Silversea Luxury Cruises To Tianjin (Beijing)

Tianjin (Beijing)
Tianjin (Beijing)

Beijing is a vibrant jumble of neighborhoods and districts. It's a city that was transformed almost overnight in preparation for the 2008 Olympics, often leveling lively old hutongs (alleyway neighborhoods) to make way for the glittering towers that are fast dwarfing their surroundings. Still, day-to-day life seems to pulse the lifeblood of a Beijing that once was. Hidden behind Beijing's pressing search for modernity is an intriguing historic core. Many of the city's ancient sites were built under the Mongols during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). View more

A number of the capital's imperial palaces, halls of power, mansions, and temples were rebuilt and refurbished during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Despite the ravages of time and the Cultural Revolution, most sites are in good shape, from the Niujie Mosque, with Koranic verse curled around its arches, to Tiananmen Square, the bold brainchild of Mao Zedong.

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Excursions in Tianjin (Beijing)

Beijing on your own

Explore the splendid sights of Beijing at your leisure during this full-day, self-guided sightseeing excursion.


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately three-hour transfer to downtown Beijing. After being dropped off at the Wangfujing area, begin your self-guided tour of this bustling capital city. The political hub of China, Beijing is renowned for its opulent historic palaces, temples, huge stone walls and gates. The city's artistic treasures and universities have also made it a centre of Chinese culture and art.


During your visit, you can also discover the modern splendour of New Beijing. Economic reforms and preparation for the Olympic Games have accelerated the pace and scale of change, and outfitted the city with a contemporary flair. Present-day Beijing offers an endless selection of theatres, discos, bars, business centres, restaurants, and shopping malls. At the conclusion of your visit, return to the meeting point, re-board your coach and commence the approximately three-hour transfer back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Walking in Beijing is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Forbidden City

Visit two extraordinary landmarks in Beijing, the Forbidden City and Beijing Olympic Green, on this full-day journey to this historic city. Your excursion begins with a three-hour transfer by coach from Tianjin to Beijing, the capital of The Peoples' Republic of China. Upon arrival in the city, proceed to the Forbidden City.


Forbidden City

Enter through the great gate into the vast complex that has been off limits to the public for over 500 years. Within its walls lies a maze of some 800 palaces built between 1417 and 1420 as the residence of the imperial clan. The 9,000 rooms require a permanent restoration squad that is constantly busy painting and repairing. Feast your eyes on the elaborate architecture, décor and furnishings that make the Palace Museum one of the most visited places in the world. (The huge complex requires an extensive amount of walking.)


Tiananmen Square

Next, proceed to Beijing's most famous square and the country's national symbol. The enormous square is dominated by the gigantic portrait of Chairman Mao. Since imperial days, Tiananmen Square has provided an impressive stage for declarations to the assembled masses. It was from the giant gate that Chairman Mao proclaimed the People's Republic on October 1, 1949. In modern times, the flag-raising ceremony has become a revered daily celebration.


Olympic Green

After having lunch of Chinese cuisine at a local restaurant, proceed to the Olympic Green for a short photo stop. View the unique 'Bird's Nest' and the 'Water Cube', Beijing's intriguing new landmark structures erected for the 2008 Olympics.


Leaving Olympic Green, embark the coach and sit back and relax during your journey to the ship.


Please note: This tour is available on Day Two of your stay in Tianjin. An extensive amount of walking is required with over 100 stairs to climb. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers. The drive to downtown Beijing is approximately three hours in each direction.

Great Wall of China and sightseeing of Beijing

This excursion gives you the opportunity to get closer to the highlights of Beijing, the Great Wall, the Olympic Green and Tiananmen Square on coach.


A visit to the Great Wall of China presents a fascinating experience. Built along the rolling ridges of steep mountains, it offers spectacular, even awe-inspiring views, and is surely one of humankind's greatest architectural achievements.


Departing from the port of Tianjin, begin your excursion with a scenic journey through the countryside to one of mankind's most impressive creation, the Great Wall. During the journey to the Great Wall's Juyongguan Section, your guide's commentary about the country and its people makes for an interesting drive.


The Great Wall

Nothing quite prepares you for the sight as you approach this part of the Great Wall. Built centuries ago, the wall stretches for over 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometers) and ranks amongst the top wonders of the world. The Juyongguan Section of the Great Wall also enjoys the reputation of being 'The Number One Strategic Pass Under Heaven'. Today, you will have the opportunity to get closer to the Wall and take a photo.


Olympic Green

After having lunch of Chinese cuisine at a local restaurant, proceed to the Olympic Green for a photo stop. Marvel the unique 'Bird's Nest' and the 'Water Cube', Beijing's intriguing new landmark structures erected for the 2008 Olympics.


Tiananmen Square

Before driving back to the ship in the afternoon, drive through the Tian'anmen Square, Beijing's most famous square and the country's national symbol. The enormous square is dominated by the gigantic portrait of Chairman Mao. Since imperial days, Tiananmen Square has provided an impressive stage for declarations to the assembled masses. It was from the giant gate that Chairman Mao proclaimed the People's Republic on October 1, 1949. In modern times, the flag-raising ceremony has become a revered daily celebration.


Afterwards, return back to the ship by motor coach.


Please note: This tour is available on Day One of your stay in Tianjin and its operation is subject to a minimum number of participants. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear comfortable walking shoes, dress in layers, and bring a jacket as the wind blowing through the valleys can be cool and the wall is exposed. The drive to the Great Wall is approximately three and a half hours each way.

Highlights of Tianjin

Experience the major points of interests in Tianjin, including Ancient Culture Street, Tianjin Museum and Shi Family Mansion, on this full-day outing to the city.


Tianjin

Departing the port, a 75-minute drive takes you into Tianjin city. Home to nearly six million people, Tianjin boasts an interesting history as a foreign concession. Since the mid-20th century, Tianjin has been a centre of major industrialization and production of a wide range of consumer goods known for their excellent quality.


Upon arrival in Tianjin, a sightseeing drive through the city centre highlights the major points of interest. Its European architecture from the turn of the 20th century gives the impression of an outdoor museum, while new, high-rise buildings of glass and steel puncture the city's skyline.


Next, visit the Ancient Culture Street, an interesting and historically accurate street depicting life in 19th-century Tianjin. Note the splendidly replicated classical architecture in the folk style of the Qing Dynasty. Afterwards, lunch of Chinese cuisine is served at a local hotel restaurant before continuing to the Tianjin Museum. Newly renovated, this state-of-the-art museum not only tells the history of the city of Tianjin, but also has a large collection of arts and crafts treasures.


Shi Family Mansion

Re-board the coach for a drive to the Shi Family Mansion. Built in 1875 and occupying over 19,000 square feet (1,765 sq. metres), this mansion boasts 12 courtyards, each originally with specific functions and now the site for a Folklore Museum. Its brick, wood and stone carvings are among the best in north China.


Finally, the 75-minute drive takes you back to the pier and the ship.


Please note: This tour not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear casual clothing and comfortable walking shores. The driving distance between the pier and Tianjin is approximately 1.25 hours. Space is limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Historical Tianjin

Experience the spectacular beauty, architecture and history of Tianjin during a picturesque, full-day sightseeing excursion to this bustling city.


Tianjin City, Jingyuan Garden and Ancient Culture Street

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 90-minute drive to Tianjin City. Your first stop is at the Jingyuan Garden, or 'Garden of Serenity', the former residence of Puvi, last emperor of the Qing Dynasty. Built in 1921, this lovely garden home has two, two-story Western-style villas as its main buildings. In 2007, a year-long restoration project transformed the residence into a museum about the emperor's life. Next, some free time is made available for a leisurely stroll along Ancient Culture Street. This 600-year-old street is home to a wonderful blend of architectural styles. Along the way, marvel at its classic cultural features, perhaps purchase various folk crafts and sample the delicious local Tianjin snacks.


Lunch and Yangliuqing New Year Painting Museum

After a Chinese lunch at a local restaurant, proceed for a guided tour of the Yangliuqing New Year Painting Museum. The famous, 17th-century knives, wood plates and woodcarving paintings displayed here reflected the local citizenry's hopes for a better life amidst a turbulent society. The early paintings gradually formed their own characters with an auspicious festive tone, and today, locals decorate their homes with Yangliuqing New Year paintings ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year. During your visit, marvel at the beautiful artwork and observe a local artisan make the painting using wood plates.


Five Avenue Area and Former Mansion of Prince Qing

Next, re-board your coach for a drive through the Five Avenue Area. A Tianjin icon and showcase of modern Chinese history, this historical area features more than 2,000 garden buildings constructed in various architectural styles during the 1920s and 1930s. Your final stop is at the Former Mansion of Prince Qing. Renowned for its exquisite blend of Chinese and Western architectural styles, the main building of the mansion still maintains its original appearance. Following your guided tour, relax with a Chinese afternoon tea served with snacks at the mansion's bistro. Time permitting, visit the Prince Qing Mansion History Exhibition, then re-board your coach and commence the approximately 1.5-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately one mile (1.6 kilometres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, 20 steps at the Jingyuan Garden and steps at the sights visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Silver Shore Privato: Beijing by Private Car

For those guests interested in touring Beijing independently, we are pleased to provide this opportunity for a full day's view of the city at your leisure, in the comfort of your own private car with an English-speaking guide. Enjoy the flexibility of creating your own itinerary in which to explore this fascinating region of China with friends and family.


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


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in Tianjin. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability and accommodates up to 2 guests only. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board to arrange your individual itinerary. An additional hourly fee is applied for guests wishing to tour for a longer period of time. Price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party need reserve this programme.

Silver Shore Privato: Beijing by Private Van

For those guests interested in touring Beijing independently, we are pleased to provide this opportunity for a full day's view of the city at your leisure, in the comfort of your own private van with an English-speaking guide. Enjoy the flexibility of creating your own itinerary in which to explore this fascinating region of China with friends and family.


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


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in Tianjin. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability and accommodates 4 guests only. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board to arrange your individual itinerary. An additional hourly fee is applied for guests wishing to tour for a longer period of time. Price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party need reserve this programme.

Silver Shore Privato: Great Wall by Private Car

For those guests interested in visiting a portion of the Great Wall of China independently, we are pleased to provide this opportunity for a full day's view of the area at your leisure, in the comfort of your own private car with an English-speaking guide. Enjoy the flexibility of creating your own itinerary in which to explore this fascinating region of China with friends and family.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the Great Wall of China at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in Tianjin. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability and accommodates up to 2 guests only. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board to arrange your individual itinerary. An additional hourly fee is applied for guests wishing to tour for a longer period of time. Price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party need reserve this programme.

Silver Shore Privato: Great Wall by Private Van

For those guests interested in visiting a portion of the Great Wall of China independently, we are pleased to provide this opportunity for a full day's view of the area at your leisure, in the comfort of your own private van with an English-speaking guide. Enjoy the flexibility of creating your own itinerary in which to explore this fascinating region of China with friends and family.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the Great Wall of China at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in Tianjin. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability and accommodates 4 guests only. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board to arrange your individual itinerary. An additional hourly fee is applied for guests wishing to tour for a longer period of time. Price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party need reserve this programme.

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

Explore Tianjin 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 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.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. This tour explores areas in and around Tianjin only. Guests wishing to visit Beijing or The Great Wall must book TSN-M - Beijing by Private Car & Guide or TSN-N The Great Wall - The Great Wall by Private Car & Guide.

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

Explore Tianjin 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 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.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 4 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. This tour explores areas in and around Tianjin only. Guests wishing to visit Beijing or The Great Wall must book TSN-O - Beijing by Private Van & Guide or TSN-P The Great Wall - The Great Wall by Private Van & Guide.

The Great Wall of China

A visit to the Great Wall of China presents a fascinating experience. Built along the rolling ridges of steep mountains, it offers spectacular, even awe-inspiring views, and is surely one of humankind's greatest architectural achievements.


The Great Wall

Departing from the port of Tianjin, begin your excursion with a scenic journey through the countryside to one of mankind's most impressive creation, the Great Wall. During the journey to the Great Wall's Juyongguan Section, your guide's commentary about the country and its people makes for an interesting drive. After having a Chinese-style lunch at a local restaurant near the Wall, begin the afternoon exploration of the Juyongguan Section of the Great Wall.


Nothing quite prepares you for the sight as you approach this part of the Great Wall. Built centuries ago, the wall stretches for over 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometres) and ranks amongst the top wonders of the world. The Juyongguan Section of the Great Wall also enjoys the reputation of being 'The Number One Strategic Pass Under Heaven'.


Leaving the Juyongguan area, embark the coach and sit back and relax during your journey to the ship.


Please note: This tour is available on Day One of your stay in Tianjin and its operation is subject to a minimum number of participants. An extensive amount of walking is required with stairs to climb. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear comfortable walking shoes, dress in layers, and bring a jacket as the wind blowing through the valleys can be cool and the wall is exposed. The drive to the Great Wall is approximately three and a half hours each way. A minimum number of guests per guide is required for operation of this tour.

Land programmes in Tianjin (Beijing)

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: In the Footsteps of Marco Polo

This unique journey provides a memorable experience of visiting the most famous treasures and wonders of China - the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Great Wall, plus a chance to view the life-size terra-cotta army in Xian, consisting of 8,000 individual figures, each a unique work of art.



04MIDTSN-A In the Footsteps of Marco Polo

Departure: Tianjin

Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

Re-join ship: Shanghai

Reserve by: At least 90 Days Prior to Sailing


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking with Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to sailing. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing. Operation of this tour is subject to minimum participation.


Guests must obtain their own visa for China prior to joining the cruise. Guests should note that the week of Oct. 1 - 8, 2017 is a week-long national holiday (Golden Week). As such, one should be prepared for trains and tourist sites to be very congested.


Explore Beijing in-depth with visits to the Forbidden City(Palace Museum), Tiananmen Square, and local restaurants. Visit the Great Wall and walk the wooden promenade at Lake Kunming and the Summer Palace. Travel to Xian to see the emperor's terracotta army, buried in underground vaults for centuries. End your exploration with an overview of Shanghai.


DAY ONE - Tianjin / Beijing

Upon disembarking the ship at Tianjin International Cruise Home Port, transfer to the Tianjin train station and commence your overnight excursion to Beijing with a 30-minute ride on the high-speed train. Once you have arrived in the capital of the People's Republic of China, transfer to a five-star hotel for a buffet lunch.


After lunch, proceed to Beijing's national symbol, Tiananmen Square. Known as '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.


Your next stop is a walking visit of the legendary Forbidden City. Off-limits to the public for 500 years, the vast complex of this 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 on-going process.


Leaving the Forbidden City, drive to the Four Seasons Hotel for check-in. The hotel features luxury accommodations as well as fine dining venues. There is time to relax and freshen up before dinner. You will have the choice to dine at one of the hotel's three restaurants: Set menu dinner at Cai Yi Xuan (Chinese), Opus (Western), or Mio (Western). All meals include choices of two drinks including soft drink, local beer or house wine.

Overnight accommodation at the Four Seasons Hotel - Beijing.


DAY TWO -The Great Wall / Beijing

After breakfast, begin today's sightseeing program traveling out of the city and toward the Great Wall, reached following a drive of about two hours. With portions dating back nearly 2,000 years and an overall length of some 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometers), this spectacular structure remains a testament to the strength and perseverance of the Chinese people, justly deserving to be named as one the New Seven Wonders of the World. The roundtrip cable car ride (weather permitting) provides a leisurely and less strenuous way to take in the stunning scenery and the beauty of the Great Wall of China.


Leaving the wall, proceed to a local restaurant for Chinese style lunch and then head back to Beijing. En route, pass the Olympic Park for a view of the "Bird's Nest" and "Water Cube", the new ingenious landmark structures built for the 2008 Olympics.


Discover vestiges of Old Beijing away from the bustling city during a pedicab trip through narrow alleyways of the hutong, where only awning-covered vehicles and bicycles can manoeuvre. Some of these neighbourhoods date back to the Qing dynasty and residents still maintain a traditional lifestyle within walled courtyards. Step inside a family home and take a look behind the scenes. At the end of your hutong tour, rejoin your coach and return to the hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure and dinner will be on your own this evening.


Overnight accommodation at the Four Seasons Hotel - Beijing.


DAY THREE - Beijing / Xian

After you have enjoyed breakfast and checked out, depart the hotel and transfer to the Summer Palace. The Summer Palace is 7.4 miles (12 kilometres) northwest of the downtown. It is the largest imperial garden in the world and a veritable museum of classical Chinese garden architecture.


The initial construction of the Summer Palace began in 1750, commissioned by Emperor Qianlong as a gift for his mother's birthday. The construction took 15 years to complete. It had the name "Qingyi Yuan" (Garden of Clear Ripples) at that time. The plundering by foreign troops in 1860 destroyed most of the buildings. However, in 1888 Empress Dowager Cixi embezzled the funds of the Imperial Navy to renovate the garden.

After Chinese style lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to Beijing's Capital Airport, where an afternoon flight takes you to Xian, home to the famed Terra Cotta Warriors.


Upon arrival at Xian Airport, you are met and transferred via coach to the downtown Xian and visit to one of the city's landmark - 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. After a short drive arrive at deluxe Wyndham Grand Xian to check-in. In the evening, enjoy a buffet dinner at hotel.


Overnight accommodation at Wyndham Grand Xian South - Xian.


DAY FOUR - Xian

After breakfast, drive to Xian's most famous attraction - the museum that houses one of China's supreme treasures, an army of a life-sized funeral honour guard. 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 overhead now serves as 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.


After lunch at the Friendship Restaurant in the Museum, proceed to the downtown area where your guide will introduce you to the city's major attractions, including the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Great Mosque.


Start your afternoon tour with a visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. This 1,300-year-old 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. At the Great Mosque, you can admire the pagoda-style architecture of this beautiful building which dates from the Tang Dynasty.


From here, return to Wyndham Grand Xian South to freshen up before departing for a dumpling dinner and the cultural Tang Dynasty Show. This wonderful performance and classical entertainment depicts a variety of historical relics, providing insight and keeping alive the splendid culture of the ancient Tang Dynasty.


Overnight accommodation at Wyndham Grand Xian South - Xian.


DAY FIVE -Xian / Shanghai

Following breakfast, check out and transfer to the Xian Airport for two-hour flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival in Shanghai, transfer to a local restaurant for a Chinese style lunch. Next, 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 that is spanned by a picturesque zigzag bridge.


After the visit to Yu Yuan Gardens transfer to pier where the ship welcomes you back.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking and climbing of many steps at most sites. Therefore, it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable shoes and dressing in layers is recommended. A warm jacket or sweater is necessary this time of year. Dress code throughout the trip is casual with sturdy walking shoes. It is recommended to leave jewellery and valuables on board. The order of the itinerary may be amended due to flight schedule changes or other unforeseen factors. In case of flight changes, the tour sequence may be reversed or amended. Access to certain areas of the Forbidden City are restricted by the Chinese government. The cable car ride is subject to favourable weather conditions and can be cancelled. Remember to bring your camera. There are baggage restrictions as follows: Hand Baggage gross weight is limited to 11 lbs. (5 kg) and size is limited to 20*40*55 cm. One checked bag is permitted however it must be less than 44 lbs. (20 kg). A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. Guests must obtain their own visa for China prior to joining the cruise.



Programme Includes:

· Two-night stay at Four Seasons Hotel (or similar) - Beijing

· Two-night stay at Wyndham Grand Xian South (or similar) - Xian

· Four breakfasts, five lunches and three dinners

(Lunch and dinner include choice of two glasses of local beer, house wine, soft drinks, and water)

· One way by high-speed train Tianjin/Beijing (Bags are transferred by luggage truck directly to the Beijing hotel)

· Flights in Economy Class Bejing/Xian and Xian/Shanghai. At an additional charge, upgrade to First Class may be requested (subject to availability). There is no Business Class available on these flights.

· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


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



All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. 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. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government/citizens' activities, and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. 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.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Beijing Past, Present & The Great Wall

Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night

Departs from: Tianjin

Re-join ship: Tianjin

Reserve: At least 90 days prior to sailing


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations 90 days prior to sailing. Requests received after the applicable date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.


Guests must be in possession of Chinese visa obtained prior to joining the cruise. Visa details must be communicated to Silversea no later than 60 days prior to the operation of this Mid-Voyage Land Adventure.


Discover the highlights of fascinating Beijing, the 'Forbidden City' and legendary Great Wall of China, one of the 'Seven Wonders of the New World', during this unforgettable overnight visit to the Chinese capital.


DAY ONE - Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 - Tianjin/Beijing

Upon disembarking the ship at Tianjin International Cruise Home Port, transfer to the Tianjin Train Station and commence your overnight excursion to Beijing with a 30-minute ride on the high-speed train. Upon arrival in the capital of the People's Republic of China, transfer to a five-star hotel for a buffet lunch.


Beijing, Forbidden City, City Walls, Palaces

After lunch, proceed to the legendary Forbidden City. 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 on-going process.


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.


Leaving Tiananmen Square, drive to the Four Seasons Hotel for check-in. The hotel features luxury accommodations as well as fine dining venues. After check-in, the rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.


Dinner is at one of the hotel's three restaurants of your choice; Cai Yi Xuan (Chinese), Opus (Western) or Mio (Western).


Overnight at the Four Seasons Hotel - Beijing.



DAY TWO - Monday, Oct 8, 2018 - Beijing/Great Wall/Tianjin

After breakfast and check-out, depart for a scenic, approximately two-hour drive from Beijing to the Great Wall of China. En route, pass the Olympic Park for a splendid view of the 'Bird's Nest' and 'Water Cube', the striking landmark structures built for the 2008 Olympics.


The Great Wall of China, Cable Car-Ride

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.


Following your visit, proceed to a local restaurant for a Chinese-style lunch. After lunch, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 3.5-hour drive back to Tianjin. Upon arrival at the Tianjin International Cruise Home Port, embark the ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is recommended to guests who are physically fit. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. This tour involves extensive walking and climbing stairs in the Forbidden City. The contents and activities of this programme are subject to change, due to government activities and/or last-minute restrictions. Sites seen are popular to all tourists and at times may be crowded. This Land Adventure involves touring in the outdoors and guests should expect to be exposed to changing weather; please pack accordingly. We recommend dressing in layers and wear comfortable, rubber soled shoes. Remember to bring your camera, binoculars (if desired) and sunglasses. Yuan and US dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited. Guests must obtain their own visa for China prior to joining the cruise.


Programme Includes:

  • One-night stay at the Four Seasons Hotel
  • One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner (lunch includes choice of two local beers, soft drinks and bottled water; beverage at dinner also includes house wine)
  • High-speed train-ride
  • Cable car-ride
  • All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary
  • Chinese visa

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.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. 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. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. 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.