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  • Suzhou

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  • Shanghai

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16 Day Jewels of the Orient

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

Stunning architecture, fascinating history, and delicious cuisine are just some of what make China and Japan the two 'jewels of the orient.' With so much to uncover, this sixteen-day tour and cruise does all the work for you - blending the best highlights of these two cultural powerhouses into one unforgettable travelling experience.

The journey kicks off in bustling Beijing with visits to Tiananmen Square and the striking Forbidden City. Witness the impossible scale and grandeur of the Great Wall. Explore the UNESCO-listed Lingering Garden in Suzhou, sip tea in Meijiawu and delight in the glowing neon of Shanghai at night. Then set sail in style aboard the new five-star 'Spectrum of the Seas' ship on your way to Japan. Experience the cosmopolitan charms of Kobe. See ancient shrines and castles in Osaka. Absorb the incredible energy of beautiful Tokyo and so much more.

With return international flights, 4-star quality accommodation, 27 meals including all meals while cruising, English-speaking tour guides and a Xi'an terracotta warriors extension also available, this dual-nation odyssey is two amazing holidays in one awesome deal!

ITINERARY

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Itinerary - 1

Today depart from Auckland for Beijing, China (via Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Guangzhou or Chengdu). Fly with China Eastern Airlines, Air China or China Southern Airlines to name a few (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 times and scheduling some customers may be required to depart day 0. Flight times will be confirmed on your final documentation which you will receive at least 4 - 6 weeks prior to departure.

Overnight: Beijing Hotel
Meals included: In-Flight

Todays 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

Travel to the Great Wall this morning, and stop at a Jade Museum on the way 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. 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

After breakfast make a stop at ‘Tongrentang’ to learn more about traditional Chinese medicine. Next, transfer to Beijing Railway Station for the high speed train ride to Suzhou (approx. 5.5 hour train ride). Upon arrival, a tour representative will meet you at the train station and then escort you to check into the hotel.

Please note: high-speed train tickets are subject to availability, and if train tickets are unavailable a domestic flight will be provided to Shanghai, followed by a coach transfer to Suzhou, in place of this train journey. Train/flight tickets will be confirmed in your travel documentation which will arrive 4-6 weeks prior to your departure date.

Overnight: Suzhou Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Often called the ‘Venice of the east’, Suzhou has a history dating back to 514BC. 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 hour coach ride).

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 in the hinterland of West Lake Park, considered one of the most important Longjing Tea productions in China. Enjoy the beautiful village scenery while learning about China’s 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. Then enjoy a small boat ride on West Lake another UNESCO World Heritage Site, admiring the ethereal beauty of Hangzhou’s willow draped islands.

Next, drive to Shanghai (approximately a 1.5 hour coach ride) 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” or similar (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 the 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. Alternatively, visit Xintiandi, Old Town and Nanjing Road for some shopping (not included). 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.

Overnight: Shanghai Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to Port of Baoshan to embark on the 7 night Royal Caribbean cruise to Japan.

Overnight: Royal Caribbean ’Spectrum of the Seas’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;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 of over one and a half 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 among 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

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.

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

Dive headfirst into the best kind of culture shock and catch a train to Tokyo from Yokohama. See iconic Shibuya crossing, where a dizzying array of pedestrian crosswalks overlooked by neon lights provide the ultimate urban sugar high. Or Spend the day in nearby Kamakura - from the shore of its black beaches you can spot the soaring bulk of Mt Fuji.

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

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

After breakfast, disembark and make your own way to the Shanghai airport for the return flight back to New Zealand.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

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

Itinerary - 2

Today depart from Auckland for Xian, China (via Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Hong Kong or Chengdu). Fly with China Eastern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Air China or China Southern Airlines to name a few (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 times and scheduling some customers may be required to depart day 0. Flight times will be confirmed on your final documentation which you will receive at least 4 - 6 weeks prior to departure.

Overnight: Xian Hotel
Meals included: In-Flight

The highlight today is a visit to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. Unearthed near Xi’an, the thousands of life size sculptures of soldiers, chariots and horses are considered a world wonder. With different facial expressions and weaponry adorning each soldier, the Terracotta Warriors were believed to have been created to accompany the Qin Emperor into the afterlife. This site is among the top archaeological excavations of the 20th century. You will definitely be amazed by the scale of the Terracotta Warriors Army. Afterwards, visit the Terracotta Warriors Reproduction Factory.

Overnight: Xian Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a major tourist site located on the central axis of the Jianfu Temple in south Xi’an. Though built entirely of stone, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda is very delicate in appearance. The top three floors have been damaged, yet it really adds to the appeal of the pagoda. As a national AAAA scenic spot and a world heritage site, the Buddhist pagoda survives from the Tang Dynasty.

Afterwards, be transferred to Xi’an Railway Station for a high speed train experience to Beijing (approx. 5.5 hour train ride). Upon arrival, a tour representative will meet you at Beijing Railway Station and then escort you to check into the hotel.

Overnight: Beijing Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Todays 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. 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

After breakfast make a stop at ‘Tongrentang’ to learn more about traditional Chinese medicine. Next, transfer to Beijing Railway Station for a high speed train ride to Suzhou (approx. 5.5 hour train ride). Upon arrival, a tour representative will meet you at the train station and then escort you to check into the hotel.

Please note: high-speed train tickets are subject to availability, and if train tickets are unavailable a domestic flight will be provided to Shanghai, followed by a coach transfer to Suzhou, in place of this train journey. Train/flight tickets will be confirmed in your travel documentation which will arrive 4-6 weeks prior to departure.

Overnight: Suzhou Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Often called the ‘Venice of the east’, Suzhou has a history dating back to 514BC. 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 hour coach ride).

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 in the hinterland of West Lake Park, considered one of the most important Longjing Tea productions in China. Enjoy the beautiful village scenery while learning about China’s 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. Then enjoy a small boat ride on West Lake another UNESCO World Heritage Site, admiring the ethereal beauty of Hangzhou’s willow draped islands.

Next, drive to Shanghai (approximately a 1.5 hour coach ride) 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” or similar (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 the 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. Alternatively you can visit Xintiandi, Old Town and Nanjing Road for some shopping (not included). 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 7 night Royal Caribbean cruise to Japan.

Overnight: Royal Caribbean ’Spectrum of the Seas’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;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 of over one and a half 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 among 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.

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

Dive headfirst into the best kind of culture shock and catch a train to Tokyo from Yokohama. See iconic Shibuya crossing, where a dizzying array of pedestrian crosswalks overlooked by neon lights provide the ultimate urban sugar high. Or spend the day in nearby Kamakura - from the shore of its black beaches you can spot the soaring bulk of Mt Fuji.

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

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

After breakfast, disembark and make your own way to the Shanghai airport for your return flight back to New Zealand.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

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

Tour Inclusions

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  • Discover Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou 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
  • Learn about traditional Chinese medicine at 'Tongrentang' in Beijing
  • 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 Yokohama (Tokyo)

    18 DAY WITH XI’AN TERRACOTTA WARRIORS EXTENSION
    All of the 16 Day Standard Package inclusions, plus the following:
  • Journey to the historic city of Xi’an
  • Visit the ancient Terracotta Warriors and Horses, a wonder of the world
  • See the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • 1-way high speed train: Xi’an to Beijing (economy class)
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex AKL
  • 7 nights 4-star hotel accommodation
  • 7 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 27 meals including all meals while cruising
  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • 1-way high speed train: Beijing to Suzhou (economy class)
  • Transportation by private A/C vehicles
  • Day 1: Airport to Hotel
  • Day 4: Beijing hotel to railway station
  • Day 4: Suzhou railway station to hotel
  • Day 8: Shanghai hotel to cruise port

Important info

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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 50RMB (approx. $11NZD) per person/per day where tour or transfer services are provided, which will be collected whilst on tour (this will include day of arrival and departure, and covers both the tour leader and driver). 
 
Find a breakdown of the fees due on tour below: 
 
Standard Package:
- Beijing: 175RMB per person to be paid to your Beijing based guide prior to departing Beijing for services provided on days 1, 2 & 3 of the tour.
- Shanghai: 225RMB per person to be paid to your Shanghai based tour guide prior to departing Shanghai for services provided on days 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 of the tour.
 
Xi'an Extension:
- Xi'an: 150RMB per person to be paid to your Xian based guide prior to departing Xian for services provided on days 1, 2 & 3 of the tour.
- Beijing: 175RMB per person to be paid to your Beijing based guide prior to departing Beijing for services provided on days 4, 5 & 6 of the tour.
- Shanghai: 225RMB per person to be paid to your Shanghai based tour guide prior to departing Shanghai for services provided on days 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 of the tour.
 
Please note:
Service fees must be paid in notes, and coins will not be accepted.
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in NZD (unless otherwise stated).


Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 17th May 2020.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of applies:
 
Itinerary 1 
Inside Cabin: $1800
Ocean View Cabin: $1850
Balcony Cabin: $1900
 
Itinerary 2
Inside Cabin: $2050
Ocean View Cabin: $2100
Balcony Cabin: $2150
 
Departure Dates (2020)
Itinerary 1:
17 May 2020

Itinerary 2:
15 May 2020
 
Departure Cities

Auckland



Full Service Airline(s) Used


China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Capital Airlines, Air China, Hainan Airlines or Xiamen 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.

 

Missed Flights
If you fail to arrive for your outbound flight on Day 1, you risk all flight and land arrangements in your destination being automatically cancelled by the airlines and land operator respectively. Additional fees may apply to reinstate these services. If you are going to miss your flight for whatever reason, please contact TripADeal as soon as possible to make arrangements.
 
Arrive early

Not Available
 
Stay behind 
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 / Jingdu Guilong Hotel / North Star Continental Grand Hotel / Gehua New Century / /Novotel Sanyuan / Beijing Nanyueyuan Hotel / Century Huatian Hotel / Beijing Riverside Hotel / Beijing GuanTong Jianhui Hotel / Schonbrunn Hotel/ Chunhuiyuan Resort and West International Trade Grand Hotel / Beijing Metro Park Hotel Ying Kun or similar
- Hangzhou: Pujing Garden Hotel / Fubang International Hotel / Holiday Inn Hangzhou Airport Zone /Yuandong Hotel OR Hai Wai Hai Bai Na Hotel
- Suzhou: Snowy Sea Hotel / Holiday Inn Express Suzhou Taihu Lake / Jincheng Hotel / Berkesy Residence Gusu / Vienna International Hotel OR China Garden Hotel 
- Shanghai: Holiday Inn Express/ Holiday Inn Shanghai West / Mercure Hongqiao Central / Howard Johnson Hong Qiao / Lin Yin Art Hotel Shanghai / Crowne Plaza Shanghai Xiayang Lake / Mercure Hotel Hongqiao South / Garden View Hotel OR Regal Plaza Hotel & Residence
- Xian (extension only): Grand Noble Hotel, Yulong International Hotel, Holiday Inn, Golden Flower Hotel, Guangcheng Hotel OR Titan Hotel
 
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 44 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)
- Suzhou: Day 5: Grand Canal Cruise 220 RMB (approx. $49 NZD)
- Shanghai: Day 6: ERA and The Intersection of Time 380 RMB (approx. $84 NZD)
- Shanghai: Day 7: Half day Shanghai tour 180 RMB (approx. $40 NZD)
- Shanghai: Day 7: 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 visa for China is a strict requirement if travelling on a New Zealand passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise)
- Mandatory service fee: 50RMB (approx. $11NZD) per person, per day
- Optional activities/tours (including any 'onshore' excursions as part of cruise)
- Cruise gratuities: a gratuity of up to 18% will be added to any on board purchases.
- Personal expenses
- Day 15: Post cruise transfer (Day 17 for extension package)
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
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
Beijing: 
Beijing has a temperate and continental monsoon climate, with four distinct seasons and big differences in temperature between day and night. In May, temperatures range from 14°C to 27°C with minimal rainfall.
 
Shanghai:
Shanghai's weather is generally mild and moist, with four distinctive seasons - a pleasant warm spring, a hot rainy summer, a comfortable cool autumn, and an overcast cold winter. The weather in Shanghai in July and August is the hottest, with more than 10 days' high temperatures above 35°C. The coldest period is from late January to early February. The springtime from March to May is recommended as the best time to pay a visit.
 
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.
 
Yellow Fever
A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.
 
It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.
 
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.


Post-Purchase Change
This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.
- $50 NZD per change request post-purchase + any additional charges applied by the travel partners associated with the order.