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Grand Tour of China
2015 Tour Prices From $6,751 - 26 Days, from selected Australian cities
2016 Early Birds From $6,580 - 26 Days, fully inclusive from selected Australian cities
You are invited to experience the many wonders of China on this grand tour that captures not only the historical and cultural aspects of China, but also allows you to discover its many other, less known treasures.
Commence your tour in the capital city of Beijing, where the highlight for many will be walking along the Great Wall. View the Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xian, hidden underground until 1974 when they were discovered by local farmers. Relax on board a Yangtze River cruise, see the Giant Pandas in Chengdu and tour the amazing Stone Forest in Kunming.
Visit Guilin, one of the most picturesque places in the world, and cruise along the Li River. Stroll through the streets of Yangshuo and observe locals going about their daily business. Wander through the traditional Yu Gardens in Shanghai.
By the end of this tour you will feel amazed by what you have learnt about China, its people, its incredible past and promising future.
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
DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO BEIJING
Fly overnight with Singapore Airlines to Beijing for a three night stay. Darwin passengers may depart on Day 2.
DAY 3: BEIJING
Stroll through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, followed by a visit to the Forbidden City, the world’s largest palace complex. This evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.
DAY 4: BEIJING
Take an exciting walk along 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. Later, visit a jade factory and wander through the Summer Palace and admire its landscaped beauty. Your evening entertainment will be an exciting acrobatics performance.
DAY 5: BEIJING TO XIAN
Explore Liulichang’s ancient shopfronts and the calligraphy market. Later, tour the unique 15th-century Temple of Heaven. This evening board your overnight soft sleeper train to Xian, the former imperial capital of China and the starting point for the Silk Road.
DAY 6: XIAN
Arrive in Xian this morning and visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and the fascinating Shaanxi Provincial Museum. Later, walk through the lively Muslim Quarter and explore the Islamic food markets. For dinner 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 7: XIAN
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Stop at the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition and walk along the ancient City Wall.
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. Enjoy shore excursions to explore this famous river.
DAY 12: CHONGQING TO CHENGDU
Disembark your cruise and visit the Old Town of Ciqikou before travelling to Chengdu. Visit the Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum and enjoy Sichuan cuisine for dinner.
DAY 13: CHENGDU TO KUNMING
Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. Later, fly to Kunming and this evening sample Across the Bridge Noodles.
DAY 14: KUNMING
Travel to the Stone Forest and explore the massive limestone columns that form a vast forest of surreal shapes and images.
DAY 15: KUNMING TO DALI
Drive to Dali, home to the Bai ethnic minority, and visit the Three Pagodas which dominate the skyline above the ancient city walls.
DAY 16: DALI
Visit Xizhou Village before exploring the local market and the Yen family home. Later, cruise on Erhai Lake, and explore the ancient streets of Dali’s Ancient Quarter.
DAY 17: DALI – KUNMING TO GUILIN
Return to Kunming by road and fly to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful cities.
DAY 18: GUILIN TO YANGSHUO
Relax on a stunning Li River cruise as you travel to the picturesque town of Yangshuo for a two night stay. This afternoon, wander through the local markets.
DAY 19: 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 20: YANGSHUO – GUILIN TO HANGZHOU
Return to Guilin and visit the Reed Flute Caves and Pearl Museum. Fly to Hangzhou.
DAY 21: HANGZHOU
Discover the Temple of Inspired Seclusion, the Six Harmonies Pagoda and relax as you cruise on the tranquil West Lake.
DAY 22: HANGZHOU TO SUZHOU
Explore the local markets and experience oriental tea-tasting. Continue to Suzhou, known as the ‘Venice of the East’.
DAY 23: SUZHOU
Stroll through the Humble Administrator’s and the Master of the Nets gardens. Visit a traditional silk mill and enjoy a cruise on the ancient Grand Canal.
DAY 24: SUZHOU TO SHANGHAI
Travel to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai and explore the Xintiandi area. This evening feast on Shanghai cuisine.
DAY 25: SHANGHAI
Walk through the Yu Gardens and the Old Town, visit the Shanghai Museum and stroll along the famous Bund. This evening enjoy a cruise along the Huangpu River.
DAY 26: DEPART SHANGHAI
This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Shanghai airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 27: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
"We were delighted with the Wendy Wu Tours"Reviewed:
Jenny and Alan Tippet
My husband and I have just returned from an extended tour of Mainland China over the last 3 months. We were delighted with the Wendy Wu Tours that we went on and would like to thank your company for excellent service. We really appreciated the kind, caring and conscientious dedication of our 3 Xian based National escorts; Erin on The Silk Road: August 31st- September 26th, Wendy on The Grand Tour of China: 28th September- 21st October and Nick on The Yunnan Adventure: November 3rd- 17th. We also enjoyed 2 independent guided tours to the Nine Villages Valley with local guides Mary and Harry and Mt Huang short tour with Sunny.
The role of the National Escort catering for the needs and complaints of foreigner tourists is immense. Congratulations to these three dedicated and professional young guides for always doing their very best to skilfully make our holiday a fantastic and memorable experience in fascinating China. With English being their second language, we were very impressed with their communication skills to us as non Mandarin speaking tourists.
Erin was very helpful, Wendy was always a positive leader saying she was available 24/7 (even helping me obtain a haircut in Kunming) and Nick was outstanding. We were also very impressed by the wonderful local guides in each location (Lily in Lanzhou, Simon in Jiayuguan, Neisha in Urumqi, Rita and Grace in Beijing, Bill in Chongqing, Jessie in Kunming, James in Dali, Effie in Guilin, April in Shanghai, Aaron in Hangzhou, Daisy in Kunming, Cindy in Lijiang, Nema in Zhongdian and Lucy in Kunming) and the Wendy Wu network in place to collect us from transport locations as needed. We are very impressed by the organization of our selected tours and always felt safe and well cared for while we were in China with Wendy Wu Tours.
Travelled on: Grand Tour of China
"We both thoroughly enjoyed our visit to China which exceeded our expectations"Reviewed:
Jenny and Darryl DeBoo
We both thoroughly enjoyed our visit to China which exceeded our expectations – in a large part due to having our National Guide Garry (GuoWei).
Garry kept us well informed of happenings on our tour, as well as informing us of the many diverse cultural aspects of China and her people. He is very proud of his country and was always extremely polite and courteous and nothing was too much trouble. We actually thought that he went above and beyond what was probably expected of him in his role.
He had a great personality (full of fun an humour) and was able to communicate with a diverse group of people, which is not always an easy task. He always had our welfare and interests at heart and we noticed that he often would check with us and others on the trip as to how we were going.
It came across to us that he has a very good rapport with not only the Local Guides but also the many other people associated within the tourist industry such as tour operators, our coach drivers, restaurant staff, hotel staff etc.
As we had 4 internal flights and 1 overnight train trip, along with our boat trip down the Yangtze River we always felt most at ease with his management.
Should we take another trip to China we would be thrilled to have Garry as our Tour Leader again.
We would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all the Local Guides that were involved with our tour. All were very professional, proud of their local areas and imparted a great knowledge.
As this was our first Wendy Wu Tour we were very impressed with the selection of activities that were built into this particular tour package, as well as the optional tours made available. We would thoroughly recommend your company to our family and friends and hope to travel with Wendy Wu Tours in the future.
Travelled on: Grand Tour of China
"This tour was hard to fault and was very good value for money!"Reviewed:
Shane and Jenny Willoughby
We would like to make a special mention to our national tour guide, GUMP (Jo Yung). His skills and professionalism were so exceptional that we want the Wendy Wu organisation to know what a remarkable employee they have in him. The China head office needs to know this! He is an asset to the company and as such deserves whatever commendation and indeed, promotion, is available to him. His attributes are numerous, just some of them begin…..
It would have been helpful to know the departure and arrival time of the train – i.e., included in the itinerary. Stating clearly in the itinerary that the group would have an evening meal prior boarding the train would have been helpful too. We didn’t assume that this would be the case and were not sure if the recommendation to take snacks onboard meant there would be no time to have a meal beforehand so it was hard for us to gauge how much in the way of snacks we would need. It turned out to be very little! These details were not clear until the actual day of the trip.
We were impressed with the flexibility allowed to the guides as the restaurant chosen for us to eat at. On a number of occasions, we were asked if we would like to dine at the same restaurant on the following evening and if we indicated we would, we were asked which dishes would we like to include and those we would prefer not to have again. Well done, Wendy Wu – these tour guides are intelligent and intuitive people and to trust them to make these arrangements independently, within a given budget one assumes, can only benefit the tour members
We would like to also make a special mention to KIRK LANDOW. Our local flight centre travel consultant, Bec Knowles, had cause to ask Kirk – on our behalf – to go to Singapore Airline for a statement we require for a travel insurance claim. We had tried for two weeks to obtain this statement independently but finally sought Bec’s help. Kirk was incredibly efficient in obtaining for us what we needed.
Be assure that we will be ‘waxing lyrical’ about the wonders of Wendy Wu Tours for years to come and hope that there will be another one for us in the years ahead. This tour was hard to fault and was very good value for money!
WELL DONE WENDY WU.
Travelled on: Grand Tour of China
"We thoroughly enjoyed the overall tour, it was comprehensive and very well thought out"Reviewed:
Firstly, we thoroughly enjoyed the overall tour, it was comprehensive and very well thought out. We particularly appreciated the “pre departure information” which did much to mentally prepare us for a very different environment’ and experience.
Our experience was duplicated throughout our group of 29 people – there was an incredible unanimity in our thoughts on the tour. There were a number of areas we thought could be better done, these mostly relating to shopping and the Grand Buddha at Leshan.
Primarily though the excellence of the tour was due to two factors:
The main point of this email is to give credit where it is due, to Jerry. My wife and I travel extensively and have done so for many years. Utilising self directed and guided tours we’ve covered much of the world and so feel qualified to comment on an exceptional individual.
Wendy Wu Tours is very fortunate to have guides of the calibre of Jerry. This man provided exceptional service throughout our trip in a warm and friendly manner. We were not alone in feeling this way either, as on our final night the entire group felt a sense of loss at leaving Jerry whom we had all come to regard as a friend.
There are a great many very good tour guides and of course the occasional one who needs to find another job! What was exceptional about Jerry was how from day one he established “Jerry’s family” and made us all feel at home. He was also able to “get stuck in” and get his hands dirty when it came to bus breakdowns, demonstrating great initiative.
Clearly we were delighted to have toured with yourselves and have Jerry as our guide. It is the best guided tour we have ever been on and Jerry is without doubt the best tour guide we’ve ever experienced.
Thank you for providing an exceptional tour and great staff (we also dealt very pleasurably with your admin department pre travel). We look forward to travelling with you again – do you have a Japanese Jerry?
Travelled on: Grand Tour of China
"We have recently completed a wonderful Wendy Wu tour"Reviewed:
Marilyn & Kelvin Voullaire
We have recently completed a wonderful Wendy Wu tour – “Grand Tour of China”. This tour was made so much more special to us because of our tour leader, ROCK (Guo Peng).
My husband, Kel, and I feel strongly enough about his efforts, that we wished to commit them in a written recommendation and convey them to Wendy Wu Tours.
Rock was a superb, professional leader.
His knowledge of his country, regions, cities, Chinese history and the Chinese ‘way of life’ was comprehensive and when combined with his excellent English skills it meant we were certainly very well-informed.
He confidently and efficiently guided our group, which enabled us to feel safe and secure and well-organized and not at all fussed.
Rock showed a strong responsibility for his group, always putting our needs first with that extra bit of personal care.
At the end of each day, he would detail our next day’s activities as well as inform us of predicted weather conditions and what to bring with us. At the beginning of each day, he would reiterate our daily activities, ensuring that we understood when & where to meet up again, and how to assure our personal safety in certain situations.
Rock demonstrated outstanding helpfulness towards his group members. When group members encountered some difficulty, he quickly and adeptly resolved the problems i.e. damaged case – organised new luggage; no air conditioning in room – organised new room; illness – helped to find appropriate medication & often assisted the sick person to get back to the hotel (& he checked upon the well-being of those persons)
Rock’s personality made it very easy for our group to feel like a ‘group’, or as he put it “family” almost from the first day. We all liked and respected him, not simply as our group leader but as a friend. Members of the group quite readily assumed roles to ensure that other group members were okay and also helped Rock when possible. That was how well our group worked together as a result of his leadership.
New South Wales
Travelled on: Grand Tour of China
"We have just returned from our amazing trip to China"Reviewed:
Gilliana & Alan Stevens
We have just returned from our amazing trip to China. From the day we booked we were impressed with Wendy Wu Tours’ efficiency. We had booking forms and information sheets within days of paying deposit. These forms helped us to consider whether the tour was for us and whether our level of fitness was up to the challenge. The value for money was a well talked about topic and we had never been on a tour before where we got so much for our money. You are to be congratulated! When we arrived in Beijing the National Guide was the nicest and most efficient young man. As the weeks went on no task was too big or too small for him. The itinerary was well paced. More than adequate time was allowed at the different sites and the number of places we visited were great. We never could have done a trip like this ourselves. Thank you for a wonderful holiday. We will not hesitate to rebook a Wendy Wu Tour.
New South Wales
Travelled on: Grand Tour of China
Dates & Prices
~ Passengers flying Singapore Airlines will depart one day earlier.
Singapore Airlines - Above prices include fuel surcharges and tipping of $775. Please note the Tipping amount of USD100, RMB150 (AUD162) is payable on arrival in China.
Cathay Pacific Airways - Above prices include Fuel surcharges and tipping of $247. Please note the Tipping amount of USD100, RMB150 (AUD162) 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.