Cruise & Tour Discovery from Shanghai to Melbourne
21 Night Cruise + 9 Day Tour + Flights & Incl. $3000 BONUS Value
Deal Code: MC-75523
- Low Deposit From $500* pp
- 9 Day Tour
- 21 Night Cruise
- Return Flights
- All Onboard Meals
- Activities & Entertainment Onboard
- Port Charges & Taxes Included
Exclusive Bonus Value
- BONUS Beijing City Tour
- Great Wall of China Tour
- BONUS Visit to Multiple Cities in China
- BONUS Traditional Tea House Visit in China
- BONUS My Cruises Package Savings
- Prepaid Gratuities Included on your Tour
- 21 Night cruise from Shanghai to Melbourne onboard Sapphire Princess in an Interior Cabin
- One Way Economy airfares from Melbourne to Beijing including checked luggage
- One Way Economy airfares from Melbourne to your originating Australian Capital City
- 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
- 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 visits to Shuzho, Wuxi, & Hangzhou
- BONUS visit to a traditional Tea House in Shanghai
- BONUS My Cruises Exclusive Package Savings
- BONUS Prepaid gratuities included on your tour
General Sail Date Information
Tour Departs Tuesday, September 29, 2020; Cruise Sails Wednesday, October 07, 2020
*Surcharges may apply
Day 1: Beijing, China
You are now in the heartland of China, a dynamic and modern city awaits you in the form of Beijing. The Great Wall still makes its way the through the landscape; the once Forbidden City shows off its opulent throne rooms as well as temples and tombs which foreground the ancient cultural aspects of this city. Tienanmen Square is an absolute must see whilst in the city.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: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7-9: 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 10-11: 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: 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 13: 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 14: Nha Trang, Vietnam
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 15: Phu My, Vietnam
The port of Phu My is the gateway to Ho Chi Minh City and the seaside resort of Vung Tau. From Phu My you will be able to discover the intriguing tunnel network at Cu Chi, used by the Viet Cong during the war!Day 16: 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 17: Singapore, Singapore
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 18-19: 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 21-23: At Sea
Welcome to the dynamic port of Fremantle! Just 30 Minutes form Western Australians Capital city; Fremantle is a bustling port city with the best preserved 19th-century port streetscape. From great coffee to street food & jazz bars there is something for everyone in this amazing town. One of the most popular attractions in Fremantle is the old Fremantle Prison built in the 1850s you can take a tour with a guide & paddle through the underground water tunnels.Day 25-28: At Sea
South Australia’s capital offers world-class vineyards, never ending hills and calm beaches. With the strong European presence, great food, wine and art has risen to popularity in this bustling city.Day 30: Melbourne, Australia
Explore one of Australia’s most culturally rich cities with an eclectic urban edge, boasting an array of food, art and sports! A visit to Luna Park is a great way to spend your day in the beautiful city of Melbourne.
Sapphire Princess underwent a facelift in February 2012. She carries 2670 guests and 1100 crew across 18 decks, delivering the exceptional customer service that they are renowned for. Indulge at over 9 included dining options including Crafted by Curtis Stone, 6 specialty dining options, modern cabins, countless activities and entertainment. Explore the plethora of shops, collect fine art from the art gallery auction, dance the night away at The Piazza or take part in enrichment activities such as Festivals of the World and Discovery at SEA programs. As for entertainment, watch the latest Movies Under the Stars, original musical productions, try your luck in the casino or enter Club Fusion and Skywalkers Nightclub once the sun goes down. There are also plenty of activities for the kids and relaxation treatments for the adults.
Travel based on tour date September 29, 2020 and sail date October 07, 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. 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.
Extension costing for 19 night cruise is based on flying from Adelaide.
Extension costing for 21 night cruise is based on flying from Melbourne.
Additional surcharge will apply to take extension cruise and fly from other capital cities.
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.
REQUIRED PASSPORT INFORMATION
- A passport valid for 6 months beyond trip completion is a strict requirement of travel. You must submit full names and complete passport information exactly matched to a valid passport and an electronic copy of a valid passport photo page. You are liable for all fees due to invalid passports or the provision of inaccurate, incomplete or invalid passport information.
- If your passport is expired or has insufficient validity, please submit your full name, gender and date of birth, and “TBA” for passport number and expiry. Do not submit expired or invalid passport information. It is your responsibility to accurately provide updated passport information as soon as it becomes available and no later than 2 months before departure.
- We will use the information you submitted as the source of truth to process your booking including issuing air, train and cruise tickets. You are solely liable for all reissue fees due to absent, inaccurate or outdated information.
- Travel insurance is strongly recommended. Please ask your travel consultant for discounted travel insurance options.
- Prices are subject to change, availability and ‘book by’ deadlines.
- Prices are AUD per person for twin-share unless otherwise specified.
- Prices do not include optional programs, secondary admissions within sites, porter service at hotels/train stations/airports, personal expenses such as gratuities, laundry, telephone/internet charges and meals not mentioned.
- A tourist visa (not included) is strictly required for Australians and most other nationalities travelling to China.
- You must apply for a China visa yourself no earlier than 6 weeks before departure and no later than 3 weeks before departure. It is your responsibility to check all requirements and apply at your nearest China Visa Application Centre (visaforchina.org) or travel agent.
- A preliminary booking advice and tentative flight itinerary containing traveller names, departure date, itinerary and reference hotels are required to form part of your China visa application. Please request these documents no earlier than 6 weeks before departure if you have not received them. Please note that the information contained within these preliminary documents is tentative and subject to change until you receive your final documentation.
- We cannot be held liable for fees due to the absence of a valid visa.
- All trip costs, fees and components are fully non-refundable at all times.
- Refunds are not provided for any unused trip component including flights, transfers, hotels, cruises, optional programs, attractions, etc.
GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- Each person is entitled to a strict maximum of one checked bag not exceeding 20kg, plus one carry-on bag not exceeding 5kg.
- You are strongly encouraged to pack lightly below these limits as you will be required to carry your own bag to and from coaches, hotels, and trains. Porter service is not included.
- The Chinese and Japanese train stations are generally very large and sometimes involve 10-15 minutes of walking from the coach to the platform. Please consider that luggage will need to be carried by yourself when packing your bags. Escalators are generally available but may not be accessible at all entrances.
- We reserve the right to adjust the itinerary and order, sightseeing and transportation as we see fit to ensure the smooth and safe operation of the tour.
- In the unusual event that a destination, sight or attraction is unavailable due to weather, local, seasonal, political or other constraints, it will be substituted with a similar alternative.
- The indicated length of trip includes time in flight and is subject to change depending on the prevailing flight schedule to be provided when you receive your final documentation. The number of accommodation nights will not change.
- Due to flight times and scheduling, some flights may depart a day before or after the indicated itinerary.
- A reference to included entrance fees refers to admissions to the main site or attraction but may not include any secondary admissions inside the venue or optional programs marked as “not included”.
- Triple-share is available on the land tour in the form of extra bedding with no discount.
- Reference hotels listed may be substituted with properties of a similar standard.
- Confirmed hotels will be provided when you receive your final documentation.
- All hotel ratings are self-rated in accordance to local standards.
- All rooms are lead-in category or run of house unless otherwise stated.
- The standard check in time is 2:00pm and check out time is 10:00am.
- The tour is not recommended for children and persons under 18 years of age. Child discounts do not apply. The tour consists of cultural and educational sightseeing mixed with group-based activities including shows and shopping opportunities designed to be best enjoyed by adults.
- Optional programs are special ‘money can’t buy’ local experiences or activities that you may add to your tour.
- Optional programs are payable directly to the tour guides in the local currency and cannot be prepaid.
- In the unusual event that some programs or venues may not be available due to weather, local, seasonal or political constraints, every effort will be made to provide a similar alternative.
- Some tours are subject to availability and require minimum numbers to operate.
- If alternative arrangements cannot be provided due to location or logistical constraints, non-participants must wait in the vicinity of the group until the conclusion of the program as per the guide’s directions.
- It is a condition of booking that you must always remain with the tour group and guide for the entirety of the set program.
- Any departure or deviation from the set tour itinerary is strictly prohibited, unless written prior consent is provided by us. Severe penalties including cancellation of remaining land and air arrangements may be enforced without warning and rebooking will be at your own expense.
- Cultural shopping stops are included and your participation for the learning experiences is expected.
- Please always exercise discretion and request receipts as you are responsible for any purchases.
- All efforts must be made to resolve issues on tour with the tour leader. Formal complaints must be submitted in writing with substantiated evidence within 10 days of trip completion.
- Special meals are generally not available on tour. Please notify your guide of any special dietary requirements but note that choices may be limited.
- Certain meal types can be requested for the flights at the time of booking, subject to availability.
- A moderate level of fitness is required for full days of brisk walking with intermittent breaks. You may encounter occasional flights of stairs at stations. The tour is not suitable for people requiring assistance or walking aid.
- Luggage and personal effects are at the owner’s risk at all times. We hold no liability for lost or damaged luggage or belongings. Comprehensive travel insurance cover is strongly recommended.
- The season in China is generally the inverse of Australia’s at any point in time.
- July and August are the hottest months with high temperatures above 35°C. January and February are the coldest with low temperatures below zero. The weather in the springtime of March to May and the autumn of September to November are mildest but also the busiest times.
- Beijing weather in the north is generally cooler than Shanghai and the neighbouring cities in the south.
- Refer to smartraveller.gov.au website and health practitioner for general advice (https://smartraveller.gov.au/guide/all-travellers/health/Pages/health-checks-and-vaccinations.aspx)
- Carry standard medication.
- Carry hand sanitiser.
- Drink bottled water only.
- Wear a face mask if sick.
- Maximum 45 passengers (estimated).
- It is advisable to exchange local currency before leaving home. The local currency can be used for optional programs, meals, shopping and expenses of a personal nature.
- Discover the best of Beijing, Suzhou, Wuxi, Hangzhou, & Shanghai
- Visit the impressive Tiananmen Square in Beijing & the UNESCO listed Forbidden City
- 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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