14-Day Majestic China and Yangtze River Tour

Discover the wonders of China on a tailored 14-day, small-group luxury tour, including a four-night cruise on the Yangtze River. Experience the cosmopolitan vibrancy of Shanghai and Beijing, marvel at iconic historical sites including the Great Wall and the Terracotta Army, discover the beautiful sights along the Yangtze River, enjoy authentic local experiences and much more. Stay in comfort in internationally recognised hotels – including Shangri-La and Sheraton – and travel in style aboard the President 8 luxury ship. Only $2,999 per person including flights (twin share), valued up to $7,599.

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Luxury Escapes is proud to present the second of its tailored small-group tours, designed for travellers seeking unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences in incredible destinations around the world. This time, you're invited to discover the vibrancy and heritage of China on a 14-day, small-group luxury tour spanning Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an and Chongqing, including a four-night cruise on the Yangtze River.

Departure dates from various Australian airports are available on 19 March, 2 April, 16 April, 30 April (SOLD OUT: updated 5/12/16 10.27am), 14 May (SOLD OUT: updated 8/12/16 10:11am), 28 May, 11 June (SOLD OUT: updated 9/12/16 at 5:50pm), 25 June, 9 July, 23 July (SOLD OUT: updated 9/12/16 at 5pm), 6 August, 20 August, 3 September, 17 September (SOLD OUT: updated 9/12/16 at 5pm), 22 October, 29 October (SOLD OUT: updated 9/12/16 at 5pm), 5 November and 12 November (SOLD OUT: updated 9/12/16 at 5pm). See the 'Fine Print' tab for full details.

Begin your journey in the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, a foodie’s paradise where the electric buzz of modern city life meets centuries of history head on. Continue on to the historical sights of Beijing – including the iconic Great Wall – and Xi’an with its famous Terracotta Army, before embarking on a scenic cruise of the Yangtze River aboard a luxury ship.

Stay in a series of reputable, internationally renowned hotels hand-selected by the travel experts at Luxury Escapes – including Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World, Shangri-La China World and Sheraton Xi’an North City – and enjoy 4 nights aboard the luxury ship President 8. Also included are daily breakfasts and other select meals, tailored sightseeing, interactive local experiences, return flights and much more for just $2,999 per person, valued up to $7,599.

Check out the extended 16-day tour option below, which includes a visit to historic Chengdu where you can encounter the native Chinese Giant Panda.

Itinerary Highlights

Discover the irresistible energy of Shanghai on a city tour incorporating Shanghai Museum – one of China’s most celebrated museums – the buzzing Xin Tian Di entertainment district and the famous waterfront strip The Bund, a melting pot of architectural influences. Learn about the fascinating history of silk manufacturing in China with a visit to a local silk producer.

Travel north of Beijing and be captivated by the sight of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Great Wall of China, which dates back as far as the 7th century BCE and is truly a wonder to behold.

Head to the sprawling capital of Beijing itself, rich with six UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites. Visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and more. Explore the winding alleys, or 'hutongs', of the local Beijing neighbourhoods from the back of a traditional rickshaw, join a relaxing Tai Chi class, learn all about the history of China’s most celebrated stone – jade – from a local merchant, experience a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, and, after all your exploring, indulge in a complimentary one-hour foot massage.

Marvel at the ancient city wall of Xi’an, which dates to the 14th century and is one of the best-preserved walls in China, located at the end of the historic Silk Road. Whilst in Xi’an, you’ll also visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, a Buddhist monument dating back to the year 652.

Embark on a day tour to the site of the famed Terracotta Warriors – a massive collection of sculptures depicting the armies of the first emperor of China and dating back to the third century BCE – and discover the story behind this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site from an experienced local tour guide.

Next board a luxury ship for a scenic cruise up the Yangtze River. Marvel at the colossal scale of the Three Gorges Dam, the biggest hydropower project in the world; soak up the dramatic scenery of the Shennong Stream, which flows through three beautiful gorges – seeing if you can spot the traditional hanging coffins of the Tujia ethnic group hidden along the banks – and stop at the historical site of Shibaozhai, rising from the banks of the river, with its nine-storey red pagoda leading to a temple at the top of the hill.

Your Package Includes

Return flights to China (see 'Fine Print' tab for departure airports and further information), an internal flight from Shanghai to Beijing and fast train services to speed you between Beijing, Xi'an, Wuhan and Yichang.

Accommodation throughout the duration of the tour. Enjoy two nights at Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World in Shanghai, three nights at Shangri-La China World Hotel in Beijing, three nights at Sheraton Xi’an North City Hotel in Xi’an and four nights in a Deluxe Balcony Cabin aboard the President 8 luxury ship, which boasts exceptional facilities including a gym, sauna, beauty salon, onboard shops, a swimming pool, Jacuzzi and more.

Daily breakfasts, nine lunches and five dinners, as detailed in the 'Itinerary' tab.

Guided sightseeing, as detailed in the itinerary tab.

A complimentary one-hour foot massage and Tai Chi class in Beijing.

A complimentary afternoon tea while cruising the Yangtze River on board the President 8.

Make the most of your China adventure with additional, optional experiences along the way – see the 'Itinerary' and 'Fine Print' tabs for further details.

Tour Extension

Add another unforgettable experience to your Chinese voyage of discovery with a visit to historic Chengdu. Upgrade to the 16-day tour and enjoy all the inclusions above together with a visit to this vibrant southwestern city, staying two nights at Sofitel Chengdu Taihe. Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and witness magnificent giant pandas at play in a natural environment with lush greenery, lakes, ornamental lawns and caves. Additionally, enjoy leisure time in Chengdu city or join an optional tour of Huanglongxi – the choice is yours. This 16-day extended tour is just $3,599 per person, valued up to $8,999.

Important Information

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 within the validity period, you can get a full refund.

Click on the 'Fine Print' tab above to read all the terms and conditions relating to this offer.

Departure Dates 2017: 19 March, 2 April, 16 April, 30 April (SOLD OUT: updated 5/12/16 10.27am), 14 May (SOLD OUT: updated 8/12/16 10:11am), 28 May, 11 June, 25 June, 9 July, 23 July, 6 August, 20 August, 3 September, 17 September, 22 October, 29 October, 5 November and 12 November.

*High Season Surcharge: For departures on 14 May, 28 May, 9 July, 23 July, 3 September, 17 September, 22 October and 29 October, a surcharge of $380 per person applies to the 14-day tour and a surcharge of $420 per person applies for the 16-day tour (based on twin-share). If you are a single traveller, please see below for applicable surcharges.

All departure dates are subject to availability and early bookings are highly recommended.

IMPORTANT: All bookings must be made by 9 December 2017.

The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise, an additional single traveller surcharge will apply (see below for more information).

Single Traveller Surcharge: If you are travelling on your own you must purchase the Single Traveller package options. Prices listed for single traveller packages include the following surcharges: for the 14-day tour, $1,150 per person, and for the 16-day tour, $1,280 per person. Please note that for departures on 14 May, 28 May, 9 July, 23 July, 3 September, 17 September, 22 October and 29 October, an additional surcharge of $760 per single traveller applies to the 14-day tour and an additional surcharge of $840 per single traveller applies for the 16-day tour, payable directly to Luxury Escapes. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

Flights from Australia will be with China Southern Airlines or a similar airline. Choose from one of the following departure airports (surcharges may apply):
Perth – surcharge of $380 per person
Brisbane – surcharge of $380 per person
Adelaide – surcharge of $480 per person
Darwin – surcharge of $480 per person

Instant Booking: To secure your dates at purchase, click ‘Instant Booking’ and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you’ll click through to ‘Choose Your Dates of Travel’ and will be able to enter in your preferred check-in date. Blackout dates will not be selectable and surcharge periods will be shown with surcharges payable directly to the hotel on check-in.

Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two adults.

Voucher includes accommodation in the following hotels:
Shanghai: Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World (two nights)
Beijing: Shangri-La China World Hotel (three nights)
Xi’an: Sheraton Xi’an North City Hotel (three nights)
Plus, for the 16-night tour extension only:
Chengdu: Sofitel Chengdu Taihe (two nights)
In addition to four nights aboard the President 8 ship

Allocated hotel are subject to availability – may be replaced with a similar hotel.

Please note, connecting rooms are not available.

Booking confirmation must be presented at check-in.

Maximum tour capacity is 20 guests, minimum tour capacity is two guests.

Please note, disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking.

The following optional experiences are available for an additional fee, which must be booked directly with the local tour guide in each city:
Shanghai – Huangpu River Cruise, $50 per person
Shanghai – Ancient Water Town Tour, $55 per person
Beijing – Peking Duck Banquet, $35 per person
Beijing – Chinese Acrobatic Show, $50 per person
Xi’an – Tang Dynasty Cultural Show & Dumpling Banquet, $65 per person

Plus, for the 16-night tour extension only:
Chengdu – Bian Lian Sichuan Opera, $60 per person
Chengdu – Sichuan Local Experience Day Tour, $110 per person

Please note: a minimum of ten people is required for each experience to go ahead.

Tour tipping of $140 per person is included in the package price for the 14-day tour. Tour tipping of $160 per person is included in the 16-day tour.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Before making a reservation, please ensure that the name on the reservation is the same as it appears on your passport. An error may result in a name change penalty or boarding being denied by the airline. Luxury Escapes accepts no responsibility for accuracy of name on the travel documents.

Travellers should have a basic level of physical fitness and mobility and must be able to negotiate uneven surfaces, climb stairs and board boats. Travellers are advised to check with their local health professional at least 45 days prior to departure, as some vaccinations require 30 days or more to be effective. Proof of vaccination is usually not required unless you are coming from an infected area.

Strictly no refunds for this accommodation package for amendments and change of date.

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.

Additional expenses are not included with this accommodation package.

The package cannot be split.

Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays.

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.

The value and comparative savings have been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

All activities and services (including late checkout) are subject to availability.

Please note that full terms and conditions apply - refer LuxuryEscapes.com/terms.

Return flights between select Australian airports and China are included in your package – see the 'Fine Print' tab for further details.

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