Yangtze River Delight 15 Days (2020)


Beijing, Suzhou, Wuxi, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Yichang, Yangtze River Cruise, Chongqing

NOW AVAILABLE – VIP package aboard Yangtze Gold Cruise ships. See below for details.

Tour Highlights:
  • Relax aboard a cruise along the magnificent Yangtze River
  • Walk on the incredible Great Wall
  • Uncover the mystery of the Forbidden City
  • Sit by the tranquil West Lake in Hangzhou
  • Stroll in one of the finest Chinese gardens in Suzhou
  • Immerse yourself in the bustling metropolis of 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, discover the exquisite cities of Suzhou and Hangzhou both on par with heaven for their natural beauty according to a Chinese saying, and immerse yourself in the dynamic cosmopolitan city Shanghai.

Afterwards relax as you cruise along the majestic Yangtze River on board a five-star vessel – Yangtze Gold Cruise 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, Wu, and Xiling, 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

2020 Twin Share Per Person Single Supplement
29 Feb*# 23 May 22 Aug From
07 Mar# 30 May 29 Aug
14 Mar# 06 Jun 05 Sep
21 Mar# 13 Jun 12 Sep
28 Mar 20 Jun* 19 Sep**
04 Apr* 27 Jun** 10 Oct*
18 Apr* 04 Jul** 17 Oct+
25 Apr 25 Jul 24 Oct
02 May 01 Aug 28 Oct
09 May 08 Aug 04 Nov
16 May 15 Aug 14 Nov
+ = Shoulder Season Surcharge $100 per person
* = Peak Season Surcharge $300 per person
** = School Holidays Surcharge $400 per person
# = Yangtze River Cruise extension unavailable


Package Inclusions:

  • Airfares, taxes & fuel surcharges from Sydney or Melbourne with a full service Chinese carrier (eg. China Southern/Eastern Airlines, Air China, China/Hainan/Sichuan/Xiamen Airlines) or other Asian carrier (e.g. Vietnam/Thai/Malaysia Air)
  • 9 nights 4 to 5-star (local rating) hotel accommodation
  • 4 nights standard cabin with private balcony twin share on Yangtze River Cruise
  • 3 shore excursions aboard Yangtze River Cruise (subject to change and favourable local conditions)
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Internal flight(s) (operated by a local carrier) and bullet train
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • Coach transportation
  • Admissions to scenic attractions
  • English speaking tour guide(s)

Package Exclusions:

  • Prepaid tipping: $150
  • China visa
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenses & anything optional

Price Guide:

  • Airline Upgrade^: Qantas, Cathay Pacific or Singapore Airlines from $500 subject to availability and applicable fare difference
  • Seasonal Surcharges: * = Peak Season: $300, ** = School Holidays: $400
  • Interstate Surcharge: Brisbane/Adelaide/Perth $300 (interstate flights may be via Sydney or Melbourne)
  • Early Arrival/Stay Behind Surcharge: From $250 subject to availability and applicable fare difference
  • Pre/Post-Tour Accommodation (incl. breakfast): $150/twin room/night
  • Premium Economy Upgrade^: Cathay Pacific from $2200 (subject to availability)
  • Business Class Upgrade^: China Eastern or China Southern Airlines from $2500, Cathay Pacific or Singapore Airlines from $4900 (subject to availability)
  • Child Price: Same as adult
  • Triple Share: On request only, please enquire
  • Group size: Up to 48 passengers
  • Please Note: Flight itineraries are not available until approximately 2 weeks before departure and involve transits

(^) International long haul sectors only.

Tour Extensions Optional Extension

Xi’an Terracotta Warriors 3 Days

From $590 (twin share); Single supplement $120

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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VIP Package Optional Extension

Note: Inclusions and prices are subject to change without prior notice.

Yangtze Gold Cruise ships – $150

  • Free upgrade to higher floor (4th-5th floor)
  • Complimentary coffee, tea and snacks at happy hour in the afternoon
  • Access to VIP restaurant (an optional a la carte menu will be available at extra cost)
  • Unlimited local wine, beer, and soft drinks at lunch and dinner
  • Express check in and check out service
  • Room turn-down service
  • Welcome fruit basket in cabin
  • VIP area reserved for evening entertainment
  • 2 hours free internet for each sailing

Hotel Accommodation Optional Extension

Beijing Wyndham Beijing North or similar
Suzhou Suzhou QingShan Hotel or similar
Wuxi Days Hotel Baile Wuxi or similar
Hangzhou Merchant Marco Garden Hotel or similar
Shanghai Howard Johnson Hongqiao Hotel or similar
Yangtze River Cruise Yangtze Gold Cruise or similar

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 $75pp
Beijing Hutong Life Tour $70pp
Beijing Chinese Kung Fu Show $75pp
Suzhou Grand Canal Cruise $35pp
Hangzhou Impression West Lake or similar $80pp
Shanghai Chinese Acrobatic Show $75pp
Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise $40pp

Note: All optional activities are payable to Nexus Holidays and are subject to availability and minimum numbers. Alternative activities and attractions may not be available in the vicinity and cannot be arranged. Non-participants must wait for the group to finish the activities should they wish to take the group transfer. Transportation is not included and is self-arranged for those not joining optional programs.

Testimonials Optional Extension

My wife and I travelled on a Nexus Holidays organised tour that left Sydney on May 4th and we can’t speak more highly of the tour it was the most organised and professional tour we have ever been on.

Compliments to our tour guide Gavin and Oliver in Beijing who greeted us and to all the tour guides we encountered. It was a very enjoyable tour and we had very rich cultural information about China.

Well done to Nexus; starting from the Sydney staff all the way to the China organisation… Thank you and I hope we can travel again in the near future to China.

(Joe & Lella. May 22, 2015 at 6:42 pm. Joe and Lella took the Yangtze River Delight Cruise + Xi’an Terracotta Warriors extension)

Fly to Beijing, the capital city of China, 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. 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. You will also visit one of the largest jade exhibitions in Asia en-route. After lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a cloisonné factory. Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional large scale dramatic musical, The Golden Mask Dynasty (at your own expense).
Today tour the exquisite Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient garden in China and a former summer resort for emperors, followed by the Panda House at Beijing Zoo to see China’s adorable national treasure – the Giant Panda. Then visit a Chinese herbal institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine which has existed for thousands of years, as you enjoy a rejuvenating foot massage. Then, go on a tour of Beijing’s ancient Hutong neighbourhoods (at your own expense), and visit a local family where you will learn about tai chi, Chinese calligraphy, and cricket fighting. Alternatively, climb up Bell Tower to enjoy a bird’s eye view of old Beijing.

Note 1: There is only time available for one option (Hutong Life Tour or Bell Tower). Your tour guide will advise which one is available and suitable based on the day’s schedule. Bell Tower requires climbing stairs.

Note 2: Based on government policy, the number of rickshaws have been significantly reduced and adjustments to the Hutong Life Tour optional have been made to accommodate this change.

Afterwards, take a stroll in Wangfujing, one of the Chinese capital’s most famous shopping streets. Cap off the day by attending a thrilling Chinese Kung Fu Show (at your own expense).

Beijing Zoo
Take a high speed train to Wuxi, an ancient city richly endowed by nature due to its pleasantly warm and moist climate – it boasts a reputation of being the ‘Land of Fish and Rice’. Enjoy the scenery as we pass by Lake Tai, the third-largest freshwater lake in China. This evening, we have the option of visiting Nanchang Street and take a cruise along the Grand Canal to view life along what was known as China’s golden waterway in its heyday, then stroll along the trendy pedestrian street composed of both ancient and modern architecture (at your own expense).

This morning visit one of the largest fresh water pearl exhibitions in the country. After lunch, travel by coach to Suzhou, an extraordinarily elegant city with its canals, stone bridges and meticulously designed gardens which has often been referred to as ‘Paradise on Earth’ by Chinese poets and writers since ancient times. As a large area of the city is covered by water, including a vast number of ponds and streams, Suzhou is also known as ‘Venice of the East’. It is also known as the ‘Garden City’ due to its many classical gardens, renowned for their charming natural beauty and harmonious construction. Visit the Lingering Garden which is among the finest gardens in China.
This morning visit a silk spinning mill, and learn how silk is created from mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the finest thread and cloth. After lunch, travel by coach to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as ‘the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world’. Upon arrival, take a boat ride on the serene West Lake, the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for its scenic beauty which blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. This evening, you can enjoy an optional open-air performance, Impression West Lake, a masterpiece created by Zhang Yimou, the director of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics Games opening ceremony (at your own expense).
Experience a tea tasting at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation. Then travel by coach to Shanghai, the vibrant metropolis and commercial centre of China. Upon arrival, walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. Lined with colonial architecture of European design, it is the best place to capture the Western influences of the old days. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure strolling along the bustling shopping district, Nanjing Road. Tonight you can watch a superb and thrilling Chinese Acrobatic Show (at your own expense).
After breakfast, visit Jin Mao Tower Observation Deck (88th floor) for a panoramic view of Huangpu River and the Bund. After lunch, head to the Old Street in the City God Temple area, symbolic of the large temple complex and surrounding traditional district of commerce in the city. Afterwards, you can cap off the celebrations by joining an optional Huangpu River Cruise for a glimpse of a charming view of Shanghai (at your own expense).
Board your Yangtze River Cruise and enjoy your upcoming cruise journey on board.

Note: Itinerary and all shore excursions for Yangtze River Cruise are subject to change due to river and weather conditions, and permission from the navigational authorities. Any optional shore excursions are payable on-board the cruise (subject to availability and minimum passenger numbers).

Enjoy your first day onboard through the Xiling Gorge with gorgeous Three Gorges Dam scenery. Today includes a shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site. The Three Gorges Dam is a hydroelectric gravity dam, and it has been the world’s largest power station in terms of installed capacity since 2012.
This morning includes a shore excursion to the Shennong Stream or Lesser Three Gorges (cruise ship dependent). Later, you will sail through Wu Gorge, which is famous for its quiet beauty and the Qutang Gorge, the shortest and most spectacular of the Three Gorges.
Today includes your last shore excursion to the Shibaozhai Pagoda or Fengdu Ghost City (cruise ship dependent). In the evening, you will enjoy a farewell banquet dinner.
After breakfast, disembark from cruise at Chongqing port. Transfer to the airport.
Arrive home this morning.

Optional Pre-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.


  • Terracotta Army
  • Ancient City Wall
  • Great Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Shaanxi Provincial History Museum
  • Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Show
  • Imperial Dumpling Banquet


  • 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


  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $30
  • Personal expenditure

Price Guide:

  • Single Supplement: $120
  • 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


  • Kempinski Hotel 5 star local rating or similar
Board your international flight from Australia to for a connecting flight to Xi’an. Your tour guide will greet you at the airport and then transfer you to your hotel to rest.
The highlight today is a visit to the Terracotta Army 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 ceramic art factory. In the evening, enjoy a special Imperial Dumpling Banquet and traditional Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Show.
After breakfast, visit the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum. The museum is one of China’s largest, and houses over 370,000 items, including murals, paintings, pottery, coins, as well as bronze, gold, and silver objects. Enjoy a special noodle lunch including an interesting noodle making demonstration. Then visit the Great Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of the city. Later, walk along the Ancient City Wall, which not only is the most complete city wall to survive in China but also one of the largest ancient military defence systems in the world. Fly to Beijing in the evening to commence your Yangtze River Delight tour.