0800555260

9am - 7pm Weekdays / 9am - 6pm Weekends (NZDT)

  • Jewels of the Orient

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Suzhou

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Shanghai

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Traditional Displays

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Beijing Zoo

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Hangzhou

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • The Great Wall

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Spectrum of the Seas

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Forbidden City

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Beijing Hutong

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Osaka

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Kobe

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Jewels of the Orient

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Suzhou

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Shanghai

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Traditional Displays

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Beijing Zoo

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Hangzhou

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • The Great Wall

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Spectrum of the Seas

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Forbidden City

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Beijing Hutong

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Osaka

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Kobe

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Kagoshima

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
   

17 Day Jewels of the Orient

  • Visit Beijing, Suzhou, the Great Wall & More
  • Cruise the Japanese archipelago from Shanghai
Includes Return International Flights

The jewels of China and Japan - the ancient historical artefacts, the modern architectural wonders and the plentiful cultural experiences - come together on this inspiring 17 day discovery package.

Begin your cultural odyssey with visits to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, walk along the mighty Great Wall of China, see giant pandas at the Beijing Zoo, explore the canals of Suzhou, view the mesmerising Shanghai skyline and more. Then, set sail for a relaxing six night cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s dazzling new Spectrum of the Seas. Sail through the magical Japanese archipelago to Osaka, Kobe and Kagoshima, enjoying free time to explore the highlights of these diverse cities at leisure. This incredible-value package includes return flights, nine nights 4-star hotel accommodation, a six-night 5-star Royal Caribbean cruise, a one-way high speed rail journey and so much more!

ITINERARY

Show All

Today depart from Auckland for Beijing, China. Fly with China Eastern Airlines, Air China or China Southern Airlines (subject to availability). Upon arrival a tour representative will meet you at the airport and then transfer you to check in to the hotel.

Please note: due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on day 0. Affected customers must be at the airport the day before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documents at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

Overnight: Beijing Hotel
Meals included: In-Flight

Your exploration of Beijing begins with a visit to Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world, followed by the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City, known officially as the Imperial Palace Museum, was originally constructed by Emperor Yong Le, the third Emperor of the Ming Dynasty. The palace was built between 1406 and 1420, but was burnt down, rebuilt, sacked and renovated countless times, so most of the architecture you can see today dates from the 1700s and onwards. Afterwards, visit a Pearl Factory to gain a little knowledge of fresh pearls.

Tonight, take the opportunity to attend an optional large scale dramatic musical, ‘The Golden Mask Dynasty’ (not included).

Overnight: Beijing Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

As you travel to the Great Wall this morning, stop at a Jade Museum to learn the history of jade. In Chinese, jade is pronounced as “Yu” and has a history of at least four thousand years in China. Observe skilled artisans at work as they create their intricate designs.

Afterwards take a scenic drive through the countryside and mountains to reach China’s most renowned monument—the Great Wall. You will visit the less-touristy and more original Juyong Pass, avoiding other sections which are the most accessible and consequently most crowded. The Great Wall meanders through China’s northern mountain ranges from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert - a distance of more than 3500 miles.

In the afternoon, take the opportunity to join an optional tour (not included) of Beijing’s 700 year old Hutongs (narrow lanes) area by old fashioned pedicab. You will also visit a local family living in a courtyard style home to experience the local customs, including a delicious home-cooked dinner. The optional tour also includes a visit to Shichahai, a historic scenic area consisting of three lakes (Qianhai, meaning Front Sea; Houhai, meaning Back Sea and Xihai, meaning West Sea), surrounding places of historic interest and scenic beauty and remnants of old-style hutong and courtyard local residences.

Overnight: Beijing Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

After breakfast visit Beijing Zoo to see the giant pandas. Then make a stop at “Tongrentang” to learn more about traditional Chinese medicine. Afterwards, transfer to Beijing Railway Station for a high-speed train experience to Zhengzhou (approx. 3 hours). Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Zhengzhou Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Today enjoy the day at leisure in Zhengzhou, or take the opportunity to join an optional full-day Shaolin Kung Fu experience with lunch (not included). Visit the Shaolin Temple, nestled in the forested mountains of Henan, it’s the birthplace of Kung Fu and Zen Buddhism. The Shaolin Temple embraces many exciting attractions, such as the Hall of Heavenly Kings (Tianwangdian), the Mahavira Hall (Daxiongbaodian), the Pagoda Forest, the Dharma Cave and the Shaolin Temple Martial Art Training Centre. Then continue your visit to the Pagoda Forest, where hundreds of stone pagodas, memorials to past monks, are tightly grouped together in the forest. You may also have the chance to watch an exciting Shaolin Kung Fu performance at the Martial Arts Hall and may follow the masters there to learn your Kung Fu here (subject to availability).

Overnight: Zhengzhou Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning visit the Henan or Zhengzhou Museum (dependent on day of the week and closure periods), which are both major museums in China and were created for the collection, protection, study and display of cultural relics in the hinterland of the Central Plain. Then visit Erqi Memorial Tower. Erqi Memorial Tower is the memorial of the Erqi Strike, which occurred on February 7, 1923. The Erqi Memorial Tower has altogether 14 storeys, totalling 63m in height. Transfer to Zhengzhou Airport for a domestic flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel in Suzhou (approx.. 1.5 hour coach ride).

Overnight: Suzhou Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Suzhou, which dates back to 514 BC, is sometimes called the ‘Venice of the East’. Today you will visit the famous Lingering Garden, recognised with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. China is renowned for its exquisite silk, so naturally a visit to the Silk Spinning Factory is in order. Take the opportunity to cruise along the Grand Canal (not included) to view life along China’s ancient waterway. Afterwards drive to Hangzhou (approx. 2 hours).

Overnight: Hangzhou Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

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. At the Tea House, learn how to make the Longjing Tea including picking, frying and tasting the tea leaves. Then enjoy a small boat ride on the West Lake another UNESCO World Heritage Site, which reveals the ethereal beauty of Hangzhou's willow draped islands.

Next, drive to Shanghai (approx. 2 hours) to visit the famous Bund. 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 there is an optional activity to watch a superb and thrilling Chinese Acrobatic Show “ERA: The Intersection of Time” (not included).

Overnight: Shanghai Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning, step back in time at the Shanghai Museum - home to more than 120,000 objects and artworks. Enjoy some free time at leisure this afternoon or join an optional half-day tour of Shanghai (not included) 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. In the evening, take the opportunity to join the optional “Night Cruise on the Huangpu River” (not included).

Please note: If Shanghai Museum is closed, a visit to Suzhou Museum will be provided in place of this visit on Day 7 of the tour.

Overnight: Shanghai Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to Port of Baoshan, where you will begin your 6 night Royal Caribbean cruise to Japan.

Overnight: Royal Caribbean ’Spectrum of the Seas’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Royal Caribbean ’Spectrum of the Seas’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Kobe is known for its scenic setting of mountains framing the harbour. With a population over 1 1⁄2 million people, Kobe has one of the biggest concentrations of foreign residents in Japan, which is reflected in its cosmopolitan atmosphere and collection of residences built in a distinctly non-Japanese style. Many Christian churches, Shinto and Buddhist temples and shrines, two famous statues of Buddha, a fine arts museum, and a municipal museum with a collection on Western cultural contact are amongst the highlights of this colourful city. The Ikuta Shrine, dating to the 3rd century, is among Japan's oldest Shinto shrines. Antique cable cars connect Kobe to Mt. Rokko, which offers panoramic views over the port city. Beyond the Mount Rokko hills are the outdoor hot springs of Arima Onsen.

Overnight: Royal Caribbean ’Spectrum of the Seas’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Osaka is located on the Japanese island of Honshu. It's known for its modern architecture, nightlife and hearty street food. The 16th-century shogunate Osaka Castle, which has undergone several restorations, is its main historical landmark. It's surrounded by a moat and park with plum, peach and cherry-blossom trees. Sumiyoshi-taisha is among Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines Unforgettable are the various types of bridges that span Osaka's waterways and Sky-scraping landmarks like the Tsutenkaku Tower, the WTC Cosmotower and the Floating Garden Observatory. They offer spectacular views from their top stories. Be sure to brave the Tempozan, the world's largest Ferris wheel! For those interested in history, Osaka offers numerous museums offering fascinating insights into this unique country. An overnight stop in port offers a rare opportunity to experience Osaka’s nightlife & superb restaurants.

Overnight: Royal Caribbean ’Spectrum of the Seas’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Kagoshima is a seaside city on Japan's Kyushu Island. It is the capital of Kagoshima Prefecture. It's best known for Sakurajima, an active volcano that faces Kinko Bay.

Overnight: Royal Caribbean ’Spectrum of the Seas’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Royal Caribbean ’Spectrum of the Seas’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy your final breakfast onboard before disembarking and making your own way to Shanghai Airport for your return flight back to New Zealand.

Please note: Some flights may have an overnight stopover in Guangzhou, China, and complimentary stopover accommodation will be provided.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note: some flights may arrive in New Zealand +1 days.

Tour Inclusions

Show All
  • Discover Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Zhengzhou and Suzhou
  • Visit impressive Tiananmen Square in Beijing
  • Explore the UNESCO listed Forbidden City
  • Learn about pearls at a Freshwater Pearl Centre
  • Visit a local Jade Museum and see artisans at work
  • Marvel at the incredible Great Wall of China
  • See adorable Giant Pandas at Beijing Zoo
  • Learn about traditional Chinese medicine at 'Tongrentang' in Beijing
  • See cultural relics at either the Henan Provincial Museum or Zhengzhou Museum
  • Witness the panoramic view from Erqi Memorial Tower
  • Enjoy a day free at leisure in Zhengzhou
  • Visit Suzhou’s Lingering Garden and a silk spinning factory
  • Learn about Longjing Tea at Meijiawu Tea Village, includes tasting
  • Enjoy a boat ride on Hangzhou's scenic West Lake
  • Explore The Bund promenade in Shanghai
  • Visit the inspiring Shanghai Museum
  • Sail along the glittering Japanese archipelago
  • Cruise to the iconic cities of Osaka, Kobe and Kagoshima
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex AKL
  • One way domestic flight from Zhengzhou to Shanghai
  • 9 nights 4-star hotel accommodation
  • 6 night Japan cruise with Royal Caribbean International
  • Sail aboard the 5-star ‘Spectrum of the Seas’ ship
  • Selected entertainment and standard (pre paid) gratuities
  • Enjoy 28 meals including all meals while cruising
  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • 1-way high speed train: Beijing to Zhengzhou (economy class)
  • Transportation by private A/C vehicles
  • Day 1: Airport to Hotel Beijing
  • Day 4: Beijing hotel to railway station
  • Day 4: Zhengzhou railway station to hotel
  • Day 6: Zhengzhou to Zhengzhou Airport
  • Day 6: Shanghai Airport - Suzhou
  • Day 10: Shanghai hotel to cruise port

Important info

Show Less

After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.
 
*Mandatory service fee:
A mandatory service fee is not included in the tour price, and is required for the services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The mandatory service fee for the tour leader and driver is $13 NZD per person/per day where tour or transfer services are provided (day 1-11), which will be collected whilst on tour (this will include day of arrival and departure, and covers both the tour leader and driver).
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in NZD (unless otherwise stated).


For solo travellers no discount applies (twin purchase must be made to fulfil the twin share obligation)  
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
  
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies.
- Interior Stateroom: $1680
- Ocean View Stateroom: $1760
- Balcony Stateroom: $1900
 
Departure Dates
25th February 2020
 
Departure Cities
Auckland



Full Service Airline(s) Used


China Eastern Airlines, Air China, China Southern Airlines, Xiamen Airlines, Hainan Airlines or Sichuan Airlines (subject to availability).

 

Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation.

 

Arrive early in Beijing
Not available
  
Stay behind in Shanghai
Not available
  
Stopover Packages
Not available
  
Flight Class Upgrades
Not available



Cabins


All cabins are subject to availability; some cabins may have restricted views.





Accommodation Used


4 Star (self-rated)

- Beijing: Friendship Hotel / Plaza Hotel / GuanTong JianHui Hotel / Feitian Hotel / Jianguo Hotel Qianmen / North Star Continental Grand Hotel / Ramada Parkside / Gehua New Century / Chang An Grand Hotel /Novotel Sanyuan / Ritan International Hotel / Rosedale Hotel & Suites / Schonbrunn Hotel or similar

- Zhengzhou: Zhongzhou International Hotel / Guangdong Hotel / Fengleyuan Hotel / Glory Grand Hotel / Hongrun Huaxia Hotel OR Yuhuayuan Hotel

- Suzhou: Snowy Sea Hotel / Jincheng Hotel / Vienna International Hotel /China Garden Hotel OR Nanya Hotel

- Hangzhou: Pujing Garden Hotel / Yuandong Hotel /Yuandong Hotel OR Hai Wai Hai Bai Na Hotel

- Shanghai: Holiday Inn Express / Howard Johnson Hong Qiao OR Regal Plaza Hotel & Residence

 

Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights
Not Available
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 People (subject to availability).
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children 12 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
Not Available
 
Bedding Configuration
Twin or Double Bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.


Minimum group size 20, maximum group size 42 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
- Beijing: Day 2: The Golden Mask Dynasty 330 RMB (approx. $73 NZD)
- Beijing: Day 3: Tour 700-year-old Hutong with Dinner 300 RMB (approx. $66 NZD)
- Zhengzhou: Day 5: Full Day Kung Fu Experience with Lunch 550 RMB (approx. $121 NZD)
- Suzhou: Day 7: Grand Canal Cruise 220 RMB (approx. $49 NZD)
- Shanghai: Day 8: ERA and The Intersection of Time 380 RMB (approx. $84 NZD)
- Shanghai: Day 9: Half day city tour 180 RMB (approx. $40 NZD)
- Shanghai: Day 9: Huangpu River Night Cruise 240 RMB (approx. $53 NZD)
 
Please note:
- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions, and are payable direct to the tour operator in the currency specified
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.
- Shore excursions can be booked/reserved directly with the cruise line prior to travel (subject to availability)
- Shore excursions can also be booked whilst onboard (subject to availability).


- Visa fees and requirements (A double entry tourist visa for China is a strict requirement but a visa is not required for Japan if travelling on a New Zealand passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise)
- Mandatory service fee: $13 NZD per person/per day where tour or transfer services are provided (this includes day of arrival and departure).
- Cruise: Gratuities are payable on additional items and services such as wines and spa treatments.
- Optional activities/tours (including any 'onshore' excursions as part of cruise)
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
- Day 15: Transfer Cruise Port - Shanghai Airport 
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.


TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide:
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group.
 
Tour Leader:
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined.
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured.
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
China
End of February/Early March is still quite cool in China. Temperature differences between day and night are large. Max temp is approx. 12-14 degrees with nights dropping lower. Packing a jacket/sweater is recommended.
  
Japan
Spring Weather in Japan. In March, spring weather is an average of 13 degrees during the afternoon. Generally the best times to visit Japan, when there is little rainfall, skies are clear, and temperatures are mild.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
CRUISE
Disembarkation:
- Begins approximately 2 hours after docking.
- Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.
- Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
- Check your specific sailing for exact departure and arrival times. All times are local to the port.
 
Cruise Loyalty Discounts:
Please note: Travellers booked via TripADeal will not be entitled to receive any cruise line customer loyalty discounts. Similar to airline frequent flyer programs, this is outside of the TripADeal booking process. However, customers may contact the cruise line direct upon receiving their TripADeal travel documents to request any membership benefits they are entitled to.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
Daily breakfast is included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements.
 
Please note: we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
  
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile.
 
Please note:
a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Pre-paid gratuities onboard the cruise are included in the package price. Any optional extras purchased onboard the cruise will have up to an 18% gratuity added.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience.
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts.
 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
 
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.


China
- A double entry Tourist Visa for China is a strict requirement if travelling on a New Zealand Passport. You will be able to start your Visa application process once you receive your final travel documentation approximately 6 weeks prior to departure. Please start arranging your visa as soon as you receive your documentation to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours.
  
Japan
A Tourist Visa for Japan is not required if traveling on a New Zealand passport.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not New Zealand citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may, in turn, affect the type of application required.


We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.


Please note: Due to limited availability, passenger name and date changes are strictly prohibited for this offer. This overrides the Schedule of Fees in our standard Terms & Conditions. No refunds will be issued once offer has been purchased.

Call
Call
0800555260 9am - 7pm Weekdays 9am - 6pm Weekends
Chat
Chat