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May 2017 Japan Cruise with Hiroshima & China Tour

Japan Cruise with Hiroshima and Shanghai, Xi’an, Beijing & China – May 8-22, 2017 – SOLD OUT

china33Take the China and Japan tour of a lifetime this coming May! Sail to Japan to two beautiful ports. Pause at Hiroshima as you think back to the events of WWII and compare that with the peaceful city seen today. Also tour bustling Shanghai, ancient Xi’an and exciting Beijing!

Included is: round-trip airfare from Salt Lake City, all hotel accommodations, sightseeing as outlined in itinerary, most meals, ground transportation via deluxe coaches, and excellent English speaking guides.

Itinerary:

May 8 – Depart from Salt Lake City and fly to China!

May 9 – Continue flight and arrive into Shanghai, China this afternoon. Transfer to your hotel for a good night’s rest.

May 10 – You will have some free time this morning before a midday transfer to your cruise ship. Settle in and explore the Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas this afternoon. A tasty welcome dinner will get your cruise going this evening. (Breakfast, Cruise Meals)

May 11 – Enjoy a relaxing day at sea. (Cruise Meals)

May 12 – Hiroshima, Japan – Modern industrialization meets traditional Japanese culture in Hiroshima, a city reborn from the rubble of the first atomic bomb attack in 1945. Located along the coast of the Seto Inland Sea, Japan’s largest island has plenty to offer tourists, from picturesque old towns to wide boulevards. It has been 71 years since the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the city on August 6, 1945. Stand across the river and look at an old photograph of the Atomic Bomb Dome before the bombing in Hiroshima, Japan. Next look beyond the photograph see the still-standing ruins of that building. Visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park where survivors of the Hiroshima bombing are often found. This will be an unforgettable experience. (Cruise Meals)

May 13 – Kochi, Japan – Kochi is a small and friendly city located on the southern coast of the island of Shikoku in Japan boasting hilltop castles, pilgrimage temples and beautiful beaches. Stop at some splendid lookout points to view the city, mountains, rivers and beaches. (Cruise Meals)

May 14 – Enjoy a relaxing day at sea. (Cruise Meals)

May 15 – Your cruise ends this morning. Today a city tour of Shanghai is scheduled. Visit the Bund, Nanjing Road and the Shanghai Museum. Tonight fly to Xi’an, China where you will overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch)

May 16 – You will be in awe as you visit the Terracotta Warrior museum. It has been said to be the most exciting archaeological find of the 20th century and considered as the 8th Wonder of the World. It is nothing short of astonishing! Stop at a local orphanage for a few minutes on the way back from the Terracotta Warriors to drop off some needed supplies. Your day will wind down as you enjoy the city water fountain show accompanied with orchestrated music. (Breakfast, Lunch)

china91May 17 – Your exciting day in Xi’an begins with a relaxing bike ride on the ancient city wall or you may wish to take a ride in a traditional rickshaw. Learn the legend as to how the Wild Goose Pagoda received its name as you visit this holy place revered for centuries. Take a short flight to Beijing tonight where you will overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch)

May 18 – This morning, a stop at a local zoo to see pandas will be a great photo opportunity. In the afternoon, experience a Hutong Tour, and take a glimpse into the world of yesterday while being pedaled through the narrow streets on bicycle-pedaled rickshaws. You will see how neighborhoods in Old China existed and how they are preserved in the middle of a modern city today. (Breakfast, Lunch)

china33May 19 – Winding across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, the Great Wall of China stretches over 4,000 miles. Today as you experience climbing a section of the Great Wall, marvel at its size and grandeur. Not far from the wall you will explore the Ming tomb area and stroll down the path of the Sacred Way of the Animals. You will have plenty of time this evening to go bargain shopping at a local knock-off market where low price rules. Then, back to the hotel and it’s time for an optional foot massage. (Breakfast, Lunch)

May 20 – Today you will visit the Forbidden City which was built in the 15th century. The Forbidden City includes the Imperial Palace which was the residence of the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Later you will walk on the 98-acre quadrangle of Tiananmen Square, which is one of the largest public squares in the world. This evening enjoy some free time or more shopping at the knock-off market. (Breakfast, Lunch)

china98May 21– The Temple of Heaven is first on our agenda today and is located in a beautiful park. Elderly Chinese come by the thousands daily to exercise and to participate in Chinese cultural activities. Most tourists find themselves participating in the middle of these activities with the local Chinese. Today you’ll pay a visit to the Summer Palace which is listed as one of the world UNESCO World Heritage Sites and ranked as one of the finest classical gardens in the world. Nearby learn about China’s fresh water pearls and visit one of the largest pearl showrooms on the planet. If you get your shopping all done, enjoy an optional Chinese acrobatic show. You will be amazed at the acrobatic skills demonstrated in the performances. (Breakfast, Lunch)

May 22 – After breakfast, you will have some last minute free time for shopping or relaxing before the flight home. Your flight back to the USA leaves in the afternoon with an afternoon arrival on the same day. Welcome home!

 

royallegendYour Ship: Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas

A collection of experiences designed to give every guest the vacation they’re looking for. That’s Mariner of the Seas – a ship built for adventure, relaxation, and everything in between.

Climb a rock wall that overlooks the sea, or challenge yourself on the basketball court, ice-skating rink or mini-golf course. Achieve perfect zen, poolside or at the relaxing Vitality Spa. Liven up your nights on the Royal Promenade, with parades, dancing, and now more duty-free shopping deals. And bring along some friends—with new shops, spacious public areas, enhanced staterooms, and a spectacular three-story dining room, this ship has room for your whole crew.

 

hansenYour Host: Steve Hansen

Steve was born and raised in Brigham City, Utah. As a youth, his family did very little traveling other than camping trips to Yellowstone National Park. The world began to open up to him when he traveled to Europe at the end of his senior year in high school with a group of drama students. For six weeks they performed the play, The Miracle Worker, at locations in Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland and England. He decided then that the world was a  very beautiful and he later served an LDS mission to the island of Taiwan. While there, he learned to speak fluent Mandarin and to really love the Chinese people.

Steve later married his high school sweetheart, Janet Hansen. They are residents of Kaysville, Utah, and are the parents of five children and currently have eleven grandchildren. Steve graduated from Utah State University with a degree in business and has enjoyed a career as a financial planner for over forty years. During that time, he and Janet have had the opportunity to travel to dozens of beautiful and interesting places throughout the world and are always fascinated with each place they explore.

 

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Complete Tour and Inside Cabin Cruise with Airfare from Salt Lake City – Double Occupancy – $2599 per person (includes cruise, airfare, tour and taxes)

Single Occupant Cost with Inside Cabin – Additional $975

Ocean View Window Cabin Upgrade – $100 per person

Balcony Cabin Upgrade – $250 per person

Chinese Visa – $195 per person

Credit Card Fee – 3.5% (only applies to final payment-pay by check to avoid it)

Deposit Required for Reservation – $1300 per person  

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*Trip cancellation and emergency protection available
*Passports are required
*Full payment due 90 days before departure.
*Cancellation charges: non-refundable after deposit is made
*Cancellation charges: non-refundable after final payment is made
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