save up to $940pp on selected
2015 Tour Prices From $6,091 - 18 Days, from selected Australian cities
2016 Early Birds From $5,580 - 18 Days, fully inclusive from selected Australian cities
The Yangtze River is China’s largest and longest river. This amazing waterway forms the core of this wonderful tour and over eight nights you will cruise upstream from Shanghai with the American-owned Victoria Cruises, a leader in Yangtze River cruising.
The highlight for many will be viewing the stunning landscapes, dramatic gorges, majestic peaks and ancient temples. Shore excursions will take you to sites such as Nanjing, Jiuhuashan (Mountain of Nine Lotuses) and Wuhan.
This special journey also goes beyond the Yangtze River. You will be captivated by the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. Visit the endangered Giant Pandas in Chengdu and see the ancient sites of Xian. Your tour concludes in Beijing with an opportunity to enjoy its historical wonders and reflect on your unforgettable and truly diverse Chinese experience.
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 SHANGHAI
Fly overnight with Singapore Airlines to Shanghai for a two night stay.
DAY 3: SHANGHAI
Visit the Yu Gardens, the Old Town, the Shanghai Museum and a Silk Museum. Stroll along the Bund and explore Xintiandi with its 1920s-style ‘shikumen’ buildings that are unique to Shanghai. This evening cruise along the Huangpu River before feasting on sumptuous Shanghai cuisine.
DAY 4: SHANGHAI – EMBARK YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
The morning is free at your leisure. This afternoon, board your Victoria Cruises vessel and spend the next eight nights on board cruising up the Yangtze River.
DAY 5: NANJING
Take a shore excursion in Nanjing to a Confucian temple and bazaar and the Dr. Sun-Yat Sen Mausoleum.
DAY 6: JIUHUASHAN
Take a full-day shore excursion to Jiuhuashan, known as the ‘Mountain of the Nine Lotuses’.
DAY 7: WUHAN
Continue cruising to Wuhan and visit the Hubei Provincial Museum to view the cultural relics including porcelains, jade, ancient weapons and musical instruments.
DAY 8: CRUISING
Spend the day relaxing on board.
DAY 9: YICHANG
Enjoy a shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam before cruising through Xiling Gorge, the longest and the deepest of the Three Gorges.
DAY 10: SHENNONG STREAM
Cruise through Wu Gorge, known for its quiet beauty and forest-covered mountains. Continue through Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest and most dramatic gorge. Take a shore excursion along the Shennong Stream and transfer to a local longboat (sampan) steered by Tujia boatmen.
DAY 11: FENGDU
Early this morning you will explore Fengdu, the ancient ‘Ghost City’.
DAY 12: CHONGQING TO CHENGDU
Disembark your cruise in Chongqing this morning and visit the Old Town of Ciqikou before driving to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. Enjoy a sumptuous banquet of traditional Sichuan cuisine.
DAY 13: CHENGDU TO XIAN
Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these beloved animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. Tour the Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum, before flying to Xian. This evening 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 14: 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.
DAY 15: XIAN TO BEIJING
Wander through the Muslim Quarter and the Islamic food markets. Fly to Beijing, the capital city of China.
DAY 16: BEIJING
Stroll through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. Visit the treasure-filled Forbidden City. Later visit the 15th-century Temple of Heaven, one of the most perfect examples of Ming architecture. Your evening entertainment will be an exciting acrobatics performance.
DAY 17: BEIJING
It is often said in Beijing that ‘you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall’. Walk along the wall, admire the panoramic views and reflect on the immensity of the material and labour required for its construction. Later, visit a jade factory and wander through the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace. This evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.
DAY 18: DEPART BEIJING
This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Beijing airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 19: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
"In short everything was superb"Reviewed:
Mr and Mrs John Costello
Your Sydney staff, some of whom we met, were very patient but more importantly were brilliant with complete knowledge of everything essential for our visas etc. They also helped in other ways. As for the tour itself, because of the expectations we had, we were quite excited. We were greeted at our first arrival point, Shanghai by Wendy Wong, the National Escort and overall person accepting responsibility for everything on the tour. She seemed to be working on all our behalf 24 hours every day, both on the boat and during all ground tours. She was brilliant.
In short everything was superb. The staff on the boat, the food, the entertainment at night, the excursions, nothing was overlooked. Everything was perfect! All of the cruise personnel made you feel wanted and that it was a pleasure to serve you.
I hope you accept these comments the way they are intended. We sincerely think all of your staff deserves the highest praise. Thanks everybody connected to Wendy Wu’s enterprise for making our adventurous holiday such a memorable, outstanding success
New South Wales
Travelled on: Grand Yangtze
Dates & Prices
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.
~Passengers flying Singapore Airlines will depart one day earlier.
Singapore Airlines - Above prices include fuel surcharges and tipping of $818. Please note the Tipping amount of USD78, RMB300 (AUD166) is payable on arrival in China.
Cathay Pacific Airways - Above prices include Fuel surcharges and tipping of $251. Please note the Tipping amount of USD78, RMB300 (AUD166) 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.
Yangtze River Cruising