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China Sampler 11 Days (2017)

$2,899.00 $1,599.00

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 Suzhou and Hangzhou both on par with heaven for their natural beauty according to a Chinese saying, and immerse yourself in the dynamic cosmopolitan city Shanghai.

Tour Highlights:

  • Walk on the incredible Great Wall
  • Uncover the mystery of the Forbidden City
  • Sit by the tranquil West Lake in Hangzhou
  • Stroll in one of the nest Chinese gardens in Suzhou
  • Immerse yourself in the bustling metropolis Shanghai

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Guaranteed Departure Dates

2017 Price Per Person Single Supplement
23 Feb(^)* 18 May* 17 Aug $2,899
From $1,599
$550
02 Mar(^) 25 May* 24 Aug
09 Mar(^) 01 Jun 31 Aug*
16 Mar(^) 08 Jun 07 Sep*
23 Mar(^)** 15 Jun 14 Sep**
30 Mar(^)** 22 Jun 21 Sep**
06 Apr** 29 Jun** 28 Sep**
13 Apr** 13 Jul** 05 Oct*
20 Apr* 20 Jul* 12 Oct*
27 Apr* 27 Jul* 19 Oct
04 May* 03 Aug 02 Nov
11 May* 10 Aug 09 Nov

Package Inclusions:

  • Economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane flying China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines or Air China (subject to availability)
  • 9 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double/triple share)
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Internal flights (operated by a local carrier)
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • Coach transportation
  • Entrance fees to scenic attractions
  • English speaking tour guide(s)

Package Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $100
  • China visa application fees
  • Optional recommended excursions
  • Optional tour extensions
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Optional Pre-Tour Extension Package

Xi’an Terracotta Warriors 2 Nights

From $690

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 Warriors & Horses
  • Ancient City Wall
  • Big 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

Optional Post-Tour Extension Package

Majestic Yangtze River Cruise 5 Days 4 Nights

From $1090

After walking along the Great Wall in Beijing, stroll through classic gardens in Suzhou, and immerse yourself in the bustling metropolis Shanghai, 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 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.

Ship: Luxury 5 Star – President 7, Yangtze 2, Victoria Jenna, or similar

The luxurious President 7 is newly constructed ship with modern design and technique. It first sails on the Yangtze River in April of 2013. With the maximum length of 146.8m and width of 20.2m, the ship possesses 215 deluxe cabins, 13 executive cabins and 2 presidential cabins, which all together could accommodate up to 580 passengers. There are about 200 staff on board offering superior and all – directional service to guests whenever needed. Besides the high-quality service, the ship is also equipped with the most advanced facilities like Satellite Television, Satellite phone and air-conditioning system. You will be impressed by their humanized design of providing large swimming pool, deluxe cinema, Golf driving range, Children’s park and barrier-free facilities, which made them quite different from the traditional luxurious cruise ships.

Inclusions:

  • 4 nights standard cabin with private balcony (twin share)
  • 3 shore excursions (subject to change and favourable weather conditions)
  • Economy class domestic flights (operated by a local carrier)
  • All transfers
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • English speaking guide (on board)

Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $50
  • Optional shore excursions (payable on board)
  • Personal expenditure

Price Guide:

  • Single Supplement: $750
  • Rooms are twin occupancy only, double and triple share are not available on the cruise
  • Cruise ship used is dependent on availability and is subject to change
  • This extension can be combined with other optional tour extensions

Hotel Accommodation

Beijing Loong Palace Hotel local rating or similar
Suzhou Pan Pacific Hotel local rating or similar
Wuxi Swiss-Belhotel Liyuan Wuxi local rating or similar
Hangzhou Metropark Hotel local rating or similar
Shanghai Wyndham Bund East Hotel local rating 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. English speaking guide, admissions and round trip transfers are included in the prices.
Beijing The Golden Mask Dynasty $75
Beijing Hutong Life Tour $70
Wuxi Grand Canal Cruise $35
Hangzhou Impression West Lake $80
Shanghai ERA: The Intersection of Time $75
Shanghai Shanghai Dumpling Lunch $25
Shanghai Huangpu River Night Cruise $55
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 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. Continue on to the Temple of Heaven, one of the best examples of Ming Dynasty architecture and also an ornate sanctuary where Chinese emperors offered sacrifices to heaven and prayed for good harvest. 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 Beijing Zoo to see China’s adorable national treasure – the Giant Panda. 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. Later, you can join an optional “Hutong Life Tour” (at your own expense), a special journey which explores Beijing’s ancient alleyways or “hutongs” by pedicab or take a stroll in Wangfujing, one of the Chinese capital’s most famous shopping streets.
Fly to Shanghai and travel to Wuxi, an ancient city richly endowed with nature due to its pleasantly warm and moist climate – it 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, we have the option of visiting Nanchang Street and take a cruise along the Grand Canal to view life along China’s golden waterway in its heyday then stroll along the charming and trendy pedestrian street composed of both ancient and modern architecture (at your own expense).
This morning visit one of the largest Fresh Water Pearl Exhibitions in the country. After lunch, travel by coach to Suzhou, an extraordinarily delicate and elegant city with its canals, stone bridges and meticulously designed gardens which has often 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 gardens 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, 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 an oriental tea-tasting at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation. Then travel by coach to Shanghai, the vibrant metropolis and commercial centre of China. Upon arrival, walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. Lined with colonial architectures 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 “ERA: The Intersection of Time” (at your own expense).
After breakfast, visit Jin Mao Tower Observation Deck (88th floor) for a panoramic view of Huangpu River and the Bund. Then taste the famous Xiao Long Bao at a Shanghai Dumpling restaurant for lunch (at your own expense). After lunch, head to the City God Temple of Shanghai, 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 Night 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 life time.
Arrive home this morning.

Optional Pre-Tour Extension Package

Xi’an Terracotta Warriors 2 Nights

From $690

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 Warriors & Horses
  • Ancient City Wall
  • Big 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 for a connecting flight via an intermediate city 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 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 Art Ceramics 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. Enjoy a special noodle lunch including an interesting noodle making demonstration. Then visit the Big 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 to commence your China Sampler 10 Day Tour.

Optional Post-Tour Extension Package

Majestic Yangtze River Cruise 5 Days 4 Nights

From $1090

After walking along the Great Wall in Beijing, stroll through classic gardens in Suzhou, and immerse yourself in the bustling metropolis Shanghai, 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 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.

Ship: Luxury 5 Star – President 7, Yangtze 2, Victoria Jenna, or similar

The luxurious President 7 is newly constructed ship with modern design and technique. It first sails on the Yangtze River in April of 2013. With the maximum length of 146.8m and width of 20.2m, the ship possesses 215 deluxe cabins, 13 executive cabins and 2 presidential cabins, which all together could accommodate up to 580 passengers. There are about 200 staff on board offering superior and all – directional service to guests whenever needed. Besides the high-quality service, the ship is also equipped with the most advanced facilities like Satellite Television, Satellite phone and air-conditioning system. You will be impressed by their humanized design of providing large swimming pool, deluxe cinema, Golf driving range, Children’s park and barrier-free facilities, which made them quite different from the traditional luxurious cruise ships.

Inclusions:

  • 4 nights standard cabin with private balcony (twin share)
  • 3 shore excursions (subject to change and favourable weather conditions)
  • Economy class domestic flights (operated by a local carrier)
  • All transfers
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • English speaking guide (on board)

Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $50
  • Optional shore excursions (payable on board)
  • Personal expenditure

Price Guide:

  • Single Supplement: $750
  • Rooms are twin occupancy only, double and triple share are not available on the cruise
  • Cruise ship used is dependent on availability and is subject to change
  • This extension can be combined with other optional tour extensions
This morning fly 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 on cruise events and onboard activities.
Arr/Dept Events
19:00-20:00 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
11:00-13:00 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 connecting flight via an intermediate city to Australia.
Arrive in Australia.