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20 Day Best of China

20 Day Fly & Tour Holiday featuring The Great Wall, Terracotta Army, Giant Pandas & Yangtze River Cruise

  • Low Deposit $499* pp
  • Bonus Savings | $4000
  • Travel in Mar 25 - Oct 25

Book By 31 July 2024

Select Dates Mar 2025 - Oct 2025

Product Code: MT-1606

20 Day Best of China

20 Day Fly & Tour Holiday featuring The Great Wall, Terracotta Army, Giant Pandas & Yangtze River Cruise

  • Low Deposit $499* pp
  • Bonus Savings | $4000
  • Travel in Mar 25 - Oct 25

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Discover China’s iconic ancient wonders, cultural treasures and spectacular scenery on this incredible 20-day itinerary from Beijing to Xian. Explore the best of Beijing from the extraordinary Great Wall to the serene Temple of Heaven. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Suzhou, Wuxi and the poetic waters of Hangzhou’s West Lake. Ease into tranquillity while cruising the majestic Yangtze River, marvelling at breathtaking gorges and towering peaks. Get up close to the giant pandas of Chengdu before riding the bullet train to Xian where you will encounter the magnificent Terracotta Army, where life-sized warriors and horses stand watch, preserving the legacy of China’s First Emperor for eternity.

Inclusions

  • Economy flights to Beijing, returning from Xian
  • 15 Nights Accommodation in hand-selected 3.5/4 star hotels
  • 4 Night Yangtze River Cruise in a Balcony Cabin
  • 3 Yangtze River Cruise Shore Excursions as per itinerary
  • Yangtze River Cruise port charges, service fee & taxes
  • Breakfast daily, 6 lunches and 4 dinners
  • English-speaking Tour Leader from Day 1 – Day 20
  • Local English-speaking tour guide (s) in each province
  • Touring & transportation by deluxe air-conditioned coach
  • 3 high-speed train journeys accompanied by Tour Leader
  • Sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary
  • Airport transfers in Beijing on Day 1 & Xian on Day 20

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Highlights

  • Discover Beijing’s Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City
  • Marvel at the incredible Great Wall and Temple of Heaven
  • Enjoy a home cooked dinner in the ancient Hutongs district
  • Experience Wangfujing, China’s most famous shopping street
  • Wander through the canals and gardens of Wuxi and Suzhou
  • Cruise Hangzhou’s West Lake and see the sacred Lingyin Temple
  • Admire the vibrant colours and spectacular skyline of Shanghai
  • Savour the Chinese flavours of Peking Duck & Longjing Green Tea
  • Embark on a captivating cruise along the legendary Yangtze River
  • Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
  • Encounter the archaeological site of the Terracotta Army in Xian

Economy flights to Beijing, returning from Xian
Flights are based on economy class with China Southern Airlines. Should this airline not be available at time of booking, an alternative full-service Chinese carrier will be offered.

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Arrive Beijing, China

Embrace the wonders of Beijing, where the Great Wall stands as a testament to resilience, the Forbidden City echoes with the whispers of centuries past, the Temple of Heaven enchants with celestial beauty, and the historic hutong district offers a journey through time.

Upon arrival at Beijing Airport, you will be greeted by a tour representative and transferred to your hotel where check-in commences from 3:00pm. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Note: Due to flight times and schedules, some customers may be required to depart the day prior on an overnight flight from Australia.

Meals included: None

 
Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City

Embark on a journey to Tiananmen Square, an expansive public space renowned globally and notably remembered for the historic 1989 demonstrations. Revered as the ‘Gate of Heavenly Peace’, it serves as the gateway to the Forbidden City, a distinguished UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also recognized as the Imperial Palace Museum, the Forbidden City served as the seat of power for China’s final 24 Emperors throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Optional Sightseeing: The Golden Mask Dynasty Show from 350RMB pp
This evening you will have the option to attend “The Golden Mask Dynasty”, a legendary large-scale musical that showcases spectacular storytelling with entertaining stage effects. Pricing starts from 350RMB per person paid locally.

Meals included: Breakfast

 
The Great Wall & Historic Hutongs

Continue your educational journey of China’s fascinating history with a stop at a Jade Museum where skilled artisans sculpt intricate designs from the revered gemstone. With more than four thousand years of history, jade in Chinese culture symbolises preciousness and beauty, and embodies the Confucian virtues of courage, wisdom and compassion.

After lunch, you will arrive at one of the top archaeological wonders of the world, the legendary Great Wall of China. Prepare to marvel at the intricate stone carvings and age-old watchtowers that gracefully traverse the majestic mountain ranges. Every step you take along this historic marvel serves as a tribute to its awe-inspiring grandeur, ensuring a truly unforgettable experience steeped in ancient wonder.

Upon your return from the countryside to the vibrant city, you’ll embark on an exploration of the historic Hutong district aboard a traditional pedicab. Meandering through narrow lanes, you’ll have the opportunity to visit a local family residing in a courtyard-style home, immersing yourself in Chinese customs and savouring a delectable home-cooked dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 
Temple of Heaven & Peking Duck

Visit Tongrentang where you will have the chance to explore the profound wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a 5000-year-old practice that incorporates herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, exercise and dietary therapy. This ancient practice harmonises the mind, body and spirit, which is deeply ingrained in Chinese culture and philosophy.

Next stop, the impressive Temple of Heaven, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that exudes serenity and grandeur. The intricate architecture and expansive gardens symbolise harmony between heaven and earth in ancient Chinese cosmology. It stands as a testament to China’s rich cultural heritage and enduring spiritual traditions.

Immerse yourself in the rich flavors of imperial China with a delightful Peking Duck lunch. Celebrated as one of Beijing’s quintessential dishes, this savory feast is beloved by travelers and locals alike, ensuring an unforgettable culinary experience.

This afternoon, take the opportunity to leisurely explore Wangfujing, renowned as one of China’s most iconic shopping streets. Here, you’ll discover a diverse array of offerings, ranging from upscale malls to charming arts and crafts shops, trendy boutiques, bustling food markets, and beyond. Whether you’re seeking a unique souvenir, indulging in retail therapy, or simply soaking in the vibrant atmosphere, Wangfujing promises an unforgettable shopping experience.

Optional Sightseeing: Beijing by Night Tour from 280RMB pp
Discover the vibrant colours of Beijing on a guided evening tour. See the National Centre for the Performing Arts, National Stadium & Aquatics Centre, plus explore the Shichahai area which is home to three scenic lakes and a lively bar scene. Pricing from 280RMB per person paid locally.

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

 
Beijing – Suzhou (5hr Bullet Train)

Transfer to Beijing Railway Station for your first Bullet Train journey to the beautiful town of Suzhou, Renowned for its historic canals, exquisite gardens, and significant role in the silk industry.

Traverse the diverse landscape onboard China’s Bullet Train or locally known as high-speed rail (HSR) from Beijing to Suzhou. Travel over 1100km in 5hr 30mins by modern train. Please ensure you pack a day bag as your luggage will not be easily accessible from your second-class seat. Food and beverages can be purchased in the dedicated dining cart or purchased on a food trolley. Alternatively, you may wish to pre-purchase snacks from Beijing Railway Station before boarding the train.

Upon arrival in Suzhou, visit the renowned Master of Nets Garden. Among the four famous gardens in Suzhou, this one stands out as the smallest, offering a more intimate and immersive viewing experience. Prepare to be enchanted by its intricate layout, breathtaking architecture, serene ponds, and charming pavilions.

Meals included: Breakfast

 
Suzhou - Wuxi (1hr)

China is the largest silk producer in the world and Suzhou is renowned for its exquisite quality silk. Witness the delicate silk-making process from silkworm cocoons at the Silk Spinning Factory and testify that the handmade quilts are as light as a feather.

Depart Suzhou and travel by coach 1 hour to Wuxi, commonly known as the ‘land of fish and rice’.

Wuxi blends 3000 years of history with natural beauty. While the Grand Canal and the picturesque Taihu Lake are undoubtedly Wuxi’s most renowned attractions, the city’s allure extends beyond its waters. In spring crowds flock to witness the enchanting cherry blossoms, while from summer through autumn visitors are captivated by the sight of beautiful lotus flowers in full bloom.

Optional Sightseeing: Suzhou Grand Canal Cruise from 220RMB pp
Glide down the Grand Canal as you get a sense for what life was like during the ancient era where locals would travel by waterway. Admire charming bridges and temples that blend harmoniously with restaurants and street vendors. Pricing from 220RMB per person paid locally.

Meals included: Breakfast

 
Wuxi – Hangzhou (2.5hr)

Gain an insight into China’s enormous manufacturing and production capabilities with a visit to a Pearl Factory to learn about freshwater pearls, a key export commodity with great cultural significance since the Han dynasty.

Take in the serene beauty of Taihu Lake, the third-largest lake in China, before embarking on a scenic 2.5 hour coach journey. Traverse past ancient towns and vibrant cities until you reach Hangzhou, a city immortalized by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world”.

Optional Sightseeing: Romance of the Song Dynasty Show from 390RMB pp
Top off your evening with a spectacular Romance of the Song Dynasty Show, boasting colourful costumes, dazzling laser lights, props and spectacular dancers staged entirely upon the open-air of the West Lake. Pricing from 390RMB per person paid locally.

Meals included: Breakfast

 
West Lake & Lingyin Temple

Start your day by savouring the local specialty, Longjing Tea, at a traditional Hangzhou Tea House. Immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery of the surrounding village as you experience the authentic flavours of this beloved Chinese green tea.

Discover Hangzhou’s timeless allure with an enchanting cruise on West Lake. Drift past ancient pagodas, picturesque islands, and lush gardens while soaking in the serene beauty that unfolds before you.

Embark on a visit to southern China’s holiest Buddhist sanctuary, Lingyin Temple. Marvel at 500 exquisitely carved statues nestled within the majestic Feilai Peak. En route to the temple, your expert local guide will share captivating stories of the significance around this sacred site.

Meals included: Breakfast

 
Hangzhou – Shanghai (2.5hr)

Leave Hangzhou and embark eastward by coach for approximately 2.5 hours to the city of Shanghai, a dazzling metropolis with its towering skyscrapers, vibrant street life, historic Bund, modern innovations, and fusion of Eastern tradition and Western influence.

Optional Sightseeing: Chinese Acrobat Show from 390RMB pp
Enjoy an exciting welcome to Shanghai with an option to attend a magnificent Chinese acrobatic show, “ERA: The Intersection of Time” widely praised as the best acrobatic show in Shanghai. Pricing from 390RMB per person paid locally.

Meals included: Breakfast

 
Shanghai

Indulge in a day of leisure. Whether you opt for upscale shopping or a stroll through the historic Bund district, adorned with colonial-era architecture, the choice is yours. Alternatively, consider joining one of these optional sightseeing excursions for an enriching experience.

Optional Sightseeing: Shanghai City Tour with Maglev Train from 350RMB pp
Wander through the bustling Shanghai Bazaar, stroll along the elegant avenues of Xintiandi, and brace yourself for an exhilarating ride on the world’s fastest commercially operating Maglev Train, reaching speeds of up to 390km/hr. Pricing from 350RMB per person paid locally.

Optional Sightseeing: Huangpu Evening River Cruise from 260RMB pp
Embark on an evening cruise along the Huangpu River and be captivated by the shimmering lights of Shanghai’s iconic skyline as you glide through the city’s vibrant heart, immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere created by the illuminated landmarks and bustling river activity. Pricing from 260RMB per person paid locally.

Meals included: Breakfast

 
Shanghai – Yichang (7hr Bullet Train) - Yangtze River Cruise

After breakfast, transfer to Shanghai Railway Station where you will board the Bullet Train to Yichang, the embarking point for your Yangtze River Cruise.

During the 7-hour journey, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the rich beauty and variety of China’s landscapes, ranging from flower fields and lakes to quaint farming communities and lively cities. Guided by your Tour Leader and supported by attentive train staff, this journey will glide by seamlessly, allowing you to unwind and savor every moment. You have the option to purchase lunch onboard the train, or if you prefer, you can pre-purchase snacks and food from Shanghai Railway Station.

Prepare for an extraordinary adventure this afternoon as you set foot on your Yangtze River Cruise Ship at Yichang Port, signaling the commencement of your remarkable four-night cruise itinerary. Renowned as Asia’s largest river and the third largest worldwide, the Yangtze River originates from remote mountainous regions, winding its way through awe-inspiring gorges, and providing sustenance to countless communities along its shores.

Note: As boarding is between 530-8pm, dinner is not included on night 1 of your cruise. However, rest assured that there is an onboard restaurant that will be available for you to conveniently purchase your own meals for this evening.

Meals included: Breakfast

 
Yangtze River Cruise (Three Gorges)

Savor a leisurely morning, embracing the tranquillity from the comfort of your balcony cabin. Alternatively, start your day with by joining the onboard Tai-Chi class, offered for those who wish to awaken early and invigorate both body and mind.

Today’s included shore excursion features a captivating visit to the Three Gorges Dam Site, a monumental achievement in human engineering and the largest hydropower project globally.

Additional shore excursions are available and can be purchased onboard the ship:

Optional Shore Excursion: Three Gorges Tribe from 290RMB pp
Optional Shore Excursion: Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift from 290RMB pp

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 
Yangtze River Cruise (Lesser Three Gorges)

Today’s journey offers a scenic cruise through the breathtaking Wu and Qutang Gorges, renowned for their graceful beauty. Immerse yourself in the serene grandeur of the Three Gorges, where towering mountains reaching heights of 1200 meters and uniquely shaped peaks create a landscape of unparalleled charm and wonder.

Today’s included shore excursion takes you on a journey to the Lesser Three Gorges. Step onto a small sightseeing boat and venture upstream along the Daning River, where you’ll be captivated by the majestic gorge, towering Daning River Bridge, hanging coffins of Misty Gorge and perhaps even encounter some playful local monkeys amidst this enchanting landscape.

Additional shore excursions are available and can be purchased onboard the ship:

Optional Shore Excursion: White Emperor City from 290RMB pp

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 
Yangtze River Cruise (Fengdu)

Embrace another day of serene and picturesque cruising along the magnificent Yangtze River.

Today’s included shore excursion offers the chance to explore the Snow Jade Cave, nestled in the scenic landscapes of Fengdu. Regarded as one of China’s most exquisite caves, it captivates visitors with its spellbinding beauty, reminiscent of a magical “Snow World”. Venture into its depths to witness the rare purity of its dissolved carbonate, a testament to the cave’s exceptional environment and structure.

Additional shore excursions are available and can be purchased onboard the ship:

Optional Shore Excursion: Wuling Mountain Great Rift Valley from 290RMB pp

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 
Chongqing – Chengdu (4hr)

Following breakfast, you will disembark in Chongqing and begin your journey by coach to Chengdu, the vibrant capital city of Sichuan province. This scenic coach journey typically takes 4 hours. Throughout the trip, your Tour Leader will share stories, with rest stops being made available to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable travel experience.

Chengdu is renowned for its fiery cuisine, captivating Sichuan Opera performances, and its most cherished residents, the giant pandas, considered China’s national treasure.

Upon arrival in Chengdu, delve into the lively ambiance of Kuanzhai Alley, where traditional teahouses, delectable food vendors, and charming shops intermingle in vibrant alleyways, creating a vibrant tapestry of local culture and flavours.

Optional Sightseeing: Traditional Sichuan Hotpot from 300RMB pp
Challenge your taste buds with a traditional Sichuan hotpot for dinner. Renowned for its fiery flavours featuring abundant chili and peppercorns, Sichuan cuisine promises an unforgettable culinary experience. Pricing from 300RMB per person paid locally.

Meals included: Breakfast

 
Chengdu

Today offers the flexibility to immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Chengdu or opt for an optional sightseeing to the Giant Buddha of Leshan plus Huanglongxi Ancient Town.

Optional Sightseeing: Giant Buddha of Leshan & Ancient Town from 600RMB pp
Prepare to be awestruck by the awe-inspiring Giant Buddha, the largest sitting Buddha in the world, situated two hours south of Chengdu at the confluence of three rivers in Leshan. This magnificent cultural treasure, carved out of a cliff, is best experienced by 30-minute cruise along the three rivers, offering a unique perspective of the Buddha’s sheer size without the crowds found on the hiking trails. Your optional sightseeing includes lunch and a visit to the charming Huanglongxi Ancient Town, completing a day of unforgettable exploration. Pricing from 600RMB per person paid locally.

Meals included: Breakfast

 
Giant Pandas

After breakfast, set out on an extraordinary visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Immerse yourself in this enchanting sanctuary, where conservation efforts and cutting-edge research blend to offer a fascinating glimpse into the world of these beloved national treasures.

Enjoy the rest of the day to discover Chengdu. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore Chunxi Road, one of Chengdu’s liveliest pedestrian streets, teeming with fashionable shopping malls, charming boutiques, and enticing restaurants. Keep an eye out for the iconic giant panda statue scaling the IFS building, adding a whimsical touch to the bustling atmosphere of this vibrant district.

Optional Sightseeing: Sichuan Opera evening performance from 350RMB pp
Not your normal opera performance, this 70min live entertainment showcases the art of face changing, rolling light, fire spitting, singing and much more. A favourite amongst all travellers, this is a must for all visitors to Chengdu. Pricing from 350RMB per person paid locally.

Meals included: Breakfast

 
Chengdu – Xian (4hr Bullet Train)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Chengdu Railway Station to board your bullet train to Xian, the capital of northwestern Shaanxi Province. During this 5 hour high speed train, please ensure you carry a day bag as your large luggage will not be easily accessible.

Upon arrival in Xian, your first stop will be the remarkable City Wall, one of the largest and oldest preserved fortifications in China, offering a glimpse into the city’s rich cultural heritage.

Discover the rich history of Xian at the Xian Museum, where a plethora of artifacts awaits your discovery. Marvel at pottery, sculptures, and relics from the illustrious Silk Road era, each telling a story of ancient trade and cultural exchange.

Optional Sightseeing: Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show from 350RMB pp
Be enthralled by Xian’s Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show, a mesmerising spectacle blending poetry, song, dance, and exquisite costumes. This modern presentation transports you to ancient China, showcasing its splendid history, vibrant arts, rich traditions, and provides a glimpse into the cultural heritage of the Tang Dynasty. Pricing starts from 350RMB per person paid locally.

Meals included: Breakfast

 
Terracotta Warriors & Horses

Step into history on a captivating tour to Xian’s Terracotta Warriors and Horses, a UNESCO World Heritage. Behold the meticulously crafted clay soldiers, horses, and chariots, guarding the ancient tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Explore this 2,000-year-old archaeological wonder, a testament to the rich heritage of ancient China. After exploring the site, visit a terracotta replication factory where will gain insight into the intricate craftsmanship and techniques used to replicate the ancient artifacts, further enhancing your understanding of this remarkable piece of history.

Enjoy lunch before visiting the vibrant atmosphere of Muslim Street, where the aroma of delicious street food fills the air and traditional crafts adorn the bustling alleys. Then, wander through the historic Bell and Drum Tower, steeped in centuries of culture and history, and admire the architectural grandeur of Xian’s iconic landmarks.

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

 
Depart Xian

After breakfast and check out, you will be transferred to Xian Airport to meet your flight.

Note: check-out time is 10am. Should your flight be departing in the afternoon/evening, you will be required to check-out of your hotel room and may choose to head to the airport early or use the hotel facilities until an appropriate transfer time.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Fly economy with a premium carrier from $400*

Upgrade to fly economy class with a premium carrier such as Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific or Korean Airlines from an additional $400pp based on ex SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL.

The premium carrier upgrade is subject to airline availability with the best available airline being selected for you at time of flight booking, typically 10 months prior to departure. Any departure city surcharge as per deal will also apply. Any stopover request or deviation from the itinerary is subject to a deviation fee of $150pp.


Important Info Open All

Price based on tours starting:

  • 18 March 2025
  • 25 March 2025

Extra charges apply for:

  • 5 August 2025 ($100pp)
  • 19 August 2025 ($100pp)
  • 2 September 2025 ($200pp)
  • 14 October 2025 ($200pp)

Price based on departing from Melbourne, Sydney

Extra charges apply for:

  • Brisbane ($300pp)
  • Adelaide ($300pp)
  • Perth ($300pp)

Optional sightseeing/programs are special unique experiences that you may add to your tour. Optional sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary are payable directly to the Tour Guide in AUD or the local currency (RMB) and cannot be prepaid. In the event that some programs or venues may not be available, alternative programs may be offered or the Tour Guide. For any passenger not participating in optional sightseeing, they will be directed by the Tour Guide with where to remain until the optional sightseeing with other passengers attending is complete.

Itinerary

Our multi-stop China tours are carefully designed to give an insight into the highlights, culture and unique beauty of each region. Each day will be different, with a combination of travel days, sightseeing and free time to explore or take a breather as you wish.

Pace

The pace of this tour is fast paced. The tour covers multiple prefectures within China and can involve early starts and long travel days. Please be aware many iconic attractions in China can be overcrowded and busy, so please ensure you remain with your dedicated Tour Leader/Guide (s).

Fitness

A medium level of fitness is required. You are required to move about unassisted, including boarding and alighting vehicles and other forms of transportation, walking up and down flights of stairs, and navigating uneven terrain and footpaths.

Tipping in China

Tipping in China is a firm and customary element of the tourism industry and is therefore strongly recommended. The expected tipping amount is $12 AUD or 60 RMB per person per day – paid locally to your local English-speaking Tour Leader/Guide per destination/region.

Visa requirement for China

As of 01 July 2024, ordinary Australian and New Zealand passport holders can enter China visa-free for visits of up to 15 days or less. Travellers do not need to complete any pre-departure documents; however it is advised that you print a copy of your travel documents, including your return flight itinerary, as you may be asked to show this at customs and immigration upon arrival into China.

Travellers entering China on a foreign passport, or any Australian or New Zealand passport holder travelling China for more than 15 days, must apply for a full visa before travelling to China. A single-entry fee for Australian passport holders starts from $95 AUD per person, however this can vary depending on the required visa type, validity and other additional fees imposed by the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre or other visa service provider. Along with a valid passport, you must provide all required documentation, including a printed visa application form, digital and printed photographs, a photocopy of your passport bio page, and a travel itinerary including flight details. For eligibility requirements, latest costs and visa types, please see the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. Full travel advice for China can be found on Smartraveller.

Transfers

Group tour airport transfers are included providing you are arriving on the first and last day of tour.

Chinese culture

Chinese culture tend to honour tradition, but they also embrace many parts of Western popular culture. Thanks in part to the lasting influence of Confucianism, Chinese customs include a strong sense of family, a deep respect for hierarchy, and an appreciation for harmony over conflict.

Baggage

Each person is entitled to a strict maximum of one bag not exceeding 20kg on tour, superseding any other baggage allowance. Excess baggage is not permitted. You are strongly encouraged to pack lightly.

Group size

You will meet like-minded travellers on tour and may even make lifelong friends. This holiday will proceed with a minimum group size of approximately 30 passengers and a maximum group size of approximately 46 passengers. If the tour does not operate, you will be offered a credit.

Beijing – Chunhuiyuan Hot Spring Resort or similar

Suzhou – Holiday Inn Suzhou or similar

Wuxi – Grand Park Hotel Wuxi or similar

Hangzhou – Holiday Inn Hangzhou or similar

Shanghai – Novotel Shanghai Qingpu Excellence or similar

Yangtze River Cruise – China Goddess Cruises No1 or similar

Chengdu – An Tai Jin Yun Hotel Chengdu or similar

Xian – Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel or similar

 

Note: The accommodation and cruise mentioned above is listed for visa purposes and is subject to change. Please refer to your confirmed Hotel List provided to you at the time of Final Documentation sent no later than two weeks prior to departure.

Please note: Hotel rooms in China are generally smaller compared to Western standards. All hotel rooms will feature either a twin room (two single beds) or a double room (1 double bed). All bedding requests cannot be guaranteed however all special requests should be made known at time of booking. The standard check-in time is from 3pm and check-out is prior to 10am.

Important Information 

Exclusions

Meals not stated, beverages, optional programs, travel insurance (strongly recommended), China Visa (single entry from 95 AUD pp), tipping, personal expenses and anything not explicitly specified are at your own expense.

Payment

A first deposit from $499 per person is required to secure your booking. A second deposit (partial payment) is due 10 months before departure – the amount to be advised at the time of booking. The final balance will be due 5 months before departure. Full payment is due at the time of booking for departures within 5 months.

Fitness

A medium level of fitness is required. You are required to move about unassisted, including boarding and alighting vehicles and other forms of transportation, walking up and down flights of stairs, and navigating uneven terrain and footpaths. You will be required to carry your own baggage to and from hotels, terminals and stations. This trip is not suitable for travellers requiring wheelchair, mobility scooters or facilities for disabled guests. Other walking aids may be permitted if you are able move about unassisted at the required pace. For advice on whether this trip is suitable for you, you must disclose physical ailments at the time of booking.

Pace

The pace of this tour is fast paced. The tour covers multiple prefectures within China and can involve early starts and long touring and travel days which includes time spent onboard the coach/train – see day by day itinerary for more details on your itinerary. Please be aware many iconic attractions in China can be overcrowded and busy, so please ensure you remain with your dedicated Tour Guide. One to two nights at each destination is standard. Scheduled free days allow some downtime, or alternatively, you have the flexibility to explore further and book optional programs (at your own expense).

Tipping

Tipping is a firm and customary element of the tourism industry and is therefore strongly recommended. The expected tipping amount is $12 AUD or 60 RMB per person per day. While tipping is not mandatory, it is a common practice in China and a gesture of appreciation which is shared amongst the local guides and drivers who have serviced your tour. The tipping amount can be paid in AUD or RMB to your expert tour guide in each region. As most tour guides in China consider tipping a part of their income, please don’t feel intimidated should the tour guides approach you as they bid you farewell.

Solo Occupancy

A single supplement from $1,100 per person is payable in addition to the twin share price for solo occupancy. Single rooms are typically smaller than twin/double rooms in China.

Triple Share

Triple share is not available.

Extra Accommodation

Pre-tour accommodation in Beijing with breakfast in the same tour hotel can be added for one or two persons subject to availability of the following rates; Valid for travel in Oct 2024 to Oct 2025: from $300 per room per night. Beijing Airport transfers are included in this price.

Post-tour accommodation in Xian is not available. You may choose to purchase your own accommodation post-tour however the transfer to Xian Airport will be forfeited and any additional cost in airfares and deviation fees may apply.

Child

This tour is best enjoyed to adult travellers and is not suitable for children under 12 years of age. Children 12 years and above are subject to the adult price and must be accompanied by an adult.

Price

Surcharges may apply for select travel periods and departure cities. Prices are correct at time of publication and are subject to availability, change, cancellation or withdrawal without notice. All prices are in Australian dollars per person twin share unless stated otherwise.

Amendment

Each amendment is subject to a fee from $75 per person. Additional fees and fare differences from third-party suppliers including air, tour, cruise and accommodation providers may apply.

Cancellation

Cancellation is subject to a fee from $550 per person. Additional fees and fare differences from third-party suppliers including air, tour, cruise and accommodation providers may apply.

Deviation

Any request to deviate from the original dates or routing, including early arrival and stay behind, is subject to a flight deviation fee from $150 per person plus applicable airfare and tax difference. Packaged tour extensions are not subject to the deviation fee (applicable airfare and tax difference may still apply) if booked according to the original advertised dates and routing.

Passport

For international travel, each customer must provide a copy of the passport photo page at the time of booking. It is the responsibility of the customer to ensure all names are full names exactly matched to the passport with six months validity beyond trip completion. The customer is liable for all fees due to incorrect names, invalid passport information and expired passports.

Visa

As of 01 July 2024, ordinary Australian and New Zealand passport holders can enter China visa-free for visits of up to 15 days or less. Travellers do not need to complete any pre-departure documents; however it is advised that you print a copy of your travel documents, including your return flight itinerary, as you may be asked to show this at customs and immigration upon arrival into China.

Travellers entering China on a foreign passport, or any Australian or New Zealand passport holder travelling China for more than 15 days, must apply for a full visa before travelling to China. A single-entry fee for Australian passport holders starts from $95 AUD per person, however this can vary depending on the required visa type, validity and other additional fees imposed by the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre or other visa service provider. Along with a valid passport, you must provide all required documentation, including a printed visa application form, digital and printed photographs, a photocopy of your passport bio page, and a travel itinerary including flight details. For eligibility requirements, latest costs and visa types, please see the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. Full travel advice for China can be found on Smartraveller.

Health

It is the responsibility of the customer to check and comply with the health, vaccination, COVID-19 and immigration requirements of each origin and destination country, and health requirements imposed by air, tour, cruise and accommodation providers. Vaccinations, testing and quarantine costs are the expense of the customer. Comprehensive travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage is strongly recommended. Tap water in China may not be safe to drink. Drink only bottled water with intact seals.

Money

The currency in China is the Renminbi (RMB). ATMs are widely available in major Chinese cities. They accept major credit cards including at international hotels and restaurants. In some smaller cities, using international cards will be limited and local currency is suggested.

Shopping

China is a treasure trove for those looking to shop. From busting markets to large shopping centres. Famously known for silk and jade products, China is also known for its pearl and tea produce, along with traditional Chinese medicine. Your itinerary will allow for stops at English speaking shops where you can browse/purchase products. Any purchase of products are at your own discretion. Please do not make any purchases if you are not comfortable or feel pressured into. Should you require any assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide.

Baggage

Each person is entitled to a strict maximum of one bag not exceeding 20kg on tour, superseding any other baggage allowance. Excess baggage is not permitted. You are strongly encouraged to pack lightly. An additional light day bag or backpack is permitted on the coach. Due to high-speed train baggage restrictions, you may be required to pack a separate light bag or backpack containing essentials. Porterage is not included, and you are required to carry your own bags. Luggage and personal effects are your own risk, and we hold no liability for lost or damaged belongings.

Transfers

Seat in coach airport transfers on group tour arrival and departure days are included.

Meals

Breakfasts offered by the Chinese accommodation providers and are typically buffet style, with limited vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free options. For meals not included, your Tour Guide will escort you to preferred Western friendly restaurants or suggest dining options nearby. Please notify us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements and allergies. We endeavour to pass on your dietary requirements but cannot guarantee that they can be met as certain choices may be limited or not catered for. You are required to reconfirm dietary requests with your Tour Guide whilst on tour.

Accommodation

Hotel rooms in China are generally smaller compared to Western standards. All hotel rooms will feature either a twin room (two single beds) or a double room (1 double bed). All bedding requests cannot be guaranteed however all special requests should be made known at time of booking. All rooms are lead-in category or run of house unless otherwise specified. All hotel rooms will be requested as non-smoking, however please be aware that some hotels offer smoking rooms and smoking floors. Hotel names mentioned are indicative and subject to change based, with final group tour hotels being confirmed on your final documentation. All hotel ratings are local or self-ratings provided by the supplier. The standard check-in time is from 3pm and check-out is prior to 10am.

International Flights

Flights based on economy class with a Chinese carrier including China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Air China, Sichuan Airlines or Xiamen Airlines (subject to availability).

The outbound flight may depart one day prior to day 1 shown on the itinerary. The inbound flight may arrive one day after the final day shown on the itinerary. Flights are booked approximately 8 to 10 months prior to departure. The flights included in your package are based on full service Chinese based carriers with a specific predetermined airfare allowance. Should there be a significant increase in airfares, fuel levies, taxes or government fees at the time of booking flights, then an airfare supplement may be imposed. The flights team will discuss options with you prior to ticketing, should this situation arise, or offer you an upgrade amount should you wish to fly a premium carrier instead. Flights may not operate daily or directly to your destination. No show of any flight sectors will result in the automatic cancellation of all onward flights by the airline.

Fuel

In the unlikely event of a significant increase in fuel costs levied by third-party air, land and cruise transportation operators before travel, a fuel supplement may be passed on to the customer.

Group Size

You will meet like-minded travellers on tour and may even make lifelong friends. This holiday will proceed with a minimum group size of approximately 30 passengers and a maximum group size of approximately 46 passengers. If the tour does not operate due to minimum numbers, you will be offered a credit or alternative date.

Optional Programs

Optional programs are special unique experiences that you may add to your tour. Optional programs are payable directly to the Tour Guide in AUD or the local currency (RMB) and cannot be prepaid. In the event that some programs or venues may not be available, alternative programs may be offered or the Tour Guide. For any passenger not participating in optional programs, they will be directed by the Tour Guide with where to remain until the optional program with other passengers attending is complete.

Yangtze River Cruise Ship

The itinerary featured is based on China Goddess No.1 sailing from Yichang to Chongqing. The China Goddess No.1 is the first vessel of the China Goddess series cruise ships and features cultures of ancient Chinese and Mt. Wu Goddess. With a total capacity of only 234 passengers, this ship is an

ideal choice for those who prefer a smaller cruise ship. All food onboard are offered in both Chinese and western buffet style. Facilities include a main dining room, lounge bar, sun deck, gym, beauty salon and more. Cruise service fee of CNY150 is included in the tour price however tipping and any other additional onboard personal expenses or shore excursions are additional costs.

Yangtze River Shore Excursions

3 shore excursions are included as per the itinerary, all other shore excursions mentioned are payable directly to the Tour Leader in AUD or the local currency (RMB) and cannot be prepaid. All shore excursions mentioned are subject to weather, water levels and scenic spot maintenance. In the event some of the programs may not be available, your Tour Leader will liaise with the Cruise Ship staff to arrange an alternative program or a refund.

Cabins onboard Yangtze River Cruise

The cabin onboard the Yangtze River Cruise is based on a lead-in Balcony Cabin. All bedding is based on twin (2 single beds) due to the size of the rooms which is approximately 20sqm and includes an ensuite bathroom with shower and private balcony.

Itinerary

The operating schedule and itinerary may be impacted without notice by adverse weather, seasonal factors, closures, local conditions, COVID-19 or other factors beyond our control including force majeure. This includes the multi-night Yangtze River Cruise which is also subject to water levels. If attractions are not available due to reasons beyond our control such as closures or adverse weather, alternatives will be provided where possible. The itinerary and its order, sightseeing and transportation may be adjusted as deemed appropriate by the operator for optimum safety, enjoyment and operation. Any reference to ‘optional’, ‘not included’ or ‘exclusions/excluded’ means at your own expense.

Train Transportation

Due to factors outside of our control, such as operational changes, last-minute track maintenance, or unfavourable weather conditions, train travel may be substituted with a flight to maintain the continuity of the itinerary while prioritising the safety of all passengers. All train transportation is based on 2nd class (economy).

Breakaway

Customers must remain with the tour group at all times and must not leave the tour unless written approval is provided before departure.

Documentation

Final documentation will be emailed within two weeks of departure. An itinerary/flight details are required for China visa requirements, a preliminary itinerary will be provided to you at least 30 days prior to departure to ensure you can complete necessary visa documentation forms.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not included and is strongly recommended. Ask our holiday experts for great coverage options.

Force Majeure

Force majeure means any natural disaster, accident, fire, act of God, act of war, terrorism, legally binding judgment, injunction, action of a court or other relevant authority, emergency, unplanned repairs, maintenance, strike, industrial dispute, work ban, blockade or picketing, travel ban, pandemic, epidemic or outbreak of infectious disease, or other event beyond our reasonable direct or indirect control. In case of force majeure or other extraordinary event that prevents safe travel, the supplier reserves the right to adjust, postpone or cancel the trip.

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