Grand China & South East Asia Discovery
9 Day Tour + 16 Night Cruise + Flights & Incl. $3000 BONUS Value
Deal Code: MC-77617
- 9 Day Tour
- 16 Night Cruise
- Return Flights
- All Onboard Meals
- Activities & Entertainment Onboard
- Port Charges & Taxes Included
Exclusive Bonus Value
- China Tour Includes:
- Beijing City Tour
- Tiananmen Square Visit
- Forbidden City Visit
- Great Wall of China Tour
- Visits to Suzhou, Wuxi, & Hangzhou
- Visit to a Traditional Tea House in Shanghai
- BONUS Prepaid Gratuities Onboard Included
- BONUS Exclusive My Cruises Package Savings
- 16 Night cruise from Shanghai to Singapore onboard Sapphire Princess in an Interior Cabin
- 9 Day guided tour of China from Beijing to Shanghai with:
- 8 Night accommodation in hand-selected hotels while touring with breakfast daily
- Economy flights to Beijing, returning from Singapore including checked luggage
- All onboard meals in complimentary dining venues, & selected non-alcoholic beverages
- A wide range of onboard activities, & entertainment
- All port taxes & charges included
- BONUS Exclusive My Cruises Package Holiday Savings
- 9 Day China tour includes:
- Beijing city tour with visits to Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City
- Great Wall of China tour
- Visits to Suzhou, Wuxi, & Hangzhou
- Visit to a traditional Tea House in Shanghai
- BONUS Prepaid gratuities included onboard
General Sail Date Information
Set Sail on Saturday, May 2, 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: 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: Busan, South Korea
It is Busan’s trading port that makes it an international metropolis while its beautiful sea vistas make it a charming place to unwind. Experience the serenity of Beomeo-sa Temple, climb the Busan Tower or rejuvenate at Hushimchung Spa.Day 12: Kagoshima, Japan
This city is the southernmost stop on the country’s bullet train. It is commonly referred to as Naples sister due to the comparative climate, palm tree lined streets and Kagoshima’s version of Mt Vesuvius! Plus an abundance of hot springs, mud baths, and spas definitely promote the serenity and relaxation of the traditional lands.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: Hualien, Taiwan
Hualien is the gateway to incredible scenery. Taroko National Park is home to lush forests, soaring cliffs and winding rivers. You’ll discover an abundance of wildlife including deers, boars, bears and birds spread throughout the park.Day 15: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Enjoy a refreshment at the former British Consulate, a landmark overlooking the bay. Head outdoors and view the contemporary sculptures at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts’ Sculpture Park, and for a spiritual experience, a visit to the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Centre is a must.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: 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 18: 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 20: 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 21: At Sea
The capital of Thailand is perfect for an array of travellers, the National Museum is ideal for history enthusiasts, shoppers will be in paradise at the Banglamphu district and foodies will be impressed by the local seafood on offer in Klong Toey (central Bangkok).Day 23: Ko Samui, Thailand
Spend your day on the beautiful island of Ko Samui. This tropical paradise boasts lush rainforest, beaches lined with shady palm trees, and warm turquoise water perfect for an afternoon swim.Day 24: 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.
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 sail date, May 2, 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.
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 before embarking your Sapphire Princess Cruise
- Visit the impressive Tiananmen Square in Beijing & the UNESCO listed Forbidden City
- Walk along the iconic Great Wall of China
- Visit Suzhou’s Lingering Garden and enjoy a boat ride on Hangzhou’s scenic West Lake
- Experience the high-speed bullet train
- Discover ports through China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, & Thailand
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