Spring 2023
Asian and European Exploration
Voyage Overview

Asian and European Exploration

106 Days, 11 Countries, 12 Cities, 2 Continents

Exploring countries in Asia and Europe, this voyage gives participants a truly global study abroad experience on our floating campus!

Embark: Jan 5, Tokyo, Japan Disembark: Apr 20, Bremerhaven, Germany

Itinerary: South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, India, Oman, Jordan, Suez Canal Transit, Greece, Spain Apply Now
Embark Jan 5 Tokyo, Japan
South Korea
Jan 11 - Jan 14
South Korea
Busan

South Korea, country in East Asia. It occupies the southern portion of the Korean peninsula. The country is bordered by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) to the north, the East Sea (Sea of Japan) to the east, the East China Sea to the south, and the Yellow Sea to the west; to the southeast it is separated from the Japanese island of Tsushima by the Korea Strait. South Korea makes up about 45 percent of the peninsula’s land area. The capital is Seoul (Sŏul).

  • Location: Asia
  • Capital: Seoul
  • Language(s): Korean
  • Common Religion(s): No religious affiliation, Christian, Buddhism
  • Government: Unitary state, presidential system, Constitutional republic
  • Currency: Korean won
  • Population: 21.71 million (2019)

Source: https://www.britannica.com/place/South-Korea

Japan
Jan 19 - Jan 23
Japan
Kobe

his stop on our itinerary brings us to another Pacific archipelago. With its blend of modern industry amidst preserved ancient culture, Japan presents a variety of options for experiential learning. Students often enjoy getting a glimpse into traditional Geisha culture, taking a train to Tokyo, or exploring the many options for top-notch Japanese cuisine in the Harborland district in Kobe.

  • Location: Asia
  • Capital: Tokyo
  • Language(s): Japanese
  • Common Religion(s): Shinto, Buddhism
  • Government: Parliamentary system, Unitary state, Constitutional monarchy
  • Currency: Yen
  • Population: 126.3 million (2019)

Hong Kong
Jan 30 - Feb 2
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Hong Kong was governed by Great Britain for decades, but retained many traditional Chinese features. Visit some of the monuments, heritage buildings and historical sites that help give Hong Kong its unique atmosphere. Explore the famous local markets including the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, Flower Market, and Jade Market. The Man Mo Temple dates back to 1847 and is the oldest temple in the city. Visit to Aberdeen, home to hundreds of people living on fishing junks juxtaposed against a modern high-rise community. Ride the tram up to Victoria Peak for a birds-eye view of the city before taking the funicular tram downhill.

  • Location: Asia
  • Capital: City of Victoria
  • Language(s): Chinese, English
  • Common Religion(s): Chinese Folk Religions, Buddhism, Taoism, Protestantism, Catholicism
  • Government: Hong Kong Government or HKSAR Government
  • Currency: Hong Kong dollar
  • Population: 7.5 million (2019)

Vietnam
Feb 7 - Feb 12
Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City

cuisine, and welcoming citizens. Here you can explore the Cu Chi Tunnels where Viet Cong soldiers lived and fought, travel by boat through the Mekong Delta, sample world-class pho, or bike through small villages. Students often enjoy a three-day trip to Cambodia from Vietnam to interact with an NGO that educates and trains disadvantaged locals in rural areas for employment in the hospitality industry.

  • Location: Asia
  • Capital: Hanoi
  • Language(s): Vietnamese
  • Common Religion(s): Atheism, Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism
  • Government: Unitary state, Communist state, Socialist state
  • Currency: Vietnamese đồng
  • Population: 96.46 million (2019)

Malaysia
Feb 17 - Feb 20
Malaysia
Port Klang

Malaysia is a multiracial, cultural and linguistic state. The Malays are the largest communities that play the most important role in national politics. Bahasa Melayu (Bahasa Malaysia), is the main language of the country. Minangkabau, Bugis and Javanese people can be classified as "Malay" in accordance with the constitution definition, but also can speak in their native language. English is also widespread in major urban areas.

  • Location: Asia
  • Capital: Kuala Lumpur
  • Language(s): Malay
  • Common Religion(s): Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism
  • Government: Democracy, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy, Elective monarchy
  • Currency: Malaysian ringgit
  • Population: 31.95 million (2019)

Source: https://www.malaysia.gov.my/public/cms/topic/47/

Source: https://www.britannica.com/place/Indonesia

India
Feb 28 - Mar 5
India
Mumbai

As one of the most populous nations in the world, India is bustling with a vibrant culture influenced by a variety of religions, including Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. Explore the Taj Mahal, one of the world’s seven wonders, or travel to the holy city of Varanasi on the Ganges River. Get a taste of how 70% of Indians live by visiting the rural, traditional Chendamangalam village.

  • Location: Asia
  • Capital: New Delhi
  • Language(s): Hindi, English
  • Common Religion(s): Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism
  • Government: Parliamentary system, Federal Republic, Parliamentary republic, Constitutional republic
  • Currency: Indian rupee
  • Population: 1.366 billion (2019)

Oman
Mar 10 - Mar 13
Oman
Muscat

Oman, country occupying the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula at the confluence of the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea. Much of the country’s interior falls within the sandy, treeless, and largely waterless region of the Arabian Peninsula known as the Rubʿ al-Khali. The region is still the domain of Bedouin nomads, although today it is also crisscrossed by oil and gas pipelines. Oman is a tribal society, although tribal influence is gradually declining. Mealtime serves as the centre of most social gatherings. The typical Omani meal consists of rice, spiced lamb or fish, dates, and coffee or tea. Incense—notably frankincense, which is native to Oman—is burned at the end of the meal.

  • Location: Asia
  • Capital: Muscat
  • Language(s): Arabic
  • Common Religion(s): Islam
  • Government: Parliamentary system, Unitary state, Absolute monarchy
  • Currency: Omani rial
  • Population: 4.98 Million (2019)

Source: https://www.britannica.com/place/Oman

Jordan
Mar 21 - Mar 24
Jordan
Aqaba

Jordan, Arab country of Southwest Asia, in the rocky desert of the northern Arabian Peninsula. Jordan is a young state that occupies an ancient land, one that bears the traces of many civilizations. Separated from ancient Palestine by the Jordan River, the region played a prominent role in biblical history. Jordan is an integral part of the Arab world and thus shares a cultural tradition common to the region. The family is of central importance to Jordanian life. Although their numbers have fallen as many have settled and adopted urban culture, the rural Bedouin population still follows a more traditional way of life, preserving customs passed down for generations. Village life revolves around the extended family, agriculture, and hospitality; modernity exists only in the form of a motorized vehicle for transportation. Urban-dwelling Jordanians, on the other hand, enjoy all aspects of modern, popular culture, from theatrical productions and musical concerts to operas and ballet performances.

  • Location: Asia
  • Capital: Amman
  • Language(s): Arabic
  • Common Religion(s): Islam
  • Government: Parliamentary system, Unitary state, Constitutional monarchy
  • Currency: Jordanian dinar
  • Population: 10.9 Million (2019)

Source: britannica.com/place/Jordan

Suez Canal Transit
Mar 26 - Mar 26
Suez Canal Transit
Suez Canal Transit

Suez Canal, Arabic Qanāt al-Suways, sea-level waterway running north-south across the Isthmus of Suez in Egypt to connect the Mediterranean and the Red seas. The canal separates the African continent from Asia, and it provides the shortest maritime route between Europe and the lands lying around the Indian and western Pacific oceans. It is one of the world’s most heavily used shipping lanes. The canal extends 193 km (120 miles) between Port Said (Būr Saʿīd) in the north and Suez in the south, with dredged approach channels north of Port Said, into the Mediterranean, and south of Suez.

Source: www.britannica.com

Greece
Mar 29 - Apr 2
Greece
Piraeus

With more ancient sites than any other country in Europe, Greece is an archaeological treasure. Philosophers and theologians have long been drawn here to explore the roots of modern thought. Even so, it is the vibrant blues and rugged beauty of the Greek Islands that beckon many visitors away from the crowds of Athens and the Acropolis. Santorini’s picturesque town of Oia is a whitewashed, blue-domed beauty. The sea-side cafes, windmills and nightlife of Mykonos are also draw for many of our participants. Sandy beaches can be found on Skiathos.

  • Location: Europe
  • Capital: Athens
  • Language(s): Greek
  • Common Religion(s): Greek Orthodox Christian
  • Government: Republic, Parliamentary system
  • Currency: Euro
  • Population: 10.72 Million (2019)

Spain
Apr 8 - Apr 12
Spain
Barcelona

Spain’s diverse landscape, architecture, art, and cuisine make the country rich in culture and charm. Semester at Sea ports of call in Spain include Barcelona, Valencia and La Coruna and Valencia, and field program options include explorations of the art, culture, and architecture of the two diverse regions. Highlights include overnight trips to Sevilla, Granada, and Madrid, with opportunities to explore the cathedrals, gardens, palaces, and other cultural sites that reflect Spain's Moorish and Islamic heritage.

  • Location: Europe
  • Capital: Madrid
  • Language(s): Spanish
  • Common Religion(s): Catholicism
  • Government: Constitutional Monarchy
  • Currency: Euro
  • Population: 46.94 Million (2019)

Disembark Apr 20 Bremerhaven, Germany

Diversion Ports

Over our 57 year history, we’ve learned that itineraries are subject to adjustment. More than half of our voyages have required some deviation from the planned itinerary. The need to change an itinerary prior to and/or during a voyage can arise due to a number of factors: weather, political unrest, and other health and safety considerations. Should there be a need to adjust our published plans, we have identified potential Diversion Ports in each region of our expected travel. These ports are selected based on a number of factors including safety, educational value, and accessibility. While we don’t intend to visit these locations, should the need arise, we’ve made arrangements to allow us to travel to these ports. Again, these Diversion Ports simply serve as a back-up should anything prevent us from traveling to our planned itinerary.

Spring 2023 Diversion Ports

  • Shanghai, China
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • Surabaya, Indonesia
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Cochin, India
  • Male, Maldives
  • Dubai, UAE
  • Palermo, Italy
  • Marseilles, France
  • La Coruna, Spain

Other ports may be added as required. Just as our world is dynamic, this list of potential ports is also subject to change. Every destination must pass a comprehensive health and safety assessment, regardless of being a planned or diversion port.