Seattle, Wash., Feb. 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zegrahm Expeditions, a pioneer in small-ship cruising and wildlife adventures, offers three small-group options for travelers ready to experience Japan’s beguiling blend of modern and ancient, including a new cruise combining Japan and South Korea as well as a remote wildlife adventure the operator has offered for 22 years.
Named 2018’s “Destination of the Year,” Japan welcomed a record 30 million overseas travelers according to the Japan National Tourism Organization.
On the Treasures of Japan with South Korea expedition cruise, guests wake up in a new port every day, exploring beautiful coastal landscapes as well as cultural and historical sites. Expedition highlights include visiting sacred Shinto shrines and ancient Buddhist temples; strolling through the moving Peace Memorial Park at Hiroshima; and admiring Matsue’s amazing architectural wonders—including a perfectly preserved medieval castle and a 250-year-old Samurai house. During a full day in the historical city of Gyeongju, South Korea, travelers visit Bulguksa Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition to no single supplement on the April 12, 2019 departure, travelers can choose between a $1,000 air credit or a complimentary cabin upgrade aboard the 100-guest Caledonian Sky. Pricing for the 17-day program starts at $15,980.
Snow Monkeys & Cranes of Japan takes intrepid travelers to the remote snow-covered landscapes of Arasaki, Kyushu. During this 19-day itinerary, guests witness spectacular winter wildlife gatherings, including more than 14,000 hooded and white-naped cranes, and spot Japanese macaques, also known as snow monkeys, as they relax and soak in their very own steaming hot spring in a valley set amid forested mountains. When not enjoying exquisite wildlife sightings, guests sample Japanese cuisine and have numerous opportunities to soak in natural thermal springs. Pricing for the January 29, 2020 departure starts at $17,480.
Both the Treasures of Japan cruise and Snow Monkeys & Cranes tour feature field leader, author and Japan resident Mark Brazil. Brazil is a leading authority on the natural history of Japan, where he worked as a professor of biodiversity and conservation at Rakuno Gakuen University. Brazil’s Wild Watch column is the longest running natural history column in the world; it appeared in The Japan Times newspaper and continues today on the Japan Nature Guides website. Brazil’s books include Wild Asia: Spirit of a Continent, The Birds of Japan, A Field Guide to the Birds of East Asia, The Nature of Japan and 2018’s A Field Guide to the Birds of Japan.
Guests explore the castles, temples, and shrines of Japan’s imperial past on the 13-day Imperial Japan tour. In addition to three days in Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital, journey highlights include an exclusive geisha experience with a local expert; cruising on Lake Ashi and enjoying spectacular views of Mt. Fuji; traveling through the countryside first-class aboard a bullet train; paying respects at the solemn Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima; and strolling through the serene Kenrokuen Garden. Along the way, travelers can take advantage of the Dine-Around Program, an exclusive component of Zegrahm’s Cultural Journeys. Guests can dine wherever they wish throughout the journey, and Zegrahm picks up the bill with the exception of caviar and alcohol. There are two departures of the Imperial Japan tour, April 16 and October 7, 2019, with pricing starting at $15,480.
For more information about Zegrahm Expeditions, please visit www.zegrahm.com or call 1-800-628-8747.
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Celebrating nearly 30 years in expedition travel, Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions is a leading adventure travel company specializing in small-ship expedition cruises, tours, and safaris to remote and intriguing destinations around the world. Led by expert guides and lecturers, Zegrahm itineraries are carefully crafted and all-inclusive, feature deluxe accommodations, and operate in all seven continents.
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