From $5,853 - 19 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities
The Yangtze River is China’s largest and longest river. This amazing waterway forms the backbone of this wonderful tour and over eight nights you will cruise upstream from Shanghai with the American-owned Victoria Cruises, a leader in Yangtze River cruising.
The highlight for many will be viewing the stunning landscapes, dramatic gorges, majestic peaks and ancient temples. Shore excursions will take you to sites such as Nanjing, Mt. Huang (Yellow Mountain) and Wuhan.
This special journey also goes beyond the Yangtze River. You will be captivated by the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. Visit the adorable Giant Pandas in Chengdu and see the ancient sites of Xian. Your tour concludes in Beijing with an opportunity to enjoy its historical wonders and reflect on your unforgettable and truly diverse Chinese experience.
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DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAI
Fly overnight with Singapore Airlines to Shanghai for a two night stay.
DAY 3: SHANGHAI
Tour the exciting city of Shanghai, starting with a visit to the Yu Gardens and the Old Town. You will view the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum and explore the Xintiandi area. Stroll along the famous Bund to see its collection of neo-classical buildings. This evening enjoy a cruise along the stunning Huangpu River.
DAY 4: SHANGHAI – EMBARK YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
The day is free at your leisure until this evening when you board your Victoria Cruises vessel. Spend the next eight nights on board cruising to Chongqing.
DAY 5: NANJING
Enjoy a full-day shore excursion to the ancient capital of Nanjing. Later, continue cruising towards Mt. Huang.
DAY 6: MT. HUANG
Enjoy a shore excursion to Mt. Huang (Yellow Mountain). Take a cable car to the summit to see the spectacular views of rock formations and thousand-year-old pine trees.
DAY 7: WUHAN
Continue cruising to Wuhan where you will visit the Guqin Terrace built in honour of the legend of Yu Boya, an expert heptacord player, and his friend Zhong Ziqi.
DAY 8: CRUISING
Spend the day relaxing on board as you continue cruising towards Yichang.
DAY 9: YICHANG
Enjoy a shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam before continuing your journey along the Yangtze River.
DAY 10: DANING RIVER SMALL GORGES
Sail through the Wu Gorge and enjoy an excursion to the Daning River Small Gorges, passing local villages and scenery.
DAY 11: FENGDU
Early this morning you will explore Fengdu, the ancient ‘Ghost City’, located on the northern bank of the Yangtze River.
DAY 12: CHONGQING TO CHENGDU
Disembark your cruise in Chongqing this morning and drive to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. Enjoy a sumptuous banquet of traditional Sichuan cuisine.
DAY 13: CHENGDU TO XIAN
Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat before flying to Xian. This evening 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 14: 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 15: XIAN TO BEIJING
Wander through the Muslim Quarter and the Islamic food markets. Fly to Beijing, the capital city of China. Visit the unique 15thcentury Temple of Heaven, one of the most perfect examples of Ming architecture.
DAY 16: BEIJING
This morning stroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. Visit the treasure-filled Forbidden City, the world’s largest palace complex. Your evening entertainment will be an exciting acrobatics performance.
DAY 17: BEIJING
It is often quoted in Beijing that ‘you have not been to China until you have climbed 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. Walk along the wall, admire the panoramic views and reflect on the immensity of the material and labour required for its construction. Later, wander through the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace. This evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.
DAY 18: DEPART BEIJING
This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Beijing airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 19: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
Wendy Wu Tours Review:
"Your Sydney staff, some of whom we met, were very patient but more importantly were brilliant with complete knowledge of everything essential for our visas etc. They also helped in other ways. As for the tour itself, because of the expectations we had, we were quite excited. We were greeted at our first arrival point, Shanghai by Wendy Wong, the National Escort and overall person accepting responsibility for everything on the tour. She seemed to be working on all our behalf 24 hours every day, both on the boat and during all ground tours. She was brilliant.
In short everything was superb. The staff on the boat, the food, the entertainment at night, the excursions, nothing was overlooked. Everything was perfect! All of the cruise personnel made you feel wanted and that it was a pleasure to serve you.
I hope you accept these comments the way they are intended. We sincerely think all of your staff deserves the highest praise. Thanks everybody connected to Wendy Wu’s enterprise for making our adventurous holiday such a memorable, outstanding success’
Mr and Mrs John Costello , New South Wales - June 2011
Important Note: Above prices include Fuel surcharges and tipping of $673 (correct as at May 2013 and subject to change). Please note the Tipping amount of USD123 is payable in China.
*Note: for the month of September 2013 Passengers will not visit Guqin Terrace due to construction. Touring of the Wuhan Central Culture Tourist Area will be provided, Where passengers will visit the dining and entertainment district and gain an insight into the bustling metropolis of Wuhan.
Yangtze River Cruise operators, Victoria Cruises have introduced a compulsory service levy of RMB300 per person (approximately AU$50 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.
YANGTZE RIVER CRUISING
Grand Yangtze passengers fly with Singapore Airlines. Why not stopover in Singapore to explore this cosmopolitan city? See our Singapore Short Stay and stopover options.
Additional fees and taxes may apply.