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Solo Offer: 13-day China Tour with Flights & Yangtze River Cruise

No single supplement!

Book now to waive the single supplement! This trip of a lifetime will take you from the three gorges to the Terracotta Army to the Great Wall - with a generous itinerary of unforgettable experiences in between.

FROM
$3,279PP
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DURATION
12 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Accommodation
  • Selected transfers
  • Selected entry fees
  • Selected drinks
  • Selected meals
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Solo traveller

About this holiday

Includes a breathtaking 4-day Yangtze River Cruise

Book by 31 March 2019 to waive the single supplement on a huge range of escorted tours and river cruises throughout the world!

Call now on 1300 414 198 to learn more about the amazing solo tour savings currently available.

On this air, escorted holiday and river cruise package you will...

  • Explore the classical Yuyuan Garden and the Bund Riverside, Shanghai's popular promenade
  • See the world-famous Terracotta Army, a collection of finely sculpted life-size soldiers, horses & chariots
  • Visit the amazing Forbidden City, once residence of Chinese Emperors and Summer Palace
  • Visit the 2000-year-old Great Wall, the World’s longest man-made structure
  • Savor a famous Peking Duck dinner with wine

Inclusions

  • Flights Sydney-Shanghai, Beijing-Sydney. Other departure cities available. Please enquire now for a quote on alternative departures.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Shanghai-Yichang, Chongqing-Xian & Xian-Beijing
  • 12 nights First Class accommodations (3 nights Shanghai, 4 nights cruise upstream on the Yangtze River , 2 nights Xian, 3 nights Beijing)
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • All transfers included (only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†)
  • 26 meals: 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners with beer
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver included

Accommodation

Accommodation will vary depending on departure day. Please enquire for more information on your preferred date. Hotels are subject to change.

  • Courtyard by Marriott Shanghai Puxi, Shanghai
  • Century Sun Cruise, Chongqing
  • Victoria Cruises Ship, Chongqing
  • Century Diamond Cruise, Chongqing
  • Novotel Xian SCPG, Xian
  • Embassador International Hotel, Xian
  • Novotel Beijing Peace, Beijing

Travel dates

Advertised per-person pricing based on Friday, 26 July 2019 tour with return airfares from Sydney. Prices may vary and are subject to availability at time of booking.

Itinerary

DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for China

Depart for China. Arrive in Shanghai, the thriving metropolis on China's eastern coast. This dynamic city is constantly changing and growing, with an unforgettable skyline. Remainder of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to the time change.

Overnight: Shanghai

DAY 2, Monday - Shanghai City Tour

This morning, see some of the city's major highlights. Begin at the lively Bund, Shanghai's popular promenade; stroll along the park-like waterfront and experience the old world charm. After, on to the Jade Buddha Temple, one of the most active Buddhist temples in Shanghai, dating back to the Qing Dynasty. Return to the hotel late afternoon and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Tonight, gather together at your hotel's restaurant for an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager about the exciting trip that awaits you, followed by a Welcome Dinner.

Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Tuesday - Full Day in Shanghai

Today, is at leisure in Shanghai. Join the optional full day tour to Suzhou, including lunch and a cruise on the Grand Canal. Morning departure from Shanghai for the drive to Suzhou, known as the "Venice of the East". Upon arrival in this charming city, relax on a boat ride along the narrow waterways of the legendary Grand Canal. Later, walk along bustling Pingjiang Road, where the locals gather for entertainment and food and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Then, continue to the beautiful and fragrant Garden of the Master of the Nets, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Shanghai later this evening.

Optional: Full Day Suzhou with Lunch
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Wednesday - Flight to Yichang; Embark Cruise

Morning is at leisure for independent explorations in Shanghai. In the afternoon, visit the classical Yuyuan Garden in the Old Quarter, built during the Ming Dynasty, a quiet and serene sanctuary in this frenetic city, with its scenic pavilions, ponds, and streams. Afterward, continue to a silk carpet and embroidery shop in Shanghai to understand more about this ancient Chinese craft; see some of the beautiful creations, unusual styles and masterful techniques. Lunch is at a local restaurant. Later, transfer to the airport for the flight to Yichang, the second largest city in Hubei province after Wuhan, its capital. Upon arrival, continue to the port for embarkation on your cruise ship. This evening, you'll begin the scenic journey on the fabled Yangtze, the longest river in China and the third longest river in the world. You'll be warmly welcomed aboard by the friendly international staff. A memorable voyage awaits you.

Overnight: Yangtze River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Thursday - Xiling Gorge

This afternoon, an optional tour to the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest and most ambitious hydroelectric project ever undertaken by man, nearly six times the size of the Hoover Dam. In addition to producing electricity, the dam was constructed to increase the Yangtze River's shipping capacity and reduce the potential for floods. This project has forever changed the landscape surrounding the Yangtze River and has also forced the relocation of people who once lived along the river. Tour the massive site to see this impressive achievement of engineering. Following the visit, return to the ship as it cruises upstream and enters the dramatic Xiling Gorge, the longest and deepest section of the Three Gorges.

Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package - Three Gorges Dam
Overnight: Yangtze River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Friday - Wu Gorge & Qutang Gorge

Awake this morning to beautiful vistas on the river. Sail through the Wu Gorge, famed for its magnificent Twelve Peaks. Today, your optional tour will take you either on a scenic journey up Shennong Stream, travelling in small boats between rolling hills and rocky cliffs or on a scenic journey up Shennv Stream, the journey is accompanied by local folk songs and dances. Continue through the Qutang Gorge, the smallest of the three gorges, flanked by lush terraced hillsides.

Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package - Shennv Stream or Shennong Stream
Overnight: Yangtze River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday - Cruise to Shibaozhai

The ship arrives this morning at Shibaozhai, built during the Ming Dynasty. This pagoda is sometimes referred to as one of the eight construction wonders of the world, built into the side of a rocky cliff face and constructed without the use of nails. This vermilion 12-story pagoda stands impressively over 100 feet high. The optional tour highlights the main attraction of the temple, with its traditional Chinese design. The structure is inspired by the mountains with patterns and figures that vary from odd to extraordinary. Climb the stairs and experience the most spectacular sights of the valleys below.

Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package - Shibaozhai
Overnight: Yangtze River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Sunday - Disembark Cruise; Fly to Xian

Disembark the Yangtze River cruise this morning in Chongqing, a major metropolis and one of the top emerging cities in China. Visit the Stilwell Museum, at his renovated former residence, dedicated to the General who was the Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces in the China-Burma-India Theater. With the aid of General Stilwell, the Chinese people won the War of Resistance against the Japanese invaders. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Xian, ancient capital of eleven dynasties and an archaeological treasure trove.

Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Monday - The Terracotta Army

Morning visit to Xingqing Park, a hub of activity where you may have the chance to join the residents of Xian in their morning exercise, singing and dancing. Afterward, stop at a lacquer furniture shop to learn more about this technique. Lunch is a local restaurant. Then, an unforgettable experience! Continue to visit the archaeological site of the magnificent Terracotta Warriors, a vast collection of life-size soldiers, horses and chariots that were entombed with China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. This world-famous site, discovered by local farmers in 1974, is still being discovered and excavated today, more than forty years since the time of its unearthing. This evening, an optional Tang Dynasty 6-course dinner followed by a historical dance performance by the Tang Dynasty Troupe.

Optional: Tang Dynasty Dinner with Entertainment
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Tuesday - Flight to Beijing

Depart Xian on a flight to Beijing, sprawling capital of modern China. The afternoon is at leisure. Feel the pulse of this city of contrasts with its astonishing history and wondrous sights. Join the optional half-day Hutong Tour which begins with a Rickshaw ride through the old narrow streets and alleyways. See the courtyard homes which once covered all of Beijing - only a few still survive today. Hear more about "old China" from a local family who will welcome you to their home.

Optional: Half Day Hutong Tour (PM)
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Wednesday - Great Wall of China

An amazing day! Travel to the extraordinary 2000-year-old Great Wall of China, one of the most spectacular structures ever built by man, spanning nearly 4,000 miles of China's northern frontier. En route, stop at a local jade shop to admire wares crafted with one of China's most famous materials. Then it's time to climb the ramparts of this ancient wonder to view breathtaking mountain passes, plateaus, and grasslands from this 7th-century defensive fortification. Afterward, a relaxing lunch in a local restaurant. Drive via the site of the 2008 Olympics to see the National Stadium and the sprawling Olympic Village followed by a stop at the Beijing Zoo to see the famous Pandas - a must for all travelers to China. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a Beijing restaurant.

Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Thursday - Summer Palace and The Forbidden City

Start your day with a visit to a huge Tiananmen Square, the largest public plaza in the world built at the height of the Ming Dynasty. The square's Gate of Heavenly Peace was once used as a staging ground for imperial edicts and by Mao Zedong himself to declare the founding of the People's Republic in 1949. Next, enter the Forbidden City, which served as the Imperial Palace until 1912. The extraordinary and immense walled complex is truly a masterpiece of Chinese architecture; its complex consists of 800 buildings with more than 9,000 rooms. Then, continue to a local pearl shop to learn about the famous Chinese pearls. Have lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to visit the fabled Summer Palace, a resort of the Empress Dowager with its palace grounds, filled with a variety of picturesque gardens and architectural structures. Take a relaxing boat ride across the lake and enjoy the stunning scenery before strolling along the sprawling palace. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner featuring China's famous Peking Duck.

Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Friday - Depart China

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Questions

Is this trip right for me?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however, you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. The Great Wall requires a climb of approximately 300 steps, some of which have an incline. It is recommended to wear sturdy shoes, and people who have knee problems may want to carry a walking stick. Some tours require walking in the open air with no shade. Air pollution is a problem in many of China's major cities. Please see the CDC website and/or consult with your healthcare provider for specific recommendations. The usage of a bandanna or, light scarf might help screen out some of the pollutants in the air.

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Fine print

Travel at 60 and Gate 1 Travel booking conditions apply. Please enquire for more information. Prices may vary and are subject to availability at time of booking. The following additional fees are not included, where applicable, on Air & Land packages: optional tours and visa fees.

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

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