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PRE - SHANGHAI AND THE GREAT WALL

NOTE - this program begins in Beijing therefore flights need to be booked into the Beijing International Airport.

Uncover the renowned treasures of Shanghai and walk the Great Walk during one fascinating tour. In Shanghai, marvel at the Jade Buddha Temple’s rare white jade statues, stroll the 16th-century Yuyuan Garden and explore the city’s intriguing Old Town. Meanwhile, Beijing’s extraordinary past comes alive as you explore Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City before traveling to the Great Wall of China, constructed over 2,000 years ago and stretching 5,500 miles.

Day 1 - March 19th, 2019

Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be met and transferred from the airport to your hotel. Dinner will be on your own and you can spend the day at leisure as you wish.

*Please note that hotel check in time is 2:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available upon arrival, this cannot be guaranteed. If you are arriving very early in the morning, an additional night may be requested and purchased.

Overnight at the Pan Pacific Hotel Beijing or similar hotel.

Day 2 - March 20th, 2019

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the impressive Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world and site of many important events in Chinese history. Then, visit the Forbidden City, home to the emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties and a 250-acre complex of pavilions, halls, courtyards and gates showcasing some of the most important treasures of China’s imperial past.

Enjoy a traditional Chinese-style lunch at a local restaurant on your way to the Great Wall. There is an opportunity to shop for souvenirs after your lunch.

Following lunch, continue the scenic drive to the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass – one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Here you will have a chance to walk on the wall and enjoy the surrounding views before heading back to your hotel. NOTE: You need to climb steps in order to get onto the wall.

Back at the hotel, the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Dinner will be on your own.

Overnight at the Pan Pacific Hotel Beijing or similar hotel.

Day 3 - March 21st, 2019

Enjoy an early breakfast in the hotel before venturing to the Temple of Heaven. Initially built in 1420, this is the site where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worship heaven and pray for a bumper harvest. It is listed in the World Heritage in 1998. The main structure in the vast compound is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, a magnificent triple-gabled circular building. Completely wooden, without any nails, it is one of the architectural wonders of ancient China. The Temple of Heaven is also a public park where local people begin their day with such morning activities as playing Tai Chi, singing Peking Opera or writing Chinese calligraphy.

Next, you will be transferred to airport for your flight to Shanghai, with lunch served in-flight. Upon arrival in Shanghai, you will transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight at the Longemont Shanghai or similar hotel.

Day 4 - March 22nd, 2016

Following breakfast, you will travel by coach to Shanghai’s intriguing Old Town, where you will meander the narrow streets, pass traditional shops and take in the cacophony of sounds and sights. Then, for a completely different experience, you will visit the nearby Yu Yuan Gardens, an oasis of tranquility that dates to the 16th-century Ming Dynasty. Highlights include its intricate rockeries, dragon walls and beautiful pavilions.

Your next stop will be the Jade Buddha Temple. While the original temple was destroyed during a revolution, the temple’s two precious statues of Buddha were saved. A new temple was built in 1928 to house the statues, one of a reclining Buddha on a redwood bed, the other of a sitting Buddha decorated with semi-precious stones. Both statues were carved in Burma out of white jade, a rare form of nephrite mineral known for its characteristic creamy texture. Besides displaying these spectacular works of art, the Jade Buddha Temple is an active monastery with dozens of resident monks.

Afterwards enjoy a Chinese style lunch at local restaurant and then transfer to the pier for embarkation.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. This program is subject to flight confirmations which are beyond our control. All program details including timings and any flights indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you receive your final cruise documents at approximately 21 days prior to sailing. You will then receive one last final itinerary from our ground operator with your Welcome Letter upon arrival. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

Extra Nights: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met as per the flight details provided and transferred to your hotel. Check-in time is 2:00pm (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own until day 2 of the program.

Transfers: All guests booking their flights independently are required to ensure the cruise line has their most up to date flight details so that transfers from the airport can be arranged. Should you book any extra nights on your own, transfers are not included. If flight details are not received before your program start date, transfers cannot be arranged.

DAY 1

Arrive in Beijing by various flights, you are met outside customs and be transferred to your hotel.

Rest of the day is at your leisure with meals on your own.

Check in time at your hotel is from 2pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available sooner, this cannot be guaranteed. Should you have an early arrival you may wish to book an extra night.

Overnight at the Pan Pacific Hotel Beijing or similar hotel.

DAY 2

AM Breakfast at the hotel

8:00am Depart for the Forbidden City

9:00am Visit Tian’anmen Square

10:00am Visit Forbidden City

11:30am Depart Forbidden City

12:30pm Chinese style lunch at a local restaurant with shopping opportunity

(including 1 soft drink, bottled water or local beer)

2:00pm Depart for the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass

2:30pm Visit the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass

4:00pm Depart the Great Wall

5:30pm Arrival at hotel.

Dinner on own

Overnight at the Pan Pacific Hotel Beijing or similar hotel.

DAY 3

AM Breakfast at the hotel

8:00am Check out the hotel and depart for Temple of Heaven

9:00am Visit Temple of Heaven

10:15am Depart for airport

11:30am Arrival at Beijing International Airport

1:00pm Fly from Beijing to Shanghai (flight details TBA and timings subject to change), lunch served on flight

3:15pm Upon arrival you are met and transferred to your hotel

5:00pm Check in at hotel and dinner on own

Overnight at Longemont Shanghai Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 4

AM Breakfast at the hotel

8:30am Depart from hotel

9:00am Old Town and Yuyuan Garden

10:45am Jade Buddha Temple

12:00pm Traditional Chinese style lunch

1:15pm Transfer to the pier

2:00pm Arrival at pier and embark the ship

Documents and visa requirements: A Chinese visa and a valid passport are required.

*Please ensure you have the correct amount of Chinese visas for this cruise. In some cases a double entry visa is required if your cruise visits both Shanghai and Tianjin or you visit either on your land program. Please check with your local Chinese embassy for further details and requirements prior to sailing. Failure to have the correct documentation may result in denial of travel by local Chinese Immigration officers. Oceania Cruises is not responsible for missed travel due to inappropriate documentation.

Expected weather:

Shanghai weather in March – Sunny spring days are common in March, with occasionally some small rains. Average High Temperature: 15 C / 59 F, Average Low Temperature: 4 C / 39 F.

Beijing weather in March - The weather warms up rapidly from freezing to cool, but it is windy. On average temperature reaches 11 °C (52 °F) during the day, and at night drops to -1 °C (30 °F).

What to bring: Light, loose clothing, a jacket, an umbrella and comfortable walking shoes. The attire is casual for the entire program.

Note about restrooms: Restrooms in China vary from having toilets to holes in the floor and their cleanliness standards are not always up to par with those of the western world. You will encounter both types of restroom facilities on your travels in China. It is advisable to have hand sanitizer and extra tissues /toilet paper at all times just in case they are needed.

Local Currency: The Chinese Yuan, denoted by CNY, is the official currency in China. You can use U.S dollars, Euros and English pounds in hotels and friendship stores, to pay for optional tours and for tips. U.S. dollars or other foreign currencies are not accepted in department stores, convenience stores, local restaurants, or from street vendors.

Electricity: The electricity in China is generally 220V, 50HZ, AC. A travel adaptor is necessary. Most hotels have 110V and 220V electrical outlets in the bathrooms, although usually only 220V sockets in the guest rooms. We recommend bringing your own travel adaptor for electronic devices.

Luggage allowance for flights:

Regardless of the amount of luggage guest is able to fly with en route to China, for this land program, on the internal flight from Beijing to Shanghai, each passenger can enjoy free baggage allowance of one carry-on luggage, plus one check-in luggage. Carry-on Luggage should not exceed 56x36x23cm (22x14x9 in) in size and 7 kg (15 lbs) in weight; Checked -in luggage should not exceed 100x60x40cm (39x24x16 in) in size and 20kg (44lbs) in weight. These dimensions include wheels, handles and side pockets.

Any excess/overweight luggage brought on the trip is subject to airline fees and will be at the expense of the guest and payable upon check in at the airport.

Guests who have excess luggage may wish to seek alternate luggage shipping options.

Flight details cannot be provided until 21 days before sailing when we have final counts for the land program and flights are ticketed.

Aircraft type (subject to change):

Either Boeing or Airbus

Hotel Information:

Shanghai:

Longemont Shanghai Hotel

1116 West Yan An Road, Shanghai, 200052 China

Phone: +86 21 6115 9988

Beijing:

Pan Pacific Hotel Beijing

2 Hua Yuan Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, 100032, China

Phone: +86 10 6376 7777

*We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotels listed in this program.

Program includes:

•All transfers and tours as indicated in the itinerary

•Coach class air tickets between Beijing/Shanghai

•1 night hotel accommodation, deluxe room, at Longemont Shanghai Hotel or similar with daily breakfast

• 2 nights hotel accommodation, deluxe room, at Pan Pacific Hotel Beijing or similar with daily breakfast

•2 lunches at local restaurant as indicated in the itinerary (lunch includes a choice of one glass of soft drinks, local beer or local mineral water)

Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information, so your transfer can be arranged; however, should you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

Program excludes:

•Any meals or beverages not listed above

•Gratuities to drivers and guides

•Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

•Excess or overweight luggage fees on internal flight

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel and natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing, hats, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

More Details
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability.

PROMO-PRE-BEIJING AND THE GREAT WALL

Beijing’s extraordinary past comes alive as you explore some of the world’s most renowned historical sites. Visit Tiananmen Square, the center of many significant events in China’s history; the Forbidden City, home to many important imperial treasures; and the Temple of Heaven complex, which includes the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, an ornate, triple-gabled edifice. Travel beyond Beijing to the Great Wall of China, constructed over 2,000 years ago and stretching 5,500 miles.

DAY 1 - April 1st, 2018

Upon arrival in Beijing International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure and dinner is on own. Please note that hotel check in time is 2:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available upon arrival, this cannot be guaranteed. If you are arriving very early in the morning, an additional night may be requested and purchased.

Overnight at the Regent Beijing or similar hotel.

DAY 2 - April 2nd, 2018

Following breakfast, enjoy a scenic ride to the Great Wall at Juyongguan. Explore the amazing Great Wall, actually a series of walls first constructed over 2000 years ago in an attempt to ward off northern nomads.

Following lunch, continue to one of the Ming Tombs. Learn more about the burial rituals employed during the Ming dynasty before returning to your hotel.

In the evening, enjoy a traditional Peking duck dinner at a renowned local restaurant.

Overnight at the Regent Beijing or similar hotel.

DAY 3 - April 3rd, 2018

Enjoy an early breakfast in the hotel before venturing to the Temple of Heaven. Initially built in 1420, this is the site where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worship heaven and pray for a bumper harvest. It is listed in the World Heritage in 1998. The main structure in the vast compound is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, a magnificent triple-gabled circular building. Completely wooden, without any nails, it is one of the architectural wonders of ancient China. The Temple of Heaven is also a public park where local people begin their day with such morning activities as playing Tai Chi, singing Peking Opera or writing Chinese calligraphy.

You are free to walk around the pine-lined ground or take part in the Tai Chi exercise!

After the visit, transfer back to the hotel and enjoy rest of the day on your own exploration of the city.

Lunch and dinner on own

Overnight at the Regent Beijing or similar hotel.

DAY 4 - April 4th, 2018

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the impressive Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world and site of many important events in Chinese history.

Then, visit the Forbidden City, home to the emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties and a 250-acre complex of pavilions, halls, courtyards and gates showcasing some of the most important treasures of China’s imperial past.

After lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to the ship for embarkation.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program details are subject to change. The timings indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you receive your final cruise documents at approximately 21 days prior to sailing. You will then receive one last final itinerary from our ground operator with your Welcome Letter upon arrival. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to the Regent Beijing Hotel. Note that check in time is 2:00pm. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details so transfers can be arranged accordingly. Any activities and meals other than breakfast are on your own during extra nights.

DAY 1

Arrive in Beijing by various flights, you are met outside customs and be transferred to your hotel.

Rest of the day is at your leisure with meals on your own.

Check in time at your hotel is from 2pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available sooner, this cannot be guaranteed.

Overnight at Regent Beijing Hotel or similar

DAY 2

AM Breakfast at your hotel

8:00am Depart from hotel

9:30am Visit the Great Wall at Juyongguan Section

11:30am Lunch at local restaurant

1:30pm Visit to Ming Tombs

4:00pm Return to your hotel

6:00pm Depart from hotel for dinner

6:30pm Peking Duck Dinner at local renowned restaurant

8:30pm Return to the hotel and overnight

Overnight at Regent Beijing Hotel or similar

DAY 3

AM Breakfast at hotel

9:00am Depart from hotel

9:30am Visit the Temple of Heaven

11:30am Return to hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure

Lunch and dinner on own

Overnight at Regent Beijing Hotel or similar

DAY 4

AM Breakfast at hotel

7:30am Depart from hotel

8:00am Visit Tian’anmen Square

9:00am Visit the Forbidden City

11:15am Lunch at local restaurant

3:00pm Arrive at pier and embark the ship

Documents and visa requirements: A Chinese visa and a valid passport are required.

*Please ensure you have the correct amount of Chinese visas for this cruise. In some cases a double entry visa is required if your cruise visits both Shanghai and Tianjin or you visit either on your land program. Please check with your local Chinese embassy for further details and requirements prior to sailing. Failure to have the correct documentation may result in denial of travel by local Chinese Immigration officers. Oceania Cruises is not responsible for missed travel due to inappropriate documentation.

Expected Weather:

The weather in Beijing and Xi’an is typically sunny in early April, with temperatures ranging from 68° Fahrenheit (20° Celsius) to 50° Fahrenheit (10° Celsius).

What to Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, jacket and sweater.

Note about restrooms: Restrooms in China vary from having toilets to holes in the floor and their cleanliness standards are not always up to par with those of the western world. You will encounter both types of restroom facilities on your travels in China. It is advisable to have hand sanitizer and extra tissues /toilet paper at all times just in case they are needed.

Local Currency: The Chinese Yuan, denoted by CNY, is the official currency in China. You can use US dollars / Euros/ English pounds in hotels, in friendship stores, to buy things from vendors in the scenic spots, to pay for any optional tours and to tip porters of the hotels, tour guides and drivers or whomever you want to tip. You cannot use US dollars or other foreign currencies in department stores or small convenience stores, local restaurants, or if you try to buy things from some street vendors.

Electricity: The electricity in China is generally 220V, 50HZ, AC. A travel adaptor is necessary. Most of the hotels in China have both 110V and 220V electrical outlets in the bathrooms, though in the guest rooms usually only 220V sockets are available.

Hotel Information:

Regent Beijing or similar hotel

99 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, 100005, China

TEL: 86-10-85221888

*We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotels listed in this program.

Program Includes:

•All transfers and tours as indicated in the itinerary

•3 nights hotel accommodation in deluxe room with daily breakfast at the Regent Beijing Hotel or similar.

•2 lunches and 1 Peking duck dinner in Beijing as indicated in the itinerary ( lunch and dinner include a choice of one glass of soft drinks, local beer or local mineral water)

•QuiteVox Audio System (Consists of a microphone for the guide and a radio receiver for each guest to enhance guests’ experience and improve conditions in which guided tours are conducted) during all sightseeing;

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

Program does not include:

•Meals and beverages other than specified above

•Gratuities to drivers, guides, porters at airport and hotel

•Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

More Details
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability.

PRE - SHANGHAI AND THE GREAT WALL

NOTE - this program begins in Beijing therefore flights need to be booked into the Beijing International Airport.

Uncover the renowned treasures of Shanghai and walk the Great Walk during one fascinating tour. In Shanghai, marvel at the Jade Buddha Temple’s rare white jade statues, stroll the 16th-century Yuyuan Garden and explore the city’s intriguing Old Town. Meanwhile, Beijing’s extraordinary past comes alive as you explore Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City before traveling to the Great Wall of China, constructed over 2,000 years ago and stretching 5,500 miles.

Day 1 - March 3rd, 2018

Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be met and transferred from the airport to your hotel. Dinner will be on your own and you can spend the day at leisure as you wish.

*Please note that hotel check in time is 2:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available upon arrival, this cannot be guaranteed. If you are arriving very early in the morning, an additional night may be requested and purchased.

Overnight at the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar hotel.

Day 2 - March 4th, 2018

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the impressive Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world and site of many important events in Chinese history. Then, visit the Forbidden City, home to the emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties and a 250-acre complex of pavilions, halls, courtyards and gates showcasing some of the most important treasures of China’s imperial past.

Enjoy a traditional Chinese-style lunch at a local restaurant on your way to the Great Wall. There is an opportunity to shop for souvenirs after your lunch.

Following lunch, continue the scenic drive to the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass – one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Here you will have a chance to walk on the wall and enjoy the surrounding views before heading back to your hotel. NOTE: You need to climb steps in order to get onto the wall.

Back at the hotel, the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Dinner will be on your own.

Overnight at the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar hotel.

Day 3 - March 5th, 2018

Enjoy an early breakfast in the hotel before venturing to the Temple of Heaven. Initially built in 1420, this is the site where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worship heaven and pray for a bumper harvest. It is listed in the World Heritage in 1998. The main structure in the vast compound is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, a magnificent triple-gabled circular building. Completely wooden, without any nails, it is one of the architectural wonders of ancient China. The Temple of Heaven is also a public park where local people begin their day with such morning activities as playing Tai Chi, singing Peking Opera or writing Chinese calligraphy.

Next, you will be transferred to airport for your flight to Shanghai, with lunch served in-flight. Upon arrival in Shanghai, you will transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight at the KunLun Jing An Hotel Shanghai or similar hotel - operated by Jin Jiang Premier Hotel Management

Day 4 - March 6th, 2018

Following breakfast, you will travel by coach to Shanghai’s intriguing Old Town, where you will meander the narrow streets, pass traditional shops and take in the cacophony of sounds and sights. Then, for a completely different experience, you will visit the nearby Yu Yuan Gardens, an oasis of tranquility that dates to the 16th-century Ming Dynasty. Highlights include its intricate rockeries, dragon walls and beautiful pavilions.

Your next stop will be the Jade Buddha Temple. While the original temple was destroyed during a revolution, the temple’s two precious statues of Buddha were saved. A new temple was built in 1928 to house the statues, one of a reclining Buddha on a redwood bed, the other of a sitting Buddha decorated with semi-precious stones. Both statues were carved in Burma out of white jade, a rare form of nephrite mineral known for its characteristic creamy texture. Besides displaying these spectacular works of art, the Jade Buddha Temple is an active monastery with dozens of resident monks.

Afterwards enjoy a Chinese style lunch at local restaurant and then transfer to the pier for embarkation.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. This program is subject to flight confirmations which are beyond our control. All program details including timings and any flights indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you receive your final cruise documents at approximately 21 days prior to sailing. You will then receive one last final itinerary from our ground operator with your Welcome Letter upon arrival. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar. Note that check in time is 2:00pm. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details so transfers can be arranged accordingly. Any activities and meals other than breakfast are on your own during extra nights.

DAY 1

Arrive in Beijing by various flights, you are met outside customs and be transferred to your hotel.

Rest of the day is at your leisure with meals on your own.

Check in time at your hotel is from 2pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available sooner, this cannot be guaranteed.

Overnight at the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 2

AM Breakfast at the hotel

8:00am Depart for the Forbidden City

9:00am Visit Tian’anmen Square

10:00am Visit Forbidden City

11:30am Depart Forbidden City

12:30pm Chinese style lunch at a local restaurant with shopping opportunity

(including 1 soft drink, bottled water or local beer)

2:00pm Depart for the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass

2:30pm Visit the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass

4:00pm Depart the Great Wall

5:30pm Arrival at hotel.

Dinner on own

Overnight at the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 3

AM Breakfast at the hotel

8:00am Check out the hotel and depart for Temple of Heaven

9:00am Visit Temple of Heaven

10:15am Depart for airport

11:30am Arrival at Beijing International Airport

1:00pm Take flight MU5112 Beijing/Shanghai (flight details TBA and subject to change), lunch served on flight

3:15pm Upon arrival, meet and transfer to the hotel

5:00pm Check in at hotel and dinner on own

Overnight at KunLun Jing An Hotel Shanghai or similar hotel

DAY 4

AM Breakfast at the hotel

8:30am Depart from hotel

9:00am Old Town and Yuyuan Garden

10:45am Jade Buddha Temple

12:00pm Traditional Chinese style lunch

12:00pm- Chinese Lunch at local restaurant

1:15pm Transfer to the pier

2:00pm Arrival at pier and embark the ship

Documents and visa requirements: A Chinese visa and a valid passport are required.

*Please ensure you have the correct amount of Chinese visas for this cruise. In some cases a double entry visa is required if your cruise visits both Shanghai and Tianjin or you visit either on your land program. Please check with your local Chinese embassy for further details and requirements prior to sailing. Failure to have the correct documentation may result in denial of travel by local Chinese Immigration officers. Oceania Cruises is not responsible for missed travel due to inappropriate documentation.

Expected weather:

Shanghai weather in March – Sunny spring days are common in March, with occasionally some small rains. Average High Temperature: 15 C / 59 F, Average Low Temperature: 4 C / 39 F.

Beijing weather in March - The weather warms up rapidly from freezing to cool, but it is windy. On average temperature reaches 11 °C (52 °F) during the day, and at night drops to -1 °C (30 °F).

What to bring: Light, loose clothing, a jacket, an umbrella and comfortable walking shoes. The attire is casual for the entire program.

Note about restrooms: Restrooms in China vary from having toilets to holes in the floor and their cleanliness standards are not always up to par with those of the western world. You will encounter both types of restroom facilities on your travels in China. It is advisable to have hand sanitizer and extra tissues /toilet paper at all times just in case they are needed.

Local Currency: The Chinese Yuan, denoted by CNY, is the official currency in China. You can use U.S dollars, Euros and English pounds in hotels and friendship stores, to pay for optional tours and for tips. U.S. dollars or other foreign currencies are not accepted in department stores, convenience stores, local restaurants, or from street vendors.

Electricity: The electricity in China is generally 220V, 50HZ, AC. A travel adaptor is necessary. Most hotels have 110V and 220V electrical outlets in the bathrooms, although usually only 220V sockets in the guest rooms.

Luggage allowance for flights:

Regardless of which class of service you fly in when you arrive into Beijing and your luggage allowances, on this land program, each guest is restricted to one carry-on luggage, plus one check-in luggage. Carry-on Luggage not exceeding 56x36x23cm (22x14x9 in) in size and 7 kg (15 lbs) in weight; Check-in luggage not exceeding 100x60x40cm (39x24x16 in) in size and 20kg (44lbs) in weight.

These dimensions include wheels, handles and side pockets. Any excess/overweight luggage brought on the trip is subject to airline fees and will be at the expense of the guest at the time of check in for your flight from Beijing to Shanghai.

Aircraft type (subject to change):

Either Boeing or Airbus

Hotel Information:

Shanghai:

KunLun Jing An Hotel Shanghai or similar hotel - operated by Jin Jiang Premier Hotel Management

250 Hua Shan Road, Shanghai, 200040 China

Phone: +86 21 6248 0000

Beijing:

Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel

36 Bei San Huan Dong Lu, Beijing 100013, China

Phone: +86 10 5798 8888

*We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotels listed in this program.

Program includes:

All transfers and tours as indicated in the itinerary

Coach class air tickets Beijing/Shanghai

1 night hotel accommodation, guest room, at KunLun Jing An Hotel Shanghai or similar hotel with daily breakfast

2 nights hotel accommodation, deluxe room, at Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar with daily breakfast

2 lunches at local restaurant & 1 lunch on flight as indicated in the itinerary (lunch includes a choice of one glass of soft drinks, local beer or local mineral water)

Compulsory passenger insurance

Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information, so your transfer can be arranged; however, should you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

Program excludes:

Any meals or beverages not listed above

Gratuities to drivers and guides

Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel and natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing, hats, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

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Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability.

PRE - BEIJING AND THE GREAT WALL

Beijing’s extraordinary past comes alive as you explore some of the world’s most renowned historical sites. Visit Tiananmen Square, the center of many significant events in China’s history; the Forbidden City, home to many important imperial treasures; and the Temple of Heaven complex, which includes the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, an ornate, triple-gabled edifice. Travel beyond Beijing to the Great Wall of China, constructed over 2,000 years ago and stretching 5,500 miles.

DAY 1 - April 1st, 2018

Upon arrival in Beijing International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure and dinner is on own. Please note that hotel check in time is 2:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available upon arrival, this cannot be guaranteed. If you are arriving very early in the morning, an additional night may be requested and purchased.

Overnight at the Regent Beijing or similar hotel.

DAY 2 - April 2nd, 2018

Following breakfast, enjoy a scenic ride to the Great Wall at Juyongguan. Explore the amazing Great Wall, actually a series of walls first constructed over 2000 years ago in an attempt to ward off northern nomads.

Following lunch, continue to one of the Ming Tombs. Learn more about the burial rituals employed during the Ming dynasty before returning to your hotel.

In the evening, enjoy a traditional Peking duck dinner at a renowned local restaurant.

Overnight at the Regent Beijing or similar hotel.

DAY 3 - April 3rd, 2018

Enjoy an early breakfast in the hotel before venturing to the Temple of Heaven. Initially built in 1420, this is the site where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worship heaven and pray for a bumper harvest. It is listed in the World Heritage in 1998. The main structure in the vast compound is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, a magnificent triple-gabled circular building. Completely wooden, without any nails, it is one of the architectural wonders of ancient China. The Temple of Heaven is also a public park where local people begin their day with such morning activities as playing Tai Chi, singing Peking Opera or writing Chinese calligraphy.

You are free to walk around the pine-lined ground or take part in the Tai Chi exercise!

After the visit, transfer back to the hotel and enjoy rest of the day on your own exploration of the city.

Lunch and dinner on own

Overnight at the Regent Beijing or similar hotel.

DAY 4 - April 4th, 2018

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the impressive Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world and site of many important events in Chinese history.

Then, visit the Forbidden City, home to the emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties and a 250-acre complex of pavilions, halls, courtyards and gates showcasing some of the most important treasures of China’s imperial past.

After lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to the ship for embarkation.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program details are subject to change. The timings indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you receive your final cruise documents at approximately 21 days prior to sailing. You will then receive one last final itinerary from our ground operator with your Welcome Letter upon arrival. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to the Regent Beijing Hotel. Note that check in time is 2:00pm. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details so transfers can be arranged accordingly. Any activities and meals other than breakfast are on your own during extra nights.

DAY 1

Arrive in Beijing by various flights, you are met outside customs and be transferred to your hotel.

Rest of the day is at your leisure with meals on your own.

Check in time at your hotel is from 2pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available sooner, this cannot be guaranteed.

Overnight at Regent Beijing Hotel or similar

DAY 2

AM Breakfast at your hotel

8:00am Depart from hotel

9:30am Visit the Great Wall at Juyongguan Section

11:30am Lunch at local restaurant

1:30pm Visit to Ming Tombs

4:00pm Return to your hotel

6:00pm Depart from hotel for dinner

6:30pm Peking Duck Dinner at local renowned restaurant

8:30pm Return to the hotel and overnight

Overnight at Regent Beijing Hotel or similar

DAY 3

AM Breakfast at hotel

9:00am Depart from hotel

9:30am Visit the Temple of Heaven

11:30am Return to hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure

Lunch and dinner on own

Overnight at Regent Beijing Hotel or similar

DAY 4

AM Breakfast at hotel

7:30am Depart from hotel

8:00am Visit Tian’anmen Square

9:00am Visit the Forbidden City

11:15am Lunch at local restaurant

3:00pm Arrive at pier and embark the ship

Documents and visa requirements: A Chinese visa and a valid passport are required.

*Please ensure you have the correct amount of Chinese visas for this cruise. In some cases a double entry visa is required if your cruise visits both Shanghai and Tianjin or you visit either on your land program. Please check with your local Chinese embassy for further details and requirements prior to sailing. Failure to have the correct documentation may result in denial of travel by local Chinese Immigration officers. Oceania Cruises is not responsible for missed travel due to inappropriate documentation.

Expected Weather:

The weather in Beijing and Xi’an is typically sunny in early April, with temperatures ranging from 68° Fahrenheit (20° Celsius) to 50° Fahrenheit (10° Celsius).

What to Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, jacket and sweater.

Note about restrooms: Restrooms in China vary from having toilets to holes in the floor and their cleanliness standards are not always up to par with those of the western world. You will encounter both types of restroom facilities on your travels in China. It is advisable to have hand sanitizer and extra tissues /toilet paper at all times just in case they are needed.

Local Currency: The Chinese Yuan, denoted by CNY, is the official currency in China. You can use US dollars / Euros/ English pounds in hotels, in friendship stores, to buy things from vendors in the scenic spots, to pay for any optional tours and to tip porters of the hotels, tour guides and drivers or whomever you want to tip. You cannot use US dollars or other foreign currencies in department stores or small convenience stores, local restaurants, or if you try to buy things from some street vendors.

Electricity: The electricity in China is generally 220V, 50HZ, AC. A travel adaptor is necessary. Most of the hotels in China have both 110V and 220V electrical outlets in the bathrooms, though in the guest rooms usually only 220V sockets are available.

Hotel Information:

Regent Beijing or similar hotel

99 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, 100005, China

TEL: 86-10-85221888

*We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotels listed in this program.

Program Includes:

•All transfers and tours as indicated in the itinerary

•3 nights hotel accommodation in deluxe room with daily breakfast at the Regent Beijing Hotel or similar.

•2 lunches and 1 Peking duck dinner in Beijing as indicated in the itinerary ( lunch and dinner include a choice of one glass of soft drinks, local beer or local mineral water)

•QuiteVox Audio System (Consists of a microphone for the guide and a radio receiver for each guest to enhance guests’ experience and improve conditions in which guided tours are conducted) during all sightseeing;

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

Program does not include:

•Meals and beverages other than specified above

•Gratuities to drivers, guides, porters at airport and hotel

•Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

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Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability.

PRE - BEIJING AND THE TERRA COTTA WARRIORS

Explore the breathtaking grandeur of Northern China as this tour bridges the great capital of Beijing and Xian, once a major crossroad of the Asian trade route. On the outskirts of the Xian city, the discovery of ancient life-sized figures vaulted the city into the limelight. More than 10,000 menacing warriors along with detailed horses and archers armed with real weapons have been exhumed. While in Beijing, walk along the best-preserved section of the Great Wall. Stroll around Tiananmen Square and visit the now-accessible Forbidden City.

Day 1 - March 31st, 2018

Upon arrival in Beijing International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure and dinner is on own.

Please note that hotel check in time is 2:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available upon arrival, this cannot be guaranteed. If you are arriving very early in the morning, an additional night may be requested and purchased.

Overnight at the Regent Beijing or similar hotel.

Day 2 - April 1st, 2018

Following breakfast, enjoy a scenic ride to the Great Wall at Juyongguan. Explore the amazing Great Wall, actually a series of walls first constructed over 2000 years ago in an attempt to ward off northern nomads. NOTE: you will need to climb steps to access the Great Wall.

Following lunch, continue to one of the Ming Tombs. Learn more about the burial rituals employed during the Ming dynasty before returning to your hotel. Dinner is on your own.

Overnight at the Regent Beijing or similar hotel.

Day 3 - April 2nd, 2018

Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian. Upon arrival enjoy a scenic drive to the famous Terracotta Warriors Museum. First excavated in 1974, the 7,000 life-size terracotta warriors and horses are acclaimed as the “eighth wonder of the world”. The warriors are grouped in battle order, rank by rank, some mounted on horse-drawn chariots and others in infantry groups armed with spears, swords and crossbows. Each figure was individually created with unique characteristics.

After this exciting afternoon tour, check in to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. Dinner is on your own.

Overnight at the Wyndham Grand Xian or similar hotel.

Day 4 - April 3rd, 2018

After breakfast, visit the City Wall of Xian. Built during the Tang Dynasty, when the city, then named Chang’an, was the capital of China, the wall is the only complete city wall extant in China. Continue to the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. Built at the site of a former Confucian temple in the southern part of Xian, it is the most comprehensive museum in the province and exhibits unique historical relics of past dynasties and displays precious ceramics, bronze articles and stone carvings.

Following lunch, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Beijing. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner is on your own.

Overnight at the Regent Beijing or similar hotel.

Day 5 - April 4th, 2018

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the impressive Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world and site of many important events in Chinese history. Then, visit the Forbidden City, home to the emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties and a 250-acre complex of pavilions, halls, courtyards and gates showcasing some of the most important treasures of China’s imperial past.

After lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to your ship for embarkation.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. This program is subject to flight confirmations which are beyond our control. All program details including timings and any flights indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you receive your final cruise documents at approximately 21 days prior to sailing. You will then receive one last final itinerary from our ground operator with your Welcome Letter upon arrival. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to the Regent Beijing Hotel. Note that check in time is 2:00pm. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details so transfers can be arranged accordingly. Any activities and meals other than breakfast are on your own during extra nights.

DAY 1

Arrive in Beijing by various flights, you are met outside customs and be transferred to your hotel.

Rest of the day is at your leisure with meals on your own.

Check in time at your hotel is from 2pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available sooner, this cannot be guaranteed.

Overnight at Regent Beijing Hotel or similar

DAY 2

7:00am Buffet breakfast

8:30am Depart hotel for a full day tour

10:15am Great Wall at Juyongguan

12:30pm Chinese lunch with shopping opportunity

2:30pm Changling Tomb of Ming Tombs

5:00pm Return to hotel

Evening at leisure and dinner on own

Overnight at the Regent Beijing Hotel or similar hotel.

Day 3

7:00am Buffet breakfast

8:30am Depart hotel (large suitcases/excess luggage stored in hotel)

9:30am Arrive at airport

10:55am Flight Beijing/Xian (Details TBA and subject to change), lunch served on flight

3:00pm Terracotta Warriors Museum

6:15pm Check in at your hotel

Evening at leisure and dinner on own

Overnight at the Wyndham Grand Xian South Hotel or similar

Day 4

7:00am Buffet breakfast

8:30am Depart hotel

8:45am Visit City Wall

10:00am Shaanxi Provincial Museum

12:00pm Lunch at Defachang Dumpling Restaurant

2:30pm Arrive at airport

4:05pm Flight Xian/Beijing (details TBA and subject to change)

Upon arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel

Evening at leisure and dinner on own

Overnight at the Regent Beijing Hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 5

AM Buffet breakfast

7:30am Depart from hotel

8:00am Visit Tian’anmen Square

9:00am Visit the Forbidden City

11:15am Lunch at local restaurant

3:00pm Arrive at pier and embark the ship

Documents and visa requirements: A Chinese visa and a valid passport are required.

*Please ensure you have the correct amount of Chinese visas for this cruise. In some cases a double entry visa is required if your cruise visits both Shanghai and Tianjin or you visit either on your land program. Please check with your local Chinese embassy for further details and requirements prior to sailing. Failure to have the correct documentation may result in denial of travel by local Chinese Immigration officers. Oceania Cruises is not responsible for missed travel due to inappropriate documentation.

Expected Weather:

The weather in Beijing and Xi’an is typically sunny in late March & early April, with temperatures ranging from 68° Fahrenheit (20° Celsius) to 50° Fahrenheit (10° Celsius).

What to Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, jacket and sweater.

Note about restrooms: Restrooms in China vary from having toilets to holes in the floor and their cleanliness standards are not always up to par with those of the western world. You will encounter both types of restroom facilities on your travels in China. It is advisable to have hand sanitizer and extra tissues /toilet paper at all times just in case they are needed.

Local Currency: The Chinese Yuan, denoted by CNY, is the official currency in China. You can use US dollars / Euros/ English pounds in hotels, in friendship stores, to buy things from vendors in the scenic spots, to pay for any optional tours and to tip porters of the hotels, tour guides and drivers or whomever you want to tip. You cannot use US dollars or other foreign currencies in department stores or small convenience stores, local restaurants, or if you try to buy things from some street vendors.

Electricity: The electricity in China is generally 220V, 50HZ, AC. A travel adaptor is necessary. Most of the hotels in China have both 110V and 220V electrical outlets in the bathrooms, though in the guest rooms usually only 220V sockets are available.

Luggage allowance for flights:

Each passenger flying coach class can enjoy free baggage allowance of one carry-on luggage, plus one check-in luggage. Carry-on Luggage not exceeding 56x36x23cm (22x14x9 in) in size and 7 kg (15 lbs) in weight; Check-in luggage not exceeding 100x60x40cm (39x24x16 in) in size and 20kg (44lbs) in weight.

These dimensions include wheels, handles and side pockets. Guests may choose to store their excess luggage at their hotel concierge in Beijing free of charge. Any excess/overweight luggage brought on the trip is subject to airline fees and will be at the expense of the guest.

Aircraft type (subject to change):

Either Boeing or Airbus

Hotel Information:

Beijing:

Regent Beijing Hotel or similar

99 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, 100005, China

Phone: + 86 10 85221888

Xian:

Wyndham Grand Xian South Hotel or similar

208 Ci’en East Road, Qujiang New District, Xi'an, Shannxi, China

TEL: 86-29-6821 9999

*We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotels listed in this program.

Program Includes:

All transfers and tours as indicated in the itinerary;

Roundtrip coach class airfare Beijing/Xian/Beijing with domestic airport tax;

Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast – Deluxe Room at Regent Beijing Hotel in Beijing and Wyndham Grand Xian South Hotel in Xian, or similar standard

3 lunches at local restaurant & 1 lunch served on flight as indicated in the itinerary (lunch includes a choice of one glass of soft drinks, local beer or local mineral water)

QuiteVox Audio System (Consists of a microphone for the guide and a radio receiver for each guest to enhance guests’ experience and improve conditions in which guided tours are conducted) during all sightseeing;

Please Note: Guests booking their own transportation (on their own or through a travel agent) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged; however, should you book any additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

Program Excludes

Any other meals or beverages not listed above

Personal expenses

Gratuities

Visa fees

Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

More Details
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability.

PROMO - PRE- SHANGHAI & THE GREAT WALL

NOTE - this program begins in Beijing therefore flights need to be booked into the Beijing International Airport.

Uncover the renowned treasures of Shanghai and walk the Great Walk during one fascinating tour. In Shanghai, marvel at the Jade Buddha Temple’s rare white jade statues, stroll the 16th-century Yuyuan Garden and explore the city’s intriguing Old Town. Meanwhile, Beijing’s extraordinary past comes alive as you explore Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City before traveling to the Great Wall of China, constructed over 2,000 years ago and stretching 5,500 miles.

Day 1 - March 3rd, 2018

Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be met and transferred from the airport to your hotel. Dinner will be on your own and you can spend the day at leisure as you wish.

*Please note that hotel check in time is 2:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available upon arrival, this cannot be guaranteed. If you are arriving very early in the morning, an additional night may be requested and purchased.

Overnight at the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar hotel.

Day 2 - March 4th, 2018

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the impressive Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world and site of many important events in Chinese history. Then, visit the Forbidden City, home to the emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties and a 250-acre complex of pavilions, halls, courtyards and gates showcasing some of the most important treasures of China’s imperial past.

Enjoy a traditional Chinese-style lunch at a local restaurant on your way to the Great Wall. There is an opportunity to shop for souvenirs after your lunch.

Following lunch, continue the scenic drive to the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass – one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Here you will have a chance to walk on the wall and enjoy the surrounding views before heading back to your hotel. NOTE: You need to climb steps in order to get onto the wall.

Back at the hotel, the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Dinner will be on your own.

Overnight at the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar hotel.

Day 3 - March 5th, 2018

Enjoy an early breakfast in the hotel before venturing to the Temple of Heaven. Initially built in 1420, this is the site where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worship heaven and pray for a bumper harvest. It is listed in the World Heritage in 1998. The main structure in the vast compound is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, a magnificent triple-gabled circular building. Completely wooden, without any nails, it is one of the architectural wonders of ancient China. The Temple of Heaven is also a public park where local people begin their day with such morning activities as playing Tai Chi, singing Peking Opera or writing Chinese calligraphy.

Next, you will be transferred to airport for your flight to Shanghai, with lunch served in-flight. Upon arrival in Shanghai, you will transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight at the KunLun Jing An Hotel Shanghai or similar hotel - operated by Jin Jiang Premier Hotel Management

Day 4 - March 6th, 2018

Following breakfast, you will travel by coach to Shanghai’s intriguing Old Town, where you will meander the narrow streets, pass traditional shops and take in the cacophony of sounds and sights. Then, for a completely different experience, you will visit the nearby Yu Yuan Gardens, an oasis of tranquility that dates to the 16th-century Ming Dynasty. Highlights include its intricate rockeries, dragon walls and beautiful pavilions.

Your next stop will be the Jade Buddha Temple. While the original temple was destroyed during a revolution, the temple’s two precious statues of Buddha were saved. A new temple was built in 1928 to house the statues, one of a reclining Buddha on a redwood bed, the other of a sitting Buddha decorated with semi-precious stones. Both statues were carved in Burma out of white jade, a rare form of nephrite mineral known for its characteristic creamy texture. Besides displaying these spectacular works of art, the Jade Buddha Temple is an active monastery with dozens of resident monks.

Afterwards enjoy a Chinese style lunch at local restaurant and then transfer to the pier for embarkation.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. This program is subject to flight confirmations which are beyond our control. All program details including timings and any flights indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you receive your final cruise documents at approximately 21 days prior to sailing. You will then receive one last final itinerary from our ground operator with your Welcome Letter upon arrival. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar. Note that check in time is 2:00pm. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details so transfers can be arranged accordingly. Any activities and meals other than breakfast are on your own during extra nights.

DAY 1

Arrive in Beijing by various flights, you are met outside customs and be transferred to your hotel.

Rest of the day is at your leisure with meals on your own.

Check in time at your hotel is from 2pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available sooner, this cannot be guaranteed.

Overnight at the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 2

AM Breakfast at the hotel

8:00am Depart for the Forbidden City

9:00am Visit Tian’anmen Square

10:00am Visit Forbidden City

11:30am Depart Forbidden City

12:30pm Chinese style lunch at a local restaurant with shopping opportunity

(including 1 soft drink, bottled water or local beer)

2:00pm Depart for the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass

2:30pm Visit the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass

4:00pm Depart the Great Wall

5:30pm Arrival at hotel.

Dinner on own

Overnight at the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 3

AM Breakfast at the hotel

8:00am Check out the hotel and depart for Temple of Heaven

9:00am Visit Temple of Heaven

10:15am Depart for airport

11:30am Arrival at Beijing International Airport

1:00pm Take flight MU5112 Beijing/Shanghai (flight details TBA and subject to change), lunch served on flight

3:15pm Upon arrival, meet and transfer to the hotel

5:00pm Check in at hotel and dinner on own

Overnight at KunLun Jing An Hotel Shanghai or similar hotel

DAY 4

AM Breakfast at the hotel

8:30am Depart from hotel

9:00am Old Town and Yuyuan Garden

10:45am Jade Buddha Temple

12:00pm Traditional Chinese style lunch

12:00pm- Chinese Lunch at local restaurant

1:15pm Transfer to the pier

2:00pm Arrival at pier and embark the ship

Documents and visa requirements: A Chinese visa and a valid passport are required.

*Please ensure you have the correct amount of Chinese visas for this cruise. In some cases a double entry visa is required if your cruise visits both Shanghai and Tianjin or you visit either on your land program. Please check with your local Chinese embassy for further details and requirements prior to sailing. Failure to have the correct documentation may result in denial of travel by local Chinese Immigration officers. Oceania Cruises is not responsible for missed travel due to inappropriate documentation.

Expected weather:

Shanghai weather in March – Sunny spring days are common in March, with occasionally some small rains. Average High Temperature: 15 C / 59 F, Average Low Temperature: 4 C / 39 F.

Beijing weather in March - The weather warms up rapidly from freezing to cool, but it is windy. On average temperature reaches 11 °C (52 °F) during the day, and at night drops to -1 °C (30 °F).

What to bring: Light, loose clothing, a jacket, an umbrella and comfortable walking shoes. The attire is casual for the entire program.

Note about restrooms: Restrooms in China vary from having toilets to holes in the floor and their cleanliness standards are not always up to par with those of the western world. You will encounter both types of restroom facilities on your travels in China. It is advisable to have hand sanitizer and extra tissues /toilet paper at all times just in case they are needed.

Local Currency: The Chinese Yuan, denoted by CNY, is the official currency in China. You can use U.S dollars, Euros and English pounds in hotels and friendship stores, to pay for optional tours and for tips. U.S. dollars or other foreign currencies are not accepted in department stores, convenience stores, local restaurants, or from street vendors.

Electricity: The electricity in China is generally 220V, 50HZ, AC. A travel adaptor is necessary. Most hotels have 110V and 220V electrical outlets in the bathrooms, although usually only 220V sockets in the guest rooms.

Luggage allowance for flights:

Regardless of which class of service you fly in when you arrive into Beijing and your luggage allowances, on this land program, each guest is restricted to one carry-on luggage, plus one check-in luggage. Carry-on Luggage not exceeding 56x36x23cm (22x14x9 in) in size and 7 kg (15 lbs) in weight; Check-in luggage not exceeding 100x60x40cm (39x24x16 in) in size and 20kg (44lbs) in weight.

These dimensions include wheels, handles and side pockets. Any excess/overweight luggage brought on the trip is subject to airline fees and will be at the expense of the guest at the time of check in for your flight from Beijing to Shanghai.

Aircraft type (subject to change):

Either Boeing or Airbus

Hotel Information:

Shanghai:

KunLun Jing An Hotel Shanghai or similar hotel - operated by Jin Jiang Premier Hotel Management

250 Hua Shan Road, Shanghai, 200040 China

Phone: +86 21 6248 0000

Beijing:

Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel

36 Bei San Huan Dong Lu, Beijing 100013, China

Phone: +86 10 5798 8888

*We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotels listed in this program.

Program includes:

All transfers and tours as indicated in the itinerary

Coach class air tickets Beijing/Shanghai

1 night hotel accommodation, guest room, at KunLun Jing An Hotel Shanghai or similar hotel with daily breakfast

2 nights hotel accommodation, deluxe room, at Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar with daily breakfast

2 lunches at local restaurant & 1 lunch on flight as indicated in the itinerary (lunch includes a choice of one glass of soft drinks, local beer or local mineral water)

Compulsory passenger insurance

Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information, so your transfer can be arranged; however, should you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

Program excludes:

Any meals or beverages not listed above

Gratuities to drivers and guides

Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel and natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing, hats, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

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PROMO UPGRADE - PRE-BEIJING AND THE TC WARRIORS

Explore the breathtaking grandeur of Northern China as this tour bridges the great capital of Beijing and Xian, once a major crossroad of the Asian trade route. On the outskirts of the Xian city, the discovery of ancient life-sized figures vaulted the city into the limelight. More than 10,000 menacing warriors along with detailed horses and archers armed with real weapons have been exhumed. While in Beijing, walk along the best-preserved section of the Great Wall. Stroll around Tiananmen Square and visit the now-accessible Forbidden City.

Day 1 - March 31st, 2018

Upon arrival in Beijing International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure and dinner is on own.

Please note that hotel check in time is 2:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available upon arrival, this cannot be guaranteed. If you are arriving very early in the morning, an additional night may be requested and purchased.

Overnight at the Regent Beijing or similar hotel.

Day 2 - April 1st, 2018

Following breakfast, enjoy a scenic ride to the Great Wall at Juyongguan. Explore the amazing Great Wall, actually a series of walls first constructed over 2000 years ago in an attempt to ward off northern nomads. NOTE: you will need to climb steps to access the Great Wall.

Following lunch, continue to one of the Ming Tombs. Learn more about the burial rituals employed during the Ming dynasty before returning to your hotel. Dinner is on your own.

Overnight at the Regent Beijing or similar hotel.

Day 3 - April 2nd, 2018

Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian. Upon arrival enjoy a scenic drive to the famous Terracotta Warriors Museum. First excavated in 1974, the 7,000 life-size terracotta warriors and horses are acclaimed as the “eighth wonder of the world”. The warriors are grouped in battle order, rank by rank, some mounted on horse-drawn chariots and others in infantry groups armed with spears, swords and crossbows. Each figure was individually created with unique characteristics.

After this exciting afternoon tour, check in to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. Dinner is on your own.

Overnight at the Wyndham Grand Xian or similar hotel.

Day 4 - April 3rd, 2018

After breakfast, visit the City Wall of Xian. Built during the Tang Dynasty, when the city, then named Chang’an, was the capital of China, the wall is the only complete city wall extant in China. Continue to the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. Built at the site of a former Confucian temple in the southern part of Xian, it is the most comprehensive museum in the province and exhibits unique historical relics of past dynasties and displays precious ceramics, bronze articles and stone carvings.

Following lunch, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Beijing. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner is on your own.

Overnight at the Regent Beijing or similar hotel.

Day 5 - April 4th, 2018

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the impressive Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world and site of many important events in Chinese history. Then, visit the Forbidden City, home to the emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties and a 250-acre complex of pavilions, halls, courtyards and gates showcasing some of the most important treasures of China’s imperial past.

After lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to your ship for embarkation.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. This program is subject to flight confirmations which are beyond our control. All program details including timings and any flights indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you receive your final cruise documents at approximately 21 days prior to sailing. You will then receive one last final itinerary from our ground operator with your Welcome Letter upon arrival. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to the Regent Beijing Hotel. Note that check in time is 2:00pm. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details so transfers can be arranged accordingly. Any activities and meals other than breakfast are on your own during extra nights.

DAY 1

Arrive in Beijing by various flights, you are met outside customs and be transferred to your hotel.

Rest of the day is at your leisure with meals on your own.

Check in time at your hotel is from 2pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available sooner, this cannot be guaranteed.

Overnight at Regent Beijing Hotel or similar

DAY 2

7:00am Buffet breakfast

8:30am Depart hotel for a full day tour

10:15am Great Wall at Juyongguan

12:30pm Chinese lunch with shopping opportunity

2:30pm Changling Tomb of Ming Tombs

5:00pm Return to hotel

Evening at leisure and dinner on own

Overnight at the Regent Beijing Hotel or similar hotel.

Day 3

7:00am Buffet breakfast

8:30am Depart hotel (large suitcases/excess luggage stored in hotel)

9:30am Arrive at airport

10:55am Flight Beijing/Xian (Details TBA and subject to change), lunch served on flight

3:00pm Terracotta Warriors Museum

6:15pm Check in at your hotel

Evening at leisure and dinner on own

Overnight at the Wyndham Grand Xian South Hotel or similar

Day 4

7:00am Buffet breakfast

8:30am Depart hotel

8:45am Visit City Wall

10:00am Shaanxi Provincial Museum

12:00pm Lunch at Defachang Dumpling Restaurant

2:30pm Arrive at airport

4:05pm Flight Xian/Beijing (details TBA and subject to change)

Upon arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel

Evening at leisure and dinner on own

Overnight at the Regent Beijing Hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 5

AM Buffet breakfast

7:30am Depart from hotel

8:00am Visit Tian’anmen Square

9:00am Visit the Forbidden City

11:15am Lunch at local restaurant

3:00pm Arrive at pier and embark the ship

Documents and visa requirements: A Chinese visa and a valid passport are required.

*Please ensure you have the correct amount of Chinese visas for this cruise. In some cases a double entry visa is required if your cruise visits both Shanghai and Tianjin or you visit either on your land program. Please check with your local Chinese embassy for further details and requirements prior to sailing. Failure to have the correct documentation may result in denial of travel by local Chinese Immigration officers. Oceania Cruises is not responsible for missed travel due to inappropriate documentation.

Expected Weather:

The weather in Beijing and Xi’an is typically sunny in late March & early April, with temperatures ranging from 68° Fahrenheit (20° Celsius) to 50° Fahrenheit (10° Celsius).

What to Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, jacket and sweater.

Note about restrooms: Restrooms in China vary from having toilets to holes in the floor and their cleanliness standards are not always up to par with those of the western world. You will encounter both types of restroom facilities on your travels in China. It is advisable to have hand sanitizer and extra tissues /toilet paper at all times just in case they are needed.

Local Currency: The Chinese Yuan, denoted by CNY, is the official currency in China. You can use US dollars / Euros/ English pounds in hotels, in friendship stores, to buy things from vendors in the scenic spots, to pay for any optional tours and to tip porters of the hotels, tour guides and drivers or whomever you want to tip. You cannot use US dollars or other foreign currencies in department stores or small convenience stores, local restaurants, or if you try to buy things from some street vendors.

Electricity: The electricity in China is generally 220V, 50HZ, AC. A travel adaptor is necessary. Most of the hotels in China have both 110V and 220V electrical outlets in the bathrooms, though in the guest rooms usually only 220V sockets are available.

Luggage allowance for flights:

Each passenger flying coach class can enjoy free baggage allowance of one carry-on luggage, plus one check-in luggage. Carry-on Luggage not exceeding 56x36x23cm (22x14x9 in) in size and 7 kg (15 lbs) in weight; Check-in luggage not exceeding 100x60x40cm (39x24x16 in) in size and 20kg (44lbs) in weight.

These dimensions include wheels, handles and side pockets. Guests may choose to store their excess luggage at their hotel concierge in Beijing free of charge. Any excess/overweight luggage brought on the trip is subject to airline fees and will be at the expense of the guest.

Aircraft type (subject to change):

Either Boeing or Airbus

Hotel Information:

Beijing:

Regent Beijing Hotel or similar

99 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, 100005, China

Phone: + 86 10 85221888

Xian:

Wyndham Grand Xian South Hotel or similar

208 Ci’en East Road, Qujiang New District, Xi'an, Shannxi, China

TEL: 86-29-6821 9999

*We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotels listed in this program.

Program Includes:

All transfers and tours as indicated in the itinerary;

Roundtrip coach class airfare Beijing/Xian/Beijing with domestic airport tax;

Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast – Deluxe Room at Regent Beijing Hotel in Beijing and Wyndham Grand Xian South Hotel in Xian, or similar standard

3 lunches at local restaurant & 1 lunch served on flight as indicated in the itinerary (lunch includes a choice of one glass of soft drinks, local beer or local mineral water)

QuiteVox Audio System (Consists of a microphone for the guide and a radio receiver for each guest to enhance guests’ experience and improve conditions in which guided tours are conducted) during all sightseeing;

Please Note: Guests booking their own transportation (on their own or through a travel agent) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged; however, should you book any additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

Program Excludes

Any other meals or beverages not listed above

Personal expenses

Gratuities

Visa fees

Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

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OVERLAND - ANCIENT CAPITALS OF CHINA

During your voyage, enjoy a rare opportunity to explore the world’s most fascinating destinations in small, private groups, with knowledgeable guides to help you discover off –the-beaten- path gems. On an Overland Program, you’ll disembark the ship for one-night or more to enjoy a more authentic insider’s view, experiencing firsthand the colorful cultures, dramatic landscapes and exquisite landmarks before rejoining your ship.

Explore the spectacular icons in two of China’s greatest cities, including the Terracotta Warriors Museum, the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

Day 1 April 7, 2019

Following breakfast on board, disembark the ship and transfer to Beijing. After a traditional Chinese-style lunch at a local restaurant, visit impressive Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world and site of many important events in Chinese history.

Then, visit the Forbidden City, home to the emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties and a 250-acre complex of pavilions, halls, courtyards and gates showcasing some of the most important treasures of China’s imperial past.

After the visit, you will be transferred to your hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure and dinner is on your own.

Day 2 April 8, 2019

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a scenic ride to the Great Wall at Juyongguan. Explore the amazing Great Wall, actually a series of walls first constructed over 2000 years ago in an attempt to ward off northern nomads.

After lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian. Upon arrival, be transferred to your hotel for check in. The remainder of the day is at leisure and dinner is on your own.

Day 3 April 9, 2019

Following breakfast in the hotel, enjoy a scenic drive to the famous Terracotta Warriors Museum. First excavated in 1974, the 7,000 life-size Terracotta warriors and horses are acclaimed as the “eighth wonder of the world”. The warriors are grouped in battle order, rank by rank, some mounted on horse-drawn chariots and others in infantry groups armed with spears, swords and crossbows. Each figure was individually created with unique characteristics.

After lunch you will be transferred to the Xian Airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival you will be transferred back to the ship in the Port of Shanghai.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. This program is subject to flight confirmations which are beyond our control. All program details including timings and any flights indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

Day 1

9:00am Depart from pier in Tianjin

12:00pm Lunch at local restaurant

1:30pm Visit Tian’anmen Square

2:45pm Visit the Forbidden City

4:15pm Return to the hotel

5:00pm Arrive at your hotel

Evening at leisure with meals on your own

Overnight at the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar hotel

Day 2

7:00am Buffet breakfast at your hotel

8:00am Depart from the hotel

9:30am Visit to the Great Wall at Juyongguan Section

12:00pm Lunch at a local restaurant

1:00pm Transfer to the airport

2:00pm Arrive at the airport

3:25pm Flight from Beijing to Xian (Details TBA and subject to change)

7:00pm Check in at your hotel

Evening at leisure and dinner on own

Overnight at the Wyndham Grand Xian South Hotel or similar

Day 3

7:00am Buffet breakfast at your hotel

8:00am Depart from the hotel

9:00am Visit the Terracotta Warriors Museum

11:45am Lunch at a local restaurant

12:45pm Depart for the airport

1:45pm Arrival at the airport

3:00pm Flight from Xi’an to Shanghai (Details TBA and subject to change)

5:05pm Arrive in Shanghai

Upon arrival you are met and transferred to the ship

Expected Weather:

The weather in Beijing and Xi’an is typically sunny in early April, with temperatures ranging from 68° Fahrenheit (20° Celsius) to 50° Fahrenheit (10° Celsius).

What to Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, jacket and sweater.

Note about restrooms: Restrooms in China vary from having toilets to holes in the floor and their cleanliness standards are not always up to par with those of the western world. You will encounter both types of restroom facilities on your travels in China. It is advisable to have hand sanitizer and extra tissues /toilet paper at all times just in case they are needed.

Local Currency: The Chinese Yuan, denoted by CNY, is the official currency in China. You can use US dollars / Euros/ English pounds in hotels, in friendship stores, to buy things from vendors in the scenic spots, to pay for any optional tours and to tip porters of the hotels, tour guides and drivers or whomever you want to tip. You cannot use US dollars or other foreign currencies in department stores or small convenience stores, local restaurants, or if you try to buy things from some street vendors.

Electricity: The electricity in China is generally 220V, 50HZ, AC. A transformer is necessary. Most of the hotels in China have both 110V and 220V electrical outlets in the bathrooms, though in the guest rooms usually only 220V sockets are available.

Luggage allowance for flights:

Each passenger flying coach class can enjoy free baggage allowance of one carry-on luggage, plus one check-in luggage. Carry-on Luggage not exceeding 56x36x23cm (22x14x9 in) in size and 7 kg (15 lbs) in weight; Check-in luggage not exceeding 100x60x40cm (39x24x16 in) in size and 20kg (44lbs) in weight.

These dimensions include wheels, handles and side pockets.

Documents and Visa Requirements: A Chinese Visa is required for this overland program as well as a valid passport.

Hotel address:

Beijing

Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar

36 Bei San Huan Dong Lu, , Beijing 100013, China

Phone: +86 10 5798 8888

Xian

Wyndham Grand Xian South Hotel or similar

208 Ci’en East Road, Qujiang New District, Xi'an, Shannxi, China

TEL: 86-29-6821 9999

*We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotels listed in this program.

Program Includes :

•Economy class air tickets Beijing – Xian - Shanghai

•Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast – Deluxe Room at Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel in Beijing and standard room at the Wyndham Grand Xian South Hotel in Xian, or similar

•2 breakfasts and 3 lunches (lunch includes a choice of one glass of soft drinks, local beer or local mineral water)

•All transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as per program

•Compulsory passenger insurance

•QuiteVox Audio System for group of over 24 pax (Consists of a microphone for the guide and a radio receiver for each guest to enhance guests’ experience and improve conditions in which guided tours are conducted) during all sightseeing

•National guide to accompany the group

Program Excludes:

•Any meals and drinks not specified above

•Gratuities to drivers and tour guides

•Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

•Chinese Visa

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

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EVENT - The Great Wall and Beijing Overnight

*** WORLD CRUISE EVENT ***

Spend a night at one of world’s most iconic feats of human engineering, the Great Wall of China. What makes this amazing structure even more fascination is the fact that most of it was built between the 8th and 5th centuries BCE before the existence of modern construction equipment and yet it still stands strong today. Enjoy a cocktail or two during the twilight hours with the Great Wall as your backdrop to a wonderful evening with newfound friends followed by a delicious buffet dinner of Chinese delicacies. Witness the energetic traditional, as well as modern, performances by Chinese drummers and dancers. After a magical evening, spend the night in a deluxe hotel in Beijing to rest before another day of exploration. After breakfast, tour the main sites in Beijing such as the historical site of Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City. Stop in a local restaurant for a delightful lunch before returning to your ship.

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OVERLAND - HIGHLIGHTS OF BEIJING & GREAT WALL

Travel inland to China’s capital ~ Beijing, to explore the highlights of this great ancient city.

Day 1 – May 31, 2020

After lunch, disembark the ship and drive to the capital of China - Beijing. The drive takes approximately 2.5 - 3 hours with a restroom stop along the way.

Upon arrival in Beijing, you will visit the Forbidden City, home to the emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties and a 250-acre complex of pavilions, halls, courtyards and gates showcasing some of the most important treasures of China’s imperial past.

Next you will visit the impressive Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world and site of many important events in Chinese history.

In the late afternoon you will continue to your hotel for check-in. Dinner will be on your own and rest of the evening will be at your leisure.

Day 2 – June 1, 2020

Following breakfast, enjoy a scenic ride to the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass – one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Here you will have a chance to walk on the wall and enjoy the surrounding views. Following your visit to the Great Wall of China you will have a traditional Chinese-style lunch at a local restaurant. There is an opportunity to shop for souvenirs before heading back to the ship.

Note: There are many uneven steps at the Great Wall of China. Climbing up and walking along the wall are at your discretion.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program details and the timings indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

Day 1

11:00am The ship is scheduled to arrive into Tianjin, China

12:00pm Depart from Tianjin pier and drive to Beijing, restroom stop along the way

3:00pm Visit the Forbidden City

5:00pm Visit Tiananmen Square

6:30pm Check in at your hotel, evening at leisure, dinner on own

Overnight at the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng hotel or similar

Day 2

6:30am Buffet breakfast at your hotel

7:45am Check out of the hotel and depart for the Great Wall

9:15am Visit the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass

11:45am Chinese style lunch at a local restaurant with shopping opportunity

1:00pm Drive back to the pier with restroom stop along the way

5:00pm Arrival back at the Tianjin port and re-board the ship

Expected weather: The average May temperature in this area of China is 26°C (79° F) during the day, although it can get much cooler in the evening (average 14°C or 57° F)

What to Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, warm jacket and sweater and perhaps an umbrella in case of a spring rain.

Note about restrooms: Not all restrooms in China have conventional toilets; some are squat toilets only slighter higher than the floor. You will encounter both conventional and squat toilets while traveling. It is advisable to always carry hand sanitizer and extra tissues and toilet paper in case they are needed.

Local Currency: The Chinese currency is Renminbi (RMB) and the rate is approximately 6.1 RMBY to one U.S. dollar. Exchanging money is available at the hotels, and most shops accept U.S. dollars and credit cards.

Electricity: The voltage in China is 220 volts (U.S. standard is 110 volts).

Documents and visa requirements: A Chinese visa and a valid passport are required.

Accommodation:

Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel

36 N 3rd Ring Rd E, AnDingMen, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100013

Phone: +86 10 5798 8888

*If a similar hotel is required due to unforeseen circumstances, it will be of equal ratings and standards and you would be notified of such change.

Program includes:

•Air conditioned coach with English speaking guide

•One-night at the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng or similar with breakfast (Deluxe Room)

•1 lunch including 1 soft drink, bottled water or local beer

•Admission to the sites as listed in the itinerary

Program excludes:

•Meals and drinks not specified above

•Gratuities to drivers and tour guides

•Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

•Chinese Visa

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies, and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations.

Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Mid cruise overland programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

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UPGRADE - ANCIENT CAPITALS OF CHINA

FLIGHT UPGRADE-ANCIENT CAPITALS OF CHINA

POST - BEIJING AND THE TERRA COTTA WARRIORS

Explore the breathtaking grandeur of Northern China as this tour bridges the great capital of Beijing and Xian, once a major crossroad of the Asian trade route. On the outskirts of the Xian city, the discovery of ancient life-sized figures vaulted the city into the limelight. More than 10,000 menacing warriors along with detailed horses and archers armed with real weapons have been exhumed. While in Beijing, walk along the best-preserved section of the Great Wall. Stroll around Tiananmen Square and visit the now-accessible Forbidden City.

Day 1 - April 4th, 2018

Following breakfast on board, disembark the ship and transfer to Beijing. After lunch, visit the impressive Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world and site of many important events in Chinese history.

Next, visit the Forbidden City, home to the emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties and a 250-acre complex of pavilions, halls, courtyards and gates showcasing some of the most important treasures of China’s imperial past. Continue to your hotel for check-in and rest of the evening at leisure. Dinner is on your own.

Overnight at the Regent Beijing or similar hotel.

Day 2 - April 5th, 2018

Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian. Upon arrival enjoy a scenic drive to the famous Terracotta Warriors Museum. First excavated in 1974, the 7,000 life-size terracotta warriors and horses are acclaimed as the “eighth wonder of the world”. The warriors are grouped in battle order, rank by rank, some mounted on horse-drawn chariots and others in infantry groups armed with spears, swords and crossbows. Each figure was individually created with unique characteristics.

After this exciting afternoon tour, check in to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. Dinner is on your own.

Overnight at the Wyndham Grand Xian or similar hotel

Day 3 - April 6th, 2018

After breakfast, visit the City Wall of Xian. Built during the Tang Dynasty, when the city, then named Chang’an, was the capital of China, the wall is the only complete city wall extant in China. Continue to the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. Built at the site of a former Confucian temple in the southern part of Xian, it is the most comprehensive museum in the province and exhibits unique historical relics of past dynasties and displays precious ceramics, bronze articles and stone carvings.

Following lunch, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Beijing. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner is on your own.

Overnight at the Regent Beijing or similar hotel.

Day 4 - April 7th, 2018

Following breakfast, enjoy a scenic ride to the Great Wall at Juyongguan. Explore the amazing Great Wall, actually a series of walls first constructed over 2000 years ago in an attempt to ward off northern nomads. NOTE: you will neet to climb steps to get onto the Great Wall.

Following lunch, continue to one of the Ming Tombs. Learn more about the burial rituals employed during the Ming dynasty before returning to your hotel.

Day 5 - April 8th, 2018

Following breakfast at hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Please note that hotel check out is at 12:00pm, if guests have late departing flights the hotel can store luggage for the day but guests will be required to vacate your room. If guests wish to add a day room, this can be specially requested at an additional charge.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. This program is subject to flight confirmations which are beyond our control. All program details including timings and any flights indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

Day 1

9:00am Disembarkation starts

9:30am Depart pier for Beijing

12:00pm Chinese lunch at local restaurant

1:45pm Visit to the Forbidden City

4:00pm Visit to the Tian’anmen Square

5:15pm Arrive at hotel for check-in

Rest of day at leisure and dinner on own

Overnight at the Regent Beijing Hotel or similar hotel.

Day 2

7:00am Buffet breakfast

8:30am Depart hotel (large suitcases/excess luggage stored in hotel)

9:30am Arrive at airport

10:55am Flight Beijing/Xian (Details TBA and subject to change), lunch served on flight

3:00pm Terracotta Warriors Museum

6:15pm Check in at your hotel

Evening at leisure and dinner on own

Overnight at the Wyndham Grand Xian South Hotel or similar

Day 3

7:00am Buffet breakfast

8:30am Depart hotel

8:45am Visit the City Wall

10:00am Shaanxi Provincial Museum

12:00pm Lunch at Defachang Dumpling Restaurant

2:30pm Arrive at airport

4:05pm Flight Xian/Beijing (details TBA and subject to change)

Upon arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel

Evening at leisure and dinner on own

Overnight at the Regent Beijing Hotel or similar hotel.

Day 4

7:00am Buffet breakfast

8:30am Depart hotel for a full day tour

10:15am Great Wall at Juyongguan

12:30pm Chinese lunch with shopping opportunity

2:30pm Changling Tomb of Ming Tombs

5:00pm Return to hotel

Evening at leisure and dinner on own

Overnight at the Regent Beijing Hotel or similar hotel.

Day 5

7:00am Buffet breakfast

12:00pm Check-out

Transfer to the airport is based on your flight details. For guests with late flights, luggage

storage will be available at the hotel.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 5.

Documents and visa requirements: A Chinese visa and a valid passport are required.

*Please ensure you have the correct amount of Chinese visas for this cruise. In some cases a double entry visa is required if your cruise visits both Shanghai and Tianjin or you visit either on your land program. Please check with your local Chinese embassy for further details and requirements prior to sailing. Failure to have the correct documentation may result in denial of travel by local Chinese Immigration officers. Oceania Cruises is not responsible for missed travel due to inappropriate documentation.

Expected Weather:

The weather in Beijing and Xi’an is typically sunny in early April, with temperatures ranging from 68° Fahrenheit (20° Celsius) to 50° Fahrenheit (10° Celsius).

What to Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, jacket and sweater.

Note about restrooms: Restrooms in China vary from having toilets to holes in the floor and their cleanliness standards are not always up to par with those of the western world. You will encounter both types of restroom facilities on your travels in China. It is advisable to have hand sanitizer and extra tissues /toilet paper at all times just in case they are needed.

Local Currency: The Chinese Yuan, denoted by CNY, is the official currency in China. You can use US dollars / Euros/ English pounds in hotels, in friendship stores, to buy things from vendors in the scenic spots, to pay for any optional tours and to tip porters of the hotels, tour guides and drivers or whomever you want to tip. You cannot use US dollars or other foreign currencies in department stores or small convenience stores, local restaurants, or if you try to buy things from some street vendors.

Electricity: The electricity in China is generally 220V, 50HZ, AC. A travel adaptor is necessary. Most of the hotels in China have both 110V and 220V electrical outlets in the bathrooms, though in the guest rooms usually only 220V sockets are available.

Luggage allowance for flights:

Each passenger flying coach class can enjoy free baggage allowance of one carry-on luggage, plus one check-in luggage. Carry-on Luggage not exceeding 56x36x23cm (22x14x9 in) in size and 7 kg (15 lbs) in weight; Check-in luggage not exceeding 100x60x40cm (39x24x16 in) in size and 20kg (44lbs) in weight.

These dimensions include wheels, handles and side pockets.

Guests may choose to store their excess luggage at their hotel concierge in Beijing free of charge. Any excess/overweight luggage brought on the trip is subject to airline fees and will be at the expense of the guest.

Aircraft type (subject to change):

Either Boeing or Airbus

Hotel Information:

Beijing:

Regent Beijing Hotel or similar

99 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, 100005, China

Phone: + 86 10 85221888

Xian:

Wyndham Grand Xian South Hotel or similar

208 Ci’en East Road, Qujiang New District, Xi'an, Shannxi, China

TEL: 86-29-6821 9999

*We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotels listed in this program.

Please Note: Guests booking their own transportation (on their own or through a travel agent) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged; however, should you book any additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Program Includes:

All transfers and tours as indicated in the itinerary;

Roundtrip coach class airfare Beijing/Xian/Beijing with domestic airport tax;

Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast – Deluxe Room at Regent Beijing Hotel in Beijing and Wyndham Grand Xian South Hotel in Xian, or similar standard

3 lunches at local restaurant & 1 lunch served on flight as indicated in the itinerary (lunch includes a choice of one glass of soft drinks, local beer or local mineral water);

QuiteVox Audio System (Consists of a microphone for the guide and a radio receiver for each guest to enhance guests’ experience and improve conditions in which guided tours are conducted) during all sightseeing;

Program Excludes

Any other meals not listed above

All other beverages including premium brand drinks

Personal expenses such as telephone calls, shop purchases & laundry

Gratuities

Visa fees

Any other services not mentioned above

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

More Details
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability.

POST -SHANGHAI & THE GREAT WALL

NOTE - this program ends in Beijing therefore return flights need to be booked from the Beijing International Airport.

Uncover the renowned treasures of Shanghai and walk the Great Walk during one fascinating tour. In Shanghai, marvel at the Jade Buddha Temple’s rare white jade statues, stroll the 16th-century Yuyuan Garden and explore the city’s intriguing Old Town. Meanwhile, Beijing’s extraordinary past comes alive as you explore Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City before traveling to the Great Wall of China, constructed over 2,000 years ago and stretching 5,500 miles.

Day 1 - March 22, 2019

Following disembarkation you will travel by motor coach to Shanghai’s intriguing Old Town, where you will meander the narrow streets, pass traditional shops and take in the cacophony of sounds and sights. Then, for a completely different experience, you will visit the nearby Yu Yuan Gardens, an oasis of tranquility that dates to the 16th-century Ming Dynasty. Highlights include its intricate rockeries, dragon walls and beautiful pavilions.

Your next stop will be the Jade Buddha Temple. While the original temple was destroyed during a revolution, the temple’s two precious statues of Buddha were saved. A new temple was built in 1928 to house the statues, one of a reclining Buddha on a redwood bed, the other of a sitting Buddha decorated with semi-precious stones. Both statues were carved in Burma out of white jade, a rare form of nephrite mineral known for its characteristic creamy texture. Besides displaying these spectacular works of art, the Jade Buddha Temple is an active monastery with dozens of resident monks.

Then, after enjoying a traditional Chinese lunch, you will transfer to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is yours to settle in at your leisure. Dinner is on your own.

Overnight at the Longemont Shanghai or similar hotel

Day 2 - March 23, 2019

After breakfast, you will transfer to the Shanghai Pudong Airport for your flight to Beijing with lunch served in-flight. Upon arrival, you will visit the Temple of Heaven.

Initially built in 1420, this is the site where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worship heaven and pray for a bumper harvest. It is listed in the World Heritage in 1998. The main structure in the vast compound is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, a magnificent triple-gabled circular building. Completely wooden, without any nails, it is one of the architectural wonders of ancient China. The Temple of Heaven is also a public park where local people begin their day with such morning activities as playing Tai Chi, singing Peking Opera or writing Chinese calligraphy.

Late in the afternoon, you will check into your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Dinner will be on your own.

Overnight at the Pan Pacific Hotel Beijing or similar hotel.

Day 3 - March 24, 2019

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the impressive Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world and site of many important events in Chinese history. Then, visit the Forbidden City, home to the emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties and a 250-acre complex of pavilions, halls, courtyards and gates showcasing some of the most important treasures of China’s imperial past.

Enjoy a traditional Chinese-style lunch at a local restaurant on your way to the Great Wall of China. There is an opportunity to shop for souvenirs after your lunch.

Following lunch, continue the drive to the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass – one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Here you will have a chance to walk on the wall and enjoy the surrounding views before heading back to your hotel. Note: you will need to climb steps in order to walk on the wall. They are all uneven and it can get crowded on site.

Back at the hotel, enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Dinner will be on your own.

Overnight at the Pan Pacific Hotel Beijing or similar hotel.

Day 4 - March 25, 2019

Following your breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Beijing International Airport for your fight home based on the flight details you provide. For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. This program is subject to flight confirmations which are beyond our control. All program details including timings and any flights indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

DAY 1

8:00am Disembark from the ship

8:30am Depart from the pier

9:00am Tour the Old Town and Yu Yuan Gardens

10:45am Tour the Jade Buddha Temple

12:00pm Traditional Chinese-style lunch

1:15pm Transfer to your hotel

2:00pm Check in at the hotel

Rest of day is at leisure, dinner on your own

Overnight at Longemont Shanghai Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 2

AM Breakfast at the hotel

8:30am Depart from the hotel

9:30am Arrive at Shanghai Pudong Airport

11:00am Fly from Shanghai to Beijing with lunch in flight (flight details TBA and subject to change)

1:20pm Arrive in Beijing

3:30pm Tour the Temple of Heaven

5:00pm Depart Temple of Heaven

6:00pm Check in at your hotel

Dinner on your own

Overnight at the Pan Pacific Hotel Beijing or similar hotel.

DAY 3

AM Breakfast at the hotel

8:00am Depart for the Forbidden City

9:00am Visit Tian’anmen Square

10:00am Visit Forbidden City

11:30am Depart Forbidden City

12:30pm Chinese style lunch at a local restaurant with shopping opportunity

(included is 1 soft drink, bottled water or local beer)

2:00pm Depart for the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass

2:30pm Visit the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass

4:00pm Depart the Great Wall

5:30pm Arrival at your hotel

Dinner on own

Overnight at the Pan Pacific Hotel Beijing or similar hotel.

DAY 4

AM Breakfast at the hotel

12:00pm Check out of the hotel. Luggage storage will be available at the hotel for guests with later flights. Airport transfers (Beijing International Airport) will be arranged according to departure flight details.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4. Extra nights include a private airport transfer.

TRANSFERS: All guests booking their flights independently are required to ensure the cruise line has their most up to date flight details so that transfers to the airport can be arranged for the last day of the program. Should you book any extra nights on your own or deviate from the program in any way, transfers are not included. If flight details are not received before your program start date, transfers cannot be arranged.

Documents and visa requirements: A Chinese visa and a valid passport are required.

*Please ensure you have the correct amount of Chinese visas for this cruise. In some cases a double entry visa is required if your cruise visits both Shanghai and Tianjin or you visit either on your land program. Please check with your local Chinese embassy for further details and requirements prior to sailing. Failure to have the correct documentation may result in denial of travel by local Chinese Immigration officers. Oceania Cruises is not responsible for missed travel due to inappropriate documentation.

Expected weather:

Shanghai weather in March – Sunny spring days are common in March, with occasionally some small rains. Average High Temperature: 15 C / 59 F, Average Low Temperature: 4 C / 39 F.

Beijing weather in March - The weather warms up rapidly from freezing to cool, but it is windy. On average temperature reaches 11 °C (52 °F) during the day, and at night drops to -1 °C (30 °F).

What to bring: Light, loose clothing, a jacket, an umbrella and comfortable walking shoes. The attire is casual for the entire program.

Note about restrooms: Restrooms in China vary from having toilets to holes in the floor and their cleanliness standards are not always up to par with those of the western world. You will encounter both types of restroom facilities on your travels in China. It is advisable to have hand sanitizer and extra tissues /toilet paper at all times just in case they are needed.

Local Currency: The Chinese Yuan, denoted by CNY, is the official currency in China. You can use U.S dollars, Euros and English pounds in hotels and friendship stores, to pay for optional tours and for tips. U.S. dollars or other foreign currencies are not accepted in department stores, convenience stores, local restaurants, or from street vendors.

Electricity: The electricity in China is generally 220V, 50HZ, AC. An adaptor is necessary. Most hotels have 110V and 220V electrical outlets in the bathrooms, although usually only 220V sockets in the guest rooms. We recommend bringing your own travel adaptor for electronic devices.

Luggage allowance for flights:

Regardless of the amount of luggage guest is able to fly home with, for this land program, on the internal flight from Shanghai to Beijing, each passenger can enjoy free baggage allowance of one carry-on luggage, plus one check-in luggage. Carry-on Luggage should not exceed 56x36x23cm (22x14x9 in) in size and 7 kg (15 lbs) in weight; Checked -in luggage should not exceed 100x60x40cm (39x24x16 in) in size and 20kg (44lbs) in weight. These dimensions include wheels, handles and side pockets.

Any excess/overweight luggage brought on the trip is subject to airline fees and will be at the expense of the guest and payable upon check in at the airport.

Guests who have excess luggage may wish to seek alternate luggage shipping options.

Flight details cannot be provided until 21 days before sailing when we have final counts for the land program and flights are ticketed.

Aircraft type (subject to change)

Either Boeing or Airbus

Hotel Information:

Shanghai:

Longemont Shanghai Hotel

1116 West Yan An Road, Shanghai, 200052 China

Phone: +86 21 6115 9988

Beijing:

Pan Pacific Hotel Beijing

2 Hua Yuan Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, 100032, China

Phone: +86 10 6376 7777

*We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotels listed in this program.

Program includes:

•All transfers and tours as indicated in the itinerary

•Economy class air tickets from Shanghai to Beijing

•1 night hotel accommodation, deluxe, at Longemont Shanghai Hotel or similar with daily breakfast

•2 nights hotel accommodation, deluxe room, at Pan Pacific Hotel Beijing or similar with daily breakfast

•2 lunches at local restaurants as indicated in the itinerary (lunch includes a choice of one glass of soft drinks, local beer or local mineral water)

Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information, so your transfer can be arranged; however, should you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, an departure transfer is not provided. Transfers are not provided if guests book their own extra nights.

Program excludes:

•Any meals or beverages not listed above

•Gratuities to drivers and guides

•Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

•Excess or overweight luggage fees on internal flight

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel and natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing, hats, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

More Details
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability.

POST - BEIJING AND THE GREAT WALL

Beijing’s extraordinary past comes alive as you explore some of the world’s most renowned historical sites. Visit Tiananmen Square, the center of many significant events in China’s history; the Forbidden City, home to many important imperial treasures; and the Temple of Heaven complex, which includes the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, an ornate, triple-gabled edifice. Travel beyond Beijing to the Great Wall of China, constructed over 2,000 years ago and stretching 5,500 miles.

DAY 1 - April 4th, 2018

Following breakfast on board, disembark the ship and transfer to Beijing.

After lunch en route, visit the impressive Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world and site of many important events in Chinese history.

Then, visit the Forbidden City, home to the emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties and a 250-acre complex of pavilions, halls, courtyards and gates showcasing some of the most important treasures of China’s imperial past.

Continue to your hotel for check-in.

Dinner on your own and rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight at the Regent Beijing or similar hotel

DAY 2 - April 5th, 2018

Following breakfast, enjoy a scenic ride to the Great Wall at Juyongguan. Explore the amazing Great Wall, actually a series of walls first constructed over 2000 years ago in an attempt to ward off northern nomads.

Following lunch, continue to one of the Ming Tombs. Learn more about the burial rituals employed during the Ming dynasty before returning to your hotel.

In the evening, enjoy a traditional Peking duck dinner at a renowned local restaurant.

Overnight at the Regent Beijing or similar hotel.

DAY 3 - April 6th, 2018

Enjoy an early breakfast in the hotel before venturing to the Temple of Heaven. Initially built in 1420, this is the site where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worship heaven and pray for a bumper harvest. It is listed in the World Heritage in 1998. The main structure in the vast compound is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, a magnificent triple-gabled circular building. Completely wooden, without any nails, it is one of the architectural wonders of ancient China. The Temple of Heaven is also a public park where local people begin their day with such morning activities as playing Tai Chi, singing Peking Opera or writing Chinese calligraphy.

You are free to walk around the pine-lined ground or take part in the Tai Chi exercise! After the visit, transfer back to the hotel and enjoy rest of the day on your own exploration of the city.

Lunch and dinner on own.

Overnight at the Regent Beijing or similar hotel.

DAY 4 - April 7th, 2018

Following breakfast at hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Check out time is 12:00pm. For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program details are subject to change. The timings indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

Day 1

8:00am Disembark the ship

8:30am Depart from pier

11:15am Arrival in Beijing and Lunch at local restaurant

12:45pm Visit the Forbidden City

3:00pm Visit Tian’anmen Square

4:30pm Arrive at your hotel

Evening at leisure with meals on your own

Overnight at Regent Beijing Hotel or similar

Day 2

AM Breakfast at hotel

8:00am Depart from hotel

9:30am Visit to the Great Wall at Juyongguan Section

11:30am Lunch at local restaurant

1:30pm Visit to Ming Tombs

4:00pm Return to hotel

6:00pm Depart from hotel for dinner

6:30pm Peking Duck Dinner at local renowned restaurant

8:30pm Return to the hotel

Overnight at Regent Beijing Hotel or similar

Day 3

AM Breakfast at hotel

9:00am Depart from hotel

9:30am Visit the Temple of Heaven

11:30am Return to hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure

Lunch and dinner on own

Overnight at Regent Beijing Hotel or similar

Day 4

AM Breakfast at hotel

12:00pm Check out time

Transfer to the airport based on your flight schedule

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4.

Documents and visa requirements: A Chinese visa and a valid passport are required.

*Please ensure you have the correct amount of Chinese visas for this cruise. In some cases a double entry visa is required if your cruise visits both Shanghai and Tianjin or you visit either on your land program. Please check with your local Chinese embassy for further details and requirements prior to sailing. Failure to have the correct documentation may result in denial of travel by local Chinese Immigration officers. Oceania Cruises is not responsible for missed travel due to inappropriate documentation.

Expected Weather:

The weather in Beijing and Xi’an is typically sunny in early April, with temperatures ranging from 68° Fahrenheit (20° Celsius) to 50° Fahrenheit (10° Celsius).

What to Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, jacket and sweater.

Note about restrooms: Restrooms in China vary from having toilets to holes in the floor and their cleanliness standards are not always up to par with those of the western world. You will encounter both types of restroom facilities on your travels in China. It is advisable to have hand sanitizer and extra tissues /toilet paper at all times just in case they are needed.

Local Currency: The Chinese Yuan, denoted by CNY, is the official currency in China. You can use US dollars / Euros/ English pounds in hotels, in friendship stores, to buy things from vendors in the scenic spots, to pay for any optional tours and to tip porters of the hotels, tour guides and drivers or whomever you want to tip. You cannot use US dollars or other foreign currencies in department stores or small convenience stores, local restaurants, or if you try to buy things from some street vendors.

Electricity: The electricity in China is generally 220V, 50HZ, AC. A travel adaptor is necessary. Most of the hotels in China have both 110V and 220V electrical outlets in the bathrooms, though in the guest rooms usually only 220V sockets are available.

Hotel Information:

Regent Beijing or similar hotel

99 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, 100005, China

TEL: 86-10-85221888

*We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If a similar hotel is required it will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotel listed in this program.

Program Includes:

•All transfers and tours as indicated in the itinerary

•3 nights hotel accommodation in deluxe room with daily breakfast at the Regent Beijing Hotel or similar.

•2 lunches and 1 Peking duck dinner in Beijing as indicated in the itinerary(lunch and dinner include a choice of one glass of soft drinks, local beer or local mineral water)

•Compulsory passenger insurance

•QuiteVox Audio System (Consists of a microphone for the guide and a radio receiver for each guest to enhance guests’ experience and improve conditions in which guided tours are conducted) during all sightseeing;

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged; however, should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Program does not include:

•Meals and beverages other than specified above

•Gratuities to drivers, guides, porters and hotel staff

•All expenses of personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls & mini-bar etc.

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

More Details
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability.

PROMO-POST-SHANGHAI & THE GREAT WALL

NOTE - this program ends in Beijing therefore flights home need to be booked from the Beijing International Airport.

Uncover the renowned treasures of Shanghai and walk the Great Walk during one fascinating tour. In Shanghai, marvel at the Jade Buddha Temple’s rare white jade statues, stroll the 16th-century Yuyuan Garden and explore the city’s intriguing Old Town. Meanwhile, Beijing’s extraordinary past comes alive as you explore Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City before traveling to the Great Wall of China, constructed over 2,000 years ago and stretching 5,500 miles.

Day 1 - March 6th, 2018

Following disembarkation you will travel by motor coach to Shanghai’s intriguing Old Town, where you will meander the narrow streets, pass traditional shops and take in the cacophony of sounds and sights. Then, for a completely different experience, you will visit the nearby Yu Yuan Gardens, an oasis of tranquility that dates to the 16th-century Ming Dynasty. Highlights include its intricate rockeries, dragon walls and beautiful pavilions.

Your next stop will be the Jade Buddha Temple. While the original temple was destroyed during a revolution, the temple’s two precious statues of Buddha were saved. A new temple was built in 1928 to house the statues, one of a reclining Buddha on a redwood bed, the other of a sitting Buddha decorated with semi-precious stones. Both statues were carved in Burma out of white jade, a rare form of nephrite mineral known for its characteristic creamy texture. Besides displaying these spectacular works of art, the Jade Buddha Temple is an active monastery with dozens of resident monks.

Then, after enjoying a traditional Chinese lunch, you will transfer to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is yours to settle in at your leisure. Dinner is on your own.

Overnight at the KunLun Jing An Hotel Shanghai or similar hotel - operated by Jin Jiang Premier Hotel Management

Day 2 - March 7th, 2018

After breakfast, you will transfer to the Shanghai Pudong Airport for your flight to Beijing with lunch served in-flight. Upon arrival, you will visit the Temple of Heaven.

Initially built in 1420, this is the site where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worship heaven and pray for a bumper harvest. It is listed in the World Heritage in 1998. The main structure in the vast compound is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, a magnificent triple-gabled circular building. Completely wooden, without any nails, it is one of the architectural wonders of ancient China. The Temple of Heaven is also a public park where local people begin their day with such morning activities as playing Tai Chi, singing Peking Opera or writing Chinese calligraphy.

Late in the afternoon, you will check into your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Dinner will be on your own.

Overnight at the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar hotel.

Day 3 - March 8th, 2018

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the impressive Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world and site of many important events in Chinese history. Then, visit the Forbidden City, home to the emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties and a 250-acre complex of pavilions, halls, courtyards and gates showcasing some of the most important treasures of China’s imperial past.

Enjoy a traditional Chinese-style lunch at a local restaurant on your way to the Great Wall of China. There is an opportunity to shop for souvenirs after your lunch.

Following lunch, continue the drive to the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass – one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Here you will have a chance to walk on the wall and enjoy the surrounding views before heading back to your hotel. Note: you will need to climb steps in order to walk on the wall. They are all uneven and it can get crowded on site.

Back at the hotel, enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Dinner will be on your own.

Overnight at the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar hotel.

Day 4 - March 9th, 2018

Following your breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Beijing International Airport for your fight home based on the flight details you provide. For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. This program is subject to flight confirmations which are beyond our control. All program details including timings and any flights indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

DAY 1

8:00am Disembark from the ship

8:30am Depart from the pier

9:00am Tour the Old Town and Yu Yuan Gardens

10:45am Tour the Jade Buddha Temple

12:00pm Traditional Chinese-style lunch

1:15pm Transfer to your hotel

2:00pm Check in at the hotel

Rest of day is at leisure, dinner on your own

Overnight at KunLun Jing An Hotel Shanghai or similar hotel

DAY 2

AM Breakfast at the hotel

8:30am Depart from the hotel

9:30am Arrive at Shanghai Pudong Airport

11:00am Fly from Shanghai to Beijing with lunch in flight (flight details TBA and subject to change)

1:20pm Arrive in Beijing

3:30pm Tour the Temple of Heaven

5:00pm Depart Temple of Heaven

6:00pm Check in at your hotel

Dinner on your own

Overnight at Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 3

AM Breakfast at the hotel

8:00am Depart for the Forbidden City

9:00am Visit Tian’anmen Square

10:00am Visit Forbidden City

11:30am Depart Forbidden City

12:30pm Chinese style lunch at a local restaurant with shopping opportunity

(included is 1 soft drink, bottled water or local beer)

2:00pm Depart for the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass

2:30pm Visit the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass

4:00pm Depart the Great Wall

5:30pm Arrival at your hotel

Dinner on own

Overnight at the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 4

AM Breakfast at the hotel

12:00pm Check out of the hotel. Luggage storage will be available at the hotel for guests with later flights. Airport transfers (Beijing International Airport) will be arranged according to departure flight details.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4.

Documents and visa requirements: A Chinese visa and a valid passport are required.

*Please ensure you have the correct amount of Chinese visas for this cruise. In some cases a double entry visa is required if your cruise visits both Shanghai and Tianjin or you visit either on your land program. Please check with your local Chinese embassy for further details and requirements prior to sailing. Failure to have the correct documentation may result in denial of travel by local Chinese Immigration officers. Oceania Cruises is not responsible for missed travel due to inappropriate documentation.

Expected weather:

Shanghai weather in March – Sunny spring days are common in March, with occasionally some small rains. Average High Temperature: 15 C / 59 F, Average Low Temperature: 4 C / 39 F.

Beijing weather in March - The weather warms up rapidly from freezing to cool, but it is windy. On average temperature reaches 11 °C (52 °F) during the day, and at night drops to -1 °C (30 °F).

What to bring: Light, loose clothing, a jacket, an umbrella and comfortable walking shoes. The attire is casual for the entire program.

Note about restrooms: Restrooms in China vary from having toilets to holes in the floor and their cleanliness standards are not always up to par with those of the western world. You will encounter both types of restroom facilities on your travels in China. It is advisable to have hand sanitizer and extra tissues /toilet paper at all times just in case they are needed.

Local Currency: The Chinese Yuan, denoted by CNY, is the official currency in China. You can use U.S dollars, Euros and English pounds in hotels and friendship stores, to pay for optional tours and for tips. U.S. dollars or other foreign currencies are not accepted in department stores, convenience stores, local restaurants, or from street vendors.

Electricity: The electricity in China is generally 220V, 50HZ, AC. An adaptor is necessary. Most hotels have 110V and 220V electrical outlets in the bathrooms, although usually only 220V sockets in the guest rooms.

Luggage allowance for flights:

Regardless of which class of service you fly in when you depart Beijing, on the land program, each guest can enjoy free baggage allowance of one carry-on luggage, plus one check-in luggage. Carry-on Luggage not exceeding 56x36x23cm (22x14x9 in) in size and 7 kg (15 lbs) in weight; Check-in luggage not exceeding 100x60x40cm (39x24x16 in) in size and 20kg (44lbs) in weight.

These dimensions include wheels, handles and side pockets. Any excess/overweight luggage brought on the trip is subject to airline fees and will be at the expense of the guest at the time of check in for your flight from Shanghai to Beijing.

Aircraft type (subject to change)

Either Boeing or Airbus

Hotel Information:

Shanghai:

KunLun Jing An Hotel Shanghai or similar hotel - operated by Jin Jiang Premier Hotel Management

250 Hua Shan Road, Shanghai, 200040 China

Phone: +86 21 6248 0000

Beijing:

Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel

36 Bei San Huan Dong Lu, Beijing 100013, China

Phone: +86 10 5798 8888

*We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotels listed in this program.

Program includes:

•All transfers and tours as indicated in the itinerary

•Economy class air tickets Beijing/Shanghai

•1 night hotel accommodation, guest room, at KunLun Jing An Hotel Shanghai or similar with daily breakfast

•2 nights hotel accommodation, deluxe room, at Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar with daily breakfast

•2 lunches at local restaurant & 1 lunch on flight as indicated in the itinerary (lunch includes a choice of one glass of soft drinks, local beer or local mineral water)

Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information, so your transfer can be arranged; however, should you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, an departure transfer is not provided.

Program excludes:

Any meals or beverages not listed above

Gratuities to drivers and guides

Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel and natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing, hats, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

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Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability.

PROMO - POST BEIJING AND THE GREAT WALL

Beijing’s extraordinary past comes alive as you explore some of the world’s most renowned historical sites. Visit Tiananmen Square, the center of many significant events in China’s history; the Forbidden City, home to many important imperial treasures; and the Temple of Heaven complex, which includes the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, an ornate, triple-gabled edifice. Travel beyond Beijing to the Great Wall of China, constructed over 2,000 years ago and stretching 5,500 miles.

DAY 1 - April 4th, 2018

Following breakfast on board, disembark the ship and transfer to Beijing.

After lunch en route, visit the impressive Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world and site of many important events in Chinese history.

Then, visit the Forbidden City, home to the emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties and a 250-acre complex of pavilions, halls, courtyards and gates showcasing some of the most important treasures of China’s imperial past.

Continue to your hotel for check-in.

Dinner on your own and rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight at the Regent Beijing or similar hotel

DAY 2 - April 5th, 2018

Following breakfast, enjoy a scenic ride to the Great Wall at Juyongguan. Explore the amazing Great Wall, actually a series of walls first constructed over 2000 years ago in an attempt to ward off northern nomads.

Following lunch, continue to one of the Ming Tombs. Learn more about the burial rituals employed during the Ming dynasty before returning to your hotel.

In the evening, enjoy a traditional Peking duck dinner at a renowned local restaurant.

Overnight at the Regent Beijing or similar hotel.

DAY 3 - April 6th, 2018

Enjoy an early breakfast in the hotel before venturing to the Temple of Heaven. Initially built in 1420, this is the site where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worship heaven and pray for a bumper harvest. It is listed in the World Heritage in 1998. The main structure in the vast compound is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, a magnificent triple-gabled circular building. Completely wooden, without any nails, it is one of the architectural wonders of ancient China. The Temple of Heaven is also a public park where local people begin their day with such morning activities as playing Tai Chi, singing Peking Opera or writing Chinese calligraphy.

You are free to walk around the pine-lined ground or take part in the Tai Chi exercise! After the visit, transfer back to the hotel and enjoy rest of the day on your own exploration of the city.

Lunch and dinner on own.

Overnight at the Regent Beijing or similar hotel.

DAY 4 - April 7th, 2018

Following breakfast at hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Check out time is 12:00pm. For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program details are subject to change. The timings indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

Day 1

8:00am Disembark the ship

8:30am Depart from pier

11:15am Arrival in Beijing and Lunch at local restaurant

12:45pm Visit the Forbidden City

3:00pm Visit Tian’anmen Square

4:30pm Arrive at your hotel

Evening at leisure with meals on your own

Overnight at Regent Beijing Hotel or similar

Day 2

AM Breakfast at hotel

8:00am Depart from hotel

9:30am Visit to the Great Wall at Juyongguan Section

11:30am Lunch at local restaurant

1:30pm Visit to Ming Tombs

4:00pm Return to hotel

6:00pm Depart from hotel for dinner

6:30pm Peking Duck Dinner at local renowned restaurant

8:30pm Return to the hotel

Overnight at Regent Beijing Hotel or similar

Day 3

AM Breakfast at hotel

9:00am Depart from hotel

9:30am Visit the Temple of Heaven

11:30am Return to hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure

Lunch and dinner on own

Overnight at Regent Beijing Hotel or similar

Day 4

AM Breakfast at hotel

12:00pm Check out time

Transfer to the airport based on your flight schedule

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4.

Documents and visa requirements: A Chinese visa and a valid passport are required.

*Please ensure you have the correct amount of Chinese visas for this cruise. In some cases a double entry visa is required if your cruise visits both Shanghai and Tianjin or you visit either on your land program. Please check with your local Chinese embassy for further details and requirements prior to sailing. Failure to have the correct documentation may result in denial of travel by local Chinese Immigration officers. Oceania Cruises is not responsible for missed travel due to inappropriate documentation.

Expected Weather:

The weather in Beijing and Xi’an is typically sunny in early April, with temperatures ranging from 68° Fahrenheit (20° Celsius) to 50° Fahrenheit (10° Celsius).

What to Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, jacket and sweater.

Note about restrooms: Restrooms in China vary from having toilets to holes in the floor and their cleanliness standards are not always up to par with those of the western world. You will encounter both types of restroom facilities on your travels in China. It is advisable to have hand sanitizer and extra tissues /toilet paper at all times just in case they are needed.

Local Currency: The Chinese Yuan, denoted by CNY, is the official currency in China. You can use US dollars / Euros/ English pounds in hotels, in friendship stores, to buy things from vendors in the scenic spots, to pay for any optional tours and to tip porters of the hotels, tour guides and drivers or whomever you want to tip. You cannot use US dollars or other foreign currencies in department stores or small convenience stores, local restaurants, or if you try to buy things from some street vendors.

Electricity: The electricity in China is generally 220V, 50HZ, AC. A travel adaptor is necessary. Most of the hotels in China have both 110V and 220V electrical outlets in the bathrooms, though in the guest rooms usually only 220V sockets are available.

Hotel Information:

Regent Beijing or similar hotel

99 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, 100005, China

TEL: 86-10-85221888

*We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If a similar hotel is required it will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotel listed in this program.

Program Includes:

•All transfers and tours as indicated in the itinerary

•3 nights hotel accommodation in deluxe room with daily breakfast at the Regent Beijing Hotel or similar.

•2 lunches and 1 Peking duck dinner in Beijing as indicated in the itinerary(lunch and dinner include a choice of one glass of soft drinks, local beer or local mineral water)

•Compulsory passenger insurance

•QuiteVox Audio System (Consists of a microphone for the guide and a radio receiver for each guest to enhance guests’ experience and improve conditions in which guided tours are conducted) during all sightseeing;

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged; however, should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Program does not include:

•Meals and beverages other than specified above

•Gratuities to drivers, guides, porters and hotel staff

•All expenses of personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls & mini-bar etc.

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

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Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability.

PROMO UPGRADE-POST-BEIJING AND TC WARRIORS

Explore the breathtaking grandeur of Northern China as this tour bridges the great capital of Beijing and Xian, once a major crossroad of the Asian trade route. On the outskirts of the Xian city, the discovery of ancient life-sized figures vaulted the city into the limelight. More than 10,000 menacing warriors along with detailed horses and archers armed with real weapons have been exhumed. While in Beijing, walk along the best-preserved section of the Great Wall. Stroll around Tiananmen Square and visit the now-accessible Forbidden City.

Day 1 - April 4th, 2018

Following breakfast on board, disembark the ship and transfer to Beijing. After lunch, visit the impressive Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world and site of many important events in Chinese history.

Next, visit the Forbidden City, home to the emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties and a 250-acre complex of pavilions, halls, courtyards and gates showcasing some of the most important treasures of China’s imperial past. Continue to your hotel for check-in and rest of the evening at leisure. Dinner is on your own.

Overnight at the Regent Beijing or similar hotel.

Day 2 - April 5th, 2018

Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian. Upon arrival enjoy a scenic drive to the famous Terracotta Warriors Museum. First excavated in 1974, the 7,000 life-size terracotta warriors and horses are acclaimed as the “eighth wonder of the world”. The warriors are grouped in battle order, rank by rank, some mounted on horse-drawn chariots and others in infantry groups armed with spears, swords and crossbows. Each figure was individually created with unique characteristics.

After this exciting afternoon tour, check in to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. Dinner is on your own.

Overnight at the Wyndham Grand Xian or similar hotel

Day 3 - April 6th, 2018

After breakfast, visit the City Wall of Xian. Built during the Tang Dynasty, when the city, then named Chang’an, was the capital of China, the wall is the only complete city wall extant in China. Continue to the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. Built at the site of a former Confucian temple in the southern part of Xian, it is the most comprehensive museum in the province and exhibits unique historical relics of past dynasties and displays precious ceramics, bronze articles and stone carvings.

Following lunch, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Beijing. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner is on your own.

Overnight at the Regent Beijing or similar hotel.

Day 4 - April 7th, 2018

Following breakfast, enjoy a scenic ride to the Great Wall at Juyongguan. Explore the amazing Great Wall, actually a series of walls first constructed over 2000 years ago in an attempt to ward off northern nomads. NOTE: you will neet to climb steps to get onto the Great Wall.

Following lunch, continue to one of the Ming Tombs. Learn more about the burial rituals employed during the Ming dynasty before returning to your hotel.

Day 5 - April 8th, 2018

Following breakfast at hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Please note that hotel check out is at 12:00pm, if guests have late departing flights the hotel can store luggage for the day but guests will be required to vacate your room. If guests wish to add a day room, this can be specially requested at an additional charge.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. This program is subject to flight confirmations which are beyond our control. All program details including timings and any flights indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

Day 1

9:00am Disembarkation starts

9:30am Depart pier for Beijing

12:00pm Chinese lunch at local restaurant

1:45pm Visit to the Forbidden City

4:00pm Visit to the Tian’anmen Square

5:15pm Arrive at hotel for check-in

Rest of day at leisure and dinner on own

Overnight at the Regent Beijing Hotel or similar hotel.

Day 2

7:00am Buffet breakfast

8:30am Depart hotel (large suitcases/excess luggage stored in hotel)

9:30am Arrive at airport

10:55am Flight Beijing/Xian (Details TBA and subject to change), lunch served on flight

3:00pm Terracotta Warriors Museum

6:15pm Check in at your hotel

Evening at leisure and dinner on own

Overnight at the Wyndham Grand Xian South Hotel or similar

Day 3

7:00am Buffet breakfast

8:30am Depart hotel

8:45am Visit the City Wall

10:00am Shaanxi Provincial Museum

12:00pm Lunch at Defachang Dumpling Restaurant

2:30pm Arrive at airport

4:05pm Flight Xian/Beijing (details TBA and subject to change)

Upon arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel

Evening at leisure and dinner on own

Overnight at the Regent Beijing Hotel or similar hotel.

Day 4

7:00am Buffet breakfast

8:30am Depart hotel for a full day tour

10:15am Great Wall at Juyongguan

12:30pm Chinese lunch with shopping opportunity

2:30pm Changling Tomb of Ming Tombs

5:00pm Return to hotel

Evening at leisure and dinner on own

Overnight at the Regent Beijing Hotel or similar hotel.

Day 5

7:00am Buffet breakfast

12:00pm Check-out

Transfer to the airport is based on your flight details. For guests with late flights, luggage

storage will be available at the hotel.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 5.

Documents and visa requirements: A Chinese visa and a valid passport are required.

*Please ensure you have the correct amount of Chinese visas for this cruise. In some cases a double entry visa is required if your cruise visits both Shanghai and Tianjin or you visit either on your land program. Please check with your local Chinese embassy for further details and requirements prior to sailing. Failure to have the correct documentation may result in denial of travel by local Chinese Immigration officers. Oceania Cruises is not responsible for missed travel due to inappropriate documentation.

Expected Weather:

The weather in Beijing and Xi’an is typically sunny in early April, with temperatures ranging from 68° Fahrenheit (20° Celsius) to 50° Fahrenheit (10° Celsius).

What to Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, jacket and sweater.

Note about restrooms: Restrooms in China vary from having toilets to holes in the floor and their cleanliness standards are not always up to par with those of the western world. You will encounter both types of restroom facilities on your travels in China. It is advisable to have hand sanitizer and extra tissues /toilet paper at all times just in case they are needed.

Local Currency: The Chinese Yuan, denoted by CNY, is the official currency in China. You can use US dollars / Euros/ English pounds in hotels, in friendship stores, to buy things from vendors in the scenic spots, to pay for any optional tours and to tip porters of the hotels, tour guides and drivers or whomever you want to tip. You cannot use US dollars or other foreign currencies in department stores or small convenience stores, local restaurants, or if you try to buy things from some street vendors.

Electricity: The electricity in China is generally 220V, 50HZ, AC. A travel adaptor is necessary. Most of the hotels in China have both 110V and 220V electrical outlets in the bathrooms, though in the guest rooms usually only 220V sockets are available.

Luggage allowance for flights:

Each passenger flying coach class can enjoy free baggage allowance of one carry-on luggage, plus one check-in luggage. Carry-on Luggage not exceeding 56x36x23cm (22x14x9 in) in size and 7 kg (15 lbs) in weight; Check-in luggage not exceeding 100x60x40cm (39x24x16 in) in size and 20kg (44lbs) in weight.

These dimensions include wheels, handles and side pockets.

Guests may choose to store their excess luggage at their hotel concierge in Beijing free of charge. Any excess/overweight luggage brought on the trip is subject to airline fees and will be at the expense of the guest.

Aircraft type (subject to change):

Either Boeing or Airbus

Hotel Information:

Beijing:

Regent Beijing Hotel or similar

99 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, 100005, China

Phone: + 86 10 85221888

Xian:

Wyndham Grand Xian South Hotel or similar

208 Ci’en East Road, Qujiang New District, Xi'an, Shannxi, China

TEL: 86-29-6821 9999

*We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotels listed in this program.

Please Note: Guests booking their own transportation (on their own or through a travel agent) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged; however, should you book any additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Program Includes:

All transfers and tours as indicated in the itinerary;

Roundtrip coach class airfare Beijing/Xian/Beijing with domestic airport tax;

Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast – Deluxe Room at Regent Beijing Hotel in Beijing and Wyndham Grand Xian South Hotel in Xian, or similar standard

3 lunches at local restaurant & 1 lunch served on flight as indicated in the itinerary (lunch includes a choice of one glass of soft drinks, local beer or local mineral water);

QuiteVox Audio System (Consists of a microphone for the guide and a radio receiver for each guest to enhance guests’ experience and improve conditions in which guided tours are conducted) during all sightseeing;

Program Excludes

Any other meals not listed above

All other beverages including premium brand drinks

Personal expenses such as telephone calls, shop purchases & laundry

Gratuities

Visa fees

Any other services not mentioned above

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

More Details
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability.

POST-SHANGHAI AND THE GREAT WALL

NOTE - this program ends in Beijing therefore flights home need to be booked from the Beijing International Airport.

Uncover the renowned treasures of Shanghai and walk the Great Walk during one fascinating tour. In Shanghai, marvel at the Jade Buddha Temple’s rare white jade statues, stroll the 16th-century Yuyuan Garden and explore the city’s intriguing Old Town. Meanwhile, Beijing’s extraordinary past comes alive as you explore Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City before traveling to the Great Wall of China, constructed over 2,000 years ago and stretching 5,500 miles.

Day 1 - March 6th, 2018

Following disembarkation you will travel by motor coach to Shanghai’s intriguing Old Town, where you will meander the narrow streets, pass traditional shops and take in the cacophony of sounds and sights. Then, for a completely different experience, you will visit the nearby Yu Yuan Gardens, an oasis of tranquility that dates to the 16th-century Ming Dynasty. Highlights include its intricate rockeries, dragon walls and beautiful pavilions.

Your next stop will be the Jade Buddha Temple. While the original temple was destroyed during a revolution, the temple’s two precious statues of Buddha were saved. A new temple was built in 1928 to house the statues, one of a reclining Buddha on a redwood bed, the other of a sitting Buddha decorated with semi-precious stones. Both statues were carved in Burma out of white jade, a rare form of nephrite mineral known for its characteristic creamy texture. Besides displaying these spectacular works of art, the Jade Buddha Temple is an active monastery with dozens of resident monks.

Then, after enjoying a traditional Chinese lunch, you will transfer to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is yours to settle in at your leisure. Dinner is on your own.

Overnight at the KunLun Jing An Hotel Shanghai or similar hotel - operated by Jin Jiang Premier Hotel Management

Day 2 - March 7th, 2018

After breakfast, you will transfer to the Shanghai Pudong Airport for your flight to Beijing with lunch served in-flight. Upon arrival, you will visit the Temple of Heaven.

Initially built in 1420, this is the site where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worship heaven and pray for a bumper harvest. It is listed in the World Heritage in 1998. The main structure in the vast compound is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, a magnificent triple-gabled circular building. Completely wooden, without any nails, it is one of the architectural wonders of ancient China. The Temple of Heaven is also a public park where local people begin their day with such morning activities as playing Tai Chi, singing Peking Opera or writing Chinese calligraphy.

Late in the afternoon, you will check into your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Dinner will be on your own.

Overnight at the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar hotel.

Day 3 - March 8th, 2018

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the impressive Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world and site of many important events in Chinese history. Then, visit the Forbidden City, home to the emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties and a 250-acre complex of pavilions, halls, courtyards and gates showcasing some of the most important treasures of China’s imperial past.

Enjoy a traditional Chinese-style lunch at a local restaurant on your way to the Great Wall of China. There is an opportunity to shop for souvenirs after your lunch.

Following lunch, continue the drive to the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass – one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Here you will have a chance to walk on the wall and enjoy the surrounding views before heading back to your hotel. Note: you will need to climb steps in order to walk on the wall. They are all uneven and it can get crowded on site.

Back at the hotel, enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Dinner will be on your own.

Overnight at the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar hotel.

Day 4 - March 9th, 2018

Following your breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Beijing International Airport for your fight home based on the flight details you provide. For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. This program is subject to flight confirmations which are beyond our control. All program details including timings and any flights indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

DAY 1

8:00am Disembark from the ship

8:30am Depart from the pier

9:00am Tour the Old Town and Yu Yuan Gardens

10:45am Tour the Jade Buddha Temple

12:00pm Traditional Chinese-style lunch

1:15pm Transfer to your hotel

2:00pm Check in at the hotel

Rest of day is at leisure, dinner on your own

Overnight at KunLun Jing An Hotel Shanghai or similar hotel

DAY 2

AM Breakfast at the hotel

8:30am Depart from the hotel

9:30am Arrive at Shanghai Pudong Airport

11:00am Fly from Shanghai to Beijing with lunch in flight (flight details TBA and subject to change)

1:20pm Arrive in Beijing

3:30pm Tour the Temple of Heaven

5:00pm Depart Temple of Heaven

6:00pm Check in at your hotel

Dinner on your own

Overnight at Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 3

AM Breakfast at the hotel

8:00am Depart for the Forbidden City

9:00am Visit Tian’anmen Square

10:00am Visit Forbidden City

11:30am Depart Forbidden City

12:30pm Chinese style lunch at a local restaurant with shopping opportunity

(included is 1 soft drink, bottled water or local beer)

2:00pm Depart for the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass

2:30pm Visit the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass

4:00pm Depart the Great Wall

5:30pm Arrival at your hotel

Dinner on own

Overnight at the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 4

AM Breakfast at the hotel

12:00pm Check out of the hotel. Luggage storage will be available at the hotel for guests with later flights. Airport transfers (Beijing International Airport) will be arranged according to departure flight details.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4.

Documents and visa requirements: A Chinese visa and a valid passport are required.

*Please ensure you have the correct amount of Chinese visas for this cruise. In some cases a double entry visa is required if your cruise visits both Shanghai and Tianjin or you visit either on your land program. Please check with your local Chinese embassy for further details and requirements prior to sailing. Failure to have the correct documentation may result in denial of travel by local Chinese Immigration officers. Oceania Cruises is not responsible for missed travel due to inappropriate documentation.

Expected weather:

Shanghai weather in March – Sunny spring days are common in March, with occasionally some small rains. Average High Temperature: 15 C / 59 F, Average Low Temperature: 4 C / 39 F.

Beijing weather in March - The weather warms up rapidly from freezing to cool, but it is windy. On average temperature reaches 11 °C (52 °F) during the day, and at night drops to -1 °C (30 °F).

What to bring: Light, loose clothing, a jacket, an umbrella and comfortable walking shoes. The attire is casual for the entire program.

Note about restrooms: Restrooms in China vary from having toilets to holes in the floor and their cleanliness standards are not always up to par with those of the western world. You will encounter both types of restroom facilities on your travels in China. It is advisable to have hand sanitizer and extra tissues /toilet paper at all times just in case they are needed.

Local Currency: The Chinese Yuan, denoted by CNY, is the official currency in China. You can use U.S dollars, Euros and English pounds in hotels and friendship stores, to pay for optional tours and for tips. U.S. dollars or other foreign currencies are not accepted in department stores, convenience stores, local restaurants, or from street vendors.

Electricity: The electricity in China is generally 220V, 50HZ, AC. An adaptor is necessary. Most hotels have 110V and 220V electrical outlets in the bathrooms, although usually only 220V sockets in the guest rooms.

Luggage allowance for flights:

Regardless of which class of service you fly in when you depart Beijing, on the land program, each guest can enjoy free baggage allowance of one carry-on luggage, plus one check-in luggage. Carry-on Luggage not exceeding 56x36x23cm (22x14x9 in) in size and 7 kg (15 lbs) in weight; Check-in luggage not exceeding 100x60x40cm (39x24x16 in) in size and 20kg (44lbs) in weight.

These dimensions include wheels, handles and side pockets. Any excess/overweight luggage brought on the trip is subject to airline fees and will be at the expense of the guest at the time of check in for your flight from Shanghai to Beijing.

Aircraft type (subject to change)

Either Boeing or Airbus

Hotel Information:

Shanghai:

KunLun Jing An Hotel Shanghai or similar hotel - operated by Jin Jiang Premier Hotel Management

250 Hua Shan Road, Shanghai, 200040 China

Phone: +86 21 6248 0000

Beijing:

Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel

36 Bei San Huan Dong Lu, Beijing 100013, China

Phone: +86 10 5798 8888

*We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotels listed in this program.

Program includes:

•All transfers and tours as indicated in the itinerary

•Economy class air tickets Beijing/Shanghai

•1 night hotel accommodation, guest room, at KunLun Jing An Hotel Shanghai or similar with daily breakfast

•2 nights hotel accommodation, deluxe room, at Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar with daily breakfast

•2 lunches at local restaurant & 1 lunch on flight as indicated in the itinerary (lunch includes a choice of one glass of soft drinks, local beer or local mineral water)

Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information, so your transfer can be arranged; however, should you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, an departure transfer is not provided.

Program excludes:

Any meals or beverages not listed above

Gratuities to drivers and guides

Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel and natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing, hats, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

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Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability.