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Cities of the Orient

2015 Tour Prices From $6,180 - 19 Days, from selected Australian cities

2016 Early Birds From $6,180 - 19 Days, fully inclusive from selected Australian cities

This tour includes an intriguing mix of urban cities, ancient history and tranquil landscapes.

Explore the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, touring the Old Town and Pudong district. Be amazed at sites such as Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City in Beijing. An exciting walk along the Great Wall is an experience that you will cherish. In the ancient city of Xian you will visit the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Cruise down the Yangtze River taking in the stunning scenery. Travel to Guilin, one of China’s most naturally beautiful regions and cruise along the Li River to stay in the quaint and stunning town of Yangshuo.

End your journey in the amazing city of Hong Kong. Discover the sites of Hong Kong Island and Lantau Island, including Victoria Peak and the Big Buddha. The city offers a sprawling skyline and a beautiful harbour, and the shopping is not to be missed!

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

Tour itinerary

DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAI

Fly with Cathay Pacific Airways to Shanghai for a two night stay. Perth passengers may need to depart one day earlier.

Day 2: SHANGHAI

Visit the Yu Gardens and the Old Town. Stroll along the famous Bund and explore the Xintiandi area with its 1920s-style ‘shikumen’ buildings. Cross the Nanpu Bridge to explore the Pudong district. This evening cruise along the Huangpu River before feasting on sumptuous Shanghai cuisine.

Day 3: SHANGHAI TO BEIJING

View the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum and a Silk Museum. Fly to Beijing and this evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

DAYS 4-5: BEIJING

Stroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. Visit the treasure-filled Forbidden City, and explore the 15th-century Temple of Heaven. Tomorrow, enjoy a thrilling walk along the Great Wall and visit a jade factory and the Summer Palace to admire the landscaped beauty. In the evening, enjoy an exciting acrobatics performance.

Day 6:BEIJING TO XIAN

Fly to Xian. This afternoon visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. In the evening you will 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 7: XIAN

Explore one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Stop at the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition and walk along the ancient City Wall. Stroll through the lively Muslim Quarter and the Islamic food markets.

Day 8: XIAN TO WUHAN – YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

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 Three Gorges Dam before cruising along the Yangtze River. Pass beautiful scenery and take shore excursions to explore the fascinating historic and tranquil landscapes of the tributaries.

Day 12: CHONGQING TO GUILIN

Disembark your cruise in Chongqing and visit the Panda House at Chongqing Zoo. Later, fly to Guilin and visit the Reed Flute Caves.

Day 13: GUILIN TO YANGSHUO

Cruise along the Li River to the town of Yangshuo. Spend the evening walking the cobblestone streets or relax in a local café and absorb the colourful atmosphere.

Day 14: YANGSHUO

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 15: YANGSHUO – GUILIN TO HONG KONG

Return to Guilin airport, visiting a Pearl Museum en route. Fly to Hong Kong for a three night stay. Enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure. (Only breakfast is included)

DAY 16: HONG KONG

Enjoy a tour of Hong Kong Island, including Victoria Peak and Stanley Market. Later, visit the Aberdeen Fishing Village. (Only breakfast is included)

DAY 17: HONG KONG

Take a ferry ride through Victoria Harbour to Lantau Island. Visit Cheung Sha Beach, Tai O Fishing Village, Po Lin Monastery and the Big Buddha before taking the Ngong Ping Skyrail down the mountain. Enjoy dinner at the top of Victoria Peak. (Breakfast and dinner are included)

DAY 18: DEPART HONG KONG

Tour of the `Land Between’ (New Territories) to see Hong Kong’s rural beauty away from the bustling streets and skyscrapers. Visit the Yuen Yuen Institute and take in the views from Tai Mo Shan and Luk Keng Road. Explore Plover Cove Country Park and Sam Mun Tsai Fishing Zone. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure before you are transferred to Hong Kong airport to board your overnight flight to Australia. (Only Breakfast is included)

DAY 19: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

Arrive home today.

Tour Reviews

"This was an excellent tour"
Reviewed:

This was an excellent tour. We came to experience the wonders of China and the everyday Chinese experience. The variety of restaurants from five star to working class was an important contributor to our enjoyment. All the mainland tour guides were outstanding, friendly, efficient and positive. We cannot say enough about how much we loved China and this tour.

Mr M Jackson and Mrs L Polley
Tasmania
Travelled on: Cities of the Orient

Dates & Prices

From $6,180 per person

2015 Tour Prices

19 Days, fully inclusive Twin Share

Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth with Cathay Pacific Airways

From Price Includes Tour cost $5,915 Cathay Pacific Airways Fuel Surcharge $85 & Tipping $180 (Subject to change with Tipping payable on arrival in destination. See Booking Conditions)
From $6,180 per person

2016 Early Birds

19 Days, fully inclusive Twin Share

Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth with Cathay Pacific Airways

*Brisbane passengers may fly via Cairns en route from Hong Kong to Brisbane.

^Perth passengers depart Perth one day earlier on an overnight flight due to Cathay Pacific Airways flight schedules.

From Price Includes Tour cost $6,015 Cathay Pacific Airways Fuel Surcharge $85 & Tipping $180 (Subject to change with Tipping payable on arrival in destination. See Booking Conditions)
From $1,100 Single Hotel Room Option
From $490 Single Cruise Cabin Option
From $4,967 Land Only including Tipping
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09/09/15 27/09/15 $6,478 Cathay Pacific
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16/09/15 04/10/15 $6,878 Cathay Pacific
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16/03/16 03/04/16 $6,280
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04/05/16 22/05/16 $6,180
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Important Notes:

Tour availability

Tour availability is updated each Monday. While every effort is made to ensure availability status is current, it is advisable to contact our reservations department on 1300 727 998 Limited seats denotes 4 seats or less available.

Cathay Pacific Airways - Above prices include fuel surcharges and tipping of $265. Please note the Tipping amount of USD70, RMB150, HKD330 (AUD180) 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.

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