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About Shanghai

Once known as the Paris of the East, Shanghai now calls itself the Pearl of the Orient. It is China's largest and most cosmopolitan city and no other city can better capture the urgency and excitement of Chinas economic reform.

A port city, lying at the mouth of Asias longest and most important river, the Yangtze, Shanghai's spectacular architecture is catching the worlds attention. Charming old houses are making way for new museums, theatres and shiny new high-rises. But there is a comfortable blend of modern and traditional.

You can admire the exquisite Yu Garden with its Teahouse and Bridge of Nine Turnings or the Temple of the Jade Buddha. At the Shanghai Museum, you can peruse its works of art, which simultaneously draw you through the pages of Chinese history. But today in Shanghai, you can also enjoy the fast-paced lives of Chinas most glamorous, cosmopolitan and open people.

 

Shore excursions in Shanghai

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Best of Shanghai

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 9½ hours

This comprehensive tour delivers the highlights of this wonderful city.

TEnjoy some free time to explore the narrow alleys and cobblestoned lanes of the Old Town. Traverse the zigzag bridge and see the charming pavilion teahouse. As well as some shopping time in the Old Town, the highlight of your stop here is a guided walking tour of the Yu Garden, a classic Ming Dynasty garden home with traditional halls and pavilions.

No visit to Shanghai would be complete without seeing the wonderful Jade Buddha Temple, featuring a priceless Buddha statue carved from one piece of white jade.The Temple was built in the Song Dynasty and is still an active venue for Buddhist events. Enjoy a family-style Chinese lunch at a local restaurant in the city.

Visit the Shanghai Museum, one of this city’s foremost treasures. Its collection of 110,000 historical objects and 430,000 reference pieces enjoy worldwide fame.

Departing Puxi, you’ll head to the Pudong side of Shanghai for a photostop at Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the icon of Shanghai. Standing at 1,536 feet, it is the worlds’ third tallest TV tower. Enjoy some free time to stroll around Pudong before you return drive to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 3½ hours of walking on this tour, including some steps and inclines. The Jade Buddha is displayed on the 2nd floor of the Temple. Should you wish to purchase any art and craft items at the Silk Factory, it is recommended you take Chinese Yuan. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended. The lighting in the Temple is low, and care should be taken. Photography is restricted in the Museum and Temple buildings. The Shanghai Museum is closed on Mondays and will be replaced by a visit to the Shanghai Municipal History Museum when this tour operates on a Monday.

Best of Shanghai - Private Tour - by car (up to tw

Activity high

Duration: 9½ hours

A private vehicle is the perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour together around this wonderful city.

Vehicles with an English-speaking guide, local driver and selected itineraries are offered on the tours mentioned below. No deviations to duration, venues included, departure or return time can be made. Please select the tour itinerary of your choice from the list on your record of shore excursions.

This is a private vehicle; those accompanying you are family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of passengers to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles and guides are extremely limited and so early reservation is recommended to avoid disappointment.

The tour fare is per vehicle and only 1 person in the party should book a ticket. The entire cost of the vehicle and tour will be charged to that person’s onboard account and cannot be divided between the party. Once on board, you will receive a request for the names of each individual in your party.

Entrances and toilet facilities are included for the venues incorporated in your chosen tour itinerary. Gratuities are not included.

Cars will take up to 2 passengers SHA701, 9½ hours – Best of Shanghai SHA703, 4¾ hours – Shanghai Sampler

Essential information

This tour will operate by car and on foot.Private tours are non-refundable once confirmed. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability and the number of passengers in your party. Only 1 ticket per party should be booked and the full cost will be charged to that person’s credit card.Once on board, you’ll receive a request for the names of each individual in your party. This information is required to allow your party to disembark the ship for the tour.

There is approximately 3½ hours of walking on this tour, including some steps and inclines. Should you wish to purchase any art and craft items at the Silk Museum, it is recommended you take Chinese Yuan. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended. The lighting in the Temple is low, and care should be taken. Photography is restricted in the Museum and Temple buildings.

Best of Shanghai by Private Minivan

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 9½ hours

A private vehicle is the perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour together around this wonderful city.

Vehicles with an English-speaking guide, local driver and selected itineraries are offered on the tours mentioned below. No deviations to duration, venues included, departure or return time can be made. Please select the tour itinerary of your choice from the list on your record of shore excursions.

This is a private vehicle; those accompanying you are family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of passengers to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles and guides are extremely limited and so early reservation is recommended to avoid disappointment.

The tour fare is per vehicle and only 1 person in the party should book a ticket. The entire cost of the vehicle and tour will be charged to that person’s onboard account and cannot be divided between the party. Once on board, you will receive a request for the names of each individual in your party.

Entrances and toilet facilities are included for the venues incorporated in your chosen tour itinerary. Gratuities are not included.

Minivans will take up to 4 passengers SHA702, 9½ hours – Best of Shanghai SHA704, 4¾ hours – Shanghai Sampler

Essential information



This tour will operate by minivan and on foot.Private tours are non-refundable once confirmed. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability and the number of passengers in your party. Only 1 ticket per party should be booked and the full cost will be charged to that person’s credit card.Once on board, you’ll receive a request for the names of each individual in your party. This information is required to allow your party to disembark the ship for the tour.

There is approximately 3½ hours of walking on this tour, including some steps and inclines. Should you wish to purchase any art and craft items at the Silk Museum, it is recommended you take Chinese Yuan. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended. The lighting in the Temple is low, and care should be taken. Photography is restricted in the Museum and Temple buildings.

Chengdu Pandas & Ancient Stone Forest-Double

Activity highMeal includedRefreshments included

Duration: 3 nights

A once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the Chendgu Giant Panda Base in Chengdu and the natural wonders of the Ancient Stone Forest and Dianchi Lake.

Day 1 – Shanghai & Chengdu
Departing the pier, you’ll head to the Shanghai Pudong Airport and fly to Chengdu. A light boxed lunch will be served on board the plane. Upon arrival, transfer to Shangri-La Chengdu hotel. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant before an evening visit to the Sichuan Opera. As one of the oldest and most interesting opera forms in Southwestern China, Sichuan Opera is a perfect blend of local dialect along with the customs, folk music, and dances from other regions. Sichuan Puppet Drama is a kind of stick-supported puppet controlled by strings, which often show at the beginning of the Sichuan Opera, the skill of the puppeteers appearing almost magical to enthralled audiences. During the performance, the performers switch masks lightning fast to portray different characteristics and personalities of the characters. After the show, return to hotel and retire for the day.

Day 2 – Chengdu Panda Base
Following breakfast, you’ll visit the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. 85% of the world's wild panda population resides in Sichuan. Chengdu has devoted great resources towards learning about pandas and helping to preserve them in the wild. The Chengdu Panda Base was founded in 1987 and is a huge, beautifully landscaped park in which man-made structures have been designed to blend well with the natural scenery. Giant pandas, lesser pandas, black-necked cranes, white storks as well as over 20 species of rare animals are fed and bred there. Verdant bamboo, bright flowers, fresh air, a natural hill scene and a beautiful artificial view are merged ingeniously at the base.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll transfer to Chengdu Airport. Take a flight to Kunming, where you’ll transfer to the Wyndham Grand Hotel and enjoy dinner.

Day 3 – Ancient Stone Forest & Dianchi Lake
Breakfast will be served at the hotel, before heading out to visit the ancient Stone Forest. The well-known Shilin (Stone Forest) karst dates back over 270 million years and is located in the Yunan province, home to some of the most stunning landscapes in China. The ancient Stone Forest is one of the natural wonders of Yunnan and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It consists of karstic grey limestone rock formations and has been regarded since the Ming Dynasty as the First Wonder of the World. The tall rocks appear to rise from the ground in a manner somewhat reminiscent of stalagmites, or with many looking like petrified trees, thereby creating the illusion of a forest made of stone.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant before you continue to Dianchi Lake, the largest lake in Yunan. Dianchi Lake, also known as Lake Dian and Kunming lake, is crescent-shaped and is the largest lake in the Yunan province. Its nickname is the ‘Sparkling Pearl Embedded in a Highland’. Four surrounding hills contribute to the picturesque landscape, making visitors intoxicated and linger around. Appreciate the natural beauty of the lake and hills on a boat during a sightseeing cruise as you explore this cradle of Yunnan culture.

In the evening, enjoy dinner at a local Chinese Restaurant.

Day 4 – Kunming & Hong Kong
After breakfast, you’ll venture out to explore the old town of Kunming and the Flower & Bird Market to experience local life. Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province, is known as 'the City of Eternal Spring' for its pleasant climate and flowers that bloom all year long. Following a Chinese lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight to Hong Kong. On arrival, you’ll be met by your local guide and return to the ship in time for dinner on board.

Essential information

Bookings for this tour will close on 20th December 2019. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double = SHA833, Single = SHA834). Prices shown on your record of shore experiences are per person, not per room. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made after bookings close will incur a 100% cancellation fee. This tour departs Shanghai on 6th March 2020 and returns in Hong Kong on 9th March 2020. Please check your embarkation/disembarkation dates carefully before booking this overland. Guests joining the ship in Shanghai cannot participate into this tour. Flight times and further details will be advised on board. Hotels, flights and order of itinerary are subject to change.

This excursion is physically demanding. Be prepared for very early morning starts, lengthy days, climatic changes and delays at airports. This is an inclusive excursion programme. No refunds will be given for any unused portion. The altitude of Kunming is 1891 meters above sea level. This tour may not be suitable for Guests with heart, eye, digestion, epilepsy and breathing problems.

The fare includes: transport by coach, economy class air travel, sightseeing, meals and accommodation as described. Two glasses of local beer, soft drinks, rice wine or house wine are included with meals. Flight meal included beverages are to be advised by airlines. Those wishing to order alternative beverages will be charged separately.

The fare does not include: items of a personal nature such as refreshments, telephone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service, fees for doctor’s visits and prescriptions/medication, visas and travel insurance.

What to pack: please remember your passport and any medication you may require. Luggage limit is one case per person with a maximum weight of 20kg. Comfortable soft-soled, non-slip shoes are essential for walking the Wall, which can become slippery when wet.

Visas: Please be advised guests will require a visa when participating on this overland tour.

Weather: the temperature is likely to be cool in March. The temperature can be as low as 10°C in the morning, rising to approximately 24°C during the day.

Customs and traditions: please dress conservatively when visiting shrines and temples to respect local customs and cultures.

Traffic: Shanghai is a major city and traffic can be very heavy. Everything will be done to maintain the itinerary, but some delays may be experienced.

Chengdu Pandas & Ancient Stone Forest-Single

Activity highMeal includedRefreshments included

Duration: 3 nights

A once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the Chendgu Giant Panda Base in Chengdu and the natural wonders of the Ancient Stone Forest and Dianchi Lake.

Day 1 – Shanghai & Chengdu
Departing the pier, you’ll head to the Shanghai Pudong Airport and fly to Chengdu. A light boxed lunch will be served on board the plane. Upon arrival, transfer to Shangri-La Chengdu hotel. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant before an evening visit to the Sichuan Opera. As one of the oldest and most interesting opera forms in Southwestern China, Sichuan Opera is a perfect blend of local dialect along with the customs, folk music, and dances from other regions. Sichuan Puppet Drama is a kind of stick-supported puppet controlled by strings, which often show at the beginning of the Sichuan Opera, the skill of the puppeteers appearing almost magical to enthralled audiences. During the performance, the performers switch masks lightning fast to portray different characteristics and personalities of the characters. After the show, return to hotel and retire for the day.

Day 2 – Chengdu Panda Base
Following breakfast, you’ll visit the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. 85% of the world's wild panda population resides in Sichuan. Chengdu has devoted great resources towards learning about pandas and helping to preserve them in the wild. The Chengdu Panda Base was founded in 1987 and is a huge, beautifully landscaped park in which man-made structures have been designed to blend well with the natural scenery. Giant pandas, lesser pandas, black-necked cranes, white storks as well as over 20 species of rare animals are fed and bred there. Verdant bamboo, bright flowers, fresh air, a natural hill scene and a beautiful artificial view are merged ingeniously at the base.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll transfer to Chengdu Airport. Take a flight to Kunming, where you’ll transfer to the Wyndham Grand Hotel and enjoy dinner.

Day 3 – Ancient Stone Forest & Dianchi Lake
Breakfast will be served at the hotel, before heading out to visit the ancient Stone Forest. The well-known Shilin (Stone Forest) karst dates back over 270 million years and is located in the Yunan province, home to some of the most stunning landscapes in China. The ancient Stone Forest is one of the natural wonders of Yunnan and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It consists of karstic grey limestone rock formations and has been regarded since the Ming Dynasty as the First Wonder of the World. The tall rocks appear to rise from the ground in a manner somewhat reminiscent of stalagmites, or with many looking like petrified trees, thereby creating the illusion of a forest made of stone.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant before you continue to Dianchi Lake, the largest lake in Yunan. Dianchi Lake, also known as Lake Dian and Kunming lake, is crescent-shaped and is the largest lake in the Yunan province. Its nickname is the ‘Sparkling Pearl Embedded in a Highland’. Four surrounding hills contribute to the picturesque landscape, making visitors intoxicated and linger around. Appreciate the natural beauty of the lake and hills on a boat during a sightseeing cruise as you explore this cradle of Yunnan culture.

In the evening, enjoy dinner at a local Chinese Restaurant.

Day 4 – Kunming & Hong Kong
After breakfast, you’ll venture out to explore the old town of Kunming and the Flower & Bird Market to experience local life. Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province, is known as 'the City of Eternal Spring' for its pleasant climate and flowers that bloom all year long. Following a Chinese lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight to Hong Kong. On arrival, you’ll be met by your local guide and return to the ship in time for dinner on board.

Essential information

Bookings for this tour will close on 20th December 2019. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double = SHA833, Single = SHA834). Prices shown on your record of shore experiences are per person, not per room. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made after bookings close will incur a 100% cancellation fee. This tour departs Shanghai on 6th March 2020 and returns in Hong Kong on 9th March 2020. Please check your embarkation/disembarkation dates carefully before booking this overland. Guests joining the ship in Shanghai cannot participate into this tour. Flight times and further details will be advised on board. Hotels, flights and order of itinerary are subject to change.

This excursion is physically demanding. Be prepared for very early morning starts, lengthy days, climatic changes and delays at airports. This is an inclusive excursion programme. No refunds will be given for any unused portion. The altitude of Kunming is 1891 meters above sea level. This tour may not be suitable for Guests with heart, eye, digestion, epilepsy and breathing problems.

The fare includes: transport by coach, economy class air travel, sightseeing, meals and accommodation as described. Two glasses of local beer, soft drinks, rice wine or house wine are included with meals. Flight meal included beverages are to be advised by airlines. Those wishing to order alternative beverages will be charged separately.

The fare does not include: items of a personal nature such as refreshments, telephone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service, fees for doctor’s visits and prescriptions/medication, visas and travel insurance.

What to pack: please remember your passport and any medication you may require. Luggage limit is one case per person with a maximum weight of 20kg. Comfortable soft-soled, non-slip shoes are essential for walking the Wall, which can become slippery when wet.

Visas: Please be advised guests will require a visa when participating on this overland tour.

Weather: the temperature is likely to be cool in March. The temperature can be as low as 10°C in the morning, rising to approximately 24°C during the day.

Customs and traditions: please dress conservatively when visiting shrines and temples to respect local customs and cultures.

Traffic: Shanghai is a major city and traffic can be very heavy. Everything will be done to maintain the itinerary, but some delays may be experienced.

 

A selection of cruises to Shanghai

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