Majestic Yangtze River 12 Days

$3,999.00

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, and immerse yourself in the dynamic cosmopolitan city Shanghai.

Afterwards relax as you cruise along the majestic Yangtze River on board a luxury five-star vessel – the President 7, Yangtze 2, Victoria Jenna or similar and discover the dramatic gorges, mountain villages and breathtaking scenery.

A Yangtze River cruise is the thrill of a lifetime. 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.

Tour Highlights:

  • Relax aboard a cruise along the majestic Yangtze River
  • 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

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Guaranteed Departure Dates

2016 Price Per Person Single Supplement
29 Apr* 15 Jul 16 Sep**
From $3,999
$1,300
13 May* 22 Jul** 23 Sep**
20 May* 29 Jul 30 Sep**
27 May* 05 Aug 07 Oct*
03 Jun 12 Aug 14 Oct*
17 Jun 19 Aug 21 Oct*
24 Jun** 26 Aug 28 Oct*
01 Jul** 02 Sep* 04 Nov
08 Jul** 09 Sep* 11 Nov
2017
From $3,999
07 Apr** 23 Jun* 08 Sep*
14 Apr** 30 Jun* 15 Sep**
21 Apr* 07 Jul* 22 Sep**
28 Apr* 14 Jul* 29 Sep**
05 May* 21 Jul* 06 Oct*
12 May* 28 Jul* 13 Oct*
19 May* 04 Aug 20 Oct*
26 May* 11 Aug 27 Oct*
02 Jun 18 Aug 03 Nov
09 Jun 25 Aug 10 Nov
16 Jun 01 Sep*

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 share)
  • 4 nights standard cabin with private balcony aboard President 7, Yangtze 2 or Victoria Jenna (twin share only, cruise ship subject to change)
  • 3 shore excursions aboard Yangtze River Cruise (subject to change and favourable local conditions)
  • High speed bullet train fee
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, S=Special Banquet)
  • Internal flights (operated by a local carrier)
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • Coach transportation
  • Entrance fees to scenic attractions
  • English speaking tour guides (on land and aboard cruise)

Package Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $120
  • China visa application fees
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Optional recommended excursions
  • Optional tour extensions
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Optional Mid-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
  • 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:

  • Titan Times Hotel 5 star local rating or similar

Accommodation

Beijing Loong Palace Hotel local rating or similar
Shanghai Wyndham Bund East Hotel local rating or similar
Yangtze River Cruise President 7, Yangtze 2, Victoria Jenna or similar 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
Beijing Chinese Kung-Fu Show $75
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 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. 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 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 the colonial architectures of European design, this area is the best place to capture the western influences of the old days. Continue to the Old Town which is a perfect combination of gardens, temples, old architecture, civil culture, business souvenirs and food. In the evening, you may join an optional “Huangpu River Night Cruise” (at your own expense).
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 style. Our farewell dinner this evening will be a banquet of delicious Shanghai cuisine. You can cap of the celebrations by attending a thrilling optional Chinese acrobatic show – “ERA: The Intersection of Time” (at your own expense)
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 homebound connecting flight via an intermediate city.
Arrive in Australia.

Optional Mid-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
  • 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 Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of the city.
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.
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 from 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 the colonial architectures of European design, this area is the best place to capture the western influences of the old days. Continue to the Old Town which is a perfect combination of gardens, temples, old architecture, civil culture, business souvenirs and food. In the evening, you may join an optional “Night Cruise on the Huangpu River” (at your own expense).