Oriental Experience with Water Towns & Cruise Upgrade Sydney Departure

Oriental Experience with Water Towns & Cruise Upgrade Sydney Departure

13 days
Per Person

Brisbane / Perth / Sydney / Adelaide

High season surcharge of $200/person applies for departures in May, September & October. Sydney, Melbourne *(Perth & Brisbane)

13 Days / 12 Nights - Yangtze River Cruise, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Beijing

Activities / Highlights

Fengdu Ghost City

Today you may join an optional excursion to the Fengdu Ghost City to see why it’s regarded as the "City of Ghosts". The temples built on Ming Mountain depict the punish instruments and demon paintings, demonstrating the Chinese people’s imagination of hell. Return to the ship and continue to pass through the mountains of Eastern Sichuan. Tonight enjoy the farewell dinner and pack your bags in preparation to disembark tomorrow.

Lesser Three Gorges

Today you will enjoy an optional shore excursion to the Lesser Three Gorges - a shinning pearl hidden in remote mountains. These gorges are much smaller and narrower than most other along the river, however they are surrounded by some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery you will find. Along the Yangtze River you will appreciate the beauty of the Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge and visit the Ancient Plank Road, Mengliang Stairway and the Hanging Coffins. You will then return to the ship and continue sailing into the western section of Xiling Gorge.

Three Gorges Dam Site

Today’s activities include; a morning Tai Chi lesson and an optional shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site. The Three Gorges Dam Site is one of the largest construction projects undertaken by mankind and is the biggest hydropower project in the world. In the afternoon you will disembark the cruise and transferred from Yichang to Shanghai by flight and welcome to Shanghai, China!

Huangpu River Cruise

The incredible Huangpu River serves as Shanghai’s shipping artery both to the East China Sea and to the mouth of the Yangtze River. A spectacular cruise along the Huangpu River gives visitors the opportunity to admire many of Shanghai’s beautiful skyline and famous sites including; the People’s Hero Monument, the Bund, the Oriental Pearl Tower, the bustling International Passenger Station of Shanghai Harbour, the docks and the Wu Song ancient gun fort relics.

West Lake Area

You will take a tour of the West Lake area in Hangzhou, comprising of the West Lake and the surrounding hills, which have inspired famous poets, scholars and artists since the 9thCentury. It is considered one of the most beautiful landscapes in China, and is home to numerous temples, pagodas, pavilions, gardens, causeways and artificial islands.

Tea Village

Today you will enjoy a visit to a tea plantation, where you will learn about tea picking and processing. Tea Village is part of the West Lake scenic area and has a history of over 600 years. It is situated in a beautiful rustic setting, nestled amongst lush green hills.

Grand Canal

Take a boat trip along the longest canal in the world - you will have the options to take an optional boat trip along longest canal in the world - Suzhou's Grand Canal. Some sections date as far back as the 5th century BC and it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have the option to take an optional boat trip along the longest canal in the world - Suzhou's Grand Canal. Some sections date as far back as the 5th century BC and it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Master of the Nets Garden

The Master of the Nets Garden is one of the finest in China, and is one of the gardens for which Suzhou is renowned. On our optional tour you will expore the garden and admire the effortless cohesion of art, nature and architecture that has attracted thousands of visitors since 1140CE.

Silk Factory

Explore the most famous silk factory in China to understand the manufacturing processes of silk and its rich history in China.

Tiananmen Square

Explore the incredible Tiananmen Square, one of the largest and grandest public plazas in the world.

Beijing Forbidden City 故宫

Enter the imposing walls of the Forbidden City, once the exclusive domain of the Ming Dynasty, for an extensive tour through this vast complex.

The Great Wall of China

Travel into the rugged mountain landscapes north of the city to the magnificent Great Wall of China. Once on top of this ancient defensive structure, you’ll find that some sections are quite steep, but the views are magnificent and the experience is truly unforgettable.

Jade Factory

Learn about Jade, China’s most precious and celebrated stone, and its manufacturing process at the largest Jade factory in Beijing.

Olympic Games Sites

Visit the 2008 Olympic Games Sites including the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube.

Oriental Foot Massage

Experience the oriental foot massage at a traditional Chinese medical centre where you will learn about alternative treatments for illness and have the chance to consult a Chinese Medical professional.

The Temple of Heaven

Participate in a tour of the Temple of Heaven and practice the martial art of Tai Chi. Tai Chi is an internal martial art system which places emphasis on the development and control of Chi energy (consciousness) within the body. The Temple of Heaven is a sprawling complex of religious buildings located in the south-eastern section of central Beijing. The site was constructed by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties who would host annual ceremonies of prayer for good harvest here.

Chinese Tea Ceremony

Experience a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony while sampling China’s locally-favoured brews at a Tea House.

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Terms & Conditions

$350/person surcharge departure from Perth, Brisbane
Price is for one person based on double occupancy
Single supplement of $700 is payable upon booking for single travellers
$300/person high season surcharge for departure in JUL& SEP 2017
Service charge of $350 applies for cancellation and modificate after the booking has been confirmed
Promotion tour is non-refundable after air ticket has issued
Return date change will incur charge of $200/person before the air ticket has been issued and is subject to airline availability
No child discount on special deal
Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice based upon weather, traffic condition and other unforeseen occurrences. Schedule activities will be adjusted accordingly, accommodation assistance can be provided if condition applies and we will inform you about the supplement in costs.
We cannot provide a refund if we are unable to accommodate a special request
All currencies are in AUD Dollars unless stated otherwise.
All domestic and international transfers in China
Sightseeing admissions
Private coach transportation
Experienced, English speaking guides
Meals: As stated in the itinerary
12 nights accommodation:
3 nights Yangtze River Cruise
2 nights in Shanghai: Crowne Plaza Shanghai Fudan or similar
1 night in Hangzhou: Hangzhou Crowne Plaza Xanaduor similar
1 night in Suzhou: Suzhou Youlian Holiday Inn or similar
5 nights in Beijing: Loong Palace Hotel or Similar

China Visa
Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
Single supplement upgrades, add-on excursions, optional tours and evening entertainment
Anything not listed above ie: laundry, personal items