Grand Tour of China – Fly Free to China
This wide-ranging tour has China’s top destinations covered, with time to soak up the sights. Whether you are looking for history, character and culture, the modern and marvellous, or straight-up combination of the two, then this is the itinerary for you.
Fully inclusive group tour:
• Return international economy class airfares, taxes and current fuel surcharges (subject to change)
• All meals (24 breakfasts, 23 lunches & 24 dinners)
• All transportation and transfers
• Touring with guides and entrance fees
• Visa fees for Australian passport holders
• Comprehensive tour dossiers
Fly Free* to China
Helloworld Travel Exclusive Offer: Discount of $100* per person
26 Oct 2018
Other departures available between Mar and Nov 2018, seasonal surcharges apply.
21 Jan 18,
unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.
DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO BEIJING
Fly to Beijing for a three-night stay.
DAYS 2-3: BEIJING AND THE GREAT WALL
Visit Tiananmen Square and discover the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City before exploring Beijing’s old hutongs where you can meet a local family and visit their home. This evening eat a traditional dinner of Peking Duck. The next morning take a walk on the incredible Great Wall, the best way to appreciate its sheer magnificence. Stop at a jade factory to understand and appreciate the delicate process of carving the stone and buy a piece if you wish. Finally savour the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace. In the evening, enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show.
DAY 4: TEMPLE OF HEAVEN
Soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape, and wander through the park where you can watch, or participate in, a dance class. Board a bullet train to Xian.
DAYS 5-6: TERRACOTTA WARRIORS
Enjoy a visit to the Little Wild Goose Pagoda before wandering around the narrow alleys of the Muslim Quarter. Tonight feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings before a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing. The next day, view the enigmatic ranks of warriors that make up the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Visit the workshop of the craftspeople who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Watch the skilled production process and buy a souvenir warrior to take home. Later stroll on Xian’s beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls.
DAY 7: FLY TO WUHAN
Fly to Wuhan and transfer to Yichang to board your Yangtze River cruise vessel.
DAYS 8-10: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
The Three Gorges Dam may be an impressive feat of engineering but as you cruise upstream nature takes over, revealing some of world’s most dramatic scenery including the Three Gorges themselves. Over the next three days, prepare for one breathtaking panorama after another. Take a side trip to the attractive Goddess or Shennong Stream and enjoy a range of shore excursions.
DAY 11: OLD CIQIKOU
Disembark in Chongqing then explore old Ciqikou, whose narrow streets are perfect for a stroll to admire the traditional architecture. Transfer to Chengdu where tonight you will be served a traditional Sichuan dinner. There is an optional performance of a Sichuan Opera available tonight (at your own expense).
DAY 12: GIANT PANDAS
Visit Chengdu’s famous Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these celebrated bears in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Stop by the Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum before flying to the pleasant city of Kunming.
DAY 13: STONE FOREST
Explore the fascinating formations of the picturesque Stone Forest. Tuck in to local delicacy Across the Bridge Noodles for dinner.
DAYS 14-15: ENCHANTING DALI
Dali offers a glimpse of the China of times-gone-by. On your first day visit the Three Pagodas, and the next day explore the old quarter, the Yen Family House and pop over to Xizhou village and watch a tie-dying demonstration. There will also be a cruise on Erhai Lake.
DAY 16: FLY TO GUILIN
Transfer back to Kunming and fly to the picturesque city of Guilin.
DAYS 17-18: LI RIVER CRUISE
Cruise along the Li River to Yangshuo. Around every river bend, jagged karst peaks loom over rural scenes of lush greenery and grazing buffalo. The next day, spend the morning exploring paddy fields and dramatic karsts and stop for a photo opportunity on the banks of the Li River to meet a cormorant fisherman. This afternoon is at leisure. There are many optional activities available including cycling and rafting (at your own expense), or take a relaxing walk through the
DAY 19: FLY TO HANGZHOU
Drive back to Guilin, visit the Pearl Museum and the Reed Flute Cave where you can admire colourful stalactites and stalagmites. Fly to Hangzhou.
DAYS 20-21: DISCOVER HANGZHOU
Spend a morning wandering around the Temple of Inspired Seclusion and visit the former residence of Hu Xueyang before cruising on West Lake, admiring the gardens, pagodas and old bridges on its shores. The next day transfer to Suzhou.
DAY 22: SUZHOU’S GARDENS
Suzhou’s centre has managed to retain a sense of quaint charm. Renowned for its gardens, visit one of the finest, the Humble Administrator’s Garden, typical of the Chinese appreciation of balance and harmony. Cruise on the thousand-year-old Grand Canal.
DAY 23: TRAVEL TO SHANGHAI
Travel to Shanghai, one of China’s great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined with futuristic skyscrapers and 10th-century temples. Visit the Shanghai Museum and People's Square. Later enjoy a view of the glittering city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise. This evening dine on a delicious meal of Shanghai cuisine.
DAY 24: EXPLORE SHANGHAI
Today’s explorations include the traditional Yu Garden, the old town and the Silk Museum. Later
admire the magnificent colonial architecture during a stroll along the Bund.
DAYS 25-26: SHANGHAI TO AUSTRALIA
This morning is at your leisure before you are transferred to Shanghai airport to board your flight to Australia, arriving home to same or following day.
*Conditions apply. Prices correct as at 03 Jan 2018 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge. All savings from Fly Free and $100 discount offer are included in the advertised price. Valid for new bookings only. Subject to availability of airline, special economy class fare and specific airfare class. Surcharges apply once airfare is sold out. Pre-flight seat allocation is not available. Flight restrictions and blackout dates apply. Airline fuel surcharge & taxes included in tour price and subject to change. Due to airline schedules, passengers may require extra nights’ accommodation at an additional expense. For imminent departures, urgent visa fees may apply, or passengers may be required to source visas independently. A deposit of $99 per person is due within 3 days of booking. A second payment of $1000 for the airfare portion is due within 4 weeks of the initial deposit and by 15 Mar 2018. All airfares are ticketed upon receipt of the second deposit and any changes made after ticketing may incur an amendment and/or cancellation free and, in some cases tickets are non-refundable. Customary tipping amount of approximately RMB450 (AU$90) is paid locally in China. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer except loyalty discount. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. Cathay Pacific Conditions of Carriage, Wendy Wu Tours and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.