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    Majestic Yangtze
    13 days | 12 nights
    from $4,880* pp
    Free return flights to China¹
    See the natural grandeur of the Three Gorges on a relaxing Yangtze River Cruise – just one part of a wonderful tour that also includes China’s enthralling cities of Shanghai, Xian and Beijing. Plus, see the giant pandas of Chengdu.
    Your package includes: Your package highlights:

    Your package includes:

    Your package highlights:

    Your package includes:

    Your package includes:

    • Return economy class airfares from Australia to China¹
    • 12 nights hotel accommodation
    • All meals
    • All transportation and transfers
    • Touring with guides and entrance fees
    • Visa fees for Australian passport holders
    Your package highlights:

    Your package highlights:

    • Yangtze River – Cruise this impressive river and see the man-made marvel of the Three Gorges Dam
    • Giant Pandas – See these lovable creatures in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat
    • Xian – Come face to face with emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Terracotta Warriors
    • The Great Wall – Walk along the awe-inspiring modern wonder that is China’s most famous attraction

     

     

    Valid for travel
    4, 23, 25 Apr, 2 May, 4, 18 Jun, 16 Jul, 6 Aug, 10, 12 Sep, 10 and 15 Oct 2019 departures, subject to availability. Other dates available, surcharge apply.
    Offer expires
    22 Mar 2019 unless sold prior

    Itinerary

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    Day 1

    Australia to Shanghai

    Fly to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the ‘Paris of the East’. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

    Australia to Shanghai

    Day 2

    Explore Shanghai

    Shanghai is China’s great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined with futuristic skyscrapers and 10th Century temples. Today’s explorations include the classical Yu Garden, a stop in the old town and learning about the age-old silk production process at the Silk Factory. Later, admire the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund and view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise. The skyscrapers and glimmering lights are a sight to behold, Shanghai is unlike any other city in the world. Tonight, sample some traditional Shanghainese cuisine.

    Explore Shanghai

    Day 3

    Modern Pudong

    Take the morning to see the sights of the ultra-modern Pudong area of the city with its sci-fi skyscrapers. Later, fly to Wuhan and continue by coach to Yichang where you will board the Yangtze River Cruise vessel.

    Day 4

    Yangtze River Cruise

    A man-made marvel, the Three Gorges Dam showcases this massive feat of engineering. But as we cruise upstream nature takes over, revealing some of the world’s most dramatic scenery including the Three Gorges themselves.

    Yangtze River Cruise

    Day 5

    Yangtze River Cruise

    Over the next two days, take a side trip to the attractive Shennong or Goddess Steam and enjoy a shore excursion to Shibaozhai or Fengdu.

    Day 6

    Yangtze River Cruise

    Day 7

    Historical Cikiqikou

    Disembarking the cruise vessel in Chongqing, explore old Ciqikou, a district known for its porcelain production during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Ciqikou’s narrow streets are perfect for a morning stroll to admire the historical, traditional architecture. Transfer to Chengdu and enjoy a delicious Sichuanese meal for dinner.

    Day 8

    Giant Pandas

    Begin this morning with a visit to Chengdu’s famous Panda Conservation Centre, which allows you to see and learn about China’s celebrated bears up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. A look around the informative museum gives an overview of the reserve’s breeding programme. Later, take a bullet train to the former imperial capital of Xian. This evening a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing awaits.

    Giant Pandas

    Day 9

    Terracotta Warriors

    After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China’s first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of life-sized warriors and horses. Also, visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Watch the skilled production process and buy a souvenir warrior to take home. Later, take a leisurely stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th Century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town.

    Terracotta Warriors

    Day 10

    Little Wild Goose Pagoda

    Visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and walk through the lively atmospheric alleys of the Muslim Quarter which are lined with Islamic food stalls. Later, fly to Beijing, China’s capital city.

    Day 11

    Imperial Beijing

    Head to Tiananmen Square, Beijing’s symbolic heart, and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Entering through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will find a complex full of imperial riches. Also soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven and end the day watching a Chinese acrobatic show.

    Imperial Beijing

    Day 12

    Great Wall

    This morning is dedicated to China’s most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the sheer magnificence of the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that it crosses. In the afternoon, visit the Jade Factory then enjoy the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you wander through traditional Chinese gardens and view the exquisite architecture. This evening, savour Beijing’s best-known delicacy – Peking duck.

    Great Wall

    Day 13

    Beijing to Australia

    Fly to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.

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    * Conditions

    Advertised prices are per person, twin share, tour only correct at time of publication and are subject to availability, withdrawal and change at any time without notification due to fluctuations in charges and currency. Offer valid on new bookings only. ¹Flights from major cities of Australia including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Other Australian departure cities available at a surcharge. Savings are based on availability of partner airline, special economy class fare and specific airfare class. Surcharges apply once seats are sold out. Advance seat selection on flights is not available. Prices and taxes are correct as on 8 October 2018. Airline fuel surcharge (where applicable) included, and subject to change. Due to airline connections, extra nights’ accommodation may be required at additional expense. Depending on airlines schedules, flights may be overnight, extra nights pre or post tour accommodation or stopovers may be required at additional cost. For imminent departures, urgent visa fees may apply or passengers may be required to source visas independently. Visa fees are included in the advertised price for Australian passport holders. A deposit of $99 per person is due within three days of booking. A second payment of $900 for the airfare portion is due within four weeks after the booking date or prior to 25 Feb 2019 (whichever comes first). Other conditions apply. Please contact your personal travel manager for full terms and conditions.

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