Home > YANGTZE RIVER CRUISING CHINA > Group Tours:

China Encounters

From $6,190 - 26 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities

This journey showcases some of China’s most wonderful attractions. Discover the ancient cities of Beijing, Chengde and Xian. Cruise along the mighty Yangtze River and discover for yourself the dramatic gorges, majestic peaks, mountain villages, ancient temples and breathtaking scenery. A visit to see Chengdu’s endangered Giant Pandas in Sichuan Province will delight everyone.


The highlight for many will be the time spent in the amazing province of Yunnan, which features stunning natural scenery. China Encounters is a visual treat, full of unexpected surprises and many treasures waiting to be discovered.

TOUR ITINERARY

DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO BEIJING

Fly overnight with Singapore Airlines to Beijing for a two night stay.

DAY 3: BEIJING

Stroll through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum followed by a visit to the Forbidden City. Explore the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace. This evening you will be entertained by an exciting acrobatics performance. Dinner will include a sample of the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

DAY 4: BEIJING TO CHENGDE

Travel by train to Chengde. Visit the Imperial Mountain Villas and the exceptional temples built for Tibetan and Mongolian warlords.

DAY 5: CHENGDE TO BEIJING

Visit the temples of Puning and Puyou before returning to Beijing by train.

DAY 6: BEIJING TO XIAN

Take an exciting walk along the Great Wall. Stretching from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west, it is more than 5,000km long. Later, visit the 15thcentury Temple of Heaven. This evening board your overnight soft sleeper train to Xian.

DAY 7: XIAN

Arrive in Xian this morning and visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda. This evening feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet, a specialty of the region, while watching a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.

DAY 8: XIAN

Explore one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Later, walk along the ancient City Wall.

DAY 9: XIAN TO WUHAN

Visit the antiques at the Shaanxi Provincial Museum before walking through the lively Muslim Quarter and the Islamic food markets. This evening you will board your overnight soft sleeper train to Wuhan.

DAY 10: WUHAN TO YICHANG – YANGTZE RIVER

Arrive in Wuhan this morning and visit the Yellow Crane Tower and East Lake. From here, transfer by coach (approximately 4-5 hours) to Yichang, the boarding point of your four night Yangtze River cruise.

DAYS 11-13: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

Tour the Three Gorges Dam before, commencing your cruise along the Yangtze River. Over the next three days you will cruise through some of the most beautiful scenery in China and take shore excursions to explore the historic and tranquil landscapes.

DAY 14: CHONGQING TO CHENGDU

Disembark in Chongqing this morning and visit the Old Town of Ciqikou before travelling to Chengdu. Take an evening stroll around the local markets.

DAY 15: CHENGDU

Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. Later you will visit Mt. Qincheng, with its lush mountain forests, before feasting on a sumptuous Sichuan banquet.

DAY 16: CHENGDU TO ZHONGDIAN

Fly to Zhongdian, also known as Shangri-La.

DAY 17: ZHONGDIAN

Enjoy a visit to Zhongdian’s Old Town, a traditional Tibetan-style village and the Songshanlin Monastery, built by the 5th Dalai Lama over 300 years ago. The Tibetan name for this monastery is Ganden Sumtzeling.

DAY 18: ZHONGDIAN

This morning visit the beautiful Baishui Terrace, where spring water cascades over layers of white limestone pools creating a perfect photographic moment.

DAY 19: ZHONGDIAN TO LIJIANG

Explore Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the most dramatic and deepest gorges in the world. Legend has it that the gorge is so narrow in places that a tiger escaped capture by leaping across. This afternoon arrive in the `Living Museum’ city of Lijiang, which sits at the foothills of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

DAY 20: LIJIANG

Take a gondola to explore one of the meadows of the impressive Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and enjoy the amazing scenery. Later you will visit the Baisha Frescoes, representing ancient stories of religions and minorities.

DAY 21: LIJIANG TO DALI

Wander through the quaint cobbled streets and meandering canals of the Old Quarter and visit Black Dragon Pool. Travel by road to Dali. In the evening, stroll down Foreigners’ Street and enjoy the lively atmosphere.

DAY 22: DALI

Visit Xizhou Village and explore the bustling local market. See the Yen family home, an ancient courtyard home and witness a tiedying demonstration. Explore Dali’s Ancient Quarter and relax on a cruise on Erhai Lake.

DAY 23: DALI TO KUNMING

Visit the Song Dynasty’s Three Pagodas and travel by road to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province. This evening sample Across the Bridge Noodles, a specialty of the region.

DAY 24: KUNMING

Visit the picturesque Stone Forest where vast limestone columns rise to form surreal shapes and images.

DAY 25: DEPART KUNMING

This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Kunming airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

DAY 26: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

Arrive home today.

Tour reviews

Wendy Wu Tours Review:

"We were very impressed with the value of the tour and how very well our tour director looked after us all. Nothing was too much bother for him and he made sure our rooms were satisfactory and sorted out any problems, if any. He remained cheerful always. Our city guides were also mainly very good, easily understood.

We really enjoyed being informed along the way; not always remembered but interesting! Our coaches were very comfortable and drivers very good. We shall certainly recommend Wendy Wu Tours."

Mr and Mrs Clarke, New Zealand - May 2012

Price guide

 

From $6,490 per person 26 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share
Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth with Singapore Airlines
From Price Includes Tour cost $5,750, Airline Fuel Surcharge $602 & Tipping $138 (Subject to change with Tipping payable on arrival in China. (See Booking Conditions)
From $1,150 Single Hotel Room Option
From $440 Single Cruise Cabin Option
From $5,070 per person Land Only (Beijing to Kunming) includes Tipping

 

 

Depart Australia Return Australia Twin Share Price AUD

 2014

 

 

07 Apr

02 May

$6,490

28 Apr

23 May

$6,490

12 May

06 Jun

$6,720

26 May

20 Jun

$6,720
18 Aug 12 Sep $6,490

01 Sep

26 Sep

$6,720
15 Sep 10 Oct $6,720

22 Sep

17 Oct

$6,720

13 Oct

07 Nov

$6,490
 2015    
 06-Apr 01-May $7,150
 27-Apr 22-May $7,150
 11-May 05-Jun $7,390
 25-May 19-Jun $7,390
 06-Jul 31-Jul $7,150
 17-Aug 11-Sep $7,150
 31-Aug 25-Sep $7,390
 14-Sep 09-Oct $7,390
 21-Sep 16-Oct $7,390
 12-Oct 06-Nov $7,150

 

Important Note: Above prices include Fuel surcharges and tipping of $740 (correct as at Dec 2013 and subject to change). Please note the Tipping amount of USD100 (AUD138) is payable on arrival in China.

Yangtze River Cruise operators, Victoria Cruises and Century Cruises have introduced a compulsory service levy of RMB150 per person (approximately AU$28 per person) which is to be paid upon check-in when boarding the cruise vessel. For the purposes of your overall cost, this has been calculated into your AUD/USD tipping amount. Your required tipping amount will need to be paid in two different currencies (US Dollars and Chinese Renminbi/Yuan) whilst you are in China. The specific amounts for each currency will be outlined in your final documentation.

Though status is regularly updated, availability above is indicative only, not live and hence does not guarantee that space is available on your selected tour when you or your agent calls Wendy Wu Tours to book.  Booking early is the only way to ensure availability of your selected departure date.

easter special pricesSpecials

  

From $6,190 per person 26 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share
Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth with Singapore Airlines
From Price Includes Tour cost $5,449, Airline Fuel Surcharge $603 & Tipping $138 (Subject to change with Tipping payable on arrival in China. (See Booking Conditions)
From $1,150 Single Hotel Room Option
From $440 Single Cruise Cabin Option

 

 

Depart Australia Return Australia Twin Share Price AUD

 2014

 

 

18 Aug 12 Sep $6,190

01 Sep

26 Sep

$6,420
15 Sep 10 Oct $6,420

22 Sep

17 Oct

$6,420

13 Oct

07 Nov

$6,190

 

Important Note: Above prices include Singapore Airlines Fuel surcharge of $603 and tipping of $138 (correct as at Mar 2014 and subject to change). Please note the Tipping amount of USD100 (AUD138) is payable on arrival in China.

Yangtze River Cruise operators, Victoria Cruises and Century Cruises have introduced a compulsory service levy of RMB150 per person (approximately AU$28 per person) which is to be paid upon check-in when boarding the cruise vessel. For the purposes of your overall cost, this has been calculated into your AUD/USD tipping amount. Your required tipping amount will need to be paid in two different currencies (US Dollars and Chinese Renminbi/Yuan) whilst you are in China. The specific amounts for each currency will be outlined in your final documentation.

 

Though status is regularly updated, availability above is indicative only, not live and hence does not guarantee that space is available on your selected tour when you or your agent calls Wendy Wu Tours to book.  Booking early is the only way to ensure availability of your selected departure date.

Book now

Price Guide

Image Gallery

China Encounters, tour photoChina Encounters, tour photoChina Encounters, tour photo

Weather