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2015 Tour Prices From $4,078 - 14 Days, from selected Australian cities
2016 Early Birds From $4,380 - 14 Days, fully inclusive from selected Australian cities
As the name suggests, this tour is designed for the first-time visitor to experience the majestic Yangtze River. Discover the incredible gorges, mountain villages and breathtaking scenery. Be fascinated by the Three Gorges Dam project; an amazing feat of engineering that needs to be seen to be believed.
Experience modern-day China in the vibrant city of Shanghai and see the beloved Giant Pandas in Chengdu. Visit historical Xian and discover China’s capital city Beijing, renowned for its opulent palaces and temples and sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.
With a history dating back thousands of years, you will love all that you see of this fascinating country. From the quiet waters of the Yangtze River to the bustling city life, discover the many gems China has on offer.
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 SHANGHAI
Fly to Shanghai with Cathay Pacific Airways for a two night stay. Adelaide and Darwin passengers may depart one day earlier.
DAY 2: SHANGHAI
See the Shanghai Museum, Yu Gardens, the Old Town, a Silk Museum and stroll along the Bund. This evening cruise along the Huangpu River before feasting on sumptuous Shanghai cuisine.
DAY 3: SHANGHAI TO YICHANG – YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
Visit the Pudong district before flying to Yichang. Upon arrival board your Yangtze River cruise for the next four nights.
DAY 4: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
Tour the Three Gorges Dam. This afternoon you will pass through Xiling Gorge, the longest and deepest of the Three Gorges.
DAY 5: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
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 6: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
Explore Shibaozhai, a 12-storey pavilion.
DAY 7: CHONGQING TO CHENGDU
Disembark in Chongqing and visit the ancient town of Ciqikou. Take the bullet train to Chengdu. Enjoy a Sichuan banquet for lunch.
DAY 8: CHENGDU TO XIAN
Visit the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, before flying to Xian. 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 9: XIAN
Explore the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Later, visit the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition and walk along the ancient City Wall.
DAY 10: XIAN TO BEIJING
See the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. Take a stroll through the Muslim Quarter and explore the Islamic food markets. Fly to Beijing.
DAY 11: BEIJING
Stroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, visit the treasure-filled Forbidden City and wander through the unique 15th-century Temple of Heaven. This evening, watch an exciting acrobatics performance.
DAY 12: BEIJING
Walk along the Great Wall and admire the views. This afternoon, wander through the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace and visit a jade factory. This evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.
DAY 13: DEPART BEIJING
This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Beijing airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 14: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
"The whole Wendy Wu travel experience was fantastic"Reviewed:
Just want to say that the whole Wendy Wu travel experience was fantastic.
I cannot speak highly enough of Jason – he was just the best guide. Have never been on an organised tour before although I have travelled quite a lot. Definitely plan to do a Wendy Wu to Vietnam & Cambodia.
Please give Jason a pat on the back – he does the company proud!
New South Wales
Travelled on: Majestic Yangtze
"Thank you for one of the most amazing touring holidays my husband and I have ever taken"Reviewed:
Dear Wendy Wu,
I am writing to thank you for one of the most amazing touring holidays my husband and I have ever taken.
We returned from a fourteen day China tour yesterday. I have nothing but praise for the way the tour was conducted. Our National Guide was Hoffman and, in my opinion, he did the most fantastic job with a great sense of humour and much courtesy.
When we discovered that we had left some belongings behind at a hotel that we would not be returning to, Hoffman graciously took my husband, in a taxi, back to the hotel for him to retrieve our belongings. What was an embarrassing situation for us, Hoffman dealt with professionally and without any sense of recrimination towards us.
Thank you for a wonderfully arranged and professionally conducted tour of China. We are in our mid-sixties and early seventies and, although this tour involved a great deal of walking, both on the flat and in steps, the pace set was adequate for our level of fitness.
We have no hesitation in recommending Wendy Wu tours to anyone and will certainly do so to our friends. We are hoping to book for a tour to India with Wendy Wu and look forward to the same value for money as with our China trip.
Travelled on: Majestic 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.
Cathay Pacific Airways - Above prices include fuel surcharges and tipping of $199. Please note the Tipping amount of USD63, RMB150 (AUD114) 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