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Classic China 8 Days

$1,399.00 $999.00

Beijing, Shanghai

Tour Highlights:

  • Walk on the incredible Great Wall
  • Uncover the mystery of the Forbidden City
  • Taste authentic Peking Roast Duck
  • Stroll in the exquisite Summer Palace
  • Immerse yourself in the bustling metropolis Shanghai

Experience two of the most significant cities in contemporary China. Beijing is the political centre of the country, and is the location of the awe-inspiring Forbidden City, and close to the iconic Great Wall and charming Summer Palace. Shanghai is the financial nerve-centre of the mainland Chinese economy, and is diverse and cosmopolitan due to it's being the first Chinese city to open up to a foreign colonial presence. Feast your senses on the meeting of ancient and hyper-modern, with a taste of the world's newest superpower.

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Departure Dates

2018 Price Per Person Single Supplement
07 Jun* 16 Aug 18 Oct From $1,399
$999
$550
14 Jun* 23 Aug* 25 Oct
21 Jun* 30 Aug 01 Nov
19 Jul* 06 Sep** 08 Nov
02 Aug 27 Sep*
09 Aug 11 Oct*
* = Peak Season Surcharge: $300
** = School Holidays Surcharge: $500

Package Inclusions:

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

Package Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $70
  • High speed train fee from Beijing to Shanghai prepaid in Australia: $160
  • China visa application fees
  • Optional recommended excursions
  • Optional tour extensions
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated on the itinerary

Tour Extensions Optional Extension

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.

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Xi’an 3 Day 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

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 price.

Beijing The Golden Mask Dynasty $75
Beijing Hutong Life Tour $70
Beijing Chinese Kung Fu Show $75
Shanghai ERA: The Intersection of Time or SPIRAL $75
Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise $55 (2018 dep), $40 (2019 dep)

Hotel Accommodation Optional Extension

Beijing Wyndham Beijing North or similar local rating
Shanghai Wyndham Bund East Hotel or similar local rating

Testimonials Optional Extension

I have recently returned from the 8 Day Classic China Tour with Nexus Holidays and I would like to offer some feedback.

First of all the correspondence with Nexus Holidays here in Australia by email and phone contact was excellent. I always received a response to my questions in a very prompt timely timeframe. Great service.

The Wyndam Bund East was brilliant. Fantastic location, beautiful rooms, just perfect. We loved this property.

Whilst in Beijing, we had a tour guide called Eddie. Well this man was knowledgeable, professional, brilliant in his role and an overall very nice man. I can’t speak highly enough of Eddie and I would like Nexus to acknowledge Eddie as a brilliant Tour Guide and he should be recognised for his extreme hard work and support of the Nexus Holidays clients. Eddie took good care of all the clients and his knowledge of Beijing is similar to an encyclopedia!

Our guide in Shanghai was Helen. Helen was fantastic. She manipulated the itinerary to suit the time and interest of the tour group and added way more than we were expecting, all on her own accord, simply to make our holiday more impressive. Helen is an exceptional guide and I would like Nexus to also acknowledge Helen for her hard work too.

Finally, I would say this holiday was exceptional value for money. I would recommend Nexus Holidays to all my friends and would definitely travel again with Nexus. Thank you for a very memorable holiday, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and can’t fault a single thing.

(Leanne. June 25, 2016 at 9:59)

Fly to Beijing 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 the 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 a 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. Visit one of the largest jade exhibitions in Asia en-route. After lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a cloisonné factory, and visit the Changling Exhibition Hall of the Ming Tombs, where thirteen of the sixteen Ming dynasty emperors are buried. Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional large scale dramatic musical, The Golden Mask Dynasty (at your own expense).
Tour the exquisite Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient imperial garden in China. Then, visit a Chinese herbal medicine institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine, which has existed for thousands of years. Later, join a ‘Hutong Life Tour‘ (at your own expense), a special journey which explores Beijing’s ancient alleyways or hutongs by pedicab followed by a stroll in Wangfujing, one of the Chinese capital’s most famous shopping streets. After dinner, cap off the day by attending a superb and thrilling Chinese Kung-Fu Show (at your own expense).

Experience the high-speed train to Shanghai – the modern metropolis and commercial centre of China. This morning we visit a silk spinning mill and learn how silk is created from mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the finest thread and cloth. Then we walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. Lined by colonial architecture of European design, this area is the best place to capture the western influences of old Shanghai. Continue to the Old Town which is a perfect combination of gardens, temples, old architecture, local culture, souvenir businesses, and food. Afterwards, you may join an optional Huangpu River Cruise (at your own expense).

NOTE: For travellers who choose to join the optional mid-tour extension package to see Xi’an and the Terracotta Warriors, you will instead fly to Xi’an, spending two nights, and then on to Shanghai.

This morning visit Shanghai Museum to see ancient Chinese art, furniture, and jade. Then we explore the Xintiandi Area, an affluent and fashionable pedestrian street composed of unique shikumen (stone gate) and modern architecture styles. Our farewell dinner this evening will be a banquet of delicious Shanghai cuisine. You can cap the celebration off by attending a thrilling optional Chinese acrobatic show – ERA: The Intersection of Time (at your own expense).
Shanghai Museum
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Shanghai Airport this afternoon to board your homebound flight via an intermediate city to Australia.
Arrive home this morning.

Optional Mid-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 was 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
  • 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 service

Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $30
  • Personal expenditure

Price Guide:

  • Single Supplement: $120
  • Note: Flights to and from Xi’an replace the high speed train between Beijing and Shanghai
  • 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
This morning, fly to Xi’an, 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. Visit the fascinating Shaanxi Provincial Museum. Enjoy lunch, featuring a special noodle-making demonstration, before a visit to the Ancient City Wall, the most complete ancient city wall surviving in China. Later, visit the Great Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of the city.
The highlight today is a visit to the Terracotta Army to see the life-sized defending army of 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 a ceramic art factory. In the evening, enjoy a special Imperial Dumpling Banquet and traditional Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Show.
Fly to Shanghai – the modern metropolis and commercial centre of China. This morning we visit a silk spinning mill and learn how silk is created by mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the nest thread and cloth. Then we walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. Lined by colonial architecture of European design, this area is the best place to capture the western influences of old Shanghai. Continue to the Old Town which is a perfect combination of gardens, temples, old architecture, local culture, souvenir businesses, and food. Afterwards, you may join an optional Cruise on the Huangpu River (at your own expense). You will then complete the Shanghai stage of the tour, as per the main itinerary above (days 6-8).

Optional Post-Tour Extension Package

Majestic Yangtze River Cruise 5 Days 4 Nights

From $950

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.

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 a newly-constructed ship of modern design and construction technique. It first sailed on the Yangtze River in April of 2013. With a 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 can accommodate up to 580 passengers. There are about 200 staff on board offering superior and comprehensive 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. You will be impressed by the considerate design of providing a large swimming pool, deluxe cinema, golf driving range, children’s park and barrier-free facilities, which make this quite different from traditional 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 service (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
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.
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 the 5-stage shiplock or take the ship lift
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.