22 Day Real China With Yunnan & The Yangtze

Beijing - Xi'an - Wuhan - Yangtze River - Chongqing - Kunming - Dali - Lijiang - Shangri-La - Chengdu


✓ Small group 16 people max
✓ Return international airfares with Cathay Pacific Airways
✓ All airport transfers
✓ 16 nights in 5 star accommodation
✓ 4 nights on board a 5 star Yangze River cruise
✓ Daily breakfast and lunch, 6 dinners
✓ In depth sightseeing 
✓ Professional English tour guides 
✓ Flexibility to extend your stay

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China is a country full of legend and wonder. A country that ignites passions and sparks curiosity. Experience breathtaking natural marvels including the mighty Yangtze River, the intriguing Stone Forest, the magical Jiuxiang Caves and the revered White Water Terraces. Travel back through history while exploring age-old Chinese architecture, remote ethnic villages and familiar cultural icons that have stood the test of time.

 

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“Walking 10 000 miles of the world is better than reading 10 000 scrolls” - Chinese Proverb

Itinerary

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Day 1

Australia  Beijing

Your trip-of-a-lifetime begins today with an international flight to Beijing, the capital city of China. Upon arrival you will be warmly greeted at the airport by our tour guide and transferred to your hotel. Take the evening to rest and prepare for your first day of touring tomorrow. 

Please note that some flights might depart one day early.

Hotel: 5★ Wyndham Beijing North or similar

 

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Day 2

Beijing

Today we will explore the city that has served as the capital of five dynasties over a period of 800 years. We begin with a visit to the impressive Tiananmen Square, the second largest public square in the world. From here we will continue on to the Forbidden City, a magnificent palace complex in the heart of Beijing, which served as the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming to Qing dynasty. In the afternoon, we continue to the Temple of Heaven, which was used by emperors in ancient times to offer sacrifices to heaven and pray for a good harvest. In the evening, our welcome banquet will include the local delicacy, Peking Roast Duck, a traditional dish that has been prepared since the imperial era.

Optional program - After dinner enjoy the spectacular stage show, the Golden Mask Dynasty - a performance rich in visual splendor featuring more than 200 actors from China and abroad.

Hotel: 5★ Wyndham Beijing North or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

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Day 3

Beijing

Our highlight today is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall at Juyong Pass, the most famous vista in China. On the way, we will visit an exquisite Jade exhibition. To the Chinese, jade is a cultural icon and embodies the virtues of courage, wisdom, modesty, justice and compassion. After lunch, see skilled artisans practice the art of enamelling at a Cloisonné factory. Following this we will be visiting the Changling Exhibition Hall of the Ming Tombs, where thirteen out of the sixteen Ming dynasty emperors are buried. We cap off the day by attending a superb and thrilling Chinese Acrobatic Show in the evening.

Hotel: 5★ Wyndham Beijing North or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

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Day 4

Beijing

This morning we begin our day with a tour of the exquisite Summer Palace (Imperial Garden), the largest preserved ancient garden in China and a former summer resort for Emperors. Following this we will enjoy an outside view of the beautiful Bird’s Nest (National Stadium) and Water Cube (National Aquatics Centre), both purpose-built for the 2008 Olympics. Next you’ll have the special treat of visiting a freshwater pearl factory.

Optional - In the afternoon, enjoy a tour of the ancient alleyways of Beijing, the “Hutongs”, by pedicab. Eat next to Wangfujing, one of the capital’s most famous shopping street.

Hotel: 5★ Wyndham Beijing North or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

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Day 5

Beijing  Xi'an

This morning we fly to Xi’an, the first Chinese city to open its doors to the world during the Tang dynasty and capital for eleven dynasties over a period of more than 2,000 years. Our highlight here is a visit to the magnificent Terracotta Warriors Museum to see the life-sized defending army to the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. Be humbled as you stand among one of the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century. Later this afternoon we will be visiting a ceramic arts factory. In no other country has pottery and ceramics assumed such importance, the influence of Chinese porcelain has been profound the world over. The day will end with a flourish as you enjoy a special Dumpling Banquet, while enjoying a performance of music and dance from the Tang Dynasty.

Hotel: 5★ Titan Times Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

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Day 6

Xi'an

We begin a fantastic day by visiting the fascinating Shaanxi Provincial Museum, housing over 370,000 murals, paintings, pottery, coins and bronze, gold and silver artefacts. Our lunch today will feature a special and fun noodle making demonstration. Afterwards we will be visiting the Ancient City Wall, the most complete ancient city wall to survive in China. Following this we saved the best for last – a visit to the Great Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of the city.

Hotel: 5★ Titan Times Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

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Day 7

Xi'an  Wuhan  Yichang  Yangtze River Cruise

This morning we fly to Wuhan and transfer by coach (approximately 4-5 hours) 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 to unpack and relax.

Hotel: 5★ Victoria Selina Cruise or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

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Day 8

Yangtze River Cruise

Enjoy your first day on the Yangtze River as your ship winds its way through spectacular scenery. Enjoy breakfast 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.

Hotel: 5★ Victoria Selina Cruise or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

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Day 9

Yangtze River Cruise

Today, you can choose to relax on board or enjoy a shore excursion to the mesmerising Shennong Stream. Here the Yangtze flows through 3 beautiful gorges, each renowned for its 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. You can choose to join an optional shore excursion is to visit the White Emperor City. It’s an ancient temple that is located atop Baidi Mountain on the northern bank of the Yangtze River in Fengjie County. Return to the ship in time for lunch.

Hotel: 5★ Victoria Selina Cruise or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

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Day 10

Yangtze River Cruise

Today’s shore excursion is to the legendary Shibaozhai. Built into the cliff, the sight has over 400 years of history and at 200m high, the striking 9 storey red pagoda allows people to reach the buddhist temple perched on top of the hill. Alternatively you may partake in an optional visit to Fengdu Ghost City, also known as the ‘City of the Ghosts’. Artwork here depicts the Chinese people’s imagination of hell. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner while on-board your ship.

Hotel: 5★ Victoria Selina Cruise or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

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Day 11

Yangtze River Cruise  Chongqing  Kuming

This morning we disembark from our cruise in the port city of Chongqing and visit the Panda House at the Chongqing Zoo, the largest urban zoo in China. Following this we will be flying to Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province. Kunming has the most beautiful climate of all Chinese cities and is popularly known as the “Spring City”. With a long history of nearly 2,400 years, this city is made rich and colourful with its many ethnic minorities and unique natural attractions.

Hotel: 5★ Kunming Kai Wah Plaza Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

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Day 12

Kunming 

This morning visit the picturesque Stone Forest where massive limestone columns form a vast forest of surreal shapes and images. Due to an astonishing process of weathering and erosion, nature has created a natural art gallery of stone formations here. The countless stone formations appear to have sprung from the ground, assuming different shapes as if vying to surpass each other in grandeur and sublime beauty. Next we will visit the Jiuxiang Scenic Resort. The Jiuxiang caves are a vast and spectacular network of more than one hundred karst caves. The stalactites in the caves take on many different shapes and colours. Also found in the caves are numerous natural bridges, valleys, rivers and waterfalls, which constitute a wonderful subterranean world. Later we will return to Kunming and this evening we will sample the local delicacy, Crossing the Bridge Noodles.

Hotel: 5★ Kunming Kai Wah Plaza Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

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Day 13

Kunming  Dali

As we depart Kunming this morning we prepare for a magical tour through the countryside to Dali, home of the Bai Minority, an ethnic group that have traditionally lived in villages clustered around the Dali Plain. Upon arrival, we’ll take a stroll through the fascinating Old Town Quarter. This 600-year-old town features beautiful gardens, stone walls, grey-tilted roofs, doors, and windows carved with dragon and phoenix patterns. As you walk along the cobble-paved streets in the ancient city, a sense of primitive simplicity and elegance will be evoked.

Hotel: 5★ Regent Hotel Dali or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

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Day 14

Dali

We will begin today with a visit to the charming Song Dynasty Three Pagodas, which are the outstanding landmark of the region. We will then enjoy a delightful cruise on Erhai Lake where you may be lucky enough to see traditional junks still plying their trade. After this we will visit a local Bai minority family and their home in Xizhou Village. The House of Bai is renowned throughout China for their craftsmanship in silverware and fabric dyeing.

Hotel: 5★ Regent Hotel Dali or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

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Day 15

Dali  Lijiang

Today we will travel by coach to the ‘living museum’ city of Lijiang, sitting at the foothills of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the cultural centre of the Naxi Minority. Explore the Old Town of Lijiang, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Gaze in wonder at the sights and sounds of this ancient city and imagine being part of a bygone era as you stroll through the maze of cobblestone streets, narrow canals, and decorative wooden houses, preserved for over 700 years. The Black Dragon Pool is a famous pond built in 1737 during the Qing Dynasty and offers a spectacular view of the region’s tallest mountain, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, over its white marble bridge. Later, we will visit the famous Baisha Frescoes that illustrate ancient stories of religions and nations. With their fine and smooth lines, bright colours, vivid pattern, balanced and harmonious compositions, the frescoes are not only significant to the history of painting in China, but are also important cultural heritage relics in themselves. We will finish the day with a visit to a quaint local village.

Hotel: 5★ Guanfang Hotel Lijiang Garden Villa or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

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Day 16

Lijiang

Today’s highlight is a trip to magnificent and picturesque Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the legendary mountain worshipped by the Naxi people. At the base of the mountain, you will board chair lifts to access higher regions that afford a beautiful vista of the famed Thirteen Peaks. We will then enjoy a stunning cultural performance with the mountain as a breathtaking backdrop – the innovative Impression Lijiang.

Hotel: 5★ Guanfang Hotel Lijiang Garden Villa or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

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Day 17

Lijiang  Shangri-La 

We will begin our drive to Shangri-La (formerly named Zhongdian) this morning and visit one of the most dramatic gorges in the world, the Leaping Tiger Gorge. Legend has it that this particular gorge is so narrow in certain places that a tiger escaped capture by leaping across, hence its name. We will arrive at Shangri-La this afternoon and continue your tour to visit a Tibetan family where you can taste Tibetan specialities of yak butter tea, local yoghurt and Tibetan barley. Afterwards, take some time to explore the Old Town at your own leisure and acclimatise to the higher altitude.

Hotel: 5★ Anxin Blue Horizon Junhua Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
 

 

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Day 18

Shangri-La 

Our day will begin with a visit to the Songzanlin Monastery, built by the 5th Dalai Lama more than 300 years ago. Known as Ganden Sumtseling in the Tibetan language, it is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan, with more than five hundred lamas living and studying here. Next we will visit the Bitahai Lake which is widely recognised as ‘a pearl on the plateau’ and the most attractive lake in Shangri-La. It is famous for its limpid water and its beautiful scenery, as it is set against the surrounding mountains and forests. Bitahai Lake is a place of legends. When visiting it, you will find that even a tree or a hill has a story. It is not only a feast for the eyes, but also enhances your sense of beauty and imagination.

Hotel: 5★ Anxin Blue Horizon Junhua Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
 

 

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Day 19

Shangri-La

Today’s highlight is an excursion to the stunning White Water Terraces, which have formed over 300,000 years in the foothills of the Haba Snow Mountains. As the sparkling spring water cascades over layers and layers of white limestone pools, a magnificent photographic opportunity arises. 

Hotel: 5★ Anxin Blue Horizon Junhua Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
 

 

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Day 20

Shangri-La  Chengdu

This morning we will fly to Chengdu and upon arrival, explore the dynamic folk custom street Jin-Li, experiencing the lifestyle of Old Chengdu.

Optional - In the evening, join a fascinating face-changing show - a traditional Chinese Dramatic art.

Hotel: 5★ Yinsheng International Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

 

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Day 21

Chengdu  Australia

After a final breakfast, you will be transferred to Chengdu airport to board your flight home to Australia. The trip may be over, but the experiences and memories will certainly last a lifetime.

Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 22

Australia

Arrive home today.

 

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Inclusions & Fine Print

Inclusions

  • Return international airfares with Cathay Pacific Airways
  • All domestic China airfares
  • All airport and port transfers
  • 16 nights in local 5 star twin-share accommodation
  • Iconic 4 night 5 star cruise on the Yangtze River in a balcony cabin
  • Daily breakfast and lunch, 6 dinners
  • English speaking tour guide and expert local guides
  • All admissions as per the itinerary
  • Unforgettable sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Small group touring - up to 16 people

Unbelievable sightseeing included

  • Beijing - Visit the Tiananmen Square
  • Beijing - Stroll through the Forbidden City
  • Beijing - Walk on the marvelous Great Wall
  • Beijing - Discover the Summer Palace
  • Xi'an - See the breathtaking Terracotta Warriors and Horses
  • Xi'an - Ancient City Walls
  • Yangtze River cruise - Enjoy a tour of the Three Gorges Dam
  • Yangtze River cruise - View the Shennong stream
  • Yangtze River cruise - Visit the Shibaozhai Pagoda
  • Kunming - Stone Forest
  • Kunming - Discover the Jiuxiang caves
  • Dali - Stroll through the Old town quarter, home of the Bai Minority
  • Dali - Song Dynasty Three Pagodas
  • Dali - Cruise on the Erhai Lake
  • Dali - Visit a local minority family 
  • Lijiang - Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Old Town
  • Lijiang - Stand on top of the marble bridge at the Black Dragon Pool
  • Lijiang - Take chair lifts to climb the legendary Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
  • Shangri-La - Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Shangri-La - Visit a local family to taste tibetan delicacies  
  • Shangri-La - Explore the Old Town
  • Shangri-La - Visit the beautiful Songzanlin Monastery 
  • Shangri-La - Bitahai Lake
  • Shangri-La - White water terraces
  • Chengdu - Stroll through the old Chengdu

Inspiring Stay

  • Stay 4 nights on-board the 5 star Victoria Selina ship, cruising along the beautiful scenery of the Yangtze river and including 3 shore excursions to enrich your experience.

Inspiring Sights

You have the option to choose two (2) of the following Inspiring Sights throughout your tour, free as part of your package.

  1. Beijing - The Golden Mask Dynasty
  2. Beijing - Hutong Life Tour
  3. Chengdu - Face Changing Show
  4. Yangtze River Cruise - Fendgu Ghost City shore excursion
  5. Yangtze River Cruise - White Emperor City shore excursion
  6. Yangtze River Cruise - Tribe of the three gorges shore excursion

Inspiring Taste

Let your guide take you on a memorable welcome dinner in Beijing with the local delicacy - Peking Duck!

Deposits

Secure your package with a deposit of $1,500 per person. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

How to extend your stay

Some customers like to enhance their holiday by extending their stay 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 that you wish to 'stay behind' in the 'extra services' field.
  3. In the 'special requests', field please specify 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 $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.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 airline used will be Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Adelaide customers will be flown to Sydney or Melbourne to board their international flight
  • 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

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

Optional activities

  • Beijing - The Golden Mask Dynasty $75
  • Beijing - Hutong tour $70
  • Chengdu - Face Changing Show $55
  • Yangtze River Cruise - Fendgu Ghost City shore excursion $65
  • Yangtze River Cruise - White Emperor City shore excursion $65
  • Yangtze River Cruise - Tribe of the three gorges shore excursion $65

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.

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

Single Supplement: Single supplement is $1500 per person in addition to the twin share price.

Land only: A $1000 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 $2,100 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 $4,100 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: 2-16 people

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.

Departure Dates

Monday
08 APR 2019
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Monday
13 MAY 2019
Monday
27 MAY 2019
Monday
10 JUN 2019
Monday
22 JUL 2019
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Monday
05 AUG 2019
Monday
09 SEP 2019
Monday
21 OCT 2019
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