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Pandas & Palaces

Marvel at the wonders of China on a 13 day tour from Beijing to Chengdu. Visit the Giant Panda Breeding Centre, the Great Wall & cruise the Yangtze River.

13 Day
From (AUD)
$ 8,690
  • 2018/2019 Beijing > Chengdu

    Tour Code:

    CHPA

    Duration:

    13 Days

    Departure City:

    Beijing

    Return City:

    Chengdu

  • 13 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
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      It’s the end of a journey you’ll look back on fondly for years to come. Finish after breakfast and transfer to Chengdu airport.

      Meals included: Breakfast