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Journey to Shangri-la

Discover ancient traditions and icons on a 24 day journey from Shanghai to Kunming. Cruise the Yangtze River, meet a giant panda and discover Shangri-la.

24 Day
From (AUD)
$ 15,490
  • 2018/2019 Shanghai > Kunming

    Paradise on Earth

    Shangri-la has become synonymous with any earthly paradise, and particularly a mythical Himalayan utopia.

    Discover your own utopia on this lovely journey through the heart of China. Explore the heritage of Shanghai, discover the ancient water city of Suzhou and take in the wonder and artistic genius that are the Terracotta Army in Xi’an. Beijing offers up plenty of activities such as market visits, walking tours and home-hosted lunches to provide a unique insight into this mammoth city before exploring the extraordinary Great Wall. Cruise the Yangtze River and experience a close encounter with a giant panda. Near the Tibetan border, Shangri-la itself awaits with a private meditation session with a Buddhist Lama, a family visit and time to explore this ancient land and its many sacred traditions and astonishing landscape.

    Tour Code:

    CHJS

    Duration:

    24 Days

    Departure City:

    Shanghai

    Return City:

    Kunming

  • 24 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Shanghai
      Highlights:
      Welcome reception

      Upon arrival in Shanghai, transfer to your hotel for a luxurious three night Special Stay.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Shanghai
      Highlights:
      City sightseeing tour

      Stroll along the famous Bund and compare its heritage buildings to those in Yu Gardens. Explore the Pudong area. Admire the view from Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in Pudong.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Shanghai
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe
      Freechoice

      Wander through the Shanghai Museum and People’s Square before exploring the French Concession district and Xintiandi or take an organised shopping tour of Shanghai’s markets. Alternatively, take a cruise on the Huangpu River.

      Later, spend your free time exploring the famous Nanjing Road. Tonight enjoy the agility and skill of the renowned Shanghai Acrobats.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 4 - Shanghai > Suzhou
      Highlights:
      Cruise Suzhou Grand Canal

      Travel to the ancient water city of Suzhou and cruise along the Grand Canal before visiting a traditional silk mill. Spend the night in Suzhou.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Suzhou > Hangzhou
      Highlights:
      Humble Administrators Garden, Impressions of West Lake Show

      In Suzhou, known for beautiful classical gardens, visit the Humble Administrators Garden and Masters of the Nets Garden. Later travel to Hangzhou and be awed by the Impressions of West Lake show. Enjoy a two night stay in Hangzhou.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Hangzhou
      Highlights:
      Cruise West Lake , Freechoice

      Cruise the famous West Lake before visiting Six Harmonies Pagoda, featured in the works of poets and artists alike.

      Freechoice

      Learn about the Chinese cultural pillars or explore Hangzhou’s Buddhist heritage. Alternatively explore the Xixi Wetlands by boat.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 7 - Hangzhou > Xi’an
      Highlights:
      Tang Dynasty Show

      Explore Xi’an’s ancient city wall. Tonight enjoy the Tang Dynasty Cultural Show with dinner. You’ll spend the next two nights in Xi’an.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Xi’an
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Terracotta Warrior and private museum visit
      Enrich

      Gaze at Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s amazing Terracotta Warriors in the company of a museum curator.

       

      Enjoy a stroll around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Thanksgiving Temple.

      Enrich

      Be treated to a private after hours viewing of ancient artefacts at a local museum. Enjoy a refreshing drink while learning about local history from the museum’s curator. Continue your refreshments overlooking the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 9 - Xi’an > Beijing
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Freechoice Dining
      Freechoice

      Roam through the market’s alleys in the Muslim Quarter or visit the Drum and Bell Towers.

      Fly to Beijing and enjoy a two night stay, your hotel is located within walking distance of the Silk Markets.

      Freechoice Dining

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, Hutongs, Freechoice

      Wander through Tiananmen Square and enter the mysterious Forbidden City. Eat lunch with a local family in a traditional home in the hutongs before a rickshaw ride through the laneways.

      Freechoice

      Look forward to the Peking Opera or the spectacular Kung Fu Show.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 11 - Beijing > Gubei Water Town
      Highlights:
      Great Wall of China - Mutianyu, Sundowners

      Today visit China’s most iconic attraction – the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Explore the new Gubei Water Town at Simatai located beneath the Great Wall, learn about ancient industries before cruising the canal through the ancient themed town. You’ll spend the night at a boutique hotel located within the town.

      Sundowners

      Enjoy an enchanting evening enjoying a drink with your fellow travellers by the canal, both in the ambience of and overlooking the illuminated Great Wall.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Beijing > Yichang >Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Great Wall of China - Simatai, Embark Yangtze cruise

      Spend the morning at leisure exploring Gubei Water Town before travelling by cable car to admire the expansive view from the Simatai Section of the Great Wall. Later fly to Yichang to join your refurbished cruise ship at Maoping or Taohuacun Pier, Yangzi Explorer.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Three Gorges Dam Project, Captain’s Reception

      Inspect the Three Gorges Dam project site and experience the ship elevator in operation (when available). Later, sail through Xiling Gorge while sampling afternoon tea delights. Tonight enjoy the Captain’s reception.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge

      Explore the dramatic Bamboo Gorge and Shennong Stream by longboat (sampan) and then visit a local village of rowers. Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its sheer rock walls, and dramatic Qutang Gorge.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Yangtze River Cruise - Fuling
      Highlights:
      Gala Dinner

      Join an insightful excursion in Fuling to the ‘816 Underground Project’. This afternoon is at leisure in Fuling. Tonight, mingle at the ‘Taste of China’ gala dinner in your finest Chinese outfit.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Yangtze River Cruise > Chongqing > Chengdu
      Highlights:
      Freechoice Dining, Ciqikou ancient town

      Disembark and visit the ancient town of Ciqikou. Experience China’s new high-speed train network to Chengdu and your overnight stay at Shangri-La Chengdu.

      Freechoice Dining

      Dinner is a choice of Sichuan cuisine at Shang Restaurant, Western steak or burger at Mooneys, or
      a buffet dinner at Café Z.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Chengdu > Shangri-la
      Highlights:
      Enrich - photo with panda at 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.

      Discover one of the best preserved Han Dynasty sites in China, Jiezi Ancient Town. Fly to Shangri-la for your two night Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 18 - Shangri-la (Zhongdian)
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Songzanlin Monastery meditation
      Enrich

      Experience a private meditation session with a Lama at Songzanlin Monastery.

      Mingle and enjoy afternoon tea with local kindergarten children.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 19 - Shangri-la (Zhongdian) > Lijiang
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Tibetan local family, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Freechoice
      Enrich

      Spend time with a Tibetan family. Learn about their traditions, unique way of life and taste yak butter tea.

      Drive to Lijiang via the dramatic Tiger Leaping George. Enjoy a three night Special Stay at your perfectly located hotel.

      Freechoice Dining

      Choose between local cuisine or a Brazilian themed restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 20 - Lijiang
      Highlights:
      Lijiang old town

      Today, wander around the picturesque Black Dragon Pool. Later explore Lijiang’s World Heritage-listed Old Town.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 21 - Lijiang
      Highlights:
      Jade Dragon Snow Mountain National Park

      Visit the Baisha Frescoes before observing the Impressions Lijiang outdoor cultural show. In Jade Dragon Snow Mountain National Park, ride a gondola up to Spruce Meadow.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 22 - Lijiang > Kunming
      Highlights:
      Kunming sightseeing

      Fly to Kunming for a two night stay. Tonight sample ‘across-the-bridge’ noodles, a delicacy of the region.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 23 - Kunming
      Highlights:
      Stone Forest

      Explore the remarkable Stone Forest, a natural ‘forest’ of limestone rock formations before your farewell dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 24 - Kunming
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      It’s time to bid farewell to China with many wonderful memories.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    Scenic highlights
    • 5 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 16 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 2 Special Stays
    • 1 Sundowners event
    • 58 meals - 23 breakfasts, 19 lunches and 16 dinners