Essential China

9 day Essential China tour including return international flights, accommodation, meals, professional guides, in-depth sightseeing and more.

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9 days | per person twin share | | Typically $3,080!
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  • I would highly recommend this tour to all and any. 100% professional, organised and comprehensive. Gabrielle D
  • Amazing experience and great value for money Roland D
  • The tour guides in China took great care of us and the trip included so much. I would be happy to visit other parts of China again with this group.… Robert W
  • Great holiday. Beijing tour guide was amazing. Great group of people to tour with. Kirsti W

Highlights

 

See the best of China with this incredible value 9 day Essential China tour.

Take in some of China’s best sites; walk the Great Wall, see the grand Forbidden City and ride an incredible bullet train.

Take in the West Lake in Hangzhou, visit a stunning silk factory and explore Shanghai’s vibrant and bustling city, plus so much more!

Your package includes return international flights, accommodation, expert tour guides, most meals, private coach transportation, professional guides and more.

See What You Get for more.

 
 

Day 1: Australia –airplane-takeoff– Beijing 

Depart Australia today on your international flight to Beijing!  (Please note: some flights depart 1 day earlier)

Upon arrival at the airport in Beijing you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Take some time to relax and prepare for your full day tomorrow in China’s capital.

Beijing, China’s massive capital, has history stretching back 3 millennia. Yet it’s known as much for its modern architecture as its ancient sites such as the grand Forbidden City complex, the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Day 2: Beijing (B)

Today you may choose to explore the city of Beijing at your own pace. Alternatively, you can join a selection of optional tours with our experienced local guide.

Optional Tour: Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City – Set out with your trip leader to discover Beijing’s imperial treasures. Stand in Tiananmen Square, one of the largest and grandest public plazas in the world before progressing on to the Forbidden City. Enter the imposing walls of the Forbidden City, once the exclusive domain of the Ming Dynasty, for an exclusive tour through this vast complex of courtyards and lanes. 

Optional Tour: Hutong Tour – Take a rickshaw tour of the traditional Hutong areas, famous for the old-style buildings, and time-honoured workshops. Enjoy a meal with a local family here before returning to your hotel.

Day 3: Beijing (B,L,D)

Today, you will 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. You will then learn about Jade, China’s most precious and celebrated stone, and its manufacturing process at the largest Jade factory in Beijing. Furthermore, you will visit the 2008 Olympic Games Sites including the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube. Before returning to your hotel, enjoy a complementary oriental foot massage at a traditional Chinese medical centre where you will learn about alternative treatments for illness and have the chance to consult a Chinese Medical professional.

Day 4: Beijing –train-icon– Hangzhou (B)

In the morning, you can choose to spend the day at your leisure – take advantage of the hotel facilities or explore Beijing.

Optional Tour: Visit the Temple of Heaven and practice the martial art of Tai Chi. Tai Chi is an internal martial art system which places emphasis on the development and control of Chi energy (consciousness) within the body. The Temple of Heaven a sprawling complex of religious buildings located in the south-eastern section of central Beijing. The site was constructed by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties who would host annual ceremonies of prayer for good harvest here.

Later this afternoon you will be transferred to Hangzhou via bullet train. 

Day 5: Hangzhou (B,L)

Today, your will embark on a tour of Hangzhou city – renowned for its beauty and abundance of cultural heritage. It is also the political, economic and cultural centre of the Zheijang Province and one of the most popular tourist destinations in China. You will then visit the West Lake area in Hangzhou, comprising of the West Lake and the surrounding hills, which have inspired famous poets, scholars and artists since the 9th Century. It is considered one of the most beautiful landscapes in China, and is home to numerous temples, pagodas, pavilions, gardens, causeways and artificial islands. While you’re in the West Lake scenic area, visit to tea plantation, here you will learn about tea picking and processing. 

Optional Tour: In the evening, you may choose to attend the Romance of Song Dynasty Show featuring colourful costumes dancing, acting and acrobatics and tells the story of the five areas of Hangzhou. 

Day 6: Hangzhou – Suzhou (B,L)

Today, you will be transferred from Hangzhou to Suzhou via bus. Upon arrival, spend some time exploring the Master of the Nets Garden it is one of the finest gardens in China, and for which Suzhou is renowned. You will explore the garden and admire the effortless cohesion of art, nature and architecture that has attracted thousands of visitors since 1140CE. 

Optional Tour: After lunch, you will have the option to take a boat trip along the longest canal in the world – Suzhou’s Grand Canal. Some sections date as far back as the 5th century BC and it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site – there are many beautiful homes to admire along this impressive waterway.

Day 7: Suzhou – Shanghai (B,L,D)

After breakfast, spend the morning perusing the most famous silk factory in China to understand the manufacturing processes of silk and its rich history in China before being be transferred to Shanghai via bus. Upon arrival, you will visit the Nanjing walking district and discover the history and culture of Shanghai. You will then continue to the Bund by the Huangpu River, and witness the old meeting the modern side of the city. 

Optional Tour: Enjoy an evening on the Huangpu River Cruise, allowing you to take in the famous sites of Shanghai including; the People’s Hero Monument, the Bund, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the dramatic skyline of the Pu Dong business district, the bustling International Passenger Station of Shanghai Harbour, the docks and the Wu Song ancient gun fort relics.

Day 8: Shanghai –airplane-takeoff– Australia

Today you will be transferred to the airport for flight home. We hope you enjoyed your journey to China with us!

Day 9: Australia

Arrive home today 

 

Day 1: Australia –airplane-takeoff– Beijing 

Depart Australia today on your international flight to Beijing!  (Please note: some flights depart 1 day earlier)

Upon arrival at the airport in Beijing you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Take some time to relax and prepare for your full day tomorrow in China’s capital.

Beijing, China’s massive capital, has history stretching back 3 millennia. Yet it’s known as much for its modern architecture as its ancient sites such as the grand Forbidden City complex, the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Day 2: Beijing (B)

Today you may choose to explore the city of Beijing at your own pace. Alternatively, you can join a selection of optional tours with our experienced local guide.

Optional Tour: Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City – Set out with your trip leader to discover Beijing’s imperial treasures. Stand in Tiananmen Square, one of the largest and grandest public plazas in the world before progressing on to the Forbidden City. Enter the imposing walls of the Forbidden City, once the exclusive domain of the Ming Dynasty, for an exclusive tour through this vast complex of courtyards and lanes. 

Optional Tour: Hutong Tour – Take a rickshaw tour of the traditional Hutong areas, famous for the old-style buildings, and time-honoured workshops. Enjoy a meal with a local family here before returning to your hotel.

Day 3: Beijing (B,L,D)

Today, you will 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. You will then learn about Jade, China’s most precious and celebrated stone, and its manufacturing process at the largest Jade factory in Beijing. Furthermore, you will visit the 2008 Olympic Games Sites including the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube. Before returning to your hotel, enjoy a complementary oriental foot massage at a traditional Chinese medical centre where you will learn about alternative treatments for illness and have the chance to consult a Chinese Medical professional.

Day 4: Beijing –train-icon– Hangzhou (B)

In the morning, you can choose to spend the day at your leisure – take advantage of the hotel facilities or explore Beijing.

Optional Tour: Visit the Temple of Heaven and practice the martial art of Tai Chi. Tai Chi is an internal martial art system which places emphasis on the development and control of Chi energy (consciousness) within the body. The Temple of Heaven a sprawling complex of religious buildings located in the south-eastern section of central Beijing. The site was constructed by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties who would host annual ceremonies of prayer for good harvest here.

Later this afternoon you will be transferred to Hangzhou via bullet train. 

Day 5: Hangzhou (B,L)

Today, your will embark on a tour of Hangzhou city – renowned for its beauty and abundance of cultural heritage. It is also the political, economic and cultural centre of the Zheijang Province and one of the most popular tourist destinations in China. You will then visit the West Lake area in Hangzhou, comprising of the West Lake and the surrounding hills, which have inspired famous poets, scholars and artists since the 9th Century. It is considered one of the most beautiful landscapes in China, and is home to numerous temples, pagodas, pavilions, gardens, causeways and artificial islands. While you’re in the West Lake scenic area, visit to tea plantation, here you will learn about tea picking and processing. 

Optional Tour: In the evening, you may choose to attend the Romance of Song Dynasty Show featuring colourful costumes dancing, acting and acrobatics and tells the story of the five areas of Hangzhou. 

Day 6: Hangzhou – Suzhou (B,L)

Today, you will be transferred from Hangzhou to Suzhou via bus. Upon arrival, spend some time exploring the Master of the Nets Garden it is one of the finest gardens in China, and for which Suzhou is renowned. You will explore the garden and admire the effortless cohesion of art, nature and architecture that has attracted thousands of visitors since 1140CE. 

Optional Tour: After lunch, you will have the option to take a boat trip along the longest canal in the world – Suzhou’s Grand Canal. Some sections date as far back as the 5th century BC and it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site – there are many beautiful homes to admire along this impressive waterway.

Day 7: Suzhou – Shanghai (B,L,D)

After breakfast, spend the morning perusing the most famous silk factory in China to understand the manufacturing processes of silk and its rich history in China before being be transferred to Shanghai via bus. Upon arrival, you will visit the Nanjing walking district and discover the history and culture of Shanghai. You will then continue to the Bund by the Huangpu River, and witness the old meeting the modern side of the city. 

Optional Tour: Enjoy an evening on the Huangpu River Cruise, allowing you to take in the famous sites of Shanghai including; the People’s Hero Monument, the Bund, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the dramatic skyline of the Pu Dong business district, the bustling International Passenger Station of Shanghai Harbour, the docks and the Wu Song ancient gun fort relics.

Day 8: Shanghai 

Today you may enjoy a day of leisure. Shanghai is host to a great number of historical and cultural sites, so be sure to ask your tour guide for advice on the best places to visit. Alternatively, you can choose to enjoy an optional tour with your experienced tour guide. 

Day 9: Shanghai – train-icon– Yichang cruise-icon

Today, you will be transferred from Shanghai to Yichang by high speed train. Upon arrival, you will board the Yangtze River Cruise ship and settle in before departure tomorrow. The expansive Yangtze River is the largest river in Asia and the third largest in the world. It is renowned not only for its impressive size, but also for the natural beauty of its surrounds. The river begins in the remote mountainous regions and winds its way through stunning gorges, lush and fertile regions and connects with numerous lakes and waterways.

Day 10: Yangtze River Cruise cruise-icon

Your first day on the Yangtze River will begin with a beautiful buffet breakfast before setting out on your first optional shore excursion to the Three Gorges Project. 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: Visit the Tribe of the Three Gorges, the only large scenic spot that has not be influenced by the Three Gorges Dam project, which showcases the abundant Ba Culture and Shu Culture. 

In the evening, you will return to the ship and attend the Captain’s Welcome Banquet and enjoy the evening of dancing. 

Day 11: Yangtze River Cruise cruise-icon

Enjoy a magical day cruising the scenic Yangtze River on board your luxury ship. 

Optional Tour: Enjoy a shore excursion to the mesmerizing Shennong Stream. The stream flows through 3 beautiful gorges including the Mianzhu Gorge, Parrot Gorge and Longcangdong Gorge. Each gorge is renowned for its unique and stunning scenery. The Shennong Stream is also home to the Hanging Coffins – which are ancient coffins containing the remains of decendants of the Tujia people.

Optional Tour: Visit the White Emperor City. It’s an ancient temple that is located atop Baidi Mountain on the northern bank of the Yangtze River in Fengjie County. In the afternoon, you will return to the ship in time for lunch and enjoy the crew’s performance in the evening.

Day 12: Yangtze River Cruise cruise-icon

Enjoy a magical day cruising the scenic Yangtze River on board your luxury ship. 

Optional Tour: Visit the legendary Shibaozhai. The site has a history of over 400 years when it was built into the side of a 200-meter-tall hill. The striking 9 story red pagoda was built in 1819 to make it easier for people to reach the Buddhist temple at the very top of the hill. Also, you may choose to attend an excursion of visiting the Fengdu Ghost City which is also known as the City of Ghosts. You will see the temples built on Ming Mountain depict the punish instruments and demon paintings, demonstrating the Chinese peoples imagination of hell.

In the evening you will enjoy the Farewell Dinner and pack your bags in preparation to disembark the cruise tomorrow.

Day 13: Chongqing –airplane-takeoff– Australia

Today, you will disembark the cruise ship and head to airport for your scheduled flight home. We hope you enjoyed your journey to China with us!

Day 14: Australia

Arrive home today. 

 

 

 

 

What You Get

 

Your package includes return international airfares, deluxe accommodation, expert tour guides, meals, private coach transportation and so much more…

  • Return international airfares with a full service airline
  • All airport and station transfers
  • Ride the bullet train from Beijing to Hangzhou
  • 7 nights’ accommodation staying in international brands like Park Plaza, Holiday Inn and Marriott properties
  • Breakfast daily plus 4 lunches and 2 dinners
  • In-depth sightseeing including admission fees
  • Dedicated coach transportation
  • Experienced English speaking local guides
  • All tipping

Extend to include a Majestic Yangtze river cruise:

  • Includes all of the above, plus;
  • 4 nights on-board a deluxe river cruise vessel
  • All meals while on-board your cruise
  • High-speed train from Shanghai to Yichang 
 

Fine Print

 

 How to book:

To book your Tour:

  • Bookings essential
  • Once you have completed your online booking you will receive an Order Confirmation, which will include a link to complete our Travel Partners booking form. 
  • This booking form MUST be completed and submitted to our Travel Partner in order to confirm your booking. 
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure, whichever is earlier 
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Payment Information:

Tour Excludes: 

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

Single Supplement:

9 Day Itinerary: $420 per person in addition to the twin share price.
14 Day Itinerary: $780 per person in addition to the twin share price.

You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here

Group Size:  2-50 people

Triple Share: Not available

Optional Tours:

Beijing

Hutong Rickshaw Tour & meal $55 – per person (approx)
Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City Tour – $80 per person (approx)
Temple of Heaven Tour with meal – $50 per person (approx)

Shanghai

Huangpu River Cruise – $35 per person (approx)
Ancient water town with meal – $80 per person (approx)
Acrobatics Show – $60 per person (approx)

Suzhou

Grand Canal Boat Tour – $35 per person (approx)

Hangzhou

The Romance Of Song Dynasty Show – $60 per person (approx)

All optional tours are payable on your tour in local currency. 

Accommodation: 

Beijing: Beijing Park Plaza Science Park or similar
Hangzhou: Hangzhou International Expo Center North Star or similar
Suzhou: Suzhou Holiday Inn Huirong Plaza or similar
Shanghai: Shanghai Baoshan Delta Hotel by Marriott or similar

Health:

Different levels of travel involve varying degrees of activity and we recommend a good level of fitness and health in order to fully experience the package and optional tours purchased, including site-seeing by foot, climbing of stairs and extended day touring. 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.

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

For more information on China, see our FAQ page here

For more information on how to book your Webjet Exclusives deal, please visit our Bookings FAQ Page

If you are needing assistance with your Visa, please request it upon submitting your booking form

Refund Policy: 

Bookings may be cancelled with a full refund of the deposit provided the cancellation occurs strictly within 48 hours from the time of purchase. All cancellation requests must be made in writing inside of this period to qualify for the refund request. Otherwise, deals purchased from Webjet Exclusives after the 48-hour period has surpassed are strictly non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable.

Please note that if you have selected a departure date that is inside 70 days of departure, strictly no refund will be applicable as we begin to make arrangements for your booking immediately.

Circumstances that do not qualify for Refunds:

 

  • Where you have contacted Webjet Exclusives after the conclusion of the deal or Book By Date;
  • Where you have failed to read the Specific Terms and Conditions of the offer (located under the “Fine Print” and “Flight Info” tabs on the deal page of our Website on the day of the offer), and the General Terms and Conditions;
  • If you have failed to complete and submit our Travel Partners Booking Form as required in order to secure your preferred departure date;
  • If you have failed to make payment within the advertised payment terms and your booking has been automatically cancelled as a result;
  • If an optional tour or tour extension request cannot be confirmed on your booking (for whatever reason);
  • If you change your mind after you have purchased a deal (for whatever reason);
  • If the tour or stay did not meet your general expectations (for whatever reason);
  • If you have had a dispute with the business on behalf of whom we are advertising the offer; or
  • If the Business does not have availability to redeem your voucher because you have not attempted to make a booking within a reasonable period of time or by the Book By Date advised on the deal page.
  • If you have selected a departure date that is inside 70 days of departure, as mentioned above 

 

 

 

Travel Dates

 

9 Day Itinerary:

2018

02 March 
09 March 
16 March
23 March
30 March
06 April
13 April
20 April
27 April
04 May
11 May
18 May
25 May
01 June
08 June
15 June
22 June
29 June
06 July*
03 August
10 August
17 August 
07 September*
14 September*
12 October*
19 October*
26 October*
02 November
09 November
16 November
23 November
30 November
 
14 Day Itinerary:

2018

 02 March 
09 March 
16 March
23 March
30 March
06 April
13 April
20 April
27 April
04 May*
11 May*
18 May*
25 May*
01 June
08 June
15 June
22 June
29 June
06 July*
03 August
10 August
17 August 
07 September*
14 September*
12 October*
19 October*
26 October*
02 November
09 November

 * A $200 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

Please note not all dates are available on each travel style. Available dates may differ between Essential and Classic. Please refer to the availability calendar for accurate availability.

 

Flight Information

 

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfare with China Southern (Sichuan Airlines, Xiamen Airlines or similar)
  • We are unable to guarantee which airline you will travel with as flights will be booked subject to promotional fare availability for your travel dates. Including minimum 20kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline).
  • Customers wishing to choose their preferred airline – please purchase your voucher first and request your preferred airline in the ‘special requests’ field when submitting your booking form. Please note, this is a request basis only.
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. Once we receive your form and your dates are available, your booking will be completed – no further changes will be possible.
  • The airfare remains non-refundable at all times.

 Flights:

  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 2 transits, 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 30 days prior to departure. If your travel dates are within 30 days of purchase you will be provided with your itinerary within 7 days.

Flight Variations: 

 If you wish to modify the promotional airfare included in your Webjet Exclusives package, the following Flight Variations can be requested:

  • Early arrival
  • Late departure
  • Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class where available
  • Airline of your choice where available

A $200 per person “breakaway” charge will apply per person plus any applicable fare and tax difference.

In order to obtain a quote for your requested variations, you must purchase your vouchers first and submit your request via the online booking form. On this form will be a section highlighted “Flight Quote Request”. You must complete the mandatory information in this section to be provided with an accurate quote.

PLEASE NOTE: No flight requests/quotes/upgrades will be actioned until your 2nd payment instalment has been made. At this time you will be contact by our operator in relation to your request. Payment of the breakaway fee and any applicable fare and tax difference is to be paid directly to our operator at the time of quotation.

Once flights have been confirmed and ticketed, any voluntary changes made thereafter will incur a change fee plus any fare and tax difference.

Stay behind surcharge:

  • If you wish to extend your trip, a $200 per person breakaway charge will apply (subject to availability and applicable fare difference). Your stay behind request must be submitted when completing your booking form. Only the return date can be altered. PLEASE NOTE: No staybehind will be actioned until your 2nd payment instalment is made.

Extending your trip: 

  • If you wish to alter or extend your trip, please purchase your voucher first and submit a request on your booking form. Webjet Exclusives will then provide quotations for any alterations or extensions. Should you wish to proceed any additional charges will be collected. However if you are unhappy with the options a full refund of the voucher will be provided. PLEASE NOTE: No extension request will be actioned until your 2nd payment instalment is made.

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international airfares
  • All transfers
  • 7 nights deluxe accommodation
  • Breakfast daily with 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Expert guides
  • In-depth sightseeing
  • Dedicated coach transportation
  • Tipping
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