Package duration: 62 nights Fly, Cruise & Stay
Package starts: 8th April 2022 from Australia
Cruise starts: 11th April 2022 from Shanghai, China
Cruise ends: 6th June 2022 into Athens, Greece
Package ends: 9th June 2022 in Athens
Twin OS Guarantee Ocean View was $65,335 - our exclusive price: $49,999*pp
Twin OB Guarantee Veranda was $70,335 - our exclusive price: $54,999*pp
Twin V1 Veranda was $70,335 - our exclusive price: $54,999*pp
Twin V6 Veranda was $82,835 - our exclusive price: $67,499*pp
SOJOURN OF THE ANCIENT EMPIRES Fly, Cruise & Stay package includes:
- FREE return BUSINESS class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Shanghai and ex Athens on return inc tax
- FREE one way transfer from Shanghai airport to hotel by private car
- FREE 3 night 5-star hotel stay in Shanghai with breakfast
- FREE Half day Shanghai city tour
- FREE one way transfer from Shanghai hotel to port by private car
- 56 night ultra luxury cruise aboard Seabourn Sojourn from Shanghai to Athens including: All shipboard meals, Most shipboard beverages, Port taxes, Complimentary self service laundry
- FREE one way transfer from Pireaus port of Athens to Athens hotel by private car
- FREE 3 night stay at the St George Lycabettus Hotel Athens (or similar) in an Acropolis View room with breakfast
- FREE day tour to Delphi with lunch
- FREE one way transfer from Athens hotel to airport
56 Night World Cruise sector sailing from Shanghai to Athens aboard Seabourn Sojourn.
Several of the most important trade routes of antiquity parallel our path from the Yangtze through Luxor and Petra to the hill of the Parthenon.
Highlights of this cruise:
"Paris of China" and "Pearl of the Orient," the vibrant city of Shanghai is a shining symbol of the economic emergence of the world's largest nation. A comfortable jumble of old and new, it is a city in seemingly unstoppable transition. Like the rest of China, Shanghai is undergoing one of the fastest economic expansions the world has ever seen, yet has striven to retain its historical roots. Today's Shanghai is a montage of stunning architecture, mixed with noble reminders of long-gone eras. Shanghai, as you soon discover, has many faces.
Hong Kong is divided into four sections: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories, and the numerous outlying islands. One hundred sixty-four square miles of dense real estate dominate Hong Kong Island, including enormous skyscrapers with futuristic architecture, opulent hotels, residential compounds on Victoria Peak, and some of the oldest Chinese communities in the region. All these elements create one of the most exotic and exciting ports of call in the world; one that is universally loved by tourists and its own enterprising citizens.
Bangkok is a city of endless fascination. Spiked with countless high-rise buildings of concrete and glass, Bangkok is an exhilarating mix of chaos and refinement, of frenetic markets and hushed golden temples, early-morning alms-giving rituals and ultra hip designer boutiques. In the heart of the city is the Chao Phraya River, its vast network of canals (klongs) as important to local transportation as the intricate road system. There is a wealth of history and culture to be discovered here: palaces, temples, markets, and exquisite classical Thai dance performances.
Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, Singapore joined the Malaysian Federation in 1963. Two years later, it became an independent island-state, developing into one of the world's most prosperous countries. With ultra-modern skyscrapers combined with a medley of Chinese, Indian and Malay influences, Singapore is a dynamic city rich in contrast and color, exhibiting a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture.
Sri Lanka. A name that calls to mind the exotic and mysterious. This is a land of jungles inhabited by leopards and elephants, wondrous ruins of the great civilizations of ages past, and a modern city, Colombo, where western technology is superimposed on the passion of a traditional Asian metropolis. Originally known as Ceylon, the island became famous for producing the world's finest teas. Bright fragrant spices, sparkling sapphires, and the colorful trappings of a variety of ceremonies and religious festivals make this a most rewarding destination. Today, Colombo is a bustling mix of diverse races and religions, and contrasts of old and new. The tangible history of the city is a unique mix of relics from its Portuguese, Dutch and English settlements, blended with Indian influences throughout.
Salalah, Oman's ancient incense capital is an oasis with lush vegetation resulting from seasonal monsoons. The city's roads wind through groves of coconut, papaya and banana trees, and roadside stands sell fresh fruit and coconut water. The tropical atmosphere is a striking contrast to the otherwise arid landscapes of the Arabian Peninsula. Even the Queen of Sheba fell under the spell of the area's treasure far greater than gold, and sent gifts of frankincense to impress Solomon. Today, the beautiful sand beaches, cultural history, archaeology and natural diversity draw visitors to this ancient paradise.
A canal linking the Red Sea and Mediterranean is an old dream. Evidence of attempts to construct such a seaway across the desert isthmus have been detected dating from Egypt’s pharaonic era and Persia under the rule of Darius. Venetian doges plotted, and Napoleon fervently wished for one, to save ships the 4,300-nautical mile diversion around Africa. When the 120-mile canal between Suez and Port Said was opened in 1869, the seafaring map underwent its most impactful change in history. The canal is at sea level, so no locks are required. Your ship will meet other ships of every sort and size from every corner of the globe around the entry at Suez, to join a convoy. It starts early in the morning, proceeding in single file at a sedate 8 knots (to reduce erosion of the banks) and passing other convoys either in the Great Bitter Lake or at the Bailah Bypass. On average, about 97 ships transit the canal each day. Sights during the transit tend toward the monotonous: the ship ahead and the one behind, and an endless bank of sand on either side, ceaselessly refreshed by dredges stationed along the shore and pumping wet sand over the berm. The town of Ismailia with its tall, minareted mosque is a welcome diversion, as are the two bridges and one massive powerline crossing the canal. The transit takes between 11 and 16 hours.
Piraeus has been the port for Athens since 482 BC. The busy harbor is filled with ferries and cruise ships making their way to the Greek Islands and other Mediterranean cities. The busy metropolis of Athens and its treasure trove of antiquities lie just a few miles from the port. Even as the reality of the modern city took hold, with its high-rise apartments, crowded sidewalks and bustling traffic, the beauty of the Acropolis, the outstanding museums, charming cafés, sidewalk markets and startling views come together in a cultural mosaic for all to enjoy.
*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (12Oct20). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Package includes business class airfares - the carrier/routing is at the discretion of this agency - once issued, all airfares/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation and strict cancellation/change fees apply. Selected routing and airlines apply to package offers - any variances requested by guest will incur surcharges. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Transfers only included if guests are arriving/departing by air at specific airports on exact package dates. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. As this is a package, cancellation and refunds vary from cruise line`s cruise only conditions. Offer ends 31Dec20 or until sold out/withdrawn