From $3,713 - 14 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities
As the name suggests, this tour is designed for the first-time visitor to experience the majestic Yangtze River. Discover the incredible gorges, mountain villages and breathtaking scenery. Be fascinated by the Three Gorges Dam project; this amazing feat of engineering needs to be seen to be believed.
Experience modern day China in the vibrant city of Shanghai and see the famous Giant Pandas in Chengdu. Visit historical Xian and discover China’s capital city Beijing, renowned for its opulent palaces and temples and sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.
With a history dating back thousands of years, you will love all that you see. From the quiet waters of the Yangtze River to the bustling city life, discover the many gems China has on offer.
DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAI
Fly to Shanghai for a two night stay.
DAY 2: SHANGHAI
Enjoy a full-day tour to explore this cosmopolitan city. See the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum and visit the Yu Gardens and the Old Town. Stroll along the famous Bund and explore the Xintiandi area with its 1920s-style ‘shikumen’ buildings unique to Shanghai. This evening cruise along the stunning Huangpu River before feasting on sumptuous Shanghai cuisine.
DAY 3: SHANGHAI TO YICHANG – YANGTZE RIVER
Visit the Pudong area and see its famous skyline before flying to Yichang. Upon arrival board your Yangtze River cruise for the next four nights.
DAYS 4-6: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
Tour the Three Gorges Dam before commencing your cruise along the Yangtze River. Along the way you will pass spectacular scenery and take shore excursions to explore the tranquil landscapes.
DAY 7: CHONGQING TO CHENGDU
Disembark your cruise in Chongqing this morning and drive to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, for an overnight stay.
DAY 8: CHENGDU TO XIAN
Visit the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. Later you will fly to the historic city of Xian. 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 9: XIAN
Explore one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Later, visit the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China.
DAY 10: XIAN TO BEIJING
See the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, stroll through the Muslim Quarter and explore the Islamic food markets. Later this afternoon fly to Beijing, the capital city of China.
DAY 11: BEIJING
Stroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, visit the treasure-filled Forbidden City and wander through the picturesque Summer Palace. This evening you will watch an exciting acrobatics performance.
DAY 12: 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. This afternoon see the unique 15th-century Temple of Heaven. As your farewell dinner this evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.
DAY 13: DEPART BEIJING
This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Beijing airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 14: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
Important Note: CX - Above prices include Fuel surcharges and tipping of $395 (correct as at May 2013 and subject to change). Please note the Tipping amount of USD88 is payable on arrival in China.
CZ - Above prices include Fuel surcharges and tipping of $353 (correct as at March 2013 and subject to change). Please note the Tipping amount of USD88 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$25 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 Renmibi/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.
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YANGTZE RIVER CRUISING