Day 1: Australia – – Chengdu
Begin your journey with your international flight to Chengdu. Upon arrival at the Chengdu International Airport you will be greeted by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Chengdu –– Yichang (B,D)
Today you will be transferred from Chengdu to Yichang by bullet train. Upon arrival, you will board the Yangtze River Cruise ship and begin your memorable 4-night cruise down the Yangtze River.
Day 3: Yangtze River Cruise (B,L,D)
Start the morning with a morning exercise on board in the presence of the beautiful Three Gorges Dam. Spend your day out on an optional excursion or relax on board the cruise ship. This evening you will return to the ship and attend the Captain’s Welcome Banquet and enjoy the evening entertainment with a Chinese dancing ball.
Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Excursion – Three Gorges Dam Site. The Three Gorges Dam Site is one of the largest construction projects undertaken by mankind and is the biggest hydropower project in the world.
Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Excursion – Tribe of the Three Gorges. You may also want to visit the Tribe of the Three Gorges, the only large scenic spot that has not been influenced by the Three Gorges Dam project, which showcases the abundant Ba Culture and Shu Culture.
Day 4: Yangtze River Cruise (B,L,D)
Today, you may choose to embark on the exciting optional excursions or opt for a leisure day on board the ship. The afternoon will see you continuing to cruise into the western section of Xiling Gorge.
Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Excursion – Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream(Subject to the Cruise) Explore the Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream, a shining pearl hidden in remote mountains. You will leave your cruise ship and board smaller vessels to sail through the narrower and breathtaking Lesser Three Gorges region or Shennong Stream, lined by sheer cliffs and mountains.
Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Excursion – White Emperor City You may also choose the optional excursion to visit the White Emperor City, an ancient temple that is located atop Baidi Mountain on the northern bank of the Yangtze River in Fengjie County.
Day 5: Yangtze River Cruise (B,L,D)
Yangtze River Cruise Today you will pass through the mountains of Eastern Sichuan. Participate in the optional excursion or relax by the pool, pamper yourself with a massage and make the most of the last full day on your ship. Tonight, enjoy the farewell dinner and pack your bags in preparation for disembarking tomorrow.
Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Excursion – Fengdu ghost City. Today’s optional excursion is the Fengdu ghost City to see why it’s regarded as the “City of ghosts.” The temples built on Ming Mountain depict the punish instruments and demon paintings, demonstrating the Chinese people’s imagination of hell.
Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Excursion – Shibaozhai. Shibaozhai is a 12-story wooden pagoda built against the rock in 18th century. It locates in Zhongxian County on the south bank of the Yangtze River. There are steles and inscriptions of past dynasties of each floor. Visitors may also appreciate the spectacular YangtzeRiver from the windows of each floor during climbing.
Day 6: Chongqing –– Xi’an (B)
Today you will be transferred from Chongqing to Xi’an. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel. Take some time to relax and prepare for your tour tomorrow.
Day 7: Xi’an (B,L)
Today you will explore the ancient wonders of Xi’an. For a period of more than 1,000 years, Xi’an served as China’s capital city and remains home to a great number of precious relics and historical sites. Your tour today will include a visit to the Terracotta Warriors and the lively Moslem Street. The Terracotta Warriors Site is considered the eighth wonder of the world and was discovered by accident in 1974. You will see the army of over 7,000 soldiers, archers, horses and chariots that has guarded Emperor Qin’s tomb since 210BC. Each figure is unique and the painstaking repair and evacuation continues to this day. After lunch, you will walk through the famous Moslem Street, where many souvenirs and delicious local snacks can be sampled.
Day 8: Xi’an (B,L)
Today you will begin with a visit to the Wild Goose Pagoda. The temple was originally used by a large team of scholars to translate the Buddhism Scriptures into Chinese and subsequently became a holy place for pilgrims. You will then continue on to the Provincial Museum, which documents China’s archaeological finds which date as far back as the Neolithic Age (20,000 years ago). Your next visit will be to the Ancient City Wall, which was built in 194 BC and is the oldest and best preserved ancient city wall in all of China.
Optional Tour (additional cost applies): In the evening, you may choose to join the optional evening entertainment at the Tang Dynasty Dance Performance.
Day 9: Xi’an – – Beijing (B)
Today you will board a high-speed train to the capital city of Beijing. Upon arrival, you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel. Take some time to relax and prepare for your full day tour tomorrow.
Day 10: Beijing (B,D)
Today, you will visit the 2008 Olympic Games sites. Then visit Jade factory to learn about Jade, China’s most precious and celebrated stone, and its manufacturing process at the largest Jade factory in Beijing. After lunch, travel into the rugged mountain landscapes north of the city to the magnificent Great Wall of China. Once on top of this ancient defensive structure, you’ll find that some sections are quite steep, but the views are magnificent, and the experience is truly unforgettable. Afterwards heading to Gubei Water Town and stay overnight and enjoy the night scene of the Great wall.
Day 11: Beijing – Gubei Water Town (B)
Today, you’ll enjoy and experience an old-fashioned simplicity and elegance. Row upon row of houses, old quartzite streets and long narrow alleyways show the style and features of the old ancient town. River channels are scattered between streets; houses near the river are bathed in sunlight. Besides sightseeing, you can experience unique local customs and participate in native activities..
Day 12: Beijing – Gubei Water Town (B)
Morning is free for leisure, optional tours are offered to Little Potala Palace, Chengde. It was modelled after the Potala Palace in Tibet. It was built for Emperor Qianlong to receive the visiting Tibetan nobles. Heading back to Beijing in the afternoon. Stand in Tiananmen Square, one of the largest and grandest public plazas in the world. Afterwards, experience the oriental foot massage at a traditional Chinese medical centre where you will learn about alternative treatments for illness and have the chance to consult with a Chinese Medical professional.
Day 13: Beijing –– Australia
Today you will be transferred to the airport to take your international flight .
Day 14: Australia
Arrive home today