Grand Tour of China
From $6,813 - 27 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities
You are invited to experience the many wonders of China on this grand tour that captures not only the historical and cultural aspects of China, but also allows you to discover its many other, lesser known treasures.
Commence your tour in the capital city of Beijing, where the highlights for many may be climbing the Great Wall. View the Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xian, hidden underground until 1974 when they were discovered by local farmers. Relax on board a Yangtze River cruise, see the Giant Pandas in Chengdu and tour the amazing Stone Forest in Kunming.
Visit Guilin, one of the most picturesque places in the world, and cruise along the Li River. Stroll through the streets of Yangshuo and observe locals going about their daily business. Wander through the traditional Yu Gardens in Shanghai.
By the end of this tour you will feel amazed by what you have learned about China, its people, its incredible past and promising future.
DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO BEIJING
Fly overnight with Singapore Airlines to Beijing for a three night stay.
DAY 3: BEIJING
Stroll through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, followed by a visit to the Forbidden City. Rectangular in shape, surrounded by a 6m-deep moat and a 10m-high wall, it is the world’s largest palace complex. This evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.
DAY 4: BEIJING
Take an exciting walk along the Great Wall of China. Stretching from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west, it is more than 5,000km long. Wander through the Summer Palace and admire its landscaped beauty. Your evening entertainment will be an exciting acrobatics performance.
DAY 5: BEIJING TO XIAN
Explore Liulichang’s ancient shopfronts and the calligraphy market. Later, tour the unique 15th-century Temple of Heaven. This evening board your overnight soft sleeper train to Xian, the former imperial capital of China. Home to many ancient relics, Xian was once the starting point for the famous Silk Road.
DAY 6: XIAN
Arrive in Xian this morning and visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and the fascinating Shaanxi Provincial Museum. Later, walk through the lively Muslim Quarter and explore the Islamic food markets. For dinner 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 7: XIAN
Explore one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. You will also visit the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China.
DAY 8: XIAN TO WUHAN – YANGTZE RIVER
Fly 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 CRUISE
Tour the incredible Three Gorges Dam before cruising along the Yangtze River, passing beautiful scenery along the way. Enjoy shore excursions to explore the fascinating historic and tranquil landscapes.
DAY 12: CHONGqING TO CHENGDU
Disembark your cruise in Chongqing and visit the Old Town of Ciqikou before driving to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province.
DAY 13: CHENGDU TO KUNMING
Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. Later, fly to Kunming and this evening sample Across the Bridge Noodles.
DAY 14: KUNMING
Travel to the Stone Forest and explore the massive limestone columns.
DAY 15: KUNMING TO DALI
Leave Kunming and drive to Dali, home to the Bai ethnic minority, and visit the Three Pagodas.
DAY 16: DALI
Visit Xizhou Village before exploring the local market and the Yen family home. Later, cruise on Erhai Lake, enjoy traditional tea-tasting and explore Dali’s Ancient Quarter.
DAY 17: DALI – KUNMING TO GUILIN
Return to Kunming by road and fly to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful cities.
DAY 18: GUILIN TO YANGSHUO
Relax on a stunning Li River cruise as you travel to the picturesque town of Yangshuo for a two night stay. This afternoon, wander through the local markets.
DAY 19: YANGSHUO
This 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 20: YANGSHUO – GUILIN TO HANGZHOU
Travel back to Guilin and visit the Reed Flute Caves before flying to the city of Hangzhou.
DAY 21: HANGZHOU
Discover the Temple of Inspired Seclusion, the Six Harmonies Pagoda and relax as you cruise on the tranquil West Lake.
DAY 22: HANGZHOU TO SUZHOU
Explore the local markets and experience oriental tea-tasting. Continue to Suzhou, known as the ‘Venice of the East’.
DAY 23: SUZHOU
Stroll through the Humble Administrator’s and the Master of the Nets gardens. Visit a traditional silk mill and enjoy a cruise on the ancient Grand Canal.
DAY 24: SUZHOU TO SHANGHAI
Return to Shanghai this morning and explore the unique ‘shikumen’ buildings in the Xintiandi area. This evening feast on delicious Shanghai cuisine.
DAY 25: SHANGHAI
Walk through the Yu Gardens and the Old Town, visit the Shanghai Museum and stroll along the famous Bund. This evening enjoy a cruise along the stunning Huangpu River.
DAY 26: DEPART SHANGHAI
This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Shanghai airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 27: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
Important Note: Above prices include Fuel surcharges and tipping of $713 (correct as at Nov 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.