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17 Day China Discovery with Yangtze Cruise and Flights

Beijing - Wuxi - Suzhou - Hangzhou - Shanghai - Xi'an - Yichang - Chongqing

Roundtrip international flights from Australia

4-night luxury Yangtze River cruise

Modern hotel accommodation

Daily breakfast

Visit The Great Wall and Xi' An - home of the Terracotta Army

From $2,099 $3,998 Include flight pp twin share

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Description


Experience the highlights of China with this wonderful 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 and its' 88 m tall Great Buddha statue. Also on the list - Suzhou (China's Venice) and Hangzhou before making a stop in the bustling city of Shanghai. In Shanghai, walk along the famous Bund - a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River - or visit some of the city's great museums! 

Your last land stop will take you to Xi' An - home to the unbelievable Terracotta Army. Participate in some local activities or take a leisure day before the last leg of the trip.

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 Shennong Stream along the way.

Itinerary


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 16 Day 17

Day 1

Australia 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.

 

Accommodation: Fuyong Yulong Hotel or similar, Beijing

Meals included: in flight only

 

**Note: some flights may depart the day before.

 

Day 2

Beijing

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.

 

Accommodation: Fuyong Yulong Hotel or similar, Beijing

Meals included: breakfast

 

Optional activities at additional cost. To be booked and paid for locally.

Forbidden City Tour for approximately AU$78 per person - 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 for approximately AU$38 per person - Authentic Peking Duck Banquet served with all the traditional accompaniments.

 

Day 3

The Great Wall of China

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.

 

Accommodation: Fuyong Yulong Hotel or similar, Beijing

Meals included: breakfast

 

Optional activities at additional cost. To be booked and paid for locally.

Musical Performance for approximately AU$73 per person - “The Golden Mask Dynasty” Show or “Kong Fu Legend” Show

 

Day 4

Beijing

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.

 

Accommodation: Fuyong Yulong Hotel or similar, Beijing

Meals included: breakfast

 

Optional activities at additional cost. To be booked and paid for locally.

Hutong Life & Panda House Tour for approximately AU$78 per person - 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

Beijing to Wuxi

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.

 

Accommodation: Wuxi International Hotel or similar, Wuxi

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 6

Wuxi to Suzhou

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.

 

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

Meals included: breakfast

 

Optional activities at additional cost. To be booked and paid for locally.

Grand Canal Cruise for approximately AU$33 per person - 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 for approximately AU$48 per person - Enjoy a sumptuous western style buffet dinner with at your hotel, a relaxing way to wind down the day.

 

Day 7

Suzhou to Hangzhou

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.

 

Accommodation: Merchant Marco Garden Hotel or similar, Hangzhou

Meals included: breakfast

 

Optional activities at additional cost. To be booked and paid for locally. 

Impression West Lake for approximately AU$78 - 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

Hangzhou to Shanghai

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.

 

Accommodation: Wassim Hotel or similar, Shanghai

Meals included: breakfast

 

Optional activities at additional cost. To be booked and paid for locally. 

Huangpu River Cruise for approximately AU$38 per person - Cruising on the Huangpu River has become a must for most visitors to Shanghai.

 

Day 9

Shanghai

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.

 

Accommodation: Wassim Hotel or similar, Shanghai

Meals included: breakfast

 

Optional activities at additional cost. To be booked and paid for locally.

Jin Mao Tower, Xintiandi & Maglev Train Tour for approximately AU$68 per person - 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 for approximately AU$73 per person - 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

Shanghai to Xian

Today you will travel to Xi’an. It is an ancient city in China and records the great changes of the country just like a living history book. In the evening, you can treat yourself by joining our suggested optional activities.

 

Accommodation: Titan Times Hotel or similar, Xian

Meals included: breakfast

 

Optional activities at an additional cost. To be booked and paid for locally.

Dumpling Feast & Tang Dynasty Cultural Show for approximately AU$65 per person - Xi’an was China's capital city during the Tang Dynasty and the Tang Dynasty culture plays a significant part of sharpening today’s Chinese local culture. You will be fascinated by the Tang Dynasty culture during the show while enjoying the signature local Chinese food – dumplings. You will be surprised how many types of dumplings are serving during the feast.

 

Day 11

Xian

Today is a leisure day. Alternatively, you can join the optional Terracotta Warriors excursion and discover the secret of this mysterious Chinese historical masterpiece.

 

Accommodation: Titan Times Hotel or similar, Xian

Meals included: breakfast

 

Optional activities at additional cost. To be booked and paid for locally.

Terracotta Warriors Excursion for approximately AU$110 per person - During this tour, you will visit the enigmatic ranks of the Terracotta Warriors in the company of our professional and experienced local guide. You may also have the opportunity of meeting the man who discovered the Warriors and learn about the moment they were uncovered by talking to one of the farmers who stumbled upon them in 1974. Followed by a visit to the famous Moslem Street, where many delicious local snacks and souvenirs are available for purchase.

 

Day 12

Yichang

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.

 

Accommodation: Victoria Katarina Cruise boat or similar

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 13

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.

 

Accommodation: Victoria Katarina Cruise boat or similar

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Optional activities at additional cost. To be booked and paid for locally.

Tribe of The Three Gorges and sightseeing-ferry for approximately AU$70 per person - Explore the ancient past by visiting the historical village on the water, the brook-side tribe, and the mountain-top tribe.

 

Day 14

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.

 

Accommodation: Victoria Katarina Cruise boat or similar

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Optional activities at additional cost. To be booked and paid for locally.

White Emperor City for approximately AU$70 per person - An ancient temple that is located a top Baidi Mountain on the northern bank of the Yangtze River in Fengjie County, and it is the best viewing point to appreciate the entrance of Three Gorges.

 

Day 15

Yangtze River Cruise (Fengdu Jade Emperor)

Today you will visit the Fengdu Jade Emperor. This scenic area fusions of astronomy, history, religion, literature, architecture, art, formed the palace, the temple, hall, tower, corridor, garden culture as the core of the culture of tourism experience. You can also join the Fengdu Ghost City (not included) to see why it’s regarded as the “City of Ghosts”. The temples built on Ming Mountain depict the punish instruments and demon paintings, demonstrating the Chinese people’s imagination of hell. Return to the ship and continue to pass through the mountains of Eastern Sichuan.

This evening, pack your bags in preparation for disembarking tomorrow and enjoy a farewell dinner with the rest of the travellers and your crew.

 

Accommodation: Victoria Katarina Cruise boat or similar

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Optional activities at additional cost. To be booked and paid for locally.

Fengdu "Ghost City" for approximately AU$70 per person - A hot destination for many visitors and Yangtze River cruise travellers. This extremely old place is featured with the culture of “ghost” in China, and also treasurable storage of the folk culture about Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism together.

 

Day 16

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 traveling to the airport for your flight home.

 

Accommodation: Victoria Katarina Cruise boat or similar

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 17

Arrival home

Arrive in Australia

 

Meals included: inflight only

 

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  • 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)
  • 1 piece of checked luggage per person (maximum of 20kg per piece)
  • 11 nights hotel accommodation on twin share basis
  • 4 nights Yangtze River cruise on twin share basis
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary: 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Intra-China transportation
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • Tours, transfers & admissions as per itinerary

 

Accommodation

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

 


All Traveldream deals are backed by a 14-day refund guarantee! 

Exclusions

  • Visa to China
  • Tipping: the recommended amount is AU$15 per person per day
  • 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 traveller is $1100.

Looking to save on the single supplement? Join our Facebook group - Solo Traveldreamers to connect with other solo travellers or call us on 1300 350 263.


Group Size

The group size for the tour is a maximum of 36 travellers. However, depending on your departure date the group size could be between 20 - 30 travellers. 

Departure Dates


MAR 2020
26 th
Thursday 26 Mar 2020  ‐  Saturday 11 Apr 2020
APR 2020
09 th
Thursday 09 Apr 2020  ‐  Saturday 25 Apr 2020
Surcharge
+ $325 p.p
MAY 2020
21 st
Thursday 21 May 2020  ‐  Saturday 06 Jun 2020
JUN 2020
11 th
Thursday 11 Jun 2020  ‐  Saturday 27 Jun 2020
JUL 2020
09 th
Thursday 09 Jul 2020  ‐  Saturday 25 Jul 2020

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