Journey from the imperial treasures of Beijing 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.
Enjoy a private transfer to Singapore port and embark the Voyager of the Seas for your 7-night cruise. Explore the onboard facilities with something for everyone from ice skating, rock wall climbing and a full sized basketball court to an adults-only solarium and the stunning Vitality Spa with an array of treatments and packages available. Discover the broadway shows in the three-tiered Royal Theatre and head to the R Bar for classic cocktails, including martini, gin and whiskey.
|1||Fly from London to Beijing (overnight)|
|2||Beijing - On arrival in Beijing, you will be met in the arrival hall by your National Escort. You will transfer to your hotel and the rest of the day is at your leisure. A tour introduction will be held in the hotel either this evening or next day, giving you an opportunity for the group to meet and learn more about travelling China.|
|3||Imperial Beijing - 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 Harmomy, you will find the complex of a thousand rooms and many imperial treausres. Later, soak up the ambiance 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 in Peking Duck (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)|
|4||The Great Wall- This morning is dedicated to the iconic Great Wall. Stretching thousands of miles, taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the wall itself and the magnificent scenery that it crosses. Savour a relaxed afternoon in the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you wander through traditional gardens and admire exquisite architecture. Jade is revered throughout China, it is said to bring fortune and prosperity to those who wear it - you will have an opportunity to learn more at a jade museum. A Chinese acrobatic show rounds off the day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)|
|5||Xian City Walls - Fly to Xian. An illustrious and age-old city, Xian is one of the four greatest ancient capitals of China. It is also the capital of Shaanxi province, and the starting point of the fabled Silk Road with 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)|
|6||Terracotta Warriors - After their fortuitous discovery by local farmers in the 1970's, 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 exavated. Visit the workshop of the craftsman who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the styleof their ancient counterparts. Watch the skilled production process and buy a souvenir warrior to take home. Fly to Chegdu. (Breakfast, Luch, Dinner)|
|7||Dujiangyan Panda Base - Today you will meet the giant Pandas at Dujiangyan Panda Base. Drive 1 hour north of Chegduinto the forested Sichuanese countryside. The center offers refuge to giant pandas with the aim to re introducing them into the wild. On your return to Chegdu soak up the atmosphere on the lively Junli Street before enjoying a typical Sichuan meal this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)|
|8||Giant Pandas - A visit to Chengdu famous Panda Conservation Centre alllows 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 traditional tea house before visiting Matchmakers Corner where parents search for worthy suitors for their children. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)|
|9||Chengdu & Singapore - Any time before your flight is at your 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)|
|10||Singapore - Transfer to Singapore port and embark Voyager of the Seas|
|14||Phuket, Thailand (overnight)|
|17||Singapore - Disembark ship and private transfer to airport for your overnight flight to London.|
|18||Arrive in London.|
Our Exclusive Cruise & Stay Packages are based on twin occupancy. Fares for singles, children and 3rd & 4th berths are available on request.
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