China Sampler Tour & Japan Cruise with Flights – 15 Days

$2,999.00

This fly-tour-cruise package 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 Wuxi, as well as Suzhou and Hangzhou – both cities 'on par with heaven' for their natural beauty, according to a Chinese saying. Finally, immerse yourself in the dynamic cosmopolitan city, Shanghai.

After your China tour, take a cruise from Shanghai's new Baoshan Cruise terminal to one of five port cities in Japan – Kumamoto, Fukuoka, Sasebo, Shimonoseki, or Nagasaki – aboard Royal Caribbean's Quantum Of The Seas℠

  • 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
  • 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
  • Sasebo – Located in Nagasaki Prefecture, Sasebo operated as a naval base during the first Sino-Japanese War through to the end of World War ll and was founded as Sasebo City in 1902. The port town is the second largest city in Nagasaki and boasts beautiful ocean views and a bright atmosphere that visitors will no doubt enjoy
  • 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
  • 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

Tour Highlights:

  • Walk on the incredible Great Wall
  • Uncover the mystery of the Forbidden City
  • Sit by the tranquil West Lake in Hangzhou
  • Stroll in one of the finest Chinese gardens in Suzhou
  • Immerse yourself in the bustling metropolis Shanghai
  • Round-trip cruise between Shanghai and Japan

Testimonials:

(China Sampler tour participants)

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you everyone at Nexus Holidays for organising a magnificent China Sampler tour. The tour exceeded my expectations in every way. It was operated by very efficient local and national guides, who were both experienced and helpful.

The level of accommodation was exceptional in most instances and the food was great. The optional tours were highly enjoyable and I would give this trip a full 5 star rating.

I will have no hesitation in recommending it to everyone contemplating travelling to China. Thank you for this most memorable experience.

(Janette. August 8, 2015 at 10:01)

My wife and I are just back from the 11 day tour of China. What a fantastic experience it was too with an interesting program taking in many great sights and a ride on the Maglev too.

Our Nexus guides were brilliant and nothing was too much for them. The hotels were of an excellent standard and the food was very good and very plentiful.

I would recommend Nexus to all my friends and am very grateful for the experience of visiting China in springtime when all the trees are blossoming. I look forward to my next Nexus trip.

(Mike Jones. April 13, 2017 at 11:58 am)

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Guaranteed Departure Dates

2018 Price Per Person Single Supplement
27 Feb (Kumamoto) 05 Jun (Kumamoto) 16 Oct (Fukuoka) From $2,999 $1,350
13 Mar (Kumamoto) 17 Jul (Fukuoka) 30 Oct (Nagasaki)
27 Mar (Kumamoto) 18 Sep (Sasebo) 13 Nov (Kumamoto)
08 May (Kumamoto) 02 Oct (Shimonoseki)

Package Inclusions:

  • Economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane flying China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines or Air China (subject to availability)
  • 9 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double/triple share)
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • 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: $100
  • China visa application fees
  • Optional recommended excursions
  • Optional tour extensions
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Optional Pre-Tour Extension Package

Xi’an Terracotta Warriors 2 Nights

From $690

Xi’an was the first Chinese city to open its doors to the world, during the Tang dynasty, and was the capital for eleven dynasties over a period of more than 2,000 years. Together with Athens, Cairo and Rome, Xi’an is among the four major ancient civilisation capitals of the world.

Highlights:

  • Terracotta Army
  • Ancient City Wall
  • Great Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Shaanxi Provincial History Museum
  • Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Show
  • Imperial Dumpling Banquet

Inclusions:

  • Return economy class airfares to Xi’an
  • All transfers
  • Coach transportation
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, S=Special Banquet)
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double/triple share)
  • Entrance fees to scenic attractions
  • English speaking guide

Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $30
  • Personal expenditure

Price Guide:

  • Single Supplement: $120
  • All airline or flight related upgrades defined in the Price Guide of the core tour incur an additional $200
  • This extension can be combined with other optional tour extensions

Accommodation:

  • Kempinski Hotel 5 star local rating or similar

Hotel Accommodation

Beijing Loong Palace Hotel local rating or similar
Suzhou Pan Pacific Hotel local rating or similar
Wuxi Swiss-Belhotel Liyuan Wuxi local rating or similar
Hangzhou Metropark Hotel local rating or similar
Shanghai Wyndham Bund East 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
Wuxi Grand Canal Cruise $35
Hangzhou Impression West Lake $80
Shanghai ERA: The Intersection of Time $75
Shanghai Shanghai Dumpling Lunch $25
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, the capital city of China, 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 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. You will also visit one of the largest jade exhibitions in Asia en-route. After lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a Cloisonné Factory. Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional large scale dramatic musical, The Golden Mask Dynasty (at your own expense).
Today tour the exquisite Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient garden in China and a former summer resort for emperors, followed by the Beijing Zoo to see China’s adorable national treasure – the Giant Panda. Then visit a Chinese herbal institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine which has existed for thousands of years, as you enjoy a rejuvenating foot massage. Later, you can join an optional Hutong Life Tour (at your own expense), a special journey which explores Beijing’s ancient alleyways or ‘hutongs’ by pedicab, or take a stroll in Wangfujing, one of the Chinese capital’s most famous shopping streets.
Fly to Shanghai and travel to Wuxi, an ancient city richly endowed with natural attractions due to its pleasantly warm and moist climate. Wuxi boasts a reputation of being the ‘Land of Fish and Rice’. Enjoy the scenery as we pass by Lake Tai, the third-largest freshwater lake in China. This evening, we have the option of visiting Nanchang Street and take a cruise along the Grand Canal to view life along what was known as ‘China’s golden waterway’ in its heyday, then stroll along the trendy pedestrian streets composed of both ancient and modern architecture (at your own expense).
This morning visit one of the largest fresh water pearl exhibitions in the country. After lunch, travel by coach to Suzhou, an extraordinarily elegant city with its canals, stone bridges, and meticulously designed gardens. Suzhou has often referred to as ‘Paradise on Earth’ by Chinese poets and writers since ancient times. As a large area of the city is covered by water, including a vast number of ponds and streams, Suzhou is also known as ‘Venice of the East’. It is also known as the ‘Garden City’ due to its many classical gardens, renowned for their charming natural beauty and harmonious construction. Visit the Lingering Garden, which is among the finest gardens in China.
This morning visit a silk spinning mill, and learn how silk is created from mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the finest thread and cloth. After lunch, travel by coach to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world”. Upon arrival, take a boat ride on the serene West Lake, the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, and noted for its scenic beauty which blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. This evening, you can 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).
Experience tea-tasting at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation. Then travel by coach to Shanghai, a vibrant metropolis and the commercial centre of China. Upon arrival, walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. Lined with colonial architecture of European design, it is the best place to capture the Western influences of the old days. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure strolling along the bustling shopping district, Nanjing Road. Tonight you can watch a superb and thrilling Chinese acrobatic show ERA: The Intersection of Time (at your own expense).
After breakfast, visit Jin Mao Tower Observation Deck (88th floor) for a panoramic view of the Huangpu River and the Bund. Then taste the famous Xiao Long Bao at a Shanghai dumpling restaurant for lunch (at your own expense). After lunch, head to the City God Temple of Shanghai, symbol of the large temple complex and surrounding traditional commerce district in the city. After tonight’s farewell celebration dinner, you can cap off the celebrations by joining an optional Huangpu River Night Cruise for a glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai (at your own expense).
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 Japanese port of call; Kumamoto, Fukuoka (pictured), Sasebo, Shimonoseki, or Nagasaki
Fukuoka
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 Pre-Tour Extension Package

Xi’an Terracotta Warriors 2 Nights

From $690

Xi’an was 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. Together with Athens, Cairo and Rome, Xi’an is among the four major civilisation capitals of the ancient world.

Highlights:

  • Terracotta Army
  • Ancient City Wall
  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Shaanxi Provincial History Museum
  • Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Show
  • Imperial Dumpling Banquet

Inclusions:

  • Return economy class airfares to Xi’an
  • All transfers
  • Coach transportation
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, S=Special Banquet)
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double/triple share)
  • Entrance fees to scenic attractions
  • English speaking guide

Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $30
  • Personal expenditure

Price Guide:

  • Single Supplement: $120
  • All airline or flight related upgrades defined in the Price Guide of the core tour incur an additional $200
  • This extension can be combined with other optional tour extensions

Accommodation:

  • Kempinski Hotel 5 star local rating or similar
Board your international flight from Australia for a connecting flight via an intermediate city to Xi’an. Your tour guide will greet you at the airport and then transfer you to your hotel to rest.
The highlight today is a visit to the Terracotta Army to see the life-sized defending army of the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. This site is among the top archaeological excavations of the 20th century. This will be followed by a visit to a ceramic art factory. In the evening, enjoy a special Imperial Dumpling Banquet and traditional Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Show.
After breakfast, visit the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum. Enjoy a special noodle lunch including an interesting noodle making demonstration. Then visit the Great Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of the city. Later, walk along the Ancient City Wall, which is not only the most complete city wall to survive in China, but also one of the largest ancient military defence systems in the world. Fly to Beijing in the evening to commence your China Sampler 10 Day Tour.