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Botanica

Cherry Blossoms in Japan & Chinese Culture & Gardens in Spring

Osaka to Beijing
25 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: BTJPCN25
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

See the Terracotta Warriors

View the life-sized clay soldiers of the ancient Terracotta Army in Xi'an.

Azalea Flower Show

Explore the colours of the Azalea Flower Show in Suzhou, China.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Evocative and sobering, see the collection of items salvaged from the aftermath of the catastrophic atomic bomb.

Your Vacation Includes

  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert cruise director and botanical guide/celebrity gardener, Simon Rickard

Map & Itinerary

Asia Map BTJPCN25 2020
Osaka to Beijing

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

Visit the Ryoanji rock garden and explore the historic city of Kyoto, famous for Geishas.

Stay: Ten Nights, MS Caledonian Sky

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View towards a large temple with a lake and gardens in foreground, Japan

Visit Koraku-en Garden, one of Japan's most significant gardens, then continue to the beautiful historic town of Kurashiki.

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Tour the city of Takamatsu on Shikoku, and visit Kinashi Bonsai Town. Next visit Ritsurin Park, a 350-year-old garden.

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Visit the compelling Peace Memorial Park, and after returning to the ship for lunch, continue to Miyajima where you will see the famous Torii Gate.

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Torii Gate at Miyajima Island at dusk, Japan

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing

Choose between learning about pearl cultivation before visiting the Samurai era Tensha-en Garden, or exploring Uwajima Castle and Tensha-en Garden.


Today presents the fantastic opportunity to explore Uwajima with a choice from two fascinating included sightseeing options.

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Today, tour the Nagasaki Peace Memorial Park, Atomic Bomb Museum and Glover Garden. Continue to Dejima Island, built during the Edo Period to accommodate and isolate Portuguese Christian missionaries.

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Your day is dedicated to an excursion to Gyeongju and its tombs, temples and rock carvings.

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Today you will tour a Samurai’s home and visit the historic Daisho Temple. Also see the Hagi Castle ruins, Shizuki Park and the famous Tokoji Temple.

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Known as the 'Town of Water' Matsue is on the shores of a scenic lake and lagoon. Visit Matsue Castle, and later, Yuushien Gardens, famous for colourful spring blossoms, ginseng and peonies.

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Visit the Kanazawa Castle ruins and the famed Kenroku-en Garden, which is ranked one of the country's top gardens.

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View of Japanese garden with lake, Japan

Take the Bullet Train to Tokyo and enjoy an afternoon of sightseeing. See the Meiji Shrine and take in the serene surrounds.

Stay: Tokyo, Imperial Hotel

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Fly to Shanghai today before enjoying a Welcome Dinner and an acrobatic show.

Stay: Two Nights, Shanghai, Fairmont Peace Hotel

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Cruise the Huangpu River and explore Yu Garden.

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Traditional gardens with a lake, China

China's tranquil watertowns of Jinxi and Suzhou await your discovery today. Uncover quiet canals, arching bridges and traditional Chinese architecture.

Stay: Two Nights, Suzhou, Hyatt Regency

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Visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden today. Tonight we go to the Night Garden of Fisherman's Net and hear traditional Suzhou music.

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See the Azalea Flower Show and visit Tiger Hill Park. Fly to Yichang and board the RV Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer.

Stay: Four Nights, Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Cruise through the spectacular Three Gorges region.

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Enjoy a traditional long boat ride, before a cruise through the dramatic vistas of the Wu and Qutang gorges.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Choose to experience either the 816 Underground Project or the White Crane Ridge Underwater Project.


It is up to you how you'd like to spend today.

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Disembark in Chongqing today and head to the zoo, where you will see cuddly giant pandas.. Fly to Xi’an.

Stay: Two Nights, Xi’an, Shangri-La Hotel

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Visit the world-famous Terracotta Army and see some of the best-preserved sculptures from an exclusive lover viewing platform. Spend the afternoon at the Museum of Qin.

Stay: Three Nights, Beijing, Regent Hotel

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Rows of life size terracotta men, China

Fly to China's capital. This afternoon, visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

Stay: Three Nights, Beijing, Regent Hotel

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Visit one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall of China. Board a cable-car and enjoy great views of the wall.

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Visit the lakes, gardens and temples within the Summer Palace. This evening, enjoy a Peking duck farewell dinner.

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Walls of Beijing's Forbidden City.

Transfer to the airport after breakfast for your flight.

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Travel & Accommodation

Aerial view of large ship near a tropical island

Your Boutique Expedition Ship

APT's MS Caledonian Sky offers the ultimate expedition cruising experience with exclusive access to remote locations.

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Luxury Hotel Stays

Stay in some of China's finest hotels such as Shanghai's Fairmont Peace Hotel.

3 Nights Yangtze River Cruise

Enjoy 3 Nights aboard the Yangzi Explorer cruising though the Three Gorges region.

From the Australian Outback and Europe’s waterways to the icescapes of Antarctica and far beyond, we won’t just take you there, we’ll immerse you in the wonders of each and every place you visit