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Journeys : Oct Nov 2011
There are many ways to explore China’s array of cultural and geographical attractions – by land, river cruise ship and rail. Through premium small group tours, APT offers you the chance to discover as much as possible, while still enjoying a rela xed but exclusive holiday. APT’s extensive river cruising network provides an exciting range of land touring and river cruising combinations, throughout China and as far as Vietnam and Cambodia. New for 2012 is the Essence of China, a ten-day combined land tour and river cr uise to give you the most comprehensive over view of this fascinating country’s major sights. Journey from Beijing to Shanghai, taking in the Great Wall of China and embarking on a spectacular four-night Yangtze R iver voyage. Cruise on board the deluxe MS Yangzi Explorer, which is proud to offer the largest and most luxurious suites on the Yangtze River, as well as a range of exceptional onboard facilities and fine dining venues. Meanwhile, shore tours accompanied by your APT Tour Director and English- speaking guides provide you w ith the best possible insights into local landmarks here. Alter natively, select a combined tour of Asia’s great waterways. For 2012, APT will bring you the Best of China & Vietnam, a 21-day luxury land and river cruise tour from Beijing to Siem Reap in Cambodia. Explore Beijing’s imper ial her itage before joining the MS Yangzi Explorer to discover the highlights of China’s major arterial r iver, which ribbons south through awe- inspiring ancient gorges and historic riverside towns. From cosmopolitan Shanghai, f ly to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to join a luxur ious seven-night Mekong River cr uise on board the MS Amalotus or MS La Marguerite. Journey northwards into Cambodia and as far as the sacred city of Siem Reap, experiencing the serene pace of river cruising and visiting significant destinations along the way. For land-lovers, in 2012 APT will offer some of the most inspiring private rail journeys in the world, on board the opulently appointed Shangr i-La Express. Travelling with a group of no more than 28 travellers, you’ll journey from China’s historic capital of Beijing to the spiritual and geographical heights of Lhasa in Tibet or south to the vibrant hub of Hong Kong. There are also options to incorporate rail touring with river cr uising if you prefer. Travel in five-star accommodation throughout, in the comfort of your innovatively-designed cabin w ith the use of stylish restaurant and bar cars, offering superb cuisine and intuitive service. As the exhilarating landscapes of China, ancient and modern, unfurl before your eyes, simply sit back and enjoy incredible views from large picture w indows. China offers visitors the ultimate holiday opportunity of which every moment is precious. To this end, APT’s extensive experience and partnerships in this region, combine to bring you a suite of remarkable touring itineraries so you can embark on your own personal journey through this epic land. To plan a memorable China experience, call RACT Travelworld on 1300 368 111 or visit your local branch. Through China by rail and river October / November 2011 85
MNJ Aug Sep 2011