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China by Land, Japan by Sea

  • Duration
    20 days
  • Tour Type
    Cruise & Tour
  • Tour Style
    Classic
  • Price From
    £4,390pp
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Journey from China to Japan, and back again, on this Far Eastern expedition. Our Cruise & Tour journeys bring together all the joy of a cruise, on board the spectacular Royal Caribbean Spectrum of the Seas, with all the exciting exploration of a Wendy Wu Tours land itinerary. On this one you'll be able to contrast the history and culture of these two ancient nations and see their biggest treasures, from the Great Wall to Kyoto's timeless temples, with your own eyes.
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 18 , Lunches: 17 , Dinners: 18
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Visa Included
    Visa fees for UK passport holders
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 28
  • Physical Rating 1Learn More
    X A reasonable level of fitness is required and you should expect to be on your feet for much of the day. You’ll be getting on and off coaches, trains or boats and walking around the sights, often including steps, plus occasional longer walks. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Walking, some steps and time on your feet
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About Spectrum of the Seas

Full of dazzling features, Spectrum of the Seas® is designed and built for unforgettable experiences. A wealth of adventure across activities, entertainment and dining awaits your arrival. From custom drink creations crafted by robots at the Bionic Bar®, and revolutionary staterooms, to innovative dining concepts and the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex.
  • Launched
    2019
  • Occupancy
    5622
  • Tonnage
    168,379 GT
  • Length
    1139 ft
  • Total Crew
    1551

Tour Itinerary

This adventure is ideal for travellers who want to see the very best bits of some incredibly diverse destinations. We have designed the tour to showcase the key highlights and cities of China.

  • Days 1-2
    Arrive in Beijing
    Days 1-2: Arrive in Beijing

    Fly overnight to Beijing, China's historical capital. On arrival at the airport, you will be met by an English-speaking guide and transferred to the hotel. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

    • Dinner
  • Day 3
    Explore Beijing
    Day 3: Explore Beijing

    Walk through Beijing's symbolic heart, Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City, a complex full of imperial riches. Then, find harmony in the symmetry of the Temple of Heaven. This evening, dine on local delicacy, Peking Duck.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4
    The Great Wall
    Day 4: The Great Wall

    Travel out of the city to the magnificent Great Wall of China, learning a little about its long history before taking a short walk to fully appreciate this world-famous structure. Stop off at a jade factory before visiting the Sacred Way and Ming Tombs. This evening, enjoy a thrilling acrobatic show.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5
    Travel to Pingyao
    Day 5: Travel to Pingyao

    Transfer to the train station and board a bullet train to Pingyao. A living museum and home to China's best preserved ancient city walls, walk the characterful streets to see the Yamen and the Rishengchang Financial House Museum.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6
    Travel to Xian
    Day 6: Travel to Xian

    This morning is at leisure (additional option: hands-on noodle making demonstration) before travelling to Xian by bullet train.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7
    Explore Xian
    Day 7: Explore Xian

    This morning, come face to face with the Terracotta Warriors, an army created to protect China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, in the afterlife. Later, stroll Xian's beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls, before a dumpling demonstration, a delicious dumpling banquet and a Tang Dynasty show.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8
    Travel to Chengdu
    Day 8: Travel to Chengdu

    After breakfast, walk through the atmospheric alleyways of the Muslim Quarter, lined with delicious street food stalls. Then, transfer to the station and board a bullet train to Chengdu. This evening, dine on a Sichuan hot pot, a local speciality, and watch a fascinating face changing show.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9
    Explore Chengdu
    Day 9: Explore Chengdu

    This morning is dedicated to Chengdu's most famous resident, the lovable giant panda. Visit the Chengdu Panda Research Base to learn all about them and see them relaxing, play and chomping on bamboo. The rest of the day is at leisure (additional option: volunteer at the Panda Base).

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10
    Travel to Shanghai
    Day 10: Travel to Shanghai

    Fly from Chengdu to Shanghai. Transfer to your hotel then begin your explorations, strolling along the Bund to admire the Art Deco architecture and enjoying panoramic views of the city on a Huangpu River cruise.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 11
    Board the Royal Caribbean Spectrum of the Seas
    Day 11: Board the Royal Caribbean Spectrum of the Seas

    After breakfast you will be met by an English-speaking guide and transferred to Shanghai's cruise terminal, Baoshan, to board your cruise. The rest of the day is free to explore the ship's facilities and settle in. Throughout your cruise, when your ship comes into port, there will be a range of excursions available to help you explore each destination. These excursions are at your own expense and are bookable on your cruise reservation.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 12
    Cruise - At sea
    Day 12: Cruise - At sea

    Relax and enjoy everything that your cruise ship has to offer as you sail across the East China Sea towards Japan.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 13
    Cruise - Explore Kobe
    Day 13: Cruise - Explore Kobe

    Arrive in Kobe, a port city nestled between mountains and sea, and the first place in Japan to open up to foreign trade after the collapse of the shogunate in 1868. The city is perhaps best known for its world-renowned Kobe beef – where better to try it?

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 14
    Cruise - Explore Osaka/Kyoto
    Day 14: Cruise - Explore Osaka/Kyoto

    Arrive in Osaka, a brash, lively city that has earned the nickname 'Japan's kitchen' for its spectacular food. Easily reachable from Osaka is Kyoto; Japan's capital for over 1,000 years, it is a treasure trove of history and timeless culture. A perfect balance of old and new, it's in exploring Kyoto that you can glimpse Japan's traditional soul.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 15
    Cruise - Explore Tokyo
    Day 15: Cruise - Explore Tokyo

    Tokyo, Japan's capital since 1868 and one of the world's largest cities, may seem a thoroughly modern cityscape at first glance, but look beyond the soaring towers and neon signs and find deeply rooted tradition and peaceful pockets of the past.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 16-17
    Cruise - At sea
    Days 16-17: Cruise - At sea

    Relax and enjoy everything that your cruise ship has to offer as you sail across the East Sea back towards China.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 18
    Arrive in Shanghai
    Day 18: Arrive in Shanghai

    Relax and enjoy everything that your cruise ship has to offer as you sail across the East China Sea back towards China.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 19
    Explore Shanghai
    Day 19: Explore Shanghai

    Continue exploring the city today, visiting the peaceful Yu Garden, the quaint Old Town and the Xintiandi area, then learn all about silk production from silkworm to loom at a silk factory. This evening, dine on a traditional Shanghainese meal.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 20
    Fly Shanghai to UK
    Day 20: Fly Shanghai to UK

    Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or the following day.

    • Breakfast
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • -3°c
  • 3mm
  • Chengdu
  • 6°c
  • 8mm
  • Pingyao
  • -4°c
  • 3mm
  • Shanghai
  • 5°c
  • 74mm
  • Xian
  • 0°c
  • 7mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 0°c
  • 5mm
  • Chengdu
  • 8°c
  • 12mm
  • Pingyao
  • -2°c
  • 6mm
  • Shanghai
  • 7°c
  • 59mm
  • Xian
  • 4°c
  • 10mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 6°c
  • 8mm
  • Chengdu
  • 12°c
  • 20mm
  • Pingyao
  • 4°c
  • 14mm
  • Shanghai
  • 10°c
  • 94mm
  • Xian
  • 9°c
  • 29mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 14°c
  • 21mm
  • Chengdu
  • 17°c
  • 44mm
  • Pingyao
  • 12°c
  • 25mm
  • Shanghai
  • 16°c
  • 74mm
  • Xian
  • 15°c
  • 43mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 20°c
  • 34mm
  • Chengdu
  • 22°c
  • 78mm
  • Pingyao
  • 18°c
  • 34mm
  • Shanghai
  • 21°c
  • 84mm
  • Xian
  • 20°c
  • 60mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 24°c
  • 78mm
  • Chengdu
  • 24°c
  • 107mm
  • Pingyao
  • 22°c
  • 58mm
  • Shanghai
  • 25°c
  • 182mm
  • Xian
  • 25°c
  • 54mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 26°c
  • 185mm
  • Chengdu
  • 26°c
  • 224mm
  • Pingyao
  • 24°c
  • 129mm
  • Shanghai
  • 29°c
  • 146mm
  • Xian
  • 27°c
  • 99mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 25°c
  • 160mm
  • Chengdu
  • 26°c
  • 201mm
  • Pingyao
  • 22°c
  • 108mm
  • Shanghai
  • 29°c
  • 214mm
  • Xian
  • 26°c
  • 71mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 20°c
  • 46mm
  • Chengdu
  • 22°c
  • 119mm
  • Pingyao
  • 17°c
  • 72mm
  • Shanghai
  • 25°c
  • 87mm
  • Xian
  • 21°c
  • 92mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 14°c
  • 22mm
  • Chengdu
  • 18°c
  • 35mm
  • Pingyao
  • 12°c
  • 34mm
  • Shanghai
  • 20°c
  • 56mm
  • Xian
  • 15°c
  • 60mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 5°c
  • 7mm
  • Chengdu
  • 13°c
  • 16mm
  • Pingyao
  • 4°c
  • 14mm
  • Shanghai
  • 14°c
  • 52mm
  • Xian
  • 8°c
  • 24mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • -1°c
  • 3mm
  • Chengdu
  • 8°c
  • 5mm
  • Pingyao
  • -3°c
  • 4mm
  • Shanghai
  • 8°c
  • 44mm
  • Xian
  • 2°c
  • 6mm
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China by Land, Japan by Sea map

Places Visited: UK – Beijing (3N) – Pingyao (1N) – Xian (2N) – Chengdu (2N) – Shanghai (1N) – Royal Caribbean Cruise (7N) – Shanghai (2N)

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Tour Dates & Prices

All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If your tour departs in less than 30 days, please call our travel experts to book.

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In addition to being for solos only these departures feature smaller group sizes, free airport lounge access and complimentary cocktails on arrival.

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