled Sake breweries transform pure ‘miyamizu’ spring water from Mount Rokko and superior quality ‘yamadanishiki’ rice into famous brands of sake. Visit one of the breweries and see how Japan’s most famous alcoholic beverage is produced.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
 Evening: Minerva will remain in port overnight.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Kobe, Japan - Nara Temples
(Saturday, January 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Nara occupies an important position in the history of Japan; it is said that the first state was located in Nara. Nara is also home to various World Heritage sites such as Todaiji Temple and the Kasuja Taisha Shrine. Visit the impressive Todaiji Temple, one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples constructed in 752. The temple’s main hall, Daibutsuden (Big Buddha Hall) is the largest wooden building in the world, despite the fact that the present reconstruction of 1692 is only two thirds of the original temple hall’s size. Kasuga Taisha is Nara’s most celebrated shrine, dedicated to the deity responsible for the protection of the city. See the hundreds of bronze lanterns, donated by worshippers, that can be found hanging from the buildings, and the stone lanterns which line its approaches.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: At Sea
(Sunday, January 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Relax on board the ship. On board presentations from the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue cruising. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: At Sea
(Monday, January 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Relax on board the ship. On board presentations from the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue cruising. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Okinawa, Japan - Highlights of Naha
(Tuesday, January 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Explore the city of Naha, the capital and largest city of Okinawa Prefecture, and former capital of the Ryukyu kings. Shuri Castle was the administrative centre and residence of the Ryukyu royal family for over 400 years, until Okinawa became a Japanese prefecture in 1879. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the castle sits on a hill providing outstanding views of Naha and the sea. Surrounded by tall curved walls, the bright red castle is a mixture of Japanese and Chinese architectural styles. See the lavishly decorated Seiden (Main Hall) and the ornate Shurei Gate. Known as the Gate of Courtesy, it typifies Okinawan architecture and serves as a symbol of modern day Okinawa. Nearby, the Shuri Ryusen Dye Studio sells traditional Ryukyu-style dyed fabrics known as bingata as well as materials coloured with vegetable-based dyes. The studio also displays a small collection of handicrafts made during the Ryukyu Dynasty and offers demonstrations of bingata fabric making. Naha’s Tsuboya district has been a centre for Okinawan pottery since the era of the Ryukyu Kingdom, and many pottery workshops are still concentrated in the area today. Learn about the history and techniques of Tsuboya pottery at the Tsuboya Pottery Museum.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to explore independently. Minerva will be in port until 19:00
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: At Sea
(Wednesday, January 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Relax on board the ship. On board presentations from the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue cruising. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
 Evening: Minerva will remain in port overnight
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: Keelung, Taiwan - Highlights of Taipei
(Thursday, January 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Taiwan’s capital, Taipei is a young, modern and bustling city and on this tour you will see the highlights of this cosmopolitan city. Visit the Cheng Kai Shek Memorial Hall dedicated to the late President. Located in downtown Taipei, this majestic hall contains a large bronze statue of Cheng Kai Shek set in landscaped gardens and is really a landmark of the city. You will have a sightseeing drive passing the main sights of the Taipei including what is currently the world’s tallest building, the Taipei 101 tower modelled on the shape of a bamboo stalk. At the National Palace Museum, discover a veritable treasure trove of China’s finest works of art. The museum houses an enormous collection within various exhibitions including a Bronze collection, Calligraphy, Paintings, Ceramics and Ivory and Jade carvings. The first exhibition opened in 1965 after some 3,000 boxes of China’s most important treasures arrived from storage in Nanking after the Japanese invasion. Today the museum holds over 650,000 pieces covering 5 millennia.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: At Sea
(Friday, January 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Relax on board the ship. On board presentations from the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue cruising Minerva. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24: Hong Kong - Disembark
(Saturday, January 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for flights returning to the U.S.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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