China Golden Triangle Tour with Hong Hong Stopover & Japan Cruise, with Flights 17 Days

$3,999.00

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 Hong Kong to Okinawa. Japan's southernmost prefecture, the Islands of Okinawa enjoy 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.

This is a premium tour, and you'll be flying 5 Star Cathay Pacific, and cruising on Royal Caribbean's recently-updated Voyager of the Seas.

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 Hong Kong and Okinawa, Japan

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Guaranteed Departure Dates

2018 Price Per Person Single Supplement
28 Jun*
(Tour + 3 nights HK
+ cruise
)
26 Jul
(Tour + 2 nights HK + cruise + 1 night HK)
09 Aug
(Tour + 2 nights HK + cruise + 1 night HK)
From $3,999 $1980

Package Inclusions:

  • International airfares & taxes with 5-star Cathay Pacific
  • Intra-China airfares & taxes
  • China 5-star locally rated accommodation with breakfast:
    • Beijing – Loong Palace Hotel or similar
    • Xi’an – Titan Times Hotel or similar
    • Shanghai – Wyndham Bund East Hotel or similar
  • Hong Kong 4-star locally rated accommodation with breakfast:
    • Kowloon, Hong Kong – Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees or similar
  • Inside stateroom cruise fare, port charges, taxes, all meals & entertainment for 5 nights on Voyager Of The Seas,Royal Carribean
  • All airport, hotel & cruise terminal transfers
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking tour guides (in China)
  • Daily meals as indicated (B, L, D)
  • Tour sightseeing as per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Tour admission fees

Package Exclusions:

  • Tour guide and driver tipping prepaid in Australia: $100pp
  • Cruise gratuities payable onboard
  • China visa application fees – NOTE: Double Entry visa required.
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • 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
Hong Kong Cordis Hong Kong & centrally located

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 AU$ 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

Voyager of the Seas℠

The incredible Voyager of the Seas® introduced many of the iconic features that Royal Caribbean guests still love today. Conquer the rock-climbing wall or find your adventure on the basketball court, ice-skating rink or mini-golf course. If it’s zen you seek, achieve it poolside or at the relaxing Vitality℠ Spa. Liven up your nights on the Royal Promenade, with parades, dancing and duty-free shopping deals. And bring along some friends – with spacious public areas, enhanced staterooms and a spectacular three-storey dining room, this ship has room for your whole crew.

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Basic Facts:

  • Gross Tonnage – 168,666
  • Length – 310.8m
  • Max Beam – 48m
  • Draft – 8.8m
  • Cruising Speed – 22 knots

Brand-New Features

  • More Onboard Experiences: Onshore or offshore, you never have to wait for good wind conditions to catch the perfect wave on the FlowRider®. Whether you surf, boogie board or wake board, test your skills on the surf simulator or watch others take on the challenge from the nearby stadium seating. Or simply hang out by the pool and watch movies and sporting events on a 20-sq m (220-sq ft) outdoor screen.
  • New Staterooms: Two of the most exciting state-of-the-art additions are the virtual balcony staterooms and panoramic ocean view staterooms with floor-to-ceiling windows. Enjoy the sights of being at sea with expansive views of the ocean and our exciting destinations – all from the comforts of your stateroom. With staterooms this innovative, you may never want to leave!
  • New Dining Venues: Voyager of the Seas is the first ship to feature The Tavern, a gastropub with an upmarket sports bar atmosphere. Plus, we’re adding Italian-style Giovanni’s Table, a trattoria featuring Italian classics. Enjoy sushi rolls and hot rock (ishi-yaki) plates at Izumi Japanese Cuisine and experience our signature steakhouse Chops Grille. Top it all off with cocktails at the retro-chic R Bar.
  • Technology Enhancements: Staying connected at sea is easier than ever with Wi-Fi available throughout the ship. And we’ve introduced digital way-finders onboard so you can find your next hangout and see what’s lined up for the day.

Dining

  • The Tavern gastropub
  • Italian-style trattoria Giovanni’s Table
  • Chops Grille, our signature steakhouse
  • Izumi Japanese Cuisine
  • Main Dining Room with complimentary, multi-course dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • More complimentary options including Windjammer Café, Café Promenade for coffee and pastries/snacks and room service
  • Casual dining and snacks at Johnny Rockets

Rest & Relaxation

  • Virtual balconies
  • Panoramic Ocean View Staterooms
  • Vitality℠ Spa with 100+ treatments including medi-spa treatments and acupuncture
  • 3 pools including the Solarium, an adults-only retreat*
  • 6 whirlpools
  • State-of-the-art Fitness Centre, with classes including yoga and Tai chi

Action and Adventure

  • FlowRider® surf simulator
  • Rock-climbing wall
  • Ice-skating rink
  • Mini-golf course
  • Basketball court
  • Jogging and in-line skating tracks

Kids and Families

  • DreamWorks Experience featuring memorable moments such as character dining, parades and meet & greets with your favourite characters from Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and more
  • Complimentary Adventure Ocean® Youth Program
  • Royal Babies® and Royal Tots® program
  • Teen lounge areas and disco
  • Family-friendly activities including games, contests, enrichment classes and lectures

Entertainment & Shopping

  • Complimentary Broadway-style entertainment in the Main Theatre
  • Complimentary ice-skating shows in Studio B
  • 894 sq. m. (8,623 square foot) Vegas-style Casino Royale® with 274 slots and 16 tables
  • 13 bars, clubs and lounges that never have a cover charge including Pig & Whistle Pub
  • A variety of name-brand, duty-free shopping on the Royal Promenade including jewellery, perfumes, clothing and shopping for teenagers and children

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 Stateroom, Balcony Stateroom, and Suite

Interior StateroomBalcony StateroomVoyager Suite

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
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hong Kong. The remaining time is free at your leisure to explore the bustling food and shopping paradise.
Hong Kong from Victoria Peak
This morning enjoy a half day seat-in coach tour of Hong Kong Island visiting Victoria Peak, Stanley Market and Aberdeen Fishing Village. Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure.
Victoria Peak Hong Kong at Night
If you departed Australia on 28 June, you will have a free day at leisure. You may opt to join one of our wide range of optional programs to experience Hong Island, Macau, Disneyland, Ocean Park and more.

If you departed from Australia on 26 July or 09 August, you will transfer to the Hong Kong International Cruise Terminal to embark for your cruise to Japan.

Hong Kong Night Market
If you departed Australia on 28 June, you will transfer to the cruise terminal to embark upon your cruise.

If you departed from Australia on 26 July or 09 August, you will spend the day cruising to the Okinawa Islands of Japan.

Voyager of the Seas
If you departed Australia on 28 June, you will spend the day cruising to the Okinawa Islands of Japan.

If you departed from Australia on 26 July or 09 August, you will arrive in Okinawa, and disembark to explore this unique island prefecture.

Okinawa
If you departed Australia on 28 June, you will arrive at Okinawa, where you may disembark and explore this unique subtropical island prefecture of Japan.

If you departed from Australia on 26 July or 09 August, you will enjoy a second day discovering Okinawa’s cultural treasures.

Okinawa Hammock
If you departed Australia on 28 June, you will enjoy your second day exploring Okinawa before beginning your return cruise to Hong Kong.

If you departed from Australia on 26 July or 09 August, you can relax and enjoy your time aboard Voyager of the Seas as you cruise back to Hong Kong.

Okinawan Shisa
If you departed Australia on 28 June, you can relax and enjoy your time aboard Voyager of the Seas as you cruise back to Hong Kong.

If you departed from Australia on 26 July or 09 August, you’ll disembark the cruise and transfer to your hotel. The rest of today is free time at leisure. You may opt to join one of our wide range of optional programs to Hong Island, Macau, Disneyland, Ocean Park and more.

Voyager of the Seas
If you departed Australia on 28 June, on arrive in Hong Kong today, you’ll disembark from your cruise and transfer to to the airport for your flight home.

If you departed from Australia on 26 July or 09 August, you’ll enjoy time at leisure (flight departure time permitting) and then transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight via connecting cities.

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.