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Grand China

Enjoy an 18 day adventure from Beijing to Shanghai. Discover the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors and a luxurious Yangtze River cruise.

19 Day
From (AUD)
$ 12,290
  • 2018/2019 Beijing > Shanghai

    Authentic China beckons

    From old timber houses on narrow cobbled streets to cormorant fishermen applying their fascinating techniques, this itinerary is your opportunity to discover a China many modern travellers don’t get to witness first-hand.

    It’s the China beyond Beijing and Shanghai – a charming wonderland where ancient crafts are still applied in the time-honoured fashion. On this journey, you’ll get to embrace all the natural wonder on offer too, from rivers that snake through beautiful rolling landscapes to striking limestone outcrops that evoke images of old oriental watercolour paintings. There’s something both strange and familiar about the places you’ll visit, at once thrillingly new and comfortingly recognisable. That is part of their allure, and their wonder. As you’ll soon discover yourself, there’s nothing fabricated about this land. It’s always been there, waiting patiently for you drop in for a visit. So why wait any longer?

    Tour Code:

    CHGC

    Duration:

    19 Days

    Departure City:

    Beijing

    Return City:

    Shanghai

  • 19 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Peking duck dinner

      Begin your amazing discovery of China with a Peking duck welcome dinner. Your home for the next four nights is located within walking distance to the Silk Markets.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Great Wall of China, Freechoice

      Start your tour with a special highlight as you visit China’s most iconic attraction – the Great Wall at Mutianyu.

      Freechoice

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 3 - 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 ancient laneways separating these homes.

      Sundowners

      Finish the day as you started, overlooking the magnificent Forbidden City, as you enjoy a drink with your fellow travellers and soak up Beijing at dusk.

      Freechoice

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Summer Palace
      Freechoice

      Indulge in a shopping spree at the Silk Markets or hunt for ingredients at the wet markets for a wonderful interactive cooking class. Alternatively, discover the jealously guarded secrets of traditional Chinese medicine or visit the incredible 15th century Temple of Heaven.

      Later, explore the Summer Palace’s landscaped beauty and enjoy a cruise on Kunming Lake.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 5 - Beijing > Xi’an
      Highlights:
      Xi’an Wall

      Explore Xi’an’s ancient city wall on foot, by bike or electric buggy. Tonight, enjoy a performance at the Tang Dynasty Cultural Show over dinner. You’ll spend the next two nights at your historically located hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Xi’an
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Terracotta Warriors and private museum visit
      Enrich

      Gaze at Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s amazing Terracotta Warriors in the company of a museum curator, an incredible opportunity to learn first-hand about the restoration process.

      Later, enjoy a stroll around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Thanksgiving Temple.

      Enrich

      Be treated to a special private viewing of ancient artefacts at a local museum.  Savour a refreshing drink and learn more about Shaanxi Province history from the museum’s curator. Continue your refreshments overlooking the splendid Big Wild Goose Pagoda at sunset.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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

      Explore the maze of markets in the Muslim Quarter.

      Enrich

      Visit a local painter’s home in nearby Hu Xi’an County, famous for its rural peasant paintings. You’ll learn about his art and enjoy lunch with his family.

      Fly to Yichang to join your refurbished cruise ship, Yangzi Explorer. On board enjoy included wine and beer with your lunch and dinner.

      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. Experience the ship locks in operation as your ship transits each gate. Later, sail through Xiling Gorge while 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 by longboat (sampan). Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its sheer rock walls, and Qutang Gorge, the most dramatic of the three 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. Be sure to dress in your finest Chinese outfit.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

      Disembark and tour around Chongqing and the ancient town of Ciqikou, known for its porcelain. Then experience China’s new high-speed train network to Chengdu, before settling in for a two night stay at your luxurious hotel in Chengdu.

      FreechoiceDining

      Dinner is a delicious choice between traditional Sichuan cuisine at Shang Palace or a Western steak or burger at Mooneys Irish bar or international fare at Café Z.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Chengdu
      Highlights:
      Enrich - panda photo at the Giant Panda Breeding Centre
      Enrich

      A special day as you’ll enjoy an enchanting close encounter with rare giant panda cubs. You’ll even get to have a photo with these endangered creatures, truly a moment to cherish.

      Wander through the old quarter of town and visit Jinli Street, one of the oldest commercial streets in China, and the second century Wuhou Temple. Tonight, be entertained by a performance of Sichuan Opera.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Chengdu > Guilin
      Highlights:
      Reed Flute Cave

      Commence with a flight to Guilin. Admire the surrounding picturesque karst landscape, the iconic Elephant Trunk Hill and colourful Reed Flute Cave. Spend the evening in Guilin and enjoy an overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Guilin > Yangshuo
      Highlights:
      Li River cruise

      Enjoy picturesque vistas as you sail down the idyllic Li River to Yangshuo. Later 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 15 - Yangshuo
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Impression Liu Sanjie Show
      Freechoice

      Venture into the countryside to discover a rural way of life rarely encountered by tourists. You can choose to explore the 300-year-old Liugong village, and other surrounding farms and villages, or visit Fuli, the hometown of China’s iconic painted paper fans. You’ll even get to meet a master of the art and try your hand in creating your own souvenir.

      This evening, witness the amazing Impression Liu Sanjie Show.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Yangshuo > Guilin > Shanghai
      Highlights:
      Maglev Train

      Relax this morning before flying to cosmopolitan Shanghai. Travel on the high speed Maglev train, then enjoy a three night Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 17 - Shanghai
      Highlights:
      City sightseeing tour

      Stroll along the famous Bund and compare its striking heritage buildings to those in Yu Gardens. Across the Huangpu River, explore the Pudong area and discover the modern China. Later, admire the view from Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in Pudong. Tonight, witness the renowned agility and skill of the Shanghai Acrobats.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Shanghai
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Wander through the Shanghai Museum and People’s Square before exploring the French Concession and Xintiandi pedestrian dining and entertainment area. Alternatively, visit Zhujiajiao, a town with a rich canal life and a wealth of traditional buildings and bridges.

      Later, spend your free time exploring Nanjing Road, with its wealth of shopping opportunities before enjoying your farewell dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 19 - Shanghai
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      It’s the end of a journey you’ll look back on fondly for years to come.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    Scenic highlights
    • 4 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 14 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 2 Special Stays
    • 1 Sundowners event
    • 46 meals - 18 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 13 dinners