China Golden Triangle Tour & Japan Cruise with Flights 16 Days

$3,299.00

Another tour-and-cruise Nexus Unique Creation! Visiting China and Japan has never been this affordable and easy. With Nexus Holidays 'China Golden Triangle' tour program and inclusive cruise to Japan's southern port cities, you will discover East Asia from a whole new perspective.

China is not only renowned throughout time and history, but its natural beauty, stunning architecture and arguably unrivalled culture have inspired the entire world. On this unforgettable 'China Golden Triangle' tour you'll begin in Beijing, home to the Great Wall, before sweeping across the country to Xi'an, site of the marvellous Terracotta Warriors, before heading back east to Shanghai, iconic city of China's modernisation.

After your China tour, take a cruise from Shanghai's new Baoshan Cruise terminal to a range of port cities in Japan aboard Royal Caribbean's Quantum Of The Seas℠. Depending on the departure date from Shanghai, you'll either visit two different Japanese ports, or spend two days in subtropical Okinawa.

Tour Highlights

  • Walk on the incredible Great Wall
  • Uncover the mystery of the Forbidden City
  • Stroll in the exquisite Summer Palace
  • Gaze in awe at the marvellous Terracotta Army
  • Immerse yourself in the bustling metropolis Shanghai
  • Round-trip cruise between Shanghai and Japan
  • 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.

Ports of Call – Japan

NOTE: Refer to departure date for destination ports

  • Fukuoka – Since ancient times, Fukuoka has been Japan's gateway to Korea and China. For a taste of local history, the Hakata Machiya Folk Museum has many artefacts and exhibits. See traditional shrines and temples in the Hakata Ward
  • Kumamoto – Home to one of the largest and most complex castles in Japan, Kumamoto is a major city located along the west coast of the island of Kyushu. Offering stunning scenic views and rich cultural experiences, Kumamoto is one of Japan's hidden paradises you don't want to miss. With breathtaking mountain views and premier historic attractions, there are dozens of reasons for travellers to come and visit
  • Miyazaki – A quiet and relaxing destination, Miyazaki boasts the second warmest temperatures in Japan (after Okinawa). It is the ideal place to get off the beaten track, go swimming in the Pacific Ocean and taste the local seafood delicacies
  • Nagasaki – Nagasaki has a unique, multicultural heritage as the port that was long Japan's main point of contact with the outside world. Sights include temples, European-style homes and Peace Park, a memorial to the city's atomic destruction
  • Okinawa – Japan's southernmost prefecture enjoys a subtropical climate where a distinctive culture has evolved. Sights in its capital city of Naha include Shuri Castle, the former 15th-century royal palace that has been painstakingly reconstructed.
  • Sakaiminato – The centre of Japan's fishing industry, Sakaiminato is renowned for excellent seafood and is the home of manga-comic artist Shigeru Mizuki. From here you can also visit the castle town of Matsue and the important shrine of Izumo Taisha
  • Shimonoseki – Known as 'The Gateway to Japan', Shimonoseki is a beautiful city located in the Yamaguchi Prefecture, across from the Tsushima and Kanmon Straits. Its rich culture and history make Shimonoseki wonderful for all travelers, with majestic nature views and beautiful Japanese architecture

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Guaranteed Departure Dates

2018 Price Per Person Single Supplement
22 Feb (Okinawa, 2 days) 03 May (Okinawa, 2 days) 11 Oct (Kumamoto, Fukuoka) From $3,299 $1550
08 Mar (Okinawa, 2 days) 31 May (Sakaiminato, Nagasaki) 25 Oct (Fukuoka, Shimonoseki)
22 Mar (Okinawa, 2 days) 14 Jun (Kumamoto, Nagasaki) 08 Nov (Kumamoto, Miyazaki)

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)
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double/triple share)
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, S=Special Banquet)
  • Internal flights (operated by a local carrier)
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • Coach transportation
  • Entrance fees to scenic attractions
  • English speaking tour guide(s)

Package Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $90
  • China visa application fees – NOTE: Double Entry visa required.
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Optional recommended excursions
  • Optional tour extensions
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Hotel Accommodation

Beijing Loong Palace Hotel local rating or similar
Xi’an Titan Times Hotel local rating or similar
Shanghai Wyndham Bund East Hotel local rating or similar
Suzhou Pan Pacific Hotel local rating or similar
Hangzhou White Horse Lake Hotel local rating or similar

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 prices.
Beijing The Golden Mask Dynasty $75
Beijing Hutong Life Tour $70
Beijing Chinese Kung-Fu Show $75
Shanghai Huangpu River Night Cruise $55
Shanghai ERA: The Intersection of Time $75
Suzhou Grand Canal Cruise $35
Hangzhou Impression West Lake $80

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, the capital city of China, via a connecting city. Upon arrival, the capital city of China, 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 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, and a former summer resort for Emperors. Then, visit a Chinese Herbal Institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine, which has existed for thousands of years. This afternoon, 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).
This morning fly to Xi’an, the first Chinese city to open its doors to the world, during the Tang dynasty, and the capital for eleven dynasties over a period of more than 2,000 years. Today’s highlight is a visit to the Terracotta Warriors & Horses Museum, one of the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th Century, to see the life-sized defending army of the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. Later, visit a ceramic art factory, followed by a special Dumpling Banquet, to be enjoyed with a performance of music and dance from the Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.).
Visit the fascinating Shaanxi Provincial Museum. Enjoy lunch, featuring a special noodle making demonstration before a visit to the Ancient City Wall, the most complete ancient city wall surviving in China. Later, visit the Great Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of the city.
Fly 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 the colonial architecture of European design, this area is the best place to capture the western influences of the old days. 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).
This morning visit Shanghai Museum (pictured) to see ancient Chinese art, furniture and jade. Then we explore the Xintiandi Area, an affluent and fashionable pedestrian street composed of unique shikumen (stone gate) and modern architectural styles. Our farewell dinner this evening will be a banquet of delicious Shanghai cuisine. You can cap of the celebrations by attending a thrilling optional Chinese acrobatic show – ERA: The Intersection of Time (at your own own expense).
Shanghai Museum
Spend today at your leisure in Shanghai, enjoying the food, shopping, strolling the Bund, or taking in the the city from the amazing collection of skyscrapers in Pudong New District.
Shanghai Shopping
After breakfast, transfer to Shanghai’s Baoshan Cruise Terminal to board your cruise to Japan aboard Quantum Of The Seas℠
Quantum Of The Seas
Lie back, relax, and enjoy the sea views, or take the chance to learn Italian, salsa dancing or the recipe for a perfect martini. Conquer the rock climbing wall or ice skate the day away. Maybe slow things down with a hot stone massage or do some duty-free designer shopping. See, do, and learn more at sea than you ever thought possible.
Quantum Pool Deck
Arrive in your first Japanese port of call; Kumamoto, Fukuoka (pictured), Sasebo, Shimonoseki, or Nagasaki
Fukuoka
Arrive in your second Japanese port of call, or enjoy your second day in Okinawa (pictured).
Okinawa
Enjoy your time at sea as you cruise back to Shanghai
Arrive in Shanghai, and enjoy the morning at leisure before and transferring to Shanghai International Airport for your flight home
Shanghai Pudong at Night
Arrive in Australia.

Optional Post-Tour Extension Package

Suzhou and Hangzhou 3 Days 2 Nights

From $399

A post-tour extension is available to the surrounding water towns and garden cities of Suzhou and Hangzhou for 3 days and 2 nights.

Inclusions:

  • 2 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double/triple share)
  • Coach transportation
  • All transfers
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Entrance fees to scenic attractions
  • English speaking guide

Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $20
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Price Guide:

  • Single Supplement: $150
  • This extension can be combined with other optional tour extensions

Accommodation:

  • Suzhou: Pan Pacific Hotel 5 star local rating or similar
  • Hangzhou: White Horse Lake Hotel 5 star local rating or similar
Travel by bus to Suzhou, an extraordinarily elegant city which has often been praised as ‘Paradise on Earth’ by poets and writers since ancient times. Visit the Shanghai Zoo on the way, to see one of China’s national treasures – the giant pandas. Upon arrival, take an optional cruise (at your own expense) on the Grand Canal to view life along China’s golden waterway in its heyday. Suzhou is also known as the ‘Garden City’, due to its many classical gardens known for their charming natural beauty and harmonious construction, a prime example being the Lingering Garden, one of the four greatest Chinese gardens and a UNESCO world heritage site.
Travel by bus to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world”. Upon arrival, take a boat ride on the magnificent West Lake, undoubtedly the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for its scenic beauty that blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. Later, experience tea-tasting at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation. After dinner, enjoy an optional open-air performance Impression West Lake, a masterpiece created by Zhang Yimou, the director of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics Games Opening Ceremony (at your own expense).
After breakfast, transfer to Shanghai airport for a homebound flight via an intermediate city.
Arrive home this morning.

Optional Post-Tour Extension Package

Majestic Yangtze River Cruise 5 Days 4 Nights

From $1090

After walking along the Great Wall in Beijing, stroll through classic gardens in Suzhou, and immerse yourself in the bustling metropolis Shanghai, relax as you cruise along the majestic Yangtze River and discover the dramatic gorges, mountain villages and breathtaking scenery. A Yangtze River cruise is the thrill of a life time. You will enjoy the stunning picturesque scenery and amazing natural beauties of the famed Three Gorges: Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge, while exploring the historic relics and ancient cultural sites along the mighty river.

Enjoy shore excursions to explore the fascinating history and tranquil landscapes including the spectacle of Fengdu Ghost City, a peculiar site that contains statues of demons and ghosts that roam the after-world; the fun of drifting through Shennong Stream, which offers clear running waters, picturesque rock formations, and monkeys and goats along its banks; and the wonder of the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest dam.

A Yangtze River cruise is a visual delight, full of pleasant surprises and many treasures waiting to be discovered. The images will stay with you long after you have returned home.

Ship: Luxury 5 Star – President 7, Yangtze 2, Victoria Jenna, or similar

The luxurious President 7 is a newly-constructed ship of modern design and construction technique. It first sailed on the Yangtze River in April of 2013. With a length of 146.8m and width of 20.2m, the ship possesses 215 deluxe cabins, 13 executive cabins and 2 presidential cabins, which all together can accommodate up to 580 passengers. There are about 200 staff on board offering superior and comprehensive service to guests whenever needed. Besides the high-quality service, the ship is also equipped with the most advanced facilities like satellite television, satellite phone and air-conditioning. You will be impressed by the considerate design of providing a large swimming pool, deluxe cinema, golf driving range, children’s park and barrier-free facilities, which make this quite different from traditional cruise ships.

Inclusions:

  • 4 nights standard cabin with private balcony (twin share)
  • 3 shore excursions (subject to change and favourable weather conditions)
  • Economy class domestic flights (operated by a local carrier) or high speed train transportation
  • All transfers
  • Daily meals as indicated (B, L, D)
  • English speaking guide service (on board)

Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $50
  • Optional shore excursions (payable on board)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Price Guide:

  • Single Supplement: $750
  • Rooms are twin occupancy only, double and triple share are not available on the cruise
  • Cruise ship used is dependent on availability and is subject to change
  • This extension can be combined with other optional tour extensions
This morning fly to the port city of Yichang, the starting point of our Yangtze River Cruise for the next four nights. After dinner, we board the cruise and receive an introduction on cruise events and onboard activities.
Arr/Dept Events
19:00-20:00 Board the ship at Yichang Dock
24:00 Departs Yichang
Arr/Dept Events
08:00 Briefing on the cruise
08:00-09:00 Passing the Xiling Gorge (East Part)
09:00-11:00 Shore excursion: Three Gorges Dam Site
11:00-13:00 Shore excursion: Visit tribe of Three Gorges (optional)
13:30-15:30 Passing the Three Gorges Dam
16:00 Sail through 5-stage shiplock
18:00 Captain’s Welcome Dinner
20:00 Evening entertainment
Arr/Dept Events
06:30 Breakfast
08:00-12:00 Shore excursion: Shennong Stream
13:30-17:00 Sail through Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge
17:30 Shore excursion: White Emperor City (optional, river conditions permitting)
Arr/Dept Events
07:00 Breakfast
08:30-10:30 Shore excursion: Shibaozhai Pagoda
10:30-12:30 Shore excursion: Fengdu Ghost City (optional)
14:00-16:00 Lectures
18:00 Farewell Dinner
After breakfast, disembark from our cruise in the port city of Chongqing at 9am. Transfer to the airport for your flight home via a connecting city.
Arrive in Australia.