1421 - The Year China Discoverd The World

with Gavin Menzies

Meet best selling author Gavin Menzies
Travel in the footsteps of Zheng He

A unique and wonderful trip highlighting the life and times of Admiral Zheng He and his voyages of discovery, which also takes in many of the sights of Hong Kong, Kunming, Nanjing, Shanghai and Beijing. Travelers will experience the illustrious history of China's past and present, accompanied by professional expert guides, with lectures from Gavin Menzies and members of the 1421 Team from around the world. This is a truly remarkable opportunity to visit Admiral Zheng He's birthplace, the place where his fleets set sail and to meet the author of this historically important work. This trip offers incredible value for money. Hotels include Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong (Harbor View Rooms), Peninsula Hotel Shanghai (River View Rooms) and Peninsula Hotel Beijing.

1421 - The Voyage

9 - 20 April, 2011

Your 11 day included features:

First Hong Kong

  • Two Nights at the Mandarin Oriental (Harbor View Rooms)
Mandarin Oriental Mandarin Oriental
  • Festive welcome reception
  • Enjoy a trip orientation and introductory lecture from a 1421 team member.
  • Special Dim Sum lunch and ride on the Star Ferry.
  • Included visit to Stanley Market or Hong Kong island tour

Next, Kunming

  • Two Nights at the Kunming Grand Park Hotel
Kunming Grand Park Hotel
  • A thrilling full-day excursion to Jinning, birthplace of Zheng He and the Stone Forest.
Stone Forrest
  • Visit Downtown Kunming
  • Lectures by 1421 team members
  • Special Chinese Dinners at Local Restaurants

Then, Nanjing

  • Two Nights at deluxe Nanjing Sheraton Hotel (River View Rooms)
Sheraton Hotel
  • Visit the Zheng He Memorial and Boat Factory.
  • Sightseeing in Nanjing including Ming Tombs and Nanjing Museum
Tomb of Nanjing
  • Lectures by 1421 team members

Then, Shanghai

  • Travel by train from Nanjing to Shanghai
  • Two Nights at the deluxe Peninsula Hotel (River View Rooms)
Peninsula Hotel
  • Visit the world class Shanghai Museum
Shanghai Museum
  • Visit Taicang starting point of Zheng He's voyage
  • Lectures by 1421 team members
  • Lunches and Dinners at Yacht Club, Secret Garden and Element Fresh or similar
  • Acrobatic show

Finally, Beijing

  • Three Nights at the deluxe Peninsula Hotel
  • Keynote lectures by Gavin Menzies
  • Excursion to Tian An Men Square and the Forbidden City
Forbidden City
  • Lunch at the Great Hall of the People
  • Visit the Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven
  • Visit National Museum
  • Dinners at Guigongfu, China Lounge or similar
  • Festive farewell reception and dinner


  • 2 Nights at the deluxe Mandarin Oriental (Hong Kong)
  • 2 Nights at the Kunming Grand Park Hotel (Kunming)
  • 2 Nights at the deluxe Nanjing Sheraton Hotel (Nanjing)
  • 2 Nights at the deluxe Peninsula (Shanghai)
  • 3 Nights at the deluxe Peninsula Hotel (Beijing)
  • Services of professional Tour Managers
  • Comprehensive program of excursions and lectures.
  • All on tour transport.
  • Economy Class Flights Hong Kong-Kunming, Kunming-Nanjing, Shanghai-Beijing, Soft Class Train (Nanjing-Shanghai)
  • Transfers and baggage handling between airports and hotels
  • Included meals: 11 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 7 Dinners and 3 Receptions, (including Festive Welcome and Farewell Receptions, Farewell Dinner.)
  • Free flowing beer, soft drinks and local bottled water at included lunches and dinners.
  • Bottled water on all transfers and excursions
  • Gratuities to guides, porters etc
  • Complete packet of Pre-Departure information including suggested reading list, travel wallet and baggage tags.

Not included:

  • International and domestic airfare, Passport and visa fees, Immunization costs.
  • Airport security fees imposed by the government or airline
  • Meals and beverages, including alcohol and wine, not specified as included.
  • Accident, baggage and cancellation insurance
  • Excess Baggage Charges
  • Personal items such as laundry, telephone, room service, fax and e-mail charges
  • gratuities for non-group services and other items not specified as included.


£4200-00 or US$6995-00 (No Single Supplement)
A deposit of £500-00 or $750-00 p.p. is required.

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