Discover the wonders of China and the Far East with this amazing package that combines a comprehensive tour of China with a nine night cruise. Retrace the footsteps of the last Emperor through the maze of corridors and courtyards in the Forbidden City, walk along the Great Wall of China (which is visible from space) and marvel at the first Emperor of China’s Terracotta Warriors in Xian. Transporting you through the Far East, the Mariner of the Seas® will give you the opportunity to sunbathe on the beaches of Xiamen, seek out the best shopping bargains in Hong Kong and dive into the historical city of Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam.
Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, with full escorted tours: Starting with a two nights stay in Beijing, there is no better way to begin your journey through China. Your first day will start with visits to the Ming Tombs, the Great Wall of China and a Hutong tour (a journey down the alleyways and lanes of a traditional residential area), plus lunch at a local restaurant. Before departing to Xian the following day, you will have a morning visit to the Forbidden City and a quick bite to eat. Travelling 1st Class via China’s high-speed railway, at over 300km an hour, you will arrive in Xian ready for the next part of your holiday. Starting off your full day tour on a high will be a morning visit to the world famous Terracotta Warriors. Stop offs to the City Wall and the Village Market after lunch will complete your afternoon, before being whisked away to an evening Tang Dynasty Dance Show with a traditional dinner included. The following morning you will check out of your hotel after breakfast and journey to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Shanxi Province History Museum before flying to Shanghai for a quick one night stay.