13 Day Iconic China Incl Return Airfares

Xi'an - Beijing - Hangzhou - Suzhou - Shanghai

 

✓ Return international airfares
✓ Airport transfers 
✓ All rail tickets as per itinerary 
✓ 11 nights 4 star accommodation
✓ 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 2 dinners 
✓ Professional guides & Sightseeing
✓ All transport as per the itinerary
✓ Flexibility to extend your stay
✓ Secure your travel with a $500pp deposit today!

 

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Don't miss this incredible opportunity to visit China's most famed sights, including iconic landmarks, historical attractions and cutting-edge architecture. Marvel at legendary monuments like the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the incredible Terracotta Warriors.

 

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Itinerary

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Day 1

Australia Xi'an

Board your international flight to China and prepare to be inspired by this magnificent country and its ancient past. On arrival in the 3,000 year old city of Xi’an, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel: 4 ★ Xi'an Grand Noble Hotel or Similar

 

 

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Day 2

Xi'an

Today you will visit the serene Wild Goose Pagoda, once used by a large team of scholars to translate the Buddhism Scriptures into Chinese and now a holy place for pilgrims. From here you will explore the Ancient City Wall which is one of the oldest and best-preserved city walls in all of China. Enjoy a stroll around the perimeter and take in the spectacular views from atop. 

Optional Tour: Tang Dynasty Show - In the evening, you may choose to enjoy a night of leisure or join our optional Tang Dynasty Show Performance and Dumpling Banquet.

Hotel: 4★ Xi'an Grand Noble Hotel or Similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

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Day 3

Xi'an

Today prepare to be humbled as you begin your Terracotta Warriors tour with our experienced local guide, walking you through over 1000 years of Xi’an history. The city served as China’s capital for 13 dynasties. Here you will visit the remarkable Terracotta Warriors, considered the eighth Wonder of the World and discovered by accident in 1974. This magnificent army consists 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. Next you will visit an informative factory where you can learn more about the creation, conservation and history of the Warrior vaults. After lunch, take a walk through the famous bustling marketplace of Moslem Street (a sensory explosion!) where delicious food and souvenirs are available for purchase – with plethora of gift ideas!

Hotel: 4★ Xi'an Grand Noble Hotel or Similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

 

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Day 4

Xi'an Beijing

Today, you will experience the exhilaration of transport via high speed bullet train travelling from Xi’an to Beijing. Beijing is a metropolis in northern China and the capital City. It is one of the four Great Ancient Capitals of China, offering China's most wonderful array of attractions. Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be welcomed by your tour guide and escorted to your hotel. Take some time to relax or explore the local area ahead of your full day tomorrow.

Hotel: 4★ Beijing Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven or Similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 5

Beijing

Enjoy a full day of leisure in Beijing and take some time to explore on your own. Taste the local delicacies, check out the popular shopping districts or take in a museum! Beijing has plenty to offer for everyone.

Optional tour: Summer Palace - Visit the Summer Palace, the largest royal park in China that overlooks the stunning Kunming lake. For hundreds of years it served as the summer residence of Chinese royalty and their families. Today it is a UNESCO world heritage site and a sacred retreat for locals and tourists.

Hotel: 4★ Beijing Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven or Similar 
Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 6

Beijing

This morning you will set out with your tour guide to discover Beijing’s most memorable imperial treasures. Stand in Tiananmen Square and be awed at one of the largest and grandest public plazas in the world. Enter the imposing walls of the Forbidden City, once the domain of the Ming Dynasty, for an exclusive tour through this vast complex of courtyards and lanes. 

Optional Tour: Hutong Tour - In the modern city of Beijing lies a place where you can still see the authentic old Beijing. The place is known as Shichahai Area where most local residents still live in traditional courtyard-styled houses dotted along old hutongs. Your Beijing trip is not complete without visiting Shichahai Area. You will go around those existing hutongs by rickshaw and enjoy a meal with a local family 

Hotel: 4★ Beijing Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven or Similar
Meals: Breakfast 

 

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Day 7

Beijing

An incredible day awaits! Travel into the rugged mountain landscapes north of the city to the magnificent Great Wall of China. From the top of this famous, ancient structure, take in the exceptional views; this experience is truly unforgettable. Continue on your journey to learn about Jade, China’s most precious and celebrated stone and its manufacturing process at the largest Jade factory in Beijing. Later, you will visit the 2008 Olympic Games Sites including the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube and be awed by their imposing size. After your day of exploring, enjoy a complimentary oriental foot massage at a traditional Chinese medical centre where you will learn about alternative treatments for illness and have the chance to consult a Chinese Medical professional.

Hotel: 4★ Beijing Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven or Similar 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 

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Day 8

Beijing Hangzhou

Enjoy the morning at leisure or take time to explore Beijing one last time. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Hangzhou by the mind-blowing bullet train. The train reaches an unbelievable 320km/hr! Upon arrival at Hangzhou, you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel. Take some time to relax and prepare for your tour tomorrow.

Optional Tour: Temple of Heaven - tour the Temple of Heaven and practice the martial art of Tai Chi. Tai Chi is an internal martial art system which places emphasis on the development and control of Chi energy (consciousness) within the body. The Temple of Heaven is a sprawling complex of religious buildings located in the southeastern section of central Beijing. The site was constructed by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties who would host annual ceremonies of prayer for good harvest here.

Hotel: 5★ Hangzhou International Expo Center North Star Hotel or Similar 
Meals: Breakfast  

 

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Day 9

Hangzhou

Today you will embark on an exciting tour of Hangzhou city, renowned for its beauty and abundance of cultural heritage. It is also the political, economic and cultural centre of the Zheijang Province and one of the most popular tourist destinations in China. You will also visit the West Lake area in Hangzhou, comprising of the West Lake and the surrounding hills, which have inspired famous poets, scholars and artists since the 9th Century. It is considered one of the most beautiful landscapes in China, and is home to numerous temples, pagodas, pavilions, gardens, causeways and artificial islands. While you’re in the West Lake scenic area, visit a tea plantation where you can learn about tea picking and processing.

Optional Tour: Evening Show - In the evening, you may choose to attend the Romance of Song Dynasty Show featuring colourful costumes dancing, acting and acrobatics and tells the story of the five areas of Hangzhou.

Hotel: 5Hangzhou International Expo Center North Star Hotel or Similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

 

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Day 10

Hangzhou Suzhou

Today, you will be transferred from Hangzhou to Suzhou via bus. Upon arrival, you will be able to spend some time exploring the Master of the Nets Garden. The garden is one of the finest gardens in China, and for which Suzhou is renowned. You will explore the garden and admire the effortless cohesion of art, nature and architecture that has attracted thousands of visitors since 1140CE. 

Optional Tour: Grand Canal - After lunch, you will have the option to take a boat trip along the longest canal in the world - Suzhou's Grand Canal. Some sections date as far back as the 5th century BC and it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site - there are many beautiful homes to admire along this impressive waterway. 

Hotel: 4 Suzhou Holiday Inn Huirong Plaza or Similar 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

 

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Day 11

Suzhou Shanghai

After breakfast, spend the morning perusing the most famous silk factory in China to understand the manufacturing processes of silk and its rich history before you are transferred to stunning Shanghai via bus. Upon arriving in Shanghai, you will visit the Nanjing walking district and discover the history and culture of this magnificent city. You will then continue to the Bund by the Huangpu River and witness the collision of the old and modern sides of the city. Shanghai is equally beautiful and diverse – and undeniably memorable.

Optional Tour: Huangpu River Cruise - Enjoy an optional evening on the Huangpu River Cruise, allowing 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 relics.

Hotel: 4★ Shanghai Baoshan Delta Hotel by Marriott or Similar 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 

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Day 12

Shanghai Australia

Today, you will be transferred to Shanghai International Airport for your scheduled flight home, unless you choose to extend your stay and continue to explore other mesmerising cities. You’ll be returning home with knowledge of a new culture, connections with new friends and memories to last you a lifetime.

Meals: Breakfast 

 

 

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Day 13

Australia

Arrive home in Australia today.

 

 

 

 

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Inclusions & Fine Print

Inclusions

  • Return international flights with a full service airline
  • 11 nights accommodation in 4 star hotels
  • Return airport transfers
  • 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Dedicated air conditioned coach transportation
  • All highspeed rail tickets as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to unforgettable scenic attractions as per the itinerary
  • All tipping
  • Professional English speaking tour guides 
  • Secure your travel with a $500pp deposit today!

How to extend your stay

Some customers like to enhance their holiday by extending (only available post tour). If you wish to do so, please follow the following steps:

  1. Follow the ‘book now’ prompts.
  2. After selecting your departure date and completing your bedding configuration details, please select if you wish to 'stay behind' in the 'extra services' field.
  3. In the 'special requests', field please specifiy your extension requirements.
  4. Complete the remaining booking requirements and click ‘pay now’.
  5. After finalising your purchase a member of our reservations team will be in contact with you to discuss your extension request.

A $250 per person supplement plus any fare difference applies if you wish to confirm your extension. You will be contacted after purchase for collection of this payment. All additional accommodation and sightseeing is at your own arrangement. 

Fine Print

Booking Process

  • Follow the ‘Book Now’ prompts
  • Select your travel dates, departure city, number of travellers, room preference and any extra services.
  • Click ‘Checkout’ to login or create an account. You’ll need an account to review your details and download documentation.
  • Click ‘Pay Now’ to proceed to payment.
  • Note - all payments are processed by our trusted gateway Paypal where you a given two options.
  • Pay using your Paypal account
  • Pay using your credit card by proceeding as a guest – a Paypal account is not required
  • Once your order is complete, you will be prompted to complete a booking form so that we can fulfil your booking.
  • Your booking is confirmed once your booking form is submitted and you can begin the countdown to your Inspiring Vacation!

Airfare Information 

  • Full service airlines used will be China Southern, China Eastern, Sichuan Airlines or similar.
  • Flights will require a minimum of 1 transit (maximum 2).
  • Passengers will be ticketed on the best available full service airline at the time.
  • All tickets will include 23kgs checked baggage.
  • Once ticketed, flights are non-refundable. Any changes will be subject to the airline rules and change fees.
  • Full names as per passport (including all middle names) are required.
  • Any airline schedule changes or cancellations are beyond our control.

Optional Activities

City Optional Excursion RMB AUD
Beijing Kung Fu Legend Show ¥220 $45
Beijing Summer Palace Tour ¥250 $50
Beijing Hutong Rickshaw Tour with meal ¥330 $67
Beijing Temple of Heaven Tour ¥220 $45
Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise ¥250 $50
Shanghai Acrobatics Show ¥350 $71
Shanghai City tour - Maglev Train/Market/Old Town/French Quarter ¥350 $71
Suzhou Grand Canal Boat Tour ¥200 $41
Xi'an Tang Dynasty Show  ¥220 $45
Xi'an Dumpling Banquet  ¥150 $31

The land excursions can only be purchased on-tour with your guide and are payable in local currency. Optional tours are subject to conditions such as traffic, weather and sightseeing schedules, as well as minimum numbers.

Exclusions

  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses 

Travel Insurance

We strongly encourage all travellers to purchase travel insurance to protect yourself against the unexpected.

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Documentation: final documentation include e-tickets and hotel details will be provided approximately 30 days prior to travel.

Single Supplement: $550pp in additional to the twin share price.

Triple Share: Available. Please purchase 3 x $1,499. If you wish to purchase triple share please phone 1300 376 832.

Land only: A $500 per person reduction from the twin share price applies if you wish to arrange your own airfares. Should you wish to purchase land only, please select this option in the booking process, under 'Departure City'. 

Airline Upgrade: Cathay Pacific is available from $500 per person (subject to availability). In the 'special requests' please mention 'Cathay Pacific'. You will be contacted after purchase for collection of this payment. 

Premium Economy Upgrade: Not available.

Business Class Upgrade: Available for an additional $3,000 per person in addition to the standard price (subject to availability). Please request ‘Business Class’ in the ‘Special Requests’ field prior to making your purchase and you will be contacted to arrange payment.

Itinerary: The total length of the tour in days includes time spent in flight and is subject to change depending on the flight schedule, please refer to the day by day itinerary for the time spent on land. 

Group Size: 8 - 40 people

Bedding Requests: While we endeavour to meet your needs, all bedding requests are requests only. Please note, only twin share bedding is available on the cruise.

Children: Children must be 2 years old or over and share a room with parents at all times. Children are the same price as adults.

Accommodation: The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences however any changes are beyond our control.

 

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29 JUL 2019
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12 AUG 2019
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