We’ll get you to and from your holiday with no troubles – all you need to do is pack your bag and make your way to the airport! Enjoy return airfares with a full-service carrier included in the price!
Tick off all the experiences on your China bucket list on this epic tour! Not only will you step on to the Great Wall and get lost in the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, you’ll also be dazzled by a beautiful jade, pearls and silk, chilling in Suzhou’s Lingering Garden and Li Lake Park, wandering The Bund and sipping Longjing Tea while floating along West Lake. All this, plus you’ll understand more about Traditional Chinese Medicine and get around on a high-speed Bullet Train! China bucket list accomplished! Your tour includes English-speaking tour guide(s) throughout your time in China!
Enjoy a total of 8 nights accommodation during your tour. Your stay is sorted as you make your way through China this holiday.
Race to Suzhou on-board a high-speed bullet train in second class
Feast on a delicious breakfast every day when you pull up a seat for breakfast during your tour! For more information check out the itinerary!
The last thing you want to do on your holiday is stress about how you’re going to get from A to B in China. With us, you won’t have to worry! Enjoy airport and group transfers on us this holiday!
See more this holiday with $200 credit per booking towards the purchase of any of our two tour extensions, explore the Terracotta Warriors or the Yangtze River.
From $899*pp twin-share ex Sydney
From $999*pp twin-share ex Melbourne
From $1099*pp twin-share ex Brisbane
From $1199*pp twin-share ex Perth
From $1299*pp twin-share ex Adelaide
Single supplement available for just $600 per person
Available on land tour – third person pays the twin-share per person price
26 February 2020
26 March 2020
CORE TOUR ITINERARY
Day 1: Fly from Australia to Beijing
Upon arrival, a tour representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Note: Some flights may depart one day earlier.
Day 2: Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City (B)
Visit Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world and the venue of the infamous 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations. Acclaimed as the ‘Gate of Heavenly Peace’, it is the foreground to the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Otherwise known as the Imperial Palace Museum, the Forbidden City is the citadel of China’s last 24 Emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties, and was the political and ritual centre of China. Cap off the day with an opportunity to attend a legendary large-scale musical drama, “The Golden Mask Dynasty” (not included).
Day 3: Great Wall of China (B, L)
Continue your educational journey of China’s fascinating history with a stop at a Jade Museum to observe skilled artisans carve intricate designs. With more than four thousand years of history, jade stone in Chinese culture symbolises preciousness and beauty, and embodies the Confucian virtues of courage, wisdom and compassion. Before long, you will drive through the mountainous countryside to one of the top archaeological wonders of the world, the iconic Great Wall at Juyong Pass, an accessible and gentle stretch meandering over 3500 miles of China’s northern mountain ranges from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert. Immerse yourself with an optional tour to experience life in ancient Beijing at a 700-year-old Hutong (narrow alley) and dinner with a local family still living in old courtyard-style houses (not included).
Day 4: Bullet Train from Beijing to Suzhou (B)
Today is your chance to become experts in Traditional Chinese Medicine, a 5000-year-old practice that incorporates herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, exercise and dietary therapy. Based on the concept of a connection between mind, body and environment to prevent and manage diseases, elements of its natural and holistic approach are widely adopted in Western medicine. With your mind and soul at ease, travel on a high-speed bullet train to the harmonious city of Suzhou often described as the ‘Venice of the East’ for its classical gardens, palaces, canals and bridges.
Day 5: Suzhou – Wuxi (B)
China is the largest silk producer in the world and Suzhou is renowned for its exquisite quality silk. Today you can witness the delicate silk-making process from silkworm cocoons at the Silk Spinning Factory and testify that the handmade quilts are as light as feather. Then take a stroll in the world-famous Lingering Garden, featuring ornate viewing pavilions and a splendid landscape of water and striking rockeries. You have an opportunity to cruise along the Grand Canal (not included) to view life along China’s ancient waterway. Travel to Wuxi, the ‘land of fish and rice’, to conclude the day at famous Nanchang Street, an ancient thoroughfare showcasing the juxtaposition of traditional and modern living.
Day 6: Wuxi – Hangzhou (B)
Gain an insight into China’s enormous manufacturing and production capabilities with a visit to a Pearl Factory to learn about freshwater pearls, a key export commodity with great cultural significance since the Han dynasty. Then take in the pleasant sounds at Li Lake Park, home to egrets and many rare species of birds, and the wonderful scenery of picturesque Taihu Lake, the second biggest freshwater lake in China. Top off your evening with a spectacular “Impression West Lake” show (not included) staged entirely upon the open-air of the West Lake with a backdrop of natural mountains and real water – a truly captivating artistic masterpiece of music, light and dance produced by the theatrical director of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games’ opening and closing ceremonies.
Day 7: Hangzhou – Shanghai (B)
Described by Marco Polo as ‘the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world’, Hangzhou is considered the tea capital of China. Learn how to make local specialty Longjing Tea at a tea house while immersed in the stunning natural scenery of the village surrounds. Then enjoy a small boat ride on the UNESCO-listed West Lake where you will see the ethereal beauty of Hangzhou’s willow-draped islands. Next, transfer to cosmopolitan metropolis Shanghai to visit the famous Bund, a five-block riverfront promenade of shops and commercial buildings. Modern mega high-rises on the east and traditional European-style architecture on the west are divided by the Huangpu River. Complete a memorable evening with the option to attend a spectacular Chinese acrobatic show, “ERA: The Intersection of Time” or “SPIRAL” (not included), widely praised as the best acrobatic show in Shanghai.
Day 8: Shanghai (B)
Today is free at leisure or you may join a Shanghai Day Tour with Maglev Train Experience (not included) to soak up Shanghai’s best sights including Shanghai Bazaar where you can shop for last minute souvenirs, the affluent streets of Xintiandi composed of old-style Shikumen residences and modern architecture, and the world’s fastest commercially operating train with a top speed of 390km/h. Last but not least, one of the best ways to enjoy the extraordinary evening scenery along the Huangpu River is to take a charming “Huangpu River Cruise” (not included).
Day 9: Fly from Shanghai to Australia (B)
Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
Day 10: Arrive Australia
Note: Some flights may arrive one day earlier.
XI’AN TERRACOTTA WARRIORS PRE-TOUR EXTENSION ITINERARY
Day 1: Fly from Australia to Xi’an
You will be greeted at the airport by a representative who will transfer you to the hotel. Marking the eastern end of the Silk Road, Xi’an is one of the ancient capitals of China, symbolic of ‘Eternal Peace’. Note: Some flights may depart one day earlier.
Day 2: Terracotta Warriors & Horses (B)
The highlight today is a visit to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum followed by the Terracotta Warriors Reproduction Factory. Unearthed near Xi’an, the thousands of life-size sculptures of soldiers, chariots and horses are considered a world wonder. With different facial expressions and weaponry adorning each soldier, the Terracotta Warriors were believed to have been created to accompany the Qin Emperor into the afterlife. This site is among the top archaeological excavations of the 20th century and will leave you astounded by the sheer scale of the army. In the evening, enjoy an optional Imperial Dumpling Banquet and Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Show (not included).
Day 3: Bullet Train from Xi’an to Beijing (B)
Unearth the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, an AAAA scenic spot and World Heritage Site surviving from the Tang dynasty. Although built entirely of stone, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda is very delicate in appearance. The top three floors have been damaged, yet it really adds to the appeal of the pagoda. Later, travel to China’s sprawling capital Beijing on a high-speed train.
YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE POST-TOUR EXTENSION ITINERARY
Day 9: Bullet Train from Shanghai to Yichang & Embark on the Yangtze River Cruise (B)
Transfer to the railway station for a high-speed train ride to Yichang, known as ‘Gateway to the Three Gorges’, an important trading port along the majestic Yangtze River. Then transfer to your Yangtze River Cruise ship.
Day 10: Yangtze River Cruise – Three Gorges Dam (B, L, D)
Experience your first shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site, one of the largest construction projects undertaken by mankind and is the biggest hydropower project in the world. Enjoy a captain’s welcome party and cultural activities in the evening. Optional shore excursion: Tribe of the Three Gorges (not included) – the only large scenic spot that has not been influenced by the Three Gorges Dam project, showcasing the Ba and Shu Cultures.
Day 11: Yangtze River Cruise – Shennong Stream (B, L, D)
Enjoy a shore excursion to Shennong Stream, a mysterious and narrow tributary famous for its picturesque scenery and announced a National AAAAA Tourist Attraction. All along the stream are signs of ancient Chinese civilisation and nature’s splendour characterised by steep ridges and peaks, massive caves, wildflowers, plank roads built along cliffs and ancient hanging coffins. Be prepared to take in the elegance of Wu Gorge and the beauty of Qutang Gorge, the defining highlights of your cruise. Optional shore excursion: White Emperor City (not included) – White Emperor City is an ancient temple that is located atop Baidi Mountain on the northern bank of the Yangtze River.
Day 12: Yangtze River Cruise – Jade Emperor Scenic Area (B, L, D)
Escape to your final shore excursion to the Jade Emperor Scenic Area in Fengdu, a recently debuted shore excursion. The sacred site features a 100-foot-tall statue depicting the Jade Emperor, an important deity in Chinese Taoism, and more than 200 Taoist and Buddhist sculptures. You will be farewelled in the evening with a captain’s banquet. Optional shore excursion: Fengdu Ghost City (not included) – Fengdu Ghost City is regarded as the ‘City of Ghosts’. The temples built on Ming Mountain depict punishment instruments and demon paintings, demonstrating the Chinese people’s imagination of hell.
Day 13: Disembark Yangtze River Cruise & Fly from Chongqing to Australia (B)
Disembark the cruise ship at Chongqing, known as the ‘Mountain City’ of China, and transfer to the airport.
Day 14: Arrive Australia
Note: Some flights may arrive one day earlier.
Reference accommodation is subject to change depending on availability and travel dates. If the hotels or ships listed are unavailable, substitutes of a similar standard will be provided. Hotels are specifically chosen for your comfort in consideration of full and often long days and are generally not centrally located. All accommodation is self-rated in accordance to local standards.
Shoulder season surcharge for dates denoted by one asterisk (*): $200 per person
Peak season surcharge for dates denoted by two asterisks (**): $400 per person
2020 TRAVEL DATES
2021 TRAVEL DATES
Yangtze River Cruise tour extension is not available for dates denoted by a hat (^)
Note that some flights may depart one day earlier than the departure date.
Note that surcharges may apply if booking is made within 90 days of departure
3 DAY XI’AN TERRACOTTA WARRIORS PRE-TOUR EXTENSION PACKAGE
$699 per person twin-share
5 DAY STANDARD YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE POST-TOUR EXTENSION PACKAGE
$999 per person twin-share
BULLET TRAIN UPGRADE TO FIRST CLASS
Enjoy larger seat and extra legroom in a quieter carriage
Subject to availability and applies to international long-haul sectors only
A minimum break fee of $150 per person plus applicable airfare & tax difference may apply for deviations from set itinerary such as early arrival, stay behind or flight deviation requests.
Optional programs are paid directly to the local guide on tour in the local currency. Please note that non-participants may have to wait for the group programs to conclude if alternative arrangements cannot be provided due to location or logistical constraints.
Selected dates from: 19 May 2020 – 9 July 2021
CHINA VISA (GUIDE ONLY)
SERVICE FEE (TIPPING)
YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
Savings % is calculated on the maximum discount across all ex points.
Valued at price is based on the maximum price across all ex points.
*FROM PRICE EX SYDNEY, PURCHASE BY 26 FEBRUARY 2020 & BOOK BY 26 MARCH 2020
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