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Journey to the Heart of Southeast Asia and China

28-Nights featuring China, Thailand, Japan and Singapore

Includes airfare, hotel, tours, baggage handling, and transfers

Departs: March 13, 2019

About This Journey

Travelers often want to see both China’s ancient and modern culture as well as the vast and varied countryside ranges. On this special Enrichment Journey, you will visit and experience the best of both worlds as you travel throughout China before an 18-night Oceania cruise through Thailand and Vietnam. Start in Shanghai, China’s largest city and financial hub. Here you will see dazzling skyscrapers and Jade Temples. During your three-night stay in Xi’an, you will have the opportunity to gaze upon the mysterious Terracotta Warriors and be entranced by the history and massive walls of this city that was once the eastern terminus of the Silk Road. You will experience the busy pace of Beijing during a three-night visit, during which you will be dazzled by the scale and beauty of the Temple of Heaven, and the Forbidden City. You will enjoy a visit to the Great Wall and many included extras you would not experience on a regular tour. During your cruise you will explore Okinawa, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City and more, then experience the many facets of Bangkok on a full-day exclusive shore excursion designed specifically for Enrichment Journey guests. End your journey in Singapore, where you’ll visit UNESCO World Heritage sites, colonial treasures and enjoy the view from atop one of Singapore’s most eye-catching works of modern architecture.

Optional 4-night Siem Reap extension available. Call for details!

Visits: Singapore; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Ko Samui, Bangkok (Laemchabang), Thailand; Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Hue / Danang (Chan May), Vietnam; Okinawa, Japan; Hong Kong, Shanghai, Xi’an and Beijing, China; Oceania Cruises, Oceania Nautica

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Journey to the Heart of Southeast Asia and China

Itinerary
Day Port Arrival Depart
1 Arrive to Beijing, China and transfer to hotel. Welcome Dinner (D)
2 Beijing — City Tour and Kung Fu Performance
3 Beijing — Great Wall of China
4 Beijing to Xi’an, China
5 Xi’an — City Tour and Tang Dynasty Show
6 Xi’an — Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum
7 Xi’an to Shanghai, China
8 Shanghai — Tour to Suzhou and Jinxi
9 Shanghai — City Tour
10 Shanghai — Embarkation
11 Shanghai, China  11:00 PM
12 At Sea
13 Okinawa (Naha), Japan  8:00 AM  6:00 PM
14 At Sea
15 Kaohsiung, Taiwan 7:00 AM  5:00 PM
16 Hong Kong, China  3:00 PM
17 Hong Kong, China 7:00 PM
18 At Sea
19 Hue/Da Nang, Vietnam 8:00 AM  6:00 PM
20 At Sea
21 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam  8:00 AM
22 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam  4:00 PM
23 At Sea
24 Bangkok, Thailand – Enrichment Journeys Shore Excursion  11:00 AM
25 Bangkok, Thailand  4:00 PM
26 Ko Samui, Thailand  9:00 AM 5:00 PM
27 At Sea
28 Singapore – Disembarkation, City Tour  8:00 PM
29 Transfer to airport for return flight

Land Highlights

Day 1: Arrive Beijing—Upon arrival at the airport in Beijing, meet your Enrichment Journey Guide, who will assist with boarding the bus and transferring to the hotel. After hotel check-in, relax at the hotel before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2: Beijing—Today, you will tour some of Beijing’s biggest sights: the Temple of Heaven, where ancient Chinese emperors prayed for a good harvest for the empire, and is also famous for its elegant and symmetrical architecture. Then visit Tian’anmen Square to stroll around and take pictures. Following lunch, explore the sprawling Forbidden City, home to 24 Ming and Qing emperors and now a repository of precious art and antiques. In the evening, enjoy a performance of the Legend of Kung Fu. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Beijing—Today, you will depart Beijing for a visit to the Sacred Way and Badaling section of the Great Wall of China. Most tour groups visit the wall section closest to Beijing, which is the always-crowded Juyongguan section. However, it is not part of the original wall but is a replica of what once stood there. You will journey further from Beijing to see one of the most authentic, best preserved original sections of the Great Wall. Afterwards, visit a Jade carving factory, where you will get to see some very intricate designs carved into jade by hand. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Beijing to Xi’an—Start the day by exploring the Hutong area where you will experience a Chinese dumpling cooking class and a home-cooked lunch before transferring to the airport for our flight to Xi’an. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Xi’an—Begin your day with a tour of the Xi’an City Wall, then you’ll have an opportunity to practice your Chinese calligraphy! Next, explore the Tang Dynasty Museum, where you will find Chinese folk arts, Shehuo ladle facial masks and much more. In the evening, enjoy a Tang Dynasty Dance Show, giving some insight into the peaceful and prosperous life style of ancient Xi’an, formerly known as Chang’an. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Xi’an—Today, you will start your day with a visit to a local ceramic factory, followed by a tour to the awe inspiring Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, an acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site. After your tour of the museum, return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. (B, D)

Day 7: Xi’an to Shanghai—Start today with a transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. You will have time to check-in and settle into our hotel in Shanghai before enjoying dinner and acrobatic show. (B, D)

Day 8: Shanghai— Today, set off to Suzhou, a city located to the west of Shanghai. Here, you will explore the Garden of Master of Nets (one of the finest gardens in China), as well as a Silk Spinning Factory, where you can learn about the silk making process, from start to finish. Next, transfer to the tranquil village of Jinxi, known for its canals and ancient waterways before returning to your hotel in Shanghai. (B, L)

Day 9: Shanghai— Today, you will spend the day discovering Shanghai. Your tour includes a visit to Yuyuan Garden, an extensive Chinese garden dating from 1559. And at the Jade Buddha Temple, you will actually see two Jade Buddha’s as well as a larger marble reclining Buddha. Then, enjoy a special Farewell Dinner for one last meal with the group. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Shanghai Embarkation — Today, embark the Oceania Nautica for your cruise! Check out of your hotel, then transfer to the port for embarkation. (B)

Day 11-23: Cruising

Day 24: Bangkok — After eating brunch / early lunch onboard, meet your private guide at 11:30 am for an exclusive Shore Excursion of Bangkok. You will be welcomed by your local English-speaking guide upon disembarking your ship. Our first stop is for photos at Wat Pho, one of the most important royal temple complexes in Thailand. Here you will see the largest Buddha in their collection of more than 1,000, the 150-foot long, reclining Buddha that is covered in gold leaf. Then, board a Tuk Tuk for a short drive through the old area of Bangkok, finishing at the Grand Palace. Your guide will lead you on a walking tour of the grounds of this former home to kings that was built in 1782. Along the way you will see the magnificent Royal Chapel, Wat Phra Keo, which is home to the most sacred Buddha image in Thailand, The Emerald Buddha. After our visit, we will walk to a nearby restaurant where delicious Thai snacks will be served. Then, board an express boat and motor along the Chao Phraya River, seeing the Klongs (canals) that connect the neighborhoods to the river, which is a major lifeline of the city. Along each side you will see typical Thai canal life, with canal stores, houses on stilts, barges and boats all competing for space. A stop will be made to visit Wat Arun, the spectacular Buddhist Temple of Dawn, which is among Bangkok’s most recognized landmarks. From here, you will continue up-river until you reach the dockyard, home to the ceremonial Royal Barges Museum. Then it is off to Sala Rim Naam, a well-known Thai restaurant located within the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Bangkok. Here, you will enjoy a Thai dinner while watching a classical Thai dance performance. After the show, you will be driven back to the ship. (D)

Day 25-27: Cruising

Day 28: Singapore—Disembark your ship and meet your guide for a half-day city tour on the way to your hotel. Drive past Padang Field at the Cricket Club, one of the world’s more picturesque sports grounds. At Parliament House, Supreme Court and City Hall, glimpse at landmarks of Singapore’s colonial past and journey to independence; these buildings have borne witness to many pivotal events in the nation’s history. You will also visit Chinatown’s ancient Thian Hock Keng Temple and handicraft center, a photo stop of thousands of colorful orchid species in the National Orchid Garden (inside the UNESCO Botanic Gardens) and the sights and scents of Little India. Finish the day with a breathtaking view of the city from the observation deck of the iconic Sands SkyPark, located 57 stories above the city. (B, L)

Day 29: Singapore—Check out of the hotel and meet up with your Enrichment Journey Guide, who will escort you to the Singapore Airport for your flight home. (B)

For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.

Port Highlights

Shanghai: See the amazing contrasts of this burgeoning city, from the broad European-style Bund to the soaring ultra-modern buildings. Visit the magnificent art museum and the renowned 16th century Yuyuan Gardens. Enjoy the city by night, see an acrobatic show, browse local markets or take a trip to one of the famed garden cities of Suzhou or Wuxi. (Overnight)

Okinawa (Naha): Explore this beautiful island and visit imposing Shuri Castle, home of the Ryukyu royal family for 400 years. Enjoy the scenic countryside, the WWII memorials, the magnificent limestone caves and a reconstructed Ryukyu village where the island’s heritage and crafts are on display.

Kaohsiung: The canal-like Love River flows through the heart of this wonderfully modern city, and a boat ride along its shores reveals Kaohsiung’s beauty. The former British Consulate, built in 1865, is a historic landmark juxtaposed with more modern sites such as the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, known for its contemporary sculptures.

Hong Kong, China: Neon signs galore, dim sum, and amazing temples are a few of the favorite experiences in Hong Kong. Take in as much as you can of this thrilling city with its endless shopping and towering skyscrapers. Your agenda for Hong Kong should include Victoria Peak, an Aberdeen Fishing Village, the Man Mo Temple and Sheung Wan Dried Food and Herbal Market. Be certain to have extra room in your suitcase for the bargains you are bound to discover. (Overnight)

Hue/Da Nang (Chan May), Vietnam: In Danang, visit the intriguing Cham Museum, filled with wonderful artifacts of the Cham culture, and famed China Beach. But it is Hue, the former imperial capital, that beckons. The Nguyen Dynasty founded Hue in the 17th century on the banks of the Perfume River. Today it sits as a massive open-air museum of temples, pagodas, palaces and tombs. Enjoy this imposing citadel protected by a moat and then take a river cruise for a view of the Tombs of the Emperors and Thien Mu Pagoda.

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam: Located on the edge of the Mekong Delta, this dynamic metropolis also features the ageless beauty of an ancient culture. French colonial architecture mixes with modern Asian influences, providing a diverse backdrop for the many motorbikes, scooters, pagodas, and street markets. Stroll the wide boulevards of this city, formerly known as Saigon, and visit The History Museum, which houses artifacts from two thousand years of Vietnamese history. (Overnight)

Bangkok / Laemchabang, Thailand: Bangkok is a city of contradictions: high-rise buildings and popular clubs abound, but so do golden temples and lively street fairs. A visit to the National Museum is great for history buffs, while shoppers will love the bargains in the Banglamphu district. Klong Toey, in central Bangkok, features a highly discounted market, offering fresh eel, dried fish, and the lively smells, sights, and sounds of this waterfront-pier area. (Overnight)

Ko Samui: Explore this idyllic, forested island and its pristine beaches. Visit the giant Buddha at Wat Phra Yai, the elephant camp where these intelligent animals display their work skills and a plantation where monkeys harvest coconuts. Head to the interior and see majestic cascading waterfalls and how rubber trees are tapped. Enjoy the gorgeous beaches.

Singapore: This diamond-shaped island off the coast of Malaysia is also the smallest country in Southeast Asia. It’s one of only two cities in the world to have a significant rain forest within its boundaries. Here, you’ll find more than 840 varieties of flowering plants and 500 specials of wildlife. Boasting mouthwatering cuisine, incredible shopping, and a thriving arts scene, this island is an exhilarating blend of cultures.

 

Journey to the Heart of Southeast Asia and China

Included Features

  • Included round-trip airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • Nine-night pre-cruise land program in China
    • Beijing, China – three-night hotel stay
      • Welcome Dinner
      • Full-day Beijing tour including Temple of Heaven, Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City & more
      • Legend of Kung Fu performance and dinner
      • Full-day program to Badaling section of Great Wall
      • Half-day tour of Beijing’s Hutong area and dumpling-making class
    • Xi’an, China – three-night hotel stay
      • Full-day tour of City Wall, Provincial Museum and Tang Dynasty Arts Museum
      • Tang Dynasty Dancing Show and Dinner
      • Full-day tour of Terracotta Warriors and Big Wild Goose Pagoda
    • Shanghai, China – three-night hotel stay
      • Acrobatic Show
      • Full-day city tour of Shanghai
      • Full-day tour to Suzhou and Jinxi
      • Farewell Dinner
  • One-night post-cruise land program in Singapore
    • Singapore – one-night hotel stay
      • City tour
  • Breakfast daily plus most meals while on tour and all meals while onboard
  • Local tour hosts on included tours in China & Singapore, and National Guide during Mainland China Tour
  • 18-night voyage aboard Oceania Nautica
    • Featuring an exclusive full-day shore excursion in Bangkok specifically for Enrichment Journeys guests
    • Standard Oceania inclusions: the Finest Cuisine at Sea™, access to the Canyon Ranch Spa®, shows, guest lectures, spacious staterooms and much more

Journey to the Heart of Southeast Asia and China

What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

Your 28-night Enrichment Journey begins with a 10-day land program through China’s most popular cities, including full day programs on most days. The group will then board the Oceania Nautica for a 18-night Journey through China, Thailand, Japan and Singapore. Optional shore excursions from your ship will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities. Following the cruise portion, you’ll have a tour in Singapore and an overnight stay before flying home. The overall pace is rather quick, as there is much to see in these regions, however there is a healthy mix of both visits to historical sites and time to enjoy the landscape and scenery.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered very active, and includes a considerable amount of walking. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable.

Please note: Most historic areas in Asia were developed during a time when traffic was by foot, or horse-drawn vehicle. Therefore, these areas cannot be accessed by modern day vehicles. Our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Many pavements are made up of brick or cobblestone (often original) and therefore are rough and/or uneven. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites in Asia often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building/temples. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed.

A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation. Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist.

For the cruise portion of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.

Cultural Focus

Each country on this Journey has its own unique customs and culture. From Colonial Singapore, to exotic Bangkok and Imperial China, you will experience a wonderful mix of traditions, cuisines and scenery. This trip of a lifetime through mainland China is not to be missed. The pre-cruise program will include music on instruments you may have never heard of, artistry of silk and net production, historic architecture including The Great Wall and several other UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Don’t forget the culinary delights of Thailand and China that await you. Enrichment Journeys encourages you to keep an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, shorelines and the cities themselves can be crowded. The cultures of the several countries visited is passionate and diverse. You will have the chance to hear many languages and dialects and interact with a wide range of people. Keep in mind that some hand gestures have different meanings than they do in the U.S, so it’s customary to simply smile, say “hello” (or if you know the local equivalent) and “thank you” when addressed by locals.

Unique Factors

If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check with a Personal Vacation Manager before booking this trip. Expect cool to cold weather in Shanghai, Beijing & Xi’an in March, while Singapore & Hong Kong may be damp with warmer temperatures. It is recommended to have cotton clothing that can be layered for this type of climate and a raincoat is advisable. Sturdy shoes will be needed during city walks and when exploring historic buildings.

Be mindful of Asian culture and pack modest clothing. Be friendly and polite when taking photos of locals.

Recommended Reading List

Looking to learn more about the cultures, lifestyle and fun found in foreign destinations you are about to visit? We recommend these following books:

Fiction/Personal Accounts

Dream of a Thousand Lives: A Sojourn in Thailand by Karen Connelly

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (China)

Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theoux (Singapore)

Travel Guides

Frommer’s Chinese PhraseFinder

DK Eyewitness Guide: China

The Best of Thailand by Lonely Planet

Footprint Vietnam by John Colet

Blogs

15 Unique Things to Do in Shanghai: Memoirs of a Globetrotter

48 Hours in Ho Chi Minh City: A Cruising Couple

The Ultimate Foodie’s Guide to Singapore: The Fit Traveller

Films

The Last Emperor (China)

The Beach (Thailand)

Transportation

Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, or direct, or non-stop, or Business Class flights, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting their Travel Agent or Enrichment Journeys directly. We are pleased to provide Custom Airfare arrangements for an additional $50 per person. This charge allows you to add and/or customize your flights and can be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving an air quote.

Routing Transportation Approximate Travel Time
Beijing–Xian Airline 2–3 Hours
Xian–Shanghai Airline 2–3 Hours

Journey to the Heart of Southeast Asia and China

Special Offers

4-Night Siem Reap Post-Tour Extension

INCLUDES:

  • Round-trip flight: Singapore–Siem Reap–Singapore
  • 4-night hotel accommodations with daily breakfast (4.5-star Le Meridien Angkor, 4.5-star Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, or similar)
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Featured Tours include:
    • Theam’s House
    • Bayon Temple, Terrace of Elephant and Leper King, Ta Prohm temple
    • Angkor Wat temple and Night Market
    • Banteay Srey and Banteay Samre temple
    • Tonle Sap great lake with visit to local floating village
    • Les Artisans d’Angkor and local market
    • and more!
  • Cambodia Visa fee ($20 USD per person. Passenger responsible for 1 passport photo)
  • All entrance fees for the visits mentioned in the program (3 days Angkor Pass)
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Meals
  • Fresh water and towel during tour

Space is limited.
Please call your travel agent or 1-800-296-1992 for more information and to book!

Journey Date Price PP Single Rates
4/10/2019 $1,999 $2,299

 

Ask about receiving 10% off all shore excursions from Shore Excursions Group! 

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Dates & Prices
3/13/2019 Retail Value  EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
G (Inside)  $10,798  $8,099  $2,699 CALL FOR DETAILS
E (Obstructed Oceanview)  $11,465  $8,599  $2,866 CALL FOR DETAILS
D (Oceanview)  $11,732  $8,799  $2,933 CALL FOR DETAILS
B2 (Veranda)  $13,999  $10,499  $3,500 CALL FOR DETAILS
A3 (Concierge Veranda)  $14,665  $10,999  $3,666 CALL FOR DETAILS
PH3 (Penthouse Suite)  $17,865  $13,399  $4,466 CALL FOR DETAILS
VS (Vista Suite)  $23,332  $17,499  $5,833 CALL FOR DETAILS

Prices are in USD.

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $450 Newark $300
Boston $350 New York JFK $300
Chicago $350 Phoenix $350
Seattle $250 Toronto $400
Detroit $450 Vancouver $300
Houston Intercontinental $350 Washington-Dulles $350
San Francisco $0
• Business Class Air Available on Request
• Additional Gateways Available on Request
• Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without noticeWhile we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.

All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.

Journey to the Heart of Southeast Asia and China

The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary. Please note that hotel ratings are based on TripAdvisor ratings and are subject to change.

Accommodations
Park Hotel Clarke Quay Singapore

1 Unity Street, 237983, Singapore

Telephone: +65 6593 8888

Email: info.phcq@parkhotelgroup.com

An icon along the Singapore River with its signature red roofs inspired by Singapore’s colonial past, Park Hotel Clarke Quay has a central, downtown location that is minutes from the Clarke Quay entertainment precinct and Central Business District. Located away from the hustle and bustle along the quaint streets of Robertson Quay; this perfect tropical retreat comes with an 82 foot long award-winning outdoor pool and adjoining Jacuzzi, chill out on the spectacular poolside bar and cabanas for the perfect getaway. What’s more, all rooms are equipped with complimentary smartphones with free, unlimited local data and IDD calls so staying connected is more convenient than ever.

You can also enjoy the Cocobolo Poolside Bar + Grill—a popular choice among locals and tourists alike, thanks to glorious sunset views of the city skyline and the weekend BBQ Buffet Dinner.

Hotel Equatorial Shanghai

Tel:+86 21 6248 1688
No.65 Yan’an West Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai 200040, China

Hotel Equatorial Shanghai is strategically located at Jing’An in the heart of downtown Shanghai. The 506 guest rooms and suites offer stunning city views, and have been beautifully furnished to ensure guests a comfortable and relaxing stay. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. Themed specialty restaurants provide delicious Chinese and western cuisine skillfully prepared by supremely qualified chefs.

The well-recognized Shanghai International Club Fitness Centre is situated on the 4th floor, easily accessible to all patrons. The centre offers a range of top-of-the-line fitness facilities from Life Fitness, a tennis hard court, the Fei Spa and an indoor heated pool which boasts a breathtaking view of Jing’An.

Grand Mercure Xi’an

Tel.: +86 29 87928888
319 Dongxin Street, Shaanxi Province 710004, Xi’an

The Grand Mercure Xi’an on Renmin Square is surrounded by serene courtyards and enchanting gardens which encapsulate the historic riches of the region. Fifty years of Renmin Square history is reflected on the magnificent décor of the hotel’s 194 guestrooms and suites. Combining chic Chinese design with modern touches, the rooms are fully equipped for comfort and convenience: room safe, satellite television and Wi-Fi access.

New Otani Chang Fu Gong Hotel

Tel: +86 10 6512 5555
26 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Beijing 100022

This high-end hotel with an annex is 7 minutes’ walk from Beijing Railway Station, and 2.4 miles from the Forbidden City palace and museum complex. Featuring quilted headboards, the polished rooms come with Wi-Fi and satellite TV, as well as tea and coffeemakers. Elegant suites add living rooms and access to a private lounge. Breakfast is free. The Peony Garden chinese restaurant serves the finest of Cantonese cuisine throughout the day, while Japanese restaurant Sakura or the Orchid Terrace Café offer guests a more relaxed casual style of dining. Other amenities include an indoor pool, a gym and a spa.

Oceania Nautica

Cruise Line: Oceania Cruises

Whatever corner of the globe beckons you to explore, Oceania Cruises takes you there in comfort and style. Relax on board luxurious ships and savor exquisite cuisine that not only is renowned as the finest at sea, but also rivals the best restaurants ashore. Inspired by Master Chef Jacques Pépin, these culinary delights have always been a hallmark that distinguishes the Oceania Cruises experience from any other. Considering the uncompromising quality, perhaps the most remarkable aspect of an Oceania Cruises voyage is its incredible value. Lavish complimentary amenities abound and there are never supplemental charges in any of the onboard  restaurants. Every moment spent on an Oceania Cruises voyage confirms that this is Your World. Your Way.®

Ship: Nautica

After undergoing a multimillion-dollar transformation to create virtually a new ship, Nautica features the finest teak, custom stone and tile work, and her lounges, suites and staterooms boast luxurious, neo-classical furnishings. Nautica offers four unique, open-seating restaurants, a world-class fitness center and spa, eight lounges and bars, a casino and 342 lavish suites and luxurious staterooms, nearly 70% of which feature private verandas. With just 684 guests and a 1.71 to 1 Guest to Staff ratio, there is simply no better way to explore the world than aboard this intimate and elegant ship.

Journey to the Heart of Southeast Asia and China

Before You Go

Money Matters

How you handle your own currency and financials is your choice while on the trip. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to have them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

ATM Machines

These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.

Foreign Banks

Currency can be exchanged at most banks when in need of cash. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.

Credit Cards

Cards are now widely accepted all over the world, especially major brand names. Call your card ahead of time to find out its specific limitations and benefits overseas.

Incidentals

Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.

Packing Guidelines

Keep packing as simple as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Ask your domestic carrier their own rules for baggage allowance, which might mean additional fees. All bags will be screened during transfer to Beijing and onto cruise ship.

Luggage Screening Process

To pass through screening, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines with weight and size.

Labeling

Have your bags all labeled with name and address clearly marked. Add something recognizable in case bags are misplaced. Also mark bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for fluidity.

Carry-on items

In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into the states, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you are questioning a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.

What to pack

Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Most regions will have cooler, blustery weather and sometimes rainy climates, so pack accordingly. There is always unusual variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.

Here are a few key item to take on your trip to Asia:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Pants with pockets
  • Skirt with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Sturdy sandals
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)

Cameras

Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.

Cell phones

Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling you carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless internet for free in places like China, Thailand and Vietnam.

Your Health and Comfort

Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment

Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip beforehand up to the departure date with a full refund – that means 100% coverage at anytime.

This covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, baggage delay and medical consultations abroad. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.

Medical Issues and Handicaps

As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period.

Please apply through our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.

Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.

If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.

While on Tour

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.

Briefing sessions

A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will have the group go over items such as the daily schedule, cruise details, weather and local customs.

Hotels

All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each choice varies so you may experience various types of properties on your excursion.

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Regional Information

Travel Documentation

Your identification is one of the most important things you will be carrying on your trip. Passports are required upon entry into China, Hong Kong, Singapore and subsequent countries. Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out as well as e-mailing to yourself and someone back home in case anything is misplaced. It may also be worth bringing an international ID or license.

Passport and Visa

Your passport must be in good condition and valid for at least 6 months following your date of return from the trip. China requires a multiple entry tourist visa, which you must apply for before arrival. Carry your valid U.S. passport and Chinese visa at all times. If traveling with a non-US passport, contact your local embassy to ensure this document is the only one needed for passage into China, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide the most current visa information. However, it is most likely you will need traveler visas for Vietnam and China prior to departure.

The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov, which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.

Some cruise lines offer visa services for your cruise at an additional charge. However, this is not always available and your Journey starts on land.

You may also use a third-party visa service, such as Expedited Travel. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required by law in places such as China, but it is recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles and the flu shot. Use your own discretion when deciding on what vaccinations to have and your personal medical history. During this excursion, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce. Here are some suggestions for the various countries visited on this journey:

  • Singapore—Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A
  • Thailand—Short-term travel shots for Tetanus and Hepatitis A
  • Vietnam—Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A
  • China—Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A

If you have more questions, feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-232-4636 or click here to visit the website.

Electric Current

Have an international electric outlet converter for this trip. Each country has variants, so this will ensure your electronics stay charged. Singapore runs on 230v; China runs on 220v, as does Thailand. Vietnam may have mixed voltage. Most hotels will have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter.

Money Matters

You may need multiple currencies on the this trip. However, this is only needed for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the price of the trip.

Click here for current exchange rates.

China – Yuan or Renminbi (CNY)

There are small change paper and coin amounts, called yijiao

Hong Kong – Hong Kong dollar (HKD)

Vietnam – Vietnamese Dong (VND)

Thailand – Thai Baht

Coins represent 1–10 baht, as well as satang (100 satang equals one baht)

Singapore – Singapore Dollar

Coins are in 1–50 cent and one dollar denominations

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry in Asia that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers and baggage handlers. Avoiding coins may be advisable, as it can be a cultural faux-pas to use these as tips.

Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels and at airports. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary. The local host or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per day, as can any ship staff member (which will be split at the end of the day by all), and drivers can be tipped about $5 USD per day. Guides/drivers will happily accept either local currency or US.

Climate

With the tour covering a wide range of climates and regions, you will most likely come in contact with heat, rain, fog, wind and damp environments. Check the weather online before embarking for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations. Expect average temperatures to vary by region and time of year.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
High/Low in Fahrenheit
Singapore 85/73 87/74 88/75 89/75 88/76 88/76 88/76 87/75 87/75 88/75 86/74 85/73
Ho Chi Minh City 88/70 90/70 92/73 95/75 91/75 88/73 88/73 88/73 88/73 88/73 85/72 88/70
Hong Kong 74/47 76/47 81/52 85/59 90/68 91/73 92/74 92/75 91/72 88/66 82/56 77/49
Shanghai 45/32 47/34 54/41 65/41 74/60 81/68 88/76 88/76 81/68 72/58 62/47 51/36
Xi’an 40/24 45/28 57/37 68/48 78/56 88/65 89/70 88/69 76/59 66/49 53/37 43/26
Beijing 34/15 39/19 52/30 67/45 79/55 86/64 87/70 85/68 78/57 66/45 50/31 37/19

Practice the Local Language

Knowing a few phrases in the local native language can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture.

China & Hong Kong—Mandarin

nǐ hǎo (Knee how): Hello

Xiè  xiè (Sheh sheh): Thank you

Búyòng kèqì (Boo yong sheh): You’re welcome

Shì (Shr): Yes

Búshì (Boo shr): No

Duìbuqǐ (Dway boo chee): Excuse me

zài jiàn (Zi gee’en): Good Bye

duō shǎo qián (Dor sheow chen): How much?

Wǒ tīng bù dǒng (Wore ting boo dong): I don’t understand

kuài zǐ (Kwhy za): Chopstick

Vietnam—Vietnamese

Xin chào. (Seen chow): Hello

Khỏe không? (Kweh kohng?): How are you?

Không sao đâu (Kohng sao doh): You’re welcome

Tôi không hiểu (Toy kohng hee-oh): I don’t understand

Biết nói tiếng Anh không? (Byet noy tyeng ang kohng): Do you speak English?

Tôi bị lạc. (Toi bee lack): I’m lost

Làm ơn. (Lam uhhn): Please.

Tắc xi! (Tuck see): Taxi!

Bao nhiêu (tiền)? (Bahw ngew tee-uhn?): How much is this?

Sẽ quay lại sớm (Se-ay kway lie-ay sohm): Be back soon

Thailand—Thai

สวัสดี (Sa-wat-dii): Hello.

คุณสบายดีไหม/หรือ  (Sabaai-dii mái?): How are you?

ยินดีที่ได้รู้จัก (Yin-dii thii dai ruu-jak): Nice to meet you

กรุณา (Karunaa): Pleaseขอบคุณ[มาก] (Khop khun): Thank you

ใช่ (Chai): Yes.

ไม่ใช่ (Mai chai): No

ขอโทษ (Kho thot): Excuse me

เท่าไหร่, กี่ (Thâo’rai’) or (kii): How much, how many?

อร่อย (A-ròi): Delicious

Singapore—Malay

سلامت ڤاݢي (Selamat Pagi): Good Morning

اڤ خبر؟ (Apa Khabar?): How are you?

تريما کاسيه (Terima Kasih): Thank you

يا (ya): Yes

تيدق (Tidak): No

السلام عليكم (Assalamualaikum): Peace Be Upon You

To this, you respond: وعليكم السلام (Waalaikumsalam): Peace be Upon You As Well

Facts and Figures

Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.

China & Hong Kong

  • China has the biggest population in the world, with 1.34 billion people. The capital city of Beijing has 20 million people.
  • One in every five people in the world is Chinese. China’s population is four times that of the United States.
  • The Chinese invented paper, the compass, gunpowder, and printing.
  • According to the city’s official census in 2006, the most common surname in Beijing is Wang, a name shared by 10.35% of the population.
  • The city of Beijing is very old and dates back to about 3,000 years.
  • Hong Kong means Fragrant Harbor.
  • Hong Kong has the most skyscrapers in the world; double that of New York City.

Vietnam

  • In an area slightly larger than New Mexico, Vietnam has a population of more than 92 million, with the capital city of Hanoi holding 2.6 million.
  • Vietnam is the largest exporter of cashews in the world, and the second largest exporter of rice.
  • There are 54 ethnic groups in the country (H’mong is one of these). The most populated ethnic group is Viet (88% of the population).
  • From elementary school to high school, students are required to wear uniforms when they go to class.
  • Ruou ran (snake wine), a Vietnamese specialty of rice wine with a pickled snake inside, allegedly can cure any sickness.
  • The Vietnamese language has six different tones. A change in tone changes the meaning of the word. This makes their language somewhat difficult to learn.

Thailand

  • Of the 67 million people in Thailand, roughly 6.9 million live in the capital city of Bangkok.
  • Thailand’s name in the Thai language is Prathet Thai, which means “Land of the Free”.
  • The world’s smallest mammal, the Craseonycteris thonglongyai (the bumble bat), is found in Thailand.
  • Thailand shares a border with four countries: Myanmar (formerly Burma) to the north and west, Laos to the north and east, Cambodia to the southeast, and Malaysia to the south.
  • In the past, all Thai young men including the kings became Buddhist monks for at least a short period of time before their 20th birthday. Today, fewer young men observe the practice.

Singapore

  • Singapore consists only of one main island and 63 other tiny islands with a population of 4.6 million people. Most of these islands are uninhabited.
  • Although English is the official working language and the most widely used language in Singapore, the national anthem ‘Majulah Singapura‘  is actually sung in Malay.
  • The Singapore Sling was first served in 1915 at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel. The ingredients are gin, Cointreau, cherry brandy, Dom Benedictine, pineapple juice, Grenadine, Angoustura bitters and limes.

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