save up to $500pp on selected
2015 Tour Prices From $4,565 - 18 Days, from selected Australian cities
2016 Early Birds From $4,580 - 18 Days, fully inclusive from selected Australian cities
If you desire to learn more about China’s incredible past, we trust this tour will stimulate the historian in you. This tour will take you from the present capital of Beijing to the ancient capital cities of Xian and Luoyang.
Walk along the Great Wall and explore the Forbidden City in Beijing. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Yungang Grottoes and the unforgettable Hanging Monastery. Wander the charming streets of the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Pingyao. Travel by bullet train to Xian to see one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. In Dengfeng, visit the Shaolin Temple, home of the renowned Shaolin Monks. Finish your tour in Shanghai with a stroll through the Old Town and Yu Gardens, and see a traditional acrobatics performance.
Experience first-hand China’s ancient wonders and remarkable history.
You will find our 2015 tour prices have also been listed for your convenience. While these departures are not included as part of our Early Bird Specials, we have a great range of tours available for travel in 2015! Take advantage of these great prices before 2016 increases.
Please note that itineraries are based on 2015 programmes. Variations to itineraries and durations may occur for travel in 2016 – please refer to our Early Bird brochure. 2016 Specials are valid when flying Cathay Pacific. Road to Samarkand utilises China Southern Airlines. 2016 Early Bird savings are based on the price reduction from the 2016 group tour prices published 26 May 2015
DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO BEIJING
Fly with Cathay Pacific Airways to Beijing for a four night stay. Adelaide and Perth passengers may depart one day earlier.
DAY 2: BEIJING
Stroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, and explore the treasure-filled Forbidden City. Visit a local home and enjoy a rickshaw ride through the traditional Hutong area. This evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck and enjoy the Beijing Opera.
DAY 3: BEIJING
It is often said in Beijing that ‘you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall’. It is more than 5,000km long, stretching from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west. Walk along the wall and this afternoon, visit a jade factory and wander through the Summer Palace.
DAY 4: BEIJING
Explore the 15th-century Temple of Heaven, one of the most perfect examples of Ming architecture and stroll through Beijing’s Panjiayuan antique markets.
DAY 5: BEIJING TO DATONG
Travel by train to Datong, which has a cultural history dating back over 2,400 years.
DAY 6: DATONG TO WUTAISHAN
Travel to Wutaishan, visiting the Yungang Grottoes en route. The caves, carved into the north face of Wuzhou Mountain, are home to over 50,000 Buddhist statues and frescoes. Later, visit the 1,400-year-old Hanging Monastery, before arriving into Wutaishan.
DAY 7: WUTAISHAN TO TAIYUAN
Discover the beauty of Wutaishan (Five Terraced Mountain). Within this alpine valley you will find traditional temples, architecture and sculptures. Visit the Bodhisattva Summit Temple and Xiantong Temple. Continue to Taiyuan and see the Ming Dynasty’s Twin Pagoda Temple.
DAY 8: TAIYUAN TO PINGYAO
Tour the Provincial Museum and Jin Ci Temple. Travel to Pingyao, a well-preserved UNESCO World Heritage listed town where you will visit the Shuanglin Temple.
DAY 9: PINGYAO TO XIAN
Explore the ancient City Wall, built during the Zhou Dynasty (827-728 BC). Visit the Rishengchang Financial House Museum and Yamen, a former government building dating back to the Qing Dynasty. This afternoon travel by bullet train to Xian, the former imperial capital of China.
DAYS 10-11: XIAN
Visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses and Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition. Walk along the ancient City Wall. This evening feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet while enjoying a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty. Tomorrow, see the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and Shaanxi Provincial Museum. Wander through the Muslim Quarter and Islamic food markets.
DAY 12: XIAN TO LUOYANG
Travel by bullet train to Luoyang, the former imperial capital of China for more than 13 dynasties. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Longman Grottoes.
DAY 13: LUOYANG TO ZHENGZHOU
Travel to Zhengzhou, stopping in Dengfeng en route to visit the Shaolin Temple and Pagoda Forest to witness a Kung Fu demonstration by the Shaolin Monks.
DAY 14: ZHENGZHOU TO SHANGHAI
Visit the Yellow River Museum and view the Yellow River from a lookout. Later, fly to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai.
DAYS 15-16: SHANGHAI
Visit the Old Town, Yu Gardens, the Shanghai Museum and the Bund. This evening enjoy an acrobatics performance. Tomorrow, explore Xintiandi and visit a Silk Museum. In the evening, enjoy a cruise along the Huangpu River and sample traditional Shanghai cuisine.
DAY 17: DEPART SHANGHAI
This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Shanghai airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 18: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
Dates & Prices
Cathay Pacific Airways - Above prices include fuel surcharges and tipping of $176. Please note the Tipping amount of USD84 (AUD91) 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.