14 day Captivating China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights

Including return international flights, all hotel accommodation, deluxe cruise on the Yangtze River, delicious daily breakfast, bullet train travel, English-speaking tour guides throughout and more.

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  • 14 day Captivating China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 14 day Captivating China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 14 day Captivating China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 14 day Captivating China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 14 day Captivating China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 14 day Captivating China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 14 day Captivating China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 14 day Captivating China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
  • 14 day Captivating China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights
 

Highlights

 

Marvel at China’s collection of world-renowned monuments and experience its diverse natural beauty on a 14 day Captivating China tour with Yangtze River cruise.

Take in the incredible history of Beijing as you visit one of the world’s most famous (and biggest) public plazas, Tiananmen Square. Learn more about how the square has played a role China’s modern history and cultural identity, and travel out to another of the Chinese capital’s top sights (and one easily recognised the world over) at the Juyong Pass section of the Great Wall of China. The legacy of this magnificent structure is astounding, and having the chance to walk along some of these well-tred stones and cast your gaze across the landscape is something that you’ll never forget. Your time in Beijing also includes trips to a freshwater pearl workshop, a jade factory and a Chinese Herbal Institute.

Travel by bullet train to Tai’an and join a guided outing to the Mount Tai Scenic Area. Follow in the footsteps of emperors as you are led on a walk that takes you past Taoist temples, stone tablets, old forest and plenty of lookout points proffering amazing views of the mountain. Seek out the maze of canals in Suzhou and quickly realise why this city has been nicknamed the ‘Venice of the East’. Appreciate the beauty of the 500-year-old Lingering Garden on an excursion to this UNESCO World Heritage Site, and those with a taste for the finer things in life can see how silk is produced at a working manufacturer. Stroll along the Bund in Shanghai and gain insight into the city’s colonial legacy as you wander past English and French-influenced architecture. Sip Dragon Well Tea at a Shanghai tea house, and mosey between interesting exhibits and displays at the Shanghai Museum.

From Yichang, step aboard the ship to embark on your marvellous cruise on the Yangtze River. All of your meals are included for your voyage, and the itinerary sees you enjoy a mix of shore excursions and free time – the latter perfect for relaxing and simply soaking in the glorious landscape and sights along the riverbanks. Some of what you’ll explore while cruising include the Three Gorges Dam Project, the largest of its kind in the world; Shennong Stream, home to the eerie Hanging Coffins; and the area around Fengdu, an ancient city associated with ghostly folklore and superstition.

Discover even more of China by extending your trip to a 16 or 18 day itinerary, to include visits to Chengdu and Xi’an respectively.

 
 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff – Beijing

Make your way to the airport and board your flight to Beijing. The plane touches down at Beijing International Airport and you are greeted by your guide upon arrival. A transfer whisks you to the Beijing hotel for check in and you have the rest of the day to rest up.

Please note, due to airline availblity, some flights may depart the day before. 

Day 2: Beijing (B)

Your sightseeing adventure around China begins in the sprawling Tiananmen Square. It is hard not to feel overwhelmed by the size of this square – one of the largest public plazas in the world – and its immense cultural and historical significance. Your time in Tiananmen Square is followed by a visit to a local freshwater pearl workshop. These gleaming treasures are one of the most coveted products in China. You then have the afternoon as leisure.

Optional: Forbidden City Tour
Journey into a realm once only known to Emperors as you visit the Forbidden City. Learn about the Ming and Qing dynasty rulers who used the Forbidden City as their seat of power as you explore the gardens, courtyards, palaces and artefacts within the National Museum. This activity includes lunch. Additional cost applies.

Optional: Golden Mask Dynasty
Attend a performance of the Golden Mask Dynasty, a large-scale poetic drama that features dancing, acrobatics and incredible costumes. Additional cost applies
.

Day 3: Beijing (B)

Today sees you travel to one of China’s most iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Great Wall of China. Enroute to this ancient defensive structure there is a stop at a jade museum for you to find out more about this royal gem and to see artisans at work crafting pieces from this green mineral. Continue on the drive to the Juyong Pass section of the Great Wall of China and feel your jaw drop as you get your first sighting of arguably China’s most renowned monument. You’ll love having the chance to walk a section of the wall (keep in mind that some areas can be quite steep and slippery) before returning to Beijing and having the afternoon as free time.

Optional: Hutong Life Tour
Head into the winding maze of Hutongs in Beijing, and explore these maze-like networks and old courtyards. You’ll be extended an invitation for lunch with a local family in their house – a real treat to experience local home cooking! Additional cost applies.

Optional: Peking Duck Dinner
Sit down to a feast of a beloved Beijing specialty, Peking duck, this evening. It is served with all of the traditional trimmings and accompaniments, and the dish itself dates back more than 600 years. Additional cost applies.

Day 4: Beijing – train-icon – Tai’an (B)

Visit a Chinese Herbal Institute this morning to learn more about traditional Chinese medicine and its 2000-year-old history. There is some free time afterwards for you to peruse the retail offerings in a nearby shopping mall. Head to the railway station this afternoon to board a bullet train to Tai’an. A local representative greets you upon arrival and takes you to the hotel for check in.

Optional: Temple of Heaven
Explore the history of the Temple of Heaven, a complex of religious buildings that was originally used for sacrificial rituals and imperial worship. This excursion includes lunch. Additional cost applies.

Day 5: Tai’an (B)

Travel out to the Mount Tai Scenic Area today. Called Mount Tai or Taishan, this peak has been revered in Chinese culture for centuries and is known as ‘the head of the five sacred mountains’. Your exploration of this area includes a guided walking tour on the Mount Tai Ancient Imperial Walkway; following in the footsteps of emperors who once tred this same path. Take notice of the Taoist temples, stone tablets and glorious mountain views as you stroll along. You have the afternoon as free time upon your return to your hotel.

Optional: Confucius Culture and Food Tour
Discover the influence Confucius and his philosophical teachings had on Chinese cuisine and good culture on this insightful outing. You’ll dine on Confucius-style family cuisine and learn about this unique fare in this immersive experience. Additional cost applies.

Optional: Feng Shan Sacrifice Performance
Attend a performance of this large-scale landscape spectacular that chronicles the Feng Shan ceremony scene. It is a portrayal of Taishan history and culture, set against the beautiful regional backdrop. Additional cost applies.

Day 6: Tai’an – train-icon – Suzhou (B)

You have the morning as free time to explore Tai’an. Be sure to reconvene with your group in the afternoon in time to catch a bullet train towards Suzhou.

Optional: Chinese Farm Visit
Take a peek into the everyday goings-on of life in rural China by visiting a traditional village and seeing farmers in action. This excursion also offers insight into regional indigenous heritage through the viewing of authentic tools, carvings and artwork. Additional cost applies.

Day 7: Suzhou – Shanghai (B)

Suzhou is nicknamed the ‘Venice of the East’, thanks to its network of gorgeous canals as well as bridges, pagodas and gardens. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Have breakfast at the hotel and then out on your Suzhou sightseeing. It starts with a visit to the 500-year-old Lingering Garden, one of the city’s most-visited sights, and then continues at a local silk factory where you can brush up on your knowledge about this luxe textile and see mulberry-munching silkworms at work. Your group departs on the drive to Shanghai in the late afternoon.

Optional: Grand Canal Cruise
See Suzhou from the water with a leisurely cruise along the Grand Canal. Have your camera poised at the ready for the excellent photo opportunities! Additional cost applies.

Optional: Chinese Acrobatic Show
Be wowed as you attend this remarkable spectacle, the first of its kind in China! The show, ERA, sees traditional Chinese acrobatics paired with modern technology to create a one-of-a-kind show. Additional cost applies.

Day 8: Shanghai (B)

Shanghai is the commercial and financial epicentre of China; it is also the country’s largest city. Start your time in Shanghai by strolling along the famed waterfront Bund. This promenade is lined with 26 colonial-era buildings – showing a glimpse of the city’s diverse cultural history. Take a respite at a local tea house to sample Dragon Well Tea and find out more about the benefits of green tea and its production in China. Later on there is a trip to the Shanghai Museum. You have the afternoon as free time.

Optional: Shanghai City Tour
Head into the city’s financial and trade district to the Jinmao Tower. This 88-storey building is one of the most recognisable structures on the Shanghai cityscape. It is a great representation of design that blends traditional Chinese style with contemporary innovations and trends. It is then onto Xintiandi, a pedestrian thoroughfare known for its facades of old world Shikumen residences and modern architecture. Additional cost applies.

Optional: Huangpu River Cruise
Take to the river of Shanghai’s Huangpu River and see the Bund from a different perspective. Additional cost applies.

Day 9: Shanghai – train-icon – Yichang (B)

Travel via high speed train from Shanghai to Yichang. This city in the western Hubei province is your embarkation point for cruise along the Yangtze River. You board the ship upon arriving in the city and have time to settle into your cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship’s layout and facilities. Go to sleep tonight in eager anticipation of setting sail on the world’s third-longest river tomorrow!

Day 10: Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D) cruise-icon

The ship sets out on its journey along the Yangtze River. Head to the dining room for a buffet breakfast and then join a shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Project. This is one of the most immense ongoing construction and hydroelectric projects in the world. You are returned to the ship afterwards and are at your leisure to enjoy the rest of the day. Tonight there is a Captain’s Welcome Banquet that sees you indulge in great cuisine and perhaps even dancing!

Optional: Tribe of the Three Gorges
Make the trip to this area, one of the only spots that has been untouched by the Three Gorges Dam work, to admire its gorgeous outlooks and learn about the Ba-Shu culture. Additional cost applies.

Optional: Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift
Take a joyride on the world’s biggest ship lift on a specially-designed sightseeing boat. The lift was opened in 2016 and is capable of elevating ships weighing up to 3000 tonnes, thanks to a design that sees these enormous vessels float in a volume of water equivalent to about four Olympic-sized swimming pools. Your trip on the lift sees you raised to a height of 113 metres. Additional cost applies.

Day 11: Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D) cruise-icon

A post-breakfast shore excursion takes you out to Shennong Stream. The stream flows through three gorges (Mianzhu, Parrot and Longcangdong), with each boasting its own unique landscape. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the Hanging Coffins that are suspended high on the limestone cliff-faces and hold the remains of the ancestors of the local Tujia people. Return to the ship in time for lunch.

Optional: White Emperor City
Appreciate the beauty of the White Emperor City for yourself on this excursion. This ancient temple complex overlooks the western end of the Qutang Gorge – a sight you may recognise as being the one depicted on the Chinese 10-yuan bill! Additional cost applies.

Day 12: Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Today is the final full day of your cruise and the itinerary includes an excursion to the Jade Emperor Scenic Area in Fengdu. This ancient city is situated on the northern bank of the river and is steeped in superstition. The area is also a prominent destination for those wanting to learn more about Chinese Taoism. Other things to see are any of the 48 temples, all built since the time of the Tang Dynasty. Return to the ship afterwards. This evening is your final night aboard the cruise and your last night in China.

Optional: Fengdu Ghost City
Uncover the legends of Fengdu by heading into the city, known as ‘Fengdu Ghost City’, and learning about the folklore that surround its temples, shrines and monasteries. Take in artistic depictions of demonic paintings and punishment; meant to represent the Chinese people’s imagination of hell. Additional cost applies.

Day 13: Chongqing – airplane-takeoff – Australia (B)

Disembark from the cruise in the morning. At the appropriate time, you will be picked up by a transfer and taken to the airport for you to catch your return flight to Australia.

Day 14: Australia

Arrive back in Australia today.

 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff – Beijing

Make your way to the airport and board your flight to Beijing. The plane touches down at Beijing International Airport and you are greeted by your guide upon arrival. A transfer whisks you to the Beijing hotel for check in and you have the rest of the day to rest up.

Please note, due to airline availblity, some flights may depart the day before. 

Day 2: Beijing (B)

Your sightseeing adventure around China begins in the sprawling Tiananmen Square. It is hard not to feel overwhelmed by the size of this square – one of the largest public plazas in the world – and its immense cultural and historical significance. Your time in Tiananmen Square is followed by a visit to a local freshwater pearl workshop. These gleaming treasures are one of the most coveted products in China. You then have the afternoon as leisure.

Optional: Forbidden City Tour
Journey into a realm once only known to Emperors as you visit the Forbidden City. Learn about the Ming and Qing dynasty rulers who used the Forbidden City as their seat of power as you explore the gardens, courtyards, palaces and artefacts within the National Museum. This activity includes lunch. Additional cost applies.

Optional: Golden Mask Dynasty
Attend a performance of the Golden Mask Dynasty, a large-scale poetic drama that features dancing, acrobatics and incredible costumes. Additional cost applies
.

Day 3: Beijing (B)

Today sees you travel to one of China’s most iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Great Wall of China. Enroute to this ancient defensive structure there is a stop at a jade museum for you to find out more about this royal gem and to see artisans at work crafting pieces from this green mineral. Continue on the drive to the Juyong Pass section of the Great Wall of China and feel your jaw drop as you get your first sighting of arguably China’s most renowned monument. You’ll love having the chance to walk a section of the wall (keep in mind that some areas can be quite steep and slippery) before returning to Beijing and having the afternoon as free time.

Optional: Hutong Life Tour
Head into the winding maze of Hutongs in Beijing, and explore these maze-like networks and old courtyards. You’ll be extended an invitation for lunch with a local family in their house – a real treat to experience local home cooking! Additional cost applies.

Optional: Peking Duck Dinner
Sit down to a feast of a beloved Beijing specialty, Peking duck, this evening. It is served with all of the traditional trimmings and accompaniments, and the dish itself dates back more than 600 years. Additional cost applies.

Day 4: Beijing – train-icon – Tai’an (B)

Visit a Chinese Herbal Institute this morning to learn more about traditional Chinese medicine and its 2000-year-old history. There is some free time afterwards for you to peruse the retail offerings in a nearby shopping mall. Head to the railway station this afternoon to board a bullet train to Tai’an. A local representative greets you upon arrival and takes you to the hotel for check in.

Optional: Temple of Heaven
Explore the history of the Temple of Heaven, a complex of religious buildings that was originally used for sacrificial rituals and imperial worship. This excursion includes lunch. Additional cost applies.

Day 5: Tai’an (B)

Travel out to the Mount Tai Scenic Area today. Called Mount Tai or Taishan, this peak has been revered in Chinese culture for centuries and is known as ‘the head of the five sacred mountains’. Your exploration of this area includes a guided walking tour on the Mount Tai Ancient Imperial Walkway; following in the footsteps of emperors who once tred this same path. Take notice of the Taoist temples, stone tablets and glorious mountain views as you stroll along. You have the afternoon as free time upon your return to your hotel.

Optional: Confucius Culture and Food Tour
Discover the influence Confucius and his philosophical teachings had on Chinese cuisine and good culture on this insightful outing. You’ll dine on Confucius-style family cuisine and learn about this unique fare in this immersive experience. Additional cost applies.

Optional: Feng Shan Sacrifice Performance
Attend a performance of this large-scale landscape spectacular that chronicles the Feng Shan ceremony scene. It is a portrayal of Taishan history and culture, set against the beautiful regional backdrop. Additional cost applies.

Day 6: Tai’an – train-icon – Suzhou (B)

You have the morning as free time to explore Tai’an. Be sure to reconvene with your group in the afternoon in time to catch a bullet train towards Suzhou.

Optional: Chinese Farm Visit
Take a peek into the everyday goings-on of life in rural China by visiting a traditional village and seeing farmers in action. This excursion also offers insight into regional indigenous heritage through the viewing of authentic tools, carvings and artwork. Additional cost applies.

Day 7: Suzhou – Shanghai (B)

Suzhou is nicknamed the ‘Venice of the East’, thanks to its network of gorgeous canals as well as bridges, pagodas and gardens. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Have breakfast at the hotel and then out on your Suzhou sightseeing. It starts with a visit to the 500-year-old Lingering Garden, one of the city’s most-visited sights, and then continues at a local silk factory where you can brush up on your knowledge about this luxe textile and see mulberry-munching silkworms at work. Your group departs on the drive to Shanghai in the late afternoon.

Optional: Grand Canal Cruise
See Suzhou from the water with a leisurely cruise along the Grand Canal. Have your camera poised at the ready for the excellent photo opportunities! Additional cost applies.

Optional: Chinese Acrobatic Show
Be wowed as you attend this remarkable spectacle, the first of its kind in China! The show, ERA, sees traditional Chinese acrobatics paired with modern technology to create a one-of-a-kind show. Additional cost applies.

Day 8: Shanghai (B)

Shanghai is the commercial and financial epicentre of China; it is also the country’s largest city. Start your time in Shanghai by strolling along the famed waterfront Bund. This promenade is lined with 26 colonial-era buildings – showing a glimpse of the city’s diverse cultural history. Take a respite at a local tea house to sample Dragon Well Tea and find out more about the benefits of green tea and its production in China. Later on there is a trip to the Shanghai Museum. You have the afternoon as free time.

Optional: Shanghai City Tour
Head into the city’s financial and trade district to the Jinmao Tower. This 88-storey building is one of the most recognisable structures on the Shanghai cityscape. It is a great representation of design that blends traditional Chinese style with contemporary innovations and trends. It is then onto Xintiandi, a pedestrian thoroughfare known for its facades of old world Shikumen residences and modern architecture. Additional cost applies.

Optional: Huangpu River Cruise
Take to the river of Shanghai’s Huangpu River and see the Bund from a different perspective. Additional cost applies.

Day 9: Shanghai – train-icon – Yichang (B)

Travel via high speed train from Shanghai to Yichang. This city in the western Hubei province is your embarkation point for cruise along the Yangtze River. You board the ship upon arriving in the city and have time to settle into your cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship’s layout and facilities. Go to sleep tonight in eager anticipation of setting sail on the world’s third-longest river tomorrow!

Day 10: Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D) cruise-icon

The ship sets out on its journey along the Yangtze River. Head to the dining room for a buffet breakfast and then join a shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Project. This is one of the most immense ongoing construction and hydroelectric projects in the world. You are returned to the ship afterwards and are at your leisure to enjoy the rest of the day. Tonight there is a Captain’s Welcome Banquet that sees you indulge in great cuisine and perhaps even dancing!

Optional: Tribe of the Three Gorges
Make the trip to this area, one of the only spots that has been untouched by the Three Gorges Dam work, to admire its gorgeous outlooks and learn about the Ba-Shu culture. Additional cost applies.

Optional: Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift
Take a joyride on the world’s biggest ship lift on a specially-designed sightseeing boat. The lift was opened in 2016 and is capable of elevating ships weighing up to 3000 tonnes, thanks to a design that sees these enormous vessels float in a volume of water equivalent to about four Olympic-sized swimming pools. Your trip on the lift sees you raised to a height of 113 metres. Additional cost applies.

Day 11: Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D) cruise-icon

A post-breakfast shore excursion takes you out to Shennong Stream. The stream flows through three gorges (Mianzhu, Parrot and Longcangdong), with each boasting its own unique landscape. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the Hanging Coffins that are suspended high on the limestone cliff-faces and hold the remains of the ancestors of the local Tujia people. Return to the ship in time for lunch.

Optional: White Emperor City
Appreciate the beauty of the White Emperor City for yourself on this excursion. This ancient temple complex overlooks the western end of the Qutang Gorge – a sight you may recognise as being the one depicted on the Chinese 10-yuan bill! Additional cost applies.

Day 12: Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Today is the final full day of your cruise and the itinerary includes an excursion to the Jade Emperor Scenic Area in Fengdu. This ancient city is situated on the northern bank of the river and is steeped in superstition. The area is also a prominent destination for those wanting to learn more about Chinese Taoism. Other things to see are any of the 48 temples, all built since the time of the Tang Dynasty. Return to the ship afterwards. This evening is your final night aboard the cruise and your last night in China.

Optional: Fengdu Ghost City
Uncover the legends of Fengdu by heading into the city, known as ‘Fengdu Ghost City’, and learning about the folklore that surround its temples, shrines and monasteries. Take in artistic depictions of demonic paintings and punishment; meant to represent the Chinese people’s imagination of hell. Additional cost applies.

Day 13: Chongqing – train-icon – Chengdu (B)

Disembark the cruise and be taken via transfer to the railway station where you will board a service to Chengdu. The capital of the Sichuan province is teeming with things to see, do and experience. Make for Jinli Old Street upon your arrival in the city and have time to feast on local snacks (Sichuan cuisine is famous for its tongue-tingling spice!), peruse for souvenirs, or watch street performances.

Optional: Traditional Sichuan Dinner and Opera Show
Waste no time tucking into the flavours of Sichuan cuisine by sitting down to a delicious dinner of hot pot. Take your fill of this renowned dish at a traditional-style restaurant, and then watch a operatic performance that combines acrobatics with music and comedy. Additional cost applies.

Day 14: Chengdu (B)

One of the most popular reasons for visitors to travel to Chengdu is the opportunity to see the adorable residents of the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. This conservation centre is known the world over for its scientific work, but it is also home to more than 100 giant pandas. Stroll along the base’s paths to wander past the habitats and catch pandas at play, eating or climbing trees. More can be learned about these furry creatures at the on-site museum. Your group continues to Kuanzhai Alley, a recently restored area of old Chengdu that comprises three ancient city alleys and multiple courtyards. Tonight is your final evening in China.

Day 15: Chengdu – airplane-takeoff – Australia (B)

Breakfast at the hotel and then take a transfer to the airport in time to catch your return flight back to Australia.

Day 16: Australia

Arrive back in Australia today.

 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff – Xi’an

Make your way to the airport and board your flight to Xi’an. You are greeted by your guide upon arrival. A transfer takes you to the hotel for check in and you have the rest of the day to rest up.

Please note, due to airline availblity, some flights may depart the day before. 

Day 2: Xi’an (B, L)

Your first day in China begins on a spectacular note: by marvelling at the history of the iconic Terracotta Army. Formally known as Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum, this collection of terracotta sculptures has stood guard since 210BC – and was only rediscovered (by accident) in 1974. Each of the figures in the 7000-plus-strong army is completely unique and covers archers, soldiers, horses and chariots. A tour will offer insight into the army’s history and creation, as well as that of wider Xi’an. The next stop on today’s agenda is a market within Xi’an’s Old Muslim Quarter where you can explore various stalls for trinkets and munch of delicious street stacks.

Day 3: Xi’an – Beijing (B)

Visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda this morning. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of two preeminent pagodas in Xi’an and has stood for more than 1300 years. An afternoon bullet train sees you move from Xi’an to Beijing. A tour representative meets you in the Chinese capital and assists with the transfer to the hotel.

Day 4: Beijing (B)

Make the trip to the sprawling Tiananmen Square this morning. It is hard not to feel overwhelmed by the size of this square – one of the largest public plazas in the world – and its immense cultural and historical significance. Your time in Tiananmen Square is followed by a visit to a local freshwater pearl workshop. These gleaming treasures are one of the most coveted products in China. You then have the afternoon as leisure.

Optional: Forbidden City Tour
Journey into a realm once only known to Emperors as you visit the Forbidden City. Learn about the Ming and Qing dynasty rulers who used the Forbidden City as their seat of power as you explore the gardens, courtyards, palaces and artefacts within the National Museum. This activity includes lunch. Additional cost applies.

Optional: Golden Mask Dynasty
Attend a performance of the Golden Mask Dynasty, a large-scale poetic drama that features dancing, acrobatics and incredible costumes. Additional cost applies
.

Day 5: Beijing (B)

Today sees you travel to one of China’s most iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Great Wall of China. Enroute to this ancient defensive structure there is a stop at a jade museum for you to find out more about this royal gem and to see artisans at work crafting pieces from this green mineral. Continue on the drive to the Juyong Pass section of the Great Wall of China and feel your jaw drop as you get your first sighting of arguably China’s most renowned monument. You’ll love having the chance to walk a section of the wall (keep in mind that some areas can be quite steep and slippery) before returning to Beijing and having the afternoon as free time.

Optional: Hutong Life Tour
Head into the winding maze of Hutongs in Beijing, and explore these maze-like networks and old courtyards. You’ll be extended an invitation for lunch with a local family in their house – a real treat to experience local home cooking! Additional cost applies.

Optional: Peking Duck Dinner
Sit down to a feast of a beloved Beijing specialty, Peking duck, this evening. It is served with all of the traditional trimmings and accompaniments, and the dish itself dates back more than 600 years. Additional cost applies.

Day 6: Beijing – train-icon – Tai’an (B)

Visit a Chinese Herbal Institute this morning to learn more about traditional Chinese medicine and its 2000-year-old history. There is some free time afterwards for you to peruse the retail offerings in a nearby shopping mall. Head to the railway station this afternoon to board a bullet train to Tai’an. A local representative greets you upon arrival and takes you to your hotel for check in.

Optional: Temple of Heaven
Explore the history of the Temple of Heaven, a complex of religious buildings that was originally used for sacrificial rituals and imperial worship. This excursion includes lunch. Additional cost applies.

Day 7: Tai’an (B)

Travel out to the Mount Tai Scenic Area today. Called Mount Tai or Taishan, this peak has been revered in Chinese culture for centuries and is known as ‘the head of the five sacred mountains’. Your exploration of this area includes a guided walking tour on the Mount Tai Ancient Imperial Walkway; following in the footsteps of emperors who once tred this same path. Take notice of the Taoist temples, stone tablets and glorious mountain views as you stroll along. You have the afternoon as free time upon your return to the hotel.

Optional: Confucius Culture and Food Tour
Discover the influence Confucius and his philosophical teachings had on Chinese cuisine and good culture on this insightful outing. You’ll dine on Confucius-style family cuisine and learn about this unique fare in this immersive experience. Additional cost applies.

Optional: Feng Shan Sacrifice Performance
Attend a performance of this large-scale landscape spectacular that chronicles the Feng Shan ceremony scene. It is a portrayal of Taishan history and culture, set against the beautiful regional backdrop. Additional cost applies.

Day 8: Tai’an – train-icon – Suzhou (B)

You have the morning as free time to explore Tai’an. Be sure to reconvene with your group in the afternoon in time to catch a bullet train towards Suzhou.

Optional: Chinese Farm Visit
Take a peek into the everyday goings-on of life in rural China by visiting a traditional village and seeing farmers in action. This excursion also offers insight into regional indigenous heritage through the viewing of authentic tools, carvings and artwork. Additional cost applies.

Day 9: Suzhou – Shanghai (B)

Suzhou is nicknamed the ‘Venice of the East’, thanks to its network of gorgeous canals as well as bridges, pagodas and gardens. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Have breakfast at the hotel and then out on your Suzhou sightseeing. It starts with a visit to the 500-year-old Lingering Garden, one of the city’s most-visited sights, and then continues at a local silk factory where you can brush up on your knowledge about this luxe textile and see mulberry-munching silkworms at work. Your group departs on the drive to Shanghai in the late afternoon.

Optional: Grand Canal Cruise
See Suzhou from the water with a leisurely cruise along the Grand Canal. Have your camera poised at the ready for the excellent photo opportunities! Additional cost applies.

Optional: Chinese Acrobatic Show
Be wowed as you attend this remarkable spectacle, the first of its kind in China! The show, ERA, sees traditional Chinese acrobatics paired with modern technology to create a one-of-a-kind show. Additional cost applies.

Day 10: Shanghai (B)

Shanghai is the commercial and financial epicentre of China; it is also the country’s largest city. Start your time in Shanghai by strolling along the famed waterfront Bund. This promenade is lined with 26 colonial-era buildings – showing a glimpse of the city’s diverse cultural history. Take a respite at a local tea house to sample Dragon Well Tea and find out more about the benefits of green tea and its production in China. Later on there is a trip to the Shanghai Museum. You have the afternoon as free time.

Optional: Shanghai City Tour
Head into the city’s financial and trade district to the Jinmao Tower. This 88-storey building is one of the most recognisable structures on the Shanghai cityscape. It is a great representation of design that blends traditional Chinese style with contemporary innovations and trends. It is then onto Xintiandi, a pedestrian thoroughfare known for its facades of old world Shikumen residences and modern architecture. Additional cost applies.

Optional: Huangpu River Cruise
Take to the river of Shanghai’s Huangpu River and see the Bund from a different perspective. Additional cost applies.

Day 11: Shanghai – train-icon – Yichang (B)

Travel via high speed train from Shanghai to Yichang. This city in the western Hubei province is your embarkation point for cruise along the Yangtze River. You board the ship upon arriving in the city and have time to settle into your cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship’s layout and facilities. Go to sleep tonight in eager anticipation of setting sail on the world’s third-longest river tomorrow!

Day 12: Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D) cruise-icon

The ship sets out on its journey along the Yangtze River. Head to the dining room for a buffet breakfast and then join a shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Project. This is one of the most immense ongoing construction and hydroelectric projects in the world. You are returned to the ship afterwards and are at your leisure to enjoy the rest of the day. Tonight there is a Captain’s Welcome Banquet that sees you indulge in great cuisine and perhaps even dancing!

Optional: Tribe of the Three Gorges
Make the trip to this area, one of the only spots that has been untouched by the Three Gorges Dam work, to admire its gorgeous outlooks and learn about the Ba-Shu culture. Additional cost applies.

Optional: Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift
Take a joyride on the world’s biggest ship lift on a specially-designed sightseeing boat. The lift was opened in 2016 and is capable of elevating ships weighing up to 3000 tonnes, thanks to a design that sees these enormous vessels float in a volume of water equivalent to about four Olympic-sized swimming pools. Your trip on the lift sees you raised to a height of 113 metres. Additional cost applies.

Day 13: Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D) cruise-icon

A post-breakfast shore excursion takes you out to Shennong Stream. The stream flows through three gorges (Mianzhu, Parrot and Longcangdong), with each boasting its own unique landscape. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the Hanging Coffins that are suspended high on the limestone cliff-faces and hold the remains of the ancestors of the local Tujia people. Return to the ship in time for lunch.

Optional: White Emperor City
Appreciate the beauty of the White Emperor City for yourself on this excursion. This ancient temple complex overlooks the western end of the Qutang Gorge – a sight you may recognise as being the one depicted on the Chinese 10-yuan bill! Additional cost applies.

Day 14: Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Today is the final full day of your cruise and the itinerary includes an excursion to the Jade Emperor Scenic Area in Fengdu. This ancient city is situated on the northern bank of the river and is steeped in superstition. The area is also a prominent destination for those wanting to learn more about Chinese Taoism. Other things to see are any of the 48 temples, all built since the time of the Tang Dynasty. Return to the ship afterwards. This evening is your final night aboard the cruise.

Optional: Fengdu Ghost City
Uncover the legends of Fengdu by heading into the city, known as ‘Fengdu Ghost City’, and learning about the folklore that surround its temples, shrines and monasteries. Take in artistic depictions of demonic paintings and punishment; meant to represent the Chinese people’s imagination of hell. Additional cost applies.

Day 15: Chongqing – train-icon – Chengdu (B)

Disembark the cruise and be taken via transfer to the railway station where you will board a service to Chengdu. The capital of the Sichuan province is teeming with things to see, do and experience. Make for Jinli Old Street upon your arrival in the city and have time to feast on local snacks (Sichuan cuisine is famous for its tongue-tingling spice!), peruse for souvenirs, or watch street performances.

Optional: Traditional Sichuan Dinner and Opera Show
Waste no time tucking into the flavours of Sichuan cuisine by sitting down to a delicious dinner of hot pot. Take your fill of this renowned dish at a traditional-style restaurant, and then watch a operatic performance that combines acrobatics with music and comedy. Additional cost applies.

Day 16: Chengdu (B)

One of the most popular reasons for visitors to travel to Chengdu is the opportunity to see the adorable residents of the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. This conservation centre is known the world over for its scientific work, but it is also home to more than 100 giant pandas. Stroll along the base’s paths to wander past the habitats and catch pandas at play, eating or climbing trees. More can be learned about these furry creatures at the on-site museum. Your group continues to Kuanzhai Alley, a recently restored area of old Chengdu that comprises three ancient city alleys and multiple courtyards. Tonight is your final evening in China.

Day 17: Chengdu – airplane-takeoff – Australia (B)

Breakfast at the hotel and then take a transfer to the airport in time to catch your return flight back to Australia.

Day 18: Australia

Arrive back in Australia today.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international flights with a full-service airline
  • 8 nights’ twin share hotel accommodation
  • 4 nights deluxe Yangtze River cruise, plus all meals whilst on-board
  • Delicious breakfast daily
  • Bullet train travel between Beijing and Tai’an, Tai’an and Suzhou, and Shanghai and Yichang
  • Dedicated coach transportation and professional English-speaking guides throughout
  • In-depth sightseeing and entry fees as per the itinerary
  • Option to extend to a 16 day itinerary to include Chengdu or an 18 day itinerary to include Xi’an
  • Exclusive offer! Book now and get $100 spending money for your trip when you open an HSBC Everyday Global Account and activate your new Visa Debit Card*. Visit our Promotions page for more detail

Highlights:

  • Stand in the centre of Tiananmen Square in Beijing and soak in the historical and cultural importance of this grand public plaza
  • Make the drive out to the Juyong Pass section of the Great Wall of China and have the chance to walk along the ancient stones of this iconic defensive structure
  • Travel by bullet train to Tai’an and enjoy an outing to the Mount Tai Scenic Area for a guided walk along a path once tred by emperors and lined with Taoist temples, stone tablets and mountain views
  • Wander the famous Lingering Garden in Suzhou and see silkworms at work at a local silk manufacturer, and stroll the waterfront Bund in Shanghai to take in the promenade’s line-up of colonial-era architecture
  • Embark on a spectacular cruise of the Yangtze River and make shore excursions to the Three Gorges Dam, Shennong Stream and the superstition-steeped city of Fengdu
 

Fine Print

 

 How to book:

  • Within 72 hours of completing your booking request online you will receive an email from our Travel Partner which will include a link to complete their mandatory booking form
  • Our Travel partners booking form must be completed including your passport details within one week to secure your requested travel date
  • If your requested date of departure is not available, the tour supplier will contact you directly
  • Completion of this booking form will allow the tour supplier to secure air tickets and tour components
  • Voucher valid for 1 person(must purchase 2 vouchers)

Payment Information:

  • Sydney & Melbourne:
    • 14 day itinerary – $840 deposit per person  
    • 16 day itinerary – $890 deposit per person  
    • 18 day itinerary – $960 deposit per person  
  • Brisbane:
    • 14 day itinerary – $1,140 deposit per person  
    • 16 day itinerary – $1,190 deposit per person 
    • 18 day itinerary – $1,260 deposit per person 
  • Adelaide:
    • 14 day itinerary – $1,340 deposit per person 
    • 16 day itinerary – $1,390 deposit per person 
    • 18 day itinerary – $1,460 deposit per person 
  • Perth:
    • 14 day itinerary – $1,240 deposit per person 
    • 16 day itinerary – $1,290 deposit per person 
    • 18 day itinerary – $1,360 deposit per person
  • In addition to the deposit, peak season and interstate surcharges (if applicable) are all due at the time of booking and will be reflected at checkout.
  • If you are a solo traveller, single supplements will be collected by our Travel Partner after the booking has been made
  • Final payment is due 180 days prior to travel and will be collected by our Travel Partner. If you book within 180 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • All payments received are strictly non-refundable and non-transferrable
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of booking. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Tour Excludes: 

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Personal Expenses 
  • Anything not mentioned or ‘optional’ in the itinerary

Documentation: 

Documentation will be provided 2-3 weeks prior to departure. A preliminary itinerary will be sent you prior to this time to ensure that you can arrange your Visas (where required) in a timely manner. 

Single Supplement: 

14 day itinerary – $1,100 per person in addition to the twin share price
16 day itinerary – $1,200 per person in addition to the twin share price
18 day itinerary – $1,300 per person in addition to the twin share price

Payable direct to our travel partner once your booking has been made. 

Group Size: 20 – 48 people 

Child Price: Same price as adults – Minimum age 2 years

Tour Only: Not available 

Accommodation: 

The accommodation listed below may be subject to change but will remain of a similar or higher standard. Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed. Hotel locations can be within or outside itinerary cities.

Xi’an: Hualuxe Xi’an Hi-tech Zone or similar
Beijing: Shangri-La’s China World or similar
Tai’an: Four Points by Sheraton Tai’an or similar
Suzhou: Double Tree by Hilton Suzhou Wujiang or similar
Shanghai: Pullman Shanghai Qingpu Excellence or similar
Yangtze River: Victoria Katarina or similar
Chengdu: Crowne Plaza Chengdu Panda Garden or similar

Please note, all hotel ratings are based local star ratings

Bedding: 1 x double bed or 2 x single beds

Please note, all bedding configurations are on the request basis only and cannot be guaranteed.

Maximum Room Capacity: 2 people 

Triple Share: Not available for this tour

Optional Activities: 

Beijing: Forbidden City Tour – $87 per person
Beijing: Golden Mask Dynasty – $81 per person
Beijing: Hutong Life Tour with lunch – $56 per person 
Beijing: Temple of Heaven Tour with lunch – $56 per person
Beijing: Peking Duck Dinner – $42 per person
Qufu: Confucius Culture & Food Tour with lunch – $100 per person
Qufu: Feng Shan Sacrifice Performance – $67 per person
Tai’an: Chinese Farm-visit Tour with lunch – $45 per person
Suzhou: Grand Canal Cruise – $42 per person
Shanghai: Chinese Acrobatic Show – $81 per person
Shanghai: Shanghai City Tour – $53 per person
Shanghai: Huangpu River Cruise – $53 per person
Chengdu: Traditional Sichuan Dinner & Opera Show – $90 per person

Yangtze River Cruise shore-excursions: 

Tribe of the Three Gorges – $56 per person
Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift – $56 per person
White Emperor City – $56 per person
Fengdu Ghost City – $56 per person

The prices for shore excursions are an approximate cost displayed in Australian Dollars. Please note, all optional shore excursions for the Yangtze River cruise are payable onboard in local currency only and cannot be prepaid prior to departure. Prices for shore excursions are subject to change and currency fluctuation.  

All optional tours are payable direct to our travel partner once your booking has been made. All AUD amounts are subject to currency exchange rate and they may change at any time without advance notice.

Itinerary: Please note, tour itinerary is subject to change without prior notice based upon weather, traffic condition and other unforeseen occurrences. 

Coach Transportation: Where group sizes are not sufficient to use a full-sized coach, we reserve the right to use a smaller coach on the same level of comfort. Maximum 20kg of checked baggage per passenger.

Train: The class of travel aboard the train is 2nd class. Please note, passport details are also required to issue train tickets. For travelling by railway within China, quantity restrictions apply for powders, liquids, aerosols and gels: no more than 20 ml of nail polish, hair dye, etc. and no more than 120 ml of hair mousse, hair gel, hair spray, insect repellent spray, air freshener, sunscreen spray, deodorant, etc. The restrictions are not limited to the above examples. 

Cruise: Please note that all arrival and departure times, shore excursions and cruise schedule are subject to change due to weather, river conditions and permission from the navigational authorities. 

Health/Fitness Requirement: Accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and average mobility. Tours may involve sightseeing on foot, some climbing of stairs and getting on and off boats. It remains each passenger’s responsibility to inform Webjet Exclusives of any health or mobility issues that may impact the running of the tour, both for the safety of the passenger concerned and for other travellers in the group.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

$100 spending money offer valid for any Webjet Exclusives tour or resort booking made at www.exclusives.webjet.com.au. Eligible bookings will receive a unique account application link from Webjet Exclusives via email within 72 hours of making a booking. Any HSBC Everyday Global Account applications not made via this link or if the booking is cancelled, the offer will not be fulfilled/paid. One (1) offer will be paid per booking. The offer is a 100 AUD deposit into the newly opened HSBC Everyday Global Accounts and the activated Visa Debit card. The offer may take up to 6 weeks to be fulfilled/paid. Webjet Exclusives reserves the right to withdraw this promotion at any time. The email address entered at the time of booking will be used as the primary contact. Webjet Exclusives’ standard booking terms and conditions apply. For more information go to www.hsbc.com.au/accounts/offers/everyday-global/webjet/

 

Travel Dates

 

2020:

14 & 16 day itinerary: 

13 March
27 March**
10 April**
24 April*
8 May
22 May
12 June*
26 June**
10 July**
24 July*
7 August
21 August
11 September*
9 October**
23 October
6 November

18 day itinerary:

11 March
25 March**
8 April**
22 April*
6 May
20 May
10 June*
24 June**
8 July**
22 July*
5 August
19 August
9 September*
7 October**
21 October
4 November

*A $250 per person shoulder season surcharge applies, please see the availability calendar for more details 
**A $500 per person peak season surcharge applies, please see the availability calendar for more details 

Availability on departure dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BOOK NOW button.

Bookings not accepted when within 35 days of departure

 

Flight Information

 

 Airline Information: 

  • Return economy flights departing Sydney or Melbourne with full-service carrier: China Southern, Air China, Xiamen Airlines, Tanjin Airlines, Hainan Airlines or similar  
  • Brisbane- A $300 per person interstate surcharge applies 
  • Adelaide– A $500 per person interstate surcharge applies
  • Perth – A $400 per person interstate surcharge applies
  • Including maximum 20kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked
  • The airfare remains non-refundable at all times

Flights Condition:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 2 transits per leg, stopover or a substitute airline. These changes are beyond our control and will be confirmed upon booking
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable. Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as instructed by the ticketed airline

Schedule Changes: 

  • Airline schedule changes or cancellations can happen from time to time and are beyond our control. The customer is responsible for reviewing their flight schedule prior to their departure. Webjet Exclusives endeavours to assist customers where possible, however, should any change or cancellation occur, please contact your Travel Insurance provider to check whether you are covered by your policy.

Stay behind surcharge:

If you wish to extend your trip, from $250 per person breakaway charge will apply (subject to availability and applicable fare difference) payable at the time of completing your booking. Your stay behind request must be submitted when completing your booking form. Please note, no stay behind will be actioned until your final payment is made.

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international flights with a full-service airline
  • 8 nights’ twin share hotel accommodation
  • 4 nights deluxe Yangtze River cruise, plus all meals whilst on-board
  • Delicious breakfast daily
  • Bullet train travel between Beijing and Tai’an, Tai’an and Suzhou, and Shanghai and Yichang
  • Dedicated coach transportation and professional English-speaking guides throughout
  • In-depth sightseeing and entry fees as per the itinerary
  • Option to extend to a 16 day itinerary to include Chengdu or an 18 day itinerary to include Xi’an
  • Exclusive offer! Book now and get $100 spending money for your trip when you open an HSBC Everyday Global Account*, visit our Promotions page for more detail

 

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