Silversea Luxury Cruises To SHANGHAI

SHANGHAI
SHANGHAI
SHANGHAI

China's showpiece city, Shanghai is staggering in its scope and scale. A city of 24 million and growing, Shanghai is a global centre of soaring skyscrapers that is bursting with modernity and energy. The past hasn't been totally engulfed, however, and leafy colonial streets and delicate temples linger below the skyward scramble. Wealthy and wild, Shanghai is one of China's most welcoming cities, and you'll find a hedonistic flair of excess and exuberance below the iconic, jagged Lujiazui skyline. View more

Shanghai's celebrated waterfront, The Bund, is adorned with grand European style buildings and Art Deco wonders. The glowing orb of the Pearl Tower, meanwhile, rockets above the bending Yangtze River, providing a tall exclamation mark to China's futuristic vision. Just as the urban spread and claustrophobic towers begin to overwhelm, you can discover the tranquillity of ancient temples and gardens. Then, stumble upon the contorted twist of the Shanghai Tower, a spectacular tube of glass and steel, that dwarfs the city as the world's second-tallest building. Join Shanghai's high rollers to drink in swanky bars and restaurants, or bite explosively flavourful street food, below a flood of neon lights. More earthy delights keep the city grounded - head to an open park where locals flow through tai chi routines en masse, or explore rich cultural treasures like the Jade Buddha Temple. A sensory assault, Shanghai is China at its most extreme and intense, yet perhaps most accessible and open-minded.

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HONG KONG To SHANGHAI
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    Feb 09 2021
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HONG KONG To SINGAPORE
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    Feb 09 2021
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SHANGHAI To SINGAPORE
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    Feb 23 2021
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SHANGHAI To HO CHI MINH CITY
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HONG KONG To YOKOHAMA (Tokyo)
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Excursions in SHANGHAI

Dumpling revolution

Discover the secrets to preparing delicious Chinese dumplings during this interactive, half-day cooking excursion with lunch.


Shanghai, Wet Market Visit with Chef, French Concession Area

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to a local wet market. Upon arrival, take a guided, narrated tour with a chef. Learn about various different ingredients, how to price them and what to buy. Following your wet market visit, take a guided stroll through the French Concession area (weather-permitting) en route to the Chinese Cooking Workshop.


Chinese Cooking Workshop, Jiaozi Dumplings

Upon arrival at the Chinese Cooking Workshop, begin your interactive dumpling cooking class. Your dumpling expert teaches you to make 'jiaozi', a type of Chinese dumpling commonly eaten in China and other parts of East Asia. They are one of the major foods eaten during the Chinese New Year, and year-round in the northern provinces. Though considered part of Chinese cuisine, jiaozi are popular in other parts of Asia and in western countries. Jiaozi typically consist of a ground meat and/or vegetable filling wrapped in a thinly-rolled piece of dough, which is then sealed by pressing the edges together. Finished jiaozi can be boiled, steamed or pan-fried.


Dumpling Preparation and Lunch

Learn how to knead and roll the dough, and create fillings and sauces. In addition to the traditional way of preparing authentic Chinese dumplings, discover some revolutionary new cooking methods and fillings to put into the dumplings, and how to concoct natural dyes made from the juice from fresh vegetables and fruits to create colourful dough wraps. Following your cooking workshop, proceed for a lunch consisting of the dishes you have helped to prepare, along with other cold appetizers. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.

Glimpse of Shanghai

Discover some of the many prominent highlights of Shanghai during a picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion through this bustling metropolis.


Shanghai City and the Bund

Depart the pier for a sightseeing drive through Shanghai City. En route, a stop is made for a guided stroll through the Bund, Shanghai's most famous street. To the Europeans, the Bund was Shanghai's Wall Street, a place where fortunes were made and lost. Along this waterfront embankment stand some of the city's most prominent landmarks.


French Concession Area, Art Deco Buildings and Huaihai Road

Next, re-board your coach and proceed through the former French Concession Area. In the 1920s and 1930s, the French Concession was known for its lawlessness and decadence. As the foreign diplomatic quarter, it features top hotels, great shopping, bars and restaurants in Art Deco buildings. Huaihai Road, the former Avenue Joffre, is one of Shanghai's favourite shopping streets. After a photo stop here at Xintiandi, re-board your coach and continue on to the Jade Buddha Temple.


Jade Buddha Temple

Founded in 1881, the famous Jade Buddha Temple is highlighted by rare statues of Buddha, each carved from a single piece of white Burmese jade. Depending on the schedule of resident monks, you may be able to peek inside one of the temples to witness a prayer session. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.

Hidden Treasure of Shanghai by Convertible Jeep

Explore the beautiful, bustling city of Shanghai and its surrounds during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing excursion via open-air, vintage Jeep.


Shanghai, Open-Air Jeep Tour

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the meeting point, then board a convertible, vintage Jeep with your driver/guide for a picturesque sightseeing tour of Shanghai. The charm of Shanghai lies in the contrast of a very rich Art Deco heritage, and its quaint Old Town against the high-rise buildings of the city's financial centre. Also known as the 'Pearl of the Orient' or 'Paris of the East', Shanghai has always intrigued with its architectural and cultural diversity, and bustling energy at every corner.


Old Town, French Concession, Boardwalk on the Bund-Side, Pudong Skyline

Shanghai is the ideal blend of past and present. During your guided tour via vintage, open-air Jeep, ride through some of the most well-preserved neighbourhoods and watch it all unfold before your eyes. Explore the winding alleys of the Old Town, where locals still resist the wave of modernity surrounding them, stop by the mythic French Concession with its quaint, yet charming, atmosphere, or head to the boardwalk on the Bund side for a splendid view of the Pudong skyline. At the conclusion of your tour, return to the meeting point, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.

Highlights of Shanghai

The fabled city of Shanghai is China's major port and the largest city in all of Asia. This comprehensive, full-day excursion takes you to Shanghai's most popular and intriguing sites.


The Bund

Depart the pier and travel by coach to the Bund, one of the symbols of Shanghai. The Bund shows off Shanghai's outstanding foreign buildings, most of which were erected before 1937. To the Europeans, the Bund was Shanghai's answer to Wall Street. In the 1930s, the string of buildings hosted the city's financial and commercial centres, and the world's greatest banks and trading empires established a base here.


New Economic Zone

Continue the drive to the New Economic Zone in the Pudong New Area. Prior to 1990, the Pudong New Area was farmland and rice paddies. Today, it is an urban experiment that is expected to become Asia's financial, economic and commercial centre. Stop for photos near the oddly futuristic Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower. The sixth-tallest structure in the world, this peculiar tower has become a symbol of the city and fully captures the boldness and glitz that are today's Shanghai. Next, proceed to the tallest building of China, the Shanghai World Financial Centre (SWFC), which was completed in 2008. Marvel at this 1,600-foot (492-meter)-high new landmark of Shanghai and take a picture.


Jin Mao Building

Visit to nearby Jin Mao Building, one of the landmarks of Shanghai and a soaring monument to the city's economic boom. A silvery pagoda, a rising bamboo shoot, and an upright pen are images evoked by the 88-storey-high Jin Mao Building in Pudong. Enjoy the panoramic view from the Observation Lounge on the 88th floor.


Jin Jiang Hotel

Midway through your busy sightseeing program, a Chinese-cuisine lunch is served at the Jin Jiang Hotel. A witness to history, the Jin Jiang Hotel has received more than 400 heads of state and government from countries all over the world since its opening. The hotel was once the place where Chairman Mao Zedong and his colleagues held meetings and it was also the site of the signing of the 1972 Sino-America joint communiqué by Chairman Mao and U.S. President Nixon.


Shanghai Old Town & Yu Yuan Gardens

Continuing on, discover Shanghai's Old Town and wander among its maze of narrow alleys and cobblestone lanes. As locals bustle about their daily activities, experience one of China's most famous dumpling cookeries and admire the area's remarkable architecture. From here, proceed to the 16th-century Yu Yuan Garden. This cultivated oasis captures the essence of the landscape art and architectural style of the Ming and Qing dynasties. It has also served as the inspiration for the famous willow-pattern chinaware. High walls adorned with huge, stone dragons shelter teahouses, pavilions, rockeries and carp ponds. Make your way back to the coach by way of a small lake, which is spanned by a picturesque zigzag bridge.


Jade Buddha Temple

Next head northwest to Jade Buddha Temple, founded in 1881. Its rare statues of Buddha, each carved from a single piece of white Burmese jade, are of special interest. Depending on the schedule of resident monks, you may be able to peek inside one of the temples to witness a prayer session.


All too soon, bid farewell to Shanghai and return to the ship.

Shanghai Acrobatic Show

Experience a spectacular acrobatic show and a night view of the Shanghai's famous Bund during this evening. Departing the pier, a 30-minute drive brings you into the town centre and proceed to the nearby theatre for an exciting and first-rate show.


Chinese Acrobatics

For more than 2,000 years, the Chinese have practiced the art of acrobatics. Although elements of acrobatics appeared prior, the time of the Han Dynasty (221 BC-220 AD) saw on-stage displays with music. The artists combined aspects of their daily life with their individual and group talents, resulting in feats such as balancing on chairs and tables, jar tricks, rope-walking and pole-climbing. Between the 7th and 10th centuries, performances of acrobatics were often held at the imperial court. Tonight, sit back and watch in amazement as the troupe performs some of the best acrobatic art in China.


Acrobatic Show

The troupe, founded half a century ago, is renowned in international circus acrobatic circles, having toured many countries during the last decades. In an exuberant 90-minute performance that combines breath-taking acrobatics, martial arts, enchanting music, and spectacular lighting and set design, the award-winning troupe captures the essence of life's energy in 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.


Following the show, enjoy a drive marveling at the city's glittering night lights transfer back to ship.

Shanghai Architecture Tour with Local Expert

Explore the contemporary architecture and landmarks of Shanghai with an expert architect during this scenic and informative, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Shanghai City, Old Shanghai, Bund

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to Shanghai, a dynamic, ever-changing city comprised of two major districts, the Bund and Pudong. Today, explore an eclectic blend of historic and contemporary landmarks with your expert guide, Patrick Cranley, who imparts his knowledge and insights about the architecture of Shanghai. Upon arrival in the city, proceed to Old Shanghai for a leisurely, guided stroll along the renovated promenade known as the Bund, the city's most famous street. To the Europeans, the Bund was colonial Shanghai's 'Wall Street', a place where fortunes were made and lost. Along this waterfront embankment stands some of the city's most prominent, important and popular landmarks constructed before 1950.


Pudong, Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower, Shanghai Centre, Observation Deck

Leaving the Bund, venture across the river to Pudong, the modern, somewhat futuristic side of Shanghai. Prior to 1990, the Pudong New Area was farmland and rice paddies. Today, this urban experiment is fast becoming Asia's financial, economic and commercial centre. Reflecting that sweeping vision is the city's most identifiable structure, the Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower. Rising approximately 1,535 feet (about 468 metres) above the Huangpu River, it was commissioned to be defiantly and emblematically 21st century. The third-tallest structure in the world, the tower has become a symbol of the city, and, as Patrick explains, fully captures the boldness and glitz of modern Shanghai. Next, experience the tallest building in China during a visit to the renowned Shanghai Centre. Upon arrival, the express elevator whisks you to the top observation deck, where, at the dizzying height, you can see the city of Shanghai unfold.


French Concession Area, Art Deco Buildings, Refreshment Stop

Next, re-board your coach and proceed through the French Quarter. Also known as the 'French Concession', this neighbourhood was formed in the mid-19th century and blossomed in the early-20th century. In the 1920s and 1930s, the French Concession was known for its lawlessness and decadence. Since then, the district has survived zealous city redevelopment efforts and continues to retain its unique character. As the foreign diplomatic quarter, the French Concession features top hotels, great shopping, bars and restaurants in Art Deco buildings. Leaving the French Concession, a refreshment stop is made to further engage Patrick about the city and landmarks seen during your tour. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.

Shanghai Old & New

Experience a sample of Shanghai's old and new attractions on this introductory half-day overview excursion. On your sightseeing drive through this bustling metropolis, see the major points of interest that include the following:


The Bund

Drive through the most famous of Shanghai's streets - the symbolic Bund. To the Europeans, the Bund was Shanghai's Wall Street, a place where fortunes were made and lost. Along this waterfront embankment stand some of the city's most prominent landmarks.


The Former French Concession Area

In the 1920s and 1930s, the French Concession was known for its lawlessness and decadence. As the foreign diplomatic quarter, it features top hotels, great shopping, bars and restaurants in art deco buildings. Huauhai Road, the former Avenue Joffre, is one of Shanghai's favourite shopping streets.


People's Square

Located at the very centre of the city, People's Square is a garden-type open space surrounded by buildings and facilities for administration, cultural activities, transportation and commerce. The total green areas in the square cover 80,000 square meters. Seemingly the only broad expanse in the city, spreading before the newly built Museum, People's Square is now the most popular place for city residents to unwind.


Pudong New Area

Your sightseeing drive takes you through this area established in 1990 and through the tunnel under the Huangpu River. Pudong is the city's hot spot for investment in China. It consists of four key areas: the Finance and Trade Zone, the Jinqiao Export Processing Zone, Bonded Zone and Hi-Tech Zone.


Oriental Pearl Tower

At a height of 1,535 feet (468 metres), this is the tallest TV tower in Asia and the third highest in the world after Toronto and Moscow. Stop for photos at this Pudong landmark.


Shanghai World Financial Centre

The 1,600-foot-high (492 meters) Shanghai World Financial Centre (SWFC) is currently the world's second2 tallest completed building by roof, and the tallest building in China. It is a mixed use skyscraper which consists of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls on the ground floors.


Jin Mao Building

A silvery pagoda, a rising bamboo shoot, an upright pen - these are images evoked by the 88-storey-high Jin Mao Building in Pudong. It is one of the landmarks of Shanghai and a soaring monument to the city's economic boom. Enjoy the panoramic view from the Observation Lounge on the 88th floor. From here, the coach returns you to the ship.

Shanghai’s Jewish Heritage

Learn about the modern Jewish history in Shanghai on this half-day outing that includes visits to the Ohel Moishe Synagogue, the old Jewish ghetto area, Huo Shan Park, the Jewish settlement region, and the Arts & Crafts Research Institute.


From the mid-19th century when the Sephardic Jewish merchant group began to appear in Shanghai, to the early 1940s, the Jews in Shanghai rose to become the largest Jewish community in the Far East. While the Nazis persecuted and massacred the Jews in Europe in the 1930s and during World War II, Shanghai was the only city in the world that freely allowed Jews to enter, requiring of them no visa, guarantee, or other documents. The city became a major destination of the Jewish people seeking asylum. From 1937 to 1939 approximately 30,000 European Jews swarmed into Shanghai - more than the total number of the Jewish refugees taken in by Canada, Australia, India, South Africa and New Zealand during the same period.


After settling down in Shanghai, the Jews lived together peacefully among the inhabitants of Shanghai and played a large role in promoting the economic and cultural development of the city with their outstanding creative power and wisdom. The Chinese and Jewish people each shared wealth and woe together in the hardships of the war years, forging a profound friendship. Since China's opening and reform policy, many 'Shanghai Jews' have come in succession to Shanghai to visit relatives, invest, make efforts or offer advice for the economy and construction of Shanghai, thus composing a new chapter in the history of Chinese and Jewish friendship. 'Shanghai Jew get-togethers' have become commonplace in various countries and districts where Jews have settled throughout the world.


The coach takes you from the pier to the Huo Shan Park, for a brief look at the Memorial Tablet for the Jews living in Shanghai during World War II. Next, follow your guide on foot through the Old Jewish ghetto area. Visit the Ohel Moishe Synagogue; while no longer an actively-functioning synagogue, today it serves as a museum.


Drive by outside of the Ohel Rachel Synagogue and through the French concession area. Here you can see the old Jewish theatre, the Jewish Club and Settlement. Disembark the coach and spend some time exploring the Arts & Crafts Research Institute in the area.


At the conclusion of your insightful look at Shanghai's Jewish history, return to the ship.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Shanghai at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Shanghai at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Shanghai at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Shanghai at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with yourd driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: The Water Town of Zhujiajiao Private Van

Venture beyond the modern metropolis of Shanghai to discover one of East China's traditional waterside towns on this intriguing this full-day outing with your exclusive guide in your air-conditioned van.Your private tour is for up to 4 of your friends and family. Situated beside the Dianshanhu Lake, Zhujiajiao illustrates the customs and culture of old-world China.


Commencing your journey at the pier, travel approximately an hour and a half past rustic farms and rippling fields of rice to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town well-known throughout the country with a history of more than 1,700 years. Covering an area of 18 square miles (47 square kilometres), the little fan-shaped town glimmers like a bright pearl in the landscape of lakes and mountains. Endowed with another elegant name - Pearl Stream - the little town is the best-preserved among the four ancient towns in Shanghai. Unique old bridges across bubbling streams, small rivers shaded by willow trees, and houses with attached courtyards all transport people, who are living amidst the hustle and bustle of the modern big city, to a world full of antiquity, leisure and tranquillity.


Upon arrival in this small town, leisurely make your way along meandering streets and narrow alleyways on foot. Admire Zhujiajiao's numerous stone bridges and centuries-old buildings of white wall or black brick. Reminiscent of Venice's canals, local women display their wares from wooden boats bobbing in the water. Although this community boasts 36 moss-covered bridges, the most famous is the five-arched Fangsheng Bridge, a remnant of the Ming dynasty.


Continue your exploration at Daqing Youju, a post office that dates back to the Qing dynasty, the only remnant of its kind in East China. Visit the Tongtianhe Traditional Chinese Pharmacy, the largest in Zhujiajiao that accounted for almost half of the business scale of all pharmacies in the area in late Qing dynasty. For centuries, this Pharmacy has established its fame among the locals as it has adhered to the principle of 'Healing the Pain & Saving the Life' based on traditional Chinese ethics and medical culture. Today, the essence of traditional business and prescription practices as well as the original 'Shikumen'-style front gate and some of the old furniture have been well retained.


We suggest you stop for a traditional lunch of Chine-style cuisine served at a local restaurant. Following lunch, visit a silk factory where you have the opportunity of observing some of the ancient techniques in producing this elegant fabric. See the workers removing the fibres from cocoons before winding them onto spools. Later see how the fibres are woven into silk threads.


Relax in your private vehicle for the return driver to Shanghai.

Silversea Experience: Exclusive Dinner at Waitanyuan NO.1

Experience the unique history, flavours and culture of Shanghai during this exclusive, dinner and live jazz excursion at the iconic No. 1 Waitanyuan.


IMPORTANT NOTE

This Silver Experience requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.

Payment in full is due at time of final payment. Bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea.


All Silversea Experience fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Silversea Experiences are non-transferable and non-refundable within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Silversea Experiences are owned by independent contractors and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.


Shanghai, No. 1 Waitanyuan

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 75-minute drive to No.1 Waitanyuan. Waitanyuan ('Source of The Bund' in Mandarin), is a magnificent historical complex located at the northernmost tip of the Bund, Shanghai's renowned riverside embankment, and is characterised by world-class period architecture and views of the Pudong Business District. Now a private club, No. 1 Waitanyuan offers a wide array of diverse services, facilities and event spaces in one of Shanghai's most iconic period buildings; part of a sprawling complex of historical Waitanyuan treasures.


Renaissance- and Veranda-Style Architecture, English Garden, Old Trees

Located at No. 33 Zhongshan Dongyi Road in Shanghai, this former British Consulate General was founded in 1849 but destroyed by fire in 1870, then redesigned in 1870-1872 into a two-story brick building incorporating the Renaissance and veranda styles. This expansive building features a total of five floors, including two above-ground floors covering a construction area of approximately 3,707 square yards (about 3,100 square meters), and underground floors covering over 11,960 square yards (about 10,000 square meters). The building has a typical, English-style garden in front, and is surrounded by 27 old trees to create a serene environment.


Pre-Dinner Cocktail, Dinner Accompanied by Live Jazz Music

In 1994, No. 1 Waitanwan was classified as an outstanding Historic Building in Shanghai, and, along with the Bund Building Cluster, a Key Cultural Relic Unit under State Protection in 1996. To echo its historic features, the interior is themed by 'historic architecture and contemporary art dialogue', and comprised of collections from many contemporary artists whose works reflect the communication between eastern and western cultures. Upon arrival at this private, exclusive venue, proceed for a pre-dinner cocktail. Afterward, you are seated for a set-menu, dinner accompanied by a live performance of jazz music for your dining pleasure. At the conclusion of your evening, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 75-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair, but is not recommended for guests prone to motion sickness. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes are recommended. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Smoking is prohibited in all indoor areas. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions; depending on the weather on the day of this excursion, the outdoor space at No. 1 Waitanyaun may not be available for use. The driving distance between the pier and venue is approximately 75-minutes in each direction. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

The Garden City of Suzhou

The ancient, moated city of Suzhou is famous for its gardens and silk industry. On this full-day outing, come away with a sense of appreciation of the arts and natural fascinations of the area, the Silk Embroidery Research Institute, the Humble Administrator's Garden and the Grand Canal.


Following a two-hour journey through the countryside of rich farmlands and villages, arrive at the garden city of Suzhou. An ancient proverb says 'to be happy on earth, one must be born in Suzhou'. Marco Polo was equally enthusiastic following his visit to this historic town.


Rich bureaucrats of the Qing and Ming dynasties built elaborate palaces and exquisite classical gardens. A canal cruise introduces you to the sights, sounds, and activities along this picturesque waterway. Other highlights of your visit include the following:


Silk Embroidery Research Institute

On your guided tour, see some of the exhibitions that provide a thorough history of Suzhou's silk industry over the past 4000 years. After the tour, there will be an opportunity to purchase some of the items made at the institute.


Humble Administrator's Garden

Dating from the early 1500s, this garden is considered to be one of Suzhou's best. It features streams, ponds, bridges and islands of bamboo. Leaving the garden, proceed to the Bamboo Grove Restaurant (or similar) for a Chinese-style, set-menu lunch, followed by a cruise on the Grand Canal.


Grand Canal

A cruise on this fascinating waterway is a must on any visit to Suzhou. The ancient canal joins Suzhou with another garden city, Wuxi, and is still a vital link in transportation today. Observe local life passing by as you glide down Suzhou's own Grand Canal.


At the conclusion of your outing, re-board the coach for the journey back to the ship.

The Maglev Train & New Shanghai

Experience the modern face of Shanghai on this half-day excursion that features an eight-minute ride on the fastest ever Maglev Train and the spectacular panoramic view from the top floor of Jin Mao Building.


Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) Train

Departing the pier, the coach takes you to the Long Yang Lu Station in the Pudong New District, where you board the Maglev Train for an eight-minute ride to the Pudong Airport. Made with ground-breaking German technology, the Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) Train is the new state-of-the-art mode of transportation in Shanghai. The Maglev has no wheels; it floats on an electromagnetic cushion propelled along a guideway at incredible speeds. Built at a cost of over one billion U.S. dollars, it runs for over 20 miles (33 kilometres) from Long Yang Lu Station to the Pudong International Airport. It can reach speeds up to 200 miles per hours (430 kilometres per hour), the highest speed of any operational ground transport.


During your ride, experience the sensation of flying as the train instantly accelerates to maximum speed. Afterwards, pause for a short while before the train returns you to the Long Yang Lu Station.


Pudong New District

Re-board the coach and drive to the Lujiazui Area of the Pudong New District. Developed from farmland only a decade ago and now home to numerous high-rise office buildings, this area has become the financial centre of China. Stop for photos at the futuristic Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the highest TV Tower in China and third-highest in the world. Then, continue to the famous Jin Mao Building, take an express elevator to the observation deck, and enjoy a panoramic view of Shanghai and Huangpu River.


The coach returns you to the ship after this dynamic tour.

The Water Town of Zhujiajiao

Venture beyond the modern metropolis of Shanghai to discover one of East China's traditional waterside towns on this intriguing, full-day excursion. Situated beside the Dianshanhu Lake, Zhujiajiao illustrates the customs and culture of old-world China.


Commencing your journey at the pier, travel by coach for approximately an hour and a half past rustic farms and rippling fields of rice to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town well-known throughout the country with a history of more than 1,700 years. Covering an area of 18 square miles (47 square kilometres), the little fan-shaped town glimmers like a bright pearl in the landscape of lakes and mountains. Endowed with another elegant name - Pearl Stream - the little town is the best-preserved among the four ancient towns in Shanghai. Unique old bridges across bubbling streams, small rivers shaded by willow trees, and houses with attached courtyards all transport people, who are living amidst the hustle and bustle of the modern big city, to a world full of antiquity, leisure and tranquillity.


Upon arrival in this small town, leisurely make your way along meandering streets and narrow alleyways on foot. Admire Zhujiajiao's numerous stone bridges and centuries-old buildings of white wall or black brick. Reminiscent of Venice's canals, local women display their wares from wooden boats bobbing in the water. Although this community boasts 36 moss-covered bridges, the most famous is the five-arched Fangsheng Bridge, a remnant of the Ming dynasty.


Continue your exploration at Daqing Youju, a post office that dates back to the Qing dynasty, the only remnant of its kind in East China. Visit the Tongtianhe Traditional Chinese Pharmacy, the largest in Zhujiajiao that accounted for almost half of the business scale of all pharmacies in the area in late Qing dynasty. For centuries, this Pharmacy has established its fame among the locals as it has adhered to the principle of 'Healing the Pain & Saving the Life' based on traditional Chinese ethics and medical culture. Today, the essence of traditional business and prescription practices as well as the original 'Shikumen'-style front gate and some of the old furniture have been well retained.


A traditional lunch of Chinese-style cuisine is served at a local restaurant.


Following lunch, visit a silk factory where you have the opportunity of observing some of the ancient techniques in producing this elegant fabric. See the workers removing the fibres from cocoons before winding them onto spools. Later see how the fibres are woven into silk threads.


Re-board the coach for the return drive to the ship.

World Cruise Collection: Peace Hotel with Architecture Expert Patrick Cranley & Old Jazz Bar

The Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai is Shanghai's legendary landmark in the heart of the Bund, since 1929. It is the iconic building located right in the center of the Bund where Shanghai's finest epicurean lifestyle is defined by all the award-winning restaurants and bars. It is also in the unrivaled shopping area on Nanjing Road, where it is the perfect place to explore Shanghai's spectacular scenery and vibrant lifestyle.


Fairmont Peace Hotel, Peace Museum guided by Architecture Expert Patrick Cranley

Your evening World Cruise Collection excursion will be started with an interior visit to Peace Museum in Fairmont Peace Hotel guided by Patrick Cranley, who is the president of Historic Shanghai (Shanghai Art Deco's parent organization), which he co-founded in 1998 with Tina Kanagaratnam and Tess Johnston. A native of Baltimore, USA, he has been a student of Chinese affairs for more than thirty years and has lived in China for two decades.


A frequent speaker on Shanghai history, architecture, society and business, Patrick Cranley has also written for dozens of newspapers and magazines worldwide, and has authored chapters in Insight Guide Shanghai, Still More Shanghai Walks, and Step by Step Shanghai. His collection of Shanghai Art Deco furniture was featured in Shanghai Style by celebrated author Lynn Pan. His historic and architectural tours of Shanghai are recommended by Condé Nast Traveler; Luxe Guide to Shanghai; Nota Bene; Departures magazine; and by a number of top-tier travel companies.


In the quiet, dedicated space of the Peace Museum are collected items and memorabilia of the hotel : silver table-ware, porcelain, crystal and antiques that decorated the rooms and halls, items of hotel use, Art Deco furnishings, newspapers and photographs of the hotel and its celebrity visitors, brochures and books that tell the tale of the grand old hotel in its three periods of The Cathay Hotel of the 1930s and 40s, The Peace Hotel of the 1950s and the Peoples' Republic of China and now, the beautifully restored Fairmont Peace Hotel which opened in 2010. Hotel guests and visitors may sit or read in the Museum, furnished as an old Shanghai Reading Room or discuss the collection and its history with the Chinese and foreign curators. Parts of the exhibition are changed to give focus to various historical or artistic features.


Jazz Bar, Old Jazz Band Performance & Drink

Then, you will step into the iconic Jazz Bar in the hotel, the only address in China for legendary jazz, carrying guests instantly back to the private clubs of the 20's and 30's with its comfortable and authentic décor. Here you can relax and enjoy not only the drink but also a performance conducted by Old Jazz Band, which is made up of six veteran musicians whose average age is 82.


After the reception, you will walk back to the modern Shanghai Bund, and take the coach back to Silver Whisper.

Yu Yuan Gardens & Shanghai Museum

See two true highlights of the city of Shanghai, Yu Yuan Gardens and the Shanghai Museum, on this half-day exploration.


Yu Yuan Gardens

Board the coach and depart from the pier for the brief drive to the gardens. In the crowded maze of cobbled alleyways that comprise the old Chinese city of Shanghai, catch a glimpse of part of this city's rich history. Here, visit the Yu Yuan, or Mandarin Gardens, which inspired the famous willow pattern chinaware. Built for the Pan family, wealthy Ming dynasty officials of the mid-16th century, the garden is surrounded by high walls adorned with huge stone dragons. Inside, numerous halls and pavilions of characteristic architectural style are connected by moon gates and zigzag bridges designed to discourage the entrance of demons who can only move in a straight line.


Next, proceed to the new Shanghai Museum, located at Renmin, or People's Square.


Shanghai Museum

Opened in 1995 and regarded as the world's finest showcase of Chinese art and antiquities, the museum contains an excellent and well-displayed collection of old bronzes and ceramics as well as paintings and scrolls. Documenting 5,000 years of Chinese history, this museum's collections include galleries with ancient sculptures, jade, coins, Ming and Qing furniture, and Chinese seals.


Listen as your guide provides an introduction of the museum. Then, explore independently or if you prefer, follow the guide through the bronze and porcelain exhibits, to the Ming and Qing furniture, calligraphy, and Painting and Chinese seals. Re-group at the appointed time.


As your tour of the museum concludes, re-board the coach and return to the ship.

Land programmes in SHANGHAI

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Xian & the Famous Terracotta Warriors

Xian, capital of Shaanxi Province, is known the world over as the home to one of China's supreme cultural treasures, the 2,200-year-old Terra Cotta Army. This overnight excursion offers a great opportunity to visit Xian and experience its famed attraction. Xian was once the homeland of thirteen dynasties and the easternmost site on the fabled Silk Road, which has left a unique cultural heritage.

From October 1st to October 7th 2020 is scheduled the Golden Week Holiday that is the biggest National Holiday in China. Please expect large crowds of local tourists and heavy traffic.



01MIDSHA-C: Xian & the Famous Terracotta Warriors

Duration: 2 Days/1 Night

Departs from: Shanghai

Re-join ship: Shanghai

Reserve: At least 90 days prior to sailing


IMPORTANT NOTE:

This Silver Shore Mid-Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.


Payment in full is due at time of final payment. Bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change, and not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable, and non-refundable, within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.

VISA INFORMATION:

Guests must be in possession of Chinese visa obtained prior to joining the cruise. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency is the Chinese Renminbi; however, Euros and US Dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and hotels (there is no shopping stop planned during the program).



This overnight excursion to Xian offers a close-up view of the life-size terra-cotta army in Xian, consisting of 8,000 individual figures, each a unique work of art.


DAY ONE - Monday, Oct 5, 2020 - Shanghai/Xian


Departing the ship, transfer to the airport for the approximate two-and-a-half-hour mid-day flight to Xian. A boxed lunch is provided for you to enjoy before arriving in Xian. Explore Xian and its surrounds starting with a visit to the Ancient City Wall. The City Wall's sheer mass, 39 feet (12 meters) high and nearly 9 miles (14 kilometres) long, may explain why the wall is considered the most complete fortified structure still standing.


Then, you will proceed to visit the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. It was built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty and originally had five stories, although the structure was rebuilt in 704 during the reign of Empress Wu Zetian and its exterior brick facade renovated during the Ming Dynasty.Xuanzang, the eminent monk of Tang Dynasty, used to study in India from 629 to 645. He saw this kind of pagoda in India. When he was back home, for storing Buddhist text and figures of Buddha, he built a pagoda in Cien Temple imitating the structure of pagoda in India, and named it Goose Pagoda. One of the pagodas many functions were to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and traveler Monk Xuanzang.

Following your visit, drive through the city and proceed to Xian Shangri-La (or similar) for check-in. There is time to freshen up before departing for the cultural Tang Dynasty Dinner Show. This fabulous performance of classical entertainment depicts a variety of historical relics, providing insight and keeping alive the splendid culture of the ancient Tang Dynasty. Enjoy dinner served during this spectacular show. Thereafter, return to the hotel.


Overnight accommodation at Xian Shangri-La or similar - Xian.


DAY TWO - Tuesday, Oct 6, 2020 - Xian/Shanghai


After breakfast and check out, a 60-minute drive takes you to the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum located about 20 miles (32 km) north of Xian. Commence your visit to China's premier archaeological site and Xian's most famous attraction.


Nothing prepares the visitor for the amazing sight of a stunningly well-preserved, life-size honour guard standing in ranks near the tomb of Emperor Ch'in Shih Huang-ti, who died in 210 BC. The soldiers were first discovered in 1974 by a local farmer who was digging a well. So far, three vaults have been excavated, the first alone containing more than 6,000 men and horses arranged in an imposing formation. Every soldier differs in facial features and expressions and most carry actual weapons of the day. The find is regarded by many as the most sensational archaeological discovery of the 20th century. A protective hangar constructed over them comprises now the Museum of the Terra Cotta Warriors.


Time permitting, a stunning audio-visual show can be viewed in a separate building and shops offer a wide variety of souvenir items.


Then, drive to the Xian airport to check in for the afternoon flight back to Shanghai. A boxed lunch is provided for you en-route.



Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 2.50 miles (about 4 kilometres), at times over uneven, natural and cobblestone surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 200 steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a sweater or light jacket from the ship. The tour sequence and itinerary are subject to change.

From October 1st to October 7th 2020 is scheduled the Golden Week Holiday that is the biggest National Holiday in China. Please expect large crowds of local tourists and heavy traffic.


Programme Includes:

One-night stay in Shangry-La Hotel

One breakfast, two boxed lunches and one dinner (drinks included)

All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

Scheduled Flights in Economy Class Shanghai/ Xian/Shanghai. Business-Class and Firts-Class are available upon request at an additional charge and subject to availability.


Airlines baggage limitation is 20 kgs / 44 lb (only one piece of luggage is permissble) for checked in luggage and 5 kgs / 11 lb for hand luggage. Liquids and sharp items are not permitted in hand luggage. It is advisbale to carry liquid medicines alongwith their medical prescription. At time of booking guests should advise their names exactly as on their passports, as booking of air seats on an international sector is involved.


Not Included:

Chinese visa, any meals and drinks not specified above, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Mysterious Xian

One of the oldest and most fascinating cities in China, Xian is a repository of some of the most beautiful, mysterious and fascinating vestiges of a past that dates back thousands of years, and is steeped in ancient Chinese cultural and tradition. Your immersive, four-day overland adventure to Xian unlocks the mysteries of the past, and brings to life some of the most uniquely-captivating periods and landmarks of Chinese history with a host of exclusive experiences, gourmet cuisine and special visits. After flying from Shanghai to Xian, your three-night stay at the Wyndham Grand Xian South (or similar) explores the Shaanxi Provincial Museum with its Mural Painting Conservation & Restoration Centre, a secret chamber not open to the public. At the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, discover China's premier archaeological site and Xian's most famous attraction, and participate in an interactive, rubbing-making experience at the Stele Forest (Beilin Museum). Other highlights include visits to the Wild Goose Pagoda and Grand Mosque, and opportunities to explore the Muslim Quarter and Ancient Walls of Xian, one of the oldest and enduring city walls in China. 'Qin-style' Imperial Chinese and dumpling lunches, along with dinner with a cultural Tang Dynasty Show, highlight the traditional flavours of China, and round-out your visit to Xian in grand style. After flying from Xian to Hong Kong on your last day, enjoy breath-taking panoramic vistas over Lantau during Ngong Ping cable-car-rides. Next, visit Ngong Ping Village, the Po Lin Monastery and Big Buddha, and conclude your visit with some free time for shopping and a lovely view of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.


03MIDSHA-M: Mysterious Xian

Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights

Departs from: Shanghai

Re-join ship: Hong Kong

Reserve: At least 90 days prior to sailing


IMPORTANT NOTE:

This Land Adventure is a small group luxury tour, providing bespoke cultural and sightseeing experiences. We limit the tour to a small group in order to ensure your experience is a high-quality one. Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis. If the program fills up, you'll be accommodated on a space-available basis. Advanced booking is required at least 90 days prior to sailing date via Silversea Reservations. We suggest booking early to secure your spot(s).

Please be advised that a minimum number of participants is required for this program to run as described. In rare cases when the minimum number of participants is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at an increased rate based on private arrangements or to cancel your specific departure for a refund. The self-cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, is 90 days or sooner to initial sailing date at the rate of 100% program fare per person. The payment for your Land Adventure is due in full on the same date as your final payment due for your cruise. Per Silversea's general payment terms, bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner.

All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable within 120 days of sailing, with the exception of cancellation by Silversea. Our family-friendly land programs require adult accompaniment of any guests under the age of 18. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Silversea and our local operators make every effort to ensure your land program runs as described. Our local operators reserve the right to modify tour sequence, sites visited and venues mentioned due to operational reasons.

VISA INFORMATION:

Guests must be in possession of Chinese visa obtained prior to joining the cruise. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency is the Chinese Renminbi; however, US Dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and hotels (there is no shopping stop planned during the program).




DAY ONE - Saturday, March 27, 2021 - Shanghai/Xian


After disembarking the ship, meet your guide and transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian

After disembarking the ship, meet your guide and transfer to Shanghai's Hong Qiao Airport for your scheduled morning flight #MU 2152 (or similar), departing at approximately 8:20 a.m. and arriving in Xian at approximately 11:00 a.m., with a boxed breakfast served en route.


Lunch at a local restaurant in Xian, and a transfer to the Shaanxi Provincial Museum

Upon arrival in Xian, meet your guide and proceed for lunch at a local restaurant in downtown Xian. After lunch, transfer to the Shaanxi Provincial Museum.


Tour the Shaanxi Provincial Museum with its murals, paintings, pottery, coins, and gold and silver

Built in 1983 and opened to the public in 1991, the museum is one of the first huge state museums with modern facilities in China. Shaanxi was the ancient Imperial capital of China, having been the seat of more than 13 feudal dynasties over centuries. The province is rich in cultural relics. The museum houses over 370,000 previous relics which were unearthed in Shaanxi, including murals, paintings, pottery, coins, as well as bronze, gold, and silver objects.


Visit a secret chamber not open to the public, the Mural Painting Conservation & Restoration Centre

Following your museum tour, enjoy a rare opportunity to visit a secret chamber of the museum not open to the public, the Mural Painting Conservation & Restoration Centre. Starting from a small office in the museum over 60 years ago, the Shaanxi History Museum's Mural Painting Restoration and Conservation Centre has been the home of China's most passionate and experienced mural masters, and is now a world-famous lab with the most sophisticated and updated technology for mural conservation. It is, at the same time, the only preservation centre of its kind in China.


Observe paintings being carefully and artistically restored by preservation and restoration masters

Here, only those with a special permit can get an up-close look at the original painting fragments being carefully and artistically hand-restored by China's first-class mural painting preservation and restoration masters.


Transfer to your hotel for check-in and some free time

Leaving the museum, re-board your coach and transfer to your hotel for check-in, with some free time to freshen-up before dinner.


This evening, meet your guide and proceed for a welcome dinner at a leading restaurant in Xian. After dinner, transfer back to the hotel.


Overnight accommodations at the Wyndham Grand Xian South (or similar) - Xian


DAY TWO - Sunday, Mar 28, 2021 - Xian


Breakfast and a drive to the spectacular Terra Cotta Warriors Museum

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide and depart for the scenic, approximately 60-minute drive to the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum. Located approximately 20 miles (about 32 kilometres) north of Xian, the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum is China's premier archaeological site and Xian's most famous attraction.


Take a guided tour of the vast array of more than 6,000 terracotta soldiers and horses

Nothing prepares one for the amazing sight of a stunningly well-preserved, life-size honour guard standing in ranks near the tomb of Emperor Ch'in Shih Huang-ti, who died in 210 B.C. The soldiers were first unearthed in 1974 by a local farmer who was digging a well. So far, three vaults have been excavated, the first alone containing more than 6,000 men and horses arranged in an imposing formation. Every soldier differs in facial features and expressions, and most carry actual weapons of the day. The find is regarded by many as the most sensational archaeological discovery of the 20th century. A protective hangar constructed over them now comprises the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum.


Stunning Audio-Visual Show and Souvenir-Shopping (time-permitting)

Following your tour and time-permitting, a stunning audio-visual show can be viewed in a separate building, and shops offer a wide variety of souvenir items.


Enjoy a 'Qin-style' Imperial Chinese lunch at a special restaurant

Leaving the Terra Cotta Museum, proceed to a special restaurant for a 'Qin-style' Imperial Chinese lunch.


Transfer to your hotel for check-in or visit the Wild Goose Pagoda

After lunch, you may transfer to your hotel for check-in and some free time at leisure, or remain on the coach and head for a visit to the Wild Goose Pagoda. Built in 652 A.D., this ancient structure from the golden days of the Tang Dynasty has long been the hallmark of Xian. The pagoda, along with the Drum Tower and Bell Tower, are part of the Buddhist Temple of Grace complex located in the centre of Xian.


About the Wild Goose Pagoda

The Wild Goose Pagoda originally had five stories, although the structure was rebuilt in 704 during the reign of Empress Wu Zetian, and its exterior brick facade renovated during the Ming Dynasty. Xuanzang, the eminent monk of Tang Dynasty, used to study in India from 629 to 645. He saw this kind of pagoda in India. When he was back home, he built a pagoda in Cien Temple that imitated the structure of pagoda in India, and named it the Goose Pagoda. One of the pagoda's many functions was to store Buddhist text, sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and traveller, Monk Xuanzang.


Transfer to your hotel for check-in

Leaving the Wild Goose Pagoda, re-board your coach and transfer to the hotel for check-in and some free time to freshen-up before dinner.


Enjoy dinner and a cultural Tang Dynasty Show at a local restaurant

This evening, meet your guide and proceed for dinner and a cultural Tang Dynasty Show at a local restaurant. This wonderful performance of classical entertainment depicts a variety of historical relics, and offers a unique insight and keeps alive the splendid culture of the ancient Tang Dynasty. Afterward, re-board your coach and transfer back to the hotel.


Overnight accommodations at the Wyndham Grand Xian South (or similar) - Xian


DAY THREE - Monday, Mar 29, 2021 - Xian


Breakfast at the hotel and a transfer to the Ancient City Wall of Xian

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide and depart for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the Ancient City Wall of Xian.


Ancient City Wall of Xian

At approximately 39 feet (about 12 metres) in height and nearly nine miles (about 14 kilometres) in length, the Ancient City Wall represents one of the oldest, and best preserved, city walls in China, and its sheer mass may explain why the wall is considered the most complete fortified structure still standing today.


About Ancient City Walls

City walls were used to protect towns and cities in ancient China. The system consists of walls, towers and gates, which were often built to a uniform standard throughout the Empire. Constructions of the first city wall began in Chang'an 194 B.C., and lasted four years. The existing wall you see today was started by the Ming dynasty in 1370. Today, the renovated Ancient Walls of Xian are among the most important historical sites in Xian.


Take a guided tour of the Ancient City Wall of Xian, followed by some free time

Following a guided tour around the wall, some free time is made available for independent exploration.



Stele Forest (Beilin Museum)

Next, transfer to the Stele Forest (Beilin Museum), a museum for steles and stone sculptures in Xian, China. The museum, housed within a former Confucian Temple, has been a repository of a growing collection of Steles since 1087. By 1944, it was the principal museum of the Shaanxi Province. Due to the large number of steles, it was officially renamed the Forest of Stone Steles in 1992. Altogether, there are 3,000 steles in the museum, which is divided into seven exhibitions halls mainly displaying works of calligraphy, painting and historical records.


Participate in an interactive, rubbing-making experience

During your visit to the Stele Forest, you are invited to participate in an exclusive, hands-on rubbing-making experience, a featured cultural activity at the historical Beilin Museum. Experience a rare opportunity to make rubbings of your own from ancient stone steles inscribed with ancient Chinese writings. To begin the process, rubbing making masters demonstrate the traditional rubbing-making process by sticking rice paper onto the tablets, using an ink pad gently and evenly on the rice paper, and then peeling off the finished rubbings from the tablets. Afterward, create your own rubbing making by repeating the instructions of the masters. The last step is to leave the rubbings to air-dry for a few minutes. The finished rubbings are then put into calligraphy envelopes, and presented to you as memento of your visit.


Proceed for a dumpling lunch at the famous De Fa Chang Dumpling restaurant

Next, re-board your coach and proceed for a set-menu dumpling lunch at the famous De Fa Chang Dumpling restaurant. Facing the Bell and Drum Towers, the De Fa Chang Dumpling restaurant is famed for its own version of the 'Dumpling Banquet'. Ingredients for the dumpling fillings include various meats, vegetables and seasonings. Cooking methods include steaming, boiling, pan-frying, deep frying, and roasting. The flavour includes salty, sweet, hot-and-sour, etc.


Visit the renowned Great Mosque, the oldest mosque in China

After lunch, a visit is made to the Great Mosque. Founded in 742, it is the oldest and one of the most renowned mosques in China. Unlike most mosques in Middle Eastern or Arab countries, the Great Mosque in Xian has neither domes nor the traditional-style minarets. It is completely Chinese in its construction and architectural style, except for some Arabic lettering and decorations. The mosque remains a popular place of worship, and is still used by Chinese Muslims today.


Enjoy some free time to explore the Muslim Quarter

Leaving the Great Mosque, some free time is made available to explore the Muslim Quarter; also known as Huimin Jie, the Muslim Quarter is the hub of the Muslim community in Xi'an City. Located to the north of West Street in the city centre, the Muslim Quarter spans several blocks inhabited by over 20,000 Muslims. There are about ten mosques in the area of the Muslim Street, among which the Great Mosque on Huajue Lane is the most famous and popular.


Transfer to your hotel for some free time

Following your visit to the Muslim Quarter, re-board your coach and transfer to your hotel for some free time to freshen-up before dinner.


A buffet dinner is served at the hotel.


Overnight accommodations at the Wyndham Grand Xian South (or similar) - Xian


DAY FOUR - Tuesday, Mar 30, 2021 - Xian/Hong Kong


Breakfast at the hotel, check-out and transfer to airport for your flight to Hong Kong

After breakfast at the hotel and check out, meet your guide and transfer to the Xian Airport for your scheduled morning flight #MU 203 (or similar), departing at approximately 10:10 a.m. and arriving in Hong Kong at approximately 1:35 p.m., with a boxed lunch served en route.




Transfer to Ngong Ping 360, the lower-cable car station

Upon arrival in Hong Kong, meet your guide and depart for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive to Ngong Ping 360, the lower-Cable Car Station.


Take the Ngong Ping Cable Car-Ride from the Lower-to-Upper Terminal, Exquisite Lantau Views

The Ngong Ping Cable Car-ride connects Tung Chung with Ngong Ping, and offers breath-taking views overlooking the serene panorama of Lantau, Hong Kong. The Ngong Ping Terminal is adjacent to Ngong Ping Village, the best starting-point to reach other Hong Kong attractions such as the Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, Tai O Fishing Village, etc. Ngong Ping Village features recreation, shopping, and four entertainment-themed attractions beloved by locals and tourists alike.


Take a guided walking tour of Ngong Ping Village, visit the Big Buddha and enjoy some free time

Once your Ngong Ping Cable Car-ride reached the top, de-board the cable car and take a guided walking tour through Ngong Ping Village en route to the Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha). One of the most iconic attractions of Lantau, the Big Buddha is the second-largest, outdoor, bronze seated Buddha. Located next to the Po Lin Monastery, the Big Buddha is only a ten-minute walk from Ngong Ping Village. Some free time is made available here to walk up the steps and explore the Big Buddha.


Explore the Po Lin Monastery on the Ngong Ping Plateau

Next, a visit is made to the Po Lin Monastery, Situated on the Ngong Ping Plateau and facing the Big Buddha, the Po Lin Monastery was formerly known as the 'Big Thatched Hut'. Construction of the monastery began in 1906, and it was officially named the Po Lin Monastery in 1924. This is not only a famous Lantau attraction, but also a world-renowned Buddhist establishment for its prominent architectural structures.


Souvenir shopping at Ngong Ping Village and a lovely view of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge

Following your visit to the Po Lin Monastery, some free time is made available at Ngong Ping Village for souvenir shopping and a panoramic view of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, a new wonder of bridge construction in China.


Board the Ngong Ping Cable Car for the panoramic ride from the Upper-to-Lower-Terminal

Afterward, return to the Upper-Terminal and take the panoramic Ngong Ping Cable Car-ride down to the Lower-Terminal.


Transfer to the pier and ship

Upon arrival at the Lower-Terminal, re-board your coach, commence the approximately 50-minute transfer to the Ocean Terminal and embark the ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 6.2 miles (about ten kilometres), at times over uneven, rocky, sandy, grassy, slippery, and natural surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and board/de-board the airplane, and 1,000 steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing and closed toe walking shoes. Guests must carry their passports and ship's ID at all times. Guests must be at least 18 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence and itinerary may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.


Programme Includes:

  • Three-night stay at the Wyndham Grand Xian South (or similar) - Xian
  • Scheduled flights: Shanghai/Xian and Xian/Hong Kong (Economy-Class). First-Class is available upon request at an additional charge and subject to availability, as most aircraft do not offer business seating. Restricts baggage allowance to approximately 44 pounds (about 20 kilograms) per person + one carry-on luggage with a maximum weight of approximately 11 pounds (about five kilograms)

Three breakfasts, Three lunches and Three dinners at the hotel, with drinks included

  • Lunch at a local restaurant - Xian
  • Visit the Mural Painting Conservation & Restoration Centre, a secret chamber of the Shaanxi Provincial Museum not open to the public - Xian
  • Welcome dinner at a leading restaurant - Xian
  • Terra Cotta Warriors, stunning audio-visual show and souvenir-shopping (time-permitting) - Terra Cotta Warriors Museum - Xian
  • 'Qin-style' Imperial Chinese lunch at a special restaurant - Xian
  • Optional visit to the Wild Goose Pagoda - Xian
  • Dinner and a cultural Tang Dynasty Show at a local restaurant - Xian
  • Tour and free time - Ancient City Walls - Xian
  • Interactive rubbing-making experience - Stele Forest (Beilin Museum) - Xian
  • Dumpling lunch at the famous De Fa Chang Dumpling restaurant - Xian
  • Free time in the Muslim Quarter - Xian
  • Round-trip Ngong Ping Cable Car-ride connecting the Tung Chung (Lower-Terminal) to the Ngong Ping (Upper-Terminal) - Hong Kong
  • Visit the Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) - Hong Kong
  • Walking tour, free time and souvenir shopping in Ngong Ping Village - Hong Kong
  • Lovely view of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge - Hong Kong
  • All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance and other personal items.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Ancient Soul of China

Beijing and Xian are the two most ancient cities in China, and home to some of the most unique, rare and fascinating museums, palaces, pagodas and other historical treasures anywhere the world. Your unforgettable, five-day overland journey combines the most beautiful and mysterious treasures of each city with exclusive experiences, gourmet cuisine and special visits using the bullet-train, the fastest rail-train in the world. After flying from Shanghai to Xian, your two-night stay at the Wyndham Grand Xian South (or similar) explores the Shaanxi Provincial Museum with its Mural Painting Conservation & Restoration Centre, a secret chamber not open to the public. At the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, discover China's premier archaeological site and Xian's most famous attraction, and participate in an interactive, rubbing-making experience at the Stele Forest (Beilin Museum). Other highlights include the Wild Goose Pagoda and Ancient Walls of Xian, 'Qin-style' Imperial Chinese and dumpling lunches, and dinner with a cultural Tang Dynasty Show. After taking the bullet-train from Xian to Beijing, your two-night stay at the Four Seasons Beijing explores the massive Great Wall of China, one the 'New Seven Wonders of the World', and magnificent Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs, with a Beijing roast duck dinner at the renowned Quanjude Roast Duck restaurant. On your final day, visit the legendary Forbidden City, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at its city walls and maze of palaces, and make an exclusive visit to the Chonghua Palace, or a similar palace not typically open to the public. Your last stop is at Tiananmen Square, Beijing's national symbol, before a farewell lunch and a flight to meet the ship in Hong Kong.


04MIDSHA-S: Ancient Soul of China

Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights

Departs from: Shanghai

Re-join ship: Hong Kong

Reserve: At least 90 days prior to sailing


IMPORTANT NOTE:

This Land Adventure is a small group luxury tour, providing bespoke cultural and sightseeing experiences. We limit the tour to a small group in order to ensure your experience is a high-quality one. Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis. If the program fills up, you'll be accommodated on a space-available basis. Advanced booking is required at least 90 days prior to sailing date via Silversea Reservations. We suggest booking early to secure your spot(s).

Please be advised that a minimum number of participants is required for this program to run as described. In rare cases when the minimum number of participants is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at an increased rate based on private arrangements or to cancel your specific departure for a refund. The self-cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, is 90 days or sooner to initial sailing date at the rate of 100% program fare per person. The payment for your Land Adventure is due in full on the same date as your final payment due for your cruise. Per Silversea's general payment terms, bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner.

All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable within 120 days of sailing, with the exception of cancellation by Silversea. Our family-friendly land programs require adult accompaniment of any guests under the age of 18. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Silversea and our local operators make every effort to ensure your land program runs as described. Our local operators reserve the right to modify tour sequence, sites visited and venues mentioned due to operational reasons.

VISA INFORMATION:

Guests must be in possession of Chinese visa obtained prior to joining the cruise. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency is the Chinese Renminbi; however, US Dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and hotels (there is no shopping stop planned during the program).




Experience the unique, stunning and historical treasures of two of the most ancient cities in China, with exclusive experiences and special visits throughout, during this unforgettable, four-day overland excursion to Xian and Beijing via coach and bullet train.


DAY ONE - Friday, March 26, 2021 - Shanghai/Xian


After disembarking the ship, meet your guide and transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian

After disembarking the ship, meet your guide and transfer to Shanghai's Hong Qiao Airport for your scheduled morning flight #MU 2152 (or similar), departing at approximately 8:20 a.m. and arriving in Xian at approximately 11:00 a.m., with a boxed breakfast served en route.


Lunch at a local restaurant in Xian, and a transfer to the Shaanxi Provincial Museum

Upon arrival in Xian, meet your guide and proceed for lunch at a local restaurant in downtown Xian. After lunch, transfer to the Shaanxi Provincial Museum.


Tour the Shaanxi Provincial Museum with its murals, paintings, pottery, coins, and gold and silver

Built in 1983 and opened to the public in 1991, the museum is one of the first huge state museums with modern facilities in China. Shaanxi was the ancient Imperial capital of China, having been the seat of more than 13 feudal dynasties over centuries. The province is rich in cultural relics. The museum houses over 370,000 previous relics which were unearthed in Shaanxi, including murals, paintings, pottery, coins, as well as bronze, gold, and silver objects.


Visit a secret chamber not open to the public, the Mural Painting Conservation & Restoration Centre

Following your museum tour, enjoy a rare opportunity to visit a secret chamber of the museum not open to the public, the Mural Painting Conservation & Restoration Centre. Starting from a small office in the museum over 60 years ago, the Shaanxi History Museum's Mural Painting Restoration and Conservation Centre has been the home of China's most passionate and experienced mural masters, and is now a world-famous lab with the most sophisticated and updated technology for mural conservation. It is, at the same time, the only preservation centre of its kind in China.


Observe paintings being carefully and artistically restored by preservation and restoration masters

Here, only those with a special permit can get an up-close look at the original painting fragments being carefully and artistically hand-restored by China's first-class mural painting preservation and restoration masters.


Transfer to your hotel for check-in and some free time

Leaving the museum, re-board your coach and transfer to your hotel for check-in, with some free time to freshen-up before dinner.


A buffet dinner is served at the hotel.


Overnight accommodations at the Wyndham Grand Xian South (or similar) - Xian


DAY TWO - Saturday, March 27, 2021 - Xian


Breakfast and a drive to the spectacular Terra Cotta Warriors Museum

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide and depart for the scenic, approximately 60-minute drive to the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum. Located approximately 20 miles (about 32 kilometres) north of Xian, the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum is China's premier archaeological site and Xian's most famous attraction.


Take a guided tour of the vast array of more than 6,000 terracotta soldiers and horses

Nothing prepares one for the amazing sight of a stunningly well-preserved, life-size honour guard standing in ranks near the tomb of Emperor Ch'in Shih Huang-ti, who died in 210 B.C. The soldiers were first unearthed in 1974 by a local farmer who was digging a well. So far, three vaults have been excavated, the first alone containing more than 6,000 men and horses arranged in an imposing formation. Every soldier differs in facial features and expressions, and most carry actual weapons of the day. The find is regarded by many as the most sensational archaeological discovery of the 20th century. A protective hangar constructed over them now comprises the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum.



Stunning Audio-Visual Show and Souvenir-Shopping (time-permitting)

Following your tour and time-permitting, a stunning audio-visual show can be viewed in a separate building, and shops offer a wide variety of souvenir items.


Enjoy a 'Qin-style' Imperial Chinese lunch at a special restaurant

Leaving the Terra Cotta Museum, proceed to a special restaurant for a 'Qin-style' Imperial Chinese lunch.


Transfer to your hotel for check-in or visit the Wild Goose Pagoda

After lunch, you may transfer to your hotel for check-in and some free time at leisure, or remain on the coach and head for a visit to the Wild Goose Pagoda. Built in 652 A.D., this ancient structure from the golden days of the Tang Dynasty has long been the hallmark of Xian. The pagoda, along with the Drum Tower and Bell Tower, are part of the Buddhist Temple of Grace complex located in the centre of Xian.


About the Wild Goose Pagoda

The Wild Goose Pagoda originally had five stories, although the structure was rebuilt in 704 during the reign of Empress Wu Zetian, and its exterior brick facade renovated during the Ming Dynasty. Xuanzang, the eminent monk of Tang Dynasty, used to study in India from 629 to 645. He saw this kind of pagoda in India. When he was back home, he built a pagoda in Cien Temple that imitated the structure of pagoda in India, and named it the Goose Pagoda. One of the pagoda's many functions was to store Buddhist text, sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and traveller, Monk Xuanzang.


Transfer to your hotel for check-in

Leaving the Wild Goose Pagoda, re-board your coach and transfer to the hotel for check-in and some free time to freshen-up before dinner.


Enjoy dinner and a cultural Tang Dynasty Show at a local restaurant

This evening, meet your guide and proceed for dinner and a cultural Tang Dynasty Show at a local restaurant. This wonderful performance of classical entertainment depicts a variety of historical relics, and offers a unique insight and keeps alive the splendid culture of the ancient Tang Dynasty. Afterward, re-board your coach and transfer back to the hotel.


Overnight accommodations at the Wyndham Grand Xian South (or similar) - Xian


DAY THREE - Sunday, Mar 28, 2021 - Xian/Beijing


Breakfast at the hotel, check-out, and a transfer to the Ancient City Wall of Xian

After breakfast at the hotel and check-out, meet your guide and depart for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the Ancient City Wall of Xian.


Ancient City Wall of Xian

At approximately 39 feet (about 12 metres) in height and nearly nine miles (about 14 kilometres) in length, the Ancient City Wall represents one of the oldest, and best preserved, city walls in China, and its sheer mass may explain why the wall is considered the most complete fortified structure still standing today.


About Ancient City Walls

City walls were used to protect towns and cities in ancient China. The system consists of walls, towers and gates, which were often built to a uniform standard throughout the Empire. Constructions of the first city wall began in Chang'an 194 B.C., and lasted four years. The existing wall you see today was started by the Ming dynasty in 1370. Today, the renovated Ancient Walls of Xian are among the most important historical sites in Xian.


Take a guided tour of the Ancient City Wall of Xian, followed by some free time

Following a guided tour around the wall, some free time is made available for independent exploration.


Stele Forest (Beilin Museum)

Next, transfer to the Stele Forest (Beilin Museum), a museum for steles and stone sculptures in Xian, China. The museum, housed within a former Confucian Temple, has been a repository of a growing collection of Steles since 1087. By 1944, it was the principal museum of the Shaanxi Province. Due to the large number of steles, it was officially renamed the Forest of Stone Steles in 1992. Altogether, there are 3,000 steles in the museum, which is divided into seven exhibitions halls mainly displaying works of calligraphy, painting and historical records.


Participate in an interactive, rubbing-making experience

During your visit to the Stele Forest, you are invited to participate in an exclusive, hands-on rubbing-making experience, a featured cultural activity at the historical Beilin Museum. Experience a rare opportunity to make rubbings of your own from ancient stone steles inscribed with ancient Chinese writings. To begin the process, rubbing making masters demonstrate the traditional rubbing-making process by sticking rice paper onto the tablets, using an ink pad gently and evenly on the rice paper, and then peeling off the finished rubbings from the tablets. Afterward, create your own rubbing making by repeating the instructions of the masters. The last step is to leave the rubbings to air-dry for a few minutes. The finished rubbings are then put into calligraphy envelopes, and presented to you as memento of your visit.


Proceed for a dumpling lunch at the famous De Fa Chang Dumpling restaurant

Next, re-board your coach and proceed for a set-menu dumpling lunch at the famous De Fa Chang Dumpling restaurant. Facing the Bell and Drum Towers, the De Fa Chang Dumpling restaurant is famed for its own version of the 'Dumpling Banquet'. Ingredients for the dumpling fillings include various meats, vegetables and seasonings. Cooking methods include steaming, boiling, pan-frying, deep frying, and roasting. The flavour includes salty, sweet, hot-and-sour, etc.


Transfer to the Xian North Railway Station, and take the bullet train from Xian to Beijing

After lunch, you will go to Xian North Railway Station and take the G88 bullet train from Xian to Beijing. China's high-speed trains, also known as bullet or fast trains, can reach approximately 186 miles/hour (about 300 kilometres/hour), and a top speed of approximately 217 miles/hour (about 350 kilometres/hour). About 2,500 pairs of bullet trains numbered by G, D or C run daily, connecting over 200 cities in China and covering 32 of the country's 34 provinces. The Beijing-Shanghai high-speed train links the two megacities, which are approximately 819 miles (about 1,318 kilometres) apart, in just 4.5 hours.


Transfer to your hotel for check-in and some free time

Upon arrival Beijing, transfer to the Four Seasons Hotel for check-in and some free time to freshen-up before dinner.


'Dine-around' dinner program at the hotel

This evening, enjoy a dine-around program, choosing a set-menu dinner at one of the hotel's three restaurants; Cai Yi Xuan (Chinese), Opus (Western) or Mio (Western).


Overnight accommodations at the Four Seasons Beijing - Beijing


DAY FOUR - Monday, Mar 29, 2021 - Beijing


Breakfast at the hotel and a scenic drive to the Great Wall, passing by the Olympic Park en route

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide and depart for an approximately two-hour drive to the Great Wall. En route, pass the Olympic Park for a view of the 'Bird's Nest' and 'Water Cube', the ingenious landmark structures built for the 2008 Olympics.


Explore the Great Wall of China

With portions dating back nearly 2,000 years and an overall length of approximately 3,000 miles (about 4,828 kilometres), this spectacular structure remains a testament to the strength and perseverance of the Chinese people, thus earning its designation as one the 'New Seven Wonders of the World'. Upon arrival, a roundtrip cable car-ride (weather permitting) provides a leisurely and less-strenuous way to take in the stunning scenery and beauty of the Great Wall of China.


Proceed for a Chinese lunch at a restaurant, followed by souvenir-shopping

Following your visit, proceed to a local restaurant for a Chinese-style lunch. After lunch, a shopping stop is made to browse jade items and other souvenirs.


Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs

Next, re-board your coach and head to the Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs. Built between 1409 and 1644, they are the burial place of several Ming emperors, their wives and concubines. The Sacred Way is flanked by 18 pairs of giant statues and leads to the most prominent tomb, that of Ming Emperor Yongle.


Transfer back to the hotel for some free time

Following your visit, re-board your coach and transfer back to the hotel for some free time to freshen-up before dinner.


Enjoy a Beijing roast duck dinner at the renowned Quanjude Roast Duck restaurant

According to a Chinese saying, no visit to this city is complete if you miss seeing the Great Wall or dining on Beijing roast duck (Beijing kaoya). As a famous and delicious food with very long history, Beijing roast duck is an excellent choice if you want to understand more about Chinese cuisine, culture and customs. This evening, meet your coach and transfer to Beijing's Quanjude Roast Duck restaurant, one of the best restaurants serving Beijing roast duck. It has a history of nearly 150 years; today, there are many chain restaurants of it around the city. After dinner, re-board your coach and transfer back to the hotel.

Overnight accommodation at the Four Seasons Beijing - Beijing


DAY FIVE - Tuesday, Mar 30, 2021 - Beijing/Hong Kong


Breakfast at the hotel, check-out and a drive to the legendary Forbidden City

After breakfast at hotel and check out, meet your guide and depart for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the legendary Forbidden City.


Forbidden City, City Walls, Palaces

Off-limits to the public for 500 years, the vast complex of this UNESCO World Heritage Site was opened in 1949 as the Palace Museum. Within its walls lies a maze of palaces built between 1417 and 1420 as the residence of China's emperors. With some 800 buildings and 9,000 rooms, maintenance and restoration are an ongoing process.


Exclusive visit to the Chonghua Palace, or a similar palace not typically open to the public

In addition to the regular sites visited on your guided tour, you are treated to an exclusive admission to the Chonghua Palace or, if closed, to another similar palace that is not typically open to the public. Seeing the Imperial living quarters and the emperors' dining hall offer a unique insight into the opulent lifestyle of its former illustrious inhabitants. An expert from the Research Centre of the Palace Museum is on-hand to escort you, and provide in-depth commentary about this Imperial enclave.


Transfer and visit to Tiananmen Square

Next, proceed for a visit to Beijing's national symbol, Tiananmen Square. Known as the 'Gate of Heavenly Peace', the square is dominated by a gigantic portrait of Chairman Mao. Since Imperial times, Tiananmen Square has always provided an impressive stage for declarations and key events in local history. In modern times, the solemn flag-raising ceremony has become a revered daily celebration. It was from the giant gate that Chairman Mao proclaimed the People's Republic on October 1, 1949.


Farewell lunch at a local restaurant

Following your visit, re-board your coach and proceed for a farewell lunch at a leading restaurant.


Transfer to Beijing Airport for your scheduled flight to Hong Kong

After lunch, re-board your coach and transfer to Beijing Airport for your scheduled afternoon flight #CX 331, departing at approximately 2:40 p.m. and arriving in Hong Kong at approximately 8:30 p.m.


Transfer to the pier and ship

Upon arrival at the Hong Kong Airport, meet your guide, transfer to the pier and embark the ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 6.2 miles (about ten kilometres), at times over uneven, rocky, sandy, grassy, slippery, and natural surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and board/de-board the airplane, and 1,000 steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing and closed toe walking shoes. Guests must carry their passports and ship's ID at all times. Guests must be at least 18 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence and itinerary may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.


Programme Includes:

  • Two-night stay at the Wyndham Grand Xian South - Xian
  • Two-night stay at the Four Seasons Beijing - Beijing
  • Scheduled flights: Shanghai/Xian and Beijing/Hong Kong (Economy-Class). Business-Class is available upon request at an additional charge and subject to availability, as most aircraft do not offer business seating

(Insert name of airline) restricts baggage allowance to approximately 44 pounds (about 20 kilograms) per person + one carry-on luggage with a maximum weight of approximately 11 pounds (about five kilograms).

  • Five breakfasts, Five lunches and Four dinners at the hotel, with drinks included
  • Lunch at a local restaurant - Xian
  • Visit the Mural Painting Conservation & Restoration Centre, a secret chamber of the Shaanxi Provincial Museum not open to the public - Xian
  • Stunning Audio-Visual Show and Souvenir-Shopping (time-permitting) - Terra Cotta Warriors Museum - Xian
  • 'Qin-style' Imperial Chinese lunch at a special restaurant - Xian
  • Optional visit to the Wild Goose Pagoda - Xian
  • Dinner and a cultural Tang Dynasty Show at a local restaurant - Xian
  • Tour and free time - Ancient City Walls - Xian
  • Interactive rubbing-making experience - Stele Forest (Beilin Museum) - Xian
  • Dumpling lunch at the famous De Fa Chang Dumpling restaurant - Xian
  • Bullet train-ride from Xian to Beijing
  • Dine-around dinner program - Four Seasons Beijing
  • Roundtrip cable car-ride (weather permitting) - Great Wall of China
  • Lunch at a Chinese restaurant, followed by souvenir-shopping - Great Wall of China
  • Beijing roast duck dinner - Quanjude Roast Duck restaurant
  • Exclusive visit to the Chonghua Palace, or a similar palace not typically open to the public - Beijing
  • Farewell lunch at a local restaurant - Beijing
  • All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance and other personal items.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Gulin & Li River Cruise

This three-night overland tour takes you to Guilin, the picturesque city famed for its "best scenery under heaven." Take a boat ride wondering on the Li River of Chinese ink and wash painting. Then appreciate the Daxu Ancient Town and unique landscape at Elephant Trunk Hill and Reed Flute Park.


03MIDSHA-G: Gulin & Li River Cruise

Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights

Departs from: Shanghai

Re-join ship: Hong Kong

Reserve: At least 90 days prior to sailing


IMPORTANT NOTE:

This Land Adventure is a small group luxury tour, providing bespoke cultural and sightseeing experiences. We limit the tour to a small group in order to ensure your experience is a high-quality one. Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis. If the program fills up, you'll be accommodated on a space-available basis. Advanced booking is required at least 90 days prior to sailing date via Silversea Reservations. We suggest booking early to secure your spot(s).

Please be advised that a minimum number of participants is required for this program to run as described. In rare cases when the minimum number of participants is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at an increased rate based on private arrangements or to cancel your specific departure for a refund. The self-cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, is 90 days or sooner to initial sailing date at the rate of 100% program fare per person. The payment for your Land Adventure is due in full on the same date as your final payment due for your cruise. Per Silversea's general payment terms, bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner.

All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable within 120 days of sailing, with the exception of cancellation by Silversea. Our family-friendly land programs require adult accompaniment of any guests under the age of 18. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Silversea and our local operators make every effort to ensure your land program runs as described. Our local operators reserve the right to modify tour sequence, sites visited and venues mentioned due to operational reasons.

VISA INFORMATION:

Guests must be in possession of Chinese visa obtained prior to joining the cruise. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency is the Chinese Renminbi; however, US Dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and hotels (there is no shopping stop planned during the program).




DAY ONE - Saturday, Mar 27, 2021 - Shanghai/Guilin

Guilin, one of China's most picturesque cities, is famed for its karst topography which has made it one of the most spectacular and famous sites in China. With surrounding mountains that often rise abruptly from the ground, numerous caverns and subterranean rivers, Guilin's landscape is often depicted in traditional Chinese paintings and poetry.


The predominantly warm and moist climate, combined with significant deposits of calcium carbonate, makes the area one of the largest regions in the world for karst, a topography formed by the dissolution of limestone into calcium hydrogen carbonate, producing special and unusually shaped landforms


Take afternoon flight out of Shanghai to Guilin (dinner will be served onboard). Upon arrival, met and greeted by your local guide and be transferred to Shangri-La Guilin. Enjoy the evening free at leisure and dinner is on your own


Overnight accommodation at Shangri-La - Guilin.


DAY TWO - Sunday, Mar 28, 2021 - Guilin

Following breakfast in the hotel, start your visit to the Elephant Trunk Hill which is located at the confluence of the Taohua (Peach Blossom) River and the Li River. Elephant Trunk Hill is too famous to be missed. It is said that it is the symbol of Guilin scenery and also a highlight in the Li River. The shape of the hill is just like a huge elephant dipping its trunk into the Li River, so it is named Elephant Trunk Hill. Originally named "Li Hill", "Yi Hill" and "Chenshui Hill", it is about 55m above the Lijiang River, 108 meters long and 100 meters wide and has an elevation of 200m above sea level.


Next to the Reed Flute Cave. The Reed Flute Cave is a brilliant cave marked on almost all travel itineraries. The cave got its name from the verdant reeds growing outside it, with which people make flutes. Inside this water-eroded cave is a spectacular world of various stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations created by carbonate deposition. Illuminated by colored lighting, the fantastic spectacle is found in many variations along this 240-meter-long cave.


After a lunch in a local restaurant, set out to Daxu Ancient Town which is located 20km away from Guilin and noted for its well preserved ancient buildings, worn bluestone streets and traditional culture. A stroll along will afford a leisurely glimpse of this quaint, off the beaten path village.


Return back to the hotel afterwards, a buffet dinner will be served.


Overnight accommodation at Shangri-La - Guilin.


DAY THREE - Monday, Mar 29, 2021 - Guilin/Yangshuo

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before beginning the one-hour drive to the starting point of your Li River Cruise. The 84 km / 52-mile stretch of the Li River between Guilin and Yangshuo is the centerpiece of any trip to north-eastern Guangxi Province. Gorgeous Karst peaks push through the mist at each bend of the limpid river. Water buffalo patrol the fields, peasants reap rice paddies, school kids and fisherman float by on bamboo rafts. Watch for Guilin's symbol, Elephant Trunk Hill and further on, Erlang Gorge and Picture Hill. A buffet lunch will be provided onboard the river cruise.


At the end of the cruise, you will arrive at the beautiful town of Yangshuo. First will be guided for a leisure walk to the famous Xi Jie (West Street) which connects Li River docks to the Guilin Highway. This cobblestoned pedestrian street is dotted with small vendor stands for local souvenirs and cafes that cater primarily to independent foreign travelers. Afterwards you will be transferred to Banyan Tree Yangshuo to take a break and refresh, then you will return to the town of Yangshuo.

Next, a Chinese local chef will be joining you, he will show you around the local market to learn about the ingredients that we use in our dishes. Then drive to the school in the local farmer's family and learn how to cook Chinese dishes. After the cooking, eat the meal together and informally explore Chinese culture and customs.


This evening, you will enjoy one of the most famous show in China - Impression Liu San Jie - an outdoor performance set in real mountains and rivers and directed by famous director Zhang Yimou. The stage stretches 2km (1.25 miles) along Li River with 12 mountains and the clear sky set as the background. Indistinct mountain peaks, reflections in the clear water, misty rain, and bamboo forests along with the sound of animals in their natural environment all vie for your attention and serve as peaceful interludes to the performance itself. You can sit back and relax to enjoy the show and peaceful surroundings while the director and actors bring you an unforgettable night.


Overnight accommodation at Banyan Tree Resort - Yangshuo.


DAY FOUR - Tuesday, Mar 30, 2021 - Yangshuo/Hong Kong

After breakfast, you are free to explore the beautiful resort on you own.

Before joining a 2-hr transfer to the airport in Guilin, enjoy a Guangxi style Chinese dinner in the hotel restaurant and check out.


Then transfer to airport for your flight to Hong Kong. Upon arrival met and transferred with local guide back to ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 3.1 miles (about five kilometres), at times over uneven, rocky, sandy, grassy, slippery, and natural surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and board/de-board the river boat and the airplane, and 600 steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing and closed-toe walking shoes. Guests must carry their passports and ship's ID at all times. Guests must be at least 18 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence and itinerary may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.


Programme Includes:

Two-night stay at the Shangri-La - Guilin

One-night say at the Banyan Tree Resort - Yangshuo

Three breakfasts, three lunches, one flight dinner, one hotel buffet dinner, one cooking class dinner with drinks included

All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Scheduled flights: Shanghai/Gulin and Gulin/Hong Kong (Economy-Class). First-Class is available upon request at an additional charge and subject to availability, as most aircraft do not offer business seating. Restricts baggage allowance to approximately 44 pounds (about 20 kilograms) per person + one carry-on luggage with a maximum weight of approximately 11 pounds (about five kilograms)


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance and other personal items.

Hotels in SHANGHAI

SHANGHAI SIMPLY HOTEL

Our Simply Hotel selection is the perfect choice for those who want a centrally located setting from which to discover - or rediscover - the city. Rooms in these 4.5 and 5-star properties are generally Standard Double or King rooms that provide comfortable accommodations and superior service for those who wish to extend their trip with a cultural or shopping experience in some of the world's most iconic cities.

For your convenience, we can easily organize transfers between the airport and hotel or between the hotel and the pier so that you only have to decide how much or how little you wish to do.

Hotel brands that we consistently feature include Intercontinental, JW Marriott, Fairmont or the Conrad Group.

SHANGHAI GRANDE HOTEL

Grande Hotel is for those who want to begin or prolong their Silversea holiday - luxury accommodations, exclusive service and impeccable attention to detail in style. Grande Hotel guests appreciate the finer things in life. These properties have been chosen not only for their prime location but for their outstanding service and their exceptional quality.


For your convenience, we can easily organize transfers between the airport and hotel or between the hotel and the pier so that you only have to decide how much or how little you wish to do.


Hotel groups that are frequently featured in our program include Shangri-La, Four Seasons, Peninsula or Fairmont to name just a few.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.