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Shanghai, situated on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta in East China, is the largest city of the People's Republic of China and the ninth largest in the world. Widely regarded as the citadel of China's modern economy, the city also serves as one of the most important cultural, commercial, financial, industrial and communications centers of China. Shanghai is also one of the world's busiest ports, and became the largest cargo port in the world in 2005.

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  • Ancient Capitals of China


Code: SHAL01

NOTE: this program begins and ends in Shanghai

Day 1 - March 25th, 2019

Upon arrival in Shanghai by various flights, you will be transferred from the airport to your hotel. Dinner will be on your own and you can spend the day at leisure as you wish.

Day 2 - March 26th, 2019

After breakfast, you will transfer to the Shanghai Pudong Airport for your flight to Xian with lunch served in-flight. Upon arrival, you will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. One of China’s most revered pagodas, it was built in 652 A.D. to house the sutras and figurines of Buddha that a Chinese monk brought to Xi’an. The building was eventually expanded to ten stories, although only seven stories remain, as the others were damaged in various wars. Nevertheless, the pagoda is recognized as a symbol of Xi’an.

Afterwards, you will tour Xi’an’s landmark city wall, the most complete city wall surviving in China. The first emperor of the Ming Dynasty created it by enlarging an existing one constructed during the Tang Dynasty. Stretching around the entire old city, the 8.5-mile-long wall boasts 98 ramparts, stands 40 feet tall, and is 60 feet thick at its base.

Late in the afternoon, you will check into your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Dinner will be on your own.

Day 3 - March 27th, 2019

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will enjoy a picturesque drive to the Terracotta Warriors Museum, a repository for thousands of clay soldiers that were buried with China’s first emperor to accompany him in his eternal rest. Considered one of the world’s greatest archaeological treasures, the 7,000 life-size terracotta warriors and horses were buried for centuries until excavated in 1974.

The warriors are grouped in battle order, rank by rank, some mounted on horse-drawn chariots and others in infantry groups armed with spears, swords and crossbows. Each figure was individually created with unique characteristics.

After lunch at the museum's Friendship Restaurant, you will transfer to the Xian Airport for the flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival in Shanghai, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight at the Portman Ritz-Carlton Hotel or similar hotel

Day 4 - March 28th, 2019

Following breakfast, you will travel by motor coach to Shanghai’s intriguing Old Town, where you will meander the narrow streets, pass traditional shops and take in the cacophony of sounds and sights. Then, for a completely different experience, you will visit the nearby Yu Yuan Gardens, an oasis of tranquility that dates to the 16th-century Ming Dynasty. Highlights include intricate rockeries, dragon walls and beautiful pavilions.

Your next stop will be the Jade Buddha Temple. While the original temple was destroyed during a revolution, the temple’s two precious statues of Buddha were saved. A new temple was built in 1928 to house the statues, one of a reclining Buddha on a redwood bed, the other of a sitting Buddha decorated with semi-precious stones. Both statues were carved in Burma out of white jade, a rare form of nephrite mineral known for its characteristic creamy texture. Besides displaying these spectacular works of art, the Jade Buddha Temple is an active monastery with dozens of resident monks.

After enjoy a Chinese style lunch at local restaurant, transfer to the pier for embarkation.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. This program is subject to flight confirmations which are beyond our control. All program details including timings and any flights indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you receive your final cruise documents at approximately 21 days prior to sailing. You will then receive one last final itinerary from our ground operator with your Welcome Letter upon arrival. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to your hotel in Shanghai. Note that check in time is 2:00pm. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details so transfers can be arranged accordingly. Any activities and meals other than breakfast are on your own during extra nights.

DAY 1 March 25, 2019

Arrive in Shanghai by various flights, you are met outside customs and be transferred to your hotel.

Rest of the day is at your leisure with meals on your own.

Check in time at your hotel is from 2pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available sooner, this cannot be guaranteed. If you have an early flight arrival you may wish to book an extra night so that your room is available when you arrive.

Overnight at the Portman Ritz-Carlton Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 2 March 26, 2019

AM Breakfast at the hotel

8:45am Depart from hotel

10:00am Arrival at Shanghai Pubdong Airport

11:10am Fly from Shanghai to Xi’an. Lunch will be served onboard flight. (flight details TBA and subject to change)

1:40pm Upon arrival in Xi’an, meet and transfer for tour

3:00pm Big Wild Goose Pagoda

4:30pm City Wall

5:15pm Transfer to the hotel

5:45pm Arrival at hotel and check in

Dinner on own

Overnight at the Wyndham Grand Xian South Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 3 March 27, 2019

AM Breakfast at the hotel

8:00am Depart from hotel

9:00am Terra-cotta Warriors’ Museum

11:45am Lunch at local restaurant

2:00pm Arrival at Xi’an Airport

3:00pm Fly from Xi’an to Shanghai (flight details TBA and subject to change)

5:00pm Upon arrival, meet and transfer to the hotel

6:30pm Check in at hotel and dinner on own

Overnight at the Portman Ritz-Carlton Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 4 March 28, 2017

AM Breakfast at the hotel

8:30am Depart from hotel

9:00am Old Town and Yuyuan Garden

10:45am Jade Buddha Temple

12:00pm Traditional Chinese style lunch

1:15pm Transfer to the pier

2:00pm Arrival at pier and embark the ship

Expected weather:

Shanghai weather in March – Sunny spring days are common in March, with occasionally some small rains. Average High Temperature: 15 C / 59 F, Average Low Temperature: 4 C / 39 F.

Xian weather in March - March is the month when Xian steps into the spring season. Generally speaking, the weather is changeable! On Sunny days, which occupy most days of this month, the temperature climbs up to 14 C / 57 F, and people may just wear thin clothes. However, sometimes a small snow in early March or a cold rain appears to bring Xian back to winter. Rains may happen, very small and lasting for just a few hours every time. Average High Temperature: 14 C / 57 F, Average Low Temperature: 4 C / 39 F

What to bring: Light, loose clothing, a jacket, an umbrella and comfortable walking shoes. The attire is casual for the entire program.

Note about restrooms: Restrooms in China vary from having toilets to holes in the floor and their cleanliness standards are not always up to par with those of the western world. You will encounter both types of restroom facilities on your travels in China. It is advisable to have hand sanitizer and extra tissues /toilet paper at all times just in case they are needed.

Local Currency: The Chinese Yuan, denoted by CNY, is the official currency in China. You can use U.S dollars, Euros and English pounds in hotels and friendship stores, to pay for optional tours and for tips. U.S. dollars or other foreign currencies are not accepted in department stores, convenience stores, local restaurants, or from street vendors.

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

Luggage allowance for flights:

Each passenger flying coach class can enjoy free baggage allowance of one carry-on luggage, plus one check-in luggage. Carry-on Luggage not exceeding 56x36x23cm (22x14x9 in) in size and 7 kg (15 lbs) in weight; Check-in luggage not exceeding 100x60x40cm (39x24x16 in) in size and 20kg (44lbs) in weight.

These dimensions include wheels, handles and side pockets. Guests may choose to store their excess luggage at their hotel concierge in Shanghai free of charge.

Any excess/overweight luggage brought on the trip is subject to airline fees and will be at the expense of the guest and payable upon check in at the airport.

Excess luggage that guests do not wish to take to Xian can be stored at the hotel in Shanghai.

Documents and visa requirements: A valid passport is required. Consult your local Chinese embassy regarding visa requirements.

Aircraft type (subject to change): usually either Boeing or Airbus

Hotel Information:


Portman Ritz-Carlton Hotel Shanghai or similar hotel

1376 Nanjing Xi Road, Shanghai, 200040 China

Phone: +86 21 6279 8888


Wyndham Grand Xian South Hotel or similar

208 Ci’en East Road, Qujiang New District, Xi'an, Shannxi, China

TEL: 86-29-6821 9999

*We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotels listed in this program.

Program includes:

All transfers and tours as indicated in the itinerary

Coach class air tickets Shanghai/Xi’an/Shanghai

2 nights hotel accommodation, deluxe room, in Portman Ritz-Carlton Hotel with daily breakfast

1 night hotel accommodation, deluxe room, at Wyndham Grand Xian South Hotel in Xian or similar hotel with daily breakfast

2 lunches at local restaurant & 1 lunch on flight as indicated in the itinerary (lunch includes a choice of one glass of soft drinks, local beer or local mineral water)

Compulsory passenger insurance

Luggage storage in Shanghai

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 arrival information, so your transfer can be arranged; however, should you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided. If we do not receive your flight details in time a transfer will not be provided.

Program excludes:

Any meals or beverages not listed above

Gratuities to drivers and guides

Hotel incidentals

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, gravel and 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 recommended.

All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information. Land program promotions are subject to terms.