Grand Adventure Through Asia
9 Day Tour + 16 Night Cruise + Flights & Incl. $2000 Bonus Value
Deal Code: MC-79666
- 9 Day Tour
- 16 Night Cruise
- Return Flights
- All Onboard Meals
- Activities & Entertainment Onboard
- Port Charges & Taxes Included
Exclusive Bonus Value
- BONUS Great Wall of China Tour
- BONUS Visits to Suzhou, Wuxi & Hangzhou
- BONUS Visit toTraditional Tea House
- BONUS Exclusive My Cruises Package Savings
- 9 Days touring in China from Beijing to Shanghai
- 8 Nights accommodation in hand-selected hotels while touring with breakfast daily
- 16 Night cruise from Shanghai to Singapore onboard Grand Princess in an interior cabin
- Economy airfares to Beijing returning from Singapore
- All onboard meals in complimentary dining venues & selected non-alcoholic beverages
- BONUS Great Wall of China Tour
- BONUS visits to Suzhou, Wuxi and Hangzhou
- BONUS visit to a traditional Tea House in Shanghai
- BONUS My Cruises Holiday Savings
General Sail Date Information
Tour Starts on Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Set Sail on Tuesday, November 24, 2020
*Surcharges may apply
Day 1: Beijing, China
Upon arrival, a tour representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.Day 2: Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City (Beijing), China
Visit Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world and the venue of the infamous 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations. Acclaimed as the ‘Gate of Heavenly Peace’, it is the foreground to the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Otherwise known as the Imperial Palace Museum, the Forbidden City is the citadel of China’s last 24 Emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties, and was the political and ritual centre of China. Cap off the day with an opportunity to attend a legendary large-scale musical drama, “The Golden Mask Dynasty” (not included).Day 3: Great Wall of China (Beijing), China
Continue your educational journey of China’s fascinating history with a stop at a Jade Museum to observe skilled artisans carve intricate 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. Belong 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 pedicab 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 4: Beijing – Suzhou
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. With your mind and body at ease, travel to the harmonious city of Suzhou, often described as the ‘Venice of the East’ for its classical gardens, palaces, canals and bridges.Day 5: 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, 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 6: 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 7: Hangzhou – Shanghai
Described by Marco Polo as ‘the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world’, Hangzhou is considered the tea capital of China. Learn how to make local speciality Longjing Tea at a tea house while immersed in the stunning natural scenery of the village surrounds. 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 8: Shanghai, China
Today is free at leisure or you may join a Shanghai Day Tour with Maglev Train Experience (not included) to soak up 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 9: Shanghai, China
Today embark on the Sapphire Princess and get ready to set sail now that your tour has concludedDay 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: Nagasaki, Japan
With the city well known for its misfortune, there are many museums, monuments and memorials dedicated to this. The rebirth of this city boasts a rich culinary scene that will excite your inner foodie, situated throughout its cobblestone streets and rolling hills.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 - 19: At Sea
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.
The Grand Princess by Princess Cruises is a wonderland of incredible facilities at sea. Extravagant and exciting, the Grand Princess was brilliantly refurbished in March 2019 to include new top deck dining venues, an adults-only sanctuary and upgrades to the opulent Princess Theater. Be entertained with original musical productions, guest entertainers, movies under the stars and more. Enjoy a range of activities onboard like a dip in the freshwater pools and hot tubs, a flutter at the Vegas-style casino, and take part in exclusive Discovery at SEA programs, shopping, sports court, golf and art auctions. 6 specialty dining options with acclaimed resident chefs provide culinary delights while 9 other casual dining restaurants will appease even the fussiest of eaters. With beds carefully selected in collaboration with a certified sleep expert, beautifully-appointed staterooms include 2 Twin or 1 Queen-size bed, a fridge, hair dryer, TV, closet and bathroom with shower. Interior, Outside and Balcony Staterooms plus luxurious Mini Suites are designed with classic, nautical wooden accents and plush, neutral coloured furnishings. Kids and teen are well catered for with the Treehouse play area, the Lodge games room and the Beach House hang-out all offering plenty of age appropriate activities.
Travel based on 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.
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.
- Discover the Best of Beijing, Suzhou, Wuxi, Hangzhou & Shaghai
- Walk along the iconic Great Wall of China
- Learn about traditional Chinese medicine at 'Tongrentang'
- Visit Suzhou's Lingering Garden and 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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