Bucket List Wonders of China & Japan

9 Day Tour + 3 Night River Cruise + 7 Night Ocean Cruise + Flights & Incl. $2000 Bonus Value

Deal Code: MC-80395

from $... per person
Book by December 31, 2019

Package Inclusions

  • Low Deposit $400pp*
  • 9 Day Tour
  • 3 Night River Cruise
  • 7 Night Ocean 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:
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Forbidden City
  • The Giant Pandas
  • BONUS Bullet Train Journeys
  • BONUS 3 Shore Excursions*
  • BONUS Sightseeing Admissions
  • BONUS Prepaid Gratuities
  • BONUS Exclusive My Cruises Package Savings

My Cruises Package Inclusions
  • Economy flights to Beijing returning from Shanghai
  • 9 Days touring in China from Beijing to Shanghai in air-conditioned coaches with a local English speaking tour guides
  • 8 Nights accommodation in hand-selected hotels while touring with breakfast daily
  • 3 Nights on a Yangtze River Cruise in a Standard Cabin with private balcony
  • 7 Night cruise onboard Spectrum of the Seas in an Oceanview Stateroom
  • All onboard meals in complimentary dining venues & selected non-alcoholic beverages
  • A wide range of onboard activities & entertainment
  • All port taxes & charges included
  • Prepaid Gratuities included onboard Spectrum of the Seas
Bonus Value
  • BONUS Great Wall of China Tour
  • BONUS Visits to world-famous Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City
  • BONUS High-speed bullet train journeys in China
  • BONUS See the life-size Terracotta Warriors in the ancient capital of Xi’an
  • BONUS Visit China’s national treasure – the Giant Pandas in Chengdu
  • BONUS 3 complimentary shore excursions onboard Yangtze River Cruise
  • BONUS Prepaid gratuities included on your tour & Yangtze River Cruise
  • BONUS Sightseeing admissions included in China (unless otherwise stated)

General Sail Date Information

Tour Departs Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Set Sail on Sunday, November 8, 2020

 

 

*Surcharges may apply


Upgrade to Oceanview Balcony on Spectrum of the Seas from only $299
Upgrade to an Executive Balcony Cabin onboard the Yangtze River cruise from only $299 per person
Upgrade your 4 Bullet Train Journeys to First Class from Only $399 per person

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: Bullet Train from Beijing - Xi'an

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 soul at ease, travel on a high-speed bullet train to Xi’an, home of the famous Terracotta Warriors.

Day 5: Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors & Horses

The highlight today is a visit to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum followed by the Terracotta Warriors Reproduction Factory. Unearthed near Xi’an, the thousands of life-size sculptures of soldiers, chariots and horses are considered a world wonder. With different facial expressions and weaponry adorning each soldier, the Terracotta Warriors were believed to have been created to accompany the Qin Emperor into the afterlife. This site is among the top archaeological excavations of the 20th century and will leave you astounded by the sheer scale of the army. In the evening, enjoy an optional Imperial Dumpling Banquet and Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Show (not included).

Day 6: Bullet Train from Xi'an - Chengdu

Unearth the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a AAAA scenic spot and World Heritage Site surviving from the Tang dynasty. Although built entirely of stone, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda is very delicate in appearance. The top three floors have been damaged, yet it really adds to the appeal of the pagoda. Later take the Bullet train from Xi’an to Chengdu and discover the Jinli Old Street.

Day 7: Chengdu, China

Today enjoy a trip to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and tick off a bucket list experience of visiting Pandas. Enjoy the afternoon at your own leisure

Day 8: Bullet Train from Chengdu - Chongqing

Catch a bullet train and embark the cruise ship at Chongqing, known as the ‘Mountain City’ of China.

Day 9: Yangtze River Cruise – Shibaozhai Pagoda

Today experience a shore excursion to Fengdu Mount Shuanggui Scenic Regio . Enjoy a welcome dinner in the evening. Optional shore excursion: Fengdu Ghost City (not included) – a large complex of shrines, temples and monasteries dedicated to the afterlife on Ming mountain, or Jade Emperor Scenic Area (not included) – a sacred site featuring a 100-foot-tall statue depicting the Jade Emperor and over 200 Taoist and Buddhist sculptures.

Day 10: Yangtze River Cruise – Shennong Stream

Enjoy a shore excursion to Shennong Stream, a mysterious and narrow tributary famous for its picturesque scenery and announced a National AAAAA Tourist Attraction. All along the stream are signs of ancient Chinese civilisation and nature’s splendour characterised by steep ridges and peaks, massive caves, wildflowers, plank roads built along cliffs and ancient hanging coffins. Be prepared to take in the elegance of Wu Gorge and the beauty of Qutang Gorge, the defining highlights of your cruise. Optional shore excursion: White Emperor City (not included) – White Emperor City is an ancient temple that is located atop Baidi Mountain on the northern bank of the Yangtze River. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening on your river cruise.

Day 11: Yangtze River Cruise – Three Gorges Dam - Shanghai

Experience a shore excursion this morning to the Three Gorges Dam Site, one of the largest construction projects undertaken by mankind and is the biggest hydropower project in the world. Disembark Yangtze River Cruise at Yichang & Bullet Train from Yichang to Shanghai (B)

Day 12: Shanghai, China

Today transfer to Baoshan Cruise Terminal and jump onboard Spectrum of the seas and get ready to set sail for Japan

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 - 15: Kyoto (Osaka), Japan

From temples, gardens, traditional teahouses and Geisha's, Kyoto is your step into Japanese culture. Use Kyoto as your gateway to Osaka as well. Osaka is renown for its modern architecture, nightlife and delicious street food. The 16th-century shogunate Osaka Castle has undergone countless restorations and remains as the city’s most historical landmark.

Day 16: Tokyo, Japan

Yokohama has completely transformed over the past few decades and is now one of Japan’s largest ports and the gateway to Tokyo. Ancient traditions and historic sites blend into modern culture, crafting a city unlike anywhere else. In Tokyo, you can walk amongst neon-glowing skyscrapers and historical temples which make for a truly unmatched experience.

Day 17 - 18: 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 19: Shanghai, China

Today disembark Spectrum of the Seas and begin your journey home

Live the life of ultimate luxury on Royal Caribbean’s brand-new Spectrum of the Seas! Uncovering Malaysia, this all-inclusive ship boasts state-of-the-art technology from epic virtual reality ecstasies, signature cocktails fashioned by robots to a private 3D theatre! Sleep like royalty in your Golden Suite with VIP access to secluded lounges, dining rooms & a tanning bed so you can unwind and rejuvenate in peace.

On Spectrum of the Seas, you will be overwhelmed with the number of things to do and see. Dive into culture as you learn Italian, master the art of salsa dancing, attend cocktail school, rock climb to new heights or skate on the ice! Alternatively, opt for a more tranquil experience & book yourself into a hot stone massage or meander through the elaborate stretch of designer shops. With endless dining options, a vibrant casino, thrilling live entertainment & nightlife, family fun & Quantum Class service, this ship is ideal for couples seeking romance, families craving adventure, friends looking to let their hair down & everyone in between!

The deluxe President 8 ship offers state of the art design and opulence. Lounges, deluxe cabins, balconies, indulgent presidential suites, and international dining, are just some of the luxuries awaiting you on the Presdient 8. With 3 kinds of cabins, a beauty salon, jacuzzi, gym, karaoke, swimming pool, sauna, and children’s playground, there is something for everyone onboard the President 8

Travel based on Cruise Departure 8 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 the 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.

  • Have the opportunity to see the beautiful Japanese autumn colours
  • Discover the best of Beijing, Suzhou, Wuxi, Hangzhou & Shanghai
  • Walk along the iconic Great Wall of China
  • Be in awe of the life-size Terracotta Warriors in ancient capital Xi’an
  • Race across China on high-speed bullet train journeys
  • Marvel at the dramatic Three Gorges on a relaxing Yangtze River Cruise
  • See China's national treasure – the adorable Giant Pandas breeding in Chengdu

My Cruise Highlights

River Cruise
Cruise Line:
My Cruises
Ship: President 8
Departs: TBA
Countries Visited: China

Ocean Cruise
Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean
Ship: Spectrum of the Seas
Departs: Shanghai Port
Countries Visited: China & Japan

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