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Spectacular 11-Day China Tour & Yangtze River Cruise

Set Off on an Incredible 11 Day/10 Night Tour of China from Shanghai to Chongqing, Including a Four-Night Yangtze River Cruise, Plus Return International and Domestic Flights! Visit Some of China’s Most Iconic and Famous Sites such as Shanghai’s Waterfront Bund, Explore the Ancient Water Town of Suzhou, See Hangzhou’s West Lake Tea Village, and Marvel at the Historic Stone Fortress of Shibaozhai. Also Enjoy Decadent Dining, Plush Hotel Stays, Exciting Optional Excursions and More. Only $1,819 Per Person (Twin Share) Instead of $3,999
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China Tour & River Cruise – Shanghai Hangzhou Suzhou Chongqing

Discover the incredible beauty, astounding history and rich culture of one of the world’s truly great countries with a spectacular 11 day/10 night tour of China as you journey from Shanghai to Chongqing for only $1,819 per person (twin share) instead of $3,999 with decadent meals and all 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 or Sydney (see ‘Fine Print’ tab for other departure cities) to stunning Shanghai and then travel through Suzhou, Hangzhou, Yichang and Chongqing, before heading to Chengdu where your tour will culminate with an international flight back to Australia

The tour combines all international and domestic flights with plush accommodation, mouth-watering local cuisine, engaging guided expeditions and an awe-inspiring river cruise to leave guests reflecting upon a once-in-a-lifetime experience and unforgettable memories

In Shanghai, you’ll have the chance to visit iconic sites like the waterfront Bund, enjoy the shopping delights of Nanjing, and step back in time at the Shanghai Museum

Visit scenic Suzhou, known as ‘the Venice of the East’ with its winding waterways and canals; and also stop by the most famous silk factory in China to learn the closely guarded secrets of the intricate manufacturing process

Take a tour through Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world” and head to the picturesque West Lake region to visit The Tea Village – a destination with over 600 years of rich history

Transfer back to Shanghai and then fly to Yichang where you will embark on a four-night cruise along the breathtaking Yangtze River – while on-board, you’ll enjoy a Captain’s welcome banquet, see sights like the Three Gorges Dam, Xiling Gorge, and even travel to Shennong Stream in a charming little wooden boat

The cruise also presents guests with exciting shore excursions to destinations such as Ancient Plank Road, the Mengliang Stairway, the mysterious Hanging Coffins, and the legendary precious stone fortress of Shibaozhai – a nine-storey red pavilion which dates back to 1819

Disembark in the city of Chongqing and peruse the boutique stores and inviting tea houses of historical Ciqikou Village before travelling to Chengdu via high-speed train where your tour will come to an end with an included international flight back to Australia

Tick Beijing off your bucket-list! Enjoy a 14 day/13 night tour upgrade complete with Beijing add-on, see below for more information

Travelling solo? Single Traveller Packages are available, see ‘Fine Print’ tab for details

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

Your tour package includes:

Return international flights (from Melbourne and Sydney only, please see ‘Fine Print’ for other departure cities and surcharges) and a domestic flight in China, plus all return airport transfers during your trip

Delicious meals throughout your journey including nine breakfasts, six lunches and five decadent dinners

A stunning four-night river cruise with fun guided shore excursions and engaging on-board entertainment including a Chinese dancing ball

Five nights of plush hotel accommodation – spend two nights at the Crown Plaza Shanghai Fudan, enjoy an overnight stay at Howard Johnson Business Club Hotel in Suzhou, and two nights at the Crown Plaza Xanadu Resort in Hangzhou (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

You’ll also have the chance to book exciting optional excursions – experience engaging side-adventures such as a boat ride down Shanghai's Grand Canal and more

Tour tipping fees and sightseeing fees (as per the itinerary) are also included in your package

14 Day Beijing Upgrade Option

Want to visit Beijing? Upgrade your tour to 14 days/13 nights and experience the best of this Olympic city for only $2,348 per person (twin share) instead of $4,998 and enjoy all the inclusions listed above

Tour highlights include the famous Bird’s Nest Stadium and Water Cube, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and more (see ‘Itinerary’ tab for more information)

What We Like

Experience the best of China while enjoying plush hotel stays, a fun-filled river cruise, expert guides and authentic local cuisine

See some of China's most famous sites while journeying from Shanghai to Chongqing including Shanghai's Waterfront Bund, the Ancient Water Town of Suzhou, Hangzhou's Tea Village, the Stone Fortress of Shibaozhai 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

Voucher expires 21 May 2015

Valid for selected departure dates from 28 May 2015 to 26 November 2015 (bookings must be made before 21 May 2015)

IMPORTANT: All bookings must be made before 21 May 2015

Departure Dates: 28 May 2015; 4 June 2015; 11 June 2015; 2 July 2015; 9 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

High Season Surcharge: A surcharge of $200 per person applies for tours departing in May, September and October 2015

Single Traveller Surcharge: A surcharge of $400 per person for the 11 day tour, or a surcharge of $600 per person for the 14 day tour is payable direct to the tour provider upon booking

This offer includes an international economy class flight from Melbourne or Sydney to Shanghai and an international economy class flight from Chengdu to Melbourne or Sydney. A surcharge of $350 per person applies for departures from Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane

Booking Guarantee: Make a booking within 14 days from the date of purchase and if you don’t get your preferred dates (within the validity period) we will give you a FULL refund (evidence of attempted booking must be provided to our Support Team via email no more than 2 days after the 14 day period). Refunds are not available if you are unable to secure your preferred dates after the 14 day period (bookings must be made before 21 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). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO VOUCHERS, otherwise an additional single traveller surcharge will apply

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 a second extra bed in any of the rooms

Please note that connecting rooms may be booked (strictly subject to availability)

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

Please note that the standard tour includes nine nights of accommodation (five nights in hotels and four nights on the cruise ship), plus one night in transit on the plane. The Beijing Upgrade tour includes 12 nights of accommodation and two nights in transit

A service charge of $100 per person applies for changing dates (if available) after securing your booking

Voucher is not refundable once Travel Asia has confirmed your booking. All seats are subject to availability

Tour will be confirmed after voucher has been redeemed with the tour 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 availability

Travel Asia 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 Travel Asia 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 tour provider'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

All surcharges are payable directly to the tour provider

Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) flights are not included with this voucher. 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 provider'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 flights from Sydney or Melbourne are included in your package in addition to a domestic flight in China, 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 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.

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11 Day China Tour

Day 1 - Fri                                                                                                 Meals: In-flight Meal

Depart Home City - Shanghai Arrival

Begin your journey with your international flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, 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

Shanghai, Ancient Water Town

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 3 - Sun                                                                                               Meals: Breakfast

Suzhou, Hangzhou

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 also 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 4 - Mon                                                                                             Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Hangzhou, Tea Village 

Today you will travel back in time to an authentic tea plantation, and learn the art of tea picking and processing. The Tea Village has a rich history of over 600 years and is located in the beautiful West Lake scenic area, nestled amongst lush green hills.

 

Day 5 - Tue                                                                                               Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Hangzhou, Shanghai

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 sceneryand has many unique and beautiful districts to discover.

                    

 

Day 6 - Wed                                                                                             Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Shanghai - Yichang

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

 

Day 7 - Thur                                                                                             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 8 - 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 land at Badong and travel to the Shennong Stream via a small wooden boat. You will then return to the ship and continue sailing into the western section of Xiling Gorge.

 

Day 9 - 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 10 - 11 – Sun - Mon                                                                                      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Chongqing - Chengdu - Home

This morning you will disembark the cruise ship in the magnificent city of Chongqing. 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 Chengdu by high speed train for your flight home or you may choose to extend your stay and continue to explore the mesmerising cities of China. We hope you enjoyed your journey to China with us!

 

14 Day China Tour

 

Day 1   (Fri)                                                                                                         Meals: In-flight Meals

Depart Home City - Shanghai Arrival

Begin your journey with your international flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, 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

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. 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 3   (Sun)                                                                                                       Meals: Breakfast

Suzhou

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 also 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 4    (Mon)                                                                                                    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Hangzhou, Tea Village 

Today you will travel back in time to an authentic tea plantation, and learn the art of tea picking and processing. The Tea Village has a rich history of over 600 years and is located in the beautiful West Lake scenic area, nestled amongst lush green hills.

 

Day 5   (Tue)                                                                                                       Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Hangzhou, Shanghai

After breakfast, enjoy a leisure morning exploring the beautiful region of Hangzhou. In the afternoon you will be driven back to the modern city of Shanghai. Shanghai is a city of spectacular scenery and contrast, and has many unique and beautiful districts to discover.

 

Day 6   (Wed)                                                                                                     Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Shanghai - Yichang

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

 

Day 7   (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 8    (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 land at Badong and travel to the Shennong Stream via a small wooden boat. You will then return to the ship and continue sailing into the western section of Xiling Gorge.

 

Day 9   (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 constructed, 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 10   (Sun)                                                                                                     Meals: Breakfast             

Chongqing

This morning you will disembark the cruise ship in the magnificent city of Chongqing. Today will be spent discovering all that the city of Chongqing has to offer, including its iconic souvenir and tea shops. After enjoying lunch, you will be transferred to the airport for your scheduled flight to the beautiful capital city of Beijing.

 

Day 11   (Mon)                                                                                                   Meals: Breakfast, Lunch              

Beijing, the Great Wall, 2008 Olympic Games Sites

Today you will learn about Jade, China’s most precious and celebrated stone, and its manufacturing process at the largest Jade factory in Beijing. You will then 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. Return to the city and enjoy a leisure evening.

 

Day 12   (Tue)                                                                                                     Meals: Breakfast

Beijing, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City

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.

 

Day 13 – 14 (Wed – Thu)                                                                               Meals: Breakfast

Beijing- Home

On your last morning in China you can practice Tai Chi under the guidance of a Tai Chi Master in the Temple of Heaven. Tai Chi is an internal martial art system which places emphasis on the development and control of Chi (consciousness) energy within the body. Later, go shopping at the Beijing Flea Market (Knock-Off Market). In the evening you will board your scheduled flight home, or you may choose to extend your tour and explore more of enchanting China. We hope you enjoyed your journey to China with us!

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, 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
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
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