Best of China and Japan

13
Nights
2020
Sep 1
From
$3699
Spectrum of the Seas
Including flights, accommodation, guided
sightseeing, tours, meals

A great Value Holiday Package Visiting Beijing, Shanghai, China; Kobe, Osaka, Tokyo, Japan

Tour highlights

  • Discover the very best of China and Japan and its cultures
  • Climb the 'Great Wall' of China
  • Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City – the world's largest palace complex
  • Stroll through the Old Town (Yuan Bazaar) of Shanghai where cobbled streets are lined with traditional shops selling herbal medicines and handicrafts
  • Cruise on the Spectrum of the Seas and enjoy the fabulous facilities on the ship
  • Discover the best of Tokyo, Japan's bustling capital
  • Visit Japan's most famous Shinto Shrine, Meiji and Asakusa the oldest temple
  • Take a a cable-car ride in the Shin-Kobe Ropeway and enjoy spectacular views of Kobe
  • Visit Kyoto to see its famous temples and sublime gardens
Best of China and Japan Map

Includes

  • Economy-class flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth to Beijing and return from Shanghai
  • Second-class train travel from Beijing to Shanghai
  • Sightseeing tours in Beijing and Shanghai with a local guide
  • 2 nights' hotel accommodation in Beijing including breakfast
  • 2 nights' hotel accommodation in Shanghai including breakfast
  • 7 nights cruising aboard 4-star Royal Caribbean Spectrum of the Seas
  • All meals, entertainment and gratuities on the Spectrum of the Seas
  • Enjoy 26 meals including daily breakfast
  • Cruise and air taxes (any surcharges will be added to your final invoice)
  • Transfers to/from hotel and to/from ship

 

Spectrum of the Seas Deck plans

Spectrum of the Seas

The next in the award-winning Quantum Class lineup, Spectrum of the SeasSM is a Far East adventure full of feats and firsts designed with Chinese guests in mind. Feel your adrenaline levels rise in the Sky PadSM, a bungee trampoline experience that adds virtual reality to the mix. Watch as robots craft a custom juice creation for you at the Bionic Bar. Elevate your stay in one suite of the Suite Club, the most luxurious accommodations at sea with access to a variety of exclusive amenities. Or change the way you make family memories in the Ultimate Family Suite, an expansive, multi-room retreat complete with its own insuite slide and cinema which also doubles as a karaoke stage. All sailings on Spectrum of the Seas when departing from Mainland China, are Culturally Enriching Cruises. Guests will be immersed in the local culture, language, customs, and practices of the region, while enjoying Royal Caribbean International’s signature service and amenities.

DAY 1 Tuesday 1 September, 2020 Beijing, China
Today we board our flight to Beijing. Meaning "Northern Capital", Beijing is the capital of China and a city full of wonders and holds an important position as China's historical and cultural centre. Meals included: In-flight

DAY 2 Wednesday 2 September, 2020 Beijing, China
This morning we arrive into Beijing. After clearing customs we will depart on a sightseeing tour which takes us to the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chaiman Mausoleum. We will visit the treasure-filled Forbidden City, the world's largest palace complex and home to the Ming and Qing dynasties for over 500 years. We will also visit the unique 15th-century Temple of Heaven, one of the most perfect examples of Ming architecture that has four gates, one at each of the four points of the compass. Later this afternoon, we will enjoy a rickshaw ride through a Hutong, an ancient alley or lane typical of Beijing, that wind through local residences, exposing years of tradition and history. Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 3 Thursday 3 September, 2020 Beijing, China
It is often quoted in Beijing that "you've not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall". The Great Wall of China is the longest man-made structure in the world. The length of all Chinese defense walls built over the last 2000 years is approximately 50,000 kilometres, while the Earth's 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 the many watchtowers, should you so choose. Later this afternoon we visit The Summer Palace, 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 hall featuring 8000 paintings collected by the Emperor during his travels around the country. Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 4 Friday 4 September, 2020 Shanghai, China
This morning we depart Beijing and travel by fast train to Shanghai, the largest and traditionally the most developed metropolis in Mainland China. On arrival, our sightseeing tour begins at the historical riverfront area known as the Bund. From here we head to the Old Town (Yuan Bazaar) of Shanghai where cobbled streets are lined with traditional shops selling herbal medicines, handicrafts, Chinese tea and a variety of tantalising snacks. We will visit the National Museum and see calligraphy, jades, ceramics, bronzes and so much more before arriving at our hotel. Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 5 Saturday 5 September, 2020 Shanghai, China
In the morning we escape to the charming old world atmosphere of Wuzhen, a traditional water canal town in Zhejiang Province that provides a distinct contrast to the pace of Shanghai. See the Taoist Temple, the former residence of Mao Dun, a master of contemporary Chinese literature, and browse through little stores selling traditional indigodyed printed calico. Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 6 Sunday 6 September, 2020 Embarkation
The morning is free for individual exploration. In the early afternoon we are transferred to the cruise terminal to embark the Spectrum of the Seas for our cruise to Japan. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 7 Monday 7 September, 2020 Day at sea
A day at sea to explore the facilities of the ship. Take a cupcake baking class, attend a guest lecture or immerse yourself in the language of the locals with foreign language lessons. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 8 Tuesday 8 September, 2020 Kobe, Japan
Today we arrive in Kobe, the capital of Hyogo Prefecture and one of Japan's ten largest cities. Located between the sea and the Rokko mountain range, Kobe is also considered one of Japan's most attractive cities. Take an excursion and enjoy a cable-car ride in the Shin-Kobe Ropeway that lifts you up the southern slopes of the Rokko mountain chain. As it ascends, it passes by the Nunobiki Waterfall and the Nunobiki Herb Garden, giving a lovely aerial view of both. The highlight of the ride lies in the observation deck, which offers spectacular views of Kobe. Or you may wish to visit the Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park. The museum was opened in 2002 to commemorate the tragic earthquake that struck the city back in 1995, and it also serves to educate visitors about earthquakes and disaster prevention. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 9 Wednesday 9 September, 2020 Osaka, Japan
Today we arrive in Osaka. You may like to take an excursion to visit Osaka Castle. Built in 1583 and destroyed just 32 years later, the castle has undergone many reconstructions, the most recent in 1931. Its walls encompass the Municipal Museum and the Hokoku Shrine, which is dedicated to its original owner, Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Or visit Shitennoji Temple, built in the year 593 and believed to be the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 10 Thursday 10 September, 2020 Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo is Japan's capital and the world's most populous metropolis. The city's history can be appreciated in many excellent museums, historic temples and gardens. You may like to take a tour and visit Meiji Shrine, a popular place for traditional Japanese weddings and Asakusa, Tokyo's old town is where you can soak up the atmosphere of what Tokyo must have been like hundreds of years ago. While in Asakusa, be sure to visit Sensoji, also known as Asakusa Kannon and Tokyo's oldest temple. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 11 Friday 11 September, 2020 Day at sea
A day at sea to explore the facilities of the ship. Learn how to make sushi, relax in the adultsonly solarium or bring your skills for game time thrills and take on the challenges in Love & Marriage, Battle of the Sexes and the adultsonly Quest. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 12 Saturday 12 September, 2020 Day at sea
A day at sea to explore the facilities of the ship. Enjoy breathtaking 360 views of the ocean and ship as you ascend over 300 feet on the exclusive North Star, Learn to fold, flip and twist like the Royal Caribbean pros in a towel origami class or enjoy custom juice drink creations crafted by robots at the Bionic Bar. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 13 Sunday 13 September, 2020 Departure
This morning we arrive back in Shanghai. After breakfast we disembark the ship and are transferred to the airport for our flights back home. Meals Included: Breakfast, In-flight

DAY 14 Monday 14 September, 2020 Australia
Tour members arrive back in Australia. The tour concludes.

Cabin Cabin Category Deck Twin Fare Single Fare
Interior 4V 7,8,9,10,11,12 $3,699 $5,669
Oceanview 2N 3 $3,999 $6,098
Balcony 6D 8,9,10,11,12,13 $4,299 $6,598
Included port & handling charges $513 $863
Included air taxes as at 24/7/19 $150 $150

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Economy-class flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth to Beijing and return from Shanghai
  • Second-class train travel from Beijing to Shanghai
  • Sightseeing tours in Beijing and Shanghai with a local guide
  • 2 nights' hotel accommodation in Beijing including breakfast
  • 2 nights' hotel accommodation in Shanghai including breakfast
  • 7 nights cruising aboard 4-star Royal Caribbean Spectrum of the Seas
  • All meals, entertainment and gratuities on the Spectrum of the Seas
  • Enjoy 26 meals including daily breakfast
  • Cruise and air taxes (any surcharges will be added to your final invoice)
  • Transfers to/from hotel and to/from ship

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Travel insurance
  • Additional travel arrangements not detailed in the itinerary. These will be quoted for separately
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Drinks on board
  • Lunches when not on the ship
  • Gratuities for local guides

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the need of assistance from others.

TOUR OPERATOR:
Cruise Offers (a division of Travelrite International Pty Ltd), (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. Spectrum of the Seas is operated by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and the Best of China and Japan fly/cruise arrangements are subject to the terms and conditions and general information detailed in the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines brochure. All passengers must complete and online cruise personaliser at https://www.royalcaribbean.com.au and sign a Cruise Offers Value Holidays booking form.

DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT:
All Cruise Offers Value Holidays are heavily discounted and available for a limited time only. For this reason we require a deposit of $1500 per person at the time of booking. This payment is non-refundable. The deposit should be sent with a completed Cruise Offers booking form that lists your requested cabin category. As soon as the booking is confirmed, (usually within 24 hours), a cruise confirmation advice will be posted to the client. The confirmation advice will contain all details. The passenger must also complete the online Royal Caribbean Cruise Line cruise personaliser at https://www. royalcaribbean.com.au. Final payments are due to be paid to Cruise Offers 90 days prior to the commencement of the Spectrum of the Seas fly/cruise. A 1.5% administration fee will be added all credit card payments. Any changes made to a booking after purchase may incur fees.

AIRLINES USED:
Qantas Airways, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Thai Airways, China Eastern, China Southern plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability).

ACCOMMODATION:
Accommodation has been booked at the following hotels: Beijing – Novotel Peace Hotel – 4 stars Shanghai – Novotel Atlantis – 4 stars

EXTENDING:
You can stay longer in China if you wish to extend your holiday. Please contact Cruise Offers on 1800 630 343 for more information.

CANCELLATION CHARGES: Number of days before sailing.

Days prior to Departure Cancellation Fee
Over 90 days Loss of deposit
90 days or less 100% of full fare
Non appearance/no written notice 100% of full fare

REFUNDS:
The cruise is based on arrangements which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:
All passengers will require a valid passport. A visa is required for China. If not an Australian passport holder check with Cruise Offers for visa requirements.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Adequate travel insurance is required to cover cruise members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the cruise and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accident, death etc.

BAGGAGE:
Passengers qualify for a 23kg free baggage allowance on flights to join or return from the cruise.

GROUP AIRLINE SEATING:
Please note; you will be booked as part of a group booking with the airline, this means we are unable to confirm any seating requests. Pre purchasing of flights and payment of airline seat booking fees allows allocation of specific seats. Additional costs will apply.

MINIMUM TOUR NUMBERS:
The fly/cruise arrangements have been made on the basis of a minimum number of passengers travelling. In the event that less than the required number of passengers have confirmed their booking 90 days from the date of departure, Cruise Offers reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of monies paid, or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified fare.

TOUR PARTICIPATION:
Children under 5 years of age are ineligible on coach & cruise tours. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Passengers with disabilities are welcome on Travelrite & Cruise Offers tours provided they are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance, and do not require special assistance from Travelrite & Cruise Offers personnel. Travelrite and Cruise Offers reserves the right to refuse to carry anyone if it is felt the individual cannot cope with the requirements of coach & cruise tour travel and who may require services and facilities that Travelrite & Cruise Offers cannot guarantee will be available. You agree to not hold the Travelrite & Cruise Offers responsible for any decision made by any of them or any service provider to refuse to carry you, provide any facilities or accommodation to you or to provide any service to you.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Cruise Offers (a division of Travelrite International Pty Ltd, ATAS A10538) is the tour organiser. Cruise Offers, its agents, officers, affiliates, and/or suppliers of services pursuant to, or in connection with these fly/cruises, shall act only as agents in making arrangements for hotels, transportation, including transportation by ship, restaurants, or any other service and do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in fly/cruises, or by act of God. Further, no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery breakdown, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, re-routing or acts of any government authority. Baggage is at owners’ risk throughout the fly/cruise. The passage contract between the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this fly/cruise and/or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any fly/cruise and/or make such changes in the fly/cruises as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the fly/cruise. This contract shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia. Attention is also directed to the terms and conditions of the Spectrum of the Seas fly/cruise passage contract with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, detailed on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines website. If you do not have a copy of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines terms and conditions please contact Cruise Offers and we will send one to you.

DELAYS AND UNFORESEEN EVENTS:
You engage Cruise Offers to book this tour on your behalf and you acknowledge that Cruise Offers acts as your agent for the purpose of making contracts between you and the various providers of accommodation, transportation and other services that comprise the tour. Cruise Offers may without reference to you provide or make available to you, or may as your agent engage any third party to provide or make available to you, any good or service which Cruise Offers reasonably believes is necessary for your benefit to maintain the tour itinerary, repatriate you or otherwise accommodate, transport or sustain you in circumstances in which the tour itinerary fails wholly or partly for any reason. You appoint Cruise Offers your attorney for this purpose. You agree to pay Cruise Offers any cost thereof and you indemnify Cruise Offers in respect of any cost it incurs in this regard. Cruise Offers advises you to obtain travel insurance generally including in respect of the risk that any such good or service may become required.

HOW TO BOOK:
Bookings can be made by completing a booking form and sending it with a deposit of $1500 per person to:

CRUISE OFFERS VALUE HOLIDAYS
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103

Further information can be obtained by telephoning
Toll Free: 1800 630 343
Telephone: (03) 8803 6868
Email: valueholidays@cruiseoffers.com.au
www.cruiseoffers.com.au

ABOUT CRUISE OFFERS:
Cruise Offers (a division of Travelrite International Pty Ltd), is a well-established travel company which has been marketing throughout Australia for over 30 years. It has two fully ATAS accredited (No. A10538) offices at Balwyn and Heathmont. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.

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