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15 Day China Discovery with Yangtze Cruise and Flights

Beijing - Wuxi - Suzhou - Hangzhou - Shanghai - Yichang - Chongqing

Return international flights included

Premium hotel accommodation

4-night luxury Yangtze River cruise included

Tipping included

Visit The Great Wall and Tiananmen Square

From $2,999 Include flight pp twin share

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Extended due to popular demand!

Experience the highlights of China with this land and cruise package!

Start off in Beijing with visits to landmarks such as Tiananmen Square and The Great Wall before taking the high-speed train to the ancient city of Wuxi with its' natural attractions. Also on the list - Suzhou (China's Venice) and Hangzhou before making your last land stop in the bustling city of Shanghai. 

The cherry on top of this tour is the luxury 4-night Yangtze River taking you from Yichang to Chongqing with visits to the Three Gorges Dam and the wooden pagoda of Shibaozhai on the way!


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15

Day 1

Australia To Beijing

Fly to Beijing via connecting cities and transfer to the hotel.
Beijing, China’s massive capital, has a history stretching back three millennia. Yet since the 2008 Olympic Games, it’s known for its modern architecture as well as ancient sites such as the grand Forbidden City complex, the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Note: Some flights may depart the night before.

Meals included: in flight only

Accommodation: Fuyong Yulong Hotel or similar, Beijing

Note: some flights may depart the night before.

Day 2


After breakfast, visit Tiananmen Square, the second-largest public square in the world! Tiananmen Square is named after the Tiananmen (“Gate of Heavenly Peace”) located to the north of the square, separating it from the Forbidden City. The square contains the Monument to the People’s Heroes, the National Museum of China and the Mausoleum of Chairman Mao Zedong, and holds great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Fuyong Yulong Hotel or similar, Beijing

Optional Tours (not included)
Forbidden City Tour - Hailed as a landmark of Beijing and the centre of imperial China during the Ming and Qing dynasties, Forbidden City is a great place to be if you want to learn about Chinese culture and history.
Peking Duck Dinner - Authentic Peking Duck Banquet served with all the traditional accompaniments.

Day 3


Today’s highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall at Juyong Pass. This is one of the three most famous passes along the Great Wall of China, together with Jiayuguan and Shanhaiguan. 60 km from downtown Beijing, Juyong Pass was the northern route to Beijing in ancient times. Once here, there is plenty of time to learn about the wall’s constriction and you’ll have the chance to climb a portion of this 6,000 km marvel. On the way back to Beijing, we stop at one of the largest jade exhibitions in Asia. Then, after lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a Cloisonné Factory. Cloisonné is a famous traditional enamel ware, known as the ‘Blue of Jingtai’ in China, with a history of over 500 years.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Fuyong Yulong Hotel or similar, Beijing


Optional Tour (Not Included)
Musical Performance - “The Golden Mask Dynasty” Show or “Kong Fu Legend” Show

Day 4

Enjoy a tour to the Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient garden in China and a former summer resort for Emperors followed by a visit to the Chinese Herbal Institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine as you enjoy a rejuvenating foot massage which has existed for thousands of years.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Fuyong Yulong Hotel or similar, Beijing

Optional Tour (Not Included)
Hutong Life & Panda House Tour - A rickshaw will take you around the intricate winding hutongs to admire the old courtyards. They are maze-like and deep and exactly as they were a long time ago. You are invited to visit a local family’s house to experience authentic Beijing life. Next, visit the Panda House in Beijing Zoo to see China’s adorable national treasure – the Giant Panda.

Day 5

Take a high-speed train to Wuxi, an ancient city richly endowed with natural attractions. Wuxi 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 will stroll along the trendy yet traditional Nanchang Street composed of both ancient and modern architecture juxtaposed with the peacefulness of the waterside town and fashionable life of Wuxi.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Wuxi International Hotel or similar, Wuxi


Day 6


This morning visit one of the largest freshwater 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. Suzhou has been referred to as ‘Paradise on Earth’ by Chinese poets and writers since ancient times. It is also known as the ‘Garden City’ due to its many classical gardens, renowned for their charming natural beauty. Visit the Lingering Garden, which is among the finest in China.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Suzhou Taihu Lake or similar, Suzhou

Optional Tour (Not Included)
Grand Canal Cruise - Take a cruise along the UNESCO World Heritage listed Grand Canal of over a thousand years to view life along what was known as ‘China’s golden waterway’ in its heyday.
Western Buffet Dinner - Enjoy a sumptuous western style buffet dinner with at your hotel, a relaxing way to wind down the day.

Day 7


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, noted for its scenic beauty which blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites.
Meals included: breakfast
Accommodation: Merchant Marco Garden Hotel or similar, Hangzhou

Optional Tour (Not Included)
Impression West Lake - This evening, enjoy an open-air performance, a masterpiece created by Zhang Yimou, the director of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics Games Opening Ceremony.

Day 8


Experience tea-tasting at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation.

 Then travel by coach to Shanghai, a vibrant metropolis and the 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.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Wassim Hotel or similar, Shanghai

Optional Tour (Not Included)
Huangpu River Cruise - Cruising on the Huangpu River has become a must for most visitors to Shanghai.

Day 9


This morning, visit the Shanghai Museum to see ancient Chinese art, furniture and jade. The rest of the afternoon is at your own leisure, or you may join our optional programs.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Wassim Hotel or similar, Shanghai

Optional Tour (Not Included)
Jin Mao Tower, Xintiandi & Maglev Train Tour - Visit the Jin Mao Tower Observation Deck (88th floor) for a panoramic view of the Huangpu River and the Bund. Then explore the affluent Xintiandi area, before experiencing the world’s fastest commercially operating train, with a top speed of 431km/h.
Chinese Acrobatic Show - ERA The Intersection of Time or SPIRAL - Tonight you can watch a stunning Chinese acrobatic show combining Chinese arts and modern technology, comparable to the tradition of the Broadway Musical.

Day 10


Today you will travel to Yichang to board the Victoria Cruise Boat – your home for the next four nights as you sail along the Yangtze River. Settle into your room, then perhaps join your friends in the bar for a drink.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Victoria Jenna Cruise boat or similar

Day 11

Yangtze River Cruise (Three Gorges Dam Project)

Start your first day of cruising with a delicious on-board breakfast before disembarking to the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric power station, then press through the Xiling Gorge – the longest and deepest of the Three Gorges. Additionally, you can embark on an optional tour to meet some of the tribes of the Three Gorges if you wish. This evening, you’ll be greeted on the ship with a captain’s welcome banquet and a riveting evening of entertainment.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Victoria Jenna Cruise boat or similar

Day 12

Yangtze River Cruise (Shennong Stream)

Transfer to another vessel and begin a relaxing excursion through the beautiful gorges of the Goddess Stream. Depending on river conditions, you may end up travelling to the gorges of Shennong Stream instead. Continue to Wu Gorge, quietly beautiful with forest-covered mountains and sheer cliffs surrounding its waters. You’ll then continue to Qutang Gorge, the area’s shortest, narrowest and most dramatic gorge. Optionally, you can take a visit to the ancient White Emperor City overlooking the Qutang Gorge during the day – just let your leader know if you’re interested.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Victoria Jenna Cruise boat or similar


Day 13

Yangtze River Cruise (Shibaozhai)

Take a shore excursion to visit Shibaozhai and its impressive wooden pagoda, appropriately named “The Pearl of the Yangtze”. Depending on river conditions, an alternate excursion may be substituted to visit the relocation village built in Fengdu for families who have moved as a result of the Yangtze’s rising waters brought about by the Three Gorges Dam Project. You can also visit Fengdu’s ‘Ghost City’ on an optional tour if you wish (river conditions permitting), known for its statues of ghosts and devils on Mingshan Hill. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with the rest of the travellers and your crew.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Victoria Jenna Cruise boat or similar


Day 14

Chongqing to Australia

Today you will disembark the cruise at Chongqing, which is known as the Mountain City in China. You can explore this beautiful city at your own pace before travel to the airport for your flight home. Alternatively, you can join our well planned optional day tour and be transferred to the airport as per your flight time.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Victoria Jenna Cruise boat or similar

Optional Tour (Not Included)
Chongqing Insight Tour - On this sightseeing tour you’ll explore the many landmarks of Chongqing including Hongyadong Folk Custom Scene Area, local wet market and the famous Huguang Assembly Hall.

Day 15

Arrival home
Arrive in Australia

Meals included: inflight only

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Return economy class international airfare from Melbourne, Sydney, *Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth (*surcharge applies)
  • Flights with China Southern, Air China, Sichuan Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Xiamen Airlines or similar (subject to availability)
  • 9 nights premium hotel accommodation on twin share basis
  • 4 nights Yangtze River cruise on twin share basis
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Intra-China transportation
  • All tipping
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • Tours, transfers & admissions as per itinerary


Beijing - Fuyong Yulong Hotel or similar
Wuxi - Wuxi International Hotel or similar
Suzhou - Holiday Inn Express Suzhou Taihu Lake or similar
Hangzhou - Merchant Marco Garden Hotel or similar
Shanghai - Wassim Hotel or similar
Yangtze River - Victoria Jenna Cruise boat in a twinshare cabin with private ensuite bathroom facilities or similar




  • Visa to China
  • Surcharges, i.e. optional activities, single supplement & etc.
  • Anything not listed in the itinerary, i.e. laundry, personal items, alcoholic drinks, etc.
  • Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)

Child Policy

No child discounts apply. A full-priced voucher must be purchased for all children travelling. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.


Single Supplement

The additional supplement for a single traveler is $950.

Departure Dates

JUN 2019
11 th
Tuesday 11 Jun 2019  ‐  Tuesday 25 Jun 2019
JUN 2019
25 th
Tuesday 25 Jun 2019  ‐  Tuesday 09 Jul 2019
JUL 2019
09 th
Tuesday 09 Jul 2019  ‐  Tuesday 23 Jul 2019
+ $450 p.p
JUL 2019
30 th
Tuesday 30 Jul 2019  ‐  Tuesday 13 Aug 2019
AUG 2019
06 th
Tuesday 06 Aug 2019  ‐  Tuesday 20 Aug 2019

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