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Here’s a 27-day holiday built around a 17-night trans-Pacific cruise. It’s brimming with once-in-a-lifetime experiences and it’s selling at a very competitive price.

Named ‘Great Wall to Walls of Ice’, this fly/cruise holiday is available exclusively from Worldwide Cruise Centres (www.worldwidecruisecentres.com.au). It includes flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide or Melbourne to Tokyo via Beijing and back to Australia from Vancouver.

The 27-day holiday includes four nights in Beijing, touring the Great Wall, the Ming Tombs, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace. Then jet to Tokyo for six days cruising around Japan on Holland America Line’s MS Volendam. Sail the Pacific to Alaska to cruise the fabled Inside Passage and incomparable Glacier Bay. Enjoy two nights in Vancouver and an exhilarating two-day Canadian trip, with a night at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler volendam_ice-smallalpine resort on the way.

From Sydney, ‘Great Wall to Walls of Ice’ costs from just A$4999 twin-share per person, equating to less than A$200 a night. From Brisbane the holiday costs A$5299 and from Melbourne or Adelaide, A$5339.

Making the deal even better, a bonus US$100 onboard credit per cabin is included aboard MS Volendam, plus a complimentary lunch at the Pinnacle Grill and a free bottle of sparkling wine.

The ‘Great Wall to Walls of Ice’ holiday starts with a flight to Beijing on 9 April next year.

In Beijing, you’ll stay at the Holiday Inn Express Temple of Heaven Hotel. Your four-night stay in China’s capital includes daily breakfast and a full-day tour to the Great Wall, Ming Tombs and Dingling Tomb, views of the Bird’s Nest Stadium and Water Cube, and lunch at a local restaurant. Another day includes a walking tour to the Forbidden City, guided tour of Summer Palace (the largest and most beautiful Chinese imperial garden), Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven and lunch at a local restaurant.

Fly to Japan now to board MS Volendam, one of Holland America Line’s finest ships, in the great Japanese port city of Yokohama. An overnight here gives you the chance to visit Hakone National Park for spectacular views of Mt. Fuji; and shop in Tokyo’s Ginza district – virtually unequalled for glitz, glamour and good deals.

Your Japan cruise take you to Aomori in the country’s northerly Tohoku region, overlooked by the beautiful Hakkoda Mountains; historic Hakodate, where the renowned Blue Moon Cruise traverses the scenic bay; and to Kushiro, Japan’s most extensive wetland, a year-round home to endangered Japanese cranes, making it a popular stop for birders.

Five days at sea now, crossing the Pacific, give plenty of time to enjoy MS Volendam, known for flowers, art and fine dining. Artwork in public spaces aboard runs from pre-Columbian sculptures to Renaissance-era Italian fountains. Dining can involve five-course menus or you can opt for vegetarian or low-carb choices. Whatever you choose, it comes with impeccable service and an extensive wine list. All shipboard main meals (excluding speciality restaurants) are included.

Take time to explore the lounges, bars, the Lido Pool, spa and salon and the Frans Hals Show Lounge with talented vocalists, dancers, illusionists, comedians and variety acts.

Arrival in Alaskan seas takes you to Kodiak Island, home to the enormous sub-species of grizzly known as the Kodiak brown bear.

Visit the village of Ketchikan, founded as a fishing camp, just five kilometres long and three blocks wide. Cruise Alaska’s Inside Passage and take plenty of photographs in Glacier Bay, 13,350 square kilometres of rugged mountains, glaciers, temperate rainforest, wild coastline and deep sheltered fjords. If you’re really lucky, you might spot a local moose or bear “dog paddling” their way across the bay. They are accomplished long-distance swimmers and are frequently seen doing that.

Disembarking in Vancouver, stay a night in a harbourside room in one of the city’s four-star hotels, then travel the scenic Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler for panoramic vistas of the Howe Sound and the Coastal Mountain Range.

Get set now for a classic Canadian highlight: a night’s stay at the five-star Fairmont Chateau Whistler with a day to explore Whistler before heading back to Vancouver.

You’ve another night in Vancouver to farewell Canada before jetting home to Australia. 

To find your local Worldwide Cruise Centres agent go to: www.worldwidecruisecentres.com.au

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