$162 a nt—Save 65% on China & Japan fly-tour-cruise holiday
Why We Love This Deal
See China's top sights, then board Spectrum Of The Seas for a thrilling 7-night cruise through Japan
- One-way international flight from Sydney to Beijing
- One-way return flight from Shanghai to Sydney
- 1-night hotel stay in Beijing
- 8-night China guided tour from Beijing to Shanghai visiting key local attractions
- 7-night cruise from Shanghai through Japan onboard Spectrum Of The Seas
- Meals and entertainment while onboard
- Port fees and taxes
This itinerary departs Sydney on 25 October 2024.
Cabin Upgrades: Featured prices are based on an Inside Cabin while you’re cruising. Upgrade to an Ocean View Cabin for an additional $150 per person or treat yourself to a panoramic view and upgrade to a Balcony Cabin for an additional $300 per person or to a luxury Suite for an additional $1000 per person.
About the itinerary:
Your 16-night journey begins with a flight from Sydney to Beijing, where you'll spend the night at a 4-star hotel before you set off on an exciting 7-day tour of China. First you'll visit Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world, followed by the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City. The next morning you'll visit a Jade Museum to learn about the history of jade as you make your way towards the Great Wall, China's famous national monument. Stretching more than 3500 miles across China's northern mountain ranges, the Great Wall is a celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Site that is visited by over 10 million people every year. You'll enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure as you prepare for the interesting activities of the next day.
Day four gets underway with a stop at ‘Tongrentang’ to learn about traditional Chinese medicine, before you travel to Xi'an to see one of the top archaeological excavations of the 20th century at the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. The Terracotta Warriors were believed to have been created to accompany the Qin Emperor into the afterlife. Visitors are usually spellbound by the sheer size of the sculptures, which reach about two metres tall. After completion of this tour, you'll transfer to Xi'an Airport for a domestic flight to Hangzhou.
Day six starts with a thrilling boat ride on West Lake, another beautiful Chinese UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you'll get to admire Hangzhou's willow-draped islands. Next up, tea-lovers will be treated to an outing to the Tea House at Meijiawu Tea Village, situated in the hinterland of Hangzhou's West Lake Park, where you'll learn how to make your own Longjing Tea. The next day you'll visit Suzhou, which is sometimes referred to as the "Venice of the East". Here, you'll visit the Lingering Garden, recognised with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll also get the opportunity to visit the Silk Spinning Factory (the region is known for its exquisite silk). At the end of the day, you'll take a 2-hour bus ride to Shanghai to visit the famous Bund—a five-block riverfront promenade featuring many of Shanghai's banks and trading houses.
On the final day of your Chinese tour, you'll spend the morning exploring the past at the Shanghai Museum, which houses over 120,000 objects and artworks. You can choose a free afternoon or an optional half-day tour of Shanghai (at your own expense) to wrap up this leg of the trip.
Next up, the cruise portion of your trip awaits. You'll embark from the Port of Baoshan onboard Spectrum Of The Seas on 2 November, 2024. You'll spend a day at sea before arriving at the busy harbour town of Kobe, where you could sample the deliciously diverse local cuisine, enjoy a round of golf on the greens of Japan's first golf course, or relax in an authentic Japanese hot spring (onsen). At 4am the following morning you'll set sail for Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital city. Here you'll find centuries-old temples and fascinating shrines, or you could climb to the top of Kyoto Tower for the area's best views.
On 6 November 2024, you'll touch down in Tokyo, home to some of the world's most impressive architecture, stylish shops and elegant eateries. Yet on the outskirts of the city an ancient world awaits, complete with wooden residential homes, age-old temples, shrines and imperial gardens. The next two days will be spent relaxing at sea, before you reach your final destination of Shanghai, China's biggest city. Be sure to explore this bustling metropolis with its towering skyscrapers and luxurious hotels contrasting with Old Shanghai, famed for its temples and classical Chinese gardens. On 9 November, 2024, your adventure comes to a close as you transfer to Shanghai Airport for your return flight back to Australia.
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