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In Pursuit of Pandas

From $2,399 - 9 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities

In Pursuit of Pandas provides the opportunity to discover some of China’s most impressive historical, cultural and natural sights.


In Beijing, see the historical wonders of the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace. No trip to Beijing would be complete without visiting the Great Wall and you will have the opportunity to walk on this wonder of the world. Continue to Xian where you will see one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century; the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. The tour concludes in Chengdu with a visit to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding where you will be able to see these rare and amazing animals up close.


In Pursuit of Pandas will allow you to enjoy some of the most exciting experiences China has to offer.

TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO BEIJING

Fly to Beijing for a three night stay.

DAY 2: BEIJING

Stroll through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum to the treasure-filled Forbidden City. Rectangular in shape, surrounded by a 6m-deep moat and a 10m-high wall, it is the world’s largest palace complex. Next visit the unique 15th-century Temple of Heaven, one of the most perfect examples of Ming architecture with four gates, one at each of the four points of a compass. The groups of locals that gather here to sing folk songs, practice tai chi and sword dancing, play chess or gossip will be the highlight of your visit. This evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

DAY 3: BEIJING

It is often quoted in Beijing that ‘you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall’. Construction began on the Wall over 2,000 years ago. 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, admiring the panoramic views and reflect on the immensity of the material and labour required for its construction. Later you will explore the exquisite landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace, once a royal garden and summer retreat for the members of the Emperor’s family and their courtesans. This evening you will enjoy an exciting acrobatics performance.

DAY 4: BEIJING TO XIAN

Fly to Xian for an overnight stay. This afternoon you will visit the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in China. In the evening feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet followed by a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.

DAY 5: XIAN TO CHENGDU

This morning visit one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Thousands of workers spent more than a decade creating the life-sized, terracotta army. It was designed to defend Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s tomb and ensure that he would have a standing army to protect him in the afterlife. Later, fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, for a three night stay.

DAY 6: CHENGDU – LESHAN

Travel to Leshan to visit the Grand Buddha, the world’s largest stone-carved Buddhist statue. The Buddha is over 71m tall and is wide enough for more than 100 people to sit between its feet. Take a short boat trip to view the statue from the river. On your return to Chengdu visit the ancient town of Huanglongxi, known for its beautiful scenery and traditional culture. This evening enjoy delicious Sichuan cuisine.

DAY 7: CHENGDU

Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. The base includes a protected wilderness and breeding area, as well as a museum and research facility. Later, stroll along the ancient Jinli Street, where you will find yourself surrounded by old-world stores selling handicrafts and local snacks.

DAY 8: DEPART CHENGDU

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

DAY 9: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

Arrive home today.

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Price guide

From $2,710 per person 9 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share
Departing Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane* flying China Southern Airlines (CZ)
*Brisbane passengers may require one pre-tour accommodation in Beijing at an additional cost
Adelaide, Perth & Darwin
passengers flying with China Southern Airlines will need to make their own way to Sydney or Melbourne to join the tour.
From Price Includes Tour cost $2,353, China Southern Airlines Fuel Surcharge $307 & Tipping $50 (Subject to change with Tipping payable on arrival in China. See Booking Conditions)
From $3,030 per person 9 Days, Fully Inclusive
Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth flying Cathay Pacific Airways (CX)
Adelaide passengers flying with Cathay Pacific Airways depart one day earlier and may require a stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost.
From Price Includes

Tour cost $2,624, Cathay Pacific Airways Fuel Surcharge $356 & Tipping $50 (Subject to change with Tipping payable on arrival in China. See Booking Conditions)

From $3,710 per person 9 Days, Fully Inclusive
Departing Darwin flying Singapore Airways (SQ)
Darwin passengers flying with Singapore Airways may require one night pre-accommodation in Beijing and a stopover in Singapore at an additional cost.
From Price Includes

Tour cost $3,058, Singapore Airways Fuel Surcharge $603 & Tipping $50 (Subject to change with Tipping payable on arrival in China. See Booking Conditions)

From $380 Single Hotel Room Option
From $1,616 per person Land Only (Beijing to Chengdu) includes Tipping
Depart Australia Return Australia Twin Share Price AUD Flying CX
Twin Share Price AUD Flying CZ

 2014

 


 

19-Jan

27-Jan

CX - $3,030 CZ - $2,710

23-Feb

03-Mar

CX - $3,030 CZ - $2,710

06-Apr

14-Apr

CX - $3,330
CZ - $3,010

20-Apr

28-Apr

CX - $3,530
CZ - $3,010

11-May

19-May

CX - $3,530
CZ - $3,010

18-May

26-May

CX - $3,530
CZ - $3,010
1-Jun 9-Jun CX - $3,330
CZ - $2,910
27-Jul 4-Aug CX - $3,330
CZ - $2,910
17-Aug 25-Aug CX - $3,330
CZ - $2,910
7-Sep 15-Sep CX - $3,530
CZ - $3,010
21-Sep 29-Sep CX - $3,530
CZ - $3,010
12-Oct 20-Oct CX - $3,330
CZ - $2,910
19-Oct 27-Oct CX - $3,330
CZ - $2,910
16-Nov 24-Nov CX - $3,030
CZ - $2,710
2015      
18-Jan 26-Jan CX - $3,390 CZ - $3,240
22-Feb 02-Mar CX - $3,390 CZ - $3,240
05-Apr 13-Apr CX - $3,760 CZ - $3,540
19-Apr 27-Apr CX - $3,890 CZ - $3,440
10-May 18-May CX - $3,760 CZ - $3,540
17-May 25-May CX - $3,760 CZ - $3,540
24-May 01-Jun CX - $3,760 CZ - $3,540
31-May 08-Jun CX - $3,760 CZ - $3,540
26-Jul 03-Aug CX - $3,760 CZ - $3,440
16-Aug 24-Aug CX - $3,760 CZ - $3,440
06-Sep 14-Sep CX - $3,760 CZ - $3,540
20-Sep 28-Sep CX - $3,890 CZ - $3,540

mportant note:

CZ – Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $307 and tipping of  $50 (correct as at Dec 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of USD45(AUD50) is payable on arrival in China.
CX – Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $356 and tipping of $50 (correct as at Dec 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of USD45(AUD50) is payable on arrival in China.
SQ – Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $602 and tipping of $50 (correct as at Dec 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of USD45(AUD50) is payable on arrival in China.

Abbreviations: CZ - China Southern Airlines; CX - Cathay Pacific Airways, SQ - Singapore Airways

easter special pricesSpecials

 

From $2,399 per person 9 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share
Departing Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane* flying China Southern Airlines (CZ)
*Brisbane passengers may require one pre-tour accommodation in Beijing at an additional cost
Adelaide & Perth
 passengers flying with China Southern Airlines will need to make their own way to Sydney or Melbourne to join the tour.
From Price Includes Tour cost $2,039, China Southern Airlines Fuel Surcharge $310 & Tipping $50 (Subject to change with Tipping payable on arrival in China. See Booking Conditions)
From $3,030 per person 9 Days, Fully Inclusive
Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth flying Cathay Pacific Airways (CX)
Adelaide passengers flying with Cathay Pacific Airways depart one day earlier and may require a stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost.
From Price Includes

Tour cost $2,620, Cathay Pacific Airways Fuel Surcharge $360 & Tipping $50 (Subject to change with Tipping payable on arrival in China. See Booking Conditions)

From $380 Single Hotel Room Option
Depart Australia Return Australia Twin Share Price AUD Flying CX Twin Share Price AUD Flying CZ

 2014

 

   
17-Aug 25-Aug CX - $3,030 CZ - $2,599
7-Sep 15-Sep CX - $3,230 CZ - $2,699
21-Sep 29-Sep CX - $3,320  
12-Oct 20-Oct CX - $3,030 CZ - $2,599
19-Oct 27-Oct CX - $3,030 CZ - $2,599
16-Nov 24-Nov CX - $2,730 CZ - $2,399

mportant note:

CZ – Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $310 and tipping of  $50 (correct as at Mar 2014 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of USD45(AUD50) is payable on arrival in China.
CX – Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $360 and tipping of $50 (correct as at Mar 2014 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of USD45(AUD50) is payable on arrival in China.
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Abbreviations: CZ - China Southern Airlines; CX - Cathay Pacific Airways

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