Prices start from:
$6,400 per person
Days Valued Journey
After the excitement and vitality of Shanghai it will be time to enjoy the relaxed pace of your Yangtze River Cruise and the delightful shore excursions to quaint villages and shops. From there, the serene beauty of mist shrouded peaks and the simple life of the local fishermen gives a true insight into rural life of Guilin before your tour concludes with the amazing cities of Xian and Beijing.
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Depart Australia on your Cathay Pacific Airways flight to Shanghai. On arrival, transfer to the Central Hotel and enjoy your three nights stay.
Spend a day exploring this gracious and cosmopolitan city. See the former Colonial Concessions along the Bund for a view of the ‘yesterday & today’ of Shanghai. Travel to Pudong and stop at the soaring Jin Mao Tower for a breathtaking panorama of the city. After a special dumpling lunch, take a stroll along the alleyways of Old Chinatown, visit the Yu Garden and enjoy a river cruise before returning to your hotel. This evening enjoy an acrobatic show.
Meals: Breakfast 1 | Lunch 1
Another exciting day to discover Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town with cobble stone lanes and well-preserved Ming and Qing buildings. Enjoy this charming and traditional town as you cruise along the canals and drift beneath stone arched bridges. End the day at Tianzi Fang where many artists and local designers have set up art studios and galleries – a great chance to shop at the boutiques or just relax at one of the street café. A Shanghaiese dinner will be arranged at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast 1 | Dinner 1
SAT: SHANGHAI/YANGTZE CRUISE
Fly to Yichang where you will be transferred to the pier to embark on your Victoria Cruise ship ‘Katarina’ this evening. During your cruise, enjoy your all day free tea or coffee and ‘happy hour’ free house wine and beer as part of the value added ‘Exclusive Amenity Package’
Meals: Breakfast 1
SUN: THREE GORGES DAM SITE
The landscape of the Yangtze River has been changed since the completion of the Three Gorges Dam, you will make an excursion to the site this morning. Then enjoy a day along the river passing through the ship locks and Xiling Gorge.
Meals: Breakfast 1 | Lunch 1 | Dinner 1
Today, you take a detour by small boats along the waters of the Goddess Stream or Shennong Stream (subject to water levels and navigation authority advice). Return to the ship to see the steep walls as ‘Katarina’ passes through the Wu and Qutang Gorges.
Visit Shibaozhai, a beautiful 12-storey red pavilion against the side of the hill. Return to the cruise ship and enjoy day activities on board.
WED: ARRIVE CHONGQING/GUILIN
Disembark this morning at Chongqing, transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin and stay two nights at the Bravo Hotel where you can relax and enjoy the stunning scenery of Guilin and its surroundings.
Enjoy a relaxing and unforgettable cruise south along the Li River. See unique landscapes that are depicted on Chinese scroll paintings. The shallow river weaves between sheer-sided karst peaks. People here still travel the river on low bamboo rafts often using trained cormorants to catch fish. The cruise arrives at bustling village of Yangshuo where you can browse through small stores and street stalls before returning to your hotel by coach.
Morning vist to the famous Reed Flute Cave and Seven Star Park. After lunch, Fly to Xian and stay for two nights at the Grand Noble Hotel.
Marvel at amazing silent army of the Terracotta Warriors that were made to guard the tomb of the first China’s emperor and see his unearthed bronze chariots on display in the Exhibition Hall. Continue to Xian’s premier attractions, the modern Shaanxi History Museum where you will find relics dates back prehistoric times. Enjoy a cultural show with dinner at the Tang Dynasty Theatre.
This morning, take a walk on the 14th Century Old City Wall around the city centre. Fly to Beijing and transfer to the New Otani Hotel for four nights.
An exciting morning to China’s historic symbol - the Great Wall, once you set foot on the wall, you will be in awe of the longest, oldest and most labour-intensive projects in mankind’s history. En-route, stop at a Jade carving workshop to learn about Chinese Jade Culture. Then head to the Summer Palace and enjoy the Chinese landscape garden designs.
Today visiting Beijing’s most significant sights – start in the heart of the city at Tiananmen Square, continue to the Forbidden City, the former imperial palace and China’s most impressive architectural complex. After lunch, meet the locals at the Temple of Heaven. Enjoy a performance of ‘The legend of Kung Fu’ this evening.
Explore by cycle rickshaw through the ‘hutongs’ - ‘the back alleys’ – which reveals the charm of old Beijing. Your lunch will be arranged at one of the local family homes where you can capture a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lifestyle. The rest of the day at leisure – where you can either enjoy shopping in the nearby Wangfujing shopping district and the Silk market or simply explore more of Beijing at your own pace. This evening, enjoy a Peking duck dinner.
Farewell China as you transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home.
FRI: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
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