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13 Day China Tour – Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, Shanghai & Hangzhou
Discover the incredible beauty, astounding history and rich culture of one of the world’s truly great countries with a spectacular 13 day/12 night comprehensive tour of China as you journey from Beijing to Shanghai for only $2,539 per person (twin share) instead of $4,689 with decadent dining experiences and international and domestic flights included
No need to worry about getting your preferred dates. The Booking Guarantee means that if you try to make a booking within 14 days from purchase and can't get your preferred dates in the validity period, you can get a full refund
Begin your journey with an included international flight from Melbourne (see ‘Fine Print’ tab for other departure cities) to beautiful Beijing and then travel through Xi’an, Guilin, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Hangzhou before returning back to Shanghai where your tour will culminate with an international flight back to Australia
The tour combines all international and domestic transfers with plush accommodation, mouth-watering local cuisine and engaging guided expeditions to leave guests reflecting upon a once-in-a-lifetime experience and unforgettable memories
Start off your whirlwind tour of China in the bustling capital of Beijing where you’ll enjoy a guided walk through historic Tiananmen Square, then travel north to conquer China’s breathtaking Great Wall, before visiting the Birds Nest Stadium – home of the 2008 Olympic Games
Climb aboard a Bullet Train and watch the scenery fly past at speeds of 250-300kpm as you travel from Beijing to Xi’an – here, you’ll have the chance to visit the deeply spiritual Wild Goose Pagoda, explore the Ancient City Wall built in 194BC, head to the Provincial Museum to learn of China’s archaeological discoveries dating back to the Neolithic Age, witness the eternal vigil of the famed Terracotta Warriors, and indulge in the flavoursome sidewalk food stalls and souvenir stands of lively Moslem Street
Catch an included domestic flight from Xi’an to Guilin where you’ll be transferred to the Longji Terraced Fields (also known as the Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces) for a mountain hike – your reward will be spine-tingling views spanning above the minority villages of Zhuang and Yao, as well as an overnight stay in a gorgeous cottage atop the peak – also visit Guilin’s famous Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill, described by an Old Chinese saying as offering, “the best scenery under heaven”
Take another included domestic flight from Guilin to Shanghai where you can wander along Nanjing Road (one of the busiest shopping strips in the word) and peruse the shop-fronts in search of a holiday bargain, soak in the waterfront scenery of The Bund, get your fill of culture at the Shanghai Museum, or even choose to join an optional sightseeing cruise on the Huangpu River – the choice is yours
Also witness the astonishing beauty of the of Suzhou’s ‘Master of the Nets’ Garden, explore a nearby ancient water town, and visit the most famous silk factory in China before transferring to Hangzhou City (described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world”) where you’ll learn about the tea-making process at a Tea Village in the pristine West Lake region which boasts over 600 years of history
Travel from Hangzhou back to Shanghai where you will spend two days exploring this marvellous city before boarding an international flight back to Australia
Travelling alone? Single Traveller Packages are also available, see ‘Fine Print’ tab for details
Checkout the ‘Itinerary’ tab above for more information about your tour
Your tour package includes:
Return international flights (included from Melbourne only, please see ‘Fine Print’ for other departure cities and surcharges), plus two domestic flights in China (from Xi’an to Guilin and Guilin to Shanghai), plus all return airport transfers during your trip
Delicious daily meals throughout your journey including 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 3 decadent dinners
Plush hotel stays – spend three nights at the Traders Hotel by Shangri-La in Beijing; two nights at the Titan Hotel in Xi’an; one night at the Longji Starwish Hotel in Longji; one night at the Bravo Hotel in Guilin; one night at the Howard Johnson Business Club Hotel in Suzhou; two nights at the Crowne Plaza Xanadu Resort in Hangzhou; and two nights at the Crown Plaza Shanghai Fudan (all accommodation subject to availability, if unavailable then guests will stay in hotels of a similar standard)
Comfortable and convenient transportation via air-conditioned private coach and an experienced English-speaking guide to help you uncover the secrets of this exotic land
All tipping for the duration of the tour
You’ll also have the chance to book exciting optional excursions – experience engaging side-adventures such as a boat ride down the Grand Canal in Suzhou; a Huangpu River cruise; or even choose to board a Maglev Train for a lightning-fast trip through Shanghai
What We Like
Immerse yourself in the best of China while enjoying the benefits of plush hotel stays, expert guides and decadent dining experiences
See some of China’s most famous sites while journeying from Beijing to Shanghai including the iconic Great Wall, historic Tiananmen Square, the Birds Nest Olympic Stadium, the ancient Terracotta Warriors, scenic Longji Terraced Fields, the shopping delights of Nanjing Road and so much more
Forget trying to plan your China adventure from scratch... your Asian odyssey is all sorted!
You can view all the terms and conditions relating to this offer by clicking on the 'Fine Print' tab above
Valid for travel from 5 March 2015 until 31 December 2015 (bookings must be made before 28 May 2015)
IMPORTANT: All bookings must be made before 28 May 2015
Departure Dates: 5 March 2015; 12 March 2015; 19 March 2015; 26 March 2015; 2 April 2015; 9 April 2015; 16 April 2015; 23 April 2015; 30 April 2015; 7 May 2015; 14 May 2015; 21 May 2015; 28 May 2015; 4 June 2015; 11 June 2015; 18 June 2015; 25 June 2015; 2 July 2015; 9 July 2015; 16 July 2015; 23 July 2015; 30 July 2015; 6 August 2015; 13 August 2015; 20 August 2015; 27 August 2015; 3 September 2015; 10 September 2015; 17 September 2015; 24 September 2015; 1 October 2015; 8 October 2015; 15 October 2015; 22 October 2015; 29 October 2015; 5 November 2015; 12 November 2015; 19 November 2015; 26 November 2015; 3 December 2015; 10 December 2015; 17 December 2015; 24 December 2015; 31 December 2015
High Season Surcharge: A surcharge of $200 per person applies for tours departing during April 2015; July 2015; August 2015; and December 2015, payable direct to the tour provider at time of reservation
Booking Guarantee: No need to worry about getting your preferred dates. The Booking Guarantee means that if you try to make a booking within 14 days from purchase and can't get your preferred dates in the validity period, you can get a full refund (bookings must be made before 28 May 2015)
Strictly subject to availability and please book early to lock in your preferred dates. After the booking guarantee period, bookings for specific dates during the validity period will be accepted on a 'first in, best dressed' basis
Voucher is valid for ONE PERSON (twin share)
You must purchase and redeem TWO VOUCHERS per booking if travelling with someone, otherwise an additional single traveller surcharge will apply
Single Traveller Surcharge: A surcharge of $500 per person is payable direct to the tour provider upon booking
This offer includes international return economy class flights from Melbourne to Beijing. A surcharge of $150 per person applies for departures from Sydney. A surcharge of $350 per person applies for departures from Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane
Upgrade: Upgrade your trip by selecting return business class airfares from Melbourne to Beijing for a surcharge of $3,000 per person, payable direct to the tour provider at time of reservation
Five-Star Cruise Extension: Guests can choose to enjoy a four night, five-star Yangtze River Cruise extension for a surcharge of $699 per person, payable direct to the tour provider at time of reservation
Tour Group Capacity: Tours operate with a minimum of 6 people and a maximum of 30 people
Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity throughout the tour is three people
Child Policy: Please note that guests must be aged six years or older to take part in the tour. Children must purchase a full-price voucher if wishing to take part in the tour, no discounts apply
Rooms will contain either twin bedding, king bedding or twin bedding with a rollaway (strictly subject to availability)
Please note that it is not possible to have an extra bed in any of the rooms
Connecting rooms may be booked at each hotel (strictly subject to availability and occupancy at time of travel)
All accommodation is subject to availability. If a desired hotel is not available, alternate accommodation of a similar standard will be provided. You will be informed of supplements/reductions
A service charge of $100 per person applies for cancellations after securing your booking and redeeming your voucher (vouchers are non-refundable and you will need to book in for another date)
Promotional tour is non-refundable after the tour provider issues air ticket, all seats are subject to availability. Tour will be confirmed after voucher has been redeemed with the tour provider at time of booking
Return date change will incur a surcharge of $150 per person before the air ticket has been issued and is subject to airline availability
The tour provider suggests that passengers are covered by travel, medical, health and other types of insurance. These cannot be obtained in China
Package excludes China Visa application fee if applied for through the tour provider and is available upon request; laundry and other items of a personal nature; any upgrade surcharges and trip delay or interruption by airline schedule change; cost for anything not specifically mentioned in voucher inclusions
All excursions are subject to availability and depend on the itinerary
Travel insurance is strongly recommended. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this voucher
Nights must be used consecutively
Strictly no refunds for this voucher for amendments or change of date – fees are at the cruise company’s discretion/policy
Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations
Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash
A departure pack with all tour documentation will be provided to you by the tour company via email and regular post once your booking has been confirmed and must be presented on arrival
All surcharges are payable directly to the tour provider
Please note, a VISA may be required for travel for some guests
Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas
A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa. Please take the time to visit our preferred vendor website at www.visasdirect.com.au/luxescapes to assist you with any visa application requirements and processes
Package cannot be split
Value has been determined based on the cruise company’s published rack rates provided and the value of inclusions
All activities and services are subject to availability
Redemption instructions can be found on your voucher
How to get there
Getting to China is easy! Return International economy class flights from Melbourne are included in your package in addition to all domestic flights in China plus handy airport transfers!
To view other Australian departure cities and corresponding surcharges, click on the ‘Fine Print’ tab.
Our Booking Guarantee is our commitment to you to ensure that you get to travel when you want to travel and not when you have to travel.
And why do we offer this?
Well it's quite simple, we love to travel just as much as you do and we understand that it's hard to find dates to suit your work, family and personal commitments, so we guarantee you that if you can't get the dates you want we will give you a full refund. Yes, that's right...a 100% money back guarantee if you aren't able to book the dates that you want! It can't get much better than that!
How does it work?
It's very simple - make your booking request within 14 days of purchase and if you don't get your preferred dates (within the validity period) you will receive a FULL Refund. If you aren't able to get your preferred dates you'll get a refund directly back to your credit card (or PayPal account). Please note, if you get your preferred dates and later change your mind on when you want to travel, the Booking Guarantee will not apply to your request for a change of dates.
What do I need to do?
Simply make your booking with the tour operator by e-mail within 14 days of purchase and if you don't get your preferred dates simply contact our support team via email with evidence of your attempted booking - within 16 days from purchase to get a full refund.
Minimal effort for maximum peace of mind! Purchase with confidence and assurance.
13 Day/12 Night Day China Adventure
Day 1 (Fri)
Meals: In-flight Meal
Upon arrival at the airport in Beijing you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Take some time to relax and prepare for your full day tour tomorrow.
Day 2 (Sat)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Beijing, Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square
After enjoying your daily buffet breakfast, you will embark on a tour with your trip leader to discover all that Beijing has to offer. Your first stop will be to the grandest public plazas in the world – Tiananmen Square. You will then continue on to the Forbidden City, once the exclusive domain of the Ming Dynasty, for an extensive tour through this vast complex. Experience and enjoy the Orient Foot Massage to learning and experience traditional Chinese medicine treatment that our nerve zones or reflex points go from the bottom of our feet to the top of our head, encompassing all vital organs on the way. Tonight, you will enjoy a welcome banquet that includes China’s famous Peking Roast Duck. Return to your hotel, relax and refresh or enjoy an optional evening performance – Kung Fu Legend.
Day 3 (Sun)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Beijing, the Great Wall, 2008 Olympic Games Sites
Today you will head north of the city to conquer the Great Wall of China and to behold the beautiful rugged mountain landscapes that surround this impressive structure. It is considered the largest defensive structure in the world and, although some sections are quite steep, the views of the magnificent surrounding landscapes are unforgettable. Learn about Jade, China’s most precious and celebrated stone, and its manufacturing process at the largest Jade factory in Beijing. You will then visit the 2008 Olympic Games sites including the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube. Afterwards, you will return to the city and enjoy your evening of leisure.
Day 4 (Mon)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Xi’an, Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall, Provincial Museum
Today you will be transferred to Xi'an via bullet train. Your first day in Xi’an will begin with a visit to the incredible Wild Goose Pagoda. The temple was originally used by a large team of scholars to translate the Buddhism Scriptures into Chinese and subsequently became a holy place for pilgrims. Afterwards you will discover the Ancient City Wall, built in 194BC it is one of the oldest and best preserved city walls in all of China. Your final stop will be at the Provincial Museum, which documents China’s archaeological finds which date back to the Neolithic Age (20000 years ago), all the way to the dynasties from 980 AD.
Day 5 (Tue)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Xi’an, Terracotta Warriors Site, Moslem Street
Xi’an is an ancient city, with a history spanning over 1,000 years. Having served as the nation’s capital for this time, it is now home to a large number of significant relics and historical sites. The day’s tour will begin with a visit to the Terracotta Warriors site. Here you will marvel in the exquisite detail of the 7000 soldiers, archers, horses and chariots that have guarded Emperor Qin’s tomb since 210BC. Although the site was accidently discovered in 1974, the painstaking task of repair and evacuation continues to this day. About 1.5 hours from Xi’an is an incredible museum where you will be able to learn all about the history behind the Terracotta Warriors. After lunch, walk through the famous Moslem Street, where many delicious local snacks and souvenirs are available for purchase.
Day 6 (Wed)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Xi’an, Guilin, Longji Terraced Fields
Today you will be flown from Xi’an to Guilin, one of the most beautiful destinations in China. Upon arrival at Guilin airport, you will be transferred to Longji Terraced Fields where you will embark on a hike up the magnificent mountain. The terraces here resemble ribbons winding from the foot to the top of the mountain. The terraces were constructed using a unique design that requires no nails and is ideal in areas with limited arable land and water resources. At the top of the mountain you will be able to admire the Zhuang and Yao minority villages that dot the landscape below. In the evening you will spend the night in a cottage on the mountain.
Day 7 (Thu)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Guilin, Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill
In the morning you will hike to see the impressive sunrise on the summit of the Longji Rice Terraces. Afterwards, you will be driven to the Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill, which are 2 of the most popular sites in beautiful Guilin. An old Chinese saying describes Guilin’s landscape as “the best scenery under heaven”. Its misty limestone peaks “rise as suddenly from the earth as trees in a forest, and surrounding the city like mountains floating in an imaginary sea”.
Day 8 (Fri)
Today you will fly from Guilin to Shanghai. Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. You may enjoy the afternoon at leisure, taking advantage of the exceptional shopping along Nanjing Road – one of the world’s busiest shopping streets in the world. In the evening you may enjoy an optional tour on the Huangpu River Cruise, taking in the famous sites of Shanghai including; the People’s Hero Monument, the Bund, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the dramatic skyline of the Pu Dong business district, the bustling International Passenger Station of Shanghai Harbour, the docks and the Wu Song ancient gun fort.
Day 9 (Sat)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Today you will enjoy a city tour of Shanghai – the city often referred to as the “Paris of the East”.
During the tour you will wind through the largest commercial and financial centres, visiting the Nanjing walking district, one of the busiest shopping strips in the world, and discovering the history and culture of Shanghai at the Shanghai Museum. You will then continue to the Bund located by the beautiful Huangpu River. After lunch, you will be transferred to an ancient water town where you may explore this unique and beautiful village. You may also choose to join an optional tour of the spectacular Grand Canal which will take place during a boat ride along the canal. Parts of the canal date back to more than 2000 years ago and there are many beautiful homes situated on its banks that are decorated with iconic red lanterns.
Day 10 (Sun)
Suzhou, Ancient Water Town
Today you will explore Suzhou, which is known as the ‘Venice of the East’ due to its many beautiful waterways. The Grand Canal of Suzhou is the longest and oldest surviving man-made waterway in the world. After a visit to the Master of the Nets Garden, you will come to understand why Suzhou is famous for its gardens, which are renowned for their unique architecture and elaborate designs. Afterwards, you will continue on to the most famous silk factory in all of China, and learn about the manufacturing processes of silk products and its significance in Chinese history. In the afternoon you will be transferred to Hangzhou and discover the city described by Marco Polo as ‘the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world’.
Day 11 (Mon)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hangzhou, Tea Village
Today you will enjoy a visit to a tea plantation, where you will learn about tea picking and processing. Tea Village is part of the West Lake scenic area and has a history of over 600 years.
Day 12 (Tue)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
After breakfast, enjoy a leisure morning exploring the beautiful region of Hangzhou. In the afternoon you will be driven back to modern city of Shanghai. Shanghai is a city of spectacular scenery and contrast, and has many unique and beautiful districts to discover.
Day 13 [+14] (Wed-Thu)
Depart Shanghai - Home
Today you can enjoy a leisure day to explore the city at your own pace. You may also choose to join the optional tour, which takes you on a maglev train trip – reaching speeds of up to 431km per hour. Once you hop off the train you will head to the biggest outdoor market in China. You could also visit the old town, known as the “root of Shanghai” or visit the French Concession where “yesterday meets tomorrow and east meets west”.
This evening you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home or you may choose to extend your stay and continue to explore the mesmerising cities of China.
Having recently returned from your the Tour of China I wish to express my appreciation for the way the tour was conducted. Everything went to plan and I found that the sight-seeing and place of interest, the hotel accommodation and travel plans were more than I expected. Truly a magnificent experience in more ways than one. The tour guides, especially Grace in Xian, were knowledgeable and looked after the group with a personal and friendly touch. It was also exceptional value for money. I will have no hesitation in recommending Travel of Asia to my friends. Again my compliments to Travel of Asia for a great experience, it certainly was one with memories that will stay with me forever. Well done.”Guest Testimonial
We have recently returned from our trip to China and what an absolutely fantastic trip it was. We would like to thank you all for the organisation in arranging our trip, tour, visa's, flights etc. And a special mention for our tour guides, they were all fantastic and went out of their way to make our holiday. We will definitely be investigating further Travel of Asia in the future. Again many many thanks.”Guest Testimonial
We would like to express our appreciation of our well run China tour. Accommodation was certainly as promoted, clean, comfortable and staff most accommodating. Included meals throughout the tour were first rate, of good quality and courses just kept coming and coming, often more than our group could handle! Your tour guides are an absolute credit to your organisation. Nothing was too much trouble, knowledgeable, friendly and helpful to the extreme. The coaches we travelled in were always clean and comfortable and the drivers competent, courteous and always assisting our group on and off while boarding. Bottled water was always available for us. Although returning home somewhat exhausted from such a busy itinerary, we also brought back a lot of happy memories of this wonderful holiday, places visited and the people we met. Many Thanks to all concerned for such a well organised holiday.”Guest Testimonial