Beijing - Hotel Stay and Tour
Board a flight to Beijing, the beating heart of Chinese politics, culture and economic development and the gateway to China’s ancient wonders. You’ll arrive just after Chinese New Year and be transferred to your hotel ready for the start of your tour the following day.
Beijing - Hotel Stay and Tour
Your tour starts with a visit to the Temple of Heaven, a tranquil park full of temples built for Chinese emperors to communicate with the gods and pray for good harvests. After lunch in a local Chinese restaurant, you’ll visit the Great Wall, one of the modern wonders of the world. Here you’ll marvel at the scale of this ancient fortification that snakes its way dramatically over hills and through valleys.
Beijing - Hotel Stay and Tour
Today you’ll visit the Forbidden City, a scarlet-walled palace that was home to 24 Chinese emperors and their concubines over the years. This beautifully preserved heritage site is a masterpiece of Chinese architecture; discover the secrets of the reclusive imperial rulers as you wander through atmospheric halls and courtyards. You’ll also visit the vast expanse of Tiananmen Square that celebrates China’s modern heroes and the Summer Palace, an idyllic retreat designed to sit in perfect harmony with nature.
Beijing to Xi'an - Hotel Stay and Tour
Travel by train to Xi’an, an ancient city in central China known as the birthplace of civilisation. Located at the eastern end of the Silk Road, the city is like a living history book, with a melting pot of cultures, ancient relics and a vibrant old quarter whose narrow streets are packed with street vendors and food stalls. You’ll have time to explore at your own pace before viewing the grand majesty of the Terracotta Warriors tomorrow.
Xi'an - Hotel Stay and Tour
The Terracotta Army is one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world. You’ll enjoy an extensive tour to discover these life-sized grey warriors that were created by Qin Shi Huang to protect him in the afterlife. While their imposing formations are eerie, the individual warriors come alive through meticulously detailed expressions, hairstyles and clothes. Xian was also one of the first Chinese cities introduced to Islam, so you’ll also explore the fascinating and significant Muslim quarter and Great Mosque.
Xi'an to Shanghai - Hotel Stay and Tour
A flight delivers you to Shanghai, where ancient tradition meets neon-lit modernity. In the evening you’ll enjoy a stunning acrobatic show combining traditional Chinese arts with modern technology and lighting that is guaranteed to be keep you enthralled and entertained from start to end.
Singapore - Hotel Stay
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Singapore. Enjoy some free time to experience some of Singapore’s amazing food scene. The city also offers fantastic shopping, both in the malls of Orchard Road and Marina Bay Sands. From here you can wander down to Gardens by the Bay and admire the mesmerising, multi-coloured Supertrees during their evening light show.
Singapore - Embark Sapphire Princess
A transfer will take you from your hotel to the cruise port, where you will board your luxury ship, Sapphire Princess, for your 11-night cruise around some of South East Asia’s most beautiful destinations. Sapphire Princess is an elegant choice for your journey, with world-class dining on board, an array of fabulous entertainment options and a serene spa.
Spend your day at sea acquainting yourself with the incredible facilities available on the ship. At your fingertips you will enjoy a variety of restaurants serving a huge choice of international cuisine, from buffets with family favourites, fine dining, a pizzeria, grill and an array of cafes.
Presiding over the Malaysian landscape with a mythical grandeur is Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain between New Guinea and the Himalayas. Equally, the town of Kota Kinabalu is the gateway to more of Northern Borneo’s natural wonders, including coral islands and the tangled mangrove forests.
Entertainment is top notch on board your luxury cruise liner: take your seat at a dazzling original musical, an illuminating magic show, comedy gig or live music performance in the nightclub where you can dance the night away.
Vietnam’s most famous beach resort, Nha Trang is home to a white sand beaches, gin-clear waters and swaying coconut palms. Once the capital of the Champa Kingdom, the city has many remaining relics from its rule including the Cham Tower complex overlooking the Cai River. Within the modern city, there are beach amenities and many beachfront cafes dating back to the colonial era – the city was a popular R&R destination for U.S. servicemen during the Vietnam War.
Ho Chi Minh City
Street hawkers, blaring horns, buzzing motorbikes and swarming markets: Ho Chi Minh City is a cacophony of sound and colour. Your gateway to the former French colonial city of Saigon is via the port of Phu My. Tours include Notre Dame Cathedral, the network of Cu Chi Tunnels and the ‘rice basket’ of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta. You can even pay a visit to a local family to learn the customs of life on the river.
Spend your sea day indulging in some retail therapy: the ship has a choice of luxury stores on board where you can splash the cash (perhaps your winnings from the on-board casino) in ‘The Shops’, where you’ll find brands such as Chanel, Clinique, Tissot and all manner of local crafts and souvenirs – all of it tax- and duty-free.
Anchored to the cost on the Gulf of Thailand, Sihanoukville is beautifully preserved and offers much more than its face-value of paradise beaches and crystalline waters. Offshore there are dive sites and big game fishing, but you’ll also find restaurants, markets and temples such Wat Leu and Wat Krom.
Set on the banks of the Chao Praya River, the capital of Thailand is accessed via the port of Laem Chabang. Head into the city to explore the gilded temples, maze of canals known as ‘klongs’ and thronging night markets. Must-see sights include the royal complex of the Grand Palace, a cruise along the Chao Praya, the Wat Po Buddhist temple, and the Ayutthaya temple ruins.
Koh Samui was once famous for its coconut palms and rubber factories, but now it’s a paradise holiday destination like no other. Spend your final port day lazing on the powdery white beaches, exploring its Buddhist temples and taking a dip in its glittering waters. With a laid-back feel and relaxed population, it’s the perfect place to chill out before sailing back to Singapore.
Spending time at sea makes you want to take a dip, so make for the lido deck and slip into one of sparkling freshwater swimming pools. Lie back on a comfortable lounger to soak up the sun or plan your next activity, sipping a cocktail as you unwind. There are also hot tubs for long, hot soaks to revive sightseeing-weary muscles.
Singapore - Disembark Sapphire Princess and Hotel Stay
Singapore’s futuristic skyline greets you as you cruise in and disembark Sapphire Princess for your hotel stay. The city offers fantastic shopping, both in the malls of Orchard Road and Marina Bay Sands. From here you can wander down to Gardens by the Bay and admire the mesmerising, multi-coloured Supertrees during their evening light show.
Singapore - Hotel Stay
Spend your time in Singapore exploring the contrasts of the city, between ancient and modern. Manicured green spaces sit between glittering skyscrapers, air-conditioned megamalls between historic chophouses. The city is famous for its incredible food scene, from fine dining in the grandest restaurants to street food in the city’s many hawker markets. Four nights is ample time to get acquainted with this fascinating city.
Singapore - Embark Eastern & Oriental Express
You will then board the Belmond Eastern & Oriental Express luxury train to arrive in Bangkok in style. Your two-night journey includes dedicated 24-hour steward service, a daily four-course dinner and three-course lunch, with breakfast served in your cabin, and afternoon tea.
Your journey takes you through the southern Malaysian countryside to Kuala Langsar, where you’ll discover rural life from the villagers who live there, including a guided tour of the rice paddies. In Kanchanaburi you can choose between a classic tour of the River Kwai Bridge and Thai-Burma Railway Museum or hop aboard a bicycle to explore off the beaten track, or perhaps head to the wet market and noodle house for a cooking class and tasting tour.
Bangkok - Disembark Eastern & Oriental Express and Hotel Stay
You will disembark the Eastern & Oriental Express in Bangkok, with a transfer to take you to your hotel. You’ll have an overnight stay to visit some of Bangkok’s glimmering temples and famous floating markets and explore the city’s diverse offerings, from sensuous silks and fragrant orchids, to authentic Thai cuisine.
Other regional airports may be available*