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Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Set sail for 27 nights on this spectacular Asian adventure, featuring luxury hotel stays, an ultra-luxury cruise and land adventures to uncover the depths of this incredible continent.

Begin with a flight to Hong Kong, where you will stay for three nights for your 'Jewel of Hong Kong' pre-cruise land adventure. Explore the region with a tram ride to Victoria Peak; a visit to Aberdeen fishing village by sampan boat; a shopping trip along Stanley Market and a visit to Hong Kong's largest island, Lantau.

After your land adventure, transfer to your cruise ship, Seven Seas Explorer, for your 12-night ultra-luxury, all-inclusive sailing. Visit a selection of ports across Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and China, before disembarking back in Hong Kong.

From here, fly to Beijing where you will begin your eleven-night 'China Highlights' tour, offering hotel stays and exploratory excursions., such as visiting the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors.

After your tour is over, transfer to Shanghai's airport for your flight back to the UK.

05 March 2021 Fly overnight from the UK to Hong Kong.
06 March 2021 Upon arrival at Hong Kong airport transfer to a hotel for a three-night stay.
The remainder of the day will be at your leisure.
07 March 2021 Hong Kong.
Today drive to Hong Kong Island. For the ultimate view of the surroundings, ride the tram up to Victoria Peak. The world’s steepest funicular railway, the Peak Tram opened in 1888 and has been providing spectacular panoramas ever since. As you ascend, you may notice that the steep slope causes an optical illusion in which the skyscrapers seem to be standing at impossible angles.
After pausing for photos at the peak, drive on to Aberdeen fishing village and board a sampan boat. While on the water, expect to see fishing boats, Chinese junks and villagers doing chores. The experience offers a candid look into daily life, as does your next stop—a tour of a gem factory where you will learn how the craftsmen process the stones for sale or to be set into jewellery.
Then following lunch, it’s on to vibrant Stanley Market, a highly popular shopping destination for merchandise such as silk garments, Chinese costume jewellery and art. As an alternative in Stanley, perhaps explore Tin Hau Temple, which once stood at the edge of the sea, and the Murray House, an early 19th-Century building that was moved from its original site to the seaside.
The next destination will be the Central District, Hong Kong’s vibrant business and retail heart. Here board a boat for a scenic cruise on Victoria Harbour. Experience the rhythm and vitality of the city from the water while enjoying the magnificent views offered by the Hong Kong skyline. Following the boat cruise, return to the hotel and spend the evening as you please.
08 March 2021 Hong Kong.
After breakfast at the hotel, depart for Tung Chung, a city on Lantau, Hong Kong’s largest island. The landscape is lush and mountainous and enjoy a wonderful view of it while riding a cable car to Ngong Ping village. Nearby, find Po Lin Monastery. Once a rather remote monastery, it gained prominence in 1993, when a Big Buddha statue was erected here. More than 100 feet high, it attracts pilgrims from all over Asia. Be sure to have a camera ready for photos of the iconic Buddha. After a vegetarian lunch at the monastery, explore Ngong Ping village at your own leisure. The large Buddha here is also impressive, as is the teahouse with its intricate architectural carvings and curved roof. In time, return to Tung Chung and on the hotel to enjoy the remainder of the day and evening on your own. Dinner is on your own.
09 March 2021 Hong Kong.
Transfer from the hotel to Seven Seas Explorer for a 12-night ultra-luxury, all-inclusive cruise.
10 March 2021 Day at sea.
11 March 2021 Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam.
Hanoi is gateway to Halong Bay and the Red River Delta. This region, "the Bay of the Descending Dragon," is dotted with more than 3,000 mountainous islands, each with its own unique landscape. The islands are famous for their dolomite and limestone rock formations. At the western end of Halong Bay is Cat Ba Island, where Chinese and Vietnamese pirates settled during the late 19th century. Today a large section of the island is devoted to a protected national park..
12 March 2021 Hue (Chan May)
Sitting on the southerly curve of a vast, well-protected bay, Vietnam’s third largest city, Da Nang is the principal port in the central part of the country and still retains much of its French colonial ambiance. Visit the intriguing Cham Museum, filled with wonderful artefacts of the Cham culture centred here for a millennium and famed China Beach. But Hue, the former imperial capital on the Perfume River beckons. Now undergoing a renaissance enjoy its lovely temples, pagodas and imposing citadel protected by a moat. Browse the shops for locally woven cotton cloth, lacquerware and charming silk paintings on note cards. Savour Vietnamese cuisine including bountiful lobster. shrimp, crab, and fish dishes as well as noodle dishes and soups.
13 March 2021 Nha Trang, Vietnam.
Nha Trang is situated in Vietnam's southern Champa Kingdom along the Song Cai River. In ancient times, this southern region was once a peaceful Champa settlement. It was attacked by the Vietnamese at the end of the 15th century, though it remained under Champa control until the mid-17th century when the Nguyen Lords of Hue took possession. From the city of Nha Trang, several ancient Cham Towers can be visited, each revealing details of the unique culture of the Chams.
14 - 15 March 2021 Phu My (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam.
Phu My is the gateway to Ho Chi Minh City, which is best explored on foot so that you can escape the bustle and find tranquil parks, peaceful pagodas and timeless alleyways. Perhaps cruise down one of the great rivers of the world, the Mekong. In Vietnam, the river divides itself into dozens of tributaries and becomes the Cuu Long (Nine Dragons) that fan out into a rich delta, covered with green rice paddies and orchards of coconuts, mangos, pineapples and bananas. On the river boat, head toward Thoi Son Island to taste the local fruits and honey tea.
16 March 2021 Day at sea.
17 March 2021 Kota Kinabulu (Borneo), Malaysia.
Enjoy the sights in this bustling, ethnically diverse city as you see the golddomed mosque, unique high-rise architecture, and the Heritage Village. Or venture into the interior and astonishing Kinabalu Park. Stroll past rare plants along a nature trail and through a garden of rare orchids. Or ride Borneo's last train into the lush countryside of farms, water buffalo and villages. Spend time on the glorious beaches.
18 March 2021 Puerto Princesa, Philippines.
Puerto Princesa is the capital of Palawan, Philippines, located 306 nautical miles southwest of Manila. It is said that the city was named after a mythical young woman, and Puerto Princesa certainly lives up to her legendary splendour with miles of pristine beaches and lush wilderness. Be sure to visit the underground river — the longest in the world deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beachgoers should head to Honda Bay, consisting of several islets that are the best location for snorkelling and island hopping.
19 -20 March 2021 Days at sea.
21 March 2021 Hong Kong, China.
Disembark and transfer to the airport for a flight to Beijing. Upon arrival at the Beijing airport, please proceed to the luggage area to claim any checked bags. Our local DA representative will assist with boarding the deluxe air-conditioned vehicle waiting outside the terminal building and transfer to the hotel.
22 March 2021 Beijing, China.
Temple of Heaven. This tranquil park is often a favourite stop for visitors to Beijing, as it provides them with an authentic look into local life in this city. On any given day, it is possible to see enthusiastic groups of Beijingers practising Tai Chi, playing traditional instruments, or singing Peking Opera.
The grounds consist of a sequence of buildings and altars set in beautiful groves of cypress trees. Learn more about the fascinating history behind this massive, circular structure and see local life unfold before your eyes in this very special visit to the Temple of Heaven.
For lunch, enjoy Old Beijing Noodles at a local Chinese restaurant. Then, head to Tiananmen Square, the largest square in the world, and prepare to be overwhelmed by the sheer size - measuring in at 440,000 square meters (over 109 acres). As you walk from the southernmost part of the square all the way down its length, you will pass several monuments, including the mausoleum that houses Chairman Mao's remains. The northern gate of the square features a portrait of the PRCs founding father and is also the gate through which you will enter the Forbidden City.
Enter the Forbidden City and walk in the steps of emperors (closed on Mondays). The Forbidden City was completed in 1420, and was home to 24 emperors, the last of which left Beijing in 1924. The entire imperial complex is reputed to have 9999 rooms, which at its peak housed up to 10,000 people, including the imperial family, 3000 eunuchs, as well as maids and concubines.
Enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the best Peking duck restaurants in the city - Quanjude Restaurant. This local delicacy is made using a recipe from Chinas imperial era and is prized for its crispy, rich skin. The meat is rolled into thin pancakes with scallions, cucumber and sweet and salty bean sauce. Don’t worry if your chopstick skills need some work, as these tasty creations can be eaten by hand!
23 March 2021 Beijing, China.
In the morning, travel to the less-visited Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, one of the great wonders of the world (With cable car up and down). The Great Wall of China is the longest man-made structure in the world. In fact, the length of all Chinese defence walls built over the last 2000 years is approximately 50,000 kilometres, while the Earths circumference is only 40,000 kilometres!
Explore the much quieter Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, which was first begun in the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-557) and finished in the 17th century.
The 2.5-kilometre stretch of the wall allows you to walk along its storied length for over an hour and visit twenty-two watchtowers, should you so choose.
Not only will you walk along this wonder of the world yourself, but you will also see it from above during a breathtaking cable car ride to the top. (Cable car tickets are included in the cost of the tour.) Lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer back to the city.
On the way, if traffic allows, stop to take in the view of the iconic Birds Nest the Beijing National Stadium and Water cube National Aquatics Centre, host to many spectacular events of the 2008 Summer Olympics. The entrance fees for Bird's Nest and Water cube are not included. Dinner per your own arrangement.
24 March 2021 Beijing to Xian, China.
In the morning visit one of the largest and best-preserved imperial garden in the world. The Summer Palace is one of the largest and best-preserved imperial gardens in the world. In the 18th century, Emperor Qianlong enlarged and embellished it, only to abandon it a few years later. The grounds today are stunning, as is the lovely Kunming Lake, which occupies more than three quarters of the total area. Enjoy a boat ride before walking the Long Corridor, a 728-metre (well over 2000-foot) hall featuring 8000 paintings collected by the Emperor during his travels around the country. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Includes one soft drink. Afternoon transfer to the railway Station and take the high-speed train to Xian, G87 1400 1840 2nd class seats. Unlock the secrets of Chinas ancient civilizations in a city that countless emperors once called home. See the rows upon rows of Terracotta Warriors with your own eyes, and walk along the glass floors of the Hanyang Tombs to see the treasures archaeologists have unearthed below. Upon arrival, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. Dinner on your own arrangement.
25 March 2021 Xian, China.
Terracotta Warriors, one of the world’s greatest archaeological finds, the Terracotta Warriors were discovered quite by chance in 1974 by a group of peasants digging a well outside of Xian. These sculptures of soldiers, chariots and horses were funerary statues made to accompany China's first emperor to the afterlife over 2,100 years ago. Legend has it that it took 100,000 men 38 years to create the soldiers, which all vary in rank, posture, height, uniform and facial features. It is believed that there are still thousands of warriors and hundreds of horses and chariots buried in the three pits discovered so far. However, further excavations have been halted while researchers try to find a way to preserve the colourful paint that covers the statues from disintegrating once exposed to air.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Includes one soft drink. In the afternoon enjoy a relaxing walk on Xian City Wall. The city walls of Xian are some of the oldest and best-preserved in all of China and can be dated back to the 2nd century BC when Xian was the capital of the country. The existing walls were completed in 1370 AD, and are about 14 kilometres in length and are still surrounded by a deep moat to this day.
Since 1993, the Xian city walls have played host to a world-famous marathon where participants run along the entire length of the wall several times; however, on this tour well take a more leisurely pace to appreciate the spectacular views and rich history of this ancient structure. Followed by a walk through the Muslim Quarter.
For over 1300 years, Muslims have been an integral part of the community in Xian. The city’s Hui ethnic group traces their roots back to Persian and Arabic traders, who settled here at the eastern end of the Silk Road. Stroll through this unique and fascinating area of the city, and see the ways in which Central Asia has influenced the development of Mainland China. Built in 742 AD, the Great Mosque is still used today as a place of worship by Chinese Muslims. Transfer back to your hotel and dinner on your own arrangement.
26 March 2021 Xian, China.
Shaanxi History Museum. The Shaanxi Provincial Museum is a striking Tang Dynasty style pavilion that houses a collection of 113,000 historical and cultural artefacts unearthed in Shaanxi province. Featuring chronological exhibits of cultural relics from most of Chinas imperial dynasties, the museum also houses pre-historic and bronze period exhibits as well as a collection of priceless jade imperial seals from the Han dynasty. Note: The museum is closed on Mondays. Dim Sum lunch at De Fa Chang with one soft drink.The most famous cuisine in Xian is the dumpling, and there are more varieties of this bite-sized delicacy than you have likely ever imagined before. Sample more than twenty different types of dumplings at this banquet meal, and be amazed by the unique and delicate flavours of these tasty treats! Afternoon transfer to Xi'an Airport and take the flight to Guilin Upon arrival, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Dinner on your own arrangement.
27 March 2021 Guilin - Yangshuo, China.
Li River Cruise, a cruise along the Li River between Guilin and Yangshuo is truly an unforgettable experience. Every bend in the river brings a new and even more beautiful sight into view. Many of the karst formations are, with a little imagination, reminiscent of animals or objects, and bear names like Elephant Trunk Hill, Sword Cut Cliff, Reclining Flower Hill, and many others. Along the way, you will also see graceful groves of bamboo, farmers tending to their rice paddies, and lumbering water buffalos pulling carts or cooling off in the river. There will be an opportunity to disembark at a small village, where you will have the chance to visit a local family’s home. Enjoy a buffet lunch on board the cruise.Biking in Yangshuo, the best way to see the breath-taking scenery of Yangshuo is by bike. Rice paddies, centuries-old farmhouses, limestone karst formations, orchards, and of course the stunning mountains serve as your backdrop as you ride along narrow country roads and the banks of the beautiful Li River. Lush bamboo groves grow rampant along the banks of the river, and impossibly steep limestone karst frames the horizon as you pedal by. Dinner on your own arrangement.
28 March 2021 Yangshuo, China.
Full day tour to Dazhai Village, located nearly 100 kilometres north of Guilin in a remote mountainous region, Dazhai is inhabited by an ethnic minority group called the Red Yao. Spend the morning touring the village and meeting the locals, who may invite you into their homes to have a look around and taste their homemade rice wine. Be careful its strong! Be sure to bring your camera to capture the beautiful wooden homes and colourful attire of the local people. For lunch, try the simple cuisine of Dazhai village and converse with your hosts through the aid of your guide. Hear about life in this remote mountainous village as you dig into the sticky rice and other delicacies on this festival day.
29 March 2021 Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai, China.
Enjoy the morning free at leisure before transferring to the Guilin airport (2.5 hours away from Yangshuo) for your flight to Shanghai. Shanghai, Hu for short, is situated on the estuary of Yangtze River of China. It is the largest industrial city in China. Covering an area of 5,800 square kilometres (2,239 square miles), Shanghai has a population of 18.7 million, including 2 million floating population. Originally, Shanghai was a seaside fishing village and in time its gradual development led to it being granted County status on August 19th, 1291 during the time of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). Hence this day became the anniversary of the founding of Shanghai. Today's Shanghai is a multi-cultural metropolis with both modern and traditional Chinese features. Bubbling Shanghai shows off every aspect of her unique glamour. Upon arrival, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Dinner on your own arrangement.
30 March 2021 Shanghai, China.
In the morning, meet your guide and visit Shanghai’s Old Town and Yuyuan Garden. Four hundred years ago, a merchant spent almost twenty years and all his life savings to build a garden in order to please his parents in their old age.
Yu means peace and health in Chinese. Over the past several centuries, the Yu Garden has been restored and reopened several times, but has almost always been in disarray. In 1956, the Shanghai city government took over and restored it to its former splendour, making it a peaceful oasis in the heart of bustling Shanghai.
Outside the garden gates, the Old Bazaar is the perfect place to strike a bargain or chat with locals selling a variety of wares and souvenirs.
At lunch, enjoy Shanghai Cuisine at Yu Shanghai Restaurant (near Yu yuan Garden) with one soft drink. In the afternoon visit the tallest building in China, the Shanghai Tower. Shanghai Tower is a mega-tall skyscraper located at the core of Pudong's Lujiazui Finance and Trade Area in Shanghai. The structure is 632 meters tall, which makes it the tallest building in China, and the third tallest in the world. The unique design of the tower's glass facade, which completes a 120° twist as it rises or about 1° per floor, is intended to reduce wind loads on the building in order to withstand Shanghais frequent typhoons. The Tower sports 121 floors above ground and 5 floors underground, with an observation deck on floor 119, 552 meters above the ground. The elevator goes up at record speed and takes less than a minute.
For the evening performance, enjoy an acrobatic show at Shanghai Era Acrobatics theatre. (Regular seats). Era Intersection of Time combines traditional Chinese acrobatic arts with cutting edge technology into a multi-million-dollar extravaganza that redefines Chinese acrobatics. A wondrous futuristic world is created through the use of high-tech lighting and sound effects along with elaborate costumes and original live music. Era is a meditation on time and a love story told through a spectacular sequence of acrobatic performances guaranteed to leave you enthralled and amazed. Dinner on your own arrangement.
31 March 2021 Shanghai, China.
In the morning transfer to the beautiful water town Zhujiajiao, includes boat ride. Founded over 1700 years ago, Zhujiajiao started out as an ancient water village and bustling market town. Located at the confluence of several local rivers, it is still home to about 60,000 people today. Stroll along its centuries-old streets and explore the many ancient bridges crisscrossing its canals, or take a boat ride to discover the towns unique character and charm. Enjoy lunch at a local Chinese restaurant, including one non-alcoholic beverage of your choice. Then discover the Shanghai Museum, one of the best museums in China. Then transfer to your hotel and free at leisure. Dinner on your own arrangement.
01 April 2021 Shanghai, China.
In the morning transfer to Shanghai Pudong Airport for your flight back to the UK.

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