China Impressions 12 Days

$1,899.00

Xi'an – Beijing – Suzhou – Wuxi – Hangzhou – Shanghai

This tour is designed to give you a sample of China's ancient history, rich culture, delicate cuisine, thriving industries, and modern architecture. After seeing the awe-inspiring buried legacy of China's first emperor in Xi'an, walk along the Great Wall and unfold the mystery of the Forbidden City in China's capital Beijing, discover the exquisite cities of Suzhou and Hangzhou – both on par with heaven for their natural beauty, according to a Chinese saying. Explore the Lingering Garden of Wuxi, and immerse yourself in the dynamic cosmopolitan city Shanghai.

Tour Highlights:

  • Gaze in awe at the marvellous Terracotta Army of the first emperor of China
  • Walk on the incredible Great Wall
  • See Beijing's Bird's Nest and Water Cube Olympic stadiums
  • Unfold the mysteries of the Forbidden City
  • Stroll in the exquisite Summer Palace
  • Sit by tranquil West Lake in Hangzhou
  • Immerse yourself in the bustling metropolis of Shanghai

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Guaranteed Departure Dates

2018 Price Per Person Single Supplement
Feb 25 (^)* May 27 Aug 26* From $1,899 $550
Mar 4 (^)* Jun 3 Sep 2*
Mar 11 (^) Jun 10 Sep 9*
Mar 18(^) Jun 17* Sep 16**
Mar 18(^) Jun 24* Sep 23**
Apr 1** Jul 1* Sep 30**
Apr 8** Jul 8** Oct 7*
Apr 15* Jul 15** Oct 14
Apr 22* Jul 22* Oct 21
Apr 29* Jul 29* Oct 28
May 6* Aug 5 Nov 4
May 13 Aug 12 Nov 11
May 20 Aug 19 Nov 18

Package Inclusions:

  • Economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth flying China Southern or China Eastern Airlines
  • Internal flights
  • 9 nights hotel accommodation
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, S=Special Banquet)
  • Coach transportation & transfers
  • Admissions to scenic attractions
  • English speaking guide(s)

Package Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $110
  • China visa
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenses

Optional Post-Tour Extension Package

Majestic Yangtze River Cruise – 5 Days 4 Nights

$1090 per person (twin share), Single Supplement $750

After walking along the Great Wall in Beijing, strolling through classic gardens in Suzhou, and immersing yourself in the bustling metropolis Shanghai, relax and 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 life time. You will enjoy the stunning picturesque scenery and amazing natural beauties of the famed Three Gorges: Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge, 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 Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest dam.

A Yangtze River cruise is a visual delight, full of pleasant surprises and many treasures waiting to be discovered. The images will stay with you long after you have returned home.

Inclusions:

  • Economy class domestic flights or high speed train transportation
  • All transfers
  • Daily meals as indicated (B, L, D)
  • Standard Cabin with Private Balcony (twin-share)
  • 3 shore excursions (subject to change and local conditions)
  • English speaking guide service (on board)
  • Note:Note: Cruise ship is subject to change. Triple share is not available. Nexus Holidays reserves the right to substitute the ship with one of similar standard

Exclusions:

  • China visa
  • Tipping – AUD$50
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Personal expenses

Accommodation

Xi’an Titan Times Hotel or similar
Beijing Ramada Beijing North or similar
Suzhou Pan Pacific Hotel or similar
Wuxi Swiss Bell Hotel or similar
Hangzhou Grand Metropark Hotel local rating or similar
Shanghai Wyndam Bund East Hotel or similar

Optional Recommended Excursions

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.
Beijing The Golden Mask Dynasty $75
Beijing Temple of Heaven and Hutong Life Tour $90
Wuxi Grand Canal Cruise $35
Hangzhou Impression West Lake $80
Shanghai Huangpu River Night Cruise $55
Shanghai ERA: The Intersection of Time $75
Board your international flight to Xi’an via a connecting city. 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 Warriors & Horses to see the life-sized defending army to the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. This site is among the top archaeological excavations of the 20th century. This will be followed by a visit to an ceramic art factory. In the evening, enjoy a special Imperial Dumpling Banquet and traditional Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Show.
Xi'an Terracotta Army
After breakfast, visit the Shanxi Provincial History Museum. 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 that has survived in China but also one of the largest ancient military defence systems in the world. Fly to Beijing in the evening. Upon arrival in Beijing, take the escorted transfer to the hotel.
Xi'an City Wall
Beijing has 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. Tour the exquisite Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient imperial garden in China, and a former summer resort for Emperors. Then, visit Tong Ren Tang to learn about traditional Chinese medicine, which has existed for thousands of years. Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional event with dinner, a large scale dramatic musical – The Golden Mask Dynasty (at your own expense).
Beijing Forbidden City
Today’s highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall, the most famous image of China, and a chance to climb a portion of this 4,350+ kilometer long marvel. Visit one of the largest jade exhibitions in Asia en route. After lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a cloisonné factory. Then we will pass by modern exteriors of the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube. Your welcome banquet includes the local delicacy, Peking Roast Duck.
Great Wall of China
Enjoy the day at leisure or join an optional Temple of Heaven & hutong life tour with lunch (at your own expense). Temple of Heaven, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. Then take a famous rickshaw hutong tour & local family visit. This package also includes a traditional Beijing Zhajiangmian (‘fried sauce noodles’) as lunch. Hutongs are traditional alleyways that made up Beijing’s old city plan. Take a special rickshaw ride for an immersive tour and get a wonderful glimpse into yesterday’s world, the old way of life and traditional Beijing culture, and see the dramatic changes the city has undergone, then visit a local family and local market afterwards. In the afternoon, depart for Shanghai, and be transferred to Suzhou upon arrival.
Temple of Heaven
This morning, visit the Lingering Garden, one of the classical garden masterpieces on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Suzhou is known as the “Venice of the East” as a large part of the city is covered in water. After lunch, you may take an optional cruise along the Grand Canal for a glimpse of the local life and China’s golden waterway in its heyday (at your own expense). Then, visit a silk spinning mill to learn how silk is created from mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the nest thread and cloth. You will be transferred to Wuxi hotel this afternoon.
Lingering Garden
To start the day, visit a Fresh Water Pearl Farm. Then, head to admire the famous Lingshan Grand Buddha, with a thousand year old Buddhist temple nearby. Later, you will be transferred to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world”. In the evening, you may enjoy an optional performance show Impression West Lake, and see the story of West Lake come alive before your eyes (at your own expense).
West Lake Hangzhou
In the morning, take a boat ride on Hangzhou’s West Lake, known for its scenic beauty that blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sights. Then experience an oriental tea-tasting at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation. After lunch, travel to Shanghai, the vibrant metropolis and commercial centre of China. Followed by a walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. It is the best place to capture the western influences of the old days. This evening, you may take the optional Huangpu River Night Cruise to get a glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai (at your own expense).
The Bund
Today, visit the Shanghai Museum and indulge in ancient Chinese art, furniture, and jade. Visit Shanghai Old City God Temple area, a busy shopping centre where you may find souvenirs and delicious local food. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon. In the evening, attend a thrilling optional Chinese acrobatic show ERA – The Intersection of Time at your own expense (at your own expense).
Shanghai Museum
Enjoy the morning at leisure before you are transferred to airport to board your overnight flight to Australia via a connecting city. The trip may be over, but the experiences and memories will certainly last a life time.
Arrive home this morning

Optional Post-Tour Extension Package

Majestic Yangtze River Cruise – 5 Days 4 Nights

This morning travel to the port city of Yichang, the starting point of our Yangtze River Cruise for the next four nights. After dinner, we board the cruise and receive an introduction to cruise events and onboard activities.
Arr/Dept Events
09:00 Board the ship at Yichang Dock
24:00 Departs Yichang
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
01:00-13:00 Shore excursion: Visit tribe of Three Gorges (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
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)
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
After breakfast, disembark from our cruise in the port city of Chongqing at 9am. Transfer to the airport for a flight to Australia via a connecting city.