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17 Day Wonders of the Orient

  • Explore Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou & Hangzhou
  • Cruise among the islands of Japan in 5-star luxury
Includes Return International Flights

An incredible journey of two countries steeped in enchanting history and boasting countless modern marvels. Explore the most famous sights of China, from the Great Wall to glittering Shanghai, and then set sail on a luxurious cruise to discover the Japanese archipelago on this 17 day highlights package.

Unravel the mysteries of Beijing with visits to Tiananmen Square and the ancient Forbidden City; see the iconic giant pandas at the Beijing Zoo; walk the UNESCO listed Great Wall of China; take in the sights of Hangzhou’s West Lake on a scenic boat ride; step back in time at the vibrant Shanghai Museum and more. Then, embark on a seven-night cruise aboard the brand-new Spectrum of the Seas. This Quantum-class ship boasts a variety of innovations including the Bionic Bar staffed by robots, North Star elevated viewing platform, Sky Pad trampoline bungee experience and more. Sail the Japanese archipelago to the vibrant ports of Osaka, Kobe, and Yokohama (Tokyo).

Package includes return international flights, eight nights 4-star hotel accommodation, seven night Royal Caribbean cruise, English-speaking tour guides, 29 meals and more!

ITINERARY

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Itinerary - 1

Today depart from Sydney, Melbourne or *Brisbane for Beijing, China. Fly with China Eastern Airlines, Air China or China Southern Airlines (subject to availability). Upon arrival, a tour representative will meet you at the airport and then transfer you to check in to the hotel.

Please note: due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on day 0. Affected customers must be at the airport the day before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documents at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

Overnight: Beijing Hotel
Meals included: In-Flight

After breakfast, your exploration of Beijing begins with a visit to Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world, followed by the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City, known officially as the Imperial Palace Museum, was originally constructed by Emperor Yong Le, the third Emperor of the Ming Dynasty. The palace was built between 1406 and 1420, but was burnt down, rebuilt, and renovated countless times, so most of the architecture you can see today dates from the 1700s and onwards.

Tonight, take the opportunity to attend an optional large scale dramatic musical, ‘The Golden Mask Dynasty’ (not included).

Overnight: Beijing Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, set off to visit the Great Wall. En route, stop at a Jade Museum to learn the history of jade. In Chinese, jade is pronounced as “Yu” and has a history in China of at least four thousand years. Observe the skilled artisans at work as they create their intricate designs.

Afterwards, continue with 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 - a distance of more than 3500 miles.

In the afternoon, take the opportunity to join an optional tour (not included) of Beijing’s 700 year old Hutongs (narrow lanes) area by old fashioned pedicab. You will also visit a local family living in a courtyard style home to experience the local customs, including a delicious home-cooked dinner. The optional tour also includes a visit to Shichahai - a historic scenic area consisting of three lakes (Qianhai, meaning Front Sea; Houhai, meaning Back Sea and Xihai, meaning West Sea)- as well as surrounding places of historic interest and scenic beauty, and remnants of old-style hutong and courtyard local residences.

Overnight: Beijing Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

After breakfast at the hotel, visit Beijing Zoo to see the giant pandas - one of the icons of China. After the zoo, make a stop at “Tongrentang” to learn more about traditional Chinese medicine. Afterwards, transfer to Beijing Airport for a domestic flight to Shanghai (approximately a 2 hour flight). Upon arrival, a tour representative will meet you at the airport and then escort you to Suzhou (approximately a 1.5 hour coach ride) to check into the hotel.

Overnight: Suzhou Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Today visit the heavenly 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. There is an option to take a cruise along the Grand Canal (not included) to view life along China’s ancient waterway. Afterwards, drive to Wuxi (approx. 1 hour) to check into the hotel.

Overnight: Wuxi Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

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. Then enjoy a visit to a Pearl Outlet to learn more about traditional Chinese pearl. Afterwards, be driven to Hangzhou (approximately a 2 hour coach ride), where the 2016 G20 Summit was held in September 2016.

Overnight: Hangzhou Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Considered the tea capital of China, no visit to Hangzhou is complete without a trip to a local tea house. A visit to the Tea House at Meijiawu Tea Village in the hinterland of West Lake Park will open your eyes to one of the most important Longjing - which translates to Dragon Well - Tea productions in China. Enjoy the beautiful village scenery while learning more about their special tea culture and how to appreciate the sophisticated taste and aroma of the famous Longjing tea. On this tour you will learn how to make the Longjing Tea, including picking tea leaves, frying and tasting. 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.

Afterwards, drive to Shanghai (approx. 2 hour coach ride) 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, where you’ll find most of Shanghai's banks and trading houses. Tonight, there is an optional activity to watch a superb and thrilling Chinese Acrobatic Show “ERA: The Intersection of Time” (not included).

Overnight: Shanghai Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning, step back in time at the Shanghai Museum - home to more than 120,000 objects and artworks. Enjoy free time at leisure this afternoon or join an optional half-day tour to the Yu Garden, believed to have been built in the Ming Dynasty, more than 400 years ago. The exquisite layout, beautiful scenery, and the artistic style of the garden architecture make this garden a must-see on your visit to Shanghai. Alternatively you can visit Xintiandi, Old Town and Nanjing Road for some shopping (not included). In the evening, take the opportunity to join the optional “Night Cruise on the Huangpu River” (not included).

Please note: If Shanghai Museum is closed, a visit to Suzhou Museum will be provided in place of this visit on Day 5 of the tour.

Overnight: Shanghai Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to Port of Baoshan where you will begin your 7 night Royal Caribbean cruise to Japan.

Overnight: Royal Caribbean 'Spectrum of the Seas' ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Overnight: Royal Caribbean 'Spectrum of the Seas' ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Kobe is known for its scenic setting of mountains framing the harbour. With a population over 1½ million people, Kobe has one of the biggest concentrations of foreign residents in Japan, which is reflected in its cosmopolitan atmosphere and collection of residences built in a distinctly non-Japanese style. Many Christian churches, Shinto and Buddhist temples and shrines, two famous statues of Buddha, a fine arts museum, and a municipal museum with a collection on Western cultural contact are amongst the highlights of this colourful city. The Ikuta Shrine, dating to the 3rd century, is among Japan's oldest Shinto shrines. Antique cable cars connect Kobe to Mt. Rokko, which offers panoramic views over the port city. Beyond the Mount Rokko hills are the outdoor hot springs of Arima Onsen.

Overnight: Royal Caribbean ’Spectrum of the Seas’ ship 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Located on the Japanese island of Honshu, Osaka is known for its modern architecture, vibrant nightlife and hearty street food. The city’s most known landmark, the 16th-century shogunate Osaka Castle, is surrounded by a moat and a beautiful park filled with plum, peach and cherry blossom trees. There are many other well-known landmarks in this city such as Sumiyoshi-taisha, Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines, Tsutenkaku Tower, the WTC Cosmotower, the Floating Garden Observatory and Tempozan, the world’s largest ferris wheel (entrances not included). For those interested in history, Osaka offers numerous museums (entrance not included) showcasing insight into this unique country. An overnight stop in port allows a great opportunity to experience Osaka’s nightlife and superb restaurants.

Overnight: Royal Caribbean ’Spectrum of the Seas’ ship 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

An hour from the port city of Yokohama is the booming city of Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital which mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens. The city’s many museums offer exhibits ranging from classical art (in the Tokyo National Museum) to a reconstructed kabuki theatre (in the Edo-Tokyo Museum). Be sure to experience a shopping mecca in the legendary Ginza district. Offshore excursions available today include a trip to the Meiji Shrine and the Senso-ji Temple (not included) or to Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park for a boat trip on the lake, a cable car ride to Mount Komagatake and an unforgettable view of Mount Fuji (not included).

Overnight: Royal Caribbean ’Spectrum of the Seas’ ship 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Royal Caribbean ’Spectrum of the Seas’ ship 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Royal Caribbean ’Spectrum of the Seas’ ship 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy your final breakfast onboard before disembarking and making your own way to Shanghai Airport for your return flight back to Australia.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note: some flights may arrive in Australia +1 days later.

Itinerary - 2

Today depart from Sydney, Melbourne or *Brisbane for Xi’an, China. Fly with China Eastern Airlines, Air China or China Southern Airlines (subject to availability). Upon arrival, a tour representative will meet you at the airport and then transfer you to check in to the hotel.

Please note: due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on day 0. Affected customers must be at the airport the day before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documents at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

Overnight: Xi'an Hotel
Meals included: In-Flight

The highlight today is a visit to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. 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. You will definitely be amazed by the scale of the Terracotta Warriors Army. Afterwards, visit the Terracotta Warriors Reproduction Factory.

Overnight: Xi'an Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a major tourist site located on the central axis of the Jianfu Temple in south Xi’an. Though 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. As a national AAAA scenic spot and a world heritage site, the Buddhist pagoda survives from the Tang Dynasty.

Afterwards, be transferred to Xi’an Railway Station for a high speed train experience to Beijing (approx. 5.5 hour train ride). Upon arrival, a tour representative will meet you at Beijing Railway Station and then escort you to check into the hotel.

Overnight: Beijing Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, your exploration of Beijing begins with a visit to Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world, followed by the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City, known officially as the Imperial Palace Museum, was originally constructed by Emperor Yong Le, the third Emperor of the Ming Dynasty. The palace was built between 1406 and 1420, but was burnt down, rebuilt, and renovated countless times, so most of the architecture you can see today dates from the 1700s and onwards.

Tonight, take the opportunity to attend an optional large scale dramatic musical, ‘The Golden Mask Dynasty’ (not included).

Overnight: Beijing Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, set off to visit the Great Wall. En route, stop at a Jade Museum to learn the history of jade. In Chinese, jade is pronounced as “Yu” and has a history in China of at least four thousand years. Observe the skilled artisans at work as they create their intricate designs.

Afterwards, continue with 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 - a distance of more than 3500 miles.

In the afternoon, take the opportunity to join an optional tour (not included) of Beijing’s 700 year old Hutongs (narrow lanes) area by old fashioned pedicab. You will also visit a local family living in a courtyard style home to experience the local customs, including a delicious home-cooked dinner. The optional tour also includes a visit to Shichahai - a historic scenic area consisting of three lakes (Qianhai, meaning Front Sea; Houhai, meaning Back Sea and Xihai, meaning West Sea)- as well as surrounding places of historic interest and scenic beauty, and remnants of old-style hutong and courtyard local residences.

Overnight: Beijing Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

After breakfast at the hotel, visit Beijing Zoo to see the giant pandas - one of the icons of China. After the zoo, make a stop at “Tongrentang” to learn more about traditional Chinese medicine. Afterwards, transfer to Beijing Airport for a domestic flight to Shanghai (approximately a 2 hour flight). Upon arrival, a tour representative will meet you at the airport and then escort you to Suzhou (approximately a 1.5 hour coach ride) to check into the hotel.

Overnight: Suzhou Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Today visit the heavenly 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. There is an option to take a cruise along the Grand Canal (not included) to view life along China’s ancient waterway. Afterwards, drive to Wuxi (approx. 1 hour) to check into the hotel.

Overnight: Wuxi Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

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. Then enjoy a visit to a Pearl Outlet to learn more about traditional Chinese pearl. Afterwards, be driven to Hangzhou (approximately a 2 hour coach ride), where the 2016 G20 Summit was held in September 2016.

Overnight: Hangzhou Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Considered the tea capital of China, no visit to Hangzhou is complete without a trip to a local tea house. A visit to the Tea House at Meijiawu Tea Village in the hinterland of West Lake Park will open your eyes to one of the most important Longjing - which translates to Dragon Well - Tea productions in China. Enjoy the beautiful village scenery while learning more about their special tea culture and how to appreciate the sophisticated taste and aroma of the famous Longjing tea. On this tour you will learn how to make the Longjing Tea, including picking tea leaves, frying and tasting. 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.

Afterwards, drive to Shanghai (approx. 2 hour coach ride) 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, where you’ll find most of Shanghai's banks and trading houses. Tonight, there is an optional activity to watch a superb and thrilling Chinese Acrobatic Show “ERA: The Intersection of Time” (not included).

Overnight: Shanghai Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning, step back in time at the Shanghai Museum - home to more than 120,000 objects and artworks. Enjoy free time at leisure this afternoon or join an optional half-day tour to the Yu Garden, believed to have been built in the Ming Dynasty, more than 400 years ago. The exquisite layout, beautiful scenery, and the artistic style of the garden architecture make this garden a must-see on your visit to Shanghai. Alternatively you can visit Xintiandi, Old Town and Nanjing Road for some shopping (not included). In the evening, take the opportunity to join the optional “Night Cruise on the Huangpu River” (not included).

Please note: If Shanghai Museum is closed, a visit to Suzhou Museum will be provided in place of this visit on Day 5 of the tour.

Overnight: Shanghai Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to Port of Baoshan, where you will begin your 7 night Royal Caribbean cruise to Japan.

Overnight: Royal Caribbean 'Spectrum of the Seas' ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Overnight: Royal Caribbean 'Spectrum of the Seas' ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Kobe is known for its scenic setting of mountains framing the harbour. With a population over one and a half million people, Kobe has one of the biggest concentrations of foreign residents in Japan, which is reflected in its cosmopolitan atmosphere and collection of residences built in a distinctly non-Japanese style. Many Christian churches, Shinto and Buddhist temples and shrines, two famous statues of Buddha, a fine arts museum, and a municipal museum with a collection on Western cultural contact are amongst the highlights of this colourful city. The Ikuta Shrine, dating to the 3rd century, is among Japan's oldest Shinto shrines. Antique cable cars connect Kobe to Mt. Rokko, which offers panoramic views over the port city. Beyond the Mount Rokko hills are the outdoor hot springs of Arima Onsen.

Overnight: Royal Caribbean ’Spectrum of the Seas’ ship 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Located on the Japanese island of Honshu, Osaka is known for its modern architecture, vibrant nightlife and hearty street food. The city’s most known landmark, the 16th-century shogunate Osaka Castle, is surrounded by a moat and a beautiful park filled with plum, peach and cherry blossom trees. There are many other well-known landmarks in this city such as Sumiyoshi-taisha, Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines, Tsutenkaku Tower, the WTC Cosmotower, the Floating Garden Observatory and Tempozan, the world’s largest ferris wheel (entrances not included). For those interested in history, Osaka offers numerous museums (entrance not included) showcasing insight into this unique country. An overnight stop in port allows a great opportunity to experience Osaka’s nightlife and superb restaurants.

Overnight: Royal Caribbean ’Spectrum of the Seas’ ship 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

An hour from the port city of Yokohama is the booming city of Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital which mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens. The city’s many museums offer exhibits ranging from classical art (in the Tokyo National Museum) to a reconstructed kabuki theatre (in the Edo-Tokyo Museum). Be sure to experience a shopping mecca in the legendary Ginza district. Offshore excursions available today include a trip to the Meiji Shrine and the Senso-ji Temple (not included) or to Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park for a boat trip on the lake, a cable car ride to Mount Komagatake and an unforgettable view of Mount Fuji (not included).

Overnight: Royal Caribbean ’Spectrum of the Seas’ ship 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Royal Caribbean ’Spectrum of the Seas’ ship 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Royal Caribbean ’Spectrum of the Seas’ ship 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy your final breakfast onboard before disembarking and making your own way to Shanghai Airport for your return flight back to Australia.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note: some flights may arrive in Australia +1 days later.

Tour Inclusions

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  • Discover the cultural wonders of China and Japan
  • Visit Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Suzhou
  • Visit impressive Tiananmen Square in Beijing
  • Explore the UNESCO listed Forbidden City
  • Visit a local Jade Museum and see artisans at work
  • Walk along the remarkable Great Wall of China
  • See adorable Giant Pandas at Beijing Zoo
  • Learn about traditional Chinese medicine at 'Tongrentang' in Beijing
  • Visit Suzhou’s Lingering Garden and a silk spinning factory
  • Learn about Longjing Tea at Meijiawu Tea Village with tasting
  • Visit Li Lake Park, the habitat of egrets and many rare species of birds
  • Enjoy a boat ride on Hangzhou's scenic West Lake
  • Learn about pearls at a Freshwater Pearl Centre
  • Explore The Bund promenade in Shanghai
  • Visit the inspiring Shanghai Museum
  • Sail along the glittering Japanese archipelago
  • Cruise to the iconic cities of Osaka, Kobe and Tokyo
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex SYD/MEL/*BNE
  • One way domestic flight from Beijing to Shanghai
  • 8 nights 4-star hotel accommodation
  • 7 night Japan cruise with Royal Caribbean International
  • Sail aboard the 5-star ‘Spectrum of the Seas’ ship
  • Selected entertainment and standard (prepaid) gratuities
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  • Enjoy 29 meals including all meals while cruising
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  • English-speaking tour guides (Day 1 - 9)
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation by private A/C vehicles
  • Day 1: Airport to Hotel
  • Day 4: Hotel to Airport
  • Day 4: Airport to Hotel
  • Day 9: Hotel to Cruise Port
    All of the above, plus the following:
     
  • Discover historic Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi Province
  • Marvel at the ancient Terracotta Warriors and Horses
  • Visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an, a world heritage site
  • 2 nights additional quality hotel accommodation plus 2 meals
  • 1-way high speed train: Xi'an to Beijing (economy class)
  • English speaking tour guides (Day 1 - 11)

  •   Transfers
  • Day 3: Xi’an Hotel to Xi’an Train station
  • Day 3: Beijing Train station to Beijing Hotel

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.
 
*Mandatory service fee:
A mandatory service fee is not included in the tour price, and is required for the services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The mandatory service fee for the tour leader and driver is $12 AUD per person/per day where tour or transfer services are provided, which will be collected whilst on tour (this will include day of arrival and departure, and covers both the tour leader and driver). Find a breakdown of the fees due on tour below.
 
Standard Package:
- Beijing: $36 per person to be paid to your Beijing based tour guide prior to departing Beijing for services provided on days 1, 2 & 3 of the tour.
- Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou & Wuxi: $72 per person to be paid to your Shanghai/Suzhou/Hangzhou based tour guide prior to departing Shanghai for services provided on days 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 of the tour.
 
Xian Extension:
- Xian: $24 per person to be paid to your Xian based tour guide prior to departing Xian for services provided on days 1 & 2 of the tour.
- Beijing: $36 per person to be paid to your Beijing based tour guide prior to departing Beijing for services provided on days 3, 4 & 5 of the tour.
- Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou & Wuxi: $72 per person to be paid to your Shanghai/Suzhou/Hangzhou based tour guide prior to departing Shanghai for services provided on days 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11 of the tour.
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).


Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 13th March 2020.
This travel offer is priced for one person on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement

For solo travellers, a mandatory single supplement applies.
 
Standard Package:
Inside Cabin: $1600
Ocean View Cabin: $1700
Balcony Cabin: $1800
 
Xi'an Pre Tour Extension Package:
Inside Cabin: $1750
Ocean View Cabin: $1850
Balcony Cabin: $1950
 
Departure Dates
Standard Package
13th March 2020
 
Xi’an Pre Tour Extension
11th March 2020
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne or *Brisbane
 
Departure City Surcharges
*Brisbane: $200 per person



Full Service Airline(s) Used


China Eastern Airlines, Air China or China Southern Airlines (subject to availability)

 

Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation.

 

Arrive early in Beijing, China
Not Available.
 
Stay behind in Shanghai, China
Not Available.
 
Stopover Packages
Not Available.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
Not Available.



Cabins


All cabins are subject to availability; some cabins may have restricted views.

 

Culturally Enriched Cruise
Bring the destination experience to life onboard. Dining venues showcase local flavours, entertainment, and activities to reflect local tastes. These special sailings are very popular with guests from the region, so you will be immersed in the local culture, language, customs and practices, while still enjoying the signature service and amenities. For more information visit RoyalCaribbean.com.au



Accommodation Used


5 Star (self-rated)

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines ‘Spectrum of the Seas’ ship

 

4 Star (self-rated)

- Beijing: Friendship Hotel / Plaza Hotel / Feitian Hotel / Jianguo Hotel Qianmen / North Star Continental Grand Hotel / Ramada Parkside / Gehua New Century / Chang An Grand Hotel /Novotel Sanyuan / Ritan International Hotel / Rosedale Hotel & Suites / Schonbrunn Hotel or similar

- Hangzhou: Pujing Garden Hotel / Yuandong Hotel / Hai Wai Hai Bai Na Hotel or similar

- Suzhou: Snowy Sea Hotel / Jincheng Hotel / Vienna International Hotel / Nanya Hotel or similar

- Wuxi - Swiss-Belhotel Liyuan / Mingdu Hotel / Landison Plaza Hotel / Gloria Grand Hotel or similar

- Shanghai: Holiday Inn Express / Howard Johnson Hong Qiao / Regal Plaza Hotel & Residence or similar

- Xi'an: Grand Noble Hotel / Yulong International Hotel / Holiday Inn or similar

  

Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights
Not Available.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 People
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children 12 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
Not Available.
 
Bedding Configuration
Twin or Double Bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.


Minimum group size 20, maximum group size 42 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
- Beijing: Day 2 (Day 4 extension package): The Golden Mask Dynasty 330 RMB (approx. $66 AUD)
- Beijing: Day 3 (Day 5 extension package): Tour 700 year old Hutong with Dinner 300 RMB (approx. $60 AUD)
- Suzhou: Day 5 (Day 7 extension package): Grand Canal Cruise 190 RMB (approx. $38 AUD)
- Shanghai: Day 7 (Day 9 extension package): ERA and The Intersection of Time 380 RMB (approx. $76 AUD)
- Shanghai: Day 8 (Day 10 extension package): Half day Shanghai tour 180 RMB (approx. $35 AUD)
- Shanghai: Day 8 (Day 10 extension package): Huangpu River Night Cruise 240 RMB (approx. $48 AUD)

Please note:
- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions, and are payable direct to the tour operator in the currency specified
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.
- Shore excursions can be booked/reserved directly with the cruise line prior to travel (subject to availability)
- Shore excursions can also be booked whilst onboard (subject to availability).
 

- Visa fees and requirements (A double entry tourist visa for China is a strict requirement if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise)
- Mandatory service fee: $12 AUD per person/per day where tour or transfer services are provided (this includes day of arrival and departure).
- Cruise: Gratuities are payable on additional items and services such as wines and spa treatments.
- Optional activities/tours (including any 'onshore' excursions as part of cruise)
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
- Day 15: Transfer Cruise Port - Shanghai Airport
 
Please note:
A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.
 

TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide:
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group.
 
Tour Leader:
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined.
 
Please note
: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured.
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
China
End of February/March is still quite cool in China. Temperature differences between day and night are large. Max temp is approx. 12-14 degrees with nights dropping lower. Packing a jacket/sweater is recommended.
 
Japan

In March, spring weather is an average of 13 degrees during the afternoon. Generally, regarded as one of the best times to visit Japan, when there is little rainfall, skies are clear, and temperatures are mild. Early flowering plants and trees, such as plum trees, deliver the first signs of spring, while the weather is getting noticeably milder.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
CRUISE
Disembarkation:
- Begins approximately 2 hours after docking.
- Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.
- Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
- Check your specific sailing for exact departure and arrival times. All times are local to the port.
 
Cruise Loyalty Discounts:
Please note: Travellers booked via TripADeal will not be entitled to receive any cruise line customer loyalty discounts. Similar to airline frequent flyer programs, this is outside of the TripADeal booking process. However, customers may contact the cruise line direct upon receiving their TripADeal travel documents to request any membership benefits they are entitled to.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
29 Meals are included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:

You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile.

Please note: a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Cruise
Pre-paid gratuities onboard the cruise are included in the package price. Any optional extras purchased onboard the cruise will have up to an 18% gratuity added.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience.
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts.
 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
 
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.



China


- A double entry Tourist Visa for China is a strict requirement if travelling on an Australian Passport. You will be able to start your Visa application process once you receive your final travel documentation approximately 6 weeks prior to departure.

- TripADeal offers a fast, secure and easy service to obtain a Visa for this country - This Visa can take approximately 2 weeks to complete.

- Please start arranging your visa as soon as you receive your documentation to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours.

 
Japan

A Tourist Visa for Japan is not required if travelling on an Australian passport.
 
Important: Please start arranging your visa at least 3 weeks prior to departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may, in turn, affect the type of application required.


We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.


Please note: Due to limited availability, passenger name and date changes are strictly prohibited for this offer. This overrides the Schedule of Fees in our standard Terms & Conditions. No refunds will be issued once offer has been purchased.

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