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Mysteries of China & Far East Discovery
Includes an 8 Night Cruise from Shanghai to Hong Kong
8 Day Fully Escorted China Tour
Price from
£2,499pp
Promo code:
ASA7343
Duration
15 nights
Departing
25 Apr 2020

Your Experience:

  • 3 night hotel stay in Beijing
  • Fully escorted tour of the Great Wall of China, Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square
  • 2 night hotel stay in Xi'an
  • Fully escorted tour of the Terracotta Army
  • 2 night hotel stay in Shanghai
  • Shanghai city tour
  • 8 night full-board cruise on board Sapphire Princess
  • All transfers
  • All flights (London departure - regional flight departures available)
  • Extend your cruise and experience Vietnam and Thailand from only £499 extra per person.

Your Holiday Itinerary

  • Day 1 Beijing Tour day 1
  • Day 2 Beijing Tour day 2
  • Day 3 Beijing Tour day 3
  • Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an Tour day 4
  • Day 5 Xi'an Tour day 5
  • Day 6 Xi'an to Shanghai Tour day 6
  • Day 7 Shanghai Tour day 7
  • Day 8 Shanghai Embark ship
  • Day 9 At Sea
  • Day 10 Busan
  • Day 11 Kagoshima
  • Day 12 At Sea
  • Day 13 Hualien
  • Day 14 Kaohsiung
  • Day 15 At Sea
  • Day 16 Hong Kong Disembark ship
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    Day 1
    Beijing - Hotel Stay and Tour
    Fly to the Chinese capital of Beijing, the heart and soul of Chinese politics, culture and economic development. In this huge metropolis, you’ll discover ancient wonders such as the Great Wall and incomparable imperial palaces and temples, as well as modern Beijing’s growing confidence as a global dynamo.
    Beijing City Skyline

    Day 1

    Beijing - Hotel Stay and Tour

    Fly to the Chinese capital of Beijing, the heart and soul of Chinese politics, culture and economic development. In this huge metropolis, you’ll discover ancient wonders such as the Great Wall and incomparable imperial palaces and temples, as well as modern Beijing’s growing confidence as a global dynamo.

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    Day 2
    Beijing - Hotel Stay and Tour
    A highlight of your tour will be a visit to 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. That afternoon you’ll visit the Summer Palace, once an iconic lakeside retreat for royalty.
    Great Wall of China

    Day 2

    Beijing - Hotel Stay and Tour

    A highlight of your tour will be a visit to 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. That afternoon you’ll visit the Summer Palace, once an iconic lakeside retreat for royalty.

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    Day 3
    Beijing - Hotel Stay and Tour
    Today you’ll visit other famous sites in Beijing. The magnificent Temple of Heaven with its symbolic representations of earth and heaven, together with the scarlet-walled Forbidden City, home to imperial rulers and their concubines, reveal secrets about ancient Chinese civilisations. You’ll also visit the remarkable Tiananmen Square that celebrates modern heroes of the People’s Republic.
    Temple of Heaven, Beijing

    Day 3

    Beijing - Hotel Stay and Tour

    Today you’ll visit other famous sites in Beijing. The magnificent Temple of Heaven with its symbolic representations of earth and heaven, together with the scarlet-walled Forbidden City, home to imperial rulers and their concubines, reveal secrets about ancient Chinese civilisations. You’ll also visit the remarkable Tiananmen Square that celebrates modern heroes of the People’s Republic.

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    Day 4
    Beijing to Xi'an - Hotel Stay and Tour
    Leaving Beijing, you’ll travel to Xi'an by fast train. The seat of power of Chinese dynasties and the last stop for those following the enigmatic Silk Road, Xi'an is rich in historical heritage and it’s here you’ll see the world-famous Terracotta Army.
    Xi'an City Wall

    Day 4

    Beijing to Xi'an - Hotel Stay and Tour

    Leaving Beijing, you’ll travel to Xi'an by fast train. The seat of power of Chinese dynasties and the last stop for those following the enigmatic Silk Road, Xi'an is rich in historical heritage and it’s here you’ll see the world-famous Terracotta Army.

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    Day 5
    Xi'an - Hotel Stay and Tour
    This morning you’ll visit one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, the Terracotta Army. These life-sized grey warriors were created by Qin Shihuang to protect him in the afterlife. While their imposing formations are eerie, the individual warriors come alive through meticulously detailed expressions, hairstyles and clothes. That afternoon, explore the Old City Wall of Xi'an.
    Terracotta Army

    Day 5

    Xi'an - Hotel Stay and Tour

    This morning you’ll visit one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, the Terracotta Army. These life-sized grey warriors were created by Qin Shihuang to protect him in the afterlife. While their imposing formations are eerie, the individual warriors come alive through meticulously detailed expressions, hairstyles and clothes. That afternoon, explore the Old City Wall of Xi'an.

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    Day 6
    Xi'an to Shanghai - Hotel Stay and Tour
    Fly from Xi'an to Shanghai for a two night hotel stay. A centre of technology and transport, commerce and capital, fashion and finance; Shanghai is the biggest city in China. Here you’ll find many of the world’s supertall buildings, so get your camera ready for amazing views – you won’t want to miss it.
    Shanghai City Skyline

    Day 6

    Xi'an to Shanghai - Hotel Stay and Tour

    Fly from Xi'an to Shanghai for a two night hotel stay. A centre of technology and transport, commerce and capital, fashion and finance; Shanghai is the biggest city in China. Here you’ll find many of the world’s supertall buildings, so get your camera ready for amazing views – you won’t want to miss it.

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    Day 7
    Shanghai - Hotel Stay
    Bright neon meets ancient tradition in Shanghai. Few cities evoke such a strong sense of history, awe and mysticism. Seek serenity in the Yuyuan Gardens located in the Old City, explore the pop-up boutiques and shop for antiques, ceramics and unique jewellery – or seek culture in the Shanghai museum.
    Yuyuan Gardens, Shanghai

    Day 7

    Shanghai - Hotel Stay

    Bright neon meets ancient tradition in Shanghai. Few cities evoke such a strong sense of history, awe and mysticism. Seek serenity in the Yuyuan Gardens located in the Old City, explore the pop-up boutiques and shop for antiques, ceramics and unique jewellery – or seek culture in the Shanghai museum.

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    Day 8
    Shanghai - Embark Sapphire Princess
    Today you’ll embark Sapphire Princess for your Far East cruise. With a range of dining options and a huge range of entertainment, you can guarantee a cruise holiday of a lifetime on board Sapphire Princess.
    Sapphire Princess

    Day 8

    Shanghai - Embark Sapphire Princess

    Today you’ll embark Sapphire Princess for your Far East cruise. With a range of dining options and a huge range of entertainment, you can guarantee a cruise holiday of a lifetime on board Sapphire Princess.

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    Day 9
    At Sea
    Today you can enjoy the facilities on board from rejuvenating spa treatments and the tranquillity of a top-deck retreat reserved just for adults to original musicals, dazzling magic shows, feature films, top comedians and nightclubs to dance the night away.
    Relax on Board

    Day 9

    At Sea

    Today you can enjoy the facilities on board from rejuvenating spa treatments and the tranquillity of a top-deck retreat reserved just for adults to original musicals, dazzling magic shows, feature films, top comedians and nightclubs to dance the night away.

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    Day 10
    Busan
    Surrounded by mountains on the southern tip of the Korean peninsula, Busan has something for all tastes whether you want to enjoy its beaches, hot springs or fantastic fresh seafood. Busan’s laid-back atmosphere and international flair make it a relaxing getaway.
    Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Busan

    Day 10

    Busan

    Surrounded by mountains on the southern tip of the Korean peninsula, Busan has something for all tastes whether you want to enjoy its beaches, hot springs or fantastic fresh seafood. Busan’s laid-back atmosphere and international flair make it a relaxing getaway.

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    Day 11
    Kagoshima
    This friendly city, with its towering volcano, lies at the top of the Satsuma Peninsula, a mountainous, geothermal wonderland of hot springs and geysers. This city has a number of gardens and parks where you can see spectacular cherry blossom, including Yoshino Park with over 800 cherry trees and the riverside with over 500 cherry trees lining the banks of the Kotsukigawa River.
    Sakurajima Volcano, Kagoshima

    Day 11

    Kagoshima

    This friendly city, with its towering volcano, lies at the top of the Satsuma Peninsula, a mountainous, geothermal wonderland of hot springs and geysers. This city has a number of gardens and parks where you can see spectacular cherry blossom, including Yoshino Park with over 800 cherry trees and the riverside with over 500 cherry trees lining the banks of the Kotsukigawa River.

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    Day 12
    At Sea
    Sapphire Princess has many specialty restaurants that deliver an extraordinary experience. With the freshest ingredients, menus reflect regional flavours from around the world. The Italian specialty restaurant has been voted one of the “Best Cruise Ship Specialty Restaurants” at sea.
    Dining on Board

    Day 12

    At Sea

    Sapphire Princess has many specialty restaurants that deliver an extraordinary experience. With the freshest ingredients, menus reflect regional flavours from around the world. The Italian specialty restaurant has been voted one of the “Best Cruise Ship Specialty Restaurants” at sea.

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    Day 13
    Hualien
    Although it’s one of Taiwan’s largest cities, Hualian has a lots of natural beauty and an easy going pace of life. It boasts a good choice of restaurants, parks and ocean views but it’s also the gateway to discover Taiwan’s beaches, hiking trails, waterfalls and hot springs. Visit Taroko National Park with an astounding 12-mile-long canyon—a breathtaking spectacle of craggy rocks and cascading water.
    Taroko National Park

    Day 13

    Hualien

    Although it’s one of Taiwan’s largest cities, Hualian has a lots of natural beauty and an easy going pace of life. It boasts a good choice of restaurants, parks and ocean views but it’s also the gateway to discover Taiwan’s beaches, hiking trails, waterfalls and hot springs. Visit Taroko National Park with an astounding 12-mile-long canyon—a breathtaking spectacle of craggy rocks and cascading water.

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    Day 14
    Kaohsiung
    Next you’ll cruise to Southern Taiwan, calling at Kaohsiung, home to skyscrapers, parks and endless shopping opportunities. The city boasts numerous intricate temples including Cijin Tianhou Temple, rich in colourful paintings and mosaics and Tiánliáo Stone Temple, its fascinating back-story as alluring as the walls built from coral, seashells and stones.
    Lotus Pond, Kaohsiung

    Day 14

    Kaohsiung

    Next you’ll cruise to Southern Taiwan, calling at Kaohsiung, home to skyscrapers, parks and endless shopping opportunities. The city boasts numerous intricate temples including Cijin Tianhou Temple, rich in colourful paintings and mosaics and Tiánliáo Stone Temple, its fascinating back-story as alluring as the walls built from coral, seashells and stones.

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    Day 15
    At Sea
    There’s something happening around every corner on board. Whether it’s tapping your toes to cover bands, singing along in the piano bar, relaxing to classical strings or dancing the night away in the nightclub, you’ll find something to entertain you.
    Dance the Night Away

    Day 15

    At Sea

    There’s something happening around every corner on board. Whether it’s tapping your toes to cover bands, singing along in the piano bar, relaxing to classical strings or dancing the night away in the nightclub, you’ll find something to entertain you.

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    Day 16
    Hong Kong - Disembark Sapphire Princess
    Your cruise ends in Hong Kong where you’ll disembark for your flight home.
    Disembark your Ship

    Day 16

    Hong Kong - Disembark Sapphire Princess

    Your cruise ends in Hong Kong where you’ll disembark for your flight home.

Sapphire Princess

With such a sparkling array of entertainment venues, great dining options and fantastic activity programmes, there’s no wonder the lovely Sapphire Princess is considered such a gem. This stunning ship is a fabulous choice for those wanting a family cruise holiday of a lifetime to some of the world’s hottest cruise destinations. Yet the elegant and luxurious lounges, beautifully designed public spaces and spacious pool areas also provide the perfect ambience for passengers looking for a more peaceful and romantic getaway. Her welcoming and helpful crew will make sure you enjoy your holiday in just the way you want to on the exciting Sapphire Princess.

Key Facts

Entered Service: 01/05/2004

Number of Decks: 13

Passenger Capacity: 2,674

Total Crew: 1,238

Number of Cabins: 1,337

Wheelchair Accessible Cabins: Yes

Number of Pools: 4

Number of Restaurants: 6

Formal Nights: Yes

Kids Club: Yes

Great places to visit on board:

Lotus Spa

Enjoy relaxing treatments, such as facials, aroma stone therapy massages, detoxifying ocean wraps and an aromatherapy thermal suite.

Sabatini

Savor Sabatini’s authentic offerings featuring signature pastas, Italian wines and an irresistible selection of delectable desserts, all celebrating Princess’ Italian heritage.

Movies Under the Stars

The go-to destination for feature films, thrilling concerts and exciting sporting events such as live football games.

Prices per person from

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  • Interior
    1. £2,499pp
  • Oceanview
    1. £2,999pp
  • Balcony
    1. £3,399pp
  • Suite
    1. £3,799pp
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