Majestic Yangtze – Fly Free to China
Savour the natural grandeur of the Three Gorges on a relaxing Yangtze River Cruise – just one part of a wonderful tour that also includes China’s enthralling cities of Shanghai, Xian and Beijing, plus Giant Pandas of Chengdu.
Fully inclusive group tour:
• Return international economy class airfares, taxes and current fuel surcharges (subject to change)
• All meals (12 breakfasts, 11 lunches & 12 dinners)
• All transportation and transfers
• Touring with guides and entrance fees
• Visa fees for Australian passport holders
• Comprehensive tour dossiers
Helloworld Travel Exclusive Offer: Discount of $100* per person
14 Aug and 06 Nov 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 SHANGHAI
Fly to cosmopolitan Shanghai for a two-night stay.
DAY 2: EXPLORE SHANGHAI
Shanghai is China’s great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined with futuristic skyscrapers and 10th-century temples. Today’s explorations include the classical Yu Garden, a stop in the old town, and the fine arts and antiquities of the Shanghai Museum. Follow the age-old silk production process at the Silk Museum, from the cultivation of silkworms up to creating the final piece. Later admire the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund and view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise. The skyscrapers and glimmering lights are a sight to behold, Shanghai is unlike any other city in the world. Tonight you will sample traditional cuisine.
DAY 3: FLY TO WUHAN
Take the morning to see the sights of the ultramodern Pudong area of the city with its sci-fi skyscrapers. Later fly to Wuhan and continue by coach to Yichang where you will board the Yangtze River Cruise vessel.
DAYS 4-6: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
A man-made marvel, the Three Gorges Dam showcases this massive feat of engineering. But as we cruise upstream nature takes over, revealing some of the 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 shore excursions to the Ghost City of Fengdu or Shibaozhai.
DAY 7: DRIVE TO CHENGDU
Disembarking the cruise vessel in Chongqing, explore old Ciqikou, a district known for its porcelain production during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Ciqikou’s narrow streets are perfect for a morning stroll to admire the historical and traditional architecture. Transfer to Chengdu and enjoy a delicious Sichuan dinner with the option of a performance of Sichuan Opera (at your own expense).
DAY 8: GIANT PANDAS
A visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding allows you to see and learn about China’s celebrated bears up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. A look around the informative museum gives an overview of the reserve’s breeding programme. You’ll then take a bullet train to the former imperial capital of Xian. This evening a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing await.
DAY 9: TERRACOTTA WARRIORS
After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China’s first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of life-sized Warriors. 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 the beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls.
DAY 10: EXPLORE XIAN & FLY TO BEIJING
A fascinating morning includes a visit to the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda. Take time to walk through the atmospheric alleys of the Muslim Quarter which are lined with Islamic food stalls. Later, fly to Beijing, China’s capital city.
DAY 11: IMPERIAL BEIJING
Heading to Beijing’s symbolic heart, stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Entering through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will find a complex full of imperial riches. Soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape, where you can watch, or participate in, a dance class. Later, enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show.
DAY 12: GREAT WALL
This morning is dedicated to China’s most iconic site – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the sheer magnificence of the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that it crosses. In the afternoon, visit a jade factory then savour the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you wander through traditional Chinese gardens and view the exquisite architecture. This evening, savour Beijing’s best-known delicacy – Peking Duck.
DAYS 13-14: BEIJING TO AUSTRALIA
This morning is at your leisure before you are transferred to Beijing 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.