China & Japan Odyssey

9 Day Tour + 9 Night Cruise + Flights + Tours & Incl. $3000 BONUS Value

Deal Code: MC-74843

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

Package Inclusions

  • 9 Day Highlights of China Tour
  • 9 Nights Best of Japan 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 Bullet Train Journey
  • BONUS Visit to Multiple Cities in China
  • BONUS Traditional Tea House Visit in China
  • BONUS Visit to Shanghai Museum
  • Prepaid Gratuities Onboard Included
  • BONUS My Cruises Package Savings

My Cruises Package Inclusions
  • 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
  • 9 Night Best of Japan cruise from Hong Kong onboard Voyager of the Seas in an Inside Cabin
  • Economy Class airfares to Beijing, returning from Hong Kong flying with Cathay Pacific
  • One-way Economy Class airfare from Shanghai to Hong Kong flying Cathay Pacific
  • 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
  • My Cruises exclusive package savings
  • BONUS Beijing City Tour including visits to Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City
  • BONUS Great Wall of China Tour
  • BONUS Bullet train journey between Beijing & Suzhou
  • BONUS Visits to Suzhou, Wuxi, & Hangzhou
  • BONUS Visit to a traditional Tea House in Shanghai
  • BONUS Visit to the Shanghai Museum
  • BONUS Prepaid gratuities included on your tour

General Sail Date Information

Tour departs Thursday, June 25, 2020; Set sail Friday, July 03, 2020

 

 

*Surcharges may apply


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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: 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 11-12: 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 13: Hiroshima, Japan

While paying tribute to the infamous nuclear attack that destroyed the city in 1945, Hiroshima is now defined as a beacon of peace and prides itself on its exceptional natural beauty. None more iconic than 300 cherry blossom trees in bloom at Peace Memorial Park and enjoy local delicacies.

Day 14-15: 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 15: Osaka, Japan

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: Kochi, Japan

Engage with locals and indulge in local flavours in this welcoming city. The city centre was initially settled in 1601 as a town surrounding Kochi Castle, which is now one of the region's principal attractions. Discover the lovely Katsurahama beach area, where the Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial overlooks the sea and honors this legendary Japanese peace negotiator.

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: 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.

Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas will undergo a multi-million dollar refurbishment in 2019! With 15 decks; 14 bars, restaurants, clubs, and lounges; and 10 swimming pools and whirlpools, you’ll never be at a loss of what to do. Enjoy state-of-the-art games and activities, including the FlowRider surf simulator, a rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink, and more!

Try your luck in the casino or be blown away by world-class entertainment. There’s something for everyone on this amazing, family friendly ship—you’ll have so much fun, you’ll never want to leave!

Tour departure based on June 29, 2020 and cruise departure based on July 03, 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.

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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

  • Travel insurance is strongly recommended. Please ask your travel consultant for discounted travel insurance options.

PRICES

  • 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.

VISA

  • 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.

CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY

  • 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

BAGGAGE POLICY

  • 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.

ITINERARY

  • 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”.

HOTELS

  • 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.

CHILD POLICY

  • 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

  • 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.

BREAKAWAY POLICY

  • 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.

SHOPPING

  • 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.

COMPLAINTS POLICY

  • 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.

DIETARY

  • 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.

FITNESS

  • 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.

PERSONAL BELONGINGS

  • 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.

FAQs

WEATHER

  • 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.

HEALTH

GROUP SIZE

  • Maximum 45 passengers (estimated).

CURRENCY

  • 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
  • Explore the UNESCO listed Forbidden City
  • Learn about pearls at a Freshwater Pearl Centre
  • Visit a local Jade Museum and see artisans at work
  • 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

My Cruise Highlights

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
Ship: Voyager of the Seas
Departs: Hong Kong, China
Countries Visited: China, Japan

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