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Vietnam Cruise 4N

Vietnam Cruise 4N

DURATION

4 Nights

PRICE FROM

$ 8219

WHEN

Aug to Nov
Dec to Jul

DESTINATION

Vietnam & Cambodia

TYPE

SMALL SHIP CRUISE

Mekong River Cruise

Aqua Mekong’s 7-night itineraries depart from Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and, depending on the month of the year, from Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and Siem Reap (Cambodia).

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Tonle Sap: Home to the UNESCO-listed Angkor Wat temple complex at Siem Reap, Cambodia is a treasure trove of cultural relics from the Khmer empire. 
  • Culture: Peace and prosperity in the life-giving cradle of the Mekong basin has led to a distinctive culture and many art forms that continue to flourish today.
  • Active Excursions: The Aqua Mekong offers excursion and activity options that run concurrently, so guests get to choose between an active outing or a more laid-back option according to their preferences.
  • Expert Guides and Crew: Our full-time, English-speaking guides grew up along the Mekong river and know its stories by heart. They’ve also built a solid rapport with local communities, which makes excursions pleasant, seamless and immensely insightful.
  • Luxury: As the premier river cruise line sailing the Mekong river, Aqua Expeditions is committed to delivering best-in-class personalized luxury hospitality on the 20-suite Aqua Mekong.

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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 

Friday:  Mekong River My Tho Ho Chi Minh Vietnam

We will collect you at the Ho Chi Minh meeting point and transfer you by air-conditioned coach to My Tho dock where we will welcome you aboard the Aqua Mekong. Settle into your floating retreat, with its window wall unveiling an endlessly captivating panorama. Enjoy these private Mekong moments on your California King bed, terrace or daybed.

Day 2

Saturday: Mekong River Binh Thanh/ Sa Dec My An Hung Vietnam

Begin the day at Binh Thanh mat weaving village or opt to visit Sa Dec where we will peruse the vibrant market and see the famous house of Marguerite Duras’ legendary lover, Mr. Huynh Thuy Le. In the afternoon, visit a typical Mekong Delta village called My An Hung where we will walk through verdant plantations. We will be invited to a local’s home to taste local fruits while hearing traditional folk songs performed by villagers followed by a unique unicorn dance. A 17-kilometer biking option is also available.

Day 3

Sunday: Mekong River Chau Doc Vinh Xuong – Ka’Om Samnor Border

Travel by skiff along Bassac Canal to Chau Doc floating market then head off by van to Long Son Pagoda atop Sam Mountain. Ask the monks about their age-old Buddhist practices. Return via the bustling morning market. Optional 18-kilometers bike ride on Long Khanh Island or take a rickshaw ride to visit Tan Chau Market with our chef. After lunch, relax by the pool, try a traditional Khmer massage or learn to cook Mekong-inspired dishes while we cross the border.

Day 4

Monday: Mekong River Koh Okhna Tey Preah Prosop Cambodia

On this river of time we admire dexterous Khmer artisans dyeing and weaving kroma, the ubiquitous fabric no Khmer lives without. Explore the riverbank on two wheels if you wish, past Buddhist temples and thatch houses perched on spindly wooden stilts while white oxen wade just offshore. After lunch, we board our marine- grade aluminum skiffs and head towards the tamarind trees of Preah Prosop, a remote village little changed over several lifetimes.

Day 5

Tuesday: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

We show off the Cambodian capital to our passengers by motorized tuk-tuk, the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum of Cambodia, home to the world’s largest collection of Khmer art. For those who wish, we visit the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide and the Killing Field or shopping at Russian Market. We bid farewell to 4-night guests who are disembarking in Phnom Penh.

Return to welcome our 3-night passengers over custom sundowners like the Salted Watermelon Crush with Thai basil. Together we celebrate the onward journey towards the heart of this mighty river with a Khmer Apsara performance, an indigenous tradition memorialized on the temple walls at Angkor Wat.

The Ship

Aqua Mekong

Embark on a cultural odyssey through Cambodia and Vietnam aboard the finest of river cruise ships in Asia

Aqua Mekong guarantees utmost safety, comfort, and exclusivity for off-shore excursions, as Aqua Expeditions owns and operates the only private fleet of launch boats on the Mekong river. The four ergonomically designed launch boats bring guests on highly personalized day trips to explore the Mekong delta. Cruise your Mekong riverboat to landmarks, temples, and villages where tradition, spirituality, and craftsmanship reside.

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

15 Sep 2021

PRICE

$9950

Single Supplement

$1782

STATUS

OPEN

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Vietnam Cruise 4N

Vietnam Cruise 7N High Water

DURATION

7 Nights

PRICE FROM

$ 8219

WHEN

Aug-Nov 2022

DESTINATION

Vietnam & Cambodia

TYPE

SMALL SHIP CRUISE

Mekong River Cruise

Aqua Mekong’s 7-night itineraries depart from Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and, depending on the month of the year, from Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and Siem Reap (Cambodia).

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Tonle Sap: Home to the UNESCO-listed Angkor Wat temple complex at Siem Reap, Cambodia is a treasure trove of cultural relics from the Khmer empire. 
  • Culture: Peace and prosperity in the life-giving cradle of the Mekong basin has led to a distinctive culture and many art forms that continue to flourish today.
  • Active Excursions: The Aqua Mekong offers excursion and activity options that run concurrently, so guests get to choose between an active outing or a more laid-back option according to their preferences.
  • Expert Guides and Crew: Our full-time, English-speaking guides grew up along the Mekong river and know its stories by heart. They’ve also built a solid rapport with local communities, which makes excursions pleasant, seamless and immensely insightful.
  • Luxury: As the premier river cruise line sailing the Mekong river, Aqua Expeditions is committed to delivering best-in-class personalized luxury hospitality on the 20-suite Aqua Mekong.

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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 

Friday:  Mekong River My Tho Ho Chi Minh Vietnam

We will collect you at the Ho Chi Minh meeting point and transfer you by air-conditioned coach to My Tho dock where we will welcome you aboard the Aqua Mekong. Settle into your floating retreat, with its window wall unveiling an endlessly captivating panorama. Enjoy these private Mekong moments on your California King bed, terrace or daybed.

Day 2

Saturday: Mekong River Binh Thanh/ Sa Dec My An Hung Vietnam

Begin the day at Binh Thanh mat weaving village or opt to visit Sa Dec where we will peruse the vibrant market and see the famous house of Marguerite Duras’ legendary lover, Mr. Huynh Thuy Le. In the afternoon, visit a typical Mekong Delta village called My An Hung where we will walk through verdant plantations. We will be invited to a local’s home to taste local fruits while hearing traditional folk songs performed by villagers followed by a unique unicorn dance. A 17-kilometer biking option is also available.

Day 3

Sunday: Mekong River Chau Doc Vinh Xuong – Ka’Om Samnor Border

Travel by skiff along Bassac Canal to Chau Doc floating market then head off by van to Long Son Pagoda atop Sam Mountain. Ask the monks about their age-old Buddhist practices. Return via the bustling morning market. Optional 18-kilometers bike ride on Long Khanh Island or take a rickshaw ride to visit Tan Chau Market with our chef. After lunch, relax by the pool, try a traditional Khmer massage or learn to cook Mekong-inspired dishes while we cross the border.

Day 4

Monday: Mekong River Koh Okhna Tey Preah Prosop Cambodia

On this river of time we admire dexterous Khmer artisans dyeing and weaving kroma, the ubiquitous fabric no Khmer lives without. Explore the riverbank on two wheels if you wish, past Buddhist temples and thatch houses perched on spindly wooden stilts while white oxen wade just offshore. After lunch, we board our marine- grade aluminum skiffs and head towards the tamarind trees of Preah Prosop, a remote village little changed over several lifetimes.

Day 5

Tuesday: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

We show off the Cambodian capital to our passengers by motorized tuk-tuk, the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum of Cambodia, home to the world’s largest collection of Khmer art. For those who wish, we visit the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide and the Killing Field or shopping at Russian Market. We bid farewell to 4-night guests who are disembarking in Phnom Penh.

Return to welcome our 3-night passengers over custom sundowners like the Salted Watermelon Crush with Thai basil. Together we celebrate the onward journey towards the heart of this mighty river with a Khmer Apsara performance, an indigenous tradition memorialized on the temple walls at Angkor Wat.

Day 6

Wednesday: Tonle Sap River Koh Chen Kampong Chhnang Cambodia

This morning, we visit Koh Chen, a silversmith village known for its fine craftsmanship. Keep an eye out for their famous silver bowls, regularly chosen by Cambodia’s king as gifts for visiting dignitaries. In the afternoon, we continue learning about Khmer riverside life in Kampong Chhnang, the ‘Port of Pottery’ so called because archaeological findings here date to the 6th century. Bike option is available.

Day 7

Thursday: Mouth of the Tonle Sap Lake Chhnok Tru Moat Khla Cambodia

Continue exploring the remote communities around the Tonle Sap Lake, designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1997. In Chhnok Tru, we “slide” into an ice factory and learn from locals what it’s like to live in a town where schools, churches, pagodas, and even the karaoke bar and police station all float. After lunch, we visit the floating village of Moat Khla, accessible only by water, and attend a Buddhist blessing ceremony.

Day 8

Friday: Tonle Sap Lake Prek Toal Siem Reap Cambodia

Set off by skiff into the 22,000-hectare Prek Toal Core Bird Reserve, one of the largest freshwater bodies in Asia and the last refuge in Southeast Asia for large waterbirds like the spot-billed pelicans, milky stork, black-headed ibis, and the elusive masked finfoot. Disembarkation.

The Ship

Aqua Mekong

Embark on a cultural odyssey through Cambodia and Vietnam aboard the finest of river cruise ships in Asia

Aqua Mekong guarantees utmost safety, comfort, and exclusivity for off-shore excursions, as Aqua Expeditions owns and operates the only private fleet of launch boats on the Mekong river. The four ergonomically designed launch boats bring guests on highly personalized day trips to explore the Mekong delta. Cruise your Mekong riverboat to landmarks, temples, and villages where tradition, spirituality, and craftsmanship reside.

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

15 Sep 2021

PRICE

$9950

Single Supplement

$1782

STATUS

OPEN

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RESERVATION

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Indonesia Cruise 7N Raja Ampat

Indonesia Cruise 7N Raja Ampat

DURATION

7 Nights

PRICE FROM

$ 8219

WHEN

Dec-Feb 2022

DESTINATION

Indonesia

TYPE

SMALL SHIP CRUISE

Indonesia – Cruise Expedition

Along the way, our guests will spot the most iconic wildlife of the islands, such as Giant tortoises, land and marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, sea lions, penguins, cormorants, and more…

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • 4 National Parks
  • More wildlife
  • Less driving on bad roads
  • 3 Small plane flights
  • The most beautiful drives are included
  • Window seats guaranteed during drives
  • The best lodging available
  • Gorilla, Chimpanzees and Golden Monkeys
  • Close contact with local culture
  • Multiple private boat excursions
  • The best naturalist guides
  • NPE Senior Leader with you
  • Rwanda Extension with Gorillas and Golden Monkeys
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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 

Saturday: Sorong Harbour

Arrive at Sorong to a warm welcome. Private transfer to Swiss- Belhotel Sorong to rest and relax, before embarkation at lunchtime. Board Aqua Blu and cruise to Mioskon Island as dinner is served.

Day 2

Sunday: Mioskon Island & Kabui Bay

Awake to the beauty of Mioskon Island. Take an easy dive and snorkel excursion. Afternoon tour on tenders or kayak of ‘The Passage’ – a narrow passage between Waigeo and Gam Island that Alfred Russell Wallace travelled through in 1860. Enjoy the mangrove views and catch sight of saltwater crocodiles, hawksbill turtles, and hornbills before returning to Aqua Blu for sundowners and dinner.

Day 3

Monday: Cape Kri & Yangeffo Island

Rise in the morning to birdsong for an early tender tour of the magnificent karsts around Kabui Bay. Enjoy breakfast while cruising to Cape Kri. Snorkel or dive at Cape Kri a dive site that holds the world record for most species spotted in a single 90- minute dive. Arrival at Yangeffo Island, with an exhilarating afternoon dive excursion at the Mayhem reef or a sunset cocktail tender tour of the mangroves. Dine underneath the stars back onboard.

Day 4

Tuesday: Aljui Bay & Wofoh Island

Early departure to Aljui Bay and an eye-opening visit to a pearl farm before cruising to Wofoh Island for diving, snorkeling, and water sports in the afternoon. Lay back and enjoy Aqua Blu’s Beach Club on a private beach, sipping on bespoke cocktails and frolicking family fun as the sun sets.

Day 5

Wednesday: Wayag Island

Watch the magnificence of Wayag Island’s limestone islets and lagoons unveil before your eyes as the sun rises. Jump in for a refreshing early morning swim and listen to the sound of the surrounding nature. Attempt to spot rare birds of paradise before a hearty breakfast back onboard and diving at Figure Eight Rock or snorkeling at the Ranger station to spot blacktip reef sharks. Spend the afternoon exploring hidden lagoons aboard kayaks from “Castaway” beach.

Day 6

Thursday: Dayang Island & Birie Island

Early arrival at Dayang Island, known for its plethora of marine life, especially Reef Manta Rays and occasionally Oceanic Manta Rays. Both snorkelers and divers alike will revel in the close presence of such majestic creatures at the Manta Cleaning Station. Cruise to Birie Island to indulge in a cultural excursion at the Papuan village of Yensawai for traditional dancing. Return onboard to dine beneath the stars.

Day 7

Friday: Mayalibit Bay

Rise before the sun to embark on a spectacular nature excursion on tender, local canoe, and a hike to spot the rare birds of paradise on the island of Waigeo. Test your sense of adventure before a refreshing swim down the shimmering blue Kali Biru river. The afternoon brings a relaxed snorkel excursion at Friwinbonda Island, before departing for Sorong for your last night.

Day 8

Saturday: Sorong Harbour

Enjoy a healthy breakfast onboard in Sorong before your outbound flight.

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One of the greatest luxury cruise expeditions in the Coral Triangle

A brand-new cruise experience in the pristine East Indonesian Archipelago, Aqua Blu is a long-range explorer yacht sailing the region’s most prized destinations, including Komodo National Park, Spice Islands, and Raja Ampat on unforgettable 7- and 12-night itineraries.

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

15 Sep 2021

PRICE

$9950

Single Supplement

$1782

STATUS

OPEN

MORE INFO
RESERVATION

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PRICE FROM

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WHEN

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DESTINATION

Indonesia

TYPE

SMALL SHIP CRUISE

Komodo National Park – Cruise Expedition

Departing from Bali and Flores, this sensational 7-night cruise offers an in-depth exploration of the legendary Komodo National Park and Moyo Island of East Indonesia

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Rinca and Padar Island: Discover the two key islands of the Komodo National Park.

  • Moyo Island and Saleh Bay: An off-the-tourist radar nature reserve with hidden rewards for the explorer.

  • The best lodging available
  • Gorilla, Chimpanzees and Golden Monkeys
  • Close contact with local culture
  • Multiple private boat excursions
  • The best naturalist guides
  • NPE Senior Leader with you
  • Rwanda Extension with Gorillas and Golden Monkeys
  • The best pricing in the market

The beauty of the Galapagos can’t be explained. Only experienced.

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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 

Saturday: Benoa (Bali)

Arrive at Bali to a warm welcome. Board Aqua Blu and cruise to Moyo Island as the sun sets.

Day 2

Sunday: Moyo Island

Arrive in Moyo, a remote hilly island with a handful of fishing villages. Discover wildlife en route to the spectacular waterfall at the center of the island and snorkel at the shallow Angel Reefs for an unforgettable experience.

Day 3

Monday: Saleh Bay, Sumbawa

Arrive at Saleh Bay. Depending on the time of the month, you’ll have the chance to encounter friendly whale sharks up close. In the evening, witness a dramatic flight of the fruit bats at Sattonda.

Day 4

Tuesday: Gili Banta, Gili Lawa

Enjoy a spectacular sunrise and breakfast with Sangeang volcano as the backdrop and arrive at Gili Banta, a remote haven for beach lovers, snorkelers, and divers alike. Or hike the Eastern Ridge for stunning views. In the afternoon, sail to Gili Lawa, an islet that features expansive beaches and shallow reefs for kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding.

Day 5

Wednesday: Gili Lawa, Padar Islands

Early morning kayak from Aqua Blu over a shallow coral reef through a current-swept passage to arrive on a Gili Lawa beach. Here the guests can view Rusa Deer native to this region.

In the afternoon, arrive at the picturesque Padar Island. Hike up the savannah hill for iconic views before a sunset cocktail on the beach.

Day 6

Thursday: Horseshoe Bay, Pink Beach

After a morning sailing through a spectacular sea passage, arrive in Horseshoe Bay, a dramatic curvature of land that is the remains of an ancient volcano caldera. Visit sea eagles and Komodo dragons’ favorite haunts aboard Aqua Blu’s tenders or choose to dive or swim. In the late afternoon, the iconic Pink Beach awaits. Trek, witness the flight of bats, or visit the local village. Or simply relax on the beach.

Day 7

Friday: Loh Buaya, Linta Strait

Discover Komodo National Park’s largest Komodo Dragon population on land at Loh Buaya. In the afternoon discover Linta Strait, a famous spot for drift snorkeling and diving. Large pelagic fish are very common as well as manta rays, giant trevallies, and big schools of barracuda.

Day 8

Saturday: Labuan Bajo

Depart Linta Strait anchorage for Labuan Bajo and disembark for your outbound flight.

The Ship

Aqua Blu

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Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

15 Sep 2021

PRICE

$9950

Single Supplement

$1782

STATUS

OPEN

MORE INFO
RESERVATION

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DURATION

12 DAYS

PRICE

REQUEST A QUOTE

WHEN

Mar-Aug

DESTINATION

China

TYPE

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China – Middle Kingdom

The 14-day perfectly paced itinerary proposes a complete experience, starting with Beijing, where you will experience old and modern China blend together. The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the lively Hutton alleyways, the Great Wall of the Ming Dynasty, sampling one of the best Peking Duck found anywhere, the main art sector of the city and even a Tai Chi experience at the Temple of Heaven are just some of the inclusions of the program.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • VIP access to the Forbidden
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  • Meet an Imam at Xi’an’s Great
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    Chengdu
  • Two High-Speed Train Rides
  • Full-Day Tour in Suzhou
  • Fully Customizable Complete
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Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets.

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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 

Arrival in Beijing

Hong Kong may be modern and Xi’an may have a long history, but Beijing is a mix of both. Serving as China’s capital since the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368 AD), Beijing’s past, present, and future are forced together in the crowded neighborhoods and streets of the city. 

Today is the day, the start of your China adventure. Step off the plane in Beijing and meet your local guide in the airport arrivals hall. They’ll be waiting to welcome you and will have your private vehicle on standby, ready to whisk you off to your hotel for check-in.

Overnight at The Opposite House, Beijing – Studio 45 (Meals Aloft)

Day 2

Beijing

Rise, shine, and step inside the Forbidden City, a massive imperial palace once home to China’s emperors and the geographic center of Beijing. 

No exploration of the Forbidden City is complete without a visit to Jingshan Park. Located just across the street, a short hike up Jingshan Hill rewards visitors with stunning panoramic views of the old Imperial Palace and Beijing. 

With crispy, succulent skin snapping effortlessly to reveal the tender meat below, it’s unsurprising that Beijing’s signature dish, Peking duck, has been the benchmark of indulgence and culinary perfection in China for hundreds of years.

Overnight at The Opposite House, Beijing – Studio 45 (B, L, D)

Day 3 

Beijing

Rising from the sea in the east before extending 5,000 miles to the deserts of China’s far west, this is arguably the greatest man-made wonder on earth: The Great Wall. Head to the stunning Ming Dynasty ruins outside Beijing from which lonely guards far from home once kept a wary watch over the barbarian lands beyond.

Afterward, celebrate becoming a ‘true man’ (as Chairman Mao said of those who conquered the Great Wall) by breaking bread upon one of humanity’s greatest feats. We’ll bring along a meal from our favorite Beijing bakery; so, stretch out a blanket, take a load off your feet, and enjoy lunch in a picnic spot that might never be topped.

After topping the Great Wall, delve into the heart of Beijing’s contemporary art scene at the 798 Art District.

Grab a coffee at one of the area’s many quirky cafes then delve into exhibitions of the country’s established and emerging creatives at 798’s numerous galleries.

Overnight at The Opposite House, Beijing – Studio 45 (B, L)

Day 4

Beijing to Xi’an

Expert-led Tai Chi Lesson in the Temple of Heaven: In the early morning light of The Temple of Heaven, a master will take you on a spiritual and physical journey through an equally ancient Chinese tradition. 

Next Stop: Xi’an Though Beijing has stolen the thunder as China’s new capital, its history and prestige is nothing compared to the old capital of Xi’an, where emperors ruled China for thousands of years. Home of the treasured Terracotta Warriors, the eastern end of the Silk Road, and a history that stretches longer than the Great Wall, Xi’an epitomizes traditional Chinese culture.

High Speed Train to Xi’an: Your guide and private chauffeur will escort you to the train station and help you check-in for your train. 

The Muslim Quarter: As Islam flowed along the Silk Road into China 1,300 years ago, its faithful followers, both locals and foreigners alike, settled in a busy commercial area of the capital, Chang’an. 

Art You Can Eat: Dumpling Dinner Xi’an claims to be the birthplace of Chinese dumplings. Whether or not that’s true, local chefs have elevated the humble staple to the most sophisticated culinary heights. 

Overnight at Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel Xi’an – Premium Room (B, L, D)

Day 5

Xi’an

The Terracotta Warriors: In 1974, while digging a well in the vast countryside outside of Xi’an, a group of farmers made a legendary discovery. They struck a chamber containing 8,000 soldiers belonging to China’s fearsome first emperor, a terracotta army buried beneath the earth to guard his tomb for eternity. Less than an hour outside the city, you’ll spend two hours coming face-to-face with row upon row of these ancient guardians, an experience no trip to China is complete without.

Ascending to an imperious height of 12 meters, the only way in or out of downtown Xi’an is to pass through cavernous openings in the oldest, largest, and best-preserved city wall in China. 

Shaanxi History Museum: A visit to the history museum is essential in what is probably the most important city in China’s long and illustrious past, and the nation’s capital for a thousand years. Head to the museum, beautifully housed in an old Confucian temple, to ogle in at the objects that have shaped one of the oldest civilizations on Earth.

Overnight at Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel Xi’an – Premium Room (B, L)

Day 6

Xi’an to Chengdu

High-Speed Train to Chengdu: Your guide and private chauffeur will escort you to the train station and help you check-in for your train. 

Next Stop: Chengdu Located in the heart of eastern Sichuan, Chengdu is the capital of this southwestern province. Geographic and political remoteness has always contributed to the free-spirited nature of the Sichuan people, and the modern cosmopolitan nature of Chengdu reflects this.

Chengdu’s identity as a thriving metropolis, epicenter for preserving Giant Pandas, and source for some of Sichuan’s most delicious cuisine, makes it one of the most interesting cities to visit in China.

After checking in, check out the lively alleyways of Kuan Zhai Alleys, literally translated to “broad narrow alleys.” 

Rub shoulders with locals who love to roam these quirky lanes on their day off and tuck into some of the city’s traditional snacks, although you might want to watch out for some of the more, let’s say, ‘exotic’ local delicacies.

Overnight at The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu – Deluxe Room (B, L)

Day 7

Chengdu

In the morning, visit the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Center for a look at China’s universally-adored mascot. In the Chengdu Panda Breeding Center, you will learn about the diet, reproduction, and conservation of these adorable creatures, and have plenty of opportunities to watch them do what they do best: eat, sleep, and roll around.

After, take a closer look at this region’s past at the Jinsha Museum. Huge gold masks with giant, bug-like eyes and menacing smiles emerged, so unlike other artifacts of the time that rumors began to spread of alien involvement. The Jinsha museum displays all the site’s best discoveries, but don’t miss the resplendent Golden Sun Bird, now the official symbol of Chengdu.

Spend the evening at the illusory, face-changing Sichuan Opera. Marvel at this arcane art as well as the acrobatics, comedy, and vivid characters that make up this regional opera in a VIP.

Overnight at The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu – Deluxe Room (B, L, D)

Day 8

Chengdu

Wangjianglou Park Walk off your meal as you explore the city on foot, taking part in the rituals of Chengdu daily life. We’ll visit Wangjianglou Park, seated comfortably on the shores of the Jinjiang River, which is covered in groves of bamboo, groups of people clustered in between.

Kung Fu Tea Performance at Wangjianglou Park China’s traditions of tea and kung fu are almost as old as the country itself. It’s the marriage of the two, in the form of kung fu tea, that is much newer and wholly unique to Chengdu. Gaze in awe as the performer performs a series of dazzling movements inspired by tai chi and kung fu, all culminating in the tea landing artfully in the cup. 

In the morning, head to Qingyang Taoist Temple. The temple is the birthplace of Lao Zi, the founding father of Taoism, which promotes the principle of wuwei, “do nothing.”

Masterclass at the Sichuan Culinary Museum After you’ve worked up an appetite, head to the Sichuan Culinary Museum for lunch.

Sichuan Hotpot Dinner Enjoyed by locals and travelers alike, hotpot is a communal mad-grab of some of China’s most delicious bites.

Overnight at The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu – Deluxe Room (B, L, D)

Day 9

Chengdu to Shanghai

Next Stop: Shanghai Once a mere backwater fishing village, the destiny, and fortunes of Shanghai changed forever when the British opened their first concession here in 1842, followed soon after by the French and Japanese.

Your NPE guide and private driver will escort you to the airport and help you check in to your flight. Upon arriving in Shanghai, your local NPE guide will meet you in the arrival hall with your private vehicle on standby to take you to your hotel.

Enjoy lunch in the charming French Concession’s elegant, tree-lined streets. Ruled by France for almost a century until the 1940s, the boulevards of this enclave were once the domain of China’s rich and powerful, from revolutionaries to movie stars.

Moving south from the French Concession, take a stroll around Shanghai’s famous Bund area.

Overnight at The Peninsula Shanghai – Deluxe Room (B, L)

Day 10

Shanghai

Sat in People’s Square and shaped like an enormous ancient Chinese cooking vessel, the Shanghai Museum delivers on the inside everything that its bold and confident design promises on the outside.

After, uncover the veiled stories of Shanghai’s Jewish Quarter. Jewish history is not something that springs to mind when thinking of Shanghai, but this is a city that has seen Jewish migration from as far away as Baghdad and Bombay since the 19th century.

Wind down your day within the maze of pavilions and arched bridges of Yu Garden.

Overnight at The Peninsula Shanghai – Deluxe Room (B, L)

Day 11

Suzhou

Next Stop: Suzhou Suzhou is an ancient city of graceful canals, old residences, and rich cultural heritage.

Despite the centuries, Suzhou remains one of China’s most classically beautiful cities. Its meandering canals and manicured gardens transport visitors to a different time, another world. Almost no site in Suzhou is as transporting as Tiger Hill, the burial place of Suzhou’s sixth century BCE founder. Legend has it that three days after the king’s death, a white tiger visited the hill, thus inspiring the Tiger Hill’s name. One of the park’s most popular attractions is Hu Qiu Ta or the Tiger Hill Pagoda.

Master of the Nets Garden After lunch, visit the Master of the Net’s Garden. Though it barely covers half a hectare (just over 1 acre), the Master of the Nets Garden is an exquisite example of how Suzhou’s gardens work ingeniously within the space they’re given to create the illusion of size.

Overnight at The Peninsula Shanghai – Deluxe Room (B, L)

Day 12

Fly back home

Your NPE guide will escort you to the airport and help you check-in for your flight home.

Lodgings

The Opposite House, Beijing

An extraordinary mix of old and new in the heart of Sanlitun, The Opposite House is an architectural feast for the eyes and a calming retreat for the mind. Contemporary design by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma embodies a minimalist serenity that hits guests as soon as they enter the lobby and follows them to their rooms, staying in their minds as they stroll the tree-lined streets of the embassy district. The Opposite House takes its name from the guest quarters of the traditional Chinese courtyard home, located across from the main family residence. And that is how guests feel from the moment they enter to the moment they leave, as though they are a guest in a friend’s a chic, luxurious Beijing retreat.

Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel Xi’an

The Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel Xi’an is a modern escape for guests looking to recharge after a long day exploring China’s ancient capital. Conveniently located inside the city walls just a short drive from the Bell Tower, Drum Tower, and Great Mosque, the recently remodeled hotel boasts 71 spacious, art deco-inspired rooms and suites. Travelers can indulge in Italian favorites at the hotel’s restaurant, Dolce Vita, unwind with a traditional Chinese foot massage at the spa, or wander
the enveloping landscaped gardens.

The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu

The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu is an oasis of luxury in one of China’s most dynamic cities. Both fast-growing and overflowing with history, Chengdu reflects the mixture of old and new, which shines through in The Ritz-Carlton’s exquisitely designed property. The pool and dining rooms look out over the city’s temples, teahouses, and skyscrapers. The rooms and suites complement the sweeping views with sumptuous bedding and comfortable living spaces, giving guests a luxury experience like none other in the city.

The Peninsula Shanghai

Blending Art Deco-inspired interiors with contemporary comforts, The Peninsula Shanghai provides its guests with the most exquisite modern luxury. With the enviable distinction of being the only building to break ground on The Bund in the past 70 years, the hotel effortlessly fuses fascinating history and enthralling modernism together in a way no other hotel can. Bask in a spa treatment at the award-winning spa, relish modern European classics and Cantonese favorites in the Michelin-starred restaurants, and enjoy a collection of cultural programs at the Peninsula Academy

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

9 Jan, 2022

PRICE

$7390

Single Supplement

$1684

STATUS

OPEN

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Included in the Land Cost:

  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • Complete Pre-Departure documents.
  • 24/7 services of a Senior Expedition Leader/Lecturer during the expedition.
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • All ground transportation (including airport transfers) in 1 to 3-year-old vehicles with professional drivers.
  • Accommodations as noted (The best available at each destination).
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, and visits as noted.
  • Meals as noted.
  • Water at included meals, transfers, and tours.
  • Services of transfer assistants, drivers, and local staff.
  • Gratuities for luggage porters, transfer assistance, and restaurant staff.

Not Included:

  • International Flights.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Gratuity for Head Guide, Driver, and Expedition Leader.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Deposits and final payments:

  • To guarantee your space on this expedition a deposit of US$ 1500.00 is required at the time of booking. The remaining expedition cost will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.

  • This special and by the invitation-only expedition is limited to 14 participants. There are just a few spaces left and we highly recommend that you book very soon. To do so call us now at 888 832 7280, or email us at contact@npexpeditions.com

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