Yangtze River Panorama 16 Days

$5,785.00

Walk along the Great Wall, unfold the mystery of the Forbidden City and stroll in the Summer Palace in China's capital Beijing. Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors and the Ancient City Wall in the historical city Xi'an.

Discover the dramatic gorges, mountain villages and breathtaking scenery as you cruise along the mighty Yangtze River. Immerse yourself in the bustling metropolis of Shanghai.

This tour showcases some of China's most wonderful images. You will discover the ancient sites of Beijing and Xi'an and experience modern day China in the vibrant city of Shanghai.

As the name suggests, you will also experience the majestic Yangtze River on board a luxury five-star vessel – the Yangtze River 2 (or President 7, Victoria Jenna or similar). 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, Wu and Xiling, while exploring the historic relics and ancient cultural sites along the mighty river. The “Yangtze River Panorama” 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:

  • 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
  • Chongqing: Chongqing Zoo
  • Shanghai: Bund, Old Town, Huangpu River, Shanghai Museum, Ming Dynasty Yu Garden, 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 $4,999 $4,154 $1,550
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 China Southern Airlines or China Eastern Airlines (subject to availability)
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • 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)
  • Entrance fees 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: $190
  • Optional recommended excursions
  • Optional shore excursions (payable on board)
  • Optional post-tour Hong Kong & Macau 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 Traders Upper East Hotel 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
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. English speaking guide, admissions and round trip transfers are included in the price.
Beijing The Golden Mask Dynasty $75
Shanghai ERA: The Intersection of Time $75
Shanghai Huangpu River Night Cruise $55
Fly overnight with Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong to Beijing.
Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China. You will be warmly greeted at the airport by our tour guide and transferred to your hotel. Your welcome banquet includes the local delicacy, “Peking Roast Duck“.
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 years. 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.
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 (approximately 4-5 hours) to Yichang, the starting point of our Yangtze River Cruise for the next four nights. We board the luxury Yangtze 2 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 visit the Panda House at Chongqing Zoo before we fly to Shanghai. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to airport in Chongqing and board your onward flight.
This morning 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. 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).
After breakfast, transfer to Shanghai airport to board our overnight flight via Hong Kong to Australia. The trip may be over, but the experience 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 Cathedral, A Ma Temple, Barrier Gate, Senado Square, Casinos and souvenir stores. In the evening, return to Hong Kong by high speed ferry.
After breakfast, transfer to Hong Kong airport to board our overnight flight via Hong Kong to Australia.
Arrive home this morning.