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Beijing (Tianjin), China-port

This dynamic city has dazzled travelers since the days of Marco Polo. From the enchanted serenity of the Summer Palace Gardens to the ‘Bird’s Nest’ Olympic Stadium, past and present Beijing, swirl by in a kaleidoscope of unforgettable memories. Begin your tour in China’s largest man-made port city, Tianjin, and explore such sites as Confucius Temple, Ancient Culture Street with its traditional Qing-dynasty style shops and stalls and the impressive Shi Family Mansion. Excursions to Beijing showcase The Forbidden City, the best preserved imperial palace in China and the largest ancient palatial structure in the world. Historic Tiananmen Square is the world’s largest city square, and holds about one million people for public gatherings. Around the square view the Monument of the National Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. Further afield, discover one of the great ancient engineering marvels still in existence, China’s Great Wall.

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POST - BEIJING & THE GREAT WALL

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Beijing's extraordinary past comes alive as you explore some of the world's most renowned historical sites. Tiananmen Square is the largest public square in the world and the center of many significant events in China's history. A 250-acre complex, the Forbidden City is home to some of the most important treasures of China's imperial past. Just outside the Forbidden City, visit the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, an ornate, triple-gabled edifice that stands at center of the Temple of Heaven complex. Travel beyond Beijing to the Great Wall of China, constructed over 2,000 years ago and stretching 5,500 miles.

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY 1 - March 21st, 2014

Following breakfast on board, disembark Seven Seas Voyager and transfer to Beijing.

After lunch, visit impressive Tian'anmen Square, the largest public square in the world and site of many important events in Chinese history.

Then, visit the Forbidden City, home to the emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties and a 250-acre complex of pavilions, halls, courtyards and gates showcasing some of the most important treasures of China's imperial past.

Continue to your hotel for check-in.

Dinner on your own and rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight at the China World Hotel or similar

DAY 2 - March 22nd, 2014

Following breakfast, enjoy a scenic ride to the Great Wall at Juyongguan. Explore the amazing Great Wall, actually a series of walls first constructed over 2000 years ago in an attempt to ward off northern nomads.

Following lunch, continue to one of the Ming Tombs. Learn more about the burial rituals employed during the Ming dynasty before returning to your hotel.

In the evening, enjoy a traditional Peking duck dinner at a renowned local restaurant.

All meals included today

Overnight at the China World Hotel or similar

DAY 3 - March 23rd, 2014

Enjoy an early breakfast in the hotel before venturing to the Temple of Heaven. Initially built in 1420, this is the site where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worship heaven and pray for a bumper harvest. It is listed in the World Heritage in 1998. The main structure in the vast compound is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, a magnificent triple-gabled circular building. Completely wooden, without any nails, it is one of the architectural wonders of ancient China. The Temple of Heaven is also a public park where local people begin their day with such morning activities as playing Tai Chi, singing Peking Opera or writing Chinese calligraphy.

You are free to walk around the pine-lined ground or take part in the Tai Chi exercise! After the visit, transfer back to the hotel and enjoy rest of the day on your own exploration of the city.

Lunch and dinner on own

Overnight at the China World Hotel or similar

DAY 4 - March 24th, 2014

Following breakfast at hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Check out time is 12:00nn. For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

Day 1

8:00am Disembark the ship

8:30am Depart from pier

11:15am Arrival in Beijing and Lunch at local restaurant

12:45pm Visit the Forbidden City

3:00pm Visit Tian’anmen Square

4:30pm Arrive at your hotel

Evening at leisure with meals on your own

Overnight at China World Hotel or similar

Day 2

AM Breakfast at hotel

8:00am Depart from hotel

9:30am Visit to the Great Wall at Juyongguan Section

11:30am Lunch at local restaurant

1:30pm Visit to Ming Tombs

4:00pm Return to hotel

6:00pm Depart from hotel for dinner

6:30pm Peking Duck Dinner at local renowned restaurant

8:30pm Return to the hotel

Overnight at China World Hotel or similar

Day 3

AM Breakfast at hotel

9:00am Depart from hotel

9:30am Visit the Temple of Heaven

11:30am Return to hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure

Lunch and dinner on own

Overnight at China World Hotel or similar

Day 4

AM Breakfast at hotel

12:00pm Check out time

Transfer to the airport based on your flight schedule

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00nn. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4.

Program Includes:

" All transfers and tours as indicated in the itinerary

" 3 nights hotel accommodation in deluxe room with daily breakfast at the China World Hotel Beijing or similar. We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

" 2 lunches as indicated in the itinerary

" Peking duck dinner in Beijing

" Compulsory passenger insurance

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Program does not include:

" Meals and beverages other than specified above

" Any tips of personal nature or portage at the airport / hotel

" All expenses of personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls & mini-bar etc.

Expected Weather:

Average High Temperature: 12 C / 54 F

Average Low Temperature: 0 C / 32 F

Generally, a sweater and a thick jacket are enough in early March, but take an extra outer layer, gloves and hat as well in case you encounter any unexpected strong winds and a sharp fall in temperature.

What to Bring: Light loose clothing and comfortable walking shoes for touring and a jacket in case of cooler weather. The attire is casual for the entire program. An umbrella is also recommended for spring weather.

Currency: The Chinese Yuan, denoted by CNY, is the official currency in China. You can use US dollars / Euros/ English pounds in hotels, in friendship stores, to buy things from vendors in the scenic spots, to pay for any optional tours and to tip porters of the hotels, tour guides and drivers or whomever you want to tip. You cannot use US dollars or other foreign currencies in department stores or small convenience stores, local restaurants, or if you try to buy things from some street vendors.

Electricity: The electricity in China is generally 220V, 50HZ, AC. A transformer is necessary. Most of the hotels in China have both 110V and 220V electrical outlets in the bathrooms, though in the guest rooms usually only 220V sockets are available.

Hotel Information:

China World Hotel (A Shangri La Hotel) or similar

http://www.shangri-la.com/beijing/chinaworld/about

Phone: (86 10) 6505 2266 Fax (86 10) 6505 0828

Location: No 1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Beijing, 100004, China

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

Free Land Programs and Land Programs from $499 is per person for guests 1 and 2 for one pre- or post-cruise program only. Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel package amenity. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information.