Shanghai, China - Far East Cruises

Shanghai’s attractions are legendary, from exquisite temples and superb museums to a stroll along the Bund with its elegant 19th-century European architecture. The city is also your gateway to the Grand Canal and the famed cities of Wuxi and Suzhou.

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Watertown of Zhujiajiao

    Head off the beaten track and discover one of Shanghai's hidden gems, the old water town of Zhujiajiao.

    Watertown of Zhujiajiao

    Take in the interesting sights during your 90-minute coach ride to Zhujiajiao. En route, visit the Tianhou Silk Factory. Your guide will show you through the workshops and explain how silk is made. There will also be an opportunity to shop for silk products and gifts in the factory’s gift store.

    The ancient town of Zhujiajiao is well known throughout China as its history dates back over 1,700 years. Endowed with the elegant name ‘Pearl Stream’, the little town of Zhujiajiao is one of the best-preserved ancient towns in the area. Old bridges, bubbling streams and willow trees add to the allure of this small water town. A typical Chinese style luncheon will be served in a local restaurant.

    En route back to Shanghai you will visit the Qicai Silk Factory. Walk with your guide through the workshops and listen as they explain the silk making process. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to shop for silk products and gifts in the factory’s gift shop.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The surfaces in Zhujiajiao are very rough and uneven with cobbled streets and steps. There is approximately 2-2½ hours of walking involved on this tour. The gift store at Qicai Silk Factory will accept major credit cards and foreign currency. Some shops accept US Dollars, however it is advisable to take Chinese Yuan.

    Tour code

    SHA_005

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    7½ hours

  • The Garden City of Suzhou

    Located in the heart of the Yangtze Delta, Suzhou is an ancient city with over 2500 years’ history.

    The Garden City of Suzhou

    Sit back and relax during the scenic drive to the Garden City of Suzhou. The Garden of the Humble Administrators was built in 1509 during the Ming Dynasty and it is considered one of the four finest classical gardens in all of China. As you stroll through the garden’s three parts – the Eastern, Middle and Western you will see the extraordinary fusion of nature, art and architecture that evokes the serenity of a Chinese painting.

    Suzhou has long been famous for its silk industry, especially its silk embroidery. The Silk Embroidery Research Institute was opened to preserve traditional methods and to research new techniques. This Institute has done superb work in hair embroidery and petit point, but the most widely executed types are single and double faced work and modern cross-stitch. There will be a chance to purchase souvenirs at the end of your visit.

    A delicious Chinese luncheon will be served in a local hotel before an exclusive cruise on the Grand Canal. Sail along the largest man-made waterway, view classic Chinese architecture and glimpse at the lifestyle of the people living along its banks. A brief photograph stop will be made at the Pan Gate which dates back some 2,500 years, when it was the only entrance to a wall that surrounded the city.



    This tour will operate by coach, boat and on foot. The drive to Suzhou is approximately 2½ hours. There is approximately 2 hours of walking during the tour.

    Tour code

    SHA_013

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    9¾ hours

  • Heaven on Earth by Bullet Train

    Take a high speed train to the ‘most beautiful and elegant city in the world'.

    Heaven on Earth by Bullet Train

    After an exhilarating one hour bullet train ride from Shanghai you will arrive in the city that the great explorer Marco Polo considered ‘the most beautiful and elegant city in the world’- Hangzhou. The capital of Zhejiang Province is scattered with beautiful gardens, lavish temples and the scenic West Lake. Lingyin Temple is one of the largest temples in China and the name translates into English as ‘The Temple of Souls Retreat’. Explore some of the 70, elaborately decorated, halls of worship that once housed over 3,000 monks. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional Chinese luncheon served in a local hotel. After luncheon, you’ll board your exclusive boat to cruise on the West Lake. West Lake has long been considered one of the scenic wonders of China and is situated at the heart of Hangzhou. Surrounded by gentle green hills, the lake’s willow-shaded causeways and fragrant cover of lotus blossoms have long been an inspiration for artists. A unique visit to the Chinese Medicine Museum will allow you to experience the healing traditions and different aspects of this ancient field of study. The Museum was built on the foundations of an ancient traditional Chinese Pharmacy and you’ll see examples of over 3,000 years of study and texts written before the second Century BC detailing lists of herbal remedies still used in the present day.

    This tour will operate by coach, bullet train, boat and on foot. The drive to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station is approximately 1½ hours. There is approximately 3½ hours of walking on this tour.

    Tour code

    SHA_014

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    14 hours

  • Best of Shanghai - Private Tour - by car (up to tw

    A private vehicle is the perfect solution for guests who wish to tour together around this wonderful city.

    Best of Shanghai - Private Tour - by car (up to tw

    An air-conditioned car with an English-speaking guide and local driver is offered on this tour. This is a private vehicle; those accompanying you are family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of guests to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles and guides are extremely limited and so early reservation is recommended to avoid disappointment. No deviations to duration, venues if included or departure and return times can be made. Cars will take up to two guests.

    Take a guided walking tour exploring the narrow alleys and cobblestoned lanes of the Old Town. Traverse the zigzag bridge and see the charming pavilion teahouse. As well as some shopping time in the Old Town, the highlight of your stop here is the Yu Garden, a classic Ming Dynasty garden home with traditional halls and pavilions.

    No visit to Shanghai would be complete without seeing the wonderful Jade Buddha Temple, featuring a priceless Buddha statue carved from one piece of white jade.The Temple was built in the Song Dynasty and is still an active venue for Buddhist events.

    Enjoy a family-style Chinese lunch at a local venue in the city.

    Visit the Shanghai Museum, one of this city’s foremost treasures. Its collection of 110,000 historical objects and 430,000 reference pieces enjoy worldwide fame.

    Your last stop is a Silk Factory. Visit their workshops and learn the secret of how silk is made and have a chance to shop in their gift shop for silk garments, home accessories, carpet and souvenirs.


    Private tours are non-refundable once confirmed. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability and the number of guests in your party. Only one ticket per party should be booked and the full cost will be charged to that person’s credit card. Once on board, you’ll receive a request for the names of each individual in your party. This information is required to allow your party to disembark the ship for the tour. There is approximately 3½ hours of walking on this tour, including some steps and inclines. The Jade Buddha is displayed on the 2nd floor of the Temple. Should you wish to purchase any art and craft items at the Silk Factory, it is recommended you take Chinese Yuan. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended. The lighting in the Temple is low, and care should be taken. Photography is restricted in the Museum and Temple buildings.

    Tour code

    SHA_701

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    9½ hours

  • Shanghai Sampler by Private Minivan

    A private vehicle is the perfect solution for guests who wish to tour together around this wonderful city.

    Shanghai Sampler by Private Minivan

    An air-conditioned minivan with an English-speaking guide and local driver is offered on this tour. This is a private vehicle; those accompanying you are family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of guests to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles and guides are extremely limited and so early reservation is recommended to avoid disappointment. No deviations to duration, venues if included or departure and return times can be made. Minivans will take up to four guests. One of the main highlights of Shanghai is the Yu Garden and Old Town area. Take a stroll around the Yu-Yuan Garden, a place of peace and tranquility in the heart of a bustling city. The Gardens date back to the fabled Ming Dynasty and were named 'Yu-Yuan' as ‘yu’ in Chinese means 'peace and health'. The Old Town area, with its vibrant markets, has been one of the city’s most popular gathering places for years. Take a moment to absorb the unique atmosphere as you wander through the small bazaar. Your tour continues to visit the Jade Buddha Temple. Built in the style of the Song Dynasty, this popular Temple is graced with upturned eaves, bright yellow walls and symmetrical halls and courtyards. Gaze upon the revered 6½ foot-high, 455-pound Buddha statue made of white jade and precious gems. Originally brought to Shanghai from Burma, it is a sight to behold.

    Private tours are non-refundable once confirmed. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability and the number of guests in your party. Only one ticket per party should be booked and the full cost will be charged to that person’s credit card. Once on board, you’ll receive a request for the names of each individual in your party. This information is required to allow your party to disembark the ship for the tour.
    Guests are advised that the tour of the Garden and Old Town will be conducted on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking involved in this tour, including some steps at the Garden and Temple. Shopping time has not been allocated, other than during the visit to the Old Town. The lighting in the Temple is low, care should be taken. Photography is restricted in the Temple buildings.

    Tour code

    SHA_704

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4¾ hours

  • Best of Shanghai by Private Minivan

    A private vehicle is the perfect solution for guests who wish to tour together around this wonderful city.

    Best of Shanghai by Private Minivan

    An air-conditioned minivan with an English-speaking guide and local driver is offered on this tour. This is a private vehicle; those accompanying you are family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of guests to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles and guides are extremely limited and so early reservation is recommended to avoid disappointment. No deviations to duration, venues if included or departure and return times can be made.Minivans will take up to four guests.

    Take a guided walking tour exploring the narrow alleys and cobblestoned lanes of the Old Town. Traverse the zigzag bridge and see the charming pavilion teahouse. As well as some shopping time in the Old Town, the highlight of your stop here is the Yu Garden, a classic Ming Dynasty garden home with traditional halls and pavilions.

    No visit to Shanghai would be complete without seeing the wonderful Jade Buddha Temple, featuring a priceless Buddha statue carved from one piece of white jade.The Temple was built in the Song Dynasty and is still an active venue for Buddhist events.

    Enjoy a family-style Chinese lunch at a local venue in the city.

    Visit the Shanghai Museum, one of this city’s foremost treasures. Its collection of 110,000 historical objects and 430,000 reference pieces enjoy worldwide fame.

    Your last stop is a Silk Factory. Visit their workshops and learn the secret of how silk is made and have a chance to shop in their gift shop for silk garments, home accessories, carpet and souvenirs.

    There is approximately 3½ hours of walking on this tour, including some steps and inclines. The Jade Buddha is displayed on the second floor of the Temple. Should you wish to purchase any art and craft items at the Children’s Palace, it is recommended you take Chinese Yuan. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended. The lighting in the Temple is low, and care should be taken. Photography is restricted in the Museum and Temple buildings.

    There is approximately 3½ hours of walking on this tour, including some steps and inclines. The Jade Buddha is displayed on the second floor of the Temple. Should you wish to purchase any art and craft items at the Children’s Palace, it is recommended you take Chinese Yuan. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended. The lighting in the Temple is low, and care should be taken. Photography is restricted in the Museum and Temple buildings.

    Tour code

    SHA_702

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    9½ hours

  • Guilin,Wall & Beijing Overland -Double

    See the sights of Shanghai, visit the magical river region of Guilin and include a trip to the Great Wall and highlights of Beijing on your travels.

    Guilin,Wall & Beijing Overland -Double

    DAY 1 – SHANGHAI
    Take in the sights of Shanghai – Pearl of the Orient. Your guided walking tour explores the narrow alleys and cobblestoned lanes of the Old Town, taking you over the famous zigzag bridge by the pavilion teahouse. During your Old Town tour, visit Yu Garden, a classic Ming Dynasty garden and home with traditional halls and pavilions. Enjoy luncheon at a local restaurant, followed by a drive through the under-river tunnel to the Pudong area, the Wall Street of China. Among the many skyscrapers in Pudong, you’ll see the World Financial Center, the newest and highest building in China. Step aboard the magnetic Maglev Train, which will whisk you to Pudong. Take a flight to Guilin, where you’ll transfer to the Shangri-la Hotel, where you’ll check in and have dinner.

    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 luncheon. 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 & TIANANMEN SQUARE
    Breakfast will be served at the hotel before you venture to 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 during 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. You’ll also have the chance to visit the largest city 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. In the evening you’ll be served a traditional Peking Duck dinner.

    DAY 4 – FORBIDDEN CITY & HONG KONG
    After breakfast, you’ll visit 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. Transfer to the airport with a light box luncheon before taking the afternoon flight to Hong Kong. On arrival, you’ll be met by your local guide and return 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 = SHA812, Single = SHA813). 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 Shanghai on 26th March and returns in Hong Kong on 29th 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 Mary 2.

    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 8°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.

    Tour code

    SHA_812

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3 nights

  • Best of Shanghai

    This comprehensive tour delivers the highlights of this wonderful city.

    Best of Shanghai

    Take a guided walking tour exploring the narrow alleys and cobblestoned lanes of the Old Town. Traverse the zigzag bridge and see the charming pavilion teahouse. As well as some shopping time in the Old Town, the highlight of your stop here is the Yu Garden, a classic Ming Dynasty garden home with traditional halls and pavilions. Enjoy a family-style Chinese luncheon at a hotel in the city. No visit to Shanghai would be complete without seeing the wonderful Jade Buddha Temple, featuring a priceless Buddha statue carved from one piece of white jade.The temple was built in the Song Dynasty and is still an active venue for Buddhist events. Visit the Shanghai Museum, one of this city’s foremost treasures. Its collection of 110,000 historical objects and 430,000 reference pieces enjoy worldwide fame. Your last stop is a Silk Factory. Visit their workshops and learn the secret of how silk is made and have a chance to shop in their gift shop for silk garments, home accessories, carpet and souvenirs.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 3½ hours of walking on this tour, including some steps and inclines. The Jade Buddha is displayed on the second floor of the Temple. Should you wish to purchase any art and craft items at the Silk Factory, it is recommended you take Chinese Yuan. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended. The lighting in the Temple is low, and care should be taken. Photography is restricted in the Museum and Temple buildings.

    Tour code

    SHA_001

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    9½ hours

  • Futuristic Shanghai

    Take a ride on the world's fastest train, the Maglev, and see Shanghai from one of the tallest buildings in China.

    Futuristic Shanghai

    Drive from the port area of Shanghai to Pudong Longyanglu Station, your boarding point for the famous Maglev Train. Maglev, short for ‘magnetic levitation’, whisks you off to nearby Pudong Airport using groundbreaking technology. Without the friction of wheels or rails, the innovative train reaches speeds of 267 miles per hour (weather permitting), making it the fastest transportation on land.

    Return to Longyanglu Station and continue by coach for your insight into the future with a visit to the Jinmao Hyatt Building, an impressive 88-floor skyscraper. Jinmao Hyatt is one of the tallest buildings in China, a soaring monument to Shanghai’s economic boom. Completed in 2001, this building’s gently tapered design embodies China’s history and culture. Take the express elevator to the observation floor at the top of the building to enjoy a panoramic view of the city. On your return journey you will have chance to photograph Oriental Pearl TV Tower, standing at 1,536 feet this makes it the worlds’ third tallest TV tower.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on train. There will be a brief time for shopping at the Hyatt Building to purchase souvenirs and postcards. Guests must be able to negotiate steps onto and off the bus and train. Delays can be expected prior to boarding the lift to the observation floor due to its popularity.

    Tour code

    SHA_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Free Time at 3 Sites

    Listen to a local and use your handy Shanghai city map to plan your day your way.

    Free Time at 3 Sites

    The first stop is at Huangpu Park, located on the Bund. Use your free time to explore the famous waterfront, which has been regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. Gaze at the west side where a variety of architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance sit side by side along the waterfront. Alternatively, head to Nanjing Road for a spot of shopping.

    As you move on to the Old Town, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Explore the classic Ming Dynasty Garden Home at Yu Garden, weave your way around the narrow alleyways and cobbled lanes of the Old Town or enjoy luncheon in a local dim sum restaurant.

    Your final stop is the Pudong Lujiazui Financial Area, The futuristic skyscrapers are the main event here, take the high speed elevators to the observation decks of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jinmao Tower or Shanghai World Financial Center for a breathtaking panoramic view of China’s largest city. If you prefer to stay on terra-firma, the view from the ground is pretty impressive too.



    This tour is un-guided, a tour assistant will be on hand to provide practical information at each stop. A map of Shanghai will be provided. No entrance fees are included in the tour price. Please pay careful attention to the pick-up point and time. Local currency is recommended for purchases.

    Tour code

    SHA_015

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Shanghai Explorer

    Take in the highlights of Shanghai, followed by some free time to explore the city on your own.

    Shanghai Explorer

    The Jinmao Hyatt Building is one of the tallest skyscrapers in China. Completed in 2001, it is a soaring monument to Shanghai’s economic boom and its gently tapered design embodies China’s history and culture. Take the express elevator to the 88th floor observation deck to enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

    Drive through the under-river tunnel to the Yu Garden and Old Town area and during a guided walking tour, explore the narrow alleys and cobblestoned lanes of the Old Town. Traverse the zigzag bridge and see the charming pavilion teahouse. The highlight of your visit is the Yu Garden, a classic Ming Dynasty garden home with traditional halls and pavilions.

    Enjoy a Chinese luncheon at local restaurant before transferring to the Shanghai Museum located in downtown Shanghai, where you will start your independent exploration. From here, The Grand Theatre, Shanghai Art Gallery, People’s Square and Nanjing Road Shopping Street are all within walking distance. You’ll have approximately 3 hours to explore the city on your own.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking involved in the guided part of this tour. Please pay careful attention to the pick-up point and time as coaches cannot be held for latecomers. It is recommended that you take Chinese Yuan on this excursion. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    SHA_010

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    9½ hours

  • Warriors, Wall and Beijing Overland -Double

    An opportunity to see some of China’s greatest sights. The city of Shanghai, Terracotta Warriors, Great Wall of China and Beijing.

    Warriors, Wall and Beijing Overland -Double

    DAY 1 – SHANGHAI
    Take in the sights of the city of Shanghai – Pearl of the Orient. Your guided walking tour explores the narrow alleys and cobblestone lanes of the Old Town, taking you over the famous zigzag bridge by the pavilion teahouse. During your Old Town tour, you’ll visit Yu Garden, a classic Ming Dynasty garden and home with traditional halls and pavilions. Enjoy luncheon at a local restaurant, followed by a drive through the under-river tunnel to the Pudong area, the Wall Street of China. Among the many skyscrapers in Pudong, you’ll see the World Financial Center, the newest and highest building. Step aboard the magnetic Maglev Train, which will whisk you to Pudong Airport. Take a flight to Xian, where you’ll transfer to the Hilton Hotel to check in and have dinner.

    DAY 2 – TERRACOTTA WARRIORS
    After a buffet breakfast in the hotel, your tour will begin with a leisurely walk on part of the Xian City Wall, the only completely preserved city wall in China whose construction started in 1370. The highlight of your day will be a visit to the world famous Terracotta Warriors Museum. First excavated in 1974, the 7,000 life-size Terracotta Warriors and horses are acclaimed as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’. The Warriors are grouped in battle order, rank by rank, some mounted on horse-drawn chariots and others in infantry groups armed with spears, swords and crossbows. The detail and scale of these incredible sculptures is a sight to behold. Luncheon will be served at a restaurant. In the afternoon, you’ll take a flight to Beijing where you’ll transfer to the Beijing Kerry Hotel and have dinner.

    DAY 3 – GREAT WALL, TEMPLE OF HEAVEN & TIANANMEN SQUARE
    Breakfast will be served at the hotel before you venture to 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 during 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. You’ll also have chance to 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. In the evening you’ll be served a traditional Peking Duck dinner.

    DAY 4 – FORBIDDEN CITY & HONG KONG
    After breakfast, you’ll visit 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. Transfer to the airport with a light box lunchon before taking the afternoon flight to Hong Kong. On arrival, you’ll be met by your local guide and return 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 = SHA810, Single = SHA811). 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 Shanghai on 26th March and returns in Hong Kong on 29th 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, 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 Mary 2.

    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.

    Tour code

    SHA_810

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3 nights

  • Shanghai Acrobatic Show & Dinner

    Combine spectacular Shanghai by night with a breath-taking acrobatic performance and a delicious Chinese dinner.

    Shanghai Acrobatic Show & Dinner

    Enjoy a Shanghai-style dinner at a local restaurant, before joining the Shanghai Acrobatic Troup for a breath-taking performance.

    The troupe was founded almost half a century ago and is renowned in international circus acrobatic circles. In an exuberant 1½ hour long performance that combines breathtaking acrobatics, martial arts, enchanting music, and spectacular lighting and set design, the award-winning troupe captures a celebration of ancient and modern Chinese culture. The 40-member company includes phenomenal gymnasts, dancers and jugglers who focus their bodies and minds to work in perfect harmony.

    As you return to the ship, you’ll be able to see the glittering night lights of the city.


    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. The dress code for the evening is smart casual.

    Tour code

    SHA_012

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    6¼ hours

  • Shanghai Sampler

    Discover some of Shanghai's top attractions: the charming Yu Garden, the Old Town and the Jade Buddha.

    Shanghai Sampler

    One of the main highlights of Shanghai is the Yu Garden and Old Town area. Take a stroll around the Yu-Yuan Garden, a place of peace and tranquility in the heart of a bustling city. The Gardens date back to the fabled Ming Dynasty and were named 'Yu-Yuan' as ‘yu’ in Chinese means 'peace and health'. The Old Town area, with its vibrant markets, has been one of the city’s most popular gathering places for years. Take a moment to absorb the unique atmosphere as you wander through the small bazaar.

    Your tour continues to visit the Jade Buddha Temple. Built in the style of the Song Dynasty, this popular Temple is graced with upturned eaves, bright yellow walls and symmetrical halls and courtyards. Gaze upon the revered 6½ foot-high, 455-pound Buddha statue made of white jade and precious gems. Originally brought to Shanghai from Burma, it is a sight to behold.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Guests are advised that the tour of the Garden and Old Town will be conducted on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking involved in this tour, including some steps at the Garden and Temple. Shopping time has not been allocated, other than during the visit to the Old Town. The lighting in the Temple is low, care should be taken. Photography is restricted in the Temple buildings.

    Tour code

    SHA_003

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4¾ hours

  • Shanghai Sampler by Private Car

    A private vehicle is the perfect solution for guests who wish to tour together around this wonderful city.

    Shanghai Sampler by Private Car

    An air-conditioned car with an English-speaking guide and local driver is offered on this tour. This is a private vehicle; those accompanying you are family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of guests to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles and guides are extremely limited and so early reservation is recommended to avoid disappointment. No deviations to duration, venues if included or departure and return times can be made. Cars will take up to 2 guests. One of the main highlights of Shanghai is the Yu Garden and Old Town area. Take a stroll around the Yu-Yuan Garden, a place of peace and tranquility in the heart of a bustling city. The Gardens date back to the fabled Ming Dynasty and were named 'Yu-Yuan' as ‘yu’ in Chinese means 'peace and health'. The Old Town area, with its vibrant markets, has been one of the city’s most popular gathering places for years. Take a moment to absorb the unique atmosphere as you wander through the small bazaar. Your tour continues to visit the Jade Buddha Temple. Built in the style of the Song Dynasty, this popular Temple is graced with upturned eaves, bright yellow walls and symmetrical halls and courtyards. Gaze upon the revered 6½ foot-high, 455-pound Buddha statue made of white jade and precious gems. Originally brought to Shanghai from Burma, it is a sight to behold.

    Private tours are non-refundable once confirmed. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability and the number of guests in your party. Only one ticket per party should be booked and the full cost will be charged to that person’s credit card. Once on board, you’ll receive a request for the names of each individual in your party. This information is required to allow your party to disembark the ship for the tour. Guests are advised that the tour of the Garden and Old Town will be conducted on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking involved in this tour, including some steps at the Garden and Temple. Shopping time has not been allocated, other than during the visit to the Old Town. The lighting in the Temple is low, care should be taken. Photography is restricted in the Temple buildings.

    Tour code

    SHA_703

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4¾ hours

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