Ultimate Discovery China & Japan

8 Day Japan Tour + 4 Night Cruise + 9 Day China Tour + Flights & Incl. $2000 Bonus Value

Deal Code: MC-80703

from $... per person
Book by March 31, 2020

Package Inclusions

  • 8 Day Japan Tour
  • 4 Night Cruise
  • 9 Day China Tour
  • Return Flights
  • All Onboard Meals
  • Activities & Entertainment Onboard
  • Port Charges & Taxes Included

Exclusive Bonus Value

  • BONUS Welcome & Farewell Dinner
  • BONUS Great Wall of China Tour
  • BONUS Traditional Tea House Visit
  • BONUS Prepaid Gratuities on Tour
  • BONUS Included Entrance Fees on tour is Japan
  • BONUS Exclusive My Cruises Package Savings

My Cruises Package Inclusions
  • 8 Day guided tour from Osaka to Tokyo
  • 7 Nights accommodation in hand selected hotels including breakfast daily & a welcome & farewell dinner
  • 4 Night cruise onboard MSC Bellissima in an Interior Cabin
  • 9 Days touring in China from Shanghai to Beijing
  • 8 Nights accommodation in hand selected hotels including breakfast daily while touring
  • Economy flights to Osaka returning from Beijing
  • All onboard meals in complimentary dining venues & selected non-alcoholic beverages
  • A wide range of onboard activities & entertainment
  • All port taxes & charges included
Bonus Value
  • BONUS Welcome & Farewell dinner whilst touring in Japan
  • BONUS Entrance fees included on the tour in Japan
  • BONUS Great Wall of China Tour
  • BONUS Visit to a traditional Tea House in Shanghai
  • BONUS Prepaid gratuities included on your tour
  • BONUS Exclusive My Cruise Holiday Savings

General Sail Date Information

Japan Tour departs on Sunday, November 15, 2020

Set sail on Sunday, November 22, 2020

China Tour departs on Thursday, November 26, 2020

 

 

*Surcharges may apply


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Day 1: Osaka, Japan

Arrive at Kansai International Airport in Osaka and be transferred to your hotel by Airport Limousine Bus, . ** NB Airport Limousine bus has set drop off points and there may be a short walk required to your hotel *8

Day 2: Osaka, Japan

Your English-Speaking guide will meet you at the hotel this morning for a full day of Sightseeing. Activities include Nara Deer Park, Todaiji Temple (Great Buddha) and Kasuga Shrine Treasure House. You will be taken back to the hotel in the early evening with time to get ready before meeting for a group welcome dinner at a nearby local restaurant. Meals - Breakfast/Dinner

Day 3: Osaka, Japan

Free Day in Osaka at your leisure. Meals - Breakfast

Day 4: Osaka, Japan

Your English-Speaking guide will meet you at the hotel this morning for a full day of sightseeing in Kyoto today. Activities include Fushimi Inari Shrine, Ninenzaka & Sannenzaka, Kodaiji Temple and the famous Gion Area. Meals - Breakfast

Day 5: Osaka/Amagasaki – Nagoya – Shizuoka

Today you will leave Osaka and travel to Hamamatsu through Nagoya. Included sightseeing Nagoya Castle, Osu Shopping District & the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry. Meals - Breakfast

Day 6: Shizuoka – Mt Fuji Area – Tokyo

Travel to Tokyo today with stops along the way at the famous Mt Fuji, Oshino Hakkai & Gotemba Peace Park. You will be taken to the hotel in the early evening with time to get ready before meeting for a group dinner at a nearby local restaurant. Meals – Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7: Tokyo, Japan

Today enjoy a free day to explore Tokyo at your leisure. Meals - Breakfast

Day 8: Tokyo, Japan

You will be transferred from your hotel to the cruise port to embark MSC Bellissima. Meals - Breakfast

Day 9 - 10: Kobe, Japan

Named after its origin, famous Kobe beef is one of the delicacies to enjoy at the many gourmet restaurants. Kobe is situated between mountains and the sea, it is Japan’s sixth-largest city and a port bustling with culture and fine cuisine.

Day 11: 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 12: Shanghai, China

Upon arrival, a tour representative will meet you and transfer you to Suzhou, often described as the ‘Venice of the East’ for its classical gardens, palaces, canals and bridges.

Day 13: Suzhou – Wuxi

China is the largest silk producer in the world and Suzhou is renowned for its exquisite quality silk. Today you can witness the delicate silk-making process from silkworm cocoons at the Silk Spinning Factory and testify that the handmade quilts are as light as feather. Then take a stroll in the world-famous Lingering Garden, featuring ornate viewing pavilions and a splendid landscape of water and striking rockeries. You have an opportunity to cruise along the Grand Canal (not included) to view life along China’s ancient waterway. Travel to Wuxi known as the ‘land of fish and rice’ to conclude the day at famous Nanchang Street, an ancient thoroughfare showcasing the juxtaposition of traditional and modern living.

Day 14: Wuxi – Hangzhou

Gain an insight into China’s enormous manufacturing and production capabilities with a visit to a Pearl Factory to learn about freshwater pearls, a key export commodity with great cultural significance since the Han dynasty. Then take in the pleasant sounds at Li Lake Park, home to egrets and many rare species of birds, and the wonderful scenery of picturesque Taihu Lake, the second biggest freshwater lake in China. Top off your evening with a spectacular “Impression West Lake” show (not included) staged entirely upon the open-air of the West Lake with a backdrop of natural mountains and real water – a truly captivating artistic masterpiece of music, light and dance produced by the theatrical director of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games’ opening and closing ceremonies.

Day 15: Hangzhou – Shanghai

Described by Marco Polo as ‘the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world’, Hangzhou is considered the tea capital of China. Today you will visit a beautiful tea village to taste local specialty Longjing Tea. Then enjoy a small boat ride on the UNESCO-listed West Lake where you will see the ethereal beauty of Hangzhou’s willow-draped islands. Next, transfer to cosmopolitan metropolis Shanghai to visit the famous Bund, a five-block riverfront promenade of shops and commercial buildings. Modern mega high-rises on the east and traditional European-style architecture on the west are divided by the Huangpu River. Complete a memorable evening with the option to attend a spectacular Chinese acrobatic show, “ERA: The Intersection of Time” or “SPIRAL” (not included), widely praised as the best acrobatic show in Shanghai.

Day 16: Shanghai, China

Today is free at leisure or you may join a Shanghai Day Tour with Maglev Train Experience (not included) to experience Shanghai’s best sights including Shanghai Bazaar where you can shop for last minute souvenirs, the affluent streets of Xintiandi composed of old-style Shikumen residences and modern architecture, and the world’s fastest commercially operating train with a top speed of 390km/h. Last but not least, one of the best ways to enjoy the extraordinary evening scenery along the Huangpu River is to take a charming “Huangpu River Cruise” (not included).

Day 17: Bullet Train from Shanghai to Beijing

Transfer to the train station for a high-speed train to Beijing. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel.

Day 18: 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 19: Great Wall of China (Beijing), China

Continue your educational journey of China’s fascinating history with a stop at a Jade Museum showcasing intricate pearl designs. With more than four thousand years of history, jade stone in Chinese culture symbolises preciousness and beauty, and embodies the Confucian virtues of courage, wisdom and compassion. Before long, you will drive through the mountainous countryside to one of the top archaeological wonders of the world, the iconic Great Wall at Juyong Pass, an accessible and gentle stretch meandering over 3500 miles of China’s northern mountain ranges from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert. Immerse yourself with an optional tour to experience Beijing’s 700-year old Hutongs or narrow alleys by old-fashioned rickshaw with local dinner (not included), including a visit to a local family to witness the daily lives of the people living in a courtyard-style houses.

Day 20: Beijing, China

Today is your chance to become experts in Traditional Chinese Medicine, a 5000-year-old practice that incorporates herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, exercise and dietary therapy. Based on the concept of a connection between mind, body and environment to prevent and manage diseases, elements of its natural and holistic approach are widely adopted in Western medicine. Afterwards transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

All aboard the grand MSC Bellissima, MSC’s new flagship! While the stress-free itinerary makes it the best way to uncover seas, this ship boasts endless on-ship activities for all to relish. Meander your way through the 80-metre long 2-deck promenade for brilliant shopping, exquisite dining and a myriad of chic bars. Produced specifically for MSC Bellissima, witness the 2 brand new Cirque du Soleil shows for world-leading live performances. Catch some rays at the epic Polar Aquapark, Atmosphere Pool, Horizon Pool or the exclusive Yacht Club before treating your body at the revitalising Aurea Spa. For those a little more energetic, the MSC Bellissima features a state-of-the-art Gym by Technogym gifting guests with expert classes and ground-breaking training programs. Whether you’re after an action-packed, entertaining or tranquil cruise, MSC Bellissima will enchant all.

 

Travel based on Cruise Departure 22 November 2020

Prices are per person twin share in AUD, and subject to availability and currency fluctuations.

Pricing is subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Accommodation is subject to change and availability.
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.

Shore excursions and other items such as alcoholic beverages & laundry are an additional cost.

Should gratuities or hotel service charges not already be included in your package, these are mandatory and charged by the cruise line to your onboard account on a day by day basis.

Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.

Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.

Disembarkation usually begins 2 hours after docking.

These fares/prices may change due to availability or currency fluctuations.

Please note upgrade amounts advertised may be based on lead in obstructed view staterooms.

All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to 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.

  • MSC Bellissima is one of MSC's newer and most innovative cruise ships
  • Feed the gentle Sika Deers at Nara Park
  • Stroll the streets of Gion - one of the most famous Geisha districts
  • Discover the best of Beijing, Suzhou, Wuxi, Hangzhou & Shanghai
  • Walk along the iconic Great Wall of China
  • Explore The Bund promenade in Shanghai
  • Experience the high-speed bullet train in China

My Cruise Highlights

Cruise Line: MSC Cruises
Ship: MSC Bellissima
Departs: Tokyo, Japan
Countries Visited: Japan & China

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