(Beijing, Hong Kong)
(Seas of China Cruise)
From the hypermodern to the deeply traditional, China has many layers to unfold. Set sail on a connoisseur's voyage of China to explore the mysteries of this eastern land. Your luxurious ship will bring you in top comfort from Beijing to Hong Kong, with calls to port at coastal cities along your southbound route, including the trip's obvious apex: three consecutive days in the great city of Shanghai. Includes pre and post tours in Beijing and Hong Kong with private expert guide.
Cruise Departure Dates (2015):
Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.
Enjoy a full day private guided tour with lunch at the Great Wall at Mutianyu located 45 miles northeast of Beijing. This section winds along lofty, cragged mountains for 1.4 miles. Construction was started in the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577) and was restored in the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Built mainly from granite with 8 meter walls and 5 meter wide at the top, it is notable for its 22 watchtowers. Lunch is included.
Discover the wonders of Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of heaven with a deluxe lunch on a half day private guided tour. Tiananmen Square was built in 1417 during the Ming Dynasty and was the front door of the Forbidden City. The present square stretches over a vast 440,000 square meters and features Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People, and Mao Zedong Memorial Hall. The Forbidden City is the world's largest palace complex with 9,999 buildings across 74 hectares, surrounded by a six meter deep moat and a ten meter wall, and is divided into two parts. The Outer Court was where the Emperor exercised his supreme power over the nation. The Inner Court was where he lived with his royal family. Fourteen emperors of the Ming dynasty and ten Emperors of the Qing dynasty reigned here until 1924.
Transfer from Beijing to Tianjin with a private vehicle and English speaking guide. The transfer is approximately 2.5 hours.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom and to explore the length of your ship. Your voyage will begin shortly.
Port charges are included in your itinerary pricing.
Yantai is the largest fishing seaport in the Shandong province and a robust economic center today, despite being nothing more than a small fishing village until the late 19th century. Because of its fair weather and extensive coasts Yantai has become a popular summer retreat. Like many other cities in China, Yantai has improved and upgraded many tourist sites targeted at both national and international tourists.
Today is a full day at sea, sailing the Yellow Sea, as you cruise onward toward Shanghai.Cozy up with a book, or enjoy some of the numerous ship-based facilities you have at your disposal.
The Port of Shanghai faces the East China Sea to the east, and Hangzhou Bay to the south. It includes the heads of the Yangtze River, Huangpu River, and Qiantang River. The city of Shanghai is the most populated city not just in China, but in the entire world. Shanghai is also a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, City God Temple and Yuyuan Garden, as well as the extensive and growing Pudong skyline. It is described as the "showpiece" of the booming economy of mainland China.
With an entire day in port, you'll have plenty of time to set out and experience some additional Shanghai sites.
Your ship departs from port in the early evening, meaning you have yet another opportunity to enjoy the splendor of Shanghai.
Today you'll cruise the East China Sea, and get to relax on board with a full day of cruising. You'll have a nice chance to meet up with some of your fellow cruisemates to trade stories.
Xiamen is a major city on the southeast coast of the People's Republic of China. Xiamen and its surrounding countryside is known for its scenery and tree-lined beaches. Gulangyu, also known as Piano Island, is a popular weekend getaway with views of the city and features many Victorian-era style European edifices. Xiamen's Botanical Garden is a nature lover's paradise, while the Buddhist Nanputuo Temple, dating back to the Tang Dynasty, is a national treasure. Xiamen is also famous for its history as a frontline in the Chinese Civil War with Taiwan over Jinmen 50 years ago.
Hong Kong, A city-state situated on China's south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour. After 156 years of British colonial rule, the sovereignty of Hong Kong was transfered back to China in 1997. As a result of the lack of space and demand for construction, few older buildings remain, and the city is becoming a centre for modern architecture.
A full day in port today allows you plenty of opportunity to further explore all that Hong Kong has to offer.
This morning you'll disembark from your ship and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
Meet your driver for a cruise terminal transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.
Spend a half day exploring some of the highlights of Hong Kong. Victoria Peak is a mountain in the western half of Hong Kong Island. It’s also known as Mount Austin, and locally as The Peak. With an altitude of 552 meters, it’s the highest mountain on the island. Since the 19th century, Aberdeen has emerged as one of the most important fishing ports in Hong Kong. Now in Aberdeen, as the catering and tourism industries are on the rise, so is the demand for seafood. There you will see rows upon rows of the old-fashioned junks and sampans, and some house boats where the fishermen and their families still live. Lastly, continue to Repulse Bay, located in the southern part of Hong Kong. The beach stretches along with clear azure blue water gently lapping the seashore with golden soft sand.
Cocooned amidst the labyrinthine alleyways or ‘hutongs’ once meticulously planned by the Emperors of China, the Regent Beijing Hotel near Forbidden City has become a landmark in the region which formed the centerpiece of the Middle Kingdom. Deep in the core of the historic quarter and a short distance from must-see cultural markers such as Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven, the sensuous beat of traditional Chinese hospitality combines with a cutting-edge design to create an oasis of tranquility and a modern icon in a luxurious home away from home. Meticulously-designed in classic style yet reflecting contemporary convenience, the hotel’s rooms and suites offer the best in 21st century hotel luxury without sacrificing traditional Chinese elegance.
The Crystal Symphony, with its sleek silhouette, finds a natural home in the world's most glamorous harbours and idyllic ports of call. The luxurious 50,000-ton, 922-guest ship is one of the most spacious cruise ships at sea, joining Crystal Serenity in the top two spots among Condé Nast Traveler’s best ships in the world. Onboard amenities include grand lounges, full-service fitness facility, Crystal Casino, Feng Shui-inspired spa, 360° teak Promenade Deck, lap pool, Jacuzzi, acclaimed cuisine and spectacular entertainment.
The Luxe Manor is an intriguing celebration of the abstract and the extraordinary. As richly diverse in style as the origins of each guest, the Luxe Manor is a boutique hotel fashioned from Salvador Dali's fertile imagination. Surreal yet unexpectedly comforting, discover a delightfully rich eclectic mix of Oriental and European decor with modern sensibilities. Emerge from the cocooned world of the Luxe Manor into the throbbing heart of Tsim Sha Tsui. Awaiting you are world renowned luxury retailers alongside a myriad of shops, markets, department stores, and museums. Whether your chosen room is one of the deluxe rooms or one of six uniquely themed suites, the Luxe Manor offers extraordinarily inviting and comfortable dwellings.
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