Kobe To Busan ASIA expedition cruise Silver Explorer

Accompany us on this semi-circumnavigation of Japan and visit some of the most outstanding natural and man-made sites this strange and wonderful country has to offer: National Parks, not one, not two but three of Japan’s highest-ranked gardens and traditional buildings. Imbibe in the solemn spirituality of the many shrines, temples and memorials. Our final destination Shanghai presents better than anywhere the juxtaposition of Asia’s past and present.
Voyage 7910

Book and pay in full by 28 February, 2018 and save 10% with Silversea Early Booking Bonus

Fares shown are per guest

included in the cruise fare

  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • One hour free Wifi per day for all guests. Unlimited free Wifi for guests sailing on select suite categories
Cruise itinerary

Our itineraries are second-to-none – below please find detailed information regarding ports of call, arrival and departure times, as well as supplemental information about the destinations you’ll visit
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Our itineraries are second-to-none – below please find detailed information regarding ports of call, arrival and departure times, as well as supplemental information about the destinations you’ll visit
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Located on the calm waters of the Inland Sea, Kobe has served as an important port town for hundreds of years. It was one of the first harbours to accept foreign traders in 1868 when Japan was just emerging from its centuries of isolation. What followed was a surge of Western trade and exports. Today, Kobe is quite multicultural, with expatriates from 98 different nations in residence, providing a cultural diversity most easily visible in restaurants serving every kind of cuisine, including the now world famous Kobe beef.
Okayama is an important transportation hub and one of the largest cities of the Chugoku Region. It is famous because it has one of Japan’s most significant gardens. Although the “Korakuen” Garden was severely damaged by bombs in WWII, the descriptions and paintings from the Edo period permitted an exact reconstruction. It is one of the “Three Gardens of Japan” and has been designated a “Special Scenic Location”. Known formerly as the centre of rice-distribution in the Okayama area, many old warehouses next to the preserved canal have been converted into museums, boutiques and cafes.
Takamatsu city is the capital of Kagawa prefecture which is Japan’s smallest prefecture. This city is a vibrant blend of natural beauty and cosmopolitan functionality with a population of 420,000 people. The port of Takamatsu used to be the main gateway to Shikoku Island until the opening of the 37km long Seto Ohashi Bridge in 1988. Takamatsu city has flourished along with the Seto Inland Sea since 17th century when Matsudaira family, the relatives of the Tokugawa Shogun, ruled this area. Matsudaira family has completed the famous Japanese “Ritsurin Garden”.
The small island of Miyajima (“The Shrine Island”) is known for the Floating Torii Gate, which is one of “The Three Most Beautiful Views” of Japan. Built in the water, the Torii Gate leads to the Itsukushima Shrine and at high tide it seems to float. The Torii Gate is one of the most photographed sites in all of Japan. There are many more shrines and paths on Miyajima that are inviting to walk. Mount Misen has a cable car leading partly up to the top with nice views and wild monkeys and deer roaming the trails.
On August 6, 1945, at 8:15 am, a massive chunk of metal known as Little Boy fell from an American plane, and the sky ignited and glowed for an instant. In that brief moment, however, it became as hot as the surface of the sun in Hiroshima, until then a rather ordinary workaday city in wartime Japan. Half the city was leveled by the resulting blast, and the rest was set ablaze. Rain impregnated with radioactive fallout then fell, killing many that the fire and 1,000-mph shock wave had not. By the end of this mind-boggling disaster, more than 140,000 people died.

Hagi is a former castle town located in the middle of Yamaguchi prefecture along the coast of the Sea of Japan. It is surrounded by the ocean, mountain and Abugawa River. Early in the 17th century, Terumoto Mori built Hagi Castle at the foot of Mt. Shizuki-yama, and the area served as the seat of the Yamaguchi prefecture government until the middle of 19th century. Around then, Hagi produced many capable men who played a leading role in the construction of modern day Japan, including Hirobumi Ito who became the first prime minister in Japan.
Sakaiminato is a small city almost totally surrounded by water: the Sea of Japan to the east, the Sakai Channel to the north and Lake Nakaumi to the west. Across the lake the towns of Matsue and Yasugi offer interesting experiences. Matsue is known as the “Town of Water” next to scenic Lake Shinji and Lake Nakaumi. It has one of the very few wooden castles that still remain in Japan. Touring the castle and boat rides on the Horikawa River and the castle’s moat are popular.
The capital of the Ishikawa Prefecture, Kanazawa once rivalled Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo) as a town rich in cultural achievements. Kanazawa escaped destruction during World War II and accordingly has been able to preserve many of the old districts in good shape. The city is famous because of Kenrokuen. Located next to Kanazawa Castle, Kenrokuen is classified as “One of the Three Gardens of Japan”. The garden has an artificial pond, and hills and houses are dotted within the 11.4 hectares. It has Japan’s oldest fountain using natural water pressure and a tea-house dating back to 1774.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Vibrant urban activity is juxtaposed with dramatic mountain ridges and beautiful beaches in Sokcho, South Korea. Many tourists come to this city of approximately 90,000 residents to visit Seoraksan National Park, home of the highest mountain in Gangwon-doProvince and the third highest mountain in South Korea. The city and mountain range attracts national and internationally visitors year-round, but particularly in autumn, when the foliage is at its height (and considered the most beautiful in Korea).
White-sand city beaches and hot-spring resorts may not be everyone's first image of Korea, but these are what Koreans flock to Busan for all year. And there are plenty of opportunities for rest, relaxation, retail therapy, and even a touch of glamour every October with the Busan International Film Festival. Busan's beaches are the big summertime draw but there is plenty to be seen year round. Quintessential experiences include taking some rest and relaxation at a local spa and exploring the Beomeosa temple complex.

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

Owner's Suite

728 ft² / 67m² including private balcony

From US$ 15,840 with early booking bonus

Grand Suite

618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony

From US$ 14,400 with early booking bonus

Silver Suite

422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies

From US$ 13,230 with early booking bonus

Medallion Suite

400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony

From US$ 12,420 with early booking bonus

Veranda Suite

206-216 ft² / 19-20m² including a French balcony

From US$ 9,540 with early booking bonus

Vista Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window

From US$ 7,470 with early booking bonus

View Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with view window

From US$ 7,110 with early booking bonus

Explorer Suite

175-190 ft² / 16-18m² with view window

From US$ 6,570 with early booking bonus

Adventurer Suite

157-167 ft²/14-15 m² with 2 portholes

From US$ 6,300 with early booking bonus
Fares shown are per guest

included in the cruise fare

  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • One hour free Wifi per day for all guests. Unlimited free Wifi for guests sailing on select suite categories
  • *Excluding All Full World Cruise and Grand Voyages
  • *Free transfers available only for guests utilizing Silversea air offer

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

Silver Explorer - Owner's Suite
Silver Explorer - Owner's Suite
Silver Explorer - Owner's Suite
Silver Explorer - Owner's Suite
Silver Explorer - Owner's Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 728 ft² / 67m² including private balcony

The name says it all. A stylish apartment. Prestigious and classic. For those who seek the superlative level of space, comfort and service on board.  For those who expect the finest from a luxury cruise.

Fares from (Per guest)
US$ 17,600
US$ 15,840 with early booking bonus

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7910 - Kobe  to Busan
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • Balcony with wooden parquet and patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Living room with sitting area
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Vanity table with hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Illy® espresso machine
  • Afternoon canapés upon request
  • Dinner at officer's table
  • Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

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note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Owner's One Bedroom View deck Fares from :
US$ 17,600 (Per guest)
with early booking bonus US$ 15,840 (Per guest)
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Silver Explorer - Grand Suite
Silver Explorer - Grand Suite
Silver Explorer - Grand Suite
Silver Explorer - Grand Suite
Silver Explorer - Grand Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony

Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed. Ideal for entertaining friends while you cruise or enjoying a quiet dinner “at home”.

Fares from (Per guest)
US$ 16,000
US$ 14,400 with early booking bonus

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7910 - Kobe  to Busan
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • Balcony with wooden parquet and patio fourniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Living room with sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Vanity table with hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Illy® espresso machine
  • Afternoon canapés upon request
  • Dinner at officer's table
  • Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Grand 1 View deck Fares from :
US$ 16,000 (Per guest)
with early booking bonus US$ 14,400 (Per guest)
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Silver Explorer - Silver Suite
Silver Explorer - Silver Suite
Silver Explorer - Silver Suite
Silver Explorer - Silver Suite
Silver Explorer - Silver Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies

Spacious, with a welcoming sitting area, a marbled bathroom and your own private balcony. Silver Suites can accommodate three guests.

Fares from (Per guest)
US$ 14,700
US$ 13,230 with early booking bonus

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7910 - Kobe  to Busan
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • Two French balconies with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest)
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Vanity table with hair dryer
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Afternoon canapés upon request
  • Dinner at officer's table
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Silver View deck Fares from :
US$ 14,700 (Per guest)
with early booking bonus US$ 13,230 (Per guest)
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Silver Explorer - Medallion Suite
Silver Explorer - Medallion Suite
Silver Explorer - Medallion Suite
Silver Explorer - Medallion Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony 

A mark of distinction. Sumptuous. Spacious. Rich textures and panoramic views surround you with distinguished luxury. The perfect summary of The Medallion Suite offered by the world’s best cruise line.

Fares from (Per guest)
US$ 13,800
US$ 12,420 with early booking bonus

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7910 - Kobe  to Busan
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • Balcony with wooden parquet and patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Vanity table with hair dryer
  • Afternoon canapés upon request
  • Dinner at officer’s table
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Medallion View deck Fares from :
US$ 13,800 (Per guest)
with early booking bonus US$ 12,420 (Per guest)
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Silver Explorer - Veranda Suite
Silver Explorer - Veranda Suite
Silver Explorer - Veranda Suite
Silver Explorer - Veranda Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 206-216 ft² / 19-20m² including a French balcony

A Silversea cruise signature, complete with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a private balcony.

Fares from (Per guest)
US$ 10,600
US$ 9,540 with early booking bonus

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7910 - Kobe  to Busan
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Veranda View deck Fares from :
US$ 10,600 (Per guest)
with early booking bonus US$ 9,540 (Per guest)
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Silver Explorer - Vista Suite
Silver Explorer - Vista Suite
Silver Explorer - Vista Suite
Silver Explorer - Vista Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window

A quiet sanctuary. The suite’s sitting area has plenty of room to relax while on your cruise. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed.

Fares from (Per guest)
US$ 8,300
US$ 7,470 with early booking bonus

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7910 - Kobe  to Busan
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • Large picture window providing panoramic ocean views
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Vista View deck Fares from :
US$ 8,300 (Per guest)
with early booking bonus US$ 7,470 (Per guest)
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Silver Explorer - View Suite
Silver Explorer - View Suite
Silver Explorer - View Suite
Silver Explorer - View Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 192 ft² / 18m² with view window

Welcoming and comfortable, the View Suite provides a relaxing haven for even the utmost adventure-seeking guests. Complete a day spent exploring onshore with an evening unwinding in the comfort of your sitting area. Capture passing ocean scenes through your view window. Freshen up in your beautiful marbled bathroom before enjoying an elegant onboard dinner. Or cozy up under fine bed linens to watch an on-demand movie on the flat-screen television. Fall asleep easily, dreaming of the incredible experiences that await you the following day.

Fares from (Per guest)
US$ 7,900
US$ 7,110 with early booking bonus

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7910 - Kobe  to Busan
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • View window
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
View View deck Fares from :
US$ 7,900 (Per guest)
with early booking bonus US$ 7,110 (Per guest)
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Silver Explorer - Explorer Suite
Silver Explorer - Explorer Suite
Silver Explorer - Explorer Suite
Silver Explorer - Explorer Suite
Silver Explorer - Explorer Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 175-190 ft² / 16-18m² with view window

Deck Four forward is home to eight Explorer Suites. Enjoy a separate sitting area and the passing scenery through a view window. Explorer Suites accommodate up to two guests and exude cosy opulence, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring ashore.

Fares from (Per guest)
US$ 7,300
US$ 6,570 with early booking bonus

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7910 - Kobe  to Busan
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • View window
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Explorer Class View deck Fares from :
US$ 7,300 (Per guest)
with early booking bonus US$ 6,570 (Per guest)
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Silver Explorer - Adventurer Suite
Silver Explorer - Adventurer Suite
Silver Explorer - Adventurer Suite
Silver Explorer - Adventurer Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 157-167 ft²/14-15 m² with 2 portholes

Even guests who plan to spend only sleeping hours in their stateroom will appreciate the distinctive touches of this cosy suite. After spending the day on a dynamic shore excursion, unwind in the ample sitting area or rejuvenate the mind with a soak in the marbled bathroom’s tub. Here you can watch passing ocean scenes through two porthole windows. Reminisce the day’s travels by journaling at your writing desk. Watch a movie on the flat-screen television. Or fall sound asleep within the comfort of fine bed linens ­– with your choice of nine pillow types.

Fares from (Per guest)
US$ 7,000
US$ 6,300 with early booking bonus

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7910 - Kobe  to Busan
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • Two portholes
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Adventurer Class View deck Fares from :
US$ 7,000 (Per guest)
with early booking bonus US$ 6,300 (Per guest)
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Fares shown are per guest

Silver Explorer

Silversea’s purpose-built luxury Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions.  A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables the Silver Explorer Expedition Cruise Ship to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of 12 Zodiac boats allows Silversea Expedition guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer luxury cruise adventure. 

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Restaurants

Discover our collection of onboard venues where you'll enjoy spending time with like-minded travellers and of course, our personalized all-inclusive service.

Public Areas

Renowned for culinary excellence and innovative spirit, Silversea's luxury cruises offer a choice of open-seating dining options throughout the fleet, as well as several specialty venues aboard all non-expedition ships.

3 Hotels

Our land programmes (multi-day mid-, pre- or post-cruise) provide additional opportunities to discover more of the highlights and hidden treasures of the lands you visit.

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Your expedition will lead to one discovery after another. A complimentary programme of unique, small-group shore experiences, led by team of expert guides and lectures, allows you to fully experience the lands you'll visit.

voyage highlights

Starting in Kobe, Silver Explorer will sail around the southern tip of Japan’s main island to cross the Sea of Japan to Busan, South Korea. Experience the ways that modern societies of Japan and South Korea are influenced by their past and learn how tradition still plays an important part in daily life. On the semi-circumnavigation of Japan we will visit some of the most outstanding natural and man-made sites Japan has to offer including National Parks and three of Japan’s highest-ranked gardens. Along the way you will see traditional buildings such as castles, homes and warehouses and feel serenity in outstanding shrines, temples and memorials. In South Korea, we intend to see the scenic Seoraksan National Park. Throughout the voyage, learn about the geology, wildlife and botany of these locations from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable on board Expedition Team.

Voyage Highlights:

Okayama, Japan –
Okayama is home to the renowned Koraku-en Garden. Although severely damaged by bombs in WWII, the descriptions and paintings from the Edo period permitted an exact reconstruction to its original, elegant state. This rebuild has earned the site the designation of “Special Scenic Location.” Okayama is also home to the Ohara Museum, the first Japanese museum to permanently exhibit western art.

Takamatsu, Japan –
Takamatsu is located on Shikoku, the smallest of the four main Japanese islands. Here the 75-hectare Ritsurin Garden, features six ponds, thirteen hills, a waterfall, plum, cherry, and pine trees, a bamboo forest, a tea house, and a garden that is recognized one of the most beautiful strolling gardens in Japan. It was awarded three stars in the Michelin Green Guide Japan.

Miyajima and Hiroshima, Japan –
Pay your respects at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in central Hiroshima. This was Ground Zero for the Atomic Bomb dropped on August 6, 1945. The Peace Memorial Museum surveys the history of Hiroshima and the advent of the nuclear bomb. The nearby small island of Miyajima (“The Shrine Island”) is home to the Floating Torii Gate. Built in the water, the Torii Gate leads to the Itsukushima Shrine and at high tide it seems to float.

Hagi, Japan –
Hagi’s “Old Town,” includes Shizukiyama Park and Hagi Castle ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the heart of Hagi lies the Samurai Quarter, which preserves the traditional style Japanese houses and old-fashioned streets. Hagi is also home to Tokoji Temple, of the Obaku-shu school of Zen Buddhism that is the resting place of the two first Mori daimyo, a family of powerful and territorial pre-modern Japanese lords.

Kanazawa, Japan –
Kanazawa is known for its many artistic offerings, including its lacquerware, Kutani-style pottery, gold leaf workmanship and delicately painted silk kimonos. It also houses Kenroku-en, one of the famous “Three Gardens of Japan.” Kenroku-en’s 11.4 hectare grounds include Japan’s oldest fountain using natural water pressure and a tea house dating back to 1774.

Sokcho, South Korea –
South Korea’s northernmost region of Sokcho welcomes visitors with a view of the city skyline mirroring the impressive Taebak Mountains that nearly meet the sea. Only 30 miles from the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea lies Soraksan National Park, one of South Korea’s most scenic areas. Soraksan houses some of the oldest Zen temples in the world, and a 108-ton bronze Buddha.

Cultural Highlights:

• Stand at Hiroshima Ground Zero and experience the sombre history of this and other crucial World War II sites.
• Visit the Samurai Quarter in Hagi, Japan, which preserves the traditional style Japanese houses and old-fashioned streets. We will visit an old house that shows the typical interior of a Japanese residence, where we will see how the Japanese lived in traditional ways.

Please Note: Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and/or ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

GEAR UP


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