Cities of the Orient
From $5,508 - 19 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities
This tour includes an intriguing mix of urban cities, ancient history and tranquil landscapes.
Explore the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. Be amazed at sites such as Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City in Beijing. An exciting walk along the Great Wall is an experience that you will cherish. In the ancient city of Xian you will visit the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Cruise down the Yangtze River taking in the stunning scenery. Travel to Guilin, one of China’s most naturally beautiful regions.
End your journey in the amazing city of Hong Kong. The city offers a sprawling skyline and a beautiful harbour and the shopping is not to be missed!
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DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAIFly with Cathay Pacific Airways to Shanghai for a two night stay. Perth passengers may need to depart one day earlier.
DAY 2: SHANGHAI
Visit the Yu Gardens and the Old Town. Stroll along the famous Bund and explore the Xintiandi area with its 1920s-style ‘shikumen’ buildings. Cross the Nanpu Bridge to explore the Pudong area. This evening enjoy a cruise along the stunning Huangpu River.
DAY 3: SHANGHAI TO BEIJINGExplore the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum and wander the surrounds of the neighbouring People’s Square. Fly to Beijing for a three night stay. This evening enjoy a sample of the delicious local delicacy, Peking Duck.
DAYS 4-5: BEIJINGStroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. Visit the treasure-filled Forbidden City, the world’s largest palace complex and home to the Ming and Qing dynasties for over 500 years. Later, explore the 15th-century Temple of Heaven. Tomorrow enjoy an exciting walk along the Great Wall and then visit the Summer Palace, admiring the landscaped beauty. In the evening enjoy an exciting acrobatics performance.
DAY 6: BEIJING TO XIANFly to Xian. This afternoon visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. In the evening you will feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet, a specialty of the region, while enjoying a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.
DAY 7: XIANExplore the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Later, visit the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China. Wander through the lively Muslim Quarter and explore the Islamic food markets.
DAY 8: XIAN TO WUHAN – YANGTZE RIVERFly to Wuhan and transfer by coach (approximately 4-5 hours) to Yichang the boarding point of your Yangtze River cruise for the next four nights.
DAYS 9-11: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISETour the Three Gorges Dam before cruising along the Yangtze River. Your journey will take you past beautiful scenery and shore excursions and will allow you to explore the local history and landscape.
DAY 12: CHONGQING TO GUILINDisembark your cruise in Chongqing and visit the Panda House at Chongqing Zoo. Later, fly to Guilin and visit the Reed Flute Caves.
DAY 13: GUILIN TO YANGSHUOCruise along the Li River to the town of Yangshuo. Spend the evening walking the cobblestone streets or relax in a local café and absorb the colourful atmosphere.
DAY 14: YANGSHUOThis morning explore the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo and enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure. This evening watch a display of traditional cormorant fishing.
DAY 15: YANGHSUO – GUILIN TO HONG KONGTravel back to Guilin and fly to Hong Kong for a three night stay. Enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure. (Breakfast only included)
DAY 16: HONG KONGEnjoy a tour of Hong Kong Island, including Victoria Peak and Stanley Market. Later you will visit the Aberdeen Fishing Village. (Breakfast only included)
DAY 17: HONG KONGTake a ferry ride through Victoria Harbour to Lantau Island. Visit Cheung Sha Beach, Tai O Fishing Village and the Big Buddha before taking the Ngong Ping Skyrail cable car down the mountain. Enjoy dinner at the top of Victoria Peak. (Breakfast and dinner included)
DAY 18: DEPART HONG KONGThis morning tour of the `Land Between’, including the Yuen Yuen Institute. Take in the view from Tai Mo Shan and Luk Keng Road Lookout and visit Sam Mun Tsai Fishing Zone. Enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure before you are transferred to Hong Kong airport to board your overnight flight to Australia. (Breakfast only included) Please note: Due to flight schedules Perth passengers may miss touring on Day 18 and may wish to stay an extra night in Hong Kong at an additional cost.
DAY 19: ARRIVE AUSTRALIAArrive home today.
Wendy Wu Tours Review:
"This was an excellent tour. We came to experience the wonders of China and the everyday Chinese experience. The variety of restaurants from five star to working class was an important contributor to our enjoyment. All the mainland tour guides were outstanding, friendly, efficient and positive. We cannot say enough about how much we loved China and this tour."
Mr M Jackson and Mrs L Polley, Tasmania - May 2012
Important Note: Above prices include Cathay Pacific Fuel surcharges and tipping of $470 (correct as at Nov 2013 and subject to change). Please note the Tipping amount of USD55 (AUD126) is payable on arrival in China.
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.