Day 1: Australia –– Beijing
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.
Day 2: Beijing (B,L,D)
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.
Day 3: Beijing (B,L,D)
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.
Optional Tour: Enjoy a large scale dramatic musical, The Golden Mask Dynasty (at your own expense).
Day 4: Beijing (B,L)
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. Tonight, cap off the day by attending a superb and thrilling Chinese Kung-Fu Show (at your own expense).
Optional Tour: 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.
Day 5: Beijing – – Xi’an (B,L,D)
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.).
Day 6: Xi’an (B,L,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.
Day 7: Xian–Shangai (B,L,D)
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.
Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Huangpu River Cruise – Cruise along the Huangpu River to view the soaring skyscrapers and the juxtaposing colonial architecture of the Bund.
Day 8: Shanghai (B,L,D)
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.
Optional Tour: Watch a superb and thrilling Chinese acrobatic show ERA: The Intersection of Time or SPIRAL (at your own expense).
Day 9: Shanghai (B)
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.
Day 10: Shanghai – Japan (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Shanghai’s Baoshan Cruise Terminal to board your cruise to Japan aboard Quantum Of The Seas℠
Day 11: At sea
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.
Day 12: Port of call, Japan
Arrive in your Japanese port of call; Kumamoto, Fukuoka, Sasebo, Shimonoseki, or Nagasaki
Day 13: Port of call, Japan
Arrive in your second Japanese port of call, or enjoy your second day in Okinawa.
Day 14: At sea
Enjoy your time at sea as you cruise back to Shanghai
Day 15: Shanghai –– Australia
Arrive in Shanghai, and enjoy the morning at leisure before and ransferring to Shanghai International Airport for your flight home.
Day 16: Arrive home.
Arrive in Australia.