In the Heart of China Cruise

Adventure Life
Junk ship outside of Hong Kong
Great Wall of China
Huang Yao, China
Shanghai skyline at dusk
Adventure Life
Traditional architecture of Asia.
Erick Larrieu
Relax on the deck of the L'Austral.
Stunning views from the bar and lounge
Join L'Austral for this inaugural voyage entirely in China. Embark from Hong Kong and spend 10-days sailing the pearls of the Orient, whose very names evoke light, colors, and fragrance. Stop in Xiamen in the Fujan province, then on to Shanghai, and to the charming coastal town of Dalian before arriving in Beijing where you can explore the enchanting Forbidden City and incredible Great Wall of China.

Day 1

    Embark in Hong Kong

    Arrive in bustling Hong Kong. Embark your ship between 4 and 5 this evening. Settle in to your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew.

    Day 2

      At Sea

      Your first day on board L'Austral is spent cruising the open sea. Spend you day taking in the fresh sea air on deck, or continue to settle in to your new "home."

      Day 3

        Xiamen, China

        Today, make your first call to port in Xiamen. Choose from three optional excursions to explore this region. Enjoy a taste of local life on a scenic coastal drive that brings you to Island Ring Road where you can join a bicycle ride around the area, participate in a Tai Chi class, and attend a traditional tea ceremony. Alternatively, choose to tour the charming island of Gulangyu. Once on the island, learn about its colonial and international history and visit the local Shuzhuang Garden. Finally, you can choose to enjoy a panoramic tour of Xiamen by air-conditioned coach. See all its highlights, including stops at the South Putuo Temple and the Xiamen Overseas Chinese Museum.

        Days 4-5

          At Sea

          You have two days at sea while your ship sails to Shanghai. Spend your days enjoying the luxurious amenities on board, keeping watch for marine life on deck, or simply enjoying the ever-changing views.

          Days 6-7

            Shanghai, China

            For your first day in Shanghai, choose from a variety of optional excursions which include a panoramic tour that brings you to see the highlights of this dynamic city, a visit to the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao, attend a Chinese acrobatic show, or a full-day excursion to visit highlights of the city and surrounding areas. Your second day offers two optional excursions to either see the art of Shanghai or to explore the garden city of Suzhou, two hours into the countryside beyond busy Shanghai.

            Day 8

              At Sea

              Spend your last day at sea reflecting on your voyage thus far and preparing for the last leg of your journey.

              Day 9

                Dalian, China

                Arrrive in Dalain today and choose from two optional excursions. Join a tour that provides an overview of life in this city as you visit the largest public square, a bustling farmer's marker, a local kindergarten, and a shopping center. Alternatively, board a coach to head towards Zhongshan Square, where you depart on foot for a leisurely stroll through several historic squares. Arrive in the People's Square, where - weather permitting - you can participate in on of the oldest Chinese pastimes: kite flying. Kite flying dates back some 2,000-plus years in China, where indigenous bamboo and silk provide the perfect materials for the delicate airborne apparatus. Enjoy practicing this ancient skill, still thrilling young and old the world over with the fancy of flight, before returning to your ship.

                Day 10

                  Disembark in Tianjin (Beijing), China

                  Following breakfast on board, disembark in Tianjin. Transfer to the Beijing airport for your homeward flights.
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                  Please note: Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.
                  Not included in rates:
                  - Air transportation and airport taxes
                  - Port and safety taxes
                  - Gratuities
                  - Optional shore excursions -booked onboard. (Except Antarctic & Arctic voyages)
                  - Personal expenses onboard
                  - Personal insurance

                  Children welcome:
                  - Flexible, or connecting staterooms
                  - Baby-sitting service on request
                  - Children's menus, fun tea parties, games, piano lessons and a host of other activities
                  - Special kids' rates

                  Please note:
                  Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.
                  Fare Includes:
                  - English speaking lecturer
                  - All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)
                  - Captain's welcome cocktail and gala dinner
                  - Tea, filter coffee, water, a selection of cruise wines white, red and rose offered during meals; afternoon tea
                  - Evening entertainment and events
                  - Luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa
                  - Room service 24h (special selection)
                  - Water sports activities using the ship's equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
                  - Park entry fees into protected areas

                  Fare Does Not Include:
                  - Airport taxes (subject to modification)
                  - Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
                  - Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure; please ask for more information
                  - Optional shore excursions
                  - Beverages other than the ones mentioned
                  - Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
                  - Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
                  - Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
                  - Visa, disembarkation taxes, environmental taxes and/or national park fees if applicable
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