16 Day Best Of China & Yangtze Cruise

Beijing - Suzhou - Wuxi - Hangzhou - Shanghai - Yichang - Yangtze River - Xi'an


✓ Return international airfares with a full service airline
✓ Return airport transfers
✓ 10 nights in world recognised 4 star hotels brands  
✓ 4 nights deluxe Yangtze River cruise in a balcony cabin
✓ Daily breakfast, 8 lunches, 3 dinners
✓ Fully escorted guide throughout China
✓ All transportation & sightseeing as per itinerary 
✓ Flexibility to extend your stay

*** $250 deposit - Limited time only ***

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$3,901

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Crystal lakes, sprawling cities, winding rivers - China truly offers every landscape under the sun. Each legendary sight will leave you holding your breath for more. Every sense will be stimulated. From the ancient to the state-of-the-art, this spectacular country will teach, humble and inspire.

 

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Itinerary

16 Day China
Day 1

Australia Beijing

Today begins your spectacular tour through China! Upon arrival at Beijing Airport, you will be warmly greeted by our professional tour guide and escorted to your hotel. Take the evening to relax and prepare for your first day of touring tomorrow. 

Hotel: 5★ Shangri-La’s China World or similar - A conveniently located hotel only 4kms from Wangfujing shopping area and 6kms from the Forbidden City with easy access to the metro only 150m away. 

 

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Day 2

Beijing

Today you will set out with your guide to discover the iconic imperial treasures of China’s massive capital, Beijing. Stand in Tiananmen Square, one of the largest and grandest public plazas in the world before progressing on to the Forbidden City. 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. This area was considered by the Emperor to be a divine place, and it was forbidden to ordinary people, hence the name, the Forbidden City. This is certainly not the case today, as it now plays host to over 14 million visitors per year. It also now houses the National Palace Museum, historically and artistically one of the most comprehensive museums in all of China. After our tour, we will return to the hotel where you may relax or choose to enjoy one of our bonus Inspiring Sights options to enhance your experience. 

Optional Tour - ‘The Golden Mask Dynasty’ show or ‘Kung Fu Legend’ show - The Legend of Kung Fu Show is a mix of traditional martial arts and modern theatre. Presenting stunning Kung Fu skills, exquisite ballet and music, this beautiful story in no doubt has become the most loved Kung Fu show in China.

Hotel: 5 Shangri-La’s China World or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

 

 

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Day 3

Beijing

Today’s highlight is one of the most anticipated - an excursion to the majestic Great Wall of China, one of the Seven Wonders of the World! We will be touring the Juyongguan Section, recognized by UNESCO and one of the three most famous passes along the Great Wall. Located 60 km from downtown Beijing, it used be a stronghold that protected the northern access routes to the city. Here you’ll get a chance to climb a portion of this 3,700 mile marvel. Enroute back to the city we will visit one of the largest Jade Exhibitions in Asia and learn all about China’s most precious and celebrated stone. Upon returning to Beijing, the rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure or to participate in one of our suggested optional excursions.

Optional Tour - Hutong Life Tour - On this tour you will explore the hutongs of Beijing on the backs of rickshaws, a traditional mode of transport in Beijing. These rapidly disappearing traditional neighbourhoods offer a glimpse into the Beijing of the past.

Optional Tour - Peking Duck Banquet Dinner - Enjoy an authentic Peking Duck Banquet served with all the traditional accompaniments. This iconic dish has been served in Beijing since the imperial era.

Hotel: 5 Shangri-La’s China World or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

 

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Day 4

Bejing Suzhou

This morning we will begin our day at a Chinese Herbal Institute where we will have the opportunity to learn about traditional Chinese medicine. From here we then board the mind-blowing bullet train to travel the city of Suzhou. China’s bullet train network is now the most expansive in the world and you’ll be rocketing towards Suzhou at speeds up to 300km/h. Upon arrival in Suzhou, our local representative will meet and greet you at the North Suzhou Railway Station. You will then be escorted to your hotel where you may spend the rest of the day resting or spending time with newly made friends. 

Hotel: 4★ Holiday Inn Taihu Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

 

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Day 5

Suzhou Wuxi

Welcome to beautiful Suzhou, the city of paradise! Suzhou is also known as the Oriental Venice for its exquisite canals, bridges, pagodas, and stunning gardens. This spectacular city is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the perfect place for those who are interested in learning more about Chinese culture. Following breakfast we will be visiting the Lingering Garden, a classic private garden with 500 years of history. After this we continue our journey to the Suzhou Silk Factory, the largest silk manufacturer in the country where we will discover the mysterious processing silk. We’ll enjoy a brief break for lunch, after which you will have the opportunity to participate in another optional excursion exploring the famous Grand Canal further. In the late afternoon, we will continue our journey to the charming city of Wuxi, sitting on the banks of Taihu, one of China’s largest freshwater lakes. Upon arrival we will visit the Nanchang Street, famous for the way it expertly blends ancient and modern elements, and the peaceful waterside town-life with the passion of a contemporary itinerary. 

Optional Tour - Grand Canal Cruise - After lunch in Suzhou, you may enjoy a cruise along the ancient canal and enjoy a unique perspective of the city and life of the locals. The Suzhou Grand Canal belongs to the Jiangnan Grand Canal, which starts at Zhenjiang in the north and ends at Hangzhou in the south.

Hotel: 5 Swiss-Bel Liyuan Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

 

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Day 6

Wuxi Hangzhou

This morning our day begins with a visit to the Brilliance of Lake Lihu, a branch of Lake Taihu. The lake is well known for its gorgeous park and many interesting features, but also due to the fact that scholars have written that notable historical figures Fan Li and Xi Shi boated here. We follow this with a special visit to a Freshwater Pearl Farm. In the afternoon we continue on to Hangzhou, once described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world”. Upon arrival in Hangzhou you will have the evening free to spend at your leisure. You may relax or choose to appreciate the symbolic performance of Hangzhou as an optional activity.

Optional Tour - The Romantic Show of Songcheng - This evening, join the symbolic performance of Hangzhou. It has been performed over 2,000 times, and entertained over 60 million audiences. It is regarded as one of the top three famous shows in the world along with the O Show in Las Vegas and the Moulin Rouge in Paris.

Hotel: 4★ Holiday Inn Gongshu Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 7

Hangzhou Shanghai

The magnificent city of Hangzhou is also known as the “Paradise on Earth”, has been immortalized by countless poets and artists. The most renowned feature here is the West Lake Cultural Landscape, which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This morning we visit the West Lake, embraced by mountains on three sides and undisputedly the most beautiful lake in the country. During our visit, you may join the optional activity of taking a charming boat ride around the lake. After our visit here, we will continue to China’s no. 1 tea plantation to taste the well-known Dragon Well Tea. It has been scientifically proven that green tea such as this is excellent for maintaining your well-being, and today you will have the opportunity to learn more about the tea culture of the China’s best green tea. Following lunch, we will drive onwards to Shanghai on China’s central coast. This evening, you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai by joining the optional Huangpu River Cruise ride.

Optional Tour - Boat Ride on the West Lake - During your visit to the beautiful West Lake, you can revel in most renowned feature of Hangzhou by joining the West Lake Boat Ride, noted for how its scenic beauty blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites.

Optional Tour - Huangpu River Night Cruise - At night, you may enjoy the Huangpu River Night Cruise and get a glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai.

Hotel: 4★ Mercure Hotel Royalton or similar - A well connected hotel with Zhongshan Park metro station only a short 10 minute walk away which will take you direct to Nanjing Road and the Bund in only 15 minutes.

Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 8

Shanghai

Today we enjoy a full day in Shanghai, the country’s biggest city and an important global financial hub. After breakfast, we will travel as a group to the Bund, a famous site in Shanghai lined by the colonial architecture of European design. This area is the best place to capture the Western influences of the old days, and is now called the “Wall Street of the East”. Following our tour here, the rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure. You are encouraged to join our suggested optional tours and activities that further your experience of Shanghai.

Optional Tour - Shanghai Insight Tour - This tour takes you to Lujiazui Financial & Trade Zone, where the Jinmao Tower is located. Jinmao is 88 stories high, reaching a height of 420.5 meters and covers a 290,000 square meter construction area. The name translated literally means “Gold Luxuriance Building” in Chinese. Here you can find the perfect combination of traditional Chinese architectural style and the world’s most modern architectural technology. After this, we will visit another famous site in Shanghai – Xi’tian’di. This is a historical and cultural character of the city tourism attraction and its unique Shikumen Shanghai-based urban construction attracts people from around the globe to explore this special leisure area.

Optional Tour - Chinese Acrobatic Show - This evening, treat yourself by seeing the amazing ERA The Intersection of Time acrobatic show.

Hotel: 4★ Mercure Hotel Royalton or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 9

Shanghai Xi’an

Today we again board the innovative high speed bullet train to travel to Xi’an. Xi’an is an ancient city in China and has recorded the great changes of the country just like a living history book. It was the first Chinese city to open its doors to the world during the Tang dynasty and was capital for eleven dynasties over a period of more than 2,000 years.Our first visit here will be to the incredible Wild Goose Pagoda. This temple was originally used to keep the Buddhist scripts which were carried by the great monk Yi Jing from the Indian area and over time it has become a holy place for pilgrims. Afterwards you will discover the Ancient City Wall, built in 194 BC and one of the oldest and best preserved city walls in all of China. In the evening, you can treat yourself by joining our suggested optional activities.

Optional Tour - Dumpling Feast and Tang Dynasty Cultural Show - Xi’an was China’s capital city during the Tang Dynasty and the Tang Dynasty played a significant part in shaping today’s Chinese culture. You will be fascinated by the performance while enjoying the signature local Chinese dish – dumplings. You will be surprised at how many types of delicious dumplings are serving during the feast.

Hotel: 4★ Mercure Xi'an on Renmin Square or similar - Well located hotel only 2kms from the Bell Tower and located within the ancient city walls. 
Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 10

Xi’an

Today another highly anticipated icon of the country awaits - the famous and awe-inspiring Terracotta Warriors. We will visit the enigmatic ranks of the Terracotta Warriors in the company of our professional and experienced local guide. Be humbled as you stand among one of the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century. You may also have the opportunity here to meet the man who first discovered the Warriors and learn about the moment they were uncovered when he stumbled upon them in 1974. After lunch, enjoy a walking food tour through the famous Moslem Street, where your guide will help order a range of delectable dishes and snacks for the more adventurous. 

Hotel: 4★ Mercure Xi'an on Renmin Square or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

 

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Day 11

Xi’an Yichang

Today we transfer by coach to Yichang, the gateway to the Yangtze River. This is the starting point of our Yangtze River Cruise, your home for the next four nights. The Yangtze River is the largest river in Asia and the third largest in the world. The river begins in the remote mountainous regions and winds its way through stunning gorges to bring life to millions of people. We board the luxury cruise in the evening and receive an introduction on cruise events and onboard activities. Take some leisure time in the evening to unpack and relax.

Ship: 5★ Victoria Grace or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 12

Yangtze River Cruise

Enjoy your first day on the Yangtze River as your ship winds its way through spectacular scenery. Enjoy a beautiful breakfast buffet on board before joining a shore excursion to the Three Gorges Project. One of the largest construction projects undertaken by man, it is the biggest hydro project in the world. You may also choose an optional visit the Tribe of the Three Gorges, the only large scenic spot that has not been influenced by the Three Gorges Dam project, which showcases the abundant Ba Culture and Shu Culture. In the evening, you will return to the ship and attend the Captain’s Welcome Banquet and enjoy an evening of dancing.

Ship: 5★ Victoria Grace or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

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Day 13

Yangtze River Cruise

Today you will enjoy a shore excursion to the mesmerising Shennong Stream. The stream flows through three beautiful gorges including the Mianzhu Gorge, Parrot Gorge and Longcangdong Gorge. Each gorge is renowned for its unique and stunning scenery. The Shennong Stream is also home to the Hanging Coffins, which are ancient coffins containing the remains of descendants of the Tujia people. In the afternoon, you will return to the ship in time for lunch and enjoy the crew’s magnificent performance in the evening.

Ship: 5★ Victoria Grace or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

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Day 14

Yangtze River Cruise 

Today’s shore excursion will take you to the legendary Shibaozhai. This site has a history of over 400 years when it was built into the side of a 200-metre-tall cliff. The striking nine story red pagoda was built in 1819 to make it easier for people to reach the Buddhist temple at the very top of the hill. This evening you enjoy a Farewell Dinner with the rest of the travellers and crew and prepare for disembarkation tomorrow morning.

Ship: 5★ Victoria Grace or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

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Day 15

Yangtze River Cruise Chongqing Australia 

Today, you will disembark the cruise ship and be transferred to Chongqing 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 16

Australia

Arrive home today

 

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Inclusions & Fine Print

Inclusions

  • Return international airfares with China Southern (Air China, China Eastern, Sichuan Airlines if unavailable)
  • Return airport transfers
  • Fully escorted English speaking guide throughout China
  • Daily breakfast, 8 lunches, 3 dinners
  • 8 nights in world recognised hotel brands including Shangri-la, Mercure and Holiday Inn with central hotels in Xi'an, Beijing and Shanghai
  • 4 nights on-board Victoria cruises 5 star Yangtze river cruise with daily included shore excursions
  • In-depth sightseeing and entry fees as per the itinerary
  • All transportation, rail tickets and entry fees as per the itinerary
  • All tipping

Unbelievable sightseeing included

Beijing - Visit the Tiananmen Square
Beijing - Stroll through the Forbidden City
Beijing - Walk on the marvellous Great Wall
Suzhou - Lingering Garden, a private garden with 500 years of history
Wuxi - Brilliance of Lake Lihu, located at the Famous Lake Taihu, followed by a visit to a Fresh Water Pearl Farm
Hangzhou - UNESCO World Heritage site, West Lake-it is known as the most beautiful lake in the country
Hangzhou - visit No.1 Tea Plantation and taste the local well-known Dragon Well Tea
Shanghai - Visit The Bund, a famous site in Shanghai lined by the colonial architecture of European design
Xi’an - Visit one of the most incredible archaeological finds of the 21st century, the Terracotta Warriors
Xi’an - See one of the best preserved ancient city walls
Xi’an - Iconic Wild Goose Pagoda
Yangtze River cruise - Enjoy a tour of the Three Gorges Dam
Yangtze River cruise - View the Shennong stream, home to the Hanging Coffins
Yangtze River cruise - Visit the Shibaozhai Pagoda, built into the side of a 200-metre-tall hill

Cruise Details

For further information on your cruise, click HERE. Victoria Cruises is the only international cruise line currently sailing China's Yangtze River and sails with international multi-lingual cruise directors.

Deposits

Secure your package with a deposit of $250 per person*. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

*Limited time only

How to extend your stay

Some customers like to enhance their holiday by arriving early and/or staying behind. If you wish to do so, please follow the following steps:

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

A $150 per person supplement plus any fare difference applies if you wish to confirm your extension. You will be contact 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.
  • 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 airline used will be with China Southern (Air China if unavailable) 
  • Flights will require a minimum of 1 transit (maximum 2).
  • 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.

Exclusions

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

Optional Tours 

Beijing (Day 02) “The Golden Mask Dynasty” or “Kong Fu Legend” Show - 65 AUD
Beijing (Day 03) Hutong Life Tour - 55 AUD
Beijing (Day 03) Peking Duck Banquet Dinner -165 AUD
Suzhou (Day 05) Grand Canal Cruise - 55 AUD
Hangzhou (Day 06) “The Romantic Show of Song Cheng” - 105 AUD
Hangzhou (Day 07) - Boat Ride on the West Lake - 55 AUD
Shanghai (Day 07) Huangpu River Night Cruise - 75 AUD
Shanghai (Day 08) Shanghai Insight Tour - 65 AUD
Shanghai (Day 08) Chinese Acrobatic Show - 95 AUD
Xi'an (Day 09) Dumpling Feast & Tang Dynasty Cultural Show - 75AUD
Chongqing (Day 13) Giant Panda Tour -140 AUD

You will be contacted prior to departure to arrange booking and payment for your chosen optional tours. You do also have the option to book/pay for these tours while on tour if you cannot decide now. 

Optional Shore Excursions 

Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift - 320RMB (approx. $65AUD)
Fengdu’s “Ghost City” - 355RMB (approx. $70AUD)
White Emperor City - 355RMB (approx. $70AUD)

Shore excursions are paid and bookable upon embarkation in local currency. 

Travel Insurance

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

We have partnered with QBE Insurance to offer our customers competitive rates for their Travel Insurance. You can book comprehensive or budget cover, earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points and save 25% on retail rates.

Simply click HERE to arrange your policy.

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

Single Supplement: Single supplement is $1099 per person in addition to the twin share price.

Land only: A $600 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'.

Triple share: Not available

Premium Economy Upgrade: Available from an additional $1500 per person in addition to the standard price (subject to availability). Please specify this as a 'Special Request' when completing your booking and you will be quoted for the additional fare. In the event your selection is unavailable or that you are dissatisfied with the quote, you will be provided with a full refund.

Business Class Upgrade: Available from an additional $2100 per person in addition to the standard price (subject to availability). Please specify this as a 'Special Request' when completing your booking and you will be quoted for the additional fare. In the event your selection is unavailable or that you are dissatisfied with the quote, you will be provided with a full refund.

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: 10-46 people

Children: Children must be 5 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.

Departure Dates

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15 MAR 2019
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12 APR 2019
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26 APR 2019
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10 MAY 2019
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Friday
24 MAY 2019
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Friday
07 JUN 2019
Friday
26 JUL 2019
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16 AUG 2019
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30 AUG 2019
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06 SEP 2019
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13 SEP 2019
Friday
11 OCT 2019
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Friday
25 OCT 2019
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Friday
08 NOV 2019
Friday
22 NOV 2019
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