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20 Day Best of Japan & China

  • Unravel the mysteries of the Orient on tour
  • Visit Tokyo, Beijing, Mt Fuji, Shanghai & More
Includes Return International Flights

Two bucket list destinations, one life-changing journey. Experience the best of China and Japan as you make your way through the neon metropolis of Tokyo, the serene mountain villages of Gifu, the grand city of Shanghai and beyond on this sensational value 20 day fly, tour and cruise package.

Kick things off with free time in the street food mecca of Osaka; visit the former imperial capital of Kyoto, home to one of the oldest and best preserved geisha districts in the country; and then slow things down in the UNESCO listed villas of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama - known for their thatched gassho-style houses. Marvel at the impressive scale of Mount Fuji, plus enjoy a boat cruise on scenic Lake Ashi; and enjoy free time in the fast-paced city of Tokyo. Then, set sail on a three-night cruise to China aboard the MSC Bellissima cruise ship. Take advantage of the sensational features onboard, including 12 distinct dining options, a full-size bowling alley and even a Cirque du Soleil show at sea. In China, the diverse wonders of this ancient country are yours to discover. Step back in time at the Forbidden City, tick off the remarkable Great Wall of China, explore the UNESCO listed Lingering Garden in Suzhou, visit historic Wuxi, be captivated by the Shanghai skyline and much more!

With return international flights, 15 nights quality hotel accommodation on tour, a three night MSC cruise, English-speaking guides and more, this amazing trip won’t stay around for long.

Want to see more? Choose the 21 day package for an extra night docked in the historic city of Kobe.

ITINERARY

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Itinerary - 1

Today depart from Auckland for Osaka, Japan. Fly with either Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines or China Eastern Airlines to name a few (subject to availability).

Upon arrival at Osaka Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to the hotel. The second largest city in Japan, Osaka has the nickname ‘Tenka no Daidokoro’ (the Nation’s Kitchen) thanks to its reputation as a gourmand’s paradise. Be sure to try local delicacies such as Takoyaki, a popular deep-fried snack made with wheat-flour batter and octopus, or Okonomiyaki, a grilled savoury pancake.

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

Overnight: Toyoko Inn Osaka Abeno Tennoji, Osaka Castle Hotel or similar, Osaka
Meals included: In-Flight

Enjoy a free day in Osaka to explore this historic city at your own pace, or you can take the opportunity to join an option tour to Hiroshima (not included).

Optional Tour: Hiroshima Sightseeing Tour with Bullet Train - 46,000 Yen per person
This morning transfer to Shin-Osaka train station, where your bullet train awaits. Climb aboard and marvel at the train’s incredible speed during a 2-hour ride to Hiroshima. On arrival, continue the journey to Miyajimaguchi by coach or train, and then board a boat travelling to the majestic Miyajima Island, otherwise known as Itsukushima, or Divine Island - a landmass hailed as one of Japan’s most beautiful landscapes. Disembark and discover the natural and cultural treasures of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed island for 45-minutes with your guide. See the shimmering Itsukushima Shrine then revitalise with a delicious lunch in a local eatery (not included).

Re-board the boat and cruise back to Hiroshima to reflect on the history of the region. Take a moment of contemplation at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, a historical site near to where the atomic bomb exploded. See exhibitions that articulate the destruction the bomb caused and marvel at the city’s recovery. Finally, board a bus to the Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome), a skeletal structure that miraculously survived the 1945 attack. Return to the train station for the exhilarating return journey to Osaka on the bullet train, where the tour concludes.

Overnight: Toyoko Inn Osaka Abeno Tennoji, Osaka Castle Hotel or similar, Osaka
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning depart Osaka for Kyoto. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time to explore the ancient former capital, known for its remarkably well-preserved geisha districts of Gion, Higashiyama and Kamishichiken, as well as the ethereal bamboo forest at Arashiyama (an easy bus and train ride from the downtown area). Alternatively, take the opportunity to join an optional tour of Kyoto (not included). The bus will depart from downtown Kyoto at 4:00pm to travel onwards to Gifu.

Optional Tour: Kyoto Sightseeing Tour – 10,000 Yen per person
The tour includes a stop at Fushimi Inari Shrine, an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It’s famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings, and was featured in the popular movie ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’. The tour continues with a visit to Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), a Zen temple which has gold leaf covered walls on the top two floors. The last stop of the tour is to witness a Kimono Fashion Show where beautiful women wearing varieties of kimono and obi (sash) appear on stage with Japanese music.

Overnight: Quintessa Hotel Ogaki, Comfort Hotel Gifu or similar, Gifu
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning you will visit the historic villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Located in a mountainous region that was cut off from the rest of the world for a long period of time, these villages, with their Gassho-style houses, survived on the cultivation of mulberry trees and the rearing of silkworms. Both are examples of a traditional way of life that is perfectly adapted to the environment and the people’s social and economic circumstances. Enjoy a walk among the incredible houses.

Afterwards travel to Takayama Jinya, a former government outpost established to bring the Hida Province under the direct control of the Edo Bakufu. Next, travel to the hotel in Matsumoto/Suwa area.

Overnight: Route Inn Matsumoto, Route Inn Suwa Inter or similar, Masumoto/Suwa
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, drive to Mt Fuji’s 5th Station. Located 2300m above sea level, it offers a vantage point for Mt Fuji and the surrounding lakes (weather permitting). The 5th Station also features shrines, torii gates and souvenir shops. Afterwards continue onwards to Lake Ashi, nearby in Hakone National Park, to admire the scenery as you enjoy a short cruise across the lake. The waters are overlooked by surrounding mountains, including Mt Fuji and Mt Komagatake. Arrive in Yokohama this evening, check into the hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Hokke Club Fujisawa, Hotel Wing International, Comfort Hotel, Best Western or similar, Yokohama Area
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning drive to Tokyo and arrive at the hotel at approximately 11:00am. The standard hotel check in time is 3:00pm so you can store your luggage at the front desk and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore Tokyo at your own pace. Alternatively, you can take the opportunity to join an optional Tokyo sightseeing tour (not included).

Optional Tour: Tokyo Sightseeing Tour – 10,000 Yen per person
First you will visit Tsukiji Outer Market, where you can encounter many kinds of traditional Japanese cuisine. Next, visit the stunning Meiji Shrine - a Shinto religious site that was dedicated to the Imperial Family in 1926. Walk among the serene gardens that surround the shrine as you listen to more details about its importance from your guide. Last enjoy the sweeping views of this vast city at the Observations deck at the famous Tokyo Tower, the landmark of Tokyo (entry included).

Overnight: APA Hotel Tokyo Bay Makuhari, Hotel Mystays Tachikawa or similar, Tokyo Area
Meals included: Breakfast

Today is a free day to explore Tokyo at leisure.

Overnight: APA Hotel Tokyo Bay Makuhari, Hotel Mystays Tachikawa or similar, Tokyo Area
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy the day free at leisure until your early evening transfer to Yokohama Cruise Port to begin your 3 night MSC Cruise to China. The cruise departs at 11:00pm.

Please note: Late check out is not provided on this day. You may store your luggage at the hotel and explore Tokyo at leisure before returning to the hotel for your transfer to Yokohama late afternoon/early evening.

Overnight: MSC Cruises ‘MSC Bellissima’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Overnight: MSC Cruises ‘MSC Bellissima’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner;In-Flight

Overnight: MSC Cruises ‘MSC Bellissima’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Upon disembarkation a tour representative will meet you and then escort you to Suzhou (approx. 2 hour coach ride) to check into the hotel.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Express Suzhou Taihu Lake or similar, Suzhou
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 Wuxi (approx. 1 hour coach ride). Upon arrival enjoy free time at leisure in Nanchan Street, an ancient street which has been elegantly renovated.

Overnight: Swiss-Belhotel Liyuan or similar, Wuxi
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning visit Li Lake Park, the habitat of egrets and many rare species of birds. View the picturesque Taihu Lake, the second biggest freshwater lake in China. Then visit a Pearl Outlet to learn more about traditional Chinese pearls. Next, drive to Hangzhou (approx. 2.5 hour coach ride).

Overnight: Pujing Garden Hotel or similar, Hangzhou
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 (approx. 2 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” (not included).

Overnight: Holiday Inn Shanghai West or similar, Shanghai
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 more than 400 years ago. The exquisite garden architecture has 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 the Shanghai Museum is closed you will visit the Suzhou Museum on day 11 or 12.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Shanghai West or similar, Shanghai
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning transfer to Shanghai Railway Station for a high speed train ride to Beijing (approx. 5 hour train ride). Upon arrival, a tour representative will meet you and then escort you to check into the hotel.

Overnight: Friendship Hotel or similar, Beijing
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, your exploration of Beijing begins with a visit to Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world and then takes in the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City, also known officially as the Imperial Palace Museum, was originally constructed by the third Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Yong Le, where 24 emperors once lived successionally. 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.

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

Overnight: Friendship Hotel or similar, Beijing
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, on the way to the Great Wall, stop at a Jade Museum to learn the history of jade. In Chinese, jade is pronounced as “Yu” and it has a history in China of at least four thousand years. Observe the 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) to see Beijing’s 700 year old Hutong’s (narrow lanes). 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 local residences, Hutong and Courtyard.

Overnight: Friendship Hotel or similar, Beijing
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning make a stop at “Tongrentang” to learn more about traditional Chinese medicine. Then transfer to Beijing Airport for your return flight back to New Zealand.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note: some flights may arrive + 1 days.

Itinerary - 2

Today depart from Auckalnd for Osaka, Japan. Fly with either Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines or China Eastern Airlines to name a few (subject to availability).

Upon arrival at Osaka Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to the hotel. The second largest city in Japan, Osaka has the nickname ‘Tenka no Daidokoro’ (the Nation’s Kitchen) thanks to its reputation as a gourmand’s paradise. Be sure to try local delicacies such as Takoyaki, a popular deep-fried snack made with wheat-flour batter and octopus, or Okonomiyaki, a grilled savoury pancake.

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

Overnight: Toyoko Inn Osaka Abeno Tennoji, Osaka Castle Hotel or similar, Osaka
Meals included: In-Flight

Enjoy a free day in Osaka to explore this historic city at your own pace, or you can take the opportunity to join an option tour to Hiroshima (not included).

Optional Tour: Hiroshima Sightseeing Tour with Bullet Train - 46,000 Yen per person
This morning transfer to Shin-Osaka train station, where your bullet train awaits. Climb aboard and marvel at the train’s incredible speed during a 2-hour ride to Hiroshima. On arrival, continue the journey to Miyajimaguchi by coach or train, and then board a boat travelling to the majestic Miyajima Island, otherwise known as Itsukushima, or Divine Island - a landmass hailed as one of Japan’s most beautiful landscapes. Disembark and discover the natural and cultural treasures of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed island for 45-minutes with your guide. See the shimmering Itsukushima Shrine then revitalise with a delicious lunch in a local eatery (not included).

Re-board the boat and cruise back to Hiroshima to reflect on the history of the region. Take a moment of contemplation at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, a historical site near to where the atomic bomb exploded. See exhibitions that articulate the destruction the bomb caused and marvel at the city’s recovery. Finally, board a bus to the Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome), a skeletal structure that miraculously survived the 1945 attack. Return to the train station for the exhilarating return journey to Osaka on the bullet train, where the tour concludes.

Overnight: Toyoko Inn Osaka Abeno Tennoji, Osaka Castle Hotel or similar, Osaka
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning depart Osaka for Kyoto. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time to explore the ancient former capital, known for its remarkably well-preserved geisha districts of Gion, Higashiyama and Kamishichiken, as well as the ethereal bamboo forest at Arashiyama (an easy bus and train ride from the downtown area). Alternatively, take the opportunity to join an optional tour of Kyoto (not included). The bus will depart from downtown Kyoto at 4:00pm to travel onwards to Gifu.

Optional Tour: Kyoto Sightseeing Tour – 10,000 Yen per person
The tour includes a stop at Fushimi Inari Shrine, an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It’s famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings, and was featured in the popular movie ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’. The tour continues with a visit to Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), a Zen temple which has gold leaf covered walls on the top two floors. The last stop of the tour is to witness a Kimono Fashion Show where beautiful women wearing varieties of kimono and obi (sash) appear on stage with Japanese music.

Overnight: Quintessa Hotel Ogaki, Comfort Hotel Gifu or similar, Gifu
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning you will visit the historic villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Located in a mountainous region that was cut off from the rest of the world for a long period of time, these villages, with their Gassho-style houses, survived on the cultivation of mulberry trees and the rearing of silkworms. Both are examples of a traditional way of life that is perfectly adapted to the environment and the people’s social and economic circumstances. Enjoy a walk among the incredible houses.

Afterwards travel to Takayama Jinya, a former government outpost established to bring the Hida Province under the direct control of the Edo Bakufu. Next, travel to the hotel in Matsumoto/Suwa area.

Overnight: Route Inn Matsumoto, Route Inn Suwa Inter or similar, Masumoto/Suwa
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, drive to Mt Fuji’s 5th Station. Located 2300m above sea level, it offers a vantage point for Mt Fuji and the surrounding lakes (weather permitting). The 5th Station also features shrines, torii gates and souvenir shops. Afterwards continue onwards to Lake Ashi, nearby in Hakone National Park, to admire the scenery as you enjoy a short cruise across the lake. The waters are overlooked by surrounding mountains, including Mt Fuji and Mt Komagatake. Arrive in Yokohama this evening, check into the hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Hokke Club Fujisawa, Hotel Wing International, Comfort Hotel, Best Western or similar, Yokohama Area
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning drive to Tokyo and arrive at the hotel at approximately 11:00am. The standard hotel check in time is 3:00pm so you can store your luggage at the front desk and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore Tokyo at your own pace. Alternatively, you can take the opportunity to join an optional Tokyo sightseeing tour (not included).

Optional Tour: Tokyo Sightseeing Tour – 10,000 Yen per person
First you will visit Tsukiji Outer Market, where you can encounter many kinds of traditional Japanese cuisine. Next, visit the stunning Meiji Shrine - a Shinto religious site that was dedicated to the Imperial Family in 1926. Walk among the serene gardens that surround the shrine as you listen to more details about its importance from your guide. Last enjoy the sweeping views of this vast city at the Observations deck at the famous Tokyo Tower, the landmark of Tokyo (entry included).

Overnight: APA Hotel Tokyo Bay Makuhari, Hotel Mystays Tachikawa or similar, Tokyo Area
Meals included: Breakfast

Today is a free day to explore Tokyo at leisure.

Overnight: APA Hotel Tokyo Bay Makuhari, Hotel Mystays Tachikawa or similar, Tokyo Area
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy the day free at leisure until your afternoon transfer to Yokohama Cruise Port to begin your 4 night MSC Cruise to China. The cruise departs at 5:00pm.

Please note: Late check out is not provided on this day. You may store your luggage at the hotel and explore Tokyo at leisure before returning to the hotel for your transfer to Yokohama late afternoon/early evening.

Overnight: MSC Cruises ‘MSC Bellissima’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Perched on a hillside sloping down to the sea, Kobe is one of Japan's most attractive and cosmopolitan cities. It was a maritime gateway from the earliest days of trade with China and home to one of the first foreign settlements after Japan reopened to the world in the mid-19th century. Kobe is compact and designed for walking.

Overnight: MSC Cruises ‘MSC Bellissima’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy the morning at leisure before setting sail this afternoon.

Overnight: MSC Cruises ‘MSC Bellissima’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: MSC Cruises ‘ MCS Bellissima’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Upon disembarkation a tour representative will meet you and then escort you to Suzhou (approx. 2 hour coach ride) to check into the hotel.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Express Suzhou Taihu Lake or similar, Suzhou
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 Wuxi (approx. 1 hour coach ride). Upon arrival enjoy free time at leisure in Nanchan Street, an ancient street which has been elegantly renovated.

Overnight: Swiss-Belhotel Liyuan or similar, Wuxi
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning visit Li Lake Park, the habitat of egrets and many rare species of birds. View the picturesque Taihu Lake, the second biggest freshwater lake in China. Then visit a Pearl Outlet to learn more about traditional Chinese pearls. Next, drive to Hangzhou (approx. 2.5 hour coach ride).

Overnight: Pujing Garden Hotel or similar, Hangzhou
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 (approx. 2 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” (not included).

Overnight: Holiday Inn Shanghai West or similar, Shanghai
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 more than 400 years ago. The exquisite garden architecture has 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 the Shanghai Museum is closed you will visit the Suzhou Museum on day 11 or 12.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Shanghai West or similar, Shanghai
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning transfer to Shanghai Railway Station for a high speed train ride to Beijing (approx. 5 hour train ride). Upon arrival, a tour representative will meet you and then escort you to check into the hotel.

Overnight: Friendship Hotel or similar, Beijing
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, your exploration of Beijing begins with a visit to Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world and then takes in the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City, also known officially as the Imperial Palace Museum, was originally constructed by the third Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Yong Le, where 24 emperors once lived successionally. 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.

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

Overnight: Friendship Hotel or similar, Beijing
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, on the way to the Great Wall, stop at a Jade Museum to learn the history of jade. In Chinese, jade is pronounced as “Yu” and it has a history in China of at least four thousand years. Observe the 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) to see Beijing’s 700 year old Hutong’s (narrow lanes). 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 local residences, Hutong and Courtyard.

Overnight: Friendship Hotel or similar, Beijing
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning make a stop at “Tongrentang” to learn more about traditional Chinese medicine. Then transfer to Beijing Airport for your return flight back to New Zealand.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note: some flights may arrive + 1 days.

Tour Inclusions

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  • See the highlights of 2 amazing countries
  • Experience the rich history and culture of Japan
  • Discover Osaka’s fantastic food and shopping at leisure
  • Explore Kyoto with a morning and afternoon at leisure
  • Visit the UNESCO-listed village of Shirakawa-go
  • Explore the remote mountain village of Gokayama
  • Visit the former government outpost of Takayama Jinya
  • Take in stunning views from Mt Fuji’s 5th Station
  • Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Ashi in Hakone National Park
  • Explore the vibrant metropolis of Tokyo at leisure
  • Visit Suzhou, Wuxi, Hangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing
  • Admire the beauty of Suzhou’s Lingering Garden
  • Enjoy free time at ancient Nanchan Street in Wuxi
  • View the dazzling Shanghai skyline from The Bund
  • Delve into China’s rich history at the Shanghai Museum
  • Enjoy free time at leisure in bustling Shanghai
  • Visit scenic Li Lake Park, home to many species of birds
  • Learn about Longjing Tea at Meijiawu Tea Village - includes tasting
  • Cruise on the beautiful West Lake of Hangzhou
  • Learn about pearls at a Freshwater Pearl Centre
  • Visit impressive Tiananmen Square in Beijing
  • Step back in time at the UNESCO listed Forbidden City
  • Visit a local Jade Museum and see artisans at work
  • Walk along the awe-inspiring Great Wall of China 
  • Learn about traditional Chinese medicine at 'Tongrentang' in Beijing
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex AKL
  • 15 nights quality hotel accommodation
  • 3 night Japan to China cruise with MSC Cruises
  • Sail aboard the amazing ‘MSC Bellissima’ ship
  • Enjoy 23 meals including daily breakfast
  • English-speaking tour leader and guides
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
 
  • 1-way high speed train (economy class): Shanghai to Beijing 
  • Transportation by private A/C vehicles
  • Return airport, cruise and rail transfers
    All of the above plus the following:
  • 1 additional night onboard the ‘MSC Bellissima’ ship
  • Enjoy 3 additional meals
  • Dock overnight in Kobe, known for its grand shrines and signature marbled beef

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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 50 RMB (approx. $11 NZD) 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). Please note the mandatory service fee is not required to be paid on days at leisure.
 
Find a breakdown of the fees due on tour below: 
20 Day Package
- Japan: 4800Yen per person total payable to your Japan based guide prior to departing Japan for services provided on days 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 8 of the tour.
- Shanghai/Suzhou/Wuxi/Hangzhou: 275RMB per person total payable to your Shanghai/Suzhou/Wuxi/Hangzhou based guide prior to departing Shanghai for services provided on days 11, 12, 13, 14 & half of day 15 of the tour.
- Beijing: 175RMB per person total payable to your Beijing based guide prior to departing Beijing for services provided on half of day 16 and days 17, 18 & 19 of the tour.
 
21 Day Package
- Japan: 4800Yen per person total payable to your Japan based guide prior to departing Japan for services provided on days 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 8 of the tour.
- Shanghai/Suzhou/Wuxi/Hangzhou: 275RMB per person total payable to your Shanghai/Suzhou/Wuxi/Hangzhou based guide prior to departing Shanghai for services provided on days 12, 13, 14, 15 & half of day 16 of the tour.
- Beijing: 175RMB per person total payable to your Beijing based guide prior to departing Beijing for services provided on half of day 16 and days 18, 19 & 20 of the tour.
 
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 15th November 2020.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies:
 
20 Day Package
- Interior Cabin: $1950
- Ocean View Cabin: $2000
- Balcony Cabin: $2050
 
21 Day Package
- Interior Cabin: $2000
- Ocean View Cabin: $2050
- Balcony Cabin: $2100
 
Departure Dates
20 Day Package
5th June 2020
 
21 Day Package
15th November 2020
 
Departure Cities
Auckland



Full Service Airline(s) Used


China Airlines, China Southern, Xiamen Airlines, Air China, China Eastern, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines plus any codeshare partners (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


3-4 Star (self-rated)

- Osaka: Toyoko Inn Osaka Abeno Tennoji, Osaka Castle Hotel or similar

- Gifu: Quintessa Hotel Ogaki, Comfort Hotel Gifu or similar

- Matsumoto/Suwa Area: Route Inn Matsumoto, Route Inn Suwa Inter or similar

- Yokohama Area: Hotel Hokke Club Fujisawa, Hotel Wing International, Comfort Hotel, Best Western or similar

- Tokyo Area: APA Hotel Tokyo Bay Makuhari, Hotel Mystays Tachikawa or similar

- Suzhou: Snowy Sea Hotel / Holiday Inn Express Suzhou Taihu Lake / Jincheng Hotel / Berkesy Residence Gusu / Vienna International Hotel OR China Garden Hotel or similar

- Wuxi: Swiss-Belhotel Liyuan / Mingdu Hotel / Landison Plaza Hotel / Gloria Grand Hotel or similar 

- Hangzhou: Pujing Garden Hotel / Fubang International Hotel / Holiday Inn Hangzhou Airport Zone /Yuandong Hotel OR Hai Wai Hai Bai Na Hotel or similar

- 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 or similar

- 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

 

- Cruise: MSC Cruises: ‘MSC Bellissima’ ship

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.
 
Child Policy
Valid for adults 18 years old and over only.
 
Triple Share
Not available.
 
Bedding Configuration
2 x Single or 1 x Queen (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 40 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
- Hiroshima Sightseeing Tour including Bullet Train – 46,000 Yen
- Kyoto Sightseeing Tour – 10,000 Yen
- Tokyo Sightseeing Tour – 10,000 Yen
- Suzhou: Grand Canal Cruise – 220 RMB 
- Shanghai: ERA and The Intersection of Time – 380 RMB
- Shanghai: Huangpu River Night Cruise – 240 RMB 
- Shanghai: Half day city tour – 180 RMB
- Beijing: The Golden Mask Dynasty – 330 RMB
- Beijing: Tour 700 year old Hutong with Lunch – 300 RMB 
 
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 tourist visa for China is a strict requirement if travelling on a New Zealand passport but is not required for Japan)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise)
- Mandatory Service Fee: 50RMB/800Yen (approx. $11 NZD) per traveller/per day where tour or transfer services are provided (this will include day or arrival and departure)
- Mandatory cruise gratuities at $12.50 USD per person/day payable onboard at the end of the cruise. Optional extras purchased on board the cruise will have up to an 18% gratuity added.
- Optional activities/tours (including any 'onshore' excursions as part of cruise)
- Personal expenses
- 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
Osaka:
June is a great month to visit. It’s usually warm but not hot.
 
Beijing:
Beijing has a temperate and continental monsoon climate, with four distinct seasons and big differences in temperature between day and night. The seasons: summer in Beijing is hot and humid, while winter is cold and dry. Spring and autumn are short and cool. The coldest month is January at an average of -4°C, and the hottest month is July at an average of 26°C. 
 
Shanghai:
Shanghai 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 of 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, while October to November, with pleasant autumn climate, is also a wise choice.


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.


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:
Some meals 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.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Cruise
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for the services of the cruise staff throughout the cruise component of this tour. MSC Cruises is an internationally registered company & operates to US & European standards, both of which have an economy driven by a gratuities culture. Gratuities are expected on your cruise and will be charged to your onboard account at $12.50 USD per person per day. If you have any questions in regards to the gratuities on your cruise please speak to the guest services staff onboard the ship.

Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary where possible, will be adjusted or an similar activity will be offered in its place (subject to availability).

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 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.