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17 Days aboard Nautica | Fares from $6,499 per guest
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Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE CRUISE Jewels Of Hong Kong

PRE CRUISE Jewels Of Hong Kong

Worlds collide on this tour of Hong Kong. From Aberdeen, a village on the water, to the soaring heights of Victoria Peak, experience Hong Kong from every vantage point. Juxtapose modern high-rise buildings with boats that serve as homes for families that have fished for generations. Explore the sacred at the temples of Tin Hau and Man Mo and the Chi Lin Nunnery. You will be swept away by the fragrances of the flower market and sated by traditional Chinese dim sum.

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

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 Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel. Note that check in time is 2:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details.

Day 1 – February 18th, 2015 (Chinese New Year’s Eve)

Pre Cruise guests arrive in Hong Kong by staggered flights

Meet and greet at Arrival Hall B of the HK Airport for transfer to the hotel

Check in (2:00pm) and remainder of the day at leisure

Meals on your own

Overnight at Kowloon Shangri-la Hotel or similar hotel

Note: This is Chinese New Years Eve. Expect delays with traffic as roads will be closed off in certain

areas of the city.

Day 2 – February 19th, 2015 (Chinese New Year Day)

Breakfast at Hotel

9:00am Depart hotel for full day sightseeing tour

9:00am Scenic ride to Stanley Market

9:50am Free time for souvenir shopping at the renowned Market or visit the famous Tin Ha Temple and Murray House.

NOTE: Some shops if not all will be closed due to it being New Years Day

10:50am Drive to Aberdeen

11:30am Board a sampan boat to explore the unique floating village

11:55am Short drive to Gem Factory outlet

12:05pm Gem talk and visit the outlet

12:40pm Drive to Victoria Peak

1:10pm Photo stop at Victoria Peak

1:30pm Buffet lunch at Café Deco or similar + one drink

2:30pm Take peak tram downhill to Central

3:00pm Return to the hotel. Evening at leisure. Expect traffic delays due to road closures for the New Years Day Parade

Dinner on own

Overnight at Kowloon Shangri-la Hotel or similar hotel

NOTE: There will be a New Years Day Parade held on the Kowloon Promendade. You can view the

parade nearby the hotel or purchase Grand Stand seat tickets. Tickets are available for purchase on line

approximately 2 months prior to the date.

Day 3 – February 20, 2015 (second day of the Chinese New Year)

Breakfast at Hotel

9:00am Depart Hotel for a scenic ride to the New Territories

9:45am Visit the “Make a Wish Tree” in Lam Tsuen – pray for a good start to the New Year

Optional: for an extra cost payable on site, you can write your wish on a paper offering and throw it to the tree. Legend says the higher it hangs the wish will likely be granted!

10:30am Drive to Chi Lin Nunnery

11:15am Visit the sacred Nunnery and admire the unique architecture of the complex

11:45am Continue visit the beautiful Nan Lian Garden of Sung Dynasty design

12:45pm Transfer to local restaurant

1:00pm Enjoy a Chinese dim sum lunch at local restaurant plus one drink

2:15pm Transfer to Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure

Dinner on own

Overnight at Kowloon Shangri-la Hotel or similar hotel

NOTE: There will be a giant fireworks celebration in Victoria Harbor at approximately 8:00pm which can be viewed from the hotel.

Day 4 – February 21, 2015 (Third Day of the Chinese New Year)

Breakfast in Hotel

11:00am Check out room and settle incidental charges if any. Baggage to be collected by hotel porters then transfer to Pier by truck

11:30am Transfer to the pier to embark the ship at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal

Program includes:

• All transportation by private mini-coach or coach & English Speaking local guide

• Entrance fees

• Meals as per itinerary specified with one standard drink per person during meal i.e. local beer, soft drinks or local mineral water

• Hotel accommodation as stated above in a deluxe room

• Breakfast at the hotel daily

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; however, should you book any additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

Program excludes:

• Incidental charges at hotel

• Gratuities to the drivers and guides

• Personal expenses

• Any meals/drinks not listed above

Expected Weather:

The average temperature for February in Hong Kong is 15C (59F) degrees.

The temperature rarely dips below 13C

Documentation:

Current and subject to change - In general Hong Kong is visa free for most of the countries worldwide. Please browse on the following web site for updated details and kindly ensure valid passport and visa are applied prior travel. www.immd.gov.hk/ehtml/hkvisas

Currency:

The Hong Kong dollar (HKD) is the currency of Hong Kong. The approximate rate of exchange is:

$1 USD = $8 HKD

Electricity:

The standard electrical voltage in Hong Kong is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Most hotel bathrooms also have outlets for 100 volts, but if not, you will need a transformer for any appliance or electrical equipment. The majority of electrical outlets in Hong Kong take a three-pronged UK-style plug.

Accommodation:

Kowloon Shangri-la Hotel or similar hotel – deluxe room

64 Mody Road, Tsimshatsui East, Kowloon

Tel : (852) 2721 2111

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

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.

$1,499 Per Guest


Overland Tours



Confucious via High Speed Train

Confucious via High Speed Train

Ride the exhilarating, high-speed bullet train to Qufu, where you will tour the key landmarks associated with Confucius, China’s legendary teacher, politician and philosopher, who lived here 2,500 years ago.

Day 1 – March 3, 2015

Depart from pier in Shanghai in an air-conditioned motor coach and enjoy a scenic transfer to the Shanghai Hongqiao Train Station. Here, you will board a high-speed G-train, also known as a “bullet train,” and zip off to Qufu, where Confucius lived in the 6th and 5th centuries.

Upon arriving in Qufu, you will accompany your guide to the luxurious Shangri-La Qufu hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is at your leisure and dinner is on your own. While there are several fine restaurants within the hotel, you might also explore the many dining options in the surrounding area.

Day 2 – March 4, 2015

Following breakfast at the Shangri-La Qufu, you will drive to the Temple of Confucius, Kong Family Mansion, and Cemetery of Confucius, three landmarks so historically significant that together they were deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Built in 478 B.C to commemorate Confucius, the temple has been damaged and reconstructed numerous times over the centuries and now contains more than 100 buildings and 1,250 ancient trees. The temple is the prototype of all of the Confucius temples built throughout Asia.

As you wander through its stately halls, elegant pavilions and classical courtyard, you will gain an insight into Confucius and his highly influential role in Chinese culture. The temple’s stone carvings depicting the life of Confucius are particularly noteworthy.

To the east rises the Kong Family Mansion, where the male direct descendants of Confucius lived and worked. Construction of the mansion began in 960 A.D., and it soon grew into an amazing complex filled with luxury furnishings and precious cultural relics. The mansion holds more than 100,000 collections that include ceremonial utensils, portraits of Confucius and countless historical manuscripts.

Not far way, in the suburb north of the Kong Family Mansion, you will visit the Cemetery of Confucius, one of the oldest and largest family graveyards in China. The tomb of Confucius lies at the center of the sprawling property and more than 100,000 of his descendants are buried nearby, many of their graves marked with rare, centuries-old tombstones.

After visiting these three, revered Confucian landmarks, you will enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch and then transfer back to the Qufu Train Station for another high-speed train ride. Upon arriving in Shanghai, you will return to back to the pier and re-board the ship.

Land Program Step by Step:

The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are only approximate, given for general reference purposes only, and are subject to change.

Day 1 - March 3, 2015

1:45pm Depart from the pier

2:45pm Arrive at the Shanghai Hongqiao Train Station

3:20pm Take the high-speed train G152 to Qufu

6:40pm Arrive in Qufu and transfer to the Shangri-La Qufu

Dinner at the hotel, remainder of the evening at leisure

Overnight at the Shangri-La Qufu or similar hotel

Day 2 – March 4, 2015

AM Breakfast at hotel

8:15am Depart from hotel

8:30am Tour the Temple of Confucius, Cemetery of Confucius and Confucius Kong Family Mansion

12:00pm Lunch

1:30pm Arrive at Qufu Train Station

2:10pm Ride train G211 to Shanghai

5:25pm Arrive in Jinan and transfer to the pier

Expected weather: The average March temperature in this area of China is 27°C (80° Fahrenheit) during the day, although it can dip as low as 14°C (57° Fahrenheit) at night.

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

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.

Hotel address:

Shangri-La Qufu

3 Chunqiu Road, Qufu, Shandong, 273100, China

Phone: (86 537) 505 8888

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

Program includes:

-Air-conditioned motor coach and English-speaking guide in each city

-One-night accommodation at Shangri-La Qufu or similar with breakfast

-High-speed train tickets for first-class seating (Shanghai – Qufu – Shanghai)

-One lunch and one dinner per the itinerary (one soft drink or local beer or bottled water per meal)

-All tours as per the itinerary

-Transfers between pier, train station and hotel

-One national guide from Shanghai throughout the trip

Program excludes:

•Meals and drinks not specified above, tips to drivers and tour guides, hotel gratuities, hotel incidentals including mini bar and other personal items

•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.

$799 Per Guest


Overland Tours



1000 Years of History in Wuzhen

1000 Years of History in Wuzhen

Explore ancient Wuzhen, a water town founded more than 1,000 year ago, where you will enjoy an evening cruise on the waterways, behold architectural landmarks and immerse yourself in the traditional culture.

Day 1 - March 4, 2015

Depart from pier in Shanghai on a comfortable, air-conditioned motor coach and begin driving west to ancient Wuzhen, a city founded in 872 A.D. Over the past 1,000 years or so, Wuzhen has been largely dependent on its waterways for farming and transportation, and little has changed in many respects. Within the town, there are more than 100 ancient stone bridges, and canals extend in seemingly every direction. The majority of the residents still live in wooden houses by the water, emulating a lifestyle much like their ancestors’.

Upon arriving in Wuzhen, you will check-in at the service center and then be treated to a traditional Chinese lunch at a well-known restaurant. Afterwards, you will enjoy an in-depth, guided walking tour in Xizha, a restored historical area of 12 islands connected by dozens of architecturally beautiful bridges. The highlights of this charming district include an ancient drugstore, ornate temples and a museum with exhibits devoted to the ancient Chinese custom of foot binding. You will also notice the western influence on the design of the brick Post Office, which is unlike the majority of buildings in Wuzhen, which are wooden.

Later in the afternoon, you will check in Wangjinli Boutique Hotel for a few hours of free time before a traditional dinner at the hotel. As evening falls, you will board a small boat and cruise Wuzhen’s famed waterways, an outing that presents an entirely different perspective of the city.

Afterwards, a leisurely walk brings you back to the hotel for the evening.

Day 2 - March 5, 2015

Following breakfast at the Wangjinli Boutique Hotel, you will check out and transfer back to the pier in Shanghai.

Land Program Step by Step:

The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are only approximate, given for general reference purposes only, and are subject to change.

Day 1 - March 4, 2015

8:30am Depart from pier and transfer to Wuzhen

10:45am Arrive at the Wuzhen service center

11:30am Lunch

12:30pm Walking tour in Wuzhen’s Xizha sector

4:00pm Check in at the Wangjinli Boutique Hotel

6:00pm Dinner at the hotel

7:30pm Boat ride and then walk back to the hotel

Overnight at the Wangjinli Boutique Hotel or similar

Day 2 - March 5, 2015

AM Breakfast at the hotel

9:00am Check out of the hotel and depart for Shanghai

11:30am Return to the pier

Expected weather: The average March temperature in this area of China is 9°C (48° Fahrenheit) during the day, although it can get much cooler in the evening.

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

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:

Wangjinli Boutique Hotel or similar

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

Program includes:

•One English-speaking guide from Shanghai accompanying the group for the entire program and one English-speaking local guide in Wuzhen

•One night accommodation at Wangjinli Boutique Hotel or similar hotel with daily breakfast

•Round-trip coach transfer Shanghai/Wuzhen/Shanghai

•One lunch and one dinner per the itinerary with one soft drink, local beer or bottled water per meal

•Touring per the itinerary

Program excludes:

•Meals and drinks not specified above, tips to drivers and tour guides, hotel gratuities, hotel incidentals including mini bar and other personal items

•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.

$599 Per Guest


Post-Cruise Land Tours



POST CRUISE Beijing and The Chinese Warriors

POST CRUISE Beijing and The Chinese 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 10th, 2015

Following breakfast on board, disembark the ship and transfer to Beijing. After lunch, 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. Continue to your hotel for check-in and rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 2 – MARCH 11th, 2015 (

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.

Day 3 – MARCH 12th, 2015

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.

Day 4 – MARCH 13th, 2015

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.

Day 5 – MARCH 14th, 2015

Following breakfast at hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Please note that hotel check out is at 11:00am, 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:

The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The flights and timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

Day 1 - March 10, 2015

8:00am Ship alongside

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 Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar hotel

Day 2 - March 11, 2015

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)

3:00pm Terracotta Warriors Museum

6:15pm Check in at your hotel

Evening at leisure and dinner on own

Overnight at the Hilton Xian or similar hotel

Day 3 - March 12, 2015

7:00am Buffet breakfast

8:30am Depart hotel

8:45am City Hall

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 Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar hotel

Day 4 - March 13, 2015

7:00am Buffet breakfast

8:30am Depart hotel for a full day tour

10:15am Great Wall at Juyongguan

12:30pm Chinese lunch at Runze Restaurant with shopping opportunity

2:30pm Changling Tomb of Ming Tombs

4:45pm Return to hotel

Evening at leisure and dinner on own

Overnight at the Sheraton Beijing Hotel or similar hotel

Day 5 - March 14, 2015

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.

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

Four lunches as indicated in the itinerary;

Compulsory passenger insurance.

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 hotel nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

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

Accommodation:

We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Beijing:

Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar hotel

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

Phone: +86 10 5798 8888

Xian: Dongcheng District

Hilton Xi’an or similar

199 Dong Xin Road, Shaanxi, 710005 – Xian, China

Phone: +86 29 87388888

Luggage allowance on China Eastern Airline:

For all classes, each passenger can enjoy a free baggage allowance of one cabin bag not exceeding 56x36x23cm (22x14x9 in) in size. These dimensions include wheels, handles and side pockets. Different travel classes have different weight limits: Economy Class – 7 kg (15 lbs). Checked baggage – 1 bag maximum per person, 20kg (44lbs). 100cm (39in) length, 60cm (24in) width, 40cm(16in) height. Any excess luggage will be stored at the hotel 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.

Weather:

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).

Xian weather in March - March is the month when Xian steps into the spring season. Generally speaking, the weather is changeable! On Sunny days, which occupy most days of this month, the temperature climbs up to 14 C / 57 F, and people may just wear thin clothes. However, sometimes a small snow in early March or a cold rain appears to bring Xian back to winter. Rains may happen, very small and lasting for just a few hours every time. Average High Temperature: 14 C / 57 F, Average Low Temperature: 4 C / 39 F

Suggested Clothing: Wearing a sweater and an overcoat is usually enough, but bring gloves and a hat too and maybe windproof trousers, as it can feel much colder with the wind chill. You may be able to wear just a light windproof jacket, if the weather warms up.

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.

$1,599 Per Guest


Post-Cruise Land Tours



POST CRUISE Beijing and the Great Wall

POST CRUISE Beijing and the Great Wall

Beijing’s extraordinary past comes alive as you explore some of the world’s most renowned historical sites. Tiananmen Square is the largest public square in the world and the center of many significant events in China’s history. A 250-acre complex, the Forbidden City is home to some of the most important treasures of China’s imperial past. Just outside the Forbidden City, visit the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, an ornate, triple-gabled edifice that stands at center of the Temple of Heaven complex. Travel beyond Beijing to the Great Wall of China, constructed over 2,000 years ago and stretching 5,500 miles.

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY 1 – March 10, 2015

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

After lunch, 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.

Continue to your hotel for check-in.

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

Overnight at the China World Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 2 – March 11, 2015

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.

All meals included today

Overnight at the China World Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 3 – March 12, 2015

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 China World Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 4 – March 13. 2015

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.

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.

Program Includes:

• All transfers and tours as indicated in the itinerary

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

• 2 lunches as indicated in the itinerary

• Peking duck dinner in Beijing

• Compulsory passenger insurance

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.

Expected Weather: Beijing’s weather in March, the transitional period from the cold winter to the warm spring, is very changeable. The temperature rises and falls frequently and sharply, with a big difference between day time and night time. Average high temperature: 12 C / 54 F and average Low temperature: 0 C / 32 F

What to Bring: Light loose clothing and comfortable walking shoes for touring and a jacket in case of cooler weather. The attire is casual for the entire program. An umbrella is also recommended for spring weather.

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.

Hotel Information:

China World Hotel (A Shangri La Hotel) or similar hotel

Location: No 1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Beijing, 100004, China

Phone: (86 10) 6505 2266 Fax (86 10) 6505 0828

*We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

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.

$1,299 Per Guest



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