Includes: Roundtrip Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!
Start Date: January 13, 2023
(Sailing January 27, 2023)
Few places awaken the imagination quite like Asia, and this unforgettable Enrichment Journey gives you a unique opportunity to explore it on a deeper level. A comprehensive 15-night grand tour of China provides an immersive experience, complemented by an extraordinary cruise visiting some of the most beautiful ports in Southeast Asia. You’ll start your Journey in Beijing, exploring the Forbidden City and the iconic Great Wall of China. Then in Xi’an, 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’ll learn about Pandas and Sichuan culture in Chengdu, then head to Shanghai, China’s largest city and financial hub.
Once you arrive in cosmopolitan Hong Kong to board the Celebrity Solstice, you will have visited China’s most awe-inspiring sites, watched its greatest acrobats and folklore performers, stood in awe of great temples, learned to make traditional Chinese dumplings from scratch, and gotten to know some of the locals along the way. Then, during your cruise, you will explore the beautiful coastal cities of Vietnam and experience the many facets of Bangkok on a two-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.
Visits: Celebrity Cruises, 32839, Hong Kong, Hanoi, Hue, Da Nang, Chan May, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City, Phu My, Thailand, Laem Chabang
Start Date: January 13, 2023
(Sailing January 27, 2023)
|1||Arrive Beijing – Welcome Dinner|
|2||Beijing – City Tour|
|3||Beijing – Tour to Great Wall of China|
|4||Beijing to Xi’an|
|5||Xian – City Tour|
|6||Xian – Tour of Terracotta Warriors|
|7||Xian to Chengdu – Sichuan Folklore Show|
|8||Chengdu – Sichuan Culinary Museum & City Tour|
|9||Chengdu – Visit Panda Breeding Center|
|10||Chengdu to Shanghai – Acrobatic Show|
|11||Shanghai – Tour to Suzhou and Jixi|
|12||Shanghai – City Tour and Farewell Dinner|
|13||Shanghai to Hong Kong – Symphony of Lights|
|14||Hong Kong – City Tour|
|15||Hong Kong – Transfer to Port for Embarkation||6:00 PM|
|17||Hanoi, Vietnam||7:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|19||Hue/Da Nang (Chan May), Vietnam||7:00 AM||3:30 PM|
|20||Nha Trang, Vietnam||8:30 AM||5:00 PM|
|21||Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam||8:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|23||Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand – Included Shore Excursion||8:00 AM|
|24||Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand – Included Shore Excursion||4:00 PM|
|27||Singapore – Disembarkation and City Tour|
|28||Singapore – Transfer to Airport for Return Flight|
**Please note that this itinerary is subject to change at anytime, including port of call changes. Please call a Personal Vacation Manager with any questions.
Day 1 – Arrive in Beijing
Upon arrival at the airport, meet your Enrichment Journey guide, who will assist with transferring you to the hotel. After check-in, you’ll have time to get settled in and relax before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 2 – Beijing
Today, you will tour some of Beijing’s biggest sights! Our first stop is the Temple of Heaven. Famous for its elegant and symmetrical architecture, this is where ancient Chinese emperors prayed for a good harvest. We will then continue to Tian’anmen Square, one of the largest city squares in the world. Built in 1415, it sits at the entrance to the Forbidden City. 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. A group of the best Kung Fu practitioners, directors and designers in China are invited by the performing arts company, and they put on one of the most spectacular shows in the country. (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 section of the wall closest to Beijing, which is the always-crowded Juyongguan section. However, it is not part of the original wall; it 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. You will have the chance to stand on the wall and meander along it. Afterwards, visit a Jade carving factory, where you will get to see some very intricate designs carved into jade by hand. (B, L)
Day 4 – Beijing to Xi’an
Start the day by exploring the Hutongs (narrow streets and alleys) of Beijing. Then, partake in a Chinese dumpling cooking class! This traditional dish, Jiaozi, has been made for over 1800 years and is more common in the Northern part of China, including Beijing. After lunch we will head to the airport for our flight to Xi’an. (B, L)
Day 5 – Xi’an
Start the day with a tour of the Xi’an City Wall, one of the oldest and best-preserved city walls in China. Here, we will learn about the gates, tunnels, watchtowers and battlements of this ancient structure.
Then, practice your hand at Chinese calligraphy! Explore the Tang Dynasty Museum and the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, home to treasures and artifacts throughout China’s thousands of years of history. In the evening, experience a spectacular Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show where performers proudly demonstrate their culture, history, music, art and traditions while you feast on an authentic dumpling dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Xi’an
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a full day tour that will include a visit to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, an acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the main attractions in China, this impressive exhibition showcases the 2,000-year-old clay statues who kept guard over the tomb until its discovery in 1974. After a Chinese lunch, we will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda which is a well-preserved Buddhist pagoda dating back to 652 AD. (B, L)
Day 7 – Xi’an to Chengdu
After breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to the airport for your ¬flight to Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan province. In the evening, we will enjoy a traditional hotpot dinner. Comparable to a western broth fondue, Chinese hotpot has been a traditional meal for over 1,000 years and is especially popular during the winter months. Each table will have a simmering “hot pot” of flavorful broth surrounded ¬¬by plates of raw vegetables, meats, dumplings and other local delicacies. You may pick and choose your ingredients as you please. This fun and interactive dining tradition is sure to be a delightful (and delicious) experience! After dinner, we will enjoy a Sichuan folklore show, complete with traditional costumes, music and performers. (B, D)
Day 8 – Chengdu
Today we will visit the Sichuan Culinary Museum and learn about local cuisine, wine, tea and gardens. Then, a professional chef will guide us through a cooking class of traditional Sichuan dishes, followed by lunch. In the afternoon, your guide will lead you on an exploration of the ancient streets of Chengdu. (B, L)
Day 9 – Chengdu
This morning, visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these adorable animals from a new perspective.
This facility has created a safe space for the giant pandas to breed and rear their young. We will learn about the conservation efforts underway for giant and other pandas, as well as other endangered animals from the region. After lunch, you will have free time to relax at the hotel or explore Chengdu on your own. (B, L)
Day 10 – Chengdu to Shanghai
After breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. You will have time to check in and settle into your hotel before heading out to dinner. Then, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show as we watch China’s best acrobatic performers show off their impressive skills and daring stunts. (B, D)
Day 11 – Shanghai
Today we will visit the oasis of Suzhou, a city located to the west of Shanghai. As 42% of the area is covered by water, this “Venice of the Orient” presents a beautiful blend of gardens, ponds, bridges, streams, temples and pathways. While touring this quaint town, 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. Following lunch, transfer to the tranquil village of Jixi, known for its canals and ancient waterways, before returning to your hotel in Shanghai. (B, L)
Day 12 – Shanghai
Today, you will spend the day discovering Shanghai. Your tour includes a visit to Yuyuan Garden, an extensive Chinese garden dating back to the 16th century, before sitting down to your included lunch. Then, at the Jade Buddha Temple, admire ancient paintings, Buddhist scriptures and architecture on your way to viewing the two Buddha statues, which were intricately carved from whole white jade. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner with the group. (B, L, D)
Day 13 – Shanghai to Hong Kong
This morning we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Hong Kong. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and then re-join the group for an evening out on the town. We’ll enjoy a local dinner, then head to the Avenue of the Stars promenade to experience the Symphony of Lights, the world’s largest permanent light and sound show. Listen to the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra play both traditional and contemporary music while the city skyline dances in color. (B, D)
Day 14 – Hong Kong
Start the day with an incredible panoramic view of the city of Hong Kong. To reach this scenic vista point, we’ll take a funicular railcar up into the forests of Hong Kong Island to the summit of Victoria’s Peak. This area is surrounded by natural beauty, as well as Hong Kong’s most exclusive neighborhood. At an elevation of 1,800 feet, you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the city below. Then, continue on your tour to Repulse bay. Nestled along the waterfront beaches and lined with colonial architecture, it’s a popular day trip for locals looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the downtown area.
After an exciting morning of touring, we’ll rest our legs and treat ourselves to a popular Hong Kong lunch: dim sum. A traditional Cantonese style of eating, dim sum is often compared to Spanish tapas in that it involves multiple small plates of various dishes. It’s a wonderful way to try a variety of local cuisine, especially steamed dumplings and buns. After lunch, we will conclude our tour at a local market, where you can shop for local handicrafts and souvenirs before heading back to the hotel. (B, L)
Day 15 – Hong Kong Embarkation
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Celebrity Solstice for a 12-night cruise to Southeast Asia. (B)
Day 16–22 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Solstice (see below for cruise highlights)
Day 23 – Bangkok Shore Excursion (Day 1)
After breakfast on board, disembark and set off with your local guide on an incredible two-day shore excursion in Bangkok. This program has been specifically designed for Enrichment Journey guests, so you will experience Bangkok like no one else onboard! Not only will you visit the most important sites, but will also experience historical, cultural and culinary adventures along the way.
Departing the port of Laem Chabang, we will head directly to Wat Pho, the oldest temple in Bangkok and current home to the reclining Buddha, which is 150 feet long and covered in gold leaf. After the temple visit, we will sit down to a delicious Thai set lunch. Then, enjoy a short ride via tuk-tuk ride around the old city area to the Grand Palace complex, where you will stroll the grounds while visiting several of the most important buildings.
The Grand Palace was the seat not only of the king and his court, but the entire government administration. The architecture is vibrantly Thai, though there are some European influences as well. Brilliantly colored and gilded, and decorated with intricate detail, the overall effect is dazzling. The most famous building on the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in Thailand. Also within the grounds are several palaces, used for various occasions: The Funeral Palace, Reception Palace, Throne Hall, Coronation Hall, and the Royal Guest House.
Departing the Grand Palace complex, we will board a river boat for a cruise along the river, including a photo stop in front of Wat Arun, the spectacular Temple of Dawn. The cruise will end at your 5-star hotel’s dock, where we will disembark and check in. You will have a short break to freshen up, then we will depart for a special dinner. Housed in a richly decorated pavilion and offering a menu of exquisite Thai cuisine, you’ll enjoy the city’s most spectacular cultural performance and dance show while you dine! (L, D)
Day 24 – Bangkok Shore Excursion (Day 2)
This morning we will get an early start and head for Ratchaburi Province (approximately 60 miles west of Bangkok), home to the colorful Damnoensaduak floating market. Along the way, a stop will be made at a palm sugar and salt farm to learn about these local products (time permitting). Upon arrival in Damnoensaduak, you will enjoy a long-tailed boat ride to the floating market where you will see local vendors paddling their wares such as fruits, vegetables and trinkets from wooden boats. You will have the opportunity to both observe the market and purchase some of these items as you float by. After visiting the market, we will then return to the port of Laem Chabang, where you will embark the ship to continue your cruise. (B)
Day 25–26 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Solstice (see below for cruise highlights)
Day 27 – Singapore Disembarkation
Enjoy breakfast onboard before disembarking and starting your tour. Today, you will 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. The tour continues with a visit to the Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist-Taoist temples on the island, built with donations from the early Chinese immigrant workers before driving past Chinatown.
You will continue to the National Orchid Garden, located within the Singapore Botanic Gardens (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The Botanic Gardens boast a sprawling display of 60,000 orchid plants comprising of 400 species and more than 2,000 hybrids. You will also visit Chinatown with fascinating temples and traditional turn-of-the-century shop houses before continuing on to Little India where you will be enthralled with the scent of spices, jasmine, orchid garlands and exotic fruits.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before taking in the breathtaking views from the Skypark observation deck, located 57 stories above the city, atop the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Your last stop will be at the Long Bar inside the fully restored historic Raffles Hotel for a taste of Singapore’s unofficial national drink that was invented here in 1915, the “Singapore Sling.” As the saying goes, “If you have not been to Raffles, you have not been to Singapore”. Conclude at your hotel for check-in this afternoon. (L)
Day 28 – Singapore
Check out of the hotel transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
Note: if you wish to spend more time in Singapore, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about extending your hotel stay.
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.
Hanoi, Vietnam: Whether you keep close to the limestone structures dotting Ha Long Bay or venture 100 miles inland to the cosmopolitan Hanoi, there’s something in Vietnam for any type of adventurous traveler. From your Hanoi cruise, arrange a paddling or boat tour of the limestone islets and elaborate network of caves in Ha Long Bay, spend an afternoon exploring historic temples, or go trekking through Cat Ba National Park. Since being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, Ha Long Bay has captured the hearts and imaginations of visitors with its floating taxis, vibrant night markets, and proximity to some of Vietnam’s biggest destinations.
Hue/Da Nang, Vietnam: The coastal city of Da Nang bustles with French colonial influence and a low-key, beachy spirit. See the Marble Mountains, one of the most visited tourist attractions in Central Vietnam, where a set of limestone mountains are dedicated to the five elements. You can explore the caves at Water Mountain, or tour several ornate pagodas and learn the history of this part of Vietnam all at once.
Nha Trang, Vietnam: While visiting Nha Trang on an Asia cruise, you’ll find the town is made for lounging beachside along the crystal clear waters of the Nha Trang Bay. It’s also perfect for treating yourself. Take a one-of-a-kind mud bath at Thap Ba Hot Springs Center, where the local mud and mineral waters are said to have restorative properties and can soothe the body. Thap Ba is less than an hour from Nha Trang City, so you’re never too far from the action. Of course, a Nha Trang cruise stop could easily be spent doing absolutely nothing but sunbathing at Nha Trang Beach. Then again, you could get in touch with your inner kid at Vinpearl Island, an amusement and water park that’s a short cable car ride from the city.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Few cities evoke the same mystery and glamor as Vietnam’s Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City, where its historic past mingles with an effortless edginess to form a modern city on its way to being a top destination on any Asia cruise. You might know more about Ho Chi Minh City than you think, whether you’re intrigued by the area’s elaborate underground tunnel system used throughout the 20th century or know of the famous Reunification Palace from history books and photographs. Ho Chi Minh City, however, isn’t limited by the past. It is decidedly looking forward and being elevated to a new status as a foodie haven, home to the world’s best banh mi sandwiches, and energetic local markets that rival the chaos and excitement of Beijing, Mumbai, and other metropolises.
Bangkok, Thailand: Exclusive Shore Excursion: Your Enrichment Journey package includes an exclusive 2-day shore excursion in Bangkok. For a full description, see the “Land Program Details” section above.
Most days during the land portion will include full-day tours. 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. Most days include two meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine, then have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining.
During the cruise you will have a mix of relaxing days at sea and exciting days on land to explore the port cities. You may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.
The land portion of the trip should be considered 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. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. 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.
A trip of a lifetime through mainland China is not to be missed. The pre-cruise program will include instrumental 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. You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and cities themselves can be crowded, especially while on the cruise.
If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The temperature can vary between day and night, so pack accordingly with items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker with them.
Included airfare is from select airports only. To inquire about a different airport, please contact your Personal Vacation Manager.
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, direct/non-stop flights, Business Class upgrades, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting Enrichment Journeys and inquiring about the Custom Airfare Program. There is a $50 per person charge for this service, however this charge will be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving a custom air quote.
Transportation while on tour:
Beijing–Xi’an: 2 Hour Flight
Xi’an–Chengdu: 2 Hour Flight
Chengdu–Shanghai: 2.5 Hour Flight
Shanghai–Hong Kong: 2.5 Hour Flight
Please note that these times are approximate and only reflect the transportation time. Our trip may be longer due to stops for sightseeing along the way.
All guests must choose the same package type. View Celebrity Terms and Conditions. Offer expires 9/30/21 or when sold out.
Want an extra day to adjust to the new time zone? With this optional extension you will arrive to Beijing a day early and have one extra day to relax at the hotel before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $175 per person, based on double occupancy, includes:
|01/13/2023||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|Deluxe Veranda (2B)||$11,999||$8,999||$3,000||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Obstructed – Deluxe Veranda (2C)||$11,999||$8,999||$3,000||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Concierge Class (C3)||$12,265||$9,199||$3,066||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Aqua Class (A2)||$12,532||$9,399||$3,133||CALL FOR DETAILS|
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Prices are in USD and are based on double occupancy.
Interested in the land program without the cruise? Pricing including Airfare is $5,999 per person.
|Boston||$350||John F. Kennedy||$350||Phoenix||$350|
|Dallas-Ft. Worth||$350||Los Angeles||$100||Seattle||$250|
|Washington – Dulles||$350||Chicago||$350||Vancouver||$300|
|– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While 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.
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.
Cruise Line: Celebrity
Since its inception in 1989, Celebrity has held true to its original commitment of taking the very best aspects of classic, elegant cruising and updating them to reflect current lifestyles. In 1997, they merged with Royal Caribbean International to form Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. What sets Celebrity apart from other vacation choices today is the cruise line’s passionate dedication to providing guests with a cruise experience that embodies modern luxury. This has become the definition of Celebrity Cruises, and has set the worldwide standard for today’s expression of what first made cruising famous — high quality, superior design, spacious accommodations, grand style, attentive service and exceptional cuisine. Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “”X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all providing an unmatchable vacation experience.
Ship: Celebrity Solstice
Celebrity Solstice® is one of our more decorated ships at sea. So it’s no wonder that it’s full of “firsts.” Like the first Lawn Club at sea. The first Hot Glass Show℠. The first cruise line to have 5 women, also known as “the Leading Ladies℠” redesign, and redecorate the staterooms. Some other things that set the Celebrity Solstice cruise ship apart are its specialty restaurants. Our passion for outstanding cuisine has taken the restaurants, the food and the overall dining experience to a whole new level in the cruising world. But staterooms and specialty restaurants are only part of this ship’s charm. Celebrity Solstice also has the Canyon Ranch SpaClub® and fitness center, where you can pamper yourself with spa treatments or push yourself in a workout with one of our trainers. If only life on land was as good as life on Celebrity Solstice.
97 Jinbao St Dongcheng Distrt, Beijing, China, 100005
Telephone: +86 10 8522 1999
Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel is a modern oasis with 216 rooms. Centrally located in the heart of Beijing’s bustling and developing cultural, commercial, business and entertainment district, the hotel is within walking distance of the Tian’anmen Square, Wangfujing shopping street. Rooms all feature stunning views of the city skyline and complimentary high-speed Internet access.
Tel：+86 29 87928888
319 Dongxin Street, Shaanxi Province 710004, Xi’an, China
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.
Tel：+86 28 66669999
15 Binjiang Middle Road Sichuan Province, 610016 Chengdu, China
Each Sofitel is a unique blend of the French art de vivre and local refinement. Sofitel Chengdu Taihe welcomes you to the Land of Heaven, where Chinese modernity meets Sichuan tradition – all mingled with French passion and abundant hospitality.
Sofitel Chengdu luxury hotel is ideally located in the center of the city on the picturesque Jinjiang River. The hotel is a 20-minute drive from Chengdu International Airport and a 15-minute walk to Tianfu Square and the city’s commercial centers.
No.516 Hengshan Road, Shanghai, China
Juss Hengshan Hotel (Former Regal International East Asia Hotel), Shanghai is located on Hengshan Road, known as the China Champs-Elysees Avenue. The hotel is located in Shencheng’s bustling area of dining, shopping and entertainment, and on foot you can reach the prestigious consular district. The hotel has more than 300 luxurious rooms and suites, 4 restaurants and bars, and a Hengshan bakery.
Tel: +852 2731 2100
61 – 65 Chatham Road South, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Located in the heart of Kowloon’s entertainment and business district of Tsim Sha Tsui, Park Hotel Hong Kong is surrounded with endless options of shopping, specialty markets, malls and eateries.
Park Hotel Hong Kong provides classic comforts with a contemporary touch (think a neutral palette of colours, spacious interiors, ambient lighting). All rooms are also equipped with complimentary smartphones with free, unlimited local data. The Park Café has an excellent reputation for its lively atmosphere and superb international buffets, featuring a selection of finest seafood, sushi and sashimi highlights to name a few.
333 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan, Bangkok 10600, Thailand
+66 2 020 2888
Where the signature Peninsula style meets genuine Thai charm, The Peninsula Bangkok is a truly distinct urban resort experience. From the moment one disembarks the iconic Peninsula green tuk-tuk shuttle boat, the inspiring journey begins. The Peninsula Bangkok sits by the majestic Chao Phraya River and serves up authentic Thai recipes and comforting international fare. With a keen sense of style and savoir-faire, The Peninsula Hotels is the only hotel brand to be awarded the highest possible five-star status across all ten of its hotels by Forbes Travel Guide in 2019 and 2020.
1 Unity Street, 237983, Singapore
Telephone: (65) 6593 8888
With classic architecture inspired by Singapore’s colonial past and a sincere dedication to delight modern international travelers, Park Hotel Clarke Quay is a tropical retreat by the Singapore River in close proximity to Clarke Quay entertainment precinct. The hotel is strategically located in central Singapore and faces the country’s famous historic sea-trading artery, allowing for dazzling views of the city skyline and the River from 336 rooms and suites.
How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. 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 make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.
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.
Currency can be exchanged at most banks, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.
During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.
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.
Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.
What to pack
Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable 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 items to take on your trip:
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.
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 for weight and size.
Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.
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 have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.
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.
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 your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless Internet for free.
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 for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.
The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. 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 speak with one of 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.
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 meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.
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 accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.
Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home in the event these documents are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.
Passport and Visa
To travel internationally, you must have a passport in good condition, and it must be valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your trip. Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide visa information, and you should not rely on the information provided below to be the most current and accurate. 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, (Canadian citizens should visit https://travel.gc.ca/, for all other countries please visit your government website or local embassy), which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.
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.
Note: as of January 2021, most U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to China are required to obtain a tourist visa prior to departure. Enrichment Journeys will assist with obtaining an invitation letter, which you will need for your visa application. Enrichment Journeys strongly encourages you to check your government website a few months prior to departure (and then again right before departure) to verify this information, as well as for all countries on your itinerary.
Vaccinations are 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 based on your preferences and personal medical history. During your Enrichment Journeys tour, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.
For a list of recommended vaccinations based on destination, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel or feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention directly at 1-800-232-4636.
You will need an adaptor for some parts of your trip. To see what the plugs will look like at your destination, visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ and click on each country from the right menu.
You may also need to use a converter. Most countries outside of North and Central America use 220-240 V, whereas the U.S. and Canada use 110 V. However, most chargers these days have a box which will act as a converter so that it can be used in all countries around the world. If your charger box says “Input: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz” then you do NOT need to use a converter (but you may still need an adaptor so that the plugs fit in the socket).
Some hotels may have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter. However, we recommend having at least one or two adaptors with you, as we cannot guarantee that all hotels will be able to accommodate this.
China uses the Yuan Renminbi, also known as the Chinese Yuan (¥), currency code CNY
Hong Kong uses the Hong Kong Dollar (HK$), currency code HKD
Vietnam uses the Vietnamese Dong (₫), currency code VND
Thailand uses the Thai Baht (฿), currency code THB
Singapore uses the Singapore Dollar ($ or S$), currency code SGD
Please visit https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/ for the current exchange rate.
How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. We suggest having at least some local currency with you during the trip, at least enough to take a taxi if needed. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.
Tipping is customary in Southeast Asia, including Hong Kong. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers, drivers, guides, and baggage handlers. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary.
While it is common to tip in Southeast Asia, it is not customary to tip in China, and may even be considered an insult. Your tip may be politely refused, or end with a staff member chasing you down the street because they thought you forgot your change. In the hospitality industry (hotels, etc.) it is sometimes acceptable, however if you would like to tip a bellman or other hotel staff member it is best to do it discreetly (preferably in an envelope). However, tipping a tour guide is expected, and will probably be the only occasion where you will provide a tip.
Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels, and at airports. The host, guide, or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per person, per day. Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day. Onboard the ship, gratuities are already included when sailing with Celebrity Cruises.
For more information about when and how much to tip in each country, feel free to speak with your tour guide at the start of your Journey. A good reference for international tipping is https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2008-11-11/etiquette-101-tipping-guide.
Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit https://m.worldtimezone.com/m-index12.php.
With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely come in contact with warm and/or cool weather, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before departing for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.
Many countries outside of North America use Celsius. Here is a °C to °F quick reference guide:
|-5° C = 23° F||5° C = 41° F||15° C = 59° F||25° C = 77° F||35° C = 95° F|
|0° C = 32° F||10° C = 50° F||20° C = 68° F||30° C = 86° F||40° C = 104° F|
High/Low Temperatures in Fahrenheit:
|Ho Chi Minh||88/70||90/70||92/73||95/75||91/75||88/73||88/73||88/73||88/73||88/73||85/72||88/70|
Practice the Local Language
Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some fun phrases:
China: Chinese Mandarin (though many regions also have a local dialect and/or accent)
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/chinese/ for more phrases with sound.
Singapore: While English is one of the official languages of Singapore and many of its residents are bilingual, Chinese Mandarin and Malay are also very common.
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/malay/ for more phrases with sound.
Hong Kong: Cantonese
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/cantonese/ for more phrases with sound.
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/thai/ for more phrases with sound.
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/vietnamese/ for more phrases with sound.
Facts and Figures
Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.
Recommended Reading List
Vacation should be easy, peaceful and, most of all, completely stress-free. Let us handle the details, so you can sit back, relax and curl up with a good book as you count down the days to your next Journey! We’ve compiled the following list of books and movies to introduce you to the destinations you are about to visit.
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