China Tour & Japan Cruise 13 Days

$1,999.00

Beijing, Shanghai, Hiroshima, Kochi, Shanghai

Experience two of the most significant cities in contemporary China. Beijing is the political centre of the country, and is the location of the awe-inspiring Forbidden City, and close to the iconic Great Wall and charming Summer Palace. Shanghai is the financial nerve-centre of the mainland Chinese economy, and is diverse and cosmopolitan due to it being the first Chinese city to open up to a foreign colonial presence. Feast your senses on the meeting of ancient and hyper-modern, in this classic taste of the world's newest superpower.

From Shanghai, round off your trip with a cruise to Hiroshima and Kochi aboard the Quantum of the Seas, and get a taste of life in two of southern Japan's most stimulating port cities.

Tour Highlights:

  • Walk on the incredible Great Wall
  • Uncover the mystery of the Forbidden City
  • Taste authentic Peking Roast Duck
  • Stroll in the exquisite Summer Palace
  • Immerse yourself in the bustling metropolis Shanghai
  • Take a return cruise from Shanghai to Japan's southern islands aboard RCI's Quantum Of The Seas
  • Culturally-enriching cruise environment

What Are Culturally Enriching Cruises?
Culturally Enriching Cruises bring the destination experience to life on board. Our dining venues showcase local flavours, and entertainment and activities reflect local tastes. These special sailings are very popular with guests from the region, so you will be immersed in the local culture, language, customs and practices while still enjoying our signature service and amenities.

Testimonial:

(China Tour participants)
I have recently returned from the 8 Day Classic China Tour with Nexus Holidays and I would like to offer some feedback.

First of all the correspondence with Nexus Holidays here in Australia by email and phone contact was excellent. I always received a response to my questions in a very prompt timely timeframe. Great service.

The Wyndam Bund East was brilliant. Fantastic location, beautiful rooms, just perfect. We loved this property.

Whilst in Beijing, we had a tour guide called Eddie. Well this man was knowledgeable, professional, brilliant in his role and an overall very nice man. I can’t speak highly enough of Eddie and I would like Nexus to acknowledge Eddie as a brilliant Tour Guide and he should be recognised for his extreme hard work and support of the Nexus Holidays clients. Eddie took good care of all the clients and his knowledge of Beijing is similar to an encyclopedia!

Our guide in Shanghai was Helen. Helen was fantastic. She manipulated the itinerary to suit the time and interest of the tour group and added way more than we were expecting, all on her own accord, simply to make our holiday more impressive. Helen is an exceptional guide and I would like Nexus to also acknowledge Helen for her hard work too.

Finally, I would say this holiday was exceptional value for money. I would recommend Nexus Holidays to all my friends and would definitely travel again with Nexus. Thank you for a very memorable holiday, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and can’t fault a single thing.

(Leanne. June 25, 2016 at 9:59)

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Package Inclusions:

  • Economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney or Melbourne flying China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines or Air China (subject to availability)
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double/triple share)
  • 5 night return Japan cruise
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, S=Special Banquet)
  • Coach transportation
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • Entrance fees to scenic attractions
  • English speaking tour guide(s) service

Package Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $70
  • High speed train fee from Beijing to Shanghai prepaid in Australia: $160
  • China visa application fees – NOTE: Double Entry visa required.
  • Optional recommended excursions
  • Optional tour extensions
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated on the itinerary

Optional Recommended Excursions

Get to know China better with our list of in-depth excursions recommended to add another dimension to your total experience! They can be prepaid in Australia more than 30 days prior to departure at the discounted AUD prices below, or paid directly in the local currency to your tour guide upon arrival in China. Prepay for all optional programs to receive a $15 discount off the total price. English speaking guide, admissions and round trip transfers are included in the price.
Beijing The Golden Mask Dynasty $75
Beijing Hutong Life Tour $70
Beijing Chinese Kung-Fu Show $75
Shanghai Huangpu River Night Cruise $55

Quantum of the Seas℠

There’s only one word that can possibly sum up Quantum of the Seas℠: WOW! Newly designed staterooms, game-changing technology, groundbreaking venues and the best dining ever are just the start of what you’ll find onboard. By taking a quantum leap forward with the first ship in our Quantum class, we’re holding ourselves up to the promise of building ships that take you to new heights.

To view the full Quantum of the Seas deck plan online click here.

Basic Facts:

  • Gross Tonnage: 168,666
  • Length: 348.10m
  • Max Beam: 41m
  • Draft: 8.5m
  • Cruising Speed: 22 knots

At-Sea Experiences

  • RipCord by iFLY® – Introducing the first ever sky-diving simulator at sea! Experience the sheer thrill and exhilaration of flying in an air machine that lets you soar in a safe, controlled environment.
  • North Star℠ – Take yourself to new heights with the jewel-shaped capsule that gently ascends over 90 metres (300 feet) above sea level. Breathtaking 360° views of the sea and our destinations make the North Star one of the most anticipated features on this ship
  • Transformative Venues – Experience completely revolutionary spaces that transform from day to night. Play basketball, go roller skating and drive bumper cars at the Seaplex℠. Relax with a book at Two70°℠ and come back at night for a spectacular aerial show.
  • Newly-Designed Staterooms – Say hello to your home on the high seas – now with more family-friendly modular staterooms that interconnect and the first virtual balconies at sea.
  • Dynamic Dining reimagines dining at sea to give you more distinct options, plus total flexibility to shape your own delectable journey. There are no set dining times, no assigned seats, no required formal nights.

Rest & Relaxation

  • Full-service Vitality℠ Spa
  • State-of-the-art Fitness Centre
  • 67-metre (220-foot) outdoor, poolside cinema screen
  • Adults-only Solarium pool, a glass-canopied retreat
  • Indoor pool with retractable roof
  • Whirlpools

Action and Adventure

  • Bumper cars, roller skating, basketball court, circus school and more at Seaplex, the largest indoor active space at sea
  • RipCord by iFLY℠, the first skydiving experience at sea
  • North Star℠ observation capsule
  • FlowRider℠ surf simulator
  • 9-metre (30-foot) high Rock Climbing Wall

Kids and Families

  • Complimentary Adventure Ocean℠ youth program
  • Royal Babies℠ and Royal Tots℠ program
  • DreamWorks Experience
  • H2O Zone kids’ water park

Entertainment & Shopping

  • Casino Royale℠ with thousands of square metres of poker machines and tables
  • Two70° with night-time aerial entertainment and an ice bar
  • Music Hall, an edgy venue for live music performances

Cabins (Inside Staterooms)

  • After a day of exploring the world, its exotic cuisine and interesting cultures, there’s nothing better than returning to the comfort of your private stateroom. We’ve designed every one of our staterooms to be a comfortable, relaxing place for you to rest after your adventures. Our staterooms vary by ship but every room offers a television, telephone, private bathroom, shower, vanity area and even a hair dryer
  • Pictured below (L to R); Interior, Balcony, and Ocean View Staterooms

Interior StateroomBalcony StateroomOcean-View Stateroom

Fly to Beijing via a connecting city. Upon arrival, you will be warmly greeted at the airport by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel. Please note: Some flights may depart the night before.
Beijing has served as the capital of five dynasties over a period of 800 years. Today, visit Tiananmen Square, the second largest public square in the world, and the Forbidden City, the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming to the Qing dynasty. Continue on to the Temple of Heaven, one of the best examples of Ming Dynasty architecture and also an ornate sanctuary where Chinese emperors offered sacrifices to heaven and prayed for a good harvest. Your welcome banquet includes the local delicacy, Peking Roast Duck.
Today’s highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall at Juyong Pass, the most famous image of China, and a chance to climb a portion of this 3,700-mile marvel. Visit one of the largest jade exhibitions in Asia en-route. After lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a cloisonné factory, and visit the Changling Exhibition Hall of the Ming Tombs, where thirteen of the sixteen Ming dynasty emperors are buried. Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional large scale dramatic musical, The Golden Mask Dynasty (at your own expense).
Tour the exquisite Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient imperial garden in China. Then, visit a Chinese herbal medicine institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine, which has existed for thousands of years. Later, join a ‘Hutong Life Tour‘ (at your own expense), a special journey which explores Beijing’s ancient alleyways or hutongs by pedicab followed by a stroll in Wangfujing, one of the Chinese capital’s most famous shopping streets. After dinner, cap off the day by attending a superb and thrilling Chinese Kung-Fu Show (at your own expense).

Experience the high-speed train to Shanghai – the modern metropolis and commercial centre of China. This morning we visit a silk spinning mill and learn how silk is created from mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the finest thread and cloth. Then we walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. Lined by colonial architecture of European design, this area is the best place to capture the western influences of old Shanghai. Continue to the Old Town which is a perfect combination of gardens, temples, old architecture, local culture, souvenir businesses, and food. In the evening, you may join an optional Huangpu River Night Cruise (at your own expense).NOTE: For travellers who choose to join the optional mid-tour extension package to see Xi’an and the Terracotta Warriors, you will instead fly to Xi’an, spending two nights, and then on to Shanghai.

Enjoy a day at leisure in Shanghai. You may wish to view the city from Jin Mao tower’s 88th floor observation deck, ride the super-fast Maglev train, stroll the Bund on the Huangpu River and take in the colonial-era architecture, or wander Nanjing Lu and sample some of Shanghai’s culinary and shopping diversions. The Shanghai Museum (pictured) also houses an excellent collection of Chinese crafts and fine art.
This morning is at leisure, before you transfer to Shanghai’s Baoshan International Cruise Terminal. Boarding time is 4:45pm
Quantum Sunset
Spend the day cruising to Japan aboard the Quantum Of The Seas.
Quantum
Arrive at Hiroshima, Japan, and take a shore excursion to explore this poignant and historical city, which has arisen from the ashes of war and atomic terror. Modern industrialisation meets traditional Japanese culture in Hiroshima, a city reborn from the rubble of the world’s first atomic bomb attack, in 1945. Located along the coast of the Seto Inland Sea, Japan’s largest island has plenty to offer tourists, from picturesque old towns, to wide boulevards and bustling nightlife.
Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome
Cruise to Kochi and take a shore excursion. Kochi is a small and friendly city located on the southern coast of the island of Shikoku in Japan boasting hilltop castles, pilgrimage temples and beautiful beaches.
Kochi Waterfall
Cruise back to Shanghai aboard the Quantum Of The Seas.
QotS

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Cruise back to Shanghai aboard the Quantum Of The Seas, then transfer to Shanghai airport for your return flight/s home.
Arrive in Australia.