20 day Wonders of China Tour and Yangtze River Cruise

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Visiting: Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshou, Yangtze River cruise, Shanghai and Mt Huangshan 

Price includes land and air content, airport taxes and gratuities. If you are from another state, please let us know. Please contact our Friendly staff for more information

B = breakfast provided , L = lunch provided , D = dinner provided

DAY  01: MELBOURNE/GUANGZHOU

This evening, we have our bags packed and ready as we board our flight – we invite you to sit back and relax and not long you’ll arrive at your first stop. 

Meals – As per flight

DAY  02: GUANGZHOU/ BEIJING (CHINA) 

Your overnight flight arrives into Guangzhou airport this morning and not long after, you will re-board your ongoing flight to Beijing airport. We anticipate to arrive shortly after lunch and your friendly guide will be waiting at the airport to greet you. We then transfer to our hotel for check in and will have an early dinner tonight. 

Meals – As per flight /D

Overnight – Chang An Hotel or similar

DAY  03: BEIJING

This morning, we visit Hutong area and also have an opportunity to try the famous dumplings for lunch. Afterwards, we’ll visit the beautiful Summer Palace and take a dragonboat cruise on Kunming Lake. Tonight we enjoy an authentic Peking Duck banquet for our welcome dinner.

Meals – B/ L / D

Overnight – Chang An Hotel or similar

DAY  04: BEIJING

A must-do for every visitor to China, today we’ll walk a small section of the Great Wall. Built more than 2,000 years ago, and spanning some 6,700 kilometres, the Great Wall is perhaps China’s most iconic attraction. We also visit Sacred Road; lined with huge stone statues, it was originally built to lead the way to the Changling Mausoleum. 

Meals – B/ L /D

Overnight – Chang An Hotel or similar

DAY  05:  BEIJING

Today we visit Tienanmen Square and explore the Forbidden City. We’ll also discover the beautiful Temple of Heaven, where emperors performed rituals to ensure a good harvest in ancient times. 

Meals – B/ L /D

Overnight – Chang An Hotel or similar

DAY  06: BEIJING / XIAN

This morning we bid farewell to Beijing and get ready to make our way to the train station where we  will travel to Xi’an by fast train. Upon arrival, we’ll take a city tour this afternoon with highlights including the well-preserved city walls and the Bell Tower. 

Meals – B/ L / D

Overnight   –   Holiday Inn Big Goose Pagoda or similar

DAY  07: XIAN

We see the world-famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses this morning. This afternoon we’ll explore the Muslim Market, passing through its narrow bazaar street filled with local delicacies, snacks and souvenirs. This was the starting point of the famous Silk Road more than 1,000 years ago.

Meals – B/ L / D

Overnight   –   Holiday Inn Big Goose Pagoda or similar

DAY  08: XIAN / GUILIN

This morning we fly to beautiful Guilin, its name meaning ‘Forest of Sweet Osmanthus’ due to the many osmanthus trees that line the streets of the city. This afternoon we’ll visit the Reed Flute Cave and explore scenic Fubo Hill. 

Meals – B/ Own arrangements / D

Overnight   –   Li River Waterfall Hotel or similar

DAY  09: GUILIN / YANGSHUO

A relaxing day cruising the Li River to Yangshuo. Enjoy the stunning views of the dramatic karst mountain landscape and watch colourful village life as we pass by. 

Meals – B/ L / D

Overnight   –   Green Lotus hotel or similar

DAY  10: YANGSHUO

This morning, enjoy a cooking class in which you will learn some traditional techniques and recipes local to Yangshou. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure for you to take in this beautiful setting at your own pace. Why not take a stroll down the famous West Street for dinner? 

Meals – B/ L / D

Overnight   –   Green Lotus hotel or similar

DAY  11 : YANGSHUO / CHENGDU

Today we fly to Chengdu, home of the giant pandas. Enjoy an afternoon cup of traditional Chinese tea at Wenshu Temple – Chengdu’s oldest and largest Buddhist temple. Then we’ll soak up the atmosphere of Jinli Old Street. 

Meals – B/ Own arrangements/ D

Overnight   –  Minshan Hotel or similar

DAY  12: CHENGDU / CHONGQING / YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

This morning, we visit the famous pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Panda breeding.  Later we take an express train to Chongqing to board our three-night Yangtze Century Paragon cruise ship.  

Meals – B/ L / D

Overnight   –  Yangtze Century Paragon Cruise (Deluxe Cabin with balcony)

DAY  13: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE 

Enjoy the stunning scenery as we cruise along the Yangtze. This afternoon we’ll take a shore excursion to Shibaozhai, the ‘Precious Stone Fortress’, built during the Ming Dynasty.

Meals – B/ L / D

Overnight   –  Yangtze Century Paragon Cruise (Deluxe Cabin with balcony)

DAY  14: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE 

Spend the morning relaxing on board and admiring the view before an afternoon shore excursion to Shenny Stream, a smaller tributary of the Yangtze.

Meals – B/ L / D

Overnight   –  Yangtze Century Paragon Cruise (Deluxe Cabin with balcony)

DAY  15:  YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE / YICHANG/ SHANGHAI

We visit the Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectric dam in the world, before disembarking in Yichang. Later this afternoon we’ll fly to the sprawling metropolis of Shanghai. Upon arrival, we check in at our hotel for rest.

Please note – due to lack of direct flights, we may have one stopover enroute to Shanghai. 

Meals – B/ L /Own arrangements 

Overnight   –  Keya International Hotel or similar

DAY  16:  SHANGHAI

We spend a day touring the magnificent city of Shanghai. Highlights include a visit to Shanghai Museum, a stroll along the Bund and the famous Nanjing Road. We’ll continue to the beautiful Yu Garden and see the lively Yuyuan Market. Tonight we’ll enjoy an incredible acrobatics show at the Shanghai Centre Theatre. 

Meals – B/ L /D 

Overnight   –  Keya International Hotel or similar

DAY  17:  SHANGHAI/MT HUANGSHAN

This morning after breakfast, we make a drive to the beautiful Mt Huangshan mountain. Upon arrival in the afternoon, we transfer to Huangshan Mountain via cable car and enjoy a tour of the area.Enjoy local cuisines for dinner.

Please note- Remember to carry an overnight bag of your essential items to stay overnight on Mt. Huangshan Mountain

Meals – B/ L /D 

Overnight   –  Xi Hai Hotel or similar

DAY  18:   MT HUANGSHAN / SHANGHAI

Wake up to enjoy the sunrise up on the mountain ! After breakfast, we make our own down via cable car and then visit Tunxi Old street. Afterwards, we make our drive back to Shanghai. Afternoon check in, rest and then go out to final dinner together. 

Meals – B/ L /D 

Overnight   –  Keya International Hotel or similar

DAY  19:   SHANGHAI / GUANGZHOU / MELBOURNE

After breakfast enjoy a relaxing morning before we head off to the airport for our flights back home. We will have a short transit in Guangzhou airport before reboarding our flight back home. 

Meals – B/ Own arrangements

DAY  20:  ARRIVE MELBOURNE

Your overnight flight arrives back into Melbourne this morning and we hope you enjoyed your tour! 

Meals – As per flight

 

All in Pricing package price includes :

– Return flights with China Southern Airlines (including airport taxes)

– Internal flights within China 

– Yangzte River cruise on the Century Paragon cruise (Deluxe cabin) with meals and activities

– Accommodation as per itinerary

– Sumptuous meals as per itinerary

– Tour guide and bus services

– Entries to places listed on itinerary including Shore excursions as mentioned in itinerary

-Daily bottle of water provided

This group is scheduled to depart on the 10 May 2019 

All in price – $ 5,780* pp (twin share)

  *Early bird price before 31 January 2019!  – Afterwards, $6,180*/person  

 

Please note – Secondary deposit of $1000 pp required once tour is confirmed to depart

Note – Additional Visa costs for AUS Passport holders (subject to change) 

  1. China Single Entry Visa $130AUD  payable at time of full payment 

ALL IN PRICE INCLUSIONS:

Price includes land and air content, airport taxes and gratuities. If you are from another state, please let us know. Please contact our Friendly staff for more information

DAY  01: MELBOURNE/GUANGZHOU – N/A

DAY  02: GUANGZHOU/ BEIJING (CHINA)  Chang An Hotel or similar

DAY  03: BEIJING Chang An Hotel or similar

DAY  04: BEIJING Chang An Hotel or similar

DAY  05:  BEIJING Chang An Hotel or similar

DAY  06: BEIJING / XIAN –   Holiday Inn Big Goose Pagoda or similar

DAY  07: XIAN  –   Holiday Inn Big Goose Pagoda or similar

DAY  08: XIAN / GUILIN –   Li River Waterfall Hotel or similar

DAY  09: GUILIN / YANGSHUO –   Green Lotus hotel or similar

DAY  10: YANGSHUO  –   Green Lotus hotel or similar

DAY  11 : YANGSHUO / CHENGDU –  Minshan Hotel or similar

DAY  12: CHENGDU / CHONGQING / YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE  –  Yangtze Century Paragon Cruise (Deluxe Cabin)

DAY  13: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE  –  Yangtze Century Paragon Cruise (Deluxe Cabin)

DAY  14: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE    –  Yangtze Century Paragon Cruise (Deluxe Cabin)

DAY  15:  YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE / YICHANG/ SHANGHAI  –  Keya International Hotel or similar

DAY  16:  SHANGHAI –  Keya International Hotel or similar

DAY  17:  SHANGHAI/MT HUANGSHAN –  Xi Hai Hotel or similar

DAY  18:   MT HUANGSHAN / SHANGHAI –  Keya International Hotel or similar

DAY  19:   SHANGHAI / GUANGZHOU / MELBOURNE – N/A

DAY  20:  ARRIVE MELBOURNE – N/A

 

During May

Beijing – Average High – 26 degrees Celsius / Average Low 14 degrees Celsius

Chengdu – Average High – 26 degrees Celsius / Average Low 18 degrees Celsius

Xian – Average High – 26 degrees Celsius / Average Low 16 degrees Celsius

Shanghai – Average High – 25 degrees Celsius / Average Low 18 degrees Celsiu

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