14 Day China with Yangtze River Cruise from $3399 pp including flights

Includes Flightsreturn economy airfares  from $3399 per person twin share   escorted tourenglish speaking guides Another amazing all-inclusive deal
Book with Go West Travel and get super prices, first class accommodation and more included that the usual ‘entry level tours’. 

Arrive in Beijing and enjoy a full day tour of the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Summer Palace. You’ll also embark on an excursion to the Great Wall of China, the longest man-made structure on Earth.

Fly to Xian and trace the beginnings of Chinese civilisation at the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum. Visit Xingqing Park and tour the archaeological site at the tomb of China’s first emperor, where more than 8,000 finely sculpted, life-size terracotta soldiers and horses were discovered in 1974.

Next, see the city’s most famous attraction – panda bears. Visit the Chengdu Panda Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, housing more than 80 giant pandas, and visit the centre’s Giant Panda Museum to learn about the conservation effort.

Your journey continues to Chongqing, a major cosmopolitan city and gateway to the Yangtze River. After a delicious lunch, visit the Stilwell Museum before boarding the Century Sun to being your scenic cruise on the Yangtze River. For 3 days enjoy seeing beautiful vistas of the river as you travel downstream through Wu Gorge, Xiling Gorge and the famous Three Gorges, comprised of the Xietan, Qintan and Kongling rapids.

Finally, arrive in Shanghai to explore its many attractions. Wander the classical Yuyuan Garden, stop at a local silk carpet and embroidery shop, and visit the Jade Buddha Temple.

 THIS DEAL EXPIRES at 10 April 2019 

Departs SYD 24 Oct 2019
flying 
 Final Book By:10 APRIL 2019  Deposit: $1499pp
Final Balance: 90 days prior

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Prices correct as at 2019-04-04 17:04:30 Booking Terms and Conditions
Other Travel Dates and prices
Depart Date Flights + Tour Depart Date Flights + Tour
Mon, Apr 08  (Sold Out) $ 3799* Thu, Aug 22 $ 3499*
Thu, Apr 11  (Sold Out) $ 3799* Thu, Aug 29 $ 3599*
Mon, Apr 15  (Sold Out) $ 3999* Thu, Sep 05 $ 3599*
Thu, Apr 18  (Sold Out) $ 3899* Sat, Sep 07 $ 3699*
Thu, Apr 25  (Sold Out) $ 3699* Mon, Sep 09 $ 3899*
Mon, Apr 29  (Sold Out) $ 3899* Thu, Sep 12 $ 3599*
Thu, May 02  (Sold Out) $ 3699* Sat, Sep 14 $ 3799*
Mon, May 06 $ 3799* Mon, Sep 16 $ 3999*
Thu, May 09  (Sold Out) $ 3599* Thu, Sep 19  (Sold Out) $ 3999*
Mon, May 13 $ 3899* Sat, Sep 21 $ 3999*
Thu, May 16 $ 3899* Mon, Oct 07 $ 4199*
Thu, May 23  (Sold Out) $ 3599* Sat, Oct 12 $ 3799*
Thu, May 30 $ 3399* Mon, Oct 14 $ 3799*
Thu, Jun 13 $ 3599* Thu, Oct 17 Only 1 seat left! $ 3599*
Thu, Jun 20 $ 3599* Sat, Oct 19 $ 3799*
Thu, Jun 27 $ 3699* Mon, Oct 21 $ 3899*
Thu, Jul 11 $ 3599* Thu, Oct 24 $ 3399*
Thu, Jul 18 $ 3399* Mon, Oct 28 $ 3599*
Thu, Aug 15 $ 3499*

Very Important note, the Airline used for the highlighted deal may not be the same for all dates, Go West Travel offers best pricing at the time of booking and uses various airlines over the range of dates- and yes, I certainly can book you on your preferred airline or alliance and quote as you ask.

 

*prices based on two people travelling, Twin Share Accommodation, and flying Economy Class. Sale airfares are correct and available as at date of eBrochure, but strictly subject to availability and confirmation from the Airlines. Space on escorted tours is subject to confirmation from tour operator. Book and confirm early to guarantee availability.

*WARNING, spots on these genuine sales and special tours sell out very fast. Please ask for available dates so I can hold space for you.

~ Ask about a supplement to fly your preferred airline or alliance.

Escorted Package Includes
  • Flights Sydney-Beijing, Shanghai-Sydney
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Beijing-Xian & Yichang-Shanghai
  • 13 nights First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Beijing
    • 2 nights Xian
    • 3 nights Chengdu
    • 3 nights cruise downstream on the Yangtze River
    • 2 nights Shanghai
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • High-Speed Bullet Train from Xian to Chengdu
  • 32 meals: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 7 dinners with beer
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Note: Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver are included. (Optional Cruise gratuities may apply)
~to make it easier for you I include most of the tips in the price so you dont have to worry about it.

† Transfers may be in a group coach, minivan or private vehicle

Daily Itinerary

DAY 1, Thursday  Depart for China

 

Departure Airline Flight # From To Arrival Total Duration
24-Oct-19 12:00PM China Eastern Airlines 562 Sydney Shanghai 24-Oct-19 07:20PM 14h 50m
24-Oct-19 09:30PM China Eastern Airlines 5186 Shanghai Beijing 24-Oct-19 11:50PM

Depart for China. Arrive in Beijing, sprawling capital of modern China; meeting and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to your new surroundings
Overnight: Beijing

DAY 2, Friday – Great Wall of China & Summer Palace Tour
This morning travel to the extraordinary 2000-year-old Great Wall of China, one of the most amazing structures ever built by man, spanning nearly 4,000 miles of China’s northern frontier. En route see an ultra-modern architectural site built for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics: the gigantic National Stadium and the Olympic Village. You will also stop at a local jade shop to admire wares crafted with one of China’s most famous materials. After lunch at a nearby restaurant, continue to the fabled Summer Palace, a former resort of the Empress Dowager and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a relaxing boat ride across the lake and enjoy the stunning scenery. Stroll along the sprawling palace with its lakes and gardens before returning to Beijing
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday – Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven
Your exploration of Beijing begins at huge Tiananmen Square, the largest public plaza in the world, built at the height of the Ming Dynasty. The square’s Gate of Heavenly Peace was once used as a staging ground for imperial edicts and by Mao Zedong himself to declare the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949. Enter the Forbidden City, once a residence of Chinese emperors from the Ming to the Qing dynasties. This extraordinary walled complex, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is truly a masterpiece of Chinese architecture; its complex consists of 800 buildings with more than 9,000 rooms. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant and visit a pearl shop to learn about the popular Chinese pearls. After, travel to the massive Temple of Heaven, a Ming dynasty complex where emperors held their ritual prayer ceremony, paying homage to heaven
Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Sunday – Flight to Xian
Morning flight to Xian, ancient capital of eleven dynasties and an archaeological treasure trove. Lunch at a local restaurant upon arrival. Later this afternoon, trace the beginnings of Chinese civilization at the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, home to a wealth of historical artifacts and treasures dating back to the Han and Tang dynasties; view the remarkable Tang Dynasty murals dramatically depicting life in ancient China. This evening, an optional Tang Dynasty 6-course dinner followed by a historical dance performance by the Tang Dynasty Troupe
Optional: Tang Dynasty Dinner with Entertainment
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Monday – Xian and the Terracotta Warriors
Morning visit to Xingqing park, center of the city’s lively activities, where you may have the chance to join the residents in their morning exercise, singing and dancing. Afterward, stop at a lacquer furniture shop to learn more about this ancient technique that is still used today. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then, an unforgettable experience! Visit the archaeological site of the magnificent Terracotta Warriors, a vast collection of life-size soldiers, horses and chariots that were entombed with China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. This world-famous site, discovered by local farmers in 1974, is still being excavated today, more than forty years since the time of its first unearthing. At tonight’s optional dumpling banquet, you can sample 15 delicious varieties of dumplings
Optional: Dumpling Dinner
Overnight: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Tuesday – High-Speed Train to Chengdu
This morning, visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China, constructed during the Tang Dynasty. It was moderately damaged during the major earthquake in 1556 and still stands today as a compelling symbol of Xian. Lunch is at a local restaurant. Afterward, board a high-speed train to Chengdu, capital city of Sichuan Province with its distinctive culture and very spicy food. Tonight, dinner is at a local restaurant
Overnight: Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday – Leshan Stone Buddha and Huanglongxi Village
This morning, visit Leshan, home of the famous stone Buddha which stands at nearly 230 feet high and dates back from 713 AD. Board a boat to approach the base of this impressive, larger than life statue carved into a cliff face along the river. Have lunch at a local restaurant and then travel back to Chengdu via Huanglongxi. Stop here to explore the stone paved streets and ancient, wooden houses of this traditional village, constructed during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Later, attend the optional Sichuan Opera Show. Be swept away and mesmerized by a colorful Sichuan Opera as performers take the stage in elaborate costumes to enact various performances
Optional: Sichuan Opera Show (PM)
Overnight: Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Thursday – Chengdu Panda Research Center
Travel to the Chengdu Panda Research Base of giant panda breeding, a facility dedicated to the preservation and protection of the pandas, to view and learn about Chengdu’s most famous, furry celebrities. Due to many factors, including habitat destruction, pandas have become an endangered species. Housing more than 80 giant pandas, the center is one of the largest panda breeding facilities in the world. Visit the Giant Panda Museum to learn more about the conservation efforts conducted at the center. After lunch at a local restaurant, drive back into town and visit the peaceful and serene People’s Park, a popular destination for the locals and their leisure activities. Afterward, stroll along pedestrianized Jinli street, one of the oldest streets that was once the center of Chengdu’s thriving embroidery industry. The shops, tea houses, and residences, now renovated, are modeled after an ancient architectural style dating back to the Qin Dynasty. Dinner together tonight is at a local restaurant
Overnight: Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday – Travel to Chongqing, Embark Cruise
Travel this morning to Chongqing, a major cosmopolitan city and gateway to the Yangtze River. Upon arrival, savor lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Stilwell Museum, dedicated to the General who was Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Forces in the China-Burma-India theater. Stilwell aided the Chinese people and helped them to win the War of Resistance against the Japanese invaders. Later, embark your cruise ship to begin the scenic journey on the Yangtze River. Dinner this evening will be on board
Overnight: Yangtze River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday – Cruise to Shibaozhai
The ship sails this morning for Shibaozhai, built during the Ming Dynasty and considered one of the most exceptional architectural examples in the world. This vermilion 12-story pagoda stands impressively built into the side of a cliff face, rising almost 100 feet high, and was amazingly constructed without any nails. The optional tour highlights the main attraction of the temple, with its traditional Chinese design. The structure is inspired by the mountains with patterns and figures that vary from odd to extraordinary. Climb the stairs to experience the sights and take time to look at the paintings and sculptures on each level. Time to relax on board after your return to the ship
Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package – Shibaozhai
Overnight: Yangtze River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday – Qutang and Wuxia Gorges
Awake this morning to beautiful vistas on the river. The ship travels downstream today through the Qutang Gorge, flanked by lush terraced hillsides, and the 25-mile long Wu Gorge, known for its fabled “Twelve Peaks”. According to legend, the peaks are believed to be spirits of 12 fairies, the most famous of them being the Shennu Feng (Goddess) Peak, topped by a huge rock resembling a kneeling maiden. Today, your optional tour will take you either on a scenic journey up Shennong Stream, traveling in small boats between rolling hills and rocky cliffs or on a scenic journey up Shennv Stream, the journey accompanied by local folk songs and dances. Continue through the Qutang Gorge, the smallest of the three gorges, flanked by lush terraced hillsides
Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package – Shennv Stream or Shennong Stream
Overnight: Yangtze River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Monday – Xiling Gorge, Disembark Cruise, Flight to Shanghai
Sail downstream through the Xiling Gorge. The longest section of the Three Gorges system is comprised of the Xietan, Qintan and Kongling rapids, known as the “Three Rapids of Xiling”. This morning’s optional excursion visits the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest and most ambitious hydroelectric project ever undertaken by man, nearly six times the size of the Hoover Dam. This project has forever changed the landscape surrounding the Yangtze River. Tour the site to see this impressive achievement of engineering. Lunch on board before disembarkation. Afterward, board a flight to cosmopolitan Shanghai, the fastest growing city in Asia, with its dramatic ever-changing skyline. Tonight, perhaps explore some of the city’s world-class international restaurants on your own
Optional: Yangtze River Shore Excursion Package – Three Gorges Dam
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Tuesday – Shanghai City Tour
This morning, experience the old world charm of the Bund, as you walk along the park-like waterfront promenade with gorgeous vistas of old and new Shanghai. Next, visit the classical Yuyuan Garden (Garden of Happiness) built during the Ming dynasty. This beautiful and serene sanctuary features pagodas, lakes, and magnificent pavilions. After lunch, stop at a local silk carpet and embroidery shop to learn more about this ancient Chinese craft and see some of the beautiful creations. Next, visit the Jade Buddha Temple, built during the Qing Dynasty to enshrine two beautiful jade Buddha statues given as a gift from Burma. These precious statues are rare cultural relics carved with sparkling and crystal-clear white jade, giving them an aura of sanctity and purity. The rest of the afternoon is yours to discover the rhythm of this vivacious city on your own. Tonight, gather together for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Wednesday – Depart China
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Departure Airline Flight # From To Arrival Total Duration
6-Nov-19 12:05AM China Eastern Airlines 735 Shanghai Sydney 06-Nov-19 01:35PM 10h 30m
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Visa Info

Australians should check information on the Smarttraveller Website

Most Australians traveling on an Australian passport will require a visa for this itinerary. Entry to China requires a visa in advance, however most Australians will be able to complete an electronic version. Check for updated information on the Smartraveller Website

I can prepare paperwork for you, please check fees here  : Preparation is provided as a service, Go West Travel is not able to guarantee your eVisa

 

Most New Zealanders traveling on a New Zealand  passport will require a visa for this itinerary. Please check the Safetravel Website or contact me for more information

Accomodation
ACCOMODATION  

 

Grand Mercure Beijing Central, Beijing 

This first class hotel is about a ten minute walk from the Xidan shopping malls.

Xian Titan Times Hotel, Xian 

This first class hotel is located outside the ancient city walls of Xi’an.

Howard Johnson Hi-Tech Plaza Chengdu, Chengdu 

This superior first class hotel is located in Chengdu’s Hi-Tech Zone.

Victoria Cruises Ship, Chongqing

Victoria Cruises are the leaders in Yangtze River cruising. All the vessels feature modern lounges, restaurants, sun deck, fitness center and spacious cabins with private balconies.

Century Sun Cruise, Chongqing

This deluxe cruise vessel, MV Century Sun is designed and equipped according to world class standards.

Regal International East Asia Hotel, Shanghai 

This first class hotel is ideally located in the “Oriental Champs-Elysees.”

Optional Tours
Prices are per person and can be booked individually if only one person wishes to go
OPTIONAL TOURS

Tang Dynasty Dinner & Show

Day #4 AUD$87.00
Dine on Imperial set menu of 6 courses. All while you enjoy the beat of Chang’ an music. After dinner, enjoy the celebrated Tang Dynasty show, a one-thousand-year-old dance performed by the passionate Tang Dynasty Troupe. This historical performance is a national art, reflective of the glory and richness of China’s Tang Dynasty. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Dumpling Dinner

Day #5  AUD$23.00
This evening, enjoy a delicious dumpling banquet featuring different varieties of jiaozi, or dumplings, stuffed with an assortment of vegetables, meats, and seafood. The traditional banquet also includes rice wine and bronze hot pot soup. Transfers to and from your hotel included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Sichuan Opera Show

Day #7  AUD$67.00
Be swept away and mesmerized by a colorful Sichuan Opera as performers take the stage in elaborate costumes to enact various performances. Traditional performances include theatrical dance pieces, opera solos, a :”rolling oil lamp” sequence, hand-shadow play, stick puppets, and the famous Bian Lian (face changing performance) where actors can imperceptibly swap vividly colored masks in the quick swipe of a fan. Transfers to and from your hotel are included.

Pickup details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Yangtze River Optional Shore Excursion Package

Day 11-12-13 AUD$118.00
Day 11 – Visit Shibaozhai, an interesting pagoda built into the side of a hill
Day 12 – Visit the natural scenic wonders of the Shennv Stream or Shennong Stream*
Day 13 – Visit Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest electricity-generating plant

*The visit of Shennong or Shennv stream is dependent upon water levels.

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