The Chengdu Panda Research Base has not only dedicated itself to giant panda conservation, but has also made great efforts to combine natural scenery and man-made landscapes to create wonderful and humane living areas for these endangered animals. See the pandas close up and witness the work needed to conserve this unique species. Experience, first-hand, creating snacks and feeding the Pandas yourself.
Guests should schedule their outbound flights into Hong Kong International Airport.
Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for China. Proper travel documentation is the sole responsibility of the guest.
DAY 1 - HONG KONG/ CHENGDU
Disembark your Silversea ship and where a representative will transfer you to the Airport for your flight to Chengdu. Lunch will be served on-board your flight. Upon your arrival to Chengdu you will be transferred to the Shangri-La Hotel Chengdu for check-in.
Freshen up in your room and then leave the hotel to walk and browse historic Jin Li Street. Recreated to reflect the culture of the Three Kingdoms Period and local folk customs, the buildings here evoke the architectural style of a traditional old town in Western Sichuan Province from the Qing (1644-1911) Dynasty. Continue from here to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant followed by an authentic cultural show.
Overnight at the Shangri-La Hotel - Chengdu, China
DAY 2 - CHENGDU
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before you take the scenic drive to Dujiangyan Panda Habitat. Register for the volunteer job and assist the Panda keepers with their daily duties. Visit the habitat and get up close with pandas of all ages. Take a break in the afternoon for a Chinese lunch at a local restaurant. Visit a Panda breeding museum and watch the documentary file about panda's daily life and its living condition.
After learning about the Panda's natural habitats it is now time to feed them! Take part in creating Panda cakes, a delicious snack made just for the pandas. Transfer back to hotel to refresh then dinner will be provided.
Overnight at the Shangri-La - Chengdu, China
DAY 3 - CHENGDU/ HONG KONG
Following breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to the Sanxingdui Museum. Here China's storied past is highlighted through a wide array of ceramic, jade, gold and bronze artefacts dating back 3,000 years. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant followed by a transfer to Chengdu Airport to check in for your flight to Hong Kong. On arrival in Hong Kong, you are met and transferred to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong for check-in. Dinner this evening is on your own.
Overnight at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong
DAY 4 - HONG KONG
Breakfast is served at the hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises
· Two-night stay in an Deluxe Room at the Shangri-La Hotel - Chengdu
· Two-night stay in an Deluxe Harbour View Room at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel - Hong Kong
· Scheduled, Economy-Class flights: Hong Kong/Chengdu and Chengdu/Hong Kong
· Three breakfasts, three lunches (one in-flight) and two dinners
· All tours as per itinerary
· Transfers between airport, hotel and pier in air-conditioned vehicles (where appropriate)
Please note order of visits may be changed. Please remember that we have done everything we can to provide the best available services in the region, however you should be prepared that traveling in this part of the world is different from what you may be accustomed to at home.
Flights: (all flights are economy class unless otherwise specified):
Day 2: Hong Kong/Chengdu - approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes
Day 5: Chengdu/Hong Kong - approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes
Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules. Upgrades to Business-class are available for an additional cost.
Please pack one small suitcase to travel with you into mainland China. Baggage allowance is 44 pounds (20 kilograms) per person for economy-class travellers. Any excess luggage will be stored at the hotel in Hong Kong and delivered to you when you return.
Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for China. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all appropriate visas before your cruise. Please secure your visa for China prior to arrival. If you are combining this land program with a cruise itinerary that also calls on the People's Republic of China you should obtain a multiple entry visa. The consulate may request a Letter of Support listing the program details. If so please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a clear copy of your passport details along with the land programs name and dates of operation. They will email the letter of support directly back to you.
The sights visited on this program are not well equipped for mobility-impaired guests. Therefore we do not recommend this tour to those who may rely upon a wheelchair.
Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications which may be appropriate for your state of health.
All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.
This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.
Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.
All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.