Grand Tour of China 22 Days

$5,999.00

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This comprehensive Grand Tour of China is designed to be a trip-of-a-lifetime and showcases China's amazing history, rich culture, natural wonders, charming landscapes, and dramatic economic, social and architectural changes that characterise its future.

Commencing in China's capital city, Beijing, you will walk along the Great Wall, discover the mystery of the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. Marvel at the life-size Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an and relax on a luxury cruise whilst travelling along the mighty Yangtze River.

Get up close and personal with the endearing giant pandas in Chengdu and stand at the foot of the Grand Buddha in Leshan. Visit Guilin, one of the most picturesque places in the world and stroll through the streets of the global village – Yangshuo; observe locals going about their daily business and visit the local markets. Discover the exquisite historic city of Suzhou with its canals, stone bridges and meticulously designed gardens and immerse yourself in the bustling metropolis of Shanghai.

In 22 days you will experience the very essence of this amazing country. The combination of places visited encapsulates China's past, present and future. This is a magnificent tour of amazing and unforgettable experiences!

Tour Highlights

  • Beijing: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Great Wall, Chinese Acrobatic Show, Summer Palace, Bird’s Nest, Water Cube, Hutong, Wangfujing, Peking Roast Duck
  • Xi’an: Terracotta Warriors & Horses Museum, Dumpling Banquet, Shaanxi Provincial Museum, Ancient City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Yangtze River Cruise : Three Gorges Dam, Three Gorges
  • Chengdu: Get up close to the adorable giant pandas, Jin Li, Sichuan Cuisine
  • Leshan: Stand at the foot of the towering Grand Buddha
  • Guilin: Li River, Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Caves
  • Yangshuo: Yangshuo Village, West Street
  • Tongli: Tongli Ancient Water Town
  • Suzhou: Tongli Town, Grand Canal, Lingering Garden
  • Shanghai: Bund, Old Town, Huangpu River, Shanghai Museum, Xintiandi Area, Shanghai Cuisine

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Guaranteed Departure Dates

2016 Package Price Per Person Land Only (~) Single Supplement
20 Mar 05 Jun* 04 Sep* From $5,999 $5,499 $1,500
10 Apr 17 Jul 09 Oct*
08 May 14 Aug* 06 Nov
2017
09 Apr* 16 Jul* 08 Oct*
07 May* 13 Aug 05 Nov
04 Jun* 03 Sep*

Package Inclusions:

  • Economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney or Melbourne flying with China Southern Airlines or China Eastern Airlines (subject to availability)
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • 15 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double/triple share)
  • 4 nights standard cabin with private balcony aboard Yangtze River Cruise (twin share only)
  • 3 shore excursions (subject to change and favourable weather conditions)
  • Daily meals as indicated on the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, S=Special Banquet)
  • All transportation: coach, cruise, rail, internal flights (operated by a local carrier)
  • Admissions to scenic attractions
  • English-speaking tour guide(s)
  • China visa application fees for Australian passport holders present in Australia

Package Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $250
  • Optional recommended excursions
  • Optional shore excursions (payable on board)
  • Optional post-tour Hong Kong & Macau self-guided stopover package
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Optional Post-Tour Self-Guided Stopover Package

Hong Kong & Macau 4 Day 3 Night Self-Guided Stopover

From $599

Once a sleepy fishing Village, Hong Kong has now developed into one of the premiere financial powerhouses of the Far East. It is a city which boldly blends the modern with Chinese heritage and British colonial influence. A safe, well organised, fast paced shopping paradise, it also offers up some unmatched cuisine experiences. Dine on some of the best yum cha and wonton noodles in the world, or a taste of more unusual culinary delights such grass jelly or shredded jellyfish.

Macau is a small peninsula in mainland China, across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong. A Portuguese overseas territory until 1999, it reflects a mix of Portuguese and Chinese influences. Its giant casinos and extravagant malls have earned it the nickname, the “Las Vegas of Asia.” One of its more striking landmarks is 338m-high Macau Tower, with sweeping city views.

Inclusions:

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double share)
  • Hotel buffet breakfast
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • Half day Hong Kong Island sightseeing tour
  • Macau day tour, lunch and round trip ferry tickets
  • Airfares

Accommodation:

  • Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees Hotel 4 star or similar

Price Guide:

  • Single Supplement: $320
  • Alternative hotel upgrade options are available upon request
  • Note: To book this stopover, the airline must first be upgraded to Cathay Pacific at additional cost, please refer to the Price Guide

Accommodation

Beijing Hotel Jen Upper East Beijing local rating or similar
Xi’an Titan Times Hotel local rating or similar
Yangtze River Cruise Yangtze 2, President 7, Victoria Jenna or similar local rating or similar
Chengdu Sheraton Hotel local rating or similar
Guilin Grand Link Hotel local rating or similar
Yangshuo Jasper International Hotel local rating or similar
Suzhou Pan Pacific Hotel local rating or similar
Shanghai Wyndham Bund East Hotel local rating or similar
Hong Kong Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees 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 price.
Beijing The Golden Mask Dynasty $75
Chengdu Face-Changing Show $55
Guilin Impression Liu San Jie $80
Shanghai ERA: The Intersection of Time $75
Shanghai Huangpu River Night Cruise $55
Fly to Beijing via a connecting city. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to the hotel. Please note: Some flights may depart the night before.
Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China. You will be warmly greeted at the airport by your tour guide and transferred to the hotel.
Beijing has served as the capital of five dynasties over a period of 800 years. Today we start our city tour with a visit to Tiananmen Square, the second largest public square in the world, followed by a visit to the Forbidden City, the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming to Qing dynasty. In the afternoon, we continue to the Temple of Heaven, which was used by emperors in ancient times to offer sacrifices to heaven and pray for good harvest. After dinner, you can choose to attend an optional large scale dramatic musical, “The Golden Mask Dynasty” (at your own expense).
Our highlight today is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall at Juyong Pass, the most famous image of China. After lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a Cloisonné Factory. Later, visit the Changling Exhibition Hall of the Ming Tombs where thirteen out of the sixteen Ming dynasty emperors are buried. We cap off the day by attending a superb and thrilling Chinese Acrobatic Show in the evening.
This morning we tour the exquisite Summer Palace (Imperial Garden), the largest preserved ancient garden in China and a former summer resort for Emperors, followed by an outside view of the beautiful Bird’s Nest (National Stadium) and Water Cube (National Aquatics Centre), both purposely built for the 2008 Olympics. In the afternoon, we explore Beijing’s ancient alleyways “Hutong” by pedicab, followed by a stroll in Wangfujing, one of Beijing’s most famous shopping streets
This morning we fly to Xi’an, the first Chinese city to open its doors to the world during the Tang dynasty and capital for eleven dynasties over a period of more than 2,000 year. Our highlight today is a visit to the Terracotta Warriors & Horses Museum to see the life-sized defending army to the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. This site is among the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century. Later, visit a Ceramics Art Factory, followed by a special Dumpling Banquet, while enjoying a performance of music and dance from the Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.).
This morning we visit the fascinating Shaanxi Provincial Museum, followed by lunch featuring a noodle making demonstration. After lunch we visit the Ancient City Wall, the most complete ancient city wall that has survived in China. Then we visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of the city.
This morning we fly to Wuhan and transfer by coach (approx 4-5 hours) to Yichang, the starting point of our Yangtze River Cruise for the next four nights. We board the luxury 5 star “Yangtze 2” (subject to availability and change) in the evening and receive an introduction on cruise events and onboard activities.
We enjoy a tour to the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest dam, before cruising on the Yangtze River. Over the next few days, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery as we cross through the Yangtze Three Gorges: Xiling Gorge, Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge. Enjoy shore excursions to explore the fascinating history and tranquil landscapes.
We disembark from our cruise in the port city of Chongqing this morning and transfer (approximately 5 hours drive) to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. This evening we will feast on sumptuous Sichuan cuisine.
Today we will travel to Leshan to marvel at the Grand Buddha, an enormous statue carved into the side of the Lingyun Mountain. The Buddha is over 71m tall and is wide enough for over 100 people to sit between its feet. Later, return to Chengdu and explore the dynamic folk custom street, Jin Li, and experience the lifestyle of Old Chengdu. This evening, you can watch a fascinating show featuring Face-Changing (at your own expense), a kind of magic traditional Chinese dramatic art that is the pride of Sichuan opera.
Today’s highlight is a visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. This is the best place to see Chengdu’s most famous residents being reared in surroundings resembling their natural habitat. This evening we will be transferred to the airport to board our flight to Guilin, one of China’s most picturesque cities.
Today we enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Li River. The journey offers 30 miles of breathtaking scenery. We arrive in Yangshuo Village in the afternoon and walk along the 1,400 year old West Street and explore the beautiful Yangshuo local village. You may enjoy an optional show tonight – “Impression Liu San Jie“, a large scale ethnic performance over the Li River (at your own expense).
With its name translating to “Forest of Sweet Osmanthus”, Guilin has long been renowned for its unique scenery, amazing karst landscapes and rich ethnic cultures. This morning we tour Elephant Trunk Hill and the Reed Flute Caves and will be amazed by the extraordinary karst limestone formations.
This morning we fly to Shanghai, the modern metropolis and commercial centre of China. Upon arrival, we travel by coach to Tongli Town, a quiet and beautiful ancient water town with more than 1,000 years history. We then proceed to Suzhou which has been praised as “Paradise on Earth” since ancient times.
As a large area of the city is covered by water, including a vast number of ponds and streams, Suzhou is known as “Venice of the East”. Suzhou is also known as the “Garden City”, due to its many classical gardens known for their charming natural beauty and harmonious construction. This morning we take a cruise on the Grand Canal and visit the Lingering Garden, one of the four greatest Chinese gardens and a UNESCO world heritage site. We then visit a Silk Spinning Mill and learn how silk is created from mulberry munching silkworms to produce the finest thread and cloth.
This morning we travel by coach back to Shanghai and walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. Lined by the colonial architectures of European design, this area is the best place to capture the western influences of the old days. We then continue to the Old Town which is a perfect combination of gardens, temples, old architecture, civil culture, business, souvenirs and food. After dinner, you may join an optional Huangpu River Night Cruise (at your own expense) and get a glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai.
This morning we visit the 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 style. Our farewell dinner this evening will be a banquet of delicious Shanghai cuisine. You can cap off the celebrations by attending a thrilling optional Chinese acrobatic show – “ERA: The Intersection of Time” (at your own expense).
Enjoy the morning at leisure before we transfer to Shanghai airport to board our overnight flight connecting flight via an intermediate city to Australia. The trip may be over, but the experiences and memories will certainly last of life time.
Arrive home this morning.

Optional Post-Tour Self-Guided Stopover Package

Hong Kong & Macau 4 Day 3 Night Self-Guided Stopover

From $599

Once a sleepy fishing Village, Hong Kong has now developed into one of the premiere financial powerhouses of the Far East. It is a city which boldly blends the modern with Chinese heritage and British colonial influence. A safe, well organised, fast paced shopping paradise, it also offers up some unmatched cuisine experiences. Dine on some of the best yum cha and wonton noodles in the world, or a taste of more unusual culinary delights such grass jelly or shredded jellyfish.

Macau is a small peninsula in mainland China, across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong. A Portuguese overseas territory until 1999, it reflects a mix of Portuguese and Chinese influences. Its giant casinos and extravagant malls have earned it the nickname, the “Las Vegas of Asia.” One of its more striking landmarks is 338m-high Macau Tower, with sweeping city views.

Inclusions:

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double share)
  • Hotel buffet breakfast
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • Half day Hong Kong Island sightseeing tour
  • Macau day tour, lunch and round trip ferry tickets
  • Airfares

Accommodation:

  • Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees Hotel 4 star or similar

Price Guide:

  • Single Supplement: $320
  • Alternative hotel upgrade options are available upon request
  • Note: To book this stopover, the airline must first be upgraded to Cathay Pacific at additional cost, please refer to the Price Guide
Fly to Hong Kong, the gourmet and shopping paradise of Asia, and transfer to your hotel.
Enjoy a half day tour of Hong Kong Island visiting Victoria Peak, Stanley Market and Aberdeen Fishing Village. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Today, take a high speed ferry (Turbojet) to Macau for a tour of Asia’s equivalent to Las Vegas, visiting the Ruins of St Paul’s Cathedral, A Ma Temple, Barrier Gate, Senado Square, Casinos and souvenir stores. Enjoy lunch before returning to Hong Kong in the evening.
After breakfast, transfer to Hong Kong airport to board an overnight flight to Australia.
Arrive home this morning.