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15 NOV 2018 - EMPIRES WARRIORS AND WALLS - QUANTUM OF THE SEAS

15 NOV 2018 - EMPIRES WARRIORS AND WALLS - QUANTUM OF THE SEAS

EMPIRES WARRIORS AND WALLS
Quantum of the Seas • 16 Nights • 15 November 2018
Inside from $2199, per person



WHAT’S INCLUDED?
• Return flight from Sydney,  Brisbane or Melbourne
• 11 night guided tour from Xian to  Shanghai incl. daily breakfast
• Highlights: Terracotta Warriors, High  speed bullet train experience. Beijing,  Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City,  Great Wall, Giant Pandas, Suzhou,  Lingering Garden, Hangzhou, West  Lake & more!
• 5 night Japan cruise round trip  from Shanghai
• All meals and entertainment onboard
• All port fees and taxes
• Gratuities onboard Balcony upgrade from $150pp! 


FULL ITINERARY

15NOV18 Fly Australia to Xian

16NOV18 Upon arrival pick up from Xian Xianyang International Airport and transfer to your hotel.

17NOV18 This morning discover one of Xi’an’s most magnificent monuments on a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Terracotta Warriors. Accompanied by a local guide, delve into the rich history of China’s first emperor and marvel at the plethora of sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang.

18NOV18 This morning transfer to Xian Railway Station for a high speed train ride to Beijing. Upon arrival pick up from Beijing Railway Station and transfer to your hotel.

19NOV18 Your exploration of Beijing begins at Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City. As the largest city square in the world, Tiananmen Square is the first “must-see” tourist attraction. The Forbidden City, actually a “nick-name” for the Imperial Palace, was the political centre of China for almost 600 years, during
the Ming and Qing dynasties. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure or join an optional Hutong Rickshaw tour with Rickshaw ride and lunch in a local family. These narrow alleyways lined by courtyard residences will give you an insider’s look into the lives of local families.

20NOV18 An exciting morning to China’s historic symbol – the Great Wall, a monumental feat of ancient Chinese engineering. Once you set foot on the wall, you will be appreciated by this longest, oldest and most labour-intensive projects in mankind’s history. En-route stop at a Jade carving workshop to learn about the
5,000 year culture of Chinese jade. On the way back, we will pass by modern exteriors of the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube. Tonight you can choose to watch the Golden Mask Dynasty show.

21NOV18 After breakfast visit Beijing Zoo to see the giant pandas. Then make a stop at the “Tongrentang” to learn more about traditional Chinese medicine and enjoy some free time to shop in Wangfujing, the main shopping district in Beijing.

22NOV18 Enjoy a high speed bullet train experience from Beijing to Suzhou this morning. Suzhou, which dates back to 514 BC, is sometimes called the “Venice of the East”. Visit Shan Tang Street, which has always been regarded as the first name of Suzhou ancient streets. It has a long history of about 1,100 years,
its layout and architecture are the best to represent the characteristics of Suzhou’s old alleys, and it has connections to many ancient Chinese celebrities and anecdotes. There is an option to take a cruise along the Grand Canal (optional) to view life along China’s ancient waterway.

23NOV18 Today visit the famous Lingering Garden. The Lingering Garden is a renowned classical Chinese garden and is recognised with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. China is known for its silk, so of course a visit to the Silk Spinning Factory is in order. Afterwards drive to Hangzhou
(approximately a 2 hour coach ride), where the 2016 G20 Summit was held in September 2016. Hangzhou is considered the tea capital of China, so a visit to the city just isn’t complete without a trip to a local tea house. Make a special visit to the Tea House at Meijiawu Tea Village located at the hinterland of West Lake
Park which is considered one of the most important Longjing tea productions in China. Enjoy the natural environment and beautiful village scenery while learning more about their special tea culture and how to appreciate the sophisticated taste and aroma of Longjing tea. At the Tea House, learn how to make the
Longjing Tea including tea leaves picking, frying and tasting.

24NOV18 This morning start this amazing day with a small boat ride on the West Lake another UNESCO World Heritage Site, which reveals the ethereal beauty of Hangzhou’s willow draped islands. Drive to Shanghai to visit the famous Bund (Approx. 2 hour bus ride). Shanghai is divided by the Huang Pu River into eastern and western sections. Modern mega high rises are seen on the eastern side while traditional European style architecture may be seen on the western side. The Bund is a five-block riverfront promenade with many of Shanghai’s banks and trading houses. Tonight th ere is an optional activity to watch a superb and thrilling Chinese Acrobatic Show “ERA: The Intersection of Time” (optional).

25NOV18 This morning stepping back in time at the Shanghai Museum with more than 120,000 art objects on show. Enjoy some free time at leisure this afternoon or join an optional half-day tour of Shanghai (at your own expense) including Yu Garden, believed to have been built in the Ming Dynasty, more than 400 years ago. The exquisite layout, beautiful scenery, and the artistic style of the garden architecture have made the garden one of the highlights of Shanghai. Other attractions include Xintiandi, Old Town and Nanjing Road. Tonight, why not join the optional “Night Cruise on the Huangpu River” (at your own expense) and complete the night sailing the tranquil waters of Huangpu River.

26NOV18 After breakfast transfer to Baoshan for your cruise.

27NOV18 Cruising

28NOV18 Kagoshima, Japan ARRIVE 7:00am DEPART 4:00pm

29NOV18 Fukuoka, Japan ARRIVE 10:00am DEPART 8:45pm

30NOV18 Cruising

01DEC18 Arrive Shanghai. Disembark & make own way to airport for departure flight to Australia


 
For more information, please contact Marina on(02) 8208 8888 or email marina@travelcentral.com.au

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