China Delights 8 Nights + Shanghai 2 Nights + 12 Night East and Southeast Asia Cruise

$3,699.00

Beijing – Suzhou – Wuxi – Hangzhou – Shanghai – Busan – Taipei – Manila – Danang – Hong Kong

This tour is designed to give you a sample of China's ancient history, rich culture, delicate cuisine, thriving industries, and modern architecture. Walk along the Great Wall and unfold the mystery of the Forbidden City in China's capital Beijing, discover the exquisite cities of Suzhou and Hangzhou – both on par with heaven for their natural beauty, according to a Chinese saying. Explore the Lingering Garden of Wuxi, and immerse yourself in the dynamic cosmopolitan city Shanghai.

Following your tour of China, board an amazing cruise through East and Southeast Asia. You will stop at ports in Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam and Hong Kong, giving you the opportunity for a diverse range of shore excursions in each of these fascinating countries.

Tour Highlights:

  • Walk on the incredible Great Wall
  • See Beijing's Bird's Nest and Water Cube Olympic stadiums
  • Unfold the mysteries of the Forbidden City
  • Stroll in the exquisite Summer Palace
  • Sit by tranquil West Lake in Hangzhou
  • Immerse yourself for several days in the bustling metropolis of Shanghai
  • Cruise aboard the Celebrity Millennium to Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam and Hong Kong
  • Spend time at your leisure in Busan, Taipei, Manila, Danang, and Hong Kong

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Guaranteed Departure Dates

2017 Price Per Person Single Supplement
Oct 07 One Departure Only! From $3,699 $2,900

Package Inclusions:

  • Economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney or Melbourne flying China Southern, China Eastern or Hainan Airlines
  • Internal flights
  • 10 nights hotel accommodation in China
  • Interior Cabin for 12 nights cruise on Celebrity Millennium (Ocean View and Balcony available)
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, S=Special Banquet)
  • Coach transportation & transfers ( Except for Hong Kong Cruise Terminal – Airport)
  • Admissions to scenic attractions in China (Day 1 – Day 8)
  • English speaking guides in China (Day 1 – Day 8)

Package Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $110
  • China visa
  • Vietnam Visa
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenses
  • Shore excursions from cruise
  • Transfer from cruise terminal to the airport in Hong Kong

Accommodation

Beijing Ramada Beijing North or similar
Suzhou Pan Pacific Hotel or similar
Wuxi Swiss Bell Hotel or similar
Hangzhou Grand Metropark Hotel or similar
Shanghai Wyndham Bund East Hotel or similar
At Sea Royal Caribbean Celebrity Millennium Equivalent

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.
Beijing The Golden Mask Dynasty $75
Beijing Temple of Heaven and Hutong Life Tour $90
Wuxi Grand Canal Cruise $35
Hangzhou Impression West Lake $80
Shanghai Huangpu River Night Cruise $55
Shanghai ERA: The Intersection of Time $75
Board your international flight to Beijing via a connecting city. Your tour guide will greet you at the airport and then transfer you to your hotel to rest.

NOTE: Some flights may depart one day earlier.
Beijing Forbidden City
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 Qing dynasties. Tour the exquisite Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient imperial garden in China, and the Summer Palace a former summer resort for Emperors. Then, visit Tong Ren Tang to learn about traditional Chinese medicine, which has existed for thousands of years. Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional event with dinner, a large scale dramatic musical – The Golden Mask Dynasty (at your own expense).
Beijing Forbidden City
Today’s highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall, the most famous image of China, and a chance to climb a portion of this 4,350+ kilometer long marvel. Visit one of the largest jade exhibitions in Asia en route. After lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a cloisonné factory. Then we will pass by modern exteriors of the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube. Your welcome banquet includes the local delicacy, Peking Roast Duck.
Great Wall of China
Enjoy the day at leisure or join an optional Temple of Heaven & hutong life tour with lunch (at your own expense). Temple of Heaven, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. Then take a famous rickshaw hutong tour & local family visit. This package also includes a traditional Beijing Zhajiangmian (‘fried sauce noodles’) as lunch. Hutongs are traditional alleyways that made up Beijing’s old city plan. Take a special rickshaw ride for an immersive tour and get a wonderful glimpse into yesterday’s world, the old way of life and traditional Beijing culture, and see the dramatic changes the city has undergone, then visit a local family and local market afterwards. In the afternoon, depart for Shanghai, and be transferred to Suzhou upon arrival.
Temple of Heaven
This morning, visit the Lingering Garden, one of the classical garden masterpieces on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Suzhou is known as the “Venice of the East” as a large part of the city is covered in water. After lunch, you may take an optional cruise along the Grand Canal for a glimpse of the local life and China’s golden waterway in its heyday (at your own expense). Then, visit a silk spinning mill to learn how silk is created from mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the nest thread and cloth. You will be transferred to Wuxi hotel this afternoon.
Lingering Garden
To start the day, visit a Fresh Water Pearl Farm. Then, head to admire the famous Lingshan Grand Buddha, with a thousand year old Buddhist temple nearby. Later, you will be transferred to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world”. In the evening, you may enjoy an optional performance show Impression West Lake, and see the story of West Lake come alive before your eyes (at your own expense).
West Lake Hangzhou
In the morning, take a boat ride on Hangzhou’s West Lake, known for its scenic beauty that blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sights. Then experience an oriental tea-tasting at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation. After lunch, travel to Shanghai, the vibrant metropolis and commercial centre of China. Followed by a walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. It is the best place to capture the western influences of the old days. This evening, you may take the optional Huangpu River Night Cruise to get a glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai (at your own expense).
The Bund
Today, visit the Shanghai Museum and indulge in ancient Chinese art, furniture, and jade. Visit Shanghai Old City God Temple area, a busy shopping centre where you may find souvenirs and delicious local food. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon. In the evening, attend a thrilling optional Chinese acrobatic show ERA – The Intersection of Time at your own expense (at your own expense).
Shanghai Museum
Enjoy a free day in Shanghai
Pudong Shanghai
Enjoy a free day in Shanghai
Shanghai Shopping
Transfer to the Cruise Terminal (Baoshan) for 17:00 embarkation.
Shanghai Street
Cruise to Korea aboard the Celebrity Millennium.
Visit the second largest city in South Korea, Busan. You can take an independent shore excursion (at your own expense), to experience the rich Korean culture. Options include Busan’s beautiful Buddhist temples such as Beomeosa ‘Temple of the Nirvana Fish’, or Haedong Yonggungsa, which is in a lovely seaside setting, or a trip to the city of Gyeongju, capital of the ancient Silla kingdom visiting the National Museum and Bulguksa Temple. Arrive Busan 7:00, Depart 17:00.
Pusan Korea
Cruise to Taiwan aboard the Celebrity Millennium.
Visit Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. You can take shore excursions (at your expense). Uncover the treasures of Taipei with a visit to the city’s temples, traditional and super-modern architecture, and enjoy some delicious street food, such as the ‘Taiwanese tapas’ known as xiao chi (small eats) – especially popular with locals. Arrive 9:00, Depart 18:00.
Taipei 101 Tower
Cruise to The Philippines aboard the Celebrity Millennium.
Visit Manila, capital of the Philippines. Explore Manila in depth with a shore excursion (at your own expense) and discover the many cultural and historical riches of this city such as historical landmarks and Catholic churches. Arrive 11:00.
Manila, Philippines
Enjoy Manila until departure at 16:00.
Manila
Cruise to Vietnam aboard the Celebrity Millennium.
Arrive in Danang, Vietnam’s famous beachside city. Take a shore excursion (at your own expense) and explore the city’s historical landmarks, colourful colonial-period architecture, and see the stunning turquoise waters at Non Nuoc Beach or the cluster of five marble and limestone hills of Marble Mountain. Arrive 9:00, Depart 19:00.
Da Nang Vietnam
Cruise to Hong Kong aboard the Celebrity Millennium.
Arrive in Hong Kong. Spend your day free. Once a sleepy fishing Village, Hong Kong has developed into one of the premier financial powerhouses of the Far East. It is a city which boldly blends modernity with Chinese heritage and British colonial influence. Arrive 07:00.
Victoria Peak Hong Kong
Make your own way to the airport to board your flight via a connecting city to Australia. Arrive home today (some flights may arrive the next day).