At a glance
23 Day Stay, cruise and rail on Silver Muse, Silversea from £4,975 pp incl. flights
Departure 17 October 2019 | Tokyo to Shanghai
- At Sea
- At Sea
Tokyo to Shanghai
Exclusive tailor-made stay, cruise & rail holiday
- Direct flight from London Heathrow to Tokyo
- Private overseas transfers
- Three nights accommodation in a 5-star hotel
Includes on board
- Spacious suites – over 80% with private verandas
- Butler service in every suite
- Unlimited Free Wifi
- Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
- Multiple restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
- Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
- 24-hour dining service
- Onboard entertainment
- Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
- Private transfers
- Exclusive rail tour from Beijing to Shanghai complete with private guide
- Flight from Shanghai to London Heathrow
Leaving the neon metropolis of Tokyo in your wake, set sail for Japan’s second city – and gastronomic paradise. Give your tastebuds a passport and try some local takoyaki, okonomiyaki, fugu, kushikatsu, or even some yakiniku in Osaka. Hososhima’s jagged coastlines and shrines come next, offering a gentler side of Japan. Round off your trip with two days at sea for a peaceful end to a lovely cruise.
Day by day itinerary
After enjoying your complimentary airport lounge access, fly out to Tokyo arriving the next day, where an included shared transfer will see you to your hotel for a three night stay, the Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku.
Lights, sushi, manga! Sprawling, frenetic, and endlessly fascinating, Japan’s capital is a city of contrasts. Shrines and gardens are pockets of calm between famously crowded streets and soaring office buildings. Mom-and-pop noodle houses share street space with Western-style chain restaurants and exquisite fine dining. Shopping yields lovely folk arts as well as the newest electronics. And nightlife kicks off with karaoke or sake and continues with techno clubs and more. Whether you seek the traditional or the cutting edge, Tokyo will provide it.
Discover the city by yourself or contact us for bespoke touring and excursion options
After a morning exploring the city, take your private transfer to the port to embark the ship.
Debark the ship and take your included private transfer to the Capital Hotel for a 3-day stay on a B&B basis, before enjoying a programme of private tours, including visits to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the imperial Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall.
Check out of the hotel and take your private transfer to the railway station to board the first of your first-class train rides, sweeping through the Chinese landscapes to Huangshan. Enjoy a private tour of its historic centre, where cobbled streets and ancient architecture date back to the 13th-century. Check in to the Parkview Hotel for an overnight stay.
After your included breakfast, enjoy a private tour of the great “Yellow Mountain”. Start with UNESCO-listed Hongcun village, admiring its thousand-year charms on a bike ride around the lake, before a visit to a local family. Your private guide will escort you up into the mountains with a cable-car ride, admiring such stunning viewpoints as “Fairy Maiden Peak” and “A Monkey Gaping at the Sea of Cloud”.
Finally transfer to the Shilin Hotel with its gorgeous mountain views.
Enjoy the sunrise over the mountains, before taking your private tour to the village of Lingshan, famous for its bamboo houses, canals and its “Ancient Water Street” comprising of three miles of blue flagstone. Next, drive to Tangmo, an historic stone village where you will stay at a charming 100-year-old residence, the Gites de France.
Discover Tangmo village today, with its thousand-year-old lanes uncovering hidden pavilions and quaint water-side houses. Learn some traditional papercraft and make your own stone-tablet rubbings before private transfers will take you on your first-class trip to Hangzhou, where you’ll check into the Sunny Hotel for a 2-night stay on a B&B basis.
Today, you’ll see just why historic Hangzhou has long been popular with artist’s, taking in its willow-lined lake followed by a serene cruise before visiting at its hidden pagodas and temples – ranked among the country’s most sacred, all brought to life by your expert private guide.
Visit the rolling Dragon Well Tea Plantation before heading on a walk through the green countryside to Yellow Dragon Cave’s rock formations. A stop at a traditional Chinese medicine shop will then see you on to your last train sprint to Shanghai. Here, you’ll be met at the station by a private driver and brought to your hotel, the Sunrise on the Bund.
With two full days in Shanghai, your private tour will showcase both its megacity skyscrapers and hidden charms. Visit the Shanghai Museum, the exotic Yu Garden and the ornate Jade Buddha Temple. Also visit Suzhou – an ancient town famed for its pretty waterways and enjoy a cruise along its Grand Canal.
Shanghai is a city of two faces. It is home to some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, miles of luxury goods shops, and scores of trendy bars and restaurants. But look just beyond the main streets and you’ll find narrow alleyways packed with traditional lane houses, where laundry billows from bamboo poles, and local communities are alive and well.Shanghai has always been China’s most Westernized city. In its heyday, Shanghai had the best nightlife, the greatest architecture, and the strongest business in Asia. Nearly a century later, after extreme tumult and political upheaval, it’s back on top.Shanghai’s charm lies not in a list of must-see sites, but in quiet, tree-lined streets, the Bund’s majestic colonial buildings, sweet boutiques, and a dizzying array of places to eat and drink, from literal hole-in-the-walls to celebrity chef restaurants.Today, Shanghai has nearly 24 million people, the skyscrapers keep getting taller, the metro keeps getting longer, and the historical buildings continue to evade the wrecking ball.
Check out of your hotel and take your included transfer to the airport for your onward flight to the UK
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