Grand China, Thailand & Dubai Voyage

Cruise + Tour

9 DAY TOUR
9 DAY TOUR
27 NIGHT CRUISE
27 NIGHT CRUISE
FLIGHTS
FLIGHTS
MY CRUISES PACKAGE SAVINGS
MY CRUISES PACKAGE SAVINGS

My Cruises Package Inclusions

  • 9 day escorted tour of China from Beijing to Shanghai
  • 8 night accommodation in hand-selected hotels while touring with breakfast daily
  • 27 night cruise from Shanghai to Dubai onboard MSC Splendida in an Interior Bella Cabin
  • Return economy flights from Auckland to Beijing, returning from Dubai including checked luggage
  • All onboard meals in complimentary dining venues, & selected non-alcoholic beverages
  • A wide range of onboard activities & entertainment
  • All port taxes & charges included
  • Prepaid gratuities included on your tour

 

Bonus Value

  • BONUS Beijing city tour including visits to Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City
  • BONUS Great Wall of China tour
  • BONUS Visits to Suzhou, Wuxi, & Hangzhou
  • BONUS Visit to a traditional tea house in Shanghai
  • BONUS Exclusive My Cruises Package Holiday Savings

Tour & Sail Date

Tour Departs Thursday, February 6, 2020 and Set Sail on Friday, February 14, 2020.

*Surcharges may apply.

 

Upgrades

Upgrade to an Inside Fantastica Cabin from only $199 per person
Upgrade to an Oceanview Bella Cabin from only $399 per person
Upgrade to an Oceanview Fantastica Cabin from only $799 per person
Upgrade to a Balcony Bella Cabin from only $999 per person
Upgrade to a Balcony Fantastica Cabin from only $1,399 per person

Day 1: Beijing, China

You are now in the heartland of China, a dynamic and modern city awaits you in the form of Beijing. The Great Wall still makes its way the through the landscape; the once Forbidden City shows off its opulent throne rooms as well as temples and tombs which foreground the ancient cultural aspects of this city. Tienanmen Square is an absolute must see whilst in the city.

Day 2: Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City (Beijing), China

This morning after breakfast drive onwards to Beijing to begin your exploration of this amazing city. The tour 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 in succession. 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 on fresh pearls. Tonight, take the opportunity to attend an optional large-scale dramatic musical, “The Golden Mask Dynasty” (not included).

Day 3: Great Wall of China (Beijing), China

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 – more than 3500 miles long. In the afternoon, join an optional tour to see Beijing’s 700-year old Hutongs (narrow alleys) area by old fashioned pedicab (not included), as well as a visit to a local family living in a courtyard style home to experience the local customs of the people of Beijing and their home’s unique architectural structure.

Day 4: Suzhou (Shanghai) to Wuxi (Jiangsu), China

Often called the ‘Venice of the East’, Suzhou has a history dating back to 541BC. 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. Next, drive to Wuxi and enjoy free time at leisure in Nanchang Street, a famous ancient street showcasing the juxtaposition of traditional and modern living.

Day 5: Wuxi (Jiangsu) to Hangzhou (Zhejiang), China

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, and then visit a Pearl Outlet to learn about the cultural significance of the traditional Chinese pearl. Afterwards, drive to Hangzhou and visit the West Lake, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, that epitomises the ethereal beauty of Hangzhou’s willow draped islands.

Day 6: Hangzhou (Zhejiang) to Shanghai, China

Hangzhou is considered the tea capital of China, so a visit to the city just isn’t complete without a trip to a local tea house. Make a special visit to the Tea House at Meijiawu Tea Village located at the hinterland of West Lake Park which is considered one of the most important Longjing Tea productions in China. Enjoy the natural environment and beautiful village scenery while learning more about their special tea culture. At the Tea House, learn how to make the Longjing Tea including picking, frying and tasting the tea leaves. Then enjoy a small boat ride on the West Lake another UNESCO World Heritage Site, which reveals the ethereal beauty of Hangzhou’s willow draped islands. Next, drive to Shanghai 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 thrilling Chinese Acrobatic Show “ERA: The Intersection of Time” (not included).

Day 7-9: Shanghai, China

A number of optional experiences are available including a private tour of the city, watch Chinese acrobats, or venture further afield with a tour of Zhujiajiao, a traditional Chinese Water Town. End your tour with a transfer back to the airport to meet your return flight home.

Day 10: Shanghai, China

Embark on the MSC Splendida.

Day 11: Shanghai, China

Spend today exploring Shanghai, China’s largest city!

Day 12: At Sea

Your full day at sea will allow you to take full advantage of everything your ship has to offer. Seek out hidden treasures and make the most of the facilities onboard. If you packed full of fun activities then be sure to refer to the ship’s daily newsletter to keep up to date on everything offered onboard. If relaxation is on your mind then your sea day will allow you to sit back, soak in ship life and watch the world as it floats by you.

Day 13: Naha, Japan

Welcome to Nana the capital of the tropical Okinawa Prefecture. Nana is famous for the Shuri Castel, of the Ryukyu Kingdom & the birthplace of karate. The Tsuboya district is famous for its traditional ceramics & the main street Kokusaidori is lined with shops, restaurants & bars.

Day 14: At Sea

Day 15-16: Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong is a fascinating city with a positively confounding mix of modern skyscrapers and ancient shrines, high-tech mega malls and Buddhist temples. Relax for the day or feel free to explore the city with a walking tour, a cooking class, or a scenic open top bus tour.

Day 17-19: At Sea

Day 20-21: Bangkok, Thailand

The capital of Thailand is perfect for an array of travellers, the National Museum is ideal for history enthusiasts, shoppers will be in paradise at the Banglamphu district and foodies will be impressed by the local seafood on offer in Klong Toey (central Bangkok).

Day 22: At Sea

Day 23: Singapore, Singapore

Visit Universal Studios, ride the observational Singapore Flyer, wander through the magical Gardens by the Bay. There’s plenty to do in this magical city, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll want to revisit to explore everything on offer.

Day 24: At Sea

Day 25: Phuket, Thailand

Phuket boasts some of the worlds most stunning coastlines, reef structures, sandy beaches and 5 star resorts. Venture in to the capital to view the juxtaposition of historic structures being absorbed by new shops, restaurants and cafes.

Day 26-27: At Sea

Day 28: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo is a terrific example of where old meets new in the countries capital. Stroll past colonial architecture and lush gardens in the Fort district, shop traditional marketplaces, step into modern times at Colombo’s countless restaurants, museums and galleries.

Day 29: At Sea

Day 30: Cochin, India

Cochin is home to one of the most divine harbours in the world, made up of Fort Kochi beach, St. Francis Church and encircled by the Chinese fishing nets.

Day 31-32: At Sea

Day 33: Muscat, Oman

A beautiful oasis of pristine lawns, trees and an array of flowers are not the first thought when picturing a typically desert country. Traditional architecture, elegant mosques, and eye-opening museums intertwine with modern structures to create a striking resemblance to what Mars would be like if filled with opulence.

Day 34: At Sea

Day 35: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Welcome to one of the most astounding destinations of luxury in the world, a visit to the Ferrari World Theme Park, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Emirates Palace are all must see experiences. A pleasure for both sight and senses can be achieved with lunch at Etihad Tower.

Day 36-37: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Welcome to Dubai where you will be able to explore some of the most astounding man-made sites in the Northern Hemisphere. Check out The Palm, an island built in the shape indicative of its name, filled with opulent mansions and in close proximity to the Burj Al Arab Hotel. The Burj is a 7 star, unmatched experience built for the ultra wealthy elitists. The most well known building in Dubai is without a doubt the Burj Khalifa, extending 830 metres, seamlessly entering the stratosphere. Size and decadence seem to be the only two prerequisites in Dubai.

Disembark in Dubai & begin your journey home.

 

The MSC Splendida combines the famous Italian elegance with cutting-edge marine technology to provide passengers with the ultimate luxury cruise experience. Boasting 14 guest decks this ship offers five swimming pools, a fitness room and a squash room. Choose from 14 on board restaurants, including Mediterranean and Tex-Mex specialty dining. After dinner enjoy a show at the Strand Theatre, try your luck at the Royal Palm Casino, or dance the night away at Club 33 Disco. Also featuring a full children’s programme, the MSC Top 18 adults only area, and the exclusive Yacht Club complete with 24-hour butler service a dedicated pool, bar, and observation lounge.

Travel based on tour date, February 6, 2020 and sail date, February 14, 2020.

Prices are per person twin share in NZD travelling from Auckland, and subject to availability and currency fluctuations. Pricing is subject to change until reservation is confirmed. 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.

Accommodation is subject to change and availability.

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 onboard 2 hours before sailing.

Disembarkation usually begins 2 hours after docking.

These fares/prices may change due to availability or currency fluctuations.

All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from New Zealand.

From $4,190*
PP Twin Share
Includes
$3,000
In Bonus Value
Valued At
$5,690
PP Twin Share