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Majestic Yangtze River 12 Days

$2,299.00 $1,999.00

Beijing, Shanghai, Yichang, Yangtze River Cruise, Chongqing

Tour Highlights:

  • Relax aboard a cruise along the majestic Yangtze River
  • Walk on the incredible Great Wall of China
  • 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

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 luxury five-star China Goddess 2 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 beauty 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.

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Departure Dates

2018 Price Per Person Single Supplement
19 Apr* 21 Jun* 13 Sep
From $1,999
$1,300
26 Apr* 19 Jul* 27 Sep*
03 May 02 Aug 11 Oct*
17 May 09 Aug 18 Oct
24 May 16 Aug 25 Oct
31 May 23 Aug* 01 Nov
07 Jun* 30 Aug 08 Nov
14 Jun* 06 Sep**
* = Peak Season Surcharge: $300
** = School Holidays Surcharge: $400

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

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

Executive Service Package Inclusions Optional Extension

China Goddess 1 & 2 – $100

  • Complimentary coffee, tea and snacks at happy hour in the afternoon
  • All meals at VIP restaurant and optional a la carte meals will be available at extra cost
  • Free drinks before dinner
  • Free visit to the bridge, get the signature and take a photo with the captain
  • Express check in and check out
  • Room turn-down service
  • Welcome fruit basket in cabin
  • VIP area reserved for evening entertainment
  • Free sauna, and optional Chinese medical foot massage (at extra cost)
  • 2 hours free internet for each sailing

President 7, 8, & Prime – $100

  • Coffee, tea and snacks at happy hour in afternoon
  • All meals at VIP restaurant. Optional a la carte meals will be available but paid separately
  • Free drinks before dinner
  • Unlimited local wine, beer, and soft drinks at lunch and dinner
  • Express check in and check out
  • Room turn-down service
  • Welcome fruit basket in cabin
  • VIP area reserved for evening entertainment
  • Free sauna and swimming
  • 2 Hours free internet for each sailing

Victoria Cruises – $150

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi service in the Executive Lounge and Lobby areas
  • Complimentary Regular Laundry Service before 10AM every day (Maximum of four pieces/person/dayday, not available on embarkation & disembarkation days)
  • Complimentary Shoe Shine Service
  • Diet soda included for lunch and dinner service
  • Complimentary house wine and beer offerings at dinner
  • Beverage service available daily in Executive Lounge incl. cookies, soft drinks, tea & coffee
  • Afternoon Happy Hour an hour before dinner (House Wine, beer, and soda). Note: No Happy Hour on the second day
  • You may choose which dining room you prefer for your meals—downstairs buffet for all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), or upstairs on Deck 6 for buffet breakfast and lunch, a la carte for dinner.

Tour Extensions Optional Extension

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 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 Cruise $55

Hotel Accommodation Optional Extension

Beijing Wyndham Beijing North local rating or similar
Shanghai Wyndham Bund East Hotel local rating or similar
Yangtze River Cruise China Goddess 2 or similar local rating or similar

Testimonials Optional Extension

We have just returned from a tour of China through Nexus holidays, visiting Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai and Cruised the Yangtze river on the President 7 from Yichang to Chongqing. I can thoroughly recommend travelling with Nexus.

Our national Guide, Amy, was so efficient and the local guides saw to every detail. The courteous and prompt responses when booking the holiday added up to making the whole tour very enjoyable. Quality hotels and food were all included.

(Marilyn Phillips. June 6, 2016 at 4:39. Marilyn took the Majestic Yangtze River Cruise + Xi'an Terracotta Warriors extension)

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 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 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 on ‘old Shanghai’. Continue to the Old Town which is a perfect combination of gardens, temples, traditional architecture, local culture, souvenir shops, and food. Afterwards, you may join an optional Huangpu River 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 architectural styles. 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
18:30-21:00 Board the ship at Yichang Dock
21:00 Cruise Introduction
Arr/Dept Events
06:30 Depart Yichang
08:30-10:45 Shore excursion to Three Gorges Tribe (optional)
11:00 Set sail, passing through the Xiling Gorge
14:00-16:30 Shore excursion: Three Gorges Dam
16:30-21:00 Set sail, passing through the Three Gorge Ship Locks
18:20-19:00 Captain’s Welcome Dinner
Arr/Dept Events
07:30 Set sail, passing through the Wu Gorge
08:30-12:30 Shore excursion: Lesser Three Gorges (by boat)
14:00 Set sail, passing through the Qutang Gorge
15:00-17:30 Shore excursion: White Emperor City (optional, river conditions permitting)
20:30 Entertainment show
Arr/Dept Events
07:00 Breakfast
08:30-10:30 Shore excursion: Shibaozhai Pagoda
14:00-16:30 Shore excursion: Fengdu Ghost City (optional)
21:00 Entertainment show
After breakfast, disembark from our cruise in the port city of Chongqing. 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 $590

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
  • 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

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 Great Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of the city.
Xi'an City Wall
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 a ceramic art factory. In the evening, enjoy a special Imperial Dumpling Banquet and traditional Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Show.
Terracotta Army
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 architecture 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, local culture, souvenir businesses and food. Afterwards, you may join an optional “Cruise on the Huangpu River” (at your own expense).
Shanghai Bund