DAY 1 – HONG KONG
A drive to Victoria Peak will allow you to enjoy one of most extraordinary and legendary vista of any modern city. Once an upper-class residential area from colonial times, the Peak is still among Hong Kong's most exclusive areas with an awe-inspiring view of the whole city. Continue onto Repulse Bay, a relaxed area with a resort-like atmosphere. Enjoy a leisurely stroll on the soft sandy beach as your guide recounts stories from days gone by. Take in the sights as you make your way to Hong Kong Airport, where you’ll have a Chinese dim sum luncheon before taking your flight to Guilin. Guilin translates as ‘Sweet Osmanthus’ owing to the many fragrant trees found within the city. You’ll check into the Shangri-la Hotel, where your evening meal will be served.
DAY 2 – GUILIN, LI RIVER
Guilin translates as ‘Sweet Osmanthus’, owing to the many fragrant trees found within the city. After breakfast, you’ll take a scenic 50km cruise along the serene Li River from Guilin to Xingping. It is said that to sail along the Li River is like sailing through a traditional Chinese painting. Enjoy incredible panoramas of picturesque mountains dotted with peaceful rice paddies with water buffalo meandering along the river banks. See the fishermen gliding along on their narrow bamboo rafts, many of them still using specially trained cormorant birds to capture fish on their behalf. During your Li River cruise, you’ll be offered a light box lunch. Disembark in the little town of Xingping. Time permitting, you can explore the picturesque town, before making your way to Guilin Airport for your flight to Beijing. Check into the Kerry Hotel and enjoy a Chinese style dinner.
DAY 3 –GREAT WALL & TEMPLE OF HEAVEN
Breakfast will be served at the hotel before you venture out to visit one of mankind’s mightiest creations, the Great Wall of China. Built in third century BC to protect China’s northern border from marauding nomads and barbarians, the wall stretches over 4,500 miles from east to west. Today, it remains a poignant reminder of the painstaking endeavours of nearly one million workers. Your tour will visit the Badaling section of the Wall. Enjoy a Chinese style luncheon at a local restaurant followed by some shopping opportunities. In the afternoon, take a tour of the Temple of Heaven - the largest group of temple buildings in China, and the largest heaven-worshipping architecture in the world. The Temple of Heaven was built in 1420 in the Ming Dynasty. See the intricate joinery and dovetailing used to create the wonderful architectural details without the use of steel, cement or a single nail. In the evening you’ll have a traditional Peking Duck dinner.
DAY 4 –TIANANMEN SQUARE & FORBIDDEN CITY
After breakfast, you’ll visit the largest square in the world, Tiananmen Square, which covers 34 acres. This historic site is surrounded by the Great Hall of the People, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall and the National Museum. Take a trip to the Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum; it was once the Imperial Palace from the Ming Dynasty through to the Qing Dynasty. Although the palatial complex is the largest in the world, covering more than 210 acres, the intricate detail within the pavilions and courtyards is incredible. Lunch will be served at a local Chinese restaurant, before you make your way to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. On arrival in Shanghai, you’ll step aboard the only Maglev Train on earth. Short for “magnetic levitation”, the Maglev whisks you to Longyanglu station using ground-breaking technology. Without the friction of wheels or rails, this innovative train is the fastest transportation on land. A final coach journey will take you back to the ship in time for dinner on board.
Bookings for this tour will close on 20th December 2015. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double = HKG802, Single = HKG803). Prices shown on your record of shore excursions are per person, not per room. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made after bookings close will incur a 100% cancellation fee. This tour departs Hong Kong on 10th March and returns in Shanghai on 13th March. Please check your embarkation/disembarkation dates carefully before booking this overland. Flight times and further details will be advised on board. Hotels, flights and order of itinerary are subject to change.
This excursion is physically demanding. Be prepared for very early morning starts, lengthy days, climatic changes and delays at airports. This is an inclusive excursion programme. No refunds will be given for any unused portion.
The fare includes: transport by coach, boat, economy class air travel, sightseeing, meals and accommodation as described. Two glasses of local beer and soft drinks are included with luncheon; rice or house wine is also included with evening meals. Those wishing to order alternative beverages will be charged separately.
The fare does not include: items of a personal nature such as refreshments, telephone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service, fees for doctor’s visits and prescriptions/medication, visas and travel insurance.
What to pack: please remember your passport and any medication you may require. Luggage limit is one case per person with a maximum weight of 20kg. Comfortable soft soled, non slip shoes are essential for walking the Wall, which can become slippery when wet.
Visas: all guests must obtain a Chinese visa prior to embarking Queen Elizabeth.
Weather: the temperature is likely to be cool in March. The temperature can be as low as 2°C in the morning, rising to approximately 11°C during the day.
Customs and traditions: please dress conservatively when visiting shrines and temples to respect local customs and cultures.
Traffic: Shanghai and Beijing are major cities, traffic can be very heavy. Everything will be done to maintain the itinerary, but some delays may be experienced.