Majestic China & Yangtze River Cruise
Cruise + Tour
My Cruises Package Inclusions
- 11 Day Escorted tour of China from Xian to Shanghai
- 10 Nights accommodation whilst on tour including daily breakfast
- 4 Night luxury Yangtze River cruise onboard MV President 8 in a Deluxe Balcony Stateroom
- Economy airfares Auckland to Xian, China, returning from Chongqing, China
- All onboard meals in complimentary dining venues & selected non-alcoholic beverages
- Wide range of onboard activities, and entertainment.
- Wide range of onboard activities, and entertainment.
- BONUS unlimited local wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard cruise
- BONUS VIP Cruise Package including express check in and check out, welcome fruit basket, complimentary coffee, tea & snacks at happy hour in afternoon
- BONUS Bullet train journey from Xian to Beijing
- BONUS Bullet train journeys from Beijing to Suzhou
- BONUS Bullet train journeys from Shanghai to Yichang
- BONUS Yangtze River Shore Excursion to Three Gorges Dam Site
- BONUS Yangtze River Shore Excursion to Shennong Stream
- BONUS Yangtze River Shore Excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda
- BONUS pre paid gratuities included on the tour portion of the holiday
- BONUS My Cruises Package Savings including higher deck cabin location
General Sail Date Information
Tour Departs Friday, March 13, 2020
Set Sail Monday, March 23, 2020
Upgrade to an Executive Balcony from only $399 per person
Upgrade your Bullet Train Journeys to First Class from only $299 per person
Day 1: Xi’an, China
Marking the eastern end of the Silk Road, Xi’an is one of the ancient capitals of China, symbolic of ‘Eternal Peace’. You will be greeted at the airport by a representative who will transfer you to the hotel. Note: Some flights may depart the night before.
Day 2: Xi’an, China
The highlight today is a visit to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum followed by the Terracotta Warriors Reproduction Factory. 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 and will leave you astounded by the sheer scale of the army. In the evening, enjoy an optional Imperial Dumpling Banquet and Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Show (not included).
Day 3: Xi’an – Beijing
Unearth the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a scenic spot and World Heritage Site surviving from the Tang dynasty. Although 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. Later, travel to China’s sprawling capital Beijing on a high-speed train.
Day 4: Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City (Beijing), China
Visit Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world and the venue of the infamous 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations. Acclaimed as the ‘Gate of Heavenly Peace’, it is the foreground to the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Otherwise known as the Imperial Palace Museum, the Forbidden City is the citadel of China’s last 24 Emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties, and was the political and ritual centre of China. Cap off the day with an opportunity to attend a legendary large-scale musical drama, “The Golden Mask Dynasty” (not included).
Day 5: Great Wall of China (Beijing), China
Continue your educational journey of China’s fascinating history with a stop at a Jade Museum to observe skilled artisans carve intricate designs. With more than four thousand years of history, jade stone in Chinese culture symbolises preciousness and beauty, and embodies the Confucian virtues of courage, wisdom and compassion. Before long, you will drive through the mountainous countryside to one of the top archaeological wonders of the world, the iconic Great Wall at Juyong Pass, an accessible and gentle stretch meandering over 3500 miles of China’s northern mountain ranges from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert. Immerse yourself with an optional tour to experience life in ancient Beijing at a 700-year-old Hutong (narrow alley) and dinner with a local family still living in old courtyard-style houses (not included).
Day 6: Beijing – Suzhou
Today is your chance to become experts in Traditional Chinese Medicine, a 5000-year-old practice that incorporates herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, exercise and dietary therapy. Based on the concept of a connection between mind, body and environment to prevent and manage diseases, elements of its natural and holistic approach are widely adopted in Western medicine. With your mind and soul at ease, travel on a high-speed bullet train to the harmonious city of Suzhou often described as the ‘Venice of the East’ for its classical gardens, palaces, canals and bridges.
Day 7: Suzhou (Shanghai) to Wuxi (Jiangsu), China
China is the largest silk producer in the world and Suzhou is renowned for its exquisite quality silk. Today you can witness the delicate silk-making process from silkworm cocoons at the Silk Spinning Factory and testify that the handmade quilts are as light as feather. Then take a stroll in the world-famous Lingering Garden, featuring ornate viewing pavilions and a splendid landscape of water and striking rockeries. You have an opportunity to cruise along the Grand Canal (not included) to view life along China’s ancient waterway. Travel to Wuxi, the ‘land of fish and rice’, to conclude the day at famous Nanchang Street, an ancient thoroughfare showcasing the juxtaposition of traditional and modern living.
Day 8: Wuxi (Jiangsu) to Hangzhou (Zhejiang), China
Gain an insight into China’s enormous manufacturing and production capabilities with a visit to a Pearl Factory to learn about freshwater pearls, a key export commodity with great cultural significance since the Han dynasty. Then take in the pleasant sounds at Li Lake Park, home to egrets and many rare species of birds, and the wonderful scenery of picturesque Taihu Lake, the second biggest freshwater lake in China. Top off your evening with a spectacular “Impression West Lake” show (not included) staged entirely upon the open-air of the West Lake with a backdrop of natural mountains and real water – a truly captivating artistic masterpiece of music, light and dance produced by the theatrical director of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games’ opening and closing ceremonies.
Day 9: Hangzhou (Zhejiang) to Shanghai, China
Described by Marco Polo as ‘the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world’, Hangzhou is considered the tea capital of China. Learn how to make local specialty Longjing Tea at a tea house while immersed in the stunning natural scenery of the village surrounds. Then enjoy a small boat ride on the UNESCO-listed West Lake where you will see the ethereal beauty of Hangzhou’s willow-draped islands. Next, transfer to cosmopolitan metropolis Shanghai to visit the famous Bund, a five-block riverfront promenade of shops and commercial buildings. Modern mega high-rises on the east and traditional European-style architecture on the west are divided by the Huangpu River. Complete a memorable evening with the option to attend a spectacular Chinese acrobatic show, “ERA: The Intersection of Time” or “SPIRAL” (not included), widely praised as the best acrobatic show in Shanghai.
Day 10: Shanghai, China
Today is free at leisure or you may join a Shanghai Day Tour with Maglev Train Experience (not included) to soak up Shanghai’s best sights including Shanghai Bazaar where you can shop for last minute souvenirs, the affluent streets of Xintiandi composed of old-style Shikumen residences and modern architecture, and the world’s fastest commercially operating train with a top speed of 390km/h. Last but not least, one of the best ways to enjoy the extraordinary evening scenery along the Huangpu River is to take a charming “Huangpu River Cruise” (not included).
Day 11: Shanghai – Yichang
Transfer to the railway station for a high-speed train ride to Yichang, known as ‘Gateway to the Three Gorges’, an important trading port along the majestic Yangtze River. Then transfer to your Yangtze River Cruise ship.
Day 12: Yangtze River Cruise – Three Gorges Dam
Experience your first shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site, one of the largest construction projects undertaken by mankind and is the biggest hydropower project in the world. Enjoy a captain’s welcome party and cultural activities in the evening. Optional shore excursion: Tribe of the Three Gorges (not included) – the only large scenic spot that has not been influenced by the Three Gorges Dam project, showcasing the Ba and Shu Cultures.
Day 13: Yangtze River Cruise – Shennong Stream
Enjoy a shore excursion to Shennong Stream, a mysterious and narrow tributary famous for its picturesque scenery and announced a National Tourist Attraction. All along the stream are signs of ancient Chinese civilisation and nature’s splendour characterised by steep ridges and peaks, massive caves, wildflowers, plank roads built along cliffs and ancient hanging coffins. Be prepared to take in the elegance of Wu Gorge and the beauty of Qutang Gorge, the defining highlights of your cruise. Optional shore excursion: White Emperor City (not included) – White Emperor City is an ancient temple that is located atop Baidi Mountain on the northern bank of the Yangtze River.
Day 14: Yangtze River Cruise – Shibaozhai Pagoda
Today experience a shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda, a vermilion 12 storey ancient pagoda built on the side of a cliff face, rising almost 100 feet high. You will be farewelled in the evening with a captain’s banquet. Optional shore excursion: Fengdu Ghost City (not included) – a large complex of shrines, temples and monasteries dedicated to the afterlife on Ming mountain, or Jade Emperor Scenic Area (not included) – a sacred site featuring a 100-foot-tall statue depicting the Jade Emperor and over 200 Taoist and Buddhist sculptures.
Day 15: Yangtze River Cruise – Chongqing
Disembark the cruise ship at Chongqing, known as the ‘Mountain City’ of China, and transfer to the airport.
The deluxe President 8 ship offers state of the art design and opulence. Lounges, deluxe cabins, balconies, indulgent presidential suites, and international dining, are just some of the luxuries awaiting you on the Presdient 8. With 3 kinds of cabins, a beauty salon, jacuzzi, gym, karaoke, swimming pool, sauna, and children’s playground, there is something for everyone onboard the President 8
Travel based on Tour Departure March 13, 2020 and Sail Date March 23, 2020
Prices are per person twin share in NZD based on flights from Auckland, and subject to availability and currency fluctuations.
Pricing is subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Accommodation is subject to change and availability.
Surcharges may apply. Flights may not be direct or operate daily. Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.
Disruptions to cruising and itinerary may occur. Shore excursions and other items such as alcoholic beverages & laundry are an additional cost.
Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.
Disembarkation usually begins 2 hours after docking.
These fares/prices may change due to availability or currency fluctuations.
Please note upgrade amounts advertised may be based on lead in obstructed view staterooms.
All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from New Zealand.
Please note Cruise Gratuity RMB150 (approx US$25) is not included and is payable onboard
Tour gratuities have been included in the package
Bullet Train journeys are all based on 2nd class travel service