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CRUISETOUR: Giant Pandas, Warriors & Sapphire Gems

CRUISETOUR: Giant Pandas, Warriors & Sapphire Gems

31 night package. Sydney to Shanghai on board Sapphire Princess

2021 Cruise Tours, Asia, China, Singapore, Oceania, Australia
Sydney, Australia - Shanghai, China
16 May 2021
31 nights
Cruise Code H115
For sale until 31 December 2019
UP TO $85 USD*
* on selected categories
$4,929 USD
$154.03 USD P/DAY


22 nights cruise accommodation onboard Sapphire Princess
^10 day / 9 night tour from Shanghai to Beijing including accommodation, guided tours and transfers as per itinerary
^3 nights accommodation at China World Hotel, Shanghai (or similar)
^1 night accommodation at Chengdu Shangri-la Hotel (or similar)
^2 nights accommodation at Grand Melia Hotel, Xian (or similar)
^3 nights accommodation at Hyatt on the Bund, Shanghai (or similar)
^Visit Shanghai’s Old Town and Yuyuan Garden
^Visit Shanghai Xintiandi and Tianzifang
^Tour of Zhujiajiao (include boat riding)
^Visit to Chengdu Giant Panda Research Centre
^Tour of Terra Cotta Warriors
^Tour of the Xian City Wall
^Evening enjoy Tang Dynasty Dinner & Show
^Visit the Lama Temple
^Visit the Temple of Heaven
^Tour of the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall
^Train ticket Chengdu – Xi’an 1st class seat
Meals onboard
Wine and caviar bar
24-hour buffet/bistro and room service
24-hour Internet Cafe (wireless access available)
A wide selection of bars & nightclubs
Princess Theatre
Grand Casino
4 swimming pools & hot tubs
Terrace Pool & Oasis hot tubs
Lotus Spa, gym and fitness area
Swim-against-the-current lap pool
Jogging track &Center Court
Nine-hole putting course (Princess Links)
Virtual golf simulators
World-class art collection, gallery and auctions
Library and writing room
The Fun Zone & Teen Center
Port Charges & Government Taxes


16 May 21Sydney, Australia6.30pm
17 May 21At Sea
18 May 21Brisbane, Australia7am5pm
19 May 21At Sea
20 May 21At Sea
21 May 21At Sea
22 May 21At Sea
23 May 21Darwin, Australia8am6pm
24 May 21At Sea
25 May 21At Sea
26 May 21At Sea
27 May 21At Sea
28 May 21Singapore, Singapore7am6pm
29 May 21At Sea
30 May 21Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam7am6pm
31 May 21Nha Trang, Vietnam8am5pm
01 Jun 21At Sea
02 Jun 21Hong Kong, China, Hong Kong7am9pm
03 Jun 21At Sea
04 Jun 21At Sea
05 Jun 21Busan, South Korea9am7pm
06 Jun 21At Sea
07 Jun 21Shanghai, China

After you have disembarked the ship you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day will be at your own leisure

Overnight in Shanghai

08 Jun 21Shanghai, China

Meet your guide and visit Shanghai’s Old Town and Yuyuan Garden

Four hundred years ago, a merchant spent almost twenty years—and all his life savings—to build a garden in order to please his parents in their old age. “Yu” means peace and health in Chinese. Over the past several centuries, the Yu Garden has been restored and reopened several times, but has almost always been in disarray. In 1956, the Shanghai city government took over and restored it to its former splendour, making it a peaceful oasis in the heart of bustling Shanghai. Outside the garden gates, the Old Bazaar is the perfect place to strike a bargain or chat with locals selling a variety of wares and souvenirs.

Discover the Shanghai Museum, one of the best museums in China

This museum contains one of the finest collections of ancient Chinese art and antiques in the world. The distinctive building was designed in the shape of an ancient bronze cooking vessel, and contains 11 permanent and 3 rotating galleries. The museum has over 120,000 priceless pieces in its collection, including bronze, jade, ceramics, calligraphy, sculptures, paintings, furniture, imperial seals, and ancient coins.

In the afternoon have a walk around Shanghai Xintiandi and Tianzifang

This fashionable pedestrian street is composed of traditional Shikumen (“stone gate”) style houses that now serve as boutique shops and restaurants. Tianzifang, once an unassuming laneway in a factory area, has been transformed into the art district of Shanghai. Here you will find many art galleries, private studios, craft shops, and some of the most charming bars and cafes in Shanghai.

In the evening transfer to see the brilliant Acrobatic Show at Era Theater (entry level seat)

“Era – Intersection of Time” combines traditional Chinese acrobatic arts with cutting edge technology into a multi-million dollar extravaganza that redefines Chinese acrobatics. A wondrous futuristic world is created through the use of high-tech lighting and sound effects along with elaborate costumes and original live music.

Overnight in Shanghai (B, L)

09 Jun 21Shanghai, China

In the morning go to the beautiful water town –Zhujiajiao (include boat riding)

The ancient town of Zhujiajiao is built on top of the crisscrossing waterways that run from Dianshan Lake. The town is filled with every type of bridge imaginable, from wood to stone to marble, in differing sizes and unique styles. The town still has simple and elegant Ming and Qing dynasty (1368-1911) architecture that is quintessentially southern Chinese. Periodically, small wooden boats sail down the waterway, passing right under the eaves of the houses on its banks.

In the afternoon transfer back to the hotel and free at leisure.

Overnight in Shanghai (B)

10 Jun 21Shanghai-Chengdu

In the morning transfer to Shanghai Airport and take flight to Chengdu.

Upon arrival, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel for a short rest. In the afternoon stroll on Jinli Old Street and Wuhou Temple

Jinli Pedestrian Street was once the commercial heart of the ancient Sichuan kingdom, and has been fully restored in the traditional style of the region. Here, you can sample local delicacies and bargain for local arts and crafts, or simply sit at a café and people watch along this picturesque, bustling, and cheerful street. Wu Hou Temple was built in honor of the Marquis of Wu, an outstanding military strategist during the Three Kingdoms era (220-280 AD).

Overnight in Chengdu (B)

11 Jun 21Chengdu-Xian

In the morning visit Chengdu Giant Panda Research Centre

The Centre has two types of 'accommodations' for giant pandas - the Captive Cages and the Semi-nature Enclosures. Most of the giant pandas in the Centre stay individually in the captive cages, which are in fact large enclosures, each consists of an in-door room and an out-door courtyard. The semi-nature enclosures are very large wild areas but protected by border fences. Those giant pandas that will soon be released back to the wild will be put in the semi-nature enclosures for a long enough period of time for them to adapt to the natural environment. Although food has to be provided, the giant pandas will sleep there, eat there and recover their natural survival skills there until they can be released back to the wild.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before and then transfer to Chengdu Train Station and take train to Xi’an

Upon arrival, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Xian (B, L)

12 Jun 21Xian.

Morning transfer to visit Terra Cotta Warriors

One of the world’s greatest archaeological finds, the Terracotta Warriors were discovered quite by chance in 1974 by a group of peasants digging a well outside of Xi’an. These sculptures of soldiers, chariots and horses were funerary statues made to accompany China’s first emperor to the afterlife over 2100 years ago. Legend has it that it took 100,000 men 38 years to create the soldiers, which all vary in rank, posture, height, uniform and facial features.

Continue to visit Xian City Wall

The city walls of Xi’an are some of the oldest and best preserved in all of China, and can be dated back to the 2nd century BC, when Xi’an was the capital of the country. The existing walls were completed in 1370 AD, and are about 14 kilometers in length and are still surrounded by a deep moat to this day. Since 1993, the Xi’an city walls have played host to a world famous marathon where participants run along the entire length of the wall several times; however, on this tour we’ll take a more leisurely pace to appreciate the spectacular views and rich history of this ancient structure.

Evening enjoy Tang Dynasty Dinner and Show

This performance showcases the music and dance of China’s Golden Age, the Tang dynasty (618-907 AD). Recreated from historical records, artwork, relics and artifacts, the traditional instruments, hairstyles, dances and brilliant costumes of the Tang era are brought to life in this wondrous and highly entertaining performance. Before the show, guests are served a selection of nearly 100 different types of delicious dumplings.

After show, transfer back to your hotel.

Overnight in Xian (B, L)

13 Jun 21Xian-Beijing

In the morning transfer to Xi’an Airport and take flight to Beijing

Beijing, the capital of China, lies just south of the rim of the Central Asian Steppes and is separated from the Gobi Desert by a green chain of mountains, over which The Great Wall runs. Modern Beijing lies on the site of countless human settlements that date back half a million years. Homo erectus Pekinensis, better known as Peking man was discovered just outside the city in 1929. It is China's second largest city in terms of population and the largest in administrative territory.

Upon arrival, meet your guide and then take rickshaw around to Hutong and visit local family

Beijing’s Hutongs are alleyways and houses of traditional Beijing. Riding in a pedicab through this area is like taking a step back in time. In Imperial days, everyone lived around the Imperial City in low-rise courtyard style houses – often with the whole extended family living in one courtyard compound. Although many have been torn down to make way for high-rise office and apartment buildings, those remaining offer a glimpse of old Beijing. Family homes, markets, shops, schools and all manners of city life can seen here at street level.

Continue to visit the Lama Temple

This impressive compound was once the home of China’s royalty, and has many palatial features hidden in its beautiful architecture. In 1694, Emperor Yongzheng converted it into a Tibetan Buddhist monastery to show his respect for the Dalai Lama. Inside one of the pavilions, you will find a Buddha standing over 85 feet tall that was carved from a single trunk of white sandalwood.

Overnight in Beijing (B)

14 Jun 21Beijing

In the morning visit the Temple of Heaven

This tranquil park is often a favorite stop for visitors to Beijing, as it provides them with an authentic look into local life in this city. On any given day, it is possible to see enthusiastic groups of Beijingers practicing Tai Chi, playing traditional instruments, or singing Peking Opera. The grounds consist of a sequence of buildings and altars set in beautiful groves of cypress trees. Learn more about the fascinating history behind this massive, circular structure and see local life unfold before your eyes in this very special visit to the Temple of Heaven.

Then go to Hongqiao Market for shopping. As its name implies, this market is famous for its pearls, in an immense variety of colors and quality.

In the afternoon visit the Forbidden City, the largest palace in the world and it was built in 1420, Ming Dynasty

The Forbidden City was completed in 1420, and was home to 24 emperors, the last of which left Beijing in 1924. The entire imperial complex is reputed to have 9999 rooms, which at its peak housed up to 10,000 people, including the imperial family, 3000 eunuchs, as well as maids and concubines. Discover for yourself why the 170 acres were forbidden to common people as you stroll through what is arguably the best-preserved example of classical Chinese architecture in the world.

Continue to visit the largest public square in the world

Prepare to be overwhelmed by the sheer size of one of the world’s largest public squares, measuring in at 440,000 square meters (over 109 acres). As you walk from the southernmost part of the square all the way down its length, you will pass several monuments, including the mausoleum that houses Chairman Mao’s remains. The northern gate of the square features a portrait of the PRC’s founding father, and is also the gate through which you will enter the Forbidden City.

After tour, transfer back to your hotel and dinner on your own

Overnight in Beijing (B, L)

15 Jun 21Beijing

In the morning travel to the less-visited Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, one of the great wonders of the world (With cable car up and down)

Despite the hundreds of buses that visit daily, the Great Wall at Mutianyu is not as crowded as the nearby Badaling or Juyongguan sections of the Wall. Mutianyu’s 2.5 kilometer stretch of the Wall allows you to walk for more than an hour as you explore 22 watchtowers and the valley on both sides of the Wall. In late afternoon, or in poor weather, you often might find yourself alone with only the sound of the wind to keep you company. Travel back in time and see the Wall as it was when it was built hundreds of years ago.

Transfer back to the city, on the way, if traffic allows, stop to take a view of the iconic “Bird’s Nest”– the Beijing National Stadium–and “Water cube” –National Aquatics Center, host to many spectacular events of the 2008 Summer Olympics. The entrance fee of Brid Nest and Water cube is not included

Overnight in Beijing (B, L)

16 Jun 21Beijing

After hotel check out, you'll be met and transferred to the airport



Inside (IF)$6,549 USD$4,929 USD
Inside (IE)$6,589 USD$4,949 USD
Inside (ID)$6,629 USD$4,969 USD
Inside (IC)$6,669 USD$4,989 USD
Inside (IB)$6,709 USD$5,009 USD
Inside (IA)$6,749 USD$5,029 USD
Outside (OZ)$6,819 USD$5,069 USD
Outside (OY)$6,859 USD$5,089 USD
Outside (OW)$6,899 USD$5,109 USD
Outside (OV)$6,939 USD$5,129 USD
Outside (OF)$7,489 USD$5,399 USD
Outside (OC)$7,649 USD$5,479 USD
Outside (O5)$7,809 USD$5,559 USD
Balcony (BF)$7,889 USD$5,599 USD
Balcony (BE)$7,969 USD$5,639 USD
Balcony (BD)$8,049 USD$5,679 USD
Balcony (BC)$8,129 USD$5,719 USD
Balcony (BB)$8,209 USD$5,769 USD
Balcony (BA)$8,289 USD$5,809 USD
Balcony (B2)$8,449 USD$5,889 USD
Balcony (B4)$8,449 USD$5,889 USD
Suite (ME)$9,169 USD$6,239 USD
Suite (MD)$9,299 USD$6,309 USD
Suite (MB)$9,569 USD$6,439 USD
Suite (M1)$10,439 USD$6,879 USD
Suite (S6)SOLD OUT$7,549 USD
Suite (S5)$12,349 USD$7,829 USD
Suite (S4)$13,469 USD$8,399 USD
Suite (S3)$14,599 USD$8,959 USD
Suite (S2)$16,289 USD$9,809 USD
Suite (S1)$19,679 USD$11,499 USD
* All prices are quoted in US dollars, based on per person double occupancy unless stated otherwise, and inclusive of all taxes and discounts. All prices & itineraries are current at time of publishing & subject to change without notice. Prices are subject to change due to currency fluctuations, fuel price, and tax increases. Taxes are correct at time of publication and subject to change due to airline fluctuation, currency fluctuation, government changes, departure city and stop overs. Prices may vary until full payment is received, please ask your consultant for details. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking. Conditions apply.
* Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice.

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