Shanghai to Darwin Explorer
9 Day Tour + 14 Night Cruise + Flights + $3000 BONUS Value
Deal Code: MC-74239
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- 14 Night Cruise
- 9 Day Highlights of China Tour
- 8 Nights Accommodation while Touring
- Return Airfares
- All Onboard Meals
- Activities & Entertainment Onboard
- Port Charges & Taxes Included
Exclusive Bonus Value
- BONUS Beijing City Tour
- BONUS Great Wall of China Tour
- Visits to Shuzho, Wuxi, & Hangzhou
- Visit to Traditional Tea House in Shanghai
- Visit to Shanghai Museum
- Prepaid Gratuities Included on the Tour
- BONUS My Cruises Package Savings
- 9 Day Highlights of China Tour with the services of an English speaking guide
- 8 Nights accommodation in hand-selected hotels while touring with breakfast daily
- 14 Nights cruise onboard Explorer Dream from Shanghai to Darwin in an inside cabin.
- Economy Class flights to Beijing, returning from Darwin
- All onboard meals in complimentary dining venues, & selected non-alcoholic beverages
- A wide range of onboard activities, & entertainment
- All port taxes & charges included
- BONUS Beijing City Tour including visits to Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City
- BONUS Great Wall of China Tour
- BONUS Visit to Shuzho, Wuxi, & Hangzhou
- BONUS Visit to a traditional Tea House in Shanghai
- BONUS Visit to the Shanghai Museum
- Prepaid gratuities on your tour included
- BONUS My Cruises Exclusive Package Savings
General Sail Date Information
Tour Departs Saturday, September 28, 2019 and Set Sail on Sunday, October 06, 2019.
*Surcharges may apply
Day 1: Beijing, China
Upon arrival, a tour representative will meet you at the airport and then escort you to check-in to the hotel. Note: Due to flight times and scheduling, some customers may be required to depart on the day before (day 0).Day 2: Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City (Beijing), China
This morning after breakfast drive onwards to Beijing to begin your exploration of this amazing city. The tour begins with a visit to Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world, and then takes in the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City, also known officially as the Imperial Palace Museum, was originally constructed by the third Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Yong Le, where 24 emperors once lived in succession. The palace was built between 1406 and 1420, but was burnt down, rebuilt, sacked and renovated countless times, so most of the architecture you can see today dates from the 1700s and onwards. Afterwards, visit a Pearl Factory to gain a little knowledge on fresh pearls. Tonight, take the opportunity to attend an optional large-scale dramatic musical, “The Golden Mask Dynasty” (not included).Day 3: Great Wall of China (Beijing), China
On the way to the Great Wall, stop at a Jade Museum to learn the history of jade. In Chinese, jade is pronounced as “Yu”, and it has a history in China of at least four thousand years. Observe the skilled artisans at work as they create their intricate designs. Afterwards, take a scenic drive through the countryside and mountains to reach China’s most renowned monument—the Great Wall. You will visit the less-touristy and more original Juyong Pass, avoiding other sections which are the most accessible and consequently most crowded. The Great Wall meanders through China’s northern mountain ranges from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert – more than 3500 miles long. In the afternoon, join an optional tour to see Beijing’s 700-year old Hutongs (narrow alleys) area by old fashioned pedicab (not included), as well as a visit to a local family living in a courtyard style home to experience the local customs of the people of Beijing and their home’s unique architectural structure.Day 4: Tongrentang (Beijing), China
This morning, make a stop at Tongrentang to learn more about traditional Chinese medicine. Enjoy a high-speed train experience to Suzhou. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel.Day 5: Suzhou (Shanghai) to Wuxi (Jiangsu), China
Often called the ‘Venice of the East’, Suzhou has a history dating back to 541BC. Visit the famous Lingering Garden, recognised with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. China is renowned for its exquisite silk, so naturally a visit to the Silk Spinning Factory is in order. Take the opportunity to cruise along the Grand Canal (not included) to view life along China’s ancient waterway. Next, drive to Wuxi and enjoy free time at leisure in Nanchang Street, a famous ancient street showcasing the juxtaposition of traditional and modern living.Day 6: Wuxi (Jiangsu) to Hangzhou (Zhejiang), China
This morning visit Li Lake Park, the habitat of egrets and many rare species of birds. View the picturesque Taihu Lake, the second biggest freshwater lake in China, and then visit a Pearl Outlet to learn about the cultural significance of the traditional Chinese pearl. Afterwards, drive to Hangzhou and visit the West Lake, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, that epitomises the ethereal beauty of Hangzhou’s willow draped islands.Day 7: Hangzhou (Zhejiang) to Shanghai, China
Hangzhou is considered the tea capital of China, so a visit to the city just isn’t complete without a trip to a local tea house. Make a special visit to the Tea House at Meijiawu Tea Village located at the hinterland of West Lake Park which is considered one of the most important Longjing Tea productions in China. Enjoy the natural environment and beautiful village scenery while learning more about their special tea culture. At the Tea House, learn how to make the Longjing Tea including picking, frying and tasting the tea leaves. Then enjoy a small boat ride on the West Lake another UNESCO World Heritage Site, which reveals the ethereal beauty of Hangzhou’s willow draped islands. Next, drive to Shanghai to visit the famous Bund. Shanghai is divided by the Huang Pu River into eastern and western sections. Modern mega high rises are seen on the eastern side while traditional European style architecture may be seen on the western side. The Bund is a five-block riverfront promenade with many of Shanghai’s banks and trading houses. Tonight, there is an optional activity to watch a thrilling Chinese Acrobatic Show “ERA: The Intersection of Time” (not included).Day 8: Shanghai, China
Spend today exploring Shanghai, China’s largest city! Enjoy a private tour of the city, watch Chinese acrobats, or venture further afield with a tour of Zhujiajiao, a traditional Chinese Water Town.Day 9: Shanghai, China
Take a transfer to board your cruise.Day 10: At Sea
Your full day at sea will allow you to take full advantage of everything your ship has to offer. Seek out hidden treasures and make the most of the facilities onboard. If you packed full of fun activities then be sure to refer to the ship’s daily newsletter to keep up to date on everything offered onboard. If relaxation is on your mind then your sea day will allow you to sit back, soak in ship life and watch the world as it floats by you.Day 11: Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong is a fascinating city with a positively confounding mix of modern skyscrapers and ancient shrines, high-tech mega malls and Buddhist temples. Relax for the day or feel free to explore the city with a walking tour, a cooking class, or a scenic open top bus tour.Day 12: At Sea
Vietnam’s premier destination for beach holidays, Nha Trang offers sun and sea in spectacular setting of a turquoise bay and curved expansive. The waterfront features parks and gardens while an array of dining options are steps away.Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Whether you choose to stay close to the ship, explore the countryside, or the town itself; there is a lot to see in Ho Chi Minh City. Take a guided tour to learn about the infamous Vietnam War, or enjoy a cultural visit to the floating villages on the Mekong River. This city is also home to delicious local cuisine!Day 15: At Sea
Visit Universal Studios, ride the observational Singapore Flyer, wander through the magical Gardens by the Bay. There’s plenty to do in this magical city, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll want to revisit to explore everything on offer.Day 17: At Sea
Jakarta is known as the gateway to Indonesia. Most the of cities attractions are located in Kota & around Merdeka square. Kota is the centre of old Jakarta, with its Maritime Museum, Kota Intan drawbridge, Fine Art & Ceramic Museum, Toko Merah & Glodok (Chinatown). For a More relaxing stay in Jakarta try heading to Ancol Bay, from there you can hop on a boat & head to Jakarta’s pristine getaway, enriched with tropical islands.Day 19: At Sea
Relaxed and rejuvenated after a few days sailing you have now arrived in Bali. This is a popular tourist destination due to the stunning scenery, great weather, and huge range of activities on offer. Shop for local handicrafts in the rural village of Ubud, go white water rafting, or learn about farming on a rice paddy.Day 21-22: At Sea
Darwin is one of the far north’s true underestimated beauties. Food and festival culture is big and there seems to always be something to do or see. Explore tropical parklands or opt for a safer way to see the native wildlife at the city’s Crocosaurus Cove! Explore the capital of Northern Territory, in particular the stunning Kakadu National Park. Home to beautiful landscapes and an abundance of wildlife, Kakadu is like nothing you’ve ever witnessed.
Joining the Dream Cruises family in 2019 with a USD30 million transformation, Explorer Dream leads the way in luxury. Indulge in delectable dining offering the best of “East meets West” dishes and heavenly wellness treatments at Crystal Life Spa as you traverse the seas en route to Queensland’s famed Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand’s stunning hotspots and Tasmania’s imposing landscapes. Deluxe accommodation, world-class entertainment and state-of-the-art leisure facilities are just the beginning aboard Explorer Dream.
Travel based on 06 October 2019 cruise departure.
Prices are per person twin share in AUD, and subject to availability and currency fluctuations. Pricing is subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Surcharges may apply. Flights may not be direct or operate daily. Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change. Disruptions to cruising and itinerary may occur. Accommodation is subject to change and availability. Shore excursions and other items such as alcoholic beverages & laundry are an additional cost.
Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
Due to security reasons, all guests must be onboard 2 hours before sailing.
Disembarkation usually begins 2 hours after docking.
These fares/prices may change due to availability or currency fluctuations.
All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia.
Please note – gratuities are payable onboard. A Chinese Tourist Visa is required and must be arranged prior to your departure from Australia.
Please check Visa requirements for all countries visited on this itinerary.
China, Russia, India, Canada and the USA require visas to be arranged prior to sailing for all Australian passport holders.
For Non-Australian passport holders please check with the appropriate embassy.
- Discover the best of Beijing, Suzhou, Wuxi, Hangzhou & Shanghai
- Visit the impressive Tiananmen Square in Beijing
- Explore the UNESCO listed Forbidden City
- Learn about pearls at a Freshwater Pearl Centre
- Visit a local Jade Museum and see artisans at work
- Walk along the iconic Great Wall of China
- Learn about traditional Chinese medicine at ‘Tongrentang’
- Visit Suzhou’s Lingering Garden and a silk spinning factory
- Taste Longjing Tea at Meijiawu Tea Village
- Enjoy a boat ride on Hangzhou’s scenic West Lake
- Explore The Bund promenade in Shanghai
- Experience the high-speed bullet train
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