Beautiful Beijing with Yangtze River Cruise 10 Days

$1,699.00

Beijing, Bullet Train, Yangtze River Cruise

Tour Highlights:

  • Walk on the incredible Great Wall in Beijing
  • Uncover the mysteries of the imperial Forbidden City
  • Visit Tiananmen Square – right at the heart of China's modern transformation!
  • Take an ultra-modern high speed bullet train from Beijing to Yichang
  • Relax and enjoy a spectacular and illuminating Yangtze River Cruise

Beijing is the political centre of China, as it has been for centuries. The capital of the 'Middle Kingdom' is the location of the awe-inspiring Forbidden City, and home to the iconic Great Wall and charming Summer Palace, which thrill with their imposing scale, iconic architecture, and long history.

Then, relax as you cruise along the majestic Yangtze River, and discover the dramatic gorges, mountain villages and breathtaking scenery. A Yangtze River cruise is the thrill of a lifetime. You will enjoy the stunning picturesque scenery and amazing natural beauty of the famed Three Gorges: Qutang, Wu, and Xiling, while exploring the historic relics and ancient cultural sites along the mighty river.

Enjoy shore excursions to explore the fascinating history and tranquil landscapes including the spectacle of Fengdu Ghost City, a peculiar site that contains statues of demons and ghosts that roam the after-world; the fun of drifting through Shennong Stream, which offers clear running waters, picturesque rock formations, and monkeys and goats along its banks; and the wonder of the massive Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest.

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Departure Dates

2019 Price Per Person Single Supplement
23 Apr* 16 Jul 27 Aug $1,699 $1080
21 May 30 Jul 22 Oct
04 Jun 06 Aug 29 Oct
11 Jun 13 Aug 05 Nov
09 Jul* 20 Aug 12 Nov
* = Peak Season Surcharge: $300

Package Inclusions:

  • Airfares, taxes & fuel surcharges from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane with a full service Chinese carrier (e.g. China Southern/Eastern Airlines, Air China, China/Hainan/Sichuan/Xiamen Airlines or similar (subject to availability)
  • 4 nights 3-4 star (local rating) hotel accommodation in Beijing
  • 4 nights standard cabin with private balcony (twin-share only) aboard Yangtze River Cruise
  • 3 shore excursions aboard Yangtze River Cruise (subject to change and favourable local river conditions)
  • Meals as indicated on itinerary
  • High-speed train from Beijing to Yichang
  • Round trip airport & hotel transfers
  • Air conditioned coach transportation (baggage limit: 1 pieceof up to 20kg per person)
  • Entrance fees to selected scenic attractions
  • English-speaking tour guide(s)

Package Exclusions:

  • China visa application fees
  • Tipping: $90
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated on the itinerary

Tour Extensions Optional Extension

Xi’an 3 Day Pre-Tour Extension from $590

The tour will be either self-guided or a group tour depending on the size of group.

Xi’an was the capital of China for eleven dynasties, over a period of more than 2,000 years. Now the city is famed for the ‘Terracotta Army’ of Qin Shi Huang – the first ruler to unify the lands that became modern China. Take in one of the wonders of the ancient world with two nights in Xi’an.

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Optional ProgramsOptional Extension

Please kindly note, all shore excursions for Yangtze River Cruise are subject to river and weather conditions. Any optional shore excursions are payable on-board the cruise (subject to availability).

Get to know China better with our list of in-depth excursions recommended to add another dimension to your total experience! They can be prepaid in Australia more than 30 days prior to departure at the discounted AUD prices below, or paid directly in the local currency to your tour guide upon arrival in China. English speaking guide, admissions and round trip transfers are included in the price. Per person prices below.

Beijing Forbidden City Tour $80
Beijing Peking Duck Dinner $40
Beijing The Golden Mask Dynasty $75
Beijing Panda House & Hutong Life Tour w/Lunch $80
Beijing Chinese Kung-Fu Show $75

Hotel Accommodation Optional Extension

Beijing Chunhuiyuan Hot Springs Hotel or similar
Yangtze River Cruise Victoria Jenna or similar
Depart Australia today on your flight to Beijing via connecting cities. You will arrive at Beijing International Airport, where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Beijing, China’s massive capital, has a history stretching back three millennia. Yet since the 2008 Olympic Games, it’s known for its modern architecture as well as ancient sites.

NOTE: Some flights may depart the night before.

After breakfast, visit Tiananmen Square, the second-largest public square in the world! Tiananmen Square is named after the Tiananmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located to the north of the square, separating it from the Forbidden City. The square contains the Monument to the People’s Heroes, the National Museum of China and the Mausoleum of Chairman Mao Zedong, and holds great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history.

Optional Activity: Forbidden City Tour ($80) – Visit the incredible Forbidden City, a true architectural masterpiece, and the imperial palace from the Ming to the Qing dynasty (1420 to 1912). The complex is home to the National Palace Museum, and consists of 980 buildings covering 72 ha (over 180 acres). The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world!

Optional Activity: Peking Duck Dinner ($40) – Tonight, head out for one of the most famous Chinese dishes and a Beijing speciality, Peking Duck.

Today’s highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall at Juyong Pass. This is one of the three most famous passes along the Great Wall of China, together with Jiayuguan and Shanhaiguan. 60 km from downtown Beijing, Juyong Pass was the northern route to Beijing in ancient times. Once here, there is plenty of time to learn about the wall’s construction and you’ll have the chance to climb a portion of this 6,000 km marvel. On the way back to Beijing, we stop at one of the largest jade exhibitions in Asia. Then, after lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a cloisonné factory. Cloisonne is a famous traditional enamel ware, known as the ‘Blue of Jingtai’ in China, with a history of over 500 years. It was so called because blue was the colour typically used for enamelling, and Jingtai was the reign title of the 7th Ming Emperor.

Optional Show: The Golden Mask Dynasty ($75) – This phenomenal show incorporates dancing, acrobatics, magnificent costumes and lot of surprises. Seen by an estimated 1.1 million people, it is one of Beijing’s must-see shows.

Enjoy an excursion to the Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient garden in China, and a former summer resort for emperors. This is followed by a visit to a Chinese herbal medicine institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine, which has existed for thousands of years.

Optional Tour: Hutong Life & Panda House Tour w/Lunch ($80) – A rickshaw will take you around the intricate winding hutongs to admire these old courtyard dwellings, built during the Mongol Yuan Dynasty. Even today, when many have been developed into upscale restaurants, tea houses, and boutiques, many residents are reluctant to move from their beloved hutongs. On this tour, you are invited to visit a local family’s house to experience authentic ‘old Beijing’ life. Next, visit the Panda House in Beijing Zoo to see China’s adorable national treasure – the Giant Panda.

Optional Tour: Chinese Kung-Fu Show ($75) – This show is an energetic mix of traditional Chinese martial arts, dance and high-flying acrobatics set in a modern theatre. Combined with an excellent storyline, exceptional stage design and professional actors this show is not to be missed for Chinese Kung-Fu enthusiasts or those seeking a thrilling performance.

Take a high speed train from Beijing to Yichang, the starting point of our Yangtze River Cruise. After dinner, we board the cruise and receive an introduction to cruise events and onboard activities.
Arr/Dept Events
19:00-20:00 Board the ship at Yichang Dock
24:00 Departs Yichang
Today, your cruise enters the Xiling Gorge. Named for Mount Xiling, this is the longest of the Three Gorges. In fact, Xiling Gorge comprises four smaller gorges with rather poetic names; Precious Sword, Horse Lung & Ox Liver, Soundless Bell, and Shadow Play. Join an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam (subject to river & weather conditions), the world’s largest power station. You may also like to take an optional shore excursion (at additional cost) to visit the Ba and Tujia ethnic minorities of the Three Gorges, an experience which offers interesting glimpses into the culture and history of the Xiling Gorge region.
Arr/Dept Events
08:00 Briefing on the cruise
08:00-09:00 Passing the Xiling Gorge (East Part)
09:00-11:00 Shore excursion: Three Gorges Dam Site
11:00-13:00 Shore excursion: Visit Ba and Tujia ethnic minorities of the Three Gorges. Experience a charming reenactment of traditional life ways in a peaceful hillside village setting (optional)
13:30-15:30 Passing the Three Gorges Dam
16:00 Sail through 5-stage shiplock
18:00 Captain’s Welcome Dinner
20:00 Evening entertainment
Populated since at least the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD), this once-wild tributary to the Yangtze has calmed since the construction of the Three Gorges Dam. This charming gorge and the surrounding forest park are named for Shen Nong, the mythical ‘Divine Farmer’, who is said to have taught the ancient Chinese the secrets of agriculture, herbal medicine, the solar calendar, and brewing tea.
Arr/Dept Events
06:30 Breakfast
08:00-12:00 Shore excursion: Shennong Stream
13:30-17:00 Sail through Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge
17:30 Shore excursion: White Emperor City (optional, river conditions permitting)
After breakfast, enjoy a shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda (subject to weather and river conditions). Then you may take an optional shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City (additional cost). This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner onboard.
Arr/Dept Events
07:00 Breakfast
08:30-10:30 Shore excursion: Shibaozhai Pagoda
10:30-12:30 Shore excursion: Fengdu Ghost City (optional)
14:00-16:00 Lectures
18:00 Farewell Dinner
We disembark from our cruise in the port city of Chongqing at 9am this morning. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Australia via an intermediate city.
Arrive back in Australia today.

Optional Pre-Tour Extension Package

Xi’an Terracotta Warriors 2 Nights

From $590

Xi’an was the first Chinese city to open its doors to the world, during the Tang dynasty, and the capital for eleven dynasties over a period of more than 2,000 years. Together with Athens, Cairo and Rome, Xi’an is among the four major ancient civilisation capitals of the world.

Highlights:

  • Terracotta Army
  • Ancient City Wall
  • Great Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Shaanxi Provincial History Museum
  • Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Show
  • Imperial Dumpling Banquet

Inclusions:

  • Return economy class airfares to Xi’an
  • All transfers
  • Coach transportation
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, S=Special Banquet)
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double/triple share)
  • Entrance fees to scenic attractions
  • English speaking guide

Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $30
  • Personal expenditure

Price Guide:

  • Single Supplement: $120
  • All airline or flight related upgrades defined in the Price Guide of the core tour incur an additional $200
  • This extension can be combined with other optional tour extensions

Accommodation:

  • Kempinski Hotel 5 star local rating or similar
Board your international flight from Australia to for a connecting flight to Xi’an. Your tour guide will greet you at the airport and then transfer you to your hotel to rest.
The highlight today is a visit to the Terracotta Army to see the life-sized army, created to defend the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang Di, in the afterlife. This site is among the top archaeological excavations of the 20th century. This will be followed by a visit to an ceramic arts factory. In the evening, enjoy a special Imperial Dumpling Banquet and traditional Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Show.
After breakfast, visit the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum. The museum is one of China’s largest, and houses over 370,000 items, including murals, paintings, pottery, coins, as well as bronze, gold, and silver objects. Enjoy a special noodle lunch including an interesting noodle making demonstration. Then visit the Great Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of the city. Later, walk along the Ancient City Wall, which not only is the most complete city wall to survive in China but also one of the largest ancient military defence systems in the world. Fly to Beijing in the evening to commence your main tour and cruise.