22 day Grand China tour with Yangtze River cruise and flights

22 day Grand China Tour including return international flights , accommodation, in-depth sightseeing, professional tour guides, and more.

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  • 22 day Grand China Tour with flights
  • 22 day Grand China Tour with flights
  • 22 day Grand China Tour with flights
  • 22 day Grand China Tour with flights
  • 22 day Grand China Tour with flights
  • 22 day Grand China Tour with flights
  • 22 day Grand China Tour with flights
  • 22 day Grand China Tour with flights
  • 22 day Grand China Tour with flights
  • 22 day Grand China Tour with flights
  • 22 day Grand China Tour with flights
  • 22 day Grand China Tour with flights
  • 22 day Grand China Tour with flights
  • 22 day Grand China Tour with flights
  • 22 day Grand China Tour with flights
  • 22 day Grand China Tour with flights
  • 22 day Grand China Tour with flights
 

Highlights

 

It’s not just the seamless co-existence of modernity and antiquity that makes China so intriguing. It’s the people, the pace, the landscapes and the sheer size of this ancient civilisation that attracts even the most timid of travellers. With this 22 day Grand China tour, there is something for everyone.

Walk on the mesmerising Great Wall, get up close to the renowned Giant Pandas and view the famous Terracotta Warriors. Wander the Forbidden City, visit the fascinating Shaanxi Provincial Museum and see the enormous Leshan Giant Buddha!

After arriving in Yichang, we board a 4 night river cruise on the incredible Yangtze River, full of breath-taking sights and visually spectacular landscapes. Visit Elephant Trunk Hill and the Reed Flute Caves in Guilin, the Grand Canal in Suzhou and Shanghai Museum in buzzing Shanghai. 

Your package includes return international flights , accommodation, river cruises, in-depth sightseeing, professional tour guides, and more.

See Inclusions  for more.

 
 

Day 1: Australia –airplane-takeoff– Beijing

Fly to Beijing via a connecting city. Please note: Some flights may depart the next day.

Day 2: Beijing (D)

Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China. You will be warmly greeted at the airport by your tour guide and transferred to the hotel.

Day 3:Beijing (B,L,D)

Beijing has served as the capital of five dynasties over a period of 800 years. Today we start our city tour with a visit to Tiananmen Square, the second largest public square in the world, followed by a visit to the Forbidden City, the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming to the Qing dynasty. In the afternoon, we continue to the Temple of Heaven, which was used by emperors in ancient times to offer sacrifices to heaven and pray for good harvest. Tonight, enjoy a special Peking Duck welcome banquet.

Optional Tour (at own expense): The Golden Mask Dynasty – After dinner, you can choose to attend an optional large scale dramatic musical, The Golden Mask Dynasty. 

Day 4: Beijing (B,L,D)

Our highlight today is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall at Juyong Pass, the most famous image of China. After lunch, visit a Fresh Water Pearl Exhibition and then see skilled artisans at work at a Cloisonné Factory. Later, visit the Changling Exhibition Hall of the Ming Tombs where thirteen out of the sixteen Ming dynasty emperors are buried. We cap off the day by attending a superb and thrilling Chinese acrobatic show in the evening.

Day 5: Beijing (B,L)

This morning we tour the exquisite Summer Palace (Imperial Garden), the largest preserved ancient garden in China and a former summer resort for Emperors, followed by an outside view of the beautiful Bird’s Nest (National Stadium) and Water Cube (National Aquatics Centre), both purposely built for the 2008 Olympics. Then visit a Chinese Herbal Institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine as you enjoy a rejuvenating foot massage which has existed for thousands of years. In the afternoon, we explore Beijing’s ancient Hutong alleyways by pedicab, followed by a stroll in Wangfujing, one of Beijing’s most famous shopping streets.

Optional tour (at own expense): Cap off the day by attending a thrilling Chinese Kung Fu show 

Day 6: Beijing –airplane-takeoff– Xi’an (B,L,D)

This morning we fly to Xi’an, the first Chinese city to open its doors to the world, during the Tang dynasty, and capital for eleven dynasties over a period of more than 2,000 year. Our highlight today is a visit to the Terracotta Warriors & Horses Museum to see the life-sized defending army to the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. This site is among the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century. Later, visit a ceramic arts factory, followed by a special Dumpling Banquet, while enjoying a performance of music and dance from the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD).

Day 7: Xi’an (B,L,D)

This morning we visit the fascinating Shaanxi Provincial Museum, followed by lunch featuring a noodle making demonstration. After lunch we visit the Ancient City Wall, the most complete ancient city wall to survive in China. Then we visit the Great Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of the city.

Day 8: Xian –airplane-takeoff– Wuhan – Yichang – Yangtze River Cruise (B,L,D) cruise-icon

This morning we fly to Wuhan and transfer by coach (approx 4-5 hours) to Yichang, the starting point of our Yangtze River Cruise for the next four nights. 

Day 9: Yangtze River Cruise (B,L,D) cruise-icon

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

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

Day 12: Yangtze River Cruise – Chongqing – Chengdu (B,L,D)

We disembark from our cruise in the port city of Chongqing this morning and transfer (approximately 5 hours drive) to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. This evening we will feast on sumptuous Sichuan cuisine.

Day 13: Chengdu – Leshan – Chengdu (B,L,D)

Today we will travel to Leshan to marvel at the Grand Buddha, an enormous statue carved into the side of Lingyun Mountain. The Buddha is over 71m tall and is wide enough for over 100 people to sit between its feet. Later, return to Chengdu and explore the dynamic folk custom street, Jin Li, and experience the lifestyle of Old Chengdu.

Optional tour (at own expense): This evening, you can watch a fascinating show featuring ‘face changing’,  a kind of magic traditional Chinese dramatic art that is the pride of Sichuan opera.

Day 14: Chengdu – Guilin (B,L,D)

Today’s highlight is a visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. This is the best place to see Chengdu’s most famous residents being reared in surroundings resembling their natural habitat. This evening we will be transferred to the airport to board our flight to Guilin, one of China’s most picturesque cities.

Day 15: Guilin – Yangshuo (B,L,D)

Today we enjoy a relaxing Xingping River Cruise along the Li River. The journey offers 30 miles of breathtaking scenery. We arrive in Yangshuo Village in the afternoon and walk along the 1,400 year old West Street and explore the beautiful Yangshuo local village.

Optional Tour (at own expense): You may enjoy an optional show tonight – Impression Liu San Jie, a large scale ethnic performance over the Li River.

Day 16: Yangshuo – Guilin (B,L,D)

With its name translating to ‘Forest of Sweet Osmanthus’, Guilin has long been renowned for its unique scenery, amazing karst landscapes and rich ethnic cultures. This morning we tour Elephant Trunk Hill and the Reed Flute Caves and will be amazed by the extraordinary karst limestone formations.

Day 17: Guilin –airplane-takeoff– Shanghai – Suzhou (B,L,D)

This morning we fly to Shanghai, the modern metropolis and commercial centre of China. Upon arrival, we travel by coach to Suzhou, known as the ‘Venice of the East’ or ‘Garden City’ due to its many classical gardens known for their charming natural beauty and harmonious construction. Take a Grand Canal Cruise and visit the Lingering Garden, one of the four greatest Chinese gardens and a UNESCO world heritage site. We then visit a silk spinning mill and learn how silk is created from mulberry munching silkworms to produce the finest thread and cloth.

Day 18: Suzhou – Wuzhen (B,L,D)

Today, we explore the beautiful water town of Wuzhen built on stilts over a system of canals, with traditional wooden homes and stone bridges. Ride a boat along the ancient canal to the scenic waterfront area, where you will experience traditional culture and stay in a traditional lodge.

Day 19: Wuzhen – Shanghai (B,L,D)

This morning we travel by coach back to Shanghai and walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. Lined by colonial architecture of European design, this area is the best place to capture the western influences of the old days. We then continue to the Old Town which is a perfect combination of gardens, temples, old architecture, civil culture, business, souvenirs and food. After dinner, you may join an optional Huangpu River Cruise (at your own expense) and get a glimpse of the dazzling and charming view of Shanghai.

Day 20: Shanghai (B,L,D)

This morning we visit the Shanghai Museum to see ancient Chinese art, furniture and jade followed by a Jade Exhibition. Then we explore the Xintiandi Area, an affluent and fashionable pedestrian street composed of unique shikumen (stone gate) and modern architecture style. Our farewell dinner this evening will be a banquet of delicious Shanghai cuisine.

Optional Tour (at own expense): You can cap off the celebrations by attending a thrilling optional Chinese acrobatic show – ERA: The Intersection of Time or SPIRAL

Day 21: Shanghai –airplane-takeoff– Australia (B)

Enjoy the morning at leisure before we transfer to Shanghai airport to board your flight to Australia via an intermediate city. The trip may be over, but the experiences and memories will certainly last a lifetime.

Day 22: Australia

Arrive home this morning.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international airfares with a full service airline
  • All airport transfers
  • All internal domestic flights 
  • 15 fabulous nights staying in 4 – 5 star twin share accommodation
  • 4 night Yangtze River Cruise
  • Delicious daily breakfast
  • 18 lunches and 18 dinners including 3 specialty banquets 
  • Private coach transportation
  • The services of professional English speaking tour guides
  • In-depth sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • All site entry fees
  • All tipping and gratuities

 

 

Fine Print

 

 How to book:

To book your Tour:

  • 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 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)

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $1,165/$1,465 per person are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date.
  • Final Payment is due 120 days prior to travel and will be collected by our Travel Partner. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment.
  • Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • 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 your booking. We advise you to book 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: 

$1,500 per person in addition to the twin share price.

Payable direct upon confirming your booking. 

Group Size: 10 – 40 people 

Triple Share: Available, please purchase 3 vouchers. Note: Triple-share is not available on the Yangtze River Cruise. Maximum 2 people per cabin.

Optional Activities: 

Beijing: The Golden Mask Dynasty – $75 per person
Beijing: Chinese Kung Fu Show – $75 per person 
Chengdu: Face Changing Show – $55 per person
Guilin: Impressions Liu San Jie – $80 per person
Shanghai: ERA: The Intersection of Time/SPIRAL $75 per person
Shanghai: Huangpu River Cruise – $40 per person 

All optional tours can be prepaid directly upon confirming your booking.

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.

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.

Beijing Wyndham Beijing North or similar
Xi’an Titan Times Hotel or similar
Yangtze River Cruise MS Yangtze 2 or similar
Chengdu Sheraton Hotel or similar
Guilin Grand Link Hotel or similar
Yangshuo Jasper International Hotel or similar
Suzhou Pan Pacific Hotel or similar
Wuzhen: Wuzhen Lodge or similar
Shanghai Wyndham Bund East Hotel or similar

Please note: all star ratings are local ratings 

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

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 great value 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.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable.

 

Travel Dates

 

2019:

05 May
15 May
02 June*
11 August
21 August
01 September*
11 September
20 October
30 October 

*A $300 per person surcharge applies

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BUY NOW button

 

Flight Information

 

 Airline
  • Return economy airfares departing Sydney or Melbourne with a full service Chinese carrier, China Southern, China Eastern, Air China, China Airlines or similar
  • Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth – A $300 per person interstate surcharge applies.
  • Customers may be flown to Sydney or Melbourne to join their international flights.
  • Including minimum 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:

  • 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.
  • Please Note, flight itineraries will not be provided until 1-2 weeks before departure.

Stay behind surcharge:

If you wish to extend your trip, from $250 per person per breakaway charge will apply (subject to availability and applicable fare difference) payable to Nexus Holidays. Your stay behind request must be submitted when completing your booking form. 

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international airfares 
  • All airport transfers
  • 15 nights accommodation
  • 4 night Yangtze River Cruise
  • Delicious daily breakfast
  • Private coach transportation
  • The services of professional English speaking tour guides
  • In-depth sightseeing as per the itinerary
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