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Amazing China

Embark on a 27 day journey through China. Visit the Forbidden City, discover the Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors before cruising the Yangtze River.

27 Day
From (AUD)
$ 17,390
  • 2018/2019 Beijing > Shanghai

    The natural choice

    While many flock to see China’s more publicised man-made wonders, in fact so many of its most jealously guarded treasures have been provided by Mother Nature.

    This energetic itinerary celebrates the natural China, sometimes overlooked in explorations of this vital and fascinating region. Discover the wondrous landscapes of Sichuan, Guangxi and Hunan provinces, from glorious waterfalls and mystic lakes to soaring peaks and dense woodlands. There are vast areas of natural beauty the equal of anywhere in the world, and then there are the special delights – those unique spots you won’t encounter elsewhere, such as the towering quartzite sandstone features near Zhangjiajie, or the lakes of Jiuzhaigou, with their startling shades and hues. This journey is perfect for those guests looking for a little more adventure, with lots of opportunities to get out and actively explore this natural gem on foot. Whether you’re looking to capture all this beauty on film, or simply in your memory, you can look forward to spectacular images and impressions that have a magic only nature could conjure.

    Tour Code:

    CHEW

    Duration:

    27 Days

    Departure City:

    Beijing

    Return City:

    Shanghai

  • 27 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Peking duck welcome dinner

      Begin your amazing discovery of China with a Peking duck welcome dinner. Enjoy the next four nights in Beijing.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Lunch in private home, Sundowners over Tiananmen Square, Freechoice

      Wander through Tiananmen Square and enter the mysterious Forbidden City. Afterwards enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home in the hutongs before relaxing on a rickshaw ride through the alleyways.

      Sundowners

      Finish the day as you started, overlooking the magnificent Forbidden City while enjoying a drink with your fellow guests.

      FreechoiceDining

      Choose between mixed Asian at Lost Heaven or Western dishes at The Cut.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Summer Palace
      Freechoice

      Shop at the Silk Markets or undertake an interactive cooking class. Alternatively, discover the secrets of traditional Chinese medicine or visit the incredible 15th century Temple of Heaven.

      Later, explore the Summer Palace and enjoy a cruise on Kunming Lake.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 4 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Great Wall of China, Freechoice

      Visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu.

      Freechoice

      Experience an unforgettable evening at either the famed Peking Opera or the spectacular Kung Fu Show.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 5 - Beijing > Xi’an
      Highlights:
      Xian Wall, Enrich - private museum visit

      Explore Xi’an’s ancient city wall before staying two nights.

      Enrich

      Be treated to a special after hours private viewing of ancient artefacts. Savour a drink and learn more from the museum’s curator. Continue your refreshments overlooking the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 6 - Xi’an
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Terracotta Warriors with curator
      Enrich

      Gaze at Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s amazing Terracotta Warriors in the company of a museum curator.
      Later, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

      Tonight enjoy a performance at the Tang Dynasty Cultural Show with dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Xi’an > Yichang >Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Lunch in painter's home, Embark cruise

      Explore the Muslim Quarter.

      Enrich

      Visit a local painter’s home, famous for its Rural Peasant Paintings. Learn about his art and enjoy lunch with his family.

      Fly to Yichang to join your refurbished cruise ship, Yangzi Explorer.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Three Gorges Dam Project, Captain’s Reception

      Inspect the Three Gorges Dam project site before transitting the ship locks. Later, sail through Xiling Gorge whilst sampling afternoon tea delights. Tonight enjoy the Captain’s reception.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge

      Explore the dramatic gorges of Shennong Stream. Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its sheer rock walls, and Qutang Gorge, the most dramatic of the gorges.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Fengdu, Gala Dinner

      Enjoy an insightful excursion to Fengdu. Tonight, mingle at the Taste of China gala dinner in your finest Chinese outfit.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Yangtze River Cruise > Chongqing > Chengdu
      Highlights:
      Ciqikou Ancient Town, Sichuan Cooking Class lunch

      Disembark and explore the ancient town of Ciqikou. Travel by high speed train to Chengdu, before settling in for a three night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Chengdu
      Highlights:
      Freechoice Dining

      Discover the Museum of Sichuan Cuisine before partaking in an interactive cooking class to learn all about the secrets of this famous style of Chinese cooking.

      FreechoiceDining

      Dinner is a choice of Sichuan cuisine, a Western steak or burger, or an international buffet dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Chengdu
      Highlights:
      Enrich - photo with Panda at the Giant Panda Breeding Centre
      Enrich

      Enjoy an enchanting close encounter with rare giant panda cubs. You’ll even have a photo with these endangered creatures.

      Visit Jinli Street and the Wuhou Temple. Tonight, attend the Sichuan Opera.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Chengdu > Jiuzhaigou
      Highlights:
      Muni Valley

      Fly to the World Heritage-listed Jiuzhaigou Valley, known as Nine Villages Valley. En route, explore Muni Valley before relaxing at your resort for two nights.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 15 - Jiuzhaigou
      Highlights:
      Rize Valley with Five Flower Lake

      At 2,800 metres explore this remarkable World Biosphere Reserve by private bus.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 16 - Jiuzhaigou > Chongqing
      Highlights:
      Songpan Ancient Town

      Discover Songpan Ancient Town then fly to Chongqing and stay the night at your elegant hotel.

      FreechoiceDining

      Choose between authentic Cantonese and Sichuan cuisine or Asian and Western cuisine.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Chongqing > Zhangjiajie
      Highlights:
      Zhangjiajie Theatre

      Travel to the World Heritage-listed Wulingyuan Scenic Area. Tonight, experience a cultural performance at the Zhangjiajie Theatre. Spend two nights at your hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Zhangjiajie
      Highlights:
      Wulingyuan Scenic Area

      By private shuttle bus, explore this region’s wondrous ravines and gorges. Avoid the queues with your VIP pass and ride the Bailong elevator at Yuanjiajie. See the gravity-defying mesas of Avatar’s ‘Hallelujah Mountain’, then soak in the views from Tianzi Mountain.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 19 - Zhangjiajie
      Highlights:
      Tianmen Mountain

      Soar on the world’s longest cable car to Tianmen Mountain, also known as Heaven Gate Mountain before an overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 20 - Zhangjiajie > Guangzhou
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Pearl River Cruise

      This morning fly to Guangzhou.

      Freechoice

      Visit the historical Yuexiu Park and Shamian Island or visit Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. Alternatively ride the Bubble Tram on top of Canton Tower.

      Cruise along the Pearl River before your stay at your Guangzhou hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 21 - Guangzhou > Guilin
      Highlights:
      City sightseeing tour, Freechoice

      Take the high-speed train to Guilin for an overnight stay.

      FreechoiceDining

      Choose between local delicacies or an international buffet.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 22 - Guilin > Yangshuo
      Highlights:
      Li River cruise

      Sail down the idyllic Li River to Yangshuo. Stroll around the Old Town before settling back at your luxurious accommodation in Yangshuo for a two night Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 23 - Yangshuo
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Impression Liusanjie Show
      Freechoice

      Choose between the villages of Liugong or Fuli, fan painter’s village.

      Attend the Impression Liusanjie Show.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 24 - Yangshuo > Guilin > Shanghai
      Highlights:
      Flight Guilin to Shanghai

      Return to Guilin and fly to cosmopolitan Shanghai and enjoy a three night Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 25 - Shanghai
      Highlights:
      City sightseeing tour

      Stroll along the Bund and through the Yu Gardens. Admire the view from Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in Pudong.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 26 - Shanghai
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Wander through the Shanghai Museum, People’s Square and Xintiandi, visit Zhujiajiao or undertake a market shopping tour.

      Later, explore Nanjing Road at leisure, before enjoying your farewell dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 27 - Shanghai
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      It’s the end of an amazing journey.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    Scenic highlights
    • 4 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 22 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 2 Special Stays
    • 1 Sundowners event
    • 66 meals - 26 breakfasts, 21 lunches and 19 dinners