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Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE-Shanghai, Terra Cotta Warriors & Yangzte River

PRE-Shanghai, Terra Cotta Warriors & Yangzte River

This all-encompassing tour presents a multi-faceted look at China through icons such as the Terracotta Warriors Museum, Jinmao Tower and Yu Yuan Gardens, complemented by a lovely cruise on the famed Yangtze River.

Day 1 – April 4, 2015

After flying into Shanghai, you will transfer from the airport to the Marriott Shanghai City Centre hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to settle in at your leisure and dinner is on your own.

Day 2 – April 5, 2015

Following breakfast, 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 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.

Following lunch, you will visit the Shanghai Museum, a repository for more than 110,000 historical objects. Its collection of bronze ware from the Shang and Zhou Dynasties is particularly revered. While exploring on your own, you will see ceramics, calligraphy, paintings, sculptures, furniture and coins, all beautifully exhibited.

Afterwards, you will drive through the leafy French Concession residential district and on to the Arts and Crafts Research Institute, which is housed in a stately French Renaissance mansion. Built in 1905, the mansion was later converted into artists’ studios, where you can watch the artisans create handicrafts such as embroidery, paper lanterns and dough figurines.

Then, it’s back to the hotel, where you will enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Day 3 – April 6, 2015

Following breakfast, you will transfer to the Shanghai Pudong Airport for the flight to Xi’an. Upon arriving in Xi’an, you will transfer to a local restaurant for lunch. Later in the afternoon, you will drive to the Terracotta Warriors Museum, a repository for thousands of clay soldiers that were buried with China’s first emperor to accompany him in his eternal rest. Considered one of the world’s greatest archaeological treasures, the 7,000 life-size terracotta warriors and horses were buried for centuries until excavated in 1974.

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.

Following your tour, you will check into beautiful Hilton Xi’an and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Dinner will be on your own.

Day 4 – April 7, 2015

After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. One of China’s most revered pagodas, it was built in 652 A.D. to house the sutras and figurines of Buddha that a Chinese monk brought to Xi’an. The building was eventually expanded to ten stories, although only seven stories remain, as the others were damaged in various wars. Nevertheless, the pagoda is recognized as a symbol of Xi’an.

Following lunch at a local restaurant, you will transfer to the Xian Airport for the flight to Chongqing. Upon arrival in Chongqing, you will visit the zoo. While home to thousands of animals, the urban Chongqing Zoo is best known for its giant panda exhibit, which you visit to observe these beloved bears, a species that is highly endangered.

Later, you will transfer to the pier and embark on a Yangtze cruise boat from Victoria Cruises. Enjoy dinner and the evening onboard.

Day 5 – April 8, 2015

The day will be spent cruising the Yangtze River on the Victoria vessel.

Day 6 – April 9, 2015

The day will be spent cruising the Yangtze River on the Victoria vessel.

Day 7 – April 10, 2015

Following lunch onboard, you will disembark in Yichang and transfer to the Yichang Airport for the flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival in Shanghai, you will transfer to the Marriott Shanghai City Centre and enjoy rest of day at leisure.

Day 8 – April 11, 2015

Following breakfast and check out, you will drive to the Long Yang Lu Train Station. After boarding the Maglev Train, sit back and relax as you zip round-trip between the train station and Shanghai’s airport. It’s a breathtaking trip, more for the staggering speed of the train than the destination. The sleek Maglev, which is short for magnetic levitation, can go as fast 267 miles per hour.

Back at the train station, you will re-board the motor coach and drive to the Lujiazui area of the New Pudong District. Developed from farmland only a decade ago and now home to a wealth of high-rise office buildings, Lujiazui has become the financial center of China. Continuing on, you will tour the nearby 93-story Jinmao (meaning “Golden Prosperity”) Tower, where you will ascend to the Observation Lounge to take in spectacular panoramic views of Shanghai and the Hangpu River.

Then, after enjoying a traditional Chinese lunch, you will transfer to the pier for embarkation.

Land Program Step by Step:

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

EXTRA NIGHTS: If you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to the Marriott Shanghai City Centre hotel. Check-in is 2:00pm. Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Be sure that the cruise line has your up-to-date flight details.

DAY 1

After flying into Shanghai, you will transfer to the Marriott Shanghai City Centre hotel. Check-in is 2:00pm. Rooms may or may not be ready prior to this time. The remainder of the day is at your leisure with dinner on your own.

Overnight at the Marriott Shanghai City Centre.

DAY 2

Breakfast at the hotel

8:30am Depart from the hotel

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

10:45am Tour the Jade Buddha Temple

12:00pm Traditional Chinese-style lunch

1:30pm Visit the Shanghai Museum

3:00pm Drive through the former French Concession

3:30pm Tour the Shanghai Arts & Crafts Research Institute

4:30pm Transfer to the hotel

5:00pm Arrive at the hotel and dinner on own

Overnight at the Marriott Shanghai City Centre

DAY 3

Breakfast at the hotel

6:45am Depart from the hotel

8:00am Arrive at Shanghai Pudong Airport

9:00am Fly from Shanghai to Xi’an (flight FM9205, subject to change)

11:25am Arrive in Xi’an and transfer for lunch

1:00pm- Lunch at local restaurant

2:10pm Terracotta Warriors Museum

5:00pm Transfer to the Hilton Xi’an

6:00pm Check in at the hotel

Dinner on own

Overnight at the Hilton Xi’an

DAY 4

Breakfast at the hotel

8:45am Depart from the hotel

9:15am Tour the Big Wild Goose Pagoda

11:15am Arrive at the Xi’an Airport, lunch at an airport restaurant

1:10pm Fly from Xi’an to Chongqing

2:25pm Arrive in Chongqing and transfer for the tour

3:30pm See the panda bears at the Chongqing Zoo

5:00pm Embark the Victoria vessel for the Yangtze River Cruise

Dinner onboard and rest of day at leisure

Overnight on the Victoria Cruises vessel

DAY 5

Yangtze River Cruise with breakfast, lunch and dinner onboard

Overnight on the Victoria Cruise Vessel

DAY 6

Yangtze River Cruise with breakfast, lunch and dinner onboard

Overnight on the Victoria Cruise Vessel

DAY 7

Ship arrives in Yichang at approximately noon

After lunch onboard, disembark and transfer to the Yichang Airport

3:45pm Fly from Yichang to Shanghai (flight FM9366, subject to change)

5:20pm Arrive in Shanghai and transfer to the Marriott Shanghai City Centre

Dinner on own and rest of the day at your leisure

Overnight at the Marriott Shanghai City Centre

DAY 8

Breakfast at the hotel

9:00am Depart for the train station

9:45am Round-trip Mag-lev Train ride

10:30am Drive through the Lujiazui Financial Center

11:00am Tour Jinmao Tower

12:00pm Lunch

1:15pm Transfer to the ship

2:00pm Arrive at pier and embark the ship

Expected weather: Warm, sunny spring days are common in April, while the early mornings and evenings can be much cooler. Average temperatures range from 65°Fahrenheit (18 °Celsius) to 50°Fahrenheit (10 °Celsius).

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

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 transformer is necessary. Most hotels have 110V and 220V electrical outlets in the bathrooms, although usually only 220V sockets in the guest rooms.

Documents and visa requirements: A valid passport is required. Consult your local Chinese embassy regarding visa requirements.

Flight Information (subject to change):

Shanghai Airline – FM9205 Shanghai/Xi’an

Hainan Airline – HU7268 Xi’an/Chongqing

Shanghai Airline – FM9366 Yichang/Shanghai

Luggage allowance – 20 kg/44 pounds per person

Any excess luggage can be stored at the hotel in Shanghai until your return from Xi’an and the Yangtze River cruise.

Cruise Information:

Full board meals have been included onboard the Yangtze River Cruise. The daily shore excursions will be decided and advised by the ship the night before.

A vessel from Victoria Cruises is scheduled, but may be replaced by a vessel from another same standard cruise line if the final sailing schedule doesn’t fit this program.

Accommodation:

Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre

555 Xi Zang Road (Middle), Huangpu District • Shanghai, 200003 China

Phone: 86 21 2312 9888

Hilton Xi’an

199 Dongxin Road Xincheng District, Xi'an, 710005, China

Phone: 86-29-87388888

Yangtze Cruise Line Name: Victoria Cruises or same standard

Boat: TBA until sailing schedule for 2015 is finalized.

Program includes:

All transfers and tours as indicated in the itinerary

Coach-class air tickets Shanghai/Xi’an/Chongqing and Yichang/Shanghai

Three nights hotel accommodation in deluxe room at the Marriott Shanghai City Centre

One night hotel accommodation in Hilton Guest Room at Hilton Xi’an with daily breakfast

Three nights on the Yangtze River Cruise on Victory vessel

Meals as indicated in the itinerary

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. If you book additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

Program excludes:

Any meals or beverages not listed above

Gratuities to guides, drivers and on board the Yangtze Cruise

Hotel incidentals

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.

$2,499 Per Guest


Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE -Shanghai and the Terra Cotta Warriors

PRE -Shanghai and the Terra Cotta Warriors

Discover the iconic attractions in China’s most populated city, including Shanghai’s Old Town, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and soaring Jinmao Tower, with an inspiring trip to Xi’an in between to see its famed Terra Cotta Warriors.

Day 1 – April 7th, 2015

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

Day 2 – April 8th, 2015

Following breakfast, 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 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.

Following lunch, you will visit the Shanghai Museum, a repository for more than 110,000 historical objects. Its collection of bronze ware from the Shang and Zhou Dynasties is particularly revered. While exploring on your own, you will see ceramics, calligraphy, paintings, sculptures, furniture and coins, all beautifully exhibited.

Afterwards, you will drive through the leafy French Concession residential district and on to the Arts and Crafts Research Institute, which is housed in a stately French Renaissance mansion. Built in 1905, the mansion was later converted into artists’ studios, where you can watch the artisans create handicrafts such as embroidery, paper lanterns and dough figurines.

Then, it’s back to the hotel, where you will enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Day 3 – April 9th, 2015

After breakfast, you will transfer to the Shanghai Pudong Airport for your flight to Xian with lunch served in-flight. Upon arrival, you will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. One of China’s most revered pagodas, it was built in 652 A.D. to house the sutras and figurines of Buddha that a Chinese monk brought to Xi’an. The building was eventually expanded to ten stories, although only seven stories remain, as the others were damaged in various wars. Nevertheless, the pagoda is recognized as a symbol of Xi’an.

Afterwards, you will tour Xi’an’s landmark city wall, the most complete city wall surviving in China. The first emperor of the Ming Dynasty created it by enlarging an existing one constructed during the Tang Dynasty. Stretching around the entire old city, the 8.5-mile-long wall boasts 98 ramparts, stands 40 feet tall, and is 60 feet thick at its base.

Late in the afternoon, you will check into beautiful Hilton Xi’an and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Dinner will be on your own.

Day 4 – April 10th, 2015

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will enjoy a picturesque drive to the Terracotta Warriors Museum, a repository for thousands of clay soldiers that were buried with China’s first emperor to accompany him in his eternal rest. Considered one of the world’s greatest archaeological treasures, the 7,000 life-size terracotta warriors and horses were buried for centuries until excavated in 1974.

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 at the museum's Friendship Restaurant, you will transfer to the Xian Airport for the flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival in Shanghai, you will transfer to your the Marriott Shanghai City Centre. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 5 – April 11th, 2015

Following breakfast, your journey begins with a drive to the Long Yang Lu Train Station. After boarding the Maglev Train, sit back and relax as you zip round-trip between the train station and Shanghai’s airport. It’s a breathtaking trip, more for the staggering speed of the train than the destination. The sleek Maglev, which is short for magnetic levitation, can go as fast 267 miles per hour.

Back at the train station, you will re-board the motor coach and drive to the Lujiazui area of the New Pudong District. Developed from farmland only a decade ago and now home to a wealth of high-rise office buildings, Lujiazui has become the financial center of China. Continuing on, you will tour the nearby 93-story Jinmao (meaning “Golden Prosperity”) Tower, where you will ascend to the Observation Lounge to take in spectacular panoramic views of Shanghai and the Hangpu River.

After enjoy a Chinese style lunch at local restaurant, transfer to the pier for embarkation.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: 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.

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 Marriott Shanghai City Center. 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

Arrival of international flights

Meet and greet and transfer to the hotel.

Check-in is at 2:00pm. Rooms may or may not be ready prior to this time.

Remainder of the day is at leisure

Dinner on own

Overnight at the Marriott Shanghai City Center or similar hotel

DAY 2

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

1:30pm Shanghai Museum

3:00pm Scenic Drive through former French Concession

3:30pm Shanghai Arts & Crafts Research Institute

5:00pm Return to hotel and dinner on own

Overnight at the Marriott Shanghai City Center or similar hotel

DAY 3

AM Breakfast at the hotel

8:45am Depart from hotel

10:00am Arrival at Shanghai Pubdong Airport

11:10am Take flight MU292 Shanghai/Xi’an and lunch will be served onboard flight. (flight details subject to change)

1:40pm Upon arrival in Xi’an, meet and transfer for tour

3:00pm Big Wild Goose Pagoda

4:30pm City Wall

5:15pm Transfer to the hotel

5:45pm Arrival at hotel and check in

Dinner on own

Overnight at the Hilton Xi’an or similar hotel

DAY 4

AM Breakfast at the hotel

8:00am Depart from hotel

9:00am Terra-cotta Warriors’ Museum

11:45am Lunch at local restaurant

2:00pm Arrival at Xi’an Airport

3:00pm Take flight MU291 Xi’an/Shanghai (flight details subject to change)

5:00pm Upon arrival, meet and transfer to the hotel

6:30pm Check in at hotel and dinner on own

Overnight at the Marriott Shanghai City Center or similar hotel

DAY 5

AM Breakfast at the hotel

9:00am Depart the hotel

9:45am Round-trip Mag-lev Train Ride

10:30am Scenic Drive through Lujiazui Financial Zone

11:00am Jinmao Tower

12:00pm Chinese Lunch at local restaurant

1:15pm Transfer to the pier

2:00pm Arrival at pier and embark the ship

Expected weather: Warm, sunny spring days are common in April, while the early mornings and evenings can be much cooler. Average temperatures range from 65°Fahrenheit (18 °Celsius) to 50°Fahrenheit (10 °Celsius).

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

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 transformer is necessary. Most hotels have 110V and 220V electrical outlets in the bathrooms, although usually only 220V sockets in the guest rooms.

Documents and visa requirements: A valid passport is required. Consult your local Chinese embassy regarding visa requirements.

Flight Information (subject to change):

Airline – China Eastern Airline MU292 Shanghai/Xi’an & MU 291 Xi’an/Shanghai

Luggage allowance – 20 kg/44 pounds per person

Any excess luggage can be stored at the hotel in Shanghai until your return from Xi’an

Accommodation:

Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre

555 Xi Zang Road (Middle),Huangpu District • Shanghai, 200003 China

Phone: 86 21 2312 9888

Hilton Xi’an

199 Dongxin Road Xincheng District, Xi'an, 710005, China

Phone: 86-29-87388888

Program includes:

All transfers and tours as indicated in the itinerary

Coach class air tickets Shanghai/Xi’an/Shanghai

3 nights hotel accommodation in deluxe room at the Marriott Shanghai City Center

1 night hotel accomdation in Hilton Guest Room at Hilton Xi’an with daily breakfast

4 lunches as indicated in the itinerary

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

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.

$1,599 Per Guest


Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE CRUISE Best of Shanghai

PRE CRUISE Best of Shanghai

China’s largest city shines brightly on this comprehensive tour of its star attractions, including modern wonders like the Maglev Train and Jinmao Tower and ancient treasures such as the Yu Yuan Gardens and Old Town.

Day 1 – April 9th, 2015

Upon arrival in Shanghai by various flights, you will be transferred from airport to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to settle in at your leisure.

Day 2 – April 10th, 2015

Following breakfast, 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 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.

Following a traditional Chinese-style lunch, you will visit the Shanghai Museum, a repository for more than 110,000 historical objects. Its collection of bronze ware from the Shang and Zhou Dynasties is particularly revered. While exploring on your own, you will see ceramics, calligraphy, paintings, sculptures, furniture and coins, all beautifully exhibited.

Afterwards, you will drive through the leafy French Concession residential district and on to the Arts and Crafts Research Institute, which is housed in a stately French Renaissance mansion. Built in 1905, the mansion was later converted into artists’ studios, where you can watch the artisans create handicrafts such as embroidery, paper lanterns and dough figurines.

Then, it’s back to the hotel, where you will enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Day 3 – April 11th, 2015

Following breakfast, your journey for the day brings you to the Long Yang Lu Train Station from which you will board the Maglev Train. On board, sit back and relax as you zip round-trip between the train station and Shanghai’s airport. It’s a breathtaking trip, more for the staggering speed of the train than the destination. The sleek Maglev, which is short for magnetic levitation, can go as fast 267 miles per hour.

Back at the train station, you will re-board the motor coach and drive to the Lujiazui area of the New Pudong District. Developed from farmland only a decade ago and now home to a wealth of high-rise office buildings, Lujiazui has become the financial center of China. Continuing on, you will tour the nearby 93-story Jinmao (meaning “Golden Prosperity”) Tower, where you will ascend to the Observation Lounge to take in spectacular panoramic views of Shanghai and the Hangpu River.

Then, after enjoying another traditional Chinese lunch, you will transfer to the pier for embarkation.

Land Program Step by Step:

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 Marriott Shanghai City Center. 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

Arrival of international flights

Meet and greet and transfer to the hotel.

Check-in is at 2:00pm. Rooms may or may not be ready prior to this time.

Remainder of the day is at leisure

Dinner on own

Overnight at the Marriott Shanghai City Center or similar hotel

DAY 2

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

1:30pm Shanghai Museum

3:00pm Scenic Drive through former French Concession

3:30pm Shanghai Arts & Crafts Research Institute

5:00pm Return to hotel and dinner on own

Overnight at the Marriott Shanghai City Center or similar hotel

DAY 3

Breakfast at the hotel

9:00am Depart from hotel

9:45am Round-trip Mag-lev Train Ride

10:30am Scenic Drive through Lujiazui Financial Zone

11:00am Jinmao Tower

12:00pm Chinese Lunch at local restaurant

1:15pm Transfer to the pier

2:00pm Arrival at pier and embark the ship

Expected Weather: Warm, sunny spring days are common in April, while the early mornings and evenings can be much cooler. Average temperatures range from 65°Fahrenheit (18 °Celsius) to 50°Fahrenheit (10 °Celsius).

What to Bring: Light, loose clothing, a jacket, an umbrella and comfortable walking shoes.

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 transformer is necessary. Most hotels have 110V and 220V electrical outlets in the bathrooms, although usually only 220V sockets in the guest rooms.

Documents and visa requirements: A valid passport is required. Consult your local Chinese embassy regarding visa requirements.

Accommodation:

Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre

555 Xi Zang Road (Middle),Huangpu District • Shanghai, 200003 China

Phone: 86 21 2312 9888

Program includes:

All transfers and tours as indicated in the itinerary

2 nights hotel accommodation in deluxe room with daily breakfast at the Marriott Shanghai City Center or similar hotel

2 lunches as indicated in the itinerary;

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. Should you book additional 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

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.

$899 Per Guest


Overland Tours



THE ANCIENT CAPITALS OF CHINA

THE ANCIENT CAPITALS OF CHINA

Explore the spectacular icons in three of China's greatest cities, including the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

Day 1: April 12, 2015

After disembarking from the ship, you will transfer to the Shanghai Pudong Airport and fly to Xi'an. Upon arriving, you will transfer to the highly popular Defachang restaurant for an authentic dumpling lunch.

Afterwards, you will tour Xi'an's landmark city wall, the most complete city wall surviving in China. The first emperor of the Ming Dynasty created it by enlarging an existing one constructed during the Tang Dynasty. Stretching around the entire old city, the 8.5-mile-long wall boasts 98 ramparts, stands 40 feet tall, and is 60 feet thick at its base.

Then, it's on to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. One of China's most revered pagodas, it was built in 652 A.D. to house the sutras and figurines of Buddha that a Chinese monk brought to Xi'an. The building was eventually expanded to ten stories, although only seven stories remain, as the others were damaged in various wars. Nevertheless, the pagoda is recognized as a symbol of Xi'an.

Late in the afternoon, you will check into beautiful Hilton Xi'an and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Dinner will be on your own.

Day 2: April 13, 2015

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will enjoy a picturesque drive to the Terracotta Warriors Museum, a repository for thousands of clay soldiers that were buried with China's first emperor to accompany him in his eternal rest. Considered one of the world's greatest archaeological treasures, the 7,000 life-size terracotta warriors and horses were buried for centuries until excavated in 1974.

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 visiting, you will have lunch nearby and then continue to the Great Mosque, one of China's oldest, largest and best-preserved Islamic mosques. Built in the late 14th century, and then rebuilt a few centuries later, the Great Mosque offers a wonderful introduction into the city's history and features a unique blend of traditional Arabian and Chinese architectural styles.

Following the exploration of the mosque, you will transfer back to the hotel. A few hours later, you will depart for the Tang Palace restaurant to watch the Tang Dynasty Dinner Show. This performance of traditional dance and music provides a wonderful look into the artistry that flourished in China approximately 1,500 years ago. Following the performance, you will return to the hotel for the evening.

Day 3: 25 April 14, 2015

After breakfast at the hotel, you will transfer to the Xi'an Airport and fly to Beijing, the historical capital of China. Upon arriving, you will soon transfer to a restaurant for lunch.

Then, it's on to the undisputed highlight of the day: the Great Wall of China. You will enter at the Juyongguan section, which stretches over a natural pass just outside of the city. Built in the 3rd century B.C. to protect China's northern border from foreign invaders, the entire wall rambles over thousands of miles east to west. It is the world's largest military structure and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Following your time at the Great Wall, you will check into the Regent Beijing for the evening. Dinner is on your own.

Day 4: 25 April 15, 2015

After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the Forbidden City, home to the emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties. The world's largest palace, the Forbidden City is a sprawling 250-acre complex of pavilions, halls, courtyards and gates showcasing treasures of China's imperial past.

Continuing on, you will then see impressive Tiananmen Square, the world's largest public square. It has long been a gathering place for cultural and political events, perhaps the most notorious being the government's brutal crackdown on protesting students who set up camp here in 1989. The square contains numerous monuments and buildings, including Tiananmen Tower, the Monument to the People's Heroes, and the Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao.

After walking about the square, you will enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant and then transfer 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 and flights indicated are only approximate, given for general reference purposes only, and are subject to change.

DAY 1

6:30am Depart from the pier for the Shanghai Pudong Airport

7:45am Arrive at the Shanghai Pudong Airport

9:00am Fly to Xi'an (Flight FM9205, subject to change)

11:25am Arrive in Xi'an and transfer for lunch

12:45pm Dumpling lunch at the Defachang restaurant

2:15pm Visit the city walls

3:30pm Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda

5:00pm Hotel check in. The remainder of the day is on your own

Overnight at the Hilton Xi'an

DAY 2

Buffet breakfast at the hotel

9:00am Depart from the hotel

10:00am Visit the Terracotta Warriors Museum

1:00pm Lunch

3:00pm Visit the Great Mosque

4:30pm Return to the hotel

6:45pm Depart from hotel

7:15pm Tang Dynasty Dinner Show

10:00pm Return to the hotel

Overnight at the Hilton Xi'an

DAY 3

Buffet breakfast at the hotel

7:00am Depart from the hotel

8:00am Arrive at Xi'an Airport

9:00am Fly from Xi'an to Beijing (Flight MU2109, subject to change)

10:55am Arrive in Beijing and transfer for lunch

12:45pm Lunch

2:45pm Visit the Great Wall of China

6:00pm Check into the Regent Hotel, dinner on own

DAY 4

Buffet breakfast at the hotel

9:00am Depart from the hotel

9:30am Visit the Forbidden City

11:00am Visit Tiananmen Square

12:30pm Lunch

1:30pm Transfer to the port of Tianjin

4:15pm Arrive at the pier and re-board the ship

Expected Weather: The weather in Shanghai, Xi'an and Beijing is typically sunny in mid-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: 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). Adapters and transformers are available from the hotel housekeeping.

Luggage: The maximum allowed is one checked bag weighing up to 44 pounds (20 kilograms) and one piece of carry-on luggage weighing up to 11 pounds (5 kilograms).

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

Hotel addresses:

Hilton Xi'an

199 Dongxin Road Xincheng District, Xi'an, 710005, China

TEL: 86-29-87388888

Regent Beijing

99 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005, China

Telephone: + 86 10 8522 1888

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

Program includes:

" Coach-class air tickets between Shanghai, Xian and Beijing

" Accommodation for two nights at the Hilton Xi'an and one night at the

Regent Beijing

" All tours as per itinerary

" 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner (lunch and dinner include one

soft drink, local beer or mineral water)

" All transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the program

Program excludes:

" Meals and drinks not specified above, tips to drivers and tour

guides, hotel gratuities, hotel incidentals 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. Weather-appropriate clothing hats, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$1,499 Per Guest


Overland Tours



FORTRESSES AND FLOWERS

FORTRESSES AND FLOWERS

This wonderful tour offers an historical look at the aftermath from the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, juxtaposed against the serenity of Japanese gardens and the splendor of castles and museums.

Day 1 - April 19, 2015

After disembarking from the ship, you will drive directly to Peace Memorial Park, an urban greenscape built near the hypocenter or Ground Zero of the atomic bomb blast that leveled much of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. The inspiring park was built to represent Nagasaki's wish for world peace and the hope that a conflict of the magnitude of World War II never occurs again.

The effect of the bombing is also demonstrated at your next stop, the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. Photographs taken in the city immediately after the atomic blast, as well as artifacts that survived the explosion, are on permanent exhibit. You will also visit the solemn hypocenter near the museum.

Then following a Western-style lunch, you will drive east along a picturesque peninsula to Shimabara castle. Amazingly, it is a complete re-creation of the original feudal castle that was constructed here in the early 1600s but later dismantled during the Meiji period. However, the surrounding stonewalls are original. Inside, you may see weapons, armor and other treasures, including those related to the 1637 Shimabara Rebellion, an uprising of Christian peasantry.

Next, you will drive to Shimabara port and board a ferry to Kumamoto on the other side of the bay. Following check-in at the lovely Hotel Nikko Kumamoto, you will walk a short distance along its inviting streets to a renowned restaurant for a traditional Japanese-style dinner.

In time, you will walk back to the hotel to settle in and spend the evening.

Day 2 - April 20, 2015

Following breakfast at the hotel, your sightseeing tour of Kumamoto will begin at Suizenji Park. First constructed in 1636 as a tea retreat, the park has grown to become one of Japan's most beautiful gardens. The meticulously manicured grounds and serene reflective ponds make for an immensely relaxing experience.

Not far away, you will find the National Historical Site of Kumamoto castle. Although largely destroyed during the Satsuma Rebellion in 1877, it was extensively rebuilt in the 1960s. The castle is a repository of exceptional artifacts that include samurai armor and personal belongings from its former lords. Perched on a hilltop and surrounded by cherry trees, the castle boasts a number of defensive architectural features such as wooden overhangs designed to prevent attackers from getting inside.

A ride on Japan's famed bullet train awaits you next. Zipping from Kumamoto to Kagoshima in less than an hour, you will arrive in time for lunch and then tour beautiful Iso-teien Garden.

Built around the same time as Suizenji Park, the garden is also known as Senganen, and overlooks Kinko Bay and a towering volcano beyond. Once the summer villa of the powerful Shimazu clan, the property includes artificial rivers, a bamboo grove, cascading waterfall and a traditional poem-writing garden.

You will also spend time in the garden's nearby Shoko Shuseikan Museum, Japan's first Western-style factory. Established in 1852 to produce cannons, glass, ceramics and farm tools, it now holds exhibits devoted to the 700-year Shimazu family history.

After visiting, you will drive back to Marin Port Kagoshima and re-board your ship.

Overland Program Step by Step:

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

DAY 1

10:00am Disembark the ship and drive to Peace Memorial Park

10:30am Visit Peace Memorial Park

11:00am Drive to the Atomic Bomb Museum

11:10am Visit the Atomic Bomb Museum

12:40pm Drive to lunch at a hotel restaurant

1:00pm Enjoy a Western-style lunch

2:00pm Drive to Shimabara Castle

3:45pm Visit Shimabara Castle

4:35pm Drive to Shimabara Gaiko port

5:30pm Ride the ferry to Kumamoto port

6:00pm Arrive in the port and transfer to the Hotel Nikko Kumamoto

6:30pm CHeck in at the hotel

7:15pm Walk to a nearby restaurant

7:30pm Enjoy a Japanese-style dinner

9:00pm Walk back to the hotel

Overnight at the Hotel Nikko Kumamoto or similar hotel

DAY 2

Breakfast at the hotel

8:15am Check out and start Kumamoto sightseeing tour

8:30am Visit Suizenji Park

9:10am Drive to Kumamoto Castle

9:30am Visit Kumamoto Castle

10:40am Drive to Kumamoto Station

10:55am Arrive at Kumamoto Station

11:22am Ride the bullet train from Kumamoto to Kagoshima

12:09pm Arrive at Kagoshima Station

12:30pm Drive to a nearby restaurant

12:45pm Enjoy lunch

1:45pm Drive to Senganen (Iso-teien Garden)

2:15pm Visit Senganen (Iso-teien Garden)

3:45pm Drive to Marin Port Kagoshima

4:30pm Arrive at the port and re-board the ship

Expected Weather:

The temperature can be as low as 40° F to 44° F in the evening and morning, rising to 59° F to 64° F during the day.

What to Bring:

Warm clothing is strongly recommended, as are hats, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes.

Local currency: Japanese yen

Electricity: 100v

Luggage: One overnight handbag per person. The bullet train cannot accommodate large suitcases.

Documents and Visa Requirements: Please consult your nearest Japanese embassy for regulations for your country or origin.

Accommodation:

Hotel Nikko Kumamoto or similar hotel

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

Program Includes:

One-night hotel accommodation at Hotel Nikko Kumamoto or similar hotel

Shinkansen bullet train (tourist class) from Kumamoto to Kagoshima

Ferry ticket from Shimabara to Kumamoto

1 Breakfast and 2 western-style lunches (2 soft drinks included)

1 Japanese-style dinner (2 soft drinks or local beer or wine included)

English-speaking tour guide throughout

Admission to Atomic Bomb Museum, Shimabara Castle, Kumamoto Castle, Suizenji Park and Senganen

Ground arrangements as per the itinerary

Not Included:

Items of a personal nature such as additional drinks or meals and snacks, hotel incidentals and gratuities for the driver and guides.

Please note: This program involves moderate to extensive walking during site visits. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs and negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. The tour is therefore not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair. The bullet train cannot accommodate electric scooters and wheelchairs.

$1,399 Per Guest


Post-Cruise Land Tours



POST -VEGAS & GRAND CANYON WITH SKYWALK

$1,699 Per Guest


Post-Cruise Land Tours



POST- VEGAS & GRAND CANYON - HELICOPTER

$1,999 Per Guest



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