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23 Day Luxury Wonders of China with Yangtze Cruise and Flights

Guangzhou - Suzhou - Wuxi - Hangzhou - Shanghai - Qufu - Beijing - Xi An - Yangtze - Chengdu

Roundtrip international flights from Australia

4-night Yangtze River cruise

5-star hotel accommodation with breakfast

Expert-guided tours

Visit The Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and more

Come face-to-face with giant pandas in Chengdu!

From $4,199 Typically $9,695 Include flight pp twin share

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Description


Take a step into a land of historic culture and iconic landmarks with this 23 day wonders of China tour with a 4-night luxury Yangtze Cruise. Start your adventure in Guangzhou as you discover the traditional Canton culture, taste mouthwatering local Cantonese food and visit the Chen Clan Academy, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall and Temple of the Six Banyan Trees! Discover Suzhou or what is known as the 'Venice of the East' and take a stroll through the famous Lingering Garden, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since China is known for its exquisite silk, so naturally a visit to the Silk Spinning Factory is in order!

You will then visit Lake Tai in Wuxi, and have the chance to enjoy a cruise ride along the Grand Canal to view life along China's ancient waterway. Then make your way to Hangzhou, also known as the 'Paradise on Earth' and pay a visit the the West Lake Cultural Landscape, listed as another UNESCO World Heritage site. In Hangzhou, you will also have the opportunity to have a cup of Dragon Well tea at the No. 1 tea plantation in China. Make your way to Qufu, where you will visit the Confucius Temple amongst other iconic landmarks, before heading onto Beijing where you will explore Daming Lake, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China. In fact, you will also have a chance to climb a portion of the 3,700 mile marvel!  

Don't miss out on an absolute once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of visiting the Terracotta Warriors, one of the most significant archaelogical excavations of the 20th century. In Xian, hop aboard a luxury Yangtze River Cruise ship that will take your through the Three Gorges Project,  the mesmerising Shennong Stream and the sacred Jafe Emporer Area in Fengdu. The real icing on cake of this 23 day day adventure is the opportunity to come face to face with beautiful giant pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu. 

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 18 Day 19 Day 20 Day 21 Day 22 Day 23

Day 1

Australia  Guangzhou

Upon your arrival in Guangzhou international airport, a tour representative will meet you and then escort you to check into the hotel.

Meals included: inflight only
Accommodation: Hotel Nikko or similar, Guangzhou

Day 2

Guangzhou

Today you will be on a Guangzhou insight tour that incorporates both driving and walking, and typically includes sightseeing as well as trying delicious local Cantonese food. You will discover the traditional Canton culture by visiting the famous sites including Chen Clan Academy, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall and Temple of the Six Banyan Trees.

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Nikko or similar, Guangzhou

Day 3

Suzhou

This morning you will board a flight and travel to Shanghai, upon your arrival in Shanghai airport, a tour representative will meet you at the airport and then escort you to Suzhou (approximately a 1.5-hour coach ride) to check into the hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel or similar, Suzhou

Day 4

Suzhou & Wuxi

Suzhou, which dates back to 514 BC, is sometimes called the ‘Venice of the East’. Today you will visit the famous Lingering Garden, recognised with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. China is renowned for its exquisite silk, so naturally a visit to the Silk Spinning Factory is in order.

Afterwards, drive to Wuxi (approx. 1 hour), which boasts a reputation of being the “Land of Fish and Rice.” Enjoy the scenery as you pass by Lake Tai, the third-largest freshwater lake in China. Enjoy a cruise ride along the Grand Canal to view life along China’s ancient waterway. 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: Radisson Blu Resort Weland Park or similar, Wuxi


Optional Tour (Not Included)
Dim Sum Dinner - Enjoy the Dimsum dinner that includes the famous Xiao Long Bao, a Chinese steamed bun filled with minced pork and tasty soup, prepared in a small bamboo steaming basket. (approx 35AUD/165RMB per person)

Day 5

Hangzhou

This morning tour the Brilliance of Lake Lihu that is located at famous Lake Taihu, followed by a visit to a Fresh Water Pearl Farm. Then you will continue your journey to Hangzhou - a place once is described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world”.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hangzhou Grand Metropark Hotel or similar, Hangzhou

 

Optional Tour (Not Included)

The Romantic Show of Songcheng - This evening, you could join the symbolic performance of Hangzhou, "The Romantic show of Song Cheng"; it is being performed over 2,000 times per year. Since it was created, the show has been performed more than 20,000 times and entertained over 60 million audiences. It is the theatre performance that has been performed for most times and has the largest audience number; along with the O Show in Las Vegas, and the Moulin Rouge in Paris, the three are regarded as the "Top 3 Famous Shows in the World." (approx 95AUD/450RMB per person)

Day 6

Hangzhou & Shanghai

Hangzhou, also known as the “Paradise on Earth”, has been immortalised by countless poets and artists. The West Lake Cultural Landscape has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. After breakfast, visit The West Lake, the most beautiful lake in the country. You will enjoy a boat ride on the West Lake, the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for its scenic beauty which blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites.

Then, visit No.1 Tea Plantation and taste the well-known Dragon Well Tea. Hangzhou is considered the tea capital of China, so a visit to the city just isn’t complete without a trip to a local tea house. Make a special visit to the Tea House at Meijiawu Tea Village in the hinterland of West Lake Park, considered one of the most important Longjing Tea productions in China. Enjoy the beautiful village scenery while learning about China’s special tea culture and how to appreciate the sophisticated taste and aroma of Longjing Tea. At the Tea House, learn how to make the Longjing Tea including tea leaves picking, frying and tasting.

Continue on to Shanghai where tonight there is an optional activity to enjoy the Huangpu River Night Cruise and get a glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai (not included).

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Melia Shanghai Hongqiao or similar, Shanghai


Optional Tour (Not Included)
Huangpu River Night Cruise - At night, you may enjoy the Huangpu River Night Cruise and get a glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai. 
(approx 65AUD/300RMB per person)

Day 7

Shanghai

This morning, step back in time at the Shanghai Museum - home to more than 120,000 objects and artworks.

This afternoon join an insight tour of Shanghai. This tour takes you to the Lujiazui Financial & Trade Zone, where you may appreciate the economic achievements of China's rapid development. In here, you can find the perfect combination of traditional Chinese architectural style and the world’s modern architectural technology. After this, visit another famous site in Shanghai – Xintiandi. It is a historical and cultural character of the city tourism attraction; its unique Shikumen Shanghai-based urban construction attracts people from around the globe to explore this special leisure area.

In the evening, take the opportunity to appreciate a superb and thrilling Chinese Acrobatic Show (not included).

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Melia Shanghai Hongqiao or similar, Shanghai

 

Optional Tour (Not Included)
Chinese Acrobatic Show - This evening, treat yourself by seeing the amazing ERA The Intersection of Time acrobatic show. (approx 85AUD/400RMB per person)

Day 8

Qufu

Take the bullet train to Qufu, host to a great number of historical and cultural sites. It’s known for being the hometown of Confucius.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel or similar, Qufu

Day 9

Qufu

Today, you will enjoy a full-day cultural tour. First, you will visit Confucius Temple, built-in 478 B.C., a place for offering sacrifices to Confucius in various dynasties. Then visit the Confucius Family Mansion, the government office and private mansion of Confucius descendants. At the last stop, you will visit the Confucius Family Graveyard, the largest, the oldest and the best-preserved religious tombs and gardens.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel or similar, Qufu

Day 10

Beijing

After breakfast travel to Jinan, and visit Daming Lake located in the centre of Jinan City. The lake covers 81 hectares, and therefore the lake retains a constant water level throughout the year and becomes a natural and cultural symbol of Jinan city. Then you will proceed to the Black Tiger Spring. According to the old myth, in the old days, there was a black rock in front of the cave. The rock was black in colour and resembled a tiger. The sound of the water rushed out from the rock resembled that of a roaring tiger. The resemblance of the shape and sound is the reason to name the spring as Black Tiger Spring. Later this evening you will take a bullet train and travel to Beijing. Upon arrival, you will check-in for your hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Shangri-La’s China World or similar, Beijing

Day 11

Beijing

Today you will explore the world-famous Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, the former seat of the emperors throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is a true architectural masterpiece and home to the National Palace Museum. This evening is at leisure, and you may have the opportunity to appreciate the famous local famous musical performance.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Shangri-La’s China World or similar, Beijing

 

Optional Tour (Not Included)

Musical Performance - “The Golden Mask Dynasty” Show or “Kong Fu Legend” Show. (approx 55AUD/250RMB per person)

Day 12

Beijing - Great Wall

Today’s highlight is an excursion to the majestic *Great Wall *(Juyongguan Section), one of the Seven Wonders of the World! Recognised by UNESCO, and get a chance to climb a portion of this 3,700-mile marvel. Visit one of the largest Jade Exhibitions in Asia en route. Later in the day, you will explore the hutongs of Beijing on the backs of rickshaws, a traditional mode of transport in Beijing. These rapidly disappearing traditional neighbourhoods offer a glimpse into the Beijing of the past. This evening is at leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Shangri-La’s China World or similar, Beijing

 

Optional Tour (Not Included)

Peking-duck Banquet Dinner - Authentic Peking Duck Banquet served with all the traditional accompaniments. (approx 35AUD/150RMB per person)

Day 13

Xian

After breakfast, visit Beijing Zoo to see giant pandas. Then make a stop at “Tongrentang” to learn more about traditional Chinese medicine. Afterwards, transfer to Beijing Train Station for your bullet train to Xi’an.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Wyndham Hotel Xian or similar, Xian

Day 14

Xian - Terracotta Warriors

Today another highly anticipated icon of the country awaits - the famous and awe-inspiring Terracotta Warriors. Visit the enigmatic ranks of the Terracotta Warriors in the company of our professional and experienced local guide. Be humbled as you stand among one of the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century. You may also have the opportunity here to meet the man who first discovered the Warriors and learn about the moment they were uncovered when he stumbled upon them in 1974. After lunch, enjoy a walking food tour through the famous Moslem Street, where your guide will help order a range of delectable dishes and snacks for the more adventurous. This evening is at leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Wyndham Hotel Xian or similar, Xian

Day 15

Xian

Today you will visit the incredible Wild Goose Pagoda. The temple was originally used to keep the Buddhist scripts which were carried by the great monk Yi Jing from the Indian area and over time it has become a holy place for pilgrims. Following this, you visit the Ancient City Wall, one of the oldest and best-preserved city walls in all of China built in 194BC.

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Wyndham Hotel Xian or similar, Xian

Day 16

Yangtze River Cruise (Yichang)

Today you will travel to Yichang, the gateway to the Yangtze River. This is the starting point of our Yangtze River Cruise, your home for the next four nights. The Yangtze River is the largest river in Asia and the third-largest in the world. The river begins in the remote mountainous regions and winds its way through stunning gorges to bring life to millions of people. Board the Victoria cruise (the only American cruise line on the Yangtze River) in the evening and receive an introduction to cruise events and onboard activities. Take some leisure time in the evening to unpack and relax.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Victoria Jenna Cruise boat in a twin-share cabin with private ensuite bathroom facilities or similar

Day 17

Yangtze River Cruise

Enjoy your first day on the Yangtze River as your ship winds its way through spectacular scenery. Enjoy a beautiful breakfast buffet on board before joining a shore excursion to the Three Gorges Project. One of the largest construction projects undertaken by man, it is the biggest hydro project in the world. You may also choose an optional visit the Tribe of the Three Gorges, the only large scenic spot that has not been influenced by the Three Gorges Dam project, which showcases the abundant Ba Culture and Shu Culture. In the evening, you will return to the ship and attend the Captain’s Welcome Banquet and enjoy an evening of dancing.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Victoria Jenna Cruise boat in a twin-share cabin with private ensuite bathroom facilities or similar

Day 18

Yangtze River Cruise

Today you will enjoy a shore excursion to the mesmerising Shennong Stream. The stream flows through three beautiful gorges including the Mianzhu Gorge, Parrot Gorge and Longcangdong Gorge. Each gorge is renowned for its unique and stunning scenery. The Shennong Stream is also home to the Hanging Coffins, which are ancient coffins containing the remains of descendants of the Tujia people. In the afternoon, you will return to the ship in time for lunch and enjoy the crew’s magnificent performance in the evening.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Victoria Jenna Cruise boat in a twin-share cabin with private ensuite bathroom facilities or similar

Day 19

Yangtze River Cruise

Today’s shore excursion will take you to the Jade Emperor Scenic Area in Fengdu. The sacred site lies on the northern side of the Yangtze, west of Mingshan Mountain and east of the Shuangguishan National Forest. It features a 100-foot-tall statue depicting the Jade Emperor, an important deity in Chinese Taoism, as well as more than 200 additional Taoist and Buddhist sculptures. This evening you enjoy a Farewell Dinner with the rest of the travellers and crew and prepare for disembarkation tomorrow morning.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Victoria Jenna Cruise boat in a twin-share cabin with private ensuite bathroom facilities or similar

Day 20

Chongqing to Chengdu

Relax and enjoy your final breakfast before disembarking in Chongqing ready for your onward journey to Chengdu. Upon arrival check into your hotel before heading to the city’s largest public park, the People’s Park. Immerse yourself in the local culture as residents play traditional instruments and practice tai chi and calligraphy. Visit a local teahouse for rest before heading to Jinli Promenade, a popular folk art street lined with buildings created in the historic Qing Dynasty style. This evening is at leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Chengdu West Hotel or similar, Chengdu

 

Optional Tour (Not Included)

Traditional Sichuan Dinner & Opera Show - Immerse yourself in the captivating culture of Chengdu during an incredible Sichuan Opera show and traditional dinner. Venture within a traditional restaurant to devour the local delicacy of Sichuan hot-pot. Sated, prepare to feast your eyes upon a colourful spectacle of acrobatics, music and comedy as you watch the extravagant Sichuan opera. (approx 85AUD/400RMB per person)

Day 21

Chengdu - Giant Pandas

Today you’ll come face to face with beautiful giant pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. In addition to this national treasure, the centre is also home to black-necked cranes, white storks and other varieties of panda.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Chengdu West Hotel or similar, Chengdu

Day 22

Chengdu to Australia

Your tour ends today with a transfer to the airport for your flight home or your onward journey.

Meals included: Breakfast and inflight

Day 23

Arrive 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)
  • 17 nights 5* hotel accommodation on a twin share basis
  • 4 nights Yangtze River cruise on a twin share basis
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary: 21 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Intra-China transportation
  • All tipping
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • Tours, transfers & admissions as per itinerary

 

Accommodation

Guangzhou - Hotel Nikko Guangzhou or similar
Suzhou - Shangri-La Hotel or similar
Wuxi - Radisson Blu Resort Weland Park or similar
Hangzhou - Hangzhou Grand Metropark Hotel or similar
Shanghai - Melia Shanghai Hongqiao or similar
Qufu - Shangri-La Hotel or similar
Beijing - Shangri-La’s China World or similar
Xian - Wyndham Hotel Xian or similar
Yangtze River - Victoria Jenna Cruise boat in a twin-share cabin with private ensuite bathroom facilities or similar
Chengdu - Crowne Plaza Chengdu West Hotel or similar


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

Exclusions

  • 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 traveller is $1850.

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 this tour is a maximum of 20 travellers. However, depending on your departure date the group size could be between 15 - 20 travellers. 

Departure Dates


MAR 2020
04 th
Wednesday 04 Mar 2020  ‐  Thursday 26 Mar 2020
APR 2020
15 th
Wednesday 15 Apr 2020  ‐  Thursday 07 May 2020
JUN 2020
03 rd
Wednesday 03 Jun 2020  ‐  Thursday 25 Jun 2020
JUN 2020
17 th
Wednesday 17 Jun 2020  ‐  Thursday 09 Jul 2020
AUG 2020
12 th
Wednesday 12 Aug 2020  ‐  Thursday 03 Sep 2020

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