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From the Forbidden City to Mount Fuji: China & Japan Explorer

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Cruise Holiday Overview

  • Ship Queen Elizabeth
  • Duration 25 NIGHTS
  • Departure 10 March 2025
  • Cruise type Cruise & Touring
  • Cruise code ASA7799




From China’s ancient wonders to Japan’s magnificent landscapes, explore these intriguing destinations with fully escorted tours and a luxury Cunard cruise.

You’ll begin your holiday with an overnight stay in Shanghai before flying to Xi’an, where you’ll embark on a tour of the Terracotta Army. Next, you’ll travel by rail to Beijing to see iconic landmarks like the Summer Palace and Forbidden City.

After a captivating three-night stay in Hong Kong, you’ll embark on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth to Hualien in Taiwan, showcasing the beautiful Taroko National Park, and Keelung’s blend of Japanese-era buildings and modern skyscrapers. Disembarking in Yokohama, you’ll enjoy a final five-night hotel stay in Tokyo and experience an unforgettable Mount Fuji tour.

Your Imagine Holiday Includes

Full-Board Cruise

9 night full-board cruise on board Queen Elizabeth

FREE Oceanview to Balcony upgrade

Fully Escorted Tours

Terracotta Warriors

Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square

Great Wall of China and Summer Palace

FREE tour of Mount Fuji including the Hakone Ropeway cable car

FREE boat trip across Lake Ashi

FREE high-speed bullet train to Tokyo

Hotel Stays

1 night five-star stay in Shanghai at the Radisson Blu New World Hotel with breakfast

2 night five-star hotel stay in Xi’an at the Wyndham Grand Xi’an South with breakfast

3 night five-star stay in Beijing at the Nuo Hotel Beijing with breakfast

3 night five-star hotel stay in Hong Kong at the Harbour Grand Kowloon with breakfast

FREE 5 night four-star hotel stay in Tokyo at the Tokyo Bay Shiomi Prince Hotel

All Flights and Transfers

London departure – regional flights available

Overnight flights

The departure date is subject to change based on flight times specified during the booking process.

Named hotels are based on availability and are subject to change without notice. Alternative hotels will always be of equal or higher star rating.

Your Voyage

Your Itinerary

Day 1
Fly Overnight to Shanghai

Your holiday begins as you fly from the UK to your destination.

Day 2
Shanghai: Hotel Stay

With its iconic skyline adorned by futuristic skyscrapers and historic landmarks, Shanghai offers a captivating blend of old and new. Immerse yourself in the vibrant Nanjing Road, a shopper’s paradise, or discover the rich cultural heritage at Yuyuan Garden.

Overnight: Radisson Blu New World Hotel

Day 3
Xi'an: Hotel Stay

Now onto Xi’an for a two-night escape and the awesome Terracotta Army tour. History buffs will also appreciate the Bell Tower of Xi’an, built in 1384, while foodies may wish to stroll the Muslim Quarter, packed with tasty local cuisine.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Wyndham Grand Xi'an South

Day 4
Xi'an: Hotel Stay & Tour

Uncovered by farmers, the Terracotta Army features over 8,000 soldiers, and is a haunting display of funerary art depicting the armies of China’s first emperor. Sculpted in 210 BCE the figures were once painted in vibrant hues of red and blue.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Wyndham Grand Xi'an South

Day 5
Beijing: Hotel Stay

China’s high-speed fast train awaits. Leaving Xi’an behind, you’ll journey to Beijing for three-nights. Take an atmospheric rickshaw ride through historical districts or seek serenity at the 11th-century Beihai Park, which boasts a wealth of historical structures, palaces, and temples.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Nuo Hotel Beijing

Day 6
Beijing: Hotel Stay & Tour

Get ready for the Great Wall of China – the longest wall in the world and the only manmade structure visible from space! Discover its 2,000 year history, then explore the breathtaking Summer Palace and imperial gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Nuo Hotel Beijing

Day 7
Beijing: Hotel Stay & Tour

Visit the magnificent Temple of Heaven with its symbolic representations of heaven and Earth, together with the scarlet-walled Forbidden City – home to imperial rulers. Then onto the remarkable Tiananmen Square at the heart of the People’s Republic.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Nuo Hotel Beijing

Days 8 - 10
Hong Kong: Hotel Stay

Famed for its densely packed skyline, Hong Kong is one of the Far East’s most celebrated cities. Drink in the sights with a roam along Tung Choi Street, or discover Lantau Island, home to the towering Tian Tan Buddha.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Harbour Grand Kowloon

Day 11
Hong Kong: Embark Ship

You’ll embark the regal Queen Elizabeth in Hong Kong to begin your luxury cruise. On board, you’ll enjoy Cunard’s unrivalled heritage, sense of occasion, and array of activities, including glamorous ballroom dancing, lawn bowls, and traditional Afternoon Tea.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Queen Elizabeth

Day 12
Relax At Sea
Day 13

Embrace the dynamic energy of Manila, Philippines. With its diverse neighborhoods, historical sites, and bustling markets, it’s a city that reflects the heart of Filipino culture, inviting you to explore, indulge in local cuisine, and discover the fusion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Queen Elizabeth

Day 14
Relax At Sea
Day 15

Nestled amidst Taiwan’s majestic landscapes, Hualien beckons with its breathtaking Taroko Gorge, vibrant night markets, and rich indigenous heritage. A nature enthusiast’s dream, it’s a captivating destination for your next adventure.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Queen Elizabeth

Day 16

Discover the captivating allure of Keelung (Chilung), Taiwan’s vibrant port city. Immerse yourself in its bustling markets, indulge in delectable street food, and witness the mesmerizing beauty of its coastal landscapes.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Queen Elizabeth

Day 17
Relax At Sea
Day 18

Kagoshima, Japan’s volcanic wonder. Witness majestic Sakurajima, indulge in hot springs, and savor Southern charm. Let this city’s blend of nature and culture ignite your spirit of exploration.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Queen Elizabeth

Day 19
Relax At Sea
Days 20 - 23
Yokohama: Disembark Ship & Tokyo Hotel Stay

Today you’ll disembark Queen Elizabeth in Tokyo, Japan’s dynamic and densely-packed capital is where cutting-edge technology and architecture can be found beside ornate Buddhist shrines and avenues adorned by cherry blossom trees.

Overnight: Tokyo Bay Shiomi Prince Hotel

Day 24
Tokyo: Hotel Stay & Tour

Take a tour of Mount Fuji, the near-perfectly symmetrical volcano that rises above Tokyo. Ascend by foot or cable car to explore the tranquil Lake Ashi, sailing across its serene waters to visit shrines and museums, before boarding the high-speed Bullet Train back to Tokyo.

Overnight: Tokyo Bay Shiomi Prince Hotel

Days 25 - 26
Tokyo: Fly Home

Your holiday complete, today you’ll head to the airport for your flight home

Your Tour Highlights

Great Wall of China
Admire the Great Wall of China, the longest wall in the world that bends and twists over hills and valleys like a giant dragon fiercely guarding its borders. During your tour you’ll explore the quieter Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, a 2.5-kilometre stretch which features 22 watchtowers.
Terracotta Warriors
Xi'an, birthplace of Chinese civilisation, houses the astounding Terracotta Warriors. Unearthed accidentally by farmers, these life-sized warriors, boasting intricate details, including hair, expressions, and armour, encircle the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. A remarkable and enigmatic discovery.
Mount Fuji
More than 200,000 people climb the snow-capped summit of Mount Fuji every year. Its elegant shape has long been depicted in art and literature and visitors can hike to the top or take the Hakone Ropeway Cable Car, admiring the view often shrouded by an atmospheric layer of cloud.
Lake Ashi
In Lake Ashi you’ll take a boat across the still and peaceful water, enjoying the serene natural beauty of the Crater Lake. This picturesque lake offers incredible views of Mount Fuji, and your boat trip will also take you to see many of the shrines and museums that are dotted around the lake’s shores.

Queen Elizabeth

When Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II conducted the naming ceremony in her own honour in October 2010, she continued a marvellously regal formal cruising tradition. Cunard has maintained all the refined styling, amenities and service associated with the Golden Era of cruise sailing and added modern facilities, leisure, and entertainment opportunities.

Stunning accommodation and the most exceptional fine dining you’ll ever experience at sea are highlights of the glorious Cunard Queen Elizabeth cruise ship. You could dance the night away in the Queens Room at a themed ball, enjoy Afternoon Tea served by white-gloved waiters, or watch a polished production in the Royal Court Theatre. You’ll have three main gourmet restaurants to choose from, promising gastronomic delights to suit all tastes. And with spacious accommodation and two lovely pool areas, along with the Mareel® Wellness & Beauty sanctuary, you’ll enjoy a comfortable and relaxing cruise.

  • Occupancy 2081
  • Tonnage 90,900 tons
  • Length 965 ft (294.00 m)

Life on board Queen Elizabeth

Enjoy Cunard Queen Elizabeth’s spectacular heritage, sense of occasion and huge array of activities, including ballroom-dancing, lawn bowls and Afternoon Tea in the Queens Room.


From classic British and French in the Britannia and Grills restaurants to the best steak onboard at The Verandah, plus a range of international cuisines at The Lido, there’s something to suit every taste.

  • Britannia Restaurant
  • The Lido
  • Steakhouse at The Verandah*
  • The Golden Lion*
  • Dinner at the Lido*
  • Al Fresco Dining*
  • Café Carinthia*
  • Britannia Club Restaurant^
  • Queens Grill+
  • Princess Grill**

Bars & Lounges*

  • Commodore Club
  • Garden Lounge
  • Gin & Fizz
  • The Golden Lion
  • Queens Room
  • Chart Room
  • Yacht Club
  • Casino

*Available at an additional cost

^Included when staying in a Britannia Club Balcony stateroom

+Included when staying in a Queens Grill Suite

** Included when staying in a Princess Grill Suite


Browse the art gallery and luxury boutiques, try your hand at croquet and fencing or take part in fitness classes or deck games. Alternatively, relax by the Pavilion Pool or in Mareel® Wellness & Beauty.

  • Library
  • Open-air pool
  • Fully-equipped gym
  • Traditional Afternoon Tea
  • Gala Evenings
  • Film screenings
  • Planetarium shows
  • Deck and board games
  • Sports facilities
  • Dance classes
  • Spa


There’s never a dull moment with West End-style productions at the Royal Court Theatre, and a full live music programme, plus ballroom dancing in the Queens Room.

  • G32 Nightclub
  • Queens Room
  • Empire Casino
  • Illuminations
  • Royal Court Theatre

Cabins & Suites

Cunard boasts some of the most spacious staterooms at sea, and each one comes with a myriad of services, features, and amenities for you to enjoy.

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Cunard Queen Elizabeth Inside Cabin

Cunard Queen Elizabeth’s well-appointed inside staterooms offer a haven of comfort and style for you to enjoy during your voyage. You’ll find thoughtful features and luxurious amenities throughout to ensure that extra special touch.

  • A half bottle of sparkling wine on arrival
  • 24-hour room service
  • Nightly turndown service, including a chocolate on your pillow
  • Satellite TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • An invigorating shower and complimentary Penhaligon’s toiletries
  • Bathrobe and slippers
Cruise Code: ASA7799
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Oceanview Prices from £6,499pp

Cunard Queen Elizabeth Ocean View Cabin

Beautifully positioned to offer spectacular sea views, Cunard’s Oceanview staterooms provide a private escape from which to enjoy the sights of the horizon. The perfectly framed views are the ideal backdrop to your luxurious surroundings.

  • A half bottle of sparkling wine on arrival
  • 24-hour room service
  • Nightly turndown service, including a chocolate on your pillow
  • Satellite TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • An invigorating shower and complimentary Penhaligon’s toiletries
  • Bathrobe and slippers
Cruise Code: ASA7799
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Cunard Queen Elizabeth Balcony Cabin

Escape to your own private outdoor space in one of Cunard’s obstructed view Balcony staterooms, where you can sit back and feel the crisp sea air on your skin. Complete with fabulous features and thoughtful amenities, you’ll be sure to be well looked after.

  • A half bottle of sparkling wine on arrival
  • 24-hour room service
  • Nightly turndown service, including a chocolate on your pillow
  • Satellite TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • An invigorating shower and complimentary Penhaligon’s toiletries
  • Bathrobe and slippers
Cruise Code: ASA7799
To Book Call

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Cunard Queen Elizabeth Suite Cabin
Cunard Queen Elizabeth Suite Cabin

Delight in breathtaking sea views that can be enjoyed from both inside and outside your Grill Suite. A voyage with a Grill Suite reservation will offer a whole new level of indulgence with the extra special touches of fine-dining experiences, and exclusive access to the Grills Lounge and Terrace

  • Complimentary room service
  • Satellite TV, illy coffee machine and world atlas
  • Bathroom with bath and shower
  • Complimentary Penhaligon’s toiletries
  • Velour robe and slippers
  • Nightly turndown service, including a chocolate on your pillow
  • A selection of fresh fruit, delivered daily
  • Sparkling wine and chocolates to welcome you on board.
  • Your own Grills Concierge for the duration of your stay
  • A spacious private balcony with table and chairs to relax in
  • A seven-pillow concierge menu
  • Freedom dining in the Princess Grill restaurant
  • Optional in-room dining from the Princess Grill menu
Cruise Code: ASA7799
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Your Hotel Stays


Included Hotel

Radisson Blu New World Hotel (Or Similar)

The Radisson Blu Shanghai New World is a luxurious and contemporary hotel situated in the heart of Shanghai, China. With its prime location on Nanjing Road, guests are just steps away from world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment options. The hotel offers stylish rooms with modern amenities, ensuring a comfortable and relaxing stay. Indulge in a culinary journey at the hotel’s diverse restaurants, serving a range of international and local cuisines.


Included Hotel

Wyndham Grand Xi’an South (Or Similar)

Located moments from Xi’an’s world-beating attractions in the centre of Qujiang New District, the five-star Wyndham Grand Xi’an South offers a wealth of amenities, including an indoor pool and three exquisite dining venues to choose from. Indulge in afternoon tea at the Grand Lobby, try a range of international fare at the Tang Café, or for divine Cantonese cuisine head to Yan Ming Xuan. Stylish accommodation featuring a calming colour palette and sumptuous marble bathrooms with rainforests showers completes the Wyndham Grand Xi’an South’s plentiful offerings.


Included Hotel

NUO Hotel Beijing (Or Similar)

The NUO Hotel Beijing, located in the Chaoyang District, is a luxury hotel known for its exquisite design, elegant accommodations, and commitment to Chinese art and culture. The hotel offers a range of spacious and well-appointed rooms and suites, all designed with a blend of contemporary luxury and traditional Chinese elements.

Hong Kong

Included Hotel

Harbour Grand Kowloon (Or Similar)

Adorned with magnificent views of Victoria Harbour and ample natural lighting, Harbour Grand Kowloon offers state-of-the-art facilities and modern comforts in a wonderful embodiment of luxury and convenience. You’ll also find five distinctive dining options here offering a marvellous array of gastronomy from refreshing international buffet to authentic Japanese cuisine to premium grill. Rooftop pool with unique glass walls – even underwater there’s magnificent views – peripheral view of the ocean, and the skyscrapers in the distance. Enjoy Spectacular views of the city skyline whilst you sip your favourite cocktail at the pool deck. Alternatively enjoy a cosy nightcap at the Waterfront Bar & Terrace.


Included Hotel

Tokyo Bay Shiomi Prince Hotel (Or Similar)

The four-star Tokyo Bay Shiomi Prince Hotel offers a comfortable and convenient stay. With its prime location overlooking Tokyo Bay, you’ll enjoy stunning views and easy access to popular attractions. The hotel boasts modern and well-appointed rooms, ensuring a restful stay. Indulge in a variety of dining options, from Japanese cuisine to international flavours. Take advantage of the hotel’s fantastic amenities, including a fitness centre, spa, and rooftop terrace.

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