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China Discovery 11 Days


$1,799.00 $1,399.00

Beijing, Wuxi, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai

Tour Highlights:
  • Uncover the mystery of Beijing's Forbidden City
  • Race across China on a high-speed bullet train from Beijing to Wuxi
  • Take a boat ride on tranquil West Lake in Hangzhou
  • Stroll in one of the finest Chinese gardens in Suzhou
  • Immerse yourself in the bustling metropolis Shanghai

As its name suggests, this tour is designed to give you a sample of China's ancient history, rich culture, delicate cuisine, thriving industries, and modern architecture. Walk along the Great Wall and unfold the mystery of the Forbidden City in China's capital Beijing, discover the exquisite cities of Wuxi, Suzhou, and Hangzhou – 'on par with heaven' for their natural beauty, according to a Chinese saying. Finally, immerse yourself in dynamic, cosmopolitan Shanghai.

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Departure Dates

2020 Twin Share Per Person Single Supplement
29 Feb*~ 23 May 22 Aug From $1799
$1,399
+$550
07 Mar~ 30 May 29 Aug
14 Mar~ 06 Jun 05 Sep
21 Mar~ 13 Jun 12 Sep
28 Mar 20 Jun* 19 Sep**
04 Apr* 27 Jun** 10 Oct
18 Apr* 04 Jul** 17 Oct
25 Apr 25 Jul 24 Oct
02 May 01 Aug 31 Oct
09 May 08 Aug 07 Nov
16 May 15 Aug 14 Nov
# = Shoulder Season Surcharge: $100
* = Peak Season Surcharge: $300
** = School Holiday Surcharge: $400
~ = Yangtze River Cruise extension is not available

 

Package Inclusions:

  • Airfares, taxes & fuel surcharges from Sydney or Melbourne with a full service Chinese carrier (e.g. China Southern/Eastern Airlines, Air China, China/Hainan/Sichuan/Xiamen Airlines) or other Asian carrier (e.g. Vietnam/Thai/Malaysia Air)
  • 9 nights 4 to 5-star (local rating) hotel accommodation
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Bullet train – Beijing to Wuxi
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • Coach transportation
    • Baggage limit: 1 piece 20kg per person
  • Entrance fees to scenic attractions
  • English speaking tour guide(s)

Package Exclusions:

  • Prepaid tipping: $100
  • China visa
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenses & anything optional

Price Guide:

  • Airline Upgrade^: Qantas, Cathay Pacific or Singapore Airlines from $500 subject to availability & applicable fare difference
  • Seasonal Surcharges: * = Peak Season: $300, ** = School Holidays: $400
  • NOTE: ~ = Yangtze River Cruise extension is not available
  • Interstate Surcharge: Brisbane/Adelaide/Perth $300 (interstate flights are via Sydney or Melbourne)
  • Early Arrival/Stay Behind/Stopover Surcharge: From $250 (subject to availability and applicable fare difference)
  • Pre/Post-Tour Accommodation (incl. breakfast): $75/person/twin room twin share, $150/person/single room
  • Premium Economy Upgrade~: Cathay Pacific from $2200 (subject to availability)
  • Business Class Upgrade~: China Eastern or China Southern Airlines from $2500, Cathay Pacific or Singapore Airlines from $4100 (subject to availability)
  • Please Note: Flight itineraries are not available until approximately 2 weeks before departure and involve transits
  • Child Price: Same as adult
  • Triple Share: Available (rollaway bedding)
  • Group Size: Up to 48 passengers

^ = International long haul sectors only.

Tour Extensions Optional Extension

Xi’an 3 Day Tour Extension from $590

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.

For details, tap the image above or click here

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Yangtze River Cruise 4/5 Days from $950

Yichang, Xiling Gorge, Three Gorges Dam Site, Shennong Stream, Wu Gorge, Qutang Gorge, Shibaozhai Pagoda, Chongqing

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 historical relics and ancient cultural sites along the mighty river.

For details, tap the image above or click here.


Optional ProgramsOptional Extension

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. Prepay for all optional programs to receive a $15 discount off the total price. English speaking guide, admissions and round trip transfers are included in the prices.

Beijing The Golden Mask Dynasty $75
Beijing Hutong Life Tour $70
Beijing Chinese Kung Fu Show $75
Wuxi Grand Canal Cruise $35
Hangzhou Impression West Lake or similar $80
Shanghai Chinese Acrobatic Show $75
Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise $40

Hotel Accommodation Optional Extension

Beijing Wyndham Beijing North or similar
Suzhou Suzhou QingShan Hotel or similar
Wuxi Days Hotel Baile Wuxi or similar
Hangzhou Merchant Marco Garden Hotel or similar
Shanghai Howard Johnson Hongqiao Hotel or similar

Testimonials Optional Extension

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you everyone at Nexus Holidays for organising a magnificent China Sampler tour. The tour exceeded my expectations in every way. It was operated by very efficient local and national guides, who were both experienced and helpful. The level of accommodation was exceptional in most instances and the food was great. The optional tours were highly enjoyable and I would give this trip a full 5 star rating. I will have no hesitation in recommending it to everyone contemplating travelling to China. Thank you for this most memorable experience.

(Janette. August 8, 2015 at 10:01)

My wife and I are just back from the 11 day tour of China. What a fantastic experience it was too with an interesting program taking in many great sights and a ride on the Maglev too. Our Nexus guides were brilliant and nothing was too much for them. The hotels were of an excellent standard and the food was very good and very plentiful. I would recommend Nexus to all my friends and am very grateful for the experience of visiting China in springtime when all the trees are blossoming. I look forward to my next Nexus trip.

(Mike Jones. April 13, 2017 at 11:58 am)

Fly to Beijing, the capital city of China, via a connecting city. Upon arrival, you will be warmly greeted at the airport by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
Please note: Some flights may depart the night before.
Beijing served as the capital of five dynasties over a period of 800 years. Today, visit Tiananmen Square, the second largest public square in the world, and the Forbidden City, the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming to Qing dynasty. Your welcome banquet includes the local delicacy, Peking Roast Duck.
Today’s highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall at Juyong Pass, the most famous image of China, and a chance to climb a portion of this 3,700-mile marvel. You will also visit one of the largest jade exhibitions in Asia en-route. After lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a cloisonné factory. Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional large scale dramatic musical, The Golden Mask Dynasty (at your own expense).
Today, tour the exquisite Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient garden in China and a former summer resort for emperors, followed by the Panda House at Beijing Zoo to see China’s adorable national treasure – the Giant Panda. Then visit a Chinese herbal institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine which has existed for thousands of years, as you enjoy a rejuvenating foot massage. Then, go on a tour of Beijing’s ancient Hutong neighbourhoods (at your own expense), and visit a local family where you will learn about tai chi, Chinese calligraphy, and cricket fighting. Alternatively, climb up Bell Tower to enjoy a bird’s eye view of old Beijing.

Note 1: There is only time available for one option (Hutong Life Tour or Bell Tower). Your tour guide will advise which one is available and suitable based on the day’s schedule. Bell Tower requires climbing stairs.

Note 2: Based on government policy, the number of rickshaws have been significantly reduced and adjustments to the Hutong Life Tour optional have been made to accommodate this change.

Afterwards, take a stroll in Wangfujing, one of the Chinese capital’s most famous shopping streets. Cap off the day by attending a thrilling Chinese Kung Fu Show (at your own expense).

Take a high speed train to Wuxi, an ancient city richly endowed with natural attractions due to its pleasantly warm and moist climate. Wuxi boasts a reputation of being the ‘Land of Fish and Rice’. Enjoy the scenery as we pass by Lake Tai, the third-largest freshwater lake in China. This evening, go sightseeing around Nanchang Street and take a cruise along the Grand Canal (at your own expense) to view life along what was known as ‘China’s golden waterway’ in its heyday. Then, take a stroll along the trendy pedestrian streets composed of both ancient and modern architecture.
This morning visit one of the largest freshwater pearl exhibitions in the country. After lunch, travel by coach to Suzhou, an extraordinarily elegant city with its canals, stone bridges, and meticulously designed gardens. Suzhou has been referred to as ‘Paradise on Earth’ by Chinese poets and writers since ancient times. As a large area of the city is covered by water, including a vast number of ponds and streams, Suzhou is also known as ‘Venice of the East’. It is also known as the ‘Garden City’ due to its many classical gardens, renowned for their charming natural beauty and harmonious construction. Visit the Lingering Garden, which is among the finest in China.
This morning visit a silk spinning mill, and learn how silk is created from mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the finest thread and cloth. After lunch, travel by coach to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world”. Upon arrival, take a boat ride on the serene West Lake, the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, and noted for its scenic beauty which blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. This evening, you can enjoy an optional open-air performance, Impression West Lake, a masterpiece created by Zhang Yimou, the director of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics Games Opening Ceremony (at your own expense).
Experience tea-tasting at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation. Then travel by coach to Shanghai, a vibrant metropolis and the commercial centre of China. Upon arrival, walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. Lined with colonial architecture of European design, it is the best place to capture the Western influences of the old days. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure strolling along the bustling shopping district, Nanjing Road. Tonight you can watch a superb and thrilling Chinese Acrobatic Show (at your own expense).
After breakfast, visit Jin Mao Tower Observation Deck (88th floor) for a panoramic view of Huangpu River and the Bund. After lunch, head to the Old Street in the City God Temple area, symbolic of the large temple complex and surrounding traditional district of commerce in the city. After tonight’s farewell celebration dinner, you can cap off the celebrations by joining an optional Huangpu River Cruise for a glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai (at your own expense).
After breakfast, transfer to Shanghai airport to board your overnight connecting flight via an intermediate city to Australia. The trip may be over, but the experiences and memories will certainly last a lifetime.
Arrive home this morning.