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24 Day Spice of Asia

  • Uncover the ancient wonders of China on tour
  • Enjoy a 5-star cruise of China, Japan & South Korea
Includes Return International Flights

Asia offers endless opportunities to uncover ancient wonders, mysteries and legends; see the very best of them with this 24-day fly, tour and cruise package, which takes you through China, Japan and South Korea. From the incredible cuisine on offer to the endlessly varied landscapes, the spice of Asia is well and truly alive on this unforgettable trip.

Start in 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 14-night cruise aboard the 5-star Holland America ‘Westerdam’ ship, stopping off in Qingdao, a fascinating Chinese city with popular beaches; and Dalian, full of grand historic buildings and lush green spaces. From China, make your way along the Japanese archipelago to the ports of vibrant Fukuoka and inspiring Nagasaki in Japan, along with Busan, South Korea’s second-largest city, and Jeju, known as the ‘Maui’ of Korea.

Package includes return international flights, eight nights 4-star hotel accommodation, a 14-night Asia cruise with Holland America Line, English-speaking tour guides, 50 meals and more!

Don’t miss seeing the Terracotta Warriors while in China - choose the Xi’an extension to add another bucket-list experience to your trip.

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 Baoshan cruise terminal where you will board your home for the next 14 nights, Holland America's 5-star 'Westerdam'. Spend the night docked in the harbour.

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Today the ship is docked at the Baoshan cruise terminal in Shanghai. Relax and take advantage of the amazing onboard facilities, or alternatively get out and explore with one of the many shore excursions available on board (not included). The cruise departs at 6:00pm this evening.

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

The city of Qingdao (Green Island) in China's Shandong Province is renowned for its wonderfully temperate climate, array of popular beaches and scenic nearby mountain ranges. A mix of modern and traditional architecture and public art, such as the large red May Wind sculpture in May Fourth Square, makes the streets a joy to stroll.

There’s culture aplenty, too, from the Museum of Marine Products, an aquarium that houses hundreds of fascinating specimens and living sea creatures in an exhibition hall and aquarium, and the Naval Museum, which charts the development of the Chinese navy. The shops sell everything from shell carvings and pearl necklaces to antiques and electronics, while the restaurant scene is impressively global but excels at seafood, particularly fresh oysters, clams and lobster. For relaxation, look no further than the nearby wide beaches, famous for their soft sand and sparkling waters.

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

When it comes to culture and history, few cities compete with China’s capital, Beijing, roughly two hours north of the port of Tianjin. Though Tianjin often plays second fiddle to Beijing, this city has a number of important cultural sights of its own. At the Confucius Temple, learn about the great philosopher's teachings and do as the locals do by writing prayers or wishes on small plaques. You can learn about the city’s history at the excellent Tianjin Museum and at the Shi Family Mansion, the stately former home of one of Tianjin’s leading families.

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

The Dalian you see today, an important Asian trading port on China’s northeast coast, not far from North Korea, grew from a small fishing village and was shaped enormously by three powers that ruled the city over the course of the 20th century: Russia from 1898 to 1905, Japan from 1905 until the end of World War II and, after the city was liberated by Soviet troops, China.

At first glance, Dalian looks like many other Chinese cities — sprawling and industrialized. But look a bit closer and you’ll notice its pleasant seaside promenades, lush green spaces like Labor Park (particularly lovely during cherry-blossom season) and grand historic buildings, including those on Russian Street and the Art Nouveau Yamato Hotel.

Beyond its historic and cultural sites, Dalian’s seaside location makes it one of the best places in China to enjoy fresh seafood. When you are ready for a break from exploring the city, head to one of Dalian’s many restaurants and you’ll see families, couples hand in hand and groups of friends tucking into seafood feasts and sipping Tsingtao beer, a legacy of German rule in Qingdao, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) to the south.

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Fukuoka, Kyushu's largest city, was once two separate entities: Fukuoka in the west and the merchant area of Hakata to the east. Joined together in 1889, the contemporary city - population 1.5 million - has a lively, modern atmosphere, an array of impressive architecture by international starchitects, including Rem Koolhaas, César Pelli, Emilio Ambasz and Aldo Rossi, and a number of cultural attractions and museums such as the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

Modern developments like Canal City—a mixed-use complex designed by American Jon Jerde that contains hotels, cinemas, restaurants and shops—lend the city space a futuristic air, as does the striking 234-meter (768-foot) Fukuoka Tower, which is covered in mirrored glass and has an observation deck. On the historical side, sites like the Kushida Shrine and the ruins of Fukuoka Castle offer traditional and cultural insights. The pond in the center of Ōhori, Fukuoka's largest park, was once part of Fukuoka Castle's moat, and you'll find gardens, a zoo, an amusement park and a car museum in Uminonakamichi Seaside Park.

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

South Korea’s second-largest city (after the capital, Seoul), Busan is located in the southeastern corner of the country along the Sea of Japan. It combines a vibrant, big-city atmosphere with a famously laid-back attitude and subtropical landscapes. Often described as the "San Francisco of Korea", thanks mainly to its hilly terrain and close-knit neighbourhoods, it offers visitors a little of everything: fashionable boutiques, dynamic culture and buzzy nightlife, as well as sandy beaches, hot springs and nearby mountains crossed with hiking trails and dotted with temples.

Cultural highlights include the Gamcheon Cultural Village; the spectacular Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, built into the side of a cliff; and Art Street in Sinchang-dong, which hosts art competitions, exhibitions and cultural events such as the annual Busan International Film Festival. Those who enjoy hiking can explore the famed cliffs of Taejongdae Park, while the white sand beaches at Gwangalli and Haeundae are ideal places to relax by the seashore. Foodies will love Busan, too, not just for its excellent restaurants but also for the many atmospheric markets: the low-key Millak Hoe Town Market, tourist spots like Jagalchi Fish Market and the market at Haeundae with its ramshackle stalls selling gukpab (a traditional rice soup).

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Jeju, formerly Cheju, may not be familiar to most Australians, but for Korean travelers the country’s largest island is a popular destination. The island is roughly the size of Maui and has much in common with the Hawaiian islands. Like them, it is a volcanic island—it first emerged from the sea some two million years ago and the volcano Hallasan, which reaches a height of 1,950 meters, is the tallest peak in South Korea. It also shares the mild subtropical climate of Hawaii—even in winter, temperatures rarely drop below freezing—and offers a similar broad range of activities whether in the warm ocean water or exploring the island’s interior on well-marked and maintained trails.

Jeju has long been known as the "Island of Gods" after a legendary lost race from whom the island’s inhabitants are said to have descended. Perhaps this history helps explain the super-human feats of the haenyeo, women divers who harvest abalone from the sea floor without the use of scuba gear. Remarkable giants can still be spotted here with humpback and orca whales common in this part of the East China Sea.

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Situated in the northwest of Kyushu, the third-largest island in Japan, Nagasaki is one of the country’s most cosmopolitan port cities, with a decent tourism infrastructure, a fascinating past that stretches back to the early 7th century and a picturesque harbor that’s been an active port since the 16th century. Home to around 500,000 residents, the city is a buzzy yet relaxed place with abundant services, shops and restaurants as well as several cultural and historic attractions that are easily explored on foot and via public transportation.

Check out the Nagasaki Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum, which outline the horrific bombing of the city during World War II while making a poignant pledge for world peace. Foodies will enjoy the wide variety of tastes to be found in Chinatown and the Shianbashi Gourmet Street. If you are visiting with children, the Huis Ten Bosch theme park—modeled on a medieval Dutch town—makes for a fun diversion.

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast, disembark and make your own way to the 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 Baoshan cruise terminal where you will board your home for the next 14 nights, Holland America's 5-star 'Westerdam'. Spend the night docked in the harbour.

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Today the ship is docked at the Baoshan cruise terminal in Shanghai. Relax and take advantage of the amazing onboard facilities, or alternatively get out and explore with one of the many shore excursions available on board (not included). The cruise departs at 6:00pm this evening.

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

The city of Qingdao (Green Island) in China's Shandong Province is renowned for its wonderfully temperate climate, array of popular beaches and scenic nearby mountain ranges. A mix of modern and traditional architecture and public art, such as the large red May Wind sculpture in May Fourth Square, makes the streets a joy to stroll.

There’s culture aplenty, too, from the Museum of Marine Products, an aquarium that houses hundreds of fascinating specimens and living sea creatures in an exhibition hall and aquarium, and the Naval Museum, which charts the development of the Chinese navy. The shops sell everything from shell carvings and pearl necklaces to antiques and electronics, while the restaurant scene is impressively global but excels at seafood, particularly fresh oysters, clams and lobster. For relaxation, look no further than the nearby wide beaches, famous for their soft sand and sparkling waters.

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

When it comes to culture and history, few cities compete with China’s capital, Beijing, roughly two hours north of the port of Tianjin. Though Tianjin often plays second fiddle to Beijing, this city has a number of important cultural sights of its own. At the Confucius Temple, learn about the great philosopher's teachings and do as the locals do by writing prayers or wishes on small plaques. You can learn about the city’s history at the excellent Tianjin Museum and at the Shi Family Mansion, the stately former home of one of Tianjin’s leading families.

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

The Dalian you see today, an important Asian trading port on China’s northeast coast, not far from North Korea, grew from a small fishing village and was shaped enormously by three powers that ruled the city over the course of the 20th century: Russia from 1898 to 1905, Japan from 1905 until the end of World War II and, after the city was liberated by Soviet troops, China.

At first glance, Dalian looks like many other Chinese cities — sprawling and industrialized. But look a bit closer and you’ll notice its pleasant seaside promenades, lush green spaces like Labor Park (particularly lovely during cherry-blossom season) and grand historic buildings, including those on Russian Street and the Art Nouveau Yamato Hotel. Beyond its historic and cultural sites, Dalian’s seaside location makes it one of the best places in China to enjoy fresh seafood. When you are ready for a break from exploring the city, head to one of Dalian’s many restaurants and you’ll see families, couples hand in hand and groups of friends tucking into seafood feasts and sipping Tsingtao beer, a legacy of German rule in Qingdao, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) to the south.

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Fukuoka, Kyushu's largest city, was once two separate entities: Fukuoka in the west and the merchant area of Hakata to the east. Joined together in 1889, the contemporary city—population 1.5 million—has a lively, modern atmosphere, an array of impressive architecture by international starchitects, including Rem Koolhaas, César Pelli, Emilio Ambasz and Aldo Rossi, and a number of cultural attractions and museums such as the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

Modern developments like Canal City—a mixed-use complex designed by American Jon Jerde that contains hotels, cinemas, restaurants and shops—lend the city space a futuristic air, as does the striking 234-meter (768-foot) Fukuoka Tower, which is covered in mirrored glass and has an observation deck. On the historical side, sites like the Kushida Shrine and the ruins of Fukuoka Castle offer traditional and cultural insights. The pond in the center of Ōhori, Fukuoka's largest park, was once part of Fukuoka Castle's moat, and you'll find gardens, a zoo, an amusement park and a car museum in Uminonakamichi Seaside Park.

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

South Korea’s second-largest city (after the capital, Seoul), Busan is located in the southeastern corner of the country along the Sea of Japan. It combines a vibrant, big-city atmosphere with a famously laid-back attitude and subtropical landscapes. Often described as the "San Francisco of Korea", thanks mainly to its hilly terrain and close-knit neighbourhoods, it offers visitors a little of everything: fashionable boutiques, dynamic culture and buzzy nightlife, as well as sandy beaches, hot springs and nearby mountains crossed with hiking trails and dotted with temples.

Cultural highlights include the Gamcheon Cultural Village; the spectacular Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, built into the side of a cliff; and Art Street in Sinchang-dong, which hosts art competitions, exhibitions and cultural events such as the annual Busan International Film Festival. Those who enjoy hiking can explore the famed cliffs of Taejongdae Park, while the white sand beaches at Gwangalli and Haeundae are ideal places to relax by the seashore. Foodies will love Busan, too, not just for its excellent restaurants but also for the many atmospheric markets: the low-key Millak Hoe Town Market, tourist spots like Jagalchi Fish Market and the market at Haeundae with its ramshackle stalls selling gukpab (a traditional rice soup).

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Jeju, formerly Cheju, may not be familiar to most Australians, but for Korean travelers the country’s largest island is a popular destination. The island is roughly the size of Maui and has much in common with the Hawaiian islands. Like them, it is a volcanic island—it first emerged from the sea some two million years ago and the volcano Hallasan, which reaches a height of 1,950 meters, is the tallest peak in South Korea. It also shares the mild subtropical climate of Hawaii—even in winter, temperatures rarely drop below freezing—and offers a similar broad range of activities whether in the warm ocean water or exploring the island’s interior on well-marked and maintained trails.

Jeju has long been known as the "Island of Gods" after a legendary lost race from whom the island’s inhabitants are said to have descended. Perhaps this history helps explain the super-human feats of the haenyeo, women divers who harvest abalone from the sea floor without the use of scuba gear. Remarkable giants can still be spotted here with humpback and orca whales common in this part of the East China Sea.

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Situated in the northwest of Kyushu, the third-largest island in Japan, Nagasaki is one of the country’s most cosmopolitan port cities, with a decent tourism infrastructure, a fascinating past that stretches back to the early 7th century and a picturesque harbor that’s been an active port since the 16th century. Home to around 500,000 residents, the city is a buzzy yet relaxed place with abundant services, shops and restaurants as well as several cultural and historic attractions that are easily explored on foot and via public transportation.

Check out the Nagasaki Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum, which outline the horrific bombing of the city during World War II while making a poignant pledge for world peace. Foodies will enjoy the wide variety of tastes to be found in Chinatown and the Shianbashi Gourmet Street. If you are visiting with children, the Huis Ten Bosch theme park—modeled on a medieval Dutch town—makes for a fun diversion.

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Holland America Line 'Westerdam'
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast, disembark and make your own way to the 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
  • Take in 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
  • See the futuristic Shanghai skyline from the Bund
  • Visit the inspiring Shanghai Museum
  • Cruise to the Chinese ports of Qingdao, Tianjin (Beijing) and Dalian
  • Sail along the glittering Japanese archipelago
  • Dock in Fukuoka and Nagasaki in the Kyushu Islands
  • Explore vibrant Busan, South Korea's own 'San Francisco'
  • Discover the volcanic island of Jeju in South Korea
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex SYD/MEL/BNE
  • 8 nights 4-star hotel accommodation
  • 14 night Asia cruise with Holland America Line
  • Sail aboard the 5-star ‘Westerdam' ship
  • Enjoy 50 meals including all meals while cruising
  • English-speaking tour guides (Day 1 - 9)
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation by private A/C vehicles
  • Day 1: Beijing Airport to Hotel
  • Day 4: Beijing Hotel to Airport
  • Day 4: Shanghai Airport to Suzhou Hotel
  • Day 9: Shanghai 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 7th of February 2020.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person/people based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of applies:
 
24 Day Standard Package:
Inside Cabin: $2075
Ocean View Cabin: $2350
Balcony Cabin: $2550
Suite: $3375
 
26 Day Xian Pre-tour Extension:
Inside Cabin: $2175
Ocean View Cabin: $2450
Balcony Cabin: $2650
Suite: $3475
 
Departure Dates
 
24 Day Standard Package
7th February 2020
 
26 Day Xian Pre-tour Extension:
5th February 2020
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane



Full-Service Airline(s) Used


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

 

Please note: One-way flights cannot 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.





Accommodation Used


4 Star (self-rated)

- Beijing: Friendship Hotel / Plaza Hotel / Feitian Hotel / Jianguo Hotel Qianmen / North Star Continental Grand Hotel / Ramada Parkside / Gehua New Century / 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 (Pre-tour extension only)

 

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 hotel's 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 city 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 (Please see visa section below for visa information)
- 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: approx. $13.50 USD (approx. $19 AUD) per person, per day will be charged to your onboard account. A 20% gratuity will also be added to items purchased on board.
- Optional activities/tours (including any 'onshore' excursions as part of cruise)
- Transfer: Post cruise to airport (day 23)
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
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
While Beijing's coldest month is over, February is still fairly cold, so packing a thick sweater and winter coat is advisable. The month of February is very dry, and daytime temperatures average around 7°C.
  
Japan
February is a good time for visiting Japan as the weather is predominantly sunny and dry, while tourist attractions are not crowded. However temperatures will be on the low side, averaging around 12°C during the day, and 4°C overnight.
 
South Korea:
Similar to both China and Japan, February weather is dry and cool. Temperatures will range from 9°C throughout the day and 0°C overnight.
 
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:
Daily breakfast and one lunch is 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
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for the services of the cruise staff throughout the cruise component of this tour. Holland America is an internationally registered company & operates to US & European standards, both of which have an economy driven by a gratuities culture. Gratuities are expected on your cruise and will be charged to your onboard account at $13.50 USD per person per day. If you have any questions in regards to the gratuities on your cruise please speak to the guest services staff onboard the ship.
 
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.
 
South Korea
A Tourist Visa for South Korea is not required if travelling on an Australian passport for stays of up to 90 days.
 
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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