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Seabourn

Begin your holiday with a direct overnight flight from the UK to Hong Kong, where you are transferred to a 5-star hotel for a 1-night stay. The following day, transfer from the hotel to the port and embark on the luxurious Seabourn Seajourn. Whilst on board, visit ports including Kaohsiung, Taipei, Miyako, Naha and Putuoshan, before finally disembarking in Shanghai.

After transferring to a 5-star hotel, enjoy a 4-night stay in the vibrant city of Shanghai. Whilst here, enjoy a day tour around the city, exploring key landmarks like the Yu Yuan Garden and Shanghai Old Street. Believed to have been built in the Ming Dynasty, the Yu Yuan Gardens are an oasis featuring in the centre of Shanghai's old city. Translated to mean ‘Happiness Garden', these landmarks are artistic and a highlight of any visit to the city.

After your stay in Shanghai, transfer to the airport for a direct flight to Beijing where you will be escorted to a 4-star hotel. Explore the city for the rest of the day at your leisure, experiencing the food haven and imperial delights of this region. The next day, begin your 6-day Pursuit of Pandas tour with a stroll across Tiananmen Square, where you enter the Gate of Supreme Harmony, complete with thousands of rooms and imperial treasures.

Then, walk among history at the Great Wall of China, where you can visit the Jade Museum before driving back to Beijing to enjoy a relaxed afternoon in the gardens of the Summer Palace. After a flight to Xian the next day, stroll on the fabled Silk Road between the 14th century city walls and visit the Terracotta Army, before experiencing a ride on the bullet train to Chengdu. The next day, head to one of the world's finest panda conservation centres, and enjoy the atmosphere of Jinli Street. On your last day of the tour, visit Chengdu's Panda Conservation Centre and see the bear's up close, then visit the Embroidery Museum before ending the day in a traditional teahouse.

Finish your trip with a transfer from the hotel to the airport for a flight back to the UK, alongside memories of your Asian adventure and amazing holiday. This Asian adventure is proving to be very popular, with availability limited left on this unique itinerary, be quick to book and secure your place on-board today!

22 April 2018 Fly direct overnight from the UK to Hong Kong.
23 April 2018 On arrival transfer to a 5-star hotel for a 1-night stay.
24 April 2018 Transfer from the hotel to the port and embark Seabourn Sojourn.
25 April 2018 Day at Sea.
26 April 2018 Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Taiwan’s largest harbour is an important export hub for manufactured goods and tropical agricultural produce. The city’s skyline is dominated by the Tuntex Sky Tower, but it also has a number of preserved historical buildings from different periods, including the 17th Century Dutch colonial era, and its Chinese, Japanese occupations. Visit the Old City of Zuoying, dating from the 17th-century Dutch colonial period, or enjoy the scenic seafront at Sizihwan and visit the pesky Formosan Rock Macaques at the Shoushan Monkey Mountain nature park.
27 April 2018 Keelung (Taipei), Taiwan.
Keelung is the second largest port in Taiwan, and a booming trade industry has turned it into a very prosperous city and international seaport. However, the main reason for calling here is to travel inland to visit the contemporary metropolis of Taipei. Not long ago, the scenic valley of the Tanshui River was home to rice and vegetable farmers, but today it is the site of Taiwan's bustling centre of culture, commerce and government.
28 April 2018 Miyakojima (Hirara), Miyako, Japan.
Miyako Island is generally agreed to possess Japan’s most beautiful beaches. Located south of the main island of Okinawa, its white sand strands and clear waters attract sun-seekers and water sports fans to its main town, Hirara. Maehama gets the top ranking among the beaches, although Yoshino and Suniyama are also close contenders. To view the azure splendour of its seas from above, take the road out along Cape Higashi-Hennazaki on the southeast coast, where a handsome lighthouse adds a picturesque touch. In Hirari town, the 16th century tomb of the samurai hero Nakasone Tuyumya is another landmark. A botanical garden set among the islands sugarcane fields displays 1,600 species both local and imported.
29 April 2018 Naha, Japan.
Okinawa’s capital was heavily damaged during World War II. Its most famous landmark, the Chinese-style Shuri Castle, is a reconstruction, but well worth visiting, especially its impressive Shureimon gate, a UNESCO Heritage Site. Just nearby, a couple of relic sites remain: the stone houses and cobbled walkways of the Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, and the tranquil Shikina-en Garden. The Okinawa Prefecture Museum and Art Museum reveals a great deal of the local history. Okinawa has long been famous for a distinctive style of ceramic wares, which are still made in Naha’s Tsuboya neighborhood. Visit the Tsuboya Pottery Museum to learn about the craft, then stroll the shops along Yachimun Street to pick up some examples as souvenirs.
30 April 2018 Day at Sea.
01 May 2018 Zhujiajian (Putuoshan), China.
Zhujiajian is an ancient “watertown” that is today a suburb of Shanghai. The town is spread over a series of lakes and streams connected by 36 bridges, earning it the nickname of Shanghai’s Venice. It is a vestige of a China that is disappearing, and a stroll across its bridges, such as the stone Fangcheng bridge dating from 1571, and through its neighborhoods will reward a visitor with tranquil views of China’s past. A short way offshore lies one of China’s most important Buddhist sites, which has attracted pilgrims for over a thousand years. The island of Putuoshan is named for Mt. Putuo, the highest peak in the archipelago. The mountain is one of four peaks in China sacred to Buddhists, and the island is a picturesque treasury of temples, over 80 monasteries and gardens that embody every nostalgic image of China one could hope for. The slopes rise from a shoreline boasting two lovely sand beaches; Hundred Step Beach and Thousand Step Beach, divided by a rocky promontory topped by a temple. The island’s main temple is dedicated to Guanyin, sometimes called Avalokitesvara, the Goddess of Mercy and Hearer of Cries, beloved of the common folk. On Longwu Hill stands a remarkable 33-metre statue of the Goddess, crafted of bronze and gold and erected in 1997, which continues to draw pilgrims from around China and the wider world.
02 May 2018 Shanghai, China (overnight on-board).
"Paris of China" and "Pearl of the Orient," the vibrant city of Shanghai is a shining symbol of the economic emergence of the world's largest nation. A comfortable jumble of old and new, it is a city in seemingly unstoppable transition. Like the rest of China, Shanghai is undergoing one of the fastest economic expansions the world has ever seen, yet has striven to retain its historical roots. Today's Shanghai is a montage of stunning architecture, mixed with noble reminders of long-gone eras. Shanghai, as you soon discover, has many faces.
03 May 2018 Disembark and transfer to a 5-star hotel for a 4-night stay.
04 May2018 Whilst here, enjoy a day tour around the city, exploring key landmarks like the Yu Yuan Garden and Shanghai Old Street. Continue your tour to reach the Bund, Shanghai’s waterfront and well-known home to the architectural exhibition. Enjoy a view down the Huangpu River and visit the Shanghai Museum of Ancient Chinese Art or Shikumen Wulixiang Museum, boasting a collection of over 120,000 works in 21 categories. After lunch, visit the Shanghai Arts and Crafts Store then see the Jade Buddha Temple. The last stop is Xin Tian Di, a nightlife district with boutiques, restaurants and bars. Explore at your leisure before returning to the initial pick-up point where you will be transferred to your hotel.
05 May 2018 Take part in a full-day excursion where you are picked up from your hotel and enjoy a trip to iconic locations including Tiger Hill and the Garden of Master Nets. After lunch, which is included, continue to the Lingering Garden, celebrated for its artistic and architectural form. Then, end your tour with a visit to the Institute of Embroidery, where you can encounter the beautiful designs and workmanship.
06 May 2018 Today, you will discover the history and culture of Hang Zhou aboard the Heaven on the Earth day-tour. Begin by cruising across the West Lake and view the spectacular scenery including the Three Pools, Mirroring Moon and the Bai and Su causeways. After lunch, visit Guo’s Villa – a traditional private garden in Hang Zhou. Discover the history of Chinese tea with a guided tour to the China Tea Museum and the Mejiawu Tea Plantation, before heading back to Shanghai after a stop at the Qiantang River.
07 May 2018 Transfer from the hotel to Shanghai airport for a direct flight to Beijing.
On arrival transfer to a 4-star hotel.
The rest of the day is to spend at leisure.
08 May 2018 Begin in Beijing’s symbolic heart with a stroll across Tiananmen Square, flanked by imposing government buildings and the mausoleum of Chairman Mao. At the head of the square the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City is a monument to dynasties past. Entering through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will find a complex of a thousand rooms and many imperial treasures. Later soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape, where you can watch, or participate in a dance class. This evening sit down to a traditional dinner of Peking duck, after which there is an option to enjoy a Kung Fu show.
09 May 2018 This morning is dedicated to China’s most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Stretching thousands of miles from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert, over all sorts of dramatic landscapes, it is one of the world’s most impressive feats of engineering. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the wall itself and the magnificent scenery that it crosses. You will have an opportunity to visit the Jade Museum, where you will be able to buy a small handcrafted piece. Jade is revered throughout China; it is said to bring fortune and prosperity to those who wear it. Drive back to Beijing, then enjoy a relaxed afternoon in the idyllic gardens of the Summer Palace as you wander through traditional landscapes and admire exquisite architecture. A Chinese acrobatic show rounds off the day.
10 May 2018 Fly to Xian. An illustrious and age-old city, Xian is one of the four great ancient capitals of China. It is also the capital of Shaanxi province, and the starting point of the fabled Silk Road with a history spanning 3,100 years. Take a leisurely stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town, before a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
11 May 2018 After their fortuitous discovery by local farmers in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China’s first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of life-like warriors who stand in their original formations at the exact location they were excavated. Visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Watch the skilled production process and buy a souvenir warrior to take home. Take a bullet train to Chengdu.
12 May 2018 This morning visit one of the world’s finest panda conservation centres at Dujiangyan Panda Base, where you’ll gain a real insight into the hard work that goes into caring for and boosting the population of this endangered species. The pandas here are kept in conditions very close to their natural habitat. Later enjoy the atmosphere of Jinli Street – a lively street lined with antique shops and restaurants before sampling a delicious Sichuanese meal.
13 May 2018 A visit to Chengdu’s famous Panda Conservation Centre allows you to see and learn about China’s celebrated bears. See them up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat as they chomp through piles of bamboo. A look around the informative museum gives an overview of the Reserve’s breeding programme. Also, visit the Shu Brocade Embroidery Museum, then enjoy a hot beverage in a traditional teahouse before visiting Matchmaker’s Corner where parents search for worthy suitors for their children.
14 May 2018 Transfer from the hotel to the airport for a flight back to the UK.

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WHAT´S INCLUDED
  • Flights.
  • Private overseas transfers.
  • 1-night 5-star hotel stay in Hong Kong.
  • 9-night ultra-luxury all-inclusive cruise.
  • 4-night 5-star hotel stay in Shanghai.
  • 7-night In the Pursuit of Pandas guided tour including all meals, domestic transport touring with guides and entrance fees, visa fees for UK passport holders. Tour highlights include The Great Wall, Beijing, Xian and Giant Pandas.
Highlights
  • 5-star luxury hotel stay in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
  • Shanghai tour, excursion to Suzhou and excursion to Hang Zhou.
  • 7-night Pursuit of Pandas guided tour including The Great Wall, Beijing, Xian and Giant Pandas.
Oceanview Suite
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Veranda Suite
£8759  
£8499
Penthouse Suite
£14389  
£13799
Naha
Shanghai
Hang Zhou
Beijing
Terracotta Army
Panda
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