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In Pursuit of Pandas


Princess Cruises | Sapphire Princess | 26 February 2018 | 18 Nights



Journey from the imperial treasures of Beijing, along the Great Wall and through atmospheric Xian with its enigmatic legions of Terracotta Warriors, to reach the charming city of Chengdu, where you will meet its most famous residents – the captivating Giant Pandas. Following your escorted tour through China, you will enjoy a pre-cruise stay in vibrant Singapore, before boarding Sapphire Princess for a 7-night discovery of Thailand and Vietnam.








Day Itinerary
Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Beijing
Day 2 Beijing- On arrival in Beijing Capital International Airport, you will be met in the arrival hall by your National Escort. You will transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. A tour introduction will be held in the hotel either this evening or the following day, giving you an opportunity to meet the rest of the group and learn more about travelling in China. (Dinner)
Day 3 Imperial Beijing - We begin with a stroll across Tiananmen Square, flanked by imposing government buildings and the mausoleum of Chairman Mao. At the head of the square, the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City is a monument to dynasties past. Entering through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will find a complex of a thousand rooms and many imperial treasures. Later, soak up the ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in an urban landscape, where you can watch, or participate in, a dance class. This evening, sit down to a traditional dinner of Peking duck. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 4 The Great Wall - This morning is dedicated to the iconic Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the wall itself and the magnificent scenery that it crosses on a stretch spanning thousands of miles. Savour a relaxed afternoon in the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace, wandering through traditional gardens and admiring the exquisite architecture of China's largest and best-preserved royal park. Jade is revered throughout China, said to bring fortune and prosperity to those who wear it, and you will have an opportunity to learn more about the precious commodity at a jade museum. A Chinese acrobatic show rounds off the day. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 5 Xian City Walls - Fly to Xian. An illustrious and age-old city, Xian is one of the four great ancient capitals of China. It is also the capital of Shaanxi province and the starting point of the fabled Silk Road with a history spanning 3,100 years. Take a leisurely stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls that enclose Xian's old town to get your bearings, before a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 6 Terracotta Warriors - After their fortuitous discovery by local farmers in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China's first Emperor Qin Shi Huang has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of life-like warriors who stand in their original formations at the exact location they were excavated. Visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Watch the skilled production process and buy a souvenir warrior to take home. Fly to Chengdu. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 7 Grand Buddha of Leshan - Travel to Leshan to see the Grand Buddha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At 71 metres tall, this is the world's largest stone-carved Buddhist monument. A short boat trip on the river will give even better views of the statue. Returning to Chengdu, there will be a stop at the riverside village of Huanglongxi, where cobbled streets and rickety wooden buildings retain the charm of the Qing Dynasty. Sample a delicious Sichuan meal this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 8 Giant Pandas - A visit to Chengdu's famous Panda Conservation Centre allows you to see and learn about China's celebrated bears. See them up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat as they chomp through piles of bamboo. A look around the informative museum gives an overview of the reserve's breeding programme. Also, visit the Shu Brocade Embroidery Museum and enjoy a hot beverage in a traditional tea house, before visiting Matchmakers Corner where parents search for worthy suitors for their children. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 9 Chengdu & Singapore - Enjoy time before your flight at leisure. You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for your onward flight to Singapore. On arrival in Singapore, you will be transferred to your 4* hotel. (Breakfast)
Day 10 Singapore - Private transfer to Singapore port and embark Sapphire Princess
Day 11 At Sea
Day 12 Ko Samui, Thailand
Day 13 Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand
Day 14 At Sea
Day 15 Ho chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam
Day 16 At Sea
Day 17 At Sea
Day 18 Disembark Ship in Singapore. Private transfer to airport for overnight flight to London Heathtrow
Day 19 Arrive in London Heathrow  


  • Private port to airport transfers in Singapore
  • 7 night escorted tour
  • 1 night stay at 4* hotel in Singapore
  • International flights from London Heathrow
  • 7 nights aboard Sapphire Princess (Full board)


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