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Magnificent 10-Day China Tour

Embark on an Incredible 10 Day/9 Night Tour of China from Beijing to Shanghai with International Flights Included! Visit Some of China’s Most Iconic and Famous Sites such as the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Birds Nest Olympic Stadium and Much More. Also Enjoy Delicious Daily Breakfasts, Plush Hotel Stays, Exciting Optional Excursions and More. Only $1,499 Per Person (Twin Share) Instead of $3,399
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10 Day China Tour – Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou & Hangzhou

Discover the incredible beauty, astounding history and rich culture of one of the world’s truly great countries with a spectacular 10 day/9 night tour of China as you journey from Beijing to Shanghai for only $1,499 per person (twin share) instead of $3,399 with decadent dining experiences and international 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 Sydney (see ‘Fine Print’ tab for other departure cities) to beautiful Beijing and then travel through ShanghaiSuzhou, Hangzhou and Huangshan before returning back to Shanghai where your tour will culminate with an international flight back to Australia

The tour combines an international return flight and domestic airport 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 walking through historic Tiananmen Square, step behind the walls of the imposing Forbidden City, then travel north to conquer China’s breathtaking Great Wall, before visiting the Birds Nest Stadium – home of the 2008 Olympic Games

Travel from Beijing to Shanghai for a city tour of the city affectionately referred to as, “the Paris of the East” – here, you’ll have the chance to wander along bustling Nanjing Road (one of the busiest shopping strips in the word), 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 Grand Canal – 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

Head to Huangshan and spend some time at Hongcun Village – a charming countryside community situated right on the waterfront, before taking the chance to hike to the top of Mount Huangshan (or ride a cable car up the mountain) and take in the spectacular views

Travel from Huangshan back to Shanghai where you will spend two days exploring this marvellous city before boarding an international flight back to Australia

Guests can also choose to embark on an optional overnight stay and tour of Mount Huangshan complete with guided mountain tours at sunset and sunrise, a return cable car ride, and the finest accommodation on the mountain – see ‘Fine Print’ for more information

Want to extend your tour? Explore China for longer by choosing the 17 Day Tour, see below for more information

Travelling alone? Single Traveller Packages are also available, see below for more information

Checkout the ‘Itinerary’ tab above for more information about your tour

Your Package Also Includes:

Return international flights (included from Sydney only, please see ‘Fine Print’ for other departure cities and surcharges), plus all return transfers during your trip

Delicious daily meals throughout your journey including 9 breakfasts5 lunches and 2 decadent dinners

Plush hotel stays – spend 2 nights at the Traders Hotel by Shangri-La in Beijing; 1 night at the Howard Johnson Business Club Hotel in Suzhou; 1 night at the Crowne Plaza Xanadu Resort in Hangzhou; two nights at the Crowne Plaza Huangshan Yucheng; and 3 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 fees for the duration of the tour and sightseeing admission fees (as per the itinerary)

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

17-Day China Tour

Tour China for longer! Upgrade to a 17 Day/16 Night Tour and enjoy all the features listed above plus exclusive bonus destinationsonly $2,379 per person (twin share) instead of $5,079

This extended tour follows the 10 Day Tour itinerary but then branches off to destinations including Xi’an, Yichang, the Yangtze River, and Chongqing

Visit the deeply spiritual Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an, 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

Also enjoy an included domestic flight from Xi’an to Yichang where you’ll climb aboard for a 4 night cruise along the famous Yangtze River with daily on-board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and exciting shore excursions to sites like the Lesser Three Gorges, Mengliang Stairway, the Hanging Coffins and the Precious Stone Fortress of Shibaozhai

Your tour will culminate in Chongqing where you’ll tour the Panda House in Chongqing Zoo before being transferred to the airport for your international flight back to Australia

The 17 Day Tour Package includes:

Return international flights (included from Sydney only, please see ‘Fine Print’ for other departure cities and surcharges), plus a domestic flight from Xi’an to Yichang and all return transfers during your trip

Delicious daily meals throughout your journey including 16 breakfasts10 lunches and 6 decadent dinners

Plush hotel stays – in addition to the accommodation venues mentioned above, also spend 2 nights at the Titan Hotel Xi’an; 4 nights aboard the Yangtze River Cruise; and 1 night at the Radisson Blu in Chongqing (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 

All tipping fees for the duration of the tour and sightseeing admission fees (as per the itinerary)

Single Traveller Option

Setting off on a solo trip? Enjoy the peace and privacy of your own room for only $1,899 instead of $4,399 for the 10 Day Tour; OR just $2,979 instead of $5,679 for the 17 Day Tour

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 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 on select departure dates from 28 August 2015 until 27 November 2015 (bookings must be made before 15 September 2015)

IMPORTANT: All bookings must be made before 15 September 2015

Tour Departure Dates: 28 August 2015; 4 September 2015; 11 September 2015; 25 September 2015; 2 October 2015; 9 October 2015; 16 October 2015; 30 October 2015; 13 November 2015; 20 November 2015; 27 November 2015

High Season Surcharge: A surcharge of $200 per person applies for tours departing during September 2015; and October 2015, payable direct to the tour provider at time of reservation

Booking Guarantee: Make a booking within 14 days from the date of purchase and if you dont get your preferred dates within the validity period of the deal then we will give you a FULL refund. Please note that evidence of an attempted booking must be provided to our Support Team via email no more than 2 days after the 14 day period. At this point, we will escalate with management to try and secure your preferred dates and if they are still unavailable, a full refund will be payable (bookings must be made before 15 September 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, or purchase a single traveller package

The 10 Day Tour includes international return economy class flights from Sydney to Beijing. A surcharge of $150 per person applies for departures from Melbourne. A surcharge of $350 per person applies for departures from Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. Carriers include Sichuan Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines or similar carriers

The 17 Day Tour includes an international economy class flight from Sydney to Beijing, and an international economy class flight from Chongqing to Sydney. A surcharge of $150 per person applies for departures from Melbourne. A surcharge of $350 per person applies for departures from Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. Carriers include Sichuan Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines or similar carriers

Flight Upgrade: Upgrade your trip by selecting return business class airfares from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth or Adelaide to Beijing for a surcharge of approx. $3,000 per person, payable direct to the tour provider at time of reservation. Offer is valid for Sichuan Airlines International flights only (does not include domestic transport)

An Optional Mountain Tour is also available for both the 10 Day and 17 Day Tours for a surcharge of USD$150 per person (approx AUD$198), payable directly to the tour provider upon booking. Please note that parts of this optional tour involve some light hiking. Ensure that you are comfortable walking up over 100 stairs with no hand rail support and in poor light (during dusk and dawn). Accommodation in Mt. Huangshan is limited so early booking is recommended

Tour Group Capacity: Tours operate with a minimum of 6 people and a maximum of approximately 40 people

Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity throughout the tour is three people

Child Policy: Please note that guests must be aged 15 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 a second 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 (can be applied for through the tour provider upon request); upgrades, add-on excursions, optional tours; 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 and activities 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 companys 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 tour companys 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 Sydney are included in your package plus handy airport transfers!

To view other Australian departure cities and corresponding surcharges, click on the ‘Fine Print’ tab.

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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 hotel(s) 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.

10 Day China Tour 

Day 1      (SAT)                                                                                                                       Meals: In-flight Meals

Depart Home City – Beijing
Begin your journey with your international flight to Beijing. Upon arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Take some time to relax and prepare for your full day tour the following day.

 

Day 2      (SUN)                                                                                                                     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Beijing, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City

Begin your day with your daily hotel buffet breakfast, featuring a large selection of Asian and Western cuisine. You will then set out with your trip leader to discover Beijing’s imperial treasures. Stand in Tiananmen Square, one of the largest and grandest public plazas in the world. Enter the imposing walls of the Forbidden City, once the exclusive domain of the Ming Dynasty, for an extensive tour through this vast complex. After lunch you may choose to join an optional rickshaw tour around the disappearing traditional hutong neighbourhoods of Beijing. Alternatively, you may join an optional tour of the Summer Palace – renowned for its beautiful gardens and enjoyed by the Emperors and their families for hundreds of years. You may spend the evening at leisure or choose to enjoy the optional Legend of Kung Fu Show.

 

Day 3      (MON)                                                                                                                    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Beijing, the Great Wall, 2008 Olympic Games sites

This morning you will learn about Jade, China’s most precious and celebrated stone, and its manufacturing process at the largest Jade factory in Beijing. Afterwards, you will travel into the rugged mountain landscapes north of the city to the magnificent Great Wall of China. Once on top of this ancient defensive structure, you’ll find that some sections may be quite steep, but the views are magnificent and the experience is truly unforgettable. You will then visit the 2008 Olympic Games sites including the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube for photo stop. In the evening you will be transferred to the modern city of Shanghai.

 

Day 4      (TUE)                                                                                                                      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Shanghai, Suzhou

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 at your own pace. Alternatively, you may choose to join an optional tour of the spectacular Grand Canal which will be conducted during a boat ride through the canal system. Parts of the canal date back to more than 2000 years ago and there are many beautiful homes situated along the canal that are decorated with iconic red lanterns.

 

Day 5      (WED)                                                                                                                     Meals: Breakfast

Suzhou, Ancient Water Town

Suzhou is known as the ‘Venice of the East’ due to its many beautiful waterways and 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 behold the city described by Marco Polo as ‘the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world’. 

 

Day 6      (THU)                                                                                                                      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Hangzhou, Tea Village, Huangshan

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. It is a rustic village and situated among lush green hills. In the afternoon you will depart for Huangshan City, where you will spend the evening at the foot of Mt. Huangshan.

 

Day 7      (FRI)                                                                                                                        Meals: Breakfast

Huangshan, Hongcun Village, Mt. Huangshan

Today you will visit Hongcun Village. Hongcun is a typical countryside village by the water, with a unique compact layout. In the afternoon you will have the option to take a cable car tour up to the mountain, enjoying the magnificent scenery of the surrounding areas. Once you arrive, you will have the opportunity to walk up to the very top of the mountain to appreciate the stunning view and the beautiful sunset. If you choose to stay in Huangshan, you may enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

 

Day 8      (SAT)                                                                                                                       Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Huangshan, Shanghai

On day 8 you are free to enjoy a relaxing morning of leisure, discovering the many delights Huangshan has to offer. After the group is reunited for lunch, you will be driven back to Shanghai.

 

Day 9      (SUN)                                                                                                                     Meals: Breakfast

Shanghai

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”. In the evening you may join the optional Huangpu River Cruise, which allows you to take 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 10   (MON)                                                                                                                    Meals: Breakfast

Depart Shanghai - Home

You may enjoy your last day in Shanghai at leisure and explore the eastern part of this beautiful metropolis. This area of the city is completely different from the hustle and bustle of most other parts of Shanghai. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for your scheduled flight home. We hope you enjoyed your journey to China with us!

 

 

17 Day China Tour

Day 1      (SAT)                                                                                                                       Meals: In-flight meals

Depart Home City – Beijing
Begin your journey with your international flight to Beijing. Upon arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Take some time to relax and prepare for your full day tour the following day.

 

Day 2      (SUN)                                                                                                                     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Beijing, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City

Begin your day with your daily hotel buffet breakfast, featuring a large selection of Asian and Western cuisine. You will then set out with your trip leader to discover Beijing’s imperial treasures. Stand in Tiananmen Square, one of the largest and grandest public plazas in the world. Enter the imposing walls of the Forbidden City, once the exclusive domain of the Ming Dynasty, for an extensive tour through this vast complex. After lunch you may choose to join an optional rickshaw tour around the disappearing traditional hutong neighbourhoods of Beijing. Alternatively, you may join an optional tour of the Summer Palace – renowned for its beautiful gardens and enjoyed by the Emperors and their families for hundreds of years. You may spend the evening at leisure or choose to enjoy the optional Legend of Kung Fu Show.

 

Day 3      (MON)                                                                                                                    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Beijing, the Great Wall, 2008 Olympic Games sites

This morning you will learn about Jade, China’s most precious and celebrated stone, and its manufacturing process at the largest Jade factory in Beijing. Afterwards, you will travel into the rugged mountain landscapes north of the city to the magnificent Great Wall of China. Once on top of this ancient defensive structure, you’ll find that some sections may be quite steep, but the views are magnificent and the experience is truly unforgettable. You will then visit the 2008 Olympic Games sites including the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube for photo stop. In the evening you will be transferred to the modern city of Shanghai.

 

Day 4      (TUE)                                                                                                                      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Shanghai, Suzhou

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 centers, 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 at your own pace. Alternatively, you may choose to join an optional tour of the spectacular Grand Canal which is conducted during a boat ride through the canal system. Parts of the canal date back to more than 2000 years ago and there are many beautiful homes situated along the canal that are decorated with iconic red lanterns.

 

Day 5      (WED)                                                                                                                     Meals: Breakfast

Suzhou, Ancient Water Town

Suzhou is known as the ‘Venice of the East’ due to its many beautiful waterways and 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 behold the city described by Marco Polo as ‘the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world’.

 

Day 6      (THU)                                                                                                                      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Hangzhou, Tea Village, Huangshan

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. It is a rustic village and situated among lush green hills. In the afternoon you will depart for Huangshan City, where you will spend the evening at the foot of Mt. Huangshan.

 

Day 7      (FRI)                                                                                                                        Meals: Breakfast

Huangshan, Hongcun Village, Mt. Huangshan

Today you will visit Hongcun Village. Hongcun is a typical countryside village by the water, with a unique compact layout. In the afternoon you will have the option to take a cable car tour up to the mountain, enjoying the magnificent scenery of the surrounding areas. Once you arrive, you will have the opportunity to walk up to the very top of the mountain to appreciate the stunning view and the beautiful sunset. If you choose to stay in Huangshan, you may enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

 

Day 8      (SAT)                                                                                                                       Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Huangshan, Shanghai

On day 8 you are free to enjoy a relaxing morning of leisure, discovering the many delights Huangshan has to offer. After the group is reunited for lunch, you will be driven back to Shanghai.

 

Day 9      (SUN)                                                                                                                     Meals: Breakfast

Shanghai

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”. In the evening you may join to optional Huangpu River Cruise, which allows you to take 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 10    (MON)                                                                                                                    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Shanghai, Xian, Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall, Provincial Museum

During your first day in Xi’an you will visit the Wild Goose Pagoda. The temple was once used by a large team of scholars to translate the Buddhism Scriptures into Chinese and subsequently became a holy place for pilgrims. Later, explore the Ancient City Wall which is one of the oldest and best preserved city walls in all of China. In the afternoon you will visit the Provincial Museum which displays Chinese archaeological finds dating as far back as the Neolithic Age (20000 years ago) right up to the dynasties of 980 AD.

 

Day 11    (TUE)                                                                                                                      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Xi’an, Terracotta Warriors, Moslem Street

Today you will learn about over 1000 years of Xi’an history, which served as China’s capital for 13 dynasties. You will visit the Terracotta Warriors Site, considered the eighth wonder of the world and discovered by accident in 1974. You will see the army of over 7000 soldiers, archers, horses and chariots that has guarded Emperor Qin’s tomb since 210BC. Each figure is unique and the painstaking repair and evacuation continues to this day. 1.5 hours from Xi’an is an excellent museum containing the history of the Warrior vaults. It is best if you wear comfortable walking shoes for today’s tours.  After lunch, walk through the famous Moslem Street, where many delicious local foods and souvenirs can be purchased.

 

Day 12    (WED)                                                                                                                     Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Xi’an, Yichang

This morning you will fly from Xian to Yichang. Once you arrive you will embark on your 4-night cruise down the incredible Yangtze River and enjoy an evening meal.

 

Day 13    (THU)                                                                                                                      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Yangtze River Cruise, Three Gorges Dam Site

Today will begin with a relaxing Tai Chi lesson, before you embark on your first shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site. The Three Gorges Dam Site is one of the largest construction projects undertaken by mankind and is the biggest hydropower project in the world. This evening you will return to the ship and attend the Captain’s Welcome Banquet and enjoy the evening entertainment with a Chinese dancing ball.

 

Day 14    (FRI)                                                                                                                        Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Yangtze River Cruise, Lesser Three Gorges

Today you will disembark the cruise ship and travel to the smaller and narrower Lesser Three Gorges for the day. Here you will appreciate the dramatic and unique beauty of the Yangtze River and the Qutang and Wu Gorges. On this excursion you will also visit the Ancient Plank Road, Mengliang Stairway and the Hanging Coffins. You will then return to the ship and continue sailing into the western section of Xiling Gorge.

 

Day 15    (SAT)                                                                                                                       Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Yangtze River Cruise, Shibaozhai

Today you will enjoy your final shore excursion to the legendary Shibaozhai, which has a history of over 400 years. The literal translation of Shibaozhai is ‘Precious Stone Fortress’, as the red stone pavilion was built against the side of a 200 metre tall hill. The 9 story red pavilion was constructed in 1819 to allow people to reach the Buddhist temple at the very top. Prior to its construction, people reached its peak using a system of chains. In the evening you will enjoy the Farewell Dinner and pack your bags in preparation to disembark the cruise tomorrow.

 

Day 16    (SUN)                                                                                                                     Meals: Breakfast

Chongqing

This morning you will disembark the cruise ship in the magnificent city of Chongqing. After checking into your hotel you may spend a day of leisure exploring the city.

 

Day 17    (MON)                                                                                                                    Meals: Breakfast, In-flight Meals

Depart Chongqing – Home

Your last day in China will be spent touring the Panda House in Chongqing Zoo. Afterwards, you will visit the Ciqikou Village – an historical street with buildings in the Ming and Qing architectural styles. The village is bustling with shops and traditional snack and tea houses. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for your scheduled flight home. We hope you enjoyed your journey to China with us!

 

OPTIONAL MOUNTAIN TOUR

(available for both the 10 Day and 17 Day Tours) - Extra USD$150/person

Day 7                                                                                                                     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Huangshan, Hongcun Village, Mt. Huangshan

After visiting Hongcun Village in the morning, the optional tour package will see you embark on a spectacular cable car ride up to Mt. Huangshan. From the cable car you will be able to admire the beautiful scenery with views of the Peach Blossom Peak, the Flying Stone, the Lion Peak and the Bright Summit. Afterwards, you will walk the stairs to the very top of Mt. Huangshan to appreciate the view and to witness the beautiful Huangshan sunset. You will spend the rest of the evening in the best accommodation on the mountain.

 

Day 8                                                                                                                     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Mt. Huangshan, Hangzhou

In the early morning you may choose to walk back to the top of Mt. Huangshan to admire the incredible sunrise from its peak. After the descent you may enjoy some leisure time before heading back to Huangshan City. Upon arrival, you will be driven back to the beautiful city of Shanghai.

**Please note that parts of this optional tour involve some light hiking. Ensure that you are comfortable walking up over 100 stairs with no hand rail support and in poor light (during dusk and dawn). Accommodation in Mt. Huangshan is limited so early booking is recommended.

Having recently returned from 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 Asia to my friends. Again my compliments to Travel 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 Asia in the future. Again many many thanks.”Guest Testimonial
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